Calling All Women Tired of Choosing Between Femininity and Success: It’s Time to #FlexYourFemale

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Brains over Blonde, the feminist lifestyle platform set to break out in 2018, is on a mission to get all women to dive deep within their identities and break open the biases they hold against themselves. The #FlexYourFemale movement is all about embracing what it means to be a driven and powerful woman and celebrating the timeless qualities of femininity for what they are: strong, beautiful, and proud.

The #FlexYourFemale movement was coined by Brains over Blonde founder, Anna Wood, a California-based content creator, entrepreneur, and coach. After grappling with her own personal body shame and issues with her weight and shape as a young girl and teen, Wood taught herself how to take control over her body and do whatever made the most important person in her life truly feel good — herself. It didn’t take long before she went on to graduate with an MBA from Stanford and get a coveted job as a sales lead at Google working with major brands like Netflix, J. Crew, and Airbnb.

Having written her undergrad honors thesis on diversity in the workplace and facilitated the Unconscious Bias course at Google, Wood realized her penchant for coaching, entrepreneurship, and embodying what it means to be an independent and powerful woman. Still, in the male-centric business world, she felt challenged to choose between femininity and success. Thus, Brains over Blonde was born, as was Wood’s mission to empower other women to embrace their female qualities rather than suppress them, and to celebrate and proudly broadcast their successes and achievements in the wake of adversity.

#FlexYourFemale is meant to call upon women from all walks of life to challenge preconceived gender roles, celebrate womanhood, and create emboldened change in the workplace and society. As Wood puts it, “Women are powerful, and our strengths aren’t seen or celebrated as often. But that doesn’t mean we should suppress those parts of ourselves.” So, in the wake of the #ImWithHer, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements and their political and celebrity endorsements, Wood sees #FlexYourFemale as a more personal way for women to praise their own strengths, embrace femininity, and fall in love with womanhood, as she has.

After a successful business career in Silicon Valley, Wood is now a self-described “Female Empoweress” helping other women carve out amazing careers and cultivate fearless lives. As her platform grows and her message spreads, she’s now on a one-woman mission to become a leading resource for as many young women as possible. She wants all women to believe in the direct correlation between femininity and success and to shout it from the rooftops in order to create change by flexing their female. In the coming year, Wood plans on launching the Brains over Blonde podcast and creating a hands-on course to reach and interact with more women from around the world.

The spirit behind #FlexYourFemale is to keep femininity in line with success, and women can encourage each other in this effort by using the hashtag whenever they embody this message. Wood invites all women to join her on this mission to make #FlexYourFemale a worldwide movement. Women everywhere can participate by standing tall and proud and always encouraging and challenging each other.

Whether at the gym, in the workplace, on social media, or in the world of politics, women should no longer have to work harder to justify their gender. The time for femininity is now, and women need to realize that there is a place for them, wherever their passions lie. In doing so, they forge a path for young, aspiring women around them. Wood encourages all women to step into their roles as coaches and mentors by being part of #FlexYourFemale.

Wood can be reached via hello@brainsoverblonde.com, @brainsoverblonde on social media, or at brainsoverblonde.com, where there are free resources, tools, content, and inspiration to empower you to do it all with sassy, bad-assy career and life advice.

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About Brains over Blonde
Brains over Blonde (brainsoverblonde.com) is a lifestyle platform for women who refuse to choose between femininity and success.
Anna Wood
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Women’s March- Cleveland 2018

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Thousands of people rallied at Cleveland Public Square Saturday to promote women’s rights and a host of political and social causes. Many also demonstrated against President Donald Trump, who was the target of many signs and effigies.
Dubbed the Women’s March Northeast Ohio, the event featured speeches by activists and politicians, including Democrat Betty Sutton, who is gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s running mate. The rally was followed by a march from Public Square to Cleveland City Hall and back. The march temporarily tied up traffic near the Cleveland Convention Center, which was hosting Tribe Fest and the Cleveland Tattoo Arts Expo.
Millions of women marched in cities across the country one year ago to protest President Trump’s inauguration. An estimated 15,000 people participated in last year’s march at Public Square. This year, millions of people again turned out around the country but fewer people participated in Cleveland’s event than they did last year, according to an early estimate by Cleveland police.
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 Source: Mark Naymik, Cleveland.com

To learn more about The Women’s March visit www.womensmarch.com.

New Women’s Health Episode of Without a Scalpel Documentary Series Released On Demand!

Looking for something new to watch On Demand? Well look no further… The Interventional Initiative (Oakland, CA) and Evolve Media Production (San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY) announce distribution of Episode 3: HYSTERical of Without a Scalpel on Amazon Video On Demand.

The Documentary series, Without a Scalpel is a fascinating glimpse inside the dramatic journeys of regular people transformed by crisis, but saved by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures deep inside the body, without a scalpel.

Episode 3:  HYSTERical takes place in Chicago, IL where three young women who have never even met have a common story and one that more than 7.5 million women in the US unknowingly share. Each woman has a unique story about how this condition is destroying her quality of life and challenging her trust in the healthcare system, doctors and insurance companies… until they meet a very dedicated doctor who has the skills to treat what no one else could. It seems they have finally found an answer until another obstacle arises.

The first documentary series of its kind, Without a Scalpel offers an inside glimpse into a fascinating and innovative field of medicine where major diseases are tackled through a pinhole in the skin. This must see series follows the dramatic journeys of regular people whose lives are transformed by illness but restored by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures… without a scalpel.

Without a Scalpel also provides a rare look inside the lives of these dedicated doctors who specialize in a field called Interventional Radiology.  Armed with x-ray vision and their sophisticated tools and fueled by an intense passion to help their patients, these doctors offer powerful alternatives to conventional treatments like surgery. Their minimally invasive techniques allow their patients to return to their lives sooner with simply a Band-Aid®. These cutting-edge treatments, called minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs), can treat a wide range of diseases including cancer, stroke, aneurysms, infections, infertility, fibroids, and bleeding.  But, what if you or a family member were ill but did not know about these treatment options? In fact, most people have never heard of MIIPs, even if one could save their life.

For more information on the documentary Without a Scalpel check out their website www.withoutascalpel.com.

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SOURCE The Interventional Initiative

What Motivates You?

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

The Statistics
Brace yourself. According to Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Fitness Laboratory at the University of Georgia, nearly 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within the first 6 months. The question is, “Why”? What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people abandon it?

The answer? Motivation.
They don’t want health and fitness badly enough. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it.

Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.

Unlocking your motivation
When Bryan Reece was told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back. Even though he had not been in a gym for 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition. You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.

You do not have to be part of that 50 percent who quit.
You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what motivates you personally. Here are some possible motivators for you:

  1. Do it for your health. Consistent exercise and healthy eating are the two very best things you can do for your health. You will develop a strong, healthy heart, reduce your chances of many cancers, prevent diabetes, keep a sharp mind and resist dementia, and avoid many of the common ailments that come with aging. It is possible to age without decay, and the key to this is exercise and eating well.
  2. Do it to look better. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. And it isn’t all physical. Your demeanor will change as you develop the confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness. You will appear more energetic and confident because you will be more energetic and confident!
  3. Do it to relieve stress. Really! It isn’t a cliché. Exercising really does cause physical changes in your brain and nervous system that results in feelings of calmness and well-being. In fact, you may get so hooked on the mental benefits of exercise that you will crave it!
  4. Do it to be strong. If you have never done focused weight training, then you literally have no idea of the total transformation that you will feel after just a few weeks. There is nothing like bending over to pick something up that normally results in discomfort, strain and even pain, only to find out that it is a piece of cake! And by getting strong now, you reduce your risk of age-related falls and fractures because you have the core strength and balance to keep yourself stable.

It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Don’t worry about “bribing” yourself, do what it takes to get yourself moving. Find out what makes working hard worth it. Find out what you want more than that brownie. Your health is at stake; in fact, your very life is at stake. It’s time to transform yourself.

At MaxStrength Fitness we are in the life transformation business! Request your FREE initial consultation and demo workout at www.maxstrengthfitness.com. After all, you deserve it!

Jeff Tomaszewski, owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Jeff is also a personal trainer and professional body-builder committed to helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Visit www.maxstrengthfitness.com or call 440.835.9090.

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Sexual Harassment Expert Susan Goudy Offers 10 Steps for Healing from Sexual Harassment or Assault

In a society where sexual harassment and assault have become expected and almost accepted, empowerment coach Susan Goudy offers tips to enable people to heal from the trauma associated with sexual harassment and assault.
A recent survey reports that one in three women aged 18-34 has been sexually harassed at work. Sexual harassment in the workplace is defined by the American Association of University Women as any, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”
“With such an ambiguous definition, you may have been sexually harassed or even assaulted and you didn’t recognize it because sexual harassment has become ‘part of doing business’,” said Goudy, author of “The Journey from Fear to Love is Shorter than You Think.” She earned a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
If you are that one in three and you are having trouble moving forward, these 10 steps can help.

  1. Acknowledge the Harassment or Assault Happened – Sit with it for a bit. Feel how you feel about it, let yourself cry, scream or whatever it is you need to do.
  2. Let It All Out – Tell someone. Find someone you trust to tell what happened to you… a friend, a family member or counselor.
  3. Take a Closer Look – Look at the situation and see how It has affected your life, both in bad and good ways. Has it made you stronger? Has it held you back?
  4. Throw Out Your Baggage – Seek help. Find a counselor or healing professional who can assist you in throwing out the baggage once and for all.
  5. Change Your Perception – You can choose how this situation affects you going forward. Perhaps you will create a new career path because of this, one that is more fulfilling.
  6. Step into Your Power – Take your control back by saying no to things you that aren’t in alignment with your wants.
  7. Embrace Your Value – Match your thoughts and feelings to your expectations and life goals. You will realize you are worthy and deserving of the best in your life.
  8. Accept Change – Stay in the moment and move forward; don’t look back.
  9. Love Yourself – Take care of yourself first. Exercise and then go to work or pick up the kids.
  10. Serve Others – Helping others can be very positive as it increases your feelings of self-worth. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or help clean up your local park.
“While progressing through the 10 steps for healing from sexual harassment or assault you may find the reactions of those who know about your situation are more harmful than helpful,” she said. “The intention behind these responses may be goodhearted however, you may feel as if chaos has crept into your life in an already sensitive time.”
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About Susan Goudy
Two months shy of her third birthday Susan was sexually abused by a teenage neighbor so she knows firsthand that living in the shadow of your past can cause you to forget that you have the power to take charge of your life. Susan enables others to get present and focused and to take an honest look at what they are or are not doing to create the lives they currently live. “No matter what may or may not lie in your own past, you can become more awake, aware, clear and empowered. It’s time to stop being a victim and to leave excuses behind,” she says. With a strong background in psychology, counseling, and social work, as well as certifications in neuro-physical reprogramming, bio-energetic synchronization technique, and psychological kinesiology (Psych-K), Susan works to heal physical as well as deep-rooted emotional issues. To learn more, please visit www.susangoudy.com/ You can also follow her on Twitter (@SusanGoudy1) and Facebook at Author Susan Goudy.
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