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Kind words from kind folks who have a thing or two to share about our Catalyst Course and site:

The Catalyst Course shifted my thinking, bringing awareness to automatic negative thoughts AND to the very long list of things I am grateful for. The Course made me think outside of the box in terms of fears, daily distractions and goals. When all of these things collided within a group comprised of other women who were facing the same struggles, it made for an amazing experience. I learned a lot about myself in this course and find myself utilizing at least one tool daily since completing it. It is without reservation that I would recommend the Catalyst Course to busy and intelligent women looking to maximize their potential.
: Jenni Brand

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“I am loving this course. Thank you so much. I think you guys are so right-on, and the presentation is lovely.
: Daniella Manea

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I just wanted to say a huge, fat, sweaty, delicious THANK YOU. I signed up for The Catalyst Course unsure of if I really needed this…if I had the time…if it was the right time, etc, etc, etc. I was 100% sure of the two of you. Your reputation alone paired with my feelings about you two as humans/friends pushed me to take the plunge.

This morning, I made my husband watch the first video with me because I wanted him to know what I was about to embark on. The coolest thing happened—-it sparked a morning of deciding to shift our habits together. It brings tears to my eyes just typing this. It’s not that we have been struggling so much or unable to communicate or on the verge of breakdowns—-but watching the video together sort of made us realize that we actually have been. We’ve neglected our own self care for that of our shop/business. We think it’s even taken precedence over each other.

Your video was sweet, cute, humble, enlightening, and invigorating, I can’t wait for more. We ended the conversation with “New Rules” list that we’ve already posted in our hallway. It includes things like: 1) No “work” on the iPhone before we actually arrive at work. 5.5) No judgement, just support! 7) actual tracking of our work hours. etc. awesomeness. I just want to extend a huge amount of gratitude and love towards you for opening my eyes. I love this. I’m so happy to be a part of it. Thank you.”
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Betsy Cross

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Since starting this course, I’ve been noticing where my sticking points are. Jeez, it seems like most of the battle is just simply NOTICING. I think I put myself in “big stuck” all the time without even noticing. Almost every time I’ve noticed it has been surrounding having urges to do something, then stopping myself out of fear of what impression I might make on anybody who happens to witness. I’m only scratching the surface here, but I can see just with these few tiny things that I’ve been keeping myself in a sort of psychological prison. If I’ve been stopping myself from doing these little things that make me happy, what BIG things have I blocked from myself?”
: Eva Darling

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“Three years ago my little business became a casualty of the economy and I stood at a cross-road trying to figure out what to do. I felt like such a huge failure. But when it comes to financial matters I’m a doer and I fell back on a corporate career and rejoined the work force in corporate. But while all the job networking and resume writing, and putting myself out there I fell apart on the inside. My life was a dichotomy… I was falling apart on the inside and to the outside world I was this confident, go getter. I hated every moment of it. At the same time my health started to fall apart and I had no concept of self-care. I had no concept of nurturing.  And yet I had to go on.

I’m determined that this is my year for conquering many things. I’m tired of being in pain. I’m tired of feeling lonely. I’m tired of feeling depleted. I want her back… the girl I used to be. I don’t recognize the person I see when I look in the mirror.

The Catalyst Course came at the right time. Thank you for making this a safe place to tell my story. Thank you for taking me out of my comfort zone and providing a guiding light. Thank you to you all for telling your stories because I realize I’m not so alone in what I’m experiencing in life right now. Thank both of you for bringing your inside beauty out… for being brave, vulnerable, authentic, nurturing, and so supportive!
: Lucinda Henry

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“For the past four years, I have been residing in a city that I do not care for. When I look at that sentence, it seems like just one small problem, but somehow I have allowed it to become a huge monster that affects most aspects of my life. There is an ongoing war in my mind where the idea in which I think I subconsciously decided it is impossible for me to be happy here reigns over the idea that I should be able to find happiness anywhere. When I blink, I see this ginormous stack of dislikes regarding my current situation with very few likes to rival them. There could be more likes, definitely, but of course I don’t seek those out or focus on them.

I have been struggling to turn this process around with very little success for a long time now. Often times I feel like change isn’t happening fast enough, then I become Godzilla, stomping about on all of my little hopes and dreams. As each one is crushed, they come up around me like confetti, a million little pieces and go poof. I think the bottom line for me here is that it’s time to reconnect with myself, focus on the things that make me happy and get back into a regular exercise routine because it does make an enormous difference. Pretty sure I am exactly where I need to be now with your course. Jen and Jena: Thank you SO much!”
: Nicole Hay-Chapman

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The Catalyst Course made me realize that I am living my life, especially as a mother, with guilt. I should be doing this! Am I doing this right? I have such high expectations and I am constantly thinking I should be doing this with my daughter instead. It makes life so much more difficult than it needs to be! Although I’m not a very routine type of person, I have a feeling that that might be what I’m needing more of in my life. I’ve heard it is good for kiddos to know what to expect next and I think it might help mama too. To be able to not be trying to get so many things done in a day when in reality it’s just causing more stress and anxiety and feeling of let down often times. Thanks for the videos!!
: Julz Nally

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“I need to work on being the director of my schedule. I tend to let work, friends and my husband’s needs dictate what I’m doing the most. Although these things are important, they have given me a variety of excuses and appointments that get in the way of simply taking care of me. The talk about changing your thoughts was especially meaningful. Even when you really love all of the things you are doing, it can get to  be just a big jumbled mess. I always feel so rushed! However, just the act of signing up for this course and making the time to review the materials and participate is a step in the right direction for me. Hooray! :)”
: Jessica Kellogg

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“I started pilates classes after week one of the course (and I’m still going, yay for me!) I thought that committing to one thing a week (pilates) was better then saying I’d do a million things a week (pilates, yoga, dance, gym) and not do them and feel worse. I have a problem when I overdo it and then I stop doing one thing and that leads to stop doing all things. A pattern I now recognize and have learned to handle. I also like what you say about your passion not having to become a job, a thing, the defining aspect of you. It is for me, to make me happy. I really enjoy the course: keeping these things in the forefront of my mind during the week is great and I can see how it will influence every part of my life. Thank you for the course.”
: Sophie Calixte

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These posts are SO great and SO timely! Thank you for sharing your real thoughts and struggles out there in the blog world. What a huge encouragement to know those of who deal with many of these same issues are NOT alone! I think The Maven Circle is great!”
: Aimee

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Last week I got an email from The Maven Circle which I promise you was written just for me. Okay, they were probably thinking of a few others when they wrote it…but I promise you that it was definitely meant for me to read this week. It was sharing what their topic was for their Truthy Tuesday feature: Taking care of yourself in busy times. Actually, to be honest, quite a few of their recent posts are exact what I need to be reading right about now. Because if I don’t start taking care of myself a little here & there, I might run out of here screaming like a mad woman. So I got to thinking…What are some great ways to spend a little ‘me time’ when I don’t have time to spare? >> Read full post here.
: Pocky

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