Issue 44 FEBRUARY 2013
WISHING YOU HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
Inside this Issue:
Article of the Month: Prepare Your Work & Make it Fit for Your Market
Women Stepping Out! Natalie Brown—Presenter & Founder of Inspired Dreams (ID) Brand
Empowered Woman Leadership Mentoring Programme Testimonies Taking Action in 2013 By Natalie Brown
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Welcome to this special month of love……. Happy Valentine’s Day to every Empowered Woman reading this month’s EW Newsletter.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Prepare Your Work & Make it Fit for Your Market………………..…….…..2
Whether you’re celebrating with a loved one or you’re spending it on your own may I add that you’re not alone, Jesus Loves you more than any other person ever could.
Empowered Woman Conference 2013: The Transformed Woman .................. 3 Testimonies from Mentees on LMPP Programme…………………………....5 The Mentoring Academy Programmes…………..………………….6
As we continue to build in the 2013, I would like to encourage you to take some time out and appreciate you.
Women Stepping Out! Natalie Brown...………..………….……..…….7
My role is very much about giving of myself, my gifts, my resources, to others, I forget that I also need to spend some time with me; appreciating and pampering me. One of my goals for this year is to make regular visits to a spa to
Love is Not Enough Conference... …………….……………………….....12 Being Single to Be Married Blog Corner……………………………………...13 Taking Action in 2013………………14
pamper and refresh myself.
Special points of interest
Being that we happen to be in the month of Valentine’s – Love, I’m going to be doing a lot more loving on me.
The Empowered Woman Conference 2013… The Transformed Woman….April 20th 2013
The Mentoring Academy Mentee Testimonies
Love Is Not Enough Conference
Taking Action in 2013
I remembered a time in my life when I was searching for success. I thought working a 9 – 5 job would bring me the success I craved for; when I got my degree and landed my first corporate job in the heart of London – the City, I thought I had arrived. I had dreams of being a top city executive, travelling as and when. I hadn’t realised that I was a craving a worldly lifestyle. And there is everything wrong in this when such a lifestyle can make you so comfortable enough to forget that you have a purpose/work to build. And trust me, a career is NOT your purpose. I got as far as a lead senior consultant for a corporate search and selection firm recruiting personnel for the triple A rated investment banks. Amongst other duties of my role, I also had to entertain the human resource managers of these banks by taking them out to lunch (we were provided company credit cards for this). I suppose I tasted some of the corporate lifestyle I so craved; but I wanted more and the glass ceiling that most corporate organisations have was creating a barrier for me. I also realised that this kind of job wasn’t fulfilling me any longer, it was okay helping people find jobs etc.; but after 3 years, my clients who I had found jobs for would come back wanting more too. Suddenly I was faced with how I could help myself and how to help them. EW
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THE MENTORING ACADEMY Discipline Pioneers for LIFE Testimonies from the Mentees Studying the Leadership Mentoring for Purpose Programme (LMPP) Carol’s Testimony As I begin to compose my testimony I get an overwhelming elation of joy. The reason for my joyful heart is this, the nearing Module 5 to complete EWMPP. I joined EWMPP because its a Christian Mentoring Programme. I knew I was in a desperate need of changing my lifestyle. I was living in oblivion to the fact that I was likened to a hamster on a wheel trapped in its cage. I needed something to enhance my life and that could also be of help to bless others. Never in a thousand years did I think, I would have persevered to the end... it’s only God. - “He who began a good work in me”. My character, far back as I can remember, I would always have the habit of procrastinating. MORE Lara’s Testimony All Glory honour, majesty, power belongs to you Lord for transforming my life. I remember my first conversation with Jackie asking me why I wanted to go on the course. My reply was “I am tired, I have tried different things to make my life easy, but the stress was just mounting higher”. I am married with two boys aged 7 and 9, self employed running a retail store. With my volume of work the thought of taking up a new course or studying was not on my agenda at all. At that stage in my life, I had to make a decision to either continue to manage where I was or surrender and let Jesus have His way. MORE Joanne’s Testimony Before l started this course l knew there was plenty more inside of me, but l just didn't know how to give birth to it. It was like l was carrying a baby full term and l was in labour, feeling uncomfortable. I was unsatisfied with my life. I was also still dealing with issues from my past, which l am still getting help for. Since being on the course God has shown me my purpose, help me overcome fear, and to be a more confident person . MORE
The Mentoring Academy is as it says, a place where you are mentored and discipled to understand the full meaning of LIFE. So many times we allow issues to stop us from discovering our divine purpose and as a result live a sub standard life. A life riddled with emotions, debt, abuse and uncertainty. The Mentoring Academy delivers a range of programmes that deal with everyday issues and teaches you how to turn such issue into opportunities that transforms your life to live for purpose.
OMEN STEPPING OUT! Natalie Brown Presenter “Time With Natalie” & Founder, The Inspired Dreams (ID) Brand Natalie Brown is a dynamic TV presenter who is on a mission to inspire women globally. Natalie is the founder of the Inspired Dreams (ID) Brand and hosts a regular online TV show called “Time With Natalie” where she has interviewed various people which include Steadman Graham, Robert G Allen Makeda Ubiaro to name but a few. I heard about Natalie when she hosted her first Time With Natalie Conference last year. The vision behind the conference was to bring inspiration to women and to empower them to be individuals and pursue their dreams. Empowered Woman caught up with Natalie to find out how it all began.
EW: Tell Us Who Natalie Is NB: An ordinary woman from a very ordinary background. I was brought up by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet whilst looking after four children. We lived on a poor council estate with very little money. I grew up in poverty and didn’t have a great start in life but I started out in traditional employment after leaving school and spent 10 years working in the finance sector in London. I was so unhappy with work and life and I ended up ill with anxiety and was unable to work. I left London and started my road to recovery which has been long and arduous but I’ve learnt so much along the way. I soon found an outlet for my love of media, music and property and with a property portfolio worth £1.1 million, I own homes in the UK and overseas with the most exotic being in the Island of Cape Verde.In 2009 I decided to follow my heart and founded the Inspired Dreams (ID) brand which is the umbrella company for all my brands including; ID Media, ID Property, ID Education and my trademark brand ‘Time With Natalie’. Time With Natalie is a chat show aimed at educating, motivating and inspiring people across all countries. Over the years, I have interviewed self-made millionaires and celebrities including; Robert G Allen (author), Beverley Knight (singer) and Holly Valance (actor) with my most prestigious interview to date being a one-to-one interview with Stedman Graham (long time partner of Oprah Winfrey). My passion for the media industry has continued to grow and I have racked up small screen parts on BBC’s Dr Who, Casualty, Hustle, Doctors and Lewis. I am also the presenter for UK Christian Music Charts aired on Sky TV. Being an ambitious and committed individual, I love to create strong networks and forums for women to have a voice and have created events which have been featured in Marie Claire and Oprah magazine when I took 17 women from the UK and South Africa to see Oprah Winfrey in Los Angeles. Giving back is my motto and I regularly take part in community activities and work alongside charities to raise money including; The Prince’s Trust, Breast Cancer Awareness, Time For Change and MIND mental health charity. Never one to sit back and relax, my next project is to Continue on page 8
OMEN STEPPING OUT! Continued Natalie Brown Presenter “Time With Natalie” & Founder , The Inspired Dreams (ID) Brand
spearhead a campaign for the charity ‘Dress for Success London’ which helps women on a low income get back NB: I worked in finance for 10 years in London for a to work by providing clothing for interviews. number of accountants and banks but being a creative woman with an interest in media/music/fashion I I am also a sponsor to Olympic athlete Andrew Steele always knew my destiny and path in life would be and Vyan Sampson, a young female footballer who plays found in these areas. I had always been a bit of an for Arsenal and England. entrepreneur at heart and knew one day I would have a go at running a business. EW: Growing up, did you always know what you wanted or did events in your life bring about this need I felt that I wanted to do something different and was to inspire others? never really satisfied with working for other people. It’s strange because I sing and always wanted to beNB: It’s funny because my dream was always to become come a successful singer, but I think one of my a singer. My mother was a singer and I love music and strengths is that I’m a doer. Once I get an idea and always wanted to follow in her footsteps so I moved to have a vision I just have to give it a go and see if I can London when I was 18 and met a number of famous make it work. people including Mariah Carey, Bobby Brown, Vanilla Ice, Mark Wahlberg plus others. I started working with a Using my entrepreneurial skills, I began a career in manager and trained in Opera for a year. property and ended up starting my own property company which owns and rents a number of houses I got pregnant at 21 and things changed and I left the in the UK and abroad. singing dream behind. My life drastically changed when I was about 30 when I had a nervous breakdown. It was a I have now stepped into the media world which is very difficult time for me as physically and mentally I something I’ve fallen into by accident. I never really was in bad shape but I realise now that without going dreamt about becoming a TV presenter/producer but through the breakdown I wouldn’t be where I am today. I was offered the job of presenting UKCMC, a ChrisIt changed everything including the way I viewed life. tian music show on Sky. I’d never presented before and really didn’t want to do it but decided to give it a I have always tried to be kind to people but now I have a go. Fortunately it worked out well and I have presentreal empathy for someone who is going through tough ed the last 3 series. times and love to help where I can. I believe we will all go through difficult times in life and to be able to offer During this time I noticed that in the UK we were realhope and encouragement to someone is what motivates ly lacking great shows which inspire and motivate me. people, so I decided to set up a production company EW: You’ve come from a financial background, what and create my own chat show called Time With Naopportunities presented to you to make the move to talie. media. Continued on page 9
OMEN STEPPING OUT! Continued Natalie Brown Presenter “Time With Natalie” & Founder , The Inspired Dreams (ID) Brand
EW: How important is time when pursuing purpose?
that there is never a "right" time to strike out of our comfort zone. We just have to have faith in our vision NB: Time is so important when pursuing your purpose. It and ability and go for it! helps us structure our daily schedule and activities so that we can live more organised and productive lives. The fear of going after something and being rejected How many times have you heard someone say, “I never seems stronger in women because we are taught to have enough time”. We all have the same amount of be safe, while men are taught to be risk takers. If we time - 24 hours in a day which means 168 hours per don't believe in ourselves then who else is going to week. There is nothing that anyone can do to change it. believe in us? What differentiates the people who succeed to those who don’t is how they use their time. The key is to know what your purpose is and then work out how you will spend your time to achieve it. Your success will depend on how wisely you fill the minutes in each day. It’s important to set priorities and to develop the right practices to make the best use of your time. It’s important to plan your day. You should never start a day without having an agenda and know exactly what you need to accomplish by the end of the day. This can save you hours of wasted time throughout the day and having the frustration of not completing the most important tasks. Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. Value your time and spend it wisely. Learn how to manage it and make use of it so that you will have less regrets in the future. EW: What do you think are some of the challenges facing women who have a desire to succeed and be come positive influences in their world/environment?
Also another challenge is finding balance with following a dream and running a home. We need to learn how to maximise our time and balance our life so that we can fulfill the vision that we hold in our hearts. We also need to learn how to develop strong boundaries and not to over-commit. There will always be challenges in life no matter what it is you want to achieve. Whether it be negativity because of your sex, age, race, upbringing, lack of education, the way you look, your accent etc. The list is endless. I find the TV industry, especially in the UK, is very challenging for someone like myself who is black, female and over 40. Not exactly the ideal combination to be trying to break into the industry! We are certainly lacking role models in this field and I believe that this needs to change. Each of us has a unique gift to give the world and we bring much value to those lives we touch. Once you can embrace that thought pattern, you are unstoppable!
NB: One of the biggest challenges women have to overcome is fear. Being scared to strike out on their own and not having enough faith in their abilities. We need to Continued on page 10
OMEN STEPPING OUT! Continued Natalie Brown Presenter “Time With Natalie” & Founder , The Inspired Dreams (ID) Brand
EW: What advice to overcome would you give to our readers facing such challenges? NB: I think it all comes down to your belief system. If you really believe you are called to do something specific, no matter how difficult, you have to have the strength and determination to follow your dreams and keep moving forward, no matter how hard it gets. Don’t listen to negativity and people who don’t understand your vision. Your vision was given to you for a reason and you have to persevere through all the challenges and trials until you overcome. I believe if you want something bad enough you will achieve it. You just had to remain focused and surround yourself with the right people who also believe in you and your vision and who will help you to make your dream come true. Never forget that we are all put on this earth for a reason and to make a difference to someone’s life and your vision can have such a huge impact on so many people if you will keep the faith and keep persevering. EW: You recently took 17 women to the Oprah Show in Los Angeles – Live Your Best, what was the highlight of the trip for you? NB: It was such an amazing trip and a real blessing to be able to organise it. This is the third time I have travelled to see Oprah and this time I decided to film the journey as a documentary. It was interesting for me seeing the footage from the trip and I think the highlight for me was being able to take such an amazing group of ladies and watch the impact the trip had on them. They all returned inspired and motivated and knew that dreams can come true. Of course the other highlight was being featured in the January edition of Oprah magazine. An amazing accomplishment for me and one which I never saw coming. I began the year interviewing Oprah’s partner Stedman and ended it also interviewing her best friend Gayle and all the experts from her show AND being featured in her magazine. God is so good! EW: What forthcoming events will you be hosting this year and how can our readers who may be interested in attending register. NB: I am hoping to organise a big event in London later in the year. This event will help people to maximize their time and balance their life. I believe there are 7 keys areas we need balance in. We need time for work, relationships, health, spirituality, personal development, community and most importantly, you. This event will feature a number of high profile speakers and give people the opportunity to learn how to live a more fulfilling life by making small changes in each area. Further details about events can be found by visiting www.timewithnatalie.com or by following me at www.facebook.com/timewithnatalie or www.twitter.com/timewithnatalie
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The Four Seasons of Marriage - The Nature of Marriage Gary Chapman's book "the Four Seasons of Marriage" talks about the ever changing cycles of marriage. I have used this to conduct a group discussion regarding the different seasons a marriage faces in life. Over the next months I will be discussing on the four seasons of marriage. The four seasons are Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The social institution of marriage is first and foremost a covenant relationship in which a man and a woman pledge themselves to each other for a lifetime partnership. In the biblical context of marriage, God's expressed desire is that the two will become one flesh. At the heart of marriage, therefore, is the idea of unity. This is the opposite of aloneness. Something deep within a man cries out for companionship with a woman; and the woman has a similar desire for intimacy with a man. Marriage is designed to satisfy this deep search for intimacy. Therefore, marriage is not simply a relationship; it is an intimate relationship that embraces all aspects of life . Continue Reading
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AKING ACTION IN 2013 BY NATALIE BROWN
The most successful people in life share one major trait – the ability to accomplish goals. This ability expels the myth that you have to be gifted, clever or have the best connections to be able to succeed. Of course these things all help but even if you possess all these abilities but do nothing then you will never achieve your true potential. Even though most of us know what it is we should do, we just don’t do it. What’s common sense is sometimes not common practice. So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? How can we develop a habit of taking action on our ideas now and to stop procrastinating? Here are some things that will help you to take action in 2013. Believe in yourself If you want people to believe in you you have to first of all believe in yourself. Have the confidence to know that whatever you want to achieve in 2013 you can do if you just realise that everything you need to accomplish your dream is placed inside of you and just needs to come out. You have the gifts, talent and ability to overcome any challenge no matter how big or small. There is no such thing as the perfect time Sometimes we procrastinate and make excuses by stating that we are waiting for the perfect time to start on our idea. There is no such thing as the perfect time. There will always be obstacles in our way – we won’t have enough money, there’s a recession, we won’t have people to help us, the competition is tough etc. These are excuses we create in our mind to stop us from moving forward. You have to learn to take step towards your dream and deal with any problems as and when they arise. There is never a better time than today to start working towards your dreams. Stop talking and take action Talk is cheap and gets you nowhere. Learn to be an action taker and follow through with your words. There is nothing wrong in asking people for advice or sounding out an idea but don’t get stuck on verbalising the idea but taking no action. If you want to start a business, write a book, lose weight, volunteer your time, whatever it is start today! Fear is only False Evidence Appearing Real There is nothing wrong with certain fears but don’t allow fear to paralyse you and stop you from taking action. It’s normal to feel fear and anxiety when stepping out into the unknown and starting something new, but don’t let it ruin your chances of creating something amazing. As the saying goes ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. If there is something you are passionate about, follow that passion and break the cycle of fear by taking one step at a time. Accountability partner Even when you decide to take the necessary action to get your idea off the ground it can sometimes be very difficult to keep moving forward especially when the trials and challenges come your way. Find an accountability partner or group who can help you remain focused and stay on course. Arrange to speak with them once a week or a Continue on page 14
AKING ACTION IN 2013 CONTD. BY NATALIE BROWN
month and set realistic timescales that can be measured. I personally have found it really useful to be surrounded by a number of people who support my vision and who help me to stay on track. Live in the moment Don’t allow the fact that even though your to-do list is full of things which you may not manage to get done in the day, live in the moment and recognise that the only time you can control is the present moment. Don’t worry about what you didn’t do yesterday or what may happen next week. Focus on the seconds/minutes you have right now. If you speculate too much about the future you are unlikely to get anything done today. If you think about it, there are always going to be reasons not to do something. But the great thing about the world we live in is that it is never too late to take a chance, to follow a dream. It’s never to late to pursue a passion, to add excitement and satisfaction to your life. Remember, you’re never going to achieve your goals or have your dream life if all you ever do is just sit on the couch and think about it. You’ve got to take action. When fear steps in, change the negative thinking to something positive and take steps towards the future you desire. Don’t just sit there thinking about it, it’s time for action!
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