The buzz in the room is palpable. Women around us seem excited, inspired and empowered. The energy has shifted from what we have on our plates to what could be. And that’s just the beginning.

T h e S T R E A M :

A FIVE-STEP RESET FOR YOUR LIFE AND CLOSET

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The buzz in the room is palpable. Women around us seem excited, inspired and empowered. The energy has shifted from what we have on our plates to what could be. And that’s just the beginning.

As Erika and Cammi set out cans of grapefruit-flavored La Croix and a tray of cheese and crackers, Hudson owner, Rachel DeNicola bustles behind the register. Promptly at 6 p.m., the store transforms. By day, it’s a boutique filled with skinny jeans and cold-shoulder tops. But tonight, it’s filled with women looking to be empowered. And we had a front-row seat.

Sparks fly as Jill Ann Anderson begins to talk. She’s used to inspiring others. After all, she traded in her business and psychology career for a thriving life-coaching practice, including hosting her own radio show, The Empower Hour.

She’s built her business on listening to that quiet inner voice. It all starts, she says, with a dinner plate.

A circle is drawn on our hand-out. She tells us we have 30 seconds to write as many commitments, worries and tasks in that circle. No one makes a sound. We’re all too busy writing.

When prompted, women speak up, sharing what they so feverishly scribbled.

“Work!” one says.

“Kids!” says another.

“Marriage!” another adds.

Now Jill tells us to eliminate all but three items. The remaining three will be our new focus.

“What if we say yes to the best and no to the rest?” Jill asks as we begin to look over our lists.

The buzz in the room is palpable. Women around us seem excited, inspired and empowered. The energy has shifted from what we have on our plates to what could be. And that’s just the beginning.

Jill continues, now having the room’s full attention to share how we go about saying yes to the best.

 

 

IT'S REALLY HARD.

“We talk ourselves out of listening to that inner voice,” she says. “Making changes – even if they better our lives – is hard work.”

 

EXPERIENCE CONFUSION.

She explains that it’s our job to listen to that inner voice – even if we’re not sure where it leads. “You don’t know the future. You don’t have a clear path,” she explains. “And yet, you also don’t know your unlimited potential.”

 

ONLY YOU CAN DO THE WORK.

Jill looks at all of us. “My goal for you is to be more, have more, do more and give more,” she smiles. “But only you can do the work.”

 

YOU'RE GOING TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE 

“Most people are traveling the comfortable path; it’s familiar,” Jill says. “As soon as you think about growing, you get uncomfortable.” But, that’s where Jill comes in. She encourages us to just take one actionable step at a time.

 

IT'S TOTALLY FREAKING FUN.

“Surround yourself with other people also bettering themselves,” Jill encourages us.

 

During a break in the action, we pull Erika and Cammi aside to ask them about their own plates. Surprisingly, both have similar goals: to be more intentional.

“I have four sisters and we’re constantly in communication, but rarely have meaningful conversations,” Cammi, a stylist at Mainstream, tells us. “When we’re together, I want us to put down the phones and really talk.”

Erika, store manager, is newly married and wants to spend quality one-on-one time with her husband. “We both have busy jobs and it’s easy to jump on email after work instead of really talking,” she tells us. “Instead, I want to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio and have a great conversation.”

Jill draws us all back in and reflects on one more thing: how our closets reflect our lives. By clearing the clutter, the two-sizes-too-small pairs of jeans and tattered sweaters, we can make room for clothes allow us to really shine. And with that, shopping ensued.

Looking on, Rachel smiles as women shop and chat. She’s envisioned using her boutique as a place for empowerment and development since day one. Learning to endure and persevere in the face of hardship, Rachel overcame bullying and encouraged others to do the same through her book, Lessons from my Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time. She tells the story of how her parents expressed encouragement in a special way – on handwritten notes inside her lunchbox.

Now, through her store, her book and her employees, Rachel is encouraging others to take the road less traveled, listen to that inner voice, and take action.

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September 26, 2016 by Mainstream Boutique

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