Love Your Life, Love Yourself

Some people really get into the spirit of Valentine's Day and others, like me, are a little jaded and think that love should be celebrated year round and not on a day where it is expected. But I got to thinking . . . Rather than succumbing to the "norm" and making it all about your partner and kids, how about if we look at ourselves and our life. Are we madly in love with both? And I am talking about having a deep conversation with yourself … [Read more...]

It Wasn’t Just About The Game . . .

My father was a huge football fan and growing up I was always annoyed that it is what was on our one TV every Sunday. As I have gotten older, I have come to really enjoy the New England Patriots and have an appreciation for all that they represent. It is not completely about the ball or the game. Yesterday’s Super Bowl actually left me teary eyed and here is why . . . For just a few hours we put the ridiculous political bickering aside and … [Read more...]

Part 2 – Some Funny Things Happened on the Way To Being 50

Some Funny Things Happened on the Way to Being 50 . . . Life Lessons and Random Crap I Learned in My Half Century! By Leslie Sturgeon, Women Inspiring Women Founder   Part 2 (see Part 1 here) OR download a PDF version of the complete blog here.   Last week I shared with you some of the things I have learned on my way to turning 50. This is the final part and a downloadable PDF of the entire blog is available here. If … [Read more...]

Some Funny Things Happened on the Way To Being 50

Some Funny Things Happened on the Way to Being 50 . . . Life Lessons and Random Crap I Learned in My Half Century! By Leslie Sturgeon, Women Inspiring Women Founder   This is a 2 part blog series - stay tuned for the final next week! Christmas Eve was a big day . . . not only because Santa and his reindeer were preparing for all their deliveries but yours truly turned the big Five-Oh! Admittedly I found turning 30 really difficult, … [Read more...]

Speaking of Speakers . . .

Speaking of Speakers . . . Recently, a few of you have inquired as to how the decision is made on who will be speaking at the NH Conference for Women each year, and how topics are chosen. Here are some insights: First and foremost, I listen to YOU, my beloved “Pink Posse.”  Every year, after each conference, I ask for feedback about what topics are important to you women, and how to raise the bar on the conference.  Thankfully, you are not … [Read more...]

Does Networking Make You Sick To Your Stomach?

Do you hear the word “networking” and the hairs on your neck stand up or you run to the bathroom to toss your lunch? I used to be the same way and now I lead an organization that grew as a result of networking and involves networking as part of its programming. In the weeks ahead, I will focus on strategies, ideas, etc., but for today I want to share some random thoughts on the topic. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET Stop thinking about networking as a … [Read more...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Get!

By Leslie Sturgeon, Women Inspiring Women Founder I heard Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Farms, say that once at an event. He was referring to things in the business world such as “don’t ask for someone’s business, then you don’t get someone’s business” or if you don’t ask a vendor to do something for you that would greatly impact your bottom line, or enhance your product or how you operate your business, then you don’t get the … [Read more...]

I Hid Under Tables

By Leslie Sturgeon, WIW Founder   It was the 1970’s. It was a simple time with good music, groovy clothing, tight-knit families and shag carpet. It was also the time period in which I hid under the kitchen table or could be found clinging to my mother because of overwhelming shyness. Yup, the person you see today was painfully shy. Hard to believe I could go from full-blown social anxiety to speaking in front of 600 people and … [Read more...]

Member News and Happenings

  February 2016 MARGARET ANN INNIS Margaret Ann Innis of Decorate to Sell has announced her upcoming Home Staging: The Basics and Business Class at Northern Essex Community College in North Andover, MA beginning March 1st. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. until April 12th. Learn to use existing furniture, basic staging & interior decor principles to stage a home for sale.  You’ll also explore pricing, business … [Read more...]

Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions By Leslie Sturgeon, WIW Founder I refuse to make New Year’s resolutions. I can’t explain why I have such an aversion to them, but I just do. Maybe because it seems like a negative or a bad habit that I need to overcome. I also try to tune out the mid-winter focus on “why you haven’t kept your New Year’s resolutions.” Again, that seems so negative as if we all fail after a month or two. For me January is the … [Read more...]