Inspirational Guidance

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” – often misattributed to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural address – is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne’s latest New York Times Best Seller is A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever.  A Course inWeight Loss was selected by Oprah to be one of her Favorite Things in 2010.

Marianne’s other books include The Age of Miracles,  Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America and The Gift of Change.

She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose.

Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily.

In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. According to Time magazine, “Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity.”

A Message From The Creator

True Friendship

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

Ann Landers (1918-2002);
Advice Columnist

Inspiration Of Motherhood

A Lesson in Love

“Is that your child?” the lady asks-
it’s not the first time, not the last

I’m not too sure what to say to these people
who look at my child as if he were evil.

So I just smile and tell her “Yes,
he’s blood of my blood
and flesh of my flesh.

In case you’re wondering, he is biracial-
and he’s not cursed, he’s very special.
He has TWO cultures, can’t you see
and not just one like you and me.

We’ll teach him that true love is blind
and of one race–that is, mankind.
He’s God’s child first and then he’s mine
Yes, he’s my child, and he’s one of a kind!

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United StatesBarack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago and to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband’s presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University. As the wife of a Senator, and later the First Lady, she has become a fashion icon and role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition and healthy eating.

Inspiration Of Service

Julie Shifman

Julie Shifman

Julie Shifman believes in reinvention. She started her career as a professional ballet dancer and then left ballet to go to law school. After a highly successful career as a lawyer in New York City and Cincinnati, she reinvented again in 2000 and founded Shifman & Associates – a non-profit businessconsulting firm. One of her most significant consulting projects was the creation and management of EXCEL (EXecutive Curriculum for Emerging Leaders), a leadership development program for non-profit executives, and winner of the prestigious Program Excellence Award by the American Society for Public Administration.

As her interest in people development gravitated towards helping women, Julie founded Act Three…After Your First Career and Motherhood in 2008. Act Three works with women who are interested in exploring their next stage of life using a systematic process of:

skills training

In 2010, Julie launched Imagine…Then Do It!, a highly successful inspirational women’s event. She is a sought after inspirational speaker for women’s events and workshops around the country, and is a Certified Coach and an adjunct professor of business at Xavier University. She was recently awarded the prestigious Athena award by Cincy Magazine and was named as a 2011 Woman to Watch by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Julie’s formal training includes a B.A. from North Central College, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Tax Law from New York University.

Julie is the mother of four sons and is actively involved in the Cincinnati community. She served as the Chairperson of the Board of Talbert House, (the largest social service agency in Southern Ohio). She was also the Chair of the Tax Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association. She is currently a board member of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

Women In The News

What Does Health Reform Mean to You?

Getting to Well: Women and the Health Care Battles

The current debate over national healthcare insurance is often centered in Congress, with occasional sidebars contributed by talk-show hosts. Given that women are patients, caretakers and often first-responders in health care crises, Women’s eNews has asked its reporters to dig out angles of the debate that directly impact women’s well-being. We have a lot at stake in the outcome:

  • Women are almost twice as likely as men to be covered as dependents in employer-sponsored plans, leaving them vulnerable if their spouse loses his job, they are divorced or they become widowed.
  • Women comprise two-thirds of adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Thus, Medicaid covers 4 in 10 births in the United States and two-thirds of all family planning services. The current bills under consideration would dramatically change Medicaid eligibility criteria.
  • More than half of all Medicare beneficiaries are women; of those over the age of 85, 70 percent are women. Congress is now considering requiring Medicare patients to pay more for preventative care, such as mammograms, Pap smears and bone density screenings.
  • More than 17 million—18 percent– of nonelderly women are uninsured.
  • Childbirth and related conditions account for nearly 25 percent of all hospital stays.
  • Few women have insurance that covers long-term care and they and their families often exhaust theirsavings to pay for such care out-of-pocket

Inspiration Of Style



It was hard to know just where to look when this look came down the runway. The shock of yellow against the blue and green skirt was graphic color blocking at its most extreme.

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

— Audrey Hepburn


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