Books Close to My Heart…
Compiled by Andrea Hylen
Foreward by Claudia Carawan
I’ve known Andrea Hylen for several years and have always been amazed at how she taps into the heart of any project she is working on and consciously creates projects that help heal.
Andrea is the Founder of Heal My Voice, whose mission is to empower women and girls to heal grief, loss, and trauma, and reclaim their inner authority, so they can discover and use their leadership skills in their homes, communities, and the world, by developing collaborative projects that encourage leadership, community building and the reclaiming of each woman’s voice.
In the spring of 2011, several of us – friends and strangers – came together (Andrea was part of the group) at a weekend retreat where we discussed how we would be fearless in our lives, live with courage, and hold a space and encourage other women to do the same.
In late spring, several of the same women gathered to kick off a book based on the theme of being fearless. Through the months, guided by Andrea and other women in the group, we met, we had phone calls and we wrote our stories. How had we or were we becoming fearless? How did we or how were we finding our own voices?
I wish I could tell you that writing our stories was easy – for me or the others. It wasn’t. What it was – healing, nurturing, and inspiring. And, out of the process, touching stories came from twenty women who bared their hearts and their souls.
Fearless Voices: True Stories by Courageous Women is the very first book in the Heal My Voice Book Circle Project. I encourage you to read these heartfelt stories and share them with a friend. You’ll be inspired.
By Polly Campbell
I fell in love with Polly’s writing on her blog, Imperfect Spirituality, and through her articles for Daily Om, Psychology Today and Gaiam. It always seems as if she is talking to me about the very things I am facing and perhaps, the very lessons I may need to be learning.
Polly knows that many of us can’t run off to the mountaintop to mediate for years and to find ourselves. We have busy lives and things to do. She also knows that the real-life moments sometime provide the only opportunity for spiritual growth in a day.
So, this gem of a book is filled with practical tips and dozens of examples, as well as anecdotes from real people who are striving to grow both spiritually and personally.
It’ll be a book you return to over and over again.
And, I am so very honored that I am featured in Chapter 2: Courage to Stand with Your Truth. Thank you, Polly, for wanting to share my story.
Compiled by Andrea Hylen
Foreward by Ann Quasman
Writing a story for the very first Heal My Voice Book Circle Project (Fearless Voices) was an incredible experience for me. For the very first time, I put my story on paper. For the very first time, that story was out there for others to see. Scary and empowering at the very same time.
When Andrea Hylen asked me to write the foreward for the second book in the Heal My Voice series, I was honored and jumped at the chance.
Twenty-three women bravely shared their stories in this book. As Andrea says:
“One vulnerable word at a time, the successful authors in this book reclaimed hidden aspects of their own personal power: writing to heal a story in their lives.
These twenty-three women initially met through a coaching program including both men and women, and thus were accustomed to “listening” to one another, practicing the artful trade of supporting and empowering others.
In many of the stories, women wrote about the ways they had been diminished in religion, families, relationships, school, work and the world. Their confidence, feelings of worthiness, personal power, and open-eyed wonder had been chipped away and doused with someone else’s fear, manipulation and control. They had turned down the switch to their bright shining lights, to stay safe and hide their power to preserve and protect their hearts.
*An empowered voice listens.
*An empowered voice speaks the truth.
*An empowered voice will not be silenced.
They share their stories as the next step so that you may see your situation and your life in a new light; helping you to reclaim your own personal power, to move past obstacles and find the strength to step into your greatness.”
Read Empowered Voices: True Stories by Awakened Women and be encouraged and inspired.
Compiled by Cheryl Wood
I met award-winning author and speaker Cheryl Wood, Empowerment Coach, on Facebook. That “friending” eventually turned into a phone call and an instant connection between us.
Soon after, Cheryl invited me to serve as a Power Partner for her year-long entrepreneurial coaching program, WEPP – Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit. I believed in the program and what she was doing and said yes right away. From that point, our connection continued to grow.
So, when Cheryl asked me to be a spotlight author for her new compilation book for women entrepreneurs – specifically, to write about what I didn’t know when I first went into business for myself – there was no question that I wanted to participate. Not to mention the fact that I had a lot to share!
GlamourLess is for the woman who has a twinkle in her eye about entrepreneurship; the woman who is just getting started; and the woman who has been working on making it happen for a few years. Most of all, it’s for the woman who could use a little outside support, as well as a tune-up for her business.
It’s not MBA stuff. It’s about what they never teach you in school, but should. Plus, practical business concepts that will benefit you right away.
I call it a shot of inspiration for when you feel like throwing in the towel.
Read my chapter on Uncovering My Passion: The Evolving Entrepreneur and learn from myself and twenty-four other women who have met their challenges head on and cherish being entrepreneurs.