Tammy Helfrich

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Ben Arment on Making Dreams Happen {Podcast Episode #45}

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I loved having Ben Arment on the show. He has been a big inspiration to me over the years, and he provides wise advice for those of us who have big dreams. Ben is the founder of Story Chicago, Dream Year, and author of an upcoming book titled Dream Year.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • His move from being a Pastor to planning world class events
  • How his entrepreneurial tendencies led him to new adventures
  • Story Chicago was a dream he had for more than ten years
  • Every dream has a history
  • It may take boldness in order to see that dream start to surface
  • When you follow your dreams, the first few years are about failing and learning from it
  • People who are the most successful have tried the most, and failed the most
  • Remember WHY you started your dream
  • Desparation is a powerful motivator
  • Dreaming is not easy. It can even be agonizing.
  • Giving up can become a habit
  • Let your story unfold
  • Keep going after your dreams
  • Frustration that compels you to go after your dream is a gift
  • Greenlighting your own dream
  • Being stuck comes out of our clouded priorities
  • Ben’s new book, Dream Year, is coming out in August

 

You can find Ben on Twitter or Instagram.

I’d love to hear what you learned from this episode. What stuck out to you most?

 

I’d greatly appreciate your honest review on iTunes. You can do that in a few minutes by clicking here. Thank you so much for listening!

 

 

The Possibility Podcast with Dr. Ann Vertel

I am honored to be on Dr. Ann Vertel’s The Possibility Podcast today. Ann is a psychologist, professional speaker and career coach. She is passionate about helping people discover their gifts and pursue their passions.

If you’re visiting from Ann’s site, welcome! I look forward to connecting with you.

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It was such a pleasure to talk with Ann and be a guest on her show. I talk about leaving Corporate America, and what led up to it. You can listen to the episode here.

I’d be honored if you’d listen and let me know what you think. Also, if you subscribe, rate, and leave an honest review of her show in iTunes by this Friday, she will send you a digital download of TheMillionaireMindsetMethod.com for FREE as a thank you (sells for $127). All you have to do is send an email to podcast@annvertel.com and let her know you did it! How awesome is that??

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show.

 

 

 

Live Your List

I was so honored to be a guest on Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr’s Live Your List podcast. These guys are doing some amazing work helping lead people into living authentically and living life to its fullest.

If you’re visiting from their site, welcome! I look forward to connecting with you.

I’d be honored if you’d check out the episode. Simply click on the image below to head over to his site. We talk about the power of connections, and being intentional about helping others. And while you’re over there, check out their other episodes. These guys have a great chemistry, and are really passionate about helping you live your list. Also, be sure to leave them a review on iTunes about their show.

What’s on your bucket list?

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Becca Ludlum on Blogging {Podcast Episode #44}

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Becca Ludlum joins me on the podcast. She is such an incredible person, and an extreme knowledgeable about blogging. She is an entrepreneur, a writer, and someone who loves to help others.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How she started blogging 5 years ago
  • Thinking about what you may want to talk about in the future
  • Rebranding can be scary
  • Think about your name and domain name before you start
  • Scheduling is important for posting
  • Don’t be afraid of Pinterest
  • Becca’s new book, Everything But the Posts
  • Wanting to help people, but also wanting to make it easy for them to find help
  • Writing a book can be a slow process when you are fitting it in the margins
  • Marketing your products can be difficult sometimes
  • You can always do something to make a difference
  • What do you consider helping?
  • Utilizing groups to help support and encourage you

You can connect with Becca on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook. You can learn more about her book by clicking on the image below, or heading right over to Amazon to pick it up here: Everything But the Posts: Tips, Advice, and Templates From a Blogger Who Has Been in Your Shoes

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We’re giving away two copies of this great book. Leave a comment below to be entered to win.

Why do you want to read this book?

 

3 Reasons I Said Goodbye to Dieting

I can safely say I have tried almost every diet known to man. I have gained and lost more weight than I care to count. Sometimes, I would keep the weight off for a while after focusing really hard on the plan. But most times, I gained the weight back quickly.

Have you ever struggled with your weight?

If you have, you know that it can be extremely overwhelming trying to figure out the best plan for you. There is so much conflicting information floating around from various experts, and in the age of information readily available whenever we need it, sometimes it’s easier to just say, “forget it!”

I was an athlete when I was younger. While I was never skinny, I was very fit. I was healthy and strong. But then there was college, and marriage and babies. I gained so much weight with both of my kids. And honestly, while I lost a good portion of my baby weight, I have yet to fully lose the extra weight I gained all those years ago.

On December 26, 2013, I vowed to change that. That switch in my head flipped and finally said, “ENOUGH!” I also decided that I was done with dieting forever.

Trust me, I have been in this position before. I’ve been at the point where I was desperate to change something. But this time was different. This time I decided that I wanted to be healthier. Not for a specific reason, like turning 40 or an upcoming event. I chose to get healthier for me. My husband and kids were big motivators as well, but this time I committed to myself that I WILL learn to live healthier.

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The journey of living healthier begins with me. One healthy choice at a time. That’s how I started on December 26th. The decision on that day was to cut out sweets. After eating ridiculous amounts of sweets over the holidays, I knew I had to stop. After a week or so of making healthier decisions, I also decided to stop eating bread. It’s been something that I have done in the past, and I knew once I got past those first few days, it would be okay.

In January, I started a nutrition class with the owner of my gym, Center-Fit. I was very nervous to start this class, because I knew that Tori was going to challenge me to look at food completely differently than how I had viewed it for most of my life. She is extremely knowledgeable about the food industry and how so much of what we might consider to be healthy is actually the opposite. My friends have been talking to me for a few years about making better food choices, but it always seemed so overwhelming to me.  However, I knew it was time to change my lifestyle. And Tori has walked with me every stepped of the way.

I won’t go into the specifics of the program other than to say that Tori helps you get at the root of many of your health issues, including digestive and many other causes that could be causing you to keep the weight on. It has been incredibly eye-opening to me.

I have been eating “clean”, meaning mainly vegetables, lean proteins, fruits, and healthy fats for almost two months. I no longer eat processed foods or grains.  I’ve lost 20 pounds. While I am thrilled with the number, I am more excited about how I feel. I feel fantastic! I feel great about the healthy choices I am making, and know that this is sustainable for me. My goals include wanting to shed more of the weight, but honestly, I’m focusing on this as a lifestyle, and when the weight drops off at whatever pace it decides, I am okay with that.

This is not a diet. I’ve said goodbye to that word for three reasons.

1. Dieting is temporary – if you allow yourself to keep calling how you are eating a “diet”, your mind will keep telling you that it is. You will continually think about how you can’t wait until it’s over, at which time you will most likely revert back to many of your bad habits.

2. A diet is restrictive – it’s typically about losing weight only, and not about learning to make healthier choices.

3. Diets typically aren’t customizable – All of our bodies are different. We have our own unique challenges or health issues, and getting to the root of those problems is often how we can truly start taking control of our health.

I am very excited about the choices I’ve made on this journey. I have so much more to learn, but I am confident that this lifestyle change is  healthy and helping me on my journey towards wholeness.

Have diets worked for you? I’d love to hear how your journey of getting healthy is going.

 

 

 

 

 

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