Ignore the ‘Bitch Next Door’
A Message from WMF Founder, Janeen Halliwell
Kindness, Goodness, Community, and Giving Back – these are the values that I identified as being integral to We Move Forward when I first conceived of it. My intention was to create a special space where kind women would form community and support one another from the goodness of their hearts to live a life of passion and purpose. Giving back would happen through sponsoring local women to attend, donating a portion of each registration to a local charity, and by including speakers from organizations that too give back.
For the past three years, WMF’s core values have guided my work and the conference. But, I did get side-swiped after WMF 2013 and almost called it a day. As many of us know from experience, there will always be critics in our midst; this is a fact of life. It’s where we decide to focus that matters. In a protective way, some of my nearest and dearest were telling me that it wasn’t worth it to put in the long hours and to work through the grueling details that are necessary for pulling off WMF. Initially, I listened. Then I paused… for two months. And then I went back to believing in my vision and honoring my values. I’m so grateful that I did, as We Move Forward 2014 exceeded my greatest expectations, and those who attended – kind-hearted and good-minded women who came together and formed a supportive and fun community, one that exuded love and compassion.
This is what I learned from my WMF 2014 experience, and it isn’t a new lesson, it is a recurring one that many of you will recognize from my conference openers: Pay attention to the people in your cheering section – rejoice in their accolades and listen and learn from their constructive feedback. Be aware of self-doubt – you know that voice, the one I like to call ‘the bitch next door’, don’t listen to her, or to the voices of those who keep her company. Be strong, keep good company, and move forward with grace.
I am so very grateful to all of the women who continue to support my passion and purpose, We Move Forward. Please know that I too am in your cheering sections, and I look forward to seeing you in 2015!
Love & Light,
YES! You Heard Her Right – Mark your calendars!
WMF 2015 is on for March 6, 7 & 8, 2015!!!
We Move Forward 2014 – year 3 of this one-of-a-kind International Women’s Day conference & retreat – was a HUGE success! So, we are doing it again on March 6, 7 & 8, 2015!! This is a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, making travel and vacation time easier to manage for those of you still immersed in your careers. Many participants take a week’s vacation so that there is time to explore and enjoy all that this fun, friendly & safe tropical island has to offer.
Secure Your Space Today & Save!
Put $100 down before April 1, 2014 and save $100 later when the WMF 2015 website launches in the summer of 2014. That’s right – if you pay a deposit of $100 now, you’ll be guaranteed a space among this growing community of like-minded and hearted women AND you will receive a Very Early Bird Rate discount of $100. Your $100 deposit will be applied to the discounted rate. Returnees will receive an additional $25 loyalty discount!
NOTE: The cost of We Move Forward 2015 has not yet been set, but it will continue to be economically priced to provide women of all ages and stages of life the opportunity to be part of this life-changing body, mind and soulful experience. The $100 deposit is non-refundable, but it is transferable to a another WMF 2015 participant should your plans change.
100% of WMF 2014 participants recommend We Move Forward!
Here’s a taste of what WMF 2014 participants are saying about their 3-day experience:
“This conference is truly life changing and affirming. This was my 3rd We Move Forward conference, and each time I have come home re-energized and extremely appreciative of the chance to have had the experience. “ Brigit Kubiak, California, USA
“This conference moved my soul.” Carolyn Johnson, Wisconsin, USA
“I loved every moment of We Move Forward…the diversity of the speakers was outstanding…the safe container provided that allowed all of us to share with open hearts… the laughter…the tears…the sharing, authenticity, the sacred Mayan ceremony, the generosity of meals and drinks, morning meditation and yoga, the paradisiacal setting. I am so happy that I gave myself this nurturing and empowering experience.” Junie Swadron, British Columbia, Canada
Lisa Koch is Coming Back!!!
The crazy funny and lyrical Lisa Koch will be back in 2015! 100% of WMF 2014 participants LOVED LISA, and she had one hell of a good time too! Comments included:
“Amazing!! Funny, real and engaging. Bring her back. PLEASE!”
“LOVE HER! Lisa is the dream combination of talent, humor and heart.”
“Over the top! Too much fun!!”
“Lisa is hilarious…she is also very kind, intelligent, and a loving woman.”
Music: http://www.cdbaby.com/group/lisakoch — for mp3 downloads
http://www.heylisa.com/products.html — CD’s, DVD’s, and mp3 downloads directly from Lisa *Free shipping to all WMF participants, regardless of country
WMF Participant Blogs
There were many writers at WMF 2014, and a few have posted blogs about their unique We Move Forward experience. This is great reading and will give you a good feel for WMF:
Moving Forward on Isla Mujeres – by: Amy Angelilli, The Adventure Project
Women only….wait! What? By: Katherine Mcleod, Getting Up There
We Move Forward – Finding Meaning… By: Julia Rosien, Go Girlfriend
Win a Beach Bag of Claire’s Books!
Claire Cook, our We Move Forward 2014 keynote, is having a review giveaway to celebrate her latest novel, Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life. There are only a few days left to enter to win a beach bag filled with all 11 of her novels, plus a DVD of the Must Love Dogs movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Go to http://ClaireCook.com to find out more. Thanks Claire!!!
Let’s Help Miriam Laundry Spread the ‘I CAN’ Message & Beat the Guinness World Record!
We were touched and inspired by best-selling author, Miriam Laundry’s story and book that spreads the ‘I CAN’ message. Now she is going for the record of “largest online book discussion in 24 hours” to take her message to as many children and adults as possible on May 6 & 7, 2014. Helping Miriam is as easy as 1-2-3. Check out her promo video done by Jack Canfield – then get involved and make a difference too! Go to http://www.laundrybooks.com
See you at We Move Forward 2015!