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The Difference Support Makes with Rebecca Nash

You may not see it, but everything you do – from the way you run your business to how you interact with your clients – stems from your story and what you’ve been through. One of the first exercises I walk my clients through (in fact, Rebecca was the very first person I walked through this process!) is determining the theme of their business in one word. Most of the time, people have no idea what this is, and I can often see it before they do. For Rebecca, her standout superpower is support. It’s not that she’s supportive because she’s a nice person (which is totally true), she’s supportive because of her story. From suffering from mental illness and spending four years raising her daughter as a single mom to managing three learning disabilities and a full time job while running a business (Rebecca Nash Photography), this Gem has seen the contrast

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A Movement Toward Honest Media with Holl & Lane Magazine

Many trends are popping up all over our social media feeds, but the deeper momentum I am seeing for the upcoming season does not deal with colors, shoes or anything like the #GemFinds in this trend analysis report. What I see are people who are opening up and truthfully speaking about their life story. Sarah Hartley of Holl & Lane Magazine, a forerunner in this shift towards honest living, has created a business by encouraging real woman to be bold and brave about the truths they have gone through. She fully believes that when you are courageous enough to tell your story, you are then helping someone else feel less alone. Gem Nation couldn’t agree with her more, after all, your story is without a doubt what paved the way for you to dive in to chasing your dreams. RELATED: Bloggers Telling Honest Stories (via Holl & Lane)  Holl and Lane is published bimonthly on the first of the month as

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After Lifelong Struggles with Anxiety, Janelle Martel Creates Self-Care Subscription Box

When you can’t find what you are looking for, create your own! That is exactly what Janelle Martel did when she couldn’t find any care packages for people that want to give their mental health some love. Channeling her love of psychology and passion for helping others, Janelle created Caring Crate, a subscription box for those who are suffering from chronic illness, experiencing mental health issues, or just need a little extra TLC. With goodies from healthy snacks and scrumptious tea, to journals and beauty products, Caring Crate helps put self-care back at the top of your to-do list. Janelle was sweet enough to send me a Caring Crate to try recently. To be honest, I completely forgot it was coming, so when the box landed on my porch in the middle of a hectic week, the anxiety prone, overwhelmed, and overworked parts of my soul stepped forward to indulge in some much needed R&R. My

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From Pre-Med to Jewelry Designer: Steffi Keung on Figuring out Life as an Entrepreneur

When you first started your business, how many of you were in a completely different field then where you are now? Our Gem of the Week, Steffi Keung of Steffi K. Jewelry, answered wholeheartedly and truthfully to our interview questions on figuring out life as an entrepreneur so that you can get insight on making difficult decisions that push you to finding the career that fits you. Steffi graduated from UCLA with a pre-med degree, but now she is pursuing her passion of creating, which has led her to becoming the successful jewelry maker she is today. In fact, her edgy accessories were seen on one of the finalist on Season 10 of The Voice, Hanna Houston. Talk about making the right career switch and finding your purpose, am I right!? She is a true example of going against the grain and not letting others determine what is the best for you. Read how

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7 Strategies for Living and Coping with Bipolar Disorder

My name is Sharon Chisholm, I live in Australia and I am a mind health coach, advocate, writer and speaker. Fourteen years ago, at the age of 32, I moved from England to Australia.  A year later I was married with a new baby and my life was completely different.  When my daughter was a year old, I was diagnosed with clinical depression.  It’s been a very long rollercoaster journey of ups and downs since then, culminating in me being re-diagnosed last year with bipolar disorder.  The new diagnosis was the missing piece of the puzzle and explained so much of my misunderstood behavioral patterns over the years.  I’m now doing much better and am managing my life and my health well on a day to day basis. RELATED: Managing Your Business When Dealing with a Personal Crisis For me personally, medication has always been the starting point, because without it

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Healthy Habits for Emotionally Happy Entrepreneurs with Reina Pomeroy

Your business is here as a result of you. Your brain, your creativity, your passions and yet, when stress builds from the day-to-day tasks of entrepreneurship, taking care of yourself is this first thing that starts to become neglected. Comparisons, paying the bills, securing clients, and a never ending arms race with time all take a toll on us mentally, physically, and emotionally. The concern is, how can our businesses thrive if their health is always more important than our own? Together, social workers turned coaches, Reina Pomeroy and Abby Howard, are helping entrepreneurs establish skills for becoming emotionally healthy… That way our businesses can stay healthy and flourish, too (details below on their upcoming webinar that you will not want to miss)! Last week, Abby shared her journey from social worker to entrepreneurship, why it’s important to pay attention to your head space, and how she has cultivated her own mental strength. In this next interview, Reina, life and biz

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How to Dress for Your Job Interview

So You Got the Interview… Now What Will You Wear? Congratulations—you’re on your way! After countless hours of tweaking your LinkedIn profile, writing cover letters, and submitting a never ending stream of job applications, you finally managed to land an interview. The next step is preparing for the big day. Not only do you need to study the company website and come up with a list of questions to impress the interviewer, but you also need to figure out what to wear. Don’t panic. We’re here to help. A college professor once informed my female classmates and I to “Always wear classic, simple pieces to an interview. You don’t want to distract the interviewer by wearing something inappropriate.” She suggested wearing a combination of black and white and always making sure to wear the appropriate length when opting for a skirt or a dress. “When in doubt, wear pants,” she said. As for jewelry, she suggested pearls. While

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#StrengthAndStyle: From the Physician’s Perspective

  WE Can Make a Difference If you have been keeping up with some of my recent posts, you probably know I am currently running as a candidate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year Campaign! As part of my efforts to raise awareness with #StrengthAndStlye, I am dedicating this blog series to featuring cancer survivors, their families, and anyone else who has had an experience, directly or indirectly, with blood cancer. My goal is to cover this difficult topic from a wide variety of perspectives in order to educate, empower, and reach as many people as possible. The more conversations we can start, the more awareness we can raise, and the more lives we can save! This particular post addresses blood cancer from the perspective of a physician. Meet Dr. Thomas LeBlanc, an oncologist, palliative care physician, and blood cancer specialist at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. LeBlanc’s current research explores the experience of

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