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Are you Influential?

Ambitious. Hard-working. Multi-tasking–these words describe most  women in today’s culture. Dreamers, with great desires for ourselves and our families. We are strong and courageous and are willing to give up so that others can get.

Women are influential

As emotional and relational beings, our mood sets the atmosphere around us. When we are peaceful, others relax. When we are joyful, others enjoy themselves. We should not underestimate the power of our presence because, when we recognize our influence,  we can make a difference in our world.

We have the ability to  create a beautiful environment in our homes for our marriage to flourish and our children to blossom. We have it in us to become self-disciplined, and to discipline our children well and train them in the way they should go. When we build on our strengths and overcome our weaknesses, we increase our sphere of influence (as big or small as that may be) because women who are confident enough to bless others are women who people want to be around. Continue reading Are you Influential?

The Influential Bold Beauty

By definition, a gamine is a feminine example of a mischievous young boy who typically cares little about his appearance, yet has enormous charm. The french term for this boy is gamin, thus the term Gamine for the Bold Beauty, a  girl (of any age) with great passion for inspiring fun and enforcing justice.

Gamines have a way of persuading others to join in on their strong convictions. Whether her passion is over a razor blade or a political movement, if a Gamine is hot on a topic, you may very well be inspired to join her ban wagon, simply because Continue reading The Influential Bold Beauty

The Beauty of Self-discipline

Don’t you just admire disciplined women, who guard their schedules and take care of themselves without neglecting their responsibilities? Their home is in order, their finances are planned. They workout, rest well, eat right and take time to play.

And they don’t feel guilty about it.

Who do you know that meets that description? There’s a good chance that person is a Classic or a Gamine–or any style of beauty who is committed to self-improvement.

Self-discipline does not come easily.

The Beauty of Self-discipline Although it looks different to each of us, we all want our lives to be in order. Yet few of us actually get there. According to my own observations, it seems that some personalities struggle with this more than others.

By nature the Classic and the Gamine are simply more organized and task oriented. Some of us admire self-discipline; these girls desire it. This  is why they often attain it quicker than the rest of us.

Truth be told, in the end, we each do what we really want in life. Continue reading The Beauty of Self-discipline

FREE Giveaway this Giving Tuesday

It is “Giving Tuesday,” a lot of wonderful organizations receive a great part of their funds this one day of the year. (I sure got a lot of requests, did you?) I know that giving is a great way to start the Christmas season and of course I want to support the many wonderful causes, but honestly, I struggle with stinginess. After all, there’s shopping to do–gifts to buy–what if I run out of money and don’t get to spoil my kids the way I want to? I am reminded of a time in my life when I wrestled with God over my attitude.

Financial fears were robbing me from enjoying my abundant blessings.

I was sitting at my kitchen counter having a quiet moment of reflection. Looking around at my new house, I was overwhelmed by all the shopping that needed to be done to make the big, empty space into a home.

I needed some encouragement, so I opened my Bible and found this:

The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. Proverbs 11:25 NKJV
The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. Proverbs 11:25 NKJV

“You need to become more generous.”

“Ouch! Really, Lord, more generous? My husband already gives more than we should. We have a mortgage now. I don’t want to risk loosing what we have worked so hard for!”

“That’s what I’m saying, my daughter. You are benefiting from your husband’s generous heart. I love to bless people who, like a vessel, gratefully receive and willingly shares what they have been given. Through an open vessel my heart is revealed to others, not a closed one. Do not cling to what you already have or the fear of loosing it will engulf you and hide my heart from others.”

Stinginess is not beautiful.

There are some lessons in life that we may have to learn over and over before we really get them. I’m not sure I’ve got the generosity thing down yet, but in honor of Giving Tuesday, I thought I would practice what I’m learning (again) by giving away what I feel is one of my best accomplishments, my book.

Click Here to Submit your request for a FREE copy of Confident Beauty

Of course there’s a catch…

I will give you a copy of Confident Beauty, Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, but I want you to give it away to anyone in your life who has or is facing some kind of Image Issue (and yes, you can make it a Christmas gift). Deal?

What are Image Issues?

An Image Issue is any physical, emotional or spiritual Beauty Battle that challenges your confidence and makes you feel ugly, ashamed, invisible, unwanted… It could be a birthmark, an inability, or disproportion that makes you HATE, HIDE, or get HUNG UP on your appearance. It may show itself as weight issues, skin problems, eating disorders, addictions, social stigmas or OCD. It may drive you to act with disgrace, or strive for perfection. It may look like popularity and dress like a diva or appear humble, care free or completely grunge. Others may see it as an over-concern for fashion, makeup or piercings, or it could be a total lack of concern for body image.

Beauty out of balance is not beautiful.

Confident Beauty is a balance of caring for self and for others, and that’s what my book is all about. The greatest thing I could give you or the one you love is the insights I found and share in Confident Beauty. Image issues show up in a number of ways, but they all come down to one thing: beauty out of balance is far from confident. Truth is what sets us free.  Do you have a woman or girl in your life who could use some help understanding herself and the emotional (and spiritual!) battle she faces?  If you want to give her something that can help her become a Confident Beauty–inside and out–then please click the button below.

Tonight I am giving away 10 audiobook 3 paperback books for FREE. Just click the button below to tell me where (and which type) to send your copy.

Click Here to Submit your request for a FREE copy of Confident Beauty

Cover ConfidentBeauty CVR-LGNote: there is also a QR code to get a FREE ebook in the cover of every paperback copy of Confident Beauty (on any day of the year).

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As an author and speaker, Catrina’s passion is in helping women and girls overcome confidence conflicts, especially those involving rejection, betrayal and loss. After 30 years in the beauty industry as both a cosmetologist and an image consultant, Catrina now uses her profession, her own powerful stories and her training as a Biblical life-coach to reach the heart in a way that is relatable, encouraging and inspiring. Her message is balanced with both fashion and faith and is making a difference  in the lives of women and girls all over!  To be part of this movement, connect with her on FacebookTwitter PinterestLinked In, Goodreads  and consider having her speak at your next event. Visit http://catrinawelch.com for more information.

 

3 Ways Women Seek Significance

They say there are two types of women in the world:

  • the ones who walk into a room and say, “Here I am!”
  • the ones who walk into a room and say, “Oh, there you are!”

Of course we would all prefer to be the second type, but in reality, most of us are not.

When I think of the woman who says, “Here I am!” I feel embarrassed for her–you may feel something stronger. How childish to demand attention! How vain and selfish! We don’t want to be like that. Yet if we are honest, we must admit that deep within us, there’s a little girl’s heart that would also love to be noticed.

Instead, we feel invisible.  Continue reading 3 Ways Women Seek Significance

The Secret to Success

Like a clown at the circus, some of us are spinning too many plates just trying to make ends meet. We are stressed and striving and seldom finding a moment to unwind for fear of breaking a pice of fine china. At least that’s how I feel right now. I’d tell you all the things I have up on poles wobbling in circles right now, but I’m not sure that would be very encouraging.

broken-chinaBusyness may be entertaining at the circus, but in everyday life it is more like call to competition. As soon as you proclaim to be busy the misery match begins. It’s as if busyness has become a badge of honor. Some people seek out their significance with fame or wealth, some with beauty or popularity. It seems to me, however, that nearly all of us (yes, myself included!) find busyness to be the area we hope to find satisfaction in one day… You know the day: it’s right after the next projects are completed–that’s when we will pause and enjoy the rest that we hope to earn by then.

I spent today at Geek Girl Tech Conference. I learned so much my brain is exploding. I learned I should keep blogging and start doing a whole lot more. Yet I know that I can only do so much, and without rest and peace I am nothing and I have nothing to offer. It is times like these when it is good to dig deep into our root system and remember where to find our strength.

Which is why I share this scripture as my blog today:

Psalm 1:1-3
 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed and overspent today, I encourage you to trust in the source of your strength. You may not be able to keep all the plates spinning without your help, but a strong tree does not grow wilted and weak because of great winds or little rain because its roots go deep though the dirt directly to the Living Water. May you find your rest in the knowledge that God is your strength and He has given you all that you need to keep bearing fruit. After all, the fruit you share with your world is true success.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose passion is empowering women and girls to BE and LET BE. Her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach, as well as her personal experiences with abandonment and grief make her message relatable to anyone dealing with rejection, betrayal or loss.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available as an audiobook you can find it on amazon, Audible.com, or iTunes.

Should you Say Yes to the Dress?

An estimated 198,000,000 roses were given out this week to women all over the country. My daughter and I each got a dozen of them. Her’s are white, mine red.  My husband teased us as we debated over which vase we would each use to display their beauty.

It’s not only size that matters.

It is important that all the flowers fit properly into a vase; the stems must be supported without being crowded. But it’s more than that. The color should compliment the flowers and accentuate the best parts of the arrangement.

Choosing the wrong size or color vase is not the only thing that could take away from the beauty of a bouquet.

Style is key.

Roses are a classic representation of beauty. Throughout the years have  become accepted as pleasing in all sorts of vases. Perhaps it is their simplicity and versatility that makes them so desirable no matter what they “wear,” but without a doubt this refined flower is most stunning in a classy, well-finished vase.

Imagine a simple bouquet of wild flowers in that high-quality vase. A little awkward don’t you think? How about an exotic, tropical arrangement in a earthen vessel? Some styles just don’t compliment each other well, instead they compete with each other.

Choosing the wrong size or color vase is not the only thing that could take away from the beauty of a bouquet.

Your beauty is like that. 

Like flowers, women come in all sorts of styles and what we wear is what holds us up with dignity, like a vase. When we chose outfits that do not compliment our authentic style (our personal Img.ID) our image is actually competing with our beauty.

Yes, a bouquet of flowers in a vase which is completely opposite its style can still make a beautiful statement, but the statement that a woman makes when wearing an outfit that doesn’t compliment her style isn’t usually favorable.

An outfit that competes with your personality makes an awkward statement  

I’ve witnessed a lot of these unfavorable statements this week as I have been out prom-dress shopping.

Just because you like a style doesn’t mean it likes you.

This statement may be hard to hear, but understanding it will make your life easier. The girls I was shopping with knew their Img.ID; they tried on half as many dresses as the girls we saw going into the changing rooms excited and coming out disappointed, frustrated and exhausted.

The secret to dressing for any formal occasion is knowing who you are: 

  • Like the rose, the Classic Beauty should dress in high-quality attire with well-finished touches, keeping her focus on traditional looks and avoiding any extremes.
  • Like a daisy, the Natural Beauty should dress casually; when she is required to be more formal she should keep her look very simple and be sure to include texture (nothing too smooth).
  • Like the tropical flowers, the Dramatic Beauty should dress in high-fashion, especially for formal occasions, keeping her lines straight and avoiding frills.
  • Like the baby’s breath, the Ingénue Beauty should dress in youthful, feminine looks in lightweight fabrics. She should include frills, lace or tucks.
  • Like the orchid, the Romantic Beauty should dress in soft, sophisticated, feminine looks that flow over her curves. She should avoid anything tight, revealing or low quality and consider floral or feathery patterns.
  • Like the calla lily, the Gamine Beauty should dress in sleek styles with tailored edges and bold, contrasting colors (at least three). She should avoid rough textures and anything sheer, flimsy, delicate or plain.

For visual ideas on What2Wear (for formal or everyday wear as well as hair, makeup, accessories, etc), be sure to visit my Pinterest page and click on the board that represents your Img.ID. You can find it at https://www.pinterest.com/catwelch

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose passion is empowering women and girls to BE and LET BE. Her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach, as well as her personal experiences with abandonment and grief make her message relatable to anyone dealing with rejection, betrayal or loss.

CoversSidebar280x150-1Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, will soon be available as an audiobook. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

Why I Love Platform University

“Will you remember me when you’re famous?”

This question was a common response of my peers when the publication of my book, Confident Beauty, was announced. With each snide remark, I found my heart challenged. I respect the fact that one person’s success can create Confidence Conflicts for others, but I wasn’t prepared for the emotional battle that came with having my own dream come true. Continue reading Why I Love Platform University

Do You Fear the Future?

My world came to a holt last week.

When someone you love is fighting for her life, it is hard to continue yours. Things that used to seem so important just don’t matter anymore. At the same time, priorities that used to be mundane begin to hold much more weight. It’s times like this when we need a strength beyond our own.

My “What2Wear Wednesday“ blog is coming out a bit late in the day because I really couldn’t find the words of encouragement to share this morning. In all my worry for my family I forgot to get dressed.

Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

Don’t you just wish you could be like the Proverbs 31 woman? I do. Talk about Confident Beauty!

I want to “laugh without fear of the future” but instead I am burdened with stress. Was this ancient woman really filled with joy even when life was difficult? If she really found the secret, then certainly each of us can, too!

Honestly, I think the key to her confidence is that she knew What2Wear.

She wore strength and dignity.

I could use some strength right now, couldn’t you? Where can we find the beautiful garment of strength?

And dignity, do we even know what that is anymore?

DSC01828dignity |ˈdignitē| noun (pl. dignities)
the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect: a man of dignity and unbending principle | the dignity of labor.
• a composed or serious manner or style: he bowed with great dignity.
• a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect: it was beneath his dignity to shout.
• a high or honorable rank or position: he promised dignities to the nobles in return for his rival’s murder.

Sometimes when I read Proverbs 31,  I feel as if I could never measure up to the amazing woman described there. It’s only natural to I criticize her, “surely she had no problems! Or else she was very naive.” But the definition of dignity ruins thisjudgment, doesn’t it? She wasn’t a laughing fool trying to hide her fear and pain. She had dignity.

Today I am challenged to remain composed with a self-respect that allows feelings–but does not allow fear–in the face of life’s difficulties.  If you, too, are ready to face the days ahead with strength, dignity and joy, come what may, then would you join me in making a commitment to no longer laugh as if there are no problems and no longer allow our world to come to a holt when the problems are big? Let us look to Proverbs 31 for What2Wear and choose what attitudes we wear with wisdom so that we can laugh at the days to come. The best part is, we do not have to purchase the “garment” we can borrow the strength and dignity of Someone who paid a big price for it.

2 Corinthians 12:10b For when I am weak, then I am strong

New Year, New You

Ready? Set? Go!

Happy New Year!

Don’t you just love the opportunity to start over? Today we  get ready to celebrate the closing of 2014. I’m sure your year, like ours, was full of devastations and dreams come true. Life is full of ups and downs and, undoubtably, next year’s race will have many mountains and valleys as well. The question is: how will we handle it?

Consider a runner tripping off the starting block. To be “ready” she must be “set” but what does that mean to those of us running the race of life, which often feels more like the post-game workout in the movie Miracle.

2013,  AGAIN!

2014, AGAIN!

2015, AGAIN!

For you, this may mean taking New Years Day off and setting some goals for what you want to accomplish in the next year. Finances, vacations, achievements. January first is a great day to throw away the old calendar and start a fresh, clean one with habits that will make all our dreams come true.

But for many of us, goal setting is getting old. We are tired of setting ourselves up for strenuous activity that all too often sucks the life out of us before we reach the finish line. There has got to be a better way.

I think it’s the starting block.

Last year I accomplished one of my biggest dreams. My book was launched by a New York publisher.  But like the 1980 Olympic ice hockey team, who needed a new perspective on what they had accomplished as individuals, I, too, had to figure out my new place in life. Marketing was my Herb Brooks: social media! book signings! blogs! AGAIN!

Sometimes we look at our accomplishments as the finish line. I did it! I made the team! And continuing to play the game begins to feel like “suicides” because we aren’t looking at our new role as the next race. In our pride, we forget our purpose and loose our passion.

If you are struggling to find yourself in the busyness of life, I encourage you to take a moment to catch your breath and remember who you are and who you play for. Perhaps it’s time to let the old team become the new starting block.

SMO BUTTERFLY1Remember, just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly. My hope and prayer for 2015 is that this is the year that you and I truly break free and become who we were meant to BE.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com