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  • Heart & Soul The Art of Cleo Mitchel

    Keep Swimming  Upstream by Cleo Mitchel

    Keep Swimming Upstream by Cleo Mitchel

    Art by Cleo Mitchel

    Art by Cleo Mitchel

    Cleo Mitchel, a self-taught award-winning abstract artist, is creating a name for herself in today's art world.

    My profound desire is to motivate and inspire my audience to practice freedom, follow their dreams and follow a path that makes them happy.”
    — Cleo Mitchel

    NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 11, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Cleo Mitchel has been awarded the ATIM's Top 60 Masters Award by ArtTour International Magazine. Originally from the United States, this Artist has earned world recognition for his striking artworks.

    Cleo Mitchel is a self-taught award-winning abstract artist whose work is making a mark in today's art world, a talented artist who has a unique germ of pouring out her heart and soul into any works of art she creates. In her paintings, Mitchel uses shapes, colors, forms, and gestural makes to produce its effect rather than attempting to accurately describe a visual reality.

    Mitchel's works are creative and phenomenal, exploring concepts of humanity and nature in innovative and compelling artistic ways. In her works, mother nature takes center stage. Mitchel cleverly captures clouds, rainbows, plants, and other natural elements in a distinctive method of playing and mixing colors. As per the artist, "Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness," Mitchel uses colors to capture joyful and peaceful moments and express a rich ambiance and happiness.

    During her creative process, there's no planning or calculation; Mitchel's approach is to let creativity instinctively lead the way. As a result, spontaneous imagery evolves as the artist naturally creates her works.

    As per the artist, her profound desire is to motivate and inspire her audience to practice freedom, follow their dreams, and follow a path that makes them happy. Cleo Mitchel is one of the upcoming artists to watch in the art industry. She is a force to reckon.

    Most recently, Mitchel's trailblazing efforts in the global art scene were acknowledged when she was among the 60 artists to receive the ATIM's Top 60 Masters Awards year 2022, published by ArtTour International Magazine, an Amazon Best-Seller book.
    This book features all artists awarded the 2022 ATIM's Top 60 Masters Awards.

    To learn more about this artist, follow her https://www.facebook.com/cleo.mitchel.56
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  • Winners Announced: 2nd Quarter Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests

    The 2nd Quarter Writers of the Future Contest volume 39 winners

    The 2nd Quarter Illustrators of the Future Contest volume 39 winners

    The Winners and Finalists are announced for the 2nd Quarter Year 39 of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests.

    The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.”
    — L. Ron Hubbard, Writers of the Future Contest creator
    HOLLYWOOD, CA, UNITED STATES, August 11, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests are pleased to announce the second quarter winners for its 39th year.

    For the Writers of the Future Contest, the winners for the quarter ending March 31, 2022, are:

    First Place – Devon Bohm from Connecticut
    Second Place – Arthur Manners from Great Britain
    Third Place – David Hankins from Iowa

    And for the Illustrators of the Future Contest, the winners are:

    Sarah Morrison from Massachusetts
    Ximing Luo from Maryland
    Alaya Knowlton from Florida

    Congratulations to them all! They will be published in 2023 in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 39.

    You can find the complete list of Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and Honorable Mentions at www.writersofthefuture.com/blog.

    In 1985, with the release of the first volume of the series, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.” The Contest Director Joni Labaqui stated, “I am delighted to be able to announce these quarterly winners. We remain true to the direction set by Mr. Hubbard.”

    The award-winning writers and illustrators will be flown out to Hollywood for a week-long workshop with Contest judges, who are some of the biggest names in the field. Plus, a lavish awards ceremony.

    Writer judges are Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Doug Beason, Dr. Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, Brian Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Kress, Katherine Kurtz, Todd McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Jody Lynn Nye, Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, Tim Powers, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Brandon Sanderson, Dr. Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Dean Wesley Smith, and Dr. Sean Williams.

    Illustrator judges are Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Ciruelo, Vincent Di Fate, Diane Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Craig Elliott, Larry Elmore, Laura Freas Beraha, Brittany Jackson, Val Lakey Lindahn, Stephan Martiniere, Mike Perkins, Sergey Poyarkov, Rob Prior, Dan dos Santos, Shaun Tan, Tom Wood, and Stephen Youll.
    The Contests are both free to enter and are found at www.writersofthefuture.com.

    L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future Writing Contest in 1983 to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for aspiring artists.

    The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 535 winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,900 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. In addition, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

    The 382 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,200 illustrations, 390 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

    For more information on the writing contest and illustration contest and to see the annual awards gala, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

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  • Galaxy Press Announces Partnership with Daintree Books in Australia

    Galaxy Press and Daintree Books have partnered to establish distribution of L. Ron Hubbard fiction and the Writers of the Future series in Australia

    Daintree Books is making L. Ron Hubbard's fiction works available throughout Australia.

    We are excited to work with Galaxy Press to bring their titles to the Australian market.”
    — Andrew La Torraca, Managing Director Daintree Distribution
    BELROSE, NSW, AUSTRALIA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Galaxy Press is pleased to announce its partnership with Daintree Books in Australia to distribute its line of L. Ron Hubbard fiction works. “We created Galaxy Press in 2002 to oversee the publication and distribution of Mr. Hubbard’s works,” stated John Goodwin, President of Galaxy Press, from his office in Los Angeles, California. “We look forward to making Mr. Hubbard’s works available throughout Australia with our newly created relationship with Daintree Books,” he concluded.

    Andrew La Torraca, Managing Director, Educational Group Pty Ltd, and Daintree Distribution, announced, “We are excited to work with Galaxy Press to bring their titles to the Australian market.”

    The MD continued, “With the international writing contest, Writers of the Future, we should see more and more local talent getting a boost. At Daintree Books, our simple philosophy is to select informative, engaging, and imaginative books that will inspire curious young minds and embed a lifelong love of reading.”

    Australia is home to #1 New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams, Writers of the Future 1992 winner who became a Contest judge in 2003. There have been several winners over the years. In just the last few years, Australian winners have included C. Winspear (Grand Prize winner Volume 36, “The Trade”), Michael Gardner (Volume 36, “Foundations”), and J.A. Becker (Volume 38 “For the Federation”).

    La Torraca concluded, “Our aim is to bring knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm to readers. This will be a great fit.”

    The Writers of the Future Writing Contest, now in its 39th year, was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for the aspiring artist.

    The 535 past winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,900 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. In addition, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

    The 382 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,200 illustrations, 390 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

    For more information about L. Ron Hubbard titles, visit galaxypress.com/l-ron-hubbard-books/. For more information about Daintree Books, visit www.daintreebooks.com.au/books/?isbn=9781619867017.

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  • 4C LAB brings the art of healing and expression to LA youth who are black, indigenous and people of color

    Art in motion

    Students heal through art

    Marissa Herrera

    Co-Founder 4C-LAB

    Moooooove through it

    This is what joy looks like

    Organization actively seeking donors and partners to support the rising need in underserved communities

    4C LAB's roster of teaching artists reflects the diverse spectrum of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.”
    — Darci-Manzo Piron, Co-Founder
    LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 4C LAB, a 501(c)3 community youth organization, is posturing for growth to bring art and healing to at-risk black, indigenous and people of color in the Los Angeles community. Their mission is to inspire positive social impact in underserved communities, by creating safe spaces for young people to share their stories through artistic expression.

    Founded in 2016 by Marissa Herrera and Darci-Manzo Piron, two Latina/Native American women and "artivists" born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, each with careers in the arts spanning over two decades, 4C LAB provides arts immersion programming, led by professional teaching artists and centered around the four C’s: CREATE, COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE, and COMMUNITY.

    In Herrera's experience working with high school and early college-aged youth, she observed that many students were starting to find their voice through the arts in high school or early college, just as many of them were aging out of no-cost public arts programming. During these years, the founders worked in systematically racist and oppressive organizations under the leadership of those who did not identify as or could not relate to the needs of Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) and did not share power. As a result, the two Los Angeles natives envisioned an arts organization where BIPOC youth, ages 15-20, could train in the arts and for careers in the creative economy while having equity at the center of its programs, structures, community relationships, and operations.

    Herrera said, "The work of 4C Lab isn't just "art for art's sake." We strive to give our young creative visionaries and emerging community leaders the safe space to share their stories through the arts. We provide tools for self-care, mental health, mentorship, and support to thrive in their emerging creative careers. Ultimately, creating a sense of "family" is at the heart and soul of everything we do."

    Piron said, "4C LAB's roster of teaching artists reflects the diverse spectrum of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. It is a team that can relate to the life experiences of the communities we serve, which allows for trust-building, deeper understanding, and a connection to the youth engaged in our programs. This creates a dynamic which yields authentic storytelling and uplifts our communities in the most profound and impactful way."

    To prepare the youth participants for success, the organization enlists a power house creative advisory board, which includes artistic advisors such as five-time Emmy Award winner, Wayne Brady, who is widely known for his work on the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway? He was the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show; Broadway actor Christopher Jackson known for performances in the original Disney's The Lion King, After Midnight, Bronx Bombers, Holler If Ya Hear Me, and the smash Broadway hit Hamilton; Dominic Colón, an award-winning actor, writer, and director who has starred in over 60 movies and television shows, including guest appearances on Power, The Blacklist, and Orange is the New Black; OG Arabian Prince also known as Professor X, an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and DJ, best known as a founding member of N.W.A.

    The board of directors includes Mario Davila, Director of After School Programs, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Enrichment Program, which serves more than 25,000 elementary school students from under-resourced neighborhoods; Kim Belcher Morris, Director of Individual Giving, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which mobilizes resources to fight hunger in our communities and other highly respected community leaders who bring access to the organization and the community it serves.

    The 4C LAB structure includes creative partnerships, professional development, performance ensembles and creative residencies.

    Creative Partnerships
    4C LAB partners with organizations working at the forefront of creative practice, community healing, and empowering education for all. Through collaborations with K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, we support teaching artistry, keynote speaking, facilitation, and community-building. We develop arts education programming, present live arts and education assemblies, and facilitate staff retreats, curriculum, and professional development. Our custom-designed community programming is uniquely tailored for each partnership at the intersection of creativity and community.

    Professional Development
    4C LAB facilitators and professional development workshops are at the forefront of effective and responsive pedagogical practices supporting positive and sustainable social change. Our inclusive team creates safe, brave spaces for dialogue, disruption, and dismantling old paradigms, providing tools for schools, community, cultural and arts organizations to shift to more conscientious and culturally responsive practices that best serve our next generation of leaders. 4C LAB utilizes trauma-informed, healing-centered creative practices that lead to Transformative Social-Emotional Learning in the classroom.

    Performance Ensembles
    Youth (ages 16-23) create original work across various art forms to create an artistic community working together to affect positive social impact. Through multi-disciplinary workshops, guest artists, and mentorships, the young creative visionaries of 4C LAB partake in story circles, personal narrative writing, dance technique, visual and multimedia art activities, which culminate in an annual live performance for families and community members, and various public events in order to spread their message of social justice awareness and advocacy through creativity and artistic storytelling.

    Creative Residencies
    Our professional teaching artists lead these multi-week immersive arts programs within a school, community, or arts organization. Using trauma-informed and healing-centered programming, we build an artistic ensemble through dance, poetry, and multimedia art activities, exploring themes of social justice, inclusivity, and culturally relevant storytelling. These various art forms are integrated into a final culminating performance to share with an audience. Creative Residencies support leadership development, improved mental health, and a safe space to process individual and community experiences through creativity.

    Through these 4C LAB programs, the organization cultivates critical thinking skills for the youth participants to address structural and systemic injustices, and provide a platform for young people to develop leadership skills to cope, address and change these issues now and in the future.

    The organization is seeking funding to expand its outreach. To learn more, donate or align with 4C LAB, please visit https://4clab.org/.

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  • Broken Wings Book released Based on Child abuse and Sexual Trauma faced by the Author

    Broken Wings

    Broken Wings

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The pain that a mere 6 years old girl suffered and trauma she faced was huge. Yet she came out to be a strong woman and wrote her whole journey of healing from past in this book.

    This book is a complete guide for someone who has lost their childhood to sexual abuse. It covers all the aspects of past trauma and ways one can heal from them.

    The beginning chapters of the book will give you a bone chilling experience of the horrors that the victims face during the abuse. Then you will get to know how these victims drive their life away from negativity and cruise on the pure path of self-healing and self-loving.

    Jenna Danielle is created based on her personality and experience. When Jenna realized that there are so many people who have gone through abuse and were trying to heal just like her, she decided to write her memoir to share her experience as a means to let others know they were not alone. The pain of abuse is difficult to talk about and understand as it never completely heals, and nobody ever forgets the experience.

    So here is the link to purchase the book
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BROKEN-WINGS-SERGINE-TRAZILE/dp/1955302677

    Sergine Trazile from New York was born in Haiti. After relocating to the United States, she pursued an AAS-Technology Medical program, followed by a BBA-Business Administration and an MBA-General Business Administration. Sergine, a victim of sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse from childhood, feels it is critical to speak openly and never remain silent about it.

    For More Information regarding author and the book you can visit the website

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  • The Benchmark In Sports Writing

    Over 50 Years of Peter Golenbock

    Author Peter Golenbock

    Whispers of the Gods

    10 Time New York Times Bestselling Author Peter Golenbock on His 50-year Career

    Lou Gehrig once said he was the luckiest man on the face of the earth. But I'm not sure that's true. I am."”
    — Peter Golenbock
    ST. PETERSBURG, FL, UNITED STATES, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Peter Golenbock has been providing sports fans with some of the last five decades' most popular and informative sports books.

    Whether he's covering the legacy of the Dallas Cowboys in COWBOYS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY HEROES, chronicling the World of stock car racing & The Daytona 500 with AMERICAN ZOOM, collaborating with hockey legend Phil Esposito on THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, or cementing his place as the foremost baseball writer in the World with books like DYNASTY, BUMS, THE BRONX ZOO and BALLS, Peter Golenbock is one of the premier sports authorities on the planet.

    He not only continues to enthrall and entertain readers with recent books like VALENTINE'S WAY and WHISPERS OF THE GODS but as a go-to baseball pundit and commentator, guesting on popular shows on networks like ESPN, SPORTS GRID, and beyond.

    And he shows no sign of slowing down. Whether he's collaborating with sports icons on their memoirs, maintaining his reputation as baseball's go-to historian or playing regularly in competitive softball, Peter Golenbock continues to be a vital and important champion for the World of sports.

    "When I was at Dartmouth college, I discovered I had a gift. I had the ability to interview athletes and then tell their stories using the written word. For example, Red Rolfe, our athletic director, had been the third baseman for the Yankees in the 1920s and 1940s, and he loved it when I would come into his office and talk with him about his days with the Yankees. He'd tell me about Joe DiMaggio and Joe McCarthy, and I'd be in heaven.

    In 1972 I signed a contract with Prentice-Hall to write a book about the Yankees. I spent three years traveling the country interviewing those who played between 1949 and 1964. I interviewed Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, and many more.

    It has been 50 years since I signed that contract, and I am still writing books. Lou Gehrig once said he was the luckiest man on the face of the earth. But I'm not sure that's true. I am." - Peter Golenbock

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  • ARTIST/AUTHOR MARILYN WASSMANN WRITES A BOOK FOR BEDTIME

    What the Wind Blew In

    "What the Wind Blew In"

    Delight in six fictional tales with moral lessons all in one book!

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A fantastic read for both kids and adults is written by artist and author Marilyn B. Wassmann! Anyone who finds themselves paging through this amusing book of words and drawings will find "What The Wind Blew In" to be an absolute joy. This book, which has six distinct tales full of valuable teachings, is the perfect bedtime companion for readers of all ages. From the adventures of a tiptoeing imp to the mice that wanted a slice of cheese, each chapter of Wassman’s "What The Wind Blew" brings readers into a closer look at the lives led by these whimsical creatures.

    Jojo Maxson calls this book a delight. “I found this book fun to read as Marilyn Wassmann opens the world of nature in a magical way…There are many lessons you can pull from these stories to teach children about life. My favorite lessons would be, be kind to those around you, listen to your parents as they teach you about safety, and look out for your friends.”

    Artist. Poet. Illustrator. Wife. These are a few of the many things that creative Marilyn Wassmann is. She has impressively finished four degrees—two in art history, one in library science, and finally, one in studio art. Aside from "What The Wind Blew", Marilyn has also authored other books namely The Opossum and The Cat and Pen Scratching Poets.



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    Bookside Press is all about creating buzz in the digital world. Buzz that'll have each vital message be heard loud and clear. Headquartered in Canada, this hybrid publishing and advertising company aims to share the magic of its authors' books with the world. With a dedicated team of creatives and marketing professionals, Bookside Press collaborates with clients in building better brands that stand out and reach greater heights.

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  • MARILYN WASSMANN WRITES A LOVELY BOOK TO LEARN FROM

    What the Wind Blew In

    "What the Wind Blew In"

    A treat for the young ones and young once!

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Artist and writer Marilyn B. Wassmann pens a remarkable book for children and alike! "What The Wind Blew In" is a delight for anybody who finds themselves flipping through this whimsical book of words and illustrations. Featuring six different stories brimming with values and lessons, this book is the perfect read for anyone of any age to ponder upon.

    Grady Harp speaks highly of this book. He writes, “The stories are enhanced by terrific illustrations – images with which children can identify and the rhyming pattern (which in layout becomes more lyrical when an adult reads to the youngster) is musical. These stories are the work of a wise and sensitive author – a perfect gift for children at any time!”

    Another review by Pearl A. on Amazon encourages parents to tuck their kids to sleep with this book. She says, “I love the simplicity of the stories here. They make me feel warm and fuzzy. This is such a great book for children especially if parents read them for a bedtime story-telling.”

    Marilyn Wassmann is not a stranger to creating masterpieces. Coming from a family of creatives, she has finished four degrees—two in art history, one in studio art, and another in library science. She has also written other books alongside "What The Wind Blew In". Aside from doing illustrations, Marilyn also loves to write poems.

    A book equipped with lessons that cling to one’s heart, "What The Wind Blew In" is now available on Amazon and on Marilyn’s website https://marilynwassmann.com/.



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  • Bestselling author Cary Kwok: How an Asian woman found success in the gaming world

    Cary Kwok

    Asian Women Trailblazers

    At her startup inside a larger PR agency, she brings a diversity of background and experience to branding in a traditionally all-male industry

    If you don’t know something, go find out. If it doesn’t work, just pick yourself up and do it again.”
    — Cary Kwok
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- While 50 percent of gamers today identify as women, only 24 percent of people working in the video gaming industry are women. Cary Kwok is part of the effort to rebalance that equation, helping companies get representation around their branding and management tables that is closer to their customer base. “The consumer that you were targeting 20 years ago as a gamer versus who is a gamer today is just so different that the marketing and the PR needs are very, very different too,” she explains. “So I have an opportunity to create the next version of what gaming PR should be at this firm. I have the opportunity to come up with a vision of how to help brands tell their story to this new audience. Because it’s not just about the video game that you play, it’s also the brand behind the game and what people love about the brand itself.”

    Cary gave herself lots of “pep talks” in her career as she regularly ventured into male-dominated spaces. But she knew she belonged there. “You can’t really be planning with no diversity and hoping to reach a very diverse audience,” she says. “Being able to go into these meetings and feel like you’re bringing something different to the table and believing in that is very important.” She also had to break away from familial and cultural teachings about not speaking up, not making a scene. “PR is the very opposite of that!” she laughs. “You have to be very willing to talk and you have to break out of your shell to be able to share with your clients what your recommendation is. That in itself was a major hurdle in the beginning of my career.” But she succeeded in the way that she used to succeed when she was an avid video game player: by getting through one stage at a time. She’s also a lifelong learner and credits a willingness to ask questions with gaining not just knowledge but confidence.

    Connect with Cary Kwok on LinkedIn and read more of her advice on how women can boss up in tech—or in any field—in the upcoming book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp, a collection of inspiring interviews with Asian women who have broken the mold, overcome obstacles, and have a wealth of advice to share.

    About the Women Who Boss Up Book Series

    Whether you’ve been bossing up for a while or you’re looking for support on your boss-up journey, the Women Who Boss Up book series is your chance to take inspiration and advice from women just like you. These women come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, and all disciplines—STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching, nonprofits, and much more. You’ll read about women who left Corporate America to pursue their dreams of business ownership, women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges but learned how to move forward, women who followed their intuition to create lives of fulfillment and financial success, and much more. Learn more at bossupbestseller.com.

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  • Bestselling author and coach Claudia Chan on doing what you love—and loving yourself

    Claudia Chan

    Asian Women Trailblazers

    Claudia helps women let go of guilt and limiting beliefs in order to find fulfilling lives as entrepreneurs, moms, or wherever their dreams take them

    Loving myself is the biggest thing. I just get to do what I love and not feel guilty about it.”
    — Claudia Chan
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Claudia Chan uses the revelations she’s had in her own life as a woman growing up in a traditional Asian American family to coach other women through navigating their lives and careers. Once she realized the power of her own mind, she was hooked. As a child, she witnessed her mom giving up her life, career, and desires to spend all of her time providing for her children. She advised Claudia to do the same. “Part of me thought, ‘No, it can’t be like this.’ There should be more,” Claudia says. “What is my purpose if this is all there is?”


    That was the beginning of a journey that took her to a speaking coach who explained that she did not need help with speaking—she needed help with thinking. “I realized that the reason for the majority of things that I felt like I couldn’t do was between my two ears—my brain,” Claudia recalls. “All the limiting beliefs we have, the subconscious beliefs that we can’t do something, come from the experiences that we have gone through. That was when I realized how powerful working through my brain is, and then that’s how I got into life coaching.”

    As a passionate entrepreneur, one of her biggest lessons was a surprising one. “For people who are like me, who are go-getters, perfectionists, it’s not that we need an accountability partner to push us along, it’s that we actually need to slow down to love ourselves,” Claudia explains. “We need to give grace to ourselves and have patience with ourselves. And that was one of the main things I learned about myself, because I am always self-critical, thinking, ‘I should have done this already, I should have been at that spot already.’ But loving myself is the biggest thing. You do whatever you need for yourself, and don’t feel guilty about it.”

    And if you are embarking on an entrepreneurial path, remember that you will have a lot of failures along the way. Expect them, and make sure you understand why you are doing what you are doing. It has to be out of self-love and not an attempt to prove something, Claudia explains. You are 100 percent worthy, 100 percent lovable right now. “Your failures don’t mean anything about you. It’s just the next step you have to take,” she says. “You’re trying things out. It doesn’t mean that you’re not worthy. If we can all get to that point, then the world will be so much more fun, because everyone’s doing what they love.”

    Find Claudia at claudiachan.co where you can also listen to her podcast, “Love, Shine, Flourish.” And read much more of her story, including how she balances social media in her life, in the upcoming book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp, a collection of inspiring interviews with Asian women who have broken the mold, overcome obstacles, and have a wealth of advice to share.

    About the Women Who Boss Up Book Series

    Whether you’ve been bossing up for a while or you’re looking for support on your boss-up journey, the Women Who Boss Up book series is your chance to take inspiration and advice from women just like you. These women come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, and all disciplines—STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching, nonprofits, and much more. You’ll read about women who left Corporate America to pursue their dreams of business ownership, women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges but learned how to move forward, women who followed their intuition to create lives of fulfillment and financial success, and much more. Learn more at bossupbestseller.com.

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  • Daphne Kwok: From quiet student to national advocate

    Daphne Kwok

    Asian Women Trailblazers

    Using her voice to empower the Asian American Pacific Islander community

    Never burn your bridges because you never know who you're gonna be working with.”
    — Daphne Kwok
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- As a second generation Chinese American, Daphne Kwok was taught to listen to and respect elders and teachers. “‘Listen to’ governed my method of learning,” she says.
    In college, she continued doing the “listen to” component of learning, struggling through courses where class participation was critical. Outside the classroom, though, as part of the Asian/Asian American student organization, Daphne started to find her voice. What she thought of as merely socializing turned out to be organizing! And she turned out to be quite a skilled leader—a student leader of color working with others to advance the needs of students of color.

    After college, she sought out the AAPI community in Washington, D.C., resulting in an 11-year tenure as one of only two AAPI national civil rights leaders in the nation’s capital. Daphne became a de facto national leader, thrown into the national media spotlight with no public speaking training. But, she thought, if she didn’t speak up, who would speak up for the AAPI community? Rising to the challenge, she testified before federal agencies, addressed the national media, rallied the crowds, and appeared before the President of the United States.

    Based on her experience, Daphne shares a key piece of advice: Focus on communication skills at an early age. “You really do need communication skills—written as well as verbal,” she says. “For people who are like me, shy and reserved, find your local Toastmasters group, take rhetoric classes, take debate classes. I didn’t do any of that growing up, but if I could do it all over again I would.”

    One thing she would do the same way is cultivate a network of friends and mentors. “In times when you really need support, when the work is extremely challenging or perhaps it’s your personal life or family life, open up and talk to your friends,” she says. “During some of my most difficult times, my friends really were a tremendous support system, and to this day I’m so extremely grateful.”

    And when you rise to a leadership role, be a mentor for others. Check in with them. “Especially during this very difficult COVID time, during the current atmosphere of this nation right now, especially for people of color, we have to stick together,” Daphne says. “We need to collaborate with African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indian/Alaskan Natives and the LGBTQ community. We all have to stick together.”

    Another reason to keep your network close and maintain your relationships is that you never know when people will resurface in your life. When Daphne was nominated to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the person processing her paperwork was her former intern! “That appointment truly was the pinnacle of my career,” Daphne says. “It was a tremendous opportunity for me to bring the challenges of our community to the president, and to have the federal government respond to the needs of our community.”
    Connect with Daphne Kwok on LinkedIn and read more of her story in the upcoming book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp, a collection of inspiring interviews with Asian American women who have broken the mold, overcome obstacles, and have a wealth of advice to share.

    About the Women Who Boss Up Book Series
    Whether you’ve been bossing up for a while or you’re looking for support on your boss-up journey, the Women Who Boss Up book series is your chance to take inspiration and advice from women just like you. These women come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, and all disciplines—STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching, nonprofits, and much more. You’ll read about women who left Corporate America to pursue their dreams of business ownership, women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges but learned how to move forward, women who followed their intuition to create lives of fulfillment and financial success, and much more. Learn more at bossupbestseller.com.

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  • Bestselling author Irene Nakamura makes a name for herself in a hidden industry

    Irene Nakamura

    Asian Women Trailblazers

    Court reporters are a critical part of the legal process

    "Don’t wait until you feel you are ready because you know what, nobody is ever ready." ”
    — Irene Nakamura
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Irene Nakamura was a great student and a curious child. But she was also a girl. And growing up in a traditional Japanese family meant that her education was less of a priority than her brother’s. “In my family culture, women were not considered as important as men. So my brother was the golden child because he was male,” she explains. “Growing up, I was always taught to have a good education. However, my education always took a backseat to my brother’s. I was told by my mother that college was not in my future until my brother finished college. Once he graduated, then I would be allowed to enroll.”

    Her brother ended up earning a double master’s degree at Yale University, graduated in his early 30s. He is five years younger than Irene.
    Unwilling to be complacent with the status quo, Irene defied the suppressive conventions of her traditional Japanese upbringing, its relegation of women to the background, to pursue her dreams. Since college was not an option, she enrolled in a court reporting course at a trade school. “I enrolled not truly understanding what a court reporter does, but I did know that it did not require math class,” she laughs. “So I was, like, ‘Hey, sign me up.’” She knew she wanted a career.

    After working for the US District Court, Central District of California and was the first Japanese American Official Reporter, she became a freelance deposition officer for court reporting agencies but found that her main agency embodied an exploitive culture. She therefore decided, against all odds and during receiving radiation treatments, to open her own shop. “It was terrifying,” she says. “I’m perfectly fine being a good worker bee, but to actually own a company and be a boss was terrifying and the fearful thoughts of opening the door to the old boys’ club to pursue business opportunities was crippling and overwhelming.” She did it anyway. And “I’m knocking on the door, but they don’t even open the door to see who it is because, apparently, I have the wrong knock. So it’s been a challenge. It still is a challenge.” Nevertheless, she persevered, and in the past 10 years, she has built a thriving team that operates out of three locations—California, Hawaii, and Washington State and provides services nationwide.

    Her advice for other entrepreneurs is not to second-guess their dreams. Just take the first step. “Don’t wait until you feel you are ready, because nobody is ever ready,” she says. “And don’t worry about not knowing everything ahead of time. You will figure it out. Don’t worry if everything doesn’t go exactly to plan. That’s how life is; nothing ever goes to plan.” Most importantly, don’t discuss your big ideas and dreams with those who want to pull you down. “Sometimes you cannot completely divorce a toxic person in your life because maybe they are a family member. Well, don’t talk to them about your business. When they ask, ‘How is business?’ you say, ‘Great,’ and move on,” she says. “Talk to the people who will actually support you, who are genuinely happy with your success. Find your tribe of power people, those like-minded and positive people, and that is who you speak to.”

    Irene has much more to share about how she managed to free herself of cultural expectations to stay in the background and ignore her own needs. You can find her story in the inspiring new book Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp, a collection of interviews with female entrepreneurs that is a rich resource for Asian women but also for all women looking for models and mentors to help guide their journeys to greatness. You can find out more about Irene Nakamura on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/irene-nakamura/ or at her website: www.iDepoReporters.com.

    About the Women Who Boss Up Book Series

    Whether you’ve been bossing up for a while or you’re looking for support on your boss-up journey, the Women Who Boss Up book series is your chance to take inspiration and advice from women just like you. These women come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, and all disciplines—STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching, nonprofits, and much more. You’ll read about women who left Corporate America to pursue their dreams of business ownership, women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges but learned how to move forward, women who followed their intuition to create lives of fulfillment and financial success, and much more. Learn more at bossupbestseller.com.

    Tamira Luc
    Delucslife
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