Winner of the Motherhood Matters Scholarship–Why She Impressed Me

   A few months ago I sat in a high school scholarship assembly with my daughter who was to receive recognition. After awhile, I began to notice an amazing pattern–a young man’s name continued to be called about every two minutes, give or take. He would be called up to the stage–humble, gracious, and appreciative–then walk the length of it to shake hands with teachers, then make a loop up the seats and back to where he should have sat down. When his name would be called again, and instead of sitting down would walk straight down to the stage and repeat the process. Rinse and repeat. It was incredible.
   Among other awards, he also received the U.S. Presidential Award, given to only two people in each state. And would now be invited to the White House to receive it in a ceremony.
   This young man, Riley Lewis, had been stellar and not just academically. He had dealt with extremely difficult family and life circumstances, AND apparently while achieving a 36 on the ACT. And was quick to share that he had taken the test 11 times to get it. Who does that? And who shares that story, rather than just come off like he woke up genius (which, I’m kind of thinking…)
   Immediately, I saw two things–a lot of vision, determination, and hard work on Riley’s part; and a whole lot of mama support on the back-end by his mother, Tori. After talking with her I realized it had indeed been almost a part-time job tracking all of the academic and financial paths they were hoping for him.
   Within that news, I discovered that Tori wouldn’t be going with Riley due to personal financial circumstances. I literally could not sit still with this–what an incredible experience to share the White House experience with her son and she would miss out.
   Not so, said I. And a plan began to form. Our Motherhood Matters scholarship hadn’t yet been given and this seemed a perfect fit. But the typical amount wouldn’t be what she needed to make this happen. Enter a gracious anonymous donor, and we were able to donate what she needed to be with her son for this incredible apex moment of such an intense year.

Tori and Riley

   In true form to motherhood, the only time we could meet to hand off the scholarship was when we were both taking kids to events so we met at the park in between at a mutual middle point. Hilarious, but fabulous.
   So, my dear friends, please congratulate Tori Lewis on receiving the 2018 Motherhood Matters Scholarship! She will keep us posted on their White House experience and how it went for them. For me, I’m thrilled to see mother and son complete this life-changing experience just as they have pursued it–together, with faith, determination, and joy.
Love,
Connie

This Week’s Spotlight

5 Steps to Balance reDefined

You Got This! Interfaith Women's Conference

In our chaotic, hectic world, women need real connection with other women who just “get it.”
I’m so excited to announced that I’ve partnered with inspiring women of different faiths and Rise Events to bring a historic women’s event here in Utah!

“You Got This” Interfaith Women’s Conference

April 14, 2018- UCCU Event Center

As  you can tell by the video below, we are very excited to bring this to you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDXGsLGm9fY&feature=youtu.be
Women in Utah are linking arms to receive hope, tools, and connection as we help one another through our life challenges.  Like our Facebook page here to stay updated with the event and giveaways!

Chance are that you’ve seen her videos, and you’ve laughed or cried as you related to her truth bombs. We are jumping out of our seats to announce that Kristina Kuzmic (the Truth Bomb Mom) will be our Keynote speaker!!! Want to get to know her up close and personally? Then be sure to grab one of the 50 VIP tickets available where you can have lunch with Kristina and have special seating throughout the event.
 
 
 
 
Don’t wait to reserve your seat! Click the picture link to grab your tickets for you and your friends.

You Got This! Interfaith Women’s Conference

In our chaotic, hectic world, women need real connection with other women who just “get it.”

I’m so excited to announced that I’ve partnered with inspiring women of different faiths and Rise Events to bring a historic women’s event here in Utah!

“You Got This” Interfaith Women’s Conference

April 14, 2018- UCCU Event Center

As  you can tell by the video below, we are very excited to bring this to you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDXGsLGm9fY&feature=youtu.be

Women in Utah are linking arms to receive hope, tools, and connection as we help one another through our life challenges.  Like our Facebook page here to stay updated with the event and giveaways!

Chance are that you’ve seen her videos, and you’ve laughed or cried as you related to her truth bombs. We are jumping out of our seats to announce that Kristina Kuzmic (the Truth Bomb Mom) will be our Keynote speaker!!! Want to get to know her up close and personally? Then be sure to grab one of the 50 VIP tickets available where you can have lunch with Kristina and have special seating throughout the event.

 

 

 

 

Don’t wait to reserve your seat! Click the picture link to grab your tickets for you and your friends.

Watch my 30-second Cyber Mon. Video deal!

CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL: Buy one “What Now?” book and get one FREE! You will also receive the “What Now?”companion course FREE. Get (and give) the gift of peace and clarity. 
Go to this link to take advantage of the special: https://conniesokolbooks.com/two-step-order

 

Hurry! BOGO Book Sale & Free 4-Week Course

Get the gift of peace and clarity with my practical tool in What Now? 8 Ways to Deal With Life’s Difficulties.  This Amazon bestselling book will: 
-Guide you through life’s challenges we like to call #adulting.
-Break through emotional paralysis and bring clarity.
-Get out from under the covers and reconnect with loved ones.
Hurry and you’ll also get a FREE 4-Week Course!
Hugs,
Connie

Hurry! BOGO Book Sale & Free 4-Week Course

Get the gift of peace and clarity with my practical tool in What Now? 8 Ways to Deal With Life’s Difficulties.  This Amazon bestselling book will: 

-Guide you through life’s challenges we like to call #adulting.
-Break through emotional paralysis and bring clarity.
-Get out from under the covers and reconnect with loved ones.

Hurry and you’ll also get a FREE 4-Week Course!

Hugs,
Connie

Get Connie on Studio Chatter

Dealing with a life challenge? Want a better way to approach it? Connie shares 8 tips to find peace, clarity, and direction. 

Watch Connie on Studio Chatter by clicking on the links below. 

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Ready for meaningful and not must-do holidays?

Last week I ran to the Dollar Store for some last-minute Hawaiian-themed goodies (i.e. plastic leis)–only to discover they were GONE. All was replaced by Christmas decor, and nary a tacky mini palm tree was in sight.

It’s that time of year.  

With Black Friday approaching, and all that goes with it, I’m now battoning down my “keep it meaningful” hatches to make the holidays an experience and not just a checklist.

If you’re ready for the same, join me for my Facebook Live series on “Make the Holidays Meaningful.”

Each week I’ll be sharing quick but powerful tips like how to keep it real without going crazy, my 3-step holiday plan (do it in minutes!), and how to create consistent space for self-care.

These short FB Lives will get right to the meat of the matter and you on your way to a peaceful, joyful, and meaningful holiday season.

FIRST FB LIVE: Nov. 15, Weds, 11 a.m. for a Fab 15 mins. Join us when you can!

GIFT DRAWINGS for free print & ebook for LIVE participants! (recording on FB post-live)

Let’s make this holiday season more than a must-do, let’s make it meaningful.

Loves,

Connie​


SNEAK PEEK AT OUR THANKSGIVING SALE!

Got a friend whose dealing with a life challenge? Help in a meaningful way with the bestselling What Now? 8 Ways to Deal with a Life Challenge print ​book.

​VIP SNEAK PEEK DEAL: as a B2B ​newsletter member​, purchase the 2 for $15 What Now? print books AND get a FREE program ​($67 value)!

P.S.  We will email you the program after you purchase the book, What Now?

What Simple things bring your soul joy?

Across from my bed is an unexpected gift. For the past several weeks my kindergarten son has brought me his beautiful and tender artwork. These are stick figures on paper, large faces and small bodies, typically smiling with various hairdos. Each day as we read and cuddle he tells me the stories of what we are doing in them–sometimes playing, sometimes walking, sometimes just smiling.

From the start, I randomly taped the pictures on the wall. Now, it’s become an art collection unto itself. What made me take note was the other day thinking about reorganizing my room and bringing order to the randomness. I thought, I should really take those pictures down and put them in a scrapbook, or a nice frame, or do a pretty vignette.

And then I thought, Why? It is already a pretty vignette. It pulses with his kindergarten energy and boyish delight. I love his spontaneous joy in reliving how he colored the picture, why my hair is straight up on my head, and how short my legs are compared to his.

These are moments of soul joy. No rhyme or reason, really, just touching a place in my heart that warms again and again with this sweet connection.

What’s your soul joy? What simple things spark it for you? Make a list, then read it again, savoring the feeling of just remembering them.

Then for today, choose one and relive it. Share it. Rejoice in it. Because at the end of the day, simple joys are what fill the soul.

Love,

Connie


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Celebrating Freedom to Learn, Freedom to Read, Freedom to Be!

November 11th is Veteran’s Day and we are so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy to express ourselves, the multitude of opportunities we have to learn, and the freedom to read great books!

This special promotion is for clean women’s fiction and each book is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. Pick up your copies from November 6-12th, 2017.

Click on the link below for the offer and enjoy!

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