Get Fit with Us!

The Ladiez Lounge will be re-launching soon and we are very excited about our new health and wellness segments.  We will be collaborating with nutritionist, health enthusiasts, personal trainers and much more for inspiration, health tips and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  We are currently seeking personal trainers to collaborate with for our monthly 20 minute workout routine for our peers looking to get started on a great exercise routine.  Our goal is to make these routines accessible for women who are not able to go to the gym on a regular basis or leave the house as often as they’d like to workout.

Ladiez, we are looking forward to you getting fit with us!  We want to see your progress, so once we go live please send in your photos and videos so we can feature your journey!!!!

 If you are a personal trainer and would like to be featured in our exercise segments please feel free to email Shardai at: smjones@theladiezlounge.com.

 


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Re-launch Fun!

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The Ladiez Lounge will be re-launching soon.  With this re-launch we will be rebranding as an inspiration resource for women along with our new logo and design.  We will adding the following features to our site:

  • Interviews – we are excited to announce we will be interviewing some of your favorite business owners.  We are fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes of a successful business.  We love to know what the Founder/Owner of the organization’s process is and how they are able to balance business with everyday life.
  • Health and Wellness – we will be featuring healthy video recipes and wellness tips for women that are transitioning into leading a healthy lifestyle, as well as capture the attention of seasoned veterans that may be intrigued with something new.
  • Hair and Make-up – our goal is to provide video tutorials, along with tips on hair care and make-up from a licensed cosmetologist to help women get comfortable caring for themselves in the comfort of their own home.
  • Education - we will be featuring College Alumni’s, EOPS and various different resources that makes going back to school an understandable and easy experience.  We will also have someone conducting interviews on behalf of The Ladiez Lounge with students (primarily) women with children or with a special need.  More details will be announced soon.
  • Exercise Routine – we are looking to provide a 20 minute exercise routine video with a personal trainer.  At times, it is difficult to get to the gym with crazy schedules and other obligations.  So we would like to make working out an easy experience without having to leave your house.
  • The Ladiez Lounge T-shirts – we will be launching our customized t-shirts that will be available for purchase on or before our re-launch.  These t-shirts will have our customized uplifting quotes and sayings available for purchase.
  • Lounge Work – we will be featuring printables of different women empowerment exercises that you can easily print, make a journal and use for self-improvement.

We are eager to take The Ladiez Lounge to the next level by catering to your needs.  We would love to hear from you and gather some insight on the things you love.

 

What would you like to see featured on The Ladiez Lounge?

When you browse websites, what is the first thing you look for?

What is happiness to you?

If you would like to be interviewed for your organization or be apart of The Ladiez Lounge growing team please email smjones@theladiezlounge.com.

 

 

 


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Release it!

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Today we had another successful Balloon Release where women in our community came out to share and connect with one another over appetizers and drinks.  Our guests were able to participate in ice breaker games and win tons of different raffle prizes by fun exercises.  The air was filled with inspiration and our speaker Terilee Harrison softened the mood with her inspiring life story and how she overcame shame.  While it was heart breaking to hear the many things she endured, it was more empowering to see what she had overcome.  She took the time to speak with our guests and autograph books that were purchased.

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Most of our guests seemed to be waiting with anticipation to write on their balloons to release goals, dreams or even frustrations into the air amongst all of the other women.  Although I released balloons before, I must say that it is a freeing experience each time I release one.  There is nothing that can compare to true freedom and by the grace of God, it is possible.

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I would like to thank all of our guests for coming out to support The Ladiez Lounge.  It is truly uplifting for women to be able to come together and enjoy themselves without the worry of judgement.

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Thank you to all of our sponsors who supported our cause:

Sephora

Ladies First Fitness and Spa

Vitamin Shoppe

Whole Wheatery

Los Angeles County

Party City

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Panera Bread

 


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Please Welcome Terilee Harrison

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Speaker, Author and Coach Terilee Harrison is the Author of The Shameless Life: Recognize Your Shame and Overcome It and The Business Mom Guide Book.  Terilee has reached thousands of business owners through her work with TEAM Referral Network in Southern California.  Terilee resides in California, where her husband Terry is the Minister of Quartz Hill Church of Christ. Together, they have 4 children. Her greatest hope is to bring women from the lies they believe to the truth that they are good enough. You can find her online at The Shameless Life and at www.facebook.com/terileetalks.

We are proud to have Terilee as our guest speaker for our 2nd Annual Balloon Release.  We are looking forward to a dose of inspiration and wisdom filled words about overcoming shame and regret.  Our brief conversation about her journey in life and overcoming Shame is enlightening and more importantly an inspiration to women all over the world.    We hope you come eager for inspiration and leave with a new outlook on becoming a better YOU, overcoming shame and living life according to your purpose.  Please visit The Shameless Life to show your support.

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Terilee we welcome you and thank you for taking the time to support The Ladiez Lounge! We greatly appreciate your support.  Looking forward to reading The Shameless Life.


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The Ladiez Lounge Balloon Release Assignment

Hey Ladiez!

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for taking the time to log in and support The Ladiez Lounge, it has been quite a journey.  I hope you have fun with us and leave inspired!

 Now to the fun stuff….

 Assignment:

This assignment is fairly easy, but requires your participation in order to be entered into our raffle for a Michael Kors iPad case.  Please answer to the best of your ability.  One-worded answers do not count.

 Please answer the following questions in the comments section below:

       1.  Describe one positive change that has taken effect in your life recently, what would it be and what inspired the change?

2. Who is the greatest influence in your life?  How has that person made you a better YOU?

3.  Share your dreams and goals?  Have you decided to pursue them?  If so, what keeps you on track?  If not, what’s holding you back?

4.  You’ve created an inspiration board with all of your goals, dreams, inspirations, favorite quotes and fav things to do….what are the first five things you paste on your board and why?

5.  We are creating inspiration bags full of positive inspiration….list your top five favorite quotes…(you may see them in your inspiration bag)!

 

Basic Requirements:

 You must register for The Ladiez Lounge in order for your answers to count. 

Scroll down to the end of this page and answer the five questions listed above.

Your comments must be posted by Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:00pm to be counted for the raffle.

 Simple right? We hope so!  Have fun and enjoy!!!

 

See you all soon!

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The Ladiez Lounge 2nd Annual Balloon Release

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That moment you get butterflies in your stomach when it’s almost time to host another live event!  I must admit that even after hosting various events the butterflies never go away.  It can definitely be a result from the pressure I put on myself with high expectations.  January 14, 2012 The Ladiez Lounge held its first annual balloon release.

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There were live performers, food, drinks, raffles, gifts and give-aways; but most of all women in the community had a chance to come out and connect with various women, from networking to just offering words of encouragement.  The purpose of the Balloon Release is to empower women to live and be free.  To write your worries, fears, frustrations, goals, dreams or whatever it is you wish on a balloon and release it in the air.  To be free of it, let it go and understand that God is in control.

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Women filled out our “Promise To Myself” template where they were able to make a vow to themselves on what they want to accomplish, add a photo of themselves, sign, date it and hopefully stick to their Promise.

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Women that attended expressed their thoughts and feelings about our Balloon Release which made me even more eager to bring women in our community or visiting the area another opportunity to get together and enjoy each others company.

We are preparing for our 2nd Annual Balloon Release and hoping that it is just as great if not better than the 1st time around.  We will have inspiration bags for our 1st 30 guests that arrive with different surprises and treats.  We will place various “Lounge Words” throughout our posts on TheLadiezLounge.com and if you can tell us at least one “Lounge Word” at the Balloon Release, you will receive a special gift.  If you would like to have your samples or promotional items in our inspirational bags please email events@theladiezlounge.com.

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Have you ever attended a Balloon Release?  Would you be willing to write things on a balloon and release them in the air? What are somethings that will inspire you to visit one?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From Struggling to Re-Discovering My Interests

Prior to launching in 2010, I had an idea in mind for The Ladiez Lounge.  Now, I am struggling with something!  When I first created The Lounge, I wanted it to have an actual Lounge feel, where women can get their daily dose of  various tips on Make-up, Hair care, Education, Fashion, Health, Business and a ton of other helpful resources from licensed cosmetologist, nutritionists,  entrepreneurs, and other seasoned veterans.   I never intended on being the main writer for The Ladiez Lounge, but wanted this to be a resource website that most women could relate to.  However, hunting people down to submit their articles was not necessarily something I wanted to continue to do and was extremely stressful because the flow of my vision was dependent upon whether someone felt like contributing on a particular day.  Upon launching 8 out of the 10 women that were assigned to a particular category fell off one by one when it was time to WORK.  Thankfully, two contributors (Education and Inspiration) stepped up and consistently updated their portion.  The Ladiez Lounge was not intended to be a website dedicated to my life and my life only.  I wanted something so much bigger than just sharing my day-to-day highs and lows.  I understand that everything changes and I although I embrace change with open arms, I have to admit that it can be a headache.

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So, I decided it will be easier to have occasional guest post, while still being able to accomplish that Lounge feel and be in complete control of what is posted and when.  I must admit when I first started I would get easily discouraged because I did not see immediate results.  After researching business owners in general, all of their stories were different, but one thing that they all had in common was their persistence, hard work and dedication to their craft.  They did not stop going when they were rejected or failed at something.

I have always had the dream of becoming an entrepreneur, which is why I know I am in the right place.  I run my eBay store, The Ladiez Lounge, The Ladiez Closet, fine tuning my eBook for The Ladiez Lounge, She Got Her Own (a web-based directory for entrepreneurs), and working on writing and publishing my first book. But in my opinion, being the Jack-of-all-trades is so unattractive.  Yes, it is awesome to be versatile, but some of my ideas can seem all over the place!  Anything that anyone is getting into requires knowledge in all areas, so it’s difficult to master….”How to be a top eBay seller”, “How to Create the Perfect eBook,”  “How to Get Paid Subscribers,” “Tips on how to be the best author!”  With my kind of time, I cannot do everything, which is why I often ask myself, am I taking on too much?  Is it possible to master so many things?  MY vision is so big!

The struggle I find with denying the status quo is that there are tons of people I can look up to, but because no one has created what I am attempting to accomplish, it’s impossible to be understoodDenying the status quo can be a frightening place, because going down the road less traveled can be intimidating when I cannot articulate the vision that I see that other people just cannot grasps.  Not that other people is the factor here, but the people that help bring this vision to life.  They cannot step into my brain for a minute to get it, I have to be able to walk them through what I want, step by step!

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I read, research, analyze and try different things and with the amount of information that is available, it can be a little overwhelming to someone trying to get ahold of a vision that cannot be contained.

I had to re-discover my interests because I thought I was having some sort of mid-life crisis (that’s just not so mid-life!)  Between taking care of my children, traveling to school, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, homework, running my children back and forth to school and everything else (are you out of breath yet)? Me too! I was deeply contemplating shutting The Ladiez Lounge completely down for a while.  I wanted to go back to the drawing board to reconnect with the purpose I had in mind in the first place.  Being pulled in so many different directions is exhausting and more importantly, I want to ensure I am giving 110% each time I log on.  As of late, it does not feel as if I have had ANY time to put in work.  However, after realizing all of the hard work and dedication I HAVE put into it thus far, I decided now would be a great time to breathe life back into it and start fresh instead of shutting it down for any amount of time.

One of my struggles has been with The Ladiez Lounge itself and getting in my own way, because there are endless opportunities for me to network, go to events, link up with other bloggers, guest post and get involved but I always make up the excuse that I’m just not quite ready.  Not ready for people to dissect my post and tell me what I really meant aside from what I REALLY meant, not ready to be over-exposed and lose my complete anonymity (because in reality, I’m such a private person), and not ready for a certain level of success (just YET)!  I know it may seem crazy because people want buzz around their business, and I do as well, but I’m so different from most people.  I want it, just without the extra pressure, over-exposure, lack of privacy and the stigma that comes with success.

I may need to relax just a little bit and let the process take its course. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to all things business and striving to reach a perfection that just doesn’t exist.  With that being said, I am going back to the drawing board, where it all began.  Because I am embracing the change that has taken place with The Lounge, I have to go from there and create something according to the now.  When I look at all of the successful positive influences that I look up to, they all worked through the turbulence, worked when no one believed in them, worked when no one was watching and worked when things were awfully difficult to press forward.  A lot of the businesswomen I admire did not create something that everyone else is doing, they have businesses that are one of a kind and completely different from the status quo.  But I struggle, because I’m different!  So different that people do not understand me, my vision, my drive, my real life struggle or why I am on this mission to make a difference.  That same struggle is ironically paving the way and allowing my crazy, abnormal, creative juices to flow!

Last month, I decided to get away for the day and take a trip to my favorite spot, (Barnes and Noble) to relax and read through a few books.  Barnes and Noble is where I would go to sit for 3-4 hours and just read through all the blogging and business books until I had a deeper understanding for what I was seeking.  I picked up this read and instantly got inspired to dive back into what I love to do and learn more effective techniques to lead TLL in the direction initially intended but with some much-needed upgrades.

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When I went back through all of my notes and ideas, I fell in love with my vision all over again!  From writing prompts to Women Empowerment events to collaborating with different brands.  When I first launched, I was so eager to launch these campaigns, commercials, theme songs, store and all of these different events.  I quickly learned I had to pace myself and not try to rush into everything.  However, we do have a few fun things coming up and I will be posting a few series of different things on the editorial calendar.  I am excited that I was able to come back stronger, wiser and have the desire to stick with it and ride it out!

 

Have you ever struggled with the direction of your business?

What are some effective techniques you used to keep you focus and on task?

Have you ever had an aha! moment in the midst of a setback?


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