This week in Episode #67, I sit down with transformational life coach and speaker, Ashton Cantou,. Ashton helps individuals struggling with trauma as well as entrepreneurs get clear on their goals in life, own their power, and take action. She credits her deep understanding of people’s situations and behavior to her personal life lessons and experiences growing up.
Ashton shares how as a little girl she dreamt of becoming a veterinarian or a dancer but realizes these goals may have been imposed upon her rather than what she truly wanted to pursue in life.
We take a moment here to discuss our parent’s goals for our lives and what that means to us as adults. She tells us:
“Once we can let go of the need to be approved of by our parents, we really have the freedom to go after our dreams in a way that makes sense to our soul. At the end of the day it’s about love and acceptance and less about validation & approval.”
Ashton discusses with us how she was always passionate about philanthropy and helping others but often times found where her talent would take her, her character could not keep her. She discusses her struggles as a teenager and how she would make decisions that showed that she didn’t truly value her life. Ashton shares with us how the decisions she made presented her as a failure in other peoples eyes, and in turn, that started to become her identity. She says that she felt as if every time she took two steps forward, she consistently took one step back.
"My talent would take me where my character couldn’t keep me I didn’t deem myself worthy.”
Ashton tells us that even in the midst of the fire and turmoil she could recognize the anointing on her life and God‘s work in her journey. Eventually after struggling with her faith for quite some time, she was baptized, left an abusive relationship and began mentoring battered women. She explains to us that this was her point of a literal surrender, and this was where she could see God‘s plan aligning for her life.
“Finding this place of self love and confidence and tapping into my own purpose is why I went through it all.”
She took a job in special ed serving special needs children, has become a life coach, is a motivational speaker, and is soon releasing a social emotional book for teen girls that are struggling with identity self-worth, and value. Having worked with children, Ashton realizes that a young girl’s confidence begins to plummet from the age of 8-14 and hopes that with this book, they can own their beauty and come to a place of self love early in life.
Ashton shares her 3 Greatest Life Lessons with us:
I swear I have the best guests! You can connect with Ashton over on IG @ashtoncantou and check out her LinkTree for her coaching services!
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Hey friends! Happy 2020! Each year I pick a word to guide me through the rest of the year. My words for the past few years have been: Purpose, Reach, Focus, and this year, Vision. Often times we hear people tell us to focus on the vision, but we don't always hear about the distractions that can get in the way of that vision.
This week, while lounging in this cozy chair, next to this fireplace, I took time out to think about the literal distractions in life that can get in the way. In Episode #66, I share with you lessons that I learned in the mountains about 3 things that can cloud your vision. I hope you enjoy!
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I can't wait to see your Vision come clear in 2020.
In Episode# 65, I sit down with Annette Brechbill, military spouse, mom, entrepreneur, and global citizen. Annette has a widely varied background in her career from working in the travel industry as a flight attendant to serving as a diplomat at the American Embassy in London, where she hosted 23 Secretary of State visits, the G8 Summit, NATO meetings, and multiple presidential visits. While she found her passion in the networking and relationship building aspect of those careers, she realized that she enjoyed connecting people and meeting needs. She has taken that passion and turned it into a career as a speaker’s agent where she is able to promote speakers and match the right speakers with the right audience.
Annette shares with us how Arianna Huffington and William McCraven were two of the most impactful speakers she has had the privilege of knowing and how she has a desire to bring the right people to the right stages to impact more lives. Her vision for building a speaker representation consultancy company was to be able to connect the right people who aligned with the way that she values business and making a positive impact in the world. Annette first had the idea of building this company while watching a documentary about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. She realized that while Dr. Dre was the artist, Jimmy Iovine was the force behind the artist that connected him with the right opportunities. I loved that this was her Ah-Ha moment when she knew that, much like Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, she too wanted to sell speakers, but a different kind all together!
“I didn’t want to be Dr. Dre, but I sure as heck wanted to be Jimmy Iovine."
Annette shares her 3 tips with us for expanding how speakers can see the value in a speaking activity rather than just the income it generates.
3 WAYS TO REALIZE THE VALUE OF A SPEAKING ACTIVITY:
Last year at my company's convention, I had the privilege of hearing Kristen Brown speak about The Happy Hour Effect. Since, then, we've been "friends" on social media and she was kind enough to let me interview her for the Power Project Podcast. We followed it up with an amazing meal of charbroiled oysters at Dragos and had a great evening in New Orleans.
You're going to be inspired and motivated by what she has to say. In this episode, we hear from Speaker Kristen Brown, author of The Happy Hour Effect. She is a self-proclaimed occasional know-it-all, sometimes workaholic, and frequent wine aficionado, but more importantly, my friend & mentor. Kristen uses her world-class industry expertise and research into human behavior to motivate exceptional business leaders to elevate their brand and skyrocket their performance for maximum impact on results even during change and stress. She has shared her expertise with clients around the U.S. such as Target, Women Presidents Organization, Live with Kelly, and many more. But, today, she's sharing with us her approach for overcoming obstacles, interrupting your thoughts, and taking action in your life.
You can follow her as your very own virtual accountability partner on:
Facebook: Kristen Brown Presents
For speaker coaching, podcast interviews, or speaking appearances, find her at www.kristenbrownpresents.com
At the Power Project, W stands for Wisdom. Wisdom is the intersection of knowledge and experience. We can have all the knowledge in the world, but it's not until until we put that knowledge to use and apply in order to gather experience that we gain Wisdom. Mattie will share with us how she organically built her community through trial and error. She not only possesses the knowledge of how to navigate You Tube and Instagram, but she also exhibits Wisdom well beyond her years.
Instead of sitting back and waiting for followers to come to her, she went out and built a community of devoted followers that engage with her. Wait... do you mean I have to go out and actively engage and build a community? You better believe it. But, Mattie can teach you just how to do that.
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Hi! I'm, Brandi, founder of The Power Project and I'm so glad you're here! I have this crazy belief that we can all do anything we set our minds to! Sometimes, you just need to hear it from a stronger on the internet. But, we're not strangers anymore. We're friends now. Welcome Friend! I hope you find some inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment here.