Let Personal Growth Be An Aphrodisiac For Your Dreams

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BraveHeart Women An Aphrodisiac For Your Dreams

Personal growth can be an aphrodisiac for your dreams.

It allows you to peel away those nasty layers of:

  • Insecurity
  • Uncertainty
  • Fear of failure
  • Self doubt

Those qualities that hold you back from being your true self and denying you your ability to pursue your unique purpose in life.

My friend Laurie and I attended the BraveHeart Women’s Rise Event (rising up to the next level of your life) in Los Angeles, California. It was held at the swanky Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Beverly Hills. This life altering three-day event was a gathering of women from all walks of life, from all different parts of the world.

It was graciously hosted by the creator of BraveHeart Women, mega goddess, Dr. Ellie Drake. She was born in Iran and fortunate enough to escape with her family to the United States when she was twelve years old.

She was so grateful that her family was no longer under the tyrannical grasp of a regime that ruthlessly suppressed it’s people, that she made a vow to become a beacon of hope for other women.

Ellie sense of calling has led her to teach women how to evolve as a woman flourishing energetically from the inside out.

The panel at this conference was filled with beautiful, vibrant, intelligent women including Dr. Lisa Nichols (“The Secret”), Debra Wilson (actress-Mad TV, Avatar), Gloria Loring singer and entertainer and Dr. Sugar Singleton, cellular memory expert.

They graciously offered some very sage advice:

  • Climb out of the box that so many people put you in
  • Get your hustle hat on and get a running
  • By watching your friends playing their A game, it makes you look at your own
  • Get rid of the negative people in your life
  • Set your attention and law of action = dream
  • Have balance in your life
  • Fail forward – you will make mistakes – learn from them
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Honor that tingly feeling in your gut-it’s your passion meter
  • Internal + External value = purpose
  • Look for signs from the universe for affirmation

Braveheart Women’s mantra is to assist women to grow personally in order for them to blossom. To connect the women of the world together in order to receive and give inspiration in the areas of self-esteem, empowerment, purpose, passion and personal prosperity while enhancing the world by being Brave Women who live from the heart.

And boy did we! We met some of the most supportive, accepting, non-competitive, beautifully inspired women. We are 250,000 women strong! This online community masterfully uses social networking with a purpose. Check out their website: www.braveheartwomen.com.

I cried, laughed, rejoiced, learned, danced, sang, gained empowerment, meet so many memorable people and soaked up so much inspiration to confidently continue on with my dream.

We were given a boxed set of 52 daily reminders to live in the art of Ease-ology, “It’s Easier Done Than Said”. You can obtain these at: www.BraveHeartProductions.com.

These cards will assist you to truly experience that success can be infused with Ease.

All of the guests were also blessed with receiving the book Brave Heart Women – How to be Inspiration in Action. Wow, I can’t wait to delve into this book and read the insightful words of 30 women from all different professions and points of view.

The biggest gift Ellie gave us was the practice of Oxytocin breathing. For example, if you’re driving and someone cuts you off. Before you get pissed off, say to yourself, “Okay”, place your arms horizontally palms up, take a breath and really concentrate on the exhale. This will release release a hormone from your pituitary gland that will allow you to relax. Try it, it really works!

The morning we left for home, I pulled the Certainty card from the “It’s Easier Done Than Said” deck and it read:

When my certainty far exceeds the worlds’ doubt, that is when they will follow me. My level of certainty will be nourished and strengthened when I connect with a purpose that is larger than myself.

We were on our return flight home and our plane was flying over the San Francisco Bay approaching the airport, when I noticed the colorful windsurfers on the water. We were enjoying the view when Laurie noticed the Blue Angels in formation (like an arrow) flying directing towards us! What a magnificent sight! It took me a few minutes to come down from that once in a lifetime experience for it to dawn on me that this was a sign from the universe that I’m on the right path!

Have you gone to a personal growth convention? If so, how has it helped you with your dream?

On the screenwriting front, I have a little gem to share with you. It’s called Inktip. It’s a service for screenwriters to submit their scripts on line for producers, directors and other people in the movie industry to take a look at your work.

You will need to sign up at: www.inktip.com, fill out the form, print out all the pages and sign where indicated. Return ALL the pages either by snail mail or fax. This is a wonderful opportunity for screenwriters who don’t have an agent or connections to have your work seen. And it’s FREE!


Toni left 8 Women Dream in November of 2010 to work full-time on her screenplay and Club B.

  • Sophia

    This is an important reminder. There is really not much time in life. What matters is who I am on the inside, but how many can recognize and understand this fact? For thinking right is easy to acknowledge, but how to stay there, let go of our fear and self-importance, and listen to the inside is truly the hard part.

    • Laurie

      That is the hard part Sophia. One way is to make it a practice, like working out…everyday. Wayne Dyer says stay low like water, always returning to softness and kindness. That is a good mantra when you are taking in to much stimulation.
      Blessings, Laurie

  • Love this post and I am so thrilled for your experiences. It sounds like an amazing event! I watched for your updates in Facebook.

    I would like to see us invited as a panel tribe next year ;-) Missed you –


    • Toni Schram

      Wow, Cath, what an unbelievable experience the BraveHeart Rise Event was!

      Where can you go and get so much positive reinforcement for pursuing your dreams?

      So start saving your pennies and make a point to get there next year?

      Love ya-


  • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

    “When my certainty far exceeds the worlds’ doubt, that is when they will follow me. My level of certainty will be nourished and strengthened when I connect with a purpose that is larger than myself.”

    I live for the feeling that I get when this happens to me. I have never said it like this but it resonates so much with what I strive for every day. Thanks for sharing your cards… feel free to share more!!!
    I’m thrilled you had a good time, and hope your dreams are ignited as a result of spending time with incredible people.

    xox Rem

    • Toni Schram

      BraveHeart Women encourage and legitimize our dreams in a supportive and non-competitive way. Where else are you going to get that?

      The card I drew today from the Today’s Lesson In Ease deck:


      “I accept myself as I freely communicate, As I speak, my self-acceptance at the
      same time will shine light out of the windows of my soul.

      Self-acceptance brings me in the present moment, which is the only true vehicle
      of authentic communication.”

      Ellie Drake

      Love ya-

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  • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

    OH my god girl! What an incredible experience for both of you. It sounds like an energizing mix of support and motivation.

    I love “Get your hustle hat on and get a running” since that is what I’ve been focusing on for a while.

    Now I need to figure out how that works with “Have balance in your life”!

    Congrats on the excursion! – H

    • Toni Schram

      OMG, you need to involved with this wonderful group of women! I mean, come on, their platform is built on social networking with a purpose. Right up your alley, girl!

      There was definitely more going on at the Hyatt than just our convention. Laurie and I witnessed a girl with her entourage all gussied up and ready for her Quincenera.

      On the flip side, was a group of bikers with their “escorts” getting ready for a charity ride followed up by a visti to the Playboy Mansion.

      I saw one of the bikers the following morning and asked how his adventures with the Bunnies went and he said he needs Botox to take the smile off his face.

      Laurie said there was some police action in the hotel-looked like they were zoning in on those “escorts”.

      Put Rise on your calendar for next year, you will grow in ways you never thought

      Love ya-