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How to Feel Blissfully Comfortable in Your Own Skin

lisa mccourtSounds nice, right? So what’s keeping you from it and why don’t you just claim it? The only thing standing between you and that kind of freedom and confidence is your inability to live authentically from your innermost core. Notice that I’m not telling you to be authentic because it will make you a better person, or because you owe it to the world or anything like that. I’m telling you to be more authentic because authenticity and self-love are your keys to the kingdom. Without them, nothing else can bring you joy. With them, nothing can fail to bring you joy.

We all started out gloriously authentic, but our authenticity was beaten out of us. Over and over, we got the message, implicitly and explicitly, that “image is everything,” and “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” My friend who works in sales for a mega-publishing company likes to quip, “Anybody who says you can’t judge a book by its cover never tried to sell one.” The cover is all we judge by!

And all of us want our covers to be the shiniest, most impressive covers we can manage to project. But where does that really leave us in terms of self-love and genuine connection with our fellow humans? Our inauthentic tendencies are often woven so deeply into the fiber of our beings that we have no idea they’re even there. People-pleasing is an all-too-common and insidious addiction in our world, and I know I will forever be a recovering addict in that regard.

At the root of all people-pleasing tendencies, and most inauthentic tendencies in general, is a fear of being judged. Many of us grew up with some degree of a fear of abandonment from being found unlovable if we were judged and came up short. And we all judge ourselves to varying extents. If you think you don’t judge yourself, it probably just means you have a judgment about judging yourself.

If you’re sensitive to the criticism of others, consider this: The extent to which you feel hurt by anyone’s judgment of you is directly proportional to the degree to which you subconsciously judge that trait in yourself. If I called you a jerk, you might feel insulted, because most of us have a fear, deep down, that we have the capacity to be jerks. But if I called you a rhinoceros you’d probably just think I was nuts and shrug it off. You know you’re not a rhinoceros, so there’s no way I can insult you with that—unless you have a big nose or a big butt that you’re sensitive about, in which case your own self-judgment would cause you to be insulted.

When you catch yourself in those inevitable moments where you’re not expressing your deepest truth, celebrate it! Celebrate it because you caught yourself and that means—in that moment at least—you’re glimpsing your real self. Any acts of self-improvement must always start with awareness. Becoming ever more aware of the masks you wear will have the marvelous effect of revealing to you—by way of contrast—the one who resides beneath those masks. That’s who you’re looking for. That’s who you want to love.

Steps to Start You Living More Authentically Today:

  1. Every time you catch yourself saying yes when you want to say no, smiling when you feel like scowling, or nodding politely through a long conversation you’d rather walk away from, say the words “not me” silently in your head. You won’t be able to change long-held patterns overnight, but just starting to identify them to yourself will put you on the right track.
  2. Once you’ve begun noticing which people and situations bring out the “inauthentic you” most frequently, make a list of the perks of that relationship or situation. What are you getting out of it? You may find that you get very little from it, and choose to extricate yourself from those situations.
  3. If you find that you do get substantial benefit from remaining in the situation that you’ve been inauthentic in, start looking for small ways to introduce more of the real you into that situation. Sometimes an honest, heartfelt conversation is all that’s needed to clear the air and get you some breathing room. Give the other person the benefit of the doubt, and go into the conversation with the full expectation that you’ll be liked and respected even more for demonstrating your authenticity. (“Mom, I’m so touched by how much you love to cook for me, but tonight I really feel like something lighter. Let me take you out for sushi instead.”)

Worst case, Mom will be offended, but if you consistently express your truth with love and compassion, she’ll get used to the new you and it will eventually inspire her to be more of who she really is as well. Authenticity is the surest route to deepening your relationships with others as well as your relationship with you.

About the Author: Unconditional love expert Lisa McCourt is a dynamic speaker, seminar leader and author whose 34 books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide. Her new book, Juicy Joy – 7 Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gutsy Self, teaches people to embrace “radical authenticity” to fully experience unbridled joy in life. Lisa lives in South Florida with her two children. For a free Juicy Joy audio program, visit

Win Your Wish List

Mavens of Money Win Your Wish List Winners!

Win Your Wish ListThe Mavens of Money WIN Your Wish List giveaway was a huge success! We hope everyone enjoyed getting the chance to win 3 fabulous prizes!

And the winners are…

  • Wii – #661 dlmurray
  • Ipod – #1375 missjenno
  • Nook – #1224 kcarlson

An email will be sent to the winners. You will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected.

Wishing you Happy Holidays from the Merry Mavens of Money!



Mavens of Money Virtual Food Drive – Help Us Stop Hunger!

Mavens_Food_DriveDid you know that currently in America 1 in 6 Americans does not have enough food to eat including nearly 14 million children? Or that in 2010 4.8% or 5.6 million households accessed food from a food pantry one or more times? And the numbers continue to climb as Feeding America reports they have seen an increase of 46% of food assistance needed since 2010 resulting in a greater need for food or monetary donations.

The Mavens of Money, a large group of women bloggers, have joined forces to promote a virtual food drive. Since Feeding America and make 8 meals out of every $1 donated we are working together to raise $1,500 or 12,000 meals for America’s hungry. That is enough meals for three families of four for an entire year.

In addition we are asking you, our readers, to get involved and help raise food donations for your local food pantry. Pick up an extra box of pasta or add a few cans of vegetables to your cart the next time you are at the grocery store. Every donation helps and every donation is needed. By being frugal and using sales to help stock up your home you can also help stock up the food pantries.

So join the Mavens of Money reach our goal of helping Feed America!




Win a Hanukkah Menorah from World of Judaica

World of Judaica is raffling an exquisite stained glass Hanukkah Menorah just 8 days before Hanukkah! Simply log on to their giveaway page to like World of Judaica on Facebook and sign up to their newsletter to win. There will only be one winner, and it could be you! Raffle to be held on December 12, 2011.
Browse World of Judaica’s wonderful collection of holiday must haves such as Menorahs, Hanukkah Candles, Dreidels, and more. Their beautiful collection of classic Jewish Jewelry includes Kabbalah and Choshen pieces.


This giveaway is open Internationally, for anyone 18+. You can enter only once by liking World of Judaica’s Facebook page and signing up to their newsletter. The winner will be notified via a Facebook friend request from World of Judaica + private message to their Facebook account, and on the Winners page on World of Terms and conditions here.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of World of Judaica. I received compensation for this post. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.


VTech Toys Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Age 1 to 9

VTech offers a wide range of products from infant to pre-school learning, to products for slightly older kids such as the V.Reader, an e-reader for kids, and InnoTab, a kids learning tablet!

Below you will find a quick guide to some of VTech’s favorite products for this holiday season to help you choose the perfect toys for your children. Click the image to zoom in.



Disclosure: Ogilvy PR, on behalf of VTech, provided me with this information. I will be receiving a complimentary product for including a VTech product in my holiday gift guide. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.



Get a Cravebox and See What’s Inside

CraveboxEnjoy the thrill of a fabulous new find without paying full price! Introducing… Cravebox. Want to get the inside scoop on great products?

  • Unwrap 4-5 hand-selected products each month
  • Discover the most crave-worthy of beauty, food and home products
  • Delivered to your door for one superbly low price
  • Free shipping

For only $10 per month you can get your own Cravebox and see what’s inside. You can sign up for Cravebox now to get in on the waiting list. The program is starting soon so don’t miss out. You don’t have to pay anything up front, all you need to do is enter your email address and then you’ll be notified when you’re in. :)

I’m definitely going to check it out for at least one month. I’m interested in seeing what’s in the Cravebox!




Now Earn Recyclebank Points All Over the Web

recyclebankExciting news from Recyclebank! Now you can earn Recyclebank Points all over the internet — for signing up with a green partner, making eco-friendlier purchases, going paperless and lots more on the way. Earn Recyclebank Points at Barnes & Noble, Kids Konserve, Living Green Now, Shop Sanity, ChooseUP, People Towels, and Greenfeet.

  • Barnes & Noble: Get Recyclebank Points when you go digital with a NOOK eReader.
  • Kids Konserve: Get Recyclebank Points when you buy any of Kids Konserve’s waste-free kits and containers.
  • Living Green Now: Get Recyclebank Points when you shop for green alternatives.
  • ShopSanity: Get Recyclebank Points when you choose digital receipts.
  • ChooseUP: Get Recyclebank Points when you buy eco-friendly products from ChooseUP.
  • People Towels: Get Recyclebank Points when you shop for alternatives to paper towels.
  • Greenfeet: Get Recyclebank Points when you shop for green housewares.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Are You an Expert of All Things Harry Potter?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2The final face-off between good and evil is finally upon us as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 released to DVD on November 11, 2011, just in time for the holidays! Join Harry, Ron and Hermione as they do battle against Voldemort in the epic conclusion to the series everyone is talking about.

Are you an expert of all things Potter?

Test your knowledge in the trivia quiz below. Discover if you are an expert or a novice by challenging your skills. The results might surprise you!

Are you hungry for the latest of all things Potter?

The Harry Potter Buzz Portal will give you real time updates on the trending Harry Potter topics from Facebook and Twitter. Plus, you can share your top three tips to having the ultimate Harry Potter party!

Take the quiz and share your results in the comments!

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Disclosure: Partners Hub, on behalf of Warner Bros, asked me to post about this promotion. I am receiving a DVD as a thank you for this post. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

MrPoppers Activity 1

Two Fun Activity Sheets from Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Below you will find two fun and kid-friendly activity sheets from Mr. Popper’s Penguins which releases on Blu-Ray and DVD and December 6th. If you haven’t heard of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Mr. Popper (played by Jim Carrey) is a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life until he inherits six, “adorable” and mischievous penguins.

And stay tuned! I will have a giveaway later this month where you can win your own DVD copy of Mr. Poppers Penguins. :) Until then, click on the activity sheet to zoom in and print if you’d like! The first activity is to unscramble the words and the second activity is to spot the differences between the photos.

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Free Nero Kwik Media Software Creates 100% Customizable Photo Projects

Nero-Kwik-MediaJust in time for the holidays, Nero has added a new, enhanced service that will let anyone design and print beautiful custom photo books, calendars, and greeting cards through its free Nero Kwik Media software. Kwik Media lets you collect photos from all the PCs, Android smart phones, and tablet devices in the family and then sync, manage, and produce memories for a lifetime in smart, professional looking photo books and other projects.

Kwik Media streamlines the whole process – allowing you to import photos from different devices wirelessly, assemble your favorites into a file, and then make edits like red-eye removal, enhancing and cropping, with just the click of a button. Instead of using a bunch of different programs Kwik will have all your photos ready to choose from, just pick a project and drag your photos into the order you want.

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Depending on the occasion you can choose from dozen of background textures and layouts. The software will then automatically create a suggested book layout or you can get creative and make your own layout.  Anything can be edited or changed.  With just a swipe of the mouse, you can move photos from one page to another, tilt them, resize them or put a photo in an interesting frame.

Once your layout is finished, you can choose from a huge selection of themed clip art to give your project your own personal style. Just pull in by drag and drop and size to your preference. Kwik Media lets you give every project a personal touch.

You can also create calendars to keep memories alive all year round or greeting cards to send fond moments to friends and family with the same easy-to-use features. Kwik Media has other functions. You can use tools to create slide shows and post photos and videos to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and other online social networks. You can also use Kwik Media to manage your music and videos.  For instance, you can use the software to burn content to DVD and Blu-ray discs so all your entertainment is conveniently in one place.

Photo products ordered through Nero Kwik Media are printed regionally from professional printers. Books typically ship within five to 10 business days. Visit to download the free software and get started.


Disclosure: The Bohle Company, on behalf of Nero, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.