Christmas Shopping with Graceful Gladiators

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH GRACEFUL GLADIATORS:

MEET THE 12 WOMEN BEHIND THESE SMALL BUSINESSES

Every Christmas season on social I have posted the thread that says something to the effect of “share your business link below” so I can shop with my friends! It’s always been a no brainer for me; shop with people instead of corporations, put money in the pocket of a Mama trying to bring in additional income rather than Sephora or Bath and Body Works! And it’s been fun…. But this year God gave me this super cool idea to find the Graceful Gladiator women who were really pushing to serve others through their business, with product offerings that would make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers. And, I asked them to come on Facebook LIVE with me so I could spotlight them and their business so you could get to know women that you may potentially like to shop with this season!

 

If you know me, you know that I have a calling to women. That is why I started the Graceful Gladiator podcast– a podcast that strengthens and equips women to find and empower their God given purpose so they can make their highest contribution to themselves, their families, and the world. This Graceful Gladiator movement has been my passion for the past 5 years; (the podcast launched January 2018); I prayed and studied and sought God’s direction on how to create Spirit filled momentum for women and He has been so faithful to guide me step by step as I seek His heart for all of us!!!!!

 

 

 

 

This whole passion stemmed from a time in my life where I tried to find my value in a man, and I made some compromising decisions which included getting married for the wrong reasons and ultimately getting divorced. If you’re a listener of the Graceful Gladiator podcast, you know this story so I will just say here that I had a really hard, low season of life and felt as though I had messed EVERYTHING UP…. That God could no longer use me. And, instead He showed my that my greatest purpose was on the other side of my pain. (Isn’t He such a good Father!)

 

I share this with you just so you get an understanding that Graceful Gladiator is more than just a group of women, it’s more than a podcast, it’s more than a place to be heard and seen and supported. Graceful Gladiator is a MOVEMENT. And together we are going to redefine womanhood and step with boldness into all God has for us.

 

So, without further ado, meet some awesome Graceful Gladiators by downloading your Christmas shopping guide here, and make sure to join us on Facebook HERE to watch their live interviews.

 

 

 

 

 

And of course, share the guide with your friends and family! Let’s make a pact to support small businesses and women owned businesses every chance we get this season!!

GRACEFUL GLADIATOR SPOTLIGHT SCHEDULE


November 7: Megan of Megan’s Mark Leather

November 8: Jenny of Rodan and Fields

November 14: Nancymarie of Elderberry World

November 18: Lisa of Indigo Jade Art

November 26: Michelle of Monat

December 12: Melissa of Euphoria Boxes

 

MORE INTERVIEWS TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!!!

 

Hi! I’m Hannah Place and I am on a mission to empower women through God’s word: to show them the truth’s He has declared over their lives, to uncover the hope that He has promised, and to prepare their hearts for the battles they face.

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BURNOUT- PART 2

BURNOUT PART 2: INTERVIEW WITH DR. AMIRA WOODRUFF + BONUS LIVE Q+A

I love __________ (my life, my job, my family, being a mom).

I’m doing what I always wanted to do.

I put in the work to get here.

I’m really good at this… Everyone tells me.

So…Why does it still feel like there’s something missing?

 

Graceful Gladiators, it’s here! The anticipated LIVE Q+A session with Dr. Amira as a follow up to my initial interview with her on the Graceful Gladiator podcast. Listen in and watch now!

KEY TAKEAWAYS REGARDING BURNOUT


 

  1. Burnout is NOT A DEAD END: You can recover, and quickly.

  2. People can influence your burnout, but ultimately- your burnout is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. (Quit the finger pointing to regain your power + recover!)

  3. While being TOO BUSY can lead to burnout, the even more common culprit is NOT DOING ENOUGH of the right thing. (AKA: the things that fuel your spirit!)

 

 

 

 

Sisters, what did you learn from Amira?? Was this helpful!? Let me know below and connect with me on social, I love hearing from you!!!!

 

Hi! I’m Hannah Place and I am on a mission to empower women through God’s word: to show them the truth’s He has declared over their lives, to uncover the hope that He has promised, and to prepare their hearts for the battles they face.

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BURNOUT

BURNOUT: PART 1

MY STORY + WHAT YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING, TOO

Last Saturday morning I sat on my couch watching the grey skies pour rain, hearing occasional bits of thunder. It was GLORIOUS. I sipped steaming coffee out of my my Prayer Warrior mug and indulged in one of my favorite fall breakfasts- a hot baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon. (Don’t judge- it’s delicious. Seriously, try it.) Mike was out of town speaking at a conference so I was alone, soaking in the sounds of fall and thinking that this is my absolute favorite time of year. Which made me reflect… it was NOT always this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My entire adulthood, fall was a time of WORK. From 18-20 I was overloaded with academics. I graduated college in 2.5 years so fall/winter meant 25-28 units, registering for winter intersession, extra night classes PLUS holding down a nannying and tutoring job. Then, at 21 I was graduated and working full time… In RETAIL MANAGEMENT. Fall and winter meant working 10 times harder than any other time of the year… Longer hours, more angry and hurried customers, extra demands, less time with family. And worst of all, on days when I wanted more than ever to be baking cookies with my Mom or decorating the tree with my Dad or going to Christmas Eve service or having festive lunches with friends… I was working.

 

 

 

 

 

Then after 4 years, I transitioned into an even more corporate type environment, one where commuting to LA, OC, SD was a daily routine. Fall and winter meant I was driving in pouring rain with extra traffic, going to work events far from home… An introverts nightmare! So it is with insane gratitude that I sipped my coffee last Saturday and stared out at the grey sky and pouring rain. Because I knew that entering this fall and winter season would be one I would actually cherish. A season of quiet, still mornings. A season of new memories with my hubby and having time freedom to travel and be with our families. This year will be year #4 of entrepreneurship for me, and it is not lost on me that it wasn’t always this way. Thank you Jesus.

And sister, if you are praying for time freedom, release from a job that you dread, or a change in the way you are required to spend your time or location of work… I will pray with you in agreement for that shift! Just let me know in the comments. Last Saturday, nearly 20 people on Facebook came together and prayed at the same time for breakthrough in this area… it was so powerful! 

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20

 

WHAT’S COMING FOR YOU + RESOURCES FOR BURNOUT


I share all of this with you because during those earlier years I was describing, I struggled horribly. I was also enduring the hardship of a marriage that was crumbling faster than I could comprehend… This NO DOUBT made my career a thousand times more unbearable. But the corporate demands were there too… Numbers, quotas, managing a team, quarterly projections, regional meetings, 12 hour days on my feet, and in HIGH HEELS nonetheless.

 

It’s actually insane as I look back and can see from a an eagle eye’s perspective how much stress was on my little body. It was nearly half a decade that you could sum up as the hurricane of horrors. I was literally the shell of a person. I’ve shared before that I entered into my twenties with starry eyes and a hopeful heart… And 5 years later got spit out on the other end divorced, heartbroken, jaded and looking like I had been electrocuted. This, Graceful Gladiators, was my story of BURNOUT.

 

 

It is because burnout is SO real yet has such little conversation around it, that I asked my friend Dr. Amira May Woodruff to come on the Graceful Gladiator podcast and share her insight with us in the arena. She experienced burnout too… After achieving her career ambitions, becoming a dentist, marrying the love of her life, and from the outsiders perspective having “it all”.

 

 

 

So if you’re reading my story and feeling a thread of commonality to the struggle, here’s what you need to know:

 

 

First, you’re not alone.

Second, IT’S REAL (not in your head).

Third, there’s help.

 

 

 

 

Listen in to the Graceful Gladiator podcast episode with Dr. Amira May Woodruff today and let me know below: Is this topic relevant to you? Share your story below. And in the next post, I’ll be sharing more about burnout plus a interview 2 with Dr. Amira, which answers your questions LIVE!!!!

 

Hi! I’m Hannah Place and I am on a mission to empower women through God’s word: to show them the truth’s He has declared over their lives, to uncover the hope that He has promised, and to prepare their hearts for the battles they face.

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NAVIGATING GRIEF AND LOSS

NAVIGATING GRIEF AND LOSS

Loss is an inevitable part of life, that never comes in a timely manner. Most of the time we can’t anticipate it. Even when we can, it usually doesn’t help. I have experienced many types of loss in my life, just like you most likely. I’m not sure what my first experience with loss was, at least loss I could truly understand that is. I think it might have been in elementary school, when I changed schools. I lost my old set of friends. I wasn’t upset by the change, but I still remember feeling a bit of an ache as I grew distant from the girls I had become so close with.

 

 

Then a couple years letter, my Grandpa died. That was my first true loss. I was only 10 I think, and I didn’t really understand how to process grief or sadness that is associated with death. As silly as it may seem, I was watching N Sync (don’t judge) on TV and I burst into tears for what I thought was no reason. My Mom came and sat by me on our blue and white plaid couch and held me tight. She asked me why I was crying, and when I told her I didn’t know, she got quiet for a moment, then tenderly whispered to me, “It’s ok to be sad about Grandpa” and kissed me on the top of my head. I remember the confusion that was working through my brain and then the release of finally understanding that losing Grandpa just HURT. And that it was ok to hurt.

 

 

 

Later on in life I experienced various forms of loss. Loss of family members, loss of dreams, loss of love. But I think maybe the worst of all, the most crushing form of loss, is loss of expectation. When with your entire heart and soul and every cell in your body you know and believe and EXPECT something to be a certain way… And it just ISN’T. There are no words to describe the anguish over the loss of the things we have dreamed for, hoped for, and expected. Whether it is the expectation for a relationship, or our parents to live forever, or to have a family, or for a certain dream to come true, sickness to be healed, struggle to turn to triumph… When the expectation doesn’t turn out.. It is utterly and completely heartbreaking.

 

 

 

 

And, possibly the worst thing you can hear when experiencing pain or loss are the words from another person “I know just how you feel.” Well intentioned friends and family can become uncomfortable when someone is hurting because they don’t know how to respond.

 

 

I have been there before, haven’t you?

 

 

We don’t feel we can offer the right words of comfort or give them the solace they need. So instead, it’s simple to try to commiserate, compare their struggle with something we have experienced, or try to find the silver lining and provide it them as a better way of seeing things. But, when you consider the deepest hurt you have ever felt, what was your need? Not to have someone try to find the silver lining for you, or to compare your loss with something in their own life. Usually, what you need, is just for someone to acknowledge your pain and just be there.

NAVIGATING LOSS LIKE JESUS


In John 11:35, after hearing about the death of Lazarus, “Jesus wept.” The astonishing part of all of this is that Jesus knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead and within moments there would be joy and worship. And yet…. He wept.

 

Why?

 

Because He had compassion. Compassion for the suffering of Lazarus’s sisters, Mary and Martha. He deeply felt the suffering that Lazarus’s death had caused his family. His compassion and love opened the door for Him to weep and mourn and grieve with the sisters, even though He knew all would be made right.

 

 

Today we are surrounded by loss. Victims of natural disasters, victims of abuse. People who have survived the loss of a family member, a friend, a pet. When you experience someone else’s loss, allow yourself to not have the answers. Give yourself permission to simply say “I’m so sorry.” Or, “I wish I could make it go away. I’m praying for you.”

 

 

 

Let’s make sure our good intentions don’t hurt the people who need compassion the most. For all my friend experiencing loss, you are not alone. My heart hurts with you and I am always here to pray with you.

 

Hi! I’m Hannah Place and I am on a mission to empower women through God’s word: to show them the truth’s He has declared over their lives, to uncover the hope that He has promised, and to prepare their hearts for the battles they face.

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Homemade Body Scrub

MY SAVORY AND SWEET PINK SUGAR HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB

Let’s be honest- there is nothing like a homemade body scrub that instantly makes you feel like you are at a spa. As I have just transitioned out of a very nutty season in business and life, I have been inspired to begin incorporating some self care practices. And, this was perfect timing, because my friend just returned from Thailand with a big satchel of loose leaf jasmine tea for me! As I took a big whiff of the super fragrant jasmine, I knew that I wanted to bring the tea into some type of a homemade body care item so I could continue enjoying the scent. So… a homemade body scrub made perfect sense!

 

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOMEMADE BODY SCRUB


INGREDIENTS:

 

 

2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup coarse pink salt

2-3 TBS loose leaf jasmine tea

10 drops rosemary essential oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil

Organic coconut oil, added a little bit at a time for consistency

 

 

 

Take jasmine loose leaf tea, and pour a little coconut oil over it and let sit for at least an hour. Then, put sugar and salt in a medium bowl and add drops of essential oil. Stir to combine well. Then, pour the jasmine loose leaf in coconut oil over the salt/sugar and stir well. Then, add coconut oil to achieve the consistency you would like! Store in mason jars or other glass jar, and make enough tp share with a friend!

Will you make this recipe? Do you like the idea of a savory and sweet homemade body scrub? Or prefer another scent? Let me know below!

 

 

 

 

 

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Speaking at MOPS

“GO FIRST”: SPEAKING AT MOPS

The week of Mother’s Day, I had the honor of giving the keynote message for a MOPS group in Corona, CA.

 

 

Since I am not a mama (yet), I had never been to a MOPS group – that is, unless you count going as a baby, because my Mom was a MOPS Mom!! I wasn’t sure the exact atmosphere that I would walk in to, or what to expect, and I prayed for the Holy Spirit to prepare me to speak to this group of Moms and to deliver the message that God wanted them to hear. To be completely honest, I felt especially inferior since I am not yet a Mom.

 

 

I struggled with the “Not Good Enough” lie from the enemy… And I had to take these thoughts captive and turn them over to my Heavenly Father, knowing that He had ordained me to be there for a special reason.

 

 

Ally Meister, my friend, sister in Christ, and MOPS coordinator, spoke so much truth in to my life and shared that she felt in her spirit that I was supposed to be there, and that I was supposed to be the last speaker of the year, their final message. I was so encouraged by Ally and her love and friendship when I struggled with insecurity. We all need sisters like this in our life!

 

I was also super blessed to be able to bring my Mom with me to MOPS since it was so close to her home in California. Since I was traveling from Scottsdale, Arizona to be there, I made the trip a day extra to spend time with family. Mike held down the fort at home, and I am so thankful for that! It isn’t easy to leave home, especially when you run multiple businesses together on a daily basis. But Mike is always my number one supporter, and he gladly worked double time so I could make this trip happen!

The day of MOPS was beautiful, cozy grey skies outdoors and a group full of warm, loving welcomes inside the MOPS building. I adored watching all of the Moms interact with each other. Conversation was buzzing, babies were being passed around and cuddled, and Elevation Worship was playing softly in the background.

THE MESSAGE GOD GAVE ME TO SPEAK WAS ABOUT GOING FIRST IN FAITH.


I shared stories from the Bible of the heroes of our faith and how they had to step out and go first to receive the promise from God.

 

Here is a little clip.

 

 

 

I am so thankful to have spent this time with my sisters at MOPS, and it planted a love of MOPS in my heart. I hope that one day I will be one of the faces in the room, sharing my baby and cuddling others, listening to Bible teachers and being encouraged by the women in my group. If you are a Mama, I highly recommend checking out getting involved in a group near you!

 

Out of curiosity, what is your favorite Bible story of someone GOING FIRST in faith?

 

 

Hi! I’m Hannah Place and I am on a mission to empower women through God’s word: to show them the truth’s He has declared over their lives, to uncover the hope that He has promised, and to prepare their hearts for the battles they face.

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