Episode 75 | Together women are pressing for progress in 2018. Join us!


March 8th is International Women's Day and we couldn't let this week go by without celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere. It marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year the theme is: #pressforprogress.

On our episode this week we talk about some of the ways we can support women and some of our own challenges.

We also suggest you continue your learning and reflect on how you can press for progress in your circle of influence.

Here are three episodes that we have recorded that we recommend you listen to and share this week with the women in your life!

Episode 36: Are You a Feminist?

Episode 47: Six Unique Challenges Women in Leadership Face

Episode 58: Why Women Need Other Women

Don't forget to tag us on Instagram on your International Women's Day posts using #lifereframers!

Episode 74 | Memoir #2: Gathering Stories with Patti M Hall

Last week we addressed the barriers we face when it comes to writing our memoir or story. If you didn't get a chance to listen to the episode you can link to it here.

Once you've had a chance to address those barriers, the next step is to get started. But where do you start? Do you just open up a blank document and start writing the first memory that pops in your mind? Maybe - but after that story is finished then what? What do you do next? Memoir writing expert, Patti Hall has developed an approach that helps her clients not only have a bank of stories to draw on, but also begin to see the themes in that are emerging in their story. We think it is great and she takes us both through the process she uses on this episode. Warning: We get pretty vulnerable about our past!

What story would have to be in your memoir?

Think about what stories were defining moments for you and shaped who you are. Try answering that question and listen to our answers. You'll notice Patti has a gift for drawing out stories. Start making note of what you want to include. We share a few that we think must be in our stories and discover that there is a vulnerability required in this process.

Where would your story start? Where would it end?

This week we get into the initial steps of how to write a memoir timeline and where to start your story. Memoirs are a part of your life not your entire life. If you have read Wild  or Eat Pray Love for example, those stories represent a specific time in the author's lives.

We have a timeline worksheet available to help you get started! Be sure to listen to this week's episode for instructions on how to complete it. 

Episode 73 | Memoir #1: Overcome your barriers to writing your story with Patti M Hall

Stories are powerful. We've witnessed an entire movement begin to shift the way women feel about their personal histories because a few women had the courage to come forward and share their stories of abuse by some of the most powerful men in the entertainment world. The #metoo movement was born and more and more women have found the courage to tell their stories. And we've found our collective strength in those stories.

But not all stories are of abuse. There are stories of resilience and overcoming difficult challenges. Some of our most popular guests shared powerful personal stories. Here are a few to revisit:

Maureen Towns shared about the struggle she faced as a mom with the addiction and mental health issues of three of her children.

Steph Jagger  shared her story about realizing that she was living a good life but that she wanted to lift the restraining device and go for more.

Courtney Carver told the story about how receiving a life changing medical diagnosis prompted her to make some radical changes in how she was living. Project 333 was born.

Each one of these woman wrote books and actively share their stories. We believe that storytelling is important in reframing your life. It's been said, "The most important story you will ever tell about yourself is the story you tell to yourself." Stories are that powerful.

Reframe Your Life has partnered with Patti M Hall to offer you a 3 part podcast workshop on memoir writing. You can listen to our interview with Patti and hear her story on this episode.

Part 1 addresses the barriers we face before we even put pen to paper (or fingers to keypad). It's available now on iTunes.

Part 2 will get into the initial steps of memoir writing including how to write a memoir timeline and where to start in your story.

Part 3 in the series will be about how we organize the material in our lives to start writing and how we mine for memories.

Episode 72 | Deborah Senior - Building Your Personal Brand

Introducing our guest:

Deborah Senior is a dynamic talent whose background spans Canada’s leading oil & gas, retail, and marketing sectors including Suncor, Hudson’s Bay, and Nielsen. While her focus is on brand strategy, loyalty programs and consumer research, Deborah’s creativity and expertise lie in her ability to harness the power of effective branding.

Her career, however, started in the non-profit sector. She headed an international youth NGO, Policy Advisor at the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society (IMPACS) and is a former Trustee at the Laidlaw Foundation. Throughout all of her roles, her key contribution continues to be incorporating marginalized voices into civic and social structures.


Topics discussed:

Should you blend your personal brand and your professional brand?

What your logo says when you aren't in the room?

What do people say about your business when you aren't in the room?

Social Media:

Your social media posts reflect your values.

Social media doesn't need to be instant. Schedule your posts. Review them before posting. 

Ask: Why am I posting this? What is my intention behind it?


What do you need your website to do? What is the purpose of your website? 

Answer those questions and then do it the best, cleanest, shortest way possible.

Personal Style - Every aspect of your physical identity is branded.

Links mentioned:

Brand Ambition