Marie Forleo & Leila Janah: Fighting Global Poverty Through Technology

The violence, inequality and injustice that exists in our world right now can feel insurmountable.

One thing that always gives me strength and hope is recognizing that, amidst the pain and challenge of our times, there are legions of remarkable human beings who are actively working to create a better world.

Not only for themselves, or for a specific religious or political ideology, but for all of humanity.

There’s a psychological ripple effect that comes with the dignity of work. @leila_c Click To Tweet

Specifically, for the billions (yes, with a b) of overlooked, forgotten and often marginalized populations. Their important stories rarely make headlines or garner the support of international leaders.

But as my guest today wisely said, “You don’t have to accept the world for what it is, but you can mold it into what you think it could be.”

Each of us has the power to use our lives to lift others up. Leila Janah, founder of Sama Group, is a living demonstration of that. Listen in as we talk about the transformative impact of dignified work and how technology can be leveraged to make our world a more equitable and just place for all.

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Satya Jewelry: How to Run a Profitable Purpose-Driven Business

When Josh and I first got together, he’d often surprise me with jewelry for my birthday and Christmas. Nothing too crazy or extravagant. Just something small and lovely and sweet.

While I was deeply grateful, invariably we’d wind up returning whatever piece he chose so that I could get something that was more, well, me. (I don’t own a lot of stuff, so I gotta loooove it to keep it!)

Josh said, “How about this: why don’t we go shopping together and you can pick out exactly what you want?”

Smart man.

I walked us over to a beautiful little store near our home called Satya Jewelry. It’s the kind of place that you stop at every time you pass by because your eye always catches something heavenly in the window.

Satya means “truth” in Sanskrit. Their mission is to create pieces that are meaningful, inspiring and beautiful. Plus, they believe in giving back so with every purchase, you’re helping to improve the lives of women and children worldwide.

If you love what you do and your intention is pure, the universe will open every door. @satyajewelry Click To Tweet

I was captivated. This was the first fashion brand I’d seen that not only had gorgeous product, but that executed a for-profit, for purpose-business model in such a genuine and elegant way.

On one of my many visits to the store, I remember thinking to myself “Wow, I really love this. Wouldn’t it be cool if someday I had my own little Satya line of jewelry?”

A few years later, I was at a friend’s party and bumped into Satya herself. I was totally uncool and fangirled on about how much I loved her work and that it was the one brand of jewelry I keep going back to.

(Being nonchalant is not one of my strong suits.)

After chatting for a bit, one thing became clear. The reason I loved the jewelry so much had everything to do with the authentic soul who created it. Her generous and optimistic spirit spills forth into everything she touches.

Here on MarieTV, one request I often receive is for more stories of everyday people who decide to leave the safe path to follow their crazy, unconventional heart.

Wish granted. In today’s episode you’ll hear about Satya’s adventurous journey from being a disenchanted social worker to launching an enormously successful global jewelry brand from scratch.

I’m also deeply honored to announce our first ever capsule collection with Satya called #BeBlessed. I love having small totems around to ground me in my truth and inspire me towards my dreams, and I hope these lovely pieces can do the same for you.

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What Elizabeth Gilbert Wants You To Know About Big Magic

Doesn’t matter what you might be dreaming of.

If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world — write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or just bedazzle your toothbrush…

Today’s show is an absolute must watch.

It’s a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life. And our tour guide is none other than the legendary Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Here’s just a sampling of the gems you’re about to discover:

You have hidden treasures within you… and so do I, and so does everyone around us. @GilbertLiz Click To Tweet
  • The unconventional (and very specific) thing to say and do when fear tries to stop you from taking inspired risks
  • The contract Liz made with her creativity long ago and why it’s made all the difference
  • Why you shouldn’t try to “help” anyone with your art and what to focus on instead
  • The vital distinction between originality and authenticity and how to manage “it’s all been done before” syndrome
  • How to know whether or not you’re on the right creative path

Plus, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Liz speak (tens of millions have watched her Ted Talks and I’ve had the honor of seeing her move a stadium full of folks to tears), pay extra attention around the 25 minute mark.

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Find Your Voice: How to Unleash Your Best Work

We’re baaack!

From our summer holiday, that is.

Gotta say, it was a blissful two weeks. I basically did a stay-cation and Josh and I split our time between the beach and then totally off the grid (no cell service or internet) in the country.

I made some interesting discoveries, too.

It took me 2 days to completely shift out of work mode and into vacation mode, which is a huge improvement over my last extended break. (That time took me about 6 days). My time off was mostly filled with reading, bike rides, movie nights and, one of my favorite pastimes, cooking loads of great meals.

Your voice is not just what you say but what others hear. @ToddHenry Click To Tweet

I also did a 10 day detox (no sugar, gluten or dairy — which is impressive for a woman who loves cheese and wine as much as I do!) and could not believe the difference it made.

Time off was extremely rejuvenating, and I’m thrilled to be back to share today’s MarieTV with you.

There’s never been a better time to grow an audience for your products, services and ideas. But with so much noise out there, what’s the key to not only stand out — but to create real and lasting impact through your work?

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The Art of Creation Through Desire w/ Regena Thomashauer

About 7 years ago, I sat in a hotel ballroom near Times Square with my jaw nearly on the floor.

The lights were dim. On stage, a woman was lying naked on a massage table while a small camera projected the image of her hoo-ha on a jumbo screen to a standing-room only crowd of nearly 300 people.

“So, what we’re seeing now is the vulva. And along here, these are the vaginal lips…”

For the next 15 minutes, the audience (comprised of roughly 75% women and 25% men) sat in complete silence with laser-like focus as my powerhouse friend Regena Thomashauer, delivered an exquisitely profound and enlightening real-life lady-parts tour.

A desire is the interface between you and that which is greater than you. @mamagena Click To Tweet

It was nerve-wracking and, ultimately, awe-inspiring.

When the tour was over, the woman on the table was thanked and gently wrapped in a robe. The crowd erupted into a highly emotional standing ovation.

It was perhaps, one of the first and only times in my adult life that I witnessed such a deft and intelligent group excursion into what’s (insanely) a taboo topic: anatomy and sexuality.

The best part?

Every man in the room was on his feet, wiping away tears and applauding with the fiercest sense of honor, respect and reverence for women that I’ve ever seen.

As an advocate for girls and women’s rights world-wide, I could not have been more moved.

This segment was just one part of a deep and thorough curriculum delivered by Regena Thomashauer (a.k.a. Mama Gena) through her wildly successful business, The School of Womanly Arts.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn exactly how Regena took her once out-there dream, a multitude of talents, and a deep desire to make a difference and found a way to turn them into the brave and transformative work she’s known for today.

I think you’ll find her approach to giving birth to your dreams to be wonderfully refreshing. Especially in our hyper driven, no-pain-no-gain culture of overwork.

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