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Heather Ruth Martin is a business consultant and author with a passion for business improvement, personal clarity and women's empowerment. She is the Owner of Crush the Box, a strategic consulting firm (www.crushthebox.biz). She just completed her first novel, Reclaiming Konia, which will be available via Amazon on April 24, 2015.

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Finding Kind: A Film and Campaign that Asks Girls to be a Little Kinder

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 4:56 PM

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Photo courtesy of Kind Campaign
Filmmakers Lauren Paul (left) and Molly Thompson (right)

Is it impossible to find sisterhood? I can answer an emphatic no after a lifetime of gathering loyal supporters, but I also recall moments in my life where...

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IndieFlix: A Movement to Change the World One Indie Movie at a Time

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 12:00 PM

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Photo Credit: Coco Knudson

Imagine this scenario: You recently got divorced, are now a single mother, your father has passed away and you are running a startup. You have exactly six weeks of funding left when your business partner has a heart...

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Codependency, the Power of No and the Power of Yes

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:45 PM

There is a subtle way that we as women give away our power by refusing to say "no." For a long time my life sounded a lot like this:

Need someone to get the groceries? I can do it!
Need someone to cook for the event? I can...

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Overcome Failure and Walk Forward in Faith

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:32 PM

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all -- in which case, you fail by default." -- J.K. Rowling

I have certainly taken enough risks and failed enough times in life to know that...

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On the Edge of the Precipice: Can I Surrender to the Flow?

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Ever caught yourself in a moment in life where you wonder how you got here? I have. Here I was, no longer imagining the precipice, no longer standing on the edge of the precipice, I was in the space off the precipice -- an empty void of space smack dab...

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The (Messy) Art of Shedding Relationships for Your Own Evolution

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:50 PM

In 2004, I made a huge move to the state of New Jersey after being a valley girl all of my life (the "like, oh my God" valley). Shortly thereafter, my 32-year-old brother Andy passed away from a rare form of cancer. A medical student at Tulane University...

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The Dichotomy of Faith

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Self-help clichés and positive affirmations can on occasion be motivating, supportive and helpful; other times they can be downright frustrating and reek of total bull. "They" say failure is the stepping stone to success (at this rate I should be a huge star any day now). "They" also say when...

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The Empowerment Project: A Documentary That Says 'Yes You Can!'

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 9:47 PM

Are you fatigued with our media culture that leaves young women and girls with the sole aspiration of being attractive or a celebrity or a reality TV star? Well then brace yourself for a new documentary, The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, which brings the stories of 17...

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Life Is Uncertain, But These Things I Know For Sure

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:48 PM

In conversations with my therapist, my friends and loved ones, uncertainty comes up often. How will I meet Mr. Right? How, when and where will I find my dream job or land my first client? When will I or how do I start to lose weight? Uncertainty in life often...

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Why Do We Hold Ourselves Back?

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 11:30 AM

I love the irony in life. I decided to write a blog about how and why we hold ourselves back, because so often, we do. For two days, I have stared at a blank page and not written a word. When I tried to understand why, the words personal and...

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Lisa D'Amato Shares Her Personal Story: Abuse & Trauma Build Character and You Can Break the Cycle

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:27 PM

At a recent event in Los Angeles entitled The F Word (for Feminism), Lisa D'Amato, known from America's Next Top Model, shared her personal journey with the audience. Her message was clear: Don't judge a book by its cover, because you never know what someone has been through...

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Don't Rush Through Life: Give Yourself Permission to Rest and Relax

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 7:25 PM

Abraham-Hicks Publications has a great quote: "You cannot have a happy ending to an unhappy journey."

Recently I locked myself in a room and cracked the whip -- "Heather you must write, write, write! You must accomplish a lot today!" The pressure was on, but I was frustrated because the...

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"Women Against Feminism" Misses the Point: Why No Woman (or Man) Should be Against Feminism

(31) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Ignorance is not bliss, which is elaborately displayed in the Women Against Feminism campaign. Apparently if you ever refer to yourself as a feminist then you must be a man-hating lesbian that never wants to wear a dress or heels. Another stereotype that existed when I was a young feminist...

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New Graduates: Don't Get Outside the Box, Crush It!

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Congratulations, new graduates! You have just completed one of the most grueling and intense periods of your life. You probably had a fantastic graduation ceremony, an amazing commencement speaker and a personal celebration of your accomplishments. Now the uncertainty of your future gets to set in.

As humans, we...

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Rich and Miserable? Pursue Riches but Don't Lose Your Soul!

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:03 PM

There was a time in my life when I had plenty of money and was alone in a big house -- OK, I didn't have millions, but certainly enough to do some damage. I believe in making money and having an abundance of what you need and want, so just...

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Mastering Risk and Uncertainty: Walk Gratefully into the Unknown

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:48 PM

"Even when we want to be timid and play it safe, we should pause for a moment to imagine what we might be missing." -- Paul Arden, author of Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite

Once at the height of the recession I was unemployed and the phone ceased to...

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Unemployed and Looking for Work? Here's How to Avoid Losing Your Mind

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:50 PM

So you are unemployed. Maybe it was your own choice to leave your job; maybe you were fired or laid off. Whatever the case, you are sitting at home in your pajamas and you can't stay unemployed forever. You know the job search is uncertain (when will you land a...

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Living a Fantastic Life: Choose Wellness and Then Go For It!

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Andy Warhol once said, "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." Somewhere along the course of our lives we have the option to choose health, happiness and peace, just as we would choose a vocation or a home or a life partner. A...

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Protecting the Body Temple: Pain is Not a Lifestyle Choice

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:30 PM

I love the kickboxing class at my local gym, but one day it didn't love me back. I remember watching this amazing young woman in the front row -- probably in her twenties -- who seemed to have the flexibility of Gumby when kicking her foot high into the air....

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Going Through Hard Times? Keep Going

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Are you going through hard times? Winston Churchill has a fantastic quote to help with that: "If you're going through hell, keep going." A lot of people are going through hell. Whether it be the fallout from a divorce (either a romantic or business relationship), filing bankruptcy, cashing out retirement...

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