Everyday Innovation

by Healmyvoice on October 7, 2017

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When you hear the word Innovation, what or who do you think of?

A famous inventor or entrepreneur? A leading edge, Fortune 500 company or a start-up?

Do you think of yourself?

In an inspirational TEDx Talk  called, The Art of Innovation, Dimis Michaelides describes 3 ways to Innovate:

1st way: Innovation can be very radical or breakthrough: New products, processes, markets. “Landing a man on the moon.”

2nd way: Redefining the way an existing company operates. Example: Furniture is not a new idea but Ikea manufactures furniture in a very differentiated, innovative way.

3rd way is often overlooked. Continuous improvement. Lots of small change. All the time. In all products, processes, areas, products. In every nook and cranny of the operation. Toyota. Honda. AND HUMAN BEINGS!

Link to The Art of Innovation:  https://youtu.be/P1RUWa8pC0k


For the past nine months, twenty-one women have gathered in a secret Facebook group and on weekly community calls to explore innovation in their lives, as in continuous improvement, with lots of small change, all the time. We have had conversations about what is happening in the world and what action we can take to make a difference.

In this quest for awakening a new world, thirteen of the women have written a story of personal awakening, a moment when they had a new awareness and began to make different choices to change the external situations in their lives. Just like peace on earth comes from each of us cultivating peace within ourselves, the innovative ideas and actions the authors describe in their stories all began with an inner awakening.  That is how we awaken a new world.


How do you Tune Into Your Innovative Voice?

1. Awareness is the first step. Declaring that you are an innovator. Making choices and decisions for continuous improvement, lots of small change. all the time.

2. Reflecting and assessing how you are doing. Where can you make changes? Where you are stuck?

3. Gathering with others. Asking for help. Receiving and giving help. Lifting each other up.

4. Believing that change and new ideas are possible, even in situations that seem impossible.

5. Being generous with your time, money, resources, and love.


The book, Innovative Voices: True Stories by Women Awakening a New World will be released on October 27, 2017. For now, come and join us on the Heal My Voice Page where we are celebrating the 21 women in this program and having conversations about Innovation and Awakening a New World.



Landing On Your Feet with Sherry Burton Ways

by Healmyvoice on July 23, 2017

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21 Rituals to Transform Your Life and Interior Space

By Sherry Burton Ways

Today is Day 5 on a 9 stop virtual book tour. From July 14 – July 28TH. Sherry is visiting Nine Websites on a virtual book tour. You are invited to follow the tour, visit a new blog each day, meet some wonderful new friends and experience something new. Go to this page to see all the stops and to enter and win prizes:



Welcome Sherry!

Before I ask you a few questions about your life and the book, here is my review of your book:


Through adversity and challenge, we heal and awaken to our desires, talents and skills. In her new book, Landing On Your Feet and Putting Down Roots, Sherry Burton Ways shows us the story of reclaiming her life, her space and her personal design style voice after the ending of her marriage. Her book is filled with ideas and inspirational ways to step by step restore your spirit and bring beauty, intention, and YOU into your living spaces.

Change of any kind can be stressful and life altering However, if you begin to look at changes and how your environment can respond and support you, it will be a process that you can begin to enjoy Rituals can be so easy, fun, and -empowering as ways to stay connected to source, to manifest and decorate your moment with ease” ~Sherry Burton Ways

Twenty-one rituals from journaling and setting an intention to meal preparation, bathing and essential oils, Sherry inspires you with an overview of each ritual and specific action steps to help connect with who you are and what you want in your space.

And let me tell you, dear reader, the photos are gorgeous. Gaze upon them and use them as part of a sitting meditation bonus. They are calming, healing and inspiring.

I had the opportunity to interview Sherry and ask her to share some personal details.


Andrea: Creating a book is a huge endeavor, Sherry. You share a vulnerable, empowering personal story. First, I want to ask, what inspired you to share your story and rituals?


Sherry:  Thank you for the opportunity to share this Andrea.  First, I noticed of all the self-help and feng shui book available no one was really addressing the needs of how your interior can assist you in going through major life transitions.  Second, I thought through my own personal journey, I could address this and tell my story of how finding space was beneficial and healing.


Andrea: Sherry, I was blown away by the photos in the book. They are gorgeous! What was the inspiration and how did you decide on the photo for each chapter?

Sherry:  I am an artist at heart so it was simple.  I am visually oriented because of my background in design.

Andrea: I love the quotes you selected. This one really spoke to me and it feels personal.

“Your home is not only your safe haven, it is a reflection of your consciousness.” —Iyanla Vanzant

Why do you feel we need a safe haven to reconnect to our consciousness?


Sherry:  How we feel about ourselves is directly rooted in the spaces we reside.  If we are in a chaotic consciousness mindset, it shows up through clutter, things being broken and not repaired in our homes.  When we feel good about ourselves it permeates throughout an interior space.  Therefore, beauty surrounds us in our thoughts, words and environments.


Andrea: What are three of your favorite objects and why?


Sherry:  My three favorite objects are:

  • A prayer pillow made by African American folk artist and quilter Elizabeth T. Scott. This was one of the first art pieces I purchased for my new apartment after my separation.  It has a spiritual yet liberating energy to it.
  • A stretched African Art Textile from Kenya. In 2000, I had an opportunity to travel to Nairobi, Kenya and found a beautiful textile piece that I purchased and brought back to the US.  I had it stretched and mounted on a board.  It is sentimental to me because it reminds me of the first time I visited the continent of Africa.
  • A wood carved piece given to me as a gift from a very special person of The Beatles Abby Road Cover. It is sentimental to me because of my love of The Beatles and my feelings about the person who gave it to me.


Andrea: What is something you learned about yourself, in the process of writing about your transition, that surprised and delighted you?


“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.  It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”  – Hary Oliver

I learned that the woman I am now becoming has cost me people, relationships, spaces and materials things.  However, I will continue to choose her over everything.

Andrea: Thank you Sherry!


The Virtual Book Tour for Landing on Your Feet continues on July 24th with hosts: Fran and Terry of BizChicks TV


Visit Sherry’s website to sign up to win a prize!

* Grand prize: A copy of Sherry’s book along with her grand prize of a 30-minute H.O.M.E. Interior Environment Intro Coaching Session via Skype or in person depending on location.

* A copy of Sherry’s book along with a 20-minute Color Therapy Consultation via Skype. Color Therapy Consults for interior color is one of the first elements you notice when you walk into a room, and color resonates with you when you leave. Color sets a mood: The right color combination can transform a home or office and bring all who reside there new levels of energy. Custom color palettes for interior walls can bring happiness, harmony and well-being.

* A copy of Landing on Your Feet and Putting Down Roots: 21 Rituals to Transform Your Life and Interior Space.

To see the complete virtual book tour line up, follow each host on Twitter and connect with them on Social Media click here!



Andrea Hylen

Andrea Hylen

Andrea Hylen believes in the power of our voices to usher in a new world. She is the founder of Heal My Voice, an organization that empowers women and men to heal a story, reclaim personal power and step into greater leadership.  Andrea discovered her unique gifts while parenting three daughters and learning to live life fully after the deaths of her brother, son and husband. In addition to serving as Heal My Voice’s Executive Director, Andrea is an Orgasmic Meditation Teacher and Sexuality Coach.

She is currently living out of a suitcase following her intuition as she collaborates with women and men in organizations and travels around the world speaking, teaching and leading workshops. Her passion is authentically living life and supporting others in doing the same. To connect with Andrea and learn about current projects go to: www.andreahylen.com and www.healmyvoice.org.


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