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The Confidence Unchained Podcast is Back!!!! Julia Winston

Guess what? The Podcast is back! We took a break from last season to refocused and to get some amazing things done. Now we are back, stronger than ever and ready to help you with your calling and vocation.

Just in case you are new to who I am and what I do let me give you the 15-second intro:

I work with committed faith-based leaders & professional men and women who are willing & ready to serve others in a global capacity. However, they know they need the confidence, guidance, & tools to successfully embraced their authentic voice in order to write impactful & relevant books.

 

I have been working hard in both ministry and business but I won’t lie, it has not been easy. It was hard marrying the two – I did not think it was possible. I had to go through the process of learning how to be true to my calling and my vocation.

The outcome is the new season of the Confidence Unchained podcast and a brand new book A Match Made a Heaven: How to Marry Your Vocation to Your Divine Calling

I got so excited about what I found that I decided to share it with everyone I encountered and what happened next was mind-changing, many shared their own current or past struggles marrying their own calling to their vocation.  I love me some confirmation!  Today I am excited to share with you the first episode of the podcast. I had the pleasure of speaking with Julia Winston, the founder, and CEO of Brave Communications LLC. During our conversation, Julia shared how she struggled and how things started to flow when she stepped out and trusted God to guide her through the process.

You can watch the interview below: 

 

Or you can listen to the audio version of the interview below: 

 

What about you, do you know how to marry your vocation to your divine calling? If not, it might be time to learn how by pre-ordering your copy of A Match Made in Heaven Book Today!!!!!!!

 

Why is okay to have a multiple personalities calling

I thought I was the only one that this “disorder” just plagued me but in reality, multiple personalities or Dissociative Identity Disorder as it is called now plagues millions of people.

Let me explain, for years I have seen others go from one passion to the next, from wanting to pursue law, economics or the restaurant business all in ONE year!

Most people are not kind to those that like to explore and have a “change of heart” as often as the weather changes (and here in New England the weather changes A LOT), but let me ask you this: how would you know EXACTLY what is that thing you are supposed to do for the REST of your life?

Yes, some people know what they want to do when they grow up, that is a HUGE blessing, however, others like me needed to try their hand at cooking, design, customer service, purchasing, banking, financial services, writing, coaching, car rental, teaching and so many other things I can’t recall at the moment before we could FINALLY get crystal clear on what was it that we were called to do.

One of the many benefits of trying and pursuing different career paths or callings is that we get to collect quite an eclectic and some might even call random types skills and experiences. I would never forget an interview I watched, it was one of those Hollywood stars do when they are promoting a movie, I forget the movie but I know the actor was Jamie Foxx. He was talking about all the different skills he collected along his life and career, many of them seemed so random and even a waste of time. However, when he went on to list all the skills and experiences he had collected and how they had come in handy for MANY of the major acting roles offered to him it totally made sense to him, why he had gone through those experiences and all the heartache.

I watched that interview quite a few years but that part stayed with me and now that I am having my own aha moment about all my “random” experiences and past passions I can see how God’s hand was on me, guiding me through the board game of life making sure I picked up ALL the tools, techniques, connections, heartaches, and experiences to bring me to this day.

 

So no, I am NOT announcing that I suffer from a mental illness (at least not that I aware of) I am, however, unveiling my final destination (as of this moment anyway), my true north if you will. After five years of switching, niching here and there in business, trying to find my true voice and to be honest, myself, I can finally see that my main three gifts of speaking, writing and teaching have been developed for ministry via Confidence Unchained Ministries.

I was scared to even admit it to myself; after all, I was raised to believe that women of God were only to have women-only ministries and often to just serve in the kitchen (not that there is nothing wrong with that ministry), but that mindset tends to put God in a box. Who says that only men can have an “everybody ministry”? Who says that God cannot use mighty women of God for His glory? Have we forgotten about Ruth, Abigail, Esther, Mary, Elizabeth or Eunice? There are so many other women in the bible that led many to Christ with their ministry in spite of being women. Today, women like Tina Moore Brown, Cassandra Elliot, Pastor Kimberly Jones, Saundra Wall-Williams, Priscilla Shire, Sarah Jakes Roberts to name a few are doing great things for the Kingdom. Sharing their stories and their gifts for EVERYONE to hear.

Never in a million years did I allow myself to hear God’s calling to ministry because I thought I was too damaged, too female and just not qualified. Have you ever felt that way? But words of encouragement came from everywhere like:

1 Corinthians 1:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

27 But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things, which are strong [revealing their frailty].

And

Esther 4:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 For if you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish [since you did not help when you had the chance]. And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this [and for this very purpose]?”

And I cannot forget….

Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.

I don’t know where you stand today in regards to your calling, ministry or whatever you are trying to call it, but I do know that is NEVER too late to say like Samuel said:

1 Samuel 3:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

9 So Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and it shall be that if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant, is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

This is YOUR chance to accept that you actually DO NOT have a Multiply Personality Disorder but in fact, you actually were just gaining the experience, ALL the connections, heartache, lessons and tools to serve Him with all your might and ALL your heart.

So let me lead by example, I have decided to accept the calling as a minister of the word of God, to use my main three gifts of speaking, writing and teaching for His glory. To FINALLY do what He told me to do ALL those years ago in Sunday School:

Acts 1:8Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

Now, is your turn, will you do like Samuel, Moses, Paul, Peter, Joshua, David, John the Baptist and now Catherine Storing and accept YOUR calling?

I know IS NOT the popular thing to do, I know is scary, I know you have no idea how it’ll turn out or the FULL extent of what He is calling you to do, but I can tell you this:

1 Thessalonians 5:24Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].

If you are or have struggled to accept your calling, please tell me below so others can be encouraged by your obedience and hopefully come alongside you and serve Him.

 

God bless you,

Catherine E. Storing

Welcome to The Confidence Unchained Ministries Blog

We are excited to share what God is doing with and in our ministry, it is truly a blessing to see God at work.

 

We want this website to be the hub for those looking for and in need of: teaching, anointing, and encouragement to pursue ministry with ALL their hearts, minds, and souls.

 

This is the beginning of a new thing and we hope you choose to come with us so you too may experience growth and blessings.

 

We bless you and encourage you to stand firm and to celebrate ahead of time for what is to come.

 

 

Doodle Your Way to More Sales

This week I have the pleasure to introduce an amazing woman, Diane Bleck. She is the CEO and founder of The Doodle Institute. On this episode of the Style Queen Podcast we discussed the importance of using your gifts and pursuing your dreams with passion and determination.

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How to Love Your Curls

I’m so excited to bring you an interview from Christo. He is an amazing celebrity hair stylist, specifically working with women, men and children that have curly hair.

I have made a connection with him and have been using his products for a few weeks and my curls are amazing! I just want to talk to him and say: “How did you get started? Why did you do what you do?”and to learn from him a few things too that I could do with my hair.

Without further ado, here is the interview with Christo:

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Strive for Excellence Podcast – Angeline Lawrence

Join me this week as I interview Angeline Lawrence.

Angeline holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Ms. Lawrence worked in the private and public sectors over 19 years. She merges urban planning and entrepreneurship with a passion for writing to help others.

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The WorkinGurl Bag Giveaway

I have a treat for you; a few days ago I interviewed the lovely Victoria F, Hall, founder and CEO of the WorkinGurl Co. This young woman is amazing. She saw a need in the marketplace and decided to create a solution.

Watch the interview below and see why and how she set out to start her company and help women all over the world to look good while doing what they love.

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Podcast: Makeup the Right Way for a more Confident You!

We have an amazing guest tonight. Not only is she beautiful on the outside, but she’s beautiful on the inside as well. And she’s gonna tell us a little bit because she’s gonna share everything about makeup. And I’ll talk about makeup and the importance of how it changes you, how you feel about yourself with confidence.

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How to Bring Beauty Out

We are happy to bring to you our interview with Caricaturist Cathy Nolan, we discussed real beauty while Cathy Drew my caricature.

See the final product below:

Watch the interview or you can read the transcript as well.

CATHERINE STORING: Hello, everyone. I’m so excited! As you heard, my name is Catherine Storing and this is the Style Queen Podcast. Thank you so much for being here and I see Jennifer saying, “Hello!” People are saying, “Hello!” It’s so exciting. Thank you, guys.

So, I’m gonna read a little bit about who Cathy is. Obviously, I know who she is and many of you do, but for those of you that don’t, I’m gonna tell you who this awesome lady is. So, let me just tell you.

So, Cathy Nolan has been in caricaturist and illustrator for over 20 years. With her love for art and making people smile, Cathy’s work has brought joy to clients worldwide. Originally form Chicago, she studied Art at Siena Heights University and they moved to New York City.

The Big Apple taught her to be professionally polished, meet deadlines, and collaborate projects with clients.

Cathy, also, has had years of experience working in art licensing and product development. With her knowledge and experience, she has helped other artists build their businesses and has consulted on their portfolios. Awesome! So, she’s done a whole bunch of stuff, she’s joined people on social media, and tonight, we have the pleasure to have it here and she’s gonna draw me live.

So, hello Cathy! How are you?

CATHY NOLAN: Hi, Catherine! I’m good. How are you?

CATHERINE STORING: I am doing amazing. We’ve been talking about this interview and I love how we were connected in periscope.

CATHY NOLAN: Yes, ‘cause I met Catherine… and Jennifer, thank you for watching. I met Catherine through the Wise Women Leadership Group like four years ago or three years ago and we met at a retreat in New York City and it was fantastic, hosted by Joanna Lindenbaum who’s still doing her work. And since that I’ve seen Catherine grow her business and everything and I just think it’s been phenomenal so, I’m just very excited to be here.  And we did reconnect on periscope, which is amazing.

CATHERINE STORING: That is awesome. Yeah, it’s so funny how… It’s definitely been at least three or four years and periscope is bringing people together in amazing way. And I’m just excited that we’re doing what we love.

So, we’re gonna talk about facing your beauty. Because you are a caricaturist, you see people all the time and I see you do it so many times on periscope and you do it in an awesome way. You have done it for fundraisers who just think it’s amazing. And I think you have an eye ‘cause when you capture people, I see that you capture more of their essence. It’s not just what we see. It’s really… it’s their soul. So, how… when do you know that you could do this, first of all?

CATHY NOLAN: Well, I’ve been drawing all my life since I was 18 months old, as baby. My first drawing was a big bird which was just a bunch of circle and lines. It was not the big bird, but as a young toddler, I was drawing from a very, very… even before I was two years old. And so, my mother kinda sensed that I had this gift and just helped me nurture it over the years. And I discovered I got this gift from my grandfather, her father, ‘cause when I would sit on his lap at a young age, he would draw cowboys and Indians for me, just like how I draw for people today – just, sweeping out like that. And it was in epiphany when I was a child, like, before I was ten, like, “Oh, this is where it comes from!”

And one of my missions is to capture the inner beauty of everybody that you know, everybody is a beautiful person inside and no matter how we look, inner beauty really comes from within, and I think I got that gift to see it within people. I don’t really judge people.

Episode 2 – Selling for Introverts with Kelly James

Are you an introvert that have issues with selling, presenting yourself or your products to others?  Then this podcast episode is for you. Catherine interviewed expert sales coach and business consultant Kelly James.

During this interview you will get great tips to become a better salesperson doing it in a way that feels natural to you.

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