The “Women Who BossUp” series shares stories of successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs who want to help other women thrive. In the first book, “Women Who BossUp: Secrets of Success from Women Who Have Leveled Up In Life, Health and Business,” you can learn from 14 high-achieving women. Want a sample? Read on to hear from one author – Karissa Adkins, award-winning international speaker, weight loss expert, habit change coach and founder of 365DailyHustle. In her section, she discusses the unique pressures put on women and how she found her own empowerment.
What is your book about?
“Women Who BossUp” profiles women who have broken the mold in order to achieve their goals, overcome difficult situations and inspire change through relentless endeavors. These women are from across the globe and have diverse walks of life. They hail from varied disciplines like STEM, healthcare, finance, coaching and nonprofit work.
Much of my inspiration for helping others to overcome obstacles in their lives comes from overcoming my struggles. I had to navigate childhood trauma, toxic relationships, obesity, divorce and autoimmune disease. Even after all that, I continue to “BossUp” and live my best life. After facing the hardship of the 2020 pandemic, I decided to rise up and start my journey of becoming a writer. “Women Who BossUp” is a welcome companion to any boss or boss in the making.
- Inspirational stories
- Psychological/mental blocks
- Tips and strategies to help women BossUp
Why should people read it? Who is the book for?
“Women Who BossUp” is a welcome companion for women who feel stuck. If they’re at a low point in their lives, they should turn to this book to gain inspiration – and to know they’re not alone in this situation.
Single most important takeaway:
“At any moment in time, you can choose to BossUp and change your life forever.”
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A lot of women are in that place or have been in that place. I’m not sure if it’s a gender thing, but we tend to take care of everyone else. I think it comes from old childhood wounds. I watched my mom work herself to death and prove her self-worth by helping others. She almost sacrificed all family time for her business and for her bridal shows. Anything she touched turned to liquid gold – except for our family. We were a family that was very broken. I don’t have a ton of memories with my mom because she was always working in and on her business. She was bossing up herself, which I can respect. That’s exactly where I get my work ethic from.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I struggled with work-life balance, and it affected me in so many areas of my life. In a matter of three years, I became overweight, embarrassed and ashamed of my body. It was starting to take its toll on my life. The person in the mirror was no longer someone I liked. I had a life-changing moment in Germany. I was sitting in a doctor’s office, and I was told that I was considered obese for my height and weight. Talk about a punch right to the gut. When I got home, I lit a cigarette and huffed and puffed my entire afternoon away. I thought that if I could just go to bed, I would wake up feeling better and forget it all ever happened. It turns out, that when you have a life-changing moment, you wake up feeling different. Instead of hate and embarrassment, I felt empowered.
Meet the author
Karissa Adkins is an award-winning international speaker, two-time #1 best-selling author and weight loss and habit change coach. She is the Founder and CEO of 365DailyHustle, a global coaching company helping purpose-driven women “10x their health” so that they can “10x their entire life”. Adkins is also the Executive Director of two TV shows, and she is the voice behind the BossUp Babes Podcast. In August of 2021, she was featured on the cover of 2Inspire Health Magazine, and in April of 2022, she received the Marketing 2.0 Leadership Award in Las Vegas. Adkins has been seen in networks such as ABC, CBC and NBC for her expertise in health and women’s empowerment. Adkins thrives in the area of women’s mental and physical health, and she is on a mission to help more women become strong, confident and healthy leaders.
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