Grant Baldwin: How To Get The Speaking Gigs You Want and Get Paid For Them and How To Share Your Message with the World

Welcome to season 2, episode 1 of The Erica Diamond Podcast! We hope you enjoyed your holiday break.

Listen for new episodes every 2nd Monday!

If 2020 is the year you want to make speaking your career, get paid to speak, or just improve your public speaking skills, this episode is for you!

Grant shares with us how to get the gigs we want, and get paid for them too. When I met Grant in Nashville this past fall, he blew me away, and I knew I wanted to share him with you.

Dr. Deborah Gilboa: On Raising Resilient and Independent Kids

Welcome back to the second season of the Erica Diamond Podcast! I recently saw Dr. G speak in Montreal on how to raise resilient children, and I was truly captivated. She’s both exceptionally knowledgeable, and extremely relatable, which you will come to hear throughout our interview.

Hear how we can foster resilience at home AND in the workplace. Know when to rescue our kids, and when to hang them out to dry! Dr. Deborah Gilboa will walk us through it all.

Listen for new episodes every second Monday!

SoberJulie: Overcoming Addiction, Finding Joy and The Signs You Might Have a Problem with Alcohol

In this episode, I chat with Julie Elsdon, mom, wife and recovered alcoholic. As a Certified Professional Recovery and Life Coach, Julie takes us back to where her addiction all started at age 19. She shares what to do if you are showing signs of abusing alcohol, and how to get help.

We go deep in this episode. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Plan Your Year with a Resolution Each Month

I’ve been contemplating the end of the decade, and this year, I am offering you something new.

This year, you are the artist of your own blank canvas, and I have offered you a focus for each month to take you through the first year of the new decade.

I have left it vague and fairly open on purpose: this exercise is to get you introspective and intentional.

How Do You Talk To People?

How Do You Talk To People?

The Practice: Try A Softer Tone.

Why?

When our kids were little, I’d come home from work wanting some peace after the daily roller-coaster and often walk into a living room full of stuff – toy trucks, tennis shoes, bags of chips, etc. At the time, the arrangement my wife and I had was that I’d be primarily responsible for income and she’d be primarily responsible for taking care of the kids, including getting them to pick up after themselves. When we were both home, we divided the housework and child-rearing evenly.

Creating Your Self-Care Regime

Happy Monday! I am thrilled to share my latest SELF-CARE Infographic with you! My prescription is 30-60 minutes a day of self-care activities.

This is all part of my new talk coming out in 2020 called The Diamond Edge: How To Get What You Want While Giving Yourself What You Need

If you enjoy it, please feel free to share it with someone who needs the reminder to care for themselves.

Have a wonderful Monday, and an early Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! 

20 Years As An Entrepreneur With Some Fun #FlashbackFridays

Twenty years ago today, August 23, 1999, I became an entrepreneur. I registered my company for $37.00, called everyone I knew, knocked on strangers’ doors, and never looked back.

In honor of twenty years today, and it being #FlashbackFriday, here are some funny videos (when I had some INTERESTING HAIR, to say the least.)

Also a full circle moment that Global News / Global Montreal gave me my first media break.

Mompreneur Side-Hustle Business Ideas For Moms!

So it’s almost 2020. Maybe you’ve decided that you’re going to get off the fence and contribute to your world and your household income in a new kind of way. Maybe you need to contribute for financial reasons, maybe you have different reasons. But one thing is for certain… Mompreneurship can be big business.

I am SOO passionate about yesterday’s Global News parenting lifestyle segment!

The kids are back in school very soon. Ever dream of a side-hustle or making money working from home? Can’t think of what to do? Yesterday morning, I shared Mompreneur Side-Hustle Business Ideas for Moms.

Moms, female entrepreneurs, independence, purpose, dream chasing, making your own money. Everything I love.

Media Women Montreal: Time For Some Thank You’s!

I still can’t believe the evening we all shared a few weeks ago.

You know when you see something in your head and then what you see is exactly what you had mapped out in your mind?

Yeah. That happened.

It was magical and our hearts are STILL full. We are beaming with pride and gratitude. Thank you for showing up and bringing your smiles, your openness to learn, your curiosity, and your amazing energy. To these 100 attendees- the energy in the room was palpable.

Thank you to our incredible panelists for sharing so openly and freely and being so accessible. We learned a TON!!!

Boosting Your Children’s Self-Esteem and Body Image

Whether you thought Jlo and Shakira’s halftime Super Bowl performance was empowering or inappropriate, we can all agree we want to raise daughters (and sons) with healthy self-esteem and a positive body image.

This morning on Global TV, I shared just how we can do that.

And as for the halftime performance, I am leaving it up to a few smart ones to express how I felt. Personally, I was mesmerized.

Here are the words of wisdom, in my humble opinion…

When Did Being An Average Student Become a Bad Thing?

I liked yesterday morning’s Global TV segment, because the topic makes you think.

When did being an average student become a bad thing?

I talked about a recent trending parenting article, and how apropos right before exams. Something to really think about. Are YOU okay if your child is an average student?

And, being an average student doesn’t guarantee your kid won’t be a star when they grow up, just as excellence in marks doesn’t mean they’ll be successful. One thing does have an impact on future success. You’ll have to watch the segment to find out.

Happy International #DayOfTheGirl: Raising Empowered and Confident Girls

There’s an expression, G-d gives you what you need, not what you want.

I guess it’s true… maybe?

When I gave birth to my son, exactly 16 years ago and one month today, someone bought me a book called Mother To Son, by Melissa and Harry Harrison. The book was life lessons on how to raise a boy- something I knew nothing of.

When I was pregnant with him, I had no idea what I was having. My husband and I didn’t want to know the sex (well really, he didn’t want to know). What I DID know, was that I was a beached whale. My father called me Orca instead of Erica. I had zits, out of control cellulite, and I barfed all nine months. In other words… all the signs of carrying a girl.

8 Weird Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

You stayed up late binge-watching The Crown. Then you woke up extra early to beat the boss to the office. Some days, there’s no mystery as to why you need an extra shot of espresso (and if you can’t sleep no matter what you try, check out these 10 sleep myths and real solutions for better shuteye.)

But sometimes, the root of your fatigue isn’t so obvious, and everything from a hidden health issue to your gym habits could be to blame. “It’s like asking a pediatrician why a baby is crying; the answer could be any number of things,” says Tanvir Hussain, MD, a preventive cardiologist in Los Angeles.

Ending The Stigma of Addiction

My name is Dan and I am an addict.

Whenever asked, I am happy to share about what happened years ago and what life is like now. My mom brought me to Montreal shortly after being born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For all of my Freudian therapy over the decades, the only “traumas” I have been able to identify in my childhood are related to divorce and a genuine sense of abandonment by my biological father. Besides this, I had a privileged childhood and life. I did the JPPS/Bialik/Marianopolis/McGill circuit (all private schools in my city), and even finished first in my B Com class.  I went on to start a career on Wall Street (which I guess can help mess anyone up!), had a lovely girlfriend (to be wife), and the sky was the limit for me.

My introduction to drugs came quite early, but the abuse really started in New York City with cocaine and quaaludes.  For many years, everything was manageable.

But suddenly, it no longer was.

Food For Your Mood

Today is Blue Monday, a day rumored to be one of the saddest or “most depressing days of the year.” It falls on the third Monday of every January. As the days are shorter and darker, many people experience seasonal depression.  The less sunlight in combination with cold winter weather, many just want to stay indoors and put their head under their covers.

Are there any foods that could improve your mood?

For starters, starting off your day with breakfast is the best way to increase your alertness, energy and mood for the day.  It’s easy to feel better in the morning if you jumpstart your day with breakfast. You will increase your chances of experiencing that same great feeling all day if you include these types of foods:

In All the Illusions of Social Media Perfection, Here I Am

#TruthTuesday in effect.

Guys, this is me. I wrestled sharing this, but I am all about authenticity – I think you know that by now.

So, let’s get to it, shall we? I always share with a purpose and for a reason. ??
Last fall, I kissed my son goodnight and we leaned into each other and my nose was smacked hard. I had a nasal trauma, and what was already a pretty ugly nose, got even uglier??

I have wrestled with the idea of shaving the bump on my nose since my early twenties. So, after this incident, I went to a plastic surgeon and asked what could be done for the gonzo honker.

And OMG.

A few things:

How To Embrace Aging and Make Peace With It

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
— Mark Twain

If there’s one thing that no one in this world is exempt from, no matter how rich, how poor, how thin, how heavy, how nice, how evil, how generous, how WHATEVER… it’s AGING. Yes, we are all aging. And we are all fighting it at the exact same rate as the next person. Some will age better, some will age worse, but it’s a process we all must face whether we like it or not.

It’s a topic of conversation with women I meet and coach a lot lately.  Who is having work, who isn’t, how to age happily. And yesterday on Global TV, I discussed it. If you have or haven’t received a little help or needles from Dr. 90210, you still can try any or all of these 4 tips to make peace and help with the aging process.

Aging

I was teaching an exercise class a few years ago and a rumor popped up that a man coming to my class and I were having an affair. We weren’t. We barely said, “Good morning.” But he was losing weight and feeling better about himself and feeling more confident, and the gossip started.

I was 43 years old at the time.

Because of the rumors, I presume, he started going to another instructor’s class.

She was in her early 30’s.

I heard, “So now he’s going to a YOUNGER instructor! That’s even worse!”

Could a Sleep Divorce Help Your Marriage?

A sleep divorce! It’s all the rage!

JUST KIDDING!

But with headlines like these: Getting a Sleep Divorce Is the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done for My Marriage—and My Health and A sleep divorce could save your marriage, I wanted to discuss it on Global TV this week.

So, let’s discuss the ins and outs. And what is a sleep divorce anyhow?

How Technology is Spoiling Your Relationship

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! A different kind of post today… maybe one that might be a wakeup call.

I was once in a relationship with a wonderful guy who treated me like an absolute princess. In return, I treated him like he was second to my cell phone.

Charming, right?

Seeing those words on the screen, I doubly realize how incredibly pathetic that sounds. After all, if you have a great guy spoiling you, who wants to spend all of his time with you, why do you still need the lure of a cell phone to keep you entertained?

For some reason, I did.

Modern Love: Marriage Is As Ageless As It Is Timeless

I recently married my partner of nearly 20 years, both of us are now in our 50s. As a young girl growing up in India, I dreamed of one day marrying a man of my family’s choosing. But my Indian father and British mother had other ideas—they expected me to make my own way in life and to find my own husband, if that was what I wanted. If things did not work out, as my father would say, “Get a divorce!” While this was a unique perspective for any person in India at that time, he believed in that right, and did assist his own sister in getting one herself. He strongly believed—and instilled in me and my sister—what a man could do, so could a woman.

Off I was sent to America, to make a life of my own and to find a husband of my own, if that was in my destiny. It’s funny how we create pre-conceived notions at what age one can achieve certain milestones, like marriage. As a little girl, I thought marriage was out of the question after a certain age, as it would be unbecoming and disrespectful in the eyes of society. What a myth. As I grow older and wiser, I no longer hold on to my youthful notion of how life should be lived or experienced. It is all about enriching the soul. I know that now, in my 50s.

Summer Is Here NOW

Hello, beautiful ladies!

I’ve been back in action this week.

The summer has been a lovely mix of work and play. I usually take two consecutive weeks off, but this year I split my weeks up.

Early July, I went to California with Hilly, and two exhausted and overwhelmed parents began to relax. We just enjoyed the outdoors– hiking, biking, yoga, and just being together. It was just what the doctor ordered for us.

It Feels Like Summer!

Quoting one of my favorite songs right now by Childish Gambino, “It Feels Like Summer.”

Finally!

And although my favorite season for fashion is fall (gotta be honest), my favorite season for feeling ALIVE is summer! So let’s get excited! Let’s take off the sweaters and the jackets, and let’s embrace the heat. It’s Summer #FashionFriday, baby! Bring on the weekend vibes!

You know by now I am the Brand Ambassador of Lisette L Montreal. 😉 Why? Because their technology is everything to me, “We’ve simply created a line that fits women of all ages and all lifestyles.” Lisette L flatter women of every body type, shape and size. They are designed with a tummy control mesh on the inside and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

A Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Happy Mother’s Day!

And seeing that this is a woman’s lifestyle blog, I wanted to give away something fun for both YOU and YOUR MOM! Cuz, who can’t use a little spring floral to brighten up their wardrobe right now?!

Before I tell you how to enter to win, I thought I would inspire you first with some of my favorite looks right now!

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