Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Sip of Inspiration Television Show
"A Helping Hand for Single Mothers"

Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman, Ph.D. Host
Yvette R. Moore, Executive Director, Single Mothers of Culture




Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman, Ph.D. Host
Yvette R. Moore, Executive Director, Single Mothers of Culture

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Dating Game: Successful and Lonely


The Dating Game: Successful and Lonely

By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com
email:  nspire@champagneconnection.com






Discover some of the do’s and don’ts in the Dating Game. Busting the Relationship Myth: Chemistry versus Compatibility.

‘Tis the Season for Joy & Good Cheer


‘Tis the Season for Joy & Good Cheer



By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com
email:  nspire@champagneconnection.com


     December ushers in all kinds of activity ranging from Decking the Halls with Boughs of Holly to looking for the Joy in the World.  According to ReligiousTolerance.org, from November 1 to January 15 there are 29 holidays celebrated by 7 major religions.  During this month we ride the emotional slide experiencing anticipation, excitement, satisfaction, weakness, depression, exhaustion and back to excitement.
     How do we keep it all together?  By remembering the reason for the season.  I know this sounds like a clichĂ©, but it is filled with a lot of truth.  Here are some tips:


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Find the Joy.  To find the Joy in your life try rediscovering laughter.  Find something that makes you laugh.  Watch old movies, read jokes, or just for no reason start laughing.  Focus on the many joys and blessings that are woven in the fabric of your life.  After all, it is a blessing to be alive to experience the December emotional rollercoaster.   Find the joy in family interactions, one day these will become memories.  Joy cannot be purchased in a store; it lives in your heart and the heart of others.  Start to connect with others heart –to- heart.
Look for the good in any negative experienceWhen you find yourself in the midst of a negative experience and having negative emotions, switch your focus to what is right in your life and this experience instead of what is wrong.  You will discover that you have a lot for which to be grateful.  This more you spend thinking about the good in your life, the less time you will have to spend ruminating.

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Make a small change in your routine.  Making small changes in your life will create small successes.  Try keeping a journal, walking around the block, watching the sunset.  Small changes will open your mind to the beautiful things that surround you which have gone unnoticed. 
Channel Your Inner Mother Teresa.  Volunteer your time or money to others who have a true need.  Give beyond serving meals at soup kitchens for the holidays only.  Commit to working on a regular basis with soup kitchens.  Try donating to a holiday clothing drive, helping a local food pantry create a website, provide bookkeeping help, and possibly help with other marketing drives.  Remember, they need your skills also.
As you channel your inner Mother Teresa, research has proven that your health will improve, experience relief from chronic pain, lower your blood pressure, and possibly find your purpose.

Here's to living in a constant state of joy and good cheer.
Dream Big!  Life the life you have imagined,
Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne.  




Stephanie, the “straight no chaser” Empowerment Doctor, has the uncanny ability to help others break through toxic emotions and heal the residue left from traumatic experiences that are causing them to sabotage their success. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration.” She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine and Ezine Articles. Her superpower: Transforming Lives


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Gratitude in Action

Gratitude in Action


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman, Ph.D.
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

     The month of November kicks off the season of giving while leading the way to the month of December where thirty percent of all given occurs.  Homeless shelters, food banks, and soup kitchens will be inundated with volunteers, and an enormous amount of groceries will be donated.   The eagerness to demonstrate our gratitude and to reach out to provide a helping hand to those less fortunate is commendable.  Statistics have revealed that the joy experienced when helping others during “the season of giving” has resulted in Americans ranking this time as the happiest day of the year.  Sixty-eight percent of Americans state they feel happier, free of worry and experience less stress when focused on giving.  Giving allows us to put gratitude in action.  Melody Beattie said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
     Recent research has proven consistent practice of gratitude will improve your physical health, emotional health, self-esteem, mental strength, help you sleep better, and reduce aggression.  Also, Abraham-Hicks said, “because the vibration of gratitude/appreciation is the most powerful connection between the physical you and the Non-Physical You, this process will also put you in a position to receive even clearer guidance from your Inner Being.” 



     The reason the “Season of Giving” means so much to us is that it provides the “reason” for us to slow down long enough to express our gratitude and to help others.  To keep this cycle of giving, receiving and giving active, here are a few steps that will help you experience the joy and excitement of giving every day while improving your health and your life.    

1.      Write a gratitude letter to a person who has had a positive influence on your life or who has helped you in ways that were beneficial.  If possible, read this letter to the person.  If you are unable to write a letter, you can send an email.  Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month.  Periodically, write a letter to yourself and mail it.
2.      Send a token of appreciation to the person who has had a positive influence in your life.
3.      If you do not have time to write a gratitude letter or send a token of appreciation, send the individual a mental thank you.  Think about the person and say “thank you for…”
4.      Send postcards to sick children.  For example:  Cards for Hospitalized Kids will deliver the cards to children in the US Hospitals. 
5.      Be an active listener and give out compliments.
6.      Daily, list 3-5 things for which you are grateful in your gratitude journal.
7.      Apologize to people you have caused harm and forgive those who have harmed you.  
Here’s to living in a constant state of thanksgiving. 
Dream Big!  Live the life you have imagined. 
Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne. 


Stephanie, the “straight no chaser” Empowerment Doctor, has the uncanny ability to help others break through toxic emotions and heal the residue left from traumatic experiences that are causing them to sabotage their success.   She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration.”  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine and Ezine Articles.   Her superpower:  Transforming Lives

Visit: http://www.empowerdr.tumblr.com and http://www.asipofinspiration.blogspot.com and
https://medium.com/@empowerdr 

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Sip of Inspiration TV Show November 2018 Air Times:


A Sip of Inspiration TV Show November 2018 Air Times:

Caryn Curry, M.A., a Mental Health Consultant, discusses Social and Emotional Development and how it affects our ability to build relationships with others; create self-awareness, and control emotions.





Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Host, A Sip of Inspiration TV Show
Social and Emotional Development

Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Overcoming a Poverty Mindset

Overcoming a Poverty Mindset


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

     In today’s high-tech, low touch society filled with an overabundance of stories about the rich and famous, we are hypnotized into believing that success and wealth are achieved by “get rich quick” schemes or “being” discovered on social media.  We never hear the stories that most of the overnight successes were twenty plus years in the making.  The long road to success often leaves us believing that dreams do not come true.  It’s not long before we are submerged into a poverty mindset. Thinking that no matter what we do, unless a Star spots us, the road to success is limited to a few. 

     During my life, I have overcome teenage pregnancy, gang rape, sexual molestation, homelessness, and financial ruin.  The process I used helped me complete high school with honors, to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, cinch an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Executive MBA program, become an ordained minister with a Ph.D. in Holistic Counseling.  I even studied economics and finance in Singapore and Barcelona, Spain which created a desire to travel the world and experience other cultures.   Since then, I have visited over ten countries. 

     If someone with my background and experiences can breakthrough poverty, you can too.  The tools I used to overcome a poverty mindset and embrace a prosperous mindset are below.  These are tools that everyone uses.  How you use them is the key.  



Boost Your Imagination to Rethink the Impossible – When everyone and everything around you amplifies poverty, food desert, high crime, noisy neighborhoods, and violence; it becomes next to impossible to find a role model or mentor.  I often teach to start with what you have.  Everyone has an Imagination.  Using your imagination will allow you to create, in your mind, the world you desire to experience.  The mind has the tremendous ability to help you achieve your dreams.  As you shift your time living in your imagination you automatically decrease the amount of time you spend “living in your nightmares.”  We attract that in which we think about.  This allows us to see possibilities that we could not previously see because you were focused on what we do not want.

Change Your Environment – Spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day in a quiet space.  If you can visit a park.  If it this is not possible, create a space in your current environment that is quiet.  This will you time to clear your mind and relax.  It also gives you space for meditation.  It is this relaxed mood that thoughts and ideas reach out to you.

Gratitude: Find something to be grateful for – Melody Beattie said, Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.”  Gratitude reminds you that regardless of what you are experiencing you have something for which to be grateful.  Daily write down a list of three to five things that you are grateful for.  Keep your focus on the list and not on your problems.  Saadi Shirazi says “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

Watch Your Conversations – You can never outlive your conversations, so watch what you talk about.  A recent article stated we spend approximately 80% of our time in idle conversation such as gossiping, social media, they did me wrong stories, discussing what other people should do or say.  What you think about and talk about you create.  By eliminating idle conversations, you will be able to keep your mind on your dreams, and your dreams on your mind. 

Forgiveness - Forgiveness is often a concept that is very difficult to grasp and at times more difficult to understand and consistently put into action than tithing.  Forgiveness is not about forgetting the event occurred; it is about refusing to re-live the pain of the past in your future.  Life will present opportunities to forgive.  Refusing to heal your heart will keep you from establishing a mental equivalent for the success we all crave.  If anyone is having any problems in life, especially financial issues, then they have some forgiveness to do.

Take Steps to Improve Your Health – improving your health is paramount.  Drink more water, eliminate one food at a time that is not good for you such as sugars and salts.  Exercise.  Walk 20-30 minutes a day.  Your body will need to last long enough for you to achieve your goals.

Take Action – Do not wait for motivation before you take action.  Action creates motivation, not the other way around.  Decide on an action to take.  If you are new at taking action, start with one small goal.  Set a clear reason for the goal.  Look at several outcomes and chart your progress daily. 

Believe in Yourself – Your voice is the most important voice for you.  Because of this talk to yourself like you are a champion.  Remember in are you star player.  Remind yourself just how good you are.  Make a list of the things you absolutely love about yourself and read it daily.  


These recommendations are not the only things you can do to change your poverty mindset. If you have no idea how to start, give these a try.

Dream Big!  Live the life you have imagined. 
Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne.  



Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for assisting others to achieve the impossible.  Stephanie works with others to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration,” www.asipofinspiration.com and www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond.com, and Ezine Articles.



Friday, August 24, 2018

The Secret Sauce – Psst, it’s Not a Secret

The Secret Sauce – Psst, it’s Not a Secret


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

Since Jack in the Box advertised it added a “secret sauce” to its burgers, advertisers have taken the concept of the secret sauce to a new level.  The term now has a life of its own, lending itself to developing a variety of meanings, while simultaneously oozing into the empowerment and self-help arena.  It is infused in just about every conversation, and we are always urged to discover the secret sauce.

Many successful entrepreneurs and writers have stated that the secret sauce is a myth. 

I am often asked what my secret is.  What is my secret sauce?  My secret sauce, like Jack in the Box, is not a secret at all.  The term secret sauce most likely derived from the term “saucier, which is a culinary term for the expert use of bĂ©chamel, veloute, espagnolo, hollandaise and tomato to create an unlimited number of other sauces.  Even though it is not a secret, it is a discovery.




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During my life, I have overcome teenage pregnancy, homelessness, and financial ruin.  The tools I used to overcome this turmoil and adversity was not a secret.  It was a discovery.  I was given the choice of living a life filled with poverty and crime or create a life filled with abundance and happiness.  As far as I was concerned, I was not given a choice.  The only acceptable outcome for me was abundance and joy.   I said yes to success. That meant I had to get out of my way.  So the question is what did I do daily to create an abundant life? 

I accepted the fact that I was responsible for my successes and my failures. I clinically dissected my failures not to allow the negative emotions get in the way.  Like when you treat a cold.  You don’t waste precious time trying to figure out “why me,” instead you start to look for solutions. 




Secret Ingredient #1 - Re-evaluate Your Plan - I reevaluated my plan.  I asked myself fundamental questions.  How much time did I spend planning?  Did I include the possibility of obstacles?  Did I consider what I would do if things went well?  What would I do if things went extremely well? What would I do if everything went as planned? 

Secret Ingredient #2 - Set Goals - I learned to set goals and milestones and to plan for things not going as I may have hoped.  Science has proven that 92% of people do not achieve their objectives because they did not set goals. 

Secret Ingredient #3 - Work Your Plan - Working your plan requires commitment.  Do not trust your success to the daily whims of life.  I recommend the Jack Canfield’s Rule of Five.  Do five things daily toward achieving your goals.  Some days will be tedious, but it will always be worth it.  In spite of how you may feel, do it anyway.   Keep a list of your daily activities so that you can review your plan and your action steps regularly. 

Secret Ingredient #4 - Gratitude - Science has proven that people who are grateful are happier, healthier, and earn more.  Daily, list five things for which you are grateful.  If writing them down does not work for you, think about them before you go to sleep.  You will find that you may sleep better also.

Secret Ingredient #5 - Spiritual Practice - This practice will allow you to delve deeper into who you really are and connect you to your Higher Power, your Divine Self.  You can sit quietly and meditate, listen to music, read something inspiring, practice forgiveness (this is a must).  Consistent spiritual practices will lift your mood; expand your mental clarity, quiet mental chatter to allow answers and information to flow to you quickly.

So just like the “Saucier” it only takes a few ingredients, and you can create the secret sauce for your life.

Dream Big!  Live the life you have imagined. 

Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne. 

Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for assisting others to achieve the impossible.  Stephanie works with others to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration,” http://www.asipofinspiration.com and http://www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond.com, and Ezine Articles.