The holidays are upon us! Woo-hoo!

And take it from me, this is not the time of year for useless emotions like GUILT.

Or that ridiculous world “should.” As in: “I should resist the cocktails,” or “I should eat the carrot instead of the delicious mini quiche.”

All CRAPPOLA! Leave the serious discipline for January.

Instead, I encourage you to:

2) Let your hair DOWN, and
3) Have some FUN over the next couple of weeks!

And please don’t get me wrong. One still needs to be responsible during the holidays…but certainly NOT sensible.

Why? Because the very definition of a holiday is a break in your regular routine! That’s how you re-charge!

If you do that, full out, with NO GUILT — just like I’m going to do with my chocolate, scotch, and cheese — then you’ll enter the new year rejuvenated and ready to take some major action in your life.

So here’s a bit of a reality check: as of today, there are only three weeks left of the year, and that’s it! 2014 is gone forever!

Both sobering and exciting at the same time, don’t you think?

But what if you I told you there was something you could do that would:

  1. have a profound effect on how you feel about yourself as 2014 draws to a close, and
  2. impact your level of optimism and enthusiasm as you enter 2015

Would you be interested? I certainly would be!

What I’m talking about is a little BIG something I’m calling your “2015 Manifesto.”

And please, don’t tune this out just because you’re not in the mood to work.

This stuff is fun, meaningful, and it changes lives.

I am giving you a FREE gift!

In the spirit of the season, and because I have a goal to help as many people as I can to live their best year ever in 2015, I’m offering you the opportunity to book a FREE 1/2 hour personal coaching session with me.

Just ME and YOU. For 30 minutes. To kick-start your life, your goals, your dreams. And set you up for the best year of your life. Entirely for FREE.

This is seriously awesome!

Perhaps you are curious about personal coaching, or maybe you have not considered it yet.

Well, let me ask you a few questions:

  • Are you feeling “stuck” in your life, job, or relationship?
  • Are you struggling with finding your purpose?

Here at my home in California, we’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving — such a joyful holiday!

If you’ve read My Fat Little Rule Book, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE food. Bring on the turkey, stuffing, and all the yummy sides…and how about a big Scotch while we are at it! :)

And as someone who is proudly Canadian, but living in America, I’m fortunate enough to celebrate this special time of gratitude twice a year. I begin in October with my Canadian family and friends, and then I’ll carry on tomorrow with my loved ones here in the US. It’s really the best of both worlds, and I have so much to be grateful for!

But in today’s special Thanksgiving episode of Jacquie Straight Up, I want to share what I AM MOST grateful for this year…and it is YOU!

Picture this: I’m in a hotel room, getting ready to attend a wedding, rocking out to a Rolling Stones concert that just happened to be on TV:

“You make a grown man cryyyy. You make a grown man cryyyy.”

Yup, that was me, blow-dryer microphone and all…letting out my inner rock star. YES!! lol

As you’ll see on today’s Jacquie Straight Up, I’m coming at you live from my hotel room in LA. I’m here for a dear friend’s wedding…a very busy travel month for sure!

But during my impromptu “rock-out” with the Rolling Stones, it struck me that there is a HUGE message here: the secrets to Mick Jagger’s success…and it really has nothing to do with his voice.

Click above to watch.

It was fascinating. I was at my booth at the National Women’s Show in Toronto, and again and again, women from all walks of life came up to me, poured out their hearts, and said:

“But Jacquie, how do I deal with criticism and the haters out there?”

Wow. There was definitely a reoccurring theme going on. And it made me realize that so many people struggle with the same issue: how to fend off the critics.

I can relate. Dealing with criticism isn’t easy. Insults can really hurt and shake our confidence.

But if we want to create anything meaningful in this world, it’s important to develop a strategy for handling those nasty critics…because it is going to happen. And that’s what today’s Jacquie Straight Up is all about…click above to watch.

This week on Jacquie Straight Up, I’m thrilled to be coming at you from the heart of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I’m here to participate in the National Women’s Show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and already it has been one wild ride.

From a radio interview on a top-rated show, to a national TV interview, to gearing up for my speech on the main stage, it’s been a very productive and exhilarating time. And I still have three more days to interact with the thousands of women who will be coming by the show! I so love meeting new people…can’t wait!

But enough about my schedule.

I wanted to talk to you about the value of travel, and how it can build your courage and confidence, and ultimately help you build the life you want.

I’m back from France, and my place is buzzing with WAY more action and energy than usual right now.

I’m in full-blown preparation mode, as I’m heading to Toronto next week to be a guest speaker at the National Women’s Show. I take the main stage at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 7, and I’ll also have a booth there for the full three days of the convention. I’m excited! (I’m also giving away a fabulous Gucci bag from the 2014 Fall/Winter collection…but more on that later.)

There is no denying this is a ton of work. Prepping for a big speech on short notice requires significant discipline and effort. There are also the logistics of pulling together a booth…you wouldn’t believe the hours of work that takes!

Today, I’m particularly delighted to connect with you straight from south western France, in the heart of my sister and brother-in-law’s magnificent vineyard.

And oui, it’s been a wonderful vacation! French food, lots of wine, and, most importantly, connecting with my beloved family has been good for the soul.

But what I wanted to share with you today isn’t so much about the obvious joys of France (of which there are many); rather, it’s something that I’ve noticed in the last ten days: how incredibly HAPPY everyone is!

Yes, HAPPY. My sister, her husband, and their two beautiful girls are genuinely happy! And it’s not just them. The neighbors who came over for dinner are, too. And so are the people on the street.

Advance warning: today’s Jacquie Straight Up may ruffle your feathers and stir your emotions. I’m weighing in on the controversial subject of domestic abuse, sparked by NFL star Ray Rice’s recent assault on his finance.

Admittedly, my opinions on the root issues here may have you nodding your head in agreement, or perhaps sputtering in disbelief…but either way, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a sobering topic that demands our attention, reflection, and action.

Now to my thoughts on the matter…

So much has already been said about what punishment is appropriate for a guy like Ray Rice. And so much has been said about his then fiance and now wife, Janay, who went ahead and married him after the assault happened, and is now standing by her man.