When you know, you know. That’s the way it is with love.

And from the moment I laid eyes on this guy 14 years ago, I was 100% smitten.

On today’s Jacquie Straight Up, I’m introducing you the undisputed love of my life: Spencer Somerville who turns 14 years old on Friday!

From the highs to the lows and everything in between, he’s been my constant, loyal companion.

And the really amazing thing is this birthday boy has some pretty cool things to teach us, particularly when it comes to the power of love, commitment, and the magic of persistence.

Click above to watch.

A determined Jack Russell Terrier, Spencer was born to hunt. All his life, he has pursued his purpose with relentless persistence, and regardless of the day’s outcomes, he never gives up.

I used to hate running!

In fact, when I was a teenager in high school, I was the slacker in P.E. class who would drag my butt around the cross country course and walk at every opportunity.

I was kind of like Oprah, who always used to say how much she hated to exercise.

But here I am today, fresh in from my jog, announcing that I absolutely LOVE running. My P.E. teacher would collapse in a fit of laughter — this is a massive change from the person I used to be.

The big message here today is that you can change your life by simply changing your story — the story you’ve been repeating forever.

Click above to watch as I explain.

>>To access my “Catapult Your Confidence in 3 Simple Steps” audio program click here.

 

In 1998 my life was in the total doldrums.

I was in a dying relationship, living paycheck to paycheck in a small rental apartment, and dragging my sorry ass out of bed every day to a dead-end job.

I was unfit, unhappy, broke, and living far from the fabulous life that I’d always imagined for myself.

I was stuck.

Click above to see how I turned it around. And you can too.

Self-confidence is the foundation of all success, and on today’s episode of Jacquie Straight Up, I’ll show you what you can do, right now, to start building your own kick-ass confidence. It’s all about taking ACTION.

Are you facing a big challenge, dealing with heartache, or perhaps hardship?

Many of you who participated in our online survey are dealing with some pretty big challenges right and if you are not, chances are, you have in the past.

We’re talking about the really big stuff here. Like the devastation felt over divorce or breakups, massive financial losses, job losses, or the loss of someone we love.

I want you to know you are not alone — I’ve been there myself, and in the process, uncovered some truths that will get through.

In today’s particularly poignant Jacquie Straight Up, I share some of my own personal losses, and how I made it through the dark days…and I know you can, too.

I asked. You bravely answered. And I was blown away.

A few weeks ago, I sent out a survey asking my Jacquie Straight Up subscribers to tell me about the single biggest challenge they are facing.

I am in awe of the responses. They were real, raw, and intensely personal. Thank-you to those who honored me with your honesty.

On today’s very special episode of Jacquie Straight Up, I open up about the survey, and share a topic that many asked me to address: how to believe in yourself and conquer self-doubt.

We all deal with self doubt. There’s no denying it. But here’s the real kicker:

Self doubt is the biggest killer of dreams.

If you’re like every other human on the planet — and the hundreds of women who said self doubt was the biggest challenge they are facing — you won’t want to miss today’s episode.

Do you ever wish you had killer personal style? Or wish you had the guts to take a few fashion risks? Or maybe you’ve just simply given up on the style department altogether?

Well, consider this quote from Miuccia Prada:

“Women always try to tame themselves when they get older, but the ones who look best are often a bit wilder.”

I love that quote, and totally agree!

In fact, I would argue that nothing says I’m 50 or 60 — and a bit boring — quite like a ho-hum shift dress paired with some pearls, pumps and a “helmet” hair style.

When it comes to style (regardless of your age), amp up your personal flair, get a little wild, and break free from the crowd!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

Life is too short for mediocre sex.

It’s so true!

In fact, I’m convinced that great sex is an important part of being the best version of you, that you can be.

Great sex reduces stress, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and decreases the risk of heart disease.

It speaks to your attitude and your vibe.

And, as I explain in today’s Jacquie Straight Up, when you feel sexy, you portray a confident, capable, and magnetic person to the world, thereby attracting people and opportunities into your life.

If lack of confidence has your sex life in the doldrums, or if you’re just looking for tips to enhance your already awesome sex life, click above to watch.

How many times have you heard this one:

“Who cares about sleep? You can sleep when you’re dead.”

Well, I TOTALLY disagree.

In my opinion, it’s a stupid expression, only used by braggarts whose lack of sleep will most likely contribute to their early demise.

And whether you agree with me or not, it’s hard to deny the importance of getting your rest.

In fact, I would argue that a lack of sleep impacts everything: your willpower, your weight, your productivity…your entire life!

That’s why in today’s episode of Jacquie Straight Up, I explain why getting plenty of sleep — yes, 7 or 8 hours every night — is CRITICAL for achieving your goals.

Now, you might feel you’re one of those “super-humans” who can survive on 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night.

Confession time: during my 20’s, I was a rotund, self-conscious girl who was a full 30 pounds heavier than I am now.

My self confidence was challenged, and I lived my life clammed up in extra-comfy sweatpants and over-sized T-shirts.

I was afraid of shining my light.

It’s really true. In fact, in today’s Jacquie Straight Up, I share a photo of my overweight self from the 80’s.

Make no mistake: even at this point in my career, showing you this photo is a big step for me. This is the first time that I have ever publicly shared an image from that stage in my life, and it’s not easy. But because today’s video topic is so important, I felt it warranted a little photo-evidence from my past.

Cold Meds 2

I have no video for you today ’cause I have a nasty cold — I don’t feel good, I look bad, and I sound even worse!

It pisses me off when I get colds because I eat my fruits and vegetables, I’m healthy, I work out every day, and I take my vitamins! So I’m like, “What the hell?”

Then I remember what my own life coach taught me many years ago and what I know to be true:

When you get minor bugs or short bouts of depression, it’s the Universe stopping you in your tracks and demanding that you take a break.

When you think back to the times that you’ve been slayed by a bug, isn’t it usually when “you can least afford to be sick?” In other words, at those times when life is particularly stressful or frenetic, and you think you really need to be on your game?