“Through trusting in the diving and following my intuition, I learned that nothing is out of reach. But you have to do the reaching.” — Intuitive Psychotherapist Kara Kihm

June-July 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — The gift of finding your heart’s desire is what we all strive for. And as anyone who has been at it — for decades — knows, it takes time, patience, and faith to keep following your intuition.

That’s why it’s amazing to feature intuitive psychotherapist Kara Kihm and the guests of her weekly video and podcast show on the cover of this issue of Inkandescent Women magazine. Not only does each woman share her powerful journey, but she also provides insights and ideas into how we can each overcome obstacles.

“It’s never easy to face challenges, but the sweetness of getting to the place where you deeply know you should be is definitely worth the ride,” insists Kara, who has been following her path since getting divorced in 2016. Everything Kara thought she wanted from her life began to crumble around her. “As I stood amid the rubble, rather than crumble too, I decided to redefine it all.”

Read more: KaraKihm.com

A trip around the world came next, followed in 2021 by the publishing of her memoir Discovering My Wings. Scroll down to read the first two chapters of the book. And click here to learn more about what Kara is up to today: KaraKihm.com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to be part of our Truly Amazing Women project at Inkandescent Women magazine. We look forward to talking with you again in August! — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co.

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“I can promise you that women working together — linked, informed and educated — can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” — Isabel Allende

April-May 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — I love this quote by critically-acclaimed Chilean writer Isabel Angélica Allende Llona. Her books live in the genre of magical realism, including The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002). Based upon her personal experience and historical events, Isabel’s works pay homage to the lives of incredible women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. It’s hard not to adore a woman who understands the depth and breadth of what it means to harness your personal power in a magical manner.

The same is true of the women who grace the cover of this month’s issue of Inkandescent Women magazine featuring Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro. She shines a light on a dozen of the women she has featured on her popular TV and podcast show that celebrates Happy Hour every Friday at 5pm EST, Margaritas with Marguerita. (more…)

Bicycles, Birth Control, and Women’s Rights: “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” — Susan B. Anthony

March-April 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — We celebrate International Women’s Month 2022 with a quote by Susan B. Anthony about one of the greatest changes in women’s rights: The bicycle.

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel — the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

Indeed, when modern bicycles were invented in the 1890s, it was a social revolution for women. As you’ll read in this month’s cover story featuring “Women in White Coats,” about three Victorian women who became the first female doctors, bicycles provided freedom of movement for women of the era who were idealized for virtues such as domesticity and motherhood. The bicycle afforded an accepted way to step outside and become a larger part of society — including when it came to business and politics. (more…)

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

January-February 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine While I usually quote women in this passion project of mine, as we embark on the new year I was drawn to the words of the American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

An advocate of social reform, who was nevertheless suspicious of reform and reformers, Emerson achieved a tremendous reputation with his verse, corresponded with many of the leading intellectual and artistic figures of his day — and during an off and on again career as a Unitarian minister delivered and later published several controversial sermons. He believed, “To trust oneself and follow our inner promptings corresponds to the highest degree of consciousness.” (more…)

Your What’s Next Journal: Making Miracles — Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul, and Heart

November-December 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine, and Cynthia de Lorenzi, founder, Success in the City, and co-author, Your What’s Next Journal How comforting it is to end the year with a sense of relief. Yes, the world is still struggling with a devastating pandemic. Yes, we continue to reel from a caustic presidential election. And yes, we are all working to discover the new normal.

So what a blessing it is to look back on all that we’ve been through these last few years. Please pat ourselves on the back for making it through — and knowing in our hearts that a new year awaits, one filled with infinite possibilities!

With that goal in mind, we hope to shine a little light on your life by releasing our newest Inkandescent™ Publishing book: Your What’s Next Journal. (more…)

Women March: At more than 600 spots around the country women are standing up for our rights!

September-October 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine (Image by Miki Jourdan, flickr.com creative commonsNever underestimate the power of hundreds of thousands of women coming together to protest. Such was the scene on Oct. 2 when thousands of protesters marched at rallies in Washington and cities across the country decrying Texas’s recent ban on most abortions and warning that the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority could impose further restrictions in the coming months.

It has been nearly five years since the debut of the Women’s March when women from around the world walked the streets of Washington, DC, in protest of Donald Trump and all that he and his supporters stood for. We knew in our hearts and bodies that someday soon, our reproductive rights would be in jeopardy. Sadly, we were right. (more…)

“Freedom isn’t given it is taken. Freedom isn’t free it is earned.” — Musician Chrisette Michele, Let Freedom Reign

July-August 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — I love the month of July. Not only is it my birthday (July 8), the day I give thanks for every blessing I’ve ever received, but it is the month where we celebrate our freedom.

As the publisher of Inkandescent Women magazine and creator of the Truly Amazing Women project, I am on a mission to create a revolution: All women, everywhere, stand together and support each other in life, love, and the pursuit of everything that makes us happy, healthy, and in our power.

So it’s a pleasure to honor 8 women in the July-August 2021 issue who are standing up for what they believe in, making a powerful difference in the lives of many. (more…)

“The best way to fight back is to speak up — to say openly the very thing that others stigmatize.” — Melinda Gates, “The Moment of Lift”

June 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — June is National Safety Month, and at Inkandescent™ we can’t think of a better way to shine a light on what it means to be safe — Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul, and Heart — than by giving a shout out to philanthropist Melinda Gates.

For the last 20 years, she has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, she insists: “Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear. If you want to lift a society, you need to stop keeping women down.”

While she has been in the news quite a bit this spring regarding her divorce from Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, what makes Melinda truly amazing is her ability to stand up for what she knows is right.

This month we honor Melinda Gates and encourage you to pick up a copy of her book: The Moment of Lift. “How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings — and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

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“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?” — Rumi

Welcome to the May 2021 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine: A note from Hope Katz Gibbs and Cynthia de Lorenzi, co-authors, Your What’s Next Journal — If you have been following our adventure of crafting monthly issues of Your What’s Next Journalyou know that we offer Affirmations that we recite ourselves to open our hearts and remind us of our blessings.

On the cover of the magazine this month: You’ll meet our new friend, movie maker Martine Melloul. She was introduced to us by our client Tracy Schott, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has become an advocate to end domestic violence since producing her 2015 groundbreaking movie, “Finding Jenn’s Voice.” She interviewed Martine for one of her weekly podcast shows, and we all agreed we had to tell the story of this truly amazing woman on the May cover of the magazine. Click here to read that issue and meet some of Martine’s best pals in the movie business! (more…)

“What you appreciate, appreciates. — Lynne Twist, author, “The Soul of Money”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — When it comes to women and their relationship with money, things can get complicated. In this month’s issue of Inkandescent Women magazine, we explore a dozen topics that will help women everywhere flex their financial muscles thanks to our April 2021 cover girl: Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro.

From tips from her upcoming book, Diary of a CFP® Pro, to insights from her weekly show on MargueritaCheng.tv, you’ll discover useful tips that you can begin applying to your life today! Click here to read all about it!

That’s not all! 

Another Inkandescent client — Financial Planner Carmen Wu — explains in this video that women are twice as likely to live below the poverty line during retirement. “It’s shocking, but it’s true,” explains Carmen in this interview on News Channel 8s Let’s Talk Live, reporter Sonya Gavankar. (more…)

“I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.” — Martha Beck

A note from Hope Katz Gibbs and Cynthia de Lorenzi, co-authors, Your What’s Next Journal — We begin the celebration of International Women’s Month this March 2021 with the above quote from Martha Beck, America’s first life coach.

Hope finished her Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coach training in November, and for more than a decade before then has been a fan of the work of the woman who penned books including “Finding Your Own North Star,” and “The Joy Diet.”

We infuse Martha’s wisdom in much of what we do at Inkandescent™ Inc., including Cynthia’s word of the month.

“Each month, I love thinking of the one word that describes how I’m feeling, what I’m wishing for, and what I need to learn from,” Cynthia shares. “As we celebrate International Women’s Month in March 2021, the word that describes this month for me is: FLOW.” (more…)

Write it Down, Make it Happen: Why are Daily Affirmations so Powerful?

By Cynthia de Lorenzi, author, Your What’s Next Journal.

As we roll out Your 2021 What’s Next Journal, I’ll be sharing monthly affirmations from the pages of each month’s Spirit section. We hope that you will take a look at the affirmations we are sharing for the month, repeat the ones that fit what you are feeling at the moment, then, as you get more comfortable with the art of Affirmations, begin to write your own.

Let the Affirmations guide you! As you repeat them, scribble, doodle, and draw freely about the thoughts and images that these powerful words conjure up. Simply move your intuitive thoughts into your hands and move the pen, paint whatever unconsciously, even with your eyes open or closed, to freely move healing in through and out of your body and consciousness.

Why are Affirmations so powerful? As most women know, there is magic in science and science in magic. So we turn to Positive Psychologist and MBA Catherine Moore for insight. “Science-based MRI evidence suggests certain neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks,” she explains in her article, Positive Affirmations: Is There Science Behind It? (more…)

Welcome 2021 with Health & Wellness: Clean, Cleanse, Release. Repeat

A Note from Cynthia de Lorenzi, co-author, Your 2021 What’s Next JournalWhat a relief — 2021 has arrived. Not only am I thrilled to launch Your 2021 What’s Next Journal with my co-author Hope Katz Gibbs, but it’s a pleasure to begin the New Year featuring one of the heroines on the frontline of saving lives and confronting coronavirus: Caryn Iverson, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM.

As you’ll learn through our interviews with Caryn in this month’s cover story, she shares adept insight into where we have been since the Pandemic’s onset and where we should expect to go as the virus continues to rage, almost out of control! Her thoughts on the first positive news that we now have a vaccine. (more…)

“It is essential to process the past in order to prepare for the future.” — Cynthia de Lorenzi, co-author, Your 2021 What’s Next Journal

Welcome to the launch of Your 2021 What’s Next Journal

This month we celebrate: “The Art of Saying Goodbye — and Hello!”

December 2020: A Note from authors Hope Katz Gibbs, Cynthia de Lorenzi, and book designer Cindy Seip — If you are like us, it’s with a sigh of relief that we say goodbye to 2020! After months of living with the coronavirus pandemic, a polarizing presidential election, and homeschooling our kids, women everywhere are asking the same question, “What’s Next?” and “Where do we go from here?”

That’s where Your 2021 What’s Next Journal comes in: With our award-winning photographer and book designer Cindy Seip, we have created an aspirational, informational, educational gut check guide to help you master your world, one month at a time.

This journal is designed to inspire you to envision your future. The prompts on the pages that follow each Truly Amazing Woman of the Month encourage you to express what’s in your mind, body, spirit, soul — and especially your heart — as you make your way through 2021.

What you’ll need:  Grab any and every art supply you desire that will help get your creative juices flowing — that perfect pen, paintbrushes of all sizes, markers, the 64-pack of those waxy sweet Crayolas that you loved as a kid. Then unleash your inner artist. (more…)

“Life is a gift, given in trust — like a child.” — Anne Morrow Lindberg, “Gift from the Sea”

November 3, 2020: A Note from Hope, publisher Inkandescent Women magazine — I sit here on election day, chewing my fingers and slugging back coffee as I await the results of the most contested election of my lifetime. That the future of our nation, our children, and with world is at stake is not understating the reality we are about to inherit.

If I know anything, though, it is that we are all only in control of three things — our thoughts, our feelings, our own actions. With that in mind, I choose to focus on the gift of giving thanks and focus on all that I believe is beautiful in the world. The first thought that pops to mind is to pick up my copy of a magnificent book that I have carried with me for decades, “Give from the Sea,” by Anne Morrow Lindberg. (more…)

“Reminder: Women do not need to be polite to someone who is making them feel uncomfortable.”

October 2020: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher Inkandescent Women magazine with Tracy Schott, documentary film producer and director Voices4Change

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year full of challenges for everyone — health, economic, social, emotional. But for victims of domestic violence, the challenges of isolation has also led to increased violence, and a decrease in access to services, Tracy explains.

Tracy Schott, documentary film director and producer — Voices4Change.net

“Since we released Finding Jenn’s Voice in 2015, intimate partner homicides have risen across the United States and the world,” Tracy notes. “It’s a sad statement about our humanity, especially since these murders are preventable.”

Earlier this year, in partnership with the social change community based in India, 1Gen, Tracy launched Voices4Change: a movement that envisions a world where intimate partner abuse is not tolerated by any community, where systemic interventions to domestic violence are effective and evidence-based, and where survivor voices lead the change.

It’s October: That means that it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Through the campaign — #RaiseYourVoice — there are 4 easy ways to help Voices4Change.net

  1. Share the campaign
  2. Watch the film and gift it to someone else
  3. Sponsor a training (for police officers and health care professionals)
  4. Donate

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“Sometimes the fear won’t go away, so you’ll have to do it afraid.” — Tracy Malone

September 2020: A Note from Hope — It is with an open heart that I share with you today the launch of the website for our newest book from Inkandescent™ Publishing, “Why Divorce: 5 Reasons to Leave” — www.WhyDivorce.us.

First, I want to share a quote by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, who seems to tie together the focus of this issue of Inkandescent Women magazine, and my purpose for penning this book. She said of her decision to end her marriage: “I didn’t exactly want to get divorce. I didn’t exactly not want to. By then my marriage had become like the trail in that moment when I realize there was a bull in both directions. I simply made a leap of faith and pushed on in the direction where I’d never been.” 

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“This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will take, to be seen as we truly are.” — Fairy Godmother to Cinderella

August 2020 — I admit it. I love fairytales. It’s the fantasy of artful figures dancing around on the screen, singing lyrics of optimism, and promising that everything will be ok: The evil queen will not win. Mice can help with the laundry. There actually is a prince charming. While I know better (especially, unfortunately, about the prince charming part), it doesn’t make me believe any less in fairy godmothers, dreams coming true, and magic.

As we launch in the August 2020 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine, I can tell you with utter certainty that a month after ushering in my 56th year, the risks I’ve taken have landed in me in the fairytale I’ve dreamed of living in. My new home in Las Cruces, NM is hot, the skies are humongous, and I have a sense of peace I thought was unattainable. And, yes, we are experiencing a global pandemic. But in the face of imminent doom, why not have a ball? As you’ll learn in the cover story of this issue, that’s the plan.

For starters, Inkandescent Women has partnered with Cynthia de Lorenzi and her international women’s networking group, Success in the City. I think she may be my Fairy Godmother. (more…)

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou

July 2020 — I have been thinking a lot about Maya Angelou, the beloved American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist who died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. An articulate activist in the fight for equality and social justice, her magical musical poetry caught the attention of President Bill Clinton who invited her to perform “On the Pulse of Morning” at his inauguration. A poet had not read at a presidential inauguration since 1961, when Robert Frost read  “The Gift Outright” for President John F. Kennedy.

She told The Washington Post at the time: “It is fitting, at the risk of taking away from the fact that he really likes my poetry, it is fitting that he asks a woman and a black woman to write a poem about the tenor of the times. It might be symbolic that black women when looked at are on the bottom of the graph. It is probably fitting that a black woman try to speak to the alienation, the abandonment and to the hope of healing those inflictions which have befallen all Americans, that accounts for white Americans feeling so estranged. Somehow a black woman knows all about that.”

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