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Monday, September 24, 2012

Victorious Woman by Annmarie Kelly Blog Tour [Guest Post]

Today I have a special guest post on my blog for the Victorious Woman by Annmarie Kelly blog tour. The author agreed to give me a post about cancer which is good timing since this month is Childhood cancer awareness month. This story isn't about a child with cancer but the cancer part is close enough.  I'm always interested in stuff that has to do with cancer because I want to  become a nurse and help people with cancer. This book isn't all about cancer though, it is about Strong woman dealing with different difficult situations and coming out on top and that is a great kind of book, for a woman at least. Here is a big welcome for Annmarie Kelly and her book Victorious Woman, thank you for giving me a special guest post.

Victorious Woman! by Annmarie Kelly

Real Women – Real Stories – Real Challenges – Real Victories

What’s a woman to do? If she makes a bad choice or gets thrown one of life's curveballs, is she forever doomed?

Author Annmarie Kelly says "NO!" and proves it with compelling real life stories of women who faced and overcame seemingly overwhelming life challenges. This powerfully moving book overflows with intelligence, understanding, emotion and true grit.

Kelly explains victory as the stretch you make out of your comfort zone and into the greater, fuller expression of who you really are – your authentic self. She demonstrates victory by taking you inside the lives of nine distressed women and showing you how they became victorious. You are likely to recognize something of yourself woven in each of these stories; each one will inspire and encourage you to forge your own victory over whatever is challenging you right now. At the end of each woman’s chapter you’ll find soul-searching questions that you must ask yourself to insure your own victories.

Author Kelly concludes the stories with a "lessons learned" chapter. Gleaning the best from each Victorious Woman, from the many other women she interviewed and from her own intriguing life challenges, Kelly describes the FOUR LIFESTYLES that either support you in victory or sabotage you, and the SIX SKILLS every woman has to learn to be in control of her SELF. She also gives you, her readers, the Victorious Woman Model to help you figure out what you need at different stages of challenges. The result is a book that is part inspiration, part motivation and part skill building. Some have called Victorious Woman "a blueprint for life" and "a practical approach to taking control of your life."

Since its first publication, many women say that they keep Victorious Woman! on their book shelf for reference or on their nightstand for comfort at the end of a long day. This "celebration of life" is an encouraging and enlightening read for women who want to create their own personal and professional victories.

Book Trailer:

Guest Post:

Patti Painter is a quiet powerhouse of a woman.

Her backstory: Patti was married to a man with whom she had three children. She thought she had a “normal” life but then she found out that there was another woman – and that woman had been around for most of her marriage. She divorced and he moved to another state. She raised her children as a single parent, getting a job with a large Delaware company and going back to school. By the time she married Tom, both their children were teens and they had a couple interesting “blended family” years. One by one the kids left and she was looking forward to the empty nest with Tom.

Patti was always diligent about “doing her regulars” – mammogram, pap, etc. One year, when she was in her mid-fifties, all the results were bad. She was diagnosed with multiple cancers, including cervical and colon (which her mother died from). She was in and out of the hospital for over a year, one surgery after the other.

Patti compared and contrasted those two experiences, infidelity and cancer, and said, “You don’t die from desertion, even though you think sometimes you might want to die. When you have a diagnosis of cancer, you definitely know that there is the possibility that you could die…it was certainly the greater threat.”

It was a long haul for Patti, but she’s doing well now. She easily could be retired be an empty nester and grandmom. But she felt there was more for her to do. For a while after cancer, she did some public speaking and singing (her passion). But those morphed into a life reinvention as a wedding celebrant. She works mostly in the mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and LOVES what she does.

Because we’re only one state apart, I meet Patti for lunch from time to time. We usually talk about business and she often inspires me with her wisdom and good thoughts. She still pays attention to her “regulars” but she’s been cancer-free for over ten years! Her wedding business takes her to interesting places with interesting people, and grows more and more each year (

About Annmarie:

Author Annmarie Kelly is a professional speaker, workshop leader and victory strategist, who has firsthand knowledge of the transformative power which determination and motivation, the stuff of victory, can have in a person’s life.

Growing up in her Italian-Catholic home, Kelly wasn’t a natural go getter but rather a shy and introverted girl – a “good girl” who felt invisible and insignificant and powerless to deal with family problems including alcoholism, sibling abuse and mental illness.

In her early twenties, a broken engagement and her father’s reaction to it, caused Annmarie to look at her life and where she was going. After a couple “dark” years, she realized she had a purpose but that she was following a path that would only give her more of what she already had: disappointments, regrets and lost opportunities. Annmarie understood that she needed to make a change; she decided to start on a new track.

Through the rest of her twenties and thirties, step-by-step, she changed the way she thought about herself and her future, set major goals, and let go of many of the limitations that were holding her back, from kicking the undesired habits of smoking cigarettes and being a couch potato to getting honest about her own sabotaging behaviors. She also let go of people and environments that became obstacles to her efforts.

While leaving the comfort of the familiar for something better was what she wanted, it wasn’t easy. But in time the effort paid off. The decisions Annmarie made then have enabled her to BE more and DO more than she ever thought she could and HAVE more of the kind of life that, on her old path, would only have been a dream.

Not content to keep that kind of empowerment and success to herself, Annmarie Kelly has made it her life’s mission to help other women find the same confidence, inner power, and most importantly the “feminine victory” within. Whatever she does, whether she’s speaking, teaching, writing, blogging or coaching, she shows women just how much power they have over their own lives, encourages them to LIVE VICTORIOUSLY - out loud and in living color – and shows them the skills they need to do it!

Annmarie Kelly owns and manages SkillBuilder Systems, a training and development firm specializing in management development and communication skills. She is also the founder of The Victorious Woman Project which focuses on the information, resources and skill building which help women empower themselves so they can live their best life.

Annmarie is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTDPhl), The Press Club PA and the National Association of Female Executives.

Her services include:

- Keynotes for Corporate Events and Association Conferences

- Training Workshops (SmartWoman@Work and New Beginnings)

- Retreats

- Seminars, Teleseminars, Webinars

- Individual coaching

- Group coaching (Victory Teams)

Annmarie Kelly is available for interviews in the Greater Philadelphia area, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC, and by phone anywhere.

Find Annmarie:


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  2. Hi, Christie!

    I just had some email with Pattie last week. My brother-in-law and his fiance are getting married next month and asked me to be the celebrant. Pattie's helping me prepare.

    I trust your readers will love Pattie's story, as well as these of the other amazing stories of victory in Victorious Woman! Pattie is such an incredible woman and it was an honor to tell her story of victory. It's an equal honor to still be connecting with her!

    Thanks for begin part of my blog tour!!!

    Annmarie Kelly

  3. Annmarie, what an absolutely inspiring post!

    Christie, thanks for sharing it with everyone :)

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