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Live_It_Love_It_Earn_It_FRONTIt’s a new year, it’s a new decade. It’s time for you to stop thinking about what you want in your life and actually make it happen. As women and as moms, we are always busy, always tending to the needs of our kids, our husbands, our partners, our households, our families, our friends, our jobs. But what do you really want out of life and how can you be empowered to live the life of your dreams?

Please welcome Marianna Olszewski as she answers a few questions about her new book, Live It, Love It, Earn It. Marianna teaches women to be empowered – to live the life you want, to get control of your finances, to let go of stress, start your business, reach your goals and enjoy richer, happier lives.

Congrats on your fabulous new book, tell us about it?
Marianna: I grew up strapped for cash which motivated me to strive for financial abundance, independence and happiness and I’m happy to say that I exceeded all my goals by age 30. In my book, I wanted to share everything I’ve learned about managing money and following your dreams. I wanted to empower women to focus on what they really want, how to get out of their comfort zones and act.

Tell us some nuggets we will find in the book?
Marianna: I offer nine strategies that help empower women in the book, everything from starting your own business, to finding ways to say yes to yourself and reversing your worries. I also included true stories from women overcoming challenges: looking for a first job, climbing the corporate ladder, getting out of debt, changing careers in midstream, starting a small business and going solo after a divorce.

You have some very successful women who shared their stories as well, tell us about them?
Marianna:
The book includes insights from successful and fulfilled women like designer Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo shoe mogul Tamara Mellon, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and more. All these stories are to help empower women.

What is your advice to other women, other moms, who want to start a business or pursue their dreams?
Marianna: You can definitely do it! I promise. My advice is to be very clear about what it is that you want to pursue or exactly what kind of business you would like to start. Be organized. A lot of our time is spent with our kids, which is such a joy, so the time we have on our own needs to be very organized and used efficiently. Say “no” to invitations or activities you don’t necessarily enjoy or want to do so you have the time to say “yes” to yourself and your dreams!

How do you balance being an entrepreneur, author, life coach, savvy woman and mom?
Marianna: Being very organized is the secret. Each night before I go to bed I list all of the things I need to do the next day. My days are very full but very balanced! It all works!

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to other women, other moms?
Marianna: Live in the moment! Enjoy every minute with your kids and your family but also enjoy the time you spend working on your business or pursuing your dream career.

What is your favorite part of being a mother?
Marianna: Spending fun family time with my little 1 ½ year old son, William, and my husband. I love the beach, especially being with my son, building sand castles, splashing in the water and walking in the ocean with his little hand in mine. Being with my little son when he first started to walk and when he first said “mama”. When he hums twinkle twinkle, his favorite song, and tries to dance to music. When he first discovered the moon and the stars. All of these are very special moments, I will always remember.

What is the craziest part of your day?
Marianna: Usually the mornings when I’m trying to get William ready for music class and jugging emails, phone calls and other work related things that need to be done.

Where can we learn more about you and your book?
Marianna: You can check out my Live it! Love it! Earn it! website which has some of the tools I talk about in the book, like an easy 5 step business plan and The Worry Circle, and my video interview on YouTube about the book.