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8 Secrets To Working Better When Your Business Partner Is Also Your Spouse

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Right out of college, Andrew and I got married. And for the majority of those years we have worked side by side building businesses.

For many years that meant going to work at our 1200 sf commercial location, then heading home at the end of the day. It was easy to separate work life from home […]

Yes YOU Can And Should Be Your Own Personal Brand

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I’ve been blogging now for close to a decade. When I first started blogging, it was for my photography business, and I did it as a way to share a few ideas with our audience. I had no idea how big it would grow, what I would accomplish, and more importantly, what I would learn […]

It’s Time For You To Be Famous

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I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna learn how to fly
I feel it coming together
People will see me and cry
I’m gonna make it to heaven
Light up the sky like a flame
I’m gonna live forever
Baby, remember my name

No, it’s not a bad 80s nightmare, I promise. Yet when I […]

Thinking Backwards Will Get You Nowhere

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If you believe all the statistics out there, something crazy like 81 percent of our population has a book in them. It could be a memoir, a juicy romance novel, or even a business book instilling a little piece of wisdom they’ve picked up over the years.

That means 8 in 10 people have chosen to […]

The Future Is Writing A Blog … Prepare To Be Inspired

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I’ve always been the type of person with big goals and dreams.

I remember sitting out on my parent’s deck one summer when I was in college, talking about all the great things I would do. Yes, I was a dreamer and an idea person back then too.

I sat there talking with my dad as my […]

Why It’s So Hard To Find The Perfect Guru

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Have you ever wanted something so bad, I’m talking reeeeaaallly bad, so much so that you could taste it?

You dreamt about it, you talked about it all the time, you thought about it, you may have even tried to live it and put it into your life.

But it was something new. Something you didn’t have […]

How Do You Make Your Big Idea Meaningful In The Eyes Of Others?

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When you came up with your Big Idea, the light bulb went on, the bells began to chime “ding, ding, ding” and you sat back in wonder on how the world ever survived without this idea. It all seems so simple now that you’ve put the pieces together.

Then you describe it to someone else. Maybe […]

Quiz: What Season Are You In?

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You can usually pick up on what season a person is in by listening to the way they speak about their careers or businesses.

A while back a woman called me for advice. She knew she needed help with her business but she didn’t know where to start. The conversation went something like this.
Me: Describe your […]

The 12 Step Plan To Move You Forward

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Have you ever uttered the words “that won’t work in my industry”?

Many business owners fall into that line of thinking because they move forward with blinders on, and never actually see how something new can apply in their world.

I ran into one such owner this past week.
“I’ve never had success getting clients online. I have […]

First Impressions Are Everything

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I clicked over to continue reading.
The site popped up in brilliant colors. The template looked “2014 chic”. Everything loaded quickly, and the images were relevant and pulled me even more into the story.
I read about her trials and tribulations. I loved her wicked sense of humor. I loved her wild approach to life.  I laughed. […]

How To Move Past Apologizing And Start Taking Action

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I sat back and watched a small business owner sell to a potential client. She finished talking about her business and what she does – I could tell this was the stuff she loves to talk about.

Then it came time for the sale.
“So here is my price. I know its high, but I can work […]

The Competitors and The Collaborators

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A couple of years ago I attended a class with my daughter on how to find the perfect college. As a high school student faced with narrowing down a pool of thousands of colleges into 5 to 10 that peaked her interest, the entire concept was terrifying at best. Where do you begin? Or more […]