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Stop Going It Alone (+ Are You Missing Out?)

Later this summer, I’ll hit the 5-year mark in my business. Yes, my business is my name. And there’s the appearance that I’m doing it all on my own. But I didn’t do it alone. To get to where I am today, which is intensely joyous, deeply grateful and blowing my own mind at every damn turn, I purposefully put supports into place to help along the way. A business coach.A leadership coach.Multiple masterminds of similarly driven business owners.A lovely assistant who has my back.A super small circle of trusted friends.A roster of badass clients who care about me as […]

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It Took Me 3 Decades to Realize This

Over the weekend I was hit with the flu. You name it – fever, headache, body aches, cough, congestion. I lost my appetite AND my voice. I spent Saturday and Sunday in bed with Netflix, orange juice and medicine. I was grateful that I could take the pills without a problem. For my 7-year old self, that was so not the case. While I was laid up in bed, I remembered a time when my family drove to the west coast on a road trip. That’s eight people in a van driving from Chicago to California and back over the […]

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The One Thing You Won’t Believe is True

As a woman, I feel the pressure to do it all. Most of us do. Be the best mother and wife and lover and businesswoman and friend and sister and aunt and on and on.Even when it’s specifically spoken that you don’t need to DO.IT.ALL.There’s still that self-imposed demand to not get it wrong. To not muck it up. To not mess up.But, I have a confession.The past month I’ve shared all of my secrets, my exact approach, to staying organized. And I may have made it seem like I do all of this to keep all these balls in […]

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How to Put Yourself Out There in Your Sales and Marketing

I see it so often. We’re hungry to be known. We want to get out there into new spaces. We want to be viewed as the expert. We want to get clients. And so, we approach the marketing activities and the sales conversations from a place of one-sidedness. “Here’s what I can do for you and why it’s so great!” We forget to include emotional labor in this side of the equation. Sure, emotional labor when it comes to our paying clients or team members or business besties or family is a given. But what about when you’re just getting […]

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What To Do When Your Mojo (and Power) Gets Zapped

After the beautifully long, delicious, fun-filled, rejuvenating Thanksgiving weekend, I woke up on Monday to 8 inches of snow and ice, 50 mph wind gust, 31 degrees without the windchill, and … no power. It was quite the floor-thumping arrival for our winter season. This is what my mentor, Jenny Shih, would call an “oh s#!t” moment. It’s true, and that’s exactly what I was saying to my husband and myself. But, there they are, happening. And in typical OS moment fashion, they’re usually unavoidable. So what do you do? Here’s what I did… I still had clients to coach, […]

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How to Clean Up That Mess of Shoulds

I was recently asked for a book recommendation. But the person wasn’t looking for the regular old standbys, like Good to Great or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or The Four-Hour Workweek. They were looking for a book that’s helpful, practical, inspiring AND that most people haven’t read yet. I thought it was an interesting angle for this type of question. Usually, when I’m asked for a book recommendation, it includes business-specific questions like, “What’s the best book for productivity?” or “What book should I read to get better at business strategy?” For this intriguing approach, my answer – Sacred […]

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One of My Favorite Books Cost Over $3,800

Yep, you read that title right. Nope, I didn’t confuse the comma for a decimal point. Linchpin by Seth Godin actually cost me $3,850. And I happily paid it.  I received it as part of enrolling in Seth Godin’s altMBA program, which I took part in last month. I went through the 4-week, intensive program on leadership and management, doing things differently, thinking differently and learning new ways to engage and connect with people. As part of the program, you get shipped a box of books. It’s the most incredible thing – who wouldn’t love that. If you’re curious what […]

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Have a Fear? Investigate it.

We’ve been talking about moving the needle in your business. The specific actions you take to take the next step in front of you to actually drive towards your business goals. When you take the action, you likely feel a little friction, as my friend Stephanie says. It’s exactly what Steven Pressfield talks about in The War of Art. Gay Hendricks refers to it as an Upper Limit Problem in his book, The Big Leap. You’re reaching for the tippy-top and want to bust through it. I’m not here to tell you to merely “feel the fear and do it […]

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