Monthly Archives: October 2014

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Embracing Chaos

As I wrote about this week in The Writing Life, I finally ended up succumbing to the chaos around me.PersonalJourney_02

And this week, I’ve decided to take it one step further and embrace it.

The contractors started installing the new kitchen cabinets today (yay!) and I’m really excited about how the kitchen/dining room/downstairs bathroom is coming together. (Although it will be an extra day installing and NEXT WEEK before the counter top is ready — which means no kitchen sink until I get back from my next trip on Nov 9 — argh!) Continue reading

The Writing Life — Uncle, Uncle!

I have good news and bad news.PenInk_150

The good news is our kitchen cabinets are coming tomorrow! I can’t even tell you how excited I am and how tired I am living in the chaos of a major remodel.

The bad news is I’ve found myself waving the white flag. I’m just not as efficient as I was a couple of weeks ago. I’m not writing the way I was. The external chaos and the internal growth is starting to catch up to me.

Uncle! Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Robert Middleton & The Unstuck Process

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On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, I was able to interview someone I’ve been following for quite a number of years — Robert Middleton, Action Plan Marketing.PW-Unplugged_01

(On a side note, that’s been an unexpected but a super fun side effect of hosting a podcast, having an excuse to reconnect with all of my biz friends and meet new ones.)

Anyway, if you’re like pretty much, well, every entrepreneur on the planet, chances are you’ll find yourself stuck and unable to move forward from time to time. Now being stuck is bad enough, but what’s worse is you probably have no idea how to push yourself through it.

Sheer willpower?

Taking a break?

Throwing a fit?

Giving up?

(And no, none of those work particularly well as I think I’ve tried all of them at one point or another.) Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Change is a’comin’

This is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac, which means SPEED.PersonalJourney_02

And, I have to say, things are changing REALLY fast here.

From big changes to little ones (such as last week finding out one of my favorite Zumba instructors quit unexpectedly, and then yesterday finding out my chiropractor/acupuncturist is closing his practice at the end of the year).

House still in chaos over the remodel. Things shifting personally and in the business.

Uncle! I’m ready for a break! Continue reading

The Writing Life — Life Happens

This weekend I had some great intentions to get a lot of writing done.PenInk_150

Unfortunately that’s all it ever amounted to — great intentions. (As in the road to hell is paved with good intentions.)

So what happened? Well, the remodel suddenly required a bigger chunk of my time then I expected. I also was more tired than normal — the week before I hadn’t been feeling well, plus with all the growing and stretching in my business and personal life, I just needed more rest than normal.

In other words, life happened. Continue reading

To Outsource or Not To Outsource: A Checklist

Chatting this week on PW Unplugged Radio with Christina Hills about all the reasons why you should NOT outsource your website technical support, got me thinking about this whole notion of outsourcing in general.MulitTask_01

A lot of folks will have you believe if you own a business, you MUST outsource and hire contractors and virtual assistants and build a team and whatnot, and if you’re not doing that than you’re in some sort of Resistance.

I don’t necessarily believe that’s true. In fact, I would go as far as to say that view is a little too simplistic.

So, to help you figure out what you should (and shouldn’t) be outsourcing, below is a handy dandy checklist. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Christina Hills & Why You Should Build Your Own Website

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PW-Unplugged_01On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, I got to grill my good friend Christina Hills, Website Creation Workshop, on why on earth would you want to build your own website.

You see, I’m a big believer in hiring other people to do the things you’re just not very good at.  (I pretty much live by the statement “don’t strengthen your weaknesses, outsource them.”) And any sort of tech stuff is definitely a weakness of mine. In fact, I have fond memories of spending an afternoon trying to fix the spacing on my website. (Not.) Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Going Deep

I’ve been writing a lot about how my personal life has impacted my business (most notably my family emergency and my remodel).PersonalJourney_02

But for the most part, I’ve only really touched on surface things — like how these things have impacted my efficiency and work habits.

There is a deeper part of this as well, where I’ve been looking at my business overall. My team, my systems, my packages. Even myself.

I am quite clear there are things I’ve been tolerating that I need to move on from. I’m also seeing exactly how I’ve attracted the things I’ve been tolerating and what I need to do to change that. And I’ve also gotten quite clear on what I DO want. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Getting Back to Center

Much to my surprise, this week ended up turning into a pretty good writing week.PenInk_150

I got an excellent start on my next book along with completing other writing work (which included my blog posts and updating my website).

So despite the chaos I find myself currently living and working in, I’ve still managed to have a fairly productive week.

What’s my secret? Learning to stop fighting what I can’t change and just go with the flow. (In other words, Let go and let God.) Continue reading

Get New Clients Checklist

My PW Unplugged Radio episode with Demi Karpouzos got me thinking — what could I do to make it easy for you to attract new clients easily and effortlessly?Rooster_01

Why, I could put together a Get New Clients Checklist!

So below is a quickie 7-point checklist you can follow if you want to start attracting new clients into your business.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

1. Do you know who your ideal clients even are? Before you can attract your perfect, ideal client into your business, you need to actually know who they are. If you don’t know who your ideal clients are, here’s where you can learn more. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Demi Karpouzos & The Art of Getting Clients

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PW-Unplugged_01On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, Demi Karpouzos and I chat about something that crosses the mind of pretty much every entrepreneur out there — which is the best ways to get more clients.

Demi has a really interesting story as well — she went from super-successful employee to not-nearly-so-successful entrepreneur before she finally cracked the code on what it took to attract more clients with ease and grace. Continue reading