Monthly Archives: January 2015

Friday Creativity Jolt — Sweat a Little

There’s nothing like a little sweat to get the creative juices pumping. So if you’re feeling stuck or blocked or otherwise frustrated with your muse, step away from your desk and move your body instead.Creativity_02

At least for me, I spend a lot of time in my head. In fact, I would say my preferred place to be is in my head and thinking about things. But, I’ve discovered the more I get out of my head and into my body, the more creative I am. (Not to mention the fact that creativity seems to work best when you aren’t pushing or forcing — your muse is happier when you aren’t so focused on what she is and isn’t doing.)

That’s why a regular exercise program is not just good for your health, your weight and your stress level, but it’s also good for your creativity practice. (More on that coming soon.) Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Time To Change Your Exercise Routine?

Around 10 years ago, I began lifting weights.PersonalJourney_02

At the time, I was beginning to get what I call “puffy.” You see, when I gain weight, I gain it all over. (It’s pretty evenly distributed.) Which is nice on one hand because I can pretty easily hide any extra weight. But, on the other hand, eventually you start looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy (which is definitely where I was headed).

So, I hired a personal trainer and began lifting weights. And almost immediately began seeing the pounds drop off without changing my diet or anything else.

I was officially hooked. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Shawn Driscoll & Creating Your Signature Program


If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, the first thing you started selling in your business was one-on-one services. (I know that’s what I did.)PW-Unplugged_01

And that’s a great way to start. Selling one-on-one services is one of the fastest, cheapest ways to begin getting some cash flow into the door.

But, there is a trade off. What you’re selling is your time. Which means you have a hard ceiling as to how many clients and how much money you can make.

Now, for some of you, that may be perfectly okay. But for others you may want to take the next step and start leveraging your time. And that’s where my friend Shawn Driscoll, Creator of Your Signature Program, comes in. Continue reading

Monday Morning Musings — Why Zumba May Be Good For Your Business

It’s January. Which means my exercise classes are suddenly crowded with hordes of people who have some combination of “exercise more” and “lose weight” on their New Year resolution list.Biker_01

And my Zumba class is no exception.

I’ve written before about Tiger, my Zumba instructor who very nearly never taught a second class after being dubbed “too sexy,” and over the weekend during my Zumba class, I thought about that as I watched some the new (year) students. Some looked like they were enjoying the class, some looked completely lost and some looked absolutely terrified at Tiger’s playful, sexy pushing of us to move our bodies more and express ourselves more. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Can a Broken Writing Plan Lead to Success?

As I was getting ready to write this post, I took a look at what happened to my writing plan and goals for 2014.PenInk_150

You see, in 2014 had a VERY aggressive plan, wanting to complete a number of books along with regularly writing on the blog. (And when I mean writing regularly on the blog, I mean a regular schedule of nice, long, juicy blog posts).

So, what happened? Well, some of the plan got done. But not all. In fact, I would say I’m not sure I even got half of my lofty goals accomplished.

When I realized this, my first thought was disappointment in myself. I should have worked harder.

But, that’s the old Michele talking. And one thing I’m committed to in 2015 is different results — which means no more definition of insanity (i.e. doing the same thing and expecting different results).

So I took a deep breath and decided to look a little deeper. And here’s what I discovered. Continue reading

Friday Creativity Jolt — Create Space for Creativity

So, last week’s exercise was creating a Creativity Journal, so your creativity had an actual physical place to be, well, creative.Globe_01

But, physical space is only part of the equation. You also need to give your creativity time and mental space.

That’s what I want to challenge all of you this week — to create time and space in your busy, crazy, packed schedule to actually BE creative. (You could even use your Creativity Journal during your creative time! How’s that for being doubly creative? :) )

Up for it? Fabulous — here are a few tips to get you started: Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Kristy Schnabel & How Extreme Sports Can Impact Your Business


You may not be aware of this but in another life I used to walk marathons.PW-Unplugged_01

And I also used to write articles about the lessons I learned walking marathons.

(It takes about 6 1/2 hours to walk a marathon, which leaves plenty of time to mull over what exactly you’re learning and why on earth would you do this yourself.)

Well, on today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, I discovered another brave soul who tackles extreme sports and combines what she learned with her business — Kristy Schnabel, It’s Virtually Done. And we chatted about the lessons we both learned training and competing in those sports. Continue reading

Monday Morning Musings — Resolutions, Goals, Plans, Oh My!

So how are you doing with your 2015 resolutions?HappyNewYear_01

If you’re anything like the rest of the human race, we’ve now reached that time of year where most (if not all) of those good intentions and resolutions that “this year will be different, I really WILL [fill in the blank]” have gone completely kaput.

Oh, so I hear you don’t do resolutions? So, how are you doing with your New Years’ goals and/or plan? (You DO have those, right?)

Unfortunately, good intentions will only get you so far. If you want to see different results this year, that means you’ll need to take different actions. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Do You Have a 2015 Writing Theme?

I’m exploring 2015 Themes on the blog this week (you can check out the other posts from Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness, Monday Morning Musings and Friday Creativity Jolt) and thought I’d end with some musings on how themes relate to writing. (Or, at least, how I’m relating my year theme to my own writing.)PenInk_150

I’ve never done a specific yearly theme for writing, but my current theme of Play/Fun certainly applies to writing. Especially since a big part of Play/Fun is nurturing my creativity.

To me, a theme for the year is bigger than just your writing goals or a business plan or even something around relationships or health. It really encompasses your entire life — how you want to be as a person. Continue reading

Friday Creativity Jolt — Creativity Journal

Welcome to the first Friday Creativity Jolt!DoItForYou_01

Before I get to today’s Jolt of Creativity, I thought I’d give you a little background as to the “why” behind this column.

You may have noticed some new transformations on the blog. That’s because I wanted to move away from simply giving you more information, and instead look at ways to inspire you and help YOU transform. In other words, actually DO something with all the information out there.

(And this blog is loaded with content — if you look to the right, you’ll see an “Outer Game” and an “Inner Game” tags. Outer Game refers to marketing and business strategies, while Inner Game deals with the mindset and blocks you may have. That’s an easy way to search and find the juicy content you’re looking for.) Continue reading

Monday Morning Musings — Does Your 2015 Theme Pass This Test?

As I wrote about yesterday in my Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness column, my 2015 theme is Play/Fun. (And this is a super scary, super big stretch for me, which you can also read about in yesterday’s column.)HappyNewYear_01

So, my first question to you is do you have a theme for the year?

If you do — fabulous. (I have another test for you in a bit so keep reading.) If you don’t, I would love to give you a gentle nudge right now to create one for 2015. (Trust me, it’s not too late.) Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — My Big, Scary, 2015 Theme

I never used to do themes for the New Year. For most of my life, I was more of a goals-kinda-gal — I would put together my goals and a plan in January … and then not look at either again until December. (Although I wouldn’t recommend this approach, oddly enough this worked better than you would think — I suspect the sheer act of writing down the goals was the secret.)PersonalJourney_02

But last year I was encouraged to create a theme for the year, which I did. My theme was Abundance — Abundance in all things: money, time, creativity, projects, resources, etc.

And it worked out better than I expected. So, I decided to do it again this year.

Now, full disclosure, I wanted Abundance again. I had every intention of choosing Abundance for 2015. In fact, if I was fully honest, I think I wanted to choose abundance EVERY year (what better theme than Abundance?)

Well, my Inner Wisdom had other ideas. Continue reading

The Writing Life — New Year, New You

Yep, the Writing Life is back along with the rest of my blogging. (And you can read more about my hiatus from my biz/entrepreneur side right here.)PenInk_150

Now, while I have taken breaks from being an entrepreneur (which were not always smart decisions nor even fully planned out but that’s for another day and another column) speaking from my writing side, I really don’t take a lot of writing breaks. Since I’ve been writing for a living for like, well, it feels like forever, the only real breaks from writing is when I’ve taken an unplugged vacation (which until recently have been few and far between — I’ve gotten better at unplugged vacations in recent years).

But this time, I took nearly a month off (with only a few exceptions). I decided to not worry about my blog or my book and just relax and fully recharge.

And, I have mixed feelings about it. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Derek Rydall & Why Self Development Doesn’t Work


On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, me and my good friend Derek Rydall, who is considered the world’s leading expert on the Law of Emergence (more on that in a minute), get a little bit controversial.PW-Unplugged_01

Yep, we dive in and talk about why pretty much all self development/personal development/law of attraction is a load of crap and isn’t working for you.

Okay, so maybe we didn’t go quite that far. But if you’re a believer in the personal/self development world, what Derek and I chatted about may open your eyes. Continue reading