Suffered enough summer slumps? How to make this your last!

I was at a BBQ the other day when the host, a wonderful woman who’s the same age as me, jokingly said, “Oh, it’s all just downhill for us now.” She was talking to the wrong person! (The person who, by the way, had her second baby at 44 years old). “Not me!” I said. “I’ve decided I’m peaking, and things are just getting better from here on in.” She laughed and agreed that was a much better plan. Have…

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Are you constantly hustling for new clients? It’s time to stop the madness!

As a business coach and service-based business owner myself, I’ve noticed there’s a common challenge many of experience at some point and that is: The never-ending hustle for new clients Been there? Yep, me too! You get a new client, celebrate for about a nano-second (because entrepreneurs are notorious for blowing right by our accomplishments so we may better focus on our shortcomings!) and immediately return to that familiar loop in our heads: “Where’s my next client coming from?” 😬…

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Purpose, profitability, and building your dream business

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume I’m not the only right-brained business owner or professional here.  Am I right? I knew I was in good company! For me, being a right-brained business owner means: I’m creative, sensitive (I’m a Pisces and middle child for goodness sake!) and attracted to work that makes a tangible impact in the lives of others. In short, I’m purpose-driven.  You’ve probably heard the term bandied around a lot lately and may…

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Stuck but can’t figure out what to do about it? A process for overcoming ANYTHING!

Have you ever felt frustrated or stuck in your career or business, like the quintessential square peg in a round hole, basically not living your #bestlife? Yeah, me too! Regardless of how good someone’s life looks from the outside, everyone has doubts, fears, and feels truly stuck from time to time. It’s just a part of the human condition. But here’s the part we forget in the moment (even if we know it intellectually) is it’s not our lack of…

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The first step to making more money (hint: it’s not what you think!)

I’m a child of the 70’s and one of the soundtracks of my childhood was ABBA’s “Money, Money, Money.”  Regardless of what decade you were born in, chances are you lugged a money story out of it and into your present life.  Perhaps money feels like everything to you in terms of success and security. Perhaps you claim to not care about it, but really crave it more than you bear to admit to yourself. Or maybe you just downright…

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Hit a roadblock? How to see it as an opportunity (and what to do next)

As creatives and business owners, there’s one trait we all share: A desire to use our natural gifts and talents to make a positive impact in the world. As creative beings with unlimited potential, that doesn’t seem too much to ask. 😉 Yet, that desire, and the (often different) reality of our experience can be a source of much consternation and general agita. As a business coach who’s had the privilege of working with a diverse group of talented creative…

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How to master your emotional game

In a world that idolizes entrepreneurship you can be forgiven for thinking there’s something wrong if you’re not feeling inspired and in full-on hustle mode 24/7.  The truth is, being a business owner or independent creative is hard and full of ups and downs: without daily interaction it’s easy to feel isolated you’re often working in a vacuum, unsure if this idea you’re pouring your heart and soul into is even any good you’re out there on the leading edge…

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Community: the #1 asset to a thriving creative business

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was February 2006 and I had just left my job to start my own business. On this particularly dark and rainy night I was heading to a diner to meet what would become my first ever business support group. Organized by my friend Marsha Stone, a native New Yorker who was wiser and more experienced than me in every way, that coming together of like-minded, yet very different people forever changed how…

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Feeling all over the place in your creative business? How to focus on what matters.

By February 80% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed (according to Business Insider). While this might seem like a total downer and have you questioning why you should bother setting goals in the first place, bear with me. Because I believe that goals are a GREAT thing. They put words and intention to our deepest hopes and dreams, they call us forth to become something we’re not but want to be, and they inspire actions we would never normally…

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It’s not too late to plan for a banner business year. Here’s HOW.

How do you feel about planning? Does having a plan make you feel more secure and productive? Or does it feel restrictive, overwhelming (where to start!), even intimidating? Wherever you fall on the spectrum, it’s cool. But make no mistake; when it comes to getting the results you want, planning beats winging it every day of the week. But with sheer number of options available to you, from analog journals all the way to slick software programs designed to keep…

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