Who (or what) are you committed to? [pivotal moment alert!]

There’s no sugar coating it – challenging times are confronting and confusing. In the midst of such times (ahem, 2020, I’m looking at you!), one could be forgiven for thinking they’re in a never-ending (and not very fun) game of dodge the curve ball. If you’ve done any of the following this year: cried with frustration, fear, and anger felt judgement, even hatred towards people who think differently from you future-tripped all the way to a doomsday scenario (or three)…

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How great leaders inspire HOPE (and you can too!)

What qualities do tough times bring out in you?  What gets you through, maybe even stronger than before? For me, that quality has always been hope.  Defined by Wikipedia as “An optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large,” hope is a powerful and nuanced emotion. Used well it can inspire, fortify, and sustain us through the toughest of times. Used…

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Do you have a Civic Power Profile? [Read to find yours!]

Have you ever taken a personality quiz or read your horoscope? (I bet you have!) I’ll admit it, I’m drawn to personality or archetype tools and practices – from astrology to my Enneagram type – like a moth to a flame 🔥. If there’s a resource that helps me gain insight into who I am, who I serve, and how I need to show up to in the world, sign me up! It’s probably the same reason a million dog-eared…

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5 ways to take inspired action during challenging times

If challenging times are a necessary catalyst for our growth and resilience, by anyone’s standards, we should all be in the best shape of our lives come 2021! Woweee, it’s been a year. And my friends, it ‘aint over yet.  As we head into the final months of this tumultuous year, you may well have a lot on your mind.  And if you’re anything like me, the pressing issues, large and small, become overwhelming if you’re not careful. So, careful…

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Are you REALLY willing to stand out from the crowd?

Have you ever thought to yourself Now, these are my people?  Do you remember the warm and fuzzy feeling that came from being seen, understood, and connected? Now think about what made you similar to those people and what made you different.  I’m willing to bet that even if your life experiences were very different, what connected you was remarkably similar. Am I right? For example, in the 10 years I’ve been a business coach for creative entrepreneurs, I’ve learned…

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What do your clients need from you RIGHT NOW?

It’s nearly July, and boy, what a different summer this one’s shaping up to be. As we peek our heads out of our bunkers and businesses tentatively open their physical doors, we find ourselves, once again, in new and uncharted territory.  Not quite open but not fully closed either. As consumers, we might be questioning the wisdom of a choice to eat in a restaurant, get a haircut, visit the dentist, or (gasp) get on a plane.  And as entrepreneurs…

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Leaning into your values during times of crisis

Have you ever noticed how crisis can bring out the best or the worst in us?  Sometimes it galvanizes us into taking decisive action, we don’t over-think we just do. Maybe the outcome isn’t as polished as usual, but it works. We’re true to ourselves, able to show up fully and support others. And sometimes the opposite is true. We feel unsure of ourselves and freeze, act out, or just opt-out.  We don’t know where to start, so we put…

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Finding your purpose through crisis

The #1 thing creative entrepreneurs and freelancers tell me matters most to them is doing meaningful work that has a positive impact in the world (for the record, freedom and money are #2 and #3!). They want their work and life to have purpose. Can you relate? If you can, you probably also relate the incredible challenge that comes with aligning with that purpose and building a life and business around it. I know I can. For so many years,…

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Should you still be marketing during a crisis? (and other burning questions)

At the beginning of this month – aka lifetime ago – March’s content calendar theme was sales.  It’s a topic I love to talk about (because I know so many people feel weird about it….so much opportunity for transformation!).  But as the news worsened, I felt a blog about sales would be tone deaf, so I wrote a post on staying positive during uncertain times. But just as the crisis shifts every day, so does my instinct about the support…

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Staying positive during uncertain times: 3 ways to conquer a crisis

How are you doing? Really. I had planned to share a blog post with you today about March’s topic – sales. But, as important to one’s business as sales are (and they really are!), I felt compelled to write about something that probably feels way more resonant for you right now – the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our families, communities, and businesses. As the news seems to get worse by the day (scratch that, hour), it can be…

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