4 Steps to managing fear to forge ahead….

Fear.  Is it the ultimate survival tool, or the barrier to your dreams and your true self? Fear can be a very powerful force – but it can also be a farce.  Fear can disguise itself in many ways to convince you that you are being wise to avoid risks so you can avoid making […]

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The Road Not Taken…. YET

 Most of us are  familiar with Robert Frost’s poem “The Road not Taken”… and as I sat with a friend sipping tea in a waterfront cafe, listening to his dilemma, the poem came back to me in waves. Over the years, we have misinterpreted Mr. Frosts poem.  We have condensed it down to a choice […]

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Rainbows, Unicorns and other “secrets” of marketing….

I admit … the most frustrating part of being a business owner for me is marketing.  Sometimes, I feel like a lowly pigeon amongst peacocks.  In my industry especially, there are coaches with flashy websites, fancy teleclasses, webinars and “squeeze pages”…. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with elaborate marketing techniques, but for someone […]

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Persevere in icy conditions …

Yesterday morning, I woke up and peered out my window at the new coating of shimmering ice on the ground, roads and trees, and  contemplated skipping my morning walk.  The conditions are treacherous.   I’ll fall and break something.  Yup, my Ya-But excuse maker was working overtime.  Ya, I could go for a walk, BUT…. its […]

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My dog is a lousy networker …. lessons from Lexi

Ah… my dog Lexi.  She is a cutie.  You can’t help but love her.  She loves all dogs, all people, all children…. but she is a terrible networker.  When I take her to dog parks, she often gets growled at, scowled at, and snapped at.  She can’t understand it – after all, she is freaking […]

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How to be a natural salesperson….

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mother, sister and I went to a few local craft fairs.  We aren’t “Black Friday people” – we prefer to avoid the crowds, but we do enjoy perusing the aisles of arts and crafts made by local artisans.   We enjoyed looking at, tasting, and smelling all the wonderful wares that were […]

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Are you prepared to run a business?

I will never forget my first, only, and perhaps last hike across Knifes Edge on Mt Katahdin.  That hike not only tested my physical endurance, but also taught me many life lessons that I still hold on to today. The biggest lesson I learned was I had no business being up there being so unprepared.  […]

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From Wallflower to Wonderful

As a small business owner, I’ve attended more than my fair share of networking events.  When I first started attending networking events, because I am an introvert, I spent more time getting to know the cheese plate and the hor d’oeuvres than anyone else in the room. Once I got more comfortable, I found myself mingling, […]

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Building Resilience: Don’t Get Blood on the Turnips

Early November, 1986, hunched over rows that were the length of 3 football fields,  with muddy gloves on my hands, I dug through the wet, cold, leafy tops and grabbed onto the leaves of the stubborn root vegetable.  Giving it a violent tug, I ripped it from its root-bound bed and started trimming off the […]

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