Off the Clock – Punching Out

As many of you know, I started my coaching business 7 years ago, after being laid off from a national company that I had been with off and on for 11 years.  As crushing a blow it is to be out a job, at the time, it felt like a “get out of jail free” […]

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Off the Clock – Mark Your Trail to Success

Some people wonder why I carry a roll of field marking ribbon in my backpack.  My answer? “Because breadcrumbs will get eaten.”  I read the story of Hansel and Gretel, and I know better than to get myself in a predicament, and not be able to find my way back. I recently read the story […]

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Off the Clock – SMART Guidelines to Put Your Side-Business into FOCUS

If you told me two years ago that by taking a full time job, my business would become more streamlined, organized, AND profitable – I would have asked you who bought my business?  But that is what became my reality.  Taking a full time job forced me to reanalyze and restructure my business.  I had […]

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Off the Clock – Under Pressure

I honestly didn’t care that it was pouring rain outside.  I was sitting in a cabin, on a lake.  I needed this  – to the core of my soul and the depth of my bones – I needed to sit beside a lake today – to write, to read, to ponder.  I needed this break […]

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Should I Join a Shared, Co-Working Office Space?

This post is coming to you directly from my new office space at Peloton Labs in Portland, Maine. It might sound odd to some people that I chose to join a shared office space – after all, I have private office space in South Portland – just a few miles from my house.  I can […]

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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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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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