The Accidental Entrepreneur (or, How I Learned to Take My Business Seriously)

I was reminiscing today about that time that I started my own business. You know, that day way back in 1999 (the LAST MILLENNIUM, as my daughter would say) when I quite my corporate job and became an entrepreneur.  Huge decision, right?  Big day.  Momentous, even. Except, it didn’t feel momentous.  It didn’t really feel like anything.  Because at the moment I submitted my resignation and became a small business owner, I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE … Read more

Get Out the Map: How Vision, Mission, and Brand Work Together to Guide Your Business to Success

When I start working with a new client, I ask them three things: Do you have written vision and mission statements? What about a written brand statement?  Why these three things? Because my client and I are about to embark on a journey together and, these three things are going to save us a lot of gas. Yes, I said “gas.” Because the analogy I like to use to define vision, mission, and brand is a … Read more

The Only 3 Lists You Need to Tackle Overwhelm

Recently, a newbie woman entrepreneur asked me, “When does starting your own business stop feeling like a sprint and start feeling like a marathon?”  After I stopped laughing, I told her that, after 18 years as an entrepreneur, I’d let her know when I got there. When we start out in business, we are buoyed by exhilaration and drive.  Everything is new and exciting, we’re learning what we’re made of and we’re making something for … Read more

Why Women Need Women-Only Business Groups

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First, I want to go on record saying I love men.  Truly, I do.  Some of the best people I know are of the male persuasion.  And, people ask me all the time if I coach men.  Well, yes, I do.  And I have.  But as someone who started her career in the male-dominated industries of engineering and construction management, and who has been in the trenches of business ownership as a woman for 18 … Read more

My One Word for 2017 – Flourish

This year, instead of a list of resolutions, I’ve decided to focus on “my one word”.  To do that, I’m replacing a long list of new year’s to-do’s with one, simple word that I can focus on all year long. The word sums up how I want to feel and how I want to live. The idea is that by keeping that one word in mind all year, I will align my actions and decisions in a … Read more

6 Steps to Taming Your Big, Hairy-Assed Business Goals

Ah, December.  The most wonderful time of the year!  It the time of year when my energy starts to ramp up, my creative juices start to flow, and I get all warm and tingly inside. What’s that?  Am I excited for the holidays, you ask?  NO!  I’m excited because December is when I start to set my business goals and intentions for the new year.  Every year about this time, I find myself ramping up … Read more

4 Secrets to Building a Vision Board That Works

This week I’m all aflutter because I’m hosting my first Vision Board Party on Friday.  *squee!*  I’ve got 12 amazing, dynamic women business owners coming to commit their dreams and goals for 2017 to paper.  And I am. So. Excited! I love, love, love vision boarding.  Probably because I’m a creative soul and a visual learner, so the act of collaging something beautiful I can look at all year is deeply satisfying.  But also because … Read more

10 Steps to Crush Your Next Networking Coffee

Many years ago, when I was but a young entrepreneur, I joined a local Chamber of Commerce Leads Group.  After my first few meetings and getting to know the other members, a gentleman asked me if I’d like to go to coffee so he could learn more about what I did. “This is it!”, thought my naïve, innocent self.  “He’s going to hire me for his marketing.  Damn, this networking thing is paying off already!” … Read more

Is Networking Harder for Women? 5 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Gain Confidence

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Networking for women can be scary.  There, I said it.  The thought walking into a room full of strangers, the associated burden of being bubbly and witty, and the pressure to succeed can make even the most confident of us weak in the knees with nerves.  Fear of embarrassment, fear of strangers – everything that networking is can leave us feeling fragile and timid, and turning what could have been (maybe, possibly) an enjoyable opportunity … Read more

I Hate Networking…Or, Do I?

Full disclosure – until recently, I loathed networking.  Loathed. It.  The thought of walking into a room full of strangers filled me with all sorts of ickiness.  Like most entrepreneurs, I could happily spend my days planning and plotting and scheming to take over the world with my business, without ever leaving my happy little solitary office.  Networking? Blah! No thank you. This went on for years.  YEARS.  Until earlier this year, when I was … Read more