The Hard Truth About "Passive Income"

[Creative Freedom S5E5] While it sounds sexy to "make dolla billz in your sleep," there are three huge misconceptions around creating passive revenue in your business. In this episode you'll go behind the scenes and see how I've set up passive revenue streams in my business, and just how "passive" they really are. Listen To […]

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How to build a loyal following for your creative business (with L.O.V.E.)

As a creative entrepreneur, having a loyal following means you've got Raving Fans who love your work, support you financially, and you can make great money doing what you love. If they're not loyal, they'll drop you like a hot rock as soon as someone new hits the scene. So, how do you build a loyal following? L.O.V.E.

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5 Ways To Build Your Credibility

One of the things that stops creatives from growing their business is a fear that they don’t have the credibility it takes to attract quality clients. Fusion Creatives tend to be “credential collectors” which stops you from bringing your Great Work to the world. This episode shares five things you can do (starting today) to build credibility in your niche, even if you’re just starting out.

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Ready to Hire a Coach?

Think you're ready to hire a business coach? Jessica did! She asked what kinds of questions she should ask during a hiring interview. Not so fast! Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, make sure you know what you're getting - and that you're ready to make the investment!

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How to brand yourself as a creative entrepreneur

It's not always easy to brand yourself when you're constantly evolving. Heck, even the concept of branding has evolved over the years. This episode gives you some questions to consider, along with a brief history of branding through the centuries - and what it means to you (and your clients) in its current evolution.

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Get focused now! How to improve your 7 focus styles

Feeling like you can't focus? You're not alone. According to a 2015 research report from Microsoft, our attention spans are shrinking and may now be on par with goldfish. Since 2000, our ability to concentrate has shrunk from 12 seconds to about 8 seconds. A goldfish has a 9-second attention span. Citing a possible evolutionary response […]

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3 steps to get everything that really matters to you this year

Congratulations! You've made it to that point in the year where most people have blown off their resolutions, quit going to the gym, and returned to life as they once knew it. But not you, right? You might be tired of goal setting blog posts at this point, and I get it, but the sad […]

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Why "make six figures" (or seven) might be a horrible goal and what to do instead

I can't tell you the number of times I've seen "make six figures" come up on someone's annual goals. When I was a young entrepreneur, it was one of my goals more often than I care to admit. It felt like something I should be doing. Shouldn't every creative entrepreneur have a six figure business? […]

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Setting goals for 2019? Answer these questions first!

If you're like a lot of creative entrepreneurs, you might still be scrambling to put your goals down on paper for the year. In fact, several guru-types are only just now getting around to leading those goal planning workshops. The folks in A-Club and the Incubator did their annual planning before December, so that they could […]

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Every Hero Needs a Theme Song: #BraveNewYear edition

[Note:  for the past 9 years, I’ve posted an annual re-cap of the highs and lows, lessons learned, etc. You can find previous years here:  2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 ]  It's my birthday - or will be by the time this post goes live. […]

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What Avengers: Endgame can teach you about content marketing

Marvel just dropped the official trailer for the upcoming film, Avengers Endgame. Filming began in August 2017, in the can since January, and in post production since October. Fans have been dropping concept trailers since August. But the current release date is scheduled for the end of April, 2019!   You can't buy tickets this early. So why drop […]

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Creative Freedom 2019: Changes and updates that matter to you

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw my recent facebook post about the ah-ha's that I had on my Thanksgiving drive. Ah-ha's that led to some of the changes I'm making in 2019. Changes that I believe will benefit you in a BIG way. Essentially, I'm creating a free learning library for creative entrepreneurs that's […]

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Now Hiring: Part Time Marketing Assistant

Could you be the new Creative Freedom part-time Marketing Assistant? Things are getting BUSY here at Creative Freedom HQ - and it's busy GOOD! I'm looking for a particular person (or two if we keep growing like this) to handle more of the day-to-day Marketing administrata for myself and our Incubator clients. If you've got […]

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Mistakes & Lessons From 10 Years of Hosting Live Events

In our last episode, I shared some tips to know if an event is worth attending or not. This week, it's only fair I offer some tips and lessons learned from my past 10+ years of doing live events. From basic teleclasses and online concerts to big, multi day virtual and in-person events, here are 8 lessons […]

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8 Lessons I've Learned Hosting Live Events

This is Season Four, Episode Ten. Last episode, I talked about events from the attendee perspective. Today, I'm talking about them from the host perspective. Over the past 10 years, I've hosted hundreds of live events. From my basic monthly Accountability Club teleclasses and weekly Facebook Live Q&A's to more complex virtual and in-person events like Creative […]

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No more crappy events! How to know which events to attend and which ones you can skip [Creative Freedom S4E9]

Over the past 10+ years, I've attended many events, hosted hundreds of live events of all shapes and sizes, and been paid to speak or perform at many more. So I think it's safe to say I've learned a thing or two about what makes for an event worth attending. In this episode, I'm sharing […]

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How to decide which events to attend - and how to get the most out of them

This is Season Four, Episode Nine. The doors are now open to Creative Freedom Live, and this is high season for business conferences and events for creative entrepreneurs. But how do you know whether or not it's really worth it to invest in attending in the first place? In this episode, I provide a simple "equation" […]

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Being Self-Made is a Myth [Creative Freedom S4E8]

This is the last segment on aspects of underearning, but I'm coming at it a different way. Forbes just launched their list of 2018's richest self-made women. I get where they're coming from, but the truth is that none of us is self-made. None of us just spontaneously appeared from the ether. Someone, somewhere had a […]

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Episode 8: The Myth of the Self-Made Man

This is Season Four, Episode Eight. It's our final episode in our Summer series about underearning, and yet, it's the most important topic of all - getting the support you need to succeed. I bust the "self-made" myth bubble in this episode, because regardless of whether we start at the bottom or now, we all need […]

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What Moana taught me about shame & money [Creative Freedom S4E7]

This is one of my most dangerous episodes, because I’m talking about what Dr. Brene Brown calls “Unwanted Identities” and how the shame of unwanted identities can impact your ability to charge higher rates for your work. Disney's "Moana" also gives us a glimpse at how far you can go if you stay focused on […]

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Episode 7: How Shame Impacts Your Ability To Charge More For Your Great Work

This is Season Four, Episode Seven. This is one of my most dangerous episodes, because I'm talking about shame. I'm talking about what Dr. Brene Brown calls "Unwanted Identities" and how they can impact your ability to charge higher rates for your work. If you find yourself saying "I'm not (famous person), I could never charge […]

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How to Raise Your Rates And Your Income [Creative Freedom S4E6]

Okay, so it's time to raise your rates, but how? Welcome to Episode 6 of the season! It's the logical follow-up to last week's episode sharing 11 signs that you need to charge more. So now that you're clear you need to charge more, here are 7 ways to make it happen without feeling icky about […]

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Episode Six: How to Raise Your Rates (and get paid!)

This is Season Four, Episode Six. This is the next logical step after our last episode. Once you get clear that it's time to raise your rates, how, exactly do you go about raising them? Have a listen to this week's episode, where I walk you through a few different approaches, from the basic, Nike approach […]

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11 Signs You Need To Charge More [Creative Freedom S4E5]

This one’s all about the dolla billz, baby! Many creative entrepreneurs get emotional when it comes to price increases. So, what if there were an easy, external way to know that it’s time to raise your rates? What if there were 11 ways? Your wish is my command! Here are 11 external indicators that can […]

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Episode 5: 11 Signs You Need To Charge More

This is Season Four, Episode Five. This one's all about the dolla billz, baby! Whether you've raised your prices in the last year or the last month, it could be time to raise them again if they didn't go high enough in the first place. Many creative entrepreneurs get emotional when it comes to price increases. […]

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Saying no is sexy: How to do it with class & authenticity - without being a doormat! [Creative Freedom S4E4]

Are you being a doormat in your business? Do you constantly put everyone else's needs ahead of your own? If so, you're not alone. This week, we're focusing on one way to mitigate the 5 core symptoms of underearning: learning how to say "no" with class and authenticity. This is the third in a series […]

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Episode 4: Saying No is Sexy! How to say no with class and authenticity

This is Season Four, Episode Four. Where we talk about how to say "no" with class and authenticity. Got someone who wants to pick your brain, ask you for a discount, or - GASP! - work for exposure? Need a classy way to say "um, no thanks!" without burning bridges or sounding like a jerk? […]

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How to keep going even when you feel overwhelmed [Creative Freedom S4E3]

Once upon a time, I ran ten miles and no one was chasing me. It was a bucket list thing, to run the Bobby Crim 10-mile road race in my hometown. So I suited up and, in a matter of just over 2.5 hours, managed to lose about 4 pounds. Ha. I also learned a […]

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Episode 3: How to keep momentum even when you're feeling overwhelmed

This is Season Four, Episode Three. The overwhelm episode. Overwhelm is a common trap for creative entrepreneurs caught in an underearning cycle. What can you do when you're knee deep in a project (or multiple projects) and have to keep going? Lisa shares what she learned running her first (and only) 10-mile foot race about how to […]

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5 Symptoms of Underearning [Creative Freedom S4E2]

We're tackling one of the biggest problems creative entrepreneurs face this week: underearning. Too many years of "paying your dues" working for free or for "exposure" have compounded the problem of creative entrepreneurs owning and asserting their value in the marketplace and charging fees equal to that value. Add to that a sense of shame or other […]

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Episode 2: The 5 Symptoms of Underearning

This is Season Four, Episode Two. Where we tackle the core symptoms of underearning that are common to most creative entrepreneurs. Just because you demonstrate any or all of these symptoms once in a while doesn't make you an underearner. But, if a pattern persists, you'll definitely want to look closer. This is the first […]

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The 6-figure Deception [Creative Freedom S4E1]

Hoo-rah! We're FINALLY back! Season 4 is underway, and we've got a slew of great episodes lined up. We kick off the season with a look at the 6-Figure deception, what it is, including real-life examples. I also talk about the differences between the 6-Figure Illusion and the 6-Figure Distinction, so you can understand how […]

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Episode 1: The Six-Figure Deception

This is Season Four, Episode One. The one where you learn about what the Six-Figure Distinction is, with real life examples, ripped from the world of online marketing. It's different than the Six-figure Illusion or the Six-Figure Distinction, which I've talked about before. This is about chasing (or falling for) vanity metrics. I also take you […]

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Episode 0: The "WTF?" Episode

This is Season Four, Episode Zero. The “WTF” episode. The one where I tell you what this show is about, why you should listen, and why we're FINALLY launching a podcast. Download Season 4 Episode 0 | iTunes | Stitcher If you’re listening to just the podcast, you’re only getting about a third of the deal. I’ve […]

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Around the Web: February 2018 Edition

It's been a busy month at Creative Freedom HQ! As the first quarter of the year heads into the sunset, I've been plastering my face and voice all over everyone else's website this month in preparation next month's big open enrollment for the Creative Freedom Incubator. If you know you need both coaching and hands-on help […]

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You're smart, so why are you still struggling? Here's 10 good reasons

My youngest son knows he's gifted when it comes to building with Lego bricks. He can follow directions like nobody's business. He'll tell me when I've accidentally skipped a step. He'll even build new designs straight "from his brain", as he likes to say. They're so good I often post them to instagram so my fans […]

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Is holding yourself accountable holding you back?

If you're like most creative entrepreneurs, you started your career wearing all the hats. Along with that came a sense of responsibility for all the parts and pieces of your growing enterprise. That's logical. After all, if the business isn't making money, you're not making money, and that's a problem! But a bigger problem I've […]

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4 Reasons Why You'll Fail To Hit Your Goals AGAIN This Year... And How To Fix It

Mid-January is a depressing time for a lot of folks. In the Northern climes, it's winter, it's bleak, it's a whole lotta meh. But add to that the fact that most people are already giving up on their goals for the year, and it's an even meh-ier time. Yes. I just said "meh-ier". Aside from the fact […]

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The Six-Figure Starving Artist: Is This You?

When I was much younger, I heard a joke that goes like this: "What do you call the guy who graduates last in his class from med school?" "Doctor." Now that my book, Creative Freedom is alive in the world, more people are talking about the harsh realities of building a profitable, sustainable business doing what […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song: The 2018 "Birthday" Edition

[Note:  for the past 8 years, I’ve posted an annual re-cap of the highs and lows, lessons learned, etc. You can find previous years here:  2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 ]  I've been doing these updates for a while now, and over the last couple of […]

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The 6-Figure Illusion

[Note: This is an excerpt from chapter 2 of my new book, Creative Freedom: How To Own Your Dreams Without Selling Your Soul, now available on Amazon, Kindle, and coming soon to booksellers around the world. Order your signed copy at CreativeFreedomBook.com] A few years ago, a well-respected colleague of mine shared a rather vulnerable […]

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2 most dangerous lies of marketing

It FINALLY happened to me. I purchased an online course this year... and I didn't complete it. You have to understand how RARE that is for me. As a Fusion creative, I'm a learning machine. I'm consuming and assimilating information ALL THE TIME. That's how I improve, how I get great results for my clients. […]

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When you keep catching glimpses, but you're not there yet

"What do you do when YOU cant see around the bend? When you KNOW on a deep soul level that you are meant to do something bigger and different and more expansive but you cannot see what it is? And every time you THINK you might have glimpsed it, something comes in that makes you […]

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How I get stuff done - even when the shit hits the fan

Every Halloween, I take a look back on my life and start making plans for the new year. When I was a practicing pagan, this was my New Year's Eve, and I've just kind of stuck with it. This year, it's especially poignant, because so much has changed in the last 12 months.  My year-end […]

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How to confidently raise your rates - even with existing clients

Last week, I was witness to some amazing creative entrepreneurs making big strides in their business at my annual Creative Freedom Live event (Super Early Bird tickets for next year go on sale in November. Make sure you're on my list to be the first to know!). One of the recurring themes was a conversation […]

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Before you drop $5k on a new website...

Look, I know the barrier to entry is getting lower and easier than ever to have a flashy, "pretty" website that looks slick, and makes you feel good about yourself. But really, is that what a website is for? If you're a creative entrepreneur, the answer is a resounding "Aww HELL naw!" To be blunt, […]

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Book Review: The Hollywood Commandments by DeVon Franklin

Confession time: I have sort of a business crush on Mr. Franklin. I stumbled across his first book, Produced by Faith, just as I was finishing work on my own book, The Secret Watch. His collaborator, Tim Vandehey was a friend of my editor, and I was actually checking out Tim's work when I came […]

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4 Tech tools to make online business easier for Creative Entrepreneurs

As more creative entrepreneurs take to the interwebz to build an online outpost for their business, the conversation always comes back to technology at some point. What software do you run your site on? How do you take credit cards or invoice clients? What plug-in did you use to get that countdown timer? How do […]

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How to build a bridge from where you are to where you want to be

Not long ago, I was sitting in a group coaching session and one of the other group members made mention of a diagram she'd created to help her have better clarity about her future. She'd taken a piece of paper and on on edge of the paper, she'd made a list of all the data […]

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4 Strengths EVERY successful creative entrepreneur has - do you have them?

[Note: This is another excerpt from my forthcoming book "Creative Freedom" - which I'll be sharing in full with participants at Creative Freedom Live. Seats are going fast - we've got about 5 spots left. If you want one, it's time to get moving and get registered!] In all my years as both a creative entrepreneur and […]

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3 Types of Growth Plans For Your Creative Business - which one do you need?

Note: As we get closer to Creative Freedom Live, I've decided to give a few more sneak peeks into the content. Today, as promised in last week's episode, I'm sharing the three different types of Growth Plans that creative entrepreneurs need at different stages of their business. This is also an excerpt from my book, […]

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5 Signs You're NOT a Creative Entrepreneur

[Note: This is an excerpt from my book, Creative Freedom: How To Own Your Dreams Without Selling Your Soul, that's coming out later this year. If you haven't already, take the quiz to determine your creative type. Be sure to get on the notification list to stay up to date on the book's release date!] […]

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Are you a creative entrepreneur with a business or an expensive hobby?

Most creative entrepreneurs go into business for themselves because they're following a passion and found out they could make some money doing it. But does that really mean you've got a business? Not necessarily. Get ready for some hard truths in this Facebook Live episode. Here's the replay: Resources from this week's episode: Creative Freedom […]

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How to make more confident decisions in your life and business

We make thousands of decisions every single day. Decision fatigue is a real thing. How can you make more confident decisions and beat decision fatigue or analysis paralysis on the things that really matter? Yeah. That's today's episode of Creative Freedom - with a little help from Black Sheep. Resources from the episode: Creative Freedom Live […]

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Now Hiring: Part Time Marketing Assistant

Could you be the new Creative Freedom part-time Marketing Assistant? Things are getting BUSY here at Creative Freedom HQ - and it's busy GOOD! I'm looking for a particular person (or two if we keep growing like this) to handle more of the day-to-day Marketing administrata for myself and our Incubator clients. If you've got […]

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3 Business Lessons from Canada's Worst Driver Ever

So there's this show on Netflix that my youngest son has taken to this summer. Canada's Worst Driver. Well, after several seasons, they decided to round up the worst of the worst for a final season: Canada's Worst Driver Ever. I won't spoil it for you, but these drivers are absolutely frightening, sad, and hilarious. […]

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My $5 Million Mistake: Get off the Hamster Wheel of Hustle and make meaningful income and impact

The other day I was unpacking yet another moving box, and found an old notebook from 2012 that outlined the exact steps I needed to grow my business in a big way. It was literally a plan to make $5 Million in the next 5 years. Doing the math, that would be 2017. If I had […]

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My "messy room" strategy for easy decision making.

Every day, we're tasked with thousands of decisions. How many? Well, Cornell University researchers said we make about 226 decisions just on FOOD in an average day. The total number for adults is somewhere in the range of 35,000 decisions a day. Many of them are impulsive, and logic-driven (pro/con, etc.), but that's STILL a […]

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What my photo shoot taught me about pricing (it's not what you think!)

This week I had an AMAZING photo shoot that's been several months in the making. I knew when I landed in Nashville, starting over would take up a good portion of my first year here. I also knew that I had projects that still needed to move forward: I've been sitting on Creative Freedom for a […]

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Here's why you DON'T want more potential clients...

This week's FB Live Q&A experiment saw me tackling a 2-part question:"What's the strategy for attracting more potential clients, besides making offers to your list?" The short answer is that you don't WANT "potential clients" - you want REAL clients. And the only way to do that is by making offers so that people can […]

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What your pricing says about your business

As part of my ongoing experiment, this week's FB Live question came from LaTara, who asked if the only way to make money was to make high-ticket offers. The short answer is no, but there's a bigger story here. Pricing is relative. A $2,000 car isn't a high-ticket car, but a $2,000 paperclip better be […]

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The March Madness Way To Prioritize Your Goals

My first year on Twitter, I generated over $30k in income that I could point directly back to Twitter. Not every year is that great, and each platform is different, but rather than over-committing myself to a zillion social media platforms, I've been pretty strategic about where and how often I post. But what do […]

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Why a hiatus might be good for your creative business

No sooner had I finished my lunch when the phone rang. It was my oldest. "Hey, are you okay?" "Not really, Mom. Aunt Dian died." Less than an hour later, I was on the road to Michigan. 9 hours later, I'm crashing at my ex-husband's house for the night. That meant I wasn't able to […]

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Are you being a hypocrite with your pricing?

One of the scariest topics for most of my clients - the one that brings with it the most baggage and emotional upheaval - is pricing. Right now, about half of my Incubator clients are stalled out on the decision to raise their prices. As early-stage entrepreneurs, there's a struggle between wanting to earn more […]

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Does opportunity only knock once?

I think it was my grandmother who first told me that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. I was going to her church for Easter Sunday, and, of course, I had to look my best. I was representing my family, I was showing up for God, and (probably most important […]

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3 Stages of Business Growth for Creative Entrepreneurs

How is it that one creative entrepreneur can have "instant success" while another puts in years of effort with little financial success to show for it? If that's a question you've ever asked yourself, you're gonna LOVE this week's episode! I've talked at length before about the myth of the big break, and the myth […]

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National Freedom Day: How one black boy changed American history

Today is an important day for me. Not only is it the launch of Season 3 of Creative Freedom (cue the confetti!), it's also National Freedom Day. It's the day we commemorate the freeing of the slaves in our country. Were it not for this day, my father would never have been born and my […]

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How to Use Content Marketing to Promote Your Creative Work

Is Content REALLY King? Back in 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay for Microsoft insiders stating that Content was King – meaning that as the internet advances, it will be imperative to deliver timely, useful content in whatever form the platform demands. It was a statement so general that it easily became a meme for […]

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The Six-Figure Imperative: Why creative entrepreneurs need a six-figure income

[Note: This is an excerpt from my book "Creative Freedom: A comprehensive guide to personal and financial freedom as a creative entrepreneur". If you'd like to be the first to get updates and excerpts, make sure you're on my mailing list, so you don't miss a beat!] Suppose you saw this "advertisement" on social media. […]

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Achieve Your Most Important Goals: 4 Tips For Faster Progress

Now that the new year and my birthday are both behind me, it's time to get back into the swing of things. This weekend, I'm auditioning for The Voice (third time's a charm, right?), and we're still rolling full steam ahead on new episodes for Creative Freedom Season Three. If you've got a question you'd […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song - 2017 Remix

[Note:  for the past 7 years, I've posted an annual re-cap of the highs and lows, lessons learned, etc. After the roller coaster that was 2016, I'm pleased to say it was more up than down. You can find previous years here:  2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016]  Plan, […]

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Creative Freedom Special Edition: Money Talk With Mark Silver

A couple of years ago, I was hired on as the Marketing Director at Heart of Business. It didn't last long, and yet a whole bunch of great learning came out of it (for all of us!). Mark Silver, the founder, and I developed a stronger friendship and keep respect for what we each bring […]

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The trouble with Thanksgiving, "gratitude" and Black Friday

When I was a kid, I was told that Black Friday was the biggest shopping day of the year, and was so named because it was the day that many retailers finally posted a profit and came out of the red and "into the black". It's not true, of course, since the phrase is only […]

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Is live-streaming video right for your creative business? Consider this...

I almost didn't post this episode. Technology is always shifting and changing, and by the time this episode was ready to air, Blab announced they were closing (with a vision for their next evolution), and Google Hangouts On Air started making the transition to YouTube Live. And I had mentioned both of them in this […]

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The biggest blind spot of your Creative Type - and how to solve it.

"What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life?" Einstein was talking about how the very things that are crucial to our existence are very often the things to which we're totally oblivious. They're everywhere around us, we're so entrenched in them, that they've become part of our life's […]

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Doing Too Much? How To Prioritize Your Day

We're slowly recovering from the rollover last week. My son's doing better this week, but we're still not out of the woods. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and well-wishes. It really did make the whole week seem better. Through it all, thankfully, I still managed to get the important things in my life and […]

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Keep People From Stealing Your Creative Ideas: The Krispy Kreme Strategy

So this happened Tuesday: Essentially, my son (pictured) was driving on the freeway when the car rolled 8 times and came to a stop about a quarter mile down the road. If you're one of those types who are fascinated by car crashes, I posted the photos on facebook to make it easy for everyone. […]

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How To Ethically Market Your Business During A Tragedy: 3 Considerations

With all the tragedies and depressing headlines of recent weeks, it would be easy to close up shop, dig a hole, and hide yourself away for the rest of your life. There's a lot of hurt in the world, and marketing your creative business might seem a bit - shall we say frivolous? - during […]

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Do You Really Need a Customer Avatar?

I am a sucker for procedural dramas. Criminal Minds and NCIS are staples in my late-night viewing. My husband and I have sort of a "silent bet" running on each episode. The first one of us to figure out "whodunnit" gets bragging rights for the night. Usually, it's me. Sometimes I get it wrong, which […]

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What Paul Simon Taught Me About Marketing

[First, an announcement: Congratulations to Jill Stodola, who won the random drawing for a copy of Nely Galan's book, "Self Made". Now, on with the show.] My Aunt Sue was a fixture in my childhood. She was also somewhat of a role model for me. She was a federal employee, she had a social life, and […]

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Ready for an upgrade? Ask yourself this question first...

We're a few episodes into the new season of Creative Freedom, and I'm giddy at the overwhelmingly positive response at this season's show. Fingers crossed I don't jinx anything along the way. Getting to this point wasn't easy. As I alluded to in Episode One this season, I took a LOT of time off. The […]

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Business advice from surfers? A review of "Surge" by Mike Michalowicz

First things first: I'm THRILLED to announce that the Creative Freedom Entrepreneur Types made their public debut this week over at Charlie Gilkey's Productive Flourishing blog. If you're a creative and you're not familiar with Charlie's work, I highly recommend checking him out. My guest post is an excerpt from my book, detailing the 3 different […]

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Book Review: Self Made By Nely Galan

One of my favorite shows on PBS is "Finding Your Roots" hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It's always fun to learn about the ancestors and personal histories of some of the most well-known people of our time. I really enjoy getting to know how these people came to be who they are through the […]

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3 Things To Do When It Feels Like Everything Is Falling Apart

After a LONG hiatus (longer than I wanted, truth be told, but whatever.), Creative Freedom is BACK! Sound the trumpets, yo. This is a BIG deal for me. As you'll see in today's episode, we've made some changes. Why? Because I have been changing. My life looks radically different than it did a couple of […]

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How Winning The Lottery Changed My Life (It's Not What You Think)

"You can't win if you don't play." Mom used this sentence to justify a lot of behavior when I was a kid: learning to ride a bike, auditioning for plays, joining the cross country team (I took 11th place in the city meet). And yes, mom played the lottery. She had a winning streak where, with […]

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Creative Freedom Season 2 begins June, 2016

New episodes, new season. Same ol' Lisa. A new season of Creative Freedom begins this June. Mark your calendar!

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When should you give up on your dreams?

[Note: This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Creative Freedom. If you'd like to be part of the advance team and get more sneak peeks of the book, contact me for more info.] There's a quote often attributed to John Lennon: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not […]

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The Myth of The "Big Break"

You may have heard the story about Walter Matthau. An aspiring actor approached him at some function and said that he was looking for that one big break. Matthau, in his caring, yet cynical style, says , "Kid, it's not the one big break, it's the fifty." Overnight success rarely is, and most creatives that […]

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What A Lego Birthday Cake Taught Me About Creative Entrepreneurship

Have you ever watched Cake Boss? They make some pretty amazing cakes, and my youngest has recently become fascinated with every cooking show on Netflix he can find, including that one. I'm no Cake Boss, but I love my kids. So when it comes to birthdays, I do my best to give my kids the […]

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Bishop Castle: One Man's Dream - Complete with Fire Breathing Dragon

Some dreams take a lifetime to come true... especially if you do it all by yourself. Jim Bishop's dream started when he was 15. For some inexplicable reaason, he found himself drawn to the mountains just above his home in Pueblo, Colorado. One day he found himself staring at a for sale sign on a […]

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MacGyver or Alias? Your brand "character" determines who are your raving fans

It may sound silly to you if I asked “what does your business taste like?” or “if your business were an animal, what would it be?” And yet, these are not uncommon questions to ask in the branding process. While there's not enough time and space to develop your brand in a post like this, here are some things to keep […]

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Finding support to grow your creative enterprise, plus an invitation

Welcome to the last post in our Creative Freedom Challenge. Catch the rest of them here: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5   I love Creative Entrepreneurs. I might be a little prejudiced, since I am one, but I love ya, nonetheless. Most creative entrepreneurs begin because […]

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Do you really need a "blueprint" to be successful? Advice from daVinci and Edison

Catch the previous posts here: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Welcome to Day 5 of the Creative Freedom Challenge! Today's topic is dangerous, and muy importante. As a coach and trainer myself, it's a bit sacrilegious for me to suggest that spending mucho dinero on some guru's "blueprint" or […]

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Marketing is "baked right in" With The Show And Tell Technique

Welcome to Day Four of the Creative Freedom Challenge. Here are links to Day One, Day Two, and Day Three so you can stay on track. Today, I'm sharing an example of heart-centered marketing in action using what I call the "show & tell technique" It's a great way to bake the marketing right into […]

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Make Marketing Easier and Get Out Of The Artisan Trap

Welcome to Day Three of the Creative Freedom Challenge! Catch up here: Day One | Day Two One of the most important first steps for a creative entrepreneur to make is getting clarity - around what really matters to you and making the transition to doing more of your Great Work in the world. Today, we're […]

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When will it be your time to be successful?

Welcome to Day Two of the Creative Freedom Challenge. You can catch Day One here. One of the questions I hear a lot from my clients (and one I've asked myself in the past) is "When is it my turn?" It's a question we often ask when we think we should be further along than we […]

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The Real Reason You're Not Well-Paid For Doing What You Love

On Day One of the Creative Freedom Challenge, we're taking a hard look at the biggest reason you're still stuck in energy-draining work, instead of getting paid well for doing what you love. And it's not what you think. Most people think the reason they're stuck is because they haven't made enough money yet to […]

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Working For Free, "Overnight" Success, Plus an invitation to free training...

Forget about "overnight success". There are countless quotes from successful people across industry that will tell you the trappings of external success aren't had overnight. My favorite is McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, who says he was an overnight success, but "30 years is a long, long night." If you're just starting down the path of entrepreneurship, […]

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Dear Hollywood: About The Flint Water Crisis

First and foremost: THANK YOU. Thank you for the attention, the time, the support, and the VOICE you've given to a community that's had no voice for decades. While the "Flint Water Crisis" is just now in the spotlight, it's been going on for a few years now... and the bigger crisis in Flint has been […]

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Every Hero Needs a Theme Song - Reprise

[Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a series of posts. Each year since November, 2010, I've posted an annual re-cap of my happenings and a projection of things to come.  If you're ambitious, curious, or just plain bored, you can find the previous posts here: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 […]

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Progress, not Perfection

[Note: this is the condensed version of my annual year in review. A more in-depth piece is coming next week, but since today is a special day, I thought this was timely and appropriate.] I "broke" my first resolution ON New Year's Day. I don't tend to take them too seriously, but since it's a […]

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What I see when I look at you: a love note

Hello dear one! I have never been a big comic book fan. When I was a kid, I wanted to read "real" books. "serious" books. So comics were not part of the equation. Plus, I have an addictive personality, so that would be one more thing on which to spend money I didn't have. So […]

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Your Book Is NOT A Business Card!

[ALBUM UPDATE: We've got about half the album recorded and I've approached a couple of engineers about mixing and mastering the project - one of whom has worked with artists like Clapton, BB King, and Rod Stewart. This is getting REAL, yo! If you haven't had a chance to pre-order your copy, there are only a few […]

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Sorry Lewis: The 5 REAL Must Haves for a Powerful, Irresistible Personal Brand

There are those who might scoff at me for calling out a guy like Lewis Howes. After all, he's a pretty good guy, he's got a new book coming out this fall (I've read the first chapter, and so far, so good), and the value he shares on his podcasts is life changing for many. […]

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My Sanity-saving system to prioritize your day

First, an announcement: Des is BACK from L.A., and we had a great session this week, recording tracks for The Fine Line. We laid the final tracks for our sexified version of Aerosmith's "Dream On" as well as the understated Eagles tune "I Can't Tell You Why." I am looking forward to sharing that track […]

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Chaotic, Linear, Fusion? What's Your Creative Freedom Type?

Recently, a new subscriber reached out and asked me about uncovering her "Great Work" in the world. First of all, I LOVE it when people email me their questions! If you've got a question, hit me up in the comments or send me an email. But to answer her question, I had to look deeper […]

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The New Daffodil Principle

(NOTE: I'm just about finished with the Creative Freedom entrepreneur type quiz. If you're not already on my mailing list, subscribe [in that handy box above] and be the first to get access!) This summer, I've been channeling my inner crafty woman. I'm a pretty good singer and speaker, but I never really thought of […]

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Stop oversharing! 3 tips to focus your online marketing message

We've all had those moments where we've gone a little overboard and shared too much information - with a friend, colleague, or perhaps even a client. My cheeks still burn from the embarrassment I felt the day I "earned" the "overshare badge" on the old Foursquare. I was just so enthusiastic about the platform, that […]

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Underearning? Upper Limit Problems? Raise Your Success Ceiling & Re-set Your Thermostat

In my house, there's a never-ending battle that's almost as epic as the fight for the remote control. The thermostat. My husband likes it hot. He closes the vent in our room and bundles under at least two blankets even during Summer! My son likes it cold. If it's warmer than 65, he'll turn the thermostat […]

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My 4-Step Plan to Achieve More and Work Less

At the beginning of every year, I sit down with my Dreamblazing program and set my goals - then I review them each quarter. But they also say that "life happens every 6 months" - and here we are at the middle of the year. It's a great time to make sure you're still on […]

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Hiding Your Light Under A Bushel? Shine Bright like Fireworks!

First an exciting announcement: A few weeks ago, I happily celebrated 500,000 views on my YouTube channel. THIS week, I'm celebrating 300 subscribers (click here to subscribe instantly)! Confetti! Fireworks! Hooray! Huzzah! This has been a goal of mine for several years, and I'm beyond thrilled that it's finally happened. It was a lot more challenging than I […]

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Rock your next webinar with these 3 tips (and a bonus)

BEFORE WE BEGIN: I just want to let you know that my new web-based reality mini-series "30 Days To $5k" is now in full swing. Episode 1 aired Friday to an audience that praised the originality and risk-taking edge of the show. If you haven't yet seen the trailer for Episode 1, you can do that […]

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Hiring help, letting go, and trusting your team

Shazam! My audition in Detroit for The Voice went better than I expected, although I did not get called back. It's always fun for me to go to "The D" and this time was no exception. I learned some powerful business lessons during my long wait in the audition line (post coming soon), plus I met a childhood […]

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Chasing Vanity Metrics? How I Made $30,000 my first year on Twitter

In my early days on Facebook, I was quick to follow anyone with a pulse. If they connected with me as a friend, I returned the favor. I watched my list of "friends" skyrocket to well over 1000 people in very short order. Problem is, while my friend count was increasing, it didn't result in […]

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The 6-Figure Distinction

Whenever I'm working with a new client, invariably we come to the topic of income. How much are you making? How much do you want to make? How much do you want to KEEP? All three questions are important, and are valuable for different reasons. At some point, the topic of "making six figures" comes […]

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Are you turning away money in your business?

Sometimes it's innocent enough. Someone asks you to do something that's a real problem for them, but only takes you a quick second to handle. Once it's finished, they offer to compensate you in some way - maybe taking you to lunch, or actually offering you cash - but you decline. You've just started down […]

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Are you being too generous with your offers?

First off: We're only a few weeks into our new web series, and I'm already getting questions and requests for topics to cover. YAY! If you've got a burning question you'd like to see me answer in the Creative Freedom series, let me know! We want to make this program as valuable as possible for […]

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Simple lighting tips for shooting video indoors

First, I just want to CELEBRATE for a minute... My YouTube channel is now over HALF A MILLION views! WOO HOO! Thanks for watching, sharing, and commenting on my videos for the past 7 years (SEVEN YEARS!). Can you believe it's been that long? I can't! I've been in the online arena since 1993, but […]

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How to Use Facebook For an Effective Mastermind Group

It's here! After months of being sick, fighting resistance, and in general just not getting it done, I'm proud to announce my new web series for creative entrepreneurs! It's called "Creative Freedom" and we talk about anything and everything related to building a creative business that lets you have more profit in your pocket and […]

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Too many projects, but not enough money? 5 tips to fix that fast.

As a recovering overachiever, I've learned a thing or two about spinning plates. In fact, some might call me a pro. I can't count the number of times I've heard someone say: "Damn, Lisa! How do you manage to get so much done?" "Lisa, you are EVERYWHERE! How do you do it?" "You seem like you've […]

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I Can't Fix you (Because You're Not Broken) - lyrics

A couple of days ago, I was practicing The PEACE System as I try to each morning, and during my meditation, this song just started pouring out of my head. A lot of people ask me how I write songs. Sadly, I don't really write them, as much as I transcribe what I hear in […]

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Killer Bio Writing Hacks Using Your Personality Test Results

When "Now Discover Your Strengths" came out, let's just say I was a very late adopter. So late, in fact, that I had already bought "Strengths Finder 2.0" first. After taking the test to find my strengths, I was non-plussed. I felt like I already knew what my strengths were, and the book and quiz […]

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How to double your results in less time

This week, I'm in Nashville on a recon mission. Hubby and I are looking at possibly relocating, and Nashville is one of the towns on our short list. We booked one of those extended stay hotel rooms with a full kitchen, so it feels as much like home as possible. Which means I have a […]

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How to build a business around what matters to you

*SMOOCH* That's my official goodbye kiss to the first quarter of the year. How'd it go for you? If you've been through my Dreamblazing program, you've probably already reviewed your milestones and re-assessed your targets for this quarter. Good on ya! Did some of your goals fall off the radar, or get completely kicked to the curb […]

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Two types of "can't"

It's report card time around here. My youngest is struggling in gym class. Sadly, I've seen it before with his older brother. "Won't even attempt new activities," the report card reads. So hubby and I sat down with our 8 year old to find out what's going on. "I can't do it." He said. "I'm not […]

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What becoming a best-seller looks like...

Back in November, as I do every year, I made my book "The Secret Watch" available for a limited time at a special price. The first year, I just wanted to see how many people I could share it with, so I said I'd do a back flip if 1000 people would download it on […]

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3 must-haves for lasting success in life and business

She was sprawled out on the sidewalk, screaming bloody murder.  The bike - a garage sale special (meaning there was no padding on the all-metal seat) - was still somehow attached to her. She and I lived close to each other, and were about the same age, but I had no real interest in bikes when I […]

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Do You Have Values Worth Dying For In Your Business? 4 Questions To Ask Yourself

Every hero has values to which he clings. Superman had "truth, justice, and the American way" while MacGyver believed his mind was more effective than guns for solving problems. Some values are more honorable than others, but you can't be a hero without values worth dying for. Values Worth Dying For Not a concept that's widely […]

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Flash In The Pan or The Hope Diamond: Understanding True Heroes

Anyone can be a hero for a day. An above-and-beyond gesture. An extra dose of good-will. Being in the right place at the right time. Anyone can have a day like that, do something awesome, and be a hero for a day or two. True heroes walk the walk, even when it's difficult. They do […]

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"Impossible" vs. "Really Hard"

"That's impossible!" I can't count the number of times I've heard that phrase in my life. It's usually preceded by "You can't do that!", or followed by "Why don't you try something else?" Meh. I sometimes think that when God gave me the choice to be born, I told him to give me the absolute hardest […]

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Hide

A couple of weeks ago we started the studio/office rearrange when the new lighting came. I still haven't been able to fit everything in, but this new video gives you an idea of where we're heading. It's also the start of a new format for the weekly songs. I wanted to do something that was […]

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Is DIY Killing Your Business? 3 questions to ask yourself.

I don't know a single entrepreneur that didn't start their business with some type of do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Most of us begin with more time than money, and it makes sense to capitalize on that resource. In fact, I tell would-be clients all the time that the less money you have, the more you need […]

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6 Big Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Their Income Plan

At this point in the new year, more than 25% of Americans have already given up on our New Year's resolutions -that is, if we even made them in the first place. By the end of the month, that number climbs to nearly 35% of Americans (more resolution-related stats here). Some folks (and businesses) are just getting […]

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Piano Man

It's not an easy song for a woman to sing. It wasn't written for a woman to sing. Until we started the studio rearrange, I wasn't sure I'd ever attempt to sing "Piano Man" - since my low range isn't very strong, and I couldn't boost the signal enough for it to be understandable. But […]

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Why you still haven't hit your big income goal... and how to fix it.

As I hear clients, colleagues, and friends sharing their goals for 2015, there's a chorus being repeated over and over: "This year is the year I FINALLY break __ figures!" I've heard it so many times that it makes me dizzy and sad to think about the number of folks who continue to miss the mark on this particular […]

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Something in My Dreams

Tomorrow, I turn 40 (Bradley Cooper and I are the exact same age, thankyouverymuch!). This clip was taken from November's show, where I realized it was over 20 years ago that I wrote this song. As Billy Joel gets the Gershwin Prize for his song, "Piano Man", this week, I wondered what it is that […]

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5 Mistakes You Might Be Making In Your Annual Plan

This week I successfully completed all my planning for January! Woo hoo! I know many entrepreneurs who are still shuffling papers and won't solidify their plans until sometime in the middle of the month - after they've given up on more than half their New Year's resolutions. I've been that person, and over the last […]

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Mary Did You Know

It's one of my all-time favorite Christmas tunes. Maybe it's because my middle name has "Mary" in it - or maybe it's because I've always wondered what it would be like to try to parent Jesus. What kind of special issues would Mary have to deal with? Could she possibly have any clue how the […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song Part 7

Uncommon. Enthusiasm. "Brave" was the theme for 2012 and in 2013, I chose to "Inspire". This year was about "Divine Alignment" - and there was a lot of re-alignment happening. Every year for half a decade now, I've intentionally chosen a "theme" and a "theme song" to set the tone for my year - both personally and […]

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(Everybody's Waiting For) The Man With The Bag

December is always a whirlwind for me. Holiday shows, the annual Give-back campaign, and my oldest son's birthday. This year, he turned 18! Now that my eldest is officially an adult, we can focus on "the other" holidays this month: Christmas and New Year's Eve! This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I was […]

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3 ways to get the right people to value your work

I think it was Jesus that said a prophet has no honor in his own home town, with his own family, or even in his own house. It's one of the big reasons I first built my business online - away from the prying eyes and judgmental insinuations of my own family and friends. Don't […]

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Judy Garland is one of my all-time faves. I don't sing a lot of her music, but two songs I love are The Man That Got Away and this song - both songs debuted by Judy in one of her films. This song is from" Meet Me in St. Louis" and has had a few […]

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The Era of Success Your Way

I'm not one for social commentary or deep philosophical discussions, so consider this the "light version" of any meaningful conversation about the nexus of technology and society. This isn't a commentary about technology, though. It's more about what's unwittingly happened to people as we've become more "connected" to the world. The Industrial Age gave us cookie-cutter, […]

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White Christmas

This weekend, I was invited to do a short set for a local non-profit holiday party. So Des and I dusted off the road gear and delighted the ladies with a few Christmas favorites. Here's one I've not shared previously: Irving Berlin's 1940's classic "White Christmas." It's fitting, since last week I did "Rudolph" and […]

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The "Searchlight" technique for confidence and clarity

It never ceases to pique my curiosity. Like the Bat-signal, or a police chase, when searchlights pop up in the sky, my brain tries triangulating the light sources to see if I can figure out what's happening. I start to wonder... "What's so exciting?" "Should I know what that's about?" "Where exactly are those lights […]

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

This week, I'm pleased to welcome my pal, Jen Harris, back into the studio. We've performed this song a couple of times, and I wanted to get Jen back here to share it with you. Such a fun rendition of a classic 40's song. Actually, the story behind this song is some kind of wonderful. […]

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12 crazy holiday marketing promotions + 1 heart-centered idea that works year round

Here in the U.S., it's almost Thanksgiving, which means, black friday, cyber monday, and a whole lot of campy, cheesy, in-your-face marketing to ply you into buying more "stuff" to make your holiday complete. Blech. It's one of the reasons I do an annual give-back campaign each November around the anniversary of my launch of The […]

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Valentine: There's A Gift In Just Showing Up

It's not every day one of your heroes gives you a public acknowledgement. Perhaps that will change one day, but for now, I'll keep savoring the occasional tweets, nods, and virtual hi-fives that come from people I admire in the world. Sometimes we forget that competition isn't always about "winning" in the traditional sense. In […]

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Feeling stuck? Free Next Step Sessions

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been offering up tools, ideas, and resources that I usually find helpful this time of year to help me get a jump start on the new year. From The Success Finder, to my new Dream Owner's Creed, and the Profit First Instant Assessment, each has been a part of what I use […]

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Show Me The Way

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Pick Yourself Up

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The House Rules

We're posting this week's song a day early because tomorrow is our live online show - streaming straight into your living room. Need tickets? You can pick them up here. As a proud subscriber to Netflix, I managed to spend a good portion of this year binge watching "Leverage". I'd seen part of an episode […]

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Showing Up As Yourself

Ever have one of those moments where you think you know how something is going to go, and then it turns out completely differently, but it still works to your favor? That was my experience last week when I asked my facebook connections to vote on a video topic for a contest I'm entering. I […]

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Less Is More

One of the things I really enjoy about the 300 songs project is taking requests. Several people suggested I give a listen to Joss Stone - an artist I'd never heard of. Yes. I live under a rock in a teeny tiny town in Midwest America. Don't judge. I found a copy of her CD […]

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Business feeling sluggish? Ask for help

I chuckle now as I look back on my collegiate career. Convinced that I was "too poor" to be able to afford to hire a band, a graphic designer, or a business manager, I learned how to do all those things myself. I took classes in business, law, graphic design, and music. My first album […]

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Modern Woman

This week, we're playing fast and loose with Billy Joel. Hopefully, I don't offend him. I recall an interview - I think during his summer stint on SiriusXM this year - where he said that "Modern Woman" was his least favorite song. Every entrepreneur I've ever met has a project from their past that makes […]

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Profits Redefined

What does it really mean to be profitable? With my newly-minted certification as a Profit First Professional coach (huzzah!), I've spent more than a few hours thinking about this question. Profit First is a concept (and now a book) penned by business author (and my friend) Mike Michalowicz. The book drives home the point that most business […]

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I Want A New Drug

This week's tune is officially the toughest tune we've managed to swing to date. According to Des, taking 80's pop and jazzing it out is about one of the most difficult departures you can do. I was kind of bummed when he said that, because I always thought of Huey Lewis and the News as […]

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Undeniable Gifts

For a few years now, I've talked around the idea of Undeniable Gifts: the idea that every single one of us has something unique, special, and just for us to share in this world. But I've never given it a post unto itself. Until now. That special something... You've heard it before: "the world needs that special […]

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Bob Dylan, Walt Disney & Richard Marx walk into a bar...

Brace yourself. You're getting a couple of "firsts" this week. I've been working on a musical mash-up for several weeks featuring Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" and "A Whole New World" from Disney's "Aladdin" - but it was missing something. It wasn't as easy to tie the tunes together as I had hoped. […]

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Humanity & Divinity

I've been wanting to write a post for a very long time about a concept I dubbed "the two I's". Inasmuch as we have two eyes through which we see the world, there are two "I's" through which we see the world: our divine self and our human self. You can try to dodge them, but […]

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New York State of Mind

"Sometimes, friends are as family." - an inscription from The Secret Watch A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip to Great Barrington, MA, to reconnect with myself and some friends from an online group through which we all met. On the way, I stopped in Lewiston, NY to visit my friend and long-time […]

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DUMB goals: How to achieve success in what really matters most

"Dreams without goals are just dreams that ultimately fuel disappointment." - Denzel Washington You know what SMART goals are, right? It's a helpful little acronym that breaks your goals into something that's: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-bound So many people use SMART goals - and for a lot of people that works. But not me. Not […]

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Dream On

About 18 months ago, I met this kid, Des. He's got an amazing gift for playing piano. Watching him perform is like watching God sit at the piano... It's almost like Des isn't even there... just music direct from the Divine. I was looking for an arranger. For this song, in particular. For a few […]

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The prize at the top of the waterfall

This past week, I was fortunate to be able to travel to the Berkshires and visit with great friends. Actually, they're more like sisters. As one of the inscriptions reads in my book, sometimes friends are as family, and these ladies are it. We met during Amy Oscar's Soul Caller retreat last year, and we've kept […]

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I Can't Make You Love Me

Des looks at a piece of sheet music for about 20 minutes and says "Okay, I'm good." Then he hands me the sheet music and creates his own equally compelling arrangement. Listen to the solo section for a glimpse into this kid's creative improvisational genius. Just amazing. Oh, and this is song #75 in the […]

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Made To Love

When Des came to visit, I was lucky enough to get two tracks for the new album done. Yes you heard that - the new album is finally becoming a reality! YAY! One of the things I've always wanted to tackle was Tobymac's "Made To Love". I've heard it covered and mixed in a couple […]

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924: The old Porsche and a new perspective

About a year ago, my husband and I bought a Porsche. We call it "The Time Machine" because it's really a blast from the past. When we bought it, we got the expected commentary from friends and family: "A Porsche? Really? How can you afford that?" "What are you going to do with a Porsche? […]

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Sharp Dressed Man

Back in May, I was joined on stage by The Damn Whippersnappers for my first virtual concert. It was a fun-filled and amazing day. I've posted clips from that show, but none of them really do justice to the fantastic musicians that played with me that day. Well, as luck would have it, Des, the keyboardist […]

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"Foil" and asking for help

In the long journey of recording 300 songs, I do a lot of it alone. That's fine, but sometimes I like to do multi-part harmony, and that's not something that comes across very well in my rehearsal videos. It's so much more "awesomer" when you can ask for help. I'm very lucky to be part […]

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Project Overwhelm? A special poetic tribute...

Never before, and probably never again am I gonna do something like this. Give a look at this week's video. If You have ever had projects that you felt like giving up on, I challenge you to think differently. You'll never experience success if you keep saying you're gonna get to it "someday." Let yourself […]

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Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) - A Jewel 20 Years In The Making

How many years will you stay the course and keep going for your dreams? It took Bart Howard well over 20 years. Bart was a piano player in the Blue Angel cabaret, working on his own music, in the hopes of one day working with his idol, Cole Porter. Most musicians know the name Cole […]

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The Man That Got Away

Judy Garland is one of my all-time favorite vocalists. So much of what she sang is right in my range, so that may have something to do with it. And while she was known as a "pop" singer in her time, she really had a lush, jazzy quality to her voice that lent well to […]

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The Convo: Clearing space to improve your life

I'm laying down a  challenge for you today. This week's post shares a quick tip and friendly reminder to clear out the clutter in your heart, your home, and your life. When you do, there's a gift that comes back to you. Clearing space always makes room for something new. What that "something" is varies […]

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You're Only Human (Second Wind)

On the heels of last week's post about Comparison-itis, I was driving in the car with Hubby yesterday and this tune came on the radio. It reminded me that nobody's perfect, we all make mistakes, and that's how we learn. Have you been beating yourself up because you're not perfect? This catchy little tune might […]

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My Love-Hate Relationship With Comparisonitis

"I am enjoying showing up as myself more completely." That was the nugget of gold I rendered from my weekend intensive with my coach this past weekend. Once a quarter I sojourn in Minnesota for a few days to do deeper work to heal my "stuff" and open up blocks around my mindset. Because I'm […]

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Don't Stop Believin' / With or Without You

So I'm in Minnesota this week, and I'm spending time with my coach, workin' on me. We take a dinner break and head to a local joint, the Green Mill, and on the radio, I hear what I think is Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" - a tune I can never get enough of. But you […]

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I Was Here

This song was recorded before I left town for the Pink Papaya national conference. It was a song I'd heard a couple of years ago,and as much as I liked the lyrics, I didn't think I'd ever really have a chance to sing it without sounding pretentious. Thankfully, I was  asked to select a song […]

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Rumor Has It

2 Happy Independence Day Weekend! For the 300 songs project this week, I thought it was ironic that I was singing a breakup song by a Brit today (since the US broke up with Great Britain all those years ago), but the votes on Facebook made it hands down the winner. Next week, I'll post the […]

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Watch The Wind Blow By / Easy (Like Sunday Morning)

2 I may be ill this week, but I'm not skipping my weekly video. It's time again for another musical medley mashup! This time, it's the most well known Sunday song of all time (that classic Commodores hit, "Easy") with a little country thrown in for good measure (that Tim McGraw hit "Watch The Wind […]

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Four ounces

Four ounces. It's approximately what the iPhone 5 (and a variety of other every day items) weighs. And since the start of the year, that's my net weight loss for all of 2014. Four ounces. And I'm celebrating! For the past two years, I've logged my daily weight (well, as often as possible), high or […]

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Destiny

2 367One of my favorite Jim Brickman tunes is not just a great love song, it's a powerful reminder to own your dreams. Subscribe to Lisa's youtube channel | More from the #300songs project

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The Iocane Powder approach to overcoming your fears

As a musician, an artist, a creative that's blazing my own trail, there's a lot of resistance. It comes masked as rejection from family, friends, peers, and the industry itself. But the worst is when it comes from within myself. I gave up on my dreams once... I was a freshman in college. I had […]

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Get Here

2 362 Well, the auditions for Season 7 of The Voice have come to a conclusion for me. I filmed this yesterday on our way out of town. The audition was awesome, and while I didn't make the cut, I'm completely happy with my audition and learned a lot along the way. A post will […]

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The Jonah Hill School Of Loving Your Haters

"Let me be a lesson to you of what NOT to do." When you're a celebrity on par with Jonah Hill, that's probably not the ideal phrase to be uttering to your fans.  In this case, though, Jonah's sincere apology on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon after being caught on camera making a grossly […]

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In This Life

2 430 One of my favorite songwriters just happens to be a retired football player. Back in the 1990's Mike Reid co-wrote a few tunes with Allen Shamblin, and this one is one of my all-time favorites. The first time I heard it was on Kirk Whalum's CD by the same name, and Mike was the vocalist. […]

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The File Clerk In Your Head

(Author's note: this post originally appeared in 2011 on one of my old blogs. I've freshened it up a bit for you today.) One of the things that really annoys me are those folks that say they want change, but don't take action when answers are provided. It dawned on me why they don't budge. […]

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Tears Of A Clown

One last clip from the May show. This is our original jazz arrangement of that classic Mowtown hit "Tears of a Clown". Subscribe to my YouTube channel and be the first to know when new clips go live. If you missed the May show, you can catch the replay here.

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What Love Can Do

This was the finale from our show this month. Needless to say, this was one of those "dream come true" moments for me. When I first started writing this song a couple of years ago, it begged to be played with a band. The Damn Whippersnappers do not disappoint, and Kris' solo is just the […]

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Photoshop Me

2 Saturday, May 17, 2014, will be the day I count as the day my dream began anew. My whole life I wanted to be on a stage and perform for an international audience. Well, the first installment of the Front Row Sessions played host to people in London, Canada, and all over the US. […]

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I Cain't Say No

Happy Mother's Day! Today, I'mma be chillaxin' with my fam, opening gifts and posting the pics on facebook. This coming weekend, I'll be doing my first live "solo" performance in about 10 years. I've been in a lot of shows since I got married and had another kid, but I wasn't really the "star" of […]

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More Than Words

I have this friend, Matt, who's a true Renaissance man. He's a gifted teacher, comic actor, impersonator, dancer, gymnast (he's teaching me how to do a backflip), and yes, folks, he can sing. Funny thing about Matt - he'd never sung in public before I met him. Now, I take no credit for his talent, […]

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This Salsa dancer is living her dreams - and you can, too!

Each time I go to my coach's weekend intensives, I always walk away with lots of ideas that pop like "popcorn" over the coming weeks. Sometimes they come in the most unusual ways. For example, I was back in my hotel room, kind of winding down for the night. After a weekend like this, you can […]

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Billie Jean's Moondance

So, um, I was listening to a Michael Buble CD, and as his swing rendition of Van Morrison's "Moondance" started playing, it became apparent that I could also hear strains of "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. It would not leave me. You know how you get a song stuck in your head and can't shake […]

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Finding Your Niche: Marketing Lessons From "The World's Largest Cigar Store"

Every time my family and I make the trek to North Carolina to visit my in-laws, there's one place I have to stop. It's called JR, and it claims to be "The World's Largest Cigar Store." I don't know if that's true or not, but every time we plan a trip to Statesville, I try […]

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Straight Up

2 Blasting back into the studio after a long hiatus, I've put together this swinging soul version of "Straight Up" by Elliot Wolff. It was a hit for Paula Abdul back in 1988 or so. This is a rehearsal video from the 300 songs project563. I love the empowering nature of the lyrics. Instead of […]

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Ants & Skyscrapers: How Your Perceptions Determine Your Outcome

He was laying in that hospital bed for several days. Stubborn, cantankerous. He'd had difficulty breathing when they admitted him, but this eighty year-old man was a fighter, and while he hadn't been eating well for the past few weeks, his strength was contagious. His children, gathered in the room, listened to him tell off […]

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Start Dreaming, Stop Dying

2 It started innocently, as revolutions often do. I've been working (and re-working) my branding and messaging for the past year, and nothing really seemed to hit the mark. I dove into course after course that offered bits and pieces of what I was hoping would help me craft a clearer direction for me as both […]

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How An Army Of Grandmas Makes Me Invincible

I am thrilled to be a guest this week on my the Current Inspiration blog, wherein I share my simple 2-step process for gaining instant invincibility. My secret? I use an army of Grandmas: Okay, maybe not exactly like this, or even this: But it's a quick and easy technique that's helped me through some pretty […]

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12 lessons "The Princess Bride" taught me about owning your dreams

I remember it like it was yesterday. 4th floor of Darrow Hall, BGSU. A throng of students were piled into and onto my friend Angela's futon "loft" bunk bed. She had the coolest room (and furniture) in the dorm by far, and there had to be at least twelve people crammed into that little shoebox […]

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Safety Is Your Nemesis

[Note: I originally wrote this post a few years ago, for my Business Action Hero website. I've refreshed it here because it's still relevant - maybe now more than ever.] "If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.” - Seth Godin It hit […]

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An Open Letter To Your Inner Child

I have a friend who, for the past few years, has committed to posting on her blog every weekday. That's hundreds of posts each year for the past few years. I don't always catch every post, but today's post hit me between the eyes, so I thought I'd share it with you. The little girl […]

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What Happened In Vegas...

It was a business trip. 8 days in sunny Vegas, while my family was snowbound, just HAD to have some kind of a story, right? SPOILER: this one begins with guilt, shame, and resentment, and ends up with me feeling like a princess, and six lessons you can use in the pursuit of your dreams. […]

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How I'm Losing 100 Pounds

It's a pretty audacious claim, isn't it? For years, I've been walking around with 50-100 extra pounds on my frame. Well-meaning friends and family have tried various ploys to "get" me to lose the weight, as if I was stubbornly holding onto it like a rainy day fund. Like many people facing weight loss issues, […]

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Spiritual Shyness & The Art of Wanting

On long drives, I often take a couple audiobooks along for the ride. From my home base in Michigan, it's a fairly lengthy trek to Litchfield, CT - where my friend and colleague, Amy Oscar, hosted her first-ever Soul Caller retreat. The pristinely-quiet setting of Wisdom House gave this city girl plenty of time for […]

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Conversation In Purpose With Dave Ursillo

First the important stuff: Happy birthday to meeeee!! Second, the REALLY important stuff: My gift to you is this powerful conversation with Dave Ursillo. As part of his "conversations in purpose" series, Dave and I riff on one of the hardest things I've had to learn how to do: accept and own my value as […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song, Part 6

[Editor's note: This is the sixth in an annual series of posts I write to focus my efforts for the new year. You can find last year's post here.  Here are links to parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.] Inspire. Brave. ENTHUSIASM! Uncommon. Each year, I try to pick a word or phrase that reflects my focus, my "theme" for the year. […]

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Sugar Daddies And Your Hot Stimulus

Well, if that doesn't sound like the title to a really bad porno flick, then it's good I've got a day job! In November, I officially started a career with a company that hands out payroll and a W-2 for hours worked. I hear tell they call that "a real job" - but it's been […]

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Silent Night

Here's a rehearsal clip of the stars of Christmas Unplugged - an a cappella holiday show put together by me and Jen Harris. Pictured from left to right: Kasie Johnson, Jen Harris, me, Ryan Johnson and Steve Harris. I have to confess feeling a little like a 5th wheel with these two wonderful married couples […]

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The Ground Floor

"Dirt and dust - that's where it all begins.  Digging in. Digging in. You've got to lay a strong foundation before you make it to the ground floor." - from "The Ground Floor" by Lisa Robbin Young   I'm writing lyrics again. It's been about

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Unfulfilled Dreams

I was perusing the webosphere during my lunch break today. It's been about 10 years since I've had a corporate job. As an entrepreneur, "lunch break" usually meant "working lunch" or "lunch meeting". The "break" part was sort of ignored - at least for me. Since I've started working for someone else (my official start […]

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November 9: In "The Woodshed" with Dave

David Stanley is a friend of mine and a musical connoisseur without equal in my world. Earlier this year, he joined me in the studio for one of my 300 songs: "This Masquerade" by Leon Russell. A lot has happened since I started that project, but I still wanted to complete this video (and one […]

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November 8: Stuck? Um. No. You Really DO know what to do next. Really.
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November 7: Letting Go of Goals

I really enjoyed the time I spent this year in "the studio" - aka my living room working on songs and learning the ins and outs of the recording equipment. My BHAG of recording 300 songs this year, however, went by the wayside for some very good reasons. First, I had some major family issues […]

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November 6: Overcoming Perfectionism

After a long drive yesterday, I managed to squeak into Wisconsin just as the clock struck midnight last night - or thereabouts. And my body clock was just getting used to the daylight savings turn-back and now I'm in a new time zone. The things I put my body through. 🙂 At any rate, I […]

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November 5: Back Flip Lesson 1 - The "BackFlop"

I made a promise. After we gave away more than 1000 copies of The Secret Watch during our Amazon promotion, I figured I needed to keep my word and do a backflip. Well, I don't know HOW to do a back flip - yet. But I had my first lesson on Sunday: That was as […]

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November 4: Good Enough & Not Enough
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November 3: Eclipse

[Note: This is the first in a series of what I hope will be daily video posts. I've got a lot on my mind, and writing feels too slow. We'll see how this "daily" thing goes, but today's eclipse gave me a bunch of ideas. Here's the first one. Enjoy!] Get Your Year In Gear […]

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Today Only: Download The Secret Watch FREE

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, and while I love seein my kid get dressed up, it always bums me when the parents (who do most of the heavy lifting, let's be honest), get the short end of the "treat" stick. So I've teamed up with Amazon to give away my book today. […]

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Where's Your Yellow Brick Road?

One of the perks of working for myself is the ability to create my own schedule for the day. One of my "must do" activities each morning is prayer and meditation as part of The PEACE System. It helps me clear my head and prioritize my day so that I can be my best self […]

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Are You Smarter Than A 4th Grade Teacher?

My 4th grade teacher was a smart, sassy redhead. I remember overnight lock-ins, a science experiment that involved having the cute boys in class smell my perfume, and making a board game about whales, of all things. She had an infectious spirit that made you want to learn. When I think about the short list […]

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My car "accident" - and what it could mean for you

It was supposed to be my day off. Every once in a while, if I'm a lucky mom, I get to take a weekend day just for myself. No specific plans, no agendas, no real commitments, just an opportunity for me to be "in the flow" of life and do whatever comes to mind. Unfortunately, […]

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$40 chocolates, and how to determine what you REALLY sell

Whenever a person invests $40, plus $10 shipping for a box of 16 chocolates, you can be sure they're buying more than just chocolates. But what makes this offer work? And how can you apply it to your own business? Watch the video! (This is an excerpt from Spotlight Sessions, my program to help you […]

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You ARE The World's Best

A powerful reminder from Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.

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Gratitude As A Marketing Strategy

Guest post By Dan Kennedy Many years ago, I took over a business with mammoth collection problems: almost all of its customers had open accounts and paid their bills ten to sixty days late (except those who didn't pay at all). We quickly instituted a number of corrective measures, including tighter credit controls and policies, […]

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Envy & The Great LOVE Experiment

So I have this friend/colleague who was once a great client (I'm happy to admit that happens pretty frequently in my business), and she's doing this amazing love experiment. She's making her coaching available as part of the gift economy. It's humbling and awesome to watch. Also, I was feeling a twinge of... envy. And when […]

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The Convo: Creating Space For The Sacred With Joanna Weston

It can be a real challenge to find even a little piece of quiet during the day. But quiet stillness is a daily must-have if you want to stay sane and allow for the blessings that come from intuitive/divine guidance. This week's Convo features Joanna Weston, a certified Martha Beck trained life coach. We talk […]

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The World Wants To Give You A Second Chance - Will You Take It?

Before last week, I thought hot pink handcuffs were reserved for a naughty midnight rendezvous or some other illicit affair. I never once considered they might actually be used to shackle my son and remand him into the custody of the local county detention center. And yet, there I sat, saying quick goodbyes, reaffirming my […]

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From Michael Buble to Midian to Macklemore: Artists Reclaim Their Art

Shocking, but true: back in 1994, an unknown, unsigned artist had a number one hit. Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" became the spring board for an enduring career for the bespectacled artist - one that took a more traditional turn when she signed with Geffen Records. Back then, it was almost unthinkable for a […]

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Cheerios & Howard Stern: What You Can Learn About Your True Voice

[Note: This isn't a topic I get to blog about much, because, well, my skin color is usually irrelevant to the work I'm doing in the world (funny how that works, huh?). I've been very fortunate that the bulk of the racist remarks I've dealt with in my life stemmed from ignorant classmates during my […]

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The Convo: Your 5 Key Areas of Success

The Convo returns! This week's video is a segment from Module One of my Spotlight Sessions program. The program launched today, and it felt like this segment was important to share with you. Where are you at in your 5 Key Areas? What could you be doing differently? Share your thoughts in the comments below...

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The Pretender, The Coward, or Your True Self: Which "You" Are You?

Last year, I was introduced to a concept that I've continued to grapple with from time to time. The picture below is taken from page 61 of Dr. Maria Nemeth's book "The Energy of Money". It's an illustration that one of her teachers once shared with her: When my coach first introduced it to me, […]

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BYOG Day 25 - Believe In You, No Matter What

For some of us, there comes a time in life when it feels like everyone has given up on you. You might even feel like giving up on yourself. Don't. As I write this, I've just returned from spending the day in the hospital with my oldest son. Suffice it to say he's on the […]

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BYOG Day 24 - 3 Ways to Transform Your T.A.G.S. Into Your Money Sweet Spot

by Leesa Renee Hall [Editor's note: This is day 24 in the Be Your Own Guru series. I first "met" Leesa  in a bathroom at a conference in 2009, but we really didn't have time to talk. About a year later we met at a different conference, and became fast friends. As she's shifted her […]

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BYOG Day 23 - Using Crowdfunding To Bring Your Dream to Life

by Erin Margolin [Editor's note: This is day 23 of the Be Your Own Guru series. Ever had a controversial project that you just KNEW would be amazing if you could get it in front of the right people? If you have ever wanted to rally a throng of people around your dream, if you've ever considered using […]

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BYOG Day 22 - Overcome Fear And Help Clients Buy

by Winnie Anderson [Editor's note: This is Day 22 of the Be Your Own Guru series, and we're continuing the them of "how-to's" this week. I met Winnie in an online class, and we teamed up to practice elevator pitches. Then we started talking about fear, love and God. Yep. Deep stuff. Winnie's got a […]

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BYOG Day 21 - Want to Become Your Own Guru? Write More.

by Dave Ursillo [Editor's note: This is Day 21 of the Be Your Own Guru series - and this week we're getting into a lot more "how to". This is Dave's second appearance in the series, and this 20-something whippersnapper's got moxie. Take a cue from Dave today and let your mind flow and find […]

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BYOG Day 20 - More Without More

by Teresa Romain [Editor's note: This is day 20 of the Be Your Own Guru  series. Teresa is a friend as well as a colleague. She's most effective at providing experiential examples around abundance and feelings of scarcity. I practically begged her to do a video so that you could get a very visual, experiential […]

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BYOG Day 19 - Staying Positive in a Sea of Negative: Life Gave Me Lemonade!

by Cassandra Paquin [Editor's note: This is Day 19 of the Be Your Own Guru series. Cassandra is not just a seasoned business owner, she's also my Sister in-law. Her tasty hand made granola has been on my Christmas wish list every year that I've been married! In the series, we've already talked about when it […]

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BYOG Day 18 - It's Your Wisdom Calling

by Leela Sinha [Editor's note: This is day 18 in the Be Your Own Guru series. Leela offers us a 7-minute audio that speaks out about the information our body sends us all day long - and how we need to stop ignoring it if we want to experience peace, pleasure, and balance in our […]

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BYOG Day 17 - Did An Authority Hijack Your Brain?

[Note: This is Day 17 in the Be Your Own Guru series. Today is also the re-launch of Dr. Eldon Taylor's book "I Believe: When What You Believe Matters". This post contains excerpts from his book. It's also an exploration of our brain's "efficiency trap" that keeps us mired in self-limiting beliefs.] When I was […]

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BYOG Day 16 - Does the guru reside inside us all?

By Melanie Maddison [Editor's note: This is Day 16 of the Be Your Own Guru series. This is Melanie's first adventure as a guest contributor to ANY blog, and I'm humbles to share her voice today. Melanie brings the perspective of an artist and an intuitive to this conversation. She reminds us that we all […]

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BYOG Day 15 - Three Ways to Attract Your Most Authentic Community

By Sarah Robinson [Editor's Note: I've known Sarah for several years, stalking her at first, and eventually hiring her as a coach and consultant in my business. Her work on developing fiercely-loyal communities has been, hands down, the best training I've ever gotten from her. In fact, this is Sarah's third appearance on the blog […]

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BYOG Day 14 - So You Wanna Be Startin’ Something?

By Doug Knight [Editor's Note: This is Day 13 of the Be Your Own Guru series. Today, we roll into more of the "brass tacks" of building a Noble Empire. I met Doug at a local TEDx event, and was blown away not only by his passion for non-profit work, but also his ecclectic music […]

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BYOG Day 13 - We're All Born with Awesome in Our Veins

By Tiffany Manley [Editor's note: Today is day 13 in the Be Your Own Guru series. I met Tiffany as a contestant on Prosperity's Kitchen. Her mission spoke to me, as I hope it will you. Her commitment to helping young girls take ownership of their dreams is something we can all learn from as […]

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BYOG Day 12 - Perceptions

[Note: This is day 12 of the Be Your Own Guru blog series. Today's video offers you an opportunity to think about how perception works in real time, and how living your life according to your own perceptions can be both a blessing and a curse.] We all walk through life with preconceived notions about […]

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BYOG Day 11 - Unspoken

[Note: this is Day 11 of the Be Your Own Guru series. It's a poem that came to me when I was researching a quote that's often attributed to Bruce Lee. "I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, And you are not in this world to live up to mine." is […]

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BYOG Day 10 - Unravel

[Note: This is Day 10 in the Be Your Own Guru blog series. And this is about the time when people start to feel overwhelmed, "behind" or they just feel like quitting in general. Is that you? If so, read on!] There comes a point on every journey where you need to decide if you're […]

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BYOG Day 9 - Live Your Answer

by Joy Holland [Editor's note: This is day 9 in the Be Your Own Guru series. Joy's post is a timely reminder that once we have answers from our life, we need to act on them - by fully living our best life.]   We spend so much time attempting to analyze and understand; yet, […]

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BYOG Day 8 - Passion and Enthusiasm

by  David Stanley [Editor's Note: This is Day 8 of the Be Your Own Guru blog series. Dave and I go back a few years, having appeared together in a local production of "The Who's Tommy" in 2007. Every time I talk to him, I learn something new about him. Today's post opened my eyes to how […]

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BYOG Day Seven - 3X

[Note: This is Day 7 of the Be Your Own Guru blog series. When you've been strapped to baggage for years, sometimes it feels like you'll never shake it Today's post gives you a context and hopefully some inspiration to begin shaking your own baggage.] I've never been the tiniest supermodel on the runway. I […]

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BYOG Day 6 - Listening to Your Life

By Heather Shafer [Editor's Note: This is Day Six of the Be Your Own Guru blog series. Heather is putting her mad skills as a Dream coach to the test today, to help you decode the little messages your life is giving you every single day.] Hello Inspiring Souls! Very happy to be able to […]

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BYOG Day 5 - Take a Breath and Step Back

by Katrina Hawley [Editor's Note: This is Day Five in the Be Your Own Guru series. Katrina lives in Hadley, MA - just far enough from Boston to not be in Lockdown, but close enough to recognize the danger at her door. She submitted this post before the tragic happenings of the past few days, […]

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BYOG Day 4 - DIY Is For Fools

By Amy Wright [Editor's Note: This is day four of the Be Your Own Guru series. Amy's got a keen eye when it comes to leveraging your time. She pulls no punches today when she shows you just what you're missing out on by trying to do everything yourself.] Maybe you’re lying to yourself, following conventional […]

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BYOG Day 3 - What Is A Guru?

by Stu [Editor's Note: This is Day Three of the Be Your Own Guru blog series. Stu gives us a clear understanding of What a guru really is - and where to find yours today.] I never thought much about "Gurus" until I was in school.  I had a teacher that would tell us entertaining stories about […]

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BYOG Day 2 - Crazy! Unleash Your Brand of Crazy

by Kadena Tate [Editor's Note: On day two of the Be Your Own Guru Series, Kadena Tate helps us get clarity on embracing our own definition of success - even when others think it might be a little crazy.] Crazy! Everyone offers a different brand of crazy. The question is “How can you unleash your […]

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BYOG Day 1 - You're Nothing Special

[Editor's note: This is the same post I began the last series with. It may seem like a crappy way to title the start of this series, but I want to jump in and shake your snow globe right away. Remember, I've seen the posts that are coming up, and our guests have put out some amazing […]

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The Rewards (and Dangers) of Unconscious Self-Sabotage

More than half a lifetime ago, my grandmother was dying. Just a summer earlier, Grandpa was in the hospital during their 50th wedding anniversary party. While he made a full recovery, her health began fading as we went back to school in September. Over the course of the next few months, as winter blew in, […]

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6 Tips To Beat Overwhelm and Rock Your Business This Spring

Next week, my children are home for Spring break. #CalgonTakeMeAway Actually, they get a jump start on spring break this Friday, and my soon-to-be 7 year old will have a half day on Thursday. Is this any way for me to get my work done? We have yet to have a single week since 2013 began […]

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Big project? Celebrate the milestones

2013 started with the best of intentions. My goal is to record 300 songs before the year ends, and I'm well over 10% of the way there. And yet... It feels like this hugely daunting task right now. Like I'll never make it. I know I'm in the thick of it. I know the year's […]

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Cat's In The Cradle

You can see all the songs I've been working on for my #300songs project here. I've got a goal of 200 subscribers to my YouTube channel by the end of March. Can you help? Subscribe and help spread the word!

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You can't be whatever you want to be

Over the last few months, I've been digging into what I really enjoy: music (over 30 songs are in the can now!), performing (check my upcoming gigs here), and learning about people. Specifically, I've been swimming through books like these about finding and living your true purpose. Ultimately, it all comes down to two things: connecting to […]

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Where Is Your True Voice?

Far too many of us walk around regurgitating what others have said, doing what others have done, that we forget about our own "you-nique-ness", as I've called it before. We want "blueprints" and insider help from a so-called "guru". We want the answers when we don't even always know the questions yet. Yet, we see […]

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Black Velvet

This week, I spent a lot of time rehearsing songs from the 1980's. This one is STILL a popular tune at my local karaoke hangouts. I secretly think we're all still trying to re-live the 80's. '

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More of This Less of That: Prioritizing What Really Matters

When I'm working with my clients, often times they'll speak about something that "always happens" to them. Something that seems to come out of the blue, and yet, when we drill down, we discover that it's usually rooted in a lack of awareness about the cause of that "something". In The PEACE System, I illustrate […]

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Every Breath You Take

This week marks the last video of the month, and since this is the month of love songs, I figured I'd end on a psychotic note - hee hee. "Every Breath You Take" was penned by Sting in less than an hour, and the rest of The Police then added their own unique touches to […]

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The Convo: Quiet Stillness

This week marks the beginning of some shifting in both my life and my business. We finished our taxes, and the kids were home for the holiday, so I decided to slow things down a bit and not "push" myself to create. I explain it a bit more this week on "The Convo":   If […]

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The Convo: Dream Scale Shame

As a small child, I knew I was called to be a performer. I remember being 2 or 3 years old (before we moved into the house I grew up in) and "performing" for my family. I'd stand up on my wooden toy box, pretending it was a stage, dancing and singing for whoever would […]

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(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
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The Convo: Fierce Loyalty Accelerators with Sarah Robinson

In this final segment of my interview with Sarah Robinson, we're talking about the Fierce Loyalty Accelerators, specifically, exclusivity and love. Sarah talks about how the accelerators aren't meant to be a stand-alone device to employ, but work in tandem with the Fierce Loyalty model to help you grow an intensely committed community of like-minded […]

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All You Need Is Love

This week's song is a cover of a classic by The Beatles. "All You Need Is Love" was written to be a mantra-style piece - sort of like musical brainwashing. You hear the refrain over and over, with a march-style feel that gives it an almost militaristic, "drilling it into your head" sensation. I've yet […]

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The Daily Grind of Creating Awesome

January's over, and I'm about 5% of the way toward my BHAG of recording 300 songs in 2013. That's 21 songs toward my ultimate goal of 300. Only 279 to go! Anyone else would say "Holy crap! you've recorded that many songs!?! That's Awesome!" Me? I have to remind myself to not be all "meh" […]

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The Convo: Sarah Robinson's Fierce Loyalty Model Explained

In part one, Sarah Robinson and I sat down to talk about her own business evolution, as well as her book,  “Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities”. This is part two of a three part interview, wherein we discuss Sarah's Fierce Loyalty Model (enhanced with graphics! Ooooh! Ahhhh!).

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I Will Survive

It won a Grammy for Best Disco song - and then the category was promptly removed. I guess you could say when they made this award-winning song they broke the mold! Put on your platforms, and don't be afraid to get a little goofy - I certainly did! Have a good laugh and enjoy this […]

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The Convo: Sarah Robinson Talks About Business Evolution

This is the first part of an hour-long interview with Author and Martha Beck-trained life coach, Sarah Robinson (here's part two). Her book, "Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities" is available in paperback or Kindle format on amazon. You can read my thoughts on her book in this previous post. In this episode, Sarah […]

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Edelweiss

Allegedly the last song written for "The Sound of Music", this duet features my friend Jennifer Harris. One of what I hope will be many guest appearances throughout the year on this #300songs project. This is song number 15 in the can! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ER8S-bFZkM&version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0]

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The Convo: Problem Solving Epiphanies from Rubik's cube

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vunKAS0WBCk&version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0] When you look at your life and work, what awareness can you develop this week around the problems you're trying to solve and the responsibilities you're taking on? What problems aren't yours to solve? What responsibilities aren't yours to own? Where are you making it too hard for yourself?  Where are you looking […]

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And So It Goes

One of my favorite songs of all time, I think it is one of Billy Joel's most underrated pieces. It's a powerful, melancholy, yet hopeful tune. You kind of yearn to know how it's all going to turn out. I sang this for an audition once with an Irish accent and it got me the […]

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Willingness

"Why do you blog so much?' It was a valid question. And I tried to be open to where the truth laid within me. Silence. Not because I was unwilling to answer, but because the tears started choking me. I mungled my way through some explanation about how it's an outlet for me to talk […]

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The Convo: Deliberate Practice

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiXWlbbOygk&hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0] It's all well and good to strive for excellence, but excellence is about more than just putting in your 10,000 hours. Those hours need to be focused, deliberate practice. Without that, you'll be hard pressed to reach the full potential of your undeniable gifts. Be warned: you can spend 10,000 hours of your […]

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Cruella De Vil

This week in rehearsal, the most enjoyable song, by far was this one. No, this is not the Selena Gomez version with the new lyrics. Ahem. The original song was written by Mel Levin around 1961 for the animated Disney film 101 Dalmatians. This is a bluesy big band arrangement written by Dr. John in […]

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The Power of Faith

I couldn't keep this one to myself. My brilliant designer and friend Rhiannon Llewellyn was charged with designing a page for all 60 inscriptions from The Secret Watch so I could convert them into a beautiful downloadable format. She unleashed her creative genius and, well, it was too good to save for just those of you […]

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Sing Fat

[Editor's note: when we migrated to the new site, a lot of great posts got lost. Slowly, I'll be digging them out, updating them, and reviving them for your inspiration. So if this post feels strangely familiar, that's why.] This past year, I've been not-so-covertly working with Karl Staib on his twitter parties. He's been helping […]

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Dealing with Toxic Family Relationships

I was working with my awesome beta testers on my new Get Your Year In Gear program, and a lot of questions came up about toxic relationships, setting boundaries, and cutting ties with people - especially family. The biggest question I got, though, was around dealing with people you can't just walk away from. This […]

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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

How could I not sing this song as the end of the year approaches? Reminder: These are my "audition" videos -meaning they're meant to give you a tastes of what I'm working on. They are NOT the final recordings. This is the last video I'll post before the 300 songs in 2013 begins. Wish me […]

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The Convo: Excellence, Prayer, and Naysayers

Got big dreams? Hold fast to them, and don't be afraid to pray for excellence. Many times, visionary creatives have lofty goals and ambitions, but we're met with staunch criticism when we share them. This forces us to either stop sharing, or aim lower. Don't be that person. Instead, when things are getting to you, […]

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The Christmas Song

Merry Christmas! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVgEE_el0V0&hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0]

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A Convo With JJ Ramberg

Earlier this year, I was one of the lucky folks that got an advanced copy of It's Your Business: 183 Essential Tips That Will Transform Your Small Business. It's a book written by JJ Ramberg, Lisa Everson, and Frank Silverstein, and ripped from the show "Your Business" on MSNBC. The book features immediately actionable tips […]

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Prayer for Peace

I don't watch much television and rarely, if ever, watch the news. I had just finished my certification in Reiki training and a favorite song of mine jumped into my head. So I got a wild hair to start working on it in my studio. About an hour later, I was taking a break when […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song - Part Five

[Editor's note: This is part five in a series of year-end posts I write to focus my efforts for the new year. Here are links to parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.] Brave. That was the theme for 2012, and as I look back, I can say I'm pretty happy with where things ended up. […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song - Part Four

[Editor's note: this is a re-post from January 2012. Part 4 of a series of year-end posts I write each year. When we migrated to the new site design, all the old posts were archived. Here are posts 1, 2 and 3] Every year, I pick a word to frame my development. I also pick a "theme song" to underscore my […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song - Part Three

[Editor's note: this is a re-post from December 2011. Part 3 of a series of year-end posts I write each year. When we migrated to the new site design, all the old posts were archived. Here are posts 1 and 2] This is an ongoing topic of discussion for me. Fear is one of my most blogged about […]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song - Part Two

[Editor's note: this is a re-post from January 2011. Part 2 of a series of year-end posts I write each year. When we migrated to the new site design, all the old posts were archived.]

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Every Hero Needs A Theme Song - Part One

[Editor's note: this is a re-post from November 2010. Part of a series of year-end posts I write each year. When we migrated to the new site design, all the old posts were archived.]

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Your Next 30 Hours

I was working with a client/colleague/friend* recently, celebrating her recent launch of a free worksheet she created for an opt-in on her website. She made mention that she'd gotten more response from her audience with that one freebie than she had from several other paid launches she did this past year. And I don't mean […]

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Two Ways To See Success Quickly

Entrepreneurs dream of success. We crave it. We stalk it. And some of us continue to be eluded by it. You've probably written down a number -- or certain other goals -- and then began bowing at the altar of “if only.” “If only I could have x, then I’d be successful.” “If only y […]

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The Juicer Analogy

Back in January, I was gifted with a juicer by a UK company that sells washing machines, among other things. Their "Fairy Hobmother" sent it as a gift for commenting on a friend's blog (who knew?). I unpacked it and started using it right away. The marketing genius behind what they did is a topic for […]

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Extrication

Often times, we as creators find ourselves in a bind. Okay, bind is not the right word. Neither is stuck. It's more like being trapped in a building that's collapsed. We're gasping for oxygen, battling with ourselves over whether we should scream out for help or conserve what little oxygen we have.

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Art vs. Work

Seth Godin shared this video in a recent post about his TEDx talk. While it's geared to the transformation of the education system (and specifically, his "what is school for?" manifesto he wrote earlier this year), it has a LOT of juicy tidbits for creative entrepreneurs to get us thinking about art vs. work. What […]

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The Five Key Areas Of Success

For years, I thought I was a horrible entrepreneur and an even worse mother. I knew how to make money, but it always seemed to come at a cost. I either made money, or I spent time with my family, but rarely did I get to do both. There was a lot of talk about […]

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Three Steps To End Self-Sabotage

Self-sabotage is a mis-nomer. We don't set out to actually sabotage ourselves. Often, in fact, it's quite the opposite. The thing we've opted to do instead of what we originally planned was supposed to make life easier for us. Unfortunately, things didn't quite turn out that way. Sometimes there is truly a deep-seated issue, and […]

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5 Tips To Balance Work And Life

Building a Noble Empire isn't always easy. For most of my years as an entrepreneur, I've also been a parent. Handling multiple responsibilities at one time has pretty much been the norm for me from day one. At one point, I was working 40+ hours per week in my day job, attending college full time, […]

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Admitting Who You Really Are, Part One

I'm learning that many of my best posts come out of a convergence of three moments in my life. This post is no different. The first is a piece of my long lost past. Crawdads When I was a kid, the mother of a very good friend (who nearly committed suicide after his dad died), […]

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Living In Your Passion

"Living in your passion makes it easier to live." The words came out of her mouth as if it was a truth she had always known. Yet she was saying it in reference to something I had shared with her only five minutes before. During part of the weekend intensive with my coach, each of […]

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The Creative Entrepreneur's Dilemma

I've had a fairly open calendar today, as I'm prepping for a trip that will take me out of town for five days. The day was pretty calm, but this evening is bustling. It's almost a whirlwind of activities: reviewing the schoolwork that needs to be done, trusting my husband to feed and care for […]

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Fierce Loyalty: Build A Noble Empire in 5 Simple Steps

In my conversations about building a noble empire, one of the regular questions I get is "how do you build a noble empire?" This used to be a difficult question to answer. When we talk about the Five Tenets of a Noble Empire, we know that it takes a community to build an empire. We […]

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Triple Your Tips: A Business Lesson From The Renaissance Festival

A very good friend of mine has a non-profit that volunteers each year to work a booth at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. If you've never been, it's a high time of revelry, silliness, and even a bit of debauchery all set in what's supposed to be the 16 century. But really, it's like the SCA* […]

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The Hero In All Of Us

2 Two years ago, I put together this video mashup of two scenes from Spider Man 2. In it, you hear Aunt May talking about how there's a hero in each one of us. I thought it was a perfectly inspiring underscore to Spidey's big train rescue scene. This video's been watched over 175,000 times […]

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What Is A Noble Empire?

A Noble Empire is, at the core, a transformational business or organization that seeks to serve and is highly rewarded (and highly regarded) for that service. In our world today, empires are scorned, disdained, and generally maligned, because they are seen as greedy, despicable enterprises or political machines plotting to take over the world and leave us "Regular […]

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When Your True Voice Is Silenced

We are truly blessed. I'm was in the Nashville area this summer, enjoying a family vacation, and the weather is wonderful. The hotel, not so much, but hey, I'm not complaining. Seriously, when you can travel 600 miles from home and visit friends, recording studios, make new friends, and generally enjoy yourself, doing what YOU […]

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Jump, And The Net Will Appear

The 4th grader you're about to see has more intestinal fortitude than many adults I know. She is a great example of what we all do before taking the leap. We try to talk ourselves into it. We obsess, we interrogate, we obsess some more. We feel our nerves, sometimes we shy away from the edge, […]

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You Were Created For A Purpose

My husband and I were grocery shopping yesterday. That's a rare occurrence. Usually, it's just one of us navigating the aisles of the store. But yesterday was our first day back from vacation, and we had to return the rental car, so it just made sense to get the shopping done on the way home. […]

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