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Masterminding at minus 13F

Masterminding at minus 13F

On a frigid January night with record-breaking temps of minus 13F, thirteen spirited women braved the cold to make their way to a cozy shared workspace loft in downtown Plymouth, Michigan.  Diverse as they come, we were all colors, ages, shapes, and sizes.  Moms, one mom-to-be and ones that were ...
Positively inspired & connected

Positively inspired & connected

My meditation guide recently pointed out that we are always aware when we start to feel anxious or upset.  But how often do we notice the moment those feelings start to pass?  The same can be said of our relationships.  We’re often burdened by the interpersonal difficulties we face, but how often ...
Struggling to hire the right talent? Try this

Struggling to hire the right talent? Try this

I’ve walked into plenty of odd conversations at my coffee shop.  It goes something like this: —“So, if you could have any exotic pet, what would it be?” —“Well, probably an otter so long as I could have an extra large bathtub.  What about you?” Typically when the staff is recovering between, ...
Seasonal wellbeing

Seasonal wellbeing

I’m not a huge fan of Christmastime; at least not anymore.  I’m sure some of it has to do with being a non-religious child-free grown-up who has come to appreciate minimalism. I’d rather go to the dentist than the mall.  I detest spending hours struggling with gift wrap.  Snow is evil, and the ...
3 Business Lessons from Freddie Mercury

3 Business Lessons from Freddie Mercury

I can’t seem to get enough of Freddie Mercury right now!  I’ve always been a Queen fan, but after seeing the newly released Bohemian Rhapsody movie a couple of weeks ago, I am completely obsessed.  I want to listen to all the old music.  I want to hear all the new music by the incredibly ...
Why #ShopSmall?

Why #ShopSmall?

1. Black Friday is not for everyone Black Friday as we know it has been around since the late 80’s; a time when big retailers entice shoppers out of their Thanksgiving stupor with even bigger holiday sales.  Malls and chain stores now literally open in the middle of the night, tempting customers ...
Are you happy? Stop and smell the coffee.

Are you happy? Stop and smell the coffee.

Ah, the ever elusive happiness!  It always seems to be somewhere “out there” in the distance; a complicated result of the stars aligning just right.  Well, I’m going to help you go from turbulent to tranquil on the thorny topic of happiness, and by the end of this, I hope you’ll be holding a ...
4 ways to nurture a culture of service

4 ways to nurture a culture of service

If I say that a business owner’s job is to be of service to his/her team, will you agree or disagree?  Maybe to some, this sounds backward, but hopefully, you’ll change your mind! Why? Because if you serve your team by giving them all the training, tools and support needed to do their ...
Make time to connect

Make time to connect

I’ve been journaling for as long as I can remember. It’s my way to connect the dots of my day.  It helps me to purge, organize thoughts, express gratitude, and stay positive.  So I’d like to share a recent experience that reminded me why it’s so important to make time to connect ...
Want to create an authentic business culture? Try these 3 things.

Want to create an authentic business culture? Try these 3 things.

Authenticity has become a big buzzword these days. If you want to build a strong personal brand, it’s a major must to be authentic. Because everyone has their BS detectors on high alert, anything less and people will undoubtedly see right through you. Same thing if you want to build a well ...
The Strong in Heartstrong

The Strong in Heartstrong

We need to get something clear straight away. Starting a Heartstrong business – a strong business with heart – is NOT for the faint of heart! I’m sure there are plenty of old schoolers out there that may see the words ‘heart’ and ‘business’ in close proximity and think “what a cutesy ...

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I wanted to take a moment to Thank You for your thoughtful talk; and for the opportunity to be in the company of so many successful and knowledgeable women. I am hopeful that you'll be invited back to Pastel in the near future to give more presentations, as I would love to hear more of what you have to say. Thank you again for all your support and willingness to educate women in business. 

Heather Helms, Gym America

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I wanted to take a moment to Thank You for your thoughtful talk; and for the opportunity to be in the company of so many successful and knowledgeable women. I am hopeful that you'll be invited back to Pastel in the near future to give more presentations, as I would love to hear more of what you have to say. Thank you again for all your support and willingness to educate women in business. 

Heather Helms, Gym America

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