How Smart Women Do Business

This month’s WOW Woman is Karen Edgar founder of  Smart Woman Academy. I first got to know Karen when she joined my Grow Your Tribe 90 Day Program . She’s incredibly intuitive and I enjoyed getting to know her during our 1-2-1 sessions. I love her passion and drive and her unique ability to see right into your soul in a very powerful way. I’m so happy to be able to share her brilliance with you as Karen is a breathe of fresh air and anyone who is lucky enough to work with her leaves the session expanded and ready to succeed.

KarenTell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about.

I am a happy single mother with an 11 year old daughter living in beautiful Leamington Spa and running my business Smart Woman Academy from home.  My daughter sees her father regularly which gives me a lot of ‘me’ time and I am a member of Warwick Rock Choir and attend the gym 3 times a week. I am also currently dating a new man, which is a lot of fun.  I adore spiritual matters and love reading and expanding my mind in this area.  I am passionate about living this life to the full and settling the niggle that many have when they feel they are not on the right path in life.  I have a connection with Angels and love the Tarot and anything that brings insight into who we really are.  I also love connecting with people who are on my wavelength and who bring a new perspective to my life.

So tell me about your business, who/what is Smart Woman Academy all about?

In my business Smart Woman Academy, I work with female entrepreneurs and their souls in their quest to be the best they can possibly be whilst balancing their inner and outer worlds.  I provide sound, real and implementable business coaching with intuitive support (including tools like Tarot for Business) to help release whatever is holding them back and keeping their abundance and joy locked away.  I support women to uncover their soul purpose and put them on the path to success, growth and transformation.

SWAWhat inspired you to make the decision to create your own business? I became inspired when I was working in my previous career (HR), and saw first hand how women were allowing themselves to be bullied at work.  One lady in particular was regularly off work with mental health problems – and was very unhappy.  To me it looked like she had chained herself to her desk.  When she saw that I was about to leave HR to begin coaching and working with female entrepreneurs, she said to me – “If I had my time again, I would have been an actress and had my own beauty salon”  As she spoke this normally sullen depressed woman – lit up and had real passion in her eyes and voice!  I asked her why didn’t she do that now.  She shrank back and said “oh I couldn’t possibly”  “it’s too late” and “I have this golden pension waiting for me”.  That one conversation gave me the inspiration to work with women, create a business and vow never to hear those words – “if I had my time again” from any woman.

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this, or did your business evolve from your original idea? I have always wondered why people get into cars/trains every day to go to places they don’t want to be and work with people they wouldn’t choose.  So I think there was a germ of an idea, that for me it would be different and then I would help others break free from that kind of living.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? I am very passionate and know the transformation I can produce in women, however sometimes articulating that can be difficult.  So promoting myself and becoming more visible with the work that I do has been a slower process than I would like.  I also had a challenge “coming out” with my Tarot for Business work.  I know just how enlightening the Tarot can be, but I couldn’t have guessed how popular it was going to be.

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? I have learned how strong I am and how resilient.  I won’t let anything stop me achieving my dreams to grow Smart Woman Academy.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business? First and foremost who you are, why you really want to go into business and that your “product” is not the main part of your business.

Don’t underestimate how long it is going to take, and that the main skills you should acquire are Marketing, Relationship building, Authentic Selling and that rejection is part of the deal.

ebook swaWhat products and services do you provide?

Soul Purpose consultation:

The session will reveal your Life Path no. which will give you an understanding of your deepest drives and abilities and an insight into the life you were born to live.  You will also get to know how to make the most out of the opportunities life gives you … how to avoid negative influences that distract you from achieving your true soul purpose … and which path to take in order to have the happiest, most fulfilling life that is available to you

Tarot for Business consultation: Tarot can help support your decision-making, with choosing your Niche, with your Marketing strategy, give you feedback on your business plans, and point you in the right direction if you are having difficulty in moving forward. If you are thinking of starting a business, the Tarot insight tool can tell you whether the timing is right, who your ideal client is, and how to approach them and much more… www.thebusinessoftarot.co.uk

A 6 month Scholarship programme called “Reboot Your Purpose and Empower Your Soul” I work with female entrepreneurs (or wanabes) to show them the path to abundance, time freedom & how they can do what they love, whilst honouring their Soul purpose! I have created this one-of-a kind program to combine the best client support – private coaching, group training, accountability, exquisite client support, soul nourishment and much more!
In this six month coaching & mentoring programme, I will help explore who you really are, why you are here, and how you can become a much more powerful version of you. This will empower you and your soul to crash through limiting barriers in your life, and build your business with strong foundations as you implement success-based thinking to achieve outcomes. www.smartwomanacademy.co.uk/rebootyourpurpose

Empower Your Soul intensive VIP Day:

The Day is client-led and is all about you, your needs and will be totally focused on your soul’s needs. Included is : ocused clarity on your business/career goals and identified outcomes as well as addressing and coaching on the issues you have highlighted in your pre-Day questionnaire. The Day also Includes a full Life/Soul Purpose consultation exploring in depth the negative and positive aspects of your life path.  Also an in-depth exploration of the relevant spiritual laws under-pinning your life path with guidelines, questions and exercises to work through relating to your life path spiritual laws.  This will provide you with actual techniques to enable your transformation.

What is the greatest success story for your business? My last programme “Unlock the Gold in your Soul Purpose had 12 women members and the testimonials I got back from those who were committed and stayed the course – were heart-warming and confirmed to me that the kind of work I am doing is much needed and makes a huge difference to women’s lives.

Free Ebook at:  http://www.smartwomanacademy.co.uk/business-coaching.php

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More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking

By My Gorgeous friend Gita Curniffe from Quantum Change Consulting

As I like to say “The same level of thinking that created the problem, is not the same level of thinking at which you can find a solution”

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

Number one; maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

Number two; try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Number three; try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.

Number four; although it helps to have critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution.

Number five; it pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

Number six; remember that old adage,” two heads are better than one.” That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.

You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.

Number seven; be patient. As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative problems solver.

Here is one example.

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes.

So, next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.

 
Gita Curniffe  Quantum Change Consulting LLC
www.quantumchangeconsulting.com
email: info@quantumchangeconsulting.com
contact no: 720 508 0330

Director of Professional & Personal Development.
At the helm of the practice is experienced consultant, Ms. Gita Curniffe. Gita will be leveraging her professional expertise as a qualified Intervention and Change Management coach for the benefit of individual and corporate clients. Gita possesses specific expertise in Management Consulting, Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Advanced Emotional Freedom Therapy techniques.

Furthermore, Gita is a certified practitioner in Fire Walking, Prosci Change Management, Timeline Therapy and Accredited Matrix Reimprinting. Gita’s talent combined with unique experiences and commitment provides a solid foundation for Quantum Change and will be leveraged to assist clients to achieve individual and business goals.

Gita’s experience in the corporate arena spans over a decade with specific expertise in change management intervention, project management, business and project co-ordinating whilst working for renowned and esteemed organizations including KPMG for over 6 years.

Gita is a consummate professional with great intra-personal and inter-personal skills to effect change in others. Her expertise and training programme has equipped her with an abundance of easy to apply and extremely effective ways to lead and manage even the most complex change management projects.

 

Unsilencing Myself By Tracie Nichols

It’s nearly 10 a.m. on Monday morning and usually by now this article would have long since been published. I stopped myself from writing it at least three times since Friday.

There’s some BIG irony in play here…

For weeks, months even, I’ve been spouting on about speaking out for what matters, raising our voices, taking a stand … yada, yada… and here I am silencing myself. Too funny.

So what’s the (gasp!) awful thing I didn’t want to say?

I wanted to tell you that I was inspired by the power of two women’s voices to encourage you, once again, to raise your own voice.

Why was this not a good thing?

Because I was worried I might be – you know – annoying. I might irritate someone because I’m speaking out more than once for something. That I’m being passionate – and maybe a little louder and more insistent than I might usually be.

That’s it. That’s what stopped me. I didn’t want my passionate belief that women’s voices are essential to annoy you. (Please, feel free to roll your eyes. I am.)

Here’s the perfect example of how the warped sacred masculine (patriarchy, power-over, dominator paradigm) lives in me. How it’s in my beliefs and behaviors so deeply that, despite everything I know and all the work I’ve done, it can still seep out and taint my confidence.

(deep breaths….many….)

So, how did I realize what was happening?

Curiosity. Mindful awareness. Knowing myself. Remembering the texture and taste of the limiting beliefs I’d been force-fed.

I was willing to wonder why. Not just assume that it wasn’t meant to be, or Spirit didn’t want me to, or it was a stupid idea anyway. I got curious about WHY.

I listened to myself, gently, and realized what was happening. Then I rolled my eyes, smacked myself in the head and judged myself a bunch. And then I stopped. Because that’s never helpful and it’s just feeding into the whole dominator thing again.

Because I thought you might relate, I thought I’d share the whole experience with you. For most of us the seeds of silencing are planted deep and it takes a few (OK – sometimes many) reminders to be aware of them.

So, here’s another reminder…

Be curious. Be present, mindful, aware. Know yourself. Be willing to ask “Why?” Be willing to listen to yourself with as little judgement as possible.

Tracie Nichols, M.A. is a change-maker and advocate for women and the earth. She’s the creator of Soul-Truthing; intuitive mentoring helping earth-loving change-making women unearth their unique leadership. “I believe it’s all right there in your heart. It just takes a little help blowing away the smoke and moving the mirrors for you to find it. Truly, you’re amazing, and we need you.”

Tracie has been developing her intuitive gift for nearly twenty years. She weaves her intuition with her masters degree in Human and Organizational Transformation to help women make, and stick with, significant life changes. You can find practical ideas, insights and inspiration on her website (almost) daily. Her well-loved newsletter appears in inboxes on the new and full moon. “Stop by tracienichols.com, grab a cup of tea, settle in and enjoy!  I LOVE when a lively conversation springs up under a post.”

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There is Perfection in This Moment By Sheri Kaye Hoff

I use to worry- a lot.

I would be in bed at night and not sleeping because I would start worrying about the next day, the next week, the next year. I would think thoughts like- if this (fill in the blank) changed, everything would be fine. What I found is that when one situation would be resolved, I still worried. Finally, I realized that I had developed a worrying problem and that even if things were going relatively well, I probably would still worry.

I determined that I did not want to live my life in this way… what worked for me was to find the perfection in the moment. At night, when I would begin worrying, I would stop and say… this moment is perfect. My bed is comfortable, my sheets smell good, my room is relaxing… and I would name everything that was perfect about the moment. Each time that I would slip into worry… I would bring myself back to the moment.

I learned that even in trying times, I could find perfect moments here and there. If I had a big meeting that involved stress- in the car, I would keep my thoughts from worry by bringing myself to the moment. “In this moment, the clouds are beautiful, the car is moving along, I can choose the music I want, I feel my hands on the wheel”, etc

I felt immediate peace and relaxation. The more I practiced being in the moment and feeling the perfection of the moment… the more I felt bliss and joy in every day life.

Perfection in the moment could be a cool hand on a fevered forehead, a cold glass of water soothing a parched throat, deep sobbing that releases emotions- perfection in the moment doesn’t mean that we don’t have ups and downs… it means being present for your life.

Exercise: Take three deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly each time. Describe this present moment… find the perfection in it… Notice how you feel as you bring yourself present.

Love and Blessings,

Sheri

Sheri Kaye Hoff, MA, CGCL. Your Inspired Action Success Coach. Sheri is a Life, Executive, and Small Biz Coach. She is a bestselling, transformational Amazon and Barnes & Noble Author. Sheri knows what it takes to go from tragedy to triumph as she discovered her brother after his suicide death as a teenager and, then, struggled for years with sadness and depression. Eventually, she found her way back to both success and joy. Sheri brings wisdom from her over 20 year career in coaching, mentoring, consulting, and training and development to you. She is a leadership expert, keynote speaker, and workshop leader. The essence of her coaching approach is transformational, intuitive, spiritual, inspirational, energy boosting, and action oriented. She teaches, collaborates, partners, mentors, and inspires others to ignite inspiration, creativity, happiness, and success every day.

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What to expect from an astrological reading (and why I understand if you’re skeptical!) With Jennifer Shelton

Last Friday I was interviewed for an upcoming telesummit. The interviewer had an astrological reading done in the past (not by me), and she said that what I do sounds very different than what she got. She asked what a person should look for in picking an astrologer.  So, here are a few suggestions and frequently asked questions.

1 – Know the astrologer’s specialty.

Not all astrologers do the same thing. Many focus on predictions – what going to be happening in your life in the next few weeks to months. Some focus on events and will help you to pick the best day to get married or have surgery.  There are those who look at relationships (synastry) and how compatible you are with partners (romantic, business, etc). You can often tell, by reading an astrologer’s website, where her focus lies.

My specialty: I focus on how all your different parts can harmonize. I start with your North Node (or, life purpose) and then, look to the rest of your chart – the planets, houses and aspects – to determine how they can work together towards this purpose. This is quite different from many astrologers, who will see various aspects of a chart as contradicting each other. I’ve often read that my Capricorn moon is “too cold” and that I should cultivate more compassion. My approach is that I have a Capricorn moon for a reason. I look at my whole chart to figure out what role it serves. So, instead of telling people to change basic parts of their personality, I explain how their parts can work in unison. (Think, well-oiled machine.)

2 – Why are horoscopes often wrong?

I find that chart readings, describing a person’s personality, are rarely wrong. But, when most people ask this question, they are referring to predictions, like the kind you see in the paper, or online. For one, these are not based on your unique birth chart. They are generic for all Aquarians, or Scorpios, or Tauruses. An Aquarian with a Scorpio rising sign, and the sun in the fourth house, is going to have a different forecast than an Aquarian with a Pisces rising sign and the sun in the 10th house.  Some people say that if you read the horoscope for your sun sign AND for your rising sign, it’s more accurate. I avoid generic daily/weekly horoscopes all together. (Except for the joke ones in The Onion. Those are hilarious!)

Also, astrological predictions are much like weather predictions. If there’s a 60% chance of rain, you may get wet, or nothing may happen. A thunderstorm might be benign, or lightening may strike a tree in your yard. It’s very hard to be specific with these kinds of forecasts. But, sometimes, it is good to know whether or not you need an overcoat or umbrella, just in case!

My approach:  I do include predictions in my readings but they are always based on the client’s individual chart. Also, my view is that if you understand all the parts of yourself well, you’ll be able to handle anything that happens in life.

3 – Much of this is now online for free. What’s the point of hiring someone to read my chart for me?

Depending on how complicated your chart is, you may be able to use online sources to do a reading for yourself. But, using my cake analogy (I compare a chart to a layered cake), the online sources will tell you the properties of each ingredient in your cake but not how they interact when cooked together.

You know that plain cocoa tastes nasty but when mixed with sugar and butter, it’s quite tasty. Same goes for cinnamon. Or, flour. An Aquarian sun with a Capricorn moon (that’s me!) is going to be very different than a Scorpio sun with a Capricorn moon. And, then, there’s the rising sign and the houses of the chart…they all combine to make you unique. A live person can see and understand those combinations.

4 – Is any of this stuff real? What do you say to skeptics?

I’m as skeptical as the next person! In fact, that’s why a lot of my clients like me. I have NO IDEA how astrology works, and that fascinates me even more. I’ve read articles trying to explain it, and nothing makes sense to me. But, when I had my first real reading (from a coworker), I was amazed at how accurately my chart depicted all my personality’s nooks and crannies. Then, I started reading the charts of acquaintances, friends and family. I never came across a chart that wasn’t accurate. The REAL TEST, though, was when I read the chart of a stranger. I mean, I already knew the personalities of the other people, and wondered if I wasn’t subconsciously skewing the reading to fit. But, so far, so good.

I did once have a person email me and say, “This does sound like me, but I’m really good with kids and am surprised that didn’t show up in my reading.” Well, it was there but wasn’t a prominent part of her chart, so I didn’t bring it up.  If there is something specific you are looking for, definitely let the astrologer know. Which leads to question number five…

5 – How can I get the most out of a reading?

It helps if you tell the astrologer the kinds of things you are concerned about. I know some people avoid doing this because they are skeptical and don’t want to “feed” info to the astrologer. With my readings, I do an overview of a person’s personality and life purpose first, and then, I will specifically focus on questions and how they fit into the big picture. There is so much information in an astrological chart that you could study it for years and not find everything. Your questions help the astrologer to pick out the stuff that is most relevant to you.

Also, my personal intuition works in such a way that I often “read” a person based on the questions she asks. As a child, in school, I’d hear kids ask questions and know exactly why they didn’t understand something. In hearing your questions, I know better how to focus on your chart. In fact, I may intuitively pick up a concern that wasn’t expressed directly in your question.

6 – What’s the best way to get a reading – over the phone or in writing?

I type out my clients’ readings. There are certain parts of a chart that LEAP out at me, and that are extremely important. I want to make sure those are covered and that my clients understand them well.  I am a “big picture” kind of person (my Jupiter is conjunct my ascendant!), and want to portray that big picture before diving into details. When I first started this, I read charts over the phone, but noticed people would get caught up on a sentence or phrase, without waiting for context. The written chart allows you to read the entire interpretation – repeatedly. (My readings tend to be 5-6 typed pages.)

7 – But, there are benefits to talking to your astrologer on the phone.

This is good for getting into details. I always want my clients to have an idea of the “big picture” first (with the written reading) but I love doing follow-ups on the phone!

My clients use the phone follow-up in different ways. Some have questions about a specific project, or a job change, or a life change, and want to know if it’s a good idea, or the best approach to dealing with it. Some people use the phone sessions as a form of therapy. I listen, often pick up patterns, and give suggestions for coping, based on their astrological chart. Some schedule these on an “as needed” basis, and others book several in advance, meeting once a week, or every two weeks (I do give discounts if a person buys sessions in bulk). Also, with these phone sessions, I am able to use my intuition (mentioned in number 5) in combination with the astrological chart.

Jennifer has been in the field of education for over twenty years, always with a focus on human rights. She is the founder of the website, FemCentral, the Virtual Institute for Women, where she works as editor, writer, and webmaster. She also teaches history, part-time, at the college, middle and high school levels.

A few years ago, she discovered an unexpected gift for astrology. She writes original astrology articles for FemCentral and provides a variety of astrological services, including individual readings and group classes.

In her “spare” time, she is researching the biography of the American Suffragist, Lucy Burns.

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Decoding Your Wild Wisdom With Tracie Nichols

This Week’s #WOW is Soul Truth Expert Tracie Nichols. She is an alchemist for the earth. I first met Tracie via a mutual friend – as we both write for Its All About Yes Ezine (the online magazine for women in business). Tracie is a total earth mother and a champion of all women. Her gifts which she shares so generously, serve as a reminder to us all to listen to the wisdom of nature. It’s very apt that Tracie is the featured #WOW on 12-12-12

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about.

I’m a woman dancing gleefully into my crone years, spending my life intuitively communicating with the unseen world. I’m particularly connected with the energies of the earth, or Gaia (after the Greek goddess who was the Great Mother of All).

No matter what I’m doing I love laughter – just ask my (amazing, wonderful, rockin’) clients. I’m passionate about LIFE – the amazing, vibrant force that animates us all – and doing everything I can to help every being thrive.

I have a master’s degree that gives me the tools to help people make significant life changes. My intuitive senses have been developed over nearly 25 years. (People tell me my intuitive guidance is clear, accurate, and helpful. How cool is that!?) My sacred partnership with the earth grounds me, keeps me present, and keeps things real.

I’m lucky enough to be Mom to 3 fascinating children and married to a very cool Renaissance man. We live in a (very small!) 250 year old farm house with Elrond, the magical cat. Someday we plan to live in an off-the-grid completely sustainable home. Little known fact? I LOVE fresh raspberries! I mean passionately. I once told a friend that sun-warmed raspberries, fresh from the cane, were better than sex.

So tell me about your business, who is Tracie Nichols?

I’m a change-maker and advocate for women and the earth. My business is all about serving both, usually at the same time.

I serve women by helping them unearth and live their raw, glorious Soul Truth. Part of that process involves helping them recover their intuitive relationship with the planet, the most potent source of feminine energy available. Part of it involves using my intuition to “listen” to their Soul Truth and help them develop ways of living that truth out loud (usually with lots of laughter)!

I serve the earth by listening to her and sharing her wisdom, her stories, with anyone who will listen (usually on my blog and social media) and by helping people come home again to their intuitive relationship with the planet. When we do this we tend to consider the well being of all life when making choices, so everybody wins.

What inspired you to make the decision to create your own business?

I was inspired to create my own business by the messy collision of needing to be home for my children with receiving a sacred mandate from Gaia to share her story, and my passionate belief that we were losing something essential with each woman who remained silent rather than sharing her unique wisdom. And, since I was one of those women being more silent than seen, I decided I needed to walk my talk, as they say.

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this, or did your business evolve from your original idea?

Having my own business was never really a dream of mine. I took a winding road to get to where I am now. In the beginning I was so unsure of myself I kept trying to legitimize my intuitive work by wrapping it up in more conventional packaging. I started as a massage therapist and an aromatherapist (still am) specializing in working with women survivors of trauma and abuse. Amazing work, but not what I knew I needed to be doing. Things kept evolving and I kept becoming more transparent about my mandate from Gaia and my conviction that women’s voices are essential to our global thriving.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business?

Bookkeeping and boundaries. Financials flummox me and numbers are so NOT my strength. In terms of boundaries, I love what I do so much that I have a hard time stopping. I can always find just one more thing… I’m guilty of working through weekends and holidays at times. Which, of course, just isn’t healthy. So I’m cultivating balance. And re-framing bookkeeping as play with numbers until I hire a VA (part of the 2013 plan).

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business?

I’ve learned that I am NOT detail oriented. Despite having been so in several jobs. When it comes to managing the enormous quantity of details involved in setting up and running my business…yikes! I need to bring extra energy and attention to detailed processes.

I’ve also learned that I can over think and over write something until it’s mind-boggling, complex, and hideously boring. I’m getting better at trusting my first thoughts.

Also, I’ve learned that I’m courageous as hell, a really good public speaker, a solid and compassionate class facilitator and I can work totally silly hours and still be in love with what I do.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business?

Know yourself – really well. Be willing to see the best, the worst and everything between. Especially know how you sabotage yourself and how you motivate yourself. Be clear about your resources, of all kinds. Have a support network resilient enough to handle weeping, raging, glee, questioning, frustration, giddiness, wild success and the occasional abject failure. It also helps if some of them can deliver meals on occasion. Have regular meetings with your inner wisdom. Consider forming an advisory board. I have human colleagues I call on, as well as a more-than-human advisory board.

What products and services do you provide?

I serve through Soul-Truthing sessions, Leadership Mentoring, classes and gatherings (virtual and in person), public speaking and nearly daily blog posts. You can find all of that at tracienichols.com (http://tracienichols.com). By the way, I LOVE when a lively conversation springs up under a post.

One of my favorite pages on my site is “Gifts for You”! (http://www.tracienichols.com/gifts-for-you/) where folks can find audio and PDF versions of meditations Gaia shared with me. Anyone who takes the plunge and subscribes to my newsletter receives “Alchemy from the Earth,” a collection of messages and suggested practices from Gaia.

I have also developed the “Decoding Your Wild Wisdom Guidebook” (http://www.tracienichols.com/tools-for-you/) a guide to unlocking the timeless understanding coded into your body of how to navigate mystery, chaos, transformation and evolution. And the “With Love, From Your Element” email program (http://www.tracienichols.com/with-love-from-your-element/) – connecting people with their home element. Helping them stay grounded, present, focused and clear.

What is the greatest success story for your business?

The greatest success story for my business isn’t my story. It’s the stories clients tell about how their lives have changed. How they feel so much more alive and happy. How they feel like they’re finally living the truth of who they are. I LOVE my clients. I’m inspired by them every day. That’s the big, shiny success story of my business; all of the fierce, radiant women standing up and being heard, now.

The ways you can hook up with Tracie:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ecoaudient (personal page)

https://www.facebook.com/alchemyfortheearth (fan page)

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/tracietnichols

Website:

http://tracienichols.com

Blogging For Business! Get Your Copy Write

This week’s #WOW is the  gorgeous Tanja Gardner whose gift for writing compelling copy allows her not only to share her gifts with the world, its also a allows her help and assist others in getting their message heard through the written word. I first connected with Tanja in Leonie Dawson’s Goddess Circle. Tanja has one of those rare gifts that allows her to transform the written word into the music of the soul, whether its for clients or her own work. She is most definitely making a difference and making it easier for others to do the same. When we discover our gifts and begin sharing them with the world, start living our true purpose and getting paid to do it, a true blessing indeed.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I’m a copywriter from Auckland, New Zealand – although my clients hail from all over the globe.   I’m passionate about balance and clear communication. I’m intensely passionate about anything by Joss Whedon (although that’s probably another story).

Mostly, though, I’m passionate about making a difference.

You see, once upon a time, I did the “Tombstone exercise”. You know… the one where you imagine telling your next of kin what you want inscribed on your tombstone.  And you know what I wanted?

She made a difference”.

They’re just four words. Four simple freaking words. But they changed my life. And they’re the entire foundation underneath my vision for Crystal Clarity Copywriting.

So tell me about your business – what is Crystal Clarity Copywriting all about?       I could tell you that Crystal Clarity’s all about copywriting. But you know what? It’s actually not. That’s just the tool I use.

Really, Crystal Clarity is about serving the amazing, heart-based difference-makers of the world: the coaches, counselors, healers, therapists, yoga teachers, etc. And it’s about serving them by helping them help more of their ideal clients.

It’s about guiding them to get crystal clear on exactly how their unique offerings change the lives of the people they want to help.  And then? Then it’s about turning that clarity into written communications: web pages, ebooks, emails, etc.

The end result is Continue reading

Let’s Dance – Building A Business One Step At A Time

This Week’s #WOW is the Beautiful Dawn Mendonca  who is an dancepreneur. I first met Dawn when I saw her speak at large event specifically for women in business. She light the whole place up with her presence and energy. She  walks her talk and has been a great mentor to me as I step more into speaking and Dawn has been an invaluable support. She has created an amazing business following her passion and helps others to achieve their dreams. She is so much fun and it really comes across in her videos and marketing.

Tell me a little about you , your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I was born and live in London UK, I am an independent mother to my son who fills my life with so much joy. I love people, I am a stand for humanity and really into spirituality. I spend most my free time chillin with friends, socialising, having inspiring conversations & just having fun. I find it fun to take on challenges that has me be fearless and expands my growth, so I am a sucker to anyone daring me to do something.. with integrity of course. In my younger years you could say I was somewhat of a rebel haha. I love to laugh and feel that sense of freedom and connection in nature environments. I can sit in one place like the beach or in a park for days on end meditating and reflecting about life, the world, the universe. I don’t watch TV as a matter of fact I don’t even own one and I enjoy de-cluttering often ! I love the dynamics of entrepreneurship and of course… dancing.

So tell me about your business, what is DawnMendonca.com all about? I mentor and empower dancers to become dancepreneurs creating a lucrative business from their passion of dance.  Working with my business partner we  have also trained hundreds of dancers to become professional teachers as well as license out our own dance school under the brand of DanceMode UK where we currently have over 1500 students attend our classes a week.

What lead you to making the decision of creating your own business? The stress of working the 9-5 as a single mother led me to suffer from depression so I knew there had to be another way where I could work in hours that suited me. I knew I had to take responsibility to create the way I live my life around my son as he and my health meant more to me than any job that dictated my time. Obviously I had to make money somehow so thats when I started my entrepreneurial journey.

Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this or did it your business evolve from your original idea? Yes I always knew deep down there was something more, I would often question what was life about, I would watch others on the train looking miserable, I would often ask my boss questions about how he got into business. When I left my job I had no idea what I was going to do, so I just done something that I always knew to do and enjoyed to do from childhood and that was dance. I would never of guessed prior to leaving my job that I would be able to make a business from what was then and had always been just a hobby. I carried a limited belief for years that “there was no money in dance” which is too funny looking back at it now.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? Letting go in order to expand and move forward. For years I created a job for  myself and it wasn’t until I let go and created opportunity for others did I see the light and the potential of how far I could take it. At first letting go was difficult for me as I was so attached, getting stuck into comfort zones and had lack of knowledge, focus and vision but now I build into the projects plan how I can systemize it in a way so I can let go before I even consider taking it on as a project so I can focus onto creating other business ideas.

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? That I am fully responsible for creating it.. so therefore if something is not getting done or I am not moving at a speed I would like to be then I am blocking it somehow. Theres something internally that is holding me back. So its crucial to work on personal growth to breakthrough any limitations so you don’t self sabotage your own success & delay the process.

What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business? Go and do The Landmark Forum or a similar transformational personal development course to get empowered, stay in the positive mindset by reading books, attending seminars, surround yourself with a successful community who support you, stay committed to being educated about your expertise and your industry, consider a mentor or coach or business network community to hold you to account, share knowledge and business building strategies, and embrace the world of marketing with love. Keep chasing the dream…. and don’t listen to the naysayers.

What products and services do you provide ?

For dancepreneur online business training

Visit www.DanceBusinessSuccess.com

For dance teacher training & business consultation services

Visit www.DanceTeacherTraining.net

For licencee opportunties and kids dance classes

Visit www.DanceMode.com

What is the greatest success story for your business? It would have to be our past clients who we have trained up to become dance teachers and mentored into becoming dancepreneurs. Many have won awards, attracted media attention & have developed their businesses into successful dance empires in their own right. We are very proud of them and that’s what fulfills us the most.

 

Are You Linked Into Business?

This Week’s #WOW is the Inspirational Viveka Von Rosen who is a linkedin expert, Viveka is ranked #6 in Forbes Top Ten Women in Social Media: Listed by Mari Smith as having the niche quality of a social media superstar and is one of the most engaging women I’ve ever connected with . Her Interview is so honest , funny and heart warming where she shares tons of incredible valuable business building tips in her own unique style. When I asked Viveka to be one of my featured #WOW’s it was slam bang in the middle of her book launch “linkedin Marketing, an hour a day” and a really hectic speaking schedule where she was flying all over the world. So I am really honored that she took the time out and gave a rocking interview as she’s one smokin’ hot Goddess.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? What a great question. Fortunately I’m prepared for it because my life coach asked me this about two months ago.

I can’t believe my life right now. Ever since I was little girl I loved writing. I loved being on stage. And I loved teaching people.  In my long work history I’ve done everything from assistant professor to selling cars.  So I am absolutely thrilled that finally, at age 44, I am doing everything I love. I get to write books, articles and blog posts every day (Well, not all at once) I get to talk and teach people about social media. A few times a month I get to stand on a stage or in front of a room and speak to  an audience of soon to be like-minded others.  And I get to help business owners make more of an impact in their businesses and lives.

I’m also excited because I’ve always liked working with female entrepreneurs. A few years ago I created a business specifically for women and social media called Smart Blonde Media but it didn’t take off.  The timing wasn’t right.  However, I am finding that now I am beginning to get in front of female audiences, and working more with female clients. I love it.

On a personal front, I’m also a relationship with the best man in the world, live in my dream house in the mountains, and have the world’s cutest dog and cat. I am truly blessed.

While even I have been skeptical about the “Do what you love and the money will follow” and all that law of attraction stuff, I have to say I’m finding that having a very clear idea of what you want to do, and a complete vision of yourself doing that thing (living in that place, being in a relationship with that person) allows you not only to attract, but to recognize those things in your life.  I think we are constantly being given opportunities, but somehow by being focused on the life we want we can see those opportunities more clearly.  And take them.

So now more than ever I am excited about helping people realize that their passions and dreams are absolutely achievable. And my particular channel for that is LinkedIn

So tell me about your business, who is Linked into Business all about?  Whoops, I should’ve read this question first. As I mentioned earlier, I love working with entrepreneurs. And especially female entrepreneurs. However I do have niche markets with the legal industry as well as business associations.

I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with the PR firm Hellerman Baretz Communications. They have brought a level of professionalism that I probably would not have created on my own. I wear more suits now 🙂

I have also discovered that Legal Firms at very good at sending limos to the airport and putting me up in fine hotels!

Again, for me LinkedIn is a perfect vehicle for communications and positioning.  Hellerman found me through LinkedIn, as did Wiley (my publisher).  Having a good Continue reading

“I walked into my dream!”

This Week’s #WOW is Regina Reiter is a forgiveness expert and She helps woman choose a path to access their dream. A specialty is helping women over 50 accomplish their dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. The timing of this interview is perfect as my big brother has just embarked on his own pilgrimage walking the camino de santiago from the south of France and traveling the breadth of Northern Spain. In life our memories and emotions often weave together and become tightly bound waiting for an opportunity to be released. What Regina offers is a pure gift of goodness to help release those tightly bound emotions of hurt and pain from our past.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; meanwhile you are the one getting burned.Buddha

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? First of all, thanks for your interest in me and Forgiveness Walks.  It’s my pleasure to share this with you!

I’m 58 years young, and just beginning my new lifestyle. I call it “hiking lifestyle”. My former lifestyle was based on my role as mom at home for three wonderful adult sons, all born at home and homeschooled. That lifestyle ended five years ago, when I discovered that when I’m hiking on trails, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. Now, I’m making a transition to being out on trails where I can stay out for months at a time, immersing my senses in Nature and walking in service to others.  Since turning 50, I’ve walked over 5,000 miles on long distance hiking trails like the Appalachian Trail. I’m also passionate about sharing the amazing, practical tools of Radical Forgiveness to create a joyful world filled with people who love fearlessly.

So tell me about your business, who is Forgiveness Walks all about?  Forgiveness Walks is all about women over 50 who have selflessly and tirelessly supported others for decades and who yearn to fulfill their own adventurous dream, whether it’s close to home or on distant paths.  They feel exhausted and emptied, even resentful of the very people they have always served with love. They yearn to walk, to walk in Nature for rejuvenation to their core. They long to retune their heartstrings and express their buried joy, to reawaken their generous hearts with fearless self-love. When they do, they Continue reading