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…

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.

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:  (Discover Your Purpose FB group)



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5 Beliefs That Will Ensure You Never Achieve Success With Melanie Benson Strick

Each and every successful entrepreneur I’ve ever worked with has one thing that sets them apart from everyone else. They have a set of beliefs that cause them to be willing to do the right things at the right time to achieve that next level of success.

Contrast that with a growing pool of people who are stuck, frustrated and constantly overwhelmed in their pursuit of success. Many well-meaning, passionate people have all the right ideas and no shortage of talent – but when it comes to profiting from their great work they feel perpetually trapped causing them to barely get by.

Its like there is a hidden barrier between where they are now and where they want to be. This barrier is their belief system. The struggling entrepreneurs belief system causes them to work way harder than they need to, make poor choices, procrastinate endlessly on important tasks, and stress out about money.

Here are five of the most common belief systems that cause smart, capable, heart-based entrepreneurs to fall short of their potential and feel hopelessly stuck (and miss the opportunity to prosper in their business.)

1. The amount of money available on this planet is limited.

If you believe on some level that there is a limited amount of money that can be accessed then on some level you will hold yourself back from accumulating wealth. Dan Kennedy in his book, “No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs” refers to this limiting belief as Wealth Inhibition.

Money is energy. Wealth is achieved by directing the flow of energy repeatedly towards the life, impact and dreams you have. An energetic alignment with unlimited wealth potential generates more wealth. But, on the other hand, if you have a belief that acquiring more money will ultimately lead to someone else’s demise, then you will unconsciously hold yourself back. Most of us don’t really want to negatively affect another person so you will inhibit your success by only doing enough to keep yourself from financial ruin.

2. I have to work hard to get ahead.

Ingrained deep inside our culture is the belief that we have to work hard to become successful. From our mid-west roots to the corporate upbringing that many of us started with, sacrificing our life to get more work done is a persistent belief holding many entrepreneurs hostage. The truth is that wealth is created from leverage – not more work.

You may achieve your first level of financial success with investing 100’s of hours a week on the grindstone. But you will not be able to continue to work that hard to achieve your next level of success. When you discover easy ways to leverage your time, money and resources you will see that you can attract 10 times the level of success you have now with a few simple tweaks.

3. Big success changes people for the worst.

We’ve all seen people we know turn into ugly monsters when they start making the big bucks. All of a sudden they are “too good for us” or become so money-hungry they hurt others in their obsession to make more money. But I’ve also seen just as many people do good things with their wealth.

Wealth is only a tool. How you use that tool is not dictated by how much money you have but by your values system. If you have unconsciously made a decision to avoid becoming wealthy so you aren’t “like them” then you are sabotaging your success potential. It’s time to unhook wealth and evil as partners and make a decision to do good things with the wealth that you attract.

4. I can’t be trusted with money.

If you have filed bankruptcy, accumulated significant debt, or took a big financial risk and failed, chances are you decided that you can’t be trusted with money. If you’ve formed this belief then all of your choices will unconsciously be to keep your bank account small. The truth is that you can learn how to be good with money. But if you unconsciously believe you can’t be trusted with it, you will always find ways to make it then lose it – fast!

In my MoneyDNA™ program, I help people dissolve their blocks to creating success while developing strong wealth attraction and management skills. Until you dissolve your sabotaging beliefs you probably won’t want to learn how to be better with money.

5. No one will pay this much for my offerings.

There is a fascinating phenomenon buried deep in our psyche. If we won’t spend money on it, on some level we believe that no one else will either. If you aren’t charging enough for your services you probably haven’t ever been willing to invest the equivalent in yourself. Deep down inside you don’t get how someone would pay what you’ve been unwilling to invest in the past. Then, unwittingly, we decide for others what they are willing to spend. You immediately discount or offer a lower price without ever giving the prospect a chance to say yes to your full fee.

You have basically decided for your prospect what they are willing to pay – based on your limited consciousness.

Here’s the good news. All of these beliefs are simply a limiting decision you made that can be reversed. In order for you to prosper and achieve great things beyond what you ever thought was possible you’ll need to make three new decisions:

1. You deserve to have huge success doing what you love most. You just have to be willing to do what works and stop doing what doesn’t.

2. Your ideal prospects can and will pay big money to have their needs met (especially if it can happen fast.) You just have to know who they really are and how to align your offerings with their search.

3. Money is just a tool to make things happen. The more money you learn to attract the faster you can make a bigger impact on this planet.

I hope you’ll join me and the thousands of entrepreneurs who are ready to grow beyond their wildest dreams and shift out of those old beliefs into ones that will support you in achieving unlimited impact, wealth and success.

Melanie Benson Strick, known as America’s Leading Authority on Optimum Performance, has a gift for guiding fast-paced, overwhelmed, driven entrepreneurs to thrive in their small business. With over 11 years mentoring thought leaders and big thinking entrepreneurs, Melanie is liberator – uncovering costly breakdowns and de-railers while re-energizing profits– ultimately freeing the entrepreneur to do more of what they do best.

Melanie has been on faculty with StomperNet as their delegation expert, spoke on stages across the globe, is co-author of’s Start Up Guide to Starting an Information Marketing Business and has her success tips featured in magazines such as AmExpOPEN, Woman’s Day and the LA Times. Melanie is a proud lifestyle enthusiast and spends her free time in search of the best spas and beaches in the world.

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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 ( 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”! ( 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” ( 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 ( – 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:

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Enter the Enchanted Metaphysical Shoppe of Scadaris

This Week’s amazing #WOW is Scadaris Enchanted Metaphysical Shoppe Founder Lisa Byrd. Lisa is owner extraordinaire of a magical mystical shoppe of wonder and enchantment which serves the New Age/Pagan Market. Lisa created  it to be a focus for magickal and spiritual growth. The beautiful thing is The name itself: Scadaris, is a combination of Lisa’s children’s names; Scarlett, Daral, and Isaac, who work alongside  and share her beliefs. Together they bring awareness to the global community that living a natural way of life, and by seeing the spiritual life present in the Earth, we can make magic abound once more! Lisa is proof that your dream can become reality once you make the leap of faith.

Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about?My name is Lisa L. Byrd, I am married with 5 children (3 natural), and 2 dogs that I also consider children – LOL We have a very quiet Lifestyle, we stay home, I work on my business, and at night, after supper, we listen to books on tape while I cross stitch and he plays his football video game.
My passions are taking care of the planet and my fellow creatures, in whatever small way that I can. Spending time with my four adorable and beautiful grandchildren, and continually learning about the healing energies of herbs and crystals.

So tell me about your business – what is Scadaris Enchanted Metaphysical Shoppe all about? Scadaris Enchanted Metaphysical Shoppe is my business, I actually came up with the name from my three oldest children. Scarlett, Daral, and Isaac. It is a metaphysical store that supplies all the necessary and just plain wanted products for people as they live and grow in their pagan spiritual life.

What led you to making the decision to create your own business?
My decision to create the store, was my desire to work AND live my spiritual beliefs. I have actually dreamed about opening a Metaphysical or New Age store since the year 2000. I planned on opening a Mortar and Physical Store, but decided to go ahead and try the Internet Option first, since more and more people are using the internet for their shopping needs.

What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? 
Turning fans and Newsletter recipients into customers. Marketing

What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business?
I can do anything I set my mind to with patience and perseverance. I knew absolutely nothing about building websites, setting up websites – yet I successfully completed mine.
What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business?Do serious research. What will be involved in the running of the business, how will you market it, how will you support yourself while the business is developing, what competition do you have? Research and a good business plan is of utmost importance.

What products and services do you provide?
At Scadaris, we strive to supply all of your Metaphysical/Wiccan/Pagan Ritual needs. Whether it be Magical Herbs and Oils, Cauldrons, Mortar and Pestles, Athames, or simply a bumper sticker proclaiming your beliefs, you can find it here.

Visit here for a full list of items available at Enchanted Metaphysical Shoppe

What is the greatest success story for your business?
That one is a hard one. This is a new business, it’s not even 6 months old yet. I think just the fact that I did it! I dreamed for 10 years of owning my own Metaphysical Store, and I finally have succeeded in making that dream a reality.

Click links below to connect with:

Scadaris Facebook Page

Scadaris on Twitter

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.

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“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

Getting Your Sexy On In and Out Of The Bedroom

This week’s #WOW is the Gorgeous Allison Braun, The Bedroom Joyologist. I have been wanting to feature Allison since I first started this series of Interviews way back at the beginning of the year and she was one of the first women I asked as I love what she does. So we finally got our schedules synched and am so happy to be able to share her wisdom with you all. She empowers women to get their sexy on in and out of the bedroom.

Allison Braun AKA The bedroom JoyologistTell me a little about you , your lifestyle and what you are passionate about?
Well, I am 27 years old and spend the majority of my time learning, hanging out with my
husband (just got married last year), masterminding and brainstorming with other
like-minded women while eating and drinking delicious things, reading, spending time outdoors (especially around water), and talking with pretty much anyone about sexuality, relationships, and business.

I like to keep a lot of free time, but I find as an entrepreneur that I enjoy working too much!

I am very passionate about creating a safe space for women to connect, share, and be them sexuality and all!

So tell me about your business, what is Allison Braun – The Bedroom Joyologist all about?
I help women (often with a conservative or religious background) let go of sexual suppression and guilt so they can start living fully expressed – sexuality and all both in and out of the bedroom. Once they start being Continue reading

Dreams Are Messages From Your Soul

Do you remember your dreams? Sometimes they are so good we just don’t want to wake up. How about your secret dreams and ambitions. You have to wake up to turn them into reality. When I work with my clients, one of the first things we do is tap into those long forgotten dreams. Do some excavation into their passions, what lights them up. Bringing that passion into your life , listening to that inner voice that is your soul whispering your purpose which leads to more happiness and fulfillment.
Some Tips On Waking Up and Turning Those Dreams Into Reality……

If you haven’t discovered your purpose yet or are unsure how to make it align with your life, try this simple exercise – grab a piece of paper

On your paper create two columns, in the first column list your skills– things you are good at and enjoy (  maybe you are good at organizing events , put it down – if its something you don’t enjoy leave it off the list.)

In the second column list issues or causes that you truly care about,  that you are passionate about.

List as many as you can in both column, once your finished pick your top 3 from both lists and your gifts will be revealed. Your Gifts lead to your purpose, as you breathe into them, you get clarity and your dreams gain strength and the steps you need to take appear.

Surround yourself with those who lift you up , trust your inner voice and spend time with like minded people.

If you are Overwhelmed with your vision and struggling to share your gifts grab my Guide to put some support in place Get It HERE

Cooking Up A Successful Business

This week’s #WOW will have you salivating and proves you can create a successful business from following your passions, using your experience and gifts and also serve your Community. Food is at the heart of every culture , where we come together to share our day and nourish not just our bellies but our soul. I grew up in Ireland so its usual the minute you step into anyone’s home the table is laden with a feast whether they have the food to share or not. I have one auntie in particular and within seconds of arriving unannounced the table would be set brimming with everything you could imagine. Keena’s Mission Statement is to promote healing in our community by bringing people to the table of life and sharing the art form of holistic culinary expression.

Tell me a little about you , your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? I am focusing a lot on just being right now; and what I mean by that is that I wasn’t really allowed to just “be” for a long time in my youth as well as early adulthood–so I am practicing it now. It has me coming into my own and it feels really good to be who I want to be; not what others expect of me. I am creating the reality I want for myself.

Currently, I live a pretty simple and happy life. I made the decision to stop working a regular job an do what I love. The money isn’t great right now but I had to make a conscious choice between my health and happiness vs. money linked to a stressful dead-end job causing me health problems.

I am passionate about culture, and moreover food as it relates to culture. Not only cooking and eating it, but learning all about its origins, the benefits of the natural cycles of it–from the ground to the plate and from the mother to (humane) slaughter. I want to be able to tell a story with my dishes; the story of a small village in Africa or an American ghetto, where food is scarce. The story of a family that sits together and shares intimate details over a home cooked meal. This is what makes it exciting.

So tell me about your business, who is Keena’s Kitchen all about? Chef Ikeena of Keena’s Kitchen is all about educating diners about their choices and providing a heart centered service true her own cultural heritage. “Southern hospitality”, “Putting a little love in it”, “Putting a foot in it”–all of these are true for me and reflect where I come from and how we show our love to people–by feeding them. It is where we reveal ourselves. Continue reading