Why Running Your Own Business is the Best. Thing. Ever.

running-your-own-businessSooo…when do we get to go caving?”, she asked, with a grin.

“Hmmm…probably not any time soon!,” I answered. :)

We were on a Secret Adventure, a business I ran for a while where I led women on monthly trips designed to explore the region, have fun, and build confidence at the same time.

Because each experience was a surprise, they never knew what they were getting into – kayaking, cider making, a classical concert. We tried all kinds of things…

But I don’t love caving – so that was never on The List.

And that’s why running your own business is the Best Thing Ever.

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How to Tell When It’s Your Time to Grow

It may just be a growth spurt, you know.

Or the start of one.

Whatever this is that’s bugging you, this “thing” that just doesn’t feel right; it might just be that things are changing inside for you – in a good way.

It usually starts as an uncomfortable feeling, a sense that something is wrong, out of whack, not what it should be. Sometimes those feelings are a whisper, just below the surface. Sometimes they’re shouting in your face.

Either way, they get harder and harder to ignore when you are being challenged – more and more – to grow. Continue reading

What It Takes to Fall In Love with Your Business

The Kiss - Thomas LeuthardSo, you two been together long?

You and your business, I mean.

If so, there’s a good chance your relationship has hit a rough spot here and there. It happens to everyone, sooner or later.

Remember how it was in the beginning, when you first starting dating?

You felt like a perfect match. You couldn’t believe you’d found each other after all this time. You could hardly sleep for the passion flowing through your veins, just dreaming of the magic you would create together!

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Why You Need to Find and Follow Your North Star


Do you ever sit out under the night sky?

And if you do, can you find the North Star?

Sitting right at the tip of the Little Dipper handle, it’s called “Polaris”, and it’s easy to find, no matter where you are.

Long before we had a GPS in our pocket, finding the North Star kept wanderers from getting lost as they traveled across continents and oceans. 

You need to know what your North Star is, in your business, too.  Continue reading

Two Super Easy, Helpful Ways I Use Evernote Every Day

“I don’t know if you’ll remember me or not…”, she said,

…“but I called you several months ago, and you were really helpful.”

Actually,  I did remember – in detail.

I remembered exactly when she called, and how long it took me to call her back. I remembered what she needed, and the resources I’d given her when we talked.

I remembered it all because I had a record of the entire thing – in Evernote. Continue reading