Cindy Black: Big Tree School of Natural Healing

Jan 21, 2019
 

Here are the highlights of my interview with Cindy Black: Big Tree School of Natural Healing on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Cindy Black?

Cindy Black, L.Ac. is the founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing, and the author of Meridian Massage, Opening Pathways to Vitality. Initially trained as a Massage Therapist, she dove into Chinese Medicine when the opportunity presented itself. Based on her experiences, she integrated Classical Chinese Medicine, western massage therapy, lifestyle adjustments, and movement practices into the Meridian Massage Approach.

Overcoming darkness

Cindy is no stranger when it comes to spinning out on the solopreneur journey. Whether it was initially trying to do what all the “expert marketers” told her she should or just general overwhelm that comes with the entrepreneurial path.

She applied her grounded in simplicity philosophy to business and discovered that you could simplify greatly and succeed.

She advises choosing fewer things,...

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You Are Enough

Jan 14, 2019

When you feel like you’re not enough, read on for some encouragement.

Truth: You are enough.

It’s a common fear that who we are, and what we have to offer is not enough. How we are hardwired to avoid rejection, the way we were raised, and even playing the comparison game, all play a part of this debilitating belief. The belief in “not-enoughness.”

Feeling not enough is paralyzing.

When we are stuck in feeling less than, it paralyzes us from taking action, moving forward, and sharing our talents. It’s almost like PTSD in the way that we can’t seem to get past the thoughts of not being good enough, thin enough, smart enough, rich enough, etc. I’ve seen this pattern gobble up years of people’s lives (including mine). And it’s senseless.

What really is enough?

Who says when enough is enough? There isn’t some superpower that reigns overhead with a checklist and cloke. I believe it’s the inner critique within us...

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Gina Tager: Mind Body Eating Coach

Jan 07, 2019
 

Here are the highlights of my interview with Gina Tager: Mind Body Eating Coach on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Gina Tager?

Gina Tager is a Body Mind Eating Coach, certified by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

She helps people heal their relationship with food, body, and Life itself through self-knowledge and body wisdom.

Her work is based on HAES (Health at Every Size) a movement that promotes body diversity.

She is passionate about helping people who are ready to stop the battle with their weight and their body in order to start embracing who they really are so they can create lasting wellbeing.

Overcoming darkness

It was her personal motivation that brought her to this field. After cleaning out a lot of old beliefs, she started embracing the idea that you can be healthy and happy at every size/body type.

Having had personal experiences with body and weight issues, she now can channel that knowledge to women who come to her that previously struggled in shame...

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My Favorite Online Tools for Solopreneurs

Dec 31, 2018

Save time, money, and frustration with these hand-picked business tools.

No matter if you are just starting out in business or have been at it for a while, utilizing a catalog of online tools is a must-have resource for any solopreneur. Whether you are trying to DIY your graphics, effectively communicate with your team, or project manage like a wizard — there’s an app for that!

One of the keys is to not get overwhelmed.

My best advice is to prioritize the one area that you need the most support on right now in your business and learn the tool that best fits your needs. Once it’s implemented and you’re comfortable with it, then proceed down the list and continue on.

Soon, you’ll be navigating like a PRO and wonder how you lived without these tools!

Here is a guide to my favorite online resources that I’ve been using for years. There are hundreds of choices out there for online business management. I’m...

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Mackenzie Piccarreto: Table for One

Dec 10, 2018
 

Here are the highlights of my interview with Mackenzie Piccarreto: Table for One on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Mackenzie Piccarreto?

Mackenzie Piccarreto is an Integrative Health Expert, recipe developer, and all around wellness junkie. She founded her blog, Mackenzies Table, to share recipes, tips, and overall thoughts on what it means to live a vibrant, health-conscious life.

Mackenzie teaches that being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or taste bad, that when we really listen to our bodies, everything falls into place.

Overcoming darkness

Mackenzie shared how being a solopreneur can be isolating and a totally different scene than having co-workers. We talked about how easy it is to compare yourself to others online and get completely distracted.

She said, having a super supportive girl network in Rochester, NY has been a major contributor to her success.

Being able to rely on a trusted network that gets what you’re trying to accomplish and that you...

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My Experience Having a Business Coach

Dec 07, 2018

Having a business coach changed my 2018.

I attribute productivity, focus, goal setting, accountability, and progress to having a business coach.

Yes! That’s a powerful statement, but it’s true.

Because, when we are left to our devices it’s all too easy to get distracted, have the best intentions, and produce at half-speed because it’s “good enough.”

You know you need a coach when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels. Like you are putting in your best efforts but don’t really seem to be progressing forward.

That’s what I was feeling at the top of last year.

I started doing some market research for my own coaching business. And searched some of the top Facebook groups where women solopreneurs were hanging out.

I was listening to their experiences of having various coaches (health, money mindset, spirituality, business) and was gleaning a lot of valuable insight.

And then it dawned on me, this sounds like exactly what I need!

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Jennifer Jefferies: Present Day Wise Woman

Dec 03, 2018
 

Here are the highlights of my interview with Jennifer Jefferies: Present day wise woman on Women Developing Brilliance.


Who is Jennifer Jefferies?

Jen describes herself as a psychedelic hippie committed to leaving the world a better place. She is a philanthropist who loves breaking new ground and living in the unknown zone of life.

She has published 14 books including the # 1 book on Intuitive Aromatherapy in the world.  

Jen is comfortable whether walking the 800 km Camino Way across Spain or speaking on the world stage.

She is The Present Day Wise Woman and says her greatest achievement is founding The Q Foundation, which brings hope, health, and happiness to children in poverty.


Overcoming darkness

After burning out in her twenties Jen reinvented herself as a naturopath and aromatherapist specializing in getting people out of survival mode and preventing burnout in the workplace.

She chose to specialize in aromatherapy because aside from loving aromas, she was drawn to the...

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Easy! #1 Step to Taking Action

Nov 30, 2018

Find out what the #1 step to taking action is!

Could it be true? Just 1 step to taking action? Not the top 7 steps to taking action?

Yes!

Do you know why?

Because if it’s not easy, doable, and something that we can manage, then most likely it’ll end up on the back burner or at the bottom of the “to do” list.

Can you relate?

So, the #1 step to taking action is taken directly from Nike’s core branding message, “Just Do It!”

It really is as simple as that…just do it.

We could drag this out to have oodles of steps, strategies, and systems explaining all the whys and wherefores…but honestly, do you really need that? For myself, I already know “what” to do, it’s really about putting one foot in front of the other and implementing.

Does it mean that it’s “easy?” No! But not much in life that is worthwhile and invigorating is. Sometimes just accepting that fact makes it more manageable.

One of...

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Crista Beck: The Love Radar

Nov 26, 2018
 

Here are the highlights of my interview with Crista Beck: The Love Radar on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Crista Beck?

Crista Beck, The Love Radar, is a dating expert who teaches single people who are seeking a healthy and long-term relationship how to attract quality dating partners, increase their confidence, and take the actions necessary to have the love they deeply desire. She is regarded by her clients as a “romantic healer” due to her holistic and conscious approach to finding a meaningful relationship in the era of hookup culture and online dating.

 

Lightbulb moment

Crista was always curious about cosmic love, relationships, and spirituality as a young girl. After she read The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris she was motivated to travel to Thailand and create an online business, as the author suggested.

From there, she approached her new business very strategically. At the time (now almost 10 years ago), the underserved keyword in the love and...

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Behind the Scenes of My Rebrand (+ Some Big Truth)

Nov 23, 2018

Great advice for rebranding your business.

So most of you (hopefully) know the benefits of branding, but what about rebranding?

Wikipedia states, “Rebranding is a marketing strategy in which a new name, term, symbol, design, or combination thereof is created for an established brand with the intention of developing a new, differentiated identity in the minds of consumers, investors, competitors, and other stakeholders.”

Simplified, rebranding is a fresh, new company look with specific objectives.

In the beginning

When I created my initial brand, I decided I was going to use the DIY online tools that were available, like Canva, PicMonkey, and Gimp to create my look and feel. I got color inspiration from Design Seeds and Pantone.com. I found fonts on Creative Market. I took selfies with my cell. The only things that I hired out were my business cards, which I sourced on Fiverr. Here’s what I came up with:

How I knew it was time to...

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