Interview With Mandi Donohue: Choosing Love, Balance and Authenticity

Interview With Mandi Donohue:  Choosing Love, Balance and Authenticity

Something that you notice when you talk to Mandi about her career is that it’s as rich and colorful as the cakes she’s known for decorating.

Deep down, she understands that who you are changes constantly--and accepts it. 

She knows that "one of the bravest things you can do is to love yourself and lead an authentic life."

Interview with Sharonne Park: Creating Success On Her Own Terms

Interview with Sharonne Park: Creating Success On Her Own Terms

Like a lot of professionals, Sharonne Park works a traditional nine-to-five job.

Monday through Friday, she leverages her experience and Masters-level education to make a living.

But when she recently went through a health scare, she allowed a dormant love of art to come back into her life.

By opening herself to grow into this unexpected direction, she speeded her recovery, became more confident and found her voice.

Perhaps most importantly, Sharonne created success on her own terms.

A Simple Recipe For How To Be Happier

A Simple Recipe For How To Be Happier

Food bloggers and cookbook authors have the best jobs.

They prep and pair seasonal and fresh ingredients, choosing each with judgment and intention.

Alone, a single ingredient might smell and taste amazing. Yet combined ingredients create a lovely and memorable taste experience.

With fresh produce and summer recipes on my mind, I decided to share a timeless recipe that anyone can cook up.

It’s not a dinner recipe.

It’s not a dessert recipe.

It’s a recipe for happiness.

Interview With Shannon Huffman Polson: Author. Speaker. Adventurer. Veteran.

Interview With Shannon Huffman Polson: Author. Speaker. Adventurer. Veteran.

For some of us, we move through our work and careers like “leaves blowing on the wind.”

Rather than make deliberate choices about what's next, we wait for opportunities to appear. We tell ourselves “something will come along,” then hope for the best.

Others make more deliberate career choices, recognizing that who they are has changed. And, what they’re doing no longer fits.

Shannon Huffman Polson, author of North of Hope, has guided her career deliberately, though she would not claim to have anticipated its many twists and turns.

Turn A Business Setback Into An Opportunity

Turn A Business Setback Into An Opportunity

After almost a year of working together, my virtual assistant and I were finally a team.

We had figured out how to use shared Dropbox folders.

We got to know each other’s communication style.

I knew her dogs’ names. She knew mine.

We overhauled my website, launched my blog and were prepping to launch my newsletter.

Then she quit.

Turn A Difficult Big Leap Into A Simple Step

Turn A Difficult Big Leap Into A Simple Step

Thanks to the media and glossy photography, we all love ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.

The average looking home hammered into a beautiful oasis. The urban blight smoothed into a lush park. The overweight-mom-turned-ironman-athlete.

These photos mesmerize us because they celebrate the idea of making big leaps. They are tidy packages of hope and transformation.

A Simple Approach To The “What’s Next?” Question

A Simple Approach To The “What’s Next?” Question

I've written before that when I became a mother, everything changed.

The biggest change being, unexpectedly, grappling with my new identity of being a mom. I didn't really know who this new “me” was, and I didn't know what she was up to, some days.

Not everyone becomes a mother overnight. But who we are changes throughout our lives whether we like it or not. Knowing and accepting this is key to figuring out what’s next.

As An Entrepreneur, You Need To Be A Great Boss

As An Entrepreneur, You Need To Be A Great Boss

Being in business for yourself is one of the most amazing and exciting career paths, but on the journey we have to climb giant boulders, ford rivers and meet and overcome other assorted day-to-day challenges. The biggest one being, perhaps, ourselves.

The biggest obstacle on the entrepreneurial journey is often ourselves.

Your Inner Critic is Killing Your Spirit. This is How to Stop It

Your Inner Critic is Killing Your Spirit. This is How to Stop It

But the self-doubt that sprouted at her last job trailed her to this one. Her confidence had taken a major hit, and for the first time since she could remember, she was deeply afraid of messing up. 

Thus began our work together where we focused on the source of her eroded confidence: the inner critic.