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About Me

I’m a working Mom of two kids, ages 5 and 15. I traded my corporate job for consulting and make more money than most executives. I live a blended life with hardly any boundaries. I work and play every day. I typically work half my work day during the day and the other half at night. I take several professional level dance classes a week and water-ski every other Friday morning. Although I love to cook, these days we mostly live on raw fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and frozen burritos. I’m quick on the mute button and I can tell you a foolproof way to do a professional conference call from Disneyland.

How to Succeed in Business

I do a lot of speaking. My audiences range from college students to senior executives. I enjoy them all. Speaking can be a great way to build your business and your brand. I have met so many great friends and clients through my various speaking engagements.

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Getting Started is Easier than You Think

Getting Started is the Hardest Thing: I heard back from several people and the landslide winner is Getting Started. I got started a long time ago, so that’s obviously no longer a challenge for me. But here’s the thing, I didn’t have big, overwhelming thoughts about starting a business and everything that means.

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Best Summer Ever

I was sadder than usual about back-to-school this year. I’m always a little sad because it marks another year of time marching on, but there’s usually a heavier dose of feeling relieved to have more focused work time and a family routine.

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Prosperity is Yours for the Taking

Somebody has to be first, why shouldn’t it be you? Be clear about why you are working. I have a lot of passion for my work, but if I didn’t need the money, I would be doing something different. Do what you love and the money will follow is a myth.

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Wash, Rinse and Repeat

There is an awful lot of wash, rinse and repeat involved in raising kids. Especially when they are small. Before I had kids, I thought the repetitive tasks would drive me crazy. The endless diaper changes, mountains of laundry, stacks of dishes and grilled cheese sandwiches. Instead I have found them meditative.

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10 Pearls From 15 Years of Hard Knocks U

People sometimes ask me, “What can I learn from you that I couldn’t figure out on my own?” I reply, “Absolutely nothing, but it took me 15 years, how long do you want to wait?” Today I am sharing 10 pearls of wisdom I learned the hard way.

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A Passion with No Strings

You must have a passion separate from the work you do for money and separate from your family. When I look around at all the happiest people I know, they have this in common.

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Never Take Up Residence

If you give a client 40 hours a week, and take up residence, what happens? Are you still a consultant? For a few minutes maybe, but you very quickly become a de facto employee. You lose all the benefits of being a consultant and you get none of the benefits of being a full-time employee.

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