April 3, 2016

A change in direction

Sometimes we all get stuck in a routine. Well, not me, because I already resist routine with every fiber of my being. I get stuck in ruts. Stuck in working on the same kinds of projects, unable to take the time to work on anything that isn’t something that is making money because, you know, I have bills to pay. Those pesky bills – they drive a lot of what I do. And that is flat out not how I want to choose what I spend my time on. Today, I saw a hawk trying it’s very best to fly […]
March 26, 2016

Disappointment does not equal defeat

It’s been a little over a week since I had to deal with a horribly disappointing loss. It doesn’t really matter what it was (it was not a devastating loss, like a death or anything), but it was hard to deal with none-the-less. When you’ve poured your heart and soul into something you believe in for weeks and weeks and weeks, only to have it fail – it’s very, very hard to get up the next morning and go about your business as if it never happened. It happened, and I’m still a little sore when I think about it […]
October 5, 2015

The Inconstant Life of an Entrepreneur

My youngest son is going to be 10 in a few months. Which means that I’ve been running my own business for dangerously close to a decade. Ten years. Wow. If ten years ago at this very moment, when I was very, very pregnant, and chasing after the two kids I already had (they were 2 and 1, respectively) – I would never ever have guessed where I would be right at this very moment. But that’s how life is right? For everyone. Whether you are an entrepreneur or not. Life changes. Things you never saw coming hit you like […]
September 25, 2015

The Glorification of Busy

Everybody is so busy. But, like, no one is getting stuff done. That may be a little inaccurate. People are getting things done, but perhaps it’s not the right things. For the last few months, I’ve been busy. Busy doing client work. Busy running kids to their respective practices and events. Busy with errands. But I haven’t gotten any of my projects off the ground. Not a single one. Is that because I’m so busy? Or is it because in the in-between times I’m just wasting time? Perhaps it’s both. Perhaps I say yes when I should say no because I’m already […]
August 17, 2015

5 Ways to Make Your Freelance Business Work + the One Sure Way to Ruin It.

It’s been just over nine years since I started my business. I had three children (still do) – but they were all under the age of four. I had no choice but to start my own business, because I needed money – and I couldn’t afford to pay a babysitter for my little hooligans and work outside our house. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of all inventions – but it’s also the driving force behind many other things – like freelance business. Sometimes you start a business because you’ve got a great idea. And sometimes it’s because you’ve […]
August 2, 2015

You Should Not Wait Until You Are An Expert to Start

The thing about this online world of businesses and coaching and marketing is that there are a million out there. There are probably hundreds of thousands of web designers to choose from, and while I think I’m pretty damn good, I know for a fact that there are many who I think are way better than me. If you are a coach, I’m sure you feel the same way. You look at what other people are doing, and start making comparisons. Especially if they’ve been doing their thing a lot longer than you have. It makes you feel like you’ve […]
July 8, 2015

The Fine Line Between Procrastination & Not Ready Yet

You would not believe the number of entrepreneurs that I’ve had this conversation with lately. It’s getting to the point that I think it’s a dirty little secret that we’re all ashamed of – but it shouldn’t be. I don’t know a single one of us that hasn’t been through it. And I’m fairly sure it’s just part of the gig. Over and over again I have clients that are so fired up about their project. They are excited to get started. We start rolling. Things are going well. And they disappear. Sometimes just a few days. Sometimes a few […]
June 26, 2015

Do it Differently.

Steve Jobs was right, you know. Better is not a sustainable goal. And competition is all a big smoke screen anyway. There is no such thing as competition when it comes down to it, because there is more than enough business out there for everyone. If someone chooses to work with a person that does a similar thing to what you do, it’s more about them connecting more with the other person that that they didn’t choose you. So, if different is the goal, the very first thing you have to do is set yourself apart. In order to do […]
May 20, 2015

Are You Trying to Do It All?

Most entrepreneurs are “different”. They like to do things themselves. They like to understand all facets of their latest project. And 8 out of ever 10 project fails. Why do you think that is? Well, it isn’t like I’ve done any scientific studies on this, but I think I know the answer. It’s because they don’t just like to do things themselves…they can’t relinquish control. And it’s not necessarily that they like to understand all facets of their latest project – they resist letting go of any portion of the project and trusting someone else to care about and/or work as […]
February 6, 2015

You are the Only Person Who Can Change Your Life

This is not a thinly veiled attack on anyone or anything that may or may not be launching at the moment. I think there is room for everyone, and a market for all businesses. And more power to the people who are killing it at the moment. But this is me being annoyed with marketing tactics that don’t just imply but out and out say that the person who is launching the program is changing lives. Because that’s not true. No one can change your life but you. No one can make you get your butt out of bed every day […]
November 10, 2014

How I Live On Purpose

I’m sharing how I live on purpose in support of my friend Dr. Danielle Dowling and her new book The Soul Sessions, a 5-week guide to crafting greater joy and making big things happen. Get a wee, free sample here! The thing about living on purpose is that it’s a constant struggle. It never ends, and it’s something you have to consciously do every single day. You have to get out of bed in the morning ready to say yes or no to everything that comes your way. This sounds like such an easy thing – but it absolutely IS NOT. Because […]
September 1, 2014

Don’t Be A Copy

If there is one thing that makes me absolutely insane as a web designer, it’s people who tell me, “I want a website exactly like this…” Because you don’t. You may think that’s what you want, but it isn’t. And here’s why. That website was created for someone else. And it fits them. You are not them. Therefore, that website is not perfect for you. You can love it all day. And you can feel free to be inspired by it, but you can not copy it. Okay, technically you can, but you don’t want to be that person. You […]