The Top 5 Online Biz Tools I Can’t Do Without

The Top 5 Online Biz Tools I Can’t Do Without

When it comes to running an online business, sometimes it's hard to know which online tools are the best to choose. Cheapest isn't always best, but you also don't have to pay an arm and a leg to run your business well. And if you are just starting out, you may not...

The 5 Coolest Things Starting My Biz Has Done For Me

The 5 Coolest Things Starting My Biz Has Done For Me

Where do I even start with this? Before I started my business, I was bored out of my mind. I mean, I was busy... I had three toddlers. But changing diapers, cleaning, cooking...it just wasn't enough, and wasn't ever going to be enough. If you've read my book (Mom vs...

Build your business to bring in $10k a month (or more).

Build your business to bring in $10k a month (or more).

Taking the entrepreneurial path isn't an easy thing to do. Sticking with it is even harder. And perhaps the hardest of all is taking risks when what you've been doing has been working - or working well enough. About two years ago, when I had been running my business...

The Beginners Guide to Starting Your Blog

The Beginners Guide to Starting Your Blog

This week my focus in my Facebook group is on setting goals. One goal that a lot of people mention is that they'd like to start their own business. No matter what your business is, starting a blog is a really important early step. And one you can implement pretty...

I Love My Kids – But I Don’t Even Know Who I Am Anymore.

I Love My Kids – But I Don’t Even Know Who I Am Anymore.

My oldest son is four months away from being seventeen. He reminded me of that this morning. This is madness to me. How did the last seventeen years pass by so quickly? I vividly remember the day he was born. I was induced at 7am, but by 7pm, my baby was still in my...

Becoming More of Yourself

Becoming More of Yourself

A voice in my head has been bugging me to make this video for DAYS. Another voice was telling me not to because... A ) Who is even going to watch it. B ) Why would anyone even care. C ) I don't have a "Pro" environment in which to do it. All of that is just BS. So I...

I’d rather be a unicorn

I’d rather be a unicorn

Most little girls love princesses. They want to be a princess. I was not most little girls. Being a princess has not ever held any kind of draw for me. To me, being a princess means a confined life. One where you do what you are told. You listen to the rules. And you...

Hustle Your Own Way

Hustle Your Own Way

I am a MONSTROUS fan of Gary Vaynerchuk. I've been paying attention to him for years. I find his videos to be relevant and the "audio experience" is my go-to for the treadmill. His hustle is total #goals. However, I'm a realistic gal. I know that I will not ever have...

How Can I Have A Schedule When I’d Rather Be Spontaneous

How Can I Have A Schedule When I’d Rather Be Spontaneous

When I plan a vacation, the only thing I really plan is the destination and where we will be staying. I prefer to keep things open to possibility. Which isn't to say I don't have things I want to see and do - just that I have not ever, and I mean EVER, been okay with...

I’m never going to be a “Closer”.

I’m never going to be a “Closer”.

In baseball, you have three kinds of pitchers: Starters, Relievers and Closers. Technically, it's only two, but the Closer is the best of the best when it comes to Relievers, so I think they deserve their own category. Now, honestly, when it comes to business and...

When The Universe Is Screaming, “You’re Doing It Wrong.”

When The Universe Is Screaming, “You’re Doing It Wrong.”

For months now I've known all the way down to my marrow that I'm not doing something right. Make that years. Because it's been more than one, but less than three. And that's a vague blanket statement on purpose. It's not just one thing I'm doing wrong. It's many, many...

The Two Reasons I’m Not Getting Where I Want To Go

The Two Reasons I’m Not Getting Where I Want To Go

The other day my cousin posted on Facebook, "If you can't achieve your goals, don't change your goals, change your actions." Man, that hit me like a ton of bricks. Because right now, in business and life I'm kind of not getting where I want to be. And to tell you the...

The Story is the Point

The Story is the Point

Have you ever taken one of those online tests that attaches letters to your personality? They are pretty insightful and frighteningly accurate. I've taken them several times, and I always, always, always get the same answer...ENFP. (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling,...

So, I’m a story-teller.

So, I’m a story-teller.

The business of being in web design can sometimes be feast or famine kind of situation. Some months you have more work than you know what to do with...and others you have next to nothing. This situation can wear on you after awhile. And after 8+ years, it can get...

Progress Is Inevitable

  There was a time when a plow pulled behind draft horses was the way to turn the dirt in your field. (Many of the Amish that live in my area still do it this way.)   And if something catastrophic happened and we no longer had gas or electricity, we would...

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...

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...

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...

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...

You Should Not Wait Until You Are An Expert to Start

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...

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...

Do it Differently.

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...

Are You Trying to Do It All?

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...

You are the Only Person Who Can Change Your Life

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...

How I Live On Purpose

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...

Don’t Be A Copy

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....

If You Want to Fly…

If You Want to Fly…

Have you seen The Darjeeling Limited? It's a film by Wes Anderson. His movies are different. And they are some of my favorites. My husband and I watched TDL last night. We've seen it at least a half dozen times before, but it's my favorite from the WA Anthology. With...

Sometimes Winners Quit

Sometimes Winners Quit

One of my very first clients was a nutritionist. I did a ton of copy-writing for her and managed her newsletter. She had a whole team of people, and one of her favorite ways to motivate us was to spout this quote: "How you do one thing is how you do everything." I...

Nothing is EVER Going to be Perfect

Nothing is EVER Going to be Perfect

I do not consider myself to be a perfectionist. But I am a control freak. A control freak with very strong opinions. And apparently, though I'm not a perfectionist, I do have a strong desire for real life to match up with the way I've imagined it. Okay, fine, I lean...

Life’s a Journey, Not a Destination

Life’s a Journey, Not a Destination

Yep, that's from an Aerosmith song. It's also the truth. Yesterday I realized that it has been nearly 12 years since I worked at a job. Like a real job. Where you go to an office and have to be there every day from 9am to 5pm. And there is a boss who gets mad at you...

It doesn’t make any sense

It doesn’t make any sense

I think it's safe to say that most people would agree with me that this winter has been a helluva trial. It's been ridiculously cold. We've had a stupid amount of snow. And for my entire life I've lived in Ohio or Michigan, so it's not like I don't know what winter is...