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Spend time every day learning!

How often are you learning? The first time I was asked this questions I was taken off guard. I am not currently enrolled in a class, I don't often take webinars … What do you mean “how often am I learning?” But as I sat and pondered that question I realized that I love learning. It feeds me in unimaginable ways. I firmly believe that we should spend some time every single day learning! What that means to you may be different than it means to me. Often people assume I think that means learning business stuff but I would not even begin to limit it to that!

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Do you know who you are?

As the mother of a newly minted four-year-old, I have been overexposed to the new Disney princess, Moana. I will admit, this does not really trouble me because the movie is smart, female-centered and empowering for young women everywhere and the music was written by my favorite musical genius, Lin-Manuel Miranda.   Each morning, after we have dropped her sisters off at school and are on our way to daycare, Scarlett requests the Moana soundtrack. I get to listen to Lin rap and that makes me happy, so I say yes. But inevitably my favorite moment is when the song “I am Moana” comes on. The song opens with Moana’s grandmother singing and encouraging her to step into who she truly is. The lyrics move

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Self-care makes you better at your job

  I've been an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. I've worked at home with little children at my feet, at Starbucks and in hotel rooms, kitchen tables, and home offices. At times, I could hardly work at all. I discovered that I need to be out of the house, meeting people, engaging in conversation. I am a very social person. But, if you are constantly out at meetings – – socializing and networking, you're never really getting your work done.   How do entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, who work alone, avoid falling into a deep dark hole of loneliness and depression? It's hard when you go all day without in-person, human interaction. Sometimes it isn't enough to simply keep your head down and your computer open.

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Create a roadmap to success with Heather Vickery

Achieving big picture success one small task at a time

  You have a vision and you know where you want to go, but if you're anything like me, you take one look at your to-do list and think, “This is too much. I don’t have time for this. I can never get this all done.” And then you jump on Facebook really quickly to make sure you haven’t missed anything.   It's called “to-do list denial” and it's getting in the way of our success.   Here’s the deal: if you look at everything from the big picture perspective, it will never be a “manageable” task. The key is taking that big picture vision and breaking it down into easy to accomplish, no-stress steps.   Take a moment, close your eyes and dream of a perfect

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Boundaries

  Boundaries are a gift that you can give to yourself and everyone around you. They give you freedom from guilt because once you've set them, everyone knows the rules and parameters. They know what to expect. If people don’t know what you want, they are unable to give it to you!   Recently, a client of mine who initially fought systems and boundaries tooth and nail realized that having succinct systems and boundaries gave her the freedom she had been searching for. You see, it opens up the rest of the world for you. It allows you to lean back on them and feel confident in your choices.   If this sounds like something you want to know more about, check out my boundaries

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Thoughts on no longer having a three-year-old

In less than a week, I will no longer have a three-year-old. In fact, I will never have a three-year-old again until I am a grandmother. I have four children. So, I've had a three-year-old four different times — and the idea of not ever having another three-year-old is a concept that is unexplainably and uncontrollably heartbreaking to me.   I'm not sure what it is about the age of three that is so enlightening and magical. Perhaps because there is still such childlike wonder but the brain has started to develop so they're funny and they communicate and they're becoming tiny little people while still being your little baby.     As I sit and ponder my future without a three-year-old, I start to

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The Return of The Phone Call

  I’ll be the first to admit it. I never really enjoy talking on the phone—well, at least not since I was a teenager and my parents installed a second line so that their phone wasn’t constantly ringing busy. As the technology industry boomed, I got more and more dependent on all of the other ways to communicate.   First, there was just email, then there were text messages, then there was Facebook. So there was never really a need to pick up the phone and call someone. In fact, I found myself getting annoyed when people would call me. I don’t really have the time to talk, or so I would tell myself. I don’t really want to stop what I’m doing and talk

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The importance of having a tribe.

  Today I want to share something with you that I don’t think people talk about enough. This is one of the biggest myths out there.   I could never do it “all” without my tribe.   That’s right, my tribe, my people, my personal board of directors. My partner told me recently that I juggle all the balls better than anybody she's ever known, and I make it look easy. While that is a really fantastic compliment, I am here to tell you I could not do it without my tribe.   So, who, you may ask, is my tribe?   Well, my partner, who's a complete badass, and encourages me constantly. She asks me for advice (this is important because it means she

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Choose intention instead of regret

Trust me when I tell you, you are not too busy to take action.  In fact, it is so imperative that you do these things, these things that you don’t really think you have time for but nag at you.  The phone call, the visit, the new business, the hug, the kindness, the generosity.  Whatever it is, that in the back of your mind pulls at you and says, “I should do this” and you think “I’ll do it later, I’ll do it next week, I’ll do it next month, I’ll do it next year … there’s time.”  But time goes whenever it wantsOne second you wake up and there’s no more time. 

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Spend time every day learning!

How often are you learning? The first time I was asked this questions I was taken off guard. I am not currently enrolled in a class, I don't often take webinars … What do you mean “how often am I learning?” But as I sat and pondered that question I realized that I love learning. It feeds me in unimaginable ways. I firmly believe that we should spend some time every single day learning! What that means to you may be different than it means to me. Often people assume I think that means learning business stuff but I would not even begin to limit it to that!

Read More »

Do you know who you are?

As the mother of a newly minted four-year-old, I have been overexposed to the new Disney princess, Moana. I will admit, this does not really trouble me because the movie is smart, female-centered and empowering for young women everywhere and the music was written by

Read More »

Self-care makes you better at your job

  I've been an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. I've worked at home with little children at my feet, at Starbucks and in hotel rooms, kitchen tables, and home offices. At times, I could hardly work at all. I discovered that I need to be

Read More »

Boundaries

  Boundaries are a gift that you can give to yourself and everyone around you. They give you freedom from guilt because once you've set them, everyone knows the rules and parameters. They know what to expect. If people don’t know what you want, they

Read More »

The Return of The Phone Call

  I’ll be the first to admit it. I never really enjoy talking on the phone—well, at least not since I was a teenager and my parents installed a second line so that their phone wasn’t constantly ringing busy. As the technology industry boomed, I

Read More »

The importance of having a tribe.

  Today I want to share something with you that I don’t think people talk about enough. This is one of the biggest myths out there.   I could never do it “all” without my tribe.   That’s right, my tribe, my people, my personal

Read More »

Choose intention instead of regret

Trust me when I tell you, you are not too busy to take action.  In fact, it is so imperative that you do these things, these things that you don’t really think you have time for but nag at you.  The phone call, the visit, the new business, the hug, the kindness, the generosity.  Whatever it is, that in the back of your mind pulls at you and says, “I should do this” and you think “I’ll do it later, I’ll do it next week, I’ll do it next month, I’ll do it next year … there’s time.”  But time goes whenever it wantsOne second you wake up and there’s no more time. 

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