Top 5 Posts

This week I’m sharing the 5 most read blog posts. Take a look:

  1. What Does Being Happy Mean?
    What’s the difference between “being HAPPY,” emphasis on happy and “BEING happy,” emphasis on being?

  2. The Risk and Pain of Change
    Three different quotes about the risk and pain of change, with slightly different meanings. What are your thoughts on it? (the comments here are very good)

  3. Who Are You Exercise
    When you to tell someone about yourself, what do you say?

  4. How To Choose Priorities When Everything Is Important
    Have you ever had this situation: You’re looking at the list of things you want to accomplish this week and it feels like everything really should be done today.

  5. Being Happy – The Conclusion
    This post is the end of a series that “What Does Being Happy Mean” is a part of.
    Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

And one of my favorites (and most commented on) is: Throwing a Pity Party. It walks you through how exactly to throw your own personal pity party. 😉

I was captivated

I recently was in Las Vegas (well, just outside) for a business conference.

This conference brought together all types of solopreneurs.

We all had different businesses, but do you know what we all had in common?

None of us live in or around Las Vegas.

All of us either got on a plane or drove for hours to be there.

Have you ever experienced an event full of solopreneurs of different businesses and backgrounds, investing in themselves and their businesses?

If you have, you know that a certain magic is present.

And vulnerability. To fully embrace the information and, more importantly, the experience, you have to also be vulnerable with the others there.

You find people willing to share what isn’t working and they are open to coaching, questions and advice from others who have been there.

And the flip side of that is you find these same people willing to coach, answer questions and offer advice. All from their own experiences of what did and didn’t work.

It creates a magic in the room, which only grows with the event is being held by someone able to embrace that magic and be vulnerable themselves. Which our hostess, Darla LeDoux, was (and is) suburb at.

And of course, you meet some pretty fabulous women.

I met many, many wonderful people. However, for one reason or another these 6 stand out, I found them captivating. And I want to share them with you.

Stephanie Stayer of Simply Gorgeous Life was one of the very first people I met. Calling her a graphic designer doesn’t do her justice. Head over to her website and check out her Muse BoardsTM. I was able to see them in person and the pictures are beautiful, and yet don’t completely do them justice.

Sheila Alley is a Magnetism Coach. And everything about her is magnetic. She exudes warmth and kindness. She is all about your personal style and personal power. You can get her “3 Keys for Personal Power” on her website.

Priscilla Stephen is an Intuitive Business Strategist, Lifestyle Expert and Clarity Maven. She helps you gain money-making clarity around your soul’s purpose. I met Priscilla at an event a couple of years ago and was captivated by her presence then and had a repeat experience this time. Head over here for her Manifesto for Extraordinary & Soulful Women.

Kate Marolt is a Wild Freedom Coach. And yes, she embodies it. I don’t know how to adequately explain my thoughts and impressions of Kate in words. She is simply and exquisitely, Kate. She’s one of those people you just want to be around and learn more about. And when she looks at you, she’s really looking at you, taking you in (in a totally good way). She is all about women feeling at home in their bodies. And she has a great story. Seriously, head over here and take some time to learn about her.

Melissa Galt is a Success Strategist and Speaker. I was lucky enough to personally experience Melissa at work. She gets right to the point and tells it like it is, with intensity, grace and love. I highly recommend that you check her out!

Shannon Malzahn and her husband (who I didn’t meet) own and run Lush Lolas in northern Minnesota. Shannon and I connected for dinner the day before the event started and became fast friends (apparently I was talking about her a lot because my husband referred to her as my new best friend). She has another business in the works that you just might hear more about from me in a couple of months.

So, in the spirit of meeting people who just completely captivate you, who have you met that captivated you in the last year?

Share in the comments below and then share the article with then to let them know!

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How Will You Astound Yourself?

popping wowIf you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you know that I’m a big fan of quotes. I share one daily. I’ve been doing this for a couple years now, so I’ve developed quite a list of quotes. And on Monday I was browsing through and one jumped out at me:

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. – Thomas A. Edison

I replaced the quote I had planned for Monday with that one. The Edison quote didn’t hit me in the gut, it hit me in the heart.

Do written words ever do that to you too?

So, as I ponder what I’m capable of that I haven’t yet recognized, I invite you to do the same.

How will you astound yourself? This week? This month? This summer? This year?

Sit with it, journal with it, walk with it. Spend time with it however you best process new thoughts or ideas.

What new goals or projects might you take on as a result?

And, of course, I’d love to know what you come up with or what other questions it opens up for you. Share in the comments below.

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