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On today’s episode, I’m fired up to share a chat I had with a fellow power woman and one of the most focused, fierce lionesses I know – Heather Ozur. Heather is the 2019 National Women’s Council of REALTORS® President and has served on ooooooodles of......

Today’s episode is entitled Empowering Your L.I.O.N.E.S.S. Pride and it is a piece of my heart and soul.   I wrote this for a keynote I presented at the WomanUP!® Conference in June. You have heard and will continue to hear me talk about this magnificent MOVEMENT......

Coni Meyers- Founder of  Crystalline Moments Success Movement and Kim White of My Sexy Business Team invited me to speak at their virtual Kickbutt Leadership Summit on August 2, 2018. We had a feisty, fun chat about leadership, values, purpose, and affirmations… and how they all connect to......

Today’s #MoxieMemo is all about the divine freedom that comes from knowing and loving who you are… ALL of you. Your brilliance and your crazy, your curves or lack of them, your passion and your apathy, your “viper” drive and your lazy seasons, your wins......

This was the last Inman Connect in San Francisco. This is bittersweet for me. I won’t miss the sadness sweeping through the city streets, but I will miss the lobby and many nooks where ooooooodles of memories have been made the last several years. Before......

Today’s #MoxieMemo is wrapped in a sassy hug. Let’s BE THE LIGHT and shine it on the good in our communities, offices, families, and friendship circles. There are good news stories every single day, don’t hide them – share them. Stop yourself when a complaint......

On today’s episode, I am chatting with a dear friend and fellow power woman, Barb Betts.  We met at the WomanUP! conference in 2017 and became fast friends. This is the first of two interviews with her that I will be sharing…  In this first chat,......

Today’s Fire Up Chat is brought to you by the California Association of REALTOR® WomanUp Initiative. If you are a woman who owns or wants to own a brokerage or someone who believes in and supports women in brokerage ownership – THIS is the place......

I am fired up and honored to be joining a lineup of 40 speakers and storytellers scheduled to share wisdom at the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) second WomanUP!® Conference to be held June 28-29 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles. The two-day conference......

Regardless of if you are a “fan” of Amy or Oprah – please give yourself the gift of listening in on their chat… Oprah and Amy share a divine conversation about so many of the topics and issues that tug at my heart, body, mind,......

Building an email list can feel daunting… especially when you are starting a new company or pivoting into a new market segment. Rebekah and I were brainstorming ideas to build our new, “collective” list for The Radical Entrepreneur when Interact came into our world and......

This episode is packed with a divine chat with Tina Mitchell. Tina and I met through our volunteering at the Seattle-Metro Women’s Council of REALTORS®! We have partnered on so many projects together, she has invited me on her radio show “The Money Hour” several......

Happy International Women’s Day! If you and I have connected, you know my passion for engaging, elevating, and empowering women – with a passion for my fellow #GenX sisters.  I truly believe when enlightened, fierce, feisty women come together to help, hire, and highlight each......

On today’s episode, I am chatting with Lori Namazi. She is one of the fabulous gals in my women’s group on Facebook and I can’t wait for you to meet her. She is humble, genuine, and gracious. So, without further ado… let me introduce you......

First things first. Did you already read Part One in this series? PART TWO: Now, take a deep breath. (Did you do it?  I will wait…  In… and out.) There is no “MUST USE” formula to define your purpose.   You have creative freedom, flexibility, and......

As I step into an exciting new season, I am reminded of this truth: It’s much easier to push someone else out of THEIR comfort zone. That’s why it is so important to surround yourself with champions who tell you the truth, not those who......

I am thrilled to share with you that I have launched my latest Fire Up Your Goals guide!  2017 has gone… and 2018 has arrived.  HOORAY!  I am believing that this year is going to be MAGNIFICENT. My vision board has BIG goals for my......

Updated with a few sassy Fire Up Tips: 12/11/2017 Your Vision Board is a VISUAL representation of your business and life vision and the rewards for your success. 1: Write out your list of life and business goals and have it ready. If you need help......

I invited my friend Molly to join me for a chat on my private Facebook group for Power Women who are building their slice of the Kingdom from the corner office, couch, cubicle, or carpool lane. ;)  Our chat was packed with divine inspiration and......

Today’s Fire Up message is packed with sass and moxie (like usual) around a new collaborative project I am working on called The Power Of You. It was created for entrepreneurs who serve their communities as consultant, coaches, speakers, authors, bloggers, podcasters – you get......

It is always the season to embrace an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE, but there is something special about the weeks leading up to and following Thanksgiving and into Christmas.  There is a feeling in the air inspiring us to sip hot cocoa, pour bolder reds in......

  Lately, I have been seeing and having quite a few conversations about three of my least favorite words to focus on: competition, comparing and copying. When we are in times packed with change – especially change we did not want – we tend to cling to our negative......

Today’s #MoxieMemo is a reminder to BE ALL IN in this life.  Stop numbing and start feeling and dealing with each decision and experience – joyful or sorrowful. When we numb ourselves from whatever feelings or situations that hurt or shame us – it actually creates more......

A sassy #MoxieMemo reminder to fire up your day! We know it.  We feel shame about it.  We want to fight it.  But we do it.  What is it? Simply put – far too often we compare our daily lives to the highlights our friends share......

Are you still trying to figure out if attending a “Real Estate BarCamp” is for you? Not sure how this crazy “unconference” concept is worth you taking a day out of your “normal” schedule? You are NOT alone.  I originally wrote this post for the......

In this episode, Vija and I cover everything from her passions for real estate, baths, carbs, and exercise… to her fearless, fabulous perspective on FAILURE! Put your seatbelt on – this is going to be a wild ride!     Prefer to listen on Stitcher ?......

This message is packed with sass and moxie as we dive into embracing your unique talents and superpowers. Podcast Transcript: This Fire Up podcast message is packed with sass and moxie as we dive into embracing your unique talents and superpowers.   I believe one......

There are people who arrive and make such a Divine Impact on your life you can’t remember what life was like without them. BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.  Start by asking yourself these questions:  What will I do today to make a positive impact on......

It is time to work together to build a bridge over the gender gap. This podcast shares 5 ways to start the journey, together! Click here if you prefer to listen on Stitcher or another platform.   Podcast Transcription:   Hello and welcome to the......

Not too long ago, I decided to stop giving words so much power over me… I used to get FURIOUS when my brother called me a “chick”. Seriously, I hated it. He could send me into a tailspin.  My reply would be: “I am NOT......

  Sarah Schnell Jones and I met on Facebook LIVE to chat about our favorite “Tips for Hosting A Successful Online Event”! Online events are becoming a bigger ingredient in the business scene.  Whether we are in the networking marketing, direct sales industry or the......

It is no secret. I am passionate about serving and empowering women. It is a big part of my purpose on the planet. Whether these women are building their corner of the Kingdom from their couch, carpool, cubicle, or corner office – my heart’s desire......

#WomanUP is coming up! June 8th I have the honor of participating in the California Association of REALTORS® WomanUP!™ Conference! This is the first of its kind and I encourage you to join me in sunny Southern California for a full day devoted to giving......

Let’s talk about vulnerability.   Vulnerability can be a scary word. Even reading the definition can give pause… listen to this: Vulnerability is the quality (or state of being exposed to the possibility) of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. It can feel heavy......

A friend posted a quote the other day that really spoke to me…  it was about how we waste too much time trying to get the wrong people to understand us – specifically, those who already have their minds made up or who have no......

When was the last time you smiled when you looked at your calendar? This morning, I woke up with a smile on my face.  A big one.  Why? Today, my local Women’s Council of REALTORS® Board heads to the WA State Convention at Suncadia Resort. (READ=......

Are you paying attention to your self-talk?    We have all heard it – we are our worst critic.   Research has shown that the majority of our self-talk is negative.  That means OUR OWN WORDS are working against us rather than for us! So, let’s......

It’s time to breathe… You needed to learn yesterday’s lessons to become the magnificent woman you are today! Every step we take is part of our story. Far too often we only want to celebrate the successes and, in turn, look at failures in a......

It’s time to prepare to go into a room where you will be negotiating.  What do you do to prepare?   Over the years, we have all given and gotten oooooooodles of tips on negotiating. Things like: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you......

Equipped   In case you need a gentle reminder:   You are fully equipped for YOUR purpose. Now is the time. Trust God & GO. You’ve got this.   When we try to figure it out ALL ON OUR OWN, we stall, we struggle, we......

It is time to Fire Up! with Patricia Ann Young…   Put your seatbelt on… Patricia Ann is one of those women that loves what she does and sprinkles joy every single day. She has been a REALTOR®  for 12 years and is known for......

We have all heard that mentors are a key ingredient for personal and professional success. As a protégé (mentee) we learn and grow through our mentors listening, teaching, empowering, and encouraging us. Strong mentors challenge our thinking, inspire us, build our confidence, help us solve......

As many of you know, I don’t really fancy myself a traditional January 1st resolution or goals maker. In my d11 Fire Up! bubble, every single day is the start of a “new year” with sassy swerves and pivots a normal way of doing business.......

  Being grateful is a state of mind.  Being content with what you have, while stretching, building, and striving for the next level takes conscious effort and focus. As I step into 2017, it is my heart’s desire to be more present, more grateful, and......

As you say goodbye to another year… Whether it was an amazing 12 months or the most trying of your life, please remember The Best Is Yet To Come! There are always smiles to revisit, so take time today to celebrate the joy-filled moments. There were......

Today’s #MoxieMemo is to fire you UP and into the weeks and months ahead! Remember, always choose to shine your truest self. Live YOUR values out loud.  When you are authentic, it allows others IN and attracts people and opportunities to you like a magnet.......

It is so easy to let our fears and doubts stop us from living our lives and purpose out loud. To help overcome those moments, take the time to slow down and give your mindset a BOOST. Start by asking yourself these FIVE questions: 1: What......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Marguerite Crespillo…   Marguerite began her career in 1993 and has helped over 3000 families in her 20+ year career as a Top Producing Real Estate Agent. In addition, she has coached, trained and mentored hundreds of people in the real......

Dear Fire Up Community, I would love to invite you an exciting Fire Up! Virtual Conference and Fundraiser on 12/2 called Speak Your Truth Now.   The backstory: This conference/fundraiser is inspired by YOU – my online and local communities – having fierce, passionate conversations about......

Aaahhhh… this is such an excellent reminder! It is easy to get too focused on what we need to change, what is wrong or needs work.  As change-makers, we are compelled to see it and help move things forward.  That is a blessing that requires......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Morgan Ingram… Morgan J. Ingram is a savvy, sales development rep at Terminus, where he helps companies to put their message in front of the right decision-makers through account-based marketing. He is also a motivational speaker and helps people remove their......

It is no secret… I love to celebrate the number 11.  So, it seems fitting that TODAY I would love to ask you to join me in celebrating being in business for 4 years and 11 days! This last year in business has been filled with......

We all have to make choices. (We actually make 35,000 choices EVERY day!) Are you ready to choose life? A rich, prosperous life filled with challenges and joy? Here are some things to think about: Be strong and courageous. Do not be intimidated by opposition.......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Molly Cantrell-Kraig… Molly Cantrell-Kraig leveraged her years in media and life-lessons learned as a former single mother on welfare to establish Women With Drive Foundation. She has been featured as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women and been profiled by......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Sarah Schnell Jones… Queen B and CEO at Bamboo Realty. Ethiopia adoptive mom. Yoga diva, sports enthusiast, avid shoe collector. CU Buffs alum. Don’t miss her divine special offer (from her side hustle) for the Fire Up! Community! (at the......

Regardless of  what  the day brought your way… Always end it with a positive thought.     Start by recalling 3 blessings during the day… or revel in the smell of clean sheets or a fluffy pillow… or remind yourself of the moment that made you......

Today’s #MoxieMemo is here to serve you and help shake up the trend on Monday Dread in our streams. Together, let’s shift mindsets and inspire each other to thrive and focus on doing what we love… and if we aren’t doing what we love now,......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Laurie Levin… Laurie Levin is the founder of Another Mother’s Daughter. When she is not sorting & organizing for others, she can be found running back trails, decorating her weekly planner, or playing in the dirt. She finds satisfaction......

Oh, me. Oh, my! Oh, NO?   What do you do when you hear NO from a potential client?   After posting this “She has…” #MoxieMemo, a handful of Facebook friends reached out to talk about the “and is only too much for those she is not meant......

This morning, the idea of writing a list of everything you LOVE popped into my mind – so I went with it. I started to write mine down and thought – oh, I am going to add a fun “ME” spin, THEN – ooooohhhhh! – maybe......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Katie Lance… Katie is the Founder of Katie Lance Consulting – a social media and marketing firm. Katie’s clients include companies such as RE/MAX International, DocuSign, RPM Mortgage, SmartZip and many others. She is also a frequent keynote speaker, a......

My Dearest, You don’t need a perfect plan. BREATHE. Have faith. Let go. (Yes, of the control.) Let God.   Far too often we wait until things are PERFECT to move forward… We hit pause because we fear failure or don’t believe we are worthy......

Many people (including me) have interchanged the terms PURPOSE and WHY… When we do this – it is easy to get PURPOSE confused with our values/guiding principles and jumbling them up into our “WHY”!   These concepts and more are also covered in RADICAL MASTERY. A collaborative coaching program......

Last week, I attended the Oxygen Women’s Conference. It was a two-night event filled with life-giving and life-changing messages from these amazing women: Jodi Cameron, Sheila Gerald, Nichole Stanton Moore, April Carter and Bianca Olthoff! As you know, normally, I am speaking at these types of events,......

Are you ready to fire up? Repeat after me: Everything I can control is AMAZING! …Sure, go ahead, say it again!😉 Are you smiling? Can you FEEL it? Whenever I am feeling sorry for myself or have the BLG’s (Bored, Lonely, Grumpies) I say THIS......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Christine Whitmarsh… Bestselling celebrity ghostwriter Christine Whitmarsh helps authors, speakers, and personalities share their stories, communicate their messages, and build thought leadership platforms through their books. As a ghostwriter for high profile personalities since 2001, Christ...

One of my favorite questions to ask others – especially leaders: How full is your soultank, right now?   Followed by… How are you filling your soultank today? This weekend? Most people can’t even remember the last time they thought about how full their soultank......

Today’s #MoxieMemo and post are all about being graciously aware of others around us… Take time to look up and truly SEE someone in your world… ACCEPT them for who they are… and LOVE them. Too often we judge others for what they say, do, even......

pssst… today’s #MoxieMemo is for you.Yes – YOU!  Are you ready? Yes – YOU!  Are you ready? Embrace your authentic self. There are people looking for EXACTLY who YOU are and what YOU have to offer. Stop pretending to be someone else. Define your own......

It’s time to Fire Up! with Lacey Lybecker… Meet Lacey Lybecker. She co-owns Cairdeas Winery with her husband and winemaker, Charlie Lybecker. Cairdeas Winery is a true family affair. Their two boys, Eugene (4) and Francis (2) contribute artwork for select artist series wine labels and......

Rebekah Radice and Josh Parkinson of Post Planner invited me to chat with them about “How to Use Storytelling in Your Social Media Marketing”.  As you can imagine, it took me all of 2 seconds to ACCEPT! We discussed a current book I am reading......

Here we are again.  It’s International Women’s Day 2016. View on Flipagram What is IWD, you ask? International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for......

Last week, I was reminded how important it is to honor and live in alignment with your values and passions.  I know, I know, I teach these principles every single day with clients and in my soon to launch Radical Mastery Program. However, today – it felt......

Happy Fire Up Friday! I have something special for you today. It’s the pre-launch of my new challenge!   d11consulting.com/11Day-FireUpYourGoals Around this time of year, ‪‎goals‬ can start to fade away and we are distracted by everyday life. For many of us, we are not......

It’s time to Fire Up! with John-Ross Parks… Meet John-Ross Parks! He is an award-winning entrepreneur in the real estate industry who is passionate about serving his community.  His goal to experience a new wine every time he sips this year is one of the......

Are you ready to stop “talking people into” working with you and start INSPIRING them (with your why) to work with you instead? You know how it FEELS when you connect with someone who is remarkably passionate about what they do? Ever wonder why success and......

Hooray!  It’s The First Monday Of 2016.  Now, what? Get up. (Waking up with a smile is KEY to rocking your day!) Stand up. (Standing up is the next step!) Hands up.  (Putting your hands in the air feels so good!) Now, lift your voice......

    Okay. Okay. Okay. It is no secret, I am not a traditional January 1st “resolution” maker.  In my d11 Fire Up! bubble, every single day is the start of a “new year” and pivots are a normal way of doing business here.   At......

On this Christmas Eve, my wish for you is that this final week of the year brings you joy and include these three things: 1. Focusing On The Positive. Please find ways to focus on what you are grateful for, not what you didn’t get, how......

  There is no need to get stuck in a rut with how you serve and give back. In honor of #GivingTuesday, I’d love to share 11 ways you can GIVE BACK to your community during the days/weeks/months ahead!  If you can honor your passions......

You already have everything you need. Boldly BELIEVE in yourself.   Be BRAVE for yourself. Spread your wings and FLY! {Pin this sassy #MoxieMemo to the right!} Too often we spend too much time waiting for “something”… “Something” outside of us that will make us......

Ready to add some MOXIE to your day? Here is one of my favorite #MoxieMemo… I want an adventurous, meaningful life. I seek days filled with passion, purpose, and change that challenges me to be my best self. I embrace having a servant-leader heart, faith......

Chasing perfection won’t attract those we are meant to serve. Sharing our vulnerability will.   Being vulnerable is about revealing what we prefer to deny or keep hidden from others, as well as the parts of us that are shiny and sparkly and filled with......

When you embrace your VALUES, PASSIONS & PURPOSE you shine a light so bright that PEOPLE & OPPORTUNITIES seek YOU! We often forget that when we truly step into our truest selves MAGIC HAPPENS. Opportunities arise. People arrive. Success abounds. TODAY. Right now. Stop trying......

Wow!  Another scrumptiously spectacular birthday week is almost at an end.  First, I am so grateful for the love you showered over me this week with all of the thoughtful calls, cards, notes, Facebook posts, texts, voxes, dinners, coffees, wine bottles, and wacky videos!  You truly......

I have read several posts, quotes, and seen giggle-inducing pics regarding and celebrating Women’s Equality Day. Many of them reminded me we have a long way to go. Here is the thing – I believe WE can each make a difference in our circles… both......

pssst… you, yes YOU! When you were a child, did you pick daisies to find out if that someone special “loved you or loved you not”?  If you and your pals were like me and mine – you were always seeking the “he loves me”......

VIRTUAL INTERVIEW? Today was one for the d11 history books! Brad Andersohn of RETechCampus interviewed me about my Fire Up! Taking Your Life and Business to 11… book in VIRTUAL REALITY! Yes. I built an avatar (with fiery red hair, just like mine!) and walked my......

How FULL is your soultank right this very minute? First, what exactly is your “soultank”? I imagine we each have this sweet space inside us that fills with happiness when we are doing the things we love to do, sharing time with loved ones, and surrounding......

What is “attitude”? According to the dictionary –>  {noun}  The manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind. Having a positive attitude is so important to our health, wealth and ultimately living a life that fires......

    The last few months (years, really) have been filled with oooodles of pivots and reinventions in key areas of my life and business. There is personal independence and fierce freedom in going after your dreams and goals with passion, purpose and a positive attitude!......

    The path to uncovering your purpose can be a trying one, especially for a Type A personality who is running their own business or a busy household and wants IMMEDIATE RESULTS.  (Yes, I am preaching to myself here!) In Chapter 3 of my......

One of the best parts of the #FireMeUp11 journey is learning and defining your Core Four: Values, Passions, Purpose and Niche!  Being comfortable and confident in who you are – from the inside out – feels AMAZING.   This #MoxieMemo is from chapter five of “Fire......

Wow! Wow! Wow! x11 The year is half over and most of us have barely blinked. The last 6 months have absolutely flown by and now is the perfect time to check in with yourself, your Core Four and your goals progress. Here are 5......

Happy LONG Weekend!  As I sit to relax and enjoy my Muskoka coffee from Crystal Henderson in my lovely vessel from Virginia Munden these thoughts came to my mind.  1- Slow down and schedule some sacred alone time to reconnect with yourself.  2- Switch your......

WE ARE SEEKING BLOGGERS! My “Fire Up! Taking Your Life and Business to 11…” book is ALMOST ready to launch.  I am anxiously awaiting the Kindle version to be approved, so the next steps can be put into motion. Right now, the d11 team and......

Right now.  This very moment. Choose to be UNSTOPPABLE.  Focus on your goal.  Trust Yourself.  Be Courageous. Believe you are worthy! The next two days I am blessed to be part of four events – ALL focused on engaging, elevating and empowering people who are......

You must stand for something. (or you stand for nothing) You can’t be EVERYTHING to everyone. Take a stand. Define YOUR Values. Live by them. Surround yourself with others who will HONOR them. Let the rest go. It may feel like you are playing it......

Any time of the year is the perfect time to reflect, review, and refresh elements of your personal brand and image as a business and success-minded entrepreneur.  It isn’t wise to wait until you need a new job or your final project is complete to......

Do YOU tell the truth?Do you WANT the truth? This week I was challenged by Kevin Gerald of Champions Centre. His Sunday message was called “To Be Honest” (#tbh) and – to be honest – he was singing my song to me – OUT LOUD!......

Please welcome a new guest blogger, Mikki Kingrey, of www.RealResultsMentoring.com.  In this post she shares her thoughts on how to move from client repelling to client attracting! As an entrepreneur, new clients are the lifeline of our business. It is a constant cycle, a flow......

Sometimes we need to be reminded by someone…  and sometimes we need to be that someone.   Be good to each other. Think before you speak. Pray for clarity. Stop judging, start embracing. Help a friend get closer to their dream. Smile and laugh often.......

No matter what time of year it is, there are always networking opportunities.   Kick-off meetings, women’s conferences, sales rallies, tech conferences, BarCamps, marketing summits, leadership retreats… you name it – experts are engaging across the globe to share best practices, exchange/elevate ideas and empower...

pssst… yes, you. When was the last time you looked at your last 11 Facebook posts? Actually, your last 11 posts on any social media platform? How about the last 11 blog posts you have written? Do they represent YOU? Are they speaking YOUR TRUTH?......

The topic of putting together “New Year’s Resolutions” is everywhere right now.  The concept of a positive mindset reset across the globe is always exciting and encouraging… however, setting your goals and intentions only once a year can be detrimental to actually ACHIEVING them.  Instead of......

There is no shame in CARING about what others think of you. The key is not letting it VALIDATE your magnificence or DIM your sparkle! I often struggle with the concept of NOT CARING what other people think of me. I do care.   There,......

I was recently interviewed by Debra Helleren on her Secrets Unplugged series for Homes.com.  She wanted to talk about pro tips for networking – especially this time of year with all of the holiday parties happening.   I hope you enjoy our “under 11 minutes”......

pssst… Smile when you wake up.Seize and savor each moment.Give Yourself GRACE.BE:  Fierce. Feisty. Fabulous… FEARLESS.Embrace Change.Sprinkle blessings and encouragement. NOW is the time.THIS is the place. YOU are the one. Go after your week, my friends! Cheers,Debra   Want to post it on Instagram?......

Have you thought about who you will inspire this week?   Take a moment.   Choose one person you will definitely find time to pour into this week… Someone you want to help FINISH the year strong!  Schedule a coffee chat – in person, if......

Today is a special one for my business.  Obviously, d11 made it beyond year one AND year two flew by – filled with lessons and growth!  Today, d11 has been in business for 111 weeks!  (Happy dance happening right now…) The statistics say that 8......

  Every day you have a choice to carry yesterday’s disappointments with you… or leave them in the past. Most of us (especially the entrepreneurs out there) truly need to be reminded of this EVERY SINGLE DAY. The truth is, you can’t build a positive......

pssst… you… yes, you. When we meet for the first time, I beg you – please stop asking this generic question. I wholeheartedly believe the number one question we ask people (in the USA) when we meet at networking events is the wrong one. You know......

As entrepreneurs we love to network… we love to attend events, conference, and fun events like: Holiday Celebrations. Happy Hours. Dinner Soirées. Sports-Centric events like Super Bowl parties. (#GoHawks!). You get the idea…. SIMPLY PUT:  WE LOVE MEETING AND GETTING TO KNOW PEOPLE! There are usually people......

It’s UP!  Part Deux of the conversation with Vija Williams, Deb Champion, Vanessa Murray and Nicole Mangina on Get Real Radio on 1150 KKNW here in Seattle, WA! The five of us really dug into this lively, info-packed, laughter-filled conversation about being successful women in business… We answered questions......

pssst…yes you. Are you living in alignment with your values or are your choices forcing you to live out of alignment? Do you find yourself making statements like these? (The words in parentheses are examples the values that are out of alignment when you say these words.)......

What does reinvention mean to you? Do you revel in it or avoid it at all cost? I believe nearly every day you reinvent yourself – in some way, shape or form.  You decide every day if you are going to move forward or backward.......

Did you miss my latest The Money Hour segment?  Never fear… here is the recording and overview.  Thank you for listening and sharing with your world…  Cheers! Tina Mitchell kicks off the show with her *Money Chat* segment, then she and I share a chat......

Woohooo!  Every once-in-a-while we need to (I mean “get to”) toot our own horn.  Yes, it can feel awkward, at least at first, but if we don’t share our shiny, fabulous news – who will?  Our friends and fans want to celebrate with us, help......

Today you are you!That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! ~Dr. Seuss Wow!  Birthday week was a whirlwind.  Thank you for all of the thoughtful cards, note, posts, texts, calls, etc…  Social media sure does take “Birthday......

    Personal Branding Tip #7:  Don’t Fear Failure. * F – A – I – L – U – R – E (Take a moment and notice how this word makes you FEEL…) Experiencing failure is inevitable. (There, I said it.) So many of us fear it......

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of joining Vija Williams and Deb Champion on Get Real Radio on 1150 KKNW here in Seattle, WA.  Two of my favorite women in business, Vanessa Murray and Nicole Mangina, were also invited to the studio! The five of......

Hi! It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. I decided to put writing and social media on hold for a couple of weeks while attending a business conference and retreat. It allowed me to truly FOCUS on the 1:1 conversations and......

Hi! It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. I decided to put writing and social media on hold for a couple of weeks while attending a business conference and retreat. It allowed me to truly FOCUS on the 1:1 conversations and......

June Gloom is a reality. Every June, the same things happens here in Seattle (and many other places along the West Coast).  Gloomy (gorgeous, in my opinion) grey skies roll in here and stay… until July 5th.  It happens every single year, but it seems......

 This post is part of the d11 Personal Branding Blog Series…   Each of the 25 branding tips will get a “deep dive” in the upcoming months!     Personal Branding Tip #6: Embrace your uniqueness and your superpowers. I believe key ingredients of a magnificently, magnetic personal brand include......

Hooray… The next “ENTERPRISER” post is here!  #Enterpriser is a  blog series created to highlight the fun, quirky, REAL stories of “Captains of Industry” who are inspiring, navigating, and embracing change in their world! Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the supportive, encouraging, talent-attracting Tash...

If we are connected on social media, then you already know I am on vacation.  (Hooray!)  11 delicious days to celebrate my 11th wedding anniversary with my sweetheart…  So far, this week has been about unplugging, reconnecting, and recharging.   It got me thinking about the amazing......

Friday, May 2nd, I participated in, and co-produced, a women’s leadership summit called LEXI.  LEXI stands for Leaders Engaged in the eXchange of Ideas. I am often asked “What do you talk about and hear at those women’s events?”.  This question always makes me smile......

Friday, May 2nd, I participated in, and co-produced, a women’s leadership summit called LEXI.  LEXI stands for Leaders Engaged in the eXchange of Ideas. I am often asked “What do you talk about and hear at those women’s events?”.  This question always makes me smile......

  This post is part of the d11 Personal Branding Blog Series…   Each of the 25 branding tips is getting a deeper dive this year.     Personal Branding Tip #5: Be Specific. Have you ever asked someone:  “How are you?” OF COURSE you have.   It is one of......

  This post is part of the d11 Personal Branding Blog Series…   Each of the 25 branding tips is getting a deeper dive this year.     Personal Branding Tip #5: Be Specific. Have you ever asked someone:  “How are you?” OF COURSE you have.   It is one of......

Nearly every week I have conversations with friends or clients about defining their “WHY”.   I have ooooodles of conversations that include questions and answers like these: Q1: Do I need it? A1: You don’t need a WHY statement to live, but I believe having one......

This post is part of the d11 Personal Branding Blog Series…   Each of the 25 branding tips will get a “deep dive” in the upcoming months!    Personal Branding Tip #4: “Be your signature self.” BUT HOW? The following are simple concepts (we hear all the time), yet......

Okay, here we go… The next “ENTERPRISER” post is here!  #Enterpriser is a  blog series created to highlight the fun, quirky, REAL stories of “Captains of Industry” who are inspiring, navigating, and embracing change in their world!  Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to......

This post is part of the d11 Personal Branding Blog Series…   Each of the 25 branding tips will get a “deep dive” in the upcoming months!    It is time to dive into the third point in the series:#3: Know your competitors. Here are SIX ways to......

Are you ready to dig into the second point in the personal branding series? #2: Master your craft, DEFINE YOUR NICHE, and let people KNOW what it is. “Becoming known for one thing is not hard… It is saying NO to all of the other......

We all know “Firing Up Your Personal Brand” takes time, patience, and consistency.  Please don’t get overwhelmed… just take it one step, one day at a time.  To make it easier, I created a list of 25 personal branding “tips, tools, and truths” for you and plan to dig......

  You were born with a purpose.You woke up today… Brilliant and feisty.Know what that means?THERE IS MORE.You still have amazing things to achieve…Relationships to build and nurture.Mountains to conquer.NOW.GET READY.Fulfill YOUR Purpose.Delight and inspire your world. FIRE. UP.    ...

Every single day I experience this. I need to email to someone who is not already in my database and the search begins.  First, I hit Facebook and their email address is RARELY listed or it is the generic @facebook.com one.  Next up, it’s time......

Join me in believing this and making it a movement in our worlds…  SHINE your light. SHARE your journey. When you are courageous, you create a spark that ignites and inspires others to be brave! What will you, and your bold, brave heart go after this......

Are you ready to get to the core of YOUR brand?  Your PERSONAL brand? Is TODAY the day you decided to get clear, define, and nurture your personal brand… and SHINE online? Have you done some work and now ready to take it to an......

Goals.  Visions.  Dreams.  Intentions.  Resolutions.  Objectives.  Aspirations… Whatever you choose to call them – these are the “things” you want to accomplish in the weeks, months, and year ahead.   Those goals that get you closer to living your very best life.  Since this is......

Merry Christmas! I sincerely wish you a spectacular Christmas celebration filled with love, laughter, family, friends, and oooodles of delicious food and wine to share together! Here is to soaking it all in and creating REAL memories… Cheers! ...

Okay, here we go… The next “ENTERPRISER” post is here!   #Enterpriser is a  blog series created to highlight the fun, quirky, REAL stories of:“Captains of Industry” who are inspiring, navigating, and embracing change in their world!  Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you......

pssst… Have you been missing out on TODAY because you are too focused on what will happen tomorrow, next week, or next year? Are you “attaching your happiness” to an achievement that hasn’t been realized yet? The last couple weeks have been filled with reminders......

  A while back, I posted this photo/update on my Facebook timeline…  For days after I posted the photo I received comments, direct messages and emails (yes, ironic, I know) asking me HOW I DID IT.   A little background first… 16+ months ago WAR......

Thanksgiving week reminds us all to slow down, recall the many things we are thankful for, and intentionally count our blessings.  The last couple of years I decided to put my list together a little differently… More of an inspiration list to remind us why......

  What is the big mistake you might be making on Facebook (or an social media platform you use to build relationships)? What could it be?  Shockingly, it is—> NOT MAKING IT EASY to research and connect with you from your Facebook profile! Yep.  It......

What does “Finish The Year Strong” mean to you?   In this conversational webinar with Laura Monroe of Inman News, I share tips, tricks and truths on how to finish 2013 strong by energizing your business strategy, renewing your mind, and refreshing your attitude… all......

It is NO secret… speaking at live events ignites me and fires me up!  It allows me to inspire others to shift their perspective, embrace change, or motivate them to take what they are doing to an 11!  Not much brings me more pleasure than......

From Entrepreneur to Intrapreneur – @SuzRoy Shares Her Journey…   Suzanne Roy… who is this mysteriously fabulous woman?  I recall hearing about “her”…  The “behind the scenes chica” of this cool  website called “Tech Savvy Agent” that the then “nearly unknown...

We have all heard it.   WE. MUST. CREATE. CONTENT.   It buzzes in our ears we hear it so often. I know we get it… creating valuable content is definitely an important part of building a solid personal brand (what we write about and......

For those of you who prefer LISTENING over reading… here you go: Battling or embracing your self-doubt and focusing on “the competition” are some of the top ways we keep ourselves from achieving GREATNESS. If you are waging war against yourself… STOP. Remember, there is......

Wow. The last two weeks have been beyond blessed with fabulous days and nights filled with love, laughter, oodles of adventures, and a lesson learned (okay, relearned). “Taking Time” was a birthday gift I decided to give myself this year. To (dare I type it)......

Wow. The last two weeks have been beyond blessed with fabulous days and nights filled with love, laughter, oodles of adventures, and a lesson learned (okay, relearned). “Taking Time” was a birthday gift I decided to give myself this year. To (dare I type it)......

This is a simple reminder to STOP and TAKE TIME. Slow down. Stop working. Turn off your technology. Connect with your world. Embrace relaxation. REFLECT. Delight in doing nothing. Revel in reconnecting to your PASSIONS. Take Time. Now…       ...

Wow. Yesterday was DIVINE.   Turning 40 was deliciously fabulous… and GLITTER-FILLED thanks to many of you who shared memes like these with me. I won’t fib, I was on a FIRED UP high because of YOU, my dearest friends and followers.   Oooooodles of you......

Hooray!  I am excited to share thoughts from the Seattle launch event of Urban Campfire. This was the first event, in a LONG time, where I wasn’t speaking… where I was attending to fill my own “personal soul tank”. Melody’s (the founder) mission with Urban Campfire: …to......

Lately, I have been seeing and having quite a few conversations about three of my least favorite words to focus on: competition, comparing, and copying.  Now, I am going to get on my sassy redhead soapbox for a moment, so put your listening ears and......

  It is a SIMPLE #FireMeUp11 today…   When you share a QUOTE as a status update on social media, please remember to tag the person (yes, dead or alive) and give them credit for their words.  If you are not connected to them on social media,......

  When was the last time you did something extraordinary for someone in your world… something that delighted them and made them SMILE?   I was serendipitously blessed by a post that was whizzzzing by in my Twitter feed.  It was one of Garvin Thomas‘ latest......

In this video blog episode I ask a tough question: Are you approaching your goals with a passion mindset or passive mindset? I look forward to your thoughts and comments below!   For those of you who prefer to READ… not watch: I believe a......

  This vLog episode I’m going to ask a tough question: Are you approaching your goals with a passion mindset or passive mindset? I look forward to your thoughts and comments below!   For those of you who prefer to READ… not watch: I believe......

  Did you know that only 47.4 % of CEOs participate on social media sites?Or that 79 percent of Inc 500 CEOs and 30 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have an active presence on at least one social network?Do these numbers surprise you?(Love stats? There......

  Did you know that only 47.4 % of CEOs participate on social media sites?Or that 79 percent of Inc 500 CEOs and 30 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have an active presence on at least one social network?Do these numbers surprise you?(Love stats? There......

pssst… this d11 post has gone PINK PINK PINK in honor of a dear friend and fabulous Power Woman – Laurie Weston Davis! Before another day goes by I would like to send ooooodles of congratulations to her for her latest achievement… This past Friday (7/12/13) she......

pssst… this d11 post has gone PINK PINK PINK in honor of a dear friend and fabulous Power Woman – Laurie Weston Davis! Before another day goes by I would like to send ooooodles of congratulations to her for her latest achievement… This past Friday (7/12/13) she......

pssst… have you heard? Last week realtor.com launched a fabulously FUN consumer promotion–> A Mobile Treasure Hunt called #FindItFirst! You know me, I am all about Customer Experience + Fun, so this campaign immediately caught my attention. Here is how it works: 1. download the......

Today’s tips, tricks and truths post is a bit different…  I spent some time in the studio with Camtasia and the Reflector app to put together a lil’ tutorial! We have talked about taking our Facebook engagement and experience to another level by using COMMENTS…......

What if? Questions that begin with these two words fascinate me… and, of course, tickle my lioness curiosity. It is amazing how the question “What if this happens?” has the ability to keep us delightfully expectant of what is to come or to paralyze us with fear of......

  Today’s Topic: Creating exceptional customer experiences by focusing in on the details…     For those of you who prefer to READ, not watch… here you go! Our lives are filled with oooodles of EXPERIENCES.   Some are delicious and lovely, others heartbreaking or......

Earlier this week I posted this status update on Facebook: .     …and the comments, texts, direct message, and emails I received were fascinating and heartbreaking all in one.  So many friends, colleagues and clients shared that they STRUGGLE with seeking perfection.  They commit......

Are you struggling with creating engagement on your social media channels?   Today’s topic is about elevating your engagement on Facebook… by intentionally using Likes, Comments and Shares! What do I mean? Well, let me share a little story… (For those of you who prefer to......

pssst… Have you ever considered doing the exact opposite of what you are doing in your business right now?  Maybe with your whole business, or just a “broken” part? If each of us thought about doing the opposite of what we’ve been doing, I believe......

Here it is… My very first VIDEO Blog Post!  Join me as I share thoughts on the “why” conversation, reveal mine, and give you some tip/tricks/truths to help you on your own journey to uncovering yours! For those of you who prefer to read over......

Here it is… My very first VIDEO Blog Post!  Join me as I share thoughts on the “why” conversation, reveal mine, and give you some tip/tricks/truths to help you on your own journey to uncovering yours! For those of you who prefer to read over......

I am not sure how many of you, my dearest readers, know about the “online TV show” I guest-host with Kelly Mitchell (Agent Caffeine) and Katie Lance (Katie Lance Consulting)… It is called BreveTV and is focused on “getting the skinny” about being entrepreneurs and......

This post is TOTALLY off my normal topic, but I am asked a question ALL THE TIME because of my passion project – Women On Wine TV! The question—> What are my favorite wineries/places in Napa and Sonoma? This is an IMPOSSIBLE question to answer.......

In honor of Mother’s Day…  (and the day you are reading this!)take a moment to click through these 11 slides to inspire Taking YOUR Waves to 11! Let’s create a movement to SPARK JOY in our worlds by infusing more “waves” into our day! (Click......

Mamas have been teaching their children this for year: “If you don’t have anything nice to say – don’t say anything at all.”  It is still tried and true advice. However, I am thinking today’s “social mama” advice might need to be: “If you have......

11 words of inspiration from LL Cool J – the first HipHop artist to rap wicked rad messages in my world. I am looking forward to the release of his new album “Authentic” this week!   I love this advice because it is simple, to......

  Here we goooooooo! Some of the most brilliant takeaways from Stefan Swanepoel‘s T3 Summit were from a young man named Logan Kugler. He is a Writer/Entrepreneur/Spaceman. Yes, spaceman. This young man was captivating. His epic passion filled the room. His ambition and fearless focus......

A friend asked me what I do to keep so passionate and positive, so here are the first 11 things that came to mind…  I look forward to reading your additions below! 11 Keys 2 Living A Passionate Life… 1.  Be BOLD and try new......

Unless you have managed to avoid social media, conferences, blogs, etc… the term EXPERIENCE is all over the place right now! Customer EXPERIENCE is a hot topic… I, for one, am THRILLED. It has been too long and it’s time to refocus on our clients,......

  Before you start reading this… let me clarify where I am coming from on the topic of Women in Leadership – in general.  For me… it’s not about more women in leadership just for the sake of more “women” being at the top… It’s......

Wooohoooo!! In just 3 weeks the newly rebranded 4th annual Seattle Women’s Leadership Summit makes “her” rebranded debut as LEXI! (Leaders Engaged in the eXchange of Ideas) This is THE Seattle event where women – at all life and career stages – will be inspired......

Wooohoooo!! In just 3 weeks the newly rebranded 4th annual Seattle Women’s Leadership Summit makes “her” rebranded debut as LEXI! (Leaders Engaged in the eXchange of Ideas) This is THE Seattle event where women – at all life and career stages – will be inspired......

Inspiration and innovation dance with the daring, not comfort zone seekers. Everything you are trying to achieve is just on the other side of your comfort zone. What is the one thing that you can do today or this week to shake it up?  ......

What you choose to focus on GROWS… Choose wisely....

What’s up with the number 11? People ask me this ALL the time… and I love it. 11 is part of my story and sharing “why” always ignites me. So, here it goes: My love of 11 went to an 11 when I met my......