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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. Over the last few years, I have written quite a bit on the subject of GOALS...

Fire Up! Chat 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 negative thoughts to unlock their inner potential and stresses the importance of not making excuses in their lives. Morgan is knowledgeable in sales, public speaking, marketing/social media marketing, branding, and networking and relationship building. When he's not working away, Morgan loves watching sports, playing video games, watching movies and reading a massive amount of books (on task to read 300 this year).   Here's Morgan Ingram...

Fire Up! Chat 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 the Shriver Report, the Christian Science Monitor, Women's Media Center in D.C., AutoBody News, Woman's World Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, ABC7 Chicago, WGN Radio and most recently was a Nominated Changemaker Attendee at the inaugural United State of Women Summit, convened by the White House in June 2016. Here's Molly Cantrell-Kraig...

Fire Up! Chat 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 bottom of this post) Here's Sarah Schnell Jones...

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 in refinishing old furniture to give it a new life and is a compassionate vegan. Sun lover. Mountain Climber. Digs yoga & pilates but usually sips strong coffee instead. Here's Laurie Levin...

Fire Up! Chat 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 contributor to The Huffington Post and formerly was the Chief Strategist for Inman News.   (Debra's 11 cents: Katie also LOVES wine, Hello Kitty and sings the word "faaaabulous"!) Q1: What was it that gave you the ‘push’ to begin living your dream? For me, it was just the right time - when I left my corporate job in 2012 - it was a dream job, but it was just the right...

Fire Up! Chat 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, Christine has worked with major publishing houses including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA, and Morgan James Publishing. Christine is also the #1 Amazon bestselling author of the book “Personal Paparazzi: Your Brand Story Told Your Way.” Her creative agency of professional writers and strategists has served clients worldwide since 2003. Today Christine’s company serves business leaders, entertainment personalities, and other thought leaders, by helping them write and publish their books, and then build...

One of my favorite questions to ask others - especially leaders: How full is your soultank, right now?   [caption id="attachment_20561" align="alignright" width="372"] Popular #soultank activities in the Fire Up Community: wine tasting, practicing yoga, running, golfing, singing karaoke, hiking, laughing, entertaining friends/family, walking dogs, fishing, reading, cooking, grilling…. the list is endless! {Need help formulating your #soultank list? Click this pic for a fun post to guide you!}[/caption] Followed by...

Fire Up! Chat 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 are known around the tasting room as the whine-maker and assistant whine-maker. Lacey grew up on a farm in northwestern Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota before moving to Seattle to embark on a career in marketing. She worked in the hospitality and event industries before she and her husband fell for making wine. On the side, Lacey dabbles in designing kitchen textiles with an emphasis on...

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 (Firms of Endearment) and then went for a deep dive into what storytelling is all about, how to do it, where to share stories, and so much more.  Want a teaser to the chat?  I thought so...

Last week, I was reminded how important it is to honor and live in alignment with your values and passions. [caption id="attachment_6098" align="alignright" width="351"] Drew and I making time to walk with Niko (the chocolate min-pin) and Lizzie (the vanilla/butterscotch Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix) in Redmond's Dogtopia![/caption] Today, I spent time outside with my hubby and the pups (one of my key ‪#‎soultank‬ passion fuels).  These times always inspire me to dream bigger and release the fears that come along with those visions (a core value). I felt amazing after this 90 minutes. Then, I took honoring and living in alignment to an 11 by being self-aware, recognizing them in MY LIFE, and celebrating the accomplishment. What are...

Fire Up! Interview 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 many intriguing elements of this man.  Take a listen, read on and learn more! Q1: What was it that gave you the ‘push’ to begin living your dream? My involvement in organized real estate came from my involvement in the OREA Young Professionals network. It really sparked my desire to contribute to the entire provincial body. This group of people who have a fresh perspective on the organization really inspired me...

    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 the end of this post you will find my traditional "Signature Life Defining Session" doc for you to use, in addition to or in place of what you are currently using - as you wish! Last year, I shared three simple keys to writing reachable, achievable goals and intentions on your VISION LIST.  This year I am going to take that to 11 by sharing three questions to guide your...

  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 have a favorite way you volunteer your time, I would love for you to add it in the comments below.    11 Ways To GIVE BACK   1: Homeless Shelters This time of year gathering and delivering warm coats, scarves, hats and socks to the homeless in your community can SAVE LIVES.     2: Food Banks We all know how special the holiday meals we enjoy are...

Today's #MoxieMemo: Vividly IMAGINE it Faithfully PRAY on it Whole-heartedly DESIRE it Deeply BELIEVE it Passionately ACT upon it and GET READY for it! What is YOUR "it"? We all know we can't achieve a goal we have never defined.  Take some time and ask yourself these two questions: 1: WHAT WILL MAKE THE NEXT 12-MONTHS SUCCESSFUL ? Your personal success might be: Living a healthier lifestyle Sharing more time with family/friends Reading those books gathering dust   Your professional success might be: Increasing new business by 50% Increasing referral business by 50% Flipping your business model from first-time buyers to luxury or investment buyers in your industry 2: WHAT CAN YOU IMPLEMENT/ACCOMPLISH in 3-6-9-12 MONTHS? Breaking your "success vision" into small, implementable bits will help you achieve it faster, as well as...

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