Win a Ticket to Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta

Type A ConI’m honored and thrilled to be a part of the amazing speaker team for the Type-A Parent Conference for bloggers in Atlanta, GA, October 8-10, 2015! I was introduced to this group a few years ago and have been blown away by the depth and scope of their practical knowledge about all things internet. And, even more importantly, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover how warm and welcoming they are to newbies.

That’s why I want to take a “newbie” along with me this year! Someone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure to learn from this wonderful group of bloggers. If you’re new to blogging or even just thinking about it – this would be a great opportunity to dive right in and immerse yourself in the blogosphere. And if you’ve been blogging for a while and you’re ready to take your work to the next level, you are guaranteed to learn something new at this event.

You can find out details about the event and speakers here: Type-A Parent Conference.

Want to learn more about Type-A Parent? I wrote about my first experience at the annual conference here. And I shared lessons from the podium when I spoke at the Type-A Bootcamp in Walt Disney World (fun!) on how to turn your blog into a business here.

Enter to win a ticket to Type-A Parent Conference here!

Welcome to the Business Counterculture

You know you really should be blogging. Forget that! Blogging is out….you should be podcasting. And if you don’t have a Facebook Page for your business, you are going to fail. But if you really want to attract customers, you need to be on Instagram. And Pinterest. And Periscope. Oh, and did you know you need to host a live event? And create a passive revenue stream? And monetize your blog? And raise your rates? And hire an assistant? And publish a book? And get a high-paying speaking gig?

WHAT?! If you really listened to all the well-intentioned business advice out there on the Interwebs, you would drive yourself crazy! And drive your customers away. More importantly, you would be an emotional disaster – wondering why “everyone else” is able to keep up with the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship and you can’t seem to figure out how to sync your calendar on your iPhone.

I’m a huge believer in lifelong learning – and whenever I want to make a change I always look to others who have gone before me. But – and I say this with gobs of respect and appreciation for my many mentors – sometimes you have to do your own thing. There comes a point when all the advice, predictions, guidance and instruction become counterproductive. Like we tell our children, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s right – at least not for everyone.

You’ve probably been there before. You get so immersed in what OTHER people think you should do, that you lose sight of your own goals and plans and dreams. You spend all your time trying to “figure stuff out” and you don’t actually make any meaningful progress.

What if you followed your own instincts? What if you talked with one trusted mentor and soaked up the advice and then made decisions based on what YOU feel is right for YOUR business? What if you stood up for what you believe is right and said NO to what everyone else is doing? It would be liberating! And probably more successful than the constant struggle to keep up with the confusing and evolving “expert” recommendations. [Read more…]

Organize Your Life in 20 Minutes a Week

summitA few weeks ago I completely missed an important lunch date with a friend. It was something I had been looking forward to – and it was on the calendar where it shouldn’t have been overlooked. But when she texted me to confirm just 10 minutes before our scheduled meeting, I knew instantly I had messed up. I had entirely forgotten our appointment. This doesn’t happen to me often because I’m slightly Type A when it comes to my calendar. But when it does happen, it’s always a result of one thing – I had neglected to conduct my Sunday Summit.

The Sunday Summit (a name I borrowed from a mentor of mine although I adapted her process to fit my lifestyle) is a weekly meeting I hold with myself to get organized and focused for the week. If you’re like most women, you’re juggling many different roles and responsibilities. And even though you are good about keeping your calendar up to date and managing your ever-expanding “To Do” list, things inevitably slip through the cracks. The Sunday Summit is my attempt to prevent that from happening. And it has the added bonus of helping me prioritize, reflect and communicate.

Here’s how it works: [Read more…]