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Power of Legacy

Power of Legacy

Build something that outlives you. ~Alexander Rose It’s a day I won’t soon forget. This time of year is always bittersweet. It marks a time of new beginnings and it also marks the time of year when I remember her most. January 18, 2014 was the day when I gave one of the most profound talks of my life. I was so nervous my hands were shaking. I am still amazed at the strength of my voice and my ability to hold back the tears. I can still hear her laugh, see her smile, hear her call my name. I remember the times we laughed together and when we cried together. She was such a strong, loving, and powerful woman whose influence is instrumental in me becoming the woman I am today. It’s been three years since she died and last Wednesday was the three-year anniversary of her Celebration of Life service. We all have life defining moments and the death of my beloved granny, Dorothy Henry, is definitely one of those for me. Dealing with life without her became my new normal and through it, I discovered a strength I never knew I possessed. Below I share a few of the life and leadership lessons I learned from this amazing woman. 1- Practice fierce love. You may be thinking to yourself, what on earth does love have to do with leadership. The answer. EVERYTHING. One of the things I shared with the family and friends who came to celebrate granny’s life that day, was her ability to love the seemingly unlovable. I was always amazed at her ability...
New Year… New You?

New Year… New You?

A dream without a plan is just a wish. ~Katherine Paterson Helloooooo 2017! I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a year that had its share of ups and downs. There were days when I was tempted to think there were more downs than ups, but that simply isn’t true. I love the new year. It feels like we all get a blank page and we get the chance to write a new story. However, oftentimes I have found that in my rush to map out all I desire to accomplish in the new year, I often never take the time to acknowledge all that I accomplished in the previous year. While I am looking forward to this new year, I have often found that one of the reasons we lose our motivation towards achieving our goals is because we have an unrealistic view of how far we’ve come in comparison to how much further we have to go. So before I go any further, I’d like to share just a few of the things that I accomplished in 2016. Visited Haiti for the first time and had a second visit to the Bahamas (just gorgeous) Celebrated my 40th birthday Ended a business relationship that was no longer healthy for me Hosted my first Take the Leap™ event (in another state no less) Celebrated 8 years of marriage to my amazing hubby Toby Started leading a networking group for women business owners Launched my new Tandem program so that aspiring business owners won’t have to leap alone Now that I’ve gone first, here are six simple steps to...
Cancelled No More

Cancelled No More

I can’t keep cancelling out on my life. ~R. Jackson I was recently chatting with an amazing woman from California. We were chatting about her desire to leave her full-time job and transition into her business full-time. She has such big goals to change the financial lives of families and helping them to not only live well financially, but to also enable them to leave a legacy (financial and otherwise) to their children. As we were talking, I could tell she had taken a great deal of time to really think about what she would do and the impact it would have on those she served. While there were several things which struck me during our conversation, her response to my question of “why now?” was what rang in my head long after our conversation was over… She said, “I can’t keep cancelling out on my life.” We talked about fear, procrastination and her desire to apply the skills, focus and dedication she’s provided to help others achieve their dreams to her dream. Can you relate? Have there been times when you allowed fear, procrastination, the “urgency” of the needs of others, etc. to get between you and what you really desired? I know I can. I’ve been there more times than I care to even admit. I remember one particular instance of this occurred while working with a big client. What started out as an amazing opportunity left me one day looking at my husband Toby and wondering how all of my time was suddenly going towards building someone else’s dream while my own was “on life support.”...
Let’s Talk About Courage

Let’s Talk About Courage

Taking action gives you the courage to leap. So do it afraid. ~Dr. Nadia Brown One of the common topics that came up at the Take the Leap™ 2016 event was courage. A common question often sounded like, “Do I really have the courage to pursue my dreams?” My answer to that question is a resounding YES! According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, courage is defined as “the ability to do something that frightens one.” Oftentimes our big dreams scare the bejeezus out of us. There are many questions floating through our mind. Questions such as: Can I really do this? How do I get from here to there? What if I fail? Will this really work? What was I thinking?! Here’s the thing about pursuing your big dream, fear WILL show up. It’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when. It may be tempting to attempt to wait for the fear to pass before taking action, but that’s not how this works. Action eradicates fear. Taking action, even baby steps help to build your courage and eliminate the fear. Don’t allow fear to keep you paralyzed. Move forward. Here a few ways to build your courage: Get clear on your vision. Clarity is powerful in and of itself. When we don’t know where we are going, it clouds not only our vision, but our judgement. AND it’s exhausting! Take time to get clear on your vision so that you can outline clear action steps. Identify the next step. That’s right. Just one step. Ask yourself, what’s the next best step? Then do it. Find your group...
Why Can’t We Just Say NO?

Why Can’t We Just Say NO?

No is a complete sentence. ~Unknown Over the years I have become quite fascinated by this tiny two-letter word ‘no’. Normally in my sales trainings, I encourage participants to get comfortable with the word ‘no’ because it’s a normal part of the sales process. Unfortunately, you can’t get to yes without a few no’s. Yet this tiny two-letter word has the power to stop people in their tracks because they are afraid of hearing it. Lately, I’ve noticed that not only do many of us hate to hear it, we also hate to say it. Particularly us ladies. I will be the first to admit that I am VERY guilty of not saying NO sometimes even when I know I want to or really should. I love how my husband Toby deals with no, he just says it. He doesn’t offer any explanation nor does he feel any guilt after he says it. If only that could be the case for myself and many of the women, I work with. You may be wondering what suddenly piqued my interest in evaluating how I deal with no. It all began in the grocery store. I recently went out to our neighborhood Fry’s grocery store and as I was walking in I saw the Cub Scouts standing near the exit. I hate to admit it, but my initial thought was “oh great… why can’t I just shop in peace?” Oh but wait… it gets better. I realized that once I was inside the grocery doing my shopping this was the day for the pillow ladies to be there. O-M-G… these ladies...
Ready… Set… LEAP!

Ready… Set… LEAP!

“Standing at that impossible junction, we can make a radical choice. We can learn to fly.” ~Unknown Have you ever had to make a bold move out of your comfort zone? You know the kind of decision that flooded your mind with doubt and your heart with trepidation… yeah THAT kind of move. That was me recently in my business. For the past year or so my company has had the opportunity to support the business growth of one of my mentors. Talk about an opportunity to learn, grow, expand and have a lot of fun while doing it. Let’s just say it was one… wild… ride! And yet I felt the familiar pangs of longing to focus on some projects that were in my heart and to have the time freedom that led me to launch a business in the first place. But did I mention, I was learning, growing and having fun? Why did my gut have to get in the way? What would I do now without the solace and protection of my mentors? Would I be okay? Did I really have the courage to leave this group who had become family? Was a move that drastic even necessary? These were many of the questions that I asked myself as I wrestled on the inside before making the decision to pick up the phone and say to my mentor “I’m leaving the team.” Surely there had to be another way!  My husband, Toby and I decided that it was time to direct more of my focus on other projects that were more directly related to my...