Rest & Relaxation for Business Owners – Luxury or Lifeblood?

Rest & Relaxation is Lifeblood not Luxury for Small Business OwnersRest & Relaxation (R&R) is not just a luxury for the well-to-do. It is essential to our well-being and is truly not optional.  It is the lifeblood that keeps us sharp mentally and physically while giving our creative juices time to rejuvenate.

When I say R&R, what picture or words come to mind?  Do you see R&R only as being a lavish vacation or available only to the “ladies who lunch”?  Do you hear some authority figure yelling at you that you’re lazy, unproductive, and will never amount to anything?  Do you simply see your to-do list growing if you even contemplate “relaxing”?

You wouldn’t think of running your car nonstop without preventative maintenance, turning it off at night, or stopping for fuel.  If you did, it’d break down and simply stop functioning.  So, what makes you think your body and mind should be any different and be expected to trudge on constantly? [Read more…]

53 Ways to Vitalize Your Business During a Summer Lull

Summertime…and the living is eeeeeeaaasy…

Or so the Broadway tune goes. For many service based businesses summer can be a slow time.   If that is true for your business, now is the time to take full-advantage of the lull and breathing space to improve your business in ways often overlooked.

Taking the time to do the things that matter is what sets the successful apart from the struggling.

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Consider choosing a few items from the list below to elevate your business success. [Read more…]

Mix It Up for Maximum Results [Business Flow Video]

You can’t do the same thing the same way and expect better results. Take a lesson from cycling… if you want to get better you need to mix it up.  Sometime you ride hills, sometimes you ride flats, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes with others, or maybe alone. Avoid burnout and grow yourself and your business by doing different things in different ways and intensities with different people.  You’ll get better results.

Not sure what to mix up and when?  Grab the Freedom & Profit Worksheet for a roadmap to what’s most important.

Take the Path Less Traveled

Whenever you do something new in your business – create a new income stream, product offering, packaging, etc you are taking the path not yet traveled (at least by  you). Even if someone has gone before in the industry you are in – because you are unique and your ideal clients are unique to you – it is still a new endeavor.

Learn some tips from this recent snow shoeing adventure on fresh powder about taking the path untraveled that will help you in your business.

Want an experienced & trusted guide to navigate your business path?  Contact me for a discovery session. I can help make it smoother & more successful.

Use Purposeful Tangents to Give Your Business an Edge

Purposeful Tangent - Making Cheese

The latest purposeful tangent: cheesemaking class.

What if I told you there was a secret sauce that could both give your business an edge and get you interested, excited, and feeling alive again?

No, I’m not going all rah rah “I have hidden secrets!”, “Blah blah blah stay tuned for a big reveal” on you.

I’m getting very real with you about one of my favorite ways to have fun, stay fresh, and do unique things in business. That thing is engaging in purposeful tangents.

I recently had an epiphany and connected what I innately do with the idea of purposeful tangents.

I was reading an article in Success Magazine where the author talked about only going to conferences that had nothing to do with the industry he was in. I thought – Eureka! That is what I already do.

What is a Purposeful Tangent?

A tangent is digressing off of a path or straight line. And a purposeful tangent is doing it (you guessed it) on purpose! Rather than do the same thing that everyone else is doing or have the same schedule day in and day out, you do something different, unexpected, and seemingly unrelated.

Why Do This?

Have you ever felt just a little bit dead inside from the boredom of the same old stuff? Maybe you’ve gone half insane from trying the same thing and working harder and harder only to be less than thrilled with the results?

Uh huh… I’ve been there…

A purposeful tangent is the perfect way to learn new things and break out of an emotional, mental, or “same old” rut. You get to surround yourself with people who have different and varied experiences and stretch your thinking (and yourself) in new ways

How it Helps You

Purposeful tangents help you personally and can really freshen up your business to take it to a new level. Specifically it:

  • Teaches you new things that are common in another industry you can apply to your business in a unique way
  • Revives your spirit
  • Gets you thinking differently
  • Lifts you out of any rut or preconceived way of doing things

And did I mention that it can be a lot of fun?


As I considered this further I realized I already do some of this naturally. I have climbed trees, worked with horses, painted, performed improv, and done all kids of activities that stretch me out of my comfort zone and usual way of doing things.

Every time I do something like this I not only come away renewed but also learn practical lessons I can apply to my way of doing business.

And More…

I plan on taking this concept even further going forward. What might it look like if instead of attending business conferences, I attended a conference in an entirely different industry? What if instead of taking a business training, I returned to my music or took a series of classes on something else entirely?

I invite you to consider using some purposeful tangents in your business. What might that look like to you? Share in the comments below… I would love to hear.

Need new ways of looking at your business so you can grow to the next level? Contact me for a discovery session and we will be explorers together on behalf of your business success.



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