What this blog is about (and my business) after more than 10 years

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What this blog is about (and my business) after more than 10 years

I've been in business for over 10 years. Some years I've felt like a pro. Other years I've felt like an impostor. 

Some years I have made tons of money (multiple six figures), other years what felt like hardly any (under $30k).  Some years I've outspent my earnings and other years I've saved. Some years I've been proud of my accomplishments and at other times I've wondered if I have any talent whatsoever for what I'm trying to do. 

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My 36 #the100dayproject

So, I'm a sucker for punishment, apparently. But I also like cultivating that which I desire in my life. 

And with that, I'm making my 37th year (I just turned 36 yesterday!) a year of more progress and growth. How? By completing the 100 day project!

If you haven't heard of it, check it out here. 

Basically, you commit to complete a something every day for 100 days! 

And while I thought that sounded very fine, I also was struggling with what to pick. Because I like SOOOOOO MANY THINGS!

Singing, painting, writing, etc. 

And voila- a project that jived with my age (36) and the 100 days: 36 100 days projects. In one year.

So that's what I'm doing. I usually need help not with ideas but with consistency. and if this doesn't create a structure for consistency, then I don't know what does! 

Here's a video I made about it: 

And here's the list of my first 12 projects: 

1. Draw SOMETHING.

2. Make a youtube video about creativity/growth in life, love, business.

3. Do a 5 minute meditation.

4. Do 2 minutes of handstands.

5. Do 2 minutes of posture work against a wall.

6. do 5 minutes of bootyshaking dance. (Ya'll know I love this.)

7. Do 5 minutes of vocal exercises.

8. Spend 5 minutes looking at my finances daily.

9. Send a love letter. 

10. Spend 5 minutes looking at my business.

11. Spend 5 minutes doing a clean up.

12. Write one paragraph.

 

So, that's it! If you want to see how I'm getting on, you can check out my progress on my "star chart" otherwise known as a google spreadsheet. 

It's public.

Also, I'll be chronicling it on instagram, here on the blog and clearly on youtube. 

my hashtag is: #my36100dayproject

want to join in? What are you going to do? post your insta or twitter handle and your hashtag below! 

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The Pink Room- renovation inspiration

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The Pink Room- renovation inspiration

Right before Charlotte was born, we bought and moved into our house upstate near Clinton Corners and Millbrook. It's a sweet little house and a landmark according to the local Clinton Historical Society.

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Desires, Purpose and Achieving Goals

In the past week I've done some meditations and journaling to get to the heart of my heart's desires. 

What do I really want? 

What do I desire that I'm barely aware of? 

Which of my desires are not really my true desires? 

How can I know? 

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Currently Obsessed With: HERBIVORE and Moon Fruit

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Currently Obsessed With: HERBIVORE and Moon Fruit

I think that using healthy skin care and beauty products is basically an imperative these days. It sickens me to think of all the companies still pushing products full of S H I T that is 100% known to be carcinogenic or linked to endocrine/fertility disruptors, etc. 

If you think I'm a bit of a wack job on this, just check out the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database to see how your current products stack up. 

Now, on here you'll only see be become obsessed with stuff that's already proven healthy. 

Like today's obsession. Thanks to Natasha at Sephora in Union Square, I'm the proud owner of Moon Fruit night cream and it is the most amazing thing ever. 

Now, on the reviews you'll see that some people can't get past the smell, so I'll address that first. The smell is nostalgic. Familiar. And while not unpleasant, it's not like the delicious scent of, say, Intelligent Nutrients body elixir. And until I can put my finger on what the smell reminds me of, you'll just have to go get a sample for yourself.

So, on to the results! 

Frankly this stuff makes my (trending towards ruddy) skin look great immediately upon application. During the day a lighter application leaves my skin soft and matte and less red (be sure to follow up with serious SPF because it can make you photosensitive). 

A heavier application at night plumped my air travel/desert-dried skin, refined the texture and brightened my freckly complexion.

All for $58. 

So basically you should just go buy this now. I have dry-ish skin but I also read on the reviews that it eases acne too. 

You can get it at Sephora. 

 

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The solution to systemic violence starts at home

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The solution to systemic violence starts at home

It feels like we’re surrounded by violence. And the violence we’ve been experiencing (mostly, I hope, as bystanders) in our nation and world is tragic. 

Those who commit these violent acts are, in most cases, individuals. Solitary men. (Sorry, dudes, but not so many chicks are involved in mass shootings and terrorist acts.) Men who make a series of decisions that lead them to end the lives of others.

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Brilliant Marketing from a...florist!?

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Brilliant Marketing from a...florist!?

Yes. Here's what you can learn from Rose Red and Lavender, a Brooklyn-based floral design shop.

Have personality!

So many people (especially B2B companies) think they have to be boring and dry and devoid of a sense of humor or personality in order to "do marketing."

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Even Kanye feels Not Good Enough

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Even Kanye feels Not Good Enough

Over the weekend Kanye West revealed to the world via twitter that he is $53 million in debt.*

He also revealed that he most likely is mentally ill. I don’t want to armchair psychoanalyze him but I’d say he’s got a heavy dose of clinical narcissism going on.

And because he’s clearly a creature in pain, I don’t want to make fun of him. Instead, we’ll let Stephen Colbert do that.

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How I became a coach

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How I became a coach

**A little disclaimer.**

I am proud to say that our family has had it share of disagreements, legitimate hurts, and strained relationships and that for the most part, we remain committed to our family. Even cooler, I know that people have the capacity to change, even later in life, because I have witnessed it. 

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Magic Monday 2015

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Magic Monday 2015

Hi guys!

I wanted people who are not on my email list to be able to benefit from my Magic Monday deals. 

Here's what I sent my list over the weekend: 

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My response to Paris

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My response to Paris

(This is my newsletter from Monday. As soon as news of the attacks hit media, Justin and I were keeping track. Then I had to step back. Here's a bit on why.)

 

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Soulful work, EMMA, and the Boston Consulting Group business strategy

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Soulful work, EMMA, and the Boston Consulting Group business strategy

A few days ago I posted this on facebook: 

I think the whole cultural phenomenon of "you have to be 100% aligned with your work IN YOUR SOUL" in order to take a project, client or job is doing a lot of folks a disservice. Sometimes you do work that might not be your dream so that it can fund the other stuff and that is ok!

And clearly it struck a chord with people because 94 likes and 21 comments later it got me thinking about my own approach to my work and business and my life...

Here's what I came up with.

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