Ten-Year-Old Me

by Michelle on August 26, 2011

This morning I was checking to see if Colleen will be shaving her head on her upcoming 50th birthday, and was thrilled to discover the she interviewed Havi Brooks as part of her amazing campaign. Near the end of the brief interview, Colleen posed the following question: If you could go back in time and tell 10-year-old you […]


Discounts & Dreams. Or How To Avoid Groupon Overload.

Last night I dreamed I was pregnant.  I awoke, clinging to the magnificent realization that it was only a dream.  At any age, discovering you’re pregnant comes with (at least) a few concerns.  But in my weird-ass dream – which involved being pregnant at my current age of 40 – do you know what my […]

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Get this: I have a rock star life. And I didn’t even know it. Sure, there’s a lot of good stuff in my life, and I’m quite appreciative of it: my fantastically-supportive husband, my much-too-wise-to-be-only-eight-years-old daughter, my crazy-wonderful extended family & friends, a comfortable home that will be paid for in 10 years, time and […]

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Free Marketing Advice: Kind-Hearted, Or Just Stupid?

Some people disapprovingly call it free consulting.  But you could also consider it an investment in a budding entrepreneur’s future. I’ve been providing marketing advice to a friend of a friend during the launch of her consulting biz. For free. Yes, I know not to do this. Yes, I realize that unless someone pays for […]

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Voice Mail & Your Inner Circle

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When Procrastination Pays Off

Procrastination sometimes gets a bad rap. I make that bold statement as a former I-must-complete-everything-in-the-inbox-and-plan-effectively-for-tomorrow-before-I-go-home kind of person. That’s who I used to be.  Though it has taken a couple years, I’ve learned that sometimes things just take care of themselves. [You may recall the scene near the end of "Walk The Line" where Johnny […]

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The Kitchen Timer. My New Best Friend.

You have a Unique Ability. Even if you don’t know what it is yet.  Really. A while back I read about the concept of Unique Ability, an inner resource that is a combination of your talent, the passion you have for using it, and the incredible value it creates when you deliver it to the world. The book’s introduction says it better: […]

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How American Beauty Keeps Me Motivated

There’s a line from American Beauty that’s been bouncing around in my head the past few weeks.  It’s pretty motivating, actually. No, it’s not from Annette Bening’s solo scene – the one where she preps a house for sale – in which she repeatedly announces to herself, “I will sell this house today!”     No, […]

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Considering Your Audience

We’re all selling something – whether its a good or service, a volunteer opportunity, or a value system.  Most of us already know that rule #1 is to match your message to your audience.  An effective marketing message attracts the prospects you want, and should repel those you don’t want. Surprisingly, not everyone knows this.  Especially the firm […]

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Lesson to My 6-year-old: Exchanging Money For Value

On a recent visit to San Francisco, I was temporarily at a loss to explain two things to my daughter: Why are so many people on the street asking you for money, Mom? Why aren’t you giving them any? Between the crowded streets and our hurry to get somewhere on time, I successfully put off […]

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