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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Art of Getting Things Done: 5 Steps to Better Productivity

5 steps to better productivity
I would venture to say that all of us have goals and dreams in life. There are things you want to check off the To Do List each day and there are goals you want to achieve in one or five years.

Sometimes you finish projects and achieve your goals earlier than expected, but many times you're sitting in front of the computer at 3 PM in the afternoon wondering what the heck you've accomplished all day. This is exactly how I felt today, hence the inspiration for this post.

I guess I shouldn't be so hard on myself because most days I do consider myself to be very productive. In fact, it's difficult for me to just sit around.

I don't claim to be a productivity guru, but these are the things I personally have done for many years to achieve goals and become a more successful entrepreneur.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

My Favorite Graphic Design and Photo Editing Tools/Apps

Digital design quote

Visually stunning photos is a must if you want to get noticed on Instagram and Pinterest or capture a blog reader’s interest. People have asked me what photo editing and graphic design apps I’ve been using for Instagram and my blogs, so I thought I’d share my favorite tools.

Monday, January 09, 2017

What Do Golf, Writing a Book, and Visiting Egypt Have in Common?


At the beginning of the year many people make their New Year resolutions. Although I usually come up with a couple goals or intentions each year, this year I just decided to ditch the resolutions and create the ultimate bucket list for the rest of my life. I’ve had this bucket list in my mind for quite some time. I figured that blogging about it would jump start the energy for these things to happen and perhaps inspire some of you to write your own bucket list or even do some of the stuff on my list.

Learn to play golf

This is laughable because I’ve been telling myself forever that I want to learn. Can you believe that I’ve had a set of golf clubs for the past two years sitting in my storage that I haven’t used yet?!? There are so many beautiful golf courses here in San Diego and I STILL haven’t been out even to just hit a few balls. I was taking a look at these golf holidays in Portugal and started thinking I want to be that person who says, ‘I never thought I’d ever be playing golf in Portugal, but here I am.’


Penina Golf Resort in Portugal

Finish writing “53 Days of Joy”

I started this book a few years ago, but got caught up in a few other projects, so it was put on the back burner. I feel that part of my purpose in this lifetime is to help people discover more joy and meaning in their lives. Given the current state of the world, I’m feeling more compelled to finally finish this book and get it out to the people who really need it.

Visit Egypt

I’ve been planning this trip in my mind for quite some time now. This is a country with such a fascinating history. I look forward to sailing down the Nile on a cruise and seeing the historical pyramids up close and personal.

Take a cross-country road trip

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had this dream of driving an RV and visiting every state in the U.S. - except for Hawaii, of course. I really, really want to see the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Boston, and New York City. Call me crazy, but I think it would be nice to experience a blizzardy east coast winter.

Photo Credit: Jared Tarbell

Drive a car on the German autobahn

The rebel in me once went up to 120 mph for about 5 seconds during a trip to Las Vegas, and it was fantastic. I’d love to take a Bugati on the autobahn and feel that adrenaline rush again.

These are just five things that are part of the Top 10 on my bucket list. What’s on your list?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Soulapalooza: My Journey Into Gaining Clarity About Business and Life


Soulapalooza 2016

Going from a warm weather paradise to another warm weather state doesn’t feel like much of a change, but when you’re traveling thousands of miles from one coast to the other, you’ll accept it as a nice change of scenery.

Stepping off the plane at Orlando International Airport, I was expecting to be greeted with a nice handshake of humidity, but just like November in San Diego, Orlando is not that much different in terms of weather. I began to doubt that the only sweater I had packed would be enough.

This was my first red eye flight on an unfamiliar airline (Frontier), but they were one of the airlines that offered a non-stop from San Diego to Orlando at a very budget-friendly price. Thanks to the travel angels, I scored a seat with an empty seat next to me, so I was able to stretch out and snooze on the 4.5 hour flight.

Despite being foggy-brained from lack of sleep, I managed to get into the car rental for this 6 day vacation and make it to our hotel where I crashed for a few hours. I didn’t come to Orlando for the typical magical visit to Disney World, Universal Orlando, or the other myriad of theme parks that attract thousands of people each day to this wonderland.

I came for clarity.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#ShopSmall on Small Business Saturday: Tips For Businesses

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and showing gratitude for all the business support that I have received throughout the years, I want to thank American Express for creating Small Business Saturday and acknowledging those of us who went after our dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.

When we think of this upcoming holiday weekend, we’re constantly reminded of Black Friday or Cyber Monday when all the big retail stores fight to get you to shop with them. However, between all that big box chaos is Small Business Saturday, a day in which I invite you to think about the small businesses in your local community or the online entrepreneurs *ahem* who also work hard to provide products and services suited to your needs.