50+ Fearless Feminine Power

Luxury Home Staging- The Grand Colonial Revival

I was recently offered an opportunity to stage a grand estate in Massachusetts. It was by far the largest and most expensive home that I have ever done and I was a bit freaked out-not  because I didn’t think that I could make it look great for the market, but I had only 2 weeks to do it and I was also busy with other jobs and was in the middle of launching my tele summit Fire up Your Client Attractor Factor for Home Stagers. Yikes!!! I literally felt sick to my stomach but there was NO WAY that I was going to pass this one up. The other thing that I forgot to mention is that this particular home would need very specific items that I don’t normally use in order to compliment its unique classic style. I had to work with the existing paint colors and use decorative items that had a more “curated ” feel that one might expect in a Grand Colonial Revival mansion. And that is where the fun began! I knew that it was important to use some of the client’s existing furniture and decor but I also wanted to edit it so that we could breathe new life into it by adding in new items. It was important to think about who the buyer was that might be drawn to this home. Obviously it would be someone with a lot of money, but it also might be someone who loves the privacy of this 14+ acre estate and still wants to be close enough to Boston. It would be someone who appreciates...

Manifesting a Magical Business 2017

If you are planning your business goals out for this year , try something different. Instead of looking at your business from a left brain, linear approach, think about how you can tap into that underused creative right side of your brain to create the life and business that you would like. Business doesn’t have to be difficult, boring and deplete your life energy. It can be incredibly joyful, interesting and fill your life with an abundance of energy if you decide to make it that way. And frankly-it is your choice. This goes for you if you are a Real Estate agent, Interior Designer, Accountant or any small business owner (or large for that matter).Once you make a decision to look at your business from a more creative point of view-you will understand the mindset of the most interesting and accomplished entrepreneurs. People like Oprah, Steve Jobs, Mary Kay Ash, Arianna Huffington, Gary Keller, J.K. Rowlings, Angie Hicks (Angie’s List) all have one thing in common. They think outside of the box and who they are is congruent with how they “show up” in business. They are willing to trust their instincts and take the road less travelled, to differentiate themselves. When we create our businesses in a way that is congruent with who we are and what motivates us, we will tap into an abundance of energy and ideas for our business that can’t be found from a linear approach. Here are some ways to tap into that creative, magical entrepreneurial spirit: Decide on a Theme When you do your business plan this year decide on a...

Fire up Your Home Staging Biz

for the seasoned stager who wants more-more money, more freedom and more life As a personal and professional development coach, I have spoken with many seasoned home staging clients who started their business because they are creative and talented  and love to express themselves through their work. When it comes to marketing and packaging a house for sale, they are Rockstars. Ironically, these same Rockstars that understand how to market and package a home, fall short when it comes to marketing and packaging their business so that potential clients see their value and want to hire them! They are great at staging but don’t really understand what it takes to grow their business. They play smaller than they should because they don’t expect enough for themselves or they feel as though others have something that they don’t- a secret sauce that they can’t access. The truth is that growing a business takes work! It takes focused attention on the small steps that move you towards the larger goals-the mundane, every day steps as well as the glorious big leaps of faith that propel you forward. It  takes courage to learn about yourself, push boundaries on what you might think is possible and break your self imposed glass ceilings. Many of these same seasoned stagers find that their unpredictable schedules, demands for their time, high maintenance clients and need to please everyone causes them overwhelm and frustration. They are working really hard and feel as though they should be making more money. They simply are not sure what they need to do or which direction they should go in so...

Work Life Balance

It seems as though work-life balance is a much talked about, yet elusive idea. It is so easy for small business owners, or anyone for that matter, to fall into the trap of all work and no play. We prioritize our work responsibilities to such an extent, that everyone and everything becomes more important than ourselves. It is soooo easy to do this and often it is such a norm for us that we don’t even see it. Have you ever scheduled an appointment with a needy client when you were supposed to go to one of your children’s events? Have you stopped working out because you can’t seem to find the time? Are you putting off that art class that you have been wanting to take because it won’t seem to fit into your already “crazy” schedule? The interesting thing about work/life balance is that it is really about being fulfilled and happy. When we are fulfilled and happy in our life we feel more balanced. Actually,fulfillment and happiness should be the goal for everything in our life. If we make that a priority and use this philosophy as a litmus test for all of our work/life choices-our energy will soar and we will feel more balanced. And yet, we may still be extremely busy. We actually get energy from activities that fulfill us and make us happy because energetically we are vibrating at a higher level. On the contrary, when we are always giving our energy away, without boundaries concerning our time and energy, we become depleted. This is particularly true when we are spending our precious...

5 Ways to Get Unstuck and Get Going with Your Life

Do you ever hear yourself complaining about the same thing over and over again but you do nothing to change it? Do you have big goals but somehow can’t seem to take the first step? Are you simply wishing and hoping that things will change? We all get stuck at different times in our life. I mean, let’s face it-it is so much easier to stay where we are, even if we are unhappy! You know the saying “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know”. This is not a saying that would empower anyone to move forward in their lives, right? I mean, why do we have to align ourselves with the devil anyways? Sooooo not cool…… How about this for a shift “the devil you know will keep you stuck in complacency if you don’t do something about it-period!” Now doesn’t that make you want to get into action? The key to getting unstuck lies within you. If you do nothing different-nothing will change. Before you say that this is pretty obvious, let me explain. Most of us know that it is up to us to effect change but we don’t do it because it is so much easier for us to stick with inertia. “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” -Newton’s First Law of Motion That unbalanced force is caused by you doing something differently so that you will start creating momentum. Momentum is a force to...

Authentic Power-Love is All You Need

I was just listening to an interview with Gary Zukov and he was talking about authentic power and his words are so profound. If you haven’t read his books Seat of the Soul and The Heart of The Soul, I highly recommend them. Basically, he talks about the evolution of our souls and how we are put in the “Earth School” to learn how to become aligned with our soul. Contrary to the egoic model of power that is so prevalent in our society, authentic power is the power to change ourselves from within. It is more about who we are “being” and evolving into. In order to tap into our authentic power, we need to come from a place of love and not fear. Because authentic power is an inner game job, it is not about trying to manipulate the world around us, but rather to make choices that are in our highest and best interest-fueled by the energy of love. According to Gary, every human feels insecure- wants to love and belong but we feel as though we are intrinsically flawed. Furthermore, on a deep “soul” level, we believe that if anyone could see us as we really are, we would not be lovable. This is the challenge of the soul’s journey-to align our true self with love. When we come from a place of love we meet with the fear within ourselves that may otherwise cause us to do things like: play the victim become angry withdraw These are all attempts to manipulate the outside world-to keep us “safe”. When we are in  authentic power, we...