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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...

Lies We Tell Ourselves About Time and Productivity

Have you ever noticed yourself feeling as though you have no time to spend time with your family, exercise or do a hobby that lights you up? Do you know that you should be working more “on” your business and less “in” it so that you will get better results, but you just can’t find the time? Are you always reacting to your customer’s needs but feel as though there is not enough time in the day to take care of everything and everyone? I know that I have had all of these feelings and I totally understand how easy it is to get swept away with the endless responsibilities that come with being a business owner. However, we have far more control over our time than we think. It just takes stepping back and taking a good hard look at the lies that we tell ourselves about time. Here are a few things to think about: Lie # 1-Being busy is the same as being productive- It is so easy to fill our days with a lot of minutia that makes us feel as though we are being productive but is often “busywork” that is not as important as projects that move our business forward and produce results. It is important to check in throughout the day and ask yourself these questions: “Am I being productive or busy?” “How can I be more proactive and less reactive in my business today?” “What results are my #1 priority today and how can I get them done?” Lie #2- Giving yourself more time to work on a project will help...

The Power of Joy in Your Business

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.”  ~Kevyn Aucoin I believe that focusing on joy in your business is one of the most important things that we can do in order to feel fulfilled. After all, joy is our birthright. It is important to understand that joy is not something that is a by product of circumstances. We may feel joyful when something great happens like when we get a fabulous new client or exceed our goals. But real inner joy is with us always and is not contingent on outside circumstances. Joy is a choice that we make. It is up to us to focus on joy-no matter what. It is found in the way we look for the golden nuggets in everything that happens to us- things that are in our control and not in our control. Unfortunately, joy is often the missing ingredient in most business plans. We are so hell bent on making sure that we are always in action in order to achieve our goals, that we forget about the incredible energy that we get when we focus on a joyful way of “being”. This is an inner game job! The irony is that we can “do” until we are blue in the face but if we don’t really dissect the way that we are “being” from the inside out-we will sabotage our...

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...