What's your definition of success?

Hi Inspired Entrepreneurs! This week, I take a break from the co-hosted and interview format to talk to you about success. Specifically, I get down to the nitty gritty of defining your own success. The key phrase in this episode is YOUR definition.  It’s time to break away from traditional thinking about what success is or means. Step away from what others define success to be and come up with your own definition. It will be freeing and heck, maybe a bit inspiring (at least, that’s my hope). 

In this episode I’ll break things down, as follows:

  • My definition of success and how it’s changed from over 20 years ago.
  • The one thing you must stop doing
  • The ever-evolving state of your definition of success
  • And, more!

After you’ve listened to the episode, head over to my Facebook page, to share your definition of success. You’ll see the podcast post on the page and that’s where you can share your definition.

Have a great week and stay awesome!


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Lost Your Creative Mojo? Let's Get It Back!

If you're struggling to keep ideas flowing in your business, listen to this episode to learn how to reinvigorate your business with new ideas and avoid the burnout and frustration that come with stagnation. 

In this Sanity Session, Christina and I will update you on our business adventures.  We'll be discussing the creative process, where and when the process happens best, and we'll dive in and discuss what to do when that creative juice just stops flowing. 

Here's a rundown of what you'll hear in this episode:

  • How other creative outlets can spark new ideas
  • How to use writing prompts as a creative outlet
  • Impromptu chat about "mom time" in the bathroom
  • Using creative outlets to help you refocus your energy
  • How to immerse yourself in other people's creativity
  • Trying creative outlets that lie outside your comfort zone

Show links:

Christina's Mystical Mojo Boxes
The Box Reviewers
Luz Mariel Donahue Art
Christina on Facebook
Darlene on Facebook
Writing Prompts on Reddit

022: Create a Customer Experience that Rocks!

Welcome back everybody to the Inspired Entrepreneur’s Guide, the podcast that encourages you to stop dreaming and start doing.  After a  short hiatus, new episodes are back! You can expect to hear new episodes about one-two times per month.

In this episode, we're covering a topic that I'm deeply passionate about - Customer Service and Experience.  You will learn the importance of defining your ideal client and how it may affect your overall customer experience. More importantly, how you can increase your odds of getting good quality referrals.  Here to help me with this topic is my special guest, Yanique Grant. Yanique is a professional speaker with a Bachelor's Degree in hospitality and tourism management and a certificate in International Customer Service.  She's the host of the podcast, Navigating the Customer Experience and offers professional coaching and workshops on customer service and leadership so businesses and their teams can develop the skills they need in order to succeed.

Yanique offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • How hospitality management helped her navigate the customer experience and laid the path to speaking on the topic, creating a podcast about it and more.
  • Importance of defining your ideal client
  • Increasing your odds for getting good, quality referrals
  • Appealing to customers intellectual and emotional sides
  • Understanding your clients’ needs
  • How to handle an unpleasant or uncomfortable customer service experience

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Navigating the Customer Experience podcast

Produced and Hosted by:
Darlene Victoria of Darlene Victoria Digital Media

Episode 21: Sanity Sessions with Christina and Darlene, What's the Big Idea?

I am very excited to bring to you a new format to the Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide podcast series. Once a month you'll be treated to a co-hosted episode featuring myself and my good friend, Christina Nelson. Christina and I met about 7-8 years ago on the Virtual Assistant Forums. Since then, we've become a support system for each other in our business and life. If I have a business idea, Christina is typically the first person I'll email. And, she does the same! So it only made sense, that when I decided I wanted to do a co-hosted series, Christina was my first choice! 

In this inaugural co-hosted episode, Christina and I chat about entrepreneurial ideas, which is fitting. As an entrepreneur, ideas will come to you. Some you may decide to follow, others will just sit on the back-burner and percolate, and others you just may not know what to do with them. We share some of our own experiences about ideas that we've pursued, what to do if an idea doesn't work out and so much more!

Here is a rundown of what you'll hear in this episode:

  • Find out when our business ideas come to us, most often
  • Evaluating your business ideas, before reacting
  • Determine what it takes to pursue and then maintain your idea
  • What to do if a business idea you followed, doesn't work out
  • So, that big idea didn't pan out, now what?
  • Tips for re-focusing and moving on
  • We also chat about bullet journaling
  • And, chit-chat about things going on in our own businesses.

Show Links:
Mystical Mojo Media
Darlene Victoria Digital Media Support
40 day Free Doodle course
Bullet Journaling
Subscription Box Service Unlocked - Interview with Christina Nelson


Episode 20: All About Mentorship - Working with a Mentor or Becoming One

This episode is all about mentoring and mentorship. Whether you are in the beginning stages of your business or you’ve been in business for some time now, there may come a time when you feel like you need additional support. During these times, finding and working with a mentor may prove helpful.   

In this episode I have a double-dose of mentoring information for you! To start, I chat with someone that I’ve been mentoring for the last six months.  My friend and colleague, Doreen Astra of Astrapreneur.  You will hear how mentoring has helped her in her business and how she is evolving (yes, evolving!) as a business owner.  She began her business in late January of 2016 and is growing by leaps and bounds.  

Following my conversation with Doreen, I sit down and chat with Ruth Martin of Maplewood Virtual Assistance. Ruth has been on this podcast before, so you may recognize her name.  Ruth has been mentoring business owners through her business for many years now. During our conversation Ruth explains why she decided to become a mentor, describes the two main areas in which people come to her for mentoring, offers advice on how to go about finding your best-matched mentor and more!

This is one of my more favorite episodes to date. There is a lot to cover, so let’s get going. Listen now!

Doreen and Ruth offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Doreen - An impromptu mentoring session ensues as we discuss Doreen's services
  • Doreen - Learning and understanding the many facets of online entrepreneurship. How it was very surprising to her, entering into the virtual assistant world for the first time.
  • Ruth - The importance of finding the right matched mentor.. This is so important.
  • Ruth - What most people seem to be looking for, when working with a mentor (and it may not necessarily be what you think!)
  • Ruth - What it feels like to be a mentor, watching someone you have grown to like, know and respect; spread their wings and fly. 
  • And, a lot more. Seriously.

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About Doreen Astra: 
Doreen is an Entrepreneur, Teacher and Virtual Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences and a NJ Teacher Certification in K-12 and Students with Disabilities, from William Paterson University. She began her career as an Administrative Professional in the Corporate and later began teaching in her own classroom setting. As Virtual Assistant, she primarily offer assistance to clients in the area of business support. To learn more about Doreen and her services, visit her website: Astrapreneur.com

About Ruth Martin:
Ruth Martin is the owner of Maplewood Virtual Assistance (aka MaplewoodVA) an online business support services firm in operations since 2000. MaplewoodVA specializes in consulting, online business and project management, marketing and writing services, and executive level business support. Entrepreneurs who are ready to stop operating their business and start growing it are a great match for working with MaplewoodVA. To learn more or sign up for the In The Details newsletter visit: www.MaplewoodVA.com.

Episode 19: Having the Power and Motivation to Reinvent Yourself

Welcome to episode 19! This month I have a fun, inspiring and empowering interview to share with you.  One word that can sum up the entire episode is strength. It’s all about finding the courage needed to take the first steps in starting a business. It is about reinventing yourself and being strong enough to do so. This month's guest, Edie Berg of the Strong Women's Club, knows a thing or two about reinventing oneself. She has been a physical therapist, a private chef, caterer, culinary instructor, an intelligent specialist and even an executive administrative manager for a global bank.  She also has worked and lived in many different locations throughout the world.   Now she is working to bring together and build a tribe of strong, successful women through her Website and Podcast: Strong Women’s Club.          

Edie offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Why she launched the Strong Women's Club
  • Details about her upcoming Mastermind Group
  • Her biggest struggle, how she overcame it and how it motivated her to keep going
  • Reinvention: the best thing about it, plus knowing when it's time to change things up
  • Thoughtful advice to women interested in starting their own business
  • Being nice to yourself

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Edie’s contact information:

Tools or sites mentioned:

Google Campus for Moms:

About Edie: Edie is the CEE (Chief Executive Everything) at The Strong Women's Club, which includes speaker, podcaster, writer, and motivator.  She teaches women to be who they want, when they want (it is never too late); and how to succeed in male-dominated environments. She facilitates and moderates the Strong Women’s Masterminds. Her own reincarnations include: Physical Therapist; Personal Chef, Caterer and Culinary Instructor; Intel Specialist looking for cyber bad guys; Executive Admin Manager of a global bank.  She is also a CrossFit junkie. She has lived in California, Australia, Canada, Boston, and currently lives it up with her blended family of her four kids and his two kids in Israel.

Episode 18: Handling Transition, Building a Multi-VA Business and Structuring Rates for Profit

Episode 18 of The Inspired Entrepreneur’s Guide is here! If you haven’t noticed, the last several episodes I’ve produced have featured Virtual Assistants. Fun fact:  It’s how I got my start in podcasting, with my first podcast, A Virtual Perception. It’s been a lot of fun going back to my “roots.”  Well, this month’s interview is no different!  I interview an established business owner and Virtual Assistant, Terry Green, of BizEase Support Solutions. Terry has gone through several transitions in her own business as you will hear during our chat. During this episode, we discuss her journey thus far, as well as, how and why she built her multi-VA company. We also touch on a some very important topics to those thinking about starting a business or are on the cusp of doing so - hint: it has to do with structuring fees that make you a profit. All that and more, in this month’s episode. Listen now!  

Terry offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • How she transitioned from a brick and mortar resume writing service  to Virtual Assistant
  • Building a Multi-VA business

  • Finding Your New (do what you love!)

  • Structuring/Creating Rates that Create Profit

  • And, more!

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BizEase Support Solutions

Home Office Fit


Michelle Jamison

About Terry:
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, multi-VA company comprised of a team of talented professionals across the US and Canada. BizEase excels at helping speakers and business coaches worldwide turn time into money by providing seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up shopping carts and editing video, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase’s clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the Green team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best!



Episode 17: The Magical Leap Point & Being a Work at Home Mom

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Episode 17 is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It’s about taking a leap of faith and starting your business. That's what Inspired Entrepreneur's motto is all about! The episode also dives into the life of a work at home mom – the good, the difficult and the downright blessedness of it all. Taking a leap of faith and starting a business isn’t always easy. But, as my guest this week, Julienne DesJardins, so eloquently stated, “I think the leap point has a little bit of magic in it.” Yes! Leaping is magical, amazing, and sometimes downright scary.

Joining me to discuss these topics is my guest; fellow Digital Marketing Virtual Assistant, Julienne DesJardins of Julienne DesJardins Digital Marketing.  It’s time to stop dreaming and starting doing.  Let's go!


Julienne offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Choosing self-employment versus pursuing a job in corporate world
  • Challenges and obstacles of starting a business
  • Best things about being a Virtual Assistant and a Work at Home Mom
  • Preparing clients for extended period of time off (ie: maternity leave).
  • Self-care and balancing work and home life
  • One digital marketing tip you should put into place, today. 
  • And, more!

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About Julienne: Julienne DesJardins works with solopreneurs who are ready for major growth in their businesses. She is a digital marketing virtual assistant who specializes in designing systems that make her clients' businesses run smoothly. She'll help you turn your attention away from the small details and back to the big picture. Visit her website or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.  

Special Episode: Update on Episode Schedule & Handling Professional Setbacks

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In this special episode I take a moment to share with you some news about The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide podcast. It relates to the release of new podcast episodes. Don't worry, the show is not going away! Listen to this episode to learn more.

Also, not to waste an opportunity to share some inspiration with you, I talk about how to handle a professional setback. This episode is short and sweet. But I hope you find it helpful - either now or in the future.

Thanks for listening!

In this episode, I offer inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • New episode release schedule
  • 3 steps for handling a professional setback

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Ted Talks: 3 Tips to Boost Confidence

Ted Talks: Overcoming Obstacles

A Virtual Perception Podcast: Overcoming Obstacles

About Darlene and The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide Podcast:
The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide is hosted by Darlene Victoria. Darlene is a digital media manager, podcast host and overall creative entrepreneur.  This podcast is based on one simple motto - stop dreaming and start doing. The podcast is a tool that aims to inspire want-to-be entrepreneurs to take that first step in starting their business. Empowering interviews with entrepreneurs and content devoted to providing resources for starting a business, help inspire and motivate listeners.

Episode 16: Courage to Change, Pursuing Dreams & Self-Branding

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Episode 16 dives into the topic of finding the courage to pursue your dreams.  Joining me to discuss this topic further is my guest; fellow NJ podcaster, entrepreneur, author, and dream mentor, Joe Pardo of SuperJoePardo.com. During our conversation, Joe talked about his decision to leave his family's business in order to pursue his own dreams.  Not an easy decision, you'll learn that it took almost 2 years before leaping. Change is not easy, but it's good. Listen to Episode 16 to hear Joe's inspiring journey!

About Joe: In early-2014 Joe left his family’s $100 million business and followed in his family's footsteps; he became a fourth generation entrepreneur. 

Two Hundred and Thirty Episodes of the Dreamers Podcast, two books and countless memories later, Joe has finally realized his dream of helping others to achieve theirs. These past two years have been filled with amazing interactions between visionaries of all ages. From business startups to after school programs, Joe has been steadily expanding his dream platform to fulfill the needs of an array of dreamers.

Joe also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Building a platform for your business and self-branding
  • Benefits of directing or creating conferences/meetups
  • Working from home, burnout and naps :)
  • And, more!

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Episode 15: Starting a Blog, Social Media Secrets & Marketing Fun

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Episode 15 is here and this week, I dive deeper into the wonderful world of social media marketing. Joining me to discuss this topic further is my guest; award-winning blogger, social media marketing whiz, podcaster and writer, Carole Sanek of Butterfly Boom Productions.  Carole chats about all things blogging, she spills the beans on some of her blogging and social media secrets, provides tips about sharing content online and so much more. This episode is so jam-packed with social media marketing goodness, that you just may need to listen to it twice! :) 

About Carole:  Carole Sanek is the owner of Butterfly Boom Productions, a company that provides clients with a variety of different social media PR, consulting, content creation, ghostwriting and more.

Carole is an award-winning blogger. Her personal blog caught the eye of several different healthcare websites for her wit and blunt talk about life in general and her personal health care issues in life.

She is also the creator of The Crazy Marketing Ladies Show where she and two other co-hosts talk marketing, give tips, interview guests to encourage and inspire entrepreneurs.

Carole also speaks around the country at different events and conferences about social media marketing.

Carole offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Why she started her business.
  • Finding inspiration for your blog post content.
  • How to survive a social media/public relations failure.
  • What EVERY blog post must have.
  • And, so much more!

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Episode 14: Goal Setting, Subcontracting & Defining Your Niche

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Episode 14 is a throwback episode of sorts. Joining me is a Virtual Assistant that has been in business since 2006, focuses primarily on the subcontracting niche and was an early guest on my first podcast - way back in 2009 and 2010! Collette Schultz of Savvy Subcontracting joins me this week to chat about goal setting, subcontracting and honing in on your niche. One of her goals was to save income from her VA business so she can take her family on  a Disney vacation. She met that goal and then some; we chat about it in this episode!

Collette offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics: 

  • How and why she started her business
  • Goals, setting and achieving them
  • Subcontracting as a way to learn more about a specific industry or niche
  • Getting very specific about choosing your services and niche area.

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    Savvy Subcontracting
    Virtual Team 360 Podcast

About Collette: 

Back in 2006 Collette wanted to get her family to Disney World. She decided she could supplement income while working at home. While she continued her full-time., she also set out to become a virtual assistant. Due to her extensive administrative and bookkeeping experience, the first years in business she focused on subcontracting for other virtual service providers, often known as, multi-VA firms.  She accomplished the goal of going to Disney and her niche, subcontracting, has grown into something wonderful!  Not only does she continue to provide services like online bookkeeping, web research and other admin tasks but she recently launched a podcast about the subcontracting niche. As of 2016, Virtual Team 360, has come to life.  Collette interviews industry leaders that use subcontracting in their own virtual service business and profit from it.  Continue the journey with Collette and visit her website for upcoming content.   


Episode 13: Mindfulness and Communication in Marketing

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Episode 13 is here! This week I will be sharing my inspiring chat with Janet Fouts, author of the book, "Mindful Social Marketing."   During our conversation, we discussed authenticity and your brand, being mindful with social marketing (and what that means), as well as, social media marketing tips and advice.  Our entire conversation can be summed up with one simple phrase: how to be a better communicator. Listen to to learn more!

Janet also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics: 

  • Being mindful and present in social conversations
  • 3 ways to resolve an issue via social media
  • Choosing a social network that fits your communication style
  • Advice for  taking your social media marketing to the next level 

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About Janet: Janet Fouts is founder and CEO of Tatu Digital Media, a Silicon Valley social media management agency and a 20-year digital media marketing veteran. Her excitement about exploring the cutting edge of technology has kept her at the forefront of the industry, and she is a frequently requested speaker at events around the world.

In addition to her social media consulting practice, she is a corporate trainer on the topics of digital marketing and social media. Janet is a best-selling author, and her 6th book "Mindful Social Marketing- How authenticity and generosity are transforming marketing" is all about keeping the "social" in "social media." The book is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.



Episode 12: Learning from Experience

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All new episodes of The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide are here! In Episode 12 you will hear my conversation with Bonnie Marlewski-Probert. Bonnie is the owner of Whitehall Publishing and Whitehall PR. During our conversation, Bonnie shared life lessons she learned while in the horse industry. She also shared insightful wisdom about reacting to life's little train wrecks and how to move past them, her work with nonprofits and how to cultivate your creativity. 

Bonnie also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics: 

  • Her entrepreneurial  story: how she went from corporate America to starting a barn in rural Indiana
  • Working smarter, not harder
  • Nonprofits and some of the obstacles they face (when it comes to marketing)
  • Two tips that will help you start writing a book, allowing your creative process to grow

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About Bonnie: Bonnie Marlewski-Probert is the author of more than 20 books and more than 1000 magazine articles internationally. She has worked in the horse world for more than 20 years as a teacher, horse trainer, writer and barn owner.

Bonnie works extensively with animal-related non-profits, helping them raise funding, increase volunteers/donor/business sponsor numbers through her website, http://funding101.org. Bonnie is also the founder of Whitehall Publishing which has worked with hundreds of authors around the globe in a wide variety of genres. You can check out her books at http://horsetales.horse or http://horsetalesforthesoul.com. If you are interested in publishing your own book, e-mail info@whitehallpublishing.com for more information. If you run a non-profit and are looking for help, visit her site at http://funding101.org. 

Episode 11: Inspiring Interview with Virtual Assistant, Janine Gregor

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In Episode 11 of The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide, another one of my long-time associates and online friends, Janine Gregor, joins me to chat about entrepreneurship. I've known Janine since about 2008, when I had started my Virtual Assistant business. We've worked together on a few volunteer-type projects for an online forum, however, this was the first time we truly had a conversation together. It was so much fun!  During our conversation Janine shared with me why she started her business, the best and not so best things about being a business owner, finding ideal clients and more! 

Janine also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Highlights of running her business
  • Volunteering as a way to gain skills and give back
  • Some winning tips for responding to RFP (Requests for Proposal), that you can start using right now.  Plus a super special offer for more tips. 

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About Janine: Janine Gregor is a leading Request for Proposal (RFP) authority for new and seasoned virtual assistants (VA). She created a thriving business using RFPs to network with top coaches, speakers and authors.

A VA herself; forming Your Virtual Wizard in 2006, Janine specializes in social media strategy, email/newsletter marketing, and business writing for her own clients.

As author of The RFP Transformation – Take Your Virtual Assistant Proposal from Blah to Bling, Janine is a sought after speaker for VAs who want to know, “How do I find clients?”  

Highly regarded and awarded for her contributions on Virtual Assistant Forums as a community leader, Janine dispenses her wizardry as a mentor to new VAs seeking to establish profitable businesses.

Episode 10: Subscription Box Service Unlocked

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In Episode 10 of The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide, my long-time associate and friend, Christina Nelson of Mystical Mojo Box joined me. Earlier this year, Christina started an eCommerce subscription box service, Mystical Mojo. In fact, I had reviewed one of her early releases boxes, here.  During our conversation she shared with me why she started the business (and how the idea came to her), offered tips to first-time subscription box service providers, and more! 


Christina also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Highlights of running her business
  • Obstacles she faced
  • Plus, one very important tip for anyone wanting to start a subscription box service.

Show Links:
Subscription Boxes Subreddit (on reddit)
Entrepreneurs Subreddit (on reddit)
Cratejoy Subscription School

About Christina and Mystical Mojo: Christina Nelson is the owner of Mystical Mojo Box.  Her spiritual journey started when she was newly divorced and felt lost in this big world.   Since then she has taken a year-long class with the owner of a metaphysical shop who showed her just how intuitive she was.  She became certified in the Emotion Code which expanded her healing capabilities. She launched Mystical Mojo Box in 2015. Boxes have a theme every month so everything in the box works together. Your box can include crystals, pendulums, aromatherapy products, candles and so much more! We also include detailed information on each product with instruction for possible uses.

Episode 9: Dogs Saving Dogs

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In Episode 9 of The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide, I had a really fun chat with founders, Declan and Keith, of Dogs Saving Dogs. They started their business while attending Notre Dame. Keith has since graduated and Declan is a Junior now (I think!). During our conversation they shared with me why they started the business, their mission and more.

They also said something during the interview that left an impression on me and really sums up Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide mission.   It was, "Entrepreneurship is all about these little wins, little steps at a time."  YES! Stop dreaming and start doing means just that,  start taking those little steps towards fulfilling your dream.  Thanks guys, for the reminder and for being guests on my show. 

Declan and Keith also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • Highlights of running their business
  • Obstacles they've faced and how they've overcame them
  • Moms, and why they are the best supporters!
  • One way to start doing something you are passionate about, today. NO EXCUSES!

Show Links:
Article on Dog's Best Life about Dogs Saving Dogs

About Declan and Keith: Dogs Saving Dogs was founded by two college students with the promise to create jewelry that uniquely expresses the beauty and courage of homeless pets, and raises money to protect them until they can be fostered or adopted. Our commitment to American-made, locally engraved, high quality jewelry comes from our desire to create lasting and timeless art that has a positive impact on all stakeholders.

Episode 8: What If You Started a Book Business?

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In Episode 8 of The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide, I had a really fun chat with Mary Cascio, an Usborne Independent Consultant & Team Leader. Mary has been a consultant with Usborne Books & More since early 2015, sharing their awesome books with the people, schools and libraries that she meets.

During our chat, we discussed why she started her business, about being at home with her children and still running a business  and more.

Mary also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • How to overcome business obstacles
  • One of her favorite Usborne & Kane Miller books (which happens to be one of my favorites too!)
  • The best thing about being a business owner

Show Links:
Mary Had a Little Book on Instagram
What If Monster
Podcast Interview where I talk about the What If Monster


About Mary and Usborne:
Mary Cascio is an Usborne Independent Consultant and has seen great success in the first six months of her business. In fact, she promoted to Team Leader not too long after our conversation. Congratulations, Mary!

Literacy is so important and Usborne Books & More offers so many ways to make quality books available to children and their families.  As our Mission Statement reflects, "The future of our world depends on the education of our children.  We deliver educational excellence one book at a time.  We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values.  We touch the lives of children for a lifetime." 

There are so many ways to Open a World of Possibilities with Usborne Books & More – how can I help you today?

Episode 7: Inspired Interview with Ruth Martin

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In Episode 7 of The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide, I  sit down and speak with Ruth Martin of Maplewood Virtual Assistance. Ruth is a virtual assistant providing business management, consulting, marketing and writing services to her clients. Ruth is celebrating 16 years in business this month. A big congratulations goes out to you, Ruth!

During our chat, we discussed why she started her business, the services she offers, and more.

Ruth also offered inspiring and thoughtful insight on the following topics:

  • How to choose what services to offer in your business and selecting a niche
  • A marketing tip you can implement into your business today (hint: you should never stop doing what Ruth mentions - listen to our conversation to find out what it is!)

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About Ruth:
Ruth Martin is the owner of Maplewood Virtual Assistance (aka MaplewoodVA) an online business support services firm in operations since 2000. MaplewoodVA specializes in consulting, online business and project management, marketing and writing services, and executive level business support. Entrepreneurs who are ready to stop operating their business and start growing it are a great match for working with MaplewoodVA. To learn more or sign up for the In The Details newsletter visit: www.MaplewoodVA.com.

Episode 6: Living Uber

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This is Episode 6 The Inspired Entrepreneur's Guide podcast. Welcome back!  In this week's guest interview, I speak with Kristin Carpenter- Ogden of  Living Uber and Verde PR. Kristin was such a fun guest to have on the show!  During our chat, we discussed the launch of her business, Verde PR, some challenges she has faced as a Work at Home Mom, and more! 

Some  key points from this episode include:

  • Finding your 'people' 
  • What she has found to be the most rewarding as a WAHM
  • Two PR tips you can utilize in your business right now

Show Links:
Verde PR
Living Uber
Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast
StartUp Weekend

About Kristin:
Kristin Carpenter-Ogden is the founder of LivingUber and Verde Brand Communications. For the past 12 years at Verde, she's coached and consulted close to 200 brands to successfully engage with and grow audiences and fan bases. LivingUber is her platform to coach Passion-Driven Branding, her proprietary approach developed over the past 12 years that’s strongly proven to connect brands and products with activated online audiences.

LivingUber is a philosophy. It’s about embracing the AND without placing restrictions and false limitations on your life. LivingUber is a way of life and it’s different for every person. To Kristin, and to many of her clients, LivingUber is about living a life driven by passion every day.