Season 2

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:

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:

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!

Show Links:

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 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.

    Show Links:
    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



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, 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 or If you are interested in publishing your own book, e-mail for more information. If you run a non-profit and are looking for help, visit her site at