I'm the New "Mayor" of the YMCA!

Foursquare is a location-based social networking site that allows you to earn rewards for “checking in” at locations in your area. According to a recent post in the Social Media Examiner, FourSquare receives more than 1 million check-ins per week. I enjoy checking in at a variety of places including book stores and coffee shops,…

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3 Tips For Getting Back on the Fitness Wagon After Illness

Earlier this month, my daughter was diagnosed with strep throat. Last Sunday afternoon, my throat began to scratch. Last Sunday night, my son started hacking. My husband and I gave each other that “this will be a fun parenting time” look, and entered the week. Despite the fact that we are all generally healthy, before…

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The Bored and the Restless

I maintained the Lifestyle CEO blog from September 2005 to September 2006. I recently reviewed it for content I could share with you here. It’s interesting to look back and see where my head was 5 years into my business, now that I’m 10 years into it. I hope you are enjoying some of the…

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The "Mommy Penalty"

I maintained the Lifestyle CEO blog from September 2005 to September 2006. I recently reviewed it for content I could share with you here. I was delighted to discover that nearly every post, including this one from September 29, 2005, is more relevant today in some ways than it was when I originally published it.…

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I'm Speaking at the Soap Guild Conference!

One thing that sets a successful business apart from an unsuccessful one is the extent to which the leader of the business makes it a priority to connect with other like-minded business owners. When I launched my first business (which, in case you don’t know, was making and selling soap), the first thing I did…

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Poo Chi: A New Way to Love Your Abs

When I am one of a billion recipients on an email message, I usually ignore it. But I’m glad I didn’t ignore this one. If you need a laugh (or another reminder of the importance of exercise), then you will enjoy this hilarious look at an enlightened way to love your abdomen. This video was…

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Create the Life You Love

I maintained the Lifestyle CEO blog from September 2005 to September 2006. I recently reviewed it for content I could share with you here. This post, from September 27, 2005, was originally titled, “As the Crow Flies.” It makes me smile because Sheryl Crow eventually chose one of the options I mentioned, and then made…

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Build Your Own Corporate Ladder

I maintained the Lifestyle CEO blog from September 2005 to September 2006. I recently reviewed it for content I could share with you here. This post, originally titled, “… And the Rich Just Get Richer,” is from September 26, 2005, and holds special meaning for me since I was once in-house counsel at a Fortune…

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When All Else Fails, Fail

Failure is uncomfortable and embarrassing. But it is also empowering, if you allow it to be. For one thing, failure helps you empathize with others. This is good not only in personal relationships, but also in business ones. When you empathize with the failures and challenges of others, you are better equipped to enhance their…

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Raw Foods Adventure #1: Avocado Grand (And Where is Imar Hutchins?)

There was once a restaurant on the Atlanta, Ga, campus of Morehouse College called “Delights of The Garden.” Originally owned and operated by Imar Hutchins and some of his college friends, the restaurant was a huge success. The founders eventually opened two locations in my hometown of Washington, DC, one on the Howard University campus…

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Exer-preneurship: The Cure for a Flabby Body and a Flabby Business

This is a guest post by John Easton, a recovering corporate executive turned entrepreneur. Through his Charlotte website design company, John helps small business owners create video, web and multimedia tools that turn “browsers” into “buyers.” Follow John on Twitter at @jeaston1. If you would like to submit a guest post for my blog, please…

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5 Keys to Gaining Control of Your Work Flow

Donna Maria shares a video where David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done,” provides tips on, well, getting things done. dM summarizes the tips in this post in case you don’t have time to watch the video. This is good stuff!

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3 Reasons Why You Need a Video Set

This is Part 5 in the “How to Turn Unused Space Into a Video Set” series, and am learning a lot as the dry wall goes up in the new Indie Business TV set. In this video, the contractor says we should be ready to paint and decorate in a few days! All it takes…

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How to Turn Unused Space Into a Video Set (Part Four)

After our introductory video, I shared how we plan to control the light, a very important part of planning your set. I also told you about the exciting arrival of the dry wall that will cover our set. Today, I want you to see how the dry wall application is going. Since we are a…

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Small Business Owners: Embrace Your Legislative Advocacy Power!

For those who may be new here, I am the president of the Indie Beauty Network, a trade organization representing small manufacturers of soaps, cosmetics, candles, fragrances and aromatherapy products. IBN members also make confectionery products and jewelry, and many members provide services to the companies that make products. I am an attorney (though not…

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Pursuing Fitness, One Small Victory at a Time

Yesterday, I started using the pedometer given to me as a surprise Christmas gift by Anne-Marie Faiola of Brambleberry. I decided against a morning run so I could prepare for the hearings on the Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, which ran from 3:30pm to 8:44pm EST. According to Kimberly Linton, my guest on yesterday’s…

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The Other Side of Mompreneurship

A few weeks ago, I posted about enjoying lunch with my daughter at her school. For such a short post, it generated a lot of discussion, perhaps in part because it struck a nerve with other women who simultaneously perform professionally and as mothers, without compromising either “career”. I’ve posted in depth about these issues…

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