“#IndieCruise MasterMind 2014 Sails Back Home!” by Donna Maria

IndieCruise Mastermind 2014 was a resounding success! I'm thrilled to share that my annual signature event was — in a word — fabulous. You may recall that our theme was “No More Beauty Business As Usual.” In addition to myself, the speakers were the amazing Lela Barker of Lucky Break Consulting, Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple, and Kim Jones of Urban Tranquility. For the first time this year, a playlist of the Cruisers favorite motivational songs was created, and I had a CD made for everyone. We played this music through #IndieCruise for motivation and inspiration. Here is the jewel case cover.


Gorgeous, yes?! It was fun to enjoy the diversity of music choices among women from across the nation (and some were quite a surprise!) Thanks to Cruiser and Indie Business Network member Alana Rivera of etta and billie for the innovative playlist idea.

Plans are already underway for #IndieCruise Mastermind 2015, so keep your eyes on the #IndieCruise page for more information. Meanwhile, check out the official #IndieCruise Mastermind 2014 photo album on my personal Facebook page. You can follow me there for more updates. You won't want to miss out on the chance to join us next year!

Official Playlist of #IndieCruise Mastermind 2014

Eye of the Tiger – Kismet Andrews
Wake Me Up – Adele Glasser
Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Lela Barker
Workin' Day & Night – Jennifer Hardaway
Rolling in the Deep – Marilyn Schendel
Golden – La Shonda Tyree
Jump – Yours Truly
Titanium – Yours Truly (because the host gets two!)
Bravo – Tamara Cunningham
I Believe I Can Fly Cheryl Peterson
Baby Got Back – Kenya Calloway
Jump Around – Darryl Johnson
I'm Every Woman – Dawn Fitch
Sexyback – Alana Rivera
We are the Champions – Starla Ledbetter
I Will Survive – Teri Kalgren
Blurred Lines – Robin Schmidt
Happy – Kim Jones
Soul Makossa – Jennifer Delvin
Wagon Wheel – Deb Richards

Best and success,


P.S. – I have hosted #IndieCruise annually since 2011 and each year, it generates aha moments and takeaways from entrepreneurs nationwide. Here are a few of the ones I love best …

“ I went on Indie Cruise just to spend time with my friends and I got so much more out of it than I expected. The energy of the other Indies was immensely contagious and uplifting. One of my books was born in an Indie Cruise Mastermind session! The teaching and masterminding sessions were priceless. I highly recommend blocking the next Indie Cruise date off in your calendar and doing whatever it takes to be part of next years cruise.”
– Kayla Fioravanti, Nashville, TN – www.KaylaFioravanti.com

“#IndieCruise was a blast. It was relaxing, rejuvenating, ass kicking, and totally motivating. I came away with a ton of new ideas and some amazing connections to fellow entrepreneurs. I am already looking forward to next year.”
– Alana Rivera, San Francisco, CA – www.ettaandbillie.com

“I loved it. I had the most fabulous time I ever could have imagined. I got way more out of it than I ever expected. I feel like I'm full. We've made really solid progress with the business. We are excited to just go get 'em and do all the things we said we were going to do … I feel full and ready to explore what's out there, and honor the plans and commitments that we made.”
– Tamara Zantell, Buffalo, NY – www.AzariahsInnoncence.com

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.