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When I received the invitation to see Scarlett DeBease‘s holiday-decorated home, I knew I had to accept.
Scarlett has been my image consultant for many years. She’s come to my home over and over again, but I’d never been to hers. Her husband, Jack, takes Christmas very seriously and uses his inordinate design sense to create magic in their already sumptuous home. Scarlett wanted to share the finished product and issued an invitation for last Friday.
I had a conflict as I lead my Soul Proprietor Community coaching call by phone on the first Friday of each month at noon. Squeezing a trip to Westchester by train within a brief window of time was going to be challenging.
“Make your call from here,” Scarlett generously offered. She gave me a choice of three spaces to conduct the call which requires my computer’s dashboard, good light, a place to take notes and either wireless service or a phone line. She made it all possible. I accepted, took an early train, made the call at noon, then relaxed and enjoyed the tour (and I did get to see her closet which was a total example of someone walking her talk: inspiring, meticulously arranged and immaculately neat) and the party.
I can’t say enough about how spectacularly gorgeous their home and Christmas decor are, but here’s a sampling that will give you the flavor of the experience. In the accompanying photo, Scarlett and Jack are standing in front of a beautifully mounted collection of Christmas cards, jauntily arranged so that you can easily take in the colors, designs and messages of each. “These are all the cards my mother has sent me over the last 25 years,” Jack told me. He’d not only saved and cherished them, but also displayed them in a place of honor at the entrance to the living room. I got goose bumps all over my body hearing this thoughtful man tell me this.
Talk about the spirit of the holidays!
I’ve been a fan of Heather Habelka, the owner of Red Poppy Marketing, for many years. I remember being impressed with her at the very first networking event where we met. There was a level of professionalism and enthusiasm that was inspiring.
Our paths continued to cross. I particularly remember when she got a big idea at one of my Remarkable Women’s Networking sessions and ran with it.
I was so impressed with her enthusiasm and talent that I hired Heather to help me launch several initiatives in my business.
Then, last spring, Heather hired me.
In very short order, Heather has blown it out of the water. We started with a vision of what she’d like to see happen for her company. That dream, or vision, is the fuel for everything that comes after. It’s the process I use with every new client so we can determine what you’re aiming for.
From there, we created a mind-map, which is a tool for getting on paper all of those big ideas and what it will take to make them happen. Heather’s included building her team and client list; weeding out those that don’t support her vision. Like all successful business owners, it’s essential to let go of the bottom 10% of your customers and team members in order to grow. In addition to growing her team, Heather mapped out finding a new space (which she has) and increasing her revenues significantly (which she has).
When I asked Heather how our work together was helpful, she said, “One of my greatest lessons in working with you is to no longer apologize for how I run my business. And, I saw results incredibly fast.”
As a special offer to my community, before I depart on my 3-month journey, I have a special abbreviated coaching package–Come Away With Me! that will use the same methods I’ve taken Heather through. Within a limited time frame, you will create your vision, mind-map your goals with me and travel through them over the next few months as I travel the world. There are a few spaces left for this one-time offer. Is this journey for you?
During our recent Mastermind Intensive, Christina Frei presented to our group as an expert demonstrating how to create videos that capture your message.
She told us, with nods all around when she said this, that the reason so many people are afraid to do video is that it is so powerful. How often do you click on youtube these days? What impression do you get from a video vs. a written bio? Video is vital to your website, image and marketing strategy. I’ve dabbled, but now I’ve committed.
It helped that she gave us a very special rate* which I immediately took her up on. Somehow, when I think of video, I think in the thou$and$. Do you?
Christina came to my place on Monday, and Monday evening I got my clip.
I’ve never felt so comfortable in front of the camera nor as pleased with the results.
Please, let me know if you think she got me.
Two women drive 30 minutes to visit a store that had recently been recommended. It’s a gorgeous, sunny New England Tuesday afternoon.
It’s almost noon, they park, walk to the shop and see this sign on the door. For those of you who may not have the opportunity to enlarge this image, it says:
12 – 5pm Wed – Sat
10 – 5 Sun
Also by chance
and by appointment
…followed by the shop’s phone number.
Now, I was visiting my friend who lives 30 minutes from Chester where the store is located. But I was there between speaking engagements and had traveled from NYC. I knew the chances of my getting there again anytime soon were slim and none.
I pulled out my iPhone and dialed. My friend looked at me in disbelief. “I would never have called,” she told me.
The owner of C & G immediately answered her phone and said she’d be right down.
I had no idea she lived above the store. She was fabulously well-dressed, coiffed and even had on a sassy hat. She asked if we’d like to shop right now, or would we prefer to dine in town and meet her back there in 90 minutes when she’d have had a chance to really prepare for us. We opted for the latter.
After a very delicious, relaxing lunch, we walked back to C&G, shopped till we dropped and each found things we could not live without. Some other women entered as well, which made us feel better about having the shop specially opened. It clearly made it more profitable for the proprietress as well.
What I love about observing other soul proprietors is the variety of ways in which they choose to operate and adapt as they go along. I’m curious to hear what you would have done in the same situation. Plus, I highly recommend the sophisticated aesthetic of this new find.
Since attending a lunchtime networking meeting a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had three coffee dates with three remarkable women.
This morning Shahrina Ankhi-Krol and I met at Dean & Deluca’s midtown to find common ground. For this archaeologist turned lawyer, it was a piece of cake . Digging into things is what she did before opening her law practice. We discovered a mutual love of museums, all things creative and NYC, of course.
She’s incredibly smart, wise beyond her young age, personable and professional. The hour flew by. We covered our passions, our families, our hopes and dreams.
By the end of our date, I knew I’d be delighted to refer her to anyone seeking legal advice, especially around trademarks, copyright infringement and or simply setting up a business entity. It was less her credentials (which are impeccable) and more her way of being that impressed me. She’s an attentive listener and connector.
I particularly enjoyed reading an article she wrote that has attracted a lot of attention. I identified with her underdog status and how she’s made it work so well for her company’s growth. Starting with her headshot in which she is smiling: Real Lawyers Don’t Smile–one piece of advice she was wise enough to ignore. Here’s a smiling lawyer I’d love to work with and refer.
How are my networking events like NYDJ?
You know the clothing company, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans? They differentiate themselves from the competition by naming their market (mothers, aka women) and offering something more desirable for their demographic. I’m speaking only for myself, but nod if you agree, I don’t want to wear shredded denim or the designer’s name on my derriere. I do want a pair of jeans that are flattering and hip, so I buy the NYDJ brand.
I feel the same about one-size fits all networking meetings. Are you getting tired of networking events where you do and say the same thing? Go around the room, announce what you do, say who your market is, then hope and pray there’s someone in the room who can refer you, use your services or even want to engage in conversation? Ho-hum.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve met wonderful people and gotten business in these environments, but it feels stale and I’m having trouble psyching myself up to keep showing up.
That’s why I’m offering a different kind of networking event Thursday night, October 24, at In Good Company in NYC. I want you to meet Remarkable Women in a different way. The focus that night will be on creating meaningful relationships first, building business connections second. And I will be facilitating that activity–in a fun and memorable way. You do not want to miss this!
Here are the details and registration link to join us next week. Hope to see you there!
This is a unique opportunity to inspire, encourage and motivate each other.
Be Part of the Remarkable Women’s Network
5 Spots remain – Register Today:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:30pm – 8:30pm
In Good Company
16 W. 23rd Street – 4th Floor
New York City
Please RVSP by October 18, 2013: Click here to register
I’ve had the good fortune this week to meet several wonderful women in the city. On Monday, my friend and fellow Artsy Girl, Victoria Cummings (aka the Horse Philosopher Chick), set up a lunch date with two of her best NYCity pals–an author/illustrator and her partner, a professor of publishing. Needless to say, sparks flew and the conversation lasted for hours over our vegan lunch at Candle Cafe West.
Jeanne, the author/illustrator and I made a date to go for a walk in Central Park later this month. She suggested a starting location midway between us.
“We could meet at the Imagine marker at 72nd Street.”
That’s the beautiful mosaic memorial tribute to John Lennon right near the entrance to Strawberry Fields.
I’m feeling more like a New Yorker every day.
Preparing for my Soul Proprietor Community call recently I included words from Ecclesiastes (aka Simon and Garfunkel’s Turn, Turn, Turn) which says, “there is a time to refrain from embracing.”
We live in such a to-do culture that when things aren’t happening fast enough, i.e. in our time frame, you may get frustrated, annoyed and may even think you’re failing. It’s so uncomfortable, in fact, that many people fill in the ‘free’ time by shopping, over-doing, paying too much attention to someone else’s business (literally and figuratively) or fill-in-the-blank default behaviors that are counter-productive.
What if you just refrain…from embracing? What if you simply let go, allow the world to revolve without pushing it a degree or two yourself and wait and see what happens. Breathe, clean a closet. Just be.
This morning’s reading in my daily meditation book includes a quote by Lin Yutang whom I had to google to find out who he was.
Besides the noble art of getting things done; there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of the nonessentials.
Here’s a challenge for you–Will you let go of pushing an outcome, just for today?
I couldn’t have chosen a better book to read this week before my Soul Proprietor Community topic call: Allow the Universe to Manifest than Lisa Jones‘ Art of Living Happy - After the Loss of a Loved One: A Real-Life Awakening.
Once I opened the volume, I couldn’t put it down. Her riveting true-life story of her husband’s untimely death at age 44 and the sequence of events/miracles that happened after, support her belief in the power of our Universe and the existence of angels.
Yes, I’m a skeptic, and I have not had her dramatic experiences, but I believe everything she says. Lisa is gifted with an ability to hear voices, receive wisdom, and bring it to those who need to hear it, i.e. anyone who wants the information and is open and available to receive it.
I don’t want to give away Lisa’s incredible story, but will share one of my favorite incidents that spoke to me particularly as I find myself in a transition in my own life. She and her second husband were planning to do major renovations on her marital home. With the architectural plans ready for breaking ground, “Everything that could go wrong did.”
- Wrong paperwork was filed
- Town lost paperwork.
- P + Z notice didn’t get published.
- No quorum at meeting of P + Z
- Issue over a variance
- Board member error
- Etc., etc., etc.
Who hasn’t faced delays or setbacks of this ilk? Here comes the miracle:
The week of approval, as I drove by a beautiful lake home that had been on the market for six months, I noticed that a new real estate company was representing the house…I’d always been drawn to it on a gut level. [But it was under renovation by the couple living there.] As it turned out, as soon as the couple was done with the renovations [our real extate friend] Lee called to tell me that “the husband has been transferred to Texas for a new job, and that they were listing the property for sale…[and that the once out-of-reach price point] dropped yesterday, by quite a bit! It looks like the owners must have taken a buyout, and the relocation company wants to sell it as soon as possible to get it off their books.”
Reading this passage was like having my own angels tapping me on the shoulder and saying, “Trust us!” Everything that is happening is happening for a reason. Stay the course you’re on and more will be revealed.
What I also loved about this book is Lisa’s account of how she developed her gift into a thriving practice. You can imagine how many nay-sayers there were out there (slightly more than those who didn’t believe I could make a business out of decorating eggs!), especially family members, who were less-than-encouraging of this accountant turned channeler. Lisa overcame personal and professional obstacles on her way to becoming truly recognized and appreciated for her gifts. I admire her tenacity, honesty and willingness to share her journey with those of us whose paths are wider.
Congratulations and all the best to Lisa who has known that this is her path and has written the book declaring it to the world.
I am mega-proud of my amazing client, Susan Beallor Snyder. I have watched Susan transform from a Westport homemaker/mother extraordinaire with a huge talent and small business as a goldsmith, into a full-fledged artist/sculptor working in a new medium and expressing herself with confidence, discipline and elegance. Her current work has been featured in galleries and media throughout Atlanta.
Behind every piece is a narrative that inspires Susan. The titles of the works invite you to contemplate the conversation the artist is beginning: All Tied Up in Knots, Going in Circles, Inner Struggle, etc.
Rather than limiting Susan, staying focused on her work with rope has actually freed her up to greater creativity and increased her dedication to her art. Presently, she’s working on her largest piece to date and hopes to show her art in public spaces and museums.
Her new website featuring only her rope medium launches this week. Narrowing her focus simply to pieces made in this powerful medium has been a journey. It’s meant saying no to the inviting distractions of her multiple other muses. Susan excels at photography, encaustic painting, jewelry-making and mixed media. To zero in on this niche has been transformative and rewarding. When someone makes it this simple for us to see and appreciate her work so clearly, you have to be aware that there were masses of information that needed to be edited out in order to attain this clarity.
I learned this lesson in my own art career. One of the hardest things I had to do in that part of my business was to say “no” to any of my precious creations. The graphic designer I hired to create my first brochure made me.
“Pick four styles to focus on, and then select representative pieces within those styles for this marketing piece we’re creating.” Ouch!
I offered my other ‘gems’ at craft shows and studio sales, but not for wholesale accounts. And guess what? My business grew exponentially.
I wish the same for Susan Beallor Snyder and all of you who are willing to take the risk of narrowing your focus and the courage to announce it to the world.
Well done, Susan!