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    Bloggers, Thought Leaders and Influencers: It’s Time to Step Up

    As a small business owner I know it’s not just about spreadsheets and analytics. Entrepreneurship is about giving back and making a difference. As a military blogger I believe that it’s important not only to talk about the issues and challenges of our life, but to do so in a transparent and real way. I also believe that we must use our voice to make change happen. For that reason I think it’s time put a call out to my fellow bloggers, speakers and influencers because, frankly with all that’s going on out there IT’s TIME TO STEP UP AND IT’s TIME TO LEAD. As someone with a following that shares stories to inspire,…

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    3 Tips to Overcome The Frustration of Social Media Marketing

    Have you ever been frustrated because things aren’t having the results that you want them to? Maybe it’s that sales aren’t moving at the speed you expected? Or like in my case, I thought that a few of our recent projects would be producing higher results than they are. My business has been making me wonder lately. Making me question our methods…making me wonder where I went wrong…AND they are making me angry because my expectations on various products and how they would see isn’t panning out as easily as we predicted. Sound familiar? I figured that by this time things would be different. Marketing would be “working” and the ticker tape would…

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    3 Simple Tools to Instantly Improve Your Blog Quality

    Being a lifestyle blogger means that I have to juggle lots of tasks. From planning and writing to marketing and analytics there is always something to be working on. Lately though, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends which has forced me to find tools that help me work smarter not harder. As you know, transitioning to life as a technology goddess has been a huge help thanks to my techy friends .  And I’m always learning more. In fact in the last couple of months I’ve taken to utilizing 3 simple tools to help improve my overall blog quality and wanted to share them with you! 3 Simple Tools to Instantly Improve…

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    What Do You Stand For?

    The importance of taking care of ourselves is not only something I blog about regularly but it’s something that I believe is key to living my best life. One of the ways I stay positive and focused is by subscribing to various newsletters & quote of the day services, so I can start my day off on the right foot. It get’s my “juices” flowing and inspires me to push thru the yuck and live each day to the fullest. A while back I received an email from Rick Itzkowich of quoteactions.com, that I just had to share! It challenged me in a way I hadn’t thought about before, and what I love about his stuff…

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    Quitting: Save Your Small Business (Part 3) – A Direction Diva Series

    In an earlier post in the Save Your Small Business series I talked about planning. Before that I spoke about tips and strategies for finding success here and here. Today I want to talk about quitting. In the small business world I see a lot of people give up the minute the water gets a little choppy. They started their journey dipping a toe in to test the waters and when the reality of being in business for yourself isn’t all warm and welcoming they run for the hills in hopes of finding something that is easier to find success with. I  wondered what would happen if we had that same attitude as parents? What would…

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    Planning: Save Your Small Business (Part 2) – A Direction Diva Series

    As a small business owner you may be frustrated with various aspects of your business. You may feel as though you are working harder with no results, or perhaps it’s  gotten to the point that you are on the brink of closing your doors. I totally understand that owning a business can be frustrating, but the best part of entrepreneurship is that you have the power to change things. With a few tips, a bit of hard work and some sound advice, it’s possible to turn things around – and that is what this series is about. In part 1 of the Direction Diva’s Save Your Small Business Series we talked about the importance of having marketable products; today we go back…