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    Save Your Small Business (Part 1) – A Direction Diva Series

    As an entrepreneur there is a natural ebb and flow to running a small business. There is nothing more exhilarating than bringing your passion to life and turning an idea into something successful. But many small business owners are looking for a lifeline. They may be on the verge of closing their businesses and start running their businesses more effectively. In a previous post, I talked about how many small biz owners in the military community need a reality check and I should know, because this Direction Diva had to do just that. I had to change the way I ran my blog and my overall business to save me from closing operations for good.…

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    How to Ask & Get What You Want

    Asking for help when life becomes overwhelming is something I advocate for and discuss a lot here on the Direction Diva Blog. I believe asking for help is critical especially with regard to depression, mental and behavioral health issues and so much more. I even talk about how the military community needs to do a better job of asking for and offering help in general here. But today I want to take this concept to a different place, I want to talk about asking for help to create a better life for yourself. Asking for help is something that has gotten a bad rap. As we grow up, we are programmed to think that asking for help, support or direction…

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    10 Simple Ways To Become Better at Small Business Networking

    Every time I get to a new duty station it feels like I have to start over. New friends, new clients and a whole new support system. Truth be told sometimes I wonder if being an entrepreneur is worth it while we are part of the military community. But over time I have learned that no matter where we are there is something I can do that makes the transitions easier – and that’s networking. Networking is the quickest and easiest way to make any of these challenges a little bit easier. And out of necessity, networking has become part of my everyday life. I network for business and for pleasure. I network to…

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    7 Surefire Ways to Easily Find Success

    Here at Direction Diva headquarters our goal is to help you find success quickly. Sometimes we do that by sharing our experiences so you don’t have to deal with the challenges yourself so I thought I’d talk about 5 things you can do to find success right now. But first I wanted to talk a little about expectations because expectations and success go hand in hand. Lately, I have been in a twirl about how to reach the entire military and military spouse communities more effectively. I have cycled between excitement and frustration trying to find success. I know there has to be a better way than, I expect to find the solution but the secret sauce is eluding…

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    The Reality Check Every MilSpouse Business Owner NEEDS

    Being a small business owner is hard but being a military spouse small business owner is even harder. As the Direction Diva you know that I call it like I see it, especially when it comes to business.  And right now I believe that we military spouses all need  a reality check when it comes to building our businesses and finding success. We create, release, market and pitch all in an effort to make a difference and some of us even create a paycheck. Yes that’s right I said a paycheck.  I hate that many of us who are providing incredible products and services are doing it at our own expense. It’s a mindset that seems to permeate throughout the community, almost making…

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    What Can Inspire YOU to Create YOUR Best Life?

    This morning I had to get up literally at the “crack” of dawn to be on an early conference call. When I woke up at 4:50 am, about the last thing I wanted to do was get my butt out of bed. Now I am a morning person, but 4:50 am is a little much even for me. So instead of my perky self, I was annoyed that I had to get up and be “on” so early. And then something incredible happened and my annoyance quickly disappeared. I opened the door to let the dog out and in front of me was the most incredible sunrise. The colors were magical, all…