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August 22, 2016 @ 8:29 am

36: Photographer and Interior Designer Linda Holt

Earlier this year I decided to go to the bloggers conference in Atlanta. For the past couple of years I haven’t gone to many seminars mainly because nothing was really piquing  my interest, and they can be expensive. However, I quickly realized after I attended how important it was to show up. They offer incredible value not only in the conference itself, but the networking with others in your industry – it’s invaluable! Click here to read more

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August 8, 2016 @ 8:19 am

35: Designer Extraordinaire Rachel Shingleton

Designer Extraordinaire Rachel Shingleton, just might be one of my favorite people on the planet. She’s laid back, creative, funny and has a kick ass outlook on life – but don’t ask her about fried shrimp – which is helping her gain grace as she navigates motherhood.

Rachel and I met during the bloggers tour in Highpoint this past April, put on by Esteem Media. I was surprised that I had never heard of her, especially since she was a part of the original blogging mania that started taking off in 2008; which is whenI started this blog. Rachel and I immediately hit it off. Her light breezy personality jived seamlessly with my ridiculous nature. Our view on life is defiantly through rose colored glasses – that just might be shaped like yellow palm trees.

Rachel’s company Pencil Shavings Studio is well versed in all things creative. Whether you’re looking for inspiration in design, graphics, or fashion, this visionary mom has you covered. What most people probably don’t know is that this inspirational creative had an identity crisis when motherhood came calling. Who was she? Would her career be over? Would she be able to grasp that mythical creature better known as  ‘having it all?’ Nope, not even close, and that is perfectly OK. Click here to read more

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July 25, 2016 @ 6:48 am

34: Designed with Interior Designer Carla Aston

It's funny, through the powers of social media I have made so many incredible friends over the years. One such friend is Interior Designer, Carla Aston. Her designs are high-style neo-traditional, mixed with an incredible eye for texture. And one thing I'm most envious of is her ability to mix neutrals. She nails it every time! Maybe it's my love of color, or my fear of white, but no one does it better than Carla.

Designed with Interior Designer Carla Aston

Having been in the design world for many years, one thing that sets her apart is her ability to really understand what the client needs. She can surpass the mistakes that homeowners often make on their own, and take them to a place of true design serendipity that they could never achieve on their own. In addition to being an amazing designer stateside, Carla also lived in Australia and Norway, which in my opinion, influenced her clean aesthetic. I think it's also safe to say she has a great eye for accessories which I know many of you struggle with! I get emails all the time regarding those finishing touches because most people know how to do the big stuff well, but when it comes to what we call the "smalls" many of my clients panic because they get scared to do it wrong. Click here to continue reading

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April 7, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

33: Laura Carillo Narrative Spaces with Feng Shui

When it comes to Feng Shui a lot of people make interpretations on what they think it is. Most will agree that Feng Shui is a way to work with energy to create a certain type of harmonious living space. One of peace and tranquility. And while on one hand it’s very simple, it can also be quite mysterious and complex. Floor plans alone can tell a story all their own. Lurking deep within your walls a story can unfold, and it truly becomes a mirror to your subconscious, that some may deem unbelievable. {click here to continue reading}

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February 23, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

32: The key to understanding social media marketing

Todays guest is Sheena White. In short, Sheena is a social media strategist and copywriter. But honestly she is more than just that. She is a heart-centered entrepreneur who specifically helps women in their small businesses’ so that they can maximize the power of social media and increase their success rate in the online marketing world.

Holy cow as an entrepreneur myself, there just never seems to be enough time in the day. No joke, I spend at least 2-3 hours a day just contributing to the FREE content on my blog and website. Whether it’s blog articles, my newsletters, free ebooks, free classes or my podcast, I’m churning out a lot of content – and I’ve been doing it for over seven years! It can be overwhelming especially if you don’t know where to focus your efforst.

Online marketing can be a tricky game. 1) you have to understand the marketing animal 2) you have to navigate an industry that is ever-changing 3) the rules of the game are changing daily.

So what did I do? I quit my newsletter. If people wanted ground breaking FREE info they could just visit my blog. Why on earth did I want to create yet another earth shattering form of media, that would honestly get a low conversion rate and probably never even get read? At least on my blog the content lives for ever and I’m in control of when it hits the trash, right? {click here to read more}

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January 26, 2016 @ 6:05 am

31: How To Get Better At Everything You Do

I've said it many times on this blog, small changes can make a big impact in your life. And Terry Lancaster's new book, Better!: Self Help For The Rest of Us, shows us just that. At 48 years old, he was overweight, a heavy drinker and failing at his career. Then he had an epiphany while at a bar, "When the drunk guy at the bar hitting on the meth addict becomes the voice of reason in your life, maybe it's time to reexamine your lifestyle."

To add insult to injury, Terry was a bartender during the the Garth Brooks comeback tour. It was then he realized that at nearly 50 years old, he needed to get his shit together. But those self-help books on the shelf, you know the ones, with a beautiful human, a fancy suit and bright shiny teeth - wasn't like Terry. But he learned from professor B.J Fogg that tiny habits can lead to big change. [ read more...]


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January 5, 2016 @ 2:38 pm

30: Revolutionary New Approach To Weight Loss

For the past couple of years I've kicked off the new year with two things on this blog, a list of my resolutions (mainly to hold me accountable) and a podcast with world renowned astrologers to help us navigate the new year. This year I decided to do something different. But don't fret, I have an astrologer scheduled to come on the show in February, for those who like to have a forecast for the year! The reason I wanted to do something different is many people often have similar resolutions. In fact the top three are always related to money, health and happiness. And the content of this podcast changed my life in all three! Making it perfect to nail your resolutions too!

Over the past five years I have made it my mission to get healthy. I've said numerous times on this blog that it did not happen overnight. It's been a stepping stone approach to progress:

  • Started hot yoga
  • Filed for divorce (yes this made me healthier!)
  • Became a vegetarian
  • Changed 50% of my diet to organic, and why you should too
  • Sold everything to pave my way to financial freedom
  • Started easing into eco practices
  • Eliminated all processed foods
  • Eliminated all soft drinks
  • Cut out 50% of sugar intake
  • Went 100% organic
  • Attained financial freedom
  • Combined yoga with weight training
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November 3, 2015 @ 9:02 am

29: Mridu Parikh, Life is organized

Having a family can be messy, leading you and your family to an unorganized life. But it doesn’t have to be that way and Mridu Parikh is a perfect example of that. After living on her own, in what she calls a fairly organized life, chaos quickly ensued with the addition of a husband and two kids. Without much guidance she took the bull by the horns and decided to make a change before she went insane.

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September 1, 2015 @ 1:56 am

28: Getting started with Feng shui

I have studied feng shui for over seventeen years, but when Nashville resident, Mallory Shaw of Confetti and Stripes, reached out to me on getting the basics of feng shui down, I knew I had to say yes. What struck me as funny was her initial perception of what feng shui was: an asian aesthetic. Then I wondered, how many others think this? Do others have a misconception of what feng shui is? It was right then and there that I knew we needed to extend our conversation and get down and dirty with feng shui 101. And it turns out, many people had questions!

Todays Design 101 Podcast discusses:

  • What exactly is feng shui?
  • If you've never done it where do you start?
  • How do you employ feng shui when others live in the house?
  • Do you have to have wacky trinkets all over the place?
  • What if I break a rule and don't know it?
  • Holding onto things for what purpose?
  • Is there a room you should start with?
  • How do I know if I have good feng shui?
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June 17, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

27: How to create a relationship with fear

Many of us have been there, you know the feeling - the pit in your stomach, the countless 'what ifs' running through your head and the mindless chatter that tells you again and again, why you can't move forward. Fear. I found myself in this very place in 2010. I was faced with a big decision, stay and lose my identity or leave and face the unknown. At the time I was in a marriage that no longer served me. Married to a man in the midst of an affair I had a simple choice to make, stay or leave, but the fear consumed me nearly making me blind. And the fear almost got me from seeing my choice.

In FDR's first inaugural address he stated, "The only thing to fear, is fear itself." Choice words for such a renaissance man. Before doing today's interview I asked many of my own friends what fear meant to them. Two main themes came up for the women, fear of feeling like a fraud, and fear of being judged. On the contrary, most of my male friends feared not being a good provider.

In the book, Lean in, Sheryl Sandberg talks about fear, stating that fear is the root of many barriers that women especially face in 'achieving.' Fear of making wrong choices, not being liked, overeating, being judged and fear of failure. We are consumed in self-doubt and fear. Ellen Bravo suggests that "women are not thinking about having it all, they're worried about losing it all."

Fear can paralyze us. The ego steps in and tells us all the reasons we can't move forward. Oh how much harm will happen if we do.....but then somehow you gain the courage to move through it, to move forward and it's as if the angels drop from heaven and begin to sing. Yes, the only thing to fear, is in fact, fear itself.  to continue reading click here.

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