NYT: Entrepreneurs Seeking a Place to Start a Business Find a Surprising Answer: Detroit

April 16, 2014 by  
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Rachel Lutz opened her first store, the Peacock Room, in 2011. The spot had traditional selling points — foot traffic, original 1920s architectural details and a spacious window for displaying her wares — but what sealed the deal was an unusual perk: a private security force. CreditJoshua Lott for The New York Times Ask business owners what it is like to operate in Detroit and you will hear

Detroit Makes Inc’s "The Most Innovative Cities in America" List

April 15, 2014 by  
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Technological breakthroughs are contagious: They break out in specific areas, then spread. To identify the most innovative cities of the 21st century, we compiled U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data on utility patents (for a new invention or process) issued between 2000 and 2011--and analyzed which metropolitan areas were the national leaders in each patent category. We found several hubs

Fountain Bistro Hosts Event May 13th To Support CITY YEAR, DPS Children

April 15, 2014 by  
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Click HERE for more information about City Year!

A pep talk: How to not worry about all the other people doing the exact same thing you want to do

April 14, 2014 by  
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A pep talk: How to not worry about all the other people doing the exact same thing you want to do

I’ve been checking out lots of websites lately to analyze how and why successful businesses and blogs do what they do. They all seem to have enticing headlines, overflowing email lists, constant connections to Twitter and Instagram, offers and packages out the wazoo. After checking through websites after website, I started to panic a little – all these people are doing what I want to do and they’re doing it really really well. Is there space for me?

But I’ve been asked this question before and I know the answer…yes, there is ALWAYS room IF you do you.

The internet is vast and the number of people coming online is growing every day. People who want to start businesses and blogs and many are beyond confused about how to make their brand new baby of a website run and could use my help. Those people might be looking for your help too.

While plenty of bloggers offer similar services, no one does everything I do the way I do it. And that goes for you too! You are the only one who has the viewpoint, style, and process of YOU. And while we may learn from each other and certain design elements become trendy, we will never ever be the exactly same. Even the copycats don’t do it the same or as well as the original!

So don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Whether they launch something similar to what you’ve been planning or every website in your niche starts melding into the same template. There are people out there who want exactly what YOU are shelling. Stick to your guns and build your empire!

Blog Love

April 13, 2014 by  
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This week was damn good. I got to see the amazing Kathleen Hanna live. If you haven’t watched The Punk Singer I highly recommend it. She’s still as kind, vibrant, and feminist as ever. Yes, she did stop the show mid-way through to have a trouble maker in the crowed kicked out and rocked a sparkly leotard and jazz shoes the whole time.

I’ve been using the Brain Wave app for meditation this week – it uses sequences of binaural tones with ambient nature sounds to stimulate specific brainwave patterns like sleep, focus, energy, positive mood. Some of the sequences, like stress-relief, almost make me fall asleep. But I tried the pre-workout energy one yesterday and it totally woke me up!

Also got to video chat with the lovely Bobbi, started building the new Badass Babes site, taught a ton of enthusiastic students, learned a new trick, survived my first live video chat (we talked about writing and selling ebooks), and watched the Captain America movie which was very good inspiration for working out!

Sales claims that make you sound like a used car sales man >>>

Stop playing small an own what you want >>>

5 biz books you should be reading this spring >>>

Answers to 3 common photography questions >>>

Tips to let go of fear >>>

3 ways to know when to quit an idea >>>

To niche or not to niche >>>

Straighten your damn supporting leg! >>>

Kids and dogs – so much cute >>>

A great interview with Kendrick Shope on packaging >>>

How to tap into your intuition when shit hits the fan >>>

Fictional Characters Know What’s Up

April 11, 2014 by  
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As I wrote last week , I decided to give Camp NaNoWriMo a try this month. I’ve never done a NaNo event and have really gotten out of the old writing routine so I felt this was a good way to jump back in and force myself to do better. Under no illusions that I […]

Fictional Characters Always Know What’s Up

April 11, 2014 by  
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As I wrote last week , I decided to give Camp NaNoWriMo a try this month. I’ve never done a NaNo event and have really gotten out of the old writing routine so I felt this was a good way to jump back in and force myself to do better. Under no illusions that I […]

Megan made The Escape

April 11, 2014 by  
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How Megan escaped the 9 to 5 grind to become a self-emplyed health coach

Today Megan Lyons is here to share how she left her job as a management consultant to start her own business as a health coach!

Tell us about yourself and what you do

Hi!  I’m Megan, and I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach.  I can finally say that I get to do what I absolutely love every day … helping others become their happiest, healthiest selves.  I empower people to reach their health goals through one-on-one health, wellness, and running coaching, as well as group programs like workshops, teleseminars, group “resets” and healthy eating challenges.  I also have a nutrition- and fitness-based blog called The Lyons’ Share Wellness.

How long ago did you make the escape?

Although I had been planning it since mid-2012, I didn’t actually make the escape until January 1, 2014, and then announced it to the world on January 6, 2014.  To say that day was exhilarating is an understatement – I was relieved, excited, incredibly nervous to open myself up to judgment, and so much more!

What roadblocks did you face when preparing to leave your job?

The biggest roadblock I faced was absolutely myself.  Despite wanting SO badly to do what I knew I could do (helping other people improve their health), it was so far off the “normal” track of what my college classmates and current colleagues could ever imagine.  It took a lot of self-coaching to convince myself that it is OK to do what is right for YOU, and to prioritize your own happiness over “fitting the mold.”

How did you know you were ready?

Once I completed my nutrition education, I was technically ready.  And once I woke up truly dreading each day, I knew it was 100% time to go.  The truth is that I had a great job, but when you are ready to go, you tend to amplify all the bad parts and forget about all the good parts.  I became SO focused on how much I disliked the 80-hour weeks and 4 day-per-week travel that I lost sight of how lucky I was in life and how many great things I had going for me.  My advice here is: when you know you’re ready, just GO!  It doesn’t serve you or anyone around you to stay in a place where you feel unhappy.

What’s the best part about being your own boss?

I am only doing things that I truly WANT to do.  Sure, no one likes filing tax paperwork or paying bills, but even when I have “painful” tasks like that, I’m doing them because I want to make MY business successful.  There’s a sense of pride and ownership in your work that can’t be beat!

What challenges have come up?

There are so many challenges!  The biggest for me is patience – I have so many dreams for my business, and want to help so many people at once, but I can’t expect them all to be knocking at my door ready to change their lives for the better.  Owning your own business sure is hard work, but it’s rewarding and fun at the same time!

What are your work days like now?

Every day is a bit different, which I like.  I usually wake up around 6:30am, post my blog post and spend some time reading others’ blogs.  I like to run or work out in the morning if I don’t have early morning appointments, and then I start tackling the day’s to-do list. 

I love organization, and have a complete plan laid out for each week: I choose 1 “big” task, 3 “medium” tasks, and 5 “small” tasks for each day, and I make those my goals.  Most of the day is spent on a combination of marketing efforts, preparing for client conversations, working on the blog, attending webinars or classes for continuing nutrition education, and of course, my favorite – working with one-on-one clients or giving group presentations! 

Right now, I’m still in the overzealous-entrepreneur phase, and I end up working until 10pm or so, but I’m working on making sure I incorporate personal breaks and boundaries so that I continue to have as much energy as I have now!  Truly, one of the best things is SLEEP – I used to get by on 4-5 hours per night while balancing my demanding job, blog, and exercise routine, and now I sleep 7 hours almost every night!

Any advice for those working to make the escape as well?

I can’t encourage you enough to follow your dreams.  If not now, when?  One of my very favorite quotes is from Henry David Thoreau: “Go forth in the direction of your dreams; live the life you have imagined.”  It’s up to YOU to create the life you want, so get started now!  Anyone who thinks they might benefit from working with me as a health coach, or anyone who wants to connect about the big escape, is welcome to contact me through my website!

For more health and wellness info check out Megan’s blog or follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

#365dog – Week 14

April 10, 2014 by  
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Day 91
baby shaggy
We got a new puppy!!! Ha,ha! April Fool’s! It’s baby Shaggy silly!

Day 92
haircut
Time for a new cut. Just another day in the never ending process of me growing my hair out and then cutting it off months later.

Day 93
tori
Tori watching the rain. I just know she is thinking that it’s better than snow!

Day 94
garage
You know it’s spring in our house when my car gets booted to the driveway to make room for the kids bikes and scooters.

Day 95
Mari
Karli got to meet Mari from Dance Moms (she danced with the Candy Apples last season I think it was). She thought it was the coolest thing EVER!!

Day 96
Brownie sundae
One thing that makes me feel great as a mom is to make special treats for the kids for no reason. I made them hot fudge brownie sundaes, YUM!

Day 97
goofball
I sometimes forget Andrew is 18 years old, especially when he can’t sit still in the doctors office without touching the medical equipment.

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#365dog – Week 14

April 10, 2014 by  
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Day 91
baby shaggy
We got a new puppy!!! Ha,ha! April Fool’s! It’s baby Shaggy silly!

Day 92
haircut
Time for a new cut. Just another day in the never ending process of me growing my hair out and then cutting it off months later.

Day 93
tori
Tori watching the rain. I just know she is thinking that it’s better than snow!

Day 94
garage
You know it’s spring in our house when my car gets booted to the driveway to make room for the kids bikes and scooters.

Day 95
Mari
Karli got to meet Mari from Dance Moms (she danced with the Candy Apples last season I think it was). She thought it was the coolest thing EVER!!

Day 96
Brownie sundae
One thing that makes me feel great as a mom is to make special treats for the kids for no reason. I made them hot fudge brownie sundaes, YUM!

Day 97
goofball
I sometimes forget Andrew is 18 years old, especially when he can’t sit still in the doctors office without touching the medical equipment.

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