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Relax! There’s No Wrong Way To Use An Essential Oil

Good News For Beginners! As an enthusiastic new Young Living Member, I keep getting my socks knocked off by some of the cool things essential oils can do. I know, I know, I’m late to the party, but my jaw drops when I see and feel them in action in my own life. Keep in […]

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Focus Your Content Curation Standards: FOMO And Your Email Inbox

I just did something I’m only brave enough to do about every 12 months or so. I just unsubscribed from a few dozen email lists. Yes, these were companies I like, people I follow who offered me great content in return for my email address. I don’t sign up for junk if I can help it, […]

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How To Fake Being A Graphic Designer With Canva’s Magic Resize Tool

You have a great eye! You know great design when you see it, but maybe you’re like me, and you’ve never had the knack for creating really awesome  graphic designs. Now all that has changed. Canva is making pros out of even the most challenged graphics creators with their easy-peasy design software. Now first let me say […]

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Peppermint Essential Oil Cools Hot Austin Woman

Peppermint is cool. And when you live in Texas, and late July rolls around, you look for anything cool you can get your hands on. This morning I need to wash lettuce so I turned the tap to the cold setting to put a few inches of water into the sink for swishing. When I tested […]

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The 5 Second Rule That Catapults You Out of Your Comfort Zone

  Have you ever had that inclination to do something a little out of your comfort zone? Ask a question at a business conference, ask someone out on a date, give a generous contribution to a charity, call an old friend you haven’t seen in twenty years, strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger? You […]

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2015 Light the Fire Young Living Promotion On NOW!

  This is a sweet deal for members, but it’s even a better time for people who are new to essential oils. The best oils on the planet have literally changed my life and the life of my family. I’m always a little sad when I think about all the years that these oils were […]

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The Triple Threat Essential Oils Sunburn Therapy

Everyone knows how it feels to get a little too much exposure to the sun. This past weekend, we discovered a wonderful repertoire for dealing with after-sun “Ouch.” See, my daughter Katie loves the outdoors. She’s been pining for the heat of Texas for months, and this weekend she got her fill… resulting in a […]

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The Clean Garage Blueprint For Busy Home Business Owners

I love a clean garage. I just don’t make the time to clean ours very often. This is ironic, because I value good health, and I’ve found the healthiest way to clean your garage is to simply clean it more often. For those of you who, like me, spend most of my time at home […]

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The Fourth of July: A Bold, Badass Day In History

My dad always calls me on the Fourth of July to remind me to read the Declaration of Independence. The document is actually pretty awesome, and worth the read, if you’ve never read it. I’ve included the link to it below. I’m always struck by how carefully the founding fathers laid out their justifications, including […]

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Belief Drives Your Home Business Success

Sometimes your instincts betray you, and you have to re-learn a new reality. This thought came to me this week as I watched a female cardinal on the back porch, flying into the glass sliding door to protect her territory. No, her nest/food/territory is not inside the house. It’s out in our backyard. Yet, every few seconds, […]

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Green Cleaning: Does “Green” Really Get It Clean?

Plus: An Amazing, Accidental Cure For Fruit Flies! Before last week, I never really believed that green cleaning products actually worked. Oh, I suppose I believed that they cleaned “well enough,” just not enough for my house. If you don’t get that assault to your nose membranes when you walk in your “clean” house, then […]

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Young Living’s Integrity Problem

I want to work with a company that tells me the truth. Young Living’s business model means I’m sharing it with people I know and like, people who trust me. I’ve been using Young Living Essential Oils for a year now, and I’m really thankful it doesn’t resort to tricks to keep its customers and […]

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The Two Second Trick That Turns Negative Thoughts Into Positive Thoughts

Do you see a glass half full or half empty? Supposedly, your answer reveals whether you are a pessimist or an optimist. If it’s true that the words you choose reveal your true thoughts and sentiments, “half full” means the level is rising, so you must be one who expects great things — an optimist. […]

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5 Things That Make Editing The Ugly First Draft Easier

Ok you’ve scratched out a first draft. And oy, is it ugly! The concept of “The Ugly First Draft” was documented well by Ann Handley in Everybody Writes. It’s a concept all writers can appreciate; though first drafts are fun to write, they’re excruciating to read. Your first draft may be the most disgusting thing you ever […]

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One Insanely Predictable But Effective Move For Business Building Success

In early February I saw a Facebook post written by an acquaintance that read something like, “OMG, I am simply beside myself with a great idea, can’t sleep, so excited, etc.” While others were congratulating her, I felt pity. I felt her pain because I know she is in the throes of business building. You […]

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Three Traps To Avoid When Building A Business Writing From Home

We’re the lucky ones, we writers. We get to practice our craft and get paid for it. While most of us may never actually achieve perfection, the cumulative effect, hopefully, is a portfolio of decent writing. Some writing is great, some is average, and over time you raise your own bar. As with all work, […]

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Know Yourself To Know Your Customer

Observe all men, thy self most. ~Benjamin Franklin To know others — especially to know your customer — the easiest way is to gauge yourself. Every day, you have a new chance to study copywriting – in real life conversation, auditory (listening to a recording), or visual (reading a page or screen) form. You know […]

Blogging in the Dark

There was too much to say, and not enough to say, so I said nothing. As much as my blog was on my mind, I couldn’t go there. In spite of telling others – clients and customers – that once or twice a week was optimal; still, I couldn’t put one word down here on […]

The Natural Reason To Stick To Time Limiters In Your Offer

“When are you done?” My 11-year-old wrote on my day calendar as I was on my phone… This summer I finally internalized the moment I’ve been waiting to realize in 47 years: “I will never be done.” I will have regrets, I will be happy momentarily, I will miss moments (moments in my family’s and […]

11 Reasons The Indian God Ganesha Is My New Copywriting Mascot

OK, I’m doing something a bit unconventional for me! I’m giving my copywriting and content marketing a framework within the Indian symbol of Ganesha. If you don’t know (I didn’t), according to Wikipedia, Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. My new friend Amanda gifted this little […]