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Women at Halftime Podcast
36 minutes | 4 days ago
How to Encourage Each Other as Friends, Colleagues and Spouses
To encourage each other is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a friend, colleague or spouse. It is something missing from our society as competition, revenge, and even jealousy rips through our relationships. As you encourage each other, you inspire others to reach their potential. The principles Greg and I discuss in the podcast show apply not only to spousal relationships, but to friends and colleagues. As spouses, we have found that an attitude of gratefulness and flexibility have helped grow our relationship immensely through the years. But there are also other helpful principles that directly apply to many of the relationships in our lives. We cover five principles here. Compliment, See Potential, Listen, and Show Interest with Flexibility and Gratefulness. Full article: Encourage Each Other
38 minutes | 11 days ago
Developing Your Intellectual Property as an Entrepreneur
Intellectual property is a work or invention that is the result of creativity. It can be a manuscript, an art design, a piece of music, or even content in a book or an online course. With your intellectual property, you can apply for a patent, copyright or trademark. Each has its unique characteristics. Intellectual property can be extremely valuable to an entrepreneur as it can be used multiple ways and even create residual income. I briefly expand on the use of copyrights and trademarks as they are the mediums used mostly by entrepreneurs. All are accessible for you to apply and access independently. However, there are many trusted legal sources you can pursue to help you through this process and I highly recommend one of those legal sources for anything beyond the basics. We cover five basic steps in developing your Intellectual property. Full article here: Intellectual Property
37 minutes | 18 days ago
Starting a SaaS Business to Help the Justice Crisis with Dorna Moini
A SaaS Business is subscription as a service. SaaS is how many online companies are now formatting their business products. The principle is not new. Even while growing up, I signed up to receive a special monthly surprise box with makeup samples. This was an excellent example of a subscription. I paid a monthly fee and received a product. I could cancel at any time, but it created a recurring revenue model. Now we see subscription offers for most everything we see online, from Microsoft, to licensing videos to membership sites. Dorna Moini started a unique SaaS business that is used for the legal profession. Her company at Documate.org began as she discovered a problem that needed a solution. As an attorney, she did some pro-bono work representing many domestic violence victims in trial and appellate proceedings. She found there weren’t enough attorneys that could take on these cases, especially with the amount of paperwork involved. So she cofounded a platform that bridged the gap for the legal and tech industries to streamline the paperwork. The principles Dorna used in her business apply to most every business, especially for startups. We will cover four steps here: Solve a unique problem, expand your network, start small and think big and finally, use technology to grow. Full article: SaaS Business
30 minutes | 25 days ago
How to Organize a Business Around Your Life Goals
Most realize life goals change and shift through time. After going through school and even when getting your first job, it’s hard to define your ultimate life goals as they will usually morph through the years. Some may have known what they wanted to do upon graduation, but as life takes a lot of twists and turns, even the best-laid plans turn out differently than expected. However, core values should be consistent through all the changes. Your core values are the unnegotiable elements such as integrity, work ethic and honesty. When reaching a pivot able time of life, it is the perfect time to evaluate life goals looking through the lens of your core values. Whether facing a pandemic, entering the market again at the halftime of life, facing a health or relationship crisis, or reaching a plateau in business, each holds the opportunity to shift and even change course if needed. Make sure you download the FREE Goal Setting Worksheets! Whether you are revising or creating your life goals, we will approach the topic with four principles. Determining your schedule, your location, your work and your significance. Full article HERE: Life Goals
31 minutes | a month ago
Major Milestones in Life & Relationships
Our major milestones, or significant moments, in life affects our happiness and relationships and vice-versa. In this podcast show, (our 100th episode!) my husband Greg accompanies me as we focus on areas of life where we have both experienced major milestones. When we joined our lives together years ago, we committed ourselves to moving together through the significant moments of life, good and bad. That hasn’t always been easy! As life moves in a linear direction, we can’t really see the future and it’s a good thing! If we knew what was really ahead, we might not want to go there! There are always so many unknowns, even with the best-laid plans. Here, we focus on five areas of life where most of us will experience major milestones, no matter what stage of life: Career choice, life partner, having kids, financial decisions and growing older. Full article here: Major Milestones
34 minutes | a month ago
How Mind Games Will Hold You Back from Your Potential
Mind Games come in all shapes and sizes. They are ways we can easily tear ourselves down while lifting up the imaginary success of others. As the most powerful computer in the world, your mind is capable of sending constant messages to either encourage or discourage you. (see: Self-Sabotage) Through the power of the repetitive process, a human brain’s production can’t be emphasized enough. Messaging can be positive or negative and many times we have a choice. The power of a physical virus is in its repetitiveness and we have seen this in COVID-19. And just like a physical virus, a virtual virus will duplicate itself over and over again. This happened to my music website when it was hacked. Hundreds of pages contained jumbled code that had been entered, all because of a virus. (this happened on DJWorksMusic.com) We have experienced a worldwide pandemic with an easily transmittable virus that was devastating to our economy, our health and our well-being. It not only held many back, but stymied our economic climate until a vaccine, health guidelines and precautions could be met. Just as destructive as that virus are mind games that are negative and destructive. (see free course on Head Trash) Full Article here: https://GoalsForYourLife.com/blog/mind-games
45 minutes | a month ago
A Business Based on Selling Succulents with Melissa Murphy
I was personally surprised that the search term for selling succulents was so popular. When I think of succulents, I think of a cactus, similar to the ones I’ve seen on long drives through the desert. But they are so much more! Melissa Murphy started Succulent Studios in her backyard and they carry 180 different varieties of those fleshy, juicy plants. In just three and a half years, they have grown their business selling succulents to shipping out over 60,000 orders monthly. That’s a lot of plants and a lot of shipping! Full article here: https://goalsforyourlife.com/blog/selling-succulents It was inspiring to hear Melissa’s story because they are still very grassroots and self-funded. In this way, she and her husband have bought their freedom and kept the fun factor intact. However, they have a very workable system and as a SaaS company (subscription as a service,) they grow and rotate plants on a 1 ½ to 2-year cycle. Their low entry price-point and flexibility keeps customers coming as they can’t wait to receive their monthly baby succulents! There are many steps involved in selling succulents as a business, from choosing plants, growing the plants, finding your ideal customer, then actually shipping the plants. Also, when setting up a SaaS system, you have to have the back-end support for all the labels, orders, cancellations and changes. There were some basics I took from our interview that I feel are important for any business, some with an interesting twist. I will cover three of those here that may just help you stand out a little more from the others in your field.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
The Ways Your Mind Can be Hacked: The Dangers of Self-Sabotage
You could be facing self-sabotage by permitting bad mental code or mindsets to infiltrate and control your thoughts. When thinking about sabotage, most think about a virtual enemy agent, but you could be doing just as much damage with your thoughts and actions. When you are hacked, whether virtually or personally, another entity gains unauthorized access. Without realizing it, you could be giving access to destructive thoughts, attitudes, feelings, then actions. An act of self-sabotage has the potential and power to destroy. This means it could destroy many days, months and even years of hard work. It can also destroy relationships and even your health. Attitudes of bitterness, revenge and even extreme self-focus can result in destructive hate, anger and depression. In this show we will be creating defensive tactics for three areas: your thoughts, relationships and actions. Full article here: Self-Sabotage article
38 minutes | 2 months ago
What Economic Cycles Do to Entrepreneurs
When approaching this subject of economic cycles, it’s important first to define what an economic cycle is. An economic cycle is the fluctuation of the economy between periods of expansion, or growth, and contraction, or downturn. These fluctuations can have either devastating or positive effects on entrepreneurs. This is not meant to serve as an investment or financial guide. However, my husband Greg is joining me here with seven basic principles to weather economic cycles. He is a former registered investment advisor who consistently studies the market. My hope is that these steps will help entrepreneurs maneuver and even thrive through some of the changes based on changes in the economy.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
When Your Why has been Stolen and You're Left Without Purpose
Most projects and businesses need a strong why to be successful, but when change or disaster hits, many are left without purpose. This can feel like your why has actually been stolen! You may wonder if you can you get it back again. If a company is left without purpose, reinventing and restarting becomes a huge challenge and even impossible. This is because there is no clear direction. I relate this to circling on a roundabout that you can’t exit. Many small businesses and entrepreneurs spend time at the beginning of a new year evaluating goals and plans for the year. One of the central core elements of that plan should be focus on your why and purpose. Simon Sinek in Start With Why talks about the Golden Circle®. Your why is central to that circle and your how and what are directly influenced by it. Without a strong core purpose, plans and sense of direction can easily be hijacked. A life with purpose experiences these three things: accomplishment, momentum and time.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
The Result Driven vs. Project Driven Entrepreneur with Thom Singer
If you are result driven, looking at the bottom line, it may take throwing a lot of spaghetti against the wall, as Thom Singer pointed out in this show! Many people love projects and creating, especially artists. I am definitely one of them! However, projects alone don’t buy groceries or pay the mortgage. You have to have a viable product and be able to sell it. Creating systems and a good process are very important but keeping your eye on what’s working and what isn’t is very important, especially after a year of COVID shutdowns. Many have had to totally regroup and reinvent and the principles here will help most anyone. We spoke about the importance of relationships, multiple streams of income, being scrappy and taking risks, all a part of acting with a results driven focus. Also, the value of obtaining advice, especially when entering a new area of your business. The year 2021 is already starting off with its own unique challenges and being intentional and being results driven will continue to be vitally important.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
The Importance of Perspective in Life and Business
Your perspective in life will affect your perspective in business as they both overlap in many ways. The definition of perspective is view or outlook. Your overall mindset, whether positive or negative, directly influences your view of your life and business. (see: Saying Yes) It also works the other way around. Your view of your life and business can positively or negatively affect your mindset. If you look at the footprint of a building plan from the ground, it may seem to make no sense, but the logic of a plan becomes much clearer from an aerial point of view, or elevated perspective. This logic you can gain from an elevated point of view applies to many other situations. We cover four main healthy Perspectives in Life in this show.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Helping Your Kids Make Crucial Life Choices
This episode flows out of several questions I’ve received from Women at Halftime Podcast listeners on helping kids make life choices, especially in choosing a life partner. As my husband and I talked this over, we wondered if we truly had enough valuable words of advice on the subject. We also realized making crucial life choices included so much more than choosing a spouse. There are other choices they constantly make as they enter adulthood that can have long-term effects for them as well as for their extended families. There is no absolute guidebook on raising kids—it’s a learn as you go journey for most of us. At this stage of our lives, we feel extremely fortunate to have a relationship with all of our adult children. We can stand back and observe their journey, yet also have gained the right to state our opinion when we feel appropriate. The four main areas we will cover here are Values, Faith, Education and a Life Partner. Principles for most of these areas have been communicated in teachable moments.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
What is a Roundabout and a Roundabout Hero™?
Today, most people know what a roundabout is and are not asking, What is a roundabout? But in 1930, when the Traffic Circle was newly built in Long Beach, California, this traffic circle roundabout was the first of its kind in the United States. Now, we see many roundabouts all around our country and they are especially common in European countries. Roundabouts don’t just happen once in a lifetime. Many feel like they’re continually circling after our recent Pandemic. In fact, I’ve heard the word circling quite a bit lately. Life has forever changed in many ways. Even though there has been a major shift in our economy with government shutdowns, isolation and everything virtual, there is also a lot of opportunity to be had if you stay open to that opportunity. In this episode we will cover three main principles to exit your roundabout.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Wonder How to Write a Book? With Kim O'Hara
Many people may feel they have a good story to tell the world, and then start asking the question on how to write a book. Should you attempt writing a book and why? How do you even start? Is there a certain path you take? And is it worth it? In this episode, I'm interviewing Kim O’Hara, Book Coach to Best Sellers®, and her business A Story Inside. She had some wonderful words of advice, some which are shared here in this episode. If you answer the main questions of why to write a book, what to write about and who to write for, you may discover you really don’t want or need to write a book. Or you may find that you need a stronger reason for doing the amount work it takes to get your book all the way completed. (It is a lot of work!) Just like many other projects in life, many get started on writing their book, but never completely finish.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
When it Feels Like You're Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road
One of the things I love when on my NordicTrack Stationary Bike is the ability to virtually pedal anywhere in the world, but many times we are biking on the wrong side of the road. Or at least it feels like the wrong side of the road compared to our highways in the United States. Driving on the left—like they do in Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and many other European countries—made sense as swordsmen in the 18th century preferred to keep left in order to have their right arm nearer to an opponent. The United States, with their large wagons, wanted everybody to pass on the left, so they kept to the right side of the road. Here, we will establish three mindsets to help you face change when you feel like you’re driving on the wrong side of the road! One: Stay in your lane; Two: Establish road rules and Three: Pace Yourself.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Does it Work to Create Goals as a Couple?
Why create goals together? Is it worth it? Aren’t goals outdated? Many of you in a significant relationship may wonder if it’s really worth the trouble to create goals as a couple. As my husband, Greg, and I worked through our thoughts in approaching this topic, we found there were some very valuable principles to be had. You may not always create goals together to obtain the same objective, but the process of that creation in moving each other forward separately, then together, is an important one that expands communication and growth. Whatever your terminology in creating goals, a plan is important. If you and your spouse or significant other can decide on little additions to your lives and schedules, you will consistently move forward. This takes the pressure off of creating and completing larger goals that may eventually be forgotten or fail completely.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Setting Your New Year Goals: What Should You Include?
How important are New Year Goals anyway? Do they do any good? Don’t people just fail fast? Studies show that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail, so just calling a goal a resolution can make you feel like you’re a failure! What should you focus on if you even establish New Year Goals? I’m going to make some suggestions and hopefully stimulate some ideas for you in this episode. This next year I’m focusing on simplicity, accountability and connection. I tend to be very driven, so focusing more on simplicity and systems is important for me. I will once again be reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and Atomic Habits and highly recommend you do the same!
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Goodschooling and How to Start Homeschooling with Alison Morrow
Our nation and much of our world was recently thrown into a shutdown, including most schools and many faced the question on how to start homeschooling. Suddenly this wasn’t an optional choice but a requirement to keep education going for millions of students. In this episode Alison Morrow gives us some great pointers on not only what to do but what not to do. Alison and her husband created a platform that helps people understand what to do first, types of curriculum, legal requirements, and even working with disabilities. In this episode, we will answer some of the most-asked questions on how to start homeschooling. One thing I want to emphasize is that this episode is not just for parents. It’s for grandparents, aunts and uncles and anyone having the privilege of helping a child learn. Music for Homeschool: https://bit.ly/3g2a5HP
33 minutes | 5 months ago
Technology Tools You'll Need for the New Year
Just saying the word technology scares many people and the thought of technology tools can send one into a panic! But in this episode we will focus on the basics. Even though I’ve delved quite deep into using technology as I’ve recorded a number of music albums, I still look to simplify my use of the tools. With my overall aim of simplifying my life and working more remotely between appearing in both live and virtual events, I want the tools that I keep in my virtual toolbox to work seamlessly. Of course, that doesn’t always happen, but for the most part I’ve tested them quite thoroughly! As we look forward to a new year, and who hasn’t with the year we’ve just been through in 2020, I will share some of the basic technology tools that I use constantly. I’ll also give a couple tips that may help you apply them. I look for technology tools where I can apply automation to free up my time. I will put links in the article that accompanies this episode.
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