A Candid Dialogue on Personal Branding

Much like these cows, I’m curious by nature.  I ask a lot of questions, even when I think I already know the answer. Often times, questions lead to more questions.  Take for example… …the following dialogue that occurred on Facebook. Lea, Stephanie and I attended the same high school and have not seen each other in person since. The script is verbatim and has not been altered in any way, except formatting. Kandas: If you could ask a successful business […]

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Breast Cancer Survivor Called Pervert for Using Women’s Restroom

Deena Lotridge is a double mastectomy breast cancer survivor. Her friends call her a hero for the way she has shined brightly during her journey through cancer. After losing it to chemo, her hair is growing back, and is still rather short. With everything she has gone through, using a public women’s restroom should be the least of Deena’s worries. However, the recent attention to the transgender bathroom debate has resulted in unexpected consequences.  Take for instance the Texas man who […]

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Surviving Cancer

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day®. “National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.” – NCSD.org The other day, I came across a rather bitter, anger-filled blog post criticizing the movement for excluding those whose disease has metastasized. I, too, have struggled with the term “cancer survivor.”  Like the author, I am living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). For […]

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5 Blogging Lessons from Seth Godin’s Head

The other day, I received this very flattering email from a woman just starting her breast cancer adventure: “I’ve considered various ways to share my journey and would like some support getting a blog site started. Do you have any tips?” Why, yes!  Yes, I do!  Write from the heart, and then step inside Seth Godin’s head. Seth Godin is a marketing genius.  He has shared his genius in 18 wildly success books on the subject. He also shares his […]

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Cancer Healing Affirmations

Shortly after diagnosed with Her2+ ER+ metastatic breast cancer, I received a package in the mail from an unknown source. Enclosed was the book, Heal Your Body, by Louise Hay.  The small book, just 85 pages, includes a 62-page chart of ailments along with emotional causes plus unique healing affirmations for each ailment. I flipped to “cancer” and found the purported emotional cause: “Deep hurt.  Longstanding resentment.  Deep secret or grief eating away at self.  Carrying hatreds.  ‘What’s the use?’” […]

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The Spirit Within Me

Yoga is an ancient form of meditation and exercise.  It has been practiced for 6 thousand years. Yoga teaches mindfulness using breath, stillness and movement. When I am feeling up  to it, I attend a special survivors yoga class that is offered weekly in my community. I’ve been practicing yoga for 10 years.  Practice is exactly the correct word to describe a yoga session.  The act of breathing while holding even the easiest pose for 60 seconds is a lesson […]

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Interview with Sagan Morrow, Freelance Coach

Sagan Morrow is an author, lifestyle blogger, and freelance coach, based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Describe your work. I’m a professional lifestyle blogger, blogging about topics related to food & fitness, style & beauty, writing & business, feminism & social issues, and healthy living. A major part of my business is that I teach new freelancers how to achieve success in their own freelancing businesses — after freelancing for 8 years myself, it’s wonderful to be able to help […]

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Leap Year 2016 Extra 24-Hour Challenge

2016 is Leap Year! You have 24 extra hours this month. How will you use them? Elon Musk, the genius behind pivotal companies PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX, once loaded a private jet with toys, laptops, and model rockets, personally delivering them to children in Haiti. While there, he taught the kids how to build and launch the model rockets. He planted seeds of curiosity in those kids that may germinate into the next Elon Musk, or Bill Gates, or Henry Ford. […]

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Fun February Holidays 2016 | 16 Reasons to Send a Card and Gift

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better day to show the one’s you love just how much you care. You do not have to be in a romantic relationship to express love on Valentine’s Day. Kids, parents, friends (especially your single friends) all appreciate feeling appreciated. So why not shower them with love and kindness on the days leading up to February 14th? February is About More than Love If you really aren’t into that sappy love stuff, […]

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Houston-Area Events to Kick-Start Sales in 2016

There are three types of marketing you must practice if you want to kick-start sales in 2016:  traditional marketing, attraction marketing, and relationship marketing.  Using all three marketing approaches will keep your sales funnel full. In very simple terms, traditional marketing is your business card, flyers, brochures and logo.  Attraction marketing is your personal brand, the things you do that make you interesting enough to others that they want to work with you.  Relationship marketing is showing appreciation for, and […]

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