Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fallen Hero Memorial Chest Fund with Shane Rodarte | Podcast Episode 32

My guest today is my business partner for the past 17 years, Shane Rodarte, President and co-founder of Shaka Studios Custom Furniture. Shane has been a full-time professional furniture maker for almost 30 years. He is also my husband. Working with your spouse can be an entire series of podcasts, so we aren’t going to talk about that today. Instead, we are sharing a project that is near and dear to our hearts. Shane and I recently launched the Fallen […]

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7 Deadly Social Media Sins

At Gratitude Geek, we focus on helping the little guy make a big impact. This means I usually reject what the “big dogs” have to say about marketing because in my experience, pioneering online custom furniture sales, branding and advertising can never replace relationship building. Sometimes one of those “big dogs” offers up a gem that any small business owner can implement for success. Xplain, a European digital strategy company with clients like Microsoft and Sony, created a Slideshare presentation […]

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Essential Oils for Everyday Living with Kelly Taylor | Podcast Episode 31

Essential Oils for Everyday Living Listen in to this recording of a lunch and learn hosted by Kelly Taylor, certified herbalist and aromatherapist on Essential Oils for Everyday Living.  Kelly Taylor owns Cassia Aromatics, offering a full-line of top quality essential oils and synergistic essential oil blends. Most importantly, she is a member of my Battling Bertha team! Connect with Kelly Taylor Cassia Aromatics Blog Cassia Aromatics on Etsy Cassia Aromatics on Pinterest Cassia Aromatics on Twitter Kelly Ann Taylor on […]

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Way to Disturb the Universe, Monica Lewinsky

People often disturb the universe unintentionally. Monica Lewinsky did not wake up one morning and say “Hey, today is the day I’m going to tell the entire world about the affair I am having with a married man who just happens to be the President of the United States.” In fact, if it had been up to Monica, the sordid details of her private life would have remained, well, private. Her universe, and the entire world, it seemed, were quite […]

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Korean Cucumber Tutorial

I posted this photo of a batch of Korean Cucumbers my daughter and I made on Facebook the other night and received a half a dozen requests for the recipe. Recipe?  I don’t use no stinking recipe.  I can tell you the process but you’ll have to figure out the “recipe’ for yourself. I learned how to make Korean Cucumbers by watching my mother, and grandmother, and then adapting their techniques to make it my own.  For instance, my grandmother […]

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Living the Life that You Want with Kathi Laughman | Podcast Episode 30

In late January, I attended a Vision Workshop with Dawniel Winningham, founder of Wealthy Sisters Network.  Sitting across the aisle from me was a highly intellectual woman who quietly and confidently “owned her space” in the room. Do you know what I mean by “owned her space”?  She was a woman with a purpose. At the time I didn’t know her name, or anything about her other than she called herself a writer.  I knew I had to record a […]

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Lower Cholesterol without Statin Drugs

Part of my breast cancer treatment protocol is 5 years of Tamoxifen, an estrogen-blocker.  It has many side effects and I was quite hesitant to take the drug.  However, I’ve been lucky in that I only have experienced two of the drugs side effects:  hip pain and high cholesterol. My oncologist prescribed a statin to lower my cholesterol.  It increased the hip pain.  I really like the ability to walk, so I have opted to lower my cholesterol without statin drugs. If you […]

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Be Kind

As an independent relationship marketing strategist with SendOutCards, I am part of the SendOutCards kindness revolution. I understand that kindness isn’t always easy. Kindness rests in the unique ability of each person to choose the perspective with which they view the world. Today, choose to have an attitude of kindness. Check out this blog post for some ideas on using kindness to connect to others.

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Selling Art at Markets | Podcast Episode 29

Who Buys Art? Today’s show is a little different. First the interviews (yes, with an s) were recorded on location at First Saturday Arts market in historic Houston heights. First Saturday Arts Market has been going strong for 10 years. It’s a very family friendly venue, great food trucks, lots of artists and even better, lots of buyers. That’s right, artists, there IS a buyer for your art out there. While at the market, I picked the brains of three artists […]

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Meet the Battling Bertha Team | Birthday Party Photos

It takes an army to battle Bertha. I am blessed beyond measure to have a large battalion of warriors by my side through my breast cancer journey. They have fed my family, made sure my home was clean, visited me during treatments and hospital stays, and given much needed moral support. A couple weeks back, we celebrated my 45th birthday with Mexican food and Red Velvet Cake. It was fun because not all of the warriors were acquainted.  It is […]

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