30 Women Who Mean Business Wrap Up

Back in April of 2015 I had this crazy notion that I could gather and publish 30 interviews with women business owners in 30 days and I was going to call it, wait for it, “30 Women Who Mean Business”.  At the time, I had no idea how crazy.  If you’d like to dig into my madness, take a look at my original plan.

I created a Google form with a list of what I believed engaging interview questions and starting sharing it my immediate network (my tribe) and via social media channels.  I was so excited when the Queen of Networking herself, Louise Dewey, agreed to be my first interviewee.  I thought, wow, this is so easy.  I can do this!  30 interviews in 30 days?  No problem!

Big Problem.  Turns out, women do not really like to talk about themselves.  It took 19 months to gather 28 interviews.  Glenna Griffin filled out the 28th interview in October of 2016 which I just published last week.  I practically begged the women in my tribe for the last two interviews.  No luck.

I finally decided to just throw in the towel, and call it done.

30 28 Women Who Mean Business

Thank you to the amazing women who stepped forward to share their business stories. I am truly grateful to each of you.

Read all 28 interviews (listed by published date):

  1. Louise Dewey, Queen of Networking
  2. Erica Courteney-Mann, Social Media
  3. Jan Goulden, Rodan + Fields
  4. Claire Peters, Paparazzi
  5. Sharon Alfred, Chef
  6. Alice Gerard, Blogger
  7. Arletta Duke, Adult Toys
  8. Kelly Gadbury, Coach
  9. Abegail Navalta, Paparazzi
  10. Martica Sherman, College Scholarships
  11. Neesy Croft, Holistic Health Care
  12. Georgette George, Parent Advocate
  13. Tanieka Randall, Hair Care
  14. Rhonda Dallas, Coach
  15. Francine Clouden, Printables and Crafts
  16. Peggy Vincent, Pillowcase Designer
  17. Terri Ellis, Passion Parties
  18. Tangela Harris, Coach
  19. Suzy Snow, Jamberry
  20. Sagan Morrow, Writing Coach
  21. Teresa DeFord, Attorney
  22. Natasha Botkin, Healer
  23. Angela Hicks, Virtual Assistant
  24. Teresa Sisson, Tupperware
  25. Wytress Mitchell, Author
  26. Amber Munos, Paparazzi
  27. Carol Hackman, Mary Kay
  28. Glenna Griffin, Travel

Your Turn

Have you ever had a great idea that didn’t quite pan out the way you expected?  Do share.

Bossy Girls Grow up to Be Leaders

Bossy Girls Grow Up to Be Leaders

I will never forget the day Keith Carlson told me our 7th grade Home Economics teacher said I was a bossy girl. We were sitting in our assigned “kitchenette” and I became indignant. That moment could have changed me. It might have crushed my confidence. Instead, I embraced the bossy girl in me.

If you are raising a bossy girl, here are some tips to transition your perception of her bossiness into effective leadership.

Signs That Your Daughter May Be a Strong Leader

Is your daughter a strong leader? Do you suspect that she might grow up to be an effective and proactive leader? Or maybe you aren’t sure what to look for. Still others might wonder why bother – does it matter if you discover leadership abilities early? Actually, some sources say it does matter. Observing leadership qualities early means parents, teachers and caregivers can work to develop those talents so they do not fall by the wayside.

If you want to make sure you develop your daughter’s leadership qualities, here are some signs to watch for. Some of them may surprise you!


Does it sometimes drive you crazy that your daughter talks so much? Actually, being talkative may be a sign of things to come. A chatty nature indicates a daughter with excellent verbal skills, which are important for good leaders. Did your daughter talk early and proficiently? This may be a sign that he or she will be a good leader.

Treats Others with Respect

If you notice that your daughter seems to end up in responsible positions – team captain, for instance, or band director – and you know he didn’t get that position because of “muscling” his way to the top or bullying others, then this may be a sign of leadership ability. Notice if your daughter seems to have others “gravitate” toward her and wish to emulate her. Take note whether or not this is due to respectful treatment. If it is, you may have a strong leader on your hands.

Sees Both Sides

Some kids show an ability to understand both sides of an issue. They tend to be peace keepers, helping two arguing kids to see reason, for instance.

In the Know

Does your daughter always know what’s going on? Is he or she always aware of the latest happening at school or in the family? This is not the same as being a gossip (that’s not a good leadership quality), but it does mean that he or she is paying attention and interested in what’s going on with others.


A good leader is not afraid to ask questions, but he/she is not afraid to go looking for answers on his own, either. Too much questioning may show self-doubt – your daughter is always trying to make sure about things – but healthy questions that spring from a true desire to know more about something may be a sign of leadership ability.

Why Do You Blog?

Forward:  When I started typing this article, I had no idea where it was going to take me.  Sometimes words just flow from your fingers and you can’t stop them.  My fingers just typed with a clarity of purpose I have not felt in months.  

PS – I can’t believe I just wrote a forward to a blog post.


Currently, I am participating in yet another 30 Day Ultimate Blog Challenge, and Paul, one of the challenge hosts, asks:  Why do you blog?

Good question.

So now, it’s time to think about, and share, my answer.

Crazy Blog Lady

I actually have three blogs, none of which received much attention from me these past 6 months.  I’ve been busy doing the things about which I like to blog!

Custom Furniture

Our primary source of income comes from the online custom furniture business my husband and I founded in 1998.  We are both quite geeky (we met on American Online), and selling custom furniture on the internet was such a wacky crazy idea we decided to try it.  We were one of, if not THE first mom and pop custom furniture websites.

For the custom furniture blog, I post about projects my husband is creating, and client testimonials.

Handmade in Texas

Several years back, I got this crazy (there’s that word again) notion that I wanted to help artists and artisans in Texas promote their work.  So, I launched HandmadeinTexas.net.  The website has a directory of Texas artisans, too.  Most of the posts on the art blog are interviews with artists, or reviews of venues and restaurants.

HandmadeinTexas.net has so much potential to be a resource for thousands of artists across Texas.  Right now, I am not the best person to grow that website, so I am selling it.  If you know someone who would be a great fit to take over, please have them contact me.

Gratitude Geek

So, that brings us to this blog.  Fifteen years ago this website (domain name), MomGeek.com, was where I offered website design and hosting to small businesses.  I like helping small businesses.  I sold the book of business ten years ago but kept the domain name, because I like it.  I’m a mom, I’m a geek.  I AM MomGeek.

After I sold the hosting business, I had no idea what to do with MomGeek.com, so it just sat in cyberspace for many, many years.  Crazy, huh?

When I launched my greeting card and gift business, I decided to rebrand to GratitudeGeek and transform this dormant domain into something…

something…  something…

Exactly, WHAT is that something?

Why Do You Blog?

I blog to share.  I share because I want to help.

I want to help small business owners, because over the past 30 years both my husband and I have been blessed with mentors who have taught us how to be successful small business owners, and I want to pay it forward.

I want to help people recently diagnosed with cancer navigate the journey, because I have kind, generous, loving people help me as I live with metastatic disease, and I want to pay it forward.

I want to help myself by documenting the precious time I have on this beautiful planet that my husband, daughter, and I share with 7.5 billion beautiful people.

Life is a gift, and I want to inspire people to live their best possible life by living mine.

I blog because I am grateful.


Photo Credit: Melonhead

Couture for the Cause 2017 Model Search #MakeCancerLastSeason

I had a blast yesterday morning with Holly over at WoodlandsHits.com helping promote the 2017 Couture for the Cause Montgomery County:  A Roaring Affaire (think Great Gatsy, roaring 20s).

In 2016, I had the honor of modeling in the Couture for the Cause: Moonlight in Milan fashion show.  (Scroll down for photos.)  It was so much fun, I decided to help with the 2017 event as model coordinator.  My job is to find and pamper the models!

Models must be cancer patients or survivors, male or female.  Models can come in all shapes, sizes and experience levels.

Listen in as I tell my breast cancer story and share more details on the Roaring Affaire with Holly:


Photos from the 2016 fashion show:

If you, or someone you know, are a cancer patient or survivor in Montgomery County, Texas, and would like to strut your stuff on the catwalk April 1, 2017, contact me.

Donny and Diamond Hunter

Showering a Mourning Family with a Card Flurry

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Tennessee Williams

A “Card Flurry™” is a movement and so far over a thousand people are participating.  The idea is to send a hero, or someone suffering from a great tragedy, a flurry of greeting cards filled with words of encouragement.

The Card Flurry™ movement is the brain-child of Jordan Adler.  Each month, Adler and his team are picking one family to receive a flurry.  The first, is the Hunter family of Iowa.

Just before the holidays this beautiful family lost 2 of their 3 children in a tragic auto accident. Molli and Brandon Hunter (parents) lost their daughter Diamond who was 8 and their son Donny who was 7.


My heart hurt as I watched this news report.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The family is in need of financial support as well, so if it’s in your budget, please send a $10 – $100 American Express Card.
Please send cards and prayers. God Bless this family.


LET’S SHOWER THIS FAMILY WITH LOVE – They are going to need it.



Just one day after announcing the flurry for the Hunter family, the movement has been covered in the Portage, Michigan news.

I sent the Hunter family a card and an American Express gift card with my SendOutCards phone app.  I urge you to join the movement at CardFlurry.com to receive the address of the Hunter family so you can send them a heart-felt greeting card, as well.

If you do not already have the SendOutCards app, use this link and I will cover the cost of your greeting card to the Hunter family.

Glenna Griffin has a travel lifestyle

How to have a Travel Lifestyle with Glenna Griffin

Glenna Griffin is a travel consultant with WorldVentures who teaches ordinary people how to have a travel lifestyle.

Note:  Glenna and I go way back.  She was one of the first women I connected with when I left my home office and started networking.  Check out our networking tips video from 2013.

Describe your business:
My business is a travel club, not just club, it’s a travel lifestyle. We show people how they are able to take affordable vacations.  I am passionate about travel and the need for people to take vacations.  Vacations are about memories and memories have no price tag.

How did you get started in your business?
My sponsor was visiting Linen ‘n Things just before they closed in Katy. Met my son, he said he wasn’t interested but thought I would be. He gave me her card and I set up a time to meet. After looking at the concept I knew it was for me. I previously worked in the travel industry and loved to travel and this gave me the opportunity for a travel lifestyle.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My biggest hurdle I have had to overcome is learning how to network. I had never been part of a multilevel marketing company. I was totally out of my comfort zone.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I have learned how to network and be comfortable talking to people I don’t know.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude for me is being grateful for all the people who have touched my life, I feel really blessed.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
Linda Ballesteros and Bonnie Karpay, they were there when I first started networking and taught me all I know about how to network.

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Travel with Glenna Griffn

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Hanging Out for a Living

The Art of Hanging Out for a Living

Hanging Out for a Living by Mark Herdering

Hanging Out for a Living by Mark Herdering

“Doing business is a game, the greatest game in the world if you know how to play it.” – Thomas Watson

The best way to learn how to play the game of business is to study.  So, I read listen to a lot of business books.  I also like a good story.  Most non-fiction is just so boring.  There are a few great business books out there that also tell a story.  Og Mandino and Tim Templeton are masters of non-fiction story telling.

You might not have heard of him, but in my humble opinion, Mark Herdering is up there with the great business parable authors of the ages.

“Hanging Out for a Living” by Mark Herdering is by far the best sales and marketing book I have ever read.  It’s a story about a man named Tyler who meets an unlikely mentor who teaches him the art of earning referrals.  It reads like a parable, or modern-day folk tale, explaining step-by-step exactly how to build a referral based business.

Hanging Out with Mark Herdering

Hanging Out with Mark Herdering

Hanging Out for a Living Workshop

I like Mark’s book so much that I invited him to fly in from Portland, Oregon to present a workshop in The Woodlands, Texas on Friday, January 13, 2017.  This event will help sales professionals and small business owners:

  • Become top-producers
  • Generate more referral-based business
  • Be a professional resource to others
  • Create strategic referrals and introductions
  • Improve business development efforts

If you live in the greater Houston area, and you want to build a referral based business, then you need to attend this paradigm shifting workshop on Friday, January 13, 2017 with Mark Herdering. Grab your ticket today and I’ll see you there!

Hanging Out for a Living

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Today Was A Good Day

Happy New Year 2017!

I spent the morning with my dear friend, Anise, and her two boys.  Anise is the author of There Are Seven Houses on My Street: A Child’s View on Religions, you should totally check it out.

There is something quite magical about spending time with babies and toddlers.  They are curious, push boundaries, and rarely accept no for an answer.  Grown ups can learn a lot from young children.  Being curious, pushing boundaries, that is how new discoveries are found.

2017 Will Be a Good Year

Some folks couldn’t wait for 2016 to end.   (Insert complete glossing over of the U.S. Presidential election here.)  It seemed like every week an icon passed away.  I still find it difficult to discuss the passing of one of my heroes, Carrie Fisher.

This sense of loss that folks are feeling is the reason I choose to appreciate and enjoy every single day as a gift.

2017 New Year Resolutions

I didn’t make any resolutions this year.

I made a plan.

What about you?

Tell me about it in the comments.