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!

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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 podcast interview with her.

That woman was Kathi Laughman, Founder and CEO of Mackenzie Circle.

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Living the Life that You Want

Mackenzie Circle is a personal leadership training, development and coaching company that works with professionals that want to integrate their life and work in a meaningful way.

“Our programs and products focus on how to effectively fuel success by understanding and embracing its ultimate purpose in our lives. Our platform is that in order to realize the tomorrow we are capable of achieving, we must live it today. There is more value in the rest of our stories than we ever dreamed possible.” – Kathi Laughman


Listen in as we discuss:

  • What it means to live today like you want tomorrow to be
  • The five life strategies we all must have to realize our full potential
  • What is a life plan and why do we need one

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Selling Art at Markets | Podcast Episode 29

Adam Rineer shows off his new painting from artist Kelly Walker

Adam Rineer shows off his new painting from artist Kelley Walker

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 with knock your socks off work on display about what new artists need to know before showing at market.

  • Michelle Bowers, a self-taught fiber artist from Katy, Texas, offers practical advice.
  • Sergio Santos, a mixed media artist from Cypress, Texas, suggests seeking the counsel of other artists.
  • Ellie Teramoto, fine art photographer, also in Cypress, Texas, reminds us that it’s about the art.
Potter John Delafield Selling Art at Market

Potter John Delafield Selling Art at Market

Checklist for Artists New to Selling at Markets

John Delafield is a potter in the Houston area, whom I also met at First Saturday Arts Market. Unfortunately, I was not able to do an audio interview with John, but he did share this great check list for new artists:

  • Make your art.
  • Develop a line of products or a style of art.
  • Take it to a market and see what happens.
  • Pay attention to what other artists are doing.
  • Pay attention to what people are buying.
  • Of your products what draws people in and what sells?
  • What prices move your product the quickest?
  • You have to do what you are passionate about but you also have to sell it for what people are willing to pay. The only way to figure this out is to jump in and give it a try.
  • You also need to find the right outlets. If an art show isn’t for you, would a gallery be better? What about a craft show?
  • Take enough product as the average shopper wants to have a selection. If you only have a few things your shoppers might think they are looking at the leftovers. For a shopper, part of their experience is to meet the artist and maker of the art.
  • You have to have your best energy there. Be available but not intrusive to the buyer. Be ready for a quick friendly visit but let them move on when they are ready.
  • If you have trouble being friendly, take a friend along who can help you present your work
  • Create your pitch: Have a couple of standard things you can tell them about your work as a form of introduction.

If you have trouble figuring out what to say to potential clients, I offer a free 25-minute pitch workshop on demand that will help you craft a few points about your art.

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Rasheed Hooda is Happily Homeless | Podcast 28

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Rasheed Hooda is weird.  In fact, he prides himself on his weirdness.  He resides in his “mobile domicile” living a happily homeless, joyously jobless lifestyle, traveling the country twisting balloons and inspiring audiences with his story.

Joyfully Jobless Weekend

Rasheed was is collaborating with Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work that you Love (affiliate link), to bring her Joyfully Jobless Weekend to Houston, February 20-21, 2015.

World Domination

In 2012, Rasheed had the opportunity to share his plan for world domination.  Err…  I mean, 3 things he’s learned about life:

Your Turn:  Rasheed plans to be the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest.  What is your big dream?  Share your big dream in the comments.

Conroe Cashflow Game Meetup

Rasheed and I met at Toastmasters many years ago.  In fact, he evaluated one of my very first speeches!

We have recently been reacquainted through the board game Cashflow (affiliate link).  Created by Robert and Kim Kiyosaki, Cashflow is a more than a game, it is a financial education.

If you are local, come play Cashflow with us at Conroe Coffee on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Look for us on

Rasheed Hooda is Happily Homeless

Playing the board game Cashflow 101 at Conroe Coffee with Rasheed Hooda and Leo Harris.

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Show Note Addendum:  I could not find information on the “put your money where your mouth is” book that Rasheed mentioned inspired him to join Toastmasters.

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Quick Fitness Tips for Work at Home Moms with Lynda Davies | Podcast Episode 27

Lynda Davies is an ISSA certified Elite Fitness Trainer located in Conroe, Texas. She holds specialist certifications in exercise therapy, strength and conditioning, and sports performance nutrition. Listen in as Lynda shares quick fitness tips for work at home moms. (Click the play button in the black bar below the image of Lynda.)

Quick Fitness Tips

Some of the fitness topics Lynda and I discuss include:

  • Fitness Training vs. Gym Membership
  • Energy Bars
  • What to eat after you exercise
  • Does Almond Milk have more protein than cows milk?  The answer is no.
  • The advantages of in home fitness training
  • How a work at home mom can fit exercise into her life
  • Wearable activity trackers
  • Read your food labels
  • Tabata | The 5 Minute Workout
  • Rebounding
  • Proper Ab Engagement
  • The relationship between gratitude and exercise
Quick Fitness Tip for Work at Home Moms:  Wear an Activity Tracker

Quick Fitness Tip for Work at Home Moms: Wear an Activity Tracker

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Natural Cancer Therapies with Ann Fonfa | Battling Bertha | Podcast Episode 26

Ann Fonfa is a 22 year breast-cancer survivor who opted-out of most conventional western medicine during treatment.  Ann is the President of the Annie Appleseed Project, providing education, advocacy and awareness on complementary, alternative, natural cancer therapies.

In today’s podcast, Ann shares her personal breast cancer story and how it inspired her to become a natural cancer therapies advocate.  Click the play button in the black bar below the title to listen to the podcast.


Take 3 Steps 4 Health

Take 3 Steps 4 Health

The Annie Appleseed Project advocates taking three simple steps each day to improve overall health:

  • Eat 1 more fruit and 1 more vegetable
  • Take a walk
  • Breathe deeply 7 times before going to bed
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Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies conference

Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies conference

Next month, February 26 – 28, 2015, the Annie Appleseed Project is hosting the 9th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference held  in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Kelly Turner, PhD, author of Radical Remission is one of fourteen scheduled speakers.  For more information, and to register, visit CAM for Cancer.

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Tips for Clearing Clutter with Susie Glennan, The Busy Woman | Podcast Episode 25

Susie Glennan is the owner of The Busy Woman.  She has written over 200 articles and e-books on topics ranging from time management, to organizing, to life transitions.

Her latest publication is Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter.  According to Susie, there are three types of clutter:  physical, emotional and mental.  She discusses strategies for clearing all three in our interview, recorded January 1, 2015.  Happy New Year!  To listen to the podcast, click the play button in the black bar right below the title.

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Making Room for Happiness, Tips for Clearing Clutter is currently only available until January 4, 2015 as part of the Work-At-Home Success Kickstart Bundle which includes over $400 worth of resources that will help you work-at-home successfully.

Before Reading Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter

Before Reading Making Room for Happiness: Tips for Clearing Clutter

After Reading Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter

After Reading Making Room for Happiness: Tips for Clearing Clutter

Susie is a big fan of Barbara Hemphill’s book Taming the Paper Tiger.

Finally, Susie is offering a 50% discount through January 15, 2015 off her e-book Personality Based Time Management.  Use Coupon Code: PBTM50

While you are on her website, be sure to read the touching story she mentioned about her Grandmother.

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Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Susie and I met in an online networking group for work at home moms about 15 years ago. We developed a rapport over time. We know, like and trust each other, because we would “show up” at the same online events.

Wednesday, I picked up some breakfast tacos at a locally-owned taqueria for my nurses on the way to chemo.

The restaurant wall filled with what could only be regulars. Everyone seems to know everyone else. One fellow asked a man at another table for the name of a roofer. Deals are made in a place like this.

The lesson here is consistency. Show up often enough. Develop a cordial relationship. Relationships lead to referrals. Referrals lead to business. Relationship marketing works.

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Celebrate Life with Angie Heiman | Wealthy Sisters Network | Overcoming Adversity | Battling Bertha Part 5 | Podcast 024

As a life coach, Angie Heiman, understands and shares the power of affirmations.  During our hour long chat we discuss the importance of what you speak and how it affects your day,  how to shift the direction of your life with a few daily action steps, how to write  a great affirmation.  We also share an exciting new networking opportunity for women.  Finally, we discuss how to overcome adversity.

“My vision is to help woman pursue their purpose with passion. For years I have been a magnet for woman seeking encouraging words and a gentle nudge. I have helped countless people overcome life challenges, from divorce, career changes, health challenges to dealing with the loss of a loved one.” – Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life LLC

Note:  This is the first interview I conducted after my diagnosis.

Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life, LLC

Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life, LLC

Celebrate Life

Favorite Song?
Amazing Grace – reminds me of my mother

Favorite Color?
Green 🙂

Favorite Super hero?
Both my mom & dad

Fast food or home cooked meal?
Home cooked.

What is your biggest quirk?
Learning to not be so hard on myself.

What is the one thing that annoys you the most?
Negative people who do not think they are negative.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Give thanks which includes coffee and almond butter – in that order… for a restful night of sleep and for a beautiful day ahead….

Where would you go if you were invisible?
Into the mind of a man.

What’s your motto?
I have many, but the one that comes to mind is “You never know when your last breath will be taken, so celebrate each and every day as if it was your last!”

Why did you choose to start your business – do what you do?
I’ve always wanted to be a counselor or psychologist since I was a little girl. The human mind and the way we think and interact is so interesting to me. For years I’ve been a magnet for people needing advice – weather they knew me or not – I found complete strangers finding solace in conversing with me and sharing intimate details of their lives. They would walk away thanking me for helping them overcome a challenge. I genuinely love helping people look at situations in a different light, challenging them to think outside the box and helping them realize that they have the power within and how to tap into that power.

Who inspires you?
My mothers life of 53 years and my sisters who are my best friends.

What makes you different from other people in your industry?
I’m the only Angie there will ever be – no one can ever replicate who I am or what I do. We are all unique in our own God given talents.

Why should someone purchase from you instead of your competition?
There are many great coaches out there – it’s finding one that you resonate with and feel comfortable confiding in. I’m not for everyone and everyone is not for me. My style is somewhat laid back but yet I can be tough on my clients when they need it. One thing my sister who is also a life coach taught me is to pray before every client interaction – ask for God’s wisdom, grace and anointing to help convey the message He wishes to be heard.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Emotionally – moved away from my family and friends and everything I knew. Physically – completed a marathon in memory of my mother in Alaska – without any training.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
OMG – TOO many to list!

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle?

What will it take to overcome your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Date more… lol

Define your style?
When I was in the corporate world, I was told that there were a few topics generally “off limits” — religion being one of them. My faith and my beliefs are the core of how I live my life and am so grateful I found an avenue where they don’t have to be separate from my business. My coaching style involves as much or as little faith-based guidance as is appropriate for you.

Tell me about your typical day.
The only thing typical is how I start and end my day – both in thanksgiving and prayer, everything else in between is a culmination of networking, coaching, daily exercise, and connecting with family & friends.

How do you juggle work and family?
Although I do not have my own family, I stay plenty busy with life. When it has to become a juggling act, that’s when I scale back and let go of what does not serve my higher purpose.

Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?
1. Be sure you have the right intentions in what it is you want to accomplish.
2. Not every person is the right client for you.
3. Have a solid foundation in knowing who you are and how you can help.

What’s the best way to market your particular business?
For me, it’s word of mouth…but all forms of social media also plays a part in my success.

How have you grown as a person since starting your company?
It’s the awareness that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. We are all here to experience life in different ways and manners. It’s respecting the journey that I am on and honoring what it is God has blessed me with.

If you could travel back in time and speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Marry your high school sweetheart – he turned out to be a neurosurgeon!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The list is long but my top three would be 1) Married to my best friend 2) Building a local & global business with my sister 3) Continue to grow my Texas roots:)

For whom are you thankful? Who do you appreciate?
I am thankful for my mother who never showed fear, who always persevered with a smile and lived life by example. She and my father gave us morals, ethics and life long lessons to pass on. I’m thankful for my dad who continues to lead by example, who believes in honoring your word and the power of a handshake. I’m thankful for my sisters who are undoubtedly my best friends, my go-to’s when I need guidance or a word of encouragement. I have several others who I claim as my “sisters” – those are the ones who know me on a level like non other. The ones you laugh until you cry….those are the best kinds of friends in my book!
I appreciate all that cross my path as I know there is always a purpose of the connection.

What else would you like to add?
I’m thankful for you Kandas, for having a vision of connecting local leaders and sharing their stories.

Angie Heiman’s Bookshelf

  • The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkenson
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Spirit Driven Success by Dani Johnson
  • Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley
  • Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer
Conroe Wealthy Sisters Network June Mixer

Conroe Wealthy Sisters Network June Mixer

Wealthy Sisters Network

Angie and I just helped launch the Conroe Chapter of Wealthy Sisters Network.   WSN is an organization for women from all walks of life who want to join together in camaraderie and mutual assistance.  WSN Conroe meets monthly at local venues.  Be sure to join the Facebook group to stay apprised of meeting times and locations.

Overcoming Adversity

Finally, Angie and I spend considerable time discussing how to overcome adversity, especially when it comes to health, throughout the interview.   We wrap up our chat by delving into why some people can overcome adversity while others do not.

Speaking of adversity, I could not remember the name of the book I raved about in the interview.  It’s called Radical Remission by Kelly A. Turner, PhD.  I will dedicate an entire blog post to this book very soon.

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