Want some aloha?

Growing up, part of my money story was to hold rich people - and where they went for vacations - in great disdain.  As a result, I actually didn't want to visit Hawaii for a long time!   I know I’m not the only one who grew up thinking Hawaii was expensive.  In the show Hawaii Life, they say “you don’t have to be rich to live in Hawaii, you just have to want to live in Hawaii”

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Does your biz need a healthy diet?

Does your biz need a healthy diet?

Core go-to ingredients for a healthy & profitable biz

These are things you go back to again and again.  You’ve got the awesome recipe, and the ingredients are always in your pantry.  You get rave reviews when you serve it up.  People are always talking about it.  Best of all, it’s stuff you’ve already got.  It’s 90% done.  You just need to start using it to make more money!

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Take a break already!

Take a break already!

In her heyday, my grandma was a caterer and quite accustomed to preparing massive quantities of food.   That's why Christmastime meant cookies.  Dozens of dozens of cookies.  As late as her 80s, my grandma would make about 1,000 cookies every December.  Pecan sandies.  Sugar Cookies with a 1/4 cut maraschino cherry on top (red and green).  Chocolate chip, of course.  Date balls.  Biscotti.

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Year-end Money & Tax Stuff

Do you have anxiety around taxes?  

Most entrepreneurs – even me, a CPA! – have anxiety of some sort around their tax stuff.

The cost of this anxiety?  Lost sleep.  Lost energy.  Lost money.  Lost time.

The antidote for this anxiety?  Educate yourself.  

Educate yourself before you cut the check to the IRS.  When you plan ahead, and talk with a CPA or other qualified tax adviser, you can make sure that check is as small as possible.

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What's your recipe for success in 2014?

What's your recipe for success in 2014?

The holidays are almost upon us, and with it comes food!  I'm in party planning mode, and love doing recipe research.  Recently, I attended an event where Tory Johnson, of Spark & Hustle and Good Morning America fame, was the keynote speaker.  She took us through the recipe she used to shift her health (she lost 62 pounds in 2012) and how to apply it to business as well.  She is a multi-million-dollar entrepreneur as well, so she knows a thing or two about accomplishing goals.  I love to reinterpret recipes, so here is my spin on her five key ingredients to successfully reaching your goals.

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Do You Want Diamonds... or Costume Jewelry?

Do You Want Diamonds... or Costume Jewelry?

You've seen it all the time.  You've done it too. 

You want the diamonds.  Solitaire, princess cut, platinum setting.  Could be a ring, earrings or necklace.  Whatever the design, diamonds have staying power, lasting appeal, and go with everything.  You wear it every day,  You'll pass it down for generations.  

But we get distracted by the costume jewelry.  The quick fix to complete an outfit for an upcoming event.  It will work for the event, and maybe the jewelry will work with other items in your closet.  But then again, maybe not.  So it collects dust on your dresser.

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How to Make More Money with Less Effort

I'll admit it, I'm tired.  Make that exhausted.  Running a business is akin to having a newborn.  Up late, up early, meals on the run, sleepless nights.  Housekeeping?  What housekeeping....  Eat, sleep, shower, all the while thinking, "How can I nurture this business, so it grows up to be a money-making machine that I'm proud of and I don't have to work so hard at it?  Will it get easier?"  

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