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  Call me crazy, but Instagram used to feel fun, flirty and carefree. Like you’re driving top down along the coast… Your cheeks kissed by the the sun AND your favorite Rihanna song blasting on the radio. (Heck, for a hot second you believe you are Rihanna.) ⭐SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND⭐ Well listen up, […]

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  What do you need to do to GROW your business in 2018?  Sometimes it’s just admitting you didn’t do your best last year…then figuring out what, exactly, needs to change. Though I do my best to respond to every email I receive, it’s impossible to keep up with them in totality.  But when I […]

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  You know I’m a huge fan of Instagram (it’s kind of like a summer best friend I want to go swimming with and braid wild daisies into her hair) because it’s revolutionized my business. But what I underestimated was the sheer magnitude of one-on-one connections made with Direct Messages. These connections are basically conversations […]

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  If you’ve ever struggled with the question of whether you should have two Instagram accounts for your business, this post is for you. I received the following email from Joanie (not her real name)… “I was emailing to see if I could bother you about a dilemma I’m having with my Instagram account. I’ve […]

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  Starting 2018 with good coffee, good vibes, and good dreams. To be honest, 2017 was a mix. Life in a blender…the peaks were jumbled with the lowest lows. So I hid. I poured myself into work, into staying busy all! the! time! If I kept moving (blending), I’d feel less. But this year, starting […]

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I want to take a sec to introduce myself…but with a holiday twist! My name is Jasmine Star (but my pals call me J Star) and I’m photographer + business strategist from Newport Beach.  I’m blessed to work with my husband/business parter (JD) and our grumpy dog (Polo). Christmas is my favorite holiday, and it […]

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You know those early childhood memories of swapping lunches at school? Your mom made you a ham sandwich and Martin’s mom made him a peanut butter sandwich, so you decided to trade (as long as he threw in a bag of Doritos, too). Can you remember that moment? I can’t. Why, you ask? I WAS […]

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The new Instagram update is BANANAS!! So many great ways to use it for your business…if you have a plan and strategy. In early December 2017, Instagram dropped a bundle of new updates that made sweeping changes to the app.  I’m a HUGE fan of how these changes will affect the algorithm, so if you’d […]

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It’s a true honor to connect with my students.  I love championing their success as if it were my own. Speaking of stand-out alum, Jonathan Tilley is one such person.  He’s the author and host of Embrace the F Word : Failure book and video series. We had the chance to chat about my failures […]

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