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Social media is an odd thing.  It’s connects users worldwide, it transcends barriers, and it serves as a personal platform to share more about who you are. But–on the flip side–it has the ability to distance people from each other based on sheer perception. I hate to admit it, but I still get intimidated connecting with […]

Using Instagram to Grow a Service-Based Business

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I make no qualms about how I was raised or where I come from.  I was spanked hard with a belt, but hugged afterward even harder.  I knew love in a myriad of forms.  We shopped at thrift stores and, later, my mom sewed holes shut and dyed our pants so they appeared new.  My […]

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To say I’ve met some amazing people by way of podcasts would a major understatement.  Not only are these podcast hosts kind, smart, and good, they have taught me so much.  It’s been an honor to be a guests on the following podcasts, so feel free to check them out! [Note:  I’m really late starting this […]

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We all have reasons to convince ourselves that we aren’t capable of taking a risk in our business. Being real…going live…letting yourself be seen. For every excuse/worry/concern, my response is always the same. This one-minute video explains it all. And that’s the same thing I want to tell you today. Heck, it’s the same thing […]

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A few weeks ago, I posted a video blog to my YouTube channel.  It was the first time we tried vlogging…and, sure, we made mistakes.  But here’s the thing when you try something new:  YOU MAKE MISTAKES. In fact, I’ll even take it one step further:  you’ll suck. That’s simply the nature of starting new. […]

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So I’m about to admit something, friend, and it ain’t pretty. In fact, it’s downright UGLY. As ugly as my Instagram grid in 2014… You see, back then, I’d look at other Instagram accounts and wonder how the heck they got followers and how they got people to talk back to them. In a nutshell […]

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Today’s Ask Me Anything starts with an experience yesterday that forced me to believe that we can figure out ANYTHING…if we want it bad enough. So often we battle the temptation to believe that we have a set of insurmountable obstacles to face that others don’t.  We look at the trials in our life and […]

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There’s this temptation, a lull that entices even the strongest creative.  Being an artist, running a business, pursuing a dream often feels gratifying when we get immediate satisfaction. [Booking a client.  Getting lots of likes and comments on Facebook.  Showing how busy! we! are!] But what if we were to flip it?  What if we […]

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Skeptics question me… Heck, even my biggest fans raise an eyebrow when I share this with them. They (lovingly) shout: “THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE, J-DAWG!” And you know what? I would have agreed with them, only 12 months ago… Because what I’m about to tell you sounds like some bogus promise from a 90’s infomercial—minus the toll-free […]

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