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The Power of a Mastermind

Several years ago, I read Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. He wrote about his junto, a group of men of his day that gathered regularly to discuss new ideas and speak freely about the problems society faced. I often dreamed of starting such a group.

I’m now part of three. Yes, three.

Each met this past week for the first time. Three mastermind groups seems excessive, but I have already felt their transformative effects. I am supported in a way I have not been in the past, advised by other passionate entrepreneurs, and encouraged to dream bigger and achieve more. And this is only the beginning.

If you’re not already part of a mastermind, here are a few reasons I’d suggest you consider joining one.

1. Support

As a creative or entrepreneur (or both), it’s easy to feel alone and lost and unsure about your ideas. A business can be overwhelming, and you’re faced with so many new situations. With a mastermind, you have others to turn to for advice and wisdom.

2. Collaboration

You can do amazing things on your own, but what happened when like-minded people gather? They dream bigger. They begin to weave their talents together in unexpected ways. New opportunities, new ventures, new amazing collaborations that would never have emerged without your mastermind.

3. Networking

A woman in one of my mastermind groups shared that one of her goals was more specific networking. She has participated in general business networking events, but wanted to meet more people that might help her grow her business. Not only will a mastermind help you dream up new ways to meet people, but your group members will often act as connectors. The woman in my group is a copywriter — and I often recommend copywriters to clients.

4. Accountability

Planning to write an e-book, but just can’t find the time? Your mastermind won’t let you quietly sweep anything on your to-do list under the rug (especially the important stuff). They will check in with you, support you, encourage you — and you will do the same for them. The results are…well, actual results.

Masterminds aren’t only for business owners: artists, students, scientists….anyone can create a mastermind group with a unique focus. Use them for your life; gather that circle of women to support one another in everything they do. When you create a strong community of people that trust one another enough to be vulnerable, amazing things can happen.

If you’re in a mastermind, what’s been your favorite part? If you’re not, what do you dream of creating a mastermind around?

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Claiming Your Time

Originally, I had intended to take a full two weeks off around Christmas time to rest and recharge. Last December, my business was finally really beginning to pick up and, as a result, I said yes to every client who wanted to launch on January 1st. I was home, but I wasn’t really home. I was home, living in front of a computer.

That had to change.

Two weeks. I wanted two full weeks this year. I managed one. Work creeped in — a special project, work that had been delayed because I needed to care for my cat, last-minute requests.

This is the ongoing challenge of the entrepreneur: how to make time for yourself while running and growing your business.

It feels like a 24/7 job. (Doesn’t it?)

And I haven’t been taking care of myself. I haven’t given myself time to write poetry or cook nice meals or get to that awesome class at the gym.

My goal for these early 2015 months is to get the right structures into place so I have time to work in my business, to work on my business, and to have real time for myself (and for my family and friends).

First up: hiring an employee.

What do you need to do to claim your time?


Shaping A Year — and Believing

The time around my birthday and the winter solstice has always been a special time for me — an opportunity to reflect, a chance plan, a dawning. Often in the past I’ve made lists of things I wanted to do in my new year, goals I wanted to accomplish.

But there wasn’t a list in me this year. As I sat there starting at the blank sheet of paper, all I felt was a strong desire for transformation.

The resolutions and goals I had written in the past, things like “lose 15 pounds,” had no weight for me anymore. I realized I didn’t want my life to be a list any longer.

So rather than set goals for 2015, I set an intention: to believe.

I believe my cat is going to be okay, that he’s going to fight cancer and win. I believe that I can let go of old patterns and ways of being that did not serve me. I believe I can transform my business and myself. I believe that I am connected to other people, to the Universe. I believe that I’m part of a bigger picture, and that I’ll fully step into my role helping others this year.

This is the year I believe in all of my magic.

What’s your intention or word for this year?

(And check out this resource from Christine Kane if you need help figuring that out.)


Happy Holidays!

I wanted to send a special holiday wish to everyone. I’ve had a few things come up recently that need my immediate attention, including a very sick kitty, so I’ve decided to take some time to attend to these very important things. I’m so grateful for family, friends, and health, and right now, I’m praying my cat gets better. There’s really no better reminder of how unconditional love is than the love of a pet.

I hope you and your loved ones have an amazing holiday season and happy new year! I’ll be back in 2015 with lots of goodness.

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