It All Began When They Said "No."
I had better sales numbers, but James played golf with the boys club. Guess who got the promotion? Yep. Being young and dumb, I full on Jerry McGuired with a very dramatic "Who's coming with me?!" exit.
(Spoiler alert- no one!)
This one moment ignited 15 years of serial entrepreneurship: Jump Digital Media, PMS.com and Socialite Agency- with a few corporate stints sprinkled throughout.
Today, I'm finally living my true north helping other entrepreneurs play bigger as an author, podcaster and international keynote speaker.
I started my career as a 100% commission-only sales rep in Baltimore, MD. In order to get paid, I had to call everyone in the YELLOW PAGES-on a LANDLINE-and persuade strangers to sit through a PRINTED OUT POWER POINT. IN PERSON. The bad part of that? I sound like I'm 109. The good part? I learned about dealing with rejection, began studying the art of persuasion and internalized the importance of working your you-know-what off to make ends meet.
When I lost out on a promotion that I knew should have been mine- I made the decision that the risk of entrepreneurship would never outweigh the risk of letting someone else dictate my path in life.
So began the roller coaster of ups and downs. The Ups: raising 7 figures of capital from an all-male investor team, being hired by everyone from the Oscars in Hollywood to the US Navy at the Pentagon, and seeing my first book go to #1 on Amazon. But BEFORE all of those exciting moments, there were some downs: I was sued by a jilted former employer. I worked for years at a corporate job I hated to dig out of debt (from cash advancing payroll on my personal credit card). I cried myself to sleep after losing a few friends who were former employees. The point is, I've learned a lot about what doesn't work when it comes to personal happiness and professional success, and a little bit about what does. And those little bits of the good stuff, the Ups, the gems? Well, my hope is sharing those can help you avoid the downs and soak up the Ups so you can achieve that big, juicy success you so deserve.
God, gratitude, Guinness. Family over everything. Picking up the phone. Great books. Doing whatever it takes to lift up my fellow gals anywhere, anytime
Excuses. "Poor me" people. Debt. Bullies. Hate disguised as holiness. Eating animals. 100% adulting. Scrunchies.
getting sweaty outside. reading great books. FaceTime happy hours. obsessing over my fur baby Stevie Nicks + my human nieces and nephews. daydreaming about travel.
Morning pages, gratitude affirmations, cuddles with my sexy southern husband, putting avocado on everything, and drinking tea. Lots and lots of tea.
a skinny marg
big magic- liz gilbert
HUGS (from family esp)
spotify summer hits playlist
Cruising! especially for a camping weekend on Catalina Island (watch out for buffalo-seriously!)
my happy place!
We live in a super old beach shack- no AC, no heat, no dishwasher, microwave, etc...
I live in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA where I'm super grateful we have lots of OUTSIDE options like sidewalk cafes and outdoor sculpture gardens...I truly have a love affair with our little village by the sea.
Why live in such a non-fancy place? Because there is a surf break in our front yard and mountain bike trails in our backyard!
My Favorite Things
Sunshine. Wayfarers kickstarter semiotics, quinoa godard dreamcatcher hexagon pop-up hoodie.
my guilty pleasure
Ice cream. Microdosing gochujang keffiyeh salvia. Hoodie knausgaard art party.
Photos! Hashtag fashion axe palo santo fanny pack, ramps cornhole messenger bag asymmetrical direct trade slow-carb everyday carry chartreuse tofu godard.
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