"Re-Inventing Business & Adventure" with Liz Galloway Founder of Wild Adventure Retreats on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #497

Topic: "Re-Inventing Business & Adventure" 

Liz Galloway shares:

-Steps to re-inventing yourself at any age 
-Why we shouldn't accept labels, less opportunity or ageism 
-Her inspiration for creating and hosting transformational retreats


Liz Galloway is an passionate entrepreneur who loves adventure. As an outdoor guide, and wellness coach she hopes to inspire fit travel and women's expeditions. She changes her hats as a writer, wellness instructor, consultant, retreat host, outdoor ambassador, and media PR curator, depending on the day. It's good to have choices.

She is the founder of the WildAdventures.Life site, that creates wellness retreats that include outdoor challenges, trainings, wellness coaching and inspires active and fit travel. It's a place to find inside travels and connections.

A storyteller at heart, her goal is to connect with the women seeking their own wellness and personal transformation. 

Read her blog post: "Profitable Passion Building; The Behind The Scenes Life Of Business In Travel"





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3 Primary Legal Considerations When Launching a Limited Liability Company

by Jessica Kane

A considerable number of small business across the United States are organized as what are known as limited liability companies, or LLCs.

With this in mind, there are a number of legal considerations to bear in mind when launching a new business venture as an LLC. Indeed, there are three primary legal considerations to bear in mind when organizing and launching an LLC.

Is the LLC the Proper Structure for Your Business


First and foremost, you need to seriously consider whether or not an LLC is in fact the proper structure for your business. The most common legal organizational structures for a small business in the United States are:


· sole proprietorship

· partnership

· limited liability company

· Subchapter S corporation


Establishing an LLC is a preferable course because of some benefits associated with this legal structure. One of the primary benefits of an LLC is that there is not what oftentimes is called double-taxation, something that is associated with a traditional of Subchapter C corporation. What this means is that the tax liability passes through from the business itself to the owner or owners. The owner or owners are responsible to personally tending to any tax liability for profits accrued by an LLC. With a traditional or Subchapter C corporation, there is a tax liability at the corporate or business level and also with the stockholders or owners themselves for any distributions or dividends they receive as a result of their ownership in the enterprise.

An LLC also provides legal protection against a person or entity that might have some type of claim against the business. With an LLC, the owners, or members as they legally are called, bear no personal liability for the action or inaction of the enterprise. Thus, the personal assets or property of an owner of an LLC is protected in the event of a lawsuit or other type of action against the enterprise.

Contrast these benefits with a sole proprietorship. The tax implications of establishing an LLC or a sole proprietorship essentially are the same. The big distinction rests in the realm of liability. With a sole proprietorship, the owner of the business has no protection for his or her personal assets should a lawsuit or some other type of claim arise.

With a Subchapter S corporation, a business owner enjoys both the same type of tax benefits as found with an LLC as well as protection against personal liability for action or inaction associated with the business. A Subchapter S corporation tends to provide a business a bit more flexibility in bringing on new owners than is the case with an LLC.

Having noted that, a Subchapter S corporation necessitates the completion and maintenance of considerably more paperwork than is the case with a sole proprietorship or LLC. The failure to keep up with the associated paperwork may result in a determination that the corporation is something of a sham, a determination which would expose an owner or owners to personal legal liability for the affairs of the enterprise.

In the final analysis, considering the pros and cons of different legal structures for business, an LLC oftentimes is deemed to be the preferable course for a new small business venture. This is a consistent determination made in all jurisdictions in the United States.

The Specific Legalities of Establishing an LLC


From a legal standpoint, establishing an LLC can fairly be called a simple process. The establishment of an LLC requires the creation of what are known as articles of organization. Although similar to articles of incorporation, articles of organization tend to be even simpler and more straightforward.

The basic components of articles of organization for an LLC is the identification of the initial member or members of the entity, also known as the owner or owners. A designation of one of these owners as the one who will manage the enterprise, at least initially, is also included in the document.

The articles of organization designate a person or other entity located in the state of creation who will serve as the agent for service of process. This is the person or entity to whom papers filed in court in a lawsuit are served upon. The agent for service of process must be physically located in the state and must have an actual street address and not merely a post office box.

The articles of organization also include information about where the business is located or operating in the state. A general description of what the business will be doing in the state is also included in the document. This can be something as simple as a statement that the LLC is organized to conduct any business lawfully permitted in in the state.

The actual "paperwork" associated with establishing an LLC actually is something that can be completed online via the a website portal established by the office of the California Secretary of State. In addition, annual reports associated with an LLC can also be filed online.

Tax Implications of Business Organizational Structure


As mentioned previously, the type of legal structure selected for a new venture has a direct implication on tax assessment and liability. Thus, the third primary legal consideration when contemplating the legal structure to be used for a new small business enterprise are the tax consequences of a particular organizational scheme.

The reality is that examining and analyzing the tax consequences of different legal business organizational structures is a complicated endeavor. For that reason, the recommendation nearly always is that those involved in the launch of a new venture seek professional advice when it comes to financial issues, including tax consequences of a particular legal organization.

With these primary legal considerations in mind, and understanding there are others that can come into play when creating a business enterprise, an entrepreneur is strongly encouraged to seek legal advice and assistance when launching a new venture. There are lawyers in practice who focus their work on assisting entrepreneurs in dealing with legalities of a new venture.



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Your Mind is Playing Tricks on You

by Chris Atley

So what does it even mean that your subconscious mind gets your agreement to stop?

Well, the subconscious mind is designed to keep us safe. When we see a tiger coming down the street, we know to run! In this case the subconscious mind is a good thing. In the case of putting ourselves out there in new ways to grow our businesses, it does not feel safe. It feels uncomfortable. Growing, changing, evolving, it’s all uncomfortable.

Looking at the beliefs and stories we’re telling ourselves that are keeping us stuck, and how we have built everything in our lives through that lens and because of that perspective, is uncomfortable.

It’s why we hang on to these old beliefs with a tight grip. It’s uncomfortable to let them go. It’s uncomfortable to make changes. It’s uncomfortable to stand in our power. It’s uncomfortable to set boundaries and let go of toxic relationships, when our belief deep down is a fierce need to be liked and accepted.

It’s tough and it’s hard.

It’s no wonder our subconscious mind wants us to stay safe, where it feels comfortable.

But what fun is that??!! How boring!! Our dreams lie just on the other side of being comfortable. And with time, you will become “comfortable being uncomfortable”. It just becomes a way of being.

And why do we do this? Because our dreams, and our goals are worth it. Because our families and our clients are worth it.

So how do things get into the subconscious mind to begin with?

Through constant repetition and emotional experiences. Our subconscious mind does not have the ability to reject or accept information, so it doesn’t have the ability to reason and decide if the information makes sense. It just accepts it as is.

So if you think about money beliefs, we typically just accept what our parents not only teach us but MODEL to be true. If they thought people with money were too big for their britches, guess what, you will too. Add in hearing an argument between your parents, and say you feel scared as a result, you might also start believing something like; money causes arguments. It causes stress.

And voila, you have some pretty negative beliefs around money.

So how does this then show-up in your adult life? Well, you might say you want to earn a certain amount of money or reach a certain success level, but on a subconscious level you believe people with money are bad. Or that it causes stress.

Thus pushing away that very thing you’re wanting.

The issue is that you make decisions from your subconscious mind, not your conscious mind. So you’re literally going to procrastinate instead of doing what you need to do in your business, because you have this belief deep down. You will keep yourself in a “work harder not smarter” mentality, thus keeping success at an arm’s length.

You get comfortable here. It feels safe, because you know it well, and you accept mediocre.

If you start to shift question these beliefs, say by reading a great book on money beliefs or attending a seminar, it starts to feel threatened. It feels safe where you are, and so it will try everything under the sun to get you to stop.

And it knows you well.

It knows when you give in, when you give up. Maybe you stop when you’re tired. It will show you every reason why being tired is acceptable. Maybe you’ve had an extra tough week, maybe the kids got sick, maybe you were up until 1 am fighting with your spouse. Of course it makes sense to skip that seminar then. Who wouldn’t be tired after a week like that? It feels reasonable.

Or maybe you stop because you don’t have enough time. You’re so busy running a busy life; with taking care of your family, running a business, being class Mom, that of course you don’t have any extra time to go to a seminar!

So you stop. You stop from growing and changing, and the subconscious mind gets to feel cozy and safe again.

The funny thing is, that it’s also dictating how you make decisions about your time to begin with. Maybe the belief running the show is that success is hard. So you are going to work yourself to the bone trying so hard to achieve, but because you have the belief that success is hard you never catch a break. It always stays hard. You see all the ways to make it hard instead of how to make it more easeful, because you’re looking through that lens. And then your lack of results reinforce that belief. You busy up every singe iota of time you have, so that your subconscious mind can use it against you by showing you just how busy you are and therefore, gets your agreement to stop.

You stop. You stop and you stop and you stop. Over and over. But you always have a good reason, right??

The subconscious mind gets to remain cozy and safe.

You stay overwhelmed, stressed and resentful. Why can’t you catch a break? Why does so and so get to have success and a great life? They’re not any better than you after all.

Hmm…

It’s a vicious cycle.

So what can you do to change it?

Well, the awareness above is half the battle. Then the awareness of what your beliefs are is the other half.

Identifying the belief that is steering the ship is everything. You can then shine a light on it, and use your CONSCIOUS mind to say this is no longer true, that this is an old story.

Then choose the new, empowered belief you want to have instead.

Then repeat it often, over and over.

Then visualize yourself with this new belief, or a time when it was true. Maybe you do have evidence to support a time that success came easy. Feel the feelings.

The subconscious mind does not know the difference between imagination and reality. It’s about the feelings that go with it.

From there, you must, and I repeat MUST, “act as if”. How does this new version of you who believes this new and empowered belief show-up? How does she act, dress, make decisions around her time, interact with customers, set-up sales calls and meetings? WHO IS SHE??

Be her. Now.

It’s that old “fake it until you make it” philosophy. Act as if you are her, until you just are.

As you put this new belief out there, you will start creating the evidence in your life to support it. Thus reinforcing the new belief.

Thus reprogramming the subconscious mind.

You have to be willing to do the work. It gets uncomfortable. But you can do it, and your dreams are worth it.

Reach out if you want help with this. I’m here to help :-)


Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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"The 5 Proven Keys to Career Success for Women" with Chief Business Strategist Lisa A. Holmes on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Lisa Holmes
Show #496

Topic: "The 5 Proven Keys to Career Success for Women" 

Lisa A. Holmes, MS HR is a Human Resources Executive, Executive Coach and Author with more than 30 years of HR experience. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Human Resources from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, (just outside of St. Louis).

With Lisa's "keep it real" communicative style and strong business acumen, she is a sought-after leader by Fortune 500 businesses, privately held organizations, and professional athletes across diverse industries.

Presently, Lisa serves as Chief Business Strategist for Strategic Performance of Los Angeles headquartered in Los Angeles, California, where she's designing and implementing HR solutions that drive sales and profits via Fractional CHRO/HR Leadership, On-Demand HR, Leadership Development, Executive and Coaching.

After much anticipation, Lisa released, a self-help career book entitled "Job Hunting. NOW What"? Keeping It Real in the Modern Career Search this past January 2019.

Job Hunting Now What book cover
The book, Job Hunting. NOW What"? Keeping It Real in the Modern Career Search is designed for individuals that no matter where they are in their career, this is the perfect go-to guide to best understand the modern job search process, its emotional (and mental) journey, how to assess their career landscape, how to write an HR-beloved resume, how to maintain a career in an ever-changing world, and so much more.

Lisa has been featured in Money Magazine, Clutch, Reader's Digest and other media publications. Lisa currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Social Media:
IG: strategicperformanceofla
Twitter: strategicperformanceLA
FB: strategicperformanceLA

http://www.strategicperformanceoflosangeles.com


Listen on Podomatic:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/dbcoach/episodes/2019-07-23T22_00_00-07_00


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8 Reasons Companies Need To Implement CSR

working at a computer
by Samantha Tung

When most people think about corporate social responsibility, nonprofit organizations and larger companies come to mind. They are the ones getting more attention from the media and are more concerned with their own reputation for their stakeholders and the broader public. However, businesses of all types and sizes can greatly benefit from implementing CSR into their organizations.

More than ever, businesses are being expected to bend to the obligations and expectations by consumers to be more responsible socially within their communities. On a world-wide level, both private corporations and governments are being held accountable for how their work impacts the environment.

In today's consumer marketplace, any type and size business can gain benefits from being more socially responsible. As a for-profit business, you can better your business by embracing CSR. Below are some of the reasons companies need to implement corporate social responsibility into their organization.

1. Expand Target Market


One benefit companies can gain from implementing CSR is the potential to expand their target market size. Social sustainability and contribution are two important features which appeal to a new class of consumers for any type of solution. This is necessary to penetrate customers from different countries and cultures as well.

2. Gives Customers An Incentive To Pay Premium Pricing


Corporate social responsibility can create a higher value of your company's brand, add value and extend your exclusivity. In turn, this can improve profitability, lower risk and justify premium pricing on products and services. All stakeholders will view this as a benefit and will encourage new investors to come on board, thus raising the current valuation of your company.


3. Increase In Customer Loyalty and Advocacy Across All Markets


For many businesses, existing customer advocacy is a key contributor to bringing in new customers. Additionally, bringing in new customers and getting them to the same level of profitability as older customers is increased by 16 times. Loyal and happy customers will post great product and service reviews. They are also more likely to recommend a business to friends and family members.

4. CSR Helps Customers View Businesses As The Best Choice Against Competition


More consumers are becoming aware of socially responsible companies. Many millennials will not shop with brands not acting or running their business in a socially responsible manner. Using CSR allows you to relay a message to your customers and the public that can position your company for a competitive edge against other companies.

5. Improvement In Team Productivity And Motivation


Companies that sponsor social initiatives and offer time for their employees to support their own specific initiatives can help foster pride, loyalty and motivation among the team members. The company as a whole will be more responsive and engaged in their job tasks. As a result, productivity will increase along with job satisfaction.

6. Attracts Better Job Candidates And Improves Retention Of Employees


A company can only be as successful as the employees they can both attract and retain. When a business is able to be recognized as a socially responsible organization, it will increase its attractiveness to qualified applicants. A CSR culture will bring in the best and brightest into the organization.

7. Additional Financial Grant Opportunities And Governance Flexibility


In order to reduce investor suits, many B-corps are offered relief through sole directives to maximize their shareholders' profits. When businesses use targeted socially-responsible initiatives, they can also get qualified for many government grants and rebates for alternative energy. Additionally, many organizations will be able to receive other philanthropic initiatives in order to continue supporting their efforts in being a socially responsible company.

8. Attract More Investors


Investors like to look for businesses with teams that show real integrity, passion and relays positive messages to their local communities and beyond. Investors view a business' commitment to positive social change as a great long-term investment. CSR can offer both investors and customers a sustainable value. The best investors search for companies that have a great balance between expanding their target market and maximizing their profit margins.

The potential offset of these listed benefits of CSR is that it can be a tough balancing act for many businesses. There is a thin line between managing many social initiatives while also focusing on making income to keep the business alive and successful. Being successful while implementing CSR requires an adept and strong business leader with an entrepreneurial spirit to make the right tradeoffs for the sake of the business. For the right companies, the opportunities are endless with CSR implemented appropriately.

Samantha Tung is a contributing writer and media specialists for Caliber Collision. Caliber participates in many CSR programs nationwide.

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Author Q&A: "Why Am I Here? An Oak Tree Finds Her Purpose" by Amanda Bibbo

Amanda Bibbo
Why Am I Here? An Oak Tree Finds Her Purpose, is Amanda’s first published children’s book.

In addition, she has had several works published in a mind body connection magazine, as well as major foundations, such as Arbor Day Foundation. Furthermore, Amanda co-created and led corporate e-classes entitled, Abundance by Design.

Amanda has bachelor’s degree in education. However, her passion is educating people on the importance of mental health. Over the past 15 years, she has studies, participated in and led programs on various methods of meditation, self-help, mindfulness and healing.

Amanda is currently a member of Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCWI), as well as a local woman’s group.

She is also activelyl engaged into community youth programs where she educates both, parents and children, on the importance of connecting mind and body.

Amanda resides in Amherst, OH, with her husband, Bryan, and their two children, Athena and Achilles.

To contact Amanda email her at bibbo.amanda@gmail.com


Deb Bailey: Thanks for joining me, Amanda. So, how did you get started as an entrepreneur?


Amanda Bibbo: Hi, it's great to be here with you, Deb. Sometimes to overcome adversity you need to dig deeper to fully understand the question, "why is this happening to me?" After high school, my family went through a major life challenge. My mother began reading and practicing meditation. We dabbled in it and knew what it was, but we never fully practiced and lived in this "magical" world. I began to read various books by Deepak Chopra, Rhonda Byrne, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson and many more. I attended weekly metaphysics classes with my mom and sister. We attended all the conferences and meetings that I could afford to be impacted more by these in person teachings.

Amazing leaders such as Neale Donald Walsch, Brian Weiss, just to name a few. I looked up to and connected with these individuals. Being immersed in this world that "made sense" to me help create the best version of my self. I was able to connect my mind body and spirit. I realized that being in my late teens and early twenties that I was always the youngest person attending these events. It was this exact realization that this (these magical ways of thinking and practicing of self love and surrender) is absolutely necessary to introduce to babies, toddlers, adolescents, and teens, along with adults, in hopes to lead our future generations to live a happy and meaningful life, free of fear.

This is something I have prayed about and sometimes we don't decide what our destiny is -- it is whatever God and/or the universe has called upon us to do. And thus, here I am listening and most importantly acting upon.



Deb: Who are your ideal clients?


Amanda: My ideal clients are those who feel there is more to life. Life is not just about going to school, getting married, having children, going to a job that doesn't feel good to you. I feel that most forget that. There is beauty and miracles that happen everyday and we aren't open to seeing. At this current time, it seems to be mostly woman of a myriad of ages. Not that men don't love this idea, but seems like my connection is mostly with woman.



Deb: What inspires you to do the work you do?



Amanda: My inspiration comes from the thousands of people I have come into contact with thus far in my lifetime. So many unhappy, lost and confused souls. If only they knew life didn't have to be so terrible they would live a better life which in turn positively impacts those around them. We all have challenges. It is how we respond to our challenges that makes your next moment. I figured, start young. Give them these precious tools in hopes to raise happy souls for the next generation.


Deb: That sounds wonderful. What’s your vision for your business?


Amanda: I have so many visions, Deb! :)

My vision for my business is to be able to help millions of people of all different races across the globe to realize that they are in fact capable of self-love and abundance, they just need to listen within. We all need help. I will do this by accomplishing:

Once is by, writing more books targeting various audiences per book. For example, I have a "mindful teen workbook in the pipeline."

Becoming aware and heavily involved in community groups to educate on the importance of love, meditation, healing and balance, along with many more topics. Whether it be via TEDx, Oprah, conference or various spiritual places.

Worldwide companies will hire me (and my team) to educate their staff to have a better abundance mindset by simply being balanced. Having an abundance mindset in both, their professional and personal life, will dramatically increase production and mental awareness, which in turn will lead to healthier humans and less companies going under.

And finally, being a prominent leader in the New Age Movement that is currently taking place.

Deb, you know what? I have just created my future by stating all these things with passion and belief! I can't wait to look back and smile on this moment when I professed my goals to your viewers. {excited giggle}



Deb: That's quite a vision! What advice would you give to women entrepreneurs who are just starting out?


Amanda: Listen to your body, trust your instincts, and never lose hope. Your hard work will pay off, even though it may not seem like it now. Spend every free moment you have doing it. That means the TV is first to go!



Deb: I'm sure you're very busy. What's your favorite activity to relax and unwind?


Amanda: I know that sounds cliche but quality time with my husband and our 2 children. Quality time with them makes life seem more perfect and beautiful. No worries at all, just pure laughter and joy.



Deb: What do you wish you could tell your younger self?


Amanda: This is a great question, Deb. I wish I could tell my younger self to trust in the grander plan of life. For a while, I was growing impatient and uncertain if I would ever fulfill my purpose. However, I never lost sight. It just created unnecessary worry.



Deb: What do you think are the top 3 traits an entrepreneur must have?


Amanda: For me, its the 3 P's: Passion, Patience and Persistence.

Passion for your company or product makes it all the more soul fulfilling, easier to share with the world and more enjoyable to work on daily. With passion comes confidence. Confidence and passion radiates from you and touches every single person you come in contact with. To me, this is a game changer - when everyone else feels your passion.

Patience because there is no perfect! Imperfection is how lessons are learned. Trying something new and making changes to reflect your vision, is necessary. Without patience it is easy to get frustrated quickly - this is a downward spiral that leads to nowhere but destruction. There is a saying, "greatness comes to those that wait." All things take time.

Lastly, Persistence. No matter who doesn't like YOU, or our business idea - you must continue onward. Just because you get a no, doesn't not mean to stop asking or trying. It simply means that you haven't yet asked the right person/people.

I know there are many folks that don't believe these 3 traits to be "true". However, it all depends on their personality type. According to the Myers-Briggs personality test I am an ENFJ. So, this makes sense to me :)



Deb: Thanks so much for stopping by, Amanda. Please share website and social media URLs.


Amanda: Of course.

My website is www.amandabibbo.com - however, It is currently being updated. So in the meantime you can follow me on Facebook (Amanda Johnson Bibbo) at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014336139035 (login to FB to see Amanda's page) and Instagram @amandabibbo

Thank you so much for having me, Deb. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together!
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Profitable Passion Building; The Behind the Scenes Life of Business in Travel

Liz Galloway
by Liz Galloway

Lessons I’ve learned feeding my passions as a travel entrepreneur

At a little past 4:30 a.m. on a small expedition boat off the island of Espiritu Santo, Baja Sur, I access my online office from my smartphone. The boat’s still quiet as I sip my first cup of coffee before I kick off our 6:30 yoga class and guests and crew begin milling about in anticipation of another day of adventure. I get out the day’s emails, marketing, content and pitches, grab a banana, some granola, find my spot on the mat and hit play on my Spotify yoga playlist.

I’m here as a wellness host for several dozen active adventurers. We’ll spend our day immersed in emerald waters kayaking, snorkeling and hiking remote islands in the Sea of Cortez, then close the evening with nutrition workshops, good food, and meditation. As a wellness coach and founder, this is what a lot of my days look like. On location, connecting with people through unique travel.

Working in travel, I get a lot of questions about how to get paid to travel, and where to start. Some of this comes from the digital nomad movement, and Instagram photos telling us we are a failure if we can’t travel full time. Regardless of what sparks a desire to travel or create entrepreneurial pursuits in any subject, there’s a lot of work behind the velvet curtain. And as you may well know there is a physical and psychological commitment to chasing our dreams. I have to be prepared for variables and long days that are balanced with physical outdoor activity, coaching, and hours behind a laptop. There are a few things I’ve learned on the way, so I pull back the velvet curtain on my top three.

Niche Passions Create Niche Business 


Travel is a highly visual and emotional business with people connecting through hands on experiences. It’s also highly competitive so I don’t copy what others are doing and ask what I can provide that is authentic and provides a niche solution. But it took leaping over hurdles, working through challenges, pivoting consistently and seeking my own epiphanies. I listened to guest feedback and analyzed what was working online to reach those interested in my message. The tools I use for monitoring websites, posts, and ads are Google Console, Google Analytics, Google Alerts, SEM Rush & Moz.

Speak Up (About Yourself) 


With a background in hospitality that gained me contracts in Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico & the Antarctic, I had no problem gaining press, articles, TV, and radio coverage for others, but I put off doing it for myself. My introverted- extrovert personality wanted to keep me safe. That meant not ”bragging” about my passions, my skills, or my brand. Until I could no longer accept that as an option to running a successful business. Reach is about relationship building, travel is about storytelling, and I certainly had stories to tell. Not raising our voice and media reach is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. To start, zero in on a couple of targets you want to hit, magazine, TV, podcasts etc. and have several fitting pitches ready to go. Top tools I use to increase reach and automation are HARO, Cision, EIN News, Prezley, Babbler, Muck Rack, Press Farm, and good old fashion google searches on key words with the Keywords Everywhere tool. Some have worked better than others, and there’s always room to improve.

Add to Your Skill Set 


I did a lot of self-imposed training outside of my official university education that allowed me to speak the lingo of modern marketers, designers, creatives, coders and DIY my growth. I also opened more doors by adding certifications to the mix so I could offer great experiences. I stopped trying to fit into a box I didn’t fit in because that’s what others were doing. I love the power of outdoor connections and that helped create my niche, so I increased my expertise with several outdoor and internationally respected safety certifications. If you’re taking the next step to gain training across anything from video production, to digital marketing, here are my favorites to learning online from your boss cave: Shopify Academy, Linkedin Learning, Foundr Courses.

Scale at A Pace That Works 


"When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself." -Ryan Holmes, Co-founder of Hootsuite. I love this quote because it gives power to an entrepreneurial bottom line. One that justifies our testing, and trials. I’ve seen people burn through a couple million dollars with no profit because they were focused on the wrong things, and not monitoring results (or lack of). I’ve also learned to DIY key things that saved me thousands while I scaled up. Embracing virtual assistants and automation software helps me keep my sanity and organization. Here’s a couple I recommend: Kartra and Wayin.

Simply put, entrepreneurship is a series of sequences that end up telling your story. A story of profitable passion building with like-minded people, because it’s a lonely road when you think you’re on your own. If you’re looking to work in travel, I encourage anyone first and foremost to create their foundation with tools that answer questions your target audience would ask. Nomadic travel lifestyles are beautiful. They’re even better with great income.

Find out more steps to passion building and travel by connecting with me in socials.


About the Author: Liz Galloway is adventure and travel writer, who has also covered wellness for 20 years. She contributes to several online and magazine outlets, is a creative content developer and has authored a book on travel and fitness. She runs the Wild Adventure Wellness Retreat site, a place to find transformative retreats, travel inspiration and connect with others. When not writing you can find her on expedition boats in Alaska, Baja, or Hawaii or covering angles for Antarctic expeditions.

Link: https://wildadventures.life/



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10 Business Lessons from Construction Industry Tycoons

If you think of building tycoons and real estate magnates, you probably think mostly of men — people like Cornelius Vanderbilt or John Jacob Astor. But in reality, the major players in the construction industry are incredibly diverse, and what’s more, they offer a wide array of advice from their own experiences as entrepreneurs.

From Biddy Mason, the former slave who became one of the first real estate developers in Los Angeles, to “the woman who built Beijing,” the construction industry is chock full of entrepreneurs who were pros at building not just physical structures, but also their own empires. And though their industry is fairly specialized, their wisdom applies across the board. The lessons they learned in their own lives provide powerful instruction on how we, as business people and as individuals, can find our own path to similar success in any industry.

To access these entrepreneurs’ wisdom, check out this infographic by equipment rental company BigRentz on lessons from the 10 most influential tycoons of the building industry.


10 Business Lessons from Construction Tycoons


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Is It Ever Too Late To Start Over?

woman sitting at a cafeby Deborah A. Bailey

The other day I was reading a blog post about learning new languages. Most of the comments stated that if you don’t learn a new language when you’re young, it’ll be too hard to pick up when you’re older.

In our society, that idea is repeated over and over. And if people hear an idea enough, they start to believe it must be an established fact.

How often have you heard someone say they were too old to start over? They’ve invested too much time in their job, or their relationship, or their career, or their belief system to change now.

Here’s the bottom line: what you believe will become your reality. Too old to learn a language? You’re right. Have to stay in that career that you hate? Sure, go ahead. Change is hard. Don’t try this at home, kids. It might be uncomfortable.


I didn’t start learning Spanish until I was 16, and I studied enough to become quite good at reading and writing it. I’d planned to continue on in college, but I decided to major in Biology for about a year. Which meant my liberal arts classes got dropped in favor of Organic Chem, Algebra and Logic.

It was my first detour away from the things I do best–writing and communications. (The “why” is a topic for another day.)


Another Change–Another Language


Fast forward several years later. I decided to switch careers from copywriting to computer programming. So I had to learn how to code. The school adviser told me that learning a computer language was similar to learning how to read music (which I learned in grammar school when I took up the clarinet). Since no one told me it couldn’t be done, I went with it and learned three computer languages.

That worked for me until I finally decided to leave IT and return to writing. A new way of life away from full-time employment. When I became a freelancer, I didn’t have the luxury to believe that it was too hard to learn new things.

Here’s the thing, at each juncture, I just went with the flow. I decided to make the change, and learned the new “language” that went with it.

I didn’t sit there and decide I was too old to learn to read music, or Spanish or machine code. No one told me I couldn’t do it, and I wouldn’t have believed them if they had.

In 2010 I published my first book, Think Like an Entrepreneur. Today, I’ve got over 10 books published, with 2 more on track for publication this year. Back when I was writing my first book, I didn’t have a clue about self publishing. So I learned how to do it and made a start.

It’s Not Too Late If You Say It’s Not


With each bend and twist in the landscape, I learned the new terrain and kept it moving. That’s how you do it.

Everyday you have a chance to take a risk. Make a leap. Venture into the unknown without a road map or an expectation of what you’re going to find.

You can stick with “established wisdom” which is always there to tell you what you can’t do. Or you can just go do it.

About the Author: Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, author of several fiction and non-fiction books, and creator and host of the Women Entrepreneurs Radio podcast.

Copyright © 2019 Deborah A. Bailey

Picture credit: Photo by Kaylah Otto on Unsplash

This post originally appeared on DBaileyCoach.com.

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Your Next Massage Should Be Cannabis-Infused

massage sessionby Jessica Smith

If you are suffering from any pain, then a body massage can make an excellent pain management plan. Like most people, you probably know marijuana for its common uses like vaping, smoking, or edibles.

However, you can also use cannabis as a topical. When you use cannabis in massage, it won’t make you high, but it will undoubtedly make you relax and feel good. That explains why massage oils containing marijuana are becoming popular every day and easily accessible on top-rated Ontario cannabis stores.

So, what benefits can you get from a message that uses marijuana? Let’s find out, shall we?

1. This Massage Provides the Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Marijuana


One of the primary reasons why you should consider having a massage that comprises any type of marijuana such as Indica is that it can help you in healing some ailments you might be suffering from. They use massage oils made from CBD, which has lesser narcotic effects and a lot of healing properties.

When you combine these anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana and therapeutic massage done by a professional, you’ll be able to feel more relief from painful symptoms caused by injuries from sports or arthritis as research suggests.

The cannabis oil containing CBD helps you to soothe your sore joints, thereby boosting your energy, which makes you feel stronger and like you are not experiencing any muscle or joint pains. You will start feeling the healing sensation of this massage when the CBD in the massage oil starts penetrating your skin and reaching the areas where you’re feeling pain.

2. It Increases Sensory Stimulation


Your joints and muscles react immediately when you take a massage. This means that adding cannabis oils to the massage will increase the stimulation that your entire body and senses feel. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. You, therefore, need to make sure you take care of it more often to ensure that you keep it healthy and strong every day.

Having a gentle massage that uses cannabis oils helps to stimulate your skin, which in return enables you to feel more alive and alert in everything you do. Your body produces skin cells each day. Therefore, having this massage prevents your skin pores from clogging as it makes the old skin cells to fall away, leaving your skin fresh and healthy. So, using a cannabis-infused massage will help you improve your skin tone, tighten your skin, and remove wrinkles.

massage towel and candles


3. Increases Your Muscle Relaxation


Having a therapist slowly rub CBD oil in your skin can give you the most relaxing and therapeutic experience. Besides, this massage can also help in stimulating your skin surface hence relaxing your muscles and easing any tension or pain you might be feeling.

You can go for this massage, especially after work as it can be a great way to unwind after a long and exhausting day. This massage will rejuvenate, replenish, and revitalize your whole body without making you feel high or sleepy, which happens when you smoke.

4. Helps You to Ease Anxiety and Stress

Today, many people across the world are suffering from anxiety and stress than ever before. Most of the worries that people experience are from their jobs, money, children, siblings, health, and so forth. These factors make anyone probe to stress and anxiety since they affect most people. As a result, you can get depression with time if you don’t know how to deal with your everyday stress efficiently.

But having a massage that uses marijuana can help you deal with your everyday stress as it puts you and your mind in a relaxed and happy state. This massage, therefore, helps you to reduce stress, which can lead to depression or stroke. The good thing is that anyone can benefit from this massage no matter the age, gender, or lifestyle as it caters for all your massage needs.

model doing yoga


5. Helps You to Eliminate Chronic Pain

If you suffer from any chronic pain, then you can always turn to a cannabis-infused massage as it can help you to cope with your pain. This massage helps you to decrease the inflammation that comes with chronic pain. Doing so increases the blood flow in the affected area hence soothing it which reduces the pain you are feeling.

A massage that uses cannabis is great and has various benefits as you have seen. You should consider getting this massage as it might be what you need to improve your life and eliminate some conditions you might be having like chronic pain, anxiety, stress among many others.



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Antonika Chanel on Unsplash


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