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MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012

A great place to eat in Atlanta



If you're ever in Atlanta, you have to check out Vinny's in Alpharetta, GA. Food is great, especially the cheese plate, but nothing tops the Feng Shui energy perfection of dining at the bar. Words are subpar.

From my Pinterest board. Haven't heard of Pinterest? It's my new favorite thing. Get ready to become obsessed.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 09:39 AM - 1 COMMENT
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012

A favorite quote by Eleanor Roosevelt...



From my Pinterest board. Haven't heard of Pinterest? It's my new favorite thing. Get ready to become obsessed.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 09:24 AM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Biggest Obstacle: Yourself

If your biggest obstacle is yourself, get over it; get over yourself.

You can give yourself permission to stop taking things personally, or even too seriously. LaunchYou can enjoy meaningful business relationships and personal relationships and realize where they stop and start.
When you fully understand that you are not more than one thing to anyone in any given moment—sister, best friend, spouse, boss or daughter—it frees you to focus on being that one thing, in its entirety; nothing more, nothing less. You are not all things to all people; stop acting like you have to be. Incredibly, if you don’t subconsciously offer it, they won’t expect it.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 05:18 PM - 7 COMMENTS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Defining Yourself in the Context of the Many You's

When it comes to being entrepreneurs, I know that many of us find ourselves straddling more worlds than one. We may be a mom and businesswoman, a freelancer and a product producer, a full-time employee and an artist on the side. At times this may feel difficult or conflicting. We feel “at odds” with who we are; we may struggle with how to define ourselves—both to ourselves and to the rest of the world. We develop ways of talking to ourselves internally and we may shift what we say or how we say it depending on which one of ourselves we are addressing at any given time. For a moment I want to suggest that you let the tension melt away, imagine fusing the various parts of yourself into one, let go of your resistance and be okay with the many facets of who you are. Revel in the fact that you can access each part of yourself on an as-needed basis. Find peace in the world and your place in it. In other words, straddle your worlds with ease and joy.


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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 05:15 PM - 1 COMMENT
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Shifting Your Mood From the Negative to the Positive

To the outside world you are skilled at putting on your game face, when inside you may be feeling blue. Sometimes you just want to kick yourself, stop the thoughts, but you may not have the inclination or know exactly how to shift your mood.
Over the years, I’ve come up with a few effective strategies of what to do—and what not to do—to shift your mood. This is important because feeling optimistic and positive about life and the world is often an important element to creating success in your life and getting results. Here are proven tips for shifting your mood:

What NOT to do (engaging in these activities perpetuates sadness and paralysis):

* Complain (Instead of taking action, making changes and finding solutions, you expend your energy complaining about what’s wrong. This turns you into a victim and renders powerless thinking.)
* Gossip (Saying negative things about others that you wouldn’t say to their face only reflects poorly on you.)
* Yell (Yelling or any elevated voice-raising is symptomatic of anger. At the root of all anger is fear, specifically fear of losing control. Either force yourself to lower your voice and regain control, or get to the root of your anger and detach the emotion from it.)
* Over-indulge (Eating too much, drinking too much or taking drugs doesn’t eliminate a problem or make it doesn’t go away. Over indulging is a temporary escape from your woes but until you solve the issues in other ways, they will remain firmly intact.)

What YOU CAN DO to shift your mood

* Smile (Experts say that even the gesture of smiling and curving your mouth up can shift your mood.)
* Move (Get some exercise to release serotonin.)
* Launch
* Write
(Journaling—or any writing exercise—moves out the busyness of your mind chatter, providing serenity and inner calm that carries you throughout the day. Try Morning Pages as a brain cleanser.)
* Sing (Preferably at the top of your lungs!)
* Listen (Get out of your head and yourself by actively listening to others. The world revolves around the world, of which you are a part of the whole.)
* Dance (Dance is a proven antidepressant. Studies show dance boosts happiness and benefits overall health.)
* Create (Research has shown that being creative alters us by improving our mood, self esteem and socialization. That’s enough motivation to get more creative!)
* Rest (We often underestimate it; devalue it; don’t get enough of it. However, even a small increase in rest provides noticeable benefits. Optimal sleeping conditions include dark, cool, and silent.)
* Drink water (Hydrate regularly throughout the day.)
* Breathe deeply (Oxygenating your lungs and your body is calming, improves the detoxification process, relieves anxiety, lowers blood pressure and provides many more emotional and physical benefits.)
* Be still (Being quiet can be the best non-action item when you want to change your mood. Slowing down even for a few minutes calms your mind and invites in peace.)

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 05:12 PM - 3 COMMENTS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Why Gut Checking Your Intuition is Important

 It can be difficult to discern the difference between what your intuition tells you and the information that comes to you based on habitual patterns-of-thought. Childhood or other influences that were impressed on your mind during critical developmental stages–or experiences paired with high emotion–have the potential to provide inaccurate information in your current circumstances.

You cannot assume that when you get a “feeling” about someone or something in your life, that the feeling is accurate or objective. So, instead of acting on the “feeling,” seek out additional ways to validate intuitive information using tools-of-measurement.

For example, these tools might include researching data or facts, or asking other peoples’ opinions whom you trust or value. This will help you determine whether your “gut check” is steering you in a direction that truly serves you. Eventually you’ll get so good at making accurate assessments based on your intuition, that the process provides valuable information immediately.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 05:09 PM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Doing the Impossible

“Whenever you think something’s impossible, it simply means that you haven’t considered all the possibilities.” ~Sri Gawn Tu Fahr

Someone very wise once told me that the more impossible something seems, the more likely you are meant to go in the direction of manifesting it.

Have you ever noticed that solutions seem to present themselves if you give yourself time? I believe the old saying sleep on it was intended to tap into that wisdom—to give the mind space and time to come up with solutions.
In my own business and life, I constantly see signs that the impossible is actually possible. And when you see things that seemed impossible actually happen, your awareness is heightened and you realize other, even more impossible things, are possible as well.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 05:07 PM - 3 COMMENTS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Work in Reverse

Consider doing the exact opposite. When everyone is moving in one direction, do the reverse. Often, doing the opposite of a trend is where the greatest opportunity lies. In fact, once a trend has become a trend and the masses notice it as such, there is probably little opportunity to capitalize on it. Here are some examples of companies that took the leap by doing the opposite and experienced success as a result:
When Google emerged, instead of creating a cluttered search page, they went in the opposite direction of “less is more” creating clean white space which turned out to be what users wanted.
With the advent of the iPad, Apple created a bigger device, not a smaller device—now everyone’s copying.
With the advent of social media, Ladies Who Launch decided to focus on building in-person communities. We took an informed guess that women wanted to connect in each others’ personal space. At least some of the time, maybe they even craved this.
Vosges chocolate added “sea salt” to many of its varieties; now it seems to be a trend, people love the salty/sweet combination.
Opening their doors in August, 2010, The Penny Ice Creamery is an artisanal ice cream shop in Northern California whose business philosophy is based in the primary use of local and sustainably-grown ingredients. Not intimidated by the current economic outlook, the owners did “the opposite”; boldly launched their new business at the same time other entrepreneurs were cutting back or waiting for the trend to change before embarking on new endeavors. To practice “doing the opposite,” begin doing little things differently in your everyday life. See how you feel. Observe your thoughts and emotions around this exercise and make bigger changes as your confidence grows. Soon “doing the opposite” will be your natural state-of-being.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 05:05 PM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Learn Why Letting Go of Control Can Impact Your Revenues

Letting go of control can often be one of the hardest things for the true entrepreneur to do, but the payoff is limitless. Time and time again, I have found that true innovation in one’s company has nothing to do with earth shattering inventions or brand new concepts but has everything to do with individuals within the organization figuring out how to do something better than you could have done it yourself because of their focus and expertise in a certain area. Let the writers write, let the sellers sell and let the administrators manage the details. As the entrepreneur, you bring the pieces together and make sure the pie is complete! So try letting go and let the revenue flow.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 05:01 PM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Feeling Lonely? Create Your "Own" Family

Feeling lonely? Many of us do; in part because we are geographically distanced from our families. Gone are the days of instant community through family—and extended family—because they are physically nearby.

In many cases this can be a source of stress for motivated entrepreneurial women who may not have ready-made help with their children and other aspects of their lives. It makes raising a family and juggling a business exceptionally challenging.

Previously, extended families were your community. Parents had help from aunts, uncles, older children and grandparents. They didn’t experience the overwhelming stress that they had to do everything themselves. And there wasn’t guilt about receiving help from family because the universal understanding was they provided free childcare.

Whether you are juggling family, single or partnered, it can also feel lonely to not be surrounded by blood relatives. This is mainly due to the expectations we and traditional society have put around what it means to have a family.

I suggest that we rethink the concept of family and create our own “villages” to manage and maintain our lives. Trades with neighbors and friends, and paying students a reasonable wage who share our values are only a few examples of how family can be redefined. These agreements can lend support on a regular basis and alleviate feelings of loneliness.

The bottom line is: we can get support in other ways if we begin to think differently. How will you build your infrastructure? I assure you, it will be key to your happiness and success. No successful entrepreneur has ever gone without it.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 04:59 PM