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Feb 19, 2019

Social media is the most powerful way for us to get in front of more people and reach more people who might want our services or products. How do we create content that actually moves the needle for our businesses in a meaningful way? How much of ourselves and our lives should we be putting out there? How can we leverage social media so that it actually helps grow our business? On this episode, I’m joined by real estate broker and trainer, social media expert and entrepreneur, Marki Lemons-Ryhal, who shares on the social media trends we should be paying attention to right now.

When it comes to social media and technology, there’s something new everyday. Instead of having a degree, we have to become lifelong learners. -Marki Lemons-Ryhal


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Verticalization of Content (14:18 - 16:27)

We want to get into the habit of creating vertical content for Facebook and Instagram Stories. Because the videos or photos disappear so quickly,  in order to get any organic traffic, we have to create and post content consistently. The goal should be to create 2 one minute videos a day: one vertical and one horizontal.  


How to turn social media views into leads (21:28 - 22:52)

If you want to grow a following, generate leads, and add people to your list or sell a product, have a call to action in your videos and then have landing pages and lead capture forms.

Why you need to keep your content within the Facebook ecosystem (24:38 - 25:05)

Push people to the Facebook messenger bot so that they stay in the Facebook ecosystem. If you’re doing Facebook posts or ads and Facebook sees a link to an outside opt-in page or video, your ads cost more or they are going to go to less people.  


When it comes to content that will actually get a response from people, it’s all about being the authority that solves problems for our audience. Through social media, we have the best listening tool to learn about the pain points and challenges people are having. With that information, you can now come up with solutions to these problems that are cost effective and don’t take up too much time. By solving a problem that makes people engage with us, we can grow a following and ultimately our businesses.


Guest Bio-

Marki is a Licensed Managing Broker, REALTOR®, avid volunteer, and Major Donor. She is dedicated to all things real estate. With over 25 years of marketing experience, Marki has taught over 250,000 REALTORS® how to earn up to a 2682% return on their marketing dollars. You can find Marki on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


To join her Facebook group go to and check out her podcast here.

Feb 12, 2019

Whether it’s friends, family or partners; when someone we love and trust betrays us, we go through a difficult cycle of emotions. It can feel like our whole life has come apart. What is the cycle of emotions and symptoms of this betrayal? How do we avoid getting stuck in that betrayal for the rest of our lives, and how do we find healing? On this episode, I’m joined by transformational psychologist, health and personal development expert and author, Dr. Debi Silber to discuss overcoming betrayal and how to come out of it stronger and happier.

If betrayal is not unearthed, felt and dealt with, it will follow you everywhere you go. - Dr. Debi Silber


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Why betrayal needs to be dealt with (13:09 - 13:46)

There are so many things that betrayal leaves in its wake, and it affects every area of our lives until it’s healed. It can affect your confidence and ability to try for new opportunities. It may be felt in every relationship in your life, and even affect your health. Contrary to popular belief, it won’t just get healed by time. It actually needs to be dealt with if you want to get past it.  

The spectrum of betrayal (18:36 - 20:34)

There are different ways to feel wronged or betrayed, and they can vary in the pain felt. Whether it’s someone not keeping their word to us, breaking trust, or even us breaking a promise we made to ourselves. Ultimately, the more we trusted and depended on that person, the bigger the betrayal.  


How betrayal manifests physically (21:00 - 22:47)

Our bodies tend to tell us a lot about how we’re feeling emotionally and spiritually. Women who experience betrayal for the first time often deal with extreme exhaustion. It’s also common to experience gut issues. The gut is the “second brain” and is so intricately connected to your mind that it gives a lot of information about feelings. Gut health issues are often caused by holding onto something and not letting your feelings out.

The truth about betrayal is that there’s always meaning behind it and a way to grow from it. In order to get to that point, we have to do the work first. If we don’t, we can stay stuck for months, decades or a lifetime. People tend to stay stuck because they are unwilling to give up their story and accept what happened. They numb themselves, or they don’t establish any consequences for the betrayal. The truth is, when you feel it deeply and do the work to find meaning behind it, you will be transformed. You will experience rebirth and discover a new world view. You just have to be willing to go through the challenges to come out on the other side.


Guest Bio-


Dr. Debi Silber is a holistic psychologist, a health, mindset and personal development expert and the author of the #1 bestselling book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind and Life After a Life Crisis. Through a recent PhD study on how women experience betrayal-what holds them back and what helps them heal, Debi has discovered the 5 stages from betrayal to breakthrough as well as what it takes (physically, mentally and emotionally) to move from one stage to the next. In addition to being on FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz Show, TEDx and more, she’s an award winning speaker, coach and author dedicated to helping women move past their betrayals and heal…once and for all. Go to for more information.


To find out if you’re Struggling with Post Betrayal Syndrome™ take Debi’s quiz here

Feb 7, 2019

Our modern, busy and connected world can be a very lonely place if we don’t have a support group that understands what we deal with as moms, entrepreneurs and women. Why is this such a huge opportunity for social networks of today? Why is it so powerful for women to have a voice and a space to express themselves? How does this help the modern woman navigate the modern workforce with greater ease? On this episode, I’m joined by Michelle Kennedy, founder of Peanut, an app that connects mamas. She talks about her boss mom journey and how being a mom and an entrepreneur birthed her business.


For the longest time, social has been broad. Now there’s an opportunity for social to become much more specific to the threads that connect us. -Michelle Kennedy


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Why we can’t share everything with everyone (13:05 - 16:04)

We all need support, advice, and help from other people and very often it’s for talking about things we can’t easily share with people at work or even our partners because they won’t relate. Connecting with and talking to other women who are in that same space gives us the confidence to open up and have a voice.  

Why friendship groups have become more specific to different needs (16:08 - 16:54)

The way we use our friendship groups or support networks nowadays can be thought about in the context of verticals. The people we hang out with don’t have to fulfill every single need we have. We can have friends and relationships for different things, and this actually benefits all the relationships we have. This has created an opportunity for social networks to be more niched down or specific to different things instead of being broad.   


Why women need online support groups now more than ever (20:24 - 21:00)

Women are being factored into the workforce and the economy of the workforce in such a different way than before. While we’re being counted, what still hasn’t matured are the support networks around that. We’ve become more dispersed from where our families are, and we move around a lot and we need support groups that take that into account.


Whether we want to admit it or not, we all need support, advice and help and this is where our friendship groups come in. We’re at this amazing beautiful moment in time in society where we can say with more honesty and confidence what’s happening with women. We can the share experiences we’re going through and meet and connect with people who can make us feel less alone. It’s so powerful for us to feel like we have a voice, and that there are other people supporting us. It makes the journey of being mother and women even more fulfilling.


Guest Bio-

Michelle Kennedy is the CEO and co-founder of Peanut. She started Peanut after struggling to meet other mamas she could relate to while also working. After finding herself trawling outdated blogs for baby advice at 2am while her friends were still hanging out in clubs, she decided to create a product that would empower other modern mamas to support each other.

Michelle started her career as an M&A lawyer at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya. She later joined dating app, Badoo, where she transformed the internal legal offering within Badoo, and eventually rose to the role of Deputy CEO at the $100m+ revenue generative market leader. She was also integral to the launch of dating app, Bumble.

Having worked in the dating apps industry for five years, Michelle has unprecedented experience and understanding of the safety and growth elements of building a social product. To download the app or connect on social media, go to

Jan 29, 2019

When starting your journey as an entrepreneur, the thought of hiring a team can be daunting. How can you accommodate staff salaries into your budget? How do you know who to hire? Is there a strategic way to build a team? On this episode, I discuss how you can put together a team in the most effective way.

Just freeing up your time won’t make you successful. Using that time wisely will. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • If you're going to hire someone and pay to free up time for yourself, make sure you use that saved time wisely.
  • Pay attention to the things you do every day that can be repeated easily. Then, hire people who can do that for you. 
  • Record the tasks you complete. You can use this as training when you hire a team.

If you've just started your own business, it's normal to want to manage every detail. However, once you establish your routines, you no longer need to be involved in all aspects of your company. You should be a beacon, rather than a worker for your business. Hire strategically, and you'll soon find yourself working much more effectively.

Jan 22, 2019

Copy and content are a huge part of connecting with and selling to our target market. What are the foundational pieces of content we have to develop before we do anything else? What are some of the key steps often missed in writing content and copy? How do we address these gaps by understanding our audiences, both mentally and emotionally? On this episode, Tara Bosler shares on how we can write content that relates, helps, and converts.


I’m a huge proponent of clarity over cleverness. -Tara Bosler


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Stay tapped into the pains your audience has (15:12 - 16:00)

It’s important to stay plugged into the issues your target market is facing. Even if you started off as your target market, becoming successful takes us further away from that emotional base. This can make it hard for us to write in a way someone facing that problem can relate to. You have to constantly go back to that emotional base to know where they are and what are they experiencing right now. The closer your language is to the language they’re using in their head, the more successful your copywriting will be.

How to create authenticity in our copy (17:21 - 21:07)

Authenticity is about consistency and relatability. It’s all about being clear with yourself, first and foremost. We have to know who we are and show up unapologetically.  You can’t tap into what the audience is thinking and feeling if you’re not tapped into what you’re thinking and feeling. If you don’t tap in, you’ll always comes off as surface level, and you won’t have a brand that people will fall in love with.

Why our content won’t succeed if it doesn’t address limiting beliefs (26:46 - 28:17)

Some of the key steps between someone becoming interested in what we’re talking about, and actually investing in what we sell are the limiting beliefs that stop them from taking further action. We have to understand not only what they want at the end result phase, but also what they believe is possible. If they don’t think something is possible, they won’t invest in it.


When it comes to writing copy for our businesses, we tend to get excited about the flashier pieces of content like sales pages and social media copy. However, the very first thing we need to do is be clear about who we are, our message, mission, vision and manifesto. That foundational copy allows us to drill down to the things our target audience thinks and feels, and how we can answer those questions. It all starts with us being authentic. It’s not about creating a brand and trying to become that brand. It’s about being “you”, and then building your brand around that.


Guest Bio-

Tara is a copywriter and content creator for creative women entrepreneurs. She is in love with her extroverted daughter, her nervous dog, writing engaging sales copy, and hot, hot coffee.

To get Tara’s Complete Copywriting Playbook go to

Jan 17, 2019

Getting brands to pay us for the things we’re already creating is an entrepreneurs dream, but it can seem difficult to make this happen. Why is sponsored content something any creator can find success with, even without a massive following,? Do you have to be on certain platforms to get sponsor dollars? On this episode, Monica Pruett shares on strategies for getting sponsorship, how she’s helped entrepreneurs of different sizes, and why sponsorships give us freedom.


If you have goals for your income and you know that sponsored work can help you monetize your influence, now is a really good time to reach out to brands. -Monica Pruett


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Why sponsorships don’t require hundreds of thousands of followers (12:32 - 13:01)

It doesn’t matter what size you are— it’s really about the fit and your audience. Your audience has pain points, and you won’t necessarily create everything that will solve every single pain point. Brands and companies who create products that can fill the gaps are great potential partners you can reach out to.


Which platform is best for sponsorships (22:42 - 24:58 )


You don’t have to be a blogger to be successful with sponsored content. Whether you have a following on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or YouTube, having some kind of following is all that matters. The main challenge with some of the platforms is lacking the same level of metrics and data, so you’ll have to learn where to pull the info to use for your pitches.


Why sponsored content is so effective (25:21 - 25:48)

We’ve been conditioned to shut off advertising, but sponsored content is still effective because people will listen to people they already follow and like. Having an audience’s attention is what brands are looking for.  


Whether you’re a blogger, Instagrammer, or a YouTuber, you can actually grow your business and your income through sponsored content and brand sponsorships. It doesn’t necessarily matter what platform you’re on. Being an influencer is the important part. As brands are planning their strategy for this year, this is the perfect time to reach out to brands. You could be their next influencer and meet your income goals.


Guest Bio-

Monica Pruett is a former advertising account executive turned full-time influencer, instructor, and strategist. She teaches other entrepreneurs who dream of working from home how to create a consistent income from their influence through public speaking, online programs and a range of other agency services. She specializes in helping her clients and students MONETIZE THEIR INFLUENCE through social media, networking, contract collaboration, and sponsored content creation.

Go to for more information.

Jan 9, 2019

When you’re running an online business and you don’t address legal matters, it can come back to bite you. Why should we get the legality components straightened out right at the beginning when the business is small? How do contracts protect us from scope creep, disputes, and different expectations with the people we’re working with? What are the documents, agreements, and contracts we need to have?

On this episode, I’m joined by my lawyer and intellectual property attorney to many online entrepreneurs, Autumn Boyd, to talk about the due diligence we must have to protect our businesses.

An ounce of prevention by taking a little time on the front end will save you so much in time, trouble, headaches, and money. -Autumn Boyd  


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


The very first thing you do when you start your business (05:19 - 07:03)

The first step you should take as you’re getting your business started is a search to make sure no one else is already using the name you’ve decided on. You can do a basic search on Google and through the patent and trademark office— which is free. In the US, we have trademark rights based on first use. If you’re the first, you get all the rights, and if someone else tries to use the same name, you have a right to ask them to stop.


Why you’re never too small to take care of your legal matters (16:45 - 18:48)

People on the internet will have a wide range of emotions toward you. Many people will like you, but there are others who might look for the opportunity to report you if you break any rules or regulations. Even if you’re a small business, this can happen to you. This is why it’s so important to have things like your privacy policy and terms & conditions done far in advance.


How contracts protect us and our businesses (20:30 - 23:01)

Contracts are important. You’ve got to be clear on responsibilities of each party and how to terminate a relationship if the needs arises. The contract protects you and the person signing it. Even though it isn’t a fun conversation to have, it is a necessary one.


Legal documents, contracts, and agreements in our businesses are not the most exciting thing to think about, but they are VERY important. The bigger we grow and the more people we work with, the more at risk we are if we don’t protect ourselves legally. By taking care of this stuff we’ll look more professional, and people will take us more seriously. We can take a lot of the emotion out of the formal stuff so it doesn’t come back to bite us. This is not a place to take a shortcut in our business, so we have to just get it done. If you’re running a business and you really want it go the distance, this is a step you can’t skip.


Guest Bio-

Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced lawyer who helps innovative business owners reach their big goals. Together with her team at The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC, Autumn guides online and e-commerce businesses as they grow. She has special expertise in copyright and trademark issues, and her firm offers full-service legal support to creative businesses. Go to for more information.

To grab Autumn’s 10 Step Legal Road Map® Checklist, go to

Check out Autumn’s podcast here

Jan 2, 2019

The start of the new year gives boss moms the opportunity to refocus their business models— but what exactly does that mean? How can we begin to focus on our businesses in a world saturated with courses and advice coming from everyone with a social media following? In the first podcast of 2019, I narrow down three key areas that will help us hone in on the things that make our businesses great.

I want 2019 to be a great year for us, so let’s figure out what you’re going to focus on. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Look at what has worked for you thus far, and identify your gifts. Your gifts don’t need to be your passions, but the abilities that have helped you achieve success in the past.

  • Find your set processes. The repetitive systems you use will ultimately allow you to scale your business and sell more without sacrificing your time.

  • Acknowledge the work you do— and do not— enjoy. This, in turn, will help you identify the areas you should delegate to others and help you work smarter.

As online entrepreneurs, our goal is to create scalable businesses and courses that allow us to achieve sustained success without sacrificing more time. The only way to do this is to hone in on our gifts, establish systems, and delegate where necessary. 2019 is a new year with new opportunities. This doesn’t mean we need to look for entirely new solutions. Instead, we should focus on what’s been effective for us and refine the work we’ve already started.

Dec 27, 2018

As human beings, we all want validation. For entrepreneurs, no validation is as great as knowing there’s a demand for the problem we solve. Why is it so important to be clear on what we want to be known for? How can we drill down to that problem and turn it into something we can sell or share with clients? On this episode, I talk about some strategies you can implement to define your service and package.

You have to fall in love with the problem you solve, not the thing you sell. -Dana Malstaff  


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Rushing makes you slower. You’ll spend more time putting out fires from mistakes, you won’t give strategies enough time to grow legs, and you might end up relaunching.
  • If your name isn’t associated with what you should be known for, you’re facing an uphill battle.
  • Think about what you want people to know from you and how you can bottle it into an educational package you can sell.


Businesses and brands that stand the test of time and make money in the long run are built on solving one key problem and really honing in on it. It’s important for us to work towards what we want people to know us for. We must also know the key intellectual property we have that solves a problem for our clients. You don’t have to know what it is right this second, but you can start getting clarity by thinking of what you’re constantly teaching, doing, or creating that could be packaged into a course. That will improve your messaging because you can start talking about the problem so you’re not just creating content without a purpose.

Dec 18, 2018

If the goal of an online business is to make money while we sleep, online courses are one of the most powerful ways to do this. What are the clues that tell us we have something we can build a profitable course on? How do courses help us free up more time to be more creative, systematize our expertise, and give value en masse? Why is it so key for us to nurture an audience while we work on the course?

On this episode, Amy Porterfield is back to talk about how to create an online course that can become a stream of income and boost our business.

What will genuinely make you money in a course is taking the results that you have created for yourself or other people and put it together in a system, a roadmap, or a process. That’s what sells. -Amy Porterfield  


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


How to know we’re ready to create a course (01:52 - 02:34 )

You know you’re ready to make a course when you keep repeating yourself to different people over and over again. You also know you’re ready when you create results for yourself and other people.


Can we create a course if our clients have unique problems? (VIDEO 2 - 01:32 - 04:19)

Even when people have unique problems, they they are still in need of our system or roadmap we create to solving a problem. Many of the people enrolled in our courses will hit the finish line, but even those who don’t will still be completely satisfied because of the community around the course. The community is where you get to add that one-on-one advice that’s more personalized and unique.


How to market our courses and get people to want them  (VIDEO 2 - 10:28 - 16:00)

The best way to market our online course is to use a vehicle that allows us to give value and earn our right to sell the course. Our course needs to be stellar and our marketing must be good and true. Marketing our course start with social media content that leads into our email list because that’s the audience that will buy from us. We do this by posting content consistently, and pointing people to our really cool freebies while we’re creating our courses at the same time.


After running a service business or doing one-on-one coaching, courses are a really cool way for us to transition into another method of making money and growing our business. Success leaves clues. If we’ve been able to get results for ourselves or somebody else, that is the area we should make the course about. What people pay for is the road map, system, or process we offer, and our unique way of solving a problem. To make sure this course can actually succeed, we have to nurture our audience through social media and build the list of people who will want to buy it as soon as we launch. We nurture that community by posting content that lends itself to our core message. If we have one course that creates consistent revenue, we’ll be able to say “no” to the things that drag us down, and “yes” to more of the things that light us up.


Guest Bio-

Amy is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, author and podcaster. She runs a top-ranked business podcast and runs best-selling online courses.She teaches business owners, educators and entrepreneurs the profitable action steps for building a highly engaged email list, creating online training courses, and using online marketing strategies to sell with ease. For more information and to check out Amy’s podcast go to


Watch Amy’s first Boss Mom Podcast Interview here

Nov 29, 2018

Many of us spend a lot of time in social media, but we don’t actually know what we’re getting from it. As a result, the content we put out ends up achieving very little or nothing. What are two of the biggest mistakes people make with their content calendars? How can our content calendars actually lose us business and money? On this episode, I talk about how to actually make our content calendars help our marketing efforts— not hinder them.

It’s better to post less, guide people the right way, and position yourself the right way than to just put out a lot of stuff for the sake of consistency of content. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Just putting a lot of content out there can confuse the market. They end up not knowing what to come to us for. Our content has to position us to show our expertise and point of view.
  • If you’re sending your audience to other people’s blog posts and that person has a great opt-in, you’re only helping them make money (unless you’re part of their affiliate program).
  • If parts of our sales pages became part of our content calendars, we would be sharing what we do and how we solve problems.  


Our content calendars must not be taken lightly. It’s not just about putting out as much content as possible. It’s about having a structure and a strategy to reveal our point of view and establish ourselves as a worthy solution to the problems we’re trying to solve. A content calendar that’s too general won’t get you half as far as a content calendar that is really specific and strategic about where we want to drive people. 

Nov 27, 2018

Sometimes life forces us to make scary choices and bold moves to get what we want. Going through this can be challenging and emotional. How does entrepreneurship make us more equipped to deal with challenges and differences with other people? What are some of the lessons that have come from going through a divorce, co-parenting, and remaining a family even after a split?

On this episode, founder of the Divorced Mommy Podcast, Julie Ciardi, shares her story and how she got through the rough times.  

You have to be strong and focused on the kids without sacrificing who you are or your happiness. -Julie Ciardi


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Why it’s so hard to walk away from something that isn’t bad (07:13 - 08:01)

Sometimes something is too comfortable for us to get out of. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, or a business, it’s harder to walk away from something that isn’t terrible than to get out of something that’s really bad. Sometimes we have to be forced into an uncomfortable place so we can make a decision.


The power of still wanting the best for our exes (24:22 - 25:52)

Many people are concerned about what happens when our former spouses inevitably move on with other people. When we care about our former spouse and trust that they will make good decisions, this isn’t something that should worry us. Through splitting up, we both get to learn what we really want. Our exes will find people that will make them happy, and that’s what we want for them.


How to be more compassionate (34:43 - 36:10)

There’s never perfect in anything— whether it’s relationships, motherhood or business. In any relationship, you will bump heads. The big thing is, we have to want to fix it and care about the happiness of the other person in the outcome as much as ours. We bump heads in relationships because we see the world differently, and we just have to be compassionate.

Whether we’re walking away from a job we’ve known for years, a relationship, or a business that isn’t making us happy, we’re sometimes going to be forced to make a scary change in our our lives. We have to know that it takes work to overcome that, but things can be so amazing on the other side. As entrepreneurs, we already have a leg up. There’s so much mindset work and personal development that comes with the entrepreneurial journey that we’re more equipped to handle these moments. The more we do work on ourselves, the more compassion and responsibility we have in talking to other people. What we learn as entrepreneurs can be applied everywhere else in our lives and enrich all our relationships.


Guest Bio-

Julie is the founder of the Divorced Mommy podcast and blog. She is a mom of 3, divorced & remarried. She has a very modern blended family that she has worked very hard for. She took the leap from corporate, leaving a high paying multi-six figure executive salary to be an entrepreneur with 2 businesses. She launched a brick & mortar women's boutique styling moms for their daily hustle called Haven Boutique

She launched her podcast to help divorced moms with their mindset & long term vision to create the life they want & their children need.


Find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Go to, and follow her on Instagram @divorcedmommy.


To read a blog post by Julie’s daughter about what parents should know about co-parenting, sign up for Julie’s mailing list.

Nov 22, 2018

When dealing with prospects, it can be tough to figure out when our advice should be paid for, and how much we should give away so people fall in love with us and want more from us. How we find the right balance between coaching and selling so we’re giving value but not giving away what we should be paid for? When is coaching the best way to sell or when should you just plain sell our program? On this episode, I talk about how to coach someone when they are still a prospect.

When you’re with a prospect, you have to be a walking sales letter. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • 6 elements of sales pages: frustration, transformation, will they gain the most from what you have to offer, how do you fit into solving their frustration, what are the benefits and features of what they are getting and what is your social proof.
  • If someone says, “I have a lot to think about, this has been a great call,” you have given too much away.
  • A coach guides people to come to their own conclusions. A consultant tells you what to do and gives you a recommended course of action.  


In everything we do, we are the sales rep of our businesses. This is especially true when we’re talking to prospects, how we interact with them depends on our goals, the problems we’re solving and frustrations and challenges our prospect is facing. What we need to learn to balance is giving value to bring people into our world and giving just enough of that away that people still want to buy from us. We have to fill in their gaps to show our value and then when they see our value, we can ask them to invest in us.

Nov 20, 2018

Communicating with animals is something we think only very few people can do, but we all have the ability. How do we tap into that gift and come into collaboration and partnership with our pets? How do we create a better family communication structure with our animals and help our children communicate with them? What are the techniques we can use to communicate better with animals and people?

On this episode, I talk to The Real Dr. Doolittle, Val Heart about better communication and solving behavior problems collaboratively.  

Animals are really like our angels, teachers, guides and healers. -Val Heart


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Why animals are so important in our lives (03:24 - 03:55)

Animals serve a very important purpose in our lives. They are our angels, teachers, guides and healers. When we learn to recognize, respect and revere them for who they truly are, they help us become the best versions of ourselves.


Why we shouldn’t treat animals like they need to be fixed (15:38 - 15:48)

When we come at something with the idea of trying to fix someone it sets us as an authority when we’re actually supposed to be in partnership and on one even playing field.


How not to treat our animals like property we own (16:26 - 18:04)

It’s easy to treat our animals like something we just own, but this is the wrong way to go about it. When we treat animals, or even other people like we own them or like they are a problem to be fixed, it immediately creates resistance and pushback. We’re not owners, we’re caretakers and guardians.  


We all have the ability to talk with animals, and if we know how to tap into it, it would help even how we communicate with other people. When we communicate with animals, we have to approach animals from a neutral, witness, observer space. How we do this is to start by hearing the animal without judgement, evaluating the issue, taking action to change what’s not working, relief and clearing resistance and teamwork and trust. If we want to communicate with our animals we have to see it, feel it and say it. This is a gift we’ve all been given and can start using now.


Guest Bio-
Val Heart, aka The Real Dr. Doolittle is the world's leading animal whisperer. She is the CEO of Heart Communication Enterprises Inc, Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pets. She is the bestselling author and a featured expert on ABC, NBC and Fox News, as well as in People Magazine, My S.A., and Great Day S.A. She solves problem with pets & teaches cat, dog, horse & animal communication. Val fell in love with horses when she was five years old and began her long term relationship getting to know and understand horses. Her work with horses led to intensive study in developing her gifts with animal communication and other supporting healing techniques. Go to for more information.

Nov 15, 2018

When we’re trying to grow our businesses, it can feel like we need to invest in and buy #allthethings to get to that next level. Whether it’s coaching or a course, it can be hard to commit to just one thing. How can we make sure we’re investing only in what we need? What steps can we take to create decision confidence? On this episode, I talk about the 5 questions we need to ask ourselves in order to get clarity on what we should be investing money, time and effort in.

If you ask these 5 questions, you’re going to have a more confident and easy time knowing what to invest in for your business so that you are investing in the right things. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Sometimes it’s the discomfort of putting money down on something that gets you to commit to the success of an investment.
  • Invest in something only when it makes sense for your business.
  • Think about your current resources and whether you are utilizing them to their fullest. That last thing you want to do is resource hop.
  • Ask yourself: What emotional, financial and environmental factors would ensure the success of the commitment? On the other hand, what emotional, financial and environmental factors would stop it from succeeding?


In order to invest in something that will actually help our business, we have to have a clear goal of what we want that thing to achieve. We need to know where we’re most challenged in reaching that goal, and whether we’re really maximizing on current resources. We also need to know the things that will fuel the success of this investment and the potential roadblocks we can plan to overcome. Remember, we also have to ask ourselves if we’re willing to get uncomfortable in the commitment so that it actually works.

Nov 13, 2018

As moms and entrepreneurs, one thing we’re often guilty of is putting ourselves at the bottom of our long to-do lists. How does this negatively impact our kids and businesses? Why should we treat self-care as an urgent essential in our lives? Why are systems the only way we can grow a business that won’t burn us out?

On this episode, business growth coach and author, Kelly Roach, shares the mindset shifts that changed her life and how to add systems and leverage into our businesses to give ourselves more freedom.

Our kids don’t listen to us—they model after us. And the best way to be a great mom is by being a happy person. -Kelly Roach


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

Life isn’t perfect, but we can find beauty in it (04:23 - 04:53)
The human experience is filled with crisis, turmoil, and juggling acts all mixed with the good stuff. You can find reason to be sad or wish your life was perfect, but you also have the opportunity to find the beauty in life and dig deep to make the best of it.


Put self-care in the “essential” category, not a luxury we can do without (08:28 - 09:15)
Most of us categorize working out as a luxury, but we have to make the mindset shift that it is an essential. Kelly works out during the business day, and she considers training a business priority. Exercise is essential to our happiness, our health, and how we show up as parents and business owners.


Take care of the most precious asset in your business (12:27 - 13:14)
It’s no coincidence that the most successful online entrepreneurs are very healthy people. Because we are our personal brands, we are our most expensive assets. Anytime you’re too tired or stressed to be productive, you are losing money in your business.


One of the biggest mistakes we make in life and business is not prioritizing our own self-care or having so much work on our plates that it leads to misery. There is nothing wrong with us asking for and getting help, and setting boundaries so we’re healthier and happier. The best thing our kids can see is us at our very best. If we’re miserable and frustrated, they will model themselves after that. If we want to instill the right habits into our kids, we have to prioritize our own self-care and build businesses that don’t burn us out.


Guest Bio

Kelly Roach is a highly sought after business growth strategist on a mission to help 1,000,000 entrepreneurs launch and scale their dream business… without compromising their quality of life or going broke in the process. From NFL Cheerleader to Fortune 500 exec and now million dollar mogul, Kelly is the author of the #1 international bestselling book and the new book, Bigger Than You. Kelly has been featured in Inc, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and ABC Good Day.

Go to to get a copy of the book or for more information and check out her podcast, Unstoppable Success Radio here

Nov 8, 2018

Staying focused is hard, especially when we start a business and have kids running around. Is focus something that can be maintained consistently? Why are we more focused on certain parts of the day or certain days of the week, and how can we leverage this? What actions can we take in our business to generate more income using the power of focus? In this episode, I talk about how to stop getting pulled in so many directions and focus on what’s important for you and your business!


There is a cycle to our ability to stay focused. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Focus is cyclical. As a consequence, we shouldn’t blame ourselves for not being able to work at 100% all the time, because nobody can give their best nonstop. After a while, our focus and attention wear off.

  • Because focus comes and goes, we should find out the pattern. What parts of the day are we more likely to stay focused? What days of the week are we more productive?

  • Once we find out the answers to these questions, we can reschedule the work that needs the most focus on the days we do tend to be more focused. This tactic not only helps us get better at what we already do, but it also forces us to push unimportant tasks to the side.


Our business requires focus, but we can’t stay focused if we’re trying to do too many things at once. There are many things that could help our business grow, but we have to limit our options if we want to perfect what we’re currently doing.

When we’re laser-focused on one thing, that endpoint can generate more income than spreading our focus out across several areas.

Nov 6, 2018

As entrepreneurs, we often feel like something is holding us back from getting to the next level. In a lot of the cases, it’s our own minds and negative stories we tell ourselves about taking a certain action. How does the way we mentally and emotionally process a challenge or opportunity impact whether we execute on it or not? What can we do to start telling and believing a story that’s more beneficial to us? On this episode, I talk to mindset mastery coach and consultant, Tracy Bech about how we create reality with our thoughts, and how to overcome the mental stumbling blocks in our businesses.

At some point you have to engage a certain mindset in order to deal with and process the opportunities and challenges you’re presented with. -Tracy Bech


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  1. The real reason we struggle to take action (17:16 - 19:01)

    When we find ourselves not taking action on something, it’s the thoughts we’ve attached to the task that prohibit us from doing it. There’s something underneath we haven’t voiced outwardly, our your subconscious is protecting us from whatever it is we don’t want to experience. When we attach a negative story to taking that action, that’s going to hold us back.

  2. Why we shouldn’t leave a decision open-ended (22:39 - 23:15)

    We need to put a finite amount of time on how much we’re going to research and figure out before we make a decision. The more unmade decisions we have, the more stressed out and indecisive we’re going to feel. Indecision stacks up which makes it chaotic and makes us feel like we have no control.

  3. The science behind how our subconscious tells us things that aren’t true (25:40 - 28:04)

    Human beings can only process so much data and information, and on a daily basis, we’re inundated with so much of it. Our brains will start to generalize, distort and delete as much data as possible, and the stories we tell ourselves are a huge part of that. Once we believe the world is an overwhelming place, our minds will generalize and distort everything that happens to get to that conclusion, and they will delete anything that doesn’t support that.

The challenges we face as business owners are often unique to entrepreneurship,  we have to push through a lot of obstacles, and we have to do it with a brave face. When doing a certain task feels unbearable it tells us that there’s something we’re not expressing that’s keeping us from doing it. In our subconscious we’ve planted a story about the task causing us to self-sabotage. In order to overcome, we have to remove the blinders we move through life with, and opt for a lens that’s more optimistic and supporting of the goal we have for our businesses and lives. If we clean that up subconsciously, nothing will stop us.


Guest Bio-

Tracy is a mindset mastery coach, consultant and the founder of Good Path Consulting.

For more information, go to and follow @goodpathconsulting on Instagram.

Nov 1, 2018

Appearing on podcasts is a great way to establish ourselves as experts and land more clients by reaching people who are in need of our help. But what kind of podcasts should we pitch? How can we find our niche? What should a pitch look like? And should we spend time sending pitches ourselves? In this episode, Matt Johnson talks about how to find the right podcasts and write a pitch that gets noticed.


Everyone is pitchable for the right show. -Matt Johnson


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  • Sometimes, being invited as a guest on a big podcast isn’t as beneficial to our business as we would like. Because the audience is so wide, they all have different problems to solve.

  • When we focus on podcasts that are very niche, and everyone in the audience has a problem that we can solve, that’s where we get the traction we need.

  • The best way make sure we actually get featured on a podcast is to find the right show. Finding the right niche makes it easier for us to come up with a story and have useful experiences to share on the podcast.

The process of discovering new podcasts and pitching takes quite a bit of time. This is why it’s so important for us to have someone do the pitching for us so we can spend our time on higher value activities. Another shortcut to successful pitching is using pitching templates that are proven to work.


Guest Bio

Matt Johnson is a marketer, entrepreneur, musician, and podcast host/expert. As founder of Pursuing Results, a podcast PR & production agency based in San Diego, Matt runs a worldwide virtual team helping business coaches and agencies break in and dominate new markets through podcasting.

Matt currently hosts and co-hosts niche business shows such as The YouX Podcast and Real Estate Uncensored. He also speaks to experts and entrepreneurs on how to turn a rockstar business into a YouX Machine. As a featured podcast guest he speaks to audiences around the US, Canada, and Australia.

Oct 30, 2018

Scaling our business doesn’t mean we have to work more or try harder. Why do only certain types of businesses fit the scalable model? How we can take our current business and make it scalable? Why do the owners of bigger businesses step out of production, and what’s their new role? In this episode, business owner, and Self-Made Magazine Top Entrepreneur, Allison Maslan talks about how to get to the next level.

Business owners are change makers. -Allison Maslan


3 Things We Learned From This Episode

  1. We can’t scale unless we put together a team (12:00-13:10)

Once we reach a higher level and we want to scale, we can’t do everything by ourselves. If we do, we’ll only end up burned out. We have to replicate what we do with a team. To do so, we need the right systems and processes, as well as competent people who are able to implement them.


  1. Why people leave our team (16:00- 18:00)

The best way to keep turnover rates low and get the best from our team is to share our vision with them. If we can get our team excited about the work they’re doing, they’ll tell others about us and become more loyal and willing to walk the extra mile for us.


  1. We need to say no to projects that aren’t aligned with our vision (20:00-23:20)

Learn to say no to clients or activities that aren’t priorities. It doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice things we want to do for our business, but it does mean we can’t do it all right now. Adopting this attitude not only frees up our plate but it also helps us gain the respect of our clients.


We can’t scale a business if our income is based solely on how much we get paid per hour for our services. We can transform our business from the 1 to 1 model to 1 to many. Instead of us serving one client at a time, we can hire other people who offer the same services and duplicate our efforts. With this model, we can step out of production and shift our focus to managing our team and working on our business instead of serving the client directly.


Guest Bio-

Allison Maslan is the CEO of Allison Maslan International and was recently named “One of the Top Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire” by Self Made Magazine. Alisson built 10 successful businesses from scratch on her own and now makes it her mission to help others build their way to the top as well.

Her experience and mentorship often put her in the spotlight, as she was featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.

You can find out more about Allison here.

Oct 25, 2018

During the holidays, it’s very easy for us to fall behind or work too much, but all of this can be prevented with a bit of planning. How do your industry and offerings determine how much time you should put into holiday promotions? What is the holiday revenue that you want? Why is it important to find out what our ideal clients do during this time of the year? In this episode, I talk about how to make the best out of the holidays by planning in advance.


In business owning, not all months and days are alike and not all industries are alike. -Dana Malstaff


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  • Before we start planning for the holidays, we have to ask ourselves how important this time of the year is for us and our family. The more time we plan to spend with our family, the quicker we need to plan everything ahead.

  • Many of our buying decisions are cyclical, so we have to make sure we prepare our strategy before the holidays kick in. For example, if you have a fitness business, it’s wise to launch a program that focuses on preventing weight gain before the holidays kick into gear.

  • The holidays don’t always have to be about promotions. If our focus is consulting, for example, then list building and prospecting on social media might work best for our business model.

We have to think about our ideal client and ask ourselves what sort of buyer behaviors they have during the holidays. Are they more likely to buy our products during this time of the year? The answers to these questions will determine how much time we need to invest in our holiday promotions ahead of time.


Oct 23, 2018

For many women, it feels like there are obstacles that stop them from getting to that next level and they desperately need someone to help them shed light on the path. Why isn’t it the best strategy to make friends and family the people to hold us accountable? How can we start spending time in the activities that get us closer to our goals? On this episode, Optio founder, Charlena Smith shares overcoming her biggest challenge, and how that helped her find her passion and legacy.


If you put your mind to it and you create the right goals, have the right partner and the right attitude, you can break through a lot of glass ceilings. -Charlena Smith


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


One factor that leads to burnout (07:19 - 09:09 )

Charlena went through two difficult pregnancies, one of which turned into an illness that completely derailed her life. Even when she was going through it, she still struggled to tell her loved ones she needed help, and overwhelmed herself with tasks. This is something many moms struggle with, because we feel like we should be good at multitasking and working well under pressure but this can easily burn us out.  


The nurturing mistake we make (09:18 - 10:06)

As women, we are naturally nurturers and we’re wired to feel valued when we’re nurturing, whether it’s necessary or not. We always seek out ways to try and nurture, and very often we forget that it’s about the end result. So if our children need to be fed, we don’t necessarily have to do the cooking, we just have to make the food available.


How to find the right accountability partner (21:31 - 22:57)

One huge thing that holds us back from achieving our goals is having the wrong priorities. An accountability partner isn’t just about reminding us what we need to get done, it’s keeping us responsible to spending time in the right places. For this to be truly effective we need an outsider who can help us see those things and call us out on it when we’re not.


Guest Bio-

Charlena is the founder of Optio an organization that empowers women to live their best, most inspired lives through Matched and Guided Accountability. Go to for more information.

Get $50 off your first month of Optio with the promo code BOSS MOM.

Oct 18, 2018

Opt-ins have become very popular because they are a way for entrepreneurs to grow their email list and for consumers to get access to bits of free content. What are the two key things we should know before we do an opt-in? Where should our opt-in journey start? On this episode, I share a step-by-step roadmap for developing really good opt-ins, and outline some ideas to get you started.  


When it’s in writing, people don’t read it in your tone. They read it in their tone, and their tone has baggage. -Dana Malstaff


Things We Learned From This Episode


  • Opt-ins aren’t just random pieces of content— they represent relationships and opportunities.
  • Start with the thing you’re actually selling. What is the final commit?
  • Ask yourself what people need to believe in order to make a decision and buy your product.
  • The best opt-in is something people can infuse into their daily habits and carry with them everyday.  


Getting someone’s email is like a first date: we have to make a great impression and present ourselves well. Our opt-ins are something we should be taking seriously. At the same time, we shouldn’t take too long to put them out. You’d rather see the response and make changes, or leverage what’s working, than to wait to make the right opt-in. We have to put the opt-in within a bigger context, which is the product we want them to buy from us. It’s also critical that we’re clear on what they need to believe, and find a way for our opt-in to become infused in their daily lives and give them a quick win.

Oct 16, 2018

For many moms who are frustrated with 9-5 jobs, freelancing is a great way to make money and make time for their families. What’s driving this demand for freelance workers? How can we find the right jobs in freelancing? How can we leverage what we’re good at? On this episode, Micala Quinn shares how she turned her freelancing experience into a successful coaching business, and how moms can get into freelancing.


A lot of smart people will outsource some of the tasks they either don’t know how to do or want to do to a team of freelancers. -Micala Quinn


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


Why freelancing has exploded (16:11 - 16:41)

A lot of people who run businesses don’t want or need full-time employees and they have a demand for part-time workers who can work on a specific project. This is what has led to rise of freelance and project-based consulting.


How to find the right freelance opportunity for you (16:46 -  18:55)

Freelance work presents so many different opportunities that suit different skill sets and people. Working as a virtual assistant is a good start and so is social media management. Recently Pinterest strategy and management have really exploded and presented opportunities for freelancers.


Where to start when you don’t know the right freelance job for you (20:11 - 20:36)

When we’re not clear on what we’re good at and what kind of freelancing work we can do, just start as a VA. There are no set skills or requirements and we get to learn more about what we’re good at through that work. Not every business owner wants an expert, they might only have a budget for a beginner, so that can work perfectly.


Guest Bio-

Micala Quinn is a wife, mom, teacher, and founder of Live Free, Mama where she helps working moms leverage their current skills and talents into a profitable freelance career. When she’s not working she can be found going on a walk to the park with her daughter, making a home cooked meal, or watching Friends for the millionth time. If you’re thinking of starting your own freelance business, be sure to take Micala’s course. Go to for more information.  



Oct 9, 2018

We’re all told we should save more and spend less. However, while budgeting helps, does it build wealth? Why should we take a look at our assets and liabilities instead? And what should we do to pour our money in investments that generate income instead of just paying off loans? In this episode, Natali Morris talks about how to build wealth by adding more performing assets to our lives.


For most people, their only performing asset is their body. -Natali Morris


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  1. Budgeting doesn’t build wealth  (21:00-22:20)

Saving money keeps us afloat, but it doesn’t bring financial freedom. Instead of budgeting all the time and trying to save each penny, we should look into what we can do to grow our income.


  1. Avoid throwing your income at liabilities  (22:30-25:00)

Most of our income goes towards our liabilities to pay for assets that don’t generate any income. Instead of throwing money at assets that don’t generate money, we need to look into ways to increase the number of assets we have. Most of us have one asset: our labor.


  1. Identify your limiting beliefs  (26:30-28:00)

Every journey should begin with identifying limiting beliefs about how much income we can generate. Otherwise, we’ll end up repeating the same financial patterns. We also have to come up with a freedom number. How much money do we have to make in order to leave our day job?


Guest Bio-

Natalie Morris is a broadcaster, writer, the anchor of Code Forward on MSNBC, and a contributor for CNBC.

Her specialties are business, technology, and personal finance, and her mission is to share with others how they can generate income, invest, and build wealth.

Her writing was published in Consumer Reports, WIRED, Variety Magazine, MarketWatch, TechCrunch, The San Francisco Examiner, PC Magazine, ELLEgirl, and many others

You can find her book How To Pay Off Your Mortgage In 5 Years here.

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