Life is hard. You don’t need me to tell you that. In fact, some of you may be thinking that it’s the understatement of the year! But I think this is a good thing. Life is hard when you live hard. You work hard, you mom hard, you love hard. And you wouldn’t have it any other way because by living hard, you create meaning and purpose. Success doesn’t just simply happen — unless you live hard and make it happen.

Living hard is all about defining your “why”. It’s not about how you make it happen, or what you do to make it happen, it’s about why you make it happen.

Why do you get up in the morning?
Why do you push forward when you fail?
Why do you do what you do?

If you’re looking for your why, your purpose, try living hard!

Continue Reading Looking For Your ‘Why’? Try Living Hard!

I will never forget the first day that my grandmother no longer knew who I was. The dagger through my heart when she gave me that blank stare. How could I ever forget?

I’ll tell you how… the same way six million Americans right now are living: with Alzheimer’s disease.

In this episode of Think Tank of Three, Julie Holton shares her personal story as the hosts talk with the Alzheimer’s Association about the increased risk for women, the burden of caregiving, and the HOPE as we fight for a cure.

Continue Reading Hope for Families Fighting Alzheimer’s with Cammi Robinson – Episode #22

I was just helping a few people rewrite and beef up their LinkedIn pages this week… and thought… maybe yours may need a little reworking. When was the last time you updated your profile? Or posted an article to attract more eyeballs? Added a link to recent work of yours?

With so much information out there… we’re on overload.

Newsfeeds. Overposting. White noise. Buzz words. It can be difficult to stand out. As you grow your personal brand and market yourself, one key part (and often a forgotten step) is developing a bio that reflects your worth.

Continue Reading The Importance (and how to write) a Professional Online Bio

There are a lot of smiles in those headline photos. Smiles to cover up the pain, smiles to show our hope. We have all been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only leading cause of death in the list of top ten that does not have a treatment, prevention, or cure. In two weeks, we will have a special guest on our podcast from the Alzheimer’s Association to talk about the risks for women and what’s being done to fight the disease. This week, I’m sharing a snippet of my story. Millions of Americans have stories just like mine, so I share it to offer comfort, resources, and hope.

I will never forget the day that my grandmother gave me a blank look, no longer able to recognize me.

I had flown home for Christmas, nearly 700 miles from Minneapolis to Detroit, and that day I felt every single painful mile that we had spent apart.

My grandmother walked through the door with a big smile on her face. She hugged everyone in my family, still smiling, and then she stopped and looked at me. That blank look. A wave of confusion. A look, almost, of fear. I will never forget the dagger through my heart. She could only manage to say a few words at this stage in her battle, but the look said it all.

Alzheimer’s had ravaged her brain. She no longer knew who I was.

Continue Reading My Reason To Hope in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Are you making enough money?

Are you leaving dollars on the table?

Have you ever struggled to ask for a pay raise? I mean really, when was the last time you negotiated for an increase in your compensation?

Pay gap, sexism, and just not asking – all of these contribute to women not making as much money as men in the workplace.

So what can women do to help themselves to a bigger piece of the compensation pie? Continue Reading Negotiating for Better Compensation with Dayna Schmidt-Johnson – Episode #21

Dayna's headshotGuest Blog by Dayna Schmidt-Johnson, Worth Advisor, Visibility Strategist & Digital Content Marketer.

Getting a job offer is a great feeling. You’ve spent a lot of time getting to this point: countless applications, a few interviews, and probably more than one disappointment along the way.

Ideally, you are getting exactly what you hoped for. But more often than not, there’s money or other benefits you are leaving on the table.

Here are six reasons you didn’t negotiate your last job offer – and how to make sure you don’t make that mistake again. Continue Reading Six Reasons You Didn’t Negotiate Your Last Job Offer

When it comes to women supporting and empowering other women, today’s guest has it down to a science.

Using her own natural skincare line, she offers more than just the healing from her products.

She offers young women a path to financial freedom and today she’s going to tell us how.

Continue Reading Building Economic Development for Women with Monika Mathews – Episode #20

You’ve been invited to interview for a job that will elevate your career. You have the credentials and know you can make a difference at the company. Now, you just have to prepare. There’s a lot of advice out there on how to best approach this important meeting, and it’s overwhelming.

Or is this you?

You’ve been interviewing and interviewing… but no call-backs. You have the experience and knowledge — but something is stopping you from landing your dream job.

Or is it this?

You have the years of experience, you’re ridiculously brilliant, everyone says you should be in “his job”… but you just can’t interview. You won’t apply. You won’t leave and go for the opening that would have you managing a larger team at your competitor. You’re stuck. You’re afraid. You’re afraid of the interview, putting yourself out there… the possible rejection. Continue Reading How to Prepare for the Interview & Land Your Dream Job

What if women only needed to master the art of persuasion to be able to compete equally with men professionally?

Radical idea, I know. I’m not suggesting that this is the case but I love this as a thought experiment.

I wonder how much farther we could go if we embraced this idea of persuasion and set it as a top skill to hone.

If more women were able to wield this tool in the professional setting, how much farther could we go?   Continue Reading The Art of Persuasion: Every Woman Needs this Skill