• It’s Taco Tuesday in the Soults household this evening! 🌮 However, I’m a total cheater and will gladly trade in a marg for a handcrafted daiquiri made just like we learned at @andazmaui.
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A few highlights of the week pre-blizzard weekend:
👭 I’m running the @femcity_desmoines breakfast event all about hiring and building small biz teams.
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🎤 Attending a @nawboiowa luncheon covering the Entrepreneurial Operating System, one of my favorite business tools.
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🧥 Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up has me transforming my house, room by room. My bedroom is still an in-progress disaster, but my closet has never looked better!
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What’s one of the best things happening in your week?!
  • Your message is where the magic happens! ✨ Your words hold power. They build connections, attract your ideal clients, open the door for collaborations.
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I also believe in website strategy and smart, branded web design. Together, they create memorable online brand experiences. But a website without strong copy misses the mark.
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Your words create understanding.
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Your words inspire a need to learn more.
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Your words build trust and position you as a thought leader.
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Your words inspire action.
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Your words grow your business
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Early this year I’m introducing content-focused services to my personal website. If you’d like to ramp up your social media presence or website appeal in 2019 and stop feeling at a loss for what to say, I would be honored to collaborate in the coming months!
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More details coming soon! 📝
  • My Saturday night involved stain, sanding, and a nail gun. I visited @arworkshopankeny for class ✌🏻to make my first wood sign. I’m not a DIYer at heart, but man do I enjoy being guided through the process!
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Now my guest room is ready for visitors in 2019. Come on over!
  • It's the first Flourish Friday of 2019! 🎉 To kick us off, Cassie Sampson is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at how she began @evdayspa and grew it from a staff of one to a thriving team offering a variety of wellness-focused services to us lucky Des Moines locals.
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Head over to the blog (link in bio) to learn her small business story and what advice she has to share for fellow entrepreneurs.
  • In what feels like the blink of an eye, December is down to just a handful of hours. Every year I wonder how the holidays fly by so quickly. Currently I’m cozied up with my PowerSheets dreaming about what 2019 will look like before a busy day of business planning tomorrow.
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I’m ready for a restful New Year’s Eve complete with ✔️puppies, ✔️a fun dinner, and ✔️a good book or Netflix find.
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Whether you’re looking to slow down or pick up the pace in 2019, I can’t wait to kick off the year alongside you!
  • This week I pulled the trigger on a bunch of business books sitting in my saved Amazon list. 📚 I’ve heard such rave reviews about them all and can’t wait to dig in!
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One of my 2019 goals is to make reading a daily priority. I made progress in 2018, but there are too many great books to read and tips to learn to not spend more time on it!
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In case you’re interested in any of these reads, here’s what I’m paging through next:
1️⃣ This is Marketing by Seth Godin
2️⃣ Purple Cow by Seth Godin
3️⃣ Start With Why by Simon Sinek (rereading this one!)
4️⃣ A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
5️⃣ Grit by Angela Duckworth
6️⃣ The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
7️⃣ Deep Work by Cal Newport
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I’d love to hear, what are you currently reading?
  • Merry Christmas to you and yours! I’m parked by my parents’ tree hoping that you’ve spent the day making sweet memories with loved ones. Games, homemade treats, and entertaining pups was on the docket for me today!
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P.S. Isn’t this tree lovely? My favorite part is the snowflakes handmade by my grandmother. It’s a sweet way remember and think of her throughout the holiday season.
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What’s been the highlight of your day?! 🎄
  • Sometimes I forget that as a small business owner, it's my job to pursue what I'm passionate about! Of course it should serve others and make an impact, but in a nutshell, I'm doing a disservice to myself if I'm not enjoying the journey.
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That's not to say that small business life is all rose-tinted glasses. Some moments (or days) are tough, frustrating, and discouraging. But the beauty is that we get to design our coming days and future!
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If you're feeling stressed in your business, I hear you! Take this wisdom from Simon Sinek as encouragement to find or return to your greatest passions in 2019. ✨