“Open For Business”

Small businesses are my passion. I’ve been the daughter of a small business couple since 1990 and I’ve seen, supported, and worked in every aspect of the entreprenuer’s life since then, advocating for their success and survival. Small businesses have been challenged, detoured, and all-out stopped in the last year and it’s been sad to…

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Making Time for Personal Priorities

As a business owner since 2009, I’ve found that many times over the years I’ve had to learn the value of taking time to invest in personal priorities. As a responsibilitarian, my clients and the workloads often even take precedence over my own self-care. But some weeks, months, and even years (Hello, 2020!) call for…

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The Road Less Traveled

Truthfully, I miss my love affair with Portland. The small businesses, landmarks, cornerstones of commerce, parks, and other treasured places that provide comfort in knowing they have held history, value, purpose, and meaning in our town. For a few reasons I don’t commute as often as I used to and because of that I have…

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Steps for Doing an Online Brand Audit & Why It’s Important

Pause for a moment, and let’s ponder something together: When you search for your business online, what shows up? Go now and take a look. What does that search result yield? And what does it say about you?  Here’s the straight truth: These days, your online brand precedes you. Whether you know it, ignore it,…

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Take Me To The River

#EntrepreneurLife is always interesting and this week has been nothing short of it. Ever had one of those weeks where everything seems to be stacking against you? Well, in those weeks I turn my focus upward and inward, get outside to marvel at nature, and try to rest my thoughts. Because days like the one…

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Propel’s Office Evolution

Admittedly, I am drawn to offices. There’s something about being productive, working on your craft, and being good at what you do that calls to me. We are all given talents and skills which we can build and hone. And when we do, we find purpose and fulfillment putting our hands to that work. But…

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Pioneer like Lewis & Clark

Lewis and Clark: visionaries, adventurers, pioneers. They were all-or-nothing discoverers. They were ‘go till we find it’, strong, fearless, and brave ‘until we can’t go any further’ types – & they made it. Be like them. Discover. Keep going. You are strong, brave, and fearless. Never give up! #beapioneer #lewisandclark [wpreactions sgc_id=”6″]

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Enduring Trials

It is not a requirement that one travel through trials to be appreciative of the gifts in their life, but it is more likely they will reach that conclusion if they have survived the fire. #appreciation #tbt [wpreactions sgc_id=”5″]

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How To Stay Positive When Things Are Uncertain

Let’s all collectively take a deep breath as we welcome 2021 and reflect on enduring the rollercoaster that was 2020. As we plan for (hopefully) brighter moments this calendar year, we cannot afford to understate the importance of positivity amidst uncertainty. Adapting and overcoming has become a way of life in our current cultural and…

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Young Architect Talks

Today I had the privilege of speaking at the Young Architect Winter Series virtual conference and it was AWESOME! The topic: “Your Online Presence Precedes You: Simple Ways to Show Up & Look Good Online” Attendance: 108 Duration: 70 minutes Best Parts: Sharing insight with Michael Riscica’s community of Young Architects, being warmly introduced, seeing…

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