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#129- Freedom to Launch with Kate Boyd

November 15, 2017

Launching. If you are in the online entrepreneur space, then you have probably seen a lot of launches. I know I sure have. And yet, for years I was terrified of launching myself. So as I entered into my very first launch for Mastering Money Matters a couple of months ago, I caught up with Kate Boyd to learn more about launching. Kate is a launch and marketing strategists who helps entrepreneurs with every part of their launch from the pre-launch strategy to writing the email copy and interacting with joint venture partners.

Kate has some great advice for online entrepreneurs launching at all different stages of business growth, as well as business owners in general.

You can connect with Kate Boyd via her website at

Kate is a launch + marketing strategist who help entrepreneurs make a bigger impact with less hustle by optimizing, automating, and delegating the marketing tasks they don't enjoy. She combines a journalism degree, 3 years of online business experience, and 5+ years in nonprofit marketing to help others grow, nurture, and mobilize their tribes so they can have success and have time to enjoy it too.


#128 - Pure and Natural with Mizzi Cosmetics

November 7, 2017

Brenda Mierzejewski spent years working in the pharmaceutical industry before leaving the workforce to stay home with her kids. When her family moved up into the mountains of Connecticut, they weren’t prepared for the way the porch of their new home was right in the direct path of what turned out to be a wind tunnel through their valley. Suddenly her entire family was plagued by chronic chapped lips!

“I thought we were sick. I thought something was wrong because everyone was getting these chapped lips… We were using all of these over-the-counter products but there was some kind of interaction. It was affecting our lips. We were getting the red ring around our lips. And we were putting the stuff on constantly, every 20 minutes. Especially my kids, they were trying to eat it. It was bad.”

Brenda did not want her kids eating petrolium and putting it on their lips every 20 minutes. “It is a barrier, but it isn’t healing. I wanted something else to use as my base. A vegan base.”

Brenda first cooked up a few hundred pots of lip gloss based on her research about coconut, jojoba, almond and other oils as well as the healing properties of essential oils, honeycomb and honey. Those first pots of lip balm not only lasted for hours and tasted good without any petroleum jelly or nasty chemicals, they also had a really attractive gloss effect that looked good on its own, or either over or under lipstick.

Things really took off for Mizzi Cosmetics when first Kylie Jenner, then Kate Hudson both gave completely unsolicited celebrity endorsements of the lip gloss and lip scrub products. Right now Mizzi Cosmetics is on the cusp of massive growth, but going from a boutique company that makes roughly 1000 units per week to one with massive national distribution can be a tricky time for any consumer product based business. Personally, I am totally rooting for Mizzi Cosmetics to start showing up in stores all the way out here in Flagstaff, Arizona so I can get easier access to all of their fantastic products. Especially the allergen-free versions so my own Tallulah can satisfy her insatiable desire for lip balm and chapstick without risking exposure to either hidden nut, wheat or dairy products or chemicals that she might be sensitive to.

You can connect with Brenda Mierzejewski via her website at  

My name is Brenda Mierzejewski.  In June of 2013, our family finally closed on our newly built home in the quaint little town of Portland Connecticut. Our home is on a mountain and borders the Meshomasic State Forest, the views are simply amazing.

As the fall and winter approached, we experienced that living on a mountain was extremely windy. The snow found us almost immediately after Halloween and we had no idea that the winter was going to be so long, bitterly cold and white.

January arrived and between my husband and our two small children, we went through many different lip balms to help heal and prevent the chapped and dry lips we had. Nothing truly worked. I decided since I was a stay at home mom that perhaps I should start a DIY project and make our own lip balm. Something that was natural, using all natural and organic ingredients. So I did. And after a couple of months of going through all these different recipes, I have perfected the best lip balm ever. I started to give them away to family and friends and they all loved it and asked for more. The feedback was overwhelming and I thought, “ I can really do something great with this product”. It’s local, natural and provides numerous benefits for all ages.


#127- New Ways to Invest in Real Estate with Whitney Nicely

October 31, 2017

Owning Real Estate has long been considered a key part of the American Dream. There have been times in recent history, particularly the housing bubble of 2006-2008 when it seemed like any and everyone wanted to buy real estate as an investment, but after so many got burned by upside-down mortgages and selling at a loss, many are hesitant to get back into the housing market as an investor. Whitney Nicely has a different strategy than your traditional 20% down payment model. On today’s show, we talk about what she has done to build her own portfolio of houses, apartments, and land while teaching others to do the same.

You can connect with Whitney Nicely via her website at  

IG- @whitneynicely



Whitney Nicely went from no investments (or strategies) to 19 houses, 19 apartment units and 7 chunks of land in less than three years all bringing monthly money to her bank account on autopilot.

She has traveled the United States speaking on stages, teaching her simple strategies, and meeting with other successful real estate investors- and still buying houses the way she teaches others.

Since 2016, Whitney has led and trained hundreds of future real estate rock stars to grow their portfolios, collect checks and achieve financial freedom. 100's of real estate newbies are securing leads, signing deals and scaling their dream incomes through the First Deal Done Fast Program.


#126 Finding Balance with Shelia Heard

October 24, 2017

Is it a constant struggle to find balance in your life? Today on Financial Fluency, I have Shelia Heard with me. Shelia is a retired Army veteran and the founder of My Life. My Terms Movement. On the show, Shelia will help provide tips to help keep things more in balance.

Shelia tells me that she originally didn’t plan to retire from the Army and jump right into her business. Sadly, one family tragedy after another came year after year for Shelia. First, her daughter got sick and lost her eyesight and mobility. After that, her youngest son was diagnosed with a mental illness. And the year after, her oldest son passed away and her younger son was charged with the murder.

Shelia works with all kinds of women to help them find awareness to get them to understand where (and why) they are now. To her, shifting your mindset is the first step to change.

Quotes from the Show

“This is my life. I need to be responsible for it.”

“You can’t see everything. You have to listen to the coach...who is it that you want to be like? Who is it that you want to become? What can you do to have that life that you want?”

Shelias’s Personal Message

“Control self, control your life. Pain is unavoidable, suffering is a choice. Why: The storm can blow you anyway but loose; however, you can position yourself to blow every which way and still come out focused and ready to take the next step despite the odds.”

To learn more about Shelia, visit her on Facebook at


#125 Crushworthy Branding with Minling Chuang

October 16, 2017

Minling is a geek about all things branding. Good thing too because as a brand marketing strategist and coach, she has worked with solopreneurs, small businesses, consulting companies, and big brands to strategically market and position themselves so they have an eye-popping 'It' brands that turn heads. Minling is passionate about helping small business owners uncover their unique message so they can rapidly build a list of raving fans eager to buy along the way.

Branding is more than the website, logo, and graphic. Branding is perception. How you are perceived by others. So instead of focusing on the visuals, start by focusing how you can emotionally connect with your audience and building a strong bond with your potential clients and customers. This will help you build loyalty and become known as an authority brand.

On this episode, Minling tells the story of her crush on Tom. Tom is so amazing. He cares about others, he gives back everyday and when Minling is with him she feels like a better person too. Who is Tom? It’s actually a brand. A shoe brand that gives away one pair of shoes for every pair purchased. The way Minling feels about Tom’s brand is exactly the way we all want our clients and customers to feel about us and our brands. Mingling talks about what individuals and companies can do to help create that kind of connection and feeling with customers.

Minling also shares the story of her journey from doing marketing for big brands through an agency, to trying to start her first company and eventually coming back to her love of branding for small businesses.

You can connect with Minling Chuan via her website at

And you can get a free Branding Masterclass right here:


Tom’s Shoes

Minling Chuang has 8+ years of experience in branding and marketing, working on top brands such as Nestle Toll House, Lean Cuisine, Toyota, and UBM. While at Nestle, Minling launched a $54 Million product for Lean Cuisine that also won Product of the Year. Minling holds an MBA from Indiana University and a BA from the University of Southern California. She has been featured in the Huffington Post.



#124 The Holistic Wallet

October 12, 2017

Where do you start when it comes to getting your finances in order? On today’s episode of Financial Fluency, I have Michelle Bobrow with me. Michelle is the founder and personal finance strategist behind The Holistic Wallet. The Holistic Wallet is a place where people can help you set a financial foundation and provide creative and casual guidance to reign-in control of your spending, overcome your mental money blocks, and optimize your cash flow.

Michelle shares her path to The Holistic Wallet and what led her to make the transition to become a personal finance strategist. She recalled graduating in the recession and had $55K of consumer loans from spending in college.  To defer the student loans, she started grad school with no real direction in what she wanted to do. Her first job was with a bank, and it was an excellent opportunity to earn money.

Because she was making significant money, Michelle wanted to optimize how she was spending it.  Michelle has a background and degree in women’s studies, and when she first started in finance, she noticed how masculine the entire industry was and continues to be today. Michelle found a way to feminize the financial world, and help others seek the emotional, “right-brain-side” of finance. All of her research helped her creative ideas and ideologies of personal finances. And now, The Holistic Wallet is her full-time gig.

Notable Quotes from Michelle

“We are relating to media messages and things we’re supposed to buy because it’s supposed to make us feel good.”

“We keep spending and pushing the envelope because we’re looking for that boundary.”

“Our financial lives are always going to be changing. There’s always going to be a variable expense that comes up whether we anticipate it or not—there’s so much variation in our lives and finances.”

“Our financial lives are always going to be a work in progress.”

Michelle’s Personal Message

“In the 5 years it took me to increase my net worth by $100K, I went from spendaholic to burnt-out personal finance addict. It seems innocent enough to make positive lifestyle changes but when you spend most of your waking minutes obsessing over them, you kind of forget to live your life. I'd love to share what ignited my obsession with personal finance, how it consumed my life, why being addicted to something good can actually be bad, and what I did to create a more balanced relationship with money.”


To learn more about Michelle and The Holistic Wallet, visit or follow her on social media:


Money Cleanse Ebook:


Michelle Bobrow is the founder and personal finance strategist behind The Holistic Wallet and is here to lighten up your relationship with your money. Having gone from shopaholic to personal finance addict, Michelle now focuses on money psychology to integrate healthy and balanced financial habits into our lives. Set yourself up for big savings in 7 simple steps by grabbing your free copy of The Money Cleanse.


#123 - Honor Your Intuition with Cameo Gore

October 3, 2017

Have you ever wondered how to impact the world using your gifts and talents? On today’s episode of Financial Fluency, I have the pleasure of speaking with Cameo Gore, an intuitive success coach. In her line of work, she uses high-level business strategies to help online and brick-and-mortar businesses with growth and development. She helps develop businesses with the heart over hustle mindset. In her own business, Cameo mentions on the show that she loves working with coaches that have an intuitive side and understand energy, in addition to having a highly-strategic side.

Before jumping into entrepreneurship, Cameo worked as a registered nurse and had a career in the medical field. She tells me that she left a high-level job as the Director of Surgery  at a pediatric hospital in the Bay Area to pursue a freedom-based business. She stepped away from corporate so she could redistribute her time and priorities with her family.

Right after leaving her corporate job, she went straight into strategy in addition to personal development. She quickly realized her strength was working with energy. For Cameo, energy work is aligning your energy with higher-vibrational frequencies so you can a match for the most incredible things to come into your life.

Now, Cameo’s mission is to help women live fully empowered lives and create businesses that are in alignment with their gifts, talents, and intuition. Cameo helps clients upgrade money consciousness to rise to the next level of success and freedom.


Quotes from the Show

“We all have the gift of intuition, it’s about using it and applying it to your business to create success.”

“Your business isn’t going to grow and you’re not going to get to the next-up level if you’re not working in alignment with how you’re feeling.”

“Your life can unfold in direct proportion to the vision of what you actually want to be creating.”

To learn more about Cameo, her business, and retreats, visit her website or follow her on social media:



Cameo’s 5-day money challenge:

Cameo’s 7-week acceleration program is open for enrollment right now, sign up here:



Cameo Gore is the Lifestyle and Business Success Coach (and modern intuitive) that you need on your team if you’re a creative, conscious woman ready to make great money from your spiritual gifts on your terms. A certified energy healer and business coach with 15 years experience making millions for others, Cameo brings both razor-sharp intuition and solid business acumen to the table to help her clients create thriving businesses with soul-driven business strategy and spiritual alignment.

When she’s not Skyping with clients or hosting beautiful retreats around the globe, you can find Cameo soaking up the sun on the beach, booking a midday massage, hiking on the trails or hanging with her husband and kids. Learn more about building a business that makes bank from your natural gifts at


#122 - Streamline Your Online Business with Erin Hook Kelly

September 26, 2017

Are you ready to streamline your online business? On this episode of Financial Fluency, I have Erin Hook Kelly with me. Erin is an online business manager and founder of Member Vault, a CRM (customer or client relationship management) tool where you can create and manage content for your business and well as engagement and lead tracking.

Erin’s path to creating Member Vault was accidental she tells me. Originally, she started working as an OBM (online business manager). As Erin put it—she acts as the ‘second business brain’ to help clients work on their business. What started as a quick tool for one of her clients, turned into something much bigger—a business. At the time, there weren’t many tools on the market to meet a particular client’s needs, so her husband (who is a developer) decided to build something himself. Now, the platform has evolved from housing courses to a full-fledged content platform. Erin tells me this is now merging into her full-time business.

Although Member Vault has seen proven success over the six months, Erin tells me on the show the decision to focus her time and energy wasn’t an easy one. There were times she would stay up at night wondering if she made the right decision. With her busy life, her online business, a 15-month-old, and all the other responsibilities Erin was juggling—something had to give. The book The Pumpkin Plan gave her the insight and courage she needed to make the right decision on what to focus her energy on: being the OBM to Adrienne Dorison, and passing over all her course materials to her and focusing her time on Member Vault.

“Be ruthless about your energy.” - Erin Hook Kelly

So what makes Member Vault different? First things first, it’s a content platform that’s based on your opt-in, and it’s a great way to surface the content you already have and track what people are consuming. What content you use is entirely up to you. It can be audio, video, pdfs, you name it. You can put your website URL, waitlist, your one-on-one services into the platform—any content you want people to have access to. Alongside content is the engagement portion of Member Vault. The tool allows you to see your most popular content, engagement points, and users. Erin also tells me that some popular user requests are in the pipeline for Member Vault updates in the new year and include affiliate programs, payments, and more.

To learn more about Erin or Member Vault visit: or visit her social media channels:


Erin’s Personal Message

Automated, personalized engagement is the wave of the future in online business. We saw it with email marketing tools like Active Campaign, and now we're seeing it with Facebook bots, website tools like ConvertFlow and of course, my course platform, Member Vault. Give your clients, and prospective clients, a personal experience by providing support, and sales pitches, that are appropriate for their stage and phase.


Start your 30-day free trial with Member Vault today


Erin Kelly is an OBM for the fantastic Adrienne Dorison, and a co-founder of the automated engagement focused course platform, Member Vault, where students complete courses, and course creators watch their income domino.


#121 Learn to Leverage Yourself with Jen Groover

September 19, 2017

There are so many hours in a day, but we also know that everyone in the world gets the exact same number of hours. So how do some people do so much? My guest today, Jen Groover, knows. Early on in her entrepreneurial career she realized that she had to leverage herself to be able to do more than trade dollars for hours. She does this through licensing, delegating, team building and having the right supports in place for all of her different businesses. What more details on how she does it? She is more than happy to share that with you through her Jumpstart Connect Pop-up store in NYC. Not in NYC? Soon there will be a virtual version online too!


Show notes:

Jen Groover is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, author, and media contributor. Jen got involved in the fitness industry straight out of college when she graduated in 1995 but quickly realized that she needed to find some way to leverage herself and her time so she would not be limited to trading hours for dollars.

A few of Jen’s quotes from the episode:

"Once I'm comfortable I need to make myself uncomfortable again."

"Licensing is a huge part of my business model."

“I believe Entrepreneurs are a huge part of healing the world.”

“Fear is the thing that holds people back the most. The more you can educate someone, the more you can eliminate fear.”

Jen is also the author of the book What If and Why Not. This book focuses on the psychology of taking what is negative in your life and finding the positive spin. It was published in 2013. Her second book, #Empowered, will be coming out in the fall of 2017. Right now she is working on her third book, Operator's Manual for Life. Now that sounds like something we could all use now and then.

Jen was also recently nominated as a UN delegate to the first ever Global Accelerator for the Global Entrepreneurs Council. For this council, each person chooses a topic that they are very good at and another that they do not know much about. Sometimes a person's ignorance in a certain field can actually bring breakthroughs from the questions they ask. The field that Jen chose as something she didn't know much about was health care. These discussions bring more innovation to the solutions around specific problems.

You can connect with Jen Groover via her website at



Jumpstart Connect- October 10, 11, 12th in NYC

What If? and Why Not?: Transform Your Fears Into Action and Start The Business of Your Dreams

Jen Groover has been tagged by SUCCESS MAGAZINE as a “One-Woman Brand,” a “Creativity and Innovation Guru” and a leading “Serial Entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked #8 by SAP in the Top 51 Influencers of Human Potential. Jen Groover’s name has quickly become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and evolution. She was recently nominated as a UN delegate to the first ever Global Accelerator for the Global Entrepreneurs Council. She also made history at the NYSE, as a member of the first all-female group to ring the opening bell and made Forbes’ list of “50 Founders You Need to Follow on Twitter.” Jen’s energy and multi-faceted, diverse wisdom make her a highly sought after speaker on topics ranging from business to leadership, empowerment to emotional intelligence to healthy living, and enhancing productivity.


#120 - Powered By Love Littles with Anna and Lindy

September 15, 2017

Do you think it’s important to teach our children the power of affirmation? On today’s episode of Financial Fluency, I’m excited to chat with Anna Lozano and Lindy Sood, founders of Love Powered Co.  Love Powered Littles is a different kind of card deck for parents to use with their children to affirm greatness from within.

Lindy mentions on the show that both her and Anna had been on a separate (but simultaneous) road to self-discovery for quite some time. Once they both had children of their own, both women wanted to bring the practice of self-assured affirmation to their kids. Lindy and Anna mention the most compelling quality of their affirmation cards is what’s happening behind the scenes—the messages are being reprogrammed on a conscious and subconscious level with children, so they connect what they’re saying and doing.

The idea started with their own children. Anna and Lindy had their routine they’d do with their kids before bed, and it included repeatedly saying affirmations and thanking for their blessings. But the women realized that their children didn’t know what the words meant, and that’s when the lightbulb clicked—using a vocabulary children identify with -  adorable characters to make the experience fun and relatable.

As stated from their website, the Love Powered Littles affirmation cards include:

  • 22 Powers. These are the qualities of emotionally intelligent trailblazers. The POWERS we all have within us, that at times, we just need to be reminded of.
  • Connection. Focus on the power of CONNECTION between parent and child. Leave the screen at the door, this is a time to be present, engaged and wholeheartedly connected.
  • Conscious Awareness. Instead of 1 affirmation per card, they have grouped together 3 related terms + a statement to help our littles grasp the meaning of the words and how they all relate to each other.
  • Examples & Feelings. Parents and children think of examples and 'times when', going even deeper and asking “How did this make you feel?” By connecting their own experiences to each POWER, and remembering how they felt, it helps our children to understand the words and statements they are saying, and connect deeper to the meaning behind them.
  • Aesthetic. These cards are so darn adorable and just oh-so-delicious, they are certain that you and your littles will find it hard to wait to get your hands on them!


To find out more about Love Powered Co. visit their website: or follow them on social media:


Love Powered Littles Kickstarter

Love Powered Co. Video


Founders, Anna Lozano and Lindy Sood are friends and soul sisters who realized that together, they have a powerful message to share with the world. Months ago, they started talking about what is lacking in the marketplace when it comes to personal growth products for families. Their mission is to create a self-worth movement, powering the next generation of mindful leaders.