What Cher and WordPress Have in Common

rs_634x803-140314102610-634.cher-bob.cm.31414“This is my final farewell tour. You can verify it with the AARP. I’m never going to come back, I swear.”
–Cher

A little confession today. I’ve been teaching WordPress for years (5 to be exact).

Last year was the last ever time I was gonna teach it. After that, I was finished, done, finito. It was time to make room for other new offerings in the biz.

But the protests have been loud and insistent.

I know so many people need this info desperately, and they’ve been very vocal about it! So, I’m doing “a Cher” (or “an Ozzie” if you prefer) and bringing it back for one final encore. A farewell tour if you will. :)

A website is non-negotiable if you are going to succeed online, right? Folks usually land in one of two camps: maybe you have one already, but the time, cost and aggravation associated with it has got you cranky. (I so get it!)

Or, maybe you don’t even have a website yet, and with each minute that ticks away you know you’re wasting valuable time–time you could be using to market your business!

I’ve got the antidote, and you’ve got an invite to my “encore” free training on WordPress:

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“5 Surprising Reasons Why it’s Now Super Simple to Create Your Own Customer and Client-Attracting Website–FAST, Without HEADACHES, and for FREE!”
with Christine Gallagher
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8pm Eastern
Learn more and book your spot now: Free WordPress Training

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Things have changed pretty dramatically in the last year. Join us to hear me share urgent and important information on what you need to create a lot more income with your website, in 2015 and beyond.

On this free webinar you’ll learn:

* The crucial distinction between the two types of WordPress websites that you MUST know (if you choose the wrong one you’re sunk!)

* Why you can be “tech-challenged” and STILL get your site up and running in less than a day (AND make sure it’s positioned for MAXIMUM profitability)

* What WordPress has–right out of the box–that means you won’t have to hire an expensive SEO firm to get your site to rank in the search engines

* Exciting details about my encore offering of my always sold-out course “Website Without Worry: Step-by-Step Strategies to Using WordPress to Gain Clients and Customers FAST!”

You’ll want to sign up NOW before you forget. Here’s the link: Free WordPress Training

Oh, and every time I hold this free training, the lines are filled to maximum capacity with folks clamoring for this information. So, to ensure you have a spot on this extremely popular training, just go here: Free WordPress Training

See you on the webinar!

How to Stay Continually Inspired (Even When Things Get Rough)

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Creating new habits and processes in our lives often does not come naturally to us. There will have to be a gradual shift from what was to what will be.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This applies to finding inspiration, especially in times where you’re going through a redefining of self: divorce, starting a new business, losing a lot of weight, or moving across the country, for example.

When I was first exploring ideas for my own business, those ideas were shot down by some of the people I shared them with. The last thing I needed at that time was to be doubted, and it pretty much took the wind out of my sails.

I had to find inspiration elsewhere.

A big part of building my inspiration up was in following others who were doing what I was doing and those who were already wildly successful doing what I wanted to do. I followed blogs of people I admired, went to conferences, and got around people who inspired me. I saw women entrepreneurs using technology to run their businesses, and it ignited a fire in me to do the same. I hired mentors and coaches and made sure to ask them how they make time to develop themselves and to stay inspired despite setbacks.

I discovered that they are intentional about their time. They build time into their day to feed the stirring inside of them to stay hopeful and inspired. They schedule time to read books about other successful people, inspirational stories, and industry giants. They plan time to connect with those they care about to nurture the relationships in their lives. They intentionally spend time outdoors in nature to feed their souls. They journal and create vision boards.

Now these types of practices are a part of my everyday life, and have been for years. They fuel me, calm me, and keep me in a place of faith and excitement about my business and my mission.

You can do the very same thing. Look at your day and all its responsibilities, and then plan time to find your inspiration. It may start with a fifteen-minute walk to clear your head and make a positive mental shift after a rough day. But you can build on this gradually. Start looking into networking groups of like-minded people whom you can get with once a week for encouragement. Begin seeking out books and magazines that could inspire you. Look for a mentor or coach who can teach practical techniques to guide you along the way.

The idea here is to be intentional. Work it into your life—the time and energy you spend on bringing inspiration into your life will pay huge dividends! Trust me.

Now, how will you intentionally build time into your life to be inspired? Make a plan and put it on your calendar.

How Having My Hands Read Changed the Course of My Business

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I’m sure like most people, you’ve wondered what exactly you’re here on Earth for.

Almost a year ago I had a hand analysis done that confirmed my life purpose and the legacy I want to leave. In the past, I would have been pretty skeptical of something like this! However, so much was confirmed that I couldn’t ignore it.

The purpose of the analysis was to discover where my meaning and fulfillment are found and what I am hardwired to do. I don’t know what your feelings about such analyses are, but it was truly motivational to me and pivotal in my pursuing my life’s purpose.


The analysis revealed that I was a Master of Creativity and The Artist. Among other things, it showed that:

o Fulfillment comes from spilling your guts on the canvas of your choice in front of an audience
o Find the appropriate measure of display that gives your inner nature a chance to shine
o This can mean coming out of the closet (in any sense) and risking disapproval

Your life purpose blossoms when you:
o Express your individuality in all parts of your life
o Take your creativity to the next level

You struggle when:
o You are living in disguise or hiding out
o You hold back for fear of rejection and criticism
o You choose too small a stage

It also revealed that I was The Master of Communications, Author, and Speaker. No surprise there! The attributes of that analysis:

o Your purpose is to find your message and deliver it to the public
o You discover your message through life experience, introspection, and revelation
o Present your core truth to the general public

You struggle when:
o You aren’t connected to your message
o You aren’t listening to your audience

The Left Ring of my hand revealed that I was a Master of Self-Approval and The Innovator and had these attributes:

oYou need freedom and are willing to pay the price to get it

You are happiest when:
o You can remove your mask
o You fully approve of yourself
o You can get a skeptic to change their tune

Your life purpose blossoms when:
o You are breaking new ground
o You honor your craft

You struggle with:
o Being a hermit
o Trying to please people
o Your inner critic gets too loud
o You feel you don’t belong

The challenge revealed to me in this assessment was to overcome any fears of disapproval or not belonging and commit to bringing my original plan forward.

The Left Little Ring of my hand revealed that I was a Master of Insight and The Healer and had these attributes:

Fulfillment comes from seeing your insightful communication help others
o You are committed to your own growth and healing
o You are committed to telling the truth
o You help others become more self-aware

Your life purpose blossoms when:
o You communicate fully
o You honor your spiritual values
o You feel connected to inspiration and faith

You struggle when:
o You doubt your inner guidance
o You don’t attend to your own healing

As you can see from the results above, one of the attributes discovered in my left hand was that my fulfillment comes from seeing that my insightful communication helps others and that healing does not have to be physical—it means creating wholeness or helping others to integrate more parts of themselves. Wow. This totally confirmed the life purpose that had already been making its way through my mind.

This analysis also revealed that I had the combinations of public impact in the nontraditional healing arts, that I should inspire the masses, and that I should communicate the transformation potential of marketing for clients of clients and for clients themselves.


This was a huge confirmation to me that not only was I on the right track with my life and my business direction, but that it was time to turn up the volume on this a lot more.

I do realize that this kind of analysis is not your standard, run-of-the-mill diagnostic test, but the fact of the matter is that it was right on. The results not only revealed areas in my life that I needed to work on, but it also confirmed in me my life purpose. I already suspected much of this information from the wealth of personal development I had done over the years, but this analysis was pivotal in continuing to define my purpose of inspiring others to achieve their dreams.

This assessment from a practitioner of hand analysis (a complete stranger to me, by the way) was spot on. If you would like to have a similar hand analysis done, go to http://www.handanalysis.net to locate a practitioner near you. It just may change the course of your business—and your life.

Photo credit: kgr-handanalysis.com

Save the Date… New Spring Event!

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Last Friday I had the honor of filming an episode for my friend Michele Granberg’s TV show! We talked about my new book and what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. (Marketing + Mindset baby!)

I’m thankful to Michele for the opportunity, and it was also fun to chat about the “inner” stuff that affects all of us when it comes to creating success and happiness in our lives. This is the stuff that really gets me charged up! I could talk about it endlessly.


In fact, I am excited to bring more of this front and center this year, as I am absolutely convinced more than ever that what goes on in our thoughts and minds affects us deeply. From the amount of courage we’re able to muster, to the amount of money we make, to the way we show up in the world and so much more.

Because of this conviction, I am in the midst of creating a completely brand new live retreat! I’ll be sharing more very soon, but for now, save the date: May 4, 5, 6!


This event will be entirely different than any I’ve done before, with the sole goal of sharing the tools that will allow you to create unprecedented levels of success from the inside out—so that you enjoy more income and personal fulfillment, and make a bigger impact on the world.

What I’ll be teaching is the exact process that I use to navigate through fear,moments of self doubt, and taking massive leaps as an entrepreneur–AND as a human being! I’ve especially learned a ton more about this in this past year of tumultuous change for me.

Some call it bravery, but I would’ve never thrived through it all without the tools I use to keep myself in a place of faith, positive expectation?, and out of my own darn way. :) I can’t wait to share more soon.

For now, you can join the priority list to be the first to learn all the details here.

3 New Year’s Practices That Changed My Life

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Over my time in business I’ve developed a few end-of-year/New Year’s practices, which always help me get into a confident and charged up state of mind as the new year gets under way. After one of my students in the Impact Academy recently asked me about what “rituals” I do this time of year, I felt a new blog post coming on.

Here are three practices that I use to set myself up for success:

1. Choosing a word or theme for the year

I always pick a word or phrase for the New Year as a beacon to guide me through the coming 12 months. Sometimes it eludes me until the very end of December, but I always seem to get the “divine download” before the calendar page turns. My suggestion for you is to choose the word based on what you’ve experienced in the past year, as well as what you are looking to be, do, feel and stand for in the next. Another way to look at it? Base your word on your biggest current frustration.

2. Creating a list of intentions

I long ago ditched “resolutions” which felt constricting and often futile. Instead, I started listing out my intentions for the year in a notebook, and then letting them go. Just the act of putting them down and then releasing the “need” to have them be stringently “stuck to” feels freeing and so much more. Funny enough, when I look back at many of them later, they’ve often manifested—through my taking focused, consistent action of course.

Intention is powerful.

3. Mapping out all my offerings

On the practical side of things, I always plan the next year’s launches and marketing, so I have a 12 month view of all my potential income. The goal I am looking to achieve of course is to meet or surpass my revenue goal for the year. This is a practice I encourage my students and clients to do as well, as it helps quell cash flow anxiety and eliminate the feast and famine roller coaster. I’d love to hear from you: do you have rituals or practices that you use to get psyched for the New Year? Be sure to share with me in the comments!

Continuing the Tradition: My Word of the Year for 2015

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Every year since late 2010 I have picked a word for the New Year as a beacon to guide me through the coming 12 months. The word is usually based on what I’ve experienced in the past year, as well as what I am looking to be, do, feel and stand for in the next.

2011 was discipline. 2012 was leap, and 2013 was refine. 2014’s word was “own.”

For 2015, I’m choosing “balanced profitability.”

Yes, it’s more of a phrase than a word, but it’s oh-so-fitting for where I am looking to go right now.

Simply put: balance as in work-life balance, and profitability as in cut more expenses and bring in more revenue.

Here’s what it means to me:

First, balance wasn’t even in my vocabulary for the first 5 years of me being in business. I’d heard the cheeky saying “balance is for ballerinas” and pretty much agreed.


In truth, I was in an unhappy marriage and was happily spending all of my time escaping that situation with work. I was knocking it out of the park and making really good money–while avoiding dealing with many of my relationship issues–and that for me was enough.

Fast forward to this past winter, when I finally left that marriage and moved out. I then promptly fell in love, and my sweetie and I began spending a TON of time together. Honestly, it made me panicky. I was taking time away from my business, and after devoting so much time to it, it made me very nervous.

My friends saw it differently, praising me for allowing more fun into my life for once.

I realized this was a BIG lesson for me.

I now see that this relationship was “sent” to me to teach me how to have a life AND a business.


I am still learning, and that’s why this coming year I want to get even better at this “balance” thing.

As for profitability, this is something you strive for all the time as a business owner, of course. But a mentor of mine recently remarked that “growth sucks cash,” and I have to agree.

There’s a dance that goes on between continuing to grow, and keeping a healthy profit margin.


I already have several measures in place to ensure that healthy margin is there in 2015 and beyond, and I’ll continue to work at it.

That’s what’s going to guide me in 2015. How about you? I’d love for you to share with me in the comments below.

Photo credit: Bryanfranklin.com

Lessons From My Dark Night of the Soul (A New Free Class)

Free webinar 12/11I recently had my first book published, called “There’s More to Life Than This.” I’m very happy about and proud of this book, and one particular message in it came through loud and clear.

To be very successful in your own business, you often have to do the OPPOSITE of what everyone else is doing.

You may have heard from me previously that this year has been one of tough transitions and painful decisions in my life and business. And I’ve learned so much from my experiences. I’ve emerged from this time with lessons that have led me to create more abundance in my business, re-ignite my passion for what I do, and create a life I love by design.

It isn’t always easy, and it’s required me to say “No” to the status quo, but it IS absolutely worth it.

Knowing I wanted to share these lessons with you, I took a deep breath and decided to create a new free training class to teach these principles.

This webinar on Thursday, December 11th is not the typical sort of webinar I do, but it may be one of the most important I’ve ever done.

That’s because there is an entrepreneurial movement occurring right now, and it’s fueled not by greed, lack and fear… but by purpose, service and love.

But it requires us to step up.

If you’re getting nudges that you may be ready and this resonates with you, I know you’ll want to be part of it.

The training is called “5 Keys to Authentic Abundance” and you’ll get solid strategies you can take action on right away to make 2015 your best year yet.

These strategies will not only have a powerful impact on you, but your clients and the world, too.

See, I believe there is something bigger and better out there for you, even if you don’t just yet. And a big part of my life purpose is to teach you how to get there.

I’m really excited (and a little nervous!) to bring you this information! Go here now to secure your spot and see more about what you’ll learn and why you want to be with us.

See you there!

My LAST EVER Get OUT There–Live! Workshop is Just Weeks Away!

brendaraveThese days, people aren’t going to the Yellow Pages to find the services and products they need, right?

And, as a business owner or aspiring business owner, you may already have a presence online–but it’s not translating to dollars and cents.

I’m holding my 3-day live event this November 13-15 just outside Philadelphia called Get OUT There–Live… and I’ll be walking you through step-by-step how to build a profitable, fun online business, be seen as a respected go-to expert, and create an irresistible online presence that makes you money 24/7 AND allows you to impact the world in a MUCH bigger way.

I’m honored to have had a successful, sold-out Get OUT There-Live! workshop the last 3 years that attendees raved about for months after it ended!

It was such a smash hit that I’m doing it again this November (for the LAST time ever!). Get all the details here: http://getouttherelive.com

I’ll be giving you everything I know about creating a strong online presence, achieving the income you deserve and getting past the fears and doubts that will try to keep you down and small along the way.

It’s YOUR time to be seen as the expert in your field. (You don’t need anyone else’s permission either, by the way. I’ll share more about that at the workshop!)

Here’s the link again: http://getouttherelive.com

I’ll “see” you there, ok?

I’m Going on Tour to See You!

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I’m going on a “mini-tour” to see you! Registration is now open for my Get OUT There—Live! Tour!

What does it mean?

I’m visiting a couple of cities to teach my process for growing a business that’s aligned with your values and allows you to serve many more people… by leveraging the Internet and using authentic, engaging marketing to attract your most ideal clients and get out there in a really big way. It’s something I’ve never done before!

One of the coolest things about it?

We’re making it very easy and affordable for you to get this information! You’ll spend a half a day with me learning the most current strategies working NOW for standing out from the crowd, attracting ideal clients, rapidly growing your list and leveraging the web and social media.

For just $30 AND you can bring a friend for free.

Yep, really!

Click here to get dates and cities and register before we sell out.

The Get OUT There—Live! Tour is a full intro to my 3-day Get OUT There—Live! event, and if you feel like taking a deeper dive into learning with me, I’ll be sharing an opportunity to join me for the event at the end our half day together. (And of course, it’s totally cool if you just come to learn.)

In a nutshell, the half day session is me teaching you a powerful, step-by-step process that will shift how you handle your fears, give you permission to own your expertise and finally allow you to get out of your own way. You’ll also discover the exact tools you’ll need to reach many more of the people who need you, with ease. (This is exactly how you’ll transform your income.)

Yes, I teach virtually often, but I also love being able to serve the people who read my ezine, those I am connected with in social media, and my clients in this way face to face.

CLICK HERE for details and to register.

You will also have the chance to win a live laser coaching business makeover with me, for free. This personalized attention will get you off and running and attracting clients in a new and powerful way.

Oh, and be sure to bring your business cards for the high level networking time we’ve built in!

Will I get to meet you there in person?

Let’s get you out there in a much bigger way so you can start earning the income you deserve serving the people who need you most.

I can’t wait to see you, share a hug, and spend this time together.

Oh, and perhaps the cities I am coming to aren’t super-close to you. But I encourage you to grab your friends and colleagues and take a road trip or short flight to come to the half day. The high value content, laser coaching, networking and inspiration will be more than worth it. (And, we will fill up quickly.)

Just go here to register!

Pre-Registration for the LAST Ever Get OUT There–Live! Workshop is Now Open!

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Get OUT There–Live! is a unique 3-day experience, now in it’s 4th year.

It’s a high-content, high-value experience for business leaders-entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporate business leaders who want to enjoy not only more clients, but more credibility and visibility, more referrals, more raving FANS, and more consistent income than ever before.

This exclusive “Pre-Registration” ONLY opportunity to secure your seat at the best rate expires August 15th, 2014 at midnight Eastern.

At it’s core, the purpose of this 3-day experience is to teach you not only the “brass tacks” practical (and most current) how-to of marketing in a social media world, but to show you exactly how your thoughts, beliefs and feelings guide the actions that you take (or don’t take!)

During these 3 days, I will guide you through a powerful process that will shift how you handle your fears, give you permission to own your expertise and finally allow you to get out of your own way… and of course, empower you with the tools to reach many more of the people who need you.

This life-changing event will teach you the most current, cutting edge strategies that are working NOW for standing out from the crowd, attracting ideal clients, rapidly growing your list and leveraging the web and social media.

Click here for all the details and to see a brief video I filmed for you about moving out of struggle and into a place where you can get paid for your passions.

Hope to see you there with me this November!