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Looking for a Dose of Inspiration… Read Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred The Fire

Book Review Simply ShineBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Last month I got to explore what comes in a consultant starter kit, specifically for Tastefully Simple. Unlike many starter kits, the Business Blast Off Kit® comes with a special gift for new consultants; consisting of some key food items and a copy of Jill Blashack Strahan’s book, Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred The Fire.

On the surface this seems like a nice way to welcome new consultants to the company, but upon reading Jill’s book it’s so much more. Jills’ story of adversity and triumph is  just the sort of wisdom that a new consultant or business owner needs to hear when they’re embarking on their own entrepreneurial journey.

When you go into business, whether it’s a direct sales opportunity or your own personal startup, there are going to be times when you feel lost, alone, and utterly down in the dumps. It will be during these times that your passion, perseverance, and persistence will be tested. Often when we look at other successful entrepreneurs, we feel like their success came easy. That they’re smarter, wiser, more outgoing, have better connections, or are just plain lucky. The truth is every entrepreneur faces challenging times. (more…)

6 Books Every Work at Home Woman Needs to Read This Summer

By Holly Reisem Hanna

As the school year winds down, I find myself loading up my Kindle with some summer time reads. Whether you’ll be traveling by car, plane, or just sitting by the pool this summer, make sure to stock up on some good books to help cultivate your mind and spirit over the summer months. A few of these are newer titles, but many of them have been around for quite some time, so you maybe able to find them at your local used book store.

Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

A few months ago, a friend sent me an inspirational blog post from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. After I read it, I was immediately intrigued by the project and her book, so I bought it and read it within a week. Even the positive people experience periods of apathy, indifference, or gloom, but the key is to get into the right mindset. In this book Gretchen does just that by chronicling her own happiness project – which is a journey to finding the positive and uplifting in life. Inspiring and motivational, this book can definitely put you in better spirits. And as a bonus, Gretchen has templates and quizzes on her blog to guide you with your own happiness project. (more…)

Audible – The Way to Squeeze Reading into Your Busy Day

By Holly Reisem Hanna

Last year The Work at Home Woman hosted a Business Book Club, where every couple of months participants would read and discuss a new business book. While there was a lot of interest expressed in the group, the biggest complaint that I heard from participants, is that there wasn’t enough time in the day to sit down and do the required reading.

Many of these women were juggling full-time jobs, busy family schedules and part-time businesses. Participation in the club was so low, that I decided to write an article specifically for these women on ways to save time – it didn’t help. Atlas, I finally decided to shut-down the club. (more…)

Book Review: The Essentials of Fabulous

By Holly Reisem Hanna

Recently I was approached to review Ellen Lubin-Sherman’s book, The Essentials of Fabulous. While I don’t take on too many reviews now days, I decided to take this one on, because after all who doesn’t want to be fabulous?!

When I received the book, I didn’t know who Ellen Lubin-Sherman was. As it turns out, Ellen got her start in business delivering gossip news to Liz Smith, a popular gossip columnist. Later in her career, Ellen worked as a consultant for top communication firms advising brands like Gap, Martha Stewart and Perrier Water. Today Ellen continues to coach, consult, and speak to companies and businesses on how to be fabulous.

While most days I feel pretty “fabulous”, I was curious to see what Ellen had to say on the subject. The Essentials of Fabulous is broken down into 11 chapters, each discussing a different attribute of fabulous people. As I read through the book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement, that yes these are definitely characteristics of truly fabulous individuals. And while I’m not going to discuss every attribute, I did want to mention a couple that really resonated with me. (more…)

Book Review: TIPS for Small Business and Marketing

By Holly Reisem Hanna

One of the first people I met on Twitter is Shara Lawrence-Weiss of Mommy Perks. Since our first encounter on Twitter, we’ve gotten to know each other fairly well and during this time we’ve been able to assist each other with cross promotions, referrals and recommendations.

In fact, Shara is probably one of the most helpful and caring individuals that I know online. She’s always willing to share her knowledge, expertise and she’s been a huge cheerleader for me, as well many other small business owners.

So when Shara asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing her e-book, TIPS for Small Business and Marketing it was a no brainer. (more…)

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