Around this time of year when we flip the calendar from one year to the next, most people make a long list of New Year’s Resolutions. It is a noble idea in theory, but often in practice, doesn’t amount to much. Resolutions often get cast aside and discarded, making their creators feel inadequate and unproductive.

So why not skip the New Year’s Resolutions altogether this time and opt for an alternative New Year’s ritual: the One-Word Theme!

I find it helps me to choose a word to give me an over-arching theme for the new year. For many people, the one word approach feels more manageable and powerful than a laundry list of New Year’s Resolutions which can often feel like another to-do list. One word is ideal. It gives you focus.

I believe that choosing a word for the year is so compelling because it takes the “should” out of our wish for personal and professional development. Our word serves as a gentle (but powerful!) reminder, rather than a drill sergeant barking orders at us.

I’ve been following this one word theme for years now.

  • In 2011, my word was Implement. Boy, did I implement that year as I changed my business brand and model, and went with my husband on 13 interviews around the U.S. to choose a place for him to do a residency and for us to relocate to from NY.
  • My word in 2012 was Change as we relocated across country from New York to California and completely changed our lives and I expanded my business.
  • In 2013, my word was Discover as I acclimated to living in Northern California and embraced our new life. I took Italian classes, became a “real” cyclist, got back on stage with local theater groups, and more.
  • In 2014, my word was Presence as a reminder to live in the moment and savor all of the experiences personally and professionally that I was blessed to have in my life.
  • In 2015, my word was Adventure. My husband finished his 3-year veterinary residency and we spent a month in beautiful Italy. What an adventure indeed!!
  • In 2016, my word was Savor. It was a great reminder to slow down and enjoy life more. I renewed my life-long hobbies of reading and writing. I read 84 books that year and started writing creatively again.
  • In 2017, I chose Creativity and loved it! I started writing my first novel, attended some amazing writer conferences, and brought a creative flair to everything I did, personally and professionally.

For 2018, I’ve chosen the word Embrace. It took a little bit of time to reveal itself, but once it did, I realized it was the right word and theme for this year. I plan to embrace my favorite hobbies such as reading and writing, embrace my health, embrace my marriage, embrace my business, and yes, even embrace my age (I am turning 50 at the end of January… yikes! How did that happen?!).

I love how Embrace makes me feel like I am enjoying what I have, while reaching for what I want. It feels positive and proactive. It feels like it will push me outside my comfort zone, but not so far that I lose sight of what I already have that needs to be embraced.

When I posted on social media about this one-word approach, I got a huge response to my appeal for people to share their word of the new year. People’s comments were very inspiring and thought-provoking. Interestingly, people often share that they experience a little resistance to their word at first. Or were surprised at their word. Or hoped that something bigger or better had come to mind. Try not to resist the word that presents itself to you!

The word you choose is usually the exact one that you need to be reminded of throughout the year. And by the way, the one word theme is not a cop out! It doesn’t mean that you won’t accomplish anything or fail to take action. From what I have seen with the one-word theme, you will. But many of us don’t need another to-do list. We need a theme, a rallying cry, a mantra, an affirmation, a reminder. Your one word can serve all of those purposes and more if you give it some serious thought, choose wisely (or better yet, let your word choose you!), and then keep that word front and center in your mind, guiding your actions and behavior during the year.

So… what is your one word for 2018? I’d love to hear it. Please send me an email or even better, share in the comments below so others can be inspired too!

Happy New Year!

Around this time of year when we flip the calendar from one year to the next, most people make a long list of New Year’s Resolutions. It is a noble idea in theory, but often in practice, doesn’t amount to much. Resolutions often get cast aside and discarded, making their creators feel inadequate and unproductive.

So why not skip the New Year’s Resolutions altogether this time and opt for an alternative New Year’s ritual: the One-Word Theme!

I find it helps me to choose a word to give me an over-arching theme in the new year. For many people, the one word approach feels more manageable and powerful than a laundry list of New Year’s Resolutions which can often feel like another to-do list. One word is ideal. It gives you focus.

I believe that choosing a word f or the year is so compelling because it takes the “should” out of our wish for personal and professional development. Our word serves as a gentle (but powerful!) reminder, rather than a drill sergeant barking orders at us.

I’ve been following this one word theme for years now.

  • In 2011, my word was Implement. Boy, did I implement that year as I changed my business brand and model, and went with my husband on 13 interviews around the U.S. to choose a place for him to do a residency and for us to relocate to from NY).
  • My word in 2012 was Change as we relocated across country from New York to California and completely changed our lives and I expanded my business.
  • In 2013, my word was Discover as I acclimated to living in Northern California and embraced our new life. I took Italian classes, became a “real” cyclist, got back on stage with local theater groups, and more.
  • In 2014, my word was Presence as a reminder to live in the moment and savor all of the experiences personally and professionally that I was blessed to have in my life.
  • In 2015, my word was Adventure. My husband finished his 3-year veterinary residency and we spent a month in beautiful Italy. What an adventure indeed!! 
  • In 2016, my word was Savor. It was a great reminder to slow down and enjoy life more. I renewed my life-long hobbies of reading and writing. I read 84 books last year and started writing creatively again. 

For 2017, I’ve chosen the word Creativity. It came to me quickly and clearly. And yes, I plan to pursue the creative endeavor of writing a novel based on memoir, as well as some short stories. But I also plan to apply Creativity to many areas of my life and business. Creativity can infuse a lot of what we do, what we create, what we grow and nurture. I love that idea and will use this word as a constant reminder throughout the year to be my most creative self in every way.

When I posted on social media about this one-word approach, I got a huge response to my appeal for people to share their word of the new year. People’s comments were very inspiring and thought-provoking. Interestingly, people often share that they experienced a little resistance to their word at first. Or were surprised at their word. Or hoped that something bigger or better had come to mind. Try not to resist the word that presents itself to you!

The word you choose is usually the exact one that you need to be reminded of throughout the year.

And by the way, the one word theme is not a cop out! It doesn’t mean that you won’t accomplish anything or fail to take action. From what I have seen with the one-word theme, you will. But many of us don’t need another to-do list. We nee d a theme, a rallying cry, a mantra, an affirmation, a reminder. Your one word can serve all of those purposes and more if you give it some serious thought, choose wisely (or better yet, let your word choose you!), and then keep that word front and center in your mind, guiding your actions and behavior during the year.

So… what is your one word or theme for 2017? I’d love to hear it. Please send me an email or even better, share in the comments on my blog so others can be inspired too!

Happy New Year!

“When people go to work they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” ~ Betty Bender

Do you feel like you have to check your heart at the door before you walk into your office everyday? Are you disillusioned with your current job situation and would like to make a change? Maybe you’ve had it with “Corporate America” and want to jump ship?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out of work right now. Does this mean that you should give up all hope of changing jobs? No! This may be the perfect time to start planning your exit strategy, or to actually make it. The need for work that sustains you and satisfies you has not changed simply because the economy has changed. It may make your search more challenging, or you may have to delay your decision to look for greener pastures until employment prospects increase in your employment sector, but you should not abandon your hopes and dreams of finding more meaningful work. What you must do, however, is some serious preparation so that you are ready to take action when the time is right.

The following is some guidance to help you plan your eventual exit.

quit_jobTiming is Everything – How do you know when you are ready to jump ship? The answer depends on many factors. Unless you are absolutely miserable and need to get out of your current job situation immediately in order to preserve your health and well-being, I recommend you slowly plan your exit strategy while still working full time. There are many benefits to this approach, including financial (save money, pay off debt, etc.), and emotional/psychological (prepare yourself and your family for a major change). Consider going part time first if your employer is open to it. This may allow for a smooth transition on both sides.

Determine Your Motives – If you don’t know why you want to leave your present job, this is where you need to start. Why do you want to leave your current employer/ profession? Are you running away from your present position, or running towards something new? For example, before I became an entrepreneur, I practiced law for 9 years. Although I had a profound respect for the law, I did not appreciate the way it was practiced in our society.  It became too negative in the hands of those that wanted to use it to fight.  I started to become restless and knew that there were other ways I could share my talents and expertise with people and organizations to improve the world.  I did a lot of soul searching and arrived at the conclusion that I needed to leave the traditional practice of law and become an entrepreneur in order to truly make a difference. So my motives were a combination of wanting to leave my past profession and wanting to embark on a new one.

Examine Your Choices – Do you want to leave your present job to “go it alone?” In other words, would you like to become self-employed, start your own business, or work as a consultant or freelancer? If so, you will need to start researching entrepreneurship to make sure it is a good fit for you. What about moving to a different size employer? For example, if you currently work for a large corporation, consider a mid-sized business or small office where you may be able to take on more responsibility, and enjoy better life-work balance. Love the idea of helping others? Maybe the non-profit world would be a good fit for you. Start brainstorming job and career ideas, and then conduct empirical research to see if those ideas are realistic for you.

Don’t Burn Your Bridges – If you have an open relationship with your current employer and don’t think you’d risk losing your job, you could share your news and offer to help your employer find and train your replacement. Your current employer may become a great ally in your job search and career transition. If you strike out on your own, who knows? Your current employer could become your best new client!

Use Your Transferable Skills – If you are unsure what your next move is, start looking at your transferable skills. Many people get caught up in the title or position of their job. This is the time to think outside the box! Think of the types of work that you have thought about or admired in the past. Imagine the work environments you think you’d thrive in. Focus on tasks and activities you like to do and excel at.

re-trainingBuild New Skills – Try to gain the skills necessary to make the career transition while you are still working in your present job. Are there professional development workshops you can attend? Maybe you can take an online course? Can you conduct informational interviews with experts in the field you want to enter? Identify what skills you are lacking, and try to get experience and education in those areas before you start your job search in earnest.

Make Connections – Network with professionals in the field you want to enter. Call upon your sphere of influence to assist you in making crucial connections that will help you get a job in a new setting or industry that you have had your eye on. This is the time to build a professional network of people that are eager and willing to help you make this transition.

Get Support – Connect with others who have faced their own turning points and have survived and flourished. Talk to your friends and family so that they understand your desire and need for this change. Hire a professional coach or career counselor to become your guide on this journey.

Coaching and Consulting

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
~ Nolan Bushnell

Working with me is a personalized experience like no other you’ll find. I promise.

I am passionate about helping others be more successful. My energy is contagious. It is MY purpose to ignite a fire within you so you are able to live out YOUR life’s purpose.

Combining my rich and diverse background as a mediator, lawyer, educator, performer, and successful business-owner, I am able to provide guidance across a wide platform of topics using many different modalities. I honed the ability to get to the core of an issue during my years as a lawyer. I use an artful combination of analytical skills and intuition to help my clients focus, grow, and take action.

I coach and consult with individuals in one-on-one and group formats, as well as with corporations and organizations, to help each individual and each organization find balance, success and joy at home, in business, and in life.

6 Pillars of Powerhouse Success

I tailor my coaching and consulting to each client’s unique situation, but have discovered themes among my clients, which led me to create my Signature System – The 6 Pillars of Powerhouse Success. The System encapsulates the most common stages that a client goes through in order to achieve success. Not all clients need to go through the entire system. Some clients work on one Pillar, some work on a few… some go in order, some need to move around. The system is a powerful, easy-to-follow guide to support you as you reach for success.

The System is one that has evolved from my own experience. I have very much created my purpose and I live my passion! How did I do it? I put myself through this system! Now, I have the privilege of helping others through this system and watching them transform their life and work.

Types of Coaching

To reach as many clients as possible, I offer a variety of solutions and programs, from a one-time Strategy Session to a year-long Platinum Level Coaching Program, and several options in between. Take a look at the options below to see which one may be the perfect fit for you, depending on your desired outcome, time commitment, and investment level. If you want more details, click on the links for each categy.

If you are unsure which Coaching option is best for you, with me so that I can help you determine the type and level of coaching or consulting you need in order to achieve success.

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Coaching and Consulting

Do you…

… sometimes feel like there is a magic formula to being a successful entrepreneur and you weren’t given it?

… often fall into the Comparison Trap and think every other entrepreneur has what it takes except you?

…chase bright shiny objects but don’t actually implement the success principles necessary to excel as an entrepreneur?

If so, you need support, guidance, and expertise. You need some Kick-Butt Business Coaching! This isn’t just any old business coaching — it’s the kind that gets results.

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Reinventing yourself in the workplace and in your career is possible. I will show you how to play to your strengths, discover your passions, and own your power and confidence as you plan your next career move.

I have years of experience coaching individuals on career issues, both from my background as an employment lawyer and by serving as a freelance career consultant for several law schools and on a freelance basis.  I’ve had the pleasure of assisting individuals with varied careers, including lawyers, rabbis, professional musicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and financial services professionals to name a few.

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Organizations are living breathing organisms that depend on their internal structures to work efficiently and effectively in order to thrive. Success is contingent on clear goals and objectives, strong leadership, motivated participation, and a supportive environment. I help optimize business and organizational performance in these areas so your firm, company, or organization can meet and exceed expectations.

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Success Coaching can be used for:

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Project Management
  • Executive Coaching
  • Speaker/Presentation Coaching (see Speaking page for more details on Coaching for Speakers)
  • Financial Goals
  • Health & Fitness Goals

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Creating order and balance in today’s fast-paced, over-stuffed society is an ongoing challenge for many people and organizations. Improving productivity can decrease stress, help you find what you need faster, and save time! I have helped hundreds of corporations, small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and individuals garner measurable increases in productivity and gain time to participate more fully in business, career, and life. And I’d love to put my training, knowledge and experience to work to help you too!

“Having worked with Lisa Montanaro from LM Organizing Solutions, LLC in the set-up of Digimob Media…we highly recommend her! It PAYS to be organized both personally and professionally!” ~ Chris Masters, Digimob Media

Read more testimonials here

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Are you interested in becoming a professional organizer? Are you an organizer who strives to take your business to the next level? Do you need assistance with business planning, marketing, and other issues that entrepreneurs struggle with?

A large percentage of my client base over years has been, and continues to be, professional organizers. I provide coaching to those who aspire to become professional organizers, and for organizers at every level.  I LOVE coaching, consulting and training my peer organizing colleagues throughout the US and beyond. The industry has grown by leaps and bounds, and has become more “professional” than ever before. It is an exciting time to run an organizing business.

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Want to become a speaker or hone your speaking skills?

Have to give a presentation and need help writing and organizing it, or coaching on how to present it?

Lisa offers speaker coaching and training, as well as speech writing services.

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Ways to Coach with Me

Strategy Session

(75 Minutes)

Need a jump start, or a quick focused session for a targeted issue, and don’t want the commitment of a long-term coaching relationship at this time?

A Strategy Session is the answer. They are budget-friendly, only-when-you-need-it coaching sessions. We focus on 1-2 topics… whatever you need help with (and these sessions are incredibly helpful!). You pick what’s most important to you and we get to work on it. Many clients use this service as a starting point for other coaching programs.

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VIP Intensive

(half-day, full-day or 2 day)

The concentrated time allows us to dig deep and lay out a step-by step plan for exactly how to live the life you’ve been dreaming of, thrive in your business, transition your career, or lead your team.

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Platinum Level Private Coaching

(3, 6 and 12 month programs)

When you are ready to make a long-term commitment to your success, you want the full access pass, which is Platinum Level Coaching. Clients that are ready to step up, play big, and implement are the ones that are attracted to longer term coaching. You are invested in your own success and know that you want a partner to help you get there.

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E-mail Coaching

Are you too busy right now to devote an hour or more to coaching by phone, Skype or in person?

Is your heart and mind screaming for coaching help, but your budget won’t cooperate?

Don’t fret — I’ve got you covered!

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(LMG University)

Looking for a group coaching program to improve your business, career or life? Visit LMG University, my online learning platform offering virtual/online courses and programs. LMGU is interdisciplinary in scope, providing courses and programs for business, career and life through the LMGU Business School, Enrichment Center and Career Services Office. Programs include semester-long courses, one-day intensives, live retreats — eventually even study abroad programs. Come visit the campus and look at current classes offered!

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Still have questions about coaching/consulting? Click Here for coaching FAQs.

Here’s the full package of what you get when you work with me:

Coaching

Coaching to ask the questions that peel back the layers, dig deep and get to the core of what you want, are ready for, and what blocks are in the way of you getting there.

Consulting/Training

Consulting/Training on the how-to’s, practical steps, and know-how delivered in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step style. This is where you get to tap into my wealth of knowledge and expertise, and where I freely provide answers when you need them.

Mentoring

Mentoring to advise you through your learning curve and inspire you to play a bigger game. I am open to sharing my own lessons learned and success principles, as I find that one of the best ways I learn is by listening to successful people talk candidly about their mistakes made and what they learned from them along the way.

I am a very honest person and feel that by being transparent, I have been able to fully help my clients. People like to be inspired and know that the mentor/coach/expert they are working with is successful, sure. And I walk the walk and talk the talk. BUT it’s also motivational and inspirational to know that the person whose shoes you’d like to walk in, who is where you want to be, didn’t just magically get there. So I plan to pull back the curtain and show you the inner workings of my journey.

Masterminding

Masterminding so that we can brainstorm ideas together and come up with solutions that are exciting and stretch you, but are also realistic.

Support & Accountability

Support & Accountability from someone who believes in you and knows what it takes to reach the milestones you set for your business or career and life. Consider me your kick-butt coach, partner in personal and professional development, and cheerleader all rolled into one.

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Are You Ready to

 …kick your business into high gear?

…create the business model you’ve been striving for?

…stop working so hard and, instead, work smarter?

…charge what you’re worth, and reach the levels of income you’ve dreamed of?

If you answered YES, then the Kick Butt Business Bootcamp is for you!

businessbootcampIn order to have a thriving and successful business, you need to be strategic. You don’t have to do everything. You have to do the right things for your business!

Stop chasing silver bullets. There’s no shortcut to creating revenue and building your business. Before you start trying “everything” and chasing bright shiny objects, slow down and think through your strategy. A tactic that’s perfect for one business owner might be the wrong move for you. Do what will work for you, based on your value proposition and your target market. Leverage your strengths and don’t waste time with ideas that simply don’t fit your business model.

Comments from a Live Bootcamp Attendee:

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“I’ve attended many business building seminars, teleclasses and workshops, and Kick Butt Business Boot camp was definitely one of the best! Lisa helped me to define some of the critical areas of my business that needed to be addressed and I left the boot camp with the tools I needed to succeed. Lisa’s business boot camps should be a requirement for all small business owners, whether they are new in business or a veteran! Thanks, Lisa!”

~ Jacquie Ross, CLC, CYPFC , Certified Life & Family Coach and Professional Organizer, Maryland SBA Award Winner

 

The Kick-Butt Business Bootcamp Home Study Program will help you create a plan designed to implement strategic business growth by focusing on three key elements: where your business is now, where you want to take it, and how you will get it there. Get ready to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your business, and identify the opportunities and how to act on them.

This program will provide the know-how, while also forcing you to take a cold hard look at your business, dissect it, and put it back together strategically so that it is better and stronger! If you want results and are ready to dig in and kick your business’ butt, then this is for you!

If you’re serious about creating a thriving, profitable business, the information you’ll learn in this one program will alter the course of your business forever.

You’re going to get off the merry-go-round of trying to figure things out, and get into action.

In this Kick Butt Business Bootcamp program, you will learn how to:
  • make_a_planCreate a strategic plan for growing operations
  • Determine the right business model for you
  • Determine your Unique Selling Proposition
  • Identify your Target Market and Ideal Client, and how to market to reach them
  • Be perceived as an expert in your area
  • Delegate and outsource to employees or subcontractors (including assistants, virtual assistants, etc.)
  • Create your Profit Pyramid
  • Create multiple streams of income, leverage and repurpose your content, expand your delivery methods, offer options at multiple price points, create packages and value-based pricing, and give clients a menu or suite of services
  • Develop Strategic Partnerships and engage in Joint Ventures
  • Establish a Board of Advisors
  • Draft an Operations Manual
  • Focus on your unique areas of brilliance within your business
  • Learn how to work on your business, not just in it
This program will include:
  • 3 ½ hour audio recording of the program (previously recorded from a live presentation)
  • PowerPoint slides for the whole presentation
  • Handout/Interactive Note-Taking Guide (Word document)

Are you ready to kick butt and finally create the business you were meant to? Then sign up below!

$129 ($99 promotional rate)

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Add on Private Coaching with Lisa to really ramp up and apply what you’ve learned in the Bootcamp…. $300 for a 2-hour private session (regular rate = $400)

About Lisa

Lisa MontanaroLisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses.

Lisa is the author of “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” published by Peter Pauper Press. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth.

Often referred to as a pint-sized power house, Lisa Montanaro is living proof that good things really do come in small packages! Drawing upon her experience as a performer, educator, mediator, and lawyer, Lisa founded LM Organizing Solutions, LLC® in 2002, and then expanded her brand to Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises in 2012 to fully capture the holistic approach her work takes in improving personal and professional development at all levels.

A sought-after business expert due to her background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs, Lisa offers business coaching/consulting to professional organizers. Part consultant, part coach — Lisa asks probing questions helping you to dig deep, but also gives expert advice, guiding you to the answers you seek. The key is to help you focus on what you need in order to build your business, protect yourself, and enjoy your work!

Around this time of year when we flip the calendar from one year to the next, most people make a long list of New Year’s Resolutions. It is a noble idea in theory, but often in practice, doesn’t amount to much. Resolutions often get cast aside and discarded, making their creators feel inadequate and unproductive.

So why not skip the New Year’s Resolutions altogether this time and opt for an alternative New Year’s ritual: the One-Word Theme!

I find it helps me to choose a word to give me an over-arching theme in the new year. For many people, the one word approach feels more manageable and powerful than a laundry list of New Year’s Resolutions which can often feel like another to-do list. One word is ideal. It gives you focus.

I believe that choosing a word for the year is so compelling because it takes the “should” out of our wish for personal and professional development. Our word serves as a gentle (but powerful!) reminder, rather than a drill sergeant barking orders at us.

carpe_diemI’ve been following this one word theme for years now.

  • In 2011, my word was Implement. Boy, did I implement that year as I changed my business brand and model, and went with my husband on 13 interviews around the U.S. to choose a place for him to do a residency and for us to relocate to from NY).
  • My word in 2012 was Change as we relocated across country from New York to California and completely changed our lives and I expanded my business.
  • In 2013, my word was Discover as I acclimated to living in Northern California and embraced our new life. I took Italian classes, became a “real” bicyclist, got back on stage with local theater groups, and more.
  • In 2014, my word was Presence as a reminder to live in the moment and savor all of the experiences personally and professionally that I was blessed to have in my life.

My word for 2015 is Adventure. It came to me the other day very easily when I started thinking about the year ahead. My husband finishes his 3-year veterinary residency and we will do some traveling in the United States and Europe, enjoying some long-awaited quality time together. We will also be researching and considering our options for the future in terms of where we will live next. My one word theme of Adventure will be both a comforting and powerful reminder to stay intellectually curious, seek out new adventures, try new experiences, shake up the status quo, live each moment to the fullest, and savor each drop of my life.

When I posted on social media about this one-word approach, I got a huge response to my appeal for people to share their word of the new year. People’s comments were very inspiring and thought-provoking. Interestingly, people often share that they experienced a little resistance to their word at first. Or were surprised at their word. Or hoped that something bigger or better had come to mind. Try not to resist the word that presents itself to you! The word you choose is usually the exact one that you need to be reminded of throughout the year.

life_is_too_shortAnd by the way, the one word theme is not a cop out! It doesn’t mean that you won’t accomplish anything or fail to take action. From what I have seen with the one-word theme, you will. But many of us don’t need another to-do list. We need a theme, a rallying cry, a mantra, an affirmation, a reminder. Your one word can serve all of those purposes and more if you give it some serious thought, choose wisely (or better yet, let your word choose you!), and then keep that word front and center in your mind, guiding your actions and behavior during the year.

So… what is your one word or theme for 2015? I’d love to hear it. Please send me an email or even better, share in the comments on my blog so others can be inspired too!

Happy New Year!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I can’t believe it is almost over.

I’m popping in today with a special heads-up for you regarding my Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs which will take place in beautiful California Wine Country from November 6-9.

The Fast Action Bonus allowing you to pay in 3 easy installments with no extra change is officially ending this Friday, August 15th (a 2-payment option will still be available, but not at this fabulous rate). So if this type of budget friendly option appeals to you, be sure to register by Friday (just make your first payment and then my shopping cart will do the rest!). www.LisaMontanaro.com/WineCountryRetreat

Early registrations are coming in, and I’m excited that we are getting such a high level group of women. It’s going to be an wonderful combination of personal and professional development in a beautiful setting. It will be like combining the La Dolce Vita lifestyle with some business learning and exercises, a mini-vacation, and an opportunity for collaboration and sharing with other women.

If you are serious about joining us, don’t wait too long to register! There are limited rooms available at the Geyserville Inn, and I will be capping registration once I reach a certain number of attendees to keep this event small and intimate, and allow for the type of interaction and access to each other that will make this retreat so special.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to email. Or we can even jump on the line if you’d prefer to chat! 🙂 I’d love to find out your goals for attending, and answer any questions that you may have.

Hope to see you in inspiring Wine Country this fall!

Wine Country Retreat

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Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat
for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders

I had the absolute pleasure of hosting my first Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders in California Wine Country in November 2014. A dozen women came from all over the country to focus on improving their personal and professional development while nourishing their soul, enjoying beautiful scenery, and savoring delicious food and wine.

I hope to make this an annual event, and am even considering holding it in other locations, including the Northeast and possibly Italy in the future.

If you’re interested in getting on the Priority Notification List, please sign up below to be notified of future retreats.

Are you ready to. . .
  • Blaze a new trail?
  • Reinvent your business and life?
  • Live your purpose and passion?
  • Leverage your brilliance?
  • Make great money so that you prosper while helping others?


bigstock-You-re-Invited--Invitation-An-14958338If so, I have a special invitation for you. It’s a rare opportunity to create the business, career and life that you want and deserve, and achieve success on your terms.

Introducing the inaugural “Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders.” This life-changing event is happening in one of the most beautiful spots in the United States — California Wine Country — and offers a rare and special opportunity to connect, create, and collaborate in a stunning setting that is inspiring, nourishing and rejuvenating.

SheilaDelson“Lisa, working with you these past months has s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d me beyond what I knew into a realm of possibility because the journey allowed me to break out of my own self-imposed shackles. It was hard work; I did a lot of kicking and screaming! Yet you were always there to support my every challenge with the comfort of your knowledge and expertise. You helped me to do what I needed to so that ‘my work’ could continue and grow. There is a lot more to do, but I now have a road map so I know how to get there. Fabulous! Thank you!” ~ Sheila Delson, CPO-CD, FREEDomain Concepts, LLC

Join me at this 3-day live retreat that will be filled with ideas, energy, reflection, and collaboration, including:

  • Evolution of your personal and professional life
  • Enriching interaction with like-minded women
  • Electrifying experiences and excursions that touch the soul
  • Platforms for collaboration and connection

When you hold the space for introspection, connection and growth, big shifts occur. Transformation happens.

There is significant power in gathering together with a group of women like you who are ambitious, positive and focused on serving others and growing their businesses and careers, and developing their leadership skills.

IMG_0498When you spend time with other wonderful women away from your regular life, and you incorporate relaxation, rejuvenation, movement, being in nature, new ideas, and time to simply sit and reflect, amazing things can occur. Shifts in your thinking can take place and how you do what you do can be upgraded forever.

This powerful gathering is limited to a small group of women to keep it intimate, allow for deep level discovery and sharing, and to guarantee you are not just a number, but are seen, heard, honored, pampered and tended to.

Christine-Sinclair“What a fantastic  Women’s Enterprise Development Center Mastermind Class last night! I always get so much from your classes, but this last class blew my socks off. Everyone was changed last night. We all stayed after you left and talked about what happened for quite a while afterwards. I’m so sorry to see the classes coming to a close. Thanks so much for everything.” ~ Christine Sinclair


Come experience amazing breakthroughs, meaningful connecting with other women, stepping into your power, and of course, delicious wine (if you imbibe!)! 🙂

Join me for a once-in-a-lifetime gathering that puts attention on you and your success from the inside out…all in the beautiful setting of the California Wine Country.

You will meet fabulous women, enjoy personal and professional development in a supportive environment, and create incredible possibilities for yourself.

Leave your responsibilities and to-dos behind and embrace the place where you will . . .

  • Expand your personal and professional network as you meet, mingle and get to know other quality women who are also ready to experience a quantum leap toward living their ideal personal and professional life.
  • Participate in interactive, possibility-focused exercises and experiences in a supportive environment that will allow you to see yourself, and all that you can do and be, in a new light.
  • Break through outdated, limiting beliefs and embrace new opportunities in a safe and supportive, but also bold and inspiring, environment.

And, that’s only the beginning. In addition, you will . . .

  • Connect more fully with your purpose, passion, and power.
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  • Listen to your inner voice that often gets drowned out by the noise of a “busy” life and business/work.
  • Learn how to discover and promote your personal and professional brand for maximum impact.
  • Overcome blocks to success and build your confidence.
  • Design a business and life that truly reflects who you are (not who you think you should be, or what everyone else is doing!).
  • Transform and up-level your money mindset.
  • Leverage your time, content, and brain power to reach bolder goals.
  • Gain greater visibility and credibility as a leader.
  • Take a stand for your business and life in a bigger way.
  • Gain insight into my contagious energy and insider strategies that have made it easy to attract clients and take quantum leaps in my business and life (that you can too IF you want to and it fits into YOUR purpose and passion).

Plus, you will get a bonus discussion with my fabulous Online Business Manager, Deborah Davis of A Virtual Click Away who will share the best practices of delegating and outsourcing, developing your online presence, and using a virtual assistant or online business manager. I am so excited that she will be joining us live for the retreat and adding her valuable insight!

Jane Caroo“You are able to be Business Coach, Attorney, Mentor, Cheerleader…and more. You wear all your hats so well! Thank You.” ~ Jane Carroo, www.cluttercoach.com

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Why Attend The Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders?

IMG_0206-300x300No matter what life and business/career may currently
be for you – whether you’re experiencing success, apathy or adversity – the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat is a chance to embrace your journey with courage and let your light shine!

  • Regain enthusiasm and passion for what you do.
  • Revitalize and refocus your business journey/career path.
  • Fire up a creative spark to pursue a new business or personal endeavor.
  • Gain strength and focus in your personal and professional pursuits.
  • Embark on a personal journey of discovery – a truly life-changing experience bursting with inspiration, bright ideas and creative energy.

​This fabulous live retreat is the ultimate experience for women with vision — a time for the enrichment and transformation of your personal and professional life.

I know this is an investment of time, expense, and leaving your loved ones for a few days (although for some of you the time away may be the best part!). But I can assure you it will be well worth it. Business and life changing to be exact!

natasharickert“Wow! Where do I begin when it comes to sharing about the bottom line impact that the Successfully Self Employed Semester offered by LMG University has had on my business, goals and perspective?! Some of the value I received in participating in this 12 week program was knowing that I’m going to save a ton of time and money implementing what I learned, versus stumbling around on my own trying to figure it out. During SSES, we thoroughly discussed the crucial topics needed to be a successful business owner. Due to Lisa’s exceptional expertise, as well as the camaraderie and team spirit of the participants, I accomplished several goals and tasks promptly and efficiently while learning how to increase my sales, legally protect, and automate my business. Belonging to a group of entrepreneurs who come with their unique backgrounds and experiences complimented by Lisa’s invaluable knowledge and business savvy, we were able to walk through personal and professional fears, and gain broader perspectives around what may be going on behind the scenes. We addressed some of the deeper issues holding us and our businesses back. What a gift to receive on-the-spot input, ideas and constructive feedback regarding my elevator speech, marketing materials, legal business status, and so much more. If you’re looking for a program that will show you how to maximize results and profits over the long haul, I highly recommend Lisa Montanaro’s Successfully Self Employed Semester.” ~ Natasha Rickert, www.EnergytoOrganize.com

SusanChitwood2“Lisa is top notch! She is inspiring, encouraging and cuts to the heart of the issue to offer right on solutions. And she’s entertaining (and organized) to boot!” ~ Susan Chitwood, Maypop Design




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Here’s my promise to you:

  • You will not just feel like another “butt in a seat” or like you are lost in a sea of people. You will receive personalized attention and support.
  • We will not just “scratch the surface” with a bunch of boring templates that you have already have seen a hundred times. We will delve into the heart and soul of who you are, what needs to change, and how you will change it.
  • I will not just gloss over what really needs to be said. We will tend to the deeper longings and transformation necessary to make the lasting changes and radical results you are ready for.
  • You will not have to sit for hours on end listening to a talking head. You will engage, interact and experience so what we do becomes a part of who you are, making it easy to bring back into your life and business/work.
  • I will not just focus on the personal development side so that you worry how to apply this to your professional business endeavors. You will receive guidance so you can ground it all into a viable professional model.
  • I will not just focus on the business so that you are left feeling void of meaning and that your personal life, interests, passions, and soul are not accounted for. I well help you feel at ease to authentically and effectively bring forth your personal side.
  • I will not just be putting on a show that leaves you questioning what you came for. I will ensure you feel seen, honored, and appreciated so that you can unearth who you are and become aligned with who you want to become so that you shine brighter than ever before.

It is your time! Time for you to focus on your personal and professional purpose. Time to move forward as the brave, beautiful, bold woman entrepreneur or leader that you know you can be, and as a collaborative group of powerful energy.


Why California Wine Country? The Inspiration for the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat

Typical landscape with rows of grapes  in the wine growing regioI love Tuscany and Provence, the wine country regions of Italy and France. When I relocated to California and discovered the California Wine Country, I fell in love with it, and realized that I had this beautiful gem in my backyard. I now want to share it with you.

California Wine Country has a world-wide reputation. And it’s no wonder! It’s a major wine-producing region, foodie lovers paradise, with a mild climate and stunning scenery. I’ve deliberately chosen this place for you! People gather from all over the world to experience this soul-nourishing place. California Wine Country is a perfect backdrop for personal and professional development and enrichment. It enhances creative thinking and problem solving. The rolling hills, verdant landscapes, and fruit growing vines bathe visitors with a sense of hope and renewal, regardless of the season. The spectacular trails and overlooks provide numerous opportunities for hiking, exploration, communing with nature, and escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and work.

In some ways, I am still a newcomer to California Wine Country, as I only just relocated to Northern California in July 2012. But don’t fret! I have personally scouted out the perfect locations for our retreat experiences, and still have the enthusiasm, excitement and eagerness of a newbie that has fallen in love with a place, a mood, an environment and a lifestyle. From the first time I visited California Wine Country, I felt at home in a way. It evoked the fond memories I have of Tuscany and Provence, and made me grateful to have this gem of a region so close by.

It has been my dream for many years to gather women like you in a phenomenal setting like this so that I can help you unwind, reconnect, step into your power and transform your life and business in meaningful ways. Now that dream is coming true… for me, and if you join me in November, for you too!

There’s nothing like immersing yourself in a completely different environment, especially one deliberately designed for your ease to catapult you to the next level.

Adriane Weinberg“I enjoyed your Kick Butt Business Bootcamp hosted by the NAPO-Greater Philadelphia Chapter. The content was fabulous. But even more so, I want to thank you for patiently and comprehensively answering all of my questions! In 13 years of being a business owner, I can’t remember having an opportunity to ask one person such a variety of questions about running and marketing a business. What an amazing opportunity! Many other attendees thanked me afterward for asking so many relevant questions that all of us really wanted to know the answers to. Thank you again!” ~ Adriane Weinberg, www.organizedapproach.com




I’m prepared to give you the best of the best in service so you can create your purpose and live your passion in business and life, on your terms, and have fun while doing it!

NOTE – If You Are Not a Wine Drinker: Not everyone drinks wine (or any type of alcoholic beverage for that matter). Please be aware that non-alcoholic drinks will be available at every meal, you will not be pressured to taste wine if you choose not to, and you will not be made to feel uncomfortable in any way. The Wine Country is more than wine! It is a culture, mood, and experience. It is about living a life of passion, enjoying nature, slowing down, and savoring every moment. The area will entice you with its romance even if you never drink a drop of wine! 🙂

MS Butler.jpg“Lisa is the most inspirational, influential, and motivating coach to experience. I have had her coach me as a mastermind mentor for the WED/PEP Program, and now for her own La Dolce Vita Program from LMG University. She is the only one that I trust as a mentor, and have found that as an entrepreneur my ideas for all of my passionate pursuits became both clear and organized after attending her programs. Lisa uses a real hands on approach to work within so that you will empower yourself, and also will be able to dig deep in order to pursue your true passion and turn it into a future filled with profitable benefits. I would highly recommend Lisa! Upon completion of one of her programs or events, you will be aware that anything that you may have previously found to be out of your reach or you may have thought to be impossible will now and always become possible.” ~ M.S. Butler





“Lisa is an amazing Renaissance Woman of many talents. She is passionate about her work. She makes her work FUN. Lisa is the ultimate problem solver. I love listening to Lisa during our group coaching sessions where she skillfully listens and then offers her suggestions, ALWAYS with respect, kindness and CLARITY. In Lisa’s group coaching program, she acknowledges each person’s concerns. She points out the positive things that they do and helps problem solve how they can do something different. There is no criticism. Lisa is warm, caring and passionate about helping others do and be the best that they can. It is helpful to hear others tell their stories as it makes you feel that you are not alone. Also, to receive encouragement from others is helpful — we are all in this together. I am so pleased to have been a part of her group coaching program and look forward to joining one of her programs again in the future.” ~ Mena Messina Genetti, Warwick, NY



The Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat Is For You If . . .
  • You are gutsy, adventurous, mission-driven, smart, fun and willing to do whatever it takes to create your ideal life and business. Most importantly, you are READY for this – in fact, just thinking about it gives you goosebumps and an extra skip in your step.Beautiful Young Woman Outdoors. Enjoy Nature. Healthy Smiling Gi
  • This transformational experience – of connecting, adventure, freedom and having the opportunity to explore more sides to yourself – is exactly what you are craving.
  • You want to uncover, own and profit from your purpose and passion.
  • You want to get back into your own skin. Life can be really “crazy busy” and you’ve found that you lose yourself way too easily and say yes to things you don’t always want to.
  • You long to rediscover the beauty of life and learn how to move through the world in a more easeful, powerful and fun way.
  • You crave some space to map out the next step for your business and life vision.
  • You want to redefine what “having it all” means to you so that you can wear all your different hats with grace, style and humor.
  • You would like to stop living in the past and worrying about the future.
  • You want to get away from your everyday life and experience the true meaning of retreating and relaxing.
  • You want to pow-wow with some really amazing women who dream big and will be your “believing eyes.”
  • You would love to feel better in your body, mind and spirit so that you can harness every opportunity and weather any challenge that comes your way.
  • You are ready to give yourself permission to dream big and develop an action plan to make your vision real.

“Lisa is wonderful! Her tutelage, calming influence, and goal-directed persona have allowed me to achieve optimal performance. I highly recommend her to anyone! Great person, easy-going personality, and inspirational support.” ~ S.L., Major, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY




When we want big things to happen in our lives and businesses/careers, we must be willing to take bold steps to do what it takes to create and live our dream. It doesn’t just happen by hoping and wishing (well, sometimes it does, but usually you have to take inspired action!). You have to be willing to make some space for transformation.

That’s where the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat comes in. In this idyllic environment, to-do lists, deadlines and responsibilities fade away … so you can get quiet, sit still and hear the innermost desires of your soul, body and mind. You’ll be surrounded by life-altering ideas, inspiring women, relaxing retreat space, nourishing meals, beautiful landscapes, big dreams, successful soul sisters, and gleeful fun. It’s pure magic, fit for a visionary like you.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn to start now – to live out loud!

bright closeup picture of magic twinkles on female handsThis retreat is designed to inspire you to embrace your own Renaissance Spirit by tapping into your creativity, innovation, originality, and authenticity.

You will find the courage to dig deep to examine beliefs that are keeping you from moving forward in your personal and professional lives. You will be inspired to create the life and work that you are meant to experience!

Is this calling you? Answer the call!

I’ll see you at the Wine Tasting Happy Hour on Thursday, November 6th. Looking forward to it!

BrittNewman“Here’s the difference between you and others: You give CONTENT. You offer true ideas and pieces that I can use. Many other coaches/speakers are teases – it’s all about marketing for the next venture, and nothing to walk away with. I have always known that there is more to you than just finding the next client. Thank you for really sharing things that can be implemented. I really believe your passion is about helping people and businesses to become their best. Thank you for truly sharing from your wealth of knowledge. You are a whirlwind of energy, innovation, and authenticity. Thank you for sharing and thank you for caring. Cheers!” ~ Britt Newman, Britt Newman Design Concepts




Here’s What’s Included in the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat

  • IMG_01613 days of focused retreat time with a small group of like-minded women.
  • Folders, handouts, and other materials that we will use to support our focused retreat time.
  • All meals from Thursday night to Sunday morning, including daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus some bonus snacks.
  • Complimentary coffee and tea available in your room and in the lobby.
  • Complimentary Wifi.
  • Complimentary onsite parking.
  • Local Wine Country excursions such as wine tasting, walking/hiking, and visits to nearby towns and wineries.
  • A private Facebook group to connect and engage with Lisa and other retreat attendees in advance, and to stay connected long after the retreat.
  • Some extra goodies and surprises waiting for you!



The retreat is all inclusive except for lodging, transportation to the Inn, alcoholic beverages at meals (note: the meet and greet wine reception and winery tasting are included!) and optional activities such as spa treatments, and the “Dessert Crawl.”

T AngelaPloetz“She’s bright and shiny on a dreary day, she sings, she dances, she’s a Professional Organizer, oh and did I mention she’s an attorney too? She’s Lisa Montanaro, and she was one of our favorite teleclass guest experts last year. As I mentioned Lisa is multi-talented but what I really like about her is her approachability. Speaking to an expert can be a little intimidating but Lisa knows how to answer the tough questions while making sure you truly understand the answers.” ~ Angela Ploetz, A Red Bench



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Special Bonuses

  • A 60-minute audio interview on “Solopreneur Survival”
  • A 60-minute audio interview on “DECIDE: Decision Making as the Means to Having a Successful Business and Life”

If you have any questions, please email my
Online Business Manager, .
Deb will be assisting me with the planning of the retreat,
and will be joining us on site as well.

“Lisa, I so enjoy the women’s entrepreneur mastermind group sessions that you facilitate. You share with us very practical and useful information that we can apply to our businesses and our personal lives. You provide the right balance between sharing and allowing us to reflect, ask questions, and comment. Also, thank you for being transparent, and sharing your successes and challenges that you have encountered in your business. This is both refreshing and gives us encouragement. Lastly, the handouts are great! Thank you for sharing some of the tools you use in your business. Not everyone would do this! I’m eagerly looking forward to the next sessions!” ~ Migdalia, Educational Consultant and Coach, Westchester County, NY



Your Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat Host: Lisa Montanaro

Lisa_Montanaro3Often referred to as a pint-sized power house, Lisa Montanaro is living proof that good things really do come in small packages! A dynamo in high heels, Lisa is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author. She is also a multi-passionate modern-day Renaissance woman, entrepreneur and adventurer.

Realizing that she could make a bigger impact, Lisa “defected” from her decade-long, high-pressure, six-figure law career upon the heels of the 9-11 tragedy and founded her business, Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises in 2002 to fully capture the holistic approach her work takes in improving personal and professional development at all levels. She has helped thousands of people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses and careers. Her online learning platform, LMG University.com, provides courses globally to improve people’s lives, businesses and careers.

Lisa is an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and the National Speakers Association (NSA). A sought-after speaker, Lisa has presented professionally to audiences throughout the United States, has been interviewed by television and radio hosts, and is a frequent presenter and guest expert for teleclasses and webinars. Her practical programs, enthusiasm, humor and energy inspire participants to take action and implement new techniques designed to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Lisa’s work has been featured in the media, and her written content has been widely published online and in print. She is the author of The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press.

Always one to live life to the fullest and embrace change, Lisa started a new adventure in July 2012 when she and her husband, Sean, a veterinarian, and their two very sweet but spoiled dogs, Dublin and Jerry, moved 3,000 miles clear across the country from New York to Northern California. Lisa loves that she can run her business from anywhere in the world. She’s living proof, having successfully transitioned to a business that allows her to live a lifestyle in alignment with her values and desires while running a thriving business. Lisa has successfully created her purpose and very much lives her passion, and now makes it her mission to help others do the same!

Lisa is passionate about teaching her tribe how to be smart, sassy, soulful entrepreneurs and leaders with rock-solid systems to make great money while working less. Lisa’s core message — Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion — helps clients, online program participants, and live audience members tap into their Renaissance spirit, and consider dreams never realized and possibilities never investigated due to limiting beliefs that cause us to hold back, give up, and play small.

Through her own experience of following her dreams, and incorporating her passions into her career and business, Lisa shows the incredible strength and courage inside of us all just waiting to be ignited. Lisa says “Living your passion takes risk, but that risk is a small price to pay for being able to avoid a watered down version of your life and work!”



Amy Rehkemper“A pint-sized powerhouse…. that is how to describe Lisa Montanaro after seeing her in action at the amazing Kick-Butt Business Boot Camp held in Baltimore, MD for a select group of professional organizers that were ready to up-level their businesses. Lisa delivered on her promise to provide high-level content backed up by real-life examples garnered from her years of experience as a business coach and successful entrepreneur running her own business. She not only gives you solid tips and tools, but answers tons of questions and does mini-coaching moments on the spot so that attendees can tailor the content to their own businesses and learn from hearing her answers to other attendees. She is approachable, funny, and whip-smart too! What a winning combination! Attendees said they got their money’s worth and more, and were excited to implement the best practices into their businesses. Want to ensure that your business building event is a success? Make sure it includes Lisa Montanaro!” ~ Amy Rehkemper, NAPO Baltimore Chapter


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Disclaimer:

Every effort has been made to accurately represent the retreat and its potential. I promise to deliver a top-notch event with quality content and experiences to build, grow and up-level your personal and professional development.

The testimonials and examples used are specific personal results, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that any individual attendee will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, dedication, desire, commitment and motivation. As with any business, career or personal endeavor, there is an inherent risk of loss of capital and there is no guarantee that you will earn any money. Although I have repeatedly seen clients make a significant return on their investment, that is no guarantee that all clients will be able to do so, or even desire to do so.

Cancellation Policy:

There are no refunds available for the retreat. The reason is simple. I will be putting in an amazing amount of time, effort and expense before and during the retreat to make it a huge success for everyone involved. Please respect my commitment level.

However, I also realize that sometimes in life, sadly, unexpected things happen that may cause plans to change. In the event you are not able to attend the retreat after you have registered, you must notify me in writing by sending an email to Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com at least 21 days before the retreat begins.  Provided you notify me before the 21-day period, your payment will be transferable, with the option to:

  • Attend the next Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat;
  • Apply your payment towards another program offered by Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises or LMG University; or
  • Substitute another woman not already registered for the Retreat to take your spot in November 2014

Lisa_and_Lisa_Luken_sm“I am honored to have been part of Lisa Montanaro’s first Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat in California. After doing business coaching with Lisa for several months, I knew the retreat would be nothing short of spectacular. I am thrilled to say that it exceeded my expectations! Not only did I have many revelations from the retreat content, each participant taught me something on a personal level. I loved spending time getting to know the other attendees and it was fun exploring new places (restaurants, wineries, shops) with them.

I am anxious to put my ideas into action for both my business and personal life and I look forward to connecting with the rest of the brilliant women (whom I now consider my friends) again in the future. Thank you, Lisa, for a fabulous weekend!”

~ Lisa Luken, www.SimpleJoyLiving.com


 

“It was a pleasure spending such quality time with amazing ladies at the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat! I loved the camaraderie, the sharing and the inspiration with everyone. Looking forward to staying in touch to celebrate successes and share challenges on this journey.

One of the most valuable things for me was how Lisa pulled back the curtain and let us see how her business actually works. Also sharing the systems she has in place was terrific – like the spreadsheets. And of course her endless enthusiasm! 🙂

Lisa Montanaro, thank you for pulling it together and being our fearless leader – you rock girlfriend! You are an amazing and inspiring multi-talented lady!”

~ Laurie Wann, http://intentionalentrepreneurs.com


 

Suzanne Hobbs“At the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat I learned to: ‘Dream big, stake your claim and create the future you desire!’ It was magical! What an outstanding group! Thank you, Lisa Montanaro.”

~ Suzanne Hobbs


 

Lisa_and_Mary_Rossow_sm“The circles under my eyes are not from exhaustion. They are from profound and deep relaxation. That’s the residual effect of the Purpose, Passion & Productivity Retreat hosted by Lisa Montanaro in Wine Country in the Fall of 2014.

The way our food was selected and openly and gleefully shared was very symbolic of our entire Purpose Passion Productivity Retreat: * all different tastes, styles & preferences “bellied up to the table” * lots of questioning the expert, trusting her guidance * much positive enthusiasm & encouragement to taste new unfamiliar things * sincere sharing of everything in the circle in front of us * adventurous nibbles * gratitude & generosity for being well served * contented satisfaction, a feeling of being “fueled” with unique & quality tidbits — HOW WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS!

“I suggest you PRE-PRE-REGISTER for Lisa Montanaro’s next retreat. It will fill up fast, as all of us with her in the Wine Country this weekend want to be at the next one… no matter which CONTINENT it is on. (Read between THOSE lines!!!)

~ Mary E. Rossow, www.RossowResources.com


 

Anne_Navach_sm“I’m sending my ‘thank you love note’. I’m so glad to have been able to participate in the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for soooo many reason. Thank you for all the work you and Deb (your online business manager) did to make it an amazing experience. I was a pleasure to meet all of the ladies and get to know more about them, their lives and businesses. I look forward to staying connected with all of them! And I look forward to working on my action items.

On a completely different note, I wanted to compliment you on how put together you always look, even when going to the spa! :-)”

~ Anne Navach, www.myefficientsolution.net


 

Anna_Jacoby_sm“I can’t believe how helpful Lisa’s Purpose, Passion & Productivity retreat was for me. Three days of dedicated time to focus on business and life issues, in a beautiful area like California Wine Country, is a necessary gift every business owner should give him or herself. As a solopreneur for 15 years, I’ve attended many seminars and conferences and learned things along the way, but there’s something about Lisa’s delivery, her knowledge, and her incredible passion that makes it clear that she is exceptional at what she does. She has a way of getting you to delve deep inside yourself, to really examine your goals and aspirations, and to push through the obstacles standing in your way. Lisa has a gift for working with people. She is very warm and approachable, yet very professional. She is extremely knowledgeable about business and is also a inspirational model of balanced living. I highly recommend Lisa, and definitely look forward to her next retreat.”

~ Anna Jacoby, Certified Interior Designer, www.AnnaJacobyInteriors.com

California Wine Country

Lisa will be hosting a live retreat in fall 2014 in beautiful California Wine Country for women entrepreneurs and leaders. This will be a one-of-a-kind experience combining professional development with a rich cultural and personal experience. Sign up below for more details!

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Do you long to live a life of purpose and passion,
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Is fear still holding you back from going after what you want?

Are you tired of living your best life “in your head”
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Then you are in luck! Come learn how to live “The Sweet Life!”

Introducing the La Dolce Vita

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This isn’t just any life coaching program. It’s based on content taken from my concept of La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), and will help you bring the passion and zest back to your life.IMG_0210-300x300

The content is based on my research (and background!) of Italian culture, positive psychology and happiness, years of coaching clients holistically to integrate life-work balance, and my own personal lifestyle. My life is a work in progress, and sharing my own personal experience, and that of the hundreds of clients I have been privileged to work with, is part of the La Dolce Vita process.

Stop settling for good enough because you are worried if you go for great that people will think you are too big for your britches. It is time to step into your power and claim the life you know you are truly meant to live!

How much longer are you willing to wait? How much time are you willing to sacrifice? When will you decide that you deserve to be really happy and live The Sweet Life?

If you are committed to making regular “deposits” in areas of your life that have been neglected and feed them what they need to grow and prosper, then join me for La Dolce Vita.

michaelsmithLisa lives up to and surpasses expectations by being a very good listener, organized, detailed and creative. Her law background is unusually unique and one of the reasons why Lisa works well in providing solutions when you it need it most.

Michael A. Smith, President, New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc., New Paltz, NY


What’s YOUR Version of The Sweet Life?

The La Dolce Vita lifestyle is about following your dream, deciding not to play small anymore, living your life to the fullest, and allowing the real you to shine through!

IMG_0206Maybe for you this means:

  • Saying no to a toxic relationship that doesn’t serve you.
  • Cultivating a hobby or passion that you have always wanted to try.
  • Adding a little romance (or a lot!) into your life.
  • Taking better care of your body or spirit.
  • Going to bed at night feeling peaceful and waking up looking forward to the day.
  • Changing careers.
  • Enjoying quality time with your family and friends.
  • Writing a book (it’s been on your bucket list for years).
  • Running a marathon or some other type of active pursuit.
  • Traveling – finally giving in to that wanderlust!
  • Saying ‘No’ more often.
  • Saying ‘Yes’ more fully.

Whatever that larger vision for your life is… that’s what La Dolce Vita is all about.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”

~ Erma Bombeck

Why Take a Life Coaching Program With Me as the Facilitator?

Many people believe that they have one true vocational calling. That may be true. But for some of us, we have multiple areas of expertise and talents and a thirst to share them all with the world. It is this sense of adventure and drive for reinvention that ultimately led me to become an entrepreneur, and that allows me to live a La Dolce Vita kind of life!

I grew up on stage as a “triple threat” — singer, actress and dancer

theaterlisaAs a young adult, I had to make the difficult decision whether I wanted to devote my career to performing (read: starving actress waiting tables in NYC…) or to make performing a hobby and pursue a different career. This was a significant choice and is the core of some of my coaching/teaching about being a “shadow artist,” choosing a path for a career, and incorporating your passions into your life. I never gave up performing but, rather, turned it into a wonderful hobby that continues to this day

I am a lawyer, who “defected” from the practice of law after becoming disillusioned with the negative side of how it is practiced and the constant fighting involved in the profession.

Upon graduation from law school, I practiced employment, labor, education and disability law for 9 ½ years. Although I had a profound respect for the law, I did not appreciate the way it was practiced in our society. It became too negative in the hands of those that wanted to use it to fight.

The more I practiced law, the more I realized that the nature of the practice did not suit my personality or my career goals. I started to become restless and knew that there were other ways I could share my talents and expertise with people and organizations to improve the world.

I did a lot of soul searching and arrived at the conclusion that I needed to leave the traditional practice of law and become an entrepreneur in order to truly make a difference.

While I highly value my legal education and experience, the practice of law was simply not for me.

I made a conscious decision to use my experience as a trusted advisor and a counselor to help people in a productive and collaborative way. That’s how I found coaching, consulting, speaking, and writing, and it is exactly what I love to do and what I was meant to do. I use my legal analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving, and counseling skills in a positive manner now to help people on a daily basis.

SheilaDelsonLisa, working with you these past months has s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d me beyond what I knew into a realm of possibility because the journey allowed me to break out of my own self-imposed shackles. It was hard work; I did a lot of kicking and screaming! Yet you were always there to support my every challenge with the comfort of your knowledge and expertise. You helped me to do what I needed to so that ‘my work’ could continue and grow. There is a lot more to do, but I now have a road map so I know how to get there. Fabulous! Thank you!

Sheila Delson, CPO-CD, FREEDomain Concepts, LLC



I was an instructor and interpreter at the NY School for the Deaf and am proficient in American Sign Language.

My cousin and his wife are deaf and I grew up obsessed with Helen Keller and the Miracle Worker. In order to fulfill my dream of teaching the deaf, I worked as an instructor and interpreter at the NY School for the Deaf for 3 years while attending law school in the evening. It was one of the best experiences of my life and helped solidify that the teacher archetype is strong within me. To this day, I feel that no matter what I am doing, it involves, at its core, some aspect of teaching. Sign language and deaf culture remain a great passion of mine, and I am constantly figuring out ways to incorporate them into my business and life.

I studied abroad in The Netherlands focusing on government, culture and art, with an emphasis on international law.

This was a significant experience and started my life-long love affair with Europe. It is one of my dreams and intentions to live in Europe at some point in the future with my husband, specifically in Italy! For now, I enjoy traveling to Europe on vacation and am hoping to book a speaking engagement there soon, and hold my first Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Retreat in Tuscany in the next few years. To prepare, I am taking Italian language classes. Fantastico!

I have been coupled with my husband, Sean, since I was a freshman in college!IMG_5546

We met when I was a swim team coach and instructor, and he was a lifeguard, at the town pool where Sean grew up. I still consider him my soul mate, best friend, and partner in life and love.

I am child free by choice.

I love children, am a former special education teacher, and have many nieces, nephews and God children, but chose to focus my maternal instincts on animals (I have two awesome dogs and am married to a veterinarian), other people’s children, my clients, my business, and the Earth. I think being a parent is a calling and have a profound respect for those that choose to have children. But I also truly feel it is a choice that not all of us make. (And yes, I had/have a wonderful relationship with my own parents!)

I am an avid active enthusiast.

I love to mix it up and move my body with dancing, kickboxing, running, walking, hiking, bike riding, rock climbing, and many other active pursuits.

I have completed a marathon, a half triathlon, hiked the Grand Canyon, and biked through Provence. Exercise and outdoor activities are so important to me that I make an appointment with myself on my calendar to get my exercise and outdoor activity on my schedule, and then treat those appointments with as much respect as the ones I make with others, meaning… I keep them!

SusanChitwood2Lisa is top notch! She is inspiring, encouraging and cuts to the heart of the issue to offer right on solutions. And she’s entertaining (and organized) to boot!

Susan Chitwood, Maypop Design



I lost my beloved Mom in 2010 to pancreatic cancer when she was only 63 years old.

Losing my Mom was the hardest thing I have ever had to bear. We were best friends in addition to being mother-daughter. This tragic loss has made me even more determined to live life to the fullest.

The view out of my office at my last law job was of the Twin Towers, and I lived in Manhattan at the time.

The terrorist attacks of 9-11 affected me personally and served as a catalyst for jumping ship from my law career and becoming an entrepreneur. They also serve as a reminder that we only get one dance so it is important to seize the day and live your best life on a daily basis!

MaryStephaniePasqualettoI have Lisa now as a mentor and coach for a women entrepreneur mastermind program that I am doing…And it is truly the best experience I have ever had.

Mary Stephanie Pasqualetto


I incorporate my passions into my business.

A defining moment in my journey as an entrepreneur came in 2008 when I was voted Number 1 Speaker of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in Reno, NV, and won the talent show for doing the number “All That Jazz” from the Broadway show, Chicago.IMG_0208

Here I was in fishnet stockings singing and dancing on a Wednesday night at the casino, and then wearing business attire and presenting business and legal issues to entrepreneurs on Friday morning. Talk about your worlds colliding!

It made me realize that in order to love my business and life, I needed to stop compartmentalizing everything and just be my authentic self.

What a difference it has made in my business and life!

My clients respect and admire that I am able to live a life of passion and creativity, while running a thriving professional and successful business. They tease me that I am like an explosion of right brain and left brain… and I take that as a compliment. So I call 2008 the year I fully embraced my Renaissance spirit and allowed it to infiltrate my business in surprising and refreshing ways!

Now my business is a wonderful combination of assisting clients with being more productive, successful, profitable and improving personal and professional development and effectiveness.

Lisa is the most inspirational, influential, and motivating coach to experience. I have had her coach me as a mastermind mentor for the WED/PEP Program, and now for her own La Dolce Vita Program from LMG University. She is the only one that I trust as a mentor, and have found that as an entrepreneur my ideas for all of my passionate pursuits became both clear and organized after attending her lectures. Lisa uses real hands on approach to work within so that you will empower yourself, and also will be able to dig deep within in order to pursue your true passion and turn it into a future filled with profitable benefits. Being that I am also now presently a law student trying to get through my law degree, and also being affiliated within entertainment and coaching women artist in this industry, I feel 100% confident with her coaching since she herself also has knowledge within these three areas. In conclusion, I would highly recommend Lisa, and give this testimonial as a true fact that upon completion in one of her sessions, you will then become aware that anything that you may have previously found to be out of your reach or you may have thought to be “impossible” will now and always become “possible.”

~M.S. Butler

I relocated 3,000 miles across country in 2012 and started a whole new life on the West Coast.

I am always one to live life to the fullest, so when given the opportunity to move clear across the country from New York to California in July 2012 for my husband to advance his career as a veterinarian by doing a 3 year residency in veterinary internal medicine, I said, “Let’s go for it!”

The move allowed me to expand personally and professionally on so many levels: geographically, yes, but much deeper than that. We sold our house, left behind family and friends (whom we, of course, miss!) downsized, and embraced a new life out here on the West Coast. It prompted me to rebrand and expand my business, make new friends, cultivate new hobbies (and reconnect with old ones too!), and prioritize and simplify in many ways while I support my husband through his demanding 3 year residency.

“He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of everyday…
needs to reorganize his life.”

~ George Matthew Adams

I Live a La Dolce Vita Lifestyle

IMG_1047I am Italian-American and grew up in NY in a large Italian-American area. My family is made up of opera singers, poets, chefs, tailors, artists, and more. I guess you can say that I come from a long line of passionate Italians!

In 2005, my husband and I visited Italy. Ah, Bella Italia! There is nothing like it in the world. The people, food, culture, art, architecture, language, and attitude of Italy is special. I felt like I had literally come home. We realized a life long dream of visiting Italy this past summer 2015 for an entire month and loved every minute of it! And I have been taking Italian language classes to finally learn how to speak the language of my ancestors.

But in the meantime, what I do on a daily basis is bring the best of Italy to me by living a La Dolce Vita kind of life. I make time to enjoy my passions and hobbies, cultivate my relationships, maintain a positive attitude, break through my fears, and practice self care in all of its forms. I try to bring the passion and spirit of Italy to me!

And that’s what I want to share with you… how to live a La Dolce Vita kind of life no matter where you live geographically. La Dolce Vita is more of a mindset, attitude and lifestyle than a place.

Christine-SinclairWhat a fantastic class last night! I always get so much from your classes, but this last class blew my socks off. Everyone was changed last night. We all stayed after you left and talked about what happened for quite a while afterwards. I’m so sorry to see the classes coming to a close. Thanks so much for everything.

Christine Sinclair,
participant in 6-month Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) Mastermind Group


Isn’t it time you fell in love with your life again???

CIMG0173You might think that it’s selfish to invest in yourself… (we will nip that in the bud with the No Negative Self Talk Rule!)

But your happiness depends on YOU…and you deserve it.

Join me for this amazing 6 session program that will help you:

    • Evaluate what’s working and not working in your life, and identify areas for transformation.
    • Develop realistic and fun techniques to help you grow.
    • Use productivity in a proactive and positive way to set boundaries and better master your use of time and resources.
    • Overcome Cinderella’s Ugly Step Sisters: The 3 Blocks to Success (The Perfection Trap, The Comparison Trap and the Impostor Syndrome)
    • Get real about things you’ve said you really wanted to do and have in your life but never give yourself permission to implement.
    • Adopt a positive mindset and learn about cutting edge research on the power of happiness.
    • Learn effective tools for dealing with difficult, toxic or negative people (including you!).
    • Stop giving away your power to the Negative Nellies and Neds.
    • Recognize and exploit your own greatest assets.
    • Get comfortable with who you are vs. keeping up with the Joneses.
    • Learn to live within your means while still maintaining an abundant mindset.
    • Balance preparing for the future with living well today in terms of financial wellness.
    • Get your house in order – literally and figuratively!
    • Learn the power of commitment and consistency.
    • Tap into your passions, figure out what they are, and how to enjoy and manage them.

Lisa is an amazing Renaissance Woman of many talents. She is passionate about her work. She makes her work FUN. Lisa is the ultimate problem solver. I love listening to Lisa during our group coaching sessions where she skillfully listens and then offers her suggestions, ALWAYS with respect, kindness and CLARITY.

The first time I spoke with her on a one-to-one basis, I already started to feel more organized. Being a part of her online group has helped me in so many ways to make even the smallest changes to make my life more efficient.

In Lisa’s online group coaching program, she acknowledges each person’s concerns. She points out the positive things that they do and helps problem solve how they can do something different. There is no criticism. Lisa is warm, caring and passionate about helping others do and be the best that they can. It is helpful to hear others tell their stories of paperwork pile ups, stresses with family and business/work, etc. as it makes you feel that you are not alone. Also, to receive encouragement from others is helpful — we are all in this together.

I am so pleased to have been a part of her group coaching program and look forward to joining one of her programs again in the future.

Mena Messina Genetti, Warwick, NY

Schedule & Description of Sessions

Session 1

Crazy Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor: Positive and Proactive Productivity

  • Productivity Tips and Strategies
  • Prioritizing Self Care: Let Go, Say No, and Make You a Priority

IMG_6055Session 2

Become a Passionista!

  • How to Tap Into Your Passions & Manage Them
  • Hobbies & Interests
  • Volunteerism/Philanthropic Endeavors/Legacy
  • Don’t Be a See-Saw Anymore: Go Beyond Balance and Engage in Life-Work Integration

Session 3

Mind, Body & Soul

  • Health & Fitness
  • Personal Spirituality
  • C’Mon Get Happy: The Power of Positivity

Session 4

Get Your “House” in Order – Literally & Figuratively

  • Home Projects
  • Financial Wellness
    Preparing for the Future, While Still Living Well Today
    Living Within Your Means but With an Abundant Mindset
  • Rethink Your Definition of Retirement
  • Your Exit Strategy: It’s Not Morbid to Prepare for — It’s Smart!

Session 5

Connection & Relationships

  • Family & Friends
  • Passion & Romance
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Say No to Toxic Relationships and Negative Nellies & Neds

Session 6

Putting it all Together: Living Your La Dolce Vita Life!

  • Tools for Ongoing Support
  • Consistency & Commitment
  • “Believing Eyes”


“There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that, to enjoy it.”

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

 

kathythrasherI first met Lisa at the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS) annual conference in Denver, CO where she presented a seminar on how to add Organizing to your Redesign Business offerings. I was truly impressed with Lisa’s knowledge, professionalism and energy. I then participated in Lisa’s six-week DECIDE to be Organized on-line group coaching program.

My goal was two-fold in that I was looking for tips for my own personal organizing challenges as well as looking to gain more expertise to pass on to my clients. I found the six-week program to be very beneficial on both fronts. Sharing stories and challenges with others on the call helped to inspire me to tackle the things I had been putting off. In turn, being able to offer encouragement and understanding to others on the call was rewarding as well.

As I go through my old boxes of ‘stuff’ or work with others going through the same process, I continually ask myself Lisa’s three key questions – “Do I Love it? Do I Use it? Do I need it?” If not – then out it goes! Thank you Lisa for your inspiration and for offering this on-line coaching program. It has been an eye-opening and rewarding journey!

Kathy Thrasher, Alameda, CA R3Redesign.com


MelanieSerraI just want you to know how happy I am to be working with you on business and life coaching. I feel like I have a new lease on life! I wish I had worked with you years ago. You are awesome, and the perfect fit for me. We accomplish so much in our coaching sessions. Thanks again.

Melanie Serra, www.interior-revivals.com


This program will force you to take a cold hard look at your life, dissect it, and put it back together in La Dolce Vita style so that you can fall back in love with your life (or maybe fall in love with it for the first time ever!)!

If you want results and are ready to live The Sweet Life, then join us!

Lisa is wonderful! Her tutelage, calming influence, and goal-directed persona have allowed me to achieve optimal performance. I highly recommend her to anyone, especially those interested in taking their organizational work and home space, as well as pursuits of goals, to the next level. Great person, easy-going personality, and inspirational support.

S.L., Major, United States Military Academy,
West Point, NY



MichelleOSullivanTaking the “DECIDE to be Organized” 6-week coaching program with Lisa Montanaro was a business and personal decision that has been so motivating and empowering! It has changed me in so many positive ways.

I am also a Professional Organizer and help others all the time with their organizing dilemmas. I took the DECIDE program to help myself, and learn from Lisa both personally and professionally.

Over the six weeks, I had a sense of direction and was able to focus more on the areas that needed help, as I felt accountable. The weekly calls were a time to share and get feedback from the other participants, and for Lisa to share her knowledge and expertise. Lisa was so understanding and encouraging, and had a way of inspiring each of us to be better.

I learned so much from this program and would recommend it to anyone who knows they want to make changes, and just needs some help to get there!

Michelle O’Sullivan, Saving Spaces, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


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BrittNewmanHere’s the difference between you and others:

You give CONTENT. I could end the call and be sooooo much better off than when I started and have true ideas and pieces that I can use.
Many others are teases – it’s all about marketing for the next venture, and nothing to walk away with.

I have always known that there is more to you than just finding the next client. Thank you for really sharing things that can be implemented.
I really believe your passion is about helping people and businesses to become their best, not just about promoting your own business and finding new clients.
Thank you for truly sharing from your wealth of knowledge.

You are a whirlwind of energy, innovation, and authenticity. Thank you for sharing and thank you for caring.

Cheers!

Britt Newman, Britt Newman Design Concepts