It all started because I wanted to get away for one night.

It was September 2018 and my 5th wedding anniversary was in a couple of weeks so we arranged to get away for a night without our children.

A night without our children.

Just seeing that in print gets me excited.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my children.

But a night away, with my beautiful bride?


Well, not really priceless since it just happens that our anniversary coincides with the leaf-peeping season in New England and room rates doubled in just a couple of weeks.

I did a bit of digging and found an affordable Airbnb listing in a great location in Portland, ME.

Booked and done, right?


Got an email saying that the owner will be out of the country then and he should have blocked those dates.

I really wanted to be in the downtown area so I went looking on Expedia for bed and breakfasts.

Found one! Booked and done, right?


Got a call from the owner saying that the room was already taken and should not have been available on the website.

I look again at hotel rates and they’ve gone up since I first checked!

This is the point in the story when I’m feeling like the universe may be conspiring against us.

I am about to do another round of searching when I suddenly remember…

I have Marriott points!

I did a quick search and found several Marriott properties right in the downtown area.

Do I have enough points for one night – even at these astronomical prices?


Booked a room in downtown Portland right on the waterfront.

Lesson? I thought I was getting lots of nos but it’s because I hadn’t gotten the right yes yet.

Your Challenge For This Week

Is there a project you’ve been working on that keeps running into roadblocks?

Are you feeling exasperated? (I know I was.)

Consider that you might be seeing lots of closed doors because you’re being guided to the open door that you otherwise would have missed.

The benefit of having this mindset? You’re always looking for opportunities rather than getting crushed by obstacles.

It’s amazing what you’ll become aware of when you do this.

Try this and let me know how it goes!

Business Growth Strategist & Business Coach

As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I work directly with a limited number of self-employed professionals, aka solopreneurs.


You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you’re running out of time.

The reason options are overwhelming is that you’re looking at them as a series of disconnected steps, when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.

You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.

What’s Included:

As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I will work with you to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation/vacation, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.

We can build your plan through a half-day strategy session, a coaching engagement, or a mastermind program.

These are not right for everyone; they’re personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.

What might you work on?

In my coaching work with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we focus on the areas where you’d like to grow, which may include:

  • Creating a strong sales conversation framework
  • Building your referral network
  • Lead generation through a relationships
  • Growing your visibility in your industry
  • Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
  • Identifying and launching a minimally viable offer
  • Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
  • Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
  • Improving your virtual presentation skills

Learn more about the different ways we can work together – deep dive 3-hour session, private 1:1 coaching, and masterminds. I’m excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.

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