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Hiya, today we have a new guest for you. His name is John Vuong; he’s joining us from Toronto. Al little pre-roll so that you can get to know him a lil bit better and find out all you can glean from him in this insightful episode. John is the 4th child of Vietnamese immigrants to Canada. He’s very familiar with hard work. A devoted husband and dad, as well as a diligent businessman. He is at the helm of Local SEO Search Inc. which is one of the leading SEO companies in Canada. John has a background in finance but he also has a dedication to living well and making sure that his business complements his family and doesn’t detract from the priority that they are. That’s a beautiful balance and that harmonizes sweetly with our message of content management and understanding how you can work well in terms placing or positioning your website - your online content, as opposed to producing and publishing wildly without focus, not really knowing where your reach is growing. He’s gonna share everything that would probably take us a while to learn so listen up and thanks for tuning in. In this episode, John Vuong shares about: the call to entrepreneurship understanding opportunities in business visibility for your business the engine of S.E.O. work/life balance “7 years ago, I started this journey of entrepreneurship not knowing exactly what I was getting myself into. I left a sales career - selling advertising sales (traditional and digital media) for 10 years. During that time, I learned a lot about myself, who I wanted to become - what I enjoyed and what I didn’t enjoy, in terms about work and life balance. Fast forward to when I started in 2013, I knew who my ideal type of client was, what their pain points were, and what they wanted out of someone that wanted to move them ahead - transformation from traditional to now digital. I didn’t know anything about SEO. I just knew there was an opportunity because people told me. Users' behaviours were shifting to more digital. You need to understand your customers and how they shop. People are (now) doing way more shopping online. They’re doing more research - vetting websites. As a business owner, how do you understand the behaviours of patterns, what they’re using and get in front of them? You can be ahead of the curve if you’re able to pivot your business very quickly. We help educate and inform people. On Work/Life Balance "I was always curious and asking questions to see...what did it have a family - get married - eventually have children. Yes, you work hard while you work, but what happens afterwards? Do you have dinner with your family - do you go on vacations? On the weekends, do you work or do you spend time with the kids and family? All these things mould what you want to become. So I learned and really got a lot of insight from a lot of people." John Vuong (Local SEO Search)  Toronto --- Send in a voice message:
Hi there, a new interview for you. Today’s guest is Jamie Lerner. She is the co-author of “The Ever-Loving Essence Of You” book and a professional coach helping people to get 'unstuck.' Jamie’s logging on from the U.S. and shares her insight into the journey and discipline of writing, as well as some helpful advice and forward steps for aspiring authors who want advice on developing a writing rhythm and formula that works well for you. Listen up and thanks for tuning in. Along with walking us through her writing regimen, our guest encourages us to be honest about recognizing and riding waves of authentic inspiration in order to maintain a joyful approach to writing. Some key questions asked in this episode: Were you always called to write? What triggered your educational interest in the field of psychology? What is one thing that you think every person could benefit from in terms of reflection and honest self-evaluation? "Stuck is just a moment" ~ Jamie Lerner Visit Jamie online at Read a partial transcript on the matching blog post on To send a question for another podcast episode, download the (free) app, subscribe to this channel and record your message. --- Send in a voice message:
Since most of us are working from home right now, travel has...changed its flavour and glamour-effect recently. Travel has always been a part of my life until a few years ago, just before I started my blog which now reaches readers in 80 destinations. (Thank you) I learned a lot in that life-tempo change and in today’s episode am sharing encouragement and gentle prompts with any travel fans who could do with a fresh perspective on their life at home in this season. Passport in purse. Bills and coins from different countries tucked in one drawer, just in case. Adapters and converters to suit any socket – pre-packed. A fluid calendar and easy-to-reach bright pink mini suitcase, with a larger matching option depending on the trip. This was how life looked for me, not so long ago. Just before I started this blog, actually. Writing can therapeutic; don’t let anybody tell you different. Travel has always been a part of my life – well, ’til now. What about you? Correction: Barbados is listed as the 12th most-expensive 'country' on - not the 20th like I said (by accident) here. Here's the matching blog post to today's episode with a bit more on that.  --- Send in a voice message:
Hi everyone, hope you're safe and sound wherever you are. It means a lot that you're here. I appreciate it, and you. Today’s guest joins us from Southern California. Natalia Amador is the beautiful face and brilliant mind behind According to her website, she is Latina, creative writer, entrepreneur and Business Coach. I’ve had the opportunity of being on a coaching call with Natalia and recently had the chance to interview her for this podcast episode. Click play to listen in as she shares about: starting and selling her first business {1:56} her journey to coaching {4:32} working from home and scheduling well {10:50} steps creative entrepreneurs can take right now {14:30} Meet Natalia Amador. “A lot of the work that I do with my 1:1 clients is to help them transition out of a job and become full-time entrepreneurs, and so with that transition, I’m often walking people through this process of ‘so, I’m working from home now - how do I do this?’  There’s a big gap between who can afford coaching or who can’t or where you have to be in order to be ready for coaching, and I don’t really believe in that. I believe in making it attainable to anybody that needs help and has a vision for something, so whenever I’ve done anything, I’ve always wanted it to be very open to anybody feels called to being a part of it. Create a routine and a schedule that works well for you. You were the one who was given this download of this business vision. You’re that one that sees the vision. You’re the one that has that unique job is to help people be empowered in that.” ~ Natalia Amador Visit and remember to check out the matching blog post to this episode (with transcript excerpt) on --- Send in a voice message:
Scott Carson is owner and managing member of, an Austin based, defaulted note buying company. He specializes in finding nonperforming notes on residential and commercial properties and purchasing these notes for the business portfolio. He is also a nationally syndicated radio host of the popular podcast, The Note Closers Show which has millions of listeners across 17 AM and FM radio stations and downloads across 130 countries. In this interview, Scott shares motivation for creative entrepreneurs, remote workers, and aspiring podcast hosts. You'll want to take notes for this NoteCloser. I’ve been in marketing for over a decade. Whether you’re in real estate or tourism or buying or selling property - whatever; we’re all in the media business these days. I think that’s what a lot of people realize when they’re started a blog or a podcast - what do I talk about? I started off by just teaching a little nuggets - a little bite-sized lesson every day. Started off doing Facebook lives, with my cell phone and about 7 months later, we converted into a full-blown podcast. I bring on experts in my industry - vendors - other investors and then we also dabble in the mindset and business side of things, along with marketing too. So, we kinda keep it fresh for listeners. I’m always trying to look to provide value to my listeners, first and foremost. When I do get a block when it comes to me coming up with content, I always think, “who can I bring on that’s gonna add value to my listeners.” Just set up to try to do something all planting seeds across the board. You have to stay consistent; that doesn’t mean you can’t take a day off. Something is a whole lot better than nothing. Just do something to be consistent.  Visit and remember to subscribe to The Note Closers Show on iTunes and major listening platforms To read the matching post to this episode, check out --- Send in a voice message:
She is the Writer and Coach behind and the host of its affiliate podcast. Certified Faith Coach, Sharon Shannon joins us as today's featured guest. Get ready for words of wisdom and faith-fueled encouragement to help us both reflect honestly and bloom daily. i'm so grateful to have these brilliant minds, kind coaches and innovative entrepreneurs shine their light through their voice right here with you and me. Sharon shares some of the most poignant pages in the real-life story of how she became a Coach and Podcast Host and holds up a mirror (through her gentle yet pressing words), so we can contemplate how we truly are growing through whatever challenge or season we might face at this time. No long talk needed - just click, listen, enjoy - and, like Sharon Shannon says at the end of her episodes, "Be encouraged." Visit today's guest on her website: Thanks for logging on and listening - and feel free to share the joy and a link you like with someone you love. --- Send in a voice message:
Hey, how’s your stay-at-home season growing so far? If working from home is new to you, I understand how challenging it can be at first (and at points along the way.) Here’s an encouraging video with some smiles and straight talk for you. This week, it’s a creative conversation with a guest writer on the blog who happens to be a Creative Stress Relief Life Coach. Meet Janelle James from ‘Your Journey To A Positive Life.’ She shares steps you can make to take care of your home, yourself and loved ones at home amidst all that’s going on in the world right now. “I would recommend you get up, do your morning routine, exercise – put on something pretty, fix your hair and find something to do in the house.” Along with sharing ideas that lead to: a clean home a refreshed mind a ‘green thumb’ creative projects there’s inspiration for anyone who has had to start again or pivot in their business. Maybe you’ve been in business for a while and could do with some encouragement in the perseverance department. Got that here too. Janelle shares encouragement for entrepreneurs and walks us through some of her career journey. Here's Janelle on Instagram: @janellejames777 My blog: --- Send in a voice message:
Hi there, I hope you're safe and sound at home in this season.  Listen in on a conversation with Davianne Phillips, a Household Facilitator/Social Worker in Barbados. At a time when much of the world is on 'lockdown,' she shares: - encouragement - insight into helping others through challenging seasons - a reminder to do regular self-checks to tend to our own wellness Here's the IG link to connect with Davianne directly -->  @davikat Enjoyed this podcast episode? Share it with a loved one to encourage and equip them. Wherever you are on the map, stay safe, and thanks for coming by Joy within podcast after a l'il siesta. I've been posting mostly on the blog, so be sure to check it out for work-from-home & content tips and refreshment reminders. Stay tuned for another interview coming right up.  --- Send in a voice message:
 It's a fresh new season in the 'Celebrate A Sister' series and our first guest for the year joins us from Zimbabwe. Tarryn Leigh is the founder of 'Rhema' an encouragement and devotional group for women and today we carved out time to record this podcast episode for you. Tarryn Leigh shares: "About a month ago, I started a group on Instagram initially. I wrote on my IG story, 'Whoever wants to join a support group and is suffering from inconsistency and wants to chase their goals, join me on this one.” And I had the privilege of having initially at first 73 - actually, it was 80 girls joined group chat, and I was shocked." In this refreshing conversation, Tarryn shares so honestly about the inspiration to start the movement that sprung from a struggle, and invites us in to the daily essence and tempo of the group that's growing by grace. She encourages women to be their sisters' keeper and not tear each other down, and she's taken a bold step forward by creating a safe space using accessible tech for women to share, support and encourage each other through the Word of God. "As we pray The Lord’s prayer…’Thy will be done.’ That is what I essentially want the ladies to understand. You have your plans, yes - you have the things that you have set for your life but there is Someone in charge of your life, and you ought to give credit to Who made you." Sis, you're gonna wanna make a cup of tea or coffee, get your journal and a pen, or just close your eyes, listen with a soft smile and be inspired. Connect with Tarryn Leigh on Instagram @bridging_thegap --- Send in a voice message:
Hey sis, You know you’re gifted and designed to shine yet every now and then, we all could do with reminders to enjoy moments of refreshment, key resources to upgrade in business and support through a community of like-minded women. Sometimes you just need to get a breather, put your feet up (if ya like), sip a hot drink and have an honest conversation about merging life and business amidst good company. As a former creative workaholic who once operated a 24hr vocal studio, I’ve learned that wellness and community are essential to blossoming and growing continually as an entrepreneur. YOU DON’T HAVE TO STRUGGLE SOLO OR OPERATE ON AUTOPILOT JUST TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY “SPARKLE” IS A WORKSHOP WHERE CREATIVELY-ENTERPRISING LADIES GATHER TO GROW IN BUSINESS, WITH WELLNESS IN MIND. It’s a refreshing event for a select number of women where breathwork starts each session, networking is organic, business and social media marketing are included in the topic, and the setting is welcoming. Could you do with some special treatment, tech tips, a ‘Business Clarity Map‘ and a light lunch in a creative environment?  Have you ever received a message of encouragement right when you needed it most? Ever gone through a challenge and had your core friends reach out and step in to support? Ever went through a tough season in business and wished you had access to a community of skilled sisters there to share resources and stand in the gap for you? When women gather on purpose with the intention to share, encourage, learn and grow, the results are epic and overflow into our families, communities, work lives, and circles of influence. That’s the essence of “Sparkle“ Wellness is often left out of the conversation where women and business are concerned. For some reason, being ‘busy‘ is seen as a heroic thing, even if it doesn’t translate into productivity and affects our health and peace of mind in the process. Let’s face it – stress is a real factor – not for us to fear, but to be aware of. It affects the quality of life, clarity in thinking, our approach to interacting with others, our health and ‘joie de vivre.’  If you’re anything like me you desire to live light, shine bright, serve well and thrive with joy. Your bright light is welcome here. Registration is now open @itsjoywithin --- Send in a voice message:
  This podcast episode springs from my eBook" "How To Prepare For A Music Conference In 5 Sure Steps" that outlines key prep-steps designed to help you: - maximize the business opportunity of attending a music conference prepare for your trip, and navigate the whole process without being overwhelmed overcome nerves when preparing for the networking experience return refreshed, avoid burnout and reap results  From choosing an event and funding your trip, to preparing your E.P.K, and booking 1:1 meetings with music biz execs, you'll find key info to equip you during the planning, ’n-conference' and forward-step stages.  Music conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings can be exhilarating - they can also seem intimidating when you’re there in real-time and not quite sure what to do or how to tap into the huge opportunities available, in a way that propels your music career forward. ‘How To Prepare For A Music Conference” shares a proven template that I compiled from experience and research then learned to apply firsthand for conferences like: M.I.D.E.M, S.X.S.W, C.M.E/U.N.E.S.C.O, W.S.I.S, W.O.M.E.X, and more.  To purchase the eBook, e-mail with subject line: "Music Conference eBook" --- Send in a voice message:
When's the last time you remember taking a full breath?  Join me for a light conversation on the 3Ps and 1Q involved in deep breathing and for a light breathwork exercise you can do anytime. Deep breathing helps the mind be more clear, rejuvenates and revitalizes the skin, assists with circulation, and helps to tone and strengthen the core, along with the obvious benefits - without the gift of breath, none of us could be here. Is your voice key in your career? Are you a Singer, Speaker, Coach, Vlogger or Podcast host? My 'Fine-Tune' Your Voice coaching workshop is now open for a new season.  Nurture and sharpen your gift with online sessions designed to help you breathe better, free and fine-tune your voice, expand your range,  and learn to ad lib like a pro. Link me on @vocalcoachin and feel free to send questions or comments as a voice message when you download the Anchor app and subscribe to my channel. Get your "Vocal-CARE 101" eBook  indra is a Singer, Vocal Coach, Publisher, and internationally charted Songwriter from Barbados. --- Send in a voice message:
So what does 'perseverance' actually mean, and why is our approach to it so very important to life in general, and our journey as an entrepreneur? Introducing a new guest in the "Celebrate A Sister" series - Faith Bascombe, a trained nail technician and entrepreneur in Barbados. She also happens to be a social worker and rehab therapist, by the way. In today's post, Faith shines a light that leads to the root of what perseverance is, so the fruit of it can be better reflected and expressed through our life's work. Our guest shares about her inspiration to start a business and offers memorable gems of encouragement with you and I. If you could do with a message on perseverance shared with grace, then click play and listen. "Going through this whole process of business and growing a business - sometimes it can be quite frustrating. I just wanna encourage you, ladies, as you traverse on this path of growth and development particularly in your business, and even personally to maintain perseverance." - Faith Bascome (owner of Nails ExQuisite) --- Send in a voice message:
It's with joy that i introduce today's podcast guest, a gracious lady who shares insight and sound advice on... Finding Personal Space As a devoted wife and mother, and work-from-home entrepreneur, Margaret R. Niles, PhD knows what it's like to prioritize time with your family while growing your business, and making sure to tend to your peace of mind and wellness in the process. I've known our guest for about 7 years, and her sunny yet reserved, calm and strong countenance along with her dedication to family, is something to admire. Join Margaret for sound advice and encouragement on creating and enjoying moments of refreshment while working from home. --- Send in a voice message:
Entrepreneurship is a muscle-building experience. It isn’t for everyone, and that’s totally cool. Though we all have gifts, some are best or happiest expressed as hobbies, small circle activities, seasonal activities or deeds of service. Running and growing an enterprise while serving your audience consistently well, is a responsibility…businesses don’t just run on air n’ coffee or thrive solely based on how much love you put into it. i was recently invited (kindly by my local P.R.O) to attend a seminar at the Grand Salle, in Bridgetown, for a ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week.’ The 4-panelist presentation by business pros, was designed to reach a large group of teens from various secondary schools around the island, and educate them on the journey of entrepreneurship. It was interesting – and refreshing to sit in the front row, to learn more through innovative pioneers who spoke on: steps to building a business entrepreneurial endurance teamwork identity marketing strategy (and a special highlight of the day) – effective communication and connection with your ideal audience. A particularly hot topic was the popular debate: TO SOURCE FUNDING FIRST OR START WHERE YOU ARE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE... --- Send in a voice message:
For many creative entrepreneurs, the documentation side of business can seem a bit intimidating (or tedious as ever), but check this – as an artist, author, freelance writer, graphic designer, chef, visual artist, producer – you’re already documenting in some form or another. The first time I wrote and handed someone an invoice for vocal work years ago, it was sooo awkward. Creatively-fueled people tend to be more…free-flowing. Especially when working from home or on tour, sometimes structure can seem a bit confining – it can also be extremely helpful in terms of maintaining a productive rhythm, understanding the seasons of your business, bringing a team on board and having a template for them to align with or improve on, as well as having a documented reference in case you ever make a pitch for funding / investment/ business partnership. It’s not easy, but documentation comes in handy and can assist us with planning, pacing, and monitoring progress for future growth. It can also be fun! Who knew?! You might actually find this incites you to put a l’il pep in your step’ when it comes to managing your creative business – and growing through it too. Good for you – and good for your clients too! So let’s go a step further, with 3 Key Business Mapping Supplies that can help make things more clear, and the load – lighter. HOW ARE YOU WITH PAPERWORK WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR CREATIVE BIZ, AND WHICH OF THESE 3 RESONATES MOST WITH WHERE YOU ARE NOW? 1) I find it easy to write and send invoices/receipts and do this consistently. 2)I write or type them, but freeze when it comes to actually delivering or sending them. 3) what’s an invoice? - Feel free to send a message to this podcast with your reply, by downloading the app - thanks for tuning in. --- Send in a voice message:
Hey sis, have a dream, goal, mission - calling that’s prompting you to take action? are you wrestling with doubts about starting your own business? In today’s post I share a bit about the myth that the road of entrepreneurship is a piece o sweetbread and light walk in the park. It’s a muscle-building exercise that’s not for everyone - and that’s A-ok. It ain’t about competition, as if entrepreneurs are more this or that than someone who’s working in a job they enjoy and are living out their purpose while taking care of their family through. Entrepreneur-SHIP is a journey - and life - is a journey same way! Know what works for you, and work for it too! 🙌 Keep shinin’ ✨ right where you are - you’re a star - a bright light in a world that likes to assign heroes and losers and distinguish those who take big strides from those who make small steps - once it’s FORWARD and for the better, keep on keepin’ on (and dance to every beat with each breath you’re blessed to take - joywithin --- Send in a voice message:
Hiya, hope you’re having a bright day! Today's guest in the “Celebrate A Sister” series is Joanne, a clinical therapist, researcher, and mom. . . In this episode 🎙, she shares on “work & rest” and highlights the significance of each individually, and together harmoniously. This is something a lot of us (men & women) wrestle with - no so much the working’s the resting that’s often challenging in a world that hollers “hustle,” “push” “get it!” JoJo invites us to acknowledge and embrace that we are also designed for refreshment through pockets of rest. Joining us from the U.S, this gracious guest offers insight into and encouragement on walking through this life to a healthy and happy tempo. --- Send in a voice message:
And here she is - meet Nisha; she’s the designer of Metah Jewelry ✨(pronounced ‘mee-tah’) and the next guest feature in the “Celebrate A Sister” series. Nisha took a leap of faith and started her own Trinidad 🇹🇹 based business that springs from her gifted creativity, and is inspired by her love for the Lord. Stay tuned for Nisha’s 🎙fabulous feature coming up first thing on July 30th. She’ll also be sharing gems of encouragement for girl bosses. Her voice - and words are sooo inspiring! @metahtt You’re gonna want to hear n’ see this, sis! Editing in motion so remember to visit the blog to see the full feature this coming Monday morning. --- Send in a voice message:
What a delight to introduce another special entrepreneurial guest as a highlight in the “Celebrate A Sister” series. Meet Marsha Branch, the brain and face behind “Atelier M – Skin Apothecary” – a new and already-in-demand line of handcrafted, fragrant, artisanal soaps. “Make the most of your gift. I know that there will be times when it feels impossible – there will be times when you are frustrated…sometimes your dream may seem like nothing more than that – just a dream… but it was given to you for a reason, and it wouldn’t have been given to you if there wasn’t a way to do it.” – Marsha Branch (Communications Specialist, entrepreneur and owner of Atelier M – Skin Apothecary) @marshabranch on Instagram Read full feature and see product pics on --- Send in a voice message:
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