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How to Radically Improve the Way You Deal with Problems In 3 Steps


tr2What if something happened that radically changed the way you looked at what stresses you out and keeps you up at night?

That’s exactly what happened to me four years ago when I got into a serious car accident on a major NJ highway on a beautiful day in June.

The day started out like most of mine do… I kissed my husband Keith good-bye and gave my daughter Jess a quick hug before putting her on the school bus.

Eight hours later I was sitting in my car in the middle of the highway praying. My SUV, which was going 65 miles-an-hour at the time, was hit by a car that was sent flying into my lane by a tractor trailer.

I’ll never forget what happened next.

When the car windows exploded I let go of the steering wheel and covered my face with my hands. It felt like I was on a roller coaster ride that went wild and remembered thinking that I managed to wiggle my way out of some pretty tough situations, but this time I wasn’t going to be as lucky.

I also thought that if the force of the crash didn’t kill me, the tractor-trailer I had just passed going up the hill would.

I flipped twice before landing in an upright position in the middle of the four-lane highway. That’s when I started to pray and didn’t stop until a guardian angel/EMT name Joe came running over to help me.

I not only survived the crash, but walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. Doctors at the hospital told me it was a miracle that I was alive.

Call it luck, Divine intervention or destiny. I call it getting a second chance.

The next morning I woke up to the same problems – along with some new ones –but didn’t feel nearly as frustrated, angry or stressed about them as I did the day before. For weeks and months following my accident I kept saying these six words to myself over and over again:

“I’m so lucky to be alive, I’m so lucky to be alive, I’m so lucky to be alive…”

And that’s what I’ve been telling myself every day since.

It was a wake-up-call and reality check that radically changed my life.

It helped me stop viewing my problems as exhausting and overwhelming difficulties that sucked the living-life out of me and more like second chances that challenged me to become stronger and better.

So friend, I don’t want you to experience a life- threatening car accident to begin looking at your problems in a more proactive way. So starting today I want you to give your power and energy to finding solutions by using these three helpful tips.

1.  Don’t wait.

There are two things that I know for sure in life. One – change is constant – and two – that your time on this earth is limited, so it’s important you figure out what you want to do with it. Why? Because there’s a chance you won’t be here tomorrow.

Steve Jobs said it best:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”

2.  Think BIG.

When you feel overwhelmed by your situation it’s normal to get caught up in the emotions of the moment. When you feel yourself going to that paralyzing place, STOP whatever it is you’re doing, and ask yourself these questions:

Am I for the most part healthy? Do I have friends and family who love me? Do I have a roof over my head? Can I put food on my table? Can I work?

If you answered yes to any of them, you my friend have it a heck-of a lot better than millions of others on our planet who struggle every day just to survive.

Asking yourself these questions forces you to step-back and look at the big picture. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your day-to-day problems and forget the things that are most important.

So maybe sitting in traffic for two hours to get to work really does suck – but it’s better than not having a job at all :)

3.   Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

Are you afraid to ask for help because you think it’s a sign of weakness or because you’re afraid of what other people will think of you?

The truth is getting the help you need isn’t a sign of weakness — but a sign of greatness because it shows that you want to improve your current situation.

Don’t ever be afraid to seek out solutions and get the perspective of others. You’ll find that there are plenty of good people out there who’d love to share their ideas and lend you a helping hand.


In the comments below please let me know which one of these three tips you think will help you deal with your problems better and why?

Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me and others!

Remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,

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How To Follow-Through And Get Things Done In 3 Steps


As I reflect on the first anniversary of – many thoughts and emotions fill my heart and my head. It’s been an amazing year!

But I have to be totally honest here – creating an on-line business is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my career. I learned a lot of valuable lessons that can help you work through just about any new challenge and I’m sharing my top 3 with you in this week’s post:

 TIP No. 1:  Remember the WHY

I learned that balancing part-time work, launching a new business, taking on new clients while also fulfilling my commitments as a wife and mom and starting a new school in my community, can be both tremendously fulfilling and truly exhausting.

When the negative ninjas filled my head and tried to convenience me to quit – I remembered WHY I started my business adventure in the first place:



 Remembering my mission to help you – keeps me centered and gives me the strength, motivation and POSITIVE ENERGY I need to keep moving forward.

TIP No. 2: Trust in the Journey

My experience over the last year has reinforced my belief that God has a plan for you and me. Our job is to find out what that plan is. That means staying true to your beliefs and following your heart’s calling and above all –staying POSITIVE.

The disappointments and detours you experience along the way are part of the plan’s learning process. And just when you’re having a day, an hour or minute – that makes you want to pull your eye balls out – remember you’re exactly where you’re suppose to be.

And that’s when you’ll probably hear from someone who totally gets what you’re doing – like I did a couple weeks ago:

“My husband lost his job in early December, and although it was tough at the time, it was a blessing in disguise because he hasn’t been happy at his former employer in years. He started his new job today and your posts helped me realize that we all need to be happy in this journey called life so I thank you for radiating so much positivity when I needed it most!”

 TIP No. 3: Keep Moving Forward

I learned that successful people keep moving forward no matter how they feel. When life throws curve balls, this amazing group doesn’t make excuses and blame others – they hit the reset button and keep moving forward.

They know that taking small consistent action no matter what, trumps no action every time!

Why? Because it’s so much darn harder to get started when you stop!!

When I struggled to get things done, I realized the more idle I was, the less motivate I became. Doing at least one thing each day energized me and helped me stay focused.

A body in motion stays in motion –  so remember, go at your own pace – but keep moving!!


What’s one effective strategy you use to follow-through and get things done? I can’t wait to read your comments below.

Until next time, remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,

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3 Must- Have Career Survival Tips

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live learn growOne of the lessons I learned when I lost my job five-years ago was that working for someone else can affect your personal and professional growth in a not so good way.

Let me explain…..

When I worked 40 hours a week I was so laser focused on doing my job — I found it pretty darn hard to do anything else. Connecting with people (in my field) outside of my day-to-day work and staying up on important industry trends was not on my radar screen.

Being a wife, mom and working full-time, left me little, if any time to think about career stuff. If I did find extra-time — I usually spent it with my family and friends doing things I enjoyed and considered fun. The last thing I wanted to do was spend time away from the office on my computer or at networking events.

It’s amazing what happens when you’re suddenly plucked from the comfort and security of your corporate job and thrown into CAREER REALITY.

It was a wake up-call that I’m grateful for because it forced me to get out of my comfort-zone, change the way I viewed my career and learn new skills and habits that put me on the right track both personally and professionally.


1.  Your Career is Your Business – OWN IT

You own your career and you’re responsible for its continued growth and success. You represent and sell a product and the product is YOU! You need to think of yourself as your own small business and embrace the mind-set of an entrepreneur.

Start thinking about what you can you do to make the business of YOU more satisfying, marketable and successful. Not happy with your current job? Then it’s time to get in-touch with who you are and what you want to do professionally. My next two tips will help with that.

2.  Make Learning A Priority  

Remember you’re a work in progress and if you want to stay on top of your game, you need to keep growing and learning. Learning gets you out of the “box” and helps boost your confidence, clarity and creativity, breaks down barriers and broadens your view of the world.

Learning has no expiration date — so keep working at it! Learn about things that inspire and interest you. Remember knowledge makes you more competitive and marketable.

3.  Use Social Media to Grow and Connect

When I lost my job I had a Facebook and LinkedIn page that I didn’t use very much. Today you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram connecting with, contributing to and learning from, a pretty AWESOME community of people that inspire me everyday.

YES – a lot has changed over the last five years and social media is no longer just a way to stay connected with your family and friends, but are HUGE informational, networking and marketing communities that help you learn and grow in ways you never thought possible.

If you’re not already doing it – it’s time you use social media to connect with like-minded people, learn the latest industry trends, build your reputation and market yourself.

And don’t wait until you need a job to start using these amazing tools to broaden your career!! You have the world at your finger-tips — take advantage of it and DO IT today.


Which one of my 3 career tips do you think can help you and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please post a comment in the box below.

I can’t believe in a couple weeks I’ll be celebrating the first anniversary of my website and blog!!  It’s been an awesome year and I can’t wait to share my lessons learned and a special gift that I created just FOR YOU <3

Until then — remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,

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How to Overcome Fear in 3 Steps


everything you wantLast year at this time I was experiencing a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. I was a little more than a month away from launching my blog and on-line coaching and training business.

Less-than a year earlier I had completed Marie Forleo’s B-School — an 8-week online video based training program that helps you create and build a profitable business and brand. I highly recommend Maria’s training and you can learn more about her awesome program via this link:

I did the work and felt extremely good about my mission — to help as many people as possible live a more positive, happy and satisfying career and life.

But as confident as I felt about pursuing my dream –an intense wave of fear still came over me and threatened to knock me off course.

Instead of packing up my entrepreneurial suitcases and calling it quits, I remember something that my instructor and mentor Marie had said in one of her weekly videos:


  – Marie Forleo

The more I thought about what Marie said – the more I realized how absolutely on target her statement was. Think about it. We are conditioned  to resist fear. We run from it and push it away. It’s a feeling that’s synonymous with pain, danger, stress and anxiety. But I want you to know it doesn’t have to be that way. Fear can actually be a good thing!

Here are 3  strategies to help manage the fear monster that’s lurking inside of you:

1.  Acknowledge that fear is part of the journey

When you step out of your comfort zone it’s normal for you to feel some fear and hesitation. Acknowledge that it goes with the territory and use it as a reference point to help you keep moving forward. You successfully coped with fear before and you’ll do it again.

2. Use fear as a catalyst

There’s a great John Wayne quote that I love – “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” Take the energy from the negative emotions you feel and use it as a catalyst for courage and action.

3. Change how you see fear 

Replace your negative thoughts of fear with more positive ones. When you reframe your thoughts — you’ll begin to embrace fear and view it as a resource instead of a roadblock.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

Which one of these 3 tips do you think will help you the most and why?  I can’t wait to read your comments in the box below!

Remember a more happy career and life is within your reach! It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN do it!!

Best always,

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How to Keep Moving Your 2015 Goals Forward In 2 Steps!


moving forwardIf you’re like a lot of people ….you started 2015 with great intentions.

But then you got back into your regular routine and those plans, which you were so pumped about moving on, suddenly seemed overwhelming, unrealistic and even a bit impossible.

Before you ditch your New Year’s resolutions, I’d like you to take a       l-o-n-g,   d-e-e-p breath and ask yourself these two important questions:

1. How bad DO I WANT IT?

It’s been my experience that when I really want something – I spend a lot of time thinking about it.

How about you? Are those resolutions of yours just part of your annual holiday ritual or something that you spent a good chunk of time thinking about?

If you answered yes – then I have some good news for you. Those positive thoughts percolating inside your head are exactly what you need in order to accomplish the plans you have for the new year.

If you’ve been day-dreaming about fitting into those size 6s or 36W pants, getting a more challenging job or making more time for you, those thoughts and the curiosity and excitement you feel, are signs that you want to make some changes.

 2. What’s ONE ACTION I can take?

If you haven’t pulled together a strategic plan to accomplish your resolutions – don’t panic – because you don’t need one. Instead, do one thing each day that will move you closer to the changes that you want this year.

One small action done consistently will create REAL BIG RESULTS for you. This is an approach that’s a whole-lot-less overwhelming and much easier to integrate with your current routines and habits. AND don’t worry if you miss a day or two (it will happen) – the key is to pick right back up where you left off and keep moving forward one action and one day at a time. DON’T QUIT!!

BONUS TIP: Track your progress

This last tip is one that I’m using to help me track the progress I’m making on my own personal goals – and it’s simple to do too. I started to summarize my ONE ACTION in a weekly on-line journal I created and I recommend that you do the same.

Once a week I go in and write (just a couple sentences) about my ACTIONS along with any results I’ve gotten. The ACTION JOURNAL keeps me on track and motivates me and I guarantee it will do the same for you.

Did you find the ideas I shared in this blog helpful? If you did – please assist me with my goal of helping as many people as I can make 2015 their best year yet by forwarding the link to this blog post to 3 – 5 people you know. I made it even easier by including the link right here: THANK YOU for giving me your time and attention every week and helping me help others!


What’s one thing you can do each day that will help you start making  your goals and ideas a reality in the year ahead? I can’t wait to read your comments below!

Until next time, please remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps toward making 2015 your best year ever. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,

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nelsonIt’s a new year. So my question to you is this: What are you planning to do to make 2015 your best year ever?

If your answer is you have a list of goals that you plan to accomplish I’m going to ask you to rethink your decision due to this important fact: Most people who make resolutions DON’T achieve them.

The reason? They already have too much going on in their lives and don’t have the time and energy needed to put toward making the changes they want. We all tend to take on much more than we can handle.

As you think about your resolutions for 2015, please consider taking a different approach.  Instead of having multiple goals, this year make a commitment to pursue just one or two things you want most in your life. Then use the 6 tips I’ve shared with you as part of your plan.

I’m confident if you put these strategies into action, you’ll have a much better chance of making your goals and dreams a reality in 2015 and beyond.

This final tip has helped me to achieve my goals and served as the catalyst for personal improvement and transformation. It helps me to stay focused, energized, grateful and happy. It’s my drug of choice!


Exercise gets your blood pumping, which releases endorphins in your brain that puts you in a better place mood wise and boosts your energy too.


What’s especially awesome is that you don’t have to run a 5K race to get these benefits. A 20-minute walk a couple times a week is a great place to start — but be sure to check with your doctor before you start any exercise program.

Now I’d love for you to share a goal that you have planned for 2015 and which one of my six tips you think can help you accomplish it. I can’t wait to read your comments in the box below. If you find my tips and strategies for a better life helpful — please be sure to share them with others you know.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!

Until next time, please remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,

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P.S. Don’t forget to take my survey if you haven’t already:  Lina Hollman – 2014 Survey

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quote picTalk’s cheap – action speaks volumes. That’s what I told myself as December rolled around and I had yet to post my first video blog. So before I turned the calendar to 2015, I decided to take some of my own advice and get it done. And guess what? It went better than I thought it would.

I’m super excited to share a tip for positive living that can help you nail your 2015 goals.

In this video me and my friend Jake share:


And two steps to take that will help you land a job or overcome any other obstacle or challenge that life sends your way.




You can begin to turn your roadblocks and challenges into opportunities by using your talents and energy to:

  1. Create solutions
  2. And put them into ACTION

Remember, taking one small step is better than taking no action at all and most of the time it’s not as difficult as you may think!


What’s one goal you have for 2015 and an action-step you plan to take toward making it a reality? I can’t wait to read your comments in the box below. And I’d also love to hear what you thought about of my first video blog.

Remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

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Improve Your Life Almost Instantly With This 1 Tip


denzelWith Christmas right around the corner there isn’t a better tip to get you in the holiday spirit than the one I’m about to share.

If you’re feeling down and having difficulty getting yourself motivated and focused (this time of year can do that to you!) –– you’ll find the tip extremely helpful.

This strategy will enable you to put your worries aside, feel better about yourself and pump some positive energy in your sails so you can focus on what matters most as you head into New Year.

This tip will change your life:


Helping others by giving of your time and talent will change your world in ways you never thought possible. And the good news is that it’s not as difficult as you may think.

All you need to do is identify something that you’re passionate about. It should be something that energizes you and that you feel deeply about. Then look for an initiative, cause, or organization that aligns with your interests AND MAKE IT YOUR MISSION to reach out and lend a helping hand. I guarantee you won’t be turned away and that you’ll expand your network and connect with like-minded peeps.

It also will help you to do something else pretty awesome:


If you’re struggling and in a not-so-good place right now, you’ll begin to see the value you bring to the party of life and how your gifts and talents can help other people. You’ll also begin understand how giving can positively impact your life:



Let’s ignite our spirit of giving this Christmas season! Please share one or two things that you plan to do during the holidays to make a difference in someone’s life. I can’t wait to read your comments in the space below.

Remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,

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P.S. I have a surprise for you next week – don’t miss it!

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How To Reduce Stress & Live Happier


keep-calm-and-shake-it-off-32The other day on my way home from an appointment I decided to swing by the local grocery store to pick up a few things. It had been a crazy, busy week and I was looking forward to getting home , making dinner for my family, putting my comfy clothes on and decompressing. I was tired and cranky — I’m sure you know the feeling.

Once I made it in the store I quickly grabbed the few items that I needed and headed toward the front check-out.  when I got there I noticed the lines were pretty long, except for  line #5, which had just one person on it with a handful of items in her cart – BTW – the line was for customers buying 15 or less items.

I had just about made it when suddenly from out of no where came a woman with more than 15 items in her basket (just sayin) – who cut me off and proceeded to take my spot on the check-out line.


Now I was pissed — first because the lady rudely cut me off – and secondly because she didn’t even have the courtesy to look in my basket (which only had 7 items)! Somehow I was convinced that had she did, she would have graciously apologized and offered to let me go ahead of her on the line (I know what you’re thinking!).

Well, that’s not quite how the rest of my shopping experience went down. There was no eye contact, no gracious offer to have me check-out first and a cashier that was more interested in chatting with her co-worker than moving people through the line (did I tell you the lady that cut me off had more than 15 items in her basket??)


At that point I wanted to put needles in my eyes, dump my basket in the middle of the floor and run out of the store screaming like a mad woman!  But instead I decided to take a real long, deep, breath, along with my own advice, which happens to be this week’s tip to live and think more positively:


The fact is friend; there are a lot of inconsiderate, hurtful, petty and annoying people in this world that you have no control over. There are two very important choices you can make when this type of stuff happens in your life – you can LET IT STRESS YOU OUT, ANNOY YOU AND RUIN YOUR DAY, week, month, year (you get the picture) – OR – you can KEEP CALM AND SHAKE IT OFF.

The car that cut you off this morning on the interstate – SHAKE IT OFF

The job you applied for and didn’t get – SHAKE IT OFF

The long line at the Starbucks that made you very late for your appt. – SHAKE IT OFF

The co-worker that spoke rudely to you today – SHAKE IT OFF

The family member who forgot your birthday – SHAKE IT OFF

SHAKE IT OFF and change the energy around your situation by focusing on the things you can control and that are going right in your life. Then, take a few real deep breaths and be grateful for the person that you are.

Taking the higher road and treating people the way you want to be treated is healthier and more rewarding in the long run.  Plus –when you let someone/something stress and anger you, you’re buying into the chaos and letting it control your emotions. Don’t hand-over that power!! Instead, choose to channel your energy in a more positive and proactive way. So do like Taylor does – shake it off . You’ll feel better and you’ll be able to use your energy on things that are important to you.


Have you ever been in a situation that’s made you see RED?  If so, what did you do to keep calm and shake it off? I can’t wait to read your response in the comment box below.

Remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,

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PS – Be sure to check out my last post to get my previous 2 tips on how to live and think more positively!

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Week Two: Out With The Old and In With The New!


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I’m so excited to be sharing the second installment of my 6-weeks of free training that will help you live and think more positively. Before I share tip #2, I want you to know that I’m glad you made the decision to start to LIVE LIFE LIKE YOU MEAN IT!

And that’s exactly what will happen when you retrain your brain to think more positively. Trust me on this one!!

It will enable you to see your life through a totally different lens — one filled with endless possibilities, accomplishment and growth.  And as I shared in my last post, it also will give you the MOJO you need to effectively deal with your personal challenges and difficulties.

OK!  We’re almost there!  First a quick recap.

My first tip looked like this:

Positive Thinking Tip #1



If you’re all pumped and jazzed about something– you’ll likely work your ass off to get it. If you don’t — you probably didn’t want it that badly in the first place. It’s the honest truth and I’m sure you have plenty of examples in your life to prove it. I know I do!

Now that you know what you want to change — the next step is to create an environment around you that will ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT YOU AND HELP YOU TO THINK MORE POSITIVELY.

That’s why my next tip for positive thinking is so darn important!!

Positive Thinking Tip # 2


Think of positive thinking as a seed. If you want your seed to grow into a healthy, strong plant , you have to eliminate the weeds because weeds stifle growth — and also provide it with a safe and stable environment  to grow, regular nutrition and sunlight. If you want to master the skill of positivity  you need to create an supportive environment where positive thinking won’t be suppressed and where your thoughts and ideas can grow and flourish.


Who you spend the most time with is a reflection of who you are and who you want to become.

So friend, if the circle you’re currently running with brings you down — instead of lifting you up — it’s time to make some changes. It’s not going to be easy, but there’s a great technique I use that can help you to reduce and eliminate the weeds in your life.


Tell the negative ninjas in your life what you want to accomplish and tell them you’ll need their positive encouragement and support to make it happen. This does two things: It insures that everyone’s on the same page and it gives them fair warning that if they can’t give you what you’ve asked them for — then you’re going to go somewhere else to get it.

Now it’s your turn :).  I’d love to hear about a tip or technique that you’ve used to  successfully eliminate the negative ninja’s in your life. I can’t wait to read your comments in the box below.

If you like this post, please share it with the people you connect with on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media channels. Thanks for your continued support!!

Until next time, please remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

Best always,


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