Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth

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Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth

When I found out that I lost my pregnancy, I wanted to have a baby immediately because I couldn't imagine not having a baby after expecting one. I felt that having another baby would help me to move on quickly.

Then I went from wanting a baby immediately to feeling really scared of getting pregnant again because a small voice as always saying, “What if I lost it again.” My stillbirth was unexplained so I started 'waiting' for the 'perfect time' to try again which frankly, never came. Eventually I just went for it and tried after about a couple of years.

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Don’t Be Cheap When Investing in Your Brand Photos!

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Don’t Be Cheap When Investing in Your Brand Photos!

We’ve all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  Well, on social media it’s worth 10 times that!  Source after source confirms that not only do images increase engagement and interaction with posts on social media, but it's proven scientifically that images grabs attention faster and reaches our brain faster than textual information.

When investing in business imagery, it’s NOT the time to be cheap and go bargain basement shopping for the cheapest photographer on Groupon.  I had to say it. Potential clients are making decisions about you, your business and your brand and whether or not to work with you within seconds.  So quality images for your visual brand matter.

You may be the person that feels that providing a good service is all that matters.  Would you eat a meal at a restaurant that looked liked something the dog left behind simply because the service was good? Just as you’d pass on something that wasn’t appealing, people will pass on reading your website content or marketing promotion because it lacked appeal and wasn’t presented at it’s best.

Am I saying you have to hire the most expensive photographer? Absolutely not, but here are a few reasons why investing in a quality photographer can be a better investment in the long run:

Having a good camera isn’t enough. Many elements to creating dynamic images. Some of the best shots require more time, set up, additional gear and sometimes additional staff and hours of pre-planning for the shoot and editing after the shoot.

A telltale sign of a great photographer versus a novice is their ability to pose and direct a client into the most flattering angles and find the best light.  A novice focuses on picking a “good location” for esthetics sake versus finding the best light, at the best time of day in the most unlikely locations.

An experienced photographer can make suggestions about wardrobe and what will or won’t photograph best.  May not sound like a big deal, but some outfits that look great in our everyday life may not translate well on camera.  These things have a huge impact on the overall images.

A photographer who takes the time to learn about your business and plans a shoot tailored to fit your brand will understand the amount of time and work in doing so and will price themselves accordingly to create a unique experience.

Are there times you’ll use cell phone images showing you’re a real person experiencing real life? Of course, on an appropriate social media platform.  But investing in a quality session to get a variety of looks for a multitude of marketing purposes is invaluable and can last a long time.  What does your business imagery say about you?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stacy Pierce is a Lifestyle Business Branding and Portrait Photographer based in Orlando.  She’s the force behind the lens of Stacy Pierce Photography.  With a background in business working for top Fortune 500 companies, Stacy took a leap of faith to follow her passion and dreams to define success on her own terms through photography.  Visit her website

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Let’s Not Pray to the God of Discipline Any Longer

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Let’s Not Pray to the God of Discipline Any Longer

As a 60 Minute Coach I hear often these cries from my clients:

  • Oh, I am failing to keep up with my schedule
  • I am not getting results as I had before with same activities
  • I need to be held more accountable
  • My mind can’t keep a focus
  • I am doing all my mantras, readings, and keeping my goals in front of me, but nothing is happening                            

Instead of tightening the reign around our horse’s necks, isn’t it time to loosen them up? What have all the new philosophies of living, working, and connecting authentically to our purpose taught us? To be more disciplined, or to be more loving and more fun, even in the midst of work?

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Rejuvenate Your Life With the Power of Your Words

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Rejuvenate Your Life With the Power of Your Words

You have much more power than you think. Throughout everyday you create and make things happen in your health, relationships, business, and even in the life of those around you.  Therefore, it is necessary to be mindful of the words you speak and to be more intentional with your choice of words.  Success in life, business, and health begin with your words.

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Business Planning for a Quarterly Win

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Business Planning for a Quarterly Win

Business planning for a quarterly win is just as important as business planning for the launch of your business. To go into a new business quarter with goals of making "$25k", but no plan of action on how that goal of "25k" will be attained would be poor decision making.  A quarterly business plan will allow you to efficiently identify significant periods in your business where you may need to implement a new strategy. Periods such as; peak holidays and higher and lower volume profit months. Having a quarterly business plan may even allow you to determine when is the best time for your business to launch a new product or service. 

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Let Change Bring Out the Champion in You!

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Let Change Bring Out the Champion in You!

Change can be like the childhood monster in the closet you never wanted to confront so you allow your imagination to take over and scare you ridiculously! Change can be like dew on the front lawn after a spring rain with the sun glistening just right so all you can do is breath in and let out a grateful sigh. Change is about perspective. Perspective is said to be reality so it’s important that your vantage point catapults you instead of crushing you as you navigate times of change in your life. 

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The Must Watch Ted-Talk for All Parents and Prospective Parents

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The Must Watch Ted-Talk for All Parents and Prospective Parents

After I watched this Ted-Talk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for my baby.  Armed with this new information - I decided to start looking for ways to expose my little one to live language  instruction the day that she was born. My partner and I decided to expose her to Mandarin Chinese and Spanish - two languages we did not speak ourselves - but we had a tough time finding tutors for both languages. Frustrated, I decided to find a very early childhood language class, however, I was informed that she would not be permitted to start until she was older - years after that 9-month window.

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Why Having Good Credit Helps You Have a Successful Business

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Why Having Good Credit Helps You Have a Successful Business

Whether we are talking about your business or personal credit scores, the higher number the better! When it comes to helping your business succeed, a good credit history is imperative.

We'll go over the pros of having a good credit score, the cons of having a bad one, and what you can do to repair your credit if you want the advantages a higher score will bring your business. Read more...

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How To Become A Client Magnet Even When You’re Just Starting Out

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How To Become A Client Magnet Even When You’re Just Starting Out

Most service based entrepreneurs who are just starting out want to know “How can I book more clients?” I can vividly remember starting out and asking that question too- and trust me it was not in a good way. In this blog post I will share the major steps I took to get me from struggling to sell a $25 e-course, to getting high end clients asking me if they can work with 1:1 and getting them to pay in full right then and there on the phone.  (P.S. That was long before I started business coaching, for all of you who think life coaches can’t make bank too ;) ). There really are 3 simple steps. Read More

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Leveraging Real Life Moments for Your Biz

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Leveraging Real Life Moments for Your Biz

*Singing* “Happy Birthdaaaay to you… Happy birthday to you…. Happy biiiiirthdaaaay…”

Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations… there are so many life events that call for celebration! Why not allow your audience and clients to celebrate with you?!

Relationship building is not only important in our personal lives, but in our businesses as well.  Have you ever seen a person while you were out and about, looked at them and thought, “I know them from somewhere.” Only to realize you only know them through social media? When we want to learn more about a person, where do we go first? ONLINE!  Read More...

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Finding a Competent Tax Professional for Your Biz

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Finding a Competent Tax Professional for Your Biz

There are just a couple weeks left to file your 2015 income tax return without requesting an extension. While oftentimes, doing your taxes for yourself is possible, at this stage in the game, many people are looking for a professional to help them not only file on time, but to also ensure their return is accurately file.  Finding a competent tax professional can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few quick tips to remember

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How To Become A Client Magnet Even When You’re Just Starting Out

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How To Become A Client Magnet Even When You’re Just Starting Out

Most service based entrepreneurs who are just starting out want to know “How can I book more clients?” I can vividly remember starting out and asking that question too- and trust me it was not in a good way. In this blog post I will share the major steps I took to get me from struggling to sell a $25 e-course, to getting high end clients asking me if they can work with 1:1 and getting them to pay in full right then and there on the phone.  (P.S. That was long before I started business coaching, for all of you who think life coaches can’t make bank too ;) ). There really are 3 simple steps. 

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Why Your Business Productivity Sucks and 3 Ways to Improve It

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Why Your Business Productivity Sucks and 3 Ways to Improve It

When you think of being productive, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many entrepreneurs it’s some sort of marketing activity for others it’s simply getting a little bit more done than they did yesterday. The reality is, many entrepreneurs don’t have a clear definition of what being productive really looks like and that is because they don’t truly understand what it means.

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Marketing Tips for Female Entrepreneurs

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Marketing Tips for Female Entrepreneurs

We are not in Med Man era anymore! Deal with it! Although women’s rights in big marketing firms are only slightly improved, from the period of misogynistic fifties, when guys like Roger H. Sterling ran the show, we now have the chance to start our own companies and promote our products with love and care. That’s why in this article I will share several useful tips for other female entrepreneurs that I learned during my long entrepreneurship career.

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Are You Resenting a Past Business or Life Experience?

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Are You Resenting a Past Business or Life Experience?

After being married and having my second child, my son, I decided to take inspired action and start my first clothing company. With two small kids at home, I told myself I would never give up on my dreams, ever! It took one split second to decide to begin my business life. I got up one day and remember feeling the carpet between my toes, as I consciously decided to start my business. I had a sudden feeling of certainty in my heart moving forward. I didn’t have any cash to start the company, but I didn’t care, I knew I would find a way.

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3 Ways to Start 2016 in Style

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3 Ways to Start 2016 in Style

As an entrepreneur, how I present myself to the world is of paramount importance. I want you to put on your clothes and forget about them. How does one so that, you ask? There is a method to the madness and I am going to teach you right now.

 

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