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Dr. Sam Graber

Host of "Unraveling Together" and "The Execupreneur's Edge"

Unraveling Together is a podcast for women who opt out of the narrative that our best years are behind us and that we are now relegated to the back burner of society. We know our best is before us.

The Unraveling Together Podcast is where we are free to talk about the things "we just don't talk about". Sharing wisdom with those who come after us is a crucial aspect of our personal growth.

Awash In Stress, Wading In Past Trauma And Clinging To The Side Of The Hormone Pool


During one of my spiritual pleadings early on in perimenopause, I vowed that I would not let another woman suffer through peri like I was, if I just made it through it! Ever pray to the porcelain gods? It was like that but the nauseating head-spinning feeling did not end in 24 hours or less……

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Episode 071: A Childhood Decision Was Running My Life Into The Ground


“You can’t read the label from inside the jar.” A phrase I initially heard from a wise business coach. And though thought-provoking, not until years later have I understood the wisdom it imparts. In a nutshell the phrase means we can’t see what’s transpiring when we’re in the thick of it (in the jar). From…

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Episode 070: Silently Slipping Into A Deafening Internal Echo Chamber


Allow me to paint the scene for you…in it, there sits a woman.  She could be anyone you know.   To the outer world, she is strong and centered.  She is the one everyone else turns to in times of trouble. All the while, she sits at rock bottom. Where she slips silently into a deafening internal…

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Episode 069: Your Libido Is More Than Your Sex Drive. It’s Your Zeal For Life (And Business)!


Our libidos take a hit at every bend in the road of life and the switchbacks intensify during midlife.  As does our stress. First of all, most of us are so overextended we don’t know if we’re coming or going.  We say “yes” too often to keep in line with our role as the “put-er…

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Episode 067: Why Cycle Tracking Is Pivotal In Business.


Have you ever noticed that one day you’re even-keeled, steady and everything you “touch” turns to gold?  Only to be followed a day or so later (maybe a week) when you appear to have been strapped into an emotional rollercoaster (against your will), taken for a wild ride (that is anything but fun), and now…

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Episode 066: Perimenopause Brain. It’s Like Pregnancy Brain But Then Again, It’s Not.


A common backseat driver of #perimenopause, and total nuisance, is #brainfog, AKA perimenopause brain.  It’s like pregnancy brain but then again, its not.   People are much more forgiving toward our forgetfulness, the occasional word loss, and our momentarily scattered selves when there’s a “Baby On Board”.  When it’s perimenopause brain, those around us can…

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Episode 064: Fostering Workplace Diversity Through Inclusion


There is an ROI on both leadership development and talent retention that you may not have given much thought to. Seeing that you’ve invested heavily into hiring, training, and the professional development of the women in your company, when they stay and grow with your company that can add zeros with commas to the company’s…

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Episode 063: Perimenopause And Her 3 Co-Conspirators: Your Thoughts, Your Emotions, And Your Hormones


As a result of my personal experience with perimenopause (peri) and the realization that peri is something we just don’t talk about, I made a shift in my professional focus.  We need to be talking about perimenopause. This is a conversation that belongs in every room in which there are women.  From the boardroom to…

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Episode 062: We Need More Women In Leadership. So Why Do We Ignore Their Needs In Perimenopause And Beyond?


In this episode, I pose some questions I believe every business leadership team needs to consider.   If you are a decision maker for your company, consider this:   How much talent, experienced leadership, and company wisdom are you hemorrhaging when women are faced with the lose/lose proposition that occurs when their needs during perimenopause…

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Episode 061: It’s Time To End The “Weight Loss” Quest. It’s Not About Your Weight Anyway.


You have more important things to be focused on than your love/hate relationship with your bathroom scale. Wouldn’t you agree? You’re up to big things in this world and wasting time engaged in a war with your weight is not one of them! The conversation around “weight loss” is not really about weight. Weight is…

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Episode 060: With A Rebel Yell, She Cried “No! No, More!” – A Perimenopausal Battle Cry


To transform ourselves, we need our Inner Rebel to be fully engaged. Yet channeling one’s Inner Rebel is challenging for most. She’s “in there”, I promise. In this episode we explore the making of an Inner Rebel and why her recruitment is a critical piece for completion of our #holistic #transformation puzzle. This is not…

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Episode 059: “Am I Losing It?” And Other Questions We Ask Ourselves In Perimenopause.


In keeping with the societal script when it comes to experiencing life in a woman’s body, perimenopause is something we just don’t talk about but so desperately need to be talking about as a collective of women. If you’ve been in my ecosystem for longer than a day or two you know that I am…

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Episode 058: Why You Can’t Sleep In Perimenopause And What To Do About It.


Have you ever tossed and turned all night? Frustrating, isn’t it? If it’s a once-in-awhile thing, it’s not all that big a deal. But when one night turns to two. Then three and four, it can set off all the body’s alarms. In turn sending your entire system into panic mode. As if perimenopause wasn’t…

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Episode 057: Leave The C.R.A.P. On The Grocery Store Shelf


If we stop buying it, they’ll stop selling it.   The C.R.A.P. that is.  C = chemicals your grandparents wouldn’t have in their own kitchen.R = refined sugar and grains.A = artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, etc.  P = processed in any way.  We are literally subsidizing our demise as taxpayers.  Our tax dollars support the…

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Episode 056: How Doing Absolutely Nothing Is Everything When It Comes To Jumpstarting Your Sluggish Midlife Metabolism


This week’s focus is on a topic so misunderstood and misused, it is doing more damage than good. And that is a shame because when properly done, intermittent fasting is nothing short of a built-in superpower!    “How Doing Absolutely Nothing Is Everything When It Comes To Jumpstarting Your Sluggish Midlife Metabolism” is the sixth…

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Episode 055: Prioritize Protein To Optimize Hormones (Amongst Other Critical Things)


Have you listened to all the episodes in this 8-part series thus far? This is the fifth one and it includes my tried-and-true hierarchy for making protein choices. Since we are eating the flesh (and the fat) of that animal or the egg from that animal, what it ate and how it lived affects us…

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Episode 054: Can’t Get Rid Of Your Belly Fat No Matter What You Do? Listen To This Before You Go On Another Diet.


I used to restrict some calories, run a few miles, and lengthen my nightly slumber for a week or so and the inches would just melt away. That is until I hit the 40-year milemarker. Then.. all bets were off. It was as if my body was no longer 𝘮𝘺 body. What used to work…

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Episode 053: Why Your Waistline Expands In Perimenopause And What To Do About It


If you’re a woman in midlife and your waistline is expanding, your energy is plummeting, and all-in-all you just don’t feel like “you”, please hear this: 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙣. You’re most likely in perimenopause. This very natural stage in your life coupled with a common metabolic issue, added to the constant state of stress…

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Episode 052: The Number One Reason Midlife Women Seek My Help And Why It Bums Me Out


If you’re face-to–face with the reality that you don’t like what you see in the mirror and you’re upset because you can’t get into the clothes you used to wear, I have good news.  The 12-Step Strategy I’m sharing with you in this 8-part podcast series is a roadmap for correcting the underlying factors.  Correct…

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Episode 051: Breaking Out Of Self-Judgment Purgatory When You’re A Midlife Woman In Business


As time passes and you’ve intently focused on your career, you may have unintentionally taken your eye off your health and wellbeing.  It’s not unheard of when we’re dedicated to our work.  What we intend to be a brief diversion can turn into years when we’re in hot pursuit of our goals and dreams. If…

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Episode 050: The Menopausal Monkey Mind. And How To Keep Her Focused.


Our monkey mind is another term for our perpetual thoughts.  Think of it as the chattering monkey of our internal monologue.  This constant chattering is the thought trail that plays in the background of our daily life.  When our monkey mind is left to her own devices, she takes our focused mind on a detour as…

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Episode 049: I’ve Done Everything Right! Why Do I Feel So Empty Inside?


There comes a point in life when many of us feel a gnawing emptiness inside. It’s not the “lack of something” kind of empty, it’s the type of emptiness that takes up all the available space until it can no longer be ignored. And when it is ignored, it manifests as anger and anxiety, and ultimately illness and disease.  This emptiness isn’t “nothing”. It is everything, and then…

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Episode 047: The Antidote To Stress In Perimenopause


Resilience is the antidote to stress in perimenopause. And just as stress accumulates, so does the antidote. In this episode I elaborate on 4 simple ways to shore up your resilience training strategy: Practice Attentive Listening Be Mindful Break Tasks Into Manageable Chunks Journaling At Night These aren’t the only 4 ways, but they’re a…

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Episode 046: Is It A Midlife Crisis Or A Midlife Unraveling?


When you hear the term “midlife crisis”, what comes to mind?   Some middle-aged guy in a fast car with a hot young (and fast) babe next to him? Same…until I read a May 2018 blog post by Brené Brown. It changed everything for me. The two previous years were tumultous to say the least. I…

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Episode 045: To Love Thyself Is To Know Thyself


There are many things we can say about love… some idealistic, some realistic and some awash in hopeless romanticism that leaves us all feeling empty. The one love I believe gets the short end of the love-stick is self-love. In this week’s episode I take issue with a popular societal conditioning that tells us we…

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Episode 044: Why Your Adrenals Need Extra Love During Midlife


I’ve got some hard-hitting tough love on tap for you along with 4 tips to implement right away for showing your adrenals some extra love during midlife.

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Episode 037: Keto Isn’t Just For Weight Loss. It Makes For A Blissful Brain Too!


Look around, mental health issues are steadily on the rise. You can’t scroll your social media feed without some reference to mental health. There is mounting evidence that eating to attain and maintain ketosis has a double whammy of the best kind when it comes to your body and brain.  When one loses weight in the form of body fat, it feels good on the inside…

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Episode 036: Diets Don’t Work. Do This Instead.


Have you ever gone on a diet? I have. And I don’t recommend it. Avoid those things like the plague. Being on a diet sucks all the joy out of life, doesn’t it? I’m not a betting woman, but if I were, I’d put money on the fact that you have tried to lose weight by cutting calories, choking down some chalky meal replacement shake…

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Episode 034: When Your “Let’s Get It On” Gets Up And Goes


Are you the kind of woman who likes to prepare for what she can, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? I only ask because this whole “menopause is an inevitable hell, so suck it up, plaster a plumped up smile on your face, and get back in there to juggle the…

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Episode 033: How To Balance Your Hormones Naturally In Perimenopause


Society’s messaging to seasoned women is that it’s all downhill from here and we should just take up as little space as possible. Our time has come, and it has gone. Excuse me!?! I think not. And in the spirit of keeping this PG…to them, I say, “Go pound sand!” If you’re a woman in…

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Episode 032: Why Community Matters In Perimenopause.


If you can relate to any of the following, this episode was created for you.  If you know a woman experiencing the following, forward this episode to her…she’ll be thankful that you did.   Your nerves are shot and everyone’s on that ONE you’ve got left. Or maybe you can’t lose your stubborn belly fat no…

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Episode 031: Cleaning Up The Metabolic Mess


You wouldn’t start a home makeover without taking out the trash. Nor would you redecorate your renovated home with tattered items on the verge of falling apart. Your body feels the same way toward its healing process. Healing any part of the human body starts with healing at a cellular level. It’s a process and…

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Episode 030: Make Peace, Not War. With Your Body That Is.


You’ll often hear me say, “the better you understand your body, the better you can care for it.” There’s a lot of truth to it. Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Ag…heck, all the “Bigs” bank on the fact that you don’t understand how your body works let alone the influence your food choices have on…

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Episode 029: “Lose Weight”. Another Phrase To Retire In 2022.


Women are beautiful in every shape and size.  And while I’m saying so, I want to go on record with this, “as women, our worth is not tied to our size, nor our gravitational pull.”  That is just a fact in my book. That is but one reason why the phrase “lose weight” has got to go! Buh-bye now. In this episode…

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Episode 028: Eat Meat To Lower Your Stress


“Eating Meat Can Lower My Stress?” I can hear you now…and yes it does. In this short podcast episode I’ll share with you how. When working per design you’d be hard-pressed to find a more efficient system than the human digestive system. Digestive issues arise when we are seduced into eating Frankenfood. “Food” that is…

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Episode 027: Is It “Just Stress” Or Is It Anxiety?


There is no such thing as “just stress”. Though we can’t control nor rid our lives of the stressors that cause stress, we can control how we respond (or react) to these stressors. Contrary to what “conventional wisdom” wants you to think, you have everything you need inside of you to counter the stress within….

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Episode 026: Perimenopause And Powerpoints


**Cue the red face, neck and chest.  Sh*t.  Here comes the sweat.**   This is a moment many women in perimenopause experience on the daily. Some women?  They have hot flushes all day, every day.  To say it is ”inconvenient” is the understatement of all understatements.  In this episode, I share a glimpse of what the women…

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Episode 025: How Success Favors A Tootsie Pop


I know this is weird, but I was thinking recently about how success is like a Tootsie Pop. I know, “Weirdo”, but hear me out. (And FYI, I take “weirdo” as a compliment!) In this episode I share my thoughts on resilience and how you can use it to cultivate a growth mindset. I just…

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Episode 019: Curiosity May Have Killed The Cat, But It Will Breathe Life Into You!


In this episode of the Unraveling Together Podcast, we are unpacking the concept of curiosity.  Because “Curiosity May Have Killed The Cat”, but it will breathe life into you!.   And I’m not talking about  just the “hmmm, I wonder how that works” level of curiosity mind you.  We’re talking channel your inner 3 year old stalking…

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Episode 018: How To Channel Your Inner Rebel


My Inner Rebel has never been a challenge to summon.  We’re thick as thieves and have roused many rebellions in our 50 years together.   One super cool addition that has come on scene in the past few years is her sidekick…”I Don’t Give A *BLEEP* ” (IDGA*BLEEP*).  Now in some circles the *BLEEP* stands for…

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Episode 016: How Mindfulness Tames The Drunken Monkey. Who Invited That Gal To The Party Anyway?


Making the decision is the easy part. No matter the subject at hand, deciding to do, or not do takes but a moment. It’s the follow through that brings along the difficulty, the resistance…and that furry little bugger that lives in our mind who has the attention span of…well.., a drunken monkey. This little guy…

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Episode 015: Resilience And The Role Peter Gabriel Plays In Mine


Peter Gabriel songs pepper the soundtrack of my life.   “Don’t Give Up” is among my favorite songs of all time.  The depth of emotion in the lyrics, the heaviness in the pregnant pauses. His voice. Hers.   It gets me every time.   One song of his that pops into my head a fair amount as of…

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Episode 014: “Eating Fat Makes You Fat” And Other Big Fat Lies You Need To Stop Believing


The gloves are off in this hard-hitting episode of the Unraveling Together Podcast. Just because something is regurgitated ad nauseum, doesn’t make it true.  The Earth is not flat, and eating fat does not make you fat, in and of itself.   This particular nutrition myth really gets me riled up.  There are many reasons for…

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Episode 013: Are You in the (E) Camp or the (F) Camp?


Your body has a built-in fuel gauge* much like the one in your car.  Instead of simply noting how much fuel is in the tank, the body’s fuel gauge determines whether we burn our food for energy or store it as fat. Insulin points the needle toward (E)mpty AKA “Energy” or (F)ull AKA “Fat”. If our fuel gauge points toward (E), we burn what we eat for fuel.  When…

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Episode 012: Slowly Drowning In A Sea Of “Not Okay-ness”


The deeper questions of life are rarely asked outside our own head. We choke down the feelings, often aided by a glass (or several) of wine before we hit the sack to try to sleep, yet again. All so we can get up the next day and “try” to answer the deeper questions we ask…

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Episode 011: This Is Jet Fuel For The Body & Brain, But You Can’t Buy It Anywhere.


Life as we know it can be stressful to say the least. Add to it the breakneck speed at which most of us operate, and it’s no wonder we have to jolt ourselves with caffeine or a sugar high multiple times a day. We jump from one thing to another because we’re always behind the…

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Episode 010: “You MUST Eat Every 2-3 Hours Or You’ll Go Into Starvation Mode”…and Other BS You’ve Been Force-Fed


Ahhh…the Holy Grail of fitness experts and obesity profiteers alike. We’ve all heard Conventional Wisdom’s reasoning behind the “eat every 2-3 hours” chant. “It will stoke your metabolic fire.” “You’ll have more energy.” And my favorite, “You’ll burn more calories”. Sorry to say, they’re all wrong. Truth is, whether frequent or all at once, the body burns the same amount of…

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Episode 009: The “Brain Bliss Trifecta” With A Most Welcome Mental Health Side Effect.


Look around, mental health issues are steadily on the rise.  You can’t scroll your social media feed without some reference to mental health. Depression and anxiety are more prevalent than ever.  Many midlife women are afflicted by some variation of mental health issues…could what we eat help our brain function and feel better?  I say “Yes, you betcha!”  As do many…

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Episode 008: Demystifying Your Metabolism. Why It ‘Slows Down’ In Midlife And What You Can Do About It.


Welcome back for the 5th and final episode in the Demystifying The Midlife Metabolism Podcast series. In this episode, I’ll share My Top 10 Midlife Metabolism Makeover Tips Letterman-Style no less. If you’ve not caught all of the episodes, be sure to do so ASAP…their links are below. Let me save you the frustration of…

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Episode 007: Doing Nothing And Still Losing Weight? Sounds Too Good To Be True!


When I wrapped up the last episode, I said “In addition to finding your specific combination of carbs, proteins, and fats…you can amp up your ability to be in ketosis by not eating all the time.” That is what I will introduce to you in this episode. There are two sides to the fat loss…

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Episode 006: Behind The Metabolic Curtain This Gal Calls the Shots


Welcome back for episode 3 in my 5-part podcast series on “Demystifying The #Metabolism …Why It Slows Down In Midlife And What You Can Do About It.” In this episode I pull back the metabolic curtain to give you a behind-the-scenes look at a teensy, tiny powerhouse that lives inside of you. She is nicknamed…

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Episode 005: Taking Out The Metabolic Trash


This is Part 2 in the 5-part series, “Demystifying the Metabolism… why it ‘slows down’ in midlife and what you can do about it. (No ‘Detox in a Box’ required.)” In this episode, I cover the first thing you must do to jumpstart your very own metabolism upgrade. There are 4 moving parts to Step…

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Episode 004: “Have You Seen My Metabolism? I Could Swear I Just Had It.”


Have you ever misplaced something and looked frantically for it everywhere you could think to look? That’s what many a midlife woman feels toward her energy, her ability to shed a few pounds and her libido. In this podcast episode, “Have You Seen My Metabolism? I Could Swear I Just Had It.”, we will start the…

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Episode 003: How To Find Your Passion In Midlife…Heck, Any Time In Life.


Finding your passion isn’t always an easy thing to do. However, if you want to be a successful business owner in the midlife station of life, time’s a tickin’! The time is now. Your future self will thank you. Take the time to figure out what you are passionate about. Starting with these three tips…

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Episode 002: The Emptiness Within That Never Gets Filled. Until We Do This.


Most “transformation” and self-development systems, books, programs, courses, seminars, etc. are good and they work on some level when applied, but they are incomplete.  They don’t dive deep into who YOU are, what makes YOU tick and how to diffuse the ticking timebomb that continually derails YOU from what you really, really, really want in…

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Episode 001: The Midlife Unraveling Requires Chutzpah And Heaping Helpings Of It


Unraveling requires inquiry. It requires studying. Analysis. Sifting. And sorting. It requires letting go of expectations we placed upon ourselves and allowed others to pile theirs upon. It is not a passive event. Not in the least. The unraveling is not for the meek, nor the delicate. It requires chutzpah and heaping helpings of it!…

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Ee 067 Lower Your Stress Levels

EE 067: Lower Your Stress Levels with Nutritional Ketosis


You see, stress isn’t just that feeling of pressure or anxiety when something is beyond your control. That is the form of stress we are most familiar with, as it is the easiest one to notice. But stress isn’t about the external influences (stressor), or the most obvious effects of them. Stress is an inside job. …

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EE 067: Lower Your Stress Levels with Nutritional Ketosis


You see, stress isn’t just that feeling of pressure or anxiety when something is beyond your control. That is the form of stress we are most familiar with, as it is the easiest one to notice. But stress isn’t about the external influences (stressor), or the most obvious effects of them. Stress is an inside job. …

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Ee 066 Why Low Carb Is Not A Fad Diet

EE 066: Why Low Carb Is Not A “Fad Diet” But A Lifestyle, Keto Too


As a result of your efforts, you likely had some degree of success.  But in time, as with any “fad” diet, it became too hard to maintain.  Typically, this is what happens with most who approach eating low carb as “going on a diet”…it becomes faddish. Fads fade fast. NEWS FLASH… low carb is not a “fad,” but rather a lifestyle change….

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Ee 065 The Importance Of An Execupreneurial Fire

EE 065: The Importance of an EXECUpreneurial Fire in the Belly


Though I’ve said it before, you cannot build a successful business empire (or even a small village) on passion alone.  Now, you have to have it or you’ll never push through the BS.  And there will be BS.  Mark my words.  Passion represents one of the most important aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur or corporate exec. Without passion…

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Ee 064 What Is Spiritual

EE 064: What Is Spiritual Detox and Why Do We ALL Need It?


Usually, when you mention the word spirituality, people get a little nervous. I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you that spirituality is a fairly touchy subject in our day and age. After all, personal autonomy is our number one value, and anything that we feel impedes or limits that sense of personal autonomy, is problematic. Am I right? Either we’re suspicious…

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Ee 062 Say Goodbye To Blowhards

EE 062: Say Goodbye to Blowhards and Micromanagers With the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE


Building an empire.  Leaving a legacy.  Forging a path where there was none before.  Making a lasting impact on the world.  These are the things that motivate many to wade into the EXECUpreneurial waters.  Or maybe it’s the lure of being your own boss.  Being at the helm; in charge.  Never again having to answer to some blowhard boss who couldn’t find his way out of…

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Ee 061 What Is A Whole Istic Detox

EE 061: What Is A Whole-istic Detox and Why is It Superior to All Other Kinds of Detox Programs?


A “Whole”-istic detox works with the complete person. Please understand that you’re not just your skin, bones, muscle tissue, hair, digestive system, circulatory system, and reproductive system. You’re made up of more than that. The best way to explain this is to look at the brain. The brain, of course, is made up of billions, if not trillions of nerve cells….

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Ee 060 Americans Were Sold Out

EE 060: Americans Were Sold Out to Feed This Man’s Ego


A few posts back on the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE blog, I debunked one of the tallest nutrition tales ever  told  sold.  Remember the “Cholesterol is your enemy…and other nonsense you should ignore” expose?  I received an overwhelming amount of feedback on that post.  Readers shared with me that they had never heard it explained in “real people’s” language and were thankful I blended…

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Ee 059 4 Tips For Slaying Your Fears

EE 059: 4 Tips for Slaying Your Fears to Achieve Entrepreneurial Success


Fear can be extraordinarily crippling and has been the Achilles heel of many an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, for them, the overwhelming feeling of stepping outside their comfort zone is just too much to bear and stops them from achieving success. If you want to obtain success on your entrepreneurial journey, you have to face your fears. I’m talking, stare them in the face and…

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Ee 058 Socrates Said

EE 058: Socrates Said Some Simple Yet Profound Things In His Day…This One Applies To Business Too.


I agree with Socrates on many a thing.  One with which I strongly align is his philosophy that “the unexamined life is not worth living”.  I’m in 100% alignment there. Let’s apply that to business. I propose to you that the business that is not continually examined and re-examined on every measurable level, is a business not worth owning.  I am channeling my inner Jay Abraham with this one.  I listen…

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Ee 057 Theres A Type 3 Diabetes

EE 057: There’s a Type 3 Diabetes? When did that happen?


Yes…there is a Type 3 Diabetes. The all-too-common and rising-in-numbers Alzheimer’s Disease is often referred to as Type 3 Diabetes.  Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is associated with 50-80% of reported memory loss in people ages 65 and older.  It affects the way you think and your behavior. We used to just see AD in our elders,…

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Ee 056 A Certain Set

EE 056: A Certain Set of Skills, a Specific Blend of Character Traits and a Hefty, Hefty, Hefty Bag of Tricks


You may be asking yourself what an EXECUpreneur is right about now.  That would be a natural reaction to seeing what is most likely a new term in your vocabulary. EXECUpreneur is a hybrid word.  I like to use it because the principles I will discuss in the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE apply to those in the entrepreneurial space as well as corporate executives. …

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Ee 055 A 5 Step Program

EE 055: A 5-Step Program for Procrastinators. Enrollment is Free and Starts in 5-4-3-2-1…


Procrastination is the default setting of the modern American. We tend to undervalue the destruction procrastination leaves in its wake.  The total cost is incalculable when it comes to our health. We can joke about the trials and tribulations of our procrastination habit.  But there’s really nothing funny about it when it comes to our health and well being.  Truth be told, procrastination is pretty much the most crippling behavior there…

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Ee 054 If Your A1c

EE 054: If Your A1c is O-M-G…Do These Three Things


What if over the next 90 days, you could lower your A1c without a pill, potion or powdered concoction? Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it? It’s both amazing, and possible. In this post, I will share the 3 rules of thumb my clients follow to lower their A1c in 90 days. Before we dive into the details, let’s review what A1c is and why it matters to you. A1c is the…

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Ee 053 5 Easy Ways

EE 053: 5 Easy Ways You Can Build Your Self-Confidence for Business Success


To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to have the self-confidence to face the many challenges you will encounter along your journey. There will be many times when you will have to step out of your comfort zone and do things that are uncomfortable. If you are struggling with self-confidence, here are five tips that can help you build your confidence so that you…

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Ee 052 Its Like Watching

EE 052: It’s Like Watching Someone Eat With The Hopes That You Will Get Full


“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”  William Shakespeare Self-doubt is one of the primary reasons many don’t take action towards losing weight, again. They weigh their options (no pun intended). “This program or that one?” “Let’s see…last time I counted points and went to meetings.  The last, last time I went plant-based but didn’t keep that up…

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Ee 050 6 Habits

EE 050: 6 Habits to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset


When it comes to starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur, not everyone is born with the personality traits that are needed to become successful. In fact, many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs had to learn along the way and develop the characteristics to become successful. Whether you have an existing business or are looking to launch a new venture, one of the most…

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Ee 049 4 Ways To Be

EE 049: 4 Ways to Be More Productive Without Losing Your Marbles


Are you constantly searching for new ways to become more productive?  Making progress? It seems that in this day and age there are simply too many distractions that we have to face on a regular basis. It becomes easy to lose focus on what we should be doing at any given moment because we’re constantly checking our social…

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Ee 048 Fishing With Dr Sam

EE 048: “Fishing with Dr. Sam”…a Metaphor for Fat Loss


I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with the so-called “weight loss experts”.  Calling them used car salesmen would be an insult to used car salesmen. If I hear one more say “Eat Less, Move More” I’m going to scream! That is not how weight loss works, fat loss in particular.  Now I could let my inner Geek Girl…

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Ee 047 How To Find

EE 047: How to Find Your Passion and Become a Successful EXECUpreneur


For anyone dreaming of becoming an EXECUpreneur, finding your passion is the quickest way to increase your odds of being successful. The passion you have for what you do will help you to overcome challenges and persuade people to want to do business with you. But, what if you don’t know what you’re passionate about? If you’re putting off your dreams of becoming a…

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Ee 046 Your Beliefs

EE 046: Your Beliefs Shape Your Life. Choose Wisely.


Most people I speak with think their beliefs are like their wardrobe. They’re basically stuck with what they’ve got.  Every day they simply walk up to their closet, sift through what’s there, pick something out, wear it, and move on to the next set of clothes the next day. Rinse. Repeat. If that’s your attitude when it comes to your beliefs, it’s…

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Ee 045 Breakfast Is (not)

EE 045: Breakfast Is (Not) the Most Important Meal of the Day…Here’s Why (Not)


Conventional Wisdom would have you believe that skipping breakfast leads to excessive hunger, cravings and weight gain.  And if those aren’t bad enough, there is claim that skipping breakfast can cause your body to break down muscle for energy.  Remember the asinine notion of “starvation mode”?  (Click to read my blog post on ”Starvation Mode”.) There is no science to…

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Ee 044 3 Steps To Build

EE 044: 3 Steps to Build Your Perseverance for Business Success


One of the critical components of success is perseverance. Without an ability to keep moving forward when faced with challenges and setbacks, you can’t expect to find success as an EXECUpreneur. Perseverance is what allows you to overcome difficulties and failures and can make all the difference in the world on your EXECUpreneurial journey. As with any of the other EXECUpreneurial traits, you can build your…

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Ee 043 Overcoming Your Fear

EE 043: Overcoming Your Fear of Failure… EXECUpreneur Style


Fear of failure is common for obvious reasons. People want success and yet only those who are brave enough to confront this type of fear are the ones able to rise above their fears and achieve whatever goals they have set for themselves. For those who were overcome by this fear, then they are prevented from realizing their potential. The most destructive element entailed with the fear of failure…

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Ee 041 5 Time Management Tips

EE 041: 5 Time Management Tips for EXECUpreneurial Success


To be a successful EXECUpreneur, it is essential that you are able to manage your time to accomplish as many tasks as you can throughout your day. While you may have tried various methods for planning, organizing, and scheduling your time in the past, you still feel like you can’t get everything done. This is because many of the tactics you’re…

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Ee 040 Making Mistakes

EE 040: Making Mistakes is Better than Faking Perfections


Mistakes are one of the most frustrating parts of life. They remind us at some of the most inconvenient moments that we are human.  That said, they force us to learn the hard lessons. While mistakes are irritating and sometimes difficult to get over, they’re unavoidable in life. The important thing to remember is that the mistake doesn’t matter nearly as much as how we…

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Episode 038: If Your A1c Is O.M.G., Do These 3 Things.


I’m curious…how often do you have your Hemoglobin A1c tested? Once yearly? Twice? Never?? (Oh my, let’s rectify that situation STAT!) I’m sure you’ve had the pleasure of sitting in your doc’s office while they rattle offa list of acronyms that would make the cast of Sesame Street beam with pride.

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Ee 038 How To Nurture

EE 038: How to Nurture Your EXECUpreneurial Spirit


If you are continually looking at the world around you and seeing it the way you want it to be, rather than how it is, this is your EXECUpreneurial Spirit waiting to be unleashed. This is because at the core of the EXECUpreneurial Spirit is the ability to wonder what’s possible. The EXECUpreneurial Spirit is usually boiled down…

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Ee 037 Making The Shift

EE 037: Making the Shift From Employee to Boss…Your Boss, Yikes!!


Running your own business takes leadership. And just face facts now, you are your own boss and you’re a terrible employee.  I mean it.  I’ve wanted to fire myself many a time…but who would take out the trash when my booty is collecting unemployment?  (That’s another joke, you cannot claim unemployment through your own company.  Uncle Sam frowns on that, big time.) For many new entrepreneurs…

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Ee 036 3 Deadly Lies Big Pharma.opng

EE 036: 3 Deadly Lies Big Pharma, Big Food and Our So-Called “Healthcare System” Don’t Want Exposed to the American Public


Pretty much everything you’ve been told regarding what and how to eat is wrong.  And I’m not talking about minding your manners. I’m throwing the first pie in this food fight.  Here goes… Big Pharma, Big Food and Big Medicine (The Big 3) pay BIG MONEY to bury the truth hoping we’ll never fully comprehend the lengths to which they’ve…

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Ee 035 3 Powerful Ways

EE 035: 3 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Grit & 3 Steps to Build Your Perseverance for Business Success


According to psychologists, grit is the ability to commit to long-term goals and see them through despite the adversity we may face along the road to accomplishing our goals. It is tenacity, perseverance, and a meld of other qualities like optimism, self-motivation, and self-discipline. When it comes to becoming successful, grit is more important than intelligence or talent. Everyone can embody grit….

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Ee 034 Harnessing The Power

EE 034: Harnessing the Power of Self-Discipli…Oooh Shiny!!


There are many successful people who tout self-discipline as the key to success.  Whether the success is derived from home life, or professional achievement; self-discipline seems to be the cornerstone of success. What does it take to have the levels of self-discipline necessary in order to become successful? Identify weaknesses Above all, we need to know our weaknesses.  The real ones, not…

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Ee 032 Are You Built

EE 032: Are You Built for EXECUpreneurial Success?


I am asked on the regular, “Do you think I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?” Short answer is an emphatic ”Yes”.  The fact you are even asking that question is the key to flirting with entrepreneurial success.  Bottom line is that you must be willing to assess, critique and forgive yourself to have the best shot at becoming…

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Ee 030 Cholesterol Is Your Enemy

EE 030: “Cholesterol Is Your Enemy”…And Other Nutritional Nonsense You Should Ignore


The First E in the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE acronym is for Energy.  Because without boundless energy you are practicing hope-and-pray success.  And that is something successful EXECUpreneurs do not do.   Successful EXECUpreneurs seek guidance from those who have their best interest in mind, not the best interests of stockholders.  They also know that their mental, emotional…

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Ee 029 Got The Chops

EE 029: Got The Chops For EXECUpreneurship?


There are plenty of benefits of being an EXECUpreneur (mashup of executive and entrepreneur).  And just like most good things in life it is certainly no easy task to start your own business. Ask anyone who has been there. Take Meredith…she just made it over the startup hurdle.  *High five Sister! No time for resting on your laurels my friend…now it’s time to ride…

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Ee 028 Choose Your Pain

EE 028: Choose Your Pain…


Jim Rohn is spot on. Cool thing…you get to choose which one on the daily. Mr. Rohn also noted, “the pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment.”  Boy was he ever correct. When you hear the term ‘self-discipline‘ what is your immediate response? For a lot of people, they think about resisting urges, fighting, and repressing something…

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Ee 026 The Proverbial

EE 026: The Proverbial “Elephant In The Room”


A recent survey found that more than 70% of people want to be some sort of entrepreneur. That’s awesome and I’d happily welcome each and every one of them to the ranks!  I can see how entrepreneurship would be a seductive gig.  I could rattle off a whole litany of reasons.  Some of the more top-of-mind are pride, purpose, freedom, and the desire to…

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Ee 025 A Bit About Me

EE 025: A Bit About Me, The Person Behind The Words


I’m Samantha Graber, AKA Dr. Sam.  I am so happy you found your way to The EXECUpreneur’s EDGE blog.  I wanted to give you a little peek into my world at this point in time.  I am loving the world of blogging (as well as podcasting) and look forward to growing this body of work to provide you with a unique,…

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Ee 024 Self Leadership

EE 024: Self-Leadership, EXECUpreneur’s EDGE Style


First and foremost, declare it is time for you to take care of you.  Time to focus on obtaining that E.D.G.E. you desire both in business and in life.  The EXECUpreneur’s E.D.G.E. doesn’t manifest in a vacuum.  Nor does it unfold while you sit on your duff in the seats of the arena.  Chiseling out your personalized…

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Ee 023 Lets Have A Heart To Heart

EE 023: Let’s Have A Heart-To-Heart


How many times have you started a “diet” but then you got off track and quit? A couple? 5? 10? If you’re like most people I’ve met, it is too many to count. How about the number of business programs you’ve bought to improve your “shelf-esteem”? Shelf-esteem is built by shelves all across the world…

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Ee 022 Core Values

EE 022: Core Values…How Knowing Yours Will Change Everything About Life, Love & Business


Consider this post a primer on core values.  We talked about core values when we got down and dirty uncovering your inner drive.  So before you answer the following question, I want to remind you that your core values determine every decision you make in life.   Every decision we make in life is a values-based…

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Ee 021 How To Tell

EE 021: How To Tell You’re Evolving


Do you ever wonder if you are making any progress on your EXECUpreneurial journey?   I’m not talking the measurables such as income bump, sales jumps, nor numbers on a ledger.  I’m talking the deep down meaning of life needle moving type of progress.   That’s what truly matters.   In this post, I unpack 5 ways to…

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Ee 020 Minding Mindfulness

EE 020: Minding Mindfulness


In the spirit of taming our inner inebriated primate, we are going to unpack how to mind mindfulness. Another way to be more present to your present is to practice mindfulness.  In other words, embrace life’s simplicity.  That word describes the starting point for the practice of mindfulness.  Practice literally means ‘being in the present, on…

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Ee 012 Get Gritty

EE 012: Get Gritty With It


Grit is the unique quality that makes you willing and ready to commit yourself to your long-term goals and pursue them despite any adversity you may face. It is defined as having a firm character and an indomitable spirit. This means that gritty people have a resolute attitude and stay firm on the decisions they…

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EE 011: Flex Your “I’ve Got This” Muscle. Then Repeat.


Perseverance is defined as the ability to stick to your goals and pursue them even in the midst of challenges and setbacks.  And in midlife, boy are there some potential setbacks laying in wait.  You may lose all of your assets, you may become physically ill, or you may encounter a million other obstacles on…

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Ee 010 Find What Lights

EE 010: Find What Lights You Up and Do That


The key to unlocking your life’s passion is to find what lights you up and do that.  It seriously really is as simple as that.   Well then Sam, why is it so difficult?   Touche…that’s a really good question.  And one that literally took me decades to finally answer!   But I answered it.   You see,…

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Ee 009 10 Qs

EE 009: 10 Qs Every EXECUpreneur’s Soul Craves Answers To


This is a different kind of blog post.  In this post, you’re going to do a little solo work by asking yourself,  “10 Q’s Every EXECUpreneur’s Soul Craves Answers To…”  A couple of these are reeeeeal juicy…and they deserve your reeeeal answer.  Not the one your Momma told you you should want.  Not the one…

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Ee 008 The Proper Care

EE 008: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 10, 11 & 12


In this blog post, we will wrap up the 12 Steps with a little pillow talk and a whole lot of straight talk.  For what kind of EXECUpreneur Change Agent would I be if I didn’t call you to the mat?   Keep reading to learn my power pack of 7 ways to stack the sleep…

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Ee 007 The Proper Care Steps 7 9 3

EE 007: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 7, 9 & 3


These 3 steps are the support staff of the 12-Steps.  Without these 3 you can do and do, but you’ll be spinning your metabolic wheels.   Remember the 2-fold process I discussed in episode 4, “Now For the Meat of the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE…hold the potatoes”?  In addition to ceasing the onslaught of havoc wreaking carbs, we’ve…

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Ee 006 The Proper Care Steps 4 5 6

EE 006: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 4, 5 & 6


These 3 steps are your secret weapon for changing what you’re made of at a cellular level.  This trio literally shifts your metabolism, which we learned in previous posts is how you create energy to run your body and brain, and they altogether change what you’re made of.   Let’s keep the Proper Care and Feeding…

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Ee 006 The Proper Care Steps 1 2 8

EE 005: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 1, 2 & 8


This is another instance where my “act as if” policy can be put to work.  Act as if you are the energetic EXECUpreneur you envision yourself to be.  Act as if you are the driven EXECUpreneur that lives within.  Act as if you have the grit of the grittiest EXECUpreneur.  One who doesn’t let anyone or anything get in her way.  Act…

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Ee 004 Now For The Meat

EE 004: Now For The Meat Of The EXECUpreneur’s EDGE – Hold The Potatoes!


A cloudy mind and out of shape body prevent you from being able to get past the hurdles that are in your way. And the life of an EXECUpreneur is riddled with hurdles.  This is why it is vital for you to properly nourish your body and your mind, and work at keeping them healthy….

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Ee 003 The Act As If Principle

EE 003: The Act As If Principle of EXECUpreneurship


Not everyone is cut out to be an EXECUpreneur. There are specific traits that you must work to cultivate in order to find success. To bring to life the results you seek in your EXECUpreneurial journey, you must be in the process of developing the characteristics that are commonly found in successful EXECUpreneurs…at all times. …

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Ee 002 Your Mindset Is Your Business

EE 002: Your Mindset IS Your Business


Your mindset is a complex living organism (of sorts), in and of itself.  It is malleable, tweakable, and completely do-over-able. Or you can lock it in for the most part through the strategy I’ll share along the way through the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE podcast.   Who you are, what you think, your personal habits, your attitude, your thoughts…

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Ee 001 The Who

EE 001: The Who, the What & Most Importantly, the Why of the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE Blog


If you’re an entrepreneur or corporate executive looking to move the needle on your business but you feel like you’re  STUCK in neutral, or even worse… in reverse, you are reading the right blog!   Herein, I will detail exactly WHO The EXECUpreneur’s EDGE was created for (hopefully that is you) and just WHO this gal…

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