Think Enriched

Think Enriched with Amy Robles is the podcast to guide smart, ambitious women to think bigger, create businesses they love and keep their family first. Amy has trained thousands of business owners to learn marketing & sales strategies. She knows how to help and is ready to work with you. Amy understands that when you enrich a woman's life, you help her entire circle of influence. You can enrich your life and your bottom line. Join us and move forward to your dreams.
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Mar 12, 2018

Thanks for joining us today!  I’m delighted to have you here. You can show your support for the show by going to Think Enriched on Patreon.  This is a simple way support the show for as little as $1 a month.  You’ll get insider information, direct contact with me and even a monthly meeting us to talk about what we achieve together. Click on the link and support the show. Welcome to Your Monday Maxim with Amy: This your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”  - William James  Support the show on Patreon.

Mar 12, 2018

Thanks for joining the show!

Welcome to Your Monday Maxim with Amy:

This your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Support Think Enriched on Patreon.

Mar 8, 2018

Let’s have the conversation before the conversation…

People get uncomfortable when we have a conversation about the rights of women.

Like with your commitment to financial security, or your political party, or even if and to whom you choose to worship…there are so many levels.

I’m not here to make you uncomfortable.

But did you know, that the world is searching for gender equality?  Google shared this video of the most looked up terms.

And did you know that most looked up word in last year was feminism?

Supporting Women's Day, does not make you against men. It is seeing how far we've come.

Consider that, without women before us paving the way, we would not be able to vote.  Or own land.  Or a home.  Or have our own banking account.  Or pursue our own dream. 

Doesn't that just seem...outrageous?  It does to me. 

That's why today, I honor those who made life better for me.

Women’s International Day

Did you know that WID has been observed for more than 100 years?

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

Here's How You Can Show your support

You can support International Women’s Day by:

1. Call Mom. Express your gratitude.   Honor those who have led the way.

2. Choose your words more carefully. 

“word choice makes a huge difference in how you portray yourself and how you make women feel. Men are expected to fulfill a stereotype of strength and aggression, while women are expected to be deferential and fragile.”

3. Stand up so that all girls can have an education and work to support herself.

  • 2/3 of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female
  • 31 million girls of primary school age are out of school
  • 80% of women in  America become mothers by the age of 45
  • research has shown that childless women are penalized by our bias that women “will become mothers.”

4. Support & celebrate men who support women & make family a priority.

When men have a healthier work/life balance women are allowed are given space to realize their potential

Men can join MARC, Men Advocating Real Change

5. Help those who are re-entering the workplace.

Path Forward is on a mission to empower women and men to restart their career after taking time off for caregiving. Our work with program participants and enlisting new partner companies is directly supported by your contributions.

6. Make a donation. There are several organizations that support women’s roles and gender equality.

7. Commit to supporting the #PressforProgress in the year 2018

#pressforprogress in 2018

  1. Maintain a gender parity mindset
  2. Challenge stereotypes and bias
  3. Forge positive visibility of women
  4. Influence other’s beliefs/ actions
  5. Celebrate women’s achievements

More resources:

The Irish Times

Mar 5, 2018

Thanks for listening!

Show your support for the show by going to Patreon.  

Here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”  - Marcus Aurelius

The key to remaining positive is to reframe the situation.

Ask yourself, "What is one positive thing about this situation?"

By reframing the situation, even very negative situations can give you positives examples and lessons in life. 

Show your support for the show by going to Patreon.  

Mar 1, 2018

We’ve had some real growth in our audience and I want to welcome new listeners to the show.  There are things that you, the long-time listener may not know about me.

So in an invitation to you, new friends today, and in the future, we are taking a moment to let you in.

My purpose is simple.

Smart, ambitious women are rarely thinking about themselves. What do they spend time thinking about?  Their family's needs; aging parents; work responsibilities; the community; and more. Stress can fill our minds and consume our lives.

These women, like us, have forgotten to think about and take care of themselves. 

I’ve worked in marketing and sales for years.  So those are topics we address.  But it’s not a regular sales kind of show. This podcast, Think Enriched, is the place for smart, ambitious women. We come together to share, enjoy some self-care, laugh, and be kinder to ourselves. We learn new strategies for success, then go and do tremendous good in the world.  It is that simple.

Where has your experience led you?

  • As a child we lived hand-to-mouth. 
  • Started off as a money blog
  • As my journey has grown, the show has changed. 
  • This is my second version of a podcast.
  • The friends I’ve made through this podcast are exceptional (online marketers & the listeners)

Where is this going? What’s your vision for this podcast?

  • Women are starving. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally.
  • Beat the army of burnt out women.  Single moms, single women, married, gay, straight, or otherwise, there is too much to take care of in our role.
  • "the exclusive site for smart, ambitious women."
  • CEOs, & power moms have more in common than they realize.
  • Managing multiple people, projects and items have the same principles.
  • Create the system to conquer our little should self-critic.
  • We work so hard to avoid failing others we can easily fail ourselves.
  • I imagine this group of power women that have met for weeks/months at a time online.  That when we come together for our retreat/experience…and finally meet in person at this power event. We learn business strategies, networking skills, keeping your vision fresh, support for women, trusting your intuition and emotions at the same damn time.
  • There's not a business conference that I know of that meet the needs of women. It's like feminist women trying to fit in the man's world. Which is crap. Our world is different. We lead and nurture.
  • It's not about bringing home the bacon like it was before. It's more than that. Putting feelings and emotion in a process doesn't make you weak, it add passion.  it increases the energy, giving you momentum and power, and staying true
  • The vision in my heart is BIG.

Are you a family person?

  • Family is the most important for me.
  • My siblings are in different parts of the world and like any family, we have struggles.
  • Military family which feels like, half-time 2 parents and half-time of single parenting.
  • Support, love, and strength really is where it’s at.
  • Home is our little bit of heaven.

Are you all about the hustle and the grind?

  • This is has been a big one for me… finding the balance.
  • I like to jump in the pool, or whatever it is, and then think, “Huh.  That was kind of a big decision.  It just felt right at the time.”
  • Being Mom & wife and still being able to give to this business can be stressful.
  • Turning off my mind to business ideas doesn’t seem to work.  I’m constantly searching for solutions and applying my life to my business and vice-versa.

Do you happily work 18 hours a day or get it all done in just six?

  • I’ve struggled with this a lot.
  • My husband said to me, “I can’t deal with talking about this all the time. I need you.  Not the business right now.”
  • I had to find a mentor/coach/mastermind/ colleague to discuss the business topics.
  • Turning it off is as important, if not more so, than keeping the business ideas going.

What do you do for fun?

  • My favorite, FAVORITE thing to do is to share stories.
  • I am down for a good game night.
  • I love to play with markers, hand lettering, and color.
  • Make-up is part of that. It’s so fun to try new looks.  I feel really good when I
  • My Mom had a beauty shop in our home.  Doing hair is a lot of fun.
  • Braiding hair is really fun, but I’m really slow.

Twice a week I share a show so it’s here when and where you need it.

Because let's be real, girl, those moments you need a podcast show up. 


Moments like when you are:

  • Focusing on work projects all day long.  Your brain feels like mush afterward.
  • Driving and pretending to keep calm even though your kids are screaming non-stop.
  • Feeling low after a day when it all went bad. So bad.
  • Needing a laugh to help you have a break.
  • Trying to remember the last time you had a girls’ night and need some social time.  You're not Mom, the boss, or the spouse. You are simply YOU.
  • Wanting to have a conversation that is real and makes you feel good. Just because.
  • Wishing a good friend would pop right in and cheer you on!

We all have felt like this at some point. For a long time, I thought I was extra needy.

I’m not. You are not. We are smart, ambitious and kind. Those specific qualities make us powerful.

But powerful does not mean you’re a superhero. None of us are.

The REASON I make this podcast is this: Because You DESERVE to love yourself right now. You NEED to give yourself YOUR BEST. Even though you don’t think you have time. Especially when you don’t think you are worthy of it. Self-care is not selfish.

You fill up your own cup so you have more to give. Because what the world needs is you and your best.

That’s why I put so much work to craft and share different podcast episodes each week. I’m there for you. I understand how lonely it can to be to support all those around you and still feel so empty. It’s something no one wants to talk about and yet we can do something about it right now.

It takes time to prepare the show each week.  5 minute Monday Maxims, that quick shot of your mental Vitamin B can take up to 1 hour of time to produce.

Longer episodes take 8-10 hours for production. 

I want you to feel confident. Cared for. Secure. Successful. And oh, so sexy! When you feel good on the inside it radiates in all you do.

Can you imagine if all smart, ambitious women in the world felt this way? We would change the world.

We can change the world as we work together.

Now, you have a decision to make. You could just move on and forget this page. Nothing will happen. Things will probably remain exactly the same as they have been in your life. Nothing happens unless you decide to make it happen.

Or you can do something different. You can contribute and become part of the movement. You can help move this force of powerful women forward. You will be first to know when we get together, in real life.  Imagine the chance to hug one another, laugh, learn and work together to do even more good in the world.

By contributing to the show, you’ll be sharing part of the quality and consistency others count on. You are becoming part of the team.  Your insight will help shape the show for others who need it.

When you contribute, you’ll be doing something special. You’ll help us keep the podcast free.  You'll help keep it out there in the world for another person who is struggling and really needs it. You are paying it forward, literally, so others can join us.

Click on the link and let me know how much this means to you. Your support at any level means a lot to me and to all the listeners who cannot give $1 a month.

You are a star. Shine on.

Feb 26, 2018

Welcome to Your Monday Maxim with Amy:

This your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

“Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health- take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself.”  - Beyonce

No more self-talk that is so cruel to yourself.

Self- care:

1.  Is not bubble baths and massages.  Find what works.

2.  Is personal to you.  Just because it works for a friend doesn't mean it is going to work for you.

3.  Lifts you up so you are filled.  Your soul has a gas tank and the truth is, most of us are running on fumes.  Time to fill up.


Feb 21, 2018

You're a smart, ambitious woman. You know you're supposed to value yourself.

You make sure that the work gets done.

That everyone contributes.

And that tiny details are taken care of, things are turned in on time, and you are serving others.

You value the lessons learned in the work.

While you teach others to learn, grow and progress.

This is all so very important, but you know what else matters?

Answer this honestly inside:  Do you value yourself? 

This is something it seems, that every smart, ambitious woman is so busy looking out for all the things... the stuff of life, the details are taken care of and things keep moving forward.

You miss the chance to look back and enjoy that moment when you had that tiny win (that was more than just a tiny win... it was setting you on a whole new path for your life.)  When you should savor it.

You rush to the next thing, because it's on the list.  Yet, you haven't processed the last thing.

So as you have more things going on, you can lose yourself in it.

Don't devalue yourself.

Stop missing the moment.

Instead, be all there.  Feel how good your life is right now.

I know, you're thinking, "But my house is still not as clean as I'd like... I haven't made that next promotion... I haven't lost the weight... I'm not there yet..."

Of course not.  That's the future.

You are here.  Right now at this moment.

Answer the Emergency Text

It's late at night, you are about to go to bed.  A close friend that you haven't seen in a while texts you and says, "I'm feeling low.  Remind me why I'm a good person."

At that moment, you have no idea what's going on in her life.  You don't know if she just broke up with a boyfriend, or her job is a nightmare or any of that.

None of the matters right now.

What do you do?  Immediately, you instinctively send a text, or two, or several, reminding this friend what a wonderful person they are.  You look inside to their heart and tell them of the exact moment when she stood up and did the right thing.  The memories of the time when you both laughed yourself to tears...literal tears, comes up and you can't help but smile while you continue to text.

Mostly though, you remind your friend that she is loved. Just because.

And you are there for her, no matter where the world takes you.

Then you wait.

It takes a minute or two, but she answers you with a heart and "tears streaming down the face" emoji. She remembers that time, too. And in that tiny moment, you feel that peace.

You feel love.

Imagine Your Screen

We've all had moments when we've felt like that.  It doesn't matter how successful you are, where you come from, how nice the car you drive is...

If you don't value yourself, no one else will see you.  All of you.

You know what's crazy about that?

You're a smart, ambitious woman.

You. Right now.  You have so much value.

You are the one serving in the community.  People say to you, "Girl, how do you do it all?"

People see what you are doing on the outside.  Imagine if they saw what you were doing to yourself on the inside.  If we all walked around with our own, little speech bubble/ screen sharing the thoughts and conversations we are having with ourselves, imagine what that would look like.

The screen above the of exhausted-looking woman in front of you in the check out with 3 screaming kids would say, "I haven't slept in 3 days.  But I can't get sick.  How will we survive without my paycheck?  I'll just push on..." 

The screen of the superwoman who bakes delicious goodies and gives them to neighbors says, "These are so ugly!  You can't do anything right.  Why don't you just quit?  This will never be a business!" 

The working woman, supportive friend, that hasn't settled down woman's screen reads, "Why does it matter if I have a man or not?!?  I would love to settle down.  Quit asking about my dating life! My worth is not based on being someone's wife!"

Your screen, what would it look like?  What do you say to yourself that you would never say to another person?

Perhaps you need to write it down on a paper.  Just so you can see how those words aren't helping you.  In fact, they are hurting you.  These words are holding you back.

So rip that paper to shreds. Destroy those useless words. Burn the paper if you need to, but don't you dare let that inner voice hold you back.

Be There for Yourself

We all have days when we are feeling low.  That's part of this human experience.

We need you.  The full you.  The you that answers your own emergency text when you're feeling low.  The you that reminds yourself you are good.  More than good.  You are wonderful.  That you give and serve.  That you are doing so much to make our world better.

And mostly, that you are loved.  Just because.

You are feeling the value that you have.

Bring more of that to our world.


Feb 19, 2018

President Abraham Lincoln said, "I am a slow walker, but I never walk back."


Great thought for each of us.  We are pushing forward on our goals and even if we're slow, we keep moving forward.

Have a great week.


Shine on!

Feb 15, 2018

Welcome back to the Email Marketing Series!

In episode 103, we started talking about what your email marketing needs to be effective. 

Then in episode 105, we discussed your email marketing strategy.

In this episode, we'll look at why you hate selling online; how you can create relationships with customers and make more sales using email to connect with your audience.

Something you may not have considered: The reason you hate selling online is that it feels disingenuous. It doesn't feel like YOU.

Example, board a flight and the person scanning your ticket or your phone says, "Enjoy your flight."

The worst example was when our family was booking tickets to Disneyworld in Orlando.  We had to make an adjustment and after the call transferred to another someone on the phone lines, the customer service person said, "Have a magical day."  But it certainly did not sound magical.

These are prime examples of disingenuous expressions.

You are not disingenuous.  You are real. This matters to you because you are concerned about having integrity and being true to you.  Even online.

Now, think of your last movie recommendation to a friend...

Or, the recommendation I received on a restaurant in town we haven't tried, a friend said, "You gotta try the fried pickles.  They are phenomenal."

These are very specific.  They are recommendations.  And you LOVE sharing it.  

The key is to build more trust in your online business. 

You build that trust by following :

1. Reveal yourself.  Share what you are doing, where you are in a process.

2. Involve your audience in the conversation.

3. Recommend the solution that works for you.

Think about infomercials.  We've all seen an ad, you know it's an ad while flipping through channels.  You listen for a few minutes and realize a half hour has passed.

What happened?  You were involved.

So, how do you do this with your email marketing?

You build the trust.  Follow the same steps in this way:

1. Reveal yourself.  Share what you are doing, where you are in a process.

You reveal yourself when you Tell a Story.  Don't write a novel in your email, just a few sentences is enough. Make the picture evident.  

2. Involve your audience in the conversation.

To involve your audience, Ask a Question.  You've just painted the picture, you can easily ask, "What would you have done?" Or, "What do you think happened?" Or, "So guess what she did?"

3. Recommend the solution that works for you.

The story and question now give you a chance to Share the Solution (that is, What You are Selling) to explain how it worked. Be sure to share the most important part, The Results.  It's about those results.

4. From there, Make Your Offer

Tell your customer what they must do now to get those same results.  Emotion makes the sale.  Be sure to talk about how it feels to use your product/service/offer.

By following these specific steps, you make more sales through email.  But you're doing it in a way that is genuinely you.

Build trust and credibility as you make more money. That's email marketing success.


Feb 12, 2018

Welcome to Your Monday Maxim with Amy:

This your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

Today's quote is:

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”  Ray Goforth


Feb 7, 2018

You've started your online business. Things are going well.

You know you need to have an email list to make your business grow, but every time you hear someone mention it you think...

What do I even write about?  How do I get someone to sign up for my list?  What makes someone decide to learn more?

That's all part of your email marketing strategy.

The cycle of email marketing runs in a circular pattern:

Outsider >> Acquaintance >> Ally >> Insider

How do you do that?

When someone considers subscribing to your email list, they are considering if they would want you at their dinner party...

1.  Offer them something to initiate that first, critical interaction.

    So what is that?  It's called an opt-in, a lead magnet, a giveaway, etc.  We'll call it a lead magnet.  

Your lead magnet helps your potential client/customer:

  • Succeed at a new skill.
  • Make a purchase.
  • Get started on a first step.
  • Learn some secret information.
  • Save them time.
  • Eliminates extra steps.

2.  Before you create a lot of extra work, consider the following:

  • What does my customer want?
  • What is the best method to connect with my customer?
  • What do I already have to offer?
  • What do I offer exceptionally well?
  • What is the first thing my customer needs to know?

3. I've created a guide for you with 20 ideas for a quality lead magnet.  You can find that here. 


Just like your closet or your pantry, when you focus on your email list remember, "Quality beats Quantity.  Every time."

This is section one of the email marketing guide.  Next time we'll talk about how to make your first automated email sequence.  

Feb 5, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Feb 1, 2018

If I could go back at the start of my business, I would tell myself one thing, "Master Email Marketing." 

These next few episodes are all about the lessons of email marketing I wish someone would have taught me.

Your success is in your hands now.  It feels like I'm giving you the keys to a brand new Tesla.  

Start her up.  Set her on autopilot and watch your business take off.

Here is your email marketing primer, the broad strokes. 

1. Set Up Your Strategy.

  • Establish your rules for business.
  • Show them what to do next.
  • Walk them through the process.

2.  Be You.  The Real You.

  • Share what is happening in your life.
  • Authentic vs. Being Transparent (Authenticity is sharing how you feel inside, what you are learning intellectually.  Transparency shows the whole mess.  All of the pieces falling apart.  It's like a country song gone wrong... Don't lose credibility.)
  • Use your real voice as you are making an offer to your customers. 

3. Build Community 

  • Make the connection with your group.
  • Show how what you offer helps others.  Build interdependence within your community.
  • Focus on your own group.
  • Get their input. Ask questions. Take a poll, etc.

4. Tell a Story

Think of the 3E's:

  • Show your empathy.
  • Be the expert.
  • Share your eccentricities.

Paint a picture of what is happening.

Business is about trust.

You don't have time as a business owner to talk to people for hours on end to make a sell.

Now, you send messages out as packages to build those messages of trust.

5. Be the Teacher

Say to yourself, "Guide My Group."  You already know how to do so many things... now you can share that with your group.

  • Break a project down into small steps. Think about your system.
  • Write down a brain dump...look at the big picture.
  • Avoid the curse of expertise.  (That is, you work at a level 9 or 10, while the rest of the world thinks about this at level 2 or 3.)
  • Make it simple.  It will feel like you are dumbing it down.  You are making it so easy so that you can explain it in basic bones components.
  • Be the person to show someone how to do the beginner's guide.
  • Tutor the beginners.   Instant Pot example.

6. Be a Reporter For Every Email

  • Answer the questions before they ask. 5 W's:  Who, What, When, Where, Why 
  • Show them the How...
  • Find ways to walk them through the steps.
  • Remember 7th grade? You don't know the Algebra teacher...and once he starts talking, Math becomes so much fun.  The teacher has inspired you. That's what you'll do with your email sequences.

You already have high-level relationships in many areas of your life.

Use email right and you will have lots more people coming to you to learn how to excel.

Jan 29, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  Howard Thurman

Jan 25, 2018

Get out your papers and pens! This is one episode you should be taking notes!   

Today's guest is the host of the Leader to Leader Podcast and he knows his stuff!

Mark Slemons is a speaker, podcaster, and coach. He helps leaders leverage practices and perspectives to make their people and their organization thrive. It's challenging to lead well, especially young leaders who are just starting their journey. They don't have to do it alone though. With more than 30 years as a husband, father, leader, volunteer, and employee working for a multi-billion dollar international company, his unique perspective combined with practical and actionable tips will help individuals and organizations thrive. Whether humorous, serious, or sad, he uses the past to create a better future.

Connect with Mark.

Some highlights that apply right now are:

  • Mark decided to be consistent, (publish an episode every Monday) before he started his podcast.
  • Perfection addiction in his life: He struggles with not having something be perfect before he lets it go.
  • Now he has arrived at the point where he says, "This is a really good effort, and I'm okay with that."  Couldn't we all use more of that in our life?  
  • What your best is at one time is not what you do now.
  • Amy joins Mark on his show, Episode 8.
  • The ideas mature- just like you.
  • Why You Must Talk About Yourself, Episode 40-41.
  • Mark describes the feeling you get when you're on to something..."You know that if you can get ahold of this it will make a difference in your own life and hope that it can do the same for someone else."
  • You have to talk about yourself. 
  • That's not pride.  You can tell people about the good things in your life.
  • We undermine and underestimate the contribution we add, even in our own home.
  • "This notion that your great work speaks for itself while you are humble and's not a reality."
  • When you don't talk about yourself enough, it comes down to a self-worth issue.
  • Talk about yourself too much?  You're bragging.
  • Bragging is what has happened in the past. 
  • The difference between swagger and cockiness defined.
  • It's ultimately about sway. Sway is your influence.
  • There's an art to talking about yourself.
  • It's okay to talk about yourself that gives you credit for your capabilities, talents and results.
  • Step 1. Track your performance.
    • Everyone has a body of work.
    • You need to demonstrate your contribution in the larger wheel. Build the body of evidence.
    • Use examples that show results in your space.
  • Keep "The Glory File*," the file that keeps track of those compliments, kudos, reports of success just for you.  You can refer to them when you need to report in. 
  • Step 2. Talk about your results.
    • You must communicate your efforts regularly.
    • Position yourself to show others, the business
    • Don't be silent about your accomplishments.
    • Arrogance and silence both don't help. Find the middle ground for you. 
    • "If you're too modest, you're not helping yourself."
    • If you don't say it, there's nobody else that's going to do it for you. 
  • Step 3.  Share credit when credit needs to be shared.
    • Thank for the credit and mention how your team will appreciate it.
    • Mention the team amidst the effort.
    • Name them specifically, if possible.
  • Step 4.  Take credit for your ideas.
    • It's up to you to get the respect & authority that you deserve.
    • You can't allow others to take your credit and not put up resistance.
    • Don't be childish.  Be strategic.
    • "I'm glad you like my idea. I'd love to hear how you would add to that."
    • Your choice of words is really important.
    • Be willing to confront, not combat someone on the issue.
  • "I encourage your listeners to step up.  You have the ability to lead well."
  • Step 5. Learn how to receive a compliment. 
    • Always say thank you.
    • You can acknowledge mistakes, but don't mention your mistakes so they overpower the compliment given.
    • Give yourself the space to say thank you.
  • Step 6. Deal with criticism.
    • There are people everywhere who speak before thinking. Words can hurt.
    • Some of the feedback you get will be harsh.  If you are more sensitive to that, find a way to deal with those comments that work for you.
    • Take the valuable pieces of the feedback and discard the rest.
    • Others don't feel the pain.  Even the person who said that remark will never feel the pain of a cutting comment. You decide if that thought persists in your mind or if you get rid of it.  You have the power. 
  • "Don't go to bed with that guy tonight. He's living in your head, rent-free, and you need to evict him..."  These are the words you need to remind yourself when you find yourself fixated on a negative, or hurtful comment.

Find Mark Slemons on Twitter, or email him at

*  As recommended by Pamela Jett.

Jan 22, 2018

"If you are calm about your ambitions, you become confident of achieving what you set out to do." - Shiv Nadar

Jan 18, 2018

Have you felt like you're taking care of everyone around you and you're nearly burnt out?

Or, have you felt like you haven't done anything new in weeks, maybe even months?

This episode is just for you.

The lifelong friend of mine joins us today.  This conversation with Mandy Green was pure delight.  She loves being a mother & wife, yet had a strong desire to do something more.  You won't believe what that led her to do.

In our conversation, we uncover three steps to enriching your life.

Today's highlights include:  

  • How her parents raised the strong, creative personalities of Mandy and her siblings.
  • The influence of Mandy, and our friend, Erika, to live fully in the moment.
  • You're empowering everyone else around you when you are full of light.
  • Every smart, ambitious woman needs a group of friends like ours.
  • Learning Hebrew was difficult for her to grasp.  Mandy's solution? Attend Hebrew U in Israel.
  • The power of travel in her life.
  • Mandy explains the process of how she gained the support & favor of her family before she left.
  • Her husband, Brent, in Mandy's words is "The shore to my raging sea."
  • When you feel that call and you feel that this is something you should do, it takes courage to step out.
  • The pivotal moment in prayer to decide to stay or go back home. 
  • Throughout her travel, this quote kept her aligned, "Don't be afraid of your fears.  They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it." - C. Joybell C.
  • "Scared is what you're feeling.  Brave is what you're doing."  "It takes courage to grow up and become who you are meant to become."  - E.E. Cummings
  • There are three steps to enriching your life
    • You notice it within, a crisis of character. Loss of individuality, your Spirit is empty, and personality suffers.  Something has to change.
    • This moves you to the phase of curiosity.  You are looking.  So many people are in this phase. They begin studying and learning so much more about a creative outlet.
    • After you've been learning for a while, people come to you and ask to learn.  They do this for 2 reasons.  First, you have knowledge. You have become an expert, you just didn't notice. And second, you are lit up. 
  • Her experience in Jerusalem has helped her gain perspective and conquer fear. After living in this situation, she knows her life has a purpose.
  • Something bigger guides your life. There's power in consciously choosing to do what you do.  
  • See humanity to support one another.
  • The term helpmeet translated in Hebrew means, "The exact, but the mirror image."  
  • The hymn of the pearl.  The pearl is yours, and yours only. The explosive, exponential force that comes from 2 people who know their purpose working together. 
  • Marianne Williamson's quote, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves,'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. It takes to courage to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery, rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives."  
  • Click on the link to learn more from Mandy online. Giovanni Giocando, Christmas Eve, 1513: "Life is so generous a giver, but we judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor woven of love by wisdom with power. Welcome it. Grasp it. And you will touch the angel's hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me that angel's hand is there. The gift is there. And the wonder of an overshadowing presence are joys too.  Be not content with them as joys. As joys, they to conceal diviner gifts. Life is so full of meaning and purpose. So full of beauty beneath its covering that earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it. That is all. But courage you have and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending  through unknown country, home." Just stay open to the open to new opportunity.
  • From Hamlet, "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in mere philosophy, Horatio."

Find more about Mandy Green.

Thanks for listening!

Let's connect on Instagram.

Jan 15, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

 Today is Martin Luther King Day, and his birthday, here in the US. Our quote had to come from him.

"No person has the right to rain on your dreams." - Martin Luther King 


Jan 11, 2018

Today's interview is with the long-time friend of Amy's, Kevin Clegg.  Kevin is a successful businessman, father and serves on the Board of Directors at A Child's Hope Foundation.

Be sure to like A Child's Hope Foundation on Facebook.

Particularly today, as you listen, pay attention to:

  • Specific feelings in your heart
  • What your mind tells you to do next
  • Then, be sure to write that down for guidance on your personal journey.
  • Be sure to share your feedback with me

Show notes: 

Finding a way to give more to the community and the world is a way to discover more of your talents and gifts to the world.

Kevin's request on Giving Tuesday... and the surprise from others that came from that!

How Kevin and his family found the organization and how that changed his family's perspective on holiday giving.

Why Kevin talks about "The Kids" over again. 

How the Clegg family began to make repeat visits regularly. 

The timeline of the trips to make and travel looks something along the lines of... 

  1. Tuesday night travel together.
  2. Wednesday- Friday schedule.
  3. Saturday family fiesta time!

How you can help even if you have no idea how to work with construction/industrial tools.

The main goal is to engage in the role of aunt/uncle or cousin of the kids in the orphanages to help.

The recommended age to bring your children to help and have a complete experience to serve and give in the projects.  Kids connect can throughout the entire week.

The group of family friends, like-minded people, that becomes friends and has reunions.

How Paul Cook started the organization with a group in Haiti.

The story of one man helping over 1,200 kids. 

The vision of the organization: Connecting kids with families. Back to their families, to a relative, adopted to another family, or giving them the best family experience within the orphanage to be able to have a good life afterward. And how they are bringing this vision to fruition.

Why money isn't always the solution to this situation.

Relationships are a critical component of the effort.

One of the challenges they face is: "Who can give what to help these kids?"  Matching the right person with the right opportunity.

They are completing over 25 trips with over 1,000 volunteers this year.

Why Kevin is so lit up to talk about this.

How the energy he receives from giving in this capacity overflows into other areas of his life.  He has seen this evidenced in his own life. 

The passion that he has seen throughout this experience.

"Goodness happens when you're trying to give to others."

People want to learn more and are attracted to your energy when you have that passion.

"It's never exactly what you expect either."

"Connecting orphans with the givers who will help them thrive."

Why they work to make it affordable to give. It's about making sure to help families have this experience.

This is not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We want you to come back again and again.

You can get your questions answered at


Find a way to have an experience, give more to the world, and come alive.  

When you enrich a woman's life, you impact her entire circle of influence.





Jan 8, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

You are glorious.

Jody Maberry shares how a business focuses on what makes them unique in his podcast.  Imagine if we all did the same.

Jan 4, 2018

New year, new look.

Did you see the new podcast art?

Let's talk about it. New logo defining the show more completely. 

That's my FACE on there now!  I feel a bit nekkid putting my face out there for the whole world to see.  It's just one more step to not being holding myself back.  It took about a year for me to get off my duff and do this.

Also, you may have noticed that's an elephant topping the "I" in Think.  The elephant runs in a matriarchal order.  Not that I don't appreciate men, I just come from a long line of women taking care of more than their share.  I honor those women, and each of us, who lead families, work teams, organizations, and share our influence with the world in that image.

Thank you to my designer, Jason Clement, for helping me put more me into the conversation.

Then you see my name a little structured and maybe a bit mischievous. That's me.  I learn more when I'm playful.  It's the balance of the structure and the creative that makes me who I am.  

You can find out more from Jason Clement at

The 5 Best Books for a Breakthrough

This started out as "The end of the year booklist."  But this is more than that.  

This is the list for you, you smart, ambitious woman, when you are ready for a breakthrough.

But every challenge requires a different kind of breakthrough.

I'm not a fantasy reader.  I don't get into to fiction much, because, I have more practical things to take care of. 

And that's what my list of books has brought me.  Practical solutions.  Excellent reads.  Lessons and strategies.

I like to implement directly.  In fact, I've been told I just run with an idea like a horse out of the gate. 

This is the list that helps you crash through that door and stand tall in your place. 

Here's my criteria to make it on this list.

1. Every book here I read in 2017.  That means it is fresh and current in my mind. The notes, ideas & lessons are applicable today.

2.  Every book I read at least twice. Most I listened to the audiobook first, then read the Kindle version. (Our family has a daily commute to school and I listen to books on our drive.)

3. Each book listed comes with a direct recommendation for a particular point, challenge or struggle that a woman faces right now. 

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes is a powerful read to help you realize that you are not being sensible, safe or living could easily be living in fear.  And not even know it. 

Shonda shares her insights on how she decides to stop saying no and for one year, just one year, she will challenge herself to say yes.

A perfect read for the woman that:  Is ready to start her new year and step out of her comfort zone. She's not quite sure where this will take her. The leap of faith is what she needs.

Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown

Brene Brown makes me realize I'm not alone in my challenging thoughts.  Braving the Wilderness is as the tagline reads, the "Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone."

If there's one thing we have learned in 2017, it's that people think differently than we do.  That should be okay. Using the internet, we can polarize ourselves on issues and create battlefields that hold us back.  This book helps us find an understanding and be willing to discuss the issues in peace. 

People are hard to hate close up.

"True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are, it requires you to be who you are."

A perfect read for the woman that:  Wants to understand the other side.  She is ready to have a conversation without judgment.  She yearns to be more comfortable standing alone and ready to participate in a bigger conversation.

The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks

This book had been on my list for over a year. One little nudge from Ray Edwards podcast to get me to read it.

Read in the month of November, I've re-read it 3 times now.  That's saying a lot for me.  The Big Leap takes a deep, deep dive to on how each of us can hold ourselves back.  There are many reasons we believe we are unworthy. 

A perfect read for the woman that:  Achieves in many facets of life, but continues to struggle with one specific area.  She is ready to cancel all the self-sabotage holding her back.  She seeks opportunity to work in the zone of genius.

Wrecked, Jeff Goins

In our interview with Jon Stolpe, he mentions this book.  I devoured this book in a couple days. Wrecked touched my spirit. it is so easy to be involved in your own life, that looking out for other's needs doesn't seem to be the top priority.

Service, compassion, and giving are great topics at the holidays and sometimes missed throughout the year.  This book shares poignant moments that touched me deeply. 

A perfect read for the woman that: Seeking new insights, tools, and find ways to serve & have more compassion in the daily routine. She is ready to "get over herself," and have a more humanistic view of the world, then put her talents to use in some capacity in that. 

The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins

This is the book a lot of us need.  The 5 Second Rule is the book that helps us overcome that space from, "Yes, I know I need to do this thing..." and "I am doing this thing." 

That space is where we can get so stuck.  We think about accomplishing that thing.  We talk about it.  We have a pretty good plan to make it work.  

 A perfect read for the woman that: Has had the same resolution for the past few years.  She knows precisely what has to happen but she just doesn't feel like it. She wants to change, really change, but gets stuck in her head.

What book would you add to the list? 

Jan 1, 2018

Monday Maxim with Amy, 2018

It’s your mental Vitamin B for the week. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

We start out the year with one from Michael Phelps.

 "The more you dream, the more you achieve."

Don't hide those dreams in the back of the closet somewhere.  Step into it.  And watch this year, become your best one yet.

Michael Phelps Quote

A quick challenge for the week:

1. Take 15 minutes this week and dream.  Think bigger.  Imagine.  Dive in and feel those feelings of what you want to achieve in this year. 

2. Then, and this is so important, write that down.

3. Then get to work. 



Dec 14, 2017

How to Stretch Yourself to Become Your Best

This week I'm delighted to have Jon Stolpe on the show.

We discuss:

  • How we connected. 
  • Why STRETCH is such an important term in Jon's life.
  • He's helping men around the country help improve their commitment to fatherhood, family, faith, and work challenges.  See the Stretched Men Group for more info.
  • How Jon first got to Guatemala.
  • The big confirmation that allowed him to go there.
  • Jon and his blog audience brought the finances available to build houses.
  • His book, Rooftop Reflections.
  • How the book, Wrecked, for something good, as Jeff Goins described.
  • The socio-economic status of families in the Guatemalan culture.  How widows struggle amidst the situation.
  • They have built multiple homes in Guatemala to help families of widows in Guatemala. 
  • Jon's vision to build 100 houses in Guatemala before he passes away. 
  • The next step in his journey to impact families and involve the community in the process.
  • What Jon and his family would like from you.
  • How much it costs just to build one house for a family in Guatemala.
  • The life change his family experienced through this.
  • Jon & his wife chose to sell their home to have more margin in their lives to live, give, and save.
  • How they have chosen to live differently to make a greater contribution.
  • "Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone,"  Andy Stanley.
  • "You can be extraordinary right where you live with the people you rub shoulders with every day."
  • Do a little better.  Stretch yourself.  Make an impact.
  • How difficult it is to translate what that experience was like.
  • The Hobbit's parallel and how hard it is to come back to regular life.
  • You are not ordinary.  You have an amazing opportunity right in front of your eyes.  You can change the world for someone else and yourself.
  • Do something today. Cause yourself to stretch.  Become your best.
Dec 7, 2017

The holidays are so much fun...and so much extra work.

This time is so precious. You can easily run out of energy, zest, and enthusiasm if you’re not careful.

Enjoy your marathon, and set yourself up to WIN. 

Holiday Extras are your Responsibility.

Take care of yourself, girl, there are too many other depending on you.

Solution:  Get a team.  Involve others.  Ask for help.  Let the older kids wrap presents with you... or don't wrap at all!

Too Much Good Stuff.  Everywhere.

Too much of anything is just too much.  So enjoy the goodies.  Just be wise.  

Solution:  Drink your water. Decide your limits. Get a water tracking app.

Lots of late nights and ridiculously early mornings.

Sleep Doesn't Happen in December.

Solution: While it's easy to say you're going to bed on time.  Set yourself an alarm. Really.

Making sure it's...perfect.

Say no.  Even in December.

Solution:  It's time to laugh more at Christmas.  Tell your family and friends you are not going for all-out perfection.

Plan the next thing.

Explain how the mind can trick you.  Multi-tasking is not helpful.

Solution: Let yourself be in the moment.

And deserve it.

Make Time to Laugh.

Explain how the mind can trick you.  Multi-tasking is not helpful.

Solution: Let yourself be in the moment.

Nov 27, 2017

A year ago, I shared a post about how Thanksgiving is like Leadership. But the more you dive into the makings of a happy holiday feast, the more you realize, Thanksgiving is like your Business.

  1. No matter how well you plan, one thing can derail you how you respond says everything. You think you’ve got it covered- the full logistics. Find the less than obvious things. We thawed the turkey in the bathtub. Lesson learned: Turkey Thaw (Prep) Time. You cannot make up lost time. Be a turtle.  Keep moving forward.
  2. Multiple things are going at the same time. You don’t have to be there for each one.  Efficiency. Don’t crowd the oven. Set stations & spread it out.  Lesson learned: Set up stations. Structure the project with assembly line focus. Become efficient.
  3. The restriction of 1 oven held us back. Three tools allowed us to have multiple things cooked and ready at the same time.  Lesson learned:  Invest in the tools. You need to maximize your efforts and your time.
    • Ask these three questions before making your  next business purchase:
      • How often will I use this?
      • Can I use this tool for multiple projects?
      • Will I be using this in one year in my business?
  4. Dad can do the cranberry sauce. A child can stir while you add. (You take care of the big stuff you must take care of) Pass #2 & 3 priorities on to someone else.  Lesson learned: Delegate. Structure the project with assembly line focus. Become efficient.
  5. Sick kid: yes, even though you plan & make it work, somehow your kid can get sick. Just because. So we were in the InstaCare and late night pharmacy. This is real life. This is how life works. Lesson learned:  Something things you cannot control: health, sickness, the weather. Keep the important things important.  Your business does not overrule relationships.
  6. BONUS Secret:  Yes, you can. If you can plan, prepare & execute a Thanksgiving dinner- you can run a business. (The steps are far more apparent for a holiday dinner. Do your research.  Lesson learned: Believe in yourself. If you are having a hard time, know that I believe in you. You can do this.  You can create something.  Do it now. 
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