to have a mentor, to be a mentor


Bonjour! Ça va guys?  i hope you’re in the throes of a really great september weekend.

today i wanted to introduce another of the glamazons from the social media conference last month. (there were only 10 of us). it was july actually, wow time is flying! so then, without further ado, please get to know the incomprable Lisa Ferguson.

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i mentioned lisa briefly in jen’s post the other day…they’re a friendship in full force. their collaborating and uplifting relationship was an inspiration to watch and i’ll cherish those two forever.  you’ll see jen involved in pretty much everything lisa’s into, (because it just is that cool)! and they’re having a ball being each other’s muse.

lisa herself is dynamic, muliti-dimensional and irresistable. to know her is to love her as she is laser focused and way en pointe. so i could try to tell you about lisa or you can dig around in her world with the links below. but let’s try…we’ll start with and see how well i can explain this dymnamic and complex woman and what’ she’s created.

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actually, i don’t know why i’m reinventing the wheel

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…steller just did a phenomenal piece on her here:


quotes from her pinterest account: pinterest-DecorMentor/full-potential-best-you


lisa’s really interested in collaborating, empowering each other and figuring out where each person’s strengths lie. she asked us for some business tips. here’s what some of the girls said. just realized i forgot to do mine…the customer is always right!


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i pulled this off of her FB because it’s just another way lisa is out there collaborating, co-branding and sharing the secrets of success whether it’s hers or ours she wants it just as bad. she’s going to be at the high point market bringing her talent and ideas to life.

Gail Doby and I are very excited to have Sherwin-Williams for Design Pros support for our Flourish Summit Oct 22 at High Point Market [ ] ! More on this during the #Flourish twitter chat this wed 8pmET. Join us for an hour that will be fun and full of #successkeys !



lisa has shown me that we’re never too old to have a mentor and we’re never too young to be one either…she reinforces the fact that when we help each other we help ourselves.


flourish the model and the story is jen!



this is quintessential lisa…she would never dwell on problems. she finds solutions.



so in paris we each took a test, a gallup poll actually that showed us our strengths and what we can do to maximize them.



it’s a pretty interesting assessment, i definitely recommend it trying it!

Gallup’s Strengthsfinder® assessment: is an online measure of personal talent that identifies areas where an individual’s greatest potential for building strengths exists.

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and if that isn’t enough, lisa is also a talented interior designer and runs Decor Mentor…



how does she find the time? you are my inspiration!

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two twitter accounts…there may be more. but the slogan below says it best. lisa is ultimately concise, edited, direct and clear.


her social media skills are off the charts yet she posts only what’s essential.


last but not least, check out lisa when she’s getting to enjoy her downtime on instagram. i knew she’d have to kick back SoMeTiMe! hope you are too!

September 7, 2014. Tags: . Embrace Paris Trip, EmbraceParis. 8 comments.

a force of nature

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good morning and happy wednesday! how’s your september so far? it’s still summer so hopefully you’re enjoying friends, family and making the season last as long as possible.  today i wanted to continue to explore the women who have been inspiring me and introduce you to one of the ladies from the EmbraceParis trip. please get to know Jennifer Brouwer.


she’s the sister you never had. the girl who at first is intimidatingly beautiful and turns out to be the most down to earth girl you’ve ever met.  the very first dinner we when we sat next to each other at hit it off straight away.


besides not being able to take my eyes off of her, the conversation was mesmerizing and i could have chatted with her for hours. she’s thoughtful, thought provoking, positive and ahead of her time. throughout the trip,  during the the late nights we hung out and dished and i learned so much from her. she’s become one of my personal heroes and i hope you get to know her now too!


besides being a mother, wife and friend, jen is a high end interior designer with exquisite taste and a penchant for perfection. check out her website here:

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we were at a social media conference so of course we shared ideas and tactics but i had no idea how deep she had gone till i started researching her last week. if you’re interested in using social media, check out how jen has worked it. she is using pinterest in a really unusual and creative way:

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she made her own videos and shared them on you tube:

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how she finds time i’ll never know…she’s like a superwoman, a force of nature who not only works for herself but finds time to help anyone else who needs it too. here she is working with home depot and decor mentor to promote her work, paint and skills!


take a moment to visit her blog for random inspiration and jen’s take on life and musings about her creative process at:



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meanwhile she works with her dear friend and another guest on the trip, lisa ferguson of Decor Mentor (i’ll get to her story next). they’re a dream team and help each other bounce ideas around and turn talk into reality. jen is her model and muse, lisa is her rock, you’ll love their friendship!


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we worked together with lisa to find our strengths. these were jen’s. i’ll show you mine next…maybe you are interested in finding yours, it’s a really interesting project they’re involved with.



jen is so positive!







i guess i could go on and on as jen has become yet another woman with no limit. these inspirational quotes are all on her site and her sense of humor is maybe what pulled me to her most. jen, i can’t wait to see you again dear friend and thank you for all the inspiration you have given me since the day we met!  i hope you get to enjoy a bit of her world too. have a great day out there and let me know how your social media presence is going!



September 4, 2014. Tags: . Embrace Paris Trip, EmbraceParis. 4 comments.

this just in – the perfect paris apartment


bonjour et bon weekend! it’s only mid-august so i hope you’re still enjoying summer even if some kids have already gone back to school. seems like it always started in september for us…i’m not sure when that changed but it doesn’t mean summer is over! anyway, it’s been a whirlwind around here with lots of travel and good times and even though it feels like i just got back from paris i’m scheduled to head over again in a couple weeks. that said, i’ll be going to the maison et objet and shopping the markets with clients. let me know if you’ll be there in september too and want to meet for a cafe au lait!


as i was making plans, i started talking with one of my colleagues (and friend), madelyn at paris perfect luxury rentals and she told me about an incredible opportunity. this gorgeous apartment is available for a full three months! what a dream it would be to get some friends together and travel all fall. i wish i could make it happen and we could all come and go! well, even if i can’t wing it, maybe you’re interested in renting it. if so, contact madelyn here for more information:


Here’s what Paris Perfect says: Have you ever wanted to wake up each morning and step out onto the balcony to see the soft colors of morning across the rooftops as the City of Light wakes up?  Not having to feel rushed to see and experience everything as the days of a holiday–which never seem to be enough–pass by too quickly? Having the time to try the baguettes at all your localboulangeries until you find the one that is absolute perfection for you? Strolling leisurely along the Seine or popping in and out of boutiques without a hurry…falling in love with a garden and watching the seasons change. These are the moments where Paris really captures your heart and you can savor them again and again.

If you are considering spending more time in Paris, then we know just the place for you. How about a gorgeous and beautifully decorated two bedroom apartment with a picture perfect Eiffel Tower view? We know just the one that is available for rentals of 3 months or longer.

Go ahead … dreams really do come true!

see more about it here on the blog:


anyway i wish it could be us…but if it’s you do it let me know!

August 23, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Perfect Apartments. 14 comments.

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