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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears.

And why do we do this?

Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first?

And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore.

So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours.

We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think?

Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know.

Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has stumbled into the entrepreneurial world.

She is the owner of  Ash Said It LLC, which is a full service public speaking boutique, hosting  receptions, fashion expos as well as upscale soirées. 

Which sounds great, but its the joining up the dots which is the most important part of this show. 

So how did the ex-military lady transition from Uncle Sam to Fashion Avenue?

Well as she says “I had no plans to build a company. The thought never even crossed my mind. The past few years have been tough.

I took care of my mom for 3+ years, and being a full time caregiver is a lot, although I would easily do it again.

My mother never taught me how to be a lady.

She showed me through her actions. She never let anyone take advantage of her meek yet resilient spirit. Thank God I inherited that spark!

I buried my mom in 2014, which was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my entire existence. I was lost.

My heart was no longer in military service. I needed to leave but I had no blueprint on where to go.

I did many odd jobs that year.

Helped build multiple brands & had nothing to show for it.

Then one day a light bulb went off in my head. Why the heck am I wasting time helping people disinterested in helping themselves? Why don’t I pour my 13+ years of industry experience into something I can call my own. That’s when Ash Said It was born!

And at that point we will start the show, as it is a moment that every one of our guests have hit in their own lives.

That moment when they realise that their life is their own, and everything they do should be on their own terms.

It’s the responsibility to create their own future.

So how did she move from this idea of creating her business, to actually earning her first dollars and attracting her first clients?

And looking back on it all, has it been harder than she could have imagined or simply a dream from start to finish.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ash Brown

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who deserves to be on this show, as she is one big collection of dots.

She is an entrepreneur daily, and has been for many many years. 

And the kind of dots, that although difficult to deal with at the time turn out to be the true gifts in ones life.

As she says “Sometimes life lessons are right in your face waiting to happen to you if you just surrender to the call.

But it took me a long time to get into the position where, my passion had finally fallen out of the sky and smacked me in the face hard!”

And this she found in the form of Yoga, and she then created her dream business that is going from strength to strength.

Providing what her clients want, her family want and of course what she wants too.

As she says “I have been a entrepreneur for 20 years I know what it feels like having to create your wealth!

But I also knew that your health & inner strength matter more in this adventure of self mastery! Being a entrepreneur is all about Self: Mastery, Discipline, Awareness, Confidence, And Worth etc. You have to believe then apply the gift to create the Magic!

In between the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda”, I became a Yoga Instructor, Holistic Health Coach, owned a MMA Promotion Business in Atlantic City with my husband (the last one was the stress factor). “

Which lead to her being the Founder of Down Dog Wellness, as she craved a way to create a bridge between work stress and life, enlightening awareness daily.

So did she always have the desire to create such a business, or was it in direct result of her four years working at New Breed Fighters, dealing with cage fighters and the entertainment industry.

And is the right business a pleasant experience, or does it still have days when you want to stay in your bed and let someone else deal with everything?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kerry Morgan

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has lived life like a entrepreneurial mountain climber.

You start building a business from scratch and things go great, but then you realise you have to go down the other side of the mountain to tackle the big climb.

The climb towards the dream that you deserve.

As she says “I started my first business as a freelance copywriter back in 2001 because I was MISERABLE at my corporate J-O-B of 13 years.

I felt out of balance not spending enough time with my three daughters and being there to take them to brownies and soccer and music lessons.

I wasn’t at work enough either….it felt like a no-win situation.

When my third daughter was born I had had enough and summoned the courage to take the scary leap and quit.

My entire life I have always done the right thing.

I went to college. Got married. Had three kids. Bought a custom home in the right neighbourhood. Had a responsible job at a good fortune 50 company. I was secure, yet still felt unfulfilled.

I learned the hard way that ‘doing’ the right thing doesn’t always bring happiness and fulfilment – how I am ‘being’ is just as, if not more, important to creating a life of purpose and profitability.”

Which sounds like a typical story of disillusionment and then taking control, but as I say there is two sides to the mountain.

What do you then do when the initial success starts dropping, and you find yourself doubting your talents, your work ethic and well….everything?

Well as she says “I worked hard and built my copywriting business alone. I started as a ‘generalist’ and after a few years specialised in the healthcare industry. A local hospital hired me and I LOVED working with them for many reasons. I had been reading about choosing a niche and knew I had found my home working with healers.

I built my freelance copywriting business up to around 50K and, after a few years of success, my copywriting business starting dropping suddenly.”

And that is where we will start todays show.

So looking back can she see what was going wrong, or was this just a part of the journey that she had to go through?

And how does she balance her family life with her business now? Better, or has the two blurred into one glorious day?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kelly Robbins

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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears.

And why do we do this?

Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first?

And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore.

So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours.

We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think?

Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know.

Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Sara Kaler, a lady who is climbing higher and higher into the rarefied world that we all want to have.

She is loving her life, loving her job, providing huge value to her clients, and looks great too.

She is a huge healthy package of glamour, professionalism and speciality is helping women CEO's scale & grow their businesses for global impact without burnout.

And that one word "burnout" reveals a huge amount of what our guest has been through in her life.

Mid-way through her corporate career she began to have series of grand mal seizures due to stress and exhaustion.

In the span of ten years she spent more time in hospitals being analyzed, tested and assessed than most people do in their adult life.  

My health had become a part-time job (and some years, my full-time job), and my body had become a story about injury, illness, disease, diagnosis, being different, not belonging, not being enough, not being capable, and most definitely NOT being strong.

As you can imagine, this led to a lot of soul-searching.

She knew something had to change, but she didn’t know what.

And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, when the dark times are at the darkest, there is a deep learning waiting to be had.

Their is a gift within the struggles, and this was the case with today's guest, as pulling herself out of the darkness, she found the thing that she knew the world was waiting for, and needed help dealing with.

As she says "I suffered a massive health crisis at the top of the my career, transformed my life and created a massively successful business in an impressively short amount of time.  I support my clients on similar paths.  I stand for and support my clients creating high performance results, legacy and an extraordinary life; knowing all of these can co-exist. 

I know it’s possible for everyone and it requires being an extraordinary leader.  I believe women in leadership are changing the world and being financially abundant and well managed allows us to lead and build legacies without limits."

So how has she taken this realisation and converted it into a business which not only powers her, but also has become her own personal legacy?

And does she see the same issues in her clients lives time and time again as we all try to balance everything in our life, and more often than not fail?

Well lets find as we bring onto to show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sarah Kaler

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who calls himself the coolest guy in SEO.

And when you see him perched on his motorbike, in leathers and wearing a contented smile of "Yeah baby....I have created something amazing come and check it out"..then you think then he is probably spot on with that name.

He has created Ardor Media Factory an online company specialising in content marketing, content writing, search engine optimization, search engine ranking, keyword research, web analysis, web design, link building and image linking

After obtaining his degree in 2006 degree in Software Engineering from Queensland University of Technology. he decided to scratch his itchy feet by heading off to London.

During his time in London, Dublin and Brussels, he worked under contract with Euroclear, Visa Europe and Sony Research & Development.

But it was when he really stractched his itchy feet again, and started backpacking around the world a few years ago then one of his big dots really jumped out infront of him.

As he says " because of my love for software development, I built an online game. As the completion day came near for the game I made, I thought that I should learn how to market if anyone else is ever going to play with it. So, I started studying how Google works and learned about Search Engine Optimisation. I quickly discovered how important backlinks are – not just any backlinks, but only quality backlinks with relevant and compelling content on powerful industry-specific websites."

And the rest is history.

Not easy history, in any shape or form, but one that has seen steady growth, a move from his home country of Australia to set up in Davao city in Philippines in January 2013, and now clients flocking to his company from across the globe.

Life seems good and should be good, as he has taken control of his own destiny, and worked his socks off to make things happen.

So does this kind of success simply come from putting one itchy foot in-front of the other until you start too see things happening?

Or is there a blueprint for all of us to follow, as we look to leave the corporate grind, and sit on our own motorbikes to ride into our special futures?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Cool SEO Guy Mr Kris Reid.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who the majority of the world need to get into contact with at sometime or another.

She is a sleep expert who over the last years has positioned herself as the go to person to help you drift off into a pleasant, restful and recharging sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

As she says "I understand that sleeping, while on sleep medication isn't really sleeping. I understand that falling asleep, but then having to lie awake for hours in the middle of the night isn't really sleeping, and I understand that waking up just as tired as when you went to bed isn't really sleeping either"

So hands up....come on people be honest "How many of you have fallen into one of these sleep patterns over the last few years?"

Yep, I know that I have, so how has our guest managed to find the solution to something that plagues all of us at one time or another.

And the answer is, she has been on a journey of self discovery, upskilling and putting herself and her knowledge out there

Starting her journey as an English teacher in Luxembourg, she had a pretty standard career for a few years until she got to the point when her interest in corporate coaching and sleep patterns became too much to ignore.

And she took the leap of faith, leaving her career in education in 2015 to start something new and inspiring.

And since then with a huge amount of hustle, commitment, perseverance and of course struggle she has built her hugely successful business coaching successful and career driven women (and inspiring men) on how to get a solid nights’ sleep allowing them to wake up refreshed, with more energy, and ready to tackle their legacy and personal life.

So how has she managed to do all this whilst still getting a good nights sleep herself?

And is it as simple as learning to switch off form everything that needs to be done, or much more than that?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only, my favourite sleep expert ever Christine Hansen

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