Lessons Learned

Dear Natalie: How Do You Deal With Overwhelm?

Emails piling up. Back-to-back calls that barely leave you time for a cup of soup. Clients making “small requests” that require huge effort on your end. Team members missing deadlines, or needing piles of feedback, outlines, and notes. Loved ones asking for your time and attention when you’ve barely had a moment to shower, let […]

On Shame and the Healing Power of Honesty

For this installment of Superhuman September, I want to share something that’s been on my heart: Aiming to be “superhuman” isn’t all about green juice and planning for your goals. It also includes being honest with yourself about what’s not working, what’s frustrating you, and what’s not so great. I’ve shared a lot in recent […]

Dear Future Natalie… Love, 2015 Natalie

Last week, I stumbled across a very special envelope in my desk drawer. It wasn’t just any envelope. It was well worn from travel, and addressed to me — in my own handwriting. For two years, I convinced myself not to tear it open… but standing in my apartment in that moment, I finally felt […]

4 Of My Blog Posts That Taught Me Big Lessons

To me, the most wonderful thing about new beginnings is that they’re a chance to look forward to where I’m going, and back at where I’ve been. You might’ve noticed — especially with The Reflection Series we wrapped a couple of weeks ago, and in the “What’s still true for you?” segment of my recent […]

When Alignment Hurts Like Hell

You’ve returned! And so have I. 🙂 Welcome back for Part 3 of The Reflection Series. I’m so excited to be continuing this story for you, and chronicling my journey from the past few years that’s now paving the way for the all-new She Takes on the World that’s coming soon. Haven’t taken a look […]

On Trusting Your Intuition, Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson You made it! Welcome back to my Reflection Series, a walk through the past, present, and future of She Takes on the World as we are working behind-the-scenes here to rebirth our brand and the shetakesontheworld.com site. In this […]

12 Questions For You To Answer At The Start Of A New Quarter

Want to know one of my favorite parts of getting through the first quarter of the year? Starting Q2, a.k.a. my favorite quarter (yep, I have a favorite!). I’m taking Q2 to dream about what’s next our my business, finish our new website (I can’t wait for this!), and plan for our busy Q4. To […]

Superhuman Health Recap! (And a little confession.)

A few weeks ago we wrapped up my Superhuman Entrepreneur series, where I sat down with my personal team of doctors, and dished the details on my road back to health after burnout. However, as the saying goes, though: All things must come to an end. That’s why I wanted to take some time to […]

18 Business Lessons in 18 Years

Do you remember where you were when you saw the Internet for the first time? I do. I was working at Henry Holt and an assistant asked me to check out something cool. He showed me a page of text on his computer. Nothing impressive yet, then he clicked on the word Paris and we […]

The Week That Changed Everything

Call me biased, it is true I am Natalie MacNeil’s little sister, but if Stephen Colbert can shamelessly promote his sister for Congress on national television, then I can write this honest blog post. How I Ended Up On Destiny Since moving to Vancouver the finding a job situation has been tough. After month 6 […]

Important! Don’t Fake Your Smile on Video

Studies show that in situations where trust is important to us (which is exactly the case if someone is trying to sell us something on video), we pay closer attention to a person’s smile. We then decide whether or not we can trust that person.

Would You Follow You?

It is common when people here the word, “leader” to associate it with things like title, position, money, achievement, power. While these generalizations to the concept of leadership may be a way at looking at the concept of leadership, it is not the lens that will help us to see the true meaning of the […]

Perfection Doesn’t Make You Better, It Just Spins Your Wheels

You know what? This moment of starting something new is an ideal moment to spin wheels and … do nothing. What will they think?  Will they like what I write? I need to find the perfect topic that will blow everyone away. Or they’ll think I’m boring and that I’ve got nothing of value to […]

How to Show Appreciation, and Build Your Brand

If I had to pick just one thing that has had the biggest impact on my business, I’d say it’s gratitude. This quote perfectly sums it up: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can […]

How to Find Mentors: My 5 Minute Rule

Mentors have been a key part of building my brand and my business. I just wouldn’t be where I am without them. Before I dive into how to find a mentor, I want to clarify what mentorship means to me. I think some people believe that a mentor is someone who meets with you regularly […]

The Best Advice I Ever Got

I don’t believe in coincidence. I don’t believe in luck. I believe we learn what we need to learn at just the right moment in time. I believe we connect with the people we’re supposed to meet when we need them most. I also believe that every person is blessed with someone special whose presence […]

Lessons and Confessions 2012: A Look Into My Year

This year has been a huge year in which growth has happened in leaps and bounds for both myself as a woman entrepreneur and for She Takes on the World. These are a few of the major things that happened this year: Started the year as a freshly incorporated company, woohoo My book was born […]

Things I Got Wrong, and Things I Got Right in 2012

As we wrap up 2012 and start to plan for the New Year I wanted to review the things I got right and the things I didn’t. In the past few years, there have been so many changes in the book industry, and in technology, that sometimes my only guide has been my intuition. Fortunately, […]

Is Your Business About to “Jump the Shark”

It happens in the business world all the time. A company or a brand, desperate for some publicity, takes their marketing campaign or business model just a little to far, creating an unexpected wave of consumer backlash. Commonly referred to as “jumping the shark,” this act of corporate humiliation can often cause irreparable damage to […]

Teach People How to Treat You

You teach people how to treat you. When you say yes when you mean no. When you relent because it’s easier than arguing. When you value your client’s happiness over you own.. Houston, you have a problem. You taught people to disregard you. How To Be Treated Like A Gem My family and friends like […]

Banish Pre-Meeting Jitters

Whether you’re a seasoned pro at conducting department meetings or a speaking one on one with a new partner for the first time, you can’t avoid the fluttering of those butterflies in your stomach or the sudden need to chew your fingernails off thinking about whether or not everything will go smoothly. Kick your pre-meeting […]

Taking On The World With A Little Help!

Remember when you first thought about starting your business? You envisioned working on the things you loved, spending your days honing your craft. The thought of escaping your soul-crushing cubicle job was thrilling; at last you would be your own boss! You took the leap and started getting your first real clients. Things were looking […]

Can a Digital Diet Help You Conquer the World?

I’ve never been one for diets. I eat super healthy foods that fuel me, incorporate exercise into my daily routine, and I don’t deprive myself of something I really want. But I’ve decided for the sake of my health and well-being I’m going on a digital diet for the next month. Now, I’m not completely […]

The Power of a Mastermind Group + An Invitation for You

If I could credit one book for having the biggest influence over my business and my life it would be Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. I read it at least once a year along with other books by him and I’ve applied many of his law of success principles to my business, brand, and […]

Are You Afraid Someone Will Say No?

Are you afraid of asking? I’m talking about asking another person for the essential things your business needs.  Things like warm referrals, glowing testimonials or a cycle of steady sales from new and existing clients.  And, of course, asking for your right price. Let me ask you something.  If you don’t already have what you want […]