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Clear step by step techniques for addressing sticky situations in your business. Including easy to follow frameworks, effective scripts, and best practices for navigating those bumpy business relationships..

I want to live in a world where women entrepreneurs can communicate their needs, wants, and desires from a place of courage, truth, and integrity.

Every day.

Without worrying that she will hurt someone’s feelings. Without fear of disappointing someone. Without thinking about how the tone of her email might be misconstrued. Without thinking that a no might effect further referrals. Without worrying about the implications of a relationship that isn’t working for her with a client who is really well connected in her industry.

I want the women entrepreneurs I know and love to stop biting the bullet and persevering anyway, to stop being the martyr and suffering through it, and to quit worrying that it will hurt your reputation if you lay claim to what you want and need.

I want you to know and understand there is a way to step into effective communication and not have those worst case scenarios impact you or your bottom line.

Jac McNeil and Krista SmithMy very good friend and colleague, Jac McNeil, and I have been hard at work behind the scenes over the past six months developing THE COMMUNICATION KIT. It was born out of our desire to bring to the forefront the skills we’ve been using successfully in our businesses for years while supporting our clients. This downloadable self guided resource kit will include six stand alone modules dedicated to the common sticky situations in your business. We’ve included easy to follow frameworks, effective scripts, best practices, and practical applications for navigating those bumpy business relationships. It’s the answer you’ve been waiting for.

We’re so very excited about it and can’t wait to share it with you. If you’d like to get all the details, please pop over to our Communication Kit launch page and leave your email. You’ll be the first to receive the details as soon as it’s ready for you!

xo, K

Today I’d like to introduce you to Monica Faux-Kota.Monica Faux-Kota, by Krista Smith

Monica is a soul-sister. She’s equal parts intuitive, compassionate, genuine, and nurturing. Her web design journey took a little longer than most of my clients. She came to me looking for a dream site for her massage therapy practice. The certifications, courses, and creds Monica has under her belt combined with her passion for supporting women on their journey makes her speciality in empowering women to be the best they can be a perfect fit for her loving personality.

One of the things I’ve come to love about working with Monica is that she never stops learning and seeking what will support and serve her clients. So, half way through our build, she found an incredible coaching course she wanted to take. Her intention is always to support her clients even further on their journey to thriving. Naturally we pressed pause as she undertook and completed her training.

The result? A very clear and rich home online where her essence can be felt from either of her two free opt-in gifts (if you’re one of my readers, you HAVE to sign up for her list to receive her free guide for nurturing, self-care. It’s what every woman should be doing, but most of us don’t!).

She’s at the beginning of unveiling her Conscious Mother’s Movement. If you’re a mom and would like to connect with your children on a different level, she has another free gift for you. Heart Love is Monica’s unique process for connecting to your child in way that’s both deep and meaningful.

Monica is a beautiful person — inside and out. I know you’ll love her as much as I do.

What’s the best way to bottom line what you do?

I encourage women to thrive using massage therapy, quality of life coaching and empowerment advocacy as my primary tools.

Let’s pretend we just met on the sidewalk and both of us are free for the afternoon [yes!]. Where would you suggest we go for our first in-real-life conversation?

Well, I would offer you a massage and if you were interested we would go to my lovely studio, chat a little, and then you would commune with your soul on my table while I relieved your stress and rejuvenated your body.

If conversation came up we would talk, otherwise I would let you have your nurturing experience. A lot of real-life-conversation happens, silently, during a massage. A connection occurs that is almost wordless and a foundation of trust is established.

Afterwards I would send you on your way to continue enjoying the bliss you are feeling. I would check back in with you a couple of days later to see how you are doing, and hopefully we would become friends and our conversations would continue from there.

If a massage did not interest you I would suggest a walk in a near by park or, if time permitted, we would head to one of my favorite trails up a near by canyon. And, if that did not interest you we would grab coffee or tea and chat each other up for a bit.

How do you describe your work?

Supportive and nurturing of ones essence.

Massage is an opportunity for my clients to check-out, tune-in and connect deeply with their innermost self. A lot of mental clarity, soul rejuvenation, and relief from muscle soreness can be gained along with calming the nervous system and flushing stress response chemicals that our body tends to store – which ultimately causes chronic pain and disease. Massage is an exceptional form of nurturing self-care and the foundation of optimal health and well-being.

My quality of life coaching and empowerment advocacy encourages my clients to explore their potential, embrace their power and transform their inhibitions so that they can thrive in all aspects of life. When women thrive the possibilities are endless for themselves and everyone that they love.

What’s the one thing you wish everyone understood about what you do?

I firmly believe that when we invest in bettering ourselves we not only live life more fully but we allow others to do the same. Through self-exploration and nurturing self-care we unbind our essence, break negative family cycles, and set the foundation for generating legacies of integrity.

Investing in self-care becomes a generational gift with immediate positive gain for an individual and their family.

My work is about creating a better society to live in. When women are nurtured, supported, and encouraged they thrive in their power and children witness their mothers, or other female examples, fully engaged in their love, joy, creativity, compassion and courage.

When women thrive society becomes a safer place to experience the beauty of life.

What’s your favourite place to hangout online right now? Why?

Geez – I have yet to have enough time to really explore that – being online is not a favorite thing of mine, and lately my on-line time has been invested in this process of getting my website home up and running. That said, I have loved this process so, right now, my favorite online place to hangout is with Krista co-creating my online image.

Close your eyes and think back to your old website. What do you remember?

I don’t have a personal, old website but I do have 2 websites that I have co-created for other business ventures. One has been completely transformed from its original version and is now great. The other is exactly the same as it ever was and serves its purpose fine. However, I LOVE my website MUCH more than either of those!

How is your new website iteration reflective of the work you do?

My website is beautiful, inspiring and authentic – invoking my readers soul. It follows a process for generating new clients and encouraging income flow while also being very easy to navigate. I think my website reflects me and my approach to doing business which is purposeful, generous, and sincere.

What kinds of compliments have you received about your new web design?

I have not allowed many people to see my site as it has been being built. My husband thinks it is incredible and he is educated and opinionated when it comes to things like personal branding and websites. I will have to come back to this question once I launch and hear what people think.

What’s one thing you discovered about web strategy/web design/personal branding/technology from working with Krista?

I discovered that Krista knows her stuff and keeps it simple for people like me. I discovered that when someone is invested in your process the way that Krista is it relieves one from having to be concerned about strategy, design, branding and technology. Krista has made this process so easy, so soulful, and along the way I have seen how she pulls things together in a way that is meaningful, creative and also full of strategy, branding and that techie stuff that I avoid.

What do you now know for sure?

That I am 100% satisfied with my online home and so eager and excited for this next chapter in my life. Without hesitation I can highly recommend Krista for website design and personal branding. Working with her was like having a best friend, one who has got your back, doing all the hard, technical work that is foreign to me while also provoking deep content from my soul. She is brilliant, funny, easy and I hope we remain friends because I will miss our co-creating venture and her as I move forward.

Here’s a screenshot of Monica’s new online home:

Monica Faux Kota, by Krista Smith


Monica Faux Kota by Krista Smith, inner


To visit Monica’s site, please go HERE.

In the comments, both Monica and I would LOVE to hear about what you think her new online home or her amazing work.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Lorena Knapp.

LorenaLorena is an Accountability Coach specializing in helping people identify their next steps and creating a plan of action to move forward. What would you be doing if you weren’t waiting for someday? An Accountability Coach (like Lorena!) will help you identify what’s holding you back and create a plan of action to help you move forward. 

The thing I love about Lorena is that she walks the walk and talks the talk. She’s a dream chaser and helps her clients chase their own big dreams. Her upcoming group program, Big Life Accountability Support Team (BLAST) is geared towards people looking to get from someday to today.

Are you ready to reach for your dream? Meet Lorena! 

 What’s the best way to bottom line what you do?

I’ve got my dream job: flying a medevac helicopter in Alaska and helping others achieve their dreams as an accountability coach.

Let’s pretend we just met on the sidewalk and both of us are free for the afternoon [yes!]. Where would you suggest we go for our first in-real-life conversation?

I’d love to stroll along the Coastal Trail in Anchorage talking and listening to what you’re most interested in creating in your life as we gaze across Cook Inlet at Mount Susitna and let the Alaskan landscape inspire us. After our walk, we’d continue envisioning what you’d most like to create in your life over a americano at a Middleway Cafe or a malbec at Sack’s Cafe.

How do you describe your work?

I’m an accountability coach for individuals and small groups. Each week we meet up for an hour long video conferencing session. Every session has a different focus and topic that relates to how to live more in alignment with your purpose and values. The topics range from productivity and goal setting to soothing your inner critic and identifying limiting beliefs. Then we discuss insights participants have had about themselves and the obstacles they face (either external or internal) that prevent them from achieving their dreams. We discuss ways to tackle each obstacle in a positive supportive manner that fills clients with ease and gives them specific actionable steps for moving forward.

What’s the one thing you wish everyone understood about what you do?

Consistent action leads to big results. Implementing change isn’t easy but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Working with a coach and/or a supportive accountability group helps foster your success. You don’t have to grind your way through change. It is much easier and more fun with others.

What’s your favourite place to hangout online right now? Why?

I love the connections I’ve been making on Twitter. More than one connection has turned into a real life friend.

Close your eyes and think back to your old website. What do you remember?

My site was disjointed. The focus and purpose was muddled. As I worked with Krista on the site thinking about overall design and layout, my purpose and focus became more and more clear which in turn led to even more clarity. It was a lovely snowball!

How is your new website iteration reflective of the work you do?

One of my goals for the new site was to create a place to foster community engagement for my readers. I wanted my new online home to feel welcoming, safe, and nurturing. I wanted it to feel like your favorite cafe where readers can enjoy a mug of their favorite hot beverage, chat with others, and hang out for a while.

Seeing others take courageous action is inspiring. Krista helped me create an interactive map that allows individuals to declare their dreams and share what they are doing now that they are no longer waiting for “someday”. Writing your intentions down and sharing them with others starts shifting things around you. You realize the next action. Opportunities arise. I love all aspects of my site, but I might love the map just a teensy bit more than everything else. :)

I love the unified feel of the site and the clear ways for people to get engaged and take action towards achieving their dreams. My style of coaching fosters my clients innate strengths while also pointing out self sabotaging patterns of behavior and limiting beliefs. Through a process of guided self discovery, my clients are able to have insights about themselves that lead to breakthroughs in their lives. Krista was able to capture this vibe and have it shine through on the site.

What kinds of compliments have you received about your new web design?

People love the clean, crisp feel of the site. They love how easy it is to find me and connect with me.

What’s one thing you discovered about web strategy/web design/personal branding/technology from working with Krista?

What I love about working with Krista is the way that she’s able to explain why she is doing what she’s doing. She not only gives you the technological framework but the reasons for that particular layout and why it matters for the user experience. She is also awesome about providing easy to follow videos that explain how to do things on your site. Another of Krista’s strengths is her ability to customize. She’s your partner and has a huge desire to make sure she’s got it right: the feel, the look, and the technical aspects.

What do you now know for sure?

ThaLife is about connecting with others. An online home that highlights who you are and what you are up to (without the playing small or hiding behind unclear content or navigation) allows others to find and know you. It’s scary to put yourself out in there in what feels like a huge spotlight but it is worth it as more and more right people are able to find you and work with you. Together we do achieve more and when we connect we’re healthier, happier and more fulfilled.

Here’s a screenshot of Lorena’s new online home:

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You can visit her site in person here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Lorena. In the comments, both Lorena and I would love to hear your thoughts — on big dreams, on her new design, or on her work!


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