I’m grateful for…(part V)

Stress can kill you or make you a tight mess.  It can adversel, negatively affect the muscles you wish you had and are, like most people, carrying around 10-15 extra pounds.  For me, personally,it affected my balance, sense of well-being and yep, I ended up carrying an extra 10 lbs!  This led to painful aches in my back and poor coordination.  I fell lots-up or downstairs, it didn’t seem to matter…

So, enter needing another gym, as my beloved Curves was closing.  Now, I thought I’d get my husband, Clark to workout with me at…We chose Brick Bodies and, in January, it’ll be a year!  And, truly my personal trainer is the reason I feel so much better and dropped those 10 unwanted pounds!.  That’s why I’m grateful to have him in my life!

I started with First Step-60 Days, for those folks that hadn’t ever belonged to a full gym. Me! Then,Next Steps, then he became my Personal Trainer 1 hour/week.  I’m not falling anymore!  My coordination is better and I feel more balanced.  My neurological atrophy rears its ugly head-my balance IS  getting worse…I can’t stop it…But, exercise makes me stronger and more in control!  Jeff makes sure I’m okay and makes me sit between machines or free weights.  This makes a HUGE difference in my quality of life!

I couldn’t  ask for a better Coach/friend.  Thanks to Jeff, I’m a “weeble”,you know…”Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!”

In Abundance!

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the post-college timeline


I know I usually write about midlife women w/ challenges…but, this struck me-The habits to practice is a good list for anyone. Having a goal, it just isn’t enough! Writing that goal down + what resources (time, money,if you need additional resources: people, a certain item…like a new computer…) and what you’ll need to do to achieve that goal. Wisdom is wisdom, at any age!

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As Brandon Steiner, former owner of Yankee Stadium, once said: “You gotta have balls” (in order to succeed in business.) Fortunately, I do. In fact, it’s my strong suit that sometimes gets me into trouble. I have never, ever had a problem with standing up for myself. I also keep things fair, and I don’t play favorites as best as I can.

Well, today I’m going to make good on that attribution of having a pair. I’m going to provide a timeline of my experiences since college, and then I’m going to make a prediction about the future. And, of course it might not work out. But at least I will have tried, and will look back at this note as a fair contemplation about achieving greatness.

(There’s a whole other element of life – the personal life – that I’m not addressing here. For me personally, because I’m frequently…

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I’m grateful for…(part IV)

Coffee became lunch,as two busy women tried to find the time to chat & catch up.  Patsy Anderson, Organizer/Promoter of the Award-winning Women’s Expo in March 2015 www.womensexpo.com  is my choice for being grateful that she’s in my life!

We had lunch at Olde Mill Cafe-super Savannah chicken salad sandwich which we shared.  I’ll let Debbie explain what is on the sandwich, 4 Frederick Road before Ellicott City, Main Street.  I plan to return!

Patsy is busy helping others design and plan their Expo.  Patsy’s CEO of www.womensexpoforum.com 

& Six Figure Woman is a part of that business-she is a Concept Designer & will help any business’ bottom line.

We  caught up with each others lives and businesses.  What else are two entrepreneurial friends going to chat about? Our transitions taking place in our businesses.  Patsy is a Trainer for CEOSpace.  I shared how I need to drill down my niche.  Patsy gently suggested midlife women with challenges/disabilities often in transition as an entrepreneur…

The confidence people with challenges/disabilities is needed to gather the courage to step out of their “comfort zone”.  I believe they can start/grow their business.  I thought about it-it really was the determination to never give up that make

some great entrepreneurs!  This is a survival struggle now…The skills honed by having a disability are perceived to be  a weakness, a hindrance to success, when that determined, never-gonna quit attitude sustains the business/company!!


In Abundance!

Marcia Merrill, m.merrill9@verizon.net

AKA The Transition Chick!


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I love To Do lists and checking them for things done!


The trick to a To Do  list is not going overboard!  Be realistic and I like to quantify sorta like an Objective in Goal-setting like 200 likes by X date using ads and spreading the word on my timeline, groups, friends… You see?  You always need to consider if you do not write  them down,  why would you not?  Write them down!  Look at your resources-time, energy and if you need to use something.  For example…I’m writing a book…I think I want 3 hrs. and I’ll need to research disabilities/challenges using Chrome and finding keywords.  My working title is Challenge This!

I’ll even generate my list when away to focus and I’ll be calling my posts in!  It’ll take 30 minutes. and I need a long hand blog post…and energy!  So, however you list, DO write it down, so, when done- you have the satisfaction of crossing it out.  Done!

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I’ve been doing to-do lists for a long time. Every single morning, I wake up and write down exactly what I want to accomplish by the end of the day.

As I crossed things off that list, I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment. Crossing things of my goal list is extremely gratifying.

In my opinion, to-do lists are amazing. They give you an outline of the day. They allow you to complete your goals and promote generating/implementing a routine.

They’re built for people that use the common excuse; “I don’t have time,” which, I’ve discovered, is quite a large number of the population.

Outline Your Day

Wake up every morning and write down exactly what you want to accomplish by the end of the day. Keep it short and concise.

Long lists prevent you from completing them, which knocks you down a peg at the end of the…

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“Networking is NOT a Dirty word!

Does networking strike terror in your heart? Would rather get a root canal than enter a room full of strangers and make conversation?!  You know I coach midlife women, often with physical or invisible disabilities, in transitions… We need to be “out there” to re-enter the  job market, want to advance your career/business,  or wannabe  entrepreneur.  We especially need to network.

Did you know 80% jobs were found through networking?  The percentages  go up.   The higher the salary, the higher the percentages and more networking!  How about the money spent on arranging/hosting  a Networking event?  Hope it’s accessible for all of us!Sometimes, there’s an entrance fee to attend!  But there are plenty that don’t charge…FREE food!  Even though costly, the business professionals know that approximately two or 3 million bucks is generated through Networking!  Too many zeroes to write!   But, when you think about everything, from the golf course to the neighborhood association and any place you go…the lunchroom, friends/family get-together,  church,  watching your  children play a sport, and at one of those networking events. Don’t worry you’re not shoving a business card at them!

What do you do?  Find out in Part II !

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I own a business-I don’t have TIME to do “social networking”!


Social Networks have taken over email in popularity. I just read there are 816 million who use social media!

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I’m a culprit-I used to think that way…I’ve recently analyzed my ROI, and decided not to renew-memberships can be pricey!  Joining LinkedIn or Ryze or MYSpace is FR*EE.  Blogging is Fr*ee and is also fun-I love to write!

The point is-I’m now concentrating on getting more out of my LinkedIn, adding a MySpace page & putting my expertise on  Internet marketing  & Career Transition “out there.”.

Read a networking buddy-Stephen Rothberg‘s blog-he’s an job search expert


I’ll admit-it’s a LEARNING CURVE.  But the  calibre of folks doing Internet-Social Networking is on my list!

In Abundance!

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We all get overwhelmed, right?


Being Overwhelmed is Being a Solo-entrepreneur!

Originally posted on Transition Chick's Blog:

I’m so overwhelmed-just spelled overhelm! :)

Been thinking lots about what we do when we are feeling the overwhelm!

I told you about my products class team-some are farther along being an entrepreneur, doing Internet Marketing-dealing with shopping cart programs & often, we are solopreneurs-so it’s just us!

But, what happens when you “throw in the towel”? You stop!

“A confused mind does nothing!”

If overwhelmed-often we’ve thought of an impossible goal-you can’t help but feel like you’re starting out behind the 8-ball…& each passing day feels worse. Then, the comparing begins-She’s already got a web site! He already has products! Look at her-done teleclasses-(Insert your own comparisons…) But, comes the question:”How can I match them? How can I compete?” Here’s the great news! You don’t even have to!! You are in the exact spot for you-there are always gonna be those miles ahead and you’ll be further along than…

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