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Local Business Spotlight | Carrie Kelly

NAME
Carrie Kelly

COMPANY
Mindful Solutions, Counseling & Consulting, LLC

POSITION
Owner, Mindfulness Trainer, Clinical Therapist and Clinical Substance Abuse Therapist

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
IDEAL Counseling Client ~ Someone who is READY and motivated to be more awake in their lives! Those who are seeking greater understanding and mastery in their lives.

IDEAL Mindfulness Client ~ A progressive company or organization that is looking for fresh and interesting ways to support its workforce by adding mindfulness to its existing wellness program. Programming can be specific to leadership, admin, labor,.. anyone can benefit from being more intentional and strengthening relational attunement. 

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
My own wakeup call was the convergence of several life events,  allowing me to realize that I was the source for much of my suffering. Realizing my reactivity and judgments were keeping me from  what was REALLY important. 

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Mindful Meditation is for hippie-dippie types and requires one to denounce their values, stop their thinking and they will achieve enlightenment if they just breathe. Not exactly, research shows that by incorporating mindfulness based practices into one’s personal and professional life, they can: improve memory, decrease reactivity, and experience more compassion and gratitude (to name a few :-). All good stuff! 

What therapy IS NOT~Just chatting, to a stone faced, blank starring robot-like individual who just wants to "talk about your feelings." Therapy is truly about enhancing tools and resources that an individual already has to enhance resilience, improve emotional stability and experience greater contentment. 

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
That having an objective, honest and clinically trained individual (a therapist) in your corner is not the same as talking to your mother, friends or your hair dresser about your problems. Moving through difficult times with the support of a trained professional can be the difference between lasting suffering or greater contentment.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Despite the occupational hazards of being human, I am fortunate enough to witness the power of human resilience everyday.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Invite feedback and advice from mentors who are honest about their successes as well as their failures.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
Wherever You Go, There You Are ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Mindful Meditation ~ Many companies talk about mindfulness, but don't know WHAT and HOW to implement something that will work for them. I am always happy to discuss how mindfulness can be adapted for their needs and ultimately enhance the workplace.

Counseling ~ Free 15-minute phone consultations available to discuss questions prior to scheduling an appointment. This is a great way to determine fit and ease any anxiety that may exist prior to that 1st appointment. 

CONTACT CARRIE HERE:

WEBSITE:  

https://mindfulsolutionswi.com
PHONE:
262.806.6722
EMAIL:
mindfulsolutionswi@gmail.com
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2018 | what a year!

Whew. The calendar has flipped.

All the 2018 in reviews are floating around. All the lists of things to do in 2019 (cleverly disguised resolutions - I see through you!) are being shoved down our throat. I’m still reeling from the amazing year I had. Stop making me plan my next move - I’m just happy to be here!

Why so happy? Let me give you that long awaited (or not) 2018 recap…

JANUARY. My head literally exploded. OMGee. I won the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee award for Best Children’s Photographer. It was an out of body experience and such an honor. Thank you sososososo much for your support and votes and pats on the back.

(In case you’re wondering about 2018’s award - they closed down my category! Does that mean I get to be the reigning champ?!)

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MARCH. I had a BLAST collaborating with some beautiful and talented people on the Spring Style Guide. Did you get your copy? The tips inside won’t ever get old! Check it out.

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APRIL. I was featured in an article in Professional Photographer Magazine. This was a huge honor considering all the options for photographers they have at their fingertips. Definitely a super-proud moment for me.


MAY. I volunteered to do headshots for a group of women at a makeover event sponsored by Cabi. This was an exhausting day - physically and emotionally - but it was worth every single minute. When someone walks away from me believing - perhaps for the first time ever - that they ARE truly beautiful, my heart fills. This happened over 50 times in one single day. Oh my heart. Ironic that the event is called The Heart of Cabi? I think not.


AUGUST. I had an article published in an industry magazine. If you don’t know my secret past life, I went to college with plans to be a journalist. My life goals twisted and turned and somehow I ended up being a journalist! It was literally a life goal - accomplished! Blow me over!


SEPTEMBER. They say that if you don’t ask, you don’t get, if you don’t try, you don’t win. Well, I asked and tried — and got it and won! I asked to write again for the September issue of Toffee + Honey. She said yes! And THEN. In the same month I was published in Behind the Shutter Magazine. Wowowowow.

P.S. this is the month Shadow the Dog became a diva. Help me.


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OCTOBER. WHUT??? Again?? Speechless. And giddy. And a little bit hungry.

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NOVEMBER. Thanks to some generous sponsors and amazing support, I photographed 21 active duty soldiers and their families for Portraits of Bravery. They all received a package of holiday cards, prints and gifts. Merry Christmas, indeed.

This has been an amazing, mind-blowing year for me. I have to say, before you go, that if it weren’t for the loyal Stories Framed Photography family, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this. You support me, you build me up. And I am TRULY GRATEFUL for you.

This one’s all you…. THANK YOU for being so GREAT in 2018. Now let’s BREAK RECORDS in 2019. What else do we have going on? CONTACT ME TODAY to get on my fast-filling calendar this year.

xo

Local Business Spotlight | Allison Schweitzer

NAME
Allison Schweitzer

COMPANY
Studio AMS

POSITION
Musician & Teacher

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
Families with Children in 1st - 12th Grades

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I am a musician who has been playing piano and French horn on a freelance basis since I graduated from college in 2005. One of my first long-term gigs was as a contemporary church music director, playing keyboard at a church for a number of years. Families at the church enjoyed my music, and started asking whether I would consider teaching their children how to play piano. Although that wasn't my original intent, I've fallen in love with private teaching - on piano and horn. I also continue to play those instruments regularly. 

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Sometimes people think that as a private instructor of piano & horn, I'm "just a piano teacher." Or, "just a horn teacher." I personally put a ton of effort into my own performance opportunities, volunteering in the community (I've done a lot with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), going to workshops, working with professional organizations, etc. I work hard so that I can be an extremely savvy and connected teacher for my students. 

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Teaching private music lessons is a big commitment - I save my evenings and weekends for students. I love it - but it does mean I have to miss a lot of other opportunities for networking, going out with friends, occasionally family functions. Be kind to your child's music teacher - they give up a lot to do what they do :-)

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Every student is so different; that forces me to think really creatively on how to teach to his or her individual potential.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Be sure to communicate your expectations to families up front - they don't always know what you need from them, unless you tell them!

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
David Cutler's The Savvy Musician. Although it's geared toward music business, there are many creative fields that could benefit from the read!

CONTACT ALLISON HERE:

WEBSITE:  

www.allisonschweitzer.com
EMAIL:
allison.m.schweitzer@gmail.com


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Local Business Spotlight | Mary Denis

NAME
Mary Denis

COMPANY
Denis and Company

POSITION
Owner

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
Small independent firm that needs a strategic plan and/or marketing

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I was a special event and PR specialist in historic Cedarburg Wisconsin.

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
That marketing is easy.

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Most people just go with what they think they are without understanding it is the customer who defines your brand.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The variety of consulting on many different clients/projects.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Use every job or project to build upon your experience.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

CONTACT MARY HERE:

PHONE:
414.336.8413
EMAIL:
maryd@denisandcompany.com


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Local Business Spotlight | Sarah Bauer

NAME
Sarah Bauer

COMPANY
Heartland Payment Systems

POSITION
Territory Manager - Card Processing Specialist

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
A growing business that accepts credit/debit cards regularly, values partnerships with their vendors, wants to streamline their cash flow and be more secure and accepting payments

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I fell in love with the company (Heartland Payment Systems) and their principles of treating business owners fairly.  I have a B2B sales background and it was so important that I sold a product that I believed in as well as had a team to back me up.  Heartland fit that bill perfectly!

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
To be honest I am not sure most people understand much about my industry except that it "costs" a lot of money to take a credit card.  Fun fact, most of the fees that a business owner takes to accept a card go to the issuing bank not the processor or the card brands.

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
I wish people knew that there are a lot of people who do what I do but very few do it in a transparent and honest way.  It is interesting to work with a new business owner that says, "you are all the same" but by the end of the conversation, he or she is shaking my hand and thanking me for all the tips/tricks I taught him/her even in a first meeting.  Similar to insurance, payment processing isn't the most glamorous thing to chat about BUT it's so important to have a trusted partner to rely on.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Working with entrepreneurs, seeing their businesses grow and developing lifelong relationships.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Pick a company you believe in, ensure they have a good solid training program, and be resilient and determined.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
The Go Giver by Bob Berg

CONTACT SARAH HERE:

WEBSITE:  

heartland.us
LINKEDIN:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahheggernesbauer
PHONE:
262-955-5865
EMAIL:
sarah.bauer@e-hps.com


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