Jenny Shih made The Escape

How Jenny Shih escaped the 9 to 5 to create her own coaching business!

Today I've got badass business coach Jenny Shih here to share her story of escaping the 9 to 5 to build her own coaching business! Tell us about yourself and what you do I'm an uncompromising business coach who believes business doesn't have to be so hard. I help women entrepreneurs establish expertise and achieve best-in-class results by showing them, step-by-step, how to apply solid business theory to their unique businesses. With my practical tips, you can create and grow the business you've been dreaming of. How READ MORE >>>

7 ways to stay in the game when big changes are happening


As you've probably noticed by the state of my blog, it's been a busy few weeks over here! First my parents and I cleaned and painted every inch of my house (it's amazing how much work my house needed when I knew a bunch of strangers were going to be judging it!), then my realtors came through to stage everything and settle on a listing price, and then there was the three-day parade of potential buyers. Now that I've accepted an offer I've moved on to the packing and apartment hunting portion of this adventure. I've READ MORE >>>

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Treasure Valley Roller Girls by

My design for the Treasure Valley Roller Girls just launched! Alright! I think I've finally got a handle on this moving stuff and am feeling motivated to write again. Back in the game baby! I've even got a real actual blog post coming up  tomorrow! I'm in apartment hunting, adventure planning, and house packing mode now and if all goes well I'll be on the road to sunshine and beaches in FIVE weeks...holymoly! Hope you're having a relaxing and productive weekend too! Scheduling sanity outside of work READ MORE >>>

An Update


Despite my lack of posts and tweets, I'm still alive over here! I thought getting my house ready was going to be the bulk of the work, but man have the past few days been intense! I've been hiding out at my parents while there was 25 showings at my house in the first three days. Offers are coming in and I should be able to accept something soon! Focusing on work has been incredibly difficult - I've been spending a lot of time wandering around my house, checking my phone, staring into the fridge, checking my phone READ MORE >>>

Fix-It Friday

Fix-it Friday - Free web and blog design advice from

Here’s how it works… Between 8AM and 5PM EST post your blog/website link in the comments and I’ll reply with one tip for improvement. I’ll do my best to give each person a different suggestion so you can come back and use all of my tips to make your blog look shiny and new. I’m also happy to answer short questions like “Is the font I used for my post titles too difficult to read?” or “Should I make my photos bigger?” Questions that will take a longer explanation will be saved for coding & design posts. COMMENTS READ MORE >>>

Pssst! I’ve got a secret


I'm moving!! Selling my house, packing up, and heading to San Diego!! I've spent the past couple months being excited and terrified all at the same time. Sad about leaving my family, friends, my troupe, my studio, excited to be so close to my brother, sister-in-law (and my niece who is due in July), and the ocean. Panicked at how my dog will adjust, thrilled to never have to shovel snow or rake leaves again. Sad about painting my beautiful black dining room all white and leaving my quiet little house behind. READ MORE >>>

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This week has been a blur or cleaning, coding and aerial, and I'm fairly fried at the moment. But I've got my eye on the prize, per usual, and I'll slow down in a few weeks. For now, I fuel myself with Trader Joe's chocolates, Brainwave meditation, and late night movies. Thinking I might spill what I'm planning to do tomorrow :) Avoid becoming a bland blogger >>> Here is today >>> Super cool documentary series from Vans >>> Is it fair to charge your bigger clients more? READ MORE >>>

Melissa made the Escape

How Melissa Alam made the escape from full-time to a freelance branding biz

Today Melissa Alam is here to share how she left a digital agency job to strike out on her own! Tell us about yourself and what you do. I'm a strategic brand developer meaning I work with multiple clients (usually entrepreneurs, small businesses and bloggers) to help them build sustainable brands from a digital perspective. I consult them on best practices when it comes to their website or social media, and if they like what I have to say, they can hire me to actually make their website, maintain their social media, READ MORE >>>

Follow your blogging bliss: Do what feels good


It's so easy, in a sea of Pinteresting and Tweeting and Facebooking businesses and bloggers, to feel overwhelmed, uneducated and lost FAST. Statistics whizzing by your head as you try to recall the right photo sizes and hashtags for each platform. Remembering to add value to opt-ins and post constantly, but only when you've got high quality content. Be an individual and stand out while still keeping up with trends. Tracking down the latest infographics on what to post and when to post and how to post your heart READ MORE >>>

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This weekend was so busy I didn't have time to finish my Sunday post, so here it is a day late to help you procrastinate at work :) This week was for building routines for the student showcase, taking two more steps toward my next scary/exciting/scary goal (another big step is coming up this week and then I should be able to share!), pizza and tarot card reading re-dos with my girlfriends, family dinners, almost finishing a client site, and getting super close to launching a really cool new email series! The READ MORE >>>