A Big Hairy Deal

Recently I have spent a great deal of time thinking about our blog and the growing amount of services we are offering.  It is a time of expansion and fun, and yes, a bit of anxiety.  The blog has evolved a great deal from when it started.  Initially it was something I felt called to do and so I would write what was on my heart each week.  Later, we learned about sweet spots and marketing, etc. so we are growing to meet more of the need we have discovered.

In order to do that we recently hired Mirania to help transfer the blog to a more sophisticated platform, we hired Emily Hammond to do our business cards and design products, we hired Amy Vitrano to do a welcome video, (You should see the results of that on the blog in a few weeks!), and this week, tomorrow night in fact, we will launch our first webinar.

All in all, this webinar is the culmination of a years worth of preparation.  It is a big hairy deal to us!  Of course, if you are not a woman entrepreneur it will likely not be a big hairy deal to you, but the bottom line is that WE ARE VERY EXCITED!

The purpose of our blog is two-fold.  Our primary purpose is to support women entrepreneurs.  Those that are just starting or those who are just considering it.  We offer posts that cover practical training opportunities, help remove emotional blocks, and connect you to the core of who you are.  This is a free service because it is a mission and a calling that beats powerfully in our hearts.  We have also recently offered bi-weekly conference calls to support that aspect of our mission. (See the side of the blog for details on the calls)

The secondary purpose of the blog is to offer a business vehicle for women who are ready to step into their identities as entrepreneurs.  But we didn’t want to just offer a business vehicle.  We wanted to offer the vehicle AND the infrastructure and support to make sure women have what they need to be successful.  I was not a wealthy individual.  At times in my life I survived on approximately $7000-8000.00 a year.  It was a super exciting week when I could afford a pizza.  I KNOW what it’s like to have the anxiety about having enough money feel like it is choking you to death.  To have it wake you up at night.

That is not my life anymore and I want to share how I did it with others. Because of being so well acquainted with that anxiety, our team has taken it slowly and carefully with a TON of prayer.  For a year, we have been quietly but steadily putting the pieces into place.  You see, we didn’t want to make an offer that was anything less than fantastic.  We wanted to make sure we were ready as a team to fully follow through on what our team needs to be successful.

So maybe now you are catching a glimpse of why this is such a big hairy deal!  Our hearts have been engaged for a year, behind the scenes, preparing for you.  And tomorrow we are ready to unveil this program!!  The webinar is free and will occur at 8pm EST on Wednesday, June 13.  Here are the details you’ll need to know.

Instructions for the webinar:

  1. Go to www.freescreensharing.com at 8pm EST on Wednesday, June 13.
  1. Call 559-546-1200 for audio
  1. When you get to the website, go to the box on the right that says, “Join a Meeting”
  1. Enter your meeting ID#, 115-608-614

We are so grateful to those of you who have faithfully followed our blog and we are excited to offer this initial launch as a thank you and support of your dreams.  Our goal is to continue growing into the services you need most.  We will look forward to seeing you on the webinar!

Renovations!

As you might have deduced, String of Pearls is getting a make-over!  We have had some wonderful talent from Mirania, a company based in India, to help us transfer all our content to WordPress and Emily Hammond and Amy Vitrano are taking care of our design and welcome videos.  We will have more information on their services later, but wanted to ask you to excuse our mess and look in the upcoming weeks for some changes to continue.  More content and posts to come as we get the final details in place!

Surprise Gift On the Way!!!

Recording for our free gift!

There are many exciting things happening here at the String of Pearls blog and we wanted to give you just a taste of it. Hopefully, this will get you full of anticipation for what is around the corner!

Recently we have been booked to be guests on the radio show The Mind of the Matter. This particular show is on women entrepreneur’s and we are so excited to be able to share with a wider audience about the mission of our business.

When we booked this particular appearance, we continued some prayers that had started a few weeks ago, about wanting to offer the women who subscribe to our blog a gift of some sort. Most of you have probably noticed that websites will ask you to sign up for updates etc. and sometimes they will offer some sort of free gift. We wanted our gift to be something that would offer true value to the women on our blog and we decided the best time to launch this gift was in conjunction with the radio show.

Steve Hickman was amazing in helping me get comfortable and ready to record.
It was a gift getting to work with him

Steve Hickman was amazing in helping me get comfortable and ready to record.
It was a gift getting to work with him

There was a rub though; we had no idea what our free gift should be. In all honesty, I began to panic a bit and there’s nothing like a little panic to ruin a good idea! The day after my panic I remembered that we have dedicated this thing to God. Beyond that, He gave us the idea for the blog in the first place! I decided I would do some consulting with Him.

The first item on the agenda was to get quiet and still the panic. This was a tall order but after some journaling, talking with friends, prayer, etc. The peace came back. And a few moments after the peace came back, so did the idea.

We don’t plan to tell you exactly what it is today. That would ruin the surprise! But we will give you a few hints through the pictures and will let you know that the surprise will be available on June 7 and afterward, for those of you who subscribe to the blog. We feel God sent the idea for this, and actually, it is something my clients have been asking me to do for years, which makes it doubly exciting!

We will also post a notice and send out emails to remind you on June 7, when the radio show will air. We hope that you will send the link to all your friends and spread the word about what String of Pearls is doing!

Retraction! Conference Call Information

Hello everyone!  I wanted to let you know that I got something wrong…the free conference calls are not scheduled for 9pm EST.  They are scheduled for 8pm EST.  So tonight’s call is at 8pm!  Here is all the information one more time!

  • The calls will occur every Tuesday at 8pm EST, and Sundays at 8pm EST.



  • The Tuesday call will be directly related to business.



  • The Sunday call will be directly related to Spirituality and it’s role in our business, financial, relational, and emotional growth.

  • For those of you who will join us, the phone number is 424-203-8400 and your access code is 692996#.

Personal Business

When I read about the String of Pearls blog my first thought was, “This is definitely not for me.”  Businesses, entrepreneurship, marketing, and money, are all words I find extremely intimidating and make my insides cringe! I’m guessing this is most likely due to insecurities surrounding my lack of knowledge and experience in the corporate world. The desire to learn is there but the opportunities and the willingness to learn are often not present at the same time. 
Over the past 10+ years I have been on what seems like a never ending road leading to the middle of nowhere. Life seemed to only be filled with pain, hurt, depression and isolation. About 3 years ago I started my journey on the road to healing. I tell you this as background information for what follows. 
I love learning new information that will aid in becoming a well-rounded person. Striving to find out who I am and my purpose in this world has been my top priority for several years now. I have often criticized myself for the knowledge deficit around personal finances, business opportunities, marketing, and money. During some quiet time yesterday I realized that I might know more about entrepreneurship than I give myself credit for. I had this abstract idea that I have been learning how to run my own business for years now. I am my own ‘business’. I realized that taking risks and investing in myself is the training which must first occur before I am able to invest in others or in this world as a whole. I can’t skip steps A and B and still expect to reach step C. I think there are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of every business requiring attention and acknowledgement. I do (we do) have internal assets. They might have been buried for a long time but can be rediscovered. By uncovering our assets they begin to appreciate (to increase the value of an asset in excess due to improvements or additions made to it)! 
From accounting or finance 101, I randomly thought about the concept of absorbed accounts (an account that has lost it’s separate identity by being combined with another account). In a personal sense, I can relate to this term as I am often tempted to give up my own identity so to be more accepted by others. This account usually gets me “stuck” and causes my assets to depreciate or to become buried again. 

So, in the end, because I have been on this journey of self-discovery, of investing in the business of me, maybe I’m not as far away from being an entrepreneur as I thought!

What about you?  Does the idea of being an entrepreneur intimidate you?  Tell us about it.

-Brianne Gibson

Weekly (FREE) Conference Calls

Those of you who follow our blog know that our goal is to offer support and services to women entrepreneur’s.  (Yes, men are welcome too.)  In the last few weeks our team has begun to put together many exciting programs that we plan to launch within the next few months.  You will hear more details about those in the next weeks,  but initially, we are very excited to announce weekly conference calls for those of you in business who would like added support.

  • The calls will occur every Tuesday at 9pm EST, and Sundays at 9pm EST.
  • The Tuesday call will be directly related to business.
  • The Sunday call will be directly related to Spirituality and it’s role in our business, financial, relational, and emotional growth.
  • We will launch this program tonight, May 22 at 9pm EST.  
  • For those of you who will join us, the phone number is 424-203-8400 and your access code is 692996#. 

Our agenda will be to talk about the String of Pearls blog, how it was birthed and how it can support you in your business, we will cover a one minute business presentation, and lastly, we will talk about what you can expect from the Sunday call focused on Spirituality and connection to God.

We are super excited about this new development and hope that each of you will utilize this option.  If you are not in business feel free to participate for the sake of the learning you will gain and the support it will add to your life to have regular contact and accountability.

Also, we want to remind you that the SOP blog is where we will continue to announce and notify you of new services.  Please, if you haven’t done so already, and are interested in these updates, make sure you give us your name and email address by signing up to subscribe in the box at the top right of our blog.  We will not give your email to anyone else and signing up will insure that you get notices about each new post.  We are also working on a free gift that we will give to all our new subscribers.  (We’re very excited about this gift and look forward to having it fully prepared for you!)

We want to thank those of you who have followed us on the beginning of this journey.  We are so happy to be expanding our services and look forward to serving you better and better in the months and years to come!

Cute Aussie

We wanted to offer some good, practical support this week and so I am including  a link from a Matt Lloyd presentation (who happens to be a cute Australian!).

Matt Lloyd is a young internet marketer from Perth, Australia and we highlighted one of his video trainings several months ago.  I have been studying internet marketing for some time now with a lot of different sources and so far he is my FAVORITE.  His information is gold and he presents it in a very simple, systematic way.

On a personal note, I find his personality to be humble and professional and I could listen to his Aussie accent all day long!  If you are interested in building a business of any sort online, we offer him as a valuable resource.  (He is one of mine.)  Let us know what you think!

Matt Lloyd Training

Broken Angel

Today we are introducing another guest blogger.  Her name is Brianne (aka Bri) and those of you who read the blog regularly have probably noticed the honesty and depth of her comments.  Today she shares a poem and we hope it to be the first of many.
Her head held low
A face she does not show
True love she does not know 
Is this her time to go? 
Feeling broken and afraid
Asking why she was made
Kneeling in the shade 
Praying to be remade. 
You are the seed I will sow 
You will flourish and you will grow
Be still as I create a different view
Please don’t fight these hands that hold you. 
My love, you are not broken
Listen to the words I have spoken 
Though you have been wounded 
You will never be excluded. 
No need to earn grace
Keep your eyes upon my face 
Your wings know how to fly
Just spread them and soar high
You are whole 
Perfection is not your role
I smile when you open your heart 
This is where your life will start. 
I will keep you calm 
You are embraced in my palm
So get rid of the broken labels
Because you are one of my angels. 


Brianne Gibson
3/16/12