There is nothing quite like being the first one to cut tracks in the powder on a bluebird day skiing. The connection to nature as you glide down, knowing you are the first to experience the run for the day and that no one else will see what you are seeing right in that moment is priceless. Words can’t express the feelings involved.
The same feelings of connection, calmness and peace can be experienced when you are living life on purpose and bringing your vision to reality through your work. For many of us this involves speaking and living our truth and creating a business from that place.
Being the first one to pave the way for the others that will be following is often our calling in business. You are probably here today because you have something important to say. Something others need to hear and…. It’s personal. It’s spiritual. It’s unique to you.
I can say with complete confidence that you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have gifts to share with others. The interviews and information we’ll share on our Fresh Tracks Podcast are designed with the clear intention of bringing to you the many different facets involved in living life on purpose, bringing your vision to reality, and helping others along the way.
Episode 000 provides background on who Kelly Robbins, MA is, why I started Fresh Tracks, and what you can expect in upcoming episodes.
Do you LOVE starting new things – the adventure, the newness, the fun just gets you so excited you can hardly stand it? You jump in to your new endeavor with enthusiasm and motivation and are ready to rock the world. The thing is, that excitement only lasts so long. In no time at all the fun adventure becomes routine and before you know it, it’s ending. How do you handle things as they are ending? From relationships to projects to businesses, how you handle endings effects how you handle your next beginning and it effects how you experience yourself. How does it effect you when you avoid endings? When you drop things quickly and move on, unfinished, to your next exciting adventure?
In episode 53 of Fresh Tracks I speak with Shaman and author HeatherAsh Amara about the role beginnings and endings play in creating Fresh Tracks. She shares how important it is to recognize beginnings and endings as they are happening and gives us tips on how to be conscious during our transitions. HeatherAsh tells us that we can use our endings to get clear on where we want to go next and how we may experience our next phases of life differently. In this week’s show we also discuss being aware of how are we in relationship to things when they don’t feel finished and how to do the inner work required to be at peace. And tons more!
1:40 – Why beginnings and endings are important to our very existence
4:40 – In what ways can we honor an ending and why is it important
9:00 – Tips for recognizing when and if you are in a transition period
14:40 – Why it is important to recognize the ‘jagged edges’ in our life
17:55 – We can create good endings inside of us, even if the ending on the outside doesn’t look the way we’d like it to
21:20 – Why letting ourselves grieve fully can allow it to pass more quickly
24:35 – How to be there for someone else that is grieving or experiencing an ending
29:00 – The incredible power of the gap moments in life
About HeatherAsh Amara
A leader in mindfulness, empowerment and shamanism, HeatherAsh Amara is the author of the bestselling Warrior Goddess Training, Become the Woman You are Meant to be.
The heart of Amara’s teachings stems from her long Toltec apprenticeship and teaching partnership with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. Over the past fifteen years she has taught workshops and apprenticeships and trained teachers. She now travels the world working with women to integrate the feminine wisdom of the ancients into their modern lives.
In episode 52 of Fresh Tracks I speak with communication expert Leslie Shore on the topic of listening for success. The truth is we can ALL be better listeners and it’s important to recognize this in order to continue to expand your communication skills. Did you know there are things you can do to help the person you are speaking with listen better so they are more likely to hear what you have to say? There are things you say and do as a speaker to invite people to open up (or shut down) and they are more likely to listen to you. Leslie shares that our goal as speakers is to learn how to speak in a way that matches the person listening.
Ready to cut some Fresh Tracks but scared to share with your loved ones? Leslie teaches us how to discuss touchy topics in a way that is less likely to make the listener shut down. “Honey I’m quitting my job and starting a new business” has been known to bring up a few listening barriers as folks embark on their Fresh Tracks journey! Listen in on this week’s show to get the scoop!
1:40 – Tips for finding out what may be preventing YOU from listening
4:30 – Learning to listen with your critical brain rather than letting your emotions taking over
7:30 – How to speak so people open up and are more likely to hear you
10:10 – How to communicate something touchy in a way that doesn’t shut your partner down
15:30 – Choosing to listen to ourselves (our mind chatter) or not
19:00 – Can you listen too hard?
21:40 – Boundaries and listening. Not setting boundaries will drain you fast!
25:30 – Changing the ground rules when we cut Fresh Tracks and how to work with it
About Leslie Shore
Professor Leslie Shore is a communications expert. As the owner of the consultancy Listen to Succeed, Leslie has worked with corporations, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, health professionals, and educational institutions to up-level their intra-personal and inter-personal communication skills. Her book,Listen to Succeed: How to identify and overcome barriers to effective listening, is currently used in four universities and in businesses and non-profits throughout the United States and Canada.
In episode 51 of Fresh Tracks with Kelly Robbins I speak with May McCarthy. Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of The Path to Wealth, May explains the 7 steps she takes each morning that help her activate her subconscious to help her achieve her goals. Like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, and Albert Einstein, May teaches us that we can learn to rely on intuition to achieve more of what we want in all areas of our life.
May shares specific examples of ways to grow your business with clarity and insightfulness. Her wisdom on conscious capitalism, what it means and how to use it as a powerful tool for the growth and success of everyone involved in a transaction is a must for anyone in business. From attracting the right employees to maximizing profits and financial goals, May’s lifetime of experience both running and selling profitable companies is invaluable and shared in this week’s show!
2:30 – May’s path to using words, thoughts and emotions to achieve goals
7:50 – The morning goal planning session. Setting yourself up for success
12:40 – The role gratitude, intuition, and operating in integrity plays in manifesting
15:30 – The most important step to bringing your goals to fruition
18:00 – Conscious capitalism, having a purpose, and serving your stakeholders
25:00 – Common struggles people have to implementing the seven steps
28:10 – A proven technique to double check your intuition if you aren’t trusting it
31:00 – May’s definition of wealth and how to use her process to achieve it
33:45 – Imagery vs visualization and how to use it in this manifesting process
About May McCarthy
Since 1982, May McCarthy has helped to start and grow six successful companies as large as $100 million in annual revenues. She is a best-selling author, speaker, university lecturer and angel investor. She serves on business, philanthropic, arts and university boards. May has become successful by implementing spiritual principles into her ventures, and it is her passion to pass her knowledge on to others.
She is the author of the best-selling book The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance. www.maymccarthy.com
In episode 50 of Fresh Tracks we discuss three simple habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to more easily get things done, grow your business with ease, and create with intention. Many of us struggle because we work towards our goals haphazardly and start off our work day by getting done what we ‘have to’ first. We prevent our success in our business by unconsciously blocking our happiness, not feeling whole as a person and spending our time trying to fit in rather than appreciating what makes us unique.
In this week’s show we review what happens if you spend just a few minutes focusing on what’s important before starting work each day. Taking a few moments to focus on your goals and move forward with intention can change everything. You will ultimately find you spend less time achieving more. Learning to love who you are and honoring your distinctness, stopping unsupportive patterns that block your happiness, consciously choosing and clearing your relationships, and caring for your work space are just a few of the characteristics of entrepreneurs that build thriving businesses that we discuss in this week’s show!
The result of spending a mere five minutes a day with these habits is the difference in bringing dreams and visions to fruition in a concrete and repeatable way.
2:00 – How the energetic force that runs your business works
6:00 – Tips for creating a healthy and productive work space
9:30 – The role intentionality plays in your day
12:35 – Money consciousness and circulation. How to keep the circulation flowing!
16:00 – Intentional happiness and ways we block our happiness
20:00 – Discovering where you do not feel you are whole as a person
24:45 – Learn to love your own distinctiveness rather than hide from it
27:00 – Developing the gift to see things as they are rather than how you want them to be
About Kelly Robbins, MA
Kelly Robbins is the author of Trust Your Next Step: Creating the Confidence to Cut Fresh Tracks and publishes the Fresh Tracks with Kelly Robbins podcast and Kelly Robbins Coaching. Kelly helps people create their life their way through their business. Kelly believes that we each have a purpose and that purpose is unique to each of us. Getting clear on who you are, your talents and how you best help people allows you to create a business – in fact a lifestyle – by design. You succeed at this not by copying others, but by following your intuition and carving your own unique path in this world. This individuality is what attracts others to you. This is how you create your own happiness.
Kelly is a marketing coach, writer and seeker of truth that helps guide folks on their journey to self-empowerment, creating work and life as a fun adventure, and knowing how to lead the right clients to your door consistently. Known for her directness and truth-telling, you can visit www.KellyRobbins.net to learn more about the role marketing and personal development play in starting and growing a business and designing a life of your choosing. Kelly is a columnist for the American City Business Journals, a regular blogger for The Work at Home Woman, and created the highly acclaimed Make it Yours: Crafting Your Marketing with SOUL workshops.
In episode 49 of Fresh Tracks I speak with voice coach Hilary Blair about the power of our voice. Hilary teaches us some best practices so you can you best use your voice to both communicate your message and be in your power center so you are heard. In this week’s show you’ll discover the three distinct areas of your voice and understand why they are important as well as the role of each. Hilary also shares the important role of your breath when you speak and the different types of breath that support conveying your message adequately in different situations.
Did you know that your voice is connected to you and your emotions? In fact, your voice is a vulnerable place because it’s connected to your breath and we can unconsciously hold back when we are afraid or nervous – undermining the message we are trying to share. Understanding our bodies built-in coping mechanisms and how to work with them rather than against them is a valuable tool Hilary shares in the show. Are you using your voice as a wall to hide behind? Speak and no one hears you? You don’t feel as if you are speaking as your powerful self in certain situations? Listen in on this week’s show….Hilary shares all!
Hilary shares that embracing the emotional quality of our beingness is what the world needs more of right now and people are starving to hear the full emotion in our voice – we do this by sharing our full selves.
2:20 – Your breath. Your voice. Knowing who you are and getting your message out there
5:00 – The three distinct areas of your voice, including your power source
7:30 – What to do if your message is not landing or not being heard
10:30 – The maturation cycle of your voice and stepping into your mature voice
14:00 – Creating the ‘balanced stereo’ in your voice
17:25 – Difference between a full voice and a deep voice and why it matters
24:30 – Contrast between the belly breath and the athletic breath when you speak
28:00 – Why networking events can be exhausting and what do to about it
31:00 – What happens to your voice when you get nervous and Hilary’s #1 tip for dealing with it
About Hilary Blair Hilary Blair trains high achievers craving honest feedback in order to reach the next level in business and/or life. She is impassioned by moving beyond habits and learned behaviors to uncover what is unique and authentic in individuals and groups. A presentation and speaking voice expert, Hilary is a highly regarded coach and facilitator working extensively across the globe with a variety of businesses including American Express, Janus Funds, Staples, Liberty Global, Slalom, Merrill Lynch, and Hunter Douglas.
Whether facilitating workshops that use improvisation to improve leadership skills, team building and creativity, or training trainers to hone their craft, Ms. Blair’s 30 plus years as a teacher combined with her professional stage, film and voice over career present a unique skill set. She has participated as a Making Cents’ speaker and mentor at two YSEALI exchanges (Singapore, 2014 and Vietnam, 2015) to deliver expert training on verbal communication and presentation skills. Her skills-building sessions were ranked highly by YSEALI young leaders and many have stayed in touch with Ms. Blair in informal mentorship relationships.
Ms. Blair is founder, CEO and lead coach at ARTiculate: Real&Clear, a communications company which has grown exponentially since its inception. She is an active member of Toastmasters International and is a board member of VASTA – the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. She is on faculty for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and has been adjunct faculty for a number of universities. Hilary holds an MFA in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA from Yale University.
In Episode 48 of Fresh Tracks I speak with Jessica Barron, VP & GM of Livestrong.com. We cover a wide range of topics from personal health for busy professionals to the hot new marketing to trends for 2017! Jess discusses the challenges in adding voice to a large brand and balancing that with giving everyone a voice…all the while recognizing that you can’t please everyone.
What’s the key to Livestrong’s success of over 27.5 million unique monthly viewers? Always looking to the future and invigorating their brand. On this week’s show Jess discusses tips for moving your business forward and always staying on top of the times as well as the role trending topics plays in growing your brand. She also had some interesting insights on the different interests on today’s popular mediums such as Facebook, snapchat and twitter.
Jess also shares her advice for any Fresh Trackers wanting to get into the health and wellness space. Truthfully her tips can apply to all of us in any industry so be sure to listen in! From curating your content to meeting influencers in your community (for more on this see our 2017 marketing planning guide) and attending leading conferences all play an important role in business growth.
4:00 – The #1 thing busy entrepreneurs can do to begin taking care of their health.
7:30 – How to determine what to use when there is a ton of information available for your marketing.
11:15 –Tips for breaking into the healthy living industry and any other industry you want to break into.
16:45 – The biggest challenge to managing such a large brand as livestrong.com.
19:00 – The powerful role of pay-it-forward. Empowering individuals and the amazing results it had on Livestrong.com.
22:20 – Major trends upcoming for 2017
26:50 – Tips for how to take care of yourself if you only have a few minutes.
About Jess Barron Jess Barron is the VP & GM for, a leading healthy lifestyle website with over 27.5 million unique monthly viewers. LIVESTRONG.COM provides the blueprint to simple healthy living. The site and MyPlate app have helped people lose over 20 million pounds in the past year. Jess is co-creator of LIVESTRONG’s 8-week STRONGER with Nicky Holender streaming online video series and also LIVESTRONG’s Simple.Healthy.Eats recipe videos, which have received over 15 million total video views. Prior to LIVESTRONG.COM, Jess was the business leader of Beachbody’s online subscription website with digital videos and online tools. And before that, Jess honed a deep understanding of the types of headlines and content that appealed to all demographics of people when she ran the team that chose the news, entertainment, sports and health articles that appeared on the front page of Yahoo, at the time the most popular site on the Internet.
In episode 47 of Fresh Tracks I speak with author and business owner Jay Papasan about The ONE Thing: The surprising simple truth behind extraordinary results. Jay poses this question for us to ask ourselves: What’s the one thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary? By focusing on your ONE thing, you can accomplish more by doing less. Jay shares why discovering this surprisingly simple truth is the difference between achieving extraordinary results vs experiencing consistent struggle and shares how to implement these truths in your life.
The results you get are directly influenced by the way you work and the choices you make. In this week’s show Jay provides tips for both discovering your ONE thing and the pitfalls to avoid when we have a lot to do, recognizing that the distractions we face each day are unlimited! Jay shares personal stories of how he and his wife built their multi million-dollar real estate business while raising their two kids, and kept their priorities of family first through the growth stages of their business to today.
3:30 – The number one reason you don’t stick to your plan
6:50 – Are you really saying yes to something or just trying it out?
11:40 – The power of asking better questions
14:00 – Discovering the ONE thing you can do that will change everything in your life
17:35 – The google story and how it relates to your Fresh Tracks
21:00 – Tips for narrowing your focus to one thing
24:00 – Balancing building your empire vs raising your kids
28:00 – Your purpose statement – what does it mean if you lose it?
About Jay Papasan
Jay Papasan is a best-selling author and co-owner, alongside his wife Wendy, of Papasan Properties Group with Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas. His most recent work with Gary Keller on The ONE Thing has garnered more than 238 appearances on the national bestseller lists including #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
Jay serves as Gary Keller’s co-author and executive editor on best-selling titles including: The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times, FLIP: How to Find, Fix, and Sell Houses for Profit, HOLD: How to Find, Buy, and Rent Houses for Wealth, and The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. He also co-authored SHIFT Commercial.
Before joining Keller Williams Realty, Jay served as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers where he worked on such best-selling books as Body-for-Life by Bill Phillips and Go for the Goal by Mia Hamm.
In episode 46 of the Fresh Tracks with Kelly Robbins show we feature author, entrepreneur and mom Kimberly Alexander, founder of The Results Map Experience. The show begins with Kimberly sharing her experience rising the corporate ladder and how it rapidly led to the deterioration of her health and family relationships. Standing strong in her power, Kimberly’s transition from employee to entrepreneur is a perfect example of one woman cutting Fresh Tracks in her life and business!
Kimberly shares how empowering it can be to use the strong lessons we’ve learned in life to fuel our passion moving forward in sharing our purpose with the world. Kimberly also candidly discusses why she has written two books, and openly provides tips for all of us on how to use a book as a platform for building a brand, a scalable business as well as creating foundational programs in our businesses.
2:25 – Kimberly’s journey from corporate executive to entrepreneur
5:30 – Insider tips for building the business of your dreams and living on purpose
9:30 – Leveraging life’s tough lessons to fuel you forward and live a life of purpose
13:00 – Why Kimberly wrote her book and how she uses it in her business
18:25 – Tips for getting your book done
21:30 – The secret ingredient to building a scalable business
25:00 – Building a foundational program for your business
27:30 – Why you owe it to your tribe to have both feet in
About Kimberly Alexander
After over 20 years of a flourishing corporate executive career, Kimberly Alexander launched her company as a Growth Strategist and Transformational Speaker for Women Entrepreneurs. Kimberly has worked with several multi-million dollar organizations as an expert in leadership and professional development. Kimberly has worked strategically with Entrepreneurs to identify opportunity and take action for further growth. With a passion to make a difference, Kimberly trains through retreats, individual mentoring and transformational speaking. Kimberly launched her best-selling series in 2014, first with The Results Map: Business and Life strategies to get what you want. In 2015, The Results Map for Women in Biz was launched. Written from her own experiences, Kimberly has guided companies and hundreds of individuals to immediate success with her simple and direct fundamentals.
Outside of writing, speaking and mentoring, Kimberly is married and a proud mother of two girls. She has a passion for hiking beautiful Colorado trails and living a life of purpose, balance and meaning.
On episode 45 of Fresh Tracks I speak with mindfulness expert Angela Howell. Angela found herself in an incredibly stressful situation when she had to recreate herself after experiencing a work injury that ended her highly successful corporate sales career. Angela shares how practicing simple mindfulness strategies can help you turn life’s obstacles into opportunities. By being mindful we can become aware of how our being uncomfortable is often actually what transmutes us into becoming who we are meant to be.
We don’t have to be trained in meditation or have a daily yoga practice to grow in mindfulness and experience its calming benefits. In this week’s show Angela discusses tips for overcoming common obstacles to embracing mindfulness practices every day. Exploring negative beliefs about yourself, learning to see the blessing rather than the trial in experiences, and recognizing the gift in each situation are all opportunities to renew your passions in life.
1:30 – How and why Angela created a daily reader
3:35 – Angela’s journey creating Fresh Tracks and how she turned obstacles into opportunities
7:00 – Why comfort can be such an enemy to us becoming who we are meant to be
12:45 – How to recognize your next step
15:00 – The amazing power of 3 minutes of silence
20:00 – Different ways to incorporate mindfulness in your everyday life.
24:00 – Suggestions for becoming conscious of your internal chatter
28:00 – Movement vs exercise and the role it plays in mindfulness
Angela Howell is a speaker, transformation coach, and the author of “Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness,” which quickly ranked in the Tennessean‘s top ten best-sellers list and continues to do so. She considers her award-winning, twelve-year career in corporate sales and eating disorder recovery journey two of her greatest teachers. Passionate about wellness and success, Angela has been seen in Fast Company, Cosmopolitan and Yahoo News, and she is a regular contributor to Huffington Post. Angela is devoted to inspiring people to find renewed passions for living, loving, working and playing. And of course, just being!
FREE GIFT waiting for people who follow Angela’s blog at http://www.FindingtheGift.com.
In episode 44 of Fresh Tracks I speak with author, iHeart radio show host and sales expert Judy Hoberman about sales. Judy shares insights on her brand, Selling in a Skirt, and teaches in-depth on her S.K.I.R.T philosophy. There is no getting away from sales as an entrepreneur, yet many of us struggle because we don’t feel comfortable selling or we feel we aren’t being in integrity with ourselves by ‘selling’ to others. Judy busts those ancient sales myths and that yucky salesy feeling and shares how bringing some old fashioned relationship building to the conversation changes everything.
Don’t let ‘the triangle’ intimidate you, it’s not in Bermuda – Judy’s simple ‘strategic triangle’ will help everyone that suffers from bright shiny object syndrome stay on track when new opportunities present themselves! From being realistic in your goal setting to creating a one-page business plan, Judy helps simplify making money and connecting with clients on this week’s show!
2:10 – Why selling the selling in a skirt philosophy is important for everyone
5:10 – Distinction between being interested vs interesting
7:00 – Why you need to build relationships before you need them
13:45 – The biggest mistake entrepreneurs make and how to avoid it
16:30 – The role of the strategic triangle
20:00 – The one page business plan – how to simplify getting started
25:0 – Judy’s #1 sales tip everyone must embrace to authentically sell
28:30 – Why women struggle with selling and relationship building
32:40 – The most important part of the selling process
Judy Hoberman, President of Selling In A Skirt is here to help you take the negativity out of selling. Her 30 years in sales has given her both the knowledge and sense of humor about the gender differences that we should all understand and embrace instead of feeling unable to communicate.
Judy is the author of “Selling In A Skirt”, “Famous Isn’t Enough” and “Pure Wealth”, business books for Professional Women, Sales Executives and Entrepreneurs. She is the host of a weekly radio show on The Women 4 Women Network/iHeart Radio called Selling In A Skirt and is also featured as “The Gender Expert” on Fox News Radio.
Her mission…to help women live the S.K.I.R.T. philosophy-Standing Out, Keys to Success, Inspiring Others, Results Oriented and Time Management…all while having fun.