Category Archives: Interviews

Craving a Life Reboot? Tamara Star Can Help—And She’s the Real Deal

Let me be clear: Tamara Star is a wonderwoman wrapped up into a gorgeous, tall, sometimes shy, fiercely feminine package. She is also my friend; I believe in her deeply, and she’s created a truly special 40-Day Personal Reboot program just in time for the swift-moving, productive energy waves of the season. She’s put her heart and soul into it, and I wanted to share it with you through an exclusive interview with her.

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Every day, Tamara shares her insights, personal stories and tips over at her Facebook page, Daily Transformations. She started it out of a genuine desire to share and help, not intending to turn it into a business—it now has 279,715 fans. In addition to her writing there, she now writes at her website and for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, MindBodyGreen, and many more.

Amy: Tamara, for those who don’t know you, what’s your meeting-someone-on-a-plane description of what you do and why you do it?

Tamara: I tell people that I’m a start-over strategist. I’ve been intuitive since birth and I spent 23 years in corporate America, so I act as a bridge between those two worlds. I help people see the blind spots that prevent them from living a life they love.

Tell me a little bit about how and why you created the 40-Day Personal Reboot.

The 40-Day Reboot was developed in my own journal 7 years ago when my life blew up. I was at a point where it was either: completely give up or come up with a game plan. So this reboot is very near and dear to my heart.

It’s for people who want a fresh start, have gone through a major life change like a breakup, or who are really tired of doing the same thing day after day and getting the same results.

I believe that the way we do anything is the way we do everything. If we fall down in one area, the others suffer as well.

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How Writing is Similar to Worship, Influenced by Place, and Inseparable from Reading

This is excerpted from my induction interview as a Professional Member of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop. 

What kinds of writing projects are you working on? 

Amy Segreti:  I’m constantly working on a myriad of things. When I was younger, I didn’t finish as much as I started; now, I’m getting better at doing my work and keeping commitments.

I work with clients on writing/editing projects, everything from press releases to book-length pieces, to private company branding and messaging. I started a print magazine of longform journalism on place, palate and pleasure in 2012, then moved it online. I also write a lot of narrative nonfiction and what I call “passion journalism”—I love writing in an inspired way, whether that’s about my life or about someone who is sharing their passion with me.

Whether I’m writing a news story, personal poetry, or a food and travel article, the purpose I strive for is to be the conduit for a genuine connection between my subject and readers.

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6 Solid Tips to Build a Rockin’ Location-Independent Brand: A Talk With Natalie Sisson, the Suitcase Entrepreneur

Natalie Sisson is crazy passionate about building amazing businesses online that you can take anywhere. She has been helping people create freedom in business and adventure in life since 2008 with her location-independent brand. We recently got a chance to sit down and chat via Skype (from Waterloo, Canada to Boulder, Colorado), and we talked about her awesome new book, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, based on her business and website.

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Natalie, you offer an incredible amount of free information on how people can choose freedom in their lives and business and really implement those values into their lives. How do you convert people to readers (and buyers) of your book when you already offer so much on your blog for free?

Well, thank you! While I do believe in repurposing content, I wrote most of the book from scratch. It’s mostly all new material. I even read it afterward and thought, I’m not even following all this advice myself! [laughs] But really, people have seen how much I give—90% of what I do is free. So it felt necessary to condense it all down into 300+ pages. It’s $7 on Kindle, and one of my clients who’s taken a lot of courses said she learned thousands of dollars worth of information. I was worried that my book was too comprehensive, hitting on a lot of things, but I think with the three Acts the book is divided into, I managed to combine all of them really well.

Tip #1: Consistently offer tons of free information on your blog to keep people involved and engaged.

I know you Kickstarted your book to the tune of $9,400. How did Kickstarter help with your marketing?

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Why You Should Toss the Elevator Pitch: An Interview with Michael Port

The entrepreneur, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of “Book Yourself Solid” talks about why he doesn’t want to be a billionaire and why you should toss the elevator pitch.

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Amy Segreti: How important is lifestyle when it comes to how we work and what we define as success?

Michael Port: It’s incredibly important for all of us to decide what kind of lifestyle we want to live. I would need to work more given the way my business is designed now, but it’s not important to me to make that extra money if it means that I don’t get to do the other things I enjoy in life, like being with my son many hours a day, kissing him on the forehead after he goes to sleep, and having a relaxing day of some yoga, a few interviews and writing.

A lot of people put those things off until after they’ve made their fortune.

I think that we can design our lives so that we have the revenue we need to live the lifestyle we want. And if you want to have seven homes and fly off to Abu Dhabi, you’re going to have to make millions of dollars. But does it make you happier? If you saw my house, I’ve got nice stuff, but I know that stuff is not going to make me a happier person. Experiencing the things that I enjoy is what adds to my happiness and my pleasure.

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What Does “Conscious Loving” Really Mean? A Conversation with Kathlyn Hendricks

Kathlyn talked to our me about the one thing that’s more important than commitment, the importance of play in relationship, and why processing could be a bad thing for couples.

Kathlyn Hendricks burst into BC3, scarf flying behind her. She was not wearing a halo, nor was she glowing or levitating. She was human. And she was late.

Kathlyn has been a pioneer in the field of body-mind integration for nearly 40 years—she’s known as the “therapists’ therapist.” She and her husband, Gay Hendricks, have worked with more than 30,000 individuals and 3,000 couples in developing their method of body-centered, relationship transformation. The centerpiece of that method? Their book, Conscious Loving: A Journey to Co-Commitment.

Conscious Loving is used as a textbook in graduate programs around the country—and it has been my relationship Bible for a while. It has gained international respect and has a massive following. (BC3 stands for Boulder Center for Conscious Community… and guess which book is the cornerstone of their teachings?) Their work is known for being especially accessible due to the Hendricks’ ability to communicate on an experiential, body-based level.

I sat down with Kathlyn in a dimly lit room full of pillows, and we talked about how to show up authentically, what telling the microscopic truth really looks like, and the best way to infuse vibrancy into our relationships.

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