SmartWoman Guides Weekly Newsletter Launching This Week!

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This Thursday, July 24th, will be the official launch of the new SmartWoman’s Weekly Newsletter. I will be including, all in one easy to find place, a weekly summary of all the previous week’s blog posts, hot topics, news, interviews, and more. I am even lining up some guest authors too, so there will be exclusive content in these newsletters that won’t be on the daily blog.

I also plan to pre-announce all new products and events to my membership community first, so newsletter members will get the first heads up on tele-seminars, contests, and live interview sessions. I want to do all I can to make this as exclusive as I can, as I feel it’s important that you have a place to go where you get the extra juicy stuff. Note: I am currently working on a Web Traffic 101 course that will be very affordable and helpful to those of you trying to really make your business’ website create an enduring revenue stream.

As a special thank you, I am offering an inspirational quote eBook via email download as a gift for signing up for the newsletter. This eBook is filled with beautiful original photography (by myself and other women artists I know) and dozens and dozens of quotes from my favorite women (and women friendly men) throughout history and contemporary times. These quotes were hand selected by me personally and are intended to encourage you, embolden you, and lift you up as you live your passionate life. I sincerely believe you will love them.

To sign up, please come to Newsletter Launch Once you sign up, you should receive an email from SmartWoman Publishing that contains your download link. Contact me if you run into any problems receiving your email, ok?

The newsletter membership is free and your privacy will be respected always. And, let me take this opportunity to say that I appreciate that you have come to visit and look forward to getting to know you better.

Together, we are stronger.
Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman


Friendly Reminder: Free Teleseminar Wednesday June 25th on Turning Your Passion Into Cash

Just a reminder of the free teleseminar call on Wednesday, June 25th, with Lynn Pierce, founder of the Women’s Business Empowerment Summit.

Call topic: Turning Your Passion Into Cash
Call date: June 25th, Wednesday
Call time: 5:00 PM PST
Call duration: 60 minutes

Sign up for the free seminar call:
SmartWoman Guides with Lynn Pierce Teleseminar Signup

Sign up for the free scholarship giveaway (deadline midnight CST June 25th):
Free Scholarship Contest

For more information about the seminar:
Women’s Business Empowerment Summit
(Be sure to return back here to actually sign up, though, or you will pay a whole lot more!)

For exclusive discounted tuition, sign up here:
Women’s Business Empowerment Summit Signup

Together, we are stronger!
Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman

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Killer, The Mighty Donut Hunter: A Story of Passion, Focus and Determination

I learned many lessons about Life from my beloved little dog, Killer. A constant companion and devoted friend for over 20 years, when he passed last year, I struggled. It has taken some time for the heartache to finally fade back to be replaced by fonder memories of walks in the woods, the perpetually amusing antics, and “The Little Man’s” joyful “Hollywood smile”. I thought it appropriate on Memorial Day to share one of my favorite memories.

Killer loved chocolate covered donuts. I mean, LOVED. He would do nearly anything for them. Yes, sadly, some dogs (about 10%) die from eating chocolate but Killer was not one of them. He would run around like a pre-school youngster on a sugar buzz high when he ate them, but that was about the worst of it. He could not get enough of those yummy things.

Now, Killer was a dog of distinctly discerning taste. He didn’t prefer just any old chocolate donut, no. Those waxy little minis that your mother put in your lunchbox would not do. His donuts of choice were Entemman’s and they were full sized and deluxe. Only the best would satisfy Killer. He wouldn’t eat any other kind.

One night, a showdown was brewing between Killer and my human companion, Kevin. There was only one donut left in the box. Kevin loved chocolate donuts too and knew how Killer felt about them. We both treat our pets like people, but actual people still get priority, so, politically speaking, that last donut was Kevin’s. The battle of wills was on.

As Kevin claimed the last donut, Killer became single mindedly transfixed. He would not–could not–take his eyes off that donut. Kevin started playfully egging Killer on a bit, making a real show of it, humming, saying “Oooh, MMMM, this looks so good”. The good-hearted teasing only amplified Killer’s resolve. He intended to get some of that donut.

Killer tried everything. He flashed his award winning smile. He sat and stayed at attention with perfect, well-behaved precison. He did each of his trained tricks one after another, hoping for a reward. He gave it his all. He resorted to relentlessly following Kevin around, his little doggie mind working as fast as it could on a strategy. 

Finally, as Kevin plopped onto the sofa to enjoy his snack, Killer launched his plan. He scurried up Kevin’s outstretched body from the floor when Kevin’s feet touched the ground, making a full speed beeline for his goal. Kevin was so surprised (and hysterically laughing) that he could barely recover. He instinctively reacted by pulling his arms (and the hand that held the tasty morsel) over his head at the edge of the sofa, where that chocolate prize now hung inches from the floor.

Killer immediately hopped off Kevin and dove for his heart’s desire, now enticingly available to him at his 12″ height. Victory was within reach! Kevin realized his treat was in true peril and snatched it back to safety just as Killer was reaching up to take a bite.

This all happened within just a few seconds, and we were in tears from laughter. Moral of the story: Kevin was so impressed with Killer’s, well, doggedness, that he gave that scruffy little canine a full half of the last donut. Killer was officially dubbed “The Mighty Donut Hunter” that day and we got a story that still makes us laugh. And, most importantly, I witnessed a real life, real time demonstration of passion, focus, and determination.

So, I ask you. As an entrepreneur, what drives your passion and determination? What are you willing to give your complete, focused attention to? What is YOUR chocolate donut?…


God speed and love to all who have gone before.
Together, we are stronger.

Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman

Free Report: Top 10 Questions to Ask (And Answer) Today

 As a gift for my readers, I have prepared a free report. Enjoy!

To download your free copy of Emerging Woman Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Questions to Ask (And Answer) Today, click on the link below:

The Emerging Woman Entrepreneurs Top 10 Questions to Ask (and Answer) Today

This report is filled with questions that are designed to get you thinking about and acting with a passionate mindset so you can grow your heartfelt business. 

We’ll cover topics such as

  • Your Self Motivation: Why Do You Do What You Do?

  • Your Passion: What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

  • First Impressions: Would I Hire You If I Saw You at The Grocery Store?

  • Lifelong Relationships: Are You the “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em” Type?

  • Ask and Listen: Is Your Ego Willing to Take a Backseat?

  • Consistency is King: Can You Finish What You Start?

  • Your Dream Team: Are You Willing To Share Power?

  • Birds of a Feather: Do You Love Your Clients?

  • The Dark Night: How Do You Deal With Disappointment?

  • Celebrating Your Victories: What Is Fun to You?

To download your free copy of Emerging Woman Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Questions to Ask (And Answer) Today, click on the link below:

The Emerging Woman Entrepreneurs Top 10 Questions to Ask (and Answer) Today

Together, we are stronger.
Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman