The Defining Moment that Almost Killed Me

Kelly PhillipsEntrepreneurship, Events

Entrepreneur Training in Raleigh

February 28th will mark the one year anniversary of the day I walked away from my corporate job and into full-fledged, full-time entrepreneurship. There was a time when I thought owning a successful business was just a pipe dream. That reaching for that dream would be overstepping my bounds, stepping too far outside the box of “expectation” I had allowed to be placed around me. And then I realized that we only get one chance to live our lives. And that while if often feels that we have no control over what happens to us, the truth is that we have control over everything. We just have to be willing to recognize it before it’s too late. On March 18th, 2015 I’m holding a free Entrepreneur Workshop in Cary, North Carolina to share exactly how I made the journey from … Read More

WordCamp Raleigh: Business User Workshop Recommendations

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WordCamp Raleigh Recomendations

It’s time again for WordCamp Raleigh (Nov 23 & 24) and I’m stoked! I love getting to know more of my local WordPress enthusiasts face-to-face. And I always learn great tips that polish my WordPress skills. This year, I’ve got a lot of people coming to WordCamp with me, including my students from Wake Tech, clients and fellow entrepreneurs. Several have asked me for recommendations on which sessions to attend. Now, don’t get me wrong – every session at WordCamp is great. The following recommendations are for people who have been using WordPress to build their own websites and want to take it a little deeper: For myself, I’m looking forward to Stephen Slack’s session on Developing Custom Themes and Doug Cone’s session on Embedded Computing. Take a look at the full schedule and choose your favorite! If you’re going … Read More

Lessons Learned at BlogHer ’13

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I’m cutting right to the chase. BlogHer conferences are FUN. There is no better word. Well, inspiring is a good word too. And social. I could probably think of more adjectives. Suffice it to say, my experience at BlogHer ’13 was amazing. Here are my major takeaways from the conference: Be Unapologetically Yourself This wisdom came from keynote speaker Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and Facebook COO. After spending much of my twenties and early 30’s trying to dial myself back and fit a “corporate mold” that other people tried to put me in, I’ve spent the last few years remembering who I am and making space for myself in that world. It’s not easy. When you are truly authentic you are also vulnerable. Criticism can hurt. I’ve been working toward a space where I am unapologetically myself. That … Read More