Category: Business Advice

3HiringTips Late last year, I closed the business consulting arm of my company to focus on Life with Intention Online, The Lively Show, one-on-one Intention Sessions, and another project that is under works.

But today I’d like to share some things I’ve learned recently about hiring that may help business owners out there and offer some business consulting openings!


Today I’ve got a special guest on The Lively Show that you may not be familiar with, Noah Kagan.

He’s a taco loving, introspective, completely open, Austin-based entrepreneur who is well known for founding and his early involvement in Facebook (he was employee #30).

He also shares great business insights and life hacks on his blog,

In this week’s show, we’re having a “lively” conversation (I don’t often throw that term around, but it’s true) about intentions, meaning, and values.

TheLivelyShowWithVictoriaSmithHappy Lively Show Day!

I’d like to ask you a question about an idea I am considering.

A few people have been asking for more podcast episodes, so…


Today’s episode of The Lively Show has a special guest…. Mr. Lively himself!

When I first started dating my husband, I called him Mr. Lively on the blog.

Back then, many readers assumed it was a pseudonym.

In fact, one or two readers even shared their disappointment when they learned that Lively was, in fact, his last name. They preferred the idea that it was a nickname based on his personality alone.

Me on the other hand?

I was thrilled to adopt the Lively last name myself!

Anyways, today’s your chance to get to know the hubba.

We’ll be talking about loving a 9-to-5 job. This is an important topic – and one of my favorite episodes – because I deeply believe being intentional is not tied to entrepreneurship specifically.

This episode is perfect for those who love their day jobs, those who want to find a 9-to-5 they love, or for those who want to hear about the benefits of having a day job compared to entrepreneurship. 

TheLivelyShowWithErinGatesToday’s show is a huge honor for me!

I’ve been a big fan of Erin Gates of Elements Of Style for many years and I have loved reading her blog and learning from her as a designer and following her life and career.

In this episode we talk about her exceptional career path and book deal.

But our main topic is perfectionism (starting at 18:30) – how Erin has learned to make the most out of it and appreciate it for what it is, rather than fighting to change herself.

This episode is perfect for bloggers, designers, aspiring authors, and anyone who struggles with perfectionism. 


Today’s Lively Show episode is near and dear to my heart: investing in yourself.

For many years I thought learning was best done through experience alone, rather than books, classes, and conferences.

But my views are now completely reversed. I am now a huge advocate for learning from relevant sources as much as possible.

Amber Housley embodies this spirit of learning and investing in yourself more than anyone else I know online. So I asked her to be on today’s episode to share her learning tips and tactics with us.

She is constantly expanding her skills and as a result has done a remarkable job building a profitable lifestyle business while juggling a full-time job and raising two young children.

In today’s episode, Amber shares how she invests in herself wisely, particularly now that she has the two littles to care for, and how she gets the most of her educational experiences.


Good morning and happy Thursday Lively Show Day to you!

In today’s episode, I am talking with the candid founder of Design*Sponge, Grace Bonney.

If you’re not already familiar with Grace, she has a (hugely) popular design blog and is the author of Design*Sponge at Home.


Last week’s Ask Me Anything was a lot of fun! It was so great to help so many of you in such a personal way. I plan on doing another one of these AMA’s in a few months, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’d like to address one of the popular phrases that stuck out to me in answering the questions you shared.

“I feel lost.” 


Today I have a fun new episode of The Lively Show for you chalk full of actionable advice for starting your own business as an artist and adopting or rescuing a pet.

My guest today is Kim Vargo of Yellow Brick Home and The Pet Shop (her pet portrait business). She’s sharing about her unexpected journey to becoming a successful artist (over 700 custom paintings sold!) and pet rescue advocate.


Listen and subscribe via iTunes.


Today’s Lively Show episode packs in a lot of great takeaways on several topics including streamlining your career (or business), transitioning from a day job, and facing cancer as an entrepreneur.

To talk about these topics, I asked the spunky and energetic Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach. She’s a life coach, “boob cancer” survivor, and friend that I am honored to have on the show.

Though the topic of cancer is discussed, the tactics and steps that Michelle took could apply to anyone going through a difficult health challenge or even perhaps a small business maternity leave.

This episode is perfect for those who want to learn more about how to handle difficult health challenges while self-employed, or who are feeling overwhelmed by the wide range of their careers.




  • How Michelle’s broadway dream brought her to a corporate job and eventually to life coaching.
  • How Michelle baby stepped her way out of a corporate job and into her coaching practice full-time.
  • How “boob cancer” (as Michelle calls it) affected her life and coaching practice.
  • The policies and boundaries Michelle created to accommodate her treatment (these actions can apply to any entrepreneur with a serious illness, life change, or maternity leave).
  • How Michelle maintained the same income year over year – with cancer treatments and less coaching.
  • Why streamlining your career or business at times can be a powerfully positive choice. (35:30)
  • What Michelle would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




The International Coach Academy

An Effective Escape (workbook)

2012 By The Numbers (post)

Grown Up Gigs

Career Camp

The Declaration of You!

Lindsey Pollock

20 Jobs in 7 Years (post)






Want more? Check out past Lively Show episodes here.


PS – The Lively Show landed on the iTunes New & Noteworthy page this Monday! Thank you so much for your reviews on iTunes and for subscribing – you are the reason this show is spreading!


Happy Tuesday to you!

Today I decided to change things up by answering a question you had in a video!

Today’s question comes from Gina on Facebook and she asked:

How can I properly + cleverly balance: online career + one year old baby boy + home? Keeping all together is hard.

Watch the video above where I answer her question with three tips that I’ve picked up from working with business owners and Life with Intention clients who struggle with these same issues.

Also, if you like this video and would like me to do more videos and/or answer more questions you might have about living life with intention, please let me know!

If there is a good amount of interest I’ll continue to do these little videos more regularly.


PS - Are you a mompreneur? Please leave your helpful tips for her and other mompreneurs (or soon-to-be mompreneurs) in the comments below!

PPS – Sorry for the creepy finger in the video snapshot! YouTube grabbed that frame and won’t update it to a new image for some reason…


Listen and subscribe via iTunes.


Happy Thursday to you!

Today’s episode of The Lively Show features a beloved blogger and friend that you most likely already know (and follow!), Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely.

In this episode, I talk with Nicole about how she became the sole breadwinner for her family as a blogger. We go into detail about the ins and outs of how she makes money through blogging and why she diversifies her income streams.

She also discusses what it’s like being the breadwinner while being a mom and shares about her stunning new home in Oak Park.

So if you want to make money as a blogger, or hear how Nicole juggles being a mom and the “bacon maker,” this show is for you!




  • Why Nicole’s stationery shop, Pink Loves Brown, launched her blogging career.
  • The reason Nicole later closed her shop to take Making It Lovely full-time.
  • How her husband’s job loss turned her blog into a breadwinning business.
  • How to diversify your blogging income streams effectively.
  • The “fall back” career Nicole has to maintain her financial stability in an ever-changing blog world.
  • Details about her new Victorian home in Oak Park.
  • The readership transitions that can occur on blogs over time.
  • Nicole’s predictions for the future of blogging.
  • What Nicole would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




The Sequins & Stripes Lively Show episode about pitching sponsors

Nicole’s income breakdown

Better Homes & Gardens column

Cesarstone column

Glidden column

Grace Bonney / Design Sponge article about the changes in blogging

Nicole’s post about becoming the breadwinner






Want more? Check out past Lively Show episodes here.


PS – Like the show? Please leave a review on iTunes (this helps more people find the podcast on iTunes that may not already know about it).

Thank you so much!


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