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Your Silent Inner Voice

Your Silent Inner Voice


Your silent inner voice often can speak loud and clear when you allow it.

Did you ever get a vision of what you want to do for your business?

By this I mean a totally clear understanding not only in your mind but also throughout your entire being.

Something that pops up and you actually envision it and know in your gut it is what you need to do?  Then, by sheer intuition, follow it and take action on it?

Recently, I did exactly that.

There was so much noise going on in my head.

My blog, my products, how to leverage my contacts in the JV world, as my mentors were suggesting that I do.

So many mind boggling things that I had to just step back.

I had to tell all the little voices in my head to Shut Up!

I only wanted to hear one voice, my own silent, inner voice.

So I knew it was time to stop “taking action” and retreat into myself… through meditation.

The Silent Retreat

Don’t you just hate it when you feel like your mind is spinning with ideas and it feels like you are pushed in many different directions?

Phew… I needed to calm my mind.

I needed to spend some serious time with myself in deep meditation.

Here’s what that looked like.


Prepare to meditate.

Relax my mind and my body.

Breath deeply.

Don’t think of anything but breathing.

I relaxed every part of my body, concentrating on each part one at a time, from my head, down to my toes.

I felt myself sinking into my bed.

I tried not to think of anything but my breathing.

Just be in touch with my inner self and my silent inner voice.

I went to a place that I call ‘my center’ and hung out there for a while.

After a while, I allowed myself to think about the journey I’m on.

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My online business, and all the various aspects it has almost spontaneously morphed into.

I asked myself “what is the biggest problem I need to solve in order to get into the crazy fast paced, high-rolling energy of the Joint Venture communities I’m now deeply involved in?”

I don’t like the mad rush to “money, cash, fast results, big results, dollars bills falling from the sky” and all the other hype in the JV world.

I asked in this calm state of mind.

My entire body had a sense of knowingness at that moment.

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I knew I was good talking to people… not as mega machines and profit steam-rollers, but as people.

I saw the vision so clearly.

I was going to talk to people who were creating products and people who are big influencers shaping the the online community and marketplace.

I knew at that moment I had to start doing interviews.

I felt like the late Joan Rivers (bless her in heaven)…  The ageless woman who could talk to just about anyone, about anything.

I felt this deep inside my soul.


Then the moment hit me.

In New York City there is a radio station that says “give me 20 minutes and I’ll give you the news.”

This resonates with me because I liked the style of just cutting to the chase, no hype, no non-sense.

I could always turn to that radio station and get informed of the latest news of the day in small chunks of time.

The stories were short and concise, but they really gave you the essence, the heart of the bigger picture of which they were part.


Yes, the AHA moment came upon me.

I could do short, punchy yet revealing interviews with people shaping the online world.

I’d tell folks to “Give me 15 minutes I’ll give you the world.”    The world of internet marketing and business, that is.

Meanwhile… remember this all was happening in a calm meditative state.

No noise.

No confusion.

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Just everybody “shut up” and let me hear my inner voice.

This is how I found my clarity.

Back To Reality

So, I went into my office and told David about my great idea.

I was going to set up another website called Donna Merrill’s Buzz and the tag line will say  “give me 15 minutes and I’ll give you the world.”

David looked at me with a furrowed brow.

He said “You are working so hard, I don’t think it’s a good idea to take on another project.”

David is always concerned about me… That’s what good husbands do.

But I explained to him that the biggest stressor was how I was going to be able to engage with all the online influencers I’ve been hanging out with since I started developing my own products and membership site.

Despite his initial hesitation, David knows me well.

He started building my website that night… asking no questions, just his sense of knowingness that I was OK.

Your Silent Inner Voice

So my dear friends, where am I going with this?

There is so much we need to do as solopreneurs.

There are so many voices telling us the “right” and the “best” and the “fastest” way to make it all happen.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is tell all the voices to “shut up.”

They make your head spin, especially if you are really determined to grow our business.

You need quiet.

You need to create space and time to hear your silent inner voice.

No ideas, suggestions and certainly not pitches.  There’s a time and place for all those things, but there’s definitely a time to shut them all up, too.

You need to take time out to meditate, especially when things are swirling around your head and you start feeling like you need more time than 24 hours a day.

My Results

So far, I’ve been really happy that I took the advice of my own inner voice.

I opened the Buzz up with Adrienne Smith.  We talked about her rise to blogging prominence, and she gave viewers some insight into building a blogging community.

Then I spoke with Leslie Federici (Power Affiliate Club)  about the blogging community she runs for affiliate bloggers.

I reached out to Matt Wolfe to get some of his great ideas about Facebook ads.  He’s such a focused and bright guy, he gave my audience a lot to think about, and act upon.

Later that same week, Welly Mulia contacted me and said he had some time to do an interview on one of my favorite programs Zaxaa.

I felt so blessed to be able to spend some “hangout” time with Welly, one of the premier internet platform developers in the internet marketing world.

So the past two weeks were full of interviews that I feel were really beneficial to my audience.

And it all came into fruition, practically overnight, because of one vision, taking action, and the sense of knowingness.

I want to thank all my wonderful “Buzz” guests for sharing their time with my audience.

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Now for your part, I would like you to check out the buzz and sign up for notification updates.

I never know who will be coming down the pike.

I want to keep you updated on the latest and greatest of what’s happening online, directly from the folks who are making it happen.

Yes, I do cherry pick my interviews because I want to bring value to you.

It may be a product or service you like, or just want to give it a peek and see the creators behind products.

So go on over and check it out.

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And if you’re struggling to put your own business on the right track, try shutting out all the noise around you once in a while.

I know you’re anxious to get things done, but sometimes you need to retreat from all the external acitivity, and have a long, deep audience with your inner voice.

Stay in touch and have a peaceful week ahead.


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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94 Responses to Your Silent Inner Voice

  1. Atish Ranjan May 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    Great write-up Donna!

    Listening to your inner voice is the best thing you can do. I liked your idea of opening a new blog with a tag line similar to what you listen to that radio show. I can get an idea that how much involved you are into your online venture that you are relating your business with every idea which looks good to you.

    Thats a great trait of any online business person.

    Liked the write-up and liked the idea .

    Keep it up Donna.

    Good luck.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 11, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

      Hi Atish,

      Thanks so much. The best ideas come when we are in our “quiet space” All those ideas put together flooded in that moment.

      It is so great when we get those moments of clarity when we know exactly what to do.

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  2. Mark
    May 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Sounds like your inner voice can through in a bi way Donna!

    Even though it still has to be a blast to have all of those creative ideas swirling around in your head all at once!

    Typically you don’t nearly as much done, until you can focus and concentrate on and complete one thing at a time.

    And it sounds like that’s exactly “what” you were able to do! And once things settled down, your action blueprint began to emerge!

    I’m looking forward to listening to all of your future interviews! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      Hi Mark,

      I was running in so many directions, and had to find a solution to the problem at hand. The only way I could have done this without giving up was to take time.

      Listening to our inner voice does the trick! We have to be able to quiet our mind of all thoughts, and then proceed to just be. Then when we reach that point ask ourselves the pressing question.

      It does take practice for some, but I’m used to doing this and it never fails me.

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  3. BG Jenkins
    May 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I also unplugged for a while back in Dec/Jan just to be able to clear my head. It is needed. You gain so much from it. I’m enjoying your buzz. I’ve seen two and will go back for more. Thanks for bringing it to us.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Hi BG,

      I sure can understand how you unplugged to clear your head. Yes, you sure gain so much from it.

      Thanks for visiting the Buzz. Quite the interesting folks aren’t they?

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  4. Brenda Lee
    May 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    I’m so happy to read this post as it’s so timely for my life as well. Your inner voice is the most powerful thing we have imo. If you can only get the other “wee” voices to zip it long enough to hear the inner. I’m glad that you finally heard It and have taken action. I know your new project will be just as great as this one.

    Thanks for sharing this with us Donna! Keep up the good work!

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Brenda,

      I think you must have had a similar experience…glad you are back to your original blog!

      It does take some practice to get to the state of blocking those “wee” voices and get to the place where you can really hear your inner voice. But I’ve been doing this for such a long time that it is easy for me and I rely on it.

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  5. Dennis Seymour
    May 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    Love it Donna! Sometimes, the inner voice in us entrepreneurs just wont shut up! It’s a good thing! I’ve had my share of epiphanies when meditating (use Headspace at the moment to train myself further)

    Will be checking out the shows later today!

    You go girl! 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 10:53 am #

      Hi Dennis.

      Nice to know that you had your share of epiphanies while meditating. I have been doing this for many years, so it comes easy for me.

      As entrepreneurs, we tend to have tons of ideas. Sometimes we need to push that pause button inside ourselves and just Stop…Take time out….meditate and find our own “next step”

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  6. Harleena Singh
    May 12, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    Hi Donna,

    You are SO right in all that you mentioned 🙂

    Your inner voice is what would guide you right through, provided you stop the other noise and clutter around, and just be still to listen to it!

    You bet – meditation does help! I know because there are times when I go through similar phases and with both of us into it as well, we both come up with ideas, which at times gets tough to handle. So, be calm and listen to what this little voice tells you, it’s that intuitive and gut feeling, which is mostly right, that we need to listen to.

    I know your Buzz blog has been Buzzzzzzzing away the day it started…lol…and I have been there listening to all the wonderful advice from everyone, except the last one I think. I am so glad David is with you in your new venture, and yes, we cannot do it alone if our partner isn’t with us (for those of us who work together!) – wish you the best with it.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      Yes, our inner voice will guide us only when we stop the cluttered noise around us. It is important to meditate so that we get clarity in this crazy business we are in lol.

      Sometimes we are just going and going but need to stop and re-evaluate.

      I love how the Buz is Buzzing. Last week three people came in all because of their schedules. When Welly Mulia contacted me I wanted to do a happy dance because I admire him and all that he has done…and still doing.

      The time zones were confusing and he was in the middle of a launch, so I had to grab him while I could.

      I really want to focus on one guest per week, but dealing with some busy people out there, I just have to go around their schedule.

      So far so good and I’m happy with the results.

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  7. Marquita Herald
    May 12, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    I’m so happy to hear your new initiative is going well Donna, though knowing how much energy you put into everything you do I’m not at all surprised. I am a huge believer in the importance of taking a time out, in fact I’ve been trying to give myself one of those for the past couple of weeks but there’s a pressing deadline looming so looks like next week will be the soonest. Still, your post has reminded me of the importance of making that a priority. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      Hi Marquita,

      Good to know that this has reminded you of taking time out is important to making it a priority.

      With deadlines looming around your head, you do need to finish, but after that a good time out is needed.

      I find that when I’m doing many things, it is important to recognize the work I’m putting in and taking that time out to get in touch with the “inner self” But you know all about that one!

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  8. Lisa Sicard
    May 12, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Hi Donna, I find unplugginag and enjoying nature really helps me to listen to myself and know what is going on inside my head. Otherwise you don’t have time to think what your mind has to process. I guess that’s why many people meditate too.
    Your new venture sounds great and glad it’s with Adrienne, it should go very well! Wishing you the very best with it all!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m a big fan of unplugging! Call it going inside your head, taking time off, meditation, whatever, it is when we take a step back.

      We all need to do so because of the hustle bustle of this business. We blog, on social media, market, etc. There is so much to juggle, we all need a break.

      This is where I find that bright new ideas begin.

      I am loving my new venture. I want people to meet other people…. See what they are doing and/or marketing and learn from them.

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  9. Robin Strohmaier
    May 12, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Your article really hit home. You are absolutely right. Sometimes there is so much noise and so many distractions that it is difficult to shut out the noise around us. Retreating from external activity is a great way to have that audience with your inner voice.

    I’m looking forward to your shows. Have a wonderful rest of your day!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      Hi Robin,

      There sure is a lot of noise out there and many distractions along the way. We can try to focus on our daily method of operation, but the noise keeps coming.

      This is why we need to take a step back, meditate, or just unplug and get in touch with ourselves in a quite space.

      It sure does a world of good!

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  10. Don Purdum
    May 12, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    It’s so easy to let those voices get into our heads isn’t it?

    It seems that the opportununties can be endless, but which ones are the right ones that will help me achieve my goals and dreams?

    That’s the question I filter my own voice through.

    You know yours and it’s so inspiring to see how David supports you even when he can’t see it but he knows that you can.

    I try to do the very same for Nicole, but in very different ways. She’s not an entrepreneur and at that stage in her life she doesn’t want to be one. She loves working her 30 hours per week and when she’s not working she doesn’t have to worry about it.

    Well, that most certainly isn’t me, lol…

    I get completely what you’re going through and I still have to watch your videos. I will very soon, I promise!!!!

    I hope you have a great week and I’m excited for your new adventure!

    ~ Don Purdum
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      Hi Don,

      Yes, as opportunities come to us, we must break away from all that noise and focus by either meditation prayer or just sitting alone with ourselves to choose what exactly we need to do.

      You are always speaking about clarify! I had you in mind while I was going through this process lol.

      Clarity was needed in the willy nilly space I was in, and when it came, I went right to it. As David thought differently, he knew somehow it would work for me, so he got right on it.

      I must say, I am enjoying seeing you and Nicole on Facebook. Marriage is important and it is so good to see you two together..as a happy couple. Keep on bringing Nicole in lol. She’s awesome.

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      • Don Purdum
        May 14, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

        Hi Donna,

        Thank you, you had me in mind? That’s awesome and I appreciate the encouragement. Sometimes it feels like I’m beating my head up against the wall but in the end I know people are listening and learning.

        Nicole is the joy of my life!!!! I can’t believe in July we will have been married 22 years. She’s the best and thanks for sharing that you enjoy seeing her. She is AWESOME!

        ~ Don
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        • Donna Merrill
          May 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

          Hi Don,

          Yes, because you always talk about clarity that’s what brought you to my mind. I know the feeling of beating our heads against the wall. Clarity is the answer!

          Wow you and Nicole are together 22 years? That is fantastic and I’m sure you are grateful for her and your wonderful family.

          I’m together with David 25 years this August! We have a “blended” family. I love his kids as much as my own daughter. We even care about our exes ….so much so his ex is my best friend.

          Love is the answer.

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  11. Ikechi
    May 12, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Donna

    I like the idea of being unplugged for a while. Glad you shared how this technique helped you to come up with an awesome idea that is making a difference.

    I am surrounded with so much noise in my neighborhood. So this is something I definitely will like to try out.

    I have been following your interviews and I must say more grace to your elbow. Kudos to you and David.

    Thanks for this awesome post. Take care and have a swell week.

    • Donna Merrill
      May 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Ikechi,

      When there is a lot of noise, especially where we live, it is so difficult to shut it out. Maybe some earphones are in order with peaceful music like a babbling brook?

      It is important to get away from noise around us and online. Find a quite space wherever you can and just “be” with your SELF. The wise inner voice you have will eventually come through.

      Thanks so much for following the interviews. I do want to give people a chance to see others. Especially those who are selling products. It is such an important decision when we have to choose what is good for us. I find that meeting the people behind the product will give a better way to choose…seeing them as real people.

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  12. Ryan Biddulph
    May 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Well done Donna!

    Resonance alert LOL. I feel how you feel because I am up to about 23 things and feel a pull to do more podcasts. Because I love podcasts. I love all I am doing pretty much but may need to release on a few things, for energy purpose. With that in mind my silent moments reveal to me all I can do, and that’s a lot 😉 Your journey vibes with mine in many ways.

    SO….go with it. Do those interviews because that silent inner voice is never, ever wrong and will always lead you in your most inspired, high energy direction. Every time. I know. Cause I’ve seen it do the same for me when I give myself 20 or so minutes daily to sit in silence.

    Thanks Donna!

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 11:38 am #

      Hy Ryan,

      I sure know you well enough that you sure do resonate with this one! I see that you just published a book about something similar!

      I do know you meditate every day ad know quite well that you know how to follow your inner voice and take action upon it!

      As we both sit in silence, we come up with those fantastic ideas don’t we?

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  13. Corina Ramos
    May 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I love this technique you shared. We should practice that in our every day life :). Yes I have a lot of ideas swimming around in my head and need to get in touch with myself and see where to go with them.

    I often keep it quiet in the car and that’s when I talk to myself about stuff…I can’t meditate or I’ll fall asleep at the wheel 🙂 hehe.

    I for one am so glad you went with your instincts and started your new blog. I love the guests you’ve had so far and can’t wait to see who you have next.

    Hope you’re having a great week!

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Hi Cornia,

      When all those ideas swim around your head it is time to take a step back to take a break and get in touch with yourself.

      The car is a good place because you are away from the family lol. Meditation is wonderful, but lots of people do fall asleep lol. Who knows..sometimes you fall asleep and get the “answer”

      I am glad you are enjoying my new blog. I love interview people!

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  14. Chery Schmidt
    May 13, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    Hello Donna, Great article my friend, I do agree sometimes we just need to step back and take some me time to find out what it is we really want and need to do.

    Meditation is something that I truly need to do more of. It has been so helpful in the past, yet I seem to forget all the good it does. Thanks for the reminder my friend and for all the wonderful things you are up to.

    You Rock… Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Chery,

      Absolutely, with all we do we have to step back from time to time in order to clear our heads.

      Meditation can be 15 minutes a day…or even when you are taking a bath! It doesn’t have to be pin perfect, only a bit of time can do the trick.

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  15. Susan cooper
    May 14, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    Hi Donna, this sounds so much like a recent experience I had in my life it’s almost scary. So s trying to determine which path to take in realigning my blog my brain was just in overdrive. Too many thoughts all at same time, especially when trying to sleep. I finally just had to unplug, step back, and silencec all that noise. Only then could I finally hear that small silent inner voice and with a clear mind make my decisions. Provided the much needed clarity. 🙂

    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      I just read your latest post and Kudos to you! You did have so many thoughts swimming around your mind. That sure puts your brain on overdrive…I know that feeling well.

      You did unplug, stepped back and quieted all that noise and came up with a great solution.

      You did follow your inner voice and it provided the clarity you needed to make your decision.


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  16. Sue Price
    May 14, 2015 at 4:13 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Oh I know those voices in the head only too well. Sadly they visit me in the middle of the night. I am like you and meditate. It is the best solution as only our deeper “knowing” can really guide us to what is right for us.

    I used to keep a note pad near my bed for my middle of the night mind waking me up but stopped doing that. I do not cope with indecison and now knowing the best choices very well at all. I need to go inside and work it out just like you did Donna.

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I loved it.

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      I know your background so well enough to say that you sure know how to get in touch with yourself for that “deeper Knowing” that guides us.

      I just love what you are doing lately with your life by design. You always keep on growing Sue an I admire that about you.

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  17. Aurelie Chazal
    May 14, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    Hi Donna,

    All my respect for having the idea and immediately putting it into practice. We’re all full of good ideas but very few people go all the way :).

    I really like the tagline you chose. It’s straight to the point and setups up some kind of ground rule for the interviews. I like order and systems so this is perfect :D.

    I need to try listening to my inner voice more often. I feel like I have thousands of ideas at once and can’t pick up the ones that make the most sense. It’s frustrating…

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank you Aurelie,

      I wanted that tagline to speak for itself…showing people that it is a 15 minute interview with a person. This way, they can know in advance if they are interested about that particular person or product/service they represent. Or just curious.

      I know the feeling of having a thousand ideas lol. This is why I had to tell all those voices in my head to shut up, so I could make a clear concise decision.

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  18. Sherman Smith May 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Ohhh so this is how the Buzz came about. I like hearing about stories like these of how successful people like yourself come up with their projects.

    This actually reminds me of how I come up with some of my blog posts. Sometimes the best thing to do is to silence your mind so you can hear your true inner voice.

    I can definitely relate to a lot of what your talking about. I have so many ideas running through my head that I can just end up not doing any of them. But that inner voice can definitely lay out the foundation so that you can materialize those ideas at the right time.

    And all you have to do is simply quiet your mind and the noise will move aside and make room for what you really need to do!

    Thanks for sharing Donna! I hope you have a great weekend ahead!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      Yes this was my big AHA moment of how the Buzz was born.

      It is so true that we have so many ideas running through our heads that we need to press that pause button and step away. When we silence our minds we can hear that inner voice that never lets us down.

      Sometimes it is difficult to quiet our minds, so we have to do whatever it takes…meditation, a walk, being in nature…whatever to get into our selves and find our clarity.

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  19. Miriam Slozberg
    May 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Your inner voice is what knows what is best for you. It’s your intuition and you cannot ignore that, ever. Great advice and a great reminder. The next thing to do is to learn how to separate your inner voice which knows best and your ego which can take you into directions that you think is best but is detrimental.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Miriam,

      Glad you brought up ego. As we can follow our inner voice, ego has no place there. We do have to always be mindful of our ego.

      Being in my own business for over 30 years, I can spot out someone’s ego in a second. It is self serving and not the person to follow lol.

      I can say I am in check with my ego, because of all the work I’ve done in the past. Plus I’m a hard core believer that if you want to help anyone, ego can stop you in your tracks.

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  20. Adrienne
    May 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    What great advice, we should all listen to our inner voice. It can never steer you wrong. Now at times we might not know the right steps to take but I think when you’ve made up your mind what it is that you want to do then the rest usually just seems to fall into place to help us along.

    That’s exactly what happened with you and creating the Buzz. I love that idea too Donna, you just seem to know the right moves to take for your business.

    I was very honored to be your very first interviewee too so thank you again for that opportunity. I think it’s a great idea and you’ve already had more amazing people you’ve interviewed and I know there are so many more to come.

    Thank you again my friend and for this awesome advice. We all need to listen more to our inner voices! 😉

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      So nice to see you here…I know this was a difficult week for you having so much on your plate.

      Following our inner voice never will steer us wrong. It is when we clear our minds and shut out all the noise does it happen. We don’t necessarily have to meditate…sometimes it happens to me in the shower lol.

      Yes, this is how I created the Buzz and I wouldn’t open it up with anyone else but you my friend.

      Your advice to people and teaching them is spot on, but more than that your sincerity and caring is an important factor.

      Have a peaceful week ahead,

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  21. Fabrizio
    May 14, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    Hey Donna, I checked out some of the video interviews on your new site about a week ago and thought what an amazing idea. Loved the first one with Adrienne Smith. It’s great to hear how it all came about, I seriously need to do a lot more meditation and get in touch with my inner voice, just finding the time to do that is a challenge in itself. Last time I tried to mediate I fell asleep for 9 hours lol, well it was 2 O’Clock in the morning.

    Great inspirational advice Donna, enjoy the rest of your week and I look forward to seeing more video interviews on the Buzz 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 15, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Fabrizio,

      Nice to know you have checked out my other blog. Yes, Adrienne and I started this off with a bang! She of all people had to be my first guest.

      As for meditation, lots of people fall asleep lol. But it can be anything…like when you are doing a small repetitive task like washing dishes. Your mind just goes somewhere and blocks out all the noise.

      There are many ways to take that well needed break….sometimes I just drive to the ocean and sit in the car letting the waves carry me away.

      Thanks for coming by,

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  22. Carol Amato
    May 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi, Donna,

    I enjoyed getting to know you better by reading about how you face obstacles – through silence. How very interesting to hear your terms – I found out that I do the exact same thing that you do, only I use different terms to describe it. 🙂

    You and me both! I cannot stand the hype in the marketplace, and also can’t stand big long windy introductions about all that person accomplished, etc. Yada yada yada! Yes, it’s important to know who the person is and what they stand for, but you’re right. Way too much hype going on. Can’t stand it myself, and I’m the opposite in all I do, I really try to just talk as if I were speaking to one person at my kitchen table over a cup of coffee (or plate of pasta!) lol

    Yeah, that’s definitely a catchy title! You are spot on, sometimes is it the best thing to just say “shut up!” LOL

    On your Buzz site, I was able to enjoy your interview with Adrienne, then things got very busy for me preparing to take time off, took the time off to celebrate my son’s graduation, now getting back into the groove. . . So will try to enjoy the current Buzz interviews going forward. What an excellent concept! So glad you were able to get confirmation that you did the right thing – ain’t nothing in the world more satisfying than that! (in the business world, that is). 😉

    Thanks for sharing your heart, Donna – and hope you have a great weekend coming up.

    ˜Carol Amato
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 15, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Carol,

      Glad you enjoyed this share. There is so much noise out there it can make your head spin. I needed to find a solution to a business problem. I didn’t fit in with the “usual” way others were marketing. So I had to find that within myself.

      Yes, I too like to communicate to others like I would over a cup of coffee! Pasta sounds good to me too lol. I do find that when we make things simple, we can do best for others. They can pick up on one concept and take action themselves on it.

      As for The Buzz…. While there is so much “noise” in marketing, I wanted to have a place where people can make a wise decision to purchase or not by interviewing the person behind the product or service.

      Because I believe people buy people, why the heck not? I do have some guests on there already and if someone cannot find the time of a new product, I like to dig in myself and interview David, which I just did about a product or service.

      People need to know the inside scoop and I try my best not to be biased…just passing information to others of some good finds out there they may need for their busines.

      Have a great weekend Carol,

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  23. Dylann Andre May 15, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    I like your article. You inspire and educate us on your blog. You can really help a lot. Great blogs!
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  24. Rachel Lavern
    May 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Can I ever relate to this post. I hear you when you said that you just hate it when you feel like your mind is spinning with ideas and it feels like you are pushed in many different directions. Oh yes.

    Sometimes I desperately need guidance in setting priorities and goals. I examine my life for areas that are out of balance and record each area in my journal. I set aside one day a week for a silent retreat when I go to the spa, the beach – a park – or even my back yard! Just get alone with God and my inner voice and take a spiritual inventory of my priorities, time management and goals. The results sometimes surprise me.

    Thanks for sharing your process and have a wonderful weekend!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      I’m sure you can relate to this. I like the suggestions you shared here for my readers to see.

      Setting out one day a week for a silent retreat.
      Go to the beach
      The Spa,
      A park
      Even your own back yard.

      To be alone with God and your inner voice and especially take spiritual inventory of your priorities. I do the same. Usually it is Sundays. In fact, due to the gorgeous days I have been having here, the beach has called my name for the past three days.

      I needed to take that break and I spent it on the beach, and in my yard, with my hands in the dirt planting. It doesn’t get better than that.

      When I thought I had to catch up on all the work I have missed, I sit here, in a very calm and easy way to do so.

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  25. Joan Harrington
    May 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    What an awesome post and thought-provoking as well! Love how transparent you are my friend, sharing your thoughts and giving people ways to deal and find peace in all of the NOISE that is online lol.

    I know EXACTLY what you mean, sometimes it seems there is so much coming at us all at once and all we really need to do is to silence the noise and listen to our inner voice that will help us figure it all out 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this post and I know that you have definately shown me that finding peace is all about being silent with our own inner voice that will never fail us 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      Hi Joan,

      I may be transparent, but it is for the good of all. Sometimes when we share a piece of ourselves, others will resonate so well and not feel like they are alone.

      So true, our inner voice will always bring us peace. The only problem is to actually take action upon just being still. he he.

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  26. Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
    May 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    SILENT? You want me to be silent? I actually do know how to do that and do it often.

    You really only learn when you are listening.
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  27. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    May 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Donna ,
    you did very good ,being calm
    listening to the inner voice ,you
    asked for the next step and the universal mind
    did give you the answer 🙂 Is this not awesome ?
    And what a amazing good step it told you to do .
    If we would be more aware that we can do this ,
    we would have less stress.
    Great Idea
    Thank you
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      Hi Erika,

      I know how well you are in touch with the universal mind. You sure do understand what I went through in order to get my answer.

      As I do this often, sometimes there is too much coming at me and I do need to retreat to get my answer to the problem.

      It sure brings down that stress level!

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  28. Sue Bride
    May 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    My inner voice has been telling me what not to do but as yet has to land on the ideal solution for me. Enforced time off because of holidays, overseas visitors and home renovations has given me time to step back, to think and to explore new avenues. I’m sure I’ll decide which road to take soon.

    We can get so caught up in our current activities that we fail to see the bigger picture or alternatives. We can end up going with the flow and fail to follow our own desires.

    I’m pleased you’ve found a new avenue to explore and I wish you all the best in achieving huge success.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      So that’s where you have been! Holidays, overseas visitors and home renovations sure take one away from the internet world. But I do find that a good thing because when you step back into it, you come in with a fresh new approach.

      So true, we can get so caught up in those daily activities, we can fail to follow our own desires. It just takes some quiet time to decide what our next venture would be.

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  29. Nisha Pandey
    May 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    This is such a wonderful and enlightening post. I love the way how you soothed all those ideas and retreated back to your inner voice. I often think of going the meditation route, but you know we all just stop at thinking and not doing it! But I think it’s now time for me to take some solid steps too!

    Thanks for this inspirational post!

    Have a great day!

    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Nisha,

      So happy that you were enlightened by this post. Yes, taking some time to meditate, or just take a quiet walk…anything to be alone with yourself is a great thing to do.

      We get so caught up in daily tasks that we cannot see so many other ways we can build our business.

      Best to you,

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  30. Jenni Ryan
    May 17, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    What a great idea and people will get so much value from those interviews. And yes those inner voices can be very loud at times.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

      Hi Jenni,

      I wanted to set up interviews and editorials on those new things that hit the market. It is not a one size fits all but rather, a choice to see what can enhance your unique business.

      I want people to see others behind what they are selling and/or doing in the marketplace.

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  31. Lesly Federici
    May 17, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Hey Donna,
    Thank you for the shout out, I appreciate it. You know, it took a while for me to find my voice too … and I totally understand what you wrote… you really have to shake off the distractions and listen to your inner voice. It’s always right. Getting silent so you can hear it is so important .. if you don’t you’ll miss all the possible innate ideas you have generated all on your own… Love what you’re doing .. I’m formulating something similar to your “Buzz” and I’ll let you know … much love and success to you my friend 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Lesly,

      So good to know you understand this concept. When everything comes at you, it is time to take a little retreat and get into your own inner self. Thins become so clear when we do that.

      Do keep me posted on what you are doing …

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  32. Andy Lockhart
    May 17, 2015 at 10:02 am #


    What a great post, that inner voice, for good or bad it is a guide. David is a obviously a very good husband… (Have to promote the husbands 🙂 )

    I am glad your new initiative is going so well and you are getting some great interviews.

    Many Thanks

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Andy

      My inner voice always guides me and never lets me down. I just have to remember to go there lol.

      Yes David is the best husband! Indeed, you can promote husband anytime you wish. They are so difficult to find lol.

      Thanks so much,

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  33. Monna Ellithorpe
    May 17, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I loved reading about how you created Donna Merrill Buzz. I also know about the mass confusion in your mind (same for me this past week) and it is almost paralyzing to the point that you cannot get anything done.

    I love the 15 minute interviews you share with new people (to me) and some I already know. I know this site is going to be a great success.

    Have fun with it.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      Indeed, sometimes that mass confusing in our minds are almost paralyzing. It is like overwhelm when we cannot do the smallest task.

      This is a great sign for us to unplug…step away and take that long needed break. I find that whenever I do, I come back calm and focused.

      Thanks so much for visiting the Buzz!

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  34. Lawrence Bousquet
    May 17, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Wonderful share Donna, it is so important these days to tell all the voices to shut up. In fact one thing most of the successful people will tell you they do is to meditate. The act of meditation just allows your mind to relax and you benefit by being more productive with a better focus on what your doing. It is also the best way to get answers to questions like in your example here.
    Congratulations on starting this wonderful project as well.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

      Hi Lawrence,

      As we get more and more busy with our business life, we do need to step away. Meditation is a great way to connect with ourselves. Especially when we are juggling so much.

      I do get some weeks where I am bombarded but then take that extra time for myself.

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  35. Jacs Henderson
    May 17, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Fantastic post Donna!

    My brain is frying itself too… I think I’ll try shutting out the world and listening to my inner voice!

    How amazingly brilliant your Donna Merrill’s Buzz is…

    it’s allowing you to extend your business by extending your blogging expertise and people skills into monetising whilst providing knowledge of products, product creators in a fun and personal way in watchable chunks of time… GENIUS!

    and also great entertainment 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      Hi Jacs,

      If your brain is frying… take the break you need. I used to feel like I couldn’t take time out because of all the business demands. But the more we do, the more we do need to take time for ourselves.

      Glad you like the idea of the Buzz. Yes, I could monetize while interviewing folks that created a product or service. Or I can also do small interviews or even review a product. It can be an affiliate or not.

      The main reason I wanted to do this is because I do purchase many products and some are great and some are not a good fit for me.

      So why not dig around and make things more simple for people so they have a choice if a product or service will suit them well.

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  36. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    May 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi Donna ,
    great interviews, very helpful for many of us .
    It is amazing what we can create if we are able
    to listen to our inner voice.
    Keep up the good work 🙂
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  37. Donna Merrill
    May 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Hi Erika,

    Glad you enjoyed those interviews!

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  38. Vinton Samms
    May 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Excellent piece of writing. Thanks for taking us on a journey with you in the creation of your new site. I have a lot swimming around in my head and I might just apply your strategy. I am happy that after all the mediation something wonderful has emerged and from which you are now getting responses. Thanks for sharing this and keep going, don’t stop now you will get there soon.
    Looking forward to more of your interviews.

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Vinton,

      Thanks so much for the compliment. Sometimes I like to share my own journey in story form so that it could resonate with others.

      I find that my best ideas come from having a clear mind, away from all that noise in my head.

      I will keep on going with the Buzz so that people can see others and what they are doing online.

      You never know what one can find to be a perfect fit.

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  39. Willena Flewelling
    May 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Donna, this reminds me of two scripture verses that I need to heed more often…

    “Be still, and know that I am God.”
    “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”

    Those voices in my head are all too healthy and demanding, and I need frequent reminders of where the real answers are to be found.

    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Willena,

      Thank you so much for adding value to this post by your comment. I remember that verse in scriptures and do think of that often.

      It is when we are still in quietness, God does give us confidence and strength.

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  40. David Merrill 101
    May 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    We’re usually anxious to be “in control” of our business, Donna.

    This article is a good reminder, though, that sometimes we’re best off just “letting go” and letting the answers come to us, instead of trying to shape them ourselves.

    It’s good we do all we can to move our game forward, but the truth is, our abilities, insight and knowledge are all limited.

    There is a higher source of wisdom though, and it’s the one you tapped into when you found your silent inner voice.

    Thanks for sharing the process you went through to get this sharp, and fruitful insight. It’s once we can all benefit from mimicking.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 11:32 am #

      Hi David,

      So true, we do get anxious to be in “control” of our business. That is when I have to retreat. I do remember that day when I was starting to get overwhelmed.

      You were puzzled why I would take on something new when I had so much on my plate already. But I am so grateful to you having my back! You sure understand the way I tick.

      Although it is another project, it freed me from all anxiety.

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  41. Kathryn Maclean
    May 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    You are so right Donna, I discovered this myself this weekend. I need quiet!
    All the hustle and noise around me, I can’t hear my inner voice.
    Something to be said for clarity. Calm and serenity – so relaxing
    Thanks for the great article and all the best with buzz!

    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Kathryn,

      So good to know this has resonated with you. Yes…we all need quiet. It is up to us to be able to make that decision to make time for it.

      Then we get back to our business with so much clarity and focus.

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  42. Lillian De Jesus
    May 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    Oh Donna! You and me both have been feeling the hurriedness of ideas rambling in our heads.

    I’ve been feeling torn in so many directions as well. I really need to take time out for me. That’s the best way to focus.

    Thank you so much for sharing your tips!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Lillian,

      We all get bogged down with this kind of feeling from time to time. To prevent overwhelm which can be paralyzing, it is time to unplug…walk away and stop the noise.

      However you get there, it needs to be done when feeling like this. From a walk in the park, to meditation. Anything that resonates with you to take a step back will help you regain focus.

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  43. Anant Thakur May 18, 2015 at 3:20 am #

    Hi Donna,

    This is a very common issue for all of us human beings.
    And nothing can be more important to stop and listening to that silent inner voice you referred to.
    Only our true source can guide us to the correct destination.
    Thank you for sharing your experience and uplifting advice.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Anant,

      Glad you found this interesting. Yes it is a common issue for all of us. We get so caught up in what we are doing that we sometimes forget to get in touch with ourselves.

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  44. Kimsea Sok
    May 21, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    Donna, how are you today…?

    I was a busy with creating new blog, thus It seem a long time quite your blog. I hope you are doing well.

    Well, I found that the above is another awesome article that you’re always share me as usually you did.

    I love what you said about unplugging and relaxing, it was brilliant idea.

    Sometime, it’s really hard and suck to fight with problems issued during the business. I feel like stress and press. I leave what I’m currently during for a while, or sometime I quite my business almost a week.

    However, I’m not gonna give up my business, but I want to unplug from those issues.

    I went for walk and enjoy the time with my friends, and I find out some place to make my body strong such as paying football or other sport.

    Then I back to fight again. I know, I’m a lazy blogger..
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    • Donna Merrill
      June 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Kimsea,

      We all have to unplug. If not, we will end up overwhelming ourselves and that will be a downfall.

      We do need to be consistent when blogging and can’t do it too long. If there are other things we need to do like unplugging, have a friend guest post for you.

      I will be visiting your new blog.

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  45. Glenn Shepherd
    May 27, 2015 at 7:00 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Taking time out from time to time is certainly essential. I think that this is one oft-overlooked side effect of working online. The axing of a “9 to 5” job is so often touted as a big advantage when pitching the whole ‘work online’ model, however what people seem to overlook (I know I’ve certainly done this) is that, more often than not, we rarely completely switch off. We’re always thinking about our blog, mailing list, product launches, social media, traffic generation, advertising, etc, etc, etc and this very rarely has an ‘off switch’. So it can get to the point where our minds yell out “NO MORE!!” and just want to shut down for a bit.

    Of course there are those who worry about work even when then they get home, or have further things to think about, but largely once people leave work at 5 PM that’s it. They only have to address work stuff while they’re at work and the rest of their time’s their own.

    I’d much rather work away from the 9 to 5 and the many confines that come along with it, but I think it’s important to recognise that working for oneself online brings with it its own challenges and pressures.

    I think you put it very well – unplug. I think it’s important to do that from time to time and it’s much better to plan it and choose when and how rather than your mind deciding it for you. I reached a point last year where I pretty much disappeared from the scene entirely – no blogging, no blog commenting, no social media interaction, no mailings, nothing. I’d just reached a point where I was burning myself out and my mind just said, “Enough’s enough”.

    I like the concept of what you’re doing with the short, punchy interviews. I see too many people doing lengthy interviews that last for 45 minutes, an hour, 90 minutes or even more and while the content may be fantastic, I think that this can sometimes be just too long. I’d much rather get actionable cream crammed into 15 minutes than a wealth of info in an hour that I struggle to absorb and retain.

    I wish you much success with this new project and have absolutely no doubt that you will crush it, especially with David’s fantastic support. 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill
      June 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Glenn,

      Yes working for ourselves carries a lot of challenges. There is so much to do and if we take time off and not turn that “switch” off, we will be only thinking of our blogs and other aspects of our business.

      It is so important to turn that switch off…I know it is hard to do at first but with a little practice, one can succeed.

      I remember last year where you couldn’t be found. You reached that overwhelm point. But here you are back and balanced. Good lesson learned.

      As for the interviews…who the heck has the time to watch something too long? Let’s be real…I don’t…. so I keep it at 15 minutes and that’s it. People can meet others and decide if they want to either purchase their offers, or just make friends with an interesting person online.

      Your comment Rocks!

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  46. Jens-Petter Berget
    June 5, 2015 at 3:42 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I have started using Headspace to meditate and to be more in silence. I’ve only been using it for about three weeks, but the results are amazing. I feel more calm, and I have better control and the decisions I make are better now that I practice meditation.
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    • Donna Merrill
      June 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi Jens,

      That is wonderful! I’ve done something similar myself and now I’m more refreshed and focused every day.

      When having our own business, we need to take time out to meditate.

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  47. Joy Healey
    June 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I think I’m trying to be in an unplug moment too as I’m somewhat lost. I’m doing that with the help of Dog-dog.

    Must confess I find being silent REALLY difficult. The one time in my life when I totally relax and still my mind is at my yoga class, in the relaxation session. I really enjoy that and when life settles down a little I’d like to go twice a week instead of once. Still a lot of catching up to do before that can happen – but at least I’m more or less keeping up the weekly sessions.

    Let’s hope some business inspiration comes from one of those sessions.

    Glad you have had your inspiration and I’ll pop over to read one of your new posts.

    Have a good weekend, Joy
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    • Donna Merrill
      June 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

      Hi Joy,

      I sure can understand. I’m glad you are in a yoga class to balance you out. Clearing your mind is quite difficult to do. It does take practice. Yoga each week is a step in the right direction.

      Listening to our silent inner voice takes some time. Our minds are so full of working on logical thinking that we tend to ignore that “intuitive” side of us that has the “knowing” deep inside. And even when we hit that point, we can talk ourselves out of it.

      It takes a lot of trust and practice. But once you get that AHA moment, the rest will be easier.

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