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#GoingBold :: Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Hello! My name is Melo Hogan. I am a local Realtor in Tacoma, WA helping my clients with their real estate needs since 2011. Real Estate brokers are independent contractors and hang their licenses with their chosen brokerage. I hang mine with Windermere Abode, a boutique real estate company located in Old Town Tacoma.

I started the real estate business with my husband, Steve. I love working next to my husband and we made a great team! But 6 years later, he got a job opportunity that would work better for our family and this change made me reflect whether I should continue on make a career out of real estate. I continued on and missed having the teamwork I used to have but surprisingly, I also started to love working on my own and helping my clients on their real estate journey. I found pride in being able to work independently and pride in my work and the relationships that I have built with my clients. For the first day of 2019, I joined Windermere and plan to take my business to a whole new level!

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

Aside from my 3 children, ( they are my ongoing accomplishments!) I feel accomplished when I am serving my community. My family and I volunteer 2-3 times a week at our local food bank; we pick up donations from local grocery stores and deliver them to the center for our clients to receive free healthy food! We also make sandwiches at the center and hand them out to our friends at the Tacoma Rescue Mission. One of the latest bold boss moment that I am so proud of is getting a group of women in business called Tacoma Boss Ladies! We meet each month, decompress, talk and learn about one another our our businesses and ask where we can provide support with each other whether in our life or work.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Love what you do - it is hard to do something you don't love. Having the mindset of loving what you do truly helps and everything else will fall into place.

Don't be too hard on yourself - I am guilty of this. I tend to be hard on myself but when everyone else is a critic, why add on to it? While it's always good to being kind to others, more importantly be kind to yourself.

Give back and pay it forward - Do good and good will come to you.

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#GoingBold :: Yael Bendahan

Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan
Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan

 2 years ago I was a stay at home mom with 4 little kids (including a baby) and we were struggling financially. I didn't believe I would ever be able to make any decent money because, although I've probably read more than most college grads these days, I had NO higher education. I didn't even have a high school diploma. And after I did the calculations I realized that going out and finding a minimum wage job would end up just about paying for my baby's childcare. And there was NO way I was going to leave my family and go out to work in a menial job just to break even! I'd always been firm about being there for my children as they grew, and the idea of leaving them for no good reason broke my heart.

I'd tried photography and ended up hating it because I was a perfectionist and never felt my work was good enough. I'd tried cake decorating but there wasn't enough of a profit margin. I tried gift basket creation but, while I realized I had a talent for wrapping gifts, the profit margin again wasn't great and it required a certain amount of investment in stock and materials.

So I decided I'd have to find something I could do from home, that was scalable, and that I could get paid WELL for!

And I discovered the world of online business.

The more I learned the more I realized that I didn't need a degree, or even a high school diploma. What mattered was how hard I worked to learn and implement!

I started off as a virtual assistant getting paid $300 a month, and now I'm currently growing a digital marketing and visibility coaching business that's running at a 6-figure run rate!

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

I joined a mastermind run by a 7-figure business owner, and it's exponentially grown my business! A huge win for me was when I did some marketing work for her, and she was blown away by how good it was! It really made me feel like I'd "arrived". Another one was helping a client decrease her cost per lead by 50% - she was able to reach so many more people with her message and it was amazing!

Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Excuses will ALWAYS be there for you. You can always find an excuse not to do what you know you need to do to grow. But...if you really want to grow and achieve, you'll crush those excuses and TAKE ACTION!
If I could do it with 4 little ones and no household help, you can too!!!

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#GoingBold :: Allana Taranto of Modern Muse Boudoir

Bold & Pop #GoingBold Feature :: Allana Taranto of Modern Muse Boudoir

Allana Taranto | Modern Muse Boudoir

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Like many of us, I have a long and complex relationship to my body. While my rational side knows that the extra softening features, as my partner calls them, and cellulite has never actually stopped me from living my life, I do have to access that rational side on the regular because I am, like many of us are, in a continual state of comparison which is so damaging for our self esteem. 

Remember the first time you become aware of your body not fitting into what other people think it should be or not conforming to an external expectation? Yeah, those memories are embedded deeply. 

I got into boudoir and intimate portraits through my wedding clients. A few wanted to do some images before they put on their wedding dresses as a gift to their spouse. Bridal boudoir sessions are really fun and I still enjoy working photographing them. And eventually I came realize that the intimate portrait clients I treasured the most were doing it for themselves to celebrate their health; physical, emotional, spiritual. It was more of an internal milestone than an external one. When we are in a place of love and gratitude towards our bodies - that’s the ideal time to really see yourself. 

So, what happens in a Modern Muse session? We create and hold a space that is affirming to who you are and we capture you there. I have worked hard to build an inclusive and sex positive boutique boudoir studio that is affirming. It’s not about transforming you. It’s about coaching you to remember and recognize your true self and ultimately revel in your own magic. 

I know this is not for everyone, but can you imagine how good would it feel to look at images of yourself and LOVE them?

 
Bold & Pop #GoingBold Feature :: Allana Taranto of Modern Muse Boudoir
 

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

If I can help people see themselves with kindness and with love - the way other people see them - then I know that I have done my job well. 

response from client after her reveal - 

"I'm crying good tears. The entire experience was empowering in so many ways.

I'm at the point now where I have a profound understanding of myself yet I still have so much left to explore and understand. Coming out has been empowering for me and has allowed me to capture so much of a life I didn't fathom to be possible. I have lived with a shadow for most of my life and it wasn't until recently was I able to integrate it into my life and learn to accept and love it. I anticipated this being a journey of self-reflection and empowerment. 

I cried over this image for a while last night and it's creating the same emotional response after seeing it again. I honestly never saw myself as any of that until yesterday. I'm still in shock that the person in those pictures is me. "

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Tenacity. Kindness. Continual reflection. More tenacity!

Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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