How to shift your mindset when experiencing envy.

Feeling jealous?

A little green with envy?

You’re not alone. Even the most successful women experience envy. There’s really not much you can do to escape it.

The good news is you can definitely change your mindset when you’re experiencing it.

This video from OWN and Glennon Doyle Melton will help you see how experiencing envy can help you build your abundance mindset muscle.

It’s not about who gets the biggest piece of the pie … it’s about making a BIGGER pie!

Watch and you’ll be an abundance champion in no time …

What’s on your TA-DA list?

If you’re anything like the vast majority of entrepreneurs in this world, you have a To-Do List that’s 10 miles long. Your days and weeks amount to checking things off the list in order to feel like you are making progress.

Some days, you dream of adding in Take a shower and Brush your teeth just so you can feel like you’re accomplishing something.

And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with the epic To-Do List, it often acts as the proverbial carrot dangling in front of your face. Always striving, working, and reaching, and never taking the time to see how far you’ve come.

That’s where the Ta-Da List comes into play.

A Ta-Da List is a compilation of the things you’ve checked off your To-Do List and accomplished, big or small. It’s a celebration of the strides you’ve made, the risks you’ve taken, and the mini dance parties you’ve had in your head.

It’s a clear-cut reminder to take pause and appreciate all of the successes you’ve had.

To-Do vs Ta-Da

To-Do is always looking forward at what needs to be done.
Ta-Da is looking back at all of the things that you’ve accomplished.

To-Do is never-ending.
Ta-Da is always celebrating.

To-Do is a catalog of all the things you want to do.
Ta-Da is a catalog of all the things you’ve done.

To-Do is a chore.
Ta-Da is a party.

To-Do is lackluster without the Ta-Da!

Ta-Da away

The next time your To-Do List is starting to bog you down, why not switch it up and create a list of all of the things you’ve accomplished?

It could be in the past 2 hours, the past 2 weeks, or the past year.

Regardless of how far back you go, know this: being productive is important, but so is taking time to recognize just how far you’ve come.



Emily Levenson, Propelle Co-Pilot Emily Levenson has been inspiring others since the turn of the century. She has been referred to as a rainbowmaker, a magical mentor, and a game changer.

Most days, you can find Emily tweeting up a storm, blogging about the delicious and healthy foods she creates, playing on Pinterest, and Facebooking with the best of them.

Emily has been lucky enough to have been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Business Times, NEXTPittsburgh, and on WTAE-TV.


The Great Gilbert Giveaway!

Elizabeth Gilbert at Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

Elizabeth Gilbert—best selling author and inspirational speaker—is coming to Pittsburgh and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

When we heard Elizabeth would be speaking, we reserved a section of seats for the ladies in our Rock It! community. They were snatched up in a matter of minutes. The good news? We held onto one of those tickets for YOU.

That’s right. We’re giving one away.

This is going to be one hell of an inspiring girl’s night out.

Here’s how to enter:

Enter Now!

Failing…All Over the Internet.

Master versus Beginner (Image via )

We’ve all had our fair share of failures.

Have you ever …

Felt like what you create doesn’t resonate with others?

Poured your heart and soul into a product or offering but didn’t make a single sale?

Realized your entire business concept is no longer serving you?

Perhaps none of these things are have happened to you but instead you’ve just been going through the motions because you’re afraid of trying something new or different.

And you’re especially afraid of failing. 

The most successful people fail hard and often. You just don’t hear about it as much.

Want to get more comfortable with the idea of failing? Here are some failure resources to explore that we think you’ll enjoy:

1. This cartoon series from Doodle Alley about making friends with failure.
A clever collection of cartoons (like the one featured above) that will give you a new perspective on failure.

2.  Thoughts on the F-word by Pittsburgh photographer Richard Kelly.
How’s this for inspiring?  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas A. Edison

3. A sincere and hysterical CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh talk on failure by Kate Daly.
If you’ve ever had an epic hair failure (yes she talks about home perms!) or love Ramona Quimby, this one’s for you.

4. The latest guest post on the Propelle Blog, Tania Hussain talks about redefining failure.
Learn how failure is instrumental when it comes to reaching your goals.

5. J.K. Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech: The fringe benefits of failure.
Discover how “rock bottom” became the solid foundation as to which this famous author rebuilt her life.

6. In this episode of the Tim Ferriss show, James Altucher talks about how to fail better.
17 of his companies have failed, and 3 have made him tens of millions.

Now it’s your turn!

How do you feel about failure? Do you resist it? Do you embrace it? Does it freak you out?

We’d love to hear your stories about failure and what you’ve learned from your experiences. Feel free to leave a comment below. Or, better yet, hit us up on Twitter.

A sample tweet to get you started (Click to tweet.)

What I’ve learned from failing  ____________ (fill in the blank). @wepropelle


Kate Stoltzfus Kate Stoltzfus wants to live in a world where dinner parties outnumber meals in front of screens, handwritten notes are just as common as a tweet, and heartfelt conversations happen every day.

As the creator of, an interview and connection adventure blog, she’s changing the way people think about meeting their neighbors and making new friends. As a co-pilot of Propelle, she continues her mission of helping others connect by bringing together women entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh and beyond.

In addition to her work with Yinzpiration and Propelle, she’s a digital strategist at Plumb Media, and serves as the host of CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh, a global monthly breakfast lecture series.

Organized Time

Organized Time

Ever feel like your calendar gets the very best of you? Or like your left alone swimming in a list of to-do’s a thousand miles long?

Been there. Done that. Have the t-shirt.

The good news? It doesn’t have to be that way. It really is possible to feel like a total productivity master with a few simple tweaks.

If to-do lists are your thing:

  • Write down everything that you want or need to get done each day (or week).
  • Select 1-3 things from that list that are your absolute priorities. Meaning, if you get nothing else done, this needs to get done.
  • If you’re having trouble selecting the top priority because everything feels like a priority, try writing them all on pieces of paper and choosing 1-3 from a hat at random.
  • If you get everything done, go back to your list and repeat.

If you live and die by your calendar:

  • Schedule in time to do the things you need to do, including lunch breaks and self-care items (like massages, manicures, or walks).
  • Consider having themes for your days (or mornings) like Marketing Monday’s, Social Media Tuesdays, Newsletter Wednesdays, Email Clean-out Thursdays, and Free-for-all Fridays.
  • Make sure to honor your time. If you want to have client sessions at a specific time every week, but then schedule a million other things during that time slot instead, you’re never going to reach your goal.

If you struggle to start because your workspace is cluttered:

  • Set a timer for 10-15 minutes each day and clean! You could start with a corner of your desk, clearing out your computer desktop and filing everything away, or throwing away all old items on your bulletin board.
  • Identify what tools—filing system, shelving units, bookshelves, etc.—would help you get more organized.
  • Hire a professional. Sometimes we need a bit of help to get unburied from a mess. There is no shame in getting help and tackling it together.

You may have to try a few techniques or tweaks to find what works best for you. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s encouraged. At the end of the day, it’s really about making progress towards your goals and less about being a slave to your calendar or to-do list.

Now it’s your turn!

What are your favorite way to stay organized?

We’d love to hear your favorite tips, tricks, and organizational tools in the comments below.

If you’d rather tweet about it, here is a sample tweet to get you started (click here to tweet):

My favorite way to stay organized is ____________ (fill in the blank). @wepropelle


Emily Levenson, Propelle Co-Pilot Emily Levenson is a therapist turned holistic health coach who has devoted her life to helping others rewrite the story of their lives and feel deeply connected to their truth.

When she’s not delving into the dark corners of the unconscious, you can find her writing about her journey to get pregnant, testing people for food sensitivities, or planning epic events with the women of Propelle.

Find out the latest life lesson that Emily has learned over on her website,
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