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Mission Driven Monday--Sheena Virji

Meet Sheena Virji!

“My mother saved my life.”

I leaned in.

And learned more about ovarian cancer than I ever wanted to know.

But to hear Sheena talk about it didn’t make it sound scary or awkward. I discovered that Sheena is passionate about women’s health in a way that makes her friends feel cherished and valued. This interview is extra special—for her and for me—because today is a day of both remembrance and celebration.

Three years ago today, Sheena’s mom died.

Ovarian cancer, unfortunately, is often called the "silent killer," but since Sheena credits her mom for saving her own life, she's been anything but silent in the face of it.

What do you do when your life takes an unexpected turn? When you experience a loss that stops you in your tracks? When you have to say good-bye to someone you love--and it's way too soon? In this conversation, Sheena and I talk about how our purpose is grounded, not in the work we get paid to do, but in the work that experience prepares us to do.

I was inspired by her story and the unexpected circumstances that fueled the legacy she wants to leave. Join the conversation, and follow your mission, not the madness.

Important Links from this Episode:

Learn more about women’s cancers—How to prevent, diagnose, and treat them.

Bright Pink empowers women to assess their risk and take charge of their health proactively.

Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance promotes awareness and action for ovarian cancer.

And sage advice from Sheena: “Get to know your body. If it feels wrong, it’s worth exploring. Make an appointment with your doctor!” (Friends, she is so passionate about this, she even told me she would accompany anyone who asked!)

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Mission Driven Monday--Pamela Barba

Meet Pamela Barba!

In addition to about 100 other wonderful things, Pamela Barba is the founder of Vamos Ladies, a coaching and branding studio for Latinx women. She helps women communicate their value and earn more money. Talk about being mission driven! There's a word that comes to mind when I think of Pamela, and it's CLARITY. Not only does she know who she is--strong and capable and worthy, but she also helps other people understand who they are. And that's how you bring business to life. She literally puts LIFE into your business! Thanks, Pamela, for following your mission not the madness. And Happy 30th Birthday!

Important Links from this Episode:

Connect with Vamos Ladies

Meet Pamela Barba

More about the Enneagram Personality Test

A question to think about: Are you focused more on where you’re BELONGING or on who you are BECOMING?

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Why You Must Set Goals in Order to Succeed

Insecurity and uncertainty are significant sources of organizational stress.

They are also significant sources of life stress. You don’t have to work at a 9-5 to feel insecure and uncertain. In fact, if you don’t have a regular job you might feel even more insecure and uncertain than the guy who has an office job.

Setting goals is an important part of daily satisfaction.

Even if you aren’t the CEO, even if you don’t work in an actual office, and even if the only people you think are counting on you are the kind that can barely count to ten, setting goals and achieving them make us feel successful and strong in our chosen line of work.


  • Setting goals is NOT a to-do list (although you will most assuredly have some to-dos to get done).

  • Setting goals is NOT about productivity (although you will be more productive).

  • Setting goals is NOT a competition (unless you’re the type of person that likes to be competitive with yourself).

I haven’t worked in a “real” office in nearly twenty years, but every month I meet with an accountability partner to ensure I’m setting and meeting my goals.

We used to tick off our wins, challenges, take-aways, and goals, but last month we broke out a new template that addresses the things we care about in a more wholistic way. You can download the worksheet we use here or simply start out by writing down your plan for each of the growth areas listed below:

  • Career

  • Self Growth

  • Social

  • Physical

  • One Word Focus:

  • Quote of the Week:

Knowing I have a scheduled meeting every single month at the same time means I have to allot time for each of the activities I’ve said are important. I don’t want to meet with Jen and have to tell her I didn’t do anything on my list. When I meet my goals, she is inspired, and when she meets hers, I’m equally stoked. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be writing these blog posts every week, I wouldn’t have been so consistent with Mission Driven Monday, and I don’t think I would have had the foresight or drive to dream up any of the 52 week series I’ve been working on. (You can download the DREAM BIG series here.)

Jen asks me hard questions, forces me to write down exactly what I want to achieve, and encourages me to nail down the steps I need to take to get there. Even when it looks like I’m not doing anything, all I have to do is look back at that piece of paper where I wrote down my goals for the month and see that yes, I actually do have a plan for my life.

Want to be more productive?
More accountable?
Overcome your procrastination?
And achieve more?

Start with the one-week goal setting worksheet and find a partner that’s not afraid to ask, “Hey, did you do it?” And if you’re really, really lucky, you’ll find not just one partner but a whole network of people who are brave enough to ask the most important question of all:

How can I help?

If you’re ready to take it to the next level, I’ve got a treat for you!