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Francie Hinrichsen
The Grit Series with Katie VandenBerg, Diverse Entrepreneur and Divorce Coach

The Grit Series with Katie VandenBerg, Diverse Entrepreneur and Divorce Coach

I grew up the daughter/grand daughter/great-grand daughter of business owners (Foster Jacob Electric) and artists. I spent my childhood on 65 wooded acres with my imaginary friends, collecting rocks and playing in the creek. My mom was an artist, realtor and property developer. Work/life blended together seamlessly for my parents. They built our home by hand themselves. My dad cut down trees to heat our home in the wood burning furnace. Work is life and life is work for me but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it! I invested early in myself with time and a small amount of...

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Francie Hinrichsen
The Grit Series with Reagan Hill, Interior Designer

The Grit Series with Reagan Hill, Interior Designer

Reagan Hill is the Creative Director of Leslie Tyler Design, an interior design company in Central Illinois. Leslie Tyler Design is considered a full service interior design firm because it offers a wide range of services for residential and commercial purposes. Leslie Tyler Design offers traditional interior design services as well as home staging services and property design and development. Servicing Central Illinois, Reagan works with residential and commercial clients with a focus on historical architecture and vintage, antique and one of a kind furnishings.

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Francie Hinrichsen
The Grit Series with Leann Stickel, Life Coach

The Grit Series with Leann Stickel, Life Coach

Leann Stickel is the wife to Don and mom to four kiddos. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2009 at the age of 29. In the last 10 years she has learned what it means to keep showing up. When faced with chronic illness, she says, there is a period of mourning the future you had once pictured for yourself and her optimism was put to the test. She always says she's genetically optimistic (just ask her about The Frosting Philosophy!) and she's using that gift to help people learn how to apply a positive perspective to challenges in their...

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Francie Hinrichsen
The Grit Series with Heather Swick, Content Consultant

The Grit Series with Heather Swick, Content Consultant

Heather started her freelance writing business five years ago. She was working at a desk job at the time (raise your hand if you can relate!), and after years of wanting to go out on her own, she finally took a chance and went for it. She started writing for everything from wedding sites and local magazines to big-name websites and financial planning firms. During that time, she also wrote three novels and two children's books. She recently switched to working with entrepreneurs to help them create their signature digital products. Creating content tends to be a barrier for so many people, so...

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