Episode 89: SpitFire Spotlight: Sara Lingenfelter, CEO, Virtual Biz Partner

Sara Lingenfelter, business mentor + systems guru, and CEO of Virtual Biz Partner joins me for this month's SpitFire Spotlight! We're talking all things Virtual Assistants - or VAs for the cool acronym-speaking folk.

Sara wanted to live in a world where people can work from home while also having time and flexibility for their family and passion. Sara's life changed in 2011 after turning down the career she always planned for in Probation and Parole. She realized she wanted to work from home to have time with her son, and be in control of her future.

She then became a Virtual Assistant and eventually a Certified Online Business Manager. Over the years, she's supported hundreds of clients with implementing systems and simplifying their businesses to realize healthy, successful growth. Now, she provides training that empowers moms to start their journey of becoming a virtual assistant.

Episode 88: Cleaning up the Clutter


3 years ago I put on an event called The Spring Cleaning Summit. It was all about clearing our mind, body, soul and space to allow new opportunities to enter in.

Today I was inspired to revisit those themes: how to honor certain items and how to embrace the power of letting go as I downsize yet again from a 395 sq ft apartment to sharing 750 sq ft with my boyfriend.

It's time to get curious about your stuff!

Episode 86: Birthday Bummer


Do your birthdays bum you out?

Mine used to. I've had meltdowns, cried, screamed and refused to get out of bed. With a brother 2 years + 1 day older than me, I was used to sharing my special day and as an adult I added huge layers of expectations and pressures for the people around me to create an amazing experience.

Before the day even arrived, I was anticipating the disappointment and guaranteed let down.

This year I'm doing something different...

Episode 85: SpitFire Spotlight - Lesley Pyle, Founder of HireMyMom.com

Lesley Pyle is a pioneer in the work-from-home mom industry. In 1995 she founded HomeBasedWorkingMoms.com (HBWM.com) after the birth of her first child.

After serving her initial need to be at home and make a living, she realized there must be others out there just like her. 

Her instincts, passion and ability to niche down has allowed Lesley to create clear solutions, platforms and dual offerings to small businesses and working moms.

Don't let her sweet demeanor fool you, Lesley is a SpitFire of solution-based power.  

Check out Lesley and her company at www.hiremymom.com

Episode 82: Give Yourself the Credit You Deserve

How many times have you discounted or ignored your accomplishments because they felt average or easy?

If I just do it all the time, why does it matter?

It matters because what comes naturally to you is your SpitFire Super Power! That issue you saw and resolved is no small feat!

So it's time to start converting your "trivial" activities into your evidence of awesomeness.

(This episode is highly recommended for professionals looking to advance their career, business owners looking to land awesome clients and career seekers looking to nail their resume and interviews) 

Episode 80: How to Master the Interview (for Interviewers and Interviewees)

Why do interviews have to be so stressful?

What if we could really get to know someone's true potential and talents rather than pre-cooked questions and surface level responses?

This week Lauren has been diving into interviewing for a virtual assistant position with The SpitFire Coach.  Hear her tips and suggestions to nailing an interview and what to do if you're the one interviewing.

Episode 78: Self-Care Confessionals

Confession: I suck at self-care.

Confession: I am nasty when I don't take care of myself.

Confession: I need help taking care of myself.


Ever notice how what we do best for other's we suck at doing for ourselves? Even coaches aren't immune - we're human too!

Hear what Lauren's doing about it and what you can do to get real about your self-care.

Episode 77: How and When to Leave a Toxic Workplace

If you get ready for work every day with a pit in your stomach and a nagging “here we go” feeling, you just may have found yourself in a toxic environment.


While it might be tempting to run away with your middle finger high, this won’t prevent similar issues from occurring again somewhere new.


To tackle your toxic workplace once and for all, it’s time to take accountability and assess your role in the situation.

Episode 74: Your Operating Principles and Universal Rules

Organizations rely on operating principles to put their values into practice and get things done efficiently. While this is a typical process in the corporate world, what would happen if you applied this framework to yourself? 

Episode 73: Getting to the Core of Your Frustration


Do you find yourself getting frustrated on a regular basis? If you're like most people, you may be pointing the finger at a person, situation, obligation or annoyance.

But what if you could shift the impact of your frustration and own your role in the impact of it?

In today's episode, Lauren dives into her own experience with "putting her frustration on the table" and examining where it came from and what she could do about it.

Episode 72: New Beginnings: Reemerging after Grief


If you've ever beaten yourself up for falling off course after a traumatic event or substantial change in your life, this episode is for you.

After almost two months, Lauren emerges to share what she's learned in the process or reemerging after the loss of her furry companion, Rico Suave.

We're all humans being the best we can. So it's time to drop our judgment, perfection and go-go-go mode and start listening to what we really need.