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My Personal Life Is A Hot Mess. Here’s How I Still Run My Business.

I’m going to own this: My personal life is a hot mess.

It never stops. Just as one crisis diminishes, the next one arrives. It’s like I’m standing waist deep in the ocean, waiting for the next wave to knock me off kilter.

Do you know what I mean?

My Personal Life Is a Hot Mess. Here's How I Still Run My Business. By Jill Celeste, www.JillCeleste.com

Personal crises

I now wear my personal crises as a badge of honor. My crises are part of who I am, and I have quite a list:

  • Dad got Alzheimer’s. We put him in a nursing home. He deteriorates in front of our eyes, finally dying in May 2016.
  • Mom got Parkinson’s. She struggled as a care provider for my dad, which caused tremendous depression. She became a victim of elder abuse, where her “care provider” swindled Mom of her life savings and is verbally abusive to her. She showed up on my doorstep in August 2015, begging me to let her stay.
  • Mom lived with us for six months. I’ll say this as kindly as I can: My mother is a trying woman. Living with her was not a picnic. I move her to an assisted living facility so she can get better care. To this day, she tells me I abandoned her.
  • My oldest son was failing high school. He dropped out in August 2016. He takes a year off. Then, he decides to go back to school for his senior year. He has a ton of credits to make up. Getting him through school is a full-time job – one I am grateful for – despite the stress.
  • Emma, my beloved basset hound, was stricken with cancer not once, but twice, in 2016.
  • My family had to move from our rental home, where we lived for years, and could not find a place until 10 days before our move-out date. (I did manifest a lovely home!)
  • My mother fell and broke her hip, requiring a partial hip replacement. She’s not a compliant patient. She’s fallen a dozen times since her surgery.

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Jill’s Top 6 Marketing Articles from 2016

I wrote more than 50 articles for my blog in 2016, and I am so proud of each one. Some involve tactical advice, such as how to do something marketing-related, while others were “you’re not alone” pep talks intended to inspire you.

I looked over my web and social media stats, and made a list of the top 6 marketing articles I published in 2016. It’s a true myriad of ideas!

A personal recap of 2016

2016 had its ups and downs, didn’t it? I published my first book, That First Client, which became a Top 25 Amazon Bestselling Marketing Book. I co-authored another book, Gratitude and Grace, which was an international bestseller. I hosted four 21-Day Marketing Challenges, coached more than 50 students and clients, welcomed students into the Celestial Marketing Academy, created the Advanced Marketing Circle, and redesigned my Quick Start Programs.

In between the business successes, I was challenged by personal stuff – losing my Dad, and then my sister-in-law. Placing my mother into an assisted living facility. Taking care of my sweet basset hound through two cancer surgeries. Learning my mom has dementia. Letting my oldest son drop out of high school (believe it or not, the best decision ever). Moving into a new home. Feeling distraught about the U.S. Presidential Election results.

Oh yes, 2016 was a humdinger. Frankly, I will be glad to put this year in the books – and welcome 2017 and its possibilities.

I hope this recap blog post will help reconnect you with marketing ideas to grow your business in 2017. Please know: I am here for you. I am rooting for you. And I truly believe that 2017 is our year. Let’s go conquer it.

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Good Grief

Celestial One, I am grief stricken.


My body has become so stricken with grief that it has reacted with fevers, chills, infections and fatigue.

My father passed away on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:05pm. 

Saying good-bye to Dad

When I returned home later that evening, I couldn’t stop shivering. I’ve not grieved the loss of someone so close to me before, so I just assumed it was a temporary reaction, and went to bed. I woke up at 1:30am, shivering even more, and took my temperature. I had a fever. Continue reading

A Day In The Life Of A Sandwich Generation Entrepreneur

I am a Sandwich Generation Entrepreneur.

What does that mean? It means I own a business, and am the care provider for my children and an aging parent.

Perhaps you’re a Sandwich Generation Entrepreneur too? I am sure I am not alone.

A Day In The Life Of A Sandwich Generation Entrepreneur

Here’s how my day went yesterday:

→1:30pm: I am on the phone with my coach when my son texts me that something was blow out of proportion at school. When I ask for an explanation, my son said he would tell me when he got home from school. Sigh. Continue reading