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I may be the only woman I know with an autographed 8 x 10 framed photo of Dick Vitale in her office.   March Madness is a national holiday in my home.

I have gone to the tourney for over 25 years, and I have learned a few things along the way:

Teamwork Is Triumphant

One of the greatest games in history taught us just how magical teamwork can be.

March Madness

When the Villanova Wildcats upset the Georgetown Hoyas in 1985 it was because they united as a team and beat the odds.

“The best teams are team in any sport that lose themselves in the team. The individuals lose their identity. And their identities come about as a result of being in the team first.” — Mike Krzyzewski

Size Doesn’t Matter

I first started following Muggsy Bogues back when he played for Wake Forest.  Because of Muggsy I became a huge Demon Deacon fan!  Standing just 5 feet 3 inches tall in height, but a giant in spirit, he was an inspiration both on and off the court.

Watching Muggsy was a constant reminder that size doesn’t matter.  Hard work and determination do. Muggsy was the shortest player to ever play in the NBA. He played for 14 seasons before he retired.

Trust Your Gut

In life and in basketball brackets sometimes we just over think things.  I used to read, study, stress, watch way too much team coverage and then stress some more before I would fill out my brackets.   I have learned to trust my gut.

I am notorious for picking underdogs—which I inevitably get a lot of grief for.   However, I remind all the guys in my pool that A) I picked the infamous Austin Peay game in 1987 and B) I still hold the record for winning our pool the most years in the last 25.  They don’t call me the Queen of Bracketology for nothing!


There is Power In Passion

If you watch Dick Vitale and don’t feel his passion for life and for the game of basketball you aren’t paying attention.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is having more fun at the Big Dance, the teams playing or Dick Vitale. He is a great example passion and purpose.

“I learned from my mom and dad, who didn’t have a formal education but had doctorates of love. They told me that if you gave 110 percent all the time, a lot of beautiful things will happen. I may not always be right, but no one can ever accuse me of not having genuine love and passion for whatever I do.” –Dick Vitale


Lisa Hammond
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This Valentine’s Day I would like to suggest the radical notion that you are the special occasion and that the big night you have been waiting for is right now.  And I am guessing you won’t have to spend a dime to give yourself a little something nice.  I am betting there are plenty of wonderful things right there in your own home you have been holding on to.

My Grandma Ethel was always “saving” things for a special occasion too. She never used any of the gifts we gave her over the years.  They were too “special”. So there were many candles she never lit, pretty soap she never used,  luxurious towels she never wrapped herself in, elegant robes she never wore, and many other things she thought were too nice to use. It made us all sad after she passed to see of all the gifts we had given her with love over the years just sitting in her heirloom chest… waiting to be used and enjoyed.   Perhaps the old adage “you can’t take it with you” is around to remind us that life is short no matter how long it is.

So get out the good plates! The special occasion is now. Use that pretty china tonight.  Wear that beautiful necklace you have stored in your jewelry box. Take a bath with that fancy bubble bath you have been saving. Uncork that bottle of wine you have been hanging on to.  Stop waiting, do it today!

YOU are the special occasion!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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I am a big fan of Life Lists.  My kids are always teasing me saying, “Is that on the LL Mom?”   That is how often I refer to my Life List!

The start of a New Year is the perfect time to create or add to your Life List.

Over the years I have crossed off some amazing items from my list; swimming with dolphins in the wild, meeting Gloria Steinem, being in Oprah’s magazine, going on a Safari, and learning how to wakeboard (in the spirit of full disclosure my kids would want me to point out it did take a professional instructor!)

Watching your friends cross items off their Bucket List can be just as much fun as doing it yourself!  Especially if they have wanted to go Parasailing their entire life!  That is almost as much fun as crossing something off your own list!

Start creating or adding to your list.  Start LIVING your list!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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A new year is a chance for a fresh start.  It is my tradition every New Year’s Eve to make a list of anything I want to release from that year—and then burn it.

new years eve burningSome years my list makes it’s way to the fireplace, some years we have a fire pit in the back yard, and some years I am lucky enough to be at the beach with a bon fire.

It’s a symbolic way of making sure I let go whatever isn’t working for me so I can head into a New Year with a clean slate ready for a new beginning.

Try it!  It’s liberating!

Happy NEW Year!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Tis’ the Season… To-Do lists that stretch as far as the eye can see—and budgets that don’t. With so much to get done and so many to buy for, this time of year can be overwhelming.

I long ago changed my mindset from decking the halls to impress and shopping until I drop.  I have learned to focus only on the traditions that matter most to me and actually enjoy the season.  My family just finished our annual “Wrap Party”.  It’s a night we all get together to wrap up all the gifts we have bought for the families we have adopted from a local shelter.  We have been doing this for over twenty-five years and it is still brings me joy each and every Christmas.

Giving back is at the heart of our holiday celebrations.  Watch this short little video right up to the end to really catch that spirit. The Secret to Living is Giving

May your Holidays be Merry and Bright!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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So you didn’t win Power Ball?  Me either.  However, as my dear friend Carolyn reminded me, it gave us all all good chance for what I like to call my “Lottery Litmus Test”…

trying to win Megabucks!

It goes a little something like this…I ponder what I would do if I actually won the lottery.

Over the years there have been times I wouldn’t change a thing.  There have been times I would make radical changes.  And there have been times I would only make slight modifications to my life.  But what I have learned about myself is that this Lottery Litmus Test actually has merit.

Life is too short to wait for our 100 million dollar ship to come in!   Whenever I mull over my Lottery Litmus Test I inevitably end up course correcting and adjusting the sails on the ship of my life.

So what changes would YOU make if you won the Lottery?

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Sometimes it takes a powerful reminder to have an attitude of gratitude.  Whether that reminder is as strong as a hurricane or as simple as a turkey dinner, don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?    If like me you sometimes need an attitude adjustment, this inspiring video will do just that with 7 tips you can easily apply to your real life.  “http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=288453&u=355465&m=17824&urllink=&afftrack=

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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If you can read this, you have a teacher to thank.

Educating our children has become an unsung and undervalued profession.  The people who do this important job are shaping lives.  I applaud their hard work and dedication.

I was raised by a teacher.  I know how passionate my Dad was about his work.  He devoted almost 40 years to teaching history—and still hears from students he taught decades ago who tell him what a great influence he was.  Teachers matter!

Share this video as kids all across the country are heading back to school.


Let’s celebrate the heart of our teachers!


Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Taking the LeapWhen I started my first company I should have been too scared to get out of bed in the morning.  There was a lot to fear.  I was in over my head in every conceivable way.  Yet, I couldn’t wait to get started in the morning and worked around the clock.  I was so filled with passion and excited about what I was doing there wasn’t time to be afraid. I was a woman on a mission!  I was very clear about my WHY—fear didn’t stand a chance.

After years of saying I would never bungee jump, when it came time to raise money for charity, I couldn’t let a little thing like fear stand in the way.  I am willing to do anything for a good cause, especially a cause as worthy as Grameen America.  My WHY was far more important than my fear of bungee jumping.  However, those who know me knew I wouldn’t settle for just jumping off a building somewhere.  It had to be amazing if I was going to risk life and limb.  I decided a tandem jump with my hubby across the fourth longest river in Africa would do.  When we took that leap of faith across the Zambezi river it was pure joy!

Whether starting a business, building something, or raising funds for charity, when we tap into WHY and make our purpose the focus, our fears will often take a back seat allowing us to accomplish so much more.

Audre Lorde said it best, “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Professionally or personally we have all faced challenges at one time or another.  In the midst of a challenge the climb can feel very steep.  Vivan Greene’s quote said it best, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!”

I am grateful to share this incredible video  “http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=181882&u=355465&m=17824&urllink=&afftrack=”  with you and hope you will share it with anyone in your world who may need it.

We are a community and together we can uplift each other!dance in rain

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Most worthwhile things take time, effort and commitment.   The “overnight success” story is usually years in the making.   We all want to succeed, but are we all willing to commit to success?

“I don’t care what my clients want – everybody ‘wants’ a thousand things.  I care about what they’ll commit to.”  ~ Tony Robbins

I recently wrapped up a discussion with friends who are at the top in their fields who “want” to bring in much needed new management.  Yet none of them are actually taking concrete steps to resolve the situation.   Just wishing it would happen.

Have you ever heard a single friend say they “want” to meet someone special?  But then they won’t get out and mingle or engage in any activities.  Unless their delivery person is special, this probably won’t work.

We all “want” to feel great.  I hear people say they want to feel better all the time—as they wash down a handful of chemicals with a sugary drink or hit the drive-thru for the third time that day.  Saying we want to feel better is meaningless. Wanting something doesn’t make it so.

Wanting less stress, better health, more clients, a new way of life or whatever change we expect to make, takes more than desire.  It takes commitment and effort.


Are you willing to accept a challenge?  Pick one area that has been all “Want” and give yourself a Commitment Challenge. List 3 things in that area that you are truly willing to commit to.  Set a deadline and follow through.

I can’t wait to hear about your Commitment Challenge successes!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Years ago I was at a motivational conference when the speaker asked the group what at the time seemed like a simple question. She asked: What would you do if you knew you would not fail? If you were guaranteed success what would you attempt? I still find that question to be one of the most clarifying we can ask ourselves. When we eliminate all our self-doubts and remove all our inner (and outer) critics, we have a better chance at getting at the truth.


Therein lies the answer to the age-old question, what do I want to be when I grow up. Think about it. What would you do if you were absolutely guaranteed success? Would you be a stand up comic, an architect, a photographer, own a café, design clothes, go back to law school, become a dive master and move to an island?  Whatever your fantasy, that’s what you should be doing —guarantee or no guarantee.

I truly believe that discovering our own passions and finding the courage to follow them are our greatest callings. When people ask me what the single most important tool is for unearthing our dreams I tell them holding still. We are all moving too fast, with too much information coming from too many outside sources.  In order to find our authentic purpose we have to spend lots of time listening, really listening to ourselves. It seems so simple really, but how many of us actually do it?

“At the beginning of something there has to be nothing. We have to give ourselves a clean slate – and permission to dream.”   ~excerpt from Dream Big

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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They say the first step is admitting you have a problem… My name is Lisa, I am a multi-tasker.  Is there a rushing rehab? A retreat for multi-tasking mavens?  Or do you just have to go cold turkey?

I have taken multi-tasking to new and embarrassing heights.  I knew something had to give the day my daughter discovered me getting ready one morning with a blow dryer in one hand, iphone in the other and my laptop on the counter.  The look of horror on her face told me reviewing spread sheets, conducting a conference call and drying my hair simultaneously was not normal. I decided enough was enough, and I was actually going to make changes.

They say if you want something done, give to a busy woman. Well, let’s stop saying that!

Women can do it all, and far too often we do. I have learned to delegate, and learned to say no–the hardest thing for women to do.


After many years in the fast lane, I am happily merging over and enjoying myself in the slow lane.

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention.   I want to honor some of our unsung sheros who invented things we use everyday.

Marion Donovan was a young mother in the post-war baby boom era. Tired of the leaky cloth diapers she invented the disposable diaper. Marion made her first prototype using a shower curtain.

Manufactures said Marion Donovan’s product wouldn’t work. Undeterred, Marion went into business for herself.  Many years later she was able to sell her business for $1 million dollars.

Next time it rains you might find yourself thinking of May Anderson.  Back in 1903 she was granted her first patent for a window-cleaning device that could clean rain, sleet or snow from a windshield using a handle inside the car.  By 1916 windshield wipes became standard equipment on all cars.

Bette Nesmith Graham is one of my favorite stories.  She never intended to be an inventor; she wanted to be an artist.  After World War II ended, she was a single mother with a child to support.  As an executive secretary she took great pride in her work, and sought a better way to correct typing errors. She recalled that artists simply painted over their mistakes, so why couldn’t she?

Bette used tempera water based paint and colored it to match the stationery she was using.  With a small watercolor brush she dabbed that on any typing mistakes she made.  He boss never noticed.  Soon another secretary saw the new invention and wanted a bottle.  She called it “Mistake Out”.

In 1956 Bette started her homed based business, Mistake Out, which she later renamed, Liquid Paper. By 1967 it was a multi-million company. Bette Nesmith Graham believed money to be a tool, not a solution to a problem. Graham sold her corporation for $47.5 million. She set up two foundations to help women find new ways to earn a living.

Liquid Paper

Happy Mother’s Day!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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I just heard that internet searches for “spring cleaning” are up over 183%.  I am not surprised.    I think a lot of us are ready for a fresh start.  And our closet is a great place to begin!

I’m a gal that loves order and organization. For me the bliss of spring cleaning is not just about getting to organize my home, but also donating the things we don’t need. I am a firm believer that as we let go of the old, we open the door to receive the new. Try giving away things with an abundant attitude and watch what happens!

Spring Clean

Whenever I clean out my closet I do so with a happy heart, because I know each and every piece of clothing and pair of shoes is going to be put to good use.  No need to cringe when deciding whether or not to give up that perfectly new sweater you never wear.  Find a great charity in your area and spread the joy.

Free yourself of old baggage—literally and figuratively—that may be hanging around in your closets.  I promise you’ll find it liberating!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Sometimes on the way to your dream you get lost and find a better one. Now more than ever I am finding people are truly reevaluating life.  Perhaps with our ever-changing landscape now is the perfect time to step back and ponder what other paths we might have taken, what passions and pursuits we wished we had let our hearts follow.  It is okay to change our minds and it’s never too late to start.


So what new adventure might you begin?  What does your heart long to do?  If you are starting something exciting be sure to comment and let me know!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Several years ago I was talking with a woman I considered invincible. She was an athlete, a woman who ran marathons, went backpacking alone, and climbed mountains most of us only view from the ground. I was telling her how much I envied her courage and lack of fear. She looked at me and smiled, and then told me something I have never forgotten; she was afraid too.

It was an amazing revelation to me. The people we admire for daring such courageous feats are really no different than us. The difference isn’t that they aren’t afraid and we are–the difference is that they move forward anyway.

I keep this quote hanging on my bulletin board, “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde.

Audre Lorde

Go ahead dare to be powerful!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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We may not all have the moxie to walk across a high wire nearly 3000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor, but we all have hopes, dreams, and secret ambitions.

My daughter sent me a truly inspiring video a while back that actually made me gasp out loud. And I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.

So what was so jaw dropping about this video? Well, first it’s a video of my daughter’s childhood best friend. Libby was like part of the family when our kids were growing up. And now she has accomplished something no other woman in the world has!

Take a look for yourself and see the height—literally—one person went to achieve her dream.

Click here to watch Lost Arrow Spire

Every dream begins with having the courage to take that first step toward a goal, and the persistence to keep putting one foot in front of the other until we reach the other side.
We don’t all have to walk across Yosemite, but we do have to go out on a limb in order to reach our dreams.

Dream Big,

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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The way we spend our time is ultimately the way we spend our lives.

reflecting on lake austin

What do you always think about doing, but don’t actually do?

What does your heart desire? Have you always wanted to run a marathon, take a trip to the land of your ancestors, take a photography class, learn to speak another language, plant a garden, write your history, or volunteer at a local charity?

Commit to making this be the year you actually do it! The reality is we make time for whatever is truly important to us. If it is really a priority we find, carve out, and create the time.

The way we spend our time is a reflection of our priorities. How will you be spending your time?

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

~Mother Teresa

I think women are a lot like lamps.

Over the last forty years, research studies have shown that women’s overall level of happiness has dropped.  This decline in happiness has no connection to whether or not we have kids, how healthy we are, what career we choose, what our income is, how old we are, or whether we are single or divorced.  The bottom line is: Women are loosing ground on the happiness scale. I personally believe it is because we are running on fumes and are simply out of oil.

Is your indicator warning light flashing low, low low? Is it time to put more oil in your tank?

Make a promise to yourself this year that self care will be a priority. Move yourself to the top of the list and begin to put Oil in Your Lamp.  

Start by giving yourself a few minutes of “me time” to watch the link below. Click on the inspiring link and turn up the sound on your computer so you can really feel the message of this beautiful little movie and then share it with someone who also needs oil in her lamp.


Blessings for a NEW year!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Last year for Christmas I got a Goat, Water, a small business in Haiti, and a Brain.  Please allow me to explain…

My son donated a goat in my honor through Heifer International.

My daughter donated to Kiva in my honor.  Through Kiva I was able to fund a woman with a micro loan for her business in Haiti.

My husband donated drinking water in my honor to a village through Charity Water.

My sister donated her brain (postmortem of course) in my honor to the Brain Bank at The Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center.  Read the book My Stroke of Insight and you will understand why I am passionate about this research.

Throughout the year these gifts have brought me such joy.  I smile whenever I think about the incredible work these organizations are doing and what a difference they are making.

This year the charity gift that is top on my wish list is a donation to Grameen America.

Grameen American was founded by one of my heroes, Muhammad Yunus.  Professor Yunus began the Grameen Bank, a system that has succeeded with remarkable results in the villages of Bangladesh.  Now Professor Yunus has brought his wisdom and vision to America. Grameen America provides affordable micro-loans to help financially empower low-income entrepreneurs.

Join me in giving gifts that give back this year.  I have the honor of being part of 12 Days of Giving an innovative social media campaign to raise funds for charities through Crowdrise.  I have chosen Grameen America as my charity.

To encourage you even a bit more… If we reach $2000 for Grameen Amercia, I will Bungee Jump!  Something my kids have been trying to get me to do—and I have been desperately trying to avoid—for many years!!  Follow the fun at the Twitter hashtag #12DaysOfGiving

Please show your support by clicking here  http://www.crowdrise.com/day11lisahammondgram

Make the Holidays Bright!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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Apparently I am a slow learner.  For several weeks I have been referring to a situation as a pain in the ass.   I like a drama free zone, and it has been anything but around here lately.  One of those times, whether on the home front or at work we all want to look back on—not be in the middle of.

I know better.  I write about, talk about it, and truly do get the power of our words.  And here I have been week after exasperating week going on and on about what a pain in the ass this situation is.

horses ass

Blame it on lack of sleep, blame it on a moment of weakness, blame it on oops I did it again, but you know how this story ends…  guess who has a pain in the ass?

That’s right boys and girls I am now writing about the literal pain in my ass — the flare up of my sciatic nerve.

Who feels like a horses ass now?

Lesson learned.   Note taken.  A painful reminder that our words have power.  Change of plans, from here to forth I shall be saying, wow I am so lucky to be learning so much from this exciting process.  I am sure it’s all working out exactly as it is meant to be.

Giddy Up!

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO ®

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