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A few months ago, I wrote a post up on social media sites about how I changed my business from a massive stressfest to funfest over a one year period. While I’ll be sharing that story soon, today’s guests Shannon Ward and Diana Stirling from share their story about big and little shifts they made from their business and life today on the show. Just a couple of years ago they were stuck in their own business (and office building), overworked, ridiculously stressed and hating the business they started even though it appeared on paper that it was “successful”. And now they have changed the game and are inspiring others to do the same. Here is how they did it:

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About Today’s Guests, Shannon Ward and Diana Stirling:

Shannon and DianaYou can check out much more about Shannon and Diana and pick up tips, ideas and insights for yourself at and on Twitter @pretirementlife.

And by the way, this is a really cool email Shannon sent me about why they would be the perfect guests on the show:

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Interview Us for The Rise to the Top:

1. We’re Pretired, meaning we don’t put off living out our dreams until retirement and we’re living life to the fullest NOW!
2. Having children has inspired us to live our lives to the fullest, rather than created an excuse to let go of our dreams (ex. I went skydiving for the first time after my first child was born).
3. We’ve spent more than 13 months living in tropical destinations over the past three years.
4. Our offices have included coffee shops, boat decks, beachfront decks, and even mountain tops. In fact, my current commute is via gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain (site of the 2010 Winter Olympics) and Diana’s office is in a cartoon boat at an amusement park (seriously…see attached pics).
5. We’ve introduced our kids to 6 new countries and cultures in the past 3 years.
6. I discovered a passion for surfing at age 34.
7. We spend an average of 8 months a year in flip flops.
8. We have contributed an estimated $18K to 35 charities in our communities in the past year, and we also give as much of our time as possible.
9. We are a couple of the most tech savvy women you’ll meet and use technology to facilitate our Pretired lifestyle.
10. Through our blog we’re empowering women to rewrite the “rules” of entrepreneurship and motherhood by showing them how to build businesses that create financial wealth, freedom and fulfillment so they can live life now!

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