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Storytelling is an art, but Maria Ross has it down to a science. As a consultant, writer and speaker, she is chief brand strategist and creator of Red Slice, a digital elixir of stories and strategies to boost your business, your brand and your brain. She revels in helping solopreneurs and leading-edge small to mid-sized companies translate captivating stories into irresistible brands.

Proving that cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive, Maria is the author of two books, including her just released humorous and heartfelt memoir Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life. A dynamic speaker, she is highly sought-after to present business and inspirational keynotes and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and in Entrepreneur, The LA Times, Seattle Business and Columbus CEO.

Maria lives with her husband and their quirky Black Lab mix in Seattle, Washington but will soon be moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Importance of Taking It Slow

In 2008, I was like most dynamic women: running on life's treadmill, overbooking myself, pursuing all my passions at once. Ha. Trying to "live my best life" almost stole it from me. I almost died from a brain aneurysm. It turned out to be a gift: The hectic pace of my life finally caught up and it was time to make a change. My recovery was amazing, according to doctors. So what did I learn? Focus. You need to start playing the record of your life at your speed, rather than letting it play you. Stress and change played a major…

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