August 17, 2018
Mira Makeover

Mira Makeover

We all need a makeover every now and again. Sometimes it’s just a new haircut or different clothes, but sometimes it’s a whole life makeover. I think my last life makeover was in 2005, shortly after my son graduated from high school and I ended a 20-year marriage. I worked with personal and business coach Kathleen Ronald during that year and rediscovered one of my gifts and passions: singing. Within four months of our first meeting, I was on stage doing a two-hour show. That performance led to others, which eventually led me to Deborah Thacker and Lucy Billings in 2007 when we formed Women With Strings Attached.

Seven years later (is it the itch?) there is a new Mira Makeover happening. I can even pinpoint the day it happened. I had called Kathleen, who I rarely talk to, to tell her about a mutual friend who is battling cancer. During our catch-up call, I heard myself saying, “I’m bored with myself. I need a Mira Makeover.” Well who better to work with on that than a personal coach?

As soon as we hung up the phone, I had a burst of creative energy. We hadn’t even booked the first session, and I was thinking of things I wanted to do. As if the Angels said, “now’s a good time, she’s listening”, my sister Kay suggested that I published the romance novel I wrote 10 years ago. The book made its debut on CreateSpace two months later. When you unblock your stuck energy, watch out.

The new website refresh is part of the Mira Makeover. The goal is to honor three of my gifts that I’m so passionate about: writing, singing, and connecting people. I’ve only just started the Mira Makeover of 2012. What do you think so far?

By the way, the makeover picture is what I would look like with Angelina Jolie’s hair. Pretty funny! Try it yourself at


Press Release March 27, 2012.

Mira Wooten Releases First Book, Welcome to Love.

You may know her as the VP of Business Development for Content Rules, a consulting company that specializes in content development. But Mira Wooten has taken on a new role: the fiction writer has released her first book, Welcome to Love on March 27th.

The book depicts a wonderful romance mystery as Caroline Bradford, a well-known photographer, moves to Austin and finds herself caught up in an unexpected romance with Luke Brady. As if settling into a new town, a new career, and a new relationship isn’t enough, Caroline becomes a witness to a political murder that sets her up to be the next victim.

This story literally wrote itself, Wooten says, in less than six weeks. As a long-time reader of romance mysteries, she fell in love with the characters as they came to life in this story. “Sometimes I felt like an outsider even as I was writing the dialog between these two characters in the story.”

Written in 1992, the book has finally been dusted off, polished up, and self-published on

I found this post of Bill and Dave’s correspondence in the official HP archive worth posting. Referred to as the “11 Simple Rules”, these rules were first presented by Dave Packard at HP’s second annual management conference in 1958 in Sonoma, California.

  1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation – the first requisite – for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.”
  2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person seem less important, we frustrate one of his deepest urges. Allow him to feel equality or superiority, and we can easily get along with him.
  3. Respect the other man’s personality rights. Respect as something sacred the other fellow’s right to be different from you. No two personalities are ever molded by precisely the same forces.
  4. Give sincere appreciation. If we think someone has done a thing well, we should never hesitate to let him know it. WARNING: This does not mean promiscuous use of obvious flattery. Flattery with most intelligent people gets exactly the reaction it deserves – contempt for the egotistical “phony” who stoops to it.
  5. Eliminate the negative. Criticism seldom does what its user intends, for it invariably causes resentment. The tiniest bit of disapproval can sometimes cause a resentment which will rankle – to your disadvantage – for years.
  6. Avoid openly trying to reform people. Every man knows he is imperfect, but he doesn’t want someone else trying to correct his faults. If you want to improve a person, help him to embrace a higher working goal – a standard, an ideal – and he will do his own “making over” far more effectively than you can do it for him.
  7. Try to understand the other person. How would you react to similar circumstances? When you begin to see the “whys” of him you can’t help but get along better with him.
  8. Check first impressions. We are especially prone to dislike some people on first sight because of some vague resemblance (of which we are usually unaware) to someone else whom we have had reason to dislike. Follow Abraham Lincoln’s famous self-instruction: “I do not like that man; therefore I shall get to know him better.”
  9. Take care with the little details. Watch your smile, your tone of voice, how you use your eyes, the way you greet people, the use of nicknames and remembering faces, names and dates. Little things add polish to your skill in dealing with people. Constantly, deliberately think of them until they become a natural part of your personality.
  10. Develop genuine interest in people. You cannot successfully apply the foregoing suggestions unless you have a sincere desire to like, respect, and be helpful to others. Conversely, you cannot build genuine interest in people until you have experienced the pleasure of working with them in an atmosphere characterized by mutual liking and respect.
  11. Keep it up.