I'm Lisa McDonell 

A work-from-home Virtual Assistant, wife, and mom to 3 girls. I'm always striving to grow my business while living the healthiest and happiest lifestyle that I can. Life as a Virtual Assistant is awesome - but also chaotic and messy sometimes. We roll with it!

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  • Cooking (Especially LOW CARB and KETO recipes)

  • Coffee so strong you have to chew it

  • True Crime Podcasts 

  • Decorating and Organizing

  • iPhone photography and Instagram

  • Currently binging: Bridgerton on Netflix

The Brainy Gal, Virtual Assistant

In 2011 I started my first business: The Brainy Gal Virtual Assistant. I was able to fill my practice and work from home (stopping the dreaded daily commute to my cubicle job). I was constantly asked by others how-the-heck I did it...which led me to begin coaching and training programs for other women looking to launch and grow successful Virtual Assistant businesses.

I want to help YOU grow your businesses the SMART way (they don’t call me Brainy Gal for nothin’) by sharing tried and true advice, accountability, and the tips I've personally used to build a successful online Virtual Assistance business. I accept a limited number of coaching clients each quarter who want to MAKE IT HAPPEN in the V.A. world. 



Lisa has operated a highly successful Virtual Assistance, Online Marketing & Coaching Practice since 2011. She is the creator of multiple courses, ebooks, and programs offering advice for Virtual Assistants and has been a featured speaker at Virtual Assistance events around the globe including Red Deer College’s VA Program, the IVAA Online Summit, and the Alliance for Virtual Business, Australia.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Toronto’s Ryerson University and a Certified Coaching Certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York, with expertise in Business Development & MarketingCoaching, and the Science & Art of Personal Transformation. She has studied hundreds of practical health and lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top experts, leading researchers, and health authorities.

REAL life...

I moved from the BIG city of Toronto to enjoy country life and now live in a 170-year-old farmhouse in 'the middle of nowhere'. I've been married to my hubs (the Brainy Guy) for over 20 years and am Mom to a trio of amazing girls (plus one dog-baby).

*Confession*  I am a complete Social Media junkie who quite possibly requires therapy for my Instagram addiction. I'm a 5′-nothing shortie who often laughs inappropriately and a self-proclaimed ‘Brainy Gal‘.

I share the ups and downs about my V.A. lifestyle and family right alongside the tips and info I send out to hundreds of Virtual Assistants every week!

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