Category: Entrepreneurship

3 Daily Critical Tasks to Soul-Power Up Your Productivity

3 Daily Critical Tasks to Soul-Power Up Your Productivity

My goals for this year aren’t just to “do this” and “do that.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in being busy just for the sake of being busy. Unfortunately, critical tasks and productivity these days looks a lot like being busy. 

Today I’m sharing three tips that will not only improve your productivity, but it will help you identify three soul-powered critical tasks that you can do every day to reach your goals.

I am personally a creature of habit. I love a good routine, and I’m one of those people that is oddly good at sticking to something once I say I will. That’s simply how I operate, but I know that this isn’t the same for everyone. It actually took me a few years to make my routines not only efficient but also effective at bringing me closer to success.

Ask yourself: how many of your critical tasks are you doing simply just for the sake of doing them? How often are you doing something just because you said you would, without thinking about the reason behind it? Are your routines and habits and rituals actually driving you towards success?

It is the last question: “Which habits are driving me towards success” that really changed how I thought about productivity and creating critical tasks. So, I’ve created a quick formula to help you think differently about productivity so that you can create those daily tasks that will actually get you to where you want to go. And of course… I’ve soul-powered it up for you.

  1. Identify one task that will get you closer to feeling more at ease and at peace, day in and day out. Perhaps this is a walk outside. Perhaps it’s a daily workout. Perhaps it’s a meditation. What is the one action you can take every day, for at least 10 minutes out of your day. This is one critical task you must do daily. Write it down, and challenge yourself to stick to it for 30 days. 
  2. Identify one task that will get you closer to making more money in your business. Perhaps you post in a different Facebook group every day and share your freebie. Perhaps you DM a new follower on IG every day and introduce yourself. Perhaps you pitch to a new podcast show every day to be featured. Whatever you choose – this is another critical task you must do daily. Write it down, and challenge yourself to stick to it for 30 days.
  3. Identify one task that will benefit another person or cause. This one should be super easy, and it should feel really good too. Perhaps you donate $5 to a new charity every day. Perhaps you smile at 5 strangers every day. Perhaps you make breakfast for your partner every day. This would be one more critical task you must do daily. Write it down, and challenge yourself to stick to it for 30 days. 

Want to soul-power up your life and business? Challenge yourself to be productive in ways that actually matter. This isn’t about being busy. This isn’t about crossing things off your to-do list. This is about getting you closer to your dream life and business than you have ever been before – by taking actions that are aligned with who you are and where you want to be. 

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The Big Myth About Making Money

The Big Myth About Making Money

How are you making your money?

Are you chasing the dollar? 

When I started my business in 2013, that is precisely what I did. I chased every client and offered every service, whether or not it was aligned with who I wanted to work with and what I wanted to offer. 

To my own detriment, it worked… I got the dollars. I should have been thrilled, right? But I wasn’t. 

I was depressed. I was burnt out. I was completely and totally exhausted. I resented the work I was doing, and I dreaded having to do it. 

Before I go further, I must admit that there was a plus side to this experience. And that was the actual experience I gained. I worked with everyone from private clients to agencies to large associations. I designed incredible campaigns, secured highly sought-after ad placements, and created nationally-recognized event experiences. I was a one-woman show with a never-ending array of creative tricks and tactics up my sleeve. 

It wasn’t until I had a total breakdown, where I realized that what I was doing was no longer fulfilling. From that moment on, I decided that I had to be radically honest with myself about what I wanted and what I didn’t want to do with my life. 

It was then that I finally realized that I didn’t want to chase the dollar anymore. 

I wanted to chase a vision. 

…Which of course includes and requires dollars! But, dollars made the right way. 

What is the right way?

It’s simple: doing what you love. You can make money doing what you love. 

When you build a business that is aligned with your purpose, your calling, your “soul-power,” you create a foundation that allows you to make money in a way that is aligned with how you are meant to make money. When you build a foundation that is true to you, you can make money in a way that is meant for you. 

When you chase your vision, you make money. 

The big myth is that you can’t.

Most of us are doing it backwards. We think first we make the money, then we chase our vision and purpose. Once we have x, y, and z, then we can finally lean into what lights us up. 

Start with what lights you up. As you light up others through your work, the money will follow. 

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Soul-Power Up Your Business - Step 3 Your Message

Soul-Power Up Your Business – Step 3: Your Message

The Soul-Power Up Your Business Series continues today with the drop of the third video all about defining your message.

And what is your message?

This is your proclamation, defined. If you could put your stake in the sand and claim what matters to you about what you do, you are bringing your Soul Message to life. When you decide and define why you do what you do, you let your voice shine in the most authentic and meaningful way.

While your mission defines your why, and your method defines your how, the message is the what.

What are you here to teach others? What are you here to help others accomplish? In what ways can others experience a transformation, if only through your words? What matters so much to you in this life, as it relates to your work?

As a reminder, I’ve simplified the meaning of soul-power as it relates to your business as three elements: your mission, your method, and your message. You need all of these in order to create a meaningful and profitable business.

Over the course of October, November and December, I’m sharing a short pre-recorded video about each of these elements (your mission, method and message), accompanied with questions to help you clarify each element each following week – all within my group on Facebook.

This week, I am releasing the third of three to help you define your message.

Join the Soul-Powered group on Facebook to get access.

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Thanksgiving

A Few Thoughts on Gratitude

Dear Reader,

Aside from telling you how grateful I am for you, I want to extend the gift of gratitude to you.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the past few years, as it relates to business ownership and life in general, the practice of gratitude towards others, but especially towards myself, has truly opened up more opportunities and possibilities than anything I’ve ever done.

Allow me to elaborate…

I’m grateful to myself for having the courage to pivot into e-learning. I’m grateful to myself for putting my story out there, rock bottom moments and all. I’m grateful to myself for showing up for what makes me feel good, at peace, and even ALIVE every single day. 

I’m grateful that even though I haven’t reached the mountaintop of my vision, I’m still climbing.

When you think about gratitude this year, don’t forget the gratitude you yourself deserve. 

When I teach others to show up in their businesses, a big part of that is showing up for themselves. The more love you give to yourself, the more you are able to extend it to others. 

Thank you for being on this journey with me, as I help us both show up for this beautiful thing called life together. 

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Soul-Power Up Your Business - Step 2 Your Method

Soul-Power Up Your Business – Step 2: Your Method

The Soul-Power Up Your Business Series continues today with the drop of the second video all about defining your method.

And what is your method?

Your method is essentially your unique approach and process to whatever it is that you do. Whether you’re a coach, consultant, practitioner, or healer, you have a unique way of not only how you work with clients, but also how you build your business.

While your mission defines your why, your method defines your how. 

Your uniqueness is uncommon. It’s what makes you you. Let’s leverage it by first discovering it. This is part of your soul-power, and it’s absolutely essential to your business growth. 

As a reminder, I’ve simplified the meaning of soul-power as it relates to your business as three elements: your mission, your method, and your message. You need all of these in order to create a meaningful and profitable business.

Over the course of October, November and December, I’m sharing a short pre-recorded video about each of these elements (your mission, method and message), accompanied with questions to help you clarify each element each following week – all within my group on Facebook. 

This week, I am releasing the second of three to help you define your method.

Join the Soul-Powered group on Facebook to get access

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3 Ways to Achieve Aligned Productivity

3 Ways to Achieve Aligned Productivity

The best type of productivity is aligned productivity. 

It’s the kind that isn’t keeping you busy just to be busy. It’s the kind of productivity that feels good, that inspires you, that doesn’t burn you out. Here are my top 3 tips for achieving this type of aligned productivity:

  1. Tune into your nature. This is essentially training you to tune into your body and mind more. As women, we are not designed to exert the same amount of energy day after day like men. By tuning into our natural cycles, we can get better acquainted with our energy levels as they fluctuate every month. It’s called cycle syncing and you’re basically synchronizing your cycle to your output of energy, because each phase of your cycle requires different needs and behaviors.
  2. Prioritize your needs. This means that you are reacting to your needs, any of them, as you are being productive. If you feel like you need to rest, you rest. If you feel like you need to burn some energy on a run, go for a run. If you feel like you need to write, then write. This is about prioritizing your needs and allowing whatever you need to be considered being productive, because it is. You’re literally nourishing yourself the way that your body needs you to.Productive doesn’t mean being go, go, go all the time. Stillness is productive too. 
  3. Get hyper intentional about the elements of your life that you can control. And this is where The LIFE Method comes in. Within the LIFE method, you identify your desired lifestyle, your desired identity, your desired feelings and your desired expression. It’s an acronym. These are the elements of life that you can control. When I regularly do the method from both a personal and professional standpoint, I come away with knowledge that informs my next steps, my next tasks, my daily schedule, things I need to be aware of, things I need to let go of, things I need to focus on, decisions I need to make. And these are all coming from a place of empowerment and alignment because I’m tapping into my desires. I’m not coming from a place of fear and lack and uncertainty, because when you make choices based on fear and lack and uncertainty you will most likely sustain that fear and lack and uncertainty.

How can you ensure that your productivity is truly aligned?

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Craving truth? Start with Who You Are and What You Want

Craving truth? Start with Who You Are and What You Want

Isn’t that the truth?!

Now more than ever, it’s hard to decipher between fact and fiction, truth and lies, disinformation and information. 

And I’m not just referencing what’s going on in the world – I’m talking about what’s going on in our own journeys too, entrepreneurial or otherwise.

Perhaps the best thing we can do in times of confusion and noise is to shift our focus from what’s happening around us to what’s happening within.

There is an inner knowing within you that is just waiting for you to let it guide you. 

I’ve made my biggest progress, both personally and professionally, when I’ve let my inner guidance take the lead. When I’m facing a decision, or a challenge, or even next steps, consulting with myself first, and then moving in faith towards what feels inspired, has never failed me. 

If this sounds complicated to you, or even too magical and mystical, The L.I.F.E. Method takes a foundational approach to helping you design your life and business with intention by helping you clarify your desires (aka – the language of your soul) in all areas where you have the ability and the free will to do so. 

Click HERE to download the free mini course. 

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Grow with the Flow

Grow with the Flow

Grow with the flow. That is my mantra for the month of September.  

As we all know, with every new season comes a new flow. Typically September offers plenty of “back to school, back to basics, back to the routine” vibes. But for me, in this season of my life and business, my vibe is all about the flow.

Over the past few weeks, I have been in major nesting mode. For anyone new around here, my family is expecting our second baby boy in just a few weeks. And so, I have not only been preparing for the arrival of our little boy, but also organizing and redesigning every area of our home to create more space for rest, play, creativity, and growth for everyone.

And now that I’m only a few weeks away from my due date, I began to also strategize content ideas for my business. This was my way of planning ahead so that I can still show up for my communities. But then I realized…

That’s not real. That’s not how I really want to show up. And as I say: If it doesn’t align, it’s not worth the time. 

Honestly, I whole-heartedly believe that my greatest contribution to your business growth and evolution will be the real, true, authentic moment-to-moment voice I share as I live, grow and evolve during this season of my life and business. 

That voice sounds like something to look forward to. And it feels so good to think about. 

What would happen if you consciously shared more relevant, real-time content that reflected your life and business journey?

Here’s one way to accomplish this: Set up a time to journal what you are moving through either at the start or the end of the day, without the intention of sharing it. Soak it in, and then decide if and what can be shared in the most relevant, compassionate and authentic way.

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Defining Failure in Business

You Get to Define Failure Just as You Get to Define Success

We’re often asked to think about what success means to us, to truly define it based on our hopes, dreams, values and beliefs. But how often are we asked to think about what failure means to us? 

Have you failed if you haven’t reached a certain level of income yet? Have you failed if you don’t have a certain number of clients? 

And vice versa… have you succeeded once you’ve reached a certain level of income? Have you succeeded once you’ve attained a certain number of clients? What is success, and what is failure anyway?

Here’s what I think – the only meaning anything has is the one we give to it. 

What if failure only meant feedback? What if instead of consciously avoiding missteps and mistakes, we welcomed them? 

Would we take more risks?

Would we be more brave?

If you knew “failure” (aka feedback,) was inevitable, and accepted it, how would that change who you are as a person and as a business owner? How would it change how you view success?

Entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart. I can tell you from my 8+ years of experience with my own business, it’s quite a ride. It comes with the highest highs and lowest lows.

But the *possibility* of bringing a dream to life makes it all worth it. There’s nothing like taking a chance on yourself and succeeding. 

Because you get to decide what succeeding means to you anyway… Maybe simply by starting and sticking to it, you’ve already succeeded. 

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Finding Balance & Peace

How I Am Able to Find Balance & Peace Amidst the Chaos

If you enjoyed my “Do Less to Achieve More” motto (plus tips and training) last week, then you’ll really appreciate what I’m sharing this week – all about balance and peace.

In a podcast interview I pre-recorded on Friday with The Visionaries Collective, one of the questions I was asked related to the topic of balance and peace and how we in the wellness community generally agree that this is the gold standard for a life well lived. So they asked, “What are a few of your favorite tips to achieve balance and peace?”

Here’s what I said…

  • Prioritize yourself. (Because, if you’re not thriving, nothing around you will.)
  • Delegate. (Because, you don’t need to do it all by yourself.)
  • Limit distractions. (Because, sanity.)

However, since you’re a member of my community, I want to invite you to consider a few more…

  • Focus on what you can control. Admittedly, as a recovering control freak, I struggle with this. Being pregnant during a pandemic that has recently escalated has not been easy. Running a business based on a new model – an e-learning model – has required much more patience and inner strength than originally thought. However, if I focus on what I can do, and what is possible for me, the perspective changes. What can you look at differently that is seemingly out of your control?
  • Commit to yourself. I wake up early to meditate. It’s currently the only time of day where I’m able to be silent, without distractions and just be at home within myself. When I sleep in, or skip this part of my day, I notice a big difference in my mood and energy levels. Meditation and my spiritual practice keeps me grounded and aligned. And by committing to it, I commit to myself. What can you commit to that feels like coming home to yourself? 
  • Maintain faith. Even with everything that has occurred with the pandemic, with my business, within my life over the past few years – when I look at who I was then versus who I am now, it was all so, so worth it, and SO necessary… The dark times when I didn’t think I could pivot; The fragile moments when I was scared to hit “send” or “publish” on a vulnerable story; The tears and anguish over losing clients and pouring money and resources I didn’t have into a new vision. I knew then like I know now – my success is not only possible, it’s imminent. What can you do to keep the faith on something you know will work out?

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