life lessons

How Health & Wellness Has Impacted My Entrepreneurial Journey

By Brit Carmichael

When you start down the path as an entrepreneur, you are sending a loud and clear signal to the universe that says, “Hey, I have a desire inside of me that is burning and I MUST take control and create [insert your desire here] for the world!”

What you might not realize is that YOU are choosing to tap into the personal power that each and every one of us has within. When that fire is activated, you feel like you’re jumping on a rocket ship to the moon with no seat belt! Seriously, the deep burning desire within can be unstoppable without taking a step back to reign it all in.

The entrepreneur mind says: GO! GO! GO! and that’s GREAT when you’re starting a self-made business and your creative juices are flowing and you can’t help but want to keep creating MORE & MORE content/services for your tribe. It can be a never-ending creative spiral. That’s how I KNOW health + wellness play a MAJOR role in being a successful entrepreneur.

Just as we are taking control of our business life, schedule, income, and creative outlet into the world - we MUST take control of our physical + mental well-being. Not only should we take control of our health, but we MUST make it a priority.

“The first wealth is health.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I started my journey to becoming a successful hairstylist (my first shot at entrepreneurship) I stepped on the scale at 200lbs and I was NOT happy about it. I mean, I’m in the beauty biz for crying out loud. Our look = our credibility. Right?

I walked out of beauty school knowing it was NOT in the cards for me to work under anyone else, so I stepped straight into renting my own salon suite. By taking serious action + a huge leap of faith I began my entrepreneurial journey. As I began to realize the personal power I was cultivating in myself by following my heart, I started to notice that all the other “challenges or problems” I had were up to me to solve. Responsibility.

It takes that SAME kind of confidence + courage you have taken to run your own business and create your dream life to master ANYTHING else in life.

“You can’t master your situations, but you can master yourself.” - Brittney Carmichael

I knew if I had the guts to say NO to “the man” and work for myself, I must be able to take charge in other areas of my life. Right? Totally.

Thus began my inward journey of creating healthy habits in my lifestyle. I started with reevaluating where my time went during the 24 hours we are ALL given. I mean in the beginning, it was EAT - SLEEP & BREATHE how to build a successful biz! (You know what I’m talking about!!) Never was there a thought of “Oh hey, how do I feel today?” Check in with yourself. Start each day off with a little YOU time and start creating healthy habits that lead you to a life you love. Balance is the key to all things in life and balance is created by repetition.

It didn’t happen overnight, but by taking small steps each day + clarity of what actions were serving my highest good, I was able to shed 70lbs!! Knowing that you can take control of your internal states, habits, and actions is powerful (think Dorothy + sparkly red shoes!) You have the power to choose anything you want for yourself. It’s a matter of DECIDING what’s most important for you and your success.

Here is a simple 4 step take care of YOU formula to kickstart your day off with good vibes + success that I’ve adopted from Noah Kagan.

G - Gratitude
E - Exercise
B - Breakfast
Y - You

1. Start each morning with a grateful heart. List 10+ things that you feel most grateful for each day followed by any other journaling you might want to get out of your mind and onto paper.

2. Move your body!! Get your energy flowing. Bless the beautiful vehicle you were given by showing it a little love. Do some yoga, go for a walk outside, run, lift weights, play with your dog, stretch, or do cartwheels like a crazy kid. (Trust me on the last one!)

3. Eat Clean. I cringe when I hear fast-paced ‘preneurs say they don’t eat breakfast. Your body needs fuel. Preferably whole, healthy,  plant-based fuel to really give your body the boost of energy it needs to accomplish everything you’re dreaming of. Try a green juice. A piece of fruit + nuts. Drink a protein shake or have a smoothie. For a fuller meal try a little quinoa oatmeal.

4. You time. You DESERVE it. Remember, the more you have - the more you have to give. My me time includes various activities (depending on what my soul needs that day - remember to CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF) Try 15 minutes of meditation. Go outside. Call a friend to catch up. Go shopping. :) Whatever it is YOU need most to bring bliss into your life. Do that.

I know you already have the passion + drive that it takes to create amazing things. You wouldn’t jump off the entrepreneur deep end (head first) if you didn’t have what it takes! Just as you use clarity + choice in creating your dream biz life, you can apply these same principles in your daily life so you can thrive inside & out!

I’m Brit and I’m a trailblazing lightworker with a mission to inspire + empower badass females to live a life you love + shine from the inside. I’m like the truth-telling bestie you’ve always wanted.

I embody a unique method of combining intuitive awareness & compassionate honesty with spiritual truths + techniques to help you break free of fear + discover your deepest desires. I’m on a mission to give females permission to give themselves permission to live their BEST LIFE! Stop waiting - it’s yours to create! Let's connect on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! xo

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How to tackle your never ending to do list

By Lily Dagdag

Between me and my twin sister, we've got 3 kids under the age of 5 so trying to run a business can be quite a juggling act. It's easy to get caught up putting out fires all day, then you look at the clock and realize that it's 8 pm and you haven't done anything to move your business forward, (oh and you forgot to eat lunch again). When that happens, it's easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you're never going to catch up.

So how do you get back on track?

Be intentional.

A few months ago my coach introduced me to the one page productivity planner, which included my top 3 priorities for the day. That way, even if I didn't do much else, I knew that I made progress towards my goals. Also, having those 3 priorities meant that whenever I had a spare 15 minutes I could get something done without wasting the first 10 minutes wondering what I should do first.

The tricky part about this is to choose 3 realistic intentions. It can involve multiple steps but it should still be doable in the time you have. For example, if you want to overhaul your business systems, it's probably not realistic to aim to do it in one day. Instead set the intention to choose 1 process (such as client intake) and write down everything you do. Then you can spend some time thinking about how you can streamline what you already have in place. At the end of the day, review what you did and didn't get done, then use that information to set your intentions for the next day.

Keep in mind that this is a process, so if you find yourself constantly unable to finish your intentions it may be time to tweak something. Also, it is okay to accept that some days, things won't get done. Beating yourself about it won't help. Just set the intention that tomorrow will be better, then follow through! Before you know it you'll be more productive, and you'll be able to get some time back for the things that really matter (like binge watching your favorite shows on netflix).

Lily Dagdag is the co-founder of Save Your Time Biz Solutions, that helps their clients build a powerful online presence step by step–concept, design, and all the tech stuff, so they can save time, avoid overwhelm, and focus on the good stuff – getting more sales.

Her and co-founder, Patricia Talavera are on a mission to help women business owners create websites that will grow their business without stress and overwhelm. Follow them on Facebook.

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Balancing blogging, life and love

By Jess May

It is completely normal these days to be crazily multi- tasking, working late hours (sometimes even from home) and constantly being connected to the outside world via social media and smart phones. No surprise, really, but our relationships are getting pushed further and further down the priority ladder. 

"My job isn't just a job. This is my career we're talking about." 

"Its so hard to think of things that we both want to do when we actually have free time to spend together!" 

"I just wish I could have the best of both worlds." 

Would you be shocked if I told you that you can have the busy lifestyle AND a kick-arse, loved up relationship. Its not a fairytale. No glass slippers or witchy step-mother involved. You've just got to know how the to find the time, and what the hell to do when you've nabbed it. 

What you need from your partner and what they need from you in terms of feeling fulfilled in the relationship could be completely different. Don’t freak out! You're not suddenly incompatible or destined to be doomed. It just means that you both need different things to fill your cup. 

Scheduling in time together doesn't make it any less personal. Most of the time, when we think of scheduling, we're thinking boring-arse work meetings, grueling gym sessions and dentist appointments. No wonder we're cringing at the thought of making time for something that should be fun + flirty. 

Do you schedule in a holiday? How's the anticipation leading up to that? Does it make you giddy with excitement, busting a gut for it to just hurry up? Its something to look forward to.

Treat locking in time with your love in much the same way. 

Our lives are so crazy busy these days its way too easy to let it slide down the priority list. Even if its just spending time at home together, lock it in! You'll both show up knowing full well that its US time, so more chance of switching off and just being there. 

So, you know what both you and your partner thrive off romantically. Now what? 

You've got the upper hand here, kid! The small, valuable amount of time you get together is now hyper fueled to be spot-on. Its like date night on drugs! 

Don’t let anyone tell you…

You can't possibly make it work this way. Its your relationship, not theirs. How they hell would they know? 

You're doing it wrong. Says who? If it works for you guys, then it just works! Run with it. 

Its not conventional. What is anymore?! 

You can't nurture a loving relationship without ample time. A watched flower won't grow any faster. 

You should spend your time doing X or Y. No-one can know what sustains your relationship, except you.

Jess May is a relationship coach for women in long-term relationships who want to tap into their heart smarts and create the relationship they desire with the person they already love. A born and bred Aussie, she’s edgy and rowdy, swears a little too much, loves a stiff drink and heavy electric guitar. You can catch Jess rockin’ & rollin’ over at The Fire Stokers, Twitter and Instagram

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Are you listening to your inner voice?

By Cheryl Paige

It was a few years ago when I was hit smack in the side of the head with the realisation that I couldn't hear myself. I didn't know what I thought, what I wanted, or what I needed. I had let other's thoughts and opinion, desires and needs outweigh my own. It was sad, but true; I had completely lost touch with and silenced my inner voice. 

In order to start to hear and then to listen to my inner voice I had to make some changes. It was a process and it's now something I do every day so I never find myself without access to this invaluable guidance. Here it is for you to try.

1) Recognize The Need for Silence and Stillness in Your Life

"The answers to all my questions lie within me."

The fact is that you, and only you, know what is best for you. We often lose sight of this and turn to others to tell us what is best for us, what they think we should do, if what we believe is ok, and if they agree with what we want.

 If you are in a state, like I was, of depending on other people to guide you, you may start to feel resentful and controlled. It's ok to ask for advice, but ensure that you are giving yourself the room and the time to get clear about what you think and need. 

You can do this by getting still and quiet. 

Stop. 

Find a quiet place where you can just be still. Give yourself time to quiet your mind. It's essential to get out of your head and move into your body. 

Breathe. 

Take a breath in and allow it to move through your body. As you continue to breathe pay attention to what is going on in your body. What feelings are coming up? What sensations are you having? 

Ask. 

Once you have relaxed and your mind has slowed down, ask yourself the question that you are contemplating. 

Listen. 

Now listen for the answers. They will come. 

2) Pay Attention to Your Instincts

Instincts are your inner voice speaking to you. They sound like "humm."  They feel like the hair that stands up on the back of your neck, or the gut feeling you get when you just know. They are the red flags you see, but too often ignore. 

You don't need to intellectually understand. You need to get out of your head, start listening to your instincts, and start to trust them. Stop silencing them. They are how you speak to yourself and often you can't explain why. You don't need to explain why.

Begin to pay attention to your instincts and take time to contemplate what the message may be. Ask yourself, "what is whispering to you right now?" "What is the message I am meant to receive?"

3) Be Authentic & Speak Your Truth 

Now that you can hear your inner voice again, it is time to start to take those masks off and to show up authentically as you. Let everything that you are whole heartedly shine brightly: all of your strengths, quirks, uniqueness, beliefs, and fears. It is now time to show up as you and speak your truth- even if your voice shakes. It is a lot less exhausting then pretending to be someone you aren't while silencing your inner voice. 

This will push you out of your comfort zone, but in the end you will feel amazing because you are being true to yourself. I invite you to begin to implement this process into your life and watch as your inner voice begins to show you exactly what you need. 

Beaming you light, love & happiness!

Cheryl Paige is an empowerment coach, teacher, and healer. At heart she's a gatherer of information from reading, inquiring and always learning and loves to share all of the knowledge that she has learned along this journey of life! In order to do so, she develops step-by-step processes for woman to follow so they can unleash their magnificence.

Cheryl offers a one-one-on Renovate Your Life Program and an online course Create The Life You Dream Of. Both programs are designed to help you become empowered, feel less overwhelmed, have more confidence and feel in control of your life again. 

20 bite-sized business lessons you need!

By Kate Toholka

The bloggers dream is to make a living from their blog, right? After almost three years of hard slogging, I’m finally at that place of personal and financial freedom. And what a joy it is. Along the way, I’ve realised that I have a wealth of lessons to share with others who aspire to go down a similar, online path. Here are 20 of these lessons for your entertainment:

1. You need to be clear on why you’re doing it in the first place. I’m willing to bet that it’s more than just making money. Be crystal clear on this and have this written somewhere visible – it makes it easier on those days you’d rather curl up in bed.

2. Know who you’re talking to. Wondering why no one is reading your blog or buying from you? The issue stems from not being clear on exactly who you are serving. Every time someone lands on your website, they are thinking ‘what’s in it for me?’ They will click away if you cannot articulately demonstrate that you can serve them.

3. Start with the end in mind. What are your long term goals? Where do you want to be in one year’s time? Start there then work your way backwards. It makes it easier to focus, be more efficient with your time and ensure your goals are being met.

4. Honour your time. Time is the greatest currency, health is the greatest wealth. There’s more to life than being an online business woman. Go on, spend some time living too.

5. Honour everyone’s time. Especially when it comes to emails, newsletters and asking to meet over a cuppa. 

6. Learn to say no. Know your work and life boundaries and make a commitment to stick to these. It’s ok to say no when it doesn’t feel right.

7. Have the courage to say yes. It’s also ok to say yes sometimes, even when you don’t know what the next step would be. If an opportunity is too good to pass up, say yes and figure it out later. 

8. Dress up. It’s easy to don the trackies because you’re safe in your home but try this: dress up in clothes that make you feel like a million dollars. And watch the ripple effect work its magic…

9. Practice makes progress. Not perfect, but progress. I follow the ‘fail fast’ motto – every time I try something new, regardless of how terrifying it can be at times, I know that I will gain a lesson despite the outcome. Let me put my grandma hat on and remind you that you never know if you don’t try, hey?

10. Take ‘implementation’ breaks. I see many, many bloggers spend lots of time in ‘learning’ phase. They join all the e-courses, ask all the questions, engage in all the Facebook groups, but then don’t actually implement anything they have learnt. Learning is important, but using it is what makes it valuable.

11. Strategy matters. Don’t release an ebook for the sake of releasing an ebook. Don’t spend thousands of dollars on an e-course when you haven’t even filled your coaching programs yet. Get your head around sales funnels and build one behind the scenes first. 

12. Focus. Focus. Focus.

13. Chase the money. Seriously, you want to do this full time right? Then it has to support your bank account too. There’s an art in chasing the money and sitting true to your authentic Why. Learn to master this dance. 

14. Share the real you. Don’t hide behind a persona. Be unapologetically you and share that with the world. Business is the art of serving people and we are trailblazers of the real, authentic online movement. Lead the way and lace everything you do online with elements of you. 

15. You are not your business. Yes, your business needs to be a reflection of who you are as a person (branding wise) but it isn’t a mirror-reflection of your entire being. You are a complex person with a beautiful unique history. You have many skills, only of which some you may use in your business. Even fewer that you would use in your marketing. Which brings me to the next point…

16. Niching is important. Too many times have I seen women held up by the notion of ‘but I’m so much more than that!’ Yes you are, but your business will not thrive if you try to be everything to everyone. Go with your key strength and start there. You can always branch out later down the track.

17. Mentors are vital. I can’t possibly fathom how I am here today, earning more than I was at my old job and happier than I have ever been, without the help of my business coach. Probably looking for a part time job and drowning my sorrows in wine I’d imagine.

18. Sometimes, you have to do things you don’t like. I get it, it doesn’t ‘feel’ right. Hate to break it to you but there are some very important, albeit ‘masculine’, things we need to do when we run a business. Hot tip: if you have to do it, make the process fun. I hate accounting and anything to do with numbers so I spoil myself rotten with delicious raw treats and pumping music to make the experience more enjoyable.

19. Growth hurts. I’ve come to embrace any resistance. It means I am expanding and growing. It’s temporary pain that I now welcome because I know that when I get through it, I’ll be better than I was before.

20. Breakdowns are really breakthroughs. Much like growing pains, but intensified to unbearable levels. The result? Bearable, quantum shifts that will below your mind.

Kate Toholka is a success coach for online entrepreneurs, #1 amazon bestselling author and creator of the happiness hub. After becoming disillusioned working in the mental health industry, Kate sought to use her unbridled passions for holistic living and psychology to empower women into their dream business and lives. She is known for her raw honesty and ability to help women to tap into their unlimited potential. Kate believes in the power of community, self-love, inspired action, the natural order and your phenomenal worth. Connect with Kate on her blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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