4 Lessons from Hiring a Coach

I hired a coach and it was literally the best money I’ve ever spent. While I’m a very skeptical person, I’m pretty desperate to make some progress on the business side. I’ve been looking for a coach for a while, but most of the ones I found were way outside of my budget and on the Internet. I’ve spent a some money learning things on the Internet, most things have been useful. However, I needed someone to sit down with in person, not just communicate with though skype or phone. So when my friend told me she was getting coaching from someone in South Florida, I jumped at the opportunity to chat with her myself. Here’s what I learned: Representation Matters. I’m also feeling transparent, so I’ll admit to you that I often see other people’s success and point out how I’ve had it soooo much harder in ways. And […]

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Plan Your Goals In One Sheet

My birthday is in early September. As with most people, I use my birthday as a time to assess goals – what has been going well and what hasn’t. It acts as a soft launch for my “resolutions.” So, by the time the actual New Year is upon me, I’ve already made some adjustments and am well on my way. I’ve always been a list maker and a note taker. But I realized that I was rarely executing and my lists were never getting any shorter. In the beginning of 2017, I made this complicated excel sheet I thought would help, but by summer, it proved too cumbersome. So, I set about the task of simplifying my productivity. After getting Side Hustle Pro’s Goal Getter Action Plan, I created a one page goal sheet, which naturally incorporates the SMART (Specific, measurable, attainable, Relevant, Time Sensitive) goal framework. It helped me […]

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3 Ideas for Gratitude Gifts

Let’s be real. Everyone won’t make the Christmas list. ESPECIALLY if you have a large family, or kids, there may not be enough in the budget to buy gifts for everyone who has helped you along the way this year. You can still thank those people in style: 1. Homemade I love a homemade gift. It not only says “I thought of you,” but also “I made time for you.” All you need is a basket and or some mason jars. For a person who always works late, throw together a basket of snacks that they can leave in their office. – You can grab everything at the Dollar Store or Home Goods (don’t sleep on their snack section). Bonus points if you make your own snacks, like my candied pecans. For the person with a hectic life – a spa pack with homemade sugar or salt scrubs in a […]

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5 Productive Uses For The Long Weekend

Long weekends, especially Thanksgiving weekend, are made for frolicking, napping, snacking, and shopping. I will ABSOLUTELY partake in each. However, when hustle is life, you can’t afford to let a long weekend go to waste. Here are a few other things you can do to make the most of this upcoming LONG weekend. 1. Start Planning for next year. At the very top of my list is working on my mood & vision board for next year. I’m close enough to the end of the year to give myself a fair assessment about what I have done well this year and what I can do better next year. I also like starting this process in November so that I have the whole month of December to consider things I may have forgotten so I have a complete vision. Instead of waiting for January to scramble and come up with some […]

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5 Tips for Managing Burnout

Simply put, burnout is a mess. It makes you feel like a mess too. It drags your concentration and productivity into a black hole and leaves you with nothing. It’s essentially the body’s way of saying “lay down.” While burnout is nearly inevitable at some point in your journey, since there is ALWAYS more to do, it is also manageable. 1. Lay Down. I know I talk about sleep all the time. But here it is again – lay down. Don’t just pass out, wind down properly. Have some tea (maybe splash it with a little Jack or a little Hen Friend), read a book, journal, whatever, THEN pull the covers up to your neck and go to bed. You won’t burn out as easily if you get proper rest along the way.   2. Make peace with your to do list. This could also be called PRIORITIZE. There are […]

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3 Home Remedies For Colds

I absolutely hate colds. I mean who doesn’t, but I get really miserable. Since I changed my diet a number of years ago, I found that I don’t get sick as often. Still, I can’t completely escape the occasional ailment. I also hate medication. My body is very sensitive, so I try to avoid taking anything that may trigger some random reaction. Instead, I opt for home remedies where possible. 1. Turmeric Tea Turmeric is bae. I first discovered turmeric as an anti-inflammatory after an injury. I was stretching after a workout and immediately felt heat running through my leg. Then, I developed a literal pain in the ass. The doctor told me I could have some sciatica and he could treat them through anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants. NATURALLY I came home and looked for home remedies. Everything I read pointed to turmeric. I whipped up golden milk (I’ll share this […]

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Start Now, Fix It Later: 7 Steps of Iteration

No one gets it 100% right the first time. Hell, even 50% right the first time would be impressive. There is power in iteration. The key is to start SOMETHING and improve it along the way. The iPhone 1  was innovative at its release 10 years ago. Today? It would be the equivalent of a flip phone, maybe even a brick phone. 1. Start a thing. You have to get started. I’ve often heard “ if you wait until everything is perfect to start, you’ve waited too long.” It’s true. There are things you can only learn by doing and seeing how your business functions in the real world. I started a kids & maternity consignment business with a friend in 2013 and it failed miserably. The website was complete trash and we did no marketing. I realized the mantra “if you build it, they will come” was complete garbage. But, with […]

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