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The FIRST thing I did when I started my 6-figure businesses...

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The FIRST thing I did when I started both my 6-figure businesses:

  • It WASN'T build a website.

  • It WASN'T get a logo, branding, or business cards.

  • It WASN'T register/get a business license.

  • It WASN'T build the perfect funnel (didn't even know what that was).

  • It WASN'T setting up all my social media pages (or even 1 of them).

Here's what it WAS:

I focused on getting clients.

In both my online marketing business & in Life With Passion, my first client came from my warm market--people I already knew, and who already knew, liked and trusted me.

Can most of the things I listed above lead to clients? Yes. Are each of them a longer game, designed to turn cold traffic into warm leads if done correctly?

100%.

SO often I see women devoting a bunch of mental space on some strategy or goal because someone said they should and it seems like the thing to do because they see others doing it.

But it's always important to look at the bigger picture and make sure you're spending your time and energy in the most strategic way, to get you clients the fastest.

And that's different for everyone. My clients each have very different strategies that work for THEM and then can be scaled to cold traffic from there.

The point is, in the beginning and/or when you don't have as many clients/customers as you want, you want to focus on identifying and following through on what works best for you, NOT everything at once to see what sticks or getting FOMO because some "guru" said you need to get on the next tool or app or strategy or whatever.

️In summary: Focus on getting clients. Start with your warm market. Develop a strategy that works for you and follow it through.

How about you? Is this what you did in the beginning of your business, too? Or is that what you're focusing on now?

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Are you having fun in your business?

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If you're not having fun in your business, maybe it's time to take a break or even a day off! (YES, EVEN ON A RANDOM TUESDAY!)

So often we push ourselves to power through and we wind up feeling exhausted and drained--and that's not the point of running our own businesses, right?

The point is to do something we love AND get paid for it, so if the strategy or structure of your business is feeling heavy, it might be time to step away and play for a bit--not as a form of procrastination ;), but as an intentional choice to create more clarity and space in your head for FUN in your business.

And that's not to say we never do things in our business that don't feel 100% fun at the moment (like getting visible, doing our first Facebook Live, etc.). These things move us forward and BECOME fun as we get over the fear associated with them.

You DON'T have to be glued to your computer/phone in order for your business to grow. Growing your business is as much about growing you into the person capable of running the business as it is the systems & structures & strategies.

So, if it's not feeling fun, take a break!

What do you think about this strategy? Does this work for you? Can you give yourself permission to try it?

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Do you believe in the importance of mindset?

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If there's one thing I didn't give enough weight to when I started my first 3 businesses, it was mindset.

I didn't even acknowledge that it was a "thing" to pay attention to--I was all about just setting goals, checking off stuff on a to-do list, getting stuff done. I didn't know what I didn't know, and I walked around in ignorance for a DECADE!!!

I didn't hire my first mentor to teach me mindset--I just knew that I was frustrated with a long-standing income plateau in my online marketing business and I was close to burnout. I looked around at people who were having more fun while making a whole lot more money, and I thought, what do they know that I don't?

I decided to hire one of them to help me figure that out. Even allowing myself to pay someone to help me was huge, because I'd been telling myself I SHOULD be able to figure it out on my own, for FREE, for so long.

BUT, as long as I kept doing that, I kept getting the same results--staying STUCK. Within 3 weeks of hiring my first mentor, my income tripled. I FINALLY had someone to help me spot and fix the areas and blind spots that I just hadn't been able to see on my own, as much as I got done and as capable as I was.

We all have expertise and we all have important messages to share--that's why you're here, right? So what is holding you back, and is that the same thing that's been holding you back for a while? If so, maybe it's time to consider getting mindset + strategic support from someone you're excited to learn from!

You already know what you need to know and you're already capable of sharing it right now. You're a high-achiever, after all!

If you find yourself procrastinating or not following through, if you're not executing, if you don't have the results you want, if you're overwhelmed, freaked out about visibility, scared of failure...chances are good that it's a mindset issue.

The GOOD news is that with support, you can turn this around and discover confidence and clarity about your business and where you're going, and the path will become clear.

I've seen it time and time and time again with my clients.

Do you believe in the importance of mindset? Why or why not? Or what's your biggest struggle when it comes to mindset? Or what part of your mindset are you feeling particularly good and strong about?

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Procrastination is a BIG problem amongst high-achievers like you and me.

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You know it and I know it: Procrastination is a problem.

I've been there and done that. Being a high-achieving, capable woman does not mean you are exempt. Actually it's like our little secret we don't want the rest of the world to know:

Procrastination is a BIG problem amongst high-achievers like you and me.

And after years of letting this procrastination rule my schedule, my level of stress, my LIFE, I finally connected the dots and realized something mind-blowing:

My procrastination was actually a form of SELF-SABOTAGE. You see, deep down I was even more ruled by PERFECTIONISM.

My fear of failure was all dressed up and disguised in procrastination. I was afraid that if I ACTUALLY GAVE 1000% on a project, my work might reflect that and prove to everyone once and for all that I was not good enough. Procrastination was my fail-safe. It was my out.

If my project didn't live up to my standards - to everyone else's standards - then I could always blame the procrastination. It wasn't really ME who failed.

Whoa, talk about revelation.

"You mean this actually has nothing to do with my organization or time-management skills? Procrastination doesn't mean I don't care or that I'm lazy?"

Nope. It's actually the exact opposite. And this is exactly why it's such a big problem for highly-capable people.

Perfectionism and fear of failure is the biggest, meanest wolf in the pack and up until now, you've been allowing it to be in charge!

So, what's next? Knowledge is half the battle, right? Once you identify this in your life, you'll be ready to finally beat the procrastination and perfectionism that's been road-blocking the path to your dream business and dream life.

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How is your relationship with money?

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As stress around money and finances comes up with every single one of my incredible clients, I wondered if any of them sound familiar to you, too.

️This is where my mind used to spin on an endless loop when it came to money:

There's never enough.

Even if something amazing happened with money or I accomplished a big goal, I'd revel in it for a minute, then be pulled right back down to the urgency of where that money was needed, and the anxiety of where the next chunk was going to come from.

The only way to make more money is to work more hours.

But how can I do that? I already work all the time. I must not be doing the right things, I'm not doing enough, or it's a problem with me and my efficiency. I just need to buckle down and find a way to spend MORE hours working and obsessing about finding more work--it seems like the only way to do it. And I SHOULD be able to figure it out for free (by reading books, articles, downloading freebies, etc.) because I'm smart and independent and running a profitable business.

Spending money on anything but practical stuff is bad and I feel guilty about it. So buying myself clothes or shoes, eating out, getting a pedicure or massage, or anything not "practical" causes major guilt. "Treat yo' self" is a foreign concept reserved for people on TV.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? It's painful, isn't it?

The great news--you don't have to stay this way!!!!!

I've transformed my relationship with money--and it is a relationship--over the past year, so I know it's possible for you, too.

Here's a tip to get started:

Start by listing your 5-10 most top-of-mind beliefs about money (like the ones I listed above), and then write their opposites down (ex. instead of "There's never enough," write "I always have enough money.")

Read these to yourself at least once a day either first thing in the morning, or right before you go to bed, or both. Do this for 21 days at a minimum, even if it feels like you're lying to yourself at first. Notice how you feel.

There is hope--remember, change your thoughts, and you change your world, so it can start today!

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Where do you wish you had more confidence?

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CONFIDENCE. I used to have a love/hate relationship with the very word! I comforted myself for not having it by equating it with cockiness, and at the same time, I was jealous and critical of all the people who had it, because despite my achievements, I had low self-esteem. This continued for many years, through all the cool stuff I did, experienced, and got.

Until everything changed when Maeve died. My confidence was a gift from of the loss of Maeve.

I realized I didn't give a 💩 about what anyone said or thought anymore, because I HAD to take care of myself. AND, now I was this person who'd survived the unimaginable, so who cared if people thought I was crazy? I just lost the ability to care, in the best way possible :).

Is there something in your life you've survived or been through that helped you lose the ability to care?

It's ok if there's not, because I know now that there are other ways to gain confidence, and those are the things I teach! This was my path to confidence, but now that I'm here, I take a stand for YOU to get it in other ways.

Where do you wish you had more confidence?

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Ever feel like no one is hearing what you're saying?

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Ever feel like no one is hearing what you're saying, like you're posting and no one's reading or engaging, like what you're doing just ain't workin'?

You wonder what you're doing wrong because you're trying things that other people have said work like gangbusters for them, but it's still crickets over here for you?

️I used to feel exactly the same way!!!!!

The first step is getting people to engage with you.

When you have that, you begin to create a following, and people want to buy your offering.

Having started from totally unknown (and totally confused about how to do this right), I now know firsthand that the kinds of results you're looking for come from having a clear plan & strategy, PLUS the confidence to carry it out--not from throwing stuff out there and hoping it works.

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How to get your first or next paying client!

This lovely Monday, let's talk about how to get your first or next paying client (YAY!).

As a lover of all things SIMPLE, that's what I'm going to make it for you right now. I'm here to take the guesswork and overwhelm out of this for you, like I do for my clients.

To get your first or next paying client, choose ONE STRATEGY to follow!

There are sooooo many ways to get clients:

➡Facebook posts

➡Facebook groups

➡Facebook pages

➡Facebook LIVE

➡Facebook Ads

➡Periscope

➡Instagram

➡YouTube

➡Twitter

➡Email marketing

➡Webinars

➡Guest posting

➡Podcasting

➡LinkedIn

AHHHHHHHHH!!!! (Am I right?)

People get clients in ALL of these ways, and I've tested many of these, but in the beginning, when I was doing this on my own, and many times throughout, I only focused on ONE.

Choosing ONE gets you traction. Choosing ONE gets you momentum.So stop overwhelming yourself and choose ONE!

How do you choose? Again, it's simple (yay!):

I recommend asking yourself, "What would be the most FUN way for me to get my first or next client?" And do THAT. Why? Because we're creating a business with passion, not drudgery. And, if something's fun for you, you're more likely to stick with it, and your excitement around it will come through! Which one do YOU choose?

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Success is much, much closer than you think.

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Anxious? Do you want focus, a plan, your next right step, support so that you can grow your business? Then please read this.

I want you to know you're not alone. I've been there and I know how it feels. I have figuratively (and almost literally) banged my head against the wall many times, asking what I was doing wrong, why other people were getting to do what I wanted so badly. I've felt the anxiety in my shoulders, neck, back, and the pit of my stomach as another day went by without a plan to leave my 9-5, or once I had, without consistent sales to pay the bills. I have spastically jumped from tactic to tactic in an effort to bring in sales, to MAKE my business work, to piece together a bunch of things from what I was reading and downloading and gathering. I've gone to the "bad place," the bottom of a downward spiral of shame and guilt and beating myself up for my mistakes. I've stayed there for days and taken days to crawl back up.

I've also experienced the joy and freedom that comes so quickly when things are clicking, when I have clarity, when I am supported by people I trust, and held accountable, and I feel the weight lifted off because I am not going it alone and feeling the pressure that I put on myself to be perfect when I find myself in that position.

I believe in you. No matter where you find yourself today, what the 4 walls around you look like at work or at home, I KNOW there is hope for you, hope for your business, hope for your dreams of your heart to come true.

Success is much, much closer than you think. Success can be simple (not always easy, but yes, simple). It doesn't have to be complicated. It can be FUN and JOYFUL and full of excitement and belief. You can feel light, and happy, and hopeful, and motivated, and inspired, and productive.

By choosing to believe these things are possible right now, today, you will begin bringing them about. You are here, right now, reading this, for a reason. I truly believe that. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and picture something you're really excited to do, have or be in the year ahead of you. Now smile. It's closer than you think.

Keep reading. Keep showing up. Ask questions--there are no dumb ones. Listen to your intuition and act when your gut tells you to.

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Do you have a fear of failure when it comes to quitting your job, growing your business, and achieving your dreams?

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Do you have a fear of failure when it comes to quitting your job, growing your business, and achieving your dreams?

You're not alone.

In fact, MOST people let this fear and its partner-in-crime, the fear of what people will think, control their ENTIRE lives. The most common regret at the end of peoples’ lives, according to a lifelong hospice nurse Bronnie Ware?

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Don’t let that be you! Today, you can choose to start moving past it.

How do you conquer this super-common fear?

It’s simple, but not necessarily easy: by TRYING THINGS.

Choose something small, like setting a timer and doing something that's been scaring you for 5 minutes today, like:

-Reaching out to a potential customer
-Following up with one
-Making a post on your personal page
-Introducing (or re-introducing) yourself in your favorite FB group
-Going on Facebook Live :)
-Putting pen to paper to process through your biggest goal or fear right now
-Figuring out how you can pay for that business investment you've been wanting to make but scared to let yourself have
-Making a connection with someone you admire
-Being honest with someone close to you about your entrepreneurial dreams
-Deciding on a price for your offer
-Posting your offer on your business page

Try that one thing for 5 minutes, and experience the rush that comes from completing it.

Build that trust in yourself that you CAN accomplish things, and when the big stuff comes, you’ll be sooooooo much more confident and ready to give them a go.

What will you do for 5 minutes today? Or have you overcome this fear? How have you moved through it?

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Support & accountability are KEY!

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Today, I'm sharing the top tip from my article that was featured on the Huffington Post Business homepage, The Top 5 Things To Know Before Quitting Your 9-5:

"Support & accountability are KEY ― get them now.

Why, oh why, do we stop investing in ourselves and our dreams after school?

It’s perfectly acceptable to borrow huge sums of money to get a formal education, but the minute we graduate, most of us start telling ourselves we don’t need to invest in ourselves anymore and that if we’re smart, we should to be able to figure it out for free.

This is backwards!

The most successful entrepreneurs are always learning, always investing in themselves to continually improve.

The most successful athletes are coached their ENTIRE CAREERS.

Find an expert you connect with and get some support and accountability.

After a decade of running my own businesses, I’m telling you: it will be the best money you ever spent on yourself AND your business."

Have you ever found yourself thinking these things? How have you made the shift, and what results have you found as a result?

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Are you ready to get BIG results in your business?

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Ready to get big results in your business? Get real accountability.

Why? Accountability is the quickest way to change our habits and our results.

Benjamin P. Hardy writes about this in “How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months:”

Beyond tracking, research has found that accountability improves performance. When you report your performance to someone, particularly someone you respect, it adds external and relational motivation to succeed.

During your accountability sessions, you can get coaching and feedback on where you can improve.

When you’re doing something new, it requires consistency, it takes showing up, it takes getting over some fears and discomfort in order to create the habit that will produce the results you desire.

Usually, we need something outside of ourselves in order to show up in this new way. Our brains naturally want to keep thinking the same thoughts and patterns that we thought yesterday, because to our brains, safe is same.

We have to bring in something new and different to help break us out of old, bad patterns.

Based on what I see every day, I can say with 99.9% certainty that deciding on one idea and focusing on showing up for it consistently are most likely NOT going to happen if you don’t get accountability around them.

I want better for you.

Show up with your questions to someone who’s done it, and get that accountability. Start putting simple strategies to work for you, today, without overwhelm, stress or pressure.

Just like starting a new exercise routine or a healthier diet, growing a business goes much faster if you have a guide and a buddy to do it with.

As one of my clients Heather said, the right community and the right mentor have been “the support I have needed to train my brain to be an entrepreneur and not a worker bee!”

Have you found success with accountability? What has that looked like for you? Or what will you do to get it?

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Looking to connect with paying clients?

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Looking to connect with paying clients?

Let's talk Simple Strategies to do just that.

There are SO many different ways to connect with potential customers. Here are some of the ways I have over the past 2+ years:

✔️Posting in others' Facebook groups
✔️Building my own Facebook group
✔️Podcast guest experting
✔️Livestream guest experting
✔️Running challenges
✔️Periscope
✔️Running Facebook ads
✔️Facebook Live
✔️Building my Facebook business page
✔️Writing for Thrive, Medium & The Huffington Post
✔️Instagram
✔️Twitter
✔️LinkedIn
✔️YouTube

Each of these strategies, I combine with offering an opt-in/freebie that gets people to join my newsletter list, where I email them regularly.

When I started my business, though, I was just using 1 strategy. Just one.

As my time and team grew, I added more strategies, found ones I really liked, those I didn't like so much, and made strategic decisions about which to focus on.

Are you seeing the results you want in your business?

If not, first ask yourself, have you been consistently visible using 1 strategy for 90 days? If the answer is no, then that's where to start.

If the answer is yes, then maybe it's time to try another strategy that excites you.

No matter what the "experts" say, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for everyone. This is about YOU building your business in a way that feels good for you, and giving yourself permission to start where you are, or make a change when you need to.

Which of the above have you tried, or are you interested in trying? What's worked for you, or which do you have questions about?

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The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year Of Business - Lesson #6

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Happy Freedom Friday! What a perfect way to wrap up the week with the final lesson in my series: Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business.

Lesson #6: I invested in support for me and my business.

When I was a perfectionist, I had to do it all myself, and I prided myself on my independence. The problem was, I very quickly hit an income plateau in my first business, and no matter how hard I worked or tried, I wasn't able to move beyond it. It was like I was on a salary again, and that was NOT why I had started my business. I knew I was capable of making more so that I could travel more, save more, and give more, and I was frustrated by my inability to do so, wondering what was wrong with me.

When I FINALLY invested in my first mentor in June of 2015, I tripled my income in 3 weeks. THREE WEEKS. Now, that's not typical, but it obviously IS possible. More importantly, I learned how to build a business that I could step away from, and with support, I learned to delegate for the first time EVA.

And so in that first year I learned that when I invested in support from mentors & assistants to help me grow my business, I saw the rewards come back to me exponentially--in income, yes, and also in more clarity, more freedom, less procrastination (because I was either getting accountability or delegating the things that were hard for me!) and more joy.

It would be inauthentic and incongruent for me to ask my clients to pay me and not continually be investing in myself to learn and grow my business and show up as the mentor we both desire me to be. And so I'm continually learning and being challenged by mentors who are willing to go deep with me, call me out when it's needed, and support me in providing more value to you.

I used to think I could do this all for free, but, I've learned...there's something weird about us humans--we value what we pay for.  Whether this is $1 or $10,000, we pay more attention to, place value upon, and follow through on what we invest in, and therefore we get better results. This is absolutely true for me, and it's so true for my clients, as well.

The crazy thing? The ones who've invested more with me have gotten bigger, faster results.

Investing in your business' development is part of running a business--and when it's a business based on you, your passions and your story, that includes investing in yourself.

I've gone from the lone ranger to being supported at all levels, and this way feels--and works!!!--so much better.

Ask yourself where you need support right now--what does your intuition say you most need to learn, do or have right now to grow your business?

What's been holding you back from taking action on getting that help?

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The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year Of Business - Lesson #5

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Only two more to go in my Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business!

Lesson #5: "Wherever you go, there you are."

This was a toughie. I resisted accepting this one because, well, it's just not sexy.

This is accepting that if we're not happy, content, at peace, joyful, etc. on the inside, the coolest trip or experience is not going to be meaningful to us. Our outer world is simply a reflection of our inner world, and when that inner world is stressed, or chaotic, or unclear, the same filters get applied to the outer world, whether I'm sitting in my home office or sitting in a gorgeous hotel in Paris.

This is about making time and space to do the inner work I'd been challenged to do by my mentors, instead of staying in my own comfort zone, which is doing all the external things (newsletters, posts, livestreams, etc.).

As I began to do this work, I noticed that I became much happier, much more settled, and I enjoyed whatever I was doing more. Clients also came to me ready to work with me and the whole process became much more joyful.

I realized I'd had a fear of not being busy--that if I wasn't constantly working on my business, then it wouldn't grow. I'd carried over that belief from my previous businesses, and it wasn't serving me as my audience grew to thousands and I worked with more clients than ever before.

Sometimes my clients wonder why I focus so much on the internal work--this is why. Because no matter how much external systems & structures we put in place, if we're not feeling clear, confident and energized about our business, we're not going to show up as powerful and be able to serve our clients.

It's the opposite of how we THINK it works when we first get into starting a business, but it's so true.

Wherever you go, there you are...so where are you? :)

Have you been feeling unclear? Have you been putting off doing inner work to get clarity & confidence?

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The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year Of Business - Lesson #4

Happy Hump Day! All this week we've been working through the Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business.

Lesson #4: I utilized the power of FOCUS.

I used to be a professional, proud multi-tasker. Keeping my email open, responding to texts & emails as they came in, refreshing, checking Facebook & scrolling, a million browser tabs open. Any of this sound familiar?

Since that first year of Life With Passion I’ve had to learn not only how that multi-tasking was a disservice to my mindset and business growth, but we threw in the ultimate “multi-tasking” challenge of parenting a newborn and then very busy little girl.

I’ve given you guys a lot of tips with productivity hacks and internal mindset work. This isn’t the time to go through them all again, but it’s important to recognize their one important commonality: FOCUS.

Would you describe yourself as a focused person? Or does distracted, overwhelmed, or scattered sound more familiar?

️What steps can you take this week to reduce overwhelm and distractions and utilize the power of focus? (TIP: Check out my posts from last week to learn 3 easy steps you can take right away to do exactly this!)

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The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business - Lesson #3

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Good morning! Let's continue with my Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business, shall we?

Lesson #3: I learned & used the power of my story.

I'd heard people say that your story was important, but I dismissed it because I thought I didn't have anything interesting or dramatic enough to say, that my story didn't matter. That it wasn't unique enough. So I didn't talk about it in my first business. Can you relate?

When my daughter Maeve died, obviously that changed. I knew in my head that this was powerful...BUT I felt scared that people would think I was exploiting her if I talked about her in relationship to my business. Just like before, I was keeping myself small by being scared to use my story.

Then, I realized, she was THE REASON I started Life With Passion, so it was actually inauthentic of me NOT to talk about her, and you know I'm all about authenticity and being genuine.

So, I started. I started talking about her in Facebook posts. I started talking about her in videos, and on my webinars, and in articles and on podcasts.

I continued talking about my horses, who were the original driver behind me wanting to get free from my 9-5 (so I wasn't going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark and never getting to see them).

What happened?

These were the 2 things I become known for, BUT they are not the ONLY things I'm known for. They make me memorable, and help me stand out in a sea of coaches.

Yes, I've worked with many clients who have a connection to horses or pregnancy loss, and I love that. But not ALL of them do--it hasn't niched me down too far or shut me out.

It's made me memorable.

Your story is the ONE THING no one else can EVER duplicate. If you're not using it, I'd go so far as to say you're not memorable.

The good news is that this can change today!!!

Ask yourself, are you currently using your story to make your business memorable? Do you know what aspects of your story are powerful and memorable to use?

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The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business - Lesson #2

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On Friday I kicked off the series The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business., so let's keep it rolling all this week! They're what I would tell you, if we were chatting over tea or coffee, or on a coaching call, to focus on in order to grow, hit your goals, and enjoy the process.

Lesson #2: Get Visible.

Getting visible or "putting ourselves out there" is the thing that often scares us the most, the thing that strikes fear into my clients' hearts, and that was true for me, too.

I used my background and degrees in media communication, and examples from my mentors, and I did it before I felt ready.

I did it when my audience was a fraction of the size it is now, when I'd only worked with a few clients, when they didn't have the results they do now. I had no idea how to do livestreams. It felt scary, I felt nervous, I wondered what was going to happen. It felt crazy to put myself out there, because before starting Life With Passion I was extremely private, and I prided myself on the fact that I had NEVER advertised in my marketing business--all of my business was referral.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, nearly all of my Life With Passion clients came from getting visible--95% came to me as strangers.

What changed?

I decided that my message was needed, and I wanted to reach as many women as possible with it.

I’m curious, how do you feel *right now* about visibility and how is it different from where you started?

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The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business - Lesson #1

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Happy Friday!! To celebrate Freedom Friday, let's go ahead start the series: The Top 6 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business today- we have SIX awesome lessons to cover, so it makes perfect sense to kick it off today and go through all next week!

The #1 lesson that I learned is that there's never a perfect time to start.

I've heard it said that no business or human is born an adult--they're both born babies. 2016 was Life With Passion's first full year in business, and I also spent most of the year growing a human baby, my rainbow baby Fiora. :). So many parallels, and also so much possibility because here's one thing that is SO true about both:

There's never a perfect time to do it.

There's never going to be the perfect time to start or go all-in on a business.

I started Life With Passion as I was grieving the loss of my first daughter Maeve. If I'd asked for advice from "practical" people, they would have told me to conserve my energy and focus on processing my grief AND on my other business, which was full-time at that point.

Guess what? Starting a business was one of the ways I processed and made sense of things, and it WORKED for me and for my clients.

So whatever is going on in your life, if you've got that thing in the back (or front) of your mind that keeps calling you to do something big, to grow and get visible, regardless of the reasons "why not," It's possible for you, too.

I'm not a superwoman or any more special than YOU. I have plenty of times where I feel uncertain or unclear. I do know how to grow a business, though, and if that's your desire, it's learnable for you, too. That's why I'm sharing.

If you have a desire to grow a business while in a full-time job, or raising kids, or dealing with a personal crisis, or heck, all 3, then pay attention to that voice. You have it for a reason.

Ask yourself, what have you been telling yourself about why this isn't the right time to go all-in in your business?

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How to stay focused while working on your business - Tip #3

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We all have 24 hours in a day, but there are some fairly simple changes you can make THIS WEEK that will help you not only use the time in your days better, but reduce the clutter in your mind to focus on what's most important to you--like building your business!

Tip #3: Close out your email tab, and only check it a couple of times a day--2 is the goal, but you can start with more and wean yourself down if you need to :).

Most of us are in our inboxes ALL THE TIME, from the moment we roll over to turn off the alarm (and then our fingers go immediately to the mail app & the Facebook app).

Why change that? Because like with turning off social media notifications, closing out email means you are happening TO your day and acting on purpose with your goals, rather than letting everyone else’s priorities and random thoughts and distractedness dictate your day, leaving you looking up at the end going, what did I actually accomplish today?!?

Open up that email tab on your computer 2x per day, respond, handle, and archive as needed, then GET OUTTA THERE. CLOSE. X it out. Done.

You can make this transition easier on the people around you (if you feel you need to) by setting expectations that you’re doing this.

For example, if you need to let people know that you’re not immediately available anymore, put an out of office reply in that says you’re busy working on your priorities and that, in order to do that, you’re now only checking email at 10 (after you’ve already put in focused time in the morning on your creative/most important tasks) & 4 pm (to catch anything that might have come in during the day before you shut it down).

Doing this will clear up sooooooo much time in your day and in your head, you won’t even believe it!

Does this feel like a really big move that's hard to wrap your head around putting into practice? Are you willing to try it? Or are you already doing this, and if so, what’s been the result?

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