[PODCAST] The #1 Key to Becoming a Self-Discipline Person


A few days ago I participated in an awesome Twitter chat hosted by the lovely Carey-Lee Dixon of ForWomentoWomen.com and Tonya Rapley of MyFabFinance.com. The chat centered on money and what we as 20- and 30-something women can do to get our finances in order, but an interesting theme that kept coming up was self-discipline.

The concept of self-discipline is near and dear to my heart because (#1) not enough people focus on it when trying to achieve their goals and (#2) a lack of self-discipline is something I struggled with FOR YEARS. Since we’re nearing the end of 2014 and I know you’re probably already thinking about the goals you didn’t hit and how you can do better in 2015, I decided to make a podcast sharing what it takes for you to become a disciplined person. You can listen (and read the full podcast notes) below:

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5 Unique Ways to Stay Motivated and Inspired Everyday

Raise your hand if sometimes you feel completely uninspired. Like staring-at-a-blank-screen-with-that-stupid-cursor-blinking-at-you uninspired, knowing you’re supposed to write something witty but you keep coming up empty. (Oh wait, that was me this morning. Nevermind…) Man, staying inspired is HARD!

stay-motivatedThe tricky thing is, inspiration and motivation go hand in hand. It’s hard to have one without the other. So if you’re uninspired, you’re probably unmotivated too. Ugh! The dictionary defines both words as:

The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

If you’re like me, you usually feel motivated right after you get this amazing, hurry-up-and-give-me-a-pen-and-that-napkin-‘cuz-I-gotta-write-this-down-before-I-lose-it rush of inspiration. But what about those days when that inspiration is nowhere around?

You know…what about the days when you wake up late, rush off to work, scarf a burrito quick lunch at your desk, fight through 40 minutes of traffic to get home, only to plop down on the couch and watch old reruns of Martin?

In other words, what’s a girl to do when the sun ain’t shining and the day is, at best, described as “uneventful”? Do you just give up? (And console yourself with a pint of Talenti’s amazing Gelato?)

Of course you don’t give up! (But you can have the gelato if you must..) There is a way to stay motivated and inspired, even if you’re having a not-so-inspiring day. In fact, here’s 5 ways to stay motivated and inspired that work really well for me:

#1 – Change Your Passwords

Yes…change your passwords! You know…to something inspiring! Why? Because…you use your passwords several times a day to login to stuff! So everyday, when you’re logging into your email or your Facebook account or whatever…boom! Instant inspiration!

Isn’t that like, the most genius idea ever? Unfortunately, I didn’t come up with it, but I wish I did! A few months ago I came across this article where the author talked about how changing his passwords to phrases that reminded him of his goals changed his life. I’ve tried this a few times and it’s pretty fun since you can get creative with it. If you’re dealing with a creative block you could change your password to “Cre@tiv3genius” (“creative genius”). Or if you want some extra motivation to get going on your business, you could change your password to #Bo$$chick (“boss chick”) to remind yourself how much of a sweet entrepreneur you are. The possibilities are endless! Seriously, try it…

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[PODCAST] Get Your Mind Right: My Morning Mindset Ritual


Remember when The Army had that slogan “We get more done before 9am than most people get done all day”?

This is pretty much true for me now, too, due to my morning routine! (Who says you have to join the army to be productive!)

The History of My Morning Routine

Because I have so much going on, I’m OBSESSED with creating systems and routines to make sure I get stuff done. There was a period of maybe 2 years where I just felt so lazy and never got anything done. I am NEVER going back to living like that again, and creating a morning routine is a big reason why.

I first started tinkering with creating my own morning routine in college. I was had was a full-time student, had an internship, a part-time job, AND I was involved in different activities on campus. Within 6 months of having so much to do, I quickly got stressed out.

In fact, not only was I stressed out but I was ticked off. I was mad that I had to get up an immediately give almost my whole day to someone else (my boss, my professors, etc). I HATED the idea of getting up an immediately having to work on someone else’s agenda, while my dreams just sat on the sidelines.

Eventually I got so sick and tired of being sick and tired that I decided to do something about it — I decided I needed a morning routine. Without knowing anything about morning routines or how to create one, I just started getting up earlier, reading my bible and praying, then working on my personal stuff. I would make sure I had at least an hour to work on myself before I even began to get ready to do something for someone else. That was about 5 years ago and I haven’t looked back since!

While my routine has evolved over the years, I still believe it is the single most important part of my day. Devoting time to work on *my* agenda first thing in the morning has allowed me to make progress on projects in ways I know would not be possible without a morning routine.

Introducing: The Morning Mindset Ritual

If you aren’t regularly in the practice of creating a morning routine, I HIGHLY recommend you start one right away. However, because I know that getting up early and starting a full-out morning routine can be hard, today I have a podcast for you where I share my “Morning Mindset Ritual”.

This “mindset ritual” is how I spend the first 30 minutes of my morning routine. I use that time to literally “get my mind right” and make sure that I have the right mindset to make the most out of my day. Since it only takes 30 minutes, you can try this “mindset ritual” tomorrow! In fact, I did a podcast (with detailed notes in case you can’t listen right now) for you today explaining it in detail:

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Move to a New City


“Wow! You’re really…”

“Crazy?” I thought in my head. Young and naive? Maybe she’d be nice and call me “free-spirited.”

I smiled politely, beckoning her to finish her thought.

“…um, you’re really…brave, I guess,” she concluded sheepishly.


That was not the word I was expecting. I had done a lot of things in life, but this was not one I classified as an act of bravery. Or was it?

I turned to me seat-mate, smiled and told her thank you.

Just then, that familiar “ding” sounded and we heard the pilot clear his throat into the intercom. “Hello ladies and gentlemen. We are now making our final descent into Dallas-Fort Worth airport. The local time is 2:06pm and the current temperature is 86 degrees. I’d like to thank you for flying with American Airlines today. We hope you’ll enjoy your time in Dallas or wherever your final destination takes you.”

“Wherever your final destination takes you.” I had heard pilots say that hundreds of times before but it was particularly fitting at that moment.

As I looked out the window, watching the trees get bigger and the clouds get smaller as we glided closer and closer to the runway, I could feel the excitement well up inside of me.

No, Dallas was definitely not going to be my “final destination” but it would be another chapter in my story.

After 6 years of living in Washington, DC — the very place were I broadened my horizons and grew from a midwestern teenager to a city-dwelling adult — I was moving to Dallas.

And apparently, this was an extreme act of bravery…or at least it was to the lady I had been sitting next to on the plane for the last 2 hours.

After making small talk and learning that I was moving, she asked if I had any family in Dallas.

“No, all my family is still mostly in the midwest,” I responded.

“Well do you at least have any friends in Dallas?” she pressed, looking at me strangely.

“No,” I laughed. “All my friends are still mostly on the East Coast.”

“So you’re moving her all by yourself?” she questioned, incredulously.

“Well…yeah,” I answered, surprised by her surprise. “I was just ready for a change. I felt like it was time to do something new.”

If there’s one thing I’ve never been afraid to do, it’s to make a move. Whether it’s making a figurative move by changing something in my life or a literal move by changing which state I live in, I strongly believe in taking chances that allow you to grow.

Yet I know this isn’t the case for everyone. Lately I’ve talked to a lot of women who hate their current city but are paralyzed by the fear of moving. They know where they currently live is no longer working for them but they can’t bring themselves to get up and just go!

If you are considering moving to a new city but fear is the only thing holding you back, well today is your day! Here’s 5 signs to confirm that you’re ready to make the big move:

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[PODCAST] How to Balance Chasing Your Dreams With Your 9-5 Job

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Everyday, I go to work twice.

I get up, get ready and commute to my 9-5.

Then when my 9-5 is over, I head home and get started on my real job…my “5-9″!

As much as I plan on escaping from “cubicle nation” one day very soon, the reality is I still have to work my 9-5 so it can fund and grow my 5-9. And for now, I’m okay with that because everyday, I make progress. In other words, I’ve learned how to balance chasing my dreams with my 9-5 job.

Do you have a big dream you’re trying to build on the side but often feel like your 9-5 “gets in the way”? I used to feel like this too until I buckled down and created a system that allowed me to make progress on my goals, despite having to give 10+ hours to “The Man” everyday.

Because we’re all in this together and I truly, truly, truly want you to succeed, I’ve put together my second podcast, How to Balance Chasing Your Dreams With Your 9-5 Job, to help you do just that. After listening to this podcast, you will have 5 rock-solid strategies to hustle hard on your “5-9″ while still balancing your “9-5″. Check it out:

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