B-Side Mastermind: Monthly Meeting #14 (April)

b-side meetingHello and welcome to The B-Side, a mastermind group for entrepreneurial women! On the first of each month, I share my business-related goals, challenges, and triumphs while inviting you to do the same! I’d love for you to join me; you can learn more about participating by clicking here.

Can you believe the first quarter of 2015 is OVER?!?! Just like that. I feel like we were JUST talking about our new year’s goals and now the first 3 months of the year are gone. Time truly flies when you’re having fun :-). Here’s how March went for me and what I have planned this month :


Last Month’s Results

  1. Update/Create my About & Products/Services Pages (Business Foundation). Not even close. I didn’t even touch this unfortunately. Launching the digital version of my workshop pretty much took all my time (more details below). This will be a repeat goal for April because I seriously get me “Work With Me” pages done.
  2. Launch my “Launch Your Life” workshop online. I failed at the first goal but at least I nailed this one! Natasha (Go and Glow Project) and I ended up promoting our Launch Your Life Masterclass (LaunchYourLifeClass.com) by holding a free webinar first. The webinar was called Idea to Income: The Art of Profiting from Your Passion and I am ASTOUNDED at how well it went. Seriously. We put a lot into it but I still didn’t think it would be as well received as it was. We had just under 500 women sign up for the webinar and received wonderful feedback from everyone who participated. Because we did a good job giving everyone a ton of free value via the free webinar, a lot of women took us up on our offer for the paid Launch Your Life Masterclass. Overall, Natasha and I were really excited about the amount of sales we made on Launch Your Life, but honestly, I’m still on a high from the free webinar! It was so much fun and I’m just really, really, happy that those who participated got so much out of it. I think I’m officially in love with webinars now. :-) Expect to see more in the future!
  3. Launch my new audio training course. Again, all the prep work for the Idea to Income webinar and the Launch Your Life Masterclass totally took over, so I was not able to launch this like I wanted to. I did fully outline the course though, so I’m moving this goal to April.

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Rich Chick: 10 Ways to Invest in Yourself as a Woman

invest in yourselfGet your hair and nails done.

Go to the spa.

Buy some cute new clothes.

Go to brunch with your girls.

Take a weekend getaway.

All of the above are pretty much the standard things you think of when it comes to self-care as a woman. Or at least, the above activities are the most common stress relievers women run to when we want a quick way to feel better about ourselves or our situation.

While the above are certainly important (I just got a gel manicure last week. Love it!) at the end of the day, they’re only temporary fixes. Self-care that lasts permanently is going to take something a little more enduring.

True self-care as a woman takes investment.


Investing, Defined

I first learned about investing when I was 15 or 16 years old. My mom had read an article in a magazine that showed that if a 16 year old worked every summer until they were 21, managing to save a few thousand per year, they could invest it, never touch it or add to it again, and still earn $1,000,000 by the time they were retirement age. Fascinated by the article (my mom has always been savvy with money) she clipped it out and gave it to me.

The power of investing really intrigued me, so after reading the article I went to the bookstore and bought my first book about money, The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens.

I devoured the book and was blown away by it’s principles. Up until that point, I thought all rich people were rich because they hit it big on some million dollar idea. Though there are certainly many wealthy people who did just that, I was surprised to learn that many people were wealthy because they chose to invest a relatively small amount over and over again until it snowballed into something much larger.

The dictionary defines investing as:

1. “To expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result.”
2. “Devote (one’s time, effort, or energy) to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.”

The key criteria in both definition is that (1) you take a resource (time, money, effort, energy, etc) and you (2) put it in some sort of vehicle with the expectation that (3) as a result, you will get out more than you put in.

While getting your hair and nails done, going to brunch, or buying cute clothes certainly have their place in a woman’s life, the reason why those activities don’t provide lasting self-improvement is because they aren’t vehicles design to give you more than what you put in. You can spend a lot of money going on spa and weekend trips but outside of the fun you experience in the moment, you aren’t likely to receive a last return for your efforts.

How to Invest in Yourself

So what’s a woman to do if she wants to permanently feel better about herself and her situation…you know, live a “rich” life?

I say, in addition to all your self-care activities (no, you don’t have to give them up!) make sure you’re investing in yourself as a woman. Investing in yourself means you are regularly putting your resources into things that will give you a return on your investment. From what I’ve experienced in my own life and what I’ve observed from other successful women, here are 10 ways you can invest in yourself and improve your situation for good: [Read more…]

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[PODCAST] Time is Money? Here’s How to Have More of Both…

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Quick, fill in the blanks:

“If I only had more money, I’d be able to ____________.”

“If I only had more time, then I could really ____________.”

What would YOU do if you only had more time and/or money?

Upgrade your wardrobe?

Read more books?

Go back to school?

Start a business?

Pay off your credit card?

Write your book?

Visit your out-of-state family and friends more often?

If you’re like me, you can probably be think of 1,001 things you do if you had just a little bit more cushion in your schedule and your bank account.

However, if you’re like me, you’ll also can probably admit that you tend to feel like you don’t have enough regardless of how much time and money you have.

When I was in college, I used to complain all the time that if I didn’t have all these papers and stupid homework assignments to work on, and if I could just make and extra $20 or $30 a week at my part-time job, then I could do what I really wanted to do.

But now that I’m out of college and I have a regular 9-5 job with a pretty good salary (and no term papers to write!), I STILL find myself saying “If I only had more money…” or “If I only had more time…”

If I were a millionaire who worked for herself and could afford the personal chef, housekeeper, and all the other time-saving luxuries I (frequently) fantasize about deep down, I know I’d probably still be complaining about not having “enough”.

Well, I would have still been a complainer had I not discovered this time/money management secret I share with you in today’s podcast. Check it out:

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B-Side Mastermind: Monthly Meeting #13 (March)

b-side meetingHello and welcome to The B-Side, a mastermind group for entrepreneurial women! On the first of each month, I share my business-related goals, challenges, and triumphs while inviting you to do the same! I’d love for you to join me; you can learn more about participating by clicking here.

I am SO glad it’s March! Definitely ready for some warmer weather. :-) As we move into the last month of the 1st quarter of 2015, here’s how I did in February :


Last Month’s Results

  1. Get my business “foundation” in place. I did not totally finish getting my business foundation in place because this was (is?) a way bigger project than I anticipated. I will definitely be working on this all through March, possibly through April as well. If you haven’t checked out my last B-Side post, I stated that I wanted to get some “foundational” things in place to move my business forward. Thing like – completing my “work with me” and product pages, updating my LinkedIn profile, getting my email marketing system in place, opening a new bank account in the name of my LLC, etc. In February, I did a good job setting up my email marketing system (side note: if you have any kind of business online, having an engaged email list and an email strategy is crucial for you business. I’m kind of mad it took me this long to learn that but I digress…) and re-writing my bio but that’s pretty much all I got to. Next month I want to make greater progress in getting my “foundation” items in place.
  2. Create and follow an editorial calendar for my newsletter. I did really good with this goal last month! Many of my subscribers are telling me they are enjoying my regular emails. I even relaunched my #NoExcusesChallenge for March, which is an email challenge for my readers. Maintaining regular email newsletters for my list is something I will definitely continue next month.
  3. Post everyday (or nearly everyday) on Instagram. This was a complete fail. I did post more on instagram but definitely not everyday. Honestly, I set this goal because I thought it would be great for marketing (and it is) but I abandoned it early on in the month because I focused my attention to another marketing strategy, which I’ll talk about under “what went well” below…

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Build Your Self-Discipline This Spring with #NoExcusesMarch

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***PLEASE NOTE: The challenge is now closed! If you would like to join the waitlist for the next time I run this challenge, please read through the post and click the “sign-up here” buttons to have your name put on the list.***

Remember the free, 21-day self-discipline challenge I ran at the beginning of the year called “#NoExcusesJanuary”?

Well if you missed it the first time around, you’ll be happy to know that I’m bringing it back for March! Yup, #NoExcusesMarch is almost here!

Why I Created This Challenge

I first came up with the idea for a “No Excuses” challenge after seeing so many people excited about their goals for the New Year. I was really excited for the New Year too, but I knew (from personal experience) that that excitement wouldn’t last past February for most people.

It’s a sad reality but over 80% of people fall off from their New Years goals by Valentine’s Day. And the reason why is this:

Most people haven’t built the self-discipline necessary to keep going when the excitement wears off and times get tough.

So, with that in mind, I created #NoExcusesJanuary as a little 21-day “push” to help all my Think & Grow Chicks (that’s you!) build the self-discipline needed to finish the year strong.

What Past Participants Have to Say

I knew the challenge would be helpful but, to be honest, I wasn’t sure how helpful. Creating the challenge was a bit of an experiment for me – I wasn’t sure how it would turn out!

Well, imagine my surprise when #NoExcusesJanuary got phenomenal feedback! Women who went through the challenge were saying #NoExcusesJanuary was just what they need to get back on track with their lives. Here’s what just some of the past participants had to say:

“It gave me a concrete way to begin practicing self-discipline. I have long acknowledged that self-discipline was something I needed to improve but I didn’t really know how. #NoExcusesJanuary gave me the “how”. What was really helpful was acknowledging the excuses that I made. Putting those out in the open helped me combat them when they arose. The motivational check-ins were helpful as well. Especially the one centering around “What do you want?” That has kept me going to keep asking myself what I want most and why I’m even doing this in the first place.” – L. Talley

“No Excuse January was the best gift ever to have made my year productive. I was able to stick to my regimen with your help and daily reminder via email. I never knew that I could pull through yet I did and haven’t stopped No Excuse regimen. Though it over, am still engaging in the exercise. It made we realise that we as human being possess in us the power to kick out negative, bad habit if we just make the decision to try.” – B. Olalere

“I was absolutely delighted to be a part of your NoExcuses challenge. It was just what I needed to kick off the new year and keep realistic resolutions that I can follow throughout the year. For a long time I have had trouble with remembering to be grateful and so I decided to keep a thankful journal but I never had time to do so. #NoExcuses helped to take a couple of minutes every morning and write in my thankful journal! Now it’s a habit I can’t really drop and I’m so happy!” Anya S.

If you didn’t get a chance to go through the challenge the first time (or even if you did but you want to go through it again) you can sign up for #NoExcusesMarch now! Just click the button below: Registration for the #NoExcusesChallenge is now closed. Click the button below to join the waitlist. [Read more…]

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