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Get Out of the Hustle & Give In to the Flow

The best thing I ever did for my business was to stop. fucking. hustling.

I went from forcing myself to work in my home office from 9am - 5pm (damn you, corporate mentality), to instead working from ANYWHERE and ANY TIME I damn well pleased.

When I first started my coaching business, I thought that I actually WANTED to work those typical hours. 

I even wrote about it in a past blog.

But what I realized was that I just still had the corporate mentality ingrained in my head.

"If you're not working nine to five, then you're not working hard enough." - Society 

What a load of bullshit.

I found back then that if I wasn't physically in my home office for most of the day, then I actually felt GUILTY that I wasn't working hard enough.

So I plugged away on the "busy work"; creating programs that weren't in alignment (and I never even used), building colour-coded spreadsheets of what a full schedule would look like one day (spoiler alert: it can look however you want, without a pretty little spreadsheet), and essentially just wasting time with shit I didn't actually need to be doing.

As long as I was in my office all day, I felt like I was accomplishing something.

And I also felt like I had to respond to every social media post and private message immediately.

I laugh at that now.

But that's the trap of having worked in corporate for so long.

You think the hustle is "normal".

You think that defines you as a business owner.

But then I started working with coaches who thought outside the box.

I was introduced to a new way to running my business.

Intuitive flow.

And holy shit, let me tell you, THAT'S when everything changed in my business.

Photo by  Yasin Hoşgör  

Photo by Yasin Hoşgör 

Instead of chaining myself to my desk (which is one of the exact reasons I had left corporate to begin with)...

I started going out and DOING things.

Getting a massage in the middle of the day.

Paddle boarding and hanging out on the beach with a friend.

Going for walks in nature.

And wouldn't you know - all of a sudden ideas started to flow!

Content creation became easy.

Increasing my prices became easy.

Signing $5K clients became easy.

All because I was giving in to my intuitive flow.

And telling the hustle to take a hike.

As soon as I started trusting in the Universe - and watching it so clearly provide - building my business became so. friggin'. easy.

Almost too easy.

Not gonna lie - there were times I'd find myself questioning whether this was too good to be true.

But here I am, consistently growing my empire.

Using intuitive flow.

It actually feels like I've discovered the secret of the Universe.

But it's meant for EVERYONE to know about it!

So I do my part in spreading the word.

I tell everyone I can.

Because the hustle can really suck.

It's draining.

It's stressful.

And it doesn't have to be that way!

I challenge you to run your business through intuitive flow even just for a single month.

You'll be amazed at what happens for you.

When you get out of the hustle, and give in to the flow.

If you want help connecting with your intuitive flow, book a free Bold Action Enrollment Call today.

Let's get you leveling up in life and business!

 

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It's Just Easier than Actually Trying

Why does it take so long for us to trust ourselves?

We have no problem trusting other people.

Using their opinions as our own.

Listening to what they have to say, and putting more weight on it than our own thoughts.

Believing in the doubts.

Piling them on top of our own - amplifying the likelihood of us failing. 

Why do we let other people influence our thoughts?

Our feelings?

Our actions?

Our outcome?

Our future?

Photo by  Ben White  

Photo by Ben White 

Pretty simply, because it's just easier than actually trying.

It's easier to play small, than to put ourselves out there.

It's easier to stay quiet, than to rise up and voice our true thoughts.

It's easier to sit inside our comfort zone, than to step outside the box - and risk being seen.

But really... is it easier?

All the frustration of knowing we're meant for more.

All the missed opportunities from not speaking up.

All the happiness passing us by because we've chosen to settle for less than we deserve.

Is it actually easier?

Because I know when I was going through all that shit...

I felt lost.

I felt confused.

I felt overwhelmed.

At least, that's what I let myself believe at the time.

Until I realized that everything I needed to know was already inside me.

**Insert eye roll here**

No really, it actually is.

I used to roll my eyes at that statement too.

But then I decided to test this theory out.

I figured, what's the worst that could happen, if I started to actually listen to myself?

To tune in to what I wanted for me.

Not for anyone else.

I asked myself, what would my ideal day look like?

What would I see, hear, smell, taste, touch?

I painted a picture of that perfect day.

And it felt like I was actually standing right there, in the middle of it.

It was so vivid.

It was so obvious.

But we often don't let ourselves dream like that.

Usually, we put a limit on our thoughts.

We break them down by our perceived version of reality.

But there's no reason why you can't actually live the life you're dreaming of for yourself.

It all comes down to how bad you want it.

What are you willing to do to make it happen for yourself?

How many times are you willing to get up after you fall?

What kind of risks are you willing to take, to reap your reward?

How many excuses are you willing to overcome?

How resourceful are you willing to get?

The truth is...

Everything you need to know really is inside you.

Right now.

And you already have the means to create that life you're dreaming of.

You just have to take one bold action at a time.

And actually try.

Not that half-assed I-gave-up-the first-time-it-didn't-work try.

The real try.

The try where you know you're going to face challenges.

And you know you'll overcome them.

The try where it's a non-negotiable to make it fucking happen.

And start building the life you deserve.

Because when it comes down to it...

It's not just easier than actually trying.

Trying actually just gets easier. 

 

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The Power of Suggestion

Today I stood in front of the mirror.

Completely naked.

I looked at myself.

I slightly twisted my body to pose in positions that smoothed out those places that had a little extra "padding".

And I was okay with my body.

In fact, I actually smiled.

I found this quite interesting.

Because yesterday morning, I had looked at my body and been disappointed about those areas that weren't shaped exactly how I wanted them to be.

Yesterday, I was fearful about going to a friend's cottage next weekend, because I thought about being in a bathing suit and looking "gross".

Yesterday, I had slightly twisted my body into positions that smoothed out those places that had a little extra padding too.

But instead of smiling, like I did this morning...

Yesterday, I had actually said "ugh" out loud.

Yesterday, I had turned away from the mirror in shame.

So, what the hell happened in just 24 hours that caused such a difference - to create two opposite reactions?

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Photo by freestocks.org 

The power of suggestion.

Yesterday afternoon, I had a session with my coach, Tina Mai, and to my surprise, part of my homework was to look in the mirror and appreciate my body, and all it does for me.

And to pose in positions of how I want my future self to look.

Not gonna lie, it kinda blew my mind that I had randomly done mirror work yesterday morning, because it was before Tina had even assigned the task to me.

And while yes, yesterday I had chosen to focus on the negative parts of my body, none the less, I had studied it in the mirror - which is something I rarely do.

So this morning, I took her suggestion to heart.

I looked in the mirror and instead of seeing my "faults"...

Today, I saw a stomach that somehow looked flatter.

Today, I saw that my "back fat" wasn't actually as bad as I had thought it was yesterday.

Today, I saw poised shoulders.

Today, I saw my beautiful tattoos.

Today, I saw hips that curved and added shape to my body.

Today, I saw two strong legs that support me every day.

(Sidenote: I had recently listened to a podcast where a woman talked about losing both her legs to a random infection, so I appreciated my legs even more this morning.)

And the trick of this assignment is that...

It's a bit of a mind fuck.

Because after I took in all the amazingness of my body - and felt appreciation for it carrying me through life, day in and day out...

I spent almost zero time slightly twisting my body into what I want it to look like in the future.

I smiled at my reflection in the mirror almost immediately after doing a few quick poses.

All I felt was love.

Not disappointment.

Not fear.

Not being gross.

Not saying "ugh".

Not feeling shame.

I was content with my body.

I was okay with the shell my soul lives in.

And while I still have goals to make myself healthier...

They're now coming from a place of love.

They're coming from a place of gratitude for what I already have.

And a desire to consistently enhance the badassery of me.

Mind. Body. Soul.

All this, from a simple homework assignment from my coach.

So I offer you the opportunity to look in the mirror.

And appreciate what you see.

Look for the beauty.

And feel love.

The power of suggestion...

What an amazing mindset shift.

 

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Stop Overthinking & Making Shit Complicated

As humans, for some reason we feel the need to create some kind of drama and chaos in our lives.

Even for the most ridiculous situations. 

We make them more complicated than they need to be.

Perfect example of this, with a totally silly situation; here's a conversation my husband and I had today...

Me: **Sitting on the couch with my head back and eyes closed because I've had a headache for a couple hours**

Jeff: "You tired?"

Me: "Yeah, I have a headache. I think it's because of my ponytail - I haven't worn one in a while."

Jeff: **Pauses, looks at me like I have three heads, then says** "Then take out your ponytail."

Me: "Oh... yeah... I guess that would help, eh?"

Jeff: **Teasing me** "Oh, this thing I have complete control over is causing me unnecessary pain - I don't know what to do about it."

Like, WHAT?! Why did it take my husband suggesting for me to take my ponytail out for me to actually do it?!

I had complete control over the situation the whole time and could have saved myself two hours of headache by just letting my hair down - yet I made it more complicated than it had to be.

How often do we do silly shit like that, making our lives more difficult because we're not paying attention to - or acting on - obvious solutions?

Photo credit: Photo by  Erick Marroquín  

Photo credit: Photo by Erick Marroquín 

And when it comes to the bigger situations in life, we can make things a whole lot less complicated by just releasing the amount of control we "need" to have for the outcome.

What comes to mind for this is when you're planning your wedding.

We make these big elaborate expectations and then worry that everything needs to happen exactly how we planned them, and it needs to be perfect.

We overthink about every worst case scenario that could happen, and try to have some plan in place in case it happens (which it very rarely does).

And at the end of the day, if you're married to the person you love, that's all that matters.

For real though.

That's literally all that matters on your wedding day.

You don't remember exactly how your centerpieces looked, or if you said all the right things in your speech or if the food was the perfect temperature.

You remember the moment you saw your partner for the first time that day, you remember the butterflies in your stomach as you read your vows to each other, you remember how it felt to be in their arms during your first dance.

All the little shit you thought was so important and gave you anxiety leading up to your wedding - it didn't even matter.

You're married.

That's all that matters.

And for the every day things in life and business, I have one piece of advice:

Let your intuition lead you.

Push past the bullshit fears and anxiety, and really listen to what your gut is telling you.

You always know what you want.

Sometimes we're just too afraid to say it out loud.

Sure, it helps to have a coach guide you if you need help uncovering what you want.

But they're just there to help you realize what you already know subconsciously.

So can we just cut the crap and actually say what we want?

Can we agree to not need control over things that won't matter in the long run?

Can we agree to just stop overthinking situations?

Can we agree to not complicate things?

There's already so much BS drama in the world - we don't need to add to it.

And wouldn't you love to live a life of simplicity?

 

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I Didn't Know What I Was Missing

I made a discovery recently.

This discovery has to do with something I had no idea I was even missing out on.

Something I assumed I didn't really need in my life.

Something that never really came naturally to me.

The discovery was...

Friendships with other women are empowering as fuck!

You'd never know from this photo that we had just met that night, because we became instant besties! Sarah, Stephanie, Ana and Morgan - you ladies are amazing!

You'd never know from this photo that we had just met that night, because we became instant besties! Sarah, Stephanie, Ana and Morgan - you ladies are amazing!

You may be wondering why I said I didn't think I needed these friendships in my life, or how they never really came naturally to me.

The reason why I didn't think I needed friendships with other women is simply because I've never really had a strong core group of women in my life (outside of my amazing family) that were always supportive and encouraging, while still being honest and authentic.

So to me, it was just my norm to only have one or two awesome friends, without thinking much of it.

The reason why it never really came naturally to me is because I've always been "one of the boys". 

I've always gotten along better with the guys - but here's the kicker...

It's not because I like guy friends better than girl friends.

It's because I have zero tolerance for bullshit, bitchiness and mood swings.

And guys really don't embody those qualities often, so I found myself enjoying the ease of their friendships much more than than back-stabbing high school BS that girls do to each other.

That was, until I realized I had the ability to surround myself with women who are like-minded.

Women who aren't catty.

Women who don't talk shit.

Women who empower you.

Women who inspire you.

Women who are just good fucking people to be around.

I didn't know what I was missing.

But now I'm experiencing friendships with so many amazing women, who are doing incredible things, and wanting the best for themselves - while also wanting the best for me too!

I've met women who come from a place of understanding that we can ALL live our ideal lives, because we know there is enough abundance for everyone.

Having friendships with women who are kind-hearted, soul-centered people is such a game changer!

Their feminine energy is a completely positive experience for me now, and has replaced my previous thinking that friendships with women are mostly draining drama.

They've inspired me to get in touch with my own feminine energy, which has opened up a whole new realm of myself that I barely even knew existed, haha.

And - despite the fact that I'll always (proudly) be a little rough around the edges - I can finally say that I enjoy being one of the girls, instead of one of the guys.

 

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Are You Dragging Dead Bodies?

Yeah, with all the zombie hype and negativity in the news, I thought a morbid approach for this title might grab your attention! But it's actually a serious question.

Many of us are dragging around dead bodies with us and just can't get rid of them. Even when we know they serve no real purpose and don't bring any value to our lives.

Photo by  Ian Espinosa

Photo by Ian Espinosa

Okay, yes, we're not talking about literal dead bodies (which I'm sure you assumed, because you're smart like that), but we ARE talking about the dead weight you drag around with you when you continue to try and save relationships that are way past their expiry date.

Essentially, we're talking about toxic relationships. And these come in many shapes and sizes.

There's the dramatic friend who's life is a mess and they always depend on you to help pick up the pieces of their disaster decisions that you somehow get wrapped up in it because you're trying to do everything for them until they get their shit together... which never seems to happen.

There's the parents who are always negative and consistently let you know that you can't do anything right; who don't understand the direction you're taking in your life because they never experienced anything outside of their limited bubble of beliefs, so they crap all over your ideas and tell you that you should have a "real job".

There's the partner who isn't supportive at all because they're afraid you'll outgrow them, so they try to control you and keep you small; they fight you on every kind of personal development aspect you're doing for yourself and tell you that you're being selfish.

I could go on, but I'm sure you get the idea.

Most of us can think of at least one toxic relationship that we tolerate for one reason or another.

But aren't you tired of carrying around that dead body?

It drains your energy.

It triggers thoughts of doubt.

It causes feelings of unworthiness.

And for what?

What value does that relationship truly bring to your life?

It doesn't matter if you've been friends with that train wreck of a friend since kindergarten.

It doesn't matter if they're your parents, so you feel like you owe them something.

It doesn't matter if you've been with your partner for years and are terrified if you leave them, you'll die alone.

Honestly. It doesn't matter.

You don't owe anyone anything.

No matter what your past history is.

No matter what your future fears are.

You don't owe them shit.

But you know who you DO owe something to?

Yourself.

So use this as your permission to take a long hard look at the toxic relationships in your life.

Do you really want to keep tolerating their bullshit because you feel guilty or scared of change?

Are you really willing to make yourself feel like crap because you don't want to hurt their feelings?

Letting toxic relationships persist in your life are like dragging dead bodies.

It serves no real purpose for you.

It brings no true value to you.

So maybe you start by lessening the time you spend with them.

Or maybe you decide to go cold turkey and just peace out.

But know this...

you create your experience of life.

So if something - or someone - doesn't serve a purpose or bring value to your life, you're allowed to walk away.

You'll get over the guilt.

You'll get over the fear.

And you'll be giving yourself the amazing gift of freedom.

To be who you are.

To do what you know you're meant to do.

Because you don't have to answer to anyone but yourself.

This is your life.

What kind of life experience will you create for yourself?

 

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Why You Feel Stuck in Your Job

Your mind tends to wander to the worst case scenario. It’s human nature. Your brain is literally wired to keep you safe, so anything new sends up a red flag – even if there’s no physical danger; your brain yells, “STOP! We’ve never done this before – we should be scared!”

This is especially true when you’re considering a change in your career.

So instead of making a change, you're choosing to live in fear.

How’s that working for you so far?

You’re tired of the same old routine; get up, go to work, come home, make dinner, go to bed, then do it all again the next day, and the next day, and the next day - until the weekend hits. But then before you know it, it’s Sunday night and you feel that sickening dread creep into the pit of your stomach.

You feel stuck.

You desperately want to leave your job, but your fear-based brain has you thinking:

  • What if people judge you and think you’re irresponsible?
  • What if you lose your steady paycheque and can’t pay the bills?
  • What if you can't actually make it work and you fail?
     
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Photo by energepic.com

Yet still, the burning desire to do something more is constantly on your mind. 

You want to make a difference.

You want to be your own boss.

You want freedom and flexibility.

Here’s the good news: You can create a life of freedom for yourself! 

The truth is, you can stop being so fearful because:

  • Judgement from others has nothing to do with you (and everything to do with them).
  • Making a steady paycheque as an entrepreneur is completely possible for you because you’re willing to put in the effort.
  • You can totally make this work because failure is not an option for you – you'll do whatever it takes to make this happen for yourself!
     

You know you've got this – and you’re not going to let your primitive brain hold you back any longer!

You’re ready to follow your heart - to follow your intuition - and take massive, purposeful action to get yourself where you want to be.

You only feel stuck in your job because you're scared of the worst case scenario happening.

You're living in fear.

So, I'll ask you this...

How would it feel to ditch the fear, begin the adventure of becoming an entrepreneur – and start living a life of freedom?

 

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The 3 Ways Success of Others Means Success for You

I'm not gonna lie. This morning I really wanted to sleep in.

I wanted to pull the covers over my head, stay nice and warm and cozy in bed, and just fall back into dream land.

But then a vision of my friend and colleague, Christina Popovic, came into my head.

She's just been nominated for an award that has a cash prize of $10,000.

And she was nominated for this award as recognition for all her hard work and effort as a Life, Health and Mindset Coach - how badass it that?!

So as I thought of her this morning, it inspired me to get my ass out of bed and make full use of today - to kick ass in my business and help change lives for the better - including my own!

Which brings us to the first way the success of others can mean success for you...

Photo by:  StockSnap

Photo by: StockSnap

1. Motivation

All too often we see someone else experiencing success and our immediate emotion is jealousy.

But what if we simply chose to be motivated instead?

What if instead of thinking a negative thought of "it should be ME being successful", we used it as an opportunity to get curious about how they reached their success?

Can you ask them what's working for them directly?

Can you research their background story and read about their success story?

Can you check out their social media accounts and take note of how they market themselves?

Getting motivated opens up so many doors for your own success.
 

2. Hire them as your mentor

When you see someone else doing what you want to do, it only makes sense to see if you're able to work with them.

They're clearly doing something right, if they're experiencing success.

This is certainly the case when I chose to hire Mandy Perry as my mentor.

Mandy has taken herself and her family from being on food stamps just two years ago, to now owning a successful six-figure business. How friggin' inspiring is THAT?!

So, because I know the importance of having a coach, I started following her on social media, and paying more attention to what she was saying.

It became a factor of "know, like, and trust" - you want your audience to know who you are and what you're about, you want them to like you, and you want them to trust you.

Mandy is all these things to me - so I hired her as my mentor!
 

3. Celebrating Others Creates High Vibe Attraction

When you're in the space of truly celebrating the success of others, it helps bring those positive high vibes back around your way.

Celebration mode can look like anything from a silly impromptu dance party to just writing a note to that person to let them know how proud you are of them.

Taking time to truly reflect on the feeling of gratitude to know someone who is experiencing success, can ultimately contribute to bringing that success around to you too!

So the next time you feel jealousy creeping up when you hear about someone earning success, stop and think about these three ways their success could make a positive impact on your life as well.

Because the world could use more celebrations.

So celebrate your sisters.

And soon enough, we'll be celebrating YOU!

 

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Choose Freedom Over Fear

But what if other people think I'm dumb?

But what if I don't make money right away?

But what if I fail?

These are all super common thoughts that people have when they're thinking about transitioning from being an employee to being an entrepreneur.

It's so easy to get caught up in the worst case scenarios that we play over and over in our head.

But what if taking a leap of faith and investing in yourself actually created your BEST case scenario?

Photo by  Austin Chan  

Photo by Austin Chan 

This is the sign you've been looking for.

If you knew you couldn't fail, would you do it?

Well here's the good news: You can choose to keep working on your goal UNTIL it becomes your reality.

It doesn't happen overnight. 

And honestly, it wouldn't be as exciting if it did.

Part of the fun is the adventure to get there.

Then you can sit back, take a look at your life, and say "holy shit - I DID IT!"

What would that LOOK like for you?

What would that FEEL like for you?

No really.

Think about it.

You can even journal about it.

How would your life look if you were actually creating the freedom you desire.

How would you feel waking up every day knowing YOU were in control.

I know - it's crazy to think about, because you've mostly just been focusing on the worst case scenario.

But your best case scenario CAN be your reality.

In fact, I'm happy to offer you a free 45 minute Breakthrough Strategy Call, where you'll find out how to:

  • Get super fucking CLEAR on what you want - like, what you ACTUALLY want
  • Create a plan you're PASSIONATE about - light that fire under your ass
  • Take MASSIVE action to make it happen for yourself - and don't worry, I'll support you along the way

You don't have to be chained to your corporate desk forever.

You don't have to live by society's cookie-cutter rules.

Enough bullshit mindset - you're more than capable of making this happen.

Enough just talking about doing it - actually DO it.

Enough waiting until the timing is perfect - there's no such thing.

You CAN do this.

You WILL do this.

You ARE doing this.

Because you deserve to be happy.

And only YOU can do that for yourself.

 

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How Having Boundaries Actually Gives You Freedom

As a business owner (and a human being in general), it's so crucial to honour your boundaries.

Boundaries with yourself.

Boundaries with family and friends.

Boundaries with clients.

I'm sure you catch my drift - honour your boundaries with everyone.

Because implementing your boundaries is actually quite freeing.

Alright, you hear me - but what the hell does that even mean?

So glad you asked!

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Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

Let's start with boundaries for yourself.

As much as we don't like to admit it, we all have our limits.

We can only accomplish so much in one day.

And while the saying is true; "we all have the same 24 hours in a day"; we don't all want to spend it the exact same way.

You may love doing certain things that I can't stand doing.

And I may suggest something to you that makes you cringe.

That's the beauty of being the boss.

You get to only do those things that you WANT to do.

Now you might be thinking, "but I do all kinds of shit in my business that I don't want to do".

But that's not true. 

Because at some point, you've decided that you actually DO want to do that task.

Whether it's to save money by not having to outsource it (sidenote: I encourage you to really consider if you actually ARE saving money, in the long run, by doing this).

Or whether it's a task you don't like, but you know it will help build your business, so you do it anyway; therefore you are actually choosing that you DO want to do it, because you want business growth.

See what I mean?

It's all how you look at it.

So when I say it's necessary to honour the boundaries you set for yourself, I mean you need to consider what you actually want to do.

And what you DON'T want to do.

We all have our limits.

For everything on that list of things you don't want to do, simply don't do them.

Outsource it to someone who is an expert in that industry.

Someone who actually does like doing those tasks.

Pick and choose which business basics need to get done for your business.

And that means whatever feels right for YOU.

Because building your business in a way that aligns with your values will help you love your career even more.

You don't have to do everything just because it happens to be the hottest trend.

Essentially, say no to things that don't serve you.
 

Which brings us to our next set of boundaries; boundaries with family and friends.

When you're a business owner, for some reason there's always friends or family who expect to get your services for free, or at a discounted rate.

Understand that you are not obligated to give anyone anything for free.

If you choose to gift them your services, great.

But you don't owe anyone anything.

No matter how long you've known them.

And choosing to not give free or discounted services to your family and friends does not make you a bad person.

It actually makes you a good business owner.

You don't discount the VALUE of the service they receive, so you don't need to discount your prices either.

The guilt to give in to their requests is stemming from past people-pleasing ways.

But remember, you run a business.

And you don't have to let guilt make business decisions for you.

In fact, the family and friends who truly support you will be more than happy to invest in you at the full rate.

It's called mutual respect.
 

And finally, honouring your boundaries with clients.

This one is especially important if you're feeling frustrated that you always seem to be working.

You let your clients take advantage of you by being available to them at all hours of the day (and night).

You worry that if a question goes unanswered, then they'll take their business somewhere else.

And so what if they do?

Do you really want to be working with someone who doesn't respect that you have a life outside of work?

That may sound harsh - but actually think about it.

You didn't become an entrepreneur to be at the beck and call of your clients.

If you wanted to let someone else run your schedule, you could have stayed in corporate.

And don't get me wrong.

I appreciate that you have to put in some overtime for yourself when you're getting your business off the ground.

But that doesn't mean you need to change your schedule to make it more convenient for your client.

If they want to work with you, they'll make it happen.

Just like you make it work when YOU want to work with someone.

Treat your home-based business just like any other business - with actual business hours.

I'm typically in my office from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Now you might be thinking - but that's the same hours as a corporate job.

You're right - but the difference is that I get to CHOOSE those hours, I'm not being told by someone else that I HAVE to be at work from 9am - 5pm.

HUGE difference.

And I don't make exceptions to this rule unless there's an event of some sort that I want to facilitate, or attend, or unless I'm in a session with my own mentor.

Or unless a friend wants to have lunch - the perks of having your own business, hehe.

I make myself available for coaching sessions with my clients during the afternoon, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm - 3pm.

This allows for it to be convenient for them, if they still happen to be working a full time job while they build their side hustle.

And it also honours my own boundaries of only being in my office from 9 to 5.

Keep in mind, these hours can change, as you find different timing that works better for you.

Don't be afraid to set hours that work for YOU.

A healthy work / life balance is what helps keep you loving what you do.

And your ideal customers will appreciate that about you.

At the end of the day, you have to take care of number one.

Which in case you need a reminder, is YOU.

When you honour yourself, it encourages those around you to honour your boundaries too.

And if they don't?

Well, that's their own baggage that has nothing to do with you.

Building your business has to feel right for YOU.

And that includes honouring your boundaries.

Without feeling guilty for taking care of yourself.

You deserve the freedom you've worked so hard to achieve.

 

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