6 Concrete Ways to Invest in Yourself and "Spring Forward" in 2019

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by Laura Gayle, Business Woman Guide

Spring is the season of new beginnings. As the earth comes back to life after its winter slumber, why not participate in the new beginnings, yourself? Now is a terrific time to embark on change, especially when it comes to your professional life.

Think you’re ready for a career-altering change? Here are six concrete ways to invest in yourself and “spring forward” in 2019.

1. Pursue professional development

Investing in yourself is always a great start to a new season – and a new you. Whether you’re about to graduate college and start your first “real” job, looking for a promotion, or wanting to take a new direction in your established career, pursuing professional development is always a good place to start. Consider these options:

  • Take some classes – Many organizations and schools, such as community colleges, offer non-credit continuing education classes to help you expand your knowledge or learn new skills.
  • Sign up to volunteer – Volunteering is a great way to learn a new work-related skill or gain additional experience to add on your resumé.
  • Connect with a career coach or mentor – Whether you’re looking to move upward on the proverbial career ladder or start your own business, finding a career coach or mentor is a solid way to “spring” ahead.
  • Earn a new certification – Certifications are a great way to expand your skills and your earning potential. If you're an IT professional, take a look at the top-earning certifications for 2019 and consider pursuing one or more of them.

Many businesses are realizing the benefits of offering employees professional development opportunities. It not only gives their staff new skills to use in their jobs, it also increases retention rates, boosts morale, increases job satisfaction, and improves efficiency. If you don’t have the cash to pay for your own career development measures, see what interesting options your company might offer. It’s a win-win endeavor.

2. Expand your professional network circle

Meeting other professionals in your industry (and even beyond!) is a great way to “spring forward” this year. Here are some ways you can do this.

  • Attend conferences – Conferences are a great way to learn new things and mingle with other like-minded people.
  • Book a booth or table at a trade show – Trade shows are a great way to promote your business and network with other professionals. Find a quality event and start your trade show planning well in advance to make a good impression.
  • Get new business cards – Create a clever design and be sure to always keep some of your new cards handy so you can let people know who you are and how they can reach you. Or if you don’t do cards, create a brief “video card” that you can put on your LinkedIn and other social media profiles, so people can find you digitally.

Remember, networking should be organic and natural. If you try to force it too hard, you won’t succeed. Also, be sure to put a strong focus on offering to help other people.

3. Clean up your online presence

Did you know, according to a 2018 survey by CareerBuilder, 70 percent of employers check social media when screening potential candidates? Furthermore, 43 percent check in on their employees’ social media profiles. Spring is a great time to clean up, and that includes your online presence.

  • Google yourself to see what pops up, then remove anything you can that might be embarrassing or inappropriate.
  • Delete any posts or photos on each of your social media accounts that could be viewed as inappropriate, unprofessional, or unflattering.
  • Disconnect with anyone who leaves inappropriate comments on your page or posts.
  • Do a privacy checkup and make sure you use the tools provided by each network.

If you don’t have a strong professional presence online, now is a good time to change that. Once you remove any digital dirt and have your social media nice and tidy, create a personal page, build an online portfolio, or launch a website.

4. Consider relocation

Looking for a bigger change in life this spring? Maybe a new job or home is in order. If your job has become too mundane or you’re struggling financially because you’re shelling out too much money each month for rent, relocation might be just the change you need.

Many cities across the United States have thriving job markets and don’t come with an expensive cost of living. For instance, Omaha has a vibrant startup culture and tech community, but the cost of living and rent in Omaha are below the national average. Other cities worth checking out include  Minneapolis, Des Moines, Boise, and Salt Lake City.

5. Invest in yourself

Investing in yourself always brings positive change. Here are some ways you can gift yourself with a little time, money, and effort this year.

  • Get a new wardrobe to improve your professional appearance.
  • Attend yoga or meditation classes for relaxation.
  • Join a gym or exercise class to get in shape.

Additionally, while retirement seems way off, experts say it’s never too early to start saving. So why not invest in your future by opening an IRA, adding to your 401(K), or exploring other savings options? Start or build upon a nest egg for yourself this year.

6. Start a side hustle to boost your income

Say you’ve calculated your taxes and a refund is coming your way. Why not launch a side business to boost your monthly income?

  • Consider your options – What kinds of skills or hobbies do you possess that can be turned into a business?
  • Buy equipment – Purchase a new computer, peripherals, or mobile devices to help get yourself started.
  • Software and apps – Explore to see if any great productivity tools are out there that would help augment your new startup.

If running a business from your home isn’t quite your style, consider other types of options where you can be your own boss. For instance, buying a vacation rental property is a lucrative investment that can lead to a nice revenue stream and a sense of independence.

Spring has arrived. The flowers are coming back to life, vegetable gardens are being planted, and the birds are flying north for the summer. There is no time better to spread your own wings and see what seeds you can plant to nurture yourself, your career, and your life. Make 2019 great — and, before you know it, you'll be soaring into an even brighter 2020.


45 Quotes from Female Leaders to Inspire Success

Challenges always bring an opportunity to grow. Whether it's our personal or professional life, we learn the most from overcoming fear and failure. It’s during these times we realize our strengths and our capacity to learn new skills. Especially for female entrepreneurs, the journey to success brings many obstacles. Luckily, there are endless female mentors and role models to look to for inspiration.

These women are entrepreneurs, scientists, writers, athletes, and successful businesswomen. They shed their insights on owning success, overcoming failure, staying motivated, and even achieving financial goals. In the company of other great women, our potential is limitless.

Quotes About Success

  • “We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing. It’s time to take ownership in our success.” – Tory Burch, Fashion Designer and Businesswoman
  • “When I was younger, I was a bit of an achievement addict, viewing success like a ladder. I loved the high of climbing to the next rung to get a new title or raise. Today, I look at it more like a mountain with lots of beautiful peaks and valleys that are all totally worthy of my time.” – Michelle Lee, Editor-in-Chief, Allure Magazine
  • “It’s easy to kill an idea with a no, but the smartest people in the room learn how to say yes and make it work.” – Lisa Gersh, CEO of Goop
  • “Be creative, not perfect. I’d rather an entry-level employee suggest a disruptive idea…than try and be organized in a boring spreadsheet.” – Whitney Wolfe, Founder and CEO of Bumble

  • “I think success needs to be defined on your own terms. If you look to outside sources (friends, media, the internet) for constant validation, you will never feel fulfilled.” – Jaclyn Johnson, Author and CEO of Create and Cultivate
  • “You can do anything you want, just not everything. Pick what you want, work harder than most to get it, and believe in yourself.” – Daina Trout, Co-founder of Health-Ade Kombucha
  • “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live” – Mae Jemison, Engineer and NASA Astronaut

Quotes About Failure

  • “Do not be afraid! Do not worry about fear of failure and fear of what others think.” – Bola Sokunbi, Clever Girl Finance
  • “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian and TV Host
  • “Failing is a crucial part of success. Every time you fail and get back up, you practice perseverance, which is the key to life. Your strength comes in your ability to recover.” – Michelle Obama, Former FLOTUS
  • “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brené Brown, Research Professor

  • “I think it's great to be flawed. I am hugely flawed, and I like it this way. That's the fun of life. You fall, get up, make mistakes, learn from them, be human and be you.” – Priyanka Chopra, Actress, Singer, and Film Producer
  • “You won’t know until you try. Create without fear. If you mess up, who cares? You learn and move on.” – Michelle McHargue, Talent Partner of Cowboy Ventures
  • “Most of the reason we don't do things is because we're afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not going to do things in my life because of fear.” – Sara Blakely, CEO of SPANX

Quotes About Motivation

  • “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” – Tina Fey, Actress, Comedian, and Writer
  • “I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger” – Serena Williams, Professional Tennis Player
  • “Whether you work for yourself or others, there will be moments when you feel unhappy or stuck. You can't control everything around you, but in those moments, remind yourself that you are powerful, and that even small, strategic moves can create big shifts for the better.” – Trae Bodge, Lifestyle Journalist and TV Commentator
  • “Even if your dream seems unattainable, you can achieve it if you stay focused, driven, and diligent.” – Rebecca Minkoff, Fashion Designer

  • "I learned to push the envelope when it comes to asking questions or making requests. And if you hear 'that's not possible,' then to ask 'what is possible,' instead of just saying thank you and leaving.” – Emily Weiss, Founder of Glossier
  • “It’s really hard to start a business if you don’t care about it. At the margin, when it’s 2am, it has to be that passion that pushes you forward.” – Katrina Lake, Founder of Stitch Fix
  • “Remember that your time is your most valuable asset, so think about if what you're doing is really what you want to spend your time on, think about if it's getting you to a place that you want to go in the long run. If it's not, go do something else.” – Shan-Lyn Ma, Co-founder of Zola
  • “If you're not where you want to be in life, don't get discouraged. Remember where you are is not your destiny.” – Sharita Humphrey, Financial Educator

Quotes About Leadership

  • “A true diva is graceful, and talented, and strong, and fearless and brave and someone with humility.” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Singer and Songwriter
  • “You need to have unbound enthusiasm for what you’re building. Energy is contagious, so your team and everyone you interact with feels it.” – Tyler Haney, Founder of Outdoor Voices
  • "People respond well to those that are sure of what they want. What people hate most is indecision. Even if I'm completely unsure, I'll pretend I know exactly what I'm talking about and make a decision." – Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue
  • “When you exude confidence, others will naturally follow you. Once you have built that self-confidence, make it your priority to lead by example.” – Kendra Scott, Fashion and Accessories Designer

  • “Just because you are CEO, don't think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
  • "I learned to always take on things I'd never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
  • “It’s hard to juggle being a businessperson with being a creative person. You have to organize yourself.” – Vera Wang, Fashion Designer

Quotes About Money

  • “The most important aspect of keeping your money is being aware of how much of it you are spending.” – Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista
  • “Financial independence is about more than dollars in the bank…it’s about you living your best life now and replacing the ‘have to dos’ with the ‘get to dos.’” – Naseema McElroy, Financially Intentional
  • “Money follows art. Money wants what it can’t buy: class and talent. And remember, while there’s a talent for making money, it takes real talent to know how to spend it.” – Candace Bushnell, Author and TV producer

  • “A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” – Suze Orman, Author and Financial Advisor
  • “Life-fulfilling work is never about the money—when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” – Eileen Fisher, Clothing Designer
  • “Rarely is happiness about the materialistic items. Those are awesome to have and money is something you need to sustain yourself, but for me I’ve realized money doesn’t make someone happy.” – Ellen Bennett, Chef and Founder of Hedley & Bennett

This was originally posted on Self Lender:  https://www.selflender.com/blog/boss-lady-quotes

Are you making the right or wrong decision?

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by Chris Atley

So how do you know when you are making empowered decisions that are in alignment with your goals and dreams?

Well, it takes becoming very aware of what your goals and dreams are to begin with, and even more aware of when your subconscious mind will try to throw you off course.

Here is a really clear cut example.

A client of mine has a really big goal she would like to achieve. She has also learned how important self care is – specifically for her this entails eating well, exercising regularly, and sleeping at least 8 hours a night. She has learned that things flow easier when she takes care of herself in this way. She is happier, more inspired, and works SMARTER with the time she has. As opposed to staying up until the wee hours of the morning grinding it out trying hard to make things happen. It’s not a coincidence when she takes care of herself in this way, her business flows :-)

I love these kind of success stories because it just proves how pivotal taking care of ourselves is. Does it mean you don’t put in the time? NO. But you do show up in a much more impactful and powerful way, which leads to better results! YAY!!!

Now back to making decisions.

Because her old pattern is to work herself to the bone, her subconscious mind wants to tell her to stay up late and keep working. She is super inspired, so her subconscious mind makes a valid point. Why not put in the extra time when I’m on a roll??

When checking in with one of my favourite questions, “is this decision taking me closer to my goal?”, at first glance it is. Putting in the time can’t be a bad thing right?


If we follow this all the way through, we know continuing this pattern of staying-up late and not getting enough sleep, actually leads to burnout. And then resentment. And then doubt. And then wanting to throw in the towel on the whole thing.

So in fact it’s taking her farther from her goal.

Is it okay to stay up late a night or two here or there? Sure. But it’s when she gets sucked back into that pattern, that story that this is how she will get results, is when it becomes a block.

So back to making empowered decisions.

We want to get clear on what our big goals and dreams are to begin with. What ideas light you up and get you excited? What vehicle are you excited most about to deliver your product or service? Make the decision from this excited (maybe a little fearful because it’s new) place, but the vibe overall being more so inspired excitement!

These decisions are never wrong.

Sure you might need to course correct and adapt along the way, as the path unfolds and new information is gathered, but if you keep following your heart you won’t be wrong.

As you follow that path, if your subconscious mind tries to talk you out of doing the steps required to bring these dreams and goals to fruition, then you know you have slipped into “wrong” thinking. I prefer disempowered thinking. You’ve taken the bait and the goal is to get you to stop.

The subconscious mind is designed to keep you safe, and growing and stretching to achieve goals does not feel safe. Until you become “comfortable being uncomfortable”, then it has less of a hold, as you have begun to reprogram it.

Remember to also think the entire decision through, i.e. staying up late. At first glance it’s in alignment with the bigger picture, but upon closer analysis, it is designed to create overwhelm thus getting her to stop. Track the decision all the way through, look at the pros and cons both short term and long term, and then make your inspired decision.

Above all else, trust yourself! You will learn when you’re trying to talk yourself out of something that is good for you and your dreams.

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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Encouraging Girls & Empowering Women Entrepreneurs with Author & Lifestyle Entrepreneur Barrett Clemmensen Powell on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

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Show #490

Topic: Encouraging Girls & Empowering Women Entrepreneurs 

Barrett Clemmensen Powell shares:

  • The state of diversity in children's literature in 2019
  • The 7-fold impact of girls and girls of color seeing themselves in books
  • Global networking between women

Barrett Clemmensen Powell is a former professional TV/ radio journalist, who became an author, ordained minister and lifestyle entrepreneur. 

She then combined her education and experience in communication and spiritual care to earn $1M in her first six months as an entrepreneur. While living globally in the USA, Europe and other regions, she soulfully empowers women - through course, coaching and speaking - to live phenomenal lives and create prosperous businesses that reflect their soul purpose. Barrett passionately educates and empowers women to scale their businesses through communication that embraces spiritual clarity, emotional and cultural authenticity, and effective business strategies.

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How to reach your ideal client on social media

by Vala Vincent

Social media is an incredible tool to use that is capable of bringing an endless source of clients to your business. There are so many opportunities both paid and organic, yet, it only seems to work for select few. What’s their secret?

It took me a long time to crack the code. But once I did, I started seeing a huge upswing in my business. I was a higher end photographer. My clients paid 4 figures to get their photos done with me, and this was in the family niche where it is common to pay between $50 and $200. My secret, I knew my ideal client. I understood her very well and I spoke to her, both on my website and on social media.

Every photography business coach said that you must get your prospect on the phone to close the deal if you want to be in my price bracket. I didn’t. I made an email scrip that was so good, I never had to get on the phone. Created with my ideal client’s biggest pain point and solution in mind.

Understanding your target audience immediate need is key to success

In my first business I struggled for a while. It got to a point where I had to make a decision, is this a hobby or a real business. I made the latter decision. It was time to dig my heels in and get real. I got help. I got mentoring in business and social media. I was already technologically adept, and my education became for the first time useful. I got real. This led me from struggling to making an income. Then after a few fellow business owners I had been helping had told me I should become a business coach, and the realization that my clients were getting in the way of my marketing, I made the shift. Not to become a business coach, but a social media coach.

Social media has changed a lot in the last few years. It was easy to get clients from, until it wasn’t. I watched a lot of my fellow photographers go under when Facebook algorithm change came into place. Facebook was no longer giving organic reach to business pages. You now needed to pay. It was a huge hit on so many businesses that relied on Facebook to get clients.

You do not own social media

You see, you don’t own social media. It is a powerful business tool, when used correctly. You should use it as it is intended to be used. As a way to connect with your audience, with the added business goal of building your list. Social media has changed a lot. The purpose of social for business is to be a place to serve your audience, your future clients and your followers. It isn’t the place to advertise in every single post about your product or service. Leave that to the corporations, you know, the ones that are going under left and right.

Here are the steps to take to reach your ideal client on social media

Step #1

Understand your ideal client. Who is your target audience and above all, who do you want to serve? Get into detail. Who are they, give them a name, how is their day like? What do they love, what do they hate, who do they follow, are they readers, listeners or viewers, what are their hobbies, where do they shop and what do they care about?

Back to my photography business, it turns out the biggest issue my client was worried about was that their child would not co-operate and ruin the session. I addressed that in one sentence in my email: “on many occasions I have turned a crying baby not wanting to have anything to do with me and the camera, into a happy baby giving us lots of smiles and great photo’s”. I didn’t make this claim lightly, I had done that on many occasions, and I was confident in my ability to do so. But I nailed it. I even posted before and after photos of toddlers on the floor throwing a fit, and the smiling wall art quality photos I ended up getting later.

Find your client’s biggest pain point and address it. This is the core of your posting topic.

Step #2

Understand how social media works. It is a place where people hang out, socialize with friends and family. Voice their opinion on things, get support, get entertained and get educated. All platforms are different with different needs. Facebook for example should be treated like you are talking to your friends in your living room while Linked-in is more professionally inclined, YouTube is great for DIY or educational content and Instagram is fantastic for visual businesses such as restaurants, artists, tourism and more.

Just because the gurus out there are saying Instagram is the fastest growing platform that every business owner needs to be on, doesn’t mean your business should be there. If you are a finance consultant, you probably have no reason being on Instagram. Make sure you are putting your efforts into the right place, and always tailor your content with the goal of making a connection.

Step #3

Be consistent. I always advice quality over quantity. Don’t be on 4 different platforms at the same time when you clearly don’t have time for it. Pick one or two, then once you can afford to hire someone to do this for you, that’s when you expand.

Create a schedule. Pick 5 different topics based on your ideal client’s pain points. Make posts and other content based on that. Make the commitment of posting on your chosen platform at least once a day, 5 days a week. Out of those 5, only 1 of your posts should be a sales post.

Step #4

Get clear on your client’s journey. Remember earlier when I said that social media has changed in the last few years? This is where most businesses fail. They don’t create a journey for their clients. We are in such a hurry to get the sale, that we forget that all we are doing is pissing off our audience.

Make sure that the journey from cold audience to hot audience to sales is enjoyable. Here is an example:
Let’s say you are a service-based business such as a life coach. Your ideal client is professional women struggling to find balance between work, life and family. They are very busy and very overwhelmed.

You will find your client on Linked-in and your best way to nurture them is through a podcast. Someone this busy probably doesn’t have time to watch videos or read long articles, while they can listen to podcasts while driving.

Your client’s journey could be that cold audience finds you on Linked-in, they warm up to you with reading your native articles on Linked-in which has an invitation to your podcast. From the podcast they download your freebie that leads them to your email list. They are now your hot audience who know, like and trust you and are much more likely to buy your service when you offer it.
This is a client’s journey, and this is how your clients consistently come to you.

Step #5

Be humble and remember that your first job is to serve your community. You must give value before you can ask for the sale. There is nothing wrong getting paid for your expertise, your product and your hard work. You should. People buy from people they know, if you are constantly trying to sell to cold audience, before they are ready, you might as well be banging your head up against a wall. Imagine being at the grocery store and someone walks up to you and asks you to marry them. That’s what selling to cold audience is.

About the Author: Vala Vincent is a social media coach dedicated to help online entrepreneurs to master social media to reach their ideal client. Vala was an award-winning photographer who ended up realizing that helping other business owners run a sustainable business was her true calling. She is a firm believer that small businesses are the future and backbone of this country. She is very passionate about women’s rights and is honored to do her part in paving the way for the women of the future.

You can download her free guide on how to easily plan your social media content that reaches your ideal client right here: https://valavincent.com/freebies/

And connect with her on LinkedIn which is where she is the most active: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valavincent/

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"How to Build Healthy Habits to Build a Strong & Vibrant Brain and Body" with Trudy Stone, Founder of Eat Live and Play on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Trudy Stone Founder of Eat Live and Play
Show #488

Topic: "How to Build Healthy Habits to Build a Strong & Vibrant Brain and Body" with Trudy Stone, Founder of Eat Live and Play

Trudy shares:

  • How her weight loss journey led her to understand the importance of habits
  • Why she decided to write a book and what was the process
  • Why she decided to start a business & advice for other entrepreneurs 

Trudy Stone is a certified culinary nutritionist, guest expert, speaker, and the founder of Eat Live and Play. She is also the author of the book Unbreakable: 7 Rock Solid Habits to Your Perfect Weight and a Healthier Lifestyle: No Willpower Required!

Five years ago, Trudy self-hacked her own mind and body to lose 30lbs and now helps other women do the same.  She's passionate about empowering women to build healthier habits and unlock the power of food to build a strong and vibrant brain and body without guilt or restriction.

She has appeared on CBC News, CTV, CP24, The National Post, The Huffington Post, Viva Magazine, Chowhound, Daytime Toronto TV, and in 'Star of the Show' alongside TV chef, author and judge of Chopped Canada, Chef Michael Smith.

Website: https://eatliveandplay.com/

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3 Ways to Spot an Opportunity

by Chris Atley

When we use the law of attraction and other universal laws to create our hearts desires, we have to become good at spotting the opportunity.

The universe is always going to show us our next steps by way of opportunity or idea. What I see time and time again with entrepreneurs, is that they don’t recognize the opportunity when it arises.

It’s their next step and they don’t see it, and therefore don’t say yes to it. They then start spinning their wheels and become stuck. In today’s article, I share how to spot the opportunity and what thinking needs to be present in order to see said opportunity.

We need to first address the thinking that has to accompany seeing the opportunity.The solution to what you are asking for lies on a different level then the problem. Therefore, you need to elevate your thinking and therefore the feelings and energy around it. You need to start affirming that the universe will show you the next step and that you are open to receiving it.

Receiving is the issue.

Most people unconsciously do not feel good enough deep down. They are therefore blocking the opportunity from coming to fruition. The subconscious mind is running the ship, and they can only see things around them that match their current level of thinking, aka what is happening in the subconscious mind.

So you also need to dig that out and look at what you really believe about yourself deep down. Most people don’t want to go there because it’s painful. BUT your dreams lie on the other side of this work. Once you address what is going on in there, you can work on creating new and empowered beliefs instead. Which lead to empowered results and lifestyle changes.

Start affirming what you want to believe about yourself and pair it with an experience that feels amazing that you have already experienced. It’s a quick way to link the state you want to feel about the new belief. It’s all about the feeling that goes with the thought.

Second, be aware of everything coming to you. It’s so simple sometimes, that people don’t realize it’s related. Train yourself to link everything showing-up and coming into your awareness as being gifts from the universe, because they are. This will help you to feel grateful for even the small things showing-up. This will lead to more to feel grateful for. A client the other day didn’t realize the person she happened to strike up a conversation in a store, was the exact person she had been asking to show-up. Start seeing it, because the universe is showing you the opportunity.

Third, the gifts from the universe show-up by way of an idea or opportunity. Let’s break this down. Idea means a thought will literally come to you. It comes into your awareness. Remember we are a feeling universe and are connected through consciousness. There is a little trick to this though. It’s those ideas that are quiet in our minds and are repetitive. Not loud and boisterous, which is the ego. It’s when we have that constant thought in the back of our minds.

We will forget for awhile and then it will circle back, like we keep thinking about someone who we need to reach out to. That is your next step. It’s reaching out to that person. Become good at recognizing those thoughts and saying yes to them, but following through on the idea. Ideas can also be sparked through conversations with others or through visual signs. It’s those light bulb moments. Don’t allow the ego to talk you out of them, and follow through even if it involves putting yourself out there and is a little scary. This goes back to the thinking piece that also needs to be there in order to take action.

Opportunity comes through people. Some examples are; someone might invite you to an event, introduce you to someone, or straight-up give you the opportunity. Here is the key….


Your subconscious mind is going to try to talk you out of going and give you every excuse in the book to not go. Because doing new things doesn’t feel safe and it wants to keep you where it feels safe. You just need to retrain it to show it that these experiences are in fact safe and that it’s okay to be uncomfortable.

Keep saying yes! Go to that event or call that person anyway. You can do it. Yet again, this comes back to mindset. It will become less scary and you will find that as you keep saying yes, the universe will also support you in how you’re going to make that yes happen. Decision first, universe provides the how second.

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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"Increase Your Health, Increase Your Wealth" with Certified Personal Trainer Trudie German on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #487

Topic: Increase your health, Increase your wealth

Trudie German shares:

-Simple changes that can be implemented immediately
-How being healthier impacts your productivity and finances

Trudie German is a Certified Personal Trainer who was named by Canadian Living Magazine as one of "7 Canadian Fitness and Wellness Celebs You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now."

She is a sought-after Health and Fitness speaker in both Canada and the U.S with her "Body Envy Lunch and Learns" as well as workshops at corporations.

She also uses her Body Envy App to train busy professional women in ONLY 30 minutes, 3 times per week.

She has been a contributor or mentioned in FAJO Magazine, Optimyz, Best Health and Canadian Living.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trudiegerman/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodyenvy1/

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Mind-blowing Internet Stats and Facts

Internet usage has been rapidly increasing over the last decade or so and with people looking to constantly upgrade their smartphones to the latest model, get the latest gadgets or wearables, the Internet is becoming even more accessible and easier to perform tasks on. People now want to do their shopping online, look for local businesses for services or products and interact with their friends using the Internet. You won’t be surprised to learn that Internet usage is at an all-time high but you may be surprised at the actual Internet usage statistics.

For example, over half of the world’s population are Internet users. There are over 3.2 billion social media users and over 3.5 billion Google searches happening every day. There are no signs of usage slowing down with companies investing more time and effort into their digital marketing strategies.

E-commerce has seen sales increase by 13% in just the last two years. So you can see there is huge consumer demand to be able to buy their products online as opposed to traditional shopping. There are over 1.8 billion websites in the world and Amazon alone attracts 133 million mobile users on its app. 80% of UK buyers will research products before they make a purchase, indicating the importance for businesses to have good digital offerings.

YouTube has become something of phenomena with over 1.5 million users logging on to watch videos covering anything from how to style your hair to music videos. Facebook is the fastest growing social media network having increased by 527 million users over the last two years. WhatsApp and Instagram are not far behind with an additional 400 million users over the last two years. The next big Internet-based trend to look out for is the use of commercial drones - it was estimated that there will be 600,000 in use by the end of 2018.

Internet Statistics & Facts in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC] - An Infographic from Top 10 Website Hosting
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"Why Women Should Put their Health First" with Elena Upton, Ph.D. on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #484

Topic: Why it is important for women to put their health first

Elena Upton, Ph.D. shares:

-How she got started with Homeopathy
-Why it is important to understand your health choices
-How to stay at the top of your game

As a wife and mother I was frustrated by the choices available to me for my own health care and that of my family. When I discovered Homeopathy in 1988 I knew I had found a better way. Going back to college when I had the responsibility of a family was not easy, but I knew it would be worth it.

Within a relatively short period of time I found answers to my health issues, that of my sons, and also my husband. It was like opening a magical toolbox and I wanted everyone to know this toolbox existed. 

With the support of my family I was able to spend more than a decade studying not only Homeopathy, but German Biological Medicine, and more. Opening a clinic gave me the experience of understanding the power of what I had learned.

Now I have curated my knowledge and experience into an on-going eBook series, as well as the print books THE ALTERNATIVE, Your Family's Guide to Wellness; Volumes I & II. (Volume II Spring 2019.) We are empowered when we transition to self-directed health and wellness for ourselves and our loved ones.

Elena Upton, Ph.D., is a classically-trained Homeopath and has studied and practiced within the natural health field for nearly thirty years.  Her expertise in the utilization of modern approaches to classic Homeopathic methods stems from intensive training and collaboration with prominent holistic medical doctors and specialists from around the world. 

Elena first incorporated her knowledge into a clinic 'The Holistic Resource Center' that attracted many types of clients, with an emphasis on those suffering from environmental allergies.

Now Elena has curated her years of experience into her first book, THE ALTERNATIVE, Your family's Guide to Wellness, as well as an eBook series.

*Information and opinions stated during this podcast should not be construed as a substitute for medical advice from your medical professional. Consult your doctor whenever necessary for your individual situation.*

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You Have to Get Past This

by Chris Atley

Sales. Most of us have a bad taste in our mouths around the word sales right? This is because we’ve all had an experience of being “sold to” - where we can tell the other person only cares about their own agenda, and hasn’t taken the time to find out what our needs are.

We in-turn do not want to be perceived as “salesy” while offering our own products or services.

We need to see sales as being about service instead. A great sales mentor once told me, sales isn’t what you to do someone, it’s what you do for someone.

This rang loud and true to me. His point was that if you are really being of service, then the sales process is actually about finding out how and if you can help someone. If your service or product can truly help someone then it’s your duty to offer it!!!

Imaging a surgeon holding back on recommending a surgery that could save someone’s life because he didn’t want to seem “salesy.”

Take this seriously. You have value. Your product and service has value. The only time you will be accused of being salesy is if you’re pushing something on someone that they don’t need and that can’t actually help them. That is out of integrity.

We’ve all been there – where we’re a little too focused on our immediate financial goals and really want a sale. That’s okay, cut yourself a break and practice compassion for yourself. You are doing the best you can. The real trick is to be able to step away from that and the fear it brings, and enter into a sales conversation with the sole intention of “how can I help this person.”

This involves a great deal of faith, especially if you are really feeling financial pressure. You must start reaffirming and believing there is a power bigger then you, showing you who you can help and how. When you can operate from that place, you can step into being of complete service.

Realize that your subconscious mind is trying to throw you off. The subconscious mind is designed to keep you safe. Putting yourself out there in business does not feel safe. It sees sales as dangerous because you can receive a no, and to the subconscious mind this translates to feelings of abandonment and not feeling loved. It will avoid this at ALL costs. That feels horrible and not safe – warning bells are going off LOUDLY!!

The reality though is that staying small is not safe. Your business depends on you stepping out.

How this looks in business is – doing everything under the sun to avoid picking-up the phone and having conversations. Your subconscious is sneaky and will talk you into doing everything else but that. Think of it like the underlying operating system for every decision you make. If it feels unsafe, it will show you how to stay safe. Like work on a new program or marketing plan, balance your checkbook, redesign your website. IT will have an amazing reason for doing these things too so beware.

Don’t get me wrong – those tasks I noted above are important, buy they can’t ever be the sole thing you’re doing and cannot be the focus of you day. Your day must be focused on reaching out and connecting with new people. If you do this daily, you will build momentum and exercise this muscle. It takes work and practice and it will absolutely not be perfect. I’m not sure it ever will to be honest.

What does this look like when you truly come from service? Last week two ladies in my Sacred Circle program, shared with me how they love how I do sales. They felt good when I thought enough about them to follow-up. They felt that I truly cared about them and wanted to help them. That’s because I do. I care so much about people and their well being that I will help anyway I can. I’ll meet them where they are financially, I’ll offer extra sessions and I will do whatever it takes to help them get to where they need to be. I’ll even consistently tell them they need to work on sales ;-)

One client even said it’s helped her set the tone in her own sales process for negotiating large government contracts. How cool right?!

I don’t share this with you to toot my own horn, but so that you can get a feel for what people are saying while being on the other end of a sales conversation. I would not be able to offer my guidance and support to these people if I had not taken them through a heart-centered sales conversation.

I can’t tell you how many people have written to me after having one of those conversations, where we haven’t ended up working together, but who tell me that conversation literally changed their entire life! Where business tripled and quadrupled after they became aware of their biggest blocks! How amazing!!! Again, they wouldn’t have had those breakthroughs if I had held back.

The subconscious mind doesn’t have the ability to reason, even though consciously and rationally it makes sense that you don’t want to stay small. The subconscious only goes by feelings so we need to look at what feelings are being triggered deep down when you receive a no, or when you think about receiving a no. You need to become aware of your core wound. Shine a light on this, for darkens cannot exist in the light. See it for what it is and please reach out if you want some help on discovering what exactly this is.

You can then use your conscious mind to make a different choice. You will start to see great results in your own business and see how these conversations are helping others. You will then start to reprogram what beliefs lie in your subconscious mind.

AND – please celebrate your successes! Someone said the other day money is love in business. I love this! It’s just an exchange of energy, and someone is seeing the value you bring and wanting to pay you for it. Celebrate this and yourself! You are amazing!

Namaste friends xo

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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26 Must-Know Stats to Optimize Your Ecommerce

It’s 2019, and ecommerce is booming. By 2040, it’s estimated that 95% of purchases will be made online. Companies that are looking to be competitive now and in the future need to up their ecommerce game or be left behind.

With the increase in online shopping comes the increase of customer expectations. Shipping times are becoming shorter, customer service is improving, and technology is becoming smarter. People are making more frequent and more significant purchases online.

By better understanding the landscape, retailers can set up strategies for success. If you’re a business looking to improve your online shopping experience, we have an infographic just for you. Below are 26 need-to-know ecommerce statistics for 2019.


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The #1 reason most people don’t succeed

by Chris Atley

So why is it that most people don’t reach their big dreams?!

1. Well, they start worrying about how they’re going to make them happen and talk themselves right out of going for it!


2. If they have decided to go for it, they let all of the negative self-talk and stories conditioned into their brain from their past stop them from moving forward.

It depends on which stage of the process you’re at.

I tend to see more of the second, as I typically work with people who have already said yes to their entrepreneurial dreams. However, the first does still pop-up when they are still not quite where they want to be and continue to dream of more – a better lifestyle, more support, greater ease – and this is typically after grinding it out and then becoming overwhelmed.

So how do we move through this?

Well, with #1. I’ve found the most helpful thought process is to start seeing evidence in your life and what you have already created, of their being something bigger at play. The universe (insert own belief system here as to what that higher power is to you), is always guiding us and has a plan far bigger than we ever could have created for ourselves. Look at how you just “knew” to make that phone call or follow-up with someone on a “hunch”, and it ended up leading to something great. That’s the guidance we all have there for us.

When we can step into that belief system, we can start to let go of “how” we’re going to make things happen and start having “trust” and “faith” in what we cannot see. Until we see the evidence to support it of course. I’ve seen it over-and-over in my own life and those of my clients, that it is now too difficult to deny and has become a belief I know to be true at my core. I’ve seen enough evidence to support it.

Do I forget it’s there for me sometimes – yep – it’s a constant wake-up call, and I would even go as far to say it’s an awareness on just how deep we can go with the guidance. Where we can literally get support for all of our thoughts and don’t even have to “think” our way out of anything really. But it involves a consistent state of asking and then being open to receiving.

Which brings me to #2. With this one, I see many people getting stuck in old stories and beliefs from childhood (many aren’t even aware of what thoughts and ideas they have accepted to be true) that keep them stuck in an energy that is not conducive to receiving the guidance.

What you put out you get back – so if you feel unworthy or not good enough deep down – that’s the energy you’re putting our regardless of what you “say” you are wanting. Your subconscious is steering the ship and it comes down to the beliefs and feelings you have stored away in there.

Quick example: You can think; “I would love to be successful”, but deep down if you “feel” successful people are in some way rude or arrogant, you will not want to be successful because it violates your value system. Instead you operate from the feelings you have associated with success instead of what you’re saying you want.

That’s just one example and it shows-up in a myriad of ways – procrastination being another.

Unfortunately these things show-up even more strongly when we run our own business. Because we’re putting ourselves out there in new and unprecedented ways, and this feels threatening to our subconscious mind, which wants us to stay safe. Growing doesn’t feel safe. So it will literally show you every reason in the book to stay small – “I’m too tired”, “I’ll do it tomorrow”, etc. and it gets your agreement to stop.

The way to shift this is to start looking deep down at what you believe that’s causing you to be where you are. This can be tough to do alone – it’s hard to see our own blind spots – and this is definitely where I recommend getting some support.

Be willing to go there. It’s hard to look at this crap, but completely worth it.

Then you can start to shine a light on those beliefs, and start reaffirming the belief you want instead over-and-over and add it the emotional feelings of how it will feel to curate what you’re wanting.

For me it was: Your Success is Certain.

And then what that would look like if it was true- how it would feel.

You will then start to make decisions and behave from this line of thinking, thus creating what you have been envisioning.

You strengthen the new belief because now you have evidence of it in your life.

Your subconscious realizes it’s safe to think and behave from this place, and this becomes the new norm.

The two combined together – faith in something bigger than you, and replacing old belief systems no longer serving you – is the winning combination.

Because what you put out always, without fail, comes back :-)

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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Breaking the Laws of Love for Success in Your Business: The Love Renegade's Way with Lauren Kay Wyatt on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Show #483

Topic: Breaking the Laws of Love for Success in Your Business: The Love Renegade's Way

On this episode, Lauren shares:

  • The truth about how your romantic life and relationships impact your business
  • What are the laws of love?
  • How do relationships and/or dating affect business?  

Lauren Kay Wyatt is the founder of Love Renegades, a coaching company that shows soul-driven women how to create and grow loving, connected, and romantic relationships on their terms.

Since 2012, Lauren has worked directly with hundreds of women to heal their hearts and “break the laws of love,” a Love Renegades term for letting go of “other people’s advice” and using your spiritual power to create and grow a romantic relationship - something most women, struggle to do - irrespective of the number of years in business, client success, or their revenue.

Through her work as a coach and love psychic, Lauren has witnessed clients take empowering steps and create an abundance of love for themselves - which translates into deeper, long-lasting connection with intimate partners and an acceleration in their businesses.


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Ready to Grow Your Business? 4 Things to Consider When Expanding

by Alli Cannon

So, you started a small business and made it profitable. You’ve beaten the odds and want to replicate your success.

Expanding your business may seem like the obvious way to go, but there’s a lot you should consider when making the leap and opening another location.

Here are four things you should consider when expanding your business.

Don’t Try to Reinvent the Wheel

There’s a reason your current business is successful. When you’re expanding, do your best to replicate that success as closely as you can. When adding a new location, it can be tempting to incorporate a bunch of new ideas. But an expansion already has a certain amount of risk. Do your best to reduce that risk by modeling your next location after your current one. Once the new location is operating at a profit, you can try rolling out some of those new ideas.

When considering an expansion, it’s a great time to review your current processes and systems and document them. Creating process guidelines will benefit your business no matter what, but will truly be invaluable during an expansion. Should you decide to expand, having these processes documented will ensure continuity across all locations.

Clarify Your Motivations

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs like a challenge and many of us crave excitement and change. Once your business is up and running, it can start to feel more routine and less exciting than you’re used to. Many business owners see that as a good time to expand, but there’s much more you need to consider when deciding if expansion is the right choice for your business.

  • Why do you want to expand?
  • What do you want to achieve with the expansion?
  • Do you have time to manage multiple locations?
  • Do you have enough capital to support an expansion?
  • Are there any issues with the business that need to be resolved before you can expand?
  • What’s the right time in your fiscal year for the expansion?
  • Is your success tied to your specific location? Can it be replicated elsewhere?

If you’re considering an expansion, it’s critical to have a good understanding of your motivations and expectations before moving forward. You want to be sure you’re expanding your business for the right reasons.

Note: In most cases, it takes a lot of money, in addition to time and energy to expand a business and make it successful. If your main motivation is increased revenue, you should probably explore options for increasing revenue at your current location, such as expanded hours, increased product offerings, promotions, and marketing, before taking on an expansion. It might be possible to hit your increased revenue goals without taking on the risk of an expansion.


Expanding your business will take a lot of planning. Here are just a few of the things you’ll need to plan for when expanding your business

  • If you’re expanding into a new geographic location, you’ll need to understand business licensing and compliance for the new area.
  • You’ll want to create detailed financial projections to understand how much capital you’ll need to invest.
  • It’s important to understand how long the revenue from your existing location can support the new location.
  • If the locations are far apart, how will you manage your time and resources?
  • Will you have access to the same vendors?
  • How will you train and manage staff across multiple locations?
  • What if the new location is unsuccessful? What’s your exit plan?

As we all know, nothing ever goes completely according to plan. However, understanding and preparing for any eventuality will make it easier to spot potential problems and give you a better chance of long-term success.

Keep Your Culture

Your company’s culture is an intangible and often overlooked component of your success. When expanding, it can be difficult to keep the same culture across all locations. In addition to bringing systems and processes from your existing location, you may want to consider bringing some key staff members to the new location, as well. It will help give the new locations continuity and connection and will help the staff feel more invested in the overall success of the business.

A business expansion is a huge undertaking that shouldn’t be launched on a whim. But with proper planning and forethought, it can be exactly what you need to take your success to the next level.

Are you considering a business expansion? What’s your biggest roadblock?

About the Author: Alli Cannon is a licensed attorney, certified mediator, and successful entrepreneur working in Houston. She is the owner of Cannon Law, a law firm she founded, which is dedicated to defending clients accused alcohol-related offenses.

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International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day 2019 Theme: #BalanceforBetter

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women's Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength. http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Source: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/About

How to support International Women's Day https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme

Follow International Women's Day on Twitter: @Womensday

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100 Inspirational Quotes for Women

International Women’s Day is right around the corner –– celebrate the amazing ladies in your life on March 8 (and every other day) with these inspiring quotes from powerful women like Beyonce, Tina Fey, Emma Watson and Oprah Winfrey!

Women are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. We command respect, show creativity and uplift each other every day. While we still struggle for total equality, we are empowering others around us to be successful in so many ways.

To keep you feeling pumped up, check out these gorgeous (and free) wallpaper downloads created by FTD –– they feature the amazing quotes of powerful women and will inspire you to be your best self and work towards your dreams!

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