Be Grateful and Stop Complaining

Nov 17, 2022
 

Kvetching means complaining in Yiddish.

It is something I have known since childhood. Having a Jewish mom and Jewish grandparents shaped my upbringing. Funny how we are influenced by our environment as children. 

Since becoming an adult, I have noticed I complain more than I'd like to, whether it is because of my upbringing or not. In today's post, I'd like to talk about why we complain and how to choose gratitude instead. 

Complaining Defined

Let's look at the definition of complaining: to express grief, pain, or discontent, but also expressing satisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event.

What's the difference between complaining and expressing emotion? 

In a conference, when you listen to a speaker, you may say, “that speaker was boring.” That's complaining, but you can also say, “I did not learn anything from that speaker.”

Reframing it as an emotion takes the complaint out of it, but it also gives you an opportunity to...

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My Favorite Way to Show Gratitude

Nov 10, 2022
 

Bravo to you!

 

Nice!! And not a problem!! love you too!

 

Good morning!!!! Thank you so much for your text!!! So happy!! Love you, my friend!

 

How would you like to get messages like this on your phone on the regular?

 

I'm going to share with you a practice I started about a year ago that has blown my phone up with these messages and made life more meaningful.

 

I want to talk about my favorite way to show gratitude. This practice fills my phone with messages like the ones above. 

 

When you hear the words gratitude practice, your mind may go to writing in a journal or gathering around a Thanksgiving table. 

 

I practice differently.  I send a message of gratitude to someone.  It could be a friend, family member, coworker, etc.  I recognize them for having done something good.

 

Acknowledge them with detail. Check out the video above for an example. If you want a deeper dive into gratitude, I held a masterclass on...

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7 Boring Things to Automate to Simplify Your Life

Oct 27, 2022
 

 

I’m BORED!!!! As a parent these words make me cringe, but what if I told you there was a way to eliminate some of the boring tasks in your life?

 

Yep, automation. Today I’m going to point out 7 boring things you can automate today to spend more time doing what you LOVE!

 

Automate Boring Work

 Sales/ Marketing Funnel:

To make money, we need leads for our business. That's why many of us started these businesses in the first place. The good news is that by using an evergreen funnel, you can automate this process and take out the hassle of following up with leads constantly from your business. You can do this in a variety of ways. Brendon Bouchard taught me about the opt-in value offer model, and there are many different ways to create opt-ins. Among them are PDFs, video series, quizzes, and micro audio Summits. 

 

With this funnel, you get their email address and give them some value. They love what they see, so you make an offer, and it's...

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The Art of Delegating Effectively

Oct 20, 2022
 

When you're stressed or feeling like you can't keep your head above water, taking a little something off your plate is the best feeling.

 

A good way to achieve this is through delegation, but so many of us get it wrong or have fears surrounding it.

 

Myself included. 

 

In order to focus more on growing my business, I hired a virtual assistant about a year ago. Her responsibilities included engaging my followers on Instagram. After a few months, I realized that the $$ I was sinking into that was a waste. It wasn't because she wasn't doing her job, but because I hadn't grown my brand voice and account to the point that it was ready to take over.

 

Lesson #1 delegate the right stuff. Check to see if the task you are passing off can be done better by whoever is getting it, or if it is one you are running smoothly and can be passed on with a detailed workflow. Where do you find "the right stuff"?

  • Make a list of your tasks
  • Identify your most leverage work (your...
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Help! How Do I Stop My Mind From Wandering

Oct 06, 2022
 

Can I have your attention?

 

It's a given that we ask for attention, but don’t give it away so easily. The purpose of today's post is to discuss why that is so critical. 

 

Mind wandering can be a good thing. It can inspire us to be creative. It is nice to get lost in thought when we are facing a difficult situation or want to relax on a Sunday afternoon. There are times, however, when you don't want your head in the clouds. 

 

The mind wanders a lot more than we would expect. A scientific study shows that 96% of Americans experience wandering minds. Our heads are off task up to 50% of the time during the day. 

 

Attention is what our brain focuses on, the boss of everything we focus on. Don’t you want a nice boss? We don't want to be led down rabbit holes we don't want to go down. 

 

Let's look at the definition of mind wandering. Mind wandering is you are not guiding your mind to remain on one topic. Your constraints are...

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Why Creativity Needs a Time Block

Sep 29, 2022
 

When does creativity strike? 

 

I'm a runner. I often experience my aha moments on the trail. Also, I am a morning person. I find my focus is better in the early morning hours, but it's different for everyone. 

 

The Creative Process

Let's talk about your creative process. In 1940, an advertising executive named James Webb Young published a short guide titled “A Technique for Producing Ideas”. I want to explore his concept of the creative process, and why it goes beyond a spark. 

 

The first step is to gather ideas, experiences, and information, regardless of your creative outlet, The painter can gather ideas in nature. The content creator may need to get out there and experience life. This can fit into a time block.

 

Step two is to reason and consciously think about what you want to create. This is the step in the process where we connect ideas in new and different ways. As Mark Twain wrote, “There is no such thing as a new...

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How to Focus With ADHD

Sep 22, 2022
 

Focus is more challenging for those with attention deficit issues, and what can neurotypicals (without ADHD) learn from these tools?

 

I want to start with my journey with ADHD.  My daughter was five years old when she was first diagnosed. She had tics as a toddler so we were already really spending a lot of time in doctors' offices trying to figure out what was going on. 

 

The diagnosis came when we took her for extensive testing with a licensed educational psychologist. My husband and I wanted to try everything we could before using medications. There are a lot of differing opinions on this subject, but I want to be clear…there’s no shame in choosing medication. My son was diagnosed a few years later.

 

I have been very invested in trying to find tools and hacks to help my kids focus. School requires attention to things kids find very, very boring. ADHD kiddos tend to get into a lot of trouble and really struggle with focus. 

 

Why...

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Is Being Productive a Skill?

Sep 15, 2022
 

First, I'd like to answer a question: what makes a day productive? The question has actually been asked a couple of times. I will give you my own example of what a productive workday looks like for me. Here goes:

  • Wake up at 5:30 am
  • Morning routine
  • Exercise
  • Getting the kids off
  • Work 9-3 broken into time blocks
  • Reset Routine
  • Kids activities/Dinner
  • Recharge

 

Let’s get back to the original question - is productivity a skill?

 

The answer is yes, but I think it's actually a set of skills, and I'd like to share with you some tips on each. There is more information about them that I can give you. If you want to delve deeper into any given skill, you have that choice as well.

 

    1. Problem Solving: Going back to my ideal day, there's a lot of room for problems to pop up. As I was recording this video, the tech wasn't working on my phone. I was having trouble with the audio. One quick tip on how to become a better problem solver is to just identify the problem clearly....
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You Found Free Time, Now What?

Sep 01, 2022
 

Do you remember the time when the stars aligned and you had a pocket of time all to yourself?

 

While I cleaned up dinner last Sunday, hubby had his fantasy football draft and the kids decided to go to the gym instead of hanging out with me.

 

My Sundays are spent planning out my week, doing housework, and hanging out with my family. I was sad at first that the kiddos didn’t want to hang with me but I have a teenager and preteen so I shouldn’t be too surprised.

 

One of my favorite indulgences is to take a bath. Since it was the end of the day, I quickly filled the tub and grabbed a book. I’m currently reading Ditching the Dream by my friend Bethany Clemson.

 

I emerged from the tub feeling better than ever. Were there loads of housework that still needed to be done? Was I tempted to mindlessly scroll through videos of how other people clean their homes? Yes to both!

 

I chose the bath with clarity and purpose because I knew the gift of...

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Four Ways to Make Time for Your Growing Business

Aug 25, 2022

Life has seasons. I’ve written about this before.

 

Choosing the path of entrepreneurship leads to one hectic and exciting season: growing your business. However, if we are not careful, this can quickly lead to burnout.  The combination of coffee-fueled late nights and dragging yourself out of bed in the morning is a recipe for disaster.

 

Your caffeinated growth sprint may feel like an impossible task when you're piled with the duties of motherhood (or just life).

 

Here are some ideas for how to add more hours into your business that won’t push you into overwhelm.

 

Delegate House Duties

You can delegate other aspects of your life when work spreads you thin like butter on toast.  A good place to begin is to look at those who live under your roof.  

 

When I decided to go back to work, my husband (bless his heart) assumed laundry duties. Since he works from home, it's easy for him to throw in the wash while he's on a...

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