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3 Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Everything

What do you celebrate? Everything? Anything? Nothing?

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Why not celebrate everything? You are perfectly able and encouraged to celebrate yourself. Even the smallest victories won or goals achieved, you should celebrate!!!

Creating a celebration for your big and small achievements will keep you motivated. It will boost your self-confidence. You no longer need to wait for your boss, your co-workers, your family, or your clients to give you the positive feedback you crave. You can do this for yourself.

Can you commit to regular affirmations and recognition of what you accomplish? Then you will feel results. Your words are powerful. And all too often we are quick to focus on what we don’t have or didn’t accomplish versus what we have done and did achieve.

Benefits When You Celebrate Everything

Here’s the thing…we are all very busy. You can’t just wait around to be noticed or praised to move on to the next project. You can’t base your self-esteem on what other people view as your victories or accomplishments. Stop relying on other’s to build your confidence because, here’s a little secret, you get the exact same positive, mood boosting dopamine rush when you praise yourself as you do when you hear it from other. #scienceiscool

So you might be sitting there thinking “yeah, I’m not sure. It feels a little weird or conceited.” Or you might feel silly celebrating things like drinking enough water or not eating the last chocolate chip cookie when you’re trying to avoid sugar.

But the confidence and happiness you gain when you regularly celebrate all the things will aid you in trying new things, increase your willingness to fail which is crucial as a business owner, and despite our talk of failure, it will increase your confidence.

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Not to mention, you are contributing on a regular basis to that abundance mindset we talked about earlier in the week. Your gratitude practice help you appreciate what you have and experience. Your celebration practice help you appreciate what you’ve accomplished. Furthermore, all of those practices open you up to earn more, do more, and receive more. And that my mama friends is the definition of abundance.

Not to mention, when you start celebrating you’ve completed your to-do list, or email 10 new potential clients, or completely cleaned the house top to bottom, it let’s others off the hook for not meeting your expectations of gratitude and celebration for your work. You don’t need them, you’ve got you. If they notice or say something, that’s just a little extra.

Why You Should Celebrate Everything

Here are my 3 reasons why you should celebrate even the smallest things on a regular basis…

  1. It stops putting the approval of your success in someone else’s hands. Like we said earlier, your brain doesn’t know if you’re saying good job or your husband or your boss or your client. If you are proud, if you know you did good, relish it. Celebrate it. Pick yourself up something real nice.
  2. It feels good. Celebrating boosts your morale, self-confidence, and productivity. Mostly because, as we talked about earlier, it gives you a rush of that feel good neurotransmitter dopamine.
  3. It motivates you to keep going. Stopping to celebrate the steps you’ve made along the way will go much further in continuing to move you forward than focusing on how far you still have to go. Especially for you business-owning mamas out there, entrepreneurship can be a very lonely island. I know, I set up camp there for quite a while.

Learning to put the approval of success in my own hands, that I can boost my own morale with a “Good job Christy!” keeps me going when things gets stressful or feel like they are not working. And you can do it too.

That’s why your action step for today is to celebrate even the smallest thing from today, this week or this month. Remember, it can be anything like making $10K to putting on pants with zipper, for instance. If you made and effort and followed through, I call that success. You go ahead and celebrate!

For me, I am celebrating the end of this podcast every weekday in August journey. I have so enjoyed sharing my best time management, productivity, and mindset tips along with introducing you to my amazing mompreneur friends. In just a few short weeks, we already have almost 600 downloads in 7 countries and that is growing every day. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and know I will be celebrating this achievement this week.

I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating in the comments below. Remember, big or small…we celebrate it all!


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Caitlin Strempel – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Caitlin Strempel of Rising Ranks Digital…

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It’s time for another “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur”…Today I’m chatting Caitlin Strempel, an SEO and marketing consultant and founder of Rising Ranks Digital. I first met Caitlin at the I Heart My Life Life event in San Diego last January. And I’ve continued to watch her grow and flourish in our mastermind group.

Caitlin lives in Arizona with her husband and son who is 3.5. She’s hoping to have one more someday. Their favorite family activities include riding bikes to brunch and spending the days and evenings in the pool.

Working with startups all the way to global brands such as Under Armour, Lexus, and P&G, Caitlin advises companies and CEOs to scale to 7-figure months with her powerful and proprietary formula, the SOUL Marketing Method.  She’s the founder of Rising Ranks Digital, an SEO and digital marketing strategy agency that has a 100% success record at getting their clients to the top of Google and significantly increasing their bottom line.  She strongly believes that if we champion the success of others that our own success is inevitable!

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You can listen to my chat with Caitlin at the link above. Or get an overview of her answers and connect with her below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I am the CEO of Rising Ranks, an SEO firm and also offer high level 1:1 marketing consulting and strategies. I LOVE analytics and consumer psychology and both of these hit that mark for me! There is a big need for really high quality and dependable SEO and digital marketing firms.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

I can handle a really big workload and can work quickly and efficiently

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I need to work on self care <3 and team leadership.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Investing in yourself is not the same as spending money!

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Focus! Especially during quarantine. I time block my day and my entire family knows not to interrupt me during certain times. When I’m strict with that, I can get so much more done, which allows me to give my family my complete undivided attention when my work blocks are over. It’s taken a lot of practice, mindset on diligence on my part but bucketing out my days and not blurring the lines between work and family time has done wonders.

Where can we find you online?

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Facebook Group


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How to Use Your Jealousy for Good

How do you react to jealousy?

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We’ve talked gratitude, we’ve talked abundance versus scarcity, and now let’s talk jealousy. Oh yeah. I know we have all had those gut punch feelings when we see another mom succeeding in business. Or in life. Or in having Pinterest worthy home or Instagram-able vacation.

This mindset strategy will help you flip the script on those gut punches and use that jealousy to boost you up rather than hold you back. It may take a few tries and a bit of practice to undo the inborn feelings of defeat, shame, or wanting to throw in the towel because “why both if she’s already done it.” But if you are willing to take a breath, evaluate your feelings, then use that energy as motivation to propel you forward rather than holding you back, you too can conquer your jealousy and use it for good.

Before, you might find yourself lying in bed after a social media scroll having rage-y thoughts about “why does she get to do all this”. Or “I would be so much better than she is if I was doing that”. Or “there’s no way her life is actually like that…she’s such a fake.” But have you taken a minute to analyze why you are reacting the way you are? Could it be…jealousy???

And you may be thinking “that’s not jealousy, I’m just tired of everyone faking it on social media.” But, real talk, why do you even care if there wasn’t the smallest part of you that deep down wanted a piece of that life? Wanted the chance to see if you were the mom in that picture, would you feel happier, more fulfilled, or think life was more enjoyable?

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You can have that Pinterest perfect, Instagram worthy, relationship, family, business, home, and life if you stop whining and start working. The only things different between you and Insta-mom is that she learned to harness the power of her envy and jealousy to propel her forward before you. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of time.

When you start focusing on what you can have and what you can achieve versus what you don’t have and haven’t achieved, your mood is better, your work is more focused, and your drive is engaged. As much as it might feel good to bash another women’s progress to make yourself feel better in the moment, in the end, the only person who loses is you…because she loses nothing when you’re jealous of her.

And as with so many mindset victories, when you use your jealousy for good, you show up more positive, you’re work is more focused, and most often, you’ll make more money. And let’s face it…everyone in your house appreciates when you make more money.

Flip the Script on Jealousy

So how do we stop letting jealousy tell us we need to quit. That we aren’t good enough. That we will never get where we want to be.

And how do we start using that feeling in our belly to motivate us? To be the driving force that says “if she can do it, I can do it, too!” To examine what we’ve been doing and figure out where we can invest more, become more efficient, or delete what might be holding us back.

First…recognize the feeling.

Second…identify the root of the reaction.

Third…rephrase the jealousy.

As an example…you’re scrolling Facebook and you see a friend from high school on an amazing Disney vacation. You immediately recognize a wave of jealousy that you can’t/haven’t taken your family on an amazing Disney vacation. You identify that your feel jealous because you feel like you cannot afford a vacation. Then you rephrase the jealous reaction to a motivation to research Disney vacations, start a savings account, and work towards taking your family for a  similar experience. Recognize, Identify, Rephrase. It takes some practice, but I think you can do it.

Now is the time to stop wallowing because you don’t have her life. Start using your jealousy as a motivator. Remember, we all have the same number of hours in the day as Beyoncé. We can all work hard, build an empire, and have an amazing butt if we put the effort in. Or we can just sit and be jealous from afar.

Want to take action on your jealousy today? Write down something you’ve found yourself jealous of recently. Then follow the 3 steps…you’ve recognized the feeling, now identify why you’re jealous. Then rephrase the jealousy as a motivation. I’d love to hear how you’re reframing your jealousy. Comment below and let me know how you’ve flipped your script.


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Abundance Mindset - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How Your Abundance Mindset Develops a Successful Life

What exactly do you mean by “abundance mindset”?

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Yesterday we talked about the importance of creating a gratitude practice and how it can influence our physical and mental health. Today we are going to expand on the idea of how our we influence our thoughts and how that can influence our success. In other words, let’s talk about abundance mindset versus scarcity.

And let’s be real…there is a lot of scarcity around us right now. We may not be able to do things we want to do. Or see the people we want to see. We may not be as successful as we thought we would be in 2020 or we might have even given up on the idea of our business because of outside forces. But you need to kick that scarcity mindset to the curb because all that “I can’t” talk is holding you back way more than any actual physical or economic barriers. Where there is a will and a positive abundant mindset, there is a way.

Can you commit to a regular gratitude practice? Get super clear on your goals and what it will take to achieve them? Focus on your strengths, how you can use them and put energy into developing them more while surrounding yourself with a super supportive community? Then you to are on a path to developing an abundance mindset.

You may be thinking “but output and effort increase results, right?” And that is what we’ve been taught for years. But a major component that we just started including is how our mind and our thoughts affect our outcomes too. How can we pre-plan for positive pro-active action versus negative reactive over-reaction? Is it possible to embrace and adapt to change versus continuing to put effort into the same tactics we’ve been using with lessening results? Can we use another mom’s success to signal we too can juggle work-home-and family versus festering in jealousy and resentment?

And you may be thinking “Yeah, Christy. All that woo-woo stuff isn’t for me. Or I barely have time to get my actual work done how can I possibly include all this mindset mumbo jumbo too?

What if I told you that leaning into and developing your strengths means you get more done in less time? That clear goal-setting streamlines your to-do list. The gratitude helps you appreciate all you have while inviting even more. And that community you will find can save you time and money not to mention provide you with support.

You can show up during your “work hours” excited about the work you’ll do and the impact you’ll make. Your attitude will invite others into community who want to know how you do it or how you can help them. You’ll feel more accomplished and you’ll start to see your efforts working.

And when you have a positive impact on other’s, they love to tell their friends. When you feel grateful and fulfilled in your work, you’ll show up happier for your family, for your employees, and for yourself.

Shifts to Make for an Abundance Mindset

Ready to make an impact, show up happier, reach your goals, and open yourself up to a more abundant life? Here are 3 shifts you can make starting today to start thinking more abundantly:

  1. Think “How will I” versus “I can’t”. For instance, how will I show up for my community versus I can’t make money because there is a pandemic. Remember positive and pro-active “how will I” or “how can I” versus “I can’t do things the way that I want or the way I think they should be so I won’t do anything at all.” This can even work with your family in terms of “I can’t take a vacation so our Christmas break is ruined” versus “how will I make Christmas special and memorable even without our annual ski trip.” Use an abundance of creativity to problem solve versus wallowing in a vat of scarcity.
  2. Next, choose to focus on the positive. We can all fall into the trap of focusing on what needs to be fixed. We need to lose weight, we need to make more money, we need to stop working so much. But what if instead we leaned into the positive, let that carry us more, and see if those negative attributes take care of themselves (hint, they often do). For example, instead of “My IG following isn’t growing at all, I hate editing pictures. I might as well give up” you could try “I’m really great on video. Maybe I could learn more about how to use IGTV or IG stories to grow my community rather than staying frustrated trying to edit pictures.” As Marie Forleo says “Everything is figureoutable.” And I can guarantee you, those successful business owners and mom’s that you don’t know how they do it…they are leaning into their strengths rather than focusing on their negatives, embracing change rather than fearing it, and constantly learning & adapting versus thinking they know it all.
  3. And finally, stop using failure or lack of perceived success as your excuse. Yes, this year has been a doozy for business owners. Absolutely, we are in uncertain times. Of course, things may not go to plan. But what have you learned? How can you grow? You could spend time and energy whining about what could have been. Or you can take the opportunity to learn how you can serve your community. To create something unique to the times. To become a beacon of positivity and resilience. And when things turn around, who do you think is better prepared to exploded…the wallflower or the person who kept working towards their goals, kept showing up for their community, and kept working when times weren’t so great.

Where Do I Start?

I have 3 small action steps for you today to start you on your path to a more abundant mindset.

  • First, write down something you’ve told yourself you can’t do or you won’t do. Now change it to a “how will I “ question. Instead of “I can’t grow my business during a pandemic” say “how will I grow my business during a pandemic.” Then start to brainstorm ideas.
  • Next, what is a negative statement you find yourself saying. Write it down then flip the script by leaning into something positive you have that can solve that problem or replace it with. Instead of “My family never lets me do anything by myself” becomes “I’m really good at arranging playdates for my kids. I’m going to see if this other mom wants to trade off one a week so we can each have a little self-care time.”
  • And finally, write down a goal you made for 2020 that you have not yet reached. Then write the steps you have taken towards it already and celebrate those. Then brainstorm the steps you need to take to reach it by the end of the year. Get those tasks onto your to-do list. I can 100% guarantee that pandemic or not, you will not reach your goal if you don’t try. So what’s the harm in trying and believing?

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Gratitude Practice - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Why You Need a Gratitude Practice

Ever wondered what all the buzz around a gratitude practice is about?

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A regular gratitude practice is crucial to creating an abundance mindset. In other words, it helps you focus on what you have versus what you do not, . In addition, it creates many positive physical and mental health benefits. For example, it creates positive emotions. It releases dopamine and serotonin in our brain. This helps boost our mood and lowers our stress levels. It helps you relish life’s experiences more. It can improve your physical and mental health, even improving your immune system. And it can help you on a path towards an abundance mindset.

Your gratitude practics is recognizing what you receive…whether from a person, an action, an object, or just the universe in general. A regular habit of recognizing this can open you up to receive more. To lower your stress. To appreciate what you have in your quest for more.

But I am Grateful…

Previously you might focus on gratitude around Thanksgiving. Or strictly in relation to what your have versus someone else. But are you ever just grateful for something because you’re grateful for it?

For instance, almost everyone has access to sunshine. But have you ever stopped to think how grateful you are for sun rises, sun sets, warm days, winter sun on a cold day, summer sun on a hot day. It’s not because you have access to something someone else doesn’t have. It’s just because you love the positive effects it has on your life.

And I know some of you may think “but I say thank you” or “I am grateful”. But are you setting aside a specific time each day to write down or speak out loud what makes your life better?

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As I said earlier, the mental and physical impacts of a regular gratitude practice are many and well documented. One study by Dr. Robert Emmons of UC Davis found stress hormones 23% lower in participants with a regular gratitude practice. Certainly, there are mamas out there trying to home school, raise little nuggets, work from home, or build a business could use a few less stress hormones. Am I right?

On a daily basis, you can start or end or even start & end your day focusing on your blessings. Who makes you happy? What makes you special? What makes you a great mom, a great business owners, and just a great woman overall.

And when our stress is lower, our dopamine and serotonin are releasing regularly, and we’re feeling positive and happier…it shows. Confident, happy, grateful you is a better mom, a better wife, a better boss, and a better service provider.

How to Start a Gratitude Practice

Let’s start with where to keep your gratitude. There is no right or wrong way to start your gratitude journal. You could purchase an actual journal. Or you can use a note pad. We’ve even used a mason jar with little slips of paper in my boy’s room at bedtime to talk about what we are grateful for from the day. Or you could make it part of your meal discussion with your family. Pinterest is FULL of ideas for creating a gratitude practice that suits you and your family if you’d like to include them. And that will meet your personal needs and comfort level.

I personally use the 5 Minute journal app because I nearly always have my phone on me. And it sends me reminders if I get busy and forget to stop and give thanks.

Want to get started on your own gratitude practice? Start by writing down 3 things you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn-out journal entry. Just a quick list on a note pad or your phone of 3 things you are happy you have or people you are thankful to know or actions that make you feel grateful. If you’re struggling to start here’s some prompts:

  • What is something you take for granted?
  • Who or what inspires you?
  • What is the best thing that happened this week?
  • Who or what makes you happy or smile?
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • Who or what made you smile today?
  • What family members or friends are you grateful for?
  • What is something you are looking forward to?

In conclusion, starting your gratitude practice is one of many pieces on your way to an abundance mindset. Regularly recognizing what you have makes you open to receive more. More love, more money, more success. Tell me below how you’ll keep track of your gratitude practice.


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How to Get Back on Track with Your Morning Routine

What happens when life happens to your morning routine?

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Today we’re talking how to regroup and restart your morning routine when life gets in the way. Or the snooze bar gets in the way. Whichever comes first. But you can salvage your morning routine with a bit of pre-planning for the inevitable backsliding or life happening that may come your way.

I created a past, present, future technique to help revitalize your morning routine…or any habit that may fall by the wayside. Can you identify what tripped you up? Need help creating a new plan or editing your old one to prevent similar backsliding in the future. Can you pre-plan a strategy to keep you going? Read on for more details below. 😉

You may not have thought about planning to fail in order to keep habit going in the past. But I can tell you it works. Your brain likes to be comfortable and stay the same. Whenever you try to get it out of its comfort zone, it sends all kinds of doubt and obstacles your way. It wants to protect its cozy, comfortable state. That’s why we are going to prepare in advance for what our brain could do to stop us and have a plan to succeed ready to go.

The tips in today’s episode are perfect for when you’ve been on a roll with your morning routine and then a kid gets sick. Or you go on vacation. Or you get sick while on vacation. Any number of things that can come up and threaten your morning routine. As a result, you start to convince yourself that a morning routine really wasn’t important or that it wasn’t working for you.

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And these problem solving/restart tips will not only work for you recalibrating your morning routine, but the past, present, future way to look at problem solving can also help you for restarting other habits that may have fallen by the wayside. Not to mention, the mindset skill of creating a stopping strategy will benefit you to talk your brain out of quitting other habits you truly want to incorporate into your life.

And showing others, like your kids or your clients, how you can reset or reinvest when you’ve fallen off the wagon can inspire them to do the same. #bonus

Learning from Your Past Morning Routine

When it comes to restarting or reinvesting in a your morning routine habit, I want to help you see the past, present and future. This will help you jump start waking up early again.

Let’s start with the past…Or evaluating what happened to get you off track. When did your morning routine get off track? Was it a vacation? Did you bedtime routine slide and make it harder to wake up? Did you convince yourself that a morning routine wasn’t worth it? Get super clear on what happened to get you off track.

And also, as we look at the past, remember WHY it was you wanted a morning routine. Was it to work more focused? To get work projects done before your kids woke up? To have some time to exercise or read a book for yourself? That why statement is so crucial to remembering what made you start this new habit.

Want some strategy on crafting your why statement?
Check out my episode “Mindset for a Mom Morning Routine” to help you out.

Succeed with Your Present Morning Routine

Next, comes the present…You want to continue the parts of your morning routine that were working. And eliminate what is not. What was working when routine was humming along? What was not working? As you reboot your routine, you don’t have to keep all the parts and pieces that you originally planned. For instance, your morning jog may be better in the evening. Maybe you’re trying to tackle too many to-dos. Don’t feel like you have to go back if it truly isn’t working.

And on the flip side…if something was working well. If it brought you joy, was something you love, or was something you looked forward to every day, be sure you keep doing that.

Preparing for Your Future Morning Routine

Finally, when we look to the future…How can you prepare for future success? I love the term “stopping strategy” which was introduced to me by my coach Emily Williams. It’s essentially pre-planning for those things that trip up and stop you from getting ahead. If we can identify the obstacles beforehand, we can problem solve before we encounter them.

For example, is binge watching Netflix and staying up too late is stopping you from waking early? Then it is essential for you to have a bedtime alarm. Or perhaps a friend who will call and make sure you’re getting ready for bed. Do you hit the snooze too many times because your alarm is on your nightstand? Try keeping your alarm across the room to force you to get up. In other words, figure out from your past what tripped you up and problem solve now for your success.

Does your morning routine or any habit that needs a little kick in the pants to address your past, present and future? Grab your journal or the notes app on your phone and let’s make a plan! To sum up the past, present, future technique, you need to:

  1. Write down your “why” for creating a morning routine.
  2. Record what it was that got you off track.
  3. List what was working and what wasn’t for your morning routine.
  4. What tripped you up or what could potentially stop you in the future? You need to plan for how you would successfully navigate that obstacle. Fill in the blank below:

“If I _________________ (insert the action that stops you), I will ______________ (insert the solution to keep you going.)

And I am here to help you in all aspects of your morning routine. Feel free to drop your question in the comments below. Or share your stopping strategy for a bit of accountability.


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Leah Ellis – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Financial Coach Leah Ellis…

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My next guest on “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur is mom to 2 and financial coach Leah Ellis of Endeavor Financial Coaching. Leah pivoted from an in-home daycare to finance coach when Covid hit. She and her husband used their own financial journey as the inspiration to help other families pay off debt and live with financial freedom.

Mom and money teacher by day and financial coach by night, Leah Ellis is all-in to help eliminate money stress in America’s families. Her money management classes for kids and teens help the next generation learn how to plan for the future and avoid debt. Through Endeavor Financial Coaching, she is dedicated to helping millennials break the paycheck to paycheck cycle and reach their money goals. No matter your age or financial situation, Leah is ready to help you create a plan to take control of your money. Find her online for students here or for adults students here.

You can listen to my chat with Leah at the link above. Or read a summary and connect with her below.

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1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?


We help broke people break the paycheck to paycheck cycle and reach their money goals. Our clients learn how to handle money in order to build long term wealth. I chose to become a financial coach because we were living paycheck to paycheck. When we realized that it was possible to reach our goals, we wanted to share that knowledge with others.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business?

I am good at creating a plan and executing it without too much procrastination.

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most?


I am terrible at marketing, and sometimes let my business take over my personal life.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself?


Don’t expect the clients to start rolling in the first time you send out an offer. Give yourself time and grace.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time?

Add family time to your schedule. It isn’t something you will get to when work is done, it is the most important work you will do. Add one thing every day that you can do as a family or one-on-one with a child. Even if it only takes 30 minutes, it will help your children feel loved, appreciated, and safe.

Where can we find you online and on social media?

Website

Facebook


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Waking Up Earlier - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

6 Strategies for Waking Up Early

When you say “waking up early”, how early are we talking???

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Let’s talk about waking up early. Like 5 am early. Maybe even early (I’m toying with 4 am when homeschooling starts 😳🤪) I’m not gonna lie, starting an early morning routine can feel daunting. Especially if you don’t feel like you’re a “morning person”. But hopefully the strategies I share that have worked for many morning routine advocates can help you too.

Today’s tips help you ease into a morning routine…Even if you don’t feel like you could possibly wake up any earlier. And, dare I say, even make it that you find waking up earlier enjoyable. Yep, I said it.

Can commit to slow and steady progress in creating your routine? Then you will find the habit easier to maintain. And you will notice the results and benefits of your morning routine. Because you are taking time to focus on the subtle changes rather than a broad sweeping overhaul.

Because I definitely do not recommend diving headfirst into a 5am morning routine. Unless you are already waking up fairly early. It’s like when you start a diet and you’re like “I’m not going to eat sugar or caffeine or carbs starting tomorrow”. Too much change is hard to maintain and can cause additional stress. And we’re trying to relieve stress with this routine. My tips today will ease you into this new found routine.

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Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

You still might think “I could never be a morning person”. Or “I would just hit snooze until I wake up at my normal time. And trust me, I get it. I argued with my coach when she first suggested it to me as a way to get my work done while my kids were around.

But creating and committing to an early morning routine has given me exactly what she promised…more time to work on focused projects to move my business forward. More time for self-care. And more time with my family where I’m actually present. Rather than thinking about what I’ll work on after they go to bed.

On a daily basis, you can start your day with something that fills your cup…whether figuratively like reading a book you love or exercising. Or literally like drinking a cup of coffee in quiet while reading the newspaper or just sitting.

And your family will notice and appreciate your presence. You will show them being your own boss doesn’t mean you have to work all the time. You can turn off and tune in when it’s family time.

My 6 Strategies for Waking Up Earlier

Have I convinced you to give an early morning routine a go? Are you still on the fence or wondering how you’ll drag your tired mom bod out of bed? Well, here are my six strategies to get your out of bed in the morning…So you can create a consistent morning routine you love.

  1. First, start slow. Too much too soon will be hard to maintain when it comes to any new habit. Start with 15-30 minutes earlier. Then when that feel normal or easier, back it up a little more. It took me around 6 months to go from waking with my kids at 730am to waking at 530am
  2. Next figure out an alarm style that will wake you up, but not ruin your morning. You might want to try the clocks that slowly make the room brighter or waking to music. Or one of my favorite ideas I heard is a man who wanted to kick his snooze habit. So he recorded himself asking his dog if it wanted to take a walk and used it as an alarm. If you have a dog, you know there is no hitting the snooze on walkies. Google ideas or search around on Amazon to find an alarm style that appeals to you.
  3. Another way to help you get up and at ‘em earlier is to set your morning up the night before. Prep something you’ll love to eat for breakfast. Know exactly what you’ll do or work on to cut down on the decision fatigue…because who wants to wake up and immediately start making decisions about what to do.
  4. Next, try to incorporate some way of moving your body and waking your brain. It could be something like placing the alarm clock you choose across the room to force you out of bed. You might want to write morning pages or affirmations to get your focus juices flowing. Do something to help your body and mind ease into the work you will do. Rather than rolling right out of bed onto your laptop
  5. And waking your mind and moving your body can couple with my next strategy…Do something you love. It’s so much easier to wake up if you do something you look forward to rather than something you dread. Yoga, meditation, reading, jogging, dishes…because maybe you really like dishes? 🤷‍♀️ Anything that may motivate you to get out of bed because of the pleasure you derive from doing it…Do that thing as part of your morning routine.
  6. And finally, if you are struggling but really feel like you want to create a solid morning routine, find accountability. Maybe you wake and take a walk with a friend…that’s creating a plan, accountability, moving your body and doing something you love all rolled into one! Maybe you can work with your spouse or a co-worker. Or hire a coach who will do early morning check-ins to make sure you’re up. If it is important but you feel like you need extra help…find some accountability.

Ready to start working on your early morning routine? Write down your plan. Include what time you’ll wake up, what sort of alarm you’ll use, and what activity you love you’ll incorporate. Feel free to drop any questions or success stories in the comments below.


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6 Ways to Get to Bed Earlier to Wake Up Earlier

I want you to get to bed earlier…

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It is very hard to wake up early if you go to bed late. And trust me, your best morning routine starts the night before. Creating a solid bedtime routine will help you fall asleep quicker, sleep more soundly, and wake up easier and hopefully earlier in the morning.

The mamas who are the most successful start by consistently implementing the steps I will give you today. It helps to wind down their busy minds and prepare for sleep. Believe me, I am not a stranger to going to bed and spending hours trying to quiet my crazy brain. So even if you aren’t planning to wake up at 5am, these tips help you get a better night’s sleep. I dedicated time to your bedtime routine in case you tried waking up early in the past, but found it hard to maintain. Probably because your weren’t starting the night before.

You may think “I’m a night owl, there’s no way I can get to bed earlier”. Or that’s when I get the TV to myself. Or that’s only time I’m able to read because it’s quiet. But when you look at your productivity, the work you are producing, your stress levels trying to work with kids around, or the amount of time you’re dedicating to self-care…which is more important. Watching TV uninterrupted for 3 hours from 9-midnight? Or that you complete important tasks that move your business forward and make you more money first thing in the morning.

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Creating a routine that signals “Time to wind down and get to bed” helps you sleep deeper, dream more, and wake refreshed. You mind will feel clearer and more focused the more sleep you get.

And it will make waking up early, whatever early means to you, easier. Getting adequate sleep boosts your immune system and helps with your mental well being. It boosts creativity and memory functions. It sharpens your focus on activities and gives you more energy. Sign me up!

Not to mention everyone in the house benefits from a well-rested, happier, healthier, less stressed, less anxious, more focused, and more productive mama. 🤘🤘🤘

My 6 Tips to Get to Bed Earlier

  1. Set a Bedtime Alarm…First, set a bedtime alarm for 45-60 minutes before you’d like to have lights out. You can use a phone to set an alarm. Or set up a routine on your digital assistant to remind you it’s time to wind down.
  2. Cut off Stimulants…Second, make sure you cut off any caffeine, stimulants or alcohol well before bedtime. These things make it hard for you to fall asleep. And can diminish the quality of your sleep once you get there.
  3. Turn Off Your Screens…Next, turn off the TV and put down your phone 30-60 minutes before bedtime. You might have heard of the hormone melatonin which helps you fall asleep and wake up. The blue light and stimulation from screens disrupt the release of melatonin which helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Shutting down the screens helps to re-regulate your melatonin release to fall asleep.
  4. Dim the Lights…Dimming the lights or turning off overhead lights as it gets closer to bedtime helps signal sleep to your body. The melatonin in your body naturally responds to it getting darker and in turn, starts prepping you to fall asleep. A great trick if you don’t have dimmer switches in your house is to use a wifi-enabled lightbulb. You can either use your digital assistant and set up a regular routine for the lights to slowly get dimmer. Or you can use your phone to dim you lamp when your bedtime alarm goes off.
  5. Read Fiction…If you are a night time reader, read something that is non-stimulating. Fiction helps your brain wind down and stimulate dreams. Choose it over self-help. You know, a book that’s telling you all the things you need to fix about your life or business. This tip was a game-changer for me.
  6. Create a Calming Ritual…And finally, creating some sort of calming ritual you do to signal to your body it’s time to sleep. It could be a nighttime tea. A skincare routine. A nighttime meditation. Stretching. Pretty much anything that calms your body. Perform it regularly to wind down your mind and body to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. And wake up feeling refreshed.

Feeling motivated to create a routine to help you get to bed earlier? Start by committing to at least one of today’s steps. Then tell me in the comments which step you’re committing to. I look forward to hearing about your night routine.

And don’t miss my other morning routine post like Mindset Tips for a Mom Morning Routine, 6 Ways to Wake Up Earlier, and What to Do If Your Morning Routine Needs a Kickstart.


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Mindset Tips for Creating a Mom Morning Routine

“I could never have a mom morning routine.”

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I disagree.

Wanna know the biggest factor in my success as an entrepreneur and mom trying to juggle all the things? That is my morning routine. We touched on it a little in EarlyWhy Mom Needs an Morning Routine to balance work and homeschool successfully. This week we dive into the nitty gritty details of all things morning routine. From mindset to backsliding. From going to bed to waking up.

Today I have mindset exercises to help you get over the idea that you’re not a morning person. They will help you create a “why” around waking up earlier and see how your life could benefit from an early morning routine.

Dig deep with these exercises. Establish a solid connection to how your morning routine could help you complete your work and spend more time with your family. Even the most non-morning person can start to develop a morning routine when they focus on their why.

You might be thinking that waking up early is simply a matter of setting your alarm earlier. But there is more too it than that. Knowing your “why”, the benefits and the motivation for why you are making this change can help you stick with it. If you’re just setting an alarm, it’s easy to say “well I don’t need to wake up early tomorrow. I’ll do it the next day.” If you connect the act of setting your alarm or waking up early to a “why”, a specific purpose and benefit, you will be more successful and your new morning routine will feel enjoyable to maintain.

And you might think “this sounds great but I’m not a morning person.” I never thought of myself as a morning person. But I am addicted to crossing things off my to-do list. I am a person who prefers to spend my evenings with my family versus my laptop. Would you like to be that person too?

For tips for getting kids to entertain themselves, click here to check out my
Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

These exercises will help you establish a clear “why” that will help you continue your morning routine even on the days you want to hit the snooze 17 times.

You’ll start to develop a routine that may include self-care or home tasks that you’ve had trouble fitting in.   

And doing the mindset work to clearly establish the benefits of your morning routine keeps you waking early, completing work, and focusing on your family life later in the day.

Let’s Create Your Mom Morning Routine “Why”

Our exercises will focus on the benefits and tasks you would like to include in your morning routine. So grab a pen and paper or the notes app on your phone and play along…

First, list 3 ways you could benefit from an early morning routine…these could be work related, family releated, self-care related, exercise relates, quiet cup of coffee related…everyone’s list will be different. The important thing is to look at where you struggle in your work and home life now, and thing how a quiet, focused, kid-free environment could help you with that.

If you need more time…go ahead and pause before moving to the next step. Ready…step 2 is to figure out what tasks you would do in your early morning routine. Fill in the blank of “If I woke up consistently earlier I could” blank…what could you do for your self-care? What could you do around your house? How could your work or productivity improve?

See how your morning routine can help you balance homeschool and work life.
Listen to “Why Mom Needs an Early Morning Routine.”

And finally, let’s put all your brainstorming together. The ways you could benefit and what your could do with the new found time in your morning routine. Create your “why” statement by writing “I’m motivated to create a consistent morning routine so I can” and pick your priority benefits and tasks.

For instance, my morning routine why sounds like this….I’m motivated to create a consistent morning routine so I can meditate to prepare my mind for the day, get the priority tasks on my to-do list completed, and finish last night’s dishes. Because I hate doing dishes at night after dinner. I just want to sit on my couch. That couch time with my family is important and helps keep me motivated to wake up early. Getting those priority tasks keeps me motivated to wake up. Because I know the stress I feel when I try to do focused work with my kids asking a thousand questions or needing a thousand snacks. And my early morning meditation practice is the first form of self-care I’ve stuck too consistently since becoming a mother. Now I feel like my day is incomplete without it.

Let’s create your why…List 3 or more ways you could benefit from a morning routine. Next, answer what self-care, home care, or work tasks you could do that you aren’t doing consistently now if you started a morning routine. And I finally, using the lists you’ve created, write your why statement…I’m motivated to create a consistent morning routine so I can…

I’d love to hear your morning routine why. Tell me in the comments below the benefits and tasks you’ll tackle complete in your morning routine.


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