Self-care tends to go out the window when you're ambitious. Whether you're working in an office or an entrepreneur, all you're focused on is succeeding and climbing the ladder of success. As you climb this imaginary ladder, you tend to forget about one important aspect of your life: self-care.
Ok sis, we can sit here and pretend that you don't care about your belly, the cellulite, the weight gain, your oily skin, your acne, or them acne scars. But you know you do. If someone gave you the opportunity to have perfect skin or the body you dreamed of, you would take it in a heartbeat. You know what your problem is? The same problem that we all have in every area of life: consistency and impatience.
The problem with a planner is that you fill it up with a whole bunch of things that you think you might want to do that day. Let's be real. We have the best intentions, but we don't always execute. We look at our planner as a way and a place to house all of our ideas and all of the things that we want to get done, but we never prioritize them in a way that highlights what needs to get done. I recently partnered with Erin Condren LifePlanner™ on her new life planner. I got this gorgeous planner a couple of days ago and while I'm not really a physical planner kinda girl (I hate carrying around a bunch of stuff) this planner is the perfect addition. The planner allows you to break things down in a way that I found is more successful
Jumping into self-employment can be scary, but doing it with absolutely no warning? A rollercoaster. 2016 was trash as far as my career was concerned. I was laid off twice with no more than 2 weeks pay to comfort me. I have to say that I was shocked because unlike many of my peers, I actually adored my job and have constantly curved the idea of being a full-time entrepreneur. But that’s the thing with what we want, it's not always what's best for us. I had been fighting with myself for a very long time about building my own business. I have been encouraged by family and friends to just take the leap into full-time entrepreneurship. But I was so afraid to get started. I was afraid that I would fail, that I would ruin my credit, or worse that I would be exposed as a fraud to others. I was addicted to the bi-weekly paychecks, dressing business casual, the mediocrity I was able to settle into.
As a former side hustler, the one of the common questions I would get asked was: How do you organize your business to balance work and life? And the truth is, that you don't there is no such thing as work-life balance, but you can strive to have what I like to call a healthy work-life blend. My business is my life and my life is my business, therefore everything is intertwined. I never really "clock out" and my ideas and mind are always "on." After a whole bunch of years of doing a mediocre job, I finally figured out a system to organize my business and not feel overwhelmed. You can get a quick overview in the video below, or the entire outline within the post.
This is you: you have been creating amazing content for your blog for quite a while now: months, maybe even years, but you’re still clueless on how to make that a viable business. You don’t know what to sell, and you aren’t even sure if you want the responsibility of selling anything at all. You’re a content creator. You want to write, make YouTube videos, teach courses, design shirts etc. without the hassle of having to constantly market yourself and hustle for every dollar. You my friend, want to make passive income.
You've had these ideas in your head, and you need to figure out how to build your personal brand to execute it. There's so much information on personal branding out there that it probably left you overwhelmed and even more clueless than when you started. I feel you. At times, it can be so discouraging to see your peers breeze by you into success as you struggle to build your brand. Before I allow you to keep feeling sorry for yourself, let's analyze why they breezed by you in the first place. Are they smarter than you or are they outworking you? It's easy for you to get into a rut about your lack of progress, but you're probably the reason you're in the rut to begin with. Yep, I said it.