Are You Letting the Hurdles Keep You From the Finish Line?

Sam Davidson doesn’t waste words. His posts are often short just like this one – The Hurdle is Not The Finish Line.

All too often we do stop once we get past the “hurdle” – I know I can be guilty of this – we lose sight of the real goal.

The hurdles aren’t the point. The finish line is.

Have you ever had stopped short of the finish line after crossing a hurdle?

If you have, next time, set a timer, take a short break to let your mind clear and then get right back to work – meet the goal, don’t just jump the hurdle.

Reading this short post is not going to be a hurdle 😉

I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Do You Have a Process for Making Decisions?

Mel Robbins is one of my favorite motivators. In her latest post she talks about making decisions.

Sometimes the decisions you make won’t be the right ones, or they WILL be the right ones, but you’re gonna get sh*t on your shoes on your way to the clear path.

She does use curse words in her videos and posts, so if you are bothered by that, she is not your girl. I have no problem with her language and have found her 5 Second Rule to be so amazingly helpful.

The article explains the results of some of the decisions she and her husband have made, and the results of those decisions. Mel has 5 steps to help you improve your own decision making:

  1. Tune into your body wisdom.
  2. Decisions aren’t always made with just intuition, however.
  3. Imagine worst-case scenarios.
  4. Think positive.
  5. Reflect.

I know just last week – before I had read this post – I was pondering alternatives and imagining the worst case scenario really helped to make the decision easier. Read the full post from Mel Robbins here.

Are You Ready To Give Gutenberg a Try?

I have been hearing so much hype about Gutenberg, I wanted to give it a try. The new Word Press Block Editor – as I learned Gutenberg is now called is now the default on new Word Press installs, though you can change it to the Classic Editor. And I have to agree with Colin Newcomer, the author of this tutorial, who said:

While the new block editor does let you do some things that you weren’t previously able to do in WordPress, it’s also not always the most intuitive tool when you first sit down with it.

This article explains very well how to use the block editor, and discusses how to get around some of those shortcomings that currently exist.

I personally found it easy to use, and this article helped me better understand the “blocks” – I’m excited to dig back in.

Full disclosure, this post was created in the classic editor, I have not yet updated this site to 5.0. I have a new domain that I’m playing around a with a bit to learn how to use the Word Press Block Editor formerly know as Gutenberg.

Some of you have themes that already have the block system, have you tried the new Block Editor?

How Do You Know if You Can Self Coach?

I was reading an interesting article from Seth Godin. The premise is that most of us are able to coach ourselves 90% of the time – and that we only need a coach the other 10% of the time.

That basketball coach screaming from the sidelines? There’s no way the player can hear what he’s saying. That’s okay. The shift is happening inside.

Click here to read Seth Godin’s article on self coaching.

But how do you know when you are in the 10%?

When I first started working with a Life Coach, I didn’t really know what I wanted to get from the coaching and at a certain point, my coach cut me loose, nicely, because she was not able to help me go any further, I had to take action on my own.

I had to make decisions and set goals, no longer just talk about these concepts. And I did take action, but it still took me a while – I can be stubborn (just a bit). But I needed the foundation that I built with my coach, and we are still friends to this day, because I knew how important it was that she was willing to tell me something I did not want to hear, but absolutely needed to hear.

These days, I self coach and still reach out to my coach when needed, but Seth is right, it is on a much more limited basis.

So to answer my own question, how do you know when you are in the 10%? If you are asking yourself if you need outside input, that may be a sign, and once you find a coach that you can trust, they will help you know when you need them less. Seth says:

Sooner or later, all motivation is self motivation. And the challenge and opportunity is in finding the external forces that will soon become internal ones.

For me, I needed a coach to build a foundation, you may need a coach to help you reach the finish line, whenever you do, know that getting outside help, will help you help yourself in the future.

As coaches give us the skills to grow, the best we can do is to continue to practice what we have learned.

4 People Who Would Love to Get a Bullet Journal as a Gift

Many people choose to start bullet journaling because of the unique combination of being a planner, a calendar and journal.
For example, it can help you to de-stress because everything is in one place, no need to go looking around anymore.
Others start journaling because they believe they can learn more about their life through various tracking methods.
While some people buy a journal for themselves, a bullet journal is a very thoughtful gift for
someone special in your life. Here’s just a few people that may love a bullet journal
as a gift.

#1 New Parents

Bringing a new child into the world is one of the most life-altering experiences
that a person can go through, and a bullet journal can help them keep track of all those
new doctor appointments, and also record those special moments, while still
keeping their work life up to date.

Regardless of whether this is the person’s first child or fifth, the act of creating
a life and being responsible for raising that child successfully to
adulthood can be overwheling, having a place to write down all those questions and track all those milestones
is priceless. A bullet journal can also be a great place to write down all the emotions
that go along with being a parent. And a bullet journal can be shared with their children
when they are older.

I like this bullet journal for the new parents, since the pen stays with the journal:


#2 High School and College Students

High school and college years are some of the most formative years of their lives. They are
transitioning into adults. Each person has a unique journey to adulthood and a bullet journal
can help them keep up with classes and their social life all in one place.

More than that, the stress and drama associated with the transition into adulthood can stir
many emotions. Teens and young adults may be able to use their journal to explore their feelings
and to gain great insight about who they are and what they stand for.

This is my recommendation for students.

This bullet journal set includes stencils and pens to get those creative juices flowing.

#3 Seniors and Retirees

The analog design of the bullet journal appeals to many seniors, who feel that
this is when their life is truly beginning. Retiring is a new and exciting chapter for many
people, filled with experiences of being a grandparent, of traveling to new
places and meeting new people along the way. Bullet journals can also be great for keeping
track of the seemingly endless number of doctor appointments that seem to be a part of the
aging process.

Many older adults also understand that younger generations may want to learn more about
their life at some point. A bullet journal can be used to preserve thoughts and even to
share memories from many years or decades ago. These volumes can even be handed down from
generation to generation so that their experiences become a part of family history.

Since the older folks on your gift list may not need more instructions, try this:


#4 Online Business Owners

The reason many online business owners like the bullet journaling system is that they already spend
so much of their time online, it is nice to be able to work offline sometimes. Bullet journaling is
a great way to keep track of all the moving parts of an online business, and to keep up with their
personal life too. The ability to completely customize a bullet journal makes it appeal to many people.

Show them that you support their business efforts:

When you give a bullet journal to a friend or relative, you are showing them that you care and are trying
to be supportive. A bullet journal is a place for them to plan, dream and track.

There are many different reasons why you may give the gift of a bullet journal to someone
special as a gift. Journaling can be an enriching experience for all ages, but the
gift of a bullet journal could also tell that person that you find them fascinating and that you
know that they have many things to track and share across the pages of their journal.

Why Journaling Helps to Improve Your Mindset

There are many different types of journals and styles of journaling, to help you find what fits your personality best. You can use a traditional journal, or you can use a journal geared towards a specific subject or topic. And of course, Bullet Journaling, great for those who prefer an analog system that can be customized to suit many needs. Any journal that you use consistently can help improve your mindset.

Journaling Helps Change and/or Develop Habits

Journaling can really help a lot with your daily habits, changing existing habits, or developing new habits. You can use your journal to help you evaluate how you live your life on a daily basis and help you make conscious decisions to reach your goals. Read More →

Want to Journal? Hate to Write?

Journaling is a powerful self-help tool that is gaining popularity in business. Coaches and therapists are also using journaling to help clients, so you may want to consider it for yourself and your business. It is also incredibly easy to journal on your own in just a plain notebook.

However, all journaling has one thing in common and that is writing. So how can you enjoy all the benefits of journaling if you hate writing?

Draw Pictures

If you learn anything about me, know this I can’t really draw – what I see in my head never looks like that on paper. But if you are artistically inclined, you can draw from simple pictures to elaborate scenes. Any kind of picture that expresses your emotions and situation will help.

After you’ve drawn the picture you can label and annotate it. If you leave a blank page opposite your drawing then you can come back and review it at a later date and jot down any additional thoughts, emotions and responses. Quite often this simple method will actually get you writing quickly.

And I love color, and if you do too, you may want to consider colored pens or pencils. Like I shared in my previous post where I updated my progress with my bullet journal, I purchased a journal with a stencil set – you may benefit from using stencils with or without those colored pencils. All of these shapes and colors will hopefully make your journal feel more personal to you and that will make you more likely to use it.


If you are journaling about a problem, then you might consider using a diagram such as a mind map or decision tree. Diagrams are powerful because they are visual and help you to see patterns and connections more easily. If you think about a flow chart that is using shapes to have different meanings, the concept is the same here – but you don’t have to limit yourself to just the traditional shapes of a flow chart.

If you are trying to make a decision, then you can illustrate the different outcomes and results to help you formulate the best decision. Adding in color not only makes them more attractive but can help to highlight connections.

Use Prompts

I know that when I started journaling, I started with a gratitude journal, and so I was trying to right down what I was thankful for each day – but some days were harder than others to get started. Then I learned about journal prompts, I had never heard that term before, but the concept is so simple.

You use a simple prompt, such as a word or question, to help break the blank page syndrome and inspire you to unburden yourself onto the empty page in front of you. The prompts can be about any number of topics, so you don’t have to have just a gratitude journal, like I mentioned before. For business a great prompt for the first of the month is to write down your goals for the month. How much income do you want to earn? How many new followers do you want to attract on social media?

Then you can also build on these ideas for other days topics. It’s important that you don’t feel that you have to write a lot or even in full sentences. The journal and act of journaling has to relate to your needs at that moment in time and this will vary day to day. You can also use charts and graphs, instead of just writing.

You could consider purchasing a journal ready made for the specific use you need. There are lots of weight loss, gratitude, happiness and other journals available. Many of these will include prompts and recording methods that don’t require lots of writing.

Create a Collage

I like this project, because I feel like it has good green living implications. Get some magazines or newspapers and cut out words, phrases, paragraphs or even articles that relate to your situation or emotions at that particular point.

Add in pictures that you find that could demonstrate how you are feeling or want to feel. To make it more personal you can annotate the articles and pictures. Consider also leaving a blank page so that you can revisit and review at a later time and add in additional journaling.

Speak It

While writing using a pen and paper is probably the most powerful method of journaling you can also use dictation software such as Dragon. You’ll need the software and a computer with a microphone to use this method. It may be easier to start your journaling journey by speaking to the computer and imagining you are talking to a friend or just yourself. The software will ‘write’ what you say and you can save the document so that you can review it later.

You may decide to keep your journal electronically in which case you can review it and add in later thoughts and feelings by typing or dictating through the speech recognition software. Or you may decide to print it out and keep it in a binder. If you do print it out, then you have the opportunity to embellish it or make additional notes on the hard copy.

Be Flexible

Journaling does not have to be undertaken every day for a set period of time if that does not suit you. Many people journal every day for 20 minutes as that is the method that suits them best. However, it may be that once a week is enough.

Alternatively, you may decide that you will journal when you feel you need it. Some days it may be that you choose to use a prompt or picture to kick-start your writing. Other days you may find that the words flow and you can write without stopping.

The important points to remember are that the journal is a personal document designed to help you and that it is designed to be used and revised. It’s a living document and there is no right or wrong way to create or use it.

This is one of the reasons I love the bullet journaling system. I feel like I can use it as a planner and tracker, but it can also be a place for me to journal out my thoughts and feelings when I need to. You will also notice that most of these alternatives to writing work great in a bullet journal.

If you want to learn how to use bullet journaling for business, please check out my course on the topic here.


3 Tips to Use a Bullet Journal to Organize Your Business

As you already know, I love bullet journaling. I have my own course, Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners that teaches you the basics of setting up your own bullet journal.

In the course, I showed you that a bullet journal can help you make lists for the future, track various aspects of your business, manage your finances, and this will ultimately reduce your stress level. The bullet journal is so completely customizable that you can let it help you organize your entire life.

Everything you need to plan is in this single journal, so there is no trying to look around for the right one or having Post-it notes lying around all over the place. It becomes a personalized planner that you create based on your own needs. Read More →

Lessons Learned From Participating In My First Business Bundle

I recently participated in the Laptop Lifestyle Business Bundle (it is now over) and I learned a few things.

Lesson #1 – Problems will Happen

Even with testing, things can still go wrong. I created a special link for the participants of the bundle to be able to download the product for free, since they had already bought the bundle. I tested the link, I had my sister test the link, and Angela Wills, who runs the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club, also tested the link – no problems.

The bundle goes live and from my tracking I see that I had a couple of sales from the link for the bundle – unexpected. I contacted Angela with the emails of the purchases I was concerned about and she verified they had indeed purchased the bundle, and she checked the link again, everything was okay for her, but obviously there was a glitch somewhere. I was able to refund the money spent right away, and let those who made the purchase that they indeed did not owe any money.

And a big shout out to the folks who were interested enough in what I had to offer that they were willing to pay more to get access to my offering.

Thankfully, Angela is a very smart lady and she had a work around, that we had up and running very quickly, problem solved. She emailed those who had already purchased the bundle so that they could try again to download the product. So even though you think everything is okay, there can still be problems – but they are fixable.

Lesson #2 – Expect Good Things

My expectations were exceeded – in a very good way. My email list was increased by over 150 new subscribers, and that number is still growing even though new sales of the bundle have ended, those who purchased have 60 days to download their products, so it may continue to grow even more.

My actual goal when I joined the bundle was to increase my email by 50 people, that happened the very first day J. I then hoped for 100 people, again that happened by the 3rd day – so now my updated goal is to have 200 new subscribers by the end of the 60 days. By the way, this was a great problem to have – exceeding my goals too quickly.

Lesson #3 – Quality Matters

The quality of the person offering the bundle matters. This bundle was the first one that Angela Wills had ever offered, and she made it exclusively products from her community. She freely admits that she had no idea how much work was really involved when she hatched the idea, but she was also so wonderfully excited for the bundle and for the members of her community, that includes me.

Each month in the club, Angela offers us an actionable challenge to help us grow our business, and I have to tell you, the steps she gives us really do work. If you would like to be a part of the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club, you can check it out here. If you are interested in learning about email marketing, the club is the right place for you – Angela is amazing at email marketing.

Lesson #4 – Create Products

Product creation is a must. To be able to participate in this or any bundle or giveaway, you must have something to offer. In the case of the Laptop Lifestyle Business Bundle, Angela helped to guide us towards product creation, so we could be prepared, but most opportunities will not be so guided.

I was planning on my next product already, but I realize, I should be creating more products more often – not at the risk of quality of course. The more ways people can find you and what you have to offer will only help to grow your business. I even created a quick product last night that I’m extremely proud of, now I just have to finish the sales page and I will have it up for sale – I feel like I’m in the “Product Creation Zone” – you have been warned – lol.

Lesson #5 – Say Yes

The final lesson is of course, say yes. When I was offered the opportunity to be a part of this bundle, I said yes. I filled out the information and sent it in before I could think of a million reasons why I should not participate. Remember to be open to growing your business online, you will be offered different opportunities, be prepared to say yes to the ones that fit you and your business.

I hope to see you in the Laptop Lifestyle Business Bundle next year when you join the Club.


Bullet Journal Update

As you may or may not know, I have a product that teaches you how to set up and use a bullet journal in your online business. When I was doing the videos for Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners, I was using a plain spiral notebook, to help to demonstrate how easy it is to get started. But since I was using my bullet journal more and more, I decided to go ahead and upgrade to a journal more specifically designed for bullet journaling.

I decided on this one because it came with a great set of stencils and if you have watched the videos you are well aware of my artistic limitations. I also have to admit, that I didn’t think it would make much difference having the stencils, turns out, I absolutely love them and use them all the time.

I did pick mine up on Amazon and this is my affiliate link, of course, if you want to get one for yourself or as a gift. Read More →