Is It a Lie?

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 8.54.33 PMDo you really have to work a ton to make a big impact with your work?

If you desire to work less than 40 hours a week yet still make a significant contribution to the world (and make good money) does that mean you’re just in it for the money?

So says a big player in the coaching and online business field in a recent blog post.

I read her words and was pretty shocked.

She said the lifestyle business/work less deal is a “lie.”

She then went on to give examples of 6 successful people who work their asses off all in the name of their craft and contribution to the world. Five of those examples were men.

With all due respect to the successful woman who wrote this piece, I disagree with her opinion.

Here’s why …

When I left my well-paid corporate life it had nothing to do with the money and everything to do with me losing myself in working too much in an environment that wasn’t for me. Thoughts about work occupied too much space in my brain. I had anxiety pretty much every day, sometimes escalating to panic attacks.

It had become unhealthy and unsustainable to live that way.

I didn’t have children yet but knew I wanted them. I also knew that I couldn’t be the kind of mother I wanted to be while working 40 hours a week. Too many hours of work for me is like too many drinks of alcohol.

It’s toxic to my system.

I know this about myself.

I simply wanted another kind of life where I can design my schedule MY way, giving time to my family AND my work AND my soul AND to hobbies that have NOTHING to do with my work.

When I started my business, I decided to build it that way from the start. And still today I’ve stuck to my original concept working 3 – 4 days a week while my 2 sons are in school and my daughter is in daycare.

My business generates a healthy six figures in revenue and is growing every year.

The message that you have to work SO much just to qualify as a “success” is dangerous for women – especially mothers – who can’t and don’t want to work this way.

I can’t tell you the number of women who have come to me with admissions that they’ve tried to work as hard as some of the “gurus” tell them they have to only to wind up sick, tired and broken.

Do you really think that working yourself into the ground is worth it?

You are enough.

You can create a beautiful, powerful body of work while still desiring to work 15, 20 or 30 hours a week. And if you want to work more than that or less than that? That’s okay too.

YOU GET TO CHOOSE.

And you’re still a good person either way.

That’s why I love this field of online business SO much. You can design it to YOUR liking.

You simply need to know what you’re doing so that the hours you ARE spending working ON and IN your business are spent wisely.

When I start coaching my clients, we look there first … because usually they are wasting a lot of precious energy.

I give my crew a foundation of systems and sacred self-care. Once this is in place, you can skyrocket to sustainable success.

How confident are you in your 2015 plan?

Do you have one?

Tired of “trying” to grow your business and platform all by yourself?

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

- Yoda

It’s time to commit to being ALL IN in your biz.

I’ve built my business on a foundation of freedom, fun, flexibility, soulful marketing and rock-solid systems that allow me to make more (impact, money, art) while working less.

I’m proud of this!

If you want to have access to my knowledge and energy over the next 12 months then you’ll want to check out the Business Adventure School.

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Join me, my Operations Manager + Tech Queen Darcee Sellers and an intimate group of talented, diverse, go-getting women who are committed to taking a quantum leap in their business, spiritual and personal growth in the year ahead.

This isn’t some cheap-o program. We designed it for those who are truly COMMITTED to growth on EVERY level.

I’ve seen what happens when women invest at levels that, quite frankly, scare them.

They STEP UP like you wouldn’t believe.

They transform right before my eyes.

Simply: they become who they are meant to be.

If you’ve been looking for a smart, supportive, ongoing, fun, kickass training, coaching and mastermind program to help you achieve the results you KNOW you are capable of AND make a massive difference in the world, apply for membership into the Business Adventure School.

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It would be my honor to help you grow.

PS – I won’t be working with private clients outside of the Business Adventure School in 2015. I’m being called to write another book, teach on a larger scale, optimize what I’ve already created in my biz, and simply ENJOY my life and family. Honestly, it feels SO good to have made this decision as I feel so FREE and FOCUSED.

Check out what we’ve created for you in this 12-month deep-dive, game-changing mastermind and biz training experience. It’s such a powerful place to be! You’ll get results. It’s that simple. (FYI – There are 4 remaining spots in the program with 1:1 access to me.)

P.P.S. Yes, it’s normal to feel scared when deciding to go ALL IN. It’s part of the deal of being ALIVE.

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Thriving as an Introvert in Business

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Are you an introvert?

Extrovert?

Mix of the two?

We all have elements of each way of showing up in the world.

Just so we’re clear, Wikipedia tells us …

“The terms introversion and extraversion were first popularized by Carl Jung, although both the popular understanding and psychological age differ from his original intent. Extraversion tends to be manifested in outgoing, talkative, energetic behavior, whereas introversion is manifested in more reserved and solitary behavior. Virtually all comprehensive models of personality include these concepts in various forms.”

You may be surprised to know that I’m actually an INTROVERT. I love having regular cave time where I’m quiet and no one is talking to me. I love listening to my spirit and doing my big work in the world … in QUIET.

Can you relate?

But business is all about talking to people and doing deals, right? Are you screwed if you’re an INTROVERT in business?

NO!

I have some great tips for you so you can GROW your business and still honor your natural rhythms and needs as a human being.

Check out the video and enjoy!

Your Purpose, Simplified (Plus an Invitation)

Your purpose on this planet is to share your GIANT GIFT with the world and get generously rewarded – financially, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

And the BEST and most EFFICIENT way to get traction and build momentum in your mission-driven business is to work with a highly trained and successful mentor who is living her calling of helping YOU cash in on yours.

That mentor is me.

I’ve built my business on a foundation of freedom, fun, flexibility, soulful marketing and rock-solid systems that allow me to make more (impact, money, art) while working less.

I have 3 young kids and work in my biz around 20 hours a week.

I’m building an empire from my home office in the #1 Small Town in America.

My first book is being published in a few weeks.

Last month I generated more money in ONE MONTH than I did working an entire YEAR in my first job at a global public relations agency in New York City.

Know this: I’ve worked my ass off to get here and I LOVE sharing my hard-fought lessons with my clients in the Business Adventure School.

Being an entrepreneur is where it’s at!

Life just keeps getting better … but only because I invested with some heavy-hitter coaches over the last few years to be a part of top-notch mastermind and biz training programs.

I found the money. I made the time.

I didn’t make excuses (believe me, I could have!).

I showed up, ready.

Now it’s your turn to step up as a leader in the Business Adventure School.

CLICK HERE to check it out and apply.

If you’re ready to attract more clients, choose a business model that FITS into your desired lifestyle, make more money, develop lifelong friends AND work less in your online business while practicing sacred self-care, submit your application today.

BAS Click here to applyThis is the ONLY time this program is open for enrollment.

We close the doors on applications on Monday, November 24 for an entire year.

Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be so darn hard. Promise. But you’ve got to take action now. Nothing changes until you do.

CLICK HERE to check it out and apply.

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Is a Mastermind Program Worth the Investment?

When I went to my first-ever female entrepreneurs conference in late 2009, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This event was unlike anything I’d ever been to before (and I used to produce conferences for a living and had seen a lot!).

I was at a crossroads in my business and life and was desperate for some guidance and direction. My coaching business was growing in numbers of clients, but it wasn’t a sustainable model and I was tired from only serving clients one-to-one (and to be honest, some of these clients weren’t my ideal clients). I was freakin’ scared because I had walked away from my 6-figure corporate job and there was no way I was going back and giving up the time I got to spend with my son I birthed earlier that year.

When I walked into that event in Las Vegas, along with 600 other entrepreneurs, I was mesmerized. And when it came time to apply for a live business makeover on the stage, I put my name in the hat trusting with every fiber of my being that I would be picked. I was.

On stage with Ali Brown and James Roche at SHINE.

It was during that moment on the stage that I saw all that was possible for me. I felt what it was like to have a rockstar coach who cared about me and had created really amazing results for her business and for the hundreds of students she had coached.

So, when the time came where this coach unveiled her year-long coaching and mastermind program, I just KNEW that I had to apply for membership. Granted, this was my first time I had EVER heard of anything like this before. I hadn’t done any research. Hadn’t compared this program to that program. Nothing. 

Often opportunities just fall out of seemingly thin air into our laps when we most need them. This felt like one of those times …

I was petrified calling my husband and telling him the price tag ($13,000). I thought I was going to have to make a big pitch and sell him on it (my coaching business wasn’t generating a lot of money at this time). But, to my surprise, he was game.  He said, “Jenny, I trust you. You’re smart. If you think it’s worth it, then do it. I believe in you.”

So I applied at that event (along with about 100 others), was on Cloud 9, flew home … and FREAKED OUT.

All my shit reared its ugly head.

I got nervous that I’d made a mistake.

Crazy thoughts that ran through my head included:

“Maybe I wasn’t cut out to be in this group of successful business owners?”

“Maybe I should do a different program at a lower investment level?”

“Maybe I should become a stay-at-home mom and abandon my business I had worked hard to start and build?”

“Maybe I should just go back to the way things were in my business even though they weren’t working for me?”

“Who do I think I am?”

When I got my acceptance letter, I even tried to pull out of the program (even though there was a no cancellations or refunds clause in the contract that I signed). I soon learned that if I did that, I’d lose my deposit and more importantly, I knew I’d be letting myself down.

I opted to walk through the fear … and stay in the program.

2010 – the year I went through that high-level coaching and mastermind program – was the year everything in my life and business changed.

  • I changed my business model to one that was more in line with my passions and much more lucrative and scalable.
  • After years of not knowing where we wanted to put down roots for our family, my husband and I got clarity and moved from New York City to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts (yup, from the biggest city in America to the #1 small town in America).
  • I conceived my second child.
  • I made hundreds of business connections and launched my first-ever information product.
  • I parted ways with 2 business partners when I realized we wanted different things.
  • I traveled to Europe with my family while my business hummed along.
  • I saw how some of the smartest minds in business made decisions and brokered deals. I was a fly on the wall and my mind S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D bigger than even I thought possible.
  • I hired my first-ever strategist for my business. I met this woman in my mastermind program.
  • I saw the future of my business and knew I could do all those things I wanted to do.
  • And I did all this WITHOUT any private, one-on-one access to the head coach … that’s the magic of group coaching programs (although my highest-level mastermind program does include private access to me).

Do you want QUANTUM LEAPS in your business, life and spirit? Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else do crazy cool stuff while you keep muttering, “someday” and “if only I could afford it?”

Listen up, a high-level coaching and mastermind program might be JUST the experience that will get you to your next level, now.

Here are the questions you need to ask when selecting the right program for you and your business:

  • Is the program all virtual or are there in-person components?
  • What kind of training lessons are covered?
  • How many people are in the group? (Do you do better in small or large groups?)
  • How are group members selected? Is there an application process to ensure an energetic match?
  • What’s the length of the program? Will it give you enough time to integrate all that you’re learning?
  • How are you held accountable for reaching your goals? Is there a tracking system in place?
  • What are the qualifications of the coach? Do you resonate with the way this person shows up in life and business?
  • How confident are you in your ability to invest in your business to trigger revenue growth?

Based on my experience in a number of coaching and mastermind programs, I’m psyched to have created the ULTIMATE in coaching, training and masterminding for gutsy biz chicks ready to UPLEVEL in every area of your biz and life.

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Applications will be available THIS Tuesday, November 18 at our Business Adventure Summit LIVE online event (grab your FREE spot here for the event and get the first dibs on your application).

All gutsy gals committed to serious growth, adventure and visibility are encouraged to apply before our deadline of Monday, November 24.

Good luck and go for it!

Sacred Success Panel of my Inner Circle clients in the 2013-2014 Business Adventure School class.

Sacred Success Panel of my Inner Circle clients in the 2013-2014 Business Adventure School class.

You’re Still Here For a Reason: Your Mission Isn’t Complete

MY HEART IS HEAVY …

I hosted a group coaching + celebration call for my peeps today and shared about a beautiful woman named TRINITY in my local community who was nearing the end of her journey with cancer. How we don’t know how much time we have here on earth … how all we have is NOW.

Well, I learned a bit ago that Trinity took her last breath today. She’s a mom (around my age) with 3 young children. Her family owns the printing company where I get my printing done for live events. I used to see her there everytime we would get our materials printed … except this year because of her illness.

She was a WARRIOR in every sense of the word, and I’d like to dedicate the Business Adventure Summit that I am offering up to the world to her.

I posted on her Facebook wall about just how much I learned from her. She had melanoma that spread throughout her body. She then became a vocal advocate for taking care of your skin (and the harmful effects of tanning beds) and going to the dermatologist for skin checks. I did that just yesterday …

Trinity was on a powerful MISSION and FULFILLED IT.

I’m so grateful to have known her in the small way that I did. Although I didn’t know her well, I felt like I was supposed to have her in my life in some capacity. Like she was there to teach me something.

Powerful indeed.

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After my sister passed, I used to wonder why I was STILL here and SHE wasn’t. Oh, that truth hurt so bad!

Here’s what I’ve learned.

My mission isn’t over yet.

And tough as it was to accept, my sister Julie fulfilled hers in only 12 years during this lifetime. She was such a strong, courageous girl! She did so much in her 12 years … and here I am 37 years old and still fulfilling mine.

Who knows how long I’ll have? Who knows how long you’ll have?

Don’t keep putting things off.

Don’t keep shortchanging yourself.

Don’t keep waiting for the “perfect time.”

All you have is NOW.

May my words for TRINITY inspire you to APPRECIATE EVERYDAY. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. LIVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY TODAY.

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“May you fly high with the angels, dear Trinity. Though we didn’t know each other very well, I was always touched by your presence and energy. Your vulnerability and courage in sharing your journey with cancer will be remembered by all who love you and will love you forever. You’ve changed lives! You are a warrior!

Just yesterday I was at the dermatologist getting a mole removed and asking more questions of the nurse than I had in the past. I felt empowered taking charge of my health – knowing your story and how you’ve shared your lessons learned so bravely. Your message has saved the lives of countless people. The ripple effect is massive!

May God continue to hold your family and friends during this time of grief.

My sister Julie Ann will be there to greet you in Heaven. She too knows the cancer journey well and was the strongest person I’ve ever known. You two brave ladies have a lot in common!

Thank you for what you taught me … and graciously guided me to remember about what truly matters in life.

Amazing grace, love and light, beautiful Trinity. Rest in PEACE.”