How Do You Manage Your Time as an Entrepreneur with Kids?

How Do You Manage Your TimeHey there beautiful soul!

So, I get this question A LOT …

Jenny, how the heck do you manage having 3 young kids AND have time to get so much done in your business?

I’m going to answer this today. I created this video for entrepreneur moms, but it’s really for any woman who wants to make better use of her time to grow her biz and impact in the world.

Is that you?

Check out my video and enjoy!

Video Transcript - Time Management for Entrepreneur Moms

Today I’m talking to you moms out there. I’m a mom, proudly parenting three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter. They’re young. They have a lot of needs. Two of them can’t really get themselves dressed yet. I mean sometimes. It depends on the day.

So life is full and I’m often asked, “Jenny how the heck do you get so much done?”

You have seen what I’ve been able to do with my business. I’m really proud of that and I get asked all the time …

“How do you do it? How do you do it? I mean I’m exhausted at the end of my day.”

That’s what I hear from people. And you know what? Sometimes I’m exhausted too. Here’s how I do it and here’s how I suggest that you rock it out in your biz.

Focus on the essential tasks that only you can do. You must be amazing at delegation. You must be amazing at project management and you must be amazing at being so hardcore with your calendar. Okay?

On the delegation front, there are things that only you can do and that’s what you’ve got to be doing in your business and in your life. The rest of the stuff you can totally delegate. You can hire help. You can work with your partner like I am. My husband and I divide and conquer. We’re very clear on who’s doing what and you know that it’s – it is this ebb and flow game. Sometimes you’re carrying more of the load than other times.

But you can easily get help. You can hire a local teenager to come help out with your kids. You can get help with your house. If you say you can’t afford it, you’ve got to switch your thinking and say “how can I afford it?” You can’t do it all by yourself.

A lot of my clients for the first time, they get a housekeeper and they’re amazed at what it does to their energy levels. The fact that you don’t have that weighing on you every day and you can focus on growing your business and bringing in much more money than it would ever cost you to hire a housekeeper it SMART. I suggest you figure out a way to make this happen even if you get the housekeeper once a month to start to do a deep clean.

What you’ve got to do is to hire out, delegate, and get really smart and savvy.

You will never be able to grow your enterprise in the way that you need to, to keep it going, if you’re not willing to do the uncomfortable thing of hiring help, of delegating, of releasing. All right?

And that’s where project management comes into play.

We use a great tool called Asana.com. I love it. Check into it. It’s free if you have a certain number of users or less and that’s how we run the business. Everything is in there, all the projects, deadlines, deliverables. All the communication around the project goes in there. Nothing is falling through the cracks. We know where we stand. I know what I’m supposed to be focusing on every day because I go into my project management tool.

You become a CEO. You realize that this is real. This isn’t just some expensive hobby.

That is something that you totally need to do and then you need to become laser-focused on your calendar, working ON your business, which is that big picture view, the strategy, the high growth, the stuff that is just the magic-making.

You’re working IN your business when you’re working with your clients. When you’re creating programs. When you’re dealing with the details.

And then you have your FREE time that is non-business-related. You give yourself the gift of freedom, of going to yoga, of going for a walk outside, going for a lunch with a friend, going to the spa, whatever. Drawing, spending time with your children, dancing naked in your living room, whatever it is that gives you pleasure.

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You need all of these elements – ON, IN, FREE “ways of working/living” – to truly make it as an entrepreneur, especially when you have KIDS.

You can grab my awesome free schedule template to help YOU chunk your time by clicking the cool graphic below. Voila!

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KNOW THIS: You have what it takes to bring your body of work out into the world to change the lives of your clients and the people that you’re here to serve.

That is how I get so much done in my business.

It’s how I’ve been able to grow my business, take it across the six-figure mark for the last three years. I’m really proud of that and I want to help you do the same.

When women have financial freedom, when we’re able to bring this wealth into our business and into our life, we then reinvest a huge chunk of that income into our families, into our community, into philanthropic efforts.

This is how we change the world.

This is more than just about you.

This is more than about me.

It’s about healing the world.

That is why you’re going to become a pro at managing your time and loving this joy of being a mother. We can do this.

It’s not “either or.” It’s “both and.”

You get to call the shots. You can create it your way and you can do it right now. I’m so excited to connect with you. I’m so proud of the work that you’re doing and I will talk to you again really soon.

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Want My Help Writing Your Book?

Today I’m celebrating 2 momentous events:

  1. My daughter Kate Julie’s 1st OMG!!! What a dream come true she is.
  1. Opening up the WAIT LIST for my new BOOK WRITING IMMERSION for AUTHORS ready to write and self-publish their book.

jennykateandbookAfter my 4-year journey to write and self-publish my best-selling book “Get Gutsy”, I keep getting signs from the Universe that I need to be teaching what I know about how YOU can get out there with your big message through a BOOK.

Do you want to write a book?

Do you have a story you MUST tell?

Would you like to create a massively powerful lead generating AND business boosting tool for your business?

Are you committed to learning from a trusted mentor, writer and entrepreneur who has walked the path and is eager to share what I’ve learned?

I’m interested in working with a powerful group of female thought leaders to help YOU birth your best-selling books.

Is that YOU?

CLICK HERE  to enter your information and be added to our WAIT LIST for my brand new BOOK WRITING IMMERSION.

There is a book inside of you.

It’s time to set your story free. 

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P.S. I’ve been amazed at how my biz and life have evolved since writing and publishing my book. It literally BLOWS me away. I’ve yet to experience anything as powerful as having a book out in the world in terms of a credibility booster and game changer! 

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I’ve Kept This Private Until Now…

I've kept this private until now revCelebrating Easter yesterday brought up so many memories from 1 year ago.

My daughter Kate was born a few days before Easter 2014. It was a powerful VBAC birth and I was so grateful to hold her in my arms after dreaming about her for what seemed like forever.

But something happened in the hospital that was pretty much the worst fear of any parent of a newborn: she spiked a fever less than 24 hours after her birth, which set off a series of alarm bells and standard protocol from the hospital staff including drawing blood and running tests to find the root of the fever. As I learned, a fever in a newborn can be a VERY dangerous situation that needs to be treated immediately for the safety of the child.

When the tests came back with a possible bacteria in her blood, the hospital staff then had to give my baby girl antibiotics through a tiny IV that I just cried watching them put in. I felt so helpless!

We were finally discharged on Easter only to be readmitted a day later due to the tests coming back questionable again.

I was a hormonal wreck as I just KNEW my girl was healthy and that the tests were somehow off. I felt this in my bones. She was so alert, a great nurser and vocalizer!

My husband and I worked together as a team to ask questions of our medical team and make arrangements for our older children to be watched by our babysitter (we don’t have any family nearby) so we could travel back with our baby to the hospital one hour from our home and pray all the way that all was well and all would continue to be okay.

We made lemonade out of lemons and had a little baby-moon in the hospital room that night with our daughter. Steven got takeout and we feasted in our room as we read, meditated, slept, and believed in our girl.

I nursed her, held her and talked to her.

The next day, our caring doctor confirmed that his hunch was correct: the test that showed that my daughter had possible bacteria in her blood came back CONTAMINATED when further investigated by the lab.

Yup, the test was botched and Kate was completely healthy.

We were elated.

And we were set free to go home to our sons with our baby daughter. Our family of 5 was finally back together.

What a rollercoaster of emotions! Just going back in time writing this makes my heart start beating faster.

I’ve kept this experience mostly to myself for the past year as I had to process that tough time privately.

But I’m sharing it with you now – almost 1 year later as an example of how I tap into my INNER COACH, that wise place inside of me that knows the way and knows I’m held and protected.

This INNER COACH knows how to ask smart, empowering questions.

This INNER COACH knows how to assemble a dream team.

This INNER COACH knows that every challenging situation is an opportunity for growth.

This INNER COACH is what keeps me connected to my path with YOU doing this work in the world. It’s my contribution on the planet.

Not only do I get to COACH my heart out with my clients and tribe, but my COACHING skills help me be a stronger mother, wife, friend, daughter and human being.

I’ll be a COACH until the day I die, even if “how” I coach evolves just as I evolve.

If you want to become a COACH, it would be my distinct HONOR to show you the way.

I created the Get Gutsy Coach Training School to give you the tools, skills and business blocks you need to confidently step out as a coach as your new career OR as a supplement to the work you’re doing now as a healer, psychotherapist, social worker, yoga teacher, consultant, financial advisor, personal trainer, nutritionist, massage therapist, web designer, writer and more.

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Imagine … earning a great living doing the work you were put on this planet to do, working with clients you adore all over the world by phone, Skype or in person (locally or in exotic destinations around the globe).

Maybe you’ll simply layer coaching into your current business or work. You get to CHOOSE. Coaching is SO flexible and powerful.

It’s not a pipe dream. It’s very real.

The next generation of coaches ready to make a difference AND a great living are stepping forward! You’re going to love the gals in this training.

Have you checked out the Get Gutsy Coach Training School yet?

Today is the LAST DAY to apply to join our 2015 class of coaches.

I’ll take you under my wing and help you COACH from a place of wisdom, integrity and strength AND teach you what you need to know to make it as an entrepreneur.

I created this program to marry the best of classic coach training with what you need to know to make a great living as a coach. You won’t find anything in the market like this or at such a huge value.

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Ready?

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Deadline to apply is TODAY – Monday, April 6.

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P.S. If you have any questions, simply comment below and I’ll respond to you personally. We can even hop on the phone for a 1:1 chat!

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The Making of a Coach [Part 5] – Birth, Rebirth, Book Launch + Media Darling

The Making of a Coach [Part 5]

** This is a continuation of a multi-part series on how I’ve built my coaching business. **

2014 + 2015 – my 7th + 8th years in business as a coach – have been simply SPECTACULAR. I gave birth, grew as a mother, rebirthed offerings, launched my book and hit the mainstream media scene.

Here’s a snapshot of my celebrations and lessons learned. May these help YOU get clear on what’s possible for YOU in your business, especially if you’re ready to rock it as a COACH.

You ready?

CELEBRATIONS

1. Birthed my beautiful baby GIRL Kate Julie Fenig via VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesearan) on April 16, 2014.

Her soul was talking to me prior to conceiving her. I am SO grateful my husband and I made space for her. She completes our family in the most ultimate, ultimate way.

I labored with her in the backseat of my car on the 1-hour ride to the hospital. As I listened to tribal music by the KDZ Drummers on our car stereo, I felt like a primal earth mother and lioness all at the same time. I squeezed my husband Steven’s hand so tight during contractions. I almost broke his hand!

When we arrived at the hospital, I was fully dilated and it was time to welcome my angel into the world. I listened to my body the entire time, did what I felt called to do, birthed her on all fours as my team surrounded me with love and encouragement and felt my baby just glide out of me. When someone on my birth team whispered in my ear, “it’s a girl,” I balled! Tears of joy as I held my DAUGHTER for the very first time.

Listening to my boys Sean and Luke say her full name brings a massive smile to my face. My late sister’s name is Julie Ann Amon. I always knew if I had a girl, her middle name would be Julie. Three kiddos in and I was able to honor my sister this way. THANK YOU, GOD!

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2. I finished and published my first book “Get Gutsy: A Sacred, Fearless Guide to Finding Your Soul’s Calling and Living Your Dream” and am EXTENDING the “Get Gutsy” message in our brand new Get Gutsy Coach Training School.

Seriously the longest project I’ve worked on in the history of any project I’ve ever worked on.

Also the most fulfilling … and the hardest.

I call it “memoir mixed with medicine.” It’s a dream come true!

My book launched on Amazon.com on January 9, 2015 through our RAD launch party festivities and prizes. It shot up to #1 in 2 categories on Amazon on the first day of its launch and is STILL holding strong at bestseller status close to 3 months after launch.

The notes we get from readers blow me away. I am SO grateful I birthed this book and look forward to writing and publishing many more books.

box of booksNow that the book is launched, I got the FLASH of insight extend the SPIRIT of “Get Gutsy” and train new and aspiring coaches to be successful sharing their gifts with the world.

Hence, the creation of GET GUTSY COACH TRAINING SCHOOL! I’m thrilled to bring this much-needed offering to my tribe!

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3. Decided to commit to Waldorf education for my children.

This felt like a massive decision for me and my husband. We explored every educational option in our community, had numerous conversations, dug deep and listened to our inner wisdom about what was best for our children and our family.

We are committed to walking the Waldorf path and are SO grateful to have an amazing Steiner school a few minutes down the road from our home. Feels so good to be in this community of like-minded families! Our boys are thriving. I’m so happy for them!

I walked through a fear storm before this decision – not because I didn’t think it was right, but because I battled my Inner Critic that said “Who do you think you are sending your kids to private school? What if you can’t afford the tuition? Can you really step up and deliver?”

This Critic was quite vocal during this decision, but I didn’t let her get the best of me! Every time we’ve had a tuition payment due, my business generates a spike in revenue. How cool is that? I love feeling the FUEL of my commitment. It makes me a stronger woman, mother, coach, writer, human. When you have SKIN IN THE GAME, you rise to the occasion. Try it :)

4. I hosted ALCHEMY Live for 50 amazing women from around the world.

This was a brand new event for me in 2014, having completed the work I had done with the Retreat for Goddesses the 3 years prior. It just felt so right from the moment I birthed the concept. It was a real RE-birth for this event. A repositioning in the market. A repositioning in my soul.

I hosted ALCHEMY Live here in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, which is the spot I call “HOME.” It was the largest event in the history of my business. In a word it was: MAGICAL.

One of the coolest memories was when my family came to the event to check things out. Highlights: My boys on stage singing in the microphone during a break, nursing my daughter in a fancy chair in the lobby, interviewing my husband on stage, and my father-in-law maybe finally understanding what the heck I do!

Our 2015 dates are set – October 19 – 21 at the Cranwell Resort + Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts! Our venue is a mansion from the Gilded Age. It’s STUNNING! Our first round of tickets go on sale in the next month. Would LOVE to have you join us.

GBC Unite5. Graduated an amazing group of students in the Business Adventure School … and welcomed in a new class of superstars.

This mastermind program has proven to be the most profitable in the history of my company … and the most powerful! Everything I know about business, online marketing and being a soulful human being is shared in the Business Adventure School. I love my BAS girls! Enrollment re-opens in the fall of 2015.

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6. Upleveled my biz: Visibility, media, trademarks and insurance

I scored some pretty big wins when it came to speaking opps. Jonathan Fields invited me to speak at Camp GLP last September (blast!). I spoke on/contributed to about 30 telesummits, podcasts, gift giveaways in 2014, and have been a part of at least 10 initiatives since 2015 began.

I was interviewed for Ali Brown’s awesome podcast Glambition Radio in January! My podcast interview on tapping into your inner writer is helping to launch the brand new amazing Authorpreneur Spotlight Podcast. And this summer, I’ll be interviewed for John Lee Dumas’s Entrepreneur on Fire podcast. Sweet!

A huge win was getting invited to be a contributor for NBC’s TODAY Parenting Team. My dream is to make it onto the TODAY Show this year. I want to be spreading my message on television! Thanks for dreaming BIG with me.

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Love doing this message-spreading stuff! Totally FUN and ENERGIZING.

Ritual at Camp GLPBoring yet important details I dealt with was trademarking 2 of my program names (1 was approved; 1 was denied) and investing in liability and workers comp insurance. Snore-worthy initiatives to be honest, but I put on my big-girl panties and made the investments for the sake of my beautiful business.

The bigger you grow, the more you’ll have to make these investments too. And that’s worth celebrating, don’t you think?!

LESSONS LEARNED

1. Never say never.

2 examples here. I said I’d never drive a minivan. With 3 kids, I am a MINIVAN DRIVING MAMA and SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS. What the heck was I trying to avoid? Convenience, ease? I love my Honda Odyssey and hereby say THANK YOU to all who told me I would love driving a minivan. You were RIGHT. (And I still love driving my Audi Q5 when I’m solo or with just 1 or 2 kids.)

carI also thought I always had “early” babies. Sean was 2.5 weeks early. Luke was 1 week early. Kate was 3 days late. Boom.

2. There are angels among us.

I feel very blessed to have known an amazing woman named Trinity Raifstanger for the short time I did. She passed away from melanoma in November 2014, leaving behind a husband and 3 young children. I keep the program from her funeral service in my office.

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It’s a constant reminder at how lucky I am to be alive. I’ve known this for a long time (especially after my sister Julie passed away when I was 16; and my BFF Sonda died when I was 19), but it’s so easy to forget.

The fact that we’re still alive means this: WE HAVE IMPORTANT WORK TO DO HERE. You have an assignment to fulfill and YOU MATTER.

3. Money can’t be the biggest motivator in business.

Money is awesome. Money is important. But money can’t be the reason I get out of bed. It can’t rule me or else I start feeling really shitty and out of alignment. Your mission must be your motivator. The money flows once you match your offerings with a market who values what you’re selling. Be an expert problem solver. Do it with love. The money comes.

When it comes to money, PRICE TO PROFIT. Don’t run your biz into the ground by being obsessed about revenues, but not looking at expenses. YOU MUST PROFIT to stay in business for the long haul.

4. FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS.

Beware of Bright Shiny Object Syndrome. Focus in on doing a few things REALLY, REALLY well. Put all of your energy there. Say no to the rest. Release all that stands in your way of focusing on what matters most as you share your message with your tribe.

5. More systems are needed!

The more my business has grown, the more systems need to be created or refined. The same is true for you! Anytime you find yourself doing something over and over again, you need a system! As CEO of your enterprise, you have GOT to be efficient with your time and energy. This is HARD. Sometimes you just want to fuck around on Facebook or do some trivial task because it’s EASY and that feels like candy to our BRAINS sometimes.

Gotta be a #GIRLBOSS though and develop systems so that you can free your mind of minutae that can be delegated, automated, systematized or deleted.

I have been focusing on this BIG-TIME in 2015. Join me?

We created our team WIKI that contains our Standard Operating Procedures for the business. It is AMAZING!!!

6. Stop comparing yourself to others. Blaze your own trail. Create your crew of inspiration.

When you compare, you despair. Sure, watching what others are doing can be inspiring … it can also be annoying and not helpful. Don’t spend all of your energy watching the highlight reels of your network on social media. Your best creative energy needs to be invested in YOUR creations. Don’t worry about what other peeps are doing. Don’t worry about mean-spirited critics. Run your own race. Share your work with the world. Unsubscribe and unfollow anyone who makes you feel like shit, derails you from your path, or just isn’t being helpful right now. It’s okay. You’re allowed.

To that end, you DO want soul sisters in your life who can hold you up on the journey … and vice versa. I’m MEGA-GRATEFUL for my mastermind sisters who consistently show me what is possible and encourage me to STRETCH beyond the beyond. These women are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G rays of light and awesomeness and intelligence and love.

Speaking of LOVE, I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my girlfriends who love me for me who I don’t talk business with at all.

I adore my clients and customers and tribe (you!).

And my heart shines with fullness that I get to be a WIFE and a MOTHER to my husband and children. They make the journey WORTH IT.

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The point: don’t go it alone!

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Okay … there it is, gutsy lady! The FINALE of our 5-part series “The Making of a Coach.” Whoa!

What will the rest of 2015 bring? Only time will tell. What I know is this: I will continue to rise and bring those women with me who are truly READY to cash in on their calling. Is that you?

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If you feel you’re being called to the COACHING industry as your career or a supplement to what you’re doing now, but aren’t sure how to actually BE a COACH …

(You’ve got questions like:

How do you hold the space during your client sessions?

How do you onboard clients?

What do you charge?

How do you work with clients?

What technology do you need?

What policies and procedures will keep you in business?

How do you actually get clients?)

then you’ll want to check out Get Gutsy Coach Training School.

  • Step into your highest calling as you share your coaching gifts with clients you adore
  • Work with clients while you’re still in training
  • Learn how to earn a great living from an award-winning entrepreneur
  • 100% online learning immersion. Train to become a coach from anywhere in the world

Click here for details + to apply.

Application deadline = Monday, April 6. Join us!

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** This is a continuation of a multi-part series on how I’ve built my coaching business. If you missed part 4, check it out here. If you missed part 3, check it out here. If you missed part 2, check it out here. If you missed part 1, check it out here. **

Focus of the Month: Crown Chakra

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Welcome to April, beautiful soul!

April is one of my FAVE months in the whole entire year. Such possibility in this month. Can you feel it?

Plus, 2 of my children were born in April! And so were my sister, brother and grandmother. Va va voom!

This month, we are continuing a new series that I’m OVER THE MOON about it.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each month for the rest of 2015, we’ll be focusing on a THEME to explore together.
  • In the blog post that goes with the theme, I’ll share a few ideas about bringing this THEME to life in your world.
  • I want to hear from YOU in the Facebook comments section below about how you’re bringing this theme to life. Everyone who comments will go into the running to win a FREE copy of my bestselling book Get Gutsy. I want to hear from you!
  • Please SHARE this post with your networks so these ideas can CIRCULATE!

Excited?

Me too!

Drumroll please …

The theme for APRIL is: CROWN CHAKRA.

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How often do you trust and act on the ideas you receive? I’ve got news for you: the ideas and guidance you receive “out of the blue” are the answers you’ve been seeking for your current situation.

The truth and best course of action to take is inside you, lying JUST beneath the surface. When you honor these Divine Downloads, the Universe hooks you up with sacred support so you can continue taking gutsy, healthy action aligned with your highest good.

The crown energy center is the 7th chakra, which governs your ability to tap into the Universe’s collective energy. WARNING: Your crown chakra can become BLOCKED (ouch!) if you dismiss the wisdom of your Inner Voice as wishful thinking or “never going to work out” ideas.

Know this: the ideas and companies that you see as HUGE today (think: Apple, Mercedes, Coach, lululemon, Oprah!) began as daydreams that turned into massive contributions to the world.

Ideas for bringing our APRIL FOCUS to life:

You’re Turning Violet, Violet!

Bring more VIOLET into your life. Violet is the color of the crown chakra. Color contains ENERGY!

Experience SILENCE.

Silence is one of the direct paths to experience this level. When you get silent, you can truly listen. Do NOT be afraid of silence.

Have a meal in silence whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t get on your phone and check email. Don’t even read. Sit there and appreciate the food and be quiet. Have a journal with you to write down what comes to you when you are swimming around in the silence.

Showers are rad.

I’ll be honest with you: I get some of my ABSOLUTE best ideas in the SHOWER! What’s happening in the shower? I have cleansing, powerful water flowing onto my CROWN CHAKRA, baby! The ideas fly like wildfire in my shower. I have a glass door that steams up when I’m showering and I’ll write my ideas on there. It’s AWESOME. Then I run out of the shower and transfer the ideas to a notebook I keep on my bedside table.

Where do you get your best ideas? Probably not sitting behind your computer. See if the shower is awesome for you. Maybe it’s soaking in the bathtub? Or swimming? Or taking a hike. Whatever it is, go to your happy place and open up to the Divine Downloads!

Follow it.

It takes a lot of courage to follow an idea. What ideas do you have brewing now? Do you see all that I’ve created in my business? All of my projects and success simply started as an idea I followed. What ideas will you follow this month?

Okay, your turn!

I want to hear from YOU in the Facebook comments section below about how you’re bringing this theme to life. Everyone who comments below by April 30, 2015 will be entered into win an autographed copy of my book “Get Gutsy: A Sacred, Fearless Guide for Finding Your Soul’s Calling and Living Your Dream.”

Please SHARE this post with your networks so these ideas can CIRCULATE!

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Here’s to an AMAZING APRIL.

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