076: Six Questions to Ask Yourself at the Beginning of a New Year

076: Six Questions to Ask Yourself at the Beginning of a New Year

I love setting goals for myself when a New Year rolls around. I’ve been doing them in the same journal for about the past 6 years and it’s so fun to look back and see that because even when I don’t accomplish the goal in the year I wrote it, I usually do sometime in the next few years. This is great, especially for people like me who never think I’m doing enough…turns out, I’m doing exactly what I want if I would just be a little more patient!

If you’re a goal setter, awesome! These questions will be a great supplement to that. If you prefer not to set goals (even though I’d really encourage you to write a couple each year) these questions will be a great head start or just interesting for you, regardless.

The new year has recently become more and more cliche, with people making fun of those lofty goals people set to only eat kale and get a 6 pack in 10 days. You know. However, goals can actually happen if you set a plan. So I want to help you along and insert a little dose of patience. If you have a 2 pack by next December, that’s pretty darn good!

I’m gonna give you a list to mull over as I talk. Feel free to jot down answers or just press pause and think about them. Pick out one of two that you will definitely work on this month, or longer, and go from there! Happy 2018!

  1. When was I the happiest last year? Get specific. Who were you around, what were you doing, why did you feel that way? Now, can you recreate that feeling or work towards creating more of that happiness this year?
  2. When were you at your lowest during the year? What caused this feeling? Are you past it or is it reoccurring? Now, how can you prevent this feeling from coming back (or at least minimize it?) If it is a big problem that seems daunting, cut it up into smaller steps. A bad relationship…say no to going out. A money issue…find the source of the biggest problem, which is usually either spending too much or not enough coming in. Make a change.
  3. Why do you do what you do? According to Simon Sinek’s book, this is perhaps the most important questions to ask yourself. Here is the link to watch the TED talk about this. If you don’t have a great reason why you are doing something, your motivation will just plain not be there and no further goals will likely happen. Figure out the core of why you want something and then work from there.
  4. What part of your work do you love? Pinpoint your favorite part of your work and figure out how you can slowly but surely do more and more of that. I believe that if you are bold enough to do so, you can always get more of what you want. If you can’t think of one single thing, did you know that this month there are 5.6 million jobs available in the USA?! No excuses for not getting something closer to what you love.
  5. Who is pushing you to be a better version of yourself? Without people around us who encourage and challenge us to do and be more, we either get caught in contentment or develop bad habits. If you don’t have positive people around you, join some encouraging groups online. No excuses.
  6. What are you the most grateful for during this year? There’s ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Once you decide on it, how can you keep that a priority this year?

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075: 2017 Wrap-Up: What I’ll do More and Less of Next Year

075: 2017 Wrap-Up: What I’ll do More and Less of Next Year

On Instagram recently I encouraged everyone to take a few minutes to jot down notes about their year. I think it’s extremely important to look over your past year in order to recognize everything you accomplished, and what you can do better.

Some of my favorite accomplishments were:

  • Finished visiting all 50 states
  • Took 87 flights
  • Put myself through an online business course for 6 months
  • Celebrated my 30th birthday in London
  • Sold a lot more art and put on classes
  • Went to Morocco twice by myself
  • Painted a mural for Pat Flynn
  • Went skiing in Japan, Canada, and all over the States
  • Dated my boyfriend for year 5 of long distance
  • Finished my first year of podcasting weekly

Obviously, this was a pretty extreme year.

I tried to do it all and make “living the dream” a reality for me. While from the outside it looked pretty spectacular, I really struggled with feeling like I wasn’t getting to where I wanted to be, professionally. This was in part due to two major things: 1. I traveled more than I should’ve while trying to start a personal business and 2. I didn’t recognize and be happy with all the small things that I actually did accomplish.

Maybe what I did sounds like a lot, but unfortunately, my goals at the beginning of the year were more business related, and since my accomplishments are more lifestyle-related, it left me feeling pretty crappy about where I wanted to be at this moment.

Though I’ve been pretty hard on myself for not accomplishing more business-wise, I have to recognize the good and what I learned with everything I did, because truth-be-told, it was all pretty darn awesome and fun.

Being quite a dreamer and person that looks at possibilities instead of practicality, this past year has kind of slapped me around a bit and made me think about possibly having a happy medium work-wise. This brings me to my list of what I’ll do more and less of in 2018.

  1. I had to ask myself if stressing with the beginnings of solo entrepreneurship is actually better than side-hustling entrepreneurship. Kind of surprising myself, I had to eat a little slice of humble pie, and look at working a job in addition to just being an entrepreneur, and not feel bad about things not happening fast enough. So next year, I may have a job alongside my art business and podcasting. For me, this means I can actually be more creative while not freaking out about paychecks. So LESS stress is on the agenda; a roundabout win in my book.
  2. As the year went on, I definitely developed MORE patience. And I plan to continue this until I get to the point where I’m not beating myself up if I’m not making everything perfect in 2 seconds. Patience is freaking hard in the social media world, when every time you jump on, someone you follow is doing exactly what you want to be, so on that note, let’s go to…
  3. LESS social media. This is hard because my business is online for the most part. But I’m determined to check out this Freedom app I keep hearing about, and do less watching of people I admire, and just put in my own work!
  4. MORE money managing. I’ve always been interested in investments and such, but never in the whole money/watch your bank account game. In 2018 I’m changing this, mainly because of a couple books I’ve read recently, Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover (which I talked about in my previous podcast) and The Automatic Millionaire. I recommend both, and they got me really excited to manage my money more efficiently.
  5. Talk MORE about everything with my boyfriend. Since my bf and I have been together for 5 years and long-distance, this is a pretty big deal for us. We spent most of the last 5 years on more surface level stuff, and yes, planning vacations. So we had some pretty serious sit-downs and decided this year is the year of goals and focus.
  6. LESS people pleasing. As I was recently thinking over things I wasn’t pleased with in my life, I realized a good deal of it is stress related to trying to please everyone around me and often putting what they want first. This coming year, I’m going to evaluate my answers to everything to see if they are coming from a place of excitement or guilt.
  7. MORE art murals
  8. MORE languages learned
  9. MORE tithing
  10. MORE podcast guests.

All in all, this year sounds a lot more boring than last, and maybe that comes with age, but I also think it’s just timing. What I did last year and the previous years have all been exactly what I wanted to do in life and I’m proud that I followed that path. And this year is no different in that regard, it’s simply more serious and honed in on the future.

I would encourage you to take a look at your past year so that you can see what you’d like to continue doing and what you’d be better off letting go of. On the next and final episode of the year, I’ll go through a list of questions to ask yourself at the start of the new year to get a fresh plan going!

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074: The Total Money Makeover that I Avoided

074: The Total Money Makeover that I Avoided

This is kind of a weird podcast for me because if you’ve listened to any, you know that I’m all about positive thinking, an optimistic mindset, and just going for things. I can’t even tell you how hard it is for me to sit down and look at spreadsheets and budgets, even calendars, because, I just don’t operate that way.

So there’s this guy…maybe you’ve heard of him. Dave Ramsey. If you haven’t, you might be hiding under a money rock, seeing that he’s written tons of stuff on finances, but it’s okay and you’ll know him after this podcast!

Do you guys actively manage and budget your money? I’m the type that wants everything to work out and just assumes it is. I titled this “The Money Makeover that I Avoided” because that’s exactly what I did. For years, I thought reading that book was for people who didn’t know how to manage money, and I was too smart for that book.I was too smart for Dave in general, he seemed so old-school.

Until recently, my boyfriend who works in finance told me I really have to start budgeting and watching my cash flow. Those words were worse than eating a gluten-free pizza. I had once recently because I was on a cleanse and it was truly terrible.

I discovered Hoopla, an app to check out library books about this same time, and lo and behold, Dave’s book topped the list. In the midst of all my denial and opposition, I decided I would finally let my guard down with Dave and give him a chance. Tens of thousands of people who attribute their success to him might have something, right?

Spoiler alert: WOW! The short book was nothing short of amazing and profound and most likely, life-changing. In short, he’s all about getting out of debt and staying there – aka not borrowing any more money – forever. A very odd suggestion in this day and age, right?

But as I listened to the book (it was under 4 hours), everything he said made perfect sense. The way we are trained to think debt is necessary, the way most of what we have is us trying to look good before we actually have the money, and the reality that actually having money and no debt is an incredible feeling. Duh! Right?!

In the book, he goes through a series of steps that work for absolutely everyone. I want to take you through them quickly so you can see if you are on track or maybe should listen to the book.Even if you think you are a master (or better than most) at money, that’s not saying a lot since most everything is pretty terrible. Do you know anything without debt – I’m talking mortgage too? Isn’t that crazy to think about? So, I hope you’ll actually take these steps to heart and think about them, talk about them, and hopefully implement them! As a note, some things don’t pertain to my beliefs. For example, I probably wouldn’t start a college fund for my kids because I don’t believe college will be as important in 20 years, and if it is, they can learn to pay for it themselves, as I did for the most part. Also, I have particular investments I like to invest in from what I’ve studied.

Before we start, I also want to mention mindset. Obviously, I think mindset is huge on the route to wealth, but what I learned when I gave into practical steps as well, is that having a plan and working towards a goal helps maintain the mindset. Personally, I was having a really hard time being positive when everything was out of line, but continuing to tell myself that I had to be positive or else. It was incredibly frustrating. Literally, the moment I read this book, and began and implemented his plan, I was able to easy maintain my positive and optimistic outlook on future finances. Hopefully that helps explain my method a bit more!

  • Baby Step 1: $1,000 cash in a beginner emergency fund
  • Baby Step 2: Use the debt snowball to pay off all your debt but the house
  • Baby Step 3: A fully funded emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of expenses (Depending on your work)
  • Baby Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into retirement (I use Betterment)
  • Baby Step 5: Start saving for college (I won’t do this one)
  • Baby Step 6: Pay off your home early
  • Baby Step 7: Build wealth and give generously

Let me know if you have or will be following this plan!

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073: Learning to Walk After 9 years Paralyzed | GREG DURSO

073: Learning to Walk After 9 years Paralyzed | GREG DURSO

Greg is back on the podcast again today, to talk about his experiences this year with the Indigo ExoSkeleton, a device that allows him, as a paraplegic, to walk on his own. It’s really cool science and I got him on here to explain it to us and talk about his experience with it.

In this episode he touches on:

  • What it’s like to have something taken away and then given back 10 years later.
  • How do you even go about re-learning something like walking
  • Tricks to getting out of bed if you’re feeling depressed or down
  • How goals play a role in maintaining a positive attitude
  • Going about each day energetically
  • and lot’s more

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072: Underneath our LAYERS

072: Underneath our LAYERS

In Morocco, I found myself wondering what was underneath the headscarves some women wear; who was that person really. In general, I find myself wondering that about people as I watch how they interact and go about their day.

Look around you. What layers do you see?

For me, I see a painting sitting on my floor. It may just look like a ski painting, but when I think about the layers that it took to create it, I’m reminded that I painted it because I lived in Aspen, I learned to ski there, I was inspired by old ski posters and created it, it inspired a whole collection of paintings that I created a future art show around. This painting looks quite simple from the outside, but the layers of it tell a story and help me remember how I got to where I am.

So what layers do you see? Maybe nothing stands out immediately but choose something; there’s always more to see. And like mine, often not just one layer appears, but multiple. From doorways to people, to books, layers unfold stories that lie unseen if you only give, hurried quick glances.

Now it’s nice to look at the layers of things, but the layers of people are what I want to look at. They are often the part that can connect you the most. And we know that connection is one of the most important tools in life and business. To bring out what is inside people or yourself is where the real magic lies. That’s why social media has become a tough place to find real friends. You see the exterior good things but rarely are shown the layers that accompany a person.

How do we discover what’s inside others and connect? I’m fairly certain it all starts with ourselves. Do you ever pause to remember who you really are, what your real purpose is? Do you first know the layers of your own self? I think sometimes we get in groves where we walk through life  not even knowing who we are following or why we do certain things.

Take some quiet time to explore your own layers. Who are you today and why? Then, ask if you are living for the BIG picture stuff (love, relationships, moments of happiness). Or are you allowing the smaller things to act macho (moods, negative thoughts, irritations, to-do lists)? What are the layers of you exposing?

Once you realize why you’re doing things and if you are staying true to your big picture goals, you’ll find it easier and more comfortable to expose your own layers to others. In turn, you’ll discover people with similar layers will be drawn to you, and natural connections occur. In other words, vulnerability occurs, which is a whole subject in itself.

So today, don’t be afraid to explore more of yourself and share a bit more with others.

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071: Turn stress around in 4 EASY steps

071: Turn stress around in 4 EASY steps

A few weeks ago I spent a couple weeks in Morocco. One night at the beginning of my trip, I woke up frantic and unsettles, knowing I was jet-lagged but stressed that everything was possibly not going perfectly. I almost walked outside my room at midnight to try and get some wifi and external comfort but knew if I was going to grow and make this a good trip I needed to train myself to beat the stress from within.

I had been reading some books about getting stronger mentally and knew this was an opportunity just waiting for me. If you’ve got any serious things stressing you out right now, I want to give you an extremely easy process that you can do this instant to take away and relieve the stress. Most importantly you have to realize that this is possible, and you stressing isn’t helping yourself or anyone else (everyone will probably thank you!)

Here’s the process:

  1. Think of 5 people who have it worse off than you, though 2 is usually sufficient.
  2. Naturally, #1 helps you remember what you do have going for you in that moment (since you aren’t in those peoples’ positions), so now expand on that to think of all the current things you’re grateful for.
  3. With a more grounded, logical mind, think back to the original problem. Why is it happening? Is it a fear you have, a bad thought you’re creating, a reoccurring feeling, etc.?
  4. The next step. What’s something you can do tomorrow (or right now) to conquer or get rid of this fear/problem? Usually, we’ve made our problem really huge, when actually 1 small thing can turn it in a positive direction.

When this works for you, please let me know! I TOTALLY know and feel you about getting stressed and thinking whatever is happening is the worst. thing. ever. But believe me, if I can turn a problem around instantly alone in Morocco, you can do it yourself too!

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070: Notes from ConvertKit Conference’s speakers – PT. II

Over the summer I went to an absolutely incredible conference put on by the email service ConvertKit. It was my first time in Boise, a place I’d wanted to visit and a very convenient spot as it’s just the state next door. I wanted to share some notes with you all, to provide a bit of inspiration and motivation in short doses of notes that I took.

PART II

  1. Add my personality to everything. Don’t be a copy.
  2. Love what you’re doing, but put an invoice behind it.
  3. Automate systems, not relationships.
  4. If you aren’t the best yet, have the best work ethic. Take initiative, do what I say I will, and do the things most people only talk about.
  5. Engagement is KING. Make Time + Make Friends = Make $$
  6. If people ask you questions, think about how you can monetize answers.
  7. Research brands and tell them a way you can work together (so they don’t have to figure it out themselves)
  8. The secret is telling people what you know.
  9. People engage in the STORY. Tell a story, always.
  10. Target the smallest possible audience. Niche down!
  11. Remember: If someone else decides your info is worth talking about, then it’s REMARKABLE.
  12. Artists view the world through abundance & see opportunity.
  13. We do not need more copiers.
  14. It’s not too late.

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069: Notes from SETH GODIN & more speakers at ConvertKit’s Conference – PT. I

069: Notes from SETH GODIN & more speakers at ConvertKit’s Conference – PT. I

Over the summer I went to an absolutely incredible conference put on by the email service ConvertKit. It was my first time in Boise, a place I’d wanted to visit and a very convenient spot as it’s just the state next door. I wanted to share some notes with you all, to provide a bit of inspiration and motivation in short doses of notes that I took.

  1. When I do something awesome, don’t automatically look at who’s doing it better. Keep the joy!
  2. -Ask yourself: Can I feel the joy now? (Because you won’t later if you don’t enjoy the moment now)
  3. Look for opportunity in spaces outside of what you do. So much opportunity is available if you leave your bubble.
  4. Ask yourself: How can I be the first to enter this space?
  5. Worries take up space in your head that you need for creating. Also, they take up space that you could be looking for opportunities, money, etc.
  6. Make good habits easy (less steps). Add more steps to get to bad habits.
  7. At first: just put in the work
  8. Make things INTERESTING. Are you doing things, just to do them?
  9. Ask Questions. In the words of Tim Ferriss “become a good question-asker”
  10. Am I fulfilling a very specific need? How could I?
  11. STOP comparing and judging myself
  12. Unsubscribe to all distraction! Eliminate possible interruptions.
  13. Doing the same thing (aka not growing) means getting the same results and the same income. Be courageous enough to make changes.
  14. Find partnerships.
  15. Add my personality to everything. Don’t be a copy.
  16. Love what you’re doing, but put an invoice behind it.
  17. Automate systems, not relationships.
  18. If you aren’t the best yet, have the best work ethic. Take initiative, do what I say I will, and do the things most people only talk about.
  19. Engagement is KING. Make Time + Make Friends = Make $$
  20. If people ask you questions, think about how you can monetize answers.
  21. Research brands and tell them a way you can work together (so they don’t have to figure it out themselves)
  22. The secret is telling people what you know.
  23. People engage in the STORY. Tell a story, always.
  24. Target the smallest possible audience. Niche down!
  25. Remember: If someone else decides your info is worth talking about, then it’s REMARKABLE.
  26. Artists view the world through abundance & see opportunity.
  27. We do not need more copiers.
  28. It’s not too late.

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068: Bringing EXCELLENCE to work & life

068: Bringing EXCELLENCE to work & life

“Excellence creates comfort. We never, ever compromise on quality. The message deserves nothing less.”  -Crash Course, Fresh Life Church

I’ve been a Christian my entire life. Growing up in a conservative, and slightly boring, Lutheran church, and then branching out to contemporary megachurches once I got in college. From college on, I moved around a lot at that point and found it fun to attend many different churches, which also made me notice differences and similarities that made churches thrive.

I’m a bit hesitant to say this because the point of church is really to develop a relationship with God and be in community with others. But, like everything these days, some people/brands/businesses/churches stand out, while others don’t. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s just like in business, you can’t continue doing the same thing year after year and expect people to be interested or excited. Sure you can offer the same exact thing (in this case, faith itself,) but to reach more people (which is the point), you have to continually work and be better.

Which is what brings me back to my original quote I mentioned.

Two years about I was up in Bozeman visiting a friend and staying in a cabin in the mountains. Since I was there over the weekend, and since Bozeman is bigger than Jackson, I thought there might be a chance that there would be a contemporary church in town. I prefer contemporary services because the worship is more engaging, the preaching is very relatable to today, and to be honest, they are often more welcoming and less awkward.

I came across a cool website, a church called Fresh Life, and decided I’d go, and talk my friend I’d driven up with into going. The funniest part was when we walked in and the band was playing and he turns to me, looking confused, and says “I think we’re in the wrong place.” That really made me laugh because if you’re only familiar with old-school churches this will seem a bit strange.

So I loved it, I came back to Jackson and wrote them an email that they should start a site in Jackson, and began watching online occasionally.

Fast-forward 2 years, and next month, they are launching their Jackson location. I really couldn’t be more excited!

Which brings me to the topic of excellence. How? Because a few of us who are helping launch the church are going through Crash Course, their intro course to the church and this piece happened to be what stood out to me the most. I actually am really enjoying the course, as it is enlightening for me to look at it in a business sense and hear how they have been successful while sticking to their morals first and foremost…something quite a few businesses fail at.

So what does excellence have to do with anything? When they said we do nothing half-way, it made me think of myself. I’ve always prided myself on a relaxed approach to business, making things happen but not taking anything too seriously. I try hard, but if it doesn’t work out, oh well. I work with a lot of people on projects, but if I’m being honest, I put my time before theirs.

So when this excellence point came up, and they talked about how they would never do anything halfway, never compromise on quality, because what they are creating deserves that, it hit home with me. It also made me think of Jo on Fixer Upper. When shes renovating a house and maybe the color she just had them paint it is one tiny shade off, but she has them repaint it. In my head, I’m always thinking, “Gosh that seems like unnecessary work” and I don’t think I’d redo it, but after this talk, it’s all making more sense. She’s not willing to give just enough to get by, and that is probably a key part of why she is where she is today.

Excellence allows people to understand quickly and easily, while also creating a comfortable environment. Whether that’s talking over a project that looks extremely professional and can be talked about with ease or entering a home that makes you feel amazing. We can agree that something nicely done is much more exciting and less awkward for both you and the viewer or client, or new person coming to church.

Stopping at 50 or 75% tends to not only leave others unsatisfied while also making us feel like we could’ve and should’ve done more. So set out with an excellence mindset. This is a challenge to do things 100% to the best of your ability today.

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067: Answering Tim Ferriss’s Tribe of Mentors Questions

067: Answering Tim Ferriss’s Tribe of Mentors Questions

For this episode, I decided I would go through the questions Tim Ferriss has been asking on his new Podcast. I think questions are an art form and having the right questions can be really exciting for listeners. Since he has developed this skill very well, I’m going to share them.

I think sometimes we go through life not even knowing exactly what we stand for, and I know I found a few of these hard to answer, specifically #3. It’s always good to take some time to know where you stand so you know how good you’re doing and/or if you want to change something.

I had my boyfriend go through them all with me a couple weeks ago and it was enlightening to hear, so I thought this would be great 1. if you don’t listen to Tim and haven’t heard these yet and 2. get a little insight on me in hopes that something I might say is interesting to you.

Here are the questions, and my answers will be on the recorded version

  1. What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
  2. What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.
  3. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
  4. If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
  5. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)
  6. What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
  7. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
  8. What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?
  9. What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
  10. In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?
  11. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?)

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