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So if you’ve been online at all you’ve probably noticed that there are a million options for just about anything you would ever search. Let’s play a game! I’m going to search for random terms and tell you how many results I find.

  • Pig Latin Teachers 861,000 results in 0.82 seconds
  • How to make your own sparkling water 8,470,000 results in 1.15 seconds
  • Millennial Time Management Coaches  1,530,000 results in 10.20 seconds (my field)
  • How to start a blog 433,000,000 results in .9 seconds

See what I mean? Even things that seem kind of random (Pig Latin Teachers) or something I thought was super niched down (Millennial Time Management Coaches) have a lot of options. That being said I want to make two points for you today.

Don’t Let All The “Competition” Keep You From Chasing Your Dreams

Have you ever heard someone say, “I want to be a therapist, but there are so many why would anyone go to me?

Probably not. I did a little research, and in my state (Texas) the most common category in 2014 was truck, delivery and tractor drivers. In fact, that was the top job field in 29 of the 50 States in the U.S., In second place was primary school teachers with six states and in third place secretaries winning five states. What’s the point of the statistics? A lot of the most “traditional” jobs are pretty saturated, and you have to fight for those jobs. If you’re going to be fighting for a career why not fight for the one you’re passionate about?

You could say, “Oh not a lot of people become authors. I probably won’t make it, so why even try.” Well if you don’t try you sure won’t make it. Or you could keep writing that book that only you can write.

Not everyone is going to love your book, but the people who do will be raving fans. The point is you’re not for everyone, but if you keep working and putting yourself out there, you will eventually find the people who will love and adore you.

So don’t avoid chasing your dreams because it’s a saturated market. The truth is for some people finding jobs that require no education or specialty training are sometimes just as hard to find.

This makes me think of the Tony Gaskins’ quote, ”If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

3 Things to remember when you feel like there is no point:

  1. You are a unique colorful unicorn! Yes, you are. Even if you have an identical twin, you are your own person, and no one else will ever be you or have your specific experiences, knowledge, and abilities.
  2. Someone wishes they knew what you knew. You may not be the most experienced or even the best, but some people would love to be where you are.
  3. Would you rather deal with the fear of not succeeding now or the regret of never trying later?

Don’t Overwhelm Yourself By Trying to Take Everyone’s Advice.

Regardless of what you want to do in life, I’m talking large scale, or small scale here will be a lot of places to find direction. Like if you want to make chicken salad from scratch or you want to improve your relationship, tons of options.

The trick to this is to find the direction that works for you. There are tons of expert people out there who could teach me a lot but would bore me to sleep. Some people are masters of their craft, but I find annoying. Then some people talk in a way I relate to who have the same knowledge as the other experts, but something about them speaks to me.

I am a huge believer in continually learning and expanding, but I also know when building an online business or blog it can be incredibly overwhelming with all the advice out there.

My best advice before putting any money on the table really explore their brand and see if you find a good fit before you splurge on a course.

If you’re considering hiring a coach or a course, chances are the person offers discovery calls or has free videos or audio available in some capacity for you to get a feel for them.

Don’t try to consume the content from everyone, it will just put you in biz paralysis.

3 Things to Remember When Looking For Online Guidance

  • Trust your gut. AKA remember you need to listen to yourself! If you’re on the fence about something, ask yourself, if it’s fear or if it just doesn’t feel right. If it just doesn’t feel right for you move on.
  • Find people who have been where you are. Would you want to take a course on knitting a hat from someone who has never knitted a hat? No! Feel free to ask them what their qualifications are if they aren’t presented. Keep in mind that for some people it might be difficult to show their shortcomings or past so they may not share till you ask.
  • Don’t listen to everybody but don’t listen to just one person. I’ve been listening to the audible book I don’t Know What You Know Me From, by Judy Greer and in one of the chapters today she was talking about how you need different friends for different things. (It was during a hilarious tangent about how in Rom-Coms the leading character only has one best friend, and that isn’t anything like real life. I totally agree to quote, Mindy Lahiri, “Best Friend isn’t a person Danny it’s a tier.”) So while you might have one main best friend, if you’re like me, you have that best friend for when you need to cry, that best friend when you need to laugh, that best friend when you need to talk over an extra dirty martini at happy hour and that best friend who will go shot for shot with you till the bars close then head to get tacos with you at 3 a.m. Wow did someone say the word tangent? But back to my point, you need to find mentors for All The Things (even if it’s not someone who has no idea you exist, and you just soak up all their content like a sponge, cough cough, Marie Forleo, holla at ya girl!) You might feel like person X gives great advice about mindset, while person Y seems to be the queen of social media and person Z is trained by monks in the art of sales pages. Whatever it is, find your people and take the rest with a grain of salt.

One of my favorite online mentors is the Mariah Coz of Femtreprenuer because she is pretty much as real as online entrepreneurs get. One thing that really struck a chord with me about her business is just how open she is about the process, what makes her different and her mission. That’s why last Fall I took the leap and registered for her signature course Launch Your Signature Course, which takes you through the entire process of planning, creating a course, launching and post launch.  I have learned so much in the course and continue to revisit it for new lessons or reviews.

Right now Mariah is hosting a free video workshop to you all about launching your own course! This workshop is free and super detailed. It’s also a great opportunity for you to decide if you love her teaching system and community as much as I do and if you’d like to join me as a launch your signature course student.  You can access to the free video series here, with no obligation! Woot woot!

So tell me, have you ever felt some hesitation because your market is saturated? Have you ever dealt with information overload when trying to learn online? Tell me in the comments!

Source: To see the job statistics information check it out here.

4 Lessons I’ve Learned in 2 Years of Blogging

I was looking for an email from late 2015 when I found this:

 

Email to myself

03/02/15: 

This is the first time you are sending an email using your All The Things

I do account, today marks the day your whole life changed.

WOW! That was both ambitious and so long ago. I’d like to think my punctuation has gotten better but it blows my mind that I’ve been on this journey for two years.

A lot has changes in the past two years since a creatively unfulfilled 25-year-old me hit “Publish” on that first post. The direction of the blog has become more focused and has become a huge part of my day to day life.

I remember about six months ago I was thinking about how two years was coming up and I wanted to do something big. While I didn’t schedule a live event as I had hoped, I did want to take some time to mark the occasion on the blog. Last year I didn’t too much write an anniversary post. Instead, I wrote a letter to my pre-blog self.

This year I want to talk about a few things I’ve learned in the last two years as a blogger.

Keep Going

There are so many up and downs in the blogging world. Months where pageviews are painfully slow, days where readers aren’t very friendly or you just totally lack motivation. Then there will be months when your email list is growing, people are sending the sweetest messages, and you find yourself with some extra disposable income. With anything in life, there are good times and bad. The bad times make the good times better. Also done is better than perfect. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the myth of perfection, just do your best. Improvement comes over time. Kawhi Leonard didn’t get his Championship ring by telling coaches he didn’t want to play in a game until he was sure he’d make every shot. He practiced, played and improved his skills. (Go Spurs Go!)

Give Yourself a Break

We are all so quick to make excuses for the people we love and people in general. “He doesn’t know any better.” “She’s still learning.” “She meant well.” When it comes to ourselves, we tend to be more unforgiving. Give yourself a break, if you mess up figure out where and how to fix it. In blogging, business and in life, learn to forgive yourself so you can love yourself.

Stay With The Purpose

There are tons of ways you can get mixed up and lose your way. You get distracted by the bloggers talking about their 6 figure launches and running their business on autopilot or with the help of a team. Then sit in your one-bedroom apartment and feel like you are working your butt off but getting nowhere with your $200 AdSense check. Keep in mind most of the crazy successful bloggers have started with a purpose or mission, not to make money. If you want to keep your passion, focus on the purpose.  Keep your integrity and stay true to yourself, it might take longer, but you’ll sleep better.

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Shake Them Haters Off

I am just going to share a few things that keep me going when the trolls go to work. Including (some loosely quoted): 

“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation; it’s a lot more difficult to perform one.

-Chuck Palahniuk

“The bigger game you play, the more criticism you’ll receive.

-Marie Forleo

“The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, will point blank not like you. But it is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. They are your people. You’re are not for everyone and that’s OK. Talk to people who can hear you.”

-Rebecca Campbell

I can’t say that a day will come where a hurtful comment or mean words won’t sting me at all, but I have worked hard not to dwell on them. People are always going to have something negative to say but don’t let that derail you. The only time you should let criticism alter your progress is if it’s constructive. I believe it was a MarieTV episode that said when you receive criticism ask yourself, “Is it constructive,” and if it’s not then let it go (Especially when you didn’t ask for that person’s opinion).

Not everyone is going to like you no matter what you do. You could give a hundred dollar bill to the next ten people you see and one would be upset you didn’t give them five twenties, two would think you’re showing off and four would believe you want something from them in return. The hundred dollar bills of your knowledge are for the three people who are grateful and understand the reason behind your work.

All in all if given a chance I wouldn’t go back and not start my blog. It has been an amazing two years and here is to many more. So if you’ve been reading for a while or this is your first time on my site, thank you for being a part of the journey!

 

7 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Side Hustle

When I started my blog, I had no idea it would evolve into the business and passion it has become. I also never imagine the time it would take or how draining something that was built from passion would be. I mean they say, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life…” I’m going to go ahead and say, FALSE. More like, “Do what you love, and you will probably work even harder to get it done.” When you’re working a 9-5, working all night on your side hustle and trying to maintain the other aspects of your life, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself.

I know that we all have to find our way and that we all have different needs but I want to share some tips for taking care of yourself when you are trying to build a business.

Be Super Focused

This can be difficult when you have an entrepreneurial brain. The more entrepreneurs I get to know the more I see cases of entrepreneur’s brain. It’s easy there are so many things to do and try, so many platforms to use, services to offer, people to connect with, the list goes on and on. One of the best things you can do for your business, personal wellbeing, relationships and life is to try your best to be super focused on what you’re doing when you’re doing it.  I know at any given second I have ten things popping into my head. Try your best to focus on what you’re doing when you’re doing it.  If you’re working on your newsletter, then close those ten other tabs and just work on that. If you are having a girls night out, don’t answer emails just because your friends are all checking Facebook. (Tell them to get off the phone and enjoy the awesomeness that is you!)

Yes, I am telling you to live in the moment and practice mindfulness.

Keep a notepad in your purse, a memo file on your phone or a Google Doc open behind your work so if you have one of those great ideas or remember something you need to do, you can jot it down quickly and then get back to what you’re working on. Being able to separate the parts of your life and just focus on the task or event happening at the moment will make your work sessions more productive, your relaxation time more relaxing and your life just overall more awesome.

Plan Breaks

People may think it’s crazy, but I plan days off from my day job just to reset. I do it before I feel like I’m about to snap. If you have vacation days, use them! I’ve scheduled a Monday or Friday off like three months ahead of time to have a day off of my day job, work on my business, go grocery shopping, do laundry or just watch freaking Lifetime movies (P.S. The husband did it.) I plan at least one night during the week where I just relax and read or watch tv when I get home. This is one of the best ways to avoid burnout, maintain your passion and take care of you!

Plan Work

The same way I plan my breaks I plan my work. Each night before I go to bed I get a sticky note and decide three things I want to get done the next day and stick to tasks that are actually can achievable based on time and ability. If it’s a Tuesday and I won’t be able to get to work until 7 pm on my business tasks, my list isn’t going to say: Build Website, Write four blog posts, Comment on 25 blogs. A realistic list would be: Finish editing the new post, Create graphics for social media, Set up a landing for next week’s webinar.

If I am working on an individual project, I gather whatever I’ll need to get it done in one setting without having to search for stuff. When I sit down to work, I find that I am more likely to finish something if I know what it is I want to finish.

Practice Gratitude

By far my favorite new habit this year is my nightly practice of journaling. It started off as trying to incorporate gratitude and the practice of writing my goals down often into my schedule. Each night I write down one thing I’m grateful for, one goal I have, one thing I accomplished that day and one thing I want to get done tomorrow (this can be from your list of three tasks mentioned above). I’ve taken it a step further and have just started writing the first three things as gratitude statements.

For example:

Gratitude: I’m grateful that my sister and I are close now.

Goal: I’m grateful for the opportunity to do a webinar with Mariah Coz.

Accomplishment: I’m grateful I got today’s post out and shared.

Goal for tomorrow: Email Jane my ideas for the guest post swap.

While I haven’t accomplished the goal of doing a webinar with Mariah Coz, this is an example of putting it out into the universe, while also reminding myself it’s one of the things I want to do. It’s been proven that people who look at their goals often or write them down often are more likely to accomplish them than someone who might just write them down once and not look at them on a regular basis.  

Have a Support System

It’s so important to find your tribe when you are trying to build your space on the big crazy internet. There will always be a new platform update, a new social media platform, etc. so it’s great when you have a support system that gets what you are doing. This can come in many different forms, maybe you are in a Facebook group, maybe you have an accountability partner who you work with and send daily texts, you could join a small mastermind group where you meet up with 2-3 other business owners and video chat or in person on a regular basis, or you may just have those friends who you met in a Twitter chat and reach out to when you have a question or just need to vent. You may have an amazing family or group of friends in your day to day life, but the online business world is complex and can be a lonely place without the right people to have your back.

Nurture All of You

My blog allows me to nurture my creativity. Yes, it can be draining and time-consuming, but if I didn’t get the incredible feelings that come with expressing myself, helping others and building connections, I would close up shop tomorrow. But like you I am a complicated person with needs. I try my best to eat a healthy diet of foods that nourish my body and tickle my palate. I go to the gym to stay active and remain in shape. I go to therapy to nurture my emotions. I meditate and practice visualization to remain in touch with my feelings, desires, and goals.

Whatever your needs are, take care of them. It’s easy to pour as much as we can into our business and then without noticing using what’s ever left to nurture those around us, but you have to remember to take care of yourself. It goes back to kids on an airplane; you need to put your oxygen mask on before trying to help anyone else put on theirs. 

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Ask For Help

Sometimes we all need a little help; maybe we are trying to learn a new system? Maybe we hate technical copywriting. Maybe we need help narrowing down our focus or goal. Whatever it is asking for help and recognizing areas where you need it are imperative for growing your business. This is why I am such a huge fan of online education. We all have something special to teach and share with the world. Think about it like this, when you’re car shopping the sales person shows you the features, they point out how to move your seat to be comfortable or how to add your favorite radio stations to the presets. When you decided at 18 you wanted to be an accountant you didn’t just say, “I’m good at numbers,” and start taking people’s money, you went to school to get an education. It’s the same with things in business, if you need a tutorial, a coach or even coaching one on one services, that is okay. These things are an investment in your business and inevitably in yourself as well.

I am not ashamed to hop in a Facebook group and ask my fellow business bosses how to create a particular type of form on ConvertKit. I’m not scared to email a fellow blogger to ask who she filed her taxes with? If you can find someone or something to save you time and make things easier why wouldn’t you?

The Balanced Side Hustle

I want to invite you to join my new course The Balance Side Hustle. If you feel like balancing your side hustle, full-time job and life are becoming too much; I’m here to help. I’ve been there! You feel like you can’t ever catch up and no matter what you do there is still so much more to be done. You haven’t seen your friends in what feels like months. When you do make time for something fun, you spend the whole time feeling guilty and dreading the work you left waiting at home. You started your side hustle because you had a passion or a dream and now you feel like you spend more and more time on the admin tasks than the part you’re passionate about. What you need is a system that fits your life.

With this month-long self-paced program, you will break down your side hustle goals and purpose as well as pick out your balance points. What are balance points? The parts of your life that you decide are a priority and want to balance.

Once your balance points are defined, you will be given training on keeping yourself in check and on schedule, as well as saying, “No,” to others.

Finally, you will be given training on creating systems that fit your business and life to let you focus on what matters most to you while growing your side hustle. This program is great if you don’t have the income yet or time to do regular full-time business coaching. You’re ready to take your side hustle to a better and less chaotic level. You might still be busy, but you will be spending more time on the stuff that earns you money and feeds your passion. To learn more about the program check it out here and save your seat. Get early bird pricing now. The course will never be this low again!