Are you taking care of YOU right now?

Are you taking care of YOU right now?

It's the final weeks of 2017 and that means that as business owners, we're wrapping up what we can for 2017 and in massive prep mode for 2018 business goals - and not to mention all of the holiday hoopla that happens this time of year! 

With everything going on, it can be a crazy and hectic time of year. And trying to make everything happen and fit everything in can often leave you feeling a little depleted and exhausted. 

What McDonald's can teach us about business

What McDonald's can teach us about business

The other night, my boyfriend and I sat down to watch The Founder, which is a Hollywood version of the history of McDonald's. 

It's a fascinating story of how milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton) joined the McDonald brothers in business in 1954 and quickly changed it from what it was - a small yet successful operation at the time - to what we know it as today - the biggest restaurant in the world. 

3 years ago, my life looked very different…

3 years ago, my life looked very different…

As I write this, I am sitting facing the Pacific Ocean in the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. 

I was invited to an event there, and the thought of going to Australia was just super exciting. I mean, the thought of leaving the dreary Chicago weather and heading to the amazing weather down under, exploring some of the countryside by bicycle, sitting by the ocean, and connecting with friends here just sounded super cool. 

(More on my experiences this week coming soon :) )

Even though I have a lot going on right now with running my business, teaching graduate school, and training for my 2018 bike racing season, I knew I couldn't let a chance to visit this part of the world pass me by. 

So I rearranged some things and made it happen. 

Is the Facebook newsfeed stealing your time?

Is the Facebook newsfeed stealing your time?

There's a good chance you've heard the quote about Beyoncé having the same number of hours in a day as you. It's often used to encourage you to take more action and get more done so you can move closer to your version of success and the life of your dreams. 

Well, that's all fine and dandy but the reality is that we live in a world of distractions. Pretty much no matter where you look, you've got some sort of shiny object that can pull you away from whatever you're really wanting to work on. 

What's in a brand?

You're an entrepreneur ready to take the world by storm. 

You have a kickass business idea, you've researched the best ways to get up and running and reach your client base, and you're fired up and ready to go! 

But you keep hearing about having a consistent brand look, using your logo in smart ways to reach your dream clients, and creating a cohesive experience through branding for those ideal clients that will soon be pounding on your door. 

You feel...

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Feel the fear and do it anyway

This past weekend, I headed about 4 hours north of where I live to do some camping, outdoor activities, and a race in Northern Wisconsin. 

As you probably know from other newsletters, most of the races that I do are strictly one discipline - biking - but this weekend was an exception to this. It was an off-road triathlon - whitewater paddling, mountain biking, and a trail run. 

You're never too old to start a new life

You're never too old to start a new life

Earlier this week, a video of Dr. Charles Eugster caught me in. Eugster, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 97, took up body building in his late 80s and sprinting at the age of 95. He won several world championships in the 95 and over category for various sprint events. 

This video really stuck out to me because it is a beautiful example of how it is NEVER TOO LATE and you're NEVER TOO OLD to try something new

How to find good help for your biz!

How to find good help for your biz!

It's no secret that starting up and running a business requires quite a time investment. There are a number of things that go into making all the moving parts in an online business come together as harmoniously as possible. 

At some point, you are likely going to want to outsource some of the things in your business - whether that's for social media management, responding to emails, creating sales funnels, creating client workbooks, and beyond. 

Realizations from having profanities yelled at me

One of the things that I do in addition to running my business is race mountain bikes. I usually compete in endurance races that are at a minimum 5-6 hours. In order to train for these, I have to put in quite a bit of time training on the bike.

And I really enjoy that - especially because I spend a lot of time at my desk either working on client sites, meeting with my coaching clients, or creating content. 

Do it even if it's not perfect

If you read my newsletter on Friday, you know that I was in LA last week for a mastermind event. I'm still digesting alllllll the takeaways but I am sure I'll be dishing on those in the coming weeks! 

Well, I went straight from the event to a mountain bike race - I literally didn't even go home first. The race was a 6 hour mountain bike race.

And at this race, I got a really great reminder about the concept of "done is better than perfect".

I got locked INSIDE the garden area of my Airbnb!

Hello from 37,000 feet! 

I'm currently flying home from Los Angeles after being here all week for a masterminding event with my business mentor and many of her other private clients. It's been an incredibly transformative week that I am still digesting - I'm sure I'll be sharing more about that experience soon. 

When I travel, I really enjoy staying at Airbnb's because I love to check out unique and fun homes. And sometimes these unique homes come with unique experiences!

Are you scared to share your story?

Last week, I had a discovery call with someone that I went to high school with. This was our first real conversation since we graduated (and I'm 36 - so it's been AWHILE!). 

I knew through our email exchanges in setting up the call that she had been following me for awhile but what I didn't know is that she had been following me almost since the very beginning of setting up my business.  

And what's really awesome is that she said that one of the core reasons that she wanted to meet with me was because she felt like she still knew me through everything I've posted online over the years and through my story. 

That I had been a source of inspiration for her. 

What deleting Facebook off my phone has done for me

A few months ago, I realized that every single time a notification popped up on my phone, I immediately stopped what I was doing and checked it out. 

Being a person who always wants to ensure that everyone around me is good, I found myself immediately feeling the need to respond to whatever the request was. 

And once you start responding to other people, you are taken off your agenda and put into a reactive mode. 

Are you taking advantage of your Facebook cover photo?

You likely know that when someone goes to your business Facebook page, the first thing they see is your cover photo.

And in the tech world, we call this your most valuable real estate.

The reason being is that even if someone doesn't scroll down before clicking away, he or she will at least see that image. And an on-brand image of you is always great, but did you know that you could be capitalizing on this far more than just showcasing your brand? 

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