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Inspiration For Navigating Social Media

July 25, 2017

Okay, so I’m fairly new to this social media business—really new. I mean, I’ve been writing books since 2009, but only started taking on social media this year. However, in my short run, I’ve learned a couple things, and, I wanted to share it with my fellow newbies. So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the entire marketing thing, and, if you’re totally frustrated because all you really want to do is write, then here are my top three takeaways when it comes to creating a brand and a name on social media.

Find Your Niche

I think at one point or another we all struggle in this area, especially when we’re just starting out. After all, we like loads of things and feel it necessary to share all of it with the world. However, at the end of the day it comes down to two things: what you really enjoy combined with the message you want to share., nothing more. Let me give you an example. With my blog, I really want to talk about the power of positive thinking and transformation. Not only do I enjoy inspiring others to follow their dreams, but I love to share what I learn. That’s not to say that I haven’t dabbled into other areas, which was obviously a mistake—I’m still learning.

Authenticity is your friend

I'm sure by now you're tired of hearing about the holy grail of marketing: be authentic. But what does this mean? You ask, as you bang your head against the computer. This means that you don’t copy someone else’s pictures and post them as yours, or copy their Instagram story ideas just because you can’t think of what to post, you must get clear on who you are. What you like, not what everyone else likes or is doing. Pick out the colors you like, quotes that speak to you, and write the way you talk. You may not think so, but your audience can tell when you’re being you and when you’re being someone else entirely. Overall you must keep in mind why you do what you do. It’s about sharing and inspiring others to buy that lipstick, to get on that yoga mat, it’s not about gaining likes or followers. Being inspired by others is very different than copying them. So, go be your beautifully authentic self.

Engagement

By far, this one’s the easiest method to grasp: simply engage with your audience—honest engagement though. If you’re on Instagram, then I’m sure you’ve received the random “awesome” “lovely” “fantastic” kind of comments on your pics. THIS IS NOT HONEST AND AUTHENTIC ENGAGEMENT, and in my opinion, you shouldn’t waste your time engaging with these types of comments. The people who leave these comments aren’t really interested in you or your message, they’re only interested in you following their page. Just ignore them, and move on to true engagement. This means spend some time replying to the comments of the people that are there to connect with you. Also, comment and engage with other people’s photos, true comments, none that “NICE” crap.

Okay, so there you have it, my top three takeaways. I know there’s so much  more when it comes to social media, but these were the ones that kept getting repeated. I hope this helps you find your way on the huge world wide web. 

In case you didn’t know, my new book #Believe Dammit:10 Principles For Creating and Attracting the Life You Crave comes out September 26, 2017. And if you did know, then I'm sure you're thinking "wait, that's not the cover" you would be right! After careful consideration of my "brand," I decided to revise the cover. Isn't it so pretty? I love it!

July's GIVEAWAY is a $15 Amazon gift card. Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

I'VE TEAMED WITH UP AUDIBLE.COM TO HELP GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR LISTENING EXPERIENCE. Visit Audible.com for 30 days of membership free, plus two free audiobooks that are yours forever.

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

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Guest Blog by Kristen Martin: 3 Benefits of Implementing a Healthy Routine and Personal Development Activities

July 20, 2017

Hi there! For those that don’t know me, my name is Kristen Martin. I’m a self-made published author, YouTuber, and entrepreneur, and I have a full-time career in the corporate world. I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Mari on this post because it’s something very near and dear to my heart that seems to get overlooked whenever I’m skimming through social media and blog posts. I’m so excited to share my thoughts on why a healthy routine and personal development activities are so beneficial to include in your day-to-day life.

Just to give you an idea as to what my days used to look like: I’d wake up around 6AM, shower, get ready, and rush out the door to drive to work. I’d drive 40 minutes to the office, being annoyed and angry at traffic, work 8 hours (most of the time grabbing a Subway sandwich and working through lunch), get in my car, drive 40 minutes in some more annoying traffic until I got home, where I was too exhausted and frustrated to actually do anything I wanted to do. I’d park my toosh on the couch, throw a frozen pizza in the oven, and Netflix and chill all night.

That was 3 years ago. Fast forward to today, where I still have a full-time job, but I’ve jumped headfirst into my passion (writing/creating content), implemented a self-care ritual, as well as health & wellness rituals. I now wake up around 5:30AM, go for a run in this lovely Texas heat, shower, and get ready. I then take 10 minutes to meditate using the HeadSpace app, and I also journal for 10 minutes after that. I take my time getting out the door and tune into some personal development podcasts such as Style Your Mind by Cara Alwill Leyba and She Means Business by Carrie Green on my car ride to work. My ride to work is much more productive and less stressful because I get so engrossed in the topics of these podcasts that sometimes I’ll drive right by the office and make a pitstop at Starbucks instead because I want to finish listening to what these amazing women have to say!

I now always take at least a 1-hour lunch and I always leave the office. I’ll do something I enjoy, like go to Starbucks, stop by Target, or sit on the patio of a restaurant and enjoy a good meal. After my lunch break is over, I go back to the office and finish up my day, drive home while listening to more podcasts, and get home feeling energized and refreshed to dive into my writing projects. I spend time cooking a healthy dinner with my fiancé, where we talk about our days and watch 1 hour of Netflix, then we go into our respective office spaces to work on our passions. We’ll take our dogs for a walk in the evening, tidy up the house, then get ready for bed. I’ll journal some more and read a little before it’s lights out.

It’s all about taking the seconds, minutes, and hours in your day and restructuring them the best way you can to make them add value and balance to your life.

The biggest changes I’ve seen in my day-to-day are due to the implementation of a healthier routine that includes personal development activities. Here are the top three benefits I’ve seen after changing my routine from three years ago to the one I have today:

  1.  I have increased energy and focus
    • This may seem like a no-brainer, but because I now make the time to meditate, journal, listen to personal development podcasts, and exercise, I have so much more energy and focus than I used to. Instead of being hyper-focused on others and their needs (ultimately leaving me feeling beaten down and exhausted every day after work), I now feel that my days are balanced because I make time for myself and the things that feed and nourish my soul. This sustained energy and focus allows me to work on my writing projects in the evenings, even after working an 8-hour day. The more balanced your days feel, the more energy you’ll have to give to the more fulfilling areas of your life.
  2. I’m proactive instead of reactive
    • Instead of rushing to get from point A to point B, implementing a healthier daily routine has allowed me to be more proactive instead of reactive. I wake up thirty minutes earlier because I know I want to go for a run. I take the time to journal before work because I know it’ll keep my head clear throughout the day. With this healthier routine, I plan my days out in advance, causing me to know exactly what I’m doing and when, and therefore allowing me to keep any sort of reactive “emergency-like” situations at arm’s length.
  3. I’ve gained a broader, calmer perspective
    • I used to feel like I had to do it all and didn’t have enough time to get it all done. I don’t feel that way anymore. Because I’ve made time for healthier activities throughout my day, I don’t feel as rushed or panicked to get certain things done. I’ve become better at prioritizing what’s truly important and what can wait. I feel in control of my life, my thoughts, and my headspace, which has enabled me to feel calmer and take on a more open-minded approach with pretty much everything that comes my way.

I’d like to leave you with this: don’t feel down on yourself if you attempt to implement a healthier routine and, at first, can’t seem to stick to it every single day. Baby steps! It takes practice and it takes discipline. I first started with an exercise routine and could only manage 2 days a week, but that eventually grew to 3 days a week, then 4, then 5. I now exercise 5-6 days a week.

Same goes for personal development. I’m still working on meditating every day, but for now I meditate at least 3 times per week, and I journal 4 nights a week. Again, it’s all about baby steps. Don’t throw 5 new things into your daily routine and expect to do all of them each day. Take it one step at a time, have patience with yourself, and eventually the results will be eye-opening and will fuel you to continue adding healthier activities to your daily routine. Start small and add on little by little, and eventually, you’ll get to where you want to be. Just try to enjoy the ride!

Here’s where you can find me on social media:

YouTube: www.youtube.com/authorkristenmartinbooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorkristenm
Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorkristenmartin
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkristenmartin
Snapchat: @authorkristenm

 

And here are the links to learn more about/purchase my books!

The Alpha Drive

The Order of Omega

Restitution

Shadow Crown

 

Inspiration For The Female Entrepreneur

July 18, 2017

I really can’t believe how far I’ve come since 2009. When I first started my writing career, I never imagined that it would transform my life the way it has. Though I’m still a shy person, the level of confidence that I’ve gained is truly miraculous. Not only have I gotten the courage to publish my work and share it with the world, but I’m also an entrepreneur who's working vigorously to launch my business.

Because of this, my self-empowerment books have shifted a bit in focus; I’ve gone from “how to spiritual books” to “how to entrepreneurial books.” These books tackle the subject of what it takes to be a female-entrepreneur in today’s world and how to connect your mind, spirit and soul to your goal. I will share my top 3 takeaways in hopes to inspire you along your entrepreneurial journey.

1st Tip: Competition Is An Illusion

How many times have you found yourself fired up about an idea and for some reason, your next idea is to look for other people that are doing the same thing. Five hours later, you’re knee-deep into your “competition’s” Instagram page convinced that you should close-up-shop and give it all up. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. My first tip is to change your mindset when it comes to other women in your field. No matter how alike you are, you’re never the same. No one can share your message the way you can. So instead of focusing on the competition, rejoice in their success and learn from the awesome business they’ve created.

2nd Tip:  There’s Nothing Wrong With You

As we head steadfast toward our business goals, we can become discouraged when things aren’t working as fast we’d like. When our business growth is as slow as molasses, we can  doubt ourselves, which leads to nonproductively. I know that whenever I begin to doubt my ideas, my creativity or my writing, I stop writing altogether. What happens next, is a big round of depression, anxiety and a feeling of hopelessness. However, because I’m well in tuned with my emotions, I try my best to snap out of it in a jiffy, I remind myself that in due time all will be okay. Above all, the main focus I hold onto is that there's nothing wrong with me. That's not to say that I don’t pivot and correct when needed, but the overall feeling of not being good enough is one that I try to avoid when working toward my business goals.

3rd Tip: You Are Not Alone

For me, this one’s a bit scary because of my introverted personality, but I’m learning. I have found that fear of rejection is something that’s held me back in the past.  However, I’ve quickly learned that rejection is nothing to fear; it’s just one “no” closer to my yes. Reaching out to other women who are on your same path is not a sign of weakness, but strength. If you admire the work that another woman is doing, then don’t be afraid to say so. Congratulate her on her success and if possible, ask her for one piece of advice they can offer you. More than likely, they will be more than happy to answer your questions. We are all in this together, the more we embrace each other’s work the happier the business space will be.

With that said, I’m super excited to share with you that this Thursday (07/20/2017) I’m having my very first guest on my blog: Kristen Martin. Martin is an Author, YouTuber and Entrepreneur who is slowly starting to make her imprint on the world of literature and business. This Thursday, 07/20/2017, she will share a little bit about herself and the benefits that come with having a healthy routine and personal development activities. Make sure you come back for that, I can’t wait!

As you can see, I put into action the very tips I just shared with you and I came out better for it. I hope that you do the same, get clear about you, know that you’re perfect as you are and reach out to someone you admire and ask them, well, anything!

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

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Self-Publishing 1.0

July 13, 2017

So, you’ve finished your manuscript! You’re ready for the world to marvel over your words and the creative way in which you’ve told your story. There’s only one problem, you have no idea what's next.

As many of you know, I have self-published three books: two novels and one nonfiction book which is due out September 26, 2017. Recently, I’ve been getting some questions about the self-publishing route and how I did it. Though I don’t consider myself an expert, I can certainly offer some tips—especially if you’re just getting started.

First thing’s first, if you don’t know the difference between self-published and traditionally published then please do your research to make sure this is the route you want to go in. I won’t go into detail here about the differences, but I will say this: There’s a lot of work to do in either case, but more so when you self-publish. This is because you’re all there is, you’re the writer, the marketer, the researcher, the creator, the point of contact- you’re everything!

In my opinion there are many reason that self-publishing is the way to go, but the most important one for me is the creative control I have over the entire process, including cover design. So if this is the way you want to go, here are a few tips to get you started.

Make sure your manuscript is in tip-top shape, this means that you’ve gone through your rounds of edits; that you’ve received your beta readers feedback; that you’ve gone back and fixed any problems you and/or your beta readers found, and that you’ve had it professionally edited. Once your novel is as close to perfect as possible (there’s no such thing as perfect) then you’re ready to self-publish.

Decide if your books will be in the format of eBook, paperback or both. You will need this information for my next tips.

Okay, so this one's a doozy, so I'll try to be brief but clear. Let's talk ISBN's, (International Standard Book Number) this is a number that's assigned to every book you publish and you will need one for each version of the book that you publish. For example, your eBook format will need one ISBN. Your paperback will need it's own ISBN. And your hardcopy will need another. Not to mention that each eBook format, will need it's own (Kindle, Nook, iBook). The leading company to obtain ISBN Numbers in the United States is Bowker Indentifier Services, you can purchase a batch of them--usually 10 for around $300. You can do this as individual using your social security number which essentially makes you the publisher of your books, or if you decide to start a publishing company you can buy them under that company's name. (On another post I'll discuss starting a publishing company). However, if this seems a bit pricey, then there's another option, you can allow the print on demand company you use to be the publisher and they will assign an ISBN number to your books for free--(print on demand companies like CreateSpace through Amazon). You will need these numbers to put them inside your manuscript, under the copyright verbiage page.

Hire someone to format your book, both the eBook and the paperback format. I do this myself, but it’s a lot of work to start off with. I recommend that you hire someone to do this for you; I believe companies charge anywhere from $35 to $65. But if you rather learn right from the start, then you can download templates that will help you do this for both your paperback and digital formats. DIY Books Format is one that I know a lot of people use.

Research the different print on demand self-publishing options, these are the two that indie authors use: Createspace and Ingram Sparks. I go through Createspace which is supported by Amazon. I don’t know anything about Ingram Sparks, except for that it’s an option to self-publish just like Createspace. I recommend that you do your research on both and see which avenue best supports your work.  I have a lot of experience with Createspace and I have no complaints. It’s free, it's easy to navigate through, and I’m completely satisfied with the quality of their work.

Hire a cover designer. Note, they can be pricey, but in my opinion well worth it. With a quick Google search you'll be directed to many different designers that are dedicated to this particular niche. I know that many self-published authors go through Fiverr because they are inexpensive, while also provide professional looking covers. I haven’t used them, so I personally can’t vouch for them. NOTE: You have to have the blurb for  the back cover written when you hire the cover designer, as they will need this information for the cover.
 

Okay, so there are so many more tips and things to consider when you decide to self-publish, but I will stop here as to not to overwhelm you. I’ve provided you with good starting points, and in my opinion, there’s no need to go past these steps if you haven’t completed these already.

In future post I will continue to offer tips from my own experience.

In case you didn’t know, my new book Believe Dammit 10 Principles For Creating and Attracting the Life You Crave comes out September 26, 2017. 

July's GIVEAWAY is a $15 Amazon gift card. Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

I'VE TEAMED WITH UP AUDIBLE.COM TO HELP GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR LISTENING EXPERIENCE. Visit Audible.com for 30 days of membership free, plus two free audiobooks that are yours forever.

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

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Till Next Time!

 

 

 

Inspiration While at Your Day Job

July 11, 2017

I find that most of us are chasing our dreams while holding a day job. This often causes discouragement and/or a case of the burnt-outs. Because I am currently doing the same: working happily toward my goals and working a 9-5 job, I thought I could offer some tips on how I stay motivated and active while doing both.

First thing’s first, your attitude is everything when it comes to making these two areas in your life work. If your attitude is one of dread the moment Sunday night rolls around, then let’s nip this in the bud right now. I know it can be difficult to love your Sundays when the dreaded Monday is only hours away, but I promise you, if you want to avoid getting overwhelmed, discouraged or even burnt out, then change your attitude first. You can do this by doing the following:

Get out your calendar or planner, and write down what you will be working on this week for your dream life. This will do a couple things, it will get your mind off what you don’t want and it will turn your attention toward what you do want.

If you’re allowed to listen to things on your phone, and, if you’re able to listen with headphones like I am, then try finding some audiobooks on audible.com. Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time at work, especially if you’re in your office by yourself most of the time, as is the case for me. Listening to audiobooks distracts me from my space and makes me work harder, faster and more efficient.

If audiobooks aren’t for you, how about music? What if on Sunday night you create a playlist of new songs to listen to during the week. Then, anytime you find yourself feeling down at work, or thinking about what you wish you could be doing but can’t because you’re stuck at your day job, you turn your attention to your playlist. Without a doubt, this will shift your mood.

There you have it, a little inspiration for your office life while you’re working toward your dreams.

Do you have something that you do in the office that helps you get you through the day? If so, let me know, I would love to add new things to my list.

July's GIVEAWAY is a $15 Amazon gift card. Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

I'VE TEAMED WITH UP AUDIBLE.COM TO HELP GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR LISTENING EXPERIENCE. Visit Audible.com for 30 days of membership free, plus two free audiobooks that are yours forever.

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

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Till Next Time!

JULY: 3 Things To Try This Month

July 4, 2017

If you’re anything like me, then you probably struggle with balance. However, I’m not one extreme or the other though, I hang very much in the middle and still I can’t balance. I sometimes find it hard to set guidelines for myself because I feel like I can handle it all, which of course I can’t.  What usually happens when I’m in the planning stages of an idea is that I become consumed with it and I try to do everything—everyday, which usually means I get over worked and stressed. Because of this I have set some things in place for when I feel I’m getting to that crazy and unproductive space. This month, I wanted to share some of my tactics with you so to remind you, and me, to chill and enjoy the down time, it will all be okay.

Spa Time

I’ve never been to an actual spa, but have had many spa days in my home.  This usually consists of mani-pedis, facials and the best bath I’ve ever taken. First, decide what your spa will look like; if you’re not into do-it-yourself mani-pedis, that’s fine, skip it. Do only what makes you feel good, leave all stress outside that bathroom. I have found one of the best parts of spa day is the rejuvenating feeling I get when I’m done. I recommend that you start by setting the mood, buy some scented candles, buy a refreshing bubble bath soap, pick out a face mask, and favorite lotion for when you’re done, make your play list, then, shut the door and relax. Trust me, if you allow yourself the proper time to relax you will feel like a new person, one that’s ready to take on the world again.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are rapidly growing among some of my favorite products to own because of its calming benefits. Not only do essential oils calm you, but depending upon your usage, it could also alleviate pain, fight colds, improve digestion and heal skin issues. The essential oil that I’m referring to is in conjunction with your spa day. For example, Lavender Oil is a perfect one to use because it helps with sleep. So if you’re like me, and have trouble sleeping because you can’t get your new business ideas off your mind, Lavender Oil helps with insomnia. All you have to do is sprinkle a few drops on your pillow and soon after you’ll be off to sleep-land. You can also use it in a detox bath, mix Lavender Oil, Epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to purify and revitalize the body.

Break

Sometimes we get so consumed with all that we have to do that we never take a break. For me, it’s exhausting working all day, every day—even nights and weekends—it’s no wonder I feel run down. When this happens I take a step back and take stock of what’s truly important, for me that’s my health and family. So I set schedules for myself, and I don’t deviate from it. If it means I don’t post on social media for an entire weekend, then that’s what it means. If my followers don’t understand that I need a break too, then that’s on them. While you should deliver in your business as promised, there are many things you do in your business that you’ve promised to no one but yourself. If these things are causing you stress, then it’s time to take a break and reassess.

I hope that you incorporate these tips into your life as I know they will help to make you feel better, making you more productive in that business you love so much.

In case you didn’t know, my new book Believe Dammit 10 Principles For Creating and Attracting the Life You Crave comes out September 26, 2017. 

July's GIVEAWAY is a $15 Amazon gift card. Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

I'VE TEAMED WITH UP AUDIBLE.COM TO HELP GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR LISTENING EXPERIENCE. Visit Audible.com for 30 days of membership free, plus two free audiobooks that are yours forever.

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

3 Motivational Books To Read This Month

June 29, 2017

There’s nothing I love more than listening to a motivation book that makes my mind spin with ideas. I’ve been pretty lucky lately, this month I’ve been blessed with having read 3 books that rocked my world.

First up is “Carrie Green’s”  She Means Business. Green takes us through her entrepreneurial journey by showing us how she found success through her passion—helping women. Furthermore, she takes on a step by step process on how she organizes her month for ultimate productivity. When I read this book, I couldn’t stop taking notes as new ideas kept speeding past me. She made me realized all the opportunities I'd been leaving on the table, and she helped me understand my brand, both as a writer and as an entrepreneur.  I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to get organized, focused or simply lost in the direction they should go in their professional arena. I loved this book so much that I decided I would give it away to one lucky reader. Enter your email on the home page to be entered into June’s drawing.

Next is “Mel Robins’  The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. The idea behind this book is that we make decisions, and, talk ourselves out of said decisions within a 5 second period. Robins takes us on her journey of financial and physical pitfalls all the way through her financial and physical healing, all by applying the 5 second rule.  Furthermore, she goes into detail about the scientific facts that support her findings. Just a little warning here: I loved the concept of the 5 second rule and I’ve started to apply it into my own life, and it WORKS. Applying the 5 Second Rule has helped me avoid procrastination, make difficult pitches and come out of my introverted shell. However, as usual, I listened to this book on audible, but in this case, I didn’t enjoy the narration as much. If you’re like me and you do your reading via audible, I suggest moving this one to physical copy.

Finally, is “Kevin Hart’sI Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. In typical Kevin Hart form, this autobiographical book is narrated by Hart himself and makes for an entertaining read/listen. Hart shows us where he started, how he developed his love for comedy and how he overcame setback after setback. Out of all the books I’ve listened to this year, this has been one of my favorites (but I’m a huge Kevin Hart fan, if that counts). If you’ve ever felt like giving up, or like there’s no way you could ever reach your most treasured dreams, then this book is for you.

Have you read any books that totally transformed your life? If so, share it in the comments.

A few little announcements:

June's GIVEAWAY is She Means Business by Carrie Green Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

I'VE TEAMED WITH UP AUDIBLE.COM TO HELP GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR LISTENING EXPERIENCE. Visit Audible.com for 30 days of membership free, plus two free audiobooks that are yours forever.

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

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Till Next Time.

 

What I Learned Shopping at Our Local Farmers Market

June 27, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

So, if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I’m on a complete wellness journey--mind, body and soul. I’m constantly learning about the mind and soul, and those opinions vary little. I’m really content in this area because I feel like I’m working on an upward motion, never going sideways. However, when it comes to my body--diet and fitness, sideways is the name of the game.

When it comes to my fitness, I've kind of got it figured out because of my love for yoga  However, when it comes to diet, the more I learn about food, the more confused I become. But, even with that, I'm still following what I often recommend to my readers: I'm following my heart.

My learning about food and health has led me here: To eat mostly plant based, non-gmo, and organic. This is something I’m very comfortable with. I think about everything I put in my body because I want it to be strong and healthy my entire life. I'm not suggesting that everyone should adapt this type of diet (I'm using "diet" in the old traditional form, not in the way we usually think of diet) With that said, this past weekend I did one of my favorite things on Saturday morning and went to our local Farmers Market.

Here I am. 

But we were shocked by what we found. My husband and I visited booth after booth and we were confronted with one big problem, none of the fruit or vegetables were organic. Furthermore, we found out that some of the produce being sold came directly from Costco. We found this so strange, not to mention disappointing.

My husband and I like going to farmers markets because we like to support our local farmers, so this was a total shock to us. After our search, we found only one little booth that was "organic": Fleet Garden Installs.  However, after we got home and viewed their website, we didn't see any claim to their greens being organic, but I still love what they do. They are an organization that grows greens, herbs and fruits locally, in the front lawns of people in  our community. Unfortunately, they didn’t have much to offer that day, but what they did have we snatched up because we wanted to support them.  But I literally left the market with two bags.

Anyway, that was my adventure this weekend. How about you? Have you come across these types of problems in your community? If so, let’s talk about it, maybe together we can find a solution to this.

A few little announcements:

June's GIVEAWAY is She Means Business by Carrie Green Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

Also, my new book, Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating The Life You Crave, comes out September 26, 2017. I will let you know when it's available for Preorder.

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3 Inspiring Women That Will Motivate You

June 22, 2017

We live in a world where we're constantly bombarded with information and people selling their products, beliefs and services. This sometimes overwhelms us and we end up missing out on valuable information.  With this post I hope to simplify things for you, at least when it comes to your search of motivational speakers. The following are three of my favorite teachers that I often turn to for inspiration.

Gabby Bernstein is a New York Times Bestselling Author and international speaker that has transformed the lives of millions. I first came to learn about Gabby when she was a guest on Oprah’s Supersoul Sunday. Since then, I’ve listened to her books and lectures on platforms like Youtube and Google, where she’s delivered valuable lectures about what it takes to transform your life. She is one that I turn to often when I need a reminder about the true nature of miracles. #spiritjunkie

Lisa Nichols is one of my favorite motivational speakers of today. She's a Bestselling Author and one of the world’s most requested motivational speakers.  Hers, is a true rags-to-riches story. Nichols changed the trajectory of her life when she found herself relying on public assistance and decided that she would never be that poor again. Today she runs one of the few publicly traded companies in her industry, all, while motivating the masses to achieve their goals. She not only changes individual lives, but businesses too. Nichols’ delivery is fun, entertaining, heartwarming and effective. I dare you to listen or read one of her books and not be moved to laughter, tears and then to action. #yesyes

Shannon Kaiser is a Bestselling Author and life coach. I've written about her before in my post How To Find Your Muse, but I would be remiss if I left her off my list, after all, she's one that I turn to on a daily basis. Her message of inspiration is combined with her love of writing and travel. Through her business, "Play With The World" Kaiser offers inspirational messages from the most picturesque destinations in the world. Her Youtube channel is fun and motivating, and each week I can't wait to hear from her, and, see from where her travels have landed her this time.  Her focus is primarily on self-love and acceptance of one self--regardless of what pop culture says. 

There you have it, three very inspirational women to follow on your journey to self discovery.

A few little announcements:

June's GIVEAWAY is She Means Business by Carrie Green Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

Also, my new book, Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating The Life You Crave, comes out September 26, 2017. I will let you know when it's available for Preorder.

I'VE TEAMED WITH UP AUDIBLE.COM TO HELP GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR LISTENING EXPERIENCE. Visit Audible.com for 30 days of membership free, plus two free audiobooks that are yours forever.

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

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Why Looking for External Approval Kills Your Dreams

June 20, 2017

I just started listening to “Kevin Hart’s” new book I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessonsand so far, so good. There are many quotable phrases in the book, but one stood out to me this week: “Stop looking for external approval, when you already have internal approval.”

Perhaps the reason this phrase resonates so much with me is because I often find myself looking for other’s approval.  This pretty much translates to pleasing other’s in an effort to live a guilt-free life. This means that I try my best to not rock the boat in any way, shape, or form—a people-pleaser of sorts. Everyone’s needs come before mine because their approval means more to me than my own internal guide.

However, as I continue to grow and learn, I’ve realized that I no longer want to live like that. I want to release my need for the approval, and to recognize that mine is all I need. Doing this is not easy, for I’ve discovered that it too, comes with its own wave of guilt. Knowing that something is right for you, but it doesn’t play into the plans the others have for you, and still you do it anyway, is a difficult decision to make, but it’s one that must be made if your goal is to live as close to your authentic-self as possible.

When we seek external approval, we’re only trying to smother the inner voice that is trying to move us into our destiny. For example, if you want to start a new business, but this requires you to trust and quit your day-job, perhaps your first thought is to go to others and tell them about your new dream in hopes of finding their approval—your green light. Instead, you’re met with naysayers and all the reasons why you’re crazy for even considering it. So now, instead of listening to that inner voice, you back out of your idea because it’s more important to you that others approve of your choices, than it is for you to listen to your internal calling.  

If you find yourself amid such a dilemma, I’m here to encourage you to let your voice be louder than those that fear your growth. Your inner voice derives from love and is always leading you in the right direction. Don’t suffocate it to please others. It’s your life, now go live it—no external approval needed.

 

A few little announcements:

June's GIVEAWAY is She Means Business by Carrie Green Sign up for my mailing list for your chance to win. Good Luck! 

Also, my new book, Believe Dammit: 10 Principles for Attracting and Creating The Life You Crave, comes out September 26, 2017. I will let you know when it's available for Preorder.

I'VE TEAMED WITH UP AUDIBLE.COM TO HELP GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR LISTENING EXPERIENCE. Visit Audible.com for 30 days of membership free, plus two free audiobooks that are yours forever.

If you haven’t done so already, follow me on Twitter and Instagram  and like my Facebook page. Through my social sites I share daily inspiration and motivation of all kinds—like fitness, wellness, health and positive thinking.  

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