how I get it all done.

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People ask me all the time “How do you do it?”

How do you run a business that – at least from the outside – appears to be booming?

How do you keep it all together with 1-year-old twins?

How do you have the time to produce so much content – blog posts, podcast episodes, newsletters, daily post-its?

The answer: I say no a lot.

My current reply – ooh, I’d love to but I can’t until June –  is on repeat these days. And June is slowly becoming July.

I say no to friends who want a skype catch up who I haven’t talked to in a very long time. I have to say no to collaborations and blog interviews and omg! great! opportunities! for the sake of my sanity. And for the sake of my Bigger Work.

But before I was able to start saying no, I had to sit down and figure out what my Bigger Work was – what do I want to be focusing on? What do I want to prioritize? How do I want to be spending the precious time I have?

Because every choice and decision I make for my business is time that I’m not spending with my family, one more walk that my dog doesn’t get taken on, one more pilates class that I don’t get to go to.

One more quiet afternoon spent with a book.

One more long lunch with a friend.

One more day spent knitting or painting or drawing or doing that creative project I’ve been thinking about starting up.

It’s all about choices. And I’ve chosen to prioritize very few things in my life and very few things in my business. Because that’s how priorities work.

I also have to make sure that my business is supporting my life. That I’m making enough money to justify the time spent away, the nights that Tim puts the girls to bed because I’m still at the computer editing the podcast that was supposed to be published by 5pm and the days off when he goes to the park solo because I have more coaching calls.

Going beyond fine

I have to make sure that it’s worth it because the business I’d built up pre-babies was fine, but, at the end of the day, wasn’t worth it. I was working too hard and making too little – which was enough when it was just me. But not anymore. 

I need better than fine. Much better than fine.

I realized that if I wasn’t happy in my business, if I wasn’t earning enough to make a difference financially, I might as well go out and get a job.

And, for right now, that is not what I want. I want my business to work and to grow and to do well. I want it all to be worth it. But it’s up to me to make that happen.

So I keep shifting and pivoting and making small changes to get it to a place where it works. I’ve been investing in support and systems, figuring out what I can outsource so I have time to focus on what makes everything worth it – my writing, my speaking, my teaching, my coaching.

And I’ve let most of the other stuff go. It takes me a long time to respond to tweets. I post my daily instagram shots but don’t converse with people in the comments. I’m turning off my blog comments and, as of this fall, will be taking all of my group programs off facebook so I don’t have to be on that platform every day.

I only have a few blogs in my reader and have let go of trying to keep up with the lives of strangers.

I don’t spend time putting on makeup in the morning. I wear the same thing every day –  v neck tee from Target, jeans, and a cardigan. My hair is always in a ponytail.

I spend Saturday and Sunday preparing food for the week so that I can eat well. But we eat the same things all the time. I don’t worry about trying out the new recipes or watching the shows that everyone else talks about. I don’t watch SNL or Breaking Bad.

I do what I can to keep my life as simple as possible, because running (and growing) a business with 1-year old twins is a lot. And I love it. I love all of it, because I’ve created that for myself.

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Each month, I take stock of what’s working and what’s not, figure out what needs to shift and what I can let go of, so it feels like I’m constantly blowing things up, like I’m always changing and shifting and stretching – but it’s actually an evolution. I am evolving.

And without evolution, things shrivel. Without evolution, they become stagnant. Without evolution, species fade. And that’s not what I want for my business or my life.

And it’s not what I want for yours either.

So think about what’s working and what isn’t in your own life. Where do you need to step up your game? What do you need to let go of? What is it time to change?

What’s the whisper in the back of your head telling you? Because you hear it, but you’ve probably been ignoring it for some time now, convincing yourself over and over that what you’re doing is good enough.

And good enough is a myth. Good enough is settling. Good enough is complacency. I don’t want good enough for you.

If you have a business, good enough is bullshit. It’s time to thrive. (tweet it)

Because if you aren’t thriving, what’s the point?

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Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Janelle Hanchett

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Ahh! I was so excited to interview Janelle Hanchett for this week’s podcast episode. So excited.

When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I immediately dove into Google (don’t do that!) and found myself going down the Rabbit Hole of Crazy that is websites about pregnancy and expecting and twins and all of that. There is so much information that made me feel nervous and anxious and terrible.

And then, one day, I stumbled upon Janelle’s blog, Renegade Mothering, and felt like I had found my way home. Finally! Someone who spoke my language when it came to pregnancy and kids and parenting and family. I then found myself going down the Rabbit Hole of Awesome that is Janelle’s blog and her humor, perspective, and honesty.

This week, Janelle and I talk about SO MUCH including facing your discomfort and doing your work in spite of your fear, what Janelle learned from her alcoholism about facing your failure, what to do with the haters in the comment section, and how to tell your truth through writing. I also love Janelle’s take on not letting fear be her editor. Brilliance.

Janelle, thank you, thank you, thank you, for being so good at what you do and such an inspiration to me in my quest to keep telling the truth with my writing.! 

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Janelle’s post: To the new mom traumatized by BabyCenter

Janelle’s post: I became a mother and died to live. 

Janelle’s Write Anyway workshop

My post: I want you to give a shit

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The quick and easy secret to happiness (that no one is telling you)

The quick and easy secret to happiness (that no one is telling you). via Tiffany Han

Step away from the screen.

I repeat: Step away from the screen.

Step away from the screen on your desk.

And from the one on your hand.

And from the one on your living room wall.

Step away from the screen on your wrist (!), and the one on the table at the cafe, and the one built-into your car.

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCREEN.

Oh, right. But no one on the internet is telling you to do that because they get paid by you staying on the internet.

The more you click and buy and share, the more their (potential) revenue goes up. So they continue to write more articles with good advice and show you how good things will be if only you follow these 5 easy steps to a minimalistic living room and tell you more and more about the things you need to know.

And, please, would you mind clicking and buying and sharing while you’re there?

So you click – and one click leads you to an entirely new world of possibility: 5 things to do with your kids at Disney, how to save $300 a month the easy way, what you don’t know about your food that could be killing you.

And you keep going until you forget that your living room is fine, that you don’t want to take your kids to Disney, that you already have a savings account.

Click. Buy. Share.

Click. Buy. Share.

Click. Buy. Share.

And I am no different – I run my business on the internet. If you share this post and then someone else clicks it, I stand to make more money the next time I am selling a program.

That doesn’t make me a bad person, but it also doesn’t mean that you have to listen to everything I do. It doesn’t mean that you have to hang on every word, just as you don’t have to hang on every word of anyone online.

Because if you step away from the screen, the internet will still be there when you come back.

These words aren’t going anywhere. That deal will be found again. Your friends will still find that post you are dying to share helpful tomorrow.

And if you spend all of your day clicking, buying, and sharing, you will lose today. Tomorrow will be all you have. And does that sound like the makings of a happy life? Nope.

So, step away from the screen.

Go outside, wander, read a book, watch birds on a wire and figure out how they decide who stands where. See if your reflection looks the same in every window on your street. Try to find someone to car dance with at a red light.

Smile at strangers. Wink at babies. Make an adventure for yourself.

And, then, at the end of the day, before you get back on the screen to see omg-what-you-missed (spoiler alert: not as much as you thought), check in with yourself and see where your happiness is. Do you feel better? More alive? More connected?

And then remember this: you get to step away from the screen whenever you want. Even though facebook will try to chase you with phone notifications. Even though apple tells you that you need to wear a phone on your wrist. Even though everyone else wants you to keep clicking and buying and sharing.

YOU get to decide. Every single day.

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Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Elise Blaha Cripe

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I was so excited to have Elise Blaha Cripe back on the show! This week, we talked all about goal-setting and getting things done. Elise is a MASTER at setting (and sharing and reaching!) her goals and I was excited to chat with her about the practical steps of how she gets everything done and how her business (and goals!) has evolved over time.

We also got to talk about two of Elise’s bigger projects: Make29 and her Get to Work Book (amazing!) and how these projects have played into each other and what she’s learned from her experiences with both. And, a discussion about goals and doing the work wouldn’t be complete without diving into fear and comparisons. We covered a lot in this conversation!

Elise, thank you SO MUCH! It’s always a treat to be able to share time with you! 

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The Get To Work Book | Instagram | the walk-through video

Elise’s Make29 project

Elise’s earlier episode of Raise your Hand Say Yes about starting

Elise’s Podcast (and my episode: Say no to say yes.)

Elise’s blog post about the collaborative process of making the Get To Work Book

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Raise your Hand Say Yes with Monica McCarthy

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I was thrilled to talk with Monica McCarthy this week for the podcast! I’ve known Monica for a few years and have been following her career as she’s gone through so many entrepreneurial iterations and is currently the Experience Impressario for Holstee. (If you’re curious about what an Experience Impressario does, we’ll cover that!)

On this episode, Monica and I talked all about what she learned about risk from being an actress, how she was able to let go of the solopreneur dream and get a day job (gasp!) and how she’s followed her crazyfaith to her own raise your hand say yes moments. It’s a good one!

Monica, it was so wonderful having you on the show! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

PS. If you’re seeing this before April 11, there’s still time to interview the 50,000 downloads giveaway! Sign up here for your chance to win one of the following:

  • Grand Prize: an hour-long 1-on-1 coaching session with me – we can talk about your business, your life, or Downton Abbey. Or all of the above!
  • Second Prize: a prize pack that includes a Make Out with Yes letterpress poster, a 2015 Sparkle & Shine wall calendar, a Big Work print, and a Say Yes mini-notebook
  • Third Prize: (to 3 lucky winners) a Say Yes mini-notebooks

That’s 5 chances to win! Winners will be chosen at random at the end of the day on Friday, April 10. To be eligible, enter your email address below. Bonus: each entrant will receive a beautiful downloadable copy of the 10 Success Secrets of the Highly-Creative (see below!).

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Connect with Holstee: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Wishcraft by Barbara Sher

Monica’s Act 2 interview series

Susannah Conway

Gretchen Rubin

Jenny Blake

Cheshire Parlour

Charity: Water

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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10 Success Secrets of the Highly-Creative

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Ahhh! I’m so excited to announce that Raise your Hand Say Yes has hit over 50,000 downloads!!! In honor of this milestone, today’s episode is a compilation of everything I’ve learned over the last 30 episodes: the 10 Success Secrets of the Highly-Creative.

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In honor of this occasion, I’m also doing a huge giveaway of the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: an hour-long 1-on-1 coaching session with me – we can talk about your business, your life, or Downton Abbey. Or all of the above!
  • Second Prize: a prize pack that includes a Make Out with Yes letterpress poster, a 2015 Sparkle & Shine wall calendar, a Big Work print, and a Say Yes mini-notebook
  • Third Prize: (to 3 lucky winners) a Say Yes mini-notebooks

That’s 5 chances to win! Winners will be chosen at random at the end of the day on Friday, April 10. To be eligible, enter your email address below. Update: the giveaway is now closed. Bonus: each entrant will receive a beautiful downloadable copy of the 10 Success Secrets of the Highly-Creative (see below!).

10 Success Secrets

Thank you all for your support of my podcast. I love hosting the show and am thrilled that I get to do it every week and call it work! 

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Raise your hand. Say yes. with Amy Tan(gerine)

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Oooh, you guys. I’ve been dreaming of having Amy Tan on the show since it’s inception, and I’m excited to finally bring you this episode. I met Amy a few years ago at my first Craftcation (and where I’m speaking this weekend!) and was blown away by how cool and sweet and smart and lovely she is.

Amy is a scrapbooking superstar but started out with her own clothing company. Through her experiences running her own clothing company, becoming a scrapbooking guru, and figuring out what works, Amy has learned a LOT and I love talking to her about all of it. Tune in to find out how Amy found her creative voice, what happens when her ego gets in her way (and how she bypasses that), and how she’s created this magical life for herself.

Amy, I’m such a fan and can’t wait to spend some time with you at Craftcation. You’re gonna get a great big hug! Thank you for being awesome! 

PS. Thinking about applying for It’s Business TimeApplications close Friday and there are currently on 3 spots left, so don’t delay!

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Connect with Amy: Website | Blog | Instagram | Facebook

Amy’s new YouTube series, Design on Time

Craftcation Conference

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please

Amy’s Handbook

Right Brain Business Plan

The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama

Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein

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I dare you.

I dare you. via Tiffany Han

I dare you to take a chance on yourself, to step beyond your comfort zone.

I dare you to wear your heart on your sleeve, to be the first one on the dance floor, to let your enthusiasm show, to say I love you first. 

I dare you to make eye contact with the handsome stranger at Whole Foods, to smile back, to flirt with the barista because you can.

I dare you to put on the extra eyeliner because it makes you feel unstoppable.

I dare you to let the other car go first, to stop at the yellow light, to slow down for the sake of finding ease.

I dare you to give yourself 3 extra minutes to listen to your neighbor talk about her granddaughter’s soccer game, to smile and ask the question you know she’s hoping you’ll ask.

I dare you to tell your boss that you’re feeling bored and would loooove the opportunity to have more responsibility.

I dare you to disagree, to let your voice be heard, to state the unpopular opinion, the one that you’ve been feeling all this time.

I dare you to take a stand, to draw a line, to have an opinion – a strong one – because the things you care about matter. The way you are treated by the people around you matters. The way you stand up for yourself and other people and this world matters.

I dare you to speak up at the meeting when a terrible idea is shared. I dare you to give everyone a better idea to hang their hats on.

I dare you to sit up straighter. To hold your head up higher. To feel the confidence you envy in other people.

I dare you to go all in. On yourself. To take that risk, to make that move, to do that thing that could change everything. (tweet it)

And I dare you to do it today. To close your eyes and hit send on the email. To make the ask. To raise your hand and say yes. To yourself.

Because you’re ready. Because you know more than you think. And because, let’s tell the truth, you aren’t getting any younger, Gorgeous. Let’s do something with all of these experiences that make up your life. Let’s leverage them into something the 90 year-old version of you will be proud of. Let’s make them count.

PS. If you are ready to go all in on your vision of having your own business someday in 6 months (imagine September 2015!), applications for It’s Business Time are open through Friday and there are currently 4 spots available. I dare you to say yes to making this dream of yours a reality.

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friday’s confession: I want you to start.

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It’s no secret: I want you to start.

Start what? you ask. You know what. (And don’t you dare tell me you don’t. You know.)

I want you to start that blog or that project or that recipe.

I want you to take a moment and pick up a pen and sketch your idea out on paper, in a notebook where you keep all of your brilliant ideas. Where you get them out of your head and into your hands.

If you don’t have that notebook, I want you to go get one. A beautiful Moleskine like Picasso used. Don’t be intimidated by it, be inspired by the potential. You and Picasso have the same tools. How cool is that?

But whatever it takes, I want you to start.

If you’re dreaming of starting a business and are ready to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, I want you to start with me. Soon. Because I want your business to be alive in this world as soon as possible. (How does September 2015 sound for things to be launched? #omgright?)

But even if this program isn’t right for you, I still want you to start.

And that start might be taking a walk around the block. Or emailing that friend who owes you a favor. Or letting yourself buy that sexy bra or those shoes that you can’t stop thinking about.

Your starting might look like (finally!) putting your dreams above everyone else’s, like declaring that what you want for your life matters as much as what everyone else wants for theirs and that you can’t prioritize them anymore.

Your starting might look like subscribing to a podcast about creative entrepreneurs, or submitting a guest post idea to your favorite blog or writing a thought on a post-it and putting it up on instagram.

Your starting might look like telling your husband that you’re ready to shake things up, like committing to spending your lunch hours working on building your own business, like raising your hand and saying yes to something that you’ve been dreaming about for years.

Your starting might look different from everyone else’s and that’s okay. Because it doesn’t matter anymore what everyone else is doing. It doesn’t matter anymore if your checklist matches theirs. It only matters that you start.

Because the start is magic. The start is what tells the Universe that you’re ready, that you’re here to stay, that it’s your turn. (tweet it)

The start is what gets you on the path to your How. The start is what sets you apart from everyone else. The start is what signals to the world to look the fuck out because you are a force to be reckoned with.

The start is what starts it all.

And I want you to start. Big or small. Just start already.

But don’t wait. Don’t let your enthusiasm wane. Don’t try to be more ready or in a better position. Because that day won’t come.

You won’t be any more ready a year from now than you are today. You won’t feel any different if you let this chance pass you by and hope that it comes around again.

You won’t look back on this day, on what you’re feeling right now and feel glad that you dragged your feet and didn’t take action.

Do something that your future self will be proud of you for: Start.

PS. If you’re ready to make your start in a safe, supported, and structured environment, applications for It’s Business Time are open for one more week. There are only 8 spots available and applicants are being accepted on a rolling basis. Don’t delay – your turn is here. Are you willing to take it?

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Raise your Hand Say Yes with Meg Worden

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I am such a big fan of Meg Worden and was thrilled to have her on the show. To me, Meg is the Queen of Owning It which becomes quickly apparent if you spend any time on her blog at all (I highly recommend that you do!).

In this episode, Meg and I talk about so many things – defining yourself as an entrepreneur, Meg’s time in federal prison and how she’s owned her experience, the power of telling your story and embracing vulnerability. Meg also shares ways that you can get started in telling your own story and embracing your experiences.

Meg, thank you! You are such and inspiration to me and having you on the show was such a treat. 

PS. Applications for It’s Business Time are open! If you are ready to turn your big dreams into a legit business in just 6 months, we’ve created just the thing for you. Spots are going quick (only 10 available) so don’t delay!

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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Renegade Mothering

Hannah Marcotti

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