3 Reasons Why I Love Monday

In my last post, I talked about why I love Friday. As a follow up to that, I thought this post was appropriate. 3 reasons why I love Monday.

 

It’s the start of the week and I’m sitting here in my office with sparkles in my eyes.  Yeah, corny I know, but absolutely true. Monday is one of my favorite days of the week because the possibilities are endless for the week. I work from home and after the weekend has ended, Monday signals the beginning of my work week and as a result, I end up working more on Monday than I do any other day of the week.

 

Here’s why I love Monday (and why you should too)

Monday is #1

 

Not in the sense that it won a race and came in first, but it is the first day of the new week.  Think about it as a new beginning cause it is. Businesses reopen. Everyone is rested from the weekend. It’s #1! I love Monday because I always get so much done after slacking around all weekend and having fun.

 

It’s a great time to start projects

 

If you’ve spent your weekend partying or resting, Monday is the day to begin a new project. I usually start scripts or chapters of books on Monday because it’s when I’m the most rested and usually raring to go. The first day of the week is my powerhouse day for writing so I take advantage of it whenever I can.

 

It’s a great day to look forward

 

Not only is it a great day to start a project, it’s a great day to make plans for your week or month or whatever. The start of the week is when I chart out my week of writing and other work related duties.  I sometimes like to figure out what I’m going to do for the weekend too. Planning usually takes up a good chunk of my time on Monday and I look forward to it every week. I make plans to write, work out and do what I need to do to keep my life and business in order.

 

So that’s why I love Monday.

 

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Overnight Success

Overnight Success

When I’m not writing, I like to watch movies.  Heaps and heaps of movies. They comfort, entertain and inspire me.

 

Anyway…sometimes I’ll be watching a film and I’ll be so impressed by an actor’s performance that I’ll go to Wikipedia or the Internet Movie Database and look them up cause I want to know what else they’ve been in so I can watch them be awesome in other movies.

 

And you know what blows my mind almost every time I look one of em up? 

 

Nearly every single one of them has been performing for years before they catch their breakthrough and become to get recognized.  Call it the 10 years to ‘overnight success’

 

Here are some great examples:

Jeremy Renner, you know him as Hawkeye in The Avengers, has been acting since the mid-90’s and had his break out and overnight success with The Hurt Locker.  Now he’s one of Hollywood’s most in demand actors.

 

Jessica Chastain is another one of these overnight successes.  She’s been acting since the mid-2000’s and had her break out in 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty. Now she is finally getting roles worthy of her talent.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch has been performing since college and working in film and TV since the late 90’s. He had his break out performance and became a household name in 2009 with Sherlock.

 

Comedian Ken Jeong from The Hangover spent nearly 20 years trying to break into films and tv doing stand-up while also practicing medicine as a physician. Yes, you read that right, 20 years.

 

Jane Lynch, 53, had been in Hollywood for decades taking small roles on TV and in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models, but it wasn’t until she joined the cast of Glee she became a household name.

 

Alan Rickman studied acting for years but didn’t have his big break through until Die Hard at age 42.  Now we all know him as Snape (and we love him).

And there are many many more overnight success stories like these.

 

So what can we learn from these ‘overnight successes’?

 

Number one thing is you’ve gotta follow your passion and do what you love.  I bet if you asked any of the aforementioned actors, they would tell you that they love what they do and cannot imagine not acting, even when they are passed over and rejected for roles.  Even when they have to take a day job to pay the bills.   I imagine they’d also say that it doesn’t feel like work because they love acting so much. .

 

Another thing that we can learn from these actors is that they refused to give up.  They just kept going even when it was rough. When you follow your passion and heart and really love doing something, giving up isn’t an option.   You simply do not give it up.  Ever. You keep going.  You do not quit.  You keep going.

 

There is no thing as an overnight success.  Yes, it may look like they were overnight successes,  but were they really?  After working or struggling for 10 years or more, is that really an overnight success?  Um…not really. So getting there may take longer than a year or two.  So what?  If you’re doing something you love, you aren’t going to notice and like I mentioned before, you aren’t going to give up.

 

You gotta believe in yourself, your talent and have confidence even when no one else does. No matter what anyone says to you or does to you, whether you face criticism or praise, you have to believe in yourself.  Without fail.  Believe in yourself cause you’re fabulous.

 

You are.  Just like those actors that we all love.  You are fabulous!

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New Month, New Beginnings

Is it really September already?  Damn!  Where has this year gone already? I swear it was just like January 1st and now it’s September 1st!

The start of a new month.  A new beginning.

 

I love the first day of the month. Why, do you ask?  Well, it gives me an excuse to look back on the previous month and see what I’ve accomplished.  I find such great pleasure in looking back a bit and saying, WOW! Lookee what I did!! (or didn’t do ha ha). I spend part of the day writing down the statistics from my websites and blogs.  I do a monthly money inventory.  I journal what worked and didn’t work for the previous month. I update my business notebook…and I celebrate.  All of it.  Both the successes and the failures.

 

The other big pleasure I get from the first day of the month is goal setting and planning.  Actually, I really love love goal setting and planning. I get out my journal and write what I want for the next 30 days.  I let myself dream big and then I write them out like a movie as if they’ve already happened.  I get out a piece of paper and put the really big goals in giant letters or numbers and I color it in.  I hang that by my desk where I can see it everyday.

 

You’re probably wondering why I do this like clockwork at every start to every month and why I love it so much!  Here’s why:

 

If you don’t have a map of where you are going, how will you know how to get there or when you get there?

 

Goal setting and planning is like your virtual map. It’s also a really great concrete way to keep your goals and dreams at the forefront of  your mind and heart.  Oh, and the Universe likes it too cause it’s shows that you are seriously about what you want. Writing it down makes it even that more powerful. Also, did you know that the most successful people in the world write down their goals everyday?  Yes, everyday!  A good place to start if you aren’t used to writing down your goals is with monthly goal setting.

 

I challenge you to try setting some goals for this month and writing them down.  Put them in a notebook or make a small poster type sheet that you can hang by your desk or workspace.

 

Write down three things you’d like to accomplish this month. 

Imagine that you already have them.  Play this visualization in your mind like a movie and write it in your journal.

Make a Goal Sheet that you hang by your desk or work space.  Keep it simple and make it fun!

Track your results as the month goes by.

 

You’ll be surprised by how much this simple act can profound your life.

 

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Success and Freedom in Life: An Interview with Karen Strunks

I say this all the time because I really mean it, but I love what I do because it brings me in contact with amazing women like the one featured in today’s interview, Karen Strunks.  When I came across her and her blog, I was instantly drawn to both her, her writing, her life story and what she does.  She’s absolutely amazing, successful and nice!  I could gush on and on about her, but I’ll shut up and let her take it away!

 

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Karen Strunks

 

I’ve been reading your blogs for a while and I’m always amazed by your story. Could you share a little bit about who you are and how you came to be where you are now, doing what you are doing?

I come from a very traditional, aka boring, background of doing 9-5 office work. It sucked the soul out of me and made me very depressed. One day, after 10 years being in the same job, I walked out and decided to take control of my life and that started my pursuit of life of freedom. I began my entrepreneurial career 9 years ago as a dominatrix; an alternative career choice but with hindsight it was not surprising I chose to do empowering work where I was the boss. It was liberating. I had a taste of freedom, doing what I loved and making money on MY terms.

 

From there I went on to become a professional photographer, which in turn, led me to embracing the world of social media and sharing my experience and expertise in that area. Today I help freedom seekers and entrepreneurs create a life and business exactly on their terms, doing what they love and making the money that they want. No compromise.

 

It’s been an incredible nine years. There’s been travel, adventure, working with global brands, giving lectures at universities, speaking in front of audiences of 400+ at conferences and receiving global press on tv, radio, newspapers and magazines, all the while following my passions and helping people.

 

What are the 3 biggest lessons you have learned being an entrepreneur that you wish everyone knew before they started their business?

Follow your own rules, trust your instincts and act on inspiration.

 

Never, EVER, fear failure.

 

Success and making money is as much about mindset than it is about taking action. More so in fact.

 

When I see you photos and read your stuff, I sometimes wonder, does she ever have a bad day? Ha ha….So what do you do when you have an off or bad day? How do you break through that?

Haha! Sure, I do have days that aren’t as brilliant as others, or days when I feel frustrated by having such high ambitions and things aren’t happening fast enough, or just the odd ‘off’ day, but they aren’t that common. I work on my mindset and positivity every single day so I am able to get out of more ‘negative’ moods quite quickly. Besides, if I start moaning about it, I’ll just be entering into victim/martyr mode and spreading that negativity to other people, and where’s the good in that!

 

If I have something to share of a less negative nature, such this post about a bad relationship, Be Careful Who You Let In When You Are Feeling Weak. I tie it in with a lesson or something inspiring or motivating so it’s of use to the reader and it not just me having a pity party.

 

From where I stand, you are very very successful. I want to be like you. How do you quantify and celebrate your success?

How I quantify success; can I do what I want, with who I want, when I want, where I want? Can I wear what I want? Can I set my own schedule? Am I following my passions? Am I in complete control of my life and destiny and not answerable to anyone?

 

If the answer is YES to those questions, I am successful.

 

The bottom line, before the more material, outward signs of success (though I am VERY money positive and encourage wealth creation) is FREEDOM. That’s what drives me. That’s what success is to me.

 

I don’t really stop to celebrate! I’m always moving forward. Perhaps I should have some celebrations!

 

What has been the most rewarding thing for you since launching your own business? What has been the most disappointing thing?

The most rewarding thing is that I have done it, and I am still doing it. They say it’s not the goal that matters but who you become in pursuit of that goal. Never a truer word spoken! It’s been a roller coaster. I’ve been tested. I’ve held on when it’s felt like my world has been crumbling. I’ve withstood what would make most people run back to the ‘safety’ of a job. Would I do it all again. YES. Even the hard times have been rewarding!

 

Working with people to build their dream business and helping them to change their lives is incredibly rewarding. My clients do the work and I think I get more excited about their success than they do lol.

 

Disappointing thing… Hmmm. I’m not sure. I don’t tend to focus on the negative. If something doesn’t work out I just move on quickly.

 

What’s the best advice you have for someone like me who may be struggling a bit, but still shows up everyday and does the work?

If you don’t give up, you cannot fail. Keep taking action in the direction of your goals. Base your decision on where you want to be, not where you are now or your circumstances. On a practical level, offer something awesome for sale every day, reach new audiences, and make sure that you are on track, following your passions, working with people you love hanging out with and having fun!

 

What is the biggest motivating factor for you in life and business?

Freedom. That’s it.

 

What is your favorite or best client/customer story?

Oh, it’s hard to pick a favourite! I’ll pick a recent one. In the words of my client…

 

‘I was thinking about how appreciative I am for your support. You have been a true life changer for me!’

 

This is from a client who is committed to doing what it takes for as long as it takes. She has incredible tenacity and it’s a privilege to work with her. But that’s what I do, help people change their lives.

 

How can my readers find you and connect with you?

I’m everywhere! lol.

My blog is here are karenstrunks.com.

Tweet me at @karenstrunks

Watch my business, success, money and life videos on Youtube

Join my FREE facebook group, Rebel Business Bitches, where I hangout every day to help and answer any questions. It’s for women who are sick of the flowers and unicorns in the female entrepreneurship and who mean business!

 

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5 Easy Steps To Removing Your Blocks To Success

You Blockhead!

5 Easy Steps To Removing Your Blocks To Success

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about subconscious blocks.  Not the kind you build stuff with, but the kind in our minds and hearts.   The blocks I’m talking about hold us back from what we want to do and achieve.

So what is a block?  Well, it’s found in our sub-conscious and is based on some belief we have. I’m not going to go into detail because there are tons of books on the subject that you can read.  These strong held beliefs, they hold us back and we don’t even know it.   And the other thing about them is that they can be about anything.  Money, success, love, relationships, body image..you name it.  And they are a pain in the ass.

What can you do about them?

5 Easy Steps To Removing Your Blocks To Success

(so you can have everything you want!!  WOO HOO!)

1. Identify your blocks

Do you find yourself wanting to make more money or lose weight or find a boyfriend/girlfriend, but it never works out?

You are probably have a block when it comes to whatever the thing is that you desire.  To identify the block, you need to write down what you feel when you think about the thing you want.   Here’s an example from my own list about money:

Rich people are greedy, mean, ugly and horrible people and I don’t want to be like them.
Having money turns people into self righteous assholes.
I fear that I will never have enough money.

Make your own list.

2. Identify what emotions arise when you read your list.

Next to every item on your list, write down what emotion you feel immediately when you read it.  Do the things on your list make you happy?  Sad?  Angry?  Resentful?  Joyful?

For my example above, I pretty much felt angry and resentful when I read those items.

3. Create an opposite list

For this one, you are going to want to take every item on your list and write an opposite statement.  Basically you are reframing all of the items on your list.

Using my list above, here are my opposite statements

Rich people are generous, kind and wonderful people and I  want to be like them.
Having money turns people into loving and caring people.
I will always have enough money.

4. Read your new opposite list and note your new emotions

When reading your new list, take note of your emotions again.  If you are feeling any sort of negative emotions like anger or resentment again, you need to rewrite the opposite statements until they do not bring up any negative emotions for you.

5. Review your opposite list frequently

Whenever you start to feel any negative emotions towards something that is on your original list, be it from something in your life, get out your new opposite list and read it.  After a while, you will notice that your block will start to dissipate and you’ll see and feel your life change.

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Jump Up & Shine!: An Interview with Petra Monaco

One of the best things I love about my life and business is that I meet some of the most amazing women from one of the business forums I belong to.  One of these women is Petra Monaco.  She’s a life coach and the creator of Jump Up and Shine, her latest program to help anyone blast through whatever may be holding them back and start living a life of their own creation.

On Saturday, Petra and I talked about what’s been blocking my path to greater success with my business.  In just one half hour session, she gave me some very good simple ideas to use everyday to help me achieve both my personal and business goals.  I have to say that she’s a great coach and recommend her and her programs to anyone that wants to have more success and happiness in their life.  So without further adieu, let’s hear what Petra has to say!

What is Jump Up and Shine?

Jump Up and Shine my new coaching program that will help you to

  • Stop struggling with life and get clear on what you want and why
  • Harness your personal power clearing what is getting in the way
  • Open and explore your self-care regimen and define your support
  • Get ready to take action, step into your greatness and shine

What is your background?

I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. I have always loved the idea of owning a business and when my son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, I knew that entrepreneurial ship was on the horizon for me.

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Petra Monaco, Life Coach and Creator of Jump Up and Shine!

What inspired you to create Jump Up and Shine?

Jump Up and Shine is based on my own experience on how I define what I want in life, why I want it and then clear the road blocks to get there. I include self-care and support system, because the reality is we can’t always do it alone.

How did you get into life coaching?

Years ago I watched the TV Show “Starting Over” and I was inspired to do this but had put it off as I was dealing with my son’s health and other personal challenges such as divorce and single parenting. I began work as a therapist and continued to engage in self-growth and my own personal development and through various instances noticed that I was no longer aligned with my job. I remembered life coaching as an option and delved in.

What is being a coach like?

It is absolutely exciting to watch someone get on the road of going after their dream and achieving them. I get to be a cheerleader, mentor, guide and support system for women who believe that they can achieve their dreams just need some help.

What sort of services do you offer your clients?

I offer my Jump Up & Shine program which is a 1:1 program but also additional 1:1 coaching with Discovery Sessions and Transformation Sessions.

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Jump Up and Shine!

What do you hope your clients feel after a coaching session?

I want my clients to feel like they are participating in an energetic party that is filled with laughter and excitement.

What is your favorite/best client story?

I have one client who used the word eventually pretty much in most of our conversations. One day I challenged her to not use this word any more. She was able to transform her thinking and create her website noting that the word eventually actually held her back.

How can my readers find you?

I can be found at www.petramonaco.com or they can connect with me on Facebook

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with my readers?

I am also a social media manager at Unusual Bits, another business of mine in which I help small business manage their social media. And I am an Artist at Hippie’s Creations in which I sell my crochet, wood burnings and wood paintings.

Petra Monaco –
Author &Life Coach www.petramonaco.com
Artist  www.hippiescreations.com
Creative Manager www.unusualbits.com