Observation Without Judgement

Observation Without Judgement

I had to repost this fantastic Instagram post by my good friend Hayden who is the Manager of our local gym.

Observation without judgement
 

This hit me like a tonne of bricks yesterday as I read it and realised as a self rated non-judgemental person, how much I actually do judge!

For started I’m always judging myself and am usually giving myself a hard time over something! My resolution this year was to be a bit kinder to myself mentally!

But sometimes without even realising I judge friends and people I meet. I judge their moods, their behaviour, what I think they’re thinking about me, what I think they’re thinking about others, what I think they think about themselves.

Why do we do that?

I had a whole conversation with someone yesterday who was trying to gauge a mutual friends reaction to a message she had sent when the other person had not yet responded!

How do we know what they’re thinking until they actually tell us.

It’s crazy.

This post is so true. Whatever you think is going on in someone else’s head, remember it’s a reflection of how you see the world.

You can never be inside someone else’s mind and truly understand how they see the world, even your closest loved ones.

You haven’t lived their life, you haven’t been through what they have, seen what they’ve seen, been who they’ve been.

You have only lived yours and therefore everything will be slanted to how you view the world.

From this moment forward and I challenge you (it’s not going to be easy), next time you’re in a conversation with yourself or a friend or colleague, try to simply observe without any judgement whatsoever.

Phew it’s a toughie but I have a sneaking suspicion it will lead to greater inner peace.

Let me know how you get on!

Jo 🙂

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

I love Valentines Day. Just as I love Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Birthdays etc.

Any chance for an extra reason to remind us to celebrate life or each other sounds like a good thing to me.

And yes I understand the comments about commercialism and exploitation etc. But the world is hard enough and sad enough as it is.

Let’s take these moments and use them as reminders to tell the ones around us how much we love and appreciate them, whether you choose flowers or just a big hug & a kiss.

Have a wonderful Valentines Day wherever you are.

I appreciate you!

Jo :)

Happy Valentines Day

Building Trust & Authority – Part 1 – Finding Your Audience

Building Trust & Authority – Part 1 – Finding Your Audience

Do you ever feel like you’re creating & publishing content to an empty space?

You write a masterful blog post, record a great video, excitedly put it out into the world and then………..

…….nothing.

Maybe a like, possibly a share, perhaps a comment from a good friend, but other than that, nada.

Fear not my friend. I’m right there with you at the moment.

Having had a 2-3 year break away from this space, it’s like a lifetime online and here I am starting all over again beginning to build that trust and authority that I once had.

In fact this week I started to question whether there was still an audience that wanted to know how to build a business they could run entirely online.

Had the world changed? Did people want something else now?

After looking through facebook pages, instagram accounts and blogs of authorities in the digital marketing space, travel blogs and self development sites, I’m happy to report the thirst for that knowledge is alive and well, if not even more so now the model has been proven over and over again.

So how do you get started building trust and authority in a market saturated with awesome influencers, who appear to be years ahead of you, have a million connections and who you can’t possibly compete with?

Know the feeling?

Well, step one is don’t compete.

The world is big enough and there are enough people looking for your knowledge, experience, product or service that you just need to find your own voice.

As you grow think collaboration not competition. Celebrate the fact there are lots of other people doing what you want to do as it means there is a market.

You just have to find your own unique voice that resonates with the people you want to attract.

So who do you want to attract. Start there, write down precisely who you want your audience to be (super important, don’t focus on who you think your audience should be, ask yourself, who would you love to be your ideal customer, client, reader etc) and then do what I did yesterday….

Make a list of all the influencers, authority blogs, instagram accounts, facebook pages etc., who you think your ideal audience are currently following.

The questions and conversations happening on these platforms are going to serve as inspiration to get your content off the ground and ensure you’re creating the kind of content your audience wants to hear.

Look out for Part 2 of this series – “Serving Your Audience”

Have a great day!

Jo 🙂

Have You Tried Yoga?

Have You Tried Yoga?

Oh my how I love Yoga.

It has literally transformed my life.

When I started my health journey back in 2016 40kg’s (80lbs) overweight and struggling to even pull myself out of a car door, I started with yoga.

Just a video a day in front of the TV.

Within a year I had adopted healthier habits, lost 20kg’s and was stronger, more flexible and felt younger than I had in years.

Some 3 years later I haven’t stuck to doing it every single day like I hoped I would, just like all of us life gets in the way sometimes, but I regularly get back in the saddle and am currently doing my latest 30 day program with the lovely Adrienne, my yoga mentor for the last 3 years.

You can find her channel and info here if you fancy giving it a go yourself.

I always feel so much better when I’m incorporating the classes into my daily life not just from a physical perspective, but mentally it’s an opportunity to focus on YOU.

It’s like a moving form of meditation, deep breathing, focus and self love. It’s truly beautiful.

Managing stress in our lives is so very important and I believe relates directly to happiness & productivity.

So if you’re looking for an outlet, give this a go!

Have a great day!

’Super Bendy’ Jo :)

This is Your Moment – Make It Happen Monday Episode 87

This is Your Moment – Make It Happen Monday Episode 87

It’s so easy to get caught up setting goals and planning for the future that we forget to live for right now.

The crazy thing is that right now, this very minute is life.

It’s not where we’ve been or where we might be going, it’s what’s happening right now.

Perhaps if we spent more time in the present than in the past or future, we’d be far happier and content with our lives.

Check out todays episode for 3 tips on living for right now and to hear the conversation I had with an incredibly positive young man from Myanmar yesterday….

Jo :)

Watch Episode 87 Here

Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. I’m here to help!

Also, please share with your friends if you think this Make It Happen Monday episode has been useful and of course have an amazing week, live life on purpose and Make It Happen.

Thanks for watching!

It’s Sunday review time!

How did your week go?

Did you achieve all your goals?

Now is the time to look back over the week and be super honest with yourself.

Did you set too many goals? (Always a habit of mine!) Maybe you didn’t challenge yourself enough.

If you set some goals that you didn’t achieve, maybe they’re not as much of a priority as you think they are.

If you can, just take 20 mins out of your day today to make sure you’re heading in the direction you want to and set goals for the week ahead that will empower you to take action and make it happen!!!

Have a great week.

Jo :)

Is It Taking Longer Than Planned?

Is It Taking Longer Than Planned?

Is your business taking longer than planned to get off the ground?

Do you find yourself pedaling fast and going nowhere?

Do you ever feel like packing it all in?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can assure you, you’re not alone.

Starting and running a business (even a small one) takes a lot of time, effort & patience.

A bit like my weight loss journey.

I frequently hear myself say to my other half, ‘never have I worked so hard for so long with so little results’.

But I know it’s coming.

I know that I’m stronger and fitter than I was 3 years ago. I know I’ve slowed down the aging of my body, and can do things now I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) do before.

I know that I’m sharper, have more energy and feel better in myself.

I know that I’m following the right process and making good decisions for my body, so I’m certain the weight will eventually follow.

It’s the same with business.

Look around you. How much more do you know now than you did a few years ago?

How much more open is your mind? How many more opportunities do you see? How many more people do you know?

How much more excited rather than scared by technology are you?

Provided you’re following the correct processes and making good decisions for your business, the money will eventually follow.

Have faith, it’s coming! :)

Quick & Easy Travel Videos

So yesterday I talked about the phone app InShot.

Here is an example of a video I made in about 20 minutes showcasing my recent trip to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.

Please note I have only played with it a couple of times and most certainly have not used all the fabulous features available.

But what a great way to quickly & easily create little travel videos to include on blog posts and on social media!

I look forward to getting better & better the more I do! :)

Yippeee! Best Option For Mobile Posting!

Yippeee! Best Option For Mobile Posting!

After spending the last few days testing various methods of writing, preparing & uploading posts for my blog from my mobile phone while on the go, I have discovered the best option by far!

The biggest issue I had was posting images.

Because I do a lot of travelling I like to showcase the places I have been, but when uploading images to WordPress via my phone, the full size image is uploaded which would slow down my site considerably.

Plus I couldn’t create & edit a nice gallery style effect for the pics.

Also I couldn’t prepare properly while offline and would therefore have to wait for an internet connection to start uploading hefty images which if the connection was a bit dodgy which it frequently is when travelling, my photos may not upload anyway!

So here is my solution;

1. Write the post in Evernote first.

Evernote works on & offline, meaning you can write out & prep your post completely offline. Evernote will sync when back online.

2. Use an app called – InShot. (Download from App Store)

InShot is a photo editing app and has a huge range of collages, photo editing tools, stickers, text, backgrounds and all sorts to create super fun images you can use for blogs, social media etc.

It also works for creating funky videos! (See tomorrow’s post).

3. Copy & paste your post from Evernote into the WordPress app on your phone!

(Be sure to choose ‘post without formatting’)

If you’re offline simply save as a draft.

4. When you’re online add your considerably smaller sized collage you’ve created and away you go!

This is how I’ll be doing all my posts on mobile from now on.

If you’re someone who wants to create blog posts on the go and use pics & videos I do hope this is useful to you!

Happy Blogging! 😁

Testing Creating a Post on Mobile

Testing Creating a Post on Mobile

In my quest to find the best way to prepare & upload blog posts from my phone and on the go, today I thought I’d just have a go at creating a post from the actual WordPress dashboard but on my mobile.

From here I’m hoping I can add all the usual formatting, plus add galleries etc.

Let’s see what we can do!

1. Add Images

Your Lifestyle Business

Random Buddha Image

OK so I’m going to leave this image as is. As you can see it’s on it’s side and even though I have tried to move to the correct position on my phone, no can do. :(

2. Add Gallery

Cannot edit gallery positioning on phone!!! This is it. Frustrating :(

3. Add bullets;

  1. First Bullet
  2. Second Bullet
  3. Third Bullet

Yep bullets work, as does usual formatting like Bold.

Or a Headline

Summary

It’s certainly not the easiest thing to do on mobile as the page keeps resizing as you edit and I keep losing where I was on the post and suddenly getting kicked off etc. Plus I can’t edit the gallery positioning or the images it would seem.

Hmmmm, more testing required!

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