Energy is Everything!

Tony Robbins says “Repetition is the Mother of Skill”

Jo Barnes says “Energy is the Mother of Productivity!”

I have had a terrible day today.

Coming down off my big trip no doubt, I couldn’t sleep last night and was up listening to podcasts and reading from around 2am until 5am.

My lovely hubby to be let me sleep in from 5 – 9 and when I woke I felt weary but ready for action.

I jumped on my bike (only 1 week left until Ride 4 Kids) and cycled for 90 minutes while – she ashamedly admits – I did not watch productive videos on growing your social media following or improving sales funnels.

I watched 2 episodes of Outlander! I have to say it certainly made the stationary indoor cycling much easier and as I haven’t been on the bike for almost 6 weeks while I’ve been traveling and I just needed to get some time on the saddle!

The rest of the day has kind of gone by in a haze of tiredness.

The cycling coupled with a poor nights sleep, add in a carb heavy lunch and it was sayonara baby.

My to do list went by the wayside and I had an altogether very unproductive day. 😟

Energy is everything.

Without energy you will not function at your best.

Even the smallest little bumps in the road will feel like Mount Everest and your primal brain will talk your more action taking pre-frontal cortex out of everything positive you want to do.

We must do everything we can today to ensure we have maximum energy tomorrow.

Drink plenty of water, eat nutritious foods, exercise enough but not too much and ensure we get enough sleep! (Note to self there).

And if you are someone who struggles with sleep deprivation I have heard that ‘The Sleep Revolution’ by Arianna Huffington is a good read although I have not read myself, so don’t take my word for it.

I’m off to bed.

Night! 😴

Stop managing your time, Start managing your focus – Robin Sharma!

I’ve just come back from 5 weeks traveling and my good friend Kate said to me, ‘You’re probably feeling a bit discombobulated at the moment’! 🥴

She’s bang on the money, I am indeed feeling a little confused & disconcerted. Primarily because after so long away from any semblance of routine I’m now trying to regain some momentum on my priorities.

However in just 1.5 weeks I am riding 700km’s over 6 days for charity and then 3 short weeks after that we’re moving house and then traveling to Hawaii for the summer. 🏝

So the question is how do you manage your time and your priorities when you’re constantly in a state of flux? Which of course many of us are, whether it’s because of travel, or family responsibilities or external commitments.

It’s very rare these days that any of us have a solid 8 hours a day of focused time to work on the things that are important to us.

Therefore as the very wise Robin Sharma said;

Here’s how I’ve taken that statement and incorporated into my life;

This morning I wrote out very specifically my ‘ideal’ goals for the rest of the year.

This helped me to get clear on what I’m focused on.

Then I simply said – ‘what can I realistically get done in the next 2 weeks to help me move forwards towards my goals?’

I can’t look beyond the next 2 weeks, because my life is in such a state of flux all of the time I can only plan a very short time ahead.

However because I’m now focused on 5 very clear & specific goals for the next 7.5 months I know where my attention needs to be in the next 2 weeks.

Then in 2 weeks from now I’ll review where I’m at and set the targets for the following 2 weeks.

Whether you have 1 hour a day or 10 hours a day to work towards your dreams, the clearer your vision of where you want to be the easier you’ll find it to focus.

Make It Happen! 🙂


OMG, I love this app.


I use so many photo apps for FB & Instagram to attempt to make my pics look more artsy and interesting, but when I want to create a meaningful quote or add text to an image Typorama is the cream of the crop!

As someone who hasn’t got a natural eye for a design, any help I can get to create nice looking fonts that work well together and sit beautifully on a self taken background image is welcome.

I love this app!

Canva is great in that it has lots of templates & ready made designs, but it can be quite technical and a bit overwhelming, plus you can’t use it offline. But it is my go to Blog Header designer of choice.

Many other apps are the same in that they can’t be used offline which is a pain if you’re trying to prepare images perhaps during offline travel times (which is pretty frequent for me) for publishing later.

But what I love the most about Typorama is that you pick a photo, type in your text OR use one of their random quotes they have in their library, so if you’re feeling a bit short of inspiration, they’ve got you covered.

Then pick a font ’style’ and away you go.

A beautifully presented text image you can save to your camera roll for later use or you can immediately share to all the main social networks!

Happy Days. Give it a go!

Jo 🙂

The War in Our Mind

Every day the chances are we wake up arguing with ourselves.

‘Shall we get out of bed now or have another 5 minutes?’

‘Shall I head to the gym or go later (when I may not go at all)?’

‘Shall I have fruit for breakfast or bacon & eggs?’

‘Shall I post that video, create that content or send that email or shall I surf FB or IG instead?’

The argument of course is;

‘Shall I take the harder, longer term more fulfilling path or the easier instant gratification path?’

The choice is obviously yours as to which path you will take and therefore the end result is yours to bear.

But remember, a war can seem overwhelming and difficult to overcome, so choose your battles wisely.

Give yourself some quick wins and allow momentum to become your friend.

Jo 🙂

Your Lifestyle Business – It’s Totally Doable – Make It Happen Monday Episode 99

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill

I remember when starting out back in 2010, not wholly believing it would be possible to live the kind of life I dreamed about.

I didn’t have much money, I had no online skills and my view of the world was far narrower than it is now.

Back then only the chosen few seemed to be making any money out of the online world.

These days it’s everywhere. Bloggers, influencers, course creators, ecommerce, authors, podcast hosts, youtube stars etc.

The proof that building a lifestyle business is possible is now all around you. On Instagram, Facebook, Netflix etc.

The opportunities are endless.

And you CAN do it, if you believe you can….

Watch Episode 99 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!

Home Again!

Here we are, another Sunday is upon us!

Gosh the weeks roll around fast.

Can you believe tomorrow is Episode 5 & the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones! That all happened fast didn’t it?!

Plus I am finally back after 5 weeks on the road!

Borneo, Kathmandu, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Madurai, Kochi, Maldives!

Big, fun & amazing trip!

But my adventures continue! (Never a dull moment).

I now have 2 weeks to train like crazy for my 700km Ride 4 Kids bike ride.

Please sponsor me! Just $10 will make such a difference to a child’s life & believe me I’ll work for it! –

Then when I get back from the ride, only 3 weeks to pack up the house as we’re having to move due to our landlord selling the house we’re in. 🤨

Then we head off to Hawaii for a month! 😃

In the meantime I want to focus in on my FB group & start Recording my new ‘Your Lifestyle Business’ course!

It’s all go! 😯

So what’s keeping you busy? Are you on track with your goals?

Are you reviewing each week & making the main thing the main thing?

Just take an hour today to plan the next 2 weeks.

What are 1 or 2 key things you would like to get done in the next 2 weeks?

Let me know in the comments below & in the meantime stay focused my friend.

Have an amazing Sunday! 😁