Love this layout, thinking of changing the whole blog!

My goal last year was to create a post a day.

I failed within a day!

My goal this year is to create a post a day and so far 8 days in, I’ve been successful. Why?

Because this ‘Jo’s Musings’ layout really lends itself to small, fast, daily insights which make it super easy for me to post every day.

In fact I like it so much, I’m thinking of changing my entire blog to just this. A continuous stream of smaller posts without featured images, the need to click through and all the sign up gubbins at the bottom of every post.

So let’s look at the pros and cons;

Pros

  • It allows me to easily post every day which I’m really enjoying
  • This means I can get more content out there and help more people
  • I can easily post my Make It Happen Monday videos (see yesterdays post), my podcasts, valuable articles and everything I would usually do on a blog post.
  • Visitors can read right from one page just scrolling down without clicking anywhere, which is fabulous for mobile phones, bandwidth, waiting times etc
  • Without featured images there will be less images which will speed up the site (always a bonus)
  • It’s super user friendly! 🙂

Cons

  • It won’t be as SEO friendly – less inter-site links, smaller posts etc, but I’ve never really got my head around SEO anyway and there are a multitude of ways to attract people to your site – user friendliness being a major one!
  • I can have comments, but they somehow need to be slightly hidden behind a ‘click here to comment’ button or they’ll take up too much of the page (when I start getting some decent engagement!)
  • I can’t have related posts or my sign up here to get my ebook image at the bottom of each post, again would take up too much space (but I could easily have an unobtrusive link to my ebook at the bottom of each post, plus it’ll force me to be more creative on social media to get people to sign up)

Hmmm, food for thought.

What do you think? Do you like this layout or longer separate posts?

Come and join my facebook group and let me know! (It’s also where I do all my training for how to start & grow your lifestyle business, so it’s well worth joining!)

Other than that keep your eye on my blog for potential imminent changes!

Have a great day!

Jo 🙂

 

January 8, 2019

How to Start Building Your Lifestyle Business This Year

This weeks Make It Happen Monday was recorded on a beach outside the most beautiful hotel in Phuket called The Surin.

My partner took me there recently for a little romantic getaway.

I always wonder about the location of recording my videos as I look around YouTube and see so many different formats, which one works best?

I’ve decided that as my entire brand is about building a lifestyle business, my videos should represent my lifestyle, which is all about travel, culture, people and beaches!

So this coming year expect to see Make It Happen Monday videos from Phuket, Australia, UK, France, Borneo, India, The Maldives, Kathmandhu, Hawaii & Japan! Big travel year this year :)

In the meantime, here’s this weeks MIHM Vid.

You can see the full post here – 4 Ways to Start Building Your Lifestyle Business – Make It Happen Monday Episode 82

 

Have a great week!

Jo :)

January 7, 2019

What to do if you feel you don’t have what it takes.

I read a lot.
 
I listen to podcasts a lot.
 
I love documentaries, valuable youtube videos, Ted talks etc., and I consume lots & lots of business and life lessons over and over.
 
I keep hearing similar messages that to be the best you need to go deep not wide. Routine is the secret to success and consistency is essential!
 
In other words;
 
  • Specialise & focus on one thing (I’ve said it myself in the past).
  • Create a daily routine to maximize productivity (have also said that)
  • Be consistent (with your message, your brand, your content schedule etc) – have said that many times
 
The challenge for me is, that my life & my personality suit none of those things.
 
I’m absolutely rubbish at focusing on one thing!
 
At any one time I have a million things happening at once.
 
Right now, I help my other half with our ecommerce business, I’m training for a huge 700km charity bike ride, I’m writing a book, I’m writing this blog, I’m booking and recording (and editing, uploading etc) podcasts, I’m recording videos, I’m trying to be a great Mum to my 12 year old daughter, I do Yoga for a minimum of an hour a day, I do a weekly radio show here in Phuket, go out regularly with friends and I’m working on getting my not for profit ecommerce idea off the ground.
 
Oh and I have a beautiful beach 20 minutes down the road which of course requires a frequent visit.
 
Focus??? Yeah right!
 
Regards routine, it’s nigh on impossible to create any kind of routine when you travel more than you don’t and are constantly in different timezones etc., and consistency? Well let’s not even go there!
 
So what does it mean when you find you struggle to follow conventional wisdom?
 
That you can’t be the best at anything you do? That you won’t be successful?
 
Poppycock.
 
Firstly, please remember that everyone is different. What’s good for the goose isn’t necessarily good for the gander.
 
Yes bloggers, journalists, authors etc have found similarities in successful entrepreneurs, celebrities, sports personalities etc, but that’s because they’re looking for them.
 
I bet if you sat Richard Branson & Elon Musk down next to each other you could find just as many differences as there are similarities.
 
Secondly we all love to look for systems to success.
 
If I create a morning routine like Tony Robbins then I might be as successful as Tony Robbins, that kind of thing. This is natural and comes from the solid advice, ‘if you want to do something well, look for people who have done it before you and emulate them‘.
 
But you’re not them. You may not have the same goals as them or the reasons for doing what you do. So by all means take inspiration from what they’ve done, but do it in a way that suits you.
 
Thirdly, I tell my daughter all the time, stop comparing yourself to others and start measuring yourself against yourself.
 
Are you doing better now than you were last year?
Have you improved in the area you’re looking for improvement in?
Are you happier? A better person? In a better position?
 
However it is you are measuring success to yourself.
 
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you have to be honest with yourself.
 
I know that I’m not great at focusing so I have to do things in short bursts to retain focus. 
 
I know that I’m terrible with routine so I have to be a constant action taker (a doer as my Mum would say) to get everything I want to do done. (Hence why I tend to get up at 5am and rarely watch TV)
 
To be consistent I know I need a team around me (even if just an assistant) to do those weekly or daily tasks that can make such a difference.
 
You have to know where your weaknesses are and create systems and strategies for those.
 
And don’t worry if it doesn’t come all at once.
 
Get going, then improve and get it right as you go along. As my good friend Mario Brown says – Take massive imperfect action. It’s better than taking no action at all.
 
Don’t waste time & energy worrying about what you can’t do, focus on what you can do, then get out there and Make It Happen!
 
Jo :)

January 6, 2019

The Moment

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
Neil Gaiman
 
This quote popped up on my computer this morning by best selling author Neil Gaiman.
 
You know that moment, the one where you say to yourself, why should I publish this blog post, picture, video, comment etc? The one where you say why should I apply for that job, volunteer work, position etc? The one where you say, why do I think I can run my own business, website, side hustle etc?
 
The one where you say, I’m, not good enough, who’s going to listen to me anyway, I’m not interesting enough, I don’t have the right credentials, I’m not young enough, pretty enough, slim enough, good looking enough, tall enough, clever enough, xxxxxxx enough – you fill in the blank.
 
That’s the moment. That’s the moment where you say;
 
“The one thing that I have that nobody else has is ME. MY voice, MY mind, MY story, MY vision. Today, right now I’m going to write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only I can!”
 
Thanks Neil! :)
 

January 5, 2019

From Australia to Phuket

Today we are heading home!
 
Home being Phuket, Thailand.
 
Home from a wonderful 10 days in Australia. Visiting family, seeing the Myer windows, buying clothes I cannot get in my size in Phuket, seeing the School of Rock (absolutely brilliant show!), seeing The Grinch with my daughter & Bohemian Rhapsody with the in laws, coffee & nibbles with my friend of over 25 years, eating Meatballs in the best meatball restaurant in Melbourne!
 
Traveling to Sydney to watch the NYE fireworks from a boat in the harbor, plus stay in the smallest hotel room ever! (Looked like something out of the Alien films).
 
See the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island, spend a day on the beach, eat fish & chips & Dim Sims (start the New Year off well!), watch Pelican feeding & Stingrays and enjoy the beautiful weather & scenery that Southern Victoria has to offer.
 
All in all a great & fun start to the year.
 

January 4, 2019

The Penguin Parade – Phillip Island

Ahhh, this is the cutest thing to see in the world.
 
Phillip Island, a beautiful spot in Southern Victoria, Australia is home to some 32,000 little penguins.
 
Little penguins are the smallest of all penguin species standing at around 33cm tall, which is what makes them so darn cute!
 
Every day after spending between a day or a month at sea, they return home to feed their little ones or make new babies!
 
The one remaining colony down in Phillip Island is protected by Phillip Island Nature Parks Australia, which is a not for profit, ecotourism organization.
 
So that’s how we, as visitors to the Island get to see the penguins without causing any damage.
 
The Nature Park has set up specific viewing areas & boardwalks so the return home at dusk can be viewed at an acceptable distance and we can watch the little critters reunite with burrows & babies as they waddle up the beach & hillsides.
 
It’s a fantastic experience for kids young & old and highly recommended.
 
Here’s some pics. Please note you’re not allowed to take pics at the event so I nabbed some of these from their website.
 

January 3, 2019