Relish Obscurity – Make It Happen Monday Episode 91

Do you ever feel completely invisible?

As a woman it’s amazing how as you get older you do actually become more and more invisible as you walk around, but I’m digressing… 😉

I mean online.

Your blog, your website, your social media accounts etc.

Do you find yourself posting every day, making videos, writing posts, creating fancy infographics but when you publish….

…nothing. Crickets. 😮

Hmm, yes, I know how you feel.

After a a bit of a break from the space I’m in a similar position at the moment, rebuilding my audience all over again and right now it’s very quiet out there.

But that’s OK! In fact it’s perfect!!!

Watch todays video to find out why…..

Watch Episode 91 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!

Happy St Paddy’s Day!!!

Oh man am I glad to be home!

Some 183km’s later, my shoulders are killing me, my nether regions are a bit sore but I did it!

93km’s yesterday, 90km’s today. Whoop Whoop!

I did a 125km ride at the end of last year actually on the same route and you can see that video here;

I’d love it if you would support my endeavors to raise as much money for these beautiful children and give them opportunities they might otherwise never have.

Just $10 will completely change a childs life.

You can sponsor me here – https://gogetfunding.com/ride-4-kids/

So I’m back and heading over to a friends house for St Paddy’s Day celebrations. Yippeee!

I remember years ago (in my 20’s) hitting the pubs of London all dressed in green for a crazy & chaotic afternoon out for St Patricks Day.

Not that I’m Irish you understand, but it’s a great excuse for a day out a bit of a booze up! LOL!

So no matter where you are in the world, see if you can get your hands on a pint of Guinness and raise your glasses to St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland!

Before you do however, while still sober, do make sure you’ve reflected on the last week and planned for the next one.

Remember Sunday is our day for checking in with our goals. Are you moving in the direction you want to?

Have you achieved your weeks goals?

If not why not? Perhaps something else became more important this week.

For example I wanted to do podcasts this week, but actually decided figuring out how to distribute my blog posts across FB & Instagram was more important. (That was a fun moment, tearing my hair out over Instagram posting apps – more on that this week).

However, if you got taken over by more ‘urgent’ things and life got in the way as it tends to do, please remember;

If you don’t prioritise your life, others will. Make sure you make time for the important, not necessarily urgent stuff or it will never happen.

Prioritise Your Life

Have a great week!

Jo 🙂

The Importance of Accountability

Today I am cycling 93km’s into Phang Nga (a province of mainland Thailand), with a group of 4 other crazies.

We’re staying at a hotel tonight and tomorrow we will cycle the 93km’s back.

This is a practice ride for the big 700km ride at the end of May.

I have to be honest and tell you, I don’t want to do it.

I really am not keen on biking, especially on some of the deadliest roads in the world (according to CNN).

But I have to do it.

I have to do it because;

a – It’s all to raise money for children who have had a far harder life than I can ever imagine

b – I committed to it very publicly in front of a large group of people

c – I’ve been raising sponsorship money for the big ride – you can sponsor me just $10 here – https://gogetfunding.com/ride-4-kids/

I have 100% total accountability to see this through to the last kilometer of the 700km’s in May.

My message is, if you want to achieve a goal which seems impossible (a 700km bike ride across Thailand over 6 days seemed pretty impossible to me), get yourself held accountable by any means you can.

Then when the going gets tough and you hit the hard days when every bone in your body is telling you to pack it in and stop being so silly, you have to keep going no matter what!

A quick side note. I have done the same with my blog.

I set myself a goal to write a post a day. I created a feed style page for all my posts and called it ‘Daily Blog’.

If I start missing days, it would hardly be a ‘Daily Blog’ would it, so I’ve created a situation in my business where I’m holding myself publicly accountable for achieving a goal I have set myself.

How can you create accountability for yourself starting today??

Do Small Things With Great Love

I love this quote from the amazing Mother Teresa.

Do Small Things With Great Love
 

Do you know what amazes me actually (slightly digressing). Mother Teresa died around the same time as Princess Diana, and while Diana’s death caught the attention of the world, Mother Teresa who had dedicated her life to serving others slipped away almost unnoticed.

Says something about the world we live in. But todays post is not a political one, it is about the quote itself.

I think sometimes, we all believe we are destined for great things.

I’m almost 47 years old and I had some very grandiose ideas of where I would be in my life right now and although I have an ah-maz-ing life, I haven’t quite reached the echelons of grandeur I originally had planned.

I do still have big ideas for the next 40 years so we’ll see how we go, but in the meantime while reaching for those great things, we can do small things with great love!

In a few weeks I will be cycling across Thailand for two children charities here in Phuket. 700km over 6 days! (I’m not sure love will be on my mind while doing it!) But the fact I volunteered to do it and am training hard definitely comes from a place of love.

On Wednesday last week I gave a speech at an International Women’s Day event which was also a fundraiser for the same charities.

Every 6 months or so we gather unwanted clothes and take them down to the local Burmese camps here in Phuket.

Small things, done with great love.

Remember while you’re hoping or planning to make an impact in a great way, you can be doing some small things right now with great love!

Jo 🙂

Amazing Tips for Taking Iphone Photos

I’m not sure where I came across this guy but he’s phenomenal!

I love to take photos on my iphone but am not an amazing photographer.

I’ve even thought about taking some photography courses, but most I have researched immediately advocate buying a nice big expensive camera.

Money aside, when traveling I love the convenience of the small iPhone rather than hoiking a big expensive camera around with me.

Then last week I came across a chap called Emil Pakarklis.

You can find his YouTube channel here.

Some of the tips he’s given me have already improved my photo taking abilities and I’m consuming all his youtube videos & blog posts like candy! 🙂

He also shows you how to edit your photos for maximum impact, taking photos at night and I found some features of my iPhone I didn’t even know existed!

Check out these photos, the normal version, the ‘bounce’, the ‘loop’ and the ‘long exposure’ version. Who knew those features were there!

Waiotapu Thermal Park - NZ

Waiotapu Thermal Park – NZ – Loop GIF Photo

Phuket Airport

Phuket Airport – Basic Live Photo

Phuket Airport

Phuket Airport – Bounce Photo

This is an unsolicited recommendation for Emil, I don’t know the chap, but his videos have been super helpful so if you love taking photos on your iPhone and want to post amazing posts on Instagram etc then he’s your man! 🙂

Emil on YouTube

One Thing

Last year I read ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan. I enjoyed the book but have to say I didn’t immediately go out and start practicing the ‘one thing’ theory.

For starters I have so much more to focus on than just ‘one thing’ the whole model seemed unsustainable for me at the time.

Sometimes however we need to hear the same thing in several different formats before it kicks in and we start to take action.

While preparing my speech for the IWD lunch last week, my other half Rhett encouraged me to listen to an episode of ‘The One Thing’ podcast, as inspiration for my topic.

It did indeed but it also brought the main question of the book back into my sphere of thought.

“What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

When I first read this question I really couldn’t get to the bottom of what it meant in my life.

However this time when I listened to it, it took on a new meaning.

The episode I was listening to was Losing 50 Pounds in 5 Months with Chris LaGarde. (Definitely worth a listen if you’re on an ongoing weight loss journey like moi!)

But he gave a practical example of weekly food prep as his answer to that question.

If he spent every Sunday prepping his food for the entire week then it made eating the correct portions etc throughout the week far easier and stressful evenings in the kitchen completely unnecessary.

I loved this practical example and it brought the question alive for me.

So in my business for example, if I focus almost exclusively & entirely for the next 12 – 24 months on building my audience, then it will make everything I want to do in my business so much easier and aggressive sales funnels completely unnecessary.

If I have a huge audience of people who love my posts, my videos, my content etc and then I launch a new book, or a new product, or a video course, or a not for profit project (one of my big goals) etc, much of what I do will be sold before it hits the ground.

That’s the benefit of focusing intently on ‘one goal’ of building my audience.

With my fitness & weight loss goals, over the years I have been weight training, done Zumba, yoga, cycling, spinning, walking, keto, paleo, slimming world etc and now vegan.

But now I’m focusing almost exclusively on just eating as many fruit & vegetables as I can get into my body every day. Everything else happens anyway as I have classes (did spinning & yoga this morning).

I’m already seeing a difference just by focusing on that ‘one key thing’ in my diet.

So I ask you;

“What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

Ask yourself that question in each priority area of your life and start focusing on just one important thing that could really create a huge impact in your life!

Have a great day.

Jo 🙂

You Have to Make Time

I’ve never been great at time management.

It’s definitely one of my weaknesses.

I just never seem to be able to judge the time it will take me to do something.

I always think I have more time than I have and invariably I’m rushing out the door because I misjudged again or setting myself up to fail in the day because clearly the list of things I want to do versus what I can actually achieve are two completely different things! 😳

At least in the last year I have stopped looking for organization apps online and use my Wunderlist for my To Do’s and a pad to write out the most important things I must get done each day.

But one thing I have learned over the last couple of years is that for the things that you really want to do but always get pushed to the bottom of the pile because there’s seemingly always something more important to do, will NOT get done unless you make time to do them.

If they are that important to you, you have to include them in your daily schedules.

Exercise for example.

We know that on a daily basis we need to move our bodies, but isn’t it amazing how you can fill up your day with work, family, friends, dinner etc and all of a sudden the day is gone and you didn’t get out for that walk or do that yoga session in your head you planned to do. 🤨

We all have the same period of 24 hours each day.

There is no-one in the whole world that has more time in the day than you have. But different people have different priorities.

So work out what your priorities are. Not your ‘urgents’, your priorities.

The things that you really want to do as opposed ‘have to do’ in a day.

20 minutes of yoga
The outline for the course you want to create
The outline for the book you want to write
Your blog post
Your social media post

I’m just making things up here, but whatever is important to you to move you closer to your goals.

If you don’t prioritize your life, believe me other people will!

Your have to’s will happen anyway because they have to!

So focus on your ‘want to’s’ and all of a sudden you’ll find that time does indeed stretch! 🙂

International Women’s Day Speech – Make It Happen Monday Episode 90

A couple of weeks ago I recorded an MIHM episode asking you this very question;

“Are you putting your ass where your heart wants to be?”

Two weeks later and I’m on stage putting my ass where my heart wants to be giving a speech for an International Women’s Day lunch here in Phuket. 😮

I was super nervous before getting up on stage, but once I got into my stride and focused on delivering my impassioned message, I loved it!!!

I want to do more!!! 🕺

Anyway, the subject for my talk was of course – “Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be” with the main theme being about grabbing life by the balls and being who you truly want to be in this world!

It’s a 15 minute speech full of stories, great examples of strong women and lots of laughs and I hope that it truly adds value to you, your life & your business.

Thanks so much for watching, have an amazing week ahead! 🙂

Watch Episode 90 Here

Here is a download link to my slides, hope they help! :)

Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be – The Slides

Or click this image;


 

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!

Maroon 5 – Bangkok

Hello! Happy Sunday! 🙂

Last night I went to a Maroon 5 gig at the Impact Arena Bangkok.

It was a fun night, but I have to say it’s not one of the best live gigs I’ve been too.

The band were good, the music was great and they played classic Maroon 5 after classic Maroon 5, so it was a great sing along to all their best tunes.

But there was no engagement with the audience, at all. We got a couple of ‘how you doin Bangkok’s’ and that was about it.

Also while singing Adam Levine had little stage presence. Very different when he picked up a guitar which was absolutely magic!

Towards the end they did a couple of acoustic numbers which were much better and at last he sounded like the Adam Levine I’ve been listening to for the last 14 years.

(Can you believe they’ve been around for such a long time! All credence to them).

But as I said they did all their classics and so the evening was just one big sing along and therefore lots of fun.

Now we’re on route back to Phuket and I am writing out my ’To Do’ lists for this week, which just seem to be getting bigger and bigger each week!

I did not have a very productive week last week as my head was primarily caught up in my speech all week. (Look out for tomorrows MIHM episode).

So this week coming is a big catch up week for me.

How about you??

Have you reflected on your week and planned the coming week?

That’s what Sundays are for!

Hope you have an amazing week.

Jo 🙂

Build a New Model

Happy Saturday!

I’m off to Bangkok today to see Maroon 5 in concert! Very excited. So I’ll keep this short.

I read a quote this morning which said;

’You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete’ Richard Buckminster Fuller.

It’s really made me think about my life and what I’m trying to change.

For example. Last year I set myself a goal to write daily blog posts and failed because my model was 1000 – 2000 word ‘how to’ posts, which took time to research, write, create images etc.

So I built a completely new model based on the Seth Godin blog model of having my posts more like a feed, all on one page, scrollable from top to bottom without having to actually click through to each individual post.

Thereby turning my posts into 200 – 300 word daily musings (which is what I originally called it – Jo’s Daily Musings).

It’s made my precious blog model obsolete and made it possible for me to write & publish every day.

So, now I’m looking at how else I can incorporate this into my life to make it easier for me to achieve my goals.

This weekend, ask yourself, what new models can you build to make your life easier??

Have a good one!

Jo 🙂

Happy International Womens Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

Started back in the early 1900’s IWD was a vehicle to gather women together from across the world to demonstrate & protest for equal rights, the right to vote and hold public office.

Over the years it became a day to promote radical social reforms up until the 21st Century when corporate sponsors began to use it to promote feel good messages.

Today, each year has a specific theme to highlight hardships, women in developing countries, violence, gender discrimination, empowerment etc.

Source – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women’s_Day

This year, the theme is ‘Balance’. ‘Better the Balance, Better the World’.

My favorite quote for the day;

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist

IWD for me is about men & women working together to create a better world.

It’s up to us to educate our sons & daughters that collaboration is the key.

And we must celebrate our differences, rather than strive to be the same.

Men & women are different which is why they work so well together.

Women shouldn’t have to act like a man in the workplace anymore than a man should have to act like a woman in the home.

We need to bring our uniqueness and our strengths and weaknesses to each and every area of life and look to each other for understanding and support.

If you do nothing else today, man or woman, recognize your strengths and weaknesses versus those of your spouse, friends, family members etc and vow to accept the differences, excel where you can and support where they can’t as they should you.

And if you have children, teach them from the get go, the future is togetherness. Men, women, black, white, muslim, christian.

It is only through our love can we eradicate hatred.

Happy International Women’s Day 🙂

Frustrating Websites!

I tend to do a lot of research through my days.

Looking at travel websites, business bloggers, foodies sites etc and I have to say some websites are so incredibly frustrating I click away almost immediately!

Listen up as this is a great post to take heed of if you’re a website owner!

Sometimes, before I’ve even got past the headline a pop up pop’s up, which on a mobile is crazy annoying as invariably it’s not easy to close it down.

But here’s where I really lose my rag, I close the pop up only to be redirected to the top of the page and another offer or list builder which takes me away from the post I wanted to read.

I scroll back down to my post only to be greeted by something that flashes out at the bottom or the right of the screen once again covering some of the content I want to look at!

That’s it. I’m off.

I totally get that websites want to build their lists. I do too. But you need to get people interested in your content first, otherwise they’ll only unsubscribe from your list anyway.

A solid email list of subscribers is built out of trust and loyalty. If your content is so good that readers come back again and again and then sign up because they want more, that’s the best kind of subscriber you can have.

So create awesome content, include some attractive but unobtrusive offers to sign up for more info and slowly but surely build a list of loyal subscribers who will stand the test of time, oh and will also recommend your stuff to their friends!

Jo 🙂

P.S. If you’d love to know more about how to build a business you can run from anywhere in the world, click the image below! (Thats what I’m talking about!). 😉

International Womens Day Speech

Well have I been moving out of my comfort zone lately!

Firstly skiing last week which was one of the scariest things I have done for a while and then today I was a presenter at a lunch attended by 150 people!

Here in Phuket we have two main charities who hold lots of various fundraising events – Phuket Has Been Good To Us & The Good Shepherd.

Today they held an International Women’s Day Lunch at which I was invited to make a speech.

I nervously accepted the invitation as I haven’t spoken in front of a crowd in any meaningful way since I did a talk about Facebook Marketing in Auckland in 2011 (which, to be fair, was probably not my finest speaking gig ever!)

So I decided to take Steven Pressfields quote – ‘Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be’ and make that the title and theme of my presentation.

I was one of three presenters and I was so nervous! 😳

I kept saying to myself, which is more scary Jo, skiing or presenting and every time skiing came out on top, but that did nothing to stop the butterflies from flying vigorously around my tummy!

But guess what!?

It was awesome!

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, was clearly in my element and had the audience clapping even before I finished!

Oh how I wish we believed in ourselves a little bit more sometimes. Imagine what we could achieve if we just went out into life every day believing we were amazing individuals capable of anything! 🙂

I will be posting the video as next weeks Make It Happen Monday episode so look out for it!

After skiing and now this, I’m feeling very excited today and believe I can achieve anything! 🙂

Family You Choose

I’ve just spoken to one of my bestest buddies on the phone.

I’ve known Caz for well over 15 years or so and it was a friendship born out of a work relationship.

At the beginning we weren’t hugely close, mainly drinking buddies and someone to moan too about our dysfunctional relationships / bosses. But over time what began as a casual mate ship developed into a deep and unconditional bond that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

I live in Phuket, she lives in the UK so the most we see each other is once a year. We probably chat on the phone twice a year and send a general what’s app message every couple of months.

But when we speak it’s as if we were together yesterday. And if the chips were down I know we’d be there for each other.

I probably only have 4 or 5 people in my life I feel the same way about and I feel lucky to have that many.

Friends are the family we choose and I for one am so grateful I have such an abundant and loving family.

Reach out to a friend today and let them know how much you appreciate and love them.

It’ll make both of you feel amazing and will also remind you how much you’re loved.

With love & gratitude,

Jo 🙂

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone – Make It Happen Monday Episode 53 (repeat)

Last week I was skiing in a beautiful little town called Avoriaz in France.

It’s the second time I’ve skied in my life, the first being two years ago in the same lovely little town.

But to be honest because I’m a beginner and there was a two year period between trips, it felt like my first time all over again!

The first two days I cried a lot and told myself it was too hard and by Day 6, I was parallel skiing down a small blue run and loving it!

I wanted to make this weeks Make It Happen Monday episode while there, but life got in the way and I didn’t get round to recording a video, but I remembered I’d recorded an episode the first time I went.

So I’ve watched it today and to be honest, I couldn’t say it better this time!

Everything in this episode is exactly what I would say right now having just got back.

Life does begin at the end of your comfort zone and even though it can seem super scary and almost impossible at the time, if you persevere, there are rainbows beyond!

I hope you enjoy the episode…

Watch Episode 53 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!

Sunday Again??

OMG, it’s Sunday again!!!

So many Sundays. It’s amazing how you notice how fast the weeks go by when you’re focused on reviewing each week.

So I know that I achieved my goal of maintaining Daily Blogs this week because I wrote & scheduled the entire weeks worth of daily blog posts before I left for France!

Yippeee! Preparation is the key.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a whole heap of work to do when I get home.

So this week for me other than my daily blog posts, I would really like to get my podcast up and running again.

So that’s my big goal this week to record & edit the next months worth of podcast episodes, also to give a super valuable speech at the International Women’s Day event on Weds.

How about you? Did you have a good week? What have you got planned for this coming week?

Have a fabulous one!

Jo 🙂

Uh Oh, I’m Getting Addicted to Instagram!

So I have always been a Facebook girl.

I started my entire online career immersed in facebook fan pages and teaching others how to build communities & emails lists using facebook.

I spent hours and hours playing with facebook ads and again created courses & ebooks and teachings on how best to use FB ads.

So after a bit of a break away it was a natural action for me to once again start posting on facebook. It’s comfortable, it’s what I know.

However, I couldn’t help but notice the prevalence of Instagram in business today and so decided to check it out. (Plus its the only way I can actually communicate with my daughter when we’re not together!)

After just a few weeks of playing with it, I love it!!!

For my brand which is so much about pictures it’s absolutely perfect and it’s so easy to take a photo, add a filter, a caption and away you go!

I’m just starting to get my head around stories & tags etc, but expect lots of updates & posts on how I’m working on spreading my message & increasing my followers & brand using Instagram.

In the meantime, if you’re not yet following me I’d love to see you over there. You can find me @jobarnesonline (your lifestyle business was taken).

I’ll be sure to follow back!

See you on Insta! (I’m so down with the kids).

Jo 🙂

Jo on Instagram

This Time Next Year I’ll be Married

I just realized that yesterday was the 28th Feb and this time next year will be 29th Feb because it’s a leap year and I’m getting married on 29th Feb 2020!

How exciting!

We have secured our wedding venue and I have just started sending out invitations via an amazing website called Greenvelope. The invites are completely online with cute little envelopes that open the invite as a gif on your computer.

It’s fab!

So here’s some pics of the venue.

Its being held in Phang Nga just North of Phuket Island on mainland Thailand and the location is absolutely stunning!

We’re getting married at sunrise and then having a huge party which will last throughout the day into the evening.

We have been together for 10 years now and I feel so blessed to be marrying my best friend and the absolute love of my life.

He cares for me, supports me, encourages me, believes in me and loves me just as I am, as do I him. We couldn’t be any luckier to have found each other if we’d tried.

So now I just need to focus on looking amazing in a white blingy swimsuit! 🙂

Stop Watching The News

“Stop watching the news
Because the news contrives to frighten you
To make you feel small and alone
To make you feel that your mind isn’t your own”

Spent the Day in Bed – Morrissey

I tried to figure out how to delete the news app from my phone last week.

Turns out you can’t but you can turn all notifications off so you don’t get the primarily depressing stories popping up on your phone at all hours of the day & night.

How easy it is to get addicted to headlines.

I even tried to tell myself it’s because I wanted to stay informed about what was happening in the world.

My partner told me if he heard one more rant about Trump he’d leave me.

Regularly reading the news makes me angry, sad, incredulous, disappointed, confused and amazed at the shite we are fed & that we allow ourselves to focus our attention on.

The world is an amazing place. The only way to stay informed is to get out and live it!

Get out from in front of the TV, your phone, your computer & experience life.

At the very least stop reading the news & allow your view of the world to come from what you see around you, not what’s fed to you from someone else’s ‘skewed with an agenda’ view of the world.

Have a great & news free day!

Jo 🙂

Persistence and Showing Up is More Important Than Talent

I have decided I want to write a book.

In fact I’m not going to lie.

I decided probably some 10 years ago I wanted to write a book, but for some reason I haven’t yet.

Hmm, so what’s the reason? Oh you know, doubt, fear, insecurity, judgement, total procrastination!

Only the very emotions that hold so many back from getting out there and achieving their dreams and that I talk about and rally against at every available opportunity.

(See you’re not alone).

So what’s changed?

I’ve spoken in a couple of recent posts about an interview I saw recently with best selling author Steven Pressfield.

It’s clearly had a huge impact on me as I think I’ve now mentioned it three or four times.

He said – ‘Persistence and Showing Up is More Important Than Talent’

Does that mean I think I have no talent?

No not at all, but continuously worrying about whether you’re good enough rather than just showing up, making it happen and getting better with practice means you’ll never know whether you really are more talented than you think you are.

That’s why I started my Daily Blog. I wanted to get into the habit of writing and publishing every day without fail.

Just persistently showing up.

What is it you want to do that you’re not currently doing because of fear of failure or judgement etc.

What can you start doing right now to simply start showing up?

Make it Happen! 😀

(P.S. I’ll let you know when the books live!)

Preparation is the Key to Consistency!

As much as I really want to post live updates while I’m skiing in the snow mountains of Avoriaz, I remember from last time how terrible the internet was and so in preparation for bad connectivity I am preparing an entire weeks worth of Daily Blog posts so as to ensure I maintain my consistency of posting once a day.

Truth be told I do this in all sorts of ways.

I record 4 or 5 Make It Happen Monday videos in one sitting usually, although I also get many flashes of inspiration while out and about after listening to a podcast, or having a conversation with someone and so I also do random episodes from various places around the world.

The reason I haven’t been consistent with my podcast is because I don’t have several episodes lined up to go out weekly and time runs away with me every week. (This is my next job)

I have memes, quotes & images pre-designed to post on FB or Instagram on a daily basis.

All consistency is down to preparation.

You are so much better acknowledging that life will get in the way of things you want to do sometimes and the better prepared you are for those forks in the road the less they will actually impact you, than kidding yourself that of course you can fit it all in (like I frequently do).

Get prepared and be consistent.

Have a fab day!

Jo 🙂

Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be – Make It Happen Monday Episode 89

Are you truly happy?

Are you being the person you want to be?

If not, why do you think that is?

I’ll tell you my theory, it’s because to be who we really want to be is actually much harder than just plodding along in life getting by.

Being who you want to be and achieving true happiness takes putting your ass where your heart wants to be! (Thanks to Steven Pressfield for the brilliant quote)

This morning my ass was not where I wanted to be, which was on a cold beach in West Wittering!

Made for a good setting for this weeks episode of Make It Happen Monday though.

Watch todays video, count how many times I say the word ‘ass’ for fun and listen to the message.

This one sentence has had a profound impact on my life, it could do the same for you.

Enjoy! 🙂

Watch Episode 89 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!

B-School & Sunday Review

Happy Sunday!

How’s your week been? Productive I hope.

It’s Sunday review time, so how have you done? Have you achieved what you set yourself for this week?

As I said yesterday I’ve been in the UK visiting family this week, but have also been working on a speech I’m giving at an International Women’s Day event in Phuket in a couple of weeks.

To be honest it’s taken me hours to write it. I’m only talking for 10 minutes, but it’s not my usual audience of budding entrepreneurs wanting to know how to build a business they can run from anywhere in the world.

This is a diverse range of women from all cultures & creeds, some of whom might be interested in business, many of whom probably won’t be.

So, I’ve been trying to come up with a subject all week that applies to us all in some way or another and I’ve written maybe 10 different rough drafts, none of which really went anywhere until Thursday morning.

I was very inspired recently by the Steven Pressfield quote – ‘Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be’ and so I decided rather than write a speech, write a potential blog post about what that means to me.

2160 words later I have a pretty darn good speech I think!

Other than that I have continued to write my daily blog posts, have almost finished my book outline (on the plane yesterday) but have not recorded anymore MIHM eps as planned. So will have to get my ass in gear this week in the snow!

I tell you what I did do this week though.

I joined B-School. Please note I am not an affiliate so this is not a sales pitch.

I decided I wanted to add a bit of style & class to my business (and our ecommerce business) and Marie Forleo has oodles of that, so I jumped in!

It also proves that no matter how successful your business is, you never stop learning!

If you jump in also, do let me know so we can make contact and compare notes. Exciting!

So, I better be off. Have arrived in Avoriaz in France for a week of skiing and I have a lesson starting shortly.

My heart is in my mouth and I’m really not looking forward to it at all, but I know by the time I write tomorrow I’ll be all excited and full of my nursery slope achievements! 😉

I must say though it’s breathtakingly gorgeous here. Pics to follow.

Have a fab Sunday, I’m setting no intentions this week other than to publish a Daily Blog.

Make sure you write out your goals, stick them somewhere prominent and Make Them Happen!!!

Jo 🙂

Home is Where the Heart Is! :)

It’s Saturday and as you read this I’m on route to Avoriaz in France to meet up with friends and go skiing for the week!

I have to say, I’m in two minds about the whole thing.

I first went skiing two years ago and the biggest lesson I learned was not to start skiing in your 40’s!

You’re too full of fear!

I spent the first 2 days crying and then once I’d got the hang of it the last 2 days merrily skiing down the Nursery slopes feeling like a pro!

However some 2 years on, the fear has all returned and I’m nervous as hell of hurting myself, even though I’m much stronger & fitter than last time.

Anyway, keep your eyes out on FB & Instagram for pics & updates!

In the meantime I just had a lovely if not slightly chilly week in the UK visiting my Mum, Sister & family.

You know we travel all over the world and live in a beautiful hot country but there’s nothing like putting on a big jacket, a beanie and wondering around in the British countryside / seaside.

I couldn’t stay here for too long (bit too chilly for me), but oh my gosh is it nice to go shopping in the UK. So great to find clothes that fit & food that’s properly refridgerated!!! 🙂

I could shop til I drop!

Anyway, here’s a few pics of my trip.

Looking forward to sharing what I know will be truly beautiful snaps from the mountains of Avoriaz!

Have a fab weekend.

Jo 🙂

What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failing…

So I read a blog post recently entitled – ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail’

I loved the question and it immediately conjured up visions of being a famous popstar (childhood dream – now passed on to my daughter funnily enough) or running a world changing charity with Richard Branson. (Could still happen!)

But it also made me think, how failure means such different things to different people.

Is failure never running the business you want too and being a stay at home parent or is failure running the business you want too and never seeing your family?

Different for all of us right?

And what does the word failure actually mean anyway? According to the dictionary it simply means ‘lack of success’.

But success means a multitude of things to a multitude of people also.

This is why years ago I adopted the mindset that failure doesn’t exist.

I know I know, cliche time – it’s not failure, its feedback.

But if we unpack that it’s actually true.

If I do something and it doesn’t work, I haven’t failed, I’ve just realized a way not to do it.

That’s why failure is not actually the issue.

It’s the fear of the unknown that’s the real culprit here.

Hence why I changed the question for this post to – ‘what would you do if you weren’t afraid of failing?’

– Would you start that business you’ve been meaning too?
– Approach that influencer you’d love to work with?
– Talk to that man / woman you quite fancy?
– Send a video to Chris Hemsworth explaining that his wife is pretty but he just hasn’t met you yet? (Just me?) 😂

You get the picture.

Write out that question in big bold letters on the top of a piece of paper and start to list the things you would do if you weren’t afraid of failing.

Then ask yourself what needs to happen for you to take the leap?

You may not find the answer right now, but it’s a great start to getting the ideas flowing and your intentions out to the universe!

Make It Happen awesome action taker! 😎

Building Trust & Authority – Part 2 – Serving Your Audience

What does your ideal audience want?

Do you know?

In Part 1 of this little article series I recommended you identify precisely who your target market is and then make a big list of all the influencers or brands that you think your ideal audience is currently following.

Even if you think you know what your audience wants, you can never truly get a measure of what’s on their mind better than them actually telling you!

By looking at comments on posts, FB lives, images, blog posts, videos etc you can get to the heart of what is really going through the mind of the person you want to reach with your brand.

By reading their thoughts, feedback, comments & questions to your fellow influencers and businesses you have a ready made stream of relevant content you can now create targeting precisely what they themselves have asked for!

Genius right? Thanks social media 😀

So that’s your task for this week.

Pour through all the comments and feedback you can find and make a big list of all the questions and struggles you can identify.

In Part 3 we’ll start going about creating impactful content to catch their attention although the fact that you’re getting to the crux of their thought process means you’ll already be halfway there!

Boom! 💥

Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be

It’s dark & cold where I am at the moment.

I’m a sunshine girl, so I’m not afraid to tell you, I did not want to get up and do yoga this morning.

I’m up way too early and the heating hasn’t even come on yet. (Boo Hoo me right!) 🤪

But I have made a deal with myself this week while I’m away from home and my usual gym, spinning, cycling routine.

I will do 30 mins of yoga every morning and go for an hours walk every day. That’s my commitment to myself.

But the brain is resisting!!! Oh boy is it resisting.

Just like it does when I want to publish a new video, or start on a chapter of my book or create a new social media post or literally do anything which takes me a bit out of my comfort zone (which doing any kind of exercise in the cold certainly does).

It’s amazing how the brain actually starts to make up stories as to why it’s totally justifiable not to the thing you actually want to do.

‘You don’t have to do yoga yet, the body is a bit stiff anyway as it’s cold, why not do it later when you’ve warmed up a bit!’ (That literally went through my mind this morning before I told my own brain to bugger off and get a life)

Oh my goodness why are we always fighting with the little voices in our heads to get the things we want to do done! Surely if we want to do them they should just come easy right??

Well I’m happy to say even the best of the best battle with themselves on a daily basis.

Watch this fab chat Marie Forleo had with best selling author Steven Pressfield all about resistance and how it’s actually perfectly normal. In fact he describes ‘resistance’ as a bad character in a movie who we have to stand up and defeat. Love it!

So I did my yoga this morning and yesterday and the day before that. And I have been doing my hourly walks and writing my posts and making my videos and doing my social media posts, all despite the little voices in my head.

All because Steve Pressfield said – ‘Put your ass where your heart wants to be’

Amen to that! 😇

Create Don’t Consume

Good morning! It’s 6am here in the super chilly South of England.

Clearly suffering from a touch of jet lag I have been awake since 3.10am this morning, but rather than do anything productive, I lay in bed convincing myself to try to go back to sleep while also surfing Instagram for inspiration!

I have decided this year I really want to make Instagram my thing, so I’ve started having a look around, see what other people are doing, how they’re using it, what’s effective and what’s not etc.

This in itself is not a bad thing to do, it’s always a good idea to see what’s working on a platform and what’s not, however….

If you’re building your business and your audience it’s so important you do your research and then get off and become a creator not a consumer.

I got caught up for well over an hour this morning reading posts, comments, looking through stories etc and quickly found that my ‘business exploration’ had turned into complete distraction with all the characters from the Marvel movies!!! (Can’t resist a bit of Chris Hemsworth in the morning)! 😮

Too easy right??

Lesson of the day is – set a time limit for researching other people’s social media content for inspiration for your own.

Know precisely what it is you’re looking for – are you looking at how people have written their bio’s, what links they use, how they’re creating stories, how posts are formatted etc.
Go in knowing what you want to get out, set your timer, do the work, make the notes and then stop!

Time is short, make sure you use yours to create not consume!

Have a great day 😀

My First Six Figures – Make It Happen Monday Episode 88

There are a multitude of different business models to choose from when building a lifestyle business.

You might decide to become a freelancer and build people’s websites, create graphics, write for a living etc.

You might decide to generate profits from your passions, and showcase your expertise via information products or digital marketing.

Perhaps you have physical products you’d like to sell or fancy a go at becoming an Amazon seller.

Whichever model you choose they all require customers.

Your business is predicated on having people to buy from you.

Here’s how I generated my first six figures online and the most important thing you must be doing if you want to build a successful and profitable business that will allow you the freedom to work from anywhere in the world!

I hope it helps.

Jo 🙂

Watch Episode 88 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!

A Fresh But Beautiful Sunday!

Wow, is it Sunday again??

Weeks seem to fly by! That’s why it’s so important to take an hour out each week to review what you’ve achieved & set your intentions for the week ahead.

Otherwise one week moulds into another week and another & so on and all of a sudden a whole year has passed by again!

So I have just arrived in the UK this morning.

It’s a beautiful day if not a little fresh!

Just arrived in London!

Good morning London! 😁

My intentions for the next week are to spend some quality time with my family here, to ensure I continue publishing daily blog posts, record a couple of MIHM episodes on the beach & complete the outlines for the book I want to write and also a speech I’m giving in a couple of weeks time at an International Women’s Day Lunch in Phuket.

I watched Marie Forleo interview author Steven Pressfield last week & he said a book outline should fit nicely on an A4 piece of lined paper. (Such an inspirational interview by the way, highly recommended and I’ll be posting separately about it this week).

Sounds good to me! So that’s my plan!

What are your intentions for the week ahead?

Write them out, stick them somewhere prominent and make them happen.

Have a great week! 😁

India Here We Come!

Yipeee the next Sisters on Tour trip has been planned and booked!

Every year for the last 3 years my sister & I have gone off traveling for 3 weeks in Feb / March time leaving hubby & kids behind!

The first year we did a city tour covering Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo & Kuala Lumpur.

The second year we did a cultural tour visiting, Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bagan & Yangon (Myanmar) beautiful, Siem Reap (Cambodia) life changing & Hanoi (Vietnam), choosing to fly over Halong Bay in a sea plane.

Then last year we did a beachy, snorkel, dive tour and headed to Koh Samui (Thailand), Bohol & El Nido (Philippines) & Bali.

So to this year, quite possibly our craziest trip to date!

Over the course of 23 days in April / May we fly to;

Kathmandu – including a flight over Everest

Then onto India, including;

Delhi
Agra (Taj Mahal)
New Delhi
Jaipur
Varanasi
Madurai

Then off to Colombo in Sri Lanka for a couple of days, ending in the Maldives for 3 days before returning home.

It’s going to be hot, busy, we’re likely to get tummy bugs, but I can’t wait!!!

I love to travel more than anything else so this will be another exciting adventure which I will obviously record here on the YLB Daily Blog!

I look forward to sharing our journey with you.

Jo 🙂

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!

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

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?

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

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 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!

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

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!

Testing WordPress Mobile App

As a constant traveler it’s so important for me to be able to use my phone to write & upload blog posts while on the go.

So I’m testing the WordPress mobile app to see if it does the job!

Right now I’m sitting at home, I’ve turned my phone to airplane mode (as the chances are I’ll be writing & prepping posts while in between destinations on a plane), and am writing this post in the app.

I’m just going to add a random photo & some formatting to see what it looks like & then I’ll save & act as I’ve just got internet access and can now publish!

What fun! 😁 (Nice, emojis off the phone, like it!)

Ok random photo….

Hmmm seems I cannot add image unless I’m online. Will leave the draft image I have added & see what happens when I go online.

I also can’t access the WordPress media library while offline which makes sense, but that means I can’t prep any gallery photos etc.

Ok so pros & cons so far (just adding a random bullet point list);

  1. Easy to edit & add content
  2. Can use phone emojis
  3. Can add photos from phone but flashes up a notification it can’t load as offline so cannot edit, add captions etc.
  4. Can’t access media library while offline.

Ok so saving as draft now & then will turn off airplane mode & see what editing options are then available to me!

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Ok so back online now.

Your Lifestyle Business

Random Buddha Image (from my walk yesterday)

Your Lifestyle Business

Random Test Image

Your Lifestyle Business

Random Beach Image

So there’s no function to add a gallery but I can align, add Alt Text, resize & add a caption.

So let’s see what happens when I publish! 😮

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This is me back on my computer now editing directly within the wordpress app.

The formatting of the pics went a bit awry and I had to move the Buddha pic to a portrait position from here, could not do on the app.

However I couldn’t make it work here either until I had completely redone the bullet points. They hadn’t formatted correctly anyway and something within that formatting screwed up the images.

Lastly one of the images didn’t caption correctly, so I had to amend that.

Summary

The WordPress mobile app is great for basic posts without too much multi media or formatting required. Maybe a pic or two, but more than that I think it will start to do strange things.

Also images from the phone are uploaded max size, so you need to ensure you have an image compression plugin uploaded or all images will be served full size which is massive from a phone!

I’m going to continue looking for a better mobile app to update multi media posts on the go!

There is No Magic Pill – Make It Happen Monday Episode 86

“The shortcut is usually the longest route” – Seth Godin

Do you ever wish there was a magic pill that could help you achieve all your goals in one fell swoop?

A pill to instantly make you thin, gorgeous and fit…
A pill to transport you to exactly where you’d love to live…
A pill that would instantly ensure your bank account was full every month…

A pill, a genie, a fountain of youth, name it what you will but in some sense we all wish there was a faster and easier way to achieve some of our toughest goals.

Unfortunately it’s rarely the case and the longer you spend looking for shortcuts, the longer you’re potentially wasting the precious time you have to actually achieve your goals.

Watch todays video and ensure you’re doing what you need to be doing to create the life & business you truly want.

Jo :)

Watch Episode 86 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!

Sunday Review

I had a thought this weekend about my goals and how I tend to set them and then life gets in the way and it can take me a while to actually sit down and review how I’m getting on.

By a while sometimes it feels like years slip by and I don’t seem to be achieving what I always set out to do.

So how about a weekly Sunday review, I thought?

Every Sunday, I would sit down and look at my goals for the week and measure my progress against them.

Here’s the crazy thing, when I sat down to think about the week gone by I realised I hadn’t actually set myself a goal for this week.

I have my yearly goal and where I’d like to be in a year from now, but what about a month from now or a week from now?

Aha! Perhaps there is the very issue! In my head I think I’ve set goals because I have a huge ‘To Do’ list. (I always have a huge ‘To Do’ list, I’m sure you can empathise with that!)

But I haven’t said, right – this is what I’d like to achieve this week which actually takes me closer to my bigger goals.

So here’s my goal for this coming week and next Sunday I’ll have a review of how I’ve got on.

“I would like to start using the ‘12 Week Year‘ system properly. So this week I am going to stop thinking in terms of a year and start thinking about the next 12 weeks.

I am going to set my 12 week goals and therefore my weekly goals to help me get there and have that written in a plan before next week.

I am also going to ensure I continue writing a Daily Blog post even though I know right now no-one is reading it!

It’s great practise and eventually, there’ll be thousands of readers!!!”

(By the way if you’re reading this, please comment below and say ‘Hi Jo, I’m a reader!’)

That’s it, they’re my goals for this week.

What are your goals for this week?

Be ready to review them next Sunday!

Addicted to Netflix

So a friend recommended a show on Netflix called You.

She described it as a guy who’s a murdering stalker who falls for this girl.

Delightful I said.

And yet, I couldn’t help sneaking an episode in to see what it was all about.

Now I’m hooked!

I hate getting hooked on Netflix shows. Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Suits, Billions.

It’s such a waste of time, plus I always end up going to bed later.

Thankfully I don’t do it often.

Be sensible, just don’t start and do something far more productive with your time like reading or learning.

Now where’s that remote…..

Pinch, Punch, 1st of the Month!

Woweee, it’s the 1st Feb already!

How are you doing with your goals for this year?

Have you written them out and put them somewhere prominent? Have you whittled them down to the most important 2 or 3?

Perhaps you’re working off the 12 week year system and have just finished your 1st quarter!

However you’re managing your progress this year, be sure to stop and review at least at the end of each month if not each week to make sure you’re moving forward and heading in the right direction.

Success is more about momentum than anything else, so keep keeping on! 🙂

Hope you’ve had a great January and here’s to an amazing Feb!!! 🙂

You Don’t Need As Much As You Think You Do

The beauty of running a lifestyle business is that you can work your own hours around your lifestyle!

You’re not constantly stressed by overheads & wages & deadlines & investors etc.

Which means today I could enjoy the beach, the sunset, a beer and a nice relaxing day.

Tomorrow I will get my days work done before sunrise & be free again to enjoy the day.

Does that mean there aren’t days I work all day to get things done and organized? Absolutely not.

Building any kind of business requires hard work and dedication, but if you decide you want a ‘lifestyle business’ ie, a business that simply needs to fund your lifestyle as opposed to a multi million dollar startup. It really doesn’t need to be as hard as many make out.

The question is how much do you really need to fund the lifestyle you’d like to live?
$2000 a month, $5000, $10,000, a million?

Workout what that number is and understand that you probably don’t need as much as you think you do to live a very comfortable life doing something that you love. 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Summary

Facebook Groups

Lastly I just want to touch on groups, as that was one of the questions.

I have to admit the jury is out on groups at the moment.

I’ve used them to great effect as support forums for courses etc. But to grow a tribe on its own, seems like a lot of work when your efforts might be best placed on your main page.

The great thing about groups is that you can engage directly with your audience. But to get the group going you need to be in there every day posting interesting information, talking with the members and encouraging interaction.

Unfortunately FB doesn’t notify members when new postings have been made unless the members specifically ask it to. So the value add needs to so good that your members want to visit every day.

I’m not saying don’t do a group, but be careful with your time.

I’ll update this post as I explore more moving into 2019, my plan is to interview some very successful group owners and find out how they’re using groups for business.

Summary

A lot to take in I know.

I think the most important is to take action and don’t spread yourself too thin.

Create a Facebook page, get to know your target market intimately and start helping, entertaining or educating them with great content every single day.

Have fun with it and get creative!

Any questions please let me know below.

I hope this helps.

Jo 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 10

Part 10 – Don’t Sell – Entertain, Inform, Educate, Inspire, Showcase

Gosh this is a contentious one. I read so much about how you need to be a salesman with everything you do and yet some of the best salesmen in the world never sell.

They inform, entertain, educate, solve problems but rarely sell.

Think how Dove uses real body images to inspire the ‘average’ woman to buy its products.

Red Bull has firmly associated itself with extreme sport.

Gary Vee publishes copious amounts of content to highlight his agency, educate people on products he’s invested in and sell his books.

I’m going to be using travel stories to showcase a lifestyle business.

How you can you creatively showcase your products tied into an interest that your audience may have?

Years ago (1987) in the UK there was a series of adverts for Nescafe Gold Blend coffee. It was basically a love story between two neighbors over a series of ads, but the product for sale was coffee.

People (including me) were absolutely hooked by the story. It was like a mini series!

Check out a compilation of the story here;

It’s genius!

More recently you had The Lego Movie. That wasn’t just about merchandise, that was a revamp of a kids toy brand that’s been about for years! Again absolutely genius.

Now we can’t all go around making TV adverts & movies, but what’s your story?

How can you turn your product or service into something that will entertain, inform, educate or inspire your audience?

Food for thought…

Look out for my final part tomorrow. I’ll be having a quick chat about Facebook groups and wrapping up this little mini series on how to build your brand using FB in 2019.

Jo 🙂

3 Steps to Building Your Brand on Facebook in 2019 – Make It Happen Monday Episode 85

Todays episode was inspired by a question from a member of the YLB community who asked;

‘I want to build my brand and a tribe on Facebook this year but don’t know where to start. Can you help?’

To be honest, the posting on FB is the easy part, it’s figuring out all the stuff before you even set foot on the platform that can prove challenging and which may hold you off from posting.

That’s why the video that follows is really a blueprint for building your brand anywhere online, on social media and on your own website.

Get these 3 steps right and you’ll be well on your way to a successful facebook strategy.

I hope it helps!

Jo :)

Watch Episode 85 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!

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 9

Part 9 – Invest in Ads
 
Ok so this is the one you probably don’t want to hear but is without doubt the fastest way to get your message out there!
 
Right now the advertising costs on Facebook & Instagram are still super low and anyone whop tells you different has obviously never advertised in newspapers, on TV or on radio.
 
When I used to manage concert venues in the late 90’s early 2000’s it would cost me thousands of pounds to advertise on local radio.
 
I would get a few 30 second spots that would then go out to a broad and undefined audience and I would never know whether my message had ever been acted upon.
 
The same for newspaper ads and billboard hoardings on the side of the road.
 
I remember we used to have feedback forms for all customers who came into our venues, asking them to tick a little box to tell us where they had heard of us so we could try to gather some rough data of where our marketing efforts were working.
 
These days on Facebook you can spend a few hundred dollars, reach hundreds of thousands of highly targeted people and get instant feedback on what’s working and what’s not.
 
You can reach them with text, image, video, audio, whatever resonates the most, which you instantly know from the stats!
 
Here’s how I would get started with FB Ads;
 
1. What’s my objective? To get more clicks on my site, more likes on my page, more people to click ’See My Page Posts First’, leads, sales etc. 
 
Don’t just advertise for the sake of it. Every dollar counts so know what it is you want to achieve.
 
2. Research what’s working for the audience you want to attract. No doubt there are other pages similar to yours. So go and see what’s working for them. Which posts get the most interaction. What seems to be encouraging people to comment etc.
 
Don’t be afraid to use what’s working well as inspiration and then create your own ads with that in mind. Never copy by the way, just get out there and get ideas.
 
3. Define your audience. Male / Female / Age / Location / Interests etc. Go narrow.
 
The broader your audience the bigger reach you’ll get but the lower actions will be taken. Try to get as narrow and as niched as possible. That way you’ll resonate far more with your audience and are likely to get much better results at a much lower cost.
 
4. If you already have an email list, create a custom audience and then a lookalike audience which will allow you to advertise directly to people with the same interests / demographics as your current audience.
 
5. Start with small budgets, $10, $50, $100, test & measure, test & measure, test & measure.
 
Success with FB Ads is all about testing, measuring & tweaking! Check out my good friend Liz Melville’s website for more info on creating ad campaigns that work!
 
Look out for Part 10 tomorrow – Don’t Sell – Entertain, Inform, Educate, Inspire, Showcase
 
Jo 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 8

Part 8 – See Me First
 
On FB pages there is a funky little button under ‘Following’ that says ’See First’. If you can encourage as many people as possible to click that little button then guess who’s posts they’ll see first in their newsfeed every day?
 
The best way I’ve seen this done is by Gary Vee who recorded a little video of himself asking the viewer to click the button to see his posts first in their newsfeed.
 
I fully intend to create my own video doing the same but for now, you could take a screenshot of your page, add some annotations and start posting it across FB or your site.
 
I’m going to be sending mine out in an email. If I can encourage my subscribers to interact with my page, they may be more inclined to share / spread the word.
 
How to Build a Tribe on FB - 2019
 
Look out for Part 9 tomorrow – Invest in Ads
 
Jo 🙂

Sometimes We Have Bad Days

Sometimes we all have bad days.
 
Days where nothing seems to go right or your energy levels aren’t there or something p’d you off early in the day and you can’t talk yourself out of it.
 
You know what I’m talking about.
 
And so it is.
 
We’re only human after all!
 
Don’t beat yourself up. 
 
Perhaps we’re having a bad day to remind us how great, the great days are!
 
Reframe, chill out, grab a cuppa and put it down to experience.
 
Tomorrow will be better.
 
Jo :)

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 7

Part 7 – Engage
 
So you’re out there, you’re posting regular content, you’re adding huge value, you’re interesting, you’re vibrant, quite simply your content is awesome!
 
So why does it still feel like a ghost town around your FB page?
 
It’s a great question.
 
I’ve been having a look at some of the best blogs and pages online and those with the most activity follow a similar system;
 
1. They post consistently, whether that be once a day or 5 times a day they’re consistent about it.
2. The posts are regularly engaged with by either the page / blog owner or a member of their team.
3. They post content which encourages engagement either with subtle call to actions or within the content itself (examples below)
4. They’ve been doing it a while and probably started just like you are wondering why their FB page was a ghost town!
 
Consistency & Persistence trumps anything and everything!
 
Here’s some examples of great content pieces which encourage you to interact even if you weren’t planning too!
 

Gary always says it like it is and evokes emotive and passionate discussion

Marie asks questions in her description of the video which will make you react one way or another and want to see more…

Seth chooses emotive subjects that he knows his audience will react too. I love his take on every day events.

Marie takes a great quote, makes it relevant to her brand “figureoutable”) and adds a not so subtle call to action – ‘Let me know and tag someone else’. Great strategy.

Please remember point 4. It’s not going to happen overnight unless you choose a potentially explosive subject.

Keep producing and publishing interesting and engaging content. Reach out to people where you can on twitter, instagram, facebook. Start conversations wherever you can and cross promote between FB, Instagram, your site etc.

Have patience and your audience will grow.

 
Look out for Part 8 tomorrow – See me First
 
Jo 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 6

Part 6 – Create, Repurpose, Automate
 
It would be great if we could all start with a big team of people who could edit our content, create fab pictures, edit & upload super professional videos, post regularly on all the social networks and ensure we were everywhere all of the time.
 
But this is just not reality when you start out.
 
So you need to use your time & online tools to your advantage.
 
I talked about this in Part 3, and shared with you a great post by Gary Vee. But for the one or two man band we need to smart with our time to achieve a mini version of our own content strategy.
 
Here’s how I’m tackling it this year;
 
Content Strategy for FB
Content Strategy for FB
 
 
So my core content will be;
 
1 x Make It Happen Monday Video per week
Short Daily Blog Posts
1 x Podcast a week
 
These might be separate pieces of content or I may extract the audio from MIHM and make that my podcast or write several daily posts based on a podcast episode etc.
 
I will then use the content I have created to make some quote style images for social media, edit some short segments of my videos, clip some interesting bits of my podcast to post out on mainly FB & Insta.
 
I use screenflow for mac for editing my videos, anchor.fm for recording & uploading my podcasts & canva.com for editing images. (Not affiliate links)
 
Screenflow is paid, anchor.fm & canva.com are both free.
 
Yes there’s a bit of a learning curve to use screenflow and canva, but they’re all pretty user intuitive and millions of tutorial videos all over youtube!
 
Lastly regards posting on social media, you can now schedule posts directly on FB, so you can load up an entire weeks worth of posts on a Sunday afternoon and as long as you have a business profile on Instagram you can schedule posts there too, using a tool like Buffer (my preferred tool) or Hootsuite.
 
NB! This is super important. If you only have the time to create 1 video a week or 1 blog post a week or 1 podcast a week and nothing else. That is fine as long as it’s consistent! 
 
The most important part of creating content is publishing consistently. In fact there’s definitely an argument for posting 1 epic piece of content a week rather than lots of smaller, less researched pieces, but you need to do what works for you. Weekly vids & short daily posts work for my rather distracted, generally unfocused personality.
 
Do what works for you, but do it consistently.
 
Look out for Part 7 tomorrow – Engage
 
Jo 🙂

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do – Make It Happen Monday Episode 84

So you know you want to build a business or side income that will give you more time, freedom, independence etc, but you’re just not sure what to do.

Do you start a blog around your passion, should you give ecommerce a go, do you become a freelancer or a service provider?

You have varying levels of skill in each arena from zero knowledge to fairly confident but which one will make the most money, give you the most fulfillment, be the easiest to get off the ground etc?

The answer my friend is in todays video.

Watch Episode 84 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!

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 5

Part 5 – Be Interesting!
 
We are undoubtedly in a ‘content’ era. People are looking to be distracted, entertained, educated and inspired.
 
You may think that there is information overload out there, and you’re probably not wrong but still people are ready & willing to consume anything that resonates with their journey or status at that very moment.
 
The days of brand loyalty are fading fast and have been replaced with ‘are you interesting enough to keep my attention’!
 
Just this morning I watched a video made by Ezra Firestone from Smart Marketer and probably the most prolific ecommerce expert online today, about ‘Heartbreak’!
 
Not because it resonated with me right now but because it was so apart from his usual content it caught my eye.
 
Last week I saw Gary Vee advise a women in financial services (I think it was financial services, something like that) to start creating content around golf! 
 
Why golf? Well who is really that interested in financial services? Create interesting content around a common interest and then introduce your services along the way.
 
I know, abstract right?
 
Yesterday I spent a few hours watching videos on how to create ‘awesome travel videos’. My brand is all about teaching you how to build a lifestyle business and I’m trying to think of all the ways I can make my content more ‘consumable’ – in other words, more entertaining, more inspiring etc.
 
So, whatever brand or niche you are in, you need to be asking yourself, how can I entertain, inspire, inform, solve problems etc, and be prepared to get a bit whacky!
 
Look out for Part 6 tomorrow – Create, Repurpose, Automate
 
Jo 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 4

Part 4 – Get Yourself Out There!
 
Oh my! Another ‘inaction through fear’ moment.
 
You know you need to network. You know you need to be ’seen’, and you’d love to be on texting terms with some of the big names in your industry, but why on earth would they give you the time of day?
 
Not only that, who’s got the time to go commenting on other people’s posts etc when you have all your own content to create.
 
Well I hate to tell you, but this is a super important strategy that if done well, will get you and your products / services further much faster.
 
So here’s some fear friendly suggestions to get you started;
 
1. Be so good they can’t ignore you!
 
I love this quote from actor Steve Martin. Just aim to be awesome at everything you do. The content you publish, the value you add, the products or services you sell.
 
In fact print this off & stick it somewhere prominent.
 
be so good they can't ignore you
 
 
NB: If it’s a choice between posting one amazing blog post a year or posting fairly good articles once a week, choose fairly good.
 
Consistency will create solid habits & ensure you improve as you go. It won’t be long before you’re regularly posting amazing content and you will have started to gain traction while getting there.
 
2. Stop aiming so high!
 
Many times the reason we’re afraid to network or connect with others in our niche is because we start trying to connect with those at the top of their game.
 
Start with others who are around your level or just a few clicks ahead. Everyone is open to quality connections and content so get to know the people you want to approach and offer them some value, whether it’s content, guest posts, links to their content from your social media pages, whatever it is you think you can offer.
 
3. Be inclusive (another Mari Smith special).
 
If you notice I have lots of links going to all sorts of external resources from my posts. That’s because I want to ensure you get the most value out of my advice and that includes resources I have turned to or consumed which I believe can also help you.
 
Don’t be scared that by linking to others content or recommending other people / brands in your same niche means you’ll send people away from you. By being the most helpful you can be, people will return to you time after time.
 
Look out for Part 5 tomorrow – Be Interesting!
 
Jo 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 3

Part 3 – Become a Prolific Content Creator
 
How I love this advice I got from the lovely Mari Smith years ago!
 
To build a tribe using social media you’re going to need content and a lot of it!
 
Videos, images, audio, blogs, posts, FB Lives, stories etc.
 
And this is where the rubber meets the road I’m afraid. This is the section of the mountain that so many are unwilling to climb.
 
The common excuses are lack of time, platform overwhelm, lack of knowledge etc. But the real reason behind much of it is fear.
 
I don’t want to go too deep into that here. But next time you find yourself saying in your head – “I don’t know what to post!”, catch yourself and ask the question – do I really not know what to post, or actually do I truly deep down know what I want to say but I’m worried that I’ll be rubbish on camera, no-one will listen, I’ll get trolled etc.
 
And if you truly don’t know what to say, you might want to re-look at the niche you’re in.
 
The king of content online right now is undoubtedly Gary Vaynerchuk.
 
He recently published his phenomenal content strategy which you can see here – The GaryVee Content Model
 
By all means get inspiration from it but please remember he has a big & experienced team to help him implement so don’t look at this as a blueprint for little old you to follow and then completely overwhelm yourself into inaction.
 
If you’re a one or two man band, my advice would be to pick one or two platforms and focus on those.
 
Then replicate a smaller version of his strategy;
 
1. Create a main piece of ‘pillar’ content each week 
2. Distribute
3. Create micro content from that – social media posts, images, bite size videos etc
3. Distribute 
4. Listen to feedback and create further micro content based on audience response.
 
You can skip No 4 if to start with you have no audience response. Just keep publishing valuable content and have faith! 😎
 
(Please note I do go into this in a bit more detail in Part 6)
 
Look out for Part 4 tomorrow – Get Yourself Out There!
 
Jo 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 2

Part 2 – Know What You’re Talking About or Add Huge Value!
 
I know the questions in Part 1 were specific to building a tribe on facebook but so much of the work happens before you even create your facebook account!
 
It’s imperative that you either know your subject matter inside out or you’re willing to document your journey and offer massive value.
 
When I started out I knew nothing about facebook fan pages, but I chose to immerse myself in the platform and teach others (for free) as I learned.
 
This learning grew (as did my community) to social media as a whole, online marketing, ecommerce and now I have enough experience to cover the whole shebang!
 
Another great example of this is Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income. From Day 1 he’s openly documented his journey to create a passive income online including monthly income & expense reports.
 
What’s important though is that he did the work. He learned how something worked, implemented it and reported on the results.
 
So many people have no idea what they’re taking about and just regurgitate other peoples information. That will not build you a tribe.
 
Either you’re already an expert in your space and have plenty of valuable things to say or you’re willing to dig deep, do the work and learn & teach as you go.
 
Look out for Part 3 tomorrow – Become a Prolific Content Creator
 
Jo 🙂

How to Build a Tribe Using Facebook in 2019 – Part 1

I recently received two very similar questions from members of my community;
 
1. I am looking to learn how to use a business page on Facebook, build a tribe with a group page and how to utilize both
 
2. I have about 2300 friends on facebook and am starting an art/craft business. What is the best way of using facebook as a platform to sell on and get all of my friends to look at my products?
 
I remember the days when it was as easy as slapping a post up and getting hundreds of views & comments, but nowadays you either have to pay for that privilege or build a huge audience of people who see your notifications first in their newsfeed every day.
 
Facebook in particular has changed quite dramatically over the years but is still a power house for marketing & audience building.
 
So here’s how I’m going to be approaching it over the next year or so. I’m splitting this post into parts as it’s a pretty long answer, so look out for Part 2 tomorrow. 🙂
 
1. Know Who You’re Talking Too
 
It doesn’t matter the size of your business or budget you must start with who you’re trying to reach.
 
Having a good idea of who your market are will help you when it comes to branding, publishing content etc. You’ll know what language to use, what videos to post, what images will appeal etc.
 
I had a conversation with a friend recently in the fitness industry who said they wanted to reach professionals and the youth.
 
They’re clearly two different markets and would take some work to target at the same time, but as we discussed, get the professional parents and they’ll feed it down to the youth!
 
See how we just narrowed down our market to professionals and parents. If you wanted you could go a step further and say only men, or only woman, or professionals over 40, or in certain industries etc.
 
But there’s no need to get too bogged down as long as you have a solid idea of your rough demographic.
 
Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of trying to please everyone. You will reach more people by narrowing it down and being reasonably specific.
 
Believe me if your products are good enough, everyone will find you, even if you’re not targeting them.
 
So take a moment to decide who you’re targeting with your message, brand, service or product and then write it down!
 
Look out for Part 2 tomorrow – Know What You’re Talking About!
 
Jo 🙂

Stop Worrying About What Other People Think of You – Make It Happen Monday Episode 82

It does not matter what you do. Whether you are the nicest person in the world, or the most awful person in the world, you will get trolled when you start publishing content across the web.

It is a sad fact of life that many of the population have nothing better to do with their time than sit online and make nasty comments.

I often think to myself, how sad and lonely they must be.

However, we cannot allow the fear of what a stranger might say or a friend might think to stop us from pursuing our goals.

I get quite passionate about it in todays Make It Happen Monday episode and at one point made myself laugh out loud as I watched the video back.

I hope it has the same effect on you.

Watch Episode 83 Here

Now It’s Your Turn

Comment below and tell me;

  1. What have you been holding yourself back from due to the fear of what someone else might think or say?
  2. How could you change how you feel and get out there and do it anyway!?

Please get into as much nitty gritty detail as you like as your comment could be the spark of inspiration someone else reading this needs!

Thank you so much for your openness & honesty!

Jo :)

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!

Act on Commitments, Not Feelings

“I really want to workout this morning but after a crappy nights sleep I don’t feel like it. I’ll do it tomorrow.”
 
“I’m not supposed to have a slice or two of the pizza, but my body is telling me I need carbs, so I’m going for it. I’ll be good tomorrow.”
 
“I’m so tired I can’t write that blog post today, so I’ll do it tomorrow when I feel better.”
 
Hmmmm, sentences I think many of us can relate too.
 
The trouble is tomorrow never comes!
 
Decide what it is you want. Commit to your goals. Write down your plans & strategies to achieve your goals and then ACT.
 
No matter how you feel, no matter what’s happened. 
 
There will always be an excuse or a reason we don’t feel like it.
 
We have to just do it anyway.
 
You have committed, so act on your commitments.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Jo 🙂

January 12, 2019

Be a Doer Not a Talker

My Mum, now 80, used to tell me when I was younger, ‘Jo, I’m a doer and your father is a dreamer’, you’ve luckily managed to get a bit of both.’
 
She was so right!
 
I’m a huge dreamer but thankfully I’m an action taker also (although I can procrastinate with the best of them!)
 
10 years ago I met a man who would take ‘doing’ to a new level. My gorgeous fella (who I’m set to marry next year by the way), is like a machine when it comes to doing.
 
By the time I’ve explained to him an idea, he’s usually put it into action.
 
I remember attending an internet marketing event in London back in 2010, and some friends of ours who lived in Cyprus were going traveling and wanted someone to housesit their apartment for 6 weeks.
 
I phoned my action taking fella and mooted the idea with him.
 
By the Sunday night when I got back he’d put all our belongings on sale on gumtree (UK equivalent of Craigs list) and within a week we were on a plane to Cyprus.
 
We haven’t looked back since and together we have traveled the world (with our daughter), now live in Phuket and have built two very successful location independent businesses.
 
Most people talk.
 
It’s the people that do, that have all the luck. Go figure!
 
Be a doer, not a talker.
 
Jo :)

January 11, 2019

The 12 Week Year

I’ve just read a book (well listened to it) called The 12 Week Year.
 
I love the concept and that is to stop looking at your goals and plans as an annualized process and start looking at them as a 12 week process.
 
Very important – the 12 weeks is not simply a part of a 12 month plan, it’s a plan in and of itself.
 
So you literally set goals for 12 weeks from now, then break them down into weekly & daily goals within the 12 weeks and work towards achieving your 12 week goals.
 
I love it!
 
It gives your tasks more of a sense of urgency, it’s a smaller, more manageable timeframe (who knows what we’ll be doing in a year from now) and this morning after sitting down and planning out my next 12 weeks it’s clear that it will dramatically increase focus.
 
Here’s the link to it on Amazon (not an affiliate link).
 
The 12 Week Year
 
 
Check it out and see what you think.
 
Have a great day!
 
“Super productive’ Jo 🙂

January 10, 2019

Have you really tried everything?

I’ve been on a health journey for the last 3 years.
 
After years of sitting on my butt building my business, eating too much, drinking too much and not moving, I hit a wall at the end of 2015 and decided something had to change.
 
I started a 30 day yoga program on youtube which I followed religiously every morning in front of the TV (still do today), packed up the grog, changed my diet and successfully lost 37lbs in 2016.
 
I still had another 40lbs to go to hit goal weight (yep I had put on that much weight over the years) and so continued my journey into 2017 & beyond.
 
In fact fitness is now so much a part of my life I would never go back. I have more energy, feel better, am more productive and am much happier.
 
In the last 2 years I have become a Zumba Instructor, trained and took part in a Spartan tough mudder, and am now training for a 700km charity bike ride.
 
I must be a size 8 right?
 
Well despite all my hard work, in the last 2 years I haven’t shifted a pound. Not 1. Nada.
 
I have tried low carb, high fat, high protein, veggie, soups, intermittent fasting, slimming world, weight watchers – you name it, I have tried it.
 
My partner gets it in the neck from me all the time – ‘I’ve tried everything and nothing works!’
 
I have honestly never in my life worked so hard for something for so long with such limited results.
 
Then last night an already toned and slim friend came by even slimmer and more toned. She’d gone from 62kg’s to 56kg’s and had a backside you could break a spoon over.
 
She sent me a link to a guy she follows on Instagram and I instantly bought his ebook and signed up for his 12 week program.
 
I haven’t tried everything and I won’t stop until I reach my goal, no matter how long it takes.
 
Over the years, I have heard so many people say the same thing about their business. I’ve tried everything and nothing works.
 
But have you? Have you really tried everything??
 
There is always another way. The question is are you prepared to keep hustling even if it takes a lot longer than you originally thought or planned?
 
Have a great day!
 
Jo ‘The Body’ Barnes 🙂

 

January 9, 2019

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

4 Ways to Start Building Your Lifestyle Business – Make It Happen Monday Episode 82

Howdy Howdy awesome action taker!

Welcome to todays episode of Make It Happen Monday!

It’s 2019! Yippeee! and this is the year for you to start & grow your very own lifestyle business which can (with hard work and dedication) give you the freedom to work from anywhere in the world!

We are so blessed to be living in a time where there are more opportunities than ever before and it’s my belief that this is the era of the ‘microbrand’! That means you my friend!

People don’t want faceless, government bribing huge corporations anymore. They want the little guy, they want the person they can relate too, the one they can trust.

Plus we’re reaching a far larger marketplace now online, so you can build a massively successful side hustle with a far smaller share of the market. Exciting times!

So, where do you start?

Here are my top 4 ways to start & grow your online lifestyle business.

Have a listen, see which option resonates the most with you and start there!

Hope this helps! :)

Watch Episode 82 Here


Click Here for a text version of this video including links mentioned in the video – My 4 Ways to Generate an Income While Traveling

Would you Like Some Help Starting & Growing Your Lifestyle Business? Come & Join the Group!

Starting this week, I’m going to be publishing weekly videos taking you through every facet of starting & growing your lifestyle business.

We’ll be looking at your vision for here you want to be by the end of next year, your business model, your target market, your strategy and most importantly step by step what you need to do to get it up and running.

Whether your business is ecommerce, authority marketing, service provider etc, this is for you and it’s completely free, no catch whatsoever!

So come over, join the group and let’s make 2019 phenomenal! :)

How to Build a Business you Can Run From Anywhere in the World

Now It’s Your Turn

Comment below and tell me;

1. Which business model most resonates with you & why?

Please get into as much nitty gritty detail as you like as your comment could be the spark of inspiration someone else reading this needs!

Thank you so much for your openness & honesty!

Jo :)

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!

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

Take the Punt & Do It Anyway

Today we’re heading down to Philip Island in Victoria, Australia to watch the Penguin parade.
 
It’s a wonderful magical experience where the resident Penguins come home for the night and make their way from the sea up to their burrows in the sand dunes behind the beach.
 
There are hundreds of them all coming home at the same time and it’s an absolute delight to see them greeted by family members and chattering loudly to each other. It’s almost like a black & grey smurf village!
 
It’ll actually be our second time going, because our daughter was too young to remember the first time
 
Our only challenge is we can’t find accommodation in the area for a reasonable price due to the time of year.
 
So we said, let’s just head down there and take the punt anyway. We’ll find something.
 
It’s not a huge risk, we’ll find somewhere, or turn around and come back for the night. However, this ‘Que Sera’ attitude really underpins our life.
 
What the hell, let’s do it anyway. Let’s just try it and if it works great, if not we’ve learned something, experienced something, have grown in someway.
 
Too many friends and colleagues I know put up huge barriers from experiencing anything. There are always too many reasons why something won’t or can’t work.
 
I have two words for you – Stop It!
 
Life is for living, it involves taking risk along the way, sometimes small, sometimes big, but nothing will move forward unless you’re prepared to take a risk every now and then.
 
So next time you find yourself putting up the psychological barriers, say to yourself ‘Sod it, let’s take the punt & do it anyway’!
 
You never know where it might take you!
 
Good Luck! 🙂
 

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year from Sydney!!!

So today is the first day of 2019!!!
 
I have to be honest I’m feeling a teensy bit weary after an amazing night at Sydney Harbour last night.
 
It’s long been on my bucket list to see the Sydney fireworks at New Year and last night my most gorgeous partner made that dream come true in style!
 
We boarded a boat at 6 & spent the evening eating, dancing & being merry!
 
There were fireworks at 9 & of course one of the biggest firework displays in the world at midnight & we had front row seats.
 
Amazing!!!!
 

 
So what’s on your bucket list for 2019??
 
Even if you think it’s impossible, write down some of your greatest wishes & dreams. It’s amazing how your thought processes will start to affect your actions which in turn will move you in the right direction if you dream hard enough!
 
In the meantime make sure you’ve watched this weeks episode of MIHM, which is all about focusing on process based rather than results based goals this year.
 
Want to finally stick to some of your New Year resolutions? I reckon this is the key, check it out here – Happy 2019!.
 
Happy 2019!!!!! 😁

January 1, 2019

Happy 2019! – Make It Happen Monday Episode 81

Happy New Year awesome action taker!

I love New Year because it’s a great time to say – ‘out with the old and in with the new!’

There really is something in feeling like we can start again and gain momentum in our lives that heightens happiness.

So we want to ensure we can gain momentum to keep those happiness juices flowing!

It’s so easy to set a goal for the end of the year and then forget about it until the next year is looming and then feel like a failure because once again we didn’t achieve our goals.

So this year, I’m trying something a bit different. Rather than setting results based goals this year, why not try processed based goals instead!

Watch this weeks episode to see what I mean…

Watch Episode 81 Here


 

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Now It’s Your Turn

Comment below and tell me;

1. What’s your biggest goal this year?
2. Using what I say in the video, how can you turn that into a goal you’ll follow all year long?

Please get into as much nitty gritty detail as you like as your comment could be the spark of inspiration someone else reading this needs!

Thank you so much for your openness & honesty!

Jo :)

Come & Join the Group!

Starting this week, I’m going to be publishing weekly videos taking you through every facet of starting & growing your lifestyle business.

We’ll be looking at your vision for here you want to be by the end of next year, your business model, your target market, your strategy and most importantly step by step what you need to do to get it up and running.

Whether your business is ecommerce, authority marketing, service provider etc, this is for you and it’s completely free, no catch whatsoever!

So come over, join the group and let’s make 2019 phenomenal! :)

How to Build a Business you Can Run From Anywhere in the World
 
 

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. Jo :)

Merry Christmas!

Ho Ho Ho!

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Here’s my Christmas message….

Merry Christmas

 
Lots of love!

Jo :)
 
 

Come & Join the Group!

Starting in the first week in Jan, I’m going to be publishing weekly videos taking you through every facet of starting & growing your lifestyle business.

We’ll be looking at your vision for here you want to be by the end of next year, your business model, your target market, your strategy and most importantly step by step what you need to do to get it up and running.

Whether your business is ecommerce, authority marketing, service provider etc, this is for you and it’s completely free, no catch whatsoever!

So come over, join the group and let’s make 2019 phenomenal! :)

How to Build a Business you Can Run From Anywhere in the World

Make It Easy To Be Happy

I once heard Tony Robbins tell a story from one of his seminars.
 
He asked a man in the audience what his rules for happiness were.
 
The man apparently was very athletic, had a family and a successful multi million dollar business.
 
The man replied he would be happy once he had generated ‘X’ million dollars a year in profits. (I can’t remember the exact figure).
 
So even though he already had so much, his rule for happiness was dependent on him getting more.
 
Big T then turned to another guy who was as the story goes jumping out of his seat with energy.
 
Tony asked him the same question – What are your rules for happiness?’
 
The man answered ‘that I wake up alive & well every morning.’
 
Talk about different reference points!
 
The question is, which one are you?
 
Do you hear yourself saying – I’ll be happy when….
 
I’ve lost 20lbs
I’ve got ‘X’ thousand in the bank
When the kids have finished school
When I’ve achieved this goal or that goal
When, when, when, when.
 
Or do you choose to give yourself a break, appreciate the fact you’re a miracle in this world with a very short shelf life & therefore give yourself permission to be happy just because you’re alive!
 
Easier said than done right? As humans we almost seem preprogrammed to give ourselves a hard time and create reasons not to be happy.
 
So today, just for one day, take a rest from judging yourself & overthinking things & choose to be happy just because you woke up this morning! 😃
 
Who knows if you like it, you might choose it tomorrow & the next day & the next……

December 20, 2018

How to Start Preparing for an Awesome 2019 – Make It Happen Monday Episode 80

Did you achieve the goals you set for yourself this year?

It’s that time of year, (other than running around like a mad man preparing for Christmas), to briefly reflect on the goals we set for ourselves during the year and if we didn’t achieve them, asking smart questions as to why not.

No time, no strategy, bad strategy or perhaps they just weren’t important enough to us.

Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up, instead watch todays Make It Happen Monday, start looking forward and let’s get ready for an awesome 2019!

Watch Episode 80 Here

Come & Join the Group!

Starting in the first week in Jan, I’m going to be publishing weekly videos taking you through every facet of starting & growing your lifestyle business.

We’ll be looking at your vision for here you want to be by the end of next year, your business model, your target market, your strategy and most importantly step by step what you need to do to get it up and running.

Whether your business is ecommerce, authority marketing, service provider etc, this is for you and it’s completely free, no catch whatsoever!

So come over, join the group and let’s make 2019 phenomenal! :)

How to Build a Business you Can Run From Anywhere in the World
 
 

Now It’s Your Turn

See the comments below? Let me know why you didn’t achieve some of your goals and what you’re going to differently in 2019! :)

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. Jo :)

Go The Extra Mile

Yesterday I had my hair cut at my usual hairdressers in a shopping centre 15 minutes from our house.
 
They’re probably a bit pricier than many hairdressers in the area, but I go there because I’ve got to know the team, they’re super easy to deal with and most importantly they do the best hair washes I’ve ever had!
 
Ladies you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say going to the hairdressers is like ‘me time’ for us, not just a haircut.
 
So to feel pampered is super important. The offer of a coffee, someone running their fingers through your hair, discussing how to make you look and feel beautiful by the time you walk out the door and of course the hair wash.
 
To have someone else wash your hair is the ultimate indulgence, so add a complete head massage and hair washing experience that lasts about 10 minutes…..
 
The pleasure is so great words fail me.
 
Therefore I’m prepared to pay over and above for this hairdresser because I know they will always just go that bit extra.
 
Are you doing that in your business?
 
Do you go just that bit extra to keep your customers returning again and again?
 
It’s worth thinking about….
 
Have a great day. 🙂

December 18, 2018

Yikes, we broke my site!

So the good news is, my desire to have a rolling page of short posts without featured images or fancy layouts etc is doable! Yippeee, very excited.
 
I called my good buddy Jared Elvidge, (who’s a very clever web developer, tech whiz, business coach and guitar player!), who said, oh absolutely, that’s a 10 minute job!
 
His next words were, oh your site needs updating, let’s just update it first……
 
That’s when the bad news set in. The site broke.
 
Kaput.
 
All the code went funky, my images changed size, my home page looked terrible, my footer went all odd, my snippets disappeared. You name it, the whole thing went sideways. 😞
 
So poor Jared ended up spending all weekend recoding the site, rebuilding my home page, my footer, my blog templates etc.
 
The main reason for this happening was the plugins reacting against each other and a lot of old custom code within my theme that didn’t agree with the updates.
 
The moral of the story is;
 
1. Don’t play around with the code of your WordPress website theme too much, or updates could obliterate it!
2. Watch those plugins, too many can spell disaster
3. Make sure one of your besties is a tech whiz who can fix everything when it breaks!
 
End result… you’re reading this on my new rolling newsfeed style ‘Jo’s Musings’ Category page, so it all worked out in the end! 🙂

December 17, 2018

Testing a new category called ‘Jo’s Musings’

I’ve long been wanting to start a daily column.

Something that more resembles a social media feed.

Short insightful posts about things I think about that I hope will add value to the reader also.

For example the discussion I had with my daughter yesterday about gratitude, the fact I spent half an hour this morning trying to get my head round some of these YouTubers and how important is that for society anyway? The quote I read this morning which said ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined‘ Henry David Thoreau.

The book I’m reading ‘Think Like a Freak’ and some of the interesting stories which could impact our lives quite dramatically and why training for a bike ride is like running a business.

Just stuff like that. Short, 1 – 2 minute read musings, as opposed to long, well thought out, researched blog articles, which also have a place on my blog along with my podcasts & videos.

But I want this column to work more like a scrollable newsfeed as opposed blog posts with intro pics and clickable to read more headlines.

So this is a test post to see if I can get it to work.

Fingers crossed! If you’re reading this publically, it worked!

(If you’re reading this as a single blog post – click here to view scrollable main daily blog feed)

December 16, 2018

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Should’ with Dan R Morris (#22)

“SEO is about being awesome”

“That’s your niche – your audience”

Have I got an interview for you today!

If you are a blogger then this is absolute gold for you.

Dan Morris has been teaching students how to launch & grow their blogs & businesses for many years holding events across the world under his brand ‘Blogging Concentrated’.

I was fortunate enough to get him on an interview a few years back and having listened back to the whole interview again just this week, I was reminded what an absolute hive of actionable information this was.

If you’re looking to grow a successful blog and are sometimes confused by all the things you ‘should’ be doing – length of posts, SEO information, back linking etc., then this interview is an absolute must!

You will walk away with a completely new mindset & pages of notes so to make your life easier I’ve also included a downloadable transcript of the interview below for you to refer back to later.

Enjoy!

You can also listen to this episode directly on anchor.fm or subscribe and don’t miss an episode here on itunes

Thanks for listening!

Links Mentioned in the Interview

Download the transcript of the interview here

Connect with Dan on Facebook

Also grab my free ebook ‘6 Ways to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere in the World

Personal Name or Business Name? That is the Question! – Make It Happen Monday Episode 79

Should you use your personal name or a brand name for your lifestyle business?

This is a question I have agonized over for years actually, never entirely sure what the right master was until I realized there isn’t really a right answer!

If you’re currently mid branding your business and wondering the best choice have a look at todays video where I roped in my good buddy & personal branding expert Lauren to help me answer it.

Also check out my 2 minute video below this weeks episode explaining the choice I have finally settled on and why!

Watch Episode 79 Here

Why I’ve Changed the Name of my Business to ‘Your Lifestyle Business’


 

Your Lifestyle Business

Now It’s Your Turn

See the comments below? Let me know the name of your business and why you chose it.

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. Jo :)

Free From Fear with Andrew Hackett (#21)

Andrew Hackett has more than 20 years experience helping people think outside their limitations to move beyond their fears so they can accomplish amazing things in their life, business and relationships.

Andrew is an Author & Transformational Trainer who works with individuals and groups in a holistic mind, body and soul approach, through various workshops & speaking events all over Australia and soon in America.

Andrew has a passion for writing as he believes it is a wonderful way to get his message shared across the world, and loves enabling others to get the very best from their lives and as a result after publishing his first book ‘Free From Fear’ he has been signed up to a Five Book series deal with Holland House Publishing, New York.

In this episode we discuss how you can eliminate or at least calm fear ins your life. What to do if your expectations of live differ from your reality and whether or not you’re born with a single life purpose (we had opposing views on that one!)

Also learn why I’ve decided to call my ego Bob and pretend it’s a minion!

Free From Fear with Andrew Hackett

Yep a bit of an interesting chat, hope it inspires you to chase away any demons holding you back from achieving your goals in life!

You can also listen to this episode directly on anchor.fm or subscribe and don’t miss an episode here on itunes

Thanks for listening!

Links mentioned in the episode

Free From Fear – The Book

Connect with Andrew on Facebook

Also grab my free ebook ‘6 Ways to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere in the World

Don’t Listen to the Naysayers – Make It Happen Monday Episode 78

Have you ever been told you can’t or shouldn’t….?

You can’t start your own business
You shouldn’t quit the job you hate
You can’t change career
You can’t travel the world
You can’t be a master of your own destiny!

Oooh it incenses me when I hear those words.

I received a great email recently from a lady who was telling me her own story of all the naysayers she’s surrounded by and her message inspired me to make this weeks video.

If you’ve ever been told, you can’t, or you shouldn’t or it won’t work, or there’s no way, this weeks episode is for you!

Watch Episode 78 Here


 

Links Mentioned in the Video

Thinking About Starting Over? Here’s Why It’s Never Too Late

Now It’s Your Turn

See the comments below? Let me know YOU CAN!

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. Jo :)

Happy Thanksgiving – Make It Happen Monday Episode 77

I’m a pretty happy person most of the time, but like all of us definitely have my ‘off’ days.

When I’m down and feeling low I try to think of all the people who have it so much worse than me and remind myself how lucky I am, but nothing can put a smile on my face as much as focusing on how grateful I am for my life.

Grateful for my health, for my family, for the sunshine, for a cup of tea, for the ability to do yoga, for music and for whatever else I may be thinking about that day.

Practising gratitude is actually something you have to work at like any other muscle in your body, but after a time it becomes a habit, like brushing your teeth and you suddenly find you feel happy more than you feel sad.

Today, after listening to an amazing podcast this morning all about gratitude I felt it was timely to have a quick chat about it on this weeks Make It Happen Monday.

I hope it resonates with you and that you have an amazing Thanksgiving Week :)

Watch Episode 77 Here


 

Links Mentioned in the Video

James Altucher Podcast Interview with AJ Jacobs

Thanks a Thousand – AJ Jacobs
 

Now It’s Your Turn

See the comments below? Let me know what you’re super grateful for right now.

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. Jo :)

You Can’t Hate Yourself Healthy with Jennipher Walters (#20)

Jennipher Walters is the creator of Fit Bottomed Girls a health & wellness site focusing on a fun, fresh & no-diet approach to being healthy.

Jenn and her good friend Erin started the site in 2008 which now reaches millions of women (and men) every month.

Having expanded into speaking engagements, retreats, brand consulting, product endorsement and online coaching Jenn & her now business partner Kristen were named as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness by Greatist in 2016 and 2017.

Join us in todays episode as we explore how Jenn got the business off the ground, challenges she experienced along the way, the growth & monetization of her site and why it’s so important to find your voice and never give your power away!

A fun, fresh & inspiring chat with a very energetic and knowledgeable lady.

Enjoy! :)

You can also listen to this episode directly on anchor.fm or subscribe and don’t miss an episode here on itunes

Thanks for listening!

Links mentioned in the episode

Find Jennipher Here

Connect with Jennipher on Facebook

Enjoy Time, Stop Rushing, Get More Done Book

Thought Arrow as discussed in the podcast

Also grab my free ebook ‘6 Ways to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere in the World

How to Take Action on Your Goals – Make It Happen Monday Episode 76

Sometimes, even when we know we really really want to achieve the goals we have set ourselves but for some reason we don’t take the action necessary.

We might plan, think, talk, journal, meditate and get super excited about what we know we want to do but when it comes to actually putting our plans into action, something always seems to get in the way.

Why is that?

In this week’s Make It Happen Monday, I’m chatting with two amazing women who inspire me to take action every day.

Check it out, I hope it helps.

Watch Episode 76 Here

Here’s the Ride 4 Kids link I talked about in the video (by the way Donna mentions 200km’s and I talk about 700km’s. That’s because we’re doing a 200km ride in just 2 weeks from now in the lead up to the main ride next year! – I know I’m mad!!!)

Click Here for More Info on My Mad Ride!

Also here’s the link to the 5 second rule by Mel Robbins that inspired me to make this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI2VQ-ZsNr0

Now It’s Your Turn

See the comments below? Let me know what action you’re going to take starting today!

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. Jo :)

The ABC of Facebook Advertising with Liz Melville (#19)

Liz Melville is a bonny lass from Scotland, UK.

As well as giving warm hugs, paddling barefoot in the sea, building Lego castles and eating Nutella off a spoon, she can also help you fill your webinars, sell out your online courses, and explode your personal brand!

You see Liz is a facebook ad funnel strategist and works with online coaches, course creators & experts either doing their campaigns or teaching them how to do their own.

Either way she’s in the facebook ad platform every day creating, split testing and measuring what facebooks up too these days with your brand.

No mean feat I can tell you!

In todays episode we explore the power of video, facebook messenger and how to get started with a small budget.

I hope it helps!

You can also listen to this episode directly on anchor.fm or subscribe and don’t miss an episode here on itunes

Thanks for listening!

Links mentioned in the episode

Find Liz Melville Here

Connect with Liz on Facebook

Also grab my free ebook ‘6 Ways to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere in the World

My 4 Favourite Ways to Generate an Income While Traveling

My goal today was to write a post giving you a list of the best ways to generate an income while traveling around the world.

As I researched my idea on the web I came across an excellent blog post written by a chap called Ryan Robinson, entitled – 101 Best Side Business Ideas to Start While Working Full-Time (in 2018).

His site is all about ‘The Side Hustle’, in other words starting your business on the side while still at your full time job.

So rather than just regurgitate what’s already out there I’m going to recommend you read his post, but before you go….

His post lists pretty much anything and everything you can do to work from home either online or offline.

In fact while reading his post it occurred to me, how lucky are we to be living at a time when we have so many opportunities to start businesses or generate multiple streams of income without having to leave our front rooms!

However, I of course massively advocate you leaving your front room, really grabbing the bull by the horns and getting out to see the world!

So, whilst I urge you to have a read of Ryans post as he actually highlights 133 fantastic ideas, here are my summarized favourite ways for you to build a business that fully supports your traveling lifestyle!

1. Influencer Marketing

Blogging, podcasting, youtubing, social media marketing. You name it, this business model is all about you picking a subject you’re super interested in / passionate about and becoming an expert in that niche.

Whether that be;

Travel
Fitness
Cooking
Investing
Business
Yoga
Writing
Fishing
Beauty
Fashion
Pets etc, etc.

Once you’ve built an audience via your platform of choice – writing, audio, video etc, then you’re in a position to monetize your business via product endorsements, affiliate marketing, online products, sponsorship, advertising, ecommerce, book sales, speaking engagements, collaborations, etc.

See My Top 5 Steps for Building a Business Online for more details on this model.

2. Freelancing

This is an opportunity for you to offer your expertise to clients looking to outsource specific tasks, projects or jobs, via sites such as;

Upwork.com
Freelancer.com
Peopleperhour.com
Fiverr.com
Guru.com

So if you’re a great writer, PPC specialist, web developer / designer, graphic designer, virtual assistant, social media manager, WordPress expert etc, you can bid for jobs that meet your criteria.

This is a great way for you to advertise your services without having your own audience as you’re leveraging the audiences of the sites listed above.

3. Ecommerce

Oh how I love this model.

These days you don’t even need to see, touch or feel a product to sell it, however as you’re traveling perhaps you’ll get inspiration for something hugely unique along the way!

You have a few options here, you can sell on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, or your own website.

Without doubt the best, most fulfilling and more long term option is your own site, but it will take work to build the audience up, very much like influencer marketing.

In fact you can tie Influencer Marketing with Ecommerce and sell products from your blog etc, but you can also build a specific brand here without using you as a public figure.

With Amazon, Ebay & Etsy, you can leverage their audiences but make no mistake about it, competition is heavy, so don’t think for one second you can slap up a product and it will take off with no work.

You might be one of the lucky ones (and the more unique your product in a busy marketplace the luckier you will probably be), but more often than not, you’ll have to work just as hard to ensure the eyeballs land and convert on your product.

Listen in to my interview with Ecommerce expert Allen Burt here as he walks through how to start and grow your own ecommerce business.

4. Fun & Creative Opportunities

If you’re a fan of diversifying and just trying out all sorts of online opportunities then you can look at;

Print on DemandMerch by Amazon, Cafepress, Printify, Zazzle, Teespring, Redbubble etc

In a nutshell, the brands above (and many more) provide all sorts of different physical products for you to sell using your own design.

You create your own design and add it to t-shirts, mugs, duvet covers, shoes, shower curtains, journals, you name it.

You advertise the product with your design, someone buys it, it’s sent direct from the site with your design and you get the money.

I’ve simplified it, but here’s a great blog post that tells you more – https://www.shopify.com/blog/print-on-demand

Stock Photography – While you’re traveling, take amazing photos and sell them online to stock photo sites like istock.com, 123rf.com etc.

Ebook Author – Akin to step 1 I guess, but slightly different in that you’re literally writing books and selling them on the Amazon Kindle store.

Here’s how Steve Scott (interviewed by James Altucher) is making $40k / month doing just that – https://jamesaltucher.com/2018/02/steve-scott-how-to-make-40k-a-month-writing-from-your-couch/

Build an Alexa Skill – A bit like an app for the phone, a skill is for Alexa and you can sell your skill on, get rewarded for engagement or add in skill purchases. See more here – https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit/rewards

There are so many opportunities these days for generating an income from home or while traveling, your issue isn’t going to be what to do, it will be what not to do!

So start with what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing and take it from there.

The most important thing is to take action and get going!

Let me know your next step in the comments below.

Hope it helps,

Jo :)

 

My Top 5 Steps for Building a Business Online

I’m giving a presentation at my daughters school this afternoon.

It’s for the Year 12’s who are in their first year of IB and will be heading off to Uni or to get jobs within the next 2 years.

My title & blurb is;

Building a Business Online

Wouldn’t it be awesome if, while at college or Uni (or on a gap year), you could build an online business which not only funds your daily living but sets you up for when you get out into the working world? Perhaps you need a side income while you pursue a sport or hobby you love. Successful entrepreneur Jo Barnes shares her 5 steps for building an online lifestyle business you can start & grow from anywhere in the world whether that be your dorm room or a beach in Miami!

I’m super nervous as I’m not used to speaking in public and much prefer the privacy of a quiet room with my camera phone.

But hey, it’s always good to move out of your comfort zone!

But while putting together my little 30 min presentation (which I shall share below), I suddenly thought, is the model I’m teaching relevant for the youngsters?

What if there’s a new social media platform or way of building an online business that I haven’t discovered yet?

What if I’m just not down with the kids anymore (which by the way I’m told is the absolutely the case by my 12 year old daughter).

So I set about looking up what the top Instagram & youtube influencers were doing these days.

My daughter seems to spend her time on both these platforms so I must be looking in the right place!

I’m happy to say that many of them are indeed still blogging or started from a blog and grew into youtube / instagram, or started on instagram / youtube and grew into a blog or have simply built up a following on any or all of these sites.

Either way their main goal is to build an audience around a subject – beauty, travel, food, health etc and then monetize their brand / personality via the ways I detail in my presentation below.

Please note there are a multitude of ways to create multiple streams of income that give you more freedom in your life. Check out my podcast episode which discusses 10 Ways to Start Working From Home Today!

But the model I’m teaching today has got to be the best business model in the world because you get to spend all day everyday talking about stuff you love!

My Top 5 Steps for Building a Business Online

1. What’s your passion? What would you be happy to talk about 24/7? what’s happening in that space right now? How you can create your unique edge to it?

Remember, there may be few unique messages these days but you are a unique messenger!

2. Who’s your target market? What do they want & need? What’s your message?

3. Choose your platform What are you most comfortable doing? Do you love to get in front of a video camera – become a YouTuber! Perhaps you prefer audio – do podcasting, love writing? Start blogging / writing books etc.

Ok so steps 1, 2 & 3 can be thought about and decided on in a day, but Step 4 is the step that trips everyone up.

This is the part that depending on your niche, your message and your efforts could take 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 3 years, 10 years etc.

4. Build an audience!

I’ve always likened starting an online business to opening a shop. If you open your store on a back street of a small town and tell no-one you exist, the likelihood of growing that store is pretty tough.

But if you head off into the main street with free samples of your products and billboards and a megaphone and a way for people to quickly & easily refer you to friends etc, then no matter where you’re located, if you’re good enough, it won’t be long before they’re queuing out the door!

Social Media, other blogs, podcasts, video channels etc are the main street!

If you become a prolific content creator and collaborator, you can build your profile & brand far quicker than simply sitting in your store hoping they will come.

You will find that I talk a lot about content creation & building an audience on this blog as it’s the biggest piece of the puzzle.

Here’s some posts to get you started;

https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm56-create-multiple-pieces-of-content-in-one-sitting/

https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm20-prolific-content-creator/

https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/48-amazing-content-ideas/

5. Create multiple income streams – product endorsement, affiliations, sponsorship, advertising, online digital products, saas, apps, coaching, consulting, services, physical products etc

Facing a Group of 16 / 17 Year Olds

Update – I did the presentation – wow was I nervous presenting to 16 / 17 year olds, but they were very gracious and listened / took part willingly.

What a great experience and if I have impacted just one student, my day has been a rip roaring success!

I do hope the presentation helps you with your business.

Jo :)


 
 

A Rest is as Good as a Change

Hello!

Welcome to a week in the life of a traveling entrepreneur!

My chance to talk unashamedly about our travels as a family in the hope my stories inspire you to explore the world!

So my daughter was on her half term from school last week and we headed off to a hotel on the South East coast of Phuket with her best friend for 3 days.

Centara Grand - Phuket

The Centara Grand – Phuket. Well worth a visit! :)

We are actually regulars at the Centara Grand as it’s great for youngsters and the pool is right in front of the beach which for sea & pool lovers like myself & Rhett is ideal!

So I’ve been reading books in the pool, swimming in the sea & eating my favourite Panang Chicken curry at a little Thai restaurant on the beach with my feet in the sand.

What I love about short breaks like this is that they’re a chance just to recharge the batteries.

To give yourself the time & space to think about where you are & where you’re going.

To spend a bit of time with family & reconnect away from computers or TV screens.

We (Rhett & I) undoubtedly have some of our best ideas while we’re relaxing & chatting rather than caught up in the usual fairly fast pace of every day life.

I know the saying is ‘a change is as good as a rest’ but I also say ‘a rest is as good as a change’!

(Click any of the pics below to see pics & descriptions as slideshow)

Make sure you give yourself these times to get away from it all and relax the body & mind. Even if it’s just a 30 minute peaceful walk through the day or a quiet cup of coffee by yourself.

It will do wonders for the soul!

Jo :)


 
 

Thinking About Starting Over? Here’s Why It’s Never Too Late!

Recently I was chatting with a friend about my blog & business model and telling her how excited I was to be getting back in the game after a couple of years break.

I was mid excitable talk about how I wanted to reach women of a certain age who thought they couldn’t do what they really wanted to and inspire them to build lifestyle businesses and travel the world etc, when she suddenly said;

“Jo, don’t you think you’re a bit long in the tooth to be starting again?”

She literally stopped me in my tracks as I took that comment in.

Long in the tooth? Long in the bloody tooth?

What on earth was she talking about?? I’m not even out of my 40’s yet!

However, you know how when someone says something to you and it starts to seep in to those little nooks & crannies of self doubt that you really don’t want to acknowledge you have (ladies especially, you know what I’m talking about).

So later that day as I was studying some newly formed lines on my face and tugging at a random grey hair which had suddenly appeared above my ear, I decided to go looking for inspiration and inspiration was precisely what I found, but before we get there, how about you?

Are you thinking about making a fresh start?

Perhaps you’ve been heading in the wrong direction for a while?

Maybe you got caught up in what you were doing only to find years later it wasn’t quite what you originally intended.

Is it possible that you’ve known all along the way you really want to go but fear has held you back?

Or maybe you’ve just reached the end of an era and it’s time to start another one.

Whatever the reason starting over can be super scary especially if you’re in the 45+ region like moi!

You might find your inner voice telling you all sorts of rubbish like;

My friends / family will think I’ve gone loopy
I’m too old
I missed the boat on that opportunity
I don’t have the skillset to make it happen
I don’t have the money to make it happen
Who’s going to listen to me anyway

ETC!

You’re not on your own with feelings of doubt. Even the most self assured successful people in the world have moments of doubt.

– Barbra Streisand, arguably one of the best singers in the world, plus an award winning producer, actress, director etc gets terrible stage fright!

– Oprah was once worried that people would say about her ‘Who does she think she is?’

– Helen Mirren once said ‘She didn’t feel good enough’

– Michelle Pfeiffer thought she had a face like a duck.

And think about the countless numbers of people who seem to have it all and throw it away on drugs & drink because they just can’t face the world they’re living in.

It’s time to face your fears my friend and change the stories in your head, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter!

Make Your Own Rules

I am a huge believer that there are no rules in this world except the ones you create for yourself.

– Who says you can’t start a business at 70?
– Who says you can’t start a blog about yoga if you’re not yet a yoga master?
– Who says you can’t take your kids out of school & travel the world?
– Who says you can’t run a marathon in your 80’s?
– Who says you can’t build a profitable business out of your passion?

Who makes up these rules anyway, family? Mates down the pub? People who don’t share your dreams? People who feel threatened by your big visions perhaps?

Oprah says –

“Stop sharing your big dreams with small minded people.”

Amen to that!

Stop Sharing Your Big Dreams With Small Minded People

Self Awareness is Key

So why did I stop and why am I starting again?

Primarily because my sense of purpose lacked clarity.

I had spent years teaching people how to create products, use social media, drive traffic and lastly build an ecommerce business, and although I loved it, I wasn’t entirely sure where I was going with it all.

When I started my online adventure back in 2010, I was clear that I wanted to help people build businesses and create their own destiny, but over the years that goal became foggy and unfocused.

I was so close to where I wanted to be but I was unable to clearly define who I was, what I did and most importantly who I was doing it for.

Fortunately we had put ourselves in a position with our businesses I could take a bit of time out. So that’s what I did, giving myself the space & time to figure out what I really wanted.

And what I really wanted was what I’d set out to do back in 2010 which was to help people build businesses and become masters of their own destiny.

My original goal hasn’t changed much although is more clearly defined now;

To help action takers (especially women over 45 who think they can’t!) build lifestyle businesses that give them the freedom to work from anywhere in the world (and become masters of their own destiny).

But because of my own fears and self doubt, I kept boxing myself into a corner never truly knowing where the next journey was going to take me.

Had I just laser focused on my original goal, I could have made all I was doing over the years cohesive with it – because that’s precisely what myself & my partner have done, built lifestyle businesses that have given us complete freedom.

But I was more a master of the market rather than of my own destiny!

So here’s a little lesson for you and I want you to listen closely…

Know yourself. Spend time looking deep into yourself and understand what makes you happy. Then have the courage of your convictions. Believe in your values and build your business in a way that is completely congruent with what you believe, even if your fear is telling you something different.

So here I am some years later, starting over, with a clear head, a clear vision and a clear focus and I couldn’t be more excited!

So awesome action taker, if you’re at that point in your life where you find yourself starting over, here’s a little inspiration to help you along the way!

On The Shoulders of Giants

Here’s some amazing people who weren’t scared of starting over no matter what ripples it caused in their lives and the world;

– Laura Ingalls Wilder – Previously a teacher & a farm hand she was 65 years old when Little House in the Big Woods was published.

– Harry Bernstein – Previously a magazine editor & freelance writer he was 96 years old when The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers was published

– Gladys Burrill – 92 years old when she completed the Honolulu Marathon. Best part though, she only ran her first marathon at 86!

– Susan Boyle – Had a dream, wanted to be a singer like Elaine Page. At 47, on stage she was laughed at. Her debut album, became one of the best selling albums of all time.

– Alan Rickman, a hugely famous British actor, previously a graphic designer was in his 40’s when he landed his first big role in ‘Die Hard’.

– Peter Mark Roget, previously a doctor, lecturer & inventor, suffering from depression started to make lists after retiring at age 61. At age 73 Rogets Thesaurus was published.

– Kathryn Joosten – previously a nurse, started acting at 42. Hired by Disney as a street performer at 53. Won an Emmy at 66!

– Anna Marie Robertson – At 67 following death of her husband kept herself busy by painting. At 78 her paintings were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She started writing her memoir at 92 and died at 101.

– Ray Kroc – a salesman by trade, bought Maccas at age 59, the rest is history.

– Julia Childs – previously in advertising, media & secret intelligence (!) was 50 when she wrote her first cookbook

– Harlen Sanders – previously holding several odd jobs including country lawyer, gas station operator & railroad worker was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken which he sold for $2 million 12 years later.

– Vera Wang – was a figure skater before becoming one of the most well know fashion designers in her 40’s.

Sources – https://medium.com/the-mission/9-late-bloomer-success-stories-who-prove-its-never-too-late-to-achieve-your-dreams-b036688da6f

https://www.inc.com/business-insider/people-who-found-success-and-changed-careers-after-30-years-old.html

I could go on as there are a multitude of examples but I think you get the picture.

Nothing is impossible.

It is only the stories you tell yourself in your head.

So now it’s your turn.

What’s your story going to be?

🙂

 
Starting Over
 

What’s on Your Bucket List?

Hey hey awesome action taker!

Welcome to another edition of a week in the life of a traveling entrepreneur!

This week I want to start with a question – ‘What’s on your bucket list?’

Do you even have a bucket list?

In fact what the heck is a bucket list??

The saying actually comes from an English term ‘to kick the bucket’ which is slang for ‘to die’ and it was then made into an international phenomenon with the film ‘The Bucket List’ with Morgan Freeman & Jack Nicholson. (Brilliant film and highly recommended).

I wrote my first bucket list (not actually knowing that’s what it was at the time), some 20 years ago. It was a huge list of all the things I would love to do in my life and included things like;

      Cruise along the Nile (done in 2009)
      Have a ride in a Hot Air Balloon Ride (Done in 2016 – Bagan – Myanmar)
      Live by the Beach (Very close – but not there yet)
      Swim with Dolphins (Done on multiple occasions, most recent in Philippines with my daughter)
      Learn to fly a helicopter (Took lessons in 2009 but a long way from qualified)
      Watch the Epcot fireworks with the man of my dreams (Done – 2017)
      Host a party on a yacht (maybe my 50th in 4 years!)
      Visit the 7 wonders of the world (Not even sure what counts as 7 wonders anymore as there are so many versions, but the wonders I have seen, have included – The Pyramids, Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, The Great Wall of China, The Colosseum in Rome and so many more amazing sights and experiences. So much more to see!)
      Scuba dive off the Great Barrier Reef (Done 2012)
      Have a flat stomach (Yes when I was about 15! LOL!)

Since then my list has evolved into dreamboards, goal apps, a goal journal etc, but nothing really changes from the fact it’s all simply lists of stuff I’d love to do / experience in my life.

A few years ago after seeing an amazing picture online of Bora Bora, I added that to my bucket list, honestly believing it was a pretty far fetched dream (it was well before I started my online adventure).

Le Meridien Hotel – Bora Bora

This summer, I’m happy to say, that goal, dream, bucket list item was realized.

Not only that, we sailed around the amazing island on a 46ft Catamaran.

Not only that, the love of my life and my partner for 10 years, proposed to me while there!

You can’t get much better than that right!!!

(Just click on any photo below to see full size in a slideshow)

So how did we manage to find ourselves sailing around Bora Bora on a 46ft Catamaran?

Well, as I’m sure you’re by now aware we live in Phuket and I have to admit we punch way above our weight as far as our friend circle goes!

So we just happen to know a fair few people who own nice boats, houses, islands that kind of thing. :)

Two of our best friends happen to be part of the Sunsail Yacht Ownership program – and one Sunday afternoon after a few beers on the beach we just invited ourselves along on their family holiday in the South Pacific.

Don’t get me wrong, it still wasn’t cheap, but a darn sight cheaper than trying to do it on our own.

So there were in fact 8 of us on the boat, which was a pretty tight squeeze, but thankfully we all got along famously (thanks in part to copious amounts of Hinano) and had a fabulous time.

What's On Your Bucket List? Bora Bora

Hinano!

I have to admit though, neither Rhett nor I are natural born sailors and found the trip over the open ocean from Raitea (where we picked up the boat) to Bora Bora quite challenging;

Once there though we went swimming with eagle rays & black tipped reef sharks, which was amazing, exhilarating and bloody scary all at the same time.

In fact there was a moment where it was just Rhett & I and he had counted 9 circling us. Next thing he saw were my fins frantically kicking me the hell out of there!

Hahaha! We know who he can count on in a dangerous situation!

What's On Your Bucket List? Bora Bora

At one point we were surrounded by about 8 or 9 pretty big black tipped reef sharks!

I was very excited to see a space station fly past the milky way several nights in a row due to the lack of light pollution out there in the pacific (unfortunately my camera couldn’t quite pick that up!)

What's On Your Bucket List? Bora Bora

The sky at night – I could see the milky way, a plethora of amazing stars & a space station fly past!

And a definite highlight was a night at Bloody Mary’s, a famous restaurant on the main island and frequented by many stars before us!

Just my name to add on eh!? 😉

But of course the main wonderful event was Rhett asking me to marry him on the front of the boat as the sun rose over the main island. So romantic!

An amazing trip at a beautiful location which will live in my memory forever.

So the question is….

What’s on Your Bucket List?

Whilst I’m not a huge fan of ‘The Secret’ as I think it promotes the idea that you simply have to close your eyes and visualise what you want and all your dreams will come true. I do believe in the strength of your thoughts and desires in the universe.

It’s amazing how over the years the things I have really focused on and have been passionate about have eventually come to fruition.

-Raising my daughter overseas
-Living in a hot country
-Marrying a gorgeous big Aussie guy
-Traveling the world
-Running my business remotely

I could go on and perhaps I will in another post, but I urge you to write a bucket list if you don’t have one already or go back to an old one and revive it.

Mark the things that are really important to you in different colors or give them deadlines, create a picture board, write it out in priority order, it doesn’t really matter.

Just as long as you look at it often, dream vividly about all the things you’d love to do and in turn direct your focus and attention to doing (operative word) what you need to do to move you closer to your dreams!

It’s amazing how the universe works with you once you really have your mind set on something!

Thanks for reading have an awesome week and Make It Happen!

Jo 🙂
 
 

P.S. If you’d love to visit Bora Bora and are unsure how to go about it, I found some awesome blog posts you might enjoy reading;

https://www.simplestofadventures.com/2018/02/19/a-complete-guide-to-bora-bora/

https://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/bora-bora-on-a-budget

https://theblondeabroad.com/staying-at-conrad-bora-bora-nui/

Housesitting Around the World with Eden Rudin (#18)

What if you could travel the globe and see and experience some of the most amazing places in the world for less than $2000 / month?

What if you could travel from place to place staying in fabulous apartments, houses and locations without forking out top hotel prices??

Well, this is exactly what todays guest and her husband does and have been doing for the last 3 years.

Eden Rudin is the creator of The Social Garden, a social media training business, and a seasoned and experienced house sitter!

After getting the travel bug following the sale of their ice cream store in Arizona, Eden & her husband Denny began traveling the globe house sitting, going from the US to Central America, to Europe to Asia and beyond.

In todays podcast Eden & I talk through how it all began, where she’s been, how for much of it she only had 2 social media clients and how you could do it to!

Dare to dream and listen to todays podcast, it could change your life!

You can also listen to this episode directly on anchor.fm or subscribe and don’t miss an episode here on itunes

Thanks for listening!

Links mentioned in the episode

Find Eden Here – The Social Garden

Housesitting Sites Mentioned

HouseSit Match

Nomador

HouseSit Mexico

Also grab my free ebook ‘6 Ways to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere in the World

What’s Your One Thing?

Do you ever have so much to do, you just don’t know where to start?

Has that ever led to you actually not starting at all?

Guilty as charged sir!

I know precisely what you mean.

There have been days I’m ashamed to admit, where I have looked at my list of ‘To Do’s’ and have been so overwhelmed I just shut it down and went and did something completely different for the day.

You see sometimes too many choices can lead to total procrastination.

Have you ever noticed these days that choosing a restaurant to eat with friends can be the most frustrating thing in the world (especially if doing so by text);

Do you fancy pizza, Chinese, Indian or Thai?

I don’t mind which one do you fancy?

I’m easy which one is good for you?

How about Chinese then? Or Indian? Or pizza? I like them all……

Aaaaghhhh!

Let’s just stay in with a sandwich!

We are abundant with choice in the world we live in today and there may be a deeper argument that this might be one of the reasons there is so much dissatisfaction in the modern western world but that’s another blog post.

For now, what we want to do is increase our productivity and get things done so how do we do that?

How to Limit Your Choices for Increased Productivity

Gary Keller author of ‘The One Thing’ advocates focusing on only one thing at a time.

This is actually easier than you initially think when looking through the lists of things you want to do. (If you’re anything like me your lists are loooonnng).

The good news is that his ‘one thing’ is one thing in multiple areas making it in fact multiple ‘one things’, but in all the different categories of your life.

So what’s your priority in business, finance, health, family, personal development etc.

Don’t go crazy though and create more segments just because you think you want to fit more in!

For example my priorities this year are Health, Family, Business, Mission & Personal Development;

In each category in the past I have had a ridiculous amount of things I wanted to do / goals I wanted to achieve, for example, with health last year I was doing yoga, strength training, pilates, zumba and silks.

I wanted to be the best at all of them, eventually overwhelming myself and not becoming brilliant in any of them.

In business before I took a break, I was trying to increase my email list, build my audience, master social media, create and sell products, build an ecommerce business, be an affiliate marketer, write a blog, run a podcast, create videos etc, etc, etc.

This year (meaning my 46th year), my ‘one things’ are;

Health – Master Yoga. I want to master many yoga poses, and seriously increase my flexibility & strength.

Family – Make playing games as a family a nightly occurrence especially outside (that ones particularly for my instagram addicted daughter).

Business – Build my audience by publishing quality content regularly via blog posts & a podcast – I’ll go into my strategy for this more in another post.

Mission – Raise 100,000 Baht (around $3k) for Ride 4 Kids (I’m doing a 700km bike ride for a local charity in June next year).

Personal Development – Read or consume (I’m big into audio) a book a week.

Yes I’d also love to learn how to play the piano, learn how to day trade, start my new ecommerce business, go on mission trips to NGO’s in Africa & India etc.

There’s loads of other stuff I want to do, and it will all come in time, but we only have so many hours in the day and we have to ‘choose’ the most important things to move us closer to our goals right now.

NB: One thing to note is that these ‘one things’ are your main priorities. Not everything you’re going to do.

You will naturally fit other things in around your one things, but these are your default main goals which will help focus your mind.

Now It’s Your Turn

1. Identify the most important things you want to achieve in the various areas of your life. (Add the rest to a little black book of wishes & desires! I use Wunderlist and create braindumps of everything I want to do)

2. Whittle those lists down to your ‘one things’ in each category of your life.

Then get to work FOCUSING on your one things.

That’s it.

Believe me just removing the clutter of multiple goals clears the head and makes it so much easier to know what it is you need to do each day, which leads to increased productivity.

The key to success however, as always, is – action!

I hope this spurs you into action.

Have a great week.

Jo :)

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