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!

___________________________________________________________________

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 🙂

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

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

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

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

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