You don’t need to crash and burn every time you want to make a change.
Siobhan McAuley has such a fascinating story. Siobhan has been a health practitioner and healer for nearly her entire life, but throughout her career, she was broke and constantly struggling to find the financial freedom she craved. She kept waiting for ‘life to happen’ and grew somewhat resentful because of it. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with cancer that she found inspiration in life and decided to change her life around for the better. She said something powerful on this interview, but you’ll have to wait till the end of the show to find out why Siobhan’s words, ‘burning to the ground to create change’ left a lasting impression on me.
Key Insights & Aha Moments
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*Siobhan was waiting for inspiration and it came, but only after being diagnosed with cancer.
*Unfortunately, Siobhan had to live off of welfare because she could not afford her medical treatments.
*At the time, she was also telling a very negative story about her partner, who lived in a different country.
*Siobhan got this crazy idea one day…what would it be like to earn $20k a month? Well, long story short, she was able to achieve that goal in 9 months.
*Siobhan has been a part of the yoga industry for the last 15 years.
*How did Siobhan discover her passion to teach?
*Siobhan is a vision person, not a details person.
*We have to be willing to lead ourselves before we can lead anyone else.
*How do you go from welfare to $20k a month?
*Siobhan took on 30k in debt during the first year of her business. By the way, she already had 40k in debt when she owned her yoga studio, way back when.
*You don’t need to crash and burn every time you want to make a change.
*Make sure you pay yourself first. This is the best form of self-love you can do for yourself.
*Break the whole problem down into pieces.
*Siobhan was very clear on her end result. She didn’t want 20k a month just because. She wanted 20k a month so she could have the freedom to visit her partner.
*The universe is an ‘and/both’ option, it is not a ‘neither/or’.
*You can’t come into a productive healing relationship when you are broke, tired, and stressed. This is why you have to practice self-care on yourself first!
*Healers are following a broken model in the industry that doesn’t put themselves first.
*I resonate so strongly with Siobhan’s ‘crash and burn’ model. Here’s why…
Let’s be real with each other for a moment. Drama and the deconstruction of oneself can be a very powerful (and often times painful) thing. When Siobhan spoke about burning everything to the ground in order to create change, it opened a box for me. I never heard anyone put it quite the way Siobhan did, but I’m glad she opened up and shared some very deep and personal insights about herself.
The same thing happened to me when I had my brick and mortar business. There was a part of me that knew it was time to let go, but another part of me was struggling to find the strength to drop everything and pivot. I really had to go through a journey in order to finally set myself free from that business. Listen to the end of the interview to hear the full story.
Krisha’s one piece of advice when starting your own business is to strictly focus on the blog and the Facebook page.
Krisha Young is a food and lifestyle ninja who has been in business for herself over the past three years. When Krisha first started her online business, she was working a full-time job and raising two small children.
Wow! To say that this lady has drive is an understatement.
There are so many points here that I want to mention, but one of the things we touched on was shifting from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance. This can be hard when you’re bootstrapping your business and trying your best to stay afloat, but once you’re able to take care of your core necessities, you can actually expand your growth and reach even more people.
Key Insights & Aha Moments
*When you’re selling, look at trying to help people first.
*Thank you for your feedback!
*Krisha is a food and lifestyle ninja and a registered holistic nutritionist.
*Krisha has been in business for herself over the past three years.
*Just keep believing and just keep doing and it will work out!
*Ask yourself: What does a woman who makes x amount of money do every day? One of the things she focuses on is mindset.
*Get comfortable with failure.
*Krisha struggled with ‘how to sell’ for a long time, but the reality is that selling is helping.
*When Krisha was starting out she had a scarcity mentality towards money.
*Now that she’s no longer stuck in fear mode, she knows she can help even more people.
*Once you’re able to provide for yourself, you’re able to give back to your community in a greater way.
*There are people out there willing to pay the price you set for your services.
*What kind of things has Krisha struggled the most with? Mindset.
*Finding a good mindset coach is incredibly helpful.
*Krisha started her business when she was working full time AND had two small kids!
*When Krisha first started, she thought she had to be like everyone else.
*Coaches have had a big role in Krisha’s success.
*The best coaches have coaches. You can’t do this alone. If you’re struggling, find a coach.
*You can download all the free stuff you want, but nothing beats the one-on-one support.
*When Krisha started her business, she made $0 the first year. The second year, $25,000. Year three? 30K in three months.
*When you’re first starting out, you might be stuck trying to do ‘all the things’.
*All you have to do is start a Facebook and start a blog.
*Krisha did everything free and bootstrapped her business for the first two years.
*We do a lot for people and sometimes there’s a bit of shame on our part for charging them for it.
*We need healers to come to the forefront in such a huge way.
*When you go online and try to be everything to everyone, then you end up helping no one.
Not many of my guests have talked about the selling aspect of the business. I know I have mentioned before that selling can sometimes seem ‘dirty’ because we, as healers, want to help others and not crave a big financial hole out of our clients’ pockets; but Krisha knows her stuff and knows how to sell in the most authentic way possible. When you’re able to take care of yourself on a spiritual, mental, and physical level, this allows you to help even more people!
Having the right mind set and confidence in yourself is a huge part of entrepreneurship.
Good day Mavens! I have an exciting guest for you today, her name is Jessica Nazarali and she is a business strategist and coach. Jessica has had her own business for the last three years and talks about why it’s so important for many wellness entrepreneurs to have confidence in themselves and in their abilities. This conversation even turns a little spiritual. Tune in to hear what Jessica has to say!
Key Insights & Aha Moments
*Jessica is a business strategist and certified master coach.
*Jessica has been coaching for the last three years and has two full time employees.
*In order to get Jessica’s business off the ground, she worked on both her coaching business and her day job at the same time for seven months. It was tiring!
*Starting a business is challenging, so if you’re not committed, your dream will never happen.
*Jessica believes mindset and believing in yourself is a big part of entrepreneurship.
*When you doubt yourself, it really affects not only your mental health, but your business as well.
*Jessica recommends setting time every day to meditate and to work on just believing in yourself.
*It’s hard getting used to being so public when you’re first trying to create your brand.
*At first, Jessica was afraid to put herself out there because she didn’t know if people would like the real Jessica.
*Finding a good community, either free or paid, is critical to getting you to the next level.
*As you grow, it’s only natural that friendships will change as well.
*Final advice? Make sure you really want to start your own business and commit to it.
*Don’t worry about your logos and your website, etc. Focus on providing value and lead generation first.
Something that I took away from my interview with Jessica after reflecting on it for a couple days was that it’s so important to understand your purpose and why you want to do what you want to do. What is the core motivator and drive you have for starting your business? If you don’t know, then you may get poor results when you start out and give up.
You have to do the inner work, especially if you own a business and want to be a pleasant boss.
I have a fantastic guest for today’s Making The Maven Podcast. Her name is Lisa Carpenter and she is a nutritionist, coach, and helps women practice healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Lisa’s work and message is clear, helping women develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
In today’s show we talk about Lisa’s journey and how she ‘did it all wrong’ when she brought her business online. She really goes there and speaks on how she was having a hard time coming to terms with some of her flaws and why she decided to do the inner work, to not only help herself grow but to help her business grow as well. You have to listen in for more!
Key Insights & Aha Moments
*I have some surprises for you!
*Lisa is a nutritional ninja and she helps women make peace with food and their bodies.
*Lisa used to compete in figure and physique competitions.
*Two years ago Lisa moved her business online, but she had to make a hard choice to let go of her then-clients.
*When Lisa moved her business online, it was literally like starting a brand new business.
*Lisa had a lot of resistance from within herself when she started her online business.
*Four years ago Lisa found out her husband was an addict and that experience took her through a personal transformation.
*Putting your head down and fighting through will only get you so far, but personal development can help you break through that brick wall.
*We experience change when we’re faced with things we don’t want to hear or don’t want to look at.
*If you want to get to know yourself, start a business.
*If your why isn’t strong, you won’t be inspired to get up and work on your business every single day.
*Lisa had to grieve when her dream didn’t come through last year, when she didn’t hit certain goals.
*But you know what? She got back up and did it again and she started small to regain her confidence.
*When Lisa’s business was ‘on the ground’ it just felt so easy to her.
*There comes a point in time where we have to stop creating and we have to start taking action instead.
*Final piece of advice for those just getting started? You really, really have to love what you do.
*We tend to overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in three years.
*I love getting feedback on my podcast! Keep it up you guys and thank you!
It was really transformational listening to Lisa’s story. She digs deep today. Lisa mentions something so important that I don’t want any of you to overlook and that’s doing the inner work. Lisa talks on how personal development helped her break through and helped her achieve new highs and new levels in her business. I couldn’t agree more. Inner work is so critical when starting a business because you really learn a lot about yourself and sometimes it’s not pretty. But as Lisa mentions, change happens when you’re faced with things you’re uncomfortable with.
This is the last Maven Mini of 2016! Just a heads up! But don’t you worry, these podcasts will be back January the 2nd.
Today, I want to answer a question that came from some of my clients and members of the Maven Inner Circle. The timing to this question is perfect. When you’re going through the ups and downs of business, what is my go-to method to self-care? This is a bit of a loaded question because it can be answered in so many different ways.
First, balance doesn’t exist. I know, I know, but I always talk about having different ‘buckets’ or bank accounts in life. There really is no such thing as finding a perfect balance. Some buckets are fuller than others based on the things you’re currently going through. I try to personally draw from all buckets at the same time, but that doesn’t always work out perfectly!
So, what is the self-care when going through really trying times? Let’s be honest, I don’t know if I have it all figured out, but I’m getting better. So after making a couple of mistakes, here’s what I can tell you. Focus on process and procedures. I know it’s not sexy, but when you have these in place, wow, life does get easier!
Because of these processes, I am able to take time off! Which means — when I need that much needed recovery time, I can do that without freaking out! I encourage everyone to implement some sort of process into their business, so you can focus on what you do best AND take time off!