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19 Investments that Transformed my Business and Life  (2018 Edition)

19 Investments that Transformed my Business and Life  (2018 Edition)

This year was everything to me and more.

I got married in Central Park and honeymooned in Paris. (I still need to blog about both of those events, eventually I’ll get to it - haha! I have so many photos to share with you!). It was a dream come true and my wedding absolutely was my favorite day ever.

In order to make that happen I took off 2 full weeks from work. I’ve NEVER taken 2 full weeks off before. Like, ever. It actually really freaked me out, but while it was happening I was so grateful for the freedom I felt.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re SO full of gratitude that you’re just completely overwhelmed? It’s like wanting to cry, laugh and tear up loads of paper all at the same time. haha! That’s how I felt this year. Completely overwhelmed by gratitude.

It was a very good year.

So in order to celebrate this incredibly wonderful year, I want to share with you my top 19 investments (both in time and/or money). These are the things that had the greatest impact on my business and life this year. I believe that time is just as much of an investment as money is… so keep in mind that you don’t always have to spend money as an investment. Where you spend your time is just as important.

Okay, let’s jump in!

These are the 19 things I invested in this year that had the biggest impact on my business and life. Here’s my list with my notes on how these things transformed my business/life.

Four Core Platforms for a Financial System

Four Core Platforms for a Financial System

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: systems are the lifeblood of your business.

Having a complete system for your money is a vital part of running your business and the basis of this system relies on four core platforms.

5 Ways to Make Writing a Habit

5 Ways to Make Writing a Habit

If you are a human being, you are well aware that creating healthy habits is harrrrrrd. It’s very easy to make the other kind of habits, the ones you can’t seem to shake. But sticking to good habits? Not so easy.

Writers are no exception to this rule, which is strange because we love to write. Writing is our passion, our calling, our outlet. So why is it that days, weeks (ahem—months) roll by and we continue to wish that we had time to write, all while snuggling on the couch for another Netflix marathon?

5 Strategies to Better Alignment

5 Strategies to Better Alignment

When I feel out of alignment, I think more with my head than with my heart. I do things from a place of force and not flow. I plan and think so much about the possibilities, and focus too little on the action of making it happen. 

Can you relate to this?

Feeling like you are putting in all of the effort and struggling to get something in return and then beating yourself up for the struggle?

I’m raising my hand and waving it with you too, sister!

What is a business coach?

What is a business coach?

Sometimes the most basic questions are the most helpful right? So often I think we confuse what coaching is, so I want to make sure you know what you’re hiring for before you hire your first coach (or maybe even second, third, and so on…). 

How To Use One Small Step to Transform Your Goals

How To Use One Small Step to Transform Your Goals

For years, my mornings were a complete mess.

I had this goal of getting to journal and read every morning, but I had every excuse in the book to not make this happen (plus a whole lotta bad habits backing up my excuses).

I used to wake up about 20 minutes before I needed to be out the door, on the road, and ready for work. 

Back when I worked in a more corporate setting, I often showed up late… ugh. I was always frazzled, always frustrated, and my commute was so beyond irritating it wasn’t even funny. 

I always wanted some kind of morning routine, but I just didn’t have the time — like ever. 

So when I finally quit and started working for myself, I thought, THIS! This is the answer! Once I work from home I’ll be able to journal and read in the mornings, because I’ll finally have the time.

Brightly Immersive Recap - Disneyland Retreat 2018

Brightly Immersive Recap - Disneyland Retreat 2018

As we pulled into the driveway of our Anaheim, classic ranch style home with the cutest bright peach colored door... I felt a sense of belonging.

Have you ever felt that? That sense that THIS is exactly where you’re meant to be, and this is EXACTLY what you’re meant to be doing.