5 Successful Women Share their Morning Routines

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Have you ever wondered how successful women are able to show up as best selves and rock their business goals, while balancing full lives?

As if building a business isn’t hard enough. But then having to balance it with their family, relationships and other life commitments, you’d think it would be challenging to find the time to take care of themselves. 

Yet these five women swear by it and in fact, their morning routine is their secret weapon to their success.

So, let’s find out how they start their morning and set themselves up for success each day…

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Elaine Hayes, Founder MNTStudio

As a busy business owner and mom, self-care has become more important than ever before in my life.

I realized early on after having my son, Leo, that if mama wasn't happy, no one was happy.

I've always been very much into exercising and eating well as part of my self-care practice, but one new element I've incorporated into my daily routine over the last year is meditation.

Here's what I do, and I'll share all the details because I like to get super specific when sharing routines and what's worked for me. :)

I wake up at 5:30am, and immediately get out of bed and use a tongue scraper and brush my teeth. The reason I get up that early is that my son wakes up at around 6:15/6:30am, so if I don't wake up before him, I won't be able to do my morning routine. I then drink 24 ounces of room-temp water (sometimes I add a little lemon if I'm feeling sassy), grab my phone (but don't look at email or social media), and settle onto the couch with my favorite Barefoot Dreams blanket (linked it for you because it's life-changing!) and my Bose headphones.

I then use the Headspace app and meditate for 10-15 minutes, then write in my gratitude journal five things I'm grateful for along with an intention for the day. Taking that time to center myself, focus on what I'm grateful for, and set my intention for the day is a total game-changer. I've been doing this every day for close to a year (haven't missed a day yet!), and it's totally changed my life.

I'm much less reactive, better able to handle challenges that come my way in both life and work, and I swear it's helped me be a more patient, present mom. 

Listen to Elaine’s podcast episode here.

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Emily Merrell, Business Coach and Founder of Six Degrees Society.

Self-care and “morning routine” are words I never thought I’d be using as often as I do. As a spontaneous creature I didn’t realize how much I love routine and something to look forward to every morning.

I love starting 3 out of 5 of my days with a 7am workout. When I was in NYC I was a crazy 6am workout gal but in San Francisco, 7am is the perfect time. It takes 30 minutes to get to my workout and I love the walk alone. 6:30am is my favorite time of the day when the world is just starting to get up and you’re one of the few people out and about.

After my workout I take a shower in the dreamy outdoor shower provided by my co-working space, The Assembly. No matter the temperature outside I always feel like I’m on a vacation far far away.

Once I get settled at a table with a cup of coffee I set a timer for 10 minutes to journal. I write about what I’m proud of, what I’m grateful for, what I’m feeling energy-wise and what I want to accomplish that day. I keep each section to 3 things.

After journaling, I turn on my Calm app for 10 minutes of meditation. I’ve tried all types of apps and so far Calm has been the one I keep coming back to.

After that it’s nearing 9am and I’m ready to start my day feeling accomplished and focused for the day ahead.

Listen to Emily’s podcast episode here.

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Dr Rebecca Ray, Author, Speaker and Clinical Psychologist

My daily self-care ritual is to come back to a place within myself that rejects the notion that we must pursue success each day.

Instead, I care for myself by daily reflections on how I have lived meaningfully and bravely that day. This is a process of acceptance, evaluating my alignment with my values, and gentle self-love.

I find it much easier to follow my path and reach my goals when my definition for daily “success” is flexible, allowing for changes in my external and internal resources, allowing for fluctuating productivity, and allowing for the chance to simply be present.

It’s taken a significant amount of work for me to release the social and cultural expectations that “success” is quantified only by busy-ness and billable hours and, instead, to change this narrative within myself to one of values-aligned living.

Listen to Rebecca’s podcast episode here.

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Jenna Black, Business Success Coach & Abundance Queen

My morning ritual is called Soul Hour - a full hour where I dive into my own sacred soul space and come into a space of flow and alignment. This has been a game changer for creating more abundance, impact and purpose in my business. My soul hour can look different each day, but generally I’ll spend some time journaling with my morning coffee on my balcony.

I love to write my reality, meaning I journal my desires in the present tense to fully tap into the energy of them being done - this is key for manifestation! 

After journaling, I may take a few minutes to do some deep breathing, writing or meditating. I’m always anchoring in new beliefs and mantras, which I love to affirm in the morning.

Somedays my soul hour is a walk down to the beach or out to a local cafe to journal. I love to mix it up, and trust what my intuition is guiding me to do. From there, I start my work day and get into content creation mode for my business.

Tune into Jenna’s podcast episode here.

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Erica Carrico, Life Purpose and Career Coach

With two small kids and a fully booked business, life tends to feel hectic… which is why it’s a non-negotiable for me to start my day off right.

I’ve learned the hard way that if I don’t start my day with sacred time, I spend the entire day feeling disconnected, which means I’m not showing up fully for my clients, my family, or myself.

Obviously, I’d love to have a full hour each morning, but since my kids wake up so early, sometimes there’s only a few minutes. In that case, I make sure to start my day with sacred breath. When I wake up, I head directly to my windows facing east (the sunrise) and take 7 deep, cleansing breaths.

Breathing in the joy of a new day. The breath of life. Feeling the energy of source expanding in my lungs, traveling throughout my body, breathing life into each part of my body, mind, and soul.

Clearing anything left over from the day before, taking breaths to release anything that no longer serves. Inhale Divine guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and joy.

For me this creates an aliveness within my body, and I feel centered, aligned, and excited about my day.

Listen to Erica’s podcast episode here.

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Find Your Zone of Genius: How to Unearth your Unique Gifts and Own Them.

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How good would it feel to make money doing something you love that positively impact people’s lives in a meaningful way?

When we laser in on our zone of genius, we can absolutely make this dream our reality.

Unique to every person on the planet are the innate gifts we hold that we can do better than anyone else: this is our zone of genius.

Our unique gifts are what set us apart.

The more we focus on amplifying our zone of genius and become exceptional at what we do, the more money we can make doing what we love, making our so-called ‘competition’ irrelevant.

What can trip us up on the way to unearthing our unique gifts and fully owning them is when our creative pursuits have a distinct lack of focus. This is when we find our energy being misdirected and our time spent on things we’re merely ‘good’ at, rather than what we’re exceptional at.

Do you ever find you're good at a lot of things, so you end up doing ALL the things?

As creatives, we never have a shortage of ideas because we’re naturally good at a lot of things! And as introverts, it’s part of our nature to be curious and spend time investigating and exploring what we find ourselves drawn to.

When we’re starting out, experimentation and exploration are great things which I wholeheartedly encourage. If we didn’t have the inclination to explore different paths then we’d never know what we’re good at and more importantly, what we love doing!

This experimentation only becomes problematic when we lack of focus and don’t commit to the skill of mastery. We find ourselves stuck in the continuous phase of ‘dabbling’ and being a “Jill of all trades” ultimately finding we’re mediocre at various creative pursuits.

This lack of focus can also show up as Shiny Object Syndrome and is particularly prevalent in our technology-obsessed society when there is always something new, improved, faster and better that seeks to capture our attention.

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Do any of these sound familiar?

You:

  • Spread yourself too thin across a number of different areas you’re ‘good’ at but never go into depth to master any one particular thing.

  • Love the thrill of trying new things and experimenting with different ways of doing this.

  • Often feel like you’re missing out when you see something new and awesome released - the FOMO is real!

  • Find your energy is scattered as you spend your work and creative time jumping between one thing and the next.

  • Are worried to say ‘no’ to new opportunities and ideas that come your way.

The power of focus.

Here’s the thing: when we focus our time and energy on mastering our zone of genius, we can create amazing things that can help to change the world; make money doing what we love and positively impact people’s lives in a meaningful way.

  • What we focus on we move towards.

  • Whatever we focus on we think and feel.

  • Whatever we focus on we get more of it; it becomes real to us.

When we focus our energy mastering our unique gifts, it ultimately means we open ourselves up to our natural state of abundance.

Creating this alignment between our unique gifts and our hearts’ desires, fuels us with confidence, energy and purpose, which opens us up to attract MORE of what we desire.

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Here are just some of the side effects of playing in our zone of genius:

  • Supercharged self-confidence.

  • Unshakable self-belief.

  • Being fueled with energy and purpose.

  • Increased self-worth.

  • Naturally begin to attract the right opportunities.

  • Allows you to position yourself as an expert / influencer

  • Opens you up to your natural state of abundance.

  • Increased income / net worth.

All of this sounds pretty compelling, right?

How to unearth your zone of genius.

By now you’re probably wondering how the heck you can unearth your zone of genius.

The good news is that you likely already have some kind of an idea of where it lies, but these questions will start to build a clear picture for you.

Write down the first answers that come to your mind:

  • What skills comes naturally to you, that you don’t even really try hard at?

  • Where do you most often find yourself in creative flow?

  • What do people compliment you most for?

  • What do you find yourself naturally gravitating towards when you don’t have to be somewhere or have a deadline looming?

  • What could you quite happily dedicate all of your time to and fuels you with energy?

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Hopefully your answers to these questions have started leaving you some clues, so next it’s time to start connecting the dots.

Grab a piece of paper and split it up into three columns.

In the first column:

Write down all of the things you really dislike doing and that you suck at. Even if you spent time getting better at these things, you’d still probably never enjoy them.

In the second column:

Write down all of the things you’re *good* at and can really do an ok job of - note that this list is probably going to be quite lengthy, so don’t hold back.

In the third column:

Write down the things you’re really freaking amazing, and exceptional at. This list should be the smallest and have no more than 1-2 things on it.

Now take a moment to review the items in list number three:

Ask yourself:

  • Which of these aren’t being fully developed right now?

  • Which of these could I turn into my biggest opportunity?

  • Where could I use these to amplify what I’m already doing, even further?

  • Where could my business shine, if I honed in on my unique gifts and really went for it?

Unearthing your zone of genius is incredibly empowering and can be immediately applied to making better, more informed decisions. Focusing your energy on mastering your craft, allows you to take on new challenges you’d secretly always wanted to do but didn’t feel fully confident in moving forward with, helping propel you forward to your next level of success.

Your ultimate goal should be to invest the majority of your energy in your zone of genius and either ditch, outsource or automate everything else.

So tell me lovely, what did you unearth? Where will you be focusing your energy moving forward?


Quit doing things you hate.

Grab the free Workbook: Find Your Zone of Genius so you can get back into your creative flow and natural state of abundance.

5 Must-Watch TEDeX talks for Solopreneurs and Creatives

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Whenever I need a dose of inspiration or hit a slump, I know that if I hop on over to YouTube and watch a TEDeX talk, I’m bound to feel re-energized and ready to take things on again!

To be honest I don’t spend much time at all on YouTube - but watching TEDeX talks are definitely the exception. As an avid learner, I always feel like I’m learning something new or being offered a different perspective by watching one, so today I thought I’d round up some of my favorites where the lessons have had a really big impact.

Plus, as fellow creatives and solopreneurs, I know you’ll appreciate these as they all hit home on topics I’m sure you’ll be able to resonate with.

Ok let’s dive in!


  1. Carrie Green: How to program your mind for success.

Carrie Green is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and author of the book, She Means Business. I’ve been following her journey for years and even had the incredible opportunity of interviewing her on my podcast - she’s just as lovely as you’d imagine her to be!

What I love about Carrie is that she balances the practical marketing and business side of things with the need for mastering our mind, which is what her TEDeX talk is all about - how to reprogram our mind for success.

Our decision to do something begins in our mind and when we don’t go ahead with our plans, dreams and goals it’s generally because of one of these three things:

  1. Fear: our fear of actually doing it

  2. Obstacles: there are too many obstacles for us in the way of being able to achieve it.

  3. Motivation: we lack the motivation we need to take action and instead stay stuck in procrastination mode.

The reality is that what is going on in our mind has a huge impact on the actions we take; the decisions we make, and the things we experience.

Carrie really drives home the point that success is not an accident. Unless we’re very intentional about moving past our fears; pushing ahead despite the obstacles and showing up each day as the person we need to be in order to make it happen, we will always remain in the same place.

{Watch it here}


2. SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy): Succulence is powerful.

I adore Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy - AKA SARK, and Beacon of Hope in a Chaotic World. SARK is an artist, writer and author of the books Succulent Wild Love and Succulent Wild Woman. Her books are gorgeous works of art filled with her loving and wise wisdom.

Her TEDeX centres on the metaphor of a succulent plant,  which nourishes itself from the inside and then feeds itself that nourishment to give it life. She illustrates how we can apply these exact same principles to loving and honoring ourselves to bring our creative gifts to life.

I fully resonate with SARK’s story - it’s absolutely easier to not follow our life purpose.

But as creative women, we have a responsibility to fill ourselves up from the inside first, instead of outwardly seeking people, things, events and circumstances to shape our life and our destiny.

{ Watch it here }

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3. Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating.

Short, sharp, yet extraordinarily powerful, Elizabeth Gilbert shares a potent lesson on how creativity can survive its own failure or success.

She openly shares how after the huge success of Eat, Pray Love she knew that whatever she did next would be a hard act to follow. This kept her stuck for a long time and in the end the way she overcame it was by focusing on what she loves most: writing.

Liz shows that it’s possible, regardless of whether you’ve had a massive failure or a huge success - to not let this get in the way of your work and make sure your creativity survives.

{ Watch it here }

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4. Terri Trespicio: Stop searching for your passion.

If you’ve ever found yourself in the cycle of never moving forward with your goals and dreams because you’ve been stuck trying to figure your your passion - watch this. Terri shares the key to living your most joyful and fulfilled life - an approach I wholeheartedly agree with - which relies on failing your way to success.

There’s so much advice out there telling us if we just simply ‘follow our passion’ everything will fall into place. But the whole idea that the path we follow and the steps we take need to fit into this neat little construct is just plain unrealistic.

Her simple wisdom that “passion is not a plan, it’s a feeling. And feelings change” helps remove the pressure of needing to have this perfect ‘passion plan’ in place in order to move forward - this is so far from the truth!

{ Watch it here }

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5. Angela Ceberano: Be The Warrior Not The Worrier - Fighting Anxiety & Fear

From the outside, it looks like Angela Ceberano, founder of Flourish PR, is one of the most confident people you’d ever met and has it all figured out. Exactly as you’d suspect from someone who runs her own super successful PR agency, leading a team of people. But the truth is, that behind her glossy exterior she struggles big time with fear and getting outside her comfort zone.
She shares how she’s been able to successfully overcome her fears by creating “Fear Projects” in her life that are dedicated to facing her fears head on. One of her biggest fears was being on video, and the ways she overcame that was to launch her own YouTube Channel which now boasts over 26K subscribers - proving that if she can do it, you can too!

{ Watch it here }


So beauty, which one of these resonated with you the most? Also, please let me know in the comments your favorite TEDeX talks, so I can check them out!

Love,

Rachel


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17 signs to tell if you're an introvert

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Are you a closet introvert? AKA an introvert in-hiding because you’re trying to fit in with the extroverted world you've found yourself living in?

Or maybe you’ve heard about the term ‘introvert’ and thought it sounded like you, but you’re still on the fence about it…? Or maybe you have no idea that introversion is even a thing... Like me, 7 years ago.

I didn’t know the term introvert existed until I was in my early 30’s. I had grown so accustomed to trying to fit into the extrovert world I was part of it was never part of my vocabulary. 

If I had known then, what I know now, I’ve no doubt my life would have looked vastly different.

It was only when prompted to take the Myers Briggs test during my Health Coaching studies that I made the discovery.

I was still fairly new to the self-development world at this point, so learning about this test and the subsequent revelation of being introvert, was mind-blowing!

It suddenly dawned on me that all of my so-called ‘quirks’ -

  • preferring to stay-in than go out;

  • always having my nose buried in a book;

  • only having a few close good friends;

  • preferring to eat lunch alone each day at my corporate job than go out in large groups -

- Were all just signs I was an introvert; and above all, there was nothing wrong with me!

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Up until this point, my colleagues probably thought I was antisocial given I mostly always turned down group lunch invitations and social events after work.

I also had no idea why I was exhausted all the time.

I would get home from work each day and pretty much want to do nothing but sit on the couch and stare blankly at the television. Weekends were mainly spent recovering from the previous week and preparing to do it all over again by the time Monday morning rolled around.

My new discovery was a joyful revelation and above all, it was a relief to know that I could now begin to intentionally design my life around my need for plenty of solitude and time to decompress.

In many ways, it was like my permission slip to stop feeling so guilty about saying ‘no' and feeling like I always needed to keep up with people around me.

As it turns out, I’m from a family of introverts.

Both of my parents are introverts, as is my sister and two half brothers from my Dad’s side. No wonder I had zero clue about this whole introvert thing - as far as I was concerned, staying at home; being a book nerd, and needing plenty of alone time, was totally normal!

Upon my discovery, of course I then had to research everything there was to know about being an introvert and what it meant.

From then on, whenever I met people, I'd do a quick assessment on whether they were introverts or extroverts, and if they were introvert-folk, I instantly knew we’d get along, having an unspoken code about our respective ’needs’.

So what does it mean exactly, to be an introvert?

Basically it comes down to where we get our energy from.

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Introverts get their energy and refuel their creative juices from spending time alone; whereas extroverts get their energy from being with other people and therefore thrive in large group and very social environments.

Being in large groups and around people for long periods exhausts introverts and depletes them of energy, so it’s super important for introverts to carve out plenty of alone time to decompress and refuel their energy.

When we don’t get this time to recharge, we find ourselves extremely over-tired and exhausted; feeling anxious; overly stressed; generally cranky and not pleasant to be around at all!

This is why plenty of self-care is mandatory for introverts.

It’s important to note that while neither ‘type’ is more superior than the other - our modern world is largely designed for extroverts. The way corporate organizations are structured including the open plan office; constant meetings and mandatory team bonding experiences are just some of the reasons why introverts don’t thrive in this kind of environment.

Unless we equip ourselves with the appropriate self-care strategies, or change our working environment (or career!) entirely, we find ourselves on the road to burn out - just like I did.

Which is why it’s now my mission to help you avoid this at all costs and instead, empower you to design a life that honors your unique gifts as an introvert.

It’s estimated that introverts make up around 30% of the world’s population - yep, there’s a lot of us!

This is why it’s so important for us to design our lives in a way that supports us thriving and ultimately creating a life we’re obsessed with.

So, if you’ve been wondering if you’re an introvert, I’ve compiled 17 signs to help you quickly assess whether you are or not.  

If you answer ‘yes’ to most of these questions, then my friend, you are an introvert!

You:

  1. Feel most energized after spending time alone.

  2. Would rather stay at home than go out.

  3. Prefer having one or two really close friends than a large circle of friends.

  4. Like to avoid large, crowded, parties, often feeling overwhelmed when you need to attend them and much prefer intimate gatherings.

  5. Like to form a considered response before contributing to group conversations or in meetings.

  6. Hate small talk (and avoid it at all costs}, preferring deep and meaningful conversations about topics you’re passionate about.

  7. Feel exhausted after too much stimulation and need time to recover after being around people for too long.

  8. Would feel completely ok about staying home all weekend not seeing another person.

  9. Have a strong desire to do and create meaningful things in the world.

  10. Recall that as a child, your favorite activities were reading or playing quietly on your own.

  11. You love to listen, more than you love to talk; and people tell you that you’re a good listener.

  12. Can only deal with social occasions like parties, conferences and concerts in small doses and generally can’t wait to leave them. After you’ve been at one of these events with a lot of stimulation, you need a lot of down time to recover.

  13. Can easily get lost in your own thoughts and love daydreaming.

  14. Feel anxious at the thought of having to be around people for extended periods of time.

  15. Dream of being able to work from home or in a quiet coffee shop with minimal distractions; while open plan offices are your least ideal working scenario {AKA your worst nightmare}.

  16. Recoil when things like ’networking’ and ‘team building’ activities come up and you’re required to participate in.

  17. Feel relieved if someone cancels your plans.

So tell me lovely, are you an introvert? And if you are - what else would you add to this list?
Rachel x


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7 daily self-care practices for introverts to feel calm, balanced and grounded

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As an introvert (as well as an empath and highly sensitive person), my daily self-care practices have become a non-negotiable part of my life - I’ve had to learn this the hard way. I know when I invest in my own daily self-care it helps me feel calm, balanced and grounded and I’m ready to take on each day and show up as my best self.

Introverts thrive when we give ourselves the time to fuel our energy and the space we need to decompress from our day.

Knowing this is incredibly empowering and it’s our responsibility to intentionally carve out our days in a way that feels nourishing and supportive.

When we feel depleted, it’s a sign we haven’t created the boundaries we need to take care of ourselves and protect our sacred energy.

Today, I‘m sharing 7 daily self-care practices that are integral to my well-being and happiness that I hope inspire you to begin cultivating your own daily practice, so you can start feeling good every single day and step into the most joyful, radiant and aligned version of you!

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  1. Set your daily intention.

Start your day feeling good! This begins the minute you wake up. Instead of reaching for your phone, focus your energy on how you want to show up in your day.

As you lie in bed ask yourself -

  • How do I want to feel today?

  • How do I want to show up?

  • Who do I need to become in order to show up as this next level version of myself?

Take a few minutes to visualize and get into alignment with the version of you who already is the confident, radiant and soulful woman that you already are.

How can you embody her qualities and start taking aligned action as soon as you get out of bed and embark on your day?

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2. Meditation.

Meditation is an opportunity for us to turn inwards and develop our intuition. The more we practice quieting our mind and feeling into our bodies, the more we’re able to pay attention to the subtle nudges we receive from our inner wisdom.

As introverts, we spend a lot of time in our head and we internalize everything. So much, that we can actually end up becoming completely disconnected from our bodies and unaware of the important messages it is trying to tell us!

Meditation offers us an opportunity to create space in our mind; slow down the million and one thoughts we have and start reconnecting with our soul.

Each morning, I get up before my husband and prepare myself a cup of green tea. While it’s cooling, I use the Insight Timer app and sit in silent meditation for 12-15 minutes.

Closing my eyes, I turn my attention inward and focus on my breath. The goal is not to have any thoughts - but when they arise, choose not to follow them and instead return your focus to your breath over and over again.

This is definitely a practice - which is why it’s often referred to as a meditation practice. The more we practice, the easier it becomes to identify the voice of our ego vs the wisdom from our soul. And the more we get attuned with this, we can start making better decisions and taking action in our life that is aligned with who we truly are.

3. Journaling.

When our minds are anxious and filled to the brim with thoughts whirling around, one of the best ways to get back to calm is by emptying everything out of our mind and putting it down on paper.

Journaling is a wonderful practice to help ease our worries, acting as a healing tool and encouraging us to look at things in a new light. It can also help us resolve decisions and release any worries or concerns weighing us down.

Research has shown that keeping a daily journal can help reduce stress, strengthen our self-esteem and allow us to better handle life challenges thrown our way.

Writing can also be a healing end to a stressful day and a wonderful way to clear our mind in anticipation of the new day to come.

There is no right or wrong way to journal - you can either start by free-form writing everything that’s on your mind; or you can also use prompts to get you started.

Try these:

  • What am I worried/anxious about?

  • Is it true?

  • Can I change it?

  • What step can I take to help me feel grounded?

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4. Move your body.

Apart from the numerous physical benefits exercise provides, regularly moving our bodies has a significant positive impact on our mental health. Exercise helps to remove any stagnant energy in our body and boosts our circulation, activating the neurotransmitters in our brain that release serotonin and endorphins, which make us feel good!

By committing to moving everyday, we can help ward off depression and reduce anxiety - both of which according to research, introverts can be particularly susceptible given we tend to internalize a lot of our emotions.

Regular exercise provides relief by enabling us to release the negative energy from our body in a healthy and productive way, instead of holding on to it and letting it affect our mood and state of being.

It’s also a perfect way to get out and spend time in nature; which leads me to my next point...

5. Spend time in nature.

At the end of 2018, we moved out of the city in San Francisco to live closer to the water and be surrounded by nature - the change of pace and being by the water has been incredible; I finally feel like I can breathe again.

Being in nature is something I crave and when I don’t spend enough time outside I start to feel anxious and my stress levels increase - have you felt this way too?

Spending time in nature is extremely nourishing and calming for our nervous system, helping to reduce stress, clear our minds and fueling us with energy.

As introverts, we are sensitive to our surroundings and not getting enough nature time can be particularly unsettling.

If you live in a city, make it your mission find a park nearby you can escape to and if you can, take weekend adventures to go exploring so you can recharge.

6. Unplug and disconnect from technology.

Do you know who biggest competitor is to the Silicon Valley giants - Facebook, YouTube and Instagram?

Nope, it’s not another brand or product - it’s our sleep.

It’s really, really scary how much time we spend being attached to our phones and using technology. Whilst technology has afforded us many benefits, spending too much time online and in front of our screens has serious implications for our mental health and has been linked to increases rates of depression. I’m super guilty of this.

If that’s not alarming enough, I saw this Tweet in December last year and it instantly made me rethink my relationship with technology:

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I installed the app Moment on my phone to help track my usage and started becoming extremely mindful about how I engage with it.

Some of the changes I’ve made are:

  • Buying an alarm clock to wake up to (not using my phone)

  • Not checking my phone first thing and not even looking at email or social media until after I’ve sat in meditation and come back from my morning walk.

  • Keeping my phone in another room during the day.

Even these small changes have had a dramatic impact on my mood and productivity.

How can you integrate some small tweaks so you can focus on what is most important to you and spend more time on things that actually make you happy?

7. Fueling your body with nourishing food.

Introverts are highly sensitive (it’s estimated that about 70 percent of introverts are also considered to be highly sensitive people) and this also extends to food, meaning that what we choose to fuel our bodies with has a significant impact on our energy, mood and overall well-being.

All foods are essentially energy, and when we choose to fuel our bodies with the good-stuff, we raise our vibration to be aligned with radiant and abundant energy.

Start being intentional about choosing whole foods with high nutrient levels and avoid calorie laden and processed foods. This will have an enormous impact on your health, energy levels and overall well-being - something you will notice the effects of almost immediately!

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Every morning I start my day with this delicious, nutrient dense and energizing smoothie - it keeps me full until lunch and not only is it packed with a ton of nutrients, it also tastes amazing!

  • 1 x frozen banana

  • 1 x cup frozen raspberries

  • 1 x tablespoon almond butter

  • 1 x tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • ½ lemon juice squeezed

  • 1 x cup coconut water

  • ¼ cup baby spinach

Add all ingredients to your blender and voila - a delicious and super simple breakfast!


So beauty, I’d love to know - which of these daily rituals do you think could support you feeling calm, grounded and more balanced?


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4 big lessons from a transformational 2018

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Last year I wrote a post about the lessons learned from the previous year, and given 2018 was so transformative, I thought I’d continue the fun, sharing my biggest learnings and how I’ll be taking these with me in 2019.

I’ve been putting off writing this post because honestly, it’s uncomfortable to openly share the big inner shifts I’ve had to make; the subsequent changes I’ve been laying the foundation for; and how they will be shaping the direction of my business and life moving forward.

The underlying theme that is so obvious to me now, was finding myself in a place where I was completely out of alignment with how I was showing up in the world; which manifested itself physically and emotionally with some recurring health challenges.

My natural reaction was to ignore what was actually going on {let’s face it: growth and change is super uncomfortable}; but this only made things worse.

I knew that I needed to make some changes, but I just wasn’t sure how....yet.

In July, I signed up for my first ever three day silent meditation retreat which was an incredible experience. It created a safe container to completely switch-off and step away from the distractions of normal life; giving me the space to really tune into myself and listen to what I was being guided toward.

The biggest thing I took away from the retreat was being reminded of the enormous power that lies within us.

Often when we’re in the middle of our own trauma or crisis, we forget that we have the power to make decisions and choices - however hard or difficult they may be - to create the change we desire. After the retreat, I knew I change was inevitable; I just had to build up the courage to make it happen.

The idea for Bloom Rituals had been brewing in me for some time; and I knew the purpose, mission and values for this new venture where in complete alignment with the shift in direction I needed to make. Launching a separate business meant that I could still play it safe and keep my existing business running in parallel. The perfect plan! Or so I thought.

Observing how it played out over the last few months of 2018, it was clear that the business I had envisioned wasn’t going to work in its current format.

Thing is, sharing the Bloom Rituals mission felt so right and it was in complete alignment with my values and purpose. Perhaps it just needed to take a different form...For now.

Turning 38 in October was my big wake up call.

It suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks - I’m almost at the end of my 30’s and I’m so scared of what other people think of me that I’m willing to ignore my inner wisdom and suffer the consequences! This is the definition of insanity!

I took a step back from everything and began turning inward; finally learning to trust what my soul was calling me to do. It was during this process of deep inner work, that things started making so much sense to me and I knew the change was once again, inevitable.

So, here are the 4 big lessons that came from the transformational 2018...


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1.Ignoring your intuition is not a sustainable plan.

This was certainly the biggest lesson! It’s one thing to ignore our intuition, but even worse is when we don’t fully trust ourselves and the decisions we need to make in order to experience the growth our soul is craving.

What usually ends up happening is our ego jumps in and has an absolute field day, giving us all the reasons why we’re completely crazy for even having that thought and all the reasons why it’s not possible. We inevitably end up going down the spiral of of self-doubt and avoid taking the action we know in our heart we must take.

My {not so great} solution to ignoring my inner guidance was to numb out my emotions, which only led to more pain and a host of health challenges.

When we ignore our soul’s desires for too long, it usually ends up manifesting in ways like physical illness - this is because we’re creating dis-ease - storing the negative energy and holding on to these emotions in our body.

The key to shifting this energy is slowing down to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us and allowing our emotions to guide us - they are our body’s way of communicating with us of whether we’re on the right path.

We’re so used to numbing out our emotions with our substance or habit of choice that we’ve become completely disconnected from what our body is trying to tell us!

To simplify: good emotions = follow these! Negative emotions = warning sign! Use this as a signal you need to pause and reflect as to whether this is something to pursue. {I’ll be sharing more on this in future posts!}

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2. You will never reach your goals & dreams by playing small.

After ignoring my intuition and allowing my ego to take centre stage; naturally I was filled with self-doubt and was constantly second guessing myself.

Our ego {AKA our inner mean girl} wants to keep us playing small in our zone of comfort and if we continually let it run the show, we’ll ultimately end up limiting our growth.

It’s our responsibility to recognize when we’re giving our ego too much airplay...yet it’s not always easy to distinguish between the voice of our ego and our soul.

Here’s the thing: when we create space for ourselves, whether through meditation; being in nature or journalling our thoughts - we’re able to slow down and tune in to the subtle whispers and nudges that our soul is trying to tell us. We’re very good at distracting ourselves with our various vices and technology; but more white space is what we need so we can pay attention to what our inner guidance is trying to tell us.

In our instant gratification world, I feel there’s a huge misconception that the path to following your dreams will be easy. That once you know what you want to do, everything will somehow magically fall into place! This could not be further from the truth.

It actually gets much harder before it gets better. This because we need to level-up and experience the growth to reach the next level of fulfilling our dreams.

This year I am committed to growth. Committing to stepping into the next level of myself that I know I’m capable of and is waiting to be unleashed.

3. Not playing in your zone of genius limits your growth.

Being a naturally creative person, I’m good at a lot of things! While I love doing all the things, I know this is not the way to master a skill and become exceptional at something. I realized I’d fallen into the trap of doing things I was merely ‘good at’ and not lasering in on my zone of genius.

As an introvert and empath, honoring my energy is essential and plays a big role in how I show up as my best self. I spent a lot of time meditating; visualizing and journaling what I was being called to create and let my soul lead the way on this...

So what will I be focusing on?

Writing.

Writing is definitely at the top of my list.

I’ve missed writing {the main reason I fell in love with blogging 10 years ago!} and will be using this space a lot more to share my learnings, ideas and teachings with you. I’ve enrolled in two writing courses to sharpen my skills and focus on growth in this area.

Teaching & Mentoring.

I adore teaching. Ever since I taught my first class at General Assembly 3 years ago, I knew it was something I was born to do and it brings me enormous joy being able to share what I’ve learned to empower other people.

My goal is to bring all of the skills I’ve learned teaching offline and start incorporating them online as well as leading workshops in the Bay area. I have fun plans in the works so make sure you sign up to my newsletter to stay in the loop!

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4. Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

Overwhelmingly, my big lesson was that change is inevitable - we are continually evolving - as is every person and living thing on our planet - whether we actively want to acknowledge it or not.

While this change is inevitable, our growth is entirely optional.

Yes, that’s right. We get to choose if we stay in our safe little zone of comfort or take the risk and pursue the path that we know we are entirely capable of- but that requires a whole lot of getting uncomfortable.

I know which choice I’m making.

In light of all of these lessons, it feels right for me to align my website and business under my own name - hence the new digs! I know that I will continue to evolve and grow over the years, but the one thing that will stay the same is me.

I’m also fully stepping into my gifts as an introvert and empath - I’ll be sharing a lot more on this and why self-care is a mandatory and integral part of my life.

So, this is me, showing up fully; and wholeheartedly embracing this new season.

What about you lovely? Will you be choosing growth over comfort this year? What was your biggest learning that came out of 2018? How will you be using this to propel you forward in 2019?

Love,
Rachel x

How to cultivate unshakable self-belief

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Practically every single person I’ve ever interviewed; every personal growth book I’ve read and workshop I’ve been to - the most common piece of advice I always hear being given is to ‘believe in yourself’.

Believing in ourselves is the crucial foundational step in creating the life we’ve been dreaming about - giving us the freedom to create a business and a life we love, on our own terms.

Without first believing in ourselves and our own abilities - how can we ever expect to convince others we are capable?

On a surface level, this makes complete sense and every time I’ve heard it, I’ve always nodded my head in agreement without giving it a second thought.

But then begs the question - how do we exactly begin to cultivate this unshakable self-belief in the first place?

Is it something that some people naturally have within them, and others aren’t so fortunate?

I believe both instances are true.

When we’re born, we come into the world with a clean slate and unlimited potential. Throughout the course of our life we start learning how the world around us works, and in order for us to ‘fit in’ we begin to adjust our beliefs accordingly.

During our formative years we learn these beliefs from the people around us - our parents; school teachers; our peers and anyone else who has influenced our life in any meaningful way.

By the time we’ve reached adulthood, the lens with which we view the world through has been constructed by the environment, people and place that we’ve been exposed to….

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It’s only when we start to realize that every person on the planet has a completely unique perspective of how they view the world - that we begin to understand that perhaps the beliefs we’ve grown up with, aren’t aligned with the future vision we have for our life.

During our formative years, it’s likely we fall somewhere on the spectrum between being conditioned to believe that our big dreams are possible and that we can achieve anything we set our minds to; or, being in an environment that has us believe we are limited by what we can achieve; deserve to achieve; and are even worthy of achieving.

As an adult, where we land on this spectrum largely defines our level of self-belief.

It’s only when we decide to challenge this worldview that we can shift our perspective and begin to rebuild ourselves and create a new story in alignment with our new belief system and what we deem to be true about ourselves and our potential.

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The worldview I grew up with was a very limited one - my belief system dictated that success was following a very specific trajectory and well-trodden path.

Anything outside of this was deemed a fantasy and not available to me.

It’s taken me a looonnng time to re-write my story and realize the beliefs I grew up with; that shaped my worldview and what I thought was possible to achieve - were blatantly wrong.

The good new is, it’s completely possible to shift our belief system.

It comes down to reprogramming our mind and taking action in alignment with our new beliefs. When we do this, we build our self-confidence and as our confidence grows, we’re able to activate a new belief system where our wildest dreams are in fact 100% possible.

Today, I wanted to share five ways to start cultivating unshakable self-belief, so that you can go out, follow your bliss and make your big dreams a reality!

1. Get clear on your strengths.

Every single person on the planet has a set of gifts that are completely unique to us. It is our purpose to uncover what they are and use our gifts in a meaningful way that serves others.

When we focus on what we’re good at and the skills that come naturally to us, we’re able to show up being authentically ourselves and shine; which in turn, boosts our confidence and ultimately fueling our self-belief.

Start by asking:

  • What am I naturally good at?

  • What comes easily to me that I find myself gravitating towards when I have free time?

  • How can I use these skills in way that serves others?

➝ Read:  3 tools to help identify your best strengths

➝ Read: how to find your zone of genius {and ditch FOMO for good}

2. Be mindful of your self-talk.

None of us are immune to that little voice in our head that wants to rain on our parade when we’re about to embark on something new, slightly terrifying, but completely awesome at the same time.

It is our job to become aware of that voice and not let it run the show!

Our inner critic; inner mean girl (or whatever you call it) wants to keep us safe and ends up making us playing small if we let it… And that’s not fun for anyone!

It’s estimated we have 70,000 thoughts running through our head on any given day and if we choose to give weight to that negative voice, we’re letting ourselves down, big time.

Do any of these sound familiar…?

  • Who am I to be successful?

  • There are already so many people doing , there’s no room for me to being doing this too.

  • It’s not possible to get paid for doing something I love.

  • I don’t have enough experience / qualifications … I will just wait until I do...

Next time you notice those negative thoughts -

  • Raise your awareness - when you notice them come up, choose not to entertain it and go down the negative spiral.

  • Replace your thought with an empowering affirmation - I can do this; I am doing this; I believe in myself and my ability to succeed.

  • Return to the present moment - our inner critic has us either worrying about some future event that hasn't even happened or replaying past events in our minds over and over again. When we raise our awareness and intentionally remain in the present moment, focusing our attention on what is happening here and now - we have the choice to fuel ourselves with positive thoughts, intentions and beliefs - all of which are supporting us reprogramming our mind for success.

➝ Read: 3 ways to quieten your inner critic.

3. Stay in your own lane - ditch comparison.

Comparison these days is hard to escape - just scrolling through our Instagram feed is often enough to make us feel less than and wonder why our lives don’t look as perfect.

But honestly, this is such a waste of time and energy.

I’m totally guilty of it myself, but every time I get sucked into going down this rabbit hole, I quickly (and lovingly) snap myself out of it, close down the app and put my phone away.

Let’s be real for a minute: Instagram is purely a highlight reel of people showing themselves in their best light and their best angle - it’s not real life.

I repeat - it is not real life.

While I agree that social media has offered us a lot of opportunities to build brands and create businesses, it’s a double edged sword that is having detrimental effects on our well-being and mental health.

If you find yourself being triggered by social media, then please be kind to yourself and take a step back. Spend time offline doing things that bring you joy - whether it’s spending time in nature; going to a yoga class or spending time with friends.

Just keep focusing on your own game and how you are showing up. Do whatever you need to do so you can keep showing up as your best self. And if that means taking a social media detox - do it.

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4. Get outside your comfort zone - daily.

The only way we ever learn and grow is when we face our fears and do the things that scare us the most!

And when we do, we fuel ourselves with confidence that we are in fact capable of achieving anything we set our minds to.

The more we can practice getting out of our comfort zone, the easier it becomes to try new things; talk to new people; pitch new ideas; speak on stage and ask for the business.

When we can make a habit out of stretching ourselves out of our zone of comfort, we not only start making our epic vision a reality, we build an unshakable belief in ourselves because we have solid proof that we are freaking amazing.

Take a minute and consider -

  • Where have you been holding yourself back?

  • What’s the worst thing that could happen if you took action?

  • What’s the best thing that could happen?

  • Is it something you’ll end up regretting later if you don’t go for it?

5. Set big goals & crush them!

It’s all very well to set big goals, but the way to build unshakable self-belief is by taking action and crushing every single one of them!

This of course involves making a habit of stepping outside of our zone of comfort, but the more we keep taking those positive next steps and then start seeing the results, it only fuels us with more confidence that we’ve totally got this!

➝ Read: how to set kick-ass goals you'll actually stick to.


Let me know in the comments below - what is one area you can take action on today that can support you cultivating an unshakable belief in yourself? 

You've totally got this!

Rachel x

3 steps to getting grounded & aligned in the midst of failure

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I used to see failure as a sign of weakness.

That it was a sign of not being good enough, or worthy of success.

 ...Or a sign I was on the wrong path and therefore obviously not meant to be taking this direction.

I used to see failure as being somehow final; that there was no other opportunity to learn or grow from the things that didn’t go as planned or turn out as I hoped.

How wrong I was.

On the path to living in alignment with our purpose and the ultimate expression of our truth, it’s easy to get caught up in the notion that things will be flowing and effortless all of the time.

This is a myth I’m calling complete B.S on.

Having the courage to take the road less traveled and carve out our own path in the world is an act of bravery.

Which often means….

  • Going against our rational thought processes which want to tell us we should be making ‘safer’ choices that give us a degree of certainty about the direction of our life.

  • Ignoring well-meaning advice from family and friends who tell us to quit or suggest maybe we’re not cut out for that life.

  • Finding a completely new tribe of people who get you and are there to encourage you and cheer you on as you venture down this new, exhilarating and completely out-of-your-depth path.

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There is no greater feeling than waking up each morning and being so excited about your day ahead, filled to the brim with things that light you up; energize you and being so aligned and connected with your purpose in the world.

This is your authentic truth and when we get closer to that truth, there is no turning back. There is no possibility about going back to our old life and being ok with accepting how things used to be.

Here’s the thing: what isn’t often talked about is that sometimes on this path, things may not be as easy or effortless as we had counted on.

We may face setbacks; challenges and roadblocks that we have no idea if we can even get past.

Then the self-doubt creeps in.

  • What if I’m not good enough?

  • Am I kidding myself that I can actually do this?

  • Who am I to be even doing this in the first place?

  • Maybe I should just give up now and cut my losses…

Sound familiar?

Ready for a truth bomb?

Failure is a sign of growth.

Failure is a sign we’re getting closer to the truth.

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And above all else - failure offers us the incredible opportunity to peel back the layers of ourselves and understand what we want, what lights us up and most importantly - what we don’t want.

The only “failure” is when we give up completely and don’t bother at all.

And where is the fun in that?!

Upon some digging I thought I’d share some stories of iconic women who faced rejection countless times on their path to success.

J.K Rowling.

J.K. Rowling went from being a jobless single mother living off unemployment benefits to one of the best selling authors of all time. But it didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t all smooth sailing. She faced rejection and had to master her craft for years before anyone noticed her. Her first publisher even told her to keep her day job as she wasn’t going to earn a living writing children's books.

Today, the Harry Potter series has earned over over $400 million in book sales, and the last movie alone earned $476 million dollars in ticket sales... on opening weekend. She was the first female to become a billionaire author, not that many authors make it that far in the first place.

Julia Childs.

Julia Childs was a late bloomer. She married her husband Paul when she was 34 and developed an interest in cooking when she realized her husband had been raised by a mother who knew how to cook.

By 36, she had developed a full blown passion for cooking, but the path to her success was not all rosy. She failed her first cooking exam at Le Cordon Bleu and her famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was rejected by several publishers before Alfred A. Knopf finally published the book in 1961 and it sold more copies than anyone had anticipated.

According to the New Yorker, critic Michael Field said it "surpasses every other American book on French cooking in print today."

Oprah.

The Queen herself, Oprah, who grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi, was fired in the early days of television broadcasting career back when she was an anchor, facing sexism and harassment.

To say she’s rebounded would be a complete understatement - she’s since gone on to be the undisputed queen of television talk shows and her OWN media empire now spans a magazine, television shows and podcasts.

Today, Forbes have estimated her net worth to be $3 billion.

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Failure is simply the universe asking the question “how badly do you want it?”

If following our dreams and creating this vibrant and expansive life for ourselves was so easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

While this is true, it is also completely ok - and in fact mandatory - for you to take some time out; be compassionate towards yourself and make a decision on your best way forward.

When you find yourself at a crossroads, see this as an opportunity to pause and reflect on where you are at right now so you can get grounded with yourself and back into alignment with your biggest desires.

1. Re-connect with your desires.

Take some time to reconnect with yourself and your big dreams. When we find ourselves stuck in the doing and action all the time, it can feel completely overwhelming and chaotic.

In this space, we find ourselves having lost sight of the bigger picture with no space to breathe and it can feel extremely suffocating.

Take a step back, give yourself some space and get back to the core of your why.

Ask -

  • Why is this dream so important to me?

  • Am I creating the impact I set out to?

  • Am I still committed to this vision?

2. Reflect.

Pausing to reflect is the biggest gift we can give ourselves. When we’re caught in a state of overwhelm and confusion, the easy solution is to numb our feelings - and in doing so, we just end up avoiding how we truly feel about the situation.

While that bottle of wine {or insert your numbing weapon of choice} may seem like a good idea, it’s honestly not going to be where you find the answers you’re looking for.

Give yourself the time and space to now reflect on how you’re feeling right now and ask:

  • If I gave up now and walked away would I regret this in 5 / 10 / 20 years down the track?

  • Am I still wholeheartedly connected to this mission in the world?

  • What possibilities haven’t I considered before?

3. Re-align.

Once you’ve re-connected with what is most important to you and reflected on the possibilities that lie ahead; now is the time to begin cultivating a new vision that supports you showing up and expressing your most authentic self.

  • What needs to change for me to get back into alignment?

  • What do I need to let go of?

  • What do I need to start doing more of?

  • Where do I need to create boundaries to support myself on this path?

I hope this framework offers you the opportunity to take a step back and figure out what is most important to you.

Please know it is completely ok for you to change your mind; change direction or stop pursuing something that is no longer bringing you joy.

But also know that pursuing our path of purpose doesn’t always look as pretty as Instagram makes it out to be.

Trust yourself and have faith that you will be able to figure it out - you’ve got this!

Rachel x


How to rebuild your self-confidence after a set-back

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The entrepreneurial world is rarely as glossy and pretty as Instagram would have us believe.

As much as I love getting inspired by all of the gloss, I’m also keenly aware that underneath all of that exists real people going through some very real challenges.

Thing is, being an entrepreneur means that sometimes, our big vision, goals and projects don't go according to plan. We have setbacks and failures - all of which can lead to our confidence taking a huge beating.

I know first-hand because 2017 was a pretty rough time.

After more than a few setbacks, I found myself stuck in the endless cycle of self-doubt: doubting my strengths; how I was showing up; and generally feeling like an imposter.

It got to the point I was filled with so much self-doubt that I didn’t feel I was cut out to be an entrepreneur and started looking for a full time job…

But the problem was, no matter how many jobs I applied for and interviews I went for - nothing!

I even got to the final rounds of interviews for some amazing jobs that I was really excited about, but didn’t end up getting them.

To say my confidence took nose-dive was a huge understatement.

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Call it the universe or whatever; but nope a full-time job was not meant to be. So I took it as a sign that I needed to make this whole entrepreneur-gig work.

Things started to change the minute I shifted my mindset; took daily action to rebuild my confidence, and ultimately realizing what I was truly capable of.

Today, I’m sharing six strategies that transformed my confidence; helped build unshakable self-belief and most importantly, the resilience to keep going - no matter what.

Hint: it all begins with making the decision to show up for yourself!

1. Learn something new.

When we’re so focused on only one thing (for me it was business) we forget all of the other amazing things we’re capable of doing and how many options we have.

Thing is, we’re only stuck in a situation if we choose to be.

In March 2017, I followed some subtle nudges that led to me signing up for my yoga teacher training.

I didn’t sign up for the teacher training because I had a big desire to be a yoga teacher, I actually had no idea why I was being guided towards this…. But sure enough over the coming weeks it revealed itself.

Yoga fueled me with the strength and confidence that I am capable of achieving absolutely anything I put my mind to.

It doesn't need to be yoga training you sign up for; but learning any new kind of skill whether it be learning a language; a musical instrument; or learning to draw - gives us an entirely new perspective on what we’re capable of, fueling us with a renewed sense of confidence.

2. Get out of your comfort zone - daily.

It is so easy to stay in our zone of comfort - it’s familiar, safe and very attractive if we’re not used to getting uncomfortable on a regular basis.

But the truth is that, while our comfort zones are places where beautiful things can happen, nothing ever grows there.

We don’t grow beyond who we already are; and we never discover what we’re truly capable of.

All of our success becomes predictable.

This a very dangerous place to be in when you’re running a business.

Business in itself (especially running an online business!) is unpredictable. And in order for us to create success, we need to be constantly stepping up, trying new things, failing fast, and learning more about ourselves along the way.

Stepping out of my comfort zone does not come naturally to me at all and I would often avoid it because it made me feel so uncomfortable!

But what I learned is that the more I forced myself to step-up, the more my confidence skyrocketed, along with my self-belief - because I knew I could achieve anything I set my mind to.

Try this: each month, or week - set yourself mini-challenges where you’re trying new things that you’ve never done before but have always been curious about.

By simply following our curiosity, we’re able to begin exploring new opportunities and different perspectives - and building unshakable self-confidence along the way.

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3. Spend time with positive people.

Jim Rohn famously said that "you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with" -  and I couldn’t agree more.

Who we spend our time with influences the way with think and what we believe to be possible.

When we start spending time with goal-getting people who are going after what they want and creating amazing things in their life - it starts to rewire our brain to think in new ways;  fueling us with the confidence that our crazy dreams are in fact, possible.

Try this: start making habit of going to events, workshops and attending short courses (in person) with things you’re naturally interested in.

As much as I am not a fan of ‘networking’ - I’ve found it completely invaluable to regularly attend events where I've met amazing people and made new friends - both of which have made such a huge difference to my overall well-being, but also my confidence knowing that I have a lot to give!


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4. Dress for it!

What we wear each day has a dramatic impact on the way we feel about ourselves - the same way having a fabulous haircut can make us feel unstoppable!

Make the effort to do your hair and makeup; put on something that makes you feel amazing and I promise you’ll feel a million times better than if you’re just wearing the sweatpants and no makeup look.

5. Workout daily.

Not only does working out give us a healthy dose of endorphins and make us feel incredible, along with helping us be more productive - committing to a regular workout schedule helps us stay fit and healthy, fueling us with confidence to wear cute outfits and look fabulous while doing so!

Every morning, I workout for 20 minutes and it’s now so heavily ingrained in my morning routine that it feels weird if I don’t do it. I’ve also recently started getting into Kayla Itsines' Sweat program and have added that to my routine three times a week.

I’ll admit, it’s challenging when you’re running a business and have a million thing to do to justify the time spent getting in a workout, but honestly, the benefits of feeling amazing, confident and strong are so worth it.

6. Focus on small accomplishments.

Celebrating our wins regularly makes us feel accomplished, which in turn increases our confidence as we know we’re capable of achieving the things we’ve set out to do.

I’ve found that instead of focusing on big goals, focusing on small accomplishments and wins along the way has helped boost my confidence - basically because it means I’m always winning!

I’ve actually stopped setting big goals for each year and have started to now approach my goals on a quarterly basis and create a 90 day roadmap and plan.

This has helped so much in terms of being able to confidently reach the goals I’ve set, making it much easier to stay accountable to them.


My biggest learning over the past couple of years is that entrepreneurship is a journey, definitely not a sprint!

So the best we can do is keep growing and learning along the way; not being afraid of trying new things; and building the confidence and resilience in ourselves to get back up and keep going - again and again.

I’d love to know - what are your best confidence boosting tips for overcoming setbacks?


5 Must-Listen to Podcasts for Female Entrepreneurs & Creatives

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I’m obsessed with podcasts - not only do they offer huge bursts of inspiration, which are a great way to get out of a creative slump and consider new perspectives; they also offer us brilliant insights from top thought leaders who are killing it in their business.

They’re also a great way to feel productive while getting life admin chores done {it makes hanging out washing waaayy more fun!} and the perfect accompaniment when commuting or traveling.

Before I board a flight, I always download a bunch of my favorite podcasts to listen to in the air and use the time for catching up on old episodes I’ve missed.

I always love discovering new podcasts, so today I’m sharing 5 I’m obsessed with and are must-listen to shows for female entrepreneurs and creatives in business - hopefully you’ll discover some new ones to add to your list!

Let’s dive in!

#1. Glambition Radio, with Ali Brown.

Ali Brown is considered one of the original pioneers of the internet marketing world and she really knows her stuff. Whenever I tune in, I’m always introduced to incredible women, doing amazing things - most of whom I’ve never heard of (which I love!).

Ali is a mentor and Coach for high-networth female entrepreneurs and in the past five years has been Ranked on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies; Named one of the Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine; winner of the Stevie® Award for Women Helping Women and Named “The Entrepreneurial Guru for Women” by Business News Daily.

I love Ali’s no b.s style and she always offers a ton of value and in every single interview, having featured some incredible guests including Laura Roeder, founder of Meet Edgar; Danielle La Porte; Emma Isaacs, founder of Business Chicks; and Claudia Chan, founder of S.H.E Summit.

Must-listen to episode:

I mean, they are all seriously amazing, but her latest interview with Dorie Clark, author of Entrepreneurial You is especially good!

tune in here.

#2. Mind Your Business, with James Wedmore.

James Wedmore rose to internet fame from his wildly successful YouTube videos and subsequent courses on helping entrepreneurs build their YouTube channels… Yet the Mind Your Business podcast has a completely different feel to it - it’s more the right brain of business, which a huge emphasis on mindset; the law of attraction; and the more spiritual side of what it takes to run a wildly successful business.

In fact, James openly promotes that ‘’hustle and hard work are not essential ingredients for success."

The episodes are a mix of James going solo; as well as interviews with people including Stu McLaren, Pam Grout and Lewis Howes.

I really started getting into this show last year when I was going through some challenges in my own business and I love James’ whole approach that always gets me thinking from a different perspective.

Must-listen to episode:

Episode #141 with Jim Fortin on being able to control our thoughts and change our life. I’ve since applied the approach Jim shares in this episode and this shift in thinking has been it has been hugely transformational. Side note: Go and download this right now!

tune in here.

#3. Your Creative Start.

Hosted by Jaharn Giles, founder of Your Creative Start - this show offers practical tools and tips for running your own creative business as well as interviews from some of my favorite creatives and super inspiring women in business.

It also helps that Jaharn is an Aussie, so I do love listening to her accent and be reminded of home.

Jaharn has interviewed some seriously amazing people on her show including Eleanor Pendelton, founder of Gritty Pretty; Beck Wadworth, founder of An Organized Life and Jasmine Garnsworthy, founder of The Buff.

I love the show as it’s completely relatable and Jaharn has a knack for talking about practical topics, like dealing with self doubt and how to grow multiple revenue streams for your business.

Must-listen to episodes:

Definitely listen to the three interviews I mentioned from Eleanor Pendleton (episodes #20 and #21); Beck Wadworth (episode #13) and Jasmine Garnsworthy (episode #7) - these women are living proof that you can do anything with a vision, a plan and of course, hard work.

tune in here.


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#4. She Means Business, with Carrie Green.

Hosted by Carrie Green, founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, She Means Business is not only super fun, but the guests Carrie interviews are always hugely inspiring and share so many great wisdom bombs about the realities of running your own business.

The honesty and transparency of the show to ‘go-there’ and talk about some of the not-so-glam aspects of being your own boss make for super juicy episodes.

I find it both comforting and beyond helpful hearing from women I’ve admired from afar, who share some of their own struggles on their business journey’s.

It definitely makes you feel more normal that #girlboss life is not always as glamorous as Instagram sometimes makes it out to be...

In each episode, Carrie asks each of her guests to imagine their business journey is being made into a movie and asks them to describe what kind of movie it is {romantic comedy, thriller etc} and then the interview subsequently unfolds like it’s the plot of the movie, complete with plot twists and climaxes!

Must-listen to episodes:

There are a ton of juicy ones, but a couple of stand outs are Kimra Luna where she shares her journey from being on welfare to creating a 7 figure business; and Sage Lavine on Bringing Business Back to its Magical Roots, who went from being a teacher in Iowa to now running a hugely successful coaching company.

tune in here.

#5. The Boss Files, with Poppy Harlow.

The Boss Files is a fairly new discovery for me, but I’ve quickly been catching up on past episodes and love the interview style of host, Poppy Harlow who doesn’t hold back and asks the questions we really want to know.

Poppy interviews well-known Bosses including Diane Von Furstenburg and Arianna Huffington, along with some super interesting people like Bozoma Saint John, Uber’s Chief Brand Officer (the woman who has been brought in to rebuild the company’s brand and culture following the sexual harassment lawsuits that destroyed their reputation); and Melinda Gates, who shares all about her mission in the world to empower women.

Must-listen to episodes:

I became hooked on the show after listening to the interview with Emily Weiss, CEO and founder of Glossier and Into The Gloss where Emily shares her philosophy on what it takes for brands to succeed in today’s marketplace where competition is rife; and her take on the beauty industry and where it’s headed.

tune in here.


Are you a podcast fan too? I always love discovering new podcasts - leave a comment below and share your go-to podcasts for inspiration!

How to find your zone of genius {and ditch FOMO for good} 🦄

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A few weeks back, I shared how the book Essentialism has pretty much transformed the way I’m approaching 2018.

This year, I’m focusing on only two things:

1) What I’m truly excited about and makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning; {for me that's working with big-hearted creatives from my amazing home office and spending all day in my yoga pants 😂}; 

2) Things that are aligned with my strengths; A.K.A my zone of genius {scroll to the bottom to find out what these are!}

Looking back, where things started going wrong in my business was because I was spending too much time and energy doing things that I was *good* at, but didn’t naturally excel in.

Why on earth did I think this would be a good idea??!!

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For one, I didn't want to miss out on anything! FOMO is real, people.

Do you ever find you're good at a lot of things, so you end up doing ALL the things?

And two, because as a new business owner, we’re constantly experimenting and trying things to see if they stick, and before we know it, we've fallen into the trap of being the Jill of all trades. 

Unless we take action to fix this, it becomes our new normal.

Not only is this a terrible strategy, it also doesn't serve us, or our long term vision.

I feel this is the trap that many of us fall into, especially when we’re faced with an abundance of what feels like "really good options”.

Have you experienced FOMO when it comes to focusing on ONE thing?!

Today, I'm sharing the simple exercise I used to narrow down my focus.

When you do this, you'll know exactly where to direct your time and energy and focus only in your zone of genius….Trust me this is a game changer.

Ok, so start with grabbing a piece of paper, or your journal (or a blank google doc) and divide it up into 3 columns.

  • In the first column, write down all of the things you really dislike doing and that you suck at. Even if you spent time getting better at these things, you’d still probably never enjoy them.

  • In the second column, write down all of the things you’re *good* at and can really do an ok job of - note that this list is probably going to be quite lengthy, so don’t hold back.

  • In the third column, write down the things you’re really freaking amazing, and exceptional at.

And by this I mean:

  • What skills comes naturally to you, that you don’t even really try hard at?

  • Where do you most often find yourself in creative flow?

  • What do people compliment you most for?

  • What do you find yourself naturally gravitating towards when you don’t have to be somewhere or have a deadline looming?

  • What could you quite happily dedicate all of your time to and fuels you with energy?

These are all signs of your zone of genius.

This column should probably only have 1-2 things on it.

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Here’s the thing: within each of us lies our own unique blend of magic. 

The more we dedicate our time and energy to our zone of genius, not only can we be of greater service in the world, we’re also opening ourselves up to our natural state of abundance - which I can tell you feels freaking amazing.

Living in alignment with our hearts’ desires fuels us with energy and purpose, which opens us up to attract MORE of what we desire...

Our goal should be to invest the majority of our energy in our zone of genius and either ditch, outsource or automate everything else.

For me, my zone of genius is in two key areas:

  • Styling and design - this has always come naturally to me and after years of dedication to mastering this skill, I’m now in the privileged position to help other people take their brand styling to the next level!

  • Teaching and coaching - despite being an introvert, I really love helping people, and I know I’m a great communicator. The moment I discovered I could actually turn this into my *job* was a light bulb moment and I knew it was my purpose to make it happen!

What will it look like for you beauty?

To taking your next best step,

Rachel x 


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50 positive affirmations for goal-getters to cultivate wild success & abundance

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I’m a big believer that our thoughts create our reality.

Whatever we choose focus on and where our energy is directed, we attract more of in our life.

If we want to create wildly successful and an abundant life, we need to be mindful of our thoughts, energy and focus. I’ll be the first to admit this is not easy, but with practice and intention, the easier it becomes!

That’s where positive affirmations and mantras come in.

They are my secret weapon and one of my favorite tools for aligning my mindset with the direction of my goals and dreams.

What are affirmations exactly?

An affirmation is a simple but powerful statement that helps to strengthen the connection between your unconscious mind and your conscious mind.

The more we strengthen this connection the more resilient we become when difficult or challenging circumstances.

As Buddha wisely said: you become what you believe.

There are so many benefits of using affirmations:

  • They help increase your awareness of your thoughts. This makes it easier to recognize the negative and self-doubt thought patterns holding you back. 

  • Affirmations define your focus. When you focus your energy on the things you want: achieving your goals, the positive, uplifting and good you are creating an abundance mindset and strengthening your resolve to make it happen.

  • They open you up to possibility. Too often we get stuck in the ‘impossible’ mindset, but affirmations flip this on it’s head. When we begin to positively affirm what is possible, a whole world of opportunity opens up.

These affirmations pack a powerful punch and affirming them first thing each morning is the perfect way to start your day on a positive and productive note.

Here’s a round up of some of my favorites that help keep me inspired on a daily basis!

Soul fuel:

  1. I am worthy of manifesting my biggest desires.

  2. I believe in myself and my ability to succeed

  3. something wonderful is about to happen to me

  4. I allow love to fill me up and guide me in all of my actions.

  5. Everything is alway working out for me.

  6. I always choose happiness.

  7. My mind is free of resistance and open to the possibilities.

  8. I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself.

  9. I look for the good in every situation.

  10. My desires are fueled by an unlimited belief in myself.

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Courage & Confidence:

  1. I can do anything I put my mind to.

  2. I have faith in myself and in my abilities.

  3. I have what it takes to reach my goals.

  4. I can handle anything that comes my way.

  5. Great strength lies within me at all times.

  6. I have the courage to keep going.

  7. I have the courage to walk my own path and follow my dreams.

  8. My dreams are far more important than my fears. I keep going no matter what.

  9. My faith lifts me higher than fears.

  10. Today I face everything with great courage.

  11. It is impossible for me to fail.

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Goals, Dreams & Intention:

  1. Today, I make magic

  2. I am creating the life of my dreams.

  3. I am focused, persistent and will never quit.

  4. I am totally in charge of my life.

  5. Whatever I put my mind to, I achieve.

  6. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

  7. My energy creates my reality. What I foucus on is what I will manifest.

  8. I am dedicated to living in alignment with my purpose.

  9. I love the life I am creating and opportunities flow to me with ease.

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Intuition & Inner Wisdom:

  1. My intuition never lets me down.

  2. I always follow my heart’s path.

  3. I am always being guided to living my heart’s desires.

  4. I live in perfect alignment with my highest truth.

  5. I trust myself and turn inward to seek my highest truth.

  6. My life works beautifully as I navigate my path with grace and ease.

  7. I follow my intuition and know that nothing is put before me that I can’t handle.

  8. Everything feels so right; I trust I am on the right path for me.

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Money & Abundance:

  1. I see abundance everywhere.

  2. I am always attracting abundance.

  3. I am open to money coming to me from new ways that I've never imagined.

  4. I am connected to the endless abundance of the universe.

  5. I am worthy of making more money.

  6. Money comes to me easily and effortlessly.

  7. I always have enough money.

  8. I am grateful for what I already have and for all that I receive now.

  9. I handle success with grace.

  10. I am fully supported making money doing what I love.

  11. It is safe for me to make money.

  12. I am aligned with the energy of abundance.

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Do you use affirmations? Let me know your favorites in the comments!

Or, if you haven't tried them out yet - which ones resonate with you the most?

To taking your next best step,

Rachel x


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5 Lessons I'll be taking with me in 2018

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2017 was a huge year for more reasons than one - I not only ticked off a bunch of awesome goals and travelled to some incredible places; but I also had a number of plans and projects that didn’t go quite according to plan...

Through this, I learned some big lessons along the way that I’ll be bringing with me into 2018.

Some of the awesome goals I checked off were completing my yoga teacher training; becoming a Beautiful You life coach; traveling to Europe and the south of France (huge bucket list goal checked off!); working with amazing (and super inspiring) clients; and finally, launching a brand I’m truly excited about; while in the process, streamlining and cohesively bringing together the various projects I had going on.

To be completely honest, being a business owner is probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done - it’s not only been a massive learning curve in terms of understanding my strengths and weaknesses (and how these play out in business), but it’s also been a huge journey of personal development, because success as a biz owner pretty much relies on taking wild leaps outside of your comfort zone - on a daily basis!

So today, I thought I’d share 5 of the biggest lessons I’ve learned that I’ll be bringing with me in 2018...

Bloom where you are planted.

The conditions will rarely be perfect to make any kind of leap, take a risk or make a major decision. Sometimes we’re faced with situations we would not have chosen and the best thing we can do is accept it and learn to ride the waves. 

So many things happened in 2017 that I didn’t plan for, or see coming. 

Being a planner (ok, let’s be honest: control freak) this was hugely uncomfortable for me, as I was forced to surrender.

There were so many times I wanted to throw in the towel and jump back on a plane back home to my safety net in Australia, but I’m glad I didn’t. Being in a new country and city has made me so much more grateful and appreciative of my life back in Australia and I would never have had the opportunity to learn and grow as much as I have, if I took the easy route.

Instead of trying to make the conditions perfect, this year I’m intentionally choosing to surrender to what is; be grateful for what I have; and learn to bloom exactly where I’m standing.

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Do less, but better.

Last year I did a lot - that's an understatement. I’m calling it the year of experimentation.

Reading Essentialism over the Christmas break was a huge eye opener. On reflection, while I did a lot last year, I was also very unfocused, and as a result I don’t feel I mastered anything in particular. 

Looking back, I can see my energy ended up being misdirected and I know that if I instead chose to focus on a smaller number of things, I could have achieved so much more.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve literally been doing a “Life Edit” and stripping back all the non-essentials.

This process began with looking at my strengths and also what brings me joy; and then the editing process began. 

This is still a work in progress (and I presume, I will be editing ruthlessly and frequently over the course of the year); but I’ve already started to see some shifts and I’m beginning to attract more of the projects and opportunities I’m truly excited about and feel completely aligned with.

Failure is just an opportunity to grow.

While I experimented a lot last year, this also meant that quite a few projects and dreams I had didn't go according to plan.

I ended up taking a step back to reassess how things could have turned out differently and spent time getting realigned with my ‘why’ and purpose.

While all of this was going on, I serendipitously discovered Cassie Mendoza Jones’ latest book, It’s All Good, and came to realize that our *failures* are nothing more than lessons. 

{side note: be sure to catch this awesome podcast interview with Cassie!}

Each lesson we learn on our journey is just another opportunity to grow and understand more about ourselves.

So while we can have all of these good intentions; set amazing goals for ourselves and take action towards our dreams, we also need to be able to surrender to what is and trust that if our plans don't work out exactly as we imagined it, there is something even better for us that lies ahead. 

Magic happens when we leave ourselves open to the infinite number possibilities we don’t even know exist yet!

Which leads me to...

Resilience is our best asset.

After all of these ‘big lessons', it’s honestly hard to get back up and again and keep going. I struggled with this big time and my self-confidence took a beating. 

That’s why we need to intentionally focus on building our inner strength and  resilience so we can bounce back and keep going no matter what.

I know that every experience I’ve had over the past 12 months has only made me a stronger person and I feel like this year, I can take on anything!

Always go with your gut.

After so many of my *experiments* in 2017, I went through a period of not trusting myself and instead choosing to listen to other people’s advice and ignore my own.

In hindsight, this was not a good idea at all; and I’ve had to intentionally focus on tuning in to my inner guidance, instead of looking externally for the answers.

While we can always take the advice from other people, we need to trust that only we know what is best for ourselves.

Two simple ways I’ve been getting better at this is practicing mindfulness and being truly present in each moment (instead of future tripping and getting way to caught up in playing out scenarios in my head) as well as creating white space in each day, taking the time to tune into how I’m feeling.

Given we’re almost a month in, I’m already feeling the shift in energy and know 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year!

I’d love to know - what lessons will you be taking with you in 2018?

6 Daily Habits for Success

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As humans we are creatures of habit. We love nothing more than finding a rhythm or routine that we like, which we then happily stick to without giving it a second thought, because - well, why would we when we’re comfortable and it works for us?

The problem with this thinking is that if we're always doing the same things day in and day out, we’re not learning or growing, and worse - we're not stretching ourselves and we end up placing a limit on reaching our highest potential.

The only way we can ever know what we’re truly capable of is if we create a daily habit of moving past our fears, upleveling our game and truly step in to the person we were destined to become.

What I’ve also come to realize is that how we structure our day can make or break our success. If we keep slipping up and let bad habits hold us back from achieving our goals (um, hello procrastination and negative thinking!), then we’re setting ourselves up for failure before we’ve even begun.

How many times have you done something just out of habit?

You may not even question your behavior because it is so ingrained in you.

I’m definitely guilty as charged!

The trick is to recognize the habit and take action to rectify it by establishing good habits to replace them.

It takes conscious effort to be disciplined, and when we fill our day with positive habits we lay the foundation for our path to success.

I’ve experimented with various habits; and with repeated tried and tested behavior I’ve identified six that I now use on a daily basis - I call these my Daily Habits for Success and have them printed out on my vision board as a constant reminder.

I’m a big believer in keeping things simple and as uncomplicated as possible which is why I limited the habits to only six!

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1. Establish a morning routine and schedule your time.

Being in a productive routine is essential - and by this I mean one that works for you. No two people’s will be the same - but creating good habits around how you set up your day and divide your day into productive time vs. play vs. relaxation vs. exercise will ensure that you are scheduling your most important work to be done.

For me, each day starts with my morning routine which sets the tone for the day and always includes a 15 minute HIIT workout; writing and reviewing my daily goals; positive affirmations and reading a chapter of something motivating.

I used to be a morning meditator, but have recently switched to the evenings as I’ve found it helps considerably with my quality of sleep.

Scheduling our time is essential. Stephen Covey talks about this in his book, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - we need to schedule our priorities to ensure they get done.

This begins with defining exactly what your priorities are - for the year, for the month, this week and for today. What absolutely needs your attention this week? What do you need to finish by the end of this month?

Then work out your weekly schedule based on your priorities and schedule your time accordingly.

For example, if you're working full time an setting up your business on the side; it is very easy to come home from work and sit in front of the television or go out with your friends.

Success begins with establishing your priorities; then setting the goals you wish to achieve; and ultimately creating a habit of scheduling time for you to work on your goals at a regular time each day or week.

This habit will see you reaching your goals a lot faster than if you were trying haphazardly to ‘find time’ to work on your goals - we both know this won’t happen!
 

2. Stay focused: keep your daily to-do list small.

Limit your goals to only 3 per day. This not only gives you laser sharp focus for each day and intentionally stop you from feeling overwhelmed. When our to-do lists are long and seemingly never-ending we are less inclined to want to look at them.

Keeping them short and succinct will mean we can achieve what we set out to each day - and we all know that feeling of accomplishment by being able to cross things off that list!

{Tip: the Daily Goals Planner has been created to help you achieve this!}

3. Get out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you each day.

It’s true - everything that you want is on the other side of fear. Fear is the one thing holding you back from your dreams.

But here’s the truth: every time you do something new and unfamiliar, you’re stretching yourself and building confidence at the same time. Get good at feeling uncomfortable!

Commit to doing one thing each day that will lead you to where you want to be.

The more you practice getting outside your zone of comfort, the quicker you will fuel your own personal growth and see your wildest dreams begin to manifest.

4. Move your body and fuel it with healthy food.

Fuel your body with nourishing foods that are good for you! If you don’t have time to make full meals, then throw together a simple salad or whip up some scrambled eggs with avocado.

When you are kind to your body and fuel it with the right foods it will allow you to do your best work, remain focused during the day and have the stamina to put in the hours you need to while building your biz.

Moving your body will give you energy and help you feel more focused in your work - helping to make you way more productive! Set aside time each day (can even be 10-15 minutes!) so you can move your body.

You don’t need to do a full on workout and spend an hour sweating it out in the gym. Some of my favorite are the workouts Emily Sky shares on Instagram, but I also love doing yoga with Adrienne. Twice a week I head to an early morning yoga class which is such an energizing way to start the day.

Whatever you decide, do something you enjoy and that works for you.

Getting outside and going for a walk is a wonderful way to end the day!

5. Create white space and reflect on the positive.

When we’re knee-deep chasing a dream that feels so far off in the distance, it’s easy to lose perspective, motivation and start feeling down-right sorry for ourselves.

Taking 5 minutes at the end of each day to write out what we’re grateful is an instant mood booster and gives us time to reflect and appreciate how awesome life really is in the present moment.

I also love ending the day with a meditation and do this each night before I go to bed - this practice has done wonders for my sleep!

6. Go to bed early and wake up at the same time every day.

Sleep is underrated, but completely mandatory so please don’t skimp on it if you want to increase your chances of being successful! 

Our bodies need 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to rest and restore properly.

Oh and did I mention that lack of sleep is a creativity killer? Not worth skimping on if you want to keep those creative juices flowing!

Don’t fall into the trap of staying up late mindlessly scrolling and watching Netflix - switch off the TV, close your laptop and curl up in bed an hour earlier with a good book. Going to bed early can feel incredibly luxurious if you create a nightly ritual that will help relax you and unwind from the day.

Getting into the habit of going to bed early will mean you can get up earlier, giving you more time to focus on your priorities and time to start your day with a nourishing morning routine that will leave you feeling energized and inspired!


There you have it - my 6 Daily Habits for Success.

Tell me - are you  a creature of habit? What's your best tip for staying on your game and creating success each day?

Rachel x


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5 Ways to Boost Your Focus & Supercharge Your Productivity

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It’s 8:55am on Saturday morning and you’ve intentionally dedicated this time to powering through the zillion things on your to-do list and you need to make the most of this small window of time you have...

While you’re drinking your morning coffee, you think to yourself -

‘Oh, I’m just going to log into Facebook to see how my last post went...’

You login and check your stats, but quicker than you can say “OMG Kim Kardashian is pregnant!”' - a post from your favorite blogger caught your eye and you had to check it out...

Fast forward 30 minutes later you still haven’t started on your to-do list and begin feeling overwhelmed because you’ve just seen a whole bunch of posts that your entrepreneur pals have already done this morning and you know you’re so behind!

Well, hello. Welcome.

You’ve just been sucked into the digital time vortex: AKA productivity killer of the 21st Century.

I know, I can hear you saying it now - you need to keep your pulse on what’s happening and because social media is where you find out super valuable information that can actually HELP you!!

I hear you.

BUT, and this is a big but… I want you to think about if this constant checking is actually helping you or hindering you from achieving your goals.

If you can truthfully say you think this *may* be in fact hindering your success; read on - this post is for you.

In our age of the digital ‘always on’ revolution we are constantly surrounded by notifications, sounds and enticing apps and social media sites (um hello, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest) that we find it hard to resist the urge from checking in on as we have a big fear of missing out of something we might {read: can’t live without} need to know.

As we edge closer to the end of the year with just 21 days left in 2017, I’ve no doubt your to-do list is getting longer by the minute with holiday preparations mounting; as well as those last few projects you want to squeeze in before we officially head into 2018 (can you believe it, 2018?!)

So today I wanted to share with you 5 simple ways to boost your focus - all of which have dramatically helped me get more done each day, skyrocketing my productivity. These healthy habits will support you supercharging your creativity and productivity, ensuring you stay focused and on your game rocking your biggest goals!

Since I started practicing these habits I've gradually improved my ability to focus and hold my concentration and I’ve been able to achieve more in a day than I sometimes would in a week!

Let’s dive in!

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1. Set Your Daily Intentions.

Each morning before I even start the day, I spend a few minutes writing down my intention and what I want to focus on that day. Whether it’s a certain mindset; a feeling; or even just a word to inspire you and keep you motivated for the day; setting an intention is super helpful in guiding the day ahead and where your energy should be focused.

Where intention goes, energy flows.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.

  • I am calm and focused with complete clarity on my dreams that I work towards with ease. {Click to tweet it!}

  • I look at every obstacle as an opportunity for growth. {Click to Tweet it!}

Write your intention down on your Daily Goals Planner or on a post-it note and stick it above your computer where you can see it during the day to keep you feeling inspired and motivated to do your thing!

2. Raise Your Awareness.

Boosting our focus essentially begins with becoming more mindful and paying attention to where our energy is going. This starts with raising our consciousness to what is happening the present moment.

We are so often on auto-pilot during the day with various little habits that disrupt our flow and distract us from what we need to be focusing on. Checking our phones and scrolling mindlessly is one example of this - sometimes we don’t even notice we’re doing it - it’s just a habit!

Breaking these habits begins with raising our awareness and then noticing where we get tripped up.

The best way I’ve found is to keep a record of all the things that distract you during the day - whether it be your emails, checking your phone or logging on to Facebook to have a ‘quick look’. 

Then work out what some strategies could be to help mitigate them.

For example, during the day I turn my phone on airplane mode so I’m not tempted to check it. When I’m in focus mode, I close down all the tabs I don’t need open in my browser and only leave open the one or two tabs I need to finish my work.

The better we get at identifying these distractions and become aware of them, the better we’re able to set our environment up in a way that supports us from minimizing these pesky distractions.

3. Focus on your top 3 daily priorities.

Next up is to prioritize what you need to get done, by focusing only on your top three priorities for the day.

Before you go on and tell me how big your to-do list is and how impossible it is for you to be able to prioritize this down to three things I want to share with you this:

There are always going to be more things you want/need to get done that you physically are able to fit into a day or even a week or a month.

So give yourself permission right now to let yourself off the hook and be quit being burdened with this notion that you need to ‘get everything done’.

You don’t.

By committing to focusing on our top priorities we actually get a lot more done. This is the 80/20 rule or Pareto Principle whereby focusing our energy on the 20% of tasks that will yield the most significant results.

Any more than three daily priorities and you’re likely to start feeling overwhelmed by what you need to get done (especially while you’re side-hustling!). Keep your to-do list small and watch your productivity and results skyrocket.

Here’s how this practice could play out for you...

Think about what your overall goal is for the year - the one big thing that you really want to achieve more than anything else.

For example, it might be to sign on 5 new clients every month; or generate X amount of sales in your side hustle or business.

Your job is to then define what activities you need to be doing that are going to help you achieve this big goal (this may be a long an exhaustive list!).

Then pick 3 of these activities you are going to focus on for TODAY only and write them down.

Here’s the thing: when we know what our overall priorities are it makes it a hell of a lot easier to know what we should be working on and what we need to ditch.

The biggest distraction and where we get tripped up is losing sight of what our main priority is and end up doing ‘busy work’ that’s not actually helping us achieve what we set out to.

See freaking good it feels to cross those three things off your list?! If you fly through your top three, then simply rinse and repeat. Easy!

4. Focus On One Thing At A Time.

Ok, so now you have your list of things you need to get done.

Next, I want you to pick one thing off your list you want to complete and commit to only focusing on completing this single task until it is done.

That means no checking Facebook; no starting another task and no reading a blog post while you’re doing it!

Despite what you may think, multi-tasking does not help us get more done. In fact, it only slows us down.

Research from Stanford University has confirmed that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time.

"When are in situations where there are multiple sources of information coming from the external world or emerging out of memory, they're not able to filter out what's not relevant to their current goal," said Wagner, an associate professor of psychology. "That failure to filter means they're slowed down by that irrelevant information."

So start now, by close down all of the tabs in your browser.

If you need to, use Self Control app to block certain sites from being accessed.

Or better yet - switch off your wifi so that you’re not tempted to even jump on the internet for a ‘quick look.'

Focusing on one task at a time helps us sustain our concentration, which makes us way more productive and ultimately means we reach our goals a whole lot faster.

5. Set Yourself a Timer.

Discovering the Pomordoro technique has literally changed my life.

I used to break my day up into hour-long blocks, but to be perfectly honest, I was increasingly finding this challenging because I kept getting distracted and found it hard to concentrate for that long.

I’d read about Pomordoro technique before but never fully got into it, but I’d a few people raving about it with huge success, so I decided to give it a shot.

How it works:

It’s simplicity is my favorite thing about using the Pomordoro method.

You literally set a timer for 25 minutes and commit to fully working on the task at hand for that period. At the end of the 25 minutes you can take a short break, before starting the next 25 minute session.

There is also a dedicated Pomodoro app which is awesome because you can set a goal for how many ‘Pomordoro’s’ you want to achieve in a day. I’ve found this to be super helpful in boosting productivity.

If you have trouble focusing for long periods, the Pomodoro technique is the perfect thing to try because it’s a short enough period for you not to want to give into your distractions, but long enough for you to actually achieve a significant amount of work.


There you have it, 5 {super simple} ways to boost your focus to support you being super productive and rocking your biggest goals!

Now over to you, I’d love to know - what are some of the biggest things that trip you up and stop you from being productive with your time?

Which of these habits do you think could help you the most?

And if you’ve got a brilliant productivity hack, I’d love you to share what has worked well for you!

To taking your next best step,

Rachel x


How to Set Kick-Ass Goals You'll Actually Stick to :: 5 Steps to Crush All of Your Goals in 2018

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As we edge closer to the end of the year it’s impossible to not start dreaming and scheming about 2018 - there’s nothing like the start of a fresh new year to set some big juicy goals and dive into making them happen!  

Perhaps you’ve already started?! In case you haven’t, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

To be honest, I’m not a fan of resolutions at all - I believe you can set a new goal or commit to making a change any day of the year, but I do think the start of a new year is the perfect time to re-assess where you’re headed; commit to being intentional about your time, as well as making solid plans for the year ahead.

Let’s be honest for a moment - how many times have you set an ambitious new year resolution or goal, only for it to fall flat on its face not too long after?

The problem with setting goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year and then see them fall over soon after comes down to two things:

   1.    Setting the wrong kind of goals.

   2.   Not having a solid system and plan in place to make them happen. 

So today I want to share with you the 5 simple steps to rock every.single.goal you set in 2018 and beyond!

Let's dive in!


1. Align with your “why”

The number one reason why we don’t reach our goals is when they’re not aligned with our purpose - A.K.A our ‘why’.

The lack of any kind of meaningful attachment to the outcome of what we’re setting out to pursue, doesn’t give us the motivation or inspiration we need to go after our goals with passion or perseverance.

Start getting into alignment by asking yourself -

  • What do I really want?

  • What does my ideal life look like?

  • Where do I want to be in 5 years time?

  • What is holding me back?

As soon as we get this clarity on our biggest desires and what is important to us, the process of setting goals aligned with this vision becomes really easy as we’re bringing this amazing energy to consciously create this future version of our lives.

Aligning with our purpose also means we’re setting up our future success as the goals we set for ourselves feel inspiring, exciting and possibly make us feel slightly freaked out!

But this is a GOOD thing, because setting goals like this mean we’re leveling up and pushing us outside of our comfort zone. 

Goals worth pursuing should give you that butterfly feeling. Always go with the butterflies.

2. Break Down Your Goals Into Actionable Steps.

How many times have you set a huge goal for yourself and then wonder how the heck you are going to actually make it happen? Yep, you’re not alone!

Which is why it is essential that every goal we set needs to be broken down into smaller, actionable steps.

Perhaps you've set the goal to start your own business; or maybe you want to make a big career change which will mean retraining in something entirely different (how freaking exciting BTW!) - but looking at these goals alone is enough to wonder what the heck comes first and what your next move will be.

Then we just get so overwhelmed by this big goal we’ve set for ourselves and put it in the ‘too hard basket’ - and guess what?

Yep, we stay exactly where we are.

So, for each goal you set for yourself this year, commit to backing it up with a plan that details the steps you need to make for this goal to be met.

A good tip here is to break your big goal up into monthly goals, followed by smaller weekly goals so you can review at the end of each month/week the progress you’ve made.

Not only does breaking our goals down into actionable steps help keep us on track for reaching our bigger goals, it helps to motivate us as we can then chart the exact progress we’ve made - WINNING!

3. Review Your Goals Daily

This is a big trick and easy to miss, but so powerful once we build a strong habit to support it.

Reviewing our goals daily ensures they are top of mind - this step is essential for keeping the momentum going with any goal we set.

The No. 1 reason why people don’t reach their goals is because they don’t stay close to them, making it super easy for us to forget, lose interest or plain just ‘can’t be bothered'.

Out of sight, out of mind, right?

When we make the commitment to keeping our goals close by and document them in our journal or goals planner and create a daily habit of making them part of our morning routine - it makes it SO much easier to keep our next best steps top of mind; plan each day with intention and we know exactly where we are headed!

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4. Be Flexible In Your Approach

One of my favorite quotes by Tony Robbins sums this up perfectly: Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.  

It’s perfectly ok to be flexible in how we go about achieving our goals. 

Let’s be real here: it is pretty much given that "life happens" and as a result we need to be able to shift and make changes based on unplanned circumstances that come up.

The path to achieving any goal rarely goes as planned and is always filled with obstacles and challenges that make us really question our commitment to making them happen.  

What’s important is that while our path may look different to what we had originally envisioned, we are still 100% committed to working out a new plan that sees us achieving our goal.

A good tip here is at the end of each month set aside some time to review your progress - ask yourself:

  • What went well?

  • What didn’t go so well?

  • What do you need to tweak; or perhaps make some changes on?

5. Celebrate Your Wins!

This is often overlooked, but by taking the time to celebrate every goal we crush, we're creating space to honor ourselves and the hard work we've put in to making it happen.

When can also use this celebration as an opportunity to reflect and assess the key factors that led to making this a success - we can then use these learnings to fuel our subsequent goals.   

Pausing to acknowledge how awesome we are for rocking the goals we set for ourselves also helps motivate us and fuel us with the confidence we need to keep going. Knowing and believing we’re able to achieve anything we set our mindset to essentially becomes the proof we need to know just how capable we are.

Nope, it doesn’t need to be elaborate, but why not treat yourself to an afternoon of Netflix; buy your favorite magazine; or getting your nails done - just enough to celebrate your awesomeness!

There you have it - my 5 steps to crushing EVERY single one of your goals.

Now it's over to you: I’d love you to share in the comments what helps you stay on track to reaching your goals!

To taking your next best step,

Rachel x

Ep#7 :: 5 Simple Steps to Overcoming Fear & Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone to Reinvent Your Life

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Welcome to episode number 7 of the Dreams for Breakfast podcast!

Today’s show is going to be slightly different because there is no guest interview today - it is just me!

I have to be honest - doing this is going well and truly out of my comfort zone, so bear with me…

And that brings me to the topic for today’s show - How to push yourself out of your zone of comfort to reinvent your life.

The truth is that if you really want to create change in your life; up level your success and create a new way of being for yourself - you need to start doing things differently…

Any by differently, I mean getting well and truly uncomfortable ….

You see - while living in our zone of comfort is very comfortable, nothing ever grows from there. We simply remain exactly where we are.

There are two types of people in the world - the people who are just happy with following the same path that has been laid out before them and never breaking out to follow their true calling and purpose in the world; and then there are the people who are committed to growth, change and designing a life that is in complete alignment with their purpose.

For some people staying where they are is completely ok with them. They don’t really have big dreams or they don’t really want to commit to the change necessary to make their dreams happen.

They are happy doing the same things day in, day out without ever making the choice they want to upgrade their life…

The problem with this way of life is you never find out what you’re truly capable of and you never grow - you remain stuck.

If we want to create a new way of life - we must embrace a new way of being.

And getting uncomfortable is the first step.

Let’s be honest - any kind of change where we need to level up is most likely met with some kind of resistance - resistance to change; resistance to doing things differently and above all - resistance to stepping into a new version of yourself.

So today I'm sharing 5 simple ways that you can make this change a little less overwhelming and also make it fun!!

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1. Get clear on your vision.

  • What is it you truly want?

  • What is the vision you have for your life?

  • What are the steps you need to get you there?

  • Create a roadmap and literally write down the gaps between where you are now and where you need to be.

2. Start small.

There is no point getting so overwhelmed with trying to make massive leaps and then never getting started in the first place.

Instead, think of some smaller steps that are still wildly different but will help you to build up your confidence and create momentum so you can then start making those bigger leaps!

3. Treat everything as an experiment and a learning opportunity.

Reframe everything you do with: what can I learn from this? What can I do differently/better next time? What are my opportunities for growth here? Does this feel good to me?

4. Track your progress.

Keep a journal and record every action, every win and every time you up-level your success. You’ll be amazed when you look back and see exactly how far you’ve come!

5. Celebrate your wins!

This is so important and we don’t do this nearly enough as we should.

Decide what your version of celebrating looks like - whether it’s happy dancing around the house; a luxurious bubble bath; or an afternoon of Netflix - whatever supports you feeling accomplished and rewarded for your hard work of up-leveling your game!

Listen to the full episode here:


I'd love you to share what are two small steps you could begin today that would start creating momentum for your big dream?

To taking your next best step,

Rachel x

10 Healthy Morning Habits to Supercharge Your Day

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One of my favorite questions to ask people is whether they have a regular morning routine.

I ask every person interviewed on the podcast and always try to find a way to weave into conversations ;-)

Since reading Hal Elrod’s book, the Miracle Morning, I’ve become obsessed with morning routines and have created my own version of a Healthy Morning Routine which has literally transformed my life - I’m way more productive, had a loads of energy (yes those HIIT workouts do wonders!) and I remain super focused on my top priorities.

There’s a ton of research to support that having a good morning routine can lead to increased productivity. And, because our willpower is highest in the morning when we start each day strong, we are basically giving ourselves a head start.

Mornings are the foundation of our day so it makes sense that if we begin the day in a positive, productive mindset, the rest of the day will follow suit.

A morning routine is all about establishing good daily habits, committing to them and then reaping the benefits of increased productivity that boosts our overall health and happiness.

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Daily habits are powerful - when we establish a habit, it becomes so ingrained in us that the behavior becomes something we do without thinking with it no longer requiring a significant amount of effort to be done.

Once we create these healthy habits in the morning, they then have a ripple effect on the rest of our day and ultimately on the rest of our life.

Every few months I mix-up my routine to keep it fresh and decided to give myself a challenge of a new routine to end the final month of the year on a high!

Here are the 10 healthy habits I'll be committing to:

  1. Rise at 7am each morning.

  2. Not looking at my phone until I’ve mapped out my day.

  3. Repeat daily affirmations.

  4. 20 minute HIIT workout.

  5. Protein and superfoods smoothie.

  6. Write in my journal.

  7. Write down 3 things I’m grateful for.

  8. Read a chapter of my book or something inspiring

  9. Review my goals.

  10. Start the day with ‘eating my biggest frog’ - the hardest or most dreaded thing on my to-do list so I get it out of the way.

Not looking at my phone is probably the biggest habit I want to kick - checking email first morning and scrolling is not the way I want to start my day, so I’m going to leave my phone in airplane mode so I can’t access anything.

I’ve also got out of the habit of eating my biggest frog, so this is going to be a good challenge too. 

Do you have a morning routine or any rituals that set you up for success each day?

Let me know if you're up for a challenge!

Life on Purpose :: Pauline Morrissey, Freelance Writer

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I’m super excited to be chatting with Sydney-based Freelance Writer, Pauline Morrissey, who is currently adventuring across the United States, in a uniquely stylish camper-van for nine months, whilst documenting her incredible travels on Instagram,

During her travels, she is working with various clients including Domain, Houzz and ShortPress; and at the same time, delighting her Instagram fans with stunning scenery along the way.

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Pauline and her husband have been making their way across the USA in a camper-van they lovingly fitted out and decorated to suit their personal style.

They’ve done an incredible job reviving the van; and, despite its compact size, have created a cozy and stylish space to call home on their epic adventure.

I caught up with Pauline to chat about why she decided to take this big leap and how she's making it work, by combining her two passions - writing and travel.

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What sparked the idea to pack up your life in Sydney to plan your US adventure?

This is actually my second time of traveling for an extended period. My husband and I did another trip in 2012 where we also bought a motorhome and took off in America for a 3-month road trip, then flew to London where we lived and worked for a year.

After we came home from that trip, we really put a focus on our careers back at home in Sydney for the 5 years that followed, however, I found, that the better my career was getting, the more mentally ill I was becoming.

I found myself working far too many hours per week, my work and life balance was way off, and my underlying anxiety worsened dramatically. We had all intentions on saving up for a deposit for a home, however, I felt like I was becoming a ticking time bomb.

I remember my husband Kieran asking me to recall a time in my life where I felt most free of anxiety, and my answer led me back to the times we were traveling.

One thing led to another and here we are again...

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How did you go about making the leap from full time employment to freelancing?

I really loved my job. I was the full-time Home & Lifestyle Writer for one of Australia's leading publication and I was in that position for over two years.

Within the time I was there, my role grew and grew, which was great for my career, but as I mentioned before, it took a tole on my wellbeing. The funny thing is, what drew me to this career is the fact that I love to create and write.

However, I later came to know, the better job you do in this industry, the more you'll likely find yourself in meetings. presentations, and media events - aspects that my introverted and now anxious self found quite confronting - not to mention very removed from my initial longing and attraction for this career.

Over time, I just decided to ask myself what aspects of my job do I truly value and enjoy, and the answer was writing. I also wanted to take what I now call my 'mental gap year', so I decided to do both of these things, at the same time.

The day I put in my resignation at work, I remember being so nervous, I was nearing a panic attack.

But I just took deep breaths and backed myself, like I would a close friend. I chose to be very open about my reasonings, even down to the finer details of my struggles with my anxiety.

My work was very understanding and even asked if I may consider staying full-time, but working around my needs (changing some of my responsibilities and having more freedom to work from home, etc.), however, by this time, I had already packed my suitcase in my mind.

Because of this, they instead offered to keep me on as a freelancer, working 12 hours per week, at my pace and only doing the aspects of my previous role that I truly enjoyed doing.

Looking back, I realize that the outcome of this couldn't have worked out any better for me. Sometimes I feel so lucky because of it, but then again,

I really don't like the meaning of the word 'lucky', as I think it It cheapens a lot of hard work I've done. So instead I remind myself that I was given this opportunity because I had earned it.

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Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been an avid documenter of life and such. I've always kept a diary from a young age, I have a passion for writing handwritten letters to my loved ones, and I have had a personal blog since 2010, but the short answer is truthfully no.

I did not study journalism after school, instead I began working in a general office administration role, which I was in for 4 years. All I can remember from those days is feeling like I was leading two lives.

During 9-to-5 I would be at work, and every other minute outside that, I would be writing or blogging. My passion only grew and grew from there, as I took on work experience in the industry, volunteered to write for certain publications for free, and played around with some personal projects.

By then, I would also apply for jobs that I wanted and didn't feel as though I was fully qualified for.

Whilst in the beginning I didn't hear back from anyone, I persisted until I did. This was where a small role, turned into a medium role, and before I knew it, I had a couple of years of paid experience under my belt, which allowed me to reach for the stars - and that I did.

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What advice would you give to someone looking to create a career as a freelance writer?

I love this question because I really love to pass on my one tip, which I swear by.

Here goes; although writing is a creative field, you need to match your creativity with professionalism. You can be the best writer out there, but if you can't correctly formulate an email, or manage your time effectively, then creativity simply won't cut it. Too often I come across other creatives that simply rely on their passion, but don't back it up with a business mind.

Think about it, for every employer or client you write for, there's a business behind that. There's so much more to the work than the actual writing part, like negotiating rates, meeting deadlines, or chasing invoices - the boring but very necessary stuff.

Even writing a CV or cover letter requires you to speak or write with a business mindset, rather than a creative one, so before you even get the gig, this rule applies.

Keeping a balance of both will all contribute to being a successful freelancer, one that people will want to work with over and over again.

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I’m obsessed with the van you decorated to travel around in - how do you find living in such a small space?

Whilst living in our motorhome has its challenges - like a kitchen with practically no bench space or having very limited space for privacy, there is nothing quite like it.

Yes it's small, but often we would find ourselves parked in the most beautiful wide open spaces, which makes me feel a unique sense of freedom that I would otherwise not get at home, however big it may be.

It's also very different from road tripping by say a rented car and staying in hotels, instead we get to feel like we have a home with us wherever we go.

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What has been the biggest personal transformation / shift in perspective since beginning your big adventure?

For me, my goal has always been to take a big step back from work. I've gone from working about 60 hours per week, to working 12 hours per week, at the most and at my own pace.

Stepping away from the traditional norms of my working life has given me the space to breath both physically and emotionally.

My outlook has changed in the sense that I am not jolting out of bed each day, struck by panic as to what may be on my to-do list that day. Back home, it came to a point where I was so sick from anxiety that I was not sleeping or eating well - at times I wouldn't even be able to leave the house on the days where I wasn't working.

But now, 'home' for us changes from day to day on the road, so I have no choice but to step out of my comfort zone and face my anxiety head on.

Of course I'll have to go back to working full time at some point, but for now, I'm taking this phase of my life and running with it. I have no doubt that it will have benefited my mental health in the long run.

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Do you have a morning routine or any rituals that set you up for success each day?

I have an app I use every single day called 'Calm', every morning I make a point to do a quick breathing exercise and I also listen to the sound of rain on this app whenever my anxiety creeps in.

I tend to be my best self when I make a point to better my mental health, so this really does need to come first.

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Favorite or affirmation quote?

I love this quote by Charles Bukowski, “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

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Best advice that you’ve ever been given?

Quality over quantity, always. This applies to almost everything in life; how your time is spent, the work that you do, the friendships or relationships that you keep, and the experiences you have.

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Connect with Pauline and follow along her adventures!

How to Get Unstuck With Life Flowing In The Right Direction Again

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This month 6 years ago marks the anniversary of my whole world as I knew it, falling apart.

My marriage was over and somewhere in between making plans for Christmas and the holidays, I was packing up my life and preparing to move back in with my parents.

At 31 years old this was a hard thing to swallow.

I lost a lot of money on the house we bought and renovated, but then had to sell quickly.

So not only was I in massive amounts of debt; the thought of being single and starting everything over again was too much to bear.

I felt incredibly lost, and had no clue what to do. I was caught in the middle of my own mess, with no idea how to climb out of it.

What saved me and helped me getting unstuck was shifting my perspective and taking bold action, well and truly out of my comfort zone.

It wasn't so long after that made the decision to enroll in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching program - a decision that pretty much transformed my entire life.

It was through this program I was introduced to yoga and meditation for the first time - both of which shone a light on how disconnected I had become to myself.

As I slowly started to rebuild my life over the next few years, I found myself stuck many times - often when I had to make a big decision, or was at a major crossroads where the outcome of my life could turn out wildly differently, depending on whatever decision I made.

During these times, what I needed the most was to create space and tune into what my inner voice was guiding me towards.

When we find ourselves at these crossroads in our life, we have two choices - 

We can either choose to move forward (despite there being less than perfect conditions); or stay exactly where we are.

But what happens when we don’t actually know what that next step should be, or even what it looks like?

We find ourselves caught in a time trap between a situation we don’t want to be in; or taking some wild leap forward into unchartered territory with zero guarantees.

I hate to think about how much time I’ve wasted spinning my wheels, not sure of my next move and desperate for any kind of sign or nudge toward what I should be doing.

But here’s the thing: choosing to remain stuck (and yes, it is a choice) is a choice in itself.

The only way to get ourselves unstuck is to take some kind of action.

Any kind of action.

Taking action is simply a way to get the energy flowing again so we can move out of whatever headspace we’re beholden to.

Whenever I’m not sure of my next steps, I know I need to shift my perspective and start thinking differently about the situation.

So today I want to share with you 5 simple ways to get unstuck right now and get your life flowing again in the right direction.

The point is not to necessarily have all the answers or have it figured out - it is more about you intentionally setting the wheels of your life in motion to make your next best move and trusting in the process that you’ll be able to figure it out along the way.

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1. Get moving.

Energetically speaking, moving our bodies and getting our blood pumping and endorphins flowing is the best way to get ourselves out of a slump.

It can take a lot of motivation to get going, but once you’re out there, with the air against your skin, the smell of nature; feeling into your body and getting a sense of the actual strength that lies within - you feel pretty unstoppable.

I have my best ideas when I’m running and always come back feeling energized, inspired and so much more confident in myself - and most importantly - what I’m capable of.

Yoga is another incredible way to shift the energy in our bodies and providing us an entirely new perspective. Regular practice has played a transformative role in my life over the past 12 months - even leading me to complete my RYT 200 hour teacher training (I will share more about this in a future post!).

2. Journal it out.

I have to be honest that despite my love of pretty planners and notebooks, I’ve never really been into the practice of journaling and writing down my thoughts.

But I do love writing. Back in the day, my blog became my journal of sorts and I used it to find solace from the thoughts swirling around in my head and make sense of what was unfolding in my life.

Only more recently have I found journaling to be incredibly therapeutic. I find it works best when I start with thought-provoking question that I ask myself and then I just write down everything that comes to mind as I feel into these questions and really ask myself what I think about a situation.

Here are a few of my favorite questions -

  • If you had a choice, what would you do?

  • What options are there?

  • What do you think is best?

  • What do you really want?

  • What would give you the most joy?

3. Break out of your comfort zone.

Taking bold action is probably the biggest and most important thing you can do to get out of your rut.

Why?

Because this kind of action not only fuels us with adrenaline and excitement into doing something so bold, but also because following any kind of leap, immediately afterwards we feel amazing and incredibly empowered that we were able to actually do it - and do it well.

It is through these bold actions we gain confidence within ourselves and our abilities - how will we ever know what we’re truly capable of if we never take the risk to try?

It is true - taking a risk like this requires bravery and a whole lot of courage, but from my own experience whenever I’ve found this inner strength, I’ve always been rewarded from the outcomes, no matter how small (or big for that matter!).

What is something you’ve been thinking about doing for a while now, but have never found the courage to take action on?

What is the best thing that could happen if you decided to take the leap? What is the worst thing that could happen?

Have faith in yourself that you’ll be able to handle whatever comes your way.

4. Go somewhere you’ve never been.

About 10 months after I had separated from my husband, I planned a one month trip of solo travel to Europe. I spent two weeks traveling around Spain, Portugal and Morocco, before spending a week in both London and Paris. It was an incredible trip - not only for the amazing places I visited and people I met along the way, but the newfound confidence in myself that I was able to do this kind of travel on my own - it was a massive leap and forced me well out of my comfort zone.

Not only did it fuel with me confidence; the time away from everything familiar gave me an entirely new perspective on my life; areas I knew I needed to address and prompted some major changes on my return.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you need to plan a big trip to give you this shift in perspective - not at all.

It may just be that you explore a new part in your city you’ve never been before; or take a weekend to go away camping and be in nature; or perhaps even a day trip to explore a nearby town or city you’ve always wanted to visit.

Being in the same place day in and day out means so much of what we do each day is made up of habits. The key to shifting our perspective relies on us breaking out of our daily routine and the habitual trends in our life to go somewhere and experience something entirely new.

It’s amazing how much we can shift our energy simply from getting out of the mundane and creating new experiences that provide us with new insights into ourselves and how we may look at situations in a new light.

5. Be present with yourself.

It is super easy to choose to numb out whatever pain we’re in with our vice of choice; but the problem with this is that no matter which way you look at it - the situation hasn’t changed and your well-being or your wallet is likely worse off.

As Pema Chödrön said; “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”

...And this practice (it is absolutely a practice) means we need to create the space in our inner world to listen to what our soul is trying to tell us.

Even if it is for just 5 minutes a day where you carve out some time to sit with your thoughts with zero distractions - no phone, no computer, or television.

Just you simply sitting quietly with your thoughts.

It may help to ask yourself a question - “what do  I most need to learn right now?” or “how can I look at this situation in a new light?”.

The answers we seek come to us when we are quiet enough to listen and pay attention.

It may not even be a direct answer - it may be a physical response you feel when you think about a particular situation, that gives you the peace and clarity about a decision you need to make.


The clarity and answers we seek are always within. We just need to pay close enough attention to the subtle nudges and guidance we are given.

Be gentle on yourself during this time with lots of self-care and soul-nourishing love - there is no rush. Simply trust where you are right now is absolutely perfect.

Namaste,

Rachel x