Category: Life by Design (page 2 of 20)

This includes posts on lifestyle choices, budgeting, routines, homes.

Too Invested to Live the Dream?

You’re on a patio, sipping a sangria with some friends, and you start to daydream about the freedom you’d have to manage your time if only you were your own boss…

You feel like you’re cheating on your career, imagining this sexy entrepreneur life.

How you’d spend blissful mornings sipping coffee and planning your day. Perhaps doing yoga or going for a run. You’d meet clients at hip bistros. You could work anywhere… And you’d never ask for leave to take a well-earned vacation again.

Your friends call your name. You blush. You spaced out…

Seriously though. There’s no shame. What’s keeping you from this life?

Are you married to your job?

Is your career ruining your dream life?

The Underlying Issue

When I told my parents I was starting a biz (the first time), I was met with a nonchalant “that’s nice” – they thought I’d be running a hobby, I suppose.

The second time (when I was a little wiser), they told me “but, what’s the point of all that education you got, then?”

It hurt, but it also showed me a glaring the mindset issue.

Entrepreneurs-to-be that chose not to pursue this path are often scared off by the ‘fear of losing their investment’.

The truth is, nothing is EVER lost.
(I know you Einstein fans are cheering right now.)

Education (formal or alternative) is an asset, and knowledge is transferable!

So why would studying law, engineering or science be a waste for an entrepreneur?

It’s just not.

Lissa Rankin is an incredibly successful holistic health educator because she combined her previous experience practising medicine to her passion for a holistic approach.

Should you guilt yourself into a career that’ll eat up 40+ years of your life?

(And probably countless commuting hours and more money in transit and a wardrobe…)

Instead of focusing on what you’re leaving behind, what skills, experience, lessons, tools are you bringing with you into business?

What skills and tools carry over into your business?

PS: If you’re ready to experience a breakthrough, hop on a free discovery call with me. We’ll discuss the issue holding you back, we’ll assess where you are on your journey and you’ll walk away with a custom self-care exercise to help you shift your energy so things start moving.


Find Your ‘Element’ To Boost Your Biz Success

On the fence about making the leap, because you haven’t found your ‘big idea’ for biz?

So you’ve been thinking about entrepreneurship for a while, and you know your job feels like a shirt that shrunk in the laundry, but you haven’t yet found that rockin’ blazer that’ll make you feel like “that’s the ticket”.

You don’t necessarily want to be the next Oprah or Bill Gates, but you definitely want to find something that feels just right to you.

I’ll tell you what though.

Whether you’re as loaded as our friends here, or whether you become a leader in your field (remember the Beatles?), the common denominator here is that massive success always starts with finding, and working with, your element.

It may sound obscure, but it’s quite simple.

Everyone in the world is unique, and everyone, without exception, has skills. Now this part gets tricky. It’s usually easier for folks with “passions” (full blown, braised fire, iron-hot passion) to find their element, because the sweet spot where their skills meet their passion is perhaps more obvious. Those are the NHL hockey players who’ve been agile skaters since they were 5, and who’ve lived and breathed hockey until they were hired by the Boston Bruins.

For the rest of the world, finding our element means finding where our skills meet our very serious interests (or our common/related curiosities). That may be less obvious, because if your interests aren’t all-consuming, they may not stand out to you.

So how’s a gal supposed to dig up her own diamond?


Start with listing childhood dreams and heroes, and adding current heroes. What do they have in common? What are their skills, their fields, or personality traits?


Then on a sheet of paper, draw 2 lists: your skills, and your passions (or serious interests, crushes, curiosities). Play matchmaker! Which combos can you make, whether traditional or creative?

You’ll start to notice trends, and fire up your brain with ideas.

Soon enough, your big idea will stare you in the face.

Here’s to your element! Share your discoveries below. 🙂

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