What my puppy taught me about marketing (Holiday Special)

It’s almost Christmas! Yippee!!

So much has changed for me this year – we moved across the country, adopted a completely new lifestyle (a lot more time spent outdoors!), and have learned so much about marketing, sales, and running my businesses in general.

Most of all though, I’ve learned the value of respect – respecting myself, my time, my work, and everyone else I come in contact with.

Many people practice slightly scammy marketing – the kind where you feel pushed and prodded, like a wallet with a face.

I don’t. But marketing authentically doesn’t mean that you give caution to the wind and ignore the basic principles of supply and demand.

That’s why last week as I was recording a fun moment with my puppy I realized – you can totally practice marketing with your dog (or cat)!

Click play to see what I mean – and watch until the end for some funny bloopers!

Hope you got a good giggle out of that 😉

Now that we’re all smiling, here are 11 holiday wishes I have for you:

  1. A moment looking at your Christmas tree feeling like a child again
  2. Sinfully delicious cookies, savored slowly and fully
  3. A day off to read, relax, and do only what makes your heart sing (your present to you?)
  4. Some time to plan for 2015 (I’ll be sharing my plan next week!)
  5. The patience and peace in your heart to listen to and fully accept everyone you see over the Holidays, without letting your feelings get hurt
  6. Deep questions and even deeper discoveries about your extraordinary life
  7. Profound gratitude and a permanent smile of contentment on your face
  8. Boundless love and generosity (the kind that come from a full heart)
  9. A moment spent admiring the sky full of stars (bonus points if it’s snowing!)
  10. The undeniable feeling of being connected – with God, yourself, and everyone else
  11. The best presents and surprises!

Much love,
Laura

What do you wish for yourself this holiday season?

P.S: Can you believe she’s only 3.5 months old?

3 ways to be your own hero today (I’m using #1 in this post)

How to be your own hero

There is a woman who has been living under immense burden. Her entire life she felt like a lonely outsider – someone who is different and will just never fit in.

No one likes or wants her and all she wants is to be someone else. She has talents, but life just never aligns itself so that she can showcase them in a way that will let her stand out. She speaks a language that somehow only lets her be misunderstood, and her good intentions never seem to matter.

No matter how hard she tries, at the end of the day overwhelm still comes over her along with the feeling that she just doesn’t have what it takes. Maybe she’s just reaching too far.

Not too far from her there is a woman who went through big experiences that taught her important lessons, because she was strong enough to learn them and brave enough to allow herself to burn to ashes and rise up on the other side.

This woman allows her sensitivity to be her guiding force that tells her where her energy and help is needed, and spends each day like a wonderful adventure, learning more and more about herself and the world, how they are alike and how they are different. She has the privilege of being imperfectly human and using her many imperfections to show others that they are not alone and to teach them how to embrace and make the most out of the parts of themselves they see as disadvantages.

She knows that her life experience and the wisdom she has gained from it is the biggest blessing she could have, and looks to every new challenge as an old friend who is returning to help her learn a new lesson – never with malice, only with love.

These two women know each other very, very well. And yet, they coexist, never changing each other, only changing from one to the other.

Yes, both of these women are me. Sometimes in the same day. Sometimes in the same hour.

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Excuses, obstacles, and the myth of the overnight success

What do you do when you want to do something awesome but your confidence is in the dumps?

You make excuses.

James Altucher says that excuses “are just as much our babies as our ideas are.

I believe that. From personal experience, from talking to friends and family, from observing people for the past 24 years.

My husband is a very matter-of-fact kind of guy. If you were to ask him what you should do when you make excuses, he would tell you to “suck it up and get over it.” To him, that’s common sense.

To me (and most women and creative grasshoppers) that sounds just about impossible. Because every time I try to “suck it up and get over it” something else seems to get in the way. There’s always some obstacle that is keeping me stuck in the same old excuse.

I recently wanted to start a podcast. I wanted to start interviewing people. I dreamed of being Kate Northrup with her spunk and openness in her Glimpse TV videos or the female version of Jonathan Fields’ Good Life Project, connecting soul to soul with amazing people.

But the trouble when you have such big visions for yourself is the moment when you look at the gap between where you are now and where you  want to be, it all seems just so… insurmountable.

So you worry, and you make excuses, and you keep telling yourself it’ll happen… when the time is right (which might not be until hell freezes over, ahem).

But…

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Make an impact doing work you love with Rebecca Beaton

I’m switching things up today and letting someone else share wisdom and advice. I’m very excited to introduce you to my friend Rebecca Beaton!

I first met Rebecca last year and we connected immediately over our mutual passion for helping people live out their purpose. I agreed to help her run the Impact Posse group, and the rest is history.

When she recently told me how much she has learned about failure and how important it is on the way to success, I thought that was a perfect topic for you success ninjas, so I asked her “out” for an interview 😉

Here’s what you’ll learn in this interview:

  • The most important skill you need to have as a brand-new entrepreneur
  • The mindset shift that can help you keep getting back up despite any obstacles you encounter on your way
  • The biggest way people who are stuck in their jobs self-sabotage and keep themselves stuck instead of helping themselves move forward
  • How to enjoy what you do now and still keep yourself motivated to make progress on your dreams
  • The job title you don’t want (but many of us have)
  • What to ask yourself if you feel like you’re going nowhere and are not sure whether you’ll find success or happiness along the way

Click HERE to download the transcript.

Visit Rebecca at RebeccaBeaton.com

Rebecca is holding a FREE webinar today on “3 Steps to Doing Work You Love.” No worries if you can’t make it – she’ll send out a recording to everyone who’s registered, so go sign up for it HERE.

Yes, I know the quality of video and audio on my end is crappy, and I did a poor job chopping the video in the beginning and in the end. In my next post I’m going to apply the success ninja techniques from my free training video to this interview to look at how I can improve in the future. With an authentic case study, you have no excuses to not apply the system yourself as well 🙂

In the comments, tell me: What is your definition of success?

Taking back my creativity

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus. In my last e-mail to my list, I shared:

Every time I wrote a blog post, I was confused about who I was writing to. With every post, I felt pressure to either impress or entertain in order to convince people to share and sign up to my list. Which made it really, really hard to write from an honest place of sharing.

It had gotten to the point where I resented sitting down to write blog posts. It felt like something I “had” to do because there was just no other way to communicate with people and get more brave souls in my tribe. I hated having to do this, because deep down I just knew that my writing wasn’t fully authentic.

Until the day I made up my mind: Enough is enough. This is not who I want to be. Not for the amazing people who give me their precious and valuable time every week. So I decided to make a change… even if it did fly in the face of conventionality (and it does).

I quit blogging. 

The only time I’m happy in my work is when I know I’m being of service… not because I want something out of it, but because I’m just giving to give. So I knew that, in order to deliver my best work, and create from my best mental space, I needed to give up those aspects of my writing that interrupted my authenticity.

My plan was to write a monthly newsletter and that’s it. But the more I thought about it, the less comfortable I felt with it. [Read more…]

3 things you don’t know about your past that can change your future

The authentic change webinar is tomorrow! Woo hoo! I’m so excited for it and I hope you are too. I have so much to share with you and I can’t wait. If you haven’t signed up for it yet, do it here!

Whenever I get asked by people what coaches do that’s so different than therapy, I always tell them that we help the person move forward, get from where they are to where they want to be. We don’t dig as deeply into the past.

I recently realized that’s a bit of a lie, to be honest. Because you can’t change your future without digging into your past. We may do it far less than therapy, but it’s a necessary part of our inner work.

I was talking to my mom the other day – helping her understand why she had a negative judgment towards someone else. Even though we tried to avoid going into the past, in the end we had to go there – because it was related to something she hadn’t accepted about herself.

When I lost 20 lbs, I had to dig deep and understand how my story had created my current reality – and by realizing how I was trying to protect myself through the extra weight, I was able to let it go and lose the pounds fairly quickly.

In today’s episode, I’m showing you three simple truths about your past that can transform your future. [Read more…]

4 tips for a peaceful + loving Christmas dinner

Merry Christmas (almost)!

Christmas is a time of joy, gifts, love… and lots of family gatherings, which always tends to make sparks fly.

With all of the intrusive questions and judgmental comments, and you have a bomb cocktail of feelings.

But this year it can be different for you. You can be calm, composed, and loving. You can have a peaceful Christmas where every unwanted comment rolls off your back and you get to actually enjoy being with your family.

Doesn’t that sound like something worth having? [Read more…]

Get wildly better results by doing this one thing before you start working

How do you want to feel when you’re working? Inspired? Creative? Charged? On Fire? Insightful? Connected?

How do you really feel when you’re working?

Anxious? Stressed out?

Like you’re not getting enough done? Like you need results ASAP?

Worried that your client will ask you the one thing you won’t be able to answer?

Begging for an insight to help you build a good course that sells?

All of these feelings have their root in stress and fear.

What do you think happens when you sit down to work and the first thing you feel is stress? [Read more…]

How to create amazing stuff

I have gone missing for the past month.

Yes, it’s been a month.

Yes, I’m ashamed. I’m shocked. I’m upset.

No, I didn’t realize it. Time just flew by. One week, I was thinking “oh, I’ll just skip this week…” then I was thinking “well I still didn’t write anything good enough this week, so I’ll let it be…”

The third week I just avoided even thinking about it.

I hid behind being busy, being tired, and most of all being afraid.

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How disconnected are you?

We think we’re connected. We think that, just because we have access to 500 friends on Facebook, we are connected to them.

But we’re not.

When you feel unhappy, stuck, like something’s just missing – you’re disconnected. You’re disconnected from yourself, and disconnected from others.

Liking someone’s cute baby pictures on Facebook does not mean being connected to them, no matter how much it may superficially feel that way.

Puttering around in the same kitchen at work as someone else does not mean that you are connected with them. Neither does making small talk mean that.

No.

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