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How hungry are you?

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Forget about what everyone else is doing. All that matters is what YOU are doing. Forget about what everyone else has whether it is a successful business, a nice home, a nice care, freedom, flexibility, financial abundance. What matters is what YOU have and what YOU are doing.

We all face headwinds in life. We all have our own struggles. Which oftentimes is what we identify with. “I’m this way because of BLANK (insert a struggle).”

What we fail to recognize most of often (again, not all the time) but we undervalue the tailwinds that help us. Leaving us ungrateful and unhappy.

If we’re not careful we can let our headwinds define us, leaving us in a victim mindset. I know this because I’ve been in this mindset before. I used to let many things victimize me when I was younger.

Only as I got older I learned that it wasn’t productive, nobody cared and it wasn’t going to lead me to a successful life.

 

But what’s the single most important key to success?

 

It’s hunger.

 

Hunger trumps ego. Hunger is a muscle.

 

Biography is not destiny.

 

Hunger creates destiny.

 

How hungry are you to get where you want to go?




 

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My 3 Favorite Money Management Tools

Happy Wednesday! First Wednesday of April - can you believe it? We have officially entered the second quarter of the year. Woah. Today’s post is inspired by my spring cleaning of my finances this past weekend and getting to learn more about the money management tools I already use. I enjoy tools that are intuitive and help me make my life more simple.

 

MINT

Mint has been around for quite a few years ago. I remember when I first got introduced to Mint and thinking,

“What, you want me to connect ALL my accounts from student loans, credit cards and bank accounts to one location?”

It freaked me out a bit at first from a security standpoint but also thinking about how much time it was going to consume to import an learn a new system. (INSERT pole vaulting over mouse turds here aka I was making up something bigger in my mind than what reality was.) 

Once I got over those two fears and took time to link all my accounts, set budgets, it made it so easy to login to my Mint account and get my financial snapshot in one click. They also have a super easy to use app as well. Plus, every month they update your credit score which is pretty neat too. Or at least I think so!

This past weekend I set new budgets as some goals were accomplished and new goals were set. Mike (my fiance) and I both did this. We also talked about what are plans are for when we get married and how we want to manage budgets. Would love to hear what’s worked well for you guys reading this post too!

I use Mint for my personal finances only.

 

GOOGLEDOCS

Good ole GoogleDocs. Before I fully committed to Mint I built my budget via a Google Doc. I wrote out all my monthly fixed expenses and put the date in which they were deducted from my account. I think put a budget on the variable expenses - think grocery and clothes shopping, gifts, travel or anything that changes month-to-month.

I manually monitored this every month by hand and comparing to my bank accounts about every other day. The goal is to not make it so complicated you overwhelm yourself. Baby steps!

I have used GoogleDocs for both personal and business in the beginning.

 

FRESHBOOKS

I’ve used a handful of bookkeeping systems for my business in the past; Xero, Quickbooks, 17 hats, you name it. I believe the key to finding one that works for you is doing your research. Different types of industries may be better for one bookkeeping system over the other. Freshbooks is perfect for my consulting practice and She Did It Her Way. Invoices are a breeze to create, easy and simple interface and a lot of it I can do it all from my app. Plans start as low as $15 if you’re just starting out. Having a bookkeeping system makes tax season painless.

Plus, their customer service is AMAZING.

 

What are some of your favorite money management tools?

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3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Health as an Entrepreneur

3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Health as an Entrepreneur

Hi friends!

Okay, here we are. Blog post uno. Remember how I said in this episode I wanted to starting writing more for She Did It Her Way, welp I’m doing it. My goal was to publish two posts in the month of March but it looks like I will be posting one. And hey! That’s okay! I’m so excited that I’m getting at least ONE out instead of NONE. 20 minutes of working out is better than zero minutes of working out, right?

Life lately has been a bit crazy - in a good way. Although I can’t help but ignore the amount of stress my body has physically and mentally endured. From back to back Europe trips (while it may sound glamorous I was over there for work and the days were super long and required a ton of energy. None the less, still grateful for the opportunity), managing business banking accounts, to planning a wedding, still maintaining a workout routine, it gets to be a lot at times. I have no doubt that many of you if not all of you can relate to what I’m talking about!

 

MEDITATE

Meditating has been a game changer for me. I can tell a major difference when I do and don’t do it. It makes me calmer, helps me focus on the task at hand while being present and my mind is so much more at ease. I use the Headspace app because it guides me through different mediations from being healthy, focus to creativity. If you’re someone who is unsure of meditation, I get you.

Before I started I was super resistance to the idea of sitting in silence for 10 minutes and wondering how in the world it was going to benefit me. What I can tell you is that if you can get your mind in the right place before you do anything for the day, your day will be in the right place. Try 10 sessions for free with Headspace. <---this is what I use and love it ;)

 

SWAP OUT FRUITS FOR VEGGIES

Say whattt? I know, crazy right. Almost every morning I have a smoothie and it wasn’t until I started following Lee From America that I was inspired to replace my banana and mangos with frozen cauliflower and avocados. Did you know you can actually build up a resistance to bananas? I didn’t. While my smoothies now aren’t as sweet as before, that’s okay. I’m more focused on maintaining consistent energy levels throughout the day so I can get more work done and not crash.

 

TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

With traveling a lot, changing time zones, it can put a ton of stress on your body, physically and emotionally. Sometimes you don’t even know it. About a year ago I noticed my energy was always low, I felt drained all the time. I’m a healthy eater for the most part. If you ask my close friends they may tell you that I’m too self aware of my body but that blog post for another time ;) so I was utterly confused as to why I was feeling this way.

My friend Stephanie Grutz, who came on the podcast, and whom I trust is a holistic nurse practitioner, prescribed to me probiotics (for gut) and adrenal fatigue pills. As women our adrenals play a massive role in our energy levels and indirectly impacting our ability to get sh*t done. Steph is amazing and has her own line of vitamins which you should check out! (and no, this is not sponsored, I just love and trust Steph :D)

 

What are ways you stay healthy as an entrepreneur?

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