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Today I have a fun new episode of The Lively Show for you chalk full of actionable advice for starting your own business as an artist and adopting or rescuing a pet.

My guest today is Kim Vargo of Yellow Brick Home and The Pet Shop (her pet portrait business). She’s sharing about her unexpected journey to becoming a successful artist (over 700 custom paintings sold!) and pet rescue advocate.

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March 25th, 2014     |    LifeThink About It

AskMeAnythingAs I pondered what to share with you today that could add value to your life, I realized that I never know exactly what you, you personally, want to hear.

So today, I’ve decided to try something new!

Rather than write a post that I think might be helpful, I would like you to simply email me directly and ask me a question you have!

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Today’s episode is a heartfelt chat with a good friend of mine and someone you may have heard of already… Danielle Moss, co-founder of The Everygirl!

She’s dishing honestly about the deep unhappiness she felt in her life up until a month before her 28th birthday that led to a radical change that later inspired The Everygirl.

We’re also talking about her shift in perspective going from her 20’s to her 30’s and how she’s handling dating as a 31-year-old.

This show packs a whole lotta goodness and feels like you are sitting down chatting right along with us.

If you are feeling like something is missing in your life, if it’s time to make a change, or if you are single this show is for you!

 

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT

 

  • Why Danielle’s unhappiness from being in a bad relationship and living at home a month before her 28th birthday led to a life changing decision.
  • How the inspiration for the Everygirl came from her own struggles in her 20’s.
  • Why finding cross fit changed her life — plus the key traits to look for when finding your own bliss.
  • The priority shifts that happen between your 20’s and 30’s.
  • How Danielle overcomes overwhelm and stresses less.
  • Danielle talks openly about her thoughts on being single at 31.
  • What Danielle would tell someone just starting out. 

 

SHOW NOTES

 

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Question of the Day

 

Have you made a radical shift in your own life that changed your life forever?

If so, please share in the comments below!

 

PS – The Lively Show landed on the iTunes New & Noteworthy again this week!

Thank you so much for your reviews on iTunes – your reviews help more people find this podcast.

 

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HowPresenceCanBeStrengthenedTo tell the truth, I have a pretty random desired outcome on my life goals list (yes, though I don’t take goals too seriously, I do have a list that I put some fun things on from time to time): To be free of dental work until I’m 70. 

Why you ask?

I’m not really sure. I just decided that it’s something that might be possible if I’m diligent about brushing and flossing regularly.

Having this vision now inspires me to be more proactive about flossing than I might otherwise be if I didn’t have this super specific outcome in mind.

By committing to the simple act of flossing regularly, I know I’m likely to strengthen my dental health compared to flossing infrequently or not at all.

Though it is easy to see the connection between physical habits and physical strengths in our lives – like flossing our teeth to keep them healthy or lifting weights for muscle tone – the same is true for other less tangible strengths, as well.

A few months ago, Jeff Goins mentioned that gratitude is a muscle and I am beginning to believe that far more than just gratitude can be strengthened in our lives if we devote ourselves to consistently exercising the traits we want to strengthen.

This, I believe, is the biggest divide between those who want to improve specific traits “one day” and those who feel like they are making substantial progress in their lives.

It’s the difference between talking about flossing and actually doing it.

Consistent action must be taken. 

The good news is that the intangible muscles like creativity, spirituality, communication, focus, patience, gratitude, and presence can be strengthened without a ton of extra work

Common daily activities can be altered to accommodate “strength training” and other rituals can take as little as thirty seconds.

But the biggest key is that these exercises must be done regularly – not just read about, tried a few times, and abandoned.

Of course, we don’t have to do the same exercise or ritual over and over again forever. We can change things up. We can even do “interval training,” if you will.

Building these muscles can be a fun experiment with different methods.

Below this post I have shared a few easy ideas – most of which take under five minutes to complete – that can help help you begin your “intangible strength training routine.”

As you will notice, there is a fair amount of cross training between these exercises. Some of them build multiple strengths at the same time.

But remember, the important thing is not to do several of these actions and then fade away.

Pick a select few and incorporate them into your life consistently to reap the rewards.

Perhaps you could choose to focus on adding one new mini habit or ritual every month. By a year from now, you will have 12 new mini habits incorporated into your life.

Your intangible strengths would be much stronger with this slow and steady approach than had you tried 12 habits all at once and abandoned them after a week or two.

As Zig Ziglar said,

“Only floss the teeth you want to keep.”

Which muscles are you going to strengthen?

 

 

Intangible Strength Training Routines

 

Muscle: Gratitude
Strength Training Activities:

 

  • Create a gratitude journal. documenting five things you are grateful for everyday.
  • What was the best part of your day? Ask this to your partner every evening before bed to recall a moment you are grateful for each evening.
  • Gratitude alerts. Twice daily reminders on your phone can help you remember to stop and give thanks for the blessings in your life. (Bonus! This one also strengthens your presence muscles, too.)

 

Muscle: Patience
Strength Training Activities:

 

  • Reserve email to specific times. Not always easy to do, but definitely requires patience.
  • Enjoy your time in traffic. How you could add more patience to your commute is up to you and your unique situation, but the rewards could be profound.
  • Wait while the browser loads. I know the urge to open a new tab and look at something else while a webpage loads can feel like a compulsive itch. Try to sit with that feeling rather than act on it.

 

Muscle: Presence
Strength Training Activities:

 

  • Meditate. Even if it’s for five minutes a day. The Calm app is great for this.
  • Yoga. This is an obvious one, but it’s worth sharing none the less.
  • Gratitude alerts. Twice daily reminders on your phone can help you remember to stop what you are doing, return to the present moment if you happen to be future tripping, and give thanks for the blessings in your life. (Bonus! This one also strengthens your gratitude muscles, too.)
  • Qigong. This is my newest habit I’ve incorporated into my routine (and the one I’m enjoying the most). Right now I enjoy this simple seven minute video at some point in the day (usually in the morning).

 

Muscle: Spirituality
Strength Training Activities:

 

  • Read spiritual books. This is a great way to expose yourself regularly to spirituality, but be sure to weave the teachings into your daily life for best results.
  • Join a spiritual group. A church, temple, center, or study group can help enhance your awareness, but be sure to do solo spiritual activities too to make sure the concepts are applied in your life outside the group as well.
  • Pray or chant. Depending on your spirituality, this may be a good place to start.
  • Journal. In my own life I’ve found the most powerful way to connect with my intuition is to write my gut and ask it questions about things I’m struggling with. This inquisitive journaling allows me to access wisdom I don’t even realize I have if I simply go through my day thinking whatever thoughts happen to pop into my head (usually from my ego). 

 

Muscle: Creativity or Communication
Strength Training Activities:

 

  • Journal or blog. If your brand of creativity is writing, consider creating a journal to capture your poems, stories, or ideas.
  • Draw or paint. If your version of creativity involves illustration or painting, find a way to bring that into your day, if only for a few minutes before you get ready in the morning or before you go to bed.
  • Practice your art. Whatever version of creativity you’d like to strengthen, find a way to weave it into your life through a mini ritual that you will look forward to.

 

Muscle: Focus
Strength Training Activities:

 

  • Single task. One browser tab at a time. Eat without distractions. Try driving without the radio or podcasts on for a bit.
  • Use a timer. This is a great new habit that has helped me focus immensely during my workday. I now try to batch my days into 90 minute chunks (yours can be anywhere from 20-90 minutes) with 30 minute breaks in between. Once I set the timer and I know I’m going to get a substantial break very soon, I find it much easier to stick to one task at a time. The Pomodoro Technique might also be helpful.
  • Meditation, yoga, or qigong. Pretty much anything that helps strengthen presence in your life can also strengthen your focus.

 

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March 17th, 2014     |    Intention

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Last week I did my first ever free live Intention Setting class online and it was quite a hit!

It was so awesome that I’m going to host another live Intention Setting class this Thursday as well.

If you’d like to get the registration details, please become an email reader.

I plan to do this class (and other free live web classes) for my email readers from time to time going forward.

** Also, please keep your eyes peeled around midday for this class info to appear in your inbox. ** (The class is limited to the first 100 registrants, and last week it filled within the first 50 minutes.)

Here’s what students shared about the class:

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If you are interested in crafting your intentions with me in this class or joining other classes to come, become an email reader here.

See you tomorrow!

 

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Today’s Lively Show episode packs in a lot of great takeaways on several topics including streamlining your career (or business), transitioning from a day job, and facing cancer as an entrepreneur.

To talk about these topics, I asked the spunky and energetic Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach. She’s a life coach, “boob cancer” survivor, and friend that I am honored to have on the show.

Though the topic of cancer is discussed, the tactics and steps that Michelle took could apply to anyone going through a difficult health challenge or even perhaps a small business maternity leave.

This episode is perfect for those who want to learn more about how to handle difficult health challenges while self-employed, or who are feeling overwhelmed by the wide range of their careers.

 

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT

 

  • How Michelle’s broadway dream brought her to a corporate job and eventually to life coaching.
  • How Michelle baby stepped her way out of a corporate job and into her coaching practice full-time.
  • How “boob cancer” (as Michelle calls it) affected her life and coaching practice.
  • The policies and boundaries Michelle created to accommodate her treatment (these actions can apply to any entrepreneur with a serious illness, life change, or maternity leave).
  • How Michelle maintained the same income year over year – with cancer treatments and less coaching.
  • Why streamlining your career or business at times can be a powerfully positive choice. (35:30)
  • What Michelle would tell someone just starting out on this journey.

 

SHOW NOTES

 

The International Coach Academy

An Effective Escape (workbook)

2012 By The Numbers (post)

Grown Up Gigs

Career Camp

The Declaration of You!

Lindsey Pollock

20 Jobs in 7 Years (post)

 

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PS – The Lively Show landed on the iTunes New & Noteworthy page this Monday! Thank you so much for your reviews on iTunes and for subscribing – you are the reason this show is spreading!

 

Happy Tuesday to you!

Today I decided to change things up by answering a question you had in a video!

Today’s question comes from Gina on Facebook and she asked:

How can I properly + cleverly balance: online career + one year old baby boy + home? Keeping all together is hard.

Watch the video above where I answer her question with three tips that I’ve picked up from working with business owners and Life with Intention clients who struggle with these same issues.

Also, if you like this video and would like me to do more videos and/or answer more questions you might have about living life with intention, please let me know!

If there is a good amount of interest I’ll continue to do these little videos more regularly.

 

PS – Are you a mompreneur? Please leave your helpful tips for her and other mompreneurs (or soon-to-be mompreneurs) in the comments below!

PPS – Sorry for the creepy finger in the video snapshot! YouTube grabbed that frame and won’t update it to a new image for some reason…

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March 7th, 2014     |    IntentionPurpose

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Sorry for the delay in this month’s free wallpaper! Getting back from Miami on Tuesday kinda pushed things back a bit.

But better late than never, right?

This cheerful wallpaper has a quote from The Most Overlooked Secret to Finding Your Purpose that I wrote last month. Lauren commented and asked for it to be a wallpaper quote so I decided to take her up on her suggestion!

Also, if you have been struggling to understand how to make intentions and put them into action in every area of your life, I’d love to help you do just that. Today is the last day to sign up for the Life with Intention Online class that starts next Tuesday.

If you think I can help you, I hope you join us.

Have a great weekend and thank you for reading! 

 

 Wallpaper designed by Joy Laforme for JessLively.com.

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Happy Thursday to you!

Today’s episode of The Lively Show features a beloved blogger and friend that you most likely already know (and follow!), Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely.

In this episode, I talk with Nicole about how she became the sole breadwinner for her family as a blogger. We go into detail about the ins and outs of how she makes money through blogging and why she diversifies her income streams.

She also discusses what it’s like being the breadwinner while being a mom and shares about her stunning new home in Oak Park.

So if you want to make money as a blogger, or hear how Nicole juggles being a mom and the “bacon maker,” this show is for you!

 

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT

 

  • Why Nicole’s stationery shop, Pink Loves Brown, launched her blogging career.
  • The reason Nicole later closed her shop to take Making It Lovely full-time.
  • How her husband’s job loss turned her blog into a breadwinning business.
  • How to diversify your blogging income streams effectively.
  • The “fall back” career Nicole has to maintain her financial stability in an ever-changing blog world.
  • Details about her new Victorian home in Oak Park.
  • The readership transitions that can occur on blogs over time.
  • Nicole’s predictions for the future of blogging.
  • What Nicole would tell someone just starting out on this journey.

 

SHOW NOTES

 

The Sequins & Stripes Lively Show episode about pitching sponsors

Nicole’s income breakdown

Better Homes & Gardens column

Cesarstone column

Glidden column

Grace Bonney / Design Sponge article about the changes in blogging

Nicole’s post about becoming the breadwinner

 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW

 

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PS – Like the show? Please leave a review on iTunes (this helps more people find the podcast on iTunes that may not already know about it).

Thank you so much!

 

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After a glorious long weekend unplugged and soaking in the Miami sun, I’m back in Chicago and ready to ride out the remainder of this winter with an exciting new addition to the upcoming Life with Intention Online classes!

The first two LWIO classes in February were incredible – we had students from all over the world (the United Kingdom, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Germany, Rwanda, and the US) logging in to learn and live more intentionally.

Now, I’m adding a new option that will enhance the experience even more.

 

Life with Intention Online Plus

 

Life with Intention Online Plus will include all of the basic class materials in addition to detailed, personalized feedback on your homework, intentions, and action plans to ensure that you are on the right track.

LWIO Plus is a great option for those who may not need a full 60-minute session with me after class, but may still want  personalized attention and guidance through a customized email report.

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The next LWIO class starts next week (March 11-18) and registration ends Friday.

So if you are thinking about signing up, please do so soon before the spots are filled!

New to Life with Intention Online? You can find out about the class here.

 

What Students Are Saying

 

Here is what students have to say about the class:

If want to make a positive CHANGE in the way you approach your goals, your habits, and your life in general, I highly recommend this class.

The intention-setting process taught by Jess it entails a lot of openness, introspection, and to some extent, courage.

Change is never easy, and this just means that the Life With Intention class is the exact push you need.

Carmel D., Pink My Ride | Philippines

 

The Life with Intention Online class has allowed me to reset my thinking.

This is a huge step forward for me. It allows my mind to percolate – to ponder the things I believe are important.

Deniz H. | IL

 

Jess’ in-depth knowledge and guidance made it easy to grasp the concepts she was teaching.

I’m looking forward to working with Jess one-on-one in the future!

Lauren N. | NY

 

Life with Intention Online totally opened up my mind to a new way to thinking.

I’ve already begun to feel more at ease with how I conduct my daily life.

I highly recommend working with Jess and taking this class!

Lisa M., Lisa-Maithas.com | DC

 

I can’t recommend the Life with Intention Online enough.

Jess delivers the content (and cute workbook!) in an accessible and enthusiastic way — you could tell there were many light bulb moments happening within the group.

This class will truly change the way you consider your present and your future.

Georgie B. | Australia

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Plus, there is a 100% money back guarantee – if you don’t find the class and the Intention-based approach helpful, you get your money back!

The process taught in this class is the summation of everything I have learned over seven years of studying, practicing, and teaching in this area. And it has truly helped those I’ve worked with to find the peace, joy, and power that comes with living from an intention-based perspective.

I’d love to help you do the same.

Sign up for class now. >  

 

PS – If you prefer learning one-on-one, check out The Intention Sessions. These individualized sessions share the same information in an entirely private, individualized setting.

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