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The Cost of Taking Your Business Online

Posted on May 20, 2017 in Blog, Business Advice, General, Joy & Happiness, Personal Development, Self-Care | 4 comments

 

I’ve been reflecting on the 10 days I spent in Denver for our Live Well Training Week for my LW and SexyFit™ Coaches.

Guess what the #1 AHA / learning / favorite thing of the whole week long training was? From almost all participants, including me?

The in person connection.

It wasn’t the awesome business and lifestyle training :)  It wasn’t the health, entrepreneur or personal development training. It wasn’t even the SexyFit™ Dance Classes (although that came a close second – music to my ears).

It was the connection and interaction that we all experienced during the 10 days.

So interesting and thought provoking.

Why?  6 years ago I moved my 80% in person business, to an 80% online business. This was a HUGE step in creating a life I loved, as I had always dreamed of living around the world and being able to work from anywhere…from just my laptop.

Doing this meant that my programs and trainings were now 80% online and completely scalable. It meant that all my 1×1 coaching was done over the phone or Skype.  It meant that the 20% remaining ( Create A Life You Love Retreats, teaching SexyFit™ Dance and running 1-2 trainings per year ) were basically the only things I did in person.

And I’m SO glad I did it.  I’ve been able to work with many more people than was ever possible previously. I’ve been able to live in unique places, experience new things and evolve. And I love running a business online because it’s the ultimate freedom – working hard, but for myself, on my own terms.

However, it came with a cost:  A loss of connection with real people, in real time, in person.

Don’t get me wrong – I still love being an online entrepreneur and wouldn’t trade it for anything. But ironically, I’ve noticed that the more online I’ve gone and the more freedom I’ve created for myself, the less real and deep connection I’ve fostered.

This may seem very obvious to you, especially because we know Facebook, Instagram and being glued to our phones or laptops all day, isn’t the answer for a fulfilling and soulful life.

But I mean something more than that.  I mean that even when you think you’re living a life you love, creating more freedom and independence, be mindful not to create so much freedom, as to no longer have real connection.

Freedom
+
Connection

We need both.

Without freedom (one of my highest values), I feel suffocated. But without connection, I feel unfulfilled. UN-soulful.

Since I’ve been sharing things that I believe have contributed to my feeling irritable and bitchy for the past year, I suspect a lack of deeper connection with people IN PERSON has been a part of these feelings.

So, on our US trip for the past month to Laguna Beach – Denver – Miami, I’ve been making a concerted effort to connect and catch up with old friends. And damn, it’s felt good 😃

Thank you.

To every single one of my friends, colleagues and partners that have welcomed me back into your life. THANK YOU for reminding me how how important in person connection is and how good it feels to spend time in person, not just through Facetime and Voxer.

Freedom
+
Connection

How much do you need of both in your own life?

Action Steps:

Do you resonate with this blog?  Have you moved your business more online, only to feel less connected to others?  What are ways that can or have created both more freedom and more connection in your own life?

Share here – the best insights happen in the comments when we share our ideas and strategies. I personally read every single comment and and always respond – I love to hear.

Carmen Marshall
 

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Your Non-Negotiables

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 in Blog, Business Advice, Health & Nutrition, Joy & Happiness, Manifesting, Personal Development | 2 comments

What are your ‘non-negotiables’ in life?

Getting away from them can cause us to not feel grounded, inspired or happy.  This week, I’m talking more about the things that have contributed to my not quite feeling myself lately.

What causes us to get away from them (even when we know they have worked)?

Watch + listen below for personal examples of me getting away from my own non-negotiables in Business, Health and Relationships and how I am getting re-aligned.

 

Get Back To Your Non-Negotiables

I love to create space for all of us to empower each other to do more of what we love, so over to you!

Do you have a similar story or example? Comment below as all of the best ah-ha’s and connection happens as we share our ideas :-)

Lots of Love,
Carmen Marshall
 
 
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Bitchy For A Year

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in Blog, Business Advice, General, Joy & Happiness, Personal Development, Self-Care, Stress Reduction | 0 comments

 

I’ve been irritable for over a year.

There are so many reasons that I could use to legitimize and explain-away my crankiness – the state of the world, starting two new companies, challenges in business and life, moving, buying a house, new relationship, reinvention of self…

But bottom line, I’m just cranky.

And, it’s not how, or who I want to be. I know that stress wreaks absolute havoc on my health, weight (hello 8lbs from nowhere) and immune system, as well as my confidence, motivation and relationships. And most importantly, I don’t like how I feel or the energy I’m giving out. It’s not how I want to experience life – or how I want people to experience me.

So, over the next few blogs, I want to share some of the ways that stress has affected me, and what I’ve been doing about it. Some are little things, some are bigger things. But all are things that move me away from being loving and happy, and result in my being resistant, tense…and, well, bitchy.

Assuming the Worst

One of the things I’ve noticed over this past year is that I assume the worst. I didn’t used to be like that, but I definitely have been lately.

There are many reasons why we assume. I personally think that three of the biggest reasons in today’s world are: (1) we live in an ever-increasing fast paced culture, (2) we have minimal bandwidth and are emotionally raw from being constantly stressed, and (3) our brain tries to help and takes shortcuts (assumes), in an effort to give us more time.

But assuming exacerbates everything and not only creates more work for me (un-doing the damage I create when I assume incorrectly) but it also creates more resistance and tension in my body.

Why? Because typically, I’m not assuming the best case scenario, I’m assuming the worst.

It’s natural, and understandable, but it doesn’t have the effect I want – I end up being even more tense and frustrated, which doesn’t help anything.

And it definitely doesn’t support living a life I love.

I’ve noticed that I assume:

  • Anytime I’m rushing. For example – when I speed-read an email on my iPhone, I can completely misinterpret the whole dialogue.
  • In conversations, I quickly jump to conclusions, without asking questions and finding out all the facts (and feelings).
  •  When I’ve had a negative past experience. I’m already tense and resistant state even before I begin a conversation – call centers, banks, business meetings having to do with finances, and things that I feel like I’ve been really clear about, but are showing up again.

Can you relate to any of the above?

So what can we do – besides going to live on an idyllic island in the south pacific with no news, no stress and no challenges?

 

What I’ve been doing that helps:

 

1. S….l…o…w…i…n…g….D…o…w….n

I’ve been deliberately slowing down for 1-2 minutes, 3x’s per day so my body can decompress; so I’m not consistently in fight or flight mode. We’ve got to make time to slow down in today’s world. The faster we go, the more information we assault our senses with, the more tension we create in our body. Slowing down helps our body return to it’s natural state of resiliency and resourcefulness. My go to’s: lying down on my bed, putting on music, dancing, going for a quick walk, taking a shower, getting out in nature and hugging my partner and cats.

2. Reading emails and texts slowly

and with my full attention. No speed reading!

3. Asking questions

to understand the whole picture, before speaking. Seeking first to
understand (cliches are cliches because they are so true) before judging, deciding or jumping in.

4. Trying to assume the BEST case scenario first

This puts me into a receptive, loving space (where magical things can actually happen!) It doesn’t mean that I’m naive or will step over anything I need to address. But it does mean that I’m in a more receptive place – for the actual reality of what is being said, and a solution.

5. Assuming the person is on my side, is a good person, and/or has had a stressful day

(in that case, extra compassion and kindness from me would actually hugely help them), as it relates to the situation. I remember a mentor once said, “if you get asked a question that seems like someone is attacking you, assume that they are a GOOD person just asking questions, seeking to understand – and respond from that place.

6. Breathing

Deeply. A few times. Then I respond.

7. Being Curious

I learned this from a Somatic (body focused) Coach who was all about being curious about everything, rather than making an immediate judgment or decision. (I’m still working on this one as I’m type A and tend to make decisions and judgements quickly, rather than being curious 😃 ) However when I do it, it works.

8. Keeping my vibration high

Music, dance, exercise, getting outside, pets, connection with my partner, contribution, gratitude are all things that help keep my vibration high and counter-act negativity. They help me assume the best scenario, because I’m happy, not maxed out. The happier I am, the more naturally assume all is good around me. It all, ALL starts with us.

9. Self-Care

For me, that means quiet time on my own, puttering, shopping at Lululemon (don’t ask me why, but it soothes my soul), making raw food etc. Because, when we’re sourced, everything works better. Oxygen mask on first. Yes, that massage is always necessary.

10. Addressing my own worries, procrastination and personal challenges

so that I’m not projecting my frustrations on someone else (how many times has the poor bank call center rep borne the brunt of my wrath simply b/c I’m frustrated about additional things).

11. Checking in on my feelings

and not judging myself for feeling the way I do. What am I feeling right now?  I’m feeling irritated? That’s ok. I’m feeling angry and frustrated? Why is that? Oh, because of “xyz” and it’s okay. This is one of the most therapeutic things we can do – NAME the feeling, ask why we’re feeling that way and tell ourselves it’s okay to feel that way. Usually the feeling dissipates, or at least lessens because I’ve allowed it.

Of course, we can, and should, always remove ourselves from situations and environments that are causing us unnecessary stress or harm. We should speak up and out about what we feel strongly.

But there are times in life that simply are more stressful, situations I don’t want to remove myself from and worldwide events that keep happening, whether I want them to or not. And even when I need to speak up and speak strongly, I can do it from a grounded place of love and strength, not heated anger and frustration.

Finding soulful strategies for those moments, that help us feel sourced, strong and loving, not only help our health, vibration and how we feel, but it also allows for more magic to happen in any given moment. And it makes us feel GOOD – who doesn’t want to feel grounded, strong, loving, clear and calm, and able to respond to life and others in that way?

  • Can you relate? Have you experienced this yourself? Have you been more irritable lately, assuming the worst, and jumping to conclusions?
  • When do you assume? Are there patterns for you?
  • What strategies work for you?

As always, I love, love, love to hear from you. The BEST conversation happens under the blog from your comments, questions and feedback. Comment here.

Love, love, love,

Carmen Marshall

PS I pulled this from some old notes on a book I love – all 4 points are such great reminders and put the body into a non-resistant, more loving state just by reading them, don’t you think?

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.

 

 

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