6 lessons I’m learning as an online entrepreneur so far

My time is mine. However, it’s easy to fall into a time trap thinking, ‘as long as it gets done on time, I can do it when I’m ready. As a writer, inspiration strikes spontaneously; however, having the discipline to ensure I complete everything on my to-do list each day is essential. Otherwise, things pile up and get confusing.

Organisation is always key. Being organised is in my DNA as a Virgo but even if you’re not, strive to have a clean automated routine every day.

Blockages and bumps in the road are natural. Learn to acknowledge and rectify them quickly. Working for a company and having a boss is easy because you can ask for support when you’re stuck. Lone working requires you to have a curious and troubleshooting mindset. It’s up to you to fix the problem.

Income is unpredictable in the early stages of the journey. If you don’t work, you most likely won’t get paid. This is why it’s important to have an automated system and multiple avenues of income.

It’s challenging to stay focused and motivated, but seeing results from your work brings a feeling of accomplishment.

People won’t understand that your working schedule is different because it’s not 9 to 5. Be prepared to be a mild disappointment in your social groups because you can’t make it out to an event on the weekend.

Until next time.

~J

Thoughts on well-being: Self-soothing is a necessary skill

The world is chaos. I say this in almost every blog post. If you’re emotionally and mentally attached to your phone, ferociously scrolling through YouTube and social media and reading the news, you would know that the world is chaotic. Then you wake up in the morning, begrudgingly take a shower and get ready for work at a job you most likely hate. Even if you love your job and have great relationships and social unit, you’re bound to have something to do that you just can’t stand. In this current cycle, it seems that we all have something weighing on our shoulders regardless of our spiritual practice, mental and emotional development or career growth. It’s as if there’s universal pressure that we’re all enduring, whether we’re aware of it or not. However, it’s not necessarily a negative depending on perspectives. 

Regardless of your situation, knowing how to self-soothe in times of great stress is essential. Self-soothing is being aware of your mental and emotional state and taking action to alter it with things and activities that feel good. The key here is knowing what feels good for YOU. There’s no point in doing what someone tells you to do online if you know it won’t feel good or make a difference in your well-being. For some people, self-soothing is sitting silently holding a pillow while practising deep breathing. For others, it may be journaling, eating something nice, taking a hot bath or exercising. When you need to self-soothe, take a timeout and listen to your inner compass. An idea of what you need to do for yourself will come to mind. 

Until next time. 

~J

Thoughts on finance: The struggles of living within our means

Life comes with responsibilities, and amongst them, unless you’re living off the grid, you have to pay bills. And in the current state of the world’s economy, most are often struggling to make ends meet. One of the perils of managing finances is ensuring that you have enough to live a fulfilling lifestyle. This means that you often require funds to afford your desires. It’s often buying a new book, a dress, holidays or a day out with loved ones. In the age of the internet, though, our desires tend to grow bigger as we see some people ‘living their best lives’ while others swear by the minimalist lifestyle. Then comes the struggles of finding a balance between living abundantly and within our means. So, where do we draw the line? This is an impossible question to answer here as everyone has their financial boundary. We’re all on the same ride in hell, but some are in Lamborghini, some are in private jets, while the majorities are on public transport. So my advice is to place yourself in financial positions that are empowering. Then prioritise what you value the most. If an expensive perfume or spa day is conducive to your growth, then put some money aside and make it happen. 

If you value your sleep, perhaps invest in some good quality bedding once in a while. Nobody should dictate what you can and can’t do in life, especially when it comes to money. Yes, be responsible; however, life shouldn’t be about suffering. Regardless of your budget, living within your means shouldn’t be a struggle. Some days you’ll have to sacrifice to meet specific goals, and that’s on you to evaluate your budget and seek support. Above all, remember that not everything you see online is real. Some are in debt from their head down to their toes, chasing the high of luxury. You don’t need to buy an expensive item to feel luxurious but if you can afford it, by all means, enjoy. 

Until next time.

Thoughts on personal development: How to invest in yourself in 2022

Mercury is in retrograde along with the rest of the planetary shifts currently occurring until we enter into February. I entered 2022 with elevated energy and determination to succeed in my projects. However, life happens, and most times, we have to pivot. 

I continue to learn that we can invest in ourselves along the way. So why do most of us feel guilty about doing it? Investing in one’s self can be in any way that makes you feel empowered to take action toward being a better version of YOU. This can be financially, physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Life evolves with twists and turns, but it doesn’t seem to get any easier. Even with an abundant mindset and all the law of attraction practices, you’ll find that chaos still stirs. It’s nearly the end of January, and I acknowledge that some of you are going through it already. I send my best vibes to you. Just trust the process. Sometimes, as much as you feel powerless, you have to find a way to be empowered. This is when you choose to invest in yourself wisely.

First, take some time out and breathe. Take three deep breaths with your hands in your heart centre, and just let the energy flow through your body as you breathe in deep breaths and slowly blow it out. Now, sit or stand in that space of stillness and listen to yourself. What is it that you need right now? What are you feeling? Bring your awareness to your needs and create time to meet them. Only you will know your needs, and only you can create the space to meet them.

When you are working to connect with yourself, remember that it is important to set healthy boundaries to protect yourself from outside forces. Your mental health, time and energy are precious assets. Learn when to say no and stick to it, be aware of where you need to invest your time and with whom. When it comes to financing, ensure that what you choose to invest in for yourself is within your means and always do your research. The same goes for your health. When you feel unwell, don’t hesitate to reach out to a licensed practitioner or therapist for support.

For a quick pivot into self-empowerment, find the below ideas on how to invest in yourself this year.

Read a book

Whether you’re into fiction or self-help, there are a plethora of books to help you get to where you want to be. You can start with my short ebook Make Words Your Friend: How to use the power of motivational language to achieve your business goals and succeed in your creative ventures. An easy guide.

I have a copy of The Cat out of Hell by Lynn Truss that I always read when I’m in a funk.

Invest in a hair treatment/ change your hairstyle

New year, new you.

Invest in your personal development

If you’re self-employed, this is an excellent time to find resources to teach you more about your field. You can also speak to your HR department about available personal development courses and resources at work. If you’re stuck, browse the web and watch a video to learn from many talented content creators on, you guessed it, youtube. Don’t forget to visit your local library too!

Embark on a journey of expressing self-love

Decide to go on a journey of self-discovery and self-love. Don’t be afraid to do activities alone, and in time you’ll probably find that you prefer your own company. (Whatever you do, always be safe).

Workout

Start a new workout regime that fits your physical level. Go slow and speak to your GP beforehand if you have pre-existing medical conditions.

Work with your budget

Take some time to go through your paperwork, bills and finance. Create a reasonable budget and stick to it. If you are struggling financially, research organisations for support. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of social media fantasies that have you questioning your worth and comparing your life to others. It’s not all real, and everyone’s facing their struggles. Focus on your own financial goals and develop a plan to reach them.

Nature

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Go outside and vibe with nature. It’s free. 

Until next time.