Your business can do so much more than serve your clients. Your business can connect your clients with each other and cultivate them into a community. An incredible community of like-minded people provides more massive value to your clients that you alone cannot deliver. When you create and foster connection and camaraderie through community, your clients will love what you have done for them and stick around forever. Continue reading “Does Your Business Have a Community?”
By Lu Casillas
Are we as women winning or losing in our financial house? Realistically as women we are making more money than ever before. We have made strides over the decades creating our own businesses and surpassing that glass ceiling. One thing that is getting overlooked in most cases ( statistically) is the FUTURE.
If you had a magical ball and could see your financial future what would it look like?
Those that follow me have heard me speak about women wearing several hats.
parent,child,babysitter,at home doctor,therapist,healer,listener,shopper,chef,housekeeper,animal sitter,caregiver,chauffeur…
This refers to what we as women handle on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. What is happening to us as we age gracefully? We have increased our income. However our children & parents are aging.
Some of you are the “Sandwich Generation” taking care of aging parents and parenting children.
Some are taking early retirement and allowing someone referred by your company to put all of that money at risk because your company doesn’t want fiduciary liability for the outcome of potential losses.
Some may be dealing with a career as well as being the caregiver for a parent. How do we juggle this without financial help?
It has been written that women are actually at risk for future financial danger! Isn’t it time to alleviate this risk? Retirement healthcare costs average $130,000 per person! This could be devastating.
How do we WIN in this game of life? It is crucial these days to be open to what is working that you are not being told enough about.
I am an advocate for Living Benefits and not all are created equally. These products can be a financial life saver. Insured products are your safety net. Don’t be afraid, Be PROACTIVE. Today we have tools that provide what yesterday’s tools cannot provide.
During this year we have been walking the Sign of Enough path, which invites us to work with the question “How will I know when I have enough?” using whatever areas of our lives call for our attention.
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
The above quotation is from Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher writing in the 6th century BCE, and the presumed founder of Taoism and author of the Tao Te Ching. When I read this saying, I think how very similar this message is to the message we have been writing about for several months now: the Sign of Enough and knowing clearly the answer to the question “how will I know when I have enough?” We have had many years to learn this, and many of us seem to be on the path, just awakening to it, or available for the message any time now. Because it is time.
There are many things to fuss and fume about. There is the political situation in the United States about which many of us are in real despair. There is the current and growing economic inequality in this country. There is the fact of the deep racial prejudice, which recently and rightly has been thrust into the forefront of our attention. There is the seemingly constant assault on our environment and our on-going two steps forward and one step back approach to solving some of the problems. There are the myriad serious difficulties around the world including the constant threat of terrorism, the heart rending refugee crises with no win-win answers, ancient border, ethnic and religious disputes. The list seems endless.
In the midst of all this, how can we, with Lao Tzu, “rejoice in the way things are?” Does doing so seem at best childish and irresponsible? I think not. I think adding to the sense of woe accomplishes nothing, and, at least for me, makes me feel completely impotent. From that place, I can take no action. As the teacher Abraham says, “you can’t get sick enough to make sick people well.”
What if instead we stop, take stock, and realize we can “be content with what (we) have and realize there is nothing lacking?” When I breathe deeply and repeat those words, I can feel a deep sense of peace seeping through my body. I can feel a relaxation, an opening that makes it possible for me to attend to the messages arising that sound something like “I know what I can do!” From that place where I know I have everything I need and nothing is lacking, I can open to “OK. THAT is enough. I am going to step forward and take this action.”
That is what happens for me. During this next month I invite you to come back over and over to the saying from Lao Tzu and discover where it takes you. It may be similar to my experience or it may be completely different. Whatever happens, it is exactly the right thing, and, if noted, can lead you to something important.
Living life in gratitude and ease is my goal. I know what it is like to struggle and be in pain. When I survived a near-fatal car accident in 2002, I learned that life is not always easy. I also learned that my mindset creates the experience I live. I’d rather be in abundance and happiness than in victim mode or negativity.
Want to add free time to your busy schedule? Here is a simple practice that saves sanity. I use the free Google calendar connected to my Gmail account.
To simplify your life, first set up your Google calendar, and then let go of these two things: Continue reading “Too Busy? Try this.”
For the past several months we have been working with the question, “How will I know when I have enough?” And we have approached this question from several different angles, for example, “How will I know when I’m doing enough?” and “How will I know when I’m spending enough time with those I love most?” We talked about what is a big challenge for many women, “How will I know when I have enough time for myself?” And also difficult for many of us, “How will I know when I have enough ‘stuff’?”
We only have so much time, money, and energy. The problem I see with many women entrepreneurs is that most of those precious resources are used to get more clients and grow their bank account through investing in sales, marketing, and social media courses and coaches, while way less of those resources are used on the health side – taking care of their bodies through proper nutrition, hydration, sleep, mental rest, and physical activity.
On a daily basis, I work with women in midlife who have been taking care of everyone else most of their lives and they reach their fifties and wonder what happened to their bodies, when and how did they gain all this weight?
The answer is usually because while taking care of other’s needs, they have putting their own needs on the backburner for far too long.
I find the same being true for most women entrepreneurs, especially in midlife. Many that I meet have worked a corporate job for 30 years and hated it. When they hit midlife, they wanted to start a business and do something they really love – something that will make a difference in people’s lives.
While I love this change of career and newfound purpose, what I often see is the same thing happening – they use their new career to help others, while neglecting to take proper care of their own selves.
Do we women entrepreneurs need to spend our time, money, and energy learning how to build our businesses using marketing, sales, and social media? Absolutely! We need to know these things in order to build our businesses, right? But, the key question is, “At what cost?”
When was the last time you invested your time, money, and energy in a wellness coach?
A wellness coach, like myself, takes a holistic approach to helping you create lifestyle changes such as work/life balance, decreasing stress, increasing the quality of your sleep and nutrition, and most importantly, what this healthy lifestyle leads to is a longer life, which means doing your thing and serving your people for many, many more years, which leads to more money in your bank account.
What I’m suggesting is not that you stop investing in business courses and coaches, but that that you look ahead and use your wisdom to invest in the next 30+ years of your life.
Health must be at the top of your list, especially as a women entrepreneur. While money can buy a lot of things, it cannot buy you your health back. Your health must be earned over time and the time to start is always right now.
If you continued on today, business as usual, what would your health look like in 30 years?
Can you make a few small investments in your health bank account that will compound over time?
Trust that investing your time, money, and energy in your health and self-care will pay you the biggest interest over time.
There are two great ways to start:
- Download my free guide – “5 Steps to Becoming a Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Woman Entrepreneur in Your 50s” here: http://www.transformationwellnessforwomen.com/healthy-wealthy-wise/
- Join my free Facebook group – “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Women Entrepreneurs in Midlife with Kim Acedo” here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthywealthyandwisewomenentrepreneurs/
Remember, serve your people, but also serve yourself. Over time, you will find that both your money bank account as well as your health bank account will overflow. Isn’t that what you want for you? And isn’t that what you want for your clients?
Be the change. Set the example. Inspire your clients through your healthy way of life.
“Special Needs” – Special Planning
As I sit with clients I am put into different situations. One very special young adult was a new college graduate who has a 31- year-old brother with special needs. Their mother unexpectedly passed away with no life insurance and left this 25- year- old with over $400,000 in education debt and the responsibility of her brother. Can you imagine how stressful this is?
Do you love your life? Do you feel energized and motivated with all that you are doing? If you answer no to these questions, it’s time to fall in love again…with your life.
When you are in love with your life, everything is easier, flows well, and feels good. You feel light, vital, happy, and like you can handle anything. When issues come up, you are better equipped to deal with them.
A couple weeks ago I posted the first of 2 parts of my teleseminar series “How to fall in love with your life.” Here is part 2.