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Happy Friday, friends!

I’ve got 2 bits of goodness to share with you today. (And I think you’re gonna love them!)

1. Did you hear that I’ve got a free 3-part video training series for you? It’s true! You’ll learn how to start a business you love and make your first $10k.

You can get videos #1 and #2 riiiiiight here.

2. I’ve been busy behind-the-scenes over here recording a series of interviews with successful business owners. We’re diving into everything from how to balance a full-time job with starting a business to how long it actually took to make their first $10k.

I can’t wait to share their wisdom with you.

 

To kick things off, I had chat with Hannah Braime from Becoming Who You Are.

We talked about all these juicy topics (and more):

  • What held her back from turning her passion for blogging and coaching into a business
  • What her first year in business actually looked like
  • How she balanced a day job with starting  business
  • How long it took her make her first $10k
  • The one thing she wish she’d known before starting her business

I hope that our chat was helpful and gave you a little insight on what it’s like to start a business, what challenges you might face during the first year, and how long it takes to make your first $10k.

Now it’s your turn!

Leave a comment below telling us your biggest take-away from the video. I’d love to know what you think!

 


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How to Create Your Perfect Day

by Ashley on March 12, 2015 · 0 comments

I wanted to make this video for you today because I woke up in such a good mood this morning, which is actually kind of rare for me. Usually, it takes me two cups of coffee and 30 minutes of journaling time before I’m awake and excited for the day.

BUT! This morning I woke up feeling wide awake, pumped, and ready for the day. And I’ve been thinking about that.

What’s different about today?

Then I realized, it’s because today is my Perfect Day.

Want to know what my perfect day looks like and find out how to create  yours too?

Click below to watch this video:

Now it’s your turn!

I’d love to hear what your perfect day looks like!

Leave a comment below telling us what your perfect day looks like and let us know what you’re going to do TODAY to get you closer to it!


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3 questions to ask when starting a business

When you’re starting a business, it can feel like there are a million things to do and you’re constantly playing catch-up.

You’ve got this awesome idea, but you don’t know how to get it off the ground, or if it will even be successful.

To help erase some of your confusion and frustration, I’ve narrowed down the top 3 things to ask yourself to create more purpose, more direction, and more clarity when starting your business.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting a Business

1. What kind of life am I trying to create for myself? 

Everyone talks about how important it is to know your purpose/end goal/mission. And it’s true. If you don’t know where you’re headed, how are you gonna get there?

When you’re starting a business, you need to know what your end game is.

Do you want to be the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation with 500 employees? Or maybe you wanna run an Etsy shop making $20,000 a year as extra income. There’s no right or wrong answer, but you’ve got to be clear on where you want to end up.

To get you started, spend 10 minutes journaling about your perfect day. From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, how are you spending your time?

  • Who are you spending time with?
  • What are you creating?
  • How do you feel?
  • Who are you working with?
  • What passions and values are you fulfilling?

2. What steps can I take to get there?

Once you know what kind of life you want to create through your business, you can begin thinking about the action steps that will take you there.

Do you need to write a business plan or contact investors? Do you need to create a website and start writing blog posts? Do you need to do market research to see what your dream clients actually want?

It helps to break it up into smaller chunks, so you don’t feel so overwhelmed. Here are 3 questions to help you:

  • What do you want to be/do/have this month? What can you do to get there?
  • What do you want to be/do/have this year? What can you do to get there?
  • What do you want to be/do/have in 5 years? What can you do to get there?

3. If I were 100% committed to this, what would I do?

When you’re truly committed to a goal (like starting a business), everything changes.

You say “yes” to things that are truly important, and in alignment with your goals. You arrange your schedule in a way that reflects your priorities. And most importantly, you react to roadblocks and challenges with resilience and perseverance.

If you’re not committed, you’re much more likely to give up, and suddenly, an obstacle becomes an excuse to quit. But if you are committed, that same obstacle is just a hurdle along your path, and you’ll find a way around it.

So, if you were 100% committed to your business, what would you do? Leave a comment below and let us know!

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

P.S. I you wanna avoid all the mistakes I made when starting Your Super Awesome Life, grab a copy of my newest book, “The 7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Online Business over at CubicleTo10k.com


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3 things to start a business

Do you ever think to yourself, “I can’t believe I’m still stuck in this dreadful cubicle and haven’t even budged on my dream business. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I just take the leap and break free from this corporate dungeon?”

I totally get it.

A few years ago, I was just like you: Stuck in a job where I felt unfulfilled, unchallenged and under-appreciated. I was burnt out and wanted more out of life.

Then one day I realized I was ready to begin living on my own terms. I wanted to decide how I was spending my days, choose who worked with, and be able to work from anywhere in the world.

So, I started my own business, quit my job, and never looked back. (In fact, February 13th will be exactly two years since I quit my job and began coaching full-time! Holy cow!)

I know it can seem totally scary and overwhelming to think about turning your passion project into an actual business, but it’s doesn’t have to be that hard. That’s why I made this video and broke it down into three simple steps.

Click below to watch this video and find out the 3 things you need to do if you wanna start a successful business you love:

And if you wanna avoid all the mistakes I made when starting Your Super Awesome Life, get your free copy of “The 7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Online Business over at CubicleTo10k.com. I think you’re gonna love it!


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We Need You. All of You.

by Ashley on February 3, 2015 · 1 comment

We need you.

Dear You,

I know you’re scared. I know you’re wondering if this is the path you’re meant to take. I know your knees are shaking and your voice quivers whenever you start to speak your truth.

You’re wondering if your story is needed, if your ideas are valuable, and if your presence is worthy. (They all are.)

 

You’ve got this big dream, this magical idea of what life could be like, if you were only brave enough to stand up and follow your heart.

That dimly lit cubicle isn’t cutting it anymore. You’ve learned the ropes and know the ins-and-outs of this job like the back of your hand. You’re ready for something bigger. Something that makes your tummy flip, in the good way.

You imagine the day when you can finally live on your own terms. Fueling that spark inside you. Not worrying about what other people might think. Not worrying about embarrassment or failure because you’ll be embracing your passion and diving into your purpose.

You dream of becoming a coach so you can help other women discover their true selves. You dream of starting a business, being your own boss, and living a life of complete freedom. That’s what you truly want.

You’re scared, but you (so badly) want to listen to that tiny, yet fierce, voice inside of you, whispering that it’s time.

Now.

Now.

Now.

Well, lovely, this is your sign.

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

You can trust yourself.

You’ve got brilliance to share with the world.

You’ve got strength and wisdom and creativity.

You are here for a reason. We’re waiting. And we need you. All of you.

I believe in you. I believe that you’ve got what it takes.

I also believe in juxtaposition.

You can be scared and courageous. You can be selfish and selfless. You can be timid and bold. You can be unraveling and in full bloom. You can be perfectly imperfect. You can be all of it and more.

That’s what makes us human. That’s what makes us whole and broken and beautiful. That’s what makes you you and me me.

And yes, still, we need you. Follow that voice. Listen to the truth behind it.

Let your truth be heard.

xo,
Ashley


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