5 Ways to Truly Make Money Moves In 2018

Hey peeps!  I hope that your 2018 has gotten started with a bang, a good one!  Unless you’ve literally been sleeping under a rock for the past year, we’ve all seen the rise of Cardi B’s rise to fame with the release of her song Bodak Yellow.  Every woman, boy, and girl can’t help but the let their ratchet side, show when that Bodak Yellow beat drops.  “I don’t dance now, I make money moves.” 

Needless to say the theme for most people looking to level up in 2018 is “Making money moves.”  I love it!  It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re chasing money but you’re chasing success, whatever that looks like to you. 

The truth is, most people don’t chase their dreams because they don’t have the funds to do so.  While this is a legit reason to be concerned about taking risk, this should not hold you back from following your dreams, doing something you’re passionate about and making an impact.

The good news is, you can create extra income for yourself without having to get 2 and 3 jobs.  Hello!  It’s 2018, gone are the days that we’re stuck to just working for “The Man”.  The explosion of Silicon Valley has birthed some awesome apps/opportunities.  You can literally make the money you need to invest in your dreams and create the life you want ON YOUR TERMS.

Check out 4 ways you can be making money moves in 2018:

  #1 Is the easiest method but also probably the lowest turnaround.  Using this app is easy, it’s basically rebates without the work of having to scan receipts, track which rebates are available or any of the hassle any of those other rebate apps give you.  Dosh is an easy to use app.  All you do is link it to your debit card and the app will automatically track your purchases and give you the rebates you earn for doing everyday things such as grocery shopping, booking travel, and more.  You even get money for sharing this awesome app with your friends and family and so do they. 

This won’t help you on your quest to be a millionaire but it will help you on your quest to make easy money in 2018 that you can use to invest in yourself, your business, or wherever you see fit.  After all, it requires nothing from you but setup and you go about doing your regular shopping and living.  You’ll be surprised how quickly those dollars add up and you get that money directly deposited into your account.  No gift cards, all money baby!

#2 Is one we all know and love, good ole Ride sharing company, Uber.  How could this company not make the list?  I mean let’s face it, Uber has taken over the Ride Sharing game that by the way, Uber created.  Before it was Cab’s or drive yourself.  If you live in a city with awful traffic like I do, Uber has been a God send.  Not only is Uber good for those of us needing a quick ride across town but also those of us with no dollars but a dream.  If you have a decent vehicle, (2001 or newer) that you’ve taken care of and you like meeting new people who more than likely love a good time, Uber is for you. 

Uber makes it easy to make money, you pretty much don’t have to do anything but drive, smile, and be yourself…well maybe not yourself if you’re a little weird but it’s easy.  Perks of being a Uber driver, the money!  Sign up is quick and easy, you do have to be able to pass a background check, DNV check, show that you’re responsible and have a reliable automobile and insurance.  Once you complete those steps, you’re off to making money.  Uber drivers make as much or as little as they wish, seriously, you set your own schedule and Uber will even keep you up to date on the happenings around your city that will gross you the most income.  You can’t go wrong with being able to work when you want and make as much as you want.  You just have to be willing to do the work.  Who can’t drive strangers across town for some change?  I know people who have done stranger things for some change.

#3 Is Uber’s competition, Lyft.  The reason that Lyft makes the list is pretty much the same reasons as #2 Uber but also because you can do them both if you’re really determined.  You can get the benefits of driving for both services.  It’s really up to you.  The fact that you’re considered an independent contractor, you’re not breaking any Non compete clause.  If you ask me, that looks like a win, win.

#4 You may or may not know about Instacart depending on how high on the boujee meter you are.  Instacart is a grocery delivery app that allows people to grocery shop via the app and get their groceries delivered right to their door.  As an Instacart contractor you can choose to pick the orders up and deliver them or be an actual personal shopper by doing the shopping based on the request of the customer and then deliver the groceries to the customer.  This may sound like more work than you’re willing to put in but it’s actually pretty easy and not to mention easy extra money.  Plus, if you’re like me, you spend most of your evening in the grocery store any way because you’ve got kids to feed.  Why not get paid for it?  Instacarts process is similar to Ubers/Lyft’s with the exception the type of car and condition doesn’t matter as much because you’re not transporting clients.

Either way it’s Insta-money in your pocket.

#5 The last money-making opportunity on the list is Postmates.  This is another one of those services that delivers pretty much anything you can think of.  Like, literally, you can have McDonalds delivered via Postmates if you so choose.  Got a stain?  Order a Tide Pen and have it delivered via Postmates.  Sure, it’s going to cost you but you’re paying for convenience right? As a Postmates Fleet driver, you’re responsible for picking up the order and delivering it to the customer.  Out of all of the apps, this will probably be the last one I would do because the payouts are low and not worth the amount of work you have to do to earn the extra bucks.  Nonetheless, you can still earn extra dough and the onboarding process is pretty easy.

I’ve given you 5 options to make extra money that you can then use to invest in your dreams.  There are no excuses as to why you can’t chase your dreams in 2018.  If you’re still complaining about being broke and you have a car, two good legs, and nothing seriously wrong with you….I have no words.

So come on sing it with me, “ I don’t dance now, I make money Moves”.  2018 is the year of leveling up, making boss moves, and creating the lives we want.  Don’t make excuses, we make money moves!

 

Go out and go get it! 

Your friend in your head and in real life too,

Life Strategist KG♥

 

Need help figuring out how to create money moves for yourself but ready to level up in 2018?  Contact me for 1 on 1 coaching to get you moving, growing, and making money moves!

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You Can’t Flat Tummy Tea Your Way To Success, here’s why.

Happy New Year Peeps!  I hope that you’re having a great start to 2018. With the new year comes new goals, new outlooks, and new opportunities.  If you have big goals, which you should, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work it’s going to take for you to accomplish your goals.  You might be tempted to figure out how to take the shortcut to get to the end result.  I call this the “flat tummy tea” method.

If you’re on social media, which I’m sure you are, then you’ve seen the flat tummy tea ad’s by several of their brand ambassadors.  Now these brand ambassadors are usually well-known social media models.  Most of them have the “video vixen” body type (small waist, big butt, and flat tummy).  They take cute pictures, usually bare faced and in a cute workout outfit.  They tell you that their tummy’s are flat and bloat free because they’ve been taking flat tummy tea and you should use their coupon code to get a discount to get your tummy flat too.  Oh, and did I mention they also state that you don’t have to work out, just drink the tea and BOOM, you too can have a flat tummy.

 

 

So here is the real “tea” about this Flat Tummy Tea, IT DON’T WORK!  It may flush out a little bloat but that’s nothing a regular detox can’t do.  YOU WILL NOT LOOK LIKE BLAC CHYNA BY DRINKING FLAT TUMMY TEA!  The majority of the chicks trying to sell you tea have surgically enhanced bodies, no tea, no shade.  They didn’t get flat tummy’s because of any tea or a workout but because they paid for it.  Don’t be fooled!  Unless you have money to blow to get the same results, you won’t be having a flat tummy by drinking team.  Abs are made in the kitchen, gym, and if you have money, at your nearest plastic surgeons office.

So what am I saying?  It’s simple, if you have a muffin top, it won’t go away by just throwing back some magic tea.  If you want the body you have to do the work, no short cuts.  The reason the work is so necessary is because during the process you’ll learn how to make healthy choices.  You’ll learn how to maintain your goal weight.  You’ll create new habits that are needed if you’re going to be successful at maintaining your new healthy lifestyle and you’re going to break the bad habits that are counter productive to your goals.  Flat Tummy Tea can’t teach you all of the things you need to know to accomplish your fitness goals.

So here is the real “tea” about this Flat Tummy Tea, IT DON’T WORK! It may flush out a little bloat but that’s nothing a regular detox can’t do. YOU WILL NOT LOOK LIKE BLAC CHYNA BY DRINKING FLAT TUMMY TEA.

It’s the same thing for any other goals you have.  There are no easy routes you have to do the work.  PERIOD.  You won’t get to the top of your career by winging it.  You won’t get that degree you want by missing classes and not doing your work.  Your business will never grow and become profitable if you DON’T DO THE WORK! 

Trust me, I know that doing the work can be tiresome, overwhelming, and down right exhausting.  I’ve been there, still there, and will continue to push through and work the plan until I accomplish my goals and get my desired results. 

When I first started my business, I read so many blogs, articles, and watched so many webinars that had me believing success would come easy.  I truly believed that by the end of 2017 I would be making 6-figures because my favorite social media brand strategist was making 6-figures and made it looks so easy.  What a reality check it as when the middle of 2017 came and went and your girl was nowhere near making 6-figures, lol.  The reality of the hard work ahead set in.  I had to really look myself in the mirror and ask myself if she was ready to continue to do the work and put in even more work than I already had up to that point.  As bad as I wanted to run the other way because the work can be overwhelming, I stool tall, pushed my shoulders back, and with my head up I looked myself in the eyes and said, “Let’s do this!” 

You see, I have a passion for helping others accomplish their goals that I feel deep in my gut.  That thing that I feel will not let me quit and run the other way.  That passion that I have won’t allow me to lay down when things get tough but instead, learn from my mistakes, re-strategize and do the work.  I learned in 2017 that I cannot Flat Tummy Tea my way to the top but instead I have to trust the process and enjoy the journey.  The journey has taught me so much about perseverance, tenacity, and grit but I still have so much to learn. 

When I look back over the lives of those I admire, like Oprah, I realize that Oprah did not become a billionaire media mogul overnight.  She had to push through being abuses as a child, counted out in her career to becoming THE top rated daytime talk show queen.  When she started her network, OWN, there were naysayers and people who told her she was making a mistake.  She pushed past what people said she couldn’t do and created a successful network.  There was no quick route to Oprah’s success.  She has spent decades building her empire and creating her best life.

Life is not a sprint but a marathon.  Don’t get frustrated trying to take the easy route to success.  Instead, enjoy the process, both the good and the bad.  The good is meant to inspire you to keep going and the bad is meant to teach you what you need to know to get to the next level.  You cannot Flat Tummy Tea your way to the top, you have to do the work, make the right choices, and understand that success takes time.

You can make this year your best year.  Be strategic, trust the process, and most importantly, DO THE WORK!

Your friend in your head and real life too,

Life Strategist KG♥

P.S. Are you stuck and you need help figuring out how to get to the next level?  Have a business idea but no idea where to start?  Schedule your free coaching consultation and let’s get you thriving.  It’s time to do the work, create the life you want, NO EXCUSES!  I don’t know if not a good excuse.

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Happy 1 Year Busi-Versary! I made it, now what?

Sitting here reflecting over the last year and the only thing I can say is that God is amazing.  Never did I envision myself proclaiming to be an entrepreneur or conducting coaching sessions.  You see, this around the way girl with chinks in her armor could not see that I had it in me all along.  Instead, I talked myself out of walking in my purpose.  What will people think?  Can you do this?  Will people even sign up or trust you to coach them?  I limited myself based on my observations of what I believed I was lacking.

My life is not perfect.  I strive everyday to get it together, in fact, I often joke with my friends about needing to get my life together.  I’m not where I want to be spiritual, financially, or career-wise.  I work everyday to be better than I was the day before.  I pray every day for grace, mercy, forgiveness, and peace.  I fall just like the next chick and I often wonder when will my time come.

Truth is, I doubted me.  I was the obstacle in my own way.  A year ago, today I decided to stop being that obstacle.  I decided to trust what God had already given me and I decided to step out of my box and seek my purpose with everything in me.  I decided that fear would no longer hold me back.  Who cares what people will think.  They’ll never think anything good or bad if you never step out and share with the world your God-given gift.  I’m not the most extroverted person at times.  I don’t do well in large crowds.  If called onto speak in front of people I freeze up on the inside.  I’m somewhat shy at times when the spotlight is on me.  At times, I can be awkward.  With all of that, I still decided to jump and put myself out thereby declaring that I’m walking in my purpose and I’m sharing my gift.

You see I always knew I wanted to help people, I just didn’t know how I would get there.  I can remember doing the career assessment in undergrad and being pointed in the direction of being a life coach.  I had never heard 0f a life coach and I was intrigued so I researched and researched until I was on life coach overload.  Even though it was something I could see myself doing, I just couldn’t see myself being working for myself.  This is not something you can apply for in most cases and then I was a 9 to 5 type of girl.  I needed stability for my growing family and a steady paycheck was a priority on the list.  That was almost 10 years ago.  After experiencing life more and getting to the point of being uncomfortable with being comfortable, I did it.  Me!  The girl from the hood.  The chick with 5 kids.  The one they thought would never make it.  They counted me out.  I was told that I would never be successful because I had, had my kids so young.  I was made to believe that the only way up was by climbing someone’s else’s corporate ladder.  No one like me was supposed to make it because I didn’t come from a certain family or I don’t have a certain net worth.  Society would have me believe that I should be lucky to just have a job.  BUT GOD!

One day I realized that God has been calling me to the table but I have been avoiding the call.  You see this coaching thing is not about me and how great I am but how great I can help others be.  I’ve learned that each of our destinies is directly tied to the destiny of someone else and if you’re not answering the call, someone, you’re preventing them from being called.  We were all put here to help uplift and empower each other.  Our stories are meant to empower and inspire.  We go through things so that we can grow and share our testimonies.  So that the next young woman from the hood with a bleak looking future can look at someone just like her and understand that she can to do great things.  She can help people with her story.  She doesn’t have to settle for the box that society has already placed her in.  She can overcome any obstacle thrown her way and with the proper guidance she can do great things and take the torch to empower and uplift the next.

The best thing I could’ve have done was decide at my dining table on August 21st, 2016 that I was going to answer the calling NO MATTER WHAT! I declared it out loud to the Lord and I prayed for his guidance and strength because I knew that I was in for a fight.  When you step into your destiny, that’s when the real battle begins.  You’ll be thrown with all types of left and right hooks by life.  Things you didn’t have a problem with before will now become a problem.  Your children who are normally well behaved will act out.  Your marriage will be tested.  Your faith will be tested.  No matter the test you must stand and fight.  Keep pushing.  Keep believing.  God didn’t call you to fall, he called you because he knew you wouldn’t fall.  God knows what’s in us before we do.

I’m happy to say that 1 year later I’m still answering the call.  I’m still pushing and I’m still working.  I’m still working the plan.  I’m still coming up with ideas to grow the business and I’m still being patient and depending completely on God for guidance.  I always wanted to be the next Oprah but God is showing me that he’s grooming me and guiding me to be the only Life Strategist KG.

I always wanted to be the next Oprah but God is showing me that he’s grooming me and guiding me to be the only Life Strategist KG.

I’m so blessed to be able to say that I made it.  I MADE IT! I hung in through some of my hardest times.  Through life’s up’s and downs and I pushed through.  Over the course of the last year I’ve had some wins:

  • Published my first book, Real Tales of a Momprenuer
  • I became the Editor for Model Mom Magazine (Ask A Life Coach & Model Woman on the rise)
  • I met some awesome women living their dreams and inspiring women all around the world.

I’ve had some losses:

  • Not every product or service was able to be launched within the first year.
  • Events I wanted to host haven’t made it yet.
  • I’m not making 6 figures. (I was for sure that I would be making 6 figures by now, dang Instagram moguls)

Ove the course of the year I’ve touched many and empowered a few but most importantly, I’ve been able to show my children that with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish anything.  The joy I seen in their eyes when they saw their mother’s face on the cover of a book is priceless.  The pride they have when they say my mama has her own business can’t be replaced.  If for nothing more than to be a light to my children, I’m happy.

I want to say thank you.  If you’re reading this, thank you for your support.  Thank you to everyone who believed in my dreams and supported me with no questions asked.  If you’ve purchased a book, thank you.  If you’ve signed up for coaching and allowed me to help you on your journey, thank you.  If you just read a post or shared my content, thank you.  If you prayed, thank you.  THANK YOU for helping a girl who society counted out, show the world why you should bet on me to win.

I’m looking forward to the next year and prayerfully many years to come.  I’m still growing, learning, and working.  I hope to help as many people as possible realize that their dreams are waiting on them to take the first step and they can do it, one foot at a time.

 

Your friend in your head and real life too,

Life Strategist KG♥

 

P.S. If you’re reading this, it’s not too late.  Click the link below to schedule your free coaching sessions so that you can stop sitting on your gift but start walking in your purpose.  Someone is waiting on you, let’s take the first step.

 

 

 

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Are you dreams fueled by passion or hobby?

Having a passion for something is way different than liking to do something in your spare time (hobby).  Knowing the difference in the two can be the difference in understanding your WHY and also understanding why you may not be successful at chasing what you think is your dream.  Let’s break down the difference between your passion and your hobby(s) and get you on the right track.

Understanding:

A hobby is an activity that you do regularly usually during your leisure time.  These are things that you “like” to do.  They can also be relaxing to your mind so you may do them as a way to escape the real world.  A great example of a hobby is, liking to shop.  You may love to shop for yourself in your leisure time but what if you had to do it for other people, for a living?  Would you get the same pleasure out of it?

Now let’s get to know passion.  Passion is something that you can’t control it’s like a burning desire to do something and the feeling won’t go away until you’ve fulfilled that burning desire. The definition of passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion.  If your passion was shopping, you would have a desire to shop and would enjoy doing it all of the time even for other people and even if you weren’t getting paid to do it.

To make it even clearer, a hobby is something that you “like” to and passion is something that you have a “desire” to do.

Why is this important?

You may be asking yourself, why the elementary lesson on hobby vs. passion, right?  Give me time, I’m taking you somewhere really important.

You see, I’ve noticed that there are several people wasting time and energy chasing hobbies and trying to make them into passions.  The problem here is that the “like” for hobbies quickly fades when it becomes something that is no longer fun to do.  So many people are trying to create businesses fueled by their “like” for a hobby and then they’re confused when it doesn’t work out.  It’s because they’re trying to force a square peg into a round hole and it was never meant to fit.

I’ve also been guilty of this.  I’ve had so many false starts I can’t name them all.  I “like’ makeup so I tried my hand at being a makeup consultant and selling Avon, that was a fail.  I got tired of chasing people to deliver their products and also spending all of the money I did make on personal products.   Can we say FAIL.

What about that time I decided I was going to sell natural virgin human hair?  Don’t get me wrong, I love hair just like the next chick; however, the fact that I regularly rock my naturally curly fro and know little to nothing about good weave didn’t set me up for success.  Needless to say, that was a FAIL.

I remember this one time, I found this site where I could sign up to sell accessories with little to no start-up cost.  I LOVE accessories but that love quickly faded when I realized that my dreams of being the accessory queen were going to take more than me creating a few Instagram post in order to make a sale.  Epic FAIL.

The common denominator in all of my shots in the dark is that they were all things that just “liked” to do. I had no passion for any of them.  I like makeup but I don’t see myself being the makeup artist of the year or creating a cosmetics line.   I don’t know enough about bundles to be a weaveologist and clearly, the effort was not there for me to become the next accessory mogul.

If you’re not passionate about your dreams, they’re not your dreams.  I know this to be 1000% true as you can see from my many failed attempts.

If you’re not passionate about your dreams, they’re not your dreams.

 

When I decided to step out of my comfort zone and chase my dreams of helping others dreams come true 1 person at a time, I had no choice.  There is this burning desire deep inside of me that forces me to think about business ALL OF THE TIME.  It forces me to work when I’m really tired and just want to catch some beauty rest.  It causes me to feel guilty when I’m not pushing myself hard enough or putting in more of my time to accomplish my goals.  It gives me the push through that I need when times get tough.  It helps me figure out how to juggle being a wife and mom all while working towards accomplishing my business goals.  My passion keeps me up at night thinking about ways to improve my skills and services.  I’m constantly thinking of ways to grow my business or thinking of how to create value for my clients.  It gives me the motivation to keep working even when it feels like no one is noticing.  This passion is something I can’t easily get rid of and it fuels me.   It gives me the drive I need to keep going.

When you have a vision and a dream, it’s going to take more than a “like” to push you through the hard times.  Don’t get caught up in how glamorous some of these chicks make it look on social media.  Trust me, it’s not always glamorous, hell it’s not glamorous most of the time.   Once the “like” wears off and you realize how much work it’s going to take for you to make your dream a reality, it’s going to take love and passion to push you to the next level.  Think of it like a marriage, once the honey moon phase is over, that’s when the real work kicks in.

Be prepared for the reality of what it will take to accomplish your goals and make your dream your reality.  Know that it’s going to take some strong push through muscles and perseverance to get you through the tough times.  There will be times when you will think about walking away and throwing your hands up.  Those are the times you will need your passion to make you go harder.

If you’re building your dreams off of “like”, let it go so that you can find that thing that you love.  That thing that you would do even if no one paid you.  That thing that burns deep in your belly and you can’t shake it.  That is what you will need to successfully make your dreams a reality.

I hope that you’ve found your passion in life and if not, don’t worry, it will find you when the time is right.

Sincerely, Your friend in your head and real life too,

Life Strategist KG♥

 

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Are you a conqueror or conquistador?

Happy Thursday peeps! I know it’s been a few weeks since you’ve heard from me.  Having 5 kids means the month of May is extremely busy for me.  From wrapping up the end of the school year to birthdays and a demanding 9 to 5, your girl has been busy.

Nonetheless, I have a word that I would like to share.  With me wearing so many hats and having so many responsibilities, it is easy to be overwhelmed and feel helpless.  Sometimes, I think that life would be much easier if my dreams weren’t so big, but then I think, “what fun would that be?”

The easy thing to do is to quit, give up, tap out, and walk away.  That’s also how you stay stuck and settle for where you are right now.

Are you a conqueror (winner) or conquistador (loser)?  Do you give up at the first sign of “hard”? Do you allow your challenges to get you down and make you feel defeated?

If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, it’ time for an attitude adjustment.  It’s time for you to train your mind to think on a different level.  Train yourself to replace every negative thought with a positive punch.  Your success depends on it.  Your goals and dreams will not work unless you do and it’s going to take a fight, it won’t be easy.

Whenever I think about giving up, taking the easy way out and settling for “normal”, I remind myself why I do this; it’s because I get to help others accomplish their goals and live their dreams.  I get to show my children what going after what you want looks like even when times get tough, you don’t give in you stand in and fight for what you want.

if you’ve been feeling down, depressed, overwhelmed, helpless, hopeless, or just down right TIRED, that’s when you dust your shoulders off, face your challenges head on and refuse to give in.  Don’t throw in the towel, use it to wipe your sweat off and keep fighting.  Finances in shambles? FIGHT!  Career not going the way you want? FIGHT!  Relationship issues got you down? FIGHT! Fight for your victory, fight your way to finish line.  NO MATTER WHAT, YOU ARE A CONQUEROR!

Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe your sweat off and keep fighting.

 
I just wanted to drop in and share this because I too struggle on a daily to fight but my will to conquer my dreams is bigger than my will to give in.  I’m fighting and I will stand with you as you fight.  WE GOT THIS!  You can get that degree you’re working on.  You will get that awesome job that you’re not qualified for.  That career change you want to make will happen.  Your financial situation will improve.  You gotta be willing to put in the work and fight for what you want.

I pray that this blesses you and gives you the motivation you need to level up and show yourself what being a conqueror looks and feels like.

Be blessed,
KG♥

P.S. Do you have a dream but no plan?  Need help getting clear about your vision and the steps you need to take?  Let’s chat!

P.S.S. Before you go, you should check out the May issue of Model Mom Magazine.  This issue was very special to me because it features my FIRST two articles as a contributing editor. Thank you in advance for checking it out and don’t forget to send me any questions you may have for “Ask A Life Coach”.  Check out a preview below:

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can access it HERE
I would love to hear your feedback!

Here is a little something that describes what living life with a dream and a plan looks like.  You are a conqueror and you won’t accept defeat!  Enjoy!

 

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Don’t Let Your Problems Be Your Priority

As I sit her in the passenger seat of my car typing, I’m forced to reflect on the things that have transpired in the past week.  You see, so many things have gone wrong this week and if I were weak in my journey, I’d be tempted to give up or put my dreams and goals on the back burner so that I could focus 100% of my time on getting things together.  Making things perfect before I pick my dreams up again.  Surely, I’m not ready right now with everything that’s going on in my life, at least that’s what I ask myself.

You see, today is transparent Thursday.  A new weekly discussion that I would like to start discussing the trials and triumphs of a Momprenuer.  I hope you can appreciate these transparent post because ish is about to get real, no masks only truths.  If you can handle it, let’s go!

ROCKY START

So let me give you some background on how my week started.  I got fooled by the beautiful weather we had here in Nashville this past weekend and I forgot that I have allergies.  I got up Saturday morning, had me some coffee.  Got dressed and joined my cousin at the Sista Strut Walk which was a 3K walk/run in support of Breast Cancer Research.  The weather was so beautiful that I decided to rent a bike at one of the bike stations and ride it around the park while spending time with my niece and sister.  Remember, all of this while having forgotten about allergies.  I ran some errands.  Went home and did some house cleaning.  Got cute because my baby boy had a basketball tournament that evening so I put on my #Momlife shirt and let my fro flow.  I was on a high!

That is until about 7:30pm.  On my way to my son’s game, I felt the sinus pressure build.  My throat itched.  And it was then that I remembered, YOU GOT ALLERGIES FOOL! I had not taken any medicine because I had not been experiencing any real symptoms until this point.

You see, sometimes, your problems are underlying.  Even though you can’t see them doesn’t mean their not there.  If given the right opportunity they will come to the forefront.  If you give your problems a chance to be great, oh believe me, they will take that opportunity and show up and show out, like my allergies did to me.  Honey, I thought I needed to be on somebody’s sick and shut in list.  I had to get my husband to make a late night and expensive run to the store to get my a box of 5 Claritin.  Even though I had a bottle of allergies medicine at my job, I had to learn an expensive lesson being unprepared to deal with this PROBLEM.

If you allow problems to go unsolved, not only will it sneak up on you when you least expect it, but it’s gone cost you more than you’re willing to pay.

If you allow problems to go unsolved, not only will it sneak up on you when you least expect it, but it's gone cost you more than you're willing to pay.

PROBLEMS BREED MORE PROBLEMS

Alright, so I just told you my sick and shut in story.  Thanks to my husband, I was able to get my allergies to a point where I could survive them and in my Toni Braxton voice Breath again.  So I’m back on and popping and now Monday rolls around.

I’m at my main business investor (my job), and my husband calls me telling me that he is experiencing issues with his car and needed me to come quick because he needed me to take him to get a part for his car.  Now keep in mind, he was at work and I was at work.  We also knew that he would need to get this done as soon as possible because he needed to get to his second job shortly and I needed to be able to pick up our children and get them where they needed to be.  I had 1 that was at track practice, 2 in aftercare and 1 that had a track meet.

I leave my job early only for us to realize that my husband didn’t have a much-needed tool to actually fix this problem and that instead of fixing the issue, we were going to have to leave the car parked and take my car to do all of what I just explained above, get my husband to work, pick 1 kid up from track practice, 2 kids up from aftercare and get to 1 kids track meet all within 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Now, I don’t know if you know much about Nashville, TN but we’ve recently went through several growth spurts which means, TRAFFIC IS HORRIBLE.  I was thinking to myself, there is no way we’re going to get to all of that in such a short time.

You see, when you have problems can sometimes be like popcorn, once they pop, they just can’t stop.  That is exactly what happened.  Keep reading, I’m almost there but first I want you to follow the journey.

Okay so remember when I said that I was out Saturday forgetting about my allergies being great and running errands?  Well one of those errands was an oil change for my car.  So we’re in my car, on a packed interstate headed to the first destination we can make it to in such a short time when all of a sudden we see smoke coming out of my hood.  I thought to myself, “clearly that smoke is not coming from my hood because I almost died getting the oil changed.” Yea all of that.  My husband immediately pulls the car over to discover that some hose, that was important to the car’s health, had a leak that was preventing vital fluids from getting to the engine.  If we did not take care of this issues IMMEDIATELY, the car would stop and this problem would become an even bigger problem.

Insert emotions here—>  

So now, we have three problems, my husband car is sick, my car trying to fall out, the kids need to be picked up, my husband needs to get to his 2nd job, let’s not forget I still had work to do for my Momprenuer journey and now work to try to go back and get down for my “funding the dream” job.

We eventually got to an auto parts store and my husband was able to change the part after a struggle.  We picked the kids up late.  I missed my nieces track meet and had to get her mom to bring her home. My husband got to his new 2nd job only to be told that he could not work because technically he was not in their system and could not work.

When we got home we were exhausted and stressed.  I sat on my couch with a good glass of  wine while dinner was cooking.   Turned on HGTV.  Looked at my husband and said, WE MADE IT! I pulled out my laptop and I got some work down for both my “funding the dream” job and also worked The dream.

THE LESSON

Your will always have problems but they don’t have to be your priority.  Instead, place your focus on what you can do to get to the next level not on the problems you face on the way up.  You problems are tied to your purpose.  They’re put in place so that you can learn, grow and overcome.  Instead of focusing on the CAN’T, focus on the CAN. Replace your cant with a can and watch your results flow.  Watch your circumstances change watch your goals become accomplishments and watch your dreams become reality.

Also, you can’t wait for everything to be perfect before taking a leap of faith and pursuing the things you’re passionate about. Perfection is an elusion you will never achieve.  You know, it’s a unicorn.  Am I in the perfect situation to be pursuing my dreams right now? Hell NAW, to NAW, NAW, NAW! I could put together a list for you, as a matter of fact, here you go:

I’m not where I want to be financially

My kids have more activities than I can keep up with

I have to make time because I don’t have time

My husband get’s on my nerves every other day (love you tho boo)

My job is very challenging and demanding

The list can go on and on

Instead of focusing on those things, I create a strategy to work on those things while I go.  I can’t let 1 problem stop a show.  My faith is strong and I know without a shadow of a doubt that my God will provide and he does, daily.  That is what this Momprenuer life is about, creating this business so that I can have the freedom to focus my time and attention where I see fit while providing a better life for my family.  Right now I’m in building mode which means working late nights and early mornings.  Posting blogs while on the way to work and my husband driving and trust me, he can’t drive ya’ll. (Love you babe).  You just have to push through and keep your focus on your resolutions and the things you can control.  I can’t control the problems that are thrown at me but I can control how I allow them to impact me.

I will always remind you that any journey worth taking is not going to be easy but it will always be worth it!

Your friend in your head and in real life too,

Life Strategist KG♥

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The Power Of The “P” & How It’s Holding You Back

There is something that is keeping you from fully realizing your dreams and living in your purpose.  You’ve been letting it hold you back for far too long.  It’s time to put an end to the hold that it’s had on you and your mind and start getting things done. 

It’s the power of the “P”, procrastination.  What?  What did you think I was talking about?  Now that you’ve gotten your mind out of the gutter, let’s see how procrastination plays a huge role in holding great people back from really stepping into their greatness.

Procrastination happens!

Studies have shown that 20% or more of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinator.  What are the characteristics of a chronic procrastinator?  Here are a few:

          • Always putting things off
          • Pays bills late
          • Waits to the last-minute to do everything
          • Misses opportunities because you put them off until it’s too late

Does that sound familiar?  Can you relate to some or all of those characteristics? If so, there is a good chance you may be a chronic procrastinator.

A Cute Planner Will Not Cure Procrastination

From the outside looking in, one would say that to cure this “problem”, the person just needs to plan better, right? Wrong.  Procrastination has nothing to do with time management.  A person who procrastinated can plan events and task in advance but when it comes down to executing them, they just miss the mark.  It’s like planning to procrastinate.  You plan to attend an event.  You have all of the details, date, time, etc but you put off purchasing the ticket.  That’s a waste of energy, going through the process of planning but failing to execute one of the most critical steps.  Do you find yourself doing sometimes?  I know I have. 

You Were Not Born This Way

Some studies show that procrastination is a learned trait and not a gene you’re born with.  It is through your experiences in life that you learn to be an expert procrastination.  How do you change a learned trait? You don’t feed it.  You do the opposite until the opposite becomes your new habit.  So instead of putting off that housework that you wrote down on your to-do list, just do it.  You want a better job or to start your own business, do the work.  Maybe you want a new boo but have been putting off setting up your match.com account, get to it.

Keep in mind that there is no better time than now and that you’ll feel better later after having accomplished the things you want to do.

By procrastinating and putting it off, you feel bad later and end up feeling like a failure because you put it off again.

Stop Lying To Yourself

If you think you’re doing yourself a justice by telling yourself things like; “Oh it won’t hurt if I do it later.”  Or, “ I just don’t feel like doing that now, it can wait.”  You’re wrong.  You’re doing yourself an injustice, your goals/dreams an injustice and if you have any children, you’re doing them an injustice too.

You’re setting yourself up for failure by putting off for later what you can do now.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that sometimes you’re just tired and you don’t feel like doing anything.  I get it, I’m a wife, mom, business owner and full-time employee.  There are some day’s I want to come home and just throw myself in the bed but the results of that are not worth the risk.  For me, if I let procrastination rule my life, my house would be a mess, kids would be raising themselves and my business would not be growing. 

It’s all about being honest with yourself.  Ask yourself what will the consequences be if you keep putting stuff off?  How will it benefit you and those important to you?  Will it keep you from growing?

Once you can paint a clear picture for yourself and see how procrastination is impacting your life, your goals, and keeping you from living your dreams, I hope that motivates your to step your game up.

Stop procrastination!  It hurts you and it stagnates your goals. 

Stop procrastination! It hurts you and it stagnates your goals.
So what did we learn today? 

    • Procrastination happens, it’s very common for people to pick up this trait.
    • Time management is not the cure to procrastination.  procrastinations can procrastinate in a timely fashion.
    • Procrastination is a learned trait.  We all know that all learned traits can be unlearned and a new trait can take it’s place.  It takes 21 days to create a new habit.
    • procrastinations are lying to themselves and doing themselves a disservice every time they use a phrase like, “it can wait until later.”

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Your friend in your head and real life too,

Life Strategist KG

P.S. If you’ve suffered from the power of the “P” and want some guidance on how to lose the hold it has on you, let’s chat.

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3 Key Tools To Create A Better You

Life can be so hectic with all that we typically have on our plates.  Everyday you’re racing out the door to beat traffic, drop kids off, get to work and struggling to be your best self.  This can leave you feeling overworked, under-appreciated, frustrated, tired, down and out.  We’ve all been there, more than once.  I bought the t-shirt, forgot about and bought it again.

Hi, my name is Kendra and I am the tired club president.

Operating in this space will drain you and keep you from living your best life.  You can’t enjoy or live your best life if you’re operating at less than half of your best self.  Here are 3 simple keys that will help you relax, reset, and refocus without taking too much of your already limited time.

You’re sitting at your desk and an email hit’s your already overloaded inbox from a needy client that reads, “URGENT”.  Immediately your blood rushes to your head, the coffee you drank less than an hour ago no longer has its effect and you just want to scream.  Before you type that nasty email response to your client who thinks that every minuscule need is URGENT, stop.

Pause

Take the time to just Pause. Take a moment to breath in the moment and let out all of the negative emotions and energy you’re feeling.  Do this a couple of times to make sure you’ve gotten all of the negativity out of your bones before you proceed.  This will help you calm yourself and rid yourself of the negative energy you feel at that moment.  After you’ve taken the needed amount of breathes to put your mind back at ease, you’re ready for the next step.

Ponder

Now you’re ready to reflect on the what, why, and how.  What is causing you this stress, anxiety, or negative energy?  Why is it causing you to feel the way you feel and why are you letting it? How should you respond?  By taking the time to reflect, you give yourself time to really think about things from a different perspective, than you would have had before.  You allow yourself the time to think things through and this allows you to refocus your energy in a more positive way.  Ever heard the saying, ‘Think before you_?”  That’s what this step allows you to do, think before you act or speak so that you’re coming from the best possible place at all times.  Now that you’ve taken the time to take a breather and reflect, it’s time to act on YOUR best behalf before you act on anyone else’s.

Pray

Before you respond, take the time to pray or meditate.  Whatever you do in your own spiritual time, do that in this moment.  This will give you time to seek spiritual guidance.  This is the best way to ensure that you’re always coming from the best place possible while dealing with life’s issue’s.

In order to live your best life, you’ve got to be your best self.  Like the Snicker’s commercial, you’re not yourself when you’re hungry, you’re not yourself when you’re hungry for good internal vibes.

That’s it!  In those 3 steps, you can create positive vibes at all times.  These steps can help you ensure that you always take a proactive approach instead of being a reactive mess.

Remember the three key steps, PAUSE, PONDER, AND PRAY!

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The Year Is Running Out! 5 Ways To End 2016 With A Bang

As I sit here reviewing the goals I had set for 2016, I realize that I haven’t done as bad as I thought but I’m also not where I wanted to be at this time of 2016.

Instead of getting down on myself, I revamped and prioritized the goals I have yet to accomplish set then added action steps that’s going to help me gear up and get ready to knock those goals off of my list.

You’ve come to the last quarter of the year and you too have realized you’re not where you wanted to be by this part of the year. You’ve noticed that some of the goals you had or started have just be sitting in your journal or…I hate to say this.. in your mind (shakes), not completed.

Don’t fret, it’s not too late.  As of today, you still have 69 days left in 2016 to accomplish the things you started but have yet to complete.

Here are 5 ways to ramp up your goal chasing and end 2016 with a bang!

As of today, you still have 69 days left in 2016 to accomplish the things you started but have yet to complete.

Get Clarity

Do you know where you envision yourself, your business or your relationship?  Maybe you wanted to start a business but got overwhelmed by all of the info you started to intake from all of the ‘How To’s’ and branding experts on the web.  It’s not too late to pick that dream up, dust it off, and START IT!

There’s no better time like the present to start doing the work.  Get you a cute journal, pen, and cup of your favorite coffee or tea, and get to work.  Start writing down YOUR vision.  Be specific!  Write down your goal from the what, how, and your why.

Example: I want to create a robot that will assist working mothers around the house.  The robot will help with cleaning, organizing and whipping the kids in shape.  I want to have the first prototype complete by Feb 1, 2017 and I am going to enlist my engineer friend,’ so and so’ and my scientist friend ‘so and so’ assist me with the this project.  I want to do this because I am a working mother who understands the struggles of other working mothers and how much pressure having to do it all adds to life. This help working mothers relieve the pressure of having to do it all and free up time for them to enjoy their families.  Even more important, this will be a product that working mothers can make a one-time investment in and have a lifetime of happiness.

Be as specific as possible, as detailed as possible and set actionable steps with deadlines. This exercise should be done no matter what your goal is.

Get Organized

Now that you know what your goals are for the remainder of the year.  You’ve set your deadlines on when each goal/task should be completed.  You’re ready to put a strategy in place that will set you up to be as successful as possible.

  • Get out your calendar, and add your task/goals on the date in which you will complete them.
  • Now schedule the time you’re going to use to work on those task.
  • Block out blocks of time that you can use to focus solely on your goals and work on the task that you need to check off of your list.

Doing this will help you be intentional about your goals and the things you want to accomplish.  It also helps you pre-plan for the time you’re going to need to work on your goals.  No excuses about “not having time.”  You’re just made time.

Get Active

If you’re going to be an effective goal getter, you’re going to need energy and stamina to push through those hard times and for some long nights of working on accomplishing those goals.  Ever heard the saying, ‘Get fit get rich?’ It holds some truth.  Ask the most successful person if they could have done it without a strong health foundation and they’ll laugh at you.  In order to get the type of transformational results you want, you have to be willing to transform into the person who is strong, mentally, physically and emotionally to do it.

‘Get fit get rich'

Incorporating at least 30 minutes of fitness activity a day is a good start, especially if you’re not already a fitness buff like myself.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Take a walk (if the weather permits) after dinner.  Take the kids to play at the park.  Download a fitness app.  However you do it, just do it.  It will def be well worth it.  You’ll notice the increase in energy and your ability to get things done.  The mental clarity will help you make good decisions when chasing your goals. And before you know it, you’ll be a gym rate in no time!

Get Motivated

If you’re going to be successful at this thing you’re going to need some motivational medicine.  This is something a good book can help or some great mentors.  For me it was a book that helped me kick the procrastination and excuses and be about action.  ‘Do The Work’ by Steven Pressfield.  I cannot tell you much this short book kicked me into overdrive to stop talking, reading, researching and searching and just start doing.

It also helps to find a good mentor or two, or three.  It can be people who you look up to and admire that you know or someone you don’t know and they are your mentor in your head.  I have several mentors that I know in person and even more that don’t yet know that they’re my mentor (in my head) lol. Mentors are people you can look too for advice, motivation, and to get that extra push you need to kick your goals task!

Do The Work

Now it gets simple and maybe hard at the same time…if that’s even possible.  As an entrepreneur I can tell you that it is possible.  Now it’s time for you to DO THE WORK! Be about that action!  Make stuff happen!  All of that.  You have a clear view of your path for the rest of 2016, you have the steps you need to take and the tools you’ll need to get you through.  You’re ready, go out and conquer the rest of 2016!  Remember, it’s not how you start but how you finish and you’re ready to finish strong!

it’s not how you start but how you finish

 

Don’t be caught out with an idea and nowhere to put it!  Get your ‘KG Say’s’ Goaling Journal and always be prepared to WRITE IT DOWN!

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