Summer School- Class 6: Get Bold

For the last three weeks, I have held Summer School, a short series with tips to help us make the most of our summer “break”.

Wrapping up the series with Class 6, I want you to…

Get Bold: Build Your Confidence and Make It Happen. It’s time to stop hiding behind fear and excuses and take a step. Small or large, it’s time to move! On my last teleclass, I said, “Do it scared.” Don’t get that confused with do it foolishly or unprepared. But it does mean getting uncomfortable and making a move even when you are.

That’s why I’m so excited about my upcoming Confidence Class!

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Boldness takes confidence. Action takes confidence. Living your dreams takes confidence.

We all have different levels of confidence in different areas of our lives, and each area affects the others. How you feel about your looks affects your social confidence and even your confidence at work.

I lacked confidence in EVERY area, but I learned how to overcome my self-doubt and insecurities to pursue all of my dreams and succeed where many won’t even dare to try.

Join the waitlist for my Confidence Class to be the first to know when registration opens AND to get a discount and other sweet bonuses.

I already have testimonials from my 30 minute teleclass-  5 Things You Must Do To Make Your Dreams Reality, and that was just a taste of what I’m showing you in the Confidence Class.

Time to Get Bold.

Don’t know how? No problem. Just join me!

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Summer School- Class 5: Unhide and Go Seek

Three weeks ago, I started a short series with a few tips to help us make the most of our summer “break”. This summer, this Summer  will hold Summer School with a focus on using this season to keep moving forward.

The other day was Life check: Are you living your dreams or just living? Are you dwelling on what happened or what didn’t happen for you? Life is too short to just exist or to stay stuck on that messed up or unfair thing that’s holding you back. There are too many options and opportunities available to you.

Today is…

Unhide and Go Seek: Find Time and Get Money. Evaluate and eliminate your time wasters so that you can use that time to work on activities to get you ahead. I’m not a money chaser and don’t believe it is the key to happiness, but I do know that it is necessary and that you can get more of it to do more with it especially for others.

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If you’ve started The Purge, then you’re probably already seeing that you have more time and maybe even more money too. Keep looking at your life and evaluate where you can find more time. How much time do you spend watching TV or binge watching Netflix? Do you fall into the social media hole and find yourself scrolling and watching what’s going on in other people’s lives rather than making things happen in your own.

As you are looking at your life for more time, you’ll likely discover ways to make more dimes too. First, look at the money you can save. What can you cut out? Do you really need cable? Are you using that gym membership? Now, what can you do to make some money? Perhaps your purge also included stuff. The summer is a great time to have a yard sale or post items online to sell. It’s also a great time to explore your interests and see how you can turn them into profits.

Where can you find or create more time and money in your schedule and your life?

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Summer School- Class 4: Life Check

Two weeks ago, I started a short series with a few tips to help us make the most of our summer “break”. This summer, this Summer  will hold Summer School with a focus on using this season to keep moving forward.

I last suggested The Purge: Get rid of things, thoughts, and people who bring you down or hold you back.

Today is….

Life check: Are you living your dreams or just living? Are you dwelling on what happened or what didn’t happen for you? Life is too short to just exist or to stay stuck on that messed up or unfair thing that’s holding you back. There are too many options and opportunities available to you.

Plus, the better choices you make and the smarter actions you take now, the more and better options you have. As a mentor and life coach, I’m excited to help my clients realize this every day.

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We do what we have to do, but we also make choices to put us in the position to do what we want to do. What are your dreams and aspirations? How would you like to spend your days and nights? It truly is possible to do the work you love and live the life you want. It’s all a matter of choices. Daily, weekly, monthly choices. That lead to beautiful options for you.

How are you spending your summer to help you be able to do what you want to do instead of just what you have to do?

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Summer School- Class 3: The Purge

Two weeks ago, I started a short series with a few tips to help us make the most of our summer “break”. This summer, this Summer  will hold Summer School with a focus on using this season to keep moving forward.

Last week, I focused on the Mid-year Reset: Getting your goals back on track.

Today is….

The Purge: Get rid of things, thoughts, and people who bring you down or hold you back. When you’re trying to catch up or get ahead, the last thing you need is anything weighing you down. Bad habits, self-doubt, or that negative friend…gotta go so that you can focus on yourself and your goals.

This may sound harsh, and it may be hard. But it’s necessary and gets easier the more you believe in yourself and your dreams. The more focused you are on achieving your goals, the less tolerance you have for people and things that waste your time or drain your energy.

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Although I don’t really like it when people say it, many people preface a conversation with me with, “I know you’re busy…”. It makes me question if I am always saying I’m busy or giving off a sign that maybe I’m too busy for people.

But it didn’t bother me for long.

They say, “Busy” but I what I hear is they know I don’t have time to waste.

I love people and live my life to help others, but I appreciate that people know that I don’t have time for or interest in gossip, lies, degrading, trivial or non-productive conversations or activities.

The purge is ongoing, but you are in control of who and what you allow into your life. And who and what you allow to stay and hold you back.

What in your life needs to take a backseat or a ride in a different direction so that you can get to the destination where you really want to be?

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Summer School- Class 2: Mid-year Reset

I used to think Summer School was punishment. Even in college, I hated using my summer to take classes.

Now, not only do I take classes during the summer, but I look for ways to learn every day.  I sometimes feel like I’m behind and there is so much that I could be doing so I look for ways to learn all the time. If you feel like that too, then I would love to help you out as I continue to learn and grow.

Last week I started a short series with a few tips to help get us ahead or get caught up this summer. This summer, this Summer  will hold Summer School with a focus on using this season to help you keep moving forward.

Here’s the first of the 5 simple things to think about or work on right now to get ahead.

  1. Midyear Reset: Get your goals back on track.

We are days away from the end of the first half of the year. On January 1st, what did you say you wanted to accomplish this year?

Did you say that you:

  • wanted to lose weight (how much)?
  • get back in school (when)?
  • save money (how much)?
  • start your business (when)?
  • anything!

Anyone who attends my goal-setting workshops understands the importance of making your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound). That’s why I added those questions behind the examples, but when you set your goals I hope you made each one very SMART.

Now ask yourself, if I wanted to lose 10 pounds by June…how have I done? How much money have I saved? Have I made any progress towards starting my business?

Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t met your goal. Don’t even fret if you haven’t started working on it. Instead, refocus and reset. Rewrite your goal to fit a new timeframe.

We have six months left in 2017. That’s a lot of time to make a lot happen!

Oh, and if fear, doubt or procrastination played a role in you not moving on your goals, I would love for you to join me for my online Confidence Class. I’m starting in July so join the Confidence Class wait list to take advantage of special announcements and discounts when registration opens!

Let’s make your dreams come true!

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Summer School- Class 1: 5 Ways to Catch Up and Get Ahead

When I was in high school, there was always a stigma tied to going to Summer School. It usually meant that you didn’t do what you were supposed to do during the school year and had to spend your summer catching up so that you could advance to the next grade. In college, I took a history class the summer after my first year. I hated it because it just didn’t feel right to me to go to school in the summer.

I didn’t need to catch up on my college credits.  I just wanted to get ahead.

Now, not only do I go to school during the summer, but I’m always in school in some capacity. Always learning. Sometimes I’m catching up, and sometimes I’m getting ahead.

And now that I’ve written books and curricula and have online courses and my own college course, not only am I learning. I’m also teaching everything I learn.

So this summer, THIS Summer will hold Summer School with a focus on using this season to help you catch up and get ahead.

Here are 5 simple things to think about or work on right now. I’ll talk about each of these in separate posts over the next few weeks so watch out for them and get ready to get ahead!

  1. Mid-year Reset: Get your goals back on track. We’re headed into the second half of the year. Have you met your goals or given up on them? It’s not too late to make them happen before 2018 starts to peak at you.
  2. The Purge: Get rid of things, thoughts, and people who bring you down or hold you back. When you’re trying to catch up or get ahead, the last thing you need is anything weighing you down. Bad habits, self-doubt, or that negative friend…gotta go so that you can do #1.Summer Owens Confidence Class-Waitlist
  3. Life check: Are you living your dreams or just living? Are you dwelling on what happened or what didn’t happen for you? Life is too short to just exist or to stay stuck on that messed up or unfair thing that’s holding you back. There are too many options and opportunities available to you. Plus, the better choices you make and the smarter actions you take now, the more and better options you have. As a life coach, I’m excited to help my clients realize this every day.
  4. Unhide and Go Seek: Find Time and Get Money. Evaluate and eliminate your time wasters so that you can use that time to work on activities to get you ahead. I’m not a money chaser and don’t believe it is the key to happiness, but I do know that it is necessary and that you can get more of it to do more with it especially for others.
  5. Get Bold: Build Your Confidence and Make It Happen. It’s time to stop hiding by fear and excuses and take a step, maybe even a big one, towards #3!

Be sure to follow this blog so that you don’t miss the rest of Summer School!

Next Up: Summer School- Class 2: Mid-year Reset

Quick question- How are you already using your summer to catch up or get ahead?

 

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No Honeymoon. New Cancun Memories and 10 New Life Lessons.

Last week I wrote about what would have been my 10 year wedding anniversary (June 9th) so this week 10 years ago I would have been on my honeymoon. We went to Cancun, Mexico. Although things were awkward (wrote about that too), we had some good times but not what I expected for my honeymoon. I’m sure it wasn’t what he expected either.

The marriage didn’t last, but I did.

So when my friend asked me to join her on her birthday (June 10th) trip, I immediately said yes. I didn’t care where we went. I was just ready to go. Anywhere warm.  Three weeks before we left, she chose a destination- Cancun, Mexico.

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I laughed thinking about how exactly 10 years ago I was in the same place under completely different circumstances. Another case of everything coming full circle.

Ten years ago she and I knew each other, but our sons were friends and we weren’t really. We were both married then and both single (divorced) now. Our boys weren’t even teenagers then and now are grown. We are now both grandmothers to beautiful, little girls. Life has thrown us both many curve balls. We have been through and overcome a LOT. Similar life circumstances have brought us close, and we deserved our Gemini getaway (I was still celebrating my birthday too).

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So this time, 10 years older and 10 years wiser, I had a new mindset. I had a new attitude, and I even learned at least 10 new lessons.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Say yes. Going on the trip seemed like a no-brainer, but I had a lot of work to do and other priorities for my money. I immediately wanted to go, but I also thought of all the reasons that I shouldn’t. I chose to say yes and just go. Life is short and opportunities to get away with good friends may be few and far between. Plus, if you are smart traveler like my friend, you can find deals and make some great memories on any budget.    FB_IMG_1497161942024
  2. You can work while you play. So I said I just went, but I still had work to do. Speeches to write, emails to respond to, and coaching clients to help. I had one laptop, and Naomi actually had two for different jobs. We are both blessed to be able to work wherever we are so on our six-day trip to Cancun, we played hard. We also got to work.
  3. Leave the make-up behind. I am not a big make-up girl, but every since I was a teenager I’ve suffered from acne and hid my face with make-up. Over the years, I have gotten comfortable showing my face sans make-up. This trip made it feel even better especially as I got darker and darker each day.                                         FB_IMG_1497161981337
  4. Put on your swimsuit. 10 years ago in Cancun, I didn’t even bring a swimsuit. I probably didn’t even own one. I had, and still have, stretch marks and cellulite and much more to hide. After my divorce, I put on a swimsuit for maybe the first time since I was a kid, and I liked myself. This trip, with my own perceived imperfections, I embraced the skin I’m in and wore a swimsuit. And I enjoyed myself in the water just like every other imperfect body at the pool and on the beach.                                                  Picture_20170609_170713122[1]
  5. Get dirty and laugh about it.  Most days on the trip, we threw on swimsuits or shorts and headed out, but one day we got an offer for dinner and to hear a Mariachi band so we decided to take a little more time to look nice. Our date, one of the employees from Aquaworld, met us at the bus stop, and we headed to downtown Cancun.  FB_IMG_1497161762079It started raining while we were on the bus. After we got off, it started pouring. We ducked into a church for cover for nearly and hour.                                                                           When it subsided, we started our walk again headed to a restaurant only four blocks away. Sounds simple, right. Well, imagine making that walk in flood waters nearly up to our knees. Plus, there was lots of bit of debris in the water as we scooted our feet, lovely sundresses hiked up just below our butts, to get to the nice restaurant- drenched and dirty but laughing all the way. Oh, and I found the only mariachi band member who made it out that night.
  6. Talk to strangers. Lots of them. On one of our many adventures, we visited a separate resort for breakfast. As we talked to different people, I met a fun birthday twin who worked for the resort. We communicated the entire trip. On our flight home, I sat next to an amazing man from Switzerland on his way to Costa Rica which was one of many countries he had visited just in the past few months. We talked the entire flight. We also made friends at our hotel, in the market, and at the airport. Everywhere. Many of these interesting people are now my Facebook friends and Instagram followers, and I plan to stay connected.
  7. Take the bus. A shuttle got us to the hotel, but from there we walked and took the bus everywhere. It was fun doing as the locals and also meeting other tourists trying to figure it all out too. Plus, we saved a lot of Pesos by taking the bus!  This experience made me open to taking the bus at home too.
  8. Do it scared.  I can’t swim. Okay, I admit it. And I’m also afraid to go under water. But that didn’t stop me from doing the Jungle Tour or the Sub Sea Tour and even snorkeling….well, kind of. Driving the boat was exhilarating, going under water in the submarine was tough for this girl prone to motion sickness. And Super Mario held me while others snorkeled, but I was proud that I even got out there. I’m sure I didn’t look great doing it and fear was on my face, but I. Did. It.
  9. Slow down. Our captain took us fast through the water, and the wind blew through our hair. Water splashed everywhere and it felt great. But that, other than when I was driving my boat, was the only time I wanted to go fast. As my friend raced down the streets of Mexico, I reminded her to slow down and enjoy the time and place we were in. And it all reminded me that I have to do the same every single day,FB_IMG_1497161921212   FB_IMG_1497161902873

Get ready for the next adventure. As we left Cancun and headed home, I was:

1.  Thankful for the time and fun with my friend

2. Ready to be back alone for a while

3. Rejuvenated to work

4. Excited about the next trip

 

What do you do to make the most of your trips?

 

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