Showing Love in February: Guest Posts, Videos and more

February = Valentine’s Day

photo credit: aussiegall via photopin cc

photo credit: aussiegall via photopin cc

Normally that’s a drag. But this year, I’m going to rebel. Not like this.  Let’s be a bit more productive than that.

When I think about Romantic love, it seems most people are interested in the love they can get, rather than what they can dish out. So this month, I want to talk about SHOWING love. For yourself, for others, for your life, your job, your body. There are a million flavors and shades of love and I want to talk about them all here this month.

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Goal Setting Tips with YFE: Erin Anacker

It’s official.  After today the “Newness” of the year will fade away. Although goal setting is a year round deal for me, this will bring an end to my incessant harping on the theme of Setting Goals for the New Year. (Hold for applause)

Before I switch to a new focus in February, I wanted to share this interview with Erin Anacker of PixologyRules. It’s a long one, so grab a cup of tea, a notebook and skip to about 10 minutes in for the juicy stuff. This video originally aired in Young Female Entrepreneur’s Thursday Livestream.

Success Tip: Whether you run your own business or work for someone else….BE AN ENTREPRENEUR! Work it like you own it, run it like you mean to take over the world.

This vid is relevant to how you work. If you checked out the Big Hairy Authentic Goal Planner, then surely you noticed that only about 1/10 is focused on work. There’s more to life and Erin tells us about that.  What I really loved about Erin is how many times in 20 minutes she uses the word INTENTION.  Count ’em.  She clearly suggest that above all, be intentional about doing what makes you feel great, rather than “shoulding” all over yourself.  Here are a few other nuggets I picked up on:

1. Give freely – Kick competition to the curb

Collaboration is a big deal. Sometimes we get caught up in being the best on the team, keeping all the clients to ourselves or whatever we think it takes to get to the top. In reality, that just causes more angst. Instead, embrace your competitors, learn from them, love them, share with them. The Universe has a way of reminding me of what is true.  So as I’m writing this post, my ADHD kicked in, and I hopped over to Facebook just in time to catch sight of this status post from Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love.

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2. Connect

Erin suggested that she connects with one new person a week. Whether it’s a coworker that you’ve never really talked to, a manager that you look up to or another business owner who you think is doing something cool for the world. It’s a great idea to make these authentic connections, without any attachment to how it turns out. What do I mean by that? Don’t go into it thinking about how this person can help you or what you can get out of it. Just show up, tell them what made you reach out  and try to get a sense of who they really are. Trust me, good things will happen without you ever having to ask.

3. Set Boundaries

A more practical tip for those wanting to be productive, is to simply set boundaries in your work day. Do you check email 50 times a day? Answer the phone every time it rings? STOP IT! Don’t let the electrons control you, man. They’ll take over you mind. It’s a conspiracy!  No, but really. Set hours in your day during which you’ll do things like check email and make/take calls. I contacted a web designer yesterday who replied, “Sure I’d love to talk. My conference hours are 2-3 6-7:30.”  Much respect to her for setting clear boundaries. That tells me that she’s muy productive, and I like that in a contractor. If you’re the type that forgets to take a break, use InstantBoss to remind yourself to step away at regular intervals throughout the day.

Okay! Enough of my chatter, watch the video; learn to be successful by setting goals. If you haven’t downloaded the Big Hairy Authentic Goal Planner, on Friday at 12pm it’s going in the vault!

My Faves: The NeuYear Calendar

If you were around on Monday, then you saw the post in which I rededicated myself to the goal of my blog: Inspiring Young Professionals to live more authentic and professional lives AND sharing the resources that will help them do just that. Today I’m sharing another snazzy tool that I discovered just two weeks ago.

It’s the NeuYear Wall Planner and it is a beauty! I ordered mine after I saw it in my Grad Meets World email, and hopped right on it. I’m one of those people who has to write EVERYTHING down lest it disappear into the recesses of my aging brain.  Also, I gotta admit, now that I’m working from home, I forget what day it is about twice a week. So…somebody’s got a new idea on how to keep me organized…I’m in.

Here’s what I love about this wall calendar:

  1. It works like my brain does. Sometimes I’m planning what to do tomorrow, others I’m planning what to do for Easter. With the entire calendar splayed out in front of me, I can do them both at once. 
  2. It’s Dry Erase. So I can change my mind a bazillion times. And I will.
  3. It’s super cute. Really, the folks over at NeuYear have done a great job of balancing style and function.

As I’m writing this post, I did a little Google and it looks like this thing is the HOT giveaway for the new year. So, count this as one time that I’m 100% okay with being a follower, because I want you to have this is your house, NOW. Even if I have to buy it for you myself.

 

So, click here to enter my January giveaway. You can win one of these lovelies or a Free 90 minute coaching session.

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Fulfilling My Purpose: 8 Blogs For Ambitious Young Professionals

Last week, I met with a super sassy and sweet blogger/coach. I wanted advice on blogging from someone who has done it successful and could help me find a path that is genuine to me.ambition

What I discovered is that I kinda already knew what my path was, I just hadn’t been taking it. Here’s the thing, my blog is an extension of my life coaching practice. The goal of my practice is to “Inspire Young Professionals to Live More Authentic and Productive Lives.” But I have a responsibility to do more that just “inspire”. Read the full post »

It’s Confession Time.

Click below for my video confession (a la Real World).

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