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Life Made Lovely
20 minutes | Oct 27, 2017
Ignoring the Shoulds.
What a random time for a random podcast. But the fact of the matter is that I had been putting off any sort of update because I had a serious case of the shoulds. Of what this podcast, and my life, should look like. In this weeks episode, I'm catching up with you on some heart to heart talk. Why I avoided hitting record for so long and how those negative feelings can tangle us up as entrepreneurs. Grab your tea; we're digging in deep, friend.
26 minutes | Aug 22, 2017
EP 009 : Why You Need Grit and Determination
This week on the podcast, we're talking about life lessons. Because there are a lot of lessons involved in running a business. It doesn't matter how long you've been in business. For an example. I've been in business for 7 years. And I was hit with some crazy obstacles that could knock a girl down. But instead, I decided to learn from those obstacles so that I could follow my own advice to keep going and growing. This episode is coming from a place of exhaustion. There’s no denying how tired I am after this life lesson. And that’s okay. Most lessons are just mentally and emotionally draining in some way. But I brought this lesson back to you in another off the cuff manner. There are no pretenses, no planning. Just full transparency about what happened. In December of 2016, I started dreaming of a big event. A summit. One that would focus on empowering beginner female entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, multiple surgeries and downtime meant that putting it into motion had to wait. In June of 2017, I started the official planning. Speakers were contacted. Interviews were booked. Sponsors were lined up. And with a full client roster, I decided I needed to focus on the meet of the summit. And outsourced the site. Long story short, I didn’t do enough research. My designer disappeared last minute, leaving me feeling overwhelmed and unsure. I could have given up. I binged on junk food. I felt sorry for myself. And then something happened. I was too incredibly passionate about the power of this summit. And so with a little ice cream and a lot of determination, I set about creating everything I needed to make this summit happen. This isn’t a “yay me” story. This is a revealing truth. It doesn’t matter what your world looks like. It doesn’t matter what kind of set backs you have. What does matter is how determined you are to succeed. Success is
30 minutes | Aug 15, 2017
EP 008 : How to Handle Unhealthy Relationships
There's a lot of chatter about unhealthy relationships. You know... if it's a significant other. But when it comes to our every day relationships, our friendships, there isn't a lot being said. And in this day and age, it's important that we actually have these conversations because there are those that will leach the joy right out of our lives. Show Notes Summer vacation is rapidly coming to a close. I'm not totally said. But I'm not totally happy either. I miss the normalcy, I miss the routine. But I will totally miss my kids. One of the things I learned over the summer is that I had been making excuses for another person to treat me poorly. Rather than allow myself to put a stop to unhealthy behavior, I absorbed the blame and told myself that I was feeling off by interactions because I was tired, overwhelmed, introverted, etc. What was actually happening is that I was in a relationship with a person who was insecure with their own success. That insecurity led this person to belittle, berate and criticize much of what I had been doing. Even going as far as to leave me feeling as though I was a failure at everything. Accepting you are in an unhealthy relationship is an important first step. Once you acknowledge it, you can take a step back. You need to allow yourself some time to feel, some time to really understand where the dysfunction started and how it's impacted you. Have those tough conversations. If you care about the other person, and you most likely do or this wouldn't even be an issue, you'll want to make sure to talk to them. Have a conversation where you acknowledge your feelings. But be careful. You don't want to use accusatory statements like "You make me feel XYZ." Instead, use statements that express where you are. "I feel like I'm not of value when this happens." If the relationship is salvageable, work at it. If not, walk away. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is move on. http://lifemadelovely.co/008-02 http://lifemadelovely.co/convertkit
28 minutes | Aug 1, 2017
EP 007 : This is a Season of Gratitude
When I first started Life Made Lovely, it was a passion project. It still is. I never anticipated that this podcast would turn into something like this. And this is why I'm feeling so overcome today. Welcome to August. And this new season of gratitude. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS It's Tuesday. And August First. And that makes it my favorite day ever! The content break is over and I am so excited to be back and in business! I've been feeling a little stressed, a little overwhelmed, a little excited and it's all been because of the shifts I've been making in my world. More importantly, I'm feeling immensely grateful. Gratitude is life changing. It's proven to make you healthier, happier, more relaxed and more successful. See, mindset plays a huge part in everything that we do. And without that positive mindset, we cannot attract the success we desire. I woke up in the midst of a crazy season realizing how as stressful as everything seemed, nothing was without it's beautiful start. My stress about my home improvement projects meant that I had a home. My website design meant I had a website. My crazy schedule meant clients that love connecting. This podcast has been an incredible source of gratitude. The emails, the messages, the outpouring of love has been incredible and I'm so honored to be here with this platform. So welcome to the new Life Made Lovely home. Take a look around. I'm so excited to keep growing this place with you!
48 minutes | Jul 26, 2017
EP 006 : Self Care is a Business Must
Want to know what most online business owners don't take time to do? Practice self care. It's easy for us to put it off when we're busy trying to hustle our way to success. But it's not ever in your best interest to skip out on that. Oh no. In fact, you need to be practicing self care in order to really make the most of your business and your life. Don't believe me? Don't take my word for it! This week we're chatting with Ericka Eller and she's totally got my back here. And more importantly, she's got yours. Ericka is a wife and mom of 3, a career woman, and an entrepreneur. She understands the struggle women are faced with to manage all the things all the time and still find time to be healthy. She has a passion for sharing with other career-minded women the best ways to manage stress and maximize success. You can find this incredible wellness coach over at ErickaEller.com. Show Highlights Self care is so so necessary. And yet when we're working online, or working at all, we struggle with remembering to take time to step away and take care of our minds and our bodies. But that leads to nothing but burnout and exhaustion. Women are chronic yes people. We have a hard time saying no but saying no is absolutely one of the best things we can do for ourselves. We keep from burning ourselves out but also from having the stress of wanting to be perfect when we're at our wits ends. If you're not seeing the people you love because of work... well, friend, it's time to do some soul searching. Sleep. Dear friend. You need sleep. This doesn't make you weak, it doesn't make you less of a "hustler," it makes you human. And for the love of all things holy, let's drop the hustle mindset. Because you're amazing and you don't need to drink the hustle koolaid!
65 minutes | Jul 20, 2017
EP 005 : Business + Relationships with Jonathan Shebish
There’s a beast in the entrepreneurial world that a lot of people don’t talk about. And that’s the relationship aspect. When you’re in a relationship as an entrepreneur, it can sometimes get downright tense. Which is why this week, we’re talking all about how to make sure you’re tending to your relationships while chasing your dreams. Show Highlights Yeah, I know. I said I was on a content break but I couldn’t resist this opportunity to talk about relationships. I can’t talk about relationships on my own! That’s not fair. So this week you get to sit with me AND my husband while we dig deep into our own relationship road bumps. Jon and I began our relationship while I was already immersed in the entrepreneurial world. He thought he got it. I thought he got it. He didn’t. And that wasn’t because of just him. It wasn’t because of just me. It was lack of communication. Communication is at the heart of so many relationship issues. We often expect our partners to be mind readers and know exactly what is going on all the time. But the truth is that they aren’t. Encourage your partner to sit down with you and have real discussions about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Share with them those big dreams and let them know that they’re important to your big dreams. Don’t forget to make time for the ones that you love. There is a lot of buzz about hustling round the clock to make things happen but if you’re not spending time with the ones that you love, success won’t amount to much. Counseling isn’t a dirty word. If you’re struggling with communication or even if you’re feeling disconnected, go talk to a professional. Your relationship is important. Make sure you treat it with care.
33 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
EP 004 : No More Excuses
It's time that we say it. It's time that we drop it. It's time that we get over it. And I'm not talking about anything crazy. I'm talking about something that we all do every day. Something we all can get caught up in. It's time to stop turning reasons into excuses. SHOW HIGHLIGHTS Happy 4th of July, y'all! I hope your day is full of fireworks, friends and fun! 5 years ago, my life turned upside down. And that shift made me the queen of coming up with reasons for why I couldn't and wouldn't succeed. I thought these were all valid reasons and while some were, others were not. Fast forward to January of 2017. I had a surprising turn of events and everything changed. It was then that I realized I was the one holding me back. Excuses are easy to make... it gives us a reason to stay where we are and to not move ahead. Fear is often at the root of excuses. And we're often guilty of making up the silliest of excuses to prevent ourselves from growing. Here's a liberating fact. There are no rules in business. There is nothing preventing you from doing big things. However, we let rules and guidelines become an excuse and that's just not fair to ourselves. If there's something you're feeling passionate about but you think that you need a new website, new headshots or anything like that... it's probably an excuse. Identify excuses. Put them in their place. And remember... you are in control of your success. You are in control of your happiness. And you absolutely deserve nothing but the best. Stay tuned for episode 005! For the first time, I'm having a guest on the Life Made Lovely podcast and we're talking about a serious issue. But I can't tell you more or I'll tell you everything. I'm that excited! erinshebish.com/podcast-004
30 minutes | Jun 20, 2017
EP 003 : Drop the Rules
I had a different topic planned this week. I wanted to talk about something different all together. But then I had a moment that just knocked the wind out of me. A realization that I had put myself in a rut and I had been doing it for a while. And it was time to change. Show Highlights Confession time. I love Tuesday. It's the unsung hero of the workweek. Want to make a HUGE impact on my life? Rate and review the podcast! Click here to rate and review. Once you get to the site, click "view in iTunes." I'll love you forever. Despite constantly preaching to do what lights you up, I found myself in this rut of going through the motions despite it no longer serving me. I had absorbed a lie about what it means to reach success. There are no rules in business. But we do this thing where we observe others and their success and determine that what they're doing must be the key to success. So we take it on as a rule. And we apply it, even if it doesn't serve us fully. We often have a lot of things shoved in our faces that appear as though they ARE rules. The "don't post another photo until you read this!" or the articles saying "Are you making this ugly marketing mistake?" And while there is merit to some of these guidelines, that's all they are. Guidelines. "Rules" and guidelines are okay to follow as long as they aren't negatively impacting you or your business. If you're doing something that isn't positively helping you, let it go. It doesn't matter what the experts say! Want a simple truth? The most successful people, both financially and personally, are rule breakers. And you're a changemaker. You can absolutely break through those rules to create your own! erinshebish.com/podcast-003
42 minutes | Jun 13, 2017
EP 002 : Comparison & Competition
Want to know what a lot of people get hung up in business that has nothing to do with strategy. Comparison. Competition. Feelings of jealousy. These feeling are all real and can leave a bad taste in your mouth. This week, we're going to dive into it and why competition isn't a bad thing at all. Show Highlights Jealousy is a normal emotion. It happens. But the truth is that jealousy is simply veiled admiration. Unfortunately, that veil is a negative one. We decide that it makes the other person somehow wrong or that there's something wrong with us. That's simply not the case. When we find ourselves jealous of others, it's typically because we feel a struggle within ourselves. We feel like we're somehow not performing well enough. There's something wrong with us. There is room at the table for everyone. But if you continue to see the business world with a scarcity mindset, it'll be an ugly place. One that you won't want to be a part of. The comparison trap is easy to fall into. But not realistic. People are designed to be unique. Each one of us has a unique take and a unique purpose. It's like comparing apples to oranges. Sure, they're both fruits but they're distinctly different. Competition isn't about being better than one another or even about copycats and similarities. Competition is about embracing the unique facets of yourself and your business. It's about the gap that you can fill in your market. It's about appealing to people that need to a hear a message directly from you. Use your impact to create change the world. Partner with your competitors to greater greater impact. To reach the goals that you set and make a ripple of change around you. Remember each and every single day... you are amazing. And that's the truth.
29 minutes | Jun 5, 2017
EP 001 : Overcoming Fears.
Fear is a powerful emotion. It has the power to hold us back. But it doesn't have to. In this debut episode of the Life Made Lovely Podcast, I'm digging into a topic that often weighs quite heavily on me. We're talking all about fear. I'm going to share with you my journey with fear, what research says about it and why we need to rid ourselves of this overwhelming emotion as much as possible. Show Highlights Fear is a normal emotion. And it's okay to feel it. In fact, it would be more concerning if you were completely fearless in your life! While it is a normal emotion, often it can feel like it's suffocating us. It can prevent us from moving forward, putting us in a place of crippling anxiety. Many don't realize that fear will rob us of joy. We self sabotage our way back into a comfort zone. Which a place that fear doesn't exist. "Great things never come from comfort zones." You know it, I know. Comfort zones are good for just that... comfort. But when you're ready to grow and make big things happen, you have to step outside of that zone. Stepping out is scary because we often do it alone. And doing something alone can make you feel vulnerable. We, as a society, thrive in a world of acceptance. Many of our fears are rooted in the possibly of being rejected or not being accepted for who we are. We want to fit it. We want to be a part of something. We don't want people to see us make mistakes or do something wrong. Much of this fear is rooted in an unrealistic belief that we should be perfect at all times. Perfection is a myth. It's nothing something that we should be striving for. Because perfection is so so boring. Fear are often unfounded. We believe that something bad will happen, people will walk away from us or write us off... but imperfection and failure don't mean the end. And your tribe won't write you off over being human.
13 minutes | May 27, 2017
EP 000 : The Introduction.
We're starting from ground zero. Starting this brand new relationship awkwardly but together. Join me for the very first episode of the Life Made Lovely Podcast, learn more about my why and the the future of the podcast. And more importantly, get ready to be BFFs.
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