The Circle of Friendship

December is here and we will be thinking about friends and family more intently for the next month than we do at other times of the year. It is time to connect and reconnect and be thankful for the people in our lives.

Some times we don’t really know the impact we have on each other just living our daily lives. Last week I received a text from next door neighbor telling me that she was no longer going to pursue her wreath making business. She said she wanted to gift us a wreath for being such good neighbors. 

I thought she had wreaths already made and was going to give us one of them. Instead, she gave me the color selection and asked me to pick the colors. She even wanted to know if I would like to look at it before she put it together to make sure it was how I had envisioned it. I told her to surprise me and I was sure it would be beautiful. 

When we met for the unveiling, she gave me the gorgeous wreath you see in the picture and I was thrilled and so proud to display it on our house! This is the way that I want to help you in changing your career.

I am here to help you design your career so that it will fit into your life the way that you want it to. I am inviting you to click here for a free webinar to get you started.

Does Your Work Bring You Joy?

Here we are and it’s Labor Day Weekend!  Whew!  Enjoy the last parts of summer with your family and friends. Take a minute to reflect on all that you are thankful for as well.  This summer I was able to spend time with my grandchildren, ride in a hot air balloon, and help my husband with finishing up on the home improvement projects before the rainy weather comes.

I just attended the annual Kickoff Meeting for my local chapter of Soroptimists. This is in international organization and the name means “Best for Women”. We raise money to help many community organizations and provide scholarships to help girls attend college.

This started me thinking that when women are happy, the world is happy. Women are the heart of their families, help in their communities, and work with each other to make this world a better place. It doesn’t matter what kind of work we do, we make a difference.

Since this is Labor Day, I looked up some statistics about how we are getting paid in the workplace. We are still below men, earning about 80% of what they do. While we are working, I believe we should be able to contribute with joy and have financial freedom.

If you are not feeling joyful in your work, you are ready to shift to a different type of work, or are running a small business, I can help you.  We can work on mindset and strategies that will get you moving forward.  I would love to speak with you, just click on this link to schedule a time.

The purpose of The Women’s Career Transformation Network is to not only support you in your work choices but to help you live a joyful life. I would love to hear from you.  Choose joy!

 

Are You Having Fun Yet?

Fun is important!

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the day to day of work and family that we forget that we are supposed to take some time to have fun!  What have you done this summer that is fun for you?

Having fun is good for you!  Scientifically, it reduces cortisol that produces stress and increases serotonin that leads to better physical and mental capacity. Enjoying yourself builds up reserves for when you need to be calm.

When you are out playing or doing things you love, you get the benefit of greater energy, memory and focus, and sounder sleep. We also need connection with other people. This has become more and more evident since the invention of cell phones. We have to be careful to remember that we actually need to put them down and go have some fun with other people.  Laugh, dance, or sing!

Here are some ideas for you!

1. Go outside – to the beach or the ocean.
2. Invite friends over to your backyard or the park for BBQ.
3. Play board games with your family or go on a walk together.
4. Plan a girls’ night out or in.
5. Have a neighborhood potluck.
6. Feature karaoke at your next event or party.
7. Pick a new place you have never been before to explore.
8. Visit the library or a museum.
9. Go get ice cream to share!
10. Get a bottle of bubbles and go for it.

Stay tuned for fun messages that I will be sending soon!

If you need more fun in your life and career, I would love to speak with you. Click here for my calendar.

 

Love and Self-Care

Ahhh February, the month of love! Besides being loving to the people in your life, I want to talk about the love you give to yourself. Self-care is so important to our well- being, and yet many times we push it aside because we are caring for others.

Many successful people start their day with a morning routine.  Maybe you have one. If you don’t, here is a sample that you can adapt to your schedule:

Imagine beginning your day thinking about what makes you happy. Smiles of people you love are flowing through your brain. You pray or meditate on what you have planned for the day. Next you drink a glass of refreshing water to get your day started. You do some stretches and take a 20 minute walk or do a dance to some of your favorite music.  You shower and eat a nutritious breakfast that gets you energized for the day.  You write a few sentences in your journal about what you are thankful for.

And you’re off…to work in an office or work at home.

I want to ask you how satisfied you are with your work because as we all know, stress can be a significant factor in how we think and feel. Constant stress can take a toll on your health and relationships. I would love to help you design a career you love so you can choose joy every day!

That is why I want to invite you to talk with me in a free Design a Career You Love Strategy Session.

You will obtain a sense of clarity about what you want to accomplish next in your career and discover what is holding you back from achieving your goals. If you have a small business, we will talk about how to boost your results.

Leave the consultation knowing what steps you need to take next in your career journey.

Please click on this link  to reserve a time on my calendar. I am excited to speak with you and help you make this a great 2019!

 

How to Get What You Want

I recently attended a women’s luncheon where we were asked to discuss questions that we should ask ourselves in business. One of our sets of questions was “What do you really, really want in your business and life? and Is what you are doing now lining up with what you say you want?

Another set was “When was the last time you experienced uncertainty in your business and what did you do to get you through?” Summer is the perfect time to reflect on these questions so we can move forward with clarity and increased productivity.

Take your favorite beverage, a pen, and paper to a quiet place.  As you slow down, you will have the time to think about ways to move further in the direction you want to go.  What will be your answer to, “What do you really want?”

42 Ways to Lead Generation

Spring is finally here and so is the time for new ideas. Whether you work for a business or have your own, we are constantly looking for ways to reach and serve our customers.

There is so much noise out on the internet that I can barely hear myself think. Instead of trying too many methods at once, I suggest tailoring the methods to your specific audience and meet them where they are gathering.

When I was searching for the best way to reach my customers, I found a guide that was very helpful at Lead Pages.com. Just go to https://www.leadpages.net/landing-pages and download your copy.

It is called 42 Lead Generation Ideas. Look through the sections and see which ones appeal to your style of communication. I know it will give a boost to your business.

What the World Needs Now is Love and Kindness

     February is the month we think a lot about love in our lives.  At this time in our country, many people are feeling so divided over politics and issues of many kinds. There is a lot of anger and frustration. You can feel it among your friends and family members. Yet in all of this, the one uniting factor is the kindness we can show for one another. Kindness transcends race, religion, political views, and the opinions of young and old people.
     If perhaps we spend more time trying to find what we have in common with each other, the divide would not seem so great. Do you ever notice how one person can change the mood in a room?  If we become the one person in the room who remains calm and extends a hand of friendship, imagine the difference we could make.
     I was recently in Lynnwood at the Mind, Body, Spirit convention. Welcome to the new members who have joined our community from that event!
     There is actually an event called The Kind Fest which will be held the third week of August in Snohomish, Washington. Please click on this link for images from the first Kindness Fest in 2017. www.thekindfest.com. I think it would be a great idea to attend this year.
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What Will Your Choices Be for 2018?

      Life is about the choices we make.  It is easy for people to get caught up in negativity, considering the current political climate. I have decided that I will choose joy every day.
     Demands are put on us at work, by significant others or spouses, children, and pets that use up the precious time we have.  Please take some time and ask yourself,  “What do you want?” for 2018.
     The answer to this question can lead to significant changes in our personal lives and businesses.  One concept made clear to me in the past year is that less is definitely more.  Freedom comes from making deliberate choices about the most meaningful activities for me.  Simplify your life in order to avoid the noise.
Write down your plan.
     When doing your planning for this year, get out your calendar and put in all the important dates right now. Schedule that vacation that you know you want to take.  What business conferences do you want to attend?
      Next, think about your main goals for the year and write them down. When you write your action plan, be specific on your calendar and set dates, then engineer the steps that will get you where you want to go.
     Think about what word you will use to describe your goals for 2018. Last year, my word was Focus. This year’s word is Momentum.  I am excited for what 2018 will bring and I have been writing down my plans. So I can be of the best service possible to you, please click on the following link and answer the two questions that you find there: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XTX8R76

Make Your New Business Plan for 2018 Now!

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Here we are at the end of 2017!  Get a jump start for the new year and make your new business plan now. December not only means a time of celebration with our families but it is also time to celebrate what we have done in our business! Take some time to review your accomplishments for the year. It will give you a boost when you begin to plan for the new year. Block out some time for you to think about what goals you want to achieve and what your focus will be.

When you do your business planning for the new year, take a look at what your customers truly want and create something uniquely special for them.  It may be a new product or a premium service offering that brings them the results they have been craving. In the age of connecting everything to the internet, I believe people are starving for personal interaction. If you take the time to follow up with your customers by calling them or sending them a handwritten note, you may be surprised at what happens.
For your social marketing portfolio, look at your target market and where they are on social media. Here are a couple of ideas you may not have thought about:
Instagram is a great place to market your products or services. Remember that it is a visual platform so make your images beautiful.  Look for influencers who have a big following, contact them and see if you can purchase advertising or a shout out from them. Use their big followings for leverage to expand your business and provide their followers with value.
Pinterest – If your product or service caters to women, this is also a good place to make passive income by posting eye-catching vertical posts with links to your sales pages, affiliate links, or coupon codes. Make boards of interest with gift ideas, or topics that your clients would be interested in.
Whichever social media platform you use, find a place in your schedule each week to write and produce your posts for the entire week so you don’t have to worry about what you are going to post each day.
Make a plan and take action. That is the mantra that is running through my head as we move into the new year.
If you need to take action by finding a different direction in your career, grow your business, or are thinking about starting a new business, please go to my calendar at www.calendly.com/choosejoy/discoverysession and schedule a time for us to talk or visit www.marialuchsinger.com for more information.