Hello Mid-June Printable + My Life Lately + NEW LIFE BINDER NEWS

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I really enjoy creating these posts for you where I just take some pictures from the last 30 days of my life and tell you what has been going on lately and how I am taking 100% responsibility for my life. You don't see too many blogs these days where the blogger just shares the "real life" stuff and I just try to write the kind of blog I would want to read. I kind of like to break all the rules of what it means to have a successful blog now-a-days and still find my own version of success. I hope it resonates with you. :)

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First on the list, I've moved! Half way across the world, but from one island to another. I am now on the island of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. This is my home base while I continue to work on my business. One of the big benefits of being here is being closer to the people and events that are becoming a bigger and bigger part of my life.

Getting off of Guam to go anywhere can easily cost a couple thousand dollars. Now I am able to fly for much less, which is a good thing because I am going to Chicago in July, Spain in September, and Nashville in November - all for different business conferences and retreats. 

I used to travel just once a year. Now I can see myself getting on a plane every month. Follow me on Instagram here and I'll take you along for the adventure. :)

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Before I left Guam, I co-hosted a blogging workshop with my Mastermind partners - my mom and Holly. It was a great way to say goodbye to Guam and move forward to my next adventure. :)

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I don't share enough pictures of ME, so here is on on the night before I left Guam with my fiance and best friend.

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Can you see the ocean? This is St. Croix.

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I've been eating fruit off the tree every day since I got here. On the note of "taking 100% responsibility for my life," I've definitely been focusing on my health. My diet is a lot cleaner now (no more daily runs for sugary lattes here) and for the first time ever, I've been exercising every day without fail. Exercise is something I've always struggled with, but I've decided to just embrace getting sweaty (LOL) for a season of my life. 

What has been working for me is Fitness Blender from YouTube. I've mentioned them before, but I decided to move on from their free workouts on YouTube to their paid programs in which they actually curate the videos for you. This way I don't have to think at all, I just press play and I know I'm working out in as smart a way as possible.

This fitness journey has shown me how taking 100% responsibility for our life in all areas is a cycle that we go around and around, higher and higher. What worked before, won't work today and we have to keep asking ourselves "Is this working?" and we have to keep tweaking to be at an optimal level of performance - whether it's in our financial health or physical health.

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Look at that cute thing. I've minimized to an A5 size version of my Life Binder. I still have the regular 8.5 by 11 size that I've used for years, but it is full of printables that I only have to revisit a couple time a month. This little one is something that I crack open constantly throughout the day and am able to carry in a bag much more easily.

My future dream is to create physical Life Binder kits to sell in my Etsy store - complete with pretty dividers, tabs, stickers, and printables. I currently only sell the digital downloads, but I know there are people who would love something that they could buy ready-made like this. And I enjoy working with physical products so hopefully by next year, I can have this be a part of my store.

What I'm listening to right now. Like literally, right now. :) You're welcome.

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I've been planning like a beast lately - for the last few months actually. My room here has white poster paper wherever I could tape it up and I am mapping out everything. I have big goals and it's time to make it all happen. My biggest goal right now is to upgrade my SOS Club to a 12 month program that is designed to REALLY help people take 100% responsibility for their life.

I remember when I started this journey 6 or 7 years ago. I got tired of the rut I was in and I took evening a week to address my life. To add direction and structure, I purchased a 12 month program by Jim Rohn called "Your Best Year" or something like that. It sent me something to focus and work on every week. I really like that it was 12 months, because it was about turning your LIFE around. I want to do that for other people - help them have a mindset revolution and be with them on a journey for 12 months. I'm really excited and am putting the pieces together every day.

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Here is a pic from the inside of my little life binder. One of the things I am working on right now is THE 4TH EDITION OF THE LIFE BINDER! Every year at this time, I launch a new and improved version of the Life Binder - which I give for FREE to everyone who has purchase a previous edition of the Life Binder from my Etsy store in the past.

Throughout the month of July, I send the updated version to all my Life Binder customers via their Etsy inbox. It's a rather tedious process because I can't message everyone all at once - I have to do it one by one and it could take a few days. But it's worth it! :) I have an idea that will make it easier moving forward - I'm going to create a Life Binder hub of sorts so that Etsy customers can log in to get the new edition every year instead of me having to message everyone one by one.

Anyways, lots in the works! If you haven't purchased the current editions of my Life Binder yet (I have a $21 version and a $41 version, go for it now and you will be on the list to get the 4th edition (worth $47) for FREE in July.

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CLICK HERE to get your Life Binder/secure your spot on my list

to get the latest edition for free in July. :)

*If you have already bought a Life Binder from me in the past (including the retired 3rd edition not pictured above), then don't worry, you are on my list to get the latest edition as usual. :)

Till next time!

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Hello Mid-May :: Free Printable :: 29 Things I've Learned

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2 big things happened this month. I turned 29 years old and I got engaged. :)

In this post I share 29 tidbits of advice and lessons learned:

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1

Separate your business and personal finances.

If you have a business, immediately open a checking and savings account that are just for your business and separate your business finances from your personal finances. This makes accounting smarter and easier.

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2

Pay yourself out of your business.

Don't see your businesses' money as your own. Pay yourself a "paycheck" from your business. One thing that this really helps with is the ability to create your personal budget with a "paycheck" that doesn't fluctuate.

3

Start working with a tax professional. 

Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can just do it by yourself and don't feel intimidated about working with a professional. Part of taking personal responsibility for an area of your life is by working with people are professionals in that area.

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"You can help 1000 people, but you can't carry one on your back." 

Regularly and consciously audit your relationships. Are you "carrying" people by helping them in a way that hurts your own progress? The best way to help others is always to help yourself. The best way to lead others is always to lead yourself. Let people choose to follow or fall behind. Les Brown says that when two people walk together, one person will ALWAYS speed up or slow down to match the speed of the other person. Have you "slowed down" for someone?

5

Overcome your patterns.

Overcome your patterns by becoming engaged in something that is going to specifically help you in that area. If you know that you're bad with money, enroll in a course on taking control of your finances and do the action steps it provides. If you know that you keep sabotaging your health, invest in working one on one with a professional who will coach you and hold you accountable. If you know you keep putting off your goal, tell your friend that you will pay them a $100 if you don't complete your goal by the end of the month. We carry around negative patterns for so long because we don't do something deliberately to break them. That changes...NOW.

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There's ALWAYS a silver lining.

If something doesn't go the way you planned, ask yourself, "How can I make this work out in my favor?" See life as something that happens FOR you and not TO you and you will find that you are always one mindset shift away from the silver lining of any obstacle or setback.

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(pic: An Airbnb I stayed at in France during a trip that I basically booked a YEAR in advance. I didn't know how it was all going to work out, but I made THE DECISION anyway.)

7

Make decisions immediately. 

Let's say you want to take a trip to Spain in September, but there are so may variables and "what-if's" that you suspend your decision until you have it all more "figured out." Stop doing that to yourself and go ahead and make the decision that you are going to go to Spain in September. Why? Because your brain can't go to work for you until you make a decision. Solutions and opportunities will pass you by as long as you are in decision-free-la-la-land. My attitude is "I don't know exactly how it'll work out, but I am going." And if something DOES pop up later that keeps me from being able to leave or do exactly what I planned, then I switch gears and make a NEW decision. I go from decision to decision to decision. Not making a decision because you're waiting on clarity is its own kind of mental agony.

8

It takes 18 months.

My life is so much better than it used to be. Just a few years ago, I spent all day running around cleaning houses and babysitting so that I could pay bills and then would work all night till 1, 2, 3 am on my other businesses. This went on for 2 straight years. I had no life, no free time and no lifestyle. I bought my financial freedom with those 2 years of sacrifice. It takes at least 18 months to see the fruit of a decision that you consistently act upon. Don't throw the towel in early.

9

Know what season of life you are in.

We don't make perfect progress in every area of our life all the time. We have to tap in to the season that we are in at the moment. Right now, I am in a season of setting the foundation for growth in my personal life and in my business. I'm getting my finances in pristine order, setting up workflows and systems, mapping out the rest of the year in actionable detail, and paying for coaches to help me uplevel. A few months ago I was in a season of dramatically eradicating distractions from my life and making more money. One season, properly tended to, sets the foundation for the next. What season of life can you sense calling to you right now?

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(my desk - I've even minimized down from having a desk at this point! Now I just work at a small table  or on my laptop away from home.)

10

Batch your work.

Our brains are exhausted from flipping back and forth between a hundred unrelated things every day. I get so tired of it, and I know you do too! We need to take charge of our mental energy by creating boundaries around what we choose to focus on. For instance, I realized that a regularly recurring project that I would give myself a whole month to complete actually just takes me one day if I focus on it. Sure it can get a little tedious pushing through, but the peace of mind I feel throughout the rest of the MONTH because I no longer have to even think about that project is worth it. It creates a snowball effect because now I have even more time and energy to batch the next project.

Okay, the rest of these tips are going to be a lot shorter to read. :)

11

Dave Ramsey's EveryDollar app IS the best personal budgeting app out there.

12

We should look and wear our best all the time, even at home.

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(a casual pic of my tiny apartment)

13

Minimalism to me means that everything that I own supports the person that I want to become - nothing detracts or distracts.

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(This pic is outside my 5 star hotel balcony this past April when I and my small mastermind group booked a fancy stay-cation to reflect on our wins and set goals for the next quarter).

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Do something every quarter of the year to reflect on the last 3 months and celebrate wins - even better if you do this with your mastermind group.

15

You always get what you focus on. Keep checking in with yourself to make sure that you're focused on the GOOD stuff and your amazing future.

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(pic: I'm always dreaming of the home I want. I have a Pinterest board with hundreds of home style pins.)

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Life gives you what you picture in your mind's eye. You are always either recreating your current reality or manifesting your vision.

17

Long to-do lists are a sign that you need to batch tasks, systemize, delegate, or eliminate.

18

Turn time driving or cleaning into time spent listening to personal development audio books or podcasts.

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If you have a hard time minimizing or letting go, look at each belonging and ask yourself, "If I did not already own this, would I go out and buy it?"

20

Keep a running list of ideas for how you can get better at making money, saving money, and managing money.

21

Remember that simplicity happens on purpose. Complexity is easy. Simplicity is hard...but worth achieving in all areas of life.

22

Choose quality over quantity always and you will spend less money over the long haul.

23

Drink more water. You will feel better, look better, and think more clearly.

24

Do one really courageous thing every month. See tip number 25 for help.

25

Start a $100 Dollar Mastermind in which you and an accountability partner must complete your own specific, scary goal or end up forfeiting $100 to the other person. Get some skin in the game and watch your productivity spike!

26

Have one planner system. Don't spread your schedule across multiple tools. Whether it's paper or digital, just use one.

27

Keep a running list of purchases that you really want to make - a nice, new laptop bag, a pair of leather ballet flats - and hold out until you save up to buy exactly what you want instead of squandering your money settling for less. For months I wore out a canvas tote bag until I had the extra money to buy the really nice, quality laptop bag I've always wanted. I could have settled for a cheaper version "in the meantime," but by doing without, I was constantly reminded of what I REALLY wanted.

28

Don't be afraid to invest in yourself. Successful people invest in themselves.

29

Remember that taking the time to PLAN - plan your week, your life, your business, your leisure - SAVES you so much time that would have been squandered without a plan. Get in the habit of starting your week with a plan.

How I Made Over $30,000 Selling Printables on Etsy

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I have a story for you and it is not about how I suddenly woke up, decided I wanted to make a bunch of money on Etsy selling printables and became an overnight success. This is a story of how I sloowwwwlllllyyyyyy came to the realization that success on Etsy as a "Printables girl" was POSSIBLE for me. Once I got to THAT point, then yes, things took off from there. But, let's start at the beginning...

In December of 2013, I opened my Etsy store and listed my first printable - a simple weekly planner that I still use and sell to this day. I had been patching together my own printables and sharing them with friends and on this blog for some time, and I had finally mustered up the gumption to try to start selling them.

That first month, I made $3. My friend Carrie bought the printable. I remember being so excited by the sale.

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However, because I did not have any clear goals for my store and definitely didn't treat it like a business, it did not make a lot of money. I was okay with that at the time because I had a lot of other things going on. I had just closed down a coffee shop business and was launching a cleaning and babysitting business. That kept me busy during the day and then at night, I'd work on my graphic design business serving clients and tinkering with this blog.

Every once in a while I'd add a new printable to my store - just single page downloads that I actually hobbled together with Picmonkey. Creating printables in Picmonkey was painstakingly slow work since it's really supposed to be used for graphic editing and creation, but at the time, Picmonkey was the only program I knew. *Fun fact, I'm a self-taught graphic designer and all I use is Picmonkey! 

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(Picture: A printable a put together in Picmonkey. Now, I would use Google Docs or Apple Pages to create the same type of layout much more quickly.)

The printables I was adding to my store at that time were very inexpensive - I charged $3 at most. Throughout the month, I'd make a sale here and there. My phone had the Etsy Seller app downloaded onto it and the app would notify me of a sale by making an AMAZING "cha-ching!!" sound. I loved it even though I only made enough to pay for my fancy lattes here and there.

A year passed. 2014 was drawing to a close and I had made a whopping total of...$186.00 Then, in December of 2014, I decided to put together something that was a little more exciting than a single page printable. I created what I called the "Plan, Do, Review" kit. It was super simple but useful, and yes - assembled painstakingly with Picmonkey. (Pssst! I no longer sell that kit in my Etsy store, but you can get it here for free with this secret link ;) >> Click HERE for the Plan, Do, Review kit.)

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(Pic: A snapshot of some of the pages in my Plan, Do, Review kit that helped me start earning somewhat bigger bucks. :)

I priced the Plan, Do, Review kit at $10 - much more than any printable price I had listed before. This was a significant baby step because I was learning that a comprehensive collection of printables was something that I could not only charge MORE for, but it was also something that would SELL BETTER. As that kit started to sell more than any of my other "cheap" printables, I realized that people were a lot more excited to buy my $10 product than they were to buy my $2 or $3 products. Somehow I thought that my cheaper stuff would sell faster. I was wrong and in December 2014, because of that $10 kit, I made $254.50 in sales in that one month, which was so exciting for me since I had only made $186.00 the previous 12 months combined!

Haha. Trust me. I was no overnight success.

So my eyes were a little bit more open from this experience as I entered into 2015. At this point, I was transitioning out of my cleaning and babysitting business and starting to work full time as a graphic designer. My Picmonkey skills were becoming legit! LOL 

My Plan, Do, Review kit continued to sell, but I had another collection of useful templates bubbling in my mind. Before I had even ever started this blog, I had been using a system called the Ultimate Life Binder as a way to keep track of my life. It was my central hub for setting goals, measuring my progress, and generally just being aware of where I was, where I was going, and what I was working on a day to day basis. It was comprised of life-management printables that I had printed out from my findings on the web and some that I had created myself to suit me even more personally. 

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(Pic: My Life Binder back in the day before I turned the system into a printable kit that people could buy.)

Here and there I shared my Life Binder process on this blog. It truly was the cornerstone of how I was taking 100% responsibility for my life - a life philosophy that this blog is all about. My audience showed a lot of interest in it and I had friends constantly asking me to help them put together their own Life Binders. However, as with anything that we're really good at, I didn't consider turning it into something that other people could buy and use because, well, "it's so easy, anybody can make their own." Hahaha. *Business tip: If you ever find yourself saying that about something that you're good at, please turn it into a product. It could make you a millionaire and make a lot of people's lives better.

The real kick in the backside came as I approached the middle of the year. I was getting closer and closer to the Fall season - a time when I knew that I had two big trips coming up - one to Europe and one to the States. I'm a traveling girl. I get on the plane at least once a year. However, this time, I was ready to write a slightly different story for myself. I was ready to feel differently about myself. I had a picture in my mind and in it, I was sitting in a cafe in Paris drinking a latte and feeling successful, feeling at peace because I had a business that was making money even while I was on vacation.

I wanted to be that girl. Even though I had achieved my first dream at that point where I was able to make all my money online as a virtual assistant basically, I was still trading hours for dollars. I knew that my finances would take a hit as a result of taking a vacation. I did NOT want to feel like my money was running out while I was traveling. I did NOT want to come home broke.

I wanted to experience what it felt like to be skipping around Europe with a business that had money coming IN on its own. I wanted to come home financially BETTER than I was when I left!

I knew the answer was passive income. Fortunately, I also knew I had in my hands the power to create it. Up to that point, May 2015, my Etsy store had been open for 18 months and I had almost reached $1000 in sales. It was time to take the next step.

I started working on turning my Life Binder system into a digital product that other people could buy. I graduated from creating printables in Picmonkey to creating them in Google Docs and that is the program I used to create the whole thing. Google Docs! Not fancy Adobe InDesign or Illustrator. Google Docs.

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(Pic: A snapshot of designing the Ultimate Life Binder in Google Docs)

And so, in June 2015, I released my Life Binder product to the world - meaning I listed it on Etsy and told my email list about it. Then...my phone started "cha-chinging" more than it ever had before! By the end of the month, I had reached $1000 in sales! That blew my mind. I had made more in one month with one product than I had in the last 18 months! 

At the end of that month, I was at a turning point again. I had made $1000 in passive income, yes, but I knew it was mostly due to marketing to my list. How was I going to continue to make that amount in sales? I knew I couldn't keep marketing the same product to my same list month after month. At that moment, I was at a fork in the road where I almost went down the path of "Oh, maybe I'll create something new and sell that next." Luckily, I remembered a piece of advice that prevented me from doing that. I remembered Denise Duffield-Thomas (the Get Rich Lucky Bit#h lady) talking about how women have a tendency to keep creating something new over and over instead of sticking to one core, amazing product and finding endless ways of selling the SAME thing.

In that moment, I realized that if I really believed that I had created something amazing, something that I knew would help people, then I had to stick to it. I knew that there was probably a million more people out there who would LOVE my Life Binder as much as the 50+ people who had bought it in the last 30 days, but it was MY job to make sure they knew about it.

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(Pic: The original Ultimate Life Binder. I've since created a new edition every year, but I still sell the original in my Etsy store. :)

This is where Pinterest came in. I decided that I was going to use Pinterest as my marketing platform. I wasn't going to spread myself thin across multiple social media arenas. I was going to focus on one, and I knew that Pinterest was the right one for me because it was where I went when I was hungry for printables, so I was familiar with how I could leverage it for my own. Also, Pinterest has this magic fairy dust that is great for businesses - it puts its users in a take-action/shopping frame of mind. When people are on Pinterest, they are typically there because they want to improve some aspect of their life. They are looking for solutions, which often results in a purchase. 

I took off my "printable-creator" hat and put on my "printable-marketing" hat. :) What I found was that marketing demanded as much creativity as actually creating a product, especially when you're marketing on Pinterest. My whole strategy was VERY simple and EXTREMELY effective - I set a goal to create at least one tall graphic every day presenting my Life Binder product. You might be wondering how I was able to keep coming up with ideas. Well, one cool idea I had was to take each page of the Life Binder and create a whole pinnable graphic around that one page. That alone gave me 27 pins to create. 

Some days, when I felt too lazy to create a new graphic, I would just re-pin old ones, which is actually a solid strategy too as doing so will boost exposer.

I stayed consistent at this and eventually I created a pin that went viral. You can see it HERE, if you'd like.

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(Pic: a screenshot of my Etsy shop as it is now.)

What were my results from all this pinning? My sales stayed consistent. I continued to make $1000 a month. Then after a couple of months as my pins started to get re-pinned more and more, taking on a life and momentum of their own, I stopped creating new pins for the product and the number of sales kept growing. 

November came along (5 months after I had launched the Life Binder) and I was packing my bags for Europe. The "cha-ching" sound from the Etsy app on my phone was a part of my daily life now...and life was good. As a single lady with not a lot of expenses, making even $1000 a month in passive income was a game changer. I was able to make better decisions in my business because I was not longer stressed out by money. In fact, I was working less and less, but making more and more.

Whilst traveling for two whole months, my store went from $1000 a month to $2000 a month. Then in January of 2016, it passed $4000 in sales in a single month! This was all 99% due to a single product - my Ultimate Life Binder. 

Since then, my Etsy store continues to generate $2000 a month on average for me and I continue to foucs on my Ultimate Life Binder. My misssion is still to help a million woman with this system I've crafted to help people take 100% responsibility for their life.

And guess what? My dream totally came true. I found myself in Paris, sipping a latte, with a business that kept making money even though I wasn't working and I totally returned home wealthier than I was when I had left. 

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So the moral of the story is that success takes time and it's all in your head. In my first 18 months on Etsy, I made less than $1000. In my second 18 months on Etsy, I made $30,000. What changed? I did. Now, looking back over this whole experience, I've taken inventory of the mindset shifts, the skills, the resources, and the knowledge that has helped me get to this point and I've created an online, self-paced course called Passive Income with Printables. It contains everything I would have LOVED to know when I started.

So if you have any interest in creating printables, whether you want to use them to enrich your own life, share with your audience, or make passive income, check out my course. I think you'll like it. :)

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Hello March Printable + My Review of February

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You don't need to subscribe in order to access this printable, but if you DO want to be notified whenever I release another one, CLICK HERE.

:: My February Review ::

 

HEALTH

 

I amped up "taking 100% responsibility" for my health by doing more research into taking an even more personalized approach to health and fitness after I stumbled across a Youtube video about the meal plans and training regimens that are specific to different body types: mesomorphs, endomorphs, and ectomorphs. 

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Pic: My attempt at making sauerkraut. It wasn't successful. LOL. But I'll try again.

As I watched the video, everything started to click and knowing how I need to eat and exercise as an endomorph body type has been pivotal. I feel a lot more satisfied after eating and I'm getting better results with my exercise. As an endomorph, I need to eat mostly protein and veggies, avoid white starch and sugar like the plague and do high-intensity interval training (HIIT). I've now graduated from walking for exercise to now alternating between doing either 40 minutes of yoga or 30-40 minutes of HIIT. The Health section of my Ultimate Life Binder has been growing as I've added grocery list printables and information I've found on Pinterest about the endomorph body type.

 

I've come to really enjoy using Fitness Blender on Youtube. They have nearly 4 million subscribers for their workout videos! It seems that people love them because they keep their videos free of distracting music and they just walk you through the exercise without yelling at you for "motivation." Haha. Oh, and they wear normal, modest workout clothes.

 

I also started checking in daily with an exercise accountability partner via Facebook messenger and we report our fitness activity to each other.

 

TAKE-AWAY QUESTIONS

  • Do I know what type of meal plan and exercise works best for me and my body type?
  • Do I know someone who takes health and fitness seriously who can be my accountability partner?

CAREER

 

So here's a little story for you. At the beginning of February, I had a little blogger mastermind get-together with my friend Holly. We talked about everything we wanted to start doing for our blog...and the things we were stalling on - creating our courses! Holly had been working on a course about grant writing and I wanted to create a course about how to create passive income with printables.

 

"Right!" I said. "Let's make a pact right now that we are both going to finish our courses THIS MONTH, or we owe the other person $100."

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Pic: My course creation set-up


And so, now that we both had some skin in the game, we set to work overcoming the resistance. What is the resistance? It's that thorny feeling that makes you put off doing what you know you need to do. I had been wanting to create a course on how I make money selling printables on Etsyfor a year and I kept putting it off. I can't really explain why. I think when it comes to creating and offering our best to the world from our zone of genius...we meet resistance. If you want to hear me talk about my course-creation resistance (amongst other entrepreneurial-journey-things), listen to my interview on the She Means Business Podcast with Carrie Green here. :) 

 

But we need to take that resistance as a sign that we are on the right track and that our best life is on the other side.

 

So, yes, I had to wrestle with myself at times and force myself to sit down and do the work, but the more I focused on it, the easier it became and by the end of the month, Holly and I were celebrating! We both achieved our goals...and didn't have to dish out $100 to the other person. :)

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Pic: The view from where we held our mastermind meet up.

 

This experience gave me an idea for something that I want to carry forward: The $100 Mastermind. The concept is for at least two people to meet once a month and have a discussion around identifying the ONE THING that would make the BIGGEST DIFFERENCE if completed that month. It has to be 100% in your power to achieve it; you just have to overcome the resistance...or forfeit $100 to the other person. Maybe you should try it. It worked wonders for Holly and me. My course is now live and is doing extremely well!

 

Let me tell you, the most rewarding feeling has been knowing that I DID IT. I have the power to create something out of nothing that gives value to other people. I have the power to overcome the resistance. I have the power to be 10x more productive than I was the month before. 

 

Holly and I are meeting again this Saturday to set the next goal and $100 bet. :)

 

TAKE-AWAY QUESTIONS

  • What one goal would make the biggest difference in my career if I achieved it this month?
  • Who can lock arms with me in a $100 Mastermind so that I can break free of the resistance and lift my life to another level?

 

PERSONAL GROWTH

 

This month, I was pushed outside of my comfort zone by being interviewed on two huge online summits. One was for the launch of Carrie's book She Means Business! Her book includes my story as an entrepreneur so I've been having fun going along for the ride of being able to share how I went from working in a little cafe knowing hardly anything about the internet biz world to now owning a successful online business. People really loved the online summit - which Carrie actually called an Online Extravaganza! :) - and I got to be interviewed by Carrie along with author Gabrielle Bernstein, Carrie's sister Samantha from Little Green, and Nikki Elledge Brown from Naptime Empires. Wow!!!

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Pic: A snapshot of the bonus page for the book.

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Pic: Carrie's book!

 

TAKE-AWAY QUESTIONS:

  • How did I push myself outside of my comfort zone last month?
  • How am I going to push myself outside of my comfort zone just a little bit more this month? 

 

Well, to wrap up this review of February, I'd like to end with something that I shared with a friend who asked me if I ever had a job I disliked. Here's what I said:

 

Yes, when I was a waitress and then when I was operating a coffee shop. At the coffee shop, I starting to immerse myself in personal development. I listened to Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Tony Robbins. I particularly remember listening to the audiobook of Jack Canfield's book Success Principles. I got a subscription to audible.com and listened to personal development audio books whenever I was driving or not directly taking care of customers. 

I started to feel a lot better because I knew that where I was physically was temporary and I was outgrowing it mentally every day. I got excited and would spend my nights working on my personal projects whereas before I'd just come home and plop down to sleep. I've done everything from cleaning public restrooms to babysitting baby twins 24 hours a day, but I was always plugged into personal development and I was always working on my side passion/gig whenever I wasn't working to pay bills. And eventually, the side gig got big enough to where I was able to quit everything that I knew was temporary. 

10 years ago I quit waitressing. 8 years ago I quit janitorial work at my college (I also quit college). 4 years ago I quit running the coffee shop. 3 years ago I quit being a nanny. 2 years ago I quit cleaning other people's homes. And when I say "quit," I really mean "outgrew." There's a quote that says, "You pay your bills from 9-5. You make your fortune after 5." It's true! 

I absorb personal development more than ever. I was just listening to Les Brown this morning.

The days can be long, but the years are short. Never give up.

 

 

Creating Passive Income with Printables

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Hi! I am so happy to announce that my course on how to make passive income with printables is now available! :)

In it, I share everything I've learned as I went from making barely any money on Etsy to making $2000 a month consistently - all with selling printables!

There's no such thing as overnight success, but there IS such a thing as shortening the learning curve and learning from people who are where we want to be in order to avoid months or years of mistakes.

This is the course I wish I had when I started. I am so pleased to be sharing it with you. 

2017 New Year Resolutions Printable - Set Powerful Goals with Your Gut!

2017 New Year Resolutions Printable - Set Powerful Goals with Your Gut!

My New Years Resolution printable is back for the third year in a row! It's been downloaded by people all over the world thousands and thousands of times. I've kept the questions the same and the beauty of this printable is that it helps people set goals from their gut. Each box contains a single-word prompt and you simply fill in your response within the framework of what you want to see manifest in your life for the year.

How I've Set Up My Life Binder For 2017

How I've Set Up My Life Binder For 2017

This is exciting. 2017 is just around the corner and I just finished getting my Life Binder all cleaned up and perked up for the new year and for YOU! :)

In case you're unfamiliar with this, my Life Binder is a system that I've used for years to take 100% responsibility for my life. It allows me to have one central, physical hub for everything that is going on in my life so that I can SEE it and MEASURE my progress. It's been the key to my ability to live my life on an upward spiral and make every year 10 times better than the last.

How to Get Back your Clarity, Energy, and Momentum


Hello Mid-August... or almost-end-of-August rather! Some of you have noticed that I haven't posted my usual free "Hello Mid-Month" printable since May. Truth be told, I've been so preoccupied with creating new courses and products that I felt a little too burnt out to do my usual monthly post. I've also been feeling a little bit STUCK. 

It's funny because I was talking to my friend/client/mentor Carrie Green about this quicksand feeling a few weeks ago and she's been experiencing the same thing! Maybe something is going around... And since Carrie is amazing, she went ahead and created a video and workbook to help people break free from feeling this way. Check it out here. >>

When it comes down to it, I feel like feeling stuck comes down to this:

- 1 -

We've stopped feeling as grateful as possible for all the blessings, opportunities, people, and resources that we have in our lives and so we've stopped taking full advantage of what we have in front of us. The key question here is: WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE? We don't deserve more until we appreciate what we already have and we do that by MAKING USE of it.

- 2 -

We've stopped taking action. We let ourselves get overwhelmed by uncertainty instead of focusing on THE VERY NEXT STEP RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. When we take action - ANY ACTION - on a consistent basis, we stay tuned into clarity, momentum, and energy. Decide right now that you are going to do SOMETHING today even if you have to "move heaven and earth." You know what that "something" is already. It's right in front of you. Don't take those baby steps for granted. One step always leads to another.

- 3 -

We've "turned down" the volume of our personal development. Feeling dry, uninspired, used up? We actually make things harder than they need to be when we ignore our personal development. Reading and listening to self-improvement materials has a multiplying effect on our effort. You can literally 10x your results by spending at least 30 minutes every day reading books like The Slight Edge, The Magic of Thinking Big, or Think and Grow Rich, or listening to great thought leaders like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, or Jack Canfield.

And of course, to help you implement all this, I created a free printable just for you to help you "get out of a funk".



Keep moving forward. No matter what.


New Ultimate Life Binder, 3rd edition is here!




Hi! My name is Michelle Rohr, founder of the Secret O.W.L. Society and creator of the Ultimate Life Binder. My Life Binder story started in 2011 when I realised one day that I had just lived the same year twice and that it was a mediocre year. I was in a rut and had finally woken up to the fact that something seriously needed to change - Me. In one instant, I realised that by taking 100% responsibility for my life, I could design a life I love.

So every Saturday I would pack up some self-help materials and go sit in a coffee shop and just focus on what I wanted and how I could be spending my time better. I started finding goal-setting printables online and they were helping me a lot, but I was beginning to feel mentally cluttered with all my different sheets of paper. 

So I bought a 3-ring binder and organised my worksheets according to the different areas of my life. Suddenly it felt as though I had broken through to a higher level of personal development. I had figured out the key to actually applying everything I was learning because I could measure and review my progress. I had a system to help me take 100% responsibility for my life and live on an upward spiral. The Life Binder was born.

I'm SOOOO happy to now release the 3rd edition of the Ultimate Life Binder. Since launching the 1st edition on my blog one year ago, the Life Binder system has been purchased by over 1000 people. I am so honoured to be serving the world in this way. 

Using the Life Binder system continues to help me up-level my life. That point in my life in which I had repeated the same mediocre year twice is long gone. In the past 5 years of using my Life Binder, every year has been 10x better than the year before. It is truly mind-boggling!

I know that if you commit to taking 100% responsibility for your life, the same thing can happen for you.


Warmest,
Michelle Rohr
- the girl behind the Secret O.W.L. Society -

June Glorious June


(In order: James Green (Carrie's brother), the new Carrie Fipps! (formerly Carrie Green), and Me)

This was a special month. I left my little island and flew out for Carrie Green's wedding! After 24 hours of traveling, I arrived in Florida and stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before heading to Carrie and Kelin's wedding party house (it was more like a mansion, actually!)

My goal for that first day in Florida all by myself was to create an online version of a class that I've been teaching on Guam about how to make money blogging. I essentially locked myself in my room and listened to Latin music until I got it done. It took allllll day. I ordered take-out but the food never showed up, but I wasn't going to let the need to go out and eat distract me! Crazy, I know, but after the initial bout of hunger, I was no longer hungry and just focused on finishing my work and getting my class out there - which I did! To check it out, CLICK HERE >>
The experience reminded me of a success principle that we don't hear about too often - We give ourselves too much time to achieve big things. Yes, some goals require patience, but I'm finding that most of the time, all that is required to achieve big things is a compact, focused burst of activity.

The next morning, however, I was very much looking forward to getting out of the house and eating breakfast as soon as possible. haha



Here is a video that we put together for Carrie and Kelin to celebrate them getting married. The ladies in this video are members of the Female Entrepreneur Association Members' Club.


The pic above shows my journey being a part of the Female Entrepreneur Association. When I stumbled across Carrie and her work 4 years ago, I was working in a coffee shop and had just started this blog. So much has happened since then and it was surreal to be attending her wedding and taking part in one of the most important days of her life. Life is really all about the people with whom we surround ourselves and I'm blessed to have Carrie in that circle.


Here we are - the ladies of the Wedding Party House, minus a couple missing special people. I made some new friends who I hope to see again soon!


I actually haven't been to many weddings and this was my first one outdoors. It was super hot and humid at first! #Florida. But it cooled down in time for the dancing and was really nice. :)

This experience was an awesome way to mark the half-way point of this year and I am so looking forward to what the rest of 2016 has in store.

Hello Mid-May Printable + 28 things I've learned



This month's Hello Mid-Month printable is designed to help you take stock of 10 pieces of wisdom you've learned over the course of your life thus far. I don't think this is something we do enough, but it's good to stop and ask ourselves, "What have I learned?" and then keep coming back to that list and reminding ourselves so that we don't "forget."

The other half of this printable is centered on the concept of "Seasons of Life." In life we go through seasons - we experience our own versions of spring, summer, fall, and winter. I learned what this really meant from Jim Rohn (you can find him on Youtube).

We have to learn how to recognize the season of life that we are in and make the most of it and - most importantly - be preparing for the next season. There is a season for sowing and a season for reaping and without fail the seasons always change. Winter always follows Fall, Spring always follows Winter, and so on. Which season are you in right now and how are you preparing for the next season that is right around the corner?

For me, I feel like I've been in a season of enjoying the harvest of what I've put in place last year. Since moving into a bigger apartment, I've enjoyed hosting dinners, fixing up our home, planting a garden, and making new friends. I've had 90 days of simply enjoying my life more than I'm used to. I don't stay up late working any more and I get out of the house more and have been to the beach more than ever.

But now I feel ready for the next stage - the next season. I can tell that it's going to be a season of very focused, consistent activity in my businesses. I've been preparing for this season by learning how to balance my new lifestyle with my responsibilities as a leader in my own life and of my team. One way that I've been doing this is by getting alot better at ruthlessly tracking my daily habits. I keep my daily habit tracker printable on my fridge and check off my progress every day. I've also started having Mastermind meetings that are 100% focussed on exactly what we need to achieve on a weekly basis. I meet with my friends/sisters/business partners and we plan our week. And while we schedule in fun stuff like going to the beach or salsa dancing, we also schedule in activities and goals for our business.

I'm ready for the next season of life and the next 90 days. :)


If you have trouble downloading the printable, you can email me at michellerohr@gmail.com




So first things first - May 1 was my birthday. My birthday fell on a Sunday this year, so here I am outside of the Friary where we go to Mass and I am with my sister Angelica (who helps me out with the Secret OWL Society and designs and sews the fabric covers for the Ultimate Life Binder) and my brother William.

Angelica's birthday was on May 7, so we had a joint birthday party with our friends on the beach. We spread out a picnic on the sand and played frisbee - I was doing pretty good at frisbee until I made a dive that twisted my ankle. LOL


Our spread from our birthday picnic on the beach. :)


Blowing out my candles. The frosting on the cake says: "Happy Birthday Mom. Love, your adopted children." My roommates have dubbed me the mother of our home. LOL


And here's more of the family. I have 10 brothers and sisters. I am the second oldest and I just turned 28 years old!

Here are 28 things I've learned so far in life:

1. Opportunities don't come from living in a particular place; they come from having a particular mindset. 

2. When you put energy into something, you ALWAYS get something back - one way or another.

3. There are seasons of life and you have to embrace the season you're in.

4. "I'm going to die one day and I can't take my physical possessions with me." This thought helps me not grow attached to "stuff," practice minimalism, and focus more on people and experiences instead.

5. One hour spent in planning mode saves you 10 hours of wasted time.

6. A well-designed wardrobe is an essential part of a well-designed life.

7. Just focus on being 1% better every day.

8. What you measure, improves. Track your habits, track your performance, track your meals, track your water intake...

9. Set goals not for the mere sake of achieving them, but for the sake of having a direction, a vision, a mission. Drifting aimlessly is not good for your soul.

10. Be the CEO of your own life and don't let other people's agendas fill your calendar.

11. When you know what you want to achieve, you're able to see what you need to edit out of your life.

12. Your brain is for coming up with ideas - not for storing them.

13. Your home is not a storage unit.

14. Problems are life's way of shaking us out of mediocrity so that we will hurry up and move to the next level. 

15. With every new level, there is a new devil. Sometimes when you work to uplevel your life or business, you're going to feel like you're walking through fire. It could be doubts, relationship problems, communication issues, fear, deep-seated insecurities - a bunch of ugly stuff that tries to hold you back, sabotage you, or drag you down. But as Churchill says, "If you're going through hell, keep going." It helps me to know what I'm up against - then I can stop going in circles and start fighting for the person I need to become.

16. People skills get you through life more than anything else. Read Skill with People by Les Giblin.

17. You have to take the good with the bad. Some of the best stuff of my life came out of the worst experiences.

18. Don't trade your dreams for a car payment.

19. Focus on creating multiple streams of passive income and buy your life back.

20. If you're not willing to help one person, you don't deserve to help 10, 100, 1000, 100,000...
This blog started because I wanted to help one person.

21. The more you practice simplicity, the more abundance you get to enjoy. One year ago, I focused on one simple concept - the Life Binder system - and shared it with "the world." This one product has enriched my life with purpose and financial abundance and is helping a thousand other people around the world simplify their lives and focus on what matters. Focusing on this one concept/product has been a practice in simplicity. Out of everything I've ever created in my time as an entrepreneur, the Life Binder has been my most simplest product and at the same time the most rewarding.

22. Drink alot of water and exercise a little every day.

23. Have a morning and evening routine, even if you feel like you are still trying to master it year after year. Keep trying.

24. Treat other people the way you want to be treated. Make people feel the way you want to feel.

25. Keep a list of "What Makes My Life Work." 
These are the types of things that you would put on such a list:
- Taking time to plan my day first thing in the morning makes my day go smoother.
- Purple and blue are the best colors to wear for my skin tone.
- When I do x, y, z, at night, I have a good hair day in the morning.

26. Build your business to support the lifestyle that you want. Don't just work for the sake of working.

27. It is possible to design a life you love - you have to be patient. It could take years. But the years are going to pass by anyway. The joy is in the progress - not in the perfection.

28. Don't be afraid to "give up," go to sleep, and get back at it in the morning.


So at the beginning of this month, I planned out my goals. Here are some of the things I want to achieve:

1. (finally) Create my online graphics course.
2. Host my next blog workshop here on Guam.
3. Start working on the 3rd edition of the Ultimate Life Binder.


The picture above is of my sisters and good friend. We are all in business together and we met up here to make plans and commit to what we want to achieve as a team. One of the things that we decided was to have a team meeting every Monday morning and map out our game plan for the week.

We also planned some fun things too. We want to start a tribe of young people on Guam who like classy dancing and create the environment for them to do so.


Here is a pic of what "mapping out our strategy for the week" looks like. There's no such thing as perfect progress, but we definitely get more done now that we are accountable, taking time to plan, and working together.

If you are interested in the printable I'm using in the above pic, you can find it HERE >>


The view from my apartment. It's even more amazing at night.


And if you've been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I love to make good food.


I had my siblings over the other day and made cinnamon rolls - probably my favourite dessert to make.


I'm working on a new blog post going in depth into my personal Life Binder as it is now. My post about my Life Binder from a couple years ago is one of the most popular posts on my blog, but every time my life shifts, so does my Life Binder. So stay tuned for a new (long overdue) behind-the-scenes-of-my-life-binder blog post very soon.


Here we are after Mass on Mother's Day. All these ladies are business partners and mastermind buddies!


Taking silly pictures with my youngest brother.


Yup, I'm on SnapChat! You can find me @MichelleRohr
I'm still easing my way into doing more video, so if you want to see the video version of the behind-the-scenes of my real life, Snap Chat is the best place.


For the S.O.S. club this month, I created a vibrant kit of printables with an "epic" theme. The picture above shows one of them. If it's still May 2016 while you're reading this, you can still get this particular kit automatically when you subscribe to the S.O.S. club HERE. :)


And that's it for this month's Mid-Month Review! It's fun taking time in the middle of the month to take stock of everything that's been going on so far and to reset one's internal compass for the rest of the month. Anyways, enjoy your Mid-May printable! :) Let me know how you like it in the comments below.

April Life + Free Printable




This month, I have something different for you. Don't worry, the Hello Mid-Month printable will be back in May. This new printable is something I created earlier this month, but haven't really promoted it TILL NOW. :)


If you have a problem downloading this printable, you can email me directly at michellerohr@gmail.com

I want you to reconnect with what you want to achieve this YEAR - big and small goals. I think it's important to do this often - not just in January - because as we go through different seasons of life and refine and define our values more and more, our goals WILL shift. AND HEY, WE ARE ALREADY ALMOST 1/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH THIS YEAR! WHAT?!?!

So use this printable to see where you stand now. Set goals that you really want to see happen - don't just rewrite old ones for the heck of it - make sure that everything you write down on this printable are things that make you excited.

And now, an update on life happenings so far...


I got my logo done! AND ordered stickers and business cards with it. :)


(I'm the girl in the black pants in the photo on the right)

Basically the past 30 days have been full of meeting new people, making new friends, cooking good food, and enjoying life more. This was one of my goals. Mission accomplished. :)


Here I am with my younger brother at a potluck. I made a pretty awesome taco salad, though I do say so myself. MmmMmMmM


I wanted to start growing herbs and vegetables on our balcony and so far I have oregano and basil growing! I also have green onions growing in a cup of water that I'm ready to plant. Just need to get another pot and more dirt...

I'm on Snap Chat now! You can see the video version of my life-happenings, gardening, and cooking on there. :) 

My username is michellerohr


One of the things I've wanted to do more is enjoy the fact that I live on an island more, so I've been spending alot more time at the beach - even going out in the evening with my roomates for a picnic by the ocean.


Here we are enjoying a night dancing to SALSA MUSIC! That night we were having a casual dinner party at our home with some friends and afterwards we turned on some salsa music and before we knew it, we all went out to go dancing. #spontaneousawesomeness :) 


I learned how to make LOX - salmon cured with salt and other seasonings. Apparently it's something that fisherman used to do to keep the fish from spoiling. They would bury the salmon in the sand and the salt would cure the fish. It tastes amazing and the salmon ends up lasting longer because you only eat a little bit at a time (it's that tasty).


I've been getting better and better at getting up early so I've started sitting on the balcony to read and plan my day.


And I made bread!

For the lox I made this week, I used the following seasonings:
- basil (from my balcony garden!)
- oregano (from my balcony garden!)
- lemon zest
- dill
- salt
- fennel seed
- pepper
- sugar
(I posted the whole process on snapchat by the way, so follow me! :) Username: michellerohr)

The picture on the right is what I had for breakfast. It's eggs with lox on top with capers and green onion (that I'm growing in a cup of water) and passion fruit! :)

On the business side of things, I'm setting the date for my next blog workshop here on Guam, getting interviewed on several webinars, taking care of clients, growing my network marketing biz and massively organizing my finances. I even went to the university here to teach a class on how I've built a passive income with my online business!

A big milestone that I hit this month was passing 1000 sales on Etsy! When I started selling on Etsy, I had no concept of how in the world people were making that many sales. Now everything seems possible and I have such big plans for The Secret O.W.L. Society. :)



Well, that's it for this month! Enjoy your printable and enjoy your life. :)

Free Printable: 2016 Wish List - It's Possible!



Hi! I'm sitting here working through my to-do list and was inspired to create this printable. I was looking at my goals in my Life Binder last night and noticed that I had achieved some things without realising it - little things that were basically "wish list" items. It reminded me of the power of WRITING DOWN WHAT YOU WANT.

So I took immediate action and made this printable just for this purpose. I filled mine out already and am about to tape it up in my bedroom where I can see it every day. I have little goals on it like buying a particular pair of shoes on Etsy to big goals like traveling first class.


(*If you have trouble accessing this printable, you can email me at michellerohr@gmail.com)

Your wish/goals list means nothing however if you don't believe it's possible. I've had crazy experiences where I've always received what I wanted and I feel like it's due to three things:

1. I'm not afraid to ADMIT that I want something - I say it, I write it, and I tell other people.

2. I believe that I can get it. I literally have NO DOUBTS about it. I might feel nervous, or pressure, or fear, but I don't allow myself to feel DOUBT.

3. I don't care how long it takes. If I don't achieve what I want when I wanted to achieve it, I reset the deadline and I reset it over and over and over until I get it. I NEVER feel DISCOURAGED. Success is a direction, not a destination. I'm in this for life.

And on that note, I challenge you to press play on the video below. I've listened to this talk at least 12 times over the past several years and I'm listening to it again now. Press play and listen to it while you're working, cooking, or driving. Join me. :)

It's POSSIBLE.
I can have my dream.
I can get what I want.
I must be creative.
I'll never give up.



Free Hello Mid-March Printable



Hello! I'm back for another Mid-Month Review and Free Printable! This printable is centered around getting back on track with your one big goal for the month. I know that whenever I achieved something big in a short period of time, it was because I focused on doing ONE THING every day (no matter small) that helped push me toward my goal. So this Hello Mid-March printable helps you do just that. I recommend sticking it on the fridge or where you'll be able to see it and write on it every day.




Now for my review of what's been going on in my life lately...  :)


I created a corner in the living room where I can sit down in the morning with my coffee and plan out my day, read for my personal or spiritual development, write in my 5 Minute Journal, and review with my Life Binder.

This month's epiphany:
I've been realizing that I've been spending too much time debating with myself, so I'm making myself JUST DO IT basically. For example, it could be evening time and I'd be looking outside thinking I probably should get out of the house and take a walk. I used to go back and forth with myself and basically waste time and energy thinking if I felt like it or not. Now I immediately MAKE A DECISION and GO. So I've been doing this with different areas of my life and building up that MENTAL MUSCLE within myself to take action and do the right thing RIGHT AWAY.


Since moving into an apartment with an amazing view, great little kitchen, and an awesome, big dining room table, we've been throwing DINNER PARTIES a couple times a week and it's been so much fun cooking good food, having people over, and enjoying eachother's company around the dinner table.


I've been a cooking and baking every day since moving into my new place. These are whole wheat donuts that I made on Sunday for my brothers and sisters when they were visiting. YUMMY. Ahhh, I wish I still had some right now.


Today I received this amazing 2016 calendar from Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneur Association. My roommates were even more excited about it than I was, I think (!!!) (and I'm pretty excited), so we had a great idea to share the calendar by putting our goals on post-it notes and using it for all of us. The year ahead is looking pretty amazing. We're such a great team. :)


I've been practicing working according to "Theme Days." I got this concept from the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, who had a theme for every day of the week. For example, on Mondays he'd work on management. On Tuesdays, he's work on products. Et cetera.

I've gone through one week so far operating according to themes, and even though I have not been as focused as I'd like to be, I feel so much more productive and at peace with my to-do list. It also makes it so much easier to know what I ought to be working on when I'm planning out my day.

I created a printable for this purpose called "My Themed Days." It's available in the S.O.S. kit for March, so if you want to grab it, become a subscriber here >> click me :)


Yup, more food.


We've started buying fresh fish and making POKE - an insanely tasty dish. We're trying really hard to not make this to eat every day, it's SO good. Here's a great video I found on Youtube showing how to make it:


That's it for this month! I've basically been keeping up with building my business and enjoying my life with good friends and good food. My one big goal this month is to finish creating my graphics course. So, I'll definitely be using the Hello Printable for that! I hope it helps you achieve something big this month too. For more help on achieving something BIG, check out Carrie's Mission for March challenge HERE. She does it every year and it only gets better and better. :)

Free Hello Mid-February Printable


Hi! So I'm really liking how I write up these posts that go along with the Hello Month Printables. I hope you like them too. I just breeze through some things that have been going positive in my life so far and it's super enjoyable to share it all with you and I hope it gives you value. To be honest, these are the types of posts that I've always wished I could read from other people that I look up to. So here we go!




I found this awesome cup by Kate Spade that has been helping me drink more water. I found that the closer I get to drinking a gallon a day, the more awake and alert I feel - even when I don't get much sleep.


I've been looking forward to turning 30 (I'm 27 now). Why? Because I can only imagine how much my life will change and improve because of the compound effect of the good habits I'm practicing in my businesses and in my life. I took this snapshot on Instagram of a pic in Tuscany because I am planning on celebrating my 30th birthday by spending a month in some place like this. You gotta keep the vision for your future BIG. :)


This Asian Salad that I tried from a recipe I got from Pinterest is AMAZING. Now that I've moved to a nicer apartment with a better kitchen, I've been cooking alot more. I like this salad because I can make a big batch and keep it cold - which makes lunch/dinner time super easy and tasty. It's a hit with my roommates too.

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Pasta - cook it separately and let it cool down before adding to the rest of the ingredients.

Slice up some:

- red bell pepper
- red cabbage
- chives
- cilantro
- cashew nuts

Make the sauce with:

- sesame seed oil
- olive oil
- minced garlic
- grated ginger
- juice from lemon
- brown sugar
- salt and pepper

I never measure anything - I just go by taste and kitchen experience. :)
If you do a search for "Asian Pasta Recipes" on Pinterest, you'll find something alot more detailed if you like.


Hey check out the view from my balcony! :) Before moving here I had written down that I wanted to live someplace where I could see the ocean through big glass doors and where the breeze could blow through the house. It happened. That's why you always, always keep writing down your dreams and goals.


Last month was an amazing month for my Life Binder kit. My Etsy sales totalled over $4000 for January! This month, I created an online course for the Female Entrepreneur Association called The Power of Printables and just did a live Google Hangout with Carrie Green showing the behind the scenes of how I've been able to have so much success with printables.

I really don't do anything fancy. I just do a couple things right and consistently put in the effort and energy so that I can't help but get results.

One sneak peek tip: Identify your goal and every day do ONE thing that has to do with getting you closer to achieving it. That's basically my whole strategy for success right there.

I'm in the process of writing a blog post/making a video of how I made $4000 last month on Etsy just with printables, so if you are on my email list, you'll know when that comes out! :)


Here's my little morning ritual nook where I sit and do my personal development and planning. I keep my Daily Planner and my Life Binder here too. You can't see it in the picture because I was using them at that moment. I've learned that when you take the time to "set yourself up for success" in this way, you make it easier to stick to new habits + rituals.

And that's all for this month! Enjoy the printable. I'm super excited to fill it out myself. And leave me a comment if you're liking these posts. Your comments give me energy to keep up the good work. :D

FREE February Desktop Wallpaper + Challenge


Ever since I decided to switch the Hello Month printables from the beginning of the month to the middle of the month (to help give people a mid-month boost), I've been wondering what I could offer instead each time a brand new month rolls around.

So I came up with the idea to release a pretty + useful wallpaper that you can use to organize your desktop computer AND to share a challenge related to taking 100% responsibility for your life. As you can see on the top of the wallpaper above, I've typed out a wardrobe challenge for this month.

Every month, there will be a new wallpaper and a new challenge.

I hope you like it. :)


- More News -

This month's S.O.S. kit (February 2016) came out beautifully, if I do say so myself. :)

For $5 a month, you can become a subscriber to the S.O.S. Club and receive 4 unique + useful + gorgeous printables designed to help you take 100% responsibility for your life.

So if you LOVE printables and planning, then the treats in my monthly S.O.S. Kit will brighten up your days!


Life Binder

My Life Binder is a map of my life and when I open it, I'm able to "point" and say, "I am here."

I created this out of the need to have something that gives me a tangible way to measure my progress from Point A (where I am now) to Point B (where I want to be) in all the different aread of my life and all in one organised place.

I didn't want a million notebooks, sticky notes, pieces of paper, apps, google docs, etc. I wanted something simple, creative, and pretty that I would enjoy using.

Et voila!

The Life Binder was born.

Don't wait to make your own and don't stop working on it. As long as you're improving and changing, your Life Binder should be improving and changing along with you. It's really a reflection of my life. I feel like when I am spending time working on my Life Binder, I am really working

on my life

.

You improve what you measure.

You expand what you focus on.

FEATURES

- 26 insanely useful printables

- black and white, ink friendly design

- digital download

- prints out on 8.5 by 11" // A4

PROJECT PLANNER

Every time you complete a project, you up-level your life.

- Name your project.

- Write out the summary.

- Identify the 4 main steps.

- Break it down into small steps.

- Connect with your motivation: write out how the completion

of your project will improve your life/career.

MIND MAP

Mind-mapping helps you work with the way your brain likes to think. Get to clarity faster through mind-mapping.

- Mind map your project, day, goal, idea, life, etc.

DEFINE YOUR KEY HABITS

The achievement of any goal - huge or small - comes down to the practice of a few key habits. 

If you can master those habits, you can master your life.

- Write in your 5 most important goals

- Identify the habits that further the achievement of each goal

for example:

Goal: Lose 10 pounds

Habits: Drink 8 cups of water, exercise for 30 minutes, drink a smoothie for breakfast

- Out of all the habits you came up with, identify your "Daily Dozen" - the 12 habits that are most important for you to work on every day.

DAILY DOZEN HABIT TRACKER

Your success requires that you keep track of your progress. Use this weekly printable to track your progress, review it, and improve it.

- List your "Daily Dozen" habits and track your progress for one week.

- At the end of the week, you'll be able to see what habits need more attention.

- Write out what worked, what didn't work, and how you're going to improve.

TRAVEL PLANNER

If you can take the lack of clarity out of planning your next trip, you can go on more adventures sooner.

- Identify all your expenses and know how much your trip will cost.

- Calculate how much money you will have to save every month to pay for your trip.

- Brainstorm on what you're going to see, do, taste, and where you want to go.

- Fill in the "Make It Happen Manifesto" to put some emotional commitment behind your plan.

MY BUDGET

With a budget, you tell your money what to do, where to go, and how to serve you - instead of the other way around.

- Record multiple streams of income.

- List out your monthly expenses: rent, groceries, utilities, etc.

- Know whether or not you stuck to your budget and be able to see at a glance how you can do better next month.

INCOME TRACKER

What you focus on, expands. The first step to expanding your income is setting your intention for how much money you want to make and keeping track of every penny that comes into your life.

- Set your goal/intention for how much money you want to make for the month.

- Keep track of every penny and watch your income grow.

EXPENSE TRACKER

Know where your money is going and practice the millionaire habit of living within your means.

- Write in your budget amount for the month.

- Whenever you spend money, write it in and check off whether it was a "need" or a "want" in order to build more awareness around your spending habits.

- At the end of the month, examine if your "needs" and "wants" - do you need to manage yourself better?

BILL PAYMENT CHECKLIST

Never waste money or energy on a late payment again.

- List out all your monthly bills: rent, utilities, car payment, etc.

- Write in their amounts and due dates.

- Check them off as you pay them.

MY MONEY OPPORTUNITIES

Your mind is for coming up with ideas, not for storing them. - David Allen

- List out every money-making idea or opportunity that comes to mind.

- Pick the ones that you want to work on now and start generating some income!

- Whenever you feel stressed out over lack of money, return to this list and do something about it!

- Keep financial stress out of your life and do something to expand your income every month.

MONTH AT A GLANCE

Start and finish every month strong with this one page overview of your goals, your progress, and your plan to improve as you move into the next month.

- Identify your top 3 goals.

- Write in your To-Do items.

Write in your income goal and your savings goal.

- List out any important appointments and events.

- List out the bills you need to pay and when they are due.

- At the end of the month, complete a review of what worked, what didn't work, and what you need to do more of and less of.

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Before you can plan a productive day, you need to set your goals, tasks, and schedule for the week.

- Identify your top 3 goals for the week. Make sure they help further your top 3 goals for the month.

- List out your To-Do list for the week. Make sure your To-Do's are helping you achieve your weekly goals.

- Schedule in your events and appointments, and be sure to schedule in all of your To-Do's as well. What gets scheduled gets done.

WEEKLY GOAL SETTING & REVIEW

Discover the key to insane focus and productivity by setting goals and reviewing your progress on a weekly basis. This will improve your momentum and performance so much!

- At the beginning of the week, identify your top 3 goals. Make sure your goals are big enough to stretch you and small enough to actually get done that week.

- Write in the steps you need to take in order to accomplish your goals. 

- At the end of the week, review your progress: what worked, what didn't work, do more, do less, wins/gratitude, lesson moving forward.

- Use the answers in your review to make an even stronger game plan for the following week.

MY GOALS

The first step to living the life of your dreams is knowing what exactly that looks like.

- Write out your goals in every area of your life: lifestyle, financial, career, relationships, self-care, adventure, spirituality, new skills, and health.

MY GOALS

Allow yourself to dream more, want more, have more, do more by filling out the prompts on this printable.

- Answer the prompts: what do you want to become, create, organise, simplify, etc?

- This printable simplifies the goal setting process.

MONTHLY PROGRESS TRACKER

Don't let your goals fade away. Keep them all in front of you and measure your attention to them on a monthly basis with this printable.

- List out all your goals.

- Write in when you want to start and complete each goal.

- Every month, have a quick "check-in" with yourself and ask yourself if you are satisfied with your progress so far. If you are, add a check mark to the goal. If you're not satisfied, then now you know that something has to change.

BLOG POST PLANNER

Make sure that every blog post you write is working hard and well to serve you and your audience.

- Identify the title, publish date, and category.

- Brainstorm and outline your idea.

- Come up with the key points you want to highlight.

- Make note of any photographs, links and affiliates you need to add.

- Identify your "Call to Action" (very important)

- Identify your overall purpose for your post.

- Check off the "Workflow" as you progress through it.

- Write in any To Do items

- Write in any feedback and notes for your next post.

 - Promote on social media.

MY WEEKLY ROUTINE

There are tasks in your life and career that need to be completed on a weekly basis. For example, every week you know you need to do your laundry, write a blog post, update your accounting, spend time on marketing, etc. Instead of letting these tasks "attack" you as emergencies, identify when exactly in the week you are going to pay attention to each one. This will also help you plan your week and day more quickly and efficiently.

- Identify the different areas of your life. For example: Home, Blog, Family, etc.

- Write in the weekly tasks that according to the life area and day of the week that if falls under. 

For example: 

Family - Friday - Take kids to soccer

Blog - Wednesday - Write new post

Home - Saturday - Do laundry

GROCERY LIST

Plan out your grocery list according to your meal plan and avoid impulse shopping and forgetting items.

- Use the prompts to write up a complete grocery list: bakery, fruit, vegetables, etc.

- Use the meal planner section to make sure that the food you buy will help you create the meals that you want to enjoy.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Watch your eating and exercise habits improve with this simple tracker. Tape this printable to your refrigerator and watch yourself make healthier choices more and more effortlessly.

- Every day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, record what foods you ate.

- Fill in the little circles to track how many cups of water you drank for the day.

- Record your exercise activity.

- Keep you diet exciting by coming up with a new recipe you want to try and the ingredients needed (Ooo, Pinterest!).

- There's even a space to jot in a quick shopping list.

- Take a moment at the end of the week to write in your "Progress Reflection" - bring more mindfulness to how you are taking care of your body.

BRAIN DUMP

Our brains serve us best when we have a regular "spring cleaning" of all the tasks, ideas, and random thoughts that bombard us and cloud our ability to focus. Use this printable to "get it all out" whenever you feel like your brain is becoming a storage unit when it should be a lean, mean, focus machine. :)

WARDROBE INVENTORY

The first step to getting more control over your wardrobe and the image you want to present to the world is knowing what's in your wardrobe so that you can identify which pieces serve you best.

- Take inventory of your wardrobe and write in the items according to the areas that they fall under.

- List which items are your primary favourite items, secondary favourite items, and which pieces you want to donate/discard.

MY IDEAL WARDROBE

A balanced wardrobe is one that supports every activity of your life. Every time your lifestyle shifts, so should your wardrobe - otherwise you could find yourself more active in, say - business activities - and have nothing to wear but yoga pants! This is the reason why a person can be drowning in clothes and yet still have "nothing to wear."

- List out the major activities that make up your life.

- Take inventory of the clothing you have that goes under each activity.

- Now, assess everything and determine what additional pieces you need to purchase in order to round out your wardrobe so that it can support your lifestyle in a more balanced way.

DAY PLANNER

Use this simple, streamlined day-planner when you have a day centered around appointments and getting things done on time.

- On this printable, the time slots start at 6am and end at 10pm.

DAY PLANNER

Tell your day how you want it to go and live with more focus and intention. Your days make up your life and when you take the time to structure and organise your day, your life becomes more structured and organised as well.

- Map out your schedule.

- Identify your top 3 goals.

- Write out your To Do list.

- Record what your meals and exercise activity.

- Record your income and expenses.

- Write in any notes.

- List what you are grateful for.

DAY PLANNER

Plan your day in a more fun and creative way with this printable.

- Schedule in your tasks and appointment under the "hour space" that they fall under.

- Use the box slots on the bottom to categorise your day into focus areas.

I hope you find value in this 

Life Binder kit

. It's amazing how even just a little bit of planning and intention can completely change your life. This system has become a "home" for my world on paper and has helped me become the CEO of my life and take 100% responsibility in everything I do. I hope it does the same for you too. :)

Warmest,

Michelle Rohr

(the girl behind

The Secret OWL Society

and the

Life Binder

)

MORE REVIEWS:

EVERY Year I spend days/weeks/months searching for the right planner. Each year I'm disappointed because the one I found fails to meet my planning needs. Finally though, I found what suits me! Thank you spotted owl. I can't wait to print and tell my friends.

- Lameisha

The printables were exactly as I wanted, simple, elegant and will hopefully prove to be an effective tool in helping to organise my life in 2016 and work out what my priorities are. I feel that the item is competitively priced and my correspondence with the seller was very efficient and courteous. Would purchase again from SecretOwl. Thank you.

- Karen

Very happy with my purchase, a great investment for anyone wanting to keep track on all areas of their lives in a very useful and simplified way. Beautifully designed too! Thank you :)

- Circe

I love the simplicity of the design and look forward to staying organized 

and on track in 2016 thanks to the Life Binder. Thank you!

- Katie

So great, I've been looking for something like this for years!

- Meridith

This is perfect for getting me organized in every aspect of my business and life. 

Thanks so much for creating it!

- Sarah

I love everything that Michelle does! Without her, my business and well, life, 

wouldn't be where it is today!

- Michelle

Aesthetically stunning & the most thoughtful planner printable layout 

I've seen (and I've bought them all).

- Anna

I love this printable! Michelle makes wonderful products and it has definitely 

put me many steps closer to taking control of my life :)

- Kaelie

Hello Mid-January: Free Printable and Wallpaper



There's also a free wallpaper at the end of this post. :)

You don't have to subscribe in order to access this printable, but if you DO want to be notified whenever I release a free printable, then subscribe HERE. >>

HI! So I'm back with another review of what's working for me so far this month. These are so much fun to put together and share. Enjoy!

1

PLANNING AND LEARNING EVERY MORNING

I used to take time to sit down with my Life Binder and review my vision and set my plans a couple times a week. Now I do it every morning.

When I do this, it feels like I'm picking up a bow and arrow, pulling that arrow back, seeing my target and then releasing the arrow to shoot forward swiftly and accurately.

I also (some of the time) use the mornings to work through online courses. That way I can go through my day with new ideas on how I can do what I do even better. (This is a success principle recommended in the book Think and Grow Rich. Every day spend time learning how you can get better at your chosen skill set).

2

BEING PRESENTABLE ALWAYS
Reading this book by Jennifer L. Scott has helped me undergo not only a wardrobe transformation, but also a mindset transformation.

I used to only "dress up" if I was going somewhere nice. Now I dress in my best clothes even if I'm staying home all day.

Over the past 3 months, I've crafted together a quality wardrobe of 10 core items (mostly dresses from Boden) and now I dress up all the time for my own sake. Try it - your self-image will improve and the effects of that will have a positive impact on every area of your life. 

3

HAVING ONLY ONE GOAL FOR THE SECRET OWL SOCIETY
I set tons of goals without hesitancy or fear of disappointment. Why? Because...
Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve, regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.” - Napoleon Hill
So whatever pops into my mind as something that I want to achieve, I 100% believe that I can achieve it. BUT I also believe that "where focus goes, energy flows," SO as far as which goals I am actively focusing and working on for the Secret OWL Society, I have only ONE. 

And oh-my-goodness, what a difference it makes. I feel like I turned up the power in my brain 50% higher. I've sharpened my focus and am able to make connections and come up with ideas with so much speed and clarity - it feels like a super power.

What's my ONE goal for the Secret OWL Society? I want to help 5000 people transform their lives through using the Life Binder system. This plays out in so many ways, including starting to do YouTube videos and Google Hangouts centered on serving the community of people who have embraced the "Life-Binder Way." :)

4

GETTING HELP FROM MY SISTER ANGELICA
Woohoo, I've hired my first not-so-virtual assistant! Angelica is now helping me create graphics, manage social media, and take awesome photos of my printables so I can show people real-life peeks inside of the Life Binder and the S.O.S. Club.

I can now check my goal to delegate off the list! Woohoo!

The photo below is of 90 Day Goal printable inside of this month's S.O.S. Kit.

5

Get Rich Lucky B*** App
Denise Duffield-Thomas' teachings on moving past money blocks have helped me and my sisters ALOT. I've been practicing this tip from her for a while:

1. Set your money goal for the month.
2. Track your income daily.
3. Every time money comes into your life, subtract the amount from your money goal that month.
4. Focus on the new leftover amount as your goal moving forward.

So if your goal for January is to make $5000 and you've made $1700 so far, then the number you should be focusing on now is $3300 (not $5000).

To me, what this does is it helps my brain focus strategically on what I need to do to reach my goal every step of the way.

AND NOW DENISE HAS AN APP TO HELP YOU DO JUST THAT.
It's free and is currently available only for iPhones.
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That's all for this month's HELLO review. I hope my findings and epiphanies help you and before you go, here's a free wallpaper for your computer :) ...


CLICK HERE >> To download this desktop wallpaper.

How to Get the Most from Your Day + Free AMAZING Printable




The process of achieving our goals is made up of hundreds of incremental steps. How can you make sure you stay on track with all those steps? Jim says that the best way to stay on track is to literally write down your activities on a day-to-day basis. He calls this getting the most FROM the day.
By keeping a written record of your life, YOU STAY ACCOUNTABLE. You're able to REVIEW and REFLECT. You can see what worked and what didn't work. You can squeeze more value and lessons from the day that you can use to be better and do better in the future.
If you haven't listened to the video above, please do. It's amazing. Below, you can see how I've illustrated the fantastic points that Jim Rohn shares:

CHOOSE THE ALL

Earn all you can
Make all the friends you can
Read as many books as you can
Develop as many skills as you can
See as much as possible
Do as much as possible
Make as much of a fortune as possible
Give away as much as possible


How do we "Choose the All"? By doing the best we can. How do we do the best we can? By reflecting on our activity so that we can always be improving it. How do we reflect on our activity? By keeping a written record of it.
And now for the golden question: How do we keep a written record of our activity in the most effective and efficient way possible?
Well, for me, I have been putting all this into practice by using my Life Binder on a near-daily basis. It's been by my side for the past 5 years and has helped me develop an awareness around my goals and my progress that I never had before.

To help you experience what I mean, I've taken some of the best bits of my Life Binder and put it into a single-page FREE printable that you can download HERE (no subscription required). Use it to PLAN, DO, and REVIEW your performance each week. You're going to feel amazing as you put it to work and revisit it every day. Hmm, I think my next post will be a video on how I use it myself! :)


If you like the printable, check out its family - the Ultimate Life Binder - a whole kit of printables designed to help you DO THE BEST YOU CAN and CHOOSE THE ALL. I know you'll LOVE it. :)


Here's what some people are saying about the Ultimate Life Binder:

I love the simplicity of the design and look forward to staying organized and on track in 2016 thanks to the Life Binder. Thank you! - Katie

EVERY Year I spend days/weeks/months searching for the right planner. Each year I'm disappointed because the one I found fails to meet my planning needs. Finally though, I found what suits me! - Lameisha

The printables were exactly as I wanted, simple, elegant and will hopefully prove to be an effective tool in helping to organise my life in 2016 and work out what my priorities are. I feel that the item is competitively priced and my correspondence with the seller was very efficient and courteous. - Karen