Sept~ Sapphires + Soulful Resources

Wow. This is our first newsletter and we are so stoked that you are among our first readers. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

With this first issue, we are introducing what we hope will become some monthly features, as well as other interesting tidbits and resources. And, we’d love your feedback and thoughts on what is included and other things you would like to see us cover in future issues.

Let’s start with some freebies!


SOULFUL BUSINESS: Resources

 1.  We are offering our new e-book for free: 3 Steps to Make Money, Change the World and Still Have a Life. It focuses on the 3 steps we take our clients through to actually bring your business into alignment with who you are so success is easier + more natural.  Grab your copy here>>

2.  Running a Divine Business?  We’ve partnered up with some other great soulful sources to create a virtual library of free resources for you and your business. Get your copy of our e-book and a bunch of other great resources, tips + tools for a more spiritual business here!


BUSINESS TIP: Managing Your Calendar
As a business owner, it falls to you to not only work “in” your business – fulfilling orders, managing projects, coaching your clients – but also to work “on” your business. This means that you have to keep business development a priority, even while you’re working on the business you already have.

A key success factor for your business is to put time into client-generating activities while balancing client work and your personal life. One of they key tools we use to help us visualize this is our calendar. Yep, a simple calendar.

EXERCISE: Sit down with a blank calendar and map out a typical month. Put down monthly meetings and networking events. Add your Sunday night football gatherings,Ladies’ night and book club. Insert when your Facebook ad is going out and when you send your newsletter. Carve out time for consultations and strategy sessions. Put it all on there.

Now, step back. Take a look and make sure there are client generating activities on there. One day a week might be enough for your business. Or maybe you need to be working on it one hour each day. Find your balance.

Use the link below to download a PDF of a blank calendar and get started today. The sooner you map it out, the sooner you become master of your calendar.  Calendar Download!


Sapphires, Stone of the Month, September.

STONE OF THE MONTH: Sapphire
Sapphire is exceptional for calming and focusing the mind, allowing the release of mental tension and unwanted thoughts. It encourages opening the mind to beauty and intuition, bringing lightness and joy as it restores balance within the body.
From: “Love is in the Earth” by Melody

 

Are there times when you feel stressed out, overwhelmed or even doubt if you’re in the right business? Let’s chat and see where we can help. Click here to sign up for a free 30 minute “Rock your Biz + Love your Life” strategy session.

 


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Thank you for being your authentic self. Now, go out and rock your business!

Sincerely,

Cristy + Nicki
Co-Founders of Soulful Aligned Entrepreneur

 

Is your marketing what’s really the problem?

No, really?  I have many clients who come to me asking about “how to make my marketing work better for me” or “how do I get more ideal clients than not?”

Well, I hear you.  I was reminded the other day that it really isn’t about the marketing:  your message, if you have the right offer in place, what your price points are, and if your title is catchy.  I mean, all those things matter and contribute to the whole of things, but if you dig a little deeper, what is really causing the disconnect, the lack of sales, the scarcity of ideal clients?

Let me put your mind at rest ~ IT’S NOT YOU!  You are brilliant and know you are here to share your gifts with the world in a big way, right?  Money is something that comes from sharing your gifts, right?  THEN WHAT IS IT?

Breathe….it is a combination of bringing the essence of who you are FULLY into your business and paying attention:  to the timing, what inspires you, the pull to offer something awesome, the feeling you aren’t ready to talk on THAT yet, the awareness of timing.  It comes from inside of you, and if you are paying attention, it will keep you in the flow of many good things like selling a LOT of one meditation, connecting with whole groups of amazing people who are your ideal tribe, trust, focus, and attention on what you have to offer and clarity on what they want from you. Good things.

For example, take my client, Lindsey, who is a budding intuitive guide looking to be of service. She was pulled to put something new out into the world and nothing was coming. Panic. Then what do you think happened?

Here are her words:  

“I decided that I’m going to put a short meditation and a report about ‘Discovering Your Intuition’ up on my website as a freebie. But I’ve been having difficulty sitting down and making the meditation. I’m sure this is some kind of fear blockage. But as I’m working, something on my desktop catches my eye, and I realize it’s another Intuition folder. I open it, and there is an Intuition Meditation I made in January!

“I made it, planning on focusing on Intuition, then got scared and indecisive and left it. I totally forgot I had it. Now I feel like it was all meant to happen that way. 🙂

Now I can just get it uploaded tomorrow and start driving traffic to it.”

Done.  Timing is something Lindsey and I have worked on during our sessions and I’m thrilled it finally served her.

So, what can you do to pay more attention + be more in the flow of awesomeness?

Here are some tips to help you pay attention and know when it’s time to put something new out into the world.

  • Keeping a notebook of ideas + inspiration are great to keep you on track + on task.  Great to look at when you feel stuck or bored.
  • Be mindful when you keep getting “pulled” or an idea keeps popping into your head over + over.  Sit with it.
  • If you are stuck + nothing is coming to you, like Lindsey, then sit back and look to see what you have created like it in the past
  • Ask yourself, “What do I feel like sharing today?” and see what comes to you.

Remember, you are full of amazing insight + gifts to share. So share them, but have a plan and direction in mind. Otherwise, it will be difficult to make really big things happen in a way that feels really good for you.

If you would like to explore your own gift sharing strategies, then book your Soulful Business Breakthrough Session.  It’s FREE and all about you and making your business work!

Until next time!

Soulful Aligned Entrepreneur founders Cristy Nix + Nicki Gann

Oatmeal Choclate Chip Cookies

Cooking Up Something Good in the Kitchen

I have a nine year old son that likes to cook.

I find this very exciting as I’m a bit of a cook myself. I’ve been know to whip up something from nothing and blow away the boys when they come to the table. I have a list of “go-to” recipes that will bring a smile each and every time. And sometimes I just show up at the grocery store, throw some things that sound good into the basket, then head home to make a yummy something or other.

Don’t get me wrong. Not all of my creations are winners. Trust me. Don’t believe me? Ask about Tandoori Tofu over drinks some day. It’s actually worse than it sounds!

Chefs HatNot many people know this, but I actually attended culinary school for a while. I never had aspirations of becoming a world famous chef that owns a world famous restaurant. Actually, just the thought of that career path makes my stomach turn. Don’t get me wrong – I love good food and love when other people make it, and am so happy that other people went to school to become amazing chefs.

No, my reasons for going to culinary school were a little different. My desire was to learn what the different ingredients did. If you add an egg, what does it do? Do you need to add salt to all baked goods? When should I use oil vs. butter? How do different spices effect the flavors of different foods? When do you add this or that? For me, it was more about the science of the ingredients and being able to predict what happens to a recipe if I add/subtract/double this or that. And during my semester of culinary education, I learned how to craft, revise, embellish, and otherwise overhaul recipes in a whole new way.

So, back to my nine year old son that likes to cook. He also has the “taste” for wanting to know what different ingredients do, how the combine them to create different tastes and textures. From time to time I’ll go downstairs into the kitchen to find him making cookies or muffins. One day he even decided to make dinner for the whole family. He’s always so excited about what he is making! I absolutely love his enthusiasm.

Except he never follows a recipe.

Think about that for just a minute. He’s making cookies without a recipe. He’s making muffins without a recipe. He’s making a “dinner casserole” (his name for it) without a recipe. He carefully gets out all of the ingredients he would like to use. He throws some of this in a bowl along with a scoop of that. Adds a pinch of something and a dash of another. Sticks his finger in, tastes it, then decides if it needs more of one thing or another. Then he’ll get the baking pan or the muffin tin out, measure out his concoction, and asks me to put it in the oven for him.

Let’s just say there was one batch of muffins would could actually chew and swallow, although we felt the effects for a couple of days. There have been at least two batches of cookies that were completely inedible. I don’t know what they tasted like because they were so stuck to the pan that we couldn’t get any of them off. We had to soak the pan for two days before the “cookies” came off the pan. Dinner casserole was edible-ish, but very salty.

So why am I sharing this story? Not to embarrass him, I promise. (Although this will be a good post to share with his fiance one day!) But while watching his enthusiasm in the kitchen, creating what he hoped were the best cookies and muffins ever made, putting in great efforts (and sometimes a licked spoon) to batters that looked and smelled perfect, it occurred to me that he’s using the same strategies for baking that some business owners use when creating their marketing plan. He’s throwing a bunch of ingredients together to see if it’s going to work.

After each of these cooking experiments, I explained to him that it is best to start with a recipe. Since man first discovered fire, people have been creating and documenting how to prepare certain dishes – what ingredients to use, how to combine them together, what temperature to cook them at and for how long. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, or in this case, the recipe, each time you step into the kitchen.

It’s the same thing when you are trying to market your business. You can throw some stuff together. It may look okay. And then you put it out to the world. But no one is biting (pun intended). Maybe your message was a little flat or left a bad taste in your ideal client’s mouth. You could keep mixing different marketing strategies together trying to get the right amounts of each ingredient. Or, you can use a “marketing recipe” by learning from what people have done in the past and emulating the best parts of it.

There are plenty of marketing strategies out there. You can think of these are your business’s marketing cookbook. You can thumb through the cookbook, pick out two or three recipes that you want to give a try. Be sure to take the time to read through the whole recipe to make sure you don’t leave out any key ingredients.

And, just as there are different recipes for different eating types (gluten free, vegetarian, nothing but bacon), different marketing types will gel with you and your business in different ways. Speaking engagements may give you indigestion, while networking events will send you into a marketing “food” coma. Learn to listen to yourself and figure out the marketing recipes that you are going to feel the best about. We call this marketing alignment.

What the best part of starting with a recipe? In both the kitchen and your marketing strategies, if you start with something you know works, THEN you can experiment. Add a pinch of nutmeg to your oatmeal cookies. Throw in a dash of live workshops to your marketing mix. If you don’t like how it turns out, you fall back to what you know already works.

Not sure what marketing strategies are in alignment with you and your business? Let’s chat. We can help you figure out what recipe is best for you and your business and help you design an marketing action plan.


My Favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup unsifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
3 cups uncooked oatmeal
12oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesIn large bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color (about 4 minutes). Add vanilla and egg, mix on low sped until incorporated. In seperate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (optional).

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes for chewy cookies, 10-11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet then remove to wire rack. Store in a tightly covered container.

Make it your own!
Add a pinch of cloves or a little more nutmeg. Leave out the walnuts. Use dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet. Swap out dried cherries for chocolate chips.


Now it’s your turn! Let us know what your favorite marketing mix is. Or just let us know if you liked the cookies. We’d love to hear from you!

Confessions of a Serial Killer

I am a serial killer.

I go out and try to kill it in my business every single day. I pride myself on being available for my clients. I provide them when high quality designs, quality programming. I use my 20 years of marketing experience to find ways to help clients grow their business through their websites and social media. I create engaging print materials to help my clients express themselves with a consistent message and brand across all their marketing platforms. I’ve even been known to spend 1.5 hours on the phone doing email tech support. I am not an email tech support person. But I do it because I want my clients to have the best possible customer service that I can provide to them. I kill it at customer service!

I am a serial killer.

MinecraftI try show up and be present every day for my family. I rouse kids out of bed. I make breakfast. I clean the kitchen, straighten up the living room, and sort through school papers too numerous to count. I make lunch. I shuttle kids to swimming, soccer, baseball, golf, lacrosse practice …. whatever is the sport du jour. I drive kids to piano lessons amid complaints of how this is such a waste of their time! And each time I tell them they will thank me some day. I listen to endless stories about MineCraft and Five Nights at Freddy’s with interest and enthusiasm – even though sometimes I think they are speaking a different language. I counsel and guide them on how to better communicate with the neighborhood kids. “You shouldn’t slam the door in the younger kid’s face. Just politely decline his invitation to come outside to play.” I play mediator between brothers who both want to play games on the Xbox at the same time. I take out the trash. I play nurse to scrapes, bruises, growing pains, bloody noses. I make dinner. I clean the kitchen. I grump and growl to get them to take a shower and brush their teeth. I tuck kids into bed.

I am a serial killer.

I try to bring my very best to everything I do and kill it!

But there are some days when I just can’t bring 100% to my work and family. There are some days when you’ve worked a 14 hour day staring at little tiny pieces of code on a computer monitor and all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and decompress. There are days when you wake up and it’s cold outside and you just don’t have the energy – the spark – that you know the day is going to require. There are days when all you want to do is not do anything.

It has taken me a long time to realize and acknowledge that there are days when my best self just isn’t going to be the person that shows up. And, that it is okay to have these days from time to time.

I’ve learned there is a pattern to when these days show up. They show up when work has been particularly busy and stressful – like when I’ve been working nose-to-the-grindstone to get a big project launched. I put all my effort into making sure these projects launch as smoothly as possible, whether that means extra hours behind the computer or on the phone with tech support, or emailing clients at midnight to let them know that the last items have been checked off the list. The project is completed. The project is finished. The stress level is reduced. And the body and mind shut down.

In the past I’ve tried to push through these days. I’ve tried to force myself to work through it knowing there is another project ready for me to work on, another load of laundry to do, more housecleaning that needs to be done, more errands that need to be run, more phone calls to make, new clients to win over. There is never not a to-do list. Ever.

But trying to push through these days is like trying to swim in mud. I takes a lot of effort and you don’t get very far.

 


 

Instead, I embrace them. I celebrate these days. I acknowledge that I am feeling run down and exhausted because I gave my best to my work and my family and know it is time to take care of ME. I know that I need to rest to recover so that I can get back to killing it at full strength in less time that if I just “worked through it.”

 


Moscow Mule

Recently, one such recovery day presented itself. I woke up exhausted mentally and physically. In a five day time span I launched a big website, launched a new business (Soulful Mompreneur), took a short road trip, nursed a sick kid back to health, and celebrated a friend’s birthday with a river party cookout. I rolled over in bed that glorious Sunday morning, looked at my husband and said, “I’m not doing anything today.”  I celebrated by staying in my PJs all day long. I didn’t even put on a bra. I never left the house. I binge watched a show on Netflix. I made & drank Moscow Mules. I relaxed. Every so often my husband would ask, “Hey you wanna go do ______?” And my answer each time was, “No, thank you. I’m taking a day off today.”

My friend Katie celebrates these days a little differently than me. She leaves the family behind and goes on a hike in a remote area or on a little known trail. She takes water and some nibbles. She goes into the woods and takes the time to look, feel and listen. She notices the pattern in the bark. She watches the squirrels play in the tree tops. She stops by a stream and listens to music of the water as is flows past her. She reconnects to nature as a way to reconnect and recharge herself.

Here is my challenge to you. The next time you find yourself run down, disconnected, over tired, over stressed, or whatever state of being you find yourself when you can no longer give your best to your work and your family, take some time just for you. It doesn’t have to be a whole day. Maybe a few hours are enough for you to recharge and take charge again. Always remember that you have to take time to take care of your self. Otherwise, you can’t be there to take care of the other important things in your life.

What do you do to recharge? We invite you to share in the comments below.

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The Savvy Business + Mom + Me

Have you ever had a moment where the skies open up, and you hear music in the background like angels singing?  And you think to yourself, “Damn, that is Brilliant!”

I call them a-ha moments, and they can range from super small pops of insight like, “Bring in the dogs ’cause it’s fixing to rain,” to a huge, “Holy Crap!” revelations.

And I had one this weekend, surrounded by a whole bunch of proactive, philanthropic attendees at a “let’s change the world one woman at a time” event. Don’t get me wrong, I want to save the world. I just didn’t know how I was going to make my difference in the world at large. You have to admit it can be a bit daunting to see all the suffering in the world and realize you are a mere drop in the bucket.

But I had that “Holy Crap” a-ha moment. And in the mists of it all I felt that I finally get it, and get my path.

When I started my coaching practice officially in 2013 after publishing my first book Mommy Sense, my goal and biggest ambition was to help others be more aware of who they were in their business + their lives so they could show their kids how to become the great people they were meant to be.  That was pretty big for me, but it felt like it wasn’t fully developed yet.

Now my perspective + purpose have shifted to expand beyond that small vision to encompass a greater impact on a global level.

Why the change?

I realized in my own reflection that for you to grow and expand your business, your dream + vision have to grow and expand as well. It’s kind of like the video games where we are in the dark, and you can only see what your torch will light up for you in the space you are in.  Same thing.  I feel like I have stepped into a bigger room and can see more of where I am going and what I am meant to do to change the world in my own way.

So, what is the expanded vision, this big a-ha?  Well, I’ll tell you.  While my life purpose is to help, guide, and assist you in becoming more aware of who you are and being that person in all things, my business purpose has expanded to be more visionary.

I am a Hermit (heart lines in your hands) so I most desire the feeling of freedom. And to really succeed in a big way I realized I need a partner equal and fair. While my husband is amazing at supporting me at home, my business has just been me. While it has paid the bills, it really hasn’t grown like I thought it would.  Then I met Nicki (a Mom of kiddos who went to school with my son in Montessori), and over 3 bottles of wine we hatched Soulful Mompreneur!  This is where we get to empower, educate, inspire soulful, heart-centered women entrepreneurs build an amazing business they love doing what actually gives them the family life they have always dreamed of.

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And NOW I feel like a SAVVY BUSINESS OWNER!

I realized our vision is to help you bring your vision to life in a way that is in alignment with who YOU are so you can make a positive impact in the world, bring home the bacon, and have more time for what you enjoy most, your family + friends.  Being in alignment is key:  to happiness, feeling successful, but also supporting and acknowledging the amazing around you like in your family.

Now I feel like a more proactive Mom, and supportive wife.

Whoa!  Feel like YOU don’t have a vision?  That is what I wondered over for years when I started my practice, but I realized I had one, even thought I knew I could not see the breathe + depth of it all.  I feel like I still cannot see all of it or how it will pan out, but I KNOW it is there.

So, my lesson share:  Be where you are. Be WHO you are.  No harsh judgement of what you should be doing or are NOT doing.  Allow your greater vision to come in it’s own time.  Meanwhile, keep doing what you are PULLED to do, and when you get frustrated, know you are pushing.

Now I feel like I am always being me, and it is a LOT less WORK!!!

Want to find what it means for you to be in alignment with what you are putting out into the world?

Try out our FREE Alignment quiz!

And if you feel you are not growing your business in a way that feels good to you, then I suggest listening in on our FREE call next week.  In 30 minutes (we are quick + to the point as always) we will cover Our Top 10 Alignment Strategies that will Boost your Business Results Now!

So, join us next week for our call, and we look forward to seeing how you change the world!

Exciting Stuff!

Cristy Nix, SoulfulMompreneur.com

Not Inspired? Get Connected!

Ever felt disconnected?  It sucks, just in general.  In your business, it can mean no clients or sales for the week… the month… months even.

So, what does it mean?  Being disconnected is being out of alignment from the inside out. Your business is made up your heart + soul, right?  It’s an active part of you. So, if you are not feeling inspired, then your personal self is where you need to start looking for answers.

Where do we look? Disconnected can be on any of the 4 levels of self : Physical, Emotional, Mental or Spiritual

What does it feel like?  Disconnected feels like: cranky, unhappy, drained, depressed, pushed/forced, overwhelmed or maxed out.

Find out what + why. Try a simple breathing exercise to look into your body to find out where you feel heavy, closed, dark, cold/warm… where is the block sitting?

Then tune in + ask why, and get clear on how to resolve it or release it to get connected again.

So, how do you re-connect?

Here are three ways to get connected quickly:

  1. Walking meditation: stepping away from your desk, couch, office and going for a walk helps clear the mind and refocus on what is important
  2. Talk to someone who gets you without judgment: saying it out loud
  3. Share your gifts to make someone’s life better.

Nicki and I are so excited to have you here and we would love to hear from you. Please tell us the ways you know when you are disconnected + how you reconnect.
Share + pass on.