Happy Friday: To The Living + Bored

Yep. I said it. If you’re reading this you are among the living. And there are a good number of you that are probably bored or restless out of your mind. And that’s okay with me because you’re AMONG THE LIVING!

All right. Now that we’ve taken care of today’s gratitude element, let’s continue to work on our plans for after COVID-19. There will be an “after”, most of of us will be here despite the sensationalism reporting of the news. Most people will recover. More people have recovered than have died. And knowing that most people will recover and come out on the other side of this, how will you serve them? What are you going to be offer them that you weren’t able to offer before? What need will you be able to fulfill?

Have you thought about that? You should. You should be planning for your after COVID-19 hustle or even your business right now. Get started. Wtite out a business plan outline. Write what you’ve seen that is needed. Brainstorm. Now is the perfect time to get on it!

Today, you are among the living and I’m grateful for that. Now, I want to see you succeed.

Moving Forward: Staying in Touch

Stay in touch with your clients

One of thr most important things you can do for your hustle right now and for the long term: stay in touch with your clients.

Don’t offer any services, don’t mention anything that sounds like you’re trying to sell them anything. Don’t mention retainers or fees. This isn’t quite the time for all of that and you know it. They definitely know it. But, the least you can do is check in on them. See how they’re coping and dealing with everything going on right now. Send a text, send an email, leave a voicemail. Be genuine. Ask how are they doing. Ask if they need anything you might be able to help with. And let that be the only thing you bring up in the conversation.

Make it a point to be there for you clients so they will always be there as your clients. It doesn’t take anything away from you. It doesn’t cost you anything but your time. And you’ll be thankful in the long run. And so will they.

Happy Forward Friday!

Moving forward in a time of uncertainty

Good Morning. You’re awake. Awake looks good on you. So does thinking, planning, prepping, strategizing and outlining.

I say that to say this is not the time to sleep in and pick up bad habits. We ain’t got time for that. Recovery will come and when we’re on the other side of this pandemic and our feet hit what was solid ground, we want to be in running condition. Or jogging condition. Or speed walking condition. Whatever the condition we choose, we want to be moving forward. After all, it doesn’t feel like it now, but we’re moving through this pandemic, so we gotta be prepared for the other side of it.

If I could share some ideas to help you come out on the other side ready to really take back this year and make it yours, it’d be:

  • Journal – but not that “dear diary” crap. Journal for thoughts. For ideas. For things that make you curious. Add questions to those statements. Add possible web addresses to start finding the answers. And revisit your entries. Highlight, circle, underline. Make your thoughts important.
  • Exercise – or walk around the block. Some kind of movement. I do what I call “the stairs”. I go up and down the stairs in my apartment building a few times till I break a sweat. Then I follow that with squats. Why? It sets the energentic tone for my day and makes it hard for me to want to nap. And I like napping.
  • Take a free online class – there’s literally no excuse not to. You have the time. I know you. Everyone you know knows you do. And Udemy is offering free classes online in almost anything. Just open up a free account with them and get started.

For my hustlers who are fortunate to still be working, take these actions. Use and spend your time wisely. Now that we have what we always complained about what we lacked, there’s no reason we should be wasting any of it.

Marching Forward in This New Reality

Taking back 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to take back 2020 and salvage the remaining 9 months of this year. This was supposed to be our year. Our year for greatness, our year for change, our year to get closer to dreams and goals we’ve been busting our asses over.  And now we gotta stay home, be under quarantine and see what happens?

Sorry, not sorry. I’ve never been a ‘shit happens’ kind of gal and I don’t plan to be one. I’m a make-shit-happen kind of woman and I enjoy it. And for a short while, I forgot that. I forgot that I naturally thrive in a little bit of chaos. After all, isn’t chaos the mother of invention and the cousin to creativity? Now, a world pandemic is a little much, I’ll agree. And rising death tolls I don’t jive with. But in the midst of this chaos is new birth and new life to had. And not the life we had before all this went down.

There is no going back.  Sorry folks.  In case someone hasn’t already bursted your bubble, we’re only going forward from here.  Back is the past.  And although it felt great and looked good, especially compared to now, it needed to be improved and improved it will be.  Us included.

I don’t know where everyone stands this morning with job, their business, their finances, their home life, spouse life, parent life, wherever.  All this time at home could be stressful for you or it could be the best thing; something you’ve always wanted.   I don’t know where you fall on the spectrum.  However, I do know  it’s a new month and we can tackle April so much better than we fought through March.  And I want us to do that together. 

Together, we’re gonna look for every opportunity to rise, to shine, to leave it all on the floor knowing we gave our all. Because when we return to the regularly scheduled program under a new network, change and chaos will be the tool we use to strike down opposition and challenges. ‘Cause we would have already done it. Ready?