Family First Lifestyle

10 Simple Laws Successful People Follow For Living Well

It has been said that if you want to be successful in life, find someone who is successful and living the type of lifestyle you want to create, then model after them.

Watch how they interact with the world. Study what they do and what the do NOT do.

After spending the last 13+ years working with and studying successful individuals, I believe this list of 10 Simple Laws summarizes how many of them live.

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The Surprisingly Simple Secret Of The Super Achievers

Have you ever felt like you are spinning your wheels at your job or in your business?

Do you wake up in the morning inspired and ready to tackle the day with enthusiasm?

Or, do you want to hit the snooze button and then spend the work day daydreaming that you were somewhere else?

When I am working with my coaching clients, I often find that many of them are building a business or working a job because they think it will eventually pay them what they want to earn.

They work for the money, and then hope they will make enough money to spend it on a lifestyle that they love.

The problem with this type of thinking is that if they are working a job or building a business that they do not love, they are putting themselves through daily motions that drain them of their creative energy instead of spending time fueling their creativity by following their true passions.

With this concept in mind, I wanted to share these 3 quick videos with you today.

As you watch them, keep this thought in the back of our head…

If you’re not inspired and passionate yourself, how can you inspire anyone else to WANT the kind of lifestyle that you have?

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Is it time to say Goodbye?

Spending time with my loved ones, celebrating our Independence Day holiday this past weekend got me thinking about how many people, no matter what country they live in, never really take the time to create financial independence for themselves.

So, with that in mind, I have a question to ask you…
Is it time to say GOODBYE?

Goodbye to the self-sabotaging beliefs that have been holding you back from the life you deserve…

Goodbye to the naysayers who say “come back to reality – it’s only a pipedream”…

Goodbye to the little voice of doubt in your head that makes you question if it really is possible to make money online…

Have you said goodbye to your old life so you can say hello to your new life?

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10 Essential Quotes About Success To Inspire You And Keep You Moving Forward

I love to collect quotes about success and post them around my house, in my goal notebooks, and on my vision boards, where I can see them on an ongoing basis.

Today, I wanted to share 10 of my favorites with you. I hope you will take the time to jot them down and post them where you can see them too.

When times get a little tough or you are feeling frustrated. Take a few minutes to read through the quotes from successful people who have been there.

It just might give you the energetic boost to help get you back on track. .

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It’s Time To Break The Cycle Of Shame And Self-doubt: 3 Lessons In Mindful Parenting

Parenting can be hard.

But, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. It can teach you a lot about yourself, and if you treat it as a learning experience, can help you overcome some of your biggest personal obstacles and challenges.

Every experience we have with our children is an opportunity for us to learn from them, and to reflect upon our own beliefs that we acquired through our relationship with our parents.

The way we interact with our children in various situations can be a mirror that can show us what is going on behind the scenes in our belief systems. It can help us uncover some of our deepest beliefs, and as a result can help us to deal with them and, when desired, create lasting change to break unwanted behavioral cycles.

This weekend, I had the privilege of witnessing one of my friends (who also happens to be one of my coaching clients) realize that she was unknowingly reacting to her relationship with her father, by redirecting her negative energies onto her children.

It was a hard lesson for her to swallow, but it was an important one. And it is one that I think many of you will be able to relate to.

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You Really Can Have It All As A Work-From-Home Mom

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share with you how moms who work from home, really can have it all.

There has been an ongoing debate about whether or not Mom’s should work or not work after having children: it’s a subject that’s been debated over and over again.

Some of the studies look at what is best for the kids?
Some of them look at what is best for mom?
And, depending on which study you look at, you may find the results to be just as confusing.

However, I was not surprised at all when a 2011 study conducted by American Psychological Association on 1,300 moms found that the happiest moms are those who work part-time.

Full-time working mothers were equally well-off on several important levels, though. Both part- and full-time working moms enjoyed better overall health and fewer symptoms of depression than those moms who stayed at home and didn’t work at all.

Another study, however, found that a woman’s happiness at work depends on how much she wants to be working and especially on the quality of her job. The stay-at-home moms who preferred to be at home had equally low depression levels as the moms who preferred to work and had high-quality jobs. As for the moms who didn’t want to work but had jobs? Well, so long as it was a good job, they were as well off as the two other groups.

But, how does all this research translate into the real world.

It is a complicated matter, but let me share with you my experience.

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Feeling Stuck? 7 Tips to Get Out Of Your Rut and Motivated To Create An Extraordinary Life

Have you ever noticed how great it feels when you are passionately pursuing a goal?You feel energized.
You feel happy.

You skip through your day and inspire others, without even trying.

But what happens once you have achieved one of your goals?

Do you immediately set a new one and strive to reach it?
Most people do not.

And as a result, they find themselves slowly going through the motions in life and not even realizing that they are not living with the same amount of zeal and zest for life.

This just recently happened to me.

If you have been following my posts for any amount of time, you know that I strive to inspire others. You also know that I am working to balance family life with my work from home and work from travel lifestyle. This is something that I have looked forward to for more than 10 years.

It has always been my dream to have the type of lifestyle where my family and I could travel around and explore together.

Now that I have achieved that, I have spent the last few years enjoying my time with my kids and my husband, and more or less coasting through life.

Back in March, while we were on one of our amazing adventures together, we took a “digital detox” and completely unplugged for awhile. (You can read about that here). Anyway, while we were on that trip, it dawned on me that I had achieved most of the goals that I had set out for myself and for my family. Even though I had set new goals for myself at the beginning of the year, those goals were pretty much just extensions of what I had already achieved. (New trips, new experiences, etc.) But, they weren’t really BIG goals that captured all of my creative attention.

I also realized on that trip, and had to come to terms with the fact I was still holding on to the baby weight from my last pregnancy, which was almost 2 years ago.

It dawned on me at that time, that I HAD GOTTEN STUCK IN A RUT

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4 Tips for Building a Home-Based Business Without Sacrificing Your Family Or Losing Your Sanity

One of the things that I am most passionate about is helping families spend good quality time together.

As a former corporate executive who worked 80+ hours per week and traveled at least 3 weeks per month, I know all too well how hard it can be to juggle family life and hectic work schedules.

We knew that we wanted to have kids someday, and we also knew that our corporate schedules weren’t really conducive to having much work-life balance once the kids came along.

So, before we decided to start our family, we decided to start businesses that we could operate from home.

At the time, we didn’t know much about running a business. Thankfully, a friend of ours introduced us to the concept of network marketing. We also didn’t know much about home-based businesses at the time. We had a few friends who had tried building businesses with some network marketing companies in the past, but they seemed to spend more money than they made. Or, they ended up having garages full of products that they didn’t really want. So, our initial reaction to the idea of partnering with a network marketing company was… NO WAY! As a result of our preconceived notions, and limited experience with successful people in the industry, we avoided getting started for almost a year because we weren’t sure if network marketing was for us.

But during the 11 months or so that we hesitated in starting our business, we became critically aware of how unhappy we were in our corporate positions. We recognized that we were working too hard and too many hours for what we were being paid. We also recognized that there were corporate politics going on at both of our places of employment that we knew would hinder our future growth in those companies. We both realized that if we wanted to create the type of life and lifestyle that we dreamed about, we would have to start our own business, and not work for anyone else but ourselves.

We researched other options of starting businesses, but quickly realized that we didn’t have the start up capitol, the credit, or the free time necessary to invest in a start-up. Realizing our options were limited, we decided to give network marketing a try.

It was one of the best decisions we ever made.

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Is It Time For A Digital Detox For Your Family? Discover The Benefits Of Unplugging From The Internet

When was the last time that you completely unplugged from the internet?

When was the last time you stepped out of your social media world to truly interact with the beauty of the world around you?

As a blogger and avid social media user myself, I know how hard it can be to force yourself to unplug and disconnect.

However, a recent family trip to the mountains forced me to take a good hard look at how wrapped up I can be in my digital world and how much it causes me to miss out on what is actually happening right in front of me.

If you know me at all, you know that I work from home so that I can spend as much time as possible with my family. My husband (who also works from home) and I spent several years creating businesses that we could operate from home so that we wouldn’t have to put our kids in daycare and so that we could travel and explore the world together as a family.

We love what we do, and because of the way we structured our businesses, we have the opportunity to travel with our kids and often do. But most of our trips are somewhat of “working” vacations. We still do conference calls, webinars, Google hangouts, etc while we are on the road. We still answer emails and handle challenges that come up with our clients. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that we can work for a few hours a day while traveling and spend the rest of the time playing with the kids.

We definitely play more than we work on our trips, but it wasn’t until our most recent trip that I realized just how much we needed a vacation where we completely unplugged from the digital craziness. We took a trip into the mountains of Virginia and stayed in a beautiful “yurt” in the woods. Although the website advertised free internet, we could not get a signal no matter how much we tried.

So, of course, we thought we would simply activate the hot spots on our mobile devices.


We had no cell signal either.

So, we were faced with a decision…

We had reserved the yurt for more than a week and now we had to decide to
A) stay and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take a true vacation without it being a “working” vacation, or
B) move to a different resort so we could have a better connection.

It had been a long time since we took a vacation where we didn’t do at least a little bit of work, so we opted for option A.

Wow! Were we in for some surprises.

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