How Entering A Swimsuit Competition Got Me Out Of My Comfort Zone

How Entering A Swimsuit Competition Got Me Out Of My Comfort Zone

 

Have you ever felt you are doing the same thing, over and over again? You’re not along, some people get into a routine and fall into a lull. Just like relationships that need to spice it up, you should do something at least once a month out of the ordinary. I recently joined the 1099 club, and have never been more proud. I love what I do, but had to mix it up and do something fun and out of the ordinary. Forbes contributor, Dan Schawbel, posted an article that in order to be successful you must make time for fun. You can read more about it here. 

From a small town in Colorado, where conservatism is key, doing something like a swimsuit contest would be highly frowned upon. For whatever reason, I decided to break the common path, and do something out of the ordinary. In the latter part of my 20’s, I competed in a swimsuit contest and had a BLAST! Strutting around in questionable shoes and tiny pieces of clothing gave me a rush. From the event, I have decided to do more competitions and to start lifting with a routine at the gym.

I firmly believe that your body is a temple, no doubt. So if you are moree a proud of your body, don’t be shy to show what you’ve got. If you take good care of your body, you will live a long and healthy life, ceteris paribus. Competitions like these are to showcase the feminine side of our society. America is already walking the line when it comes to health, so I would encourage people to sign up with a club or join a completion in order to have something to look forward to when you workout, meal prep or participate in health challenges.

Inspired by the Comfort Zone Crusher Challenge, I challenge all my readers to do something out of the ordinary. It doesn’t have to be a swimsuit competition, but it should be something you normally don’t do that gives you a rush, excites you, and builds your confidence. If it deals with fitness and health competitions, all the better! As long as you don’t hurt anyone, then go for it. You’d be surprised at how good you’ll feel after trying something out of the ordinary. Here is a quick list you can start from, based on Daniel Branche’s top 10:

1. Travel to places you have always dreamed of going as well as famous places and sites all across the world like the Grand Canyon, Great Wall of China, and national parks in Africa for safari among others to get new experiences.
2. Engage in extreme sports like mountaineering, skydiving, rock climbing, white water rafting and bungee jumping among others for the thrill and adventure.
3. Find a place with relatively free of unnatural light and marvel at the beauty of the night sky all night long especially the stars.
4. Join a gym and enroll for a program that will help you keep fit and remain healthy.
5. Enroll for a yoga class to improve your mental as well as physical strength and help you to be more relaxed and calm.
6. Find an enriching and beautiful place to meditate occasionally and think about your life to help you set goals that can help you improve your life and relations with others.
7. Get a full body massage and treatment in a spa to remove all the tension from your body and for relaxation.
8. Have sexual intimacy with someone you truly care about regularly to help you improve emotionally, mentally and physically.
9. Renovate your house by occasionally painting different fun and bright colors and install more windows to let in more sunlight ensuring maximum lighting.
10. Visit close family and friends all around the world and spend some time together to help create strong bonds and interactions.

 

Here’s a quick photo of the completion. And as you can see I was definitely having fun! Try something new today, and bring some excitement to your life. You are worth it to enjoy the life you live.


Stay focused on your goals <3

Danielle

How Freelancers Can Actually Get Work Done: Waterfall vs. Agile Workflow

How To Actually Get Work Done: Waterfall vs. Agile Workflow

Recent Life Hacks: I finally stumbled upon a method, other than my sticky notes, that will help with project management. I work with and talk to, a lot of freelancers, and it has come to my attention that a lot of us use different project management systems to manage our workload. Personally, I have used the square method, and it works most of the time. However, I stumbled upon two even better methods to help people who work in demanding jobs or run a freelance business and are managing client workflow on the ‘feast-side‘ of the coin. Using one of the methods below can be helpful, and if you’re looking to start creating right away, Trello.com provides an online drag and drop creator’s studio to make your workflow.

The two methods are Waterfall and Agile project management systems. I would recommend researching the models in more depth on your own, but here are the quick meeting minutes for those of us who are on a tight schedule to get projects pushed through.

The Waterfall Method

Freelance career website, Upwork.com, describes the late 80’s/90’s project management system as the “traditional approach” to developing a product from idea to retail-ready.  In this method, the project is broken up into steps that are to be completed in a sequence. In this workflow, each stage must be completed before starting the next. For those of us who are visual, the steps are aligned to look like a waterfall, where backtracking is not an option. You must ‘go with the flow‘.

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The Agile Method

The same freelance website, Upwork.com, also describes the Agile method as one of the newer project management systems. The Agile way is more flexible and less costly than the waterfall method, especially when you need to backtrack and make edits, additions, or omissions. Instead of upfront planning altogether, the Agile method focuses on the ability to build and react to change in times of uncertainty and turbulence. This method is packed with an open backlog that you can continuously add to and is positioned in the model to kept to keep track of features and requirements that the clients want. From the backlog, one part of the project is selected and you work on it until completion. It is a way to select a priority and complete it while touching base with peers and making adjustments in a tight window.  After one is complete, then you select the next priority item from the backlog and repeat the cycle through to completion. You get projects completed, one piece at a time with room for edits and revisions. I believe this model is more flexible and reasonable for all those with heavy workloads and a sharp deadline. The website, Agilealliance.org notes that the agile method places an ’emphasis on teamwork, constant user feedback, continuous improvement, and the ability to adapt to changing requirements.’

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Both methods are helpful to move projects from start to finish. Challenge yourself to try one or both on your workload, and see how they compare. Work hard today, so you can play harder tomorrow.

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-Danielle

How To Keep Up With Your Work Over The Holidays – Getting Work Done When It’s The Hardest Thing To Do

During the holiday season, it can be difficult to manage the year end rush while balancing family and business holiday parties. This is the time when you need to focus the most. Year end is when people reassess their goals they made at the beginning of the year, and make a push to meet those goals during the end of the year.

As a business owner, being on top of your game means having a plan, answering emails, and being available to serve your customers. Be ready to take on more clients as well, because there are people out there who need your services. The more prepared you are to take on the work, handle the current workload, and also be present for family and friends, the better your year-end will be.

How Do You Achieve It All

The answer is by careful planning. When you plan your day, week, and month, you budget your time and can allocate what you spend your time on the important matters that need your full attention. This means planning to exercise, planning for decent sleep, planning for family and friends, and making sure you always budget time for your business operations and sales processes into your schedule. I firmly believe that those who plan well are those who achieve great things.

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Start Here

The first place to start is with you. Dive deep. Ask yourself why you are going after certain goals and objectives. If it is for you, you will stick with it. If you are going after certain goals to make someone else appeased, you will never stick with it. Building your foundation of why you are going after your goals is the first step towards effectively planning. Yes we all want more time with our family and quality friends, a sexy body and amazing health, and a thriving business that would make class reunion a breeze, but you need to plan out the details. Success in each of these categories is extremely different for each person, this is because we are all unique, have different desires and wants, and also needs.

 

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Where Do I Go From Here?

Grab a special planner that allows you to write in what you will do each hour. Plan each and every hour of the day, and can get right down to the minute. It may be daunting, but it is your life and you’ve got to be the change you want to see, it helps to build discipline. To prevent overload, start with a small list of tasks each day, and build from there. For example, if you want to do something to improve your health, relationships, and business, you can start a daily list that looks like this:

  1. Work Out At Gym for 1 Hour in Cycling Class
  2. Spend time with best friend Jessie downtown
  3. Complete 4 big projects today for clients and send 5 follow-up emails

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KISS

Keep it simple silly (kiss). The further down the rabbit hole you travel, the more you will find clarity on what you need to do, who you need to spend your time with, and the clients you want to serve. Make it happen. Your values will align with what you think, say, and do in your health, relationships, and business categories. Keep it really simple, and start small. Once you get good at completing small tasks, allow yourself to take on more. You will eventually get to where you can do more, be more, and become more.

 

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You Are Worth It

No one said keeping on the straight and narrow would be easy, but I can promise you that you are worth it to improve and save your life. Make your life better, and keep going no matter how small of a step you take. There will be distractions, failures, and setbacks. Take inventory, heal yourself, and get back on the path. It’s like that one quote that goes something like this…

“What is more important than achieving your goals is the person
you become while you achieve them.”
—Unknown

 

As you go about your holiday season to wrap up the year-end, and get ready for big improvements in 2018, remember to become a person of value and to serve those around you. Be ready to serve your clients, help new business develop, and be present for your loved ones.

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Happy New Year – See you in 2018!
Danielle

​~Create a better future one day at a time~

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How To Find Your Life’s Purpose And Make Money Doing It

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to ‘make it’ while others just seem to be stagnant? There are many factors that contribute to a person becoming successful, and achieving their goals. One of the main reasons why some people become super successful is that they follow their heart, and find something that they enjoy doing, then they engage their mind to help strategize on how to make it all work.

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Many people freeze up, and watch life’s game happen while others play in the field. You might call it ‘analysis paralysis’, and believe me, we have all been guilty of it on one occasion or another.

 

What you have to do are these three things. Remember, sometimes mastering the basics, no matter how simplistic they may seem, is the key to your success.

 

Find A Template.

Try different business models in different fields. See what direction you are naturally pulled towards. Eventually, after trying different types of work, you will have a sense of what you enjoy doing. There is an old adage that states, ‘pioneering doesn’t pay’, so make sure you find something that there is a business plan template for, that allows you to add value to the market place, and get paid for it. The first couple years, you may do a lot of work that goes unpaid, or unnoticed, but keep at it. You will eventually get paid, and noticed, and the success you find will be your just reward for all the hard work you do.

Examples include Amazon drop shipping, blogging, or starting a service business.

 

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Focus.

Focus on the work you enjoy doing, and keep at it. You may encounter moments where you fail, and fall on your back. Expect this to be something that will happen. The key here is to take inventory of why you failed, and to make sure you learn the lesson in each failure before moving on to the next level of challenges.

 

Our greatest teacher is our last failure.

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Persist.

When you get distracted, or feel you haven’t got any traction, that is when you need to work the hardest. Expect that your success will happen in intervals, and eventually, those successes will all add to your big success. It is most important that who you become in the process is the person you always dreamt you would be. Work, work, and work some more. This will separate you from being just average.

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Some key points to remember while you trek down your path to achievement and success: find something you like, make sure you have a template to add value to the marketplace, and get paid for it (you do have to eat), focus on achieving your goal, take inventory and actually learn from the failures, and to persist, and you will have to persist hard. Success always arrives around the next bend in the road, so keep driving.

 

There are times in our lives that define who we are, and moments of extreme success that showcase the fruits of our hard labor. There are also moments where when it is darkest , we truly shine. Walk on, walk hard, and walk towards your goal.

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Cheers to the success to come,

Danielle

 

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