Self-confidence as a skill

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Published on Jan 13, 2012

I had heard this before from another speaker that described self-confidence as a skill. A brain training of mind over soul destroying self-talk. I ran with this new idea, I did not need to be born with confidence, I could develop it, teach myself some skills to shut down the self-talk and replace with the information I need to focus my energy on.

In networking for myself, my self-doubt nose dives into the mud. Feelings about what value I have to offer is not interesting enough for others to listen to what I bring to the table.

Branding myself, self-doubt takes over about my message does this work for others, will others like these ideas. or the best one; no one will like my message, colors, or even name.

Action Begins Success
Published on May 15, 2017

What I forgot to do, was to keep practicing building on my self-confidence. This is not a one and done teaching, this is roll up your sleeves and keep attacking the negative thoughts with bigger and better thoughts.

So here is how I do this, I need to get out of the house, away from the people chattering garbage into my ears. Put on my headset and start walking. Listen to great speakers and motivators. Then listen again!

When do you stop? I don’t know, maybe after I wear out another pair of shoes.

Taking Care of Business

I am always looking for advice, methods, and hacks to simplify my life by design…

I have found that life turns to continuous situations of ongoing chaos. There seem to be days that run into each other, continually doing things, but with no structure or design to my day, life begins to feel like lost days, I cannot remember any essential details or any accomplishments for your effort.
Then it is time to take control of the areas of your world that you can manage! A morning routine, with thoughtful ideas on ways to improve the quality of how to start your day, will have positive effects on how to handle the rest of the day.
So I love to find things that make life just a little bit better!

Credit to InspirationWordLove

This infographic is fantastic for designing your start of the day.

Have an idea? Let’s hear it. Share your comments below. Share your link in the comments!

Starting a New Life with Passion and Core Values

I would not say I lived in a household were core values had meaning for raising a family. There definitely was a time when the adults decided that the responsibilities of being married or parents were done. So how I decided I still needed to graduate high school while couch surfing, I do not know since no one else seemed to care. Late in life, I was determined to find what my own personal strengths were to help design my new life as a forty-something divorcee. I was desperately searching for guidance to discover my core values. My fundamental principles that define the person that I now am. Also, how these values could be the foundation for designing my future yoga studio to create a community of teachers and yogis for lifelong relationships.

Chaos in My Head

I wanted to find my true passions in life, core values, and build a life I love. I began my journey by walking and listening to motivational speakers, TedTalks, and YouTube videos; to hopefully empty my brain of fears and negative thoughts that were dominating the space. I was searching to find anything that resonates with me. What I found to remove layers of well; bull-sh*t in my head and to live a simpler and happier life was Sarah Knight. Sarah’s TEDx Talk on “The Magic of Not Giving a F*** and Get Your Sh*t Together” was hilarious and such a simple message to work with.
In this Ted Talk, I was enlightened with powerful words on how to declutter and detox my brain to find the things in life that make me happy and find my passion.  Sarah explains how to let go of the extras that steal your time, energy and money, to get back to your joy. This was the beginning of finding my true path to who I am now…

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Stripping to My Core

Words that have resonated with me was integrity, courage, loyalty, fun, be yourself, honesty, humility, play with your edge, always be changing, random acts of kindness, pay it forward, and community. Though what I keep coming back to is integrity, loyalty, and courage. Now I understand why these words have a meaning that runs deep with me explained by Dom ( no last name given) the creator of the blog ‘mindcoolness – Let There Be True Will’. In Dom’s article ‘On the Importance of Values in Life’ Dom explains where values come from and how these values speak to our human needs in a particular social dynamic. Where my values echo is with a tribe identity.

Dom’s list of social identities and the values that tend to live and breathe within these groups, speak to the purpose or motivation of creating the sense of belonging to these groups.
Maybe these raw views of getting to the root of what is essential speak to me in finding my values, are to remind me to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) and enjoy life!

I want to invite you to share your passions and core values for life!

I would love to read your thoughts or comments on this topic!

Feel free to drop your links into the comment box!

Yoga Has No Competition In Community

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Image result for YOGA ALLIANCE LOGOYoga Alliance is the company I am researching for my online marketing class, though to put a together a better picture of how Yoga Alliance is competing in the market, you need to look at what your competitors are doing, though in yoga no one is your competition. Yoga Alliance’s website is an institute of education to all things a yoga student, yoga teacher, yoga studio, the entire community.  Yoga Alliance use of their micro-sites to share their content, they do not seem to be looking for community engagement.

Image result for YOGA JOURNAL Yoga Journal is a magazine online and in print, the website has a very energic vibe about it, youthful and engaging. Yoga Journal provides many avenues of learning yoga. Yoga Journal also has continuing education resources from some big names in yoga. Its a great compliment of resources, to the content Yoga Alliance to be used as ‘other peoples content’ to share on social media sites. Yoga Journal also uses their microsites to out great content to share, there does not seem to be conversations to followers.


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Yoga Magazine the name explains it all, online and in print. Yoga Magazine is about the lifestyle. There are many advertisements on the site, lots of articles, Yoga Magazine does feature yoga teacher stories, I did not find any pieces of training being offered to teachers. Though lots of information about practicing yoga. Yoga Magazine does offer competitions from winning subscriptions to Yoga Magazine to fantastic travel destinations. For their microsites, they use the least social media avenues, just Facebook & Twitter. For those platforms, they post a lot of memes, some content from website, and products they are selling.

Yoga Alliance, Yoga Journal, and Yoga Magazine are great for what each of these resources shares with the yoga community. As an instructor, they all have content that I have shared to my social media platforms, great pictures, well-produced videos, lots of ‘how-to’ information that has been fantastic content to my followers! They all offer valuable resources, focused on being contributors to the yoga community, providing opportunities, education, and the possibilities of travel as only a yogi could!

What Yoga Taught Me About Business, Bravery & Bras



DO NOT discount the power of the  Groupon in having a life-changing moment!

This inspirational Ted talk about women in business, given by Harriet Minter, sharing how powerful women in business lack confidence and bravery.

Harriet explains how this makes no sense since women tend to get better grades in school and now there are more women attending universities than men.

Harriet explains her journey of her horrifying first experience is doing yoga and mistakenly entered an advanced class of power yoga changed her meaning of adventure, success, and bravery as to overcome challenges and find success!


Interactive Blogging by Design


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How-to post:

How-to-write blog posts that increase creditability and expertise gather new readers and a loyal following?

Well, writing a ‘How-to’ post can stick around longer which has the potential to be shared and liked more often. ‘How-to-do-something’ blogs that are strategic, easy to read instructions, lists or videos are about 38% of blog traffic.

How to break selecting content for a creating a utility style post can be broken down further into three categories according to the audience you are writing to attract by broad, narrowly focused, and topical.

Image from HubSpot Research.

Humorous post:

In a world, that has taken being politically correct to new extremes; laughter is needed in this world. To be honest, I look for things that will make me laugh out loud…literally!

According to the DILBERT.BLOG by Scott Adams the topic is half the work and remember to keep it simple and short sentences.

Essential elements of humor:

  • Cute
  •  Clever
  • Bizarre
  • Cruel
  • Naughty
  • Recognizable

Quote post:

Quotes are another way to gain interaction from your audience. According to ProBlogger, there are four key reasons to why quotes are useful. In Problogger’s article:

The Why, How and When of Using Quotations on Your Blog

  1. You’ll Stand Out from Other Bloggers by Including Different Views
  2. Your Blog May be Seen as Higher Quality
  3. You’ll Find Yourself Doing More Research
  4. You’ll Get Noticed be the People You Quote

Beginning a post with a quote can set the tone for the blog. Also using quotes can add inspiration, humor, or sentiment to the content you are sharing.

Spread the word… Show some love… Share your comments!


Launch Your Yoga Studio With The Right Business Model

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You are designing the perfect Yoga studio for your community, counting down to the day the doors open, the floor fills up with mats, and Yogis are down-dogging! You have spent a lot of time taking teacher trainings, designing your brand and brainstorming on the right name, but a studio is also a merchant. A yoga studio is a business that promotes and sales; group led classes, private instruction, or possibly a remote event class. Adding a Boutique will bring added revenue such as water bottles, apparel, accessories, yoga mats and other useful equipment. That is why designing your business strategy as a Merchant Model will help with the success in the Yoga industry.

“There are two main aspects to successfully implement the merchant model, namely generating traffic to a company’s website and having an attractive and simple-to-use website. Indeed, with the intention of attracting visitors to their websites, companies frequently make use of the services offered by affiliates (internet publishers).” 

Promoting to the Yoga industry demographics will bring more yoga mats to your doors. A recent study put out by Yoga Alliance has a fantastic breakdown of demographics, shared by Seattle Yoga News.


Three key demographics to focus a broad marketing campaign:

  • 80% of the Yogis are adult
  • 58% of that age group is 40plus
  • 72% are women

Now the study gave an excellent overview analysis that can be the jumping off point to create content for a marketing campaign.

16 billion dollars was spent on yoga clothing and accessories in 2015. So remember promoting items from the boutique, through all the business’s  social media, linking back to the website storefront will help bring in extra revenue.

75%  of Yogis engage in other forms of physical exercise including group sports, running, weightlifting, and cycling. An excellent way to cross-promote yoga. Great time to write some blogs about the benefits of adding yoga to an exercise program.

50% of Yogis say they live a green life, eat sustainably, and donate time to their community. That is a demographic that has massive amounts of content to be accessed to generate a new audience to your business. How about blogging and Facebooking about how the studio is ‘going green’…right!?

So start with making a list of all the ‘local’ businesses/groups in your area related to these demographics and market to their demographics. Go to their social media to “ like, share, follow, and comment” from the business’s social media to bring it all back home baby!

Who’s ready?

      Have an idea?

             Share your ideas in the comments….