When You Realize That Something Has to Change and NOW

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I sometimes think about what people think about when they see me wearing my baby girl and doing an Instagram story.

“Why is she back to work so soon?”

“Why is she working with her baby?”

“Why hasn’t she taken a longer maternity leave?”

I know it’s not my job to wonder what other people think, and that it’s a total waste of energy! I also know that the ways I think others are judging me, are really just the voices of my own self-judgements.

The self-judgment says, “Jillian, you should be farther ahead by now. You should be further along by now.” Can you relate?

Sometimes I forget just how far I HAVE come. Sometimes I forget what life was like five years ago when I wasn’t able to buy a washer/dryer and had to hand wash my son’s cloth diapers in the bathroom sink.

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Before we had visitors to our home, we (my partner and I) would quickly wash the poopy diaper inserts by hand and then hang them to dry. I believe we had a grand total of three cloth diapers to start out, so no matter what, they had to be washed everyday, or we didn’t have any diapers for the next day.

My partner had just started a new job in NJ at a health food store at something like minimum wage. It was going to be temporary until he landed a higher paying blue collar industry kinda crane job — like the one he had in Louisiana before my pregnant self was like, ‘f this place I can’t do it!’

You know, some part of me doesn’t actually want to have to work at all. That part of me wants to be completely provided for, without having to lift a finger. I’m still trying to figure her out.

We soldiered through tough months, but we also got to work changing.

Changing our beliefs. Finding gratitude. Changing our thinking patterns. Opening our minds to new information and new ways of perceiving money (and life, really).

My income at the time? Was dependent on physical labor, and my body was tired from nursing a tiny human and being up all hours of the night.

I felt irresponsible. It hurt. All the times I would get to the grocery check out counter and ride the anxiety roller coaster, fearing that my card would be declined. Feeling the suspense as the little machine would roll the dice for me.

Approved, or declined.

What would we have to put back? The coconut oil?

Getting everything I needed wasn’t my reality. How could I possibly figure out how to get what I wanted? How could I possibly figure out how to live that free feeling life I saw in my mind, and that I saw others living?

Some women have to bring their babies to day care or to a baby sitter so they can go back to work. At that time in my life, with my first, I will own that I chose to scrape by so I could be home with my son.

It was a) be at home with him and scrape by, or b) find someone to ‘watch’ him aka raise him, while I worked.

I chose what I chose.

But I also promised myself that I would find a way. That I would create streams of income not dependent on my real-time efforts. That I would figure it out, and that I would take action every day, for as long as I needed to.

Life now? Eight weeks after my second daughter arrived here on planet earth? Five and a half years from the time I gave birth to my first?

I work from home — sometimes from the yard, or from the kitchen counter. I get to serve incredible women. I’ve built a business around my joy, love, and passion for writing.

I create money via products, programs, and services that excite me. I’ve made hundreds and thousands of dollars online (since the birth of my business — with a small readership/community), and I’m empowered when it comes to creating money with my soul nudges and ideas.

This time around, I was able to hire a postpartum doula to help me transition into life as a mother of two. I was able to REST so much more (I’m still kinda resting as I write this).

Is my life perfect? OMGOSH — no. I have plenty of challenges and lessons and areas in which I’m growing. I’m human. But I’m not sitting around waiting for a windfall anymore. I’m not wondering HOW to get there. I’m also not launching my products and services to crickets like I was in the beginning!

When I said, I would figure it out, I meant it. For me, figuring it out involved investing tens of thousands of dollars into mentorship and education — often when I didn’t actually have the money. But that’s a topic for another day…

The message here today isn’t about that, the message is that developing programs and products that you can sell, that aren’t dependent on your physical energy in real-time, can take you into a new dimension, and offer you a total paradigm shift.

This is what I want for every woman, in whatever way best serves her — that she can rest when she needs and wants to rest, that she can work (using her gifts) in ways that make sense for her as a partner, daughter, and mother.

That she can create, and live within, an environment that supports her cyclical nature.

Big Love,

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4 Lessons I Learned From Trying to Scale My Heart-led Business from Six to Multi-Six Figures (Annually)

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You’d think that I wouldn’t mind going through a few challenges, but in all honestly, 2018 was f*cking hard on me. I was going through some deep cleansing + healing with my liver/gallbladder. I was in a friendship where I allowed another person’s intuition to consistently override my own knowing. I made a high-level investment from a place of fear that put an epic amount of pressure on me to create, perform, and earn.

During the same year, we found out our house (the lakehouse cabin) had toxic mold at around the SAME time we found out we were pregnant with baby #2. I was unable to function physically and mentally for quite a few months and my business wasn’t yet in a position where it could fully operate and generate income without me.

My partner Aaron’s neurological symptoms (that mimicked the symptoms of Lyme’s disease) all of a sudden made SO MUCH SENSE and so did my Liver / Gallbladder stuff. We were literally battling our home environment. Side note: if you’re not familiar with the effects that toxic mold can have on your health, do the research. So many people who have been exposed to mold have health challenges that feel hard to de-code and heal.

ANYWAY ABOUT THESE LESSONS I LEARNED…

From my heart to yours, here are the top 4 lessons I learned during my first attempt to scale my business from the six to multi-six figure per year level:

1. Your expenses don’t need to increase at the same rate as your income. This is obvious, but it’s a trap that so many entrepreneurs fall into, without knowing or understanding what’s happening.

All of sudden, you look at your business, and it NEEDS X amount of sales to sustain it’s monthly expenses. In enters the stress of ‘keeping it up and keeping it rolling’. If your income doesn’t stay up to keep the expenses manageable? Helllllo, credit card debt.

Don’t be afraid to keep a close eye on your expenses, and ask yourself, ‘do I really need this right now? Is this going to provide a return on my investment?and be super clear on your decisions. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “that’s not in the budget right now.”

Seriously, I thought that saying, “that’s not in my budget right now” meant I was not having an ‘abundance-mindset’ while in reality, it meant I was being intentional about where I spent and what I was reinvesting in the business.

I highly recommend reading the book, Profit First (https://amzn.to/2G3bleS), to learn how to side-step this lesson. Not that lessons really need to be side-stepped because they’re what make you a smarter business person, a better leader, and well, a source of wisdom.

2. You don’t need to raise your program or 1:1 prices to scale.

You CAN do it this way, sure. You CAN raise your prices to scale. But for some of you, it might not feel like ‘the way’ or ‘the time’. I’m 100% down for charging high-end for your 1:1’s, but you don’t need to scale your business based on your 1:1 rates going up.

One of my biggest take-aways from 2018 is the knowing that I was trying to ‘go high’ when I really should have been focused on ‘going wide.’ What I mean by that is I could have been way more focused on reaching MORE of the RIGHT people, and helping them through free content, and low-priced offerings. In doing that, my high-end offerings would have filled themselves with mega ease. Instead, I was hyper focused on serving a select few with high-end offerings and I felt it in both the income AND impact departments.

This feels like the place to remind you that you don’t need to fix what’s already working. Have a group program that sells like hot cakes every time you launch it? Great! You don’t actually need to raise the price to scale. You can just create a plan to reach MORE of the RIGHT people. If you want. Just an idea.

3. Don’t become obsessed with your failures.

In 2018 I was obsessed with my failures. I quickly made them mean something about me, instead of looking at them as a vital part of the learning process. For instance, one of my launches was a total wash (as in: I broke even). A launch that was expected to exceed 20k, only did 7k. At the same time, I had hired for a new position based on my projected quarterly income (and not on cash saved) and found myself in a position where I had to pay my team, at the expense of paying myself. F*ck! It was not what I wanted, not what I foresaw, and I was angry at myself!

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Instead of getting right back up, I wallowed in self-pity and asked myself a hundred questions. Am I on the wrong path? Is this a sign? Am I supposed to be doing something ELSE? All of these questions were BS. Instead of just learning what I learned, I let my failures mean something about me, and because I did THAT, I slowed my whole operation down DRASTICALLY. I didn’t pick myself up and continue on for weeks, actually, maybe a few months.

My next launch? My goal was 60k. I honestly needed to hit 60k to feel ‘on top’. I made less than 10k, and again, made it mean something about me. I again proceeded to get up slowly. In looking back, I wish I had the mindset I have now. Keep. Going. Keep learning. Keep growing. I now have a 48 hour rule. My partner is the one who keeps me accountable. I said to him, “If I don’t hit my goal, give me 48 hours before you slap me out of it, PLEASE.”

Ultimately, the more you FAIL, the more you SUCCEED. Go now. Fail forward. Get. Off. the. Ground.

4. Selling all the time is NORMAL.

I didn’t think it was. I thought it was only acceptable to sell one big thing per quarter. I thought selling stuff all the time would bother people. Ha! I realize that my mindset in 2018 needed a MAJOR adjustment.

Selling your work, your products, and your offerings is SERVICE. You have heard this before. I had heard this before. I had even been teaching this! But I needed to understand it on a new level. Program it deeply into your mind: it is SAFE to show up and sell frequently.

It’s safe to sell on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday. It’s safe to jump from selling one thing, to selling the next thing, with zero time in between. It’s SAFE. You’re in business, and sales are the life-blood of your business. If you’re going to keep creating and serving, you need to keep selling.

That’s it beautiful. That’s what I have for you today.

  • Go wide, and your business will naturally go high.

  • Focus on reaching more of the RIGHT people for your services and offerings.

  • Make sure you’re out there getting in front of new people, and bringing those new people into your world.

  • Consistently share with them who you are, what you offer, and how you can help them.

  • Also: TRUST YOURSELF.

Big Love,

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Rich People Have Bookkeepers. Is This the Year You Start Outsourcing Your Books?

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Last year, in early 2018, I decided to finally hire a bookkeeper. Even though I was afraid of another additional monthly expense on top of what it cost to sustain and run my business, I knew it was TIME.

I knew that in order for me to grow as a business owner and entrepreneur that I needed to stay in my zone of genius and be the Creatrix. I needed to be focused on creating products and services aka making the money, while someone did the tracking for me.

Because let’s just be honest here: I was NOT staying on top of the bookkeeping.

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It looked like this: every two-three months or so I’d go into quickbooks and pretend I knew what the hell I was doing. I’d even bring a bar of chocolate and light a candle to try and make it feel good, like they all told me I should. Chocolate or not, it was still painful and unenjoyable and it was taking me away from what I really needed to be focused on.

In one of his audio books, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki tells his readers that even when he was 400k + in debt, his ‘Rich Dad’ (his best friend’s father and one of his  mentors) told him to go out and hire a bookkeeper.

Why? Why, in the midst of his then painful financial reality would he be advised to do this? His rich dad simply said, “Rich people have bookkeepers.”

You know, I have zero idea how I found Bench Accounting, but I have to say: I LOVE their services. I LOVE just checking in with my monthly reports, and I love how easy they make everything. Their communication is excellent, and their system is SO easy to work with.

I no longer have to worry about getting it wrong, falling behind, or missing something important. I can focus on the business growth activities that feel natural, normal, and organic to me while knowing that it’s all being handled.

This year, they (Bench Accounting) handed me my year-end reports, with all the financial data I need, and all I have to do now is bring it over to my CPA. I actually need a new CPA right this moment so don’t think I’m 100% stress free, but I am in a FAR better position than I was last year.

Is this the year that you finally hire a bookkeeper for your side hustle, start-up, or heart-led business? Check out Bench here: http://refer.bench.co/Jillian For real.

Full disclosure: the links provided in this blog post are my personal referral links. For each person I refer to Bench, I make cash-gains AND get a sweet discount on my Bench payment. How fun?

Big Love,

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