That Wasn’t In My Business Plan

I had this whole great newsletter planned for March.  I was so excited I was going to tell you all about co-hosting a podcast, new websites and becoming a certified life coach in long detail.  There, now I did tell you about it, in short detail.  

Somehow in this moment, tooting my own horn and doing my marketing the way I normally do and recommend other people do, just isn’t where my headspace is at.  I don’t know if any of you can relate?
The last month for me has been an adventure into “Life Flexibility”™ .

Life Flexibility ™
Life; the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual.

Flexibility is a personality trait that describes the extent to which a person can cope with changes in circumstances and think about problems and tasks in novel, creative ways. (Wikipedia)

I am a huge lover of Cirque du Soleil shows.  If you have not had a chance to enjoy a show live, here is a short video https://youtu.be/x-1-gLv3aWs to give you a taste of flexibility.  Recently I have started asking myself
“How Cirque du Soleil are you?”

  • Flexible
  • Creative
  • Resilient
  • Careful
  • Graceful

I recall the day I started my business in 2006.  It was the day I tuned in my two-week notice at my job.  I was no longer going to be receiving a paycheck from someone else.  My Life Flexibility ™ training started that day.  I didn’t know it at the time, but as my life has moved forward since then I am able to apply and expand on the things I had to learn to be a successful business owner.  I know not everyone has a personality like mine and that some people are far better at this then I am and some really, really can’t stand all of this shifting and changing. Either way, this is truly happening to each of us.

Here are a few of the resources I have implemented in the last month that are working well for me:

Free stories from Audible
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
-I am a huge audiobook fan and love this service.  They have stepped up to offer classics for people to enjoy for free.

Free from the library – books, audiobooks, music CD’s, classes
Get your free card on-line now
https://griver.org/services/apply-for-your-free-library-card
-With your library card, you can take FREE Lynda training classes.

USPS Informed Delivery
https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action
-This makes getting the mail each day something to look forward to and it is added security.

Coursera
https://www.coursera.org/learn/manage-health-covid-19?
-They have many free classes and I signed up and am taking the Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During C_____-19.

Make a Jigsaw Puzzle & Listen to Podcasts
https://www.brandpointcontent.com/article/33202/7-surprising-benefits-of-doing-jigsaw-puzzles
-The world just falls away when I focus on a lovely puzzle for a couple of hours.

Zumba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVBmXFcH3KE
-I just gotta move and why not to good music and having some fun?

MN Unemployment Form Filling Out
Here are the latest and best details for Solo Business owners on how to fill out the unemployment application and be ready for when they figure out how they will be distributing the federal funds in MN.
https://www.uimn.org/assets/application-step-by-step-instructions-selfemployed_tcm1068-425640.pdf
   https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/cares-act.jsp   

If These Heels Could Talk – PodCast
https://iftheseheels.com/
-Co-hosting with Michelle Henderson on our weekly podcast.  We record them days before they go live on Wednesday evenings on all your favorite podcast platforms.  We changed our whole recording system to be as current and relevant as we can.  We may even do one of them live in the coming weeks.

What is your Color ID from Sherwin Williams– paint your house
https://www.swcolorid.com/
-No, you cannot go into the paint store, but they will set the paint outside for you to pick up.  Being married to a handyman is handy.  Not being a decorator, I took the quiz and picked a pallet, called and got all of the color chips pulled for me and then picked new colors for the house.  Paint therapy is good for me.

Raven Performance Group – staying in contact with my business colleagues
https://ravenperformancegroup.com/
-Weekly phone check-in’s have been helpful to keep me focused and to feel supported.

Geocache
https://www.geocaching.com/play
https://mndragon.com/ – this is my favorite cashe
-We got the motorcycles out and this gives us a destination less than an hour away (no need for a restroom break, less contact with people I don’t know).  It’s fun and it helps to break up being in the house so much.  I have suggested it to lots of families and they are having tons of fun Exploring MN close to home.

News
https://www.rd.com/
-I am also on a pretty strict NEWS diet.  This much I do know, It is better to focus on the things you can control and not on the things that are out of your control.
For $1 a month I have a subscription to Readers Digest and it is one of my best investments.
-Great Jokes to bring a smile
https://www.rd.com/funny/funny-jokes-national-tell-joke-day/

 

If you are wondering, my business is doing OK.  While over the years some people have questioned my doing two things at once (websites and life coaching) having a well-rounded company is always good, even when you are small.  There was an initial drop and now that has balanced out.  I am doing a little more life coaching than website selling right now.  Being able to support people in learning their Life Flexibility ™ style and helping them increase their flexibility is awesome.  I predict, as this continues, that I will be increasing website building as business owners now have more time to focus on their marketing and making the changes they have been unable to find time to do.

I am so grateful for the warmer weather, for the health of my friends and family, for the medical community, for the essential works keeping everything going, for the people in leadership positions and for you.

BE WELL MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY
and know that you are not alone,
but you are doing this your
own crazy a_s way
and there is
nothing
wrong
with
that.

Much Love,
JoyGenea

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