Does Your Business Spark Joy?

I’ve been working with quite a few clients to “Marie Kondo” their businesses!

With the state of the world we have been asked to slow down our outside activities and it’s bringing up a lot for us and our businesses and what is really important.

One of the big questions rising up is: Does your business bring you joy?

And if it isn’t, then it’s time to take a closer look.

Many of us started our business with the joy of doing the work we love. As your business grows, evolves and time passes… does it still bring you joy?

Here are some questions for you to ponder…

Is the whole business under water with joy or is it a certain part, like marketing or technology?

Is doing the work bringing you joy… but the marketing feels out of alignment with your soul’s work? You don’t have to buy into all the hype that you must market a certain way.

There is another way to grow your business that is from total inner alignment and authenticity. You can create meaningful work AND meaningful marketing. (PS: That’s a place I can help you with!)

Is your business bringing you joy except when it comes to getting online or with technology issues? Who can help you with moving your business more virtual and making use of the amazing virtual opportunities to teach, coach and do your work online?

Do you have creative ideas and dreams that are outdated? Perhaps holding on to these old yearnings is weighing you down.

What is it time to let go of?

What will letting go allow more room for?

Where have you been holding yourself so small, that only a little tiny bit of joy can pass through to you?

What if you expanded your vision of yourself and your capacity to receive joy, love, success and abundance?

I’d love to hear what thoughts these questions stir up as you think of where in your business sparks joy (or not)!

Please feel free to share with me as I love knowing what is going on for you.

Wishing you a day filled with JoyFlow Sightings! (Evidence of joy, success, abundance, beauty and connection.)

Laura

What is coming up at Joyful Business?

Wednesday, September 2
Joyful Business Studio

This month’s topic: Finding Your Soul Voice. This powerful training and creative hands on workshop is about how to identify your unique inner rebel and how to use it to take a stand in your business for what you believe in. We’ll workshop this and make it real for you – you’ll get such clarity and confidence. You can join the monthly Studio program here.

The Joyful Business Studio is an affordable way to learn creative, authentic and practical marketing and mindset strategies to own your voice, step into your message and grow your business.

Friday, September 18
Virtual Business Planning Day

Join me in planning the last quarter of your year! It’s so much more fun and do-able when we do it together! Especially now… we need each other to move forward! Special bonus for members of the Joyful Business Studio and private clients.

Starts September 21, 2020
Creating from Flow – 6-month small group

This IS a better way to grow and market your business. Watch for details coming soon on this amazing small group opportunity to immerse in aligning your energy and your actions with your soulful voice. You have been giving a message to share with the world – in your unique way – and now is the time. Email me to be put on the waitlist for first opportunities!

Letting Go of Being of Service…

I got into a great conversation in a group the other morning about the idea of Being of Service.

I admitted that whenever I heard the phrase… be of service, I felt myself cringe a little inside. Like I wanted to hide. I knew I SHOULD feel this calling to give selflessly. There was some part of me that felt… hmmm, that felt like I am a fraud.

I realized that in my mind, being of service meant that the only way to truly be of service was to be totally selfless.

Selflessly giving without receiving anything in return.

I should (always a clue when the “should” word comes up) not want anything in return – which I get and am often in alignment with – there are many times when I give without demanding something in return… but I also had a BELIEF that I shouldn’t receive ANYTHING in return for it to qualify as being of service.

(I don’t know who is doing the qualifying… that’s another conversation for another email!)

It’s that last part I want to pull out and look at more closely.

Being of service means NOT EVER receiving anything in return.

The thing is… I feel like I am of service. In fact, I’ve built my life and business around being of service of using my gifts, my purpose and my beautiful brilliance to help others. However, as I serve my clients and community, and even my friends and family with my own particular gifts… I ALWAYS RECEIVE something in return.

Sometimes it’s money in exchange for powerful mindset shifts, deep transformation into new more resourceful and authentic identities, authentic marketing strategies that are perfect for that particular client. It’s a clear exchange. And I am still being of service.

I also receive gratitude, appreciation, joy, seeing a light bulb go off in someone where it clicked that their gifts are needed and they CAN do this marketing thing THEIR way.

Or I get a smile of appreciation or a heartfelt thank you for making a meal or sending a surprise gift in the mail.

I RECEIVE lot from either way. I also feel a little thrill when I know I’m in alignment with being of service. I’m inspired right back. I get my own ideas sparking. I receive a deep feeling of being on purpose and that feeling keeps steering my life.

Quite often I also get referrals from clients, and introductions to possible collaborators or speaking opportunities. I love receiving that goodness too!

Shifting the way I look at Being of Service reframe the picture I had in my mind that it was supposed to be a ONE WAY street and it felt very constricting. It’s shifted to a new perspective about being of service which includes RECEIVING.

I can feel my heart opening with that new definition. I feel way more expansive.

The True Nature of Being of Service is that it’s more of an infinity loop of energy exchange.

When you give from your heart, your heart will always be filled up with energy of giving, the heart expansion of making a difference, of the work landing, of inner pride, inspiration and also with the joy of receiving the exchange of money, testimonials, referrals and introductions.

During this catalyst time of change, we are all being asked to Be of Service. To be of service with our gifts and unique beautiful brilliance to make a difference.

Before you think… “I have to be totally selfless” or “I’m too exhausted to give, give, give,” remember the infinity loop of energy exchange that happens.

I’d love to hear about your Infinity Loop of Being of Service. What does it look like for you these days?

Coming Up!

Watch for some new programs I have coming out. I’m especially excited about a new group program called Creating from Flow.

This may resonate for you if you are tired of trying to grow your business by learning about funnels and formulas and know there is another way that starts from the inside and then moves to the outside practical… stay tuned.

This program is about integrating the wisdom and energy practices and rituals, along with a powerful identity shift so you align with your creative power and finally grow your business in a way that is more genuine, grounded and meaningful.

If this sounds compelling and you want to know more, I can put you on the notification list to get the early invitation before the marketing officially starts… just hit reply and let me know.

Laura

Wednesday, September 2
Joyful Business Studio

This month’s topic: Finding Your Rebel Voice. This powerful training and creative hands on workshop is about how to identify your unique inner rebel and how to use it to take a stand in your business for what you believe in. We’ll workshop this and make it real for you – you’ll get such clarity and confidence. You can join the monthly Studio program here.

The Joyful Business Studio is an affordable way to learn creative, authentic and practical marketing and mindset strategies to own your voice, step into your message and grow your business.

Friday, September 18
Virtual Business Planning Day

Join me in planning the last quarter of your year! It’s so much more fun and do-able when we do it together! Especially now… we need each other to move forward! Special bonus for members of the Joyful Business Studio and private clients.

Starts September 21, 2020
Creating from Flow – 6-month small group

This IS a better way to grow and market your business. Watch for details coming soon on this amazing small group opportunity to immerse in aligning your energy and your actions with your soulful voice. You have been giving a message to share with the world – in your unique way – and now is the time. Email me to be put on the waitlist for first opportunities!

My #1 Way to Have an Emotional Breakdown

How’s Life? Business?

I’m finding that there’s two levels of conversation with that question, “How are you?”

There’s the first level where we are feeling so much but we don’t want to open the dam quite yet… so we say that things are going “fine.” Or we touch into a place of gratitude for what is working and going well. “I am blessed.” “I really can’t complain.”

And then there is the deeper 2nd level of… “How are you?” This is where we drop our guard and dare to go deeper into our emotional wilderness. Our personally compiled playlist of our rollercoaster of emotions we are experiencing… sometimes all in one morning.

Last week was like everything converged together – the media, the planets, the economic outlook, the fears and worry… many of my clients came to their calls feeling like they were falling apart.

I’m finding for me and my clients that one of our biggest priorities right now is to manage our emotions and our energy. It’s near impossible to get anything done other than the essentials without attention to this.

To keep moving forward in your business, you have to manage your emotions.

Managing your emotions doesn’t mean that you don’t experience them – or compartmentalize. Quite the opposite.

Just like you brush your teeth several times a day… it’s important to check in with your emotions and give them attention. In fact, I would say it’s critical to give your emotions a healthy outlet to express.

Otherwise, when you keep it all bottled up, layers and layers… then you’ll explode over little things that would normally be an irritation but suddenly become a personal affront…like the self-checkout register in Walmart that suddenly freezes halfway through your large weekly purchases. Just saying… that could be an example… sharing from a friend, of course! 😉

There are enough challenges in our world and business with changes in technology, marketing “in these times”, questioning everything you do and say from a whole new level and creating your programs and offers when you’re feeling tired and wanting to be relevant… that you need to free your pent up frustrations/anger/grief/worries so that you can find your Flowmentum again.

Flowmentum = Soul + Flow + Focus

I can tell you that the most common thing I’m hearing from my clients is how our emotions are taking over our business. Without an outlet, we are tired, unfocused, frazzled, overwhelmed… which can easily start a cycle of self-doubt and criticism and letting your negative ego take over driving the bus!

Want to know my #1 favorite way to express my build up layers of emotions throughout the day? It’s super easy… and a little silly… and incredibly freeing!

I keep a stash of copy paper in my deck. In between coaching calls or at the start or end of a day, I’ll take out a sharpie marker and a blank piece of paper and scribble journal.

I let it rip!

I go fast and furious… cursive writing in a messy, random way, all of my feelings, worries, doubt, pissiness, anger, excitement, disappointments, resentments, and courageous hopes that feel tender and vulnerable.

I write really loopy and messy so it’s a free flow.

I overlap my words and sentences.

The more I scribble journal… the more that pours out.

When I’m done. It’s such a catharsis. I feel grounded and can feel my energy flowing in a healthy way again.

A bonus – no one can read my scribbles because it’s so messy! So, they won’t think I’ve lost my mind or be offended by something I was feeling in the moment. This is especially important – often it’s not the “thing” that set us off but it’s the building up of pings to our nervous system from the news, the conscious decisions we have to make on what used to be an ordinary errand and the disappointments of not enjoying events, gatherings and connections in the way we took for granted 5 months ago and our worry about our circumstances and future.

So, get out some paper… grab a sharpie or favorite marker. Sharpies are great because they flow easily… when the marker flows easily, your thoughts and emotions will flow more easily.

Then if you’re into art journaling and collage… you can use your Scribble Journal as a layer in your next creation! Or shred it, burn it, make paper airplanes… get creative!

Scribble Journal

This simple practice can make a big difference in staying focused, centered and productive.

Upcoming Programs and Events:

The Daily Huddle

Thursday, July 23 – The Daily Huddle – Come join in for a dose of morning inspiration. I’m the guest on this inspiring daily program. I’ll be answering the question, “How do you fall in love with your business again?” Register here.

Wednesday, August 5- Joyful Business Studio
This month’s topic: Create Your Signature System – This powerful training and creative hands on workshop is about how to identify your unique system you use with clients (don’t worry you have one!) We’ll workshop this and make it real for you – you’ll get such clarity and confidence. You can join the monthly Studio program here.

The Joyful Business Studio is an affordable way to learn creative, authentic and practical marketing and mindset strategies to own your voice, step into your message and grow your business.

Friday, August 7 – Get Stuff Done That Matters Virtual Retreat
Registration Coming Soon! Join me in getting the stuff done that matters! It’s so much more fun and do-able when we do it together! Especially now… we need each other to move forward!

Starts September 2020 – Creating from Flow – 6-month small group
There IS a better way to grow and market your business. Watch for details coming soon on this amazing small group opportunity to immerse in aligning your energy and your actions with what you are here to create. Stop trying to focus on funnels and formulas when you need to start your business passion projects from the inside out first!

More to come… I can’t wait to share more soon!

Laura