Wednesday, April 8

Why Beachbody Coaching is the Holy Grail for Self Employed Artists

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Okay, I know it's not a very sexy title. But I wanted to get right to the point. I've been wanting to write this post for a while and figured it was time. I'm writing from the aisle seat of a flight across the country. If not now, then when? Ha!

I've been an artistpreneur for as long as I can remember... at least for my entire adult working life. I've been a paid digital artist, photography assistant, blogger, photographer, and business mentor. I've never worked at a job where I was given benefits, I've never gotten a pay check every week like "normal" people do. And while most people look at the life of a self employed creative and think, "That looks like a dream come true!" (and sure it looks like a dream come true) there are some realities that not many people talk about because they aren't very sexy.

Artistpreneurs deal with mega ebbs and flows in income. Busy season, slow season. An industry with a practically invisible barrier to entry means your neighbor's kid can put up a website and be a photographer as far as a google search is concerned and undercut your prices. Clients can have unreasonable expectations and deadlines and forget that you are a human being with a family and feelings too. When you are an artist your pay is based on you physically being there to make the art. You can hardly leverage your income or create anything residual. I don't know about you but that stressed me out to the max after we had our son! While the artistpreneur lifestyle might look luxurious on instagram, odds are your artistpreneur friends are putting in no less than 80 hour work weeks and barely making minimum wage when you do the math. Think about trying to get a mortgage or pay for kids and 401K's and college funds and it's enough to make you want to hide under your pillow all day!

Wow, what a downer blog post huh? Are you depressed about your life yet? HAHA! Don't be. Being self employed is an amazing thing. Stressful? Yes. Incredible to be building your dreams? Hells yeah.

So let's talk about why coaching is the holy grail for artistpreneurs! And let me stop for a second and say I'm specifically talking about coaching with Beachbody. You guys, my world has TRANSFORMED since I started coaching with Beachbody. Network marketing has been the biggest blessing to my family! I know you might hear the term "network marketing" and have a gut reaction that is negative. So many people think network marketing is a scam. A quick google search and you'll find pages of blog articles that savor strongly of bitterness from people who were either taken advantage of or who just weren't cut out for it. But I challenge you to open your heart and mind for a minute and consider that there might be good and bad network marketers out there (just like there's a few bad seeds that ruin it for everyone in every industry) and that as a self employed creative you are already leading a non-traditional career life, why not investigate another one? Hear me out on this, I'm trying to help you find a light at the end of your tunnel like I did!

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Less time stressed out- more time for gratitude, yoga, coffee, but let's be honest when you're a mom there's no napping! Ha!

1. AN INCOME NOT SOLEY DEPENDENT ON YOU PHYSICALLY BEING THERE

As a coach, you can build residual income. Your income is based on the success of the people you work with. So your job is to help other people be successful. I'm on an airplane flying across the country. I'll be taking 4 days off and my business as a coach will be going on in the background. I'll still get paid this week just as much as I would at home. Next week I'll be in Cancun on a trip Beachbody is paying for. And I'll still get paid the same as if I was at home. Because my income is not solely dependent on my PHYSICALLY being somewhere working like it is in my job as an artist. Can I tell you the incredible freedom that is?!

2. YOU'RE ALREADY AHEAD OF THE PACK!
As a self-employed creative, you are starting at an advantage over everyone else! Why? Because you've already proven that you've got moxie! You know how to launch a business online. You know how to use social media to get the word out, to share your story, to connect. And odds are, you know how to make stuff that looks beautiful because you're a talented creative! Think of the advantage you have over all the people who have only ever worked in offices filing paperwork and don't know what Instagram is! You're ahead of the curve already! And you can put your creative talents to work to help you stand out from the rest.

3. TRUE MENTORING AND SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY
For once in life, everything is given to you freely. As a creative, likely you're plugged into a creative community. And likely everyone talks about how open and helpful everyone else is. But in reality, everyone is really only looking out for themselves. And they are only going to share with you bits and pieces of advice and tools that they've found that have helped them. Because they want to help you, but not that much. Ha! In Beachbody, one person's success is linked to the others. It's a rising water lifts all ships sort of situation. I give 100% of my tools, ideas, help away to the coaches on my team. I want them to be successful as much as possible! And if I have something that will help them do that I'm happy to give it to them. Their success does not draw away my own. Joining this community of open giving and help was one of the most shockingly wonderful things I've ever experienced!

4. FINALLY TAKING CARE OF YOU!
If you are a self employed artist, most likely you are so busy that your own wellness comes last. You are probably chained to a desk or computer most the day working. You probably don't eat regular meals that are healthy. You probably work long and hard hours on location. You probably don't spend a lot of time pouring back into yourself to fill your well. Well, as a coach a huge part of your job is to work on yourself and your own wellness! It's the best thing ever to have a job where you get paid to constantly be spending time on yourself! Healthy food, personal development, positivity at every turn. It's a 180 from most artist's lifestyles.

5. FINANCIAL FREEDOM TO PURSUE YOUR PASSIONS
You can be a coach from anywhere. You can fit it into your life as it is now. And you can build it ALONGSIDE your artistic dreams if you want to. You can create steady income for yourself to relieve some of the pressure from your art. You can build an income that supports you in your slow seasons. You can supplement your income so you can take less meh projects and more that make you come alive creatively! It's the holy grail! Steady income and dream projects at the same time. How many of us dream of this but get so bogged down with work just to pay the bills that we never have time to pursue those creative projects that make our hearts ache with excitement? I know it was happening to me before this!

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My physical transformation is only a tiny piece of the story though. My mental and soul transformations might not be as easy to see in a photo but they are just as dramatic! And our family's financial transformation has been mind blowing! No more debt. No more stress during our slow season! I don't know about you, but that peace of mind for our family is worth more to me than gold!
stars So could this be for you? Maybe! I hope so! Because I'm looking to add more creative entrepreneurs to my team! I want to help you build something that gives you the freedom to pursue your creative dreams!!!! If you've been watching me and wondering if you could do this, I want to let you pick my brain about my experience. I'm an open book. Ask me anything from how I make it work while still being artist to how I built a 6 figure income from coaching in less than 2 years. Could you flop at this? Maybe. But I'm betting that you've got what it takes since you were already brave enough to step out in faith that you could make your art a success!

I want you to feel the pressure lift like I have, to feel better about yourself and to feel more vibrant from the inside out. I want you to have the space (both in your mind and in your finances) to take on the creative projects you really want to! I want you be able to pay off your debt and have money in savings and to invest back into yourself! If I can help 1 other artist who felt as stuck as I did to get unstuck then I'll feel successful with this post! Let's connect and chat about if this might be the right next move for you! Ready to find out more? Fill out this quick application to join my next mentorship group and learn from me exactly how I did it and how you can do it too!

And if you are inspired by my physical transformation (not so much the coaching thing) and just want to talk to me about helping you achieve some health and weight loss goals and get plugged in with my accountability groups, just fill out this quick application and I'll send you all the info you need! xo.

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I hate to add this to make legal happy: Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches' actual incomes." In addition, please provide prospective and current Coaches with the link to the Statement of Independent Coach Earnings,http://tbbcoa.ch/TBB_SOICE.

Wednesday, March 18

April 21 Day Bikini Bootcamp - Now with STREAMING OPTION!

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I am so excited to share with you guys that I am now adding an option for those of you who don't have DVD players to join our April 21 Day Bikini Bootcamp utilizing the new On Demand workouts available online! All you need is a device with internet access and you'll be free to get your workout on anytime, anyplace AND to join our private online accountability challenge group!

This group is going to be open to women who are committed to a specific program (like the 21 Day Fix) or if you don't have a DVD player or just want your workouts to be mobile you can choose to join us with the streaming option and I've put together a 21 Day Workout plan using some of my favorite workotus from a bunch of various programs to help you get a good mix and great workout!

Workouts included in this streaming plan that I've personally put together for you come from programs you may have already heard of like Piyo, the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, T25, P90X3! All you'll need is a set of light and heavy dumbbells for a few of the workouts. The rest you won't need anything for!

I'll give you a nutrition plan you can follow as well and hook you up with daily superfoods and my FAVORITE smoothie recipes to help you feel like you're cheating when you're really nourishing your gorgeous body. We'll be working hard these three weeks to create results but even more than that to cultivate a healthier MINDSET about wellness and health and to set the foundation for healthier habits and positive LIFESTYLE change for you. I'm not about diets and deprivation. I'm about helping you learn how to be healthy and still enjoy your life!

Ready to join? Let's do it! You can pick one of two options...

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Questions? I'd love to talk to you more about your goals and help you figure out which program or option is going to be the best fit for your life! Email me today so we can get started! 
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And in case you were curious what you can accomplish in just 21 days, here are my very own results from last month when I committed to the 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack for 21 days! The group accountability helped me stick it out and stay committed and now I want to pay it forward to you and help you do the same!
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Rules and requirements:
- Must be 18 years of age or older to join
- You need a Facebook account to participate in the private group

- You must not already have a coach, I need to be your assigned coach
- You must commit to one of the two options listed above and register via the links above
- You need to live in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico or if overseas on a US military base to be able to order  (sorry!)

- If you are in Canada these links won't work, email me and I'll get you plugged in!
- You need to have the desire to commit and give it your best because I want to see you succeed! 

MAKE // Paleo Salted Almond Dark Chocolate Truffles


While I'm done with my first round of the 21 Day Fix (finished it right before we left for the cruise, review forthcoming!) I'm still using the principles to help me eat in balance and moderation. But I am having fun having some extra treats that weren't necessarily 21 Day Fix friendly like these amazing raw truffles. If you're gonna cheat, cheat clean right? I found a recipe an slightly adapted it. These are INCREDIBLE! Try them right away. Add more cocoa to make it more dark chocolate flavored. I like salt in my chocolates to make them slightly bitter but you can leave that out if you don't like it. And, safety first.... don't use bee pollen unless you know you don't have an allergy. 


For the truffles:
➳ 1/2 c. unrefined organic coconut oil
➳ 1/2 c. unrefined organic coconut butter 
➳ 6 tbs. raw cocoa powder
➳ 1/4 tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt
➳ 4 tsp. raw local honey (or for vegan, use agave to taste)
➳ 2 tbs. raw almond butter
➳ 1/4 tsp. organic almond extract

For the outer dusting
➳ cocoa powder + bee pollen
➳ or... cocoa powder + cinnamon
➳ or... whatever you come up with!

How to:
In a small pot on the stove, melt the coconut oil and coconut butter over low heat
Whisk in the cocoa powder, then honey, then salt, then almond butter and almond extract
Allow to chill in the fridge for 5 minutes and then stir. 
Allow to chill in the fridge another 5 minutes until the consistency of dough
Roll tablespoons of the chilled mixture into balls then roll them in whichever outer dusting mix you want. For mine, I chose local bee pollen and cocoa powder but cinnamon and cocoa powder would be good too. Or crushed up nuts. Or chocolate shavings. The sky's the limit. 
Place the finished truffles on a tray covered in wax paper and chill until hard in the fridge. You can store them in an air tight container in the fridge. 

Recipe adapted from original here: Local Milk

Tuesday, March 10

Are You My Starfish? // How I Found Success as a Beachbody Coach

***VULNERABLE POST ALERT***
(If you don't like reading about money then stop now, I'm gonna get really transparent with all of you!)


There's an old story about a little boy walking the beach. The beach was littered with starfish that had been washed up during a storm. Hundreds and hundreds as far as you could see. Worried that the starfish would die if they couldn't make it back into the water, the little boy was walking along the beach, stopping at each one, picking it up, and chucking it back into the sea. An elderly man had been watching the boy for some time, and feeling as if he needed to keep the child's expectations realistic, he finally approached the boy and said, "Son, why are you wasting your time? There are too many that need help. You will never be able to touch them all. What you are spending all your time on will not make a difference." And the little boy looked at the man, leaned forward to pick up another starfish, threw it as hard as he could far into the waves and simply replied, "It mattered to that one."

These types of posts are my attempt to touch every starfish I can! I know that for many of you, you'll read this and shrug it off. That's okay! If it's not for you that's fine. But for those of you who might be suffocating on the beach, needing someone to help you get your feet back in the water, this is for you. And understand that my heart is to help as many of you as humanly possible to realize your dreams and get yourselves un-stuck from your current situations!

A year and a half ago I was a suffocating starfish. 75 pounds heavier, exhausted, a self-employed artist laden with consumer debt and the financial responsibility of a toddler. The weight of the adult world was heavy on me. I felt like we were constantly treading water, never getting ahead. I was happy in my career but frustrated in our financial life. The artist life is stressful sometimes, ya'll. Our seasons ebb and flow and the constant demand for more at a lower price makes it rough as cost of living goes up year after year and customer's expectations of price get lower and lower. I knew we needed something else, I had no idea what that something else was going to be.

Then I met my coach Lindsay Matway​ and it all changed. I caught a vision for a life I didn't think was even possible for me or for us. What started as me just trying to help myself lose some weight and gain some confidence turned into an idea that I could do that and also lift the financial burden from our family a little bit. Once I realized that not only could I do those things, but I could also help other women who might feel frazzled and stuck like me to build businesses that support their passions and their desire to give back to the world and that also can support their families, the doors blew wide open!

I know it's taboo to share about your income and apologies if this offends you but I know that when I was trying to figure out if I wanted to dive in with coaching, seeing posts like these helped me SO MUCH to get a clear idea of what was possible and happening in the lives of the women I knew and looked up to! So I'm sharing with the intentions not of showing off or bragging by any means but to show you what is possible! To give you some of that same vision. To fan the flames that are growing in your heart making you wonder if maybe you could do it too!

I am not so naive as to think that this is for everyone. It's not. This is not a super traditional career path. I know that. But I've never been one for convention. ;)

This is for the dreamers, the dancers, the ones who want more than the status quo, the ones who can catch a vision and run with it, the ones who wake up in the morning with a passion to build a better life and world, the ones who are go-getters and self-starters, the ones who see the world for it's possibilities and who see people as people, not numbers. This is for the change-makers. The liberators. The ones who are willing to share their story. Is this you???

"Nature loves courage. This is how magic is done: by hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed." -Terrance McKenna

I'm opening up my mentoring this month a little early. Because I want to make sure I have time to really invest in getting each and every person who joins my mentorship started strong with the tools and community to help them grow into incredible success stories as well! If you want to give it your best go, fill out this application and I'll be in touch in the next few days! http://tinyurl.com/teambtfpme


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Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.
The Statement of Independent Coach Earnings can be found: http://www.beachbodycoach.com/uploads/fckeditor/mdbody/File/downloads/statement_of_independent_coach_earnings.pdf

Wednesday, March 4

7 Things Your Beachbody Coach Wants You To Know!



I've been a coach for a little over a year and a half and I've worked with hundreds of challengers in that time helping them find programs and tools that will work for them long term, resetting years of negative self talk and skewed ideas about weight loss, and motivating and encouraging them daily to stick with it till they get the results they want!

In that time I've definitely had a few comical experiences. And I thought it might be fun to put together a list of 7 things your Beachbody coach wants you to know but might not know how to tell you! So in case you are working with one, you can avoid some silly mistakes or common pitfalls in the process of working together! Who loves ya?

1. We WANT to connect with you!
Sometimes people will tell me they are nervous to "bother" me with questions. But here's the thing, I want to help you. The more successful you are, the more successful I feel as a coach! So if you're trying to decide what program to do or if trying a particular product is a good fit for you please don't be afraid to ask us! We might even know of a deal or promotion we can hook you up with!

2. We can get you FREE SWAG
If you just go online and order a program from Beachbody or Amazon of eBay, you're missing out on some of the free perks we can hook you up with. A lot of programs come with a fun bonus workout disc when you order them through a coach. We can also help you find the best deal if you want a combination of things and hook you up with a discount if you want it.

3. We are not annoyed by photos of your food or sweaty selfies!
Your family may look at you like you're crazy and your spouse might get embarrassed when you stop before each meal to compose a shot on your phone, but we LOVE it! I love when my challengers post photos all day long in our online accountability group. It's helps me so much to see exactly how they are doing and it helps them stay accountable! So bring on the food pics and selfies! I want them all!

4. If you really want results, then you do need to try Shakeology
Lot of people ask me if they really need to get it to join my challenges and the answer is YES. Why? Because I know firsthand how much it helps! It was my secret weapon in my own 70lb weight loss journey. It's not just a protein shake and no the one you have at home is not the same. It's packed with all kinds of extras that your body craves and it will make you feel energized and radiant while supporting the healthy habits you're cultivating in the rest of your life.

5. We can tell when you're cheating. And we will always welcome you back you little prodigal, you. 
I can tell now-a-days pretty quickly when one of my challengers is cheating on their plan or has fallen off the wagon. I know that it can feel embarrassing and you might just want to hide and never speak to me again because you think you've failed somehow but listen... this is not a try and fail scenario. The only way you can fail is if you don't pick yourself up and keep moving forward. So... don't be afraid to tell me you slipped. I'm not going to be upset or make you feel bad. But I will help you get back on track!

6. We are human too. 
As much as we live to be sources of inspiration all the time, we are human too. We have families and goals and slip ups along the way just like you. As coaches, we are just normal people constantly working to become the healthiest and best versions of ourselves that we can be. But we're human. So we get it! We may seem like we've got it all together all the time but we sometimes miss things or slip up or have to take a night off. If you've got a coach that has been working with you and helping you make sure to let them know you appreciate them! Hug a coach you love. ;)

7. Yes, the coach life is as incredible as we are always gushing about online! 
If you have seen your coach or other coaches online gushing about how much they love being a coach, how incredible the community of coaches is, how they are getting free gifts, getting paid to help people and get healthy, getting to go on free trips and vacations, etc.... know that YES it is really the most incredible thing! And we're happy to tell you more about it if you ever want to peek inside!
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