A look back on the month of February 2018: The Rebel Shine Summit

A look back on the month of February 2018: The Rebel Shine Summit

This month has gone by like a whirlwind with lot’s of learning and taking imperfect action. Every December and January, I sit down and intuitively map out my personal and business goals, and this year was no different.

I don’t always stay the straight and narrow course, however, I started writing my next book at the beginning of January and then had the brilliant idea to put on a summit.

Here’s the thing, sometimes you have to follow the crazy ideas that are coming to you, even if they aren’t in your original plan.

The second week of January, I announced I was looking for Speakers for the Rebel Shine Summit. I reached out to a few speakers I thought would be an amazing fit for the message, and they totally were. What I was not expecting was me being able to book 23 speakers with signed agreements in 3 days.

That’s the power of the message and taking action even if it feels crazy scary.

By the time promoting of the Summit arrived, I had 25 Speakers lined up and recorded all of them. Not only did I have the best time, but from a technical aspect, everything seemed to be aligned perfectly. Sure there were a few hang-ups but they were minor with little stress.

2018 Rebel Shine Summit

What have I learned?

You can totally create a Summit in less than 2 months if you are focused and take action. Sometimes even with your goals and plans all mapped out, detours become the next best thing because you get to stretch yourself in ways you haven’t thought about before.

But this is where the beauty of being a Rebel, Renegade or a Rule Breaker comes in. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want it.

You don’t have to wait – EVER!

It’s a good idea to have some strategy behind it and know what technology you will be using and how you will be presenting the Summit to your people.

I used membership platform and that was brilliant. Because now they have a forever home.
I used Zoom to record the conversations. I found when interviewing globally it’s one of the best.
I used Canva for Social Media Images because it’s easy to use.

What will I do differently?

Next year, I am giving myself a little bit more space for the interviews. Recording 3 interviews a day for 5 days was a little bit insane for this introvert. But it was worth every energy I spent on this. By giving me the time, I can space the conversations a bit more and still feel like I have plenty of time to focus on my other projects I am working on.

So if you are interested to be a Speaker for the 2019 Rebel Shine Summit, get on the waitlist so you can be the first to know when applications are open in October 2018!

What were some of my results?

In the end, without FB Ad’s, 160 people joined the Rebel Shine Summit. I am calling this a win! Even if only 20 people would have signed up, I would have felt ecstatic! For me, it was way bigger than just people signing up and making money.

It was about me

  • Taking imperfect action on an idea that I had and not talk myself out of it
  • Being visible to new people who have never met me before
  • Giving you a vision of what IS possible if you acted instead of waited

The feedback was amazing too!

The passion of the topics was flying and the conversations were “Rich and Rewarding” according to one listener!

And while the Summit is officially over, you can still get access to the amazing conversations that transpired!

And if the Summit wasn’t enough goodness, I squished my income goal and that feels incredibly amazing too. Here’s the thing, I hardly talk about money for many reasons that are personal.

My mission and the work that I do have very little to do with me bragging about how much money I make, but me feeling so freaking excited that you are getting into the action towards the life that you’ve been dreaming about.

Life is about embracing your own Inner Rebel, because she is waiting for you to say, okay, I am ready!

She’s waiting for you to say:

Enough is enough.

I am tired of the frustration and the struggle, and I am ready to create the life that feels good and amazing. You can keep listening to the voice of safety and conformity, or you can take a chance on your ideas and dreams.

The choice will always be yours.

And this is what the Summit was about!

Amazing people sharing their stories and journeys to own their own power, unleashing themselves into the world and elevate their lives in a way that doesn’t always feel good in the moment but in the end is the best thing you could ever do for yourself.

  • Listen to the conversations with an open mind and an open heart.
  • Believe in what is possible for you when you choose the path that’s calling you.
  • Trust your intuition that every moment has value even if it feels like shit at times.
  • Know without a doubt that you have it within you to be, do and have what you want!
How to find time in your busy morning

How to find time in your busy morning

When our kids were still living at home and in school, our mornings were a bit crazy. And if you have a family and trying to get all the things done before school or work, this may be true for you too. I mean let’s be honest, trying to get three boys and one girl up and out the door is no small feat at times. And something that we (my partner and I) have done really well, is to communicate but also tag team the kids as needed. My main focus or attention had been on the youngest due to the medical needs at the time, while my partner focused on the other kids.

Here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be crazy because if you have defined your morning routine, then you are already on your way to have calmer mornings. If you have kids and/or work outside of the home, you already know what time the kids need to be out the door and when you have to leave.

Right here, right now, I am going to ask you to make a choice.

Do you want that to be rushed, frantic, and feeling like you’re constantly running and trying to catch up?


Do you want it to be calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you’re in control?

It’s up to you and it’s all about embracing two simple concepts.

Get Up Early Enough

It’s tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It’s even hard to set the alarm early enough that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it. If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it’s not nearly as hard as you think and something you’ll quickly get used to.

Getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs is the key to an unrushed morning. Here’s the problem with cutting time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start. You have to rush to make it out the door in time and any little problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis because it could cause you to be late for work and the kids to be tardy at school. Remember, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it chasing downtime and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your time.

Getting up early enough, on the other hand, puts you ahead of the game. You’re in control. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on. In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day.

If you are struggling with this, then the 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins is an amazing resource to help you stop hitting that snooze button.

My key point here is that you either allow the mornings to control you or you control them. There is no other way around it. Which leads me to the next point!

Restructure Your Routine

Spend a little time thinking about your current morning routine and where you’re spending time. Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do. For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to meditate, look at what you could take care ahead of time, eliminate, or delegate to make that time.

But more importantly, what do you want your mornings to feel and be like. The more clear you are on this, the easier it will be to plan ahead and implement a new morning routine.

And let’s talk about delegating for a moment. As a mom, I know that we love to do for our kids and that’s cool when they are little and they need the help and support. But as they get older, kids can do for themselves. They can pour the cereal and the milk. Sure it may be a little messy but it’s not the end of the world. Because if you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone there won’t be time for you!

Teach the kids to make their own breakfast and take the dirty dishes to the sink, rinse them, and put them in the dishwasher. This is so important not just for your own sanity, but for them to become independent beings.

And maybe making sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours), and that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot will help you spend 30 minutes figuring out what to wear and losing your mind because you don’t know where the keys are.

Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference. I challenge you to come up with a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.

Share with me the small changes you are going to make to set yourself up for calmer mornings.

How to use Journaling to cope with life changes

How to use Journaling to cope with life changes

Something I know to be true is that change is constant and the way you respond to it matters. Not all change is bad but any kind of switch in your life can still cause you stress. Allowing life to toss you around and remaining at its mercy simply keeps us stuck and can make it harder for you to remove yourself from an undesirable situation.

Journaling is definitely a method I support and found incredibly useful during times of strife. I would like to say I embody journaling every single day, but that isn’t the case. But it is definitely my number one go-to method when facing any kind of challenge or problem. Take a look at some of the ways that something as simple as journaling can help you to cope with those big life changes that seem insurmountable.

What Is Journaling?

A journal is different than a diary. In a diary, you write about the events of your day. It’s merely a chronological record of what you experience throughout life. A journal is different is a tool you can use to record your feelings on those significant life events. There is power when you put pen to paper, not only does it provide a therapeutic space, you can coach yourself into moving through the challenge.  For a consistent mindset practice it is helpful to do this part of your morning routine, but even taking the time to jot down your reactions to a particularly stressful one-time event can do you some good.

Benefits of Journaling

Writing in your journal can help you get through times of change in a myriad of ways. By getting things out of your mind, you’re able to clarify you’re them and to make better sense of your thoughts and feelings. You’re taking the time to process events and to break them down into segments, such as cause and effect. Doing so lets you visualize what happened and gives you a better sense of how to improve your situation. It also clears your mind and frees up the cognitive space needed for implementing practical solutions. Here’s the thing, when you’re stuck in your own head and dwelling on the negative, it’s nearly impossible to make actual progress toward setting things right.

When you write it down, you can begin to prioritize the parts of your life that are most important to you through this form of processing. Finally, journaling gives you a record of how far you’ve actually come because you can see what’s worked for you thus far and what hasn’t. Seeing your progress is a strong motivator to keep going.

Types of Journaling

There are all kinds of journaling methods you could try. I’d like to highlight some that I believe to be particularly useful when it comes to coping with change. First, a simple gratitude journal can be a good place to start if you find you need to improve your attitude. Writing down what you’re thankful for and fortunate to have is a quick way to begin to feel more empowered. The phrase I like to use is “I am happy and grateful that….” and I will include current things I am grateful for and things I am working towards as if they are already in existence.

Free writing is good for an emotional release. Just begin writing on a particular thought you’ve had going through your mind. As you begin to expand upon it, patterns will emerge that you may never have expected. This is a fantastic strategy for processing emotions and generating solutions. Even keeping a planning journal or agenda can be useful if you need a little motivation to get things done. Taking even the smallest proactive step can help to overcome the inertia that can set in with the depression and anxiety that often comes with times of uncertainty. Something I want to mention about free writing, you will find yourself resisting and NOT writing it down alas censoring yourself. This is not the time or place for you to do that however because this is only for you and not to be shared on social media!

This is just a quick synopsis of how journaling can help you to cope with unexpected changes in your world. Use these suggestions and incorporate your own when you’re feeling stuck in your reactions to difficult situations. You’ll find yourself moving forward and coming up with solutions in no time.

Soul Walk
To help you get started with journaling  join my 3-week Journaling Course Walk on the Level of your Soul

After you finished the 21-day journaling course you will know exactly who you are, what you stand for and start walking on the level of your soul.

And I believe that you will feel relief, excitement and recognize just how much in control you are in your life.

Follow the safe path or listen to your nudges?

Follow the safe path or listen to your nudges?

Let me give you a visual… it’s a thought that came to me a few weeks ago when I was trying for my brain to shut off and go to sleep but instead, this is what transpired:

You’re walking in the forest on a clear path and as you are walking you feel the nudge to go off the beaten path. But you stop yourself in the tracks because you don’t see what lies ahead.

One the clear path you can see where you are going. It feels safe and comfortable. And the path that you are being nudged to take is quite the opposite because it feels a little scary.

Maybe if you listen to your nudge you come across the most beautiful meadow or you come across a wild animal.

Now here is the thing, that wild animal can still meet you along the clear path but you may miss one of the most beautiful views you’ve ever thought possible.

Which will you choose? The safe and clear path or the unknown path?

This is what “taking your idea and running with it” means to me. It’s when an idea comes and I choose to head into the unknown and am rewarded with one of the coolest experiences ever. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel the fear or the doubts that “what if this doesn’t work out”.

It means to follow one thought, one idea and take action on it, even if you don’t know what to expect.

But if I don’t take action I could be missing out on the best thing ever and that perhaps is my bigger fear. The fear that I missed an opportunity to take my life to the next level.

This life is an amazing journey and sometimes you have to take the path less traveled. The one that only you can go on because you are without question being nudged to take it – even if other’s and your ego are sending you the warning signals that it isn’t safe.

What nudges have you been hearing but have not acted on them?

You decide how your mornings go but first define a morning routine

You decide how your mornings go but first define a morning routine

Let’s kick it off some questions for you:

What’s most important to you? What is the one thing you really want to do on a daily basis that would make a big difference, but you just can’t seem to find the time for?

Now be more clear, what habits do you want to cultivate that could really create a positive impact on your life?

And maybe you need to start writing about your current mornings and define what you don’t like about them, so you can create the clarity on what would make all the difference in your world!

Maybe you want to eat a better breakfast and have for time to sit down rather than grab your food and run. Or maybe you want to spend some time writing, exercising or reading.

For me, it’s quality time in the mornings with my partner. Those 5-10 minutes I get to hang out with him before he heads out the door are what makes me feel good and loved in the mornings.

Now that you know what you want your mornings to look and feel like, you have something you can work towards.

Take some time to visualize what your perfect morning feels like and looks like in every single detail and how it will help you have the most amazing day, every day!

Imagine not being stressed or feeling rushed.
Maybe you get some time to take a longer shower, go for a run, spent time with your partner or just have some solid time that you get to be with yourself.

And while this may look like a lot of maybe’s, you get to decide what to include in your morning routine and how it will happen every day.

And please for all that is good in the world, don’t try to make all the changes right now in one fell swoop. For now, simply just imagine what your perfect morning feels and looks like.

I want you to become very clear on what you want that perfect morning to look like. Imagine it in as much detail as you possibly can. Write it down in a journal or on a piece of paper that you can refer back to as needed.

Why is this so important?

Because you can’t start to make any meaningful changes until you know what your goals are.

You need to know your destination before you can start to pick a route and figure out how you’ll get there. That’s what today’s task is all about. It’s figuring out where you want to get to. Don’t stop until you have it figured out and firmly pictured in your mind.