Develop Habits for better Work Life Balance

Develop Habits for better Work Life Balance

As a multi-passionate and multipotentialite, finding a work-life balance has perhaps been one of the most challenging activities I needed to figure out. This was true when I was still an employee but became more important when I ventured into being an entrepreneur.

Developing habits that help you manage your flow of the day is not just about getting things done. It could include finding better ways to eat healthier, adding a workout or write every single day.

There are so many areas in your lives that could be improved and made easier when new habits are established, but it’s often easier said than done. Some habits are of course easier but how do you start creating a habit for those more challenging ones, like managing your time in ways that help you do all the things you may want to do.

I’m going to break this down in 3 simple steps!

Decide What You Want To Do

This is by far one of the most important steps and one where you need to be as specific as possible. Don’t just say you are going to write more, instead of saying I will write for 30 minutes or I will write 1000 words 5 days a week. Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how youíre going to do it, is half the battle.

Remind Yourself To Get It Done

The first week may be the easiest to get started because you are motivated and excited, but then it dips down and you find yourself having slipped into old habits.

Maybe you hit on writer’s block or you got carried away cleaning the house (hey it could happen!). It’s important to add it to your calendar as a non-negotiable as well as have an alert set on your phone.

Make It Part Of Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit

Which brings us to the last step. It takes some time before a new behavior becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage. Even before the new behavior becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower or relying on daily reminders.

Make that writing part of your morning routine or after dinner routine. Find a spot in your day where it makes the most sense for you to build on this habit.

Something that I do during the last week of my month is to plan the month ahead. It helps me decide on the projects I want to tackle, space for client work and of course writing time. I include events such as self-care time and date time and then batch my days together.

By batching I mean, I write most of my social media content in one day and schedule it. I will also work out some blog post topics and spend a day outlining and writing them. This now frees me up to focus on creative activities that I like to fill my days with.

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Behind the Scenes of the Rebel Spark Collective

Behind the Scenes of the Rebel Spark Collective

For the last months or so I have been talking about the Rebel Spark Collective and thought perhaps you’d really like to know what’s on the inside.

9 times out of 10 before I invest in something I like to know what it looks like and what I can expect and even what it looks and feel like. I think it’s actually an important part of the decision-making process of investing. 

And the thing of it is, being able to sneak a peek can make it easier to understand what’s happening and you’re not disillusioned about expectations of yourself and in this case me.

What you will find is a private safe community forum that’s not connected on Social Media.

The images are a preview of the layout.


P.S. Any questions or feedback on what you see, leave a comment
A note from the Rebel Spark Collective – Your Preview of what’s inside

A note from the Rebel Spark Collective – Your Preview of what’s inside

Dear Rebel,

it’s incredibly challenging to stay in your own lane when you are bombarded with what everyone else is up to and you are seeing them succeed with their own dreams and goals.

When I started my coaching and mentoring business in 2015, I knew what I wanted to do. I felt called to help people that were struggling because yeah I have been there. And somewhere along the line I too have fallen into the trap of making the big and quick cash money every month.

Even though from my experience and my education, I know that a sustainable business takes a tremendous amount of time to build and grow. And yet, I went down the rabbit hole of investing into programs of how to make money in Facebook groups or signing up for all the freebies and challenges.

The lesson in all of this for me is to stay focused on my own dreams and goals and stay true to the work I want to be doing. Of course, we are either in a job or in a business to make money but that is so not the be all in the big scheme of things.

And here in the recent month, I found myself to be less on social media. I actually forget to post what I am up to or engaging in conversation with people.


Because I am in my office writing these notes, mapping out future content for you and creating art – whether it is wood-burning, crochet or writing. And I may also be knee deep in client work helping them get their website just right or write a blog post for them.

You see, when you know what you want to be, do and have in life it’s a lot easier to know what to focus on. It’s almost like you purposely have to put blinders on because falling into the trap of someone else’s journey is way too easy.

So on this day

  • make a list of all the dreams and goals you have right now at this moment
  • brainstorm the actions to make them happen, one dream/goal at a time
  • give yourself a deadline of when the dream/goal is going to be your reality
  • map out the actions and schedule them in so they don’t overwhelm you

And then do the work.

  • Close that facebook tab
  • Turn off your phone
  • Get some help to watch the kids if you need to

Whatever you have to do to make them happen, give yourself permission to take that leap.

You will find more of these kinds of notes in the Rebel Spark Collective. Sometimes these notes are personal reminders to myself and I am called to share with you or, sometimes these are challenges I am experiencing and they need to be shared with you and sometimes these are just things that pop in my head I want to share with you.

Wherever you are in your journey, you do not have to do it alone EVER!

We are in this together!


Join the Rebel Spark Collective today! 

Rebel Spark Collective

Rebel Spark Collective

I’ve been feeling the call to do things differently, to really engage in my life and your life at the same time. I crave a deeper connection with people that could use love, guidance, and support.

I wasn’t sure what that looked like but I knew what it felt like and truly it feels like bliss. The kind of bliss you can only get when you are operating from the level of your soul that sets the world on fire (not literally though, that be bad, really bad).

It’s my purpose and mission to:

  • heal, use my voice, shift the world through writing with what is on my heart and nudged by my soul that is real, raw and vulnerable.
  • remove struggle, frustration, and lack through teaching and engaging with people who are ready to commit to their own transformation.
  • connect with myself and people on a level that allows us to go deep into the discovery of who we are as individuals and how we can help shift the world as a collective.
  • expand on the capacity to love and remove the barriers that get in the way of who we are and extend this new way of being in our families + communities.

I’ve lost the desire to be someone’s inspiration some time ago because it does nothing to help us move forward in our own lives. This means I have to take on a different approach in which we all walk through the mud together, challenge ourselves to new levels all the while exploring the thoughts, beliefs, and patterns that get in the way of achieving our dreams and goals.

Allow me to introduce the Rebel Spark Collective! 

A community where I share 3-4 Rebel Spark Notes per week, weekly assignments, monthly sessions + personalized Q&A videos.

My mission is to impact + connect with people through my writing, teachings & presence in this lifetime. I am passionate about helping you to not only get started with changing your life but moving forward one step at a time.


#12MinRVConvos with Engel Jones

#12MinRVConvos with Engel Jones

I am a huge fan of meeting my online friends and connections in real life and when I heard that Engel Jones was taking his 12-Minute Conversation on the road, I could not pass it up.

I met Engel online a few years ago when he set a goal of getting in the Guinness World Records after having the most conversations in a short period of time. I love people in my world that set crazy goals and then work hard to make them happen. And even though his request was denied he still ended up with 1509 Conversations in 3 months. Now that’s dedication and commitment to a single goal. I can only imagine how amazing this experience was for him.

I am thrilled to be part of his journey because this time around he is taking his #12minRVconvo on the road. He is traveling from June until September, meeting previous podcast guest in real life. Check out his map click here – and of course, I couldn’t pass up being part of this amazing journey once again.

So on Sunday, June 17th I drove out to Richmond to meet up with Engel and his team. And I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by what he remembered and took in during our last conversation.

Engel Jones and Petra Monaco

Most of the time, people either remember or connect with the story of becoming a mom to a transplant recipient. But nope, not this guy. He remembered that I grew up in foster care and that is where our conversation went because there is so much value in that. I believe that when we start loving our story despite the heartache and downright painful moments, we can allow our Soul to breathe again.

If you want to be inspired and start believing of what is possible, follow Engel Jones

And since this is about connecting with people, I got to meet Anthony Hayes who advocates for Mental Health, Mindset & Misunderstanding. Let’s break the stigma of mental illness & learn from it. Topics: Mindset, Mental Health, Habits, Inspiration. Go check him out too!

Engel Jones and Anthony Hayes

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