My favorite books that I’ve read or listened to in 2017!

My favorite books that I’ve read or listened to in 2017!

Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers – Steven Spielberg

Making time to read can at times be challenging for me, so I added audiobooks to my arsenal of how I obtain information.

The 5-Second Rule definitely has been a must read and I highly recommend it, if you are stuck in procrastination mode. It can really transform your life and your work through one simple action called the 5-second Rule. Mel Robbins get’s into the heart of the matter for sure.

The Success Principles generated new visions for myself and cemented what I wanted to be, do and have in my life and the kind of work that I do. I listened to this book when going on my walks and often found myself in tears because the stories that Jack Canfield shared reached the core of my soul.

How I raised myself from Failure to success in Selling – while the book was a little dry at times for my liking, there was some valuable information I was able to gain. If you’re in business, then selling can be the most challenging thing on the planet, especially if you don’t want to feel like a can of Spam. It highlights the message of there is an art of conversation that happens, by asking why.

I hope I screw this up – I didn’t know what to make of this at first but through listening to Kyle Cease, I learned to appreciate his message and even his humor. There is no right or wrong answer to do this life and screwing things up can often lead you to the path you want to be on in the first place.

Unfu*k Yourself … and it was and wasn’t what I expected. Certainly, I expected the cursing but I didn’t expect to hear the Scottish voice to be so … I don’t know… it was funny and real and true. It was like the wakeup call I needed and just keep doing my thing – whatever that may be.

Rising Strong is what I am currently listening too and only a few chapters in, it already resonates and affirms that I am on the path I want to and need to be on.

The only physical book I read was Expert Secrets by Russel Brunson and I love the way he talked about stepping into leadership. Just prior to reading his book, I read She Means Business and there was a definite correlation between the two books for me. Sometimes we don’t see the leader we are until we are ready to.

What one book has changed your life that is not on this list and I need to be listening to or reading?

 

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8 Steps to elevating your life

8 Steps to elevating your life

The 2018 Theme for Rebel Shine is YOU RISE ABOVE

And of course, that means talking about how you can elevate your life!

Your life doesn’t have to be what it is now if you make the decision to create change because that is all it takes!

Decide what you really want and how you want your life to feel like. Acknowledge your dreams and passions and choose to follow them.

Decide to not be afraid to speak your truth! Speak up and speak out – for yourself and for those who don’t have a voice. Speak from your soul with clarity and purpose.

Decide to listen to your inner voice and intuition in your life. Don’t judge or think too far ahead and be present with an open mind.

Decide to get back up any time you fall. We all fall down sometimes, it’s life but that isn’t an invitation to stay down, feeling defeated. Instead, dig deep into your inner strength.

Decide who will be part of your life and who won’t be. You will have a hard time elevating your life when you allow negative ninnies, naysayers, and doubters into your inner circle. So choose wisely who you spend time with.

Decide to let go of pain and anger because it doesn’t serve you going forward. In fact, it will hold you back like you’ve been shackled to an invisible cage. It’s not about forgiving those that hurt you, but freeing yourself!

Decide to make time for knowledge! I am not saying don’t watch TV but spend 30-minutes or 1-hour learning. You can still watch TV but perhaps have this at the bottom of the priority list.

Decide to look forward and not backward. You can’t create the life you want and elevate you when you keep looking back at all that happened. Learn from your past and use that knowledge to go up and forward.

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Soul Approved: How to unleash yourself to have an awesome life

Soul Approved: How to unleash yourself to have an awesome life

If there is one thing I know all too well, it’s the feeling of the box getting smaller and the air is getting tighter. It’s becoming unmanageable to move and breathe within your space that you call life.

And it all comes from being chained to a life you think you are supposed to create because it’s what you should do.

  • You should do this for a living because it’s the safe way
  • You should act and behave this way or that way because it’s the nice way
  • You should put yourself first because everyone else is more important

But are not feeling like you’re suffocating and unable to move in the direction you want to go?

Yes, you have the option to stay chained in the conformity of your box where it feels cozy and safe – but at what cost?

Do you really want to look back at your life and say

  • I wish I did __________
  • I’m sad I didn’t _______
  • I regret not to ________

You’re tired and wonder what the heck this life is all about.

And the truth (it might hurt a little)

You’ve been chained to someone else’s idea of a life!

And the time has come for you to break free!

It’s time to unleash yourself!

The time has come that you stop

  • Being afraid of failure
  • Believing you’re not good enough
  • Talk yourself out of the things you want to do
  • Keeping your thoughts to yourself
  • Living a life designed by someone else

Deep down you know that you

  • Have incredible ideas
  • Have a voice that matters
  • Have to step out of the comfort zone

It isn’t enough to just exist anymore because you know there’s so much more to life than live in a box of shoulds.

No doubt unleashing yourself will be uncomfortable – all growing pains are – as you start being the person you’ve been all along but too afraid to share you with the world.

Your life can change at a moments notice.

Anytime you get in the car, you *could* get into an accident and yet here you still getting in the car every day.

So why not face your fears and do what you to want to do and start being true to yourself?

What do you have to lose?

Nothing!

Because you aren’t going to be further ahead if you fail but you are going to be wiser through the lessons that emerge through your willingness to put yourself first for a change.

Life is a journey and you will die one day – this is a fact!

So why not make this the best journey you can imagine by finally breaking free from the chains of conformity and embrace who you are?

When you’re ready to have an awesome life, it’s time to break those chains!

Remember, you’re one decision away!

Cheers,
Petra

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Want to remove the pain? Follow your heart!

Want to remove the pain? Follow your heart!

I’ve gone and done it again and totally restructured my life and therefore my businesses. And that’s just it, life and business are never straightforward or linear, it is whatever you make of it though.

The rules of business say that you need to niche down but what if being a multi-passionate introverted empath is exactly your niche?

What if you, just the way you are, is totally part of your niche and your tribe?

What if building a product and a service based business is your thing?

And here’s the thing, I didn’t want to just be a coach. I know some amazing coaches and have been referred to being one as well but once again it felt like I needed to squish myself into this box that I would never fit into.   I want to show and tell, to teach, to motivate you into action and ok a small part even inspires you – without sacrificing what I stood for, belief in and mostly myself.

I want to show and tell, to teach, to motivate you into action and ok a small part even inspires you – without sacrificing what I stood for, belief in and mostly myself.

But first I needed to figure out what the heck that all meant for my own life and my own business. It needed to forge my own path and that meant giving myself permission to dream and it got me thinking that you may be facing a similar situation right now. So, ask yourself the question:

What if you couldn’t fail, what would you do every day in your life?

For me, the answer was: all the things.

Well, all the things at the same time, that wasn’t going to happen. But developing time management skills, focusing on what did matter to me and tuning out the noise that was going to be the key for me.

Until I gave myself permission to forge my own path and stopped listening to all the people, I was floundering around wondering what the heck I was going to do every single day. And let me tell you, that time of my life sucked donkey balls.

I was bored out of my freaking mind.

And now you get the reap the benefits of my struggles and frustrations.

I am sharing with you exactly how I started changing my life and embodied all of my passions. I designed a life where I get to create and serve without sacrificing myself in the process.

It’s time that you create the life you want and forge your own path.

There’s a lot of noise already and a lot of content filled with fluff, and that’s just not how I roll.

I respect your time and want to deliver the information you need in a way that makes sense – and well is straight to the point.

This is what lights me up, seeing people making decisions to follow their dreams and passions.

And if you’re ready to build a business on the side or full-time, be it product or service based:

It’s okay to hit pause: Lessons of life (and business)

It’s okay to hit pause: Lessons of life (and business)

Just over a week ago, I found out a young man I knew, committed suicide. It was just a month before that, that I went to see my favorite local band and which he was a part of. We talked about life, music and all things business during the break and I was so glad he was figuring out his world. This young man went to school with my eldest kiddo and it just hit a little bit closer to home.

A few times during the week, people have asked about seeing any signs of it. And truth be told, I don’t know. I didn’t see him every day and I am would venture to guess that people never thought he’d be the one.

But it made me push the pause button.

I paused my business. I didn’t blog and only send out a quick email to my list. I posted here and there on social media.

Instead, I focused on my new office space (there’ll be a post about it soon) and getting it all set up. I focused on my artwork, and man I have created a lot of things that never made it into the shop.

Crochet Blankets ShopThis entire past week, made me reflect on my own life and where I wanted to take my business. And as I was rummaging through crochet blankets, painting walls and setting up my new storage age for yarn, I realized how much I missed creating.

Now, I love helping, teaching and supporting people on their path because there’s nothing more exciting for me than seeing other people go after their passions. I love it when people go against the status quo and just do their thing.

And it reminded me that I too just need to keep doing my thing.

Death has a funny way of hitting pause and move you into a reflective state. And yet in the same week, we celebrated the 9-year anniversary of my youngest kiddo’s liver transplant.

Liver Transplant - Organ Donation

Life is so incredibly fragile and precious.

Which is one of the MAIN reasons I do what I do because I know that one day you are here and the next you could be gone!

I know that what you do with your life matters to your heart and your soul.

I know that you are here to follow your passions, your ideas, and your intuition to create a life that feels absolutely incredibly amazing.

I also know there will always be a dark side and that sadness and even death are present every day.

But this is how you start living in the moment.

You get to decide what to do with your life.

You get to decide to follow your soul.

You get to decide what will make your life feel like as if it is the fireworks of the 4th of July.

And in hitting the pause button, I gained the clarity I needed for my life and business.

I pulled back on some projects (for now) and just focus on the things that light me up.

I get to do the things that excite me and that follow my intuition.

Do more of the things that feel good and less of the things that drag you down.

Don’t want to be on social media all day? Then don’t!

Don’t want to record podcasts and videos or even blog? Then don’t!

Want to create from that place deep within and that feels good, yes do that!

I am not saying don’t post on social media, write blog posts or record podcasts and videos. But don’t think you have to do them all.

And as we are starting into the holiday season and nearing the end of this year, it’s a good time to hit the pause button.

Reflect on what your year has been like, what areas of your life felt good and which ones didn’t. You can create the life you want, but sometimes taking a time out will help you realign your soul’s passion.

I don’t want you to wait for another second to decide what you will do with your life.

I don’t want you to wonder about the all the what if’s, you know the ones, the ones that are about failure and being wrong.

I want you to give yourself some pause, and decide what you will do with your life, starting today!