Which is more scary? Halloween or Month End?



"I must go in, the fog is rising." -Emily Dickinson

We are in PRIME kiddos season when it comes to Halloween. 
There have been more community parties, more conversations about what everyone is going to be and more candy, cotton candy and spooky stories out there than ever before. 

My 5 and 6 year old studied the Party City costume wall for nearly 45 minutes before picking their must-do costume.  
Then they ran around that seasonal aisle begging for every last decoration for our home! 
How many spider webs, big spiders, little spiders can we get? 
How many signs galore?
Can we get the dead doll that shakes to life if you hold her just right??  

They love it!

Come Tuesday, it will be the end of another month.  A celebration of Halloween and all things being someone else. 
It will unofficially officially be the beginning of Fall.  
And the beginning of the Holiday season.  

We just completed a month end review.  I wait and can't wait like a kid in a candy shop for these days.  
The review.  Where did we explode?  Where did we crush it?  Where did we fail?
What worked? What didn't?

We did a review of our finances at home too.  

I used to put my head in the sand and not even look at our numbers. 
Nope, I wasn't going to do it.  As long as we were POSITIVE that's all I cared about. 

But now I realize that was silly and a bit lazy of me. 
Now that I have a mess cleaned up, I can look directly at what's working, what's growing, what's not growing fast enough...
And I can make educated changes that will better our lives. 

As Emily Dickinson said, "I must go in, the fog is rising."

When it rises, the clear day is easier, more productive and all around happier.  

Get it girl!
Now's your time!


LEAD. Lovelies.  Lead.

--> I had an awesome sales conversation with Jane Garee this past week.  Here's what she told me.  People want to be lead.  They want you to lead them genuinely through a conversation.  So the beginning of the sales conversation is as important part of the call as anything.  You lead, they will follow. 

Thought this was so insightful and relevant for more than just a "sales conversation."


-->  Speaking of sales.  Remember our podcast with Janel Hutton?  She's the lead in food & lifestyle blog NellieBellie.com.  MAJOR MAJOR brands work with her, famous chefs use her recipes, and she runs a flower farm too!  During our interview she talked about how she took her family of 10+ on vacation this past year.  That was a goal of hers and she did it by working with brands.  Now she has an email course on teaching others to connect with brands and get them saying yes to working with you! 
Not kidding when I say she is the go-to expert here.  


--> So happy to hear I am not the only one still using Excel!  And this mama loves a good hack!  Aka KPI statement! ;) 

--> Erin Kelly from Member Vault had a great video this past week on gamify-ing your content.  She also has an awesome download: 52 Emails to Engage, Sell & Motivateyou need to check out!

--> "Productivity is about mind management, not time management"  Google Calendar your way to optimized productivity.  Cliff notes version:  You're bad at estimating time.  Start with small habits. Create weekly routines, not daily. 



--> Give yourself the (free) gift of not only knowing you're doing a great job but feel that way too!


Quick side note from Ashleigh.  Here are my most favorite tools ever.

  • For audio motivation - Relentless by Tim Grover. I listen to him as I was in the mornings.  My walk always becomes a power walk after listening. 
  • To focus during the day I love to focus@will.  They say music helps you focus and for me it surely does.  I blare the classical music.  I am not sure how many people my age choose that over techno but either way I love it.
  • Rosemarie Groner (from the Busy Budgeter) is a friend and I just LOVE how much she gives everything away.  She tells you and anyone she can her detailed way to making money!  Start with her Pinterest Strategy Guide that is worth every penny.  Not. going. to. lie


-->  This week's podcast was so amazing!  I interviewed Courtney Cowan from Milk Jar Cookies.  She had a love of cookies and knocked it out of the park with an amazing company, brand, brick & mortar on the exclusive Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills AND now has cookies you can bake through William Sonoma!  Listen to her story here!