You're too busy to be happy.

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” Dr. Seuss

Creativity comes when you are ... bored. 
Creativity comes when you have a moment to think. 
Explore and expand. 

Happiness research shows the biggest obstacle to creativity is being too busy

We are addicted to being busy.  

You know what the experts say to do?  
Go. 
For.
A.
Walk.

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--> Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work.

--> Retailers in Manhatten are looking to buy their buildings instead of renting their space.  (Hello, investment.  Hello, income streams!)

Manage This.

--> The girls are on Spring Break this week.  Busy is going out the window. 
Simple.
Casual fun is IN. 

And this fun new museum.  

Celebrate.

Queen Bey took her throne back at Coachella this weekend.
She also brought her Destiny Child ladies back too!

Makes me think about how my career is moving forward. 
Sometimes it goes backwards too. 
Also makes me think about my goals. 
#determined

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 It's time to get creative so you can do what you need. 

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.

PS- We think you may be interested in these too!

Sunday's Power Woman featuring Marian Ilitch

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Sundays for me are resting, rejuvenating, getting organized and daydreaming. 
It's a new kind of way to relax!

Every Sunday in 2018 we are featuring power women. 
Some women are in my life and inside my circle. 
Some outside. 
I have been digging further into strong women, leaders and learning about power people right in front of us.  

Today I am featuring a woman you have never heard of.  She's worth $5.4 billion.  Billion with "B".  

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Who & What

Founder of Cesaer's pizza Marian Ilitch with her husband put their entire life savings into opening their first restaurant. 

She's #1 on Forbes' list of self-made women. 


It's okay to diversify...

Today, she owns the $4 billion pizza chain, a professional hockey team, another chain of restaurants and a casino hotel.  


What she has in common with Oprah...

She's self-made.  While Marian landed #1 on the Forbes list of powerful entrepreneurial women, Oprah landed #3 on the list. 
And she's intensely private. 

Yep.  Private. 

In today's day and age, you can be both private and successful! 
#youhearditherefirst
 

Don't you just love her?! 
Hope you have some inspiration as you start a new week!

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 blarethe 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.

PS- We think you may be interested in these too!

Everybody needs a boost... including Mark Z!

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"I started the site when I was 19. I didn't know much about business back then." Mark Zuckerberg

Phew! Thank you for the kind notes and warm wishes! 
Boy oh boy I have been sick!
Then I was well and then I was sick again! 
But I slept and I finally got in a good workout if for no other reason to clear out my lungs!

In the meantime, I have had some much-needed downtime. 

While I watched some of Mark Z on The Hill answering questions about privacy or lack of...
I couldn't help but think how we
all have failures. 

That we all have hits
and we all have losses.

In the end, it doesn't matter how big and bold you are, you have good days and bad ones too. 
And everybody needs a boost - sometimes both figuratively and literally speaking! 😇

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Lead Ladies Lead.

--> The trust for Facebook has dropped significantly these past weeks and it didn't get much better with Mark Z's testimony.  That's what initial reports say at least.  
Some 70 million small businesses use Facebook ads for their business.  
Admittedly opening the ability to advertise to small businesses was revolutionary.

What can you learn from Facebook today?

Being trustworthy, open and no-so-shady, is good business.

 

How others are managing.

--> We manage by keeping the essentials IN and letting go of the rest. 

--> Thought this was a GREAT post on how to schedule your time

  1. Distraction Tasks (ie - checking Facebook),
  2. Preparation Tasks (copy & emails) should be spent about 20% of your time,
  3. and then Revenue-Generating Tasks (engaging with your customers) should be 75% of your time.


Celebrate.

 --> The weekend is here and I plan to sleep it away. 
Again and even more. 
This body needs to get well. 

I am also soaking in my favorite book again.

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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.

PS- We think you may be interested in these too!

 

 

You know you have lost your mind when...

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“It Doesn’t Matter Where You Came From. All That Matters Is Where You Are Going.” Brian Tracy

 

You know you are feeling bad when...

After more than a year of consistently sending Power Squad emails, you absolutely completely lost your mind and did not send that day's email. 

At the end of last week, I had the flu, then I had a quick trip to Dallas only to return home and just about died yesterday.
I'll have another great email for you on Friday!

In the meantime, here's a pic of me recording and faking myself well for one solid day!

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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.

PS- We think you may be interested in these too!

When you are completely down and out...

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“Self-care is how you take your power back.” Lalah Delia

The reality is this. 
I am in a hotel room in Dallas tonight willing myself to be well. 

The last few days I have been laid up.
Fever sweats.
Hacking-a-thon.
Head being slammed by hammer.

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That's when you have to take care of you. 
My husband stepped in. 
My girls stepped in.

What a friendly reminder of how important self-care is,
how others are so dependent on you, 
and what's *really* important...

 

Lead Ladies Lead.

--> Stop saying you're so busy. 
You're just being annoying to everyone else when you say that.  
Everyone is busy. 
Everyone is doing the best they can. 
No, no one does the work you do. 
But you don't do the work they do either.  

Get focused and stay humble. 
 

Manage This.

--> Facebook. Ohhh Facebook. 
Everyone on the news and online is worried about Facebook. 

What did they share?  Err... Allow access to?
They knew that 80+ Million people had their data shared to Cambridge Analytics.  They were testing their platform as it grew. 
I don't doubt that there are 3 or 5 or 15 more Cambridge Analytics. 
I don't doubt that my data has been shared 1001 or a gazilion and one times.  
I don't doubt it for one half of one second. 

But here's what else.  
My mom taught me
"Don't write anything down that you wouldn't want to be published in front of the whole wide world."

#goodadviceilltakefrommom

Last but not least.

-->  That's it for today.  
Wishing you a great day ahead!

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.

PS- We think you may be interested in these too!

My current life hacks.

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl

There is a lot going on right now and I have to be hyper-organized. 
Hyper-organized and hyper-focused.

Here are some new life hacks I am doing to stay ahead of the game instead of behind.  

  1. Schedule my workout classes a week ahead.  I have invited friends to join me so I can add that extra fun and get in girl time!
  2. Buy pre-made salads 2x a week so lunch is ready-made for me and I don't just snack on crap.
  3. Make chicken & egg salad over the weekend as a double help so I don't eat crap.  (I have a problem.)
  4. Laundry on Wednesday and Thursdays only.  The piles are big, yes, but we have clothes even so.
  5. Over the weekend, schedule my needed meetings if they haven't been set up yet, then schedule my activity around my goals.
  6. Meditate before I even get out of bed so my kids don't find me and distract me.
  7. Binge watching The Good Wife on Amazon PrimeTV.  I love this show and have already watched it.  So it's on in the background.  That I love how real and strong the women are.  
  8. Right before the end of my workday (when my kiddos will be home) I list out if there is anything I must do that night and
  9. I create a prioritized schedule for the next day.  That way when I get to my office, I know precisely what needs to be done.  (Most important thought required items first.)
  10. Allow myself to go to bed between 9 and 10.  It's amazing how good one can feel rested. 

These are today's habits. 

I find giving myself permission to have quirks and silliness (like watching great re-run TV) allows me to feel good while putting in a strong hustle.

I'm not perfect though.  Just yesterday, I actually ran out of gas.  🙈
Yes, I was on my way to the gas station and boom, my car shuttered and I was stuck.  
Completely and 100% out of gas.
  
After I got gas and went through that ordeal, I treated myself to a croissant and called it a win. 
LOL! :) 

Now, this weekend I will be like...

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Use my hacks, recognize your own hacks and have a great day!
 

Lead Ladies Lead.
 

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Manage This.

--> Yes, Facebook is scanning your messages.

--> I just learned about this cool Chrome extension that blocks you from going on social platforms and any other site you choose for a set period of time.  

 

Last but not least.

--> Now is the time to think differently, creatively and ... and do something differently. 
The women who lean into our Fierce & Focused Accountability program report exciting updates. 
One woman doubled her sales from one month to the next and then did it again the following month!
Another woman created an entirely new income stream in one month's time.  

It's time to get creative so you can do what you need. 

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.

PS- We think you may be interested in these too!

YES, follow the leader!

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“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.” Malcolm Muggeridge

I am working like heck over here.  
And one of the things I am doing is actively trying to get healthy again. 

No more questions on my health, no more concerns, no more laziness. 

Oh. My. Goodness. 
What did I ask for?

Actually, this is a part of my New Year's Resolution.
(Yes, I am still working on my New Year's Resolutions.)

Today I sit here as sore as I possibly can be. 
I tried a boxing class that was super fun but now there are muscles aching in my back I had no idea existed!
I find that I am eating more than ever and now this (food) is the next biggest thing I need to tackle. 

Again. 

This is the thing about growth.  
It's all the things. 
Easy and hard. 
Sure I "know" what I am supposed to do but then when I really go to do it, 
I have no idea what I need to do. 
It's hard. 

Once I figure one piece out, something else comes up. 
I need to figure out the next piece. 

It's two steps forward, one step back. 

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But
I am committed.
And am working.
 
It may take me the year and that's okay. 
Round and round I'll go. 

If you're committed to accomplishing one single thing this year, having an accountability partner is a must.  
Your chances of success increase 50-90% with a partner. 

#JUSTSAYIN
#NOWISTHETIME
 

Lead Ladies Lead.

--> I am so pleased to hear.  Instagram has formed a task force to make people feel good after being on Instagram. 
Last year it was ranked as the #1 worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing because of its association with anxiety and depression. 
So darn happy to hear.  This is a huge problem that needs to be fixed.

--> Target is opening smaller stores around the country. 
They are looking to fit around town in NYC and are specifically targeting Millenials.  
When big box goes small business, it's time to listen!  
 

Manage This.

--> Always follow the leader! 
Can you believe that Chik-Fil-A will be bigger than Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy's? 
AND that their fast food joints bring in more money than the average McDonald's despite only being open 6 days a week!
AND there just aren't as many Chik-Fil-A out there!

So the question to you is... who are you following? 
Who are you learning from?

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--> Ways to Train Your Brain.  Cliff Notes Version: 

  1. Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn't want to trade places.
  2. Why you need to know what you want.
  3. Just because other people have limiting beliefs does not mean you need to.

Celebrate.

--> Humble, beautiful, unsure.
 

Last but not least.

--> Now is the time to think differently, creatively and ... and do something differently. 
The women who lean into our Fierce & Focused Accountability program report exciting updates. 
One woman doubled her sales from one month to the next and then did it again the following month!
Another woman created an entirely new income stream in one month's time.  

It's time to get creative so you can do what you need. 

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.

PS- We think you may be interested in these too!

Creativity, magic, and being late to work!

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl

It feels like we should have a full day off today, doesn't it?

But it's the first workday of a new month!  
The first day of a new Quarter. 

I love new starts and fresh starts.  

Use your creativity to accomplish, to keep going and never-ever stop!

Here are some fun excuses for being late to work:

  • "I was here but I fell asleep in the parking lot."
  • "My fake eyelashes were stuck together."
  • "An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway so I took all the back roads."
  • "I had morning sickness." (From a male employee.)

See creativity is everywhere! 
Think creatively and see the magic happen!

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Lead Ladies Lead.

--> When you're bored with work you tweet April Fools' Jokes! 🙈 Remember ladies, LEAD! 

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--> Getting work emails from your boss when you're off the clock? There ought to be a law against that.  And, yes!, there may be one in NYC!
 

Manage This.

--> Ways to Train Your Brain.  Cliff Notes Version: 

  1. Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn't want to trade places.
  2. Why you need to know what you want.
  3. Just because other people have limiting beliefs does not mean you need to.

--> Maybe you should think about creating a NOT TO DO list.


Celebrate.

--> Celebrate something Glorious. 
My kiddos' school performed this version of this song. 
We all need some good in our lives!
 

Last but not least.

--> Now is the time to think differently, creatively and ... and do something differently. 
The women who lean into our Fierce & Focused Accountability program report exciting updates. 
One woman doubled her sales from one month to the next and then did it again the following month!
Another woman created an entirely new income stream in one month's time.  

It's time to get creative so you can do what you need.