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Are you tapping into your potential? Are you then taking that potential and turning it into purposeful and profitable online offerings so you can impact more people, share your skills and expertise and make a dent in the world? And are you doing this while living a life that fills you with purpose, happiness and opportunities for growth?Those are the big questions I seek to answer on the UNTAPPED show - a podcast for go-getting human's who know that more is possible for them in life, and who want to make real changes and live up to, and beyond their human potential.I share nuggets of wisdom on how to do this, combined with inspiring interviews with everyday humans who are doing this right now, so we can all learn from each other.Topics I cover include how to tap into the future of work to get paid to do what you love, how to become a lifelong learner and become the best version of yourself, and how tobuild a profitable platform, work on impact-driven initiatives and do the work that matters!For more details on the show, and Natalie's work as a leading learner and coach head to https://nataliesisson.com

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Are you tapping into your potential? Are you then taking that potential and turning it into purposeful and profitable online offerings so you can impact more people, share your skills and expertise and make a dent in the world? And are you doing this while living a life that fills you with purpose, happiness and opportunities for growth?Those are the big questions I seek to answer on the UNTAPPED show - a podcast for go-getting human's who know that more is possible for them in life, and who want to make real changes and live up to, and beyond their human potential.I share nuggets of wisdom on how to do this, combined with inspiring interviews with everyday humans who are doing this right now, so we can all learn from each other.Topics I cover include how to tap into the future of work to get paid to do what you love, how to become a lifelong learner and become the best version of yourself, and how tobuild a profitable platform, work on impact-driven initiatives and do the work that matters!For more details on the show, and Natalie's work as a leading learner and coach head to https://nataliesisson.com

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I can’t get enough of podcasts like Untapped that share both sides of what it’s like to be an online business owner and how we don’t have to pretend to be perfect to create profitable businesses that don’t cost us our freedom. Thank you Natalie!!

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I can’t get enough of podcasts like Untapped that share both sides of what it’s like to be an online business owner and how we don’t have to pretend to be perfect to create profitable businesses that don’t cost us our freedom. Thank you Natalie!!

Love it!

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Are you tapping into your potential? Are you then taking that potential and turning it into purposeful and profitable online offerings so you can impact more people, share your skills and expertise and make a dent in the world? And are you doing this while living a life that fills you with purpose, happiness and opportunities for growth?Those are the big questions I seek to answer on the UNTAPPED show - a podcast for go-getting human's who know that more is possible for them in life, and who want to make real changes and live up to, and beyond their human potential.I share nuggets of wisdom on how to do this, combined with inspiring interviews with everyday humans who are doing this right now, so we can all learn from each other.Topics I cover include how to tap into the future of work to get paid to do what you love, how to become a lifelong learner and become the best version of yourself, and how tobuild a profitable platform, work on impact-driven initiatives and do the work that matters!For more details on the show, and Natalie's work as a leading learner and coach head to https://nataliesisson.com

Rank #1: The Art of Minimalism

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There comes a time when you say, "Right. Out!" And that's what happened. I think we all have too much stuff these days."

Those were wise words from my Mum, who I decided to bring on for Season 1 Episode 8 of Quest for Freedom.

This topic and this podcast today is all about ...

The art of minimalism and freeing yourself from stuff.

If there's one person who knows how to do that, it's this girl. I think it's a really important topic because whenever I am offloading stuff out of my suitcase, in my life I feel so much freer. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Which brings me to Christmas time last year, when I gave my sister and my brother-in-law the Christmas present of my time. And what I said I'd do for them is help them clear out their garage.

Now I have to say the garage was a complete and utter mess. There was so little room in there, there certainly were no cars, there was just all their stuff.

Now my brother-in-law Zanda, has 3 kids from a previous marriage and now they have my lovely nephew, Morgan and so as a family you do absolutely need more stuff. I can't take that away from them.

I know I see friends with babies and they are like, "Every time I go out I just have to bring all this extra stuff."

So I feel for those people. I haven't yet experienced that and I get it.

But this garage was a piece of art. There was every single thing in there that you could possibly imagine. So they were thrilled needless to say that this was my Christmas gift to them.

So in January we set about decluttering the garage. Debbie, my sister, has been attempting to get Zanda to do this, as ultimately a lot of this was his stuff.

I think it's one of those jobs that you can't take on by yourself. You've got to do it as a team. You've got to do it as a family.

When we started, I knew that Debs would be okay with being a little bit ruthless with stuff but I wasn't sure about Zanda. And it happened pretty early on.

I'm sure he is fine with me telling this story but I was starting to take stuff out of the garage to the car that we were going to put stuff in to get rid of. I checked with Debbie and Zanda if things are okay to move.

And then I started moving bits of planks of wood and jib board and Zanda was like, "Hey! Where are you going with that?".

And I was like, "I was going to put it in the back of the car to take to the tip."

"Yeah but I am going to make something out of that" and I was like, "Oh okay. What were you going to make?"

"I might be doing one of the cupboards for downstairs, like using it to make a perfect cupboard door piece."

And I was like, "Okay. Well, let me just ask you a question. How long have you had this piece of wood?

"Uh, about 4 years" says Zanda.

"Okay and so when were you planning on doing this?"

"Well, yeah.."

And just in that moment there was this beautiful moment of realization or recognition in his eyes that he was in fact being a hoarder, and I wouldn't say the top definition of a hoarder, because even though I do not watch TV, I've seen the ads for the TV series on hoarders.

You can't even get in the door of the house. They live on piles of junk and rubbish ...but that's definitely not where Debs and Zanda are at.

Many of us have a hoarding mentality.

It really comes from just not wanting to let go of things that could be precious, that could be valuable, that you might do something with in the future.

But let me just push back at you, if you are one of those people going, "Yeah Natalie. Some things you just want to hold onto."

Unless you are going to use that thing within the next 3-6 months, why on earth would you store it, keep it and have it cluttering up your personal space?

Why on earth would you keep something that you are not going to use and serves no purpose other than creating clutter in your living space?

So...back to that moment - a pretty great thing that happened, in that amazingly Zanda kind of turned completely around and started being really ruthless with stuff.

So there was an initial push back and hesitation and a real desire not to let go, but once he realized what he'd been holding onto he actually got into it and as the day progressed, we spent a good couple of hours in this garage.

He was throwing stuff in the back of the car and I was putting stuff off the side and he says, "Nope, that can go." And it was so liberating.

We then went down to the tip and what was even more liberating. As you drive your car up and the trailer as well, then you get to chuck stuff off the side into this sort of pit thing, and then they either sort it, recycle it or take it away to go into the mound of dirt and create a big rubbish heap on some poor hill.

But, still it was really liberating.

We also took stuff down to be recycled and you get some money for that and it was crazy actually how good that felt.

And we went back and we did another load and slowly but surely this garage started to emerge, corners of space started to emerge.

Now here is the funny thing, that was one Sunday afternoon and then I believe I came back a couple of weekends later because, it's a bit hard to tie in with the family and things going on and it already had started accumulating stuff.

But all of the stuff was things that they had now sorted out in the house that they were going to take to the Salvation Army or they were going to put on TradeMe, which is the New Zealand equivalent of Ebay or GumTree.

And so the cool thing is that they kept at it. They didn't just stop there with the momentum and motivation I provided them with.

They kept on going and they made several hundred dollars if not thousands of dollars selling on Trademe some of their stuff.

A lot of that stuff was children's stuff that wasn't needed anymore or baby stuff that could go to another deserving family. And all it took was to start taking the photos, documenting and putting up the price and description on TradeMe.

Turned out Zanda had a bit of a knack for selling things. So it was excellent.

Now the cool thing was not only were they decluttering and getting a greater sense of freedom and space in the house, they were also making money. And let's face it, everybody likes to make money. So this was brilliant for them.

Now right about the same time, and this is why I find the start of 2017 kind of fantastic and it's been one of the best years yet.

But in terms of a time of change, it was for the entire Sisson family and the Rock-Evans family, which is now my sister's side - it was one of those times of just everybody kind of decluttering.

So as my sister and Zanda were attempting to get things out of the garage and out of their house, Mum was attempting to downside the four bedroom family home that her and Dad had been in for fifteen years, because she was getting ready to sell.

Dad passed away in December of 2015 and Mum just did not need to be living in a big house anymore.

And Mum is not a hoarder, in fact, she's amazingly minimalist. She buys quality things and she's done an incredible job over the years for our family of doing up houses beautifully, but always with quality in mind.

However, Dad was a bit of a hoarder. So the two rooms or the two spaces in our house that were the most cluttered were Dad's office and the garage. You know a man cave full of stuff!

And Dad would, bless his soul, keep even rusty nails in jars. He had a place for everything but it wasn't super organized but he kept everything.

And I used to remember as a kid growing up no matter where we lived, Mum would go down to our garage and say, "Oh Peter, could you try and clean up the garage a little bit."

It was just incredible he just had so much stuff.

I knew that would be hard for Mum to do, so I came over and helped out as much as I could to really go through a lot of stuff - letters, cards, boxes, files from years if not decades, photos, projector slides.

All the stuff that you hang onto and you keep because you think one day you are going to pull out the projector and you are going to go through slides from like the 1970s and 80s.

For those of you listening you do it, you know it!

So I challenge you to get the projector out and have a projector movie night and then either get rid of them all, or get them put onto digital formats so you can have them on your laptop and eventually print them or do whatever you like.

But basically out with the old, put it into a format that is accessible at anytime but doesn't take up space and move on.

So back to Mum's house, so we have Mum downsizing and generously gifting to my sister and I, things that we would absolutely need such as linen, towels, kitchenware etc.

And at this point as you probably know from my Changing Plans episode, Josh and I hadn't actually bought the house yet but we were looking really seriously.

Mum was making decisions based on the fact that we might end up with the house rather than both be living in a suitcases.

So to her credit she held onto things we may need and she sort of split up a lot of stuff between my sister and I.

And what happened is all those stuff that Debbie and Zanda had been clearing out, was now getting filled up with trips from Mum and her house with stuff that she was giving them.

Every time they got rid of something, more stuff was coming in.

And I felt like it was the same for me.

I don't own much stuff but even in my two bedroom apartment in Downtown Wellington, I'd accumulated a little bit of the stuff to have it fully furnished for myself when I rent it out.

I also had about four boxes up at my parents. And all those boxes are my everything, my life packed up into four boxes. Or so I thought....

As it happens as Mum is going through more and more of the house and I was there with her, she was like, "Nat I found this box of your clothes or your school gear" and I was like, "Oh damn."

"I found your bag of motocross gear" from when I used to race motocross. And I really never want to get rid of my helmet and my motocross pants and shin protectors. And I was like, "Oh damn!"

So every time I go to help Mum declutter, I ended up coming home with more stuff, which I would then have to sort through, get rid off, give to the Salvation Army or downsize.

I just felt like as a family we were doing this give stuff, receive stuff, get rid of the stuff, sort stuff, sell stuff.

It was crazy. I was selling my stuff on TradeMe. I was listing some of Mum's stuff on TradeMe. Zanda was helping out and then there was a big garage sale where Mom made like $850 in half a day and huge.

Also she had to downsize her house in three weeks or less once she actually got an offer on it.

The power of downsizing and decluttering

And here in her own words is kind of this whole process for Mum on really downsizing a lifetime:

Natalie: Let's talk about how it felt to downsize and move out of a very large house - four bedrooms and all your and Dad's stuff for the past 13 years.

Mom: For the past 47 years.

Natalie: That's true because you've been in the house for thirteen years.

Mom: Fifteen years actually.

Natalie: Oh. I should get my facts right.

Mom: Actually, I just felt sick. It's too much. I think the thing nowadays is less... definitely less. But you don't want to throw things away that your children have given you or presents, Christmas, birthday or whatever.

But there comes a time when you think, "What am I going to do with this? Where can I put it all?" And I certainly have to downsize to a two bedroom apartment. And I feel I still have a lot but I am keeping the best, the very best... but even then I feel like I don't want it.

Natalie: Do you feel lighter now that it's all done because it was quite a process, wasn't it?

Mum: Yes. But I could still lose a bit.

Natalie: Yes, you've held onto the lovely stuff as you said and a part of that is your identity and what you've had in houses for years.

Mum: It's what you worked for. It's what you wanted but even that has changed these days. What we've enjoyed was antiques, crystal, lovely prints of the olden days - that's all gone.

People don't even want it. Antique dealers don't even want it anymore. But I think it could all go around in circles again and one day it will. But who wants to keep it for that long?

Natalie: Yes exactly. Do you want to talk about how you even started on the process? So obviously you put the house up for sale and then what?

Mum: Oh I started way before. I went through wardrobes and drawers. I did a little bit everyday or every second day at least. A lot of it went to Salvation Army and Mary Potter Hospice. There comes a time where you just get rid of it.

Natalie: And then when you got the offer on the house, we made it a pretty short turnaround time didn't we because you wanted to be in your new apartment.

Mom: Because I was coming over to Bali for your birthday.

Natalie: So it was three weeks and so you've done some of that sorting beforehand and then you started downsizing and taking things out of drawers.

Mom: And going through linen covers and just knowing I won't need these, you might need it.

The other part is that in our days we use to entertain at home. That has changed. We go out into a restaurant nowadays so you have all these lovely dishes that costs some money because you wanted to look good but you don't use either anymore. It just all changed.

Natalie: Did you have a process that you were going through?

Mom: The thing is we were brought up and we look after our things - clothes, anything. Every time we moved we would take it with us but you didn't wear it or you didn't use it.

There comes a time when you say, "Right. Out." And that's what happened. I think we all have too much these days.

Natalie: I agree.

Mom: I use one dish, one plate, one cereal bowl, one mug at the moment because there's just one. But even if there's two you don't need much.

Wise words from my Mum, Gina Sisson. I credit her so much in my life and that I really love being a minimalist.

And you know my sister and I differ a little on that. My sister is super creative and so she loves a lot of artwork up on the wall. I think she's got tendencies to be a little bit of a hoarder and she's cool with that.

But the point here I guess for every single one of us is every 3 months do a reconnaissance of everything that you own and ask yourself:

  • Do I really need this?
  • Is this better off in somebody else's home or hands?
  • Could I sell this and give it to a more deserving person who needs this right now?

One of my best tricks that I've learned is that if you've put something away in storage that you are just not prepared to give up, if you have not gone into that storage locker or that space or whoever you are storing it within 6 months time then you need to get rid of it.

Because if you do not miss something and use it every single day it is very likely that you do not need it in your life and it is weighing you down as a sense of stuff.

Now one of my good friends, Joshua Becker over at Becoming Minimalist talks a lot about this and here is a short excerpt from a Ted Talk that he did on this very topic as to the benefits of becoming minimalist.

“Out of the corner of my eye I see my son swinging alone in the backyard.

And suddenly I had this further realization that not only was everything I owned not making me happy, even worse everything I owned was actually taking me away from the very thing that did bring happiness into my life.

But not just happiness but fulfillment and purpose and contentment.

There's a very different realization and I think it is the very foundation of minimalism - the very foundational truth that would cause anyone to intentionally own less stuff.

This reality is that not only are things not making us happy they've actually become such a burden on our lives that they are actually taking us away from the very things that we would prefer to be living our life for."

If you'd like to learn more about minimalism, listen to this podcast interview with Joshua Becker about How to Own Less And Live More By Becoming A Minimalist.

And the final thing that I am really really weary of is cluttering our new house. Josh and I both made a very conscious effort and packed with each other but we are not going to fill this house with unnecessary stuff.

So first off Mum has kindly gifted us all these amazing things including a beautiful old vintage dining room table, a dining room cabinet, a cabinet for the lounge, a king size bed which will be now in our bedroom and some chest of drawers and lamps and some kitchen stuff.

All of those things we actually need and that means we don't need to go and purchase them brand new. We can recycle, we can reuse and we can keep these beautiful pieces in the family that have been a part of my life for so long.

The next part that we've been doing is I have become a bit of a TradeMe addict and we've set a budget and we've actually listed out on a spreadsheet, because we are geeky like that - all the stuff that we need versus what we'd like in the future.

We've listed those out so it's by order of priority and then we've put next to it guesstimates on what we're sort of prepared to pay or budget.

So we did a quick look online as to what things are going for and then we put in what we think we'd be prepared to pay.

And now we are playing a little game, so I love bargains and I love getting a good deal and I love negotiating.

I am setting out to become the TradeMe queen and I am finding incredible things because as you know the saying goes:

One person's junk is another person's treasure.

And just like we've been doing as a family for the last 2 or 3 months of this year, other people on TradeMe are getting rid of things that they've long held in their family or in their house and finally have just decided to release and let go of.

And so I've picked up the best bargains. I got the piano!

If you listened to Changing Plans and you heard me talk about the piano that I thought I'd missed out on, would you believe that lady had no luck with the person who bid and won on the auction and beat me in the auction?

They flaked on her and so she actually texted me while I was in Bali saying, "I can't believe it's happened again. Is there any chance that you would still like to buy it?" and I said, "Yes!"

Done. Put the money in her bank account and she sent me a text saying, "Thank you! You have restored my faith in humans."

So I got the piano! And the piano stool and the sheet music for a $150. This beautiful, old, vintage piano which I am going to polish up.

I bought an entire bedroom set of furniture granted a little bit retro, like a round mirror, a chest of drawers, another chest of drawers, two bedside table and a headboard for a $100 NZ.

Even if it's not great, it's going to be a bargain and I can paint it and we can use it and then we can always resell it.

And I'm just honestly having fun. I also bought two single beds including the mattresses, the frames and the bedside tables, pretty funky for like $400.

And I just love this because why do we always buy new stuff?

I mean granted sometimes you just want new things like you are not going to buy second hand underwear or laundry. I get that but why do we have this incessant need for new?

I personally love reusing and recycling. You get some incredible, sturdy, quality crafted pieces of furniture, ornaments if you feel like ornaments, lamps, all sorts of things for so little.

Because people don't see the value in them anymore and yet to me they are incredible.

I bought a 5 lights with brass stands for $100. I am going to continue to find these amazing bargains and only put things in our house that Josh and I agree on and to add value to it and make it a really beautiful home that we love being in.

As the Suitcase Entrepreneur and yes I am still Suitcase Entrepreneur even though I am moving into a house.

The Art of Packing Light

I just wanted to pass on some packing tips and once again I'd love to bring you back into a short conversation that I had with my lovely Mom who I have to say is an impeccable packer.

And I definitely have witnessed her since being a kid packing for our entire family and we used to travel really light considering there were the four of us.

She now packs even lighter just for herself. it's quite incredible.

Between us, we often look like overachievers. If we ever go on our girls trip together to Melbourne at the start of each year to see the tennis, (it would have been 14 times together or something), we just pack so little.

And it never ceases to amaze me at what people pack. Did they fit the kitchen sink inside the suitcase?

And if so how do they fit their actual clothes and the things that they really need on the trip. It does really astound me.

Here are some tips from the packing queen and her daughter. I credit her for everything that I do when it comes to being a Suitcase Entrepreneur.

Natalie: Because I think since I was two years old, you and Dad took my sister and I on around the world tours and trips ,which is amazing, and we no doubt learned from you how to pack really well.

And I think people still marvel now when they see how I live out of the suitcase. I know you used to pack for Dad as well.

Mum: In one medium suitcase.

Natalie: For the both of you?

Mum: Yes. And half of that we wouldn't use.

And yet even when we had bed and breakfast some people would come with these enormous cases. Each one would have a big case, plus overnight bags and God knows what.

And I used to think, "My God. And they are only coming for 2 or 3 weeks, when we would be away for 8 weeks with less."

Natalie: So what are your tips for the art of packing light?

Mom: For underwear, one clean, one on, one used - that's only three of everything which is easy.

Natalie: Really? I actually take 2 weeks worth of underwear because they are quite small and thin. And that means if I can't find a washing machine or do my washing for two weeks, I've always got underwear.

Mom: Yes I take a few underpants but for Dad that worked for him.

Shoes, a good pair of walking shoes. Something that is comfortable if you go out at night and maybe some sandals depending on the weather where you are going.

And if you are travelling to lots of places it doesn't matter whether you wear the same thing every second or third day. People haven't seen it before.

I always felt that you take with you your favorite things, that you feel comfortable in and just something good at night like trousers and a shirt but women always seem to have to have more.

But even then, just a couple of tops and the rest is just casual. And things are very casual these days aren't day?

Natalie: Well, that depends if you are going to a business event or something that's more fancy.

Mom: Yes if you are just going on a holiday it is casual.

Natalie: And what about toiletries?

Mom: Sometimes I think that's all a bit too much but basically again I take what I wear everyday - sun tan lotion and shampoo.

Natalie: Suntan lotion is expensive in a lot of countries. I do the same putting everything into small bottles because it can last for weeks.

Mom: When I am in England, sometimes I buy the smaller bottles. You don't get it so much in New Zealand or wherever.

Natalie: You do now. Anything else in terms of where you pack stuff, because we all have different ways, some people use packing squares.

I have a two-sided suitcase so I put my better clothes on my left hand side and my sports care, flip flops and toiletries go on the other side.

Mom: Yeah, you've got a good system but I sort of use my suitcase as a drawer. I fold things so neatly and pack it in a way that I remembered Aunty used to say, "Did you just iron that?", I said "No I got it out of my suitcase".

Natalie: I definitely didn't pickup on that skill from you.

Mom: Yes, actually they were always fascinated with that. It's just my way of packing.

Natalie: You also iron your sheets at home.

Mom: No I don't, only B&B. Gosh no.

Natalie: Well, thank you. Those are the tips from the Suitcase Entrepreneur's mom.

So I hope that those tips are helpful to you if you are really having trouble when you are travelling the world and you really just can't pack light.

A couple of other tips I'd love to throw in there is put everything that you want to pack into your suitcase or your backpack on the bed before you go. Then once again do one more ruthless run through.

So if you've ended up with four black t shirts and three pairs of brown shorts, can you just not take one of each?

And if you put five beautiful dresses out and you are only going away for a week, could you not just take three and a shawl so that you can change your look?

And then put them into your suitcase or bag and if you find it still too full, take it all out and do the same ruthless routine again.

A couple of more tips:

You can buy anything you need typically in the place that you are going to. So if you are going to go from a summer environment to a winter environment, I wouldn't necessarily pack all the things that you need for winter.

I would buy them in the country that you are in before you go into the other country or have just enough warm layers and as you get there you can stock up on anything you need.

The only caveat on that is sunscreen as I mentioned, when I was chatting to Mum, it can be really really expensive in other countries.

And obviously alongside that are your pills or your tablets or your supplements, whatever you really truly can't do without that as specialists we need to get from your doctor or maybe a herbalist, I would definitely take those with you. But just take the quantity that you need.

So for example, on this trip to Bali I took a couple of supplements and vitamins and I put them all in one supplement container so I don't need to take six or seven containers.

And the final tip for me is layers. Layering of your clothes allows you to be warmer because you can just put more and more layers on but it doesn't add huge bulk to your suitcase.

I particularly love Kathmandu and IceBreaker products. IceBreaker is Merino wool from New Zealand.

It keeps you incredibly warm, wicks away any sweats, dries super quickly and you can wear it for an entire year without washing it and it still wont smell.

If you don't believe me, Sir Peter Blake who is unfortunately no longer with us in this world who sailed around the world and set many world records and is q hero in New Zealand, wore his IceBreaker kit on the sailing yacht for a full year and it never smelt and he never had to wash it.

If you are really going for a long time travelling or you want lightweight, yet warm and efficient and trendy, IceBreaker all the way.

And finally, rolling.

There are a lot of people who pack in squares and you can put clothes in them and you can seal them and you can press them down, and you can fit way more in your suitcase, which is great.

I've never done it. I've never felt the need to take so many clothes that I have to compress them down. And then also I haven't really felt the desire to unpack and uncompress all these squares but it is handy if you want to maximize your space efficiently.

But I love rolling clothes. One, it stops them from creasing and two, it actually does take up less space in your suitcase.

So those are my final tips on packing light and the art of minimalism.

I would love for you to share what tips you have below the comment section and tell me if you are you a hoarder or a minimalist?

Stay tuned for Season 2 either in April or in May. It's not because I don't love you, it's because I am taking a business sabbatical for all of April.

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Mar 31 2017

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Rank #2: 044 - How to Hit Your Goals and Develop Emotional Resilience

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How can emotional resilience help you hit your goals?

And what the heck is emotional resilience anyway?

Well you're about to find out in this episode of UNTAPPED when you listen into my great conversation with Kim Ades.

Kim is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and JournalEngine Software and is a recognized as an expert in the area of thought mastery.

She uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help her clients deal with core issues and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results.

I first had Kim on my Suitcase Entrepreneur podcast 4 years ago where we chatted about limiting beliefs and how to overcome them.

What Kim shared was really valuable, and my listeners thought so too because that episode soon became one of the most downloaded!

So, when Kim reached out to me about coming back on the show, of course I said yes!

This time, Kim is back to share her 15 years of expertise on how to reach a goal.

Often times, we're capable of creating a plan of attack, but where we fall off is in the actual delivery of that plan.

Kim explains that this isn't because we're not taking action but because our thoughts aren't aligned with our goals.

And since every action starts with a thought, it's vital that your beliefs match your expectations.

Make sure you tune into this episode because it really is a treat.

Plus, it comes at the perfect time of the year with 2020 quickly approaching.

If you're ready to stop letting your beliefs hold you hostage and finally reach your goals, then hit the play button!


In this episode you'll learn:

  • What keeps talented and driven individuals from reaching their goals
  • What “emotional resilience” is and how we can leverage it
  • Why Kim doesn’t recommend finding a work/life balance
  • What limiting beliefs are, how to become aware of them, and remove them from your life
  • How you can step into your full power and potential

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Nov 21 2019

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Rank #3: 014 - The 30 Minute Business Plan Template

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I’ve never been a big fan of over planning, of strategizing the night away, and getting lost in the detail.

And I’ve always been in favour of less is more, keep it simple and being able to see your big vision on just one piece of paper.

This is why I first developed the infamous ‘One Page Biz Plan’ template back in 2012 and have been using it ever since.

Yes, shock horror, a lady who creates a tool and actually uses it herself, even if she did take a 6 month break from setting any business goals – which I also advocate for, when you’re really not feeling it.

That was the case for me recently, so I just let myself not plan and instead focused on the impact I wanted to make, how I wanted to add value and show up in this world.

Since that all fell into place in the last few months, I was able to write up my quarterly One Page Biz Plan on April 1st with new refreshing goals and objectives to make this a great 90 days.

We all know it can be hard to get clear on our big picture vision and actually follow through with it, so my template helps you to break it down into what’s tangible and doable in the next 90 days.

I literally walk you through what my next 3 months looks like for my business so you can have a crack at doing this too, using my free template.

  • My process for setting my quarterly (and Annual) Business Plan goals and objectives
  • What my five big goals are for April-June
  • What actions I (and my team) need to take to make each of those goals a reality
  • Why creating your one page business plan can take just half an hour
  • How to use my free 1 Page Business Plan template to crush your next 90 days
  • How to keep momentum when the going gets tough

Get my free 1 Page Business Plan template here to use yourself to make sure you crush Q2.

If you want to know how to go about planning out your life goals as well as your work ones, tune in to Episode 12: The Simple Way To Crush The Next 90 Days

Apr 08 2019

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Rank #4: [296] Shifting Your Mindset and Beliefs For The New Year with Osmaan Sharif

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As we head into 2017, it's the time of year where you want to shake things up, shift your mindset and start off the New Year with a bang.

December is the perfect time to stop, reflect, and make changes for the coming year based on what you've found did and didn't work in 2016.

You also want to look at setting meaningful goals that you will actually achieve and there's no better way to do this, then to look at what you set for yourself this year - and whether you hit those or fell short.

An important part of this, which goes beyond creating a "wish list" for 2017, is a deep dive into looking at the beliefs that you hold, that guide your actions and then, consider which ones may have been holding you back this whole time.

What stories have been telling yourself that are no longer serving your purpose?

For me, with the new website, new systems, and my upcoming business sabbatical, it's actually helped me clean up over 6 years of business files, products, plans and processes, as well some of my beliefs.

It has been like a spring clean for my entire business and I thought it was the perfect time to bring in my friend, Osmaan Sharif, to discuss some super helpful and actionable ways for you to do the same, and to set your foundations for 2017 right now!

In this episode, Osmaan and I discuss how to shift your mindset and beliefs for success, and how to get to the bottom of anything holding you back from having the business and life you KNOW you're meant to have.

In this episode you'll learn:

  • How to make sure you have a solid foundation in place and what you can do about this if you don't
  • How to use your entrepreneurial superpower to be in flow and doing the work that you love
  • How to identify outdated, toxic goals, strained and stretched goals
  • 5 quick self reflection questions that you can ask yourself to shake things up

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Dec 13 2016

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Rank #5: Your Daily Freedom Routine

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As I come off my 3 month business sabbatical, I realized that you can have a little sabbatical every single day of your life.

Through practicing what I talked about in Season 1, Mindfulness, Meditation, breathing and I am right now studying “The Science of Happiness” through edX which is an awesome online platform of amazing courses from incredible universities around the world.

I am actually going to be revisiting a lot of what I spoke about in Season 1 back before I knew so little and now I’ve learned so much. It has absolutely opened my mind how every single day it’s the little things that you do in 10, 20 or 30 minutes of time that all radically change how you feel and how much more freedom you have.

In this episode, I am going to talk about a daily freedom routine because I think it’s really important.

Before I jump into that I just want to share with you a snippet from Hilary Rushford of The Elegant Excellence who went on a sabbatical about a year ago for three months as well.

This is a one snippet from her video where she was talking about the fact that there was never going to be another time like now when she’d have all this time to read, relax, chill out and learn.

And when I first listened to it I was like, “Yeah I think you are right!”, but now having been on a sabbatical when I have all the time to read, relax and learn you still don’t because it is a journey. It is ongoing. It is an everyday commitment to being your best self, to giving yourself the space and time to be.

Here is the snippet and her insights are really useful:

“I've now built what is now over a million dollar revenue a year business in the first five years. And for me, 3 months into sabbatical I just realized, I am not doing the things that I wanted to do. I am not changing in the ways that I wanted to change. There's still those things on my list where "I am wishing that I have more time to do" things and here I am on sabbatical, one of the most times ever.

And so I really just started to dive in and explore why are we not doing these things? And I think one big reason for me is that I have these visions of "It's got to be done perfect. It's got to be this epic change. It's got to be hours of a week. I've got to commit to it now for every single day for eternity".

That's wonderful but it so rarely happens.

And so challenging myself to just take 10 minutes a day. Commit just 10 days and to not do things in some perfect epic change but just something, just take a step.

Make a small step towards what I think is the biggest game changer that not enough people talk about in business which is you as a CEO, your joy, your peace, your rest, your emotional health, your ability to make big decisions, your ability to tune into your gut and what you really want.

And I think the reality is that so many of us are exhausted, anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, unhappy. We want this to be just a little bit easier but we are not actually doing the steps to make the change.”

And then recently I received an email from Suzi Dafnis who owns herbusiness.com and she said this:

Since starting my business 23 years ago, I’ve been given lots of advice. And, one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to hit the “pause button”.

What? Wasn’t I meant to be hustling?

Pushing? Striving?

Nope.

There have been times where what I really needed to do, was pause.

Pausing is not stopping.

Pausing is simply taking time to reflect, recharge and renew - free from distractions and free from the daily push and pull of commitments and catering to others’ expectations.

In his book Thank You for Being Late, the New York Times best-selling author, Thomas Friedman writes:

"... opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or a distraction — it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you."

'When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start,' argues my friend and teacher Dov Seidman, CEO of LRN, which advises global businesses on ethics and leadership.

You start to reflect, you start to rethink your assumptions, you start to reimagine what is possible and, most importantly, you start to reconnect with your most deeply held beliefs. Once you’ve done that, you can begin to reimagine a better path.”

Choosing to pause has been hard.

Up front, it's felt expensive and like an investment I couldn't afford. I had so much to do, so many commitments and deadlines.

Looking back, I know that had I not made the investment in pausing, I would not be where I am today.

I would not have made important pivots and changes that have allowed me to stay in business, to continue to evolve, to keep loving my business — and to stay relevant and producing results.

This October I am taking time out to 'pause' once again.

Thank you Suzy for those wonderful wise words!

That’s exactly what I’ve found on this business sabbatical where little times business-y things would creep back in where I am tempted to check on email or how things were going. But when I wasn’t and when I was just being, enjoying and learning, I was back in my creative zone. I have had so many wonderful thoughts, ideas and improvements that I want to make.

I’ve got my mojo back for my business!

And I’ve also got a whole new perspective on it that I just couldn’t see before I took a break because I wasn’t giving myself space to pause, reflect and observe.

I also spoke to my friend Colin Wright recently of Exile Lifestyle, who like me for so many years has lived out of the suitcase, travelled the world and every 3 months he lets his community choose where he is going to travel next.

I had emailed him about my Suitcase Entrepreneur book and updating his story in it since the third edition is coming out in September. Woohoo!

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Anyway, he told me what he’s been up to and I was really really blown away but also super excited for him. Here’s what he said:

“I've been meaning to learn to cook for years, and finally got around to doing that; have made every meal for almost a year and am loving it as a craft. I've also wanted to learn to play the piano, and to learn some music production skills to go along with the guitaring and singing I've always done, so that's also been quite rewarding.

Beyond that, I wanted to do really, truly boring things, like buy furniture, because I haven't done so since 2009. I haven't owned a car in all the time, and I was curious how I would use such things, and live such a life, now that I've done so many other things and been so many other places. Getting mail is a novelty, as is having reliable and consistent internet access and electricity. So bizarre how much cultural understanding is dependent on having these things. So many things I could understand intellectually, but not really get. I do get them now, though, to some degree.

I'm sure you can relate to that — do anything long enough, and it becomes a little bit predictable. And the one thing I kept coming back to that scared me a little was holding still in one place for a bit, buying my own furniture, and owning a car. Weird, but the concept was mildly frightening to me. So, of course, I had to do it :)”

So I just love that people around me are doing what they need to do to pause, to reflect, to recharge, to re energize, to take these many sabbaticals from not only their business but their everyday life.

So if you are like, “Natalie, I can’t take three months off!”

Well, first off, I challenge you, you should be able to. It’s your life. You get to choose.

And I appreciate other things get in the way, you might have commitments and family but instead today I am offering you up a few doses of daily freedom routines that you can include to have a more simplistic, beautiful day and those little moments to yourself.

I got some of my freedomists and my Freedom Plan community to share some of their routines.

The first is from Fiona Hall:

“My freedom chores in the morning I journal three questions. This helps me get my mind see it really fresh and ready for the day. The first question I ask is what am I curious about?

That’s from Elizabeth Gilbert's book “Big Magic”. I love that question. It gets my mind into problem-solving mind and I always come up with something new and exciting for myself. The next question I ask is how am I feeling? Because if I don’t acknowledge how I am feeling and I am not feeling that good, it really impacts on my productivity, on my fun, on my ability to deal with my children first thing in the morning.

And then the last question I ask is a productivity question it is what actions am I going to take today? And because of those first two questions I find the action one as really simple. I’ve worked through what am I curious about, what am I feeling and process anything that I need to process until I am ready for the day and my mind is how I need it today. And the other things I do in  terms of exercise as I try to is 30 minute walk 3-4 times a week.”

This next one is from Ricardo Ferreira:

“I ride a bike everywhere.I think it’s one of the ultimate expressions of freedom. You can go almost anywhere on a bike.

You can be fast or take your time and you're free to stop whenever and wherever you wish. It’s on a bike that you start thinking more about enjoying the journey and concerning less about the destination.”

What about this one from Sif, the vet:

“Working in my little garden. I love to take a break from the computer and go outside work in the garden, dig in the dirt, rearrange things and plant seeds and watch the flowers and the vegetables grow.

I really love the feeling of growing some of my own food which makes me feel extra free. And this is what I do to be calm everyday because you have to work in the garden everyday.”

Here’s Stephanie McGuirt freedom routine for her inbox:

“My daily productivity tip or routine would be to use an extension, it’s a Chrome extension by Baydin called Inbox Pause and that actually does like it says it stops messages from coming into your inbox until you unpause your inbox or unless you have them scheduled to come in at certain times.

So I know that at 9am and 3pm everyday, I will get all of my messages that have been sent outside those times and I can focus on them for the next 30 minutes or hour and outside of 9am and 3pm, I am focused on other tasks. So it has really increased my productivity and I highly recommend it for anyone that is overwhelmed by their inbox.”

So I hope that you learned a lot from these lovely people who offered up simple, little tactics related to business and life that they are doing to create more time, space and freedom.

Of course I have a ton more of my own I talk a lot about them in the Freedom Plan.

On my business sabbatical, I thought of so many improvements to my signature program and just how much more amazing I can make it for you to really truly learn how to reclaim your time, make more money, work less, earn more and be free.

I hope you tune in to the next episode we are still on a digital sabbatical and the business sabbatical theme and how you can incorporate this in your life. I am going to share the results of my business sabbatical essentially as come into first of July when I am officially back on board for business.

Tune into the next episode by subscribing in iTunes and Stitcher.

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Jul 02 2017

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Rank #6: [290] 3 New Business Tools I'm Switching To (And Why)

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I realized something recently.

I was pouring over the annual survey results, loving all the feedback and learning more about my community, and I was surprised by some of the results.

I realized that I want to do even more to help you find freedom. I want to take you from where you are to where you want to be. So, I got to work in planning the next 10 actions I need to take to make that happen.

It turns out that a few of those items relate to the technology and tools I use in my business. It became clear that some of my technology was no longer keeping up with the way that I want to help people.

So, I turned my attention to finding tools that could really help me level up in my business.

There are SO many options for technology to help you run your business. So. Darn. Many. Researching technology could be a full-time job (I'm sure it is).

But, after a lot of research and a lot of discussions with other entrepreneurs, I decided on three key tools to help me streamline my systems so that I can delive even more valuable resources to you as effectively as possible.

In today's podcast episode, I share what I'm committing to accomplish over the few months and the three key technology tools I've chosen to help get there.

Listen in to this episode to learn about:

  • What I learned about you from my annual survey results
  • The three tools that I've chosen to start totally fresh with technology in my business
  • Why we're leaving Infusionsoft and what we decided to go with
  • Why systems and tools are an ongoing project
  • How to Rock Your Systems

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Oct 31 2016

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Rank #7: Mind your mindfulness

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For the last 7 years I’ve been running my business The Suitcase Entrepreneur from all over the world, while living out of the suitcase and going on adventures. This year, in 2017, I’ve decided to fire myself. Yup, that’s right. I am quitting. I am taking a business sabbatical from my own business and instead I am taking YOU on a Quest for Freedom. Your freedom. I'm so freakin excited to do this. To understand why the heck I am, here's a bit of backstory into me. This is actually taken from my TEDx talk last year called ‘The Surprising Truth About Freedom’ (feel free to just watch from 12:12-15:44).

Why tune into this podcast?

After watching, I hope you can understand why I’ve named this podcast Natalie Sisson’s Quest for Freedom, because as I mentioned, I’m on a hunt to understand what freedom really is. This podcast is part audio journal, part narrative and part ‘choose your own adventure’. It will be divided into Seasons (just like on TV) and each season will be a different quest around freedom. I’m starting with Personal freedom, and I’ll break that down more in Episode 2.

What is the definition of Freedom?

First off let’s attempt to better understand freedom (or maybe expose why this is no ordinary quest I’m going on). Over the years I’ve asked a LOT of people what their definition of personal freedom is and I am starting to see a pattern in their answers. A couple of Friday's ago I was having dinner with friends and new acquaintances, listening to music and discussing all sorts of topics. So I decided to whip out my new Zoom H6 recorder and ask them a question for my new podcast. They all agreed, so without any background I just launched into my question which I posed to them which was: "What's your definition of freedom?" Here’s what they had to say:

“Deciding when you want to wake up in the morning, where you want to be and deciding what you want to do for the day.”

“Freedom for me is abundance but it’s conditional on the freedom of others. I am not free if other people aren’t free.”

“There are a lot of different types of freedom, but the most important freedom is the freedom from our own minds, and that if freedom is dependent on external factors then it’s not truly free.”

“I believe that the only thing that we are actually in control of is how we react in the moment and having an internal sense of freedom to be able to react as we choose is the ultimate freedom.”

“Choice. You just get to choose freely whether it’d be a monetary thing or just your thoughts or your reactions.”

“Free is something that doesn’t cost anything”

Do any of those resonate with you? I go on to say in my podcast: "There’s also a price to pay for too much freedom. I feel like I experienced that a few weeks ago when I was trying to make a big decision in my life, and I realized I was so free in choosing either one, that I almost felt paralyzed for the first time. There was too much freedom. You have to have some boundaries and some limits within which to feel free." So as you can see from this discussion…..I’m really no closer to uncovering a definition for freedom. And perhaps it’s un-defineable. Perhaps this whole quest is going to impossible, but I can’t wait either way because this is a year like no other. I’m firing myself and taking a business sabbatical to become a student of life, and go on a quest to find freedom.

What is a Quest?

Now that we've established the challenge in defining freedom, I thought understanding what a quest is would be a logical next move. So back to my friends for their ideas around this:

“It’s like bigger than yourself. There will be obstacles, there will be doubt, there will be naysayers, there will be almost insurmountable odds but your values and what’s inside of you pull you forward beyond what you think is possible and achieving your quest will be one of the greatest memories for a parts of your life.”

“A quest is fundamentally a search for meaning. It’s about trying to find and discover meaning.”

“Is quest the root of question?”

And yes is the answer to that question. I looked it up on the interwebs to find it is from late Middle English: from Old French queste (noun), based on Latin quaerere ‘ask, seek’. According to the dictionary, because all intrepid people going on a quest would of course refer to a dictionary first right….. a quest is both a noun and a verb. noun

  1. a long or arduous search for something.

That sounds really freaking fun doesn’t it… long and arduous? Ah no thanks. The verb came up with much better results in my opinion

  1. search for something.
search, seek, look, hunt, pursue, investigate, explore, probe, inspect
  • "his eyes quested to left and right"

That all sounds much better. But if you ever hear me saying “My eyes quested to the left and right” I’ve either lost the plot or I’m exploring a medieval festival and getting in character. According to Wikipedia a quest serves as a plot device in mythology and fiction: a difficult journey towards a goal, often symbolic or allegorical. Tales of quests figure prominently in the folklore of every nation and ethnic culture.... The moral of a quest tale often centers on the changed character of the hero. So I guess for the purposes of Natalie Sisson’s Quest for Freedom podcast…. I’m the hero? Which also means I’m the one who has to go through the good, the bad and the ugly. I am a walking, talking human experiment, so that you can sit back in your armchair at home, or on your drive to the city, or while you’re enjoying a relaxing pedicure, and listen to me do all the hard stuff, the grueling, intense, exciting, thrilling, daring and at times, prob mundane things I need to do to achieve on this Quest for Freedom. And I’m ok with that. You know. I’ll take it on the chin. Partly because it’s my idea and all so I have no excuse to complain. And partly cos I kind of like the idea of being the guinea pig. First things first I feel like you guys need to give me an appropriate mythological made up Hero’s name.

Do me a favor and humour me. Leave a comment below with your idea for my 'hero' name. I’ll choose the best one, and for season one will henceforth call myself that name and you’ll get your name in the credits.

My favourite definition of a quest, because I found it so fitting, was from Vocabulary.com A quest is all about seeking something important, and it often involves a journey. You would travel the world in a quest for gold. You would not travel to the front of the lunchroom in a quest for tater tots. Ha. That’s one heck of a definition. They go on to say: Knights in the Middle Ages were forever taking on quests––most famously to find the Holy Grail. In modern times, you can quest without ever leaving home, thanks to the Internet. A scientist might embark on a quest to find the cure for cancer. A detective might quest for the truth. It’s worthwhile noting here that quest is also a verb that means bark with prolonged noises, of dogs. Perhaps something I can incorporate into the show? Unintentionally I chose this word because it sounds grandiose, but in a good ol down to earth way. And probably because as a kid I loved Greek Mythology and read books like Odysseus, or Ulysses, depending on which side you gun for more. Same hero. Same quest. Different name. Unbeknownst to me however is the Quest is one of 7 Types of Story Plots you can use when writing, or making a movie! According to Liz Bureman over at The Write Practice: “The Quest is a search for a place, item, or person that requires the hero to leave home in order to find it. Sometimes the item is just a MacGuffin to drive the plot along. I’m going to pause to explain here, as I had no idea what a MacGuffin was, but if you’re a fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark, it’s the thing the hero needs to find on their journey to get to the real important thing. So in this case the golden monkey head Harrison Ford finds in the tomb, not the actual ark. Back to Liz: “Other times the thing driving the quest is specific to the story’s circumstances. Either way, the hero is leaving home to find whatever the heck the story demands, and we get to come along for the ride.” Sounds fair to me. You game to come on this ride with me? You’re not going to leave me all alone out here are you? To show you’re serious if you’re not subscribed to my show on iTunes and you want to follow along on Season One then head to nataliesisson.com/itunes and it will take you straight there! You can do the same by heading to nataliesisson.com/stitcher too. Ok here’s where Liz got me thinking. She went on to describe the characters in a quest and I realized I’m going to need a crew. You see a quest is the plot type most likely to have a group of main characters rather than one protagonist in the main eye of the story. Shiiiiittt and here I was thinking this was ALL about me! Nope apparently not. According to Liz I should have:

  • A close friend who is loyal to our hero, but doesn’t have much else going for him or her;
  • A sidekick who is the polar opposite of the hero mentally, physically, and emotionally;
  • A generic mass of identity-less bros who don’t get names because they’re not alive long enough to matter; or
  • A balanced party of brains, heart, and strength who support the hero, or who count the hero as one of their own.

So I guess before the next episode I need to find some of these characters to make this more enticing right? Ok I’ll be back in the next episode with some characters, I can’t guarantee they’ll fit the bill but heck, this is my quest so I get to choose them. It may even be you if you play your cards right! Whereever you’re tuning in or reading this from around the world, I’m sending you a BIG virtual hug of thanks and gratitude for tuning into to the very first Season and Episode of Natalie Sisson’s Quest for Freedom. If you want to make my day leave a comment below to:

  • tell me my Hero name
  • simply say hi, and;
  • add your own definition of what freedom means to you.

Go ahead and make sure you subscribe to the show in any podcast player you have, and find me on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play and iHeartRadio.

Tune in to the next episode where I let an Oracle tell me what I can expect in 2017….

Yep I consulted an Oracle...or more over the Suburban Psychic approached me to do a session with me. And here's just a snippet of what she had to say: "There’s a part of you that doesn’t want to know stuff, and there’s that little part of you that is giving permission to you to dive in deeper, to explore further, because you got this amazing watch dog in the ego. If a wave is crashing, coming towards you you don’t try to get over the top and scoot your way around it. You got to dive into that sucker and that’s the only way you are going to come out the other side without being thrown on your head and getting sand in places that you don’t want to even talk about " Intrigued? Make sure you jump in and sign up to updates via email so I can share with you when each episode goes live.

Feb 07 2017

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Rank #8: [288] Find More Time and Freedom in Your Business with Mandi Ellefson

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Systems have a bit of a bad reputation.

You probably think they're pretty boring at face value, but it's what they can do for you that make them sexy and exciting.

Systems can mean more time, more money, and more freedom to do what you love. They can mean peace of mind and ease in your business.

And, if you're committed to do what's necessary to create freedom in your business, trust me, you're going to need smart, sexy systems. You're going to want to figure out exactly what's holding you back in your business and create a system to solve it.

In today's podcast episode, Mandi Ellefson shares tip after tip on how to find more time and freedom in your business.

After working with plenty of high level CEO's, Mandi has worked out exactly how to pinpoint the bottlenecks in your business and break through the barriers with smart systems.

Listen in to this episode to learn about:

  • The most important system to focus on in your business
  • How you can find at least 5 extra hours in your week
  • What a success map is and how you can use one in your clients
  • How to standardize and streamline multiple business processes
  • How to identify bottlenecks in your business and solve them with systems

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Oct 17 2016

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Rank #9: [287] What it Takes to Live a Good Life with Jonathan Fields

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What are we all doing here anyway?

Pretty deep question, I know, but this is something that keeps coming up for me. When it comes down to it, we are all looking for more purpose, more depth, and more meaning.

But, practicing and creating habits that make every single day more rich is a mission of mine, and Jonathan Fields shares that sentiment.

In today's podcast episode, Jonathan tells us about his new book and shares his approach on creating his best life which includes a simple daily check in to create awareness and guide behaviour. He talks about how he's able to reserve time for vitality, connection, and contribution and how maintaining those areas of his life has become non-negotiable.

Listen in to this episode to learn about:

  • What the Good Life buckets are and how you can use them to create a better life
  • Why optimizing systems are the key to freedom
  • How forming habits can impact your quality of life
  • Why gratitude is one of the greatest influencers of happiness
  • What a gratitude visit is and how you can implement them
  • How to structure your writing to maintain momentum

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Oct 10 2016

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Rank #10: Two roadblocks to living your ideal life

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To date on the Quest for Freedom Podcast I’ve covered off on

Season 1: Personal freedom (mindfulness, meditation and happiness) Season 2: Business freedom (business sabbaticals, Universal Cycles of Change and letting go) Season 3: Learning Mastery (growth mindset and learning hacks)

And now we come to

Season 4: Lifestyle Freedom (goals and ambition vs lifestyle by design)

Why are you living the lifestyle you're living?

If you could wake up tomorrow and do anything you want, would you be doing what you're doing?

I want to talk about how you spend your days, how you spend your time. Are you're doing things because you feel you have to rather than because you want to?

Are you spending your day filled with social media and checking in on things because it makes you feel popular, connected or makes you feel like you're being productive , or is it filled with finishing up work projects because you feel some sense of duty to complete them, even if they’re not a priority?

When I asked myself this question the other day, the one about “What would you do if money wasn’t an issue?” I realised two things:

1) I was living the dream and wouldn’t be anywhere else than our beautiful property we’ve been in for just over six months. In fact I was so content in this new life, that I have even eased back on my goals and ambitions as a result.

2). I want to be doing NOTHING related to what I’m currently doing work wise, well almost. I simply wanted to be on the property, soaking in the birds, nature and beautiful garden. Spending time with Kayla, walking her along the many beautiful, peaceful trails and mountains.

I wanted to be reading more books, painting more art and enjoying the sunshine and blue skies. I wanted to be writing, meditating, exercising learning and everything around personal growth…not teaching business.

Take an honest look at your lifestyle and your current daily schedule.

What do you see? Are your days filled with activities that help you grow as an individual and bring you happiness?

If so, congratulations. You’ve already unlocked the key to living the freedom lifestyle.

If you’re one of the people who are feeling unfulfilled and unhappy with your lifestyle, however, we are going to discuss two of the major emotional roadblocks that prevent you from living a life that allows you to move through life with more freedom.

#1. The first major emotional roadblock that we encounter on paving our way to freedom is GUILT.

Guilt manifests itself when we begin taking a look at our day-to-day schedule and figuring out what we need to get rid of in order to feel happier and more free.

There are always things that we tend to do simply because society and or people that we care about expect us to.

Like attending meetings, going to work, attending birthday events or family dinners, making dinner for our family, putting everyone before our own needs.

If we continue to hang onto these activities for these reasons, we will never be able to achieve true lifestyle freedom. How can we eliminate guilt from our lives?

According to clinical psychologist Ali Mattu, there are several actionable steps that we can take to eliminate guilt from our lives:

#1. Facing Your Guilt Head-on.

Like any emotion, we have to evaluate and understand our guilt before we are able to take action on moving on from it.

Sit down and look at the events in your day that you will feel guilty ridding of. Figure out where that guilt is coming from and confront it.

#2. Find Someone to Confide in.

Talking out your feelings always help you to better work through them and gives you another perspective that helps you approach the situation. Look for someone who is wise and who you trust to talk about this guilt that you have.

#3. Give Yourself Compassion.

Guilt is something that we need to let go of immediately. Recognize your guilt, remind yourself that it is okay to feel guilty but that it holds you back from becoming your true self, and move on.

Once you’ve let go of your guilt, you will be able to let go of the things in your life that do not provide you with freedom and happiness.

#2. The second major emotional roadblock that we encounter is FEAR.

While guilt prevents us from letting go of things that no longer serve us, fear prevents us from taking action on things that we know are beneficial for us.

We refuse to do the things we want because the outcome may be uncertain and the changes in our lifestyle will create complications for us.

Rather than listening to that timid voice inside of you telling you that you shouldn’t or can’t pursue what you want, here are some ways that you can overcome your fears:

#1. Figure out what it is that has you scared and analyze it

Much like the previous tips I mentioned to help you get rid of your guilt, you will have to figure out what is scaring you in order to overcome your fears.

For example, let’s imagine that you want to add more self-care time to your day. In order to do this, you may have to lessen the amount of hours you are working and that may be scary for people who feel the need to work.

Identifying your fear of not working and the issues that come along with not working is absolutely necessary.

#2. Work towards minimizing your fear.

You don’t have to immediately start working less hours in order to face your fears. Dip your toe in the water and see the results that come out of your actions.

Start working 10 minutes less than you currently are. Has the world ended?

Has your income increased dramatically? It probably hasn’t just yet.

But as you continue to reduce your hours and therefore focus more on revenue generating activities, you’ll soon see that you’re working less and earning more.

Taking this type of small action will show you that your goal is possible.

#3. Don’t fully invest yourself in the beginning.

Encountering your fear fully in the beginning can actually be harmful and counterproductive.

It’s smarter to take small, actionable steps towards overcoming your fear and reaching your goals.

Control over your emotions is necessary if you intend on cultivating lifestyle freedom.

Changes in life often bring a wave of emotions that either catapult us toward our intended destination or drown us in our own self-doubt and hesitation.

You may recall in an earlier episode I talked about how too many changes are dangerous, which I found out the hard way when I flipped my life 180 degrees in a very short amount of time.

But I worked through the highs and lows, pushed through my fears and have come out the other side stronger and more energized than ever, with a new personal brand and mission - to help you achieve more personal daily freedom.

With these tips, you will be able to overcome these strong feelings and find out what is truly best for you.

However, this is only half the battle.

In order to experience these emotions, you will first have to have an idea of what you want to be doing with your time.

In the next episode, we will explore some actions that you can take to discover your ideal lifestyle.

In the meantime, I invite you to register for my upcoming LIVE online workshop on how to Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year.

I have run this for the last two years running and people love it, because in less than 3 hours we map out your entire year ahead, both personally and professionally.

We also look at your goals and dive into your content, editorial and marketing calendar for the next 12 months (if you have an online or offline business).

Then we look at your personal daily schedule to set you up for happiness, success and freedom.

Head to nataliesisson.com/workshop for more details and an earlybird price.

Nov 08 2017

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Rank #11: Eps 48 How to be a super productive person

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What does being more productive mean to you?

Being productive doesn't mean sitting and working for eight straight hours. You'll burn yourself out!

There are other ways to maximize productivity. For instance, cutting out distractions and turning off email notifications.

Many of us are looking for ways to live a more productive life, that's why in this episode, I'll share 17 strategies you can employ today to have an exceptionally productive 2018!

Key resources:

  • TeuxDeux is a simple designy to-do app for the Web and iPhone.
  • LeechBlock NG is a simple productivity tool: an extension for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day.
  • Freedom blocks distracting websites and apps across all your Mac, Windows, and iOS devices so you can focus on what matters most.
  • Pomodoro Secrets To Productivity Freedom
  • Upwork is an online community of talented virtual workers from around the world who want freelance work, and companies who need their skills.
  • Want to learn exactly how to make your first hire in less than 30 days and start delegating work you dislike doing, shouldn't be doing or frankly can't do? Let me show you exactly how in Outsource Like a Rockstar.
  • Toggl: Hassle-free time tracking so your business runs like clockwork.
  • Why you need your own Personal Assistant

May 22 2018

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Rank #12: [300] Three Words That Will Make 2017 The Best Year Ever

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Each year, I pick one word which explains what I want the next year to look, be, feel and sound like, and focuses me in on those intentions.

But this year, after reading a great email from Mike Vardy on this matter, who took it from Chris Brogan, I’m picking three words that will make 2017 the best year ever for me.

Before I tell you the three words, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear freedomist, for listening in to my podcast every single week.

I can’t believe that this is episode 300, and I wanted to let you know that this will be the last ever podcast in this format.

I will be relaunching and rebranding this podcast to Natalie Sisson’s Quest For Freedom this January 2017 (but you won't have to change a thing if you're already subscribed to it as I'm using the same feed on iTunes, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and beyond.

It will be a narrative format podcast, where I will talk about topics that I want to and that you want me to, and have conversations with people on topics related to Freedom.

If you ever read a choose your own adventure kind of book as a kid, that’s what my new podcast is going to be like. The podcast will be guided by my three words for 2017:

  • Curiosity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Adventure

Throughout 2016 I have felt like I needed a break from my business. Then after having a really poor program launch in September, I felt I had reached a tipping point, and that it was also a sign.

So I started putting things in motion which will allow me to fire myself as the CEO of my business, starting April 2017.

I want to take a break from the niche of online business because after almost 7 years I have been feeling a bit meh and think it's time to recharge and energize myself to come back stronger and better.

I want to go back to being a student again. I want to be extremely curious, learn new things, focus on personal development and growth, expand my horizons and network, and dive into areas I have no freaking ideas about.

I want to be excited about going to new places, meet new people, and do new things. I want to feel like a kid again, who approaches everything in life with enthusiasm.

And I want adventure to be a part of my life again. Not just in terms of traveling the world which I will do less of, but being able to take a real vacation and what my life is going to feel like without the business aspect of it. This new way of life is going to be my adventure.

So I want to ask you, how are you going to make it your best year yet? What are you going to change? What are you going to do differently? What are you going to give up to embrace the new in 2017?

Hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and let me know what are your three words for 2017.

Listen in to this episode to learn about:

  • What changes I'm making in my life and business for 2017
  • The three words I have picked for 2017 that will help me focus on what I really want to do
  • Why this podcast is changing over to Natalie Sisson's Quest For Freedom, and what that means for you

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Jan 16 2017

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Rank #13: [294] Globetrotting and Business Building with Sonia Simone

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It's one thing to get by with your business moving around the globe - it's another entirely to co-build a thriving business like Copyblogger from a laptop.

Sonia Simone has been absolutely killing it in the copywriting world and has recently moved her life to Rome. Making her way from freelancer to co-founding Copyblogger was no easy task and in this week's podcast episode, Sonia shares her journey as well as some of her top tips for getting more clients and how relocating has shifted her business.

Listen in to this episode to learn about:

  • Sonia's journey from a corporate world to copywriting as a freelancer and building up a business in a very competitive niche
  • How to differentiate yourself and get more clients
  • What prompted her to move to Italy and how that's affected her business, working style, and daily flow
  • How she became a co-founder of Copyblogger
  • How to get acquainted and settled in a new country
  • The pros and cons of being location independent

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Nov 26 2016

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Rank #14: What is a quest?

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For the last 7 years I’ve been running my business The Suitcase Entrepreneur from all over the world, while living out of the suitcase and going on adventures.

This year, in 2017, I’ve decided to fire myself.

Yup, that’s right. I am quitting.

I am taking a business sabbatical from my own business and instead I am taking YOU on a Quest for Freedom.  Your freedom.  I'm so freakin excited to do this.

To understand why the heck I am, here's a bit of backstory into me. This is actually taken from my TEDx talk last year called ‘The Surprising Truth About Freedom’ (feel free to just watch from 12:12-15:44).

Why tune into this podcast?

After watching, I hope you can understand why I’ve named this podcast Natalie Sisson’s Quest for Freedom, because as I mentioned, I’m on a hunt to understand what freedom really is.

This podcast is part audio journal, part narrative and part ‘choose your own adventure’.

It will be divided into Seasons (just like on TV) and each season will be a different quest around freedom. I’m starting with Personal freedom, and I’ll break that down more in Episode 2.

What is the definition of Freedom?

First off let’s attempt to better understand freedom (or maybe expose why this is no ordinary quest I’m going on).

Over the years I’ve asked a LOT of people what their definition of personal freedom is and I am starting to see a pattern in their answers.

A couple of Friday's ago I was having dinner with friends and new acquaintances, listening to music and discussing all sorts of topics. So I decided to whip out my new Zoom H6 recorder and ask them a question for my new podcast.

They all agreed, so without any background I just launched into my question which I posed to them which was: "What's your definition of freedom?"

Here’s what they had to say:

  • “Deciding when you want to wake up in the morning, where you want to be and deciding what you want to do for the day.”
  • “Freedom for me is abundance but it’s conditional on the freedom of others. I am not free if other people aren’t free.”
  • “There are a lot of different types of freedom, but the most important freedom is the freedom from our own minds, and that if freedom is dependent on external factors then it’s not truly free.”
  • “I believe that the only thing that we are actually in control of is how we react in the moment and having an internal sense of freedom to be able to react as we choose is the ultimate freedom.”
  • “Choice. You just get to choose freely whether it’d be a monetary thing or just your thoughts or your reactions.”
  • “Free is something that doesn’t cost anything”

Do any of those resonate with you? I go on to say in my podcast:

"There’s also a price to pay for too much freedom. I feel like I experienced that a few weeks ago when I was trying to make a big decision in my life, and I realized I was so free in choosing either one, that I almost felt paralyzed for the first time. There was too much freedom. You have to have some boundaries and some limits within which to feel free."

So as you can see from this discussion…..I’m really no closer to uncovering a definition for freedom.

And perhaps it’s un-defineable.

Perhaps this whole quest is going to impossible, but I can’t wait either way because this is a year like no other.

I’m firing myself and taking a business sabbatical to become a student of life, and go on a quest to find freedom.

What is a Quest?

Now that we've established the challenge in defining freedom, I thought understanding what a quest is would be a logical next move. So back to my friends for their ideas around this:

“It’s like bigger than yourself. There will be obstacles, there will be doubt, there will be naysayers, there will be almost insurmountable odds but your values and what’s inside of you pull you forward beyond what you think is possible and achieving your quest will be one of the greatest memories for a parts of your life.”

“A quest is fundamentally a search for meaning. It’s about trying to find and discover meaning.”

“Is quest the root of question?”

And yes is the answer to that question. I looked it up on the interwebs to find it is from late Middle English: from Old French queste (noun), based on Latin quaerere ‘ask, seek’.

According to the dictionary, because all intrepid people going on a quest would of course refer to a dictionary first right….. a quest is both a noun and a verb.

noun

  1. a long or arduous search for something.

That sounds really freaking fun doesn’t it… long and arduous? Ah no thanks.

The verb came up with much better results in my opinion

  1. search for something.

search, seek, look, hunt, pursue, investigate, explore, probe, inspect

  • "his eyes quested to left and right"

That all sounds much better. But if you ever hear me saying “My eyes quested to the left and right” I’ve either lost the plot or I’m exploring a medieval festival and getting in character.

According to Wikipedia a quest serves as a plot device in mythology and fiction: a difficult journey towards a goal, often symbolic or allegorical.

Tales of quests figure prominently in the folklore of every nation and ethnic culture....

The moral of a quest tale often centers on the changed character of the hero.

So I guess for the purposes of Natalie Sisson’s Quest for Freedom podcast…. I’m the hero? Which also means I’m the one who has to go through the good, the bad and the ugly.

I am a walking, talking human experiment, so that you can sit back in your armchair at home, or on your drive to the city, or while you’re enjoying a relaxing pedicure, and listen to me do all the hard stuff, the grueling, intense, exciting, thrilling, daring and at times, prob mundane things I need to do to achieve on this Quest for Freedom.

And I’m ok with that. You know. I’ll take it on the chin.

Partly because it’s my idea and all so I have no excuse to complain. And partly cos I kind of like the idea of being the guinea pig.

First things first I feel like you guys need to give me an appropriate mythological made up Hero’s name.

Do me a favor and humour me.

Leave a comment below with your idea for my 'hero' name. I’ll choose the best one, and for season one will henceforth call myself that name and you’ll get your name in the credits.

My favourite definition of a quest, because I found it so fitting, was from Vocabulary.com

A quest is all about seeking something important, and it often involves a journey. You would travel the world in a quest for gold. You would not travel to the front of the lunchroom in a quest for tater tots.

Ha. That’s one heck of a definition. They go on to say:

Knights in the Middle Ages were forever taking on quests––most famously to find the Holy Grail. In modern times, you can quest without ever leaving home, thanks to the Internet.

A scientist might embark on a quest to find the cure for cancer. A detective might quest for the truth. It’s worthwhile noting here that quest is also a verb that means bark with prolonged noises, of dogs. Perhaps something I can incorporate into the show?

Unintentionally I chose this word because it sounds grandiose, but in a good ol down to earth way. And probably because as a kid I loved Greek Mythology and read books like Odysseus, or Ulysses, depending on which side you gun for more. Same hero. Same quest. Different name.

Unbeknownst to me however is the Quest is one of 7 Types of Story Plots you can use when writing, or making a movie!

According to Liz Bureman over at The Write Practice:

“The Quest is a search for a place, item, or person that requires the hero to leave home in order to find it. Sometimes the item is just a MacGuffin to drive the plot along.

I’m going to pause to explain here, as I had no idea what a MacGuffin was, but if you’re a fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark, it’s the thing the hero needs to find on their journey to get to the real important thing.

So in this case the golden monkey head Harrison Ford finds in the tomb, not the actual ark.

Back to Liz:

“Other times the thing driving the quest is specific to the story’s circumstances. Either way, the hero is leaving home to find whatever the heck the story demands, and we get to come along for the ride.”

Sounds fair to me. You game to come on this ride with me? You’re not going to leave me all alone out here are you?

To show you’re serious if you’re not subscribed to my show on iTunes and you want to follow along on Season One then head to nataliesisson.com/itunes and it will take you straight there! You can do the same by heading to nataliesisson.com/stitcher too.

Ok here’s where Liz got me thinking. She went on to describe the characters in a quest and I realized I’m going to need a crew. You see a quest is the plot type most likely to have a group of main characters rather than one protagonist in the main eye of the story.

Shiiiiittt and here I was thinking this was ALL about me! Nope apparently not.

According to Liz I should have:

  • A close friend who is loyal to our hero, but doesn’t have much else going for him or her;
  • A sidekick who is the polar opposite of the hero mentally, physically, and emotionally;
  • A generic mass of identity-less bros who don’t get names because they’re not alive long enough to matter; or
  • A balanced party of brains, heart, and strength who support the hero, or who count the hero as one of their own.

So I guess before the next episode I need to find some of these characters to make this more enticing right?

Ok I’ll be back in the next episode with some characters, I can’t guarantee they’ll fit the bill but heck, this is my quest so I get to choose them.

It may even be you if you play your cards right!

Whereever you’re tuning in or reading this from around the world, I’m sending you a BIG virtual hug of thanks and gratitude for tuning into to the very first Season and Episode of Natalie Sisson’s Quest for Freedom.

If you want to make my day leave a comment below to:

  • tell me my Hero name
  • simply say hi, and;
  • add your own definition of what freedom means to you.

Go ahead and make sure you subscribe to the show in any podcast player you have, and find me on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play and iHeartRadio.

Tune in to the next episode where I let an Oracle tell me what I can expect in 2017….

Yep I consulted an Oracle...or more over the Suburban Psychic approached me to do a session with me. And here's just a snippet of what she had to say:

"There’s a part of you that doesn’t want to know stuff, and there’s that little part of you that is giving permission to you to dive in deeper, to explore further, because you got this amazing watch dog in the ego.

If a wave is crashing, coming towards you you don’t try to get over the top and scoot your way around it. You got to dive into that sucker and that’s the only way you are going to come out the other side without being thrown on your head and getting sand in places that you don’t want to even talk about "

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Jan 31 2017

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Rank #15: Four Tools to Achieve Your Lifestyle Goals

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You wouldn’t expect yourself to cook in the kitchen without the proper knives, pans, and pots, and you wouldn’t expect to build your body at the gym without the proper equipment either, right?

Think about lifestyle freedom in the same way that you think about cooking or building muscle at the gym. While you could achieve your goals without any assistance, tools will help you to achieve your goals faster and more efficiently.

So I will cover the four different types of tools you can use to help you track your progress, achieve your goals, and work your way to a better life.

#1. Journaling

Although this doesn’t seem to be the go-to tool for many of those seeking lifestyle freedom in this day and age, the journal is a classic tool that is both affordable and useful.

Journaling is best for those who are looking to track their progress as they make changes in their daily lives. When you take a look at your journal each day, you are constantly reminding yourself of the goals that you have set.

Even better, you can use the journal to also keep track of the progress that you have made, make a definitive list of actions that will help you reach your goals, and list of all of the things that may not be working as well.

Also, the journal is a tool that is highly customizable. If you’re someone who wants to meet their lifestyle goals without having too many distracting features, you can choose to make a bullet journal.

If you prefer visuals that remind you of where you are going and motivate you, you can paste pictures and draw inside your journal.

Your creativity is your only limit.

#2. Vision Board

Vision boards are one of the most used tools today to help people reach their goals.

A vision board is essentially a collage filled with objects, pictures, sayings, and other small pieces that represent the future you would like to have.

While a journal may be too demanding for some people, a vision board is almost perfect for everyone who is wishing to change their lifestyle.

However, it will take a small time investment initially when you begin putting it together.

What can you put on your vision board? Here are some ideas:

  • Magazine cutouts that represent your end goals
  • Positive affirmations that help you get the most out of your day
  • Pamphlets of places that you would like to travel to
  • Important notes from loved ones
#3. Sticky Notes

Even simpler than the above two methods, you could leave sticky notes in places where you are sure to see them and remind yourself of your goals.

For those of you who may want to incorporate more mindfulness into your daily schedule, you can place a sticky note by your bed that reminds you to breathe and meditate every morning.

If you’re someone who wants to work less and spend more time with your family, you can place a sticky note at your place of employment that tells you to work smarter and not longer.

Whatever it is that you are setting out to do, a simple sticky note with an important reminder can help you to achieve it.

#4. Apps

Not everyone is into creating physical manifestations of their goals and that’s absolutely okay. If you’re still creative and would like to make a digital version of these tools, that works just as well as a physical version.

If you’re more into applications that help you to track your goals and your progress, here are some goal setting applications recommended by Lifewire that will help you to do exactly that:

Make no mistake, tools are helpful and are sometimes necessary for people who need that extra push in order to develop their ideal lifestyle.

However, there is a line that people sometimes cross when people begin buying more tools than they need. This is what I’ll be addressing in the next episode.

If you want to take your goal setting even further in 2018, and make some real changes that last, then you need to plan your year out differently. And I offer a completely different approach to doing that and setting your goals in my

Plan Your Ideal Year Online 'Doing' Masterclass .

I show you how to:

  • SET YOUR VISION FOR 2018 and plan out your entire year so you prioritize what matters - we will map this out real-time together and I'll show you behind the scenes of how I plan out my year.
  • MAP OUT YOUR QUARTERLY, MONTHLY and WEEKLY ACTIONS based on your annual goals and the calendar so you know exactly what to do to achieve amazing results in your business in 2018! Take your big vision and plans for 2018 and put them into your OWN CONTENT, MARKETING and
  • EDITORIAL CALENDAR so you feel focused and in control - I'll show you my calendar as a real example of what's possible.
  • Learn my 6 STEP DAILY SUCCESS PLAN to become more productive in a week than you are in a year - no seriously.

Make sure you sign up here and get started today. In 90 minutes or less you could have your entire 2018 on track and all planned out for personal and professional success - and of course freedom!

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Dec 11 2017

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Rank #16: 027 - How I Reinvented Myself and Started Over

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Madonna has truly mastered the art of reinvention, so when a friend told me she was coming on the Graham Norton show this weekend, I stuck around to watch her segment.

I couldn’t recall the last time I’d seen Madonna speak and was intrigued to see what she would deliver.

Naturally, she didn’t disappoint.

She walked on stage wearing an eye patch and a sexy number which had her boobs almost falling out of her corset (a wardrobe malfunction I’m sure she would not be thrilled with knowing about since she controls her image with immense care).

Yet her star power was undeniable, and the guests on the couch alongside her were left to sit quietly as she answered Graham’s questions with mystique, cheekiness, strength and an appropriate amount of intrigue.

She has just launched a new album and is going on tour at the age of 60 years old!

This in itself is a huge testament to her longevity, creativity and ability to keep on changing with the times and reinventing herself, to not only survive in a super competitive market dominated by teenagers, but to thrive in it for over four decades.



Reinvention is a necessity to remain relevant

In the past few months, several of my friends compared me to Madonna – not because I like to sing and dance to 80s music (which I really do) or because I wear sexually enticing outfits (I don’t), but because they said I’m always reinventing myself.

I have to admit I was surprised by this as I personally couldn’t see it, and so they explained to me that I had successfully, in their eyes, morphed from corporate career girl to Tech CoFounder to blogger, to being The Suitcase Entrepreneur with relative ease over the last 10 years.

And that when I returned home to New Zealand in late 2016, I apparently made it look easy to morph into being a brand …ME here on nataliesisson.com

Yet that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In my world I’ve been through a two year long metamorphosis filled with doubt, fear, curiosity, joy and exasperation.

If you’ve listened to my podcast or read my blog post on When Too Much Change is Dangerous, you’ll know that I did a 180 degree life flip that entailed going from:

  • Constant full-time travel out of my suitcase to living in one house, with no international travel for the first three months of being back in New Zealand.
  • Being single in December to a loving full-time relationship, moving in together in my apartment for a few months, to then buying a house together, creating joint bank accounts and taking on this beautiful property – Josh’s first ever property ownership.
  • Zero responsibility to having this mortgage, getting a puppy a week after moving in and five chickens the week after.
  • Owning so little stuff to having to furnish a 369 sqm house with four bedrooms and two living rooms in just a few weeks. (People who visit us now say how it looks like we’ve lived here for years).
  • Having a full on business period, getting it ready for my sabbatical and writing the Freedom Plan book manuscript which I finished on March 30th, to NOT working.
  • Eternal summers traveling the world to my first ever autumn (fall) and winter. And that was probably the biggest kicker – I hate being cold.

Thankfully I’m almost 2.5 years down the track and LOVING life, but it hasn’t been an easy journey and what surprised me most, was an event that happened in late October 2018.


The untold story I’ve kept ..until now.

Not long after a pretty successful book launch of the Freedom Plan (audio book coming out this month!!), I also relaunched my most successful course ever of the same name that, to date, netted me over US$500,000 in sales – which still blows my mind to this day.

Except this time, I decided to totally redesign it and upgrade it to better align with my new book and to be more focused on how to work less through systems, outsourcing and clever sales funnels.

It catered to an experienced business owner wanting more freedom – the folks I wanted to work with as I could see them experiencing burn out and overwhelm and I truly wanted to help them.

Yet in doing so, I overlooked the majority of my community I’d lovingly built up over the years, who in reality, were still wanting to build their online business, learn how to earn more money and gain financial freedom.

The launch result?



I failed in an epic way.

That hurt, a lot. I cried in the final days of launch and sat there in disbelief as literally nothing happened – at least that’s what it felt like.

It caused me to doubt everything I thought I knew and was really good at, built up over nine years of business.

I was in shock. I was numb. I felt like a fraud.

The facts didn’t help either. I’d spent too much money, hired too many people and ended up handing over most of the things I’m great at, and got stuck with managing people, logistics and operations.

Along with that, I had not listened to my intuition and how I felt energetically, and forged on regardless as I wanted to stay true to my word and launch this course I said I would – damn upholder in me!

(Check out The Four Tendencies Quiz I talk about in my book to know what I’m referring to).

When I did my launch analysis, which I do faithfully every time, it wasn’t as bad as I thought but the damage was done. My confidence was knocked and I wasn’t bouncing back like I normally do.

Can you relate?

I was desperately trying to find the lesson in the failure as a good entrepreneur will always do that, but I was taking it way too personally.

After almost a decade it felt like I’d made a rookie error and it had cost me more than just money and a bruised ego.



The truth was I wanted to quit my business.

Deep down I was quite tired of my business. I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit this. For most of my business journey I’ve loved every aspect of my business, but there’s only so long one can continue to talk about the same thing all the time, before they don’t get a little bored, stifled or jaded.

Despite continuing to learn I had gotten comfortable in my knowledge and expertise and was looking for a challenge. Most of the time I had managed to find that within and apply it to my journey and clients.

But with all the life changed I’d experienced, and the time off I had taken from my business in 2017, I had never really found my flow again and I felt like I was holding onto something that I wasn’t passionate about anymore.

Josh and I headed away on a break to sunny Gisborne that December, and had some long walks and talks on the beach to explore my options, how I was feeling and what would make me happy.

While he had utter faith in me and felt it was just a minor setback, I wasn’t so sure.

One of the options that had come up was taking on a contract to experience the things I was missing as an entrepreneur:

  • Being part of a physical team (not just virtual)
  • Not having to lead and manage everything all the time
  • Experiencing being part of someone else’s business and to learn from them
  • Have a consistent income while I bounced back
  • Getting into the city so I wasn’t so isolated out at our rural lifestyle property
  • Be energized by the city vibe and socializing and;
  • Getting some structure back in my day

We used our own Life Pilot system and a Seasonal Dreaming session – which we do each quarter, to share our hopes and dreams across the eight areas of life we value most highly and by the end of that week away I had a plan.

I’d looked at job websites, which I happen to know every great business owner will look at even when things are going well, and wasn’t impressed.

Job descriptions made me yawn and sounded so formulaic or stifling and salaries seemed on the low end compared to what I know I can make in my business – but that wasn’t the key criteria – if I was referring to my criteria in the bullet points above.

Then I saw a role of Learning Designer, that I didn’t realize existed, yet wasn’t dissimilar to what I had learned and applied in launching online courses and designing curriculum’s to educate people.

I then sent possibly the worst email to a recruitment person ever that went like this:

Dear Beth

Very keen to learn more about your freelance opportunities for learning designers.

I’ve developed many curriculum’s for online courses in my own business and am known for making the complex simple and breaking things down into bite sized content that is practical and implementable.

Natalie

Naturally she asked for more details including my CV, which I then sat on for a while until I replied again, rather nonchalantly with this response:

Hi Beth

I’ve realized I’m not going to create a CV anytime soon. I just know after 8 years of creating, building and running online courses, events and retreats that this is my sweetspot of what I do well.

My LinkedIn profile is here www.linkedin.com/in/nataliesisson/

Understand if this is not conventional for you 

Natalie

This resulted in her Googling me where everything I have ever done is publicly available to see – proof of what I’m capable of, calling me up and having a good chat.

She saw an opportunity and my potential and took a chance on me.

A week later I was having an informal coffee with the CEO even though there was no role for me and less than a week later I had a job offer and a start date in 10 days time!

As you can imagine this wasn’t quite how I anticipated it happening but I took the leap.

Strike forward almost five months and I can hand on heart say it’s been the best thing for me.



Within Constraints Exists True Freedom

My working week went from working on my business anytime to having only Monday as my One Day a Week business day and Tuesday – Friday working at Inspire Group in the city including a remote day at home.

In and around that – yes even some evenings and weekends, I did paid consulting for four gigs I’d inadvertently picked up since January after volunteering my time to help these purpose driven companies, plus working with a few coaching clients.

I was truly living in the GIG Economy and am tapping into Future of Work by doing this.

If you’re wondering, YES I was at capacity!

For the first time in a decade, after preaching freedom and time off and experiencing that in droves, I was now energized by maximizing every hour I had – plus still having time out in the evenings and weekends AND training for triathlons.

In fact I credit triathlon training for instilling confidence, focus, drive and momentum back into my personal life, along with a self belief and mindset I had been missing, that then overflowed into EVERY area of my life. It’s been remarkable.

I also used all my own tools, systems, content calendar and 1 Page Biz Plan that I teach my clients and are featured in the Freedom Plan book on MYSELF and, low and behold, they worked a treat.

I’m not going to lie commuting via train, car or bike an hour each way into town wasn’t entirely thrilling initially but I used that time to work on my business, contracts, or listen to audio books.

I genuinely enjoy my job, the team and simply being in a different environment, which has allowed me to stretch myself, learn and grow plus take on an entirely different outlook and put myself in other peoples’ shoes.

Then something magical started to happen.



I got my mojo back by returning to being ME!

A combination of fewer hours to work on my business meant I became ultra focused again and started enjoying every aspect of it.

I cut my team down to just me and my Virtual Assistant so that I could get back to more of the doing, and experience what that felt like again.

This brought back fond memories of my hustling days early on in my business and showed me all the things I had almost forgotten I knew how to do. I decided not to outsource anything for a few months and ‘get my hands dirty’ doing all the doing.

This increased my love of all the things I missed or realized I’d lost touch with and things started picking up in my business.

Revitalized energy shows in business and people pick up on it. Before long I was vlogging, podcasting and creating again and getting back to being Natalie, doing all the things I did so well when I started out in business.

I did the analysis, I looked at what had worked all those years before and what I’d stopped doing or needed to stop doing to fully realign with who I was, how I could help people and how I wanted to show up in the world.

Then in June I totally redesigned my own website home page with a brand new look and direction – even though this felt like I took three months to actually get it done.

I was so proud as this is the first website I’ve fully designed by myself. Clean, clear and to the point. Let me know in the comments what you think!

2019 Design

2018 Design

I did this by using the best and easiest WordPress theme I have ever come across, Thrive Architect.

In fact I shot this vlog Thrive Architect – Your Must Have Website Builder Tool to show why it rocks and how to use it to redesign your website.

As you can see by the live demo I give it was before I had learned how to use it fully and well before I’d finished the homepage design – but you’ll appreciate it.

The messaging was clear as I’d been working/ procrastinating on it for months after many conversations with friends, peers and clients, and through a lot of internal introspection.

I listened to my own advice I hammer home to clients all the time:

1. Niche down

2. Keep it simple

I have a tendency to want to offer the world and help people on all fronts and this time I looked back to what I have consistently been doing ALL throughout my career and business – seeing your potential and helping you to monetize it by getting paid to be YOU!

While recording my Freedom Plan audiobook I had two major realizations:

  1. This book is full of gold nuggets that are damn useful (remember my previous knock to my confidence around the book launch time in October 2018…yeah it had the knock on effect that my book wasn’t good enough either).
  2. It would work really well to also pull out Chapter 6 on How to Monetise You and turn it into a teaser episode on my podcast, as well as to repurpose it into a standalone audio.

I then went ahead and created my first new freebie (gift you give in return for a person’s email address and trust – AKA optin) in ages – and I’m damn proud of it.

It’s this audio I created accompanied by my brand new amazing step by step guide.

I emailed my community, some of which have been following my work since the beginning to share it with them and the response was awesome.

More importantly close friends and peers personally messaged me to say this was completely me and so on point and that I had truly found my sweetspot – the intersection between what you’re good or great at, what you love doing and what people will pay you for and that aligns with your purpose.

Ironic really given this is what I’ve been teaching in courses, my book, podcasts and interviews since…oh you know 2013!

From this I have gotten so much clarity on exactly how I want to help YOU get paid to be YOU and thrive in the future of work.

In fact, I tested my theory around this with a mini launch in June which went amazingly well and helped me appreciate that I was back on track, doing what I do best and how my mission was to help others turn their skills, knowledge and passions into multiple revenue streams.

You’ll see this rolling out in the coming weeks and months, and I hope you’ll like what you see and get to experience it as a result.

But first, let’s recap on the method I used to reinvent myself. Even if you can’t see the method in my madness, it’s all there:



The ‘Natalie Sisson’ Reinvention Method 

  • Get super honest with yourself when you feel you’re not aligning with your intuition or your energy.
  • Throw in an epic failure or an event that makes you stop, reflect and take action – if you really want to create change!
  • Reflect back on all the things you know you love, are great at and have been paid well for in the past and compare them to where you’re at now.
  • Assess the situation and look at what you need to STOP doing and START doing. This may mean taking on a side hustle, starting a new business, taking on a few gigs that help you upskill and challenge you.
  • Talk to good friends, peers and mentors to get an outside perspective too.
  • Take definitive steps to be the architect of your own life and design it around what you really want out of life.

I hope there have been some key takeaways in here that you can learn from and apply to your own situation.

Never give up.

Always keep learning.

Trust your gut.

Listen to those who love and know you well.

Embrace the lessons failure teaches you.

Then pick yourself up and reinvent yourself!

Jul 17 2019

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Rank #17: Learning with a Growth Mindset

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“Changing our beliefs can have a powerful impact. The growth mindset creates a powerful passion for learning. “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?”

This is a statement from Carol Dweck, author of the bestselling book Mindset.

A leading expert in the field of motivation, her research has demonstrated the role of mindsets in students’ achievement and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine motivation and learning.

So let me ask you a question right now: Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset?

Your answer to this will define how you go about learning and reaching your human potential.

If you’ve often struggled to improve and the act of learning is not something you enjoy, then listen in to this short summary of the first key idea in Carol’s book by OnePercentBetter:

Mindset was written by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Her decades of research on achievement and success led her to discover what great parents, teachers, CEOs and athletes already know. That our mindset is the basis of accomplishment.

Lesson 1: The Two Mindsets

People with the fixed mindset believe intelligence can't be changed. This leads to a desire to look smart so they avoid challenges. They don't want to look bad if they fail which holds them back. In the face of obstacles they get defensive or give up easily. They say effort is pointless and believe that people are only great at things because they were born with special talents. When confronted with constructive criticism they ignore it. Lastly, they feel threatened by the success of others. People with a fixed mindset achieve less than they are capable of.

On the other hand, people with the growth mindset believe intelligence can be developed. This leads to a desire to learn so instead of avoiding challenges, they embrace them. They persist in the face of obstacles and see effort as a path to mastery. They accept constructive criticism and use it to their advantage. Lastly, they feel inspired by and learn from the success of others. As a result, they fulfill their ultimate potential.”

Fascinating right? Yet how often do we just assume we’re not smart enough or good enough based on the stories we’ve told ourselves all our life, vs looking at whether we have a fixed mindset that’s caused this?

As Carol says in her book:

"Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives."

I wanted to share this as we come to the end of Season 3 which has been all about learning, because I think it’s critical to the role of learning in our lives, and more importantly, our enjoyment of it.

Right now I have around seven courses - yes seven, that I have invested in or enrolled in for free through some of the online learning platforms I discussed in the previous episode How to Learn More In Less Time.

Like most of us, I will often buy a course and then sit on it for months. Unlike many people I talk to though, I will dive into these when I most need them.

I made a conscious effort on my business sabbatical to really make progress thought, setting myself deadlines to do them in, or simply tuning into them at the right time - i.e when I needed them most.

So right now I’ve finally dived into Instagram with Intention that I bought from Hilary Rushford three months ago - because I love Instagram but don’t use it effectively for business and want to give it a damn good crack.

I’ll be diving back into Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula, as I go into producing some new courses, or what I prefer to call LIVE experiences to help my community tackle areas in their business and actually DO the work like my upcoming Freedom Lab on making your first hire and building your dream team.

I want to refresh my memory on some of his great tactics for interest building in the lead up to a launch. Even though I’ve done several over the years, you ALWAYS learn something new on every launch.

Both of these courses are for my business growth and learning - that’s how I categorize them.

I’ve been enjoying videos on The Wealthy Mindset by Tim and Kris Hallbom who concept of the Universal Cycles of Change I discussed in "When Too Much Change is Dangerous".

Going through these videos (often in the evening or weekends) is for my personal growth learning, and they’re helping me look at my habits and mindset with a new pair of eyes.  

Along with this I’m finishing the Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani and there’s a course that comes with it I will dive into next - part business and very much mindset and rewiring your brain - so again personal growth.

I have Dr Libby’s latest book, all about eating the right food for you and knowing how to optimize your body and mind through what you consume.

That for me is learning to improve my health.

I wanted to give you a taster of how I learn, as I fit this into around content creation, course creation, mentoring calls, working on the property and that very important thing called everyday life!

Now I want to share a few of my personal hacks for learning, in addition to those in my most recent podcast and post on on How to Learn Anything Faster.

Hacks for Learning More
  • Schedule learning into your calendar so it becomes an event you make time for and has a deadline (a recurring calendar entry is even better)
  • Watch videos you learn from at 1.5-2 X the speed - click the settings icon or cog on most video players to speed it up.
  • Listen to podcasts (again at 1.5 X the speed) for daily bite sized learning
  • Learn with someone else by taking lessons together - for example my Mum and I are doing art class together, and Josh and I have been doing a Dog Essentials Training with our puppy Kayla; or
  • Go through an online course with a friend, do a coworking session together and go through the modules at the same time and share your learnings

There you have it, some hot tips for learning more faster. I hope you’ve enjoyed this season on the Quest for Freedom Podcast.

Want to stay up to date then please SUBSCRIBE on iTunes, Stitcher and Anchor so you don’t miss a show.

I’ll be changing up the intention behind this show and revealing all in the next episode!

This episode is proudly brought to you by Freshbooks.

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Sep 20 2017

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Rank #18: Eps 44 Unclutter Your Life

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Do you need to unclutter your life? Are you bogged down by too much stuff? Are you spending money on things you just don't need?

Well then, let me tell you that if you choose to unclutter your life you will actually feel lighter, more joyful and more personally and financially free.

In an earlier podcast I covered off on the Art of Minimalism and all it's benefits.

I practiced this for seven years when I lived out of my suitcase and those were some of the most freeing years of my life.

I had a rule. If I bought something new - an item of clothing or a toiletry item for example, then something had to be taken out to accommodate it.

That thing that I was 'releasing' would be donated, sold or given away to a friend I was visiting, and if they didn't want it, I asked them to give it to someone who needed it most.

The result was I rarely bought anything I didn't truly need, value or love. It was such a good feeling.

And those are still my three criteria now we have a gorgeous property and large house, that we could easily 'overfill' with too much stuff.

I also have three questions that I like to ask myself for any new purchases:

  1. Where would this live?
  2. What am I going to do with it?
  3. What is it replacing?

In this podcast I go into more detail about how those questions immediately help you to make better decisions. I also cover off on:

  • How to unclutter your house, one room at a time
  • Why buying new things may be covering up a deeper unmet need
  • How these three questions can help you before you even buy something new

Resources to help you Unclutter:

Read: Oprah - 10 Ways to Declutter Your Life

Take Uncluttered - A 12 week course and community, Uncluttered is designed to open up space in your life for the things, activities, and people that are most important to you.

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #19: Eps 49 What 7 Years of Podcasting Has Taught Me

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I made a pretty big decision this weekend to end my podcasting journey, without any fanfare or second guessing.

It dawned on me that I have been podcasting for 7 years. Seven freaking years of putting out episodes!

What started out as monthly back on May 16, 2011, turned into twice a month around 2012 and at at the end of 2013 became weekly.

By 2015 I'd decided to up my game and go twice weekly, with one interview one 'Fresh in Fifteen' 15 minute show with my own tips.

In august 2016 I hit 1 Million Downloads which was a pretty awesome achievement for me and a show of wonderful support from listeners and the Suitcase Entrepreneur community.

As I wrote in that article:

I started my podcast in 2011 on May 16th. I actually had to look that date up as I couldn’t remember!
My first guest was the lovely Colleen Wainwright from Communicatrix and the interview (from my side at least) was pretty mediocre. You can check it out here.
Episode 4, I convinced Laura Roeder to talk about The Art of Not Doing Everything Yourself.
From there, I was off and running.

At it's peak 40,000 ‘Freedomists’ tuned in from all over the world, every month. To date it has over 1.8 million downloads which blows my mind.

I know many of my peers have podcasts that do that in a few months, but I'm proud of that result plus 200+ five-star reviews.

In late 2013 the podcast was nominated and made a Top 10 Finalist in the Business Category at the Podcast Awards and it consistently ranked in the Top 100 category for Business in iTunes.

Weekly interviews with successful entrepreneurs and digital nomads included Michael Hyatt, Amy Portereld, Pam Slim, Chris Guillebeau, Pat Flynn, Jaime Masters, Chris Ducker, Jill and Josh Stanton, Josh Turner, Nisha Moodley, Mark Manson, Nick Loper and Denise Duffield-Thomas to name but a few.



Podcasting Benefits

A few other valid points I made in that article:

  • I love podcasting – I enjoy it and it works for my natural talents – I like to talk a lot and I like to interview all types of people, treat it like a casual conversation, and bring out the best in them so they can share their stories far and wide
  • It’s a fantastic community building tool – I love my Freedomists who listen in every week and then meet me in person to tell me how much they enjoy the show – and that I sound exactly like I do on my podcast. Their engagement and feedback makes my day.
  • It’s a fantastic business marketing tool  – I’ve indirectly traced more revenue thanks to listeners telling me that they signed up to a program or a retreat or a mastermind because of hearing me talk about it on my podcast. I’ve also increased my list thanks to people who opted in to get my podcast bonus guides.
  • It’s an excellent way to engage with and partner with sponsors – I’ve been fortunate to have a host of amazing sponsors over the years like 99Designs, Hostgator, Upwork, Skross and more. Some I approached, others approached me and it’s been a brilliant source of revenue to not only fund the costs of running a podcast but as a revenue stream all in itself.

Podcasting Realities

You have to go all in, or not at all.

Sure you can start out like I did, with my laptop, Skype and no fancy microphone and do just fine, but if you want to be top of class you need to up your game as you grow.

I'm talking great equipment - I use the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder and an external Schuh Microphone.

I outsourced editing within the first month knowing this wasn't where I wanted to spend my time. And it was a brilliant investment.

Over time as I've learned more and done more with my podcast, it's meant hiring more people to help with show notes, content upgrades, formatting, images and hosting.

Our SOP (standard operating procedure) for editing and producing a podcast - which is also a full Asana template for our team now, is impressive and something I'm so proud we've built.



But it sure does take time, effort and money.

I asked Rolly, who's been my amazing podcast editor since January 2014, to total his hours worked on my podcast and it's approximately 1,200 hours to date!

Batching recording my podcasts in advance has helped a great deal too, meaning you can take time off, go on holiday or simply not worry about scrambling last minute to get an episode out...which has happened a lot to be fair!

Sponsors were a big part of helping out with covering the considerable costs of running a podcast, which I think a lot of people starting out underestimate.

To date I've earned over US$100,000 in sponsorships.

That is amazing in itself, as are the relationships you forge with the sponsors.



Podcast Guests Really Make a Great Show

I've been privileged to interview some amazing guests when it was the Suitcase Entrepreneur and these have made a huge difference to the quality of my shows, my reach and also credibility.

While I never assumed those I interviewed would share my show (although many did), just being able to put their name as a guest on your show gave you instant kudos.

I also loved interviewing those folks who were up and coming or just doing really cool stuff but were not 'big names' or influencers, because frankly they were in the thick of it all and told it as it really was.

Their stories resonated even more with my listeners, because they could relate.



Here are the TOP ranked Suitcase Entrepreneur Podcasts:

I finished my Suitcase Entrepreneur interview series on Episode 300 and that felt awesome.



Switching to a New Podcast Format

In January 2017 I switched over to a narrative style format and rebranded to Quest for Freedom when I also switched over to posting more on this new website and moving away from The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

I'd fallen in love with this format after listening to Startup by Gimlet Media and loving the storytelling and seasonal aspect of their podcasts.

Of course they had built an entire company to produce quality podcasts and had a whole team of editors, journalists and writers behind them but I figured I could do my own version and I was a bit 'over' the interview format that so many people do.

In April 2016 I went on my sabbatical and took a three month break from all content creation and my business. This didn't affect things too much but I did quite like the break from having to come up with themes for the season and all the research.

Turns out narrative podcasts by yourself are much more work than interviewing fab people!

I navigated away from seasonal podcasts to more topical themes so mindset, meditation, productivity etc.

This helped me get my head around what to focus on, otherwise I could talk on all sorts of topics!

Losing My Podcast Mojo

Post my sabbatical was, incidentally, also around the time I realized my enthusiasm and desire to produce high quality content for free (but at my investment) week in and week out was waning.

And so it leads me to this moment in time, when I can quite happily walk away from seven years of committing to this amazing medium that has brought me so much joy, happiness and personal growth.

It's also brought me new friends, connections and insights with incredible entrepreneurs and taught me a level of work ethic and discipline like batching and organizing well ahead of time, that's permeated every aspect of my business.

It's been profitable and pleasurable.

For now though, I'm looking forward to listening to other people's podcasts and appreciating just what goes into theirs.

At some point in the future I have ideas for new and more targeted shows, but for now I'm hanging up my podcast boots with gratitude to all my listeners and supporters who made me want to turn up for 7 years and hit publish.

The great news is you can forever listen to the 48 Episodes of Quest for Freedom right here, the first 300 Episodes on the Suitcase Entrepreneur here.

May 29 2018

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Rank #20: How to Task Out Your Lifestyle Goals

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Think back to the last time you had an outing with a friend or significant other. What did you do prior to actually spending time with them?

Did you give them a vague idea of what you'd be doing? Did you tell them that your visit could happen whenever you felt like it? Did you show up to your outing without any expectations of how things would be going?

If you're the average person, the answer is most likely a no. You and I understand the importance of planning when it comes to major events.

Similarly, you need to apply the same type of careful planning to major lifestyle changes as you do to visits with friends or dates with significant others.

Only through planning, goals, and expectations will you be able to transition into the type of lifestyle that you have dreamed about.

#1. Categorizing Your Lifestyle Goals

Josh and I have been playing with a system to bring meaning and purpose to our lives called "Project Life" - working title. It is something that we love doing and we do it every single day. We have this weekly and monthly check in. And later this month we are doing a quarterly check in and we are doing that as an away weekend. It is something I hope to release as a program or app in 2018.

We've drawn on other tools like my personal favorite Zig Ziglars Wheel of Life that helps you to achieve a more balanced lifestyle of your choosing.

Ziglar’s Wheel consists of 7 different sections that include the following:

  • Personal and Social Goals
  • Work and Career Goals
  • Family Goals
  • Spiritual Goals
  • Financial Goals
  • Mind/Intellectual Goals
  • Physical/Health-Related Goals

We may not realize it yet but the way in which we approach our lives can be entirely unbalanced.

For example, someone who is fulfilled in their career may be devoting every available minute towards working but they may be deeply suffering in the family aspect of their lives.

Another person may be at peak health but could have absolutely no social life.

We are each unique and there is always an area in which we could improve. Take a look at the categories above and make a list of things you would like to do in that area.

The actions don't have to be large in order to make an impact. A goal in the financial area could be as simple as saving $10 by the end of the month or $100,000 by the end of the year.

However, you need to be sure that the goal you set is realistic. If you never work out, you can't expect yourself to lose 50 pounds over the course of a month.

Plan based on your habits, personality, and motivation to accomplish your goal.

#2. Tasking It Out

It's great to have goals but it's better to have actionable steps that you can take to be able to reach those goals.

Let's pretend that one of your goals is to lose 20 pounds over the next 3 months. It's a great goal and it's realistic. However, how are you going to get there?

This is where you need to further specify your goal and map out your actions. A sample might look like this:

  • I want to lose 20 pounds over the next 3 months.
  • I can do this by cutting back on sweets, tracking my calories, and ditching my daily soda.
  • I can also do this by being more active and moving during my off time.
  • One thing that may help me is an exercise program I found here…

Once you feel as though you have sufficiently come up with all of the actions you can take to reach your goal, you can write them down and look at them daily to start incorporating these important habits into your day.

Under Ziglar's Wheel, he also provides seven of his own steps to create actionable goals.

  1. Identify the goal you want to reach as specifically as possible.
  2. Come up with a list of benefits that will come out of reaching your goal.
  3. List some of the obstacles that might hinder your progress.
  4. Figure out what you need to know or learn in order to reach your goal.
  5. Think about some of the people who can help you to achieve your goal.
  6. Create a plan of action.
  7. Set a deadline for your goal.
#3. Ensure Passion

Without passion, whatever goal you set for yourself is going to fall through. If you don't feel the need to lose 20 pounds, then working out will be a chore and a waste of your time.

Only set goals for yourself that you truly want to achieve. You’ll know when you want to truly take action because you’ll be excited every time you take action towards your desired result.

Along with tasking out your goals, tools such as journaling and vision boards can be extremely helpful in creating the lifestyle you have always wanted. This is what we will be tackling on the next podcast.

While you are waiting to continue your lifestyle freedom journey, feel free to visit my website because you are in for a treat at the end of November, I am running the "How to Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year Workshop". It's the 3rd year that I am running this and I absolutely adore doing it.

In it:

  • We set out and achieve your perfect 2018 year and we get started on planning it out
  • I show you exactly how to prioritize what you are putting into your calendar for next year.
  • We move into goal setting.
  • You get my content, editorial and marketing plan template.
  • We look at how we can plan out your entire content for all of next year regardless of what business you are in.
  • And so much more!

It’s a 90 minute DOING workshop. So if you want to find out more details about that, head to nataliesisson.com/workshop. And the most genius part about it is even if you can’t come along live, after it I get it split out into a mini course that you will always be able to refer back to and look at.

So if you want to enter 2018 like a rockstar, I think it’s probably going to be a pretty awesome deal for you.

Tune into the next episode where we are going to be talking about the lifestyle freedom journey and continuing on with what we've been doing in Season 4.

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Nov 20 2017

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#050 - How to Launch Your Damn Course

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Imagine having hundreds or thousands of dollars in your bank account from a course you finally launched.

Imagine the joy of finally having a course you're proud of , that people have already asked and paid for.

Imagine the impact that your course is going to make in their life.

Really, just imagine that...

That's the power of launching your damn course in 2020. 

I'm a firm believer that you can learn how to package your knowledge and expertise into an online course...even if you don't have a list, audience or a clear idea of what you can teach.

Like Roxanne who had a list of 150 people, and launched her course to real estate agents and came away with $4,500 in less than a week, plus the joy of engaging with her students who were thrilled in their first week of going through it.

Or Jenny who had an idea for her course that she'd been putting off for 2.5 years, and finally launched it to the tune of $1500 before even creating it.

Or Karen who had a course, but had never done much with it and didn't believe in it, who shifted her mindset, poured her heart in and made close to $4K by relaunching it.

These three people were part of my Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator I ran live at the end of last year, and who blew me away with how prepared they were to take action and commit to their dreams.

So I thought I'd bring a few of my students on the podcast to share their experience of what it really takes to launch and presell your course in 2020!

In this Episode You’ll Learn:


  • Why 2020 is the best time ever to Launch Your Damn Course
  • 10 reasons to have an online course - as shared by YOU
  • How Karen Green revamped her existing course to make £3,500 in just a few weeks
  • How Jim Greer took is love of being in a band and poured it into a course to get paid gigs 
  • How Jenny Lachs launched a course and made $1500 after completely redoing her original version
  • Why the right mindset is directly correlated to the success of your course  


Podcast Resources:

Karen's Course: Pitch Perfect Everything you need to know to win and keep UK grocery listings

Karen's website: Food Mentor

Jim Greer's Course: Start Booking Better Gigs and Earn What You're Worth

Jim's website Book Your Cover Band

Jenny Lach's Course: Stop Dreaming, Start Packing! A myth-busting course for aspiring Digital Nomad Girls!

Jenny's website: Digital Nomad Girls


Join my 60 Day Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator starting Jan 27th

Jan 22 2020

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How Can We Use Our Intuition to Build Our Business and Reach Our Goals?

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How can a psychic and business medium help us reach our goals?

That is what Willow Bradner, a hairstylist turned accidental psychic and business medium shares with us on this episode of Untapped!

 She has combined her intuitive abilities with her years of entrepreneurial experience to create one outrageous and genius plan to help the would-be, might be, and the absolutely going for it entrepreneur. 

In this episode, Willow helps us understand where we, as entrepreneurs, are holding back and feeling stuck. 

She gives tips to help clear those blocks while offering grounded entrepreneurial first steps you can take and more. 

In one of my more recent podcasts, I shared the best books for mindset and motivation that helped me overcome mindset blocks.

Willow’s abilities as a business medium really give entrepreneurs the intuition to tap into the inner fears that hold them back and allow them to up-level their business.

But how can we use our intuition to make decisions in our business? In a world where so many are used to the instant gratification and feeling like we need that aspect in our business - Willow shares the importance of focusing on your intuition and not your ego and exactly how we can do that!

If you are an entrepreneur with big plans for your business but feel like a lot of what is holding you back is fear - this episode is for you!

Willow is upbeat, real, funny and inspiring - we had a really great conversation in this episode!

In this Episode You’ll Learn:

What do you believe intuition does for business? 

How can entrepreneurs tap into their intuition to up-level their business? 

Why do you believe fear grips us and holds us back? 

What do you believe is the true paralysis in business? 

How do we move past the paralyzing fear & into our true potential & purpose?

Podcast Resources:

You can learn more about Willow here : www.willowbradner.com

or on Instagram at: @willowbradner

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Jan 15 2020

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048 How to Get in Flow and Create Successful Rituals in 2020

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Are you ready for a podcast filled with the potential to help you achieve your business goals and create the life you always dream about?

That is what this episode of Untapped brings you.

My interview with Natalie MacNeil is packed full of exactly how she created her dream life by implementing ritual into her business and personal life.

If you’ve been around here for a while you know how intentional I am with my rituals to achieve my goals.

Natalie MacNeil is one heck of an entrepreneur. Some of her accomplishments since she has implemented rituals in her business and personal life are:


  • She just handed in the manuscript for her fifth book, and got signed to the most influential publisher in the world, Penguin Random House.
  • She created wealth and made millions of dollars doing her soul’s work. She also won an Emmy Award! 
  • She traveled to 100 countries and has gone on the most epic adventures.
  • Because of her businesses and what she’s built, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been contributed to making an impact in the world and to causes she cares deeply about.


In this episode you will learn:

  • The life-changing decisions she made to leave her home town and life she made, and the journey that's taken her on
  • The process, practices, and tools that helped her make it all happen.
  • Some of Natalie's favourite rituals to use in 2020

Jan 08 2020

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047 - 2019 Annual Review: 19 Things I did and did not do!

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It's almost the end of 2019, and before we dive into a new decade, I wanted to share my 2019 Annual Review with you, where I highlight my epic fails, lessons learned and all the awesome things that came out of this year.

This process of reflection is something I highly recommend BEFORE you dive into your 2020 goals.

Why?

Because in order to know what will work for you in 2020 you need to first understand the why, what and how of everything you did, didn't do and who you became this year.

Luckily for me, I captured my goals and intentions for 2019 in the very first episode of the Untapped Podcast where I shared 19 Things I Will and Will Not Do in 2019.

I also did it as two separate vlogs on my YouTube channel if you prefer to watch my entertaining videos.

And for the first time ever since putting it out, I have just looked back at these.

And I'm not gonna lie, it's not pretty.

I think I pretty much missed almost everything and there's a very good reason for that - because I never reviewed them!

So let me run through these quickly, and then give you a recap of what actually happened this year. And why it's totally fine with me that I missed so many of these 19 things.

I also reveal to you what really happened this year, I think you'll probably have a pretty decent understanding.

And I have a lot of compassion for myself in this moment as to why so many of these got missed, and even reading them now, I must admit, what the heck was I thinking?


In this episode you'll learn

  • Why reflecting on your year can help you envision what you want for the next year
  • What worked and what didn't work for me in 2019
  • Why it's okay to not achieve every single one of your goals
  • How to plan your ideal 2020


Podcast Resources

Take a look back on my first episode of UNTAPPED where I made my list of 19 things I will and will not do in 2019

Check out the Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year course that will help you head into 2020 with crystal clear vision!

Learn more about how Life Pilot can help you to reflect regularly throughout the year

Dec 18 2019

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046 Six Figure Steps to Building a Profitable Blog

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How do you earn six figures from building a profitable blog?

That's what Kate Kordsmeier, founder of The Six-Figure Blog Academy, answers in this episode of UNTAPPED.

After working as a full-time, freelance journalist for almost 10 years, Kate decided to launch her very own blog, Root + Revel.

What started out as a way to share how she was naturally healing her symptoms for PCOS, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and hypothyroidism turned into a profitable, six-figure business.

Of course, once people saw how much success she was having with her blog (we're talking over $100,000 in less than a year), Kate started to get a flood of messages asking what her secret was.

Thus, The Six-Figure Blog Academy was born.

As someone who's built a business off her own humble blog when I started back in 2009, it was awesome to chat with Kate about our different experiences in monetizing our blogs.

In this episode, Kate and I talk about how she turned her humble blog into a full blown profitable business as well as her thoughts on what soulful business is and how having a holistic focus is the key to growing your business.

Tune in to get the six-figure steps to building a profitable blog!


In this episode you'll learn

  • The six-figure steps to building a profitable blog
  • Why Kate thinks mindset is the most integral part of a successful business
  • How working from a place of rest instead of hustle can be the key to success
  • How Kate found true, sustainable success as an online entrepreneur


Podcast Resources


Learn more about how The Six-Figure Blog Academy can build you a profitable business

Check out Kate's free resources on her blog to help you achieve success with soul

Here are 11 ways blogging can your life and earn you a living

If you're loving these weekly nuggets of wisdom, show your support for the Untapped show

Dec 05 2019

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045 - How to Grow Profits & Relationships Through Authentic Selling

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Do you want to learn how to grow profits and relationships through authentic selling?

Do you struggle to close sales because of your fear of being too 'sales-y'?

Then let me introduce to Nikki Rausch to step you past all those fears!

Nikki is the Founder and CEO of Sales Maven where she leverages her 25 years of sales experience to help entrepreneurs learn how to sell in an authentic way.

What Nikki shares with us on this episode of UNTAPPED is how to authentically move people through the selling process in a way that builds relationships, creates true connection, and results in more closed deals and long-term clients.

We got to chat about her Selling Staircase, which is essentially a step by step process on how to grow your profits by selling in an authentic and totally not 'sales-y' way.

We also covered some sales techniques and the benefits of one over the other as well as how to recognize and respond to buying signals.

This episode is a must listen if you want to increase your sales and build lasting relationships with your customers/clients.

You'll walk away from this episode feeling equipped to approach selling with a newfound confidence in moving clients along the selling staircase in a way that feels authentic and aligned with their brand.

Hit the play button below to learn how to grow profits through authentic selling!

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In this episode you'll learn

  • How to grow profits using the 5 steps of the Selling Staircase
  • How to create a positive first impression that establishes a real connection
  • The difference between using a ‘cat-calling’ and ‘dog-calling’ technique to create curiosity (Spoiler: cats are better than dogs in this instance)
  • Why and how to propose the services that our client needs, not what we think they can afford
  • How to recognize and respond to buying signals

Podcast Resources

Download Nikki's e-book, 'Closing the Sale', for FREE

Learn more about Nikki and her company Sales Maven

Connect with Nikki on LinkedIn

Sign up for my Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year workshop to map out your 2020 live with me!

Become a supporter of the UNTAPPED show!

Nov 27 2019

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044 - How to Hit Your Goals and Develop Emotional Resilience

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How can emotional resilience help you hit your goals?

And what the heck is emotional resilience anyway?

Well you're about to find out in this episode of UNTAPPED when you listen into my great conversation with Kim Ades.

Kim is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and JournalEngine Software and is a recognized as an expert in the area of thought mastery.

She uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help her clients deal with core issues and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results.

I first had Kim on my Suitcase Entrepreneur podcast 4 years ago where we chatted about limiting beliefs and how to overcome them.

What Kim shared was really valuable, and my listeners thought so too because that episode soon became one of the most downloaded!

So, when Kim reached out to me about coming back on the show, of course I said yes!

This time, Kim is back to share her 15 years of expertise on how to reach a goal.

Often times, we're capable of creating a plan of attack, but where we fall off is in the actual delivery of that plan.

Kim explains that this isn't because we're not taking action but because our thoughts aren't aligned with our goals.

And since every action starts with a thought, it's vital that your beliefs match your expectations.

Make sure you tune into this episode because it really is a treat.

Plus, it comes at the perfect time of the year with 2020 quickly approaching.

If you're ready to stop letting your beliefs hold you hostage and finally reach your goals, then hit the play button!


In this episode you'll learn:

  • What keeps talented and driven individuals from reaching their goals
  • What “emotional resilience” is and how we can leverage it
  • Why Kim doesn’t recommend finding a work/life balance
  • What limiting beliefs are, how to become aware of them, and remove them from your life
  • How you can step into your full power and potential

Podcast Resources

Learn more about Kim and how you can work with her.

Sign up for my Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year live workshop to get your 2020 vision, goals and profit plan mapped out in less than 2 hours!

Check out Kim's first episode with me on the Suitcase Entrepreneur.

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Nov 21 2019

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043 - How to Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year in 2020

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What does a napkin, an envelope, and a road trip have to do with planning your ideal freedom year?

Tune into this episode of Untapped to find out!

Last week, I took a road trip with Josh and the pups to Taupo, which is an absolutely amazing place to relax, take in some nature, and be able to do our Life Pilot Seasonal Dreaming session.

We spend a weekend dreaming and scheming about our life and where what goals we have for the next 3 months, 12 months and 3 years!

We do this planning and visioning while getting massages, soaking in the thermal pools, eating delicious meals, and just enjoying the breathtaking scenery at Taupo.

It was actually at our last Life Pilot session where I decided I wanted to do the half Ironman (or Iron Woman as I like to call it) hosted in Taupo next month….a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run – EEK!

This past weekend’s session was actually done on our road trip.

Mapping out your goals for 2020

Remember the napkin and envelope I mentioned at the beginning? This is where they come in.

When we decided to start planning, I just grabbed an envelope and pen and started writing down Josh and I’s goals for health, impact, and all the other categories included in our Life Pilot system.

When I had finished writing our relationship goals, I had run out of room on the envelope.

So, I grabbed a napkin and finished out our year goals for 2020.

What’s the point of all this?

The point is that taking a road trip might be the perfect way for you to clear your mind and just focus on reflecting on your past year and dreaming up all the things you want to accomplish in the next.

In this podcast episode, I give you some questions to answer that will help you think about what went well and what you hope will never happen again so that you can be able to see what it is you really want and need to do in 2020.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How to reflect on your past year
  • How to plan your ideal year for 2020
  • How we turn out dreams into daily actions using Life Pilot
  • How to plan your ideal freedom year with me live this month!

If you don’t truly reflect in the year that was, you can’t truly step into the year that will be.

Luckily for you, I have something coming up that will help you map out your entire year for 2020 in under 2 hours.

That’s right, you heard me.

In under 2 hours!

Each year I host my Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year live workshop, and this year, it’s even better!

This is a 2 hour live workshop you don’t want to miss because I’ll help you map out your 2020 goals live, prioritize the most important things in your life, create your 1 Page Biz Plan and then your profitable content calendar!

Plus, you’ll get access to this workshop as a mini course for a whole entire year so that you don’t lose sight of your the goals that you’ve made.

This year, I’m also including the Life Pilot methodology, so really, you’re getting two awesome life planning tools in one!

There’s also another special reason for you to sign up.

For this year’s Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year workshop, I’ll be donating 50% of revenue to Hand Across the Water, which is a charity I’ll actually be cycling for next year in Thailand.

I’ll be cycling 100km each day for 5 days in a row in Thailand, and the destination will be Khao Lak, where I’ll actually get to meet the children that the funds raised go to.

So, if you’re ready to enter 2020 with crystal clear sight and you want to help support a life of choice for the kids in Thailand, then make sure to sign up for the Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year live workshop!

Also, tune in to the full episode to get those questions that will help you reflect on 2019 and get you ready for 2020.

Podcast Resources

Sign up for the 2 hour live Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year workshop to head into 2020 with a bang!

Learn more about Hands Across the Water and the amazing things they do

Nov 13 2019

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042 - 5 Ways to Spot Burnout Before it Bites You In The Ass

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Burn out. It's the unsung hero of many an entrepreneur's downfall....and that ain't a good thing!

Burn out is the secret enemy, that emerges when our need and desire to 'do it all' or 'be perfect' is taking center stage.

Burn out is something that entrepreneurs in particular need to start paying more attention to, otherwise it will literally come up and bite you in the ass.


What makes entrepreneurs burn out?

In a Harvard Business Review What Makes Entrepreneurs Burn Out article that had researched over 300 entrepreneurs they found the following:

The obsessively passionate entrepreneurs reported feeling that work was more emotionally draining and that working all day required a great deal of effort. They indicated feeling frustrated by their work and even that it was breaking them down. For some entrepreneurs, their burnout caused a constant state of anxiety and stress. We also found that among entrepreneurs with obsessive passion, those with a fixed mindset were even more prone to burnout.

If you found yourself nodding your head at any of those symptoms, or if that resonated with you, please read on and listen into this podcast episode!


My experience of burn out

I first experienced what burnout felt like on my 2013 Suitcase Entrepreneur Book Tour through the US and Canada.

I had been obsessing about this book and its launch for months. I had been doing endless marketing, PR, interviews and community building around it.

I was riding high on all the goodwill and attention because, deep down, I really wanted this book to impact a LOT of people.

It all worked - it became a No #1 Bestseller on Amazon in three categories and to date has sold over 30,000 copies and thousands of audio books.

But, it worked at the detriment of my health in the form of experiencing burnout and having two friends catching it, before it took me down.

Elise and Karley, my dear friends in Vancouver (in the photo below), who helped me on my grand finale book event, realized I was running on empty and simply not slowing down.

They forced me to leave my devices behind, disconnect, and come and join them in the park to eat fish and chips and simply sit and watch the sunset.

That was my saving grace and sparked my road to recovery, I kid you not!

So was my dear friend Cathy Goddard who let me stay in her apartment so I could hide away, do my work but also, finally, rest up.

Strike forward 6 years and I found myself unexpectedly (although had I read the signs it would have been no surprise) feeling burned out.

What does that feel like, you may ask?

Not fun, not fun at all.

You are so lethargic you can't do anything. Everything takes effort. It hurts to think. You overreact to the smallest things. You're emotional. You really are good for nothing.

What it requires?

Rest, sleep, more rest and zero responsibility. In fact there are many things you can do to avoid and overcome burn out and ensure that you look after YOU - the most important thing in your world.


In this episode you'll learn:

  • 5 ways to spot that you're heading for burnout
  • How the body and mind responds to stress
  • 6 key ways to recover from burnout and heal yourself

Podcast Resources

The Insights Timer Course I refer to: Protect Your Body From Daily Stress - Linda Hall

Kathryn Curzon - my wonderful friend who kindly shared her tips for dealing with burnout

Free Webinar: Your Freedom Plan: The 3 Key Decisions to Work from Anywhere, Doing What You Love, Without the 9-to-5

Nov 06 2019

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041 - 11 Ways Blogging Can Change Your Life and Earn You a Living

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A lot of you might be wondering... How can blogging change your life?

I've got a real treat for you in this episode of Untapped because I'll be sharing 11 Ways Blogging Can Change Your Life and Earn You a Living!

Eleven years ago, almost to the month, I started my very first blog. 

It was 2008 and I hadn’t long been in Vancouver, Canada, when I figured I wanted a better way than a group email, to share my massive life changes and new journey with my friends and family.

I signed up for a free Bloggr account via Google and started posting. 

Even though I had no idea what I was doing at the time, writing had always came easily to me.

So, it felt natural to turn my creative passion into a possible revenue source.

I had a fair bit of time on my hands as I’d quit my corporate job in London, taken off to Canada to play World Championship Ultimate Frisbee, and now was figuring out what to do with my life...hoping that starting a business was something I could actually figure out.

Little did I know this would be a love affair that would continue well past any long term relationships I’ve had to date.

Nor did I know that it would allow me to launch my first and second business, and earn me a full-time income in just a few years!

To celebrate, I felt the need to share the 11 lessons I've learned from blogging and how they've helped me get paid to be ME.

Today, I'm still blogging - as you can obviously see from this blog post ;) - and I know that I'll continue this type of content for years to come.

I hope you learn a lot from this episode, and I hope that these 11 lessons can help you build your very own business just from blogging.

Blogging can be a truly great way to create a thriving online business, so you'll definitely want to tune in to the full episode for all the details.

So, whether you're on your way somewhere, working out, or just chilling out at home, get ready for a whole lot of goodness.


In this podcast you’ll learn why:

#1. Starting a blog gives you a purpose

#2. Running a blog makes you more disciplined

#3. Blogging helps you establish a writing habit 

#4. Blogging builds your credibility

#5. A Blog lets you build a community

#6. Blogging gives you a platform 

#7. Blogging makes you a better writer

#8. Blogging lets you make money from affiliate marketing

#9. Blogging helps you monetize your content  

#10. Blogging lets you build a real business

#11. This 3 pronged approach helps you consistently create and publish blog posts


Podcast Resources

Want to know how to create better content faster? Check out what Content Patterns are and how they can help you do just that!

Make sure to grab this FREE Blog Profit Masterclass that has 90 hours of content

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Oct 30 2019

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040 - Three Ingredients to a Thriving Online Business

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What's the best way to build a thriving online business?

According to Shane Melaugh, CEO and co-founder of Thrive Themes, there are three key ingredients.

At first glance, they seem deceptively simple, and in many ways they are.

  1. You need to have a great offer
  2. You need traffic to your website
  3. You need a website that converts

Yet actually focusing on them and implementing them is where most entrepreneurs fall down.

This has been something Shane has tapped into from the get go, helping and teaching entrepreneurs how to do these 3 things well.

In fact he's done what so many entrepreneurs do, which is to create a solution to a problem they're having, since no one else seems to be doing it well.

Often our biggest frustrations are the best source of a new product or service idea.

Not that you're your own ideal customer, but typically, and once you validate your assumptions, many other people often are having the same struggle or problem too, and want it solved.



Not an Overnight Success Story

For Shane, he realized early on when he was taking courses and learning as fast as he could, what it took to build an online business, that most courses he was taking sucked.

He also felt the people teaching them weren't sharing the right information, or what they were teaching was out of date.

So he created his own online course back in 2010 about SEO which he sold 2,000 copies of and made six figures of revenue from!

But he's quick to point out, it wasn't an overnight success story.

This actually happened over the course of 2 years with the first launch of his course only making a few dozen sales.

What I appreciate most about Shane, is he's one of the few male online marketers who's not a BS artist and really tells it like it is.

That is, that the reality of building a successful business usually takes years and LOTS of trial and error before actually reaching your big lofty dreams and goals.



Problem Solving is the Best Way to Learn

Back in 2010 when he launched his course, Shane didn't have the awesome platforms we have today that are all-in-one and let you create, sell, and host an online course without the technical headache like Podia.

Instead, he built his first course on a WordPress website that he had to heavily customise to act as his course area with added membership access.

He knew that in order for his business to thrive, he had to overcome obstacles and DO the complicated and difficult stuff.

Once he had, he was in a much better position to create his own solution to his problem in the form of, the highly successful Thrive Themes, which includes blazingly fast WordPress templates and plugins, built to get more traffic, more subscribers and more customers.

From there he's gone on to continue to build excellent products to help online entrepreneurs thrive, and release fantastic free content as well as regular and amazing courses.



In this episode you'll learn:

  • How to grow your business online
  • Why it's better to be stumbling forward than to be sitting paralysed
  • Why overnight success isn't realistic and what you should be aiming for instead
  • Shane's 3 ingredients for a thriving online business
  • How Thrive Themes can help you build a high converting website

Podcast Resources

Learn more about Shane and all the ways he gets paid to be him.

Check out Thrive Architect, which I use on this very website and start making high converting landing pages and beautiful websites.

Check out Podia - a great platform for creating online courses

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Oct 24 2019

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039 - Why Less is More

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Less is more... We've all heard this phrase, but do you actually know what it means and why it's true?

The phrase less is more means that having just the essential things is better than having way too much of superfluous things.

It allows you to focus on what matters.

Recently I sat down to lunch with the lovely Kit Whelan, co-founder of 7in7 Digital Nomad Conference, which is an amazing vision of 7 conferences being held in 7 continents over 7 years!

I am actually honoured to be a keynote speaker at the 7in7 conference in Wellington, New Zealand happening 22-28 October.

I'm going to be speaking about prioritizing what matters the most in your life and will definitely be touching on LifePilot and what it's meant to living with intention and making my dreams a reality.

Kit told me that after this event, they're holding a Reading Retreat in a castle in Scotland, which to me sounds simply delicious.

And it clearly did to others too as it sold out in a day, and for good reason, because people are craving to take time out and give themselves permission to simply do less.


Getting Clear on Your Perfect Day

Personally, one of my perfect days, consists of jam-packing as much as I can from 6am to 9pm at night, but that's because I'm energized by living life to the full.

This includes meeting like-minded friends, training for my triathlon, working on my business, interviewing guests for my podcast, and spending time playing with my gorgeous dogs.

To others, that probably seems freaking exhausting.

How I make all those things work is by managing my time well and prioritising what matters.

I also realized that while I pack in a bunch in my life, I also do this in my work and in the way I teach and I'm guilty of trying to over deliver by delivering too much!

So with my new Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator, which I'm running three sold out cohorts of right now, I've made a considered effort to simplify to the essentials.

As you can imagine, teaching a course about preselling and launching your own online course could be super overwhelming when you consider all the moving parts involved that I need to teach.

So, as Leading Learner, my job is to teach them how to do less but get more meaningful results.

It seems to be working, by through my intentional design of the accelerator, and my students are accomplishing so much.


The importance of taking time to chill out

I'm a fan of jam-packing as much as I can into each day, but I also know the importance of taking some downtime and just chilling out.

That's why I'm pretty excited to take a truly decent break in December.

I'll be lounging around, enjoying nature, and reading books - basically just resting up after my half Ironman.

My upcoming break got me thinking...

I haven't done a retreat in a while, so I'm planning to hold one next year in 2020 because I adore imagining and designing these experiences and then making them a reality.

In the past I've called them the 'Freedom Retreat' and in addition to fpcusing on business and mindset, I'd also add in special experiences like massages, taking cooking lessons, and relaxing.

But, what if next year's retreat was the 'Less is More' retreat where we focus on taking a break while still envisioning your best life by focusing on having a great mindset - basically taking LifePilot to the next level.

If you're interested in joining me early April 2020 in Bali for a 'Less is More' retreat, send me a DM on Instagram or shoot me an email at natalie@nataliesisson.com saying "Heck yeah to Bali!"


In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why and how less is more
  • How I manage my time so that jam-packed days don't feel exhausting
  • Why taking a break can be beneficial to you and your business
  • About information for my next retreat

Podcast Resources

Learn more about 7in7 Digital Nomad Conference

Check out LifePilot and how it can help you practice the 'less is more' lifestyle

Shoot me a DM on Instagram or send me an email to get more information about the retreat I'll be holding next April

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Oct 16 2019

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038 - How to Build a Business on YouTube

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Ever look at YouTube stars and wonder: how the heck do they actually make money from YouTube and more importantly, how did they build a business on this platform?

Well, on this episode of Untapped, I had the treat of chatting with Aaron Nace, the founder of PHLEARN, about how he built his YouTube channel from the ground up into a full time business.

I'm pretty excited to share this interview with you because I've never had the chance to speak to someone that has a YouTube channel with almost 1.8 million subscribers.

In our interview, Aaron shares his journey from being an independent photographer and photo retoucher to building his company PHLEARN, which provides accessible photography and Photoshop lessons to people around the world through their video tutorials.

Since starting PHLEARN in 2011, Aaron has turned what used to be just a creative passion into his full time business.

This is another great example of how online content creators are transforming their side hustles into their main sources of incomes. 

What's really neat about Aaron's journey is how he was able to build a business on YouTube from the ground up.

He saw an industry that was booming yet the online space seemed to lack the tools and education for all the people who wanted to get into that industry.

So, he took all the techniques he learned over the years as a professional photographer and started releasing video tutorials for free.

Once he realized that people were actually invested in what he had to teach, Aaron decided to offer more advanced lessons as part of a paid subscription service on his company's website.

He found his sweetspot of what he's passionate about, what he can offer, and what people are willing to pay for - an awesome example of how you can get paid to be you!

To hear Aaron's secrets to YouTube success and all the details on how he built a business on YouTube, make sure to tune in to the full episode!



In this episode you'll learn:

  • How to develop your business from the ground up on YouTube.
  • How to turn your creative passion into a full-time job.
  • How to find a balance between your business and private life.
  • Why it's important to focus on your team as much as your clients.
  • Tips on how to grow your channel on YouTube

Podcast Resources

Check out the 500+ free photography and Photoshop lessons on PHLEARN's YouTube Channel

Check out PHLEARN's website for more advanced lessons.

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Oct 09 2019

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037 - 6 Lessons Starting a Podcast Has Taught Me

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Over the years, I've learned so many lessons from starting a podcast.

When I started one back in 2014, I didn't expect just how much joy it would bring me and how much value it would add to my life.

So, in honor of International Podcast Day, I wanted to share the 6 lessons starting a podcast has taught me. If you're thinking of starting one or thinking about giving up on yours, then this episode is definitely for you.

Now, some people might say that there are too many podcasts out there and the medium is oversaturated, but guess what?

People have been saying the same exact thing since when I started my first podcast back in 2014!

There might be a ton of podcasts out there, but that shouldn't discourage you from sharing your unique voice with people who truly need to hear what you have to say.



Why You Should Start a Podcast

Starting a podcast has given me so many amazing opportunities to chat with guests who intrigue and fascinate me. These guests are often doing really neat things, some of which I'd love to do and some which I'd never do but still admire.

Another thing I love about podcasts is the versatility of them.

The quality of podcasts has gone through the roof within the last few years alone, and some have whole production crews and hefty budgets behind them. Whereas I like to keep mine advert free by paying for my podcast by myself.

Speaking of which, if you're a fan of the Untapped show where I teach you how to unlock your potential and get paid to be you, then show some love by sending me a coffee or dinner.



6 Lessons I Learned From Starting a Podcast

Lesson 1: Podcasts are amazing for personal development and learning.

Whether you prefer having guests in a more interview style podcast or prefer offering a more solo teaching podcast, podcasts are sure to make you learn and develop.

If you decide to have guests on your podcast, then you'd obviously be learning from their experiences and perspectives whereas researching topics on your own and sharing your personal experiences can also be a great way to develop.

Personally, I love both of these styles.

Lately, I've been loving having people come on Untapped and share their unique experiences and outlooks on topics that relate to what I try to teach everyday: how to get paid to be you.

The people that I usually invite on my show are people I find fascinating and who have something to teach both me and you. These guests have done some incredible things and have so many gold nuggets of wisdom that I absolutely love sharing with all of you who tune in.

While my style of podcasting is more of an informal conversation where I do a little bit of background research and then ask questions during the interview that I'm really curious about, I also think more formatted and planned out interviews can be successful, too.



Lesson 2: Podcasts can force you to become more disciplined and consistent with content creation.

Speaking of planning, podcasts have been the one medium that I've been able to be consistent with since the early days of my business.

That's not a coincidence.

In fact, podcasts are incredibly great tools for making you become more disciplined and produce content on a consistent basis.

When I first started out at podcasting, I was super inconsistent. But, knowing that my listeners were expecting a new episode each week forced me to stick to a schedule and have everything released by their deadlines.

What I found to be helpful is to do a batch of interviews so that I'm weeks ahead. This also helps everyone on my team to get all of their tasks done in advance so that nothing slips through the cracks.

I've also been able to create an incredible SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that is super detailed and precise so that anyone who joins my team will immediately know how to create, publish, and promote the podcast.

We have also have a template in Asana that has everyone assigned to their respective tasks where they can mark off once they've completed something.

If you've been struggling to put out content and stick to your schedule, I highly recommend using a podcast to get you back on track!



Lesson 3: Podcasts are fantastic business tools.

The fact that you have people turning up each week to listen to what you have to say is a powerful testament to how podcasts can be used to grow your business.

Podcasts can build up your credibility, authority, and integrity in whatever it is you want to share or teach.

For me, I make sure my episodes focus on living a lifestyle of freedom by teaching people how to get paid to be them.

My listeners can count on learning something that will help them in these areas whenever they tune in to an episode of Untapped. And I've learned that when your audience feels like they can trust you, they're more likely to become clients or customers.

It's also more likely that people will recommend your podcasts to other people, which cultivates a truly wonderful cycle of engagement and exposure.



Lesson 4: Podcasts are great revenue-generating tools.

Along with being fantastic business tools, podcasts are also great tools for generating revenue.

With tons of sponsorships and advertisement opportunities out there nowadays, you could easily create a passive revenue stream for yourself.

Personally, I like to keep my podcasts advert free, but I will participate in sponsorships if they feel right and are relevant to what I'm sharing.

I never promote anything just for the sake of promoting it, and I like to think that has helped build up my credibility.

Aside from the ads and sponsorships, podcasts are also wonderful avenues for promoting your own products and offerings.

So, not only could you generate a passive revenue stream from promoting things you really love and use on a daily basis, but you could also generate a more active revenue stream by promoting your own stuff to an audience you know will be interested!



Lesson 5: Podcasts create lasting friendships and bonds.

The people that I've met over the years on my show and other shows are unforgettable.

I may have forgotten the shows I've been on, or the specifics on what we talked about, but I never forget the bonds that I make with the people I've chatted with.

My latest guest on Untapped, Jenny Plant, was actually a guest 3 years ago and reached out to me again recently about being back on my show. I said yes, of course, and it was really neat to see how she had grown and fallen back in love with her business during that 3 year period.

I love giving people a platform, and I know that I've been grateful to others who have done the same for me.

It's really important for us as creators to support one another, and it's a total win-win situation. So, if you have been a guest on any of my podcasts or if I was a guest on yours, this one is for you and I'd love to have you back on my show or come back on yours.

Also, a special shout out to Rolly, my podcast editor, who has been listening to my voice for quite some time now and always delivers fantastic final products. Thank you for the work that you do!



Lesson 6: Podcasts let your voice be heard.

Looking at the stats for my podcast, there are about a 100 or so countries where my podcast is being listened to.

Crazy, right?

That's the incredible power of podcasts!

They allow you to distribute your voice, your message, and your experiences all across the globe to tons of diverse communities.

That is a gift.

That is a privilege.

And, really, all I have to do is a hold a mic and start recording.

So, if you have something to say, say it.

I promise you, you'll be surprised at how many people will want to listen.

So, if you enjoyed the 6 lessons I learned from starting a podcast, then make sure to check out the full episode where I dive more into all the details of each lesson.

Also, share this post with anyone you'd think would benefit from it and send some love if you're a fan of the Untapped show. I'll be sure to send some love back to you and give you a shout out on my next episode.



The Top 10 Episodes of Untapped

As a fun little bonus, here's a list of the top episodes of Untapped. If any of them intrigue you or sound interesting, give the full episode a listen and let me know what your thoughts are after!



#10: 6 Rules to Finish What You Start

In this episode, I share the 6 rules to finishing what you start and how to apply them and also share how to write a manifesto.



#9: Why Consistency is Your Secret Weapon

In this podcast I share how my training has progressively stacked to build a better, faster, stronger than me and how you can apply that in life, the power of mind over matter to get you through the tough times and the 3 key things I’ve layered into this journey that have led to my success so far.



#8: Intentions vs Goal Setting – Which is Best To Succeed in Life?

In this episode, you'll learn the difference between goals and intentions and how to apply intentions to your life goals.



#7: 6 Ways To Tap Into Your Human Potential

Here are a few key ways I’m going to live up to and even beyond my potential throughout the course of my life, this podcast, my vlog and as I live write a book on this very topic, that I hope you can apply to.



#6: The Simple Way to Crush Your Next 90 Days

In this episode I share with you my process for setting my quarterly goals and intentions, and making sure they are spread across the 8 categories of life I value most and why focusing across these areas gives you a more balanced approach to working towards goals and intentions that will improve your whole life, not just your money or work situation.



#5: The 30 Minute Business Plan Template

In this podcast, I literally walk you through what my next 3 months looks like for my business so you can have a crack at writing up your quarterly One Page Biz Plan.



#4: 10 Questions to Unlock Your Potential

I came across a Lifehack article and it caught my attention because it was called “10 Questions That Will Unlock Your Potential” and I thought how appropriate given the newly launched Untapped Podcast – Live up to your potential. So I took the ten questions and answered them for myself, and I’d love you to do the same because they are juicy, and they WILL help you unlock your potential.



#3: Meditation is the Key to Everything

I jumped at the chance to dive deeper into why meditation and mindfulness are transforming peoples’ lives more than ever, in this interview with Dr Elise Bialylew. She’s a coach, meditation teacher and social entrepreneur who trained as a doctor and psychiatrist.



#2: Four Steps to Self Motivation

Just how self-motivated are you? Are you prepared to take charge of your goals and achievements? Or do you set goals, knowing you won’t really work towards them, because they scare your or are too complex?

In this podcast you’ll learn the four factors necessary to build the strongest levels of self-motivation you can.



#1: How Sigrun Grew Her Business to Seven Figures in Four Years

In no less than four years, Sigrun built her business up from five figures in her first year, by offering 1-1 coaching. Less than four years later, she scaled her business model to hit seven figures in revenue with group masterminds, retreats and her signature (and legendary) program SOMBA. She knew there needed to be a better training out there for women entrepreneurs, so she created it and boldly named it Sigrun’s Online MBA.



Podcast Resources

Grab my FREE Get Paid to Be YOU Guide

The #1 tool EVERY online content creator should be using

Show this podcast some love and keep it advert free here.

Oct 02 2019

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036 - How to Fall in Love With Your Business

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Do you want to fall in love with your business? If so, then make sure to tune in to this week's episode of Untapped.

On this episode, I got to chat with the absolutely lovely Jenny Plant who has a thriving Account Management training business. We've been friends for years, and I was so happy to have the chance to interview her.

Jenny shared with me her journey from struggling to run multiple businesses at once to circling back to her Account Management training business, which is what she ultimately fell in love with.

Once she began to implement the "Profit First" methodology by Mike Michalowicz in her business and personal life as well as put all her energy and focus into account management skills and promoting her signature course, "Account Accelerator", Jenny began to feel happier and more relaxed for the first time in ages.

She was able to take all her skills and experiences and funnel them into a business that feels right for her, even though she had moved away from it.

Does this resonate with you too?

Sometimes we can get discouraged by the work we're doing and even become bored. When that happens, we really need to get curious about the reasons behind our feelings and go on an internal journey.

Don't mistake this for throwing away everything you know, though. Instead, build upon what you've already learned and figure out what it is that taps into your sweetspot of what you know, what you're good at, and what you can get paid for. Once you do that, you'll be able to fall in love with your business.

In this episode you'll learn:


  • How to fall in love with your business
  • Why it's important to funnel your skills and experiences into a business that feels right for you
  • The importance of constantly being a Leading Learner
  • How Julia went from being stressed out and stretched too thin to feeling energized and motivated by her work


Resources

Check out Jenny's highly valuable account management training here

Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn

Sep 25 2019

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035 - How to Turn Content Creation Into a Side Hustle

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Side hustles - could they really replace your full time income?

You bet they can. In fact creating your own side hustle is becoming quite the trend. With bestselling books like Side Hustle: From idea to income in 27 days my friend Chris Guillebeau just released, and there are many blogs and podcasts dedicated to it.

Having a side hustle is a great way to test and validate that what you want to build is actually going to fly, before you quit your job or throw your life savings into a business that hasn't made a sale yet!

Judging from a State of the Side Hustle survey of over 2,000 people done by Podia this year, the online course/ digital downloads/membership space is only going to grow in the foreseeable future, as more folks are looking to leave their full time employment to make a go of creating passive income than ever before.

If you're a content creator who's been looking to make a profit from your side hustles, then this episode of Untapped is perfect for you, as Len Markidan, Chief Marketing Officer at Podia, dives right into the juicy details.

We chat about how the creator economy is booming and that this is causing employers to be terrified.

And rightly so, as I keep harping on about in my podcasts on how to tap into the future of work and designing your own ideal lifestyle with multiple work gigs!

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Just how many content creators are looking to quit their day jobs and replace their full-time income with their side hustles
  • How many of the creators survey have a day job and how many of them plan to quit to become a full-time creator.
  • Of those creators who plan to quit their jobs, how so they plan to leave them!
  • The 3 most common channels for monetization right now
  • How passion, profit and potential all fit together as a content creator
  • How Podia helps content creators sell their digital products in one easy-to-use platform
  • Why you should consider taking your side hustle and turning it into your full-time gig.



Podcast Resources


Check out Podia, an online platform that removes the mess of digital duct-tape by replacing all the different tools creators need so you can sell courses, digital downloads and memberships!

Infographic: State of the Side Hustle that we refer to throughout this episode.

Book: Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

Suitcase Entrepreneur Podcast: Earning Extra Revenue Through a Side Hustle with Nick Loper

Side Hustle Nation - my interview with Nick: 122: How to Re-Purpose Content Into Multiple Income Streams 

Sep 18 2019

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034 - The Art of Changing Your Business with Julia Kelly

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What does changing your business actually look like? As in starting a new business in a completely different industry and having a totally new offering?

Can you make such a big leap and be successful? What does it take to make not only the shift but the mindset shift?

On this episode of Untapped, I got to hear all about what it takes from Julia Kelly, co-Founder of Rigits, a remote bookkeeping services company.

Yet just a few years ago Julia had started gone from being a successful caricature artist to building a whole business and team around doing this for corporates and at events.

In fact I interviewed her about it on my Suitcase Entrepreneur podcast on Debunking the Starving Artist Myth, as I thought her story was really cool.

It's a perfect example of how Julia took her skills she learned in a job she applied for, and turned it into a side hustle and then a full blown business that almost runs without her.

Now she has a completely different business and a new team, and is well aware that she needs to remain relevant in an industry being very much affected by the future of work - in that accountants are being replaced with systems and automation.

If you tuned into my podcast Embracing the Future of the Future with Frances Valintine then you'll learn just how quickly the world is changing and adapting to the way in which we are working and who's doing the work.

Julia is well aware of that and we discussed how they're adapting to stay relevant and thrive in this new era, and in many ways she's always been adapting and following her heart.

Julia's journey began in college where she started her solopreneur career of being a caricature artist. She was able to grow her skills into a six-figure business and hired other artists as well.

However, after a year, Julia realized that she wasn't being challenged anymore and that her successful business (which she's still running today) was not going to be able to grow anymore.

So what did she do next?

She went back to her roots as a graduate with a B.A. in Accounting and teamed up with a friend and started a company that does bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses and startups.

It was a completely different realm of work from the caricature business, but Julia found it to be exciting plus it tapped into her sweetspot of her accounting knowledge and what she knew would be profitable to her AND beneficial to her clients.

By taking a risk and changing her business, Julia was able to have a business that had a recurring revenue model - something that her caricature business lacked. She also found that she thrived in having a team and didn't enjoy being a lone wolf after all.

If you're also in a rut and feel like you're not progressing or enjoying your work anymore, definitely check out the full interview to learn more about the art of changing your business and how to tap into your potential!

In this episode you'll learn:

  • What it's like to go from a solo operation to being in a partnership and having employees
  • Why Julia started another business in a completely different industry and what she learned by doing it
  • How to juggle two businesses by having one on autopilot
  • The most common mistakes business owners make with money and how to avoid them


Resources

Check out Rigits to see Julia's bookkeeping and accounting business.

Book a live digital caricature experience for your next event at jkexpressions.com

Sep 11 2019

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033 - Embracing the Future of the Future with Frances Valintine

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What is the future of the future? And how the heck can you be part of it so that you’re not left behind in the past?

That is the topic of today’s episode with the one and only Frances Valintine, founder of The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab.

Frances Valintine is one heck of a mover and shaker. And she believes that we’re living in a time of great advancement as well as rapid disruption. She believes that the progress and the ability to look forward and plan for tomorrow is essential for long term success.

Frances is at the cutting edge of what we need to do to stay relevant as we move into a new era filled with uncertainty as technology takes over our jobs allowing us to essentially tap into more of our human skills.

If you listened to Episode 32 on Untapped last week, I shared my presentation that I did recently talking about these major trends and forces happening and the future of work and learning.

Frances takes us even further because she is living and breathing this. At the time of our interview, she had just finished up the Future of the Future conference that she hosted where she interviewed all these incredible people on stage.

What I love about Frances is that she’s extremely forward thinking by the way she looks at how we reinvigorate our existing skills, adopt new practices, and integrate people who think differently in our businesses.

As the founder and CEO of The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab, Frances works in the space between the whole ecosystem of learners from young children to experienced corporate leaders.

While Tech Futures Lab helps organisations and individuals to navigate the contemporary world of business, The Mind Lab was developed to empower students, schools, teachers and principals to develop contemporary knowledge and practical skills for today’s rapidly evolving world and the future of work.

She knows that our economic success has a greater reliance on people who can combine science, technology, design and creativity in ways that we are only just starting to realize.

So in our interview, we discuss a lot of those things. And I think you are going to find it fascinating. I hope it’s going to open your eyes, expand your mind, and really get you thinking about what role you are going to play in the future of work and just how you can thrive in it.

In this episode you’ll learn:


  • What the future of work looks like and what that means for you
  • Why reinvigorating your skills and learning new skills is vital now more than ever
  • How to thrive and remain relevant in the rapidly evolving world
  • Frances’ journey to become one of the most influential leaders in New Zealand


Resources

Connect with Frances over on LinkedIn

Learn more about the Future of the Future live events here

Sep 03 2019

40mins

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032 - The Future of Work is Learning

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The Future of Work is learning - what does that mean?

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I'm all about staying relevant and keeping up with the ever-changing world of business.

As machines are starting to take over a lot of our jobs by automating and streamlining things, we need to figure out how to revamp our skills and get back to more of our human talents that can't be mimicked by AI.

So, instead of the robots taking over, it's more so that a lot of the jobs we're used to will disappear while jobs we haven't even thought about will start to appear. This is why it's so important that we stay on top of our game by becoming leading learners so that we won't be left behind in the dust as the world passes us by.

On today's episode of Untapped, I'll be sharing a recording of the talk I shared at an Inspire Group event, which I organized and ran. Inspire Group is an online learning company, and the purpose of this event was to inform our clients about what's about to head their way and what they need to start thinking about.

It was also a great way to showcase all the trends that are coming up and how the Future of Work is learning. 

In this episode you’ll learn:


  • What the Future of Work actually is
  • How automation can and will benefit us
  • How we can collaborate effectively with the robots 
  • What changes and trends have already started to happen


Resources

Grab my FREE Get Paid to Be You Guide here

Learn more about Inspire Group

Aug 28 2019

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031 - How to Discover a Whole New Life with Lucia Gionvannini

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Are you at a point in your life where you’re really not feeling it? 

The career you’ve chosen and the business you have is not as fulfilling as you wanted. Yet maybe to the outside world, it looks like you’ve got it all together. But inside, you’re feeling like there’s a deeper calling that you’re not paying attention to. 

Everything is pointing you towards actually doing that by tapping into your calling and making a bigger impact in the world. 

On this episode of Untapped, I got to chat with the charming Lucia Giovannini and learned how she tapped into her true calling and discovered a whole new life.

Lucia Giovannini is a yogi, life coach, fire-walking instructor and former Italian super-model.

Lucia started modeling by accident quickly realizing that career was bringing her all a girl could hope for, yet it still left her feeling unfulfilled. So after several years, she went on her own healing journey. It was back in the 80-s when she’d get other models to sit with her in a dressing room, chanting “Om”.

Lucia went within, going barefoot for a year, and immersing herself into healing practices. One of the first transformational speakers in Italy, she was soon regarded as the “Louise Hay of Italy”. Her book “A Whole New Life” sold thousands of copies around Europe and was translated into 8 languages.

She’s someone who has had a very successful career but decided to take the leap and embrace her true calling to embark on a whole new life. Definitely something I can relate to!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The tools that can help you remove the barriers that are stopping you from following your true calling
  • Lucia’s thoughts on making radical changes in your life
  • What tangible steps you can take to transform your thoughts and beliefs
  • Lucia’s advice on how to discover a whole new life

Aug 21 2019

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Honest + Inspirational

By @shannonlmattern - Jan 13 2020
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I can’t get enough of podcasts like Untapped that share both sides of what it’s like to be an online business owner and how we don’t have to pretend to be perfect to create profitable businesses that don’t cost us our freedom. Thank you Natalie!!

Love it!

By Shay1234467 - Sep 25 2016
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Each podcast has very helpful content.