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Freedom Is A Choice

When I was in college, I wanted to be a magazine editor (preferably fashion or lifestyle) in New York City. It was all I thought about.

I applied for jobs and internships all over NY as often as I could during my junior and senior year. But nothing really came of it.

I wasn’t deterred. I knew the NYC magazine world was a tough business to get into.

It was the second semester of my senior year and I had no idea what I’d be doing after graduation. I wasn’t worried, though. I already had a good job working for the local newspaper’s website and writing a weekly column in the print edition and features for its entertainment supplement.

And then something happened: my professor told me about a magazine internship she thought I should apply for… in Southern California.

Funnily enough, that same professor told me about that same internship (it was an annual thing) the year before, when I was a junior. I brushed it off because it seemed like a far-off idea to leave everything and go away for the summer.

But as a senior with no after-graduation plans who dreamed of being a magazine editor it was pretty much the best thing ever.

So I applied and got the internship and moved out to SoCal for the summer of 2005. I spent three months writing and editing for Reptiles magazine (by choice, I love reptiles!!), as well as helping out with other magazines within the company when they needed a hand (they had dozens).

I loved getting to dress up every day and go to the office, because that’s what I always saw my mom do growing up and that’s what I was always told you did. It was one of the best summers of my life.

Then I got offered a job as an editor for a pet products magazine, which I accepted without hesitation. I loved SoCal and loved working as a magazine editor.

At first.

But then I was really living out there. I wasn’t just subletting an apartment for 3 months in student housing, I was renting an house with a roommate and living further from the office, which required a longer commute.

And it made me realize something… why the fuck am I driving in HELL traffic to commute 15 miles from my house to the office to sit at a desk and go online and do all these things I could be doing from home?

I loved Southern California more than anything and can’t wait to move back there sometime in the near future. But what I didn’t love was working in an office.

I’d do anything I could to escape being there, including manifesting illness so I had to go to the doctor. And every time I’d be out of the office during the day, I would see tons of people out and about, enjoying their day. Eating lunch, drinking coffee, not living their life in an office all day.

And in that moment, I decided that’s what I wanted. To be FREE all day long and do whatever I wanted to do.

I had no idea how I’d make it happen, but I believed it was a future possibility.

Toward the end of my stint as a magazine editor, I hated going to the office so much that some days I’d roll in unshowered, wearing khakis, a hoodie and Chuck Taylors. I blamed it on the fact that I wasn’t doing enough writing and I wanted to be doing more writing.

So I left and moved with my now-husband to Houston to start a new adventure.

But then the same thing happened again. I got a great job, I loved it for a while, but I hated the commute and having to work in an office all day. And this job was a 100 percent online job, which meant I could do the whole thing from home (or anywhere).

And lucky for me I had a great boss who allowed our team to work from home 3 days a week. It gave me a preview of the life I wanted.

The freedom life. A life where I’m totally in control of my time and location.

But it still wasn’t enough.

I so badly wanted to find a job where I could work from home every day and never have to go to the office except for very rare occasions.

The problem was there weren’t very many jobs like that out there. Or at least I hadn’t been able to find any.

And whenever I jumped jobs for money (which I did often, I was totally driven by the money in my corporate career), I’d run into the same issues. I constantly tried to get my bosses to see how much more I’d be getting done if I was working from home full-time. But they’d never go for it.

I applied for work-from-home jobs all the time. Nothing came of all the energy I was putting into it.

That’s when I realized I had to stop giving other people permission to control my time and location.

I had to take back my power. I had to create my own freedom.

So that’s what I did. I quit my corporate day job in March 2012 and walked away to do my own thing where I’m in control of my time and my location.

I had no clue how I’d make money. It was pretty damn scary, actually, but I had so much adrenaline going from finally doing the thing I wanted to do–quit my job to work for myself–that I didn’t care. I just trusted that I took the action and something would work out.

And what worked out at the time, was freelance writing.

Back when I first moved from SoCal to Houston I couldn’t find a job right away and I didn’t want to settle for any crappy-ass job. So I freelanced for the first few months I was there, and I made a damn good income.

A job eventually came along, but I freelanced on the side now and then just because extra money is always nice. And there I was in 2012, having to figure out how to make my own money.

So I turned, once again, to freelance.

I wrote articles and marketing copy and feature stories and I interviewed people and I wrote my ass off. And I made a living.

It wasn’t a lot at first. In 2012 I brought in around $16k. But it was the best year of my life. Because it had been all on my terms and I was in charge of my time and location.

Freedom.

It’s the ultimate thing I value above everything else. Freedom.

My definition of freedom have evolved a lot over the years and I continue to create more freedom and it continues to be more and more on my terms. But that’s where it all started.

With freelance writing.

It gave me an income when I was in a job transition. It helped me support myself and my family when I first quit my job to work for myself.

Eventually I went from $16k to $25k to $32k and growing. Now I’ve added in several other income streams and make more money doing more things I enjoy.

But it all started with freelance.

Freelance writing = freedom.

Before you go jumping the gun here and quitting your job to freelance write, I have to add that freelance writing is a tough business. It’s an uncertain and sometimes inconsistent business. It’s an ever-changing business.

But the toughest part is being mentally strong enough to handle the freedom and all that comes with it.

Because now you’re in charge. You have to apply for gigs and you have to handle the payment arrangements and you have to keep track of everything and you have to pay taxes and discipline yourself to do the work by deadline.

Now your income is in your own hands.

And if you can’t handle the uncertainty and being in control and having the discipline to get shit done, the freelance life isn’t for you.

But if you can handle all of that, there are more and more opportunities available every day because so many companies are building online presences and on the internet, content is king.

Content can’t write itself. Which means they need writers to write the content for them.

There’s a whole lot more to know about freelance writing and living the freelance life. More than I can share in this post right now.

I really just wanted to inspire you to see that the freedom you so desperately want is yours, so long as you’re willing to do what it takes to create it.

Freelance writing isn’t the only option, obviously, but it is a great way to get paid for your words and to make a living as a writer.

And it also frees up your time so you can do more of your own writing too.

I’ve had the freedom life for 5+ years now and I will never go back.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

 

P.S. If you want to create your freedom life through freelance writing, stay tuned!! Doors to my new workshop, Freelance to Freedom, are opening on Thursday and we kick things off on August 1. More details soon… 

When Something Feels Wrong, Change It

A lot of the times in life and business, we tell ourselves that our intuition doesn’t matter. We feel something but we ignore it because we’re told that’s not the way to do things.

We listen to the opinions of others and trust what they say more than trusting how we really feel about something.

As you may know, I’ve just reopened the doors to the Bestselling Author Mastermind and we’re now accepting new members. I’m SO pumped about this as BAM is one of my most favorite things that I’ve ever created and it just keeps on getting better and better.

But something that’s been nagging me for days now is the new price for joining BAM. I was advised by several people that I should be charging $97 a month for all of what’s included in the BAM membership.

That price didn’t really feel right to me. So I went with a price that was slightly lower and a number that I really, really love ($77). But it still hasn’t felt right.

Because I want this group to not only be accessible for most writers, but I also want it to be the most insane value EVER for what you’re paying.

I believe it is. And I believe it still would be at $97 a month or $77 a month or even $197 a month. The value is more than there.

But here’s the thing… just because you can charge that much, doesn’t mean you should.

Yes, the BAM membership is worth that much, it’s worth much more. You get an insane level of access to me in a private Facebook group, you get tons of kick-ass trainings and resources in the member’s site to help you write, revise, publish and sell your books, you get weekly accountability check ins and work sessions so you can get shit done, you get free access to all of my workshops and digital products that cost $100 or less (and let’s be honest that pretty much means EVERYTHING), and you get to be part of the best community online of like-minded writers and authors who are all heading in similar directions and are super supportive of each other.

So I originally made the price what I was told it should be for all the value I’m delivering.

But it hasn’t been sitting well with me. I’ve actually been thinking about it all day long since I launched on Friday.

And the truth is, I’d do the BAM site for free. I love it that much and believe in it that much. So it didn’t make sense for me to be charging a price that felt out of alignment for the goal I have for the group, which is to make it a killer deal and easily accessible for most people.

If I was in it just for the money, maybe I would charge more. But I’m not. I’m in it because this group is amazing and because it has helped me to step up in my own writing life in so many ways.

I love delivering the trainings and I love having BAM members in my workshops that I run. It’s a blast to get to hang out with the members and get to know them and support them in their writing lives, wherever they are in their journey so far.

So I’ve decided to throw the price I was told I should be charging out the window and just charge what I feel in my gut is the right price.

Maybe I’m totally insane and maybe I’m “leaving money on the table” by not charging more. But I honestly don’t give a fuck.

I believe that you should LOVE your business and LOVE the work you’re doing and I also believe you should always, always, always follow your heart and do what feels good for you.

And the higher price just didn’t feel good to me.

So I changed it.

You can do this too, with anything in your life that doesn’t feel good to you. You don’t have to stick with something just because at one point you committed to it and decided you needed to do it. You don’t have to keep doing something that sucks or that makes you feel like shit.

You get to choose.

And changing your mind doesn’t at all make you flaky or irresponsible, either, as so many people will tell you that it does. In fact, changing your mind and having the courage to own it and then move in that new direction is extremely brave in a world where people will suffer ’til their last breath just to keep other people from judging them for their choices.

The BAM community is a place for learning and for growing. It’s a place for finding out who you are as a writer and author and stepping into the identity of who you want to be.

Running this group has changed so much for me, and it’s also allowed me to finally give myself permission to make a massive change in my writing business and life… one that I can’t tell you about right now (but I will very soon!!).

Being a BAM member will change your life and will make you a better, happier and more productive writer and author. And all for the price of one dinner out a month.

If you’re ready to step the fuck up in your writing life and get your book written or finished or start selling more copies of the book you’ve already got out there, there’s no better place in the world for you then right here in this group.

>> Details and sign up here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/landing/mastermind

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. The price of BAM has gone down but the value keeps on rising!! I just added a new BONUS… everyone who signs up by Sunday July 23 (when the doors close) gets FREE access to my upcoming workshop that launches soon: Freelance to Freedom–how to make money as a writer.

>> Sign up for BAM here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/landing/mastermind

You Can Make-Believe Your Way Into Your Dreams

A little over a year ago, I became a best selling author on Amazon. I sold 1,007 books in 30 days and hit #1 in the Authorship category.

And when I looked back at what, specifically, I did to make it happen, I was surprised (but not all that surprised) to find out it was mostly the acting as if stuff that helped me manifest it.

Yes, I already had a following and other books out and momentum. But I’d had that for years. It wasn’t until I started to pretend I was already the successful writer and author that I dreamed of being and taking action from that place did things like hitting #1 start to happen to me.

Here’s the cool thing about creating your writing dreams: you can pretend your way into them.

You can figure out where you want to go in your writing life, and then you can make a list of all the things you’d be doing and being if you were already that person, and then you can go and take as many of those actions as possible, as if you already are that person.

Just like you played make-believe as a kid and pretended you were a teacher or a mom/dad or an actor or a cowboy or a princess or whatever you liked to pretend to be (for me it was always teacher, artist and storyteller). You can do that right now with your dream writing life.

Here’s an example:

When I’m developing and planning a new story and I’m ready to write the first draft, I always build a Scrivener file for it. First I create two folders inside the file: 1) Written 2) To Be Written. Then I add a text file for each scene in the order they’re listed in on my roadmap to the “To Be Written” folder. And if I know the name of the story already, I’ll put it on the title page and rename the manuscript as well.

This is my starting place. And then I marinate.

I’ve got the story in my head and the plan down on paper. I’ve been thinking about it, marinating on it, and pulling out pieces and writing them down as they come through for weeks, if not months.

And having the Scrivener file all set up and ready to go really stirs up the inspiration. I find myself waking up in the morning with the opening lines for the story or a particular scene dancing through my head. Ready to come out.

Then I sit in front of the blank Scrivener file and I channel the words down to the page.

Before setting up the Scrivener file, I have no idea what words to use, they just won’t come out. But by pretending I already have the words and setting up the Scrivener file like I’m ready to start writing, the words come to me. Every single time.

Because I’m acting as if. I’m make-believing that I know what to write, and so I do the things I know I’d be doing if I already had the words: set up my Scrivener file.

I have a story plan, OF COURSE, I won’t write without one. But the story plan–while insanely useful–doesn’t tell me the specific words I need to write. It only informs me of what the story is about and what has to happen in each scene.

The words are a whole other beast.

So I use the acting as if principle to make the words come to me. I do this for my novels and for my blog posts and my nonfiction and even for the writing I do for my clients. I even have a client who I’m so in-tune with, when I’m writing her email copy I feel like her voice is being channeled through me. (It’s pretty freaking cool!!)

A little over a year ago, I started to pretend I was already a best selling author. I committed to writing and publishing 9 books that year. I opened myself to the idea of becoming a best seller and receiving the inspired actions to take.

Most importantly, I declared it publicly to my community that I was going to be a best selling author on Amazon in 2016. And to hold myself accountable to it, I started a group called the Bestselling Author Mastermind and I told everyone they could watch me hit #1 and I’d talk them through everything I was doing and how I was doing it.

So when my new eBook hit #1 on Amazon a week after creating this group and declaring publicly that I was gonna be a best seller, I was surprised, but, again, not all that surprised.

Because I acted my way into it.

I pretended it was already true and I took action from that place.

If I was already a best selling author on Amazon, I’d most definitely have a group where I showed people what I did and how to do it, as well as held them accountable to taking action in their own writing lives. So that’s what I did. I started the group and showed them live in real time how I became a best selling author.

When you start to let go of how you’ve always been told you should achieve things and start opening your mind to using universal laws to create what you want, you’ll be amazed at how much easier everything becomes.

Now don’t get me wrong–you still have to put in the work. I was able to easily manifest best seller status because I had built up so much momentum over the years. I just wasn’t open to receiving it until then.

But my point in all of this, is that you can very easily act your way into the writing life you’ve always dreamed of. You just have to step into the identity of who that writer and author would be right now.

It’s up to you whether you take baby steps or huge leaps. Both ways work and both ways will bring you closer and closer to being that writer and author you’ve always seen yourself as.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. Doors to the Bestselling Author Mastermind are NOW OPEN to new members!!!! BAM is my high-level support group for multi-passionate writers and authors who want to have the habits, mindset, craft expertise, consistency and follow-through of a bestselling author, while writing and publishing their books and creating their dream writing lives all on their terms.

I’m SO pumped to welcome the new members to the group. I’ve just filled the member’s site with a ton of new content, including all of my most recent workshops. This is the BEST the member’s site has ever been.

See EVERYTHING you get in the member’s site, get the full details on the membership and sign up for the group here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/landing/mastermind

You Don’t Have To Settle For Less Than Exactly What You Want

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a “bottler.” I tend to bottle up how I’m feeling about something until it pushes me to the point that I explode.

Maybe you can relate? But I really hope you can’t, because that is no way to live your life. And truth be told, walking around with bottled up emotion or unexpressed opinions actually blocks you from receiving what you’re asking for.

Why?

Because when you push your voice down and act like what you think or have to say doesn’t matter, it’s like you’re sending a message to the Universe that says, “I don’t matter” and “I’m not good enough to have a voice.” And that unworthy feeling will only attract more things that you feel unworthy about.

One area where I tend to shut up, even when I’m having a bad experience, is customer service. I tend to have a bad experience with a service provider and then instead of speaking up and letting them know that I’m having a bad experience, I just shut up and continue to let the bad experience go on.

It’s annoying, really. Because then not only do I get bad customer service, but I also block myself from receiving what I actually want.

But today, I didn’t do that.

My old MacBook has been at the computer shop for three weeks. I was told it would be there for three days. Then they didn’t even fix it (too much water damage, wasn’t worth it). I’m not sure what the hell they did with it over the last three weeks.

And then I was told I could come by this morning to pick it up at 9:45 a.m. So I dragged my ass out of bed even though I slept like shit last night and I went to pick it up.

But when I got there the shop was closed and the guy who runs it wasn’t there to meet me like he said he would be.

Normally this is a situation where I’d just shut up and not say anything. But a friend of mine reminded me the other day of why it’s so important to have standards and not be willing to negotiate on receiving what you want.

And what I wanted was good customer service from the guy fixing my computer. I felt I deserved it, especially considering how much he was charging me and he didn’t even fix the computer.

So I spoke up. I shared my truth, and that is, I am paying a lot of money for your service and I deserve to be treated better than this.

I actually said this to him, as nice as I possibly could. I didn’t say it in a mean way and I didn’t call him names or anything like that (that’s the wrong way to speak your truth). I just let him know that I feel that I deserve better customer service than he was giving me.

Simple.

And then again, at Starbucks this morning, which I went to after the computer pick up fell through, I couldn’t get what I wanted. They were out of the gluten-free sandwich and didn’t have the syrup flavor I wanted.

Ordinarily I would’ve just picked something else from whatever they did have. But, again, I knew that would mean I was settling for less than what I wanted.

So I left and went to another Starbucks. The second Starbucks had what I wanted, and I also had a great conversation with the barista who I could tell actually wanted to be there and actually cared about what she was doing.

Something my friend made me realize this week is how often we’re willing to settle for less than what we really want. Because we’re afraid we can’t have it or can’t get it or because we believe that it’s rude or not “nice” to speak up or have standards.

I used to think and believe that stuff too. I used to tell myself that it was wrong to expect more or to want more. I used to believe that you have to settle if you’re not getting what you want right in that moment.

But you can’t live the life of your dreams if you’re always settling or if you never speak up and share how you really feel about something.

You don’t have to be rude and you don’t have to make a big deal about it. Just hold yourself accountable for speaking your truth and for not settling and not bottling up how you really feel.

My friend really inspired me. She’d been house-hunting for a while and had a list of things she wanted in a new place. Her realtor told her that she probably wouldn’t get all of it and to be open-minded.

But she knew what she wanted, and she wasn’t willing to accept anything less.

As the days wore on and as she looked at more and more houses that were close to what she wanted but not quite everything, she began thinking about settling. In fact, she almost did settle, for a house that was very close to what she wanted.

But something in her knew that she deserved more and believed it was possible for her to get what she really wanted.

So she held off. She decided to wait it out. She made patience her new best friend.

And not long after that, she found the perfect place. It was exactly what she wanted. It checked off every item on her list. And they even gave her a killer deal on it, which was a bonus she hadn’t even asked for.

It all came out of her willingness to not settle until she got exactly what she wanted.

Don’t get me wrong, compromise is a part of life and sometimes what you want isn’t available in that exact moment. So you may have to hold out. It all depends on how important it is for you to get what you want right then and there or if you’re willing to compromise or wait it out.

But you always get to choose. And you don’t have to settle for anything less than what you really want.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. It’s coming!!! The doors to the Bestselling Author Mastermind are opening again next week!!! This is by-far the BEST way to work with me, as you not only get access to me in a private Facebook group, and the badass BAM member’s site with TONS of trainings and resources to help you plan and develop your story and then write, revise, publish and sell your book, but you also get FREE access to ALL of my workshops and digital products that cost $100 or less (and most of them do). If you can’t wait another minute, you can join my email list right now so you’re the first to know when the doors open (and you get a free copy of my eBook, The Bestselling Author Mindset Formula): www.jenniferblanchard.net/newsletter

Are Your Goals Too Big For Your Beliefs?

So last night I was checking in on my income for the month and I discovered that I’m only $338 away from my goal of making $10k CASH!!!! And I have ZERO doubt in my mind that I will receive the rest of it. It’s DONE.

This is a goal I’ve had since December 2014, and it took me two-and-a-half YEARS to manifest it.

Why?

Because I had three major problems going on:

1) I wasn’t being consistent with my daily mindset practice at first.

I’d been doing Morning Pages daily since I learned about them in 2007. But at the end of 2014 I started to intentionally focus on doing mindset work.

But I wasn’t consistent with it until February 2016 when I started working with my soulmate mentor, a woman who is me on STEROIDS!!!

And my mindset practice has made ALL the difference for me. So if you look at the achievement of this goal of making $10k CASH in a 30-day period, it really took me one year and four months to achieve it. Inconsistency won’t help you achieve a goal.

But there’s another reason it took that long.

2) I was confusing my mind

I was doing my daily mindset work every single day and writing my reality and doing my journaling. But I was writing that “I make $10k a month” while also writing that “I am a multi-millionaire,” which is my BIG goal.

So my mind was getting confused, because those two phrases kinda negate each other. If I was a multi-millionaire, I would be making a hell of a lot more than $10k a month!!

I asked my mentor about this and she said, never write down an intention that you can’t emotionally connect to.

So I started to write “I make $10k a month” and then changed the other to “I am on my way to becoming a multi-millionaire.” Much more believable for me.

And a few weeks after making that tweak, here I am.

Technically you could say I had a $15k month because I made $10k cash but half of that came from a $10k sale of a writing project where I get half up front and half when it’s done. But I digress…

Anyhoo–the reason it took as long as it did was also about one more thing. And it’s the BIGGEST factor, so it’s important that I mention it.

3) My goal was bigger than my beliefs

In December 2014 I didn’t believe I could make $10k cash in one month. I was only making like $20k-25k a year in my biz back then so it was way too big of a leap for me to think I could make half of that in only 30 days.

But I WANTED to believe it.

And so I kept intending it and staying focused on it as much as I could. Until FINALLY I believed it was possible for ME.

Once that happened it was just tweaking some of the wording in my intentions and BOOM. My first $10k cash month. #ThankYou #MorePlease

Belief is EVERYTHING! Because your beliefs create your thoughts and your thoughts determine the actions you take (or don’t take).

And if your current goals are TOO big for your beliefs, the best thing you can do is scale down the goal so that it still stretches you, but also so that it’s believable to you.

If it’s not believable then you won’t emotionally connect to it. You HAVE TO be emotionally connected to a goal to make it happen.

Your emotions and feelings create your vibration and your vibration determines what you achieve or not.

And what creates your feelings? Your beliefs and thoughts.

Which, as always, means YOU’RE in control.

You can absolutely have ANYTHING you dream of and all on your terms, but you have to do the work to get it.

And by the work, I mostly mean the inner work. The outer work is just an extension of who you are and how you feel inside.

Dream life of bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

 

What You Focus On Expands, So Focus On What You Actually Want

For a long time in my life, I focused on the bad stuff. The negative, annoying, bad things that were happening all around me. The news. Society. Other people. My bad habits. My insecurities. My “not good enough” bullshit.

I focused on that stuff, all day long most days. And hating my day job caused me to complain with people about how bad things are.

During my final job working for someone else I spent upwards of eight hours a day complaining with my coworkers about how bad things were there. Eight hours!!

Talk about focusing on what you DON’T want.

‘Cause here’s the thing… whatever you choose to focus on, expands. It grows. And you start to see more and more evidence of it.

This is true whether what you’re focusing on is “good” or “bad.”

And that’s what I finally realized when I was still working a soulsucking day job: I get to choose. I get to decide what I focus on and what I take my attention away from.

I’m not gonna lie, I definitely still complained with my coworkers. (It was kinda hard not to, things were really shitty at that company.) But when I got home, I left the complaining at the door.

I shut off my work phone and put it away and didn’t look at it again until I was sitting at my desk the next morning. Whatever happened, happened. I didn’t care anymore. I was DONE working for someone else and DONE working at a place I didn’t believe in.

I made the choice to block it all out, like I didn’t even work there. And instead I focused as much of my attention and energy as possible on what I actually wanted: to work for myself.

I got home at night and I blogged and I wrote and I worked on building my writing business. I got really good at acting as if I wasn’t working for someone else anymore (even though at the time I still was).

I had a quit date, it was written down and I declared at the beginning of 2012 that this was the year I’d finally leave my job and work for myself.

I believed it. With every ounce of my being. Even though I had ZERO clue how I’d make it happen. I just trusted and I kept acting as if.

When I got to the office every day, I told myself I was at my side gig and I was consulting and wasn’t really an employee. I pretended I had a contract and that it was over on my quit date.

I believed it.

And I FOCUSED on it.

So when I ended up quitting and leaving three months before the quit date I set, I wasn’t at all surprised. Because what you focus on expands.

And I’d been focused on working for myself and being able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. That was my dream.

But I was also focused on complaining with my coworkers when I was at the office. So that continued to expand too, and before I knew it, the entire place had become one big fucking shit show.

When I put in my two weeks notice I didn’t even end up finishing the entire thing. I’d had enough and I didn’t want to have ANY of my focus on that stuff anymore. So I went to the HR lady and told her I was done.

And I walked away–OK, I admit, I danced away like a fool in my car–and started a brand new life as an entrepreneur.

Whatever you want, you can do it too. You can use your focus to create whatever YOU dream of doing and having and being. ANYTHING.

It’s all up to you. And simply by placing your focus on exactly what you WANT in your writing life and beyond, and REMOVING your focus from all of the things you DON’T want, you will totally change your life. Why?

Because life grows where focus goes.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

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How I Became A #1 Best Seller On Amazon

This was originally supposed to be a video and/or livestream, but to be honest, I had a CRAZY week last week and I just didn’t get around to it. So I decided to just write it up, because writing is what I do best anyhow 🙂

I spent some time earlier in the week reflecting back on the specific actions–both practical and energetic–that I took last year that caused me to hit #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category with my eBook, Align Your Writing Habits to Success. And while most of the actions were practical physical actions (as to be expected) there was a whole bunch of energetic mindset actions baked into all of that.

It was almost hard to decipher the practical actions from the energetic ones because energy is involved in everything (as everything is made of energy).

First, why this even matters–because your energy creates your vibration and your vibration is what attracts and magnetizes things to you. So energy matters and the energy you bring with you to everything you do matters.

So that’s why you can’t (and shouldn’t) just do the practical stuff and think that’s enough. It’s not. And while practical action will get you somewhere, it won’t feel nearly as easy and in flow as when you’re doing those actions along with the energetic ones.

Which is why I had a hard time splitting all of the practical actions from the energetic ones, and the energetic ones from the practical. I did what I could, but don’t be surprised if the practical actions have a mix of energy in them and vice versa, that’s kinda how it goes.

Below are the practical physical actions and the energetic mindset actions that I did to become a #1 best seller on Amazon (for PAID books, NOT free ones)…

Energetic Mindset Actions:

> I decided 2016 was the year it was going to happen

This is major. It’s pretty much the WHOLE thing. Once you actually truly decide something and close off all other options and possibilities, then it doesn’t really matter what you do after that. The specific actions are far less important than the decision.

Because the decision creates a feeling inside you and that feeling raises your vibration and then your vibration causes you to have inspired ideas of actions to take. When you actually take them, that’s what will result in you achieving your goal.

> I believed it was DONE

I had no idea how I’d make myself a #1 best seller on Amazon. I had no idea how anyone did it. I didn’t know anyone who’d done it and I didn’t have anyone I could ask about it either.

But something in me just felt like it was done. I felt like it had already happened. And that feeling of “it has already happened” caused me to have inspired ideas for actions that helped me to make it happen.

> I wrote my reality

For several months before it actually happened, I was writing every single day in my journaling that “I am a best selling author” and “all of my books hit #1” and “I am #1 in the Authorship category.”

As writers and creators, our words have POWER. And we can use our words to create anything that we want in our writing lives and beyond. But you have to be committed to actually doing the “write your reality” journaling exercise every day.

> I visualized

Every day I’d imagine myself going to Amazon and seeing my book at #1. Over and over again this was part of my daily visualization practice. I saw it happen in my mind before I ever saw it happen in my reality.

And when I did finally see it in my reality, it felt totally meant to be. Because I created it.

Practical Physical Actions:

> I wrote more books

When I decided that 2016 was the year I was going to hit #1 on Amazon, I got the inspired idea that in order to do it, I’d probably need to write more books. So that’s what I committed to doing. I committed to writing and publishing one eBook a month for the rest of 2016.

I ended up writing 9 eBooks and publishing 7 of them. Two of those 7 eBooks hit #1 on Amazon.

> I told people I was gonna hit #1

I figured if I told people about my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon, it would force me into having to do it. Because I always do what I say I’m going to (even if sometimes it takes a bit longer than I expect it to).

> I acted on a Divine Download (aka: inspired action)

I received a totally random idea one day to take the content I wrote for a free 30-day writing habit challenge into an eBook. And rather than sit on the idea, I acted on it. I put the book together and I self-published it.

> I purchased Bestseller Ranking Pro

Right after I made the decision that 2016 was the year I’d hit #1 on Amazon, I received an email randomly about a software called Bestseller Ranking Pro, which allows you to get a behind-the-scenes look at the different categories on Amazon and an estimate of how many books you’d have to sell in a month in order to hit #1 in that category. The email was for a 50% discount for a 6-month subscription of the software.

I purchased the subscription and started looking into the different categories my books fit into and how much I’d need to sell to hit #1. Having this kind of information made me feel more confident that I could hit #1 in Authorship.

> I gave myself some massive accountability to make this goal happen

I always find that I’m much more likely to take action and achieve something if I’m being held accountable to doing it. So I started a mastermind group for writers who wanted to step up their habits and mindset, so they could create their dream writing lives (aka: The Bestselling Author Mastermind), and I actually told everyone that they’d be able to watch me become a best seller on Amazon.

I committed to giving my group members a behind-the-scenes look at what I did and how I did it. Giving myself the responsibility of not only running this mastermind group, but also to let all of the members watch me as I worked toward becoming a #1 best seller on Amazon, forced me to step up and do the work to make it happen.

This was a major acting as if moment for me.

> I emailed my community about my new eBook when it was available

When my new eBook, Align Your Writing Habits to Success, was published, I emailed my community to let them know it was available. Sounds simple, but you’d be amazed how many people don’t actually do this!

A lot of self-published authors don’t even have email lists and if they do have them, many of the same authors don’t send emails often enough.

> When the book hit #3, I emailed my community again and posted on Facebook

After I launched that eBook, I just kept pushing forward on my other projects. I wasn’t even paying attention to what was happening with book sales. Until someone emailed me to say my book was at #3 in the Authorship category.

When I found that out, I got super excited and I thought–I wonder if I can get it to #1? So I emailed my community and posted on Facebook, telling people the book was at #3 and asking them to buy a copy if they were interested and/or wanted to support me in hitting #1.

And when I woke up the next morning, my eBook was at #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category.

BOOM.

By combining the energetic mindset actions with the practical physical actions, I was able to achieve my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon. This combination of actions is what I now call Manifestation Marketing.

And the craziest part is, from the day I decided I was gonna hit #1 to the day it actually happened was around 90 days. Ninety days!!!

Imagine achieving one of YOUR writing goals in 90 days! Imagine fully stepping into the identity of the writer and author you’ve always dreamed of being.

That’s exactly what I did in 2016–I fully stepped up and began acting AS IF I was already the writer and author I dreamed of being. So, of course, that’s what I became.

And I step more and more into that identity every single day.

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Dream life or bust,

It’s All About The Feeling That It Creates

When it comes to manifesting, there’s one really key thing you need: feeling. It’s all well and good to know what you want and visualize it as done and write your intentions down in your journal every day.

But if there’s no feeling behind it or you’re not emotionally connected to your intentions, you won’t be able to manifest them.

Feeling is EVERYTHING when it comes to creating what you want in your writing life and life in general. Without the feeling, there’s no reason to even bother.

Because the feeling is what creates the energy and vibration. And like attracts like. So if you’re writing down that you’re a New York Times Best-Selling Author, but you’re not emotionally conected to that goal–there’s no feeling in it for you, it’s just words on the page–then you can’t make the dream come to life.

The emotion, the feeling, that’s what will help you bring it to life.

Now if there’s a goal you want to make happen, but you’re not really emotionally connected to it or it’s not something that you deeply desire to have, you’re better off putting that goal on hold or setting it aside and focusing on a goal that does hold an emotional charge for you.

For many years I wanted to be a best seller on Amazon. I wanted to see my book at #1 in the Authorship category. But that goal didn’t have feeling around it.

Because I had no idea how to do it and I didn’t totally believe that it was possible for me. It felt like one of those goals that other people achieve, but not me.

And, really, that had a very distinct feeling around it: it felt bad. It felt unachievable. It felt impossible.

Those kind of feelings will only attract more of the same… bad, unachievable, impossible. So I couldn’t actually make my goal of hitting #1 in Authorship happen until I changed the feeling around it.

That didn’t happen for me until Februray 2016, when I met an author who has written and published 47 books–46 of which have hit #1 on Amazon. When I met her, a person I considered to be an amped up version of me, it finally hit me: if she can do it 46 times, surely I can do it once.

And that was the moment that shifted my feelings around hitting #1 on Amazon. Suddenly it felt possible for me. It felt like, duh! Of course I can make it happen!

That changed everything. Because now there was a supercharged feeling behind my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon.

So it’s not at all surprising that I had one of my books hit #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category less than three months later.

The feeling was everything. Changing how I felt about being #1 on Amazon changed what was possible for me.

Before the feeling changed, being #1 on Amazon in Authorship wasn’t possible for me. It was possible, yes, because all things are. But it wasn’t possible for me.

Because I wasn’t open to it. I wasn’t willing to receive it. And so I pushed it away with my bad feelings and attitude about Amazon “not counting” and “not being something I cared about.”

The truth is, it’s not nearly as easy to hit #1 on Amazon for paid books. It takes strategy and doing the work.

But just because it’s not easy, doesn’t mean it has to feel hard. Once I shifted my mindset around being #1 on Amazon and then made the decision that 2016 was the year it was going to happen, it was DONE. All I needed to do was call it in with my intentions and actions.

Everything I did after that point felt divinely guided and totally with ease and flow.

I was finally taking the right actions and doing the things that were aligned with me being a best seller on Amazon. So when it actually happened I was surprised, but not all that surprised, because that’s how manifestation works.

You want something. You decide that it’s done. You put a feeling behind it. And then you take action. What you want manifests in your life. Simple.

It’s us who gets in the way and makes achieving our goals so much fucking harder than it needs to be.

The Universe does everything with ease and flow. And it has unlimited possibilities and ways to bring its magic into your life.

But it can only work for you if you’re working for it.

So figure out what you really, really want, put a feeling of “I already have it” behind it, act as if you already do, and you’ll manifest it so fast your head will explode.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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I Live In A Magical Writer World… Care To Join Me?

There are two main types of writers: the ones who buy into the lack thinking and limitation spewed by the writing industry and many of the writers and authors in it, and the ones who know you create your own reality.

Which one are you?

I admit, there was a point in my life where I did buy into the BS beliefs of the writing industry, like it’s hard to be successful or you can’t make a living from your books unless you’re traditionally published or writers are broke/poor. I used to believe the starving artist mentality.

But then I discovered that’s all it is: a mentality. A mindset. A WAY OF THINKING.

And I didn’t like it one bit.

Because deep down I didn’t really believe it. I believed it on a surface level, because that’s what I thought all writers believed.

Until I started to meet authors who were making thousands of dollars a month from their books and authors who make $100k+ a year from their books and writers who got an agent the first time they pitched one and writers who got signed with a NYC publisher their first time around.

And I realized that it really is true: you create your own reality.

YOU get to decide what you achieve, how successful you are and whether or not your writing dreams come to life. YOU. No one else.

There are no limitations except the ones you put on yourself. Period.

I read a survey the other day of authors who make $100k a year from their books, and this was one of my favorite quotes from it:

“Never give up! I was told I could never make it, but I proved everyone wrong. I was rejected by one 300 agents and publishers. And it was a blessing in disguise!!! I now run my own ship and make my own rules. I keep 70% of my earnings! Getting shot down by publishers was the BEST thing to ever happen in my entire life! I wish I could give them a hug! They did me a huge favor and I found indie publishing.”

[The survey was pretty inspiring and had some eye-opening results… check it out here: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/06/07/100k-author/]

This survey–and all the authors who took it–are living proof that you CAN make a living from your books. There are many, many authors out there doing it.

You can do anything. You can be anything. You can create anything. And it can all be on your terms.

That’s the life I’m committed to living–a life that’s all on my terms. Where I get to decide, I get to choose and I get to say what’s true for me.

I believe that I can have it all and do it all… everything I dream of.

And you can too.

There’s no difference between me and you. I’m just a little further along than you are.

So I invite you to STOP. Stop buying into the BS lack thinking and limitations the writing industry and other writers try to place on you. Stop believing that it has to be hard (yes, you have to work hard, but it doesn’t have to feel hard). Stop getting caught up in other writers and authors limited beliefs around what’s possible (or not) for them.

Here’s the truth… if you want to live an extraordinary life where all of your dreams come true and everything is on your terms, you have to give up the notion that you will ever be able to be “normal” or fit in with most other writers.

You won’t and you can’t.

Because normal writers don’t live extraordinary lives. Normal writers buy into lack thinking and limitation. Normal writers email me to say things like, “who are you to charge $10k to ghostwrite a novel?”

Normal writers DO NOT GET IT.

But writers who think different do. And there are lots of these writers and authors out there.

They’re the ones actually hitting ‘publish’ and actually making money from their books and actually pushing the limits of what they believe is possible.

Big dreamers are not normal. Big dreamers are extraordinary. Big dreamers are willing to do the work and willing to risk it all for what they really want.

Big dreamers go all in on their dreams and they refuse to give up. Ever.

Big dreamers fully live my mantra, Dream Life Or Bust.

I’m damn proud to be a big dreamer, to not be normal and not think like most other people out there. Damn proud. Because I love my life and I love being me.

I live in a magical writer world where I get paid good money for my words and sell lots of books and believe and know that I can achieve everything that I decide I will and then act on.

Want to join me?

It’s all up to you.

You get to decide.

You get to choose which writer world you live in: the one with lack and limitation, or the one with unlimited abundance and possibility. Because whichever you choose is what will be.

I know you’re scared. I know all the BS you’ve heard your whole life about what it means to be creative or to be a writer. I know you worry that you won’t be able to pull it off.

But you will. You just have to choose.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

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How To Become The Next-Level Version Of You

Yesterday morning I woke up to discover that somehow a glass of iced tea had been spilled on the table where my MacBook Pro was and no one thought to look underneath it when they cleaned it up, so my poor MacBook sat in a pool of liquid all night long. Needless to say, when I tried to use it, the screen was black and I couldn’t tell if it was on or off… it just wasn’t working.

This is when most people would FREAK the fuck out. And I even did for a minute too. My first thought was, “Great, I now own a $2,000 brick.”

But then I realized this was just a test from the Universe.

Which meant my next choices and actions were super important. I could either react and make choices based on who I used to be or am currently… meaning freak out, worry, yell, get mad, lose my cool and turn the whole situation into something bigger than it really was.

Or I could act like the 2.0 (aka: next-level) version of myself–the author and business owner I want to be–and I could stay cool and realize that it was time to put my actions where my belief is.

Because I’m always talking about acting as if what you want is already yours. And this was a test from the Universe, challenging me to step into the identity of the 2.0 me.

The business owner and author I want to be makes $50,000+ a month and doesn’t worry about money. Ever.

So if I want to be that person and not keep being the 1.0 version of me, I had to make decisions about what actions to take AS THAT PERSON and not as who I am right now.

The normal, 1.0 action would’ve been to take the computer to a repair place and then wait it out, using my old-ass Dell laptop until I heard back from the shop (that’s exactly what I did last time liquid got spilled on my MacBook Pro). But I realized taking those actions would just continue to hold me in lack thinking and keep me stuck as the 1.0 version of me.

So I asked myself, “what would the $50k a month version of me do?”

My first instinct was to find a computer repair place to take my MacBook Pro, and then go to the Apple store to buy a new MacBook. Because that’s what the $50k a month version of me would do.

Someone who makes $50k a month, every month, doesn’t worry or stress out about money. And they sure as hell don’t drop their computer off at the repair shop and then wait around to see if it’s OK.

They drop it off and go buy a new one. And if the old one gets fixed–great! Now they’ll have two.

I knew that’s exactly what I had to do if I wanted to act as if and show the Universe that I truly am ready to up-level my thinking and my income. It was the only option.

So I dropped my MacBook Pro off at the repair shop. Then I put on my ‘Pump Me Up’ playlist of songs that make me feel super high vibe and drove to the Apple Store to buy a MacBook Air. Paid in full, with cash.

Yes, it was scary to do this. Acting as if sometimes is (OK, a lot of the time it is). Because it requires you to have faith in the unknown and to trust fully that if you take the actions that the up-leveled 2.0 version of you would take that it will come back to you.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond ready to be the 2.0 version of me and along with it, make the income and impact that I dream of making. I’m beyond fed up with lack mentality and am fully ready to bust through to the other side. My actions support that desire.

Here’s the problem that most people have: they think it works the other way around.

Most people think that in order to be the 2.0 version of themselves, they have to sit around waiting for the money and opportunities and success to show up first, so then they can step into the next-level version of themselves.

But it doesn’t work like that.

From my experience and everything I know and have learned about creating your dream life and having everything you want, it requires you to leap… before the net appears. If you keep waiting for the net, you’ll stand on the cliff forever.

It’s in taking the actions in faith that causes the net to appear.

Most people don’t operate that way. And that’s why most people don’t have and won’t ever have all that they want and dream of.

Dreams and achievements require risk. They require pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. They require you to commit to being the 2.0 version of yourself–in whatever way you can–right now.

Otherwise the things you dream of and want for your life will always be “one day” or in the future, but they will never be here and now. They can’t be, because that’s not how it works.

Most people have to see it to believe it, but really you must believe it before you will ever see it. Period. Belief comes first.

And this is why most people live mediocre lives that don’t at all fulfill them or make them happy. Because they’re always waiting.

Until they win the lotto. Until they save up the cash. Until they get all their ducks in a row. Until they feel ready. Until, until, until…

It’s fine if that’s how you want to live your life, waiting “until.” Just know that you’ll be waiting for a long time. Maybe even forever.

But if you want to create your dream life right now and achieve your writing goals and whatever else you want, you can’t wait until. You must take action, every single day, as the 2.0 version of you.

Sometimes that means sitting your ass in a chair every day and doing the writing. Sometimes it means pushing ‘publish’ on that book you’ve been revising forever. Sometimes it means making an investment in something, even when you have no idea how you’ll pay for it.

And sometimes it means ponying up $1,027 cash to buy a new MacBook Air.

The cool part of all of this is, the more you do this, the more you take action and make decisions as the 2.0 version of you, the more money, opportunities and success will show up for you. And it will happen faster and faster the more you do.

Your results will always be in direct proportion to your faith in the unknown and your willingness to jump off the cliff before you can see the net.

When I quit my $70k a year day job in 2012, I had NO CLUE what I’d do or how I’d make money. But I jumped anyhow.

When my husband and I needed to take an unexpected trip from New York to Texas for his grandpa’s funeral, we had no idea how we’d pay for it, but we packed up our stuff, fixed our car and drove to Texas anyhow.

And it’s in doing actions like this and taking risks and having faith that the most magical things that have ever happened to me showed up.

I put in my two-weeks notice at my day job and a few days later I discovered I had $12k built up in my 401(k) that I could take a lump sum of to help me survive until I found a way to make money again. Two weeks later, I got a $1,200 a month freelance project and it grew from there to where I am now.

My husband and I made the decision that we were going to Texas for the funeral, so we packed our bags, fixed our car and canceled all our appointments for the week. A few hours later $2,500 cash showed up unexpectedly in my PayPal account from someone who decided to get off the fence and jump into working with me on their novel.

And I fully 100% believe that NONE of that would’ve happened if I hadn’t first made the decision to act as if I was already the 2.0 version of me and trust that by doing so, it would all work out.

Isn’t it time you started to BE the 2.0 version of you?

Before you’re ready. Before you can afford to. Before it’s convenient.

BEFORE.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent