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It was my birthday on Sunday. The big 2-5, baby. Everyone keeps asking me how it feels to be 25, and the best words I can come up with are “deliciously good”. I like the number 25, it feels like a strong number. And so, as you can imagine, this is a pretty inspirational time for me. A new year has just begun, and I’m feeling ready to shine. It’s really got me thinking about HOW to create a lifestyle that supports my success, and that’s what this video is all about.

As entrepreneurs, we are often trying to juggle the world on our shoulders. We’ve got our businesses to take care of, our relationships, our friends and family, our health and fitness, our emotional well-being, our spirituality – how do we juggle it all?

If this is something you struggle with, you’re going to LOVE this week’s Chatty Tuesday episode. Why? Cuz I’m letting you in on a new system I’ve implemented into my own life that starts me off on the right foot every single morning. You’re gonna love it!

Of course I want to hear from you before you go, so head on down to the comment section below and let me know what habits you have created for yourself to set YOU up for success. Do you think you’ll be adopting my Evernote system? I can’t wait to hear from you!

Have a gorgeous day,
Alex
xoxo

 

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Hello Superstar, you!

As I sit here, typing this message to you, I’m sipping on a VERY sour smoothie that’s FULL of Vitamin C. All day I’ve been full of sniffles and sneezes, so I’m trying to hint to my body – “YO! You’re super strong and can handle this! No need to struggle, girl!”  Wish me luck ;)

Wanna know something I’ve really been STRUGGLING with over the last six months, though? Work/Life balance.

And I don’t think I’m the only one who’s OBSESSED with working my butt off, trying to turn my grand vision into a reality.

It’s really hit me hard this month that life is too short to work 24/7, because it will leave you burned out.

So, to help those workaholics out there, I created this week’s video of six tips to help YOU create a better work life balance. Ooooh yeah!

Here’s the video for you to watch:

I can’t wait to hear from you in the comment section below.

What are YOUR thoughts about creating a cut-off time for your work? Do you think you’ll be able to do it?

I really want to hear from you, comments ALWAYS make Chatty Tuesdays that much more interesting!

With love and kindness,
xoxo
Alex

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diary of an artistic entrepreneur 
April 4th 2014 – 11:54am
Coffee Shop, sipping on a vanilla latte.

My previous diary entry left me acknowledging that I was afraid of success. Little did I know that the very next day, one single phone call would help me discover why I was afraid of success. The call came in at 7pm on the dot. A call that would have me in tears, a call that would leave me changed. 

See, I used to get nervous about Skype calls. Whether it was a chat with an old friend, or an interview for a podcast – the nerves would get to me, and it was holding me back. And I hate when things hold me back.

So I made the decision to book myself silly with as many Skype calls as I possibly could. Because … there’s only one way to get over your fear of something, right? To jump into it. To live in it. To be one with it.

With Skype calls almost each and every single day since making that decision, so many good things have come my way. I’ve made new friendships, I’m part of new mastermind groups, and I’m even doing weekly soul-care sessions with Sasha. I’m proud of myself because now I slide into interviews and Skype conversations with ease. The fear and nerves are no longer a part of it.

And so, at 7pm on the dot, I picked up the Skype call with ease and confidence, and as Michelle* walked me through the process of her intuitive business consultations, I felt good.

This recent feeling of something “missing” within my business has been driving me crazy. It feels overwhelming, paralyzing, and confusing all at the same time. It’s like God is holding me up in the air, my feet are dangling, and I’m trying to run full speed ahead, but I can’t get anywhere because I’m suspended two feet off the ground.

“Something is holding me back, and I just can’t put my finger on it.” I exclaimed to Michelle*.

Question after question we dug deeper into the problem, and before I knew it – the answer was staring me straight in the face.

What does the next level of success for me look like? And why am I resisting it?

Since I’m the face and name of my business and brand, more success means more publicity. It means more eyes on me. It means the ability to inspire and motivate more people to start their own businesses and follow their dreams, which I LOVE – but it also means more sharing, more blog posts, more pictures, more insights, more personal thoughts.

And all of this inevitably means less privacy.

And something within me always cringed at the thought of less privacy.

As in – I wasn’t sure if I could really deal with less privacy.

And that’s where the block existed.

To me, the idea of achieving any more success would inevitably mean less privacy.

Michelle* probed deeper, “Why does privacy matter so much to you? Why does less privacy make you so uncomfortable?”

At first, I just couldn’t figure it out. But suddenly it came to me, without much effort at all, as though it appeared out of nowhere:

My entire childhood was spent growing up in places that simply weren’t safe. Caracas, Venezuela, a city where I spent five years of my childhood, has been named multiple times as the most dangerous city in the world.

And so it’s easy to understand that, as I was growing up, privacy equaled safety.

And so now, as an adult, it’s unknowingly been holding me back because my mind was making the following connections:

more success = less privacy
less privacy = less safety

therefore …
more success = less safety

And since the safety and wellbeing of my family always comes first, even above success, it was safer for me to settle for less success, because it meant more safety.

And there it was.

A belief that served to protect me in my childhood was no longer serving me as an adult.

WOW.

It blows my mind to have identified this block that I didn’t even know was affecting me, and to be able to remove it and overcome it. Like a boss ;)

Major a-ha moment? Totally.

I’m excited to share more, and to put more of ME online. But most of all, it’s incredible to truly understand, for the first time in my life, that there are MANY false beliefs that we pick up along our journey in life that hold us back every day.

New mission: Identify blocks + conquer. Oh yeah.

 

*Michelle Simmonds is an intuitive success coach.
**Sasha  Stone a wellness & goddess coach.

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Maybe I AM afraid.

April 3, 2014

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Maybe I AM afraid
diary of an artistic entrepreneur 
April 2nd 2014 – 5:32pm
On my balcony in Tampa, Fl

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First and foremost, I’ve always been an artist. It comes naturally to me to approach every situation in business, relationships, and life in general, from a creative standpoint. The question that constantly swims in my head is … “How can I do this differently? How can I do this creatively?”  Approaching every situation as an artist makes life more interesting. And so I hold onto it. Artist within, I will never let you go.

As an entrepreneur, it leaves me in a pretty predicament.

I’m at a stage in my career where it’s up to me to define and create my lifestyle. Sasha* has done an excellent job of reminding me that one of the huge benefits we have as entrepreneurs is that we have the luxury of creating our own lifestyle to be exactly what we want it to be. And what a beautiful luxury, one I will never take for granted.

And so lately, the question at the top of my mind has been: what do I want my lifestyle to be? The words that immediately come to mind are freedom, balance, and adventure. I want to experience new things regularly. I want to laugh until I cry. I want to have a routine that’s strong enough to enrich my life, but flexible enough to allow space for my random whims of desire.

I have dreams that are so big and grand, but sometimes I find myself asking – is this what I REALLY want? Sitting at lunch today with Kristina**, I mentioned that lately I’ve been second guessing everything I’m doing. I mean … Do I really want to be the face of my business? Do I really want to keep putting myself out there in such a public, vulnerable way? What she said next literally stopped me in my tracks. “Are you afraid of success?”  .. . .  .. . . . . .. My initial reaction, without even thinking about it was … “uhhhhh NO!”. Because – helloooo … all I do is chase success. But then I thought about it more, allowing the question to really sink in. Maybe I AM afraid. 

It’s funny how sometimes there’s fear living within you, holding you back, stopping you from moving forward in some way or another – all without you ever really noticing that it’s even there.

And so tonight, I will be sifting through deep fears and blocks that exist within me that are unknowingly holding me back, and doing everything I can to get rid of them. Which is perfect, because tonight I have a session with Michelle***, and she’s probably just the person I need to speak to.

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*Every week I do a soul-care session with Sasha Stone, to empower myself to create an action plan for my daily life that encourages joy, freedom and balance. 
**Kristina Houser is the incredibly talented photographer I’m working with on my upcoming new photos for the site + relaunch of TSOKI.  
***Michelle Simmonds is an intuitive success coach who helps identify and remove inner blocks that are holding you back. 

 

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Hey friend,

One of the most important things you can do to build a brand and create a Killer Impression for your business is to make your customers feel seen, special and heard!

In today’s episode of Thursday Throwdown I’m gonna walk you through an incredible example of how to do that without spending a single penny! You are going to LOVE IT!

This is going to inspire you in your business more than you know, check it out here:

You know I’m ALL about the comments – so leave a comment now and let me know what you thought of this tip + whether or not it’s something you’ll be implementing into your own blog/business.

With love and hugs,
Alex
xoxo

 

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