Online Entrepreneurship

S2 Ep.32 – No Audience? No Problem! Learn about Collaborative Marketing with Nadalie Bardo

Ready to redefine your digital marketing playbook? Dive into this exclusive episode where we unravel the secrets of leveraging Pinterest and Collaborations for business growth. Nadalie Bardo was able to quit her 9-5 job and travel the world thanks to her online business and in this episode, she unveils how she’s been able to do it.

Why build an audience when you can strategically collaborate? We dive deep into why collaborations could be the pivot you didn’t know your business needed. Plus, a deep dive into Pinterest’s potential—not just as a platform, but as a treasure trove for traffic, subscribers, and sales.

Whether you’re a seasoned marketer, a budding entrepreneur, or just curious about the digital landscape’s future, this episode promises insights that can reshape your strategy. Tune in, get inspired, and start rethinking your digital growth journey.

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Alex Beadon 0:03
So you want to scale your online business while purposely prioritizing your most joyful, free and luxurious life. This Podcast is your weekly dose of connection and self reflection. As you set strategic intentions along the way, it’s time to prime your mind embrace your pace and take consistent action towards creating what you truly want from your online business without sacrificing the small moments all around you that are so worth treasuring. So, take a deep breath, relax, and let’s get you back to where you belong. On purpose. Hey, friends, you’re listening to season two, Episode 32 of on purpose with Alex Breeden. If you want to know a strategic and effective way to make more sales and get your digital offer into as many hands as possible, without having to commit to the hustle of building your own audience, then this episode is for you. In today’s episode, I speak to Natalie Bardot, an online business owner who sells digital products on the topic of Pinterest. She teaches people how to use Pinterest to grow their traffic subscribers and make sales although in this episode, we do speak a lot about Pinterest. My favorite part was actually picking her brain on the power of collaborations. She shares with us how she strategically uses collaborations to tap into other people’s audiences to grow her own business, which is really different to my way of marketing and selling because her strategy completely eliminates the need to grow your own audience at all. Now you guys know I’m always trying to bring in different perspectives speak to different kinds of online business owners who are doing different things. And so that’s exactly what this episode is all about. It is fascinating stuff. In this episode, I know you’ll leave feeling inspired, especially when it comes to dabbling in collaborations and of course, giving Pinterest a shot. I’m Alex speedin, your favorite launch strategist and your guide to the online business world. I’ve had an online business selling digital products since 2011. And I’ve been helping online businesses scale through launching since 2016. I’ve been featured in Forbes and entrepreneur and I’ve worked with clients ranging from solopreneurs and multimillion dollar small businesses here at Team Beadon. Not only do we help online business owners scale their sales through launching, we also help brands new online business owners learn how to strategically create an offer that’s built to sell. The strategic offer incubator is a 12 month container with eight modules of curriculum that guides you through step by step exactly what you need to do to get your online business off the ground. With a strategic offer that converts. Our goal is to give you the tools to create a wildly profitable online business while prioritizing your most joyful life so that you can truly experience time, freedom, location, freedom, and financial freedom. Like I said, I think you’re going to absolutely love this week’s episode, I am just getting back from my little vacation time I took I took a step away from the business after the launch. As you guys know, I love to do I love to take that time afterwards to rest, recharge, celebrate. And also to analyze and look back, you know, we have an entire month of that scheduled into our four month launch cycle. So I’m just wrapping up with that and now ready to get back into the game. So look forward to seeing me more over on Instagram. Now that I’m back. And of course, here on the podcast. One other major change I have to let you know as we move forward with the podcast is that we are going to be shifting our podcast schedule from once a week to once every two weeks. And the reason why we’re doing that is because right now it really feels like we’re churning out this content. And then I’m not giving myself enough time to digest it with you guys, and not giving myself enough time to have the conversations with you. And really let the content simmer. With you guys with me with everything. It just feels like we’re going from one to the next to the next to the next. And I want to take a slower pace, right. So we’re going to be experimenting with one episode every two weeks. Definitely make sure that you head on over to Instagram and let me know what you’re thinking about that. You know if you prefer the weekly schedule if you like having one episode every two weeks, have a conversation with me. I would love to hear from you. Other than that, let’s jump into this week’s episode with Natalie Bardot. Natalie, thank you so much for being on the show. I’m so excited to have you here.

Nadalie Bardo 4:31
Hi, Alex. Thanks for the invite.

Alex Beadon 4:34
You’re most welcome. I I feel like when we were together on the teachable Summit. I was just like I have to have her on the show. You said so many things that I was like, Oh my gosh, my audience would love to dive deeper on those topics. I’m really excited to chat to you today. I’d love for you to just get started by sharing a little bit of the behind the scenes about your entrepreneurial journey. How did you get started? How did you end up where you are today? I know that you now have this business where you’re selling digital products, and I don’t really know everything about your business. So I’d just love to hear a little bit of an introduction as to like, what got you here? And where are you now with your business?

Nadalie Bardo 5:14
For sure. So I think my story starts very similar to maybe a lot of you who are listening. Or you would like it to start this way, maybe you have that nine to five job that you work so hard to get. And you realize, wow, you know, maybe it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. So, you know, like, I had spent a lot of years getting education. So I have my master’s, I have a postgraduate diploma, so a lot of years, just to get like a nine to five job to realize, Wow, this is it. I don’t think I can do this forever. And, you know, life threw me some curveballs. And essentially, I was let go from a job. And I literally remember sitting in the car driving home in Toronto traffic, which is pretty bad traffic, I’d say. And I just kind of like started doing the math in my head, like, Okay, if I had a nine to five, I would be commuting two hours one way, every day, I added it up. I was like, 30 years later, I would have spent five to six complete years sitting in my car. And I was like, You know what? I’m gonna take this time to figure it out. So I never have to like work for anyone ever again. So at that time, I was a photographer, I thought I would just do that. Turns out, I don’t like shooting weddings. Like it was kind of the worst. I’ve seen some crazy things happen at weddings.

Alex Beadon 6:43
Natalie, we have a similar story. Did you know that I also started off as a photographer. No, I didn’t. Yes, I started up my first. My first business was a wedding photographer, or wedding photography business. And I’m with you. Like, it’s really hard to be showing up on the weekends and to be working on your feet nonstop. And yeah, I feel you. But interestingly, you got started there, too.

Nadalie Bardo 7:05
Yeah, then you’re spending weeks editing. Right? So it’s not like downtime. Um, so yeah, I realized that wasn’t for me. So I started my blog. It’s called, it’s all you, boo. And it was literally just me ranting and raving. And then somehow, it turned into like a real blog, where I was actually writing helpful articles. And that was like my first, I guess, technically online business, I created a digital planner. And that I started selling. And for me the thing that first good choice I made was launching an affiliate program for my product, because I quickly discovered that it wasn’t that my product sucked. It was I just didn’t have the right audience, or I didn’t have the audience yet. So that’s when I started borrowing people’s audiences. I would say I had one really great affiliate that was like responsible for like, 90% of the sales of my product, and really changed and opened my eyes on okay, this is possible. Um, I needed to grow my traffic, like maybe some of you can relate, you’re new and you’re like, Okay, I’m here. I’m doing the thing. But wait, you know, the five people I know is not enough traffic. And I discovered Pinterest at the time. This is like 2017. When, you know, I was reading a lot of blog posts about how people got traffic. A lot of people were talking about Pinterest. So I was like, Okay, let me try this thing. Let me do it. Let me do it. Right. And yeah, it changed everything. For me. I was able to, you know, get on media vine, I was able to grow my traffic, also to the point where people were then like, Okay, can you make a Pinterest course? And I was like, Fine, I’ll make a Pinterest course. So in 2019, I created my Pinterest course called Pinterest popular, launched the second business and have grown that through collaborations with other people who had the audience like I have the products you have the audience, let’s be friends, and let’s make money together is kind of my approach to everything on that. And yeah, my new next thing is I now I say like, I’m trying to be like, 90% nomadic. I’ve been traveling since the start of December 2022. What year is it? 2023. And I think I’ve spent a total of six weeks at home since last December. And I’m probably going to travel non stop till next summer.

Alex Beadon 9:33
And right now you’re in Thailand. Yes. And you’ve just been bopping around before we got on this call. She was like I was in when you were in Cambodia, weren’t you? Yeah, last weekend. That’s amazing. And I feel like you were somewhere else as well recently. You’ve just been jumping all over the place.

Nadalie Bardo 9:49
Is there for us, you know, so I’m really thankful and grateful that I get to do this.

Alex Beadon 9:54
Okay, I feel like there’s so many different places that I want to jump into a Hey, so at first he started off with the digital planner, which I find very interesting because this is something that a lot of people think, oh, you know, if it’s a low ticket item, that means I have to sell it to so many people, which is true, you are essentially able to make it a success through having an affiliate program. Yeah, that’s amazing. Are you still running that? Like, do you still sell that

Nadalie Bardo 10:25
the planter is still there, I’ll be honest, I haven’t been putting in the effort. with it. If I was, it would probably still be making a lot more like couple sales come in here and there, I know, come, the new year is when a lot of sales are gonna come in, because like my funnel is set up. And I have a lot of content that drives traffic, right, a new year. And yeah, but I guess for me, it’s hard, not hard in the sense that I have this personal development site. But I have the Pinterest business. And I just know that people, when it comes to spending money, they are, it’s like five times easier to get someone to invest in their business than it is to invest in themselves. So I don’t know what that says about this humans. But in terms of where can my time go, I invest my time into the Pinterest business, because I know that you know, the product is it’s like a $500 course, versus a $27. Planner. And it is it’s just a numbers game. And I wish that people would invest in themselves more than they would in their businesses. But it was just a matter of a choice. And I had this business coach, we would talk to my talk about my blog almost as like, my abusive ex boyfriend that I really needed to break up with. But it was like, I love it so much. And I’m like 500 blog posts in. And it’s really hard to stop working on something. When you’re 500 blog posts deep.

Alex Beadon 11:57
I know I know exactly what you’re talking about.

Nadalie Bardo 12:01
So it’s really hard to like to just be like, Okay, this is the thing I love and I built, but it’s not the best path. And it’s not the thing that is best worth my energy. But had I not made that choice to shift my energy to the Pinterest business. At the start of last year, I would have not been sitting here being saying like, I’m on continent five for this year. You know, I in the last 30 days, I’ve been to three countries like I would not be able to say that three new countries, I would not be able to say that. Had I not made that hard choice.

Alex Beadon 12:32
Yeah. And I think it’s interesting as well, because it’s like, so often people want to do a million different things. And sometimes that can be a form of self sabotage, where if you’re spreading yourself too thin, and you have like three businesses running at the same time, it’s like how can you expect for one business to do really well, if you’re trying to keep all of these things afloat? And I can relate, I think it’s interesting as well, from a perspective of you evolved, and you allowed yourself to evolve. I know, for me, when I was a photographer, my first digital product was actually photoshop actions. And it was a super successful, highly profitable business. You know, it did really, really well. But I lost my passion and zest for it. And sometimes I look back and I’m like, should I have just like, kept it going on the side. But the truth is, if you have a business, it takes time, effort, energy, love. And if I had put, if I was trying to split my effort between two different things, that would, of course results in the end result as well, you would see that affected. So I think that’s really interesting that you were you had the courage. And obviously having that business coach as well must have been such a support for you to be like, Okay, I’m confident enough to say I’m done with this. I’m moving into this new area. I find it interesting as well that you are someone who didn’t have the audience when you started talking about Pinterest. I know you had a few people saying, Teach Pinterest, I want to learn more about Pinterest. But you said that, you know your entire strategy behind it is I have the product, you have the audience. Let’s make money together. Talk to me about that. Because I think so often people create these incredible products. They get their first few people in through the door. And then they tell themselves well, I’m not getting enough traffic. I don’t have the audience and they throw in the towel. It seems like you are someone who’s like, No, I’m resourceful. I’m gonna figure out a different way to do this. Talk to me about that process. How do you go about finding the right person with the right audience? Getting them to actually partner with you? I’d love to know more about that.

Nadalie Bardo 14:32
Yeah, so like I said, having the planter taught me that this lesson very early on that. So if you’re watching this, your product doesn’t suck. It’s just that you don’t have the right audience. It’s not the product. It’s not a product problem. It’s not a you problem. It’s just an audience problem. So I for example, what I do is you know, I have I I’ve been doing this for While so I’ve made friends like, I would encourage everyone to be friendly and to take every opportunity to have a conversation with someone to slide into someone’s DMS to shoot someone a Facebook message to send someone an email, who you also see in your space or like adjacent spaces, because you don’t know what will happen and you’re not doing it because you want to get something you should be doing it because, hey, sometimes this is kind of lonely, and we should make friends. So I had that mentality. And when I first launched the course, I sat down and I was like, Who do I know, that has an audience that’s made of business owners and bloggers, people who would want to learn how to do Pinterest. So you know, I reached out to those five people, we did joint webinars together. And when I started, I was doing like a 50%. Split. So you got half the money, I got half the money, I made it as easy as possible. I provide swipe, I provide graphics, I even set up an evergreen funnel for you that you can promote till the end of time, right? And if they’re happy, then it’s like, hey, let’s do this again next year. You know, let’s do it again, the year after, let’s just keep doing this. And at the end, I’m like, okay, but who do you know? Can you quickly introduce me to a couple of connections that you have, if you think their audience is also a great fit? So because of that alone, I have made friends, like lifelong friends, like visited and stayed in their house with and like, their babies. And like, because of this, who do you know, right? So kind of like a saying that I’ve come up with is like, one plus one equals three. So it’s not who do I know? Or, you know, it’s like, it’s who do you know that I can also connect, so you meet one person, you’re meeting two people, at least. So you can see how it could essentially just like branch out, if every successful connection leads to a couple other connections, right. And it’s been amazing, because fast forward a couple of years, I’m hosting my first online summit in 2019 days from now. And it only took me two weeks to find 50 speakers. And they’re not like, not like, some of them have huge audiences. And it’s all because I literally just did the same thing. I was like, Who do I know, that can offer training? And then they were like, Oh, hey, do you know what need someone like this? Do you need this person. And within two weeks, I had 50 experts. And I even have more people I can reach out to but I need to stop. So it’s really just about who do you know, and it could just start with one person, and then you go from there.

Alex Beadon 17:49
That’s so beautiful. Okay, so another question on this topic. You said that you reached out to five people, you did joint webinars with them. Number one, is this something where you’re like befriending them online on social media for like, a specific amount of time before you ask them? Are you just like going up to pure strangers and being like, hey, I want to do a joint webinar. Like, what’s that process?

Nadalie Bardo 18:12
Yeah, I don’t know. If you I wouldn’t cold pitch that I would cold invite someone to participate at my Summit. But I don’t know if I would cold invite. Maybe like, Did we do something together? Were we in like a teachable panel, or read a summit together, then maybe. But I think my point I’m making is like you need friends. And for the sole reason that you’re likely doing this alone, and nobody in your real life understands anything that’s happening. I don’t say that is it? You need people and you need community. And it’s just a happy accident that maybe a little bit down the road, y’all can collaborate. That’s my approach. I’m not out here trying to find people to help me make money. I’m out here trying to find people who see and understand me and who I understand as well. And maybe we can make magic, you know?

Alex Beadon 19:09
Yeah, it sounds like a bit of both, though, because I like that. It’s like strategic community building. You’re listing out people you’re like, Okay, these people have shared audiences with me. Maybe you’re starting to reply on their stories, get to know them respond on their feed, whatever for like, however many weeks, whatever until you feel like, okay, I know this person. I like this person. This is someone who I feel like our brands would align. I’m sure there’s people who you became friends with. I’m using little quotations Mark marks online with who you were like, actually, this person is not a good fit. I’m not going to go ahead and suggest this to this person. How many people would you reach out to like, were you getting more nose than yeses? Or through this strategy? Is that mainly more yeses? Because you’ve built a friendship?

Nadalie Bardo 19:54
Who I’ll say one of the few people who said no to me as you but very rare, very rare. Are I’m pretty convincing, I feel like I’m also the having someone else introduce you, lets you bypass all that we had, like I can be through. So like, literally like the email introductions that someone sends out for me, it’s like Natalie plus your name equals whatever magic. And then they’ll just be like, Hey, Alex, I want to introduce you to my friend, Natalie. She has this really amazing Pinterest course. And I think you guys would be amazing to collaborate together. Take it from here, Natalie, that’s all I need. Then I’m like, Hey, let’s hop on Zoom and chat. Like, I’d love to tell you more about my class. It’s really fun and engaging. It’s going to be a win for you and your audience. And PS, of course, I will pay you are, of course, like affiliate commissions are, you know, are part of the deal or whatever, I don’t even say deal. But you know, I’m happy to hop on Zoom. Here’s my link, hope we can chat soon. And most people click that link and book that call. And then we see if we vibe. And if we vibe, then I’m like, so let’s do the thing. You know,

Alex Beadon 21:07
it’s so great, because it makes it so much easier than you having to rely on creating content or doing this or doing that. It’s like you’re just hopping into their audiences, it’s a win for them. It’s a win for you. It’s a win for their audience. It’s just a win, win win. How many of these collaboration webinars do you do every year?

Nadalie Bardo 21:26
Oh, good question. Depends on the year. Um, so I have a folder with every all the assets I did 123456789 this year.

Alex Beadon 21:40
Right. And we are in the 10th month, so you’re doing about one a month

Nadalie Bardo 21:46
810 12 Last year, the thing that’s hard is like now, because I’m in Asia, and it’s like a bit of Central time, it’s a little challenging. So I’m, I don’t want to host webinars at midnight, it’s very hard to have like high energy at midnight. So I’m putting that on pause till I’m back on that side of the world. But yeah, like one a month, I think in a perfect world. I’m going to like hopefully next summer, I’m going to scale this and try to do one every single week. But like how I’m planning to get there is that I’m hosting my Summit. I now am becoming very close to all my speakers. And I’m going to do the same thing I’m going to follow up with Hey, I also have like, you saw how I ran this summit, how everything was easy. I was super organized. Like I think it’s also important. If you want to collaborate with someone, you need to make it so easy. Like it should not be a struggle, like you should have everything they need. And like, so it’s like an easy, yes. And then it’s an easy recommendation, because you don’t want to have someone collaborate with you and think it was like the worst decision they ever made. Or like it was, you know, hard, right? You want it to be so easy that they are going to be like, yeah, that was awesome, I would do it again. And I would recommend you to other people. So I’ve had people ask me to speak in summits about doing joint ventures, but I’m like, I’m not there yet. You know,

Alex Beadon 23:12
I’m already in my brain because we obviously have together we launch. That’s our signature program. And one of the main things that we recommend people to do to build their audience and to grow their leads is to do collaborations. And this is such a beautiful way that you’ve set it up like it’s so easy. I’m assuming as well that you’re doing the same webinar again and again and again. And again.

Nadalie Bardo 23:33
Oh, it’s the exact same webinar. I slightly tweak it to make it better every single time. But like to give you some perspective, like I did a joint webinar with someone who has a giant audience, and she sent me 700 new email subscribers. Wow.

Alex Beadon 23:50
That’s why. Yeah. And then what is the split? Because I know you said it used to be 5050. Have you changed it now? Or is it still 5050

Nadalie Bardo 24:00
I have changed it. There are still my OG affiliates that might still be at the 50%. For them, I am trying to reduce everyone to 45 because of how the split is I actually make less than they do they take the fees out of my half. So now if you’re like a special partner, I give you 40 Everybody else, it’s 30 because it’s just too much of a split. Like I get it, especially if you’re starting out, you might need to, you might need to give more. And that’s fine. I think, you know, we all have to like pay the dues sort of until kind of built up that trust. Also, they’re like your first partners and you’re just figuring it out and you might need some grace because like systems aren’t smooth yet. So yeah, I think there’s no shame in offering half of it to somebody else, you know, especially if they’re getting you started and helping you go from zero sales to like any amount of sales. Um, Are we? Yeah,

Alex Beadon 25:01
yeah, that’s phenomenal. Okay, so my next question is you said you got 700 leads from working with this big person in the industry? How do you track those leads? Like, how is it that 700 people came to you? Was it just that you did the joint webinar? And then they came to look for you? And how did you know that they came directly from that? So

Nadalie Bardo 25:23
I, every time I do a webinar with someone, I create a dedicated signup page just for them. So they have their special page. So I know that the form is them like it, like I use ConvertKit. So there’s the form the automation, the email, sequence, everything. So it literally it will say like this person has

Alex Beadon 25:43
died for the webinar, or is that for the offer?

Nadalie Bardo 25:47
That’s for the webinar. Okay, so I have the signups for the webinar. I know it’s them. And that also way I can also like track like conversions and things like that, because data is power. Number Sense. But yeah, so every person has their own form. And then when we’re no longer doing the live webinar, I just switched the page to an evergreen version where the same webinar they sign up, and it plays, so their link is never dead. Like, I hate dead links. I have no dead links, every link, like redirects to something else. So yeah, people can still sign up for those live webinars.

Alex Beadon 26:25
I love that so much. I hate dead links. Never lose a lead based on a dead link. Everyone take notes. And then within the webinar itself, is it just you or is that person there as well?

Nadalie Bardo 26:40
Oh, no, that person is there. That person has been given access to my courses, that person has provided a testimonial. That person is there on the class nodding along saying yes, yes. Yes. You know, I think that’s important, you know, to not just especially if they don’t know you, like, yeah, like these verification signals, I guess, like, the you being there means like, oh, yeah, I know, Natalie, I trust her. I’m here. I’m telling you. I’ve seen I’ve been inside her course, I’m telling you, or I’ve taken her course, or I’m telling you, you know, I think to me, that translates, you know, more than, Oh, just here’s a it’s it’s more work. It’s more commitment. But for me, that’s how I do it.

Alex Beadon 27:29
Yeah. I love that. And then for your webinars, what is the average conversion rate, like, based on how many people sign up for the course versus how many people opted in for the webinar?

Nadalie Bardo 27:43
It really honestly depends. And I used to be really into looking at these numbers. But I’m gonna be honest, I think something in the last year has made my conversion rates take a dive. And I don’t know if it’s the fact that people are hurting. I don’t know if it’s the fact that the image that people have of Pinterest has changed. And they’ve really tarnished their relationship with creators. And I’m seeing it like, I’m seeing that my conversion used to be like 8%, like 8% of people who showed up live would buy my product, and it’s not for sale anymore. Obviously, I’m still making money. I’m here, chillin. But yeah, I’ve noticed that there has been a dip. And I just hope that yeah, I’m trying to figure that out, you know, which is probably why a new pivot is coming. But

Alex Beadon 28:39
does it also vary depending on who you’re collaborating with? So do you see big differences based on who you’re working with?

Nadalie Bardo 28:48
Yeah, so some things I’ve noticed is initially, when I first started, it was easiest to convert audiences that were bloggers, for example, or content creators. But this now that it’s the people, my collaborators who are ecommerce focus, so whether they’re digital product coaches, or Etsy coaches, or they teach people how to use Etsy how to create and sell digital products, their audience converts higher than the bloggers and the content creators. So I think once again, I’m learning that same lesson, that those who want to invest in their business, they are more likely to spend that and those who want to invest kind of on themselves. And I think it’s the sellers that have money, have money to spend and are ready to spend not as much as the bloggers and the creators who maybe the blog is more just like a hobby. And yeah, they would like traffic but they’re not as like this is what I’m These are mostly assumptions, but it is kind of based on the conversion rates of the types of webinars. I also make sure that I have strict minimum subscriber list rules. So if you have less than 5000 subscribers, we’re not doing a lot Have an AR, because it’s just not going to convert, I would even say like 10k needs to be my new, my new low. Like, if you don’t have more than 10 ks 1000 subscribers, there’s no point, you know, there is a point, but it’s like we’re doing this live and it’s a lot of energy. So. But like I said, I’m like, these are lessons I’m learning. And I can be more strategic about the types of partners I want to seek out. So if I want to seek out digital product coaches, or then I need to strategically find them. So how am I going to do that I actually have been having my VA make a master list of experts. So every time I see a summit, I’m literally send her the link. And I’m like, add all these people to our spreadsheet. So I have a spreadsheet of probably like 1000. Experts at this point with listing exactly what they’re experts on. So my plan in the new year is to actually strategically reach out to all of them, and try to have a webinar every single week. And I think now that I have the credibility, I can say, yeah, like I’ve partnered with some pretty big names, I hosted a summit that brought in whatever, whatever that kind of credibility, I think can open doors. Whereas I’ve been relying most on connections to open doors. That’s my assumption.

Alex Beadon 31:25
What I love about you is that, and I hope everyone is paying attention to this is that you are paying such close attention to the markets, you’re listening to the trends that are coming back to you, you’re paying attention to what’s working and what’s not working, you’re making tweaks along the way, you understand that as your business ages, things aren’t going to be the same. And that’s okay. And you’re making tweaks along the way to strengthen your position without taking it personally, you know, you’re not getting angry that it’s not the bloggers who aren’t converting highest anymore. Now, it’s maybe the digital product educators that are working better, I think something that people struggle with, is they they have a business, it works. And then the market changes, you know, as it’s going to, and they start taking it personally that it must be me or whatever, you know, and it’s never you it’s just you need to pay attention to the market and provide for the market. None of us can control the market.

Nadalie Bardo 32:23
Yeah, like I know, it’s not me. Like it’s almost like when summer slump happens, I plan to make T shirts. It’s not you. It’s summer. It’s literally just summer.

Alex Beadon 32:36
I love it so much. Oh my gosh. Okay, so let’s jump into Pinterest. I my entire history with Pinterest is that I’ve kind of dabbled in it here and there. Maybe it used to work for me like 10 years ago, but I kind of have just stopped and have left it alone and have completely ignored and abandoned it. I want to know from you like what makes Pinterest unique compared to other social media platforms. And why do you love it so much for small businesses?

Nadalie Bardo 33:02
Yeah, so number one, it’s not social media. It’s a search engine. So I think that’s like one quick mindset shift we can make about Pinterest. And we don’t necessarily categorize it with social media. I think the best description is if like Instagram and Google had a baby, that baby’s name is Pinterest. And for a while there Pinterest thought that tick tock was its daddy, but it’s not. Okay. It’s Instagram. So things are kind of going back to how they used to be. Pinterest has backtracked some of the changes that pissed off creators recently. I honestly based

Alex Beadon 33:38
I don’t know what you’re talking about. Is it that they moved more into video?

Nadalie Bardo 33:41
Yeah, so they had this whole idea pin thing. They had this whole obsession with like, oh, we want people to stay on our platform not to click and get off of our platform. So they thought they were social media, when in reality, they are a search engine. So they have backtracked. And they’re like, Okay, we’re going back to how things used to be, but my conversion rates that they’re not convincing anyone. So I’m trying to convince people that Pinterest is worth your time. And I say like if you are time, strapped, like I think most of us are. And if you’re like, Okay, well, what’s a platform I can put my energy into and actually get something in return. I do believe that it’s Pinterest. And with all of us, we should put our energy into search engines, because for one, whether we’re talking about optimizing for Google or YouTube, or Pinterest, it’s all about keywords and optimizing our content. So the beautiful thing is with a search engine is like you put the work in upfront, you hit publish, and for Pinterest that you save to Pinterest or you pin it the work is done. And as long as you optimized everything properly. The search engine takes it across the whatever yard line sorry, I don’t know if I don’t know why I went to football. I don’t speak football. But you just let the search engine do the rest of the work. for you, as long as you did the work up front where I feel like with social media, the work is never done. And it’s like a hamster wheel. And you’re just like going and going and going. But I will tell you guys like I have 1000s and 1000s and 1000s and 1000s of pins on Pinterest linking to my blogs content. And I’ve pretty much barely been posting since last December and my traffic went up. So that’s when you

Alex Beadon 35:25
say barely posting, do you mean barely posting to Pinterest or barely posting to your blog? Both?

Nadalie Bardo 35:33
Why traffic is still going up. So that’s to me is the power of a search engine is once you’ve built that presence, and you have this deck of content that can be found, you will continue to be found. And some of those pins are from years ago, and people find them again, and they still click on them. Whereas I say, point like I have pins from four years ago that people still click on, like an Instagram post or a Facebook post or a tweet from four years ago that is doing anything for you today.

Alex Beadon 36:02
Absolutely not. So the next question is, and I think it ties into what we’re speaking about what is the lifecycle of a pen, because what you’re essentially saying is you create a pin, you put it out there, it lasts and lasts and lasts. Whereas on social media, you put it out there and then by next week, or maybe next month, it’s forgotten, right? So what you’re saying, essentially, is that on Pinterest, it’s more of a numbers game, because the more seeds you plant, the more findable you’ll be. So that’s why you want to keep posting, whereas on Instagram and Facebook, it’s like you want to keep posting because you want to be top of mind because people are seeing a newsfeed that’s always getting refreshed. It’s never ending.

Nadalie Bardo 36:39
Pretty much. So one you’re planting seeds, and eventually you’re going to have a beautiful forest. The other one, you’re just had to keep planting because your plant dies in 24 hours. So, um, yeah.

Alex Beadon 36:51
How long does it take to build momentum on Pinterest like so let’s take me for example, I have a ton of content. Let’s say that I decide okay, for the next month, I’m going to really focus on every single day, I’m going to post a pin and lead it back to my blog where people can sign up for my newsletter or whatever. If I’m just looking at it from like a traffic generation perspective, how long do you think it will take me having to post a pin every single day before I start to see

Nadalie Bardo 37:20
traffic? Sure. So one thing is you would want to schedule those. So it’s not like burning actual energy. You just set it up, schedule it and come back next month to schedule more.

Alex Beadon 37:33
And what do you use to schedule Do you something like later?

Nadalie Bardo 37:36
Um, you could use later I am 200,000% A fan of tailwind instead. I’ve never used later. But I’m a fan of tailwind because they were the OG Pinterest scheduler and they haven’t are powerful and that you also want to get that will help you grow. Okay. Um, but I would say that one month is not it’s that’s not commitment. So it’s like, would you give a month to Instagram? Probably not. I think people like to be a little more like, oh, it’s not it’s it’s too long. It’s not giving me anything. But I’m like, you’ve been posting on Instagram for like five years and nothing’s happened. But I would say you definitely a good good test, even four to six months. Yeah. And I’m saying a month is not long enough, because it can take three weeks to over a month for your content to even be indexed and start showing up in search engines. So a month is not a good enough test as Pinterest search results. Sorry.

Alex Beadon 38:37
Is Pinterest. Going to favor my content? The more I post? Oh, definitely.

Nadalie Bardo 38:43
I think every algorithm favors and oak rewards consistency. So yeah, I would if you have some content, I would design couple pins, couple pin templates. You want to post which you sell. Yeah, I saw pin templates. I have a Pinterest course where I teach you all the things. I have a webinar, you can sign up for that one I’ve been talking about. Yeah, maybe we can give that link because I bring up mistakes you want to avoid on Pinterest. And we go like pretty deep into SEO pin design and how to schedule your pins or what your strategy should be all in less than 60 minutes. Um,

Alex Beadon 39:24
definitely give us that link. We will include it in the show notes and description. So anyone listening who’s interested can go and check that out. For sure. I love that you said four to six months is a good test. I feel like that’s doable and like a good goal in someone’s mind. Like okay, I can commit for six months to posting once a day and I think as well you know, if you are going to commit to something like this signing up for your course and learning from someone who’s already done it is only going to help you because like why do something halfheartedly

Nadalie Bardo 39:51
yeah and just make sure you’re doing it properly. Okay, so we’re not just posting randomly. You need to know how to use keywords you need to make sure your graphics are on point and you need to make sure you’re scheduling properly and not breaking the Pinterest rules. So that’s why you should watch my masterclass. I lay it all out for you. So yeah, the time alone is not a good enough test, you need to make sure you’re doing it properly.

Alex Beadon 40:15
Love it, love it.

Nadalie Bardo 40:18
Okay, suddenly I posted and nothing happened, I’ll be like, bro, or do what do you do?

Alex Beadon 40:24
Properly? No. So one of the things I’m always telling my clients is to look at their online business in three different categories. One is lead generation, lead, nurturing, and lead selling. And so I want to speak to you a little bit about those three things for you. The first one I think we know the answer to, but maybe not what is your top strategy for growing your email list?

Nadalie Bardo 40:47
I will say like, if I look to see what the biggest spikes are, it’s definitely some sort of collaboration. So whether it’s a joint webinar or whether it’s I just did a summit whether you know, I’m hosting a summit or hosting a live bootcamp, these are the big, big jumps in subscribers, right? Like I’m over 20,000 right now.

Alex Beadon 41:10
Amazing. And I just want to highlight that to everyone, because I always say the exact same thing I’m like, if you have some kind of live events that people can sign up for and get excited about that, for me as well is the number one way to grow my email list. So I’m happy to hear that. Next up is lead nurturing. I’m really curious, like, what are you doing on a regular basis to be in touch with your audience? You know, how often are you sending out emails? Are you on Instagram? I know you are. What are you regularly committed to posting and nurturing your audience?

Nadalie Bardo 41:44
I’d say that this was probably the one that I’m not being the best at. My strategy used to be and I hope to get back to this after I survived my Summit, was that I would create a new YouTube video every Friday. So it was something that people look forward to a whole new training. When I get back to it. I’m going to probably start with a podcast that will also be a YouTube video. So I think like just giving value every week like little tip little some. But right now they’re saying occupied with live events. So I just wrapped a five day Pinterest bootcamp where I was live twice a day had 1800 signups. Yeah, like it’s at the point now that I’ve started reaching out for event sponsors for things like that. So that’s like a new way to collaborate with companies, you know, instead of just individuals, which is really fun. So I’d say live events are a really fun way to like grow your list, but also engage the list you have simultaneously, I think, is a fun one. And then some type of weekly content, like some consistency, something they can rely on, you know,

Alex Beadon 42:57
and in between your live events. Are you sending out emails?

Nadalie Bardo 43:03
Um, let’s see. Yeah, either promoting my event or other people’s events. Yeah, it’s just Alright, like, before the bootcamp, I was promoting a live webinar that I was doing. So I try to always make sure like, even though I’m traveling, and I will be honest, I’m probably not as not as consistent as I should be. Or it could be. But I know that like, when I show up, I show up. So I give myself grace that, okay, I didn’t email for a couple of weeks. But you know, we’re talking when we’re allowed to be tired.

Alex Beadon 43:37
That is so true, we’re allowed to be tired. And I think the important thing is like, it’s what you said there around giving yourself compassion and giving yourself grace. And it’s like, it’s okay. Like, I’m not gonna beat myself up about it, it is what it is. And now for lead, selling what has worked best for you from a sales and marketing perspective to bring in new sales.

Nadalie Bardo 43:59
I would say it’s a combination of the collaborating, but also just having like the funnel, so having a sales funnel, and eat like, particularly probably the emails is the most important. So that’s like, you sign up for a freebie, what happens, you see a thank you offer, you’re added to the funnel, where I’m telling you to sign up for the free webinar or what happens when you sign up for the webinar, you go through a lovely nine email sequence, you don’t buy, there’s a down sell, you know, like it’s just all set, you know, sweet and easy. So I think having those introduction pathways that lead to sales and let people know what you’re offering, because even if they don’t, by that time, you’re gonna be launching over and over and over again, right. So no, I think having emails a sales funnel. That’s it.

Alex Beadon 44:55
And when you are creating those emails, Are you the kind of business owner who created them? and just kind of lesson there? Or are you the person who’s going and like looking at the open rate, looking at the click through rate tweaking them to test them to try to make them better? Like how optimized are your funnels?

Nadalie Bardo 45:10
Yeah, so the ones that are for the webinar, because like I said, I do that webinar, like every month, so I tweaked the webinar, I tweaked the emails, so they just get better and better. There was a point where I even got the collaborators to send me screenshots of their click through and open rates. And I had a spreadsheet where I literally looked at the numbers and all the worst performing headlines got like rewritten, the emails get rewritten constantly. I might rewrite them again. Like I feel like sometimes you just got to shake it up. And don’t let it get too stale.

Alex Beadon 45:47
I agree. But I’m glad that I’m glad to hear that you’re like looking at what’s performing well, what’s not. And I think that can be overwhelming for some people. But even if you just look at the worst performing emails, and just make tweaks to that, like, that’s good enough. So glad to hear that. And then I’d love to hear from you. What would you say to someone who wants to have a digital product, but doesn’t exactly know where to start? Like, maybe they have the idea? They know what kind of course they want to have. But they’re like, is this going to be worth my time? Should I do this? I’m feeling really afraid. I’m worried people will judge me. What advice do you have for those people?

Nadalie Bardo 46:24
Yeah, I’m just do it anyways, like, who cares? If people judge you? What is the literal worst thing that could happen? People judge you anyways, people judge you for just existing, it’s kind of just their thing, you know, um, I would say, push through the muck, like, literally just push through the feelings, and just reading the line. You know, you could even lie to yourself that you’re, I’m just writing it down, I’m not actually going to do it. And then, you know, figure out what the next step is, like, oh, maybe I’ll actually create this product. Or maybe I’ll start playing around in Canva. And make it pretty or maybe just work on like, slot. It’s a little like, I don’t know, you can Loki lie to yourself that you’re not actually doing it, and then realize you’re actually doing it. Because I think sometimes when you put the pressure on yourself that I’m doing the thing. You might like chicken out so like, yeah, like even. And I think there’s also something to be said about, like, just letting it flow and letting it happen. Um, so if you ever feel inspired, just just write it, write it out, or, you know, record something like, Don’t doesn’t have to be like labor. You know? I don’t know if that makes sense. That might be a bad answer. Sorry. No, I

Alex Beadon 47:39
love that answer. Essentially, you’re saying just do it. Don’t let the fear stop you take action, even if it’s messy action. And don’t worry so much about the end results. Just take forward action steps, which I love. Natalie, thank you so much. I’ve absolutely loved having you. I feel so inspired myself to lean more into collaborations like I’m definitely anti-collaboration. And I have loved hearing how you do it. And I’m so glad that you’ve been so open and honest and shared so much with us today. I know that our audience has thoroughly enjoyed it as well. So thank you so much. Before we wrap up, can you share with everyone where they can find you online?

Nadalie Bardo 48:18
For sure. So I am at Natalie Bardot. And that’s Natalie with a D. on everything. Literally, if you just search my first name, you will find me there’s not many of us. But yeah, you can find me at Natalie Bartow on every platform. And yeah, that’s you’ll put links right.

Alex Beadon 48:39
Perfect. Thank you so much, Natalie. If you made it this far into the episode, I want to say a huge thank you for listening. Please take a moment to head on over to Instagram. You can find me at Alex Beadon and send me a DM What did you think of this episode? What were your big takeaways? I love when this is a two way conversation. So I’m really looking forward to hopefully hearing from you remember that, you know, we’re all human. And this is just so much more fun when I get to hear from you guys. So I’m really looking forward to hearing from you. Other than that, just reminding you again that we are switching up the podcast from one episode a week to one episode every two weeks. So you will be hearing from me again right here on season two of On Purpose. Alex Beadon in two weeks’ time and I very much look forward to it. I’ll talk to you soon. Can’t wait to share all that we have going on behind the scenes. Keep an eye out because it’s juicy

S2 Ep.23 – How Sonia Rodriguez Transformed Her Online Business

Dive into this powerhouse episode as I speak to a trailblazer in online entrepreneurship, Sonia Rodriguez, who spills her secrets on scaling her business to unprecedented heights. If you’re a goal-getter craving info on business scaling, time management, content marketing, and work-life integration, this is for you!

What’s Inside:

  • Why living in a country other than the US (or speaking another language that’s not English) isn’t a barrier of entry to the online business world
  • How Sonia has set up her business: offers, launch schedule, etc.
  • The daily rituals that have helped Sonia stay present in her life
  • Some golden nuggets on daily rituals that keep Sonia grounded and present
  • The role that content creation has played in her business
  • How Sonia’s team has been set up and how she’s been able to involve her family into her business
  • Sonia’s secrets to time management
  • The support systems that Sonia has set up to make her work/life more balanced
  • Sonia’s experience with TWL

Whether you’re a seasoned online entrepreneur or just dipping your toes in, you’ll love this one!

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Transcript Available Below

Alex Beadon 0:03
So you want to scale your online business while purposely prioritizing your most joyful, free and luxurious life. This Podcast is your weekly dose of connection and self reflection. As you set strategic intentions along the way, it’s time to prime your mind embrace your pace and take consistent action towards creating what you truly want from your online business without sacrificing the small moments all around you that are so worth treasuring. So, take a deep breath, relax, and let’s get you back to where you belong. On purpose. You’re listening to season two episode 23 of on purpose with Alex Beadon. I’m your host Alex Beadon. And today we’re doing a deep dive with the phenomenal Sonia Rodriguez. Sonia is a mentor professional networker, and a mom of two. She is the founder of academia scene exclusive is the first membership in Spanish that brings together hundreds of women from the Hispanic community who belong to different network marketing companies. Her mission is to help her community get more sales and team members, and she also helps them work on their personal brand on social media. If you’ve ever thought that living outside of the US or not speaking English could hold you back. You’ll want to glue your ears to this episode where Sonia debunks that myth and reveals why borders are no barriers in the online realm. But that’s not all want to take a peek into Sonia’s business playbook. She spills the beans on her launch schedule and how she lines up her offers, which is pure gold for those of you who are looking to streamline your business. Sonia is not all about business. Oh, she’s a master at life too. She shares the daily rituals that keep her rooted and her secret sauce to staying grounded which might surprise you. Now, are you curious about the magic that content creation can create within your business? Wait until you hear Sonia share just how important content creation has been for her business. And it gets even juicy. Here. She shares how she’s been able to involve her family and her business and unpack something I’m always so curious to hear other online entrepreneurs share, which is how they spend their time and manage their time in a way that allows them to rock both business and life. The cherry on top, Sonia reveals the support system that keeps her work life balance in perfect harmony, and gives an insider view of her experience with together relaunch. You don’t want to miss the chance to learn from Sonos incredible journey. So lean in, take notes and get ready to supercharge your online business. I’m Alex feeding your favorite launch strategist and your guide to the online business world. I’ve had an online business selling digital products since 2011. And I’ve been helping online businesses scale through launching since 2016. I’ve been featured in Forbes and entrepreneur and I’ve worked with clients ranging from solopreneurs to multi million dollar small businesses. Here at Tim Beadon. We pride ourselves on being the industry leading destination for all things launch strategy. Our 12 month program together we launch teaches our signature rinse and repeat launch strategy that has helped course creators and membership owners from all over the world to have their best launches yet. Our goal is to give you the tools to create a wildly profitable online business while prioritizing your most joyful life so that you can truly experience time, freedom, location, freedom, and financial freedom. Let’s jump into today’s episode with Sonia.

Sonia, welcome. I’m so glad that you’re here. And so excited to get to speak to you about your business and about all that you’ve accomplished. Thank you so much for taking the time to be here with us today. Oh my gosh. Thank you. Thank you, Alex. It’s such an honor. I’ve been following you for years. And I’ve been listening to your podcasts as well for years. And I feel this is like a huge thing. Because Wow, you are giving us all the time, all the value. And now be here with you. I feel so, so amazing. Thank you. Oh, thank you so much. And that means so much to us as well. So for anyone who is listening, I’d love for you to share who you are you talk to us about your business and how you got into what you’re doing now.

Sonia Rodriguez 4:30
Yeah, thank you Alex. Well, I am a network marketing mentor. And I am also a network marketing professional as well. So I have two businesses, okay. And I teach in my business I teach women in network marketing, how to increase their sales, using their own brand in social media media, all in social media using mainly Facebook and Instagram so they can live the lifestyle that they Want, and I have my main program, which is my membership. And in that membership, I teach them how to sell using social media. I give them every month digital course with 50 modules, and they receive exactly what to post how to sell the scripts for their reels, the scripts for their live videos, I give them PDFs, PDFs, format tools. We teach about leadership and build them with each system, how they can present their business with organic things using Facebook groups, so they can be prospecting every month without suffering. They also receive leadership training, mindset training, we have this big community in our Facebook group as well. And there are so many things.

Alex Beadon 5:57
That’s amazing. And is that your one and only program? Or do you have other offers as well?

Sonia Rodriguez 6:03
I have two other offers. But my main offer, and the offer that I launch? Three times a year is my membership.

Alex Beadon 6:12
And how much does the membership cost?

Sonia Rodriguez 6:15
It cost $99 per month, and nine 997 yearly. And when I started with you, it was $59. So yeah, I increase the price. That’s so amazing. I’m so glad to hear that I always love when people raise their prices and like yes, add more value, make more money, serve at a better capacity. That’s so great to hear. I just made 22 on our membership. Wow. So up and up and up. So question for you, because I get a lot of people messaging me from other countries in the world. Where do you live?

I live in a city called Tampico, Tamaulipas in Mexico.

Alex Beadon 6:57
So being someone who lives in Mexico, did you when you first got started, feel afraid to go into the online world. Because a lot of the people who message me they say, Oh, I can’t because I live in this other country. And they don’t speak English here. And I have to be able to speak English in order to make money and I can be able to charge and my my currency, etc, etc. There’s a lot of concern around being in another country, not being able to charge American dollars, etc. So I’d love for you to talk to us about what that journey has been like for you.

Sonia Rodriguez 7:34
Well, it was it was never a thing for me. I mean, I never, I never thought oh my gosh, this will be so hard because I english is not my native language, because all my problems are in Spanish. But I will say this. When you have a patient, when you know what their purpose is, and we as mentors, as teachers, we love to impact will have to bring the value to the people and the language and the country. Why could that be a thing or a challenge. And in fact, our business is international. So as long as your program is in the language that your niche is, so yeah, that’s, that’s okay. Because the people, people will connect with you. People would connect with your energy and with the transformation with the power of your story, not with the language or where the country that you are living in. So I would say, Julio in another country, you have a purpose, you have a passion for teaching, for serving and for impacting people, then just go and do it.

Alex Beadon 8:48
I think what you just said is going to be so inspiring to so many people who are listening all around the world just knowing that like you don’t have to live in the US. And English does not have to be your first language in order for you to create a successful online business and you are living proof of that. So thank you for sharing that with us. So I would love for you to talk to me a little bit about you know, you have this one main program. What is your business model like right now in terms of launching and evergreen?

Sonia Rodriguez 9:22
I have three main launches per year and two mini launches. And I haven’t been able to have my evergreen Altera as fancy and professional. But I’m trying I only have like a couple of reels that are doing the Sale in Evergreen with many chat with about called me and that’s it.

Alex Beadon 9:50
So right now you’re launching You said three main launches per year and too many launches per year. And how has that been for you in terms of your energy And the actual enjoyment of going through a launch. A lot of times people, you know, they say launching is so stressful and there’s so much to do. And that’s true. There’s a lot to do. How have you gotten it to a point where you’ve been able to launch, whether it’s big launches or small launches now five times a year, and not get burned out? What is the secret to that?

Sonia Rodriguez 10:23
Well, I will say this is that I protect my energy, I try to protect my energy a lot. You know, I, I read once that our life is like a game, like a game where you are with five goals. And the first ball is your business or career job. The second one is your family. The third one relationships, health and your spiritual life. And you’re juggling with these five balls all the time. But you will soon find that the first wall, which is your career, business is probably around. So if it was then it will bounce back, but the other four are made of glass. So if they drop, then they will never be the same. So I know we have a business. I know it is sometimes stressful to have a business. But the thing that we really said is our energy. And if you don’t have energy, then your lunch will suffer. So every day I tried to practice I became ritual woman, and the hard way. Because maybe two or three years ago, I got sick, I got really burnt out, I was overwhelmed. I had tacky cardio, I was not in a good mood. So my sales were not doing very good. And my doctor told me so need you need to reduce the stress level, you have these because of the stress. And so I became a ritual woman. And so I started doing many things.

Alex Beadon 12:05
I would love for you to share with us some of the things that you’ve been doing in order to reduce your stress and feel better from a well being perspective. Every entrepreneur is different. And anything that you could share with us that has worked for you. I’m sure it would be beneficial.

Sonia Rodriguez 12:20
Yeah, I’ve been trying for many years, to be consistent with exercise. And that’s something that is never, I never accomplished like very well. And I don’t know my knees, hearts on my back and many things. So about one year ago, I started a program, a 30 minute exercise program very early in the morning. Sometimes it’s 5am. Sometimes it’s 6am. With a personal trainer, that’s the only thing that has worked with me so early in the morning. It’s my personal trainer and me. Sometimes there are other girls, as well. But that is really given me the discipline of the exercise, which of course, helps a lot with the energy. I also am a girl of candles. And I love journaling. I still just a notebook to journal, and I love meditation. Sometimes I repeat affirmations like crazy. I love. I have two kids and we drop them. One of the things that I do every day is that me my husband and I would go to take our children to school. My because my husband now works with me. That’s another accomplished accomplishment. So we take our children to school and sometimes I tell him hey, let’s go to the beach. Let’s just go to wall to the beach because I don’t have any songs this morning. So just let’s go to the beach and we walk and I repeat affirmations like crazy. Yeah, I know. Oh, this kind of thing that helps me a lot.

Alex Beadon 13:58
That’s so beautiful. I’d love to know when you are journaling. What does a journaling session look like for you? Do you just kind of like write down whatever comes into your head and it’s like a brain dump or are you doing like gratitude? How does your How do you journal?

Sonia Rodriguez 14:14
I just so many things. Alex is not like step by step. This is how the way you’re now sometimes I write for example today, right? I’m so excited and nervous because I’m coming this interview with Alex. And I’m so grateful because my son today he he stage doubles or Thank you Thank you. Thank you God because today is a great day. Again because thank you because I am grateful for this day. Thank you because I’m ready for the next step in my business. Thank you because I have clarity. And journaling writing also helped me to take decisions. And for example, I was reading that last year, I was very stressed about something that now means nothing to me. And I was very, very, very nervous. And so yeah, journaling is one thing that helped me to really, sometimes ask God, I believe in God. And I asked God, that, what do you think? Should I do this? Or should I do that? I’m confused? Is this the right way it will be my business. This is the right way with my children. I’m so worried because I’m unwell, blah, blah, blah. I write whatever, whatever is, in my mind. Not like a special step by step.

Alex Beadon 15:34
And is it physical, you’re physically writing it or typing, it’s physical.

Sonia Rodriguez 15:39
I’ve tried, I try. I’ve tried also, in apps. Yeah, I still prefer the old fashioned way. And do journal every day. I try to do that everything at least five times, every week,

Alex Beadon 15:54
I find that journaling is one of the things that makes the biggest difference for me in how I feel and how I relate to my goals. And it just kind of like gives your life a voice. And it gets all the energy that’s kind of like bouncing around and just refines it and clarifies it. So I’m, I’m super interested in people’s journaling habits. So thank you so much for sharing. Thank you, I’d love to know what role your content has played in your success.

Sonia Rodriguez 16:25
Such a big impact my content, I love creating content, even when I when I don’t do that every every day, I produce a lot of my content, I have at least one piece of content in my Instagram, and in my Facebook, Facebook every day, it is the same content. I do my strategy of content is this one piece of content every day. And once a week, one life. And I do this in a lot of platforms. At the same time, I use this stream yard tool called stream yard, in stream yard, I can go live at the same time in my Facebook profile, Facebook page, groups, and even YouTube. And then I have my telephone. With Instagram, sometimes I have extra fun. So the last piece of content and I go live in all these platforms at least once a week, I write to my list, also minimum once a week. And the impact of my content is that people really, my niche, of course really loves the value that I eat. I’m always trying to give value like Deeps. Like, for example, yesterday, I sent my list the notes of a big event that I attended and said they reply to me Oh, thank you. This is amazing. I believe that our account by file and a PDF, and yeah, my content helps me to have this like, and trust factor. And also the DMS I’m not answering all the time. But I love also to be me who is in my Instagram, replying the messages. Okay, so

Alex Beadon 18:26
you said that you’re posting once a day to Instagram, you’re posting the same thing to Facebook. It’s not always new content, a lot of it is recycled older contents. You’re also posting to your newsletter. How often are you sending out an email to your newsletter? Once a week? Okay, so once a week, and then do you have a podcast or YouTube channel or anything like that?

Sonia Rodriguez 18:50
No, in fact, my my goal this year is to have my own website. Now not just to channel and I am feeling very attracted to have my own podcast as well. But maybe

Alex Beadon 19:03
next week, we’ll see we’ll see how it unfolds. That’s awesome. So how do you manage it right now in terms of content creation, scheduling things out, etc? Are you doing it? Do you have the support of a team? Talk to me a little bit about that?

Sonia Rodriguez 19:19
Yeah, I love my team. Because sometimes I don’t create content for a long time. But you will see every day a piece of content in my in my feet. We use Post Planner to schedule the things and I love to batch content. For example, right now, we are preparing for lunch. So in my schedule I already now I have two days to two whole days to prepare content. So I know that I told my team Hey, we are going to have the girls I mean hey we are going out and we are going To film reels in the beach, and in the lagoon and downtown, and I know that all those reels and law, maybe I will do the one minute pre recorded videos, or maybe one hour of video so that they can have many short 1 million minute videos. Yeah,

Alex Beadon 20:22
so you’re doing it with the help of your team? How many? How many team members do you have?

Sonia Rodriguez 20:28
Three and me four, we have four. And my husband, who is also very involved in the financial things, because I just do all those things. And all those things really distract me. So he’s now in charge of seeing all the things with our accountant like bookkeeping, like paying the girls like bank accounts, like all the things with technology as well. And yeah, very happy that he’s working with us.

Alex Beadon 20:58
That’s awesome. So that’s your husband, you and then three other women. What are the three other women do?

Sonia Rodriguez 21:05
Well, one of them is like, Laura. She’s like, the CEOs. Like she’s managing all the things abroad. And the other two girls. Two girls are my sisters. Okay. And they learn with me about all these things we’ll be learning together. Yeah, one of them is in charge of all the brands of all the posting. And the other one is in charge of all the graphics, the PDFs, and all the things. And then we have another group, which is part time. The only work of these, these girls, Mary is sending the emails, so I write the emails and she is in charge of sending the email, I write the emails in notion because I learn finally learn to use notion. And yeah, she she, she has access to the notion as well. And she is sending the emails, she sends the emails.

Alex Beadon 22:09
Amazing. I love hearing that you have so many family members on your team.

Sonia Rodriguez 22:14
Yeah, so cool. Oh, yeah, we are working as a team. And yeah, it has really helped us a lot.

Alex Beadon 22:24
Yeah, we have a few people like that. And together we launch who are working with family members are like working with their husband. It’s a very interesting dynamic. A quick break in the show to let you know that if you are someone who has an online course or membership site with sales under your belt, and you are looking to scale what you’re already doing and get more students into your course, then now’s the time to head on over to Instagram and send me a DM with the word launching. So that we can start that conversation and chat about how I can help you. You can find me on Instagram at Alex beaten, like I said, just DM me the words launching. And let’s start that conversation. So I’d love for you to talk to us about how you manage your time as a CEO, as a business owner as a leader. You know, you have technically two businesses that you’re working on how do you manage both of them? What are your your secrets of time management’s?

Sonia Rodriguez 23:22
Okay, time management is one of the things that I’m most passionate about. And really, I’ve I had a lot of help from you with my bank management. So I get up very early every morning. I love getting up early 5am And sometimes I stay in bed, because I am practicing prayer and gratitude. And before you know, I visualize my day I journal at six o’clock I go to my my routine exercise routine. After that six study, I prepare myself and I prepare my little kid because his five for school breakfast and all the things then we drop them at school. So at 830 I am in here my office in house ready to work. My zooms, I always scheduled zooms and my team knows I always scheduled zooms 910 11 Sometimes 12 Navin after that because I think energy is not like so high. And I work in my main business which is my brand. Then until my last call, okay. And right before that I have one hour that I call it power hour. And that power hour is only to prospect and to do like a one piece of content do some follow ups for my network marketing business. Sometimes I do that with my team, even we think we have some power hours. And then we have, and then I begin with all my stones, okay, after 5pm I, I cannot schedule anything because my kids come home. And then we have, we eat, we prepare things. My husband cooks, he loves cooking. We have delhivery meal service once or twice a week here calm. And at night, sometimes at night, when I already paid with my kids. And we did all the things sometimes I returned to my office, but that’s not very often. I can call night. But most of the time is because I have network marketing things with my team.

Alex Beadon 25:56
I love the fact that you’re a mom, I remember when you joined together we launch and this is a story that you shared as well, of having your office in the bedroom of your son’s Do you remember that? Yes. Like, am I making that up? That was a thing, wasn’t it?

Sonia Rodriguez 26:15
Because it was the only room in my in my department that had a door. So yeah, that was the only place in because our other room had a television. So they were always watching television. And I needed a place a silent place. So yeah, it was in my in my son through. But now they have their own room. Now we have another room. Because we were house because of the lunches.

Alex Beadon 26:45
I know that makes it that’s like literally one of my favorite stories, favorite success stories of together we launch is that you were able to buy a house because of your successful launch. And be able to move your family into this dream home and have your own space, which is so powerful and sacred for the work that you’re doing in the world. That’s amazing. I want to ask you about in terms of being a mother and also having to manage like the family and everything that’s going on. Do you have extra support at home? Whether that’s a housekeeper? Or you know, I know you said you order meal sometimes? What extra help do you have?

Sonia Rodriguez 27:27
Okay, my husband is a super extraction. Now that he is with us. He cooks, he cooks four times a week and amazing.

And we have delivery delivery meal service. Sometimes we have also cleaning service here in the house, not every day and not all the time. Because our older son he is responsible for many things, and we do many things. I clean my kitchen. I think that’s all I do. Sometimes I make them. But I’m not like doing many hours doing things in house. The thing that we do are very intentional, because we want to do them with the kids. Sometimes what we wanted to cook with us, we want them to learn how to make their beds, how to clean their closets. We have this very fancy washing machine that almost do everything. And my older son he is in charge of folding the clothes.

Alex Beadon 28:36
So I love that.

Sonia Rodriguez 28:38
And yeah, for example, this Friday, we will have like a special event here in the house. And tomorrow we will have someone that will come and help clean house.

Alex Beadon 28:51
That’s fantastic. So I want to talk a little bit about together relaunch. I know we touched on it a little. But I’d like for you to share with us how was your business before together relaunch and after? What was that transformation like for you?

Sonia Rodriguez 29:08
I love to talk about this topic because we’ve worked with a relaunch. I didn’t really knew what I was doing. I was launching but without knowing exactly what the launch was. What my goal was. I didn’t know what exactly challenge to do. And I was making different challenges every time and I was myself preparing all the PDFs and all the emails and all the things that launch was for me at the time now. And my business started I started my business Alex my membership, actually six years ago, okay. And it was all organic. I didn’t know that even the word launch existed. I just created a community and Facebook. And I told them, okay, $20 per month. So yeah, that’s the way it started. So I really didn’t know about this concept of, hey, you will have a period of time where you will make more money. So that was the biggest breakthrough at the beginning. doing that. I had 30,000 launches. But then when to get when I joined together, we launch I doubled, and I had my first 60,000 launch. So I was very excited for that. Because I before together, we launch I had no structure, I didn’t know what to do. I was so stressed, because I was doing all the things. And since I was stressed, also, I stressed my team. I was a bottleneck on my on my own business. I was having them working even on Sundays, like at night. Let’s change this. I wasn’t, I didn’t know the phrase. It’s better done than perfect. I didn’t know that phrase. I didn’t know the phrase. I decide my bike. I didn’t know those phrases that have been so impactful for me. And that I helped me me a lot now with my lunches after together we launch.

Alex Beadon 31:32
I want to know how, what inspired you to sign up for together we launch like, what? How did you hear about together relaunch? What made you be like, Oh, I think I should do this.

Sonia Rodriguez 31:43
I may do I love this story. I may do because I hear one interview that Nadia Melton Navya, she’s my network marketing mentor. Okay, so I went to a retreat, I met here. And then I listened to one of her lives, and she was interviewing you. And I immediately connected with you in that interview. And we were talking about Project stories. So if we can do fan breaks, oh my gosh, this leader is selling so much. And with all the positives in the world, and now is one of my routines. And I got a wonder learn from her. I want to know, how is she doing all of her things together? How is possible that she has these nice energy? What is she doing? And so I I realized that you had this podcast and and then you do do the the ship to the launches. And I was oh my gosh, this is such a great news. She’s going to teach the world how is she doing all these launches, big launches, I want to learn. And in that time, my economy was not very good. But I I thought I will do whatever I will do whatever I want to know more about about together we launch. And in fact, I applied the first time, but was not not accepted. But then in the second round, yes, it was accepted. And it was so happy. So excited. I I felt in my heart that I really had to be there.

Alex Beadon 33:30
I love there’s so many people who say I applied the first time I didn’t get in the first time I up leveled my game I applied again, I was able to get in the second time. Like I just think that’s so number one. It’s great. It’s interesting, but it’s also such a testament to the types of people that are applying for together relaunch and the type of character that you are that you’re like, I am going to continue to try for this. I’m going to continue to raise my game like I love that part of the story. It’s so cool. Have you been able to take the together we launch launch strategy and use it again and again. Since leaving together we launch?

Sonia Rodriguez 34:11
Yes, of course. That’s the way I launch every time. I use the reins. I repeat the strategy every time and whenever I feel stress, because of course I am not perfect and I haven’t developed all the skills. But whenever I feel stressed, I remember your your rewards. Remember it is like a layer. Okay. And every launch, you’re going to be improving and are they adding or deleting or changing things? You don’t have to do all the things during this launch. You can you can change later. Okay, don’t doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s better done than perfect. That’s like my mantra I use it every time. Every time I launch, I review my notes, I review my notion with all the things that I have in there. What is missing? What What else can I do? And all the emails that you gave us, I use them all the time.

Alex Beadon 35:20
God, I’m so glad to hear that, like what

Sonia Rodriguez 35:23
to do each week. And I resist the temptation to that I had before. Before I just say, oh my gosh, I’m gonna launch next month. Yeah, I’m gonna. I know, that’s not the way it works. It’s so strategy. Many things need to happen before. And I love also that mindset that, okay, let’s launch and let’s see what happens. No, because as you haven’t strategies you already know. And you have the like the formula, okay to know, sometimes it works very well, sometimes you will exceed that formula, sometimes. No, but it’s okay. Because it’s part of being an intrapreneur. It’s like, fun to launch every, every time.

Alex Beadon 36:15
I love that you said that it’s fun to launch every time each launch is its own unique individual experience that you get to go on this journey to find your perfect people to invite them into your offer. And you know what a joy it is and what a blessing it is for us to be able to show up and magnetize the right people to us and be able to deliver this incredible experience to them. That just makes me so happy because that’s exactly what together we launch is all about creating is, you know, let’s bring together these launchers who are all using the exact same launch strategy. And let’s have fun together and see this, as you know, it’s not just this one launch that matters. This is one launch of many, and you have many opportunities to take the lessons from this launch, and use them again and again. Moving forward. What was the most unexpected thing that you learned from being together? We launched her?

Sonia Rodriguez 37:10
Oh, so many things. I didn’t know that you were delivering so much value. Okay, that was unexpected. And I was really impressed. Okay. There are so many things that I love about together we launch but I’m gonna say this. I love that you share what is it that you do in your own launches with your own team, the way you work with your own team. That way that also Laura is with us. I love all those things. Because that’s really like, like, like teaching from your heart and from your boneta vulnerabilities as well. Things that work for you things that didn’t work for you. And you share all that was all with us. I was very impressed that you gave us all the scripts for the emails and all the social media exactly what to post, I was very impressed as well, of the wellness energy that you have, during the launches, the meditations that I still do. The launching meditations, they connect with your vision, meditation. And I was also very impressed of the community. The community is really amazing. The weather will launch community, I was a little bit like I felt I felt like I was not like in at the same level of the girls. When I saw when I saw their goals. I thought oh my gosh, I’m not near their goal at 16 launches. I don’t know there’s a lot of money. I don’t know if I am ready for that. Maybe this is not the program I should have joined. But as soon as I realized it was a mindset thing. And when I saw that my main door was part of the together we launch membership. That also made me feel like a little bit nervous. But now know what once we start doing all the exercises, and I started seeing all the things I was so happy and feel so part of the community. And that really helped me to expand my mind. You know, because one day you cannot do a six figure launch if you have 5000 mindset. So that community was very helpful in order for me to stretch my mind as well.

Alex Beadon 39:53
So in your first launch with together re launch you had a $60,000 launch. The launch after that was Data $100,000 launch four months

Sonia Rodriguez 40:02
after, yeah, because I learned, I launched high

Alex Beadon 40:09
ticket, I think a ticket,

Sonia Rodriguez 40:10
high ticket that I was, I didn’t, I didn’t feel ready for that because I was selling $59 product. And then I changed to 1000 product. And but yeah, I have my first six figure launch. And I’ve had multiple six figure launches since then.

Alex Beadon 40:34
Amazing. I’m so glad to hear that. Congratulations on all of your success. It’s, I love like just listening to the way that you infuse intention into your everyday life. And you know, even just the way that you start your day, the way that you are intentional with your family and what you’re teaching your sons and the how you’ve built your your family into your team, it seems like you are just creating such a beautiful existence. And I’m so so happy for you. So congratulations.

Sonia Rodriguez 41:05
Thank you, Alex, for all the help and for all the inspiration that you are bringing us every day.

Alex Beadon 41:11
Before we finish, is there anything that you would like to share that I didn’t ask you about? But you feel like you really want to share with the audience?

Sonia Rodriguez 41:20
Yes, I want to say that if you are like hesitating to join in together, we launched like thinking, oh my gosh, a lot of money or is that for me, or whatever. I just want to suggest you to apply. And then to see. And I will suggest you to sit down, have your piece of paper and write again, your vision. What did you really want in your life has one beautiful life of your day, maybe you want to be you who is taking your kids to the school, or maybe you want to spend the day at the beach or maybe you want to pay your house or be an investor as one of my dreams. Whatever you want to do write your vision, but go go deeper and go deeper and deeper in your vision. What does that? What does that money really mean for you? What is it that you really want? For example, I right now have a big vision to have more my parents, okay, my dad was just diagnosed with dementia, that I say that correctly. And so I want to spend more time with them. I want to be able to bring more experiences to my father and to my mother as well. And cow cow will I be able to do that. My business is the vehicle. So my recommendation for you is sit down reservation go go deeper, go deeper, go deeper and have a plan. And in your plan if your plan is to have big launches, then Alex Beadon I have them are the ones that will help you. Not out.

Alex Beadon 43:01
Thank you so much, Sonia. I’m so sorry to hear about your father. I can only imagine how difficult that is. But I’m sending you and your family lots of love. And he’s very lucky to have you in his life. I want to ask you if anyone is listening and they want to learn more about you where’s the best place for them to find you?

Sonia Rodriguez 43:23
Instagram. DM me in my Instagram account.

Alex Beadon 43:27
Thank you so much for sharing Sonia. We really appreciate having you here. Thank you so much for listening to today’s show. I hope you loved it as much as I did. Just a quick reminder that if you are someone who has an online course or membership site with sales under your belt and you are looking to scale what you are already doing, send me a DM with the word launching over on Instagram. And let’s get to talking. I’d love to have a conversation with you about it. Again, thank you so much for listening to this podcast. I respect the time we shared together here and I can’t wait for you to listen to the next episode. Wishing you love leads and full acceptance. It’s Alex Beadon signing out.


S2 Ep.21 – Pattern Making to Profit Making: Tricia Camacho’s Success with Membership Sites

Have you ever imagined turning a real-life skill into a profitable membership site? Tricia Camacho, the entrepreneurial genius behind Creative Costume Academy, made it happen. In this compelling episode of ‘On Purpose with Alex Beadon,’ we’re diving into the unconventional journey of a Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group costume builder turned online business owner.

Tricia is here to dispel the myth that you can only make money in online business if you teach sales and marketing! Tune in as we dissect her inspiring transformation, how she has successfully cultivated a thriving membership site in less than three years, and the road she traveled to find her tribe online. We’ll also tackle the mistakes that cost her years of profitability, her money mindset, and her experiences within ‘Together We Launch.’

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or a newbie in the online space, this episode is a gold mine of insights. Listen in as we challenge preconceptions, address the necessity of a solid mindset, and show that success in the online business world isn’t exclusive to sales and marketing. Join us and get ready to see the online business space in a new, refreshing light!

After listening, I’d love to hear your biggest takeaways. Feel free to hit reply or DM me on Instagram!

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#013 – My Do’s & Don’ts of Selling, When Goals Go Wrong & Why I Think You Should Be Alone

Look. Learn. Make More Money.  

Alex details her second week in Colombia, sharing some insightful encounters she’s faced in her everyday at Santa Marta and how your business and personal life stand to benefit.  

In this Podcast you’ll learn

  • Alex’s Do’s & Don’ts for Selling
  • Advice for budding entrepreneurs
  • How to be flexible with your goals
  • The struggles of work/personal life
  • About the joy of being disconnected

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Transcript Available Below

Alex Beadon 0:02
Do you ever feel like you’re trying to balance it all, nourishing your health while growing your business and living a life well lived. And no matter how hard you try, sometimes you slip from purpose driven into autopilot. Take a deep breath, relax, and let’s get you back to where you belong on purpose.

Hello, friends, it’s Alex Beadon. here coming to you from Santa Marta, Colombia. I’m very excited to be talking to you. Because this just makes the podcast all the more real, the fact that I’m traveling, and I’ve been traveling now for the past, how long has it been, it’s been almost two weeks. It’s been like nine days. So a week and two days that I’ve been traveling, which means that I’ve recorded two podcast episodes, which is just fun, because now the podcast is a legit part of my weekly schedule, which is awesome. As you guys know, every Monday and Thursday, New episodes come out on a Monday, a solo episode comes out on a Thursday guest episode comes out. And the guest episodes have been recorded in advance. So those are actually really easy for me to do and schedule in. But the solo episodes have a much more live field, which was really important to me when I created this podcast. And so that requires me to actually record when I’m traveling. And there’s no pressing pause on the recordings, which is fun, but also very interesting to schedule in. But I’m glad that I’m here, and I am recording this for you. We have been here in Santa Monica for the What’s today, today is Friday. And we got in on Monday. So today’s the fifth day that we’ve been here. And like I mentioned, I’ve been in Colombia now for 10, nine days, nine days. And it’s been really interesting because I’ve been practicing my Spanish. And for those of you who don’t know, I actually spent five years of my childhood growing up in Venezuela. So I spent my childhood always being surrounded by Spanish and my dad speak Spanish, but I always went to American International School. So I never learned Spanish fluently. I was very good at it, it was always my best subject in class, because I grew up listening to it, but I never spoke it fluently. And so it’s been really interesting coming back to a Spanish country for the first time in a long time. And just listening to it again and having to practice it again. And it’s showing me how different I am today versus when I was a child when I was a child, I feel like I had a lot of self consciousness about speaking Spanish. And I felt really afraid to speak Spanish. And that’s probably a big part of the reason why I never learned Spanish. And today as an adult, I’m like, Oh my gosh, I get to practice my Spanish Yes. And I have like, zero issue making a fool of myself and like just practicing because I know it’s an opportunity to further learn. So it’s that’s been really interesting. For me, it’s just like looking at the difference of how I feel around speaking Spanish. And it’s also just shown me like how I’ve grown as an individual, feeling much less self conscious than I did when I was like, in my young childhood illness, early teen age, compared to now. So that’s been really fun and really interesting to acknowledge. And I bring that up because I kind of want you guys to just ask yourself, you know, how good are you at not really caring what other people think. Because when I was a child that was a really big thing to me is I really cared what people thought. And now as an adult, I’m just like, I want to learn.

I don’t really care what you think of me. So yeah, we’re here in Colombia. We were here for the wedding. This is the first time I’m speaking to guys since the wedding happened. And it was beautiful and magical. And it happened on like this horse ranch. And it was about an hour outside of Bogota. And it was, I mean, to be honest with you, I did not know what to expect. But it was just so so so magical. And I’m really excited for the pictures to come out so I can share some some of them with you guys. For those of you who are just joining the podcast. Laura is my best friend. She’s also the operations manager and my business so we work together and she’s actually taking this time off. So she’s on full time vacation mode as she should be because she just got married. But so it was just really fun for us to get to have this new experience together of her getting married. And for me to get to see my best friend from elementary school walked down the aisle. Fun fact, Laura walked down the aisle twice because the first ceremony she had was an outdoor ceremony and it was beautiful until maybe about like 1520 minutes in it started raining. So we literally had to press pause on the on the ceremony and kind of like shuffle the bride and groom to the side and then shuffle everyone inside and they have to like really just kind of on the fly. Bring all of the chairs inside. Bring all the tables and the decorations like everything inside and then do a part two of the ceremony inside while it rained outside. And it was just so beautiful and so much fun. And Laura got to walk down the aisle twice. So I got to watch My best friend walked down the aisle twice. And their vows are beautiful. And the whole ceremony like everything that was in English was also translated into Spanish. And it was just perfect and beautiful. And it’s an experience that I will absolutely never forget. And I tried to document it the best I could. I took like a million photos and videos, which is awesome. But now we are in Santa Monica, which is about, I believe, like an hour and hour and a half flight from Bogota. I can’t really remember because I fell asleep. And it’s been so interesting coming here, because Colombia is a very vast and varied country. This is my first time in this country. Definitely not my last because this place is very impressive, and Bogota was, it had a higher altitude, so you’re much much, much higher up above sea level, which was interesting, because I had a little bit of altitude sickness, and the temperature there was much cooler, it wasn’t too cold, but it definitely had like a chilliness to it, the weather was just very, very different to where we are now, which is not the motto, which is on the coastline. And so we’re literally right on the beach. As I’m recording this episode, I am sitting in my bedroom, and the entire wall to the outside is just complete glass window, and I’m looking out onto the ocean. If you’ve been following my stories on Instagram at Alex Beadon, you will know what my view is like, it’s absolutely phenomenal. So I’m just here looking out onto the ocean right now. And there’s a few things that have happened in Santa Monica that I was like, Oh, I have to talk about this on the podcast. And so one of them is that in one was it I can’t remember what it was. I think it was like the second night we were here we all went out to dinner. And so we all hopped in the car, and it was like a 1015 minute drive to dinner. And we get out and we’re in this beautiful square. And where we went for dinner is actually more in the city than where we are now. Right now we’re like, like I said, like 10 minutes out. But I was surprised to go into the city come to find out that it’s like the second oldest city in South America, apparently, which is super, super interesting. And we go to the city, and I was just blown away. Because number one, it’s super beautiful. Really, really nice. We go in, we sit down at the restaurant, we’re sitting outside the restaurant. And guys there. I mean, we must have been stopped. And people try to sell things to us about 50 million times while we ate dinner. This is no exaggeration, like it was literally like, like they have decided the hustlers on the streets of Santa Monica have decided that oh, we know foreigners come here. And we know foreigners have money. And so we’re literally going to like, get into a line because this is what it felt like it felt like they took turns. They weren’t all coming to us at once. It was literally one after the next after the next after the next after the next after the next. Some of them were dancing and then coming and asking for money after some of them were singing and coming and asking for money after some of them were selling food. I’m like we’re at a nice dinner, why would we want to buy food from you. Some of them are coming up and just begging for food. So it was a really interesting dynamic because on the one hand, you know that the people are poor, there’s poverty here, there’s a lot of poverty here, which is why they’re, you know, they’re needing to do this, they’re needing to hustle, they’re needing to try to get some sort of income through the door. And then on the other hand, you’re like, or especially me as a marketer. I’m like, Dude, you guys are going about this all in the wrong way. Right? So we had that experience. Going out to dinner literally just one after the next after the next after the next we had people rapping at us while we were eating our dinner rapping like with this massive speaker hanging around this guy’s neck. And he’s just coming up to us and pointing at us and rapping to us and we’re just trying to ignore him because we do not want to listen to him rapping while we’re eating our dinner. And then you have the next extreme which is the beach. So we went to the beach a cat I think it’s I can’t remember the name of the beach, playa Blanca or something like that. And we take a boat we all get on this boat and we go out to it’s kind of very similar to down the islands and Trinidad actually very similar look, hop on this boat get to the beach. We all sit down on the beach. We get under this nice little like umbrella situation cool, we’re relaxed. Next thing you know it is just hustler after hustler after hustler after hustler after hustler selling us things they’re trying to sell us like these. I don’t even know what to call them like little things that you would hang up in your room or like in your living room like little decorations that you can remember from your trip. They’re trying to sell us food that they’ve literally been walking up and down on this hot beach with for hours. They’re trying to sell us Oh iPhone cases that are waterproof they’re trying to sell us these flotation devices for the ocean they’re trying to sell is 1,000,001 things and the worst part is like they’re coming ones that come in twice or three times and then their friends are coming who are also selling the same thing. So like hey, you want some you want some you want some you want some? And they’re not just like passing by and asking, if you want some, they’re coming straight up to your face and be like, Hey, you see this? Do you want some, it’s like no, leave us alone, we just want to enjoy the beach. And the reason I bring this up is because it really showed me the type of bad marketers and the type of bad salespeople that exist in the world. And I’m not trying to like be little them or make them feel bad about what they’ve done or anything like that, oh, Laura’s walking by my window, and I’m giving her a wave hello. I’m not trying to make them feel bad. But it just brought to my attention why people are afraid people are afraid to market their business because they don’t want to be perceived as these type of people as these type of hustlers are the type of people who are trying to sell to you and in doing so are ruining your experience of whatever it is that you’re experiencing. So in this case of the beach, or of our dinner, like the hustlers were definitely ruining our dinner, and they were ruining our experience of the beach. Right? So I want to kind of bring that up with you guys today. Because a lot of people are afraid to be this type of hustler. They don’t want to annoy people, they don’t want to frustrate people. They don’t want people to hear their marketing messages and roll their eyes and be like, Oh, she’s trying to sell to us again. Right? So I wanted to just kind of like highlights how to not be like those people. Number one permission. This is why I don’t feel bad sending out sales messages to my email list. Because I set I spent so much time creating free content for my email list. And I have done so for years, like literally since 2000. And what are we in? Maybe since 2011, when I started taking my email list super seriously, but I was making content for them even before then. So we’re looking at a good seven years of creating free content for people. And sometimes people are like, Don’t you feel bad when you send out sales messages being like telling people what you’re selling? And I’m like, No, like you chose to be on my email list. You get free content sent to your inbox from me that I’ve put together for free all the time. And sometimes, you know, I’m running a business over here. Sometimes I have to ask for the sale, I have to be like, Yo, I have this thing that’s happening. Are you interested yes or no? Right? So in that case, you’re looking at like an when you’re looking at an email newsletter, you’re looking at people who have signed up to hear from you. If at any point someone’s like, you know what, Alex is really bothering me with these grandslam marketing sales messages, they can unsubscribe at any time. This is why I don’t feel bad. If someone emails me, they’re like, oh my gosh, you’re sending out too many sales emails, I’m like, Dude, there’s an unsubscribe button right at the very bottom. Like, if that’s like, if you’re not interested in being a part of my newsletter anymore, that’s where you can go. I’m not ruining someone’s email experience when they themselves have signed up for my emails and can unsubscribe at any given time. Right. There’s one other thing I wanted to mention about this, what was it, it was just about making sure that you have people’s permission to sell to them, and that you’re selling to, it’s selling them in need selling them something that you know, that they need. Now, I don’t feel bad talking to business owners about grandslam, about how to use Instagram stories to connect with their audience so that they can build that know like and trust factor so that more people buy from them. Because we all know people buy from people that they know like and trust. I don’t feel bad about talking about that. Because I truly believe in what it is that I’m selling. I’ve seen it work for myself. I’ve seen it work for my clients. I don’t feel bad about it, because I know it’s going it’s going to be beneficial to those people. Now, if you’re selling something, and you’re like, oh, this person doesn’t really need it. So like for example, if I’m on the beach, and someone’s walking around, and they’re trying to sell me something that I don’t need, that’s frustrating. If I’m sitting at dinner, and someone’s coming up to me, and they’re like, Yo, you want some snacks, it’s like no man, I’m here having a nice dinner, I don’t want any of your snacks.

It doesn’t fit, right. Whereas if you’re trying to sell something that people really need and that people are going to benefit from, there’s no need to feel bad about it. I think a lot like we have our lines all crossed. A lot of people who are new to running a business think that if you’re selling something you’re like one of those hustlers at the dinner or you’re one of those hustlers at the beach, and that’s just not the case. I don’t know about you guys, but there have been so many times in my life when people have sold me things that I was genuinely happy that they were selling to me because it was something I needed. And I’ll give you an example. Laura, this is totally not my fault. Laura obviously had her wedding and for her wedding, it was an outdoor wedding. And a lot of it was on the grass. The ceremony the outdoor ceremony was on a grass. So she specifically told all of her bridesmaids and yes, I was a bridesmaid It was amazing. She told all of her bridesmaids. Hey guys, don’t forget it’s an outdoor ceremony. Don’t bring stiletto heels. What is your girl Alex do? She brings stiletto heels? Of course, I forgot. So I arrived in Colombia, and I’m so excited. And then a few days before the wedding, she’s like, Oh, you brought proper shoes, right? And I was like, oh my god, I totally forgot. So I I then go to the mall. And I buy proper shoes that have like a thick heel so that I don’t go sinking into the grass when I’m walking down the aisle in front of the bride. And I was so happy to find the perfect heels. I, I mean, words can’t describe how happy I was to find heels that I could walk down the aisle with without tripping over and falling on my face. And that’s a perfect example of an A sales experience where I was happy that the person was trying to sell something to me because it’s really what I needed. And the man in the store was like, Hey, we have these shoes. We had these shoes. Like as soon as I walked in, he was like, Hey, what are you looking for? And I could tell him specifically Oh, dude, I’m looking for this and doTERRA. And it’s a, it’s a sales experience that’s enjoyable to me. So if you’ve ever struggled with, you know, just the idea of having to sell to people, I want you to really remember like, when was the last time that you bought something that you really enjoyed the process of buying it? I will tell you what, every single time I buy an Apple computer, I buy a new MacBook Pro. There’s a little child inside of me that is so happy. I’m like, yes, a new laptop. It’s amazing. So ask yourself like when what sales experiences have been joyful for you? And how can you replicate those same joyful experiences for your customer? How can you make buying from you a joyful experience? I can’t tell you how many people have messaged me being like, Alex, oh my god, I absolutely loved your free Instagram Stories course. And when I was done, I knew I wanted to invest in Grand Slam it was like the obvious next best step right? There. I’ve created a beautiful sales experience where they don’t even feel like they’re being sold to. When I announced Grand Slam, we had our first sale in three minutes, three minutes, because people were excited about it. It wasn’t like I was sitting there trying to force something down people’s throats, people were excited about it. So that’s what we want to. That’s, that’s the type of experience that we want to create for our customers. And that’s the type of experience I want to encourage you to create for yours. The next thing I wanted to discuss with you guys here in Santa Monica, we’re staying in Laura’s parents lovely vacation home. It’s super nice. It’s an apartment building. And there’s no cold water. There’s no cold water, no cold water. What am I saying there’s no hot water. So every single time that you take a shower, it is a cold shower. Now two things. Number one, it’s not really that cold. The weather here in Santa Monica is hot. So the water is really not that cold. I’ve had cold showers in England before and those are ice cold showers. This is just a lukewarm cold shower. But still, nonetheless, when you jump into this cold shower, your entire body wakes up. And you’re immediately like, Oh my God, how do I get out of this cold water as soon as possible. The first time that I took a shower, I actually didn’t finish my shower, I turned the water on and I waited and they waited and waited and then it came out. I was like, Hey, Laura, I think we need to turn the hot water on or something like the hot water is not working. Come to find out, we just don’t have hot water. So it’s really been interesting to see my experience from the very beginning of like not wanting to take a shower, I would take showers because to be honest with you, I can jump in, like soak my body and then jump out and it’s cool when I have to jump in and wash my hair. I mean, that’s a whole next level of commitment when it comes to being in the cold. Those of you who know me know, I hate the cold. This is why I avoid living in England. It’s because I hate the cold. But what was interesting is at the beginning, I was so against sales like oh, you know, thank God for dry shampoo, like I’m just going to dry shampoo my hair up. And I’m just going to avoid washing my hair. Fast forward to now we’re almost at the end of this trip. And I’m like dude, cold showers my friend. And this is why this is kind of the entrepreneurial lesson that I’m kind of pulling from this. And your entrepreneurial journey, you are going to have to do things that you don’t want to do things that take a lot of time, things that take a lot of mental thought things that take a lot of organization, things that use skills of yours that you’re not very good at. Let’s admit it, guys, when you’re an entrepreneur, you have to do a lot of things. You’re wearing many hats, and you’re not they’re not all your strengths, especially at the beginning, especially if you’re a solopreneur especially if you’re doing this by yourself. There are so many things that you have to do and it’s only you everything lies in your shoulders, you have to figure it out. If you don’t know how to do it, you have to learn how to do it. And it’s hard and it’s uncomfortable and you have to push through you have no choice but to push through this miserable experience. And it’s similar to taking a cold shower because at first I was so against it. But then like now when I go in the shower, I literally just count I’m like okay, cool. I’m gonna count 321 And then I’m going to jump into that cold shower no matter how I feel about it, no matter how cold it feels, no matter how uncomfortable I am, and I’m going to stay in that cold shower and do whatever needs to be done until it is finished and until I’m done and ready to get out of the shower. So what does that mean? That means I jump in the cold shower, I take out the shampoo, I lather up my hair and I literally I’m not even rushing, I’m just like, Okay, once you get in, it’s fine. Once you can, like withstand those first, I would say 60 seconds, it starts to become enjoyable, right? It starts to be like, okay, cool, I got this, I got the hang of this and it actually starts to become refreshing. I don’t know if you guys know a lot about taking cold showers. But there’s a lot of like, amazing people. It’s not just cold showers, but it’s like colds, cold swimming pools, and there’s like a whole theory behind it. I can’t even remember what it’s called. But it’s very good for your body wakes you up, gets your blood pumping. It’s really, really good for you. I remember someone once told me, you know, if you want to succeed in life, you should take only cold showers every day. And living here in Santa Marta, where that has been my only choice is actually shown me how right and how true that really is. Like, I’ve actually come to enjoy my cold showers. I get in the shower. And it’s almost like, it’s almost like I’m testing myself. You ever heard that quotes? How’s it go? It goes like, pain. Yeah, I think it’s pain is, is weakness leaving the body. And so like you’re in pain, and you’re in this coldness, but all I can keep telling myself is oh my god, this is making me stronger. This is just weakness, leaving the body this is just me like, strengthening, right. So it’s very similar to the entrepreneurial journey, like we’re wearing so many hats, there’s so many things that we need to do so many things that we need to learn to do and to be good at. And that’s just weakness, leaving the body every single time you struggle with it, like just follow through the important part is like getting the momentum to keep going. And as I was taking a cold shower every single day, this week, that is literally the only thing that has come to my mind is like, wow, like this is just life, like life is gonna hand you sometimes the worst set of cards, you know, you’ll notice I always talk about like, life is just you got to hand of cards, like you can’t choose which cards you were dealt, but you can choose how you play them, right. So sometimes you’re gonna get dealt a bad hand of cards, and you just gotta follow through and, and power through it until you get your next set of cards. Right. So that’s kind of the life lesson that I took from that I’ve actually really been enjoying my cold showers. Next thing I wanted to speak to guys about is the fact that it’s now past the middle of the month. It’s kind of interesting, these podcast episodes, they fall, not perfectly, so you’re gonna have to try and remember like beginning of the month, middle of the month, as I’m recording this today, it’s the 17th of August. And so what I try to do is in the middle of every month, I review my goals and see where am I at? And what do I need to do in order to accomplish the goals that I set out from the beginning of the month. And I can tell you, my friends this month has been crazy for me, as you know, I’ve had Laura’s wedding, I’ve been traveling, as soon as I got back to Trinidad. In a few days, I’m then going to England and then going to Italy. So this is a big, big travel month for me. And so Surprise, surprise, I’m not very far along on my monthly goals. So I sat down today, to really take a look at my goals to look at where I’m at. And to be like, Okay, what needs to happen in order to get these accomplished. So no matter where you are, the important thing is not being hard on yourself and being like, Oh, you didn’t accomplish this, you’re such a loser. The important thing has been like cool, I didn’t accomplish this, but it’s still my goal. And I can still do my best to move forward. How can I be better, like what has really been holding me back over the last however many days, and also looking for the ways in which it can be easy. So for example, you know, I have a goal to run 36 kilometers this month, guys, I’ve ran two.

I’ve ran two. I know it’s horrible. I’ve run two of my 36 kilometers, and we’re 17 days into the month. But I’m not gonna let it stop me. I’m literally going to look back and be like, Okay, what really stopped me to be quite honest with you, it just hasn’t been a priority. When you’re going out and you’re meeting people and you’re spending time with your best friend for her wedding. And there’s events da running has just not been my priority. Also, we’ve been walking a lot on this trip. When we were in Bogota, whenever I traveled with Nick, Nick is such a walker, I’m definitely not a walker at all. But having traveled with him a few times now, he has definitely shown me the beauty of walking through cities. And I will I will say we’ve been walking a lot. So when we’re in the city, and we’re walking around all day, and we come home and I’m exhausted the last thing on planet earth I want to do is go for a run, which is understandable. So number one, show yourself compassion. Number two, ask yourself, How can I be different moving forward? So I took a look at how many days I have left. I divided it and I was like, okay, cool. Now, instead of running three times a week, I have to run every single day. And instead of running three kilometers a day, I have to run four kilometers a day. So that’s going to be my goal. Will it happen? I hope so. And I’m aiming for it. But if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to be super upset about it. I’m going to show myself compassion and such as life right? You can only do the best that you can do. But this is just your mid monthly reminder to review your goals. Show yourself compassion and make a plan of action and do your best to stick to it. The next thing I want to talk to you guys about is it’s been so weird being here because when we decided to come to Santa Monica firstly, I don’t think I actually explained this Here on the podcast, Scott and Laura decided to do something that not many people decide to do, instead of going on a honeymoon directly after the wedding, they decided to go on a friend’s Moon, which basically means that they invite all of their closest friends to go to a destination of their choice, in this case on the MATA. And that’s what ended up happening, they have six friends here. So a total of eight of us here on the friends moon. And I decided, you know, this is something I really wanted to do. Laura is my best friend from childhood. And so it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. But this was also a really busy time in my business, if you’ve been listening to the podcast for any length of time, you will know this is a really busy time in my business. So I wanted to comment, I wanted to make the best of it. But I also wanted to get work done. And I also wanted to, you know, be productive. And so it’s been really interesting being on this trip, because I know that if I had a normal regular corporate nine to five job, I most likely would not have been able to come. In fact, many people were not able to come because they only have a specific set number of vacation days. So it’s just been this mixture of like feeling a lot of gratitude to be able to do what I do. The fact that I can work from anywhere that has an internet connection, the fact that I’m able to come here, and I’m able to work so like, I think I’ve pretty much spent 50% of the days working and 50% of the days participating in whatever activities were planned for that day. So we pretty much looked at the schedule for Santa Mata and we divided and we’re like, Okay, well, these are the like big events that are happening. And these are the little events that are happening. So we decided, Nick and I that we would work on the not so busy days, and we would play on the really fun days. So yesterday we went to a national park here in Colombia, and we hiked eight kilometers to this beach. So it took about two and a half hours of hiking to get to this beach. And it’s the most gorgeous beach you’ve ever seen. If you go to my Instagram page at Alex Beadon, I actually posted a video of it on my feed. And there was just nothing better the beach was phenomenal. It was the most beautiful blue ocean that you’ve ever seen the rocks were just, I mean, just so beautiful. It looked like handmade. Everything was just phenomenal. Just such a magical experience, we had to hike through different terrains. So we went through like rain forest, we went through beach. Sometimes we were like an open space, sometimes we were under trees, it was really just some something like I’ve never ever done before. And so that’s an experience that I’ll never forget. So we hiked two and a half hours there. And then we got to the beach. And we relaxed at the beach for like two hours. And what I loved about the beach is that it was kind of enclosed. I don’t know how to describe it, I’m sure there’s a word that you can actually it’s kind of like a bay, I guess where like the waves come in. But then they hit these rocks. And then there’s like this little area where everyone swims, it’s not really a little but anyway, this is the best job that I can do to explain it. If you look at the video, you’ll know what I’m talking about. And what was so cool is just a swam from the beach, out into the ocean back to the beach, out into the ocean back to the beat out beach out to the ocean. And I don’t think there’s much that I don’t think there’s anything better than feeling like a mermaid in the water. You know, when you’re swimming for those of you who have long hair, and you’re just like under the water, and you’re just doing twists and turns you’re swimming around, and your hair is just like dancing in the ocean. It’s just one of the best feelings. And I just felt so free in that moment. And so to be able to have that, that amazing experience, and then to hike the eight kilometers back. And then we stopped off and we had lunch and it was just such an unforgettable day. And then to wake up this morning and be like, Okay, today is a workday. You know, I’m here in Santa Monica. And we have this beautiful view and I’m working from my best friend’s vacation home while her and her friends are off doing their vacation things for the day. It’s just been a really interesting balance of work and play extreme work and extreme play. And I just feel really grateful in this moment. And simultaneously just letting you guys know that like keeping it real, it’s also kind of stressful because I there’s things that I want to get done and at the same time I want to join the group and like drink wine all day and you know, enjoy the sunshine and get my town on. So it’s been really interesting balancing both and it’s easy for me to sit and complain and be like, Oh, I wish I could just be you know, playing with them all day and vacationing with them all day and you know, spending time with them all day and at the same time being like but I’m lucky that I’m that I’m even here, you know, and it just so happened that this this coincided with a really busy time in my business and so it’s better that I’m here and then I can work simultaneously then if I decided not to come at all. So for any of you who are currently in between the position of the old what will soon be the old version of your life where You’re working a nine to five, and you’re trying to balance this new business that you’re creating, and the new version of your life where you’re going to be able to work from anywhere, and you’re going to have much more flexibility and freedom and you’re in your life. Just know that, like, it’s coming, it’s there, it’s so worth it. It’s amazing. It’s fun, like, I’m living proof of that. And then at the same time, like life is life. And there’s always a downside to everything. And no matter how far you get in your business, there’s always going to be a little side of you that still feels that you know, that frustration that you have, that you’re just not there yet. I feel like that never really goes away. Because like I’m here and I’m like, Ah, you know, I just wish that I was at the place where I could just like take all of this time off, and it’d be fine. But it’s like, I have all these goals in my business that I want to hit and I want to move forward. And so that never really leaves you so really the key is finding finding the ability to enjoy the journey and to really be at peace and and enjoy that process which can be way easier said than done. For me. It’s a very intentional thing where I have to be like, Okay, I want like I’m choosing to enjoy this journey. Because no matter where you’re at, it’s always so easy to complain. Which brings me on to my next topic quite smoothly spending time alone with yourself. So the last episode you guys listen to this episode 13 with golla Darling no episode 12 With gala darling, sorry, my bad. And this is episode 13. With me solo episode, and I haven’t listened to the Gullah darling episode just yet. I do listen to all of my episodes, but I just haven’t had the time to listen to her as yet because it only came out yesterday. Was it yesterday? Yeah. Yesterday, gosh, my days are getting all confused. But my mom texted me and a few of you guys message me really saying that the biggest thing that hit home for you was when gala darling spoke about spending time alone, which was quite interesting, because written down in my notes for today I had to speak to you guys about the importance of spending time alone. On this trip, I’ve spent so much time with Nick and with Laura and with you know, the bridal party, and with the friends Moon crew, I love calling them the friends Moon crew, I feel like I should turn that into a hashtag or something I need to tell Laura.

And so it’s been a lot of time spent with other people, right. And this morning, I woke up. And I woke up super early, because I went to bed early last night. And I knew I had a workday today. So we skipped out on dinner last night, we just had an early evening. And I woke up early this morning. And I did my meditation and I did some movement in my room while Nick was sleeping, which is amazing. And then I did some journaling. And I just wanted to kind of highlight the importance of that, regardless of if you’re traveling or not traveling. But it’s just such a great way to stay grounded and to stay connected to yourself and to your vision and to your goals. And to whatever it is that you’re working towards. Journaling has really been something that has just it’s such, it’s so great for me to feel to feel really grounded. So I highly, highly recommended the importance of spending time with yourself of really being with yourself of not only journaling, but like doing nothing. So like I did my meditation. And then I spent time in my body doing some movements, I’ve been doing these weird movements lately where it’s just like rotation, so like, I’ll rotate my neck 10 times one way 10 times the next way that I do my shoulders one way, the next way that I do my elbows, and I do like a whole arm swing, just trying to like move my body and be with myself. And it’s just, it’s, I don’t know how to describe it, this feeling of like, there is the you that is the personality. And that is the person with the goals and the visions and this and that and like you’re moving forward and you’re hustling. And you’re spending time with people in your active active, active, active active, and then there’s the you that’s inside. And it’s so easy to sometimes ignore that little voice inside and to not even know what you want and not even know who that person is. And so I’m just here as your friendly, weekly reminder to spend time with yourself. And sometimes I know that can be really scary for some people. It’s just sitting in silence and just being with yourself and trying to feel yourself. But it’s so important and so beneficial, especially if you want to you know, have that long term vision of the person that you want to be and really stepping into that. So highly recommended. Ooh, interesting, fun facts. Since being here, the internet has been horrible. So much. So it’s sometimes like the other day or it was yesterday, we came home from this beautiful trip. I’ve so many photos and so many videos of things I wanted to post and we come home and I’m like, I can’t wait. I can’t wait to post to Instagram because I don’t have I did buy a SIM card here and I had data but I ran out like in 24 hours so I don’t have data anymore. So I came home I was really excited to post things and I got home and like the internet wasn’t working for like a good few hours and it showed me just how reliant I am especially on Instagram. I can’t even tell you like the internet was not working and I was still Tapping on Instagram trying to open it to see if it would work. It was the most ridiculous thing ever. It showed me how addicted I am. And it also showed me how I really want to be more in control of my relationship with these apps. I’ve heard Rumor has it that Instagram and I believe Facebook is coming out with something where it’s going to allow you to say, okay, like to really start being conscious of how much time you’re spending on the app. And to be like, Okay, I don’t want to spend more than two hours on the app or whatever that number looks like for you. I think it would probably be more for me as someone who really communicates to my audience on Instagram and Facebook, but whatever that number is for you. And I think I really want to start implementing that is just being very aware of like, how much time am I spending on Instagram? How much time am I spending? Scrolling? How much time am I spending? What’s it called consuming content, right? And the thing about Instagram is that yes, it’s fantastic to spend time on there, especially because it’s important for us as marketers to understand the culture of Instagram, if we want to be able to communicate on Instagram and talk to our audience on Instagram. But simultaneously, it’s can just be all consuming sometimes. So it’s good to take a step back and to really, to really have consciousness around how much time you’re spending on these apps. Another thing I noticed yesterday is how happy I felt being completely disconnected on this hike. Like this hike was something where I knew I have no internet. There’s no way for me to check Instagram, there’s no way for me to do anything. I’m literally just here on this hike, the only thing I can do is take pictures. And at one point my GoPro completely ran out of it didn’t even run out of battery. It overheated, which is amazing. I didn’t even know that could happen. I don’t have into my phone, but that is just never happened to my GoPro before. But anyway, that just goes to show how hot it was. I loved being outdoors. I love spending time in nature, I love swimming in the beach, I loved being totally disconnected. And lately, I’ve been reminded multiple times. Just, you know, sometimes to disconnect and like, Oh, I’m just gonna sit and watch some Netflix, I’m just gonna watch the show on Netflix. And then one show turns into 10 shows. And it’s just like this huge time suck. But also when you’re on your computer all day like I am, and you’re on your laptop working all day, like I am. watching Netflix is not a great way to relax and disconnect because you’re still looking at a screen, I would die if I knew how much time I spent on my screen every day or how much of my life I’ve spent on my screen. It’s just too much. So I think when I get back home, something I really want to implement is just going on more hikes going on more outdoor trips, spending time outdoors. And it’s such a great way to exercise and to get fresh air. And to have a different perspective and to kind of just like let your mind go somewhere totally different spend time in your body. So yeah, that is everything that has been present for me this week. I hope you enjoyed it. What else can I share with you guys? Yeah, that’s everything. I think you guys have been enjoying this podcast so much. I just want to say a huge shout out to everyone who has been posting about it to their Instagram Stories, who has been sharing it on your feed, I’ve been blown away by how many of you are screenshotting, the podcast and then posting it onto your feed and saying this is my favorite podcast, I just want to say thank you guys so much for your continued support. Every single time you message me, it’s also just so amazing like to hear the impact that this show is having on you. And to hear how you appreciate the time and energy that I’m putting into this. I can’t tell you how wonderful and nourishing it is. It’s just so much fun to like put effort and energy into something and to see you guys enjoy it so much and appreciate it so much. So I just want to say thank you for that. The next time you hear from me, where will I be? I’m not sure I think the next time I record, I will most likely be in Trinidad. And then after that, I’ll be in England. And after that I’ll be in Italy. So there’s still a lot of travel that’s going to be happening. But I look forward to continue to share with you in this way. I appreciate each and every single one of you who spend time listening to the show. And I’m so excited for everything that is coming to us for the rest of this month. Remember, we are halfway through the month. And by the time you listen to this, we’re probably two-thirds of the way through the month. But the month is not over. And we still have time to achieve our goals and to make things happen. And it’s not about perfection. It’s just about you know, getting things done Done is better than perfect. So even if I only run 15 kilometers instead of my 36 kilometers, I will still be proud. The important thing is not giving up right. So keep working towards your goals. Keep trying to make things happen. Stay focused, keep yourself energized and motivated. And I love you guys so much. And I’ll talk to you again next week. Bye. Thank you so much for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I would love for you to give me a shout out on your Instagram story or anywhere. Just letting me know what your biggest takeaway was. You guys have no idea how helpful and useful it is for me. When you message me telling me what your aha moments were telling me what There’s that you took away from the podcast. It helps me understand what is most valuable to you. And it helps me understand how I can be of the highest service to you. So if you could take two minutes to do that, I would really appreciate it. Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope to hear from you over on Instagram you can find me at Alex Beadon and I will talk to you again very soon. Bye

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