Allow yourself to be where you are

Allow yourself to BE where you ARE

We are always looking at what we want to do, what we haven’t got around to doing, what is wrong, what we want to change, what we need to do.

Why not, just for this week, instead, we focus on what we HAVE. I say we here because I will do it too.

Allow yourself to BE where you are.

Acknowledge that you weren’t always here and what you have done in the past has gotten you here. This means that in a months’ time, in six months’ time, in one year’s time, you will also be in a different place.

“Yes. I am happy here. I am proud to be here. I know I am here because of the work I have done and even though there is more to do, I know I am going in the right direction.”

As I sit here this Sunday evening soaking in the last bit of the sunshine, listening to the birds singing and the smell of BBQs in the air, I feel content. I feel happy. I feel blessed to be here, writing to you, in this moment right now.

Do I have things on the to-do list that haven’t been done? Yes.

Do I have things that I need to get sorted? Yes.

But I think we will always have those things. I know I always will because, even though I am organised and planned about what I do, sometimes things can go off track a little. Not a lot, just a little. And this little can make you feel guilty (a little bit like my note to you last Sunday).

The inspiration for this message really comes from the fact that really soon I will be having a baby and, being totally honest, I had hoped to have had more things laid out and done. I was hoping to have had six months of blog posts written, I was hoping to have had a good chunk of my social media sorted, I was hoping to have had a few things set up in my business before I went off to have a baby. I was hoping to have launched my new brand and website (which is still in development). But I didn’t quite get around to doing all the (nonurgent) things and after a mild meltdown earlier in the week, my husband reminded me that it was all OK. That I had everything done that I needed to do and that everything was going to be OK. Because it will be. I know that. I trust that. I love working in my business and that is not going to change, I will just need to do it around a baby but that is the whole reason why I started my business in the first place.

So, I am happy where I am. I am proud with what I have got ticked off the to-do list. I am where I am and nothing can change that. Stressing will certainly not help.

So, allow yourself to be where you are and know that someone will always be looking up at you thinking you have your shiz together as you are looking up at someone else doing the same.

Be happy with what you have achieved.

Be grateful for where you are.

Acknowledge all you have done.

Give yourself a big fat slap on the back!

You got this.

 

Your wedding business needs passion

28 FEBRUARY 2017 // BIZ SH*T

Passion is at the heart of what we do right?

If we love some thing we do it with far more heart and soul than if we don’t really want to do it. To me, this is passion. This is about giving your all.

Passion will mean different things to different people but for me it is all about 100% totally loving what you do and showing it.

It is the second but that people struggle with.

So, how can you show the passion for what you do?

01. Show up everyday. This in itself shows you love what you do. Post on social media everyday and show people you are serious about building this wedding business!

02. Speak from the heart. When you write anything, whether it is an email, a social media post, a blog, whatever – write it from the heart and really really mean it. This shows.

03. Allow your personality in. As soon as you do this the natural passion you have for what you do shines and it starts to tell your story.

04. Allow yourself some freedom. If you are not a structured kind of person then don’t restrict yourself BUT do give yourself some boundaries you can work to to allow this passion to come out.

05. Have fun. Fun breads passion. When you are enjoying what you are doing , you really shine so don’t see things as hard, see them as opportunities, as a chance.

So, are you gonna inject some passion into your wedding business?

Emma

 

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Not ready for planning 2017? That’s OK.

You are Normal(ish) & It’s OK // Planning 2017

30 DECEMBER 2016 // PEP TALK

The last Friday of 2016, can you believe it? This time of year naturally leads to reflection, review and planning.

BUT…I want to make you feel normal.

Normal IF you don’t have all of your plans set up.

Normal IF you haven’t reviewed 2016.

Normal IF you have just been trying to balance work with family life and fun. It is OK.

Normal IF you are just keeping the balance going…just.

Don’t feel bad or wrong or overwhelmed if you haven’t had the time, or the inclination, to do your planning for 2017. End of Year Fatigue is a real thing and it is something that I have definitely felt this year. I have had an amazing year and I have loved every single second of it BUT I still feel knackered because it has been a crazy busy year. End of Year Fatigue is real and you may be feeling it to.

There is no point in doing planning when you feel like this. You need to give yourself a break, a relax, some time out. Then when you do DO your planning (because you do need to have some kind of plan you know ) you will be in the right energy.  You will be excited. You will be inspired. You will be motivation. You will be READY.

If you don’t feel ready to plan world domination for 2017 (that is what you are aiming for right!?) now, do what feels good for you. Whether that is reading a book with a candle lit – Hello #thelittlebookofhygge – whether that is spending the last few days with your family – whether that is going for a walk. Whatever feels good for you NOW. Do it.

Don’t feel pressured to DO if you don’t feel like DOING.

Yes you need a plan, and I will be helping you with that too but I felt like there are lots of people who need to hear this message today.

Much love

Emma

x

 

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Shine your light

Shine YOUR light. Forget about others.

28 DECEMBER 2016 // PEP TALK

Welcome to the odd time after Christmas and before New Year. One part of you is desperate to get rid of the clutter and endless wrapping paper scraps and start looking forward to a new sparkly year, but one part of you wants to take this time to sit and do bugger all – watch movies, have family time and just BE.

Everyone is different.

I know people who have de-christmased their homes as if it never happened, and I know some people who are still sitting in post Christmas Day carnage! I know people who are eating their way through the chocolate pile with the intention that they will be good in January. I know people who have donned their running gear and have been pounding the pavement.

Everyone is different.

I know people who are so hyped about next year that they cannot wait for the clock to turn to 1 Jan so they can put their dreams and schemes into practice. I know people who are stuck in a whirlwind of not knowing what to do, what to focus on, what to do first, second, third and they are scared.

Everyone is different.

The important this is that you shine YOUR light. No one else’s. You focus on where you are. You focus on your life, your biz, your family. You find what lights you up and you go for it.

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Everyone is different. And this is Wonderful. Because it means NO ONE can be YOU.

Yes, the wedding industry is competitive and yes, it is challenging and it can be bitchy *Let’s be real here* but it is so very true that only YOU can do what YOU do in the way that YOU do it. No one can take that away from you. So find YOUR light and shine it.

Use this strange time between Christmas and New Year to reflect and to plan but do so without the pressure of having it all laid out – you don’t need to have the next 12 months set out in front of you. Just focus on the end game and then the next thing that will get you there.

With love and festive cheer *we can still send that right?* I have bruce the spruce (aka the christmas tree) still sparkling his lights for a few more days.

With love and light

Emma Etheridge The Wedding Biz Coach

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Own It.

Own It. #PEPtalk

30 NOVEMBER 2016 // PEP TALK

You know the difference between the people that just survive and the people that thrive? They own it. They know that they have the control. They know that even though they can get help, advice and support at the end of the day they are the ones that have to take the action.

So, let me ask you – do you own it? Are you really being the boss of your future? Or are you relying on someone to do it for you? It really breaks my heart when I see wedding business owners wandering around directionless, not knowing what to do first, next and last. I get it, I know it is difficult, I know that it is hard. But being your own boss is hard! Yes, it is also fun and rewarding and all that cool stuff, but, when you are not feeling the fun, or seeing the reward it is hard!

I have just finished a launch and people keep saying to me, how did you manage to get it all done and do the other “stuff”. The truth? I had a plan, I winged it a bit and I worked my absolute butt off. There really is not magic ingredient, magic pill or magic formula. Yes, it can be fun and yes it can be easier when you get into alignment but it still takes dedicated, conscious effort and you have to take that action. You have to pull your boss pants up and get down to action.

No one will be able to do it for you (unless you pay them big mullar to do it). You have to own it. So ask yourself, are you really owing it?

Emma Etheridge The Wedding Biz Coach

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THE WEDDING BIZ CLUB

The place to be for any wedding business owner who craves community and support and business friendship and business bundles of loveliness (without leaving the house!). It's pretty great over here.

Imperfections are what make you magnetic

Imperfections are what make you magnetic

12 OCTOBER 2016 // PEP TALK

Perfection. Does it really exist? Somebody’s imperfect will always be someone else’s perfect. Your imperfections make you, they are real. You cannot hide them, or at least you shouldn’t. Society can make us feel that we need to hide the bits we don’t like others to see, that we cannot be really true. But the thing is, being true to you, like really genuinely true to yourself, is what makes you magnetic. People know when you are not being YOU. As human beings we can sense it. We just feel it. And if you are trying to be something you are not then you are not truly being authentic. By being you, unapologetically you, you start to make a mark on the world that no one else can. There is only one you. Yes, there are lots of people doing what you do, but only you do what you do in the way that you do it.

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What to do when you feel like giving up

What to do when you feel like giving up.

7 OCTOBER 2016 // PEP TALK

There is something driving you. Inside. Something that keeps you going, that lights the fire deep inside your belly. That something is the thing that made you start your business. But it can get lost, hidden, in amongst all of the “stuff” that comes along with running a business. It is too easy to get bogged down with all of this “stuff” that you should be doing, or that you think you should be doing.

But the trouble is, when you get bogged down you forget the real WHY behind what you are doing. You forget the reason you started your business. You forget what it was that sparked you. That made you say “I am going to do this. Oh my goodness, I am actually going to do this!”.  Can you remember that passion, that moment in your business when shit became real? When you actually said “I am going to start a business!”. If you can’t remember it, then it means that thing that drives you has been disconnected from what you are doing.

And when you become disconnected, things stop working together and everything feels like a struggle.  Brides stop enquiring, you lose the love for what you are doing, you feel unhappy in your business and you can feel like giving up.

But I am here today to give you a lift because I know you can do this. How do I know? Well you are serious about building your business because if you weren’t you wouldn’t have found me and you wouldn’t be reading this email right now. Deep down you KNOW that this can work, but there is something niggling away at the surface that is stopping you. Blocking you.

So how do you get over this? How can you move forward? I want you to spend some quality time looking at the reason why you started in the first place. What you wanted your business to be. Look back through old notebooks, journals of diary entries when you started your biz. See if you can re-kindle that passion, that desire. See if you can find that thing again. That thing that lights you up. Talk it through with someone, someone who gets it and understands. Someone who you can confide in that will listen with no judgement or criticism.

Until you find that passion again, that fire, you will stay stuck and I don’t want that for you.  You can grow and be awesome and be that business boss you dream off, but first you have to know it yourself.

Until you find that passion again you cannot decide which is the best route to go down for you and for your business.

I hope that this reaches out to those of you who need to hear this right now. You know I am here if you need me.

With love + heartfelt motivation

Emma x 

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What to do when you feel stuck!

Are limitations keeping you stuck? #peptalk

26 JANUARY 2015 // PEP TALK

LIMITATIONS

I think, no scratch that, I KNOW we all have them. But sometimes you can feel as though some are just too hard to overcome in business. It is normally those limitations that we have placed on ourselves. Little barriers in our own way that we create because we over think. We over complicate. We get STUCK!

Next time you feel stuck on something, instead of letting it wallow and grow, try these 5 steps:

1. Get it out of your head and on to a piece of paper. Write it BIG and in the middle of the page. Sometimes even taking this step makes you realise that it is a silly barrier and you move on from it.

If not …

2. Write down all the things that are stopping you. Scribble around the words you have written in the centre of the page and figure out WHY you are getting stuck. Is it lack of confidence, lack of knowledge, lack of skill. When you write it down you can start to plan what you need to do to get over it.

3. Walk away for 5 mins

4. Come back to it and scribble out the barriers that you can overcome without any help. Then, you will see the ones that you need to deal with rather than the ones that your mind thinks it needs help with.

5. Make a plan and move forward. Either talk to someone who can help you or talk to someone else in the industry that GETS IT. This is why developing those networking relationships is so important in business. This is why you need to surround yourself with others who understand what you are trying to achieve.

So, my message to you today is

>>STOP creating limitations for yourself
>>>ALL limitations can be dealt with. The key is acknowledgement.

With love

Emma

x

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