Hi friends! If we could hang out in real life, I would love to grab coffee with you. I’d want to meet at a local, sunny cafe and chat with you about your business, your goals, and what your day-to-day is like. Coffee Talk, a new monthly series here, is my monthly-behind the scenes check-in with all of you.
1 // I’m right in the middle of launching my 2nd business (this one!)
I left my career as a corporate attorney last year to enter the world of entrepreneurship. As an attorney, it was my job to help businesses once they had already been sued (or threatened to be sued). Being such a preventative person, I always wanted to help them prevent these things from happening in the first place. It was so hard to watch them go through such a stressful (and expensive) endeavor.
My first business & health coaching practice, Hygge Wellness, was so fun to build. For the first time in a long time, I felt passionate about what I did and felt like I actually helped people. Hygge is still going strong, and I still love working with my private clients to get healthier & happier.
But out of Hygge came the realization that I missed helping people build their own business. I want to help other women do what I did in 2016. My goal is to empower & give confidence to women to follow their dream and purpose in life. I started doing this through my BizStorming Sessions (90-minute 1-on-1 intensive business planning + strategy sessions) with women last year.
2 // Real-Life Entrepreneurship
So what’s it like being a real-life entrepreneur? It’s awesome, hard, so rewarding, challenging, and everything in between. It’s been the best, and simultaneously the hardest, experience of my life. I am NOT complaining. Trust me. The difference between my life now and 1 year ago is insane.
One year ago I was still working full-time as I built my first business and health coaching practice, Hygge Wellness. I was so anxious to get out, I definitely didn’t practice self-care as I built my business. And I definitely burned out (<— whoops!). But this time around, I’m trying to build my business in a healthier way. In doing so, I want to help others do the same.
As I launch and try to spread the word about Sam Vander Wielen LLC, I am blogging, being active on social media, searching for writing + Podcast opportunities, and reaching out to all my contacts. I’m also working to put together a targeted and specific strategy to promote the business through 90-Day Year planning. Have you guys ever listened to any of Todd Herman’s stuff? I really like his approach to strategic goal planning.
3 // Prioritizing Self-Care + Whole Foods While I BYOB
Besides trying to help women BYOB (build your own biz), I also want to encourage + support them to prioritize self-care in the process. It’s so important! If we don’t, we can burn out faster than a firecracker.
I’m not always hungry first thing in the morning, but I prioritize having a nutritious, filling breakfast so I can focus and power through work. I made this delicious smoothie with avocado, purple kale, banana, peanut butter (duh), chia seeds, cinnamon & almond milk before work last week. And coffee, of course!
4 // Wine & Shine Podcast
I’m taping my interview tonight with the Wine & Shine podcast ladies! I am SO excited to chat with them. You can listen to our Podcast interview here! I got the chance to meet Nina & Liz at the Good Fest in Philly this year, and they’re adorable. So excited to chat with them!
5 // Context Switching
If we met up, I’d tell you how much I’m loving my new no-context switching approach to working. Basically, context switching is when you are working on 1 task (like writing a blog post), and then an email alert pops up. You check the email and respond. You then see that you have a special discount email from Jcrew. So you start looking at the sale they have going on. Which then reminds you that you wanted to check something on Facebook. By the time you get back to the blog post, you spend so much time + energy getting reacquainted with the task at hand.
By switching from task-to-task without completing one first, you lose time and energy and spend more time than you need to on each task.
Instead, Todd Herman (the 90-day year guy I mentioned earlier) suggests sticking to 1 task at a time. Not only does it save you a lot of time and energy, but I feel better after a hard day of work when I stick to one task at a time.
Now that I’ve yapped your ear off, tell me what you’re up to! What’s going on in your business? What are you working on? What are you struggling with? I’d love to hear from you. Until our next coffee talk in July (<— WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN!?), have a great June : )