Fatigue 101 – 3 Ways to Have More ENERGY! …without caffeine

Lack of energy? Relying on caffeine to make it through the day? Here is the 411 on fatigue and what to do for more energy!

As we get older…and busier…many things change. Am I right…or am I right? ūüôā One of these things is our energy levels. We just aren’t the same people we were when we were 10 and every minute of every day is an endless sprint of energy and playtime and freedom and fun. Our days are now filled with “adulting”…working, bills, chores, families, side hobbies, and trying to stay sane. All of which requires energy. Now we are endlessly seeking out ways to rekindle our childhood flames in order to just power through one more day. One more day of 4am wake up calls and a busy 24 hours of doing what we need to do to survive. Which, however unfortunate, is the reality for many of us. To quench this search for energy, it usually has us reaching for highly caffeinated coffee by the I-V loads. Essentially an intravenous slow drip of the chicory goodness.

But how much is TOO much?

Studies show that 400mg of caffeine is the healthy daily dose for most adults. That’s equal to about 4 cups of regularly brewed coffee. What the bags of beans normally DON’T tell you, is that if you consume this much on a regular basis, your body will build up a tolerance. Thus, you find yourself needing more and more just to feel the same effects as you used to.

What happens when you drink more than the recommended dose?

Well, you may experience symptoms such as:

  1. migraines
  2. insomnia
  3. nervousness and anxiety
  4. frequent urination
  5. irritability and restlessness
  6. elevated feelings of stress
  7. shakes and jitters
  8. adrenal fatigue – when combined with other forms of stimulants and stressors

Not to mention, caffeine consumption creates an unwanted cycle of sleeplessness. We usually consume coffee because we feel tired. But caffeine is a stimulant, so it keeps us up at night, and we are UNABLE to sleep….thus more coffee the next day while we are running on not-so-optimal 4 hours of sleep each night. See the problem?

Rest assured however, there are a few ways to dial back your reliance.

  1. Keep tabs on consumption – make a mental note to always record and keep track of how much caffeine you’re consuming. When you’re reaching your daily levels…STOP.
  2. Get better sleep – sleeping 7-9 hours of GOOD sleep each night decreases your need for caffeine and other stimulants because your body is rested and has enough energy to make it throughout the day.
  3. Cycle your sources – there are other natural forms of caffeine such as herbal teas. Try going every other day, cycling teas and coffees. This way, your body won’t build up as strong as a tolerance, and you will feel the same effects with smaller doses.

Alright…who’s ready to go attack the day now?!!? Or are you looking for some NATURAL remedies aside from caffeine, that will provide your body with endless amounts of ENERGY?! Check out 3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy and Power Through Your Day!

-The Well Life Coach

 

3 Major Reasons Why People are Benefiting From Wellness Coaches!

Wellness coaching is a growing profession. Why? People are seeing the great benefits and results!

Wellness coaching just happens to be one of the fastest growing professions around today. It seems like…fortunately…everyone is getting on the wellness train! Hip hip hooray for healthy trends! But having said that, chronic conditions are still prevalent. With obesity, hypertension, and diabetes effecting 75%+ of the population, and costing upwards of $250+ billion of healthcare costs, it seems that wellness coaching still have a daunting job to do.

First off….what exactly is a wellness coach? Unlike personal trainers who just focus on fitness and nutritionists that look solely at diet, wellness coaches tend to focus on the person as a WHOLE, maximizing balance between all areas of life and wellness. Think of it as like….a Julian Michaels meets Tony Robbins. Or something.. ūüôā

Wellness coaches can work in conjunction with physicians or medical clinics, or operate as an independent entity. Considering their ability to work with clients essentially anywhere, more and more people are finding benefit in and seeing great results from working with one of these coaches! Here are 3 reasons why:

  1. Accessibility and accountability –¬†sometimes, you just need that one person to slap your hand when you reach for the last cookie in the jar. Or that extra spoonful of peanut butter…if you’re me… Think of wellness coaches, well, like an actual coach! To encourage you, teach you, motivate you, stick with you through the tough times, and be your cheerleader through the good times. Wellness coaches are like your personal health advocate, who truly hold your best interests at heart and believes enough IN you that you can accomplish whatever your goals are. Not only that, but thanks to the ole’ internet, wellness coaching can be done virtually through pretty much anywhere. I have a client in Cali who I work with via telephone, sometimes skype, and if they need guidance on an exercise move…a simple Zoom or Youtube upload tutorial (or even facetime) can knock that out pretty quickly and easily! Accessibility and accountability…2 things we ALL need.
  2. Behavior change is hard –¬†say for example you go to the doctor and he says, “Hey, you have high blood pressure. Change your diet and your exercise routine, along with these meds, and you should see improvement. See you in 6 months.” Though he’s left you with a general overview of what to do to improve your help, the HOW to do it may still leave you quite baffled. Not to mention, be honest in how likely you are to do this with only a suggestion. Behavior change is hard. Especially for those who must undergo MAJOR behavior and lifestyle changes. And usually, physicians aren’t trained in behavior change, nor do they have the time to continuously follow up and coach a patient through their post-care protocols. Enter…the wellness coach. Wellness coaches can make deciphering this plan a lot easier, by giving you guidance on how to implement these suggestions. Not only that, wellness coaches usually have the experience to tie in mindfulness and emotional change strategies that help induce sustainable behavior change.
  3. Wellness coaches are a 1 stop shop –¬†last bust not least, wellness coaches are like a ‘wellness class pass’ if you will. Pay a fee for access to all of their services. Not just training, not just nutrition, but some help you through other elements such as stress reduction, goal setting, time management, life balance, career transitions, relationships…essentially anything can impact an individuals wellness. Essentially they will help you make overall general better LIFESTYLE choices that will benefit you as a whole, and focus on your strengths.

Many of us have a vision of our ideal life. It could be via a business idea, career, or physical appearance. And though wellness coaches aren’t physicians, healthcare professionals or trained nutritionists or business coaches, setting goals with a wellness coach allows you to focus on your physical and mental wellness that in turn proves beneficial to your endeavors in all other areas of life. With our motivation, guidance, knowledge, training and accountability, your chances of success are much..MUCH higher.

The BAD news: school never ends. The GOOD news……

Why embracing being a lifetime student is something that you’ll have to come to terms with. But trust me, it’s worth it!

YIKES!¬†I hope I got your attention with that one. If someone told me that school would NEVER end…I’d have dropped out in the 2nd grade…am I right or am I right ūüôā

Hey you soon to be grads, young professionals and young entrepreneurs…there’s a silver lining. Never fret. I don’t mean actual school. I simply mean, LEARNING.

Take it from me. My life experience was one of continuously moving up in my education because I just thought that that was the be all end all answer to life success. Guess what, I was wrong. One thing that I WISH school had taught me (aside from the ever-useful Pythagorean theorem) is that your learning is never done.

Let’s face it. Education these days teaches you how to find a job, but not build a life. What did that mean for me? Transparently…going into massive debt going through higher level education just in hopes of making it big when in reality, I had NO idea what I wanted for my life. Sound like you? I changed my mind so many times because I kept going after what seemed to be EASY or have a quick chance of making big bucks. But no one ever sat me down and helped me go through planning out my life through recognizing my strengths, passions, purpose, and true life WANTS. And boy, I wish they did.

This might not have been everyone’s experience. You might have been blessed by knowing at a young age exactly what you wanted in life. But I did not. I NEVER saw myself working for someone else or in a corporation. I had so many interests, IDEAS, and admittedly a rebel soul, that I only wanted to build a business based around my personal identity and brand. But I didn’t know how. Nor was I taught.

Fast forward to today. I’m working independently as a professional speaker, coach, and consultant working with young people my age…and younger…helping them solve this issue before it becomes too difficult to solve later. This was my issue, and because they say the best business ideas come from a solution to a personal problem, this is the problem I wish someone would have solved for me, and what I’m helping people do now.

How did I get there? BY FORGETTING EVERYTHING I KNEW. Today, you HAVE to embrace being a constant student. You will always be learning, no matter WHAT. Do NOT be afraid to learn, assess, unlearn, relearn, and unlearn again.¬†Once I got rid of everything I was taught, sought out my own guidance and knowledge on how to find my passion and improve my life, I was inundated with a wealth of eye opening knowledge that set me on the right path. Yes it’s hard. Yes it’s time consuming. Yes it’s stressful. But YES it’s worth it! I would have rather gone through this struggle to find out what I needed to know later in life, so I can help others do the same, rather than never having to have to learn from struggle in the first place.

It’s still better to be lost in the RIGHT direction, than it is to be on the right path in the WRONG direction. Drop me a line on how I can help YOU!

The Young Entrepreneur’s List of Resources

Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur who has NO idea where to start? Here is a list of potential resources for you, regardless of where you live!

If you were like me, the entrepreneurial drive was INTENSE. It was so intense that I couldn’t think of ANYTHING else. I HAD to be a successful entrepreneur. I was TIRED of working for someone else. I had SO many great IDEAS and the DRIVE to make a HUGE IMPACT! It was this need for significance, coupled with a few great ideas that really led me to make the leap into this unknown and uncertain world.

But honestly, my past schooling didn’t teach me how to proceed as an entrepreneur. It taught me how to survive in the workforce, as an employee of someone else! Thus, with no experience, I had NO idea where to start. None. And on top of this, I was in a COMPLETELY new city. So not only was I setting out on this brand new venture, but I was in a brand new place where I essentially had to start from scratch.

At first, this was extremely intimidating. But the drive was too strong. I was going to learn and read and talk and find ANY and ALL knowledge I possible could and NEEDED to. Below I have compiled a list for you on resources you may be able to start to get a handle on how to proceed with your own entrepreneurial venture. One thing to keep in mind…it will not be easy. it Will take a lot of work, it will take a LOT of time, and it will take a LOT of energy. But listen here, it’s not your resources, but your RESOURCEFULNESS that counts. Do what drives you and fires your soul! The key to each of these categories, is to research the entity that is specific to your area.

  1. MENTORS – The BIGGEST and MOST important thing I can tell you is to find a MENTOR. You must find a mentor. I don’t care where you are or who you are or what you’re doing, you will be successful QUICKER and more effectively if you utilize the knowledge of someone who has done it BEFORE! Remember, the most effective way to become an entrepreneur is to not reinvent the wheel, but to build off of what someone else has already done. In my experience, people you approach about being mentors are more than willing to help you. If they are not willing to help you, they are not the type of person you’d want to learn from anyway. RESEARCH big names in your area in your line of work you are trying to entre, contact them, and simply ask them. The worse that can happen is they say no. You may even be able to utilize someone out of your immediate network. But mentorship and guidance is a must these days, and any successful entrepreneur and business professional who’s worth their salt has learned, or continues to learn, from their own mentor.
  2. Local government organizations – many times your local entrepreneurial ecosystem will be supported by local government organizations. Why? The government wants entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses to succeed in your city to BOOST the economy. If you go to your local government website, you may find small business bureaus, small business educational resources, entrepreneurial grant opportunities, and much more.
  3. Local entrepreneurial accelerators – if you live in a bigger city, chances are there are local entrepreneurial accelerator non-profit companies. Most of the time you will find these in share or co-working spaces for remote workers and small businesses. These accelerators usually do application processes 1-2 times per year to bring an up and coming entrepreneurial venture into their accelerator program. Even if you do not get into the program, they usually have innumerable resources for the young professional or entrepreneur, including a list of local mentors.
  4. Local young leadership networks РIn my experience, these are getting more and more popular. The young, millennial and Gen Y workforces are gathering together to support each other in the professional landscape, as well as entrepreneurship. These can be found through a simple consultation with Dr. Google. For example, New Orleans has YLC (Young Leadership Committee), a vibrant community of young professionals and budding entrepreneurs that benefit from shared resources and social networking events.
  5. Meet up groups – Meet up is an app that groups together people of similar interests, and sets up “meet ups” (duh) of these people at an event to talk about the specific topic. If you search for ‘entrepreneurial meet up groups’ in your area within the app, chances are you will find some like-minded people to share stories, tips, knowledge, or maybe even a potential business partner.
  6. Public/international organizations – These groups are everywhere and are full of young and established professionals that would be willing to help young entrepreneurs like us. Sometimes, these organizations require fees for membership, but if you do your due diligence and find the ones that are right for you, the networking opportunities would be endless. Some examples include: BNI, Toastmasters, NAWBO, AWBA, etc.
  7. Local Chamber’s of Commerce – Here is where I’ve done a lot of my networking and making connections. The Chamber of Commerce is full of business professionals looking for referrals for their businesses, but also with small business owners or entrepreneurs looking for networking/business building opportunities. Again, this organization is fee based. It also usually requires you to be an employee of a business or a business owner before joining. So if you are an entrepreneur in the idea phase, it might be a difficult join. However, if you are currently employed at another employer while building your entrepreneurial venture, you can always register with your current employer, but ask around for resources and advice on your own individual business building.
  8. Local universities – Fiinalllyyy we are beginning to see entrepreneurship built into course content, especially in business programs such as MBAs. Even if you didn’t go through a Master’s level program, or even if you didn’t attend the local university, many times there will be programs, resources, or whole departments dedicated to helping young professionals and entrepreneurs be connected with community resources that will help them.
  9. Social media groups – Lastly…even if you don’t like it…you MUST utilize social media when building your business or looking for helpful resources. FaceBook ALONE has THOUSANDS of groups dedicated to young professionals, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial lifestyles, small businesses, etc. All you need to do is request to join, or follow a certain group you’ve researched, and INTERACT with¬†the members of the group. ENGAGE on the page, ask questions, make yourself known and BUILD your NETWORK.

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Ready to Take Your Side Hustle to the Next Level?

Side hustler? Get what you need to know to take your passion project to a full time job.

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So what exactly is a side hustle? Well, essentially this is a venture that your pursue on the side of your regular 9-5 job. It goes by many names…side venture, side hustle, passion project, but they all essentially mean the same thing. Whether or not it is your intention to transition from your full time job into following your side hustle full time, or just to use it as a creative outlet, I think side hustles are a vital part of the economy, as it allows people to pursue passions that may lay outside of their main source of income.

The truth is, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle, a majority of these are women, and 1 in 2… that’s right 50%! of millennials are pursuing the side hustle. I’d have to argue that it is mostly because many young people find themselves wrought with student loans and are looking for extra income streams to supplement their lifestyle. What do you think?!

Are you one of the lucky entrepreneurial minded people with a side hustle? Is it your intention to transition into it being your main source of income and becoming a FULL TIME entrepreneur? I hope so! My firm belief, and my entire program, is based around the fact that EVERYONE deserves to build a life around the things they love, and their passions, so they can wake up every morning EXCITED to go to work, because the work we do is SO VITAL.

But what many¬†people don’t realize is there are actually¬†MANY hidden things that need to be done in order to pursue¬†starting a business, that many people may not realize if they didn’t go to¬†business school. On a high level, these things relate to taxes, becoming a legal entity, financial management, compliance, and regulation. Fun right?! WRONG! It can often be overwhelming to begin to think of these things, especially the first time you hear that they are things that NEED to be done.

The phenomenon of the ‘microentrepreneur’, who is working on transitioning a side hustles into full time business is a hugely growing concept. And my call to¬†you is, if this is the avenue¬†you’re wanting to take…DO YOUR RESEARCH!¬†Do you research, learn what you can, and if need be, learn when and how you need to reach out for help in a particular area. Start with your immediate network. Do you have friends or family who can help advise¬†you on this? Start there before you decide to lay down some capital on outsourcing these services. Luckily, there are many resources throughout the COUNTRY for emerging entrepreneurs.

Ready to leave the 9-5 world to pursue entrepreneurship and live for your passion? I have a FOUNDATION TO SUCCESS program that will prep you¬†for success in this transition, by focusing on yourself as the entrepreneurial individual by leveraging the phrase…GET READY TO¬†STAY READY.

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Why It’s Important to Live Your Purpose

Do you know your purpose? Do you feel like you’re meant for more? It’s time to take action towards this! Here is why…

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In an EXTREMELY shortened version, I have discovered that MY PURPOSE is to help others find their own purposes and recognize that is possible to live a life in service to their purpose and actually MAKE MONEY doing it! Why? I went through the struggle and depression and pain of feeling unfulfilled in my life. Consistently knowing that I was meant for and CAPABLE of more continuously put stress on my life and made me desire CHANGE. Once I broke through the mental stigmas and actually made the decision to change, which resulted from a state of uncomfortability, I was able to see with clarity that it is my JOB to share this with the world.

But WHY is this IMPORTANT?

I want you to sit back and think of things that you DO NOT want in your life. Go ahead. Do it. -> What did you come up with?

Now, I want you to sit back and think of things that you DO WANT in your life. Go -> What did you come up with? Was it more difficult to name these things than it was to name what you didn’t want? Don’t worry it if was, that is super common. Why? Because the truth is, most of us do not know what we really want. Or, we are afraid to admit it because we think it is silly or impossible.

No. Just no. The first¬†reason why knowing your purpose is important is because it provides CLARITY in your life. Many people are wandering aimlessly in monotonous lifestyles where they feel like they’re trapped in a hamster wheel, doing the same things day in and day out and accepting that this is all life is for them. Though they may want more or feel that they are meant for more, for whatever reason, they never bring this feeling into fruition. The first step to do so, is to get uncomfortable with this lifestyle to incite CHANGE, and realize that you can live your purpose once you gain CLARITY on what it is¬†you really want. Trust me, clarity is one of if¬†not THE most RELIEVING emotions you can feel.

Why else is knowing your purpose important? This one is more physical, but it is important because of your personal health. Wait…what? Yes. When your ideas of your life are not congruent with your current state, there is unhappiness, confusion, discouragement, discomfort, and fear. All of these negative emotions culminate into an overwhelming STRESS! And we all know what stress does to the body. Big stressors, and even a combination of smaller constant acute stressors are DETRIMENTAL to ones’ health. Don’t believe me? Well, sparing you the scientific details, do some research on the impact of stress on the body. A lot of the times when the source of this stress is unable to be recognized, because one’s life is seemingly perfect, they do a deeper dive and realize that it is because they are not living their PURPOSE. This unfulfilling feeling is wearing at them constantly and most of the time people are too afraid to take action against this.

I’m here to tell you, that it is TIME to take action. Live your PUROSE NOW! Find it, recognize it, DECIDE to pursue it, make the CHOICE to CHANGE, and begin living the life of your DREAMS NOW! Do it like there are lives at stake. Because there are. The most important life…yours.

The Biggest Key to Getting What You Want, That You May Be Overlooking

The #1 key to getting what you want is always overlooked, but is most definitely the EASIEST.

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A lot of people I work with (most of them actually), decided to do so because they have something they want, or an idea they want to pursue, but have no idea how to get it. Whether they lack the knowledge or confidence to get started, by far the biggest excuse I hear…is FEAR! Fear of the unknown, uncertainty, losing everything, fear of lack of resources, etc. etc. Don’t get me wrong, these are legitimate fears. But if you always consider these hindering factors…you will NEVER take action to get where you want, because you are waiting for the perfect time. Well, there really is no better time than now.

Who has heard the phrase “It is not a matter of RESOURCES, but a matter of RESOURCEFULNESS”? To me, there is no truer phrase. Why?…Think about the successful people you know who came from NOTHING. Look at Oprah. Now one of the world’s richest women, she didn’t come from a life of luxury or wealth or ease, but quite literally a life of POVERTY. She didn’t have something you don’t have, and arguably, she had less. Too often do people suspend getting started on their dreams because they take so much time thinking and wondering and pondering how to find ‘resources’ to get them started, when they are undoubtedly overlooking the #1 rule to getting what you want…and most definitely the EASIEST.

Just…ask. That’s right. Ask for it. Ask EVERYONE and ANYONE you know to HELP you on your journey to get what you want. If they can’t help you, ask them to refer you to someone they think who can! If even they cannot help you…go out and meet new people! Network, build relationships, build a COMMUNITY of individuals who you now know that can cast a net for they themselves, or someone they know to HELP you along the way. Be it with ideas, finding mentors, monetary resources, guidance, legal advice, accountability…or just to surround yourself with people who have reached the level of success you want to achieve, the easiest thing to do, is to ask someone for help.

DO NOT let your pride get in the way here. Many times people are WILLING and even HAPPY to provide guidance or advice, because that means that you see them as a successful and TRUSTED source of information! What better compliment to one’s accomplishments as to be regarded as an expert?! And DO NOT be afraid to ask, either. Why? Because what is the WORST thing that could happen? The absolute worst thing that could happen is them simply saying “no”. One word. Why would that stop you? On the other hand, think of all the things that could go RIGHT?! Those FAR outweigh the consequence of a “no”. And if someone tells you no, guess what, there are billions of other people on the planet that odds are, will end up saying ‘yes’. And who knows, maybe that ‘yes’ will be exactly the ‘yes’ you needed!