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Simple Ways To Improve Your Time Management Skills

February 17, 2019


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Episode Summary

Does it feel like time is always slipping through your fingers? Are you working long hours and not seeing the monetary rewards for your efforts?

This week’s WAIM Show is all about time management and specifically how you can be more efficient with your time. We share a couple of simple time management tips you can try:

  • Using time blocking to stay focused and accomplish more work in a shorter period of time
  • Giving yourself permission not to work a standard 9-5 schedule
  • How to be realistic about the work you’re currently doing and if you should pivot to something else

Listen for the part of the episode where Caroline went from making $1,000 per month to 3-4x that amount just by managing her time better 👍

QUESTION FOR YOU: What time management trick have you used that’s made the biggest difference in your life? (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).

 
 


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We recently created a 100% free, no strings attached Test Drive of our Wandering Aimfully Membership. You can kick the tires and see all the goodies we have to offer, along with a hands-on preview of our newest program Build Without Burnout Academy (a 6-month guided program to help client-based business owners transition to digital products).

You’ll also be able to see inside our “Vault,” which contains 30+ courses and workshops to help you grow your business or make big changes in your life. Give the WAIM Test Drive a shot and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up a quick 1-on-1 call with us!

Joining Wandering Aimfully is the best way to help support us on our journey AND help yourself grow your business (or start a business) with intention and on your own terms.

What To Do When You Experience Burnout

February 10, 2019


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Episode Summary

We’ve had the DISpleasure of dealing with creative burnout on more occasions than we’d like to admit. It simply seems like experiencing burnout is a right of passage when you work for yourself.

But… We have a few tips on how to avoid burning out. How to (hopefully) not hit your own wall and feel like your health and life are suffering because of your work.

Burnout is something soooo many of us deal with but we can feel ashamed to admit it. Well, we’re here to pull back the curtain on burnout shame and to talk openly and honestly about it. We hope this episode helps you learn from our mistakes and avoid burning out with whatever you’re spending time on.

QUESTION FOR YOU: Have you experienced burnout? How have you dealt with it? (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).

 
 


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers our brand new program Build Without Burnout as well as “The Vault” (all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business) and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

How To Deal With Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome

February 3, 2019


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Episode Summary

Let us start off by saying EVERYONE deals with self-doubt. Especially when it comes to running your own business or making a big change in your life, it’s normal to go through imposter syndrome.

One way Caroline deals with self-doubt before starting something new is to acknowledge how much she’d regret not doing that thing. Yes, it’s scary to navigate uncharted waters, but it’s much worse to have never dipped your toes in those waters and always wondered “what if.”

For Jason, dealing with imposter syndrome and self-doubt comes down to challenging his own assumptions. Put your doubtful thoughts to the test and don’t let them impact business decisions or life choices until they prove that negative assumptions are correct.

Don’t let self-doubt hold you back from getting started and don’t compare where you are on your journey to the end of someone else’s journey.

QUESTION FOR YOU: What self-doubt in life or business can you challenge this week? (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).

 
 


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers our brand new program Build Without Burnout as well as “The Vault” (all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business) and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

Do You Have Big Dreams?

January 27, 2019


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Episode Summary

What’s the thing you’ve always dreamed of doing? That place in the world you’ve had on your bucket list to visit? An experience you’ve read about over and over?

We share our big dreams, or lack thereof, in this episode. We also explore if our big dreams come from our own desires or if we’re merely focusing on things society has told us we should want.

Can you believe Caroline doesn’t want to hang out with Oprah? 😂😉

QUESTION FOR YOU: What big dream do you have? What crazy thing is on your bucket list that you can’t stop thinking about?? (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).

 
 


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers our brand new program Build Without Burnout as well as “The Vault” (all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business) and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

Why and When You Should Make a Business Pivot

January 20, 2019


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Episode Summary

Is your current business not quite serving you? Making a business pivot can look like many things:

  • Switching from one type of business to another
  • Scrapping all your current offerings and changing it up to something else
  • Getting rid of a bunch of features and try a slew of new ones
  • Or quitting a business completely! (which you shouldn’t feel bad about!)

We go through all these different types of business pivots and share stories from our various business ventures since 2007.

We’ve had our fair share of business transitions and believe it’s 100% okay to make a change but it can be hard to know when and how. Hopefully, our experience and advice in this episode will help you if you ‘re in a position where you want to make a change!

QUESTION FOR YOU: Is your business currently in a state of flux and feeling like you need to switch things up? (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).

 
 


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers our brand new program Build Without Burnout as well as “The Vault” (all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business) and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

Our Unique Wedding and Our Unconventional Thoughts on Marriage

January 13, 2019


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Episode Summary

A few years ago we found ourselves at an impasse: Caroline had one idea of what she wanted for our wedding and Jason had a completely different idea. While we were both 100% committed to each other and our relationship, we also found that the topic of being married was different for both of us.

  • How did we get on the same page when it came to our wedding?
  • What did we do for an engagement (hint: you’ll never guess!)?
  • Why do we think the idea of marriage may not be for everyone?

In this episode, we break down how we went from looking at a wedding from two separate perspectives and eventually landing on our own dream unique celebration (on a cliff, drinking tequila and eating donuts – no joke!)

We also share some thoughts related to relationships in general, which may help you if you’re in a committed relationship and feel like you and your significant other aren’t on the same page with what to do next.

QUESTION FOR YOU: Did this episode give you a new frame of reference for your own relationship? We’d love to hear about it! (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).

🎥 Oh, and if you want to watch, here’s our wedding video from our special day:

 
 


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers our brand new program Build Without Burnout as well as “The Vault” (all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business) and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

The Things We Wish We’d Known When We Started Our Businesses

January 7, 2019


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Episode Summary

Whether you’re starting a business or you’ve been on your own entrepreneurial journal for over a decade like we have, we’ve got some lessons learned and tips for you in this episode!

When was the last time you set out to plant seeds for your business? No, not actual seeds, but tasks and to-do items that may not bear fruit for many months? This can seem difficult if you’re trying hard to generate revenue right now, but it’s an important way to shift your thinking to play the long-game with your biz.

We also discuss how to use an “experimenter’s mindset” with your business and practical next steps. So much of our positive progress and growth has come from putting our ideas and assumptions to the test (and not counting ideas out before giving them a chance!)

And we chat about comparison traps, dealing with feelings of overwhelm, and focusing on taking imperfect action. Lots of goodies for you this week!

QUESTION FOR YOU: What seeds are you planting for your business this year? (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers our brand new program Build Without Burnout as well as “The Vault” (all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business) and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

How To Plan For Your Dream Trip and Our 2019 Travel Plans

December 31, 2018


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Episode Summary

Taking that dream travel trip doesn’t happen out of the blue. With enough planning and forward-thinking, your dream trip can be a reality with just a few simple steps we share in this week’s WAIM Show episode.

Some of our favorite recent trips:

– Tahiti (overwater bungalows!)
– Iceland (all the waterfalls and crazy Instagram-worthy terrains)
– Italy (pizza, pasta, need we say more?)
– Tulum (amazing beaches and food)

While those big destinations are awesome, we also had a great time in British Columbia, Joshua Tree, and small towns throughout the US on various road trips.

Travel is a source of inspiration and motivation for us. If we need to recharge our creative batteries we look for a new place to visit and do it on our own terms (read: no hostels… haha). We hope this episode helps you plan a dream travel trip or just inspires you to take a weekend getaway.

QUESTION FOR YOU: What dream travel destination is on your list? (Feel free to comment with your answer on YouTube).


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

Which One Of Us Has Had More One-Night Stands?

December 24, 2018


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Episode Summary

This is our second “After Dark” episode of Wandering Aimfully: The Show. What happens after a healthy pour of rose and tequila? What kind of random questions did we find from the game Open Up? Which one of us has had more one-night stands??

Find out in our second installment of Wandering Aimfully After Dark, along with some other extremely random and silly conversation topics.

If you huddled around a fire of your own, poured yourself a drink of any kind, and listened to our soothing/semi-inebriated voices, let us know!


Episode “Sponsor”

Wandering Aimfully Memberships

Our show will remain sponsor/ad-free and you can support us by becoming a Wandering Aimfully Member. Our monthly membership program offers all the courses, workshops, and software you’ll need to run your online business and you get access to an amazing community of creative small business owners to help inspire, motivate and support you. Learn more about our membership here.

Our 2018 Year End Review and 2019 Preview

December 16, 2018


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What Went Well In 2018?

We launched Wandering Aimfully (WAIM)!

In 2018 we made a huge shift and combined our separate businesses (JasonDoesStuff + Made Vibrant) into Wandering Aimfully (WAIM). While it was tough, we shared every step of the journey and feel really great about the future. We’re excited to have streamlined business offerings, a consolidation of our work-focus, and we feel we’ve laid the foundation for the next few years!

Life, marriage, and friendships

We stayed married, hurray! Jokes, lol. We got married in 2017 and continued to find new growth opportunities for our relationship by joining forces in business (if you want to test the strength of your relationship, that’ll do it!)

For Caroline, she flew back to Florida and helped her Mom recover from surgery and then took a separate trip with her Mom to NYC. Caroline had her annual “girl’s trip” at our place and carved out more time for calls with friends.

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of work and we both felt we did a good job of balancing friendships, family trips, friend trips (hello, Caleb and Jen!) and generally staying in touch with the humans that mean the most to us in our lives.

We traveled a good bit

Speaking of balance, we didn’t travel as far as we did in 2017, but we still filled up our travel-buckets. The relaxing travel highlight of 2018 was definitely San Cristobal Hotel in Todos Santos (photos below). The business trip of the year definitely goes to Imperfect Boss Camp where Caroline spent four days with a hundred amazing and creative ladies in the woods of Canada. Here’s a recap of our travels:

  • Jacksonville, FL (Caroline spent time with her Mom through her surgery)
  • Big Bear, CA (trip with friends)
  • Jocassee Gorges, SC (Jason’s family trip)
  • Todos Santos, Mexico (this amazing hotel!)
  • Santa Barbara, CA (Caroline’s 30th b-day trip)
  • Boston, MA (friend’s wedding)
  • Outside Toronto, Canada (Imperfect Boss Camp)
  • New York City, NY (Caroline’s Mom + Daughter trip)
  • Los Angeles, CA (three times!)
  • Jacksonville, FL (Family Christmases)

 

Jason read a lot of books

Continuing the trend of the past two years, Jason read 35 total books in 2018 and made a big shift to fiction books. While nonfiction books can be helpful and enlightening, Jason has been using reading time to unwind his brain and take a break from constantly thinking about work. Jason’s top three books of 2018:

  1. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown (the series)
  2. Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
  3. Genome, by A.G. Riddle

Feel free to read Jason’s 1-sentence book reviews on his Reading List.

Our WAIM Community has continued to be amazing

We continue to be floored by the generosity, thoughtfulness, creativity, and all around awesomeness of our WAIM community. It really is a joy to show up on a daily basis in our Slack channel and for our monthly-ish calls. This community is something we cherish and are extremely grateful to be a part of.

Caroline’s book was released, Jason got a traditional book deal

Caroline’s book, Your Brightest Life, was released by Chronicle Books this year. Chronicle was a dream publisher for Caroline to work with and it happened! Hurray! Jason, on the other hand, launched a very weird project called Dear Book Publisher where he tried to land a book deal in an unconventional way. Spoiler alert: The idea worked! Jason signed with the publisher Running Press and his second book will be released in 2019.

Your Brightest Life book

 

Caroline invested heavily in her mental health

Nearly every week in 2018 Caroline went to therapy and stuck with it, even when it got hard. We’re big believers in taking care of your mental health. In fact, we recorded a podcast episode about it.

Honorable mention: We did an okay job with work/life blend

We can’t say we did a great job with balancing work and life since Caroline got sick due to stress, but it wasn’t all work-stress. That being said, we do feel we set some solid boundaries for work hours for most of the year and enjoyed life while taking on ambitious moves with business.


 

What Didn’t Go Well In 2018?

Overall business revenue was down for the first time in years

Overall total revenue was down and we didn’t hit our revenue projections (who are we kidding, we missed the projections by a mile). BUT… life isn’t all about hitting revenue projections and we saw this down year as a good thing as it’s helping us “pivot” in a better direction. Plus, we still lived a pretty damn full life in 2018 and cannot complain.

 

It was a stressful (and shingle-filled) year

Life stresses reared their ugly heads in 2018. Caroline had to deal with the emotions of her Mom’s cancer diagnosis and helping her get back to full health. Our pup Plaxico had some weird hindleg issues that persisted throughout the year (and may simply be his first sign of old-age). Those things, along with everyday stress, led to Caroline getting shingles and being down for the count for two months. Again, not fun, but a good lesson to help us realign how we’re spending our hours each day and trying to not overdo it.

Not enough time spent on creativity

For Caroline: Not making enough time for creating art. She didn’t make it enough of a priority and think it would have gone a long way to making her feel centered and inspired. For Jason: We’ve said it for 2 years and still haven’t made simple, helpful tools. Mostly this is a lack of technical knowledge, but we want to finally crack this nut in 2019.

Spruce Metrics didn’t ever get back off the ground

Spruce Metrics has had a rough go of it and never re-launched. The writing may be on the wall for this idea.

We didn’t hit Teachery’s revenue goals and we know why

While Teachery got a few bigger features out the door, it didn’t grow much revenue wise (we’d hoped to double revenue from 2017 to 2018). The big takeaway for Teachery is that we just don’t want to play the games it takes to grow quickly. We’re trying some Facebook Ads the next few months and will see how growth goes in 2019.


 

Biggest Surprises of 2018?

For Jason: Zelda Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch

Jason is only a year and a half late on this amazing video game, but holy moly it rocked his socks off (in the best way!) The game is full of adventure, fun, puzzles, and is challenging enough to keep you playing for hours on end. This was the first time Jason got enthralled with a game of any kind since his college years. If you haven’t played and you own a Nintendo Switch, Zelda BOTW is a must-play game!

For Caroline: Digital Planning

Caroline is working to integrate this fun new hobby into our collaborative workflow, but she’s realized she’s much happier overall (and more productive) when she has a PLAN. Normally that means just writing things down on a calendar, but that’s not fun. Digital planning lets her creativity go wild and she’s gotten excited to plan the week ahead on the weekends.


 

2019 Preview

Shifting our focus for Wandering Aimfully

We’re making a big move with WAIM and creating a cornerstone program that solves a specific problem for a specific person. The program will be a 6-month hands-on academy called Build Without Burnout. We’ll still offer all the existing WAIM Membership goodies, but this program will be the featured aspect of our membership!

Prioritizing helpful/fun content

Since the conception of WAIM in late 2017 we knew we wanted to make short, helpful YouTube videos. We simply never could find the time to fit it into our schedule. That’s going to change in 2019 along with peppering in a few weird off-the-wall ideas.

Some travel, but not too much

Our only big trip planned in 2019 is to Oslo, Norway to speak at a conference. We’re going to spend 10 days exploring Norway and we’re super pumped about it. Otherwise, we don’t have a lot on the travel calendar just yet. We know we’re going to take it a bit easier though.

Continuing to enjoy each other’s company

We want to make our relationship a continued focus. Find time just for each other, but also be more thoughtful and appreciative of what we love about one another. We’ll constantly be trying to do more things outside of work together.

Focusing on our ENOUGH number for buinsess revenue

We have a public goal of hitting 330 paying WAIM Members. That’s our “enough” number. We don’t want to grow our business beyond that just because we can. We want to hit our goal and not have to worry about sales and marketing.


 

How Are We Framing 2019?

Each year we pick a word that helps us frame the next year. The word becomes a mantra and we’ve done this since 2015 (it’s super helpful!)

Caroline’s word for 2019: Abundance

Caroline spent a lot of this year admittedly in a scarcity mindset. It never felt like there was enough time or space or even money with trying to get WAIM off the ground. In 2019, she wants to set the intention to shift from this place of fear to a place of acceptance, flow, and trust. She wonders how this will affect her overall creativity and motivation when the focus shifts to all that is already abundant and readily available.

Jason’s word for 2019: Loosen

Jason is admittedly a bit OCD about work and life and wants to loosen the reins a bit. That doesn’t mean his desk will become messy (that would be insanity), but he just wants to try to fight some of the urges to make everything neat, tidy, and line up perfectly and with maximum efficiency. We’ll see how this goes! Hah!

Are you writing a “Year End Review”? We’d love to read it!

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