How To Start a Side Hustle this Summer

How To Start a Side Hustle this Summer

Are you thinking about starting a side hustle this summer? Maybe you have some extra time on your hands or just want to learn how to bring in more money to go on that family vacation.
When I started my business, I just wanted to figure out how I could work from home and spend more time with my son. Working a 9 to 5, in a cubicle, while I loved my work, I hated the commute, I didn’t like any of the people I actually worked with, I knew I was an independent learner and worker and if I could just translate what I did outside of the home to learn how to work from home, I knew I would have so much more time on my hands.
Does this sound like you?
At one point, my husband and I were working full time and we were still living paycheck to paycheck. It felt like I was working just to be able to pay for gas, my weekday lunches and for my son to spend his days in a daycare. Working from home, around my son’s naps sounded much more efficient.
Long story short, I ended up getting laid off from that job and a friend had asked me if I could watch her son while I was home with mine. I had watched my mom as a in home daycare provider, so I thought why not me?!!
In my time as a work at home mom, I have done things from being a virtual assistant, running an in-home daycare, doing multi level marketing and Direct sales through parties and running a blog and website where I get paid online. Free report on 5 ways to work from home.
While I made some money that helped pay for groceries, I didn’t love what I was doing – hence why I am writing this, so you don’t make the same mistakes that I did. I ended up resentful, no time to take care of myself and all that for just a couple hundred dollars a week.
A couple years later, I wanted to lose weight, ended up getting started with some weightloss supplements and all my friends wanted to know what I was doing (you can read about my story here), which created passive and residual income. I closed the daycare down and now solely work from home or my phone.
If you’re thinking about how you can work from home, there are a few things to consider there actually many ways that you can work from home. In many ways, you can create a side hustle, but first, I want you to consider a few things.

  1. What are your hobbies? What do you love to do? and what comes easy to you?
When I was babysitting out of my home, this became very easy because I was already at home with my own son and so it became very easy that I could just invite other children into my home and I would watch them while their parents worked. It’s something I was already doing and if I could do it for one kid, why couldn’t I do it for 2, 3 or even 4?
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  1. How much do you want to make?
You may just want some supplementary income to help pay for your car payment, $200-300 would be awesome or you may want something a little bit more so you can start investing into a new home. You may want to move or you may want to eventually just work from home, full-time. It’s important to consider your current needs and also the future that you want. I have tried many things and I had I made decent money on the side, but I wasn’t really taking into consideration our finances and what I needed to bring home and the bigger picture. How much money do you need to live the life you truly want?
  1. When do you want to work and how much do you want to work?
It’s important to set these boundaries up ahead of time and really think about what you want your job, your career, your business and your life to look like. For instance, to make money from blogging, you usually need a large following, lots of readers and that takes to time to build up, you will need time and energy to put into that with. That could be perfect if you love your job but love to write and have a passion project.
If you want full-time hours and full-time income, virtual assisting may be a better fit.
But if you don’t have a lot of time, affiliate marketing or network marketing can be less time consuming. You recommend products and someone else makes it, ships and sends you a commission.
One big mistake I made when I was running an in-home daycare, I was just taking on whoever would pay me and who ever needed my help. I didn’t have any set hours for my daycare and I ended up really burning out because I was watching kids from 6 AM until 11 PM some nights, even working weekends and holidays. I rarely had a day off this is why I am so passionate about building a business around the life you want and not what we’re taught – to build our life around our work. Learn how to start making money online now.
Are you wondering what your sole purpose is in this life? For years, I worked to pay the bills but often got bored, didn’t feel fulfilled and felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until I learned from my astrological birth chart, what my true purpose was. For years, I jumped from job to job, hobby to hobby, not truly loving my work.
I have a secret for you. The answer lies in your astrological birth chart.
Since learning about my divine mission and the work of my soul, I wake up with energy, I can’t wait to get to work and connect with my soul mate clients and feel so much joy in my heart for what I do. I want this for you. Don’t do what I did and just take on work that pays the bills. That is ok in the short term, but when you work from your heart, your work will actually give you energy rather than take it away.
In my soul purpose astrological readings, I help you get deeper insight into your personality, your soul purpose, your greatest strengths, the obstacles you are here to work through and what is going to be the most profitable way to make money FOR YOU.
As I am working to get my certification, I am doing my first 50 readings for free. So book now, before they book up. I will need your birth date, birth time and place of birth.
The Best Breakfast for Faster Weight Loss

The Best Breakfast for Faster Weight Loss

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I’ve learned a few things in the 6 years on my weight loss journey. One of those things is how important breakfast can be. Read about the Top Benefits of Breakfast  here
 
There’s different philosophies around breakfast. But most agree, it is an important meal of the day. It helps you break your fast, to help your body know that you are up and it is supposed to start burning calories again.
When you were sleeping and when you are at rest, your body is fasting, resting and restoring for the next day; it is burning much less calories than normal.
Many people skip breakfast for a lack of time, a lack of energy or to save calories. But this is the worst thing you can do if weight loss is your goal.
It has been proven that people who eat breakfast will eat less calories overall throughout the rest of the day than those who skip breakfast entirely. Why is that? When you skip a meal, a few things happen.
First, when you do actually eat, you are so hungry, you will probably be more likely to eat things you wouldn’t normally.
Second, if you are not eating enough calories in the day, your body will go into starvation mode, your body holds onto fat and you end up frustrated, with no results.
I typically tell my new clients (especially those new to losing weight and eating healthier) to eat within 30 to 60 minutes of being up, in the morning. A good breakfast will consist of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
 In my secrets to weight loss, free e-book, I break down these macro nutrients even further. Get it here.
PROTEIN
Protein is important when it comes to weight loss. Protein in the body helps maintain muscle mass, it helps grow muscle mass, regulates blood sugar levels and it helps you keep full for a longer period of time.  If you end up hungry shortly after breakfast or feel breakfast doesn’t fill you up, you may want to add more protein rich foods.
Many popular breakfast foods are high in carbs and low in protein – ie. your coffee and donut, pancakes, waffles.
Keep reading for healthy protein pancakes. I recommend between 20 to 30 g of protein in your breakfast. Start by getting a customized meal plan here.
CARBOHYDRATES
Carbs are also important, because it is our bodies preferred way to get energy. There’s lots of different ways to get carbs: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, rice, sweet potato, quinoa are some. Download Secrets to Weight Loss for the best carbs and a grocery list.
FATS
Healthy fats help to supply the body with fatty acids and helps to absorb other nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Some examples of healthy fats are coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado. Healthy fats are also another way you can help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Expert tip – if you are pre-diabetic, or have fluctuations in your blood sugar levels, balance your meals with a combination of protein, carbs and fats.
In my BRAND NEW mama fit pack (available for presale), we go more in depth on this balanced nutrition and how to balance out your macros, with sample menus and easy recipes.
Here are my top five GO TO breakfasts.
Veggie Omelette
I love to have an omelette with avocado broccoli and peppers. I sauté some vegetables, (use what you have available) I use onions and peppers in coconut oil and add in another  vegetable – broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, or brussels sprouts are all great. Add 2-3 eggs or egg whites and top with a slice of avocado.
Yogurt with Fruit
Greek yogurt, with fresh fruit, granola, or nuts. Greek yogurt is higher in protein then typical yogurts, and you will get your fiber through the berries. Add in nuts or granola for some crunchy texture and more healthy fats. If you want to pump this up, even more, you can add a protein powder or meal replacement shake. Vanilla or chocolate is my favorite. Click here for my favorite.
Protein Pancakes or Waffles
This is one of my kids favorites. Who doesn’t love pancakes?!!
Do a quick google search or Pinterest for protein pancakes or protein waffles, and you will find a lot of different recipes.
My favorite ways to add protein to pancakes are to add Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or your favorite protein powder.

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Egg Frittata or Egg Cups
A little similar to the omelette, however this is something you can make in bulk or even make it the night before. If breakfast is always a rush for you or you don’t always have time to make breakfast, you can make this the night before. It’s so simple and so easy to make. Start by sautéing your vegetables – onions, peppers, whatever vegetables you want and bake it in an egg casserole. This also makes a great snack and the kids love it. Read about 10 Make Ahead Breakfasts
Meal Replacement Shakes
If breakfast is not really your thing, you don’t like to eat breakfast, you don’t like to make breakfast or you find yourself struggling with time in the morning, meal replacement shakes or protein shake is a great substitute. The meal replacement shakes that I use has a perfect combination and balance of protein, carbs and fats already in it; and it comes in 10 different flavors. Take a look here.
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Setting Monthly Goals with the Moon

Setting Monthly Goals with the Moon

I recently did a poll on my Instagram asking if my followers set monthly goals and I was very surprised by the amount of people that said no. 75% of my followers answered no, they do not set monthly goals. I truly believe setting monthly goals is the number one reason why I’ve made so much progress and I’ve had so much transformation in my life and my business, over the past 6 years.
Looking back, when I didn’t set goals, I lacked direction, follow through and my goals were barely just wishes. I had no plan, there was no action and in the end, nothing happened.
When starting out, I set goals on the first day of the month. The results speak for themselves.
In March, I started a nutrition program. In April, I started working out, By September, I dropped 36 pounds and was making $500 in passive income. I continued making healthy choices and stayed active, due to every month, I was making new goals, stretching myself and making progress.
A few years into my journey as an entrepreneur, I had found success, was making decent money for the time I was investing, I was relatively happy with what I was doing; but I felt like there was something missing.
In 2016, I registered for a course called business by the moon. the course creator was essentially teaching how to manifest and operate your business in flow with the Moon cycles. Using the moon, combined with astrology and the season, this is now how I set goals. I still set goals, monthly, however, now I use moon cycles instead of the typical calendar.
Every month the moon has a cycle. This is the oldest calendar system, used by many of our ancestors.
There’s eight phases of the moon and you may be familiar with some of them.
New moon
Waxing crescent
First quarter
Waxing gibbous
Full moon
Waning gibbous
Last quarter
Waning crescent
In this post, I am grouping them in 4 phases but if you would like to go further, sign up for the wait list for a Free Course on Manifesting with the Moon.
The new moon is the very beginning phase of the moon cycle and however you can’t see the moon because it is blocked by the sun; this is a time to set new intentions for the month ahead. Usually at the new moon phase, things may be hazy, they may be a little confusing on where you’re headed, you may be a little unsure of your next step. The new moon phase is a time to rely more on your intuition and where you’re feeling called.  You may also notice your energy is low and you need more alone time and self care, during this time.
In the waxing phase, energy will start to build and you can start planning your month, setting goals, based on your intentions and taking action steps toward your goals.
During the full moon, many report higher energy, and you may notice more clarity around your goals and next step. This is a time to celebrate your progress and release anything that isn’t working.
During the waning moon phase, you will feel your energy coming back down. It is a great time to finish up any projects that you have and tie up any loose ends. it’s also a time of closing out the month and get ready for the next.
If you were interested in learning more about your own astrological birth chart and where the new moon is going to fall in your chart you can book a reading a personal reading where I help you.
And if you would like to take this a little deeper and truly learn how to manifest with the moon setting new goals every single month then you will want to register for my new upcoming free series on manifesting with the moon
10 ways to destress your mind and body

10 ways to destress your mind and body

 Over the past couple months you may you may have felt stressed or overwhelmed in times of certainty. You may be really unsure what is happening now or what our next step is. It is more important and most important, right now, that you learn how to find and follow your own inner peace. Inner peace isn’t something anyone else can give you. You have to find it for yourself.
 It doesn’t come from the amount of money you have in your bank account, the amount status you have in your job or career, it doesn’t come from that you where you live or the kind of car you drive. None of those things really matter as much time right now.  What matters is your own sanity, how are you taking care of yourself, how your stress levels are.
There are things that you could do to help you find this inner peace, be at peace with who you are, where you are; no matter what is happening in the world around you.
I am sharing 10 different ways you can find your inner peace; you don’t have to do all of them, take what you want, leave what you don’t. I hope there’s something here for everybody. At times of uncertainty, it is so important to be able to ground yourself, be present in the moment, not stress yourself out or get yourself worked up about the future. The fact is we don’t know what the future holds and worry is a waste of energy.
The find inner peace, you must learn to love, accept and value yourself for who you are.
1. Notice the tension in your body
Tune into what is going on and we are you feeling this tension. It could be in your heart, your gut or your throat. Be mindful of where this tension is at and focusing in on the body; being present with your body can help you stay grounded.
2. Connect with beauty in nature
There is beauty all around us if we choose to focus on it. Take it in with a walk outside and you will notice all the beauty all around you from the birds chirping, to the grass growing. In the midst of all the chaos that is happening in our world, we can see that nature prevails. Everything happens in seasons, even when the winter comes, pruning happens and things grow stale; eventually spring and summer do you come back around and things start to  grow again.
3. Focusing on the present your present state
Your present body, your present state, focus on what you can control instead of what you can’t. What are some things you can work on? What are some things you can do? You can go outside and enjoy the beauty and the nature; if you have a roof over your head.  Maybe you can tackle some organizing projects in the home when you’re feeling stuck or anxious. Use your energy on things you can change, rather than letting the energy build up inside.
4. Move your body
Another way to get present in the here and now is to get into your body moving. A lot of times when we are not moving the energy in our body it can create feelings of depression.
Commit to moving your body every day, whether that’s going for a walk, doing a body weight workout or practicing some yoga and stretching. Being present in the body allows you to move the energy in your body instead of keeping it stuck and stagnant. This is a great time to focus in on your health and fitness, since we are being contained at home and a lot of things are not open. You may be frustrated that your routine and modern conveniences have been disrupted or altered. Use that emotion and passion and fire up your workouts and metabolism.

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5  Dream or recall of happy times
In times of stress and chaos, sometimes it helps to just think back and remember some happier times and that will help bring the stress levels down. Dopamine is known as the happy hormone and you can activate this on your own with happy memories. Next time you are feeling down, try reminiscing with old photos, talking with a friend or journaling about a happier time in your life.
6. Clear your thoughts
Another thing you can do in your journal is to do a brain dump of everything you’re feeling. Get it out on paper and you will be surprised about how good this makes you feel. After doing this, you will feel like you had the best therapy session, even if you don’t regularly see a therapist. This is something you can do in the privacy of your home and no one actually has to read your journal; just the act of putting it out there will make you feel better.
7, Focus on gratitude
Start a gratitude journal. Every day when you wake up, start with 10 or 20 things that you are grateful for. Some ideas: your health, your body, your family, friends, food and shelter, your hobbies, passions, career. Gratitude can be the glue and the the key to getting everything you want. It can to take you from a state of panic or stress, to really getting present on all the good things you have in your life, and all the things you get to be grateful for. When you’re grateful for what you have, you have a better chance of more abundance coming back to you.
8. Disconnect from social media
Social media, right now, is a place where we can get updates and we can get the current news. However, along with this, you might be seeing things that don’t bring you peace, don’t bring you in your joy, don’t bring you calm, so don’t be afraid to break away for some mental self care. Having set times where you can break away are a good idea and I bet you won’t miss much. You can plan one day a week or maybe you set a time after 7 o’clock at night you’re not checking your social media. You can also give yourself 3 to 4 hours, when you first wake up of not checking social media. Having this quiet time where you’re not being bombarded with drama, news and chaos can do wonders for your mind. Being alone with your own thoughts can help clear your mind and allow you to process how you are feeling.
9. Focus on the good
This does go hand-in-hand with gratitude, but try focusing on all the good that is happening right now. It’s so easy when our routines are being disrupted, our lives are being disrupted; it’s so easy to get caught up in all of the bad that is taking place. What if you shifted your perspective and saw this as an opportunity to look at all the good things that are happening? Nature has been healing itself because there’s a less commute; there’s less pollution; people are staying at home more; families are being reconnected; parents who have been stressed out so much from working all the time are now getting to reconnect with their spouses and children; family meal time has returned. There’s so much more good that is happening then bad but if you are constantly chasing after the news and listening to the media, you probably won’t even notice. The media doesn’t make money reporting the good news; they make money to report the bad news.
10. Meditation
We already mentioned the importance of quiet time and being able to clear your mind. There are so many studies on the benefits of meditation. If you are not into meditation or have had trouble sitting still to meditate for 10 or 20 minutes; first of all you want to start small, for five minutes a day and work your way up. Actually, you don’t even have to sit at all. You could do this on a morning walk, during your yoga practice, while you’re stretching or even sitting on the porch with your morning tea or coffee.
7 Ways for Easier Meal Prep

7 Ways for Easier Meal Prep

Why do people choose fast food over preparing meals at home? Most people think they’re short on time. It’s certainly understandable, but when you have the right foods on hand, feeding your family healthier meals becomes less of a chore.
 
According to a report from the University of Washington, those who cook more at home have a diet that’s lower in calories, sugar, and fat. It’s also more economical than dining out. You will save an average of 200 calories per meal, as well as a cost savings.
Here are my favorite ways to move toward more homemade meals, even for busy families on the go:

Create a routine.

It doesn’t have to be “Taco Tuesday” and “Spaghetti Wednesday” every week, but sometimes guidelines can help cut down on decision paralysis. Designate a day or two for how you’ll eat, not necessarily what you’ll eat—like Meatless Mondays or having breakfast for dinner once a week.
A sample meal plan could be:
Monday – chicken, Tuesday – ground beef or turkey, Wednesday – leftovers, Thursday – pasta night, Friday – fish
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Compile a recipe stash.

Use a system that works for you, whether it’s ripping recipes from a magazine and putting them in a binder, or bookmarking them on your computer or smartphone, so you can retrieve them easily. I personally love Pinterest for this! Make sure you are following me!

 

Make a list, then shop once a week.

Pick a shopping day. Get input on your list from the family. Check to see if you’re low on your staples in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry so that you don’t waste time chasing them down during the rest of the week, and so that you can throw together a quick soup, curry or pasta dish at a moment’s notice. When you get to the store, take a few minutes to read food labels to help you choose healthy foods that fit your family’s tastes and budget. Or even better, use an app like Instacart for grocery delivery. Not only do you save time, but you can avoid impulse buys! Save $10 on your first order.

 

Assign roles.

Maybe your spouse is great with a knife—he or she would be perfect on chopping duty. Little kids can mix and help measure. And some folks are best suited for cleanup duty. Give everyone a part they can do with little or no complaints. I know I could do better with this, but my kids do love to help in the kitchen! All your kids to help where they can and as they master a skill, let them try something new. My 10 year old loves to help cut veggies like broccoli or cauliflower. My 6 year old loves to mix and measure.

Think fast and easy.

How many times did you buy a whole spaghetti squash with the best of intentions, only to watch it rot slowly over time in the back of the bottom fridge drawer? Reach for shortcuts such as frozen veggies, pre-washed greens and pre-cooked or pre-seasoned meat to help cut down on cooking and prep time.

 

Prep once, cook twice.

If you know you’re going to use chopped onions, garlic and vegetables in more than one meal during the week, cut up everything at one time and store what you’re not using immediately in the fridge so you’ll have it on hand.

Make extra rice or quinoa and store whatever’s left for a future meal and freeze it. And cook extra protein for two meals – the extra fish you grill tonight can be used for tomorrow’s fish tacos.

 

Master some one-dish wonders.

Or some call them one pan meals. Cultivate meals that balance your proteins, vegetables, and starches all in one dish. Consider chili, soups, pasta dishes, and casseroles.

Shifting such a critical part of your life might not happen overnight, especially if it’s tough to get other family members on board, but if you start small and easy, you’ll build a foundation for your family that will only get better over time.
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How to Stay Calm and Grounded in Times of Chaos

How to Stay Calm and Grounded in Times of Chaos

In times of chaos, it is never been more important than now to have a self care plan or routine to keep you grounded, present and have an outlet for you to reflect, process emotions and feel safe in this world. At times like these, it can be easy to stay in our head, get dragged down by the media and others and be reacting in fear. Grab the At Home Essential Guide to Self Care

Last week, I noticed an old pattern coming up. If you have been following me for awhile, you know there was a time I struggled with depression and emotional eating.
 
In 2008, I was pregnant with our first baby. My husband had made some changes to his work schedule. He went from working Monday – Friday 10am-5pm and home every night and every weekend, to switching to some evenings and weekend hours. As I got home from work around dinner time, I now spent most of my time alone, only with my 3 year old golden retriever. And now as I was pregnant, I no longer got calls and invitations from all my single girlfriends – like I did when I was single. I have never felt more alone than in those times.
There were nights I cried myself to sleep. There were nights I clenched onto my golden retriever, sobbing uncontrollably, as he was the only thing closest to human connection I had during that time.
 
As time went on, I learned to deal with it. I won’t say things got better because as a new mom, with a child with developmental delays, the things I had once in common with others were slowly dwindling. I didn’t feel like I belonged to the traditional moms groups and my old friends were still partying their asses off at the bar. But I was starting to get settled into our new normal.
Fast forward a few years, I found myself all alone again, after I had put our son to bed by 8pm. After dark, the hours were filled with Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, as I downed a bottle of my favorite red wine and binged on an entire box of oreos. I even resorted to hiding the empty containers from my husband, because I knew he would be ashamed and I would be humiliated.
In March, as our social distancing escalated and the world was shifting to the #athome model, my husbands hours changed again. As he took on more evening and weekend shifts, to meet the demands of the new carryout model, and myself and now 3 kids are now spending our evenings without him around. As much as I am grateful for him to still have a job, at this time, and for the income it provides us, that doesn’t change the emotional state or deep wounds it can bring up.
The past few years, I have learned how to process my emotions, I have learned how to look deep under the surface and understand many of our patterns are not conscious – but the subconscious mind holds so much power behind our thoughts and actions.
As I was started to sit with this new awareness and recognize old patterns coming up, I recognized these feelings of loneliness stemming from my childhood.
If you have feelings of trauma or deep unsettled emotions, it is important to ground yourself in these routines.
You can also get these and many more in my At Home Essential Guide to Self Care
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