I’ve been checking out lots of websites lately to analyze how and why successful businesses and blogs do what they do. They all seem to have enticing headlines, overflowing email lists, constant connections to Twitter and Instagram, offers and packages out the wazoo. After checking through websites after website, I started to panic a little – all these people are doing what I want to do and they’re doing it really really well. Is there space for me?
But I’ve been asked this question before and I know the answer…yes, there is ALWAYS room IF you do you.
The internet is vast and the number of people coming online is growing every day. People who want to start businesses and blogs and many are beyond confused about how to make their brand new baby of a website run and could use my help. Those people might be looking for your help too.
While plenty of bloggers offer similar services, no one does everything I do the way I do it. And that goes for you too! You are the only one who has the viewpoint, style, and process of YOU. And while we may learn from each other and certain design elements become trendy, we will never ever be the exactly same. Even the copycats don’t do it the same or as well as the original!
So don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Whether they launch something similar to what you’ve been planning or every website in your niche starts melding into the same template. There are people out there who want exactly what YOU are shelling. Stick to your guns and build your empire!
This week was damn good. I got to see the amazing Kathleen Hanna live. If you haven’t watched The Punk Singer I highly recommend it. She’s still as kind, vibrant, and feminist as ever. Yes, she did stop the show mid-way through to have a trouble maker in the crowed kicked out and rocked a sparkly leotard and jazz shoes the whole time.
I’ve been using the Brain Wave app for meditation this week – it uses sequences of binaural tones with ambient nature sounds to stimulate specific brainwave patterns like sleep, focus, energy, positive mood. Some of the sequences, like stress-relief, almost make me fall asleep. But I tried the pre-workout energy one yesterday and it totally woke me up!
Also got to video chat with the lovely Bobbi, started building the new Badass Babes site, taught a ton of enthusiastic students, learned a new trick, survived my first live video chat (we talked about writing and selling ebooks), and watched the Captain America movie which was very good inspiration for working out!
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Today Megan Lyons is here to share how she left her job as a management consultant to start her own business as a health coach!
Tell us about yourself and what you do
Hi! I’m Megan, and I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach. I can finally say that I get to do what I absolutely love every day … helping others become their happiest, healthiest selves. I empower people to reach their health goals through one-on-one health, wellness, and running coaching, as well as group programs like workshops, teleseminars, group “resets” and healthy eating challenges. I also have a nutrition- and fitness-based blog called The Lyons’ Share Wellness.
How long ago did you make the escape?
Although I had been planning it since mid-2012, I didn’t actually make the escape until January 1, 2014, and then announced it to the world on January 6, 2014. To say that day was exhilarating is an understatement – I was relieved, excited, incredibly nervous to open myself up to judgment, and so much more!
What roadblocks did you face when preparing to leave your job?
The biggest roadblock I faced was absolutely myself. Despite wanting SO badly to do what I knew I could do (helping other people improve their health), it was so far off the “normal” track of what my college classmates and current colleagues could ever imagine. It took a lot of self-coaching to convince myself that it is OK to do what is right for YOU, and to prioritize your own happiness over “fitting the mold.”
How did you know you were ready?
Once I completed my nutrition education, I was technically ready. And once I woke up truly dreading each day, I knew it was 100% time to go. The truth is that I had a great job, but when you are ready to go, you tend to amplify all the bad parts and forget about all the good parts. I became SO focused on how much I disliked the 80-hour weeks and 4 day-per-week travel that I lost sight of how lucky I was in life and how many great things I had going for me. My advice here is: when you know you’re ready, just GO! It doesn’t serve you or anyone around you to stay in a place where you feel unhappy.
What’s the best part about being your own boss?
I am only doing things that I truly WANT to do. Sure, no one likes filing tax paperwork or paying bills, but even when I have “painful” tasks like that, I’m doing them because I want to make MY business successful. There’s a sense of pride and ownership in your work that can’t be beat!
What challenges have come up?
There are so many challenges! The biggest for me is patience – I have so many dreams for my business, and want to help so many people at once, but I can’t expect them all to be knocking at my door ready to change their lives for the better. Owning your own business sure is hard work, but it’s rewarding and fun at the same time!
What are your work days like now?
Every day is a bit different, which I like. I usually wake up around 6:30am, post my blog post and spend some time reading others’ blogs. I like to run or work out in the morning if I don’t have early morning appointments, and then I start tackling the day’s to-do list.
I love organization, and have a complete plan laid out for each week: I choose 1 “big” task, 3 “medium” tasks, and 5 “small” tasks for each day, and I make those my goals. Most of the day is spent on a combination of marketing efforts, preparing for client conversations, working on the blog, attending webinars or classes for continuing nutrition education, and of course, my favorite – working with one-on-one clients or giving group presentations!
Right now, I’m still in the overzealous-entrepreneur phase, and I end up working until 10pm or so, but I’m working on making sure I incorporate personal breaks and boundaries so that I continue to have as much energy as I have now! Truly, one of the best things is SLEEP – I used to get by on 4-5 hours per night while balancing my demanding job, blog, and exercise routine, and now I sleep 7 hours almost every night!
Any advice for those working to make the escape as well?
I can’t encourage you enough to follow your dreams. If not now, when? One of my very favorite quotes is from Henry David Thoreau: “Go forth in the direction of your dreams; live the life you have imagined.” It’s up to YOU to create the life you want, so get started now! Anyone who thinks they might benefit from working with me as a health coach, or anyone who wants to connect about the big escape, is welcome to contact me through my website!