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3 Tips For Female Entrepreneurs To Unlock Their Creative Juices

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We all have days when we just can’t seem to focus or, our brain just seems to freeze. These are the times when our focus seems to last only a second or two, and our thoughts are scattered.

I hate these moments because, as female entrepreneurs we are not paid for our time, but for what we produce.

These, “brain freeze,” times not only mess with our self-confidence but also with our bottom dollar.  

Female entrepreneurs need to unlock their creative Juices.

Well today was one of those kinds of days where the creative flow was just not happening. It seemed no matter what topic I had thought to write about it just wasn’t flowing.  Nothing was getting done.

Father time was ticking by and the only thoughts that were going through my head was how much time I was wasting.

When your creative energy is stuck, and you are having trouble finding your inspiration, then pretty soon procrastination shows up and one of my favorite procrastination habits is doing the housework. Female entrepreneurs are great at doing some type of housework as a procrastination device.

Then pretty soon we are off doing the laundry or vacuuming. We all have these blocks from time to time. So today we felt it was the perfect day to share some tips about getting into the creative flow, and viola back in the creative process you are.

1. Get up and move. When we are not focused and time is moving by without getting anything done get up and move. Go outside for a walk, dance, exercise, just get up and move. When you get up and move, the blood flow to your brain improves and the chemicals in your brain change. This is one of the best reasons to have a timer next to you when you work and work in 40-minute intervals. After 40 minutes, time to move!

Today it worked and this is how I got unstuck, and back into the creative zone.

2. Meditate. Take a few minutes to slow yourself down and clear your thoughts.  Allow yourself to relax into the process. The more you use mediation to help you get into the creative process the easier it becomes so be patient with yourself if this is new for you.

3. Have a conducive environment. Distractions are the enemy to your creative flow.  There is nothing more frustrating than to be your creative flow and then have the phone or some other distraction take you out of the flow. As a female entrepreneur it is important to have a comfortable environment for you to work in. Pay attention to what part of the day you are more creative, and your creative process seems to flow more easily.  I usually do my creative work in the morning in a quiet office with the phone off.

As with anything getting the creative juices flowing takes practice. The more you get accustomed to being in the flow the easier it becomes.

You know you are in your creative flow, when ideas are coming into your mind with ease and when time seems to, “just fly by.” Your concentration stays focused on the project you are working on. Your awareness is high and your thoughts are clear. Creative flow is a great place to be. The more you are in your creative juices are flowing the more you recognize the state and the easier it becomes to get into.

So how do you get your creative process flowing? We would love to hear about it. Leave us a comment below and share your tips.

To Your Life Without Limits,

 

 

Elena & Jean

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The Magic Of Chia Seeds

By | Women's Health | 13 Comments


Chia seeds were used by the Aztecs and Mayans to keep them full for long periods of time. The Aztec warriors carried these seeds in their pouches; one tablespoon was enough to sustain them for an entire day.

Chia seeds are packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients and are easy to add to any diet.  They have been called a superfood because they have a maximum amount of nutrients with a small number of calories.

Exactly what people are looking for today!

These power packed seeds are becoming more and more popular, even Dr. Oz is talking about them. We have been adding them into our diet for several years now. Here’s why.

My son Antonio was born 4 weeks premature, at 3 pounds, 16 ounces.  He was smaller than other babies born 4 weeks early, so his first three weeks of life were spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit hooked to tubes and wires. After 4 weeks in the hospital he was able to come home, at 5 pounds.

At 6 months he started to eat solid foods, but he was still really small for his age.  Because he was still quite small the doctors recommended he eat a lot of protein, particularly red meat. Although we are not vegetarian and my son loves meat, we wanted to find other things that were packed with protein and nutrition.

We knew about beans, nuts and regular things that had protein, but we were looking for more options. We found seeds. One of our favorite power foods became chia seeds, because they are really good for you, they taste good and they are easy to use. As all moms know, getting kids to eat healthy is not always easy.

Chia seed benefits include, more omega 3 fatty acids than Atlantic Salmon, more antioxidants than fresh blueberries, more calcium than milk, more fiber than bran cereal, 2 times the potassium than bananas, and more protein than flaxseed. They have been used to reduce inflammation, reduce free radicals, increase endurance, level blood sugar, increase energy, and increase regularity.

Chia seeds have a nut like flavor and can be eaten whole or ground up and added to almost anything.  They can be ground up and used to make muffins or breads. Chia seeds can be sprinkled in salad, yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal.  As a quick snack that will keep you feeling full longer, and one of my son’s favorite ways to eat chia seeds is to just dip a banana in them.

Here are some favorite Chia Seed Recipes:

Favorite Morning Shake Recipe:
1 Tbls. Chia Seeds
1 Banana
3-5 Ice cubes
¾ cup rice/almond milk
Add in greens, spinach, kale, etc. You can use Vitamineral Green, which combines many green super-foods in one.

You can also substitute the ice with frozen berries and pineapple for more flavor.
Blend together- You can use a personal blender, like the magic bullet for fast preparation and clean-up.

Chia Fresca: a refreshing drink that is popular in Central America and Mexico.
2 Tbls. Chia Seeds
8 ounces of water
squeeze of lemon or lime
1 stevia packet to sweeten

Chia Pudding:
3 Tbls. Chia Seeds
¾ c juice (Antonio’s favorite – acai juice) or milk

Let sit for 45 min stirring often, the Chia seeds will soak up the liquid creating a pudding.

Enjoy these quick, healthy recipes. A healthy lifestyle is essential to your life without limits. Think about it, how can you have your best life without your health? You need your health to have the business you dream of, your time  freedom and financial freedom, to travel, and have the adventures you dream of, your health is essential.

We would love to hear about your favorite healthy lifestyle tips. Leave us a comment in the box below and feel free to share this post with your friends and family. After all they deserve a healthy lifestyle too!
To Your Life Without Limits,

Elena &  Jean

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Facebook Tip For Online Business Women

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2/04/imgres-1.jpeg” alt=”” width=”263″ height=”191″ />Social media is a huge factor in your online success, but recently my Facebook timeline has become bombarded with games. Now to all our game

playing friends we love you, but honestly, not the games so much.

As a women with an online business you spend tons of time on the computer and to have the games on your newsfeed can be a huge distraction and time waster.

Before you know it you may find yourself entrenched in a game and your hour has disappeared.

Here is a great tip by Kim, a social media maven, who walks you through step-by- step showing us how to block the games from our newsfeed.

How To Hide Games From The Facebook Most Recent News Feed

Bye-Bye Time Sucking Social Games!

Now take advantage of the collapsed view that games use in your “Most Recent” news feed filter to easily hide them in bulk! First, you need to be in the “most recent” filter to see what I’m talking about:


(You probably won’t see the F.B. Purity entries but that’s a browser add-on I use to make my news feed much more manageable.)

Now scroll down till you see the whole mess of game entries:

To the upper right of this blob of entries is a little drop down arrow (only shows up when you hover over the entries).

Click the drop down… select “Hide All By…” and then simply click each of the “Hide all by…” entries for each game you wish to block.

Note: You may later see another blob of games. This only “gets” the ones that your friends are playing right now. Just keep blocking the suckers and eventually you’ll get most of them. (However, I also use FB Purity which keeps most of them hidden majority of the time.)

~ Kim ~
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PS: It’s important to note that this does not stop you from receiving game invites in your application invite area (tutorial on that coming soon) or stop your friends from seeing when YOU play games. This simply strips the clutter out of your daily news feed for easier reading.

Read more: How To Hide Games From The Facebook Most Recent News Feed
via Just-Ask-Kim.com

 

Thanks Kim for a great tip. Social media is a great way for you to build your business and to help people get to know you better. As the saying goes, “people do business with people they know and trust.” Social media is an essential tool for women entrepreneurs that are in building their online business.

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To Your Life Without Limits,

Elena & Jean

 

P.S. Leave us a comment and let us know how your building your business using social media, or ask Kim any questions you have about blocking games on your newsfeed.

 

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Why Female Entrepreneurial Success Requires A Faith Mindset

By | Empowered Women | 12 Comments

As an entrepreneur there are always decisions that make you stop and wonder;  “Should I move forward?” With a new business or business idea. We think that we are supposed to have it all figured out. We think we need to  know exactly how things are going to turn out and because we don’t have all of it figured out we sit in procrastination. The reality is female entrepreneurial success requires a faith mindset. 

Think about it how would anyone know what their  future holds? The truth is no one knows when they are starting a new project or business if it will be a success. You have to take a, “leap of faith.”

When you take that leap of faith you focus on what is possible not on what, “can happen.”  Faith is being able to know where you are now and to see where your future can be. With faith you are taking action on what can be and stepping away from the fear of doubt. An essential entrepreneurial trait therefore is a faith mindset.

We have all taken, “leaps of faith,” daily without really thinking about it. We have faith when we drive down the road that the car on the other side of the road will stay on his side and not cross the line.  Do you remember the first time you drove wondering if they really would stay on their side of the road?

When I left my corporate job I had the faith that my dreams of becoming a female entrepreneur would come true. I was motivated by the thoughts of all the women’s life’s that would be touched. I had faith that the universe will bring the right people into my life at the right time. As an entrepreneur you need to have faith.

God, (the universe), has given us all our own unique gifts. Our own unique set of circumstances and lessons to share with the world. It is through faith that you share your unique you. As you share your stories of your life experiences, values, and dreams you have the ability to share your creative passions and make a difference in the world.

Your success as an entrepreneur lies in your faith that you can achieve your dreams and goals that you can walk through any door of fear.

So here is a tip for women entrepreneurs to help build your “faith muscle.” Act as if you can’t make a bad decision. Like an athlete that warms up before the game. No bad shots, just practice shots and that with each shot your muscle memory becomes stronger and stronger. Because the reality is it’s a lot easier to correct a bad shot then to try and correct a shot that was never taken. Your entrepreneurial growth requires you have faith and take the shots.

We know you have unique gifts to share with the world and that to share your message exactly the way you want to share it, may require a few, “practice shots.”

Please leave a comment below.  We would love to hear from you about your business and how faith has helped you move forward. You are welcome to share our posts also, in fact we love it when you do.

 

To Your Life Without Limits,

Elena & Jean

 

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What Level of Purpose Are You Playing?

By | Empowered Women | 6 Comments

life purposeEvery person has a uniquely encoded purpose and the real work of our lives is finding and living it.

 In my work as a purpose guide, I have come to see that a vast majority of us are either missing or misidentifying our purpose, so much so, that it is a commonly undiagnosed malady in today’s society.   In fact, I believe that depression could be lessened, even alleviated when people live authentically and boldly from their heart.

The challenge comes from people not knowing if they are on the “right” path.   How does one know after all?  Aren’t we supposed to just find a career that pays well and give us a two week vacation every year and call it “happy.”   Why should we want more than that?

We want more because deep down, we know we were made for more.

We live in a time where we can be and do anything.  So why do we settle for less than our heart’s desires?  What I have found is that we let the “mental monsters” of fear, doubt, and disbelief make our life decisions instead of the wisdom of our soul.  We tend to get caught up in the busyness of the world, and then find ourselves lost in roles and responsibilities that we have long outgrown, and end up feeling trapped.  We fail to see the path that would lead us to our Greatness. Or we might

see it, but not believe that we could really live the life of our dreams.

Unbeknownst to us, we complicate a relatively simple concept, “follow the path with heart.”   Since the ego wants to be right, it will latch onto a role or position and claim that “This is IT.”   The righteous self will expand a great deal of effort forcing things and situations to work, despite evidence to the contrary.

So how do you know if you are moving in the direction of your destiny?   Let’s first understand there are four various pathways.  The first three are often constructed by your limited self, while the other, higher one, is “initiated” by your greater self.   You often cannot see this option because you may have prematurely committed to one of the others (default, pseudo, or personality).  I refer to the first three pathways as “Persona” purposes because they are the masks we wear to gain attention from others in life, and wearing a mask definitely falls into “false pretences,” don’t you agree?

Four Levels of Purpose:

1. Default:  This level reflects the relationships or jobs that you “fall into” with little conscious choice.

2.

Pseudo:  This level looks deceptively like you are on purpose but your Soul is probably not engaged, and you do it more for external motivations than internal inspirations.

3. Personality:  This level reflects who you are as a human personality, and you may have success with it, but there is still room for more Soul.

4. Soul Purpose/Destiny:  This level brings all of who you are–body, mind, and spirit into the equation. You feel called and bravely follow this path even though you are not sure where it leads.

We  have choice.  We can “default” into “false purposes” based in the ego or lead our life from our true purpose which originates in our soul.    Keep in mind,

when there is “efforting” there is falseness.   Where there is allowance, there is grace.   And being able to discern the difference between the lower paths and your highest path is essential to succeeding in a truly Great Way.

False Purposes may give you visible material results and yet leave you feeling empty or unfulfilled, like something important is missing.  They keep you in “pursuit” of the next thing and never let you be at peace, feeling as if where you are is good enough.  False  purposes are driven by human needs to know and be in control.  Most painfully, your self-expression and creativity is stifled.

Listen To Your Heart

The way it works is that your Purpose is found in the heart, and it often finds you!  The best thing to cure “persona-based living” is to let go of whatever does not make your heart sing.   Yes, you may feel nervous and uncertain at first, but eventually you gain the clarity and confidence that comes from honoring your heart.

Gently begin by letting yourself be drawn by the passions and longings in your heart and when you come to a possible path, ask these two powerful questions for “authentication purposes:”  Does this path have heart?Can I give my heart to this path?

Answering both of them yes, yes, yes! is a positive sign that you are headed in the right direction, the one that leads to your true reason for being and highest purpose.  The benefits of following the path with heart are full self- expression, authentic happiness and yes, Success on your soul’s terms, which is as real as it gets.

Which purpose are  you living? Leave a comment or spread the LOVE by sharing this page with a friend!

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Michelle Casto is known as The Destiny Diva and bestselling author of the The Destiny Discovery:  Find Your Soul’s Path to Success.   She is a prolific writer and transformational teacher that utilizes soul alignment techniques to empower you to live your Destiny and shine your brilliance. She is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has a global clientele.

You can find her on social media as “Bright Michelle” and at her blog http://www.LiveYourDivineDestiny.com

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