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5 super simple SEO strategies to boost organic search

What if I told you that by being intentional about how you craft your content and making some simple tweaks, you could potentially bring thousands of visitors to your site each month?

Here’s the thing: last month alone, Google was the top referrer of traffic to my site with a whopping 43% of traffic coming from organic search!

I know, SEO is not sexy and it's always the last thing you’re thinking about when creating your posts, but today I wanted to share with you some super simple ways you can add SEO value to your posts that over the long term, drive significant traffic to your website.

Before we dive in, it’s important to note that Google’s algorithm is always changing and is never static. So optimizing for SEO is best weaved into an existing process of creating content rather than treating it as a standalone activity.

1. CREATE FRESH CONTENT FOR YOUR BLOG.

Google LOVES fresh content and favors sites that are regularly updating their content with relevant, targeted and extremely useful information.

Gone are the days where short form content is acceptable for a blog post. You need to start thinking in terms of creating longer-form blog posts that add considerable value to your readers.

This doesn’t mean you need to be publishing several times a week, but if you can stick to a schedule of at least once per week that is ideal.

If you have any shorter form blog posts on your site, I would suggest go back and revisit them and see how you can flesh them out a bit further adding in additional information, research or examples that can will add value to your readers.

As part of your blog content, you also want to consider the anchor links within your content where you can strategically link to other blog posts on your site.

For example, here I’m linking to why your website is the most important marketing tool for your business - which further supports why it is super important to make blogging a regular part of your marketing strategy.

When linking to other relevant content within your site, avoid anchor linking on vague and non-descriptive words such as “click here” or “find out more”.

Be strategic and link on descriptive words that people will be searching for like “yoga poses to release stress” or “yoga for beginners”.

2. USE RELEVANT KEYWORDS IN YOUR BLOG POST TITLE.

You will notice the title of this is “5 super simple SEO strategies to boost organic search”. I’ve got my keywords - SEO, organic search - but I’ve also added in words like ‘simple’ because my hope is that people looking for simple SEO tips will find this blog post 😃

Think about your ideal reader and what they are specifically looking for. What search terms would they use to find the content you are creating?

Then weave as many keywords as possible as you can so that it still makes sense and is also a catchy headline.

I recommend checking out Co-Schedule’s headline analyzer tool which provides a ranking for your headline and checks for things like your structure, grammar and readability.

3. NAME YOUR IMAGES WITH RELEVANT KEYWORDS.

I love this one because it's super easy to implement and can have a huge impact on your results.

First though, can I ask - have you ever used the Google image search tool? I’m guessing you have. This is a massively underutilized way to drive organic search to your site.

For every image you have on your site and within each blog post ensure the naming convention follows this format:

image-name-description-keyword

You want to include the dashes between each word so that the Google bots can interpret them. The bots cannot read words in a long string, but they can certainly identify them if you add these dashes in!

For example; on an image of a specific yoga pose e.g Tadasana Mountain Pose, the naming convention on your image would be: tadasana-mountain-pose.

That’s it! How easy is it??

Now every time someone is doing a Google searching for that specific pose, you’re going to boost your chances of being surfaced for these results!

*Tip - the more specific and descriptive you can be the higher the chance you have of being ranked for those people who are going after long tail search terms - which are more specific and generally longer eg. tadasana-mountain-pose-yoga-asana.

4. WEBSITE PAGE TITLE.

The following two tips are not related specific to blog content but rather updates to your site that can easily be made in 5 minutes or less.

Your homepage Page Title description pulls through in Google organic search results and will display next to the name of your site. While this is not one of the main SEO ranking factors, there is evidence to suggest this can help boost your results. Regardless, it certainly helps with your branding and giving people an idea when they ‘google you’ what you are all about.

In Squarespace you can update this by going into Design > Logo + Title and updating the top line.

5. WEBSITE DESCRIPTION.

As with your Website page title, this is not one of the main SEO ranking factors, but updating your website description can also help boost your results as well as support your branding.

In Squarespace update this by going to Settings > Website > Basic Information > Site description.


A major factor worth mentioning that that will influence your SEO is whether your website is mobile responsive.

One of the main reasons I use Squarespace - and recommend it to all of my clients and anyone else looking to design a beautifully designed custom website - is because all of their templates are mobile responsive. Google’s latest algorithm favors sites that provide a mobile-friendly user experience, so this is definitely something worth investigating to ensure your site is as mobile friendly as possible.


I'd love to know - what SEO tips will you be integrating on your website after reading this? 

To taking your next best step,

Rachel x

 

 

 

The most effective way to challenge the instagram shadow ban

I’ve seen so many posts around lately on the so-called Instagram shadow-ban and similar theories as to why some people (myself included) have seen a massive drop in engagement.

My initial reaction was to throw everything at this and experiment with what’s working, what’s not, while trying to figure out how the heck to optimize engagement.

...But on reflection, I thought 'why on earth am I being reactive to Instagram’s clear attempts to monetize their platform and essentially spend my time working out how to hack their algorithm?… 

Mmm, that does not sound like a good use of my time as a solopreneur.

What I realized would be a far smarter strategy, is to focus on creating valuable content on the platform I own and have control over - my blog!

There has been much speculation over whether blogging is still relevant in today’s overcrowded online space. With a plethora of online platforms to choose from and people’s seemingly limited attention span before they flick or scroll to the next post, I questioned the same thing. 

But now more than ever, I think blogging is about to make a serious comeback.

Here’s why...

#1. Your blog is a representation of you and all that your brand stands for.

I liken blogs as being the center of our online universe. And by creating a space that oozes our mission, unique style and personal quirks, we’re inviting our dream clients and readers an opportunity to get to know us on a deeper level and build a relationship with us.

People these days want to connect with a person, not a brand and the best way to put a personal spin on you and your biz is through your blog,

This is the place where people can connect with you, learn about what makes you unique and find out more about you.

Sure, social media still plays a role, but think about this: if you find someone through Instagram, Facebook or any other channel, chances are if you REALLY liked what they had to say, you’d head to their blog to find out more. 

#2. Blogging plays an important role in organic search.

Not super sexy I know, but organic search plays a huge role in findability on the internet. Just taking a quick look at my organic search results, just last month alone it drove a whopping 43% of the overall traffic to my site! 

Google loves fresh content and when it’s robots are scouring the net searching for content to return, it will automatically favour sites that are regularly updated.

Optimising your blog content for organic search needn’t be laborious. Making some intentional and super simple tweaks to how you craft your posts, can help boost your search engine ranking results dramatically.

Anything shared on Instagram or Facebook is not surfaced by Google. Which means if someone is searching for a specific piece of advice that YOU can directly help them with and you’re only using Instagram and Facebook to share your message then you’re missing a lot of opportunities to connect with your dream clients.

Gone are good old days of searching by hashtags to find what you’re looking for.

Things have changed and you need to be thinking about what steps you need to put in place to ensure you and your content are being found by the right people.

#3. Your blog is your space: own it.

Arguably the most important reason why you need to blog: everything you create on your blog you have full ownership and rights to {assuming you own your domain}.

Use your blog as an opportunity to curate, organize and categorize your content in a way that is easy to find and digestible for your readers to consume. By placing your reader at the forefront of your mind when you consider the layout and way you categorize your content, you’re offering them an unparalleled way to fully immerse themselves in your world.

Consider that any other platform you create content on - Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter is not owned by you and if one day they decide to change the rules of the game (um, hello Facebook; and hi Instagram!) then you could wind up in a sticky situation.

Don’t give another media owner that much power over your business!

5 reasons why your website is the most important marketing tool for your business

I have a question for you: is your website working for you or against you?

I have a confession to make: I’m guilty of judging people (and their businesses) based on their websites. 

If I land on a website that doesn’t look good, or I can’t easily find what I’m looking for, I will leave pretty quickly.

I’m sorry, but it’s the truth. I will base restaurants that I go to, beauty salons, or pretty much any service based business I am planning on using, based on the design of their website.

Am I crazy? 

Quite possibly…But the thing is, I don’t think I’m alone. In fact, when I asked around some of my biz friends, they confirmed my suspicions - they too make decisions around how well a website speaks to them and how well aligned it is with the problem you can help solve for them.

What does this mean for you and your business?

Well, most importantly, you need to make sure that your website is working for you and not against you.

Here are 5 reasons why investing in a well-designed and easy-to-use website is an excellent use of your time and money -

1. YOUR WEBSITE DESIGN SETS THE BAR AND THE EXPECTATION FOR THE REST OF YOUR BUSINESS.

First impressions matter! Make sure your front door looks fabulous, showcasing your brand and clearly demonstrating how you can help your dream clients. 

2. YOUR BLOG IS ONE OF THE BEST (AND EASIEST) WAYS TO POSITION YOURSELF AS AN EXPERT IN YOUR NICHE. 

When you create content on your blog that clearly articulates your knowledge in a particular area, you immediately position yourself as an expert in that field.

The more you can demonstrate your expertise by sharing solutions, tips, and ideas around your chosen topic, the more you align you and your brand as having knowledge and expertise in this area, as well as building trust with your readers at the same time.

Supported by a well thought out social media strategy and outreach; consistency over time will reward you with a personal brand profile that clearly demonstrates your leadership and expertise in your niche.

3. WHEN YOU START THINKING OF YOUR WEBSITE AS A WAY TO ATTRACT OR REPEL YOUR DREAM CLIENTS, YOU’RE POTENTIALLY SAVING YOURSELF A TON OF TIME. 

Think about it - you want your dream clients to connect with you and to resonate with you and your vibe. If you’re letting off a vibe that’s not in alignment with who you are as a person, or what you can offer potential clients, then you’re doing you and your business a disservice. 

When I started Femme Boss, I knew that it wasn’t going to appeal to everyone and that was entirely intentional. I’ve even had some people tell me they don’t like it at all - but I actually see this as being a good thing, because by creating something that is not going to appeal to everyone, I’m weeding out people who really would never consider working with me in the first place!

4. PUT YOUR WEBSITE TO WORK AND USE IT AS A SMART SALES FUNNEL BY SETTING UP AUTOMATIONS TO SAVE YOU TIME FOLLOWING UP POTENTIAL LEADS. 

This way, you can quickly identify people who are serious about working with you... and if you’re using it as a way to sell digital products then this is an amazing way to create a source of passive income where you're not trading time for dollars!

5. USE YOUR WEBSITE AS A WAY TO MEET AND CONNECT WITH YOUR DREAM CLIENTS.

Creating a content strategy that specifically demonstrates how you can solve problems for your dream clients, clearly showing the value you can provide them, as well as actively engaging with them both on your blog (asking questions, sharing thoughts and opinions); over time will lay an important foundation for these relationships to develop.


If your website is in some desperate need of some love, I created Brand Boss just for you! We’ll work together over 8 weeks to create a strategy that will leave you feeling energized about your website and your blog, with complete clarity on your next steps to success. Let's work together and make it happen!

30 abundance affirmations for Change-Makers

I’ve had loads of positive feedback from you guys saying how much you love my positive affirmation posts so I’ve rounded up another set for you - the Change Makers, who are choosing to step up into their light and make their biggest dreams happen. 

If you’re new to affirmations - it’s a super easy and super fun way to help strengthen the connection between your unconscious mind and your conscious mind. 

The more you strengthen this connection the more resilient you will be when difficult or challenging circumstances. 

As Buddha wisely said: you become what you believe. 

And the best way strengthen your resilience is to practice affirmations every single day. 

There’s a loads  of different ways to use them, but here’s a few of my favorites: 

Make it part of your morning routine.

Every morning I choose an affirmation that resonates with me; write it down in my journal; and then I repeat it over and over again while I’m in the shower and as I get ready in the morning. 

Use them as your desktop wallpaper.

I always have an uplifting quote or affirmation on my desktop + it’s a great way to keep your affirmation top of mind!  

Set yourself reminders.

Set off random alerts + reminders on your phone or computer with an affirmation that pops up when you least expect it. I also have one for my alarm so that when it goes off in the morning it's the first thing I see.


Ok, let’s dive in - here they are! 

If you love them, please Pin them, Tweet them + save them for you to refer to when you need an instant pick-me-up. 

  • I love challenges, they bring out the best in me.
  • I am successful right now.
  • I am passionate. I am outrageously enthusiastic and inspire others.
  • I am focused and persistent. I will never quit.
  • I am able to touch and change many lives for the better.
  • I will not allow anyone to determine the size of my dreams - they are mine!
  • I see the infinite supply of energy.
  • I live each day appreciating value.
  • I live confidently knowing I am worthy of prosperity.
  • Every experience I have is perfect for my growth.
  • Today I will work on seeing only the positives. I will block out negative thinking.
  • Today I will focus on what is possible.
  • I radiate positive energy.
  • I express my creativity.
  • I am living my full potential.
  • I attract unlimited abundance.
  • I have all of the information I need to solve any challenges that come up today.
  • My mind is free of resistance and open to the possibilities.
  • Opportunities surround me and new ones appear everyday.

 

  • I believe in myself and my ability to succeed.
  • I am flexible. I adapt to change quickly.
  • It’s easy to meet people. I attract positive and kind people into my life.
  • I handle criticism with ease.
  • I am in charge of my mind.
  • I don’t worry about things I can’t control.
  • I am courageous. I am willing to act in spite of any fear.
  • I execute my plan and produce desired results.
  • Inspiration flows throughout my body.
  • I am inspired and energized by my dreams and desires

Have you used affirmations before? Let me know your favorite way to use them!

 

Rachel x

6 awesome podcasts to inspire you to Dream Bigger

Podcasts are my new favorite thing.

I love listening to them while I get ready in the morning and find they help with starting the day off on a positive and productive note.

I also love listening to them while I’m cooking or if I’m commuting somewhere - given I did a lot of flying this year, I used to download all of my favorite podcasts and listen to them on the plane - it was brilliant!

I’ve found them to be a great way to get to know my favorite bloggers better, because let’s face it when you hear someone’s voice, it helps makes them that much more relatable and real.

I’ve found myself gravitating towards a select few podcasts that I always check to see if there is a new episode released so I thought I’d share the ones I never miss an episode of.

1. Sarah Jensen  - Rock Your Goals.

I’ve been a fan of Sarah for a long time and love what she is creating with her Rock Your Goals workshop (for which she won the BYCA Workshop of the year award for!) and last year she launched the RYG podcast.

She interviews awesome female bloggers, coaches + entrepreneurs who are doing super cool things and I always walk away from each episode learning something new + wanting to investigate some new tool or explore a pice of advice given.

Favorite episode: Interview with Jaclyn Carlson, CEO + founder of Blog Society (it’s a long one but filled with loads of wisdom!) 

2. RACHAEL KABLE: The Mindful Kind

I discovered Rachael Kable through Sarah Jensen when she interviewed her on Rock Your Goals and being a huge fan of mindfulness, I love how Rach shares her personal journey of mindfulness practices and makes it extremely accessible to anyone who wants to start.

The best part about her podcast is that each episode is only 8-9 minutes which makes them easily digestible when you don’t have a lot of time but want to listen to something inspiring and uplifting.

A couple of favorite episodes are Using Mindfulness to Make Decisions and Using Social Media Mindfully. I also loved the second episode where she opens up about her story and talks about using mindfulness to overcome stress

3. KATHERINE MACKENZIE-SMITH: The League of Extraordinary introverts

Katherine’s podcast is probably my favorite - most likely because being an introvert I just love listening to other introverts share their stories and can definitely relate to every single one of them!

Especially when it comes to blogging + having your own business - there are some things that introverts will definitely notice that we do very differently to our extrovert pals (!)

Favorite episode: the interview with Connie Chapman which is all about tuning into your intuition and learning how to let it guide you in big decisions. 

4. Jess Lively: The Lively Show

I’ve been following Jess’ blog since the beginning (hers was one of the first blogs I ever followed!) so it’s been incredibly inspiring to witness Jess grow and evolve as her business has transformed over the years.

I tune in to her show each week where she interviews a whole range of interesting people that I always love being introduced to, but that are all related back to her main purpose of the show which is to 'add a little extra intention to your everyday’.

She has interviewed both Brene Brown + Elizabeth Gilbert who I’m a big fan of, so definitely check out those episodes, but I also love the interview she did with Alex Ikonn (founder of the 5 Minute Journal + the Productivity Planner).

Jess has a great, conversational style and is always raw and vulnerable in each of her episodes which pretty much just makes me love her even more. 

5. Pat Flynn: Smart Passive Income

Pat is the master of the podcast and has even written an epic guide on how to get started with creating your own podcast (which I highly recommend if you want to start!) and he consistently features awesome entrepreneurs to find out how they have created passive incomes through their online business.

Whenever you listen to each episode it makes you literally feel like you’re going behind the scenes and under the bonnet of the interviewee’s business and it’s super insightful.

Look, I will be honest, there are SO many episodes that are incredible but just a handful of favorites worth checking out are:

6. Lewis Howes: The School of Greatness 

I used to tune into into Lewis’ show more regularly but now I tend to only tune in if he has an interesting interview - which he does have loads of!

My favorite episode was where he spoke to one of my inspirations, Lisa Messenger and it was hands down one of the best interviews I’ve listened to - probably because Lisa was so open and honest which I find really refreshing.

Other stand outs - he just recently he interviewed Tony Robbins and Arianna Huffington on her latest book: The Science of Sleep + Success - these are definitely worth listening to! 

I’d love to know, what are your favorite podcasts? Which ones do you never miss an episode of?

Rachel x

25 morning affirmations to kick-start your day

As you know I am a huge fan of affirmations and use them as part of my daily morning routine - not only do they help make major shifts in your mindset they also serve as prompts and daily reminders on what you are truly capable of, making sure you have an amazing day, everyday.

What is an affirmation exactly?

An affirmation is a simple but powerful statement that helps to strengthen the connection between your unconscious mind and your conscious mind.

The more you strengthen this connection the more resilient you will be when difficult or challenging circumstances.

As Buddha wisely said: you become what you believe.

And the best way strengthen your resilience is to practice affirmations every single day.

There are so many benefits of using affirmations as part of your daily morning routine:

  • They help increase your awareness of your thoughts and words making it easier to recognise the negative + self-doubt thought patterns holding you back. 
  • Affirmations define your focus. When you focus your energy on the things you want: achieving your goals, the positive, uplifting + good you are creating an abundance mindset and strengthening your resolve to make it happen. 
  • They open you up to possibility. Too often we get stuck in the ‘impossible’ mindset, but affirmations flip this on it’s head. When you begin to positively affirm what is actually possible, a whole world of opportunity opens up to you.

These affirmations pack a powerful punch and using them each morning is the perfect way to start your day on a positive and productive note.

  • Everything is going to work out for my highest good.
  • I am in charge of my mind.
  • I am strong in mind, body and spirit.
  • I am unique. I feel good about being alive and being me.
  • Amazing opportunities exist for me in every aspect of my life.
  • I choose to be happy right now. I love my life.
  • I appreciate everything I have. I live in joy.
  • I am positive and optimistic. I believe things will always work out for the best.
  • I am a powerful creator. I create the life I want.
  • I am excited about today.
  • I choose to love with an expanded heart.
  • I choose to work with a focused mind.
  • I am thankful for all that I have.
  • I create the life i desire.
  • I have unlimited potential.
  • I now release the drama of my past. I consciously create my future.
  • I have all that I need to make today great.
  • I am patient and calm and looking forward to today.
  • I am grateful for another day to make a positive contribution.
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
  • I am a leader and lover of life.
  • Something wonderful is about to happen to me.

Do you use affirmations? What are some of your favourites?

May something magical happen today!

Rachel x

4 ways to get un-stuck and overcome resistance

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living out of our suitcases now for almost 3 months!

During our time away I’ve had get super good at mastering uncertainty as our travels have all been dependent on things well outside of our control - like when A’s U.S visa would come through and where his work schedule would take us to next.

We’ve literally been booking our accommodation and flights on the fly and making it up as we go along - yep it’s been a ride!

Given all of our adventures; a super crazy schedule and being on the road; plus planning a wedding back in Oz in just 6 weeks time (eek!!), I’ve found myself feeling really stuck in how to move forward to make the most of this amazing freedom and living the dream of having a location independent biz.

Part of me wants to just kick back and enjoy the adventure, but the other part of me is consumed with terrible guilt that I’m not doing enough to grow my business.

So I’ve been stuck in analysis paralysis mode for the past few weeks - it’s my inner perfectionist creeping back in, waiting for the time to be right; waiting for the perfect moment and waiting for the perfect conditions to make my next move.

I have some big goals this year that I’m confident I will smash, but to be perfectly honest taking that first step and making my next bold move has been challenging.

Living with uncertainty has never been my strong point - I’m a creature of habit; I’m a homebody; I love my daily routine and being constantly on the go has made all this really challenging, pushing me out of my zone of comfort - but I know that I need to shift my perspective on this in order for me to move forward.

So, since leaving London yesterday I’ve forced myself to do a re-boot - I know the conditions are not perfect, but I also know that I need to start where I am with what I have.

Today I wanted to share with you the 4 simple things that have made a huge difference in shifting my perspective, giving me the confidence to move forward and trust everything is unfolding perfectly.

If you’ve been feeling stuck and not sure how to move forward, I know these tips will give you the confidence to take your next bold move.

1. Be of service.

The feeling of being ‘stuck’ is a sign you need to make some kind of change - big or small. By shifting your perspective away from you to one that is focused on others and how you can to be of service is a simple way to snap out of your indecision.

How can you support, motivate, encourage or inspire others to be the best version of themselves and make their life sweeter?

2. Reconnect with your mission.

Often when you're stuck in indecision it’s because you’ve lost track of what your mission is and you’re feeling disconnected to why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.

I encourage you to start today with reconnecting with your mission is and what you’re here to do.
Revisit the goals that you set for yourself and remind yourself why it is important for you to do achieve these.
This simple reminder will help propel you into action and get those creative juices flowing again!

3. Focus on doing 3 things everyday.

Rather than getting bogged down with an overwhelming list of things you need to do, focus instead on doing 3 things everyday that are connected to your goals and where you want to head.

Taking small steps everyday will lead you to where you want to be - it really doesn’t matter how fast you go, so long as you’re moving in the right direction.

Every step you take will inch you closer to where you want to be and the best way to do this is to break down your big goals into 3 smaller manageable tasks that you can do each day.

4. Create a daily habit of taking inspired action.

Make a commitment to creating a habit out of your 3 daily tasks and you will soon see yourself powering through all of your goals!

Look at your schedule and figure out how you can find a spare hour in your day and make it your priority to knock these 3 things off.

Trust me, it’s amazing what you can achieve in an so little time when you’re super focused and clear on what you need to do!

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? How did you move forward?

To taking your next best step!

Rachel x

35 lessons in life + love

Yesterday I turned 35.

I can honestly say I’m in the best place I've been and with each year that goes by, life just keeps getting better and better. 

Looking back to where I was just 5 years ago - on the brink of a divorce; flat broke + utterly miserable, I've come a loooong way.

Thing is, without all of the crap I went through, I would never have realised just how freaking grateful I am for everything in my life today - my amazing partner (and now fiancée!); friends; family and a business that I adore.

Life is good.

I know I'm not perfect and I have also come to realise that life will never be *perfect*. No matter how happy you are, there will always be challenges you have to face and rather than pretending they don’t exist, avoiding them, or worse - letting them consume you, the trick is mastering how to ride the waves of life.

Happiness is fleeting and available to you at any moment; but a deep sense of joy and peace is something you cultivate when you accept that life is one big adventure + it all comes down to what you make of it.

So, in what has become somewhat of an annual birthday tradition, here are the 35 lessons I learned in life + love this past year. 

I hope they stir some tiny ember of a flame inside of you and give you the courage to create your own version of an extraordinary life...

1. Be kind to yourself.

The more kind you are to yourself the more love you will have to give to others. Honour your own needs - you deserve your own love as much anyone else.

2. Be kind to others.

Always.

3. Less judging, more acceptance. 

4. Invest in yourself.

You are your greatest asset - invest in your health; education and your future. You are worth every cent. 

5. Less stuff, more adventure.

6. Throw out the life plan.

Planning the details of where you will be in the next 5+ years leaves no room for spontaneity, adventure - and the greatest of all - a wonderful romance with life.

7. The present is where it’s happening.

It is also the place where you will find the most joy.

8. This too shall pass.

No matter how bad things get or how bad they appear, remember that this too shall pass. 

9. Challenging yourself is the only way to grow + the only way you learn.

If you are feeling stuck it’s a wake up call you need to do something different. 

10. Learning to live with uncertainty is necessary for your sanity.

Get good at this and you will become the master of your life.

11. It’s not about the goal, it’s about the process.

Being fixated on the goal or the outcome you are seeking saps the joy out of everything you are doing and you will only end up resenting it.

12. It is ok to fail.

More than once. All of your failures are lessons - use them wisely.

13. Loving the right person won’t make you whole...

...But it will raise you up and together you will become unstoppable.

14. Always celebrate how far you have come.

15. Even the best relationships take work.

16. Some people can't see your dream as clearly as you can.

This will throw doubt on everything you believe: trusting in things you cannot see is called faith. 

17. Lean in to discomfort rather than resist it.

The only way out is through. 

18. Perfect the art of saying ‘no’.

This is mandatory for being able to master your time and manage your energy.

19. When it comes to relationships, love is not all you need.

You also need honesty, trust, compassion, vulnerability, passion and respect - all of which lead to intimacy which is the greatest reward of any relationship.

20. Sometimes you need to get offline and go live in the real world.

Real life is not happening in front of your computer screen. Switch off, unplug and start paying attention to the people in your life who love you.

21. True friends are the ones you who you sometimes don’t see for 6 months...

...Because, well, life - and then when you do see each other, you pick up from exactly where you left off. 

22. Never lose your sense of wonder or curiosity.

Seeing the world through this lens allows you to let go of expectations and enjoy the present.

23. Your relationships are your greatest assignments.

They will uncover all the layers of yourself that you need to work on to become the best version of you.

24. The only person who will make you truly happy is yourself.

Do not give this power away to anyone else.

25. Meditation is the best way to improve productivity; reduce stress + anxiety.

My life has transformed since I started a consistent and regular meditation practice this year and it’s now my favourite part of the day that I look forward to. And I'm not a morning person! Which leads me to...

26. A good morning routine will set you up for your best day - everyday.

Create one that works for you and inspires you to start each day in the most positive way.

27. It is impossible to do everything.

You will never be able to make everyone happy, so focus on what is most important to you; accept that you are doing your best and give it all you’ve got.

28. It all starts with what you believe about yourself to be true. 

If you can master the art of bringing a positive mindset into each day you will not only believe you are worthy of amazing things, but also start attracting miracles into your life. 

29. Love where you are right now.

Don’t rush things. Everything is perfect - enjoy this moment for what it is and quit wishing your life away. Life is happening now!

30. Conformity is the enemy of growth.

Stop getting caught up in other people’s expectations of you. Don’t be afraid if your truth looks wildly different from the person next to you. 

31. Forget the ‘woulds’ ‘shoulds’ ‘coulds’ and what might have been.

Do what feels right for you. 

32. You can either be a passive participate in life or get on board the adventure: you choose.

33. Consistency + persistency pays off.

Some things take longer than planned or expected - don’t beat yourself up if you’re not where you thought you would be or haven’t achieved what you wanted - it will pay off if you #keepgoing.

34. The key to losing inches off your waistline in your 30’s is cutting out (or at least cutting down on) sugar.

Beware of the hidden sugars in so-called ‘healthy’ foods + juices - even natural sugar is still sugar! And yep, sugar is addictive, so the more you eat the more you crave it. Get off the merry-go-round!

35. Breathe.

If you are feeling anxious, stressed, angry + consumed by emotion - stop; take a deep breathe in and slowly exhale. Rinse and repeat 5 times. You will feel like new person. Remember, we are always in motion and everything in life is temporary. 

Read 34 lessons in life + love // Read 33 lessons in life + love.

To taking your next best step,

Love,

Rachel 

How to quit your upper limit habit for good

Have you ever been in a situation where things are going really well and you’re achieving a high level success and happiness…... and then suddenly, bam! 

Something bad happens - you get sick, you have an argument with your partner; you start worrying about things that could go wrong or you begin to doubt your success and begin a downward spiral of negativity.

This, my friend is called 'upper limit’ behaviour - and you are not alone!

Gay Hendricks in his book The Big Leap coined the Upper Limit concept - (I highly recommend reading it!) - and it describes the exact behaviour I've experienced numerous times as I’ve hit my own upper limit + I’m betting you have too!

As you begin to move outside your comfort zone and closer towards your goals it is really common to see upper limiting behaviour show up - but here’s the thing: you may not have even recognised it!

Let’s take a closer look….

What is upper limiting?

Upper limiting is a behavior that you subconsciously partake in when you hit your ‘limit’ on the level you allow yourself to feel happy and successful.

You suddenly begin sabotaging your success by interrupting the flow of good things happening by ruining it with something negative.

Your ‘limit' is what you have conditioned to yourself to believe you deserve and subconsciously, you’re stopping yourself from breaking through the 'glass ceiling’ + taking your life to the next level.

So begins the upper limiting behaviour.

Crazy, right?

The reality is that we each have a limited tolerance for feeling good + begin to unconsciously take ourselves back to our comfort zone when we feel we’ve reached our limit.

How do you break the cycle?

Simply by becoming mindful of your behaviour + increasing your awareness on when you're reaching your upper limit.

When you notice yourself experiencing good things in your life, raise your level of consciousness so you catch your upper limit behaviours before they start playing out.

Gay Hendricks also shares a brilliant mantra in his book that I love -

I expand in success, love + creativity everyday as I inspire others to do the same.

Write this down + have it on repeat so you start training your mind and begin to shift the perceived level of success you’re holding onto.

And once you get good at recognising these behaviours, you’ll begin to expand your level of comfort, allowing more and more abundance and success into your life. 

I'm keen to know: how does your classic 'upper limit' behaviour show up?

To taking your next best step,

Rachel 

3 simple steps to edit your life and choose joy everyday

It’s hard to feel motivated when our life just feels like one giant to-do list of obligations.

Living a joy-filled life is about going beyond our to-do lists and focusing on things that bring us happiness and making sure these are part of our daily life.

Life is made up of moments and the more joy we invite in, the more we experience abundance and alignment as we’re choosing to live in our natural state of bliss.

Since starting back full-time work I’ve been feeling the pressure of mounting to-do lists and the constant feeling as though I 'don’t have enough time'.

In a way it’s been good as it’s meant I’ve had to be more discerning with my time, getting super disciplined (still a work in progress) and making every moment count.

Thing is, when life just becomes just about getting stuff done it feels it feels constricted, stressful, joy-less and ultimately dis-empowering because we’re not living the way we truly want to.

Can you relate to this?

Getting out of this rut involves making edits to our life and consciously choosing to focus your energy on things that matter and bring us joy.

Here are 3 simple steps to begin the editing process and move forward with a fresh perspective and renewed motivation for designing you joy-filled life.

1. write down your top priorities.

Write down everything in your life right now that is taking up space.

Here's the thing: trying to do all of the things is a sure fire way to add unnecessary stress and anxiety into your life. 

Our lives are increasingly complex - mainly due to the insane number of choices we have in our life.

This is a good thing because this amount of choice is incredibly empowering, but on the flip side, it also means we need to make some hard choices about what we can add into our life.

Now go back through the list and circle your top 3-5 priorities.

Read: The art of un-doing.

2. Write down 5 things that bring you joy.

These may be small things or big things - I call these 1-Ups (you know like in Mario Bros?!).

 Some of favorite 1-ups are lots of laughter; soaking up the sun and in nature; practicing yoga; spending time with my love; reading my favorite book; diffusing and adoring myself in beautiful essential oils.

Make the commitment to add in at least one of these 1-Ups into each day. On extra stressful days you may need to add more.

These 1-Ups are designed to energize and re-charge you - while bringing moments of joy into your day.

Being intentional about creating this space for yourself will ensure you're intentionally fueling your mind and soul with things that make you feel good - and this does wonders for your overall well-being and happiness.

Read: 100 ways to life a life full of joy.

3. Fill up your cup with what is most important to you.

Go back to your list of top priorities and list of 1-Ups.

Now, imagine your life as an empty cup that you can only put things into that are truly important and that support you to create the kind of life you're truly excited to be living. 

What would you fill your cup up with? What needs to go?

Set an intention to only spend your time on what matters most to you and what is most aligned with the vision you have for your life.

We will always be busy and there will always be things we want to do; but making it your goal to be intentional about your days - both now and in the future - is the key to experiencing joy everyday.

Rachel x