Sunday, 1 May 2016

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - Health bombs

Although we do eat cake and snacks *gasp* we try to keep the majority of our food healthy. At Easter, Ebi-kun requested some healthy snacks to try for his show so I managed to find a few treats...

Unfortunately these types of snacks haven't made their way to our local supermarket yet, it will be good when they do. That's if he likes them, what do you think...

If you enjoyed this show please subscribe to his channel and share with your friends! It will make a certain little boy very happy!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Nana Fran Survives Her First Week In Japan

Ebi-kun is back at school so we haven't been doing any adventuring - unless you count a trip to the garden centre!

Mom flew on her birthday so we made her a cake for when she arrived...

And she absolutely LOVED the velvety cat purse (not! my mom hates cats, she thinks that they are evil!) We did put a ticket for Cirque Du Soleil inside, so it wasn't all bad! We will be going next week to that, I can't wait, I've been wanting to go for years!

Ebi-kun is still on his architecture kick and so he used Minecraft to design mom a 'she shed' to her specifications. There was quite a bit of umming and ahhing because mom was being picky about the colour of the wood and the style of windows and really, Minecraft doesn't have a lot of options!

Mom has also made a special guest appearance of Ebi-kun eats! You will have to wait for the video to see what 'delight' she had to try, let's just say, it could have been worse! She did accidentally eat some ume-boshi earlier in the week which resulted in Ebi-kun and I collapsing in laughter. We have yet to crack open the natto.

And, she had been getting on down on the wii, probably the most exercise she has done for a long time. Whilst I have been working mom has been pottering around in our yard, which admittedly was a mess - I don't have the gardening gene. It's looking good, I'll share the pics when it is done.

I think we have pretty much worn her out... and she has another 3 weeks to go! Golden week started yesterday so we will be doing some adventuring and travelling around. If you use instagram you can follow us with #nanafraninjapan

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Are you a multipotentialite?

If you are creative, chances are you are one of those people who has a squillion and one ideas coming out of your ideas all.the.time!

Yep, I am one of those people too

I don't seem to be able to stop them coming! And some of those ideas are the next Genius idea and some of them are well, if i'm to be honest, crap!

Now the problem us multipotentialites have is that we can lack focus, we have all this cool shit going on but we don't know where to start when it comes to making things happen. Where to focus our energy on.

And because my brain is wired like this

I TOTALLY get it when I have clients who are struggling in the same way.

This was Iluska's issue. She is (among other things) and illustrator and a photographer, she works part time at a magazine and has two girls to fit into the mix too (one of which competes at state level gymnastics) So yes, Iluska is one busy mama!

In With A Boom helped her to get clear on what she needs to be working on to bring in the money so she can then diversify. By the end of the three months she had set up a gorgeous new website focusing on her photography. 

She also got invited to two art shows in just 3 months compared to just one show for the whole of last year!

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Does this sound like you?

Do you find yourself...

  • Procrastinating
  • Getting distracted by social media?
  • Lack of focus

These are the problems Di was having. She wasn't sure where she should be focusing her energy or how exactly she should be doing it.

Di really wanted to increase her numbers, to increase her social media following and email list subscribers - important as she is a blogger and author.

Using the system that I share in In With A Boom she set out her 3 month goals, broke them down into bite sized chunks and made them happen. By the end of her 3 months, she had over a 30% increase in her YouTube views and a 50% increase in blog views! Not bad going at all. 

Because with In With A Boom, we stop and reflect throughout the 3 months, it is easy to figure out what is working and what isn't. So that you can tweak what you are doing to increase your success. 

Of course this is different for everyone, we all have different set-ups and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. Which is why I don't believe in the cookie cutter or blueprint idea of setting up your business.

Listen to what Di has to say about the In With A Boom Mastermind

Ready to hit your goals?

Monday, 25 April 2016

What can you expect from joining a mastermind?

I think it depends what you join for...

Sometimes it's for the extra accountability, other times it's to get help or to have someone to brainstorm ideas with, to have a second or third pair of eyes on your work. Loads of reasons really, often a combination of them all.

For Kath, she had been spinning her wheels a bit and not managing to move forward, she needed to gain some traction to see if this entrepreneur gig was what she really wanted to do and whether it would actually work for her.

When I started working with Kath, I could see that she:

  1. Loved teaching, it's in her blood, one of life's naturals
  2. Loved learning, like most educators she is constantly learning something new
  3. She loves helping people, she is one of those people you see pop up in groups all the time, sincere, giving advice and sharing her knowledge

The problem was, how should she pull all this together so that she was making enough money?

Kath already had two things set up, teaching people 1:1 on how to use SquareSpace - something she is passionate about and helping people out as a VA (virtual assistant)

Over our 3 months together...

  • She honed in on her offers
  • Cleared out the things she didn't enjoy so she is working in her zone of genius
  • She got super clear on her goals 
  • Started putting herself out there more
  • Raised her prices and took on more clients!

She actually TRIPLED her income over the 3 months!

I know, amazing right?

And as she did all this, I could see her confidence grow, I believe now, she actually believes that she can make a go of this, run her own business on her own terms rather than having to go and get a "job".

I'm so happy to see her finally rockin it!

Kath said that she would love to do a video testimonial for me and as the time got close to launching I hadn't heard back from Kath so I dropped her a line with a little reminder and I got a message back...

"Sorry, I'm too busy and it's all your fault!"

Due to extra client work coming in, she hadn't had time to do it!
But that's great news for her! What a fantastic excuse.
Don't worry, she did manage to squeeze me in, between building landing pages on SquareSpace and setting up social media schedules!

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - something revolting...

And he made his special guest try it too!

Sometimes I'm happy to be the camera operator and well away from the action, todays special...

Well I'll let you see for yourself!

If you enjoyed this please click through to YouTube and leave him a comment, he answers them all himself.

And why not leave a suggestion or two for things for him to try! (I will attempt to source them!)

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Nana Has Landed...

Mom arrived yesterday, great journey apparently and loved the whole business class experience! Make sure a difference being able to sleep on the flight, she looked well rested when I met her off the bus.

Of course Ebi-kun will be wearing her out, he is currently making her play on the wii! And she thought she was coming for a holiday!

We have some fun things planned but for the most part Ebi-kun will be at school, so I will have to keep her busy around the house...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

This makes me really angry and should make you angry too...

*this training will only be available for a limited time*

Be warned - rant alert...

Do you know what really pees me off?

Life work balance!!

And all the gurus and coaches out there that push it. What a load of old codswallop, as if us moms don't have enough to contend with we are then brainwashed into thinking that yes "We can have it all, balance life, kids and work - oh look at me! It's so easy!"

Tosh, all of it! Makes me so angry.

When I hear balance, I imagine a set of scales, work on once side and family on the other and me in the middle trying to keep them balanced. But what is wrong with this picture is that life isn't like that and what's worse is that if my hands are full with work and family... What about ME!

That might sound selfish but you and I are important too, and need to be figured into the equation. It doesn't matter how perfectly balanced the scales are if me and you are not happy - what is the point?

"Get the life work balance thing down and you will be happy"

Really? I mean REALLY?

I don't believe we can ever create balance because thats not how life or humans work. I prefer to think of it more like the tides, ebbs and flows.

Sometimes we are pulled towards work, whether it be looming deadlines or suddenly extra projects coming in, other times we are pulled towards family, start of the school year, birthdays, family trips. I like to picture myself on a comfy lilo with a tropical cocktail, in my hand as I float from side to the other.

Imagining life as these tides that flow back and forth makes far more sense, it's more calming and more practical!

These tides can be applied through the day as you move from home to work to home again. They also work on a bigger scale through the year, busy periods at work and summer holidays, bigger ebbs and flows.

Of course sometimes you feel like you are being pulled in both directions, work needs your attention as does your family but instead of one side of the scales crashing to the floor you are being pulled thinner, stretching yourself.

The other thing we need to consider... 

Is our energy, this also plays a big role in how we handle things and how much time we need to do something. Somedays we almost bounce out of bed, it feels like we are on fire, checking off items on the to-do list like it's going out of fashion. Then other days we have to peel ourselves out of the bed and making a cuppa needs all the energy we can muster.

This is often linked in with our menstrual cycles as our energy waxes and wanes and can sometime be contributed to certain little people in the house waking us up!

So stop trying balance everything, you know it will end in disaster, and instead float with the tides - *re-reading this it does sound like I have a had a double does of woo-woo juice for breakfast! But I stand by it!

Woo-woo aside you know I am a deeply practical person and believe whole heartedly that we can make our dreams happen if we apply ourselves. I know you want it too so today's training is all about how to do that and WHY you should start today.

Plus there is a super cute PDF for the kids (which will help save your sanity - you need this thing!)

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How to get back on track after falling off the wagon...

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Isn't it weird 

That doctors, teachers, lawyers etc all do years of training before they are let free with patients and students etc. but parents, it's "Here's the baby, we'll check in with you in a few week - off you go!"

We are supposed to know 'instinctively' how to do everything and how to be a great mom!

I don't know about you but it didn't matter how many classes I attended (incidentally they were rubbish, I learned how to make clam chowder - not exactly useful when I don't eat any kind of fish!) Anyway, where was I? yes, classes and books didn't prepare for what was to come!

The crazy roller coaster of emotions...

The feeling of total incompetence, not knowing if my baby was sick enough to warrant a trip to the doctor or if I was being paranoid! No one warned me about the hot cups of tea I would never get to drink, that I would sometime remember at three in the afternoon that I hadn't brushed my teeth -- or had I? Or was that yesterday? Who knows!

That I would spend the first few months like a walking zombie and that getting 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep would be like winning the lottery! Having no family or friends nearby and a husband that worked stupid amount of hours, it was a lonely time back then and I often doubted my ability to be a good mom, let alone a great one.

My goals were simple - 

Make it to the end of the day without losing my sh*t, sounds simple but believe me, it was one of the toughest things I have ever done.

Then something magical would happen, I would be getting dinner on the table - and at the time I was aiming for, I was having a shower and brushing my hair and teeth (on a daily basis!), I was getting the household jobs done and getting baby down for a nap and into bed one time.

Ohhhh yeahhhh I have this mothering lark down! High fives all round...

Until BAM - sideswiped and everything goes pear-shaped again.

Then the battle begins to get back in the saddle and sometimes I would think, I just can't do this sh*t anymore.

But I could and I did. Dust myself down and start again.

And after time I started seeing patterns, recognising when that side swipe was headed my way. I couldn't always stop it but I could sure as hell put on some padding so it didn't hurt so much. I started listening and understanding, knowing what I needed to do and when, so that it was easier and quicker to get back in the saddle each time.

Which leads me to the question I get asked about the most...

How to get back in the saddle?

Normally I only share this with my paying clients but every mama I know needs help with this at some stage so I hope it will be useful for you too - whether you are currently riding high, in control of it all or it you feel like you are doggy paddling and only just keeping your head above the water.

The training is in three parts, today's is all about getting back on track and how to prepare for next time, because, there will always be a next time.

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Share in the comments you a-ha moments or pop over to the Moms That Rock group and let me know what you think or ask any questions that you might have.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Website Woes...

It appears that nothing is simple, my website is still having gremlin issues, what a fricken nightmare. I have passed the problem onto a chap in the know and even he is battling to get it fixed. Love technology when it works, but when it doesn't...

My mom is all set to arrive on Friday, got the spare room sorted and ready to go, plans to meet up with the in-laws are sorted, just need to go and pick up wine after aikido!

She will be with us for a month! That should give her long enough to sort our garden out, I think, she though I was joking when I said that would be her project whilst we are here!

And other Japan related news - the series of earthquakes in Kyushu. This is miles from use, it's a 3 hour flight from Tokyo, so roughly the same distance as London to Prague. So we are not affected at all but I have friends down there that are. Luckily (in a way) the epicentres have been inland so no tsunami - that's what made the 3/11 disaster so bad.

I'll put together a post of resources of place to help as I gather them. 

And here is my latest on the #100days doodle...

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