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#21: Why 'Balance' is a 4-Letter Word

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Release Date: 03/10/2020

#35: Why I Walked Away From My Biggest Client show art #35: Why I Walked Away From My Biggest Client

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I’ve been working with a company since 2018. When we started working together, I had just left my full time job, and this company was on the smaller side. Both of our businesses were newer. Fast forward to 2020, their business absolutely exploded, and we went from doing shoots every couple of months to at least once a month. Now, really, this is a photographer’s dream. Consistent income, an ongoing relationship with a really fantastic client; on paper it was totally perfect. But in the same amount of time, my business had changed a lot too, which led me to walk away from this...

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#34: Confidence in Personal Branding Through Styling with Trish Taylor show art #34: Confidence in Personal Branding Through Styling with Trish Taylor

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Trish Taylor is a stylist + brand embodiment coach devoted to helping entrepreneurs show up authentically and attract their soulmate clients online and feel worthy of being seen as an authority in their space without fear of judgment. She has a background in personal styling celebrities like Ariana Grande, but after building an incredible career she realized it wasn't what she wanted. Trish started over, and her business as we know it today was born. Here are some of the things I talk about with Trish: How Trish first got into styling and what she did when she reached the “top” of her...

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#33: Getting the most mileage out of your content show art #33: Getting the most mileage out of your content

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I have always enjoyed blogging which I think makes me a little bit unusual because whenever I talk to my creative friends about blogging I am typically met with groans. It isn’t something that people necessarily like doing. I think some of that is because we are told that as creatives who have a website, we should be blogging. But it takes a while to see results from that blogging! And I think that’s because a lot of us are not doing it correctly. I noticed the biggest change in my business, website traffic, the type of client I was attracting when I doubled down on evergreen content,...

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#32: Finding Clarity and Paving Your Own Financial Path show art #32: Finding Clarity and Paving Your Own Financial Path

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Amanda Runia is an ex-accountant out of Brookings, SD, where she lives with her husband and three young kiddos. She has a love for fast talking, making new friends and helping others not feel lost. She owns a consulting business, In-House Ally, where she uses her accounting background and unique strengths to help business owners make better decisions and ultimately comes alongside them as an ally. I love when people like Amanda can take something seemingly overwhelming like finances and break it down to be understandable and digestible for your business. I hope you enjoy the conversation!...

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#31: Dealing with Price Comparison show art #31: Dealing with Price Comparison

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You finally feel good about those (higher! yay!) prices you're charging, only to find out that a "competitor" is doing what you're doing for half the price. What next? How do you handle it?  Let's talk about the four things that need to happen when you find yourself in this position, and how it can actually be a very good thing for your business. Join the Facebook group for more discussion after the show! https://www.facebook.com/groups/takeitpersonally/

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#30: Embracing the Seasons of Life and Business show art #30: Embracing the Seasons of Life and Business

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Well hello. It's been a while. I'm popping in today to give you an update on my hiatus-turned-super-long-hiatus, and talking about what 2020 and my third pregnancy taught me about life and business. I missed you! Join the Facebook group here and let's continue the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/takeitpersonally

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#29: What to do When Your Business No Longer Aligns with Your Passions show art #29: What to do When Your Business No Longer Aligns with Your Passions

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Today on Take It Personally is guest, Chelsey Schnell! Chelsey is from Sioux Falls, married, and has 3 kids she gets to love on and 2 in heaven that she lost to miscarriage. She is an Enneagram 4, works in marketing and is also a photographer, and now runs a nonprofit she started, called Evermore Blooms. Evermore Blooms delivers flowers to moms, who have suffered a miscarriage, on their hardest days (due date, anniversary of the loss, etc.).  Chelsey has a unique story as it has taken a lot of different turns over the years as she has learned more about who she is and her...

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#28: Understanding the Enneagram with Jada Dobesh show art #28: Understanding the Enneagram with Jada Dobesh

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Today I get to welcome Jada Dobesh onto Take It Personally! Jada Dobesh is the owner of Selah Space, a holistic wellness cooperative. She is a Spiritual Director who uses the Enneagram as a map for her directees personal, spiritual, and mental-emotional growth. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Witt, and daughter, Audrey and spends a great deal of her time baking bread and working in her garden. Over the past year, I have been exploring my spirituality more and have loved following Jada on social media. Jada is going to be sharing all about the enneagram specifically today, which is...

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#27: Pivoting Your Business During a Crisis show art #27: Pivoting Your Business During a Crisis

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#26: The 80/20 Rule for Your Content Calendar show art #26: The 80/20 Rule for Your Content Calendar

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CONTENT. It’s a word that strikes fear and causes paralysis. There is so. much. pressure. Will it be good enough? Deep enough? Clever enough? Funny enough? Enough enough? There’s a rule of thumb that has helped me get past that content paralysis, and it’s called the 80/20 content rule. What that means is that 80% of the time, you serve your audience, and 20% of the time, you sell to them. And if you use the 80% effectively, the 20% becomes so much easier.  The 80% may seem daunting, but you have more to share than you think. Use your content to educate, inspire, entertain, or...

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Lately I have had some people reach out asking me to do an episode about balance. The timing is ironic as this past week I hardly worked more than 30 minutes a day due to having a sick kid at home. My daughter caught some kind of bug, and all she wanted to do was cuddle and nap on the couch. My flexibility allowed me to stay home with her, which I am so thankful for. But I will admit that, as a business owner, it was also challenging. 

I love my job, and I love to work, so it was tough having that all be put on hold. This episode comes at an interesting time for me, but it also supports how I feel about balance – and that is that balance doesn’t really exist. The more we understand that and understand that that’s just life (and that everyone else doesn’t have it together either), the better it’ll be during those times we really feel unbalanced.

Though things are never totally in balance, there are some things in my life that I have setup to help support this work-life integration, or lack of balance maybe. And that’s what we are talking about today. Keep in mind these are what work for me and my family, though it may look different for you! But here are a few of those things I am sharing on today’s episode:

  • Why I don’t believe there will ever be balance, otherwise we are constantly having to choose between our family, our work, our house, our self-care and the list goes on.
  • Why I like the phrase work-life integration instead of work-life balance. It really is all one and the same.
  • There will be some weeks where it’s all things all family, there will be weeks you have to be more present at work or where your personal life takes priority, etc.
  • Childcare is a nonnegotiable for me. If my kids are home, I simply can’t get work done. Though it is a luxury, if you can afford, I totally see it as a necessary luxury.
  • My life has also been changed through outsourcing. Again, it may not be financially realistic for everyone, but if you are just scared of starting, consider it again! Being able to free up your time is so much more incredible than holding onto the money.
  • This past year, I have really worked to protect my calendar. Last year, I overbooked and became so burnt out. I set goals this year to have it be different, and it has allowed me to retain my sanity.

A closer look into the episode:

[5:10] It’s all about that integration across all the different parts of your life, as opposed to balance.

[11:32]  Don’t think I’m doing it all with kids at home with me, because I’m not; my kids are in childcare full-time which allows me to get work done. 

[25:12] I personally make sure my calendar is really light before and after big trips. No more stressing over getting all the things ready or coming back to a super full plate.

I hope this episode was helpful in helping you realize that you don’t need to be striving after balance but that there are things that can support you in the “unbalance.” Come join us in the Take It Personally Facebook group and share how you find integration in your life.


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