let’s talk about stress baby

Stress affects everyone, and tbh: it’s like the pain in the ass cousin to our old familiar frenemy: fear! 

With fear, our minds think of worst case scenarios and if we don’t think through ways to overcome it, we just hold ourselves back. Fear forces us to stay in our protected little bubble, not taking those necessary leaps of faith, only to realize in the future what could’ve been if we didn’t let our minds talk us out of it. 

With stress, our mind is constantly checking in with itself to see if we’re still stressing about the very thing we’re trying not to stress about. It clouds our mind, makes us unproductive, unmotivated… and sometimes even unhinged. It’s like being on a diet. How many times have you thought, “I won’t have sweets” and all of a sudden you can’t stop thinking about not having sweets. Our brain checks in with us constantly, asking: are you thinking about the thing you’re not supposed to be thinking about? 

So stressful! 

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Finding clarity and hope during uncertain times

“When everything is uncertain, everything that is important becomes clear”

As social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns worldwide have started to become our new norm, I’ve also started to see the initial shock lifting around me, and have heard from others  that they are just starting to find the space to finally have enough breathing room and time to sit back and re-evaluate what you really want out of life and dream about what your future is going to look like after this. 

When I lost my dream photography project two weeks ago due to the global travel ban, the first thing I did (after crying it out for a full half day )was immediately think of you. Yes, YOU! Read More

9 Ways to Make the Best of Social Distancing

It’s St Patty’s Day! Which would typically mean wearing green, grabbing Guiness at a super crowded Irish Bar with friends, and maybe a smooch with a nice Irish lad (just kidding, not my style). But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic none of this is advisable for the health and safety of everyone, especially the most vulnerable. So instead, this year we’re skipping the crowds and tossing on our greenest pajamas (pjs are far better than green beer-soaked skinny jeans anyway!).

So what’s a gal to do during this time of social distancing and self-quarantine?! It doesn’t have to mean the fun stops here. And I don’t mean just for St. Patty’s Day. I mean in general! For someone like me who is an extrovert, a busy-body, and now has to pause and self-quarantine I’m going to need to keep myself busy. More than just a Netflix binge rec (but no judgement if you do that at some point too), here are some ways I think you can make the most of this time. 

And if all the stress of what’s going on in the world is clouding your brain a bit, I’ve included some resources to help ya out a bit too!Read More

Find Your Career Passion in 4 Simple Steps

February’s a fun month full of love, conversation hearts, Galentine’s Day and Passion!

Passion is a fun one because it’s not just for the bedroom! There are passions that we’re all innately meant to pursue, those passions that make us want to spring out of bed in the morning and that keep us awake at night. Life is way too short not to live one you’re in love with, so it’s pretty important to find that special something (or things!) that makes you feel alive sooner than later.

If you already know what lights your soul on fire, then you’re a huge step ahead of most. If not, don’t worry – we’ll help you find your passion below!

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In Pursuit of a Memorable Business

If you get our newsletter, you already know my big love for Dustin Garis’ Ted Talk: Pursuit of a Memorable Life. In it, Dustin asks:

How many days of the last month do you actually remember?

Most people on average only remember about 3 days of every month. This is because we are often on cognitive autopilot, doing the same things day in and day out – and this routine-based lifestyle is linked to tragic levels of global unhappiness, dissatisfaction at work, and a higher likelihood of premature death.

If you only remember 3 days a month, that means you remember only about a month TOTAL of every single year. And that, ladies, is so very sad to me.Read More

Why Your Business Benefits From Relationships With Small Partners

Starting your own small business is quite an accomplishment. Many aspiring entrepreneurs don’t know how to turn their dream into a business plan or don’t commit the time to bringing their business to life. But you’ve done your homework, put in the long hours, and have taken the leap. Hell yeah, girl, you’ve done it!

After finally launching the business you’ve worked so hard to create, it’s natural to want to protect it – to make the best decisions to nurture your growing baby and find the right people to help you take care of it. You have a responsibility to yourself, your family, any partners or employees, and your clients to keep things running smoothly and financially successful.

As a small business owner, you hopefully support other small businesses in your community and online. You know what a difference your purchases and partnerships make to the person who makes a living from them – just like you. But there may be some reasons you seek out services from large corporations, perhaps thinking you don’t have any other options or that it is a better choice for your business. Maybe you believe that a larger business can offer advantages on price, convenience, expertise, or offerings. And as much as you’d love to work with a fellow small business owner, you feel like you have to maximize your limited budget, time, and resources and minimize risk.

This is totally not true! Working with small businesses is not just a feel- good, aspirational choice to give back to your community, it actually is BENEFICIAL TO YOUR BUSINESS.

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4 Totally Counter-Intuitive Tricks to Keep Up Your Motivation Momentum

We’re 3 weeks into the new year. Hopefully it’s been as productive as you thought it would be. Hopefully that goal planning session you did at the end of last year got you motivated and headed in the right direction. Hopefully you’re keeping your eye on the prize and cruising full steam ahead with the same gusto and passion you had on January 1. Hopefully…

But that’s all easier said than done, isn’t it? We head into the new year with so much inspiration and conviction that this is the year we’re going to do things differently – this is the year we break toxic patterns and metamorphose into a beautiful ass-kicking butterfly.Read More

Build a Business in Your Pajamas (Seriously)

So you wanna know how to build your business in your pajamas (or any attire of your choosing)? The answer is really simple.

First off, to build your business, you’re gonna need to learn all the important steps to create it. We don’t recommend any shortcuts. Second, in order to take out all the excuses of pursuing your dream, what if that process was made really easy? As in being able to do this in the comfort of your own home, AKA… in your cozy pajamas?! So we created an e-course. Just for you!

So, what’s an e-course you ask? An e-course is made of pre-recorded videos providing an accessible, online learning experience for anyone looking to learn a new skill. They’re developed by professionals who are typically fun and engaging and can provide a mix of both the theoretical background and real-world examples to effectively teach any concept. Read More

How to Start Dreaming Big for your Future

At Wildernest, we see far too many women with a vision for their “dream business,” without thinking through how that dream business aligns with their actual dream life.

Often our minds get constrained by thinking about how to pursue our dream only in the context of our present lives. But that’s not dreaming big. That’s just trying to fit one more thing into your current, maybe never-ending, to-do list. And when that happens, it’s more than likely that if and when we actually do decide to pursue our dream business, we fall into the pattern of doing things the same way we did when we were working for someone else, because it’s all we know. We replicate the same systems, schedule, and style that we tried to escape from, only to end up feeling a lot of the same things that made us want to leave in the first place.Read More

You’re Worth It: 7 Ways to Invest in YOURSELF This Year

The holidays are behind us, and it’s a new year and a brand new decade. Phew! I hope you’re feeling renewed, lighter, and super inspired to start fresh! Many of us are taking the opportunity to look ahead with some clarity and make goals for the future. And as an entrepreneur, or what I might call a “near future entrepreneur” if you’re planning to take the leap this year into business ownership, then on top of just personal resolutions you’re probably also thinking about how you want to invest in your business and improve your finances.

The term “invest” is usually used in reference to property, shares, financial commitment, or a purchase. But your most valuable asset isn’t your house, 401k, or a family heirloom you’ll unexpectedly get rich from on The Antiques Roadshow — it’s you, babe! Just like anything else that you hope will appreciate in value over time, you need to invest in it. However, investing in ourselves is not often something we budget for, or make a priority. And I’m not just talking about self care (although that’s important and we’ll talk about that later). When you’re an entrepreneur you ARE your business, and your greatest asset is your ability to earn more. So, how are you investing in yourself?

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**Special COVID19 crisis e-course pricing assistance**

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact, we are currently completely focused on what we can do to best support each other - our community, our families, and our fellow wild women. As we all navigate this crisis, we want you to know that we’re in your corner, and we want to do our part to help you find some hope and to feel empowered as you find your way forward to a new normal. While social distancing and quarantines have many downsides, the most valuable resource we all have right now is extra time, and if we take advantage of that extra time by working hard on our dreams we all may just be able to turn some sour-ass lemons into some Beyonce-level Lemonade. And we are in a unique position to help you do just that with our Nest for Success ecourse, which helps you work through every step of laying the foundation for your dream business - culminating in the creation of your very own business plan (COVID be damned!). Our hope is that this course will help you utilize this time to truly evaluate what is possible for your future, to start thinking big, and begin laying the essential groundwork for building the company and life of your dreams when the dust of the pandemic settles.

As small business owners ourselves who have all been impacted by the crisis, we know that right now finances are scary and the future of your work may be shaky. We’ve been talking with a lot of you behind the scenes and know that many of you have lost your income, or had it drastically reduced, affecting your ability to support yourself and your family, or that your 9-5 job security is on thin ice. So we have made an immediate decision to make our course as accessible and affordable as we can to you during this time in order to lend a hand. 

So starting now through April 15th, we’re going as low as we can go and making our $997 course available for $99. (We’d give it for FREE if we could but need to make sure our team is cared for and keep the lights on over here too!). We’ve also set it up so you can split your payment into 3 monthly charges of $33, with the normal payment plan fees waived. 

And if you’re doing a little better than most during this time, we would encourage you to pay it forward and choose the option to sponsor a woman who is in financial crisis. If you are one of those women who’s in financial crisis, please be brave and send us a message via social media direct message, or email us at hello@wildernestwomen.com to let us know what’s going on and we’ll work on getting you taken care of. 

We love you, we’re here for you, and please remember to throw kindness around like confetti and lean on your sisters during this time.

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