Welcome back! Reading this post means you are serious about changing your chronic illness life and willing to build it for the better.
For every good business plan, setting a foundation is crucial. However, it’s not just businesses and sports that need strong game plans - your life needs one too.
Think about this, if you have a goal, don’t you need a plan to achieve it? What steps must you take and how do you keep yourself accountable?
To move your life away from working a traditional job where you can’t take care of yourself on your boss’s schedule or feel ridiculed by coworkers for fatigue that they can’t understand, you need to plan for a strong foundation.
What compromises a foundation? -A solid morning routine that you do no matter how bad you feel (get back in bed after it!). -Long term goals with short term achievements (an automated, low input, high value business in the long term, put together in manageable steps such as Week 1: Build Website. Week 2: Market Research Week 3: Update Website Week 4: Run Ads Week 5: Work with clients/send out products). -An abundance and wealth driven mindset. -Self Forgiveness when your body needs to rest, refresh, and relax. -Strong preventative self care routine that you maintain because YOU CAN when you work for yourself! -A solid nighttime routine that you do no matter how bad or good you feel (you get to lay in bed/sleep right after!) So now that we know what is in a strong foundation… what is the plan?
Simply put, the plan is to gradually create this daily schedule and carry it out mindlessly throughout the day so that you can focus on the important things: health and entrepreneurship.
I recommend starting by looking at your current routines, seeing what is consistent and what is inconsistent, reflect on why you do things the way you do them now, and then implement the routines you want. Today start a new nighttime routine. Next week, update your morning routine. Sometimes its as easy as getting up on time.
Quick and easy snack. Alpro yogurt, granola and berries! Yum! 🍓🥣🌸🌷🌺🌞. . . I like to sit in the garden when I’m having a bad day, this had been a horrible flare, it’s been four days since I’ve come out of hospital and today I managed to wash my hair! 🙄but now I need to rest so Netflix’s it is! ✌️✌️✌️
"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." - Bob Marley. ✨🌧️☔
What a VIEW!! 💜 The sky was SUPER pink/purple last night while I headed home from an event (more on that later today). Loving that Bob Marley quote cause it's my goal for each day.👍
I want to be MORE aware and MORE engaged with my surroundings! (Aka mindful!) I wanna enjoy even simple things like a lovely sky, because with chronic illness, life is pretty unpredictable.
I need to find pleasure when I can, where I can and how I can. I can't always push myself to do big, epic activities so it's important to embrace seemingly mundane things like waiting for a ride home. Or eating a good meal, having a meaningful conversation or hearing a cool song. 🎶🎵
Some of my favourite memories are extremely simple. For example, I'm fascinated with that feeling I had as a kid of holding an ice cream sundae at McDonald's. I could feel the cold ice cream and hot chocolate sauce all at once...it was so comforting. 🍨💖
Welcome to our 6 part Instagram Series!
In the next posts, I will be revealing the first steps I recommend taking to get over your victim mindset - the mindset that complains about your chronic illness, shows animosity towards your employer, and leaves you stressed about making ends meet in addition to your pain.
I’ve been dealing with Sjogren’s Syndrome since 2014 and only feel new symptoms as time goes on. I realized I couldn’t finish college and put it on hold. I worked part time at three different places trying to make full time, but my body would not allow it.
That’s when I came across Entrepreneurship. I didn’t understand it at first.
I thought you had to work all the time and pitch huge, life changing products that required thousands of dollar to launch.
But no. We live in an information driven economy. This means people spend less time doing the work and more time monitoring the work being done. Technology makes us more efficient in quantity, quality, and time.
Businesses are learning that physical products and brick & mortar stores have puny margins compared to information technology (like software and websites). Hence the current growth in blogs, influencer marketing, coaching, app developing, affiliate marketing, etc.
Trust me, you’ve already seen and probably participate in these new business models: Amazon, exercise apps, the Kardashians and Jenners, Pokemon Go, Dollar Shave Club…
Entrepreneurs who haven’t entered the market are now working to make these businesses more efficient to run by becoming content creators, guidance and accountability coaches, traffic building managers, social media mangers, and more.
Now let me tell you how we, chronically ill individuals, are perfect for this kind of work.
For the same amount of time at a job - 4 or 5 days a week and 8 hours each day (throughout the day, not all at once!) - we can be self-employed from the comfort of our bed or when we have energy.
In the next 5 posts, I will cover foundation building, expectations, picking an ambition, and getting the ball rolling.
Thank you and Stay tuned!