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Unexpected Lessons I Learned From Living In South America For 6 Months

It’s been a week since I returned from my 6-month #digitalnomad journey to South America. It was my first time in the continent and I spent 3-months in both Ecuador and Peru. Now that I am back, I’ve had some time to deliberate and really reflect on how life is different in those countries versus home (Newfoundland, Canada). 

For those of us living in a fully developed country, we have a lot to be grateful for. But there are some advantages to living in a developing country that I think we could learn a few things from. I decided to make a list and share it because I feel that as entrepreneurs (and as people), when we can focus on what is going right for us and our blessings, we are happier, more fulfilled and therefore more productive in our businesses as well as our lives. 

As well, it’s always fun to take some ‘best practices’ or good ideas from other places and bring it into our own lives in a way that makes sense for us. 

So, here it is: my list of why I’m grateful to live in a developed country and also my list of a few things we can learn from our friends in Peru & Ecuador. I hope you like it! :) 

I’m grateful for...


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Written by Jennifer Trask at 12:35

Is this what is stopping your success?

On Tuesday, I did a webinar (which you can still watch until this Sunday, July 20 by clicking here) about how to create a coaching business to fit your ideal lifestyle. It was awesome and the feedback was incredible. 

Based on the feedback I received, there were a few things in particular that really stood out for some people in helping them fast track their journey to success. I wanted to take one of those concepts and expand on them in a blog post for you because I believe it is a big one that most coaches (actually most people in general), struggle with. I know for myself this was something that held me back until I learned to ease my way out of it. 

Do you ever find yourself in a position where you are wondering any of the following: 

  • How come I’m not there yet?
  • Where’s the money?
  • Where are my clients?
  • She did it in 2 years and I’m in year 3 and not even close, what’s wrong with me?

If any of these sound vaguely familiar, then I can tell you without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the biggest reasons you are not yet where you want to be...

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Written by Jennifer Trask at 14:07

I Believe In You

You came across my mind today, as you do many days (I’m forever grateful for my online community). As you read this I am 5 months into my 6 month South American adventure. There is something that I have realized on this trip and it’s so important that I had to pass it on to you. I hope you take 5 minutes to read this blog - I think you will be happy you did. 

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So much has happened on this journey and there have been a lot of highs and a few lows. As you probably know last year on August 20, 2013, I lost my father. It was unexpected, fast and a whirlwind of emotion.

I had decided to move to South America before we had any inclination that dad was sick. You see, my business had gotten to the point (and not to mention I was 32 at the time and all of my friends were either home-owners, getting married, having babies and/or a combination of them), where I felt the pressure. It was time to buy a house, a car, invest in this and do that. 

And I almost did it. But then I remembered something...

While having those things are great for some people, I didn’t want them.  

They weren’t my dreams... 

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Written by Jennifer Trask at 00:32

Save Your Sanity & Your Business With This Little Piece Of BIG Advice

An interesting topic has been spurring among self-help coaches lately. I have had many of these conversations with my clients and colleagues, especially the female ones. 

***Fair warning, offensive language to some is en route in this post. 

You have been warned.***

If you find that you are constantly all over the place and have a schedule that would make someones head spin, it is time to talk about... 

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Written by Jennifer Trask at 12:11

Is your age or lack of experience stopping people from taking you seriously?

“She’s way too young, she could never help me.” 

“You’ve got to be kidding, I was an adult when she was born.”

“Your first year in business? You’re just getting your feet wet. There is no way you can help me with my problems.”

If you are a younger coach (either by age or experience) you might have had one of those awkward moments where you are not treated fairly due to your lack of experience (or someone’s perception of your inexperience). Perhaps someone said one of the sentences above to you or worse, danced around the issue when what they really meant to say was…. 

“Who do you think you are coaching people without more experience?” 

(I’ve actually heard this one first hand… yep). 

 

When this happens, it can leave you feeling angry, hurt, frustrated and down right mad. Just because you are young doesn’t make you less qualified. Does it? 

Just because you haven’t been in the game a decade yet does’t mean you aren’t great at what you do. Does it? 

 

The answer surprisingly...

 

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Written by Jennifer Trask at 01:36