In the last few years, I did a lot of “hustling.”

Not in an illegal sort of way (lol), but in the pushing, overworking, and tired all the time kind of way.

Have you ever wondered, “Can I really keep up this pace?”

I thought that the non-stop “hustle” was essential to success.

Now, I know it is NOT.

File May 10, 12 40 10 PMThis year, I have chosen EASE over hustle, and it really works!

(Full disclosure that occasionally I still overdo it as I continue with this new learning. But here’s the difference, now when I do, I don’t beat myself up for “burning myself out again.” Instead, I acknowledge the choices I made and then allow myself to freely nap – usually when the kids are also asleep – and ask for help from my husband and team while I recover. It’s ok to be learning!)

My colleague and friend Kate Northrup and I were talking over lunch a few months ago as she had experienced a similar revelation for the need for ease. (You may know Kate better as best-selling author of “Money: A Love Story” and daughter of the visionary pioneer in women’s health Dr. Christiane Northrup.)
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No matter how hard I try, I am just not a morning person. I have my moments, and I do what I have to do, but it is not naturally who I am.

Yet when I had a tremendous opportunity to be in a 1-day mastermind meeting with 10 top financial bloggers, led by Philip Taylor (literally the leader of the entire financial blogger community) and then an evening with 6 incredible speakers many of which I wanted to reconnect with, I jumped on it… well, not exactly…!

My husband is taking a course on Tuesday nights, so at first, actually I wrote it off. I put the needs of my children and him first, and figured that another opportunity would come along.

But then I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I had this nagging feeling that I was meant to be there.

Spoiler alert: This is where most people stop. They put the needs of others first, and don’t listen to their own intuition.
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I’m always on the look out for ways to make your life better, faster, easier… so you have more money and more time on your side.

So this opportunity is dedicated to my solopreneur readers. If this is you, then you likely have a business where you are the main person doing the work and providing the services. (If this isn’t you, then please feel free to forward this to a friend who is and let’s share the wealth.)

Back when I started, I thought the only answer was to do it all myself. And I didn’t have much extra cash to hire help. Oh do I get it!

So instead of feeling alone with so much on your plate – ALL the time – and uncertain of where to get help that you can afford, I have just the answer for you!

How about you let someone else do it FOR you…

For FREE!

For the 9th year in a row, the gals that host the Done4You Giveaway have scored again.
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tax-refundYou read that right… I actually want you to take $100 right off the top of your tax refund and splurge with it.

Yes, the #1 best way to use your tax refund – well $100 of it – spend it on a fun experience!

Studies show that experiential purchases do actually increase our happiness levels – and for longer periods of time – than buying material things. (Plus, doesn’t it always seem that as soon as you buy the latest gadget, there is a new one coming along a few months later anyway…?) Experiences like concerts, a creative night out, or a sporting event lend to reminiscing a lot more than a new pair of shoes.

Then after you allow yourself that fun, let’s get down to business!

OWN YOUR MONEY TIP: Take a moment now to be intentional with your tax refund. (Similar guidance applies for a bonus, inheritance, or cash out from a refinancing, by the way.)
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