The travel list

It is great to know where you are going, and how you are going to get there. Writing a list is one way of doing this. Although you may not be able to plan for every eventuality. Plus it is fun to sometimes go “off the beaten track”. Day 24 of the 30-days blog challenge was all about preparation and what type of traveller that you were.

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What are your travel essentials for your chosen destination(s) ?

My absolute essentials

After the passport and necessary visa, if it is required and the money, I would say having my MacBook Air. I’m very simple in this way. And I cannot forget clothes, as I am not a nudist. Maybe behind closed doors I may run around in my undies but not in public.

Health

Before I decide to go away for a long period of time, I will make sure that I have a health check-up. Although last time when I was going away the doctor simply asked me if I was feeling okay, and that if my health was generally good then I would not need to worry. I will also consider here my injections, as I nearly forgot to look into this when I was going somewhere tropical. Talking about tropics, I do not like mosquitos as they seem to smell me when I land. So mosquito repellant and mosquito net will be added to my suitcase, along with antihistamine cream.

Practising safe sex

Whilst sex can sometimes be a taboo, it is something that can not be ignored as it is natural and normal. So for women it may be which contraception to use. It is good to pack condoms, as passion can make you do unexpected things.

Accommodation

When I was reading the resources on Natalie Sisson’s website for this challenge, she provided some practical tips. One of them questioned are you the traveller who likes luxuries and your creature comforts, or could you be comfortable staying in a hostel. It has always been important to me when travelling:

  1. Be safe.
  2. The place is clean.
  3. Not be isolated.
  4. Close to people.

Where I stay will depend on a number of factors:

  • I am going to that place for business? If so, will my travel and accommodation expenses be covered in the project?
  • If I am going for leisure, how long will I be there?
  • What is the cost of the basics?
  • What is standard accommodation like?
  • Will I be staying with a contact/friend/acquaintance/family?

Insurance

It is always good to be covered. As you may have noticed my MacBook Air is one of my most valuable possessions, as it enables me to do my work, stay connected and find out what is happening. I have this covered, whereby it does not matter what happens to it, I get it repaired or replaced. This is anywhere in the world. So it is good to have insurance. By the way I am not currently receiving sponsorship for Apple. (Maybe come back in a few weeks time, to see whether this latter line has been edited).

People knowing where I am

It is always good for people to know where I am, so providing my sister with my itinerary, plus staying in regular contact with family and friends is good. They can see what I am doing from social media updates

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Citizen of the world: My travel mindset

When I was doing my teaching training back in 2009, as part of the practical element of the course I had to present a micro lesson in front of my examiner and class mates. There was one classmate who had a background in economics, and he delivered a lesson on globalisation. What surprised me was when he started to talk about “globalisation” being a bad thing. He went on to say that we should remain in our country of origin. How there was no need to travel and to migrate to different places, as countries tended to have their own resources and we can get imports. This man was very passionate and I was less passionate about this concept. By learning about the world and the different cultures I believe it can help us to grow as individuals! I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world.

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Day 23 of the blog challenge question was:

What’s your level of location independence and your nomadic quotient?

Do what the Romans do

There is a famous saying that goes: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Yes I agree that, when travelling to new places it is good to appreciate the surroundings, the people and the culture. I have been to Rome and certainly enjoyed looking at the old city, as well as tasting the “yum, yum” food. I find that people want to share their culture; and it all goes back to when we were younger and taught to treat people how we like to be treated. I will also remain authentic and be true to my character – this includes humour and accent!

 

Work Smart

I always make sure that I am easily contactable by email. I will ensure that whilst I am away I have access to the internet. Be able to access my website and accounts from my MacBook Air or other smart device. I will need to unlock my phone so that I can use local sim cards – as it hurts to see my mobile bill going up into the hundreds. I will keep up-to-date with the APPs and software. I like using Skype and Facetime to remain connected to people. It so nice to see a friendly face at the end of the camera. Although sometimes I can be meeting people for the first time over the web.

Keeping to business

Before travelling to a new destination I will do my homework about the region. Look at the practical stuff like cost for accommodation and food. Find out a little about the local customs, ensure like in the previous section that I have good internet connection. To keep on track of appointments or deadlines, use software to take into consideration the different time zones. I may also look at how I will like to manage the “active” areas of the business such as the training. I may decide to do fewer 1-2-1s and instead do some group coaching, as there is always time included in the preparation.

 

Enjoy the NOW

It is so important to enjoy the “air”, breath and appreciate the surroundings, even though there may be a day when I do not have running water or electricity. It is the experience that is valuable. Some people do not have the opportunity or decide not to live the freedom lifestyle.

 

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“I’m like a bird: Where I’d like to travel to”

I have always liked to travel, visit and explore new places. This also includes taking car journeys and disregarding the Sat Nav (or satellite) directions . Travelling, especially on aeroplanes, is like freedom to me. I do not get stressed when the aeroplane takes off, I get excited. So when day 22 of this 30-days challenge arrived, I thought “wow, I am getting into the fun part”. Not that the rest of this journey has not been fun. So here comes day 22:

If you chose to live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?

“the world is my oyster”

At first glance of this question, I thought it would be very difficult question to answer as there are so many places to go in the world.

 

My move

To take a pause here, I would like to ask you a question: do you believe in synchronicity? My response is yes. If you are aligned to an outcome then the universe will deliver. This may be with the people whom come into your life, or the books you read such as the  suitcase entrepreneur. A year ago, I made the decision that in the near future I will be doing more travelling; and how this will be incorporated into my lifestyle. I usually am a literal person, whereby I tend to write down my thoughts or ideas onto a note. But 2012 was also the year when I was introduced to vision boards. Up until that time they freaked me out, since putting it out there in a visual form was so powerful! I created a powerpoint slide with images of possible destinations that I can travel to. I mapped out my ideas in this document and called it: my move. The conclusion was that I will go to Hollywood.

Stickie note

 

Hollywood: “A place where dreams can come true”

In terms of looking at ideal places to go, or where to live, as mentioned in an earlier post of this challenge it is dependent on where I am now and where I want to go. As one friend commented to me the other day,  I love to write. And my something big dream, is to have one my written works on the screen. I have visualised an  online Web show. I already have the picture or movie frame in mind. This very week, as I write this, I am in the process of finding out a way to contact an influential person who may be able to make this a reality.

So my final destination is where I want to be at that particular time. Whether the universe manifests this is dependent on my alignment.

Time is so precious

Time is money. Time is so precious as it just goes on, even as I am writing this post my time on earth is reducing. So since it is a precious commodity it should not be wasted. In day 20 of the blog challenge, Natalie Sisson discusses the tools that she uses in her online business. The point is that there are tools  required for successfully running a business, like having good website hosting and having the function for people to buy your products or services from you. This leads me to to day 20 question:

State your top three tools that you will use (or already use) to save time and money and make your online world more seamless.

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Website is my key shop window

Without my website then I will not have an online business. So keeping the domain and having the site hosted by a good company is important.

“No customer, no business”

For the existing visitors to my website, they are given free access to my written material via my blog posts. There is a comment section and contact form which they can use to engage with me. To take my brand to the next level, I need to feed her. As I posted on my FaceBook personal page today in a discussion about sales: “I love to be at service and money is the currency to get things DONE”. I will be using tools like Paypal to enable my customers to buy my product and services.

“I can not be in more than one place at a time”

It is good to have automated systems, as this can cut down on the time in having to sit by the computer and send off materials to a paying customer. Not that I do not enjoy interacting with the end customer, but when the quantity increases it may not be manageable doing this. I do not want an unhappy customer talking about an experience of having to wait a long time for their product. This is why I will be using software such as e-junkie, and this can also work alongside my payment option.

In the world of social media, the audience wants to see visibility and consistency. Hootsuite seems like an excellent tool to have my tweets sent out at specific times.

Keeping on the pulse

So these are some of the tools that I currently use or will be using. As time goes by, I can imagine continuing to use tools that makes it easy for me to run my online platform and to nurture my brand.

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My stage

“There is only one you!” Shanti had spoken these words to me during our Skype conversation last week. I was talking about my brand, my upcoming book the Naked Series and reaching my ideal customer.  In this world we live in, we want to feel accepted. This may mean trying to mould ourselves into “acceptable” models. People may do this by imitating other successful people. Whilst you can learn things from what people have done, and it can be flattering imitating them, we are still our own person.  We should not be denying others of our uniqueness. The people who have done amazing stuff, been pioneers, were the go-getters who were not afraid to challenge status quo – go against being what was perceived to be normal. They set their own pace and people paid attention. Day 19 of the blog challenge is about influence.
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Which methods do you want to use to build your platform and increase your influence?

Guest blogging

When I first started to blog I wrote guest blogs. This was for a website, targeted at single people who did not think that they were dead, because they did not have a “plus one”.  I found out about this site via my friend Twitter. I loved the concept and wrote one article on how some women were predatory when it came to chasing their guy; whilst the other types of women, the snail, took it easy and seemed not to be getting the very same results.  A friend encouraged me to step up and create my own blog.

I have seen from guest blogging, how I can write for a specific audiences who are interested in a genre or topic of my expertise. This is nice, as they will usually share similar values. This is not to say that I expect everyone to agree with me. It is where people say, “I have a difference of opinion” where I can sometimes learn new things.

 

Interviews

I like being interviewed as it gives me the opportunity to talk about my brand, and my specialist topics. I think by hearing my voice, people get to feel my character and hear my enthusiasm for my work. I have already featured on radio and been interviewed by my friends the English Sisters on their web channel. So it is nice to build relationships with people and organisations, as there may be a platform to talk about my latest articles or project.

I will also be interviewing inspiring people for my Podcast show. So I do not also learn but my audience.

The Series

I agreed with Mr William Shakespeare when he said:

All the world’s a stage

Life is a series of episodes, where we have a beginning, a middle and end. This continues throughout our life. I have written material for two books, which end with series. I intend to publish the first one based on some everyday life themes, based on my own story, the Naked Series. There will be other books to follow.

Keep staying true to my heart

As a medium once said to me, “people connect to me because of  your honesty.” Yellow was one of my first articles where I was being open about my “highs and lows.” By sharing my story, I hope this generates inspiration for my audience to remain true – follow their heart.

 

 

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The A-team

As this suitcase entrepreneur 30-days blog challenge has continued, I have been feeling the figurative “burn”.  The saying does go, “no guts, no glory”.  As each day progresses, I have seen Natalie Sisson ask more deep questions like: how do you intend to monetize your online business? And how about the team to support your brand? They are good questions as you need to look at business from a  practical perspective – ensuring that you can take action now.  So this leads me to day 18 of this challenge.
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What does your dream sales team look like and how will you ensure they help you build your business?

 

My A-team

When I was growing up in the 1980’s there was a TV show called the A-Team. In each episode the A-Team, who were the heroes, would help the innocent battle the baddies and ensure fair play. Okay, in a business I do not see the outside world as the enemy but it is a battle:

  • To get your brand out there;
  • Attract your ideal customers; and
  • Keeping people interested in buying into your brand.

 

One way to keep the brand out there is to have a little help from a team, collaborators and partnerships. Up until a year ago I did not fully understand how important affiliations could be in broadening in my fan base. As mentioned in a previous post I was under the misconception that I could do it all.

 

“A” stands for affiliation

In day 18 of this challenge, Natalie Sisson provided links on leveraging your brand through affiliations. I think that you should earn commission from recommending a product or service that you believe in.  Talking about a brand or product that I like to support is one that Natalie, or to be precise, the two Natalies are doing. They have this 3-months program, which helps people to launch their product or service – make your vision a reality. This program will start on 1st September, so like the Asda caption says, “once it is gone, it’s gone”. And this is until the next one.

 

Plugging what I like

I already like to shout out on the books that I like to read. This reminds me that I should add this list to my website as I do often get asked, even in interviews: what book do you like to read? So I see myself adding my Amazon links again.

“I like you, you like me, why don’t we do something together”

There are people out there, whom like what I do, and do similar work to me. It is great to chat to them. There are also people out there who may not do what I do but like LIKE it. Why not get a wider audience, by sharing what I do with other brands fans. It is always nice to reach a wider audience.
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Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me

It was 2011 when it became very clear to me that the way forward was to set up my own business. At that time, the obvious choice was to do something linked to training and coaching. As I already started to privately tutor and have experience of lecturing. Since I was new to thinking like a business owner, I wanted to learn. Part of my learning was not only reading the books, but also going out there and networking – asking questions. On one occasion I attended this half-day workshop in London about finding the life and business you wanted by Rasheed Ongunlara.  I found it informative, and it was one of the first encounters I had with mindset in business. I also saw how Rasheed had been developing his brand. He had done this sharing his expertise through: videos, books, talks on radio and TV. The entrepreneur Penny Power discussed in her book on online social media networking, that when attracting customers the formula was: “Know me, like me, follow me”. Point being that people buy from people who they know and can trust. This leads me to day 17 of the Suitcase Entrepreneur challenge.
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What three steps can you take to build trust and credibility online for you, your :brand and your business?

1. Be myself

This week, I had an amazing conversation with an awesome and beautiful individual. We were having a conversation about life and other matters. One of the things that were reflected back to me is that my main strength is sharing with people ME. How I am not afraid to be myself. People connect to honesty and will feel comfortable in building up a relationship with someone who they feel is authentic. I have been doing this through my articles, which also appear in other publications and sharing my story. I recently started writing the Naked Diaries which is I telling people how my week has been, what I have been up to with my latest book. Even adding in my beautiful niece. I personally do not resonate with people who say, “Buy, and buy, from me”.

2. Give people the opportunity to have a dialogue with me

When I post blogs, it is a bonus when people not only FaceBook “Like” it, but engage by posting comments. Some people may say I liked that positive article, but may not post this.  (I have bumped into someone at Tesco who said that they loved my quotes, but did not see this on my page) This can sometimes be due to shyness. Maybe feeling that they comment is not “appreciated”. Yesterday, I started a conversation on FaceBook regarding this:

FaceBook conversation

I am going to use web chats, to give people the opportunity to chat to me. Perhaps record people’s questions to me.

 

3. Open up the audience world to people who are inspiring

Approximately a month ago, I started Go-GetterMe, a community where I share tools and resources on following your dreams. It is an extension of SophiaWorld, as it my project – what I am doing right now. I especially like to  share with my audience people whom I admire and find inspiring. Podcasts are a great way for me to interview people, and share on the different social media formats. This also reminds me that I need to read Natalie Sisson guide on this. This week, I had confirmation from an amazing lady who left her home country to start a business abroad, that she does not mind participating in an interview with me. She has an amazing and inspiring journey and it was featured on a Web Show. That is my latest teaser! This further illustrates the power of me going out there, being very open with my audience – and bringing in a ray of beautiful possibilities.
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Behind a successful brand is a strong team

I like finished products and completed services. But products or services do not simply just appear.  They go through a process from conception to the finished product. There may be more than one person involved in creating it. Years ago when I dreamt about having a freedom lifestyle, where I will also be having my own business. I thought that it would consist of me putting most of the work in to achieving that outcome. This involved holding on very tightly to the details, as I thought it was my dream and I needed to protect it. This proved to be opposite, how one person could create the product or service.

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Day 16 challenge set by the Suitcase Entrepreneur was:

How will you build a team around your vision and work smart instead of hard?

Not wanting to let go of the baby

When starting out with a business, I came from the mindset that I needed to everything. This included putting my own equity into the business, and doing most of the work. I believe this came from thinking that I can not let go of my project, it was my baby.

The Creatorpreneur

I so love this word as it combines being “a creator” or “creative” and being an entrepreneur. It comes naturally writing and coming up with creative ideas. I sometimes get stuck in artistic temperament, and may not see everything so clearly. So it is great to get another’s viewpoint, especially when I am in a state of confusion. This viewpoint is to make clear what is happening around me.

“Do only what you can do”

To the outside world, people may see me as multi-skilled individual being able to do a lot of things. There is stuff that I can do well, and other stuff that does not come so easily.  In day 16 of this challenge, Natalie Sisson provided a link to an interview she did with the outsourcing guru Chris Ducker . He expressed the point to focus on what you can do, so in my instance I will be writing my blogs, books and developing courses; and for the other secondary stuff, that I may not like to do, then outsource. I do not currently have a Virtual Assistant but it seems like a good idea to have one. I learnt that you could have a virtual assistant for different tasks. Not just the administration.

The help

There has been help with my blog along the way, in terms of in the business and the outside. I refer to doing work on myself. I mean having a mentor, or someone to go to when I have questions. I am part of the brand. In terms of my lovely website, this was designed by the wonderful graphic designer and web designer, Cheryl Laidlaw of Reyl Design. I am not a very techie person, so I need someone to help behind the scenes. What is also important also, is to also find someone whom not only does the job well, but whom I have a good rapport with. They become part of the body that creates my finished product.

At the time of writing this article, I have a new book to be published and there are things that need to be done first before it becomes ready to buy. So I will be having a team behind this creation.

 

 

 
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You have mail…

 

When I first started my blog SophiaWorld, as mentioned in day 13 of this 30-days blog challenge, I did not have a clear intention of what I wanted my visitors to do. Okay, I wanted them to read my blog and to provide feedback on how it inspired them but there was no clear goal. I was not looking at monetizing from the blog. One year later, I was thinking and feeling big things for brand SophiaWorld. The lovely Felix Mackintosh of Tigersonic mentioned to me the golden ingredient for marketing a business – having an email list. This now leads me to day 15 of the challenge (drums rolls)

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How are you building your email list?

Building a tribe

I admit that I was a bit clueless on how to build an email list, and like Natalie Sisson mentioned in day 15 of this blog challenge, she too had not been paying attention to this.  I was instead focusing on writing the blogs, and coming from the mindset lets get more exposure for the brand by doing interviews and writing guest blogs.

The empty shop

One of the mentors and friends that I found through social media told me boldly one day that with my website it looked amazing, but what was the call of action. She summed it up as having a nice front store and your prospect customer comes in and responding with: “sorry you cannot buy the nice shiny items, as there is no stock.” Thank you Susan Francis. She went on to explain how I need to build my contact list, and give away a valuable source of information – sometimes referred to as freebie.

 

My hook

So to get more people signing-up to my brand SophiaWorld and my other brand GoGetterMe, I need to focus on the hook. The one thing that people cannot resist – a sweet treat.  I currently have been using mailchimp across all of my brands, so will continue to be using this format.

I recently created my version of a fly-on documentary, a real world behind the scenes of what I am doing in terms of personal and business projects, “the Naked Diaries”.  I think it is an awesome idea, as people often forget the process that goes in becoming and being the successful entrepreneur mindset; or possibly other areas. So my next action is to come up with a fabulous sweet treat, also known as the hook.

You got mail
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Who want’s to be a millionaire?

Today is catch-up in terms of the 30-days blog challenge. I will be posting day 14 and 15, as I am a little bit behind. This is an interesting topic as in day 14 Natalie Sisson interviewed in her podcast training, Jamie Tardy of Eventual Millionaire fame, discusses that with a millionaire mindset they always need to be pushing forward. In life there may be some bumps or minor hiccups, but the trick was to keep going.

 
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What are two key ways you could use the habits of a millionaire to monetize your blog in the next month?

Never give up

From a young age it can be implanted into us that winning is a nice thing, and losing is not so nice. In building a business there may be times when I may be trying out something, which is new to me, and there is an element of risk. I might not be achieving my outcome at first but I can learn and grow from it. Failure is not necessarily a bad word, if you decide not to give up. I come originally from a corporate world not the mediapreneur world. In terms of my brand SophiaWorld, it is about reaching a world wide web of an audience that is interesting in some uplifting, wellness/lifestyle tips. My main action will be to continuously putting my message out there. This is involves providing people with my expertise through my blog, and offering my services and programs for their further development. This is why I cannot forget my list/pool of contacts. Day 15 of this challenge will be exploring building email listing. I do not like spam and “dry” newsletters. This is why I have developed a weekly “diary-styled” newsletter, which provides people the opportunity to go behind the scenes for the personal and business projects that I am involved in.

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Knocking on a few doors

I cannot preach about doing something, and not following it. Okay, there may be times when we are not good at following what we prescribe – like the doctor who smokes – but it is good that if you believe in a philosophy to also live by it. In order to be the best me, to grow and to learn stuff that I want to pass on, I need to ask questions. This may mean talking to people that I do not know very well. I will need to connect with them, explain what it is that I do and am an expert in, plus my desired outcome.

 

Leap of faith

Okay, the challenge was to write about habits of a millionaire that I could use to monetize in my blog, but I cannot forget how with these successful people how they believed in what they did and took a big leaf of faith.

 

 

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