Stop Trying to Hack Your Way Through Life

We're in the final stretch! Five days left of #theampersandproject!

Our culture is obsessed with hacking our way through life. We look for tools and tips and tricks to make our lives faster, more efficient, more productive. Sure, that may work for some stuff, but when it comes to the important things, like work and relationships and becoming a better person, it simply doesn't work that way. You don't always get to take the short cut; in fact, you shouldn't want to.

Over to you: Where are you seeking a "shortcut" or a "hack" in your life? Is it really going to help you or is it just a distraction or an excuse for not doing the real work yourself? 

Five Favorite Podcasts for the Daily Commute

If you're joining us for #theampersandproject for the first time, you'll want to hop on over here to start from the beginning!

One of the reasons I wanted to do this 30 day challenge was to explore the medium of audio, podcasts specifically. On day 14, I talked about childhood creativity and how I used to record myself on a boombox. Naturally, I've considered hosting my own podcast and this challenge has been a great place to start. In today's clip, I share five fantastic podcasts that I'm listening to on a regular basis these days.

P.S. Definitely getting a cold, which is affecting my throat. Here's to hoping I can squeak my way through the last five days of this challenge! :)

Nourish and Flourish
Side Hustle School
The Portfolio Life
Modern Love
Elise Gets Crafty

Honorable Mentions: Happier with Gretchen Rubin, #Createlounge, The Lively Show, The Moth

Over to you: What are you favorite podcasts?

You Already Have Everything You Need

Welcome back to #theampersandproject! Yesterday we talked about jumpstarting and maintaining momentum

Today's clip focuses on the belief that you already have everything you need. We often think we need to buy new equipment or invest in more courses or webinars in order to pursue an idea or move forward in a project. In reality, we already possess most, if not all, of the things we need to get going.

Over to you: Ask yourself if the items on your "to buy" list are really going to help you move forward or if you really already possess what you need to get started.

5 Ways to Jumpstart Momentum and Keep it Flowing

ONE. WEEK. LEFT! Can you believe it? I'm so excited that in just seven days, I will have completed the project that I've been thinking about doing for far too long.

Today's recording is a discussion on momentum. It seems particularly timely now that we're in February and the rush of New Years Resolutions is behind us. If you're looking for ways to jumpstart momentum or keep things moving, this clip has some great tips for you.

Mentioned: Creative Progress Maps from Made Vibrant; 2017 Daily Goal Tracker from Elise Joy

Over to you: What keeps your momentum going? What tips or tricks can you share that have helped you?

Learning How to Simply "Be" During a Tough Season

It's Thursday, but man does it feel like this week has been going on forever! Do you feel me? Anyway, it's day 22 of #theampersandproject and I have to admit, today was a bit of a doozy.

You know how I've been talking a lot about the journey to truly know yourself and how in that pursuit, you may need to make some difficult decisions and have some uncomfortable conversations? Well, I recently had one of those conversations and in today's clip, I talk about what that has me feeling in the aftermath. Thanks so much for listening and supporting over these past 22 days. I can feel it especially today.

Over to you: Have you been anticipating an unavoidable conversation? What emotions are you experiencing?