All the Stuff #31 Managing Stress and Anxiety with Change

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Today, our ladies Lisa Carpenter, Transformational Life and Nutrition Coach, along with Lisa Sharp, Empowerment Coach and Clutter Expert, and Jen Turrell, Financial Personal Trainer for Women, share their thoughts on managing stress and anxiety when big changes come around.

Currently, the US election and resulting change in power has created much change, and for Lisa Sharp, the dismantling of things that she holds dear.  One of the things she undertook as self care was to unlike and unfollow anything in her Facebook feed that made her feel stress and anxiety.  Instead of allowing the bombardment of news and social media, she now chooses which ones to engage with, and limits the amount of article she reads.  She emphasizes that self-care is even more important in times of change.

Lisa Carpenter spoke of a difficult time in her life five years ago, when her husband went into rehab, and she thought her life was over.  In order to be able to cope with this huge change, she learned to focus on what she did have control over – her health, her mindset, and her non-negotiables.  She also learned that this change, however difficult, was necessary in order for things to get better. Her advice is for others to show up as best as they can for themselves, so they can then support others who need help.

For Jen, the change in the country is bringing out correlations to her childhood, which was fraught with domestic violence and abuse.  She feels that there are some hard-won rights that women have gotten used to, that are now in jeopardy.  We have to fight back and stand strong for our rights.  She is taking action, and although that makes her feel better, she recognizes that she does have to have boundaries and protect her sanity.

Closing thought…

“When it comes to managing stress & anxiety with change, recognize where your feelings are coming from, what parts you need to address, and take the opportunity to find out what you really need to heal within yourself.”   – Lisa Carpenter

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Lisa Sharp’s program The Blueprint Program is always open. Jen Turrell’s program Money Matters Mastermind can be found at http://jenturrell.com/money-matters-mastermind/. And be sure to check out Lisa Carpenter’s E.A.T.! Program.

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Episode #80 Successful Event Planning with Carolien Mertens

Today I am excited to have Carolien Mertens on the show.  Carolien is a live event planner based in Brussels, who has an extensive background in conference planning and has an ever expanding network of contacts around the world.  She plans everything from large group events, right down to smaller retreats with groups of 10-12 participants.

Carolien also hosts an Introduction to the Online World event  for local entrepreneurs so she has been on both sides of event planning.

Event Planning Process

When planning an event for someone, Carolien offers a variety of services, according to the needs of her client. Her fees are based on either a per person flat rate for the management of the event, with a per person fee added on for additional services.  

When starting to plan an event, Carolien interviews her client.  Together, they go over everything from the vision they have, who the participants are, what the agenda is, and the desired outcome.  Location, and budget are major components of the planning, as well as timelines and suppliers needed to bring everything together.  

Return on Investment and Benefits

Carolien shares how entrepreneurs often have great outcomes when they host low cost events, and upsell to a more expensive product, such as 1:1 coaching sessions.  If profit from the event itself is the goal, she suggests having regular tickets that cover the cost of the event, as well as premium tickets where the profit is made.   

There are many benefits that come out of hosting live events.  For the participants, and host alike, a deeper connection is obtained from face to face contact.  Live events also provide an amazing venue for learning a new skill, without interruptions.  And for participants, connecting in person with an influencer is a huge honor, and often life-changing.     

You can connect with Carolien on her website at www.carolienmertens.com , on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/carolien.mertens.96  and on LinkedIn at https://be.linkedin.com/in/carolienmertens  

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Resources

Carolien’s free actionable guide, The Starter Guide to Planning Your Event, is available HERE.


Carolien Mertens

Carolien Mertens is a live event planner.  She helps entrepreneurs create their dream one-day live event, multi-day conference, or premium mastermind retreat.

Carolien has planned over 100 events for Fortune 500 companies like World Bank, the World Health Organization, and several European Governments and Ministerial Cabinets — serving over 10,000 participants.

She works with entrepreneurs in Europe as well as worldwide to bring their event vision to life — taking care of every last detail, negotiating on the best prices, and creating an incredible participant experience.

All the Stuff #30 Letting Go of Bad Habits

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Today, our ladies Lisa Carpenter, Transformational Life and Nutrition Coach, along with Lisa Sharp, Empowerment Coach and Clutter Expert, and Jen Turrell, Financial Personal Trainer for Women, share their thoughts on letting go of old bad habits and the discomfort of creating new ones.   

Lisa Carpenter, at the time of recording, was in the final stages of planning her Masterclass. During past launches, she had used anxiety as the fuel to get her through the planning, which was always at the last minute and on the fly.  Needless to say this was extremely stressful, and she felt as though she had been swallowed whole by the end of it.  

She has had to change her approach, and now plans ahead and comes from a place of ease.  The temptation to stray from the task at hand to check out Facebook, respond to a text, or whatever other “itch” is calling her, is a very real challenge. Putting her phone in another room, and clearing her calendar has allowed her to give herself the space she needs to do what she needs to do, in a timely fashion.

Lisa Sharp, a notorious self-proclaimed procrastinator, shares that her last minute mentality is in fact a protection mechanism that she uses to not hold herself accountable for the success of her endeavors, because she puts things together at the last minute.   Even though it is uncomfortable, it is the known variable, and her default.  

She shares that focusing on one thing at a time, and staying the course, allows you to accomplish so much more.  She suggests using timers to keep on track and recommends them all the time to her clients.  

In the throes of writing her first novel, Jen Turrell is also very familiar with the issue of time wasting, and distraction from the task at hand.  Writing is a long term project that doesn’t have an immediate return on time invested, so being conscious of time management is very important.  

For her, social media can be a total waste of time.  On the other hand, she also finds it to be very useful both to spread her message, learn about the goings on in the country and around the world that interest her.    She has the 90 day year planner, and it really has helped her stay on track.  She uses 15 minute increments to stay on task with a timer as well and has found she is much more productive that way.  Having a daily theme is also helpful – i.e. Monday is planning day, Tuesday is Podcast/Promo day, Wednesday is Writing day etc.  

Closing thought…  

“Stay in the room, both literally and figuratively until you have done what you said you were going to do.” – Lisa Sharp

Lisa Sharp’s program The Blueprint Program is always open. Jen Turrell’s program Money Matters Mastermind can be found at http://jenturrell.com/money-matters-mastermind/. And be sure to check out Lisa Carpenter’s E.A.T.! Program.

Want a safe place to share?  Be sure to come on over the the “All the Stuff” Facebook Group for more tips and stories!