Opportunistic Exercising for Teacher-Moms

 Do you constantly feel overwhelmed, tired and seriously guilty that you just can’t get a training session in every week?  Don’t worry sister!  I’ve been there!  Let’s be honest.  There’s just no time or physical and mental energy left for you to do anything but get through the front door after a day of hustling and getting the kids to school and back in one piece!  So why not change your idea of exercising from “when” to “if”.  Sound crazy?  Read on my dear friend!

Since becoming a teacher and, especially, a mom, my drive and desire to exercise has gone completely out the window!  Having to juggle a full-time job and try to be a present and involved parent, leaves me with zero energy and very little time to do anything self-care related – and I am sure that almost all moms feel this way at least some of the time.

In the past I would spend extensive “free” time searching for ways that I could better manage my time and make exercising a possibility.  I would get up early in the morning when my baby was sleeping, get two minutes into a sweat and she would start crying.  Urgh! It was an absolute waste of mental effort. 

But now?  I have come up with a way to improve my daily mood and energy level, to get my heart rate up and ditch the guilt!  I call it… Opportunistic exercising!!!  So what on Earth am I on about?  Let me lay it out for you.

Looking for opportunities

Constantly look for opportunities to exercise.  If your daughter is building a jig-saw puzzle but wants you to sit right beside her – no problem!  Do five push-ups, help her add a piece, then do five more!  If you are playing outside with your boys, run to wherever you need to go next as fast as you can, or better yet, do lunges and side squats to get you there.  I love this!  I literally do it when I walk from my kitchen to my bedroom.  Ladies, its something!  It’s a very small opportunity to get those muscles engaged and that heart-rate up.  I promise you it will make you feel so much better after a long, hard day at the office!

The great thing about being an opportunistic exerciser, is that you don’t really have to commit.  You just do what you can, when you can.  Once you start to make this a habit, it won’t be long and you will feel so good and so motivated that you start to try find opportunities where you can fit in more exercises and for longer periods of time. 

This strategy may not be the answer to getting you ten kilograms lighter, but it may just be what you need to fire you up, make you feel energised and just get you to spend more time with your family instead of slumping on the couch at the end of each day.

Below is a list of simple bodyweight, ‘do-anywhere’ exercises that you can implement in your “opportunistic” moments.

Easy opportunistic exercises

Legs:  Lunges, squats, calf-raises, jumping jacks, run on the spot.

Arms:  Push-ups!!!

Abs:  Crunches, plank, mountain climbers

Heart rate boosters:  burpees and jumping jacks

And there you have it!  Stop stressing about what you can’t get done in a week, and just focus on what you can do now in the moment!  Reward yourself for every small opportunity that you take advantage of today!  If you would like to hear more from me on how I manage my weight, health and life, be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter!  Its full of great content and free resources that I know you will love!

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4 Things You Can Do Today to Boost Your Online Presence and Become the Woman You Have Always Dreamed of Being

Be the person your heart wants you to be

Have you ever wondered why things just never seem to be going your way? Why you seem to be stuck in a cycle of negativity? And you can’t deal with how this is impacting your growth as a woman and entrepreneur? Today we look at four things you can start implementing today to raise your positive vibrations and to step into the person you have always dreamed of being.

Yesterday we had an amazing chat in our Mommies Gone Wild Facebook group. If you missed it, these were the big takeaways:

#1: Try to “be” instead of waiting to “have”

Instead of saying “once I have __________, I’ll be able to do ____________ and then I will be ____________”,

you should try saying “who can I be now, what can I do now in order to have _____________?”.

You see, it’s all about becoming aware of your inner self-talk – it’s seriously limiting your progress and it is probably the biggest reason why you haven’t achieved all your wildest dreams.

For example, one thing I used to keep saying to myself was:

“When I have time, I will be able to exercise and then I will lose weight”.

Ah hello Kirsten, will you really ever have more time if you keep going about life the way you always do?

So now I say to my self, “who can I be now and what can I do now to be more productive and to have more time for me to exercise??”.

This shift has helped me to dial in on what it is I really need to do and the role that I need to step into to get what I really want. And this may be a silly example, but if you take it seriously and you implement it into every facet of your life, your relationships, your business, your health – there’s no doubt in my mind you will be successful and get what you deeply desire.

#2: Overwhelmingly grateful to “call” abundance into your life

Practice being overwhelmingly grateful for what you have now in order to attract more abundance into every area of your life in the future.

There is no doubt in my my mind that positive vibrations attract more positivity. Think about when something went wrong for you first thing in the morning one day… the whole day seemed to go wrong didn’t it? That’s probably because your frustration, anger and negative vibe attracted more negative and every part of the day just seemed more negative (even if it really wasn’t). Am I right?

One of the things I have been doing lately is thinking about every little thing that I am grateful for the minute I open my eyes in the morning. I literally voice out loud that I am so grateful for the new day, grateful for opening my eyes and still being alive. I am grateful for the warm bed that I have just woken up in. Grateful for my job and the money it provides me (even though I can’t wait to leave, it is serving me in this chapter of my life).

When you practice doing this every day, you have no option but to get out of bed with a higher, positive vibration that just screams to the universe “BRING MORE POSITIVITY MY WAY!”.

If you don’t believe me, try it!

#3: Share your story to grow your self-confidence

Don’t worry my dear strategy-loving friends! I have a few awesome tools I want you to try out this week to help boost your overall online presence, and attract more potential customers your way (whether you need online traffic or foot traffic to your local business).

#3: Get vulnerable to build confidence in yourself and establish your brand

Remember that people don’t really do window shopping anymore. They prefer to see and experience services and products online in the safety of their anonymity before they decide to walk through your shop doors.

So try to show them a little bit about who you are and what you do so that they can get to know and like you before they decide to trust you with their time and money.

Do this by building your presence on Instagram stories… don’t be scared to take a 15 second video of yourself going about your day. Some of the simplest activities of your day are interesting to your potential customers and show what type of person you are. These Insta Story videos only last 24 hours before they disappear and, if you want, you can practice recording them and don’t have to post them.

I used to cringe every time I hit “post” not so long ago. Now, I love talking to my phone! My confidence has gone through the roof and I feel like I have permission to be me.

Super tip alert** Use the “Subtle” filter to brighten your face and no one will know!

#4: Get the professional edge with all your graphics to attract more customers

To create stunning graphics that are super professional and grab your potential customers attention – you can use Canva.com. This is a free graphic design platform with hundreds of templates for absolutely any type of graphic or ad that you need to create. It is literally plug and play, and you can create awesome Facebook, Instagram, Email (and more) images and graphics within minutes without being Mrs Artsy.

Be sure to check it out! It will just give you that extra edge that others in your niche don’t have.

If you aren’t already in our Facebook Community, come on over and join us! We have weekly chats where we discuss all things mindset, business and digital products.

Remember, if the desire is in your heart, it’s probably a sign that you should go for it.

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3 Mindset Shifts to Change the Life You Have

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a woman working 16 hour days, or you just feel that heaviness on your soul and you just know that something’s gotta give: these three mindset shifts will transform the way you experience your life and ultimately get you closer to living your dreams. If you have ever found yourself feeling stuck or frustrated with your circumstances, your finances, your business or your relationships – make these three simple shifts today. If they worked for me, I know they can work for you too.

Exhaustion and frustration led me to make these shifts

After launching my first beta course for my MOMM Foundations Program, I decided I was exhausted and that I needed to take a break. I needed to take a step back and really think about why I felt this way. It came to me quickly – I was trying to serve anyone and everyone and I was forgetting about serving myself.

This is something that I have been working hard to change this year, and then still I found myself back to my old tricks of trying to please everyone but myself.

So I stopped. I took a step back.

Shift #1: Sometimes you have to slow down to speed up.

I have grown so much personally through this journey. I have learned so much about myself, about my thoughts and my emotions, and how these are shaping my perception of reality. I have learned that what’s inside me is what I see and experience outside, in my circumstances. So in order to change my circumstances, I have to change what’s going on inside me.

The next thing I realized is that what got me here (to where I am today) won’t get me there (to where I want to be – what I dream of).

Let me elaborate.

Shift #2: What got you here, won’t get you there.

I realized that everything on my vision board won’t happen unless I start showing up as the person who already has those things. I have to show up, think, feel and take action as a person who is making it big online, who is creating an impact in hundreds of women’s lives, who is fit and who feels free. I can’t keep showing up to life the way I am now to get me to realize my dreams. I have to start taking action as if I already have those things or as if I was already that person.

So I have been working on my inner game a lot so that I that my outer game, (my business, my life and my circumstances) can finally change and I can unleash the real Kirsten that I know I was born to be.

If you are still reading, then maybe you need to ask yourself this question…

Questions to help your re-frame your thoughts

Do I want to get myself out of this situation I am in?

If I was out of this situation and I felt more freedom from _________ (fill in the blank), how would I feel?

How does that future free self act? Think? Feel?

How does that future self show up every day?

What can I do today that didn’t get me here, but will get me there?

I am here to say to you that you need to start taking action. You need to start living as if you can never fail. Your success is inevitable – as long as you believe. You are worthy of being who your heart keeps telling you you should be.

Shift #3: In life there are never failures. There are only lessons.

There are only two ways that things can go once you have taken action. Either things go exactly how you planned or better, or they don’t go how you had hoped. When they don’t go the way that you want or expect, take a step back and ask yourself “what is the lesson that I am supposed to learn here?”.

Just remember, if something “fails” or doesn’t go as planned – it doesn’t change your worth. It doesn’t mean that you are a failure. It just means that it didn’t work and now you need to try something else. Whether you have success, get what you want or live the life you dream of, it doesn’t change your worth. You are worthy regardless.

I encourage you to take action today. How can you start changing your thoughts so that your outer experiences change too?

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The Perfect Teacher Planner to Start the New School Year

Let’s face it! There’s no point starting out the new school year without your teacher planner ready to go! You know that day one will leave you completely overwhelmed and unorganized if you don’t have it.   A teacher planner is more than just brainstorming your lesson ideas; it’s a way of life! Every teacher knows that there are so many administrative tasks that are part of the job and your seemingly fantastic day can get real bad, real quick if there is a form or a parent’s contact number that you can’t find.

Life is crazy on its own, so having a reliable teacher planner to maintain your sanity is an absolute must. But, these days teacher planners are becoming a bit over the top and it takes your more time to put the thing together, than it does save you time – which is what you wan’t right? To save time and be organized!

HOW MY TEACHER PLANNER SAVED ME FROM BURNOUT

I grew up with anxiety. When I started teaching, my anxiety went through the roof and I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Major Depression. I was always overwhelmed and reached burnout very easily.

I knew something had to change if I was going to save my sanity. The best way that I have controlled my anxiety levels, is through planning. Since being diagnosed, I have never gone a year without a pre-made work diary.

Although this diary was working well for me, I knew I could be more organized and save more time if I had my own customized teacher planner. And so, I created one myself.

Now, I am absolutely obsessed with creating teacher planners for teachers who are feeling like I used to feel. But the planners I create are super simple so that they don’t turn into a massive block of cute, irrelevant information and forms.

YOUR TEACHER PLANNER MUST-HAVES

My planner has to include more than just class forms and lesson planning. I need to have designated pages for student information and intervention. I like to have pages where I can jot down ideas for upcoming lessons, as well as be able to set goals for myself as a teacher and goals for how I am going to improve my students overall performance. This always keeps me motivated and on track, and by writing down these goals, I feel that I achieve them in less time and with less resistance.

For my planner to meet my needs it must be:

EDITABLE: I need a planner that I can edit on the fly. You know, as a teacher, things change – and ALL the time! So I need to have a planner saved to my computer documents that I can easily customize and print as I need.

PRETTY AND CUTE: Let’s face it! Every teacher wants to have cute and pretty things!! For me, if my planner is pretty and cute – I am more inclined to use it and it pumps me up to do great things!

ADAPTABLE: Having a planner that isn’t chunky with unnecessary information is a must for me! The beauty of this planner I created is that you can print the lesson planning sheets or the calendar months as you need them. You don’t need to print the entire year’s worth of sheets and carry that around with you!! And then as a month or a week passes, you can easily remove them and throw them away. In order to do this with the most ease, a The Happy Planner punch and The Happy Planner Mini Disks are essential – AND THEY MAKE YOUR PLANNER SUPER CUTE!!

AFFORDABLE TO CREATE: Most of the planners I see these days are really beautiful, but very expensive to print and put together – and let’s be honest, most of those pages you don’t need! So I prefer planners that have a touch of color and a touch of cute and I am good to go.

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Changing Your Mindset About Being an Online Entrepreneur

We all have big dreams that we push to the back of our minds because of our limiting beliefs. If we can change the language of our thoughts and we start believing in ourselves, we can start taking action today and move one step closer to reaching our dreams. Change your mindset today so that you can see what you are truly capable of and start crafting the life that you deserve.

Limiting beliefs are thoughts that we have or things that we tell ourselves, that we often don’t even notice that we do. As soon as you become mindful of the language you are using to speak to yourself, you have the ability to change these thoughts. Changing your inner self will help you to change your outer experiences of life, and ultimately change the trajectory of your life.

Some common limiting beliefs that women experience when thinking about becoming an online entrepreneur:

  1. Who am I to do this?
  2. I am too old, too fat, not pretty enough..
  3. I am not an expert, I don’t have a qualification in this…
  4. I don’t have any money to get started.

Do any of these sound familiar? Try to be mindful today and listen to what you are telling yourself. Write down all the limiting beliefs that you catch yourself thinking.

One of the most important things to remember about starting an online business, is that you should be doing it from a place of service to others. If you change your thoughts to center around how you can help others, then you are likely to be less worried about insignificant aspects of yourself that don’t define your worth anyway!

I challenge you to think about what your next step is today? Take one step at a time. Just take that first step. You will be amazed at what you can actually do if you try. Do it afraid. Do it anyway.

If you aren’t already in my Facebook Group Mommies Gone Wild, you should be. This is a fantastic place to gain support and encouragement and to hear about how you can start growing your business today.

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Six Things You Will Need to Start and Grow Your Online Business

Are you considering starting an online business but just don’t know where to start or what you need to be successful?  In this post we will be looking at the top six things that you will need to really get your online business off the ground fast and on the way to getting your products or services in front of the right audience.

One of the reasons you may be feeling some resistance to this whole online business concept is because you think that you will have to invest a lot of money into it to get it off the ground. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. As I have said before, all you really need is a smart phone and in internet connection!

Here are 6 things that will help you get started and there are free versions available for each:

1. Website

2. Facebook Page

3. Business Instagram Account

4. Business Pinterest Account

5. A Gmail Account

6. An Email CRM Platform (service provider to send broadcast emails and automatons)

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Before you invest your time in setting any of these up, make sure that you are clear about what it is you want to sell or what service you want to provide to your ideal customers. Also, make sure that you have a good idea of a business name, logo and brand scheme that you can use throughout all of these platforms.

If you are still unclear about your business idea and whether it will take off or flop, work through this free 7-STEP GUIDE to help you get absolutely clear on what it is you want.  Once you are certain about who your target audience is and what their struggles are, you are easily able to provide the solutions to the problem through your business design.

If you need support in your online business journey, why don’t you come and join my free Facebook Group Mommies Gone Wild where I do live mini training every week and where you can be supported by other moms who are on this journey too.

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You can become a stay-at-home mom, today, with an online business

Are you ready to make a big change in your life? This was me not so long ago. Let me tell you more about myself and where I was a few years ago, and how this has led me to where I am today. Maybe you are experiencing something similar in your life today and I would love to help you.

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Before becoming a mom

About 3 years ago I gave birth to my beautiful little girl, Addison. Before she was born, I was driven by academic achievement and to be frank, I was a workaholic. I thought that the only way my family, friends and husband would accept me is if I conformed to their idea of success, which was to get a “real” job and bring home a good salary. That was it. Anything outside of this, any entrepreneurial spirit I had or the big dreams I expressed was frowned upon, because it wasn’t going to work and “making your passion as your career would ultimately fail”.

So I slugged along. But when Addison came, I hated leaving her at home after my maternity leave ended, and I had to go back to regular work life. Many would say to me when I complained about the intense “mommy-guilt” that I was experiencing, “Oh don’t worry, it’s part of life”; “she will survive without you”; “everyone else does it and their kids are fine”… Have you heard the same thing?

My turning point

Well, I finally decided that this is not for me I couldn’t bare to feel burnt out anymore, and definitely not for something that didn’t make me happy. So I decided that I want to spend the majority of my time with Addison. I want to be present for her in every way that I can. I want to be able to take her to school, to go to her concerts or sports events, and I want to play with her and enjoy it – not hate it because I am so exhausted.

So here I am, running an online business of my own so that I can eventually quit my job and stay at home with my daughter, spend more time on my physical, mental and emotional health and live a life of abundance.

Find your freedom

Even though I am not there yet, I have already found freedom, finally. And I want to help you find that as well. There is absolutely no shame in wanting more for yourself. You do not have to kill yourself trying to live up to other’s expectations for your life. Live your dreams. If there is any time to do it, its now. The online world provides amazing opportunities in any niche. You just need to figure out what brings you the most joy, and what you would love to wake up to everyday.

I would love to create a community of moms (or any woman) who seek freedom from their oppressing life (what ever that oppression may look like). If you need help today, why don’t you consider using my FREE GUIDE to explore how you can start your own business, whether this is online or local, and get it to run for you so that you can really live.

I would love to hear from you. Does any of this resonate with you? What are your struggles? What makes you anxious? Are you living the life you really love? What does that life look like? Leave a comment below or email me at kirsten@wildonteaching.com

Come over and connect with me on Instagram.  I would love to get to know you and build this community so that we can all support each other’s endeavors.

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How a mom can make money online and stay at home with her kids

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When you became a mom for the first time (or even the second, third or fourth time), did you want to quit your job so that you could stay at home and never miss a moment in your child’s life? Did you want that so bad, but felt like there was no way you could afford it? I did! All I have wanted, since my daughter was born, is to stay at home, be able to take her to school and never miss a school concert or sports day.

However, in addition to financial reasons, I was scared I would lose a part of myself if I decided to stay at home. To my core I am a teacher, and a workaholic. So not being in a stimulating or intellectually challenging environment wouldn’t have been enough for me and, I felt like I was called for more.

Then I found the online business world. It’s been here all along, since the first days of the internet, but only now am I recognizing the infinite possibilities it holds for me… and for you! Over the past year, I have frantically been searching for a “Plan B”. And here is what I have found. These are the things that you can possibly do online to create revenue and still stay at home with your kids and live the life you love.

1. Create digital products

If you have any knowledge, passion or skill-set that others would find valuable or helpful, you can turn this into a digital product. No shipping required. Just a simple upload to your website or other platform for your customers to download when they purchase. These digital products can be in the form of a PDF document, an E-book, a video training series, an email course, a full digital/online course or any other type of content that can be delivered online.

Here is a simple list of digital products that you can create and sell online. Disclaimer, this list mentions the products that I have bought, sold or come across in some way, and it is by no means an exhaustive list.

Types of digital products to sell

  • PDF cheat sheets or info-graphics
  • E-books
  • Video training
  • Webinars
  • Online training memberships
  • Online courses
  • Email courses
  • Digital art
  • Presets for photo editing
  • Online coaching
  • Web design
  • Graphic Design

2. Affiliate Marketing and Sponsorship

This is quickly becoming the go-to source of passive income from the online space. This involves marketing products that are already created by other people or companies and earning a commission when people make a purchase that originated from your efforts. This can take many shapes and forms, from reviewing a product on YouTube or Instagram, to dedicating blog posts or podcasts entirely about the product, program or service.

When you become an affiliate, you essentially promote a product, program or service and call your audience to take action by clicking a link that you provide, to get to them to the sales page and make the purchase. More and more companies are incorporating affiliate programs to drive traffic to their sites and to increase sales.

You may even start off writing weekly blog posts or posting videos on YouTube for fun or just to impart knowledge to others. If you gain enough traction and gain a significant following or audience, you can approach companies to advertise on your blog or channel – or who knows, they might approach you!

I hope that this helps to broaden your awareness of what people are doing online these days. There are many other ways that you can make money online that doesn’t require you to create your own content. But if you are like me, then you probably have a desire to increase the value of someone else’s life and their experiences, and the fact that you can get paid to do so is just an added bonus!

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Five Reasons Why You Should Consider Starting an Online Business Today

I am sure that you have heard or seen loads of hype around starting a business online. I am also certain that your social media feeds and inboxes are continuously swarmed with pitches to get you on the online-business-train. Well, I must be honest, you should! And today!

If you are anything like me, you are longing to work shorter hours, have more time to spend with your kids and you are burning inside to get out of this body-sabotaging, stress-trench that you are in.

Let’s just get real for a second. We are all killing ourselves day in and day out, trying to get the bills paid and still make it to the next paycheck. We are constantly rushing around and burning ourselves out and doing everything for everyone else except ourselves. Sound familiar?

This is where I tell you why you absolutely must dip your toe in the online business world! Here are FIVE reasons why you might consider starting a business online.

1. You can have this business running while you still have a full-time job

One of the beauties of starting an online business is that you don’t have to invest huge amounts of money into it to get it off the ground. Most of what is needed to get the business running can be done with just your smart phone and an internet connection! You can also run this business after hours and still continue to commit to your 9-5. Your 9-5 job can help you stay financially stable as you grow and gain enough traction with your business to make it a full-time gig.

2. You can work on it when you want, and as much as you want

Some say that you don’t need to spend more than 90 minutes a day on your online business to really get it going and see some return. But, this is entirely up to you. What you put in is obviously what you will get out. If you are desperate to get a constant influx of revenue to keep your family afloat, you will need to work much harder on getting your brand and services recognized by the world. But, if you are in no rush, you could create the business as a hobby and just go with the flow. If and when it grows to the point that it needs your undivided attention, then you can invest more of your time into it. It all depends on your ultimate goals and your “why.”

3. You can work hard now, and generate passive income for years to come – even while you are sleeping!!

If you decide to start an online business that generates revenue from digital products, you will be able to create the products and leave them on the shelf of your website to be purchased by anyone at anytime. The only work that you may need to do after creation of the product, is marketing the product on social media or running ads to get your product in front of the right buyers.

4. You can make a huge impact in someone else’s life

You, my friend, have a wealth of knowledge and skills that you can tap into to improve someone else’s life. Even if you just know a fraction more than they do, they will pay you to show them the way. Yes, I am sure these potential clients could find the answers to their problems on YouTube or Google. But, this will take them hours to find and it won’t lay all the answers out for them in a step-by-step road map, and it won’t get them the results in the fastest possible time. Don’t doubt yourself here. If you have gone before someone else and made the mistakes that they don’t want to make, this positions you as an authority in that particular field.

In addition, by using online platforms you may be able to reach hundreds of people in the same time frame that you would use to deliver content or services for a one-on-one consulting business. Many entrepreneurs and consultants are moving in this direction because they can make more of an impact in less amount of time and with less resources.

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5. You are able to stay up to date with the times.

Let’s face it, everything is moving online. Even pet groomers use online stores to book their furry clients in for a bath and blow dry. Whether you have physical products to sell, consulting clients to make happy or digital courses to market – online is where its got to be. You don’t want to wake up to this when its too late!

If you are thinking about getting started and you aren’t sure what your first step should be, download my FREE GUIDE to help you gain some clarity.

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