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Motivational YouTube Channels every Girlboss must watch!

Motivational YouTube Channels every Girlboss must watch!

Recently, I received the pearl of all gifts. Want to know what it was? A Chromecast - a little device that allows you to stream YouTube channels, Netflix and a bunch of other videos on your TV!! Of course, this is not ground-breaking or revolutionary in [...]
You are Not a Fraud: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

You are Not a Fraud: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

“If I put my work out there, everyone is going to find out that I am a fraud and that I don’t really know what the hell I am doing.” Has this parasite of a thought ever crossed your mind? Yeah – it crosses the [...]
Get Your Shit Together (GYST) Sundays

Get Your Shit Together (GYST) Sundays

Ever wonder how some women seem to always have their shit together? They run a million-dollar business, plus a million-hour business of taking care of their families but they manage to get everything done, have a social life and sleep reasonable hours a night. I’m not one of these women but I want to be just like them when I grow up. It sounds impossible… but hey, if Beyoncé can do it then so can we, right? (Even though she has a whole team to get her life in check but we’re not here to whine…) Today, we’re going to become superwomen because I am going to show you how to “GYST” AKA Get Your Shit Together in a fun way. #TGIS (Thank God for Sundays)

Now, perhaps you’ve been seeing the term, “GYST” around but I must give credit where it’s due. Have you ever heard of Kalyn Nicholson? She’s only an awesome YouTuber and you should probably check her out if – not if – you should check her out. So Kalyn did a video about GYST-ing and that was the first time that I thought, “hmm… this looks fun and adult-like so I’m going to try it.”

Of course, I am not saying that GYST-ing is the most revolutionary thing out there and that I had never spent time cleaning or organising or planning – I have! But it was chaotic, to say the least and that defeats the purpose of this adulting thing. The point of this blog post is to introduce a regular full day of getting your shit together every week or every two weeks max, preferably on a Sunday because…

Girl, let me tell you, Sunday GYST-ing has made me the most productive young individual for the last three weeks – yes, only 3 weeks so far and I am so so proud. Besides, the experts say that it takes 21 days to build a habit so I can officially say that I am a GYST-er now. If you’re interested in finally throwing out the To-Do List for your To-Do List, then follow this simple Sunday Get Your Shit Together routine:

First thing’s first: after you wake up and complete your morning routine, don’t shower or get civilised, jump straight into chores.

Sunday GYST Routine:

1. CHORES

Take a look at the To-Do List for your chores: what do you have on there that you’ve been putting off for weeks? Laundry? Bedding? Cleaning? Dishes? Groceries? – Don’t think about it too much and just start doing the first thing you can get your hands on.

#Tip 1: Create a fun and care-free atmosphere. Play your favourite playlist or put on some Netflix as you sweep, fold and wash. This is not the time to listen to all the podcasts and self-development stuff that all of us coaches preach about daily. No, girl, this is the time to watch Jane the Virgin or listen to the top hits 2017!

2. MEAL PREP

Now, while you wait for your laundry to get done, take the time to meal prep! Meal prepping will not only help you meet your fitness goals (if you’re on the healthy living journey, which you should be on), but it will also save you time and cash dollaz during the week.

The consensus is that you should meal prep for three days at a time… so prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for Monday through Wednesday. I have been meal prepping (not every week though I get points for trying) for about two years now and I promise it gets a lot easier and effortless after a while. If you have never meal prepped before then check out this meal prep start guide 🙂

#Tip 2: Pinterest and YouTube are your best friends after me. There’s tons of recipes and inspiration for meal prep ideas over there so don’t feel like you can only prep grilled chicken breast and steamed veggies. The goal of meal prepping is to actually eat that food…

#Tip 3: Since you’ve probably gone through all the food in your fridge to prep your meals, this is a good time to quickly jot down all the things you need to get when you go grocery shopping. Also, decide when you’re going to get the groceries and add that in your calendar when we get to the GOALS stage

3. BEAUTY

It’s probably mid-day by now and you smell – it’s cool. Time to take a nice, long shower or bath if you’re fancy like that and then, start our 10-step beauty routine!

 Step 1 – Clean Makeup Brushes and Blenders

Step 2 – Wash yoself, Exfoliate, Shave, Do You Girl

Step 3 – Apply a Deep-Conditioning Hair Mask and cover with a Shower Cap

Step 4 – Apply a Face Mask

Step 5 – Deal with your teeth: Brush, Floss, Whiten

Step 6 – Book Waxing Appointment

Step 7 – Wash Hair Mask off and Trim Split Ends

Step 8 – Wash Face Mask off and Moisturize

Step 9 – Apply Under-Eye Cream #NoWrinkles

Step 10 – Self-manicure: Trim, File, Paint Nails (Don’t forget that cuticle/nail treatment stuff)

How do you feel? – Beautiful, I’m sure! Now, let’s go conquer your week BossLady!

4. GOALS

Now that you are fresh and your space is nice and clean, it’s a good time to get on top of your weekly and monthly goals!

Start by filling out your planner with all the important things that you want to accomplish by a specific date for the next month. Do you have a launch coming up? Do you need to finish your e-course by a certain deadline? Are you planning a collab thing with another awesome Girlboss? Got a Dentist appointment? Put it all down.

From here, move on to scheduling your repetitive tasks and activities, for example, workouts, emails, family time and so on – also, don’t forget to squeeze in your grocery shopping trip in there…

Once you’ve got that down, you should get into the details. Flesh out all the main tasks you would need to do every day to achieve your top 3 goals for the coming week. Do this only for the coming week or two, not the entire month or year because that’s just another procrastination excuse and we’re not here for that.

If you’re struggling with goal-setting and all that jazz, then click the image below to get a done-for-you weekly goal-setting workbook for an entire month. You can keep re-printing it every month or just create a digital version on Google Calendar!

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5. CATCH UP

I don’t know if you experience this but for some reason, every time I sit down to plan my goals and schedule my life, all this unfinished business comes up. It’s a cosmic joke… but again, #TGIS

Take the time to relax, put your feet up, watch something light-hearted and finish whatever left-over tasks you have from the previous week (or weeks!) Doing this will make Monday feel like Sunday morning because come tomorrow, you will be way ahead of the game.

Once you’re done with all the work, you can start winding down for bedtime. Remember to switch off any screens at least 30 minutes before bed (except a Kindle of course). Light some candles, pick up a good book and sleep early.

#Tip 4: Lay out your workout clothes and your work outfit so that you don’t have to waste any time deciding what to wear or coming up with excuses for why you shouldn’t workout the next morning…

Happy Monday 🙂

“Follow Your Passion” is Overrated: What You Should Do Instead

“Follow Your Passion” is Overrated: What You Should Do Instead

“Follow Your Passion" is the most over-rated advice I have ever heard in my life. Why? – because passion is fleeting and could change with the blink of an eye. Now, in the world of business, a fleeting interest will not hold your ship afloat [...]

SnapChronicle 2: Launch before you’re Ready

Hi there Phenomenal Woman, If you're in the early stages of building your business and you keep prolonging your launch date, then this SnapChronicle is for you. The truth is waiting for the perfect launch date is an excuse to procrastinate. Don't be afraid to [...]

How To Be Yourself

Want to Submit Your Own SnapChronicle?

You can discuss anything that you think would help, entertain or inspire other women! So, if you’ve got an interesting, world-shaking topic then make a SnapChronicle and send it to zmkulo@dangerous-woman.com AKA your coach-fairy-god-sister!

The following terms and conditions must be met when recording your SnapChronicle… [just because life’s more fun with a little bit of spice!]

  1. Thou must use filters
  2. The entire video must be under 5 minutes
  3. Thou shall make the video as fun as possible
  4. Thou shall respect and empower other women by creating uplifting content (no negativity here)

Bonus Points if you can keep each point under 10 seconds (1 snap video)!!

So excited for all your wisdom 🙂

#Girlboss Morning Routine!

#Girlboss Morning Routine!

See this beautiful lady, fumbling around her handbag, about to get run over because she ran out of her house 5 minutes before work starts? - This used to be the story of my life. Please don't be this person. I'll tell you right now [...]
Get to Know Your Girl, Araika

Get to Know Your Girl, Araika

Hello beautiful, Welcome to my World! I'm Araika - a Women's Empowerment Coach broken down to Psychologist, Activist, Humanist, Feminist, Business woman and without a doubt, the best gal to have a really deep conversation with over a nice glass *ehem bottle* of wine :) [...]
5 Reasons Why You Should Start an Online Business

5 Reasons Why You Should Start an Online Business

Are you an ambitious Girlboss with a dream of building an online empire? Or maybe you are in a job that you’ve outgrown, working 9 to 5, but feel like you can do more? Or something better and different that’s aligned with your purpose? Well, stop thinking and go for it. It is never too early or too late to start your own business, more specifically, an online business.

Female entrepreneurs are slowly, but surely reclaiming their place in society and in business and I for one, am seriously thrilled that women’s empowerment is not just a theoretical campaign anymore. We are living the campaign. We are the movement. According to a research study done by Womenable, there are at least 9.4 million business firms owned by women in the United States – and we’re not yet talking about the entire world.

Women are rising and the world is realising that our drive, determination, compassion, creativity and fierce multi-tasking bring a whole new ball game to the entrepreneurship table. As young millennial women with the desire to travel, explore and live beyond any boundary ever forced upon us, while earning a Chanel-worthy income at the same time – we have the ticket to financial freedom right at our fingertips. You guessed it – online business. All you need is Wi-Fi and a dream so let’s take a look at a few reasons why going online is the new black.

“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”

– Shannon L. Alder

1. The Digital Advantage

You’re always helping your mom or dad figure out how to operate their new smartphones for a reason. As a millennial, you were born into the digital age, and that places you at a higher advantage than most. How the digital world operates is in your blood, which is why building, launching and running a successful online business is a walk in the park for you. You already have the skills and familiarity with “drag and drop” (how you build a website), “#” (how you grow your following) and “selfies” (how you get personal and build rapport with customers). BAM! You have a fully-fledged business – of course it’s not the simple but you get it.

Think about how often you’re on your computer or phone. Instead of binge-watching Netflix or YouTube, you could build a website – and you don’t have to leave your bed to do it. If you’re already spending half of your existence on Instagram anyway, which I’m sure you are, why not post about your business and make cash money in the process?

Here’s one thing I want you to think about; when Instagram launched “stories,” how long did it take you before you posted your first story? When Facebook launched the “Live” feature, how long before you were tuned in sending hearts during a Live video? Probably, within the week. The point is that you, millennial Girlboss, are very adaptable to changes in the digital world. This means that you’ll be way ahead of majority of the businesses out there because you can incorporate new tech upgrades into your online business without even trying too hard. Your business will have a competitive edge simply because digital is your playground.

2. Digital Nomad

Pearl white sands, crystal-clear waters and a pina colada vs. stuffy cubicle and stale coffee – which one wins?

One of the many, many perks of having an online business is being able to claim your office anywhere your heart desires. The laptop lifestyle is the new way of working and it doesn’t matter how many times millennials are accused of being “entitled,” 9-5 is just not cute anymore, not for our vibe or our skin. So excuse us if we would rather LIVE than make a living.

3. Feed Your Soul

Starting an online business allows you to do what you LOVE. If you are a fashion enthusiast, for example, landing even a small position at a fashion house is tough. However, with digital innovation and your pre-established savvy tech skills, you could be the next Sophia Amoruso.

Girlboss, life is too short to be stuck doing anything, and I mean ANYTHING that doesn’t make your heart smile on the inside. Going online could be the perfect opportunity for you to create all the awesomeness that’s bubbling up inside you. It’s honestly unfair to keep all that awesome sauce from the world! #patientlywaiting

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

– Marc Anthony

4. Side-Hustle

I know you’ve probably heard the “Do what you love” advice so many times before and you may be thinking, “Sure, of course I would do that if I was Bill Gate’s daughter!” #sarcasticsmile

The truth is that a lot of women can’t just quit their job tomorrow and start their own business because, well, adulting… But that doesn’t mean you can’t start. Another great reason for taking your biz online is the chance to join the infamous “Side-Hustle” gang. You can start building your online business while working full-time. All you need to do is prioritise like a G and dedicate even just two hours a day to working on your dreams – I know you have two hours.

Most world-renowned female entrepreneurs started their online businesses as a side-hustle, because they were probably working full-time jobs and/or raising kids at the same time. The point is it’s totally doable – and it’s affordable. You can buy a domain and start building a website today for less than $100, which is nothing compared to setting up a physical business. This way, you’re able to chase your dreams almost risk-free. The beauty of an online business is that you can start small and grow as your business grows. Before you know it, you’ll be saying sayonara to your 9-5 and saying hello to CEO.

5. Global Reach

I know you’ve probably heard the “Do what you love” advice so many times before and you may be thinking, “Sure, of course I would do that if I was Bill Gate’s daughter!” #sarcasticsmile

The truth is that a lot of women can’t just quit their job tomorrow and start their own business because, well, adulting… But that doesn’t mean you can’t start. Another great reason for taking your biz online is the chance to join the infam

With the power of social media at your fingertips, there are no limits to your customer base. We have such a great opportunity right now because a business can go viral with the simple swipe or tap of a finger. There are a million different ways to engage your followers on social media by simply documenting the things that you’re already doing all day!

For example, you can post your “Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur” on Instagram stories and get 1000s of followers with the right hashtags! The best part of it all is that you don’t have to do it yourself. That’s the point of being “social,” your tribe will share your brand and posts for you. Can you imagine being able to impact people from all over the world just by putting out your awesome sauce? (#stillwaiting) This, Girlboss, is the dream.

IT'S YOUR TIME

Making money online has had a bad rep for the last few years, no thanks to ‘get quick money scams’ that promise you’ll be a millionaire by adding links on Google. Seriously though, do you want to be a millionaire tomorrow? One day, yes, from doing the things that you love and not by breaking your fingers from copying and pasting a million links. But, you have to start now! #nopressure

Remember that the crucial period of any business is when you’re just starting. If you have a great business idea and it’s been mulling over in your head for a while, just take the first initial steps and go from there. It’s even easier starting online because all you have to do is buy a domain and pay for hosting, then take the next step from there. If you don’t have a business idea yet, but you know that you want to have an online business of some kind, then start by figuring out your purpose in life (FREE WORKBOOK when you sign up!)

The point is to just start. The only thing that’s holding you back is not lack of resources, or knowledge or time – it’s fear. All you have to do is put on some red lipstick and your big girl digital pants, and look this fear right in the eye and wink – because you know that YOU ARE GOING TO BUILD THAT EMPIRE!