Happy Almost April! 

A fresh new month is around the corner and Spring is in the air. Can you feel it? Maybe, like me, you’ve been called to do a bit of slowing down and reflecting as we head into the second quarter of the year.

I confess, I’ve been feeling extra introverted. The thing is, whenever I feel the need to cocoon more, there’s always another part of me that feels like I should be doing more. I have to consciously remind myself that MORE isn’t always better. Also, that SHOULD word is my red flag that I’m listening to my ego instead of my spirit.

Take a moment right now and ask YOUR spirit what it is calling for more of? Less of? Go ahead. Just stop reading for a second, close your eyes, and see what comes up for you.

This is the perfect time of year to do a little inventory of your life. What’s working? What isn’t? What is your vision for the next 90 days and what inspired action are you going to take? And of course, how are you going to hold yourself accountable for the things that you want to create in your life?

Whatever your spirit is calling you to put energy towards this Spring, I’d love to support you. I have some Spring Coaching specials just for you. I encourage you to take inspired action and book a productivity, time, + energy coaching session with me today!

P.S. Pua and I have a fun episode of our Best Life Ever podcast coming out Sunday morning called “How to Reboot Your Body, Brain, and Heart” that I think you’ll love. Take a moment to subscribe so you don’t miss it! Lots of ideas to reset, refocus, and reenergize for Spring!

My 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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The best gifts have the most meaning, they surprise and delight people, and they don’t have to break the bank. As we dance through the season of giving, here is my top 5 list of high vibration, thoughtful gift ideas from people and companies that make my heart sing.

1 – Gift Certificate from Aloha Kitchen Goddess

My client, personal chef, and past life Gypsy partner-in-crime,  Fortuna, has found her unique brilliance. She takes comfort food, makes it healthy (or not, whatever floats your boat), and prepares it with love, so you don’t have to. I’m not sure how she does it, but somehow she goes into our brains each week and knows exactly what we want to eat, even if we’re not sure. I actually love to cook, but when life is full with podcast interviews, coaching, writing, and mom-duty, I confess I resort to frozen pizza more often than you’d think.

With Fortuna, your menu each week will be customized to your tastebuds and dietary goals. She can also coach you and do in-home cooking classes so that you can learn to do what she does on your own. This is the ultimate gift for a new mom, a parent, a family, or yourself (rock those 2017 health goals)! She’s got some holiday specials happening now, visit her website to find out more.

2 – Lularoe Leggings from Lularoe Luana

Before I started working with my client, Luana, I HAD NO IDEA…no idea how freakin’ crazy people are for these leggings. Like, seriously. It’s INSANE. But Luana knew, and over the past few months, this beautiful bosslady has built a booming empire that would blow your mind. Not only did Luana have the foresight to see the potential of her Lularoe business (which by the way, also has adorable shirts and dresses, mens’ shirts, and little girls’ sizes too), she also sought out my services BEFORE she launched to help her with some of the technology, social media, and business-building logistics, but more importantly, to make sure that she built a business that didn’t completely consume her. Luana has always been very clear that her family and her health are the most important things to her. She works hard to prioritize her workouts, say NO to things to create more time for her family, and set boundaries in a culture where the underground tagline is “stressed, blessed, and Lularoe obsessed.” I’m so proud of her!

Luana is all heart, she loves what she does, and I guarantee your loved ones will freak out if they find Lularoe under the tree this year. You can search for her on Facebook or message me for more info. But if you’re like the rest of the Lularoe obsessed, you’ll find her.

3 – Hawaiian Fight Gear 

Oh, how I love to punch and kick things. And Pua and I swear that our business partnership is so smooth because we frequently roll around on the ground trying to choke each other. Come to think of it, that’s probably the secret to my relationship with Joey too. We are so blessed to teach and train at Egan’s Training Center, where we can release pent up emotions and energy in a socially appropriate manner. I invite you to join us – two bonus gift ideas: Private lessons with Joey (Message me for more info) and/or a Gift Certificate for Egan’s Training Center would be amazing presents for yourself or someone special on your list!

For all your kickboxing, jiu jitsu, and MMA needs, Hawaiian Fight Gear is a one-stop shop. The owners of this locally based company, Andy and Heidi Taam, are AMAZING. They are the kindest, cutest couple ever with the coolest kids (and the raddest dog ever named George). Pick up a pair of MMA gloves or boxing gloves for your loved ones (some of you better grab some headgear for yourself first).

4 – Lashes by Jacque Rojas Salon

Wanna know my secret for looking awake teaching 5am MMA Bootcamp on Wednesdays? Fake lashes. I’m not kidding you, when I’m overdue for a refill (usually after too many weeks of jiu jitsu) it never fails that someone will say I look tired. OK, first of all, NEVER tell someone they look tired. If they are tired, they know, and if they look tired, they don’t want to know!

Jacque helps me look NOT TIRED and feel amazing. She is the real deal and a badass entrepreneur, always looking for ways to learn and grow. She does hair, makeup, brows, and more. I know I don’t NEED lashes to be pretty or look awake for anyone, but it’s a FUN treat that makes me feel fabulous and how you FEEL is what it’s all about. This is a great gift for you or someone you know that could use a little dose of self-empowerment and self-care.

5 – Acupuncture and Massage Treatment from Donna Rapadas

I’ve been seeing Donna for over 15 years. She does a combination of acupuncture, massage, and stretching. It’s SO AWESOME. She cured my asthma, got me pregnant (that sounded weird, but you know what I mean), healed my injuries, cleared up my skin, and reduced my stress. Just yesterday I went to see her and told her about some hand pain I’ve been dealing with for months (probably due to the kickboxing and jiu jitsu), and I swear, I woke up this morning PAIN-FREE. It’s like a freakin’ Christmas miracle.

Donna has treated my friends and family for frozen shoulder, vertigo, allergies, eczema, arthritis, workout injuries, hormonal imbalances, the list is endless. If you’re scared of needles (you really can’t even feel them), she can do acupressure and massage. Donna is a Crossfit athlete so she is very familiar with sports-related issues and injuries. She is also an accomplished fencer – how poetic is that? A fencing acupuncturist. That just makes me happy. This is the perfect gift for anyone in any kind of pain. Message me and I’ll pass her number on to you.

*6 – Best Life Ever Weekly Planner and Swag and Happiness U Gift Certificates  

I know I said Top 5, but I can’t help but include a few more PERFECT GIFTS! This Sunday, Pua and I are SO EXCITED to be leading a workshop to help you create a BIG VISION for your epic 2017. Join us this Sunday Dec. 11th at 12:30pm for our Best Year Ever Big Vision Class at Happiness U’s NEW location in SALT, Kaka’ako. Check out yourhappinessu.com for registration & info. They also have Happiness U gift certificates available – who doesn’t want the gift of Happiness?!

Come a little early at 11:30 for our Best Life Ever Pop-Up Shop where we will have our new Best Life Ever Weekly Planners and lots of Best Life Ever gear (hats, tanks, and tees for men and women!).

*7 – Success Coaching with Pua, Kimi, or both of us! 

OK, last one (although even as I’m writing, I’m thinking of so many more!). Don’t forget that both Pua and I do individual success coaching and corporate workshops and NOW is the time to book for the New Year!

High-level coaching with my coach, colleague, and friend Hang Boge (another great gift) is what gave me the focus, inspiration, and accountability to launch my own coaching business and co-create Best Life Ever with joy, authenticity, and work+life integration. And I’m so blessed that I get to work everyday now with the amazingly intuitive and insightful Pua as my partner and in-house coach.

If you are ready to live bigger, is virtually impossible not to grow and expand with a committed coach in your corner. I want 2017 to be your best year yet. If you are highly motivated and committed to getting focused, inspired, being held accountable, and having lots of FUN along the way, then coaching is the ultimate gift you could give yourself.

If you want to get started in January, the deadline to apply for coaching with me is December 15th. We’ll start with a short, fun conversation about what you want to create in your life. If, and only if, you decide that you want to work me, and if it feels like it’s a good fit to both of us, I have a variety of packages to fit your needs and some cool holiday bonuses which I will tell you all about with full transparency, no pressure, and no hidden fees. Book here

Wishing you the Best Holidays EVER! This season, and every season, I encourage you to support the local heart-based entrepreneurs following their dreams and living their Best Life Ever.

 

STILL the Most Important Thing I Do Every Sunday

img_5944Here it is, Sunday morning…and guess what I’m doing. Yup, the same thing I’ve been doing for years – weekly planning. I was looking back at my old blog posts and found this one called “The Most Important Thing I do Every Sunday” that I posted in June of 2014. It brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t have imagined that just over 2 years later I’d have the best, most badass business partner in the world and that we would be launching our own Best Life Ever Weekly Planner.

I can tell you this. There would be no Best Life Ever Weekly Planner available for pre-order right now if it wasn’t for 3 things:

1 – Weekly Planning. We were able to create, design, and fine-tune this planner because we’ve been using this system every freakin’ week for years. Not only do Pua and I do this process on our own, we do it as a company every week. Having a printed version of this process has been part of our Big Vision and this system has kept us accountable and working towards this goal every week.

2 – Pua. My number one life and productivity hack is actually not weekly planning – it’s Pua. I struggled for a long time trying to figure out my mission, my message, my online business strategy…something always felt a little funky, like something was missing. It was Pua. When the two of us joined forces, everything became easier, clearer, and most importantly, MORE FUN!

It’s not everyday you find a business partner that shares your vision, your voice, and your values…but also brings to the table different skills, experiences, perspectives, ideas, and energies. The result is that when Pua and I get together we are MORE than either of us would be on our own. One of my favorite podcast episodes is the one we did called How We Work which talks all about our epic partnership and business culture. My friendship and partnership with Pua is one of the things in my life that I am most proud of and most grateful for.

(Side note: Pua and I are so grateful for each other that in the gratitude section of our Best Business Ever Weekly Planning, we changed the wording to read: “We are grateful for EACH OTHER and…” because we found ourselves typing “each other” every week and couldn’t handle the inefficiency of retyping it every time.) 

3 – Action. Having a vision, goals, and planning each week is all fine and good, but it’s nothing without ACTION. There is a reason that one of the prompts in our planner each week says, “I will take BOLD ACTION towards my big vision this week by…” We have a planner, a podcast, blogs, coaching clients, the life and business that we have because we took ACTION.

So there it is, if you want to achieve BIG THINGS – you need weekly planning, support, and action. You got this and I got your back. 

Pre-order your Best Life Ever Planner today and for the support and accountability that will guarantee ACTION in 2017, apply today for one of my coaching programs. I am only accepting applications through December 15th and space is intentionally limited, so THIS is the time to book for the New Year! APPLY NOW

SUPER FUN HOLIDAY SPECIAL: If you book any of my coaching packages through December 15th, I’m throwing in 2 BONUS GIFTS – A special Zoom (video call) New Year’s Big Vision session ($250 value) and a year’s worth (four 13-week books) of our Best Life Ever Planner ($90)!

Success coaching is NOT for everyone. It’s for those that are READY. How do you know? Trust your gut, baby! Those butterflies in your stomach are guiding you towards your purpose, your inspired path, your mission.

Listen to that voice inside telling you that the time is NOW to:

  • Get clear on your mission and message
  • Launch your personal brand
  • Overcome tech blocks
  • Create more time
  • Be more productive & efficient
  • Reduce stress
  • Work smarter, not harder
  • Balance/integrate work & play
  • Improve your health
  • Deepen relationships
  • Make more money
  • Have more fun
  • And create your best life (and year) ever!

Take INSPIRED ACTION and apply today (we’ll start with a complimentary session to see if my programs are right for you). If accepted, your program will begin in January 2017.

The Power of Stillness

stillnessAs we gear up for the holidays, here is my #1 strategy for making the most out of the holiday season:

I create time everyday to be quiet and still long enough to hear my inner wisdom.

Simple, but powerful. Our inner wisdom, guidance, and inspiration are like butterflies. All we have to do is be still enough and they will land right on our nose.

The crazier, and louder life gets, the more we forget that we get to create our reality and that we have access to guidance and support any moment we choose to slow down, take a deep breath, and listen.

You don’t need a 90 minute yoga class or a meditation retreat to access your inner guidance system, frankly all you need is 5 minutes on the toilet or in the car. Your inner wisdom doesn’t need any fanfare or fancy rituals. Simply get quiet and ask for guidance. That’s it.

Lately my inner wisdom has been encouraging me to take sexy BOLD action, to express myself out loud (my fears, my wishes, my gratitude), and to take more unplugged walks with the dog in nature.

Start with just a few minutes of stillness and watch how this one small commitment transforms your day and your holiday season.

For more holiday hacks, stay tuned for our next Best Life Ever podcast episode releasing tomorrow morning! Subscribe in iTunes so you don’t miss an episode

P.S. My inner wise self has also guided me to create a HOLIDAY BONUS for anyone that signs up for coaching with me now through December 15th. Whether you book a package to use now at the start of the new year, I’m adding in a 1-hour 2017 Big Vision Session (in person or by Skype or Zoom) to help you create your bold, badass vision for the new year – one that excites and energizes you!

Book your complimentary session with me today to get a taste of my coaching style and find out more about my programs. I have limited spots for my coaching, so reserve your spot for 2017 now! I’d LOVE to help you make 2017 THE year! 

It’s Time!

 

Hey there, it’s OCTOBER, friends! If you have goals you want to hit by the end of 2016 AND if you want to make this coming holiday season extra sane and spectacular, LET’S TALK! My goal as a Success Coach is to help you achieve MORE with less effort and more freakin’ fun. I want to help you work smarter, not harder to reach your personal and professional goals.

Register today for a complimentary 25 minute coaching session. We’ll hack your current challenges and I’ll give you a few tools you can use right away to make this your best holiday season EVER.

Happy Summer!

Are you ready for your BSEI am SO getting into Summer! Pua and I have been cooking up some serious SUMMER FUN plans over at Best Life Ever and it’s changing my world! Our big plans were hatched after a conversation about how we’ve been all hustle and no play lately. You see, the thing is about having a company called “Best Life Ever” is that we have to keep checking in to make sure we’re living what we preach.

Often the challenge for entrepreneurs is that we can get so into the inspired grind that we forget to incorporate restoration into our schedule. Without the structure of a typical work day/week (and because it’s just so darn FUN to work on what you love) we often end up “burning the candle at both ends” as my mom says. When you are your own boss and even if you’re not, there is always more work that can be done, there are always new ways that you grow your business, there are always new ideas and projects and tasks and s@#% that you could do, so it truly takes conscious effort, not to mention effective habits and systems, to create downtime.

Why is downtime important? Because it creates SPACE. Space for healing, reflection, creativity, innovation, problem solving, energy building, and mood boosting. That’s what this Summer is all about for me and that’s the mission of our Best Summer Ever Virtual Summer Camp.

I hope you will join us for Best Summer Ever and if you’re looking for some extra support in creating more ease, joy, productivity, and FOCUS in your personal and professional life, I currently have SPACE in my Best Life Ever Coaching program to help you crush your 2016 goals over the next 6 months. Book a complimentary session with me today to get you started!

Wishing you a Summer full of sunsets, s’mores, and sandy drawers 🙂

Peggy Chun was the Queen of Purposeful Productivity

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This past weekend, I had the honor of speaking at a brunch put together by the ALS Association, MDA, and ALS Ohana in celebration of ALS Awareness Month. In Hawaii, Governor David Y. Ige issued a Proclamation in which May was designated ALS Awareness and ALS Families Appreciation Month and so I felt very blessed to get to spend the morning sharing a bit about my story as a caregiver for my Mother-in-Law, Peggy Chun. 

Peggy was a local watercolor artist, who lived with ALS for 6 years until she died in 2008. Caring for Peggy and managing her care group and art business was one of, if not the, most transformative experiences of my life. It was really in preparation for Saturday’s speaking engagement that it really hit me how much Peggy has inspired the work that I do today as a Best Life Ever life and business coach.

I absolutely love my joyous “job” (doesn’t ever feel like a job) of coaching people from scattered, busy, and overwhelmed to what we at Best Life Ever call “purposely productive” and inspired. Everyday I get to help people to create lives they love, their individual “Best Life Ever”, by helping them find their purpose, their joy, and by helping them to reduce stress, make life easier, and create more time for what truly matters. The more clients that I coach, the more that I do the work that I do, I realize that these are the exact philosophies that Peggy lived by and I truly feel her inspiration and guidance leading me each day.

I enjoyed sharing Peggy’s and my story so much, I thought I’d share it here too. As I mentioned, Peggy was my mother-in-law, and while her son Eric and I are no longer married, we have 2 amazing kids together (that’s our daughter Indy holding the paintbrush in her mouth like her “Puna” Peggy in the photo above) and we are great friends and forever family to each other. I had been dating Eric for just over a year when Peggy told us that she had been diagnosed with ALS. Peggy’s form of ALS was familial, her grandfather, mother, and twin sister had all died from ALS, so in many ways, I think the dynamic, larger-than-life, and often frenetic way that which she lived was partly due to the awareness she had of this illness and the high possibility that it would take her life too. Before I met Peggy I had never heard of ALS. I remember reading Tuesdays with Morrie to learn more about this illness that all of a sudden was becoming a big part of my life.

Things moved quite quickly after that. Just months after Peggy told us, she began losing strength in her legs. I began managing Peggy’s art business so that she could focus on just painting and her health. Right around the same time, Eric and I got married in the wedding of the century – we didn’t know how long Peggy had and so our wedding was as much a celebration of Peggy’s life as it was a celebration of our love and it was awesome! We had 550 people, mostly Peggy’s friends and family and many of those guests were or became part of the Peg’s Legs, a care group we created for her based on the book, Share the Care, which I highly recommend. Our group, the Peg’s Legs, became the largest, most amazing support system, not just for Peggy but for our whole family. Managing this group and her care was like running a mini-hospital and was incredibly complicated and intense, but it is the reason that Peggy was able to continue painting, living at home, and living her “Best Life Ever” until her last breath.

Through Peggy’s 6 years with ALS, with the support of the Peg’s Legs, Peggy continued to paint and grow her art business. She went from painting with her right hand, to painting with left when she lost use of her right. When her hands no longer worked, she used her mouth to paint. And when her mouth could no longer hold a brush, she even found technology that would allow her to paint on a computer using her eyes controlling the cursor. And when her eye movement became weaker, she found a company that would come in and hook sensors up to her brain activity so that she could create what she called her “Brain Paintings”.

In her 6 years with ALS, she created hundreds of paintings, she wrote a children’s book about her art and illness dedicated to her grandchildren, she went on a book tour, she shared about her illness and worked closely with every ALS organization there is, she starred in documentaries, she found the daughter she gave up for adoption and developed a beautiful relationship with her and her family, she wrote letters to everyone she loved, she recorded herself reading books for her grandchildren, she threw countless parties, gave a million gifts, organized endless surprises for her caregivers and family, and created and crushed a ridiculous bucket list (imagine Peggy with her electric wheelchair and ventilator and a dozen of her caregivers and nurses in animal costumes on the SuperFerry floating past a spectacular view of Moloka’i, most of us violently seasick). 

As you can see, Peggy LIVED “purposeful productivity”. How was it that Peggy could get so much done despite the fact that ALS was taking over her body? Because Peggy prioritized getting the things done that were deep and meaningful, instead of fussing over all the little things that make us feel busy but unsatisfied. How many of us fill our days with email, chores, superficial interactions on social media, and other busy work. We tell ourselves that once we get everything done, once things “settle down”, then we’ll do the big things, then we’ll write the book, then we’ll hit that bucket list, then we’ll do more of that hobby, then we’ll have fun, then we will spend time with the ones we love…then we’ll do the things we REALLY want to do. But that time never comes, things don’t settle down, our lists are never complete, we get sucked into the busy work and suddenly we look around and time feels like it has snuck by. We don’t remember when our kids got so big or how we got so disconnected from our loved ones and sometimes we don’t even recognize ourselves.

Honestly, when I cared for Peggy, her “purposeful productivity” mindset drove me nuts. I was so focused on her illness and her care that I didn’t see the big picture. I would get so frustrated asking her questions about her health to prepare for her telemedicine visits with her doctor and she would be completely preoccupied with spelling out on her spell-board to her caregivers (her way of communicating with her eyes when she could no longer speak) which costume she wanted to surprise Dr. Davis with once that camera when on. Peggy’s house was a mess, her email was overflowing, her mail was unopened; but she never forgot a birthday, she created SOMETHING beautiful everyday, and she always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world.

I’m not sure I fully appreciated Peggy’s way of living until she died. As I worked through the loss of Peggy and my identity as her caregiver and business manager, I had to redefine my own purpose. I did a lot of inner work to find my post-Peggy, Best Life Ever and eventually my purpose of helping others find theirs. And what I realize now is that Peggy had it right all along. Life is not about getting more done, life is about getting the things done that truly matter.

I will share with all of you the same wish that I shared with the guests at Saturday’s brunch…the same wish that I have for myself and my kids and every client and every loved one in my life:

My wish for all of you, wherever you are in your life, whatever your situation may be, is that you can take inspiration from Peggy’s “Purposeful Productivity” mindset. My wish for you is less busy work and more deep soulful purposeful work that impacts the world and leaves a legacy. My wish for you is fewer shallow interactions, and more deep meaningful connections that fill your heart and the hearts of others. 

I know, if you live this way, like Peggy, you will have no regrets at the end of your life. I know, like Peggy, as you breathe your last breath here on earth, your eyes will smile with the satisfaction that you lived your Best Life Ever. 

Thank you, Peggy. I love you forever.