Don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20. - Unknown

Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20

Something amazing has happened.

Something I was sure would never happen for me. I thought I just wasn’t someone who could do it.

I’m doing my bookkeeping weekly.

And it generally takes me 15-minutes TOPS.

This is HUGE for me because three years ago at this time I had about eight months of bookkeeping to catch up on and I was dreading it.

Two years I was dreading my books only slightly less. I hadn’t updated them in about four months. It was still painful and took a lot of time.

Last year I was only a couple months behind.

This year I’m not behind!

Getting from where I was three years ago (or even last year) to now wasn’t a quick fix.

It was literally three years in the making.

The turning point was deciding it was time to ditch the budgeting software I used for my personal accounts because it was NOT a useful way to manage my business books AT ALL

But it wasn’t just finding a new program that solved the problem.

I had a lot of time put into the thought/belief that bookkeeping took A LOT of time and was painful.

It took three years, several different attempts at creating systems around doing my bookkeeping, and a lot of trying it again and tweaking.

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Some things that feel super hard to us are things that we watch other people do with ease and it can feel impossible to get there.

But we don’t know the time and effort that went into that ease.

The great (and sometimes frustrating) thing is that we’re never done.

Getting to a place where my bookkeeping takes me under 15 minutes a week was a long process.

I even tried to do what I’m doing now last year, but it just didn’t work for me then. There were some steps in between that had to happen before it would work for me.

So, don’t give up.

It’s like the quote says “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20.”

What’s your thing that seems daunting and impossible? Comment below.

PUSH through or TAKE time?

Happy New Year! And all that jazz 🙂

There’s been a bit going on behind the scenes that have contributed to my silence in the last week or two.

Yes, part of it was the holiday season and spending time with family.

The other part is that my father-in-law, Phillip, passed away the weekend before Christmas. His funeral is this weekend.

There is no Wednesday LIVE with Evie this week and while I’ll be working, there might not be one next week (we’ll see how things go).

There are two thoughts about what to do with your business when things like this happen (whether expected or unexpected).

One is to PUSH through it. Show up in your business despite what’s going on behind the scenes. Because the world won’t wait for you! Don’t feel like it? Pressed for time? TOO BAD! You have a business, so GET TO WORK!

The other is to take the time you need (within reason) and take care of yourself. Yes, you might lose some momentum. Yes, there are things to be done that aren’t getting done in your business. But taking care of yourself and your loved ones is also important.


Here’s quick story relating to this.

Many years ago I went to an all-day business training hosted by a successful relationship coach. She was teaching how she built her successful coaching business and how you too could have a successful business.

I don’t remember the question that someone asked about halfway through the day, but I STILL remember her response.

She started ranting about how everyone has to do things in their business even when they don’t feel like it. She went on to share, still ranting and angry, that her serious boyfriend (she had thought he was going to propose soon) just broke up with her and SHE didn’t FEEL like doing this training, but she was HERE ANYWAY.

She was very upset and angry and basically yelled at the woman who asked the question.

And running through my head was “maybe you should have taken care of yourself and rescheduled” and “successful at what cost?”

It also made a couple other…interesting…things from the day make more sense.

If she would have taken the time SHE needed, despite the inconvenience to everyone else, I think everyone’s experience that day would have been better.


The problem with PUSHING through it is we don’t give ourselves times to process the things that are happening.

And if you don’t give yourself time and space to process, those feelings will find other ways to be expressed (like the story above).

So, while you might lose some momentum and you might not complete the things you planned to get done–it’s okay. YOU are more important and those things can be done later.

I saw this and rolled my eyes, hard (◔_◔)

Do you use Twitter?

I don’t post on it, but I do use it to follow some people and occasionally I’ll check it in the morning.

I saw this tweet this morning and rolled my eyes, hard:

This type of advice annoys me because it looks like it’s proven, but it’s not.

There is a correlation (like how people wear more short sleeves than sweaters when buying ice cream cones), but there isn’t causation (like how when the weather gets warmer ice cream cone sales increase).

Then I saw this response:

Yay! A successful person who thinks this advice isn’t helpful!

Here’s the thing: not everyone works the same way!

There is no ONE thing that will guarantee success.

Getting up at 4 am works for those successful people because they’ve found something that works for them and they stick to it.

THAT’s the important part–finding something that works for you and keep doing it.

In this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie we’ll talk about this.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #93


Getting to the real cause of overwhelm

“Overwhelm is not a result of having too much to do, it’s a result of not knowing what to do next.” – Matthew Kimberly

I heard someone refer to this quote over the weekend and I just had to share it with you.

I love it so much because it’s so very true.

Anytime I’m overwhelmed, that’s exactly what’s happening–I don’t know what to do next and that makes it seem like I have too much to do.

So, what do you do when this happens?

You go back to your priorities for the week. What are the top 1-3 things that you need to complete this week? 

If you don’t know that, think about what your goals are for the month or quarter. What tasks and projects move you closer to those goals?

If you have a question, but are overwhelmed and don’t have time to watch the video below then share a comment with your question or situation.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #92

Finding the balance of tasks that get you seen versus tasks that improve your business

Friday I had a decision to make.

I could schedule Facebook posts to my business page for December (the thing that will get me seen).

Or I could take myself through some coursework of a business program I recently purchased (the thing that will improve my business).

I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to work on them over the weekend while at my in-laws and I knew I already had planned a full week for myself this week.

What to do?! 

I had identified both as priorities for the week. 

It came down to two things.

  1. Completing the business program coursework is a top priority for my business right now (I decided when goal setting for December).
  2. To make the most of my business program coursework, I want an hour or two of focused and uninterrupted time and when scheduling Facebook posts I only need short 10-15 minute bursts of focus for about two hours.
So, Friday morning I spent about two hours on that coursework.

And Saturday afternoon I ended up having about two hours working at the kitchen table while my husband and his sister went shopping and my mother-in-law was busy doing her things (it might sound boring, but it was really a great afternoon).

I didn’t get everything done I wanted, but I made really great progress.

I think we go through different phases in our business. 

One phase where we want to hunker down and get all the behind the scenes things done and we ignore the things that make us visible to others or get us seen (whether in person or virtually). 

Another that is the opposite where we’re very visible, always being seen, but at the expense of the behind the scenes work.

And the third where we have a nice mix of the two.

Each phase is important and needed. 

It’s also important to recognize when we’ve become really comfortable in one phase and are ignoring another. 

As an introvert (or maybe as someone who likes to plan) it’s very easy for me to focus exclusively on the behind the scenes things. 

But sometimes, in my effort to not do that I start ignoring some of the behind the scenes by over prioritizing visibility.

It’s like a pendulum swinging from one extreme to the other, but finding that middle ground may require some work. 
I talk about that in the video below.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #91