Social media and your money? Oh yeah! They are connected. Today we talk to social media expert, Pauline Stockhausen, who shares her money story and how she uses social media the smart way.
How meeting a minimalist impacted her entire family.
How she moved from a large 5 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom and the change that has made on her family & perspective.
Pauline describes how being “house poor” has added so much stress and what that felt like to eliminate it.
In just a few quick months they’ve been able to pay off $10K
That six month rush of working to pay off the debt…then fall off the plan of discipline.
“The poor mentality,” how people struggle and buy more than they can afford to keep them in a poor situation.
“Saying no I don’t need that was really hard!”
I stopped shopping to avoid the temptations.
When you do a budget, you think you are going to miss out on stuff…Being broke has been such a great thing for our family because we’ve been together on the beach, swimming in the ocean. It’s like we have a more fulfilling life when we’re poor.
You have money and you spend it, or you realize that it’s a tool and a budget helps you align your priorities and spend your time on a more fulfilling life.
As a social media expert, Pauline shares how she stays positive while being online several hours a day.
Social media can be a lot of drama, watch how you spend your time in groups.
An influencer is someone who leads online. It’s not about the number of followers, it’s about the person who helps you do better.
Finding influencers online who speak to you directly.
A great social media influencer is like “A snapshot of bliss.”
Process and appreciate what we have learned in life.
Social media makes everything more accessible.
How we met online and became fast friends (it wasn’t a woo-woo moment, either.)
Take those online relationships and make them real life relationships.
The key is to be 100% genuinely YOU. That’s the entire secret.
Follow the people who are doing what you want to be doing.
The curvy woman’s fashion show in New Zealand…how Pauline learned to walk the runway.
“Just because you’re a bigger woman doesn’t mean your life ends.”
Decide what you want to achieve online, or ask yourself, “Who do you want to connect with?”
Look at the messages on your newsfeed, is it positive? A quick unfollow made a big difference.
Clearing that space gives you space & time to move forward.
In this quick episode, you’ll get a brief introduction to
the challenge of February: Make the Connection.
This week we are focusing on connecting with influencers in the world.
But social media & your money??? How are those related.
Consider Oprah, Tony Robbins and financial gurus who teach to help others.
Follow one influencer mindfully knowing the opportunity cost of your time. (Opportunity cost is understanding the decisions that using your time on social media is taking away time for you to other things, like: calling a friend, getting a chore completed, making dinner. Whatever else. You understand the cost of that time.)
How do you use social media to do better in the world. Take this quick quiz to review exactly what kind of message you are sending out to the world.
Your time is so valuable. Talk about what you want, not what you don’t want.
Social media is about connecting with the people who uplift & inspire you to do more, not pull you down to less.
Social media, when used properly, is a powerful way to connect with like-minded people who are working on the same kinds of goals, who can help you succeed, and can give you ideas to improve your own life.
You must choose to use your social media time wisely.
This week’s challenge is:
Pick 1 or 2 influencers (worth your time) to learn from this week.
Read their blog, watch them on YouTube, listen to their podcast.
Eliminate mindless scrolling.
Create more meaning with those in your circle of influence.
Later this week we’ll have an interview with a social media expert who is maximizing influence online.
A year ago today, I hit that publish button for the first time on WomanEnriched. The panic feeing when I hit that was INTENSE. And guess what? People are much, much more supportive than I ever realized.
As a thank you, I want to give 5 of you 20 bucks to Amazon. Have you seen a new nail polish you love? Got a great book you’ve been wanting to read? I hope you win! The form is listed below to be entered.
Even though it’s been a quick year, I’ve shared over 160 posts, started a podcast, (realized it just wasn’t the right thing…so took it down), currently launching a new podcast, created a MeetUp, went to a conference, been introduced and have reached out learned some seriously cool lessons.
My life has changed. It has been an incredible ride!
Blogging is super inspiring and a lot of hard work. I’m surprised how often people ask me questions to help them get their blog going. So to celebrate our first year together, I have a couple of tips for you and a giveaway!
You want to live a more Enriched Life. That’s why you come here. You want a better handle on your finances. I get it. That’s why I started this.
Whatever it is you’re thinking about, quit thinking and START.
Take 20 minutes today, just get started.
20 minutes. It can also be referred to as the Pomodoro Technique. You can figure that time out. If you have toddlers at home, nap time is perfect for this. Or give your kids a chance to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and you’ll have a full 18 minutes of quiet time to make it go.
And then again tomorrow. And if you don’t tomorrow, give it 20 minutes the next day.
I get it. It’s hard to say it out loud while you’ve got so many other things going on in life. You can’t even imagine squeezing one more thing into life. I was right there, too.
But you can. And you SHOULD.
Do it, girl. You’ll be so happy you did.
When you are ready, tell me, so I can follow your journey and cheer you on in your Enriched Life!
There’s nothing more gross than reading a blog that writes like an expert is supposed to write.
Reading those blogs sounds like, “I think I’m supposed an expert.”
It doesn’t work. People see right through it.
A good blog is about the process. The word they use is in the industry is Authentic. Be authentic. It’s been used so much it sounds less than authentic.
Know what I’ve learned this year? The more real you are about “How scary” something is, the more people understand. The more you are transparent and genuine you are about your journey/ process/ project that you are taking on the quicker people are to trust you.
And blogging is all about trust.
Clearly, there’s a fine line between being vulnerable and being whiny because life is hard. But honesty in your journey builds tremendous trust with your readers, which I much prefer to call friends.
Huh…kind of like life.
Make it visual.
Reading your words is good, but your audience wants to know more. When you put visuals on your blog-they are able to see how your mind works. What is the image that you are projecting in your message?
Are you into pastels? You know, those relaxing, serene images? I love to look at those- but that’s not quite how my mind works. It brings a calming effect to my life.
But my mind works in colors. Bold colors. Those vibrant tones that make you say, “Wow. So cool.” in my mind. I try to share that in the images I share to keep people involved in what is going on in my mind and in our financial journey.
So be sure to show and tell your story with the world.
Keep working. Even when you’re not blogging.
Here’s a big thing they don’t tell you- you’re just supposed to figure out.
Blogging isn’t just about blogging. You can write the greatest stuff on the internet and if NOBODY knows about it- you’re not going anywhere.
Blogging is about writing, sure. It’s also about CONNECTION.
This might be my favorite part of the work. You write, share, and connect with others online and then keep moving forward. You learn how to support other bloggers/ content creators in their journey and somehow, it comes back to you.
I enjoy doing this part through different social media channels, live meetings, Skype calls or Google hangouts. When you can have a conversation with someone and find out that they are the same person as they are online it really builds trust and helps you increase your success.
I’m amazed at how it grows and, because of the connections you’ve made, you will be able to keep reaching new audiences.
It’s the Hustle
Finally, it’s about hustle.
I’ve heard Will Smith say, “You will not outwork me.” That’s how a great blogger thinks.
You are persistent. Relentless. Disciplined to a point that people wonder if you’re obsessed. You’re not obsessed, you are focused. You know you the work you have to do and you keep at it.
You have to be willing to write when you don’t want to write. Be creative even though you’re not in the mood.
Life doesn’t stop just because you’re not in the mood.
Keep working, girl. Because when people start to notice you, and they will, they come FAST. Opportunities start pouring in, people see you success and they want to be part of it.
Then you have to choose.
But that’s a whole different lesson.
So let’s celebrate! Answer a couple of questions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter and you’ll be entered to win.
Tiffany Han joins us on the Family Knot podcast. She has a lot on her plate right now as a mother of twins, wife, podcaster, blogger and creative coach. But that’s just the beginning.
In this episode, Tiffany Han gives you the tools and strategies to combat fear, focus on the now, and take care of yourself. Although Tiffany is not a military spouse, she understands how overwhelming the challenge can be to keep the home front running while your loved one is away, fight the loneliness but still stay strong for those around you and just keep going.
She suggest that, sometimes you just need to take a few minutes and let yourself be. Self-care is a key component to bring out the best you have to offer to the world.
We also thoroughly discuss the comparison trap and how easy it is to compare someone’s super power strength to the skill you’re just learning. It’s not fair to yourself. Let’s stop comparing and give our very best.
The 100 Rejection Letters Project is particularly exciting! But I’ll let her tell you all about it.
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Or, better yet, tweet @thetiffanyhan directly to let her know you heard her inspiration here and you’ll be checking out the good vibes she puts out in the world!