The Pre-Show is Happening Tonight!

Yesterday’s post and video struck a cord (like an epic Trey cord in Divided Sky). Thank you for all of your inquiries and I’m so excited about the people who took the plunge to join us. I’m looking forward to supporting them to have the business of their dreams.

There’s only a few spaces left and if Rock Your Business is callin’, whisperin’ or shoutin’ your name, I don’t want you to miss out. If you sign up by today by 5pm est, you’ll get to participate in the Pre-Show Video Conference that’s happening today at 7pm estt.

Learn more about Rock Your Business and sign up HERE. If you want to talk to me about it, contact me HERE.

I could go on and on forever telling you why I think this program is so important for business owners, but I’ll let Katie (who participated in the last round) tell you all about it. Katie is an herbalist who also owns a shop in San Diego, California. 

Taraleigh: Why did you choose to sign up for Rock Your Business?

Katie: I was looking to find out how you make it seem so easy to run a fun business and still enjoy your life!

Taraleigh: What was your favorite part of Rock Your Business and why?

Katie: I loved the video conferences and the a-ha and magical moments that always occured on them.

Taraleigh:  If you had a friend who Rock Your Business would be perfect for, how would you describe the program to them? 

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My Business Advice: Keep it Simple, Listen to Phish & Have Fun

Do you crave the freedom to go to all the shows and festivals you want to? Would it interest you to have the abundance to afford to do it? Wouldn’t it be really cool if you could achieve all of that by doing something that you love that serves the world? If that brings up feelings, check THIS out.

Years ago I was a HELLS YES to all of that and went for it, but I did it ALL wrong. Working myself to the bone while barely making ends meet, I found myself stressed out and exhausted with no time or energy to go to see live music. I called my friends up crying because I felt so defeated. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong.

The problem? I made everything way to complicated and didn’t follow the following golden rules:

  • Keep it simple.
    • Entrepreneurs are resourceful and creative beings which is a blessing, but can also become a curse. It’s important to discern between what your hobbies are and what your business is.
    • Are there things you’re doing and side businesses that you’re starting that are distracting you from the big picture? Is there a way that you can switch up their purpose so they add to your business instead of take away from it?
    • Stop digging little holes all over the place. Put your focus and energy into digging one giant hole that goes all the way to China and out into the Universe.
  •  Accomplish one task for each project a day.
    • I’m up to many different projects on any given day. When I wake up, I look at all the projects and come up with one action step that I can take for each one and make a list. My list becomes “The Things I GET to Do Today List.” When I do one thing a day for my business, over time I get a lot done! And I’m never overwhelmed. With this system, I work an average of 1-3 hours a day.
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Your Cat Will Take a Dump in Your Shoe if You Don’t Read This

I can’t believe it’s actually happening! This winter my book How to Rock Your Life: The Live Music Lover’s Guide to Raging the Sweet Life will be out in the world accompanied by a book tour. What a long strange trip it is to write a book. Holy guacamole! 

There have been so many titles of this book that I lost count. It started out as How to Become a Joy Addict: The 12 Step Program. The title and the guidelines helped me to have an outline to get the book out of my head and onto the page. When I thought it was complete and ready for print, I went to social media and asked people for advice on book covers. When I saw what people came up with based on my title, I realized I had the wrong title. The outside (the title) didn’t reflect what was on the inside (the content). It was like I was wearing a polo shirt with khakis instead of yoga pants and sparkles. 

I knew I needed a new title and I kinda freaked myself out trying to force one out of me. I slammed my laptop shut (gently because Macs are super expensive) and headed to a yoga class followed by a beer with my hubby and friend Judd. I surrendered to the flow and totally forgot about my book until Judd asked me about it. I told him about my title issue and shared how my book wasn’t like other self-help books. It was more badass. I exclaimed, “It’s a badass self-help  book!” 

Judd looked at me and said, “That’s it!”

The next title was born. The Badass Self-Help Book: 12 Steps to Ignite Your Awesome. I rewrote the book with this title and it felt more authentic. And then I stumbled into a bookstore and saw another book with the words badass and awesome in the title. My heart sank. My perfect title pretty much already existed. Back to the drawing board! 

My unicorn soul sister Suzanne is always there for me when it comes to pretty much everything. She’s my go-to when it comes to book questions so I brought this up to her. As I was sadly telling her about my newest book problem, I stated, “I’m not really a badass anyway. I’m more of a sweet-ass. Hence, the next title came to life. The Sweet Ass Self-Help Book: 12 Steps to Ignite Your Awesome.

I rewrote the book again with the new title in mind and it felt pretty great until people started asking me questions when I talked about it. “Who is your book for?” “What’s it about?” Staring into space, I said nothing because I didn’t know the answer. 

I spiraled down a dark hole and came up with titles such as: Flex Your Love Muscle, Don’t Be an Asshole: Read This Book and Your Cat Will Take a Dump in Your Shoe if You Don’t Read This Book and Other Serious Life Advice. Eek!

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Why Going to Festivals Like Life is Beautiful is Important Now More Than Ever

Tears streaming down my face, I felt despair because people were forced to deal with so much while I was out galavanting at a music festival without a care in the world. It’s easy to pretend everything is honky dory when you’re in a bubble of magic. Feeling overwhelmed, I was having trouble wrapping my head around everything that was happening on our planet. We’re in a crazy state of chaos at the moment. It’s easy to feel like nothing you could possibly do would make a difference, so why do anything?

I took a few deep breaths and thought about why I go to music festivals.

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Dear Live Music Family, It Could Have Been Us

Most of my dearest friends and even my husband are in my life because I first met them at a festival or concert.

They’re my soul family and I love them so much.

When bands announce their tours and festivals announce their dates, my excitement goes thru the roof because I know I’m going to get to reunite with my family to do what we love to do.

The people at that festival in Vegas were there for the same reasons. Actually, last weekend I was there with my husband doing the exact same thing as them dancing around without a care in the world in what felt like my safe happy place. That’s where this photo was taken.

It could have been us. It could have been you. It could have been your best friend, sister, brother or that person you see at every show. Actually it was us because those people in Las Vegas attending that festival are us. 

I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around how that must have been for those in attendance. Bullets raining down on their safe happy place…

Something’s got to change.

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I’ve Seen All Good Dark Chocolate Snack Bites: Inspired by Yes

With hearts in his eyes, a man bought tickets to a Yes concert 45 years ago hoping his love interest would attend the concert with him. He just started dating this woman and boldly asked her to join him at the concert that was happening months from the time of his big ask. Freaked out that this man she just met was planning their future together already, she said yes anyway. After the show, she decided that she liked this man a lot. So much in fact that she’s been happily married to him for 44 years, they have two beautiful daughters and three grandchildren. Those love birds were my parents. Without the band Yes, I might not exist. When I was presented the opportunity to interview Jon Anderson I gave the obvious answer. Yes! You can read the interview HERE.
 I’ve Seen All Good Dark Chocolate Snack Bites: Inspired by Yes

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Lance Herbstrong Vegan Ceviche

I had the pleasure of chatting with Kamal Soliman from the band Lance Herbstrong for an interview I was conducting for the HuffPost. You can read the interview HERE.

When I asked Kamal for his favorite healthy snack he excitedly exclaimed, “Roadside Costa Rican ceviche de pescado!!”

Spending a lot of time in Costa Rica myself the  past five years, I couldn’t agree with Kamal more. My friends are worried every time I return home after traveling to Central America because they fear that I might turn into ceviche from eating it almost daily. 

Living in Vermont, finding fresh white fish to make ceviche safely is pretty much impossible. Crushed by the thought of not indulging in my favorite treat for a year, I scoured the interwebs for a solution and that’s when I found out that you can substitute the fish for mushrooms. Whaaaaaaat? Could it be true? Well folks, it’s true and it’s amazing!

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My business advice is to listen to Phish

Feeling super frustrated, I held myself hostage in my office. I wasn’t allowed freedom until I figured out what the next steps were in my business. Things were going slow and I was barely making a profit. I knew I had some awesome ideas that would change the world, but I didn’t know how to get them out of me. Attempting to force them out with all my might, while feverishly working on my computer, didn’t seem to be working. I slammed my laptop shut and went on a Phish Halloween run in Atlantic City instead.

Totally forgetting about my business, I surrendered fully into the experience that is a Phish concert. And that’s when it hit me. I looked around at the crowd of tens of thousands of people when the light bulb went off. If even 1% of these people care at all about what I’m doing, I will be extremely successful.

I had been wanting to create online coaching programs, retreats, workshops, talks and write a book that had the live music fanatic in mind, but I talked myself out of it thinking that it was too small of a niche. 

I had spent a couple of years working my ass off, offering programs to everyone and no one was buying. The reason? I wasn’t Continue reading