Goals That Stick

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.

Elbert Hubbard

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Preach! Right? Who wants to be throwing their hands up and celebrating their wins this year? I know I do!

Hey ya’ll its mid February and I know some of you have already kind of given up on those resolutions. I don’t even make them anymore, well I never really did because I know I am never serious about them.

What am I serious about? Goals!

Who wants to take a refreshed (my word for 2016!) start and get cracking on what you want to make happen this year?

I am excited for you and I am here to help you make it happen. Yesterday I sent out an email to the list (are you on it? get updates here!)  to see who wanted to jump on a call with me to chat for 30 minutes. I only had 3 spots and they ALL got filled in less than 45 minutes.

Seeing you guys take action on your goals gets me all kinds of jazzed. I am so excited to chat with these girls!

But then I got sad because my inbox was flooded with folks who wanted one of the 3 spots but didn’t get there fast enough. When I woke up this morning, I wanted to do something for everyone.

By this afternoon, I was still so excited and opened up some spaces in my calendar for us to have more time to talk. Check it out here to schedule your spot. Use the code SAVE20 to save 20% off, available for a limited time!

That inspired this blog post and worksheet (you can download here)

I challenge you to be S.M.A.R.T.

This may be old news. I certainly am not claiming to have made it up. But setting your goals in a S.M.A.R.T. mindset will pretty much guarantee your success. I challenge you to download this worksheet here for free and put pen to paper.

There is something about getting your messy thoughts out of your brain, using your hand to put them on paper makes them magically come to life. Writing them down makes them real. And real is more attainable.

If you have never heard of the S.M.A.R.T. system, let me break it down for you so you can get cracking.

Last year I did something I NEVER thought I could or would do. I ran my first half marathon! I signed up and started training when my daughter was 4 months old and ran this race when she was 8 months old. I never thought I would do this (and wouldn’t have done it without help and motivation from my friends!). If you have something big you want to do, use the S.M.A.R.T. system to get you to the finish line.SubstandardFullSizeRender-2

S.= Specific

Specific. Get really, really specific about your goal. It should also stretch you a little outside of your comfort zone. What is fun about doing something super easy? Challenge yourself!

What do I mean? Instead of saying, I want to lose some weight this year and get in shape….Try saying I want to complete a half marathon this year. Take it even further, pick a race and sign up. Registering for races isn’t cheap and find that when I put money on the line for anything I am more likely to stick it out.

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M.= Measureable

Measureable. You have to be able to measure it so you know that it is complete. It should also be meaningful and motivational to you. Why do you want to do this? For me, running this race was something I wanted to do for myself and also to show my daughter that you can do anything! I was totally emotional on race day and getting to kiss her sweet face at the finish line motivated me to keep on trucking.

What does that mean? Once you get specific, you can know how to measure it. If you want to finish a half marathon, you will know it is complete when you cross that finish line. Just signing up or picking up your race day packet is not completing the goal! You have to cross the finish line and get your medal!

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A. = Achievable

Achievable or attainable. Now I am the first person to cheer you on and say you can do anything girlfriend! But if I am going to get real with myself, and I have to do that from time to time, even though I am a pretty good swimmer, I probably couldn’t/shouldn’t try to go out and swim across the Atlantic Ocean like Jennifer Figge did in 2009. If you want some serious inspo, check out this story about her solo trans-Atlantic swim here. 

What is achievable for you? If you are in your first year of booking weddings as a makeup artist, maybe you want to book 10-15 weddings this year. Maybe you do more and next year your goal is 20+.  You want to be able to achieve this goal but (back to the S) have it stretch you just enough so that you feel challenged. It won’t feel as good if you make it too easy on yourself!

R. = Reason/Result

This is your WHY! When I signed up, trained for and completed the half marathon last year my daughter was my WHY. She was born in March 2015 and ya’ll she is an amazing and straight up magical creature. A true star and independent woman from the first day of her life, I can tell that she was given to me to keep me on my toes.

Why was she my why? Well, I wanted to do it for myself. It was a good way for me to stay on track to losing the baby weight and physical activity keeps me sane. I was able to do some of my training runs with her in the stroller and I did my longer runs every week with my team so that gave me some much needed alone time.

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I feel like doing this made me a better mom. It forced me to take care of myself (moms are the worst at making themselves a priority!) which made me better able to take care of my family. Most of all, I wanted her to see that she could do anything. Especially with a great support system and plan in place.

This sweet face is totally what kept me going! She is my why!

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T. = Timely

In order to be successful, you need to give yourself the time to make it happen. But not too much time or it will never happen! You probably can’t wake up tomorrow and build your own website in an hour, if you have no experience. But if you gave yourself 3 years to get your website up and running, you would probably drag your feet and no get much done because it doesn’t feel urgent.

Set that deadline! And make an appointment in your calendar to make your action steps a priority. Our group (#prettytoughmothers on Instagram) trained for this race over the course of 3 months. For two of us, we had never run more than 2 miles without stopping, so the fact we were able to work our way up to 12 nonstop miles in 12 weeks together was impressive. Every Saturday or Sunday, we met up in our neighborhood and did a little more each week  than had done the week before.

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We stayed together and when one of us wanted to quit, we encouraged the other to keep going. Between the three of us, we had 7 smalls kids from 8 months to 6 years old! There were days that we did these long runs on no sleep and after a long week of being everything to everyone in our houses. And don’t even get me started on having to get up an hour early to pump or nurse before we ran. Running 10 miles when you are breastfeeding is a special kind of challenge for sure!

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Can you tell how much I am struggling here? This is around the 10th mile and I had gotten separated from my teammate for a little while. I was struggling! Not going to lie, I shed a few tears and totally thought about quitting (but my phone was dead so I couldn’t call anyone to come pick me up!) but I connected to my WHY and caught back up to her. I was so thankful for my team and all they had done to encourage each other and keep us all going!

That brings me to another important part of setting big goals. Finding your support system. Some people call it your tribe/squad/crew/clique/mastermind, but whatever it is, you have to know you has your back. I knew throughout that entire training process that we would always be there for each other and that kept me going.

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Who is on your team? Find some support and accountability. If you don’t have it, let me know how I can help. We can schedule some time to talk here! With the rebrand in April, I am going to be releasing some new ways that I can support you. I am not offering the group workshops and training at this time but you can buy the guide on the shop page or snag a coaching session (sometimes they are free if you sign up in time!).

And remember to celebrate along the way! You are doing great.

xoxo #prettytoughmothers + #sloanejolie

xoxo #prettytoughmothers + #sloanejolie

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xoxo

Emily

5 Tips to Clear Clutter and Create Space for a Prosperous 2016

Happy Holidays 

From my sweet little family to yours. Allow me to re-introduce myself, I am Emily Hudspeth Greenwald, a full time mama and full time freelance artist. As we close out this wild year, I am doing some things to prep for a wildly successful 2016 and I wanted to share with you what I have planned and have you be part of this journey.

GreenwaldFamilyPortraitsRVA--2I know it is a completely cliche thing to say but I can’t even believe how 2015 flew by. It was truly a blur! Maybe because I started the year by welcoming my new daughter into our home and spent the other 2/3 of the year adjusting to having 2 kids under 2 years old while trying to also keep my business and household in order.

My most sincere apologies for being absent from posting new content for you. I started this website just as I was getting pregnant with my son in 2012. I think I had this unrealistic goal of being able to create this amazing resource for you and keep it going while also trying to grow my family.

Turns out that this season of my life, which is totally amazing and truly the hardest thing I have ever done, hasn’t allowed me to be 100% here, and to be at work as a freelance artist myself and to be present for my family. Since family comes first and my freelance work comes next, there haven’t been enough hours to push this where I want it to go.

Running on little sleep, I’ve had 10,000 ideas with so much good intention but no energy to get it done. After going to the Makeup Show in New York (with my 9 week old baby, I can’t even believe I did that!), I really decided to just slow down and give myself some space to think about how I could do the best work in all of these areas.

Now that I have given myself that time to really sort thru what is important, I am excited to make big things happen in 2016. I want to share 5 tips that have really helped me and a free download to help kickstart your goal setting.

Before I could get started, I needed to clean up the clutter. My mind seriously feels so scattered with a million ideas of things I want to do and jumbled together with the things that I have to do. Its a mess around here!  I have started cleaning out stuff, purging my closet, organizing my makeup (personally and in my kit), organizing closets and tossing things that were stuffed in drawers. I can’t tell you how amazing that feels!

FullSizeRender-7For awhile now I had been seeing this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, popping up everywhere. It seemed like everyone was talking about it! So I downloaded it and have been listening to it for the past 2 weeks and its really got me fired up to clean even more!

Seriously, it is so good. Its got me thinking of other ways to purge things that are cluttered and holding me back, not just around the house. Moving all the clutter out of my way has me totally energized and ready to take on 2016 in a big way. Here are some things I’ve been cleaning out. More than just the overflowing sock and underwear drawer!

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  • Email  I have had a notification in my gmail for weeks saying I needed to free up some space in my email. Because I have my hands so full right now, I ignored it until a few days ago when it said I was officially out of space and would no longer get my email. Uh oh! That prompted me to start deleting old stuff. Friends, I had emails for 2006! There were some serious flashbacks in there that I did not need reminders of!
  • Unroll/Unsubscribe  There is a fun little tool called unroll.me that is super helpful with email overload. I know you haven’t been getting many emails from me lately but if you are on my list or any other list and the emails are no longer useful to you please unsubscribe!  There is no need to keep deleting them over and over again and never opening them. You know I have to pay for the emails that I send you and if you don’t want to open them save yourself time and me money by opting out. Just unsubscribe and if you ever want to revisit, you can always sign up again. Its that easy!
  • Your Computer/Phone/Tablet Delete, Delete, Delete!  I have a bad habit of letting my phone storage fill up with pictures of my grocery list from my dry erase board or screenshots from things I want to try to remember or something funny to text to a friend. All of the sudden one of my kids does something adorable and there is NO ROOM for another pic! Cut to me frantically deleting texts or dumb pictures that I don’t need. Delete all those texts, pics, downloads and apps that you do not need! Free that space sister! Then your device can run smoothly without being bogged down with the unnecessary crap that is lying around for no reason.  Turn off Notifications! Go into Settings and turn off all notifications from your cell. I only have texts and calls set to notify. Everything else is silent so Im not distracted by the constant ding or    lit screen.
  • Stop TeleMarketing Calls Use 1-888-382-1222 to put your home and cell number on the Do Not Call List. You can also register your number online here. Within 30 days you should not be receiving telemarketer calls and if you do, you can submit a complaint thru the site too.
  • Set up Systems This is key to running your business and your home life efficiently. Think of things that you do regularly that you can automate or streamline. When you have a system in place you will not experience the decision fatigue that often comes when sorting thru the mundane day to day tasks. This can be putting your bills on auto pay schedules or using the subscribe and save feature on Amazon Prime so toilet paper and other necessities just show up at your door step without even thinking about it. Some people like a routine for how they will dress or do their makeup so it requires zero energy and thought process as they rush to get to work. One thing that is crucial at our house is planning our weekly meals and preparing them on the weekend ahead. It helps our weeks run so much smoother!

These are 5 things that are helping me clear out some space in my home, office, devices, and brain in order to create some good stuff for you next year. I want to hear how you will use any of these techniques and what you will do with the time it saves you. Do you have any other time saving tips that you want to share with us? Leave us some wisdom in the comments!

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Getting ready for 2015!

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On the one hand, I kind of can’t believe that 2014 is coming to an end but on the other hand, I can’t believe it is time to start thinking/planning for 2015.

First, let me apologize for not being in touch as much lately!

This has been an insane year for me, personally (we are expecting another baby soon!) and for my business. The good thing is, I have so much good stuff to share with you that I learned this year!

Things are finally slowing down and since I am not booked on as many jobs during the Christmas and New Years weeks. I am working really hard to make the most of this time and finish a HUGE goal that I had for myself this year.

A few of you have emailed me about courses and working together lately. I responded to each of you saying that I was working on something to make the way I used to work with folks even better! And hopefully it would be ready by the beginning of the year. My plan was to turn what used to be the 8 week course into a book so that you could do it on your  own time and not have to be on my schedule.

I thought this would be a great idea to make this information available to more people at a lower cost! Then I thought of something even better!

I have broken the content into smaller, more manageable pieces so that it is a bit easier to digest. Now you can buy only the portions that you need, at an even lower cost! And focus only on what you need to work on. Do you like that?

To get us started, I thought I would first share with you a little FREEBIE!

This free pdf download is a script that I wrote for myself that helps me when I am setting goals and getting ready to make things happen! I have a lot of goals that I am working on right now, both personal and professional, and I am sure you are doing the same. I would love for us to support each other and hold each other accountable to making these things happen. 

I challenge you to download it here and print out this fun pdf that I made for us!

There is something about taking the words out of your brain and putting them down on paper that make things get real! Take it a step further and say them out loud! Either to yourself or to a friend! Or to your dog! Whoever will listen!

If you are using it, I would love to know how it is working for you. Leave me a comment and let me know all about it. Also, share it with your friends and make sure to keep in touch so you don’t miss the new material that will be available very soon!

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Does the Money Matter?

This whole website and my program is called Money Making Makeup Artist, right? And the whole point is to create a profitable business based on your passions, right?

Have you seen this video? It was flying around Facebook last week and I have to say, it got a huge response. Watch it and let me know (you can comment here) how it made you feel or what you thought?

I am all about passion, and doing what you want and living the life you dream of. That is totally my mission and what I want for you too. After watching this, I thought about what I want. I challenge you to do the same. Tell me what it is that you want, if money didn’t matter.

Here is my list:

  • Build a profitable business doing hair and makeup for clients that I love. Being a part of special moments in their life and making them feel amazing.
  • Having time to take care of myself and my family.
  • Investing in my mental and physical strengths.

What are yours? What do you desire? How would you enjoy spending your life? Do that thing, forget the money, the money will come. Become a master and get that good fee for doing that thing you love.

There were some interesting comments as people shared this video. Some people said, “but money does matter”. Yes, making money to be able to support yourself and your family matters. But I think it was what would you do if you could eliminate the “I can’t afford it” (or Im scared to try) talk from your mind.

Nowhere in this video does the man say that you live a full and rich life by sitting on your tush, not doing anything. He doesn’t say that money doesn’t at all. He says that when it come to figuring out what you want to do, decide based on what you truly want to spend time doing. Then master that and build your business around it.

So, you want to be a makeup artist or stylist or skin care professional? Great!  Once you have mastered (or are mastering) your skill, you should be over here getting some info on turning that skill you are so passionate about into profit. You can expand your business and form a limited liability company in California or anywhere in the world to get exposure. If you have passion, you can do whatever you set your mind to.

Make sure to get on the email list, you will get some free resources, like my guide to an awesome professional artist kit and how to apply for all the pro makeup artist resources. Just look at the top, under the logo, put in your name/email and click GIVE IT TO ME!

Along your journey, I challenge you to check in monthly with me on the goal setting videos. This has been so huge for me! I find that when I say my goals out loud that I am accountable for having to complete them. That way when I circle back next month, I can give you a good progress report. The challenge is for you to share your goals, either in the comments here or on the YouTube channel and we can hold each other accountable. Deal?

Now what are your personal, professional and health/wellness goals for this month? This is my January goals and December recap. Like/Comment/Subscribe to the channel!

 

 

 

Goal Setting

Like most people, I have been a slave to my insane schedule and things just seem to get away from me. Sound familiar? Well, with the holiday season in full tilt, I am committed to not overfilling my plate (literally and figuratively). It is clearly time to gat back to a practice that, when I do it regularly is very helpful. Setting goals, short term and long term.

Then it hit me, if I share these goals with you, just really put it out there, then there will be some accountability, right? Lets see if I can commit to posting a little snippet of my goal setting at the first of the month. When I do next month’s goals, I will update you on my progress. I invite you to join me in this. How does that sound?

Normally, I do 3 goals for each category, Business, Personal and Health/Wellness. So as not to bore you, I will only share one of each.
http://youtu.be/K0BRERe57TYDecember Goals:

Personal— Start and Finish my DIY headboard project for my master bedroom. I have a whole DIY project Pinterest board going over here.

Health/Wellness– Drink 3 liters of water each day. I will tweet my progress. I could probably use some encouragement to meet this goal. My fitness goal Pinterest board keeps me inspired.

Business— Get 1,000 new subscribers to the email list for MMMUA in the next 90 days. I need your help for this one! Under the logo, at the top of this page, add your name and email to receive a list of must haves for your professional makeup kit. I will also tell you where to find and how to apply to all the professional artist discounts. If you want these and more FREE resources, get on that email list now. To help me reach this goal, send your friends over.

To keep myself motivated, I like to pin quotes to the MMMUA Pinterest board, you can follow that board here. 

You can help me with this by Tweeting and sending out the word thru Facebook. Copy and paste these tweets and updates!

Tweets

– “Building a pro mua kit? Get on this email list & @emilyhudspeth sends the must haves & how to apply for pro discounts. http://moneymakingmakeupartist.com/”

 -“Are you on the list? If you are building a pro mua kit, sign up for this free inside info from @emilyhudspeth http://moneymakingmakeupartist.com/”

-“@emilyhudspeth has tips on building a pro mua kit & getting all the pro discounts, get on the email list for freebies http://moneymakingmakeupartist.com/”

Facebook Updates

– “Building a pro mua kit? Get on this email list & (put @ in front to tag the Facebook page) Emily Hudspeth, hair design and make-up artist will send you the must haves & how to apply for pro discounts. Great for those @Money Making Makeup Artisthttp://moneymakingmakeupartist.com/

 -“Are you on the list? If you are building a pro mua kit, sign up for this free inside info from

(put @ in front of emily to tag the Facebook page)

Money Making Makeup Artist http://moneymakingmakeupartist.com/”

-“Want free tips on building a pro mua kit & getting all the pro discounts, get on the email list for freebies http://moneymakingmakeupartist.com/”

What are your goals? Share them in the comments so we can keep each other motivated. How can I help you? I think if we keep each other motivated we will do well. Follow me on Twitter or the MMMUA Facebook page and keep me posted. I will update you next month on how I am doing over here.