Tavel: New Smyrna Beach FL

New Smyrna Beach

This week I’m spending the week with my family in New Smyrna Beach Fl. Much need time away with each other. Travel isn’t a new concept for my family. Growing up my father always planned a get away for us.

This week, just after Hurricane Dorian, back to school, and end of summer, New Smyrna is pretty much a ghost town and I love it. Having the beach all to myself pretty much.

I have to say the art of relaxing isn’t always something that comes easy. I don’t know about you but the moment I sit down to relax is the moment my mind goes into creating mode.

It also happens when I’m doing the dishes, working out, or anything else mindless. That’s what happens when you do things that don’t take much thought.

But relaxing in any form is needed. Below are some shots from the week.

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054: Taming Technology: How to Easily Manage Your Business


If there is one thing that confusing coaches and holds them back from building a solid business, it’s technology. You struggle to figure out how your autoresponder connects to your website, and what page to send buyers to after they complete their purchase. You’re confused by the sheer volume of choices available for every aspect of your business. And you can’t even decide if you need a credit card processor, or if PayPal is enough.

You’re not alone. Every business owner goes through this. As a coach though, you really only need a few pieces, and they’re not that difficult to manage.

Your Website

This is your home base online. It’s where potential clients will go to learn more about you. It’s where you’ll blog, post videos, maybe host a podcast, and create your sales and landing pages.

Sound complicated? It’s not. All you really need is WordPress, and any good VA can help you get that set up and running in just a few hours.

Email Manager

The next step is to begin building your mailing list, and for that you’ll need an autoresponder service such as AWeber or MailChimp. Ideally, you’ll want to create a series of follow-up emails that are sent on a pre-determined schedule. These are a part of your product funnel, and are designed to promote your products and services to your new subscriber.

You’ll need to create an opt-in offer—perhaps a free report or cheat sheet—then place a form on your website to collect email addresses.

Again, this is not something you must learn to do yourself (unless you really want to) as any good VA can quickly create an opt-in form and put it on your site.

Shopping Cart or Payment Processor

Customers must have a way to pay you, whether for a product or private coaching. The simplest way to set this up is to simply create a PayPal button, then paste the code generated onto your sales page.

You’ll receive an email whenever someone buys, and then you can follow up with welcome packets or product delivery.

If you’re looking for a more automated system (and I highly recommend it as a massive time saver), then consider purchasing a shopping cart. These can be self hosted or a monthly service, but they all operate similarly. Your cart will take care of product delivery, add your new client to the appropriate mailing list, and even send follow up emails. You can even choose a cart that tracks affiliate sales, if you’d like to entice others to promote your products and services.

Looking for a bit more help with setting up your funnel and the emails that go along with it. Then you need Funnel to Funds

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Filling Your Cracks With Gold

Design Your Life

I recently purchased the new issue of Magnolia Journal magazine. It’s a slice of Southern I like to dive into every now and then for recipes and decor ideas. Who doesn’t live Chip and Joanna anyway?

In the recent issue there was an article that caught my attention. It was about an Japanese technique of repairing pottery with gold called Kintsugi. They literally fill the cracks and put them back together with gold.

The repair method was also born from the Japanese feeling of mottainai, which expresses regret when something is wasted, as well as mushin, the acceptance of change. Often the piece looks even more beautiful than the original.


This got me thinking about the cracks we have in our hearts and lives. You know what I’m talking about, the moments when life happens that just gut you from the inside and once you heal from it you feel less than what you were before.

Like you’ve been forever changed.

Sometimes we have more than one crack running through us and sometimes we’re flat out shattered that you wonder if you’ll ever be whole again.

The first crack I ever had is from earliest memory in life. When I think back on that littler girl her memories are of hospitals, chemo, and colostomy bags. A child should never have to know what those things are or worry that at any moment the person they love could die. My grandmother, who was the light of our family suffered from colon cancer the moment I was born. I loved this woman so much and even at a young age I knew she was dying so I stayed with her all day and every single night. Throughout the day, as she was napping I would wake her just to make sure she was still breathing. Depending on how medically induced she was at the time determined how long it would take me to wake her.

When she finally did pass the crack it left on my life was devastating. For once I was able to process what I had seen and experienced along with the grief. I became very afraid of everything and death was constantly on my mind.

Maybe you have experienced something in your life that’s left cracks- death, abuse, relationships, friendships. what if instead of allowing those cracks to take up our lives with a gaping hole we start to fill them with gold.

Gold could be adding something of value to your life. Travel, starting the business, going for the promotion, volunteering, being the best momma you can be., Volunteering, or whatever it is that’s going to light you up the most.

The one thing that Design Your Life stands for is that you get the choice to decide how you want to feel and what you want for your life. Decide what you want to fill your cracks with and do it.

I want to know in the comments what you’re going to fill your life with starting today.

Slow Cooker Short Ribs


I enjoy cooking. A LOT! If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably have seen the Design Your Life cooking show from time to time. A few weeks ago I made a delicious meal for B. One that I will absolutely be making again and I think he would agree. The good thing is that it’s super easy to make and as an entrepreneur that’s important. Can I get an amen!

Alright let’s get cooking.

For this recipe you need a slow cooker because setting it and forgetting it Is my favorite way to cook. It also contains a magical ingredient that I didn’t know existed…Asian 5-spice powder.


Ingredients :


  • 1 ½ teaspoons 5-spice powder, you will find this on the spice aisle. I used McCormick

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered

  • 5 cloves garlic, mashed

  • 3 pounds short ribs, beef, preferably grass-fed

Soy Sauce

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

In a small bowl, combine the 5-spice powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.

  1. Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.

  2. Put the ribs on top of the onion and coat them evenly with the spice mixture. Keeping the ribs on top of the onions helps to keep them out of the juices and fat that will collect at the bottom during cooking.

  3. Turn slow cooker onto LOW and cook for 9 to 10 hours. (No need to add any water or liquid before starting.)

  4. Just before serving the ribs, combine the soy sauce and honey in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a light boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

  5. Carefully transfer the ribs to a serving platter.


I made these with bok choy and fingerling potatos. Simply pull the the bok choy apart and saute in a pan with olive oil. Spread the potato’s on a pan and drizzle with olive oil, pink salt, and pepper. bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.