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I’m not impressed you’re in the Forbes Coaches Council

I’m not impressed you’re in the Forbes Coaches Council

I’m about to say something controversial so stick with me. I’m not impressed you’re in the Forbes Coaches Council. 

There I said it. 

Let’s talk for a hot second about what it is and why it doesn’t impress me much. 

So what is the Forbes Coaches Council?

According to the Forbes site, “Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful business and career coaches.” Some of the perks include the following: articles on Forbes (obviously), networking opportunity, an association with Forbes (their words, not mine), personal service from the concierge team (more on that in a minute), discounts on other goods and services, web and mobile access to your desktop and let’s be honest, it’s 2019, that should be a given. 

Now if by invite only, they mean you fill out an application and pay them $1200. It’s actually a super genius business model. Entrepreneurs drop $1200 and get aligned with the Forbes brand. 

But let me tell you, I haven’t seen anyone posting about being in the Forbes Coaches Council actually share an article they wrote on Forbes. I also haven’t seen a single person talking about this insane growth in their business since joining. I also know the criteria they list on their site is a lie. I know coaches in the council who are just now celebrating their one year mark. Yikes Forbes. 

 

I’ve also seen people write about their experience with the Forbes Coaches Council and y’all, it ain’t pretty. One writer/coach talks about how in the 12 months she only had five articles appear on Forbes, edit time was slow was due to an influx in people writing and she had to fire her first Forbes assistant. Her second assistant was good but inconsistent. 

 

Now I’ve had inconsistent assistants before and it’s more work for me and therefore not worth my time. Moral of the story is based on the people I’ve seen accepted as a member of this Forbes Coaches Council, I put 0 weight into it. They have three criteria listed and I know people in the council who don’t meet those requirements. 

 

Now I understand why one would want to align themselves with the Forbes brand. I truly do. It’s a great and easy way to drive traffic. But I promise there are other ways to flex your expertise without paying $1200 for 5 articles and lackluster assistance. 

1. Write on Medium

Medium has a built-in readership of 60 million people. Plus, you can set up a paywall for your pieces and say hello to recurring income. I’ve been getting paid on articles I wrote back in July every single month since I hit publish. I’ve also driven more traffic to my site than ever. 

2. Get a PR Plan in place 

Way too often I see entrepreneurs throwing a bunch of things at the wall and hoping it sticks in terms of visibility. Nah girl. It isn’t going to work. Get a plan in place and implement it. Get the brand sponsorships. Speak at those conferences. Make moves happen. 

3. Be consistent offline 

But Ashley, I want to run an online business. That’s cool. Trust me. But I have a news flash for you. Businesses exist outside of Facebook. GASP. I know. There are probably dozens, if not hundreds of businesses in your hometown who could use your services. Call me crazy but I think those local businesses are going to want to do business with someone local. 

Here’s the thing, when you get consistent in your visibility strategy and get a solid PR plan in place, you don’t need to pay for Forbes articles. Instead, you get mentioned in them or asked to write them. 

Get a plan in place people and start crushing life and business without having to join the $1200 club. 

If you’re stuck on how to do that, grab a course or my content planner below. I teach entrepreneurs how to skyrocket their visibility through PR, quality writing and content planning. Use the code BLOG to take 20% off! 

 

Unplugging at The Barn at Bhakti Manor

Unplugging at The Barn at Bhakti Manor

If I made a list of all the things I do as a business owner, band manager and mama, your head would spin. Heck, mine does most of the time.

 

I thought I had a pretty solid handle on how I was balancing it all until iPhone shared that handy little screen time thing. Well, let’s say I felt sick.

 

Just freaking yikes! 61 hours a week on just my phone. This doesn’t include time at my desk!

screen time for Ashley Price

Well, I knew I had to do something ASAP. That amount of screen time would eventually lead me to my least favorite spot, burnout. When my hubby had a show in North Carolina, I knew I needed to tag along and spend some time in the mountains. 

 

Y’all….let me just tell you, I will be going back. I did something crazy when packing. I left my laptop at home. Yes, on my desk. It stayed here a whole weekend. Two states away. On our way to North Carolina, I was having some slight heart palpitations. I kept that to myself. But I felt like an addict jonesing for their next fix. I felt naked. Vulnerable. Nervous.  Afraid my business would magically go up in flames during those whole 48 hours away. 

& that’s exactly why I needed the time away. That’s why I needed a vacation from my tech and hide away in the mountains.

*Fact* It wouldn’t have mattered if I brought the laptop because my service was terrible out there. Major blessing.  T-mobile problems. Hubs had no cell problems up there. 

Y’all, the cabin we stayed in was everything I needed. Gorgeous piano. Comfy beds. Coffee at the ready. Cute porch swings. No tech. Just a wall full of books. Flowers. Comfort. Exactly what I needed.

 

The barn at Bhakti Manor - so many books
Sipping coffee at the barn at Bhakti manor
gorgeous flowers at the barn at Bhakti manor

So much of our lives is spent working. We have this hard time putting the technology down. More on how we’re working on being less techy as a family later. While my screen time is down a few percent, I’m still spending close to 50 hours a week on my phone alone working, answering emails, checking social media to see the latest thing I’ve been tagged in, etc. 

Recently, an article made an appearance on BuzzFeed about burnout which prompted my own burnout story. I knew all time spent working would put me back in the emergency room. I’ve done it too many times. 

Which is why I felt so strongly about needing a break. Let me tell you what happened when I unplugged for a few days. 

 

snuggling with my husband at the barn at Bhakti manor
  • Business stayed afloat 
  • I had this incredible weekend with my new hubby 
  • A sense of renewal 
  • New appreciation for my business and the freedom it can and does bring me 
  • Intense happiness 
  • Clarity in my business 
  • Clarity about my personal life 
  • Relaxation 
  • Laughter 
  • Deeper connections with the person I love 
  • Made new lifelong friends in the cabin owners, Debra and Richard 
  • Puppy snuggles 
Ashley Price snuggling the dog, Bhakti
Debra, the owner of The Barn at Bhakti Manor, and I

Above: Debra, the amazing cabin owner. She is a rockstar and when you stay at The Barn at Bhakti Manor, be sure to give her a call. She has the best brunch suggestions and is just generally the warmest, friendliest woman I’ve met.

Left: Snuggling Bhakti. I have to get in puppy snuggles everywhere I go. I was really missing my pooches. Good thing the Barn at Bhakti Manor is dog-friendly. Leo & Lola will be joining next time! 

The need to unplug was exactly what I needed because I came back from my trip refreshed and excited to tackle projects. I promise if you step away from your business, your business will still be there. The leads will still be coming in. The world won’t stop turning. Things will be okay. If anything, they’ll be drastically better. I promise. 

Stepping away can make all the difference. Going away for a weekend gave me a chance to miss the kids. Get clear on my business. Connect with the hubs as a couple and not just a couple of parents. Disconnecting did wonders for all of my personal relationships. 

I stopped burnout in its tracks and that’s something we can all use. With so many millennials reporting the feeling of burnout, we need to step away. Being constantly connected has left us exhausted, stressed and overworked. We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others because of how connected we all are. 

Unplugging gave me space to exist in my world without the jealousy lens on. I could free think about all the things without pressure to see what everyone else was doing and working on. Way too often we’re looking at the digital space and living life through images, videos and what others and saying/doing when life is happening right in front of you if you pause and unplug. 

Take some time and unplug this weekend. I promise it’ll do a world of good for you. 

 

French toast at the cafe, yonder cafe
waterfall at the barn at Bhakti manor
Glenn and Ashley at the barn at Bhakti manor

We had this incredible breakfast at a local farm to table restaurant, Yonder Cafe. P.S. I have a super cute sticker from them on my laptop now.

This super cute waterfall at The Barn at Bhakti Manor. It was so peaceful and beautiful in the morning before we left. 

Snuggling with the hubs, Glenn Price, on the porch at The Barn at Bhakti Manor. So thankful for a life that allows us to get away sometimes. 

If you’re headed to the Mountains of North Carolina, I cannot recommend the Barn at Bhakti Manor enough! You can check them out here.  Be sure to tell them Ashley sent you 🙂 Also, I dropped their social media below! 

How One Client’s Blog Got Her on TV

How One Client’s Blog Got Her on TV

Blogging is dead. That is what I have heard time and time again. No one looks for a blog anymore. How incorrect they are. Have you ever gone to Pinterest and clicked on a picture and an article pops up? Have you ever Googled some information you want to learn about and a person’s article pops up? Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook, saw something interesting, and clicked on the link and read about it?

My guess is probably!

Are you reading this right now?

Then, my dear friend, blogging is indeed alive and thriving.

I want to talk about the importance of being you, authentically you when you blog. I blog regularly. My blog varies on topic but is primarily centered on my life and holistic living with Young Living essential oils. Why is it important to be yourself when you are blogging? Like your true real self. I want to break it down into 3 simple reasons for you. I am all about quick, simple and easy, and this blog will be no different.

Why is it important to be authentic when blogging:

 

  1. It helps you continue to produce above average content
  2. It is more interesting to readers
  3. It will set you up for success when your blog takes off

 

So how will it help you to produce above average content? This one is relatively simple. If you are authentically blogging, you will be passionate about what you are writing about. If you are passionate about the topics you write about, there will be endless amounts of subjects at your fingertips. You will not suffer from lack of content. Will you have times when your brain feels like it is lagging? Absolutely! However, you will not lack content because, at the end of the day, this is your passion, this is you.

It will help engage your readers. When you are authentic, people will gravitate toward you. In a world full of people who are pretending to be something they’re not, be real. It will show through and dazzle your readers. Before you know it, you will have subscribers who want to continuously read your content.

What happens when your content is being read and more subscribers start to trickle in? It gets noticed. When this happens you’ll be in a position where you truly need to have been authentic all of those times blogging before it took off. Why? You never know who is reading it and which blog post they’re reading!

When you are authentic, you’ll be able to quickly reference a particular blog post you wrote and it will remind you of what it was that you were writing about on a more in-depth level. I want to give you an example of this.

I have been blogging for a while. A local news station saw my blog and LOVED it. They called me and they asked me to come on their show LIVE, on Martin Luther King Day. The blog they chose for me to highlight? It was one of my first blogs. If I were to not have been authentic, it would have been really difficult for me to get in front of cameras and pour my heart into the segment they gave me and be relatable to the thousands of viewers.

Since I was authentic, I was relatable. Since I was relatable, I know going further that there will be many more opportunities that will come across my path. Like this one. Writing a blog for a marketing specialist who works with individuals currently way above my pay grade.

Authenticity is key in life. Translate that necessity from life, into your blogging. You will be thankful that you were.

Nicole Morin

Nicole Morin

Nicole Morin is a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor, Navy Wife, Mama to a daughter with Autism & a Christian. She has her Master’s Counseling but when it came time for a career choice, she knew she had to be home with her 4 (soon to be 5) babies! Young Living has given her a chance to be home with her kids, help her hubby with his aches and pains, help her daughter and so much more. Be sure to join Nicole’s group on Facebook where she teaches free classes all the time! Check out Nicole on TV right here.

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Together We Can Make a Difference

I recently embarked in a new business venture, Christian Bling. It’s a faith-based company that allows me to work from home.

Christian Bling offers opportunities to raise money for worthy causes, custom create pieces for foundations, and have faith inspired hosted or online gatherings that are hosted at parishes, schools or homes through distribution of their faith inspired, meaningful gift line of 200 items!

Alex and I have become so blessed by finding our faith. The happiness it has brought our home has been immeasurable. One of the best ways I can think to show my love of the Savior and our Heavenly Father is by wearing his love. That’s what I love about Christian Bling, it gives me an opportunity to share my faith in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do before. I always get compliments on my jewelry and that leads to a conversation about God, what could be a bigger blessing?! Not only do they offer jewelry but they are so supportive of the military, which you know I’m huge on! They offer apparel, home decor, things for the guys in our lives, and so much more! Christian Bling is without a doubt one of my top 5 best decisions I’ve ever made, the first two being joining my church and marrying Alex <3

I want to ask you which organizations you care about? I want to help you help them. Send me an email (wearhislove@gmail.com) so we can start raising money for your favorite charity.

Together, we can make a difference.

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"Sunday is family day"

I know I’ve been absent lately and I apologize. A lot has been happening at the Love Household.

You all know I’ve spent basically my entire life in education and then subsequently working in jobs I have loved. The problem was never the work but the employer. I have the hardest time working for people. Anyway, is why I decided to start my own marketing firm, A.Love Marketing.

However, this post is not about my firm but someone very special who helped launch my business. Sarah Cowan, of Scrounging Mama, is a long time friend. We’ve known each other since actual diapers. I knew I could trust her when it came to my logo design.

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Which career do I choose and why does it matter to you?

There’s this tendency of some people in my life to constantly say they don’t know what I’m doing or my interests are all over this place.

I do not disagree. I always thought I was so weird because I feel like I could be happy doing so many things. I’ve considered countless careers. In 2008, I went to Coastal Carolina and wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t hate it. I could enjoy a life as a teacher. But I want more. I almost applied to law school. I would love to be a lawyer. I think I would excel there. I also think the US is producing more lawyers than they have jobs for so it did not fiscally make sense to take out loans for a field that is shrinking and has a surplus of qualified applicants. I have considered pursing a career in politics. I have been in marketing. I think the two go to together well. I did great in marketing. I love writing so I have an MA in Journalism.

My interests are varied but I think they are all in a relatable field. The skill set required for each is similar. To excel in any of these areas you must be motivated, educated, an effective communicator, quick on your feet, etc. I could make an endless list of the similarities.

The thing that struck me most was the commentary on which people feel they are entitled to have. Then tonight, I saw this quote from the Female Entrepreneur Association.

You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago. – Unknown

Posted by Female Entrepreneur Association on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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