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Part 4: MAKE ROOM | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

So now that you know your thing – or at least know that you want to figure out your thing  – how bad do you want it?
How bad do you want to wake up every day EXCITED about what lies ahead?
How bad do you want to be living the dream?
YOUR dream?
Seriously, how bad?
Are you willing to give some shit up? To make some sacrifices? Take some risks?

Your dream won’t become reality overnight.
It won’t appear as a result of endless hoping.
It won’t become reality by talking about it.
It will take discipline and sacrifice.
It will take commitment and scheduling of your time.
It will take CONSISTENT effort and hard work.

And that means cutting some bullshit out of your current lifestyle and routine.
You must declutter your life and make ROOM for the awesomeness.
What that means will be specific to you.

We all have the same 24 hours to work with.

It could be that you need to remove some negative, angry, toxic or dramatic people from your life.
If you can’t remove them, minimize contact as much as you can to decrease the influence of their grey cloud of doom and chaos on your energy and life. And do not feel guilty about it.

It could be that you need to physically get organized. Time spent looking for shit is time wasted. If you don’t know how to go about that, I bet you know someone who is an organizational nerd – beg them to teach you the way. They love to organize shit for people. Trust me, I’m one of them.

It could be that you’re spread too thin and need to learn to say no. If you’re spending any of your precious time doing something you don’t look forward to and it isn’t required for any reason, then quit that shit.

It could be that you need to get your finances organized. Quit being impulsive and buying useless shit for yourself and others.  Quit feeling like you have to buy every person you know birthday and Christmas presents every year if you can’t actually afford it. Just tell them you love them, make them dinner…it’ll be alright.

Figure out where your money is going and where it could stop going. Every dollar spent on frivolous shit could be funding your dream.

This book changed my life, and finally made me feel in control of my finances. Pick it up and implement the system, you’ll feel much better.


It could be that you need to get your health in order. It’s truly amazing how the simple acts of eating well and daily exercise will change your life.

Quality over quantity – this applies to most of the important things in life. Relationships, time, food…the list goes on.

Whatever it is in your life that’s sucking up your time and brain power in a negative way, work on getting rid of it. That is time and brain power that could be fueling your dream.

Are you a talker, a dreamer, a thinker, a visionary? Awesome.

But are you also a DOER?

Because no one else is going to do this shit for you.

You literally and figuratively cannot rely on anyone else to create the life you want or to bring you the happiness that would come with living your dream.

Other people contribute in many ways, but you are ultimately responsible for your life.  No one else.
No one is working to make your dreams come true, they are working on their own dreams.

You have to take the action. YOU.

There are many potential obstacles and just as many potential solutions to what could be blocking you from taking action.


Some helpful questions to ask yourself, depending on your situation:

Can you work part-time?

How about if you make a strict budget and cut some of the afore-mentioned shit out? Then could you work part time?

If you’re a couple, can you make it on one income temporarily?

Can you move somewhere with a lower cost of living?

Can you share living expenses with a friend in a similar situation?

Can you hang with your parents or a sibling/family member for awhile?

Think about long term happiness and what kind of sacrifices are possible and worth it for you.

But remember, it is YOU that has to make the decisions and sacrifices necessary to create your ideal life.

YOU are responsible for your own happiness and life.




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How to Double Your Productivity in a Week

Wasting time makes me crazy. Perpetually late people, sitting in traffic, small talk. BULLSHIT.

I like to accomplish as much as possible every day.  Don’t worry, sometimes REST is in the Passion Planner and I accomplish the shit out of that too.

Btw, I effing LOVE planners.  I get super pumped in December when it’s time to get the next year’s.  A few years ago, I got turned on to the Passion Planner. LIFE CHANGING, is what this magical little book is. This year, I got the gold limited edition one and it’s dope as shit. I could rave on for days but I’ll spare you. Just do yourself a favor and get one if you haven’t already.

So back to the lecture at hand…I thought I had my schedule locked down pretty well. Until I was watching this guy a few weeks ago.  (Brendon Burchard, if you haven’t heard of him, has got some shit figured out.)

He was raving about the 50-minute schedule. Breaking up your day into 50 minute increments. Scheduling your main priorities for the day into their blocks first, second level priorities next, and so on.  And then sticking to it.

But how helpful could it really be? I mean, I’m always doing something, so that means I’m constantly getting shit done, right?

But I’m a sucker for gaining minutes, so I readjusted my schedule, curious if it would help.

By day three my mind was blown.

I was finishing every day feeling legitimately accomplished. NOT feeling rushed or that the days were screaming past and I needed more hours.

Knowing that each task had its time allowed me to be present.

Rather than having my mind half on the task and half on other things, not knowing which I should be focusing on first.

When you schedule your day and assign all the things their own time slot, and then stick to it, it’s impossible to not make progress on each of the things that you wanted to.

My top priorities are studio time (progression of goals) and workout time (self-care).

Self-care is taking care of your physical and mental health. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, who the fuck is going to? And how are you going to take care of anyone else that needs you?

Schedule your exercise.

Schedule your meal planning.

Get your groceries delivered. That shit is cheap and SO worth the time saved.

Workout at home if you can. Waste less time in your car and less money on gas (and gym membershits).

Do the things you need to do to stay healthy.

If you’re currently working for someone else, block out the time that you aren’t slaving for the man to make sure you’re getting what you need.

Here’s an example of my current (2016) weekday schedule. Not all of my increments are a strict 50 minutes. Some tasks don’t require that much time, and some take a little more.

Clearly, if you have kids or aren’t working for yourself, this schedule will be a joke to you. So take the hours that you do have for yourself and schedule them accordingly.

9-9:20  Stretch, Drink Water, Meditate

9:20-9:50  Breakfast, Listening (to any webinars, podcasts, courses, etc.), Respond to important messages

9:50-10:40  Studio


10:40-11:30  Studio

11:30-12:30  Lunch with the husband

12:30-1:20  Studio


1:20-2:10 Studio

2:10-3:20 Workout, Shower, Brainstorm

3:20-5:00 Marketing/Business Development Tasks


5:00-6:30 Dinner with the husband

6:30-7:30 Relax with the husband

7:30-9:30 Admin/Digital work, Social Media Posting

Screens off for sleepy time.

Yours will probably look different.

But think about it.

What does your dream schedule look like?

Write it out, right now. If you had complete control over all of your hours.

What would you spend them doing?

What are your top priorities?

What are you doing during the day that isn’t getting you any closer to your goals?

Stop doing that.

Use that time for things that WILL get you closer to your goals.

And for real. Get yourself a Passion Planner.

What are your best time management tips?

What is something that you are aching to do that you don’t feel you have time for?

Tell me in the comments 🙂

Emily is an Artist, entrepreneur, and ambitious introvert who had to rethink her career plans when she married a military man.  She wrote Permission Granted to lift other purpose-driven women up on the journey to creating their ideal lives. 

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