The Most Important Asset Of All… Is This

Guest Post By Karen Landriau

When Nathalie posted  “Accounting is Sexy”, I knew I had to read it because it triggered a “Whaaaat?” reaction in me.  If this got you curious too, you can read it here. She mentions the two (2) most overlooked parts of business and I’m adding what I believe to be the MOST overlooked, the SEXIEST of them all: You.

Without you there is no business.

Taking care of yourself  is actually an integral part of your business and that contributes to its growth.

If you don’t put yourself as a priority in your business it will suffer.  When your health is optimal EVERYTHING is easier.

Good news, bad news

The good news is, your body  & mind usually don’t break down overnight.  The bad news is … well, they don’t usually break down overnight.  And this is one of the reasons we keep putting ourselves last on our list.  It isn’t one mishap but the daily little actions that we take that make us healthy or not.  Whether your overload of toxins produces symptoms such as headaches, weight gain, bloat, acne, cough, pains & aches or moodiness, they all play a role in how your business is doing.

When you keep ignoring them over time, they start affecting your business slowly slowly until you can’t do it anymore because that cold has got you glued to your bed, your foggy mind can’t focus on that deal/strategy and you just can’t decide what the right thing to do is, you get impatient with a major client and blow that relationship, you get burnt out and just lose your drive.   This isn’t why you started your business.  Okay, maybe a bit melodramatic but you get the point and these things happen at different degrees.

As a business owner, everything is your responsibility.  Isn’t it even more important to be at your optimal health since everything is dependant on you?  If your mind is not totally focused, clear, and able to handle the challenges how long do you think your business will last?

Now, I know.  You‘re super busy and things really need to get done so what’s a driven entrepreneur to do?  Here are 3 easy strategies that you can implement today without thinking about it too much to keep you and your business healthy.

Go for quality over quantity

You have children and/or tight deadlines and schedules and can’t go to bed early enough so, at least make it count when you close your eyes at night.  Have that room completely dark.  I mean pitch black dark, “can’t see your hand in front of your face” dark.

The darkness  allows your body to produce the hormone melatonin needed to help the internal natural rhythm of sleep.  Disruption in melatonin production may affect how your body stores fat and potentially lead to weight gain.  There are studies that even link the lack of melatonin with premature aging, cancer & heart problems. Now, does any of that sound good for your business?

Here’s how you can maintain darkness during sleep:

  • Get blackout curtains or a sleep mask
  • Put a towel on the floor at the bedroom door to prevent the light from the other side/hallway to come through under it
  • Cover your digital clock and put a towel over it

Ok, maybe the mask is not the sexiest for your partner but definitely the sexiest when you wake up looking all refreshed and not snapping at anyone.

The Trifecta effect

IMG_3091This one is not talked about enough.  Did you know that the air inside your office or home is most of the time more polluted than outside?  And if you wonder how that affects your health, just ask someone with asthma or someone that had mold in their house how much quality air is important? You don’t need those major problems for quality air to affect you.

When you stay indoors for long periods of time you keep breathing the same air.  That air becomes stale. Your body needs fresh air to be fuelled. When you get more oxygen to your brain, the clearer your mind becomes.

Over time,  if you keep breathing in stale air you may get various symptoms like headaches, tiredness, sluggishness.  Also, fresh air is essential for keeping your immune system strong, so without it, you may get frequent colds.  I’ve never heard of increased productivity at work during  a cold, have you?

Going outside and getting some fresh air is the 3 in 1 perfection.  The fresh air provides oxygen to your brain & every cell in your body.  And, you’re probably not just standing around breathing, hopefully you went around the block for a short walk,  you moving a bit contributes to increasing your blood flow and that means more energy & oxygen and more oxygen helps your brain operate better!   The third benefit is that you get some sunshine at the same time, even if the skies are overcast, it’s still triggering your skin to produce some Vitamin D which is good for the immune and nervous system and the brain.  Makes me want to step outside right now!

Last but not least

IMG_2824How can I not talk about hydrating properly when it has such a big affect on your energy, your hunger, your skin, your digestion, you immune system & your mind!

Your impaired mental abilities are the first symptoms of dehydration. Do you think your business runs smoother on a dehydrated brain?

Although we all know we should drink more we don’t always do it.

So the best way, the easiest way to incorporate this into your daily life is to start your day with 8 to 16 ounces, room temperature water, as soon as you wake up!

Whether you put the glass on your nightstand, the counter in the bathroom or the kitchen counter right in front of the coffee machine,  drinking water first thing just helps your body and mind get started in the morning.

Bonus points if you added fresh lemon juice to it (no plastic juice please!) but not necessary.

Progression versus perfection

IMG_3854One step at a time.  You won’t be perfect every single day.  It is the daily little actions that count and make a big difference. So choose one strategy, just one, choose the easiest for you to integrate during the week and do it for one week and see the benefits for you and your business in only 7 days.

When you’re healthy, you have a happier disposition, you see things differently, you make different choices and you can handle the challenges better.  When you’re in your optimal health state you are the next level of you.  So tell me, how can your business not be affected by that?  How are you not the most important & sexiest asset in you business?  Do yourself and your business a favor and start treating yourself like the sexiest, most important asset that you know you are.

Wishing you prosperous health & wealth!

IMG_4546Karen is a holistic health strategist and the creator of the KLANDAR,  a tool that guides her clients from where they are now to where they want to be.  She supports men & women who have put themselves on the back burner long enough and are ready to take their health to the next level.  She is the support whisperer for a healthier lifestyle.   Her approach is pretty different than what most people are used to.  It’s not just about food.

karenlandriau.com

 

What I learned at SXSW 2010

Bear with me while I gush about my experience attending SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas this past week. This post is mostly for me, to preserve this feeling of total gratitude and expanded possibilities.

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Deb Ng, Nathalie Lussier, Muhammad Saleem, Darren Rowse, Jonathan Fields – Photo by Think Maya

SXSW Gratitude Video

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SXSW Is All About The People

Before I went to SXSW, I knew that it was going to be all about meeting my cool online friends in person. I also thought the panels might be interesting.

Some panels were definitely great, but I want to reiterate that meeting people was by far the best part of my SXSW experience!

Here’s a quick rundown (in no particular order) and a big THANK YOU to all the amazing folks I met up with at the conference. If I didn’t get a chance to meet you, please comment and we’ll make plans for next year. :)

Commence Major Geeking Out

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Photo by Maya

Chris Garret was a total blast to hang out with (and contrary to this, he didn’t suck!). We talked about the differences between England and America where muffins and cupcakes are concerned.

We shared some laughs with Sonia Simone about getting to know people online, and I admired her pink hair in person. :)

Deb Ng and I bonded over stories of Chinese relatives-in-law. I thought I was the only one with funny Chinese related stories!

I got to meet and hang out with copywriting masters like Brian Clark, Taylor Lindstrom, and Kelly Parkinson. Their knowledge of copywriting and online business is incredible, and getting to know them personally was even more awesome.

We grabbed a green juice with Nora at The Daily Juice, and talked online business with a touch of law of attraction, and lots of raw chocolate – yum!

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Photo by Maya

Hung out in the bloggers lounge and met with Muhammad Saleem, Darren Rowse, and Aliza Sherman. I had a nice chat with Jonathan Fields and love what he’s up to! The caliber of these folks still blows me away!

On my way to Austin I had a layover in New York and I sat 2 rows away from Sarah Cooley. I recognized her from Twitter and mustered up the courage to pass her a note, then we got to sit down together and have a heart to heart.

I spotted Chris Pirillo on the first day and was too shy to go over and introduce myself. But my little geekgirl heart leaped when I recognized him.

In the “How Not to Be a Douchebag at SXSW” panel I met Violet Blue (NSFW), and laughed at her jokes. Then nodded at her growing concerns as a famous blogger.

We had a great time at the SOBCon party, meeting with Liz Strauss and Terry Starbucker. There’s a joke in there about Terry being unable to find a starbucks.

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Had lunch with Erica Douglas and her boyfriend Richard. I was totally star struck on the first day of SXSW. These people are so totally awesome in real life, it’s not even funny. :)

At Chris Guillebeau‘s meetup I met Eileen and her husband, and it was awesome to hear about her background. There’s only so much you can learn from someone through their online presence, but one thing is for sure – they are both so awesome in person!

I got to hang out with the super smart Ali Hale, who just rocked my world with her devilishly cute British accent. Now I know why I like her so much. :)

Another great person that I finally got to meet in real life is Charlie Gilkey and his wife Angela. This man is so authentic and bright, it was just awesome to get to know him. Next year, more conversation time!

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In the bloggers lounge I also met my dear friend Maya! It was a coincidence that we tweeted each other about being on the 4th floor of the ACC, and it was great to hug in real life!

Saturday night I was so stoked to meet Chris Guillebeau, who as it turns out is also even more amazing in real life. He is so generous with his time and advice, and I’m so happy we got to connect. Really looking forward to his book tour now. :)

Coincidence had it that I was able to catch Elizabeth Potts Weinstein for lunch. We chatted about business managers and our time belly dancing with pitas.

Belly Dancing at SXSW

Some of us ladies of SXSW got together to take an awesome belly dancing class! It was a new type of female bonding experience that took us all away from our iPhones and texting devices. Not to mention that it was a great work out and really fun to be dancing like this!

Speaking of dancing, I got to watch Carl Nelson in action at the New Orleans party. Definitely look him up if you want to up your dance skills!

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Kyeli and Pace Smith – Freak Revolutionaries

One reason why SXSW was so incredible was thanks to these two lovely ladies: Kyeli and Pace Smith! They let me sleep on their comfy couch and hang out with their three adorable cats. They also taught me the meaning of the word barnacle, along with a few other funny words. ;)

We had some of the best conversations between midnight and 3am, and I am super duper grateful for the honor of meeting them in person and getting to hang out!

And the fun continues…

On my second night in Austin, I got to be present for the Maple Syrup inside joke that took place between Jeff Moriarty and Melle! The price of my flight was worth it just for being able to see Pace Smith laugh so hard.

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I got to hang out with Johnny B. Truant, and hear his new droid phone make funny noises. Oh, and his business cards made the rounds and totally made him even more famous than he already was. Rock on.

Speaking of rocking, we played Rock Band until two or three in the morning one night. Most fun I’ve had playing video games since I was a teenager! I now understand why The Beatles got so popular. “It’s about charity!”

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The night before I left we held a birthday party for Cath Duncan and Kyeli! We scared the living daylights out of poor Cath by pretending we left and then jumped out screaming “Surprise!”. Happy birthday my dears!

I got to connect with Andy Hayes, whose accent is very misleading by the way. It was great getting to know him and talking business, travel, and life!

It was great meeting Tzaddi Gordon, a fellow Canadian, and talking about web design. It was so cool to meet her because I had seen her site before and really admired the designs she had!

I finally met Karl Staib of Work Happy Now, and it was great talking about business and life together. His sincerity and joy-of-life really shines through!

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I finally got to meet Martin Whitmore (the man responsible for my awesome witchy logo) in person! This guy has such a fun personality, and we took full advantage of the Bing photobooth.

You can read about his adventures wearing a kilt here too. Oh, and yes I did escape without getting eaten, or turned into a zombie of any kind. I’m a witch after all!

It was fun talking to Robert Dempsey about our businesses, and what it’s like being a multi passionate entrepreneur.

I also had the pleasure of meeting and hugging the super sweet Adam Baker. I’m really impressed with all he’s done for himself online and it was great meeting him in person!

Brunch with Colleen Wainwright revealed more awesomeness about the lovely Communicatrix. Also I learned about a new non-martial martial-art called Nei Kung. Sweet stuff!

During the Freak Revolution meetup I got to hang out with the ever lovely Lynnivere. It was great to connect with her in person and hear her raw food journey story.

That’s also where I met Chris and Cherie from Technomadia. I was pleasantly surprised to see their trek across America and I invited them to come visit me in Toronto! :)

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Gala Darling, Nathalie Lussier, Molly Crabapple

On the first day of SXSW I was a total fangirl and asked to get my photo taken with the super sweet Gala Darling and Molly Crabapple. I love these ladies.

More Awesome People…

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Naomi Dunford – Photo by Maya

I got to hang out with the ever flavorful Naomi Dunford and Megan Morris. These ladies launched some stuff during the conference and they were just rocking it! Big hugs – *muah*!

More Toronto-ish peeps I got to meet include Scott Stratton, and Melanie Baker. Yay Canadians! ;)

Kelly Kingman was a total sweetheart and pleasure to hang out with. She also let us have parties at the swankiest pad ever, and we got down to the nitty gritty of online business together!

Another New Yorker I had the coincidental pleasure of meeting is John Keefe. It was fun talking about specialists vs. generalists and I’m eager to see what he is up to!

It was also really awesome to meet Andrea Ramirez and her husband Mark. Andrea and I really connected because of our shared passion for health and online biz, woohoo!

I also met Michelle and her husband Matt. Her sense of style is definitely wicked and I loved trying to anticipate what color her hair would be the next time I met her! We talked comics, biz, and blogging, woohoo!

The same night I first hung out with Michelle and the gang, we visited the Marble Cows. We also got to hang out with Steve Spalding and Nathan. Everyone was running low on sleep, so we came up with some hilarious book titles!

Talk About a Whirlwind Experience

Last but not least it was awesome almost-meeting TheGirlPie!

I’m sorry if I missed you at SXSW, or if I met you but forgot to include you in this post. Leave a comment or tweet me and I’ll rectify that immediately. :) I blame lack of sleep and too much awesomeness for that.

So what did I learn at SXSW? That life is short and there are too many awesome people to meet. Also, that writing this post is a great way for me to not-forget everything as I move my business and blog forward!

Big hugs everyone!
Love, Nathalie