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What’s Your Dream Pie?!

Here’s One Way to Create It…

Now that Spring has sprung ?, a burst of renewed energy has been activated. As I have manifested seeds planted last Fall I am simultaneously planting the seeds that I will harvest next Fall. Can you relate?! If so, keep reading!

img_6686-1I am giving you (and honestly myself) permission to dream amidst the “busy” (see Lesson 15: Busy & Balance is Bullshit) buzz ? of Spring. I currently have my feet in two worlds—one wrapping up the school year and another making plans for the 2018-19 school year. As such, I too am dreaming? about what’s possible and how I’d like my work to shift.

The process* that follows is informed by my own need and desire to create my dream pie for 2018-19. Because intention is everything. Goals are attainable.  This is at the ♥ of Intentional Justice™ or what I’ve defined as bite-sized and deliberate action EVERYBODY damn day!

This process is an Intentional Justice™ activity because it guides you with bite-sized and deliberate action toward your dream pie. Yep, because who doesn’t love pie?! (If not, #sorrynotsorry). The point is these reflective prompts give you permission to assess what’s working (and not) because let’s be honest, it’s not all butterflies and rainbows. Believe me, I know

What you’ll need:

  • Paper / Notebook / Post-Its ?
  • Pen or markers ?
  • Your creativity
  • A dose of heart, soul, and a lotta Truth ?

To begin, what are you currently loving right NOW?

Don’t overthink it, seriously! Set a timer on your phone for 5 to answer the above Q and no more than 2 minutes each for each of the categories below (or 15 minutes total):

As it relates to…

  • Your home and family
  • Your career / job / professional path
  • Your health and body
  • Your finances and prosperity
  • Your essence and spirituality

Then spend another 10-15 minutes with 3 of my favorite meeting check-in Qs:

  • What’s exciting you in your life?
  • What’s sparking your FIRE ?
  • What has you persisting because of what you love?

Congrats ?You’ve completed Part 1 because if you’re anything like me, which no pressure if you’re not because I ❤️ diversity, that the above will give you plenty to think about, marinate on, and process. That said, give yourself the time to do so. Then move to Part 2.

What follows I’ll designate as Part 2, which simply means you’ve taken a short break in between (at the very least 15-20 minutes or a walk around the block) or you give yourself a day or two, a week or a month to swim in what has surfaced.

The point is when YOU feel ready take the 3 bite-sized steps outlinedbelow, you’ll putting one foot in front of the next ? towards your dream pie. Because to create a life by design, YOU get to choose your Dream Pie ?

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You now get to choose how much time to you allocate for each step. I do recommend setting a timer and sticking to it though if you get stuck. You get to choose!

1. Name your “Love Buckets” ?

These are the main themes of your work that you couldn’t imagine not doing or even long to do. Either way, remember, you get to choose. It’s often a healthy mix of both. If it feels easier to start with what feels like a struggle, then jump to #2. Yet, only if you promise yourself that you’ll return to #1 afterward. Here are two prompts to get the juices flowing along with my fav resources:

I was honored to share my unique intersectional framework as a teacher in the Compass Rose Summit (missed it? You can still sign-up to access the video teaching herel!) Wanna discover and claim your superpowers?! ?✨? Click here or copy/paste this address:

2. Claim the 20% ?

If over a decade in the workforce and five years of entrepreneurship has taught me anything, it’s that no matter what there will be tasks and part of the work that’s unsexy, not fun, and sometimes downright miserable. And you can either drag your feet and complain or buck-up and claim? At this point in my professional career, I’m trying to do more of the later. Now, it’s your turn…

  • What’s unsexy about your work and daily life?
  • What can be changed, shifted, or delegated?
  • What are you ready to buck-up and claim?

3. Annotate & Add the Layers ?

Using the personal data you’ve unearthed in Step 1 and 2, now it’s time to annotate and add the layers of time along with a do or delegate lense. I share my details below…

  • Time: As you consider the life cycle of each bucket or project, what’s possible with the time you have?Suggestion: Be REALISTIC! Base your considerations on your previous experience and/or shared knowledge in your field/niche or among your team, biz, or organization.
  • Do or Delegate? Taking into consideration TIME, as well as leveraging the funds at your disposal either yours or a budget your manage.

The goal is that the above gives you the recipe to discover the ingredients of your dream pie!

I’d love to know! Either share your experience in the comments below or send an email ?


img_6561Interested in co-creating Justice in your life?

I am currently gathering input for what’s next via Mama J’s Input Form.
One of the ideas percolating is a monthly Friday lunchtime virtual masterclass that I’d call the “Learning to Unlearn” Series…Ready to sign-up? Let me know here. For added motivation and love for your time, I’ll be selecting 2 winners for a $25 gift certificate* to the small biz/shop of your choice!

Because intention is everything. Goals are attainable.
This is at the ♥ of Intentional Justice™

In lovelution ?

*Winners to be selected randomly based on folks who complete Mama J’s Input Form by Mon,4/30 at 11:59 pm PST.

* Is informed by the countless meeting check-in Qs  drafted, opportunities to reflect on my own strengths and leadership via a global sisterhood mastermind, various teams for which I’m a member, conferences attended, and my own experience with two female leadership coaches, who support leaders and educators engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work during the last 6 months. Much appreciation for this abundance of experience and knowledge!

How Tech Can Work 4 YOU!

You’re a busy mama or mamapreneur (mama + CEO/biz owner/entrepreneur) already tethered to your phone. You wanna use tech: that app or this service to make your life more efficient, easy (is that even possible?) or at the very least eas-ier on some front. Instead, you’re overwhelmed about where to start. The research alone to figure out what would work best for YOU is enough to stop you dead in your tracks. So, you keep using what works when YOU even though you know there’s a better solution.

I hear ya! So let me give YOU Mama J’s 3 Ways Tech Can Do the Work 4 YOU!

  1. Reminders + Notifications: You can love them, hate them, simply ignore them or somewhere in between. The point is YOU get to choose how you receive a heads up that needs your attention. Now…WARNING!! Instead of adding more interrupting “dinging” notifications on our devices, mamas go out and live free of dings or at the very least choose carefully what interrupts YOUR life + shifts YOUR attention away from YOUR #MamaMindset

A Mama Mindset Spotlight:

Tessa, fellow mamapreneur of The Chittle Homestead (checkout here: The Farmstay Kickstarter), said it best when sharing this new perspective:

Maybe if enough of us do it differently as both consumers & entrepreneurs* (even at the expense of sometimes not being seen), we will start rewiring our brains and our consumer markets to find joy in smallness, realness, and depth rather than becoming followers of all things big. …we promise to write words of REALNESS.

  1. Household Management: From everyday banking and expense tracking to paying bills and all those who support your family. There’s a growing list of smartphone and computer apps that support each of these categories. Often times, giving you the ability to access your data anywhere and on-the-go. Not sure where to start, I recommend Mint and Quickbooks,^ if you’re a biz owner. Either way, you can connect all of your financial accounts (banking, credit cards, loans, and retirement accounts) to get up-to-the second updates. You can also setup financial goals and track your expenses. The point is this…banking has caught up with the times, so let it work for YOU!
  2. The Cloud: Simply put, access to your digital files regardless of location or device. You know this virtual storage by names like DropBox, Google Drive, and iCloud. Don’t have one…cool, yet need I remind YOU how far technology has come on this front? Two words: floppy disks. Now, jump drives are an upgrade AND you’ve been when something’s gone awry, yet why juggle one more thing. What are you waiting for?! Go claim YOUR piece of the cloud today!

These are my 3 Ways Tech Can Do the Work 4 YOU! I hope you found them useful. Now, I’d love to hear which tip resonated with YOU. Please share your comments below ?

How My Love of Tech Will Help YOU!

I have my favorite tools for keeping my family and I organized: Google Calendar, an old school filing system (for now), Cloud storage, and the list goes on. Since Jaylin’s arrived in November 2014, I’ve been exploring and testing out various apps, tech tools and software to aid in making our life a bit easier. If I’m honest, I have always gravitated towards technology and often found myself as the go-to tech / software person to explain this or that in my previous 9 to 5 positions. Then, I started talking with busy mamas and mamapreneurs and the need was clear–individualized support. 

Look No Further: Tech Consults 4 Busy Mamas + Mamapreneurs

MJL_Tech Consult_Main_Apr 16Join Mama J. to discuss a plan of intent for YOU to learn a tech tool, app or software of YOUR choice! Topics include yet are not limited to:

  • Cloud storage (Dropbox, GoogleDrive, iCloud, etc.)
  • Google Suite
  • Canva
  • Smartphone Photo Editing
  • And Many More!

Click here to schedule YOUR 15-minute complimentary Tech Consult.

* I was reminded as a biz owner I get to choose to do it differently! And was like, yes!

^ Both are by Inuit. This not a sponsored post.

Top 5 Tools for Desire Mapping

As I expand my work to include The Desire Map as a process for Inspiring a Lovelution of Intentional Justice Each Day  I wanted to pause and share the tools that make it possible for the DIYers and soul searchers to dive-deep into self-discovery.

Here are my Top 5 Tools for Desire Mapping and the why behind it:

product1-full-121.  The Desire Map Book:: From the creator herself, Danielle LaPorte:

The Desire Map is a holistic approach to life planning that uses your core desired feelings as the guidance system for your goal setting.

You can grab the beautiful bound copy here. Or prefer to go digital, grab it here.

Now here’s the Mama J. approach to Desire Mapping: an experience of theory meets action that calls participants to explore identity (imagine yourself as a beautiful mosaic) within the context of 5 Life Areas (Livelihood + Lifestyle, Relationship + Society, Body + Wellness, Essence + Spirituality, & Creativity + Learning) to gain the self-awareness of how you can use your cultural capital and emotional intelligence to achieve your dreams. As a result, living each day with intentional justice.

The BONUS audios are a favorite as well. Poetry come to life as spoken word with a twist of compassionate rebellion. With purchase of The Desire Map softcover book or eBook, you will receive an audio bundle of 10 Radio D tracks from the “Light Scanning” contemplation to the “Declaration of Deserving” poem. Your download will be available after checkout. Audio formats you’ll receive: MP3, WAV, AAC

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2. The Desire Map Planner:: This tool is your daily or weekly reminder to feel the way you want to feel with intention each day. Where the rubber meets the road for your soulful ambitions. This planning system blends your soul + your to-do list; your gratitude + your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day + weekly vision.

3.  #Truthbomb Deck:: Edgy, cosmic, and poetic #Truthbombs will make you pause, motivate you to take action, and inspire you to THINK about life. Some days, it’ll resonate; some days, you’ll wonder; 24sometimes, just one sentence can break open your heart, soothe your soul, or hit you like a #Truthbomb. These cards are LUSCIOUS. Each is 4×4, printed on heavy, creamy stock, with gold foil icon embossing. There are 134 cards in each box. (Because 34 is Danielle LaPorte’s favourite number. Seriously.) This deck has got, SUBSTANCE, baby.

Here’s a recent #Truthbomb I picked:

Let it inspire YOUR intentional justice each day  ♥

On the go, check out the app version!

4.  The Desire Map CDF Library:: A visual playground of feelings. Words set to a gorgeous heart-filled graphics to ground you into your core. Set as your computer wallpaper. Pin to your Pinterest Desire Map board (below is my #MamaMindset version). Print and post on your wall. Share on social media. Plus, there’s definitions.

Follow Mama J. Love’s board #MamaMindset on Pinterest.

5.  Conversation Starters: A Desire Map App:: Ready to dive into meaningful conversations with your bestie, loved ones, or at a dinner party (okay, more realistically a kiddo’s birthday party or park meetup)?! If so, here are 149 profound questions designed to encourage meaningful conversations. Learn more here featuring your’s truly! 😉conversation-app-1-420x530

Every time you truly connect with someone in conversation, your consciousness expands — your potential, your insight, your energy to attract what you want and to get things done. 

Open the app. Speak your truth. Listen more closely than you ever have. The app also comes with 13 of my inspiration audios. Mini radio D!

Plus, the sixth woman (yep, a bball reference;) ). The Desire Map Graphic Maker:: Once you get clear on how you want to feel, you’re going to want to write them down everywhere. Post-Its. Your arm (there’s tattoos, yep, the removeable kind, here). I promise. Think about the power your claiming when you, “Give your declarations, goals, and soul reminders some Desire flare.”

My Current CDFs (Core Desired Feelings)

My Current CDFs (Core Desired Feelings)

Use this design template to make your own inspirational visual for your computer screen, Pinterest, or printed and posted on your bulletin board or in your journal. The art of desire — with digital style.

A Few Extras Must-Haves:

  • Dictionary / Thesaurus
  • Mind Mapping Tools (on-the-go :: iThoughts)
  • Post-Its

Mama J. Love  ♥

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