Anna Maria Locke

Self Employment || Week 2


My first full week of self employment is in the books! 

Feeling: I'm definitely in the transition phase, but I'm starting to settle into a routine and figure things out. I still feel like I'm on some weird extended vacation, and I really miss my zoo coworkers. It almost feels like a breakup, and unexpectedly emotional! But life moves on and new reality is sinking in more and more each day. I've set some hard deadlines and am doing a lot of "visioning" and planning. I'm struggling to find a balance between thinking/planning and doing/making, and I've been dealing with a lot of anxiety but I think everything will start to come together and feel more legitimate as I polish up my creative brand and work on treating my businesses as actual JOBS, not just the things I do for fun.

Doing: I'm trying to set consistent daily habits that will keep me on track with my Beachbody business. After I workout in the morning, I brew up some coffee, blend a shake, and tackle a "power hour" of Challenge Group check-ins and communications while my energy level is high.

Around 9:30 I take a break for a larger breakfast. This was 1/3 c raw oats, 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt, a splash of almond milk, and cinnamon all stirred up and then topped with a drizzle of maple syrup, microwaved frozen berries, frozen banana slices, chia seeds, and hemp hearts. I've been loving cold oat bowls all summer but I think we're officially heading back into hot oatmeal season!

Something exciting that happened this week was my first team webinar with my coaches! We're going to start having a virtual hangout every week focused on training, personal development, and goal setting. I love my team so much and I'm so excited to see how we grow and develop in the months ahead!

I'm also taking advantage of my flexible schedule to meet up for coffee, lunch, dinner, and workouts with my Chicago clients, coaches, and friends! So fun. And I finally got a much needed hair cut.

On Wednesday I pushed myself out of the good old comfort zone for an adventure with my incredible wedding photographer Christy. She's trying to build her portfolio for her Beautiful Sessions, which are geared towards making women feel gorgeous and confident in their own skin, so I decided to jump at the chance to celebrate and document this moment of my life. It was definitely a confidence boost and fun to connect with a different side of myself from the usual leggings/frizzy hair/low maintenance Anna. Who knew that there was a Glamazon just waiting to emerge?

Making: Lots of yummy dinners! I'm so happy the weather is cooling off, because it means that comfort food season is here! I tried two recipes from PaleOMG this week and they were both hits. This was the Chicken Bacon Rice Bowl, and we also loved the Pizza Spaghetti Pie

I've also started knitting again! I'm making some gorgeous striped chunky cowls for the shop. Knitting + wine + fall candle burning is perfection.

If wine goes with knitting, then tea most definitely goes with sewing. This is a comfy, stretchy, knit infinity scarf that will be in the shop next week. Can you tell my theme for fall is cozy comfort?

Planning: Next week I'm hosting my first "coach preview" group on Facebook for anyone who's interested in learning more about the Beachbody coaching opportunity. I'm planning to make this a monthly thing and I'm excited to stretch my boundaries and put myself and my team out there to connect with other motivated, driven, and passionate women! Still can't believe I've clicked so hard with this network marketing thing. 

I'm also launching my re-branded Etsy shop and Fall 2014 scarf line this coming Wednesday the 17th! I can't wait! So much floral, lace, flannel, cozy cowl goodness is headed your way. 

I'm testing out my first email subscription campaign, so if you want to stay up to date on my new products and adventures, you can sign up here! I'm going to be sending out an exclusive promotion on Wednesday to all my subscribers! 

So that's what's new with me! Just trying to find my footing in this crazy life, and constantly pushing the boundaries. Don't ever settle for less.