Pull up your favourite chair and join indra for insight and steps on how to stand up, serve well, and shine through your gifts. It's time to align your thriving creative business with your joy & wellness. When you love what you do and care about whom you serve, you can forget it's work, and leave moments of refreshment out of the picture. Here, you'll find proven productivity tips and resources, along with gentle reminders to breathe along the way. indra is committed to sharing sisterly support with women everywhere. She's also the coordinator of “S p a r k l e” workshop in Barbados
It's with joy that i introduce today's podcast guest, a gracious lady who shares insight and sound advice on...
Finding Personal Space
As a devoted wife and mother, and work-from-home entrepreneur, Margaret R. Niles, PhD knows what it's like to prioritize time with your family while growing your business, and making sure to tend to your peace of mind and wellness in the process. I've known our guest for about 7 years, and her sunny yet reserved, calm and strong countenance along with her dedication to family, is something to admire.
Join Margaret for sound advice and encouragement on creating and enjoying moments of refreshment while working from home.
Hiya, in today’s episode i’m answering this week’s 3 most frequently-asked questions shared by creatively enterprising women. 1) How do you keep up with social media? 2) Which online platform is best to start with, or be on? 3) How do you come up with fresh ideas for posts and new episodes? So here we go...thanks for logging on to listen in.
When last do you remember taking a deep breath; this isn’t a contest...it’s an invitation to take one now. Breath is something we tend to take for granted. Deep breaths from the diaphragm bring clarity to the mind and create an automatic environment for gratitude to grow. Join me for a moment of refreshment in this mini-episode, and thanks for sharing precious time here today. I appreciate it - and you. Deep breath and light thoughts in one...two...threeeeeee
Hi and welcome to 'Joy withIn,' Today's episode is all about “SPARKLE” Brunch & Workshop - a refreshing gathering in Barbados, for enterprising like-minded women to gather and grow in business, with wellness in mind.
It’s a cosy event where networking is organic, and the approach, holistic – after all, we’re so much more than our businesses. At “Sparkle,” guests are invited to share their wins as well as challenges, and they're equipped with productivity resources, marketing solutions and business upgrade ideas through presentations.
Wellness is often left out of the conversation where women and business are concerned, and I was concerned about that. Research, observation and experience have shown that stress is a real factor – not for us to fear, but to be aware of. It affects quality of life, clarity in thinking, our approach to interacting with others, our health and ‘joie de vivre.’
Joy and wellness are essential for a refreshed sense of purpose, longevity in business, cheerfulness in service, and gratitude as a way of life.
This November, the topic for our second session was "Work, Wellness & Social Media" - woo-wee that was a necessary subject to highlight.
Special thanks to Director of Design, Michelle who created a beautifully welcoming space; her decorations were a hot topic at the session.
Celebrating one of our guests who shared some kind words.
“…thank you for a beautifully run workshop yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the comradeship and exchange.The information shared will definitely help me to keep ‘shining’ and continue to assist others even more effectively.” ~ Kristy
Be sure to visit her on Instagram @uniquelyyoufitness
Remember - you too, are designed to shine! Want us to save you a seat at the next workshop? Send me a message @itsjoywithin
Ladies, i'm glad you're here. Set down that mug or glass 'cause this new podcast episode is gonna compel you to jump outta your seat and run onto the tarmac of your life with open arms and a fresh perspective.
Kim Haynes means business, and shares a bit of her journey as a culinary entrepreneur and co-owner of 'No Meat Meals 246.' (Grab a napkin so you don't drool onto your laptop or phone; food pics - compliments our guest, are included.) If you're in need of some sisterly encouragement and some solid faith-filled calls-to-action right now, well this is gonna be a necessary nudge shared with some sisterly love through Kim - for you.
Enjoy today's podcast episode. Here are some encouragement quotes shares by our newest guest in the "Celebrate A Sister" series.
"We provide vegetarian - vegan food to anyone who wants good, nutritious, fresh, balanced meals."
"Cooking is a gift that has been given to me by God - it's a talent that I use to just look at raw materials and create something glorious."
This business evolved from an act of kindness.
My husband has a policy that no amount of food is too small to share.
There was a lack of variety in the community where we live, in terms of vegetarian meals. Instead of wasting a talent, or sitting down on a talent - No Meat Meals 246 was launched | @no_meat_meals246 on Instagram
"It is a pleasure and delight to share my story with other ladies and with the world. I would like to advise every women out there...your destiny is in your hands - look in your hands and see what God has blessed you with.
Do not leave this earth until you have fulfilled your destiny - until you have fulfilled your God-given purpose. Whatever you do, the joy within you will permeate, and you will be a blessing to others" - Kim Haynes
This podcast will also available on 'Joy within' blog as a feature in the "Celebrate A Sister" series, and you'll see food photos from No Meat Meals 246, on Sunday November 25th, 9am EST
Remember to join them on Facebook and Instagram, and when in Barbados, be sure to enjoy their healthy and delicious vegan & vegetarian food.
Entrepreneurship is a muscle-building experience.
It isn’t for everyone, and that’s totally cool. Though we all have gifts, some are best or happiest expressed as hobbies, small circle activities, seasonal activities or deeds of service. Running and growing an enterprise while serving your audience consistently well, is a responsibility…businesses don’t just run on air n’ coffee or thrive solely based on how much love you put into it.
i was recently invited (kindly by my local P.R.O) to attend a seminar at the Grand Salle, in Bridgetown, for a ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week.’ The 4-panelist presentation by business pros, was designed to reach a large group of teens from various secondary schools around the island, and educate them on the journey of entrepreneurship. It was interesting – and refreshing to sit in the front row, to learn more through innovative pioneers who spoke on:
steps to building a business
marketing strategy (and a special highlight of the day) –
effective communication and connection with your ideal audience.
A particularly hot topic was the popular debate: TO SOURCE FUNDING FIRST OR START WHERE YOU ARE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE...
Hey sis, you know there’s a light in you yet - like we all do from time to time, you’re struggling to nurture those gifts assigned to you. You know you’re designed to shine and that through those gifts, you can encourage and serve others...but the pressures of life and seeming evasiveness of time often combine to make you feel like you can barely eek out energy to stroll through each day and make it home. When is it ever a good time to start something you know will not only elevate your mood, but nourish your soul and refresh your approach to life. That time is now. Each day is a gift - and YOU are designed to BE a GIFT. It’s time to stop being a hostage of time, and to start shining that bright light - remembering the essence of who you are and whom you are created to be. Here’s a little encouragement for you. We all have a tendency to forgot our gifts - when we don’t identify, nurture, and share them - but there’s still time. You’ve still got breath and have endured through challenges and all kinds of seasons in your life - now it’s time to take a hold of that gift - THOSE gifts that have been granted to YOU - and activate them - not only for you - but in service to others. So shine, sis - light is in your D.N.A - keep hope alive, pick up your gift - and shine
Entrepreneurship often goes whoops and loud applauses on big stages when you google or YouTube the topic, but it’s not always a light walk in the park. It‘s a muscle-building journey that’s not for the faint of heart - an educational adventure that comes with celebrations, struggles, slips and strides - a fabulously liberating approach to business when designed well. When you love what you do, you can get carried away from time to time and go overboard working on business - along with the fact that for the first few sowing seasons, you’ll need to work and push in order to generate a client base, earn continually, and establish a presence. There are many phases where work doesn’t feel like work, because you’re so passionate about it or the people you serve / equip. In today’s world where typing is taking prevalence over talking, and necks are tilted down moreso than faces are looking forward, it’s a good time to remember quality of life in direct relation to the business-design and time alignment. When we consider what matters to us most in life and intentionally dedicating time to enjoy real-life connections with cherished or like-minded ones m, it’s on us to step up and structure how we use and assign the time we’re given *bonus episode included, on 3 steps to becoming a better listener* @itsjoywithin
Do you ever find it challenging to take the step and reach out to people you’re following on social media? When we’re genuinely interested in the content shared by the people or businesses we subscribe to, it compels us to grow beyond those limitations we’ve placed on ourselves, and take a step forward to support, Celebrate, and encourage. Remembering the purpose behind why we’re on social media in the first place can help you take the first step to post a comment, send a meaningful message, or propose a collaboration. You don’t need to be super extroverted or outgoing to establish a presence on social media, but being present is a part of the purpose - the why you’re on social media in the first place. This episode shares encouragement for those seeking to overcome nerves and gain courage in reaching out. There’s a l’il assignment at the end of it, where you’re invited to take the 5-profile challenge the next time you are (purposefully - not idly) on social media. Thanks for taking the time to listen, feel free to share, and remember to download the Anchor.fm app so you can leave a voice message as a comment or question (it may be included in an upcoming episode.) Have a brilliant rest of the day. @itsjoywithin
Hey sis, are you called to start a blog? Wrestling with doubts like: “but will anyone read my posts?” There’s a message stirring in you, and once you are called to write, you’ve already been equipped with what it takes to begin the journey of pouring words out to encourage, inspire, or educate others. This isn’t the time for “smalling down” or hiding the light you have inside...this is an invitation to step up and forward into your writing assignment, and be the light that you are designed to be. One breath, one page, one day at a time. Feel free to leave a message (it may be included or addressed in an upcoming episode) by downloading the Anchor.fm app, visiting this channel and recording your comment or question. Remember...you are designed to shine.
Whether it’s in-person or online, meetings can be very productive or extreme time-gobblers. Today’s episode shares a series of steps to assist entrepreneurs with navigating group meetings with clarity, focus, and a map. If you’ve ever been to a series of meetings that dragged on yet didn’t grow anywhere, and you’d like a fresh approach to having or hosting Productive group meetings, this episode’s for you. Remember to download the Anchor app, and send a message with your questions / input to be included as a caller, in follow-up episodes.
For many creative entrepreneurs, the documentation side of business can seem a bit intimidating (or tedious as ever), but check this – as an artist, author, freelance writer, graphic designer, chef, visual artist, producer – you’re already documenting in some form or another. The first time I wrote and handed someone an invoice for vocal work years ago, it was sooo awkward.
Creatively-fueled people tend to be more…free-flowing. Especially when working from home or on tour, sometimes structure can seem a bit confining – it can also be extremely helpful in terms of maintaining a productive rhythm, understanding the seasons of your business, bringing a team on board and having a template for them to align with or improve on, as well as having a documented reference in case you ever make a pitch for funding / investment/ business partnership.
It’s not easy, but documentation comes in handy and can assist us with planning, pacing, and monitoring progress for future growth. It can also be fun! Who knew?!
You might actually find this incites you to put a l’il pep in your step’ when it comes to managing your creative business – and growing through it too. Good for you – and good for your clients too!
So let’s go a step further, with 3 Key Business Mapping Supplies that can help make things more clear, and the load – lighter.
HOW ARE YOU WITH PAPERWORK WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR CREATIVE BIZ, AND WHICH OF THESE 3 RESONATES MOST WITH WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
1) I find it easy to write and send invoices/receipts and do this consistently. 2)I write or type them, but freeze when it comes to actually delivering or sending them. 3) what’s an invoice? - Feel free to send a message to this podcast with your reply, by downloading the Anchor.fm app - thanks for tuning in.
Filling your tank with thankfulness. Being grateful isn’t a 1-time assignment or task-item to place a check mark beside; it’s a daily journey. It’s a learning process for me, as a work in progress, but even thank I’m thankful for. Gratitude is a good fruit that can grow and flourish in the garden of our heart and mind. You’re invited to a new episode that shares a fun little gratitude exercise that can help brighten - and lighten your day.
Along with being the most quiet time of the day, whether in your neighbourhood, city or town, mornings are usually the most sonically peaceful pocket of time out of our general waking hours. How we start our morning can influence how we approach the rest of the day, and in a world where stress is prevalent, serenity and wellness are essential. This isn’t a competition about waking up early...it’s an invitation to consider enjoying a moment of quiet refreshment early in the morning.
At a time when stress is a real life factor around the globe, joy becomes more and more essential and connected to wellness. Let’s talk about adding it as a key ingredient to business. As an entrepreneur, you are a designer of the nature, goals and tempo of your business. Include Joy as an element for longevity and wellness.
Today’s episode is about designing a peacefully productive lifestyle, working from home. Whatever the nature of your business, working from home involves a particular mindset, dynamic and approach. Join me for a 7-min. light walk-through these 3 Tips for enterprising
Very often, creative people tend to delve fully into whatever it is we’re working on, and sometimes there’s a tendency to forget to prioritize health and wellness in order to continue doing what we love - in a sustainable, joyful way. Here are 7 tips to share gentle reminders with musical artistes, producers, visual artists, and authors, on how they can include healthy activities in bite-sized portions of each day.
Hey sis, have a dream, goal, mission - calling that’s prompting you to take action? are you wrestling with doubts about starting your own business? In today’s post I share a bit about the myth that the road of entrepreneurship is a piece o sweetbread and light walk in the park. It’s a muscle-building exercise that’s not for everyone - and that’s A-ok. It ain’t about competition, as if entrepreneurs are more this or that than someone who’s working in a job they enjoy and are living out their purpose while taking care of their family through. Entrepreneur-SHIP is a journey - and life - is a journey same way! Know what works for you, and work for it too! 🙌 Keep shinin’ ✨ right where you are - you’re a star - a bright light in a world that likes to assign heroes and losers and distinguish those who take big strides from those who make small steps - once it’s FORWARD and for the better, keep on keepin’ on (and dance to every beat with each breath you’re blessed to take - joywithin
Do you wrestle with hesitation when it comes to launching that innovative idea for a business? Thankfully, our feelings can be very inaccurate; in that it may “feel” like you need more time, but it may actually BE the right time. The tendency to strive for perfection in timing when it comes to launching a new venture, can be intimidating - but it’s not meant to make us freeze and take a step forward. Starting and maintains a business takes courage, so let’s take it step by step
Hiya, hope you’re having a bright day! Today's guest in the “Celebrate A Sister” series is Joanne, a clinical therapist, researcher, and mom. . . In this episode 🎙, she shares on “work & rest” and highlights the significance of each individually, and together harmoniously. This is something a lot of us (men & women) wrestle with - no so much the working part...it’s the resting that’s often challenging in a world that hollers “hustle,” “push” “get it!” JoJo invites us to acknowledge and embrace that we are also designed for refreshment through pockets of rest. Joining us from the U.S, this gracious guest offers insight into and encouragement on walking through this life to a healthy and happy tempo.
There are gifts tucked inside of you, and a purpose for your life. Each of us is given a cache of gifts, the first being LOVE - the essence with which we were all created. No matter what, keep hope alive. Don’t give up. Believe - and know that you are gifted. The more you identify, nurture and pour out these talents, the more you’ll be given. Come join Indra for a quiet conversation on your gifting
What we take in, is reflected outwardly. Oils are essential to every household; they can enhance both our wellness and the serenity of our space. Did you know you can use essential oils for: 1) treating ailments 2) aromatic ambience 3) cooking 4) cleaning 5) revitalizing your hair 6) in your skin-care regime? Yep! They’re THAT cool! Join me on a journey where I share how I was introduced to them growing up as a Caribbean girl, and find out how they assist with some of the challenges I’ve faced and now manage by grace. Now, as a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA, I’m equipped to further help my vocal coaching clients and artist peeps with authentic plant-based, pure and therapeutic resources to take care of their vocal (and overall) health. What a beautiful bonus! Do you use essential oils too? What’s Your favourite or ideal combo if so? Let’s talk. And thanks for tuning in.
You and your voice matter. In today’s episode we’ll share on using natural foods and essentials to help you nurture your voice. If your voice is key in your career, and you’d like to find out how you can take good care of it (and yourself), come join Indra for a little chat on vocal health and natural essentials.
At home in Barbados, rehearsing "Star" - an original song. Here’s a recording of a verse, couple chorus and ad libs taken in prep for an event coming up this weekend. Haven't played guitar in a bit, and boy does it show. Still that doesn't change the joy in my soul and the message on my mind. "You are a star." (Keep shinin'). Wrote this while I was in Jamaica, at Rory StoneLove studio.
One day I was having lunch at the cosy home of a longtime married couple. On the menu was a huge bowl full of excellent mangoes...I didn’t expect a valuable life lesson on gratitude to be a part of the meal, but it was. Join me in this podcast to find out the fruit of the lesson I learned along the way
And here she is - meet Nisha; she’s the designer of Metah Jewelry ✨(pronounced ‘mee-tah’) and the next guest feature in the “Celebrate A Sister” series. Nisha took a leap of faith and started her own Trinidad 🇹🇹 based business that springs from her gifted creativity, and is inspired by her love for the Lord. Stay tuned for Nisha’s 🎙fabulous feature coming up first thing on July 30th. She’ll also be sharing gems of encouragement for girl bosses. Her voice - and words are sooo inspiring! @metahtt You’re gonna want to hear n’ see this, sis! Editing in motion so remember to visit the blog to see the full feature this coming Monday morning.
What a delight to introduce another special entrepreneurial guest as a highlight in the “Celebrate A Sister” series. Meet Marsha Branch, the brain and face behind “Atelier M – Skin Apothecary” – a new and already-in-demand line of handcrafted, fragrant, artisanal soaps.
“Make the most of your gift. I know that there will be times when it feels impossible – there will be times when you are frustrated…sometimes your dream may seem like nothing more than that – just a dream… but it was given to you for a reason, and it wouldn’t have been given to you if there wasn’t a way to do it.” – Marsha Branch (Communications Specialist, entrepreneur and owner of Atelier M – Skin Apothecary) @marshabranch on Instagram
Read full feature and see product pics on itsjoywithin.wordpress.com
Your voice matters. Are you a Speaker, Artiste, Podcaster, DJ/Announcer, Vlogger or Talk Show Host? If your voice is key in your career, you already know how essential maintaining it is. Here are some nurturing tips extracted from “Vocal-CARE 101” eBook by Indra. Easy-to-do home remedies
(Part 1) How do you travel? Some walking, some driving? By van, bus, taxi, subway, tube, street car, or Uber? Strictly first-class and shuttled by limo? Do you notice any changes in your character as you travel one way or another? Here are some lessons I’ve learned traveling in different modes
If you have a move coming up, and want to shed a few pounds and stay joyful in the process, this podcast episode is for you. These 7 Steps have helped me through the moving process, with joy still bubbling and countless moments spent cleaning and beautifying. Let’s talk about living and moving lightly.
The temptation to impress and perform for others is something we’re all faced with from time to time, as is the tendency to be lazy about the way we treat those closest to us...those whom we’re familiar with...those whom have seen us struggle in seasons...those while we assume “must” forgive or tolerate us - just because.... just because what? Let’s talk about selective behaviour while encouraging each other to do and be better.
Sis, there is a purpose for your life...and gifts in you designed to SHINE! Yes, it gets tough sometimes, and the storms they do come, but don’t you lose hope or be discouraged...be patient with your process, and believe - KNOW - that you are blessed and were created on purpose - FOR a purpose. Let’s talk about that in this episode...
Do you struggle with encouragement? Do you have a tendency to speak words that build up, or ones that tear down? Our words matter. If that wasn’t so, we’d choose to live in complete silence and not be compelled to speak at all. Let’s talk about the gift of speaking words that inspire, uplift and encourage.
Hey, can I ask you something? How do you wake up in the morning? Are you an early ride or more riser or more of a mid-morning or almost-midday person? Join Indra for a refreshing chat on greeting the day with gratitude...no matter how it begins...focused on giving thanks for the gift that a new day is here
Ever wondered why you enjoy writing so much? Come nurture your way with words and tune in to a light and refreshing chat on 3 benefits of writing. Songwriter, Blogger, Author and bookstore owner, Indra shares on the beautiful side of the writing / blogging life
You are designed to shine! Sparkle Workshop is based on an ask-believe-receive way of living. This fun and creative vision board building session is for women on a path to shaping a refreshed and vibrant life through creativity. Join Indra in an encouraging space for ladies to gather, identify your God-given gifts, and celebrate one another. July 22nd, 2018 (1-5pm) in Barbados. Registration is now open: itsjoywithin.wordpress.com