Cepee Tabibian is a social media strategist and community manager who works as a liaison between brands and people to capture attention. In 2015, at the age of 35 she "hit refresh" and left a comfortable life in Austin, Texas for the unknown in Madrid, Spain. That one decision led her on a path of rapid personal and professional growth.
Realizing there was a gap in the market for women "of a certain age" who wanted to radically change their life, she founded She Hit Refresh in 2017 to help other women like herself. She Hit Refresh is an online community for women age 30 and over who want to break free from routine and start a life of travel. The community has grown to over 5,000 members worldwide and has expanded to a blog, podcast, in-person workshops, and an annual retreat.
In this episode, Cepee and Mark talk about Cepee's why on moving to Madrid, Spain, mistakes people make when moving abroad, and when she realized she...
Before I share how I use the Pomodoro technique, I don't want to assume that you know what it is so...
According to Wikipedia, "The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for 'tomato', after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student."
The key word in the above description is traditionally.
That's an important word for the sake of this blog post.
First, there are no Pomodoro police
You can use the traditional Pomodoro Technique of 25/5 which means you work - fully focused - for 25 minutes and then take a minute break.
However, if you create your own Pomodoro timing, you won't go to time management jail! There is no Pomodoro Technique police.
I've been telling anyone...
Of course, you do.
It's just that most people keep their quirks to themselves.
I've got to be me. Strange as I am.
First, what does quirk mean anyways?
The official definition of quirk is "a peculiar behavioral habit".
So, in an effort to share more about me with you, here are five quirks about me. Maybe you knew these, maybe not.
After you finish reading, please leave a comment below!
I love Christian hip hop
Yes, there is such a thing.
What is Christian hip hop?
It's awesome hip hop music with one BIG difference: it's all about the Bible, Jesus and all that He has done for us.
Of course, there's no swearing in it.
You can catch me listening to this music on my daily runs or whenever Michelle is out shopping (it's not her cup of tea, as much as I've tried to convince her!).
My favorite Christian hip hop artists include:
Tom Corner's drive is to help awaken those who are sleepwalking through life. As a seasoned radio and podcast guest, on a personal mission to improve himself as a father, husband, colleague, and member of the community, Tom explores topics that others are often fearful of touching on.
His dream is to help people of all ages find their path in life. Tom has welcomed success into his life in pursuit of his dreams and desires of attracting love, laughter, and abundance into his life. His passion includes health & fitness, mindfulness, and deep spiritual exploration.
In this episode, Tom and Mark talk about how fear can be both crippling and enlightening, intentional positivity, toxicity, and meditation.
Have you ever heard the phrase, "getting old sucks"?
Of course, you have.
We all have.
Do you agree with it or not?
Personally, I don't. Not one single bit.
Can getting old be an inconvenience?
Do things start to hurt?
Are you able to do as much as you used to be able to do when you were younger?
I look at getting old as a blessing
Think about these seven reasons why it's truly a blessing to get older. In the comments, feel free to add your own.
1. You're wiser - as you age, you obtain experience. Yes, knowledge from books, courses, higher education, seminars, and such are great...but nothing is more powerful than knowledge accumulated through actually living your life.
2. You increase your discernment muscle - discernment is defined as "the ability to judge well." Let's be honest, it's more challenging if not impossible to be discerning when you're younger. Ask yourself if this isn't true. Think back to your younger years....
Mike Cameron is a Canadian writer, speaker, philanthropist, ultramarathoner, and advocate against Gender-Based Violence. Mike went from literally bagging shit to founding, building, and running an award-winning multi-million dollar business. As a sales and leadership authority, Mike has studied and spoken on the impact that emotion has on human behavior for more than two decades. He has worked with a variety of nonprofits and charities to pave the way for a violence-free future. Today he designs programs to assist men to tap into their emotions in a real and authentic way using his Emotional Reconnection Practice.
In this episode, Mike and Mark talk about the impact emotion has on human behavior in this time of our lives and Mike's SOAR framework.
Having a list of things you need to do is great. If you're doing this, you're ahead of so many people. But you can't stop there.
You need to take these tasks/projects and prioritize them.
Here's how to do that.
The ODAE Method
Over the course of several days (2-4), make a list of everything you do throughout your day.
No judging. No editing.
If you can, do it absentmindedly as I don't want you really paying attention to what you're right...yet.
Then, put the list away for at least a day. In fact, pretend you didn't even do the exercise. Go about your day as you normally would.
After this day, schedule at least an hour to review your list.
Go through every single item ODAE it!
Outsource whatever can be outsourced.
Delegate whatever can be delegated.
Automate whatever can be automated.
Eliminate whatever can be eliminated.
If you don't know how to outsource, delegate, automate, or eliminate...
Bunny Young is a stuntwoman turned serial entrepreneur and service animal advocate who is obsessed with work-life alignment. She's the proud mother of two incredible daughters and married to a sexy handsome Army man (her words, not Mark's! LOL).
In this powerful episode, Bunny and Mark talk about the difference between work-life balance and work-life alignment, self-awareness & self-management, and burnout.
Contrary to what I'd like to think, I was not born Mister Productivity.
Actually, as a little boy, I wanted to grow up and be a firefighter like my Dad.
Dad worked his way up from a rookie all the way to Chief and then President of the Chili Fire Department (New York State).
I was so proud to be the son of a firefighter. So much so that I even became an emergency medical technician and then a volunteer firefighter myself.
But it was not my calling.
In all honesty, I didn't know what my calling was. Or what a calling was!
In 1997, I become involved in inventory control management. I remember thinking maybe, just maybe, this would be my calling. My career.
And then I was fired in July 2005
I was in inventory control management up until the fateful day when I was terminated (I don't write "lost my job" because I know where it is! They took it from me!). But, quite honestly, I was on autopilot all these years. I knew what I was doing but there was no passion. No fire in my...
Everyone has habits. Things they do every day.
But not all habits are created equal. While some are good, others...not so much.
Think about the habits you have. Those things you do every day.
Seriously, as you read these words, take a moment and think about your habits. I would even suggest you get out a sheet of paper or a notebook and write down every habit you have. There's power in seeing them on a sheet of paper in your handwriting.
Now, next to each habit you wrote down, write the word GOOD or BAD.
How do you know?
If a habit it helping you move toward your goals because it makes you feel good, stay on task, start something, gives you energy, etc., then it's a good habit.
If it is just the opposite, then it's a bad habit.
Habits come and go
As you continue your journey in this thing called life, you will pick up habits (both good and bad). Be cognizant of your habits. When you find yourself with a bad habit, figure out how you can...