Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and Goals

start your week right- Jessica Lawlor

Photo of the week: I’m officially a yoga teacher! Last weekend, I graduated and earned my yoga teaching certification. What a beautiful journey this has been!

Start your week right! Every Sunday I post my favorite links from around the web and share my goals for the upcoming week.

Links

On World Domination Summit:

23-Step World Domination Summit Checklist – How To Get The Most Out Of Your WDS Experience: I’m heading to World Domination Summit (WDS) this week so I’ve been reading up on all the WDS posts I can get my hands on. This comprehensive guide from Mike Goncalves is the best one I’ve found yet!

On Blogging:

Should Bloggers Accept Sponsored Posts?: If you’ve ever thought about accepting a sponsored post, you need to read this post from Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation. Nick weighs the pros and cons, explains how to find opportunities and best of all…what to charge for them!

On Travel:

15 Lessons I Learned from Traveling Around the World: Angie Orth has been traveling around the world for years- this roundup of lessons she’s learned is filled with gems. Her blog is a must-read!

On Positivity:

7 Days of Positivity With a Yogic Twist: Get ready for seven days of positivity with a yogic twist, courtesy of Sucheta Chada for the Do You Yoga blog. I love this challenge!

On Motivation:

17 Ways to Motivate Yourself When You’re Feeling Lazy: Having trouble finding your motivation or staying motivated toward your goals? Cat from Budget Blonde offers up 17 ways to motivate yourself.

This Week on JessicaLawlor.com:

Get Gutsy With Sara Frandina: “I Became a Solopreneur for a Life Filled With Adventure, Travel + Happiness”: Each month, I interview people who get gutsy- step outside their comfort zones to reach their goals. Meet copywriter and travel lover Sara Frandina.

Monthly Check-In: Goodbye June, Hello July: Each monthly check-in, I share three things I accomplished in the previous month and preview three things I’m excited for in the month ahead.

Goals

  • Have an AMAZING time at World Domination Summit (WDS). I know attending this incredible event will push me far outside my comfort zone, so I’m looking forward to staying open to all of the possibilities.
  • I have two long days of travel to and from Portland. I hope to get ahead with blogging, developing a yoga page for my site and writing my next yoga class flow.

Have any links or goals you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments!

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Monthly Check-In: Goodbye June, Hello July

monthly check-in- Jessica Lawlor

June in review: Teaching my very first public yoga class, exploring Bucks County wearing the famous (and 48-lb!) Google Trekker, teaching some of the sun salutations during a 108 sun salutations summer solstice event and officially graduating and becoming a certified yoga teacher (seen here with my two amazing teachers Lisa and Rachel)!

Each monthly check-in, I share three things I accomplished in the previous month and preview three things I’m excited about or hoping to accomplish in the month ahead. It’s fun to look back and forward, and as an added bonus, these monthly check-ins keep me accountable to reach my goals.

I hope you’ll join in and share your three things in the comments section! I’ve been thrilled to see that other bloggers enjoy my monthly check-ins and have adopted the format for their own blogs- this is AWESOME! If you write a similar monthly check-in/look ahead post, please feel free to utilize this format and be sure to leave a link in the comments below so we can all support you in your goals for the coming month!

In June, I…

1. Taught my first yoga class! (And taught two more times, as well!) On June 7, I taught my very first yoga class! After months of teacher training and hours of practice and practice teaching, I stood in front of a room of nearly 30 people and officially taught my first public yoga class. It was an amazing experience and throughout that 75 minutes, I knew without a doubt, that this is what I am supposed to do. I can’t wait to share yoga with more people! I was lucky enough to have two more teaching opportunities in June. I subbed a hot vinyasa class and also taught some of the sun salutations during the 108 Sun Salutations Summer Solstice event, held through my studio. I want to take advantage of every opportunity to teach to keep getting more comfortable and to continue improving!

2. Officially became a certified yoga teacher. Just this past weekend, I officially graduated from yoga teacher training and became a certified yoga teacher. Now I need to register with the Yoga Alliance to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT). To complete my training, I took a 100-question test. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time studying and preparing! The test was more challenging that I anticipated, but I took my time, thought out my answers (the test was a mix of multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank and situational questions) and I did just fine! We had a special ceremony the following day and each got tank tops (seen above!) and our official certificates. It’s so bittersweet to see yoga teacher training come to an end. I’ve loved every minute of this process!

3. Kicked off summer with lots of fun events and celebrations. June was a busy, busy month! Luckily, all of it was super fun and exciting. The month kicked off with one of my favorite races of the year- the Sunset Run 5K (although there was NO sun, it poured the entire time and was extremely cold!).  Next, I took a fun inversions workshop and was able to hold my first forearm stand. Later in the month, I spoke about public relations at Discover Lehigh Valley’s Tourism Marketing Day to a room full of 100+ people. I also celebrated the first anniversary of the Temple Women’s Network with a fabulous party at the Hotel Monaco’s rooftop deck, went to the Train concert, hung out at Spruce Street Harbor Park and spent lots of time with good friends.

In July, I will…

1. Travel to Portland, Oregon for my first World Domination Summit. I am SO pumped to travel to Portland next week for my first-ever World Domination Summit (WDS). For years, I’ve read Chris Guillebeau’s blog and recaps of WDS and dreamed of going. It’s finally happening! I’m heading there with my good friends Sara and Janelle and I can’t wait to meet everyone else going. I know it’s going to be inspiring to be around so many like-minded people who want to use their gifts and talents to change the world for the better. I also am PUMPED to see (and eat my way through) Portland. I had no clue Portland was such a foodie city! If you have any must-sees (or must-eats), please leave them in the comments below! I have a long list going, but want to make sure I see as much as possible!

2. Vacation in my favorite place on earth, Ocean City, New Jersey. Just a few days after I return from WDS, I’m heading to OCNJ for a week of vacation with my family. It just so happened that all of my travel this year is happening in July! I’ve grown up going down the shore with my family and staying for a week in OCNJ each year is always such a treat. Life at the beach is so relaxing and carefree. I’ve got a long list of books I want to read, new cocktails to make and try and lots of unwinding to do! I always look forward to renting bikes, going for morning runs on the boardwalk, eating funnel cake and Polish water ice and spending hours by the water. There’s truly nothing better.

3. Continue my yoga teaching journey. I’m proud of myself because normally before I even accomplish a goal, I’m already thinking ahead to the next thing to do AFTER that goal is achieved. With yoga teacher training, I learned to just be in the moment. Now that I’m finished, I want to continue teaching as much as possible. I plan to create a yoga section for my website, continue subbing and begin reaching out to people in the area about potential teaching opportunities. I also have some ideas around creating my own opportunities to teach with groups I am already a part of. Stay tuned! I plan to spend lots of time in July figuring out this next step for myself.

June Posts You May Have Missed

Get Gutsy With Sara Frandina: “I Became a Solopreneur for a Life Filled With Adventure, Travel + Happiness”

My Journey to Becoming a Yoga Teacher: Yoga Teacher Training Weekends 7 & 8

How Do You Envision Your Future?

I Taught My First Yoga Class

Welcome The Present Moment As If You Had Invited It

Jessica Around The Web

Guest posts, articles and other places you can find me this month online.

The very first thing you need to do every time you create content– for Scribewise

5 things you need to know about content marketing right now– for Scribewise, republished on Business2Community

What did you accomplish in June and what are you looking forward to accomplishing in July? Share your three things in the comments below!

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