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The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ

Christen N. James

The Shine to FIVE™ Method is trusted system designed by Mindset&Transition Coach Christen N. James (CJ) to help young women-identified professionals ready to take the leap from Employee to Entrepreneur and SHINE in their OWN Businesses. This podcast will provide tips, guides, strategy and personal stories to help these womxn break free of their Employee Mindset. To learn more about, or connect with, CJ visit www.christennjames.com or follow her on all social media platforms: @christennjames. Please follow and share with ALL womxn who need to be/feel inspired in their entrepreneurial journey!

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3 important things to keep in mind when setting Boundaries.
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3 important things to keep in mind when setting Boundaries.
“Boundaries are limitations… and if you don’t limit certain people, and the access they have to you, then lines get blurred and it makes those relationships very difficult.”- CJThis is a very important episode about a topic that every entrepreneur ( and every woman) needs to master. That’s right, we need to talk about BOUNDARIES. Even though boundaries are incredibly important, we often struggle with setting them up and MAINTAINING them. Boundaries can come with a lot of guilt, especially for women!But as an entrepreneur or someone with a side biz, it is ESSENTIAL that you communicate them… and remain firm.What does it look like when you’re running a business without boundaries? It looks like clients calling you up at 9 pm. It looks like customers with demands that make no sense and leave you scrambling to keep them happy. It’s a whole lot of unnecessary stress that you wouldn’t be dealing with — if only you set boundaries and stuck by them!In this episode, I share three important things to keep in mind when setting your boundaries. And remember, the harder a boundary is to set, the more necessary it is!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: How to determine the Who & Why of your boundary — and what it will do to improve or protect your wellbeingHow necessary boundaries will actually benefit BOTH sides (yes, including the person being limited!)Examples of ways to communicate and enforce biz boundaries with customers and clients Highlights:‌ ‌00:56  Intro01:48  Definition of “boundary”02:51  Who & Why04:35  Assessing your boundaries06:29  Where to start with boundaries07:55  Boundary & communication examples12:50  Outro---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
3 important things to keep in mind when setting Boundaries.
Today
3 important things to keep in mind when setting Boundaries.
“Boundaries are limitations… and if you don’t limit certain people, and the access they have to you, then lines get blurred and it makes those relationships very difficult.”- CJThis is a very important episode about a topic that every entrepreneur ( and every woman) needs to master. That’s right, we need to talk about BOUNDARIES. Even though boundaries are incredibly important, we often struggle with setting them up and MAINTAINING them. Boundaries can come with a lot of guilt, especially for women!But as an entrepreneur or someone with a side biz, it is ESSENTIAL that you communicate them… and remain firm.What does it look like when you’re running a business without boundaries? It looks like clients calling you up at 9 pm. It looks like customers with demands that make no sense and leave you scrambling to keep them happy. It’s a whole lot of unnecessary stress that you wouldn’t be dealing with — if only you set boundaries and stuck by them!In this episode, I share three important things to keep in mind when setting your boundaries. And remember, the harder a boundary is to set, the more necessary it is!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: How to determine the Who & Why of your boundary — and what it will do to improve or protect your wellbeingHow necessary boundaries will actually benefit BOTH sides (yes, including the person being limited!)Examples of ways to communicate and enforce biz boundaries with customers and clients Highlights:‌ ‌00:56  Intro01:48  Definition of “boundary”02:51  Who & Why04:35  Assessing your boundaries06:29  Where to start with boundaries07:55  Boundary & communication examples12:50  Outro---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
The Secret to Developing Assertiveness and Confidence with Jennifer Chapman.
1w ago
The Secret to Developing Assertiveness and Confidence with Jennifer Chapman.
“Take a moment to step back and think: what is my life experience? What are my strengths? And how might that be different from other people in this market? When you can articulate what that is, then you create this niche for yourself.”- Jennifer ChapmanDo you ever feel intimidated by the idea of stepping into a leadership role, speaking in public, or even just taking big and bold steps in your biz? If you answered YES then get ready, because in this episode you’re going to learn the secret to developing Assertiveness and Confidence!My guest Jennifer Chapman is a leadership coach with over a decade of experience. Before being introduced to leadership coaches through her former corporate job, Jennifer hadn’t even known that leadership coaching existed… but as she learned about their work, she LIT UP inside. Now, she helps leaders and managers of all kinds THRIVE in their roles and lead their own teams to greatness!Whether or not you’ve started building your own team, you won’t want to miss the tips that Jennifer shares in this episode! We talk about everything from: How Jennifer leveraged her 9to5 to develop the skills that she needed to become a full-time leadership coach How Jennifer’s corporate experience has given her an advantage in her new field — and how to identify your own strengthsJennifer’s best tips for becoming more confident and assertive, in or out of your 9to5! Highlights:‌ ‌00:55  Intro  01:20  Meet Jennifer Chapman02:49  From Employee to Entrepreneur05:27  9-month program story06:11  What set Jennifer above the rest08:35  Identify your unique strengths & value09:28  How does coaching help leaders? 13:10  Assertiveness tips15:32  Assertiveness & sales16:38  Confidence mindset & proposal story21:01  Know your priorities23:18  Boundaries26:35  Top tips & tools32:53  Outro---  About Guest: Jennifer Chapman is an International Coach Federation certified leadership coach who brings a warm, approachable personality coupled with sharp skills, expertise, and business savvy to both support and challenge her clients. Her company, Ambition Leadership, offers coaching for S.T.E.M. managers and leaders.Links:Jennifer ChapmanText ACCELERATE to 411321   The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
In my Business: How to navigate feeling guilty about leaving your 9to5.
Jun 23 2022
In my Business: How to navigate feeling guilty about leaving your 9to5.
“You need to put yourself first — that is ultimately what it comes down to.”- CJThis episode is designed to help you feel inspired, validated, and reassured on your entrepreneurial journey!If you’re on the verge of leaving your 9to5 and turning your side biz into your full-time (or even just starting to think about it), then you may be dealing with a little bit of guilt. Maybe your job has given you valuable training opportunities or you’ve been promoted. Maybe your coworkers or managers heavily rely on your skills. You may feel like quitting your job is a type of abandonment… even if being there makes you feel miserable!There are a few very good reasons why your guilt is misplaced — and why you should NEVER let corporate loyalty hold you back from following your dreams.In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: Why you should NEVER feel guilty about leaving a corporate job, no matter how many opportunities they give you Why the guilt can secretly be a good thing — and what feeling that guilt REALLY means  How to know when it’s time to move on (even when you’re getting promoted) Highlights:‌ ‌00:55  Intro01:46  That guilty feeling03:31  Guilt doesn’t go both ways05:12  Taking the leap08:15  Your happiness & fulfillment10:31  How will you feel if you stay?12:17  Outro---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
From Bustle to Boss: What it takes to create your Dream Job when it doesn’t Exist Yet with Pauleanna Reid.
Jun 16 2022
From Bustle to Boss: What it takes to create your Dream Job when it doesn’t Exist Yet with Pauleanna Reid.
“I think it’s important to A) allow your dreams to evolve and B) understand that you can give yourself grace and you can also experiment.”- Pauleanna ReidWe all want to make a living working our Dream Job… but what do you do when your dream job doesn’t exist yet?In this episode, I talk to a From Bustle to Boss success story! Pauleanna Reid is a journalist and the founder and CEO of WritersBlok, a ghostwriting agency that helps creative thinkers develop their voices and decode their ideas so that when they speak up, they SHAKE the room! Pauleanna is definitely a MEANTrepreneur, not a WANTrepreneur. In order to become a boss, Pauleanna first needed to define her dream job… and when she found out it didn’t exist yet, she built it herself. As Pauleanna says, Success leaves clues… and if you’re not paying attention, you’re going to miss your moment! Press play now to hear our entire conversation — we talk about it all, including: How Pauleanna stayed true to her values even while still working in the corporate world Pauleanna’s first steps for successfully bringing her Dream Job into realityWhat helped Pauleanna overcome her biggest obstacles and employee mindset while building up her businessYou won’t want to miss it!Highlights:‌ ‌00:55  Intro  01:22  Meet Pauleanna Reid02:40  The early days03:39  Make space to grow04:24  Maintaining values in a 9to505:56  “False starts”08:10  How Pauleanna created her Dream Job11:14  Overcoming obstacles13:24  Employee mindset16:15  Leadership skills17:53  Finding the right support21:35  What is coming up?22:46  Nugget of wisdom23:28  Outro---  About Guest: Pauleanna Reid is a journalist and the founder and CEO of ghostwriting agency WritersBlok. As a celebrity ghostwriter, she helps high-profile leaders and doers turn their personal stories into powerful brand assets.Links:Pauleanna Reid  @PauleannaRInstagram: @pauleannareid The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
4 Clues that reveal if you will make a good Entrepreneur.
Jun 9 2022
4 Clues that reveal if you will make a good Entrepreneur.
“I remember feeling like I was being placed in a box every time I walked into work… if you feel like you don’t belong, the clue is that you DON’T.”- CJDo you have what it takes to become a good Entrepreneur?While many people have some interesting business ideas, not everyone was made to become a successful entrepreneur. In truth, there are many, many more WANTrepeneurs out there than MEANTrepreneurs — so, how do you know whether you’re meant for this path? In this episode, I share the 4 clues that will reveal whether you have what it takes to successfully go from Employee to Entrepreneur!If you’re in a 9to5 setting and are thinking of taking the plunge, or you’re currently working on building up your side biz, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode! In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: How your skills as an employee can carry over into your new life as your own boss The traits that tell you whether you will be a good leader when building your OWN team How to recognize when you’re purposefully or subconsciously building up your entrepreneurial skillset BEFORE you leave your 9to5 Highlights:‌ ‌00:54  Intro03:02  Standing out instead of blending in04:40  Promotion story05:17  Thinking outside the box06:36  Leveraging your 9to508:14  Having a side biz09:56  Recap10:39  Let’s get on a call!12:22  Outro---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
The reason why you need to find Alignment, not Balance.
Jun 2 2022
The reason why you need to find Alignment, not Balance.
“ALIGNMENT, to me, brings to mind harmony, support… one thing complementing the other. It makes me think of my values.”- CJIn this episode, I want to talk about one of the biggest myths circulating in the entrepreneurial world.As busy entrepreneurs, we all DESERVE some rest and relaxation, but somehow we still wind up struggling to get everything done so that we can actually schedule time off……in other words, we are all trying to find Balance!The truth is that there is really no such thing as balance. Life will never, ever run out of curveballs, which means that there is no way to remain in a static state of balance. Every time you think that you’ve found balance, what happens? That’s right, the pendulum swings and you’re thrown off-kilter again! Plus, what looks like “balance” to one entrepreneur won’t work for another. We all have different needs when it comes to our time.Balance is a myth. What you should really be trying to find is ALIGNMENT.Finding alignment in your life can help you to reach your most desirable results personally and professionally, whatever that looks like for you! You can think of alignment as creating a line between where you are now and where you want to be — press play now and get ready to start mapping out your path!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: The major differences between finding Balance and finding Alignment How the language we use can start to shift our mindsets The questions you should be asking yourself in order to find alignment Highlights:‌ ‌00:55  Intro01:57  No such thing as balance02:47  What is alignment?05:04  Flow and harmony06:34  Mindset shifts07:24  Questions to ask yourself08:22  Putting it all together10:38  Outro---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
It’s Never Too Early to Trademark Your Name and Logo with Cynthia Mason.
May 26 2022
It’s Never Too Early to Trademark Your Name and Logo with Cynthia Mason.
“Just because you have a name and logo out there, that doesn’t mean you own it. You actually have to trademark it in order to own it.”- Cynthia MasonAre your business name and logo unprotected right now? While you may have put a lot of work into coming up with the perfect branding for your side biz, you’re leaving it at risk if you haven’t gone through the trademark process. If someone tries to steal your branding and confuse your potential customers, you might be in for an expensive fight!Even if you’re still at your 9to5 and your business is on the side, you should be taking steps to LEGALLY protect your biz.That’s why this episode’s guest says that it’s NEVER too early to trademark your name and logo! I’m talking to Cynthia Mason, a Canadian lawyer and Trademark Agent who specializes in helping businesses protect their most valuable business assets — their trademarks.Tune in to hear exactly why you want to trademark your biz assets right now… and how messy things can get if you’re left unprotected!We talk about everything, including:What does it mean to trademark something — and what you can and should be trademarking in your biz How to research trademarked names, whether they’re currently in use or not The types of names that you CANNOT trademark in Canada Highlights:‌ ‌00:55  Intro01:21  Meet Cynthia Mason03:00  What is a trademark?04:24  When you should trademark  07:20  How to research trademarks09:29  What can happen if you don’t trademark14:21  What you can’t trademark16:51  Canadian government processes18:31  Intellectual property20:42  Follow Cynthia21:31  Markably.ca23:14  Takeaway---  About Guest: Cynthia Mason is a Canadian lawyer and Trademark Agent who specializes in helping businesses protect their most valuable business assets – their trademarks.Links:Cynthia Mason    Instagram: @masonpctrademarks Twitter: @CMasonPCCanadian Trademarks Database USPTO Trademarks Database The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
In My Business: How I Manifested Getting Laid Off!
May 19 2022
In My Business: How I Manifested Getting Laid Off!
“No matter how hard it is or how long it takes, I am meant to do this. Because the universe conspired to get me here.”- CJIn this episode, I welcome you In My Business again! In my monthly In My Business episodes, I share my personal journey and experience of becoming an entrepreneur — even the icky, challenging side of things. (Because running a business isn’t all sunshine and roses, as we all know!)This is an episode for MEANTrepreneurs™, not WANTrepreneurs. It focuses on the period just before I took my side biz to centre stage — before I stepped into my power as a coach and entrepreneur.I want to tell you about how I manifested my own layoff in 2015.While being laid off may not seem like a happy day for most people, it’s something that I spent six months energetically manifesting… and it was the start of the next great chapter of my life!If you’re ready to start the next chapter in yours, and want some tips on how to make things happen, listen now!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: How I put the energy out into the universe that eventually led to my big shiftHow I started to gather the tools that I’d need even before my layoff happened What I did during the layoff process — and how I surprised the HR team in more ways than one!Highlights:‌ ‌00:54  Intro03:07  Yoga class proclamation04:49  Putting out energy06:08  Getting the tools08:00  The meeting & aftermath10:08  Law of Attraction12:54  Manifesting13:40  Turning down the offer16:00  South Africa & the universe---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
Your Emotions Are Delaying Your Side-Biz Growth.
May 12 2022
Your Emotions Are Delaying Your Side-Biz Growth.
“It takes a village to grow a business.”- CJIs your emotional attachment to your side biz holding it back from growth?When you decide to take the first steps toward following your dream and building something of your own, it’s only natural to feel emotional about it. After all, your biz is your baby! But when it comes to building a successful business, it’s all about STRATEGY, not pride or fear.If your emotions are getting in the way of your strategy, then you have a problem — and it’s a problem that can keep your business from growing.You can’t make objective decisions about your business if you are TOO CLOSE to it. If you want to scale successfully, you need to let go of the emotions that stop you from seeking out other people’s opinions, accepting their feedback… or even trusting them to take control of parts of your biz.Yes, your business is still your baby, but it takes a village to grow it!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: Why you need to find trusted sources of feedback, rather than being your own only resourceWhy you need to shift into a CEO mindset, rather than an employee mindset That you’re far less isolated than you think — and how you can benefit from finding your people! Highlights:‌ ‌00:54  Intro01:48  ‘You’ as your only resource03:12  From side gig to main gig05:06  Mindset & isolation07:01  Find your support08:25  The Shine to FIVE Movement™---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
What It Really Means When You Say "Side-Hustle".
May 5 2022
What It Really Means When You Say "Side-Hustle".
“I say “side biz” — The word “hustle” gives the impression of having to be constantly on the go or  you won’t grow.”- CJIf you’re working a 9to5, that means that you’re spending most of your time working on SOMEONE ELSE’s dream. But while building your biz alongside your 9to5 can be complicated, it can also come with some serious benefits, like valuable training or learning opportunities that you can leverage to help you grow your own biz more quickly.Many, MANY womxn are growing successful side businesses while still working in their 9to5s… but many also feel boxed in by their 9to5s and are tired of feeling like they’re stuck in a cubicle. So, what will it take to move your side biz to the main stage??In this episode, I dig into the employee mindset shift you need to make, the importance of finding balance, and how to come up with your 9to5 exit strategy. If you’re tired of the 9to5 grind and want to turn your passion into PROFIT, tune in now!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: Why referring to your biz as a “side hustle” can take away from the true meaning and value of what you’re buildingHow finding alignment between your 9to5 and your side biz can help you grow How to  develop your 3D Exit Strategy for saying goodbye to your boss and becoming a boss yourself! Highlights:‌ ‌00:57  Intro03:14  Taking the first step03:52  “Side hustle”05:45  Benefits of building on the side07:37  Feeling stuck11:05  3D exit strategy13:05  The Shine to FIVE Movement™---  Links:LINK TO EPISODE 66The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
Are you a WANTrepreneur or a MEANTrepreneur™?
Apr 28 2022
Are you a WANTrepreneur or a MEANTrepreneur™?
“A great idea does not easily convert into an empire.”- CJAre you a WANTrepreneur or a MEANTrepreneur™?If you don’t come up with a business plan, set your goals, commit to consistency, and put in the work, then I’m sorry… you are a WANTrepreneur. If you’re a MEANTrepreneur, then YES — you are on the path that you are meant to be on!The difference is a matter of mindset AND action.So, how can you tell what type of entrepreneur you are? By pressing play on this week’s episode! I share the signs to look out for and why you may need to change the way you respond to obstacles.In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: The big, important differences between WANTrepreneurs and MEANTrepreneursThe questions you need to ask yourself in order to find out which type of entrepreneur you areWhy you need to be able to tell the difference between a Good Idea and a Shiny Object Highlights:‌ ‌00:53  Intro01:40  WANTrepreneurs03:37  MEANTrepreneur™05:36  Why entrepreneurship?06:25  How does doubt manifest?07:40  Asking for help08:37  Inspiration & showing up09:45  Mindset & action11:14  Dealing with challenges12:05  The Shine to FIVE Movement™---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
In My Business: What I learned from my "false starts".
Apr 21 2022
In My Business: What I learned from my "false starts".
“There are things that I’m really, really good at. But I always KNEW, deep down, that I wanted to be a coach.”- CJAs business owners, we feel like we are the only people who know what it’s like to stumble while trying to build a business — or have trouble even figuring out what TYPE of business to BUILD. But sis, you’re not the only one. Not even close. Maybe the 9to5ers don’t get it, but many biz owners have travelled those same paths! I’ll tell you right now: I HAVE. This episode is all about me and MY business… and what I’ve learned from my “false starts.”Like the time I was going to start a not-for-profit.Or the time I started a skincare line to sell body butters.Or the lifestyle blog I wrote for YEARS.Not EVERY idea you come up with will be a fit for your goals, lifestyle, and passion… and that’s okay. Listen now to learn how I narrowed down my business goals and prepped for success BEFORE I left my 9to5!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: Why I quietly transitioned away from the skincare line I started (even though it was taking off) What you need to ask yourself BEFORE you decide to go all-in on your side-gigHow to leverage your 9to5 to build up the skills that you need to succeed in your side biz Highlights:‌ ‌00:55  You’re not the only one03:02  My employee mindset04:00  My “false starts” & skincare line06:30  Why I gave up on my skincare biz08:30  Is your heart in your side-biz?09:59  Leveraging your 9to511:30  The Shine to FIVE Movement™12:20  Recap---  ‌Links:Employee Mindset episode from last weekBustle to Boss: How to Leverage Your 9to5 to Grow Your Side Biz with Dr Monique J Caruth The Shine to FIVE Movement™   _________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
What is Employee Mindset? (+ 4 tips to start breaking free).
Apr 14 2022
What is Employee Mindset? (+ 4 tips to start breaking free).
“If you’re feeling stuck… you’re NOT stuck. You just THINK you are, because you have been conditioned to believe you need a 9to5 to survive.”- CJDo you have the mindset of HAVING a boss? Or BEING a boss? If you’re looking to break free from your employee mindset, then this is the episode for you! If you’re still working in your 9to5 and think you need it to survive, then you have an employee mindset. We’re conditioned to think that we need the security, predictability, and stability of a steady paycheque — and a boss to give it to us.If you’re happy with that 9to5 life, more power to you. Many people are happy working their 9to5 alongside their side-biz, and that’s great. But if you’re looking to let go of that employee mindset, step CONFIDENTLY into entrepreneurship, and learn how to take time off WITHOUT guilt — you’ll want to hit play and take some notes!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: A breakdown of the beliefs and motivations that make up an employee mindset 4 simple tips to help you break free from the employee mindset  How to easily build reflection and side-biz goal-setting into your regular schedule  Highlights:‌ ‌00:53  Intro01:50  What is an employee mindset?03:50  Let go of the guilt05:04  You are NOT stuck06:11  Pick an exit date06:59  Reflection days08:02  Time management & goal-setting10:00  Pick one task11:25  You DO have the time12:08  The Shine to FIVE Movement™ ---Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™    ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
Do You Just Have a Really Expensive Hobby?
Apr 7 2022
Do You Just Have a Really Expensive Hobby?
“There’s a difference between being good at a hobby and being passionate about something, and running a BUSINESS.”- CJAre you running a side-biz… or do you just have a really expensive hobby?Maybe you had a great biz idea or took an online course that sparked a new passion, and you tried to turn it into a revenue stream. When you discover something that you’re REALLY good at, it’s only natural you’ll think about turning it into a business.  But many biz ideas are abandoned just as quickly as they’re started. Why? Because they don’t deliver REAL RESULTS… and there’s a reason for that! Just because you can do something really well, that doesn’t mean you can turn it into a successful business. If you want to make the shift to entrepreneur and turn your side gig into your only gig, you have GOT to have a PLAN!In this episode of The Shine to FIVE™ Method with CJ, you’ll discover: The top 3 questions I ask biz owners trying to leave the 9to5 WITHOUT a business planWhat you need to think about if you want to build a successful side-biz that fits into your lifestyleExactly what having a proper business plan will help you do!Also, check out our Links section to learn how YOU can join the The Shine to FIVE™ Movement!Highlights:‌ ‌00:56  Intro02:22  Side biz or hobby?05:04  You need a business plan06:42  Are your methods sustainable?08:23  Self care09:24  What a proper plan does13:56  The big question to ask yourself14:35  The Shine to FIVE Movement™---  Links:The Shine to FIVE Movement™  ‌_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here.CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
Your biggest Failures become your greatest Lessons with Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
Mar 31 2022
Your biggest Failures become your greatest Lessons with Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
What do you do when things don’t work out the way you planned? More importantly, how do you learn from that mistake or that failure?Because when you are able to pull yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going, taking that wisdom with you - that’s where the magic happens.My guest on the podcast today is Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Entrepreneur, Author & Former elected official - and she has made some mistakes in her life. And she wrote the book to tell about it.She wants you to know that you can have success after making a lot of mistakes.And sometimes those mistakes CAN turn into your biggest lessons, but only if you let them.In this episode of the Shine to FIVE Method with CJ we are talking all about: How to know if you have what it takes to succeed at entrepreneurshipLearning to pause when you fail to find the lesson you need to learn and how that process can change everythingHow you can get the support you need to succeed as an entrepreneurAnd never forget, that YOU as an ordinary person doing ordinary things have the power to change the world.----------------------------------------------------Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a business consultant, coach and international speaker. Shecurrently serves as the Sr. Advisor, EDI Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer at Queen’s Universityand her memoir, “Can you hear me now?” was published by Penguin Random House Canada onFebruary 02, 2021. She was the former Member of Parliament for Whitby, ParliamentarySecretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Parliamentary Secretary for InternationalDevelopment.During her term as a Member of Parliament, Celina was awarded:• Champion of Mental Health Parliamentarian Award by the Canadian Alliance on MentalIllness and Mental Health• Ontario Black History Society, Daniel G. Hill Award for Community Services (2017)• Black Parliamentarian of the Year• Featured in the April 2018 edition of O (Oprah Winfrey) Magazine entitled, “What wouldyou stand up for?”• Named Chatelaine Magazine’s Woman of the Year (2019)Before entering politics, Mrs. Caesar-Chavannes was a successful entrepreneur, and recipient of both the:• Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year• Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award.She has a:• Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto,• an MBA in Healthcare Management• an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of ManagementConnect with Celina on Social Media: @iamcelinacc (FB, Twitter, Tik Tok, IG)._________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here. CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
From Bustle to Boss: How to leverage your 9to5 to grow your side-biz with Dr Monique J. Caruth.
Mar 17 2022
From Bustle to Boss: How to leverage your 9to5 to grow your side-biz with Dr Monique J. Caruth.
Introducing a NEW segment! From Bustle to Boss highlights success stories of womxn of colour who have made the transition from employee to Entrepreneur.Chances are you are feeling kind of over your 9to5, you have a great idea for a side hustle and it’s all you can think about while you count down the hours until you can log-off for the day.While it can feel like your day job is holding you back, there is actually a lot you can take away from it while you grow your business.In fact, Monique says that your employee mentality and attitude will affect your side hustle and the type of boss you are in your business - that’s why it is so important to shift your view of your job and work on seeing how you can leverage it instead.If you want to learn more about how you can leverage your 9to5 to help you grow your business so you can happily leave, then you need to listen to today’s episode.I had an amazing conversation with Monique about how she was able to learn and use her job as a jumping point into starting and growing a successful business.We talk about everything from:How watching the processes and marketing at her job helped her learn what she needed to do in her businessHow she was able to use her former bosses as her biggest source of referrals for clients when she was starting out at her businessWhy there is no perfect time to quit and some things you can do to make it easier and plan to leave---Dr. Monique J. Caruth, DPT is the CEO and President of Caruth Staffing Agency P.C.  She is a three-time graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C. and currently serves as secretary of the Academy of Home Health of the American Physical Therapy Association and also is the e secretary for the Maryland APTA. She practices as a physical therapist in Maryland in homes of patients or wherever they call home.Monique is also a co-host of @thealexandmo #imaptpodcast where two black and brown physios discuss life, sports, physio profession. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @drmoniquecaruth_________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here. CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!
How to Effectively use Inclusive Language in your Marketing with Susan Diaz.
Feb 24 2022
How to Effectively use Inclusive Language in your Marketing with Susan Diaz.
If you have been wanting to be more inclusive in your marketing and to start standing up for equity and the things you believe in but aren’t sure where to start, then you need to tune in to today’s episode of the Shine to FIVE podcast with CJ.I am so excited to be talking to podcast royalty (!) - Susan Diaz, Founder & CEO of c+p digital, Cohost of @the4amreport! We are opening up the conversation about inclusion - how to effectively use inclusive language in your marketing, why you should never call yourself an ally, and how we all have our own part to play in creating change.I loved this conversation with Susan so much and I know you will too. In this episode you will discover:What inclusive language actually means and how it goes beyond race.Why we need to stop making inclusion a loaded conversation and start approaching it with more grace.Simple, practical tips to start displaying the principals of allyship.How you can start to uncover your unique way to connect with the problem and start making real change._________________________________________________Have you been thinking about taking the leap from your 9to5 for 2022? Join our mailing list (we never EVER get spammy) and get a FREE Transition Checklist when you click here. CJ is always just a click away if you'd like to chat privately (for only 15 mins) about the next steps in your journey from employee to ENTREPRENEUR. You can ask about the Take the Leap Program which is the trusted method for busy corporate womxn with growing side hustles to Confidently leave their full time jobs so they can be their own Boss.Have a Sparkling Day!