The Original Girlboss

 The first ever Girlboss Rally, March 2017, L.A.

The first ever Girlboss Rally, March 2017, L.A.

Me + Sophia Amoruso? I never imagined my name would be mentioned in the same sentence as the original Girlboss, let alone get a half page feature in a story about her. Ahhhhh!! Yet that is exactly what happened. I was over the moon when I was contacted by Entrepreneur Magazine to share my story of going to the very first Girlboss Rally in L.A, right after my cancer diagnosis. But now that the issue is officially on the stands it is amazing to see my name written next to Sophia’s, someone I have followed and admired for so long. This is just a testament to the roller coster of life, how one moment you can think the world is crumbling down around you and the next you are flying on cloud nine. That has literally been my life!

 https://www.entrepreneur.com/magazine Article is on page 58-63

https://www.entrepreneur.com/magazine Article is on page 58-63

I hadn’t been diagnosed, when I purchased my ticket and recruited my girls to come with me to the rally. I was just living my life, taking a break from the entrepreneurial grind and 3 months into a 9-5 (isn’t it funny that getting a 9-5 is actually a break for an entrepreneur?) I didn’t know 100% what I wanted to do, but I was clear I was tired of living vicariously through other peoples social media feeds. I wanted to go to that rally! So I took the leap, booked a plan ticket to L.A. (where I have never been) and was super excited having been such a fan of hers for so long.

But when I got the news that I tested positive for triple positive breast cancer, everything changed. Besides the fact I was in shock, I didn’t even know if it made sense to go now . . . I was super scared. How could I go to this event with all these powerful women with this big question mark about my future hanging over my head.

How would I even introduce myself, “Hi, my name is Monique, I am not an entrepreneur, well I use to be, but I am not sure what I want to do now, I was excited to start a new business, I want to coach other women in business, but I just got cancer, and they tell me I have to start treatment and shouldn’t really be here, so now I am f*cked!”

See what I mean?

But then I thought, “What if this is the last fun thing I do?”

Getting diagnosed taught me that there is no time to waste! So with the event ticket in hand, and entourage in tow, we high tailed it to L.A. And I am so happy I did. I had no idea that the wise advice of cancer warrior Samantha Paige, I received from the girlboss stage, would empowered me to face my journey head on! I left invigorated and ready for war. And the next 10 months were indeed just that. I started my blog Surprise it’s Cancer, days after I returned from the rally, and who knew it would be discovered by the writers at Entrepreneur magazine. CRAZY right?!

Thank-you to my coach, Audrey for encouraging me to do that. I love you. The blog allowed me to pour out all of my feelings across the internet. I stopped caring what people thought. I was so shocked by the things I was reading and discovering about cancer that I had to share it. The more women who reached out to me, the more I felt less alone and I was certain that I had to continue to share. I had no idea it would help so many other women and myself in the process.

1 year cancer free and the blessings just continue!

Thank-you Sophia for being a beacon of perseverance and a true Bounce Back Boss! 

Pick up your copy of Entrepreneur Magazine while there are still on the stands.

Read Blog post about my experience at the first rally here.

Try. Play. Innovate.

Try. Play. Innovate.

The people in my podcast library are my, “mentors” – I soak up all their juicy knowledge and can even hear their voice in my head when making decisions. Especially when I want to watch T.V over working on my business, I hear Gary Vee saying, “Ok, if you are not willing to do the work, you don’t get to complain, my guy!”

“Feed the hustle and nourish it.”

In this video I talk about an amazing podcast episode I heard from Tony Robbin called, Strategic Innovation

Are you EXHAUSTED?

Are you EXHAUSTED?

How do I rest my brain when I still have work to do?

Good question, right?

 

I am about to be totally transparent right now . . .

Well in true Monique fashion, whenever I am in doubt, I get in action. So, I hopped online to look for answers and found a great article from Stu McLaren entitled, “How to Boost Your Mental Energy When You Feel Drained.” PERFECT!

ARE YOU TRYING TO BE THE OPRAH?

I have yet to meet a client who didn’t want to be “like” someone they saw, follow or stalked on social media. LOL! It’s totally normal. I am not talking about being a catty copycat, I am talking about MODELLING.

DEFINITION:

Modelling is a form of learning where individuals ascertain how to act or perform by observing another individual. Think of it this way, you may know how to tell a joke better because you have watched Jay Leno's standup routine on TV. Or, if you have ever felt uncomfortable at a party and someone gives you the advice of: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" -- well, the person is really saying: "Model your behaviours and learn how to act by watching how others are performing in the same situation."

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In business, this could be in the way you build your website, how you brand your content, how you speak to your customer or the keywords you use. The point is everyone models their company after some other brand they admire and then put their unique twist or offering on it. DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL PEOPLE! Stress less and learn from the people who have come before you and have been successful. I mean no one has said, “Man I wish I could do it better than Oprah,” he or she says, “I want to be the next Oprah!

Know what I mean?!

In this video I talk about this + MORE:

⚡️How to study the competition effectively and apply it to your own business.

⚡️What language are they using to speak to their customer?

⚡️How do they manage their customer relationships, through their product, copy, website, partnerships?

⚡️What is the key untapped resource on social media

In this video, I take you through a full exercise so get your notebooks and pens ready!

I also talk about the tool we created to rock your Website and put marketing in the driver's seat.

You can get it here: 

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LIVE WITH NO REGRETS

My biggest fear? If I am blessed to live to be 90 years old, my biggest fear is saying to myself, “I wish I had done that thing . . . but I didn't and now it's too late.”

I am not talking about going back in time and doing things in your life differently. I am not interested in looking backwards. I want to talk about today, right now. Is there anything you wish you were doing, but have told yourself a very good “reason” why you are not?

Is there a business you wanted to start?

Do you want to quit your job and work on your side hustle full time?

Is there a collaboration you would die to have?

Is there someone in your industry you are too scared to reach out to?

Is there an event across the world you wish you could attend, or even speak at?

What are you going to regret? Will you ever look back and regret starting this business, even if it doesn’t work?

No one is going to create your business or that opportunity for you, it's up to you. ONLY YOU, can set the wheels in motion to make it happen.

This video was inspired by a conversation I had with one of my clients.

We talked about:

📌No matter how hard or how scary, make your move before you are ready.

📌Take new actions, any action.

📌How are you quantifying your risks?

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This is it. Right now, TODAY. This moment in time.

There Is only 1 thing that is certain - death. Sorry, not sorry. Like you didn’t already know.

Ask yourself, if today was your last day, would you regret what you are doing right now in this moment in time? If the answer is yes, you know it’s time to make a change. Simple but true.

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BUT, I JUST WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL

“I just want to be successful!” Ahhhh!

Lyrics

The money (money)

Cars (cars)

The clothes (clothes)

The hoes (hoes)

I suppose

Yeuh!

I want the money, (money)

Money and the cars, (cars)

Cars and the clothes, (clothes)

The hoes, (hoes)

I suppose,

I just wanna be,

I just wanna be,

Successful.

I just wanna be,

I just wanna be,

Successful.

I just wanna be,

I just wanna be,

Successful.

Drake & Trey Songz - "Successful" - YouTube

Ok I know you may not be after the clothes and ‘hoes’, like my friend DRAKE, but we are all chasing a version of what success looks like to us.

But do we really know what would make us happy?

In this video I talk about what the Ah-ha’s, I got from a friend telling me, “Give yourself the space to create what’s next.”

  • How we should be chasing feelings above all else.
  • How being ridged in what we think it should look like is actually blocking our dreams.
  • How tapping into, “how you feel” is the only compass that matters.
  • How embracing unpredictability, can make everything juicy and delicious.
  • How being rooted in what you offer can make all the difference.

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LIVE FROM "HOTLANA"

I’m baaaackkkkk from #EcodeATL in ‘Hotlana,’ and I am so pumped!

#EcodeATL was an event created by Tori Torres of, The Posh Girls Club and Diamond Girls the Magazine, that brought women together from all over the U.S. and moi, the only Canadian, all in the name of building their brand.

It was a privilege to be one of the guest speakers and share my story with all these powerful ladies. I could do a recap of the event, but really, I want to talk about the impact of bringing like-minded women together. Because you guys know how important that is. That is where the JUICE is! There was so much connection and love in the room, AND I got the opportunity to meet some of the amazing women who follow me on social media. It is so crazy how social media has made the world that much smaller and although we connect online when we met in person, it’s like we were already long-time friends. I just love that!

As solopreneurs, sometimes while we are doing our thing, we don’t always know if our efforts are making a difference for people. So, it was humbling to hear that indeed people are watching my weekly “IG Lives” and taking action in their business and their life. YASSSSS!

After the event I received a ton of messages for the women I met, it had my heart just bursting! I told myself that if I went all the way to Atlanta to speak and was able to inspire even one woman to take on their life, then it would be worth it. Here is what happened.

Not even 24hours after the event had finished I got this message (she gave me permission to share):

 

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AND the next day she made it happen! FYAH! That is what I am talking about!

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Listen, nothing I said up there was, “new” necessarily. However, sometimes all we need is to hear something said, from a particular person, in a particular way, at the right moment in time, to have them take a new action.

Receiving this message is truly why I do what I do. Thank-you (you know who you are).

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