How to find Time Gaps in your day

How to find time gaps in your day

Anna Gray, RN

8 November 2017

Have you been guilty of saying “I don’t have any time to do anything let alone something for myself?

It’s so easy to fall into this trap saying “BUT…..

  1. I have to get up early to fix the kids breakfast
  2. Drive them to school
  3. Go to the grocery store
  4. Or Go to Work
  5. Pick them up, have them come home on the bus or have them in day care.
  6. Cook Dinner
  7. Bring them to Practice
  8. Make sure they Bathe
  9. Tuck them in
  10. Do your Laundry
  11. Maybe watch a little TV
  12. Maybe remember that you hadn’t taken a shower
  13. ……..and do it all over again

Guess what???

I am now going to be hard on you.

Let’s start with you my single momma.  #1 I know I don’t walk daily in your shoes and I absolutely know that you are doing DOUBLE THE WORK as anyone else.  But I am going to find you time.  I swear by it.  You will start to find those time gaps you are look for.  Those time gaps you need for yourself.  

Life is too short my friend to be tied completely to an agenda.  

You are not guaranteed tomorrow if you haven’t heard.

Let’s look at 24 hours in a day.  I am going share with you an example of my schedule so you can start to say to yourself throughout your day and ask yourself “what would Banana do?”

5:00am – alarm goes off

5:30am – roll out of bed

5:55am – have a cup of coffee

6:00am – leave the house for work

6:45am – clock into my shift

Could be 8am, could be 9am – 15 minute Break

Could be 10:30, 11:30, 12:30pm – 30 minute lunch break

Could be 1pm, 2pm, or none – 15 minute Break

7:15pm – Leave work

7:45pm – Home and dinner

8:30pm – 9:30pm – hang with my family, talk about the day, about any upcoming events, and give lots and lots of hugs

9:30 – 10:00 – Wind down for bed

10:30pm – Shower and bed

The Next Two Days do it all over again

Yes my husband brings the girls to school and picks them up on those days because it is just not possible with my schedule.

So I am going to show you that even on my busiest days I find a little “me” time.

5:25am – 5:36am – in my car listening to something uplifting.  Maybe a morning show, maybe a podcast or ebook.  But this mentally prepares me for the day. ..ME TIME!

8:15am – you know that 15 minute break I get at random times.  I take my cup of coffee and breakfast and sit by myself and listen to something uplifting.  For me it could be a business training or check in with my Club Members ….ME TIME!

12:00pm – that also rolling lunch break – It is a very tight 30 minutes for which I typically can be found outside the hospital soaking up the sun if its out while listening to something special or actually working on my business from my phone.  That 30 minutes is my focused time where no body bothers me…..ME TIME!

1pm Break – Same thing.  No need to mingle with work people, I need me time… so another trip outside to reach out to some friends and make me smile …… ME TIME!

10pm – Bedtime Shower……. I think about anything good that happened that day…. And do my best to only think of that…… ME TIME!

I just found you……….drumroll………..1 hour 30 minutes of ME TIME… even on my busiest of days.

I want you to note that on these days I don’t have the time or energy for a workout, I would love to but I am just keeping it real.   My sleep could also use an additional 1.5 hours a sleep these days.  But it is just not possible.

My other 4 days are off of work and include me taking over with mommy duties.

I’ll tell you some more great ways to find more time in your schedule if you are not working long days like these but clearly have issues with your time.

Kids Drop Pickup – get there 10 minutes early and play a personal development or humerous podcast

Laundry – ask around your local neighborhood groups if there is anyone looking for just a couple hours of work a week to do your laundry, fold it and put it away…….. This is a big secret and one that I will say I have been using for over 4 years…. I used to be embarassed to tell anyone that I did this but let me tell you it is by far the BEST $ I could ever spend…. Feel free to email me if you need suggestions on how to do this.

Kids Sporting Event – depending on the age of your kids.  If they are young and need you there.  Start building your own business.  You are able to watch your kids while you work on earning some extra part time income

I’ll tell you some more great ways to find more time in your schedule if you are not working long days like these but clearly have issues with your time.

Or

 

If they are older, go to YELP.COM and search Chinese Foot Massage…… and then thank me later…. 1 hour dirt cheap… and you feel like a whole new woman

 

Or

 

Go have coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in a while

 

Grocery Store – put those headphones in and listen to a podcast or a great Spotify Playlist.  Turn your mind off and stroll.

 

I have many more examples of where to find time gaps, if you would like my FINDING MY SELF CARE TIME GAPS TOOLBOX click here.

 

I think you are now equipped to find those spots of time where you will be tell yourself “what would banana do?”  and the next thing you know you will stop saying the words “I don’t have time”.  Your goal… remove them from your vocabulary my friend.

Why I opened a Facebook group called IdentityMe

Why I opened a Facebook group called IdentityMe

Anna Gray, RN

31 October 2017

My Journey to setting up an amazing Facebook Group

In August of 2017 I opened a Facebook Group named IdentityMe after going through the hardest self discovery year of my life.

You wake up one day and you are married for 19 years, have two daughters who are early teens and tweens, you have the house on the hill, the cars, the money in the bank and the one thing you discover you are lacking, your own Identity

What do I mean my Identity?

I mean that I clearly forgot the things I love.  I forgot the bands that I love to listen to, I forgot there were travel destinations on MY OWN bucket list.

I discovered I had morphed so much into a mom and a wife, I forgot about me. 

When I shared these things on my Facebook Page I discovered I was not alone.  I knew I needed to gather more women who were going through what I was going through and spend time with them, rediscovering ourselves.

This was the first group out of probably a hundred groups I have created that I was not going to be the teacher.  I was simply just one of the group.  I would be one going through the same things the rest of the group would be.

I knew I needed this group but since it wasn’t going to be just my group I reached out to my friends on my Instagram page to even help me name the group.  I wanted the group to define the group.  And IdentityME was born.

What I discovered as running this group for a few months now is that the quality of the group over the quantity is what has given this group legs.  The conversations and consistency of the women in this group, give me joy.  Everyday I wake up and see a post from someone in the club having an AH HA moment for themselves.  They are in a safe place to share it and are encouraged and given virtual big hugs and high fives.

What this group is not

A complaining fest.  You would think that because we have lost our identity, we would be in a constant state of bitterness and complaints.  It is clearly the opposite.  People are in there to inspire themselves, to pick themselves up.  This is not a rule in the group but it is clearly just the vibe. 

What kind of things do we share in the group?

When I started the group I actually sat down and envisioned what the group would look like and feel like but had no idea what type of content I would share.  But I knew the FEELINGS that I wanted for the group.

Once I had that, I knew that I did not want to create your typical Monday Motivation, Transformation Tuesday Posts.  This group was going to be different.

This group would house content of what I and the group were going through in my life, I made it my so much my mission to listen to what people were saying and create posts around this.

In the beginning it was just posts to allow people even the shy ones to step up and have fun.

I created many polls to hear what the group members were struggling with.  One of those things that members talked a lot about was the inability to journal but they knew the value in it.

I tried to run one Journal Challenge that totally flopped.  In hindsight it was confusing.  But I knew the need was still there.  So I decided it would be only 3 days in the middle of the week and it was not going to take them more than 10 minutes.  I created 3 topics to write on and I posted in the group.

THIS WAS A BULLSEYE HIT!!

So, do we talk about journaling all the time?  NOPE.  Do people want to join the group because they have seen my posts on my Bullet Book Junkie Instagram page?  YES.  But what I have found is that the same people that see the value in journaling are the same people who want to better their lives. (a post about Bullet Journaling)

Listening to my ladies brings me joy.  Making them smile brings me joy.  Sharing my own struggles makes me feel supported as if I was in someone elses group.

This group is my pride and joy and I can only hope that it grows the right way with the right people.  As I plan on nurturing it more and more everyday.

If you are looking at connecting with other like minded women, and are on the path of your own self-discovery then join the club.  We would love to have you!

Step by Step Coach Registration

BEACHBODY COACHING

What do I need to order when I sign up?

Anna Gray, RN, Los Angeles

24 October 2017

There are many ways to sign up as a coach.  If you haven’t read my WHAT KIND OF COACH WILL I BE or HOW TO SIGN UP AS A COACH make sure you read those first.
But now you are trying to decide what do I want to purchase on sign up to make my sign up worthwhile.

So I am going to break it down for you..

Overview

  1. Purchasing a Challenge Pack will ensure that your coach sign up fee of $39.95 is waived.
  2. Purchasing anything else but a Challenge Pack you will be paying the coach sign up fee of $39.95
  3. Coach Sign up fee covers your first month of your $14.95 coaching fee so with a Challenge Pack that first month is covered for you.

What does the coaching fees cover?

Quite honestly there are too many things to even list. You have a website and you have a TON of training resources that are by far worth more than your monthly fee.

Purchase Options

I will purchase a Challenge Pack
When you go through the coach sign up walk through HERE you will choose your Challenge Pack – My recommendation is the Beachbody On Demand Pack as you receive streaming rights to ALL BEACHBODY products for entire year + plus your first 30 days of Shakeology (your daily dose of nutrition)

Challenge Packs are by far the best value and you receive the most bang for your buck with one.

I will not be purchasing a Challenge Pack
You can skip through the challenge pack purchase and go straight to sign up and pay your Coach Sign up Fee.

Once you are signed up as a coach you can log into your account and choose which product you will purchase with your 25% discount.

Things to keep in mind when purchasing.

  1. If you would like to earn any sort of income you need to remain an “active” coach.  In order to do that you must meet monthly product volume requirements.
  2. In the beginning it is a merely 50 PV points a month.  This is equivalent to about $50 a month.  This can be your own purchases or those of your customers.  If you are drinking Shakeology every month you are automatically going to be meeting your active status as that is equivalent to 90 PV.
  3. If you are not drinking Shakeology every month, reach out to the coach who signed you up and they can give you PV point values for everything.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below as I see all the comments I would be happy to help make this seamless for you.

How to sign up as a coach

How to sign up as a Beachbody coach

Anna Gray, RN

24 October 2017

So you are ready to do this.  You have read my blog post that defines what kind of coach you have decided to be HERE.

Now you need to know how to sign up.  Let’s start with who you are signing up with.

You will fall into one of three categories

  1. I am going to sign up with the coach who has helped me this far
  2. I am going to sign up with the coach who told me about coaching but I have never had an account with that coach before
  3. I am going to sign up as a coach with you because you seem to really know what you are doing (lol see what I did here)

If you are signing up as a coach with the coach who has helped you thus far you will need to

  1. Log into your teambeachbody.com account with your email address and password you signed up with before
  2. Click Be a Coach
  3. Choose A product to purchase on sign up
  4. Fill out your personal information and BINGO you are done.

If you are signing up as a coach with a coach whom you are not already “attached” to

  1. Log into your teambeachbody.com account with your email address and password you signed up with before
  2. Click Be a Coach
  3. Choose A product to purchase on sign up
  4. Fill out your personal information and BINGO you are done.

If you are signing up as a coach with me

  1. You are in the US use this link for sign up- https://www.teambeachbody.com/coach?referringRepId=30827
  2. You are in Canada use this link for sign up-https://www.teambeachbody.com/coach?referringRepId=30827
  3. You are in the UK use this link for sign up- https://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/gb/coach/signup?referringRepID=30827

If you are still wondering what to purchase on sign up click HERE

What kind of Beachbody Coach will I be?

BEACHBODY COACHING

What kind of Coach will I be?

Anna Gray, RN, Los Angeles

24 October 2017

When awesome people like you decide to sign up for Beachbody Coaching there are many ways you can go about doing this. My goal in this post is to help you navigate your decision and set you off to a great start on your new adventure.

Let’s break down some terminology.

What is a Coach?

A coach is someone who signs up for an account and pays a “coach sign up fee” and agrees to pay the monthly coach activation fee every month. There are ways that the initial fee can be waived and I will go through that later but the monthly fee is a very minimal fee and at the time of this post it is $15.95 a month.

What is a Discount Coach?

A discount coach is someone who decides they love the products Beachbody offers and would like to enjoy a discount on their monthly purchases. They do not have to do anything else but pay their coaching fee and enjoy a 25% discount.

What is a “working” Coach?

A working coach is someone who decides they want more than to just receive a discount on Beachbody products. They enjoy the same benefits for the same monthly cost but they chose to receive a commission when the people they have referred to the products purchases a product. They can also start to enjoy residual income once they refer people who sign up as coaches under their coach account. There are many ways to earn an income but all require others to purchase Beachbody products. A working coach is being paid “a referral fee” when others purchase products with their link.

How do I decide what kind of coach I want to be?

This is solely a personal decision. This is where the coach you are planning on signing up with can walk you through. I created this post so that it makes it super easy to decide who you want to be based on a few questions you will ask yourself.

What do I wnt to get out of this?

Some people sign up as coaches to simply be a Discount Coach (see above) and some people would love to receive income for helping others find a health and fitness solution that meets their needs.

If you want to just enjoy the discount and don’t have any desire to sign up to receive income then all you have to do is log into your http://teambeachbody.com account and click Be a Coach.  Go through the sign up process and submit. (I will go over choices on sign up later in this post)

Some people would like to receive a little extra money for referring people to the products and helping them succeed with completing a program or utilizing the program the way it is intended.  These people are ready to be a cheerleader to those whom they connect to a solution.

Most coaches start out with this one desire in mind.  They would love to earn a little money but don’t have the time or resources to spend on making this a “big thing”.  I personally was one of those people when I started.  I had a full time job and was a mom and wife.  I learned how to refer and help people to the products and started to receive my 25% commission.  After time I decided i wanted more than a little extra money so I decided to carve out more time and resources for it.

Some people want to make this a business they can be proud of, one that provides their sole source of income.  They are willing to put in the time and energy to legitimately make this a career.

With all of these options the sign up process is exactly the same.  It is what you do after the sign up that varies.  But there is no difference in how you sign up based on what your goals are with the business.
How much time do I want to spend learning?

If you have decided that you would like to carve out around 10 hours a week to this business you have made the decision that you would be considered a working coach.

If you do not have 10 hours a week to spend on this business that is perfectly ok.

Even if you spent 5 hours a week on this business you can set yourself up for earning potential. It is with some guidance that you will find more time in your schedule than you think you have.

If you are willing to find a bit of extra time you didn’t know you had, then I would encourage you to call yourself a “working” coach. During this time you will be spending it on Learning how to be successful and learning how to really help people reach their goals.

None of us were born professional coaches. We all have to learn how to do it. Just like you go to college to learn your profession, this is no different. We are not born knowing how to do this. The time spent on it is completely up to you.

How much time do I want to spend helping others?

This is pretty self explanatory if you read my last paragraph. So you spend the time learning how to be successful, now you spend the time seeking people who need your help. That again is completely up to you. And once again we are not born knowing how to do this. You will be taught how to best find and help those who need you using proven systems that meet YOUR needs. There is no one size fits all with this. This is where your UNIQUENESS will be your biggest asset. Even if you think there is nothing unique about you. You choose to spend that 10 hours a week, I guarantee you will earn that extra income you deserve.

Now that you have decided what type of coach you want to be and how much time you want to spend on this.  It is time to reach out to the coach who referred you and let them know.  They will set you up with the EXACT training and support you need to be successful.
If you would like to know what is the best way to sign up as a coach CLICK here and I will walk you through that.

Combining your nursing background with your love for fitness

How to combine your passion for nursing and fitness

Some of us were athletes in high school and college, some of us picked up going to the gym in college and most of us will never lose the love of being fit and healthy.  We could never imagine doing anything with our love for it because we spent our long hours studying for the NCLEX and have been a part of the very prestigious careers of nursing.  We love being a nurse and we love feeling great and want others to feel the same way.  ESPECIALLY our patients.

I came across a message thread recently that led me to this post.  There were so many people who fell into this category that just felt lost about what to do next. Some of them were group fitness instructors and Registered Nurses, some thought about achieving more certificates, some wanted to open a gym, but all wanted to find a way to combine the both and just didn’t know how.

I thought, WOW they don’t have any idea of the information I know to be true and have been living for the last almost 7 years.  I have found the holy grail, I swear!

So, I will spell it out how you really can use both loves to earn a living and most importantly help you fulfill your destiny in life.   There is nothing wrong with having two passions.

For me I needed a way to lose weight as I had fallen into the trap of “eat whatever is in the break room” – Yes you know what I am talking about.  I ballooned up to 205 lbs and felt disgusting.  In 2009, I found a solution that has literally changed my physical, mental and financial life.  I had no idea that it would.  I just needed to change myself.

Enter Beachbody.  Here is a link to my very first workout program and physical transformation

Once I took control of my life following a very laid out plan I could do on my own time (as you know we Nurses tend to be CRAZY busy and EXHAUSTED).  So I was able to get my workouts done late at night when the kids were asleep, I followed a meal plan that I could prep and take to work and I was on my way to avoiding the break room donuts.  But as you know there are so many other nurses that feel they are too busy, too tired and too distracted to have a plan and eventually spiral themselves into being those unhealthy, overweight nurses we see everyday.  The Struggle is REAL!

So how does that translate into using your passion for nursing and fitness into helping others?  Well see there was a business opportunity that I was presented after I finished my first workout program where I would continue to work on my journey but instead of keeping to myself I would share it with others.  I would refer others to programs that would meet their health needs.  I would recommend a dense health food shake instead of all those synthetic powders that people tend to grasp for in a pinch.  By providing meal plans that I have used, online support groups to help them along the journey in the privacy of a group.  What I found was that many of the people that have worked with didn’t have the support at home.

What is this opportunity called?  Beachbody Coaches

What are the Benefits of Coaching?

  1. You own your own business from the start, you are you and are not the company.
    1. Most people feel they don’t want to sell something because they want to be themselves, great news is you are YOU
  2. You are always working on your own fitness and nutrition journey first.
    1. I like to refer to this as “putting on your own oxygen mask first before you help others”
  3. You do not have to build a business on your own
    1. I have a team of 1000 coaches who work together and support each other.
  4. You don’t have to be at your final goal weight or goal body to coach.  Just like as a nurse, you connect with your clients like you do your patients, while you are on the journey.

Can I still be a Registered Nurse and work as a coach?

  1. I personally worked as an RN in Clinical IT after years of being in the OR and management and then walked away from nursing to pursue my Beachbody Business since I had matched my salary in my business.  The last two years have been amazing and have allowed me so much freedom with my family.  So much that I was able to return to nursing in a capacity that I missed and love, the OR again.  Building my business and working as a nurse brings fulfillment in more ways then one.  I think only a way a nurse “gets”

What do I have to do to get started?

  1. Decide on following a fitness plan, commit to drinking a whole food dense nutrition shake that will help you get through your nurse shifts and inspire your fellow peers to say “what are you drinking that gives you so much energy?”
  2. Connect with your team of coaches and dig into the training that I provide.  I know nurses make amazing coaches, we strive at being better, at learning how to help people and be their advocates.  There really is no difference between nursing and coaching, the biggest difference is that you can build some financial security and be fulfilled all in one.
  3. Email me at Email me atcoachannagray@gmail.com with the subject line “coaching” and let me know you are ready to get started or that you would like more information.  We will set up a chance to chat and see if this is a right fit for you as I like to select my coaches based on their drive to be better, their motivation and their sense of community.  If those are qualities that you take pride in I would love to connect with you.

If you are curious about just being a part of a fitness and support group or this dense nutritional shake then please contact me at Email me at  coachannagray@gmail.com with the subject line “fitness group” and let’s get you started on your own journey!