Balancing Travel, Work & Adventure

Posted on: October 18, 2016 Category: Business & Entrepreneurship/ Lifestyle

One of the things I LOVE about running my own business is being able to travel with my work.


Going away doesn’t mean having to stop doing what I love – I get to continue immersing myself in growing my work and impact!

Travelling can also bring with it so many different gifts:

  • More inspiration, new and exciting creative ideas
  • More exposure, seeing and experiencing things from a different perspective
  • More enjoyment – of different sights, food, friends, and more!

Yet … As passionate entrepreneurs who are on a mission, it can also be easy to find ourselves couped up in the hotel room working throughout the day – or going out to have fun and then worrying about what isn’t being done.

I know neither of these have worked for me, and as someone who is always on the look out for ways to be able to ENJOY & LIVE without SACRIFICE – I’m sharing my top tips that have worked for me so that I am able to enjoy my work and feeling fulfilled each day without sacrificing unique experiences.


A big personal challenge for me in travelling has always been finding a way to balance work and travel.

When I’m in a new place, I desire to be able to experience the local highlights – to breathe in the air here, to feast on the food here, to appreciate the sights here.

Yet, having a never-ending to-do list and creative ideas that are waiting to be implemented (sound familiar? ;) … I can often feel overwhelmed and out of the present moment thinking of what I “should” and “could” be doing – instead of being fully in the moment and enjoying it fully.

I decided that this wasn’t really working for me, and my desire to experience greater balance and presence in my work AND life has seen me tweaking, experimenting, and customising over the last 4 years!

So, if you’re looking for a place to start – this is what has worked for me… ;)

Try it out and see what works for you, tweak it, have fun with it, experiment, and develop your own way of doing things.

Then, have fun creating your own custom formula (and this is what I do with each of my coaching clients in my programs)! ;)

TIP 1. Get clarity before the trip

Is this is a work & play trip, or a “switch off” trip with the purpose of relaxing and having time away from work? Before any trip away (or even while receiving guests at your home!), get clear on your intention. This will ensure that you are creating an enjoyable, guilt-free, memorable experience for yourself and others.

TIP 2. Planning & Research

Planning for work: Writing and scheduling blogs, mailers, reminders in advance; writing out a list of possible ideas in advance etc.

Planning for exploring: I always create a list of places I would love to visit, including how long it would take me to travel there, popular local spots while in the area, and even recommendations of what to eat/see/do specifically while there. I personally love using Tripadvisor in advance to map out the experiences I desire to have while I’m away – as well as recommendations from friends and family. (I am very much a planner and I get SO much joy and excitement out of it….)

* My man, on the other hand, loves having ‘no plans’ and feeling freedom and flexibility – so I always keep my list at hand while remaining open to the magic and those ‘last minute’ decisions and desires! ;) 


TIP 3. Creating and finding pockets of time

I posted this as a mini tip on Instagram recently, and someone commented on how fantastic it was to deliberate use these times where most people waste (intentionally or unintentionally)! I typically arrange for housekeeping to come during my lunch break – so I get a longer lunch break – which then allows me to go explore more, enjoy hour-long lunches, and stay in the space of not feeling rushed. Sometimes I even choose to take my laptop out with me and work in the cafe after lunch!

* This tip requires some arrangement and organization beforehand (see tip 7) and I tend to batch my meetings and coaching sessions into AM and then evening PM ones so I have the afternoon with no specific location to be!

TIP 4. Focus time

For me, focus time = airplane mode on, distractions put away, door closed, just me and my tasks at hand. I often start my focus time with a brain dump too, as thoughts can distract us too! While I’m away, I love having my focus time split between beautiful cafes, libraries, and my hotel room. Focus time can include getting feedback back to clients, writing content, working on my own study/training .

* Since I am ALWAYS in my room while on coaching sessions via Skype, I find myself drawn to change my environment and love cafes and libraries for this! 

TIP 5. Switch on when you’re on – and off when you’re off

Simply: When working, work. And when you’re switched off, switch off. (For me switch off time often looks like no social media or emails while I am with friends/family or out for dinner with my man – just completely in the present moment.)


TIP 6. Managing expectations and being REAL with yourself

How much time do you realistically have while you are away working AND travelling? Being away often means having less access to reliable internet, less time on the laptop, etc. I used to get quite stressed because I thought “I’m away in a beautiful and high vibe environment – I got to churn out as much work as I can to max it out”.

What changed? I realized it was a scarcity mentality (more about scarcity vs. abundance mentality here) to feel like I had to squeeze as much inspiration/creativity/high vibrations as I can out of my time away. No more.

I also got real about needing at least a week to turn around on my client’s feedback, and that it was better to postpone my webinar training till when I got back and had access to reliable internet – I let go of stress, anxiety, worry, and managed expectations in a better way – which released any set up for failure (self-sabotage).

TIP 7. Batching and outsourcing

This tip when combined to so many of the above can create so much balance for us! Some things to batch could include follow up emails, client emails and feedback, coaching and skype calls, content writing and social media planning, mindset work, getting groceries/shopping while already outside etc. Outsourcing as much as you can is also so imperative when away!

Let me know how these tips work for you!

Over to you: Do YOU have your own ideas and tips that you use while you are away working + travelling?

Share them below – I’d love to hear from you!

Much love
Jia Ni

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Creating Impact with Your Work

Posted on: September 21, 2016 Category: Business & Entrepreneurship


Let’s have a conversation about IMPACT.

I can bet you a hundred bucks that impact is why you have chosen to do what you’re doing.

It’s why you got started.

It’s why you are here, right now.

My own story started with witnessing how coaching and personal development could truly change and deeply impact a person’s life – for the better!

It’s what got me hooked on this career as a coach to start with! It’s why I continue to show up and do what I do, up till today.

We know that if we can change just one life, it will be worth it. Because that change will create a positive ripple effect in the entire world.

Maybe it’s empowering our clients with skills around setting boundaries, permission to put themselves first, saying YES to pursuing their own dreams.

Maybe it’s helping our clients infuse more beauty into their surroundings – through interior design, personal style, photography, coaching.

Maybe it’s helping our clients hone in on their intuition, being able to make more aligned decisions, live a more spirit-filled life.

Have you recently taken a really good, comprehensive look at how impactful your work is?

It might start with changing one clients’ life with private coaching.
Or a group of clients at a time with courses and programs.

The impact of your work has a beautiful, positive flow on effect.

It flows onto their family, children, spouses, friends, community, and dare I say – globally.

Each and every client I work with has one common thread – their work positively impacts the world. When we can plug you into this absolute knowing, the body of your work transforms. Work flows more seamlessly. Inspiration is just a request away.

Are you getting your work out there?

If you’re not feeling like you are, let’s talk. Let’s explore how I can help and support you in getting your work out there, changing more lives, creating a positive ripple effect in consciousness.

Click here to book in a discovery call with me. During this call, we’ll get on Skype and explore what your work is about, what your current goals are, whether coaching is the next step for you – and if it is, exactly what that would look like.

You’ve got something really impactful to share with the world.

Let’s get your gift out there where it can start changing lives.

Much love,

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Fear vs. Excitement

Posted on: September 7, 2016 Category: Self Mastery

Jia-Ni-RelaxedA week ago, I committed to something very exciting. I’ll share more soon (watch this space).

Before I made the decision to commit – I was feeling all kinds of fear, nervousness, and even some anxiety!

It reminded me of an experience I had three years ago.

I’ve never shared the details of this experience in this way before, as it was one of the times where I felt fear (deeply).

That said, I know we learn effectively from each other’s experiences (and have done a lot of clearing work on this over the years), so I hope you take something from my sharing, even if it’s just a little piece of inspiration or a new idea. :-)

It was a time when I was living in a granny flat…

I was renting from a couple who lived in the main house. It was my first time living on my own – very exciting times! I had always previously lived in a room in a main house, so it was very new for me to have my own space/home and privacy.

It was all smooth sailing until they refused to fix a few things that were broken. After many months, I decided to move out as I was no longer available for it.

(To paint a picture: the internet was highly unreliable which I couldn’t do with running an online business, the hot water didn’t work early in the morning, the oven broke, they demanded extra charges that weren’t in the contract, and I found out they entered my home while I was out without permission…)

Anyway, the landlords were VERY unhappy (and did nothing to hide it).

It started to become a very energetically taxing – and toxic – place to live.

So I handed in my notice according to the rental agreement, rented a new apartment in the city, and started moving my things over bit by bit.

(To be clear, I wasn’t breaking the lease agreement. I also had been a great tenant for the during my time there, I always paid rent on time/early. And I kept the place clean and in a good state.)

One day, I came back to get more things to move over… And found out that they changed the door locks to my home so I couldn’t access it. They demanded extra rent in exchange for my entry.

Long story short, it was an experience that had me feel a lot of fear. I felt powerless a lot of the time – and the promise and vision of the other side – in this situation, a home that felt supportive – was what kept me going.


It absolutely felt easier at times to just go along with their demands, but it also didn’t feel right. Deep below my fear there was a tinge of excitement around the prospect of being out of this bind.

On days where I was feeling extra grounded, I even felt excitement around how this experience would grow me as a person. Looking back, I have learnt so much about standing my ground and holding my boundaries because of this situation!

Anyway, I’m sharing this in today’s newsletter because I know how fear can take over and paralyze us. It can make us doubt everything – especially ourselves. It can make us feel powerless.

My home is my sanctuary – it’s where I work, rest, create, dream, and ultimately where I feel safe. Going through the experience taught me A LOT about sticking my guns and navigating through the fear – no matter what. In this situation, it felt like I HAD to.

My biggest learning was this: When feeling fear in any area of your life, amp up the excitement – the positive anticipation of “the other side”.

Fear still comes up for me today.

It comes up when I work on creating a new offering, when I hire someone new to work in my business, when I have a vulnerable conversation about something that’s important to me with my man, when I renew with my coach, when I choose to create change in my life/business – to name a few.

How do I get past it?

I tune into my excitement. I amplify my vision of “the other side”. I let my level of excitement be 1% (or 0.1% even!) higher than my level of fear, and then I take the necessary action.

It’s not easy to take action in fear – I totally get it. But taking action in excitement and positive anticipation? That’s a whole different story. :-)

Much love,

PS: What are you looking to create in your life and business right now? More service? More value? More self-worth? More on-purpose work, projects, and clients? What kind of fears are coming up for you when you start thinking about going for your big goals and dreams? Tune UP the excitement right now and go for it!

PPS: Having access to my private coach throughout this ordeal was one of the biggest sources of support and grounding that I gifted myself (thank you Jia Ni! ;) – it truly helped me grow with as much grace as was available. The other side has been wonderful – I know I wouldn’t be where I am & who I am today if it were not for what I had to experience here.

Are you looking for support in navigating through challenges in your journey towards creating the life and business/career of your heart’s desires? Click here to book in a discovery call with me. Let’s explore what challenges you are facing and how I could support you in getting through to the other side, and beyond. :-)

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A Unique Take on Watches

Posted on: September 5, 2016 Category: Lifestyle

I always donned a wrist watch.

(So much so that I had a permanent watch tan since I was 7! Which … was still better than the time I had a semi-permanent swimming goggle tan from taking swimming lessons during my 3-month school holiday. True story. ;-)

When I got to university, the iPhone gradually took over the function of telling the time for many years – and up until a few months ago I started feeling the urge to wear a watch again.

Something about the idea of wearing a beautiful timepiece feels extremely romantic.

A classic piece of accessory that can add that little something to what we wear.

Two months ago, I was introduced to JORD, a company that makes unique watches in St. Louis. This FRANKIE piece is my favourite piece from their collection of women’s watches – and they make a creative gift, too!

JORD Wood WatchesJORD Wood Watches USA

I love the minimalist design! I also had it tailored to my wrist, a tiny bit loose so that it’s more adjustable. Snug watches get my circulation and re-create aforementioned watch tan situation.

Most importantly, it’s really easy to pair with an everyday jeans/pants + blouse combo, and even with a silk dress!

JORD Wood Watches FRANKIE Dark Sandalwood and EmeraldJORD Wood Watches Frankie

I’ve been wearing it almost every single day since receiving it in its beautiful box!

Check out JORD’s other watches here & let me know which piece is your favourite!

Giveaway time!

JORD is giving away a $75 e-voucher to one lucky reader – and everyone who enters gets a $20.00 e-gift card! Yay!

To Enter

Simply visit this link here and enter the giveaway before Sunday 25th September 2016.

All vouchers expire on the 31st January 2017. The winners will be contacted via email.

Good luck!

Much love,
Jia Ni

* This piece was gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.

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