You didn't become an entrepreneur to spend your life on social media.
And your clients (as much as you may love them) are not why you've "lost that loving feeling."
The reason that you lose your joy is because you're not giving yourself opportunities to cultivate it on a daily basis.
When did you lose that innate impulse? You probably had it when you were a kid, but somewhere along the line you pushed your joy-giving activities down your priority lists until you can't even remember what they are.
Roller skating. Watching a ballgame. Playing your guitar. Rolling around in the grass. Performing in plays. Finger painting. Puzzles. Blowing bubbles. Reading. Cooking.
I got so used to spending my time on "revenue-producing activities" that I no longer recognized my lost joys.
Here's the thing though:
What you love doing can sustain you.
For me it's painting. Something I love doing. Something I put off for 15 years. And when I got started again, BAM! a commission came right in to remind me that joy and money can go together.
We need the joy. But we need the money too.
What's cool about prioritizing joy is that it makes the rest of our lives (the quotidien of business, for example), less of a drag. When we are cultivating our joys, we become better business owners, better friends, better spouses.
That's why I use the word sustain. Let your joys sustain you- in all spheres of your life. Give them a chance. I'm not saying chuck your day job or shutter your business.
All I'm saying is try the Joy|Money Matrix. Uncover your joys. Discover new ways to sustain yourself and your family. Recover your dreams.
This is something I hadn't done in years. And with the information from my own matrix, I started creating again. And even sell my work!
Hi, I'm Lauren and I created the JMM because I felt like I was doing a ton of things that didn't feel joyful.
I don't know about you, but I became an entrepreneur because I wanted to use my creative abilities and because I wanted a lifestyle different from the one presented to us at college graduation (80 hour work weeks, constant travel and bosses). But somewhere along the way, I lost my way. I realized that I was spending most of my time (albeit from my NYC apartment or beautiful country cottage) doing work that was ok while my heart and soul longed for something else.
Painting. Writing. Dancing. Gardening. Joy.
These are the activities I wanted to be doing. How did I get so off track? So I pondered how Really Smart People make decisions. How do they stay consistent? The answer is that they use mental models. In this case, a matrix. But a lot of matrices don't work for us creative/spiritual types.
What, then, would be the components of a system that covers both heart and head? The physical and the ephemeral?
I figured that we'd want to look at both Joy and Money when deciding about what to prioritize.
And the Joy|Money Matrix was born.
Finally I had a way to reconcile my business activities with my soul-sustaining ones. Armed with sticky notes and markers, I got to work.
The result? I have a visual record of tasks to delegate and eliminate or activities to propagate into new streams of revenue.
I'm more connected to my creative artist side and more productive in my business than ever before. This Joy|Money Matrix is no joke. It's even helped me see what I need to delegate, who I should spend more time around (and less), and has helped me create the rituals that sustain my health, sanity and cash flow.
And now, I'm really excited to share the JMM with as many people as possible. Let's go!
The Joy|Money Matrix is alive!
- Want to see what the ahas! of the JMM are all about for yourself?
Curious about what it might feel like to enjoy your work and enJOY your life at the same exact time?
Want to have a repeatable process in your back pocket that helps you get real about the strategies, products, and services that are working (and those that aren't)?
Care to join a movement of business owners who are rediscovering what it means to be self-employed?
Well then, you are cordially invited to join me on your own journey to Joy.
The Buy It Now button is for you decisive types who are ready to go. The Learn More button is for those of you who like to read the sales page. You know who you are :) Now clicky clicky!