Turbo-boost your HBR practice with cordless headphones

Day 68 of 111 Days of Love – Acts of Self-Love – Cordless Headphones

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The foundation of love is self-love, and that includes taking very good care of ourselves :)

Can you believe, it’s already Day 68 of 11 Days of Love?

This article has been revised, with new information!

As Harvey the Cat’s health has gradually improved … things are finally settling down here. And I am so loving the simplicity. Life had to become very simple this summer to save his life. Everything turned inward to this approximately 750 square feet of living space high above the cable-car clanging streets of San Francisco. I tapped my heart out to save Harvey’s life, and I barely left home for months.

What I’m discovering, as the dust clears, is that I like living this way. I love the simple life. I did not like the chaos of sickness, that’s for sure. But the chaos of sickness gave me no choice but to boil life down to its essence. And now, without that chaos, life is feeling pretty sweet.

(To be clear, I am still working on Harvey the Cat’s healing. He seems to be drinking too much water, and I don’t know why. He induced his own vomiting of his meds the other night by eating grass until he puked. Ultimately I want him off meds like his pal Fritz the Cat.)

As life is getting more and more simple … I have been manifesting lots of free and deeply discounted opportunities. A box of six free, easy-to-prepare dinners was delivered to the doorstep today. I cooked the first one already. It was a Vietnamese dish, and it was delicious! It felt so nourishing.

Today I wanted to share with you another wonderful discovery that is sure to turbo-boost your Holistic Belief Reprogramming practice: the revelation of cordless headphones.

cordless headphones

In my first rendition of this article, I was recommending the Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones.

sony wireless bluetooth headphones

These are my brand spankin’ new Sony Wireless Bluetooth Headphones … they look snazzy and are very comfortable.

I’ve been a long-time user of Bose products. However, I’ve had to rethink this recently and have found a better, and more affordable option for your cordless headphones.

For years, I have been using a set of Bose Quiet Comfort noise reduction headphones for three very important purposes:

my meditation practice,
Skype sessions with my clients, and
tapping my HBR videos (yes, I tap my own videos and often have money come in during the tapping or shortly afterward).

For all of those purposes, the Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones were mostly very good, except that they kept me tethered to my computer by a short leash :)

I had noticed recently that I was waking up from sleeping with the headphones on with a stiff neck and shoulders … and with the headphone cord wrapped around my neck! I tapped about my frustration about the stiffness in my more recent tapping videos … and lo and behold …

On the day my neighbor’s cat died (well, we don’t believe in death, but an error in thinking was made that day) … the left earphone of my Bose headphones stopped working at all. Well, as you may know, my Holosync meditation only works with stereo headphones. I spent only one night with no headphones, a night of enormous grieving for my neighbor’s cat when I would have deeply appreciated the comfort of my meditation practice … and I got myself down to Union Square and the Bose store the very next day.

Although I had intended to trade in my broken headphones for a new set of the same Bose Quiet Comfort headphones … I changed course when I got to the Bose store. I opted for the cordless Bose SoundLink headphones instead … and that has made all the difference.

What is so wonderful about Cordless Headphones?

Everything! Now I must admit, I am not the most tech savvy person on the planet. So far I’ve only been able to get the headphones to work with my one computer. My other MacBook Pro and my iPhone are not recognizing the device properly. No worries, I will go ask Bose for some help when I get a chance. (As noted below, I ultimately returned the Bose headphones and have opted for some fantastic headphones from Sony instead.)

It was very easy to set up the basic functionality ofthe Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones with my first MacBook Pro.

Here is what I love about my new cordless headphones:

1. One of the absolute best things is being able to listen to my meditation tracks (learn more here) all night long without being tethered to my computer. No cord wrapped around my neck come morning. No accidentally yanking the cord out of the computer when I wake up and groggily feed Harvey or go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

2. Super comfortable. These may be the most comfortable headphones ever. And they fit securely enough around the ears to stay on my ears all night long while sleeping.

3. Range of about 30 feet. Now when I wake in the morning, I can keep the headphones on and start up my HBR tapping videos (I often play four videos at a time) while I am making my cappuccino. I can walk from one room to the other and stay connected.

4. I can cook or clean while listening to the tapping videos! After the summer, there has been a lot of deep cleaning to do around here. The entire apartment was filled with vomit, spilled meds and cat food, cat litter, cat urine, cat diarrhea, even blood from the time Harvey puked up blood (yea that was scary). Now I can hear the videos even while running a vacuum or steam cleaner. My hands are free and it has been so amazing! This makes double tasking so much easier. I can tap way more videos in one day than ever before.

5. Worked great for LISTENING to Skype calls. I tried out the Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones this week during coaching sessions with my private clients. Again, it was wonderful not being tethered to the computer. The headphones have a built-in microphone but I forgot to test them away from the computer.

(Follow-up note: unfortunately, when I tested the Bose headphones away from my computer, the client said my voice sounded muffled and far away. Either the microphone was not working as it should, or they don’t have a good microphone.)

Now, if I can only get them working with my iPhone, this will be so much easier for phone calls than trying to hold the thing up to my ear or having someone on speaker phone!

(Follow-up note: unfortunately, the Bose headphones never worked with my iPhone. Nor would they work with my other MacBook Pro. I tried all the trouble shooting techniques. I tried erasing the original connection and starting over. Nothing worked. I returned the Bose headphones for a full refund today because I’ve found us a better option …)

sony wireless extra bass headphones

The Sony Wireless Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones lie flat when folded out. I still have the case from my old Bose headphones and am hoping they will fit inside.

Yes, I never thought I would stop being a Bose fan. However, this experience left me frustrated. The set of headphones I purchased were defective, and it was a bit of a hassle to return them. At the $300 price point, I expect that Bose will test the quality of the headphones before selling them.

As well, as I thought about my history with Bose, I remembered that several headphone sets I purchased stopped working within a few months. I felt frustrated that there is no option for simply reconnecting a disconnected wire within the headphones. I felt frustrated that $300 headphones had not lasted longer. So I began to search for better options for cordless headphones.

I tried a pair of Plantronics and sent them back immediately. The volume dial did not work, and if you wore them sleeping … they would beep annoyingly. Not an acceptable option. It’s too bad because that set has a much farther wireless range.

Then I found the Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset (Black)

Pros of the Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset (Black) over the Bose SoundLinks:
1. More affordable
2. Only slightly, and I mean very slightly, less comfortable than the Bose
3. Longer battery life than the Bose
4. More interesting color choice than the Bose Soundlinks

Yes, I’ve tested the Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset (Black) for meditation while sleeping, and they are wonderful.

So, if you love Holistic Belief Reprogramming and the meditation that I recommend to all of my clients … you might love these new Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones (Black). Maybe now is the time to get a Christmas gift for yourself. I have a feeling the increase in tapping our abundance videos will soon have these headphones paying for themselves!


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Creating A Dream Mediterranean Itinerary

Manifesting Begins With Imagination, So Let’s Imagine An Awesome Mediterranean Journey

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The lost city of Petra, definitely a must-see on my Mediterranean itinerary

Often when I’m manifesting something in my life, the process begins with my imagination. As talked about in the last article, I am feeling drawn to the Mediterranean to see some of the amazing sites there such as the lost city of Petra in Jordan and the Pyramids in Egypt. It also seems like it would be fun to do a “tap our way around the world” tour … :)

(By the way, it’s only possible for me to even THINK about a two-month Mediterranean itinerary because I quit my job almost three and a half years ago. Then I paid off all my debt. If you want to do the same and are not sure how to become a location-independent entrepreneur, take a look at this article here.)

Today I created a list of some of the countries and cities that I’m interested in visiting during this trip to the Mediterrean.  This is the “beta version” of our dream Mediterranean itinerary.  If there are other places in this area that are “must sees,” by all means share your thoughts in the “Speak Your Mind” box at the bottom of this post. Help me create this dream Mediterranean Itinerary! :)

1. United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

2. Jordan (Petra)

3. Israel (Jerusalem/Haifa)

4. Egypt (Cairo/Alexandria)

5. Cyprus

6. Turkey (Istanbul and coast)

7. Romania (Bucharest)

8. Greece (Athens and islands)

9. Croatia coast

10. Italy (Tuscany/Naples/Sicily)

11. Monaco

12. France (coast)

13. Spain (Majorca/Ibiza)

14. Morocco (Marrakech)

15. Portugal

Of these countries, I’ve already been to other areas of Italy, France, and Spain so those would be the first to be let go if I ran out of time. Though I must admit I’ve always wanted to see Ibiza.  This Mediterranean itinerary can “cheat” a little bit .. if there are nearby areas that are not technically in the “Mediterranean” … that’s okay … suggest them anyway.  Let’s have fun with this :)

Help me decide where to go next!
This is the beauty of being a location-independent entrepreneur, we get to choose. It’s all about freedom. Your comments and suggestions are welcome in the “Speak Your Mind” box … Where would you go in YOUR dream Mediterranean Itinerary? :)

If you want to learn how to become a location-independent entrepreneur, click here.

And please don’t forget, Thursday July 10 is the last day to get the 30-Day Abundance Challenge at the current price: How to Attract Money with EFT Tapping.


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Debunking 7 Myths About Making A Six-Figure Income Online: Yaro Starak Interview

Yaro Starak Interviews Erika Awakening: How These 7 Myths About Making A Six-Figure Income Online Are Keeping You Poor and Stuck In A Job You Hate

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Making a six-figure income online doesn’t have to be hard or require a lot of web traffic … it does require some creativity!

For every goal you have in life, there is a hard way to get there and an easy way to get there. EFT Tapping for Weight Loss and Get A Better Butt, I really do not understand why so many people take the hard road when they could take the easy one …

A few weeks ago, I saw a wonderful blog post by Yaro Starak about how the online business marketplace and blogging for money are changing. I agreed with Yaro’s point about how most people are too fixated by the amount of traffic you have and not the quality of your audience. Here is a snippet from my comment:

“The best time period I ever had, I made a quarter million dollars in six months during a time when my main site was getting only 1800 monthly visitors. That’s how much traffic and money were NOT correlated.” – Erika Awakening

Yaro Starak then proposed to interview me, which I gladly accepted. We went on a one hour journey of the ins and outs of the evolution of my business and how I quit my job as a full-time lawyer to be a successful internet entrepreneur. I made six figures in this business, and sometimes multiple six figures, every year from 2010 to 2013 and am on track to make six figures this year also … And I did it by marching to the beat of my own drummer and breaking pretty much every “rule” in the business …

He just released the interview and I hope you will listen to it all the way through as we debunk one myth after another about having a successful online business. (Link to the interview at the end of this post.)

Now, without further ado, here are the Seven Myths About Making a Six-Figure Income Online That Are Keeping You Poor and Stuck in A Job You Hate

Myth #1: “I can’t make a six-figure income online unless I have a LOT of website traffic.”

False. As I addressed on Yaro Starak’s blog, I was able to make a quarter of a million dollars in six months in early 2012 while my main website TAPsmarter.com had only about 1800 MONTHLY visitors. The key here as Yaro Starak pointed out in his blog article was the quality of traffic. I actually intentionally “scared away” some of my audience who were not contributing financially and cultivated commitment in those who were sincerely interested in learning.

It is possible to make a good income online by generating lots of website traffic, and you MUST have a very high level of traffic to make a decent living selling $27 e-books. Some people love taking this path and more power to them. In my experience, at times my blog HAS gone viral and attracted tens of thousands of visitors a day, it was a lot of work for me and did not generate revenue. So I tend to prefer the “quality over quantity” angle to internet marketing.

Tip #1: Cultivate Repeat Business
In an article last week, I explained how my business success came mainly from repeat business. It is far easier to keep the clients you attract than have to always be generating new ones. My intention is to over-deliver on customer expectations, always stay on the cutting-edge of transformation technology with new not-to-be-found-anywhere-else products, and keep people coming back for more. I also do not “farm out” my customer service. If a customer has an issue with product access, for example, they are going to receive a personal message from me and it’s going to be fixed as soon as humanly possible.

This is a relationship business.

Myth #2:  “I can’t raise my prices because nobody will pay them.”

False.  Let’s do the math here.  If you want to make a six-figure income online selling $27 e-books, you’re going to have to sell over 3,700 of them to make $100,000.  And of those 3,700 people, a bunch of them are going to want customer service from you of various kinds.  If you attempt to serve 3,700 people by yourself, it’s very likely you will be completely overwhelmed so you’ll probably have to hire people to help you.  And the people you hire had better be excellent with customer service and very loyal to you, or they will alienate your customers.

Now what sounds easier, attempting to find 3,700 paying customers and service all of them – or selling twenty $5000 coaching packages to ten people?

Right. I realized pretty early on that to replace my six-figure lawyer income, I was going to have to raise my rates. And people literally LAUGHED at me. “If you don’t have enough business now, Erika Awakening, how are you going to make more by raising your rates? It’s simple supply and demand.” I got comments ridiculing me when I raised the price on my 15-Week Miracle Coaching program to $7,500. (It’s now a $50K program.)

But you see, it’s NOT just simple supply and demand. The truth is that many internet entrepreneurs (and spiritual entrepreneurs tend to be the absolute WORST about this) have set their rates too low. And they are NOT congruent with those low rates because deep in their subconscious mind they know they can’t live on bread crumbs and they are actually very ANGRY about undervaluing themselves. So they lower their rates and make very few sales.

The paradox was that when I raised my rates, I started making MORE sales. I’ve had repeat customers and clients who’ve invested more than $75,000 and even more than $100,000 with me. I don’t focus on volume. I focus on VALUE. If I can help someone develop the skills to listen to their intuition, improve their financial situation, start speaking up for themselves, get them out of jobs they hate … that is adding huge VALUE to their lives. And I’d rather do that than sell $27 e-books.

As well, it has been my experience that customers and clients who invest more in products and services tend to get more out of them. They value the opportunity more, they tend to have more discipline about using the videos or sessions. I have basically a zero-flake rate on my client sessions. And nobody’s products or services are going to help anyone if the customer doesn’t show up and use them :)

Tip #2: Use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) to Increase Your Congruence and Raise Your Rates
Raising your rates. Easier said than done, right? Not if you learn how to use a simple energy healing technique called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) to let go of your doubts and fears and become congruent charging a higher rate. My advanced EFT tapping video programs are fantastic for helping people feel more confident asking for more from life and business, including How to Attract Money with EFT Tapping and the Magnify Your Business Magnetism with EFT Tapping

Myth #3: If Your Website Traffic Was that Low, You Must Be Getting Most of Your Clients From Speaking Engagements

False. It is true that in the early days of this business, speaking engagements helped me make a name for myself. And I did get a few clients from events. But by the time I made a quarter million dollars in six months the first half of 2012, I had pretty much stopped speaking at events and almost none of $250,000 or the income I’ve made since then came from speaking-engagement-generated clients.

Most people have found me online, through social media or my blog. Most of them have “dipped their toe in the water” with a relatively low-investment product like my Gold membership or How to Attract Money with EFT Tapping. And a solid percentage of those customers got such great results and loved the method so much that they proceeded to buy lots of my advanced products and coaching programs at much higher price points.

Tip #3: Make It Easy for People to Find You On the Internet and Give Them Low-Investment Options to Get to Know and Trust You
In my opinion, the key to a six-figure income without a lot of infrastructure or website traffic is repeat business. And the key to repeat business is value and trust. How are you going to build that trust? A couple powerful ways to do it are (1) have a strong social media and blog presence so people can get to know you as a person, and (2) offer some low-investment products that give people a really good feel for you at a relatively low price point so they can develop the confidence and trust to invest more time and money with you.

Over-deliver on expectations as often as you possibly can.

It is not uncommon for someone to follow my blog for a year or more before they finally make a purchase. And those people often become long-term major investors in my coaching method. So letting people find you and trust you is essential for creating relationships and cultivating repeat business.

Making more money helps you heal the planet

Making more money helps you heal the planet

Myth #4: You Have to Be “Mr. or Ms. Popular” to Make A Six-Figure Income Online

False. Actually, if you’re going to be a really powerful coach or advisor, you’re probably going to piss a lot of people off. This is because part of being effective is questioning people’s most cherished beliefs. And you could do this in a really “nice” inoffensive way, in which case most people will probably ignore you.

There are “popular” bloggers making lots of money on the internet. With a few exceptions, most of them are re-hashing old ideas that are “just familiar enough” for lots of people to latch on to them and nod their heads … but not get real results.

Did I mention that I piss off a lot of people lol?

The beauty of a high-end repeat-customer business is that it doesn’t matter if you piss off most of the world. Your loyal clients and customers will “get it” and they will stand by you through thick and thin. For the past year or so I focused less on money and managed to pay my bills mostly with repeat business while traveling around the world and focusing my attention primarily on advocating for animal rights.

Tip #4: Keep Your Integrity Above All Else
One of the fastest ways to start hating yourself is to be an approval-seeking sycophant who says and does what he or she thinks other people want to hear. Even if it makes you money, what good is that if you don’t respect yourself? Always stay true to your values and have faith that the Universe will provide for you financially no matter what. If you need help with having more faith, I have Cutting Edge EFT Tapping Video Products for that too :)

Myth #5: “I don’t have enough time and I have to quit my job before I can start making a six-figure income online.”

False. I started this business working only evenings, weekends, and holidays, while I still had a full-time job as a lawyer. What’s more, I made over $120,000 in 2010 from doing this business evenings and weekends while still working a full-time job. If I can do it, what’s your excuse? :)

Tip #5: Just Get Started
As we discuss in the Yaro Starak interview (see link below), my original blog was a humble little blogspot blog called Awakening from the Dream that I started as a “revenge blog” because I was pissed off at a guy in my life lol. By just putting in an hour or two a day for the next year or so, I was able to build a following and later a real income even while working a full-time job. If I can do it, you can also.

If you need help putting excuses aside and getting motivated, that’s what my EFT tapping video products are for, to get you inspired, focused, and motivated – check out our best sellers here.

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Sunset over Langkawi – one of the many benefits of being a six-figure location-independent entrepreneur

Myth #6: “I can’t make a six-figure income online because I don’t have my own products and services.”

False. This is not a deal breaker. If you don’t have your own products and services, find some products and services that you LOVE and can be very passionate about offering to others. And sell those.  I do not recommend selling products with really low commissions because you’ll be in the same boat we talked about above and have to generate loads and loads of traffic to make a living.  Choose some super high-quality products to sell (like mine) that offer generous commissions.  My friend Robin has a wonderful affiliate marketing course that you can learn more about here.

Tip #6: If You Go the Affiliate Marketing Route, Build Trust By Selling ONLY Products and Services You Really Believe In
How many emails and posts have you seen offering programs that you can tell clearly the seller wouldn’t actually buy themselves? It’s a turn-off, right? I think so. I used to be “horrible at sales” and what I realized later is that I just wasn’t ever selling anything that I truly believed in. So buy the products yourself, use them, and only if they are truly OUTSTANDING do you offer them to others. That way you keep your credibility high and your self-respect intact.

Myth #7: “I can’t make a six-figure income online because I’m not good at selling or making sales.”

False. Neither was I. I went to law school instead of business school because I thought I “sucked at business.” I almost gave up on this business in mid-2010. Don’t believe me? Read the full stories here:



What finally worked for me was using my own coaching method that I’d already used to help other people … to help myself. I had to get rid of LOTS of limiting beliefs about making sales, about quitting my job, about giving up my “old” identity as a lawyer, and much, much more. It takes discipline to transform your inner self to become congruent with new skills, a new identity, and a new reality. If I can do it, you can too.

Tip #7: If You’re “Not Good At Sales,” Invest in the Coaching You Need to Get Better At It
Part of my own journey was to invest several hundred thousand dollars in my own self-development. I signed up for endless books, workshops, private coaching and training. I learned a bunch of different healing and transformation modalities. It was a big investment, and it was all worth it because it changed my whole life.

The more you invest in your learning and development, the more successful you will be. And what I can offer you are VERY powerful tools for getting where you want to be much faster than you can do by yourself. After all, I did make about $375,000 in this business in 2012 while garnering only about 1800 monthly visitors to my main coaching website. If I can do it, you can too. Follow the path I took :)

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Now on to our marvelous interview – we’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section here and on Yaro’s blog as well:

Yaro Starak Interviews Erika Awakening About Making A Six-Figure Income Online With Only 1800 Monthly Visitors


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Erika Awakening is one of the world’s foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and living life on your own terms.

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Get Better Butt

Want a firm, tight, perky booty without working hard at it? Here’s how to get better butt now

get better butt affiliate disclosureI’m not going to lie to you. For most of my life, I had a pretty nice derriere. What I lacked in big breasts, I made up for with a nice booty. I was a gymnast as a teenager and had great muscle tone, which I mostly maintained throughout adulthood.

eft tapping for weight lossHowever … near the end of 2012, I used my 30-Day Health & Fitness Challenge to lose about 12-15 pounds. Although I was very happy about the weight loss and my new body … with the weight loss, my butt had become smaller, flatter, and less toned. Which I was not so happy about :( I wanted to get better butt … but I didn’t feel motivated to do anything about it …

In January of this year, I attended a workshop with some wonderful friends in Las Vegas. One of my friends is a professional porn star and has one of the nicest backsides you’ve ever seen. Another woman attending the conference had a very voluptuous and toned derriere. And I felt inspired by their beauty. I was not excited to spend lots of time achieving a bigger bubble butt, however. Everything in my life has become so effortless, that this also would have to be effortless or I knew I wouldn’t stick with it. Not only did I want to get better butt, I wanted it to be fast and easy … haha :)

If I could lose weight with EFT tapping, I figured, and it could be so easy … then it must be equally easy to get a better butt without a huge amount of effort. My porn star friend uses the Brazil Butt Lift DVD workout. So I decided to buy it and check it out and see if I could get better butt.

There are some great features of the Brazil Butt Lift, so get it if you can afford it.  The deluxe kit includes resistance bands, one-pound ankle weights, and a variety of work-outs so you don’t get bored. You can get better butt quickly. The workouts are high energy and fantastic if you are looking for cardio-intensive programs.

The problem? Too much time investment. Most of the Brazil Butt Lift workouts are almost an hour long. And they include a lot of cardio that I do not need because my fat burning was easily accomplished with my 30-Day Health & Fitness Challenge. I only got through one of the long Brazil Butt workouts once before I jumped ship. I just don’t have the desire to spend that many hours per week building my better butt! I was very happy though with the “High & Tight” workout in the Brazil Butt Lift so I kept the program. Even though I don’t use it very often because it requires a switch from resistance bands to ankle weights mid-way through … it’s still worth having. Again, here’s the link to check out the Brazil Butt Lift.

So I went searching for a simpler solution to get a better butt. And I found a program that I’m delighted with, which is here:  30-Day Butt Lift. These are very short, fun, and very effective 10-minute workouts, which can be done 1 or 2 in a day. And they WILL lift your butt :)

Now here are the TWO big secrets to getting great results very, very quickly with very little time investment:

1. Add weights to the workouts. If you can manage it, add weights from day 1 of your “building a better butt” commitment.  If you see fast progress with your workouts, you are more likely to stick with it.  And adding weights will give you that fast progress that keeps you motivated.

I use seven pounds of ankle weights on each leg (here’s a great set:  Reebok Adjustable Ankle Weight) and have worked up to 10-pound dumbbells (10-Pound Neoprene Hand Weights) for the squat-type exercises. This week, I will graduate to 12-pound dumbbells (Reebok Rubber Hex Dumbbell). Although you can get long and lean doing lots and lots and lots of repetitions with just your own body weight as resistance, if you want to add volume to your booty and get that beautiful “bubble butt” … and you don’t want to spend hours a day doing this … weights are a must.

2. Use EFT tapping to remove your limiting beliefs. Sometimes people want to skip over this step, and I urge you not to skip it because it’s going to make life SO MUCH EASIER.

Let me say it again:  Do yourself a huge favor and Use EFT tapping to remove your limiting beliefs. After returning from Vegas, I used the same EFT tapping techniques that I teach in my 30-Day Health & Fitness Challenge to release myself from the beliefs that this is “going to take a lot of time,” “going to take months to achieve real results,” “I’m not going to stick with it,” etc.

And by my birthday, which was a mere six weeks after returning from Vegas, my butt had expanded and lifted with an investment of only about 10-20 minutes per day. Maybe less time than that because I take a lot of days off to rest :)

You can see the results here:

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I hope you find these “booty building” tips useful.  Wishing you all the best with getting your better booty starting right now :)

Please do not miss these additional resources:

If money is an issue, get the first three days of the 30-Day Abundance Challenge at zero cost here: How to Attract Money with EFT Tapping

The 30-Day Eternal Youth Challenge for reinforcing life-serving beliefs at http://tapsmarter.com/eternal

The 30-Day Health & Fitness Challenge at http://tapsmarter.com/health for enhancing health, losing weight, and turning on your “health intuition” to make better choices for yourself and your body

End Guilt & Self Punishment with Our 30-Day Challenge at http://tapsmarter.com/guilt


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Erika Awakening is one of the world’s foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and living life on your own terms.

How to Become A Location-Independent Entrepreneur

How I Became A Location-Independent Entrepreneur Without Trying … And Seven Simple Ideas to Help You Do the Same

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The author Erika Awakening visiting Phuket, Thailand on a 7-week trip to Southeast Asia as a location-independent entrepreneur.

It’s all the rage now to become a location-independent entrepreneur (also called digital nomad or location-independent professional). Lots of people want to do it. And the truth is, with internet technologies like Skype and WordPress, it’s not as difficult to become a location-independent entrepreneur as people make it out to be. In many ways, it’s easier than succeeding with a brick-and-mortar business … if you do it right.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, there were times on this journey when I felt extremely frustrated and thought the business would never really become sustainable. This was especially frustrating during the time period when I wanted to quit my day job yet did not feel enough confidence to do so. And still that was easier than managing physical office space or a bunch of location-dependent employees.

During the process of getting where I wanted to be, it felt like it was taking FOREVER. The reality is that it happened amazingly fast. I started my first blog in late 2008 and wrote for free for about a year. I didn’t start my actual money-making business until well into 2009. For the first nine months or so of my business, I felt discouraged. And then I applied my coaching method Holistic Belief Reprogramming to the situation. Amazingly, by the end of 2010, I had made over six figures USD working part time on this business. All told, I have made over $1 million online from all sources. (Learn more about How to Attract Money with EFT Tapping.)

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View from the top of Phuket in Thailand: Imagine the places you’ll go as a location-independent entrepreneur.

So while my ego was constantly kvetching about “how long everything was taking,” in reality I made six figures of gross income working part-time during my very first full year in business. And I’ve made in excess of six figures of gross income every year since, four years in a row, including this one. That’s my “why you should listen to me” pitch. Most people who start these internet businesses struggle for years before they make a decent income. I didn’t. That’s due to my highly effective coaching system, which I applied to the situation (learn more about the foundational product, the 30-Day Abundance Challenge here).

The perspective I can offer here is unusual because – unlike most location-independent entrepreneurs – I did not go the “live in cheap countries and cut costs” route to get here. In fact, it was only this year that I ventured out into Southeast Asia and Central America to experience extended trips abroad as part of this lifestyle. For various reasons, it was important that I keep my home base in San Francisco. I have two beautiful cats who live with me. I have a house about three hours away in Tahoe where I love spending time.

Those who are familiar with San Francisco are well aware that it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world. Just to give you a sense of perspective, it’s typical when I leave my apartment for a few hours that I drop $500 within a few hours. Gas at $75 for a tank. Groceries are $250 for one cart. Try getting your shoes repaired or any other basic necessities for less than another $100. Parking ticket for $65. This is not like Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, where $500 could stretch on for weeks. Here in San Francisco, $500 is gone in a flash.

And when I quit my job – yes, hold your breath for this one – I still owed $200,000 on my mortgage. My cat’s health care bills and need for a new car added another $60,000+ debt to the pile. So … trying to live abroad on $15 a day was not an option for me to solve my business problems at that time. I had to make more money, and that’s what I did.

Here are a few tips to get yourself on the way to being a location-independent entrepreneur:

1. Start With Your Authentic Passion

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Sunset in Langkawi, Malaysia. One of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen, and it’s all yours as a location-independent entrepreneur!

I see way too many people starting with the goal of having a business or becoming location independent rather than starting with their life purpose and passion. We all have a dharma, the one thing we are meant to do in the world that nobody else can do. Until we find that life purpose or dharma, we are mostly just spinning our wheels trying to start businesses or become location independent. Invest in training and education, delve into your passions, and only when you have a driving purpose that is going to help you overcome ALL obstacles is it time to create a business around it. If you have a day job, you can do what I did: start a blog for free on the side and don’t even try to make money doing it until you’re sure you’ve got something with some real juice.

2. Keep Overhead Low Until You Build Your Confidence

Although I invested an ENORMOUS amount of money in personal development in the years leading up to starting my business, I kept my business overhead expenses low at the beginning. I started with a free blogspot blog, YouTube videos, Facebook and other social media marketing. My other costs like traveling to conferences were not “fixed costs” and could be cut back at any time as needed. This way, I built my business confidence before increasing my fixed overhead.

I cannot tell you how many people have come to me for coaching with businesses that have already or are in the process of going bankrupt. How is that possible? It’s always the overhead. If you didn’t have the overhead, how would you go bankrupt? You might not be making any money but it’s the fixed overhead that kills the business. Yes, eventually you will want to do what I did and add lots of bells and whistles to your websites. Don’t do it until you have the confidence that all those bills are going to get paid.

3. Set Your Sights Higher

Nearly every location-independent entrepreneur I’ve ever encountered is obsessed with “saving money.” Living cheaply abroad, living with parents, not getting any extras. And hey that is one way to do this. I recently in Vietnam and Cambodia had the experience of $100 in cash lasting for weeks unlike the day or two it would last in the States. As I mentioned above, I was not in a position to go that “live cheaply” route unless I was willing to unsettle the entire life I had already created for myself. Which I wasn’t. In my mind, I should not have to sacrifice in order to help other people. In fact, the entire idea of “sacrifice” goes against everything I teach because Holistic Belief Reprogramming is about finding the perfect solution that gets everyone’s needs met. So I didn’t sacrifice.

What I found is that money expanded to meet my needs. Would I have made nearly $400,000 last year from all sources if I did not really, really, really want all my debt paid off? I doubt it. It’s because I needed the money that it was relatively easy to make that much money. I’ve seen lots of people “pinch pennies” only to make less money and have the savings not matter all that much. (Learn more about expanding your prosperity consciousness here.)

I’ve figured out now from my recent Thailand travels that if I liquidated everything in the States and moved there, I could probably live for decades without working another day. Of course, I have no desire to do that. Why would I not want to work when I love what I do?

4. Never Open Physical Office Space

Because I perceived myself as grounded in San Francisco … becoming location-independent as an entrepreneur was not intentional on my part, at least at the beginning. In fact, I looked into getting physical office space in San Francisco. I was deterred by the high overhead costs and bureaucracy that I would be taking on … It seemed so much simpler to have a home office and eliminate any commute or extra expenses, yet I could not realistically see clients at my home due to zoning regulations. Right there, having a “physical business” was already seeming unnecessarily complicated.

Plus, although it almost seemed baffling at the time, I was not getting any local clients. My clients were coming from the East Coast, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Canada, and pretty much everywhere in the world OTHER than California. In retrospect, this was clearly because a Higher Power had better plans in mind for me than I did for myself. With no local clients, there was no reason to get office space. And eventually I realized that this was going to free me up after I quit my job to be spending a LOT more time at my house in Tahoe.

(I used to race back to San Francisco after a weekend, it was insane. The mileage I put on my car was off the charts. Now I’ve had a new car for two years and it still has fewer than 9000 miles on it. What’s good for us is also good for the environment!)

I still remember how much resistance I had to trying Skype for the first time. Credit to Eric von Sydow (Hypnotica) for practically forcing me to download it and get on it for the first time. Once I tried it, though, I was hooked. Worldwide calling for free? Easy recording and video capability? All of a sudden, I put two and two together and saw that Skype made an international coaching business not only possible – but easy. With no need for office space at all. I never really looked back. Except for a few private intensive trainings that I offer in person, all of my client calls are on Skype. And that opened my business to be worldwide and … YES … location independent.

When I got into product sales, I also considered the possibility of “physical” products. Again, a huge can of worms was staring me in the face. Physical products meant tracking sales tax and dealing with shipping and all that. I opted to create a totally virtual business, and I must say, this has been the best decision ever.

5. Get All Your Debt Paid Off

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Gorgeous view at Ulu Watu Temple in Bali, Indonesia: One of many exotic places to visit as a location-independent entrepreneur.

Although it was certainly wonderful to make so much money last year, it was also a lot of pressure. Knowing that I had fixed car and house payments every month created quite a bit of fear. On the one hand, that motivated me. On the other hand, I had to focus on sales all the time. This year with my debt paid off, I’ve had the luxury of attending to some other areas of my life that had remained unresolved.

There are good reasons to get into debt sometimes. I am very glad I have this beautiful house, and I have a feeling it will be very useful for the business for many years to come. That said, get out of debt as quickly as you can so that the constant pressure to meet those fixed payments is not driving everything you do.

6. Consider Keeping A Home Base

During 2013, I have spent about 12 weeks traveling abroad and living out of a suitcase. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m always happy to come home. Personally, I find that living out of a suitcase gets old. I don’t like hotels that fail to meet a pretty high standard of cleanliness, and while I can tolerate them for a while, I would not want to do it all the time. I also miss my home cooking and smoothies when I’m traveling and find it frustrating how difficult it can be to eat vegetarian and healthy while living abroad.

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Exploring the ruins at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia as a location-independent entrepreneur.

This is where having an expansive abundance consciousness comes in. I actually have TWO permanent home bases: A beautiful apartment with a Bay View in San Francisco, which is rent-controlled. And a house that I own free and clear in Tahoe. The house provides significant amounts of rental income through short-term vacation rentals. Which makes keeping the apartment a no-brainer for financial reasons. I love having these home bases. Perhaps a day will come when I don’t need or want them anymore. In the meantime, I am grateful that I went the “make more money” route rather than the “cut costs and live cheaply” route. Given that How to Attract Money with EFT Tapping, why sacrifice?

7. Above All Else, Clear Your Limiting Beliefs

If you take nothing else away from this article, this #7 is the one to remember. Until I started this business, I had for most of my life suffered from the fixed limiting belief that “I don’t have what it takes to succeed in business.” It’s almost laughable now that I ever believed this, but I believed it for years. It’s why I went to law school and not business school. It’s why I let myself work at jobs that really did not suit me because I did not think I could do any better.

There is NOTHING MORE POWERFUL you can do than make a commitment to reprogram your subconscious mind. All the action you take in the world won’t add up to squat if you have fixed negative beliefs about “there’s too much competition” or “it’s too good to be true” or “I’m taking from others if I ask them to pay me money” and so on and so forth. And this is where I can really, really help you, if you are open to be helped. The 30-Day Abundance Challenge has helped countless people get beyond their limiting beliefs into previously unimagined possibilities in their lives. There is absolutely NO WAY I would be where I am now if I had not practiced this subconscious mind reprogramming day in and day out for the last few years.

Learn more about reprogramming your subconscious mind for abundance here.

A Note of Caution – Be Honest With Yourself: Do Not Fall Into the “Avoidance” Trap

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Exploring the streets of Saigon, Vietnam as a location-independent entrepreneur.

My ex, blogger Mark Manson, is a successful location-independent entrepreneur and a good example of the dark side of this location-independent lifestyle. If you are using location independence to avoid your home country, your family, your debts, your problems, the many women who are pissed off at you, or your ex … you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. If you are using location independence to make it easy to live in denial and pretend you don’t have any problems that need facing … you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. And eventually you can’t run any farther and like Mark Manson you’ll need an “Escape Plan” because the avoidance is going to bite you in the butt. ;) Don’t use location independence to “run away” or “escape” from your life because long-term it won’t work. Face all your issues at home with courage so that becoming a location-independent entrepreneur can truly be about freedom rather than avoidance.