KMA March 30, 2020 – money, mindset, and music in the time of COVID-19

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass…

Last week I had a couple minor meltdowns where I was pretty much useless for entire days at a time.

That’s bad news because my income depends on me being able to show up and do the work, whether I feel like it or not. I imagine you might be in a similar boat, oh reader mine…

Knowing that I needed to get my psychological S*** together, I did some digging into what happened and realized something. It’s a lesson I seem to need to learn over and over again, but since I’m learning it for the 34840139865th time I figured I’d share in case you need a reminder too:

Take care of yourself.

Exercise. Shower. Sit outside in the sunshine if you can. Create. Read. Do things that nourish and replenish your soul.

Yes, even as the world suffers. Now more than ever.

You need to be your best self right now… so do I. So don’t put yourself on the back burner.

That brings us to…

Kick Monday’s Ass Video

This one is officially Ask Angie #2 – plus what Tina Turner can teach you about everything that’s happening right now.

Someone wrote in to ask, “How big an asshole would I be if I sent an invoice to my client right now? The work was done before all this stuff started, but if they can’t afford to pay right now I’d feel like a total jerk. But I also need to get paid for my work, because I did it and I’ve got my own bills to pay. What should I do?”

That’s a tricky one because we’re all aware of how much the world has changed in the span of just a few short weeks. We’re living in a totally new normal (and that normal may be gone in another couple weeks too, for all we know). Short of learning how to read minds and tell the future so you’ll know when is the exact right time to ask in order to maximize getting paid… here’s what I recommend:

(and Here’s a link to the video in case you don’t see it embedded below)

It’s not what happens that matters… it’s how you deal with it.
So it’s OK to feel a little uncomfortable with the idea of asking for money right now. But as long as you approach it like a human being, you (and your clients) will be alright. In fact, you might even have a stronger bond for having partnered so closely during a time of crisis.

Badass of the Week

Parenting pivot to help families suddenly stuck at home

I love everything about this business – they help families with “out of the box kids” – kids who are struggling with OCD, or ADHD, or ASD – communicate better and work together better. They were ramping up their latest paid workshop when everything started shutting down.

They could have sat back and grieved for the sudden hit… when things change overnight it makes sense that there’s a bit of grief over having worked so hard only to not be able to help people or grow your business the way you’d planned.

The owners of this company completely scrapped the promotion they’d been planning for months and pivoted to doing livestreams to support families who found themselves quarantined with schools shut down. They started offering activities, learning ideas, and tips for helping kids not touch their faces and reduce stress from the change in routine.

THIS is what it means to show up and serve… to do the work your people need, even if it means working some overtime and scrapping all your former plans. That whole team is filled with badasses.

On Repeat This Week
Today I’m feeling pretty mellow. This track came up over the weekend as I was puttering around the house and now I can’t get it out of my head. If you love acoustic guitar strumming and sultry vocals (not to mention 80s tunes), I think this’ll be your new jam.

Happy Monday y’all… get out there and kick some ass (while practicing social distancing).

Rock on,

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you…

“Wicked Game” acoustic cover by Stone Sour



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