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The Encourager with Rebekah Scott

Located on a farm in Valley Springs, South Dakota, Rebekah Scott’s studio keeps her rooted to her loves – both her purses and her four growing tots. By keeping her heart close to home, she’s been able to keep her home close to her heart. Rebekah’s team is a woven fabric of creative moms and women who desire to stay at home. Rebekah remains at the helm – designing purses, creating new accessories, and sewing bags, with little ones discovering near by. Rebekah’s entrepreneurial spirit flows naturally and contagiously from her heart. Rebekah organizes accountability groups for female entrepreneurs and shares inspirational videos to encourage women in their own desires. Toting a tot on one hip and a rocking purse on the other, Rebekah Scott is ready for life’s next project! Her latest adventure, The Encourager podcast, aims at encouraging other women, aspiring to create an income for their family while being an active parent in their children’s lives. Each episode will focus on the various aspects of Rebekah’s family and business life, how they coexist, how she stays sane, and how she finds joy in each day.
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Apr 22, 2019

Having mentors in my life since starting my business, Rebekah Scott Designs, has been crucial for my personal and professional growth and honestly, is what led to me starting The Encourager Podcast. I LOVE the mentors and coaches I’ve had (and currently have) in my life and want to pass on my knowledge and expertise as much as humanly possible! Don’t have a mentor? Listen up to find out why you need to get one ASAP!

Apr 15, 2019

This is one of my FAVORITE episodes to record, as I get to recap what has been going on with my family, my business, and The Encourager Podcast since the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019!

Mar 25, 2019

An agreement is something you’ve told yourself that you now accept as truth... But it may not necessarily be true! AND it may be harming your subconscious. I want to challenge these truths and teach you how to recognize them, how to replace them, and how to take steps to make the new agreement true.

The first step in reversing agreements or truths is recognizing them. This part is crucial and can be difficult, as we are trying to un-do possibly decades of negativity that either we or someone else has planted within our hearts and minds.

Watch for words like:
“I am/am not.”
“I can/can’t.”
“I will/won’t.”
“I do/don’t.”

Write down your top 3 “agreements.”
Write down a NEW agreement.
Then plan 3 actionable steps to reverse the original agreement/truth. 

Here are some examples:
Original agreement: “I am bad at math.”
New agreement: “I am capable with my calculator and Excel spreadsheet.”
Action Steps:

  1. Watch a YouTube video on basic math skills for business/life.
  2. Take a course on input and output for business.
  3. Learn 5 functions in Excel

Original agreement: “I am unorganized.”
New agreement: “I am organized.”
Action Steps:

  1. Block 1 day to organize your desk.
  2. Take an organizing course.
  3. Help organize something for someone else.

Original agreement: “I am a procrastinator.”
New agreement: “I will plan accordingly.”
Action Steps:

  1. Get a “procrastinating buddy” and help hold each other accountable.
  2. Reward yourself for a month (or a week) of not procrastinating.
  3. Buy yourself a planner or print a calendar and give yourself enough time (3+ hours) to write everything out and plan ahead!

Affirmations
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that you say (preferably out loud) that spark change in your life. They can be used to eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life! Affirmations are used to consciously control your thoughts and will be a BIG HELP in reaffirming your new agreements! 
“I value my work.”
“I am worth every penny I charge for my work.”
“I can do this.”
“I am good at math.”
“I am organized.”

I highly recommend googling affirmations and selecting ones that really speak to you.

Print them off and say them out loud once a day. To make these EXTRA powerful, say them to yourself in the mirror! You will feel silly but TRUST ME… it’s powerful and it works!

Don’t limit yourself by believing these agreements!
Use the power within you to make positive changes and reverse these false truths.
Commit to working on this for 30 days (or longer)… whatever it takes! 

We got this Encouragers!

Click here to download the reflection guide.

Mar 18, 2019

Nothing says “love” like a business meeting with your spouse! HA! But seriously, Nick and I prioritize time once a month to talk about our calendars, budget, expectations, dreams, children, and more. With our busy lives, this meeting helps keep us on the same page and heading in the same direction.

To set up your own monthly business meeting with your spouse, follow these simple steps! If you are single, find a mentor and set up a time to meet with him or her so you stay on track.

Pick a date.
We meet the last Thursday of every month. We recommend picking the same date or day each month so it’s easier to schedule!

Have an agenda.
This doesn’t have to be fancy… we use an index card! Keep scrolling to the bottom of this document for a sample agenda you can use!

Remember your priorities.
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to set priorities, write them down, and have a copy with you for your meeting. If you need help, listen to my earlier podcast episode on the subject!

Bring your calendars.
Whether it’s a paper calendar or a fancy phone app, we highly recommend having a calendar for your family, work, and social events. If your schedule is too full, go back to your priority list and decide what doesn’t make the cut. Don’t forget to schedule a date night!

Communicate your expectations.
Be honest with each other about your expectations. This can help eliminate fights before they even start!

Talk about your budget.
Eliminate money fights by getting on the same page with money by having a budget. We recommend Financial Peace University and the Every Dollar App by Dave Ramsey.

Remember your dreams and goals.
If you don’t prioritize talking about your dreams and goals, when will you talk about them? Don’t lose sight of the big picture by making a point to discuss this monthly.

Discuss your family.
We have four kids so they are a big part of our lives! We pick two things for each of our kids to work on (which we learned from the book The Gist). If you don’t have children, set these goals for each other instead!

Talk about your Love Languages.
The 5 Love Languages is a book by Gary Chapman that talks about how we all give and receive love. You can take a quiz here to find out your love language! We take this time to be honest with each other about our needs and whether or not we are getting enough of our love language spoken to us.

Repeat your vows.
What if we all said our “I do’s” to each other every month instead of once in a lifetime? If you can find a copy of your vows, look into each other’s eyes and repeat them to each other at the end of your meeting!

We got this Encouragers! 

Click here to download the reflection guide.

Mar 11, 2019

Kim Henderson joins me to talk about how her career success as an event planner led to some not-so-great “ah-ha” moments, causing her to leave her dream job to focus on her family and talks about how she still uses her God given talents.

Do you need help identifying your strengths? We recommend taking the Strengths Finder quiz to help!

What is your passion? 

Have you ever had some devastating “ah-ha” moments that have caused you to shift your focus?

Have you asked yourself the million-dollar question, “If you were making $1 million, would you still do the job”? Who are the people in your life that you can ask to be truthful about your situation? 

How can you scale success by your way and not the world’s way? How can you still use your God-given talents and gifts but use them His way and not yours?

Many times, we tell ourselves we must keep going. How can you embrace the word “surrender” and give it to God?

Dear Lord, please help us get off this hamster wheel… and BURN THE HAMSTER WHEEL 

We got this Encouragers!

Click here to download the reflection guide.

Mar 4, 2019

Building a company means wanting growth and profit but there are times when business ebbs and flows, and we need to think lean. As owner and designer of Rebekah Scott Designs, I have learned how to ride the waves and share my tips for thinking lean while still growing your company.

When you own a business, you have to be sure to think abundantly but also think lean when cutting costs and improving efficiencies.

If you are considering adding or cutting something, ask yourself, “Do I have more time or money?”

Things to consider when thinking lean:

  • Printed material costs
  • Subscriptions
  • Memberships
  • Payroll
  • Contracts
  • COGS (Cost of Goods Sold)
  • Wholesale pricing on supplies
  • Take pre-orders
  • Check all business transactions
  • Prioritize spending
  • Reduce inventory 

We got this Encouragers!

Click here to get the reflection guide.

Feb 25, 2019

Building a business and raising a family is difficult and can easily lead to burnout. You need discipline, motivation and a superwoman cape to avoid it completely! Burnout has happened to me, which is why I’ve come up with so many of my systems and why I wrote my book, “Equipped to Execute.” In this episode, I’ll cover my tips and tricks for avoiding burnout.

Keep your calendar small. I print off a small calendar from timeanddate.com. Each month is the size of a piece of printer paper and I keep it small on purpose so if the things I have planned don’t fit in that space, the kids and I are going to feel burned out!

Time everything. I do this so I feel less overwhelmed with what I think might be a crazy night. I know it only takes 20 minutes to pick things up and then I feel relieved. Bedtime can be especially stressful so knowing about how long this takes helps you keep your cool. 

Have a “me” system. If you trust and use your “me” system, you’re much less likely to burnout since your priorities are being met each day. Speak this loudly to others and don’t allow guilt to creep in. You need to be charged before going to your circus. J  As a part of this system, I HIGHLY recommend waking up before your kids. Doing this gives you time to center yourself before you need to start meeting their needs!

Have “your thing.” Because people in my life know what I love, they bring me treats (like chai lattes or dark chocolate) or give me time to do things (like take a bath or go for a run) that help give me a break. Make these known to your tribe what these things are so they can help when you’re feeling burned out.

Know your “must do” factor. Ask yourself what needs to be done TODAY so you can relax a little bit and let the rest go. That might mean doing laundry and waiting to vacuum until tomorrow, or clearing the tables but leaving the dishes in the sink. Don’t think you must do everything! Pick three things TOPS. 

Use your helpline. Friends and family will sense when you are feeling stressed out and if they offer to help, LET THEM! People love to help so listen for these opportunities.

Have a “code word.” Develop a word or phrase that alerts your loved ones that you need help. When you use that word or phrase, they think “Bailout!” and can come to your rescue!

What are your takeaways from this podcast? Take a few minutes to reflect and take some notes below!

We got this Encouragers!!!

Click here to get the reflection guide.

Feb 18, 2019

In order to grow your business, grow your family and prioritize what you are doing, ask yourself these key decisions to help gain clarity! Answering these questions will help you do your job that much better!

Priorities. You must know what your priorities are before you can make your key decisions! Write them down in order and post them so you can see them often!

When will you work? How many hours are doable in your stage of life? Write it down, set those hours, and commit to it.

Who are you going to work with? Who is going to help you? Do you need a nanny/babysitter? Do you need an assistant or marketing person?

Where will you work? You need a designated space for your stay-at-home job! What are the rules regarding your work and workspace? Decide what they are and let your family know.

What are your goals? Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals are SO important! Write them down and post them so you can see them!

What is your why? This is the ultimate goal of why you are doing what you are doing.

How will you grow your business?

Click here to download the reflection guide.

Feb 11, 2019

During one of my “Coaching Friday” events, you guys asked me what I did in the “middle” of my business with Rebekah Scott Designs. I LOVE this question because it’s rarely talked about. There’s SO much information out there about how to start a business but not much about what to do when you’re hustling to make it grow. After 14 years in business, I have some insights for you!

Click here to download the reflection guide.

Feb 4, 2019

Nycol and I go WAY back (to my church camp days) and she’s someone I admire so much that I will occasionally ask myself, “What would Nycol do?” As a servant of God, wife, and mom of three girls, Nycol has constantly sought God’s purpose for her life and joins us to talk about the importance of creating margin, making investments in 5 important areas, what ministry looks like at home, and that not all purposes have a paycheck.

Get the reflection guide here.

Jan 28, 2019

Your “super skill” is the thing you can do at breakneck speeds, with high attention to detail, and feel on top of the world while doing it! It energizes you, even though you may go on doing this skill for hours on end without stopping. Listen in as I help you discover what your super skill is so you can maximize the joy and fulfillment you get from your work. It’s a life changer!

Get the reflection guide here.

Jan 21, 2019

In this episode, I emphasize the importance of leaving a legacy for your family. We all want to create lasting memories for our children but they don't always have to be elaborate, beachfront vacations! Some of the Scott family legacy builders include: journaling, scheduled memories, baking, mommy and daddy dates, and family values that I believe you can emulate in your household. I hope to encourage you to brainstorm with your spouse to find ways that work for your family to build that crucial legacy.

Get the reflection guide here.

Dec 3, 2018

If you own a business, you’re already doing too much and probably spending more time working IN your business but not ON your business. I’m challenging you in the next six weeks to hire one of these four positions: executive assistant, website developer, marketing/social media person, or cleaning lady. And yes, I just gave you a deadline! Trust me… you’ll thank me later. 

Nov 19, 2018

Have you ever thought about or prayed about the position you are in, knowing you love it but still feel a tug that there is more you are seeking? Listen to my friend Shelly Gaddis explain what she did with her business, Elegant Mommy, the tug on her heart, and how she made some tough changes that altered her life in a positive way!

Nov 12, 2018

A lot of my coaching clients ask me, “Do I REALLY need a website?” Social media accounts are great and also helpful for your business, but a website will change your life AND your business!

Nov 5, 2018

As I get older, I try to get wiser about what my family and I are putting into our bodies. My good friend, Andrea Henriksen, knows a little about everything and she’s here to talk to us about the chemicals and toxins in our personal care products so we can elevate our health by pursuing toxic-free living.

Oct 29, 2018

My secret weapon for generating more revenue with my business, Rebekah Scott Designs, has been recording and posting videos to our Facebook page! I was recently selected for a feature in Handmade Magazine about this very topic so I wanted to share with you how videos have changed my business and my bottom line.

Oct 22, 2018

During one of my “Coaching Friday” events, you guys asked me what I did in the “middle” of my business with Rebekah Scott Designs. I LOVE this question because it’s rarely talked about. There’s SO much information out there about how to start a business but not much about what to do when you’re hustling to make it grow. After 14 years in business, I have some insights for you!

Oct 15, 2018

At the height of her business, Alison Werder made the difficult decision to dissolve her subscription style service and used her wisdom and resources around her to pivot into several new opportunities. She talks about getting honest about letting go and how that can give freedom to you and everyone around you!

Oct 8, 2018

Beauty Queen, Jill Turbak, has struggled with anxiety and depression since she was young. She attempted suicide at age 13 and since becoming Mrs. South Dakota International, she has taken on a subject that is very important to me - mental health. She is lifting the shame stigma on talking, reaching, and equipping us to better understand the trouble of those suffering.

Oct 1, 2018

Everything starts with a dream… a vision… and a simple step. ACTION. I think “action” is simple and has been VERY important to me in my personal life and in my business, Rebekah Scott Designs. I just KNOW how to take action. And guess what… you can do it too! It’s just one foot in front of the other. Let’s go!

Sep 24, 2018

If you’ve ever struggled with self-doubt, procrastination, anxiety, or feeling stuck, you are not alone! I, myself, have sought counseling from my wonderful guest, Rebecca Wiener. As a hypnotist and coach, Rebecca helps determined, driven, high-performing women (like us) get past what is making us feel stuck and helps us feel limitless!

Sep 17, 2018

Jeremy Brown, CEO of Throne Publishing Group, is the guy who helped me write and publish my book, “Equipped to Execute.” He and his team are extremely passionate about telling people’s stories and he’s joining me to talk about the importance of leaving a legacy for future generations and how to instill identity in your children by living YOUR OWN. Don’t miss this powerful episode!

The 3rd episode of my podcast was titled “Leaving a Legacy the Simple Way” and it’s one of the most downloaded episodes EVER! I wanted to take a deeper dive into the concept of legacies so I called in the perfect guest, Jeremy Brown.

In order to leave a legacy, Jeremy said you must:

  • Know who you are… Ask yourself “What is my story?”
  • Identify patterns, roles, and situations that repeat (it’s helpful to have another person involved in this process)
  • Ask yourself good questions like “How do I want to be remembered?”
  • Pick 4 words that represent who you are and the legacy you want to leave). The most powerful way to instill identity in your children is to live your own identity!
  • Speak affirmations/prayers/declarations out loud and realize the power of your words! (For more on this subject, check out my earlier podcast episode called “The Power of Words”!)

In order to give future generations of my family the best chance to succeed, you must:

  • Be who you truly are (and know your identity)!
  • Integrate into the world of your child and positively affirm their strengths and uniqueness (and as early as possible)!
    • Tell them things you love about them.
    • Find out what they like and encourage them in it.
    • We should follow our kids in the way God is leading them… not try to mold them into what WE think is best.
  • Let your kids into YOUR day too… Let them hear you speak things into your life and then follow up with how things turned out!

For more information on The Legacy Experience projects Jeremy and Brooke Brown are creating to share generational stories, please click here and contact them today! What an INCREDIBLE gift to give your family!

Follow and connect with Jeremy and his team at Throne Publishing here:

 

We got this Encouragers!

Sep 10, 2018

Welcome back to Series 6 of The Encourager Podcast! Thank you SO MUCH for joining us and for allowing us a three week break during our busy summer show season! I’m kicking things off by telling you where we are now in our lives and will share some of my new favorite tips and tricks for getting things done!

Aug 13, 2018

Your “super skill” is the thing you can do at breakneck speeds, with high attention to detail, and feel on top of the world while doing it! It energizes you, even though you may go on doing this skill for hours on end without stopping. Listen in as I help you discover what your super skill is so you can maximize the joy and fulfillment you get from your work. It’s a life changer!

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