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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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Now displaying: March, 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.

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