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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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Nov 25, 2019

How many of us feel our identities are tied up in our kids, our job, or something else? As we enter the holiday season, we are surrounded with messages of thankfulness and joy… but what happens when we don’t feel that way? I talk with Adam and Becky Weber about how comparison is stealing our joy, peace and gratitude and what we can do to reclaim our identities and feel these amazing emotions again!

Nov 18, 2019

I LOVE to dream big! As an entrepreneur and business coach, I have LOTS of ideas myself and I help others walk through making decisions about whether to say “yes” or “no” to things with their personal and professional lives (and with my own). I’ve developed a simple method for decision making with opportunities and ideas and am sharing it with you!

Nov 11, 2019

When it comes to marketing, it’s easy to overcomplicate or oversimplify things. My best advice when it comes to marketing is to simply PLAN. The marketing plan I’m going to show you will save you time, make you more creative, AND it will equal a major increase in your sales!

Nov 4, 2019

I believe everything happens for a reason… and on my travels with Rebekah Scott Designs, I got to meet Chris with the DTOM22/0 Foundation where I learned of his mission to help eliminate veteran suicides through several methods, including using horse therapy on his veteran’s ranch. Because I grew up on a ranch, love horses, lost my oldest brother to suicide, and love to help others by giving back, I KNEW meeting him was no coincidence and I HAD to share this information with all of you so we can join Chris and help him make a difference and spread much needed awareness! 

Oct 28, 2019

Today’s mainstream world is overwhelming when we consider all the things we “should” be doing for ourselves and our families. Listen in on my chat with Joshua and Brittany Sopko, owners of Juniper Apothecary, about their business, their favorite products, and living a wildly uncommon life with their growing family.

Oct 21, 2019

In our fast-paced life, it's SUPER easy for the days, weeks and months to pass by without us taking time to make special moments with our family. Creating seasonal bucket lists is a great way to usher in each season with intentional activities you can do together to make memories that last!

Sep 30, 2019

Wishing certainly has its place but did you know it takes just as much energy to wish as it does to plan? Instead of wishing for things, I want to teach you how to plan instead and see how my simple tips can help you get traction on achieving your dreams!

Sep 23, 2019

If you think this is going to me a mic drop situation, you might be let down a little bit, as it’s not the sexiest thing.... It’s a staff meeting! This meeting will help you (even if you’re a team of one right now) become more focused, driven, accountable and motivated when held regularly. The importance of scheduling this meeting cannot be overstated!

Sep 16, 2019

I have talked about the importance of hiring an Executive Assistant throughout the past seasons of the Encourager Podcast and I honestly can’t emphasize it enough… hiring this position is seriously a GAME CHANGER! In this episode, I talk with my Executive Assistant, Angie Sattler, about her position, some of the personal qualities and skills you need to look for when hiring this position, and what tasks should be included in the job description.

Sep 9, 2019

I am obsessed with self-help and self-development because I believe you need to know who you are so you know where you can go. You need to discover more of who God specifically made you to be so you can utilize the gifts He gave you and discover what more He has in store!

Sep 2, 2019

I don’t necessarily separate my work-life from my home-life and, while I realize this may not work for everyone, I think it does for us because my best home practices keep things running smoothly and help harmonize the two. I’ve developed these over the last 12 hears (since becoming a mom) and I know they can help you too!

Aug 26, 2019

I love the words “productivity” and “hacks” and my #1 productivity hack has allowed me to throw my planner in the garbage… it’s my weekly agenda sheet! It helps me stay organized, manage all my thoughts and tasks, and the BEST part is, I get to crumple it up and throw it away at the end of the week (who doesn’t love that)!

May 20, 2019

Hacks are ways of getting things done better, faster, easier… These are six of my “tried and true” productivity hacks that are super easy to implement. I know these hacks work and fit all of my roles so I can keep my priorities in order.

May 13, 2019

Pairings are just two habits or actions you pair together so you don’t think of one without remembering the other. Think bread and butter or coffee and creamer. This hack of pairing things together has drastically changed how quickly I implement new habits and practices in my life!

May 6, 2019

Simplicity is such a beautiful word. As a wife, mother, and with our farm and our two businesses, my husband and I have had to simplify things in our home! My mom has always told me that my super skill is taking large concepts and simply acting on them so I want to share what tips, tricks and practices help keep things simple and keep me sane.

Apr 29, 2019

I have a secret to share with you that will seriously take your business to the next level! I want to tell you about the one plan that has 5x’d my business! It’s a really boring word… but believe me, when I tell you about how awesome it is, you’ll thank me.

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.

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