I love waking up early. This is freedom for me. 430 or 5 am is perfect. I take a shower, I start the washing machine then I practice self-care: yoga then meditation. Then, I record videos for you, each time in English and in French. By 730am, I wake up the children and help them get ready for school.
By the time they are at school, I work on my websites, before preparing and savoring my unique meal of the day (I do intermittent fasting). Thanks to my burnout and the subsequent career change I made, my son can come back home at lunch time. Thus, he does not have to go to school lunches, where children are forced to eat, whether they are hungry or not. Early afternoon, I follow Roberto Blake’ good advice and do a power nap to maintain my creative juices and cognitive capacities until evening. Each day, I have some errand to run, mostly grocery shopping, and it allows me to enjoy sunshine and fresh air. I like to do a bit of yoga in the afternoon as well, usually a 20-minute-sequence with Yoga With Adriene on YouTube.
My son comes back early from school and, for the first time since many long years, I am there. I am present, even though I do not play directly with him but I work on the computer. It feels very good not be trapped at the office until 11 pm, stressing for my children. I only eat one meal a day, so I prepare a meal for my son in the early evening. I love going to bed early, like 830 / 9pm.
PS: my mic is Rode smartlav +:
Create my friend, my sister! Creating is a way of rebuilding our life. On a practical point of view, this is an example of what gear can be used to start recording youtube videos:
I use the smartphone Samsung A8 after years of using a small low quality phone. I can see the difference it makes. I invested in the Samsung Galaxy A8 especially to record youtube videos and take beautiful photos for my Instagram account @clairesamuelenglish.
I love the quality of this microphone and this is the one I use everyday:
This mic is for face to face interviews:
My best ideas come during this sweet transition between resting my head on a pillow and falling asleep completely.
When I was a child, my mother used to complain because I was “talking too much“. However, today when my son says to me: “I love talking!” I reply: “So do I, what a good match!“. I love talking so much. When I was in law school, I loved the exercises when we plead in front of a judge. Today I can express myself to the fullest thanks to youtube, knowing that whoever is happy to listen will do so.
I love Roberto Blake. I notably follow his advice of not looking at the subscribers number nor the likes on instagram. However, I refuse to compare myself to people doing a similar thing to me, even if it is to get better. My goal is to stay very true to me.
Marie Forleo did a very inspiring interview about the Blue Ocean strategy. I love creating and staying in my own lane, a new one. Competition is old school. We live in the era of collaboration. This is also what the interview with Chantal Revault d’Allonnes taught me.
Please visit Roberto Blake’s youtube channel and instagram @robertoblake for inspiration. Marie Forleo is also a fantastic source of great advice for women. This is her youtube channel and her instagram @marieforleo.
Read Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant:
I want my children to avoid the poverty mindset. I want them to live in abundance. I do my best to make them understand that I cannot and do not want to buy everything they fancy. I explain to them that as a single mother, I belong to the most economically fragile people. I want them to realize how lucky they are, to have a roof over their head and something to eat every day. Traveling is very helpful to show them that some children are less fortunate than them, while others are much wealthier.
I want to place the gratitude mindset at the heart of their education. I teach them that being grateful for what we have today brings even more of what we currently have. Complaining and comparing ourselves to others does not bring any good.
On a practical level, if we are in a store when I cannot buy the thing they want, I tell them that I refuse “to protect our wealth”, not because I cannot afford it. It is only a change of vocabulary. However, I am convinced that using positive terms is very helpful.
Moreover, I want them to have a good education about financial matters. Money is not a taboo subject. Having money and being financially savvy are ways to become financially independent, and to help even more people around us. I show them the excel spreadsheet I use whenever I spend or I get money. I give ten euros to my daughter since her tenth birthday. The aim is for her to learn how to manage a budget. The goal of being a financially independent person is very important for me because it was not my case for a long time. When I was trapped into an abusive relationship, I wanted desperately to leave. However, I thought I would end up in the streets, unable to meet the needs of my baby daughter by myself. Therefore, I remained in an abusive relationship which damaged me a lot. Nevertheless, being homeless in the street with my baby was just a thought. I chose to believe such thought. Such a thought led me to despair and a lot of pain. Today, I learned my lesson. I do not believe my thoughts when they relate to lack. I focus on abundance. I focus on working as best as possible to be able to live from what I create.
Since I committed to publish two videos and blog articles daily, my life has changed. IT is a commitment I made for you as well as for myself. In doing so, I deepened my capacity to self reflect, to have more self-awareness and to know myself better. Both my videos and blog articles are like a journal, which helps me to organize my thoughts and get clearer about the vision I have for my life. Moreover, I am delighted when I watch older videos, reminiscing the place they were recorded in and the state of mind I was in. IT brings me joy and a very unique sensation: being aware of how far I have come. I vividly encourage you, my friend, my sister, to start a journal, a blog or a youtube channel, even by leaving the videos private. In so doing, we will apply the socratic teaching of “Know yourself first“.