I am Gabi Garrett, I started freelance writing five years ago. At first, I kept a couple of clients while I was working full-time, and then eventually, I drove into it full-time. So it means a lot to me and it’s helped me do so many cool things. I‘ve been on the journalistic side including newspapers and magazines. I’ve also been on the online media side with sites like Elite Daily, Tiny Buddha, Elephant Journal, and even the USA Today Networks. Now I focus mostly on corporations so now I work with about 15 clients as a writer/rent-a-marketing director. It’s a lot of fun! Because somebody might have a wonderful story but sometimes lacks the time or literary talent to get it out there. I’ve ghostwritten books even on financial ways to invest your money. So the possibilities are endless and we are going to cover some of those in this blog...
So let’s talk about you! So I can’t see you or get to know you but you are very important to this process. So as you develop your freelance writing career, whatever that might mean to you, remember that you are the most important asset. That means you don’t work yourself to the bones, stay up late because without you if you have sick days, there’s really no one to take your place.
So, I want you to take a moment and write why you’re interested in learning how to become a writer. Maybe it’s a dream you’ve had for a long time, maybe it just sounds like fun, maybe you want to make some extra money, but maybe you have a deeper “why” behind it. Whatever it is, be sure to have a very clear “why” before you begin.
Then we’re gonna go into your portfolio.
You might already have one of these. If you don’t, here are the different ways you can put that together.
First, categorize everything you’ve written so far. Don’t freak out if you’re a brand new writer and you’re written nothing.
What I want you to do is either put everything you’ve written into categories. So you might have pieces on time management, mindfulness, forestry, real estate, whatever your things are, put them into different categories. I
f you have never written before, I want you to take a moment and think of five different categories you might be interested in writing for. Later on, you’re going to file your pieces underneath these categories.
So you could do that in a Google Drive, you could do that by literally printing them out and putting them in folders. This is going to help you determine what type of area might be interested in the writing skills that you have. And then next, you upload them either to an online WordPress site which is free and easy to use or you can create a high-class PDF which means it would have maybe a picture of you, your title, and a PDF link to each thing you’ve written. You want to think of your portfolio as a showcase of your skills. So, as we go through how to reach out to editors and different newspapers, they’re gonna wanna see your work.
Then, you’re going to choose where you want to be a freelance writer.
You can work for someone’s newsletter, sometimes freelance writers also have graphic design skills set and if that’s you, you might be surprised how many local businesses are in need of a newsletter, you could work for a magazine, a newspaper, online media or corporate clients.
Basically, the key thing you want to remember is to categorize, find your specialty or what you want to write about, find the people who are talking about it, look at their submission guidelines and submit.
If you’re looking for corporate clients, LinkedIn is really going to be the place to do that so you want to have a tight LinkedIn profile and then you want to search for people hiring freelance writers.
There are many websites that will hire freelance writers, you can look into places that publish a lot of content such as Apartment Therapy, I’ve written for them and that was a lot of fun. So when you reach out to the person, no matter what you’re going after, unless they have a form that you do submission guidelines for, here’s the formula I’d like for you to follow.
[Why you like their publication, and what they’ve written recently]
[Why you wrote the piece, or why you’re the right person to write for them]
[Quick elevator pitch]
Reach out with a name, do not say to whom it may concern, or USA Today, find out the editor's name of the section or publication that you are writing to. Write about why you like their publication and why you like what they’ve written recently. Then write why you wrote this piece.
You want to find topics that really touch your “why” that we have written at the beginning. In the quick elevator pitch, your readers will like this if they go in this section type of thing. And then attach your piece. And then put your contact information, don’t make them look for it because these people are busy.
You’re going to submit these things and the submission guidelines will tell you, "Okay, we’ll be back to you in a week or two weeks."
When that day hits, you probably want to tick that on your calendar so you can follow-up. When you get accepted, add it to your portfolio. So, go back to the beginning of this process and add it in there.
If you have some pieces out that you haven’t heard back form yet, you could always follow up with them too.
Then keep it up, set a goal for yourself.
So you’re going to submit one article a month, one article a quarter, what are you gonna do?
The sky's the limit but hold yourself to something and find a way to track them. Either you put them in your calendar or keep a running list.
What happens when they don’t accept it?
Just know it’s normal. Rejection is a very normal part of the writing process. So, if someone does not accept your piece, you have a couple of options.
You can submit it somewhere else, you can use it anywhere or you can put it on your blog and then share it with people. And then use the P.S. sales method. The P.S. Sales method is a great way for you to say PS, I also write for a living. If you’re interested in writing, click here. So yes, blogging is free but you can use the people who are interested in your writing and in your skills to funnel them into products that might help change their life.
And don’t forget, writers write so hold yourself to that schedule whatever it’s gonna be, write it down right now, you can change it later but commit to sticking to it for thirty days.
Wondering how you can level up in your business? In this blog, my new friend, Jennifer Spivak shares how she up levels her and her client’s businesses with an abundance mindset and Facebook Ads. After all, we all need a little bit of internal and external work to make our dreams come true, am I right?!
Jennifer owns an all-female Facebook and Instagram advertising agency, #TEAMSPIVAK, who works primarily with other women entrepreneurs who wish to turn their ad campaigns into money-making machines so they can live a life they love and change the world. By doing this, she gets her ideal client’s, ideal clients, in the door with fun and ease.
As we chatted, I asked Jen what her favorite project was recently. Though some of her clients invest multiple-five figures into ads, she recently worked with a client that was SO clear about her messaging, that by investing apx. $1,200 she saw a return of $9,000.
Despite the fact that her client is really amazing and lovely, the client already had the necessary foundational elements in place: great funnels, branding, and messaging. The client also had tracking systems set up where they can see exactly what people are buying, where people are dropping off, the breakdowns, knowing how to improve things, and the conversion rates.
These data elements are so important to functional campaigns. The return on investment is awesome but the fact that there is such a clear picture is what Jen says makes these projects fun as her team can perform at their highest level.
“The secret is the foundational stuff, knowing your audience inside and out, and especially knowing what front-facing messaging you need to pull them in,” she shares.
To do this:
As Jen says, “If you can really focus on the grounded foundational elements of your business, that is when you are in a position to start doing other things like Facebook ads because it really should just be fuel to the fire on top of your foundation, not something new.”
If you’re ready to add fire to your fly foundation - holler at Jennifer by clicking HERE.
Entreprenuers are truly a strange breed. I had no clue what one even was until I became one, in fact, I have to google how to spell entrepreneur almost everyday.
We run our worlds online and most of our work BFFs we've never met, but always pretend we are going to meet at the next conference. When it does happen, it's SO fun. Until we realize we are super introverted and want to run home as fast as possible.
There are a few things I've only seen in this world and I'd like to call you sense of humor up front as you scan my list, plz thanks:
Utilizing your Enneagram, Human Design or Astrology as a reason to or not to do something
I can't work with her because she's a projector. She'll be so slow, and I'm an enneagram 7, so that couldn't work; plus Mercury is about to go retrograde.
Hiring a Coach because you don't know what to do without a boss, or because it seems necessary
I have a coach, I am a coach, I love coaches, but you know it's true.
She's going to get me to 7 figures and it only costs 7 figures to work with her!
Hiring another Coach to stay balanced
This is my mindfulness coach.
Stalking writers in magazines you've never even read because your competitor was just published
No, I don't know what Forbes its about; but Gabi if you don't get me in I swear to God.
Having a team bigger than Beyonces
I have a copywriter, a publicist, a financial person, an accountant, a yoga teacher, a health coach. Who am I? Who am I NOT?
Working non-stop but also bathing at 2pm
I can't hear you, Bill, my bubbles are too loud!
Paying for insane food delivery instead of getting some human interaction
Postable, DoorDash, Vegan Food, we love them all! We are busy, dude.
Having literally all the platforms
Slack me, VOX me, What's app me - I'm flexible. But don't e-mail me.
Not knowing what to say at regular human parties....
So, do you guys like click funnels?
Utilizing your Brand as a reason to buy wine
Maybe this is just me. But, it's part of my brand culture to be a little tipsy after 5pm.
Which one was your fave? What'd I miss? Leave me a comment below!
Ok, if you only read one thing:
YOURS. not the PLANETS!!! (Who the hell put you in charge?) Instead of waking up and consuming scared texts, Facebook and mania... there are three questions you can ask yourself as you go through your day *in this order*:
1. What do I need to feel stable? (Meditation, Exercise, Journaling...?)
2. What can I do to help my family and friends? How are they coping? (Who can I check in with?)
Getting off the phone with your sisters like ^^^
3. ((Once you feel stable in your own little world)) Then, show up online and ask, What does the world need of me?
^^^ When you see that one lady on Facebook at the nail salon.
Watch this video for more details:
I'm here for you, so please hit leave me a comment and let me know how you are!
Okay, I know a lot of us are home right now due to the C-Virus, and that's not that weird for me, but things are just moving slower, for sure. I trust that as entrepreneurs, a lot of us have a lot of things up in the air, I created a really cool worksheet after my morning journaling practice.
This morning I was like, "Ah! so many people are being really slow to like close contracts or slow in general..."
So I started thinking, "Is there a pattern within me that makes people drag?"
Then, I started thinking of a dragon, like what's DRAGON you down? because I'm older than five. (See worksheet below), So I wrote out everything I felt like was dragging from like moving to contracts that are closing to pay off my debt to buying these skirts that I want. I asked myself, "Who is the dragon?"
And you think it would be the other people, right? You're like, Oh, we're not moving because of Chris's job or we're not moving because of this. And then you realize when you write all of the things down that you're not doing the things because if you, so it's pretty fascinating. For example, why was I dragging buying skirts? Well, because there was fear that like there wouldn't be money coming in! Or, why were the clients dragging? Well, they had fear about investing. And, That's also you, right? Because you have to assure your leads, or make them feel comfortable. So you're going to find that very interesting as you complete the fun worksheet below because a lot of us want to blame other people when things get slow, or even the actual virus, but we can take our power back.
I'm confident that when you do this worksheet, you're going to find that the dragon is you. Even things that come down to other people, like marriage. So like if you're in a relationship and you feel like the person is dragging on engagement, it will have you asking.... like, are you actually committed?
This is fascinating. It's very freeing. The problem is always us, even though we want to blame other people. So while you're home, I just wanted you to go through this, Like what projects are you DRAGON on? Everything from cleaning out your garage to like starting a side hustle. I know it's tempting to blame money or other people, but there really is no excuse. You're going to find that the dragon is you. If you do find it's other people in this exercise, I'd be curious to see if you can see how you could take control because it's a very victimized place to be in, to think nothing can change until other people move forward.
So I hope this worksheet empowers you and that you enjoy it and I am super, super excited to see what you guys think and if you're enjoying these nineties pencils over panic worksheets, I hope you know that I'm creating a planner later in fall and I hope to have lots of great things that go with that. So enjoy, share with your friends if this was helpful and if there's anything I can do for you while you're at home from calling me to like making you your own worksheet, just let me know.
Welcome another fabulous woman here to share her magic, Guest Blogger, Ele Hutt, the GG team storytelling, brand expert! When Ele isn't working on our client's work, she doubles as super woman, as a leader in the healing space and as a working breakthrough coach, you know she is going to share wildly realistic and effective tips with us.
Most of us have been talking about writing a book for ages, but in our day to day, we never seem to find enough time do actually do it, am I right?
Raise your hand if you get overwhelmed just by thinking to add something else to your calendar. 🙋🏼♀️ (Hey, we have blogs for that.)
No shame girl! We all have a crazy busy life (and bills to pay), so how are we supposed to clear out our schedule & block time to write?
Hear me out... I promise these tips can help you get at least 1 hour a day so you can start your book.
We spend most of our time either working, commuting or sleeping, and those hours are often non-negotiable. But what about the rest? The ones we spend cooking, doing the laundry, watching Netflix, using social media, shopping online or laying on the couch daydreaming about the millionaire life we should be living? Are you sure those are non-negotiable too?
Let’s get real!
The first tip to create more free time is to give yourself a break! And by that, I mean a social media break. Before you freak out, hear me out! Unlock your phone and swipe left. How many hours have you spent online today? 1, 2, 5 hours? It may be shocking at first, and this exercise is not to shame you or make you feel bad, it’s to create awareness. Are you sure you can’t use that same time to write the book you’ve always dreamt of writing?
The second tip is to maximize your time whenever possible. How much time do you spend deciding what to eat every day? Or deciding what to wear every morning? Wouldn’t it be easier if it was already planned out? Why not spend some time on Sunday getting your outfits ready and cooking the meals for the entire week? That could clear some time in your schedule to focus on what you actually want to do, write the next bestseller the world is so desperately craving for! 😉
The third tip is to break it into smaller tasks, words instead of chapters or the whole book. It will become easier to find time if you set yourself an achievable daily goal. 500 words? 750 words? 1000 words a day? Whatever you feel comfortable with! I know you may have this belief that you have to rent a beach house and lock yourself there until you finish your book, but who said that’s the only way of actually finishing it? You don’t need a writers retreat to do it. 1000 words a day is better than no words a day don’t you think? Just start.
The fourth tip is to become a time police. I know that there are some days that you only want to binge eat & watch the entire season of YOU, but you got to ask yourself, is this really going to take you closer to your dreams? Probably not! You have to be mindful of what you choose to give your time to, including friends, TV shows, podcasts, and any other distractors. Your story is worth sharing but no one but you can tell it, so it’s time to write it down girl!
Last but not least, stop thinking about it like something else you’ve gotta do. You don’t actually “have to” do it, you WANT to do it, and that’s completely different. When you make writing your obligation, you unconsciously block all the creative juices & inspiration. Why? Because you take all the fun out of it! As a passionate human being, you should write your book because you feel inspired, not because you feel forced to do it. Double-check if the topic you chose inspires the hell out of you cause if it doesn’t, it’s probably not the right book idea. When you’re passionate about it, it becomes easy to want to write at least a word every single day!
Now you know it girl, the answer to not having enough time, is about having the willingness to make the time!
Meritxell Garcia Roig, author of the Art of Empathy, and kickass Gabi Garrett team member has written us one of the most important messages this blog has seen in a while.... how to actually SIT and create the magic you know your pencil wants to create.
I woke up one day and I decided I wanted to write a book. Yes! A book, crazy, right?
Enthusiasm started running through my veins as I started to think about what would be the topic of my book, how would I organize the outline but something started to grow in the back of my mind: self-doubt.
I am sure you know the tone that the voice of self-doubt uses to talk to you and how critical it is. Listen to my critical voice for a second:
I catch my self-doubt voice running the show in the back of my mind but there is a stronger voice that wants to take the lead and says:
If I have learned something is that the voice of encouragement is the one I wanted to hear when I started to write my own book.
I had no idea how to write a book because I had never written a book before but that was the beauty of it, everything was possible. I could build it up from the ground up with my own rules, learning, struggling, falling and getting up again.
Writing is for everyone who wants to write. You only need to have your unique vision of reality or create your own reality but whatever is the genre or the piece you produce it will be unique because you did it and you are like no one else.
There is no one like you. No one can write like you do and this is the key for you to believe that no matter where you start the path the important thing is to start walking.
Writing is a path that regardless of where you start walking the importance lies in the pace, no matter how slow or fast you go, don't stop, don’t look back.
Writing is a skill we all have but what makes a writer a writer is perseverance. A writer is someone who never stopped writing and maybe that's why we idealize writers, artists or musicians, we believe there is a special place in heaven that is only for them. I used to believe that myself.
No matter how loud the voice of self-doubt is you need to make the voice of encouragement your guidance. You can do anything you set yourself up to do if you persevere and you work from encouragement and not self-defeat.
If you have been wanting to write a book for the longest time now is the new later. Start today, set up five minutes each day to sit down and create the habit of writing.
Believe me when I say if you write about something that it is in touch with your soul you will carve time out from nowhere to get this rush of having a time and a place to share a bit of you with others through words, through your experience, and through your creativity.
Be determined to get this piece of you out there that others can benefit from. Writing a book is no different than deciding to do a yoga course, learn something new, start taking piano lessons or decide to get into plant-based cooking.
As anything new we are not familiar with fit and fear is the natural reaction. We want to run away from fear because it is uncomfortable and we have many reasons from our self-doubt voice that say: You are not enough, you can’t do it.
The trick though is to use this fear to propel you forward. We all have fears. The difference lies in how we use that fear to our advantage.
What is the worst that can happen? That you write a book that won’t become a best seller? You will have written a book, this is the accomplishment. To walk through the path and give it all you have to give, learn and educate yourself, seek help, look for guidance, read other books of similar topics than yours, observe how others do it but above all Sit and Write.
If there is one thing I am certain about is that no book was finished by thinking about it. The difference between writers and those who want to write is that writers sit and write even when they don't feel like it, even when they don't know where it will take them, even when the result is not good but especially they write exactly when all the odds are against them. Because writing anytime is what makes you walk the path of writing your book.
There is always something in you waiting to be written on a piece of paper and the only thing you have to do is show up. Sit and write.
Get in your back to the future, clothes, Marty McFly - it's time to prance our way into 2021, 2025 and 2030 so we can meet your future selves and find out what's in store for you.
Feel free to read this blog first, then follow with this pre-recorded meditation / audio-exercise. (P.S. We can work together on this with 1:1 sessions if you're down.)
Before we head into our time travel G-Wagon, I need to cover some ground rules:
We'll start by warming up your imagination. I am praying it isn't too rusty for your inner child's sake, but if it is, that's ok. To begin, I want you to close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Imagine you are sweeping out any thoughts about that annoying Facebook comment, your current waistline, or your Chipotle in the fridge. Do that now.
Ah, now I want you to imagine a killer badass G-Wagon time travel machine and I am driving you.
Ok, you're in the car and we're about to take off into the future.
First stop: January 1, 2030.
We've flash-forwarded a DECADE! Take about 2-3 minutes to really imagine you've arrived at the doorstep of your future. (Remember there is an audio version of this blog you can use by clicking here.)
Once you've hung out in your 2030 image, Let's look around:
Now, write out EVERYTHING you can in your journal. Take as much time as you need, including details like what surprised you, what elated you... what energized you.
Say bye to 2030 you, I know she's sexy, but back in the G-Wagon, Jill-y.
Next stop, January 1, 2025.
Half-way to the 2030 version of you, you were likely working hard to make that dream a reality. Let's take a few minutes to visualize this you.
Again, journal about the 2025 version of you, leaving no detail unturned.
When you're ready, hop into the G-Wagon for our last stop.
We've scooted to one year (ish) from today: It's January 1, 2021.
You know the drill.
Great work, sister friend. Now, let's pull over on Saturn... nah, too hot, this planet will do. Before we get back to your real life, let's review your three years/spots and collect our notes. ( Don't forget: We can work together on this with 1:1 sessions if you're down.)
After comparing and contrasting all 3 stops, what are the predominant strengths you saw in your future self? What made you your most excited, brilliant version of you?
I'd like for you to pick one tangible item you saw in your visions: a stage, a book, or a house, perhaps.
Next, pick one feeling that your future self exuded: confidence, sexy vibes, glow... whatever comes to you.
Lastly, you have one question to answer:
What one thing could you do today to walk towards that tangible object, while feeling that feeling?
Ask yourself that question every single morning, and watch the magic unfold.
I hope this was fun for you! Please leave me a note in the comments on what this exercise unveiled for you.
This guest post is by my friend, Nicole Schmitz, who is an incredible Virtual Nutrition Coach. Nicole shares her six steps to stay healthy this holiday season with us... but I say, why wait? Let's dive in!
The Holidays are upon us and the food, booze and sweets are everywhere you turn! Seriously you do NOT have throw in the towel when it comes to your health, eating, and fitness until January!
Yes, it’s possible. With these tips, you CAN enjoy the company of friends and family while still prioritizing your health all season long.
Eat before you go. Completely ignore the idea of “saving up your calories” for a party. Keep your regular schedule of eating 3 healthy meals each day so that you don’t show up starving and overeating. You’ll also have confidence in knowing the ingredients in your meal avoid worrying if there’ll be anything “healthy” that you can eat.
Fill 1⁄2 your plate with vegetables. Go beyond raw carrots and celery! Think chopped, cooked, or spiralized veggies that are sauteed, roasted, grilled, or steamed. Choosing more than one serving of vegetables or salad will fill you up with nutrients and fiber so you’re less likely to binge on bread and fried fixings.
Mindfully socialize without snacking. Drinking and chatting can lead to a lot of mindless grazing at parties and events. If you’ve eaten a satisfying meal before arriving, you can focus your energy and attention on WHO YOU’RE WITH rather than how amazing the apps are.
Make a choice. There’s no need to graze on snacks, AND eat hors d'oeuvres, THEN enjoy a main dinner, WHILE having drinks, AND “treating” yourself to dessert. Instead, make your decision on what you’ll have and SAVOR it (ex: dinner AND dessert, or appetizers AND a drink).
Shift your mindset. Consider what you are CHOOSING to eat rather than what you “can’t” have. You CAN have anything you want. And you WANT to wake up tomorrow feeling like your normal, healthy, focused-self (without guilt, shame, or a tummy ache).
Bring a healthy dish. When you’re invited to a party, offer to bring a healthy appetizer like marinated veggie or meat skewers. If you’re attending a big dinner, make a roasted vegetable side dish that you know and love. Knowing there’ll be SOMETHING healthy and satisfying available is a great way to avoid choosing unhealthier options, and again, allows you to focus on other things like enjoying your time. Homemade guacamole and salsa is always a crowd pleaser.
Skip the dips. Many chip and vegetable platters are accompanied by thick, creamy dips or spreads that are filled with processed foods, additives, and heavy dairy/fats that may leave you feeling sluggish and bloated. They’re also a little hard to eat. Reconsider eating things that require lots of plates and napkins (and utensils and hand-licking). It’s much easier to shake hands that way too.
Recover responsibly. If you do overeat, soothe your stomach by sipping on ginger tea before bed. I always keep a box in the house and a tea bag in my purse. If you overdid it on booze, drink plenty of water or coconut water, and take a multivitamin or Emergen-C supplement before bed. Drink more ginger tea the next morning if needed.
Keep exercising. All season long, keep movement and activity a part of your routine. Take a new class, fit in a daily walk, or practice yoga online. Consistent exercise will keep your mood and immunity up over the colder months and keep your weight where you want it. And on the day of an event or holiday: get in a few extra reps (or miles).
Enjoy yourself. When you choose to eat or drink something you don’t have every day, make it special. Have a reasonable portion and savor every bite. It’s better to have something small and indulgent than to stuff your face with crappy food because it’s THERE.
Ultimately, know that there is nothing “out of your control” this season. You can still celebrate the season and spend time with loved ones while taking care of yourself. No guilt here: you love your body and eat to nourish it. Pay attention to how certain foods make you feel and whether treating yourself is worth it.
If you’re struggling with this mindset shift or aren’t sure where to begin, contact me to schedule your first call for clarity! Combining traditional theories, modern research, and real-life experience and expectations, I created an integrative process that helps women actually change the way they look at food, how they eat, and feeling healthy for life.
Thank you, Nicole! Friends, I'd love to hear what you think and which tips you'll use in the comments below, please!
I found a random Google Doc I wrote one weekend when my boyfriend was out of town.
I thought I'd share with you the stream of consciousness from that evening:
"Being alone feels weird at first, like diving in the pool and then eventually getting used to the cold sensation.
Today, I wandered around the house in a state of half-asleepness. How strange it is. I just kept feeling like something was missing. I had the sensation that I should be doing something, mixed with feeling like I should be going somewhere. After hours of this nonsense, I brushed my hair. I looked at myself in the mirror and told myself, "You don’t have to be on right now!"
So, in a weird funk, I sat at my kitchen counter. I made myself a cheese plate and I poured myself a glass of rose. I decided to celebrate myself at that moment.
If you can sit through the crap and you can feel your feelings and you can be alone, meaning you analyze all those negative voices in your head, they'll eventually subside.
For me this celebration is because I decided not to skip out on being alone, I decided not to get my nails done for the millionth time, I decided not to distract myself with dates with friends or people I don’t even like.
It's a celebration of feeling my feelings and deciding that I was enough all by yourself.... even when I looked at my face in the mirror with no makeup and my strange "home" outfit.
And friends, this is when the creative muse shows up. It's the reward for wading through the uncomfortable waters, the cold icy pool of being alone."
What'd you think? Can you relate? Would love to hear from you in the comments below.