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Stress-Free Systems Summer School

10 Live Weekly Video Classes from 10 Talented Experts in All Kinds of Business Systems


Lucky you! You’re either my client or a special guest invited to experience a remarkable group of people generously offering their expertise on how to systematize your business, from legal issues and money to branding and cleaning out your crazy, overflowing inbox. Why? Because systems reduce stress, free up time, and make your life more enjoyable. Enough said. But… while systems are amazing, they sure can be a pain in the ass to set up. And even if we know (or at least have a feeling) we need more systems in our business, sometimes we just don’t know where to begin.

This series is aimed at giving you the tools to make creating the necessary systems in your business easier.

And this is not a telesummit or a sales pitch. They are real, content-rich classes. Bonus Class – Listen to This First As a primer, I recommend listening first to the free video recording of a class I taught recently: Grow a Burnout-Free Business: Nature’s Way! It covers the 8 Stages of the Natural Business Cycle and Mother Nature’s 7 Productivity Secrets. It’s a great framing for why systems are important and will give you a window into this whole “natural business” thing if you’re not already familiar with it. You can find out more about it and listen to it here.

June 19, 11AM PST:

Organize Your Crazy Digital World: From Emails to Documents to To-Do Lists With Heather Sontag
    • Is your digital world a jumble, chaotic collection of too much information?
Do you get stressed…
  • Every time you see your email count?
  • When looking for documents?
  • Because your to-do list is on post-it’s, in emails and floating around in your head?
Let’s spend an hour taming the technology chaos and get your digital world organized. I’ll be showing you how to tame your email, manage documents on your computer, Dropbox and Google Drive, and track your tasks so you feel in charge of your life and business. Heather Sontag is an organizational expert, coach and speaker. She works with overwhelmed moms, busy women and successful entrepreneurs. Heather’s also an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and other local women’s business groups. She is a sought after consultant and coach, transforming people’s spaces, routines, and minds so they live fulfilled and organized lives. Heather has spoken for Genentech, ReBoot Accelerator, a variety of business associations, women’s groups, parenting organizations, and schools. Find Heather at www.ssorganized.com and be sure to take part in the “Take Back Your Inbox Challenge”- 5 days of tips, tricks and systems to jump start you towards a stress free inbox here.

June 26, 11AM PST:

Bookkeeping 102 – Getting Organized and Staying On It With Briana Cavanaugh You want to feel absolute confidence that your business will take care of you—that it will yield the profits you need to pay the bills, set money aside for retirement, and build up a healthy “rainy day” fund. Briana, an expert in both bookkeeping and money psychology, will answer your questions about bookkeeping basics + help you know what systems you can create to stay on top of your financial game and have more control over your profits.
  • Take control of your finances: When do I need a bookkeeping program (aka, is my Excel spreadsheet enough!? And which program should I use? What does a bookkeeper do, and when should I hire one? What do I need to do vs what can I hire a bookkeeper to do?)
  • Understand the big-picture financial picture of your biz: What are budgets and projections and why do I need them? How do I review my financial reports?
  • Set up Sacred Money Dates: What do you need to do each week, month and year to stay on top of your finances.
Plus, Briana will answer your other business finance and bookkeeping questions. Grounded in both the practical and emotional aspects of money, Briana Cavanaugh of Bliss Your Money helps her clients create financial clarity, set and achieve their financial and life goals and ultimately have both financial freedom and security. She loves helping people really “get” money and finance and feel powerful about making money on purpose! She helps people understand money, what it is (and what it isn’t) and how they can transform their relationship from being in debt, anxious and overwhelmed to one of ease, confidence, and bliss. Find Briana at www.blissyourmoney.com and grab a copy of “7 Ways Your Bookkeeper Can Help You Get and Stay Profitable” here. 

July 3, 11AM PST:

Finding Systems that work for YOU… Otherwise You Won’t Use Them! With Ginger Conrad If even the word systems sends you into overwhelm, this is the class for you. In it we’ll discuss what a system is, how to create or discover yours,which ones are priorities, and which can wait. We will dive into your biggest pain point areas and look at how you create a system that fits YOU. Because if your systems don’t fit, you won’t use them. If you struggle with time, I have systems solutions for this. Is it focus that you are finding the problem with? I have solutions (and systems). Do you drown in email? I can teach you to swim.
  • Systems do not have to be rigid and impersonal
  • Systems can and do mesh with their creators
  • Wait, what exactly is a system?
We’ll cover this and more. Ginger Conrad is a skills coach, consultant and healer. For the last 17 years she has been working with technology and people to streamline business practices and create better work environments for her clients. Her current emphasis is on reaching productivity goals while maintaining an enriching life. She uses technology to help fill in the cracks and to sharpen the skills of those she works with. She acknowledges the need for productive practices and has been researching and implementing ways for companies and employees to be productive while reaching the goals they dreamed of and most importantly, maintaining their quality of life! Find Ginger at www.gingerconrad.solutions.

July 10, 11AM PST:

Self-care Through the Seasons: Systemize Your Rituals and Practices by Following the Cycle of the Seasons, the Phases of the Moon, and the Rhythms of the Earth. With Riyana Sang Do you find that your well-intentioned plans for morning practice, journaling, meditation, and natural health easily fall by the wayside… and before you know it, it’s all busy-ness and takeout again? Struggling to make headway on your business while also caring for your body and mind, heart and soul? Do you find that wearing too many hats is wearing you thin? Learn how you can call on the powers of nature and the wheel of the year to nourish optimum balance, well-being, creativity and productivity. During this one-hour class, we’ll cover:
  • Different strategies for spring, summer, autumn and winter to harness the power of the season, connect you to the herbs that are most potent for the time of year, and keep you out of the doctor’s office and off of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals.
  • Creating a simple, soulful, successful daily ritual to nourish you on all levels– body and mind, heart and soul– that will keep you moving forward towards your dreams.
  • Riyana’s top 7 herbs that every home apothecary needs to have, and how to use them safely and effectively.
  • The Number #1 natural health technique that will boost your energy, balance your mood and hormones, ease anxiety, and clear away brain fog– that nearly everyone is missing.
Riyana Rose Sang is a Certified Western Clinical Herbalist a doula, and the former program director of the Ohlone Center of Herbal Medicine in Berkeley, CA. Her teachings and private practice focuses on issues relating to women’s health: pregnancy, postpartum, fertility, hormonal balance, as well as heart-mind issues such anxiety, depression, stress, and overwhelm. A long-time devotee of nature and magic, she also teaches courses on all things witchy and intuitive. Some of the beautiful organizations she’s been privileged to work with include Reclaiming the Sacred Well, the Institute of Urban Homesteading , the Revolutionary Living Institute, Homestead Apothecary, Ohlone School of Herbal Studies, the Biofuel Oasis, Earth Activist Training, and Petaluma Bounty. Riyana is devoted to teaching about connection to nature through our relationships with the green ones, animals, and the faeries, and utilizing ritual technologies such as trance, embodiment, and devotion that empower us move out of our minds and into connection with spirit and the earth. Find Riyana at www.riyanarose.com and grab a copy of “13 Keys for a Successful, Soulful Daily Practice”  here

July 17, 11AM PST:

How to Hire Your Own Virtual Assistant With Jessica Sala-Bonin Virtual Assistants (VAs) can make the life of a business owner much easier by taking tasks off your plate that perhaps just aren’t your forte, you don’t currently have the time for or (it’s okay to admit!) you just don’t want to do. Some VA’s specialize in social media, some in Facebook ads, some in web design. And then there are some superhero VA’s can perform a wide variety of tasks. But, how do you find a VA that is right for your and your business? In this class you’ll learn:
  • How to find and hire a VA that is right for your business
  • How to delegate tasks to a VA
  • The all-importance of communication and effectively managing your VA
  • Not that!! What to do when your VA isn’t following your instructions
Find Jessica at www.salasocialmarketing.com and grab your copy of “How to Hire the Perfect VA in 7 Easy Steps” here.

July 24, 11AM PST:

Create a Resonant, Remarkable & Sustainable Brand With Nela Dunato Learn how to craft a brand identity system that captivates your clients, and brings beauty and harmony into your marketing. Your own personality and presence is the most important sales and marketing asset you have. When you get face-to-face with people, your essence will radiate through your voice, body language and personal style, and connect you with those clients you’re aimed to serve. But how do we translate our unique personality into words and pictures? How do we give our audience and clients a glimpse into who we are as people and as professionals through our website, social media, newsletter, free resources..? This is where the work of human-centered branding comes in. Together, we’ll examine the elements that make up a unique brand, and explore how you can identify your own, so that you can create a brand that’s easy to maintain and that grows with you. During this class, we’ll cover:
  • How having a powerful brand can help you improve your sales and marketing
  • A step-by-step approach to discovering a brand that’s aligned with your inner nature
  • How to systematize your brand using a brand style guide
  • How to know when is the right time to hire a professional designer
Nela Dunato is a brand designer and the author of the book “The Human-Centered Brand”. She’s been working as a professional designer since 2005, and started her own boutique design studio in 2013. She also teaches graphic design as an Adobe course instructor and through her own workshops. Her focus is on helping service professionals craft expressive brand identities and exceptional client experiences. Find Nela at www.neladunato.com and grab your worksheets and takeaways from Nela’s class here.

July 31, 11AM PST:

Easy Legal Steps…That are Also Good for Your Soul With Lisa Fraley, JD Join Lisa Fraley, JD as she shows you how to get your business up and running on the right side of the law. We’ll cover everything you should be thinking about from a legal perspective as your online business grows, including:
  • Selecting the type of business entity you want to operate – Sole Proprietor, LLC or S-Corp;
  • Having a solid client agreement to use with 1-on-1 clients to secure your income;
  • Honoring your website and content with the right legal documents;
  • Protecting your brand identity with trademarking.
Lisa Fraley, JD, is an Attorney, Legal Coach®, Speaker and #1 Best-Selling Author of Easy Legal Steps…That are Also Good for Your Soul. She’s also the host of the weekly “Legally Enlightened” podcast on iTunes. She’s a frequent legal expert on over 250 webinars and podcasts including top-ranked “Entrepreneur on Fire”, and she’s spoken at live events for Jonathan Fields, Mike Koenigs, Carolin Soldo, Health Coach Institute, The Health Coach Group, and others, taking stage alongside Gabrielle Bernstein, Kris Carr, and many of today’s thought leaders. Lisa’s mission is to help small business owners understand that the law can be accessible, empowering, loving, and even spiritual. As a Holistic Lawyer®, Lisa blends her legal expertise and caring health & life coaching skills to help thousands of heart-centered entrepreneurs to protect their businesses and brands with contracts, disclaimers, trademarks and more. She shares her “Legal Love” through DIY legal templates, online courses and 1:1 services and is known for aligning legal steps with the chakras. Find Lisa at www.lisafraley.com and grab your free first chapter of her book, “Easy Legal Steps…That Are Also Good for Your Soul“, which includes what you need to include in the first legal step to protect your website  – the Website Disclaimer – and how you support your root chakra to ground and support your business as you share your website with the world, here.

August 7, 11AM PST:

Business Metrics – What to Track in Your Business for Financial Success With Indigo Ocean Dutton Even once you figure out exactly the business that’s right for you, it can be so hard getting it to financially work out. Sometimes good money is flowing in but other times returns are lackluster for a while. And it’s hard to know in advance what you need to do to get more of those great months. What if there was a system that could reliably guide you toward exactly that? What if it could tell you which activities were providing the greatest returns and which the least, so that you could do more of the former and reduce/eliminate the latter? In this workshop you’re going to learn just such a system. You’ll see how you flow from meta goals to micro goals in how you organize what you’re doing in your business. And then how you use simple technology to give you timely feedback on whether your actions are leading you toward achievement of those meta goals, or in need of adjustment. I hope you’ll join me. Indigo Ocean Dutton, MA is a business strategy consultant at Awaken Business Consulting. She is also founder at Aspiratech business technology consulting firm and The Winning Start mindset liberation programs for people with family histories of generational persecution. Her degrees include a BA from Brown University in International Commerce and an MA from the CA Institute of Integral Studies in Counseling Psychology. She has served on the boards of several non-profits and taught meditation to incarcerated teens. Find Indigo at www.indigoocean.org and sign up for a free strategy consultation and assessment here.

August 14, 11AM PST:

Face Your Finances, Liberate Your Life With Adam Koren Adam is a firm believer that it can be easy – and even fun! – to get clarity about what is going on with your money. We’ll take a compassionate approach to getting a handle now on your personal finances, and setting you up for more ease and success moving forward.
    • Learn the reasons people typically avoid dealing with money problems
    • Cultivate a more empowered relationship with your finances
    • Have a positive hands-on experience of dealing with your money (right in the session!)
    • Discover ways to bring in ongoing support in this area of your life
    • Explore what personal finance systems and processes might work well for you
Adam will focus on personal finance, while Briana’s class focuses on business finances. Adam Koren helps people who have a tough time facing their finances by walking with them to help them handle any flavor of challenge. Adam’s clients often initially report feelings of shame, or not feeling like an adult when it comes to money. After working with Adam, they feel much more solid, capable, and grown-up in handling their finances. He brings more than 17 years of experience in coaching and counseling, and that experience has shown him how central the emotional side of money is for people, not something you get from most financial planners! Adam’s approach helps you repair your relationship with money and leaves you equipped to handle it well going forward. Adam has gained an appreciation for the courage it takes to face one’s money challenges, especially given that hardly any of us got any training in dealing with our finances. Find Adam at www.adamkoren.com and grab a free money session with Adam here.

August 21, 11AM PST:

Holistic Super Moves to Fill Your Meetups and Workshops With Jessica Hadari If you are building a private practice, groups, workshops and events could be your most lucrative and fulfilling next step; the key to doubling or even tripling your business. But filling events is different than filling a 1-1 coaching program and requires different skills and systems. In this workshop, you’ll learn
  • How to boost your income from workshops
  • The steps to attract clients to your live and online workshops
  • How to be systematic about marketing your events
Plus Jessica will answer your questions about how to make money before, during, & after your events. Jessica Hadari supports ambitious women trailblazers to lead with pleasure … and mend the world with divinely guided rebellion. Just a few years ago Jessica was suffering from chronic pain and on food stamps, because of debilitating illness. She was guided to learn how to live a pleasure-guided life of radical self care, and to deeply nourish herself with divine guidance and better boundaries. Now she runs a successful business in the 6-Figures centered entirely around collaboration and showcasing the brilliance of women. Working only a few part-time days per week, Jessica spends most of her time in deep gratitude for her journey from dark-night of the soul into self love, sisterhood and light. Find Jessica at www.femtalks.org and enjoy your free pass to an upcoming FEM talks event And “The Opulent Woman’s Self Care Pleasure Package​“ — Expand your capacity to truly Rest & Receive, so you can create more ​… while doing less here. Also, grab the free “Super Networker Secrets” resource she mentions in her class here.

The Stress-Free Systems Summer School is part of the Redwood Circle Women’s Business Community

If you’re not already part of the Redwood Circle, you can learn more about it here.

In short, we are weaving a web of down-to-earth women coaches, consultants, and holistic practitioners who are committed to self-care, positive impact, and wildly successful businesses through the radical act of collaboration and mutual support. We meet seasonally – in person, in nature – to step off the obsessive productivity hamster wheel, listen to the wisdom of the earth, and find alignment, ease, efficiency, and enjoyment in our businesses and lives. So if your interest is piqued, check it out, and sign up for a free consultation with Julie to see if it’s a good fit.
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