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What NOT to Buy on Cyber Monday

What NOT to Buy on Cyber Monday

​It’s Cyber Monday! Deals aplenty! Shop! Shop! Shop!

I’ve done lots of research, compared Amazon to Walmart, and developed this comprehensive guide of What Not to Buy on Cyber Monday.

Don’t buy:

ANYTHING!

If you’re privileged enough to be reading these words on some type of screen, then I know one thing for certain about you… you already have too much shit.

And the people you’re buying for? They already have too much shit, too.

Here are 10 better uses of your time than buying (literally and figuratively) into the hyper-consumerism crap that’s being shoveled to us 24/7:

  1. Write a letter. Not an email or a text. An actual letter. To someone you care about.
  2. Spend 10 minutes reading. A real book. With real pages.
  3. Stretch. Reach for the sky. Touch your toes. It’s easy, free, and works miracles for the body.
  4. Reflect. 2019 is almost over. What were your highs and lows? What did you learn along the way?
  5. Do it now. That thing you’ve been putting off that’s lingering in the back of your mind. Yeah, that. Do it.
  6. Make amends. If it needs to be said, say it. If you were wrong, own it. There’s no guarantee of tomorrow, so take care of it today.
  7. Hug. Hugs are like little vitamins for the soul. This is going to sound cheesy, but Mike and I stop and hug each other about thirty times throughout the day. Our souls are fortified.
  8. Move your body. You thought you were off the hook with just the stretching, didn’t you? Your body wants more and deserves more. Strength: get some.
  9. Compliment someone. I bet that you have amazing people in your life doing amazing things. Recognize them. Appreciate them.
  10. Love yourself. Don’t dwell on the negative. Focus on the positive. In #9 I talked about amazing people in your life doing amazing things. I bet you’re one of them.

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Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

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On GRIT

On GRIT

​I will never forget the final day of our first, 28-day GRIT Challenge. Twenty-eight days of hauling sandbags and kettle bells, running sprints and 5Ks, doing mountain climbers and burpees.

Who knew that hanging from a bar could be so damn hard?

(Now I know. It’s really hard.)

Along with the physical challenges, we had to write posts that were shared within the private group on different elements of GRIT. Our thoughts on commitment, effort, prioritization, digging deep, reaching our potential. Our experiences in showing up, even when you really don’t want to show up.

We learned that effort can spread like sunshine. Effort breeds effort.

(While lack of effort can spread like a disease).

We learned that when the stakes are high, we rise to the challenge. The high stakes of GRIT related to the fact that if you missed a single day, you were booted from the group. No second chances, no cheat days, no “get out of jail free” cards. You committed to do it, so you did it. End of story.

I’m not talking about a group of whey-chugging body builders. GRIT members came in all shapes and sizes and ages. People with neck injuries and spinal issues completed the challenge. People who struggled to complete their workouts through tears, but completed them nonetheless.

It was amazing to watch and an honor to be a member.

I’m not going to lie… I’m all of the following: sore, proud, tired, relieved, glad it’s over, and somewhat smelly because I haven’t showered since completing today’s final workout.

But most of all I feel gratitude, for the founder (Ryan Fletcher), for the tribe, for my husband, and for discovering what I can do.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Mid-GRIT

Mid-GRIT

Mike and I are in the middle of our 28-day GRIT challenge. This includes an intense physical daily workout. You are not allowed to miss a day. If you do, you’re booted from the group.

It doesn’t matter if you’re tired or don’t feel like doing it. It doesn’t matter if the weather isn’t cooperating (one member’s videos show him slogging through snow).

If you’re injured, you do a modified version of the workout. But you still do the workout.

Today’s involved sandbags. Running with a sandbag, lunges with a sandbag, dragging a sandbag. We also had to do 50 burpees as fast as possible. Every day is torturous. But every day we show up. Because that’s what we committed to do.

We’re also divided into teams. No one wants to let down their team. It doesn’t matter if you have to limp your way through the workout and claw your way across the finish line. What matters is that you show up and give it everything you have.

What if we approached other parts of our life like we did the GRIT challenge? Absolute commitment. Complete follow-through. What if we were able to be as accountable to ourselves as we are to our teammates?

If you had told me a month ago that I’d be lugging around sandbags and doing sprints and incorporating a kettle bell into push-ups (you don’t want to know), I probably would have laughed. Told you that’s not my thing.

But here I am, showing up every day, doing things I wouldn’t have thought myself capable of doing. This level of commitment and accountability is a game-changer. This challenge is neither easy nor fun, but the satisfaction of knowing my workout is complete is more powerful than anything that’s easy or fun. It’s about grit. And it turns out I have some.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Inconvenience or Adventure?

Inconvenience or Adventure?

I learned a magic trick. It goes like this: with a little shift in my perspective, I can turn an inconvenience into adventure.

I used to be a complainer.

Flight canceled? Insomnia? Difficult people? Crappy job? Illness?

I could stomp my feet and pout and mope like it was an Olympic sport.

But it turns that complaining and temper tantrums do absolutely nothing to help when an inconvenience arises.

(It’s also annoying and unflattering, and I don’t want to be that.)

Part of this shift in perspective, unless you’re one of those people magically born with grace in every situation (I am not one of those people), is just part of growing up and learning that adapting will serve you well, and also learning to recognize when it’s needed.

Traveling, parenting, being in business for oneself, all of these are areas that come with a heck of a lot of inconvenience. Everything is harder than expected and takes longer than expected.

But all of it is much more enjoyable when approached with the mindset of, “Okay, let’s figure this out.”

I’m grateful to have a partner by my side in all of this too, because then it becomes, “Okay, let’s figure this out together.” (I know that’s kind of sappy, but it’s true.)

When something doesn’t go as planned, I have a choice in how I react. I can go down the road of blame, anger, and frustration, but that’s not very much fun. Instead, I want to remain conscious of the fact that there’s another path. Assessing the situation, taking ownership of what I can control and letting go of what I cannot, and moving forward with a positive attitude.

It’s not an inconvenience; it’s an adventure. Let’s figure it out.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Grateful for All the Sucky Things

Grateful for All the Sucky Things

I think a lot about gratitude, not just because it’s trendy, but because I really BELIEVE in it.

That it’s important, that it brings happiness, that it’s priceless, that we have an infinite supply.

To fully understand gratitude and have an appreciation for it, I think we have to go through some pretty tough times. We also have to gain an understanding of the world that goes beyond the limited scope of our singular lives. It’s more than noting the haves and have-nots, it’s seeing that the world is vast and varied, infinitely complex. There’s something beautiful about that.

Sure, I’m grateful for what I have, from the coffee cup at my side to good health. And yes, I’m grateful for my family. But in a way, I’m also grateful for every trial I’ve experienced. Because they are all part of the path that brought me to where I am today. Part of me.

Every time I’ve been wronged, I’ve gained wisdom and learned about forgiveness.

Every time I’ve screwed up, I’ve armed myself with tools to help me avoid screw ups in the future.

I’m not just grateful for all the good. I’m grateful for it all.

Since I was lucky enough to wake up this morning and to have another day ahead of me, I might as well make the most of it. I have a choice for how I approach this day and how I let all that’s come before impact it.

I choose gratitude.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Humor Makes It Less Awful

Humor Makes It Less Awful

“Push-ups, sit-ups, and a strict diet of raisins. That’s my plan.” – Jack Black

Humor is necessary. It breeds camaraderie, and camaraderie is what keeps us going when things get really poopy. If you’ve ever tried to get in shape, then you probably feel some connection to the Jack Black quote above.

If we can’t laugh about what’s REALLY awful, then we’re left with nothing but the awfulness. Sounds… awful.

My mother, sister, and I are all drawn to morbid and terrible things. We’re not happy that the morbid and terrible things have happened, but since pretending they don’t exist doesn’t do any good, we indulge in a bit of fascination with them.

I mean, you can’t make them un-happen.

“Don’t forget to lock your door,” my mother will remind me. “You don’t want the SK coming in.”

SK = Serial Killer. Of course.

This is my mom’s way of being funny, and also an honest and heartfelt reminder to keep out serial killers. So, you know, it’s a win-win.

“I went running this morning along the river,” I’ll tell my sister. “I always look along the banks in case there’s a body.”

“Did you find one?” she’ll ask.

“No.”

“Oh,” she says, with just a hint of disappointment.

It’s not that I want there to be a body. Of course not. It’s just… if there is a body, I wouldn’t mind having a role in the investigation.

My husband does not share this inclination for morbid and terrible things. That’s okay. Our humor operates on a different level, usually centered on making fun of ourselves.

We do extremely difficult workouts every morning now.

(Part of the GRIT challenge I’ve written about before. Yes, I got sucked into doing it again.)

Each workout has a “finisher” – a super-sucky add-on at the end of the workout, just to make sure you really push yourself to the verge of vomiting.

Today’s finisher involved lying on your back, sticking your legs straight up in the air, and lowering them down to one side and then the other, over and over, at a brisk pace. Each time Mike lowered his legs to the left, his body would somehow move a few inches to the left, though this did NOT occur every time he lowered his legs to the right.

“I’M TRAVELING!” he yelled with wide eyes, halfway through the workout, while his legs still furiously swung in an arc, back and forth. “I’M TRAVELING AND I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M TRAVELING.”

Sure enough, Mike’s body was somehow inching along the carpet, despite only his back touching the floor.

I started to laugh and while laughter might be the best medicine and great in most situations, it is not beneficial when one is exercising. The muscles buckle, the joints fold.

Doing an intense workout while trying not to laugh is a true shit-show. Have you ever experienced that? Our form for the rest of the workout was not up to par.

But the laughter took away the awfulness. Because of the ability to laugh, to find humor in discomfort, in downright pain, and sometimes even in the morbid and terrible happenings of the world, we can make each day a little bit better.

“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” – Steven Wright

 

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

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