Changes Coming to RachelMcMichael.com

Change is good, right? I sure hope so, because there are going to be lots of fun changes this month at RachelMcMichael.com!! I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you what's been going on the past few weeks, where that means we're headed, and what you can expect in the coming months! First, let me start off by giving you a little bit of the back story sprinkled with some honesty, some humility, and a little tough love.

Four years ago, I was working in a corner office at my then-company's Corporate Headquarters traveling quite a bit and absolutely loving it! I was also planning a wedding! Just three months into marriage, we felt called to move, and I gave my official notice. My company wasn't quite ready for me to leave and decided to keep me on as a consultant - working part-time from home. It was the best of both worlds - I could serve alongside my husband at church and still work for my amazing company!

And then the plot thickens... {ok, so maybe it wasn't that dramatic, but still...} just a few months later, I found out I was pregnant and gave my official 9-months notice. {Eek! So just to summarize where we're at... within the span of less than a year, I'm now married with a new last name, pregnant, living in a different state several hours from friends and family, and leaving my job!}

I knew that being a 100% stay at home mom wasn't the right path for me - I wanted to work at least part-time, so after much thought and research, I landed on the fitness industry. If you knew me at the time, you would have thought that was a joke... I was by no means overweight, but I also wasn't healthy. {I think I ate a #5 8-count from Chick-Fil-A almost every day!}

But here's what I knew... I knew the importance of being healthy for my soon-to-be baby girl. I knew the importance of working out and the role it played in my own 45-pound transformation weight loss story. And I knew group fitness and personal training would afford me the flexibility to stay at home while still pursuing my passion for business.

So of course, I did the natural thing that all pregnant women did {insert joking tone} I aligned with the company that makes P90X and Insanity, became a Certified Personal Trainer, and begin leading online bootcamps. Then I begin teaching others how to do the same. Specifically women who wanted to be able to earn an income while staying home and those who were tired of trading hours for dollars and wanted to learn how to create an online opportunity.

But I made a few mistakes along the way. First and foremost, I also spent WAY too much time worrying about what everyone else was doing rather than focusing on who I am and what drives me. Instead of determining what truly motivated and inspired me, I became a full-on copycat! Fortunately, I quickly realized this and started trying to be uniquely me {a concept that I now shout from the rooftops and spend a lot of time discussing with my mentorship clients}.

Fast forward to about six months ago, one of my business mentors pointed out that I wasn't actually being fully me - I had left out a huge part of who I am out of my business model. You know, like the little fact that I'm a CPA with 10+ years experience who spent almost a decade helping companies from startups to Fortune 50 companies identify and improve their key business processes. I also left out the fact that I actually don't LOVE to work out. In fact, I don't even LIKE the thought of it, but I do it. Because it's important, because I DO like the way I feel afterward, and because I want to do everything in my power to honor this gift the Lord has given me!

So what did I do with all of this? I stalled. {I procrastinated. I put it on my to-do list and didn't do it.} Then, I finally sat down and wrote out my vision, my mission, and my purpose. And when I finally did this, it became clear to me that I needed to step back and evaluate, plan, and really focus on the things that mattered the most.

So what is my vision, my mission, and my purpose? {I'm so glad you asked!!} I am truly passionate about empowering working women, female entrepreneurs and mompreneurs, teaching them effective strategies to earn an income from home while maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle so that they have time and energy to devote to their families, their churches, and their communities.

Because I am now crystal clear on these things, I've been working for the past few months on a rebranding plan. What does that mean? Basically, it's some actionable items I'm going to be taking to better serve you - my clients, my customers, and my readers.

First - AForeverChange.com is merging with RachelMcMichael.com. RachelMcMichael.com will become an all-purpose website that will focus on three major areas: Business, Health, and Faith. Why? Because these are the things  that I am most passionate about and I truly believe that all three of these have to work together to fully find purpose and live a balanced life.

Second - I'm getting a new logo! It's still being finalized but should be ready in the next few weeks!!

Third - This website is getting a face lift! {While in some aspects I'm a plan-and-then-execute type person, when it comes to websites, I'm an implement-and-fix-later kind of girl, so you'll likely be seeing small changes over the next few weeks until it is completely ready!}

Fourth - You'll be hearing from me a lot more often. I'll be repurposing some of my former content from aforeverchange.com and will also begin to share what I've been learning these past several years in my own business endeavors. I've made a lot of mistakes and I'm hoping you can learn from me and get it right the first time! {Which is way more fun than making your own mistakes!!}

And finally - I have some exciting new projects in the works including a new ebook that I'll be finalizing and giving more details about VERY soon!

I'm truly excited about all that's going on and can't wait to share it with each of you!!

So tell me - what's one big thing you've learned about yourself or your business this past year? Have you rebranded and if so, what's the one thing you wish you would have known beforehand? Have you published a book? I'd love to hear your best tips!!

Looking forward to an amazing week, month, and rest of 2015!!

XOXO, Rachel

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