Wandering Aimfully: The Show

Wandering Aimfully: The Show

We're Jason and Caroline Zook, a husband and wife team who believes life is just one big experiment. This is the show where we share our journey as we figure out this ever-changing thing called LIFE. We cover topics like running a business, traveling the world, and clawing our way out of debt—all with the hope of inspiring you to live, work and create with more intention.

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    What to do when you experience burnout

    We've had the DISpleasure of dealing with creative burnout on more occasions than we'd like to admit. It simply seems like experiencing burnout is a right of passage when you work for yourself.

    But... We have a few tips on how to avoid burning out. How to (hopefully) not hit your own wall and feel like your health and life are suffering because of your work.

    Burnout is something soooo many of us deal with but we can feel ashamed to admit it. Well, we're here to pull back the curtain on burnout shame and to talk openly and honestly about it. We hope this episode helps you learn from our mistakes and avoid burning out with whatever you're spending time on.

    QUESTION FOR YOU: Have you experienced burnout? How have you dealt with it? Leave us a comment and let us know.

    Want to learn more about Wandering Aimfully? Head to wanderingaimfully.com and get our weekly email newsletter about living the life you want. And, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show!

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    How to deal with self-doubt and imposter syndrome

    Let us start off by saying EVERYONE deals with self-doubt. Especially when it comes to running your own business or making a big change in your life, it's normal to go through imposter syndrome.

    One way Caroline deals with self-doubt before starting something new is to acknowledge how much she'd regret not doing that thing. Yes, it's scary to navigate uncharted waters, but it's much worse to have never dipped your toes in those waters and always wondered "what if."

    For Jason, dealing with imposter syndrome and self-doubt comes down to challenging his own assumptions. Put your doubtful thoughts to the test and don't let them impact business decisions or life choices until they prove that negative assumptions are correct.

    Don't let self-doubt hold you back from getting started and don't compare where you are on your journey to the end of someone else's journey.

    QUESTION FOR YOU: What self-doubt are you currently dealing with in your life or business?

    Want to learn more about Wandering Aimfully? Head to wanderingaimfully.com and get our weekly email newsletter about living the life you want. And, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show!

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    Do you have big dreams?

    What's the thing you've always dreamed of doing? That place in the world you've had on your bucket list to visit? An experience you've read about over and over?

    We share our big dreams, or lack thereof, in this episode. We also explore if our big dreams come from our own desires or if we're merely focusing on things society has told us we should want.

    TELL US - We'd love to know your big dreams and the wilder the better!

    ANNOUNCEMENT: As of this episode going live, January 28, today is the last day to join our brand new 6-month program Build Without Burnout Academy. If you're looking to transition your client business into digital products you're going to love our new guided program that's included in our Wandering Aimfully Membership! Learn more at join.wanderingaimfully.com

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    Is Build Without Burnout Academy right for you?

    Hi friend! A quick little bonusode/promosode to announce our newest program: Build Without Burnout Academy.

    We've created a guided 6-month program that helps client-based business owners transition into selling digital products—without burning out in the process. Build Without Burnout Academy is included in our Wandering Aimfully Membership and our goal for you is in six months you’ll have:

    • Optimized your client business for more profitability
    • Built an audience and designed a content creation plan that works for you
    • Finally created and launched your digital product

    There's a lot more to this program, including a few things that go against the grain of normal online programs (like the fact we have built-in "ketchup weeks"!) Learn more by listening to this short episode or go to join.wanderingaimfully.com

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    Why and when you should make a business pivot

    Is your current business not quite serving you? Making a business pivot can look like many things:

    • Switching from one type of business to another
    • Scrapping all your current offerings and changing it up to something else
    • Getting rid of a bunch of features and try a slew of new ones
    • Or quitting a business completely! (which you shouldn't feel bad about!)

    We go through all these different types of business pivots and share stories from our various business ventures since 2007.

    We've had our fair share of business transitions and believe it's 100% okay to make a change but it can be hard to know when and how. Hopefully, our experience and advice in this episode will help you if you 're in a position where you want to make a change!

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Launching this week (Jan 21-28) is our brand new 6-month program Build Without Burnout Academy. If you're looking to pivot your client business into digital products you're going to love our new guided program. Learn more at join.wanderingaimfully.com

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    Our unique wedding and our unconventional thoughts on marriage

    A few years ago we found ourselves at an impasse: Caroline had one idea of what she wanted for our wedding and Jason had a completely different idea. While we were both 100% committed to each other and our relationship, we also found that the topic of being married was different for both of us.

    • How did we get on the same page when it came to our wedding?
    • What did we do for an engagement (hint: you'll never guess!)?
    • Why do we think the idea of marriage may not be for everyone?

    In this episode, we break down how we went from looking at a wedding from two separate perspectives and eventually landing on our own dream unique celebration (on a cliff, drinking tequila and eating donuts - no joke!)

    We also share some thoughts related to relationships in general, which may help you if you're in a committed relationship and feel like you and your significant other aren't on the same page with what to do next.

    Want to learn more about Wandering Aimfully? Head to wanderingaimfully.com and get our weekly email newsletter about living the life you want. And, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show!

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    The things we wish we'd known when we started our businesses

    Whether you're starting a business or you've been on your own entrepreneurial journal for over a decade like we have, we've got some lessons learned and tips for you in this episode!

    When was the last time you set out to plant seeds for your business? No, not actual seeds, but tasks and to-do items that may not bear fruit for many months? This can seem difficult if you're trying hard to generate revenue right now, but it's an important way to shift your thinking to play the long-game with your biz.

    We also discuss how to use an "experimenter's mindset" with your business and practical next steps. So much of our positive progress and growth has come from putting our ideas and assumptions to the test (and not counting ideas out before giving them a chance!)

    And we chat about comparison traps, dealing with feelings of overwhelm, and focusing on taking imperfect action. Lots of goodies for you this week!

    QUESTION FOR YOU: What seeds are you planting for your business this year?

    Want to learn more about Wandering Aimfully? Head to wanderingaimfully.com and get our weekly email newsletter about living the life you want. And, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show!

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    How to plan for your dream trip and our 2019 travel plans

    Taking that dream travel trip doesn't happen out of the blue. With enough planning and forward-thinking, your dream trip can be a reality with just a few simple steps we share in this week's WAIM Show episode.

    Some of our favorite recent trips:

    • Tahiti (overwater bungalows!)
    • Iceland (all the waterfalls and crazy Instagram-worthy terrains)
    • Italy (pizza, pasta, need we say more?)
    • Tulum (amazing beaches and food)

    While those big destinations are awesome, we also had a great time in British Columbia, Joshua Tree, and small towns throughout the US on various road trips!

    Travel is a source of inspiration and motivation for us. If we need to recharge our creative batteries we look for a new place to visit and do it on our own terms (read: no hostels... haha). We hope this episode helps you plan a dream travel trip or just inspires you to take a weekend getaway.

    QUESTION FOR YOU: What dream travel destination is on your list?

    Want to learn more about Wandering Aimfully? Head to wanderingaimfully.com and get our weekly email newsletter about living the life you want. And, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show!

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    Which one of us has had more one-night stands? (WAIM After Dark #2)

    This is our second "After Dark" episode of Wandering Aimfully: The Show. What happens after a healthy pour of rose and tequila? What kind of random questions did we find from the game Open Up? Which one of us has had more one-night stands??

    Find the answers to those questions and more in our second installment of Wandering Aimfully, After Dark!

    If you huddled around a fire of your own (virtual fireplace, or not), poured yourself a drink of any kind, and listened to our soothing/semi-inebriated voices, let us know :)

    Want to learn more about Wandering Aimfully? Head to wanderingaimfully.com and get our weekly email newsletter about living the life you want. And, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show!

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    Our 2018 Year End Review (and 2019 Preview)

    For the past few years we've written individual "Year End Reviews" but since we combined forces with Wandering Aimfully in 2018, you now get ONE review to rule them all!

    In this review we go over: What went well in 2018. What sucked about 2018. What surprised us about 2018. What we're planning for 2019. And finally, a word to help us frame 2019 (a mantra, if you will).

    We find these reviews are great for looking back on all we've accomplished, appreciating the ups, learning from the downs, and continuing to try to grow and get better each year.

    QUESTION FOR YOU: Do you write a Year End Review? We'd love to read it! Feel free to check our format for our review at wanderingaimfully.com/015 and send us your review.

    Want to learn more about Wandering Aimfully? Head to wanderingaimfully.com and get our weekly email newsletter about living the life you want. And, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show!

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