Fideliz Cruz Vision Casting Workshop | Anointed Leadership

Another great event and highlight to my week. Despite the hiccups and challenges I have had with family issues, I’m so grateful the Lord provided and allowed for me to participate in this workshop.

As I always say, “Showing up is half way there”. I’m proud that I showed up and Jesus, as always, showed up for me.

Last session in April, only 3 months ago (although it seemed a lot longer!), my mission statement was,

“To be a fearless and faith-filled entrepreneur and yoga therapist, joyfully serving God in my business, community and loving my family.”

I was so ecstatic about having a sharp goal and vision, I made sure that the mood/vision board was laminated and stuck on the wall of my walk-in wardrobe so that every morning when I dress myself, I would wear my mission.

And boy, did I!

I have to admit that reviewing my past quarter’s actions against the mission was a daunting move. But I’m so glad I made space for that time and did it. I am able to say that I tried my best to live it out and simply because I made a commitment to it and made it a habit to remind myself daily.

And all because the beautiful Fideliz gave me the tools to do that. Talk about anointed leadership!

This time, in this July vision casting workshop, I was blessed to be able to meet other like-minded beautiful women – some whom I have been divinely and newly connected via social media and others whom I have connected with very naturally since my Holy Yoga journey . This workshop has provided and will continue to be an opportunity for an in-person gatherings for like-minded women! 

If you’ve chanced upon this blog or have been meaning to meet up with me to talk Christian Yoga and Wellness, please do reach out as I will have tickets for the next one happening in October! I can’t wait.

Meanwhile, my goal for this quarter has taken a more specific position as I feel the Lord giving me permission to step up and into this space with honour. I pray that He will give me the wisdom, grace and strength to journey through and serve Him joyfully. 

“My vision is to be an anointed leadership in business, women’s communities and my family. I am committed to showing up, serving Jesus and personal growing in faith.”

For more information and to join this beautiful community, the next workshop will be in October. Stay tuned by following my social media and check out http://www.fidelizcruz.com!


Until next time, friends xx

Yes, we’re moving to Melbourne

For those of you who have been wondering about all the chatter of my Melbourne move, it’s real.  Yes, we are moving to Melbourne.

As much as this news comes as a surprise and shock to some of you (me too!), this event deserves celebration as it has come with much prayer and discernment behind the scenes.

Unlike what you may have thought, the opportunity and decision came about very recently.  For me recent is a few ‘days’, if you know what I mean 🙂

So, thank you to all of you who have sent on your blessings and well wishes for the relocation.   Due to the spontaneity of this, it’s fair to say I’ve encountered a flurry of emotions over the past week – mainly oscillating between excitement and sadness.

Some of you will know that, for many reasons, Melbourne would be the LAST place on earth that I would imagine moving to (sorry Melbourne friends 😆).  This is testament that when God uses you and calls you, He does.  He does it gently, compassionately and in His time.  No amount of my own effort would have resulted in such a decision had it not come from providence.

With such privilege, I’m confident that this path ahead is bright but winding, of course.  The coming months will see a lot of learning in the family dynamics and yet again, polishing of my marriage.  So, I’m expecting friction.  I’m expecting tears.  Yet no precious stone reflects its true shine without some hot laser-cutting and polishing.

I’m already excited about Efficient Media’s expansion into Melbourne and of course, HOLY YOGA MELBOURNE!

Congratulations to my husband, who has stayed so dedicated to work and family.  He probably doesn’t deserve the role.. HAHA….but as Wonder Woman would say, “It’s not what you deserve.  It’s what you believe.”

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New Year Announcement | 2017 Classes

DEAREST STUDENTS,

Happy New Year to you all!  May God bless you all with another year of good health, joy and steady growth in your life.
HERE’S A LITTLE UPDATE FROM ME AND ABOUT YOUR YOGA CLASSES

Year 2016 was a year of travelling, growth, spiritual development and learning for me.  I have the greatest pleasure and honour to be serving in this ministry (founded in the US) and helping them build their foundations in this region.   Meanwhile, with the support of my gracious students, YOU, I have been able to enjoy a year of teaching yoga, spreading love, serving God and doing what I LOVE to do.   I also completed my 12 month yoga therapy training mid-last year, which was a huge achievement for me.  All of these blessings, I am so grateful for.

As some of you may know, I have been praying and listening to what my 2017 path looks like for ministry, yoga and for my work.  Every day, I wake up and remind myself that discernment is a conscious choice to just ‘let things be’ the way God wants it to be.  So, I’m not trying too hard, with my own effort, to achieve things.  Still a struggle for my ‘hustling’ personality, but I find peace and comfort in choosing to relax and let things roll in faith.   My prayer is that Holy Yoga classes have had that impact on you too, somehow!

  1. As far as ministry is concerned, I will continue to serve in Holy Yoga as their Regional Leader in Australia.  This means you will continue to see me actively in outreach activities seeking new instructors for the ministry and helping them grow.
  2. As for my business which I had taken a year off (2016) to focus on ministry and yoga,  I have been called to return to my Digital Marketing role this year with flexible hours.  I’m thankful that the business has yet again grown with God’s provision and that my expertise is still somewhat relevant enough that they need me back! 😛
  3. So what about yoga?  I’ve really enjoyed teaching community classes of varying levels of students last year but with the work and family commitments, I will no longer be able to offer community classes in year 2017.  

This year, I would love to continue working with students privately with a focus on yoga therapy benefits for physical wellbeing.  As we all know the mind, body and soul is one.  Last year was a year of soulful fitness and now that you’ve learnt a few tools on keeping that well, Iwould like to dedicate 2017 to BODY.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

  1. You will need to schedule classes with me individually or as a private group.  Community classes are no longer available.
  2. The price per person will vary, dependant on the number of students in a class, location and other factors.
  3. Unfortunately, this means that $10 class passes are no longer available.  For those who have unused classes, please contact me for a refund.
  4. For those of you who won’t be able to continue classes with me, thank you for your grace and support.  I will miss you!  I hope you continue your practice and grow in faith with Jesus.  Remember that I’m only a ‘text me’ away.  So reach out if you have any yoga questions.
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
~Psalm 20:4


Blessings with Love,
Jo xx

Happy 2 Years | Efficient Media


Well well, we have certainly lived up to our name and grow our business efficiently! You heard it. Simply and efficiently.

We celebrate our two year anniversary this November. From humble beginnings to a rapidly growing team and a new office move in the works, I’m as efficiently proud as I can be. Proud because of the hard work that our key guy, Timothy Paris, has taken it to this height.

In 2016, I took a bit of a backseat with working “in” the business to grow my ministry. I’ve had to juggle much to work “on” the business instead of “in”. With this adjustment, Tim and I have had to find even more efficient ways of growing. Truth be told, it’s not easy. It requires shrewdness and discipline.

From a heavily SEM focussed agency, we have grown to extend our services into more holistic digital solutions, providing our clients with strategic input and executing on action plans in areas such a Social media, Display buys and web development.

We are planning our 2 year birthday party and tying this in with our new office opening, not to mention a welcoming party to a few more new staff to help us expand and grow. So stay tuned!

They say that most small businesses fail within 2 years. I have certainly experienced that first hand myself, too. With Efficient Media celebrating it’s 2nd birthday, I am not only proud of our stable foundations but excited about bringing Efficient Media to new heights!

None of this would have been possible without the support and understanding of our loving spouses and our awesome clients. Thank you all for all of your support, business and awesomeness!

To another year of success! 2017, bring it on !

For those who follow my journey, I’d love to hear from you if you need any help with digital branding, marketing…digital everything!

From your efficiently trusted partners at: www.efficientmedia.com.au

FAITH, COURAGE & PERSISTENCE | Must Haves in Serving & Business

I’m so honoured to be invited by Fideliz Cruz to be featured on her lifestyle channel recently. 

FAITH, COURAGE & PERSISTENCE.
THE MUST HAVES IN SERVING & BUILDING A BUSINESS

Have you seen my interview with Fideliz Cruz? Watch the full episode here:

Here are my tips when serving and building your business:

1) Grace – allowing grace and remembering that we are all made uniquely different – when working with someone that works differently from you, and when you’re faced with a difficult or challenging situation, allow grace and trust in God’s plan.

2) Faith – trust that He [God] has a plan for you. you might not understand when you come across obstacles but keep going with courage.

3) Persistence – “You can not know whether it’s God’s plan or whether you’ve not done enough if you don’t persist. If you’ve persisted and its still not working you know that you can still trust in the plan. But if you didn’t persist and you didn’t give it your 100% you wonder whether it was me or what it was…”

Fideliz Cruz Vision Casting & Life Strategies Workshop – July 2016

Thank you for having me at this workshop, Fideliz Cruz.

Not only was it such an honour to speak at this event, it was such a pamper for me to hear from other speakers.  It was definitely a rich day and well spent.

For those of you keen on networking, watch this space for the upcoming workshops.  Ladies walk out of this workshop rejuvenated and relaxed!  It’s not even about investing in your time on a Saturday.  It’s a ‘I-want-to-make-sure-I-can-make-it’ kind of event.

Topics covered include: Fashion, Skincare & Beauty, Health, Finance, Business and Lifestyle to name a few.

Follow my blog and social media channels to get updated.


 

Tweet Tweet, do you Twitter?

Today, I wore my Digital Marketer hat to a breakfast hosted by Twitter’s Australia office.

As a small business owner or owner of small businesses, to be precise, it’s highly relevant to stay on top of the latest on social media and where your customers are ‘hanging out’.  Whether it’s the latest fad (Snapchat, dare I say) or Facebook’s latest acquisition.

What do I think about Twitter?

I love cute Larry, the bird. I love that 1 billion tweets are sent globally every 2 days. I love Twitter staff, the office and their slick presentations.  I do believe in their branding impacts with video. I love that they house the world’s data signals with @ and #.  I love the fact that they came up with the # (hashtags). I do love that they popularised short-form content. 

Though from a SMB strategy perspective, if you ask me for an honest opinion on Twitter – I’ll admit that it is my least of priorities on the myriad of Social Media platforms I use.  Not necessarily because it’s ineffective but it has probably lost its relevancy in promoting businesses.  I do realise I’m being harsh here but honesty is the best policy when it comes to helping small businesses prioritise their efforts.   Would I recommend my clients to pay $12K on promoted trends (a hashtag) for a single day?  Yes I would, if they were a large, million dollar business and running a branding campaign.  But definitely not for SMB’s who are focussed on measurable impacts on their marketing dollars that they entrust us with.

That said, Twitter is still a place to be present in for all small businesses.  It’s free to set up accounts and there are quite some smart strategies that are free to help you understand the latest trending topics that your customers are interested in.  In turn, there are some nuggets that you can leverage in there to target your customers.  How?  Ask the experts?

If you lack the time to post separately on Twitter, the least you can do is to link up the account to your more active Social Media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram so that your updates are automatically pushed onto Twitter.   The are also plenty of tools out there which help you manage your multiple platforms in the one place.  The one we like is Hootsuite.   Is it effective then, to be just pushing automatic updates from Facebook to Twitter?  No, it’s not best practise.  But as a small business, we understand that you may lack the time to dedicate targeted messaging on each platform.  In this instance, better to have presence than none at all.  That’s our perspective.  Some will argue otherwise.  We’ll leave it you to test and analyse!

If this sparked your interest, send us an email on team@efficientmedia.com.au, visit http://www.efficientmedia.com.au for more information or give us a ‘like’ on Facebook .