#MerryBiz

#MerryBiz

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MerryBiz will show you how to live your most epic life through the stories and experiences of the world's most amazing entrepreneurs. Join your hosts Emma & Carla Papas, The Merrymaker Sisters and get your #MerryBiz on.

Episodes

83: This too shall pass | Live interview with Karly Nimmo  

We swear a little bit in the episode (whooooooops). We also talk over each other. But we reckon you should all go and listen! Ahh we’re super pumped to share this #GetMerry episode with you all. Karly Nimmo is an amazing human and we’re really beginning to realise that one of the best things about this whole Merrymaking journey is meeting the people we get to meet. Meeting amazing people doing different things who share their magic with the world. This episode is filled with a lot of laughter and conversation about some pretty big and important topics. We’ve kind of realised that we want to talk about the real stuff. And Karly is the real deal. We talk about stuff like… Depression and anxiety Failure Woo-woo stuff and the universe Intuition Imposter syndrome Business struggles (lack of cash flow!) Why surface level convos suck a little bit Connection and friendships Self-connection  Being you and living your truth Yoga and meditation And a heap more. Merry Mantra of the week We asked Karly to share her current fave mantra and it’s a good one.  This too shall pass. A good reminder for us all. To know that whatever struggle you are going through right now, it will pass.  But also to remember that the good times will pass too… so really stop to enjoy them.  

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82: because... cake (the body image episode)  

This is what went down in this week's #GetMerry episode! Yes we talk about cake but mostly it's about body image. Listen!  Yay competition to win Get Merry in-a-box! Be sure to check out all the deets at getmerry.com Ohh we discuss our super cute cartoon-a-fied selves (yes, we just called ourselves cute) Checkout getmerry.com to see our video! Body image! We go a little (actually, a lot!) deeper into our body image issues past and current and the tools we use to overcome them.  LOL Moment Emma had an itchy right palm, we googled it (as you do) it means money is coming in! Yewww! Carla had an itchy stomach... we googled it. LOL. Gotta listen! #MerryFan question of the week!  Our featured question this week is thanks to Shannon! We'll be sending you a prize-y! How do you order when you are out to dinner? Do you always pick a place suitable to your diet? Yes, super simple question. BUT something that can bring a lot of anxiety. Always love talking about going out for dinny! Hehe fun and yum!    Merry Mantra of the week Because... cake (and yes this is one of our Get Merry quote cards, you can buy them in our new shop!). Yes, we touch on the topic of cake but actually, this episode is mostly about body image and the ups and downs of our journies. We both have the best body image mindset we've ever had right now. But, not because we're the thinnest and fittest we've ever been. We don't want to bang on about it here in the post. You gotta listen to get the good stuff yah! Let us know what you think, can you relate? Do you have any tips to add? Can you think of someone else who'd get a lot from this episode? Pass it on!  Always merrymaking, Emma + Carla 

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80: Look sideways  

Just like every #GetMerry podcast episode, we start off with some Merry News as well as LOL Moments of the week. If you want a quick rundown to see if you wanna listen (oh come on... you wanna listen!) we cover: Surf lessons (ha!) Salsa classes (ooo lala!) Our satin bags for our crystal sets All the app updates and the obstacles along the way Relationships and why they're so darn freaking important to nurture Mum and dad are visiting!  LOL Moment Oh no... you don't get no sneak peek (it's funnier when you listen!). But let's just say it's defs lol worthy. #MerryFan question of the week!  Our featured questions this week are thanks to Jasmine Cooper! We'll be sending you a prize-y for your efforts and contribution! Thanks Jasmine! Jasmine not only sent us 1 question... but 4 questions! In the episode we answer: What gave you the courage to leave your jobs and pursue your bliss? What's your number one piece of advice for someone sitting at their dull and soul sucking current job, knowing what they want to do, but are not sure exactly how or what they need to do to take the leap? What book that has changed the way you think and how did it change you? How do you process your emotions? So when you're triggered, what do you do to work through the feelings and take more positive action.  Some real awesome questions and we go real deep! So tune in yah! Subscribe so you don't miss out! You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunes or Stitcher and if you LOVE the episode, give us a 5 star rating and write us a merry-filled review!  Merry Mantra of the week This is always the title of the podcast. And when we say ALWAYS... there have been 2 episodes so far where we've titled them the Merry Mantra so yeah... always :D  We've actually written about this mantra before... and it really was and is a game changer. Look sideways.  In a (macadamia) nut shell: none of us are above or below ANYONE. No one is above or below you or me/us. We’re all equal. We are all made of the same stuff (star dust to be exact… like we actually are), we all have something to learn from each other and something to share. Look sideways. Stop the comparison. Stop the judgement. There is no joy there.  Submit a question and WIN! The #GetMerry podcast is all about inspiring you to live a healthier and happier life. It’s a weekly podcast (like a radio show) where we’ll be sharing all things Merry. Podcasts are the best because you can listen AND do something else... like walk, dishes, catch trains etc.  Remember, if you want to submit a #MerryFan question just email hello@getmerry.com  If your question is featured... we'll send you a prize-y! Seriously... we loves prize-ys! So be sure to listen to this episode and then submit your questions!   

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79: Follow your freaking bliss!  

Today's episode was the first episode of our new way forward with the #GetMerry podcast! Yes, there was some kind of structure BUT we've already got bigger and better ideas coming your way! So keep listening YAH!  The #GetMerry podcast is all about inspiring you to live a healthier and happier life. It's a weekly podcast (like a radio show) where we'll be sharing EVERYTHING. Our new favourite part has got to be the Merry fan question section (maybe we need to re-work that title!). But this is where we need your help!  We need you to submit questions! Then we'll answer them on the show. The best bit... if your question gets answered on the show, you win a prize-y!  If you're located in Aussie Land, you'll win a set of our brand new (not released yet) Merrymaker quote cards! If you're from over the seas you'll get a collection of our delish Merrymaker PDF meal plans!  So be sure to listen to this episode and then submit your questions! Email us at hello@getmerry.com! YAY! Remember, you can SUBSCRIBE on iTunes or Stitcher and if you LOVE the episode, give us a 5 star rating and write us a merry-filled review!  During the episode, we start with Merrymaker News. It's a great transition from #MerryBiz to #GetMerry as we take you through everything we're working on. We also take you through all the lessons we've picked up on during the week. We talk happiness, mindset shifts and life in general. Pretty sure we even get on the whole what is the meaning of life? topic (oh oh, haha). Yes, we ramble, yes we laugh and yes it's a whole lotta MERRY! So if you're looking for a dose of something magical each week, #GetMerry is the show for you! It's the perfect show to listen to if you want to start adding more positivity into your life. We also end each episode with a Merrymaker Mantra. And this week's is: Follow your freaking bliss. You've heard us bang on about this before. Yah?!  It's an adapted mantra by the philosopher, Joseph Campbell. And it's all kinds of magical epic. "Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were once only walls." Holy shit that quote changed our lives forever and ever. We first heard it when we watched the documentary, Finding Joe. Seriously, that is compulsory watching for anyone reading this. You will love it. But first, finish this and listen to the podcast! When we started Merrymakers, there was no strategy, no business in mind, no nothing really. We just had this something telling us to start writing and creating recipes. So we did! We were having so much fun doing it, so we did more of it. And we learned about blogging. And social media. And newsletters. Oh my! Then we watched Finding Joe. And then we realised that Merrymakers… well, that was our bliss. And this whole Follow Your Bliss concept was pretty freaking epic. And apparently revolutionary to us (even though it was all over the internet!) and so we started sharing this message out to our Instagram followers. We’d share it once a day, almost. Follow your bliss. Do what you love! Follow the fun! All the inspirational quotes you can think of. And do not scoff… we know you love them too! At this time we were still working in our full-time soul-sucking government desk jobs, seriously we need a shorter name to describe it. But the message was loud and clear. Merrymakers was our bliss and if we followed it, if we kept going, opportunities would flow right on in. It turned into the perfect kick up the butt too. We’d been sharing the quotes, inspiring others to do what they love, but here we were still working those soul-sucking jobs and not REALLY following our bliss. Not really living our truth. We were good at speaking the speak but... doing the do? We weren’t there yet. So the quitting of our jobs came about just 1 and a half years into our Merrymaker journey with no plan, no strategy, no money and a fat mortgage and USA trip booked in!  What were we thinking? We weren’t! But Joseph Campbell said that if we followed it… doors would open. (Yes, we're a bit cray cray). Oh and that they did! The day we quit our jobs, a sponsorship deal fell into our inbox. We were invited to speak at events, collaborate with others and featured all over the media. You know that flow they talk about? We were deep in it and it felt good! What also felt good was that when we shared the follow your bliss message it felt true and real. So your bliss is your thing. It’s something you love to do so much that it makes your smile from your heart to your teeth. And hey, guess what?! Your bliss doesn’t have to be a full time job thing! Don’t add pressure to yourself by saying it’s gotta be a career. By adding 5 minutes of bliss to every single day, your life will get all magical on you. Trust us. Can’t find

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78: Getting way more merrier... look out!  

On today's episode, we chat about the way forward for our podcast! Yep! Did you notice the name change? Heck yeah! The new format will cover loads of content and simple action steps you can take to change your mindset and change your life... to a merrier, more magical one! Yay! Bring. It. On!

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77: The power of your mindset and gratitude: the game changer! Special interview with Amy Crawford  

Kicking off #MerryBiz 2017 with some special interviews with our favourite health, wellbeing and happiness experts. This one is with our good friend Amy Crawford who specialises in Combined Therapy Cocktail. It's jam packed with SOOOO much goodness all about health, happiness and gratitude.  If you want to give yourself the best start to the year, come and join our 21 Day Challenge! We start on 9 January. You get EVERYTHING you need: meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, support and access to our Get Merry Summit! Which is 16 live interviews with the world's greatest in health (one being Jules!). We guarantee you will have fun, you will eat a heap of delish (healthy un-boring) food and you will learn so much! LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE HERE: themerrymakersisters.com/challenge and tune into this episode to be on your way to your most merriest year everrrrrr!   Always merrymaking, Emma + Carla

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76: The magic of yoga and breath work! Special interview with Lauren Vercoe  

Kicking off #MerryBiz 2017 with some special interviews with our favourite health, wellbeing and happiness experts. This one is with our amazing friend Lauren Vercoe who is a yoga teacher and mindset master. It's jam packed with SOOOO much goodness!  If you want to give yourself the best start to the year, come and join our 21 Day Challenge! We start on 9 January. You get EVERYTHING you need: meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, support and access to our Get Merry Summit! Which is 16 live interviews with the world's greatest in health (one being Lauren!). We guarantee you will have fun, you will eat a heap of delish (healthy un-boring) food and you will learn so much! LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE HERE: themerrymakersisters.com/challenge and tune into this episode to be on your way to your most merriest year everrrrrr! Always merrymaking, Emma + Carla

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74: Biz and Health Focus for Q1 2017 with the Merries  

Kicking off #MerryBiz 2017 with GET MERRY (HEALTH) WEEK! Yay! Yay! Yay!  some special interviews with our favourite health, wellbeing and happiness experts. In episode 74 we take you through our focus for quarter 1 of 2017. Both business and health wise for us personally. Health plays a huge role in business... because if you feel EPIC then you'll create EPIC. Right? RIGHT! Tune in as we take you through our personal journey of health and the action steps we're taking to create a super merry life! The next 3 episodes on #MerryBiz are with some of our favourite experts in health, wellbeing and happiness. Be sure to tune in! We chat adrenal fatigue with Jules Galloway, yoga and breath work with Lauren Vercoe and mindset and gratitude with Amy Crawford. If you want to give yourself the best start to the year, listen to all 4 episodes and if you're keen... come and join our 21 Day Challenge! We start on 9 January. You get EVERYTHING you need: meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, support and access to our Get Merry Summit! Which is 16 live interviews with the world's greatest in health. We guarantee you will have fun, you will eat a heap of delish (healthy un-boring) food and you will learn so much! LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE HERE: themerrymakersisters.com/challenge and tune into this episode to be on your way to your most merriest year everrrrrr! Always merrymaking, Emma + Carla

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75: Adrenal fatigue: what is it and how can you beat it? Special interview with Jules Galloway  

Kicking off #MerryBiz 2017 with some special interviews with our favourite health, wellbeing and happiness experts. This one is with our good friend Jules Galloway who is a naturopath specialising in adrenal fatigue for women. It's jam packed with SOOOO much goodness!  If you want to give yourself the best start to the year, come and join our 21 Day Challenge! We start on 9 January. You get EVERYTHING you need: meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, support and access to our Get Merry Summit! Which is 16 live interviews with the world's greatest in health (one being Jules!). We guarantee you will have fun, you will eat a heap of delish (healthy un-boring) food and you will learn so much! LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE HERE: themerrymakersisters.com/challenge and tune into this episode to be on your way to your most merriest year everrrrrr! Always merrymaking, Emma + Carla

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73: 2016 Merrymaker review! The epic, the good, the bad, the blessings!  

In episode 73 we take a look back at 2016 and the year that it was! Holey moley… big freaking year!  Take a listen! We have lotsa fun in this episode! Most loved moment of 2016? Carla:  My most loved moment in 2016 probably I’m gonna say our road trip, L.A to San Francisco it was freaking amazing and the best thing ever. Emma: There was just so many epic things that I can’t even think which one but I think it would be all the traveling combined! What was your most favorite travel moment? Carla: Most fav. travel moment would be when we went to Bangkok and we were on a roof top bar looking over the amazing city at all the lights all the stars and just crazy meeting amazing people. Emma: I think both America trips and Bangkok trip and also Melbourne trip, going to the races, going to the Melbourne cup. What about your biggest lesson of 2016? Emma: Biggest lesson would be ‘focus on joy’ like just always focus on adding more joy to your day and your projects and whatever you’re doing because, life is short and you don’t know when it’s gonna end. Like you just don’t know. So it’s like, what‘s the point of getting really stressed out about work, business, relationships when actually you don’t know your time is up? Focus on adding joy and if you find yourself being cranky, being nasty because of just a bad mood like have stuff that can get out of your funk. Be aware of what is creating that funk. Figure out how to make it get better just self-awareness of that, self-awareness of happiness. Favorite Podcast Episode? That we recorded with another person we interviewed… Emma: I think all the ones with Dan Norris because they were live, and also Mark Manson’s podcast. He was so helpful, he has this really good perspective of life stuff and to make it less sucky, he’s really awesome. I would definitely recommend going back in listening to that one. Carla: My favorite podcast episode I’m gonna say yes to both what you said (Mark Manson and Dan Norris) I agree with you. But also Hal Elrod. His episode helped so many people and it helped us as well. Favorite book you read this year? Carla and Emma: Create or Hate by Dan Horris Emma: The art of War  by Steven Pressfield, The Subtle of Not Giving a Fuck Favorite Restaurant/Dinner Moment of 2016? Emma: We’ve had so many dinners this year! Carla: Can I just combine all the bonita bonitas together? Emma: Mexican foods, mexican tacos and the best margaritas! What about overseas dinner? Emma: Phuket, in Melbourne when we went to Facny Hanks! Carla: What about Ojai when we had Pizza with Derek and Marleen under the fairy lights?! What about the Monterey… What about in New York we went to Mexican? Hardest Moment of 2016? Emma: There was a lot of struggles with direction, clarity, we made mistakes or what to focus our energy on, it’s just being a massive year of stepping up and not quite making it. We were stepping up, learning but everything kinda little but BLAH! Carla: The hardest moment to deal with has been the book. Because I thought that with the book we learned our lesson from the last book and then this book happened and I was really excited about it and then it’s just had to so many delays. Emma: You know what’s been the biggest lesson for me? No more books just stick to online. Tune into the episode as we take you way back to January 2016 the 1st of Jan. We go through everything that’s happened in Merrymaker Land. The Plan for 2017… our focus will be.. The Challenge The App doubling down on that The book Partnerships and Collaboration We wanna send out huge love Merry vibes to YOU for tuning in to our podcast this year! We can’t wait to bring you more Merry magic during 2017!

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72: The Magical Mat that Lowers your Stress! The Shakti Mat Story with Jon Heslop  

We are SO super excited about today’s guest! We’ve been working with these guys for the past 2 months, showcasing their amazing product, Shakti Mats! Read our entire review here: http://themerrymakersisters.com/acupressure-mat-will-make-you-more-healthy/    When our guest first tried out these magical mats, it was a random discovery on a trip to Thailand during University holidays… little did he know it would change his life forever!   Along with his best mate, they now sell the mats throughout New Zealand and Australia and are on a mission to spread the word even further!   We are SO excited to welcome Jon, from Shakti Mats to #MerryBiz!   “Shakti: the divine feminine creative power.” Some questions we asked… How did you discover the Shakti Mats? What were you doing before you started the Shakti Mat biz? How do the Shakti Mats actually work? How to they relieve stress and tension? Where did the Shakti Mats first come from? What’s next?  “Meditate for 20 minutes a day, unless you don’t have time, and if that’s the case, meditate for an hour.”

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71: How We Got Our App to Rank #1 with the Merries  

In today's episode we're pretty darn excited because our app went to #1 in the App Store during launch! We chat all about how we did it (the un-plan) and why we decided to make an app! Haven't downloaded it yet? You can here! themerrymakersisters.com/app

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69: The Coffee Table Book for Every Entrepreneur with Nathan Chan  

We’re so super excited for our friend Nathan Chan to be launching his brand new coffee table book TONIGHT!  It’s going to be an amazing book and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!  We interviewed him once before about his journey but THIS TIME we got stuck into the book! Why a book, why Kickstarter and SO much more!   Some questions we asked… Why the book?  Let’s get a bit of a back story on where this idea even come from? Who does this book belong to?  Why did you decide to go with a Kickstarter campaign?  How are you going with the printing process? Who’s is your favorite entrepreneur in the book? Some AHA! Moments in this episode… Why Kickstarter is a great place to build community.  How a book can boost your brand and identity. The importance of quality printing. Project management is key when it comes to any product… especially physical products! GRAB THE BOOK TODAY! 

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67: $0-$100K in 8 months with Meryl Johnston of Bean Ninjas  

Today's guest is the co-founder of Bean Ninjas, a productized service style bookkeeping business which helps businesses keep their books up to date. Now if you're thinking BORING... accounting! Think AGAIN!  Bean Ninjas grew from $0-$100k annual recurring revenue in just 8 months! The business is now 14 months old, has a monthly recurring revenue of $15k and a distributed team of 12 based in Australia, USA and United Kingdom. #EPIC!  Meryl Jonhston shares some absolute GOLD in this episode... you don't wanna miss it! "Think about what makes you happy... not about what makes other people happy." Some questions we asked… Where did you start from? How did this idea become about? How did you come up with your service offer? What are your tips for business owners to stay on track with money? What tools do you use in your business? How do you think bigger when you have a business? How do you figure out what your vision is? "You need to figure out what's important to you... and go after that." Some AHA! Moments in this episode… You need to set up your foundations to create an epic business. The importance of scheduling your time. Trusting that although it feels you're only making small changes... you are improving what you're doing. Why you need to find the right people for your team.

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66: Live Interview with Melissa Ambrosini, Epic Chats: Relationships, Meditation, Mindset and SO Much More  

In today’s epic episode we welcome Melissa Ambrosini back into the studio! If you missed her first episode on #MerryBiz, head back to episode 7! But this one has some serious EPIC moments that will leave you feeling extra inspired and generally amazing. If you want to be the best version of yourself you’ve got to say “yes” to you. This sometimes means saying “no thank you” to  others. Some questions we asked… What’s happening in your world? How’s work going? What’s new? Can we even call it work? What do you call it? How do you choose what you do next in your business? What about if you feel like you’re ‘full’ but you fall in love with someone who isn’t ‘full’? How often do you meditate? What type of meditation do you do? (Social Media and Email) How do you deal with making sure you’re still taking action to reach your goals but you’re doing in a way where you’re tuned in? “You can’t control what’s going to happen in the world. But you can control the way you react.” Some AHA! Moments in this episode… Following your gut is always a feeling, you can’t really logically explain it, where fear is more dialogue in your head. We can choose in every moment to react how we want to react. Why relationships are an incredible playground for personal growth. The way you cultivate awareness is by coming back inside to your true self. The power of changing your state. Why you need to learn to be fully present. “Don’t wear multitasking as a badge of honor… just be present.”

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65: How to Live a Bold Life and Stop Caring What Others Think with Kimberly Rich  

Today's guest is the creator of The Bold Life Movement; a success coaching firm and popular podcast on iTunes. She empowers people worldwide to embrace unconventional living, to create life on their own terms and to live audaciously in the pursuit of happiness. We are so super excited to welcome Kimberly Rich to the #MerryBiz podcast. This episode is THE GOODS!   "Allow some room for a little magic." Some questions we asked… What is the bold life movement? What does it mean to live a bold life? What’s your feelings around fear? What do you do to get over fears? What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned lately? How important is it to really nurture real life relationships? How do you 'find' your authentic self? Do you have a morning ritual? Take us through your goal setting process. "What does your ideal life look like? Set goals to reach that." Some AHA! Moments in this episode… The importance of balancing masculine and feminine energies (further listening here). Why learning to say "no" is so powerful. How to understand your business desire and link it to your personal desires.  Why you need to listen to those gut feelings, do not ignore them.  "My business is growing at the exact rate that I can handle."

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BONUS: 100 Spots Available! Join the First #MerryBiz Hustle!  

Where our MerryBiz-ers at? Yay! We're super freaking excited to tell you about our very first round of the #MerryBiz Hustle! And no... it's not a dance but there will be dance breaks! If you wanna get more stuff done and make some huge, awesome changes to your blog/social and business... then we created the #MerryBiz Hustle for you. 4 weeks of fun and hustle to create an epic blog and social to grow your business! Yay! And you'll have us on your side the whole entire way! We start on 2 November and there are only 100 spots! Learn more at: www.themerrymakersisters.com/merrybiz-hustle

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