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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

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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64: Get the Know How to Crowdfund Your Next Project or Business with Khierstyn Ross  

In episode 64 on #MerryBiz we chat with our online digital advisor friend that specializes in online product launches through crowdfunding.  In fact, she's helped drive over 7 figures online through crowd funding and she's super passionate about sharing how she does it.  We had the pleasure of hanging out earlier this year on a tropical island, having fun, drinking cocktails and we are so excited to welcome our friend Khierstyn Ross to #MerryBiz! YAY!   "You’d be surprised how much you learn from screwing up." Some questions we asked... How did you get into crowdfunding? Why are you so interested in it? What is crowdfunding? Can you pinpoint the things that you think make up a successful crowdfunding campaign? Is there anyone that you look to you for inspiration every day?  What does it take to create an epic email list? "Just show up!" Some AHA! Moments in this episode… Why crowdfunding is the new age of funding a business. The importance of talking to your customer and understanding their needs. How to decide the amount of money to aim for in your crowdfunding campaign. Why you can't just launch... you need to build an audience first. Where to spend your dollars when creating your campaign. "Crowdfunding is not just a way to make money, it’s a way to launch a business."

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BONUS: Create or Hate, Successful People Make Things with Dan Norris  

We're epically enthused about this podcast episode with Dan Norris. They're always the most fun because a. we get to do them live in his office/studio, b. we go 0n all the weird and wonderful tangents and c. becuase it's THE Dan Norris.  During this chat we mostly discuss the topic... idea... no, the MAGIC of creativity. Because Dan has a brand spankin' new book out: Create or Hate. Check it out here! (for free this week!). Far out even the title is freaking amazing.  But wait, we gotta talk about that sub-title: Successful People Make Things. ARGHHH. It's like oh yeh, duh! We gotta make stuff to be successful. Yes, making things can bring in the dollars (yay) but what about the joy, fun, love, inspiration and life changing stuff these 'things' also brings? Steve Jobs made the iPhone (um epic and makes our lives a whole lot easier), Frida put her magical reality on canvas (talk about inspiration), The Beatles made music (joy, sadness, hope, love, bliss... every emotion) and Erica our old neighbour creates a garden oasis year after year, after year. Not sure about you but when we look at a beautiful garden we instantly feel happy and calm... see, magic. Just make something! Make something for fun. Make it to earn money. Make it to help people. Make it to spread a positive message around the world a billion times. This is from the back of Dan's new book...   Most of us have always wanted to make something, but for any number of reasons haven’t. Maybe you used to make things as a child, but stopped some time into adulthood.   What is that something for you? Writing a book? Creating a blog? Learning photography? Starting a podcast? Launching a business?   This book exists for only one reason, to help you create that something.   We are all creative — there is a creator in you.    But there is also a force called Hate, which will work against your creativity and stop you from making things.    Hate can be controlled, and overpowered and your creative side can be nurtured and grown.    This book will show you how.  Dan talks about all sorts of stuff we love... How negative self-talk will limit you and that your thoughts matter. The magic of synchronicity. Maybe these small signs are giving you a message that you're on the right track. Failure = course correction. Failure is a good thing, what we like to call a 'blessing in disguise'.  Gratitude is a game changer. More gratitude equals more creativity and less negativity. It kills anger and stress. You know how we feel about gratitude.  Following the flow, the momentum... the bliss.  He also gives a bunch of action steps to help you create and overcome hate.  Our key message from Create or Hate was to keep on creating. Create for fun. Create for health and happiness. And in the words of Dan... create so much they can't ignore you. 

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63: Lunch Lady Lou Creating Healthy Lunch Orders and Changing Lives  

In episode 63 on #MerryBiz we chat with Lunch Lady Lou! She creates real food (wholefood lunches) for the time-poor health conscious corporates. That's right, she's in the business of delivering your healthy lunch to your desk. Daily. Giving you the time and space to get on with the rest of your to-do list. Sounds good to us! She's on a mission to transform how we think about, cook and eat our food. We're so excited to welcome to #MerryBiz Linda Ellis, aka Lunch Lady Lou!   "You're only limited by your own creativity." Some questions we ask… How did you end up cooking healthy lunches for busy corporates? How did you start? How did you get over that block of thinking I don't know how to do this?  What do you say to people who have fear around leaving their secure jobs and following their dream? How has social media played a part in your business? Some AHA! Moments in this episode… How rock bottom can create the person you need to be.  Why food is one of the most important things you can change to positively impact your life. Even though you might not be doing what you want to do... the skills you're learning are preparing you for what's next.  Why it's ok to think small first... then think bigger.

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62: From Breaking Even to Million Dollar Biz, Beginning Boutique with Sarah Timmerman  

We are SUPER excited about today's #MerryBiz guest! She's the founder of one of the world's top boutique fashion sites, Beginning Boutique. Starting the business in 2008 after a trip to Paris, facing struggles and triumphs, the business now turns over millions of dollars every year and has a big focus on their customer, one of the reasons of their huge success. We can't wait to learn more and share it all with YOU! Welcome to the show Sarah Timmerman of Beginning Boutique! "There's always room to grow." Some questions we asked… Take us back to 2008. Where did the inspiration come for BB? What has the journey looked like... from then until now? Take us through the challenge of going from bankrupt to profit? What was going through your head? How did you overcome it? Did you have a team then?  How do you inspire your team?  How did you develop your on point brand? Will you ever think about bringing in investors? What's the coolest, craziest thing that's happened to you because of BB? How do you reach out and meet new people? "You gotta do what you can with what you have." Some AHA! Moments in this episode... The importance of knowing what needs to be done each and every week to reach your big goals. How meeting new people is key for business growth.  Why you need to focus on building a happy team environment to = a successful business. Always leave room to grow and learn.  Focus on balance, focus on health.   

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