New Ultimate Life Binder, 3rd edition is here!

Hi! My name is Michelle Rohr, founder of the Secret O.W.L. Society and creator of the Ultimate Life Binder. My Life Binder story started in 2011 when I realised one day that I had just lived the same year twice and that it was a mediocre year. I was in a rut and had finally woken up to the fact that something seriously needed to change - Me. In one instant, I realised that by taking 100% responsibility for my life, I could design a life I love.

So every Saturday I would pack up some self-help materials and go sit in a coffee shop and just focus on what I wanted and how I could be spending my time better. I started finding goal-setting printables online and they were helping me a lot, but I was beginning to feel mentally cluttered with all my different sheets of paper. 

So I bought a 3-ring binder and organised my worksheets according to the different areas of my life. Suddenly it felt as though I had broken through to a higher level of personal development. I had figured out the key to actually applying everything I was learning because I could measure and review my progress. I had a system to help me take 100% responsibility for my life and live on an upward spiral. The Life Binder was born.

I'm SOOOO happy to now release the 3rd edition of the Ultimate Life Binder. Since launching the 1st edition on my blog one year ago, the Life Binder system has been purchased by over 1000 people. I am so honoured to be serving the world in this way. 

Using the Life Binder system continues to help me up-level my life. That point in my life in which I had repeated the same mediocre year twice is long gone. In the past 5 years of using my Life Binder, every year has been 10x better than the year before. It is truly mind-boggling!

I know that if you commit to taking 100% responsibility for your life, the same thing can happen for you.

Michelle Rohr
- the girl behind the Secret O.W.L. Society -

June Glorious June

(In order: James Green (Carrie's brother), the new Carrie Fipps! (formerly Carrie Green), and Me)

This was a special month. I left my little island and flew out for Carrie Green's wedding! After 24 hours of traveling, I arrived in Florida and stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before heading to Carrie and Kelin's wedding party house (it was more like a mansion, actually!)

My goal for that first day in Florida all by myself was to create an online version of a class that I've been teaching on Guam about how to make money blogging. I essentially locked myself in my room and listened to Latin music until I got it done. It took allllll day. I ordered take-out but the food never showed up, but I wasn't going to let the need to go out and eat distract me! Crazy, I know, but after the initial bout of hunger, I was no longer hungry and just focused on finishing my work and getting my class out there - which I did! To check it out, CLICK HERE >>
The experience reminded me of a success principle that we don't hear about too often - We give ourselves too much time to achieve big things. Yes, some goals require patience, but I'm finding that most of the time, all that is required to achieve big things is a compact, focused burst of activity.

The next morning, however, I was very much looking forward to getting out of the house and eating breakfast as soon as possible. haha

Here is a video that we put together for Carrie and Kelin to celebrate them getting married. The ladies in this video are members of the Female Entrepreneur Association Members' Club.

The pic above shows my journey being a part of the Female Entrepreneur Association. When I stumbled across Carrie and her work 4 years ago, I was working in a coffee shop and had just started this blog. So much has happened since then and it was surreal to be attending her wedding and taking part in one of the most important days of her life. Life is really all about the people with whom we surround ourselves and I'm blessed to have Carrie in that circle.

Here we are - the ladies of the Wedding Party House, minus a couple missing special people. I made some new friends who I hope to see again soon!

I actually haven't been to many weddings and this was my first one outdoors. It was super hot and humid at first! #Florida. But it cooled down in time for the dancing and was really nice. :)

This experience was an awesome way to mark the half-way point of this year and I am so looking forward to what the rest of 2016 has in store.

Hello Mid-May Printable + 28 things I've learned

This month's Hello Mid-Month printable is designed to help you take stock of 10 pieces of wisdom you've learned over the course of your life thus far. I don't think this is something we do enough, but it's good to stop and ask ourselves, "What have I learned?" and then keep coming back to that list and reminding ourselves so that we don't "forget."

The other half of this printable is centered on the concept of "Seasons of Life." In life we go through seasons - we experience our own versions of spring, summer, fall, and winter. I learned what this really meant from Jim Rohn (you can find him on Youtube).

We have to learn how to recognize the season of life that we are in and make the most of it and - most importantly - be preparing for the next season. There is a season for sowing and a season for reaping and without fail the seasons always change. Winter always follows Fall, Spring always follows Winter, and so on. Which season are you in right now and how are you preparing for the next season that is right around the corner?

For me, I feel like I've been in a season of enjoying the harvest of what I've put in place last year. Since moving into a bigger apartment, I've enjoyed hosting dinners, fixing up our home, planting a garden, and making new friends. I've had 90 days of simply enjoying my life more than I'm used to. I don't stay up late working any more and I get out of the house more and have been to the beach more than ever.

But now I feel ready for the next stage - the next season. I can tell that it's going to be a season of very focused, consistent activity in my businesses. I've been preparing for this season by learning how to balance my new lifestyle with my responsibilities as a leader in my own life and of my team. One way that I've been doing this is by getting alot better at ruthlessly tracking my daily habits. I keep my daily habit tracker printable on my fridge and check off my progress every day. I've also started having Mastermind meetings that are 100% focussed on exactly what we need to achieve on a weekly basis. I meet with my friends/sisters/business partners and we plan our week. And while we schedule in fun stuff like going to the beach or salsa dancing, we also schedule in activities and goals for our business.

I'm ready for the next season of life and the next 90 days. :)

If you have trouble downloading the printable, you can email me at michellerohr@gmail.com

So first things first - May 1 was my birthday. My birthday fell on a Sunday this year, so here I am outside of the Friary where we go to Mass and I am with my sister Angelica (who helps me out with the Secret OWL Society and designs and sews the fabric covers for the Ultimate Life Binder) and my brother William.

Angelica's birthday was on May 7, so we had a joint birthday party with our friends on the beach. We spread out a picnic on the sand and played frisbee - I was doing pretty good at frisbee until I made a dive that twisted my ankle. LOL

Our spread from our birthday picnic on the beach. :)

Blowing out my candles. The frosting on the cake says: "Happy Birthday Mom. Love, your adopted children." My roommates have dubbed me the mother of our home. LOL

And here's more of the family. I have 10 brothers and sisters. I am the second oldest and I just turned 28 years old!

Here are 28 things I've learned so far in life:

1. Opportunities don't come from living in a particular place; they come from having a particular mindset. 

2. When you put energy into something, you ALWAYS get something back - one way or another.

3. There are seasons of life and you have to embrace the season you're in.

4. "I'm going to die one day and I can't take my physical possessions with me." This thought helps me not grow attached to "stuff," practice minimalism, and focus more on people and experiences instead.

5. One hour spent in planning mode saves you 10 hours of wasted time.

6. A well-designed wardrobe is an essential part of a well-designed life.

7. Just focus on being 1% better every day.

8. What you measure, improves. Track your habits, track your performance, track your meals, track your water intake...

9. Set goals not for the mere sake of achieving them, but for the sake of having a direction, a vision, a mission. Drifting aimlessly is not good for your soul.

10. Be the CEO of your own life and don't let other people's agendas fill your calendar.

11. When you know what you want to achieve, you're able to see what you need to edit out of your life.

12. Your brain is for coming up with ideas - not for storing them.

13. Your home is not a storage unit.

14. Problems are life's way of shaking us out of mediocrity so that we will hurry up and move to the next level. 

15. With every new level, there is a new devil. Sometimes when you work to uplevel your life or business, you're going to feel like you're walking through fire. It could be doubts, relationship problems, communication issues, fear, deep-seated insecurities - a bunch of ugly stuff that tries to hold you back, sabotage you, or drag you down. But as Churchill says, "If you're going through hell, keep going." It helps me to know what I'm up against - then I can stop going in circles and start fighting for the person I need to become.

16. People skills get you through life more than anything else. Read Skill with People by Les Giblin.

17. You have to take the good with the bad. Some of the best stuff of my life came out of the worst experiences.

18. Don't trade your dreams for a car payment.

19. Focus on creating multiple streams of passive income and buy your life back.

20. If you're not willing to help one person, you don't deserve to help 10, 100, 1000, 100,000...
This blog started because I wanted to help one person.

21. The more you practice simplicity, the more abundance you get to enjoy. One year ago, I focused on one simple concept - the Life Binder system - and shared it with "the world." This one product has enriched my life with purpose and financial abundance and is helping a thousand other people around the world simplify their lives and focus on what matters. Focusing on this one concept/product has been a practice in simplicity. Out of everything I've ever created in my time as an entrepreneur, the Life Binder has been my most simplest product and at the same time the most rewarding.

22. Drink alot of water and exercise a little every day.

23. Have a morning and evening routine, even if you feel like you are still trying to master it year after year. Keep trying.

24. Treat other people the way you want to be treated. Make people feel the way you want to feel.

25. Keep a list of "What Makes My Life Work." 
These are the types of things that you would put on such a list:
- Taking time to plan my day first thing in the morning makes my day go smoother.
- Purple and blue are the best colors to wear for my skin tone.
- When I do x, y, z, at night, I have a good hair day in the morning.

26. Build your business to support the lifestyle that you want. Don't just work for the sake of working.

27. It is possible to design a life you love - you have to be patient. It could take years. But the years are going to pass by anyway. The joy is in the progress - not in the perfection.

28. Don't be afraid to "give up," go to sleep, and get back at it in the morning.

So at the beginning of this month, I planned out my goals. Here are some of the things I want to achieve:

1. (finally) Create my online graphics course.
2. Host my next blog workshop here on Guam.
3. Start working on the 3rd edition of the Ultimate Life Binder.

The picture above is of my sisters and good friend. We are all in business together and we met up here to make plans and commit to what we want to achieve as a team. One of the things that we decided was to have a team meeting every Monday morning and map out our game plan for the week.

We also planned some fun things too. We want to start a tribe of young people on Guam who like classy dancing and create the environment for them to do so.

Here is a pic of what "mapping out our strategy for the week" looks like. There's no such thing as perfect progress, but we definitely get more done now that we are accountable, taking time to plan, and working together.

If you are interested in the printable I'm using in the above pic, you can find it HERE >>

The view from my apartment. It's even more amazing at night.

And if you've been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I love to make good food.

I had my siblings over the other day and made cinnamon rolls - probably my favourite dessert to make.

I'm working on a new blog post going in depth into my personal Life Binder as it is now. My post about my Life Binder from a couple years ago is one of the most popular posts on my blog, but every time my life shifts, so does my Life Binder. So stay tuned for a new (long overdue) behind-the-scenes-of-my-life-binder blog post very soon.

Here we are after Mass on Mother's Day. All these ladies are business partners and mastermind buddies!

Taking silly pictures with my youngest brother.

Yup, I'm on SnapChat! You can find me @MichelleRohr
I'm still easing my way into doing more video, so if you want to see the video version of the behind-the-scenes of my real life, Snap Chat is the best place.

For the S.O.S. club this month, I created a vibrant kit of printables with an "epic" theme. The picture above shows one of them. If it's still May 2016 while you're reading this, you can still get this particular kit automatically when you subscribe to the S.O.S. club HERE. :)

And that's it for this month's Mid-Month Review! It's fun taking time in the middle of the month to take stock of everything that's been going on so far and to reset one's internal compass for the rest of the month. Anyways, enjoy your Mid-May printable! :) Let me know how you like it in the comments below.

April Life + Free Printable

This month, I have something different for you. Don't worry, the Hello Mid-Month printable will be back in May. This new printable is something I created earlier this month, but haven't really promoted it TILL NOW. :)

If you have a problem downloading this printable, you can email me directly at michellerohr@gmail.com

I want you to reconnect with what you want to achieve this YEAR - big and small goals. I think it's important to do this often - not just in January - because as we go through different seasons of life and refine and define our values more and more, our goals WILL shift. AND HEY, WE ARE ALREADY ALMOST 1/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH THIS YEAR! WHAT?!?!

So use this printable to see where you stand now. Set goals that you really want to see happen - don't just rewrite old ones for the heck of it - make sure that everything you write down on this printable are things that make you excited.

And now, an update on life happenings so far...

I got my logo done! AND ordered stickers and business cards with it. :)

(I'm the girl in the black pants in the photo on the right)

Basically the past 30 days have been full of meeting new people, making new friends, cooking good food, and enjoying life more. This was one of my goals. Mission accomplished. :)

Here I am with my younger brother at a potluck. I made a pretty awesome taco salad, though I do say so myself. MmmMmMmM

I wanted to start growing herbs and vegetables on our balcony and so far I have oregano and basil growing! I also have green onions growing in a cup of water that I'm ready to plant. Just need to get another pot and more dirt...

I'm on Snap Chat now! You can see the video version of my life-happenings, gardening, and cooking on there. :) 

My username is michellerohr

One of the things I've wanted to do more is enjoy the fact that I live on an island more, so I've been spending alot more time at the beach - even going out in the evening with my roomates for a picnic by the ocean.

Here we are enjoying a night dancing to SALSA MUSIC! That night we were having a casual dinner party at our home with some friends and afterwards we turned on some salsa music and before we knew it, we all went out to go dancing. #spontaneousawesomeness :) 

I learned how to make LOX - salmon cured with salt and other seasonings. Apparently it's something that fisherman used to do to keep the fish from spoiling. They would bury the salmon in the sand and the salt would cure the fish. It tastes amazing and the salmon ends up lasting longer because you only eat a little bit at a time (it's that tasty).

I've been getting better and better at getting up early so I've started sitting on the balcony to read and plan my day.

And I made bread!

For the lox I made this week, I used the following seasonings:
- basil (from my balcony garden!)
- oregano (from my balcony garden!)
- lemon zest
- dill
- salt
- fennel seed
- pepper
- sugar
(I posted the whole process on snapchat by the way, so follow me! :) Username: michellerohr)

The picture on the right is what I had for breakfast. It's eggs with lox on top with capers and green onion (that I'm growing in a cup of water) and passion fruit! :)

On the business side of things, I'm setting the date for my next blog workshop here on Guam, getting interviewed on several webinars, taking care of clients, growing my network marketing biz and massively organizing my finances. I even went to the university here to teach a class on how I've built a passive income with my online business!

A big milestone that I hit this month was passing 1000 sales on Etsy! When I started selling on Etsy, I had no concept of how in the world people were making that many sales. Now everything seems possible and I have such big plans for The Secret O.W.L. Society. :)

Well, that's it for this month! Enjoy your printable and enjoy your life. :)

Free Printable: 2016 Wish List - It's Possible!

Hi! I'm sitting here working through my to-do list and was inspired to create this printable. I was looking at my goals in my Life Binder last night and noticed that I had achieved some things without realising it - little things that were basically "wish list" items. It reminded me of the power of WRITING DOWN WHAT YOU WANT.

So I took immediate action and made this printable just for this purpose. I filled mine out already and am about to tape it up in my bedroom where I can see it every day. I have little goals on it like buying a particular pair of shoes on Etsy to big goals like traveling first class.

(*If you have trouble accessing this printable, you can email me at michellerohr@gmail.com)

Your wish/goals list means nothing however if you don't believe it's possible. I've had crazy experiences where I've always received what I wanted and I feel like it's due to three things:

1. I'm not afraid to ADMIT that I want something - I say it, I write it, and I tell other people.

2. I believe that I can get it. I literally have NO DOUBTS about it. I might feel nervous, or pressure, or fear, but I don't allow myself to feel DOUBT.

3. I don't care how long it takes. If I don't achieve what I want when I wanted to achieve it, I reset the deadline and I reset it over and over and over until I get it. I NEVER feel DISCOURAGED. Success is a direction, not a destination. I'm in this for life.

And on that note, I challenge you to press play on the video below. I've listened to this talk at least 12 times over the past several years and I'm listening to it again now. Press play and listen to it while you're working, cooking, or driving. Join me. :)

I can have my dream.
I can get what I want.
I must be creative.
I'll never give up.

Free Hello Mid-March Printable

Hello! I'm back for another Mid-Month Review and Free Printable! This printable is centered around getting back on track with your one big goal for the month. I know that whenever I achieved something big in a short period of time, it was because I focused on doing ONE THING every day (no matter small) that helped push me toward my goal. So this Hello Mid-March printable helps you do just that. I recommend sticking it on the fridge or where you'll be able to see it and write on it every day.

Now for my review of what's been going on in my life lately...  :)

I created a corner in the living room where I can sit down in the morning with my coffee and plan out my day, read for my personal or spiritual development, write in my 5 Minute Journal, and review with my Life Binder.

This month's epiphany:
I've been realizing that I've been spending too much time debating with myself, so I'm making myself JUST DO IT basically. For example, it could be evening time and I'd be looking outside thinking I probably should get out of the house and take a walk. I used to go back and forth with myself and basically waste time and energy thinking if I felt like it or not. Now I immediately MAKE A DECISION and GO. So I've been doing this with different areas of my life and building up that MENTAL MUSCLE within myself to take action and do the right thing RIGHT AWAY.

Since moving into an apartment with an amazing view, great little kitchen, and an awesome, big dining room table, we've been throwing DINNER PARTIES a couple times a week and it's been so much fun cooking good food, having people over, and enjoying eachother's company around the dinner table.

I've been a cooking and baking every day since moving into my new place. These are whole wheat donuts that I made on Sunday for my brothers and sisters when they were visiting. YUMMY. Ahhh, I wish I still had some right now.

Today I received this amazing 2016 calendar from Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneur Association. My roommates were even more excited about it than I was, I think (!!!) (and I'm pretty excited), so we had a great idea to share the calendar by putting our goals on post-it notes and using it for all of us. The year ahead is looking pretty amazing. We're such a great team. :)

I've been practicing working according to "Theme Days." I got this concept from the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, who had a theme for every day of the week. For example, on Mondays he'd work on management. On Tuesdays, he's work on products. Et cetera.

I've gone through one week so far operating according to themes, and even though I have not been as focused as I'd like to be, I feel so much more productive and at peace with my to-do list. It also makes it so much easier to know what I ought to be working on when I'm planning out my day.

I created a printable for this purpose called "My Themed Days." It's available in the S.O.S. kit for March, so if you want to grab it, become a subscriber here >> click me :)

Yup, more food.

We've started buying fresh fish and making POKE - an insanely tasty dish. We're trying really hard to not make this to eat every day, it's SO good. Here's a great video I found on Youtube showing how to make it:

That's it for this month! I've basically been keeping up with building my business and enjoying my life with good friends and good food. My one big goal this month is to finish creating my graphics course. So, I'll definitely be using the Hello Printable for that! I hope it helps you achieve something big this month too. For more help on achieving something BIG, check out Carrie's Mission for March challenge HERE. She does it every year and it only gets better and better. :)

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