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Kate Northrup & Mike Watts are entrepreneurs, parents, and partners in love, life, and business. They believe in making a life, not just a living and have a lifestyle that reflects that. They share their tips and strategies that have allowed them to build a high 6-figure online business that they grow from their home in Maine, working part time while raising their daughter. Their show is a deep dive into what makes life worth living and how to design your business and life around that. From business strategy to in-depth interviews, metaphysics, spirituality, mindset, and personal development, Kate & Mike will show you how to make the most out of your life, love, and business.

The Kate & Mike Show: Life, Love, and Business Kate Northrup, Mike Watts, Online Entrepreneurs, Business Coaches, and Blog

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Kate Northrup & Mike Watts are entrepreneurs, parents, and partners in love, life, and business. They believe in making a life, not just a living and have a lifestyle that reflects that. They share their tips and strategies that have allowed them to build a high 6-figure online business that they grow from their home in Maine, working part time while raising their daughter. Their show is a deep dive into what makes life worth living and how to design your business and life around that. From business strategy to in-depth interviews, metaphysics, spirituality, mindset, and personal development, Kate & Mike will show you how to make the most out of your life, love, and business.

    Episode 177: 5 Ways to Tend to Your Nervous System During Uncertain Times + 6 Steps to Pivot Your Business

    Episode 177: 5 Ways to Tend to Your Nervous System During Uncertain Times + 6 Steps to Pivot Your Business

    No matter what’s going on in your corner of the world, I want you to know that I’m sending you love.
    No matter how this global situation has affected you and your family, I want you to know that I’m thinking of you and our entire community.
    Mike and I are committed to showing up in a way that contributes to this being a healing experience for all of us.
    So, we recorded a new episode of The Kate & Mike Show for you where we shared:
    • How we’re navigating self-isolation (including some missteps and how we’re learning from them)
    • 5 specific tips for tending to your nervous system during this time so you can signal your body to rest, restore, and heal instead of activate fight, flight, or freeze
    • 6 steps to take stock of what’s happening and pivot your business in an effective, helpful way
    • Why giving away all of your stuff for free may or may not be the best thing to do right now as a business owner
    • The way we’re staying informed without freaking out
    • One perspective on this unprecedented time that’s bringing us a lot of peace and solace
    If you need some healing thoughts during this uncertain time, this episode is for you.
    This is weird. We’re here for you. Take really good care of yourself and each other.
    Would you, or a company you know, be a good fit to sponsor The Kate & Mike Show? If so, let’s talk! You can email mike@mikejwatts.com regarding current sponsorship opportunities.
    Show notes and links for this episode can be found at http://www.katenorthrup.com/podcast.

    • 41 min
    Episode 176: Why I Revised Do Less 6 Months After It Came Out

    Episode 176: Why I Revised Do Less 6 Months After It Came Out

    Over here in my little corner of the world in Maine, things are kind of weird and weirdly quiet.
    I know that’s not the case everywhere in the world, and however this odd global moment is affecting you, please know that I’m thinking of you and sending love, healing, and prayers your way.
    We’d already planned for March to be an exhale month, so it turns out the slowdown is in sync for the most part.
    Our kiddos are home with us for a minimum of 2 weeks, so Mike and I are doing a bee-bop of parenting, "homeschool Pre-K" (which basically means circle time and coloring), and running our business.
    I’m changing my expectations across the board, and while I wish this moment had been precipitated by different circumstances, I’m welcoming the mandate to do less.
    At times like this I really think it’s important for us as business owners to check in on whether our messaging is appropriate for the global temperature. We’ve gotta check in and see if what we’re promoting is relevant and helpful given the moment (while not trying to please everyone, which is ultimately impossible).
    The big thing we have coming up is the newly revised paperback release of Do Less with a brand-new subtitle, new stories, new data, and some reworking so that it’s now geared toward "ambitious women" instead of "busy moms."
    In celebration of the revised paperback edition, I’m hosting a free, virtual Do Less Book Club starting the week of April 6th for anyone who pre-orders the new edition.
    When I checked in with our team and myself as to whether or not it feels appropriate to move forward with our plans given the developing global health situation, I decided it does.
    Lots of us are home unexpectedly with kids. Lots of us are trying to work and care for loved ones simultaneously and navigating new challenges around managing our time and energy. Lots of us are in a situation where we need to continue to earn money while doing less.
    Turns out, I wrote a book about how to do that, and I revised it to make it even better.
    This week on The Kate & Mike Show we’re talking about:
    • Why I decided to revise Do Less less than 6 months after its release despite people being thrilled with the first version
    • How to navigate times when marketing wisdom doesn’t exactly align with your inner knowing
    • Niching down versus broadening out
    • How to identify your creative process and own it for peak output and joy
    • What the Do Less Virtual Book Club is going to be all about and how to get in on it
    During this bizarre time I’m taking the opportunity to simplify, be super present with the people I love the most, serve my existing customers in an even deeper way, tend to my nervous system, and savor the space. I hope you join me in whichever of those sounds useful to you.
    Would you, or a company you know, be a good fit to sponsor The Kate & Mike Show? If so, let’s talk! You can email mike@mikejwatts.com regarding current sponsorship opportunities.
    Show notes and links for this episode can be found at http://www.katenorthrup.com/podcast.

    • 46 min
    Episode 175: How to Grow a High-Traffic Blog with Elizabeth Rider, author of The Health Habit

    Episode 175: How to Grow a High-Traffic Blog with Elizabeth Rider, author of The Health Habit

    Whether you’re new here or have been hanging out with me for a while, it’s important to know that I don’t see any parts of our lives as separate.
    That’s why the conversation about balance rubs me the wrong way, as though we’re trying to create equal space for different parts of our lives rather than learn how to be fully ourselves in an integrated way-- whether we’re working or playing or doing both at the same time (my favorite).
    When it comes to the health of your body and the health of your business, I feel like they’re the same conversation in many ways.
    But so often we allow our business goals to overshadow our physical health, and instead of supporting our goals, like we assume, letting our bodies take the back seat jeopardizes our health as well as our businesses.
    That’s why I’m excited to share this week’s podcast with you.
    It’s with Elizabeth Rider who’s been a friend of ours for over 14 years. In many ways, we grew up in business together.
    Elizabeth is in the business of health, and we dove into the ways we can increase our wellbeing physically and financially through our businesses.
    Listen in to this week’s episode of the Kate & Mike Show with Elizabeth to learn:
    • How to ramp up your blog traffic without focusing on keywords (whaaa?)
    • How to make the most important aspects of your health a habit so you don’t have to waste time and energy trying to make yourself do them
    • Why "boundaries" is Elizabeth’s favorite word and how she uses boundaries to have thriving physical and financial health
    Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s book, The Health Habit: 7 Easy Steps to Reach Your Goals and Dramatically Improve Your Life, for practical, non-dogmatic health tips and gorgeous, simple recipes that even someone like me who struggles in the kitchen can make.
    And, as always, remember:
    Body first. Business second.
    When you do it in that order, both things get the care and attention they need.
    Would you, or a company you know, be a good fit to sponsor The Kate & Mike Show? If so, let’s talk! You can email mike@mikejwatts.com regarding current sponsorship opportunities.
    Show notes and links for this episode can be found at http://www.katenorthrup.com/podcast.

    • 50 min
    Episode 174: How to Navigate Speaking Up About Something Controversial

    Episode 174: How to Navigate Speaking Up About Something Controversial

    Two weeks ago I did something I swore I’d never do: I started talking publicly about informed consent, body autonomy, and medical freedom as it relates to immunizations.
    This message is not about immunizations, though.
    This message is about navigating speaking up about something controversial, particularly when it appears that you’re on the less popular side.
    I knew speaking up would mean I would lose followers.
    I knew speaking up would likely mean we’d lose sales.
    I did not know that speaking up would wreak such havoc on my nervous system, however.
    I did not know that 24 hours after my post went live I would want to take it back and crawl in a hole for the rest of my life.
    And I did not know that on the other side of the initial fallout I would feel stronger, more informed, and more myself than I’d ever felt before.
    I also had no idea that taking a public stand about something so polarizing would bring gifts beyond my wildest imaginings.
    This week on the podcast we’re sharing about the journey of speaking out about something we believe in at the risk of losing followers, money, and cache.
    Listen in to find out:
    • Why all of the risks of speaking out have been so worth it
    • How to think for ourselves while swimming in a cultural soup that wants us to do anything but that
    • How to signal safety in your nervous system so that you can keep standing up for what you believe in
    • The wild thing that happened on social media from my standing up that I didn’t expect
    Once you’ve listened in I would love to hear from you.
    Have you ever spoken out about something you believed in that was unpopular or controversial? What were the risks? What were the rewards? How did you navigate any potential fall-out? Leave a comment and let me know!
    Know this: If you feel like you can’t talk about something, especially when it questions the mainstream, it’s because someone is benefitting from your fear and silence.
    But they can’t benefit anymore when you speak up. And the more who speak up, the stronger our voices become.
    No matter what your stand is, even if I don’t agree, know that I support your right to say something about it and that I’m cheering you on for saying something even if you’re scared. Especially then.
    You can get your own copy of Do Less and still receive incredible bonuses at http://katenorthrup.com/book! Kate wants to hear from you, and you can post about your #DoLess experiences on Instagram, DM her (@katenorthrup) or email info@katenorthrup.com.
    Would you, or a company you know, be a good fit to sponsor The Kate & Mike Show? If so, let’s talk! You can email mike@mikejwatts.com regarding current sponsorship opportunities.
    Show notes and links for this episode can be found at http://www.katenorthrup.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 173: How to Build a Business That Runs Without You with Laura Roeder, Co-Founder of Edgar and B-School

    Episode 173: How to Build a Business That Runs Without You with Laura Roeder, Co-Founder of Edgar and B-School

    We certainly record our podcast every week to deliver education, insight, and hopefully some entertainment to you every week, but sometimes the truth is, we do it for ourselves.
    Sometimes someone says something that makes us see something really clearly for the first time in a long time, or perhaps ever.
    When we sat down to record the interview we’re sharing this week, that happened to me.
    There was a moment during the interview with Laura Roeder, who originally founded B-School with Marie Forleo, when she was talking about why she walked away from the gargantuan program and opportunity and my mouth literally began to water.
    There’s something about the simplicity and clarity with which Laura, also co-founder of the incredible social media scheduling and repurposing software, Edgar, speaks about how to determine what kind of business to create (and then how to create it) that blew my mind.
    This episode is a MUST listen if you:
    • feel like you’re just going through the motions in your life and business and haven’t picked your head up to ask, "Is this really what I want?" in a while
    • want to hear the incredible story of why Laura walked away from B-School (and how leaving ended up making her more money than staying)
    • want to learn how Laura grew a business that she could walk away from and still make amazing money and how you can apply that to your situation
    • want to hear what Laura said that made my mouth water (because I know I want more of that!)
    Not all of us are made for the same kind of business. And sometimes a business model is right only for a season, and then it’s time to pivot or split.
    Laura is such a brilliant example of this and we’re so excited to share her story with you today. You can get your own copy of Do Less and still receive incredible bonuses at http://katenorthrup.com/book! Kate wants to hear from you, and you can post about your #DoLess experiences on Instagram, DM her (@katenorthrup) or email info@katenorthrup.com.
    Would you, or a company you know, be a good fit to sponsor The Kate & Mike Show? If so, let’s talk! You can email mike@mikejwatts.com regarding current sponsorship opportunities.
    Show notes and links for this episode can be found at http://www.katenorthrup.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 172: Grow Your Email List in 30 Days or Less with an Online Challenge with Jadah Sellner

    Episode 172: Grow Your Email List in 30 Days or Less with an Online Challenge with Jadah Sellner

    I just finished leading the first retreat for our 2020 Origin ® Mastermind, and something became so clear to me as I listened to the brilliant women in the group share:
    Specificity in business is such a turn-on for me!
    Why? Because when folks are specific about what they offer, who they offer it to, and how people are going to hear about it, they eliminate friction and significantly improve their results.
    And in full transparency, I get so excited about specificity in other people’s businesses because it’s something I’ve struggled with in my own business for years.
    I’m getting better and better, but I know I’m not alone when I say that I have to remain diligent to not get sucked down in the quicksand of vagueness in my copy, pitches, and offers.
    There’s a lady who’s become dear to my heart (even though we have yet to meet in person) who really nailed the specificity game, and no matter how many times I hear about it, I get a little hot and bothered.
    She co-founded and sold her half of the company Simple Green Smoothies, where she grew their community to over 355k subscribers and 415k+ Instagram followers.
    And you know how she did it?
    Simple specificity.
    They had one product, one platform where they promoted it, one promotional strategy, one plan, and one ideal kind of person who bought it.
    And then they did it over and over again and grew like bananas. (Pun totally intended. #wordnerd)
    What was this brilliantly specific and simple promotional strategy?
    Online challenges.
    We invited Jadah on the podcast because we wanted to share her incredible story with you so that you could learn how to build your email list in 30 days or less with an online challenge.
    Plus, Jadah is such a love, and I know you’re going to adore hearing about her journey with Simple Green Smoothies and how she’s made a powerful pivot into what she’s doing now with her current business incarnation, Love Over Metrics.
    Listen in to this week’s episode to get going with your simple plan to grow your email list in 30 days or less.
    I’m SO excited for you to catch the specific simplicity wave with us!
    You can get your own copy of Do Less and still receive incredible bonuses at http://katenorthrup.com/book! Kate wants to hear from you, and you can post about your #DoLess experiences on Instagram, DM her (@katenorthrup) or email info@katenorthrup.com.
    Would you, or a company you know, be a good fit to sponsor The Kate & Mike Show? If so, let’s talk! You can email mike@mikejwatts.com regarding current sponsorship opportunities.
    Show notes and links for this episode can be found at http://www.katenorthrup.com/podcast.

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Refreshing and thought provoking

I’ve been renovating our house (here in Matakana, New Zealand!) and have listened to many of your shows in a condensed time frame. Sometimes I’ve been moved to tears, sometimes I’ve laughed out loud and always I’ve been encouraged to really THINK about some important topics. Thanks guys for your honesty, your open hearts and your humour. Keep up the great work! Helen Jamieson 🐑

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I adore listening to the vivaciousness that is the Kate and Mike show! They are interesting, thought-provoking and share things that are practical and able to be implemented into your life if you wish. I love hearing a couple with children sharing their stories about parenting, their humour, business tips and relationship ideas. A wonderful couple to look up to. Keep doing what you do!

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If you're a parent in business get onto this podcast!

I love the way these two break it down and give me real life information on running a business, nurturing your spiritual development, podcasting, networking and the odd quip about such lofty topics as toddler poop. Brilliant and so relatable.

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