GBL 046: Bringing Out Your Best Self with Allen Brouwer and Cathryn Lavery

Business partners Allen and Cathryn both started their careers in the typical fashion. Get a job and start working. However they realized they weren’t meant for a cubicle job. Cathryn even spent seven years studying to be an architect, but once she began work, quickly realized she hated it.

They separately knew they wanted to be entrepreneurs but do what? Through persistence and hard work, they both now running multiple businesses.

Now they’ve created a daily journal and planner  that aims to help structure the day, enjoy life, and reach our goals. It’s called the Self Journal and after seeing the preview and talking with them, I’ve ordered my own copy.

I’m a big fan of journaling to keep track of daily and monthly progress. I hadn’t been able to find a good one for a few years that met my needs.

So I’m excited to have the both of them on the podcast.

Some topics we cover:

  • Their previous jobs and how they started their businesses
  • The factors they considered before quitting their day jobs
  • How their school degrees and work experience affected their businesses now
  • How they cope up with failures
  • How they became business partners
  • Their morning routines
  • What they do to be extremely productive during the day
  • The importance using a daily journal and planner

Resources we talk about during the interview:

The Miracle Morning – the best book on  how to start a morning routine
Headspace – meditation app (I use this daily)
Muse – meditation tool
7 minute workout – Get a quick workout anytime – daily habit tracker for iOS and Android
The Self Journal – Pre-order yours on Kickstarter
Free resources for the Get Busy Living listeners


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  • Carley

    Just listened this this podcast.. Had to laugh, I am assuming they don’t have children with a three hour morning routine lol.

    • thanks for listening! Carley no definitely not, but like I was saying as well in the interview, a morning routine does not need to be three hours. It can be 30 minutes or whatever you have. Read “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod to give you a great idea on how to set up your morning routine and he even goes over an express routine if you’re tight on time.

    • No… no children.. not yet anyway. But I’m sure that will change. Allen found what works for him(and it’s still changing) and Cathryn has what works for her. You can make it however long you need it, as long as you cover- mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing.

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    I’ll see if this helps me in my work

    thanks for sharing this informations