2. Nourish Your Body
Hitting the pool after you have been starving all day or maybe you overate and now feel too full to swim is not going to help your cause.
Eat a balanced meal (protein, carbs, healthy fats) and give your body between 1 and 2 hours to digest.
3. Be Observant
Is there part of the swimming experience that you don't enjoy? What is it and why does it bother you? Now that you have assess the situation, I want you to do a little research for how you could improve the quality of your time at the pool. Maybe you bring extra towels, a thermos with something warm for after your swim, a hair wrap for your wet hair, snacks for afterwards, the list could go on!
4. Swim with a Buddy
Not only is swimming with a buddy a great idea for safety, but it is also a great way to stay motivated and accountable.
Not only that, but meeting up with other mermaids can be a great chance to make new friends and enhance the swimming experience overall.
5. What is your WHY?
If you are really struggling to hit the pool consistently, ask yourself what your main reason is for want to swim more often. If your reason is a strong one, you will be less likely to want to bail on yourself.
6. Count Down from 5
Something a friend of mine told me once is that she counts down from 5, when she has to do something challenging, and then she does it! It sounds simple, but if you build up a trust in yourself that when you hit "1" you are going to go for it, then you will!
7. Take a Break!
If you are genuinely feeling like you need a break, then give yourself one. We can't always be ON and sometimes it's more important to give yourself a break. Have a bath, get snuggly on the couch with a good movie or a book, have a hot shower, or maybe go for a walk. There is no shame at all in being a mermaid who knows their limits and gives themselves a rest when they need it.
Be sure to listen to this week's podcast for all of the added information on how to stick to your mermaid swimming routine.
For me this response is an honest one because I have always considered myself to be a mermaid. You don't need to over-complicate your story, you can keep it simple and to the point. Try to really feel the energy of the person you are talking to, especially if it is a child. Not all children are so fortunate to have parents who nurture their imaginations and they might have a hard time getting on board with you as a mermaid. That's OK! We can't get upset with them for that! It's our responsibility as mermaids to help show people that it's OK to be creative and use your imagination. Patience is key!
If you believe what your saying about yourself as a mermaid, others will believe it. You need to speak with authority and confidence in whatever story you decide to go with.
When it comes to how you feel about being a mermaid, you need to take the time to decide what mermaiding means to you. There are so many aspects to being a mermaid and so much potential in so many areas, that there will always be a place for you.
It's a journey my fishes, we are all swimming at a different speed and that's part of the magic!
You can be as real as you want to be and you can quite literally use mermaiding to transform your life and create your own reality, one of creativity, wonder, and magic!
Definitely check out this week's podcast episode as well to complete the picture!
There are so many avenues and so many different ways to run a mermaid business above and beyond swimming in a mermaid tail for kid's birthday parties. It's very common for people to pigeonhole mermaids into a single business category, when in fact there are SO MANY ways to do it.
Running a mermaid-themed business is not an easy job to do. It is definitely a labor of love. If, at the beginning, you can't hire someone to help you, you will likely end up doing ALL OF IT YOURSELF. Example: designing logos, building websites, running social media channels, editing content, writing blog posts, making ads, taking photos, creating costumes/accessories, managing your business, doing your finances, EVERYTHING. It can be a bit overwhelming to start and it does take a level of passion and dedication to even those moments when you just don't want to be bothered anymore.
There are a lot of different ways that you can go about it. You can create mermaid YouTube videos, you could create a line of mermaid merch, you could start a blog and do affiliate marketing, you could teach, or you could make specific mermaid products (tails, tops, accessories). You can do so many different things. The sky (or the sea haha) is the limit!
Where are you going to host your business? Where are you going to advertise your business?
I use Shopify for my online shop and Weebly to host my many website. I also use Patreon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to build a community around my business.
When it comes to the behind the scenes of running a mermaid business it can definitely be overwhelming for sure. There isn't a day that I don't question what I'm doing, but there also isn't a day when I don't appreciate and feel extreme gratitude for this journey that I'm on.
You also have to remember that turning your passion into your job can be a tricky thing. It's 100% OK to leave mermaiding as a hobby and NOT turning it into your day job. I feel like I need to remind people of that side of it too. Turning your hobby into your day job means you don't have something to fall back on when you are stressed out about your job. You might find yourself ALWAYS working. For me it works, because I am just that passionate about what I do and I have committed to this 100,000%. It has become my everything.
Keeping yourself going even when you don't want to, that's what will separate you from the other mers attempting to do this full time. You will need to know how to self-motivate and how to take breaks versus quitting entirely when things get tough (because it does happen).
If you would like to learn more about what I do and how I do it, I actually have a full mermaid mentorship program that is designed to help guide you and network with other mermaids that are building their businesses.
Mermaid Mentorship Program: https://www.vancouvermermaid.ca/mermaid-mentor.html
Good luck on your mermaid adventures my fishes!
Live life SO MERMAID!
Hey my fishes and welcome to my mermaid blog!
I'm just your average, everyday mermaid from Vancouver, Canada on a mission to help you live your life #somermaid and sharing with you my tips, tricks and adventures as I go!
More about my story here.