Kate McKibbin is probably one of Australia’s biggest shopaholics, and was even crowned as one of Anthill’s 30 under 30 entrepreneurs for her efforts in 2010 & nominated for the B&T Women in Media award in 2014.
Tell us about your best month ever!
I’ve had quite a few “best months ever” since joining the Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp (which was almost 2 years ago now). My first was to FINALLY have a 5 figure month of $10K. I was so excited, that had been my goal for almost a year. My second was to hit a $15K month, that happened only a month or two later. Then I got stuck for a while on trying to hit $20K. It just seemed too massive I think.
So I bobbed around between 14-18K for almost 12 months. Then in May of this year I did a big promo for my course, and I noticed I was getting really close to the $20K mark, and I still had a few days to go. So I tapped my self stupid, forgave everyone and everything I could think of and just kept focusing on getting through that ceiling… and I did… and then it kept going. And I ended up having a $31K month. I am pretty sure the neighbours thought I was getting murdered I was so excited.
Then I upper limited big time and ended up having someone back into my car, my dog got sick, I hurt my back, and my marriage ended and I ended up back down at my old normal of $17K, although to be honest I was pretty happy with that as I did next to no work that month while my life fell apart.
Then I picked myself up, did lots of self care work, decided to raise my prices, and then momentum heated up again. In July of this year I had a $56K month.
So that’s from $10K a month, to $56K in one month in under 2 years.
Did you set a BIG goal ahead of time?
I have always been a bit too “realistic” and “safe” with my goals. I would never set the big hairy scary goals, I’d just add an extra thousand or two to what my previous best had been. But I did decide to jump from $20K to $35K just before I had my latest biggest month ever.
What do you think made the biggest difference this month?
So many things. My ex partner had a lot of baggage around money, and as heart breaking as it was when my marriage ended, it released me from a lot of the burden that I was carrying on his behalf (although I do not recommend divorce as a way to make more money!!).
Also I had been systematically uplevelling a lot of things in the months leading up to it, like hiring a bookkeeper, hiring a cleaner, and clearing out a lot of clutter. I had also recently started working with a coach who was quite expensive, so it just wasn’t an option to not make more money.
Were there moments of doubt? Moments where you held back?
Lots! I actually have a “friendly competitor” which is basically someone who does something quite similar to me (and who I actually personally really like and respect, which is why it’s a friendly competitor), and we seem to share the same brain as we keep launching, updating etc.. at the same time. So of course not only did she announce her launch the same day as I did, she also increase her prices the same day I did (to the same amount), and she also kicked my butt in terms of sales. And that unleashed the comparison monster big time!
But I tapped through it, and now I try and see it as inspiration for what’s possible, not a failure on my part because I didn’t match her numbers.
What fears or emotions came up for you during or after the month?
I had a big one after that month, because it meant I was suddenly scared that my husband might get greedy and decide he wanted a piece of my business after all, and so I felt like I was blocking myself from earning any more so that didn’t happen (luckily despite not being the best husband in the world he is still a decent person, so that hasn’t been a problem).
I also of course got sick (stuck in bed for 3 days), and had the usual ULPs (although I made sure to park my car somewhere safe this time!!).
I was also busting to tell my parents or friends or anyone really about the amazing month I had, but none of them are self employed, or do anything around money mindset and I was worried how they would react so I had to celebrate by myself (and in the LB group of course), which did take the shine off it a bit.
How did you feel at the end of the month?
At the end of the month I was super excited, but also scared I would never be able to do it again, or that I would just waste all the money (I haven’t, yay!). So I had to do some work around that.
How did Denise and the Money Bootcamp course help you achieve your Best Month Ever?
Well Denise personally has helped me quite a bit, my second best month ever (the $30K one), was right after I did her 1 day in person mastermind. There were a couple of things that I took from that that really made some big shifts for me.
One was the “I serve, I deserve”. I never really saw myself as serving people before, even though I clearly do, I was always just so focused on the running of the business I never really stopped to look at the impact it was having on people.
And the actual Money Bootcamp is just my ongoing toolset now, I go back through it and redo things all the time, with each level new stuff comes up, and sometimes old stuff comes back up.
I also am a big fan of the 10 day quick money challenge, I have done that a few times as well, with awesome results.
How are you going to celebrate?
I already did.
I paid off one of my biggest debts, and I went to Hawaii for a week with a friend.
Now I am planning on my next biggest month (and I am going to Ireland after that one!)
Lastly – do you have any advice for entrepreneurs wanting to experience their BEST MONTH EVER?
Even if you don’t believe in the woo woo side of law of attraction, there is definitely something amazing that happens when you start healing yourself of your money blocks.
Self sabotage and lack of self belief where two of the things holding me back the most (they still are to some degree), and they are things that you can work on and improve, and when you do you will be amazed at what happens!
Kate McKibbin owner & editor of Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily and the creator of The Secret Bloggers Business Bootcamp is probably one of Australia’s biggest shopaholics, and was even crowned as one of Anthill’s 30 under 30 entrepreneurs for her efforts in 2010 & nominated for the B&T Women in Media award in 2014.
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