June 2018 Brags

Welcome to June 2018’s brag post.

Wins are generally pretty random / in no particular order, and I would LOVE if you joined in by mentioning your wins below!

1. I went to Croatia for a mastermind event in the beginning of June and it was AWESOME. I met a lot of high quality entrepreneurs, learned a lot, and got to explore a new country. It was a phenomenal experience.

2. I started a very strict 30-day eating plan on June 19th and have been following it diligently.

The plan is to reset any inflammation in my body as well as to iron out any insulin issues, so I’m eating a very limited amount of foods (high quality meats, some vegetables, and certain spices. I can’t have most fruit, dairy (even eggs), nuts, potatoes or any “night shade” vegetable, etc, so it’s even stricter than the Autoimmune Paleo diet.

If I do say so myself… I’ve been killin’ it. I was able to do it even while traveling to PA, and that’s pretty hard considering I can’t eat at restaurants since they often cook with canola oil (which is not allowed on the diet).

I’ve been intermittent fasting while doing this, so I don’t eat for 16 hours minimum each day, and I fast for one 24 hour period each week. (Yes, it’s healthy!)

3. Don and I went to L.A. for half of June and will be there through July as well.

We got an AirBnB on the Venice Beach boardwalk which was pretty incredible to wake up to everyday. When that one got booked up we got a stunning waterfront place on the Venice Canal.

We’ve had less work time and more enjoyment time of the beaches and beauty surrounding us.

I’m SO proud/grateful to have a life where this is a possibility.

4. I promoted a product on Pinterest and am proud of how awesome the content was and how many people signed up for it.

5. We made some big changes at the warehouse in terms of structuring and giving people certain responsibilities, which I think will help us out a lot.

6. Speaking of the warehouse, CustomHappy shipped out 80,514 “print on demand” items during June, then several thousand more fulfillment items for people.

7. I kept a gratitude log 24 out of the 30 days in June. I do this as one of my first activities of the day which creates a really nice way to start the day. I slacked during Croatia because my routine was off, but I’ll make it up in July. ;)

8. I got in tons of friend time in June. We had a few different friends visit us in Venice, then I saw some of my L.A. friends at their homes which was really nice.

9. The weekly webinars for Jumpstart members are going great and LHS and both groups are still showing great results. Here are some of the shares from last month:


14. My investments are doing well! My stocks on Robinhood are increasing in value, I made some good crypto moves, Wealthfront is still plugging along. Real estate has gone up in value quite a bit as well. Stocks especially are doing great this month around.

I think that’s everything. How about YOU? Anything you’d like to share? I’d love to read!

May 2018 Brags

This is the May installment of my brag post series.

Wins are generally pretty random / in no particular order.

1. I put an offer on a dream home and it was accepted!

The house is STUNNING and my first “living” home purchase.

While the house seems a bit big, I followed my heart which kept calling me towards it. I’m thrilled! It has an extra bedroom and a playroom for Gabe, offices for Don and I, a jacuzzi tub looking outside, and a killer deck.

The house is in Pennsylvania. Although PA isn’t my favorite state in the world, being near my nephew is the most important thing to me (and Don – he loves him!) Eventually Don and I want places both here and in L.A..

We settle in July.

2. Don and I have been doing wonderfully. I don’t post about it much but we’d gone through some very rough periods.

I started tracking our relationship so I could make logical (not emotional!) decisions about it. And thanks to some fundamental changes, it’s going beautifully again.

The picture below shows how I’ve felt about our relationship each day.

“Green” is amazing, “orange” is happy, “yellow” is okay.

This feels somewhat weird to post about but it also truly is a huge win and seems like it belongs here.

3. I donated enough to plant a substantial amount of trees with NationalForests.org.

When I first started CustomHappy, I wanted to make sure we had safeguards in place to keep things running as consciously as possible. I felt (and feel) sick at the thought of making the world worse with all of our shipping. I want to leave the world better than I found it – not vice versa.

Because of that I plant trees to help offset any carbon footprint we make, use recyclable foam mailers, make sure we do a lot of recycling, etc, and I was due for another big plant donation.

4.  Speaking of CustomHappy – we got some pretty cool endorsements over the last few months.

You can check out the full list at http://rachelrofe.com/chplaylist and more are coming.

5. And since we’re on the warehouse, I may as well mention that in May we shipped out over 68,000 “print on demand” items and another several thousand regular fulfillment items.

6. Don and I moved from our beautiful home in Las Vegas on May 31st. Although it seems weird, I’m celebrating that we both were so sad to leave it that we cried. We had great times in that beautiful home and are grateful for it.

I kept second-guessing our decision to leave, but we got some clear signs that it was time to leave (for now, at least).

The day before we left we spent the entire day walking around Vegas and doing fun things. This picture is of from during the game of gigantic Connect 4 we played at a random bar we found. :)

7. So that we wouldn’t waste excess food we had when we moved, I put up a Craigslist ad giving away what we had left.

A man came to take it and said it was a huge blessing for him. He’d just gotten a job which was great in the long-term, but it made him lose his government assistance in the short-term. He wasn’t sure how he was going to eat until he got his first paycheck.

I felt grateful to be able to help.

8. Speaking of gratitude, I’ve been filling out gratitude lists near-daily. It’s nice to have that habit, especially coupled with meditation (which I’ve been slacking on a little but I did get to “300 minutes meditated” on May 5th).

9. A HUGE business-win: I’ve been doing weekly “15-5” reports with my mentor where I summarize my work done for the week,  any victories / lessons, and a couple other small things.

Sending this to him each week has helped me profoundly on focusing on my most impactful action items (not the small busy work!).

(Side note – another thing I’ve been doing that’s been very helpful is tracking my time in 15 minute increments. That exercise can really help show you where time-suck black holes are.)

10. We launched the LHS Design Club (sort of – we still need an official sales letter). Even though I could do a better job advertising it, we have welcomed in some new members. Once I make an official letter and advertise it heavier I think this will be a super powerful, popular tool for LHS members.

I’m celebrating updating the letter and getting it out there to some capacity.

11. The weekly webinars for Jumpstart members are going great and LHS and Jumpstart people are still seeing excellent results. Here are some of May’s wins:

12. I posted a new mug to Amazon that got to the “bestseller” charts within a day. At the time of writing it’s #15 and we’ve sold a ton of them.

13. Gabe came and visited us for a while! I actually took him from PA to Las Vegas and he was an absolute angel on the plane. It’s such a win to spend time with him.

14. My investments are doing well! My stocks on Robinhood are increasing in value, I made some good crypto moves, Wealthfront is still plugging along. My ROI is up from last month:

I think that’s everything for now. Please feel free to share your wins too, I’d love to read them!

April 2018 Brags

Here are some of April’s wins for this month’s brag post. 

As always they’re in no particular order.

1. The school I helped fund in Laos finished ahead of schedule.

I wasn’t there for the celebration and actually got the email with the grand opening pictures while I was at a business meeting in Chicago. I was so excited that I could barely focus for a little while. When I finally “came to” I downloaded the picture here and made it my desktop wallpaper.

It’s been a dream of mine to fund schools and it is was awesome to finally see everything come to fruition. I’d actually donated the money in December 2015 (crying when I hit the “pay” button) and since it took a while to build, I started to forget about it. Seeing the final product was thrilling.

2.  I spent lots of time with my nephew again which is great for both of us. We enjoyed playing at the trampoline park, dehydrating food together, playing outside, shopping for Paw Patrol sneakers… and I had a pretty fun time tricking him with some cauliflower crust pizza. ;)

3. I made some pretty tough decisions on some personal items that I know are for the better, but still weren’t easy to make.

4. I’ve done a great job fulfilling for everyone who signed up for LHS Jumpstart. I think the webinars have been very helpful and it’s been great hearing about how people are making sales.

5. I put in another pretty sizable chunk of change into WealthFront. If you’re not using this site I definitely recommend it for a passive investment strategy.

After you sign up, it auto-invests your money using time-tested stock advice. I think you need to start with $500 and then if you sign up via http://www.rachelrofe.com/wealthfront it manages your first $20k for free.

I’ve been using the service since December 2015 with pretty good returns:

Using this site is a part of my “retire at 40” strategy because it’s been essentially giving me free cash.

6. I’ve been using the Headspace app for meditation. On April 16th I hit 200 minutes meditated and then on April 25 I finished the 30 days of meditation series. Daily meditation has been really helpful for me.

7. In April, our warehouse in shipped out over 59,000 “print on demand” items and another several thousand regular fulfillment items.

8.  People in LHS are continuing to get excellent results. Here were some from April:

9. We got some awesome endorsements from celebrities for my warehouse! Check them out here: http://rachelrofe.com/chplaylist.

More are coming this month.

10. I booked an incredible few days at Mandarin Oriental and took care of myself beautifully. I booked 2 days at the spa and got amazing massages, treatments, and self-care time.

I think that’s everything for now. Please feel free to share your wins, too!