Since the first copy of the original book, Oola: Find balance in an Unbalanced World, rolled off the presses a few years ago, the Oola Lifestyle has become a literal phenomenon—a dynamic movement. OolaPalooza live events have been routinely sold out since the day they were started, and the Oola message has been taken to countless cities across America and to every major city in the world via 700,000+ Oola fans on social media. In their 1970s VW Surf bus, authors Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun have taken their OolaDream tour on the road, from coast-to-coast, collecting dreams and goals for a balanced life from people who adorn their vehicle with colorful Oola stickers.
The OolaGuys know that women are the ultimate multitaskers. While a circus performer might spin seven plates in a single show, women spin seven plates—figuratively—every day. They not only juggle kids, family, and home life, they also juggle work responsibilities, customers and clients, make constant business decisions, handle professional events and so many related activities that it's truly mind-boggling how much a woman can pack into a 24-hour day. In this Oola especially for them, the book shows, through the experiences of 54 inspiring women, how to overcome unexpected hardships, and transform the juggling act of everyday life into a dream lifestyle of simplicity, tranquility, abundance, and opportunity. That's what 'living Oola' means—and it's not only an attainable goal, but a well-deserved reward.
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Ooh la la . . . that's what life feels like when you're happy, growing, and looking forward to what the world has in store for you.
It's the feeling you get when you've landed that better job, grown a bigger business, or watched your kids succeed at something they're passionate about. It's what you tell yourself when you've bought that dream house, saved your first $1,000, or paid off the last of your debts. It's the confidence you feel being fit and date-night ready for the first time in yearsor the sense of wonder and enchantment you feel on your first trip to Paris with the girls.
Whatever rocks it for you, Oola means living life firing on all cylindersjoyful, wholehearted, and ready to take advantage whenever good times and opportunity appear.
The History of Oola
Since the first copy of the original Oola book rolled off the presses a few years ago, the Oola lifestyle has become a phenomenon with readers seeking balance in an unbalanced world. Over 100,000 copies of the book have been sold, without a publisher, out of the back of our 1970 VW Surf Buswhile tens of thousands more people have handwritten their dreams on stickers and stuck them to the sides of the OolaBus. Many others have even gotten Oola tattoos to remind them to 'Live Oola' and pursue their dreams. And our OolaPalooza live events have been routinely sold out since the day we started them. The Oola message has taken us to countless cities across America and (via the nearly one million Oola fans on social media) to every major city in the world.
So who are the majority of Oola book readers, event attendees, and social media followers? Who are the people embracing the Oola message and incorporating these simple life-changing principles into their daily lives?
When we realized this trend, it made perfect sense. While a circus performer might spin seven plates in a single show, women spin seven plates (figuratively) every day. They juggle work, kids, family, and home lifehoping there's room left in there somewhere for 'me time.' And if you own a small business or have a demanding career (as many of our readers do), you also juggle customers, clients, sales, marketing, professional events, and so many related activities that it's truly mind-boggling how much you pack into a twenty-four-hour day.
We think you're awesome. And we want to help transform the juggling act you do every day into a dream lifestyle of simplicity, tranquility, abundance, and opportunity. That's what 'living Oola' meansand for you, it's not only an attainable goal, but a well-deserved reward.
Let's Revisit: The 7 F's of Oola
In the first Oola book, we said that to create a balanced lifeone that's extraordinary and linked to your unique purpose and future goalsthere are seven areas to focus on: fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends, and fun. Oola for Women tackles these same seven areas of lifehelping you create a vibrant, but manageable lifestyle that supports your goals and helps you live your best and highest purpose.
In the seven chapters of Section Two, we'll help you do what's necessary to feel good, look good, and have enough energy to pursue your OolaLifeinstead of constantly yo-yoing with diet products and exercise programs that actually do harm. You'll learn to forget what the rest of the world believes about money and investingand instead, simplify your life by taking control of your debt, spending, earning, giving, and investing. We'll show you how to nurture the loving relationships and establish proper boundaries around the toxic onesfrom your core family to your distant relatives, and others.
If you're not in your dream job now, we'll help you decide what you'd truly like to do, figure out how to get paid for itthen create a plan to transition. We'll help you discover your true purpose in life, accessing faith in your own path to Oola through a relationship with God. Along the way, we want to help you cultivate a support structure of friends who 'get you' and unconditionally love and support you. And finally, we want to make sure you plan fun adventuresfrom mini-breaks in your own backyard to 'bucket list' getaways around the worldas the most enjoyable perks of living the Oola lifestyle.
OolaBlockers and OolaAccelerators
Of course, as you're creating balance in the seven areas above, sometimes internal dialog and old habits get in the way. They block you from creating the life you want. In the opposite way, there are certain habits and actions that will accelerate the processhelping you get to a 'state of Oola' faster than you thought possible.
We call these influencers Blockers and Accelerators, and you'll discover these in Sections Three and Four. From eliminating fear to learning how to erase guilt, anger, shameand even overcoming lazinessyou'll discover how to banish self-sabotage and focus on your future.
Once you're past these blocks, it's time to change the way you rollwith accelerators like gratitude, love, discipline, passion, and wisdom. We'll show you how to find those things you love that will ignite your journey and make the OolaLife that much more enjoyable.
Oola in Action
The Oola formula is simple. Once you read about it, it's time to develop some concrete plans for getting there. In Section Five, the real work begins of defining where you are today, where you want to go, and how you're going to get there. We'll help you hone in on what's working right nowand what you need to start working on first.
With simple life hacks like writing your must-do's on a 3x5 card, assembling your go-to crew of supporters, and doing the worst first (plus many more), we've got a way to help you fast-track yourself to the OolaLife.
Start Living the OolaLife Today
Along the way, we'll share the stories of women from all walks of life who have many of the same dreams, goals, desiresand downfallsas you might have. Many of them are women we've met at Oola events. Others are women we met as they wrote their dreams on stickers for the OolaBus. Still others have shared their story with us on social media. These women are inspiring because they're ordinary women doing extraordinary things.
Some of them are facing challenges or awkwardly learning the ropes or caught up in a 'season' they're working through. These women are Seeking Oola, while others whose stories you'll read have mastered the OolaLifethey're Living Oola and have wisdom, insights and lessons to impart.
Wherever you are and whatever your goals, Oola for Women is here to be your guide, your playbook, and your go-to resource for getting from where you are now to where you want to be.
Master the 7 F's of Oola, get solid on the Accelerators, crush the Blockers, and follow the 3 Simple Steps to the OolaLifeand you'll be on your way to living the deepest desires of your heart.
©2017 David Braun and Troy Amdahl. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Oola for Women: How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness within You. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Introduction to Oola: Get ready to live the life of your dreams, even if things are "messy" right now.
Chapter 1 What Is Oola? 9
Chapter 2 Going Through a Season on the Way to Oola 15
Section 2 The 7 F's of Oola: Lower your stress level and find your life purpose by balancing these 7 areas of life.
Chapter 3 Oolafitness 23
What is fitness the Oola way?
Larger Than Life by Melissa Cairns
Fighting Forward by Gabriele Grunewald
Keep It Simple
Chapter 4 Oolafinance 35
Starting Down the Path to Financial Freedom
You Can't Be Happy When You're Stressed
Going Tiny to Live Big by Christian Axness
From Bread Baker to Breadwinner by Debra Raybern
Increase Your Income
Chapter 5 Oolafamily 49
Three Circles of Relationships
Toxic and Abusive Family Members
If You're Not Working on Your Marriage, You're Working on Your Divorce
Never Let Outer-Circle Family Members Affect Your Healthy Inner-Circle Relationships
Bright Lights and Big Dreams by Tami
My Fairy-Tale Life by Marcie Lyons
Chapter 6 Oolafield 65
The Vocation That Occupies a Big Chunk of Your life
Dream Job vs. Day Job
My Inner Voice Was Waiting for Me to Listen by Julie Carrier
Secretary to CEO by Patty Aubery
Love It or Leave It
Always Seek to Serve
Chapter 7 Oolafaith 79
Why Were You Put on This Earth?
Learning to Listen by Chaly Jones
Finding the Strength to Walk Through It All by Kris Amdahl
Don't Wait: Find the Path That Resonates in Your Life
Plug In and Live Your Faith Daily
Chapters: Oolafriends 91
Your Inner Circle, Your Crew, and Your Acquaintances
Twenty Seconds of Courage by Angela Cardinal
Don't Give Up the Girls' Weekends by Angie Frederickson
Unfriend, Unfollow, Delete
Reverse Engineer the Friendships You Want
Chapter 9 Oolafun 105
The Physiological Effects of Fun
What Kind of Fun Is on Your Bucket List?
Chasing It by Jen Davis
I Bought a Goat by Jennifer Webster
Discover What You Want to Do for Fun
Don't Use Fun to Avoid Tasks You Have to Do
Section 3 Oolablockers: Overcome the 7 key traits that block you from living the life of your dreams.
Chapter 10 Fear 119
Where Does Fear Exist for You?
Are You Stuck in Analysis Paralysis? Or Are You Ignoring Real Danger?
The Courage to Leave by Kristin
The Courage to Stay by Dorean Leader
Identify Where Your Fears Exist and How They Limit You
Make Plans to Fix Your Fears
Take Action to Overcome Your Fears
Chapter 11 Guilt 133
How Guilt Stops You from Having the Life You Want
Self-Talk Is the Real Culprit
The Guilt Trip
Sand Castles by Luisa Hogan
The Mother on the Phone at the Park by Meghan Yancy
Forgiveness Is the Key
Choose Gratitude Over Guilt
Chapter 12 Anger 147
The Real Cost of Anger
What's Triggering Your Anger?
Sixty Seconds You Can Never Take Back
In the Air Around Me by Leslie Hart
Under the Surface by Dusty Hardy
Stop Being a Victim and Put Anger into Perspective
Decide How to Appropriately Vent Your Anger
Clear the Anger Through Positive New Habits
Chapter 13 Self-Sabotage 161
Negative Thoughts Are Hidden in Your Subconscious Mind
Your Self-Talk Is Lying to You
You Are Worthy
Breaking Up with Ed by Alyse Hall
Inked by Missy Wollman
Identify the Source of Your Self-Sabotage
Take Steps to Boost Your Self-Worth
Don't Settle for Ordinary When Extraordinary Is Within You
Chapter 14 Laziness 175
How Your Values Decide Your Priorities
No One Can Do Your Push-Ups for You
It Started with a Christmas Card by DeAnn Barth
Together by DelRae Messer
Read Your Goals Daily to Stay Connected to Your Larger Purpose
Be Tactical by Breaking Down Larger Goals into Small Steps
Do the Worst First
Chapter 15 Envy 187
The World Is an Infinite Place
Remember, You're Running Your Own Race
Where Are You Already Crushing It?
She's Perfect by Danielle McDurfee
The Other Woman by Shannon Rheault
Avoid Comparing Who You Are and What You Have
Get Inspired by Other's Accomplishments
Seek Collaboration in Achieving Your Goals
Chapter 16 Focus 199
You Get What You Focus On
Become a Laser Beam, Not a Flashlight
Avoid the Oola A-Bomb
We All Have the Same Amount of Minutes
Unplugged by Amber Cooke
Capturing a Miracle by Brittany Jacobson
Keep Your Eye on the Lighthouse
Avoid the Squirrel Syndrome and the Time Bandits of Life
Be Choosy About Your Commitments
Section 4 Oolaaccelerators: Want to get the life of your dreams faster? Ignite your journey with these positive behaviors and habits.
Chapter 17 Gratitude 213
Putting a Positive Spin on Life's Crazy Moments
Gratitude Healed My Broken Heart by Jacque Book
One Phone Call from My Knees by Denette Jacob
Practice Gratitude Every Day
Embrace These Two Laws
Maintain a State of Grateful Anticipation
Chapter 18 Love 227
The Natural Inclination to Love
Give and Receive: Committing to a Life of Authentic Love
Sometimes Love Chooses You by Andrea Hanson
Dandelions by Barb Braun
Unconditionally Love Others
Chapter 19 Discipline 239
You Already Have All the Discipline You Need
Course-Correct When Necessary
Naked and Afraid by Debbie Harris
Freedom by Lindsey Elmore
Challenge Yourself for Twenty-One Days
Chapter 20 Integrity 253
Adhere to What Is Right
How Being a Person of Integrity Will Accelerate Your Life
It's in My Blood by Tamaryn Braun
Saying YES by Sarah Robbins
Keep Your Word to Others
Keep Your Word to Yourself
Don't Overschedule, Overpromise, or Overcommit
Chapter 21 Passion 267
The Oola Trump Card
Trust the Process to Find What You Naturally Love to Do
Tay-Tay, the Intern by Taylor LaGuardia
Amazonian Kickass War Goddess by Tiffany Smith
Rediscover Your True Passion, Not Someone Else's Plan for You
Turn Your Passion into the Ultimate Oola Career
Anticipate Roadblocks and Let Passion Carry You Through
Chapter 22 Humility 279
Growing Big from Feeling Small
Starting Over by Kim Stoegbauer
The Island Life by Kimmy Brooke
Attach Yourself to a Cause Greater Than You
Assemble Your "Truth Crew"
Practice Selflessness: What Could You Do for Nothing in Return?
Chapter 23 Wisdom 291
Listening to Wisdom from Your Own Experiences
Sometimes a Door Closes by Sharon Lechter
Losing My Marbles by Charlotte Amdahl
Gain Wisdom from Life Experiences
Seek Wisdom from People Who've Achieved What You Want
Spend Time in Proportion to the Decision Being Made
Section 5 3 Simple Steps to the Oolalife: Your daily action plan for living the life of your dreams.
Chapter 24 Step One: The Oolawheel 305
Where Are You Today?
It's Impossible to Get Where You're Going Without Knowing Where You Are Now
Starting to Build Your OolaLife: How Do You Roll?
The Spokes. The Hub. The Valve.
Looking at Your Own 7 F's of Oola
Complete the Oola Wheel
How Does Your Oola Wheel Look? What Do You Need to Work on First?
Chapter 25 Step Two: The Oolaplan 319
Where Do You Want to Go?
Goals Are Milestones to Your Dreams
Are You SMART About Your Goals? Or Are You Lying to Yourself?
21-7-1: Finding Your Oola One
Grab a Sharpie and Start Writing Your Goals
Chapter 26 Step Three: The Oolapath 329
How Are You Going to Get There?
Why a 3x5 Notecard?
Daily Action: 3x5 Notecard
Don't Lose Your Dreams to the Gravel
About the Authors 337
Free Worksheets and Bonus Tools for Living the OolaLife 341