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Greeting the Sunrise and How to Use Gratitude for Peace of Mind

Greeting the sunrise has become an important part of my peace of mind routine


One of my usual sunrise spots in Kauai

My Sunrise Gratitude Moment

  • Find unobstructed sunrise spot and get camera ready
  • Welcome the first rays with joy and sometimes singing, “Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day! I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going my way!”  
  • Close my eyes and feel the sun on my skin
  • Think about how grateful I am for the upcoming day

I didn’t know I even cared about sunrises until I moved to Kauai. Over the past 2 years I’ve really made it a point to greet the sunrise on school mornings and in doing so I’ve experienced so many amazing moments! This positive side effect of bus duty is being out and about in time to watch the sunrise on school mornings.

Sharing my sunrise and gratitude moment

I’ve developed my sunrise habit and I enjoy it so much I’ll do it anyway wherever I am. I see that sun and smile and feel so grateful. This practice has definitely has helped my peace of mind so much I’ve added it to my Inner Bank and I get paid $100 each time I take a moment to catch a sunrise or sunset. The sun has become a great reminder to give thanks and I glow with gratitude each time

A glorious sunrise near home

The more mindful I am of my self-talk, the greater my peace of mind

I naturally get up earlier now because of my desire to catch the sunrise. Somehow starting the day early makes me feel better. I definitely enjoy sleeping past 10am although when I do that on a regular basis I feel unproductive and shameful like I wasted my day. Am I unproductive though and why do I feel so guilty sleeping in?  What does being unproductive mean about me? In my world, the belief says if I’m unproductive then I’m bad and never going to reach my goals. Since I don’t have my end goal I can never stop being productive. Ouch!

I love taking sunrise and sunset photos!

Believing I constantly having to be productive and successful is something I am still wrestling with

Since I currently don’t have my big goal of living in my dream house manifested, am I unsuccessful? At what stage of this journey will I finally feel I am “getting there” or see huge results? My self-belief is that I have to work constantly because I don’t have what I say I want. I became aware yesterday that this “I have to be productive” belief is causing me to be nervous which is the source of my anxiety. Ah ha! So yesterday I treated my anxiety using BSFF and got it down from a level 8 to a 5. Pretty awesome step.

Sunrise is different every morning

My internal beliefs and dialogs definitely shape my inner world and then create my outer one

I have practiced and become much more conscious of my self-talk. I discovered my thoughts were harsh and I constantly condemned myself. No wonder I always felt bad and guilty inside even when my outside world was going great. Now I speak kinder to myself and give love rather than scold as a nasty disciplinarian. Wow, I’m so grateful for that change! 

Woke up early camping to catch this sunrise

The experts with Law of Attraction emphasize relaxing and knowing, that you don’t “have to do anything” and inspired actions come from faith

The abundant wave of success, that is what I want. And as long as I keep wanting it then it remains in the wanting stage and not being received. Oh, joy. Faith is the inspired action steps I take and those steps are always joyous and knowing. Like this blog post, I switched my vibe (I find cannabis helps me with that). Then bam, my negativity lifted and I started writing this post with inspired action. And I’m happy with how it’s evolving!

River sunrise while kayaking

Once inspired action takes over then life is a breeze

Inspired action is also when you get clear. I operate from a place of knowing and everything is happy. You know that “in the zone” feeling? I find the more I trust myself and listen to my feelings that I get clear and expect what I want is coming and that inspired action flows.

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I know this blog post is meant to be read by people like you and touch something exciting inside you. Hope! The hope of living beyond your wildest dreams and doing it now. Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey is here to support you achieving your financial freedom and enjoying peace of mind and happiness in your relationship with yourself, your people and your world.

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About Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey

Aloha! I’m Lauren and I’m super excited you’re reading this about me section. If you are, chances are it’s because this is the first time you’re visiting my website. So warmest aloha and welcome!

Jumping for Joy on a Sunrise Hike near Home

The purpose of my journey is to teach people how to build businesses that last, create freedom (time, financial and peace of mind) and do good in our world for generations

My dream is to reside in Kauai on my fully paid for, secluded oceanfront acres in my dream house, enjoying the lifestyle of a financially free millionaire. I teach billions of people to create their own peace of mind and financial freedom. An entrepreneur since 20, I sold my first company and moved to Hawaii to be happy and fulfill my purpose. I give gratitude every day I am living Lauren’s Financial Freedom Journey.

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Overcoming Fear: How I am striving to not make fear based decisions

I was scared and risked it anyway

These past 2 weeks have been full of changes. I took a big risk, followed my bliss and closed down my property management business after almost 3 years. I created that management business handling about $20,000 in vacation rentals. I outsourced myself and put a team in place and been pretty much out of the day-to-day operations for about a year. Pretty cool accomplishment especially considering it was a business I was never passionate about. I have been extremely grateful this business allowed me to live for free in Hawaii (aka I made about enough to pay the rent for a 3 bedroom house for my family) so I stuck it out all the while dreading it.

I am so grateful this business provided for us living in Kauai

At the beginning of January, I fired my biggest client and it felt great! What a win! I took that risk to feel better and not cling to an account because of money-motivated fear. I spent January feeling good to be done with it yet still apprehensive of losing all that income. Well right at the end of the month, my second biggest account unexpectedly folded. I was in the short term vacation rental business and the owner just received an official notice he had to stop because the property wasn’t zoned for it. This was the text I’d been expecting and dreading for years, the source of so much anxiety because I knew this business wasn’t stable.

Now I’m losing about 75% of my income brought in from these 2 accounts. What is my step next? Over the next few days I thought and thought choose to not let fear win. I didn’t want to keep doing something that I didn’t want to it just because I was scared of not having enough money. Property management is not my bliss and will never be. So I made the choice to stop managing all accounts, even the legal, thriving ones.

So… now it’s a new week with a new start. I really really really want to support myself and thrive from this blog. I want myself and my writings to be enough. I have seen this vision since 2013 and now I need it to be fulfilled. I can do it and I can trust it works. Everything I need is here and the universe can conspire and deliver it to me because I believe it does.

Back to my original title and not making fear-based decisions. Actions spawned in fear will not produce the abundance I’m seeking. Instead, I must “act as if” and I am thinking through choices from an abundance mentality, or at least striving to! I take a big step back and remind myself that I’ve got this!

There’s a lot of stuff buzzing around my head. I have been wanting to travel although a huge part of me is scared that I’m running from homelessness. The fear-based part of me is so scared to give up my house here and feel like there’s not another option. Well, it’s true that I don’t want to stay living in my exact house. I also am not really interested in finding another house to rent on Kauai. I am tired of renting. I want to live on my own land. And that’s when my fear pops up big time.

I want to live in my house now! It’s almost 6 months overdue!

I do not have the ability in this moment to have what I want. (Eeep, even thinking those words hurt bc I know it’s not true. I can create anything, NOW!) I want to live on my Hawaiian estate right now and build my dream house. I don’t want to travel now. I want to be living on my land. I already know the property I want. And I also know I don’t want a mortgage, ever. I always own my assets and in debt to no one. However, I don’t have a hundred million dollars in cash right now to buy my property. So…fear sets me running! What is my next move?

I don’t have the life I want right now so I’m in limbo to create it. Do I create it on Kauai – the idea of scrambling to earn enough income to pay rent each month isn’t appetizing. I really don’t want to take a JOB just to be able to keep living in a house I’m not thrilled with the landlord upstairs monitoring our every move: did we break his garbage rules, no pets or loud noises and I’m constantly afraid of him coming down to scold me – it’s like living with my dad! (No offense Daddy!)

The idea of not living here at my current place thrills me tho where are we going next scares me! My “I can’t afford it” pops up and really freaks me out. We can keep living here bc it’s safe and not that bad. Traveling? Isn’t that an excuse and distraction to avoid getting a place and also fleeing from being homeless. Eep, that’s some scary thoughts. So to bring them back I started switching to a positive abundance mentality. And it brings me back to blogging!

Here’s what I journaled this morning and my fear-based thought process surrounding my daughter’s schooling

At the end of this entry, I did some BSFF treatment for negative feelings about money. And then my writing started getting goofy. I couldn’t form the words right. This happens occasionally sometimes in writing or technology where it just won’t work. So I have learned not to force it and just come back later. So I left my writing there and made this post.

Fear is not fun. It’s the opposite of love. Fear and love, same energy just the polarity of one another. So by listening to the fear I can switch it to love what I’m feeling just by recognizing it’s there. I am fearful of traveling and not bringing in abundant new income. Yet I am not going to make my actions reflect that. I am going to act as if I already have all the money in my account and move forward know I am always taken care of. I KNOW that I will be much happier than staying stagnant where I’m at now and that is how I conquer fear one thought at a time.

11 Tips How to Speak Better so People Listen from Great TED TalK

11 Ways to Become a Better Speaker

How to Speak so People Listen

Success Tips and Speech Patterns to Avoid
I Learned from a Great TED TalK

11 Tips for Successful Communication 

  1. Be Honest

  2. Be Authentic

  3. Be Accountable

  4. Be Kind

  5. Be Mindful

  6. Avoid Gossip

  7. Avoid Judging

  8. Avoid Negativity

  9. Avoid Complaining

  10. Avoid Excuses

  11. Avoid Lying

More Ideas I Learned from this Ted Talk  

Remember to HAIL others when communicating

By becoming more mindful and conscious of the way we speak, our communication is received better and we get more of what we want

6 patterns to avoid that cause people not to listen

By perfecting these speaking tools, people respond even better to your delivery 

Register, speaking from deep inside vs. nasally

Timbre, the way your voice feels, warm vs. cold

Prosody, singsong, monotone or questioning

Pace, speaking quickly or slowly

Pitch, high or low tone

Volume, really excited loud or soft attentive or broadcasting

Ninja Move: Warm Up Your Voice!

Wow, I had never thought of doing this before discussing something important. I think it out in my mind and get relaxed, though what an interesting concept of “warming up my instrument!”

Stand Up and Do Each Exercise 3x

  1. Arm Ups, Big Breath In and Sigh Out Deeply
  2. Lips “Baa Baa Baa”
  3. Motorboat sound, lip-vibrating “Brrr”
  4. Laa Laa Laa Laa
  5. Roll an R
  6. Siren “Weeeeeeoooooohhhhhhhhh”

It was fun to get warmed up and learn great tools!
Now go and speak dreams into reality 🙂

Here is the original Ted Talk by Julian Treasure that inspired this post

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How to Request an IRS Payment Plan Installment Agreement to Avoid Levy or Seize Property

Helpful Links for Setting Up an
IRS Payment Plan

Part of my financial freedom journey left me owing back taxes.
Oh, joy. My 2012 was on a payment plan a few years back and then early in 2017 I started this process again. Here’s some valuable information I’ve gleamed from the IRS while reconciling my finances.

Steps for Making Payments on Back Taxes

  1. File Taxes Owing IRS
  2. Get IRS Letter on What You Owe
  3. Setup Installment Agreement
  4. Make Payments
  5. Celebrate Being Free!

Helpful Links for IRS Payment Plan


IRS Customer Service Phone Number: 800-829-3903

This is the mailing address for IRS I was given
If you call them, confirm which address because it’s different for each state

Internal Revenue Service
ACS Correspondence
PO Box 145566
Cincinnati, OH  45250-5566

IRS Online – “Get Transcript”
Online service to request a list of all the income sources the IRS has on record for you each year

IRS Installment Agreement Request – Form 9465
This is the link to request making payments on taxes

IRS Installment Auto Payment – Form 433-D
This is the link to the form to setup Autopay “direct debit”

IRS Request for Copy of Tax Return – Form 4506
This is the link to the form to get your tax return

IRS Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement – Form 843
This is the form to request penalties be removed

Good Things I Learned from IRS

  • You pick the installment agreement price. I owed $3600 and I suggested $100 a month and they accepted it
  • You can pick your payment due date on your installment agreement
  • If you make less than $10,000 you don’t need to file taxes that year
  • Ask For What You Need!! I told her I felt overwhelmed getting this together in 10 days so she extended it to 30 days.


“Trust that everything is working out for the best …
When you start thinking this way, life becomes magical ”
– Your Wish is Your Command

This is the worst nightmare scenario I had been fearing. Receiving IRS notice of intent to seize my property! When I read the letter I felt fine, there was no panic, no overwhelm, no barrage of condemning self talk like every other time. A few months ago this letter could easily have shattered my limping spirit.  Instead I was ready for it because I felt good and then I read the letter while giving thanks, “I am capable of handling my taxes once and for all! OMG I am truly coming out this anxiety ridden stage in my life – Hallelujah!”

I am so grateful I let those negative self beliefs go. With this renewed positive confidence I handled this tax levy situation by trusting everything is working out for my best. So it did – I was inspired to ask the right questions and attract the kindest representative to support me! Everything is on track with my back taxes now – what an even better feeling I have now!

Worst Nightmare IRS Letter turned Positive Growing Experience

Back taxes: This subject had caused me a lot of shame and anxiety over the years from a past business debt that snowballed. I fell off the payment plan during my move to Hawaii. I restarted the process in early 2017, new year it’s time to handle it. The first time I called I had an hour wait time, good conversation unfortunately they never sent me the paperwork as promised. So 6 weeks later and another 2 hour hold, this time I made some headway. I filled out form 843 to see about removing the penality. Now to play the waiting game again. In May I got a notice saying they received it. Oh yeah. Then another saying forwarded to another department. I received another letter in July said they were reviewing my file and would have an answer within 90 days.

Suddenly a week later appears this “Intent to Seize Your Property” notice. What?! Was this my return correspondence denying request or just a scare tactic to get payment? (My lovely representative admitted the IRS does have that overzealous nature with those notices!) This time calling I felt different and certain of a favorable outcome. I wasn’t anxious and I had a positive attitude when calling and I only had a 45 minute wait when I called the IRS number on Monday morning. That’s pretty darn cool. Everything’s working out well already.

This was my third call (or perhaps fourth) to the IRS this year regarding the matter and I’ve always had super kind customer service representatives. After my call I remarked to a friend how I am so grateful this is usually my experience with phone calls (since I know I how to deliberately create this I attract the right representative!). Ms. Thompson helped my fully and went above and beyond giving me some great information.

Previous IRS Correspondence Letters

As I got reenrolled in the IRS payment plan, I learned shockingly I am missing two years of records. How frustrating because I paid someone to do my taxes both those years. Rather than revert to overwhelm or anxiety over the issue, I remained calm and I learned about requesting an Income Transcript. A double win!

The IRS “Get Transcript” is a list of all the income sources the IRS has on record for you each year and payments. How helpful! Now I can double confirm everything before I file my taxes! 🙂 I’m not sure when it posts though 2016 is already there and it’s July 2017. If you filed a tax filing extension October is the deadline so you can confirm what IRS has on file for that year before filing. How nice to be on the same page! It’s free to request a mailed copy, you can download online or we went over it on the phone so I had the info right now too. I’m so happy to discover this nugget!

Hearing I needed to solve two years of missing taxes was concerning. I admitted to Ms. Thompson I was starting to feel overwhelmed doing this in the 10 day window. I asked for support and it worked and she gave me 30 days. Overall this whole tax situation feels really good to handle and I have confidence in receiving the money to pay it off very soon. In order to receive all the big money coming gotta have everything be on track. The more I see and take care of this stuff the better I feel! I recently heard the idea the Universe is your biggest investor so it wants to make sure you can handle it well!

How to Apply the Mental Bank Concept | Inner Banking Financial Freedom Exercise

The Mental Bank Exercise

Lauren’s Inner Bank Guide
to the Mental Bank

Apply this powerful Financial Freedom
exercise to reach your goals faster!

The Mental Bank is a simulation to bridge the gap between your present financial experience and your goals.

This nightly practice of paying yourself into your “Inner Mental Bank” recognizes the value you create each day towards your goals. You attain your goals faster in real life because you see the daily steps you’re taking towards living at your next level.

By doing this Financial Freedom exercise you expand your abundance mentality and begin to see a shift in your experience right away.

Step 1: Define Your Goals

Step 2: Determine Value Events

Step 3: Create Your Notebook

Step 4: Establish Paycheck Routine

Step 5: Experience Your Dreams


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Introduction to the Inner Bank and Mental Bank Concept

Aloha! I’m Lauren and I discovered this concept called the Mental Bank a number of years ago. The idea behind the Mental Bank is to expand your current personal belief about your money experience (reprogram your subconscious).

Armed with a new self-worth and recording the daily value you’re creating (plus getting paid big checks!) this exercise influences your behaviors so you create a more abundant life that matches your updated Inner Bank.

I practiced the exercise several times on my Financial Freedom Journey and always experienced positive results. So this time when I was ready to “level up” again for a new business venture, I turned back to my Mental Bank notes. I really wanted to keep up the nightly practice (ensuring my best goal results) so I took some time to developed some key resources I needed.

The first thing I needed was a 3-ring notebook with templates - now it’s so easy to keep up with! More parts grew and soon I had created my own Inner Bank system. My friends kept asking me how I was doing it and I love to share so I put everything together in this post so you to start your Inner Bank tonight!

Here's an overview video I made explaining my Inner Bank System

My dream goal is I am a financially free millionaire living in my own 6000'+ dream home that's free and clear. It's an estate built on a family farm with over 12 oceanfront acres in Hawaii and I receive over $1,000,000 a year of passive income. This means my monthly income lifestyle is receiving over $83,333 per month if I never do a day more of work!

This dream life is a huge jump from what I have experienced so far. By doing this mental bank exercise and experiencing the feeling of living as a financially free millionaire already, I quickly begin to attract the people and circumstances into my life to make it happen. I shared this powerful Financial Freedom Exercise with my friends and - wow! - they are also having exciting experiences of receiving more money and reaching their goals faster!

Inner Bank History

Lauren derived her Inner Bank Finacial Freedom Exercise from the Mental Bank Concept by John Kapaas

Mental Bank Development

"The Mental Bank program, developed by Dr. John Kappas and the staff of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), represents the culmination of 30 years experience in the field of subconscious and behavioral reprogramming.

The text explains in easy to follow steps the five synergistic elements of the Mental Bank program and how to get them working in your life in less than five minutes per day.

The Mental Bank program is a dramatic demonstration of how your subconscious mind is a goal machine, driven to achieve whatever it is programmed for. The Mental Bank program puts you in the driver's seat for programming your subconscious mind to achieve success, happiness and prosperity, easily and effortlessly."

Success is Not an Accident: The Mental Bank Concept by John G. Kappas. 

Just so you know, this video is not 5 minutes - it's 2 hours! Continue reading this post for my "Cliff Notes" 😉

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Applying My Inner Bank Process

Note from Lauren

A coincidence (or there are no coincidences!) is my personal connection to HMI  because what helped me to define my goal was several appointments there in January 2014. I saw myself as a financially free millionaire coming down the stairs of my dream home and raced ahead with my life in that direction. I didn't put the connection between HMI & Mental Bank until I put together this blog post!

Years ago in Los Angeles, I heard of the Mental Bank concept, Googled it and put it into practice for a bit. It was cool getting paid for my daily "value!" however my routine changed and I fell out of practice. Then at my Entrepreneur Meetup, one of the members gave a presentation on using the Mental Bank after she had taken the official course.  Only then did I find the free online PDF from HMI.

Three times over several years I used the mental bank for short periods and experienced a tremendously positive effect plus I actually had money come "outta nowhere" during those times. Yet I didn't have consistency until I put my own spin on the Mental Bank Concept and developed some great templates and resources I call the "Inner Bank Financial Freedom Exercise." I'm happy to share the resources I use and am very pleased with my results using my Inner Bank nightly.

Step 1: Define Your Goal

What do you truly want? It surprised me to learn the majority of people never have a definite goal. I have known what I want - to live in my dream house as a financially free millionaire traveling the world with my family sharing entrepreneurship with everyone.

Money Goal

If you have a specific money amount, just plug that into the goal. Using the "SMART Goal" method is a good way determine amount

Other Goals

A weight loss goal could be defined as $100,000 and I’ll pay myself according to my weight loss and value events like eating healthy or exercising.


Having big goals for yourself is great, though if you’re starting from a place of confusion or lack of desires (and maybe everything sucks in your life right now), then it’s hard to feel like your wildest dreams are coming true. That’s where the 4 areas of Peace of Mind come in to the equation by looking at different areas that you want to improve.

Peace of Mind

The 4 Areas of Peace of Mind
  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Love
  • Happiness
Take a moment and assess each of those 4 areas of your life. Rate them on a scale of 0-10 (highest being 10). You can focus on the lower satisfaction areas or set goals for all the areas. See your life as you choose it to be - you are the creator of your experience!

Envisioning Your Dream Life

This is where the magic starts! Go big!!

Goals of "I want to be rich, I want to live in a big house, I want to have a ranch in the mountains, I want to be married, I want to travel, I want to be healthy" are all great though it’s vital to get specific.
How much money do you actually want?
Getting specific allows you to really make the goals measurable.
  • Does $1 million dollars make you feel rich or $100 million?
  • Do you want a $200,000 house or a $20 million dollar house?
  • How large is your house?
  • Where is it located?
  • What’s the monthly household expense?
  • Will you need a chef, housekeeper, gardener?  How often?
  • Someone to do errands and drive the kids to school?
  • A personal assistant to handle your to do list?
  • What’s your ideal budget for shopping/eating out/household expenses?
  • Do you want to travel each month? Vacations?
  • Personal jet or just flying first class?
  • Do you have a partner? A new one? Kids?
  • What does your ideal body look like?
  • How do you spend your free time?
  • Do you work?
You need to get used to having this abundance and be really comfortable with it. Your subconscious needs to believe it and expect it. Setting these measurable goals sets you on the right path to creating exactly what you want because you’ve taken the time to create it in your head first. (This is what I call workshopping and visualization and more on that elsewhere.)

Step 2: Establish Value Events

Value events are based on actions you do that get you closer to your goals! Things that add value to your day are, in fact, contributing to your success. Yes, it can even be serving others, taking a course, meditating or spending time with family. Developing great relationships with quality family time or business masterminding phone calls are great examples of value events.

Determining Your Hourly Rate

The difference between calculating the Mental Bank Way vs The Inner Bank Way is the Mental Bank uses an annual income to determine hourly rates, while the Inner Bank calculates monthly.
  1. Take goal amount and multiply it by 4 to get Inner Bank target
    • Example - Goal: $10,000 Goal x 4 = $40,000 Target
  2. Divide that number by 720 to get hourly, monthly wage
    • This is calculated around the clock
    • Example - $40,000 / 720 = $55/hr, I prefer to round it
  3. Double or triple hourly wage for bonus events
    • Example - $55/hr x 2 = $110/hr bonus rate
  4. Determine varying amount for flat rate events
    • Example - $500 for attending a workshop
    • Example - $100 for getting 8+ hours of sleep
$10,000 Goal is $55 per hour

Value Events

All events must be on this list to get paid!

Look at the 4 areas of Peace of Mind to determine your overall total (see Peace of Mind in Goals above)
  • Health goals may have value events like exercising, food choices, sleep routine, water amounts, etc.
  • Wealth/money goals may have value events for: responding to emails, talking to clients, sales calls, reading or listening to learning materials.

Assign the hourly rate (yes, it can be in the hundreds or even thousands $$) and a flat rate for each event: listen to yourself on determining what is an "Hourly Rate" event and what will stay at a "Flat Rate" fixed amount.
My Original and Revised Value Events

Overall the majority of value event entries should be hourly to help you gain more awareness on where your time spent regarding your goals.
  • Health Goals may get an hourly rate for exercise and a flat rate amount for healthy food choices or reaching your nightly sleeping target
  • Money goals may get an hourly rate for working on projects and perhaps a flat rate for each quick followup call

Bonus Events

When something is super hard to do or scary and brings you a significant step closer to your goals, these events are paid 2- 3 times the usual amount. Example: Making cold calls, going for a run, doing a project you want to avoid.

Now Go Big!

What is your Dream Lifestyle Budget?

Wanna $1,000,000 a year?



$1,000,000 x 4 = $4,000,000 Target Goal

$4,000,000 / 12 = $333,333 per month

$333,333 / 720 = $463 per hour!

Step 3: Create Your Inner Bank Notebook

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I find it a lot easier to have a 3-ring binder for my Inner Bank Exercise and hole punch my printed templates. The dividers separate your daily ledger and the other sections. Make sure you have a good calculator (and not the basic 8 digit) because you will be calculating into the millions! You can also use the calculator function on a phone or computer. I use the pouch to hold my blue pens and checkbooks.

Paying Yourself

I write real checks to myself and put them on the wall for a powerful visual. I highly recommend using specific checks for this exercise; for $20 I ordered a separate box of real checks from my bank just for my Inner Bank paychecks. It's an amazing feeling KNOWING I will cash them soon!
*Free Download* Printable Blank Checks
My current paycheck stays in my wallet all week! Fun seeing that big check each time!

Notebook Pages

The most important practice of the Inner Bank Financial Freedom Exercise is doing it nightly. I developed these Inner Bank Templates that I personally use to make it easier though you can also just do journal entries. ... Helpful Templates Lauren Created
  • Inner Bank Contract
  • Inner Bank Ledger
  • The Happenings
  • Value Events
  • Cashflow Sheet
  • Investments
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Step 4: Inner Bank Routine

Ah, ha! This is where the magic happens!

Practicing this financial freedom exercise every night is the key to making this work for you. 

Do it every night for one week to start!!

Since learning of the Mental Bank several years ago I would practice it for a few weeks at a time. Each time I felt such amazing growth in my mentality! This year as I pursued huge goals I brought the Mental Bank out of my "toolbox." I got serious about it and added real paychecks and made a notebook.  I made the commitment to bank every night.

Once again using this exercise I started getting amazing results plus I was feeling so much better! I decided to share how I've adapted it to my own Inner Bank routine and created the Facebook Accountability Group. I have no foreseeable ending this practice as I'm continually reaping the benefits! Life just keeps getting better and better! I'm crossing $21,000,000 tonight and my real life has shifted even more positively!

Calculating Daily Pay

Write out each event on the ledger and in the beginning recording each item is extremely beneficial. Pay yourself for the 10-15 minutes you spend doing this exercise each night.

After a few months I began to dread the ledger because I was constantly tracking my time and feeling anxious if not working enough. Not cool! Negative feelings are my sign for a course correction. So I re-did my Inner Bank Contract and went with a flat rate of $12,000 an hour x 24 hours a day - that changed my attitude and I enjoyed banking again.

After awhile re-did my contract again to get daily passive income plus have a routine checklist I reuse to streamline the process. I've tailored this exercise to work for me and you do the same. The most important thing is just to do it! 🙂

My Evolving Ledger

  1. Log each Event and Record the Rate and Time
    • Example: Health Goal - Drinking Water $20/Bottle flat rate, 6x
    • Example: Relationship Goal - Go on Date $400/hr rate, 90 minutes
    • Example: Money Goal - Cold Calls $800/hr bonus rate, 45 minutes
  2. Calculate all Events at the same time using a Calculator
    • Example: Health Goal - Drinking Water $20/Bottle flat rate, 6 times = $20 x 6 bottles = $120
    • Example: Relationship Goal - Date $400/hr rate, 90 minutes = 90 min / 60 min = 1.5hrs x $400 = $600
    • Example: Money Goal - Cold calls $800/hr Bonus rate, 45 minutes = 15 min / 60 min = .25hrs x $800 = $200
  3. Record Daily Total and add to your Inner Bank Balance
    • Example: Cold Calls $200  + Date $600 + Water $120 = $920 for the day!
    • $920 for the day + previous Inner Bank balance equals your new current balance
  4. Pay Yourself and Deposit into Inner Bank
    • Journal and write out the following script each day, "Today,(write-the-date), I am so happy and grateful receiving $##,### $(write-out-the-full-number-in-cursive) making my new balance $#,###,### $(write-out-the-full-number-in-cursive) "
    • Example: Today, January 1st, 2017 I am so happy and grateful receiving $5,327.12 five thousand three hundred twenty-seven dollars and twelves cents making my new balance $612,973.42 six hundred twelve thousand nine hundred seventy-three dollars and forty-two cents
    • Your daily pay is written on the ledger and the official paycheck is issued weekly
  5. Record Happenings from the Day!  This is your chance to reflect on opportunities you've been given each day to move closer to your ultimate goals. You'll start to recognize the daily occurrences of abundance. As you look for them,  they'll become more numerous and greater. Because what you give attention to, grows.

Weekly Paycheck

  • Calculate the total of each day during the week and write a check for that amount! Writing that check makes it real.  Seeing those numbers next to your name makes a powerful statement. "You are wealthy, you are worthy.  You deserve that abundance of money!"
  • I keep my current Inner Bank Paycheck in my wallet each week
Inner Bank Ledger and Paycheck

Advanced Banking

You can allocate your Inner Bank income and get investments. I love seeing my "Fun Money" add up and it's also good to practice paying a big tax bill for these millions! I made worksheets for these in my templates
  • Cashflow Worksheet Allocation
  • Update Investments(Add Screenshot of what amounts of money get allocated, allocation checks and investments)

Step 5: Experience Your Dream

Acknowledge and give gratitude for the abundance  manifesting in your experience!

Your mind must wrap itself around this idea of seeing abundance all around you, regardless of what your circumstances may be. When you start to SEE abundance in your everyday life, you're given more. So acknowledge and give gratitude for each and every one of those blessings! More comes to you, and more and more and more. That's where you experience your dream and build the life you're truly meant to live.


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Inner Bank Concept

Your thoughts or self-belief about money
or achieving goals determine your experience
of abundance (or lack of it) in your life.


Quote from Robert Kiyosaki in Rich Dad, Poor Dad

“[My poor] dad had a habit of saying, “I can’t afford it.” [My rich] dad forbade those words to be used. He insisted I ask, “How can I afford it?”

One is a statement, and the other is a question. One lets you off the hook, and the other forces you to think … “I can’t afford it” shuts down your brain [because] it didn’t have to think anymore …. It also brings up sadness, a helplessness that leads to despondency and often depression.

“How can I afford it?” opens up the brain, forces it to think and search for answers. It also opens up possibilities, excitement and dreams and creates a stronger mind 
and dynamic spirit.”

What are your thoughts about money?

Reoccurring thoughts like “I always have plenty of money” or “I never have enough money” play out in that person’s life experience.

Money is an idea and the ideas you are thinking prompts feelings. Those feelings create an expectation that becomes your life experience. If you believe “I always just get by” then it is so.

Are you ready for a more abundant life experience?

Applying this practice changes the way you think about your personal value and your relationship with money. Positively expanding both of these self-beliefs allows you to experience the life of your dreams even sooner! Start practicing this exercise every night this week and enjoy your first huge paycheck shortly!


5 reasons the Mental Bank
exercise is powerful

Lauren’s Inner Bank System is derived from the well-known Mental Bank Concept which culminates over 30 years of research at HMI. Here are the 5 components that make up the foundation of this nightly practice many people have used with successful results.

“Success is NOT an Accident!” HMI Motto

“The 5 Synergistic Elements

1. BELIEF – Put into action your new, successful script and rewrite your subconscious

2. DAILY REINFORCEMENT  – In fact, it WILL work as long as we do it!

3. SCRIPTING  – Bypassing the critical area of the mind and entering the subconscious

4. TIME OF DAY – The last half hour before sleep is referred to as the “Magic 30 Minutes”

5.  DREAMS – New program in and vent out the old program dreaming”

Excerpt Above from the “Mental Bank Handbook”

Now apply this Financial Freedom exercise tonight
and connect with Lauren for additional guidance!


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How To Launch Your Own Website in a Weekend

Launch Your Own Website in a Weekend

How I Taught My Friends to
Create an Online Business like Mine

Aloha! I’m Lauren and I am passionate about creating financial freedom in my life and the lives of others. I personally do this through my own
online businesses and helping people become entrepreneurs. I recorded these steps I use so now you can learn some simple steps to create your own successful online business too!

For years I’ve shared what’s working in my businesses and been asked
numerous times if I could build someone’s website. I never have because
I have no interest in becoming a website designer. I much prefer the
entrepreneurial lifestyle and going  snorkeling Monday morning than
reporting to a job. So I thought of a great win-win to create this
blog post by outline the steps and share how I do it. 

I taught my friends how to create their own professional websites
very quickly over one weekend. They learned how to use WordPress,
the predominant way to create websites and manage their own content. Plus WordPress allows for the fancy stuff you can hire the Pros for when you’re ready. Then adding in the advanced steps allows for unlimited monetization! By following these steps everyone can make a huge step
 to create passive income resulting more financial freedom in your life!

Our Weekend Mastermind Creating Websites

Preparation Steps


Hey! I’m so excited you’re about to build your own website!
That’s actually how I started my first business bringing animals
to kid’s parties in Los Angeles. That website has built
Reptacular Animals as the largest in its industry since 2008!
Then I started my next businesses this same way.

All you need to start a business or website is an idea.
I love talking to people and discovering what their big idea is.
The coolest part with starting your own business is you can
grow around your interests or passions. I always loved kids and
animals and BOOM … a successful service company was born.
This website is my blog. Is a blog a business? Well it sure can
be and my goal is to show you how to create a successful
online business by creating a website for anything!

Do you already have a business or website and ready grow?
That’s awesome. It’s up to you if you want to create a personal
blog site as well or just optimize your existing one. Going through
this process will teach you the skills to build an optimized website
and run your own small business so it creates financial freedom.  


Preparation Video

Video showing Research & Outline 


Establishing Website


Determine Marketplace






Developing Your Outline


(Hey you can download ours! That’s the big master Outline )


Purchase Website


Video showing Domain, Hosting, WordPress


Selecting Name

What is a Domain and Hosting, a domain is the address of your site or “” and the Hosting is where the website is stored. There’s companies just for domains or you could bundle them with a Hosting Provider

Picking a Domain Name, if you need ideas pick one that’s catchy easy to spell. Putting words together or adding “-” works well and you can also use keywords

Should it be “.com”, that’s a personal preference. Generally .com is preferred though ultimately the website has so many traffic sources the name won’t matter

Search for Domains, there’s many companies that sell domains. Since I have multiple websites, I find it’s cheaper to use a domain company and then have an unlimited hosting plan. I usually renew for under $10 and always a Google for “promos”. The Hosting providers usually have a higher domain renewal fee of $12-15+. If you are new there’s usually promotions from Hosting Providers to get a free domain for a year when you bundle.


Purchasing Domain & Hosting Provider

It’s a big process to switch hosting providers so choose one for long term


Prominent domain and hosting provider that also offers excellent phone support, template websites and professional designers. Usually a bit pricer. I built one of my original websites using their basic template.




I personally have used them for many domains and been very satisfied. Basic domain provider with consistently lower prices. FYI only email/chat support.



I switched to them in 2017 from BlueHost initially because billed monthly instead of annually and the interface. The phone customer service is super and they fixed lots of things I messed up in the learning process.



I used them for years with several sites and was always satisfied. I had purchased a 3 year plan and when renewal came up I found a cheaper one and I liked the other website back office layout better and switched.


Installing WordPress


Linking Domain & Hosting



Website Layout

Video with Themes, Pages, Categories, Menus, Plugins


Choosing a Theme

Installing Theme

Customizing Theme



Pages vs Posts

Naming Pages

Adding Pages



Using Categories

Creating Categories



Menu Layout

Creating Menus



Types of Plugins

Installing Plugins

Using Plugins


Website Content

Video with Posts, Content, Formatting, Links





Advanced Website

Video with Subscribers, Products, Affiliates





Here are some great resources for how to build and
launch a website. I’ve personally studied many of these.