Blogs by RAYMA Team

A Message to Coaches and Leaders Who Help People Improve Their Lives

Jun 03, 2020

By: Mandy B. Anderson

My heart is heavy with the weight of what is happening in the world around me right now. Rather than try to write an amazing blog post with the right amount of words and keywords and catchy phrases that will help the Google find it, I want to speak from the heart. So here goes...

A few days ago in my community a well-known Wellness Coach and Fitness Trainer made a video that went viral. It went viral for all the wrong reasons. Over the course of three days it had over 80,000 views, 1,000 plus comments, and more shares than I could count before the person that screenshot the video and shared it finally took it down.

In this video she fat-shamed a manager of a food-coop claiming that she can’t do her job because she is obese. At the root of her accusations was outrage at the fact that a friend of hers just lost the job that this new manager was taking over.

I watched the video.

I was not surprised at the bold opinions of this leader because I’ve known...

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The Ultimate Blog Post Checklist

May 28, 2020

By Raychel Perman

If you are just starting out with blogging, a checklist can be a lifesaver! There are so many steps you need to accomplish before and after you push publish! It is easy to forget. Even the most seasoned bloggers among us still use simple tools like checklists. So, without further ado here is the ultimate blog post checklist.

Blog post checklist BEFORE you hit publish:

  1. Select your topic.
  2. Research your topic and choose keywords.
  3. Write the outline. 
  4. Write first draft with working title. 
  5. Create catchy title by researching your topic on Amazon, Google, and Pinterest. Don't copy someone else's title - use it to inspire your own! 
  6. Proofread and check grammar. 
  7. Make sure copy is easy to read by using Flesch Kinkaid Score at
  8. Write your final draft. 
  9. Find and/or create images for post on a platform like Canva. You will need 1 header photo and 1 photo in the post. 
  10. Create photos for...
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4 Simple Steps to Kick Resistance Today

May 19, 2020

By Raychel Perman

Being able to kick resistance (and it’s best friend, procrastination!)  is an essential skill for all business owners and busy professionals. Well, for all people really. So WHY is it so hard? Simply put, we resist acting because we think it is going to be hard, time-consuming, boring, or a variety of other reasons.

"Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in, day out"

- Robert Collier

Even if we know that completing the task is necessary and important (and maybe even good for us, like sit ups for example) we resist completing it. Why? Because you cannot overcome resistance or procrastination with sheer willpower alone. If you could- you would have by now. You need a plan with simple steps to activate anytime resistance rears it’s ugly head.  

Here are 4 simple steps to kick resistance today:

#1- Break it down.

You are more likely to complete a big task you have been avoiding if you break it down into smaller steps. Small action...

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Month End Closing Checklist for Small Businesses

May 12, 2020

As a small business owner, you are often tasked with the responsibility of closing your books every month. If bookkeeping isn’t a strong skill of yours, you can find yourself overwhelmed and avoiding this necessary task. But, month end closing is necessary to make proper financial choices, set you up correctly for tax time, and help you have a proper view of the financial health of your company.

It takes time to close out your month and it can be stressful. But a checklist is a super easy way to keep you organized. The checklist below is a compilation of what I personally do as CFO of RAYMA team; and, industry best practices from financial software companies like  Quickbooks. (We have used the Plus level of Quickbooks online for 6 years). I have these steps saved as a text document in Basecamp and just print it out every month to check off tasks as I go.

Before we get to the steps let’s make sure we know what a month end close actually is. It’s...

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Video: 3 Strategic Thoughts To Not Shrink Back During COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020

Now is the time to move into the season of embracing our new normal. For the foreseeable future, this is real. It is here. How are we going to deal with it?

We no longer have the luxury as leaders, as parents, as spouses, as employers and employees to sit around in the trauma and the chaos of what’s going on and making it our excuse to not get used to this new normal. Nobody wants to do it. Nobody asked for a complete turnaround from what we knew to be normal. However, the fact is that it is here, and it is not going to change anytime soon. So instead of sitting around, waiting for somebody to let you know it’s time to come out of the house and then you’ll start getting back on track with your goals, make the choice to rise up. Something is shifting in the atmosphere and the overcomers are rising up. The overcomers are ready.

Now is the time to create a new normal. It is no longer the time to be sitting in the sorrow and pain of what’s going on. Be aware. Do...

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10 Ways to Pivot During Uncertain Times

Mar 16, 2020


In basketball it means to keep one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction. The purpose of a pivot is to gain a positional advantage.

Right now, as of March 16, 2020, the United States is pivoting. Everywhere you look online, we see teams big and small pivoting. Some are panicking like Ross on F.R.I.E.N.D.S. screaming "Pivot! Pivot!" while getting metaphorically stuck on a staircase with a couch wedged against the wall because they are giving in to fear and panic. Others are handling it much better.

How do we make this pivot in a way that is to our advantage as a nation? As a state? As a community? As a Leader in our sphere of influence?

First, we realize that right now we need to pivot. We might not be able to physically go into the spaces we normally do, but we can still show up and be present right where we are.

At home.


Realize that pivoting is an offensive position. That's what we as a country are doing right now....

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Your YES Matters!

Mar 10, 2020

What does it actually mean when you say YES to something?

Most people don’t think about the ramifications of their YES.

YES is a long game. When we say yes to something, we have to follow through on it even when we don’t feel like it. It usually ends up being weeks or months later that we have to walk through the completion of that yes and we don’t think about the responsibilities that will be involved.

Every time we say yes to something, we should be thinking about whether or not we have the capacity in our life to follow through with it. So let’s consider this…

If you say YES to being a leader, you are saying YES to working on your own issues and character even when it is uncomfortable. Why? Because people like to follow people that can lead themselves first. We typically don’t like following people that say one thing and do another.  To be an effective leader, you must be able to lead yourself first. Your YES matters.

We need to face this! A...

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4 Types of Value We All Offer

Mar 03, 2020

We all bring some sort of value to the table, no matter where we are. When you don’t know that you have value to offer, you don’t use it intentionally. Let’s quickly dive in to 4 Kinds of Value that we all have to offer.

Value 1: Functional Value

This is the solution that you offer. It can be a product, a service, a skillset, a communication style, etc. Employees can bring functional value simply by speaking up to offer a solution when needed. Entrepreneurs need to know the functional value they offer for their clients. And in our every day lives, we add functional value simply through the talents and gifts that we share. Self-awareness can even be a functional value!

Value 2: Monetary Value

Okay you might be thinking, “I don’t own a business. I work my job, I’m a full time employee. I don’t have any monetary value.”

That’s not true. Monetary value is a trade off between other values and the cost paid. So if you are an employee,...

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Practice NOW so you’re ready WHEN

Feb 25, 2020

What you speak out loud, matters. You’ve got to practice telling yourself the right things BEFORE you get in the game. Because by the time you get to the game, it’s too late.

Some people call this practicing affirmations. We call it Truth Statements®. And it’s important for a reason: Truth Statements® help you build a strong mindset.

The number one person that we believe, is ourself! What we tell ourselves matters. It matters that you have a strong mindset based on truth and not lies and negativity. Many of us struggle with the lies and negative thoughts. Studies are crazy when we compare how often we think things that just aren’t true.

Here’s the lie: some people think you will just KNOW what to say in the moment without practicing and being prepared. They gather content and memes on social media and it just sits in their social media space but they don’t actually practice SPEAKING IT out loud for their own ears to hear. They think they...

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RAYMA Team, a division of Big Blue Couch Coaching, LLC Receives 2019 Best of Bismarck Award

Oct 31, 2019


RAYMA Team, a division of Big Blue Couch Coaching, LLC Receives 2019 Best of Bismarck Award

Bismarck Award Program Honors the Achievement

BISMARCK October 15, 2019 -- RAYMA Team, a division of Big Blue Couch Coaching, LLC has been selected for the 2019 Best of Bismarck Award in the Life Coach category by the Bismarck Award Program.

Each year, the Bismarck Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Bismarck area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Bismarck Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the...

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