You're at the I’m-gonna-pull-my-hair-out-and-eat-it point. Well, you didn’t really mean ‘the eat it’ part. That would be totally gross. But, you are feeling overwhelmed and disengaged from your life—to the point where hair pulling isn’t all that outrageous.

We know. We’ve been there. We still go there sometimes.

You’ve got a lot going on. You’re building an online empire. You’re trying to be a good wife and show your husband that he’s not second place behind your business, even though you do check email and Facebook during movie night. You want to have a family but the thought of adding (more) babies to the mix causes you to devour an entire jar of peanut butter.

"Maybe if I skipped sleep and tomorrow’s lunch I could pull it off by a hair" you rationalize as coherently as 2 plus 2 equals 4.

Yikes. Add in the fact that it's bathing suit season (and you know you can't pull off last year's bikini), your mother still thinks that your jewelry business isn't a "real job" and if you see another picture on Facebook of your friends at the beach sipping margaritas, you might throw your iPhone against the wall.

It ain't pretty.

But, the day to day busy-ness of it all shouldn’t clog up your insides and sabotage your waistline. It shouldn’t cause you stay in your pj's for five days straight, showers optional. And, it surely shouldn’t make you wish you would’ve been a plastic surgeon instead of an artist. Happiness is a choice. Overwhelm is, too.

When you’re too busy to work on the things that matter to you most (hello book you've always wanted to write and actually making it to those hot yoga classes!), you know it's time to game over and re-start. An overhaul was needed like yesterday.

That’s where we come in. Cue the trumpets and roll out the velvety red carpet. Our glittery stilettos are coming for you. And watch out, we've got capes, too.


…if you choose to accept it, involves a 21-Day Challenge. Destination: No, not the moon, silly. We wanna take you to Happy Land, where the truly important things get checked off your to-do list, like a B-O-S-S, minus the emotional overwhelm. 

We'll help you go from ku-raaaaaa-zy busy hurry hurry hurry all day everyday to feeling goddess-like while cruising through the scenic route. Oh look, those flowers smell so lovely!

Once you finish our course, you'll be more confident than ever, more energized than the bunny, and ready to tackle any big hairy audacious goal on yo’ list.

This is not a "productivity course." Boring!

Think about this twenty-one day course as a board game with a "start here" and a "finish line", and the goofiest gals in town setting the rules, in tutus. You'll receive daily expeditions that have been tailored to perfection through our experience of helping hundreds of people awesomize their lives, on and offline. Psst...and there's no Monopoly jail in our adventure set. Double bonus!

We might actually be crowned "experts" and "gurus" by now, but we prefer to wear satin capes with our initials.

The course begins July 1st, run for 21 days, ending on July 21st.

For each day, you’ll receive a for-your-eyes-only email in your inbox with that day's mission, plus a secret passageway (aka, URL) to our private headquarters to grab your weapons. Hint: hand-painted printables, playlists, stories we would never dare to spill in public, guides, workbooks, funsheets and exclusive live party-invites. Ya' know, to combat the know-it-all gremlins. Show them who's The (Wo)Man!

  • Ready. Set. Go! Before the course begins (and as soon as you sign up), you'll receive: an eight-page "Clarify Your Vision" workbook to figure out exactly what you want your life to look like and what you want to work on inside the course, a time-tracker to figure out how you're spending your time NOW and what changes you need to make, and a downloadable gameboard that you can check off as you move through the course.

  • Step-by-step daily challenges emailed to you every day for twenty-one days, proven to help you stop the overwhelm and get focused on what truly matters. Each mini-misson is unique, but they all have one goal: help you transcend from busy to happy.

  • Four live calls to share the wildest stories, give you insight into how we've built our businesses around the lives we really want to live, and raise your hand to get individual feedback from us. With playbacks, just in case you're stuck in traffic or at the beach.

  • Beautifully designed printables and worksheets (ahem ahem, if we may say so ourselves), to tackle life’s stinkiest pickles in style. 

  • A private Facebook community for daily check-ins, accountability, ask the thing that you can’t seem to shake off, get feedback from people who get it without much explanation, vent and brag. Let it out girlfriend! And no, Darth Vader is not invited. This group is for Supers who are doing the mission right along with you, ONLY! (Last year we had an extremely supportive and active group of women and we expect no less this year. So, if you've always wanted a group of friends who understand you and your business without having to explain every little detail, we're welcoming you with open arms.)

  • A medal of honor. Seriously. You think we're gonna make you work your butt off and then not give you a shiny badge? Are you insane? Oh yeah, we'll make you feel like the winner you are. Just wait for the award ceremony after-party.

  • And we’ve left all the fatty McFat out. Hasta la vista baby, cuz who has time for cellulite, right? Anyone can put together a 30-Week Multimedia Module Revolution filled with fluff you won’t even read or watch. No thank you. We’re about world domination in this century and making HUGE shifts today. We've cut everything that doesn't NEED to be inside the program to keep it doable and manageable. It also means that everything included is top-freaking-notch.


  • You always find reasons why things won’t work for you.

  • Your name is Dr. Evil or Gollum. This is NOT your preciouzzz.

  • You sacrifice what you want most for what you want this instant.

  • You need us to convince you why this is worth it.

  • You can't set aside 30 minutes each day to work on (the enhanced version of) you. We know 21 days is a hugeeee commitment but it takes time to see transformative change that lasts a lifetime. We will be here for you when you’re ready.

  • You wake up and already feel like you're running behind.

  • You’re perpetually busy but never feel like you actually get anything important done.

  • You keep recycling your goals month after month.

  • You don't fit inside your skinny jeans anymore.

  • You can't afford to wait until the 2015 New Years Resolution frenzy to get your act together.

  • You really want to be apart of a group of girlfriends who truly understand what you're going through and are ready to support you.

  • You put on mascara while driving or text message while running on the treadmill.

  • You're ready to stop making crap excuses.

  • You're willing to invest a little extra time each day, knowing that that extra lovin’ will take you oh-so-far on your quest to happiness.

  • You heart The Incredibles. Edna Mode? Better ring a bell.


Will you come with us as we demolish and polish the way we work and live?

Will you bet on the present version of you to build the best future you E-V-E-R?

Will you join the League of Supers who rule the Interwebs in search of something more, something grand, something worth living every second we are given?

Will you knuckle sandwich “life balance” with us to choose happiness instead? It will feel so good. We pinky promise.

With great power comes great responsibility. 

Will you take charge of your happiness now? Not on Monday. Not in January. Not when you feel ready. NOW!

Will you realize your potential for greatness, instead of playing it safe to avoid bruising?

Will you take your place as a superhero, as a bringer of hope and more love to your family, your community and beyond?

Sorry, this course is no longer open for registration. We'll be back in 2015!

  • A warm-up routine (fun workbooks and worksheets) not endorsed by Mission Impossible, but it should be.

  • 21-days of challenges crafted from A-Z to move you from busy to happy.

  • Stunning weapons of mass construction.

  • Four live happy hours to sip mojitos with gals pals who get it.

  • Access to an exclusive online group.

  • Shiny trophies for doing the work that matters.

  • Crap fillers you don’t really need, banned.

APRIL BOWLES-OLIN is a licensed therapist turned business maven. She’s the founder of Blacksburg Belle and co-founder of Connecting the Gaps.

She graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in human services and a minor in psychology. She then moved from the small town of Blacksburg, VA {Go Hokies!} to New York where she earned a master’s degree in clinical social work at NYU. After practicing therapy for a few years, she left to the field to pursue her creative interests. She and her husband moved back to Blacksburg where they currently live.

Her mission is to help creative entrepreneurs construct the businesses of their dreams around the lifestyles they crave. April wakes up each morning excited to empower women to live more creatively and build businesses devoted to their passions.

She’s been featured and mentioned on hundreds of sites and publications including U.S. News and World Report, Where Women Create, BlogcastFM, Etsy, and Design*Sponge.

Her passions include devouring vegan, gluten-free pizza, perusing young-adult fiction, discovering nifty spy tricks from watching Burn Notice with her man, and snapping pictures of her three adopted dogs.


MAYI CARLES is a tiny Panamanian artist with a T-Rex heart. She's the founder of Heartmade, Life is Messy Bootcamp and co-super of Connecting the Gaps. She has a weakness for party props, measuring cups, gingham bunting flags and hubby's kisses. If left unsupervised, could eat an entire batch of Red Velvet cupcakes.

Her metaphorical Mount Everest is helping creatives overcome decision paralysis so they can execute their brilliance, fill their piggy banks doing passion work and change the world Pinky. All while letting go of perfectionism, people-pleasing and “what will they think”. Excuuuuuu-se me control freak, messy coming through. Beep beep!

She studied Art in Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy; received a dual Bachelor degree in Communication Studies and Art Theory and Practice with a minor in Art History from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; and a Masters in Art in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois.

Mayi’s been sponsored by Roxy and featured on US News and World Report, Artful Blogging, ProBlogger, Etsy and BlogcastFM, landing the #1 most watched show in 2012.

How much time will this course take?

Each day is a little different, but we recommend spending around thirty minutes each day going over that day’s materials. Some day’s assignments will take fifteen minutes. Others will be a bit longer, but this isn’t a rat race but a resistance battle. Do your best--that’s all we ask. You can always bookmark for Sunday after a bubble bath.

How will I access the course material?

With the help of our web wizard, we’ve set up a secure membership site, just for supers (aka, members), where you’ll find everything you need. You must have access to the internet to login.

When do I need to make a decision?

The shopping cart closes on Monday, June 30th at 9pm EST.

I’m busy taking a pottery class/going to Fiji/planning my wedding during this course, but I really need this in my life. When will you offer it again?

We only offer this course ONCE A YEAR and this is the time we're offering it this year. If you want in, now’s the time. You’ll have access to all the course materials for life. So, if you miss a day or two, you can always go back to catch up. However, we do advise that you make time for the course, because it’s easier to follow-through when you’re doing it with others. During the 21 days, we’re offering free support via Facebook and live calls. You want to take advantage of that, right?

What time are you hosting the live calls?

There will be four live calls and an after party. We’re going to host them at different times in order to give all members a chance to join in on the fun.

I live in (insert current location here). Can I access the live calls?

You can access the calls from anywhere in the world as long as you're plugged into the internet. No international calling fees apply. Yuck! These calls are absolutely free.

I've tried other "productivity courses" before and they never work. How is this different?

OK, here's the thing, if you expect a program to magically fix all your problems, then this might not be the course for you. This adventure can't do anything for you if you don't use it, ya' know? Now, having said that, we have carefully built this program accounting for loser thoughts and vicious opposition from lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Plus, this is a no guesswork approach to getting sh*t done fortified with the best accountability buddies ever. Our tested methods are now yours. Our friends are now your friends, too. We're literally giving you the 411 on how to jump from busy to happy in just 21 days while holding your hand every bit of the way. We also like to make things simple and pain free. No five hour reading materials or new age-y rituals in da' house. Ain't nobody got time for that!   

How do I pay?

With a credit card or using PayPal. Your pick superhero. 

I have another question. Can you help?

Sure! Please e-mail us at connectingthegaps@gmail.com or come to our Happy Hour, a Q&A live call to answer your most pressing questions while sipping delicious cocktails. Join us June 25th at 7PM EST. Cute summer dresses optional!

Sorry, this course is no longer open for registration. We'll be back in 2015!