Be careful what you wish for because it just might happen.
This is something I’ve been repeating to myself ever since I started on this journey. Setting your intentions and letting the universe know about those intentions lead to results.
Before we go any further, you should know that I have intense stage fright. I’m an introverted writer, and the second you put me in front of people, I get tongue-tied. Or worse, I get overly chatty, and not always in a delightful way. (I even snort).
At the end of 2016, I told a few close friends that I wanted to add “Speaker” to my list of titles. I submitted proposals to a couple of conferences. I received a few lovely rejections, which I fully expected. Thanks to the incredible group of people who have been my support system this past year, I got my first speaking opportunity at this year’s Content Marketing World as part of a panel for a session on Leveraging Content to Elevate Community.
I was going to be a speaker at my favorite conference!
I WAS GOING TO BE A SPEAKER. (more…)
Today is my Monday.
More importantly, today is my last Monday with a safety net.
Let me explain. (more…)
I do have to let you know this post contains potential spoilers about the show, but it’s mainly focused on ‘Gilmore Girls’ business lessons.
My networks were abuzz about the release of the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix during Thanksgiving weekend. I knew I would have a lot of feelings about the show but I didn’t expect to be writing a post about business lessons from ‘Gilmore Girls’.
Yet, here we are. Inspiration strikes me at the oddest times.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Am I the only one who gets inspiration fatigue? Every morning, I see a new blog or article pop-up in my feed about success.
- 4.32 Things Every Successful Person Does Before Coffee
- The Road to Success is Paved with Unicorns
- Want to be successful? Well, you can’t.
OK, maybe that last one wasn’t so inspirational, but the thing is, that’s how I feel at times. It’s great to be inspired and motivated. I’ve met wonderful people who are successful in their own ways. Sometimes, it’s the obvious success and other times, their success is so unique, they just live it instead of talking about it.
But you know what we don’t hear about often?
The failures. (more…)
The aftermath of an invigorating conference like Content Marketing World is usually two-fold:
- I walk away inspired and empowered to pursue my passions.
- While all that inspiration is surging through me, I go through the recovery phase, which includes a blue period, missing the constant interaction, and recharging from that constant interaction.
You can call me a lot of things but “simple” isn’t one of them.
There’s usually a third phase but I’ve come to accept that particular phase to be a constant in my life. I try to push it out of my mind and forget about it. At times, I’m fooled into thinking I’ve conquered it but it returns at the most inconvenient times to cripple my progress.
As entrepreneurs, we don’t talk about fears as often unless it’s in a book, we’re asked about it, or there’s a listicle on Forbes quoting something we mentioned in a conversation.
We all have fears.
We don’t volunteer this information because we think it makes us look weak.
Maybe it does. Maybe after reading this blog, you’ll reconsider your opinion of me. You have that freedom. (more…)