It feels strange to kick this off with ‘Gosh, it’s so good to be back,’ because in many ways, I’ve spent more time online over the past few months than I ever have.
Here, though, not so much. And it DOES feel damn good to be back, sharing from this space.
Let me give you a bit of the back story.
This year, I’ve been blessed, humbled, thrilled beyond thrilled to have experienced what I can only describe as phenomenal growth in my business.
It’s been electric. I’ve been rocked. I’ve cried — in disbelief, AND in overwhelm. Old stories have been blitzed. I’ve done The Work. All of it.
And while it wasn’t intended, being present for this ‘stepping up’ process inevitably meant that I had to make a choice to be ‘un-present’ in other areas, temporarily.
With two big (as in, 750+ enrolments, big) launches for my Bright-Eyed & Blog-Hearted ecourse since February*, what I also found happening was I was called to wholeheartedly embrace my ‘teacher/ mentor’ essence, and — besides cranking out 70 odd thousand words for the course content — my ‘writer’ decided it was time for some creative replenishment. She was ready for a little downtime.
I had words, but I had no words. If you’ve been there too, you’ll know exactly what I mean with that little contradictory statement.
The good news is, with the dawn of Spring has come a new season in my creative life, and with the new energy that’s come rushing in, I’m feeling, again, READY TO WRITE.
Everything I do (in business, and in life) is by feel, and while I can say it, if I don’t feel it, that disconnect will always leave me spinning my wheels.
I feel it now.
* More on launching to come in future posts.
So, what else has been happening lately?
// If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know we moved house. I have a gorgeous office; it’s light-filled and peaceful and full of things I love (books, crystals, plants and prints.) Promise I’ll snap some pics and give you a tour soon.
// Bright-Eyed & Blog-Hearted was featured in the Huffington Post. (!)
// This week, I did a photoshoot for a SUPER exciting opportunity (a vision board intention that’s become a reality, in fact.) You’ll be the first to know once I can share all.
// I’ve been relishing my role as an assistant life coach trainer for the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. Seriously — look out world. There are some incredible new life coaches joining the ranks, and our world will be a better place for it. Their enthusiasm for this game-changing industry I feel blessed to be part of is behind inspiring, and reminds me weekly how deeply transformative the coach-client relationship can be.
// I have approximately 50 blog posts inside me that I’m burning to birth.
// I’m going to be really transparent and say — my heart has been calling for a rebrand for some time now, and I’m feeling the pull more than ever. This online home of mine has served me beautifully, but it doesn’t look like me anymore (I compare it with wearing a dress you bought three years ago. Still a great dress, but not so much your current style.)
Design-wise and branding-wise, it’s time to think about pulling this space forward to a place that feels soulfully aligned with where I’m at and where I’m going. That said, I’m not exactly sure where my rebrand fits in at this point in time — right now doesn’t feel like the time to ‘define’ that in precise terms (how’s that for vague?!) — but thinking about RachelMacDonald.com makes me smile. Evolution, baby.
Finally, my mentor Belinda Davidson and I recently had a conversation around ‘How to stay true to your spiritual self in the online world’ and I wanted to share it here because there are some juicy takeaways that I know you’ll get a lot out of if you’re a blogger or online entrepreneur in the self-empowerment/ spirituality realm yourself.
We chat about:
- How to blog from the heart and soul, and create devoted followers
- How to find your own authentic voice and brand online
- How to disconnect from the “ego” of the online world (and not derive your self confidence from how many Facebook followers you have!)
- How to stay soul-centred whilst interacting on social media
Heads up: the interview was recorded to complement the current launch of Belinda’s School of the Modern Mystic, which I’m a proud affiliate for because (a) no-one is teaching this work in the profoundly liberating AND practical, doable way that B does, and (b) when someone gives you the depth of insight Belinda does, and you know, changes your life… shouting about their program is a no-brainer. I know I’ll always look back at the time I first started working with Belinda’s teachings as a ‘pivotal’ moment in my life. ‘When your energy works, your life works’, as she so perfectly expresses.
To wrap up, the result of my time away from the blog is that I’ve developed a deep respect for the ebb and flow nature of existence, and I’ve been reminded that it’s not enough to say you need to step back and narrow in without actually HONOURING that (from someone with a past pattern around pushing through, feels like I’ve rewired a stubborn part of my brain here!)
It’s so, so good to be ‘home.’ I love you guys.