I’ve decided I need to take my blog out on a date.
Like a happily married couple after the birth of their darling first born, we need to reconnect. Late nights, time apart, a bulging schedule and a beautiful new object of my affection have left me filled up in a whole new way… and yet, my love has been neglected. And not because our passion has waned, but because this bumbling, ever-growing baby o’ mine needs i’s mama right now.
Of course, I’m talking about my coaching business, which as far as starting a new business and having a rocking business go, has been an absolute dream.
I couldn’t ask for more. I’m being supported – actually, carried would probably be more appropriate – every day, and the women I’m working with blow my mind. In Innerette Marketing Land we hear terms like your “Right People” and your “Ideal Client” bandied around constantly, and let’s just say, ALL my clients are my right peeps. I adore them.
So I’m living in state of perpetual gratitude. And yet I still want to do more.
To work with more – way more – incredible women.
To get out there.
And to carve out admin-free, distraction-less slices of time to show up on this blog with more regularity and let the words that have still been coming hard and fast in my mind (there’s at least 17 half-written blog posts up there) unfurl. I don’t have any problems coming up with ideas – in fact I give tonnes of them to my clients all day long – but it’s time to harness some of those in this space again.
Rarely does something happen in life by willing it to happen, so I’m taking action and will thumb my way forward with all this until I find just the right rhythm.
1 // I’m hiring a special someone to wrangle my inbox. This one is thisclose to being finalised. I feel like I can finally exhale.
2 // Free-writing in my journal, and lots of it. Nuggets of goodness, come at me.
3 // Reading this affirmation and believing it right down in my bones: “Abundant creative energy flows through me at all times.”
4 // Reading in general. Missing this one at present.
5 // Sliding back into student mode. I’m going through B-School again this year and am also part of a few other online training programs that I’m yet to be an active participant in. All my energy has been very ‘outward’ this year but I’m feeling a strong pull to bring a chunk of it back in.
6 // Blocking out Monday as my Creative Day each week, which means no admin, no ‘errands’ or ‘quick catch ups’ or ‘appointments.’ Just writing. Mostly by hand.
7 // Using SelfControl on my computer (often) to block social media/ email sites.
Is there anything in your life you need to “take out on a date?” Let me know in the comments!
For now though, let’s skip arm in arm into this week’s golden moments…
The biggie this week? I’m off to the Sunshine Coast tomorrow for a three day public speaking course – Speakers Fast Trak with Carren Smith – which means stepping way out of my comfort zone for several days in a row… racy heart, sweaty palms and all.
I first heard about the lovely Carren Smith (her story is incredible) from Jess and Nikki and promptly put her on my vision board because, even last year, I knew that speaking would become a big part of what I do moving forward.
I actually missed the sign up and emailed Carren with a desperate plea to let me in (even though there was part of me that felt relieved at the time – the old ‘Upper Limit’ monster trying to keep me in the safe confines of my comfort zone). Thankfully, she opened up a couple of extra spots and I jumped in before giving it a second thought.
So how am I feeling?
Right now: slightly nervous, but really, really excited.
Ready to step up. Ready to learn. Ready to meet new people and share this transformative experience together.
Open to being stretched, challenged, and beautifully prepped to spread my message in a much bigger way, via a totally different platform.
Yep, seems like I’m raring to go. Will report back next week!
Sweet, Sweet Scents
It’s no secret I’m a massive fan of scented candles, but I also have stupidly high standards when it comes to the fragrance – a scented candle should have a scent, y’know? (that statement isn’t as silly as it sounds – I’ve bought many a dud before).
I think I’ve finally found a brand to rival my Glasshouse obsession.
Funny side story: one of my husband’s colleagues gave him some Spanish Mackerel the other day and when I cooked it the whole house was smoked out with the most horrific fishy smell. These candles were the only thing that cut through the stench!
Cameras & Cutery (*new word)
You know how us women sometimes sneak a new purchase in the door and pull the “Oh, this old thing?” manoeuvre, hoping that no alarms will be raised and the items can slide without question into the wardrobe?
I took great pleasure watching my husband do something similar last week.
“Oh yeah, forgot to tell you I got us a new camera,” husband states casually.
“Is that so, Gadget Guy? Don’t we have a really awesome camera?”
“Yeah but this one will be perfect for my surf trip… and LOOK, it does this amazing thing! And this thing! And ISN’T IT COOL? OHMYGODNEWBOYTOYSYAAAAAY” (that last part may or may not be made up, but I’m pretty sure he was thinking it).
In truth, I’m pretty ecstatic he bought this bad boy – a Fujifilm x100 – so I don’t have to lug our chunky SLR around in my already-ridiculously-heavy bag anymore. Did anyone say ‘shoulder problems?’
(photos by Bayleigh Vedelago)
I love women. So bloody much. We’re powerful, strong as hell, delicate, vulnerable, hopeful, generous… I know you know all this beautiful, so I won’t go on. Let’s just say WE RUN THE WORLD… GIRLS! (thanks B).
Last Wednesday night it was all about the ladies at the Self-Love & Sisterhood event run by Earth Events and I went along to cheer on my girls Tara, Jess, Mel, Amanda and Yvette (the incredible organiser).
And you know what? I cried the whole way home. Seriously. I was listening to Crucify by Tori Amos (oldie but a goodie) and these lines hit me right in the heart:
“Why do we crucify ourselves… every day?
I crucify myself… nothing I do is good enough for you.”
BAM. Tears. I thought of all the times we – me, you, all of us – have let our inner mean girl paralyse us and keep us stuck. Every time we’ve let fear cripple us, every time we’ve given our power away. Every time we’ve told ourselves we’re not good enough, or let shame tear us apart on the inside.
I cried for all those times. I also cried because I’m so grateful to be part of a movement of women refusing to believe that this has to be the case. Self-love and supporting is everything.
* PS: I’m giving away a double pass to either the Melbourne or Sydney Self-Love & Sisterhood event. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and I’ll be randomly selecting a winner!
12 Steps to Wellness
I know this stunning offering from my gal Mel Ambrosini has been out for a few weeks now but I haven’t had a chance to share it here yet, and it would be remiss of me not to.
A little bit in awe of how beautiful this eBook is – the photos and design are to-die-for and every time I look at Mel’s beautiful, smiling face I feel like I’ve been given a massive injection o’ joy.
I’ll let you in on a secret: this is what Mel makes you feel like when you’re around her. Her energy is infectious and the words in this book will leave you feeling so good. Immerse yourself.
Would you get a look of my brand spankin’ new iMac?!
I’m still a bit blown away by this incredible piece of technology. Sleek. Hot as hell. Ginormous… and the best part? A”business expense” (gosh, it feels a bit fancy whipping that one out).
Next on the agenda: desk decorating. I’m going to have to re-aquaint myself with Pinterest for some styling inspo I think. Have you seen anything beautiful lately?
Fresh Flowers from A Gorgeous Soul
I’ve been having countless “I FREAKING ADORE MY CLIENTS!” moments and yesterday was just another of those occasions when one of my girls gave me these sunflowers after our session.
Sunflowers: the epitome of happiness, non?
Before we dive into the comments, I want to say a huge thank you for understanding while things have been a little slower around here. As I aim to get back into more regular posting and get my schedule under control, I’d love to know:
What would you like to see covered here? Any requests? Any struggles/ challenges/ areas of interest? Share away!
And always, hearing what’s making YOU happy rocks my world so leave a comment below, sweet pea. x
Images: Old Sweet Song | Designspiration