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I loved talking to Summer Pierre so much that, when the conversation was over, I started the recording and listened all over again.
As an artist and writer, she made me swoon when I read The Artist in the Office back in ’10…and then promptly recommended it to everyone I know (and still do!). Since then, she released Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life & has appeared in The Huffington Post, Hobart, Booth, Slice Magazine & then some.
Usually this is where I give you the lowdown on everything we spoke about and the highlights of what she shared, but she gave out so many nuggets of genius I have to just lay them all out here:
“Every day that I’m an artist & illustrator, I touch the kid that wanted to do what I’m doing.” (Click to tweet this gem!)
“What’s one small thing that I can turn towards to help me start assembling my dreams?Meaningful Mindsets, Vocal Videos
It’s been 2 years since I’ve given a detailed view of what A Day In My Life is like…and I feel it’s a great time for an update!
To echo what I said back in 2011, each and every day/week/month is different for me. I don’t always see friends on Mondays or take yoga on Tuesdays or spend every Friday afternoon in a coffee shop…being a solopreneur who wears All The Hats (even with amazeballs help) just doesn’t allow it.
So while I gave you just a day-long overview back then, I wanna give you a week-long overview now.
A behind-the-scenes look as to why/when/how I do what I do – and what it really looks like to be a full-time entrepreneur.
No glossy photos of me with balloons or glasses or a pencil between my teeth, running through a park with a dog.Meaningful Mindsets
Spending part (or all?) of your lunch hour – or minutes between never-ending meetings – sobbing in your office bathroom?
Wondering how the hell you got here, and how this is your life?
Instead of giving into despair, do this instead:
10. Watch the 1st video in the 10 Ways to Discover Work That Feels Like Play series (and sign up if you want the next 9 ways):
9. Do whatever you need to set the Reset button. What energizes you? Whether it’s a “sick day” at work to take yourself out for lunch, a movie, and a massage; a journaling practice each morning; or a “pajama day” where you don’t even entertain the thought of leaving the house (or getting dressed!), pinpoint the things that “reset” you back to feeling like you, and do at least one of them.Meaningful Mindsets
Bridget Lappert lives “a cashmere life on a cotton budget” and runs one of the cutest blogs alive at Broke But Bougie. I love her tagline of “living the good life without breaking the bank or losing your mind”, & that applies to intangible stuff, too! Check out her post below to get your butt in gear sans beating yourself up or head explosions.
You might be procrastinating right now by reading this post. Well, all I can say is that it happens to the best of us. But thanks for choosing this post as your means of procrastination!
Whatever we do that derives from our higher nature – writing, painting, dieting, spirituality, education, commitment, etc. – will, at some point, elicit resistance within ourselves.
I love to write. But there are days when I have to shut my internet off in order to crank out an article.Meaningful Mindsets
Even the most prepared job-quitter can get that pit in their stomach and/or cold feet right before it’s time to cut the ties. With 2014 fast approaching and Quit My Job being a popular resolution, I wanted to pass along some advice to soothe that tummy:
Pic stolen from the Flickr feed of Nate Cooper
I was alone, center stage in the cruise ship’s theater, about to open my mouth to start the song that marks the end of the cruise. I don’t remember the song now, but I know there was a lot of schmaltz and step-touching.
Right before I went on, a dancer asked me when she was supposed to enter. I went through the male singer’s verse, which comes after mine, to give her her cue line.
I realized my mistake as soon as I hit my mark a minute or two later. His verse was stuck in my head, and I couldn’t remember my own for the life of me.
Instead of singing his verse, or moving my lips and pretending the mic went out, I just stood there…smiling.
The male singer came out when he was supposed to, and he patted me on the back reassuringly.Meaningful Mindsets
The Clash said it best when they asked, “Should I stay or should I go?”
When we apply that question to our jobs – the ones that give us security but zap our energy, or give us experience but take away our work/life balance – it’s often really tough to come up with the answer.
That’s why I made this short-but-effective video to help you decide whether it’s time you gave notice – or time to realize you have it better than you thought.
Can’t watch the video? Watch it directly on YouTube here.
As always, here are some resources to help ya:
Did this help you make a decision?Meaningful Mindsets, Vocal Videos
It’s been oh-so-long since I’ve done this for you guys that I almost didn’t know where to start….but being just over the halfway point for my 3rd year of Woman of the World-ness (aka full-time entrepreneurism) and being thisclose to 2014 (how did THAT happen?!), I felt that this was a good time to let you know what’s working for me and what my biggest 2014 goal is.
What was mentioned:
What’s working for your career (planning)? Any questions for me? I’d love to hear ‘em in the comments below!I Quit My Day Job: The Updates!, Meaningful Mindsets
This week, I gave a talk on Tapping Into Your Inner Child for the Reboot Workshop in NYC.
I take talks like these super seriously and have a tendency to over-prepare. I write too much and say too much and then scale back back back so my 10-12 minute talk doesn’t turn into 20 (“You know you use 10 words when you can use 3, right, babe?” my husband, the copywriter, tells me often. Yes. Yes I do.).
And in scaling back, I noticed the two main “tricks” on how we can all tap into our inner child:
1) It boils down to what’s fun for you. Really, it’s as simple as that. As adults I think we think something fun & easy is cheating, but it’s the exact opposite. As people living in the 21st century (aka The Age of the Internet), we have infinite options on what we wanna work on and how we wanna offer it – whether we work for ourselves or not – & that could be a blessing and a curse.Meaningful Mindsets
Hey gang! Hannah here, and I’m the When I Grow Up Social Media Maven. You’ll see me hanging ’round the Facebook groups & stuff. (Say ‘ello if you see me!) Michelle thought it’d be fun if I picked a post from her archives, and I couldn’t go past this gem. I feel like Queen of the Scenic Route, and sometimes I need a reminder that it’s not a bad thing! You can read the original here.
In a session the other night, my client explained, “Y’know, I’m always the kind of person that wants everything to change and start happening in, like, a week!” We both laughed, because we knew that life rarely ever works that way, especially when you have a Big Change to make (becoming an entrepreneur, switching careers, following your passion, yada yada yada).Meaningful Mindsets