What Were You Doing?

What Were You Doing?

Today my husband took the air conditioner out of the studio window.   As he precariously balanced the heavy weight trying to maneuver it out, he muttered, “Now I remember that 12 years ago when I put this in, I said it was never coming out.”

I remember that, too.  But twelve years ago we never could have imagined how the studio is being used now.  From an extra space to get away or house guests, for the past five years the studio has been the center of Roundabout.

And as we are growing (welcome, Rebecca), we are reconfiguring so that each person has a workspace looking out a window.  Hence the air conditioner removal.

What would my 12-years-ago self have thought of this?  She would have been very happy to know that she (I?) would successfully leave the corporate world to work with incredible clients across the country.  That the world would change to accommodate working location-independent.  That you can imagine a work and lifestyle uniquely your own — and then create it.

What were you doing twelve years ago?

What might you be doing looking forward twelve years?

Amazing, isn’t it.

 

Image:  Pathway to the studio by Me.

Ready, Set, Restart!

Ready, Set, Restart!

I woke up this morning filled with an epiphany.  It is JULY, people!

Yeah, I know — obvious.  But think about it.  JULY.   We are halfway through the year with our businesses.

Remember all those bright shiny January New Year’s hopes and plans?  Now’s the time to take a look again.

Right on target?  Go reward yourself with a favorite beverage (mine is iced coffee), sipped outside in the gorgeous July sunshine.  No really, you deserve it — go ahead.

Some progress?   Let’s bask in that a moment.   Ahhhhhh

Not quite so much progress — here’s your chance to hit that Restart button.  (And I’m right there with you on this one.)

Personally, I never seem to be where I want to be in July.  Over-exuberance and optimism in January planning … perhaps.  Fear and doubts around actually Doing the Thing I want to do — definitely.  Perfectionism requiring that I work just ONE aspect completely to death and then feel it’s not good enough to actually share — you got me.

If your plan is going fine, keep on rolling.  We are all clapping for you.

Stalled?

Let’s pick ONE THING.  What will you be most happy to see movement on.  (Or conversely, what will you be yelling at yourself about in December because it didn’t happen?)

  • Is that one thing doable?
  • Do you know what the very next step to take is?
  • Could it maybe even already be good enough as it is and just needs to be floated out there so that you can see what else it might need?

I think I’ll go work on a certain blog……

 

Photo Courtesy of ©Nicholaus Haskins

Starting Imperfectly

Starting Imperfectly

In January — of 2009 that is — I declared that my most important goal was to finally start the $%&$*% blog.  The one I had been planning and talking about for years.  A lover of all things Blog, it was way past time for me to jump in and join the fun.

Flash forward to today.  16 months have gone by.  Still no blog.

So I am telling myself what I so easily tell my clients:

1. Just start.
2. Use your own voice.
3. Write to one person.
4. Have fun with it.

Because it’s all about starting and discovery and learning.   Perfectionism, second guessing and self-consciousness don’t really have a place here at all.

Welcome to Post #1 of my new blog, Six Million Ways to Shine. I’m so very glad you’re here.