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Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! Maggie Stephens worked with me when she was still Maggie Morgan, working in fundraising and development for a county library back in 2010. Now she’s an Interior Designer extraordinaire, and I’m so thrilled to share her evolution with you! So much can change in 8 years, in the best way possible…

Why did you decide to work with me, a creative career coach

I had been in a job I didn’t like for a few years, and had fallen out of love with my career path only about 4 years after graduating college. I had entrepreneurial ideas around interior design and was writing a blog, but I was having trouble focusing on what path to follow or steps to take. Most of the business advice I was reading was focused on retail or producing a product, not on a service – and certainly not a creative service!

What were you doing work-wise when we started our sessions? 

I was working in non-profit fundraising, mostly writing appeal letters and coordinating events.

What was your biggest takeaway from our time together? 

I loved our one-on-one sessions and group sessions! I think my biggest takeaway was to break ideas into actionable steps with deadlines, and to celebrate even small victories. Even now when I feel overwhelmed, it always helps to step back and break things down into singular tasks.

Was there anything else you tried to do as a career between the time we stopped our sessions and what you do for work now? If so, how did it inform your current business?

I quit my “day job” and went straight into business for myself, but my business has definitely evolved over the last 5 years, especially so in the last 2 years. When I was first on my own I was blogging regularly, writing for other design sites, and taking on some “e-design” projects. Now I rarely blog, and focus all my work on in-person residential design. I think I was dabbling a bit, finding what felt right, and saying “yes” a lot at the beginning. As I had more success, and especially once I had my son, I started to say “no” to things that didn’t excite me anymore. We also moved twice in that time (from Washington to California and back again), and those moves were also a time of reflection and evolution.

What would you tell someone now that was in your shoes when we first started working together? What’s your best “tip” to allow them to make a grown-upliving doing what they love?

One regret is that I was SO anxious to leave a toxic work environment that I didn’t listen to Michelle about saving up a cash cushion. I relied a lot on my now-husband to be the main breadwinner and had to take some “opportunities” and clients that weren’t a great fit because I needed the cash flow. In hindsight, if I could have stuck it out for even 3 more months and socked that away, I would have been in a much better position to make healthy business decisions. It also would have let me spend more on quality photography right from the get-go (I only use photos from one project from those early years!). On a related note – get those billing practices set in stone (with an accountant and lawyer to back it all up).

What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals! 

I recently moved back to my home state of Washington and am looking forward to increasing my client load in the fall when my son starts preschool. The last year has been full of change on a personal level, but I’ve also had some great learning experiences in my business, like specifying more custom high-end pieces and I’m excited to do more of that. One business goal is to always be getting my projects photographed! It’s the best marketing tool. Another would be to finally bring in some help, especially with drafting and installs, which would allow me to take on more clients. Hopefully the next year will be full of growth.

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Whew it’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these! I’d point you back to the past versions but that’ll defeat the whole purpose of this post: to show you who and what I’m workin’ with and what makes my business run now.

But as per usual, I also have my eye on the aspiring or new-ish business owner, so with everything I share I’ll let you know if I’d recommend it there or if you even need anything at all!

The People Arwyn Todd, developer

When my site needs updating, Arwyn is my gal. She’s the one who built it from the ground up for my last relaunch and the couple before that. She’s the one who fixes dead links and wonky spacing and switches sales pages off at exactly 6pm when I say apps are closing. She’s my Tech Titan and my WordPress Wizard and all other forms of alliteration.

Jamie Lose, Right Hand Lady 

What does Jamie do for me? What doesn’t she do is more the question, you guys. If you’ve subscribed to my newsletter since the relaunch and got my series of 10 emails, she locked, loaded and tested all of those (just like she has with all of my emails!). She writes and loads my Facebook group posts and my business-y Instagram ones. She pitches, loads and coordinates my guest posts for my Client Case Studies; she helps me pitch myself for podcast interviews and makes me Powerpoints on how to best use Instagram and she’s just a dream from above.

Rebecca Pollock, Designer

Everything that you see from me that looks nice is from Bekky. Whether it’s a new sales page or a blog image or a Facebook ad graphic or a whole new website, it comes from Bekky and has always come from Bekky – since January 2010. She’s been my one-and-only since then and I’m constantly blown away by her work.

Stephanie Pollock, Bookkeeper

I hate math but I love knowing my business numbers. Stephanie makes my life easy by taking the former thing off my plate and the latter at my fingertips every month. I’ve been happy to delegate the monthly and yearly books to her for the past 2+ years and have real live Profit & Loss Reports sent to me like a proper serious business lady.

Lena West, Business Coach

Lena (no, she does *not* have a website) is my rock and the woman behind my freak-outs. 1-2 sessions/month gives me the clarity I need to know how I want to build and run my business – and what needs to happen to follow through. Part coach, part consultant and part goddess fallen from the heavens, this women is amazing and has already helped me bring more ease, systems and profits into my business.

It’s worth mentioning that everyone on the team is a freelancer and not a full-time employee. This means their schedules are flexible and benefits are not given by my LLC.

 

The Products & Platforms (don’t go down the rabbit hole too far!) For CRM (Customer Relations Management): Dubsado*

I am just jumping on the Dubsado train – so much so that I hired someone to set it all up and she’s not quite finished with it yet – but man am I impressed with it. This is the power system I’ve been looking for, and will eventually replace Batchbook, HelloSign, TimeTrade, e-junkie, and Teamwork (which I all recommend – I’d just much rather have an all-in-one system and I’m about to be amazingly happy in streamlining this).

For anything more robust than your own spreadsheet, jump on the Dubsado train. The $25/month is a bargain considering you don’t need a platform to sign agreements, you can use it as a project management system, it makes selling and on boarding seamless and automatic and you can even have client portals like a boss (get excited, clients!). A scheduler is supposedly coming soon!

* The Dubsado links here are affiliate ones. Should you sign up for an account you get 20% off your first month. Huzzah!

For newsletters: Active Campaign

I really like ActiveCampaign because it’s so robust, yet the interface is pretty user-friendly and the automations you can do with it are really impressive. I love being able to, say, send an email just to people who clicked on a link or an automation for people who haven’t interacted with my list in a while and offer them the option to unsubscribe. Their customer service and pricing is great, too.

I recommend Mailchimp over and over for those just starting out, though. It’s free for 2K+ sign-ups and I think it’s the most user-friendly out there. However, I haven’t been hearing great things about the customer service lately (which makes me sad since it used to be incredible), so I might start recommending Active Campaign instead.

For social media management: Buffer

While it’s  more buggy than I’d like it to be (how’s that for an opener?), Buffer is still my chosen platform to load and schedule Facebook group and Instagram posts all in one shot (you can link it to more, but that’s all I’m using now). Not a rousing endorsement, but I haven’t found anything better.

For email-ing and calendar-ing: Gmail

Is anyone using anything else? I have both personal and business accounts here, and I like keeping them separate. I even ponied up for more storage this year because #gifs.

For blogging/websiting: WordPress

Yeah, don’t go by this if you’re just starting out. If I had launched my business in the last 3-5 years (instead of in 2008), I would be on  SquareSpace – and that’s what I encourage all my clients to do. I’ve yet to see a SquareSpace site not look professional, and that’s without any professional design or development help. And the drag-and-drop interface is about as easy as it gets. I just stick to WordPress because it’s not broken for me so I’m not looking to fix it.

For conference calls: Zoom

I’ve phased out audio-only conferences entirely. I love Zoom Meetings because the connection and recordings are reliable, you can dial-in or use your laptop, you can choose whether you want to turn your camera on, and the chat feature gets two thumbs up. You can have 40-min calls for free, too! The paid version is well worth it, though – way more reliable than Skype, that’s for sure. 

I want to add a HUGE caveat to this before I sign off, though. If you’re spending most of your time as a new-ish or aspiring business owner researching and setting up your systems, you’re doing it wrong. These should help support your money-making work – not replace it!

Need help getting out of the busy work and into the work that actually leads to new clients and customers? I know you want The Perfect Scheduler, but spending time there instead of the tasks that make your business more visible will not bring in the dollars. Thankfully, the no-obligation application for my 6-month mastermind is waiting for you here, along with early bird pricing through 6pm EST tonight! Let me help you end 2018 with the business bang you’re gunning for.

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I’m pleased as punch to shine the spotlight today on some of my talented, smart, super amazeballs Build Your Client Base-ers!

These women have worked hard to design unique and specialized offers or programs geared toward their ideal clients, and I’m so excited to show you the fruits of their labor.

Browse their carefully crafted services or products outlined below – there’s special offers and discounts below just for you! Feel free to share, link to, or email the deets with anyone you know who could use a little boost in their biz, too – I’d love to have them build their client base with my lovely readers (that’s you!) and your friend base.

Go get some!

Kate Hutcheson (The Efficient/Creative)

I’m having a “Get It While It’s Hot” sale over at The Efficient/Creative! My prices are increasing this summer, but you can lock in THREE months of $35/hr package pricing when you sign up for either my 12 or 20-hours per month package. Save up to $600 dollars (!!!) and let me handle the work that drags you down so you can reclaim time and energy to do the creative work you love. Click here to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation (but hurry: this offer ENDS on July 1)!

Inge Geleyn (Thoughtful Gesture)

With Thoughtful Gesture I help you find gifts that warm people’s hearts. Because gift-giving is more than checking something off your to-do list; it’s about showing love, creating treasured memories and meaningful experiences through a spot-on gift that makes your recipient feel special and appreciated. But what if picking wonderful gifts isn’t your strong suit, or you just don’t have the time to sort through a ton of options yourself? With my done-for-you gift idea service that keeps track of your important dates for you and sends you thoughtful gift suggestions for each occasion, you can feel confident that your gifts will be both special and on time. (If you’re ready to be a gift giving hero, use promo code MICHELLE15 during checkout for your exclusive 15% discount, valid through midnight on 30 June.)

Samantha Durkee (Financial Empowerment Coach)

You have the right to feel loved and supported when it comes to your money. You are a beautiful and incredibly unique woman, your finances should reflect that. Join me in this flexible and affordable creation that will shift the way you view money to one you can actually get excited about. It’s time to bring on the love + empowerment!

Erin Sanders (EB Sanders – Creative Career Coaching

Trying to escape your job for the summer? Design your dream career with my FREE course “Career Design 101” . You can also get $100 off my Best Selling “Career Crusher” package for the next 2 weeks – just mention WIGU when you book your free consult call!

Whitney Miller (Illustrator and Editorial Natural Hair Stylist)

This summer, I’m offering a promo for my illustrations where the first 10 people to DM me on Instagram @fluffywhittens will receive a free comic. Also, receive 15% off your editorial natural hair styling service when you mention the When I Grow Up Coach to me on Instagram @whitgreen06.

Kirsten Henning (Coaching, Training, Communications)

One-on-one coaching slots are open, starting in mid-July! Feel like you are crossing some kind of threshold? You are not alone. I help people undergoing life transitions—chronic illness, living abroad, and career development—shift their outlook and rediscover who they are. Let me help you discover empathy for your self, and communicate with others around you.

Erika Dillon (Lettering Artist With An Edge)

Erika Dillon is a designer who creates custom hand-lettering for badass businesses and products. She uses her skills to elevate brands and create unique products you won’t find anywhere else on the interwebs.
Get 10% off your first purchase in her shop with the code “BYCB2018”.

If you’re ready to capitalize on *your* business and expand *your* client base, pop over here and learn more about my 6-month mastermind! Applications are open NOW and spots are limites!

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HOW is it mid-June? HOW?!

If you’re wondering where the heck the first half of 2018 went – and are slightly-to-fully worried about reaching your goals before the holidays creep up on us (if it goes this quickly, I should start Christmas shopping now!) – I’m here to help you get back on track in a way that’s fun, productive, and doesn’t take more than an hour.

Watch!:

2018 is halfway through! Here's how to plan & review! - Vimeo

And if you want first dibs for Build Your Client Base, sign up here so you can make sure to get the deets + early bird pricing. I’ve already opened this mastermind up to my former clients, so almost half the spots have already been claimed! Apps open up to the waitlist on Monday and publicly on Tuesday if it lasts that long. I’d just love to Plan & Review with you on a monthly basis through the rest of 2018!

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Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies seriesMarietta Crawford is the world’s biggest delight. In less than 3 months of sessions, we rebranded her business to make it more aligned with what she wants to do more of, rewrote her site and updated her offers to reflect that – and then she gave her notice at work and quit her day job! Make sure you not only read about her below, but click on her site to snatch up her 4 Secrets to Brand Clarity!

Why did you decide to work with me, a creative career coach

You peaked my curiosity when I met you at a workshop. Then once I went to your website, I realized that you were talking directly to me. I felt an immediate connection with your message and personality and knew I wanted to work with you. 

What were you doing work-wise when we started our sessions? 

I was a manager at a corporate job.

What was your biggest takeaway from our time together? 

That there was no perfect time to leave my job. I had to trust that I could independently make the right decision as far as timing even if everything wasn’t perfectly in order. 

Was there anything else you tried to do as a career between the time we stopped our sessions and what you do for work now? If so, how did it inform your current business?

No. I am transitioning directly from my corporate job into my business full-time.

What would you tell someone now that was in your shoes when we first started working together? What’s your best “tip” to allow them to make a grown-upliving doing what they love?

It’s okay to be hesitant about making the “big leap.” It’s not always an easy decision. If you want to do what you love, then you will take the time to work through the doubt, proceed in spite of the fear, and succeed because you know you can. 

What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals! 

I’m thrilled to help small business owners and freelancers create a clear brand message that helps them be authentic, attract their ideal clients, and have a business that allows the freedom to explore new adventures. I offer personal branding and copywriting services that help brands get clarity on their brand message so that they get high-paying clients and make more money. You can find all of the details at my newly revamped website: www.maribrandsforyou.com!

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Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! I’m thrilled to have my very first Client Case Study from my Discover Your Dream Business program – and what a success story it is! Erin is a woman after my own heart, not only realizing during the program that she can take her <3 of resume writing and make it her career – but working with multiple clients (and having a waitlist!) by the time we wrapped up 8 weeks later! It’s only been a month since our last lesson, but she’s gotten her site and packages up and has hung her shingle! I can’t wait for you to read more.

Why did you decide to sign up for Discover Your Dream Business? 

For years I have suspected that I wanted to work for myself one day, but it was terrifying to fully admit. My head was full of ideas, big and small, but I had lost the belief in myself that I could do anything on my own. And honestly, I didn’t really know where to begin. I needed help picking one idea and figuring out next steps, and I needed to be reminded and assured that the one idea didn’t have to be the forever idea. 

When I read about Discover Your Dream Business it sounded like the perfect formula to help me overcome my fears and take that first step to help me carve out my path toward an entrepreneurial venture. Your story resonated with me a lot and without even meeting you I loved your energy and approach. I loved your title, the “When I Grow Up Coach,” because I was always asking myself what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was confident that working with you would be the push I needed to get started and I could tell we’d even have some fun along the way. 

What were you doing when we started the program? 

I’m a Senior Public Relations Manager at a fashion brand, and when the program started I was only 7 months into a new role at the company. I love the company I work for and the work I do, but I also felt like I wasn’t reaching my full potential in life in general, like there was more I could be doing outside of work and for myself. My head was always spinning with ideas for projects or ventures but they would just end up in my notebook where ideas went to die. I had this constant fear that I’d wake up one day and be 80 years old, looking back and wondering “what if?” I‘m really thankful to work for a company that affords me work/life balance, and I have a lot of career goals to achieve before I fully enter into being an entrepreneur, so I plan to continue working at my full-time job while I explore my dream business now that I have some direction. 

What was your biggest takeaway from our time together?

My biggest takeaway from Discover Your Dream Business was that I can, in fact, do literally anything I set my mind to. I have this innate preconceived notion that I need some sort of certification or formal training to be an expert in things, which has stopped me from doing a lot until now, but DYDB helped me realize that having a skill, a plan and a desire to do something is enough to get started. I loved working with you because it satiated my need for permission, while also helping me realize that I didn’t need it. This led to my first money-making offer, resume writing, and when I posted my ad on Facebook the response was WILD. I needed that push to help me see that I not only had a marketable skill, but that people really wanted and needed it.

What would you tell someone now that was in your shoes when we first started working together? What’s your best “tip” to allow them to make a grown-up living with a business they love?

I would tell someone in my shoes that they have a whole array of marketable skills and that they are worth the investment in themselves. The best “tip” is something I got from you, to really think about the lifestyle you want to live and back into your business idea from there.

What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear what you clarified and what’s next!

After much deliberation, I finally landed on a domain name and that had a domino effect of inspiration for a logo and website design. During DYDB we had come up with my title, Career Confidence Coach, that would be an umbrella so I could continue to expand my career-related offerings beyond resume writing. I was stuck on my domain name for two weeks because no iteration of my name was available. I started thinking about how I wanted people to feel when they worked with me: like I was their friend or confidant, in addition to being an expert on the subject matter. Those domains were also taken (ha!) and I got to thinking about how I really feel like a personal cheerleader when I’m working with someone, hence CareerCheer.com. Now that that’s settled, I’m wrapping up the last of my clients that replied to my original ad from DYDB and gearing up to take on new clients. My site and services will continue to evolve and I’ll soon launch a newsletter. Considering I had no idea what I wanted to do just 6 weeks ago, I’d say I’m off to a really strong start thanks to DYDB, and I look forward to scaling my business.

Today’s the last day to submit an application for Discover Your Dream BusinessI’d love for you to be my next success story, just like Erin. Click here and make it happen before it closes at 6pm Eastern today!

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There are so many things we think we need to discover our dream business.

We think we need a healthy dose of confidence and trust right from the get-go.

We think we need years of professional experience and proof behind us.

We think we need to feel lit up from within 24/7 about our business idea, or we need to keep looking.

We think we need it to feel really logical, or at least a more linear path from where we’ve come from.

We think we need it to make sense for our loved ones to digest and understand.

We think we need to read all the books and take all the tests, hoping our answer gets spat out at us or falls from the sky somehow.

We think we need to Choose One Thing already – either X or Y or Z, but definitely not X and Y or a throughline between X, Y and Z.

But really: all of these things you think you need are what’s holding you back.

What you really need is to lead with a sliver of belief that you can do this.

What you really need is to take yourself out of self-imposed jail and find the And of your business instead of your Or.

What you really need to do is focus on the people who model your ideal future for you in the way they live their lives and run their businesses now.

What you really need to do is to start before you’re ready and get comfortable being uncomfortable.

What you really need to do is to stop (over)thinking and start doing. Even when it’s fuzzy. Even when it’s scary.

What you really need to do is to clear space by saying No to things that you are no longer serving you – so you can say Yes to having the time and energy to do this work.

What you really need to do is ask yourself “How?” instead of responding “No.”

What you really need to do is dream big and often. Dream of your ideal lifestyle, your ideal work day, your ideal client or customer. Notice what comes up. Notice what keeps coming up, over and over again. Notice what you immediately dismiss or shut down. Listen to the small voice in the back of your mind and what it’s trying to tell you.

What you really need is a supportive group of likeminded creative women who are walking the same path and have the same goals as you; a business coach with 10 years of experience who can have her eyes, ears and brain on your challenges, puzzle pieces and ideas; a proven way to go through this work so that you clarify what you want for yourself and have a plan to get it.

If you’re ready to stop thinking and want to really discover your dream business, I’d love for you to join us. No-obligation applications close tomorrow, and won’t be open again until the fall.

If you think you’re ready to discover, you really are. I hope you’ll let me help you get where you dream of going.

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I got this question so often in the applications for the last round of Discover Your Dream Business (FYI that apps for this round are open now, and early bird pricing ends today!) that I had to make a quick video to respond to this Big Question:

How do I know whether I’m cut out to be an entrepreneur?

Spoiler alert: It’s not about risk.

There’s actually 1 question to ask yourself to figure this out. You might have to sit with it for a while, or journal around it, or talk through it aloud with your support system, but here’s what it is and more about it:

Are you meant to be an entrepreneur? Find out with this 1 question - Vimeo

What did this bring up for you? Any big realizations, a-has, or “Oh crapballs” reactions? Leave them in our private Facebook group!

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My friendleagues (friends who are my colleagues / colleagues who are my friends) are spectacular.

They are not trophy wives or trust fund recipients.

They are women without their masters, or any traditional business education for that matter.

Most of them have been in business as long as I have, or just a bit longer or shorter.

And yet, here they are: consistently selling $5k+ courses, leading large events, hosting top podcasts, hiring employees and making $100K+ with each program launch.

They say things like, “I’m going to charge $1500 for this and cap it at 150 people” and they actually sell every spot.

They invest thousands in coaching and shift their business model and triple the price of their program and gross $20K+ in a day.

They have enough freelancers working for them that they refer to them as “my team.”

It’s enough to continually come up short when, well, you compare yourself to them.

When you compare the size of your audience to theirs.

When you compare your latest launch numbers to theirs.

When you compare your overall income projections to theirs.

And when I say “you”, I mean “me.”

Please believe me when I say: I love my business.

Please believe me when I say: I know how good I have it.

Please believe me when I say: Business is thriving, and I never take it for granted.

Please believe me when I say: I am nothing but happy for my friendleagues. They deserve it all and then some.

And yet, I can’t stop the impulse to compare and despair when my peers are raising their prices, making more money and getting a larger reach than I am. 

I feel like I’ve ridden a roller coaster for the last few months, and it’s finally slowing to a stop. I’ve experienced the high highs of a new program selling out and then some, and the low lows of wondering if I even know what the heck I’m doing as a business owner, if I’m playing too small or severely limiting myself somehow (because seriously, how have things not blown up by now like it has for everyone else I’ve ever known aaaaaaaahhhhhh?!?!?!?!).

When my Compare & Despair flares up, here’s what’s helped:

Letting myself really feel it. Like, lay-on-the-floor-and-cry feel it. ‘Cause seriously, it’s important to feel your feelings. Pushing them down never solves anything.

Ask what it is I’m jealous of. Obviously, there’s something that they have that I want. But if I ask myself this question, I’m usually surprised at the answer. It’s usually not whatever-they’re-doing-to-get-that-result, but the result itself. I would not trade my business model or offerings for anything my friendleagues are doing. Do I want a $100K launch? Sure! Do I want it by doing XYZ to promote it, or to have an offer just like ABC? Nope. I want that result, but my way. Which brings me to…

Keep my eyes on my own paper. Once I’m clear on how I want to run my business – what I want to offer, who I want to work with, what I want to charge, what I want my time and energy to go towards – then I need to keep my head down and stay true to my vision. My own dream business does not come from trying to emulate someone else’s dream business. It comes, instead, from my own vision, manifestation, effort, execution and follow through.

Using it to open up my belief of what’s possible. Holy crapballs, when my friendleague tripled the price of her program, conducted dozens of sales calls and had more sign-ups in a week than I usually get in many months, it wrecked me even though I was so proudcited for her. I thought: Is everything I’ve learned a sham? Have I been doing it all wrong? Am I the biggest idiot ever (man, practicing compassion was hard that week!)? But once that passed (see: feel your feelings), I realized: WHOA! LOOKIT WHAT’S POSSIBLE! And my own income goals pushed passed what would normally be that limit, and I made subsequent changes so I can do my damndest to get there. My own confidence and trust has increased, and I’m working on my own money mindset to shift it for the better.

Practice gratitude. I always say that the simplification of what I aim to do for my clients is to get them to the point where they wake up in the morning, think of the day ahead, and look forward to the vast majority of it. I am constantly joyful and thankful (and still totally amazed, almost 8 years after I started doing this work full time) about the from-the-heavens clients who find and hire me, the projects I have the honor of working on, the lifelong friends I’ve made because of this business. It doesn’t hurt that the money that comes in from being The When I Grow Up Coach has allowed my family to buy a house, pay for day care and let my husband work less on the projects that don’t light him up. The more I go through my day-to-day thinking, “Yes, this is what I want to spend my time on and who with, yes yes yes”, the more thankful and peaceful I am with where my business is right here, right now – and where I know it’s going.

Compare and Despair? More like Consort and Support! That is the attitude my friendleagues have shown me. That is the light we collectively shine.

Can you believe there’s room for us all to succeed in our own dream businesses as one while also on our own unique path? Let me help you get there by working together one-on-one this spring. No-obligation apps are open through Friday, and then not again ’til August-ish! Learn more right here.

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