It’s my birthday! And I’ve actually been working on a present for myself for a while now, without even realizing it. I have fallen in love with being an entrepreneur all over again! Sounds crazy I know – but here’s the deal.
Out of pure necessity I forced myself to find the funds to hire help. I now have a full time Project Manager (Alecs) and a new full time website designer. Both are coming up to speed in terms of taking over work and I’m being able to spend more time actually working on my business instead of in it.
So while I’m actually really good at setting up marketing for my clients, I have been pretty sucky at doing it for myself. I decided I needed to follow a manual so I didn’t get caught up again in the things that make me squirrel down a rabbit hole… so I’ve been reading and following the steps in Expert Secrets.
It’s been REALLY weird and difficult and fun all at the same time to let go of the day to day things that I have been doing IN my business. And seeing things getting done – without me having to do it all = FANTASTIC!
But the really funny thing is that as I started reading through Expert Secrets I started getting that little flutter in my belly. The racing of my heart – the dare to dream of the possibilities again for more success in business. I’m consumed with the book. I listen to the MP3 recording over and over and over again. I spend my evenings reading and listening and making notes of plans to conquer the world. Bwa ha ha.
But really – what I found is that by hiring some help and taking some time off of my plate I got in return falling in love with business again. I got the excitement back. And I can’t stop talking about everything I’m working on with everyone!
Part of my challenge is to start publishing every day. I’ve been wrestling with where to publish – Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, blog? But here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter where. What matters is to publish and share and find my voice. Find what I do best and how it best helps other people.
So – previously (a few years ago) I had put myself to the 100 day challenge of posting on Facebook. I’m now taking up the challenge again. The posts may change while I’m playing with different channels but I’ll post something on Facebook every weekday through 100 posts. Today I’m counting #1.
Feel free to ignore – rant – challenge – anything, but know I’m doing this as a promise to myself and to anyone listening. 🙂 I’ll need accountability as well – so here we go – 100 days of #realpurple!
The Other Shoe
It’s funny how everything changes in that growing pain stuffs. I was just talking yesterday about how nice it was to take time away and work on my business and not in it. One of my staff had asked a week ago or so how I was doing with letting go of things and that I seemed to be having a tough time. I told her that I was enjoying the not having to do the day to day but felt on edge because I was waiting for the other shoe to drop – to show up to a meeting with a client and not have the things done that were supposed to be done – or to have them not done properly.
Well, back to work today after two days off – and there it was. The other shoe. Dropped flat in the middle of my day squishing out all hope of getting anything else done.
So that sucks. I was hoping to avoid this exact scenario. BUT – I do think that a sign of growth as an owner was rather than getting totally upset taking a look at the whole situation and seeing what can be done. What can be pushed – what can we do to fix this – and how do I turn it into a learning lesson so that the next time this happens less or not at all.
Growing up totally sucks. Adulting sucks. But – I know that these things have to happen to move forward. One step back to take two forward… or something like that. I’m sure it has to do with shoes though. 🙂 Here’s to a better tomorrow!
#realpurple Day #3
I have heard a lot back from people about “the other shoe” and feel that it’s fair to tell the rest of the story.
True – the shoe dropped and we figured it out and I didn’t freak out entirely. We are meeting today to actually debrief and figure out what we can learn from it and develop some processes to help navigate through this more carefully in the future. Will it happen again? Probably. But will we recover faster? Geez, I hope so.
It’s also a good thing that as a strict rule, we don’t work with assholes and all of our clients actually really love us – so reaching out and asking for an additional day wasn’t a huge issue. What this did let me do is go through our project piece by piece to pull away the layers and get to the place where we all felt proud of the delivery. And, our client loved it. So – success all around.