Raise your hand. Say yes. With Stephanie Lee

Raise your hand. Say yes. with Stephanie Lee

Oh how I adore Stephanie Lee! I could talk with her for hours and am thrilled to have her on this week’s episode of Raise your Hand Say Yes.

Stephanie and I covered so much in this episode, including how to deal with fear, working towards your big dreams even when you don’t “feel like it,” and being open to change, even when it’s wholly inconvenient. Can anyone relate? (Hi. I can. Yes.) We also talked about creative habits and how to get the work done already! 

Thank you, Stephanie! You are a joy! 

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Connect with Stephanie: Website | Shop | Instagram

Brené Brown

Don Miguel Ruiz

the Pomodoro Technique

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Change Anything book

Martha Beck

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100 Rejection Letters: one month in.

100 Rejection Letters - one month in.

One month in and I haven’t written many pitches. I’ve only gotten 2 no’s.

But it’s okay.

Because I’ve been cleaning house and working on my foundations.

The foundations of my business that slowly become the foundations of my life – less reaction, more deliberation.

Less social media, less email, less time spent on the screen. More time thinking and creating and living and getting inspired. And doing the work.

More time writing – dedicated time that I commit to each and every day. More writing, less facebook.

If we were to get clear on what I accomplished, it’s this:

11 pitches sent

6 yes

2 no

3 no response yet

Now, to get all the details, you have to subscribe to the blog where I highlight exactly who I pitched and how. You’ll be able to see a screenshot of the exact emails I sent. And the exact rejection letters that come back to me. It’s scintillating.

But, it’s not just about sending out emails. If it was, everyone would be on Oprah. It’s about figuring out what you want and then making a plan to go after it. That’s the hard part.

Answering the questions about my goals, what I want most, where do I want to be in 5 years, why am I drawn to this work? That’s the part that is so important, the foundation of this home we’re building.

So I’ve answered the big questions, I’ve figured out what I want to be known for, I’ve written the future self letter. And I resisted them all so hard. Because it’s not all fun and games. There is fear that comes up with the big work. Sometimes it requires maximum effort to just start.

Through this program, through the blog I’m sharing, I’ve said the things out loud that feel the scariest. I’ve started claiming what I really want, even though it may look different from what I have right now, even though it feels way scarier and bigger than I want a successful coaching business. 

So far, this program hasn’t been about rejection at all. It’s been about creative commitment. About focus and clarity. About harnessing the CrazyFaith to do something even though it feels absolutely nuts.

It’s been about taking the steps that don’t make any sense to the casual bystander. To putting yourself into the work. That realizing once you’re in it, things will start to flow, even if it feels like a trickle at first. Or even a drip.

I’m establishing routines for myself – facebook-free mornings, email restrictions, a daily writing habit. All of this is serving to help me do the work, but it’s also giving me clarity about what I have to say, what I want to say, and what I feel most passionate about.

It’s helping me see that the things that come easily to me are the things that the world needs the most.

Except that it doesn’t feel easy at first. When I’m at the bottom of the mountain, looking up at the peak, it doesn’t feel easy. And what’s easy is to just stay in the parking lot. Get back in the car and look at instagram while everyone else does the hike.

But you go anyway, and while there might be sections that are challenging, where you have to move at a slower pace, you eventually reach the top, thinking Oh. It wasn’t as hard as I thought. And you aren’t thinking about instagram anymore.

This is what we’re all looking for – less connectivity, more connection. To the people around us, to what we really want, to our dreams unencumbered by the ticker tape parade of everyone else’s victory laps on social media.

And right now, I’m still at the beginning of the hike, I can’t see the parking lot anymore but we haven’t even started the incline. I’m just getting warmed up.

Curious about the program? While registration is closed for the Gold and Platinum levels, you can sign up at the Bronze level anytime and will receive instant access to my private course blog. It’s good stuff, y’all. 

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the value of dreaming small.

The Value of Dreaming Small via Tiffany Han

We’re all told to DREAM BIG!

We have that rhetoric shoved down our throats – WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TODAY THAT’S TERRIFIED YOU?!!?! BE BRAVE! COURAGE IS KEY!

But what about the value of dreaming small? Of taking that very next teeny tiny baby step?

What if, instead of having your own talk show, you dream of being the best listener your children know?

What if, instead of opening up your own 5-star restaurant, you set out to make the perfect Sunday morning pancake?

What if, instead of being a best-selling author, you want to write every day about whatever you want for your 100 blog readers?

Quality counts. More than any of us realize.

If you aren’t sure how to start dreaming big, start by dreaming small. What’s one simple thing in your life that you want to be better at starting now? Let that be your start.

I promise, it is enough. You are enough. Scratch that. You are so much more than enough. So much more. You are love and light and bravery and courage all wrapped up in a gorgeous package of shaky hands and a butterfly-filled tummy, and a doubt-filled head where the “Do it anyway.” whisper gets louder every single day. 

Enough doesn’t even begin to describe you. Just as brave doesn’t even begin to describe what it takes to live a happy life. Yes, there are moments of courage involved. But there are also moments of doubt, of vulnerability, of resolve, of Am I freaking crazy?! and of small wins in between.

The small wins that look like your teenage daughter telling you what’s wrong before you have to ask. That look like you overhearing your friend tell someone that you make the world’s best chocolate cake. That look like a single email from someone telling you that something you wrote changed her life.

It may not be sexy internet fodder, but the small wins are what actually make it all worth it. (tweet it)

So instead of feeling the pinterest-induced shame that your dreams aren’t big enough, let yourself dream small. Let yourself focus on making what’s right in front of you – what’s already in your world – better.

Give yourself credit for what you are actually doing in your life instead of taking off points for what you haven’t yet done.

Yes? Where can you start dreaming small today?

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Raise your hand. Say yes. with Mabel Magazine

Stefanie Renee and Liz Kalloch of Mabel Magazine

This week on Raise your Hand Say Yes, I am excited to bring you an interview with Stefanie Renee and Liz Kalloch, the artists behind the new (real-life, hold it in your hands!) Mabel Magazine. I love what Stef and Liz have created with this magazine and wanted to get the behind-the-scenes story of creating something so involved!

We talk about so much in this episode, including managing collaborations, just starting already!, building community, and telling the truth. We also talk about what it’s like to combine your passions into a Big Thing and how to separate out a friendship from a work relationship.

Thank you, Stef and Liz! I loved our conversation! 

PS. As a treat, we’re also offering up a giveaway of the latest issue of Mabel (all about Owning It!) via instagram. To enter, leave a comment on this photo by midnight PST on Sunday, November 23 and be sure to follow Mabel. (A winner will be chosen at random, US entries only)

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Liz Kalloch: Website | Shop | Instagram | Twitter

Stefanie Renee: Website | Instagram | Twitter

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friday’s confession: doing the work is hard.

friday's confession: doing the work is hard. by tiffany han

In 100 Rejection Letters, I’ve committed to doing the work alongside all of the program participants.

I’m telling them they need to set intentions, so I’m also setting intentions for myself. And sharing them with the group.

I’m telling them to write a letter from their future selves. And I’m writing the same letter.

I’m telling them that they have to get clear on their goals and their end games before they start the process of going after they want. And I’m having to do the same thing for myself.

Y’all. It’s hard.

It’s much easier to focus on the new exciting thing! It’s easier to think about the best way to leverage twitter instead of figuring out what my 2015 business calendar looks like.

It’s much more fun to investigate new fonts for a brand update than put together a content calendar.

It’s much more fun to dream about interviewing Brené Brown or Elizabeth Gilbert for my podcast than drafting a potential sponsorship package and writing a marketing plan.

It’s always more fun to pick out paint colors and countertops for the new house you’re building. But if you ignore the foundation, the house will crumble, rendering all of that time looking for the perfect white paint worthless.

But building the foundation is boring. Learning about how to mix concrete is not fun at all. And so we all skip to the fun stuff.

We focus on the SEO and the pinterest and the “marketing secrets everyone needs to know” articles because they make us feel busy. They make us feel useful. They make us feel like we are doing something. 

But how many of us do all of that with an end goal in mind?

How many people who say “I want to be a professional {artist/blogger/life coach}” are actually able to sit down and map out a revenue plan for their next year?

How many people take the time to let the cement set and know that their house is built on a strong foundation before moving onto the fun of paint colors and doorknobs?

You have to do the hard stuff first. It is so important. (tweet it)

And here I am, doing it along with everyone else.

Facing the reistance, finding other things to do instead, letting myself be distracted instead of hunkering down and just getting it done.

Because at the end of the day, we’re all the same. We all feel it. We all avoid it. Some of us are just better at moving beyond that and getting our shit done than others.

One of my goals for this year is to become one of those people. One of those people who’s able to be productive, be a machine, focus and get her work done.

I’m starting small, working on changing up one habit at a time. Hoping that, over the course of 12 months, I’m able to get it done.

What kind of person do you want to be one year from now? Are you willing to go to Foundation School first?

**photo and graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching (that’s the 100 Rejection Letters workbook!)

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the truth behind my $40,000 launch (pt. 3)

the truth behind my $40,000 launch. by Tiffany Han

Here we are: learning time.

If you want to get caught up, you can catch Part 1 and Part 2 here.

I’ve shared two different timelines: the first being the one I could use to SELL HOW GREAT I AM AT LAUNCHING! while the second shows a more rounded out picture.

And even those aren’t telling the whole truths. When I wrote out my timeline for Part 2, I tried to include the pertinent dates and players. But I didn’t talk about the failed launches, the crickets I got when I opened shopping carts, and how it felt to close the doors of Teahouse Studio and walk away from what I thought was my biggest dream ever.

I haven’t talked about the events I’ve attended, the people I’ve met, the ones who have kept me going when I’m ready to give up on myself or walk away. I haven’t talked about the folks I’ve hired for help – the ones who have helped immensely and the ones who haven’t. Or the e-courses I’ve taken or the e-books I’ve bought, still sitting untouched in a folder on my desktop called “Read Me.”

I also didn’t talk about the part-time jobs I had to take to keep me afloat, going back to the non-profit I left so proudly two more times because I needed the money and going into debt wasn’t as appealing as working harder. So I worked harder. And I kept going.

It all leads up to this. You guys: this launch is the culmination of years of work and progress. Years.

And yet, we all want it overnight. We watch what everyone else is doing and think why not me?

So we start. But nothing happens right away – it never does – and we get bored, antsy because we’re doing all of this work and have nothing to show for it.

We don’t have anything to brag about to our friends on social media and aren’t they all wondering why we aren’t having completely sold out launches too?

The truth: no one is paying as much attention to us as we think they are.

Even the ones who are, aren’t.

We get stuck in The Slog of it all and forget that it takes time. An uncomfortable amount of time. Like a really really uncomfortable amount of time.

And most people quit.

Good news: if you aren’t a person who quits, your chances of eventual success increase exponentially. Tweet it.

Most people aren’t cut out for The Slog. Most people don’t want to really do the work.

I want to celebrate getting a book deal, but I don’t want to write a book. It’s so hard. 

I want a shiny new website, but I don’t want to write all sales copy. It’s so hard. 

I want a full roster of sold-out programs, but I don’t want to narrow down who I work with and how I help people. It’s so hard. 

Yes. It’s so hard.

Looking back on it now, I can say, with certainty, that it’s all been worth it. That things are only going to continue to keep going up. That I’m going to keep on figuring it out more and more.

But there were times – even recently – when I was pretty sure that I was crazy.

When I was pouring my time and energy and money into getting this program off the ground, I thought but what if nobody signs up? What if all of this is for nothing?

And it could have been. It was a leap of faith. Having 65 workbooks printed was a leap of faith. Investing in design and business coaching and marketing help was a leap of faith. Letting go of trying to get more clients and focusing on something bigger was a leap of faith.

And this one paid off. They won’t always. And that’s okay too.

If you’re here and you started reading this because you, too, want to have your own $40K launch, here’s the moral of my story:

Keep going. And then keep going some more.

At each step, figure out what’s working and what isn’t. Refine your process at each turning point.

Articulate what you’re doing. Tell your story. Figure out the specifics of how you can help people.

Learn to communicate the value of the work you’re doing. And then share that communication with the world. Over and over and over again.

Start to celebrate yourself. Track your small wins. Give yourself gold stars. All the time.

Even if you feel crazy. Even if other people think you’re crazy. Even if, most of the time, you have no freaking clue what you’re doing.

It is your responsibility to be relentless. Yes, you can change course and self-correct as needed, but you have to stay on the trail, trusting that every step you’ve already taken will help inform the ones to come, even as the terrain shifts.

Because the terrain will shift. As soon as you learn something, you’ll realize that you’ve crossed over into brand new territory that will make you feel like you’re starting over. Looking back, you’ll realize that it was never starting over, though. You’ll see that all of your experiences fed into the one you’re having now. In a way you could have never imagined.

It is also your responsibility to let go of what’s not working in service of the bigger yes. You will try things, and they will fail. The horse you were in love with will refuse the jump and you will be thrown onto your ass. And you might choose to get back onto that horse, but you might choose a different horse. Or you might decide that riding isn’t for you, but dancing is. Or writing. Or speaking.

You might find a completely new style of what your business looks like, switching Artist for Coach, but you’ll know that This Creative Life is in your blood. The trying, the doing, the holy shit is this really happening believing that your creative work matters, that you abso-fucking-lutely have something to offer this world.

That people will live better, stronger, happier lives because of something you’ve created.

You’ll take that CrazyFaith and it will hold your feet to the fire of this path you’re on. The one that burns so hot but so good all at the same time. The one you’re crazy to be on, but you wouldn’t – and couldn’t – have it any other way.

Find that CrazyFaith, gorgeous. Trust your process. Trust yourself. Even when it seems like that goal line is so far away. Give yourself the credit to let it take years.

Step by step. It happens step by step. And even when you’re knocked to the ground and are sure you can’t get back up again, you will. And then you’ll take one step. And then one more.

And when you do get to the endzone, when you do carry that ball across the line, take a moment to look back. To see the ground you’ve covered. To say, hell fucking yes, World. I did it. And I’m not going anywhere.

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Raise your hand. Say yes. with Caroline Winegeart

Raise your Hand Say Yes with Caroline Winegeart

This week on Raise your Hand Say Yes, I was thrilled to chat with Caroline Kelso Winegeart, the creative genius behind Made Vibrant. I met Caroline at ALT in 2013 and have been following her work ever since. I’m a huge fan and she is so fun to talk to!

Caroline and I covered so much in this episode, including starting new things, creative evolution, values, letting go of what looks good on paper, and keeping your eye on the prize. We also talk about confidence, “future-tripping,” and how to get out of your own head. It’s a good one!

Thank you, Caroline! You’re such a treat! 

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Alexandra Franzen

Caroline’s Resource Shop

Caroline’s Hand Lettering Course

Caroline’s Capsule Wardrobe Experiment

the minimalists

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the truth behind my $40,000 launch (pt. 2)

the truth behind my $40,000 launch. by Tiffany Han

Yesterday, I shared that the launch of 100 Rejection Letters earned me over $40,000 in revenue. Click here for Part 1 and to see the launch timeline that I could be sharing.

Today, I’m sharing the real timeline of my launch, the one that shows you the real story of a $40,000 launch. Let’s pull back the curtain on this looks-so-good-on-paper-mega-successful launch, shall we.

Here’s the real timeline of my 100 Rejection Letters program, for which registration opened on September 25, 2014.

May 2007: Decide not to pursue an MBA. I’d taken the GMAT and started the application process when I realized becoming a Professional Manager or Consultant was the last thing I wanted.

May 2008: I write my first blog post on my new internet home, Live Happy.

live happy by tiffany han

September 2008: Try quitting my day job. I was working as a fundraiser for a San Francisco non-profit. This job looked great on paper! My boss, who was about to go on maternity leave, asks me to stay for 6 months until she gets back. I get a promotion and a raise.

February 2009: Leave the looks-so-good-on-paper job, knowing that I want to take some time to travel and do something creative. I have no idea what is next.

May 2009: Spend a month in France with Tim. Realize that I value ease. And naps. And picnics.

July 2009: On a whim, I register for a painting retreat with Mati McDonough and Kelly Rae Roberts. At this point, I’ve never picked up a paint brush in my life. But I’m hungry for something new.

August 2009: Get hired at Paper Source as a key holder. I love that their motto is “Do Something Creative Every Day.”

January 2010: Work with Michelle Ward because I wanna figure out what I wanna do when I grow up! (Later on, I make Michelle become one of my dearest friends. At this point, we’d never met.)

February 2010: Attend the Artful Journey retreat where I spend 3 days painting and collaging with Mati and Kelly Rae. I fall in love with painting. And I develop a great girl crush on Mati. Decide that I want to be an artist.

May 2010: Launch my etsy shop “Crafty Fanny” with hand-printed gocco greeting cards that say “You are beautiful.”

August 2010: Start working with Mati Rose as her intern. (Apparently, the girl crush was mutual.)

September 2010: Launch my first “real” website after working with Jess Swift!

January 2011: On a whim, visit the space that will become Teahouse Studio with Mati and Stef.

January 2011: Start working with my good friend Nicole who is in the process of getting her life coach certification. When I tell her that I’m dragging my feet on getting life coach training, she tells me that I’m wasting my life. Bam. A fire is lit.

February 2011: Start life coach training with CTI. Sign lease on Teahouse Studio.

the old Tiffany Moore website.

March 2011: Book my first paid 6-month coaching client.

July 2011: Start my 6-month life coach certification process, a requirement of which is that I have a roster of 5 paid clients for the duration of the 6 months.

August 2011: Host Erin Loechner at Teahouse Studio for a workshop. She teaches us that a secret to success is to raise your hand and say yes. I meet Maggie Moore of Curious & Company at this workshop and we talk about potentially re-doing my website.

September 2011: Toss my hat in the ring to be a business contributor for Paper & Stitch.

October 2011: My first Paper & Stitch post goes live. I contribute two posts each month for over 2 years.

October 2011: Start an Artists Way reading group with some facebook friends. It is on one of our calls that I declare that I’m going to get 100 Rejection Letters in one year.

March 2012: Apply to be a guest contributor for Design for Mankind while Erin is on her maternity leave. The first post for my Life Design 101 series goes live two weeks later.

April 2012: Work with Alexandra Franzen; during our session, she mentions that 100 Rejection Letters could be turned into a year-long coaching program. Oh reeeaaaallly?

April 2012: Get engaged to Tim Han. We decide to get married in September. Between my coaching practice, Teahouse, and my part-time job (I went back to the nonprofit), wedding planning takes up all of the rest of my available time. 100 Rejection Letters gets moved to the back burner.

August 2012: My new designed-by-a-pro website launches.

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January 2013: Attend ALT Summit for the first time. Meet Erin Cassidy in person. She’s adorable.

February 2013: Email Erin on a whim to see if I can hire her to do my blog graphics. (Best. Whim. Ever.)

February 2014: Have the twins!

March 2014: Launch another new website.

tiffanyhan.com

July 2014: Come back from maternity leave; realize I need to start playing a bigger game in my business.

August 2014: Attend Tara Gentile’s CreativeLive class: How to Market, Launch, and Sell your Next Big Thing.

September 2014: Launch Raise your hand. Say yes. Launch 100 Rejection Letters.

Game on.

Here’s the deal: all of this takes time.

Yes. I had a successful launch. But I’ve also been building my online business and following since 2008. 2008!

And yet, we all want it overnight. We all watch what everyone else is doing and think why not me? It all takes time. More time than a lot of people are willing to give.

It takes more than just time, though. I’ll be back on Thursday for the wrap-up. And learning. There’s always so much learning.

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the truth behind my $40,000 launch (pt. 1)

the truth behind my $40,000 launch. by Tiffany Han

I just wrapped up registration for my new 100 Rejection Letters program.

For anyone who’s proficient at math, I wasn’t hiding the numbers or what I was earning from the program. This launch garnered me $40,584, most of which will come in monthly over the course of the next year.

Now.

Let’s talk about this.

I could write an email or put together an e-book or webinar featuring my Secret Launch Formula that will show you exactly how I plotted out this launch and guarantee that it will give you the tools you need to create your very own 5-figure launch.

I could include a timeline such as this that will help you figure out what email to send when:

My $40K launch email plan. (via Tiffany Han)

And yes, I did all that. I wrote a shit-ton of emails; most at 11pm after begging Tim to please write them, letting him know that all he had to do was say yo and fuck and use a lot of exclamation points. (Fucking kidding yo!!!)

Yes, the emails helped. Feel free to borrow this formula for your next launch, remembering to make each email valuable on its own. It’s not just about selling! selling! selling! It’s about providing value. Start with the value. For every single email you send. (This is a good rule of thumb for always.)

I could show you that timeline and leave it at that. Or I could tell the truth.

The success of this launch was based on more than just email. So. Much. More. 

Tomorrow, I’ll show you a different timeline, one that incorporates all of the moments that contributed to this successful launch. One that highlights more than just emails sent. One that shows the truth behind this mega-successful-looks-so-good-on-paper launch.

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**graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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Raise your hand. Say yes. with Jen Hewett

Raise your Hand Say Yes with Jen Hewett

This week on Raise your Hand Say Yes, I was thrilled to chat with my friend, Jen Hewett. Jen is an HR Consultant by day and a textile designer and artist by weekend and night and all the time in between.

What I thought would be a conversation about paying the bills quickly turned into a conversation about everything else, including finding your own creative community, something that I hear so many people say they are craving! We also talked about how to find time to make your creative work and what to do when things go wrong.

Thank you so much Jen! xoxo

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Jen’s 52 Weeks of Printmaking Project

Jen’s new collection

Jen’s Kickstarter

Jen’s Block Printing E-Course

Work gets the work done blog post

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