Raise your hand. Say yes. with Leigh Standley

Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Design on Raise your hand. Say yes.

This week on Raise your Hand Say Yes, I’m interviewing one of my creative heroes, Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Design about all things creative business related. I’ve been a fan of Leigh’s work for years (you get to hear me geeking out at the beginning of the episode) and was so excited to have her on the show.

In this episode, we talk about one of Leigh’s early experiences with the raise your hand, say yes philosophy. You’ll also learn what she learned from her mom and how she’s handled situations that haven’t gone her way. Hint: she didn’t give up hope or quit. You’ll also learn her advice for someone wanting to get a start in the stationery biz.

Thank you, Leigh, for the awesome conversation! 

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Connect with Leigh and Curly Girl Design: Website | Blog | Instagram | Twitter

Marmalade – Leigh’s brick and mortar boutique

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Do it anyway.

Say a prayer to the gods of doing it anyway. - Cheryl Strayed

If you haven’t read Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed yet, please stop what you’re doing and get it immediately. I dare you not to devour it. I also dare you not to cry at least twice while reading it.

I fell in love with Strayed’s work when she was anonymously writing the Dear Sugar column for therumpus.net, a selection of which was republished as Tiny Beautiful Things. Then Oprah called. (Her. Not me. Yet.)

Last year, I took a one-day writing workshop with Cheryl and 100 other people. It was amazing. At one point, she was talking about uncertainty, about how to keep going when you don’t know how, when you aren’t sure of the outcome, about how to take that step when the deck is stacked against you: she said that you have to say a prayer to the god of doing it anyway.

You have to take a deep breath and go for it even though you have no idea how it will all turn out.

You have to find that teeny bit of faith so that you can take the very next step.

You have to do whatever it takes to start writing on the blank page or painting on the blank canvas. To hit publish on the very first blog post or put your pen down on the very first page of the blank sketchbook you’ve had for years.

I say a prayer to the gods of doing it anyway every single day. When I make an ask for a podcast interview, I hope that the person doesn’t think I’m nuts. When I record the interview, I take a deep breath and hope that I don’t have any awkward pauses or lost trains of thought. When I publish the episode, I hope that you all don’t think I’m nuts and am wasting your time.

When I launched 100 Rejection Letters, a program that I invested all of my time, money, and energy into for months, I said a prayer to the gods of doing it anyway that it would work, that people would get excited about the project, that people would say yes to their own crazyfaith, to their own creative work, to committing to going all in and seeing what happened.

Both of those projects are going better than I ever could have imagined. And I’m still praying to the gods of doing it anyway.

You rarely ever feel ready to start. You have to start anyway. Before you feel ready. Before you have it all figured out. Before you know how the story or blog post or poem ends.

You will figure it out. You really will. And it will turn out better than you ever could have imagined.

Are you willing to give it a try, take a deep breath, say a prayer to the gods, and go? (I dare you.)

PS. Registration for 100 Rejection Letters closes today. There are a dozen bonus kits left. Get yours and let’s go.

**graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

 

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friday’s confession: I’m saying it out loud.

friday's confession: I'm saying it out loud. via Tiffany Han

I want to be a guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.

Why does that feel so scary to say out loud?

There are all kinds of “Who do you think you are?” voices that come up for me when I read that, but, for now, I say So what? So what that I don’t know how? So what that people might think I’m silly or unqualified or not good enough? 

So what?

These voices in my head that trip me up aren’t working for me.

Worrying that people on Facebook might think I’m ridiculous for thinking that I’m Oprah-worthy isn’t working for me.

Sitting around and whining “Why not me?” when I see someone else sitting across from Oprah isn’t working for me.

It’s time to figure out what will work for me.

It’s time to start saying my dreams out loud, taking steps towards making them a reality, and finding out what I’m truly capable of.

It’s time to fucking do this y’all.

So here’s my out-loud-omg-I-can-hardly-believe-it dream list for the next year:

  • appear on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday
  • Land a literary agent and get a publishing contract for a book
  • Be featured as a regular (and paid!) contributor to a well-known blog
  • Do a TED talk
  • Be paid to speak at a conference
  • Host an in-person retreat that sells out
  • Secure sponsorship for my podcast
  • Write a monthly “ask a life coach” column for Real Simple

Exhale. 

This feels huge.

My year is going to be spent working towards these goals (among others!). Wondering how I’ll get it all done while sustaining my coaching business and taking care of my sweet babies? Me too!

But I’m committed to finding out. I’m committed to trying my hardest and seeing what kinds of opportunities come as a result.

Wanna follow along? I’m keeping a secret blog as part of 100 Rejection Letters where I’ll be sharing everything I learn along the way. You can get year-long access for only $97 (and a payment plan is available!).

Or you can commit to your own rejection letters project and do your own work while following along with mine. We have an amazing group of over 50 women who are all working towards the same goal for their lives. It is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever been a part of. Registration closes Monday and there are a handful of bonus kits left. Is one of them yours?

Regardless of whether you sign up for the program or not, what dreams can you say out loud? What fucking-crazy goals would you like to accomplish that are bubbling up in you as you read this?

Whatever they are, take a moment to say them out loud. Leave a comment on this post. Write them down and share them on instagram. Tell your best friend.

Saying them out loud gives them power.

It’s time, Love. You’ve got this.

**photo by me; graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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Raise your hand. Say yes. with Elise Blaha Cripe

Raise your Hand Say Yes with Elise Blaha Cripe

This week on Raise your Hand Say Yes, I’m interviewing one of my favorite bloggers, Elise Blaha Cripe about starting before you’re ready. Elise is a powerhouse at making things happen and I was so excited for the chance to go behind the scenes of her process!

In this episode, we talk about Elise’s motto “Just start.” and how that fuels the creative work that she does! We also talk about overcoming perfectionism, escaping fear, getting vulnerable, and staying productive. This episode is jam-packed with awesome!

Thank you, Elise, for the awesome conversation! 

PS. 100 Rejection Letters started today! Registration is open until Monday, October 20. There’s still time to join!

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Connect with Elise: Website | Blog | Instagram | Twitter

Elise’s Make29 project

Elise’s Podcast (and my episode: Say no to say yes.)

Elise’s Keeping it Real episode

Dear Ellerie letters

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thought of the day.

Let the mundane be magnificent.

That’s right: perspective. You get to see whatever you want to.

PS. 100 Rejection Letters starts tomorrow! There’s still time to join us.

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friday’s confession: it doesn’t matter.

friday's confession: it doesn't matter. via Tiffany Han

It doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter what you do, but that you do.

Want to start a blog? Great. Take action.

Instead of looking at what everyone else is writing about and how their pages are designed and which fonts are the most popular, write a post and hit publish. And then write another one.

This will take you farther than obsessing about design and logos and color schemes. You can think about all of that when it becomes important.

Want to start selling your artwork online? Great. Take action.

Instead of watching every one else sell their artwork online, take a photo with your phone, upload it to etsy and hit publish. And then exhale.

Will your listing be perfect? No. (And here’s the secret: nothing is ever perfect. Ever.)

Will you be able to improve as time goes on? Yes. Absolutely. (How awesome is that?!)

Here’s a secret: no one ever wishes that they had waited longer than they did to start.

No one ever says, “I wish I’d dragged my feet more before getting that idea off the ground.”

I’ve never heard, “If only I’d listened to my inner critic a little bit longer.”

The magical missing ingredient that you’ve been waiting for: bold, inspired action.

Early-bird registration for 100 Rejection Letters ends today. Are you ready to stop dreaming and start doing? Let’s go.

**photo and graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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Raise your hand. Say yes. with Tara Mohr

Tara Mohr and Playing Big

This week, I was thrilled to sit down for an interview with Tara Mohr about her new book (out next week!) Playing Big.

In this episode of the podcast, Tara and I talk about what playing big means for women and what it actually looks like (you may be surprised!). We also talk about how praise can be just as damaging as criticism, what self-care really means, and how to focus on service first. We also dive into the topic of fear and how you can move past it towards what you want for your life.

It’s time to change the world y’all. Let’s hop to it. (Um. No pressure.)

Tara’s book comes out next week, and she’s offering a fun pre-sale special! I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram too! Leave a comment on the giveaway post before Oct. 12 for your chance to win! (Giveaway open to US peeps only.)

Thank you, Tara, for the great talk! 

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Tara Mohr: Website | Book

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Excuse me… (thought of the day)

The world needs your awesome. via Tiffany Han

What are you waiting for? (Cause we’re all so, so ready for you.)

PS. Heads up: Early bird registration for 100 Rejection Letters ends Friday and there is currently 1 spot left at the Platinum level. Is it yours?

PPS. Curious what the 100 Rejection Letters workbook is all about? I made a video! (Don’t worry. It’s super quick!)

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friday’s confession: I’m not here to save you.

friday's confession: I'm not here to save you. via Tiffany Han

When I was first getting started with my business, I thought that other people were the answer to my success.

I thought that hiring Alex Franzen to write my web copy was the way to getting clients to knock down my door, eventually earning me a cool 6-figure salary. It wasn’t.

I thought that surrounding myself with amazing creative people would somehow propel me into my own creative awakening. It didn’t.

I thought that sitting down with an editor from Chronicle Books for 45 seconds would land me a book deal. Nope. No book deal yet.

Spoiler alert: No one is going to do it for you.

We spend all of our time thinking, “Oh. If only I could get a book deal, I’d be legit. Maybe if I keep writing, a publisher will happen upon my blog and give me a five or six figure deal.”

Or we look at someone else’s website, a coach or artist who has it so figured out and whose copy is super en pointe and think, “Oh. I should hire her copywriter so that my site sounds that good too and then I’ll be a successful coach.”

Or we see how happy our painter friend is and think, “Man. If I’d just gone to art school and learned to paint instead of being a boring Economics major, I’d be that happy too, living a life of whimsical abandon.”

It rarely happens like that.

You know what got me to where I am now really? Years of doing the work, of moving through the uncomfortable, of writing and refining and showing up, even when I wasn’t sure of the how. Yes, Alexandra Franzen is an amazing writer, but if you don’t know what you want to say, it’s not going to land. She isn’t going to come up with a radical new copy solution based on your generic I want everyone to live an amazing life.

The work has to come from you. Just like it had to come from me.

You have to do the work. You have to do the work. You have to do the work. 

I can help. I can show you tools and hold you accountable and offer encouragement (like whoa) and structure and support. I can answer your questions and give feedback and create a community of like-minded women for you to reach out to when times are hard. I can show you my own path, being open and vulnerable about the challenges I face and teach you how I get to the other side, in real time.

But I can’t do the work for you.

At the end of the day, when you’re facing a scary decision or the prospect of doing something that makes you so excitednervous, it’s just you and your email. It’s you against the inbox and I can’t come sit next to you to hit send.

And, honestly, I wouldn’t want to. It’s my job to teach you what’s possible, to show you what’s possible, to never ever ever let you forget what’s possible for yourself.

But I’m not here to save you.

No one is.

The only person who can do the hard work that it’s going to take to get you from where you are now to where you want to be is you.

If you aren’t willing to do the work, hiring a coach, or going to a retreat, or paying for another fucking e-course isn’t going to do any good.

Yes, they can offer structure and support, but at the end of the day, you’ve gotta be the one to hit send.

Are you ready to start saving yourself?

100 Rejection Letters starts October 15 – a whole year of you committing to doing the work. I’ve got your back. It’s going to be brilliant. Early bird registration ends in one week and the bonuses are going quickly.

PS. Did you know the Bronze level of the program is only $97? It’s a steal! (I also just updated it to have a payment plan option, making it super affordable to have me as your year-long virtual mentor.)

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Raise your Hand, Say Yes with Mati McDonough

Raise your hand. Say yes. with Mati Rose McDounough

I am super excited to bring you an interview with my good friend Mati Rose McDonough this week for Raise your hand. Say yes. 

This week, it’s all about feeling the fear and doing it anyways! We talk about staying inspired, cultivating creative habits, what to do with fear, and how to approach the ugly phase that comes along with every creative endeavor. We also talk about the pros and cons of art school. I love hearing about Mati’s first foray into the publishing world (talk about brave, y’all!) and her secret life in South America.

Thank you, Mati, for the fun episode!! 

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Mati Rose McDonough: Website | Blog | Instagram | Shop

Daring Adventures in Creative Business

Laurie Wagner’s Wild Writing

Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (such a favorite!)

Mati’s books: Daring Adventures in Paint | I Carry Your Heart With Me

Pomodoro Technique

 100 Rejection Letters

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