This week on Raise Your Hand Say Yes I got to sit down with writer Anne Sage to talk about everything associated with balancing your online life with your personal life. We talk about when what you share is too much, how to navigate sometimes painful changes while being a “public” figure, what story social media and the internet is telling, and learning how to make the kind choice for yourself.
This episode was chock full of nuggets – I filled over four pages with notes! (Get your Cheat Sheet here!) If you’re someone who struggles with being kind and gentle with yourself or is Type A or has made mistakes or are still trying to figure out what kind of story to tell online, this episode is for you. Even if you aren’t one of those people, this episode is for you. Listen. It’s so good.
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Open your inbox to a message from someone telling you that you changed their life.
Take a deep breath and keep going, at least for now.
Do something the way it’s been done.
Pay attention to that voice that says this could be better.
Take 1 step towards making it better your way.
Pay attention to how that feels.
Realize that you can take more steps toward your way.
That the only thing standing in your way is you.
And your fear of being different. Of standing out. Of being seen.
And know that being seen is the only way for you now. That being invisible is for a different person. A person you can’t go back to. A person that you won’t be again. Even though the doubt and fear are there. Even though you know that not everyone loves it – or even understands it! Even though you feel uncomfortable every single day of your life.
Ah! I’m so excited to be talking with Sarah Deragon for this week’s episode of Raise Your Hand Say Yes. Sarah is one of my favorite creative business ladies and I can’t believe it took me this long to have her on the show! Not only has Sarah built Portraits to the People, her Identity Project has changed the lives of people all over the world! Pssst…Northern California peeps, Sarah recently moved up to wine country in case you need a North Bay photographer!
This week, we talk all about Sarah’s journey in her creative business which she started in 2012 and the different side projects she’s pursued during the building of Portraits to the People. We also talk about the truth behind the stories social media tells and the power of shifting your focus so that you stay connected to the work you’re doing. We also talk about creative slumps and the cycles that creative businesses go through.
If you ever find yourself struggling with how to evolve your creative work or define yourself or just stay focused on your own work instead of everyone else’s, this message is for you!
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Hello, hello! I have a solo episode of Raise Your Hand Say Yes to round out our January resolutions series. In today’s episode, I’m talking all about how to actually make the changes you want in your life. I talk about answering the question, “What do I want my life to look like one year from now?” AND how to actually get there.
If you’re stuck knowing that you want to be more creative or more successful or healthier but you aren’t sure how to get there or where to start, this episode is for you!
Thank you to Mazuma for sponsoring this week’s episode. If you want all of your bookkeeping and tax prep covered with a small monthly fee (and the peace of mind that your money situation is in good hands!), Mazuma is for you!
Oh man, you guys. I LOVE Stasia Savasuk and was thrilled to get to talk with her for this week’s episode of Raise Your Hand Say Yes. Stasia is my personal style guru and her counsel has made a huge difference in how I approach getting dressed every morning! In this episode, we talk about Stasia’s journey to becoming a badass style rockstar and how we all can find our own personal styles (no matter what your body shape or budget is!).
We also talk about the power style can have on your life, what to do when your pants don’t fit, and why having fewer clothes in your closet can be a VERY good thing. If you’ve felt the calling to feel good in your clothes and want to make 2016 the year that you shine, this episode is for you!
Stasia, I adore you and wish we could talk every week. Thank you!
This episode is sponsored by Mazuma USA, a book-keeping and accounting firm for small businesses. If you’re tired of struggling with your business accounting, Mazuma will change everything. I adore working with them!
You have permission to say no. All the time. Even if you don’t have a good reason.
You have permission to say yes. To the things that seem crazy. Or audacious. Or like the longest of long shots.
You have permission to want something bigger and better for yourself, even if it will make the people around you who don’t want things to be different uncomfortable.
And you have permission to be happy with the things in your life, just as they are.
You have permission to ignore the Dream Bigger! rhetoric, to turn away from the noise when you feel overwhelmed, to define what you need for yourself as something that looks completely different from what everyone else needs.
You have permission to turn down great “opportunities” for the sake of what you really want for yourself.
Or to turn them down for the sake of taking more naps. Or watching more Gilmore Girls.
You have permission to let go of needing a good reason for anything you do.
You get to follow your whims – staying up late painting or writing or just thinking because it’s what you want to do.
Ah, money! This week, I’m continuing my New Year’s Resolution series on Raise Your Hand Say Yes and am talking with Amy Robles all about money! Amy is a former client who not only turned her own money story around by getting rid of debt (she’ll tell you how today!) but also now works as a money coach and educator. And she’s whip-smart and REAL. Because we don’t need any more money lectures, do we? (Nope.)
In this episode, we discuss the importance of getting your money house in order (hint: it has waaaaay more to do with your life than money!) and Amy’s three simple steps to get started. Are you ready to figure out your money stuff or get out of debt and actually have a savings account in 2016? This episode is for you!
Amy, talking with you is always a treat! I can’t believe how useful this episode was. THANK YOU!
This episode is sponsored by Mazuma USA, a book-keeping and accounting firm for small businesses. Get more information here. (PS. If you’re tired of struggling with your business accounting, Mazuma will change everything. I adore working with them!)
Looking back, my word for 2015 was actually hustle. Because I pushed and hustled and did the work and did it again and made some shit happen.
But I wouldn’t say that it was easy.
Yes, there was a feeling of ease to some of the things I did. But there was also a lot of I don’t really want to do this right now but it needs to get done, so here I go and late nights and missed dinners with my kids and waking up at 6:30 to get a little bit of work done before breakfast.
There was a lot of hustle.
And it’s all good, because it’s gotten me to today. But I know it’s not sustainable. Something has to change if this train is going to stay on its track.
…and enter my word for 2016: Body.
I’m ready to get back into my body and make it my own again. I’ve been going non-stop since having the twins in 2014, but everything has been external: my family, my business, my relationships – they’ve all been the priorities.
And somewhere in the mix of the hustle and the growth (talking babies and business here!), I forgot what I needed to keep going.
I forgot that I have a body that sustains me and needs my attention. My body is the thing that makes all of this hustle and growth possible and that it’s time to start treating it as such.
I forgot what it felt like to move.
I forgot what it feels like to not spend every available hour in front of a screen.
I forgot what it felt like to feel strong and empowered and capable and completely responsible for said feelings.
And it’s time to get it back.
My intention in setting this word is two-fold: first, I want to get my body back into strong shape. I want to move more. I want to dance more. I want to surround myself with things that nourish me – food, activities, habits, people, all of it.
Secondly, I will focus on my body of work. I will (finally!) write that book I’ve been talking about for so long. What’s it going to be about? I’m still getting clear on that, but I know it has to happen.
I spend a lot of time in my business creating content – podcasts, blog posts, curriculum, newsletters, Instagram captions – and I’m ready to dig into everything I do to find the through-line. I want to go deeper instead of broader. I want to start honing and refining my message even more.
For the actual body side, I’ve started by making a commitment to moving every day and doing ten push-ups. I’m using this daily goal tracker from my friend Elise to help keep me accountable.
Would I love to start a robust exercise program, working our 3-4 times each day or committing to 10K steps a day on my Fitbit? Sure. But I also know that baby steps are how I’ve gotten anywhere in my life; overcommitting won’t get me anywhere. So, for now, it’s all about eating as well as I can, moving as much as possible, and doing my 10 push-ups.
For work, it means creating space in my days – bringing on help so that I don’t have to do it all, setting up systems that help me stay organized, simplifying how I do things so that I can think about the bigger picture of how all the pieces fit together.
It means setting structure in my time so that I don’t sit at the computer all day long. Creating more and consuming less. Being deliberate with my time and attention and only focusing on the things that matter. Less email. Less social media. More reading and thinking and walking and enjoying.
It also means raising my hand and saying yes to things that feel resonant to me – Erin and I are working on something big (coming in Spring!), and I feel like, even though we’re creating something from scratch, everything is falling into place. And that feels good y’all.
And even with work stuff – it’s all about baby steps. I’ve made some Giant Steps over the last few years, and they’ve been awesome. But I don’t have to keep running at a sprint pace to keep moving forward. I can keep moving and growing without having to sacrifice my spirit.
I know it’s possible.
And what about you? Do you set a word for the year? What are you ready to bring into your life in 2016?
Welcome to 2016! This year, I’m starting off with a new series on Raise Your Hand Say Yes all about New Year’s Resolutions. Do you start every year thinking you’re going to deal with your health and money and (finally!) clean out your closet? If so, you’re in for a treat this month! And if not, you’re still in for a treat because these upcoming episodes are gooooood!
This week, I got to sit down with one of my favorite people on the planet, Lacy Young and talk all about health and wellness and what to do if you want to be healthier. Lacy’s advice is spot on while also being super reasonable and I know you’ll be able to walk away from this conversation with at least a couple of things you can start doing today to get healthier and feel better in your body.
We also talk about how you can tell the difference between what you really want for your body versus what the magazines say you should want, the value of putting yourself in the way of empowerment, and a beginner’s guide to meditating. Lacy also shares what she experienced in the beginning of her own journey to get healthy, and I’m sure we can all relate. Be warned: by listening to this episode, all of your excuses about why you can’t eat better or meditate will go out the window!
Lacy! Thank you for all of this. I can’t wait for our next episode together!
People ask me all the time what I think the greatest challenge entrepreneurs face is. I say it’s overthinking. On this episode of Raise Your Hand Say Yes, I discuss why speculation is so dangerous for your creative endeavors and what to think about instead.
If you ever find yourself in the downward spiral of thinking you need to research one more thing or consider one more outcome, this episode is for you!