Raise your hand. Say yes. (the podcast is here!)

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Woot woot! It is here.

I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new weekly podcast Raise your hand. Say yes.

This podcast is all about the creative adventures of (extra)ordinary people and the first three episodes are now available through itunes and below.

In Episode 1, I explain the story behind the name “Raise your hand. Say yes.” as well as how I knew this was the direction I wanted to go. You’ll hear about an experience with this phrase that gave me chills and what I’m most excited about sharing with you!

In Episode 2, I’m talking with the amazing Erin Loechner about how she’s raised her hand and said yes and where it’s gotten her in her life. We also tackle the subjects of faith, branding, and doing things even when they aren’t considered good for business. 

Raise your hand. Say yes. Episode 2: Erin Loechner and Saying yes

In Episode 3, I interviewed my dear friend Lisa Congdon about her creative evolution and how she’s gotten to where she is now. Did you know that she didn’t start painting or making art until she was 32? We also tackle fear in this episode, so if you’ve ever had apprehension about taking on a new creative endeavor, pour yourself a glass of wine and get ready for a listen!

Episode 3: Lisa Congdon on Creative Evolution

You guys. Can I tell you how excited I am to finally have this out in the world? So. Freaking. Excited.

Over the next few months, I’ll be bringing you interviews with the people who inspire me the most as well as my own insights into how you can cultivate your own creative adventures!

I’m also planning on some big asks over the next few months, so there will either be some exciting guests or more rejection letters to add to my pile. (Total win-win in my book!) If there’s anyone you’d like me to interview, let me know either via my contact form or in the comments below.

For now, if you like what you hear, I’d love it if you’d subscribe and leave me a review.

This podcast was a leap of faith for me, and there were so many times that I thought – hmm, should I really be doing this now in the midst of so many other changes? And then I thought, but if I don’t start now, what if someone else comes along and uses my title? Or what if I forget about these ideas or lose steam for the project? So here I am. Now. With a podcast that may not be perfect, but is here. And here is always better than perfect.

My hope is that you will be inspired by the stories that people have to tell, that you’ll feel the urge to start your own creative adventures, hit go, and make something happen. And that you’ll find your own brand of crazyfaith to keep you going, the belief that you’ve got this. That faith that keeps you going even when the so-called deck is stacked against you. (And one day, I hope to feature all of YOU on this show, so get to it!)

You’ll be able to find archives and show notes here, and stay tuned for more!

Phew. Game on Universe. Let’s do this.

**amazing podcast graphics by Erin Cassidy (You guys! She just launched her full-fledged design studio. Work with her. Regret nothing you will.)

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friday’s confession: I’m nervous.

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You’ve been hearing me talk about my upcoming 100 Rejection Letters program (<– click to sign up for the early notice list). I’ve been showing bits and pieces of my work on Instagram. I have poured all of my available energy into creating something that (I think!) is going to be remarkable – both for me and for the people participating in the program.

Man, that is a scary place to be.

It is a place that is filled with doubts, with the what if it doesn’t works, with the Oh, man. I’ve never done anything like this before and I have no idea what will happens.

It’s also an exciting place to be. It’s a place filled with possibility, with I don’t exactly know how to do this, but I’m going to take a breath and go for it anyway. With I could be on to something big – both for myself and my clients – and I have to do this work but holycrap whatifwhatifwhatif. 

And if I let them, the what ifs would overtake everything, and I’d just put the project away.

I’d let myself get overwhelmed with everything and never get it off the ground.

I’d do what I’ve done before and just talk about how great it would be. I’d plan and dream and research. But I’d never pull the trigger.

So, deep breath (I need to write another post about the importance of breathing!): Starting October 15, I’m re-committing to getting 100 rejection letters in a year. I owe it to my business to find out what would happen if I tried my absolute hardest to make my work amazing. I owe it to myself to find out what I am capable of. I owe it to my daughters to prove to them that goals are worth going all in for.

And I owe it to you – sweet reader – whom I talk to all the time about taking chances, making out with yes, and hitting go – I owe you proof that it’s possible, that it can be done.

This is my chance to walk the walk.

And who am I to do this work if I can’t walk my walk?

Also, hi nerves. They’re here  too. But that’s okay. It’s how I know I’m on to something big.

So I’m here, head down, doing the work. I may not show this on social media and in my writing, but there are so many times when I doubt myself, when I wonder what the hell I’m doing. When I want to just give up and be a stay at home mom or go get a desk job or just not have to try so hard.

And then I take a deep breath and remember what this is all for, and what I want for myself and my clients. And I realize what an opportunity this is to make a commitment and try something, something uncertain, and to declare that I’m going to figure it out as I go.

And I want you to know that if you feel the nerves or the fear or the doubt, that’s okay. It’s normal, and a sign that you’re on to something big.

You get to choose whether or not the fear stops you.

You get to choose to take a deep breath and take the next step anyway.

You get to choose to not listen to those voices anymore.

It’s up to you. I think you know what choice I’m making.

PS. There will be more news SOON about what I’ve got up my sleeve for the Rejection program.

**graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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I had no idea.

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I had no idea. 

It’s what we say now when we get the news that something scary, or tragic, or sad has happened to someone we know.

I had no idea…

…that your family was involved in a car accident.
…that your high school friend recently committed suicide.
…that your mother just lost her battle with cancer.
…that your husband will most likely be out of a job by summer’s end.

Everything is public and available for consumption. We share so much of our lives online that it’s easy to forget that we most likely aren’t getting the whole story.

We are never getting the whole story. 

And so it’s time to stop thinking that we are. It’s time to stop expecting to be informed.

One reason people have a hard time cutting back on social media is that they “don’t want to miss anything.” Why not?

What’s wrong with missing something?

What’s wrong with not being intimately involved with every single detail of over a hundred people’s lives?

What’s wrong with cutting back and getting reacquainted with your own life instead?

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friday’s confession: I’m figuring it out.

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People ask me all the time, “How are you managing the babies and your business?”

My short answer: I have no idea, but I am.

The long answer: Human beings have been figuring it out for centuries.

You don’t know what you can handle until you are faced with it.
Dive into the deep end, and you’ll learn to swim.
You can take on the world. If you let yourself.

I’m now 2 months back in after maternity leave. I have less than half the available hours in a week than I used to.

I have more ideas than I know what to do with and am about to embark on a commitment to get 100 Rejection Letters over the course of 12 months. (And you’ll be able to join me! Be the first to know by signing up here!)

And I’m back at trying to kick ass at this entrepreneur-empowerment-start-a- revolution thing.

Right. It’s a lot. Exhale.

So when people ask me how I’m handling it, I answer by saying, “I’m not sure.”

And that’s the truth.

I’m not sure how I’m handling it all, but I am.
I don’t know how I manage to get everything done in a day,  but I do.
I can’t tell you how I’ve been able to keep up with it all, but I have. 

And so would you if you were tossed into the deep end of the very same situation. 

People ask how we are doing so well with two babies at home, and I say, “it’s all we know.”

As human beings, we are conditioned to rise up to meet our circumstances head-on. We are skilled at figuring things out in the moment, at not backing down once we’ve stepped into battle.

And yet, we all spend so much time preparing, figuring out how, making plans and researching and trying to play out all the what ifs in our heads.

But the what ifs never come.

The reality of every situation is that it is different from how you will imagine it. So why not stop imagining and just start?

Want to start a business selling your hand-knit baby booties? Open up your etsy shop. Today.
Want to become an amazing dancer? Find yourself a class. And go tonight.
Want to lose those 5 pounds? Take a walk. Right now. And then take another one after dinner. Tonight.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the perfect photographs or the right shoes or one hundred other things that take precedence.

If you make a commitment to something, you will figure out a way to make it happen. Click to tweet

Preparation and research don’t have anything to do with your commitment. The commitment is a choice that you make. To raise your hand and say yes. To figure it out as you go. To do the work that is necessary to make magic happen.

I used to be a person who prioritized everything in the world as the! most! important! thing!

Now, I have two most importants: my family and my business. Everything else takes a backseat.

Would I like to see my friends more often? Sure.
Would I like to have time to take a pilates class a couple of times each week? Absolutely.
Would I like to do my hair and put on eyeliner each morning? That would be great. 

But right now, it would all be too much. I keep myself sane by prioritizing my family and my business above all else. I am saying no to other things, other opportunities, other really! good! ideas! so that I can say yes to Tim and our girls, and making my business everything it can be.

And while it seemed hard when I was trying to figure out the how before the girls were born, when I stepped into my new life, it was easy. Things fell into place.

All of a sudden, it all made sense. 

So if there’s something you’re waiting for and hoping for and trying to figure out, give yourself some credit: You’ve made it this far, you brilliant creature. You’ve got this.

Just start doing. You’ll be fine. There will be bumps, but man, the world is ready for you.

Make that choice, that commitment: find your yes and go. (And then don’t be surprised when it’s all so much easier than you ever could have imagined.)

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what freedom is (and isn’t)

what freedom is (and isn't) // tiffany han

There are so many of us in this world who are seeking freedom:

I want to quit my day job!

I want to be location-independent!

I want to make 6 figures, speak at conferences, and travel the world!

We all want freedom; so-called freedom that looks like this:

You’re sitting on a beach, sipping piña coladas, laughing with your honey and reveling in how you have nothing to do but count the waves lapping up on the shore. The only piece of technology you have is your iPhone, which you use to play Jimmy Buffett on Pandora and post photos on Instagram of your perfect freedom. 

There isn’t an email in sight. There is no mention of twitter followers or newsletter subscribers or monthly pageviews or SEO.

Or maybe freedom looks like this:

You spend your days in an art studio, getting your hands dirty, paint covering your fingertips and your Anthropologie apron and the tops of your hot pink Converse sneakers. 

There is no shipping box in sight. There is no mountain of email to climb every night after your family goes to bed. There aren’t the “but I never have any time to just create” laments to your friends. Laments that I have heard from every single professional artist I’ve ever met.

Y’all. We’ve got the look of freedom all wrong.

When we think about how we want our lives to look, we aren’t picturing what freedom is, we’re picturing a fucking vacation. 

Here’s what freedom really looks like:

Freedom is finally being able to say to the guy “I’m better off alone than with someone who treats me like this” even though you cry yourself to sleep at night and feel lonelier than you’ve ever been in your life.

Freedom is committing to staying in the job, in that fucking job, because you know you need to pay off your debt before you venture out on your own and likely incur more.

Freedom is saying no to dinners out, and fancy shoes, and the IMAX experience so that you can actually pay off said debt and move on with your life already.

Freedom is having the balls to finally quit the job and saying “I’ll sell my car if I have to” because your will to succeed is that strong.

Freedom is taking the part-time job when you need to because desperation doesn’t look good on anyone.

Freedom is choosing to use your credit cards to bankroll your business in the starting months when you only make $125 total because you will do everything you can to see this through.

Freedom is climbing that mountain of email when everyone goes to sleep because that means that you got to eat both breakfast and dinner together as a family.

Freedom is pulling in an annual gross salary of $39,000 in your third year of business for yourself and feeling like a fucking champion because that number – as paltry as it seems to everyone else – represents a 300% increase over last year’s income and is a sign that you. are. finally. doing. this.

Freedom is making commitments and setting priorities and recognizing that you aren’t looking for the easy way out, but for what matters.

Freedom is getting to decide that for yourself.

Freedom is raising your hand and saying yes. Even if you aren’t 100% confident. Even if you don’t feel 100% ready. (Click to tweet)

So, do you want freedom or just need a vacation?

do you really want your own business or do you just need a vacation? // tiffany han

If it’s a vacation, great! Prepare for your life to be a whole lot easier. (Seriously: tell your boss you’re going, but the damn ticket already, and get to the beach yo!)

But if it’s true freedom you’re after, how hard are you willing to work to get it?

And what difficult choices are you willing to make?

I promise it won’t be painting-all-day-in-my-converse or piña-colada-on-the-beach easy but it will be so freaking worth it when you realize that you made it all happen for yourself.

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thought of the day.

Make your own list. -Tiffany Han

Don’t forget: As an adult, you get to make your own checklist. YOU get to decide what makes you happy.

You get to do whatever you want. Even if someone else disagrees.

(I’d recommend starting today.)

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the moments that matter.

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The girls have started to smile. They grin and laugh and flirt with whatever they can – me, a friend, the ceiling fan or a painting on the wall. It is the best thing in the world.

The other day, I did a little dance for them, accompanied by a made up song (I believe it was “Ode to Coffee”) and they both broke out into the world’s sweetest smiles.

I melted. Into a puddle.

And then I realized: it’s these moments that make it all worth it.

In life and in business (especially in business) we spend all of our time focused on the things – the subscribers, the facebook likes and shares, the emails and the yes’s and no’s. It’s so easy to forget about the moments that matter – the moments that make all of it so worth it.

These are the moments that have nothing to do with social media. Or the internet. Or public perception.

The moments like when my girls smile.

Or when I hear the pop of a champagne cork and know that we have something big to celebrate.

Or the moment when Tim nuzzles his face in my hair and says, “I love you” in response to something sweet or funny or loving that I’ve said.

The first sip of coffee after a looong night.

The first page of a really good book.

The last page of a really good book.

That moment of shared eye contact with a stranger at IKEA because Can you believe that woman in the returns line said that?

Yes, we all want to focus on the BIG and the DREAMY and the OMGAWESOME, but without the moments that matter, the rest of it means nothing. (click to tweet)

Sure, it’s much easier to look at all of the things that need to change in your life. And the people who are wrong. And then if onlys and the buts.

And then the whole point is missed.

By recognizing what your most importants are, you can start crafting your life from the inside out. Starting with you. And then moving into the rest of your world.

These are my moments that matter.

What are yours?

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I’ve been wanting to tell you…

I've been wanting to tell you that you are not alone.

I’ve been wanting to tell that you aren’t alone in this world.

I know it feels like you are.

I know it seems like there’s no one who understands you, or hears you, or gets what it’s like to be you.

And I know that you have big things you want to do with your life, but man, wouldn’t it be so much easier with some freaking support?

I’ve been wanting to tell you that it’s not you vs. the world.

That there are so many of us cheering for you.

That you are not alone. 

There are so many of us cheering for you. :: Tiffany Han

The stands are filled with people who cannot wait to hear you sing. 

Because we know that when you take your place on stage, it will be the most beautiful song the world has ever heard.

Even if you can’t hear us yet.

I’ve been wanting to tell you that fear is a liar. That little voice that tells you that you’re alone, and that you can’t do it, and that you aren’t good enough – that jackass in your head has no idea what he’s talking about.

I’ve been wanting to tell you that you aren’t alone.

That you can do it.

That – beyond being good enough – you are great beyond measure. You are brimming with amazing, and your cup overflows with the gifts you have to share.

There is no enough in the world where you exist. There is no simply adequate.

Your goodness is lavish. And ample. And bounteous.

I’ve been wanting to tell you that you have so got this. That the things you dream about doing can be done. That once you step onto that stage, you’ll sing. And it will be extraordinary.

And I’ve been wanting to tell you that it’s time to take that first step. The scary one. The most uncertain one. (tweet it)

Trust that we’re all waiting with bated breath…

Oh my, how you’re gonna shine.

PS. I’m starting back with Shine Sessions in July and have room for 3 new clients. Are you one of them? (This will be the last chance to work with me 1-on-1 before January 2015. Let’s make magic happen!)

**graphics by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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