Raise your Hand Say Yes: Book Club – The Big Leap

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Huzzah! It’s book club time!

As I mention in this episode of the podcast, I’ve been wanting to do an online book club since 2008 (!!) when I started blogging. Therefore, I was stoked when I was talking with Erin one day about The Big Leap and we realized that we should do a book club. On the podcast. Oh yes baby, that’s how the magic happens.

This episode is all about The Big Leap and Upper Limit Problems and Zones of Genius. Erin and I get all kinds of personal talking about our own Upper Limit Problems (that is, how we self-sabotage and hold ourselves back) and where we think our Zones of Genius might be — and why it’s so scary to talk about your genius out loud on a podcast.

If you haven’t read the book – don’t worry! The concepts mentioned are universal and I’m certain you’ll be able to relate to some of the things that Erin and I struggle with.

We’ll also be hosting a twitter chat about the book on Tuesday March 10 at noon PST and would love for you to join us! We’ll be posting questions throughout the hour using #ryhsybookclub.

And, the next book we’ll be covering is The Creative Habit: Live it and Learn it for Life by Twyla Tharp. We’ll be discussing that book on the May 5 episode.

Erin, you are the best co-host ever! Thank you for being YOU and sharing your genius with all of us! 

PS. At the end of the episode, Erin and I mention two different ways that you can work with both of us at the same time. With BossLady Branding, you get a chance to work with us on brand clarity and visual design. We are also super excited for our upcoming program, It’s Business Time, with Michelle Ward. In this program, we’ll take you from Big Dreams to Legit Biz (complete with your very own website!) in 6 months.

PPS. We’ll be hosting a no-cost webinar on Friday March 13 at 10am PST with Michelle all about What We Want You to Know about Starting a Business. Sign up here to get the deets (and priority application for It’s Business Time!).

Listen now:

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

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the heart wants what the heart wants.

the heart wants what the heart wants via Tiffany Han

As some of you may already know, on January 1, I committed to a year-long project of creating a daily piece of post-it art and sharing it on instagram. I didn’t have a clear vision for what this would become and did that on purpose. I wanted to keep things open. I wanted to have creative freedom to follow my whims and make whatever I felt like making. And I wanted to keep it as easy and doable as possible

Last year, I decided to phase out my Good Morning Glitterbomb emails. Letting these go was a decision that I thought about FOR SO LONG. Should I? Shouldn’t I? People loved and connected with the emails, but I had gotten to a point where I wasn’t feeling them anymore.

So, I let them go and started stream-lining many of my other business practices. I gave up creating daily pieces of inspiration that I sent out to my email list.

But wouldn’t you know it: the heart wants what the heart wants. The clear trend (today is Day 61) of my new #postitdaily project is that I’m creating daily pieces of inspiration. Can we just take a minute to say: bbaaaaahhhhaaaahhhaa? 

All of that back and forth and overthinking about letting go of my daily Good Morning Glitterbomb emails and now I’m back creating these daily pieces of inspiration. 

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Oh Universe, you are a funny one! 

Of course, the difference here is that this new project feels fun and different and way less stressful. It’s just writing on a post-it. I don’t have to log into my mailchimp account and create a new campaign and spell check and all that crazy jazz. I just have to sit down with a pen and piece of paper and write it down. 

And that’s okay. 

My learning here:

If you want to make a change, just make it. Overthinking doesn’t do any good. The only way to see what’s going to come from a change is to make it and watch what happens. (tweet it)

Keep it simple, sweetheart. This is one that I keep learning over and over and over again. When I first started doing my “thought of the day” posts, they were my status updates on fb and twitter. And then I decided to leverage them into a list builder for my business (not that there’s anything wrong with that). 

Somewhere in the process, my leveraging turned the project from fun, exciting, and easy into Work. And I have enough work these days. 

Let it be easy. Even though the sentiment is very similar to what I was doing with my Good Morning Glitterbomb emails, this feels so much more easy and fun. So I’m going to keep riding that feeling. 

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There have been a couple of times when I’ve thought, oh, I should pre-write a bunch of these so I can have a bank of posts to choose from or Ooh, maybe I could turn #postitdaily into a daily email and then I stop myself and say, no, Tiffany. That’s not the point of this project. The point is to make a commitment to doing something every day for a year. 

If I try to jump in and control the process, I’ll halt the evolution. I’ll halt the becoming. I’ll be missing out on the chance to open myself up for creative opportunity, for flow, for kismet.

And so I won’t jump in. I’ll sit on my hands and practice patience and see this thing through. One day at a time.

But I’ll also remember that this is my sweet spot: creating inspirational sayings, motivating other people, sharing these little bits of seemingly-nothings with the world. This is part of my so-called Zone of Genius (more on that Wednesday) so I’ll settle into that and stop fighting it.

I can be patient and not make it a thing while also settling into it and seeing where it leads, thereby letting it develop into a thing. I can do both. It can be both.

And my message to you: It’s okay to let your heart want what it wants even if you aren’t 100% sure of what that is, even if you can’t clearly define it, even if it feels nebulous and inconvenient to the rest of your life. It’s okay.

It’s okay to take one or two or three steps towards figuring it out before you uproot everything and make it your THING. It’s okay to start listening to those whispers, giving them credence, playing things out step by step.

It’s all okay. And you are doing great.

**If you’ve had the whisper to start a business but aren’t sure of the what or the why or the how, It’s Business Time is a program that I’ve created with Michelle Ward and Erin Cassidy to help you figure out all of the pieces and take your Big Dreams to Legit Biz (complete with a website!) in 6 months. On March 13, we are hosting a no-cost webinar called What We Want You to Know About Starting a Business. Sign up here to get the webinar deets AND priority application information for the program(only 10 spots available!).

*graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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Creativity as an Asset: Raise your Hand Say Yes

Jennifer Lee on Raise your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han

Newsflash: your creativity is an asset, not a liability.

I have based my entire business around this principle, and I wanted to explore it further on the podcast. I see too many women trying to quiet their creative voices instead of embracing them. It’s time to change.

In this episode, I talk about why I think creativity needs to be embraced and then sit down to talk with Jennifer Lee, one of my favorite peeps ever, about it. As the creator of the Right Brain Business Plan, Jenn has see first hand how creative people are able to succeed because of their creativity, not in spite of it.

If you’ve ever thought, if only I liked spreadsheets…, this episode is for you!

Jenn, you are the best! Thank you for being on the show! 

PS. If you like what you hear or are a fan of the podcast, please consider subscribing and submitting a review in iTunes. Thank you!

PPS. Our first Raise your Hand Say Yes book club episode is next week. Erin Cassidy and I will be discussing Gay Hendricks’ The Big Leap.

Listen now:

Full episode (Right-click to download)

Show Notes:

Connect with Jenn: Website |  Instagram | Twitter

Right Brainers in Business Videosummit

Right Brain Business Plan

Building your Business the Right Brain Way

Amy Tan

SARK

Eric Maisel

Sara Avant Stover

Mati Rose McDonough

#postitdaily project

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I am a writer: a declaration.

I am a writer: a declaration. via Tiffany Han

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

A writer doesn’t always write good pieces or important pieces but a writer writes nonetheless.

A writer writes everyday.

Saying you’re a writer doesn’t make you a writer. Writing makes you a writer. Just as dancing makes you a dances and painting makes you a painter and dabbling makes you a dabbler.

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

Even when I don’t feel like it, I write. Even when I don’t think that what I have to say will be good enough or important enough, I write.

Just as a I am a mother whether I feel like it or not. I cannot turn off being a mother, taking a break from it all whenever I want. I am a mother. Always.

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

Just as I don’t have to justify the time I spend mothering, I don’t have to justify the time I spend writing. It doesn’t have to be published for it to count. It doesn’t have to be read or applauded or retweeted for it to count.

All the words count. Even the ones that aren’t good or important or perfect.

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

And I get to declare this and own this declaration even though I haven’t had a piece on the Huffington Post, even though you can’t go into a Barnes & Noble and see my name on a book cover (yet). Even though, most of the time, the shitty first drafts I write never see the light of day.

That is okay, because I am a writer. And a writer writes.

I get to declare this in spite of all the reasons I think I shouldn’t:

But you’re a coach, so you’re supposed to call yourself a coach.

But being a writer is hard, do you want things to be hard?

You didn’t study writing in college. Who are you to call yourself a writer?

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

And I’m sharing this with you for two reasons: 1. To make my public declaration so I can move on from the what am I? question and 2. to show you that you get to be whatever you want. All you have to do is name it and claim it for yourself.

You can be a writer or a painter or a dabbler or a mother or a friend or a pirate or a cook or a stylist or a jeweler or a shop girl or a printer. You can be whatever you want. And you can also be as many of these things as you’d like.

No one is keeping track. No one is paying as much attention as you think they are.

But. Whatever the thing that’s tugging at your gut right now to get out, name it. Claim it. Say it outloud in the world, whether it’s to yourself in the shower or to the internet on twitter. (Tweet your declaration)

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

What are you?

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

PS. On March 13, Michelle Ward, Erin Cassidy and I are hosting a free webinar all about what we want you to know about starting a business. Sign up to get the deets here AND get a sneak peek at our new program, It’s Business Time, which starts March 30.

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Raise your Hand Say Yes with Erin Cassidy

Erin Cassidy on Raise your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han

You guys! I can’t believe it’s taken me 25 episodes of the podcast to have Erin Cassidy on the show! For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you’re likely quite used to seeing “**graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching.” Today, you’ll get to hear a conversation with the woman behind the graphics!

Not only is Erin responsible for keeping my brand looking ship-shape, she’s also one of my favorite people in the world and someone who I credit with a large part of my business success. This week, Erin and I talk about how we came to work together and some of the raise your hand say yes moments in her life and career. We also talk about the creative evolution of her entrepreneurial journey and the things that she’s learned up until now.

Erin is also going to be my co-host for the Raise your Hand Say Yes book club episodes, the first of which is going to air on March 4 when we’ll be discussing Gay Hendricks’ The Big Leap.

Erin, you’re the BEST!!! Thank you so much for being on the show and sharing your brilliance with the world. Adore you, Boo! 

PS. If you like what you hear or are a fan of the podcast, please consider subscribing and submitting a review in iTunes. Thank you!

PPS. If you wanna get a sneak peek at what Erin and I are cooking up with Michelle Ward, sign up here. You’ll also get the rsvp information for our upcoming 3/13 webinar about what we want you to know about starting a business.

Listen now:

Full episode (Right-click to download)

Show Notes:

Connect with Erin: Website | ShopInstagram | Twitter

Kate Donaldson

Blogshop

Coco + Kelley

Apartment 34

Tanya Geisler & Step into Your Starring Role

Tanya’s episode of Raise your Hand Say Yes

Design*Sponge

ALT Summit

My Life Design 101 column on desginformankind.com

Dallas Clayton

Marianne Williamson quote on Erin’s blog

Bosslady Branding

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thought of the day.

What does your imagination say? via Tiffany Han

It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s the right thing to do or the smart thing to do, but for today, lean into your imagination for the answer – let it decide your next step.

You might just surprise yourself.

*graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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beyond the stuck

How to Move Beyond the Stuck by Tiffany Han

But I’m sooooo stuck.

But I just don’t know.

But I can’t.

I’m over it.

I’m over getting I don’t know. as an answer.

Here’s my new response for every I don’t know – so what are you going to do to know?

What are you going to try so that you can figure it out?

Where will you look for answers?

It might be a place (I like google for starters!), it might be within (what values of mine aren’t being honored right now), it might be a hunch (what whispers am I blatantly ignoring these days?) but I promise you this: doing nothing will keep you in the exact same place.

You aren’t going to move beyond your stuck until you move. (tweet it)

And often that movement can be moving your body. Stand up, go for a walk, put on the new T. Swift and have yourself an old-fashioned dance party. Moving your body will change the way that your mind is ticking. How? Who knows. Why not find out!

We always want to know where to look before we start. We need something! anything! isthatmynewthing! to take us out of the stuck.

Here are some things that I can almost promise won’t get you there:

  • binge-watching terrible television that you don’t really give a shit about
  • a quart of ice cream at a time
  • buying all the supplies! at Michael’s and adding them to the pile in your craft room
  • trolling Facebook or Pinterest or blogs for inspiration
  • feeling so sorry for yourself at how stuck you are.

Here are some things that might:

  • Feel the feelings. Sit in the bathtub and cry. Take a kickboxing class and punch the shit of of the bag. Start speaking your mind. Let your voice be heard.
  • A cup of ice cream – that really good straciatella that reminds you of your summer in Rome. OMG it’s so amazing.
  • Indulging in a television show or podcast or book that is so engrossing you forget the time.
  • A blank page, and a pencil or pen or paintbrush. Let yourself get messy. Let yourself create for the sole purpose of making something beautiful in the world.
  • Taking a screen vacation and spending time in the woods or watching the sun set or marveling at how magical succulents are.

Something. You have to do something. If you want to wallow in your stuckness and now shower for days and eat nothing but that new jif salted caramel hazelnut spread for days, fine. Go ahead. But set an end date. Put an appointment on your calendar for a shower.

Wallow, but know that one day, the wallowing will end. And trust that you will brush yourself off, even though you might feel stuck, and the one thing you’ll do is step into the shower and let the hot water wash  some of that stuck off your back.

Baby steps happen. It’s how the little ones learn to walk. It’s how you can walk out of your stuckness too.

**graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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Raise your Hand Say Yes with Esmé Weijun Wang

Esmé Wang on Raise your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han

I was super excited to interview the lovely Esmé Weijun Wang this week for the podcast!

Esmé and I covered so much ground in this episode, from her mission of radical sincerity to the value of small talk, from finding your authentic voice online  to telling your story, from building resilience and finding community.

If you’ve ever struggled with how to tell your own creative story amidst everyone else online, this episode is for you!

Thank you so much, Esmé, it was such a treat having you on the show! 

PS. At the beginning of this episode, I also introduce something I’m super excited about: the Raise your Hand Say Yes book club. We’re starting with The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Get your copy now and give it a read – the episode where we discuss it will air on March 4!

PPS. If you like what you hear or are a fan of the podcast, please consider subscribing and submitting a review in iTunes. Thank you!

Listen now:

Show Notes:

Connect with Esmé: Website | Instagram | Twitter

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Esmé’s essay: Perdition Days: On Experiencing Psychosis in The Toast

Stephen King’s On Writing

Esmé’s tool for sparking creativity, whether when stuck or getting started

Esmé program Rawness of Remembering: Restorative Journaling through Difficult Times

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screw your plan.

Screw your Plan by Tiffany Han

“Well, first, I need to make a plan,” said every single person in this world who wanted to take on a scary creative endeavor.

And I get it: plans are safe.

Plans help us feel useful. They help us check things off our list. They help us know that we are doing something.

But what if your plan is just your looks-good-on-paper way of procrastinating?

What if you threw your plan out the window?

What if, instead of waiting for the right time, you started right now. Today.

{No, not like hypothetically. Like really today. I want you to actually start the day you read this post.}

That doesn’t mean you have to quit your job or sell your house or go live in a van today.

But it does mean that you have to do something. Anything. Anything at all. To just get started.

I always ask my clients, “What’s the very first next step?”

Note: very first next step. I don’t ask, “What are all the steps you need to do ever?” because that isn’t helpful. This type of planning is futile because the steps change as you start down your path.

You might realize that you need a different pair of shoes or that you’d rather hike in a completely different park or that you’re hungry and need to take a break or that trail-running is your jam because hiking is so sllooooow. Whatever the case may be, if you plan out the entire journey step-by-painstaking-step, you don’t even allow yourself the opportunity to see and then follow that one crazy butterfly just because you love its colors.

We are really so good at planning, and the internet doesn’t help. How often do you get stalled in the research phase? I loooove researching new projects. What I don’t love as much is implementing.

Because the implementing takes courage. And effort. And chutzpah.

The chutzpah to believe that you might actually be on to something.

That it might actually work.

That you might actually have a winning idea.

It’s much easier to spend all of our time on pinterest gathering inspiration, isn’t it?

Except, don’t forget: Unless you’re on staff there, pinterest isn’t paying your bills. Pinterest isn’t going to be The Thing that is your tipping point. Yes, it’s a tool. So use it as such. Use all of the internet as such.

Yes, eventually, you might want to have a plan, a spreadsheet with numbers and deliverables and not-to-miss dates, but we all think we need that to start. We don’t. Promise. We really don’t. 

So, just get moving. Find that very first next step and take it. Today.

what's your very first next step? via Tiffany Han

Yes, it might be uncomfortable and scary and feel really big. You might feel crazy for thinking it might work. You might say, “but nobody is going to understand it.” So what? Do it anyway?

{You might just thank me tomorrow.}

**graphics by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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Raise your Hand Say Yes: The CrazyFaith epsiode

Tiffany Han and Crazyfaith

And, welcome to the podcast episode where I quote myself. This week, I did something a little bit different and did a solo show. What started out as a short guide to finding your own way to Raise your hand and say yes quickly became my stance on life (enter: the Crazyfaith) and my musings on the movement I’m trying to create with my work and this show.

I’m feeling a wee bit vulnerable posting and sharing this now, but, in the spirit of leaning in to my own discomfort, here goes.

I’d love to hear what you think! I would like to do more of these solo shows (don’t worry! I’m not going to give up the interviews!), so if what I had to say resonated, please let me know!

PS. As I mentioned towards the end of the episode, the Raise your Hand Say Yes book club is coming! We’re starting with The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Get your copy now and give it a read – the episode where we discuss it will air on March 4 and we’ll also be doing a twitter chat following the episode.

PPS. The other thing that I mentioned was the Q&A episode that I’m going to be hosting with my favorite friend Michelle Ward on March 11. If you have any questions for us about life or business or passion or entrepreneurship or early motherhood or our shiny hair, send them over!

PPPS. If you like what you hear or are a fan of the podcast, please consider subscribing and submitting a review in iTunes. Thank you!

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Show Notes:

Sliding Doors – the movie (watch it! so good!)

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