I don’t wake up every morning thinking about branding or design or websites.
I wake up thinking about you, I think about my clients, I think about the ladies taking my workshops, I think about moms trying to stay sane while building businesses and raising their kids. I think about the questions you are going to ask me about your business and how I can give the best answer to those questions.
I think about how to get you to see yourself as the wonderful creative person that you are.
I think about how to help you get the courage you need to take the steps you need to take in your business.
For so long I was really striving to figure out how to explain that what I like to do best is help women.
I kept asking myself …
Is giving someone a kind word or lifting someone up when I see that they need it, good enough. Is it worth it? Does that connection with just one person make a difference in the world? Or does it need to be bigger? Is helping women create their businesses big enough? What is the “something bigger” that I’m supposed to be doing?
But in the last year I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter what I’m doing. I could be creating websites, designing magazines, teaching workshops, or cooking dinner, and this is serving women with the skills I have now.
I’m going to grow. I’m going to keep coming into my own and I don’t know exactly what that looks like. I only know that at the core, whatever it is that I’m doing will be of service to women. It might be through philanthropy, it might be through the book I’m writing, it might simply be me being the best mom I can be to my kids.
I’ve quit worrying about what the big work is and when I’ll get to it. This is the big work.
If you ask for help I’ll do what I can with the skills I have now, as the woman I am today. I will give you my time, my energy, my brain in the form of workshops and consulting and encouragement of all kinds.
Helping women is what I was put on this earth to do.
As Sarah Yost would say it’s my holy work, my sacred work.
So what is your holy work, your sacred work and how can I help you do more of that?
My husband, Jamie, always makes fun of Christmas with my folks because my side of the family is a study of extremes when it comes to holiday gift giving. We buy really practical stuff for each other like socks, shampoo, and tooth brushes, and then really fun, silly, completely impractical stuff like a case of sardines or a Whoopee cushion.
If you know me well, you’ll know I have a hard time treating myself. When Jamie asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I sort of panicked. I didn’t really know what I wanted. So, I asked my friends and colleagues to tell me about their work. What products and services did they create or sell that would be great gift for ladies like me this holiday season.
Compiling that list was a good start. It help me stop and think about what I really want for Christmas, and please no Whoopee cushions this year! The list I gave my husband (below) is 100% me: practical, with a bit of whimsy, and a big dash of business.
Hello hubby, put us on the wait list for January, please! Come July I want to be in Portland. $506.95 per person.
I could live on Lynda.com. I’d spend my days learning all kinds of new software and business skills and photography tricks. Gift subscriptions start at $25/month.
I write a lot and I want to write more. I know I need accountability and a community to keep me motivated when the writing gets tough. Membership is $26.95/month (if you sign up by December 31, 2012). December 17th update: The Merry Inksters is also offering a 3 month gift membership for January-March, 2013.
To remind me daily of all my superpowers, especially for those times when I don’t think I have any. $350
Yes, I would love to seize the year and to be able to see all that I have planned out for 2013 at a glance. $30
Life is completely messy, but I have a feeling Mayi’s planners would make the mess so much more fun. $40
If you haven’t yet watched this video http://ashow.zefrank.com/episodes/1 from Ze Frank you must. I’d love a poster to remind me that I will be fine, that I don’t need cheese, and I just need to start this sh*t up! $25
8. WTF Stamp
I would just like to be able to use this when I need to. You know, when things are getting a little surreal, and I can’t say anything out loud. This would come in really handy. $9
What gifts, practical and not-so-much, would you love to see under your entrepreneurial tree this year?
Thank you for your kindness and generosity over the years! Especially the gift of my daughters.
I have a very special request that I need your help with. So here goes…Please help me find awesome online business ladies and gentlemen who can see very clearly in their imaginations how awesome their marketing materials (pdf e-books, freebies, info products, worksheets) should be.
Help me find the people who know that to reach this professional level with their materials, they need help translating these ideas into reality. And they are ready, right now, to get that help.
Then help me graciously invite them to The PDF Workshop.
They’ve been talking to you, Universe, and asking you to find someone like me to give them direction and support so they can learn all the skills they’ll need to be able to take their visions out of their imaginations and make them real.
This is so important to them because I know that gaining these skills will boost their online business confidence and change the way they look at themselves and their business opportunities.
They will more confidently promote themselves, gain followers, and grow their business.
Their businesses will transform from feeling empty to beautiFUL.
This is also important for me, personally. It will help me diversify my business and boost my confidence to continue creating more workshops like this.
I know that when I do my chores you can do your chores!
I will commit to doing the following to assist you:
1) Keep promoting The PDF Workshop
2) Post the templates I’ve created for the workshop, so that they will be inspired by the potential to create something beautiful of their own.
3) Write a series of blog posts to inspire and inform.
4) Find guest posting opportunities to expose my work to new audiences.
p.s. Universe… this is for you..