Friday 28 June 2019

The power of FEAR. Use it to push you, not hold you back from your greatness!

I went to a women's retreat last weekend.

I journaled about FEAR and SUFFERING:

One of the biggest takeaways from this weekend was this... I AM NOT into playing small in any part of my life or in my business.   

Before I started my business, I felt paralyzing FEAR of many things.
  • What if we can't pay our mortgage?
  • What if my husband gets sick?
  • What if I die, what will happen to the kids future, will they remember me?
  • What if I get so tired from not sleeping, I forget a child in the car, or have a car accident?
  • What if my depression never ends, and this sadness I carry that no one sees is forever?
  • What if I never get to feel free again?
  • What if I get pregnant with a 3rd, will we be able to afford it?
  • What if I never see a white sand beach again, and all I ever see is the armpit of this awful mountain?
  • What if the car breaks down?
  • What if I never have time to see my friends, and lose touch with them?
  • What if my parents get sick and I need to take care of one or ALL of them?
  • What if I am never respected again in any career I choose to do?
  • What if I never feel valued again?
  • What if I go back to work, will my kids know me?
  • What if ... this is it?  :-( 

Now, 14 years later.  My life and outlook is in a whole new place.  Personal growth has brought me to a place of gratitude.  Fourteen years ago, right when I was at my very lowest...I was offered the gift of possibility, a way to focus my mind, an opportunity for personal growth, all attached to a business that I could HYPER focus on, all from the convenience of home and around MY priorities.

  • We built our dream home and don't stress about the mortgage.
  • We have life insurance and a family plan.
  • We've managed to keep the kids healthy and mostly happy to 15 and 17... and counting.  
  • Found ways to manage my depression with meditation, a self-care plan, my tribe and consistent personal growth.
  • I plan multi-week summer freedom road trips to soul singing places with the kids.
  • Two kids were perfect for us, plans were put in place to keep at 2!
  • Travel is something we schedule in as a couple, as a family, plus I am gifted with lots of travel adventures thru my business..
  • Friendships are always a high priority, coffee dates, travel adventures, any excuse for a visit! 
  • I've been able to spend so much time with all my parents, I'm grateful for daily morning coffee's.
  • I am so respected in my career and am surrounded by the very best mentors and a dream team.
  • I feel very valued in my community and am able to extensively volunteer at the kid's schools.
  • I'm totally unemployable at this time... my kids not only know me as a mom, but as an entrepreneurial leader who creates a life for herself, and for her family by working smart.
  • I know this... more than anything else... I've got more to grow thru and I'm JUST GETTING STARTED!  :-) 

I'm not in the convincing business!  I'm in the helping those who are REALLY ready to never ever let FEAR steer their life decisions for them EVER AGAIN business.  

If any of this resonates with you, direct message me. 


Suffering is that attachment to anything that draws you away from your authentic self; the vibration, the frequency, and the sense of connection to the whole of the universe, and everything in it is disrupted- ~Wedlidi Speck

Saturday 6 April 2019

Engagement, & What it Means to Different Generations

Times are changing rapidly, and I'm blessed to be in a career that is ahead of the curve when it comes to maximizing the freedom that comes with an E-commerce business. People are wanting the freedom to work where they want, when the want and how they want... but what does that mean?
Home office is set up, coffee in hand... now where are the clients going to come from?!?
One of the things that always surprises me is when people jump into an E-commerce, online, Social Marketing business they almost always do so because they are wanting a massive change in their work/life balance. However, they often bring along old limiting thoughts and habits that weren't working for them in the first place. It's not unusual for those individuals to expect people to flock to them on their platform/website of choice. This expectation immediately limits their reach, and stalls growth. Often, even worse, they try to use the same reach-out methods on all the different platforms and often alienate themselves from making those engaging connections that could really make a difference for both them and their possible clients.
I am grateful to have a diverse team of leaders in all age brackets in my organization. I've learned that limiting thoughts on engagement and making connections (talking to strangers) can afflict us all. No one age group is better/worse at it... just different. Millennial's prefer Instagram, Snapchat and of course my Gen X crew is all about the Facebook and LinkedIn (so far, but Instagram is sneaking up list as well), and Baby Boomers are more comfortable on the phone and Facebook. It doesn't matter where you start as long as you commit to stretching yourself out of your comfort zone, and opening up and sharing is the one common denominator in today's world. A closed, locked down profile also sees no engagement.
Momentum in todays online world lies in ones ability to foster CROSS-GENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT skills. The ability to identify how a particular individual feels most at home communication wise, and meeting them in that place. Learning the tools of the trade in todays E-Commerce market is all about understanding the "dance" of each platform and making those authentic connections.
Engagement can look like many different things... it can be as simple as reaching out to spark a conversation in the lineup at the grocery store, thanking a new follower on Instagram, mailing a sample to a prospect in another city who requested one thru a Facebook Story Poll, meeting strangers for coffee when you get a referral, driving outside of your town for a networking event or attending a Wellness retreat. I have done and do all of these things, but you know what i don't do... i don't not try new things. You never know how that next connection could be the missing piece in a project, team or your next dynamic leader.
I do not have all the answers. I do know that every day in every way I work to get better at making authentic connections with dynamic people. Then I do all I can to help them grow their network, career or business. We all benefit when we lift each other up.

xo di