JUST DO IT ALREADY

just do it already

We're heading into month numero dos of Tiffany Han's 100 Rejection Letters (what the heck is that, you say? Catch up on my first post here!). I can't believe how many light bulb / a-ha / oh duh moments I've had since starting only a month ago.

It's crazy what can happen if you're willing to just sit in the discomfort of the tough questions. What do you really want? What do you love about your job? What do you want to change? Who is your ideal client?

At first these questions feel excruciating. Like omg you'd rather do anything else than answer them. ANYTHING ELSE. Oh Dancing with the Stars is on and Alfonso Ribeiro is doing the Carlton?! These can wait... NO! They can't. Enough dodging the important questions. My business means more to me than that.

If you hang out with these Qs long enough, the answers will slowly start to reveal themselves... here's what I've learned so far:

01 I've learned that I absolutely love designing for other people. I love helping them feel confident in the way their business looks.

I love working closely with an entrepreneur, helping her with her day-to-day graphic design projects - and contributing to building a brand that's recognizably HER.

02 I've learned that everything happening in your business is telling you exactly who your audience is and which services would help them the most. Who's contacting you, who's following you on social media, what are your favorite projects? Pay attention. The answers are there.

My audience? Coaches and bloggers. And saying that makes me the happiest because I love coaches and bloggers!!! Hello, my people! Needless to say I'll be revising my services and bit, which leads me to...

03 I've learned it's okay to change. As Tiffany says, no one is paying that close attention to your business. It's okay to change what you don't like and what's not working. No one will care, no one will be mad. (And if they get mad, they're super weird. Block them immediately.)

I think that's the biggest thing I've learned from 100 Rejection Letters this month (and from Tiffany's uh-mazing podcast. If you're not listening, clear your calendar and binge listen. Now.)

I need to give myself permission to grow and change. However and whenever I want.

No more thinking, planning and researching. Just do it already.

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MAKING THE BIG PLANS

trust For me, 2014 has been about DOING THE WORK. I hunkered down and focused on designing all the things, learning as much as I could and taking on new projects. While I absolutely l-o-v-e-d it, I don't want to get stuck in doing the work mode. It's SO important to stop every once in a while to ask yourself: What is it about my job that I really love? What else is trying to emerge? What do I want my days to look like?

So I've done something pretty big... and a little scary. To help me tackle these big questions, I've joined a little program called: 100 Rejection Letters. Lemme explain... 100 Rejection Letters is Tiffany Han's year-long coaching program and online community that helps you gain clarity, achieve focus, and take action towards building a business (and life!) you love. In other words, it's about pitching your ideas, putting yourself out there, and taking ACTION towards those big dreams you have. Dudes. Sh*t just got real. Over the next year I'm going to push the artsocial train further than ever before. I think I can, I think I can...

I never want to become stagnant or uninspired in my routine. And that's what I love the most about 100 Rejection Letters. It will MAKE SURE I don't stand still, repeating the same routine day in and day out. Cuz who wants that? That's boringtown.

Month numero uno of the program was dedicated to planning, figuring out how I want my biz to grow and who my ideal client is. I've already surprised myself a few times with the changes I wanna make... eep! I'll be sharing my progress and all the behind-the-scenes goodness with you here. Are ya with me? Here we go :)

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