Hope and Transitions

Winter and early spring are slower times for us here at TPP headquarters, and this year that slow time has been an incredible blessing! It’s an opportunity for us to play catch-up from the end-of-year rush; to take care of paperwork (like taxes!); and to explore the future direction of the business. This time is especially valuable in light of the exponential growth we experienced in 2011!

This exploration has involved A LOT of time spent engaging with new ideas and new networks of people, and in retrospect, each experience has rolled into the next and has put me on a new track that I’m very excited about. Don’t you just love when the universe flows along like that?

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I kicked off February with two days at the Disney Institute in Anaheim, Calif., as a part of my professional development activity for my day job, and then bounced straight into Community Media Workshop’s Social Media Bootcamp. Bootcamp was incredibly helpful–specifically, I learned a lot more about Twitter, and with this knowledge, I was able to connect with some really awesome people, including Michelle Ward, a creative career coach better known as the When I Grow Up Coach. Through Michelle’s tweets, I found out about the second annual Right Brainers in Business Video Summit, a free event hosted by the amazing Jennifer Lee who just so happens to be the author of the Right Brain Business Plan. For the last two weeks, I spent one hour of my day listening to video broadcasts of Jen interviewing a variety of wonderful and talented people involved in right brain business endeavors–access a complete list of speakers and learn more about the summit here.

Here are some of my takeaways–do any of these ring true with you in your business or personal life?

  • Be generous.
  • Sometimes “done” is better than “perfect.” What a powerful message for me, the recovering perfectionist!
  • Keep goals manageable.
  • Have a sense of success on a regular basis.
  • “Recognize that nobody is going to give you a stamp of approval to be a creative entrepreneur” – Jen Louden
  • “Heart-centered work is the only sustainable option.” – Excellent paraphrased words of wisdom from Mark Silver
  • Recognize the richness in your life: have a money jar that not only includes spare change collected from the couch, but all your other personal riches written down! Review jar contents frequently.
  • Focus on being a source rather than a consumer of what I want to see in the world.

So, now where do we go from here? One thing I’m pursuing immediately: gathering together women in my social network who are current or future entrepreneurs/solopreneurs/freelancers/consultants/”women of the world” (as Michelle Ward likes to call us!) for an informal mixer where we can exchange ideas and business cards, collaborate on solutions to our business challenges and celebrate why we rock.

In the long term, I’ve got a project in the works that I’ve been dreaming about for a while, and these experiences have finally given me the confidence and the certainty to go ahead and make it happen. Like, now. The details are falling into place. It’s going to be a journey, but a fun one that is going to change the world!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and this blog space for more information as these plans unfold–there will be photos, of course!

Posted on March 16, 2012 admin
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