The moment I realised I am a 'heptathlete'

I have always been one of those people that has multiple passions and multiple strands to my bow. I was cool with that and fully embraced my creativity (or so I thought)

But today I realised that very same understanding has been holding me back in my business- massively!

I realised I held the story (ingrained from school days, books and societies conditioning) that in order to be a 'master' at your craft you had to focus all in on one discipline.

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Courage is in the choosing...

A while ago now I was very privileged to be invited into conversation with a good friend - a wonderful coach and fellow creative Ann Skinner a.k.a. The 'Heartworker'She was leading a 7-day challenge called 'Awaken Your GREATfullness' ahead of the launch of her Heartworkers Academy. I was invited as the very first guest speaker on the theme of courage!

This conversation came back to me as I recently featured Ann on my own interview series on the topic ‘Permission’ (to live life on our own terms).

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What does it mean to 'trust the process?

I went to a Kundalini yoga and sound meditation workshop recently and during part of that experience we were asked to think of an affirmation or a mantra that had meaning for us. 

The first thought that sprang to my mind, as it has done in many situations recently was 'trust the process'. Without prompting these words spun round and round in my mind as I breathed them deeply in and out through my body and soul.

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The commitment to Intention vs action

When you make a commitment you have two choices, you can commit to the intention or you can commit to the action…

Intro side note: I found this post as an unfinished note in Evernote as I was scrolling through notes tagged with 'blog'. It was from August 2015 and for some reason had been totally forgotten about. Re-reading it today felt just as profound and the message just as clear as the day it was written. Upon reflection I notice that over the last 18 months or so, I have definitely begun shifting much more into the space of intention. My perception of 'commitment' now allows room for the evolution and growth 'intentions' encompasss. I guess you could say I commit to my intentions, ha ha. :-)

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Why a pretty website can actually harm your business

As a designer, that might be the last thing you expected, right?

It probably goes without saying that a poorly designed website can do you a huge disservice... so why a beautifully designed one?

So here's the thing...

I'm first and foremost and explorer of the human spirit. In my work as a coach, I help people design their lives and as a designer what ends up on a website, is often the result of deep dive coaching conversations around what it means to truly connect with and show up in your business.

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Labels... Make up your own and wear them with pride!

The 'labels' we apply within our lives are a funny thing. Very are useful in some scenarios yet very detrimental in others.

From a practical point of view labels create containers and compartments to help streamline and speed up processes. They help our lives run on autopilot and we can slot ourselves into where we think we fit within the bigger picture without expending much mental energy.

Yet, by the same token, these labels can be to our huge detriment. particularly when it comes to how we are perceived in our business roles.

When someone asks, “what do you do?” our go-to response is often a ‘label’ we have given ourselves, the title on out business cards. Open to interpretation.

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The dreaded question... ‘So what do you do?’

For so many years I struggled with the abundance of ideas and options that flooded my mind...

Which ones should I follow? 

If I honour one does it meaning dropping the others? 

How will I tell people about what I do?

Ahhh, now I need another business card...

Which email address should I send this from?

I’m confused about who I am so I’m pretty sure other people are...

It resulted in confusion and overwhelm and feeling like I was scattering my focus so thinly and not really achieving anything at all. My confidence suffered and I cringed when asked the dreaded question:So what do you do?’

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