Recently I decided that I needed to reinvent myself...and my business. As the year comes to a close, what are you doing to inspire your soul and reinvigorate your passion for why you started your business in the first place? Don't just 'get through' the holidays. Take this time to nurture your spirit, and redirect your energies to transforming your business. Here are 3 ways I am doing just that.
1. Get a Support System
I have an incredibly supportive, patient, and well read husband. He suggested I listen to a podcast from the Dave Ramsey organization featuring Christy Wright. Christy was talking about her idea - her absolute passion - creating a movement to equip women to make money doing what they love. Christy would launch her brainchild at a 2 day event called the Business Boutique - located at a church just minutes from the Dave Ramsey offices in Brentwood, TN.
I got in my car and drove 6 hours to Nashville, TN, by myself, not knowing another soul going to the conference. I did know that one of my absolute idols of social media - Mari Smith - was going to be speaking. I also knew that Jeremy Cowart, the most influential photographer on the planet was going to be presenting. Ellie Holcomb, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors', wife, was going to be performing (and Drew rocks). That's about all I knew, oh, and the fact that I was SO ready to fix my 5 year old business and turn it into something I was in control of, not the other way around.
The day I arrived, I walked into the church sanctuary (that held about 1,500 women from all over the country) and saw an empty seat. I asked the lady sitting there if it was open. She said, "I'm saving it for you!" Yes, I just met, my new best friend.
As the weekend went on, I was inspired, challenged, moved, and equipped with the tools I needed to make big things happen in my life. Through incredible speakers, workbooks, friendships made, Facebook private groups that help keep us all focused and motivated, I'm able to truly take what I learned and make big changes right now - personally and professionally.
Oh, and if you want an amazing playlist of inspirational songs - you'll want to download Ellie Holcomb's album 'As Sure as the Sun'.
2. Do Yoga
I know, you're thinking, this girl is losing it. Yeah, I was, and now, I'm not. I attend 3-4 yoga, deep stretch and meditation classes per week at my YMCA. Who has time for that? Well, I do. Because, I make time. It's an absolute priority on my 'what's important' list. Yoga is similar to Business Boutique in that you're with like minded individuals (See #1), who want to make themselves better - better mothers, wives, sisters, friends, and business owners. By taking time to breathe deep and truly look at the world in a different way, you will find peace, contentment and direction (oh, and a heck of a lot more flexibility!).
3. Don't Forget About the Stuff you Really Love to Do
I made a huge mistake two years ago. I put down my camera and stopped taking photography classes. I had a client that I devoted more than 50 hours a week of work to, and I had to make a decision to stop not only honing my craft of photography, but honestly, to stop shooting unless it was a school function or something I HAD to do. That was a big mistake. I missed that creative outlet. I stopped teaching dance as well. I missed that creative and social outlet with my students. I stopped playing the piano, and completely forgot how much my family loved hearing me sit down to play. Now that I've released that client and made certain things in my life a priority, I'm so much happier, and I'm now making money taking photos. Go figure.
These are just 3 simple things that I did to turn my life around:
1. Attend a conference, meet up, networking event, class or workshop to help you improve your business, your life or your outlook on both. I highly recommend podcasts, blogs and social media feeds from the Dave Ramsey group - and especially Christy Wright. Visit: www.christywright.com/
2. Exercise regularly. Do yoga, take a walk, try a new class, grab a friend and instead of sitting for coffee go for a brisk walk on the greenway. Put a 5K on your calendar and stick to doing it!
3. Do what you love. What do you love? Is it sketching? Painting? Snuggling up by the fire with a good book? Board games with your kids? My friend, Fred Sexton, makes beautiful 'paintings' from photographs on his iPad! He does one every single day. I bought #365. Why? Because it took me just about 1 year to figure this all out.
Hey, I just gave you a big head start.
Stay social, Terri