Wowsers, what a year it’s been! 2015 has been a big year for me, and not in the ways I had imagined when I started the year.
The word I decided on to be my theme for 2015 was SHOWING UP.
What showing up meant for me was this:
- Showing up and doing the work even when I didn’t think I was ready
- Stepping up to new challenges that scared me and saying yes and trusting myself to figure it out
- Getting good with imperfection so that I can do more work and be of service without always being 100% ready and prepared
- Trying and experimenting with new ways of teaching things in the style that felt true to me
- Focusing on “my job” which is to get out there, do the work, and spread the message, and trust the universe to show up in other ways for me (like bringing in opportunities)
- Letting go of control even when I think I’m not good enough, and training my brain to allow me to mess up
So to commemorate and celebrate all I’ve experienced this year, I’ve decided to acknowledge all the amazing things I’m going to give myself credit for and bask in the glory of the hard work I’ve put in (and I suggest you do the same!).
25 Life + Business Actions That Challenged Me to Step Up in 2015
1. Showing up before I’m ready by saying YES first, and figuring it out later
2. Launched “The Cubicle Crashing Podcast” out of my own selfish interest to interview people that created their path to freedom despite their fears (and how they did it)
3. Created “Screw The Cubicle TV” Youtube channel and have almost 500 subscribers from consistent video content.
4. Ran 7 “9-to-Thrive” incubation workshops with TurnPoint and let go of the control that it had to be mine and not shared (which made me realize I love working with partners).
5. Filmed and hosted 10 episodes interviewing corporate escapees and showing the real stories and paths of their journey – again saying yes to partnerships (plus they found me because I had great videos on my channel!).
6. Spent $8,000 on a business coach, group programs, trainings, and courses to further my knowledge and get help.
7. Created more systems and faced the fear of tech woes (implemented Leadpages, Calendly, Typeform, WebinarAlly) – still learning funnels!
8. Ran my first 5 webinars in partnership with TurnPoint and one on my own – wasn’t as difficult as I thought and things didn’t blow up with Google Hangout.
9. Learned I am so much better at talking than writing, and focused most of my marketing according to this (so I have more fun).
10. Learned how to create curriculum from my 1:1 coaching format and created an online course. Worked with a curriculum coach to support and help me because she’s better at this shit.
11. Taking it step by step to avoid overwhelm by being easy on myself as I learn how to create and launch online courses (not over planning, and asking by going straight to the people who’ve done what I want to do with questions instead of researching it all myself).
12. Decided on a whim (2 weeks to prepare) to run a beta group of 6 live people to test my online course curriculum to use it as a “lab” to refine and improve the course
13. Be more strategic on what to create as products by sourcing the help of my partner and customer insight genius and implemented surveys and real conversations to ask people what they want and will buy
14. Outsourced shit I hate doing like editing, Leadpage set up, and basically any tech related headaches each month and dedicating $200-300/month for this.
15. Turning away clients that I know in my heart aren’t a good fit that wants babysitting and not to do the hard work, even when I wanted the money.
16. Time blocking 2 hours every morning working on my own priorities before opening my Inbox and getting on other people’s agendas.
17. Got good with “hustle” and know that sometimes there will be long days, and it’s OK to have this as long as it’s for a bigger purpose. The 4 hour work week dream doesn’t actually mean 4 hours, but a new mindset shift of spending time doing the work that brings you joy.
18. Got active in the Digital Nomad scene, did more interviews, and was featured in The Telegraph, Elle Canada, and Forbes.
19. Had a cry last week from having too much on my plate, and took it as a sign that it’s time to again ask for help. Investing in new strategy coach for 2016 and spending the first week of January taking inventory of my business, trimming the fat, and eliminating parts of my work that doesn’t bring me joy.
20. Going with GOOD ENOUGH – creating, launching, and putting my work out there even when it’s not 100%. This has helped me get to more opportunities, help more people, and also learned that what I thought wasn’t ready, was actually as ready as it could be. I learned to refine as I go, embrace imperfection, and trust that I will always make things good even if it goes sideways.
Some of my favourite moments…in pictures!
That wraps up my 2015, and prepares me to be ready for my theme word for 2016 – EXPAND.
Expand into more of who I can become. Expanding my work to reach more people. Expand my courage and face more challenges and fears I’ve been avoiding. Expand to goals bigger than just me.
What has your 2015 year brought YOU to realize? Would love to hear yours!
Happy New Year everyone X