04 Jul Summer Musings
It’s July! We have officially begun the trek into the second half of the year. Take a moment to reflect on three things you’re proud of yourself for accomplishing the first half of this year. Hold these things in your awareness for three deep breaths. Then: three things you want to call into your life for the remainder of 2019. Three more deep breaths. Acknowledging our successes and setting intentions are vital in creating joyful, fulfilling lives.
One of the greatest joys of being an entrepreneur who works from home is the ability to create my own schedule. Now that I’m about five years into this path, I’m finally at a place where I can take time to slow down a bit and create intentional “vacation time” for myself. Up until this year it’s been full-on hustle mode, and although I love that and could work almost everyday of my life and be happy, I have come to truly love and value the intentional slow-down.
With August being the hottest and slowest month of the year, it’s my intention to grind out July like the finest damn espresso you’ve ever had… and then slide into chill mode in August, my birthday month, when I’ll get to travel to Seattle with my son to see both my parents, enjoy the gorgeous PNW where I grew up, get some work done on my tattoos, make some malas, and most importantly, step away from my desk for a bit and recharge my inspiration by doing, well, more of nothing.
So if any of you have design projects (logos, websites, business cards, marketing materials) you’d like to get rocking on – now is the time! Shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m in hustle mode this month, where I feel most in my element. And I love it. I love helping people and this is how I do it – branding is about you living your passion and purpose and making money doing what you love. If you’d like to see some samples of my work, check out my portfolio at www.lorenashleydesign.com.
EMBRACE THE PROCESS
After my recent branding workshop, I realized it’s so important to embrace where you’re at in the process of developing your business or creating your brand. If you aren’t ready, you will find every reason, excuse, or problem standing in your way. Whether that’s money, fear of a photo shoot, or uncertainty around your business name, you might just not be ready. And that’s ok. There is a lot of work to do to just prepare for having a website or logo created. A lot of journaling, soul-searching and reflecting about what you really want. And even when you have a website, it will not replace the fact that the relationships you are cultivating in your life are what will bring you the most business. Being an entrepreneur is about creating relationships, loyalty, and showing up authentically – for yourself and your people. And at the foundation of that is you taking care of yourself. Self-care, self-love and self-worth are the base of any successful business. When the foundation is strong and confident, everything else flourishes. Money and self-worth go hand in hand. If you want to make money doing what you love, the first step is to take extremely good care of yourself. Love yourself so much that you feel like a freaking unstoppable rockstar every morning when you wake up.
FEELING STUCK WITH YOUR BRAND CREATION?
Here’s my advice: your website can evolve over time. Don’t overthink it. Get some info up there with a simple logo now so that you feel more confident sharing what you are doing. It will help you grow your business. You can add, change and remove things as you go. Because you are constantly evolving, so will your business. You have to start somewhere.
SELF-CARE V. SELF-LOVE
In our recent Women’s Circle workshop, my dear friend and fellow yoga teacher Stacy Bush and I talked about this very important topic. Self-care and self-love are not the same thing. Self-care practices involve things like getting your hair or nails done, grooming-type practices, drinking a lot of water, exercising, and eating healthy… ways you maintain your body and health are self-care practices. Self-love practices involve a spiritual element of connecting with yourself or spirit in a way that nourishes your soul. Self-love practices involve doing the work to evolve and grow – practicing yoga and meditation, facing your fears, journaling, therapy, attending workshops, learning, new experiences, feeling vulnerable, practicing gratitude, having rituals with yourself, and spiritual practices where you are intentionally cultivating your relationship with your highest self.
Above all else, take care of you. It is never selfish though I know it can feel that way sometimes. Be intentional in all that you do. Intention is the secret sauce.