There are so many things I want to share with you, but not all of them warrant a full blog post. I’d love your feedback, related or unrelated, if there are things you’ve been meaning to tell me too.
1. American dreamy
Remember when I used to include stock images on every post.(like this one) They were beautiful images of models living dreamy lives in dreamy lighting. With your support and feedback I stopped including images on this blog. Dan Goodwin helped me make that decision by reminding me that those images distracted from the realness of my message. He said, “I think your blog posts often have fairly generic images of beautiful smiling people, that for me personally, don’t quite fit or feel very genuine. Ironically, they’re almost like a parade of the “American Dream” types that you so obviously have rejected.”
Why didn’t I think of that?
I don’t miss those American dreamy images, and you haven’t told me that you miss them either. Moving forward I’ll be using my own photography.
2. You can buy happiness
My friend and business partner Tammy Strobel recently finished her first print book. I’ve read it and loved it. (I’m not just saying that because I love her). It will be available in September and you can pre-order and learn more about it here.
3. Long distance friendship
One of my very best girlfriends is Australian and lives a world away in Perth. We haven’t been connecting as much as I would like, so it always makes me smile and think of her when my Aussie readers comment and say something with Australian Flair. Oh, and Anika… let’s set up a Skype date. I miss you.
4. How to work with me
I have been working with some amazing people this year. I am going to be traveling in July, and limiting client work between now and then. I’d like to work with 2-4 people interested in launching a new project or taking things to the next level with their existing business. I think this testimonial that my recent client Tara sent me really helps to explain how I can help. Let me know if you have any questions about how we might work together.
5. San Francisco
I had a great time in San Francisco earlier this month. It rained most of the time but that didn’t stop my daughter and I from taking the city by storm. I am working on a post for you about how to enjoy San Fran, or any city in the rain.
6. Move through fear everyday
I listened to a great webinar this week with Jonathan Fields and Leo Babauta. I am reading Jonathan’s new book: Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance.
It is a must read especially if you are considering a new career, or direction in life. Two of the best things he said in the webinar yesterday:
- The more uncertainty you can tolerate, the more creative you can become.
- Two most important things you can do to maximize creativity: exercise and meditate.
We all get scared about sharing our work, and taking new directions but man it makes life fun when you do it anyway.
7. Catnaps are good for all of us
Thanks for letting me share these things I’ve been meaning to tell you. Anything you’ve been meaning to tell me?