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10 Ideas that will help set you free 01.14.2013

It’s a new year and many of us are thinking about what we can do in this new year to be better than the previous year.  As creative women and business owners, we found these ten ideas quite inspiring – so clearly, we wanted to share it with you all!

From Ann Mehl,
10 Ideas That Will Help Set You Free

Last month, I was invited to give a talk at TEDx in the Netherlands. After some initial resistance (it’s a lot of work and far away), I decided to take the plunge, and I’m happy to report that it went very well. You can watch it below. The theme of this particular TED conference was reaching your “Full Creative Potential”. I’m lucky to work with a lot of creative people, most of whom are bouncing off the walls with ideas. The trouble is, an idea is not a plan. It’s a car without an engine. Execution is ultimately what determines our success in any given venture. And that’s what I chose to speak about, in a talk I called “Paint Your Masterpiece.” Here, in condensed form, I offer you these ten “principles,” in hopes that some of them may also be useful to you.

1. You will never be ready. So you don’t feel ready, or prepared or smart enough? That’s okay, nobody else does either. You don’t need to have a PhD, or a book published, or an agent, or the perfect business proposal to launch your business or do whatever it is you want to do. You don’t need anyone’s “permission.” You don’t have to know exactly what you’re doing – you simply have to begin it.
2. Don’t discount the obvious. I got into coaching quite by accident. I was working in recruitment and the thing I enjoyed most about it was meeting people and trying to offer helpful advice. But that couldn’t be a real job, could it? We tend to discount our most natural gifts. It’s too easy. Too obvious. So there can be no value in it, right? Well, maybe our true gift is the one we’re already giving away for free. Maybe the very important thing you have to offer is right in front of you.
3. Execution trumps idea. Ideas by themselves are worthless. Unless you follow through with them. Thomas Edison once said: “A lot of people miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.” And if it’s worth doing at all, it usually is hard work. Mark Zuckerberg may not have been the first person to come up with the idea for Facebook, but he was the first person to execute on that idea. It’s not about the idea, it’s about execution.
4. Know your why. Why are you doing the work that you do? What does it mean to you personally? Kahlil Gibran said: “Work at its very best, is love made visible in the world.” Good art and good work – the kind that gets us out of bed in the morning – is usually about the desire to share with others something that we love. Not surprisingly, it’s also what makes some companies great. Share your love of something, and you will never lack for motivation.
5. Be who you are. Try to figure out what it is that makes your offering different. The term used in advertising is “Unique Selling Proposition.” USP. A big part of success is just learning to sing uniquely in your own voice. If you don’t know what makes yours different, you’ll just be a pale imitation of someone else. And why would anybody want that? Oscar Wilde said it best: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”
6. Give it away to get it back. Whatever you want to attract more of in your life, give it away. Want more love and affection in your life? You have to give more love. Want more respect from your peers, then you have to give more respect to those around you. Want to feel inspired? You have to inspire those around you. Whatever it is that you feel you are lacking, give it away. Freely and often. You’ll get it back in spades.
7. Get stretch marks. In the metaphorical sense. Try to expand your own awareness of what you think you’re capable of. Anytime you’re overcome with fears or doubts or inhibitions, that is your signal to walk towards it. Act directly against your crippling inhibition. If it is the right and reasonable thing to do – then just do it!  Give yourself stretch marks. You’ll be a bigger and freer person because of it.
8. Sometimes you’ll stumble. Ever watch a baby learning to walk? Stand up. Wobble. Fall down. Repeat. This is how we learn any new skill – painfully and awkwardly. So why do we assume as adults that it should be any different? Do not fear making mistakes or looking foolish. Fear not learning anything new.
9. Find your tribe. Yes, you can go it alone, but you don’t have to. Try to find other like-minded people who share your passions, energy and enthusiasms. In whatever way you can, seek out and identify your tribe. They’re out there. As my favorite poet, David Whyte says: “Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation.”
10. Know your value. Never underestimate your own intrinsic value or worth. Unfortunately, this is the one thing you cannot buy, and nobody else can give to you. It’s a gift you give to yourself. And the way to do it is by owning the totality of all of your experiences – both good and bad. Every success, every failure, every heartbreak, every crappy job you’ve ever had – all of it has shaped you into the person you are today. And that person is a masterpiece.

All of the above from Women’s Adventure Magazine

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comments 4

  1. Tori

    Coming across this was exactly what I needed. Thank you for sharing this!

    January 14, 2013 9:21 pm
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    January 15, 2013 9:44 pm
  3. Lindsey McClennahan

    This is great, I’m bookmarking this to reference when I’m feeling in a rut! Thanks for sharing!

    January 17, 2013 3:06 pm
  4. Nancie Bee

    Thanks for posting this. Great advice and well written.
    Printing it out for my son- the excuse maker, afraid to try anything-er, and classic failure-to-launch kid. Love him but he needs help finding his wings.

    January 17, 2013 4:29 pm

On my mind: Thanksgiving Dinner 11.21.2012

I can’t even express my love for Thanksgiving properly! I freaking love it. I love the cooking, the family time, football in the yard, and like every holiday now, it is just so much sweeter when I get to see it through a toddler’s eyes. Here are a few picks for what I’d like to wear and have on the table! Cheers!

1. Weft Saturation Jacket 2. Happily Grateful Quotation Book, 3. Copenhagen Coaster Set, 4. Gaffer Decanter Set, 5. Terrain Bakeware, 6. Ingot Ring, 7. Orange Asterisk Stacking Dish, 8. Dina Suede Pumps

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  1. Danielle Hardy

    Ooh i love these picks! Not only is Thanksgiving such a wonderful time to give thanks and appreciate family and friends, but seriously; best excuse to splurge on a pretty outfit!

    November 26, 2012 7:06 pm

on my mind: thanksgiving dinner 11.20.2012

Thanksgiving is just days away and I’m getting so excited to spend some time with family, some that I see often, and some traveling from afar to be here! I’ve been menu-planning with my mom and mother-in-law, scheduling the day (not always easy with a toddler and nap times), and basically just dreaming of getting to sit down at the Thanksgiving dinner table (times two in our case). If I could dream up my perfect holiday attire and table decor, here you have it! – Morgan

1. wool dress 2. cheers coasters 3. magic whisk 4. gold flatware 5. gold bottom glassware 6. heels  7. Kaleido trays 8. on the dot ring 9. give thanks card

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wallpaper: best of the best 08.09.2012

Well, we told you today was gonna be good!! Sorry we have been missing for the first half of this week…we’ve just gotten a bit slammed with work, but we haven’t forgotten about you! We get asked all the time where to find great wallpapers….so, we’ve been gathering our all time favorites to share with you! We have both been getting the itch to do some projects at home and I (Morgan), am thinking wallpaper is going to be involved. Have you guys used wallpaper? Advice is welcome!

1. Orla Kiely stem wallpaper (image) , 2. cannot find the original link for this ( please let us know if you know it!) , 3. Glitz – Soft Gray/Fuschia by Julien at Graham & Brown, 4. Frames by Taylor and Wood at Graham & Brown, 5. Petal Pusher by Joy d. Cho of Oh Joy for Hygge & West, 6. photo from Domino magazine, 7. Madison Humphrey – Dog Flock Velvet Wallpaper (image), 8. Daydream (in blue) by Julia Rothman for Hygge & West, 9. Eskayel wallpaper via Coco + Kelley

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  1. Gina Spengel

    looks like the unknown papers is from

    August 23, 2012 1:54 am

on our mind: London! 08.03.2012

sooo….anyone else totally obsessed with the olympics? we’re both about a click away from buying a ticket to london! we’re obsessed, we can’t turn off the tv and we would just loooooove to be there!!! carrie and i studied abroad together in england in college and fell head over heels in love with london. so, since a plane ticket can’t happen right this second, we just want to join in the fun a little bit and imagine how great it would be to be there! here’s to london!

links: London skyline mugsLondon map cotton bag

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  1. McKenna Ryan

    I completely agree with you!! I cant peel my eyes away from all of the games. If only money grew on trees and we could all be there rooting on our favorite olympians.

    August 4, 2012 5:37 am