I have been on a self-discovery trail of attempting to figure out what exactly it is that I have to offer the world, and in turn, attempting to decide how exactly the discoveries can package themselves into a neat little bundle of something that can, in turn, make me some money.
I don’t have any plans to return to a typical paying job any time in the near future, but I feel like I can harness my energy and turn that into something profitable, that allows me to be available to my children and fulfills my need to give back, motivate others and ultimately change my little corner of the world.
I recently took the PERSONAL BRANDING: Blending Who You Are With What You Do from the ladies at Braid Creative. During the self-guided (but time limited) course, I was struck by the ridiculous number of pages I was filling with notes, but on repeat. Page after page after page. I haven’t been that religious about fast and furious note-taking since … well, I can’t remember when.
I journal like Karen Walrond (where everything goes into one notebook – the grocery lists, the journaling, the note-taking, the daydreaming, the receipt capturing, etc.) and that process is TOTALLY fine and dandy until Tara and Kathleen blow up your space with the need for more and more pages to fill up with their goodness.
I’ve found that generally, one moleskin or other “like” notebook lasts me for about 6 months. SOOOoooo not the case when taking a course from Braid. I filled up half of that puppy in a week’s time and had to dig through my cabinets to find a replacement so I wasn’t left hanging.
Blending who I am with what I do. It seemed like such an odd concept before the course, but even now as I peruse through my notes, it all makes perfect sense.
Some of my key takeaways from the course:
- How can YOU bring more of your authentic personality into your creative career? Instead of lumping in the things you’re learning from other people, allow your true self to shine through and create an offering for your readers and clients.
- Have any of your passion projects transformed or inspired paid offerings? Looking back on the life that you’ve lived, which things that you have done have turned into something bigger? Capitalize on those things! What things do you do that people say “I love when you _________” — sell that!
- How do you strive to maintain a work / life balance? Ooooof. Such a big question, but I loved the answer that Tara and Kathleen gave during the course. Balance isn’t all that profound and issue, but they tackled it head on and dissected it in a way that tamed the beast.
Take a look at the video for the course:
I have to admit that I’m still in the middle of my journey to discovering what it is that I can offer. I have an arsenal of experiences and lessons that is a part of who I am. It’s just a matter of melding that magically with “what I do” that I’m still pondering. The Personal Branding course definitely helped and I think … if I’m honest with myself … now it’s just a matter of being gutsy enough to put it all into practice!
The next Personal Branding course is set to begin May 16th … if you want a $25 discount from the sisters at Braid, use the code BRAIDECOURSE50
(psst. I have a fun interview coming up from Kathleen (one half of the Braid team) … stay tuned!