A Moment Of Clarity

It’s no secret that this summer I’ve been feeling a little bit…stressed.

That’s probably putting it nicely, especially if you ask my poor family and friends who have had to endure the wrath of my anxiety, indecision and overwhelm.

Between living and working from a different city for the month of July, onboarding my biggest client yet, speaking at a major conference in Florida, furnishing/moving into a new apartment and increasing my yoga teaching schedule, I’ve spent the last couple of months treading water, just barely keeping my head afloat.

It’s not a pleasant feeling.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. The list of things that are currently weighing on me are actually great.

This overwhelm means I’m growing, shifting and thriving. It mean I’m making big moves in my business and my life. These are all good, positive changes that I’m thrilled about.

However, in my day-to-day, that doesn’t make life any less wild.

Earlier this week, I sat down after teaching a yoga class to write a description for a yoga workshop I want to host this fall. I set aside about 30 minutes to write the description because I had a long list of client work to tackle, but knew I needed to get this done.

As I was writing, something amazing happened.

The ideas kept flowing.

Not just for yoga workshops, but for blog posts.

For projects I want to complete for my brand.

Speaking ideas.

Client work.

And then I had a huge business breakthrough.

I felt like the fog that has been hanging out in my brain for the past three months suddenly cleared and all of a sudden I could see clearly again.

After months of feeling overwhelmed & foggy, I can finally see clearly. Here are 3 of the major breakthroughs I experienced during this moment of clarity.

Here are three of the major breakthroughs I experienced during this moment of clarity.

1. I need to hire someone. I need to start building a team. I don’t know why this all of a sudden hit me like a ton of bricks, especially considering friends have been telling me to build a team all along, but the other day, I realized, “HEY, OMG, I CAN’T DO THIS ALONE!” Magical realization. Originally, I quit my job to start my own business because I thought it would give me MORE space and time to pursue my creativity- to move my blog and brand initiatives forward. However, my full-time job was replaced with client work, so now I have almost the same exact amount of time for my blog/brand that I did before. To keep my blog and brand initiatives moving forward (more content, courses, podcast, ebooks, email auto sequence, affiliate marketing, etc.), I need to hire someone. I know exactly who I want to hire and I know exactly what I need her help with. She’s the perfect fit and she’ll be an amazing addition to my team. I’m ready to take this big next step to bring on my first official team member. Eventually, I’d also love to bring on someone to help with client work, too, but right now, I know that this specific person I have in mind can help me take my personal brand to the next level and beyond.

2. Public speaking is something I want to do much more of. Speaking at the Florida Public Relations Association Conference earlier this month was an incredible experience. I felt SO inspired and energized after giving my presentation. I’ve always known public speaking was something I enjoyed doing (even though it still terrifies me every time), but during this specific session, I felt something different. I felt a buzz I want to chase again and again. I want more of the way I felt that day. I’m already taking steps to put myself out there. I’m working on developing a public speaking page for my website. I know that this is a natural next step to grow both the client side of my business, but also my blog and brand.

3. I’m more confident and clear in the type of client work I want to do moving forward. When I first started my business, I said yes to almost every prospective client that crossed my path. Content management. Media relations. Social media. Email marketing. All of the things. If it had to do with communications, I knew I could handle it. And sure, I could handle it, but does that mean I *want* to handle it? Not necessarily. The past six months have been an amazing learning experience. After working with clients who get it and others who don’t quite get it, I now know the type of person/company I want to work with. After dabbling in lots of different projects, some that I’ve loved and others that I’ve dreaded, I now know the type of work I want to take on. Again, all of these things could change in the future, but for right now, I know what to say yes to and what to say no to.

Three major breakthroughs. One random Tuesday afternoon.

Even though I know this clarity can be fleeting, I’m grateful.

I’m grateful for a moment to breathe.

I’m grateful to rest my tired arms and legs, after months of swimming and swimming to stay afloat.

I’m grateful to have a clear mind (even if just for a moment) to be creative and to listen to the voice inside me giving me a road map.

I’m grateful for this life and career I’ve built.

And I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and Goals

start your week right sunday- Jessica Lawlor

Photo of the week: I may not have a couch or Internet, but I have a bed and plenty of wine, so I was all set for my first official night at my new apartment!

Start your week right! Every Sunday I post my favorite links from around the web and share my goals for the upcoming week.

Links

On Decision Making:

Use Louis CK’s 70% Rule to Avoid Decision Paralysis: This oldie but goodie Lifehacker post just makes SO much sense to me. I’ve been experiencing serious decision paralysis lately and I need to start using this 70% rule. Who knew Louis CK was so deep?!

On Content Marketing:

Your Content Marketing Social Media Distribution Checklist: Ever wondered when and how often you should share your blog posts on social media? My handy checklist for Scribewise breaks it down.

On Affiliate Marketing:

Five New Ways to Promote Your Affiliate Links on Social Media: I don’t do too much affiliate marketing, but would love to do more…and to make my strategies even more effective. This House of Brazen post offers up some creative ways to spread the word on social media.

On Setting Goals:

What Olympians Can Teach Us About Goal Setting: Inspired by the Olympics, I loved this beautifully written post by Stephany about goal setting.

On Being Present:

The Only Remedy for FOMO (fear of missing out): How beautiful! Thank you to Courtney Carver for these words and this post. “The only remedy for FOMO is to be present.”

On Writing:

How to Start Freelance Writing: 5 Major Questions Answered: Curious about how to get started with freelance writing? I answer some common questions in this post for The Write Life.

This Week on JessicaLawlor.com:

Becoming CEO: Month Six of Solopreneurship: In the Becoming CEO series, I detail how I’m starting and running my own solo biz. Here are reflections (& an income breakdown) from month six.

Goals

  • Fully move into my new place. All my furniture is arriving and now I need to actually pack up my personal belongings and get over there. Super exciting!

Have any links or goals you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments!

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