Last months I attended an author event. It was the first time I had entered a writing competition and pushed myself into the lion’s den of being judged.
I didn’t know the outcome because winners weren’t announced until the night of the event. I’ve been writing aka blogging or books for over 10 years now but never once had I considered entering a competition. It’s not really my scene because I want to not care what people think about my writing or what I do. Ever.
Because the moment I start caring what other people think in terms of my writing or the work that I do, I create a space to shrink and play it small. And yet, if I don’t push those boundaries, how will I grow?
And so I wrote a 500-word essay and entered the competition. I found myself among some incredible human beings.
Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women overcoming personal struggles to find growth and healing. We invite you to submit a piece of writing of 500 words or less about a woman (yourself or someone you know) surmounting a difficult situation in her life. Both prose and poetry are welcome. Winners will receive cash awards; all entrants will have the chance to be published in our Challenge into Change book and will be honored at a ceremony at the 2018 Festival of the Book in Charlottesville. – Women’s Initiative
And what a humbling experience to hear and read the stories of over 80 authors who have had some incredibly challenging experiences in their own lives. We are truly never alone and the only time we find ourselves alone is when we don’t share our stories.
I didn’t win and yet I did all at the same time.
I won because I put myself out there and I won because of the comments from the judges about my story.
These comments sum up who I am as a human and as a writer. In fact, the point that got me is that through my writing they were indeed able to see everything about me.
But I am not going to sit here and say that I wasn’t disappointed. There was a small part of me that was bummed out about not winning. And that reminds me that I am human after all and that sometimes can mean the world.
I wouldn’t have known the outcome or this experience:
If I didn’t write the essay
If I didn’t submit the essay
If I didn’t go to the event
If you want to change your life then you gotta push those boundaries of your comfort zone a little at a time!
There are so many people in this world telling you how to create a life or run your business or what how to fit in with society.
Somewhere deep down I always knew that I am not meant to just exist but to really figure out what lights me up and how I can make an impact in this world that encourages you to create a life with purpose and passion.
Today I want to give you a glimpse of how I arrived at a place where I get to do whatever I want, every single day.
It’s not been easy that’s for sure. As a person who grew up in foster care, there were always limits placed based on someone else’s view of foster kids or limits I placed upon myself based on someone else’s story. In hindsight, everything I experienced in the foster care and afterward, guided me and moved me in this direction.
Nothing became more clear about my life and my purpose when the day came and I became a special needs mom to a medically fragile child and I was smacked into the soul foundation that life is too short and that I am in charge of how my life is going to unfold.
In 2007, I started to act instead of just talking about all the things I wanted to do one day.
I started writing and publishing books to share my message.
I went to college to become a therapist to help families at risk.
I started a brick and mortar business supporting artists in the community.
I made art that called me, learning and perfecting my skills.
I worked as a therapist until I was ready for 100% entrepreneurship.
I created active and passive income streams.
I created a web design and virtual assistant business.
I created coloring books to cement positive feelings from within.
And when I first became a full-time entrepreneur I followed what the experts said, but in truth, it left me frustrated and annoyed because it didn’t feel good. And after a year I had about enough of the bullshit that was my business and decided to get some clarity and what I wanted my life to look and feel like.
And that is where I found my personal mission and secret to make my vision a reality.
I simply wrote it out.
In 3, 5 or 10 years, what did I want my life to look and feel like, and the emphasis is on what I wanted it to feel like.
I decided to no longer feed the shoulds or have to’s and simply just be in each moment and follow the ideas and actions that felt good. Those feelings feel like an energetic party on the insight.
I tuned into how I wanted to serve the creatives and multi-passionate without sacrificing my energy and myself in the process. I created the Rebel’s Academy to help you build a business the same way I am making all of my ideas flow. You can have a service or product based business or a combination of both. It’s doable and I am loving every minute of it.
But just having the Academy wasn’t enough because it’s just one part of the whole picture. I created coloring books, I wrote books and tuned into what I wanted to do every single day that would support my overarching goal but also give me 100% satisfaction.
And that’s how the Rebel Shine Bootcamp came into play. It begins with the vision and then each following module and lesson to support that vision so you can have the best year every year.
Here’s the thing, you can have a service-based business that does not require 1:1 coaching calls. I am still very much involved in helping you build a business or create a life that feels amazing. And I am able to do it through the membership platform as well as through private community Facebook Group.
I get sad every time someone makes excuses for why they can’t do what they want to do and making all the pieces fit for them. You can start now and you can start small. There is no right or wrong way, there’s only YOUR way.
Every year I write a new vision for what I want my next year to look and feel like and based on that visions I develop my goals and the things I want to do during that year. It’s my foundation and literally allows me to “do whatever I want every single day”.
So if you are struggling and feeling frustrated, write out a vision.
Write it out for 10 years, 5 years and then 1 year.
Ask yourself who you want to be, how you want to feel and who is part of your life.
Write about the things you are doing from the time you wake up until you go to bed.
Write about the things you want to achieve and celebrate in your life.
Get into the nitty-gritty of your feelings. How do you want to feel when you do all the things. How will it look like when you follow your passions and live in your purpose?
And if you want some help with planning, masterminding, co-working and accountability, check out Rebel Kickstart!
Do you ever wonder why you are stuck in life exactly where you are right now? What is that missing piece that will help you level up?
But more specifically it’s your money mindset.
I have always believed there is a way to make things happen and that life really doesn’t have to be so much of a struggle.
I’ve always known it relates to the story we tell ourselves and the impact of our experiences that have imprinted themselves into our person.
What I didn’t realize is that some of those stories are directly related to money too. Here I was thinking all of these years that if I change my thoughts, I will change my life.
And yes, for the most part, it is true. But it is so much more than that, and this is wat the Money Bootcamp is all about.
It’s like you are becoming an architect of all the stories and transform yourself into this amazing archeologist with this super cool finds, although sometimes those finds can be heart-shattering.
But in order to be, do and have our deepest desires to be fulfilled, we need to dig deep to unearth the roots of all things.
I started my journey by reading Denise Duffield-Thomas book “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” and it was eye-opening. One moment what was a true reality, my father being an alcoholic, became a money memory of how I wasn’t worth more than a bottle of beer.
I joined the boot camp because I wanted to unearth it all and truly learn how to step into my own power, to rewrite those stories and it was a hard one for sure.
And I keep going back to take the boot camp again and again because there is always more dirt to uncover.
And Denise Duffield-Thomas has decided to once again run this boot camp live.
If you are ready to be and feel lucky and done being stuck, then this boot camp is totally for you!
Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mindset mentor for the new wave of online female entrepreneurs. Her best-selling books “Lucky Bitch” and “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” give a fresh and funny road-map to create an outrageously successful life and business.
Denise helps women release their fear of money, set premium prices for their services and take back control over their finances. She is an award-winning speaker, author, and entrepreneur who helps women transform their Economy-Class money mindset into a First-Class life.
And now Denise Duffield-Thomas has JUST opened the doors the incredible 2018 LIVE round of Money Bootcamp.
In case you haven’t heard yet, Money Bootcamp is THE money mindset program for women who want to transform their money stories and finally earn the income they deserve.
This is a game-changing experience that is about much more than just money. Yes, when you join Money Bootcamp you’ll gain the tools, mentorship, and community to drastically increase your income.
What’s really great about Bootcamp, though, is that Denise’s mission is to empower women to step into their roles as the leaders they’re meant to be — in their lives and businesses.
This program will touch every aspect of your life in a positive way — and Denise has thousands of happy Bootcampers who are living proof of that.
If I were you, I would NOT miss this opportunity to join Denise and a global community of thousands of brilliant women united in sisterhood and a desire for greater abundance (for themselves and the world), for the next 6 weeks in her 2018 Live Money Bootcamp.
I don’t recommend a lot of things, but there is a must-attend event I want you to know about.
My friend Denise Duffield-Thomas is holding a free live online class this Tuesday, April 17 at 6PM Eastern — and I REALLY want you to be there.
There are three reasons why.
First of all, Denise Duffield-Thomas will totally transform your money life for the better.
That’s no exaggeration. She’s widely regarded as the go-to money mindset mentor for women entrepreneurs who want to ditch their old money stories and habits and start succeeding financially — while having an easier lifestyle AND a bigger impact on the world.
In only a few short years, Denise has created a multi-million dollar enterprise from scratch (while raising a young family!). She’s an award-winning speaker, bestselling author, and has influenced the lives of tens of thousands of online entrepreneurs through her books, programs, and other transformational materials.
Secondly, this is not your ordinary webinar.
Denise’s down-to-earth style is incredibly refreshing, especially considering she runs a 7-figure business and has a huge online following. One of the things I love about Denise is that she lays everything out in a very transparent, easy-to-understand way. Plus, she really walks her talk and walks alongside those she teaches.
Third (and most important), what you’ll learn could be the difference between success and failure in your business.
I’m not saying that to freak you out or be overly dramatic. You may have noticed, however, that not everyone is successful in business. One of the key factors that Denise has identified (and built her work around) is that your money mindset can absolutely determine whether you’ll be one of the ones who “makes it” in business or not.
That’s why she’s created this live event, where she’ll unpack her “Top 5 Strategies To Upgrade Your Money Mindset.”
Reserve your seat right here (it’s happening this Tuesday, April 17 at 6PM Eastern time).
I had to share this special event with you because I suspect that, like many other women in business, you want both financial success AND to make a difference on the planet.
And Denise’s message is pretty clear: when you’re doing well financially, then you can help more people. It’s not just about the money (though her strategies will definitely help you make more of it!) but about stepping into your role as a wealthy, empowered leader in your business and life.
This message is so timely for where we are as a society right now, and it’ll apply directly to you in your business, too (whether you’re already successful and want to get to the next level, or are struggling with overworking and underearning).
Click here to reserve your spot in this game-changing live webinar.
You’ll discover the 5 strategies entrepreneurs like you can use to upgrade your money mindset — AND you’ll learn how you can get Denise’s help along your money journey, and join a movement of thousands of women as we change the way we think and feel about money – forever.
Go ahead and register for the webinar even if you can’t join live, because there will be a replay (but you can only get it if you register!).
Get Denise’s “Top 5 Strategies To Upgrade Your Money Mindset” by registering here.
P.S. Denise will soon open registration for Money Bootcamp Live 2018. I highly recommend it and I’ll send you more info soon. But for now, register for this webinar – it will be awesome. Here’s my link to reserve your spot!