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What being in Foster Care has taught me about life and business

The journey of healing is hard, interesting and a powerful one.

It’s taken me more years than I’d like to admit to looking at my upbringing in foster care in a positive light.

But I am incredibly excited to finally be able to look back and not feel ashamed because the reality is there is so much goodness I have learned that has played a key role in how I approach life and business.

The Lessons:

Taking Risk – Now this has come with good and bad experiences but one thing I have learned is to not be afraid of taking a risk.

Strategizing – This has been played a role in my survival. Learning this skill has proven to be one of the most profound lessons.

I am in charge – I control how I show up when I show up and the actions I take. Creating the life I want, is really up to me and the past does not hold any dark clouds over me.

How all of this serve me now:

It’s really amazing what appears to me so small at times, really has the most profound impact. Because I am willing to take a risk, I have started businesses, close them when they fell out of alignment and changed course as needed. I have written books

I have written books to share my story risking judgment and ridicule.

I have taken a risk in agreeing to my son’s liver transplant even though there are a lot of risks involved and lifelong medical care.

Taking risks is the cornerstone of being an entrepreneur. It’s like laying everything on the line because your vision and mission are so much bigger than who you are.

The ability to strategize allows me to see how to connect the dots from the big vision, working backward to the point where I am now. I am a visionary, the kind of person that dreams big can see that bigger picture and my mind just channels all the pathways to make it happen.

It’s the thing that I rely on when I hit a stumbling block and feeling the frustration because it will ask me to take a step back and reevaluate the strategy and come up with a new plan.

And because I am in control, I can decide which step is the best one and the next one. I have the ability to choose to follow the initial strategy or make a change.

This life is a journey and so is your business. It isn’t easy no matter what your past but if you can take a look at your childhood from a different perspective can make all the difference in the world.

Lessons are always to be learned and it’s important to reflect and acknowledge them.

If you are struggling right now with taking a risk because of fears and doubts, or need some help with clarity and a strategy, I want to help!

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What you need to know about starting a business

I would love to start off this post with saying that starting and having your own business is full of bliss and glory but I am not into creating unrealistic illusions.

When I first ventured into business 11 years ago, I for sure believed and thought this would be a cake walk, and in part that dreamer in me is certainly responsible for that. But the practical and logical personality that resides within, new better.

And I want to share with you, some things that I have learned over the years when it comes to starting a business. I have had a few of them, some of them complete and utter failure – not because my heart wasn’t in it, but I was not working from my zone of genius – that thing I am so damn good at and that I could do all day long without batting an eye.
If you are thinking that started a business is perfect for you, read on because the next few tips will help you get on the track of knowing and doing what you love.

Know your Talents, Skills and Knowledge

Take a piece of paper and make a list of all the things you are really really good at. Then next to it make a list of all the skills you have mastered and the knowledge you have gained – in life, work and going to school. Even if you are self-taught, this will help you find your zone of expertise.

This can include anything from being super self-disciplined, creative, technical, and your education. Maybe it’s having a unique perspective, overcoming challenges and having a killer mindset. Or maybe you are awesome at building websites, behind the scenes work or making things like painting or other art skills.

Acknowledge your weakness

This is so not a bad thing. I used to think it is but knowing the areas of where you could use more support will work in your favor as you are laying out your business. For example, even though I have a degree in Accounting, I am not great at tracking money. Being aware of this, gives me a few options a) find a system that works for me or b) outsource to someone who loves doing this.

Self-awareness is the key to your success. The more you are aware, the more you what you need to, can do and want to do. If accounting isn’t your thing, and you don’t really want to find a system that works, the you already know outsourcing is going to be the thing.

But let’s say consistency isn’t really up your alley, then hiring someone to hold you accountable may be the strategy you need.

What makes your heart sing

Now, how do you tie your strength and weakness into something that you cannot stop thinking about and you would do it for free, if it wasn’t for the fact you need to live?

Years ago, I had a book-keeping business because despite being dyslexic, I was really good with all the details of debits and credits, creating spreadsheets and so on. But I didn’t love it. I struggle sitting behind the desk for hours on end, get tired and my energy bottoms out.

However, when it comes to helping people go after their dreams, taking action and holding them accountable, now that lights me up like a firecracker and my energy is.. well a high that is hard to explain.

I also love helping people with some technical aspects i.e. link their opt-in to their newsletter, edit website pages, build websites – but this isn’t something I would want to do all day long either – ha. It’s just something I am good at and I don’t mind helping here and there.

But what about you?

What gets you so excited that you can’t stop thinking about in the morning or when you go to bed?

What gives you that “energetic high” that lights you up from the inside out.

What would feel like a dream come true if you could make money with that dream?

Take a moment and reflect on that ultimate dream and give yourself permission that it is possible.

Share with me in the comments your insights!

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How to use the Create your Colorful 2017 Workbook

I wanted to take some time and review my workbook with you. I am already head over heels into planning my own colorful 2017 and couldn’t be more excited about the things to come.

It is time to dream and to dream big.

It’s time to call in the vision you have of who you want to become, the things you want to do and all that you want to have.

Creating your colorful life is a personal journey of creating your vision.

Deciding what you are letting go off.

Being mindful about your mindset and how you want to feel in each moment.

 

Know where you have been and how you have grown.

Acknowledge what you are willing to release.

What you are giving yourself permission to call into your life.

The workbook is meant to be highly customizable.

Print only what you need so you have the option to print pages multiple times if you are called to.

There is room to reflect on where you are right now with the Flower of Life, so you can tune into who you want to become as you write out your vision and all that you want to do during the year.

The workbook comes with monthly planner pages to map out 3 Goals each month and the main actions that are going to get there.

It comes with mind-maps to help you get a visual on how to put all the pieces of your dreams together.

It has a goal pyramid to help you work backward so you can see all the steps to take and free-writing space to note your thoughts and feelings.

There is no wrong or right way to create your colorful life, there is only your way!

 

Give yourself permission to dream!

Cheers,

Petra

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What taking inspired action really means

Have you ever had an idea but brushed it off?

Like you wanted to write a book or start a business?

But you literally talked yourself out of it, because

  • who would read it
  • who would buy your product or service

And so you tucked it away, like a piece of clothing that you are going to wear one day, but today isn’t that day.

The truth of the matter is, however, that this idea … this dream will gnaw on you. It will stay in your head and tug on your heart sleeves. It will beg you to sit down and write those words ready to be unleashed. It will have you wondering and pondering all the what-if’s

  • What if the book is a best seller?
  • What if that business is exactly what this world needs?

And so you sit with a cup of coffee, on your porch and you dream about it. You imagine how good it feels to make your desire come true.

Imagine, for just this moment, how you finally stifled the voices of you’re not good enough.

Imagine, for just one moment to sit at your desk and allow the words to flow or your business to take shape.

And then imagine yourself to take action.

Inspired action, is busting through the fears, the doubts and limiting beliefs you’ve been telling yourself and saying that your gift – your book, your business – is so much bigger than you.

Inspired action is sitting down with your journal, describing your fears and acknowledging our fears, but show up anyway.

Inspired action is knowing that if you don’t *do that thing*, you will always wonder what if.

And really, who loves to live in a world where we always wonder, what if?

I can’t imagine that you do.

What I can imagine is seeing you sitting at your desk, writing that book that has been lingering.

I can imagine seeing you sitting at your desk and hashing out that business idea you have.

There is no way of knowing how it all will work out.

But you do have the power to believe in yourself.

Believe that those ideas that come to you are meant specifically for you.

And then you take inspired action.


Create a business that feels good

When I first started my coaching business, all I wanted to do was help people. It’s still what I want to do and continue to do. But as an intuitive empath and introvert, I needed to leverage how I can create income without expanding all of my energy.

You can’t be everything to everyone but you can be unapologetically you in the process.

Have clarity on what you want do be, do or have

You can’t create the life or business if you don’t know the be, do or have. You need that kind of clarity to help you give yourself direction. Deciding to start a business means knowing your purpose of your business (all the why’s and what’s). It’s about knowing your passions but more importantly recognizing which passion will be the one you are monetizing on. Not every passion is a great business idea. I have a food blog but I am not passionate enough about it to create money around it. It truly is something I enjoy for free – sidenote: that doesn’t mean this isn’t going to change over time. I believe in being open and not restrictive.

You don’t need to jump on the bandwagon

There are folks out there that tell you to follow this strategy or that strategy. Or you should do this or that. And if you have been reading my blogs, you know that I am all about doing what feels good and right to you. But this came with some lessons to learn.

When periscope made its appearance, everyone was on periscope and everyone said: “be on periscope”. I gave it a try a time or three but every time I did a periscope, it just didn’t feel right. And I gave myself permission to let that go and not be on that channel.

But I am excited about building video visibility on YouTube and am currently planning out some content and things I want to talk about. I am in the early stages but have the reached the point of “yes this feels good”.

Social Media is great but watch for the burnout

I love hanging out on social media, posting and engaging. What I don’t love is the lack of conversation that is happening. It’s hard to engage when one is bombarded with promo after promo. One of the strategies recommended is to be helpful. And here comes the challenge: How can you be helpful if no one asks a question. A few months ago, I reached social media burnout and I am so grateful for it because it made me ask myself how I wanted to show up in the online world. Cue the daily blogging challenge I set myself, that is still going strong.

Being able to get clear on where I want to show up and how I want to show up, set into motion ideas and dreams I want to create and define on where I am going to put my focus. I still engage and participate in Facebook Groups, but it’s no longer from a feeling of necessity.

Teach what you know

I know lots of things, some may refer this to jack of all trades but really I love learning and I have lots of interests. It’s taking me a few months to actually figure this one out but everything happens in due time. People have dreams and often are a bit scared to go after them but mostly they don’t know how to make them happen. There is a conversation about just getting started but isn’t that just difficult if you don’t know where to begin? I thought so, and that is why I created courses around things that I have done, such as building a handmade commerce or writing a book.

Get started because your time is now

The biggest challenge of creating a business that feels good is getting started. I hear it all the time of what people want to do and they talk about it that eventually this or some day that but the truth is, with this kind of a mindset, it will never happen. If you want to start a business that feels good, even if you are still in a job, start now. Start by doing the research around your business by finding out what other people are doing in the field (no don’t copy them) but just see wht their offers (service/products) are, what they are blogging about and find yourself a mentor/coach that can help you move along.

Be unapologetically yourself and go against the grain

There is a lot of talk about focusing on one thing… get good at that one thing… but what if you are good at lots of things?
 
What if you have a knack for learning new skills, seeing how this will lead you and bring parts of you together? And what if all that you are learning just brings harmony to all that you do?
What if you are meant to stand out, go against the grain and just be unapologetically you?
 
When I decided to be a full-time entrepreneur I had no freaking clue on what that may look like – like NONE.
 
I knew I would be amazing at coaching. It’s something I always did without knowing there was a word for it. And even though I may have talked about this dream or that dream before making it happen, I always make it happen – sort of in the right moment kind of thing. If it’s meant to be explored, created and turned into reality, then it will happen.
 
I knew I make art that appeals to a special kind of people – not everyone gets wood-burning you know? I also know that I love to crochet but there are only so many blankets that I am going to do. I found a rhythm that works for me and my art is definitely a bit seasonal because I can’t crochet when I am hot in the summer and I can’t wood-burn when I am chilly in the winter. 
 
I also knew that my website building skills and social media management knowledge would pay off in some way because I am able to monetize on that. I used not talk about this skill that I learned how to code back in the day and that I can make your WordPress theme look like it is supposed to. 
 
I also knew that I say some brilliant things sometimes or that my family comes up with some cool things and that this randomness of amazing brilliant words needs to be on a t-shirt. And why not? This life is all about going after your dreams and making things happen. 
 
Part of the continuous growing I have done is to always trust my intuition and to learn when to let things, negativity and people go. Because in my world, I don’t have time to be dragged down into the abyss of bullshit. And I have learned to be unapologetically myself to fly my own weird flag because my gypsy heart doesn’t know any better. 
 
Here I am a year later, recognizing that I am first and foremost a writer and I am learning how to weave all of my passions and interested into my world, without denying myself any of it. And I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense to other people and I don’t care although I am happy to talk about it. 
 
That’s why focusing on one thing doesn’t work for me and even other people. I refuse to deny myself to include all that I love – from building websites to writing novels and blog posts to creating art.
 
The bottom line of success is to always be unapologetically yourself, go against the grain and do all the things you love.