This is a little story about what can happen when you actually DO something kind of crazy!
Last November my friend Maggie shared on Facebook that her good friend (& fellow Life-Coach) Belinda Smith was offering a three-month 1:1 coaching scholarship. (Valued at $3000!) On a whim, I decided to apply - because why not!? Right?? Back to that whole "If you don't ask the answer is always no" thing.
The first task in the application process was to fill out a GoogleForm with four basic questions - one of which was "What does success mean to you." I was excited to answer because I had recently just re-defined that for myself as . . . :
Success for me is: Doing work I love (Life Coaching, Photography & VA Work - I call it my "3 Legged Stool of Happiness"!), Making enough money to support myself, my kids and to travel quarterly, dine out once a week and see live music/theater once a month. And making the TIME to enjoy the rewards of my hard work. My recent epiphany was this: When I studied art, I learned that the negative space was equally as important as the object or form we were looking at. For me this time where I'm not working, not hustling and constantly being on high alert about my finances? That is equally important to the work itself. Boom!
(Can you tell I was all hopped up about that? :) )
So a few days after I sent that in, I found out that I had made it to the second round of applicants, and was asked to then complete another GoogleForm with another four questions - one of which was "How do you spend your days?" This one was exciting for me too!
I am currently working with a model of "multiple streams of income" - where I work for someone else in addition to having my own business. (Life coaching/Virtual Assistant/Photographer). I also walk dogs. I love this set up because I'm choosing it. I am not at someone else's beck & call or whim - I call the shots. It's awesome.
Seriously - these questions alone were such a gift to be able to look at how I'm doing my life right now and see that it's pretty great. Because sometimes I just go along, doing my thang and forget where I've been and how far I've come.
In fact I'm just going to stop here and say: Please make some time this week to write a list of all the things you've done in the last six months/year/two years/five years - and then take a moment to pat yourself on the back and say "I'm awesome." Thank you.
So back to my story . . .
For the last question in the final round ("Why do you think we'd be a good match?") we were given the opportunity to answer by making a video - just to be a little bit outside of our comfort zones. I am a complete dork on video (especially when I haven't practiced in a while), but again I thought "Hey why not - I have nothing to lose!" I answered the question in writing just in case there was a #videofail, and then promptly went about recording the video because it was the only time before it was due that I would have the house to myself. I recorded it twice. The second time was actually 97% great, so I kept it. But there was one thing that just wasn't OK about it, which was this:
At the end I thanked Belinda for offering this amazing opportunity, and then said "I mean, even if I don't get it . . . blah blah blah". Ummmmm NO. I was even telling my kid about it at dinner and he said "Oh no you can't say that - you're going to win!" Well there wasn't really time to re-record, so I busted out my video editing skills, and this is how things ended up looking:
You know . . . always great to have a slide that says "oops" on it when you're applying for something big. LOL! After which I waved & said "Bye!", and closed with a little wave or high-five emoji (you pick), and called it good. And kind of forgot about it.
About a week later she announced the winner to the candidates who had made it through to the second round, encouraging people to not scroll down to see who won before they read the first part of the email. And honestly I didn't scroll, because I knew it wasn't me.
EXCEPT THAT IT WAS ME!!
I did not see that coming from a hundred miles away, and promptly had a little cry. What an amazing opportunity to have someone coach me for three months as I prepared to do my first ever live event in Mexico. All of a sudden I knew my retreat was going to go from Special to Ah-May-Zing! Squeeeee!
And that my friends, is the magic that happens when you put yourself out there - wherever "there" is for you. Today I'm encouraging you to try new things, apply for jobs you don't think you're qualified for, ask someone out on a date who you think might be "out of your league". . . . whatever it is . . . go for it!
You know I love hearing your stories . . . let me know how it goes by leaving a comment or sending me a note.
Love & Light,
p.s. Need some inspiration? Go watch this video. I'm proud to say this was my very first employer when I moved to Seattle.
p.p.s Since I first published this I have let go of my role as a Virtual Assistant to focus on Life Coaching & Photography since that's what really lights me on fire. Fi-Yah Baby!
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