Wouldn’t it be really cool if you woke up every morning feeling like a hungry puma, ready to pounce on life?
I actually have no idea what that means, but I imagine it’s a pretty exhilarating feeling and it also sounds fun.
Here’s the thing. I think we’re finally starting to figure it out. This long-kept secret that we can actually spend our days doing precisely what we want to do, break the rules we once thought were so important, act on our passions and actually have an impact on this world is not so secretive anymore.
We’re at the forefront of a revolution here, girls! Get pumped. If you choose, and it is most definitely a conscious choice, you can ditch the society-focused “real job” or go after one that fits your soul, have more freedom, more fun, learn lessons through actual practice, and change your life (and others’) along the way. You simply have to shift your mindset and take action.
My motto is this: It’s not rocket science, but even rocket science can be learned.
Entrepreneurship/being your own boss/living the dream isn’t easy and to say there’s no risk involved is a lie. But there is an opportunity cost associated to every decision we make. So is it really less risky to spend your days (I read somewhere that the average person only gets 27,000 of them in a lifetime) dreading what’s to come, feeling unfulfilled, and allowing your happiness to be dependent upon some futuristic happening or 5 o’clock Friday? I lived that life and it wasn’t the one for me.
I’m not trying to talk you into anything, because just like jazz and espresso aren’t for everyone, neither is any one particular lifestyle. It’s just that I’ve witnessed, countless times, what happens when “going for it” becomes a habit. and a kick-ass life full of passion, and feeling joyful with each eye opening, now that’s just a human entitlement IMHO (in my honest opinion, for my non-acronym friends).
The one-stop shop, if you will, created to inspire the young, ambitious chicks of the world to find a state of flow in work and in life.
If I’ve learned nothing else through my own endeavors and failures, these two lessons are the most important:
1.) Inspiration is perishable, but quickly renewed with stories of determination and success.
2.) Action trumps everything. You can be the smartest, most talented cookie on Earth, but if you aren’t acting on the things you want, it ain’t gonna happen, sister.
Harsh? Nah, just true.
I wanted to create a place where I could send my girlfriends when they called me to say (real-life examples here):
“I have this great idea, but I have no idea what to do with it.”
“Holy mother of God, Friday can’t come soon enough. Is this really it? Is this life?”
“I’m making really good money. They keep telling me how far I can go with this company, but I’m freaking miserable. I feel stuck.”
“I think I need to meditate. I’m always stressed and I have more acne at 27 than I did in junior high. Being an adult is bad for my health and my skin! How will I ever find a husband?”
Perk up, ladies. Your miserable job and stressful environment don’t have to be it for life and you probably do need to meditate or at least breathe more (exhales should be twice as long as inhales). The thing is- your happiness should not and cannot be dependent on what’s to come.
Easier said than done. Believe me, I know.
Being pumped up right now and feeling excitement and gratitude about this very day while also actively working toward the big things you want- that’s the sweet spot.
That’s finding a state of flow and it’s exactly what this site and the SheFound(h)ers podcast is intended to help you do.
The thing about entrepreneurship is that it’s truly a state of mind. You don’t even have to want to be your own boss and your fantasies may revolve around landing a job at some awesomely hip company. What remains equal, regardless of your actual goal, is that you must think like an entrepreneur, go after the things you want, and work hard to make whatever that is your new reality.
Oh, and like drinking champagne and eating pounds of dark chocolate, while it’s incredibly rewarding and fun to do alone, it’s a billion times better with friends. I’ll be your first friend and we’ll find more!
A few things you should know about me:
- I have come to value self-education far more than formal education and it was once my dream to have 2 doctorate degrees.
- I love lifting weights- specifically Olympic lifting. The gym is my personal think tank.
- I had never traveled outside of the country when I took my first job ever in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and eventually relocated to Oman.
- I’m really good with chopsticks (thanks to fact above)
- My next job was event planning and required 280 days/year of international and domestic travel. I really love to travel.
- I’m a recovering perfectionist and it actually makes me sweat to make insignificant decisions- like what to eat for dinner. I’m working on it.
- I’m addicted to kombucha.
- I’ve always been torn between my creative and strategic attributes until I found a way to blend them. *That’s when life gets good. * Business strategy makes me just as giddy as hand-crafting my NYE garment.
- I absolutely love jingles and taglines. I can’t remember a fragment of what I learned in college, but if you’re ever trying to remember the jingle or tagline of a company, you can call on me (or the Google).
- I become narcoleptic in the car. Don’t take me on a road trip unless you’re the type that likes to jam out alone. I’ll be sleeping.
- I curse more than I would like and I’m working on that too. It’s a freedom of expression, right?
- I hope to spend my entire life learning, teaching, and playing in some way, shape, or form.
- Cooking is my jam. Baking too. I try desperately to avoid processed foods (even though my hunk of a man calls me “cookie monster”) so I spend my spare time trying to make French toast out of sweet potatoes, brownies out of avocados, and perfecting the protein waffle. Sometimes it works; a lot of times I use $15 worth of ingredients crafting something that tastes like a sponge.
- People fascinate me. The kindness, compassion, intellect, experiences and stories that make up every individual never fails to amaze me. We have so much to learn from each other.
- If I can sum up my past year of life in one sentence (using other people’s words), it would go something like, “The sweet ain’t as sweet without the bitter, and fortune favors the bold.”