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Part 7: BREATHE | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

it’s ok

…to work at (multiple) jobs you don’t like.

…to go back to work after quitting to start your business.

…to do whatever you have to do to live your life and pay the bills while you slowly plant and cultivate the seeds of your dreams.

When I first started my business, I was able to quit my day job within a year because it took off so quickly due to the location and environment I was in. When we moved, I had to re-craft my business to fit the new market and circumstances. I also had to seek a ‘regular’ job again because the business income became inconsistent. When we move again (my husband’s job relocates us frequently), I’ll have to adjust again.

It’s all part of the journey, and every change brings valuable lessons for moving forward!

You have to trust the universe and know that everything is going to work out exactly the way it’s supposed to.

You can do this.

So there it is.
It’s all in your hands now.
What are you going to do about the Thing?
You dream about it for a REASON. It lives in you for a REASON.

There is never going to be the ‘perfect moment’ to do anything.
The perfect time is NOW. Right this minute. Time is not stopping.

It’s going to carry on, faster than you think.

What are you going to do with those moments?

Tell me. What does your soul say?
Why wouldn’t you use those moments to get The Thing?
It’s YOUR THING.
Life is not meant to be merely observed.

We are all capable of more, and everything you need to bring your dreams into reality is within you.

You have to start where you are to get to where you want to be.

 

 

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Part 5: DRAW THE MAP & GET TO WORK | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

Once you can see the dream, you have to plan the route to get there.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to plot every last detail rightthisminute. That doesn’t work anyway. But you need to know what you want to move toward.

In order to move forward, we must take the actual steps. What those steps are will depend entirely on what your dream looks like.

Not one successful person woke up where they are now. They started from the beginning. So we’re going to work backwards here.

What is your dream?

What do you fantasize about doing?

What do you want to be known for?

What do you want to spend your life doing and would still do even if you had endless money? Can you see it?

Now, what steps do you need to take to get there?

What is the FIRST step? It doesn’t have to be huge! It can be one little thing that you can do RIGHT NOW to get even an inch closer to your goal.

And if you haven’t already, this means it’s time to…

get organized.

There are a ton out there, but I’m going to recommend my #1 favorite organizational tool of all time; the Passion Planner by Angelia Trinidad. (This is not an advertisement, I’m just deeply obsessed with the Passion Planner and the impact it has had on my life.)

 

This amazing, supple book, when used correctly, will turn you into a productivity powerhouse. For real.

You can plot your entire LIFE in this thing and you will get. shit. DONE.

Click here to explore the epicness that is the Passion Planner!

Until your planner arrives, (you can also print out the free PDFs while you wait!) …

What can you do RIGHT NOW that will move you one step closer to your goal than you were yesterday?

What are some things you can stop buying? (lattes, meals out, impulsive purchases, etc.)

What distracts you and wastes your time? (scrolling on social media, dramatic/negative friends/family, etc.)

What is your current morning routine? What is your IDEAL morning routine?

How about your ideal day? Write it down, from when you wake up until you go to bed.

Once you have a visual of your plan, it is time to get to work.

Visualization leads to manifestation. But not without putting in the work in the meantime.

WARNING:

The thing isn’t going to be easy.
The thing will require sacrificedisciplinesweat and tears.
The thing will require commitmentpassion and patience.
The thing will require focus & consistency.

The one and only way to get the thing is daily action.

You can’t just visualize and dream about the thing.

You have to work on moving toward the thing every single day.

If you miss a day, you check yourself and get back to it the next day.

All WHILE visualizing the thing, and thinking about how amazing you’re going to feel when you have the thing.

When you take consistent baby steps toward the thing, you cannot help but end up at the thing.

This means you have to SHOW UP. To the easel, to the table, to the desk. To wherever it is that you get the shit done that needs to get done to get closer to the thing.
It took me awhile to get a handle on this one.
As you creatives know, sometimes you feel the need to ‘wait for inspiration’ to create.
Try ignoring that, and just show up.
This requires discipline.

Self-discipline is hard.

Trust me, I know.
You want to know the trick to self-discipline?
A serious schedule.
Now, I’m not talking about a schedule that’s all packed with a bunch of the bullshit I was talking about purging in the last section.
I’m talking about a schedule that is written in accordance with your goals.

As in, you schedule your priorities FIRST and everything else either falls in line or falls OFF the schedule. No excuses.

CLICK HERE FOR AN EXAMPLE!

The Schedule to Get to the Thing is an epic level game changer. But it isn’t enough just to make the schedule.
You have to implement the schedule. You have to stick to it. You have to COMMIT.
Because committing to the schedule is committing to The Thing.

And committing to The Thing is committing to yourself, your dreams, your goals…to your ideal life.

 

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Part 4: MAKE ROOM | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

So now that you know your thing – or at least know that you want to figure out your thing  – how bad do you want it?
How bad do you want to wake up every day EXCITED about what lies ahead?
How bad do you want to be living the dream?
YOUR dream?
Seriously, how bad?
Are you willing to give some shit up? To make some sacrifices? Take some risks?

Your dream won’t become reality overnight.
It won’t appear as a result of endless hoping.
It won’t become reality by talking about it.
It will take discipline and sacrifice.
It will take commitment and scheduling of your time.
It will take CONSISTENT effort and hard work.

And that means cutting some bullshit out of your current lifestyle and routine.
You must declutter your life and make ROOM for the awesomeness.
What that means will be specific to you.

We all have the same 24 hours to work with.

It could be that you need to remove some negative, angry, toxic or dramatic people from your life.
If you can’t remove them, minimize contact as much as you can to decrease the influence of their grey cloud of doom and chaos on your energy and life. And do not feel guilty about it.

It could be that you need to physically get organized. Time spent looking for shit is time wasted. If you don’t know how to go about that, I bet you know someone who is an organizational nerd – beg them to teach you the way. They love to organize shit for people. Trust me, I’m one of them.

It could be that you’re spread too thin and need to learn to say no. If you’re spending any of your precious time doing something you don’t look forward to and it isn’t required for any reason, then quit that shit.

It could be that you need to get your finances organized. Quit being impulsive and buying useless shit for yourself and others.  Quit feeling like you have to buy every person you know birthday and Christmas presents every year if you can’t actually afford it. Just tell them you love them, make them dinner…it’ll be alright.

Figure out where your money is going and where it could stop going. Every dollar spent on frivolous shit could be funding your dream.

This book changed my life, and finally made me feel in control of my finances. Pick it up and implement the system, you’ll feel much better.

 

It could be that you need to get your health in order. It’s truly amazing how the simple acts of eating well and daily exercise will change your life.

Quality over quantity – this applies to most of the important things in life. Relationships, time, food…the list goes on.

Whatever it is in your life that’s sucking up your time and brain power in a negative way, work on getting rid of it. That is time and brain power that could be fueling your dream.

Are you a talker, a dreamer, a thinker, a visionary? Awesome.

But are you also a DOER?

Because no one else is going to do this shit for you.

You literally and figuratively cannot rely on anyone else to create the life you want or to bring you the happiness that would come with living your dream.

Other people contribute in many ways, but you are ultimately responsible for your life.  No one else.
No one is working to make your dreams come true, they are working on their own dreams.

You have to take the action. YOU.

There are many potential obstacles and just as many potential solutions to what could be blocking you from taking action.

DIG DEEPER

Some helpful questions to ask yourself, depending on your situation:

Can you work part-time?

How about if you make a strict budget and cut some of the afore-mentioned shit out? Then could you work part time?

If you’re a couple, can you make it on one income temporarily?

Can you move somewhere with a lower cost of living?

Can you share living expenses with a friend in a similar situation?

Can you hang with your parents or a sibling/family member for awhile?

Think about long term happiness and what kind of sacrifices are possible and worth it for you.

But remember, it is YOU that has to make the decisions and sacrifices necessary to create your ideal life.

YOU are responsible for your own happiness and life.

ONLY YOU.

 

 

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Part 3: ACCEPTANCE | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

This is where we let go of the past.

We let go of what has already happened.
We let go of the shit we can’t do shit about.

Did you go to school for something completely unrelated to your dream and now struggle with the idea of wasting that hard-earned expensive-ass piece of paper or papers? So did I.

Or maybe you’ve spent the last however many years working for the man and the thought of starting over terrifies you. I understand. I truly do.

Take a deep breath.

You are never really starting from scratch.

Your surroundings and circumstances can always change of course, but think about all the knowledge and experience that you’ve collected in your arsenal of awesomeness.

By the time I finally took the leap and started my art business, I had worked at 17 different jobs, gotten a BA in Human Services, a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership, moved 8 times, lived overseas 3 times, got married, and all the other mental shit that happens before the age of 30 in female humans.

Of course I can’t help but think about where my work/career would be if I had truly committed to pursuing art from the beginning.

But it didn’t go that way for me, and I don’t believe in wasting time on regret. I have lifelong relationships with some of the people that I have worked and studied with, not to mention the experiences and knowledge I gained about a field that is very important to me and continues to be – and I wouldn’t trade it.

In addition, the knowledge and experience you gain has an immeasurable impact on how you view and run your business. My life wouldn’t look like it does if I hadn’t arrived here on the exact path that I ended up taking.

So don’t distress about your $100k in student loans or the degree(s) that you now questions, collecting dust in a drawer.

All knowledge is good knowledge, and it will benefit you in ways that you might not see yet.

TIP: If you have Federal student loans, take advantage of their Income-Based Repayment program if you’re struggling. And make sure you renew your tax information with them every year to keep your payment down going forward.

Other struggles?

They made you stronger, more experienced, resilient and all sorts of other badass things. Use them to your advantage.

All those psychotic assholes you came across along the way?

They will help you determine which characteristics to avoid when building YOUR dream team (if you choose to build a dream team) and remind you what kind of person or leader you DON’T want to be.

 

 

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Part 1: INTRO | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

Well hello!

Since you’re here, I’m assuming that you think life is awesome, and that its meant to be lived to its maximum potential.

I feel you.
You want to figure out what your Thing in life is, and then you want to do that Thing.
To me, that’s the real dream.
You know that you’re meant to do something epic.
You might even know exactly what that epic Thing is.
But maybe you think it’s not possible.
Like it’s some pie in the sky shit that could never be real.
Listen to me.

It IS possible. And it CAN be real.

Because YOU are in control of that pie in the sky. That is YOUR pie, YOUR sky. What flavor do you want? What kind of crust do you like? You want fluffy whip cream clouds all over that delicious pie?

Then get it.

Put your order in with the universe and get that shit served right up.

Imagine what your life would look like..feel like..be like. If you were doing that thing you love, that thing you think about every day, that thing that brings you joy.

I can tell you, it’s amazing.

I can’t believe that I get to hang out with my dogs all day pantsless painting nature and bringing people joy. It blows my mind daily that I get to do what I do.

You came here with an inclination, a talent, a role to fulfill.

What better way to reach maximum potential than by doing what you were put here to do?
So this is a little guide to get started.
I want you to use it on your path to Maximum Potential. 
You know that you have a purpose.
I know that you do too.
Are you ready to change the world with that purpose?
Of course you are.

Let’s do this.

 

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