Inspired by my friend, Greg Faxon, I decided to formalize my annual review process this year. This is it. (Greg and I first met at Camp GLP in 2016 when I sat in on his “Master the Inner Game of Entrepreneurship” workshop. It was amazing. I later purchased his book, Don’t Let The Fear Win: How To Get Out Of Your Own Way And Grow Your Business...Fast, which I highly recommend to any of you entrepreneurs out there. You can learn more about him here & read his annual review here. Also, I must say, I am extremely excited to be supporting Greg with a live event experience this spring. If you’re interested in his work, I’ll be sure to share the event details when they become available). Now, on with the review.
Guiding Word of 2017: BADASS
At the end of 2016, I was feeling ready to come out from hiding, make big, bold moves and say yes to things that scared me. Last December, I read Jen Sincero’s book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, and I was fired up to embody the meaning of the word badass in every area of my life. My pal, Carole Ann Penney, introduced me to the concept of creating a Guiding Word of the Year a few years back, so when we gathered in her beautiful sunroom on a snowy evening last December, I knew badass was it. Looking back on the whole year, I can honestly say, it was badass. (And, fun fact, on one of my multiple visits to NYC this year, I had the opportunity to attend one of Jen’s latest book signing stops at Strand Bookstore: You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth. She is even more hilarious in real life & it was such a treat to meet her in real life).
Here are the highlights …
Traveled over 25,000 miles to:
Led 12 highly effective Deep Dive Event Strategy Sessions.
Partnered with these incredible people and organizations to bring their event visions & branded experiences to life from intimate 1-day retreats, to 3-day workshops, to a multi-city speaking tour, yearly fundraisers, and monthly event series: Deb Walsh, Denise Duffield-Thomas, Jeannie Spiro, Jennifer Guerin, Mary O’Sullivan, Donna Ashton, Candita Clayton, Amenity Aid, The Lady Project.
Deepened my spiritual practice & reached 100+ hours on the meditation cushion. Also, joined a lovely group of spiritually-minded sisters in conversation every Monday night, which has been transformational for my personal and spiritual growth.
Started a podcast with the-one-and-only Lauri Ivers.
Started a second business with my pals Brittanny Taylor & Olivia Rodrigues when we recognized a need in the market to support creative entrepreneurs with content creation and digital storytelling. It’s called The Branding Edit, be sure to check us out.
Got a tattoo! [Side note: I never thought I'd be one to get a tattoo - but always said, if I did, I'd want it to be meaningful. ... There's nothing more meaningful than branding yourself with an icon that represents your life's work + doing it with some of your very best friends. Every time it catches my eye, I'm reminded to stop & celebrate. Absolutely no regrets.]