Thoughts from the Founder…
Authenticity and vulnerability are what it takes to go viral.
I was listening to Martha Beck and Linda Sivertsen interview Glennon Doyle Melton about her upcoming book “Love Warrior” that is a memoir about her marriage. In the interview, Glennon talks about how when she found out her husband had been cheating on her…multiple times…she felt like her world was spinning out of control. And the only way to find herself was to dig deeply for her own truths. Glennon is raw and unbelievably honest on her website where she has written essays about motherhood and being a wife, along with her relationship with God and the church.
What I love about this trifecta of women is this: they are all so courageous. And because they continue to do things that scare the crap out of them, they get even braver.
There were many nuggets that came out of the podcast, but this one struck me the most. Glennon said that we are tired of perfect. Women are connecting like never before to imperfection, and to truth-telling.
This, of course, resonates so much with me and the impetus for the UnleaSHEd Confessions part of our products at UnleaSHEd.
These three women have built their businesses on being honest and authentic. Glennon will sell more books about her marriage mess than she would have ever sold if she would have written a “how-to” book about great marriages.
We are just so over being bullshitted.
How can you use these same strategies in your business? How can you be more YOU? Because we need to see YOU. Messy office, unwashed hair, kids in the background, genius that makes up YOU.
And here, listen and read about Glennon. Get some tissues ready. And then, tell me what you think.
Link to Podcast Here: https://soundcloud.com/…/martha-beck-glennon-melton-intervi…
And then read her latest blog, where she broke my heart wide open even more.
Thoughts from the Founder,
I’m excited because I bought a little bedside caddy that I can attach to my bed frame. I quickly filled it with markers, pens, reading glasses (because I’m old) and gum. But let me tell ya, it’s terrific. Add in a lap desk from high school I found in a long-forgotten bin, and I’m set.
I love to work in bed. Aside from my legs falling asleep and the inability to use two monitors, it’s perfect. For me.
Sure, I see all sorts of pictures online of women with their beautiful, perfect, white, full-of-pretty-sayings-on-the-wall offices and I’m all like…huh. How can you snuggle with your pooch? When you get tired, how do you just take a quick snooze?
I do have a real office, but it’s nothing compared to this.
Where is your favorite place to work?
And please stop beating yourself up if you don’t have one of those fancy offices you see on Pinterest. Get yourself a bed caddy and you’ll be ready to rock n’ roll.
WHAT THE FU*K???? I See so many annoying life coaches and shit taking selfies with their mouths open in “fake surprise” or “excitement” it makes me so mad. Sometimes I have to fight the urge to save their photos and photoshop an eggplant or di*k next to their mouths so they learn to not take such stupid selfies.
Yup, it’s true. I’ve taken 3 vacation days from my full-time job this year to stay home and catch up with my freelance clients. I should be going to Hawaii….
A big storm rolled through two days ago and we’ve been without power ever since. It looks like it might be another day or two. Luckily, my stud-muffin husband had bought a generator on sale a few years ago, and he hooked it up and my home office is fully functional. I may be sweating to death because we can’t run the air conditioner, but I can work!
It’s been my lifelong dream to write a book. One of my favorite business friends reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in writing a book with her. OMG. Dream come true. After just a few days, we have the start of a plan, deadlines, and an outline. I am so excited!
I discovered my zipper was down on my way into a meeting. I had a stack of papers and while trying to cover up my peep-show, dropped my papers all over the floor and then had to bend down to pick them up. I know everyone could see my white underwear under my black pants. ALWAYS MATCH YOUR UNDIES TO YOUR PANTS.
I blog about health and wellness and am training to become a health coach… but it’s like every time I give advice, energy put towards my own wellness slips away. Makes me feel like a fraud sometimes.
I am sad when my kids are sick and have to stay home. More for missing out on work time than feeling bad for them.
I’m afraid I don’t know what I’m doing and am about to torpedo my biggest project yet.
I’ve taken on so much debt in my business that my house is close to being foreclosed on. I just can’t seem to stop taking one more program, or hiring one more coach.
I’m tired. I’m really, really tired. My business isn’t taking off like I hoped it would. I keep trying but I feel like I am swimming up water.
I just really want to wear yoga pants all the time. Do you think anyone at my big meeting tomorrow would really notice if I did?
I’d like to confess that I sometimes wonder if I made a mistake quitting my job and doing this full-time. And then I remember what it was like to have to work for other people that are NOT smart, and I know this is exactly where I should be
I work so much I’ve forgotten what a day off even feels like.
I’m so addicted to my smartphone, I swear my cat is trying to tell me to put it down when he lays on my hands.
I shared a link to my website with someone who needed a web designer. Turns out my website isn’t mobile friendly and looked like gibberish code! Way to get a new client, uh! Seriously, a web designer with a non-responsive website? NICE.
A year ago I declared my desire to speak at events. NO idea what I was going to speak about….minor detail. Today I spoke at a major conference in my professional community and totally dominated it. Like a Boss. And now I want to do this ALL THE TIME!
I went to a big conference, in a big city, and didn’t read the entire event email before I went. I missed the part about dress code. I wore jeans and a cardigan while the rest of my peers were in business attire. Oooooops.
I quit my 9 to 5 job to start my own business so I could have more freedom. Instead I feel like I am swimming in stuff to do and there isn’t anyone else to blame if it doesn’t get done.
I got an iphone 6Plus- you know, the big one? Well, I can no longer sneak work anymore. My husband totally catches me now.
I woke up this morning so excited to start the day. I had such great intentions. I ate breakfast and sat down for one second; and woke up an hour later after taking an impromptu nap. Not great for productivity!
I’ve been a business-owner for 15 years and sometimes I still feel like a loser.
I was focused so much on my business that I forgot to pay the household bills. Our electric was shut off. Sorry family.
I sent my daughter to band the other morning. Band ended two weeks ago. I sent her to violin lessons at 4pm yesterday. She called my phone 3 times at 4:40pm, but I was in a client meeting. When I called her back she asked if I forgot about her because her lesson ended at 4:30. I thought it went until 5.
I’m down to my last $3.00 (like seriously) and the perception is that I’m a fully functioning, well made and booming business. Right now, I feel like a joke! I’ll make more money next week, just sayin’ it ain’t always how it looks.
I asked my brother to take a look at my company website and offer some feedback. He said he didn’t like the landing page so I deleted the whole website. In retrospect, starting over might have been a decision I made a little too quickly…?
My new business is going great. I’m busy and enjoying the projects…yet I still can’t bring myself to quit my part-time job. I don’t know if it’s being financially smart; or if it’s because I don’t believe in myself yet.
I feel like a millionaire trapped in a poor girls body and my husband doesn’t understand why I’m never worried about bills…I just don’t think I’m programmed to care because my brain tells me I’ll be rich so why bother worrying about it.
I buy more books than I could ever read!
When I work from home, I eat ice cream for lunch. Nobody’s here to judge me for it, so why not?
I hate my logo and brand colors. I don’t want to use them anymore, but it’ll cost too much and take too much time to change it all. But someday…..
I got my first sale today! So excited to be a real business owner…or at least I’m on my way!
I wish there was a how to start a business handbook that would tell you all the secrets that everyone else already seems to know.
I really thought that becoming a life coach would be easy. That showing people how to live their best life would be an easy thing to sell. But instead, I find that people don’t get it. I wonder if I spent all this money on coaching school and now I won’t be able to sell my services.