I have been in a bit of a funk lately, so much on my plate and not a ton of time to get it all done and sometimes not even time to make a dent in anything. For my type A personality (that is wound a little too tightly), this has been a very difficult realization. Speaking of realization, I am realizing that this is my life right now and besides my beautiful little family and my friends, it’s not exactly how I had envisioned it. Part of this funk has been because of a heavy dose of comparison a.k.a the thief of joy. In the last six months I found out randomly that two of my former clients had become multi-millionaires-MULTI and that two of my former business partners have achieved that as well although one married into it so I am not counting that, too much, (I jest). My former assistant has surpassed me professionally and has gone above and beyond anything I could have dreamed of. What have all these people done that I have not? They FOCUSED. I am not a focuser I am a explorer, I am insatiably curious, I am a dabbler and I am infinitely interested in uhm, what seems like EVERYTHING. Michelle and I have made a concentrated effort lately on what we call the ‘F’ word (focus). It has not been easy, but guess what? When we have focused we have gotten a ton of ‘s’ done. Very gratifying for someone that likes to check things off her list! I’d love to hear from anyone that went from being freewheelin’ to focused and if that dramatically changed their lives or if you know of someone that did? So, what does this have to do with Yan Palmer?
I accidentally discovered Yan Palmer because our client, friend and all together awesome human Val Spring follows her. I started to read her Insta feed (yes, it’s so much more than just images) and got hooked. I then listened to this podcast and my heart soared. What I loved about it was her honesty, her unabashed ability to just be herself not worrying if she was going to be judged. I think a lot of people don’t take leaps not just because of potential failure but what others may think. Yan has created a life that she loves and she also shares via her workshops what she has learned, she is an open book. One of my very favorite things she said was, “Anyone can do what I do, I am not special, anyone can do anything if they really want to do it.” I know that may seem like it deserves an eye roll by some, but if you hear Yan say it, it actually feels like the truth and even better–a possibility. I am big on possibility, I am big on change, I am big on people (including myself) achieving their dreams. It is one of our biggest hopes around here, that you pursue your dreams, follow your heart and of course become wildly successful (and not forget us).
P.S. I am well aware that money isn’t the only barometer of success, but it is one gauge and after I started a family it has become a subject that seems to be in the forefront of my mind and how to make a living from what I love. It’s a life lesson I would love to impart to my daughter.
Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and the fastest way to clean + digitize your lettering and line art –Lettering Rx | Paper to pixel and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.