Thank you 2017, Hello 2018!

photo by… myself! teehee

One year ago today I launched “Inspired Video Marketing” as my full time gig.

(Okay FINE, hecklers, it wasn’t called “Inspired Video Marketing back then).

I don’t remember what thoughts I had going into it. What I DO remember is that half of January 1, 2017 was spent on my bed, listening to an audiobook, wondering what the heck I had done in quitting my full time job to pursue video marketing. I remember being scared, I remember needing to go through the “What’s the worst that can happen?” exercise. I also remember being hopeful. We all dream of doing that one thing, of not being beholden to someone else, but free to pursue whatever it is that we want. And this day one year ago was the day where I stared into that possibility and said “yes”.

The first few months were slow, although I made some awesome friends and connections!

The rest of the year sped up with me giving several speeches, making some videos, some business mistakes and learning through it all.

My biggest project was by far the chronicling of the Pirate Pool, called “Living Legendary” (available here), the editing of which is STILL happening.

I shot my first wedding:

I had my own wedding(s):

Plus a lot more.

And now it has been one year!

That was 2017. But now it is 2018. So I have a question for you.

What are you doing in 2018?

I don’t mean the standard “New Years Resolutions” where we vow to overhaul every single habit we currently have. I also don’t demand that it has to be business/video/marketing specific. I don’t care if you think resolutions are hooey. What will you be focusing on this year to make you better than last year? To make your relationships better than last year? To make your life better than last year? What is a step you can take toward freedom? What is something that you can commit to, big or small? Preferably small! That’s where you start. And add-on. And add-on.

We can grow at any time of the year. But I always love this time because it’s fresh and unwritten. Because everyone is thinking about what lies in store for them and some are willing to talk about it. (HINT: If you want to be my friend, don’t be afraid to talk about this at any time with me!)

So what will you do? Make a plan to release JUST ONE blog post a week? And maybe, just maybe, add in a vlog after many successful weeks? How about deciding to unconditionally respect your husband or unconditionally love your wife? – A bite sized version of this would be to decide to think of 3 things everyday that you respect/love about them. Bonus points for sharing these with them!

Will you meditate? Drink 8 oz of water? Call your mom more regularly? Fast for one day a month? We have so many activities we can diminish a bit without losing our standard of living (how about changing from 45 minutes of Facebook a day to 30 minutes so we can do some ab exercises with those other 15?) that there is no excuse to NOT have a THING that we work on to improve ourselves until it becomes a powerful habit that we don’t have to think about doing.

If you see me in the next few weeks, I WILL ask you about your thing. Or things. Or movements. Or projects. Anything.

If I don’t see you in person, I would love to hear any improvements you are committed to making and would love to celebrate your successes with you via these interwebs.

Even if you found yourself still in your bed at noon today, questioning why you chose the THING that you chose, or you find yourself in bed at noon tomorrow with the same fears, move forward with that thing. Day by day. Action by action. Choice by choice. Because when today of next year rolls around, you’ll be glad you did.

To living your best life,

Katie

(Oh! And if you were curious about me, I’ve chosen to keep a time log (I find I putz), start my MOST IMPORTANT THING as the very first thing I do in the day (I find I procrastinate) and become clockwork in my marketing (I find… yeah well the first two finds sum up my lack in this arena too) )

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How are we doing on our goals?

Hello folks!

January 12 is here and how are we doing on our goals?

I love “New Year’s Resolutions” time, much for the same reason I love “Valentine’s Day”. Not because I particularly get into either on the DAY (I love the message of both all year ’round) but for a short period of time, everyone loves them with me.

For example, people tend to look at me funny when I ask them about their resolutions at any other time (say, September), but when I talk to them right now, they love to tell me what their goals are.

Can you imagine what it would be like if it was common practice to have goals and talk about them? I’d bet  we’d be a lot more proactive, productive and have far  fewer regrets when our journey is over.

Perhaps it’s the shame of not reaching our goals after professing them that makes us shy away from making them in the first place. And my guess, is that people might be choosing unrealistic goals and then losing faith or beating themselves up if they don’t meet them. And worse, then reverting back to their old standard. To that I say, “Don’t be crazy!!!” Any progress you make should be celebrated! If you decided to stop overspending as your goal – said you’d spend no more than $100 on such-and-such and you spent $105. Well, that is NOT a fail if you usually spent $150! Just because you didn’t achieve EXACTLY what you wanted doesn’t mean the effort wasn’t worth it. Sometimes we have to lean in to changes.

I’ve been gradually getting healthier for 2 1/2 years. If I were to have decided to run 3x a week, only eat vegetables, go to the  gym some, walk more, take supplements AND drink more water all in one go in an effort to be “Healthy”,  guaranteed I’d still be 20 pounds plus overweight lamenting my fate. Instead, I’ve taken it slowly, making one healthy action a habit at a time and adding a new one when I felt ready, while changing that other one if it didn’t suit. For me it’s a lifestyle change. And if it’s something I’ll do the rest of my life, I want the kinks to be worked out and for it to be a solid system.

If you’re struggling right now, take it small. Celebrate the little victories (and NO, I do not mean celebrate them with cake, you sly dog). Maybe you don’t meet your professed goal, but so what? The more you are aware of something you want to change, the more you focus on it, the more it factors into your decisions,  the closer and closer you will get to what you want.

If you didn’t have resolutions before, you’re not too late! (Secret: you’re never too late to create goals and shape your life how you want). Go ahead! Pick something specific, choose some definite actions toward achieving it, figure out how you’ll know when you’ve reached it and go for it!

 

If you’re looking for a good book on the subject, I’d recommend “This Year I will…” by M.J. Ryan

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