Learning the unforced rhythms of grace

In this season of life as projects pump up, and I juggle the demands of managing my sphere of influence. I am learning to lean into what I know as the unforced rhythms of grace. I believe that is where we see the best fruit and progress grow.  Have you experienced this?

It’s the sweet spot between the ebbs and flow of life where action bubbles under the surface, habits are built, and efforts are focused and present on the now with the future in mind.

Whether you’re building a business, developing your skills for your next job to level up, or you’re moving from marriage into parenthood. Life is always moving, marketing trends are always changing and progressing. It’s not our job to control every factor and minute area of life. It’s our job to keep up with the rhythm of grace as that applies to our begin, our actions, and our responsibilities within this small blue planet.

How switched are we to the pace at which we are traveling? Too slow and you can miss out on an epic adventure beyond anything you could dream off. Yet too fast and you can burn out before you see the return on your investment. Knowing when to rest and when to push through is for most of us a learned behaviour, but that’s why taking a moment to consider the destination and steps required to take us it is so important.

It’s a new month, and we are halfway through the year already. Have you checked your rhythm lately? Are you heading in the direction of where you would like to be in 6 months time? Are you too caught up on the rhythm of your neighbour that you’ve fallen out of sync with your life? Well, today’s a good day to get back to where you need to be.

It doesn’t really matter about the speed, or whether you get there in 6 months or 12 months. What matters is we thrive and not strive.

 

Nobody starts out an expert

Thought for the day. Whether you are in business, marketing, or any other profession. Nobody starts out an expert, and everyone’s journey is unique to them. I hope this reminds you today that you have permission to go after that dream, learn that new skill, chase that dream profession.

The main key for anyone looking to become an expert is to know what they want to be an expert in, and learn the habits it takes to get there.

Nobody starts out an expert, but every expert makes a start.

Discovering your passion

Have you ever looked at the end result of someone’s life you look up too, but fail to see how to make that happen for us. I find the trouble with this approach to finding one’s passion means that when things do go the way we planned we become disappointed. There is also the possibility that we don’t really know what we want to aim for, and yet we see other people achieving levels of success in areas that we aspire to – this can leave us feeling lost and discouraged.

I loved this quote from Gary Vaynerchuk who said:

“You’re not lost in life, you’re just early in the process.” 

Perhaps, when it boils down to it what stops us more from discovering our passion is the fear of failure, but what if to fail was to pay the cost of achieve success.

“Without failure there is no achievement.” – John Maxwell

 

Got any top tips for discovering your passion? If this encouraged you, please do let me know. As always I’d love to hear your thoughts on this blog.

Much love,

Leanne xox

 

 

 

What’s personal branding got to do with it? 

So what about your personal brand?
I was recently asked about some thoughts on personal branding and decided to share a few more as I think it could be helpful and relevant to you. Especially if you are embarking on a new blog.

I’ve talked a little about some of the things you should think about when starting a blog, but now I want to get you thinking about your personal brand.


1. What is personal branding? It’s simply the who, what and why you do what you do.

2. Why is it important? To be able to communicate who you are and what do with a clear message on what you are trying to achieve is important for yourself and engaging your audience.

3. What can I do to nail my personal brand? Get a pen and paper and write down words that you feel describe you, your gifts, your vision. Try to keep it to 2 or 3 sentences max. If it helps just answer who, what and why.

“A picture tells 1000 words” 

Think about the images you have across your blog, and social media platforms. Are they easily identifiable? Do they communicate something linking back to the who, what and why you do you? This could be translated in the colours you choose, a logo or a corresponding image that you use across each platform.

Ok, that’s a few thoughts from me on personal branding. What’s yours? Share below or join me next Friday for more discussion on growing with your brand.

Xx

We could have been anything that we wanted to be; and still can!

Some cheesy inspiration from an old classic. If you read any of my posts you will know that I like to challenge us to think big. In light of my recent relocation I am reminded by this wonderful clip that we can be anything we want to be, and that we will be remembered for the things that we say and do. What do you want to be remembered as, and what do you want to be remembered for?

The importance of personal development

Personal development is one of my favourite things to study in the whole world. If you’re not growing ask yourself this; ‘Are you still alive?’ Living life ‘safe’ does nothing, but prevent us from experiencing the best life has to offer. So many choose to live from a place of fear, to protect the little that they have; but it’s only when we venture out into the deep unknown that we’ll find the EXTRA on the ordinary forms of life – The secret to living a BIG life is to go on the adventure.

The oyster and the pearl

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I stumbled across a website called How Stuff Works, which explains how pearls are formed in the Oyster to produce the beautiful pearl that is etched onto our chains, earrings and bracelets. I have mentioned the story before, in brief, but being the curious kitten that I am I have delved a little deeper in my research, whilst going through some changes and circumstances in life. First, let me paint the background picture to this post.

“The formation of a natural pearl begins when a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantle and the shell, which irritates the mantle. It’s kind of like the oyster getting a splinter. The oyster’s natural reaction is to cover up that irritant to protect itself. The mantle covers the irritant with layers of the same nacre substance that is used to create the shell. This eventually forms a pearl. So a pearl is a foreign substance covered with layers of nacre. Most pearls that we see in jewelry stores are nicely rounded objects, which are the most valuable ones. Not all pearls turn out so well. Some pearls form in an uneven shape — these are called baroque pearls. Pearls, as you’ve probably noticed, come in a variety of various colors, including white, black, gray, red, blue and green. Most pearls can be found all over the world, but black pearls are indigenous to the South Pacific.”

Whilst growth takes place within, notice that it requires an external substance to influence and irritate the organ that produces change. 1. Growth is dependent on our environment 2. Growth is never comfortable Being the reflective soul that I am, and in the process of packing for London, I would like to share a few thoughts today about pearls, growth and change. It’s a bit of a deep topic today, but if you are growing a team, a business, or your own life, then hopefully you will find this useful. If not, come back again soon and I’ll muster you up something a little less meaty.

My good friend pointed out in a conversation that we  are a generation that when something doesn’t work, we throw it out, or trade it in and buy new. Where as the previous generation, baby boomers and above, grew up in a culture that when things didn’t work, they fixed them; she got me thinking…It’s easy to dismiss situations in life when things don’t go our way, or it turns out to look different from our preconceived idea. For example, a business venture that didn’t work, or a relationship that required work, or project that turned out different than what you anticipated.

It’s inevitable that in life we will experience change, and lots of it. When I think back to what it was like growing up through childhood in a rush to experience adulthood, celebrating every inch of growth with a competition between friends. The irony is that when we finally reach adulthood we often find that we don’t like the responsibilities that come with it. If we don’t allow our businesses, or our teams to adapt to the change in the market, or make room for our digital and tech savvy culture, then we limit our effect as a business.  If we wrap ourselves up in cotton wool, and never take a chance in life after listening the bad news reports all day, filling us with fear, then we would miss out on the beauty that life has to offer. Change is readily avoided and resisted by many human beings, and as a result they become stagnant and malnourished, when in fact change is an opportunity for growth.