Putting Yourself Out There

 Phnom Penn, Cambodia Claire Bouvier

Phnom Penn, Cambodia
Claire Bouvier

Want to reach more people?
Expand your brand? Your message? 

BUT

Do you find it hard to put yourself out there?
Are you afraid of what others might think?

If you’ve answered yes, well heck, you’re not alone!

On a regular basis I find myself in situations that make me squirm in discomfort. The fear of the unknown is unnerving. And more times than not, this fear has been created within my own mind.

Over the last few years I have been doing cognitive behavioural therapy. I have started to pay closer attention to my thought processes. It’s incredible that with a little self-discipline we can retrain our thoughts to create healthier mindsets in order for positive outcomes.

In order to do this you truly need to see the value that you bring to the world. Whether it’s on a global platform or within the comforts of your hometown friends, you truly need to appreciate who you are and what you will become. Once you have trained your mind to think in this positive wave, you will then be ready to take on the next chapter of growth.

 

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Lynda Deszpoth

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Lynda Deszpoth

 

A few tips to help you along the way:

1.     Surround yourself with people that you trust, that challenge you and that are kind

2.     Write down a small goal every morning. Check in at night to see how you did. Slowly build your self confidence. An awesome daily notebook to help you: https://goo.gl/WZggiR

3.     Set an hourly notification on your phone. Take 5 seconds and slow your breathing while saying one positive thing to yourself. Refocus your thinking to a healthy place.  Best time is when you’re brushing your teeth in the mirror.

4.     Be authentic. Tell your story. You have a package that no one else can wrap the same way. Celebrate your strengths and share it in a way that works for you.

5.      Have a sense of humour. Come on we are all a little weird, a little messy, a little crazy, etc. Learn to appreciate and laugh at your humanness. Hey, we’re all in this together after all.

And of course, continue to go out and...

 

#SpreadYourAwesome

 

Not Everyone Likes Pineapple on Their Pizza

Pineapple

A late night chat with one of Kingston’s finest, Sean Kelly, reminded me that not everyone is looking for what you have to offer. Not everyone shares your taste. Not everyone wants a slice of your pineapple pizza.

But, there are people that do. And that is what is important.

Understanding this can profoundly change the role you play in this world.

Do we find some days that we are watering down ourselves just to reach a greater audience? If so, you might risk not reaching anyone.

Over the past year, I have had the chance to work with some incredible innovators and game changers in the creative industries. One thing I have learned is that each one of these leaders shares one thing: authenticity.

They have a beautiful ability to be confident - both personally and publicly - in what they have to offer the world. These individuals of impact have accepted and embraced their blemishes and failures. Yet they continue to push, improve, be grateful and share their process with those that are willing to listen.

These are the people that are spreading their awesome. These are the people that are positivity changing our world.

These people are happy.

We all have something beautiful to share with this world. The hardest part is to recognize it but, once you do, your life will change. It will be blooming with opportunities and other pineapple people ☺ !

 

Get out there friends and #SpreadYourAwesome

Traveling on a Budget

It's all about getting outside your comfort zone, jumping in the car and driving down the road. You will discover some of the greatest adventures right in your very own country... AND on a low budget! 

I am so grateful to have spent a weekend with a group of wonderful women as we explored and enjoyed Montreal on a budget. 

Continue to be creative, curious and remember to keep spreading your awesome!

#spreadyourawesome

 

Spread Your Awesome & Creativity

Creative Business Card

Spread your awesome online AND make sure it matches up to the person you are offline. Be creative with your business card or artist card. Have some fun with it and let other people know more than your name, let them know what you represent. Let them see YOU. For example, I use #spreadyourawesome.

What is your motto?
What are you passionate about in life?

Take time and think about what you are all about... how do people see you? 

Create it and SPREAD it!