Blazing a Path for the New
Every few months, I declare it time for a great purge. My husband and I go through our closets, our dressers, the kitchen cabinets, and the bins tucked into small spaces and pull out as much as we can bear to part with.
I always feel giddy when I decide an item must go. Into the donate or rubbage pile it’s heaped.
Old yearbooks? Rubbish. Those pointy black boots I loved in my agency days? Donate.
There are few things that give me greater pleasure than releasing these things from our space.
I’ve only just realized that I bring the same desire for a great purging to the running of my business.
This has been a year of incredible growth for Unfettered Ink. I started the year by leading 40 passionate entrepreneurs through Your Media Map and their results have fueled my entire year. I’ve loved hearing about magazine features, TV appearances and mentions on top websites like CNN.com.
I scaled back on direct client work, only to eventually join Team Danielle LaPorte for the launch of The Desire Map, and then went all in as I hired Maggie Hassler as lead publicist and partner in building a PR agency with me.
I co-taught two sessions of 10ThousandFeet with one of my best friends, Tara Gentile, and beamed every time one of our cohorts updated us on a sold-out class or new revenue base.
And yet, at the beginning of the year, I was poised to dismantle it all.
As we head into 2014, I’m again blazing a path for the new.
When I interviewed with Danielle LaPorte before joining her team, she asked about my core desired feelings. I want to feel radiant, I told her.
For me, radiance means open-hearted and joyous, turned on and tuned in.
But in this past year, I’ve come to learn there’s a shadow side to radiance. Sometimes it means you can’t help but set flame to what’s come before.
On December 31, 2012, I burned with frustration. I felt out of alignment, and set out to destroy all that I’d built. I didn’t quite go through with it, due to an intervention that led me to 10ThousandFeet.
This time around, even as I burn anew, it feels different. Reconnecting with Maggie fueled a new sense of energy and focus and purpose.
For the past three months, Maggie and I have methodically questioned everything about my business. We’re kicking at the rafters, testing the foundations and steadily dismantling anything in the way for our shared vision.
In doing so, I’m embracing the shadow side of radiance. I’m finding the joy in the destruction, as my heart and vision expands to make way for the new.
I’m looking forward to stepping into this new path with you.