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Jump Start Your Joy

Inspired by the quote “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day (Henri Nouwen),” this lively show looks at the inspiration, intention, and action that you can take to have for a positive mental outlook, even in hard times and improbable situations.
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Feb 13, 2020

Marketing your small business doesn't have to feel gross, or like an effort or hustle. This week I'm sharing the inspiration I found in my conversation with Suzie Soloviev, and sharing how you can look to your past to find your joyful through line, now.

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the Inspiration this week is to look at your life from a place of wonder. If you drop the accolades and list of things you’ve accomplished (which are all amazing, btw!), how would you introduce yourself to someone else? If you look at what you love and what lights you up, how do you define yourself? 

Intention: I will start to notice how I see myself. I will notice when I identify with accolades and degrees, and I will notice when I see myself as the things I’m passionate about, that bring me joy. I will look for and uncover those things if it seems like I can’t remember what they are.

Action: On a sheet of paper, take 5 minutes and list out the top 5 things that you loved doing and being in these age ranges:

Ages 1-5 (or your earliest memories)

Ages 5-10 (this is early elementary school)

Ages 10-20 (think about middle school and high school) 

Ages 20-30 (college, and a lot of “adulting” firsts happen in this range)

30 and after (adult life, with it’s shifts. Also, feel free to add in 30-40, 40-50 if you like. I’m not suggesting that life remains static after 30. I might also add in “Life after having a kid”)

Take a look, after you’ve made your list, and look for patterns. Was interacting with people a major part of your life? How about planning or leading? Creativity? 

Now, I want you to look at your current life and see if the major through lines are still present.

This is your story, your narrative, something you love. Can you craft a new bio or a new description of yourself that involves what you found, above?

And, would you consider using that description the next time someone asks what you do?

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