I’ve been discovering what it means to be authentic- authentic to myself, authentic in the way I present myself, authentic in how I development my surroundings, authentic in my business. Realizing what makes me unique and being proud to be just that. Choosing not to follow trends, not to just comfortably fit in, not to compare myself to others or doubt what I’ve got going on.
I started Fiona Humberstone’s new book Brand Brilliance the day it arrived at my doorstep and was overjoyed to read this same sentiment in her message. “Celebrate your magic.” “It’s simply a case of celebrating what makes you brilliant and communicating it with flair and intention.” And that wisdom is all before page 18!!
This one is a gem. If you are an entrepreneur at any stage of your business, this book will help. It’s a feel-good read that’s like having your bestie give you a huge pep-talk! (But with business wisdom that channels your efforts with chiseled precision.) You got this! You’re killing it!! (photo cred @thebrand_stylist)
At the end of 2015, I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. So many of my clients were referencing it, I felt I needed to be in the “know” as to what the KonMarie Method was. It was such a good read that I flew threw it and immediately followed up with her Spark Joy (the illustrated version). I’ve been an avid organizer for years so her level of crazy made perfect sense to me!
Here is the book’s premise in essence:
Hold each object you own in your hands individually and make a decision- does this item bring joy to your life? Do you enjoy using this item? Does it make you happy? If not, discard it. Thank the item for it’s role during the time you had it, and wish it well on it’s way to a donation spot like GoodWill.
Keep only what brings joy. Find a place for everything.