Kick Monday’s Ass: being a tourist in your own (July 26, 2021) town

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass…

Have you ever tried being a tourist in your town?

I highly recommend it – odds are there are interesting things happening in (or around) your town that are a hell of a lot of fun… and that you don’t have to travel full-time like me to have a little adventure in your life.

This occurred to me Friday night, after I had dinner with a group of Atlanta locals. I was regaling them with tales of my ATL adventures, and was shocked to discover most of them had no idea those things were happening in their town.

They didn’t know they could sign up for llama yoga or “hey come pet a shark at the aquarium” experiences.

A few of them openly asked how I was finding these things, so I figured you might have a similar question.

The answer is: these things seem to be finding me, probably because I constantly tell people that I’m looking for food and adventure in every place I visit.

I’m so vocal about wanting to have interesting experiences that now I’m being targeted on FB by sites like Secret Atlanta (hint: they have “Secret” sites like this for cities all over the world). And often all I have to do is talk to a stranger, tell them what I’m up to, and they start firing off recommendations faster than I can write them down.

That happened to me this weekend during a tour of the World of Coca-Cola (where I got to try different sodas from around the world – one tasted like BBQ sauce, not even joking). One family excitedly threw out ideas, and now I’ve got a new restaurant to try this week before I’m off to Savannah.

So if you’re feeling a little stuck, or frustrated because of travel restrictions… you might try an adventure in your own little corner of the world. Pretend you’re new in town and try all the things you’d try if you knew you’d never be able to visit again.

As always, when partaking in adventures… stay safe and wash your hands.

Kick Monday’s Ass: Red Flags and Client Communications

 

Bold proclamation, but I’m gonna go ahead and make it: most of the “red flags” you’re seeing in your clients aren’t actually red flags… they’re miscommunications.

Like any relationship you want to maintain over the long term, humans gonna human… which means eventually you’re going to get on each other’s nerves or get snappy with one another.

So how do you tell the difference between a red flag (not really fixable) and a miscommunication (totally fixable)? Here’s how I see it…

NOTE: this one’s a little on the long side, about 15 minutes. But it gets good and ranty and there are some great takeaways on how to be the trusted pro in all your business relationships.

Badass of the Week

Today’s badass is the B-HEARD team, a mental health crisis response team in New York City that’s being dispatched to assist in mental health or drug crises (rather than sending police).

It’s a pilot program that’s already seeing great success – 95% of the people in crisis accepted help and/or treatment from the B-HEARD team, and things de-escalated from there.

I’m glad that mental health and addiction, especially when it comes to non-violent folks, are being considered and addressed. May we continue working toward putting people (not labels) first.

(If you know someone who should be featured as my Badass of the Week, leave a comment and tell me!)

 

New podcast episode!

https://youtu.be/5WU-UfZwJXY

 

Putting yourself out there is one of the scariest parts about becoming an entrepreneur. Especially when your business is built around you. This fear is no stranger to me… or to my guest Nkiru Asika. In this episode we sift through the head trash that kept us in the shadows… and we’re throwing it all in the dumpster so you don’t have to.

Can’t-Miss Moments From This Episode:

  • One entrepreneurial myth I’d like to see busted, smashed, and set on fire: if your work is good, if you’re talented, eventually you’ll get noticed (BZZT! Wrong! Here’s why…)
  • What’s really going on with all those successful people you admire who “have it all together” (hint: are you really comparing apples to oranges?)
  • There’s one thing business coaches do that drives me NUTS. If you get one who promises this, run screaming into the night as fast as you can
  • Two tricks Nkiru and I regularly use to get shit done in our businesses, even when the fear is so intense it threatens to derail everything
  • When you’re the brand for your business, are you also the “thing for sale”? We dig into the idea of persona as a product, and how it impacts your success

You don’t want to miss this one. Click here to listen (and subscribe) now!

 

On Repeat This Week…

 

This is one of those I need to cover someday, because it’s a favorite for cruising at speed, windows down, screaming the lyrics into the wind.

Today I’m listening to River by Bishop Briggs. I’ve always been a sucker for a good beat and some powerful bass. Add in vocals I can really belt out at top volume, and I’m sold.
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How do you fall in love?
Harder than a bullet could hit you
How do we fall apart?
Faster than a hairpin trigger
Don’t you say, don’t you say it
Don’t say, don’t you say it
One breath, it’ll just break it
So shut your mouth and run me like a river
Shut your mouth, baby, stand and deliver
Holy hands, will they make me a sinner?
Like a river, like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river

Choke this love ’til the veins start to shiver
One last breath ’til the tears start to wither
Like a river, like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river

kickass-angie

ANGIE COLEE

If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.

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