Kick Tuesday’s Ass: front porch sittin’ time (Sept 7, 2021)
It’s time to kick
Yesterday was Labor Day here in the states, and for once I decided to celebrate by doing as little labor as possible (hence why you’re getting Monday’s email on a Tuesday).
Since it’s my last week in Savannah, I’ve committed to getting in as much front porch sittin’ time as possible. I mean look at this gorgeousness:
Right now my best friend Alix is visiting me from NorCal, and my other friend Mary lives here in town… so we decided to put together a little porch potluck. We spent the better part of five hours snacking and drinking and chatting on Sunday night. It was heavenly.
At one point the hosts came out and chatted with us, told us how glad they were that people were using the porch the way it was meant to be used. They lit up when they talked about why they bought this place, and how much they enjoyed sitting outside and chatting with friends and people strolling by.
Past Angie would have been extremely frustrated – because emerging from a protracted bout with depression, my mind tends to scream GET BACK TO WORK LADY. I’d have put pressure on myself to produce even more so I could use the holiday to “make up” for what I missed while my brain refused to function.
But the beautiful thing about forcing yourself to take the time to relax and enjoy what’s happening around you (and I seem to need frequent reminders on this)? The ideas hit you out of nowhere, because you’ve dropped your guard and stopped trying to force things.
At one point when we were chatting on the porch I realized how many other business owners might benefit from this kind of “working vacation” or a lite version of the full-time travel I am doing… so I’m working on a new offer around helping people do what I do, one long weekend at a time.
I don’t know that I’d have come up with that idea if I hadn’t had things line up just right to be able to spot the opportunity… and if I hadn’t made space for my brain to point out the obvious to me.
So happy belated Labor Day to my friends near and far – let’s get to work on working less and living more.
(And if you’re interested in the idea of potentially joining me on my travels for a little hybrid adventure/eating/biz strategy and development session, leave a comment and let me know!)
MondayTuesday’s Ass: What Made Me Walk Away
It’s still astounding to me how many companies are set up in such a way as to prevent good ideas from bubbling up and being implemented… and how few companies will actually reward the ideas (and idea generators) that have a positive impact on the company.
I think these will become big issues for business owners and team managers in the coming years, especially in the wake of the Great Resignation. I’m talking about nurturing, recognizing, and rewarding talent PROACTIVELY.
But this requires a strategy of playing to win vs playing not to lose (which is when you only make a move when you’re afraid of a consequence).
I recently had a chat with new podcast host (Tout Bright) Rafi Pryntz-Nadworny about the breaking point for me – what got me so fed up with my old corporate job that I felt I had no choice but to leave. Listen to this one for ideas on how to negotiate and find ways to make it work with a company or client (as well as signs to watch for that indicate it’s time to walk away).
Badass of the Week
I know folks who are supremely bothered whenever they “have to” accommodate someone with different or special needs.
What if you didn’t have to… you wanted to? I mean look at Natalie Te Paa’s reaction when the restaurant she was visiting made her a dessert with a birthday message in braille.
I wonder what kind of good we could collectively do in the world if we stopped thinking of accommodations as inconveniences… and started recognizing them as opportunities.
(If you know someone who should be featured as my Badass of the Week, leave a comment and tell me!)
New podcast episode!
When you’re great at something, but you don’t enjoy it — what’s your next move? Today’s guest is Lianna Patch, who leaned ALLLLL the way into that question to create a new path for her business. Bonus: her answer to that question is funny as hell. Listen to this episode to find out how she did it.
Can’t-Miss Moments From This Episode:
- Death by a thousand stiff, overly professional sounding emails: you escaped corporate hell, so why would you run your business sounding like a corporate suit?
- When you’re really good at something but it makes you feel “meh,” what do you do? Lianna shares how a job she hated and a job she really hated led her to the work she loves now.
- If you’re feeling more like an hourly employee then the CEO of your company, Lianna’s got a strategy for you. It’s not a magic rubber stamp but it makes things way easier (and way more enjoyable)
- “Like I don’t know, maybe a pun?” — If that’s how you’re defining “funny”, you might want to dial it up. Lianna and I break down how going too far can actually help you get it just right.
- “Just kiss the spoons” — The cautionary tale of when humor goes really wrong, courtesy of The Great British Bake Off
You don’t want to miss this one. Click here to listen (and subscribe) now!
On Repeat This Week…
Awhile back I decided to start a TikTok, but then I let it sit because I had no idea what I’d post about. Thanks to a visit from my good friend Alix, I think I’m gonna start a parody singing channel – this idea was inspired by good food and I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston. Here are the song’s official words (my proposed changes below that):
Oh, I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
Oh, I wanna snack with somebody
I really wanna eat with somebody
Yeah, I wanna snack with somebody
With somebody who loves food
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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