I've got a new business name and a new website. Go to www.smilodoncreative.com to learn all about it! 

Share early and often.

Do you guys know Tara Mohr, or her book, Playing Big? I've been craving big action and wanting an antidote to the tiny paper cuts of sabotage that I put myself through every day.  So I put Playing Big on my reading list for the month, to jump start my bossiness and get things moving. 

Y'all, I am feeling this book. It's like hot yoga for my emotions. It's like getting slapped in the face, by myself, in the kindest possible way. It's a little anxiety inducing to hear someone who has never met me point out all the ways I've held myself back.  I just finished the chapter on hiding (how we hide ourselves from others) and yowza, she was Spot. On.

I was planning to review the book for tomorrow's blog entry, but then I ran across this gem by Sarah Bray. In it, she suggests:

Post your progress every day for a week. Force yourself to complete something toward your project that you can release every single day. Decide that before leaving your office, you’ll post something in the places you already participate in online.

This idea seemed both crazy and perfect. It gets me to stop overcomplicating things, to stop working endlessly on things without feedback, to stop being "perfectionist" when really I'm just afraid of putting my work out there. So, I'm going to start publicly sharing about my work Every. Single. Day.

What will I be sharing?

Well, I am rebranding and redesigning this site. I want to step into bigger projects, and this site is targeted, mostly, at smaller projects.  I'm not planning to quit doing the smaller projects, but I want to focus on bigger, more challenging work.  Plus, my site is super ancient and I need to learn Drupal 8, since someday (soonish?) it will be released into the wild. 

What I've done so far: 

  • A color palette: 

Color by COLOURlovers

What next?

I want to do a little more imagining about what those projects with those dreamy clients look like. What exact kind of work I want to do, who I work with, how much it costs, how long it lasts.  What they need, and how I can give them that info.

Then I'll design a brand that invites those folks to the table, so to speak.  I'll decide on what to call the thing, I'll write a bio, and put up head shots, and make a contact form. I'll implement it on a new Drupal 8 site. 

My self-imposed deadline for having the site up and running is August 31 (that's my 3rd workiversary!)  Does that mean I will have all my ducks in a row?  Honestly, it means I WON'T have all my ducks in a row. But I want to have a duck. (If it's only one duck, it's definitely in a row, right?) I want a new website where I can say: here, this is my face, here's my bio, contact me.  That's the goal, and I know I can get that much done. I can add the blog in later. (Right?) (Right???!)  

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