TODAY IS ALL ABOUT THE IMPERFECT BOSS...AND SO SO MUCH MORE. LET'S START WITH THE BASICS AS PROVIDED BY ASHLEY WHO IS THE GUSTO BEHIND THIS CAMPAIGN:
BUT, DOESN'T IT FEEL FAIRLY VULNERABLE TO SAY THAT OUT LOUD AND TO EVEN SAY THAT ABOUT YOURSELF?
In our last three campaigns, we've empowered thousands of women entrepreneurs to post confessions about all the things that have made them imperfect. But in our next campaign, happening this May, we're gathering as many of you as possible to post confessions about what makes you awesome.
NOW HERE'S WHY.
So many women, especially those doing creative work, live in this constant inner dialogue of all the ways that we're flawed and not enough, so we're pressing pause on that, to come together as a movement and say, "I am imperfect and I am awesome and here's why."
AND WHY DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
Because real women change the world. Real women run powerful businesses. Real women are the standard. And we can prove that you can be amazing and imperfect and totally succeed, fulfill your dreams and make it happen.
You don't need to be perfect. You don't need to be a mess. You just need to be imperfectly you.
you're invited. the only question is, 'are you in?'
Get even more juicy details and resources on The Imperfect Boss website.
I've shared some of my fears, my faults and my imperfections (here and here). Now it's time to share with you some of the good stuff--like what gets me excited and how I'm using my imperfect self to change the world around me. Let me remind you that by making a difference in one person's life, we are changing the world. Ready?!
1. JUST BE ME /
Authenticity. That word gets tossed around a lot these days. And I try to pay special attention to being sure that I am not pretending to be someone else, especially from the marketing perspective. By being me--just me--with all my faults, anxieties, and imperfections, I hope that I am giving you permission to just be you--just you.
How do I do this? I try to keep my voice my own on instagram mainly, but also when on podcasts and in blog posts. I try to share pretty transparently. It's hard to find a balance--I want to appear to be a legit business owner that has it all together but I'm also just flying by the seat of my pants, figuring things out as I go. I don't do the balance thing perfectly by any stretch, but I'm trying and hope you'll try too. Just be you!
2. FAITH OVER FEAR /
I didn't choose a word for the year, I chose a phrase: faith over fear. And not only did I choose the phrase, I actually choose faith over fear. And I choose it again. Every. Single. Day. This whole entrepreneurship gig and magazine publishing business is so out of my comfort zone, wheelhouse--just fill in all the clichés. I happen to be a Jesus-loving girl, so the faith piece is so huge for me. But I think that this can apply all around.
How is this changing the world, you ask? I'm practicing what I preach--I am taking risks even though I'm scared out of my pants! And the product of my risk is Belong Magazine which has become a resource, encouragement and inspiration for female entrepreneurs and bloggers and women in the digital sphere ALL OVER THE WORLD.
I look at this thing, this little inkling of an idea that sparked about two years ago, I see where my faith has taken it, and I'm speechless. The knowledge that this magazine is changing lives is crazy--and I feel so humbled and honored. And, let's be honest, I am so freaking excited and proud!
3. IT'S IN THE DETAILS /
Handwritten notes, ribbons and a little something extra--these are important details to me, and I think they are important details to you too. That's why I try to include them with the magazines I mail--did you know that I personally ship all the magazines purchased online? (I wish there was a way to put the personal touches on the mags through Barnes & Noble, but sadly, there is not--so those of you who purchase from the store will just have to use your imagination.)