About 11 years ago when my husband and I moved to Kansas City, I was a part of a very hip crowd.
What’s the crowd, you say?
It was the blogging crowd. And everyone was not doing it.
At least not then.
But I didn’t come up with this blogging this on my own.
I am open-minded but I am not that clever!
I learned about blogging from a writer’s group I joined.
The group founder/leader was Suzanne Lieurance and she was IT!
A real, published authr! She wrote for a living. For a living, people!
She was legit and she laid it down: "I want every single one of you blogging!”
So… I started a blog.
There was something fabulous about that time. It was a time before social media was this power-house/connective/distractor.
Blogging was fun!
I had a voice!
And a platform!
I could develop my skills as a writer and also connect with like-minded people!
(I deleted that blog a couple of years back. It’s a damn crying-shame, and it was done out of a prideful “Omg, my writing was so bad back then! No one must ever know,” sort of thing.)
Along with starting a blog, another part of the assignment was to find other bloggers and connect and comment on their blogs.
I met some people back then that I am still friends with today!
One of these people…. we’ll call her K.
K was a voracious writer and blogger.
She used to blog these loooooong posts about her life as a writer.
And for whatever reason, I devoured her blog posts like candy.
She would send out her posts via email each morning and I would sit in front of my laptop with my cereal (pre-kids!) and I would read all about her life: her projects, her problems, her cats, her clients, her stories, her main characters, etc.
I was hooked!
To this day, I can not recall ever seeing an actual photo of K.
Now, isn’t that something!
It’s not super relevant to the story (or maybe it is, on some deeper level that i can’t quite access without more coffee) but anyway, it’s interesting!
Fast forward a decade or so to my current ongoings.
I am a life coach.
I am the cofounder of a new brand called LIFTED and we are getting ready to launch our own line of probiotics.
I still write.
I will always write.
But now, I do other things, too.
One of them being video.
I make videos for my business.
Because I thought it up?
I am creative but I am not that clever.
I make videos because another mentor of mine, Micah Horner said:
“Hey! If you want your business to be successful you have to do video!”
So…. I started making videos.
Was it easy?
It was excruciating.
“You blink a lot when you’re on camera,” my favorite, dear, sweet, jerk-face friend said. (I LOOOOOOVE you PEARL!)
"Yea, I know. I get awkward as soon as I click record.”
And, I can’t honestly say that I am suddenly super awesome at video but I will say, I am getting better.
And I am glad I committed to doing these videos.
It truly is a phenomenal way to build the know/like/trust factor with my people and also share what I know!
Ok, dear readers. If you have read this far, it is time I reward you with the theme.
The MESSAGE of the message, if you will.
I am a soloprenuer but i am NOT DOING THIS ALONE.
I have mentors.
Some of them know they are my mentors and I thank them. Others of them have no idea and that’s okay too (Shout out to YOU Gary Vee!!!!!!!!!)
None of us has to do any of this alone.
We get by and ‘ahead!' with a little help from our friends and mentors.