Butterflies are the perfect example of transformation…personally and professionally, and I am here to share everything butterflies with you. While we are at it, we are also sharing ways to transform; and I do believe personal examples can be powerful.
Have you a good story about your own personal or professional transformation which you would love to share but never get around to it?
Share your story with me through the comments, and, with your permission, I would love to share in whatever way you want, anonymously or not.
In the meantime, April is almost over, that is 1/3 of 2018. Unreal, but in December, finally realizing why I made the move to Oberlin, I dug in without resistance and began to transform my personal and professional life; and it is a singular life for one of the things I really learned in 2017 is that there is no division for me between personal and professional. From here on, you will hear me refer to the combination of personal and professional as “LIFE”.
Back 6 years ago, I paid for my original Empower Excellence with Jan website to be created. It was a beautiful job, and the designer was to maintain it–that is where the design lost my LIFE in the process. LIFE changed, the website did not in major ways. I learned I needed control, but FEAR stepped in. I never designed a website; but I learned the first step was to abolish the existing one. After much discussion with the host of the website, I abolished it leaving me with no website until I figured out what to do. It was a brave move but not too brave. I had a good deal of presence on Facebook and a lesser presence on LinkedIn. I signed up for a course to create a WIX website at a local college, but I was the only registrant, and the class was cancelled. With a conversation with the instructor for the course, I set off to create a WIX website with a huge learning curve in front of me. The website was up the beginning of April–I said it is up, it is not perfect, but it is the address of what my old website was–www.empowerexcellencewithjan.com–it is acceptable, and it is the canvas on which the website of the future will be built. Enough about that…
It was a transformation, the start of a transformation:
- Stop being a perfectionist.
- Change what no longer works.
- Let go of partnerships and friendships that have been outgrown.
- Step out of the box, out of my comfort zone.
- Trust in me.
It was an eye opening period of my LIFE…I was out there alone without the personal and professional BFFs because I realized that even BFFs can be outgrown, and they remain BFF but they are no longer your emotional go-to! It has been hard to let go without any drama, intentional or otherwise, but there is no drama in my LIFE any more because I made the decisions to eliminate those who created the drama from any major role in my life. They remain in the back story of my life, and they have no idea of their change of status. It was a harder decision for me but to share their change of status WOULD HAVE LED TO DRAMA…
So, here we are with a new website. What else has transformed? I taught myself how to go LIVE on Facebook in February. Another scary move, but it was not difficult. I, once again, had a huge learning curve as I created a new page devoted to “Empower Excellence It’s Your Money LIVE and More”. Anyone can join simply by requesting to join. There are over 100 members of the group, and it is a group because I would like others to engage in the page. I have learned many things:
- Set a schedule, and take a day off periodically
- Be there when you say you will be
- Ask others to “SHARE”
- Allow myself to make mistakes, but pick up quickly
- Thank people for watching!
- Let it all come from my head, heart, and soul.
Having to be “live” three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), and not wanting to do this in my pajamas (I am the expert on Money Energy; must command some professionalism), I am up, breakfasted, showered and ready to go for the day at 9 am. That is a LIFE achievement!
Enough for now, the transformation continues, and I would love to help anyone else in their LIFE transformation…just let me know how I can help you!