Today’s special. Why else would I wear my giant party bow? You think I’d waste it on an ordinary occasion? Not a chance!
Today’s muy importante. Why else would I make a Friday Video Time episode in the middle of ku-raaaa-zy pants cookbook deadline?
Today the Panama Canal celebrates 100 years. ONE HUNDRED YEARS is a big deal you guys!
And this got me sentimental. And this got me teary eyed. And this got me thinking about art-making + world domination + legacy + party horns. I even made a one-women toast with a Watermelon Smoothie, too embarrasing to share. But I did manage to record a challenge for all citizens of the world – Panamanian or not. Hit play to get it!
What seed will you plant today that you want your kids, your grandkids + your great great grand kids to see way beyond your time, way beyond mine?
May all that your create with love live to be 100 years + beyond!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been copied.
Raise your hand if your work has ever been plagiarized without remorse.
Raise your hand if you thought it was rude + disrespectful, not only to you but to the entire human species.
Raise your hand if you considered dropping your “copy cat” a nuclear bomb. It’s okay, it’s safe here.
It’s true, the internet is making it easier than ever for people (ahem lazy people) to steal. The story of the student who registers for a course + compulsively takes notes + three months later (flick magic wand), launches “their version”, is happening more and more often. It’s a jungle out there.
Simultaneously, there’s a big coalition happening. When brands take a sharp left turn at the normal stop sign, they trip the whole system. Weird is impossible to imitate.
There are one too many Gucci rip offs, but there’s only ONE Gucci. Rembrandt had “painter assistants”, but no one remembers their name because there’s only ONE Rembrandt.
Today I want to talk about being original. Standing out, so no one, no matter how hard they try, can pass off as YOU!
Click play to watch a very especial episode with a very special cameo appearance!
Wanna be original? Here’s a place to start:
- Recognize the areas of your life in which you are living disconnected from your true self.
- Proclaim who you want to be.
- Work it! Develop + express your individuality.
- Accept that YOU might not look like the YOU you thought about in your head.
- Practice your authentic muscle.
As homework I want you to make a list of all the things that make you “unidentifiable”. Original. Authentic. Drop them in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: Despite my continuos brainwashing efforts, my little sister Laura (we are 11 years apart), actually, doesn’t want to copy me. What is wrong with her? Seriously.
I realized the other day that ideas have a life-cycle, like plants + muffins. Somehow, I always thought ideas were timeless, life fairy tales + McDonalds french fries.
As I was franticly going through every item on my grocery list to double check I wasn’t missing any of the ingredients to make this granola recipe, I became aware that ideas have stages, from aha moment to launch + everything in-between.
Sometimes, ideas live inside a forgotten moleskin journal. Other times, they are planted in fertile soil by dreamers.
Ideas get stuck quite frequently too, in decision paralysis + overwhelm + rejection. Some, never make it to the sun. Others, beat the odds.
Today, I set out to attempt to doodle the cycle of an idea. Here goes.
- LIGHTBULB MOMENT: “Look who’s finally decided to show up? Miss Epiphany Fairy! Where were you? I showered. I called. I text messaged you. Gimme a sec to get my notepad, I wanna write everything down!” This is the initial spark.
- DREAM PHASE: The magical place where you suddenly can’t stop thinking about your idea. Once lightning strikes it becomes an addiction. You’re in Disneyland. You’re seduced by the rush. You can’t shut up about it. You daydream about all the possibilities. You tell your mom, “Mom, I’m gonna be a millionaire!!!”. Wait you’ve never called your mom to tell her you’re gonna be a millionaire? Right. Me neither.
- IMPLEMENTATION MODE: The big commitment. “I’m serious you guys!” proclamations. The day you sit down + take a deep breath + look at your idea + tease it apart + open your calendar + map out a plan to make it happen. The plan sucks, most likely. Will probably get rewritten 107397344 times, but who’s counting? The ball is rolling. I love rolling. Rolling feel freaking amazing. And you know what happens when you feel great? Exactly! You do great sh*t. Starting is sublimely revolutionary.
- THE DIP: The rough patch. The low point. The moment when things stop being exciting + fun, and they start being, how can I put it lightly?, a pain in the ass. The place where you find yourself asking, “Is it really worth the hassle?”. According to the bestselling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly while staying focused + motivated when it really counts. This is the tipping point of all ideas, either you quit or you conquer.
- WORLD DOMINATION: Alright, it might not feel like “WORLD DOMINATION” yet Pinky, but if you’ve made it this far you’ve already done something remarkable. You are part of the 1% who didn’t drop off when it hurt. You won because you didn’t give up too soon. The challenge now is to surface new milestones. Maybe it means bundling up a blog series into an e-book. Perhaps it’s turning an digital guide into a hard cover coffee table book. Or it might mean developing your very own app. Whatever it is, you’ll figure it out champ.
Last week, I bumped into a friend, as I was gently pressing all the avocados at the supermarket to see which one was worthy of becoming guacamole. Anyhoo, we started talking.
“I made homemade almond milk, just like you showed me”, she exclaimed. “One cup of soaked almonds + three cups of cold filtered water in the blender…”, she continued.
“My cookbook. It’s happening. Life is Messy Kitchen. This year.” I blurt out.
That was a moment.
Last time we spoke we said we were gonna do something + here we were. We declared. We manifested. We did. BAM!
When our ideas become our obsession, a way of life, who we are + what we do, everything clicks. It’s intoxicating!
Our extraordinary capacity for imagination, to dream better, has given rise to the most far-fetched ideas that have taken us from caves to the moon.
The other day I saw a headline, “I’m just here tinkling the ivories: Eccentric British pianist plays piano to blind elephants at the top of Thai mountain.” I’m serious Don’t you EVER let anyone tell you your ideas is too crazy, that it can’t be done. This guy hauled a piano up a mountain to play music for blind elephants for God’s sake! Sometimes crazy is the only way epic is born.
Blaze on supernovas. Blaze on!
In what stage of the idea cycle are you in? And what is your favorite team in the World Cup? The second question is very important + you will be graded. Tell me in the comments.
If you need help taking your ideas from ground zero to the red carpet, take a peak at 5K Sales in 365 Days, a quirky + practical guide to creating best-sellers in pajamas. This is my personal behind the scenes + my plans + my classified strategies + my reasons + my marketing + my research techniques + my customer service + my odd decision making + my sequences + my thought process + my e-mails + my pitches + my challenges + my solutions + all the messiness in-between. All packaged into 15 never-shared before lessons, totaling 142 pages of classified for-your-eyes-only info.
On August 1, 5K Sales in 365 Days goes off the market. Puff! Gone. Like magic. Grab it before it retires for good!
My Curaçao vacation is over. List-making is on. I have SO MUCH WORK TO DO!!! What would Beyonce do?
In today’s episode of Friday Video Time I’m going to share with you little things I’ve incorporated into my morning routine that have helped me, not only get back on the wagon, but actually do more in less time, minus the Siegfried and Dr. Dyde-like mood swings.
These are my five new morning routine besties:
- Go from jammies to workout clothes.
- Drink infused water.
- Allot time for each task.
- Shower with music.
- Go “Airplane Mode”.
In the comments, I would love to hear about your morning routine besties. The things that make you smile + more productive in the mornings.
Speaking of productivity, April + I are launching something BIG on Monday, so make sure you hop on my mailing list to get all the details.
See you on soon!
Last week was the best E-VAH! Laura, my baby sister was home from college. We invented a new frozen cocktail called Daiqui-ritas. We playfully gossiped about our favorite So You Think You Can Dance performances + choreographers. We watched the movie Frozen more than once just for Olaf. We played Heads Up. And, we… oh my goooosh my fave’, we took a full afternoon off to go to the spa, only da’ girls. Hercules. Hercules!
This spa date was such a WOW experience that I decided to dedicate this entire Friday Video Time episode to the top business lessons I learned while in robes, inhaling verbena-scented candles + exhaling all the bullish*t.
So, go pour yourself some tea + hit play for your oh la la biz tips!
These are my top business lessons learned from a spa date with da girls:
- Lesson #1: Never underestimate the power of your newsletter correspondence. In this noisy world, your virtual telegram is one of the most powerful + effective ways to remind your followers that hey you exist.
- Lesson #2: Before the treatment (or whatever it is your client’s have purchased) begins, you have a unique opportunity to set the tone + mood for what’s to come. Use it to dazzle your customers.
- Lessons #3: The experience is in the details… it’s in involving as many senses as possible… it’s in promoting a highly personalized service.
- BONUS: Be sure to place your products/services strategically at the end of the shopping line, so you never have to push a sell, it’ll just happen seamlessly. Positioning matters.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Pick ONE of today’s spa lessons + tell me how you plan on implementing it into your business. Make it as tactical + specific as possible.
Thank you so much for watching + sharing my videos with your family and friends. I feel the love + let me tell ya, I adore you MORE back.
PS: This post was not brought to you or sponsored in any way by SPA MOSAÏC. Now, if you’re the people of SPA MOSAÏC, I’d happily accept the Hot Stone Back Massage treatment as a form of compensation. Thank you very much!