It’s that time of year again…a time to reflect and review the many significant shifts which have occurred for me in my personal and professional life as 2011 was my time to soar~one little word to change my life. As I attended flight school this past year, I grew less afraid and more powerful with each winged ride. I did indeed SOAR throughout 2011 with the help of many, many dear people…
One-Word Mantra For 2012: LEAP
My word came to me slowly this year…as my time of reflection was somewhat interrupted by major life changes. As I talked with my soul sister Quinn McDonald during the 12/11/11 episode of Artistically Speaking, the word ‘leapt’ into my mind…I am taking a leap of faith as I move into 2012…
Bring It On!!!
I find this one word mantra a most powerful, yet simple practice…creating a vision and providing a mission as I LEAP forward with joy tinged with sadness. On January 5th, I will LEAP into the unknown…and begin a new season of my life as I become unencumbered with a house…
2011 – The Impact of SOAR
Selecting this one little word as a theme for my whole year seems to bring with it all kinds of new opportunities and experiences for growth…they just show up on my life path as the universe responds to my deep reflection. 2011 was the first year I selected a word. I entered the year full of expectation and hope and plans…SOARing indeed!
I launched my ill-fated Internet television show with much love and poured my heart and soul into the production. As with anything you do with someone else in charge, it can be yanked away without notice…and that is exactly how it happened. One minutes I had guests and segments in production, the next I was off the air, off the website and off my game. Not ready for prime time so to speak! It ended badly, I was in shock and embarrassed…but it was just the first of many blessings to SOAR into my life in 2011.
I was positive that the show would earn me a much needed income and, when that vanished, I was forced to re-examine some other possibilities that I did not have time to pursue as I worked around the clock on the TV show. I could not sit back an feel sorry for myself…I HAD to create an income.
My dear friend Jennifer Tuma-Young had invited me to join a group called Social Fabric® in January. I joined but did not have the time to get involved. In April when my show ended, I had all the time in the world to SOAR into soFAB.
Social Fabric is an invite- or application-only private online community that is owned by Collective Bias™, a leading social shopper marketing company. The Social Fabric community of bloggers work with and support brands that include Elmer’s, ConAgra, Sears, Colgate, MurphyUSA, and Mars Candy to name a few. And you earn income as you work with these brands.
By July I found myself as a campaign leader for M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn. I managed 120 bloggers and helped create buzz about the Halloween candy that resulted in massive sales, radio interviews, articles in Ad Age, and one of the most successful campaigns ever. I SOARed as I learned how social media works from a brand perspective. That added to my social media skill set which I had been building since the mid-90s. I am now a social media strategist and have been called a Social Media Maven. SOAR!!!
SOAR into Employment
This collaboration led to a freelance job designing magazines for brands and another managing social media campaigns for a brand. After three and one half years of unemployment, I finally earned my first paycheck in 2011. It was too late to save my beloved home, but it gives me a way to find another in 2012 as I LEAP into my future with wild abandon and for the first time in a long time with hopeful expectations…
Bring it on! For me, as I LEAP expectantly into this coming year the primary focus will be my professional life while rebuilding my personal life. Stay tuned for some major LEAPs as I am able to announce them.
I can share that I am launching a separate division of REP MEdia specifically designed to offer social media and relationship marketing strategy, implementation and management services to brands. Plus, I am available for social media consulting and training on a one-to-one basis.
On the personal and spiritual level, I will continue my path toward healing, growth, and transformation. I am aware that my outer world is but s a reflection of my inner world….so I need to heal the wounds of the past three years and LEAP forward. I will continue to transform my life into art by sharing my creative, DIY and cooking projects with you as I grow Cre8tive Compass Magazine.
I am also aware that my business and financial growth came as a result of healing and accepting the me that I am and SOARing into my deepest truth. Of course, being proactive and asking for what I want and need has worked miracles for me also.
So I’m VERY excited about taking a major LEAP in consciousness in 2012. Stay tuned for more…