The decision to start a 2nd business came down to this: I have never regretted being brave.
In my life, brave has looked like a lot of different things. Little moments I can barely remember when I said yes instead of no or no instead of yes. And life-transforming moments that I can recall in vivid detail.
The summer before I started grade 6, I had been swimming in my friend’s pool all day. Worry free, just being a kid. I was still in my bathing suit when my parents sat my brother and I down to tell us they “wouldn’t be living together anymore”. That’s the kind of news that makes the world go small, time stops. In those brief seconds, when time was frozen, a great calm came over me and I decided that no matter what happened I would be ok. That was a brave moment for an 11 year old.
In the eighth grade, I was walking to a friend’s house after school when I got shoved down by an older girl who wanted to start a fist fight with me. She had her entourage with her and she kept shoving me from behind. Shoving and taunting. I kept walking away. Head down, heart racing with fear. But, something rose up within me and I turned to face her. I yelled as loud as I could “LEAVE ME ALONE!”. She didn’t. And, her bully-crowd laughed at me, but the point is, in that moment I was as brave as I ever could have been.
When I was in high school I fell in love. I’m talking head over heels in love and for the next 6 years I stayed “in-love” and in an unhealthy relationship–the kind of relationship I hope my two little girls never experience. The day I said “Good-bye. It’s over.” was the bravest of days for me. Heart-breaking, but brave.
At the age of 21, I backpacked alone for 7 months all over Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Totally brave and absolutely fucking exhilarating.
I found my brave when I healed myself from a nasty eating disorder at the age of 24. Learning to be a loving friend to my body was brave. Dear Body, I still love you.
My list of brave goes on and so does yours.
Healing, loss, big moves, new jobs, self-employment, speaking up, speaking out, taking risks. We all have a long list of brave. And I bet if you took a moment to reflect on your own legacy of brave moments you would also conclude that you’ve never regretted being brave.
I’m a mom of two amazing girls, so, why not be an owner of two amazing businesses?
In December of 2014 I was at my favourite little restaurant sitting across from my dear friend Krista. “SO, what do you want for 2015?” she asked. And I said: “I want to have my own t-shirt company.”
It’s taken almost 9 months to bring my idea into the world. I know. I know. 9mos?! This seems to be a pretty common incubation period for babies and businesses!
The learning curve has been steep. This is a completely different business model than anything I’ve ever done before and yet, the biggest obstacle the entire time wasn’t the learning curve, the time, the start-up costs or getting the support. The biggest obstacle was my fear. Fear dressed up as: who do you think you are to…? what if your idea sucks? what if your designs suck? what if you look silly? what if it costs too much? what if it takes up too much time? what if nobody gets it?
For 9 months, I faced an exhausting list of fear-based questions. With every question I found my brave answer: I’m doing it anyway.
Introducing. . . BOSS OF ME TEES
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m launching a 2nd business called BOSS of ME TEES where I’ll be creating super soft, 100% Canadian made, inspirational tees for women entrepreneurs and free spirits (there’s A LOT of us out there!). YES!! I am STILL coaching and loving every minute of it. JacMcNeil.com isn’t going anywhere!
I’ve made room in my heart (and my calendar) for two businesses. My website should launch in late September 2015 (that’s my goal). In the meantime, please learn more and follow along on my NEW Facebook page and on Instagram. You can also jump on the #BOMTEES LIST at www.bossofmetees.com .
Words of Affirmation are my Love Language
My work has always been about empowering women and that continues in this new venture. We can be such a source of strength for each other, brimming with deep compassion, understanding, honesty and courage. I’m grateful for the sisterhood I have with my clients, my tribe and the women and girls in my family. I figured that comfy, sexy tees are a great way of getting this love language out there.
If you’re feeling powerful, put it on, go forth, spread words of encouragement wherever you go. And if you’re not feeling powerful, put ‘em on anyway and wear it till it’s true. Whether or not you’re your own boss – you are the boss of you.
I created Boss of Me Tees so you can be unapologetically you – whether that’s powerful, quirky, bossy, profound or sassy. I’m starting with a few designs and a few t-shirt styles that resonate most with me and my right people. My plan is to keep tweaking, improving and expanding for you.
Thank you in advance for your support and encouragement–if you think this is something that might resonate, please follow along on Facebook or Instagram so you’ll know when the online store is open! Or jump on the #BOMTEES List right here: www.bossofmetees.com.
I don’t know what will happen. How can anyone truly know at the beginning of a new adventure? But I’m deeply satisfied that I didn’t let my fear decide this one for me.
You have SERIOUS potential.
For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than working with women 1:1, helping them to navigate the depths of entrepreneurship and empowering them to get their work out into the world but alas, I am currently full with 1:1 clients until mid-November.
If you’re ready to step up to your dream and commit to your next big idea (program, business, or offer) think about joining me and the amazing Krista Smith, in October for an epic business retreat, oceanside surrounded by a loving and smart group of women entrepreneurs. We’re creating the most ideal conditions for you to create, refine and launch your next brave Thing. Click here for all the details on the Action Academy Retreat. This is the kind of retreat that promises a high ROI literally and figuratively. If you’ve been thinking about working with me I’d love for you to consider joining me face-to-face at this retreat.
You had the power all along, my dear. ~Glenda, The Good Witch
Thank you for reading all the way to the end of my story. For celebrating this milestone with me. For considering joining me at my retreat in October! For being a part of this amazing community of women entrepreneurs.
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Over to you
Tell me about your brave! I would love to hear where you’ve chosen being brave over your fear. Also…what do you think of Boss of Me TEES? Share your thoughts in the comments below! xo