My first pregnancy went by the book. I puked my guts out for a solid month and then, I felt amazing. I had lots of energy in the 2nd trimester and only slowed down a little bit in the third. Contractions began at midnight on my due date and my first sweet bundle arrived early the next morning. It was love at first sight.
My second pregnancy didn’t go so smoothly. I was intensely sick for 5 months (imagine your worst ever hangover 24/7 for 5 months–Gah.). I felt tired in my 2nd trimester and exhausted in my third. I was in and out of the hospital for multiple tests because I carried excessive amniotic fluid and my second sweet bundle of joy did not arrive on her due date.
In fact, there were no signs of her coming until she was 5 days over due. For a woman who’s been told repeatedly that she would deliver early, this was an exhausting waiting period.
Some babies go past their due date.
My second sweet bundle finally arrived five days past due –and she arrived with gusto. We did it together, naturally. She and I made an amazing team. It was instant love again, this time with curly red hair and a strong mind of her own.
Babies and business have a lot in common.
You might be wondering what the connection is or whether this is even relevant to you. I think it is.
It’s about our art.
As solopreneurs we are creators at heart. We take a seed of an idea, incubate it and watch it evolve into a new course, an educational product, a transformational experience, or maybe even a revolution.
We are all artists in our own way. But sometimes, our inner CEO tries to cramp our style and suffocate our art with timelines and “shoulds”. We start to feel anxious because we’re trying to force something into being that isn’t quite ready.
I believe that creative processes take as long as they take. Our ideas, our work, our art grows and develops at its own pace. We need to give those creative seeds love, nutrients and a warm incubation period but ultimately, they have a life pulse of their own.
How many times have you put your heart and soul into creating something only to realize it’s taken you twice as long as you expected it would? The release date gets adjusted and then readjusted. You go past your due date.
It’s happened to me–more than once. Each time it’s happened, I’ve been reminded of how important it is to enjoy my own creative process, to love being present with my art and my new ideas.
Here’s what I’ve been incubating . . .
Last winter I felt inspired by an idea to take all of the elements I bring to my live in-person retreats and translate them into a digital self-guided experience for women solopreneurs.
My inner CEO wanted the due date to be early September 2013 but as we know, some babies go past their due date.
If you’ve been craving a chance to take yourself (and your business) on a self-guided retreat then please join my “early notification list” and be the first to hear when this retreat kit is available for purchase.
Being on this list means you’ll have exclusive access to special pricing and other front of the line goodies!
Here’s what people are saying:
“This is exquisite. I want to clear my diary RIGHT NOW and bathe in this beautiful gift you’ve created. I can feel your love in every page. You are the guardian angel for solopreneurs, giving us permission to nurture ourselves and grow our businesses from the inside out. I feel myself taking a deep out-breath, just poring over the pages – and that’s even before starting the sojourn! THANK YOU – for this, for you.” Corrina Gordon-Barnes, Certified Professional Coach, You Inspire Me
“I AM FLOORED. It’s gorgeous. Your essence comes straight through, and the exercises are in depth, powerful, and evocative — just like you show up in person. You knocked it right out of the park, girl.” Amy Kessel, Certified Professional Coach
I’m working out the final details right now and look forward to sharing this with you in early November!