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Taking The Next Step With Linda Clay

In this episode of Creatives Crushing Anxiety I chat with mentor and coach Linda Clay from LindaMClay.com. After I first came across Linda’s website I was completely floored by her life story. When I reached out to her about doing an episode of the podcast I was really nervous that she wouldn’t want to discuss some of the personal things she’d been through that have made her the amazing person that she is Linda was so open and honest and willing to discuss some of the darkest chapters of her life with me and I’m so excited to share this with you I got so much out of my conversation with Linda and I definitely hope to have her on the podcast again soon. this episode we talked about how her how her parents depression-era mentality taught her to keep moving forward when things got tough the hardest year of her life and how she turned into a mentor and coach. 

Taking The Next Step With Linda Clay

In this episode:

  • We talked about how her parents depression-era mentality taught her to keep moving forward when things got tough
  • The hardest year of her life and how she got came out of depression
  • The path she took to become the mentor and coach she is today.
  • Her advice for women wanting to change their lives.

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Interview with Coach and Mentor Linda M Clay

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Join the challenge mentioned in the episode: Stepping Back Into YOU 5 Day Challenge

Starts October 23rd
In this challenge you will:
  • Get clear on your blockages
  • Get clarity about yourself and where you want to go
  • Gain confidence
  • Bring your passions to the surface
  • Begin the steps to create a life/business of your design
  • Breakthrough through the paradigms
Dive in and let your ME shine!

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How I Ended Up Doing The Online Business Thing

I have a confession to make. Today we are getting very real. It’s funny because even when I decided to talk about this, I thought maybe I should wait until the end of the year because any post where someone talks about lessons learned and battles fought it does have a very end of the year or end of an era feel to it. I don’t know if it’s the end of an era, but it is something I need to get off my chest about my journey into online business.

First I’ve been running this site for almost three years now, and you still may or may not know much about me. So I wanted to take some time to do a real introduction and not any of the fluff, “5 random facts about me” type posts that are fun but ultimately slightly shallow in details. As I connect with more people and work with more people, I realize that there is a lot out there and we all have our own story that sets us apart. But don’t you worry, I’ll be sure to add some value that hopefully can help make your story a happier one.

How It Started

It was 3:14 am on a warm July morning. It was the 80s and everything was about to change…  I’m kidding. I’m not going that far back. When I got my degree in Communication-Public Relations back in 2012, I have to tell you; I had no idea it would lead me where it did. Back then in my ideal world, I would be Samantha from Sex in the City. I mean the publicist part. I just wanted to be the genius mind spinning news stories and scandal in the background.

My last year of college I had started working at an insurance agency and continued after graduation. I worked in insurance for just under two years, and I have to tell you it was not for me. I hated selling insurance, and the topic didn’t excite me. I know what you’re thinking, who gets excited talking about insurance? People who are successful in it, that’s who. I would see the passion my boss and others had for the industry and not understand it. It wasn’t there for me. I haven’t gone longer than a month without a job since I was 15 years old and let me tell you I knew how to spot what I didn’t want.

I had hoped that a role at a successful insurance company might evolve into some marketing or human resources job. Marketing because there is a huge overlap in the marketing and communication curriculum at most universities. Human resources because order and organization have always been soothing and fun for me.

After having my fill of the insurance industry, I managed to land a real-life marketing job at a commercial real estate company. What kind of marketing do you do at a real estate agency? Truth, I would say a more appropriate title would have been executive assistant, site manager, event coordinator, marketer, glorified receptionist and overall superhuman (sometimes printer repair person).

For the most part, I enjoyed the things I learned at the real estate agency. I got to plan and coordinate huge events; I learned how WordPress works, attended some fun events and was writing for the first time in years.

The last item on that list was both a blessing and a curse. While I was creating copy on a regular basis, it was as the company’s ghostwriter. Yes 20 something liberal me was writing in the voice of a 60 something super conservative man.  I felt so conflicted because while the topics I wrote about weren’t political or controversial I wasn’t writing in my true voice.

That’s how All The Things I Do started almost three years ago.

I eventually left the real estate company when I realized that I had hit my ceiling there as Marketing Director. The only way to “move up” was to “move over” and become a real estate agent. I took a job at a small agency, and it was a world wind.

I was working with multiple companies, doing Google Adwords, social media management and even participating in events and news coverage. Because we all know it’s bad etiquette to trash talk, I’ll just say, the environment wasn’t for me and within two months of starting I was ready to go.

Now don’t think I’m some sort of job hopper before this, I had pretty much stayed in all my jobs at least a year but normally closer to 3. After lots of job applications and three interviews and two job offers later, I left the agency after five months for a new role as an SEO Specialist.

What is an SEO specialist? Well basically, I write a lot of website copy, find and write the content for guest post opportunities, some social media management, local citations (making sure all your listings are correct on sites like Yelp and Google), maintaining good SEO on your website (making sure keywords are on point, and you are checking off all of the things needed. Learn more about that here: SEO Checklist).

Okay, that’s all about my career working for others so far but how did I turn my blog into a business. Well, it happened kind of organically.

Finding My Own

I started my blog as a place to write about the things I cared about and as a relatable space for women like me. Over time my content evolved more from antidotes to how to’s. Next thing I knew people were asking to pick my brain.

I played with the idea of writing a book (which I do still plan to do eventually) and doing courses. Then I noticed a real need in an area I’m passionate about, order and organization. I’m not talking about coming over to your house and organizing your closet; I’m talking about getting your blog and business on track with productivity coaching, workflows, systems and organization.

All the facebook groups I’m in as an online biz boss, I see the usual tech questions and social media/email list inquiries but I saw a common theme in all the groups and even courses I was in. People might have a clear roadmap of what they needed to do to achieve goals, but the missing link wasn’t know how it was time. They can’t find time with their kids, day job, lack of motivation or whatever the block was.

So I started wondering how I could help and that was how my services began to form.

Why I’m Doing It

If you’ve been online for a week you probably already know that a lot of time and energy goes into it, even if you’re not trying to turn it into a business.

So you know that without the right reasons it can get old fast.

I spend hours each day building my website, answering questions, recording podcasts and more for three reasons. Okay, more than three but I’ll share three of the big reasons.

  • Because as Marie Forleo always says, the world needs my special gift that only I have and I want to help people.
  • I deserve a happy life, and this stuff makes me happy.
  • Because I want more. More freedom, more connection, more income (I’m not going to lie), more knowledge, more of a positive mark in the world.

I don’t think I’m God’s gift to anyone, but I know that everyone I help just a little bit, then I’m doing good work.

3 Things We Deal With & Why They Don’t Matter

Comparison

Earlier this year I wrote an article for a magazine about comparison for The Letter l I don’t know if you’re busy into astrology but I’m a cancer and have always been a sensitive person (classic Cancer trait, if you follow that sort of thing). So it’s easy for me to see certain things online and get served with a big ole fat helping of imposter syndrome.

Even knowing the experience I’ve to build the past decade in different jobs, as a blogger and even in life experience and trusting my abilities I still find myself dealing with those issues from time to time. I have to remind myself two things constantly.

  1. At the end of the day, you are the only you out there, no one else can do what you can the way you do.
  2. The people your work is meant for will love it, and if they don’t then it’s not for them, and that’s okay.

Expert Status

I sometimes worry that people may not feel like I’m an expert because they can’t see everything on the backend. But as so many of my mentors have constantly pointed out… You don’t have to know everything; you just have to know more about the thing you’re teaching to the person you’re teaching it to. We are all at different stages, and all need varying levels of help. Find your level, rock it, then advance.

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All The Advice  

The best thing I’ve done for myself in 2017 has been becoming more self-aware. More self-aware about what I want and what I don’t want. More conscious of what I need inside and out.  It seems simple, and it’s easy to think, “Well, I’m me. I know what I want.” But the truth is we are all so constantly bombarded with outside voices from our family, friends, partner, online, in the media, etc. if can be easy for your voice to get lost in your head. 

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Don’t feel the need to take everyone’s advice. Heck, don’t even feel the need to take mine if it doesn’t resonate with you. Find the people you trust and relate to but remember to listen to yourself. I see so many people online get overwhelmed trying to learn and implement everything they never actually get anywhere. They are like a hamster wearing themselves out but just running in place. Do you!

Tell me:

  • How did you end up online?
  • What is your big why?
  • What is one mistake you’ve made that held you back but you are working on now?
  • Do you ever deal with imposter syndrome?
  • Do you feel the online world ignores your real world experience?

 

September 2017 Goals

Goodbye August, you will not be missed! I refuse to start this post with a rant about all the things that drove me crazy during August. Instead, I will say, “Hello sweet September!” Let’s review what August looked like.

August 2017 Goals

Personal Goals

  • Read three books

Obviously, I enjoyed my Audible this month but I also read some Kindle books in August. I have been devouring content and not really even business stuff but money, mindset and entertainment. This month I read 5 books! 
 Rich Bitch

 Lucky Bitch

 Precious Victims

 Girl Walks Out of A Bar

 Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs

Because this isn’t a book review post, I won’t dive into the particulars of each book but I will say I enjoyed them all. If you’re looking for a true crime book, Precious Victims is great. Need a money mindset book? Lucky Bitch. Need some real strategic knowledge about money as a young woman, Rich Bitch. Want to read a funny and eye opening memoir? Girl Walks Out of A Bar. Want a stereotypical yet funny vampire fantasy novel? Check out Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs.

  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.

Yes. This month was busy, like most. But I did have a lot of good times. Celebrated a friend’s 21st, said goodbye to two interns and had a mini staycation. I really did make a point to do stuff I enjoyed.

  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.

I was really making strides with this but I found myself last week just not feeling it. I still did it 5 times but I might need to switch it up for a while.

  • Do daily affirmations.

Thanks to Lucky Bitch I have even more new ones to enjoy.

  • Meditate every day.

I have started doing a different kind of meditation/melt down at the end of the night. It is a little woo woo since I learned it from Lucky Bitch but basically in my head I go up from my toes to the top of my head and tell each body part “I love you. I’m sorry. I forgive you. Thank you.” I’m sure it sounds strange but it lets me get out of my head and feel good about myself. Because sometimes your hips need to hear, “I love you.” I was explaining it to the boyfriend and he was like, “‘I forgive you.’ Did your toes betray you?” LOL I went on to explain that it’s about accepting every inch of yourself even areas you may have criticized your whole life. 

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Have 575 Facebook page likes

586!

  • Have 3900 Twitter Followers

3860. Slow month on Twitter again. I have got to get back in there.

  • Have 1300 Instagram Followers

1297. So close! 

  • Have 1185 Pinterest Followers

1235!

  • Post at least 6 times this month

8 times! Woot! Woot! 

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Five Mental Blocks That Sabotage Your Productivity

Introducing Business Gains

Five Productivity Myths 

What Is Productivity Coaching?

The One Thing You Need To Know About Productivity

Confessions of a Blogger With Bad Grammar

Four Productivity Lessons From Rick and Morty

  • Post at 3 new episodes of Creatives Crushing Anxiety

Yep! You can check out the posts directly on their corresponding blog post (above) or at CreativesCrushingAnxiety.com

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.

This was completed for reasons beyond my control. First I wanted to save money because I had multiple irregular expenses this month (think car registration and inspection, website domain renewal, p.o. box renewal, etc) and because Hurrican Harvey was expected to cause flooding in San Antonio (my area wasn’t largely affected) we did have wind and rain so I stayed in with some cheap wine and tons of food and water. 

  • Get back into working out.

I have gotten back into yoga but I still am not working out nearly as much as I used to. 

  • Try to do yoga at least two mornings a week.

See above.

 Learn how your marketing is killing your business.

September 2017 Goals

Personal Goals

  • Read 3 books this month
  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.
  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.
  • Do daily affirmations.
  • Meditate every day.

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Have 590 Facebook page likes
  • Have 3900 Twitter Followers
  • Have 1310 Instagram Followers
  • Have 1255 Pinterest Followers
  • Post at least 5 times this month
  • Post at 4 new episodes of Creatives Crushing Anxiety

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.
  • Workout

How was your August? Did you learn any big lessons last month? What is your biggest goal for September? Tell me in the comments!