O.K., so before we get into the show notes I have to point out that not only am I publishing my tenth podcast episode this week, but this week is also the 10th anniversary of WordPress! Coincidence?
Um…yea. I wish I had been that clever and planned this out, but it was just fate.
So Happy Anniversary WordPress! And THANK YOU!
Because of you I have a business I love and a quality of life I couldn’t have imagined.
Now let’s get down to business!
When I was thinking about what I wanted to talk about for this episode I started feeling a little bit of pressure (gotta love that self-inflicted pressure of expectations). Not to get it done, but that it should be huge or monumental. What does that look like? I have no idea.
Then I decided to do something that is still a bit of a challenge, but hands down works EVERY time.
I really use to be soooooo Type A. Needed to get something done? Just tell me it’s not possible and “I’ll show you!”. Pissing myself off to motivation was a standard practice (I kid you not when I tell you that I’m laughing as I type this). So much of what I did was driven by external motivation, not wanting to disappoint people and needing to ‘prove’ myself. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it?
It was. (And it will stunt your growth as a business owner faster than anything else!)
If I could bottle up what I’ve learned over the last few years in terms of relaxing, surrendering and trusting myself… I’d have my own version of the Shark Tank because I’d be a ba-zillionaire (investing in other people’s businesses).
I decided for today’s show that I’d do a few different things, but I promise I’ll do my best to keep things cohesive (which, if you’ve listened to this podcast before you know I cut my sentences off and can talk in circles sometimes).
First, I wanted to publicly share some thanks and appreciation for people who have helped me get to where I am today, whether they know it or not. Gratitude and appreciation are hands down one of the easiest and simplest way to inspire action. Why? Because it feels good. And when you feel good, you do good.
So I’m going to break down my public thanks into a few categories:
I won’t spend to much time here because I’m not sure anyone I’m going to thank here actually listens to my podcast, but that’s o.k., even if they don’t totally understand what I do they support me with their whole hearts!
First is my kids. Britt & Collin – I don’t know what to say other than Thank You for being who you are. I could not be prouder of the people you’re becoming and am so grateful you believe in me and have been patient and loving through the trying times. Now we’re at a place that we’re celebrating the successes more often and to see your faces light up when I share how many downloads I’ve had or that I have a new client means the world to me. You’re both amazing people and have been the inspiration behind everything I do.
My family: My parents and my sister first. I honestly was blessed with the most amazing parents. They’ve always believed in me and encouraged everything I’ve done. My mom has stepped in and helped out with administrative work when needed and my dad still brags about me to anyone who will listen. Any time there was an event for me to go to they did whatever they could to support me (staying with the kids, carpooling to school and soccer… you name it). They’ll be able to listen to the podcast soon with their new iPhones on the way (they’ve upgraded into the 21st century from flip phones). I literally live around the corner from my sister and brother. My sister is my best friend and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without her love and support. I won’t go into more details here but the rest of my family (brother, aunt & uncle, nieces & nephews, grandparents) have all been my rock as well. I truly am blessed.
My therapist: I’ve mentioned Susan on the podcast before and have to say she’s really become more of a ‘life mentor’ for me (now that I’ve gotten through most of the hard work). She got me through the darkest period of my life (losing my husband) and without her I know I wouldn’t be who I am today let alone where I am today.
Friendships: First I have to give a shout out to my girlfriends. They also don’t totally understand everything I do but are always interested in hearing what is new in my business and are champs about supporting me with reviews in iTunes or sharing my stuff. Maybe this should have gone into personal, but that’s o.k.
Steve O’Sullivan: Steve is my partner in crime over at WP Plugin Lab and Digital Publishers Podcast (yes, we need to get a new episode up!). We recently finished up our Kindle Project course and are back to focusing on our plugins! Our collaboration has been one of the best things to happen in my business. We balance each other out, have different strengths and keep each other on task. Fortunately for me he thinks I’m really funny too, which is just an added bonus. Check out Steve at SocialMarketingPlanet.com.
Eleanor Marks-Prior: I think I connected with Eleanor about 4 years ago? She had asked for some WordPress help, we got on Skype and have been friends ever since. She has been such a HUGE supporter of everything I do. Every post, every product, every class… she tweets, posts, shares.. you name it. She’s always on top of social media, new training and tools and truly loves what she does. Check out EleanorPrior.com.
Tea Silvestre: I met Tea at a WordPress Meetup in the Bay Area about a year and a half ago. I think that was one of those divine meetings because while it is a great group of people who are all interested in WordPress, it’s more about the technical aspects than building a business with WordPress (which is where my heart is). Tea and I have stayed in touch, become good friends and supported one another online in our different ventures (you’ll hear more from Tea when I interview her for the podcast). Tea is also known as “The Word Chef” and is a true example of building a community with your brand and produces nothing but quality in all that she does.
Some of the sites or people I’m going to mention here have been mentioned before in my series “Blogs I Read and Recommend”, but that’s O.K., I’m going to mention them again. They’re in no particular order other than who comes to mind as I write this. I think to avoid the show notes getting ridiculously long I’m just going to list their names and link to their sites. You can hear more about them in the podcast.
Denise Wakeman – DeniseWakeman.com
Pat Flynn – SmartPassiveIncome.com
Danielle LaPorte – DanielleLaPorte.com
Cliff Ravenscraft – PodcastAnswerman.com
Erika Napoletano – ErikaNapoletano.com
John Saddington / WPDaily.co
Dan & Ian of The Lifestyle Business Podcast – LifestyleBusinessPodcast.com
Chris Brogan – ChrisBrogan.com
Brene’ Brown – Brene’Brown.com
Chris Guillabeau – ChrisGuillabeau.com (The Art of Non-Conformity)
Scott Dinsmore – LiveYourLegend.net
Ana Hoffman – TrafficGenerationCafe.com
There you have it!
What I’m loving right now…
I have never been someone to mind map. I don’t know why, but it just feels messy to me and unorganized. So after many attempts at trying mind mapping and not enjoying it or finding it helpful I accepted the fact that I am a list maker and outlining things works much better for me. Enter WorkFlowy.
It’s a SUPER easy and useful online tool (and app) that lets you create lists / outlines, cross things off, drag them around, etc. I’m using the free version and it’s great. I’ve started leaving the tab open during the day so things don’t slip through the cracks. Check it out and let me know what you think!
I’ll be getting the full shop up on the site very soon, but right now I just have my WordPress Genesis for Beginners (I do actually have a few other things too. ;- ) ). I’ll be adding our plugins from WP Plugin Lab, but I think I’ll probably set up a “plugin shop” since WooCommerce also lets you link out to affiliate products. Of course I’ll only include plugins I use or have tried, but I think it’s an additional way to share what I use and recommend.
I’m loving WooCommerce because it looks great and works great! We’re using it for everything over at WP Plugin Lab. I think Steve and I will probably teach a class on WooCommerce this summer (so make sure to let me know if this is something you’re interested in).
Yea, you read that right! This is a spin on the good ol’ Hello Dolly plugin that comes with WordPress only it’s for all my nerdizzles out there! Steve came up with this one and it’s friggin AWESOME!!! Anyone who loves Big Bang Theory (and if you’ve never watched it I highly recommend it) will LOVE this plugin. Oh, and it’s FREE!!!! As I’m typing this right now the Hello Sheldon phrase that is at the top of my page is: “It’s a non-optional social convention”. Nuff said.
In celebration of my 10th episode (and the 10th anniversary of WordPress), we’re offering 10% off our Webinar Engine Plugin!
We have three different licenses for Webinar Engine:
Single Site License
Links from this episode
Most of the links from this episode are listed above within the post but here are a few more:
Anna Hoffman of Traffic Generation Cafe': Post on Slideshare Traffic Case Study
John Saddington’s upcoming app- Pressgram
It’s Not About The Tights – Kindle book by Chris Brogan