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i want to ride my tricycle

I Want to Ride my Tricycle

Queue Queen’s bicycle song and replace it with tricycle. This song will get stuck in your head like nobody’s business. Sorry about that.

I unwittingly made an analogy this morning when discussing my current career path. I said something to this effect: “I feel like I used to ride mountain bikes and now I’m riding a tricycle.” As though this was a bad thing.

Most days I wake up excited that I get to work for myself. Truly. Let me give you a little history. I have had a lot of jobs, some really great ones and others that were not exactly “a good fit.” I was the person who dreaded the feeling I got on Sunday nights, and I didn’t always like, ahem…authority. I carried on best I could, learning lots of cool stuff and making many friends along the way.

About two years ago, the stars aligned enough that I was able to go independent, as it were. It’s been an adventure for sure. I’ve had to learn the most basic things (how to create an invoice), as well as develop and refine more complex skills in technology, strategic thinking and design.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a multitude of clients of varying shapes and sizes. Freelancing is, and should be, a work in progress. Part of this continued experimentation is learning what it is that you like to work on and who you like to work on it with. I have caught myself saying recently that I’d like to work on more “bite-sized” projects. I think the subtext there is that I just like that feeling of getting things done. And if there’s more work and everybody is getting along, let’s do some more!

When I mentioned the tricycle analogy this morning, it felt small. Less than. Subpar. Not enough. I mentioned it again later and it felt slightly better: I didn’t want to ride the mountain bike anymore, I chose this. I mentioned it a third time (3x is a charm as you know) and BAM!

I realized that tricycles are awesome.

They’re shiny little red joy vehicles. They help people get started, learn something new, take the next step, play, laugh, smile. They take you places! These are the things that are part of who I am, what I care about, and what I want to create. Suddenly the idea of riding a tricycle doesn’t sound so bad.

Inspired by the wise words of Freddie Mercury…

I want to ride my tricycle 
I want to ride it where I like 

photo credit: abbyladybug via photo pin cc

Posted on July 24, 2012 in deep thoughts, work & biz 9

sara, tara, sarah, tara. a tale of 4 amazing women.

I’ve been soaking up so much goodness from the interwebs and life in general recently, particularly from entrepreneurial women in my sphere.  In particular, I am very inspired by women who are creating their own path. Here is a brief intro to four fascinating ladies who are blazing new trails:

Sara Selepouchin / Girls Can Tell

I befriended Sara almost five years ago when I stumbled upon her photos on Flickr. I didn’t even know what a crafty maven she was at the time. I could just tell she owned a house in a neighborhood in which I was looking to buy and I wanted to know all about it. Something clicked and we became fast friends, running buddies, and hell-to-the yeah fellow lady-motivators. I’ve been in awe of Sara’s personal development and business growth since I first met her. She’s really leveled up her business by taking big risks and aiming for big wins – and nailing it. Through it all, Sara never detaches from reality and at the end of the day, her work supports her life: which includes lots of love and good times with her fiance and friends.

My takeaway: Work hard & live awesome!

Check her out: Girls Can Tell + @girlscantell

Tara Hunt / Buyosphere

I met Tara several years ago at the opening party for IndyHall. Her life has done huge 180s since then: a big breakup, a big move, a big career pivot. I’m a big believer that you’ve got to get down to get up, and to see Tara survive and thrive in life and business has been awesome! While Tara is quite geeky, she has always been a fashionista and has created a new startup called Buyosphere. She’s creating a community (Tara rules at building communities) of fashion-inspired folks to help find and satisfy their fashion dreams. Fashion is a way of expressing your personality in your own way, and Tara has always done this in all aspects of her life. I’ll admit that at times I have been intimidated by her, but her perpetual creativity, hardworking ethic and never-gonna-quit-until-I-make-it attitude continues to win me over.

My takeaway: Keep on keepin’ on and go ALL the way.

Get hip to Tara: tarahunt.com + Buyosphere + @missrogue

Sarah J. Bray / A Small Nation

Sarah is the only one of these women that I have never met in person (yet!), but her steady flow of soul-baring creative thoughts makes me feel like I have. Sarah has been modifying and adjusting her creative business big time over the last year and has been sharing the process quite candidly with her audience via her blog and newsletter. I told Sarah recently that reading her emails always makes me feel a little less crazy. I admire her for being able to pull back the curtain, and invite others to ask questions and comment. What it’s done for me is rethink my own creative process and build an incredible anticipation about how she is going to approach her next incarnation of A Small Nation. Seriously, I can’t wait.

My takeaway: The creative process is a crazy & delightful adventure!

Learn more: sarahjbray.com + Tour de BlissA Small Nation + @sarahjbray

Tara Gentile / The You Economy

Lucky for me Tara loves Mexican food, so I had the pleasure of grabbing lunch with her at the Cantina a few weeks back. I stumbled across Tara about a year ago and have been hooked on her enthusiastic championing of the Tara-dubbed You Economy ever since. Yep, we’re living in it right now and it’s about time more people embraced it. Tara has been knocking inspiration out of the park lately, with all kinds of high value content like the Insight Intensives and just released TODAY: Marketing ReWired.

My takeaway: Know your value and earn with purpose.

Find Tara: taragentile.com + @taragentile

This is just a sample of women I admire, and let’s face it, their names all sounds so nice together. There’s plenty more where this came from. If you like this sort of post, let me know. If you’ve got someone that you admire, let me know that too!

Posted on June 22, 2012 in work & biz 0