Category Archives: creativity

Freedom is an Inside Job

The Freedom Tour has taught me several lessons about myself, love and life:

But one of the most important lessons of all: freedom is an inside job

This summer I had a chance to experience it first hand – in a dressing room. Of all places.

I took a branded shopping trip with my friend and colleague Kristen Domingue, creator of Ignite, a boutique style and brand consultancy. She specialized in helping women entrepreneurs link their style to their brand, and their brand to their purpose, so they KNOW they are attracting the right clients, on and off-line.

Given that I do so much speaking, and dress from my suitcase-cum-closet, a little style pit stop felt like a good idea.

After filling out her extensive brand assessment, and talking about my brand and purpose with her, she hit the streets and set aside clothes that were aligned with my core message. Clothes for dates, for speaking gigs, for working with clients, and just plain old hittin’ the road.

We had a lot of fun, broke a few sales associate hearts. And more than that, I realized we are aligned on something important.

I believe that freedom is something that happens inside of you when you tell yourself the truth (about money, love, etc.), and then align your life with that truth.

Inviting Mike on the Freedom Tour? Truth.
Starting the freedom Tour? Truth.
Taking a break this summer? Truth.
Not doing a daily video blog? Truth.
Cutting my hair? Truth.

And as a result, I am feeling more like me, and more free than I have in a long time.

Kristen totally understood that – in fact – just like I believe freedom is an inside job, she shares that branding is an inside job: the outer expression of your internal purpose; aligning your brand with your purpose leaves you free to have the kind of business and life you really want.

I mentioned in another post that this year, I launched a new business partnership, ended another one, then ended the one I had just started, experimented with being homeless, and fell in love.

With all that transition, my brand was a little hard to nail down.

But I can tell you for sure, my essence wasn’t.

It’s in stripping away everything that wasn’t me that the truth of my loves, likes, dislikes emerged. Which meant that while we saw tons of cute clothes, I felt most like me when we took an off-the-plan stroll into Cathryn Malandrino (a personal fave of mine) and I fell in love with a dress I wore to dinner that night, and then to a wedding the following week. It felt so much like me, that I bought it in 2 colors.

There is something magical about finding a dress that compliments you perfectly, fits you like a glove, and truly looks like you to the most important person of all: you.

And as I transitioned all year, a magic is emerging on The Freedom Tour that has it “fit me” just like my Cathryn Malandrino.

This year on The Freedom Tour (just like in the dressing rooms,) I tried on, I took off. I looked for the right fit, color, cut and shape.

I didn’t settle.

And I found freedom in the perfect little black (and peach!) dress…

What I noticed about Kristen in our time together, is that she is committed to getting down to the core essence of a person. She doesn’t want you to just look good, she really wants you to have something that fits YOU.

She’s offering a tele-class about this called Magnetic Branding. On it, she’ll share exactly how to infuse your brand with your purpose – your truth – and how this creates more freedom in your business and life.

Click here to register for it:

Magnetic Branding
November 8th at 3 pm EST

More than anything, I do The Freedom Tour to inspire you to find the keys to your own freedom. I know this tele-class is one tool to help you do that.

Click here to register now.

Share

Let go of the ground that has held you: Glimpse TV with Nancy Levin

Nancy Levin is a bad-ass event producer. She once lived out of a carry-on suitcase for 73 days straight. The most she’s ever been on the road in a year is 213 days. Nancy is a road warrior, no doubt, but she also happens to be a poet and one of my dear friends. WhenContinue Reading

Share

Glimpse TV gets naked for it’s birthday: Bindu Wiles Anniversary Episode

One year ago today I had the pleasure of interviewing Bindu Wiles for the very first episode of Glimpse TV. We had a giggly, sparkly time up on my roof in NYC with the gorgeous Dyana Valentine as our camera woman. (Watch Dyana’s Glimpse TV episode here and my second episode with Bindu here.) ExactlyContinue Reading

Share

I never thought I would do this…

A meeting that didn’t quite go as planned. Last February I sat across from my mom’s literary agent, Ned Leavitt, at lunch. I had scheduled the lunch to ask him questions about the publishing world as I was beginning to get a hankering to write a book. And that’s what we talked about…for the mostContinue Reading

Share

The two things you need to master to make your dreams come true: Glimpse TV with my neighbor Nell Alk

It was a beautiful May evening. I was delightedly surprised to see another woman my age at my building’s semi-annual rooftop garden party. (My across-the-hall neighbor has lived in the building for twenty-five years and my neighbor down the hall has had family in the building since 1945. Needless to say, they don’t generally caterContinue Reading

Share

Tea, Shamanism, and Sustainability: Glimpse TV with Tyler Gage

At my college reunion over Memorial Day weekend this year I was standing with a group of friends when a really cute, clean-cut guy started walking towards me smiling as if he knew me. As he approached I quickly flipped through my internal Rolodex trying to find him in there somewhere. It wasn’t until heContinue Reading

Share

Are you free tomorrow night? Laugh, drink and jam with Danielle LaPorte in NYC.

A little over a year ago I met Danielle LaPorte of www.whitehottruth.com and she lit an apparently very flammable creative spark within me that has been burning brightly ever since. My work with Danielle in a group Fire Starter Session, as well as two one-on-one sessions, was the catalyst for what has been the mostContinue Reading

Share

The one thing you can do right now to feel free…or Why Janis Joplin was onto something.

Letting go is scary. The thing about letting go is that it’s scary. Even if we’re not completely thrilled with what we’ve got already, at least we know what we can expect with it. Even if holding on means living a bit smaller than we know we’re capable of, not being quite as happy asContinue Reading

Share

A healthy dose of ecstasy.

I’m at that age when suddenly all of my friends are getting married and having babies. I’ve been around more pregnant ladies and babies in the past six months than ever in my life and I absolutely love it. It’s magical, mystical, and mind-blowing to me that human beings are actually made inside other humanContinue Reading

Share

One Simple Step You Can Take To Feel More Alive Right This Instant: Glimpse TV with Rochelle Schieck

My friend Rochelle Schieck is an adorable, sexy, wise, playful, pixie-person who seems to leave a trail of glitter wherever she goes. She has traveled the world, studied with many of the yoga, consciousness, and personal growth greats, and has most recently created a form of movement she calls Qoya after an ancient Peruvian wordContinue Reading

Share