You see, I have this silly notion that I can actually live my
vision for having not just a job, but a soul nourishing vocation. I have been moving towards and designing a career that not only allows me to bring my particular gifts to the world, but that gives me a platform for sharing a message that truly helps others. For years I have been kind of batting the idea around, the way a cat plays with a toy. I would start to develop my vision further and then get off track with life. I let being a single mom and having a full time job and many other things take precedence over moving in the direction of my dreams. And then I would get scared because, who gets to do that? Who do I think I am thinking that I could actually make a living doing something that I really love to do. How could I be so irresponsible as to start my own business when there are perfectly respectable jobs available?
Big ASK is Born
And then, earlier this year, while working with my coach, a phrase emerged and grew into a pretty exciting concept. The concept is that the quality of your life is directly related the questions you are asking. And I knew then and there that I had been able to overcome many many obstacles in my life because I kept asking myself questions. Questions like, how can I start feeling more like myself again? What would a life that I was truly in love with look like? This cornerstone of my message spoke to my particular brand of messes, the ones that molded me into the deliriously happy and perfectly mixed up person I am today. But more importantly, it felt like the message I was put on this earth to share. A message that would help people get to a place in their lives where they felt heard, valued and authentic. And suddenly, this notion of developing a business where I could speak and train and coach people to make bigger ASKS of themselves felt so real, so doable and SO DAMN EXCITING.
Progress moved like molasses. Really really really slow. The demands of my full time job just did not allow me the bandwidth to get my own business plan and materials developed. I had ideas and concepts and visions, bought the tools I needed to create online courses and videos for YouTube. I had a web site built and started creating an introductory product that would introduce the world to my message. But weeks would go by with little to no results to show.
You Did WHAT?
So, I practiced what I wanted to preach and made a REALLY BIG ASK of myself. I quit my job and opened the doors to my business, The Art of the Ask. Believe me, it was quite frightening and forced me to deal with all kinds of difficult emotions and conversations. How could I do this irresponsible thing like leave a perfectly practical job? What is it again that you are planning to do? Do you have clients? Are you going to be alright?
So now that I have made this really big ASK of my life, it is time to reveal it to the world. I am now a member of the Gig economy and am currently accepting Gigs!!!! Coming soon are the creations of a message just dying to be heard, and delivered in a way that only I can deliver them. A message that your life can be more if you want it to be. You just have to be willing to ask (and reveal and plan and enjoy). Your relationships, your career, all of it can match your highest vision. But keeping your desires inside, never speaking your truth, worrying too much about pleasing others so they’ll like you are all ways that we hide our true selves.
I hope you enjoy my Big Ask message. If it resonates with you I invite you to come along and embrace your Big Ask. If you are already an Ask Kicker, then perhaps you know someone who isn’t and needs to learn how. You will see much more from me in the coming weeks, I hope you’ll discover your glorious ASK along with me!!!