Hey you! I have a few exciting things to share today. Firstly, last week I decided to invest in my graphic design business (read: splurge on myself) by upgrading my copies of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I have basically been a kid in candyland since. I am not well acquainted with Illustrator, but it’s been such a fun process to learn and see what it’s capable of. Anywho, in honor of Happy Week, I’m sharing a couple of iPhone freebies! Just click the “download” text below the picture, save the image and email it to yourself, and then you can open and save it from your phone. Takes about 60 seconds. :) In case you’re wondering how to create your own handwriting effect like the “hello happy” freebie, I recommend using a tablet! I have a Wacom Bamboo Tablet and I LOVE it! Maybe one day I’ll do a post all about tablets! They’re really fun and useful. :)
Now I have a little announcement to share. You know that e-course I’m teaching with Erika? Everyday Happy? Well, it starts on TUESDAY. Holy cow, right? We started selling the course at an early bird price of $50 and decided never to raise that price. We wanted it to be affordable so that as many people could join in before we do eventually raise the price in future sessions. On that same token, we’re offering a “last chance discount” of $10 off registration to our e-course from now until September 30th! Use the code: “Give Me Happy” on our registration page. YAY! We would LOVE for you to join and we hope that 6 weeks of happiness and confidence bootcamp is worth $40 to you. :) (Note: This last chance discount is available to (1) people who have NOT previously registered for the course (including people on the payment plan) and (2) people who register between the dates of September 27 – September 30 ONLY. Also note that there are no refunds available after you purchase the course. Thanks for your understanding!)
Before I go, I want to share a short little story for your weekend. As it goes, I started 2013 as I start most years – hopeful, but with a tinge of fear. I’d been out of college for enough time, at this point, to think that I should be doing something productive. Yet, here I was, beginning my second year as an English Teacher in Japan – a job I figured I’d do for a year as a “learning experience.” My hunger for purpose, creativity, and drive wasn’t satiated and I wondered how I could pull myself out of this funk. In the midst of my wallowing (a.k.a my solitary internet surfing), I stumbled on a cute little website banner that read, “Creative Courage eCourse.” I clicked it, not knowing what I’d find, and was immediately drawn to all the things its teacher, Stephanie Levy, proclaimed she could teach me. The course was due to start in a couple days and on a whim, I shelled out $100 with the click of a button.
Let me tell you, it.was.awesome.
I joined the class because I wanted to create, but from the start something unexpected happened – I felt less afraid. I realized that the biggest thing that had been holding me back wasn’t a lack of passion or a job that I hated. It was me and the fear that consumed who I was. I don’t use this phrase lightly, but in many ways, that course changed my life. Since then, I have run full speed at life and have this new trust for the world — this trust that tells me that if I keep doing the things that scare the crap out of me, I’ll succeed. I have become convinced that the most successful people – our idols – are probably not more talented or intelligent than any of us. They’re just more brave. They knew their mission was more important than their ego. They knew there was wisdom in failure. And they knew they’d never learn how to do it until they, well, did it.
It was out of everything I learned all those months ago that Everyday Happy was born. This project has meant so much to me and it’s hard to believe it’s coming to fruition. It combines all the lessons I think are necessary for feeling confident, radiant, positive, and powerful. It’s also only for women, because I believe the world tends to trick us ladies into being even more afraid of our overwhelming potential. The course facilitates some deep soul-searching, inner optimism-building, and serious fear ass-kicking. It is my goal that women walk away from it with resilient, balls-to-the-walls attitudes and tools. I’m a little scared for it to begin on Tuesday, but if I’ve learned anything this year, I think that means it’ll turn out all right. :)
I hope you have an amazing weekend, friends. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all of your support.
I love reading Casey’s blog because even as an expat myself, she knows how to cure my need for pretty travel pictures and thought-provoking perspectives on other cultures. Her story is interesting. Though she now lives in Oregon, she grew up mostly in Saudi Arabia. You can read her whole, unique history right here! Casey is a TCK or “third-culture kid” and has a really special perspective on the meaning of “home.” After growing up abroad, she has adopted a true love of traveling. She has plenty of travel tips, including tips on traveling alone and planning a trip to Asia (hint hint so all of you can come visit me in Japan!). For someone who has traveled all over the place, what’s her favorite city? You can find that out right here! Now go send her some love, k? :)
I have pretty much been in love with Ashley’s blog since I discovered it. She’s got everything from neat DIY projects, like this giant dreamcatcher to a chronology of her unique hair colors over the years. Did I mention she’s also funny? She’s got hilarious posts like this one about her hate for math and even thought-provoking posts like this one she wrote on her birthday. In case you want to up your blogging game, she’s got some great tips for all you hustlers out there. And if you’re just looking for something that’ll make you smile, you should check out the 10 things that make her happy. Ashley is a totally sweet, creative girl and I think you’ll dig her eclectic blog — there is definitely something for everyone! Go pop over to her blog and see for yourself!