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Six Success Secrets With the When I Grow Up Coach

Oct 1, 2010

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Michelle Ward is also known as The When I Grow Up Coach. She helps creative people devise the career they think they can’t have — or discover it to begin with. She works with creative types of all shapes and sizes: artists, crafters, writers, actors, comedians, photographers, dancers, and yes, even those whose creativity “just” extends to their ideas. Today she shares her secret with us. 

It’s been 199 days since I released the chains, untied the rock from around my ankle, and flew the coop. That’s right — March 4, 2010 was the day that I quit my day job and became The When I Grow Up Coach full time.

Last month, I made more money as a coach than I did at my corporate job. I can’t start with any new clients until November. I was about to launch my first e-course. And, well, it was working. Once I crunched the numbers, I turned to my husband and exclaimed, “Can you believe I’m pulling this off?!” Luke smiled and responded: “Yes. Yes I can.” I smiled smally (yes, smally), secretively, warmly, quietly and said: “Me too.”

I wish I’d been told The Secret earlier, although I don’t think I would have accepted it or believed in it at the time. I absolutely would have rolled my eyes if I didn’t experience it firsthand for myself.

When I Grow Up Print by stephaniecorfee

The Secret:

Be You. Whoever that is. Be you unapologetically, authentically, quirkily, sweetly, vulnerably. Be the you who wears blue nail polish to a business meeting. Be the you who says “amazeballs” so much you’re known for it. Be the you who creates an imaginary, silly, party-hat-wearing host for a “serious” product you’re launching, and then put him on a stick and record his voice-over in a French accent. Be the you who doesn’t go for perfection, but goes for authenticity and uniqueness.

You Already Know How to Fly by craftyfanny

Trust Your Compass. Don’t know where it’s located? Check your gut, your heart, your quiet voice, your “yes,” your feelings. Check in with your brain, but not for too long. When you have a decision to make or a path to travel, see where the excitement level is along with the fear level. Things that are exciting without the fear might be really fun, but there’s probably not much to gain. Fear without excitement is, as my parents call it, the Uh-Oh Feeling. When you have a decision to make or a road to travel, head to the place that holds an almost equal amount of fear and excitement. That’s your path. Head there without too much worry, knowing you have everything to gain.

yes yes yes Print by jessgonacha

Embrace the Optimist. I used to call myself an Optimistic Pessimist, or a Pessimistic Optimist (I was never sure which). While I would expect good things to happen, I was always looking over my shoulder for The Bad Thing to nip at its heels. One day not too long ago, I stopped believing in jinxes and bad luck. I stopped waiting for the other shoe to drop. Funny thing happened: I never found the other shoe, because I decided to never look for it. Not to say that the crapballs don’t hit the fan, but when it does, I know it’s happening for a reason, and I look for the lesson to take away from it. Yes, it still sucks, but I know that because of it there’s something to to learn, to build on, to grow.

there are lots of nice people to meet by laurageorge

Surround Yourself With Love. Surround yourself with the people who are good for your heart, your spirit, your attitude, your outlook, your optimism, your support, your confidence. Surround yourself with things that mean something to you, that bring back lovely memories, that represent happiness. Go to the places that give you inspiration, that hug you in a figurative way, that make you feel lit up and at peace. And if you’re forced to be elsewhere, plot how you’re going to leave. It may take a while, but it’s better than never living in that place, with those people, surrounded by those things, at all.

Live Your Dream/Grit and Moxie by artsyville

Know What You Need and Get It. Even if it takes time (and any place worth going probably will). Even if it’s scary. Even if it’s “impossible,” or “stupid,” or not something a “responsible” adult would do, or contains other words to put in quotes. Even if your parents, your partner, your friends just don’t get it. Even if it’s a bit embarrassing. Even if it’ll confuse people and make them question the person they think they know. Not to say this is a knock-down-drag-out battle or a whimsical declaration, but once you know what you need, it’s nearly impossible to look back and not go after it without big regrets.

Enjoy Where You Are. There’s time to go further. Your life is now. The present is your present, and the future will be there tomorrow. Stop and smell the roses, and all the cliches that go with it that you know to be true.

There they are. My Secrets, which make up The Secret — not only to my current success, but to, well, my lovely, sweet, kissy, warm, amazeballs life.

Find out exactly how Michelle quit her day job — and how you can too — in her post,
I Quit My Day Job! Are You Next?

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405 comments

  • abacusbeadcreations

    abacusbeadcreations said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for this inspiring article. I have my days when I feel like all my efforts are getting me nowhere. Ok, time to "Embrace the Optimist"!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    Aw, this is sweet. Nice sentiments.

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thank you!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    Great post. Affirmations and creative visualization can be powerful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • vloutextiles

    vloutextiles said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much! Very inspiring!

  • tangente

    tangente said 7 years ago

    Great article. Thank you for sharing.

  • thehopetree

    thehopetree said 7 years ago

    I used to give flowers a kiss to thank them for their beauty, somehow that got lost in the rush. I should do that again, it makes me happy.

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 7 years ago

    My husbands Gramma used to remind us that we had the same pair of pants to get happy in (when we were cranky, of course). Along the same lines, I'd say we have the same pair to be optimistic and chase our dreams in. I think this article is a nice reminder of that...Thanks!

  • Pinkpjs

    Pinkpjs said 7 years ago

    Excellent advice - wishing you much success!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the article and inspiration

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    great artwork :)

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank you!

  • vivagaildestash

    vivagaildestash said 7 years ago

    inspirational words! thank you!

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 7 years ago

    your enthusiasm is contagious! *love* the way you write!

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    Thanks so very much, everyone! I'm thrilled to share this all with you, as even though I'm not a seller I'm an Etsyholic!

  • WRsCottage

    WRsCottage said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful article. :) I especially like your advice about doing something you love, even if it's not what a "responsible" adult would do. It seems like a lot of people lose sight of their dreams because they feel they have a societal obligation to act "responsibly" in their career choices. It shouldn't be so!

  • theearthandskyco

    theearthandskyco said 7 years ago

    WOW! I am going to read this over a couple more times, and then pass it along to my daughter. Inspiring and insanely practical at the same time!

  • StrongBeads

    StrongBeads said 7 years ago

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/36691421/i-hope oooohhh I do hope toooooooo!

  • BarkingBirds

    BarkingBirds said 7 years ago

    Excellent article! Very motivating. :D

  • StrongBeads

    StrongBeads said 7 years ago

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/36691421/i-hope OOOO I just write I do hope toooooo!!!!!

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 7 years ago

    great thanks x

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    thank you )

  • CreationsMichelle333

    CreationsMichelle333 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for your encouraging words. Etsy shops should be about friends,creativity, fun and ok...selling or buying. But your article was very good and thanks abunch.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    fantastic post - well said! thanks!

  • MeganKathleen

    MeganKathleen said 7 years ago

    Amazeballs FTW! - Thank you for a great article!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration and food for thought!

  • stephaniecorfee

    stephaniecorfee said 7 years ago

    michelle! i loved reading this. my fave part was about the chracter on a stick with a french voice-over!! and thank you for including my "when i grow up" print in your article. it made my friday : )

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    You can't imagine how much I needed to read this article on this day! Thank you Michelle! :)

  • SomeWheninTime

    SomeWheninTime said 7 years ago

    Wonderful, inspiring, inciteful! Thank you. Oh, I cannot forget Timely.

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiffabulous said 7 years ago

    Amazing post! Thank you so much, I really needed that.

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    Awesome words to live by...

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for a great read. No fun having passion without having fun... :)

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 7 years ago

    very encouraging! Thank you for sharing!

  • smeesaw

    smeesaw said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much! I'm only just starting my Etsy so this is very inspiring and encouraging! xoxo

  • thewildplum

    thewildplum said 7 years ago

    Apparently you are my fairy goofmother, sporting a silly hat and blue fingernail polish. And apparently you are kindly whacking me in my dreabox and gingerly chucking amazeballs at me. It worked. See, I was pondering so much of what you wrote last night. Thank you!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    great advice. truly positive and optimistic!

  • myBeachWishes

    myBeachWishes said 7 years ago

    I loved your article and I wish you continued success.Staying positive and optimistic is something I strive for, and your great suggestions really inspire me.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Beautiful message. I quit my day job a year and a half ago. Never looked back!

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt said 7 years ago

    Inspiring! Thank you for this great article...I needed it right now!

  • WaveofLife

    WaveofLife said 7 years ago

    Love this! Am trying to learn to live by the quote "Be the you who doesn't go for perfection, but goes for authenticity and uniqueness." Life is happier when I do.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    great article! thank you : )

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    You guys are making my day/week/October. Thanks so much for all your kind words! @abacusbeadcreations: I know it's easier said than done, but start small! Even if you just decide to experiment (I love that word!) with being an optimist for "just" a day, it'll make a difference! @thehopetree: That's so sweet! I bet those flowers miss your lips & will be happy to receive 'em :) @SunshineandRavioli: I talk about "cranky pants" all the time, but never thought of the "happy/optimistic/dream-chasing" pants! Such a great visual. One of you amazeballs artists hop to it! Ha! @WRsCottage: Amen & hallelujah! Even though I'm The When I Grow Up Coach, "growing up" doesn't hafta be about seriousness and wearing your hair in a bun and shushing kids. It can - it needs to be! - fun and playful, too! @stephaniecorfee: I was so excited to find it, not only for obvious reasons, but for the types of careers you listed. It so goes along with my beliefs! I just love it. Oh, and you can hear the "character on a stick with a French voiceover" here: http://thedeclarationofyou.com @thewildplum: I'm SO the Fairy Goofmother! I wear that silly hat/blue fingernails proudly. Oh I just LOVE it. Everyone Else: (blush) and thank you, thank you. I'm just thrilled to be able to contribute here!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • purlsofcolour

    purlsofcolour said 7 years ago

    Great pep-talk! As one who never has grown-up, I salute you, sista!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    Loves!

  • RedHotKitchen

    RedHotKitchen said 7 years ago

    I second that emotion ----> Amazing post! Have the amazeballs to be yourself =)

  • LucentJewels

    LucentJewels said 7 years ago

    Wow! A really inspiring post for a newbie who's wondering whether she can make it happen ;-) Congratulations on your success and thanks for the great tips.

  • uptowntotscanada

    uptowntotscanada said 7 years ago

    very inspirational..........have a great weekend!! :)

  • patchesnthings

    patchesnthings said 7 years ago

    Very encouraging! Thank you!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    beautiful... i think this takes many years (if you're lucky) to figure out.. good for you. loved this message!

  • botanicaphoto

    botanicaphoto said 7 years ago

    Well said, Michelle!

  • BannerCat

    BannerCat said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this post. I was just talking over with a friend all the different things I would like to accomplish. It is so true that just being yourself is the secret. I can't wait to keep mulling this post over and see what comes of it in my life!

  • connectthedotscrafts

    connectthedotscrafts said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for this - these are all things that I know in my heart, and it's so wonderful to get this kind of affirmation. I know I can do it! And I am!

  • ecodogstore

    ecodogstore said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Nice article

  • karleesart

    karleesart said 7 years ago

    I'm shocked that you didn't know this would touch people. I personally NEED to hear these things! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I'm printing this out and posting it on my "remember wall"! Being myself is the easiest way to BE! aaahhhhh.

  • ME2Designs

    ME2Designs said 7 years ago

    This is truly an inspirational and uplifting post - thanks so much for sharing!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success, Michelle. Off to read the blog.

  • kiamichi7

    kiamichi7 said 7 years ago

    Right on, Amazeballs Michelle... you go girl!

  • SageandSilverJewelry

    SageandSilverJewelry said 7 years ago

    What a great article, positive energy keeps us going!

  • BlindTigerFlasks

    BlindTigerFlasks said 7 years ago

    Great inspiring story!! Cheers All!!

  • littleleezard

    littleleezard said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring through and through. Thank you so much! AMAZEBALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SageandSilverJewelry

    SageandSilverJewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the sharing this with everyone. You've gotta have that positive energy to keep going!

  • cadreams

    cadreams said 7 years ago

    Amazeballs! So uplifting-I need to re-read this every day-thank you for a great article!

  • FABRINICO

    FABRINICO said 7 years ago

    "Optimistic Pessimist Pessimistic Optimist" <--- That's how I feel now, I need some Positive Energy, thanks for the inspiration

  • SweetEventide

    SweetEventide said 7 years ago

    Love seeing my amazeballs coach here today! Hi Michelle, you life-changing woman!

  • joyinmystudio

    joyinmystudio said 7 years ago

    Amen! Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing!!

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 7 years ago

    lovely tips!

  • tatteredwhimsy

    tatteredwhimsy said 7 years ago

    I love everything you've written! I really needed this today. I'm so glad to be here. I'm new here at Etsy but feel more at home now. Thank you for helping me see that I can be what-ever I want to be. What a fun, enlightening, wonderful post. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • honeytree

    honeytree said 7 years ago

    Great article and wonderfully written ! thank you :)

  • MJSGems

    MJSGems said 7 years ago

    yery inspiring! thanks

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    Michelle, what a wonderful post and encouraging advice! xxx

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! My shop is based around these principles. You just have to believe in yourself as a perfect creator of your reality...beautiful!

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 7 years ago

    great...love what you wrote,so deep and sweet,from the inside with reality and with warmth.Thanks,it is so true!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Thank's for the inspiration!

  • JMMStudios

    JMMStudios said 7 years ago

    Thank you for a wonderful article! I needed a little reassurance and optimism right now.

  • Celticcatphotos

    Celticcatphotos said 7 years ago

    Thank You, Thank You!!!!!!!

  • wildstrawberry

    wildstrawberry said 7 years ago

    Wow, love this article! thank you

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the encouragement. I have my own ups and downs but somehow keep coming back to creativity. I just hate when I think about giving up.

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    What a great article!! Thanks for giving me permission to enjoy success, instead of wondering what will go wrong and ruin things because this is too good to be true!! So funny how people are so similar in their secret thoughts...

  • 3pearls

    3pearls said 7 years ago

    This is pretty inspirational for all of us who are still "livin in a van down by the river." :)

  • heatherlmurphy

    heatherlmurphy said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much, I found this to be so helpful as I am trying to put some new energy into my shoppe. Amazeballs - love that word!

  • sunsetsandtea

    sunsetsandtea said 7 years ago

    I absolutely believe it's possible! Wishing everyone on Etsy who wants to quit their job the greatest success!!

  • CoffyCrochet

    CoffyCrochet said 7 years ago

    What an amazing article! Thank you so much - Im new here at etsy and waiting for my first sale - this really gives me hope that it will happen soon!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    I just have to say, I adore your approach to life, your husbands support of said approach, and your moxie to grab it with full gusto and enthusiasm. It is my mantra to my children, find your passionate and make it your career - whatever it may be - and you'll never be sorry. You are an awesome inspiration and for that I thank you and wish you all the very best life has to offer.

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! Thank you!

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thank you so much for sharing your secrets with us!

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 7 years ago

    I truly enjoyed this- thanks!

  • missantique

    missantique said 7 years ago

    so wonderful, thank you for sharing. being yourself is helping everyone! good job!

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs said 7 years ago

    Thanks, coach.

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    thank you, excellent advice :) well done to Michelle and may her dreams keep coming true :)

  • miznovember

    miznovember said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh. I want to hug you for this post. This is good advice for anyone and everyone out there. I love it.

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 7 years ago

    Thanks Michelle, i needed this reminder, i quit my day job too (2 years ago) and trying to build something new for me here, it's slow but i'll keep on improving as this is the path for me

  • ajbeads59

    ajbeads59 said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! I needed this! Just started listing on Etsy last week. I'm so excited! Love this :)

  • mnmnb1452

    mnmnb1452 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful. Share a website with you , ( clothes6.us ) Believe you will love it.

  • fadefade

    fadefade said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, a complete believer in the path that holds excitement and fear equally is the place to go.

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 7 years ago

    Awww... so sweet! Good for you!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 7 years ago

    Great post!!!!!

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 7 years ago

    Great Article!!!! I love the secret!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Wonderful advice! Thanks!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 7 years ago

    Thank you - excellent advice - I'm inspired! :-)

  • TheVintageShopper

    TheVintageShopper said 7 years ago

    Love it. Just what I needed to hear!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful advices !!! I believe too !!! On day :)))

  • lrobinson

    lrobinson said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing your (our collective) truth! onward! xxx

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Fabulous article really heartwarming, thanks for sharing!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Great article, very heartwarming thanks for sharing!

  • FarleyHeath

    FarleyHeath said 7 years ago

    Printing this. Or having it tattooed on arms in chocolate paint!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    very good advice. i found the fear = excitement point interesting as i might have guessed that the fear part would be a sign to avoid! but it really makes sense to have it there :)

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 7 years ago

    That's a great article! Her words really smack you in the face. Thank you for sharing it with those of us who'd love to get there one day. :)

  • ALittleDot

    ALittleDot said 7 years ago

    This is so sweet.

  • squeakybutterfly

    squeakybutterfly said 7 years ago

    Words to live by!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • Sabeena

    Sabeena said 7 years ago

    Inspiring and encouraging. Thank You

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiring story, I had to go back and read it again

  • hottinroofneworleans

    hottinroofneworleans said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! These are simple things but easy to overlook if you're not careful!

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 7 years ago

    I will quit my day job, I will quit my day job, I will quit my day job,................... xoxo

  • laurastark

    laurastark said 7 years ago

    I love your "Trust your compass". We should all embrace the fear of the unknown and see where it leads us. Thanks.

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 7 years ago

    Thanks for your words of inspiration! I definitely feel like there are people in my life that "just don't get it," or think that you can't really make a living being an artist because you need a "real job". But, I know its what I have felt led to do and want to do, so I do it anyways! :)

  • KnittyLittleThings

    KnittyLittleThings said 7 years ago

    Just what I needed to read today!! Thank you so much for the inspiration :)

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

    Very sweet, thanks so much!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article!!! Those are the WORDS TO LIVE BY!!!!

  • crcurlygirlie

    crcurlygirlie said 7 years ago

    This article has given me so much hope of becoming successful in my crafty endeavours!! I favorited this, and I plan on reading it every day ... it'll give me that extra boost of confidence I need to have faith in myself and the things I do to be happy. Bless you & Thanks so much for sharing!

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 7 years ago

    Great article - I'll try and take this to heart and work at the advice you give. :D

  • stephaniemonroe

    stephaniemonroe said 7 years ago

    Great article! She is inspiring. I really agree with knowing what you need to do and doing it, even if it's weird or quirky or people don't understand you. Those are the obstacles that keep us from becoming who we really are. Love it! Thanks for the inspirational advice!

  • littlefoxarts

    littlefoxarts said 7 years ago

    LOVED this post! I sent it to a few friends. Very inspirational.... reminds me who and what is important

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 7 years ago

    I agree!

  • RedMarionette

    RedMarionette said 7 years ago

    This post really hit a cord with me this morning. Be proud of who you are and what you make even if it isnt what society expects from you! Inspiring, truthful and still dreamy! Beautifully put and all things we should consider in life. Thank you for being a breath of fresh air. I have shared this with many of my family and friends.

  • MagicandMud

    MagicandMud said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this post. I feel like it hit a cord with me (along with so many other people I'm positive!). I will re-read this post often I think. :)

  • exclusivelyhannah

    exclusivelyhannah said 7 years ago

    So cool! and inspiring! made me glad i'm going to school for something i love! and proud that i didn't take the easy way out and run from the prospect of finances!! Thanks!

  • HugAPugStudios

    HugAPugStudios said 7 years ago

    "Even if your parents, your partner, your friends just don't get it. Even if it's a bit embarrassing. Even if it'll confuse people and make them question the person they think they know." -------------------------------------------------------Wow this article sums up my enire feelings about real work and etsy and enjoying the life I want to create for myself. This was so enjoyable to read. I'm so glad I don't feel alone with all these thoughts. Thanks Michelle for writing this article!

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa said 7 years ago

    I love that one, especially as I am often so quick to give up and chuck it all. I will just keep going now because I want something in my life to achieve.

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    @maggiemaevintage - You're so right! It took me 2 years & 7 months to leave my day job, but it's a short amount of time when you're looking at the bigger picture. So worth it! @karleesart - OK, ya got me - I'm not totally shocked because this came directly from my journal, which was so scary for me! But I was also excited about releasing to The World at Large with the hopes that it would help others along. Also, it initially was posted as a not-as-beefy post on my blog, and it seemed to really resonate. But to see the outpouring of all these amazeballs comments, well, it's really touching for me. It's absolutely a dream come true! Oh, and I LOVE the idea of a "remember wall." SO great to keep everything you need in the forefront of your mind. @SweetEventide - Hi Jess! And it's great seeing YOU here right now. You're amazeballs. @tatteredwhimsy - Amen and hallelujah! :) @SweetandDandyVintage - "You just have to believe in yourself as a perfect creator of your reality." Dead on! @janicewd - As a actress who went to NYU & pounded (my head against) the pavement for about 10 years, I so so so know what you mean. And while coaching is now my new passion, part of the reason I decided to go into it is so I could create my own schedule and perform when I want/the opportunity arises! So no, you don't ever have to give it up, but can decide to maybe pursue it in a new way. I give out a 21-page workbook, appropriately titled "Pounding (Your Head Against) the Pavement: A super-free, super-awesome workbook that'll make the swelling go down" to everyone who signs up to receive my newsletter. If you think it would help, feel free to sign up! http://eepurl.com/VWr @sweetjane - I call those voices our Vampire Voices, because they suck the good stuff right outta ya! And yes, in working with 80+ clients, I've definitely found so many similarities. You're not as weird as ya think! Ha! @3pearls - Lovin' the Chris Farley reference. That is all :) @heatherlmurphy - Feel free to spread the "amazeballs" love! It needs to take over the world! @MagicMarkingsArt - Your children as so very lucky to have such a smart & supportive Mom! Although I have to add that it's also equally important to notice, and be OK, when dreams change. I spent 20 years dreaming - & chasing! - of being on Broadway, and it was devastating/scary/confusing when I realized in my late 20s that it was no longer my dream. Thankfully I have a mother just like you and a wonderful support network that held me up, helped me figure it out, and encouraged me along! @miznovember - If you ever find yourself in Brooklyn, I'll take you up on that hug! :) @TheJoyofColor - That's the spirit! It's all about building on what works & noticing when something's "broken." Focus on the good stuff that you're doing & you'll absolutely make it happen! @FarleyHeath - Ooh, delicious! Much better than a regular ol' tattoo! :) @gretchenmist - In my old age/life coachy-ness, I absolutely believe that fear is a positive emotion. It alerts us as to (a) what we need to be safe (b) the possible roadblocks that are gonna get in our way and (c) what's important to us. @thedaydreamer - Do 1 thing, no matter how little, every day to get you towards your goal, and I guarantee ya you'll get there! @SmilingGirlStudio - Just like that Little Engine! Love it! @laurastark - Amen! Although feel free to build the biggest safety net you can, and take tiny baby steps to get you there. Baby steps are so underrated, but build a strong foundation in getting you where you need to go! @NSpottery - Good for you! And not to say to kick all those peeps to the curb, but make sure you find some believers to cheer you on. I'm sure Etsy is a great place to start! @RedMarionette - I definitely have both feet on the ground and my head in the clouds a bit. Not a bad place to be! @Everyone else - I want to respond to all of you, but I'm afraid I'll miss this beautiful fall day :) Please know that I so appreciate all of your kind words and thoughts today!

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    @maggiemaevintage - You're so right! It took me 2 years & 7 months to leave my day job, but it's a short amount of time when you're looking at the bigger picture. So worth it! @karleesart - OK, ya got me - I'm not totally shocked because this came directly from my journal, which was so scary for me! But I was also excited about releasing to The World at Large with the hopes that it would help others along. Also, it initially was posted as a not-as-beefy post on my blog, and it seemed to really resonate. But to see the outpouring of all these amazeballs comments, well, it's really touching for me. It's absolutely a dream come true! Oh, and I LOVE the idea of a "remember wall." SO great to keep everything you need in the forefront of your mind. @SweetEventide - Hi Jess! And it's great seeing YOU here right now. You're amazeballs. @tatteredwhimsy - Amen and hallelujah! :) @SweetandDandyVintage - "You just have to believe in yourself as a perfect creator of your reality." Dead on! @janicewd - As a actress who went to NYU & pounded (my head against) the pavement for about 10 years, I so so so know what you mean. And while coaching is now my new passion, part of the reason I decided to go into it is so I could create my own schedule and perform when I want/the opportunity arises! So no, you don't ever have to give it up, but can decide to maybe pursue it in a new way. I give out a 21-page workbook, appropriately titled "Pounding (Your Head Against) the Pavement: A super-free, super-awesome workbook that'll make the swelling go down" to everyone who signs up to receive my newsletter. If you think it would help, feel free to sign up! http://eepurl.com/VWr @sweetjane - I call those voices our Vampire Voices, because they suck the good stuff right outta ya! And yes, in working with 80+ clients, I've definitely found so many similarities. You're not as weird as ya think! Ha! @3pearls - Lovin' the Chris Farley reference. That is all :) @heatherlmurphy - Feel free to spread the "amazeballs" love! It needs to take over the world! @MagicMarkingsArt - Your children as so very lucky to have such a smart & supportive Mom! Although I have to add that it's also equally important to notice, and be OK, when dreams change. I spent 20 years dreaming - & chasing! - of being on Broadway, and it was devastating/scary/confusing when I realized in my late 20s that it was no longer my dream. Thankfully I have a mother just like you and a wonderful support network that held me up, helped me figure it out, and encouraged me along! @miznovember - If you ever find yourself in Brooklyn, I'll take you up on that hug! :) @TheJoyofColor - That's the spirit! It's all about building on what works & noticing when something's "broken." Focus on the good stuff that you're doing & you'll absolutely make it happen! @FarleyHeath - Ooh, delicious! Much better than a regular ol' tattoo! :) @gretchenmist - In my old age/life coachy-ness, I absolutely believe that fear is a positive emotion. It alerts us as to (a) what we need to be safe (b) the possible roadblocks that are gonna get in our way and (c) what's important to us. @thedaydreamer - Do 1 thing, no matter how little, every day to get you towards your goal, and I guarantee ya you'll get there! @SmilingGirlStudio - Just like that Little Engine! Love it! @laurastark - Amen! Although feel free to build the biggest safety net you can, and take tiny baby steps to get you there. Baby steps are so underrated, but build a strong foundation in getting you where you need to go! @NSpottery - Good for you! And not to say to kick all those peeps to the curb, but make sure you find some believers to cheer you on. I'm sure Etsy is a great place to start! @RedMarionette - I definitely have both feet on the ground and my head in the clouds a bit. Not a bad place to be! @Everyone else - I want to respond to all of you, but I'm afraid I'll miss this beautiful fall day :) Please know that I so appreciate all of your kind words and thoughts today!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful. The simple things are the hardest to believe. Love your article. <3 Andrea

  • llgcgiftsboutique

    llgcgiftsboutique said 7 years ago

    So true~ and inspiring! Thank you for sharing!!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    Just such a lovely post! I'm so inspired by your attitude and zeal for life! I've subscribed to your newsletter and I'm excited to receive it. I've recently quit my day job and I could use some inspiration! I love soap making and I am super excited to put 100% into it. Now I am trying to dive in and figure it all out, organizing, marketing, advertising, etc.. Thanks for your post! ♥

  • adorned7

    adorned7 said 7 years ago

    I especially like the part about "surround yourself with people that are good for your heart"! Well said!

  • Defabricate

    Defabricate said 7 years ago

    Michelle- great advice, and how cool of you to respond to so many comments! I follow you on Twitter but it was a pleasant surprise to come across this article here on Etsy as well. Best wishes!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    So inspirational! and sooo true: Embrace the Optimist Thanks for the wise words

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages said 7 years ago

    How inspirational! I will be revisiting this post when I need a motivational kick in the butt :) Thank you for sharing!

  • madamelecrochet

    madamelecrochet said 7 years ago

    Love it, you're so inspiring, and motivational.......Really love it!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    thank you so much for the reminder that you have to trust the you in you to make a go as an artist you may not be rich you may not even make a dime but you will be the you you were meant to be somewhere someone will resonate with your expressions

  • laurageorge

    laurageorge said 7 years ago

    what a lovely article, thanks so much for including my artwork & thank you for the inspiration & encouraging thoughts! x x

  • SweetbriarOriginals

    SweetbriarOriginals said 7 years ago

    This is such a great article. I lost my day job 2 months ago and didn't know what to do. I have been trying to follow this dream of mine and these words have just encouraged me to keep going. Thanks.

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful graphics! Great read!

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 7 years ago

    Amazing inspiration and artwork! Thanks very much!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    I love this... I'm constantly telling myself to take the leap, but now I realize it's not just me telling me to do this! Thank you so much for the inspiration and congrats on leaving you "day" job for something so much better!

  • jolinne

    jolinne said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article and so so true! I feel exactly the same way, quiting my day job 2 months ago was just like you described "untied the rock from around my ankle"... I feel so free and happy finally doing what I love. I wish you the best of luck driving more and more people to take the leap!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    your rad attitude makes me think of a line from a stevie wonder song...'when you're movin' in the positive, your destination is the brightest star!' xo thank you

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 7 years ago

    Encouraging, fun, spirit uplifting I remember having few friends as a child, Yet many books that were super great friends

  • mishmishmarket

    mishmishmarket said 7 years ago

    love it! great article and great art to go along! wishing you continued success! - susie

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    @BambuEarth - Thanks so much for signing up for my newsletter! The next one's out tomorrow at 1p Eastern, so you won't hafta wait long :) And can I say that your soap looks DELICIOUS?! Seriously, I wanna eat it. @Defabricate - Well, it's so cool that so many people commented! So happy to connect with everyone here, but I think twitter will always be my boyfriend :) @VelveteenHabbit - Amen & hallelujah! And as long as you stay true to you, well then, I think you'd look back on your life with very very few regrets. @laurageorge - I LOVE your work, Laura. So funny and quirky and awesome. You're definitely a big inspiration for me, so thank you for what you do! @SweetbriarOriginals - Ohmygosh, that's so nice to hear, although I can imagine how scary a time it must be for you now. Keep your chin up & keep working on your dream/goal every day & you'll get there - promise! @julessabjewelry - Just a note that, well, I think leaps are overrated! Ha! Yes, there might be a point where you HAVE to leap (like leaving your day job), but you can prepare yourself with a big ol' safety net lying on the ground and take baby steps every day on that net until, suddenly, you find the net's gone. That's absolutely how I did it, and how I encourage my clients to make it happen. The Leap doesn't have to be so scary! @jolinne - Congrats to you, Jolinne! We're both flying free now :) @hankietankie - What song is that? I must find it! A continued thanks to everyone that comments. So happy to connect with all of you!

  • Ch7tina7

    Ch7tina7 said 7 years ago

    This article hits close to home. I love more excuses to be the ever-changing and quirky-me!

  • Ch7tina7

    Ch7tina7 said 7 years ago

    p.s. I recently left my day job too! Have never been happier... and this article makes me feel much better about my choice. Please visit the beginnings of my new job-I mean etsy site, and "heart me!"

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 7 years ago

    Gosh thank you so much! I hate my day job and I only do it 2 days a week. There was a time when I couldn't think of ever doing anything else but it is sucking the life out of me and I want out. Thanks for the reminder that I *can* do it. xo

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    wonderful advice....i like to say "don't color in the lines."

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    @ch7tina7 - No excuses - it can just be you! :) And BTW your jewelry's so pretty. I just hearted the Bird on a Branch necklace :)

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 7 years ago

    Thanks. I love it; every last word. And I think you're amazeballs. I look forward to reading your "quit your day job" next!

  • chaingmaimade

    chaingmaimade said 7 years ago

    Great Article. Just make it happen> CHEERS!

  • xoazuree

    xoazuree said 7 years ago

    I loved this article!! Thank you for sharing your insights!! Sometimes it's so hard to truly be yourself because you want to succeed so badly but from what I've read online being yourself truly is the key!!

  • colorada

    colorada said 7 years ago

    I love this...great timing for me, too. Thanks!

  • clearerreflections

    clearerreflections said 7 years ago

    Great article! I needed these words of encouragement on this gloomy Monday morning!! Thank you!!

  • tillymaison

    tillymaison said 7 years ago

    fabulous article. so motivating, thanks for sharing :)

  • servingyouart

    servingyouart said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for your inspiring words .I can see why you were able to quit your day job . You really have a way of getting down to what is important .

  • UneBelleVie

    UneBelleVie said 7 years ago

    Amazing article! Thank-you! This is exactly what I needed and I actually think I'm going to save it for the next time I get in a bit of a slump :) Thank-you again!!!

  • makingthishome

    makingthishome said 7 years ago

    I always love Michelle's playful approach to life and career. Thanks for sharing this - I love it!

  • divinagioielli

    divinagioielli said 7 years ago

    I'm feeling inspired :)

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    @CloudLoveBaby - You can, you can! Remember, baby steps take you far. @recycledwares - Such a great one. I live by that, too! Part of the quirkiness I've learned to love about myself :) @xoazuree - I hafta ask...is there a disconnect for you between being successful and being yourself? Where do/can they meet? @clearerreflections - It's gloomy in Brooklyn too. I'm gonna do a jig when the sun comes out! A continued thanks to everyone who's commented here. It's been so exciting talking with all of you!

  • SilkenTreasures

    SilkenTreasures said 7 years ago

    Thank you for your article. I needed it. I'm just starting out and I needed the reminder to have fun and just be me. That it doesn't have to be serious. Thanks a lot.

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 7 years ago

    I'm inspired to 'climb every mountain' like Maria now!

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 7 years ago

    LOVE this article! Thanks for starting off my week with such an inspiring note. Patience and living in the now is something I often forget.

  • jessgonacha

    jessgonacha said 7 years ago

    Michelle, you amaze me!! This article is fantastic, and look at all these comments! Amazing! Thank you for including one of my prints. :) I agree 100% with makingthishome's comment above-- your playful approach to life and career always inspire me to live in the most fun way that I can. I can't wait to teach our e-course together! How lucky am I to get to collaborate with you? Very lucky indeed.

  • pinkshirtsncarwrecks

    pinkshirtsncarwrecks said 7 years ago

    thank you for reminding me to forge ahead!

  • SweetBabyJanesShop

    SweetBabyJanesShop said 7 years ago

    This is so great and so well timed! The perfect inspiration to start my week. Thank you so much!

  • chriswaind

    chriswaind said 7 years ago

    Utterly inspirational. I was just feeling a little bit sorry for myself, and you elevated my spirits. Thank you very much for this article. I'm now signing up for your newsletter and checking out your site. I'm just starting to build the foundations to a new work/life model, and I may need your help along the way. Cheers. CW.

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U said 7 years ago

    Needed to hear it! Thanks so much.

  • iamOLDLIB

    iamOLDLIB said 7 years ago

    I needed this today. thanks for the reminders.

  • shoreandmore

    shoreandmore said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring...love those who are motivated!

  • bedlambeauty

    bedlambeauty said 7 years ago

    I must say, this really just made a difference for me. It may sound a little crazy, but i think this article just became my handbook for life. As a 19 year old freshman in college whose had her share of hard times, this honestly gives me hope that I can one day fallow through with my dreams and actually live them out. So, I just wanted to say thank you for writing this. I haven't felt this inspired in years. Thanks again.

  • laurageorge

    laurageorge said 7 years ago

    holy man, there are some really good vibes being spread around here on this webpage! i'm getting little happy chills :D

  • ApplewoodBazaar

    ApplewoodBazaar said 7 years ago

    Awesome article, Thanks!

  • Mokkafiveoclock

    Mokkafiveoclock said 7 years ago

    That`s wat I wanted to hear (or read) today. Thank you.

  • sunshadow

    sunshadow said 7 years ago

    A friend and mentor of mine Bredan Nichols says that we have to reach a snap point in our lives to give us the momentum to make the changes we need. I am at my snap point and reading this article has given me the momentum. Many thanks ;-)

  • jesspeak

    jesspeak said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much. I will write my essay filled with so much inspiration. :)

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 7 years ago

    You made me feel great with your post!

  • polkadotshop

    polkadotshop said 7 years ago

    I love this! So inspirational!!

  • LoveHonorUpcycle

    LoveHonorUpcycle said 7 years ago

    This so sums up my hopes, dreams, wishes....It was such a feel good, pick-me-up, reach for the stars kinda article I feel I can do anything today:) Thank you!!!

  • gfountoukis

    gfountoukis said 7 years ago

    thank you :)

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    @servingyouart - "The When I Grow Up Coach: Getting Down To What's Important." Might be my new tagline! :) @SilkenTreasures - Exactly! Unless you are serious, naturally. Then serious it up! :) @tiemee - Oh, you're bringing out the musical theater nerd in me! Although I so don't love "Sound of Music." When "Edelweiss" comes on, I must leave the room. Blech. @AutumnJo - Funnily enough, I think "patience" and "living in the now" go hand in hand. Take it from a native New Yawker. @jessgonacha - Shut your face, lady! You're so sweet to comment here with your sweetness. I super love working with you. It's absolutely been my top favorite result in leaving my day job behind! We never could have pulled off The Declaration of You (blatant self-promotion: http://thedeclarationofyou.com) otherwise, and I'm thankful every day that you wanted to collaborate with ME! Aw, we're in love. @chriswaind - I ain't going anywhere, so when/if you need me, give a holler! I also plan on unveiling super awesome new stuff (e-books, group coaching, workshops, etc) throughout 2011, so you'll definitely hear about it first in my newsletter. Happy to have you! @bedlambeauty -Wow. Just...wow. Thank you so very, very much. @laurageorge - Right?! It's amazeballs. @sunshadow - That phrase is so visual, "snap point." I can hear it in my mind, and picture a snap pea breaking cleanly in half. Humans are definitely not meant to break that way, so I'm glad you're using it to get momentum and make sure you don't break in two! And a continued Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to everyone else here! So happy to be introduced to all of you.

  • handpaintedsilks

    handpaintedsilks said 7 years ago

    awesome! thanks

  • sewrubymoon

    sewrubymoon said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring words. I'm bookmarking this for when I need pep talk ;)

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    what a great post!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    and yes, you had me at amazeballs

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this. Lately I've been struggling a lot with the idea of whether trying to make a living via my craft is incompatible with being a "responsible adult." So that bit especially was just what I needed to hear right now!

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing! @ DoBatsEatCats: I hear you! ;)

  • NaughtyNaughty

    NaughtyNaughty said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • RitzeeRebel

    RitzeeRebel said 7 years ago

    Great, helpful tips here, thank you!

  • ovejanegra

    ovejanegra said 7 years ago

    so inspirational, what a great post!! thank you!!!

  • DigitalCS

    DigitalCS said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  • mbartstudios

    mbartstudios said 7 years ago

    thank you for such an inspiring post!

  • peacoxcreations

    peacoxcreations said 7 years ago

    For more years than I care to admit, this type of positive living has served me well. Another thing: when you look at yourself in the mirror, smile! That silly gesture can do wonders!!

  • susiepainter

    susiepainter said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! thanks for the inspiration...we can do it!

  • Irisblueartworks

    Irisblueartworks said 7 years ago

    Love it! Thanks!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 7 years ago

    Fabulous post! This should be required reading for everyone!

  • LionLambStudio

    LionLambStudio said 7 years ago

    Thank you for these great words of wisdom!

  • LeapARTandVintage

    LeapARTandVintage said 7 years ago

    Thank you, great words of advice,and super sweet too!!

  • Janit

    Janit said 7 years ago

    Keep amazeballing! The world needs more people like you. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • RailwayStreet

    RailwayStreet said 7 years ago

    You always find good advice when you most need it- when you're contemplating a leap, or seeking reassurance that you were right to leap..... Thanks so much for this- it's not only lovely, but really true. And the truth will set you free :)

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery said 7 years ago

    Love it -I think we all could do with a coach like you!

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational. What a great read especially when I'm crazy stressed and busy!

  • LolaFalkDesigns

    LolaFalkDesigns said 7 years ago

    This is awesome - and exactly what I follow to keep living a life I love and ensure that every minute of every day is spent doing things I want to do! Hope this article gives a nudge to those of you who know what you want but are a bit too scared to make the move. Do it!

  • bluelarkspur

    bluelarkspur said 7 years ago

    Just the positive, cheerful pep-talk I needed at just the right time. Thank you!

  • TheDreadedBagLady

    TheDreadedBagLady said 7 years ago

    This was amazing! Like you're a real live Star Girl (Great book)!!! Thanks

  • chelebert12

    chelebert12 said 7 years ago

    Loooovely!!!

  • RocCityPretty

    RocCityPretty said 7 years ago

    The world needs real-life coaches like you.

  • joanrickard

    joanrickard said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the reminder. We are often looking out there we forget to be here and enjoy it.

  • ShanghaiLove

    ShanghaiLove said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Never give up, just need to keep trying and trying. Tomorrow will be a wonderful day. =)

  • DragonsWood

    DragonsWood said 7 years ago

    This was wonderful. I've spent the past ten months figuring out how to express who I am through my crafting, as well as how to, as you put it, trust my compass. Thank you, thank you for showing me that I'm on the right track, and for giving me more to look forward too.

  • ornamentsbyjennifer

    ornamentsbyjennifer said 7 years ago

    I really needed this! Thank you!

  • nannygs

    nannygs said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspirtation, I needed it I seem to be getting low

  • Rosalinart

    Rosalinart said 7 years ago

    The energy you put out there is so positive!!!!!!!! I am really in a new path and I do have goals to meet, your article is one of the most moving for me, I need you to be my coach!!

  • Mymothersgarden

    Mymothersgarden said 7 years ago

    So much heartfelt inspiration in this article! I loved it! Thank you, Michelle.♥*¨

  • TinsAndThings

    TinsAndThings said 7 years ago

    The most inspiring post I've read yet! Thank you.

  • bluebirdsandblossoms

    bluebirdsandblossoms said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article - thanks for sharing! I especially like the section about surrounding yourself with people who are good for your heart, etc. - that positive support is essential for creative entrepreneurs.

  • GwenR

    GwenR said 7 years ago

    This article ROCKS! Just sent it off to three friends and my HUSBAND! Thank you!

  • paramijewelry

    paramijewelry said 7 years ago

    Love, love, love this! Thanks for sharing such inspirational advice.

  • franticfiberfun

    franticfiberfun said 7 years ago

    I so needed to hear this right now. :-D

  • NaughtyBaubles

    NaughtyBaubles said 7 years ago

    Just what I needed to read on a night like tonight. Amazing words to live life by....Thanks and hopefully one day we all will be able to break free...lol

  • NinarArt

    NinarArt said 7 years ago

    This was just exactly what I needed to read today. The day I decided I really want to pursue my art dreams.

  • KnittingsMyBag

    KnittingsMyBag said 7 years ago

    Loved it! Hope you write more!

  • barefeetonthemoon

    barefeetonthemoon said 7 years ago

    You are a shining star! Absolutely brilliant, honest, simple and inspiring work. I'm glad you exist and do what you do so well, people need believing. Big hug

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    LOVE It, too1 Thank you for sharing with us!!!

  • EruptPrints

    EruptPrints said 7 years ago

    I truly could do with a coach like you : ) What a lovely and well written piece

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 7 years ago

    Thank you . Inspirational and just love the illustrations!

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose said 7 years ago

    Very cool. Nothing like blasting through the fear so often associated with creative pursuits. Love it!

  • tagyouritbykari

    tagyouritbykari said 7 years ago

    So with you, this week God gave me a surprising nudge in the etsy realm!

  • erindove

    erindove said 7 years ago

    thank you, my eyes are all watery. my little sister is having a life crisis at 20 and i will send this to her, i know it will help.

  • CrazyMonkeyTees

    CrazyMonkeyTees said 7 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on being brave enough to leap from a "nest-of-existence" and going out to make yourself happy (We only get one chance to do it, after all). So many people won't out of fears, or look to others to complete their happiness for them. How wonderful you've gotten to a happy place, and now you're job is making others happy ... with themselves. M-

  • paulbead

    paulbead said 7 years ago

    Very positive help. I want to quit may day job as a coach and make and sell glass beads full time.lol

  • StellarRelics

    StellarRelics said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!! I feel like I just came out of a self-help seminar, rejuvinated and ready to go! I plan on writing down the 6 points to refer back to when I hit a slump.

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you, Michelle. What an inspiring article. Being a newbie on Etsy this was just what I needed to read. There is hope out there and maybe being found! Thank you again for sharing.

  • underanewlight

    underanewlight said 7 years ago

    You secrets are amazing and full of inspiration! Love the one when you said: "Surround yourself with the people who are good for your heart, your spirit, your attitude, your outlook, your optimism, your support, your confidence" Thank you for sharing your thoughts! :D GG

  • yarnyoda

    yarnyoda said 7 years ago

    Okay, after a day that started out bad and just seemed to get worse and worse, Thank You for uplifting my spirit, Michelle! Trish

  • SteamPunkSteve

    SteamPunkSteve said 7 years ago

    Its not about finishing the greatest, But about not being afraid to start.and i should talk,lol, im afraid im not gonna do something right getting my art in here.I just got to take that first initial step.

  • daxdesigns

    daxdesigns said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed this a lot. I have just left a very well-paid, high status job to follow my excitments and leave places behind that I didn't enjoy. Looking forward so much to all that brings and is already allowing and bringing including a new found passion for bolly dancing! I would add do things that allow for moments of pleasurable calm - allow time to stop and smell the roses or whatever else brings you calm pleasure. Thanks for sharing.

  • linsjewelbox

    linsjewelbox said 7 years ago

    your words are inspiring. great write up! it helps me feel more certain about my instincts and to just go with the flow. =)

  • linsjewelbox

    linsjewelbox said 7 years ago

    great and inspiring words! it helps reaffirm my beliefs and gives me a good boost of confidence. I will go with my flow! =)

  • EmmasLittleCreations

    EmmasLittleCreations said 7 years ago

    It's amazing to read this, because I have done and experienced many of these points just recently... New doors have opened and new undreamed of possibilities emerged. I just played a game with my children and told them that the real winner is the one who enjoys the game wheather he is winning or loosing. Just enjoy the journey, where ever it may lead you!

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 7 years ago

    Fantastic, empowering article! Thanks so much for the lift!

  • thesittingtree

    thesittingtree said 7 years ago

    This article is so timely. We've been dreaming of picking up and moving to the country with dreams of homesteading for years now. We finally decided to stop talking about it and take the leap of looking for land:) It's scary, thrilling, and empowering all at the same time!!

  • PooknflipProductions

    PooknflipProductions said 7 years ago

    I really like this article. It's given me just the words of encouragement I need right now. I've not only had "one of those days" at my day job...it's been "one of those last three months" or so. And you're right - I usually am worried about how people will think of me for trying to make a living from this "crafting hobby" of mine. But it's what I love. And it's what I'm going for. And I'd love to make an amazeballs life like you've made for yourself. So thanks for the great article - very inspirational!

  • iziwiziecological

    iziwiziecological said 7 years ago

    Surround yourself with the right people...I agree! Its not always easy, but I believe it's a must. Thank you for reminding me :)

  • Soov

    Soov said 7 years ago

    Excellent. I especially love... "Be You. Whoever that is. Be you unapologetically, authentically, quirkily, sweetly, vulnerably. Be the you who wears blue nail polish to a business meeting. Be the you who says "amazeballs" so much you're known for it. Be the you who creates an imaginary, silly, party-hat-wearing host for a "serious" product you're launching, and then put him on a stick and record his voice-over in a French accent. Be the you who doesn't go for perfection, but goes for authenticity and uniqueness." I have worn blue nail polish to a meeting and even posted on my Facebook page asking if people thought it was appropriate. After all, I'm 51. I got my responses and was curious about them but in the end it didn't matter. I did it anyway... I believe whole heartedly in Be You.

  • fairycardmaker

    fairycardmaker said 7 years ago

    "Know What You Need and Get It. Even if it takes time (and any place worth going probably will). Even if it's scary. Even if it's "impossible," or "stupid," or not something a "responsible" adult would do, or contains other words to put in quotes. Even if your parents, your partner, your friends just don't get it. Even if it's a bit embarrassing." Try this: Dance like nobody's watching when there a risk of being caught. I used to dance for a warmup before excercise and, since I was at home, I did whatever. My husbnad came down the stairs once and caught me and looked like me like I was an alien. He said nothing and took the look on his face right back upstairs. I LAUGHED. It was quite freeing to know I let it all out and it was seen by another living being - and I didn't burst into flame or anything. Yay!

  • jemsimajes

    jemsimajes said 7 years ago

    Love this - I feel the fear and the excitement, but I'd never thought of it that way. Thank you very much :-).

  • Tchoupuce

    Tchoupuce said 7 years ago

    Love it !

  • todi

    todi said 7 years ago

    inspiring article! Thanks for sharing all of these great tips! ;)

  • kamelishae

    kamelishae said 7 years ago

    I appreciate you and all that you've done... taking time to help motivate us. many thanks to you michelle and danielle

  • voodooville

    voodooville said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! I love the positivity...x

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    I'm late to the party, but I'm here nevertheless! This article gave me the goosebumps. Michelle I wish you lots of continuous success! xx

  • KelleyQuigleyDesigns

    KelleyQuigleyDesigns said 7 years ago

    Encouragement is priceless! Thanks so much.

  • amaranthopulent

    amaranthopulent said 7 years ago

    What an amazingly positive article! Wonderfully well-written - this was a joy to read :)

  • DreamAngel629

    DreamAngel629 said 7 years ago

    IT IS ALMOST 2 AM. I FEEL LIKE I AM IN SUCH A SLUMP. THEN I CLICKED ON THIS EMAIL AND WOW!!!! AFTER READING THE FIRST FEW PAGES, I FEEL LIKE A LIGHT WENT OFF. I LIVE BY THE SAYING: "THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON!" AND I HOPE NOW I FOUND MY REASON. YOUR WORDS ARE SUCH AN INSIRATION, THANK YOU. YOU HAVE JUST SAVED MY LIFE, YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I AM SO TIRED OF JUST SITTING AROUND WATCHING LIFE PASS ME BY. I KNOW I NEEDED A KICK IN THE BUTT TO GET STARTED AND YOUR WORDS WERE VERY INSPIRING. I CANT WAIT UNTIL MY HUSBAND GETS UP SO I CAN HAVE HIM READ THIS. TIME TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR LIFE AND MOVE ON. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • CuteKiddoBoutique

    CuteKiddoBoutique said 7 years ago

    Thank you, this really helped a lot! I hope everyone is having a good time preping for the Holidays!

  • bijubrill

    bijubrill said 7 years ago

    This article came into a difficult period of my life! I'm so vulnerable right now about my work....Thank you very much for your article! GREAT WORDS come from GREAT PEOPLE!

  • thedas

    thedas said 7 years ago

    Thanks you for the article, really inspiring!

  • DesignTamara

    DesignTamara said 7 years ago

    My God, this is so inspiring. I feel like a load of determination just dumped on me. I just hope I can keep on with it.

  • SlightlySpiced

    SlightlySpiced said 7 years ago

    This was such an inspiring article and I'm more excited about my tiny little shop now than I was even 5 minutes ago! I'm certain that I can find my way and get to where I want to be, I just need to move forward and be myself! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • jeanabbott

    jeanabbott said 7 years ago

    Life is a joy and a gift an it's nice to see someone I consider a bit younger than myself have such a warm and loving way with words and encouragement. The future is bright and the day jobs are way over rated. Keep giving back to life and it will keep giving back to you more than you ever thought possible. I love being on the same road and filling my days with bliss....

  • NIGOSDESIGN

    NIGOSDESIGN said 7 years ago

    Thank you for inspiring us.

  • kittylinnington

    kittylinnington said 7 years ago

    Amazing! Thanks so much I loved reading this article :D x

  • thegiftgarden

    thegiftgarden said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! I'm trying to work up the courage to quit my job. Mainly, bc daycare for 2 kids takes up most of my paycheck so I'd feel better staying home w/ them. But also, bc I really want to devote more time to my shop/business. I have so many ideas but no time! (Not that staying home w/ an almost 3 yr old and a 4 mth old would give me THAT much more time but still). I keep telling myself after the holidays and am hoping that the holiday season brings some sales!

  • thepaperflorist

    thepaperflorist said 7 years ago

    Thankyou Michelle, this is so encouraging and inspiring...

  • BlackbirdExperience

    BlackbirdExperience said 7 years ago

    Love it. thank you! :)

  • rebeccasaix

    rebeccasaix said 7 years ago

    Great advice and wonderful artwork. Thank you.

  • andrea0503

    andrea0503 said 7 years ago

    Great article, not that other people don't already know those things, but they forget, so it's nice to be reminded!! ;)

  • KristinaTea

    KristinaTea said 7 years ago

    Lovely Lovely Lovely Really Really What a Beautiful start of My Day which will be filled with passion love excitement a little bit of fear and all other cute stuff that the life is made of :D

  • cindiwalton

    cindiwalton said 7 years ago

    My day job has been working from home for 15 years, now. In this economy I want to KEEP my day job. Your 6 Secrets to Success remind me why I'm here. Fear can hold you back, but mixed with excitement, I understand what you're saying. The muses gave me this opportunity and these ideas; it would be a shame if the world didn't get to see them! :) Thank you for your article.

  • SimplyCamo

    SimplyCamo said 7 years ago

    thanks and well said

  • realfaery

    realfaery said 7 years ago

    Bravo! I loved the articule! Last year I quitted my daily job and my hubby too and we went travelling for a year. Volunteering in India, then a long holiday in our campervan in Europe. It is difficult to go back to real life. Not sure if I want!:) Today it is sunny, we are on the sea side with our campervan, and I try to sort out my future with the help of my lovely hubby! Good we do not need to hurry!:)

  • CreationCarteAtout

    CreationCarteAtout said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading the article and will carry these tips in mind. Being positive and being 'you' is so true. Thank you!

  • TheVintageHatShop

    TheVintageHatShop said 7 years ago

    OK, now you lit a fire under me. Time to get it in gear! Thanks

  • susissatchels

    susissatchels said 7 years ago

    We propably know this instinctively, but we need to hear it repeatedly, to listen to our inner voice! Just what I needed to start the day!

  • mammamiaeme

    mammamiaeme said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this positive feelings filled article!

  • BibbysRocket

    BibbysRocket said 7 years ago

    yes, so true.

  • TurntableArt

    TurntableArt said 7 years ago

    Thank you for starting my morning with hope and motovation. For years now I've been up against people that haven't believed in my dream and I have kept on going. I had my first sale this week and I'm excited!

  • gloryworks

    gloryworks said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this inspiring article.....now I just need to get my mojo workin! I'll reread often!

  • OhHelloMagpie

    OhHelloMagpie said 7 years ago

    One of the best things I've read in ages. Thank you for the reminder to do it for you! Too often I find myself looking to others for encouragement (when, secretly, I don't care what they think and end up doing whatever I want anyway.) Time to stop all that nonsense! The future I envision is up to me to create. Thanks for the encouragement!! xo

  • magandajewelry

    magandajewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you so, so much for sharing all this information. I really connected with everything you said, especially "Embracing The Optimist". I'm always looking for the other shoe to drop when something bad happens - but if I don't look for one, then I have nothing to worry about. And if something bad happens, I just need to find the lesson in it. You're an inspiration. Thank you. Gail

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 7 years ago

    Useful article. Under the Embracing Optimism category I'd also like to add that FEAR is a pretty debilitating element. What we fear is generally never as bad as we imagine. Have courage and think positively. Good luck everyone!

  • magandajewelry

    magandajewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you so, so much for sharing these words of wisdom and inspiration. I connected with everything you said, especially the section on "Embracing the Optimist". I'm always looking for the other shoe to drop whenever something good happens; but if I don't look for it, there's nothing to worry about. Also, if something bad happens, I just have to find the lesson in it. There are always lessons to be learned. Thanks again.

  • jpstyle

    jpstyle said 7 years ago

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. This was beautiful and inspiring.

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 7 years ago

    Ladies - What a fabulous way to start my day...reading these poignant words -- thank you!! I especially love the advice "Surround yourself with love". I have and it feels amazing to have a support network as I venture out on my new creative path. I'm extremely grateful. Cheers, Mandy

  • Roselyn888

    Roselyn888 said 7 years ago

    Dear Michelle, I absolutely adore your company title - "When I Grow Up Coach," and find your loving wisdom so welcome...and needed! For years, I allowed fear to hold me back, that nagging "but what if I fail? what if no one likes what I have done?" when what I know, what resonates in me, is that I need to START SOMEWHERE, nurture my love for crafts as a means for sowing bits of silly happiness in myself & others, & all will be well. No judgment needed. Thank goodness for this wild & wonderful, quirky, kind, loving & inclusive, Etsy community. I feel "A part of" now, no longer "Apart From." Peace & blessings, Roselyn

  • kittykanzashi

    kittykanzashi said 7 years ago

    Excellent words of advice. To often I have been pessimistic about my situation and confused myself to point of misery. Only when I sit down and take note of my life, do I realise that my partner and my friends all support me. My hope is that I make them proud!

  • Magivir

    Magivir said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring and supportive. I will print this out so I can read it and remember when I lose myself in negativity again.

  • thisisit

    thisisit said 7 years ago

    This is such a wonderfully positive and uplifting article, Michelle! I'm so happy that you are doing so well as a coach - it seems to suit you perfectly! When we follow our own path - the one we know we are meant to be on - wonderful things happen! I am so honored to have collaborated with you in the past, and I hope to do so again in the future! :)

  • Loralily

    Loralily said 7 years ago

    I liked your article so much, I've printed it and I'm going to put it up on my wall as a reminder of the very important messages you've conveyed. Sometimes we all need those kinds of reminders. Thank you!!

  • lovelymaid

    lovelymaid said 7 years ago

    Thank you! This was such a magical thing to read this morning! I really needed the inspiration in my work, life, love, family, dreams.. etc. You rock and I will forever have "amazeballs" in my head. :)

  • FoglioPress

    FoglioPress said 7 years ago

    Perfect, perfect timing...and I'm a little teary-eyed! ;o) That means it was really really good.

  • Janiesgems

    Janiesgems said 7 years ago

    Michelle, Thank you for the inspiration. It took me forever to find my Path, my Passion and it was there all the while. Having a coach like you would have helped me see that it was right in front of me the whole time. Did you ever notice how many people don't know what their passion even is? You have a lot of work out there :-) Thanks, Jane

  • megsmonkeybeans

    megsmonkeybeans said 7 years ago

    Excellent! These are words to LIVE by ~ appropriate for anyone and everyone. Amazeballs, indeed.

  • lookingalittledrawn

    lookingalittledrawn said 7 years ago

    I too loved 'trust your compass'. Similarly, I sometimes feel like I'm following a star, it blinks, shimmers, sometimes gets hidden by clouds for a bit, but it's up there; I keep eye on it, and follow... Thank you for this article, it put heart in me.x

  • BriarRoseCraftyThing

    BriarRoseCraftyThing said 7 years ago

    Amazing article!!! I loved every single word! Such an inspiration to keep going and keep trying because it's what I love to do, even if it gets tough.. Thank you!

  • galla15

    galla15 said 7 years ago

    Very optimistic and motivational!! Love it.

  • sassydezigns

    sassydezigns said 7 years ago

    "Amazeballs"!!! I LOVE that! May I use it, too? Greatly uplifting piece, in its entirety - but I love that word! lol

  • leatherchic8504

    leatherchic8504 said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! Thank you!

  • risejewelry

    risejewelry said 7 years ago

    Words I have been waiting for...inspiration with every sentence and filled with so much truth! Congrats and you and your amazeballs life.

  • marcontraire

    marcontraire said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much, I really needed that :)

  • KimBalee9

    KimBalee9 said 7 years ago

    Great article. It's very inspiring. Thanks so much!

  • MsBittyKnacks

    MsBittyKnacks said 7 years ago

    This is such a refreshing article, just the way to LIVE!!!

  • hedgehogandrabbit

    hedgehogandrabbit said 7 years ago

    I love this post. It speaks volumes to my life right now. Thank you for sharing. This is going on my inspiration board with Keri Smiths stuff! :)

  • artangel

    artangel said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful article - I've bookmarked it to re-read whenever I feel the need for some positivity!

  • orangeni

    orangeni said 7 years ago

    I am going to print it out. I knew it. But needed someone to tell me. Thank you!

  • Marleyart

    Marleyart said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the article. Sometimes I just need to be reminded of why I am doing what I do.

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Soniaymonica

    Soniaymonica said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! And your right it will only ring true for those that are ready to hear it. ~Sonia

  • LolitasLuggage

    LolitasLuggage said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for these lovely words. After I read it, I wrote this: Stop being afraid of failure. SOMEBODY has to succeed, why can't it be me?

  • stuffbysteph

    stuffbysteph said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article...particularly the part about surrounding yourself with optimistic people-so important. I'm going to bookmark this, too, so I can re-read it when I need to hear your words of wisdom. Smiles! :) P.S. Amen to @LolitasLuggage and her post!

  • BeljaysFeltnArt

    BeljaysFeltnArt said 7 years ago

    Sometimes, when you falter, you need someone to whisper these words in your ear. Gets you up and going again. Thanks

  • cync00

    cync00 said 7 years ago

    I WAS feeling down & discouraged and then I read this article. Very true, inspiring and great advice...Thanks!

  • thedots

    thedots said 7 years ago

    Happy to have just read this!

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle said 7 years ago

    Wow very inspiring and so much speaks to me as I am on leave currently to move and grow. It is scary but sometimes when we really believe in ourselves we have to take that leap of faith.

  • TiffinyDesigns

    TiffinyDesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring article!!

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 7 years ago

    Leap and the net will appear! I agree. Thank you. If you cannot be yourself in your work, then who are you?

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    I can not believe all the continued love that's here! I wish I can respond to all y'all, but I think the Etsy server might explode if I did. I great big heartfelt THANK YOU to you all! @DoBatsEatCats - That said, I totally believe in building a big grown-up safety net so you don't feel irresponsible when it comes to take that leap. I built mine for almost 3 years! @peacoxcreations - I love that piece of advice, and absolutely agree! Thanks for adding it! @RailwayStreet - Not to negate the leap, but I have to give props to the baby steps. I'm all about it, and they make the leap, well, that less leap-like :) @artigianajewellery - From your mouth to you-know-who's ears! :) @TheDreadedBagLady - Thanks for turning me on to that book! It's so on my To Read list - looks amazeballs. @Rosalinart @EruptPrints- That would be awesometastic! Feel free to book a consultation if ya wanna talk further: https://my.timedriver.com/PJ35P @bluebirdsandblossoms - It absolutely is! Not to say that you can't be successful otherwise, but I think it's that much more of a boost when ya do. @GwenR - Suh-weet! @KnittingsMyBag - Me too! I'd love to be here on the Etsy blog more often. But feel free to come to my own blog for posts 2-3x/wk: http://whenigrowupcoach.com/blog/ @CrazyMonkeyTees - So well put - I love the "nest-of-existence." It's not what a life is meant for. @SteamPunkSteve -Oh yes, I know it well! I ask my clients, "What can you get out of your head and into your hands?" Even the tiniest thing, even 10 minutes each day, absolutely counts! @daxdesigns - Oh yes, Me Time is so key! That's when you get to do something just for you. I need some each & every week to recharge my batteries, and I've finally learned to do it guilt-free. @EmmasLittleCreations -Your kids are lucky to have such a smart Mom! @thesittingtree - I always say that when something is both scary & exciting you're on the right path! YAY for you! @Soov - Keep holding tight to your uniquity! Love it. @fairycardmaker - Thanks for describing the worst that can happen, and living through it! Sounds like you have a fantabulous attitude. I'll be dancing in my living room soon, too! @DreamAngel629 - So glad to give you that metaphorical kick in the butt :) You can do it! @DesignTamara - You can. Baby steps every day take you far! @thegiftgarden - You sound so ready/determined - love it! In keeping with my many "baby step" comments here, feel free to articulate what you need in order to feel really safe in leaving your day job in 2+ months, and then break it down into little chunks to make it happen. @cindiwalton - Thanks for bringing up the fact that day jobs can HELP you break out on your own! Without mine, I would've sunk within days. @realfaery -That's amazing! I have to ask, though, what's this "real life" you speak of? Can you find a place that the "grown-up world" & your traveling life can intersect? @TurntableArt - Mazel Tov! @Ebrown2503 - I absolutely agree, but if you use fear as a heads-up to a challenge you might face down the road, then fear can turn into a positive fairly quickly :) @Roselyn888 - You made me think of that age-old question, "Is it better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all?" Sometimes the fear of regret is a pretty great motivator! @thisisit - Amen & hallelujah! :) @Janiesgems- Isn't it funny how we trick ourself into thinking that what we've loved for so long isn't "really" what we're "supposed" to be doing here? We're so silly that way. @sassydezigns - Please do! Spread the "amazeballs" far & wide!

  • naturalblendings

    naturalblendings said 7 years ago

    Great article, very inspiring words!! Thanks, Susan

  • PrintasticDesigns

    PrintasticDesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! You have put my crazy feelings into words of confirmation. Thank You!

  • deziningems

    deziningems said 7 years ago

    These are all such great points!! very inspirational. I love all the accompanying artwork. Thanks!

  • karanote

    karanote said 7 years ago

    Thank you for reminding us all that we can do anything we put our hearts and minds to! I needed the reminder.

  • bleuherron

    bleuherron said 7 years ago

    great advice! thanks so much for sharing your positive attitude!

  • seiamicisandco

    seiamicisandco said 7 years ago

    Wow, this was excellent. Thank you!

  • Pipberrytree

    Pipberrytree said 7 years ago

    I love it! So inspirational! Thank you. :)

  • creativesque

    creativesque said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this post. I particularly like the first secret 'Be You'.

  • GloamingDesigns

    GloamingDesigns said 7 years ago

    just adding my voice to the crowd saying: "yes! thank you! right NOW!!!"

  • vintagenowandthen

    vintagenowandthen said 7 years ago

    amazingly inspirational! thanks for the pep talk!

  • CourtneyandChristine

    CourtneyandChristine said 7 years ago

    Inspirational story and advise!

  • ittybittyoctopi

    ittybittyoctopi said 7 years ago

    "You already know how to fly." That one quote spoke volumes to me.

  • beachinabox

    beachinabox said 7 years ago

    Wow, based on the comments I've already read, I wasn't/am not the only one who REALLY needed this article. I've read it 3 times since yesterday and plan to read it each morning until my light is shining once again as it should. THANK YOU for reminding me of what I've forgotten in such a beautiful way.

  • zoegirldesigns

    zoegirldesigns said 7 years ago

    I love it! Very, very inspirational...which I needed. I'm new to etsy and haven't had many sales (ok, 1 :) and was getting discouraged. It made me realize that the journey takes time and to enjoy the ride!

  • sarahrendo

    sarahrendo said 7 years ago

    This post was amazeballs :)

  • mishmash30

    mishmash30 said 7 years ago

    Shut the front door! You guys just continue to be awesometastic. Thanks to you all for bringing a big smile to my face every time I check back in here!

  • sunshinegirljewelry

    sunshinegirljewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you!! I've been trying to refocus on my little jewelry business and your article came at the perfect time! I forwarded it on to my friend who is planning on starting her own business "one day." I'm sure she'll find it as rewarding as I did.

  • twinklyspangle

    twinklyspangle said 7 years ago

    I found this so inspiring, thank you so much x

  • brenda45

    brenda45 said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring read!! I needed that. Thank u!

  • HappyDogGoodies

    HappyDogGoodies said 7 years ago

    Lovely thoughts -- thanks for the encouragement! Best wishes for your continued success.

  • craftsbykash

    craftsbykash said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration. I have been trying to find mt motivation again! I don't know quite where I lost it. May be it's a mid life crisis. l.o.l. I hope this can help me try and refocus.

  • Mamta

    Mamta said 7 years ago

    Here I was, just going to sleep when I opened this page and read and couldn't stop until I read it all. It touched my heart and my spirit and I thought to myself what an amazball of person this is! This is a person I know so well and who can really understand why I quit my night job. Aha, it's not what you think. I used to work as a customer care executive for a call center. Thanks for such an inspiring article Michelle.

  • d3bz

    d3bz said 7 years ago

    amazing article!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 7 years ago

    What an uplifting article. Thank you for bringing us a peace of mind. :)

  • eklecticxplosion

    eklecticxplosion said 7 years ago

    This is magnificent! Very well put. I thank you so much for sharing this...

  • dorijewellery

    dorijewellery said 7 years ago

    What an amazing article. Exactly what I needed. I am a long way away from quitting my day job but it's great to know that it can be done. I enjoyed reading this and loved the artworks you chose especially the one by craftyfanny

  • WaterburyJewels

    WaterburyJewels said 7 years ago

    Very Good Article!!

  • thepinklocket

    thepinklocket said 7 years ago

    I can see why your a life coach!! Very uplifting and motivating--thanks!

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 7 years ago

    Great article, very inspiring words!!

  • NannysRose

    NannysRose said 7 years ago

    I've always believed all the things written here, I've always loved doing things I've been told not to do ... but I have to say, the blue nail polish experiment was NOT a hit. People were polite enough to be silent, but I knew that meant they hated it (I loved it, however!).

  • vicinitystudio

    vicinitystudio said 7 years ago

    Geez, you are pretty amazeballs yourself! Thanks for the cheery kick in the pants!

  • forKMZ

    forKMZ said 7 years ago

    Sometimes I feel lost and wonder whether to continue... but my love for creative work keeps me going. Moreover, Etsy created a perfect platform for me. So keep going!

  • knottyandnyce

    knottyandnyce said 7 years ago

    Beautiful article! Very motivating and and inspiring. I'm going to bookmark this so I can come back and read as a pick me up. And I pledge to listen more to the optimistic me voice with full passion. Amazeballs is awesome...

  • orchidandreptile

    orchidandreptile said 7 years ago

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today. *Thank you for the inspiration!*

  • frecklesoriginals

    frecklesoriginals said 7 years ago

    You sound like my daughter she makes sence too. Good advice. You only need a little thing in the morning to give you a kick start, pick it up and go. Belive in yourself.

  • LilsMonsters

    LilsMonsters said 7 years ago

    This article is amazing and has reaffirmed my attitude in what I'm doing is right for me. Thank you so much!

  • nathaliedembele

    nathaliedembele said 7 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Sunny, bright, and optimistic thank you for leading the way!

  • PollenBrooklyn

    PollenBrooklyn said 7 years ago

    :) Thank you, this is a great article!

  • SilverCoastSeaGlass

    SilverCoastSeaGlass said 7 years ago

    Amazing encouragement - true dat!

  • JanellsFlare

    JanellsFlare said 7 years ago

    Girl you are the bomb! I sent your encouraging words of intellectual wisdom to a friend of mine who like so many of us needs a nudge to "quit her day job". Without sounding too weird, I just want to say thank you and I love you for what you've done to me!

  • Orchids

    Orchids said 7 years ago

    This article is SO inspirational. I am giving up my day job next year because I'm sick and tired of feeling ...well, sick and tired. I've tried to get somewhere with this job for the last 5 years, and I'm still in the same position when I began 10 years ago. I have recently discovered what I want to do with my life, and I am taking control of it. July 2011 will be the end of my old life and a new beginning of something wonderful :o)

  • lindseybaker

    lindseybaker said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this post and of course the beautiful artwork -- what an inspiration to others! Great job!

  • CoastandCanvas

    CoastandCanvas said 7 years ago

    enjoyed it lots , thankyou !

  • CoastandCanvas

    CoastandCanvas said 7 years ago

    Thankyou ! great article very inspiring

  • dropspindletimes

    dropspindletimes said 7 years ago

    I love this article. It is so supportive and inspiring that I will be posting it up on my vision board. Thanks!

  • mig1234

    mig1234 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • MagMoment

    MagMoment said 7 years ago

    Love the art! Very pretty and inspiring to go with the words.

  • PtarmiganCrafts

    PtarmiganCrafts said 7 years ago

    Exactly what I need to hear!

  • PrairiePrimitives

    PrairiePrimitives said 7 years ago

    I left my day job on Dec. 20, 1996 to follow my heart to California. My heart was broken, but my spirit wasn't and I continued without a (regular) day job for the next 7 years or so ... in Silicon Valley, of all places, where it was freakin' expensive. I took a temp job now and then, sold stuff on eBay, did occasional craft fairs and didn't spend enough time at the beach. I've now been laid off 4 times in the last 6 years, which is probably the universe telling me I don't need a day job. Yet I can't help but feel that I need health insurance, if nothing else, and I can't afford that expense on my own. I'm currently laid off and yes, I'm looking for a day job ... again. And now I live too far from the beach.

  • iamsweetT

    iamsweetT said 7 years ago

    um...i l-o-v-e this article. this is a perfect way to describe how i think and i love that it is being shared. i am going to post this on my facebook in hopes to inspire my pals!

  • FreeSpiritWear

    FreeSpiritWear said 7 years ago

    We'll never know if we don't "step outside of the boat". We can't make our dream come true by sittin' on our butts. Working at what makes us happy WILL excite us as we see growth. It's THAT excitement than can be contageous, drawing others. (your cheer squad) If we use our God given talents, we will move in the right direction. We shouldn't assume that "stepping outside of the boat" will make us drown. There is alot for us to learn, and we may just stay afloat! Thanks for the encouragement love simple and live simple.

  • mohenz

    mohenz said 7 years ago

    I love this article!

  • GothicFlum

    GothicFlum said 7 years ago

    Many thanks for this article! I'll bookmark it and have it as an inspiration for a long time~ <3

  • loopinloop

    loopinloop said 7 years ago

    Very true and ispiring! Thank you, LOVE YOU!

  • tzburps

    tzburps said 7 years ago

    Great words of advice.

  • earnestefforts

    earnestefforts said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom! We'd like to share ours with you. "Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh." We think the key is the laughter. Best wishes.

  • earnestefforts

    earnestefforts said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom! We'd like to share ours with you. "Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh." We think the key is the laughter. Best wishes.

  • simplegracesjewelry

    simplegracesjewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • PonyAndPoppy

    PonyAndPoppy said 7 years ago

    this is so very inspiring, michelle! you are a wise sage, no wonder you've found success at helping others. thank you for this article and for introducing 'amazeballs' into my vocabulary.

  • ZurDesigns

    ZurDesigns said 7 years ago

    Inspirationally awesome! :)

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn said 7 years ago

    I love the wise words. The artwork helped a lot too, truly. Thanks for inspiring us all.

  • LynnMinneyDesigns

    LynnMinneyDesigns said 7 years ago

    Fantabulous article!

  • JennP1751

    JennP1751 said 7 years ago

    I love this post. I will come back and read it anytime I need an inspirational kick in the butt :)

  • ellemoss

    ellemoss said 7 years ago

    This is so encouraging! I am printing out all the inspiring statements and posting it on my wall. I needed this!

  • LittleCutieCakes

    LittleCutieCakes said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational, I love it, thank you!

  • Vintagefix

    Vintagefix said 7 years ago

    Wow, Michelle. You truly are an inspiration to me. And you said exactly what I needed to hear at this point in my life that I even wrote those tips down in a small notebook I plan on carrying around with me while at my day job so that they will keep me focused with what I need to do to get rid of my day job!

  • FireandIceCreations

    FireandIceCreations said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank you!

  • madisoncary

    madisoncary said 6 years ago

    love everything about this. thanks!

  • McFlorals

    Tami Mccormick from McFlorals said 5 years ago

    Wonderful words to boost one! Very true on the supportive people, they are a necessary!

  • vickilossow

    Vicki Lossow from ButterflySoft said 5 years ago

    So true, what an uplifting true to heart and soul piece of insight. Thanks for sharing, it makes my day.

  • KapKaDesign

    Eva Miller from KapKaDesign said 5 years ago

    Yous spoke directly to my soul! I so needed to read this right now! Thank you!

  • suzannefulford

    Suzanne from ShabbyVintageNmore said 5 years ago

    Thank you! Thank you! From the bottom of my hear Thank you!!!

  • ninaneu1

    Nina Neu from NinaneusArtStudio said 5 years ago

    great article . Thank you!

  • canvaspics

    Tara Daavettila from CanvasPics said 4 years ago

    Simply - you are right!

  • nancyfry2

    Nancy Fry said 4 years ago

    smiled with tears in my eyes......u do know the secret! & i dare not be afraid to live by the truth! im grateful for the timing of these words......the universe (almighty)......knows exactly what its doing! :)...continued good living to u,michelle!, & thank u for being an extension of truth to us all!

  • Handsfordesign

    Sharon from HandsforDesign said 4 years ago

    I'm going to read this blog over and over. Having encouragement to just be me is just what I need. Thank you.

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