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Thing Finding Thursday with Kate Swoboda

Kate Swoboda is one serious force of nature. Her gifts are many, but what I’m always struck by in our conversations is her ability to simultaneously listen at a very deep/heart level AND have her mind pick away at the situation and survey it with care from every angle.  Curiosity, compassion and courage are a fierce combination. That’s my Kate. She’s quite simply a brilliant coach who recognizes that being a brilliant coach doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s easy to build a brilliant business. (Word.) And so, for the brilliant coaches of the world, she has created The Coaching Blueprint (aff link). It’s an e-program as hella-smart and hella-generous as she is. In this interview, she shares how she found her THING and how she has parlayed it into a business that people care about. She also shares some big learnings about undertaking massive projects as well as signposts to look for along your own path. Interview with Kate Swoboda for Thing Finding Thursday Tweetworthy Kate-isms (for your sharing pleasure) What does trusting your body have to do with finding your thing? @katecourageous tells @TanyaGeisler (TWEET IT) Justifications create a lot of mediocrity. via @katecourageous (TWEET IT) I can be totally afraid and it doesn’t make me weak. via @katecourageous (TWEET IT) Cultivating trust in your body’s feelings will help you find YOUR path. via @katecourageous  (TWEET IT) Transformation happens whenever we choose to dive into something even though fear is along for the ride. via @katecourageous  (TWEET IT)   Transcript of edited interview (for your reading pleasure) Kate:            Thank you so much for having me. I’m crazy excited to be on your interview series. Tanya:         What’s your thing? Kate:            My thing, we can go in technical titles, we can go what the titles are about. The technical titles are I’m a life coach, speaker, and writer. But, I really feel like working with fear in my own life and then how that translates to what shows up in my writing, my coaching, and my speaking, and specifically how we just beautifully practice courage is my vocation – it’s my calling, it’s that thing that I get really jazzed about. Tanya:            How did you land there or is there a way in which you’re still landing, how from here to there, what was your process? Kate:            I love that you say there’s a way in which you’re still landing,...

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Thing Finding Thursday with Michelle Ward

Not surprisingly, I had a blast interviewing this Thing Finding Thursday Guest: Michelle Ward. We sang, we laughed. We talked about Things. Don’t know Michelle? Well, lemmetellyaabouther.  In my mind, she coined the term “amazeballs” (and if she didn’t, well she certainly may as well have…the word sums her up). I met her in NYC last May and have been a fan of her effervescence and light ever since that first jubilant hug. She is a funny funny, dedicated, and bombastic firecracker completely devoted to helping creative people devise the career they think they can’t have – or discover it to begin with. She takes a strong stand for people finding and claiming claim their uniquity via The Declaration of You and “can be found coachin’, bloggin’ & givin’ away free stuff at whenigrowupcoach.com”. So, I guess it’s pretty clear then, why I invited her to say more about Things, non? With great delight (and the suggestion that you turn the volume down…we are highly excitable), allow me to present Michelle Ward. Interview with Michelle Ward for Thing Finding Thursday Your Thing is likely linked to your uniquity. Genius. Blessed, relief-filled genius. Tweetworthy Michelle-isms (for your sharing pleasure) Don’t negate anything. Everything counts. Everything’s on the table. (TWEET IT) Uniquity is what makes you you. That makes you different. (TWEET IT) In finding yur thing: What do I believe? What do I know? What have I learned? (TWEET IT) In finding your thing ask : What do I love that’s been consistent? What do I do well? (TWEET IT) For 1 WEEK suspend the belief that s.t. doesn’t count/ u can’t make a career out of it. (TWEET IT)   Transcript of edited interview (for your reading pleasure) Tanya: All right. Michelle Ward! Michelle: Yes, Tanya Geisler! Tanya: What’s your thing? Tell me what your thing is. Michelle: It’s your thing! Oh my god, I’m going to sing everything with you right now. So my thing is that I’m the When I Grow Up coach, and I help creative types devise the career they think they can’t have or discover it to begin with. So, all throughout their career transitions, they don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. They know what they’re doing isn’t working, or they know exactly what they want to do, but they can’t even think how they can get there without moving into their parents’ basement. Or they have their...

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Thing Finding Thursday with Emilie Wapnick

Emilie Wapnick didn’t so much FIND her thing as much as she has SHIFTED her things. A label-abhorrer, she is a woman of many interests and abilities (sounds familiar?) who was managed to stitch them together into one place. Beautifully. Emilie works with multipotentialites to build lives and businesses around all their interests. She’s the author of Renaissance Business and the resident multipotentialite at Puttylike.com. In my mind, she is a celebration of YES: You MAY be an expert in many things! You are more than allowed! You DO NOT NEED to pick only ONE THING! If you just breathed a sigh of relief, if you’ve been struggling to land the plane of your vocation, you may well be a multipotentialite, Love. The fabulous news is this: you are in excellent company. See what this super smart and savvy woman has to say. It’s allllll good. Interview with Emilie Wapnick for Thing Finding Thursday   Do you hear that expansive YES? Me too. There is plenty of room under your over-arching theme. Plenty. YES. Tweetworthy Emilie-isms (for your sharing pleasure) When I was younger, I believed the myth that we need to have ONE thing. (TWEET IT) Now I see it’s kind of awesome that I get to experience so many different things. (TWEET IT) In finding your thing(s) look for overarching themes. (TWEET IT) To find a theme in your life, ask yourself: When did I feel really alive? (TWEET IT) Reframe how we view finishing. If you lose interest in s.t., maybe it’s ok to move on. (TWEET IT) Putty Tribe is about connecting multipotentialites with each other. (TWEET IT) “What do you want to be when you grow up” is a limiting social construct. (TWEET IT) In finding your thing, don’t look towards roles, look more towards the motivational aspect. (TWEET IT) Transcript of edited interview (for your reading pleasure) Tanya: Yeah, well I mentioned to you when we were chatting that I don’t feel like I can have this conversation about thing finding without speaking with you because you know a whole lot about things. Emilie: I have always kind of shifted things. When I was in high school I thought my thing was music and I was really serious about the band that I was playing in, writing music, and trying to get a record deal and all these things. And then I sort of lost...

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Thing Finding Thursday with Ronna Detrick

In one short conversation with Ronna Detrick, I was immediately aware that this woman is big. Like, BIG. Not big, LOUD. But big, POWERFUL. Honest. Bold. Compassionate. A champagne-loving sister. More conversations were quickly scheduled. (Including this one about faith and congregation.) In no time, she became my go-to High Priestess of Truth-Telling. This is significant, ‘cause I’m honest. Well…largely. There are places within me that still harbour untruths. When I speak with Ronna; when I look her in the eyes; when I am graced with her PRESENCE (and oh yes – she’s got herself some presence); I get curious dig in, dig down, and yank it out. Like a dandelion’s deceptively deep root. Kinda like thing-finding, non? Her writing stirs my soul. Her grace stills my heart. Our conversations feed my mind. In soaking her up, I get to rest in the quiet place of integrity, courage, peace and fullness. These are the cornerstones of the truth-filled life. And it’s her Thing. Interview with Ronna Detrick for Thing Finding Thursday Acknowledge the disconnect between what’s going on internally vs. what you’re putting out externally, ask yourself what you really (REALLY) want, decide upon baby steps and move into your truth. You will survive. And thrive. Because: Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.  – Buddha Truer words were never spoken. Tweetworthy Ronna-isms (for your sharing pleasure) I can’t really expect people to be in authentic relationship with me when I’m not really being authentic. (TWEET IT) If you could say anything you wanted to say, no risks, no consequences, no ramifications, what would it be? (TWEET IT) As women, we feel a deep responsibility to the sustenance of relationships. (TWEET IT) Can you acknowledge that there IS something in your core that knows + is trustworthy? (TWEET IT) Truth–telling is about knowing that the way that other people experience me is consistent with who I actually am. (TWEET IT) What if you had permission to not hold it together, but rather, to fall apart? (TWEET IT) Transcript of edited interview (for your reading pleasure) Ronna: —  I think my thing is telling the truth. And when I say that I don’t mean not lying. What I mean is really being in touch with the stuff that matters most to me, and knowing that I’m living that out. Knowing that I’m expressing that, knowing that the...

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Thing Finding Thursday – What’s YOUR Thing?

I truly cannot express how joyful it’s been to invite some of my favourite people into my virtual living room on Thursdays to discuss their THING. What it is, how they found it and sharing their collective wisdom about how you can find yours. I’m richer for the experience and it is my sincerest hope that you are too. Remember these interviews/posts and these gems? Danielle LaPorte – Take the charge out of finding your genius. Like, what makes you happy? – (TWEET IT) Fabeku Fatunmise – Trust the bigness inside of you that is pulling you toward your thing. (TWEET IT) Chris Guillebeau – The goal isn’t so much to vanquish fear, but to find a way to channel them into s.t. positive + motivating. (TWEET IT) Jen Louden – It’s okay to find [your thing] + abandon it + find it + abandon it. (TWEET IT) Tara Sophia Mohr – Compassion is the natural expression of wisdom. (TWEET IT) Dyana Valentine – I want you to believe that you know the difference between right and right now. (TWEET IT) Susannah Conway – do the work that makes your heart sing the loudest. (TWEET IT) Pam Slim – Focus on where you can make an impact based on who it is that you are. (TWEET IT) Jenny Blake – Sometimes in order to admit what we really want there are some scary questions (TWEET IT) Amy Kessel – And making peace with not knowing the answers is a crucial aspect of these journeys. (TWEET IT) Matthew Stillman – (When we’re young) our radiance goes out in 360 degrees. (TWEET IT) Jasmine Lamb – Stop and listen. What is your life, right now, trying to tell you? (TWEET IT) Megan Potter – My Thing is ME  (TWEET IT) Emma Gwillim – It’s only by tasting a little of everything that you’ll get to know your favourite flavours. (TWEET IT) Sabrina Ali – In facing doubts, ask yourself: Where is the love coming from + what’s it saying? (TWEET IT) Brandy Glows – We could all use more gorgeous crazy in our lives. (TWEET IT) Mary-Margaret McMahon – WHY NOT spread your gifts and enthusiasm? (TWEET IT) Oh so much richness and light shared. And oh so much more to come (make sure you’re subscribed for updates). I’m also hearing from you, dear and precious readers, that you’d like the opportunity to share YOUR thing, YOUR path, YOUR journey with us.  And we’d LOVE to to meet you. We WANT to get to know YOU and where you...

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Thing Finding Thursday with Fabeku Fatunmise

Fabeku Fatunmise
. First of all: can you even stand how great his name is? Me neither. Moving on. If Fabeku had a business card (which he doesn’t), it would read: Business awesomizer. Suck exorcist. 
Sonic alchemist. World’s Most Skeptical Shaman. More mm-mm-good copy from his site: Translating music magics + shamanic secrets into nuggets of biz-building BOOM! Seriously. How could I possibly be holding conversations about Finding your Thing and NOT invite the man who rocks HIS Thing as gleefully as he rocks his red doc martens? Precisely. Meet Fabeku. How extraordinary is Fabeku’s question: “Ask yourself what would your bigness do?” That version of yourself that holds itself bigger, smarter, more resourceful, more capable, more…YOU. Yes, that. What would THAT have you do? I invite you to sit with that gift. What a wildly valuable filter for all that you face. And I’m wondering… In YOUR experience, what has been the single most powerful question you’ve asked YOURSELF as you’ve sought your thing? Please do share over on my Facebook page. We’d love to know. Tweetworthy Fabeku-isms (now, with 75% more ease!) Know what doesn’t work? Using other people’s maps to find your home. (TWEET IT) In finding your thing, look for what’s always been a part of your landscape.  (TWEET IT)  Finding your thing may also be about finding the right language to talk about it. (TWEET IT) Vanquishing your fear is part of process of doing your thing + putting it out there.  (TWEET IT) I trust the mojo of what I do implicitly. (TWEET IT) Trust the bigness inside of you that is pulling you toward your thing. (TWEET IT) In finding your thing: Ask yourself what your bigness would do?  (TWEET IT) Stop interpreting fear as a sign that you should stop what you’re doing. (TWEET IT) In finding your thing, look for the edges that stretch you into your bigness.  (TWEET IT) _______________ Wise + wonderful stuff. Please go find Fabeku and follow what he’s up to at his site  and on Twitter. Treats and offers and deliciousness...

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