“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.” … Lily Tomlin.
I like many other women have come to a new chapter in my life. After a long hiatus as a stay at home mother, it is time for me to get back into the work force. Also, like many of my fellow comrades, I find that not only are my skill sets of yesteryear antiquated, I can’t go back into my previous industry and have to start over. I am not the same women I was 10 years ago, I’m older and heavier. After pondering what my strengths and abilities are I decided that I am a jack of all trades entertainment and a master of none that I could make a living at anymore. I had to study to be master of one, and I did.
Now I am an entrepreneur. I love that word, so empowering and grown up. I chose to go into the business of arts, healing and spirituality as a life and wellness coach, yet my calling, or demon in my head, is as a creative artist and always will be. This is not glamourous and often times exhausting. I hate the question “what do you do” because I have at least seven careers. I can’t survive financially on one until I get discovered, which will happen, it’s just a matter of time. I’m in the “planting seeds” stage and waiting to sprout. Besides being a mother, which is my number one job, I am a writer, comic, poet, choreographer, teacher, singer, and life coach. I once heard that by the time you die, you should have had three careers. If I was a cat, I would of kicked the bucket four careers back.
As a business woman I had to learn how to build a business. I don’t have anyone financing my brilliance so I must run every department myself. Regrettably it is not all sales, coaching and creating. I am President and CEO of my soon to be Fortune 500 dynasty. I manage many multiple divisions of me. Confidently I lead all divisions but one, which emerged in my absence, THE BIG DADDY, Information Technology or IT.
Stepping out into this unknown world of business in the 21st century, I learned that without a website, I would not be competitive. A book would help as well. Nothing gives one credibility like the title of “published author.” But first things first, the website. Information Technology, IT, is more than sending friends emails and surfing the web for fun. This is an area that I can not do, all my sales, finesse and charm means nothing to IT. IT is an emotionless world, very sterile. Burr.. I have chills.
Fortunately, I have a friend who designs websites and offered to create mine in exchange for pet sitting his German Shepard and two scary loud screechy birds when he goes out of town for months at a time. The barter system is my currency. Shannon, my web designer, is the administrator of my site. He is the gate keeper. He only allows me to blog on my site because left to my own devices, let’s just say I don’t have the midas touch in computers. Shannon is also protector, preserver and hired gun to keep me off my site. It has to be that way because I am not to be trusted with my fearless fingers carousing the keyboard on my computer, playing CEO of the IT department.
I run many multiple businesses in my head and all needed websites with their varying names. I could only afford to buy one domain so wisely I turned to social networking for the others, with a passion. Facebook (FB) was the kick off. it’s so easy! I had created a personal page a few years ago and now I created… you guessed it a business page. I set out to be a blogger. Anyone can blog. Matter of fact almost everyone blogs and you don’t even need a license. You just sign up and write… whatever. This was another new “skill” that seems to be relevant to expand my business at the speed of light. I also created an alias on FB for my comedian because it’s a fine line between wellness IE. Coaching and comedy. I have my Zen to protect. I was feeling very confident as an IT executive at this point, but that would soon change.
My plan of attack to make money, and get discovered had begun…to spiral out of control. At present I blog, or am registered at 16 different sites, with few followers, who don’t hit the like button, leave comments or sign up for my emails. It is depressing. I like me! Come on people, sign up, follow and comment, so I can stop feeling like a Loser with a capital L. You don’t have to read me, just delete me. My grand idea of being discovered by a literary agent, getting a huge sum of money up front to write my prose of wit, genius and banter is my motive.
What started next was a chain of chaos that still has me spinning. I, not hesitating to add any bell and whistle to my blogs started playing in sacred unchartered territories called widgets and applications. I download them all. These multiple applications allow me to connect all my blogs so that when I write on one it shoots off into the atmosphere at the same time to my other sites reaching more fans. Brilliant, the green share button.
That being so, I couldn’t keep up with myself. I was showing up everywhere. It was horrifying. People must think I’m an egomaniac. I would blog something from my bawdy comic and it would end up on my professional life coaching site or on twitter with my FACE next to my NAME. I was blowing my own cover! Not remembering how I connected the sites to begin with, because I was in a widget black out, I tried to fix the problem by creating multiple emails to blog from. My credibility was in jeopardy. I was manic. The blogs, pages, passwords, emails and random pandemonium I had to deal with on a daily basis became overwhelmingly confusing. This is my marketing for my empire. I had to figure this out. I cried out for a miracle.
In a moment of clarity I began to practice what I preach, which is to live your life authentically. I had to surrender my multiple personas and trust that I would be successful in business integrating all of the me’s. I created one blog, and here it goes, full disclosure, a fearless action…”The Many Multiple Personalities of Manic Mary” was birthed. I felt peace and relief, sanity was restored. I was being ME. I still have my other blogs that I go around and like myself on daily, it’s hard work liking yourself all the time. I wish someone else would do that job. So I beg, will you like me? If so, please google 1Urban girl, 1Real girl, FB my name and or company, and 1mtg, and please follow me. Please spread the word, I need to move on to other departments, like sales. What have I learned?, to practice what I preach. Live authentically, it will save your sanity and not matter what, always Like yourself.
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