But there comes a time when you just say, "Okay. I'm done with that. I'm ready to focus my eyes forward. I am ready to embrace the future with gusto!!!" I am there now. I am ready.
I have been pushed lately to just tell my story in a way I have not told it before. As I tell everyone else when they say "I don't know where my story begins," I say, " it begins with your "WHY"
I'm really, really, really good at teaching, coaching, advising others on how to tell their story -- but gollly whopper it's hard to do it myself. But here goes:
When I look back and evaluate the things I've done well, the things that have flopped, and every step in between, I see myself as someone who's asked a lot of questions, been bold to try new things, and really enjoyed the "story" as it's unfolded. I think I've always been interested in the story. I am truly FASCINATED by other people. Hence, I am a talker and walk into a room and immediately meet my new best friend.
Therefore, moving to a new town where I do not know a lot of people has sort of rocked my world a bit -- but it's weird because I've moved back to Texas -- where I grew up, went to school, went to college, met my husband, and where all of my family and tons of old friends live. Yet this is all so new to me. Different. It's weird to feel like an outsider in a place that has its state map stamped across your heart. I keep saying to myself "just breathe. It's a new beginning" because that's how this really does feel to me.
Naturally, I pray "just show me the way" as I seek new ground to plant my roots. And I keep hearing God say to me "You have a Community, April. They are called LIGHTbeamers. They are your people."
So you are my people.
Like it or not, I'm going to ask you a lot of questions. I really want to get to know you. I truly am fascinated by your stories. Which brings me to my updated WHY.
This past year, a major LIGHTbulb went off when I realized my whole role in this thing is to help other people tell their stories. I've been telling and crafting other people's stores my entire career as a journalist, writer, and video producer-- I'm one of the few people in this world that knew the day she started college exactly what she wanted to do. I declared my major the first day and have been doing the work I love so much ever since. I know this is my gift; I have a skill of just "getting" the story that is special.
Who can I help? Anyone! EVERYBODY HAS A STORY.
Sometimes, that story needs to be uncovered for personal growth reasons. There's an expansion that takes place when someone puts all the puzzle pieces together and says, "OMG! I DO have a story!!"
For those with a mission, a platform, a business, a service, or a message to deliver -- your story is everything!! You must know the key components of your story, and how to tell it authentically before you can ever step on a stage, write a book, deliver a program, sell a product, open your doors!
So. I am here to help you. I love, love, love this work. I have created 2 ways to work with me directly if you need help in this area.
- a 1-hour strategic "What is my story?" discovery call. A laser-sharp session in which I will 100% help you figure out the pieces to your storytelling puzzle and share with you my special storytelling formula that has helped so many declutter their message.
- a 30-day storytelling development package in which we use the power of video (yes!!) to develop your story, piece by piece. I walk with you step-by-step by giving you clear direction and valuable feedback so you can hone in on your story and start communicating it effectively and in your true authentic voice.
Amazing discoveries and powerful transformations take place in our time together. More information about these services are on my website here: http://lightbeamers.com/11-coaching.html
Almost everyone I've worked with so far has been from this Community. My People. So it's time I share my own story with you all so you know more about me, my why, and how I can help you!
If you've read this entire post, I thank you! There are so many people behind these words I write -- so many people who've coached me, taught me, helped me, encouraged me, lifted me up and led the way! My heart is so full of gratitude for each of you! ❤️
I am clearly focused on the future and beyond excited about the magic that will unfold.