In this episode, I talk about how to use reflective journalling for creative success and transformation. I also make a distinction between diaries and journals and show how you can use this writing practice for both personal and professional goals.
Hi, I'm Kimanzi In the last five years, my books have sold over 100,000 copies. I have spoken at conferences and companies in 36 countries. You can see my articles in the largest websites in the world and I have helped thousands build their dream lifestyle business.
I can clearly remember the day I knew I had to make some major changes in my life. It was three a.m. and I was delivering bread to a grocery store on a brutally cold Wisconsin morning. As I was taking three stacks of bread off the truck and onto a lift, I fell and hit the ground hard. There were about three inches of snow on the ground, so it cushioned my fall, but the reality of my situation hit me like a ton of bricks. If the fall wasn’t bad enough, the bread ended up falling on top of me.
This was mid-2011 and my life was a mess. I was over $180,000 in debt. I was 170 pounds overweight. I had owned a bread delivery business for twelve years that I hated more and more. I woke up every day dreaming of a better life but I didn’t do anything about it. After the “bread incident,” I promised myself that I would finally take action on my dream of becoming a writer.
That year, I wrote and self-published a book only to have it flop. The book sold five copies in the first six months and those copies went to friends. I spent the rest of 2011 studying how to sell books and build an audience on the Internet. Along the way, I spent over $5,000 on coaches, courses, and on digital information products that I hoped would bring me results. What I got was a lot of hype and not enough practical content to help me build my lifestyle entrepreneurship dream.
I spent all of 2012 implementing and taking action. I landed 60 guest posts on various blogs. I was a guest on over 80 podcasts. I networked with anyone who would talk to me. By the end of 2012, I had a lifestyle business that was generating $5,000 a month. I was able to use the income to pay off ALL of my debt.
I got to speak at 36 conferences that year, I coached 20 people and helped them with their dream, and I was hungry for more. I was able to sell my bread business and live a life of freedom through lifestyle entrepreneurship.
2013 and 2014 were building years. My business would grow from $5,000 a month to multiple six-figures a year. I got to travel the world speaking at conferences and some amazing companies. I got to experience new cultures and learn more about myself.
2015 was the year that my business exploded. I started that year with an appearance on Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn–someone I look up to. I started writing for some of the largest websites in the world such as The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Success Magazine, AskMen, The Good Men Project, Mind Body Green, and ten other websites. I got consult contracts at companies in countries that I had always dreamed of going to. My books continued to sell and my coaching clients got impressive results.
Today, I live a life I love. I travel the world helping dreamers build a profitable lifestyle business. I am not writing about or speaking on theories here–I have done all of this and more. If you have not signed up for my email list, you should. I deliver fluff-free content every week.
Browse the site and find what resonates with you and what you want to accomplish. Connect with me on social media. Let me help you build a successful lifestyle business that gives you control and freedom in your life. Let me help you build a business that lets you spend all of your time on the things that are important to you.
My name is Kimanzi and it’s nice to meet you 🙂
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Today’s episode is about using story in your business. You might be asking yourself, What does that have to do with owning your creativity? Well, that’s what I’ll be talking about as well as three major myths that are stumbling blocks. Today’s show is mainly directed towards entrepreneurs and small business owners who are having problems reaching the people they want to serve. It’s also a show that will hold some interest for you if you have ever thought about writing about your life and the experiences that have led to your expertise or wisdom.
If you happen to be listening to my podcast for the first time, let me give a bit of background. I’m a story junkie. I love reading fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, poetry, you name it. I also love writing in those genres. And one of my all time favourite things to do is to teach about those topics. There’s nothing like getting together with people ready to jump into exploring their creativity. I just finished teaching two classes – one was magazine writing and another was introduction to short fiction. And the best thing about doing what I love is helping people like you unlock your creative potential so that you can think, feel and do better in work and in life.
Recently I’ve been having some informal conversations with my fellow entrepreneurs about how they use story in their business, or if they actually do use story, and how. The surprising thing that came out of these conversations was that not many people are aware of using it, and if they are, it’s not in a conscious, strategic way. When I probed this further, it became clear to me that there are actually some myths surrounding the use of story that are holding people back in their businesses.
Here are the most prominent myths:
- Stories are made-up or false by nature;
- I’m a business-person not a creative person; and
- There’s no return-on-investment in being creative.
Today I’m going to unpack those myths for you so that you can see the possibilities of using story in your business.
If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more about using story in your business, join us for the next online course. Go to my website for full info: http://www.elizabeth-johnston.com/courses/passion/
And if you have any questions, send them to email@example.com.
Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full, Central Recovery Press, Las Vegas, November 2016
Dr. Anne McTiernan conducts studies on the effects of diet, exercise, and weight loss on cancer and health. She is a professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine in Seattle. She is author of Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full (Central Recovery Press, Las Vegas, November 2016) and Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). She has appeared on the Today Show, MSNBC News Show, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, ABC News with Peter Jennings, and has been featured in USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Parade, Associated Press, Seattle Times, US News & World Report, and other media. Dr. McTiernan has published over 350 scientific articles in prestigious medical journals, and lectures around the world on nutrition, obesity, physical activity, cancer, and health.
Helene Oseen’s passion and mission is to inspire women to love who they are, to own their power and to create their best life.
She has spent many years advising and styling women across the country and encouraging them on their life-long journey to learn, transform and expand life’s experiences in pursuit of happiness and that perfect outfit. As a speaker, style expert, Fashion 911® author, newspaper columnist and television contributor she dispenses both wisdom and wardrobe advice in her always true-to-the-female way experience. Her newest book (January 2017) Wear Your Life Well: Lessons on the Journey to your Truest Self is available on Amazon as an e-book or paperback as well as on Audible.
Helene is a distinguished recipient of the Global Woman of Vision Award. Honoring exceptional women, it is bestowed on leaders who have implemented their passion and whose personal dedication and actions inspire others to new levels of success.
And while you are on the web-site don’t forget to get your FREE copy of Wear Your Life Well: Your Journey through Journaling.
Lauri Mackey is the proprietor of Lauri’s Lemonade Stand, a Positivity Podcast for Women where she interviews amazing guests who share their stories and expertise to empower mature women into the next chapter of their lives. Lauri’s unique life experiences through teenage pregnancy, failed marriages, excommunication and graduating high school after the age of 40, have provided turn-around moments that have brought her the greatest happiness. Through public speaking and working on her first book about her excommunication and restoration of blessings, she is out to boldly serve other women into their “Happy Middle.”
Lauri also enjoys racing mountain bikes and lives in Camarillo with her amazing husband and two puppies.
Kara Martin Snyder is the Owner/Strategist over at vital corps, a health + lifestyle studio located at the 3-way intersection of functional health, self-care and strategic action. Kara's not your run of the mill, wellness coach, though. Sure, she's got the classroom and professional creds that many health coaches have but she's also got an arsenal of bad-assery stemming from her experience in the boardroom, kitchen, and personal experience with the effects of chronic stress - namely Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Serving frazzled, Type-A women since 2009, Kara deconstructs the broken processes in her clients' lives, investigates why they might feel not-so-great, and co-creates actionable steps towards a healthier life – a life spiked with passion and slathered with joy. Additionally, she’s the host of Le vital corps Salon podcast and the creator of the 33K Task List Project. Her work has been featured in Prevention, the Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine among others. Make yourself cozy in Kara’s digital home at http://vitalcorpswellness.com/.
Janice Francisco, Innovation Catalyst, MSc Creativity and Change Leadership
Janice Francisco operates at the intersections of change, learning, creativity and innovation. She helps managers and their teams solve the mystery of what it means to be innovative and teaches them how to use creativity to achieve innovation, grow and transform. She is the inventor of the Think Up Innovation Framework, an integrated, agile and repeatable process applied in real work settings to build change and sustainable innovation capacity.
As an organizational development consultant she works as a creativity and innovation expert, creativity trainer, change manager, learning producer, group facilitator and executive coach. As a researcher she explores how organizations apply creativity and build cultures of innovation.
Janice is President of BridgePoint Effect, a globally focused consultancy she founded in 2001. She speaks internationally on organizational creativity, is a member of the Advisory Board to the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Innovation and Commercialization and has developed expertise on leading change and innovation in the government, non-profit, private, and Fortune 500 sectors. She holds a Masters of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership; a Bachelor of Business Management, a Diploma in Adult Education, the International Association of Facilitator’s designation of Certified Professional Facilitator™ and is a member of the global Certification Team for FourSight Thinking Profile™ and Team Report. She is a member of the European Creative Association, the Institute for Performance and Learning, and a leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute.
- M.Sc. Creativity and Change Leadership
- B.A. of Business Management
- IAF Certified Professional Facilitator
- Certified in Alternate Dispute Resolution
- Diploma in Adult Education
- 4MAT4BUSINESS Instructional Design Methodology
- Certified FourSight Presenter and Master Trainer
- Certified KEYS® to Creativity and Innovation Administrator
- Certified Stormz Digital Facilitator
- Certified Organizational Growth Indicator Partner
Expertise: Creativity & Innovation, Creative Problem Solving, FourSight Thinking Framework, Leadership Development, Organizational Change, Instructional Design, Learning Organizations, Critical Thinking, Strategic Thinking
Creating soulful music to lift your vibe
Claudia Carawan is an award-winning singer/songwriter and speaker whose music runs deep. Her voice has been described as “goose-bump inducing” and her original songs feature buoyant melodies fused with feel-good lyrics. At the heart of Carawan’s music and mission is a belief that music is transformative. She has independently released 5 CDs:
Out of the Blue: Positive pop
Fearless: Music to help you soar
Joy Rising: Music to help you get your “joy rising” Unfinished Business: Sassy, sexy blues & R&B Magic in the Air: A sparkling holiday collection
Carawan was so inspired after hearing Maya Angelou speak that she began creating “Music Lessons” (presentations that integrate story-telling, music and humor). As a speaker Carawan weaves her messages, music and humor together seamlessly into presentations for conferences, retreats, churches and professional organizations.
Workshops, Retreats & Concerts
As a workshop facilitator Carawan conducts a variety of interactive workshops on creativity, dream-building and music. In addition, Carawan performs in a variety of bands & ensembles: Solo and in the Claudia Carawan jazz quartet, Nightvision Dance Band, & The BlueBeats. Carawan has served as a Music Director at Unity of Bon Air in Richmond, Virginia for over 20 years and has touched and inspired the community with her original music, powerful performances and insight.
When not on stage, Carawan teaches & shares music with various populations. She ran a recording studio for at-risk youth at a residential healing facility for 17 years and brings the joy of music into other facilities like nursing homes & hospitals.
Bryan Demchinsky is a Montreal freelance editor and writer, the author or co-author of five books. Among them are Soup to Self-Sufficiency: Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission, with Alan Hustak (2014); After Auschwitz: One Man's Story, an as-told-to biography of Hermann Gruenwald (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006); and Storied Streets: Montreal in the Literary Imagination, with Elaine Kalman Naves (Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2000). The American Library Association chose After Auschwitz as its best university press book published in Canada in 2007. Bryan is also the editor of many other books.
Since leaving a career job at Montreal Gazette in 2011 he has published in various magazines and newspapers. Much of what he learned as editor and writer came from working at The Gazette and five other Canadian newspapers for 35 years. This is now being transmitted in teaching and mentorship roles, including leading seminars in editing and memoir writing for the Quebec Writers’ Federation. Among other projects, he is currently at work on a family memoir.