Creative Boss Life Podcast: Episode 38
A Year in Review
Grab your dark roast + join Lauren as she walks you through the process to figure out her word for the upcoming year as well as what to look at when reflecting on the previous year. You'll be given the tools/writing prompts needed to walk away with a better understanding of what worked in 2018, what didn't, lessons learned, and how you want your 2019 to look!
EPISODE 38 COFFEE CHAT REPLAY
Episode 38 Podcast
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Lauren Dragon-Cook: Let’s do this thing! It has been a minute, right guys? It ahs been awhile since I’ve hopped on a live. I’ll tell you why.
Changes & Showing Up
The very beginning of 2018 I had set the goal for myself and set the intention (because I was terrified of going live), to go live every week. That is kind of how all of the Tuesday Coffee Chats came about. It also showed me going live isn’t that scary, yes you feel like you are talking to yourself. But it really helps you to be held accountable and to show up for your community.
Recently I as you know, I am making some serious pivots in the business. For those of you who don’t know, this all started 2017 as Wedding Boss Life. I was intending on being a resource for creative wedding professionals and helping them behind the scenes of their businesses. And then I realized what I am doing is applying to everybody, so why am I just doing wedding pros. So then it became Creative Boss Life and then “Hi! We are here”. I finally combined my intuitive gifts and side with actually helping people with their business. That is how Lauren Dragon-Cook kind of came about.
I love that it is my name because I am able to be me. There is no set boundaries or constraints or identity boxes. I really really am thankful for how this journey has evolved. I was talking to someone last night and said I did a live yesterday and di da quick reading for everybody and I lost like… a handful of followers. I was like “I don’t care about the numbers”. For me… I am finally finding my groove. I am finding who my people are. And I don’t want anybody here to be totally honest and frank if you aren’t comfortable with me sharing intuitive guidance because that is who I am.
This is how it is going to be from now on. I am showing up and going all in. Take it or leave it.
I wanted to wrap up these lives with a gift to you guys. For everyone who has stuck with me throughout all of the changes. Everyone who has encouraged me along the way. Everyone who hasn’t pointed the finger and said “witch witch!”. I just want to say thank you.
For that I am giving you this major gift. I had to take a step back and reassess why I was doing this. What about it was making me happy? You are going to see some changes here and there but you will always see my face. I will always be showing up.
Your Power Sheet
How many of you have seen people posting recently “my word for 2019 is…”? Or “I am going to be focusing on… for 2019.”
I don’t know about you, but for me it is not so simple as to just be like “I am going to release everything” or “income”, “abundance”, “alignment”. Its not that easy for me to think of a word. SO I am going to share with you what I do to make this happen.
I am sure some of you have heard of Power Sheets or other year in review calendars. But for me, this is enough. I don’t have to buy one more thing to look at my year in review. To each their own.
I am going to provide you with a bunch of prompts, so feel free to open up a notebook, grab a pen… I want to give you a bunch of prompts that you can work through now, but can also work through once we hop off.
What I want you to write at the very top of this document is…
“What do I want 2019 to look like?”
And then the first question you are going to ask yourself is: “What do I want to grow or change?” Some examples of this (I literally am going to be giving you my answers so you know what my 2019 is going to look like)…
Broaden peoples perspectives
Embrace all of my uniqueness
I am meant to stand out
I am a visionary
I just did all of this last night, so I will probably going through all of it again and might get a little bit more finer details in there. A year in review and looking to the future does not have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to be this day long process that you have to gear yourself up for.
Next question you will ask yourself: “What am I grateful for today?”
For me it is my…
Finding my voice
Finding my tribe
Clarity and direction
Next question you will ask yourself: “Why do I want to make what matters most to me happen?” Meaning, what are you most passionate about. What is your driving force… why do you do what you do.
Because someone is waiting out there to awaken their intuition
Next question to ask: “In order to grow, growth requires moving forward from past paradigms, beliefs that no longer serve us, things that we have come to internalize, healing, looking past past patterns. What does that look like for you?”
The constraints of what _____ should look like
This might be the constraints of what being a creative entrepreneur should look like
I want to break free of the stereotypical imagery that you have when somebody says the word “psychic”
The constraints of what it means to be a mom
The constraints of what society has said looking from home should look like
Next question… “how do you feel in this moment?” Be honest with yourself. You know, if you’ve been with me for a hot minute this is a safe space.
For me, how was I feeling in the present moment I was doing this last night…
For those of you who missed, I talked about my time at Creative at Heart. I loved it! But what I realized in the biggest way, was that I don’t need to look like everybody else. I don’t need to be just another bleh. I am going to be me and you’re either going to love it or hate it. It is the most liberating feeling, but also one of the scariest effing feelings too. It is literally like standing up on a stage at a Sublime concert and you’re standing their naked and you’re waiting for a reaction. What are they going to do? Are they going to love you and cheer you? Or are they going to throw their beer bottles at you? Once you have jumped over that first hurdle… I just don’t give an eff anymore. I just don’t care.
Next question for yourself: “What are you releasing to make room for growth?” This ties into moving forward from past things that are no longer serving you.
For me things I wrote were…
Feeling the need to fit in
I’m letting that shit go! It is time to say bye! For those of you who are new to the Lauren woo-woo world. Tomorrow is a new moon. What happens on a new moon? It is the ideal time as business owners and creatives to set intentions. Do you think I am doing this now just because? No. There is always a reason to something. Releasing what is no longer serving you. When I am setting intentions I like to take the release and flip it. I will say something like “the need to fit in”. If that is something I am releasing, during a new moon I could say, “I will no longer feel the need to make others happy and I will be content with exactly where I am”.
Next question: “What matters most to me?”
I want you to get really real right now. All kinds of real! All kind of vulnerable. No one is going to see it except you, unless you want them to see it. This is the time to get honest with yourself.
For myself I wrote down…
Living life according to my own terms
Living through experiences
Now you are going to get into the space where you are starting to get a little into your past year. So the question is: “What worked in 2018?” Be real. We are not talking about what didn’t work yet. We will get there. Maybe it is only one thing! Maybe it is only two things! That is okay!
For me what worked…
Shifting to incorporate spiritual and business
Stepping into my divine truth
Expressing myself fully
Recognizing the need for help in certain areas
It is not a weakness to do this! It is a strength because you are able to see something for what it is, making the best for it, and finding a solution.
Here we go: “What didn’t work in 2018?”
Self imposed doubt
Doing things that I did not align with
What do I mean by that? Somebody asking me a question anywhere outside of the group because they don’t trust the answers they will get in the group and expecting me to give a detailed answer. Now if you are working with me one on one that is a different story! But I am talking about people who have never even spoken to me asking me things that could very well be answered in the group. Things like that!
Doubting my abilities, if you would resonate with things I was saying…
Next question for yourself: “What are some lessons you learned over the past year?” You always need to find the positive. When you are able to find out and figure out what that experience was trying to teach you, that is where the gold is! That is where growth happens.
Lessons that I learned…
Listen to my intuition no matter how silly it may seem
No everyone will understand me and my path, but that doesn’t validate my success
Next: “What am I saying no to in 2019?” From this day forward today…
For me it is…
Commitments I don’t fully align with
Poor uses of my time
Trying to look like anything and anyone other than myself
Another question for yourself: “What am I saying yes to in 2019?” What do you want to call in? What do you want to allow the universe to give you? What do you want to intentionally bring into your life?
Opportunities for expansion
Things that bring me joy
For me, I just want to live in a state of joy. I want to feel lit up! If something is requested of me and it doesn’t feel right… bye! Not doing it.
Now here is where the magic happens. This is where you bring it all together. Maybe as you were writing out things you were starting to feel and see some common themes. It is time for this best version of yourself! What do you want that to look like?
“What is the common theme you noticed? What do you want this next chapter to look like?” I want you to write down a whole bunch of words that come to mind.
For me, if I were to go back through and look at everything…
So, when you have written down the words that you see popping up here and there. Circle them. Write them down. What do you want? What do you want 2019 to look like? What do you want the universe to give you? What do you want to feel? How do you want to feel empowered?
My Word for 2019
The word that I chose for 2019 is freedom. Freedom from constraints of what it means to be a creative. Freedom from the wife and mother archetypes. Freedom from things that don’t light me up. Freedom from self imposed guilt and doubt. Freedom from anything that isn’t high vibe. And most importantly for me… freedom to unapologetically be Lauren. To be me.
So. I want you to share this with your friends. We all have at least a dozen creative online friends that need help walking through this. It doesn’t look like the stereotypical. It just needs to be this easy and simple. Share this episode. Send your friends a link. People that you trust!
Just a couple of quick things… moving forward with coffee chats and lives and all of those things they are not going to be scheduled. They are not going to be an every week thing. They will not be an every other week thing. They are going to happen as they come. What I have found is when I try to create a schedule and try to make it all happen, it doesn’t really ever feel right. I always end up going on a wicked tangent anyway because that is when I start talking about what needs to be said collectively for the group.
I will still be doing lives just like this! They are just not going to be scheduled. I will do my best to post a reminder at least 24 hours in advance. But you will also start to see more card reveals. How many of you have been loving that? How many of you have no clue what I’m talking about? I’ve been getting the feeling that you do love them and they have been helping you without you even realizing is. So I am going to continue to do more of those.
I have had a couple of you ask because I have since opened up my packages and working with me one on one. Those of you who asked about my packages and what not, you saw that the pricing was going to change come January 1st. That does not mean you will not be able to work with me come January 1st. It just means the pricing changes January 1st. I offer two different packages. Three sessions working with me or six sessions working with me. If you want the best price and have been meaning to hop on the radar with me, now is the time. The real deal.
I just had someone say to me the other day, “All I asked my husband for for Christmas, was you”. I don’t know how to feel about this! Am I a song?
The Rooted Connection, which is what the membership now is and I had to do some soul searching guys that’s why I was MIA. It did not feel right from what I was calling it before, so it is now the Rooted Connection. It is officially going to be opening the second week of February. So the second full week of February. That is the week of February 10th. What does this mean?
I am so excited! The membership doors will be opening for a week, a little under a week. I will let you know what day the actual master class is I will be teaching, but I am going to be teaching you an intro to intuition master class and how that pertains to your business. All of the questions I have received form anyone ever… I will cover in the master class.
AND as my OG’s, you guys are going to be getting the OG rates for that if you decide you do want to come and join us inside the membership. It will never go up for you. The prices will not change for you unless you leave and then decide you want to come back. It will be the lowest price it will ever be. Just make note of that. Make sure you are on the waitlist for that, you can do that at therootedconnection.com
I am so excited for you guys. I am already mapping out all the content. Some of the things we are going to be chit chatting about are…
Numerology and how it plays into your business
What day is the best day to launch something? When is the best day to not make any offers? When should you be planning content?
Cycles of the moon
Purpose of crystals
How to get answers from the Divine, from the Universe
What signs to look for, what do they mean
This will be a continual thing, I will build upon. That is the membership in a nutshell. I am really dumbing it down. Do you see a little bit how intuition plays into business?
I hope this was helpful. I hope you were able to come away form this having a bit more clarity on your 2018 and more clarity and direction on how you want your 2019 to look. Setting that intention. I want you all (ALL OF YOU!) for now to search New Moon Intention Setting or New Moon Ritual. Essentially what you are going to do is write down exactly how you want your 2019 to look, fold I up, and keep it safe! We will come back and look at it.
I have so many amazing things coming your way. I am so excited and humbled and grateful that you are all choosing to ride this crazy train with me and to believe in me and to create this safe space with me. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough. I love you guys all so much. Truly. Every single one of you has impacted me in a way that you will never know. You guys gave me the permission and told me it was okay to be me. So thank you for that.
I don’t do emotional so this is bullshit right now. Love you guys all so much. I am sending you all so much love and light. Wishing you the merriest and happiest of Holiday. All of the things! I know I will be hopping on here before the new year and if you have any questions, always, reach out. I would encourage you to ask those questions before reaching out in the group. I guarantee you at least three more people are having the same exact question as you. There is a reason we are all here together. It is not my coincidence. I set the vibration for this group and I set the intention for this group. The universe is delivering it. I mean it when I say I love you all so much. Thank you for sharing your time and space with me.
I’m Lauren, your wedding business visionary! I educate wedding pros on the behind the scenes of their businesses through practical knowledge and intuitive strategy. I incorporate my intuitive gifts with solid business strategy to maximize my clients' progress and success.