But what if I get TOO inspired?

But what if I get TOO inspired?

But what if I get TOO inspired?

Sometimes I put off reading (or watching, or attending, or doing) something…and when I evaluate it, my avoidance is because I’m actually worried about how inspired I will be.

Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous. Don’t I WANT to be inspired? Isn’t inspiration a great thing?

It is a great thing….but it can also feel like a dangerous thing. There’s inspiration everywhere – in films, within books, on social posts, at events, with new products and tech and tools and software.

I’ve got hundreds of things on my to do list. My to do list is so long it’s become a dream list, and I created a new list with a maximum of five things on it, called “THIS WEEK (sort of important)”.

So when I look at the books I want to read, and the inspiring Brene Brown Netflix special I want to watch, and the apps I want to try, and the programmes I want to go through….it feels overwhelming.

What if I’m TOO inspired??

What if I read the book (or watch the special or download the app), and in addition to everything else I suddenly have forty five new things I want to do?

I have a book by Ann Handley called “Everybody Writes”. (The front of that book was my inspiration for today’s sketchnote image.) I’ve taken that book with me (along with good intentions) to more cities and even countries than I’d like to admit.

I keep bringing it with me, and opening it up, but I haven’t finished it.

It’s not because I don’t want to. Ann’s talk at a marketing conference was amazing – I loved it and was encouraged by it and learned new things from it. I bought the book, she signed it, I planned to read it….and I haven’t yet.

Many of my clients have told me the same thing. They want to try GoProposal, but it’s going to lead to so many new things to do in the firm! We send them a copy of They Ask You Answer, and they put it on the shelf because of all the content writing ideas it will give them.

The fact is, I don’t blame them. The ‘too inspired’ concern is justifiable. There’s only so much time available, and only so many priorities.

All the socials are full of people telling us to SEIZE THE DAY and READ THE BOOK and LIVE LIKE IT’S YOUR LAST DAY (or the first of the rest of your life) and all that carry on.

But we can’t.

We have to do the best we can with what we have – and the truth is, if that means setting the book aside today, that’s okay. If that means waiting to watch the special until I’m ready, or choosing to finish one of my many half-finished projects, that’s okay.

However, here’s something that’s also true:

Inspiration doesn’t come instantly and change things instantly.

It feels like it comes instantly, but it doesn’t really. True inspiration – the life changing, the business changing, the heart changing kind – comes in bit by bit. In pieces. Little by little.

It stacks up, piece upon piece. A chapter of a book, a film, a quote, someone’s text or speech or email, an event.

Each small portion combines together until one day you suddenly DO something or finish something…and you think “gosh I was so inspired! That one email and I finally got this thing done!”

But the inspiration started long ago, and stacked up.

So, you can set the book aside today, if you want to.

And you can also pick it up, and not have to fear inspiration.

It takes its time, so you can too.

 

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ON THE GRAM

Morning walk. I stood and watched the ferry come in and the sun lighten this little edge of the world.
Been going through old photos and letters - the last of the boxes i had stored at my sister’s house in america. 

When I first moved to Scotland, I only planned to live here for a few years and then go back. Then after a few years I wasn’t ready yet…then I got my residency…still not quite ready….then started a business…then Scottish citizenship…bought a house …finally accepted this is my home and I wasn’t moving back. 

And with every visit back to the states I would go through more boxes, more photos and letters and memories. I’d keep some and throw others away; take photos out of frames and give away the frames; and as time went on I was able to distinguish between the ones I definitely wanted and needed to keep, and those which were lovely at the time but didn’t need to be saved anymore.

Over twenty years on and this past trip I went through the very last of the boxes. I joked to my sister that I’ve now officially settled into Scotland 😆 

This photo of me and my Gramps is a fave and definitely a keeper. Most of the photos and letters I’ve kept are those of family - parents, grandparents, sisters, nieces and nephews. And as much as I love taking landscape photos, I noticed that 20 years later it’s the people photos I am more likely to keep. Thankful for the traditions and patterns of seeing family every year or so since moving to Scotland. They’re small things - baking Christmas cookies and going for walks and going for road trips - but it’s the time together and the continuing family jokes and the memories which remain. And a few photos.

My grandfather (and all my grandparents) have now passed on, but I remember with fondness sitting around at their kitchen table, eating fresh vegetables from the garden, playing scrabble, laughing and talking and drinking coffee.

It’s the small things, and the rhythms of family, which last. ❤️ 
#family #memories #grandparents #oldphotos
Made fresh mince pies for the first time ever. Over twenty years in Scotland and I’d never tried to make them from scratch, so I figured…now is the time! I’m doing lots of thanksgiving baking (yes, we stretch it out here so I’m still prepping!) and decided to buy the ingredients. 

Dried fruit…mixed peel…lots of spices…and Venezuelan rum :) I made up the mincemeat last night, and then today put it in the little pastries and even cut out the wee stars to go on top!

I think I can safely say they’re the best mince pies I’ve ever had. Fresh out of the oven sprinkled with icing sugar and with a glass of said rum alongside :) 

Now we are curled up with a Harry Potter marathon, with plenty of mince pies AND a thanksgiving feast still to come. Happiness! 

#mincepies #homebaking #maryberry #maryberryrecipe #happythanksgiving #happychristmas #harrypotter #hpmarathon
Oh hey, it’s me. 

And a new updated KLR brand and website! 

For the past six months or so, while I was finishing my book content and the final edits from my side, we have also been working on an updated KLR brand and website, to distinguish from the PF brand and site. 

It’s a tough job, when you’re the business owner and have been for ten years. And the book you’ve written is for the kind of clients your business serves, so it feels like a PF project.

But I’ve also been working for years to figure out (and help others see) that PF is far more than me. I’m the owner and MD, and I’m involved in sales and speaking and writing, and yet our clients primarily work with the team. There are 18 beautiful humans delivering great creative work every day from PF (soon to be 19!) and as I always say to potential clients, you definitely want all of them working on your creative projects. They’re structured and organised and talented - 19x more talented than just me. 

I’ve still got my own skills. And my own identity. It took us weeks to dig into how we represent “Karen L Reyburn” as a personal brand, with an audience of clients and friends and accountants and non-accountants and witches and wizards and family members and creative humans. 

We settled on “Leader, writer, creative, coach”, because those are the areas I love the most and want to lean into more as PF grows. And as I write more books and keep being my own self. 

If you’d like to be on the list to get “Karen’s notes” by email every Saturday, or to be on the waiting list for the book (coming May 2023), the link is in my bio. 

And I’d love for you to head over to my new site (karenlreyburn.com) and let me know what you love or anything you notice and wonder about! 

Stay strong, stay creative, and keep going. 

#karensnotes #staycreative #justkeepgoing