When did you start your blog/business?
I started my current blog in April of 2014. I had a few past posts from an old blog to bring over, and I officially launched on April 1st of last year.
What triggered you to pursue your dreams and begin creating the life you want?
Honestly, I had been “trying” to pursue my dreams for many years. I went through so many business ideas that I lost count, but this sense of responsibility just finally clicked inside of me. I felt like establishing my business was more about helping people understand business in a new way than it was about me or anything else. It just felt very necessary.
What do you enjoy most about living life on your own terms?
The ability to be available at more times and in more ways is an awesome part about living life on my own terms. Also, not being “too tired” from my day job to spend time enjoying my family and friends is a huge, huge win.
How are you living out your purpose?
Every day is an adventure in finding new ways to live out my purpose. Right now, I do it through offering business content, explained in the simplest and most actionable ways I can think of. I try to release most of it for free on my blog, but I also try to price my products at such a place that they don’t prevent people from using them.
I’m also living out my purpose through the deeper connections being made in real life, online with social media, and through a new makeover show for creatives that I’ve been working on.
Describe an a-ha moment.
The day that I realized fear is a good thing in business was an a-ha moment for me. Typically fear is viewed as a sign of weakness, but for me, it’s a sign that something is coming and that action is required. If you don’t act when things scare you (launching new ideas, establishing a business, etc.) you will be consumed by your fear and you won’t move forward. If you’re able to acknowledge the fear, but then make a plan out of purpose, you can launch greatness even when you’re terrified of it all.
What does being free mean to you?
The ability to help others in any way I see fit and in the ways I am most fit to help. The opposite of that (to me) is working in a position where your role is decided for you and there are too many constraints on your abilities and time.
What has been your biggest challenge pursuing your purpose?
I think it’s knowing when to listen to the other voices (your friends, your family, your haters, even the Negative Nancy version of yourself inside your head) and when to tune them out. The month I quit my job, I had multiple friends and family urging me to not do it. Telling me I should just wait until [insert some point in life they considered important here].
I knew I couldn’t suffer in my job anymore. And that even if I was being crazy for having faith in what was to come, I just had to do it. The month I quit my job, I had so much more peace, freedom, and joy, and I made more from my business than I would make in about six or more months from my job. It was a reminder to me that sometimes you have to go with your gut, even if others are telling you you’re not being logical.
What does your ideal day look like?
9 a.m. wakeup. Yoga/stretching. Music + tea. Emails and social media. A walk. Blog and product work. Some Hulu. More social media. Cooking and wine. Working on the computer and goofing off until bedtime.
What’s one thing that you want people to know about you or your business?
I don’t know what I’m doing. Everyday is about trying something, growing, and seeing how it works out. You learn and you adjust. But every single time I launch something or try something new, I’m scared, and I have no idea if I’m doing it “correctly,” but I’ve learned that’s okay. And it’s the exact place I need to be in.
What is your biggest fear? And how do you overcome your fears?
My biggest fear is not fulfilling the purpose I was placed here for. I overcome my fears by always making a plan, listening to others to make sure I’m filling a need, and acting on my plans. Maybe it’s not perfect, but it’s progress.
How do you stay encouraged?
I truly stay encouraged from the emails, tweets, blog comments, and social media interactions I have with others. People are supportive; people have questions; people have stories. It all motivates and encourages me to get out of bed, to show up, to live my purpose another day.
What are you most proud of?
My family, friends, and online friends who respond to the call on their lives. I’m proud that for some of them, I had a small role in helping them believe. That means more to me than any other accomplishment. I literally can’t even think of anything else I’m proud of in comparison to that.
How do you support other women?
Though my blog and courses are open to men and women, I support women by building accessible content, communities, and scholarships. I support women by trying to be available and by loving them and their important, important goals.
What is your favorite affirmation or quote?
As goofy as it may sound, my current favorite thing to say and remember is “#StayScrappy, my friends. Never get too big to DIY.”
What’s your favorite book?
I have three. Don’t you hate when people do that? Business book: Likeable Social Media. Fun book: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. Other book: The next one I’m writing. (It helps me to love and be excited about my book, or else it won’t get done.)
What exciting things do you have planned for 2015?
Ooh, love this. I have a few small, informal Launch Lunches planned (baby workshops to help people launch whatever is important to them), a makeover show for creatives, and an ad-free magazine for creatives, among other things.
You can learn more about Regina…
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All photos of Regina were taken by Adriana L. Adams & John Marcus Photography.