How to know you're being authentic
In my last video, I talked about the importance of authenticity. Today, I’d like to talk about how you know when something is authentic. Watch below or keep reading to find out more...
So, how do you know when something is authentic? It’s a really difficult question to answer, but there’s really only one way to know. Would you say it? You are the only person that can answer that question. You are the only one who really knows if it feels right. The funny thing is, it's contextual. We don’t walk around saying “why did I just say that? Does that sound right? Does that fit in line my life views?”
So when it comes to authenticity, it not only comes down to whether or not it feels right to us, but how its perceived by other people. And today, I’d like to talk about a tip to help you be perceived as authentic in the eyes of others.
As leaders, and I suspect that you are a leader if you’re watching this, it can be difficult to allow yourself to be imperfect. So to appear authentic to others, we need to be okay with imperfection and embrace that. Now it might seem difficult to embrace imperfection in a professional context, but in the right context, it can really lend itself to authenticity.
You know what it makes me think of, is the question that is often asked in job interviews: “what’s your greatest weakness?” And when you take that weakness and turn it into a strength, you say things like “you know, sometimes I’m pretty hard on myself, so it means I end up working pretty hard or sometimes I’m tireless and don’t know when to quit”. But if you’re an accountant for example, and you’re asked about your greatest weakness and you answer, “sometimes I get the 6 and the 9 confused”, uhh…that’s not going to bode so well for you.
So when you’re sharing your imperfections, look for the silver lining.
Today I’m filming this video from beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I’ve struggled a bit with people and noises behind me, so hopefully this turns out. But, there’s a gorgeous rainbow behind me (see, always find that silver lining!) and you can still see the remnants of it.
That’s all I want to share for today. If you’re interested in learning about me as a copywriter, I do free connection calls. I’d love to hear more about you and what you’re working on.
Until then, keep smiling.
What does authenticity mean to you? Leave a comment below and let's talk about it. I like to keep it real and look forward to hearing from you!
Ready to write your own copy but tortured by that damn blinking cursor? In this video I'd like to talk about getting past writer's block. Listen or read on below...
A quick three tips for you.
Start by writing as though you plan to throw it out. Don't put so much pressure on yourself. Just imagine that whatever you're writing is actually going straight in the trash bin. That way the pressure comes off.
Next, if you've been doing nothing for too long, get out there for a change of scenery. Whether that means having a shower, going for a walk, calling a friend, just do something different. I'm not advocating for procrastination, but sometimes you just need to change speed to see things flow. I’m working with the assumption here that you watched some of my other videos and you really have a sense of the person that you’re writing for and speaking to that person.
Once you've done that, just start writing. Get something on the page. The first thing you write down doesn’t have to be part of it. Editing is an entirely separate beast. Just get some words on the page and you can fix it later.
That's it for today. Today I'm filming from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As you can see downtown behind me there.
If you're interested in talking to me about working with you as a copywriter, I would love to have that conversation. I do free connection calls so please do reach out.
That's it for this week and we will talk to you later.
Writer's block can be so hard...but commenting below isn't! :) Maybe it's the change of speed that you need to get going on your work... I'd love to hear from you!
What to do with your "stuff", part 2
In a recent video I talked about the fact that if you’ve decided to become a digital nomad full time, you're probably going to want to get rid of most of your stuff. In this video, I'd like to talk about what you can actually do with it. Check it out!
So what to do with that “stuff” that turns out is just not that important. You have lots of options. I would suggest Craigslist and in Canada at least, we have an app called Letgo. That's what I used to get rid of most of my stuff.
Don't expect to make too much money. I sold just about everything I owned. I sold all my furniture, all my clothes. I only made about four grand and it was A LOT of work. So mostly it's about letting it go rather than making money. You can also give it away to friends or give it to a charity.
That's my tip for you today. If you’re interested in connecting with me as a copywriter, click on the link to my free connection call. Let me tell you about my process, let's talk about what you need and see if we’d be a good fit!
I'm filmed this video from some geysers in Bolivia. Its most fantastically sulphry here!
Until next week, I will talk to you then.
Letting go of your "stuff" can be so hard...want to talk about it? I do! Leave me a comment and let's chat.
There’s one thing you can do to protect your brand as a digital nomad who’s working on the road and in this video I’m going to share what that is. Keep reading or watch my video to find out...
So there’s one thing that you can do as a digital nomad who is on the road. As you can see I’m filming this video from the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. I get to do cool stuff like this often, but this is not my whole life.
As a digital nomad, when you’re posting stuff on social media, remember to show people that you’re doing more than this cool stuff because I promise you, this is not all of my life. There’s a lot of working on buses, working in cafes and working in dark hostel rooms. It’s a really cool balance and finding that is key. It’s totally worth it, but don’t forget to show the world that there’s more to your life than travel.
The other side of my life? I’m also a copywriter! Please consider reaching out for a free connection call. Let me tell you about my process, tell me about what you’re working on and we’ll see if we’re a good fit.
That’s it for this week and I look forward to talking to you again soon.
Tell me about some of the cool places you’ve been! Leave your comments below and let’s chat about it.
The beautiful Bolivian Salt Flats
Today I just wanted to show you something really beautiful. If this doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will...
Look at that! I am at the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia and it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
If you’re interested in talking to me as a potential copywriter, please do consider reaching out. Let’s connect and talk about my process, what you’re looking for and see if we’d be a good fit. Until next week, we’ll talk to you then.
Where have you been that words just can’t describe? Share a picture in the comments below. I’d love to see and share in the beauty of your travels!
Whoops! Do you ever just feel a bit off center? In this video I’d like to talk about something that I use to help center myself. Read on or check out the video below for some great advice…
So this might sound a little bit hippy, because it is, but when I’m feeling kind of weird and off-center, I like to ask myself what I need. And when I say “ask myself” I mean, ask my body, my inner intuitive self, that other part of me that knows best what it needs.
I find that I often get an answer when I Just ask the question. So when I say “what do you need?”, somewhere deep inside of me often says “you need some water. You need some exercise. You need sleep. You need to meditate. You need some yoga. You need some time with friends.” So I would like to suggest that you go ahead and give it a try and see if it works for you.
I’m filming this video from Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia which is absolutely stunning! This is an island behind me in the salt flats.
Looking for a copywriting perspective? If you’re interested in having a bit of a connection, seeing what my process is, seeing if I can help you, I’d love to hear what you’re working on. I do free connection calls, so why not reach out and we’ll make that happen.
Until next week, I hope everything’s great (and centered😊) with you and I will talk to you then.
How do you find your center? I'd love to hear what works for you. Comment below with your tips so we can chat about it!
Preparing for travel hijinks
In this series of videos we’ve been talking about being location independent or a digital nomad and some of the challenges that can bring. Today we’re going to talk about travel hijinks and some of that stuff that you just can’t predict and some solutions for those. Check them out below!
So travel hijinks. Honestly, stuff that you can’t predict, you can't prepare for. My best tip for that would be to do what you can and to learn to roll with the punches.
However, the best thing that you can do to prepare is do a lot of research. So when you’re traveling abroad, that means getting on the internet and learning about visas, what are the entry and exit requirements from the countries that you’re visiting? What’s important to you in a place that you stay? I’ve been staying in Airbnb’s lately and I check out the reviews before I book them and look out for what’s important to me as someone who works on the road. I’m looking for strong Wi-Fi, looking out for bedbugs, somewhere that’s comfortable and these sorts of things.
Another thing is to make sure that your passport is up to date. Make sure that its valid for long enough for you to get in and out of these countries that you’re visiting. Get a travel consultation before you leave the country. Make sure that you got your vaccines and maybe most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help! You know, people are awesome and they’re willing to help you if you’re kind. :)
I’m filming this video from unbelievably beautiful rainbow mountain in Peru. I'm also a copywriter for female entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in learning what its like to work with me, I do free connection calls. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Until next week, I hope you’re amazing and we’ll talk to you then!
Have any fun travel hijinks stories? Share them below in the comments. I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Making friends on the road
In this series of videos that I’ve filmed, we’ve been talking about the challenges about being a digital nomad. In this one I’d like to address the challenges of making friends while living abroad. Read on or watch the video below to see how...
So, making friends while living abroad and traveling. It’s not always super easy but I do have a couple of tips for you.
Your first few days somewhere, consider staying in a hostel instead of an Airbnb or a hotel. It’s a lot easier to talk to people there. Everyone’s there to meet people, a lot of people are traveling alone, there’s often a bar there and its really easy to strike up a conversation. There are often events planned and it makes it a lot easier to approach people. They’re very open to chatting.
Another thing you can do is choose to stay longer in one spot. When you’re on vacation its feasible to hop around a great deal. But, when this is your lifestyle, if you stay in one spot for a bit longer it makes it easier to meet other people.
And then of course there’s stuff like joining meetups, joining Facebook groups for expats, trying to do this sort of things you’d like to do at home. Dance classes, yoga, any of these can make a difference. Walking tours. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and talk to people. Have fun with it!
Today I’m filming this video from magical Machu Picchu in Peru. I’m a digital nomad myself so I do know a thing or two about the challenges and about rolling with the punches since you can see that Machu Picchu is currently covered.
By the way, I am a professional copywriter for female entrepreneurs! Visit my website and reach out for a free connection call to see what I'm all about :) I’d love to tell you what my process is, see if we’re a good fit and see how I can help you.
Until next week, we’ll talk to you then!
Let's be friends! Leave your comments below and see how easy it can be.
At one time or another, we all struggle to lead lives of meaning. In this post I’d like to share something that I’ve found extremely helpful and I hope will help you too. Watch or read on!
Within the past couple years, I found an author by the name of Russ Harris. He has written a wonderful series of books called “The Happiness Trap”, “The Confidence Gap”, and “The Reality Slap”. They all cover something called ACT Therapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The specific tip that I wanted to share today is something I have taken from Russ on how to live a life of meaning. Russ’ suggestion is that when you’re clear on your values, you can always be headed in a meaningful direction. Even if you’re struggling with anxiety—I have anxiety and I know a lot of female entrepreneurs and other people do as well—no matter how you’re feeling, even if that can’t control that, you can always act in line with your values, and THAT is what makes a meaningful life. So getting clear on your values is…well, invaluable.
On the note copywriting, if you’re interested in seeing if we’d be a good fit to work together, I do free connection calls. Tell me about what you’re working on and let’s see if we’re a good fit!
This week I am sharing from Lima, Peru. Go team #DigitalNomad!
What do you think of this idea? Does it resonate for you? Please leave a comment and I promise to reply :)
Do you ever feel like your priorities aren’t your own and that you get sucked into say yes to everything because you like pleasing other people? In this 90-second video, I share an easy first step to managing this problem. Or, continue reading below.
Today I want to talk about the overwhelmed “yes girl” who needs an alternative. I actually am taking inspiration from a friend who found herself doing this all the time, and my suggestion to her was that instead of saying “yes” right away when people asked something of her (e.g. Can you take on this project? Can you accompany me here? Can you grab the groceries for us tonight? etc.), try saying, “can I get back to you?” She wanted to say something, but also leave herself a little time to put aside her people pleasing habits and think about whether she had the bandwidth, time or desire to take the new thing on. Just try that on for size and see how it feels! Instead of an instant “yes”, try “can I get back to you?” People can usually wait an hour while you think something through, and I bet it will make a difference. Give it a whirl and let me know how that goes for you; I’m going to make an effort to try that this week too.
I’m currently in Medellin, Colombia, loving life... but not much longer, because soon I will continue on to Peru. Until next week, I will talk to you then!
By the way, I am a professional copywriter for female entrepreneurs! Visit my website and reach out for a free connection call to see what I'm all about :)
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Megan is the owner of Megan Words, a boutique copywriting and editing consulting business devoted to helping female entrepreneurs with worthy causes develop high-quality web copy and content. She sometimes wears pants. Learn more about her here.