This is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for…
Do you have dreams of quitting your 9-to-5 job? Taking the leap into running your own business? Traveling the world full-time? Or creating a brand new life for yourself? I want to help you say YES to your own genius so you can stop doing all the things that are holding you back.
Let’s cut through your thoughts, fears, and feelings so we can get crystal clear on your core desires. Using your dreams as fuel to move you forward, we’ll burn your illusions to a crisp so you’ll finally have the courage to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Based on the book by Danielle LaPorte and led by Certified Facilitator Brittany Robinson, The Fire Starter Sessions workshop will:
● give you permission to want what you want (and show you how to go for it!)
● declare your “superpowers” and true strengths
● become better at time management
● expand your consciousness
● ignite your fire for following your dreams
● help you be incredibly generous with your love
Saturday, January 6th from 1:30-5:30PM
in the cozy, light-filled yoga studio at Centered in Brittany’s hometown:
309 N. Ashland Ave #180, Lexington, KY USA 40502
$50 Early Bird Registration until Dec 18th – Register Here
***Hot tea, water, snacks and worksheets are included. Dress comfy and bring a journal and a pen.
It’s time to create success on your own terms.
Brittany Robinson is a designer, business coach, Creator of #SelfCareForSolopreneurs and Licensed Facilitator of the Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. After leaving corporate America herself, she now helps new business owners bring their world-changing visions to life (and get plenty of self-care along the way). When she’s not working from home in her pajamas, she travels the world with her husband, Rafael.
Core Desired Feelings: Radiance. Freedom. Abundance.
What are your CDF’s? Discover them here
For a recent MicroLearning project, I was tasked with learning a new (to me) digital media technology tool or application that could support me as an Instructional Designer. I actually used several freeware applications to create a quick video for new business owners, or anyone wanting to create their own website for free without having to pay a designer (see below). As a self-directed, hands-on learner, I taught myself how to use Shotcut in the same way that I taught myself to read and write HTML code so many years ago: by playing with the software until I got stuck, then researching online tutorials and walking through the steps until I figured it out on my own.
(Disclaimer: I do have some prior video editing experience as well, so some of the software was fairly intuitive and user-friendly for someone who has experience using other programs for video editing. I was able to take a Constructivist approach here by building upon what I already know and reaching out to more knowledgeable people for additional help and resources.)
Luckily, this is no longer the 1990s and we have resources such as micro-learning, blogs, Google (and other search engines), and YouTube video tutorials to assist with rapidly learning new technology such as this one. YouTube videos were extremely valuable in my ability to quickly learn my way around Shotcut, Screencastify, and WordPress.com (which was shockingly different than the WordPress interface that I use when designing client websites). I also followed along with YouTube videos for using Canva (which I was already familiar with) for making YouTube video intro images (which I had never done before).
As someone who is intrinsically motivated, this type of Connectivist + Constructivist learning process worked well for me. I was able to quickly master the skills required for this video, utilizing a variety of digital media tools, and rapidly turn my knowledge into a tutorial that I could immediately share with other self-directed learners on YouTube. I plan to use these same tools to create other video tutorials on my channel and may even create a behind-the-scenes tutorial on how I combined all of these tools to make this video (in case other learners want to accomplish the same thing).
Biggest a-ha moment: While self-directed and intrinsically motivated, I’m used to blending Connectivism with Constructivism for my own technical learning & it’s made me a bit of an impatient learner. I get frustrated when interfaces are not user-friendly enough for me to intuitively figure out how to use them, and I click away from YouTube video tutorials that don’t immediately dive into the lesson & tell me steps for doing something I’m trying to accomplish. This is an important realization that could play into how I learn, as well as how I create YouTube videos and especially tutorials for other learners in the future.
I found the user interface and limitations of the “free” version of Screencastify frustrating. While learning, I ran into issues getting the audio and video to export in a format that I could use for video editing purposes. It was difficult to transfer these files to YouTube compared to Screencast-o-matic and Overwolf, which I have used frequently for other projects in the past. I have decided to stick with Overwolf and Screencast-o-matic for this reason, although Screencastify gets the job done if you need a nice in-browser app for Chrome.
On the positive side, this gives me an idea to start including an index on any YouTube tutorial videos that I upload (and maybe also mentioning at the start of the video so that people can immediately skip ahead if they want). Thanks, Debra!
You can watch the video and learn more about the tools I used to create it here:
Video Tutorial: How to Create Your Own Website Using WordPress
Screencastify (in-browser screen capture for Chrome… after using this tool, I actually prefer Screencast-o-matic or Overwolf for user interface and ease of transporting files to video editing software or YouTube)
Shotcut (free video editor – an excellent alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro, very intuitive and lightweight, renders quickly – even on a laptop that is not indented for video editing)
Canva (photo editing site – excellent free alternative to Photoshop)
“Why did you leave?” he asked. “Will you ever move back to Kentucky?”
His voice was the echo of a hundred voices before it. These questions are not new and it’s only natural for people to ask. After all, I did just leave my little hometown in the heart of the Bluegrass State to travel the world with my husband full-time. When you’re in your thirties and you’ve spent the past six months living and working abroad, rather than pursuing the traditional “American Dream” of large houses and children and white picket fences, people will inevitably ask questions.
Here’s the best way I’ve found to explain it:
When you were growing up, did you have a best friend you felt connected to, who made you feel better when you were down and was always there for you? Did you have a lot of good memories together, plenty of adventures, or possibly a few drinks after a long day at work? Maybe you’re still the closest of friends – or maybe one day you woke up and realized that something was different.
Growing as a person involves change. It involves breaking comfort zones. And sometimes, it involves realizing that where you are is not where you need or want to be at this moment in your life; that you are being pulled in another direction, that you have to make a decision, or that you have to make a move.
That’s how I feel about Louisville. That’s also how I feel about Lexington right now. Some of my happiest moments are owed to the Derby City as well as to my hometown. These are cities where I came of age, found myself, figured out who my friends are, and met my husband. We had some beautiful experiences in the process. Louisville acted as a muse providing me with so much inspiration over the years. Lexington provided a home base, stability, and plenty of friends, family, and loved ones to support me in my spiritual journey as well as my professional career. For that, I will always be grateful.
But it came time to move forward.
I’m not a fan of the “digital nomad” catchphrase. It sounds a bit pretentious but the people living this lifestyle have yet to come up with a better term to describe it.
We can’t really call this an “adult gap year” because there is no gap. My husband and I are both working. I’m running a business, coaching clients, designing things, planning workshops. I’m even taking college courses.
We aren’t living abroad as tourists. We’re just living (and working) abroad. So maybe “location-independent” is the best way to describe what we are doing. We have the freedom to live and work from anywhere in the world – but we have to continue working so that we can keep that freedom.
When we’re not working? My husband and I spend our time planning for future investments, researching how to #travelhack, contemplating where (and if) we will build our future home, looking into immigration laws and pet quarantine regulations, and planning for the family we might one day have. But we’ve still got a little time before any of that happens.
I view this exciting moment in my life as a temporary stepping stone giving me time to contemplate my next move. I find myself looking forward to the remainder of my thirties in a way that most people my age probably don’t. I’m not dreading getting older because I don’t feel like my best adventures are behind me, but rather AHEAD of me. They’re ahead of all of us, if we just find ways to make them happen.