WARNING: This is some seriously vulnerable shit.
So, I haven’t written a blog post in a really long time. I’ve been focused on delivering a lot more to the Champagne Room, my Copy That students, and my one-on-one clients. And I have to admit: I’ve slipped up a little with my own bigger business message.
I have been in the whirlwind of “go go go” and in doing so, started to let go of my own “why.”
If you’ve been hanging around Your Hot Copy long enough, you’ve heard me talk a LOT about the importance of connecting to your greater “why.” After all, it sets you apart from your competition. It makes you memorable. It makes you unique. It shows people that you’re human and real and imperfect. It brings you down to earth. It fosters connection.
So vulnerability and REALNESS are necessary for your community. Showing all sides of you in a way that offers value to your audience is, well, everything. So now, it’s my turn to take a giant step back and expose more of the human behind the brand. *wink*
This week, I’ve decided to put my money where my words are… I’ve decided to get real.
Like all great stories, it begins with a significant relationship. And mine is pretty obvious. In every way, I am my father’s daughter. (Key qualities: Driven. Business-minded. Creative.)
Now for the realness… last week marked eleven years since I lost him. Deep breath.
I’m writing this post because there isn’t a DAY that goes by in my business that I do not use a skill or value that I inherited from my father. Because his “why” is my “why.” Because when you lose someone that you love, you never truly stop missing them. But they’re also never really gone.
And while no relationships are “perfect,” I have been unreasonably lucky.
I am consistently grateful that I grew up in an environment where I was encouraged to go forth and be creative. My father, on the other hand, did not have that privilege. He struggled a lot more in his youth, in making a name and living for himself, and in discovering the value of art, creativity, and comedy. But, by his mid-twenties, he found his purpose and even started a non-profit in New York City. My father’s initiative created youth centers to teach at-risk kids art and music for free.
Because art, music, comedy, and creativity heal.They make life better. They make things okay. They build connections. They transmit experiences. They let you know you’re not alone. They help you FEEL.
Your Hot Copy is built around my writing and sales skills and what I can offer my clients. There is no denying that. But it’s also built around my personal mission to work with unexpressed creatives, because I believe that your talent is worth it. You can create work and a life that expresses YOU, IF you make the choice to value your talent (and yourself) beyond the perceived “market value.”
It doesn’t matter if you make all (or any) of your money doing it. What matters is that you’re doing it. That’s what the WHY is all about.
But here’s the thing about the WHY.
Business isn’t just about the “why,” it’s also about the “how.”
Like how I was fortunate to be raised to think like a creative entrepreneur, by a creative entrepreneur. Like how I now have countless skills to offer my clients because of it.
Since my father created his own reality, he made it clear to me that I had the power to do the same.
Most parents encourage their children to go to college.
My father offered me money to start a business instead.
Most parents push their kids to get straight As.
My father wanted me to live more and work less.
Most parents want their kids to “get a job.”
My father raised me to question authority and do my own thing.
While most parents care if their kids ace all of their subjects, my father made sure that I understood sales, business, marketing, and people. This doesn’t mean that I always listened, took all of his advice, or even skipped higher education for some sweet upstart cash (regrets are REAL). But the best things that I do in my business – for my clients and myself – are so deeply ingrained that most of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing them.
This is precisely why I’m NOW working on making all of these writing and sales skills completely teachable for you. Because this is my legacy, and it’s been invaluable to me, and it’s time to share it.
My father showed me that you can do anything you dream, with the right mindset and skill set. He showed me that when you combine your unique gifts in a way that truly helps people… you’ve found your sweet spot. (And the place where money will totally flow.)
That’s all the “why” I’ll ever need.
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We had the opportunity to connect with Christine Organ, author and writer and wanted to share some of her story with our audience!
What compelled you to write “Open Boxes”?
I had always dreamed of writing a book, but I wasn’t sure what that looked like or the direction I wanted to take. About four years ago, I started writing a very different book and, in the process of editing that book, I discovered the message that I really wanted to deliver, which is one of connection. Some of the things that I love most about writing – and reading, for that matter – are the connections and relationships that are built. Regardless of where we are in our life, books have the power to help us feel a little less alone, to feel part of something bigger, and I am honored to be a part of that.
To what groups of readers does your book appeal? Why?
As a woman and a mother, Open Boxes definitely resonates with women and mothers, but its readership isn’t limited to women or mothers. In fact, Open Boxes appeals to anyone who is looking, whether they realize it or not, to find meaning in the everyday and foster greater connection to their life and the world around them. One of the most amazing things about the book is the wide range of people – from believers and non-believers, parents and non-parents, women and men – who have taken something meaningful away from the book. For this reason, Open Boxes makes an excellent gift for any occasion.
What do you hope people take away from your book?
I hope that readers learn to see the everyday miracles that surround us. Life is hard, no doubt, but there is so much beauty as well. Sometimes we have to look closely to see it, but it’s there. I also hope that readers become more comfortable opening the boxes of their life so that they can step more fully into the life that they were called to live. And I hope that – above all – readers feel a sense of purpose and connection after reading Open Boxes. I hope that they feel like someone understands them.
When you aren’t writing books, what other types of work do you do?
I regularly write on my own website (www.christineorgan.com), posting new content on a weekly basis. I also regularly write for the Huffington Post and websites like Scary Mommy and The Mid. I have had my work published on The New York Times and the Washington Post. I also offer online workshops, including writing workshops and creativity groups.
In addition to writing my own content, I also do freelance work for a variety of clients, largely in the legal industry. As a lawyer, I have an intimate understanding of the way law firms want to communicate with their clients and potential clients.
I also occasionally speak at churches and other venues about connection, spirituality, and the power of story-telling.
What is the most challenging part of your work or book writing? And how do you work to manage or overcome these challenges?
The most challenging part of book writing, for me, is still overcoming the fear. Of course, there are time constraints and motivational hurdles to overcome, as well, but I find that those challenges are exacerbated by the fear. When I don’t let the fear and doubts – whether it’s fear of failure or doubts about my abilities – get the better of me, I am more motivated to write and I am able to find the time to write, even if it is just a half hour at the middle of a busy day. When the fear and doubts take hold, however, I am less motivated and rest on the tired excuse of “a lack of time.”
What about your work brings you the most joy?
Connecting with readers, by far, gives me the greatest joy. There is, of course, the personal pleasure and satisfaction that comes from writing, as well, but blogging and book-writing expands on the personal satisfaction by facilitating the connection with other people.
I have also found that the act of writing, in and of itself, changes me and changes the way that I think. By writing about something, I think through the issue more fully and deeply, in a way that I might not otherwise do. Writing helps me figure out what I think and what I feel – which is sometimes very different than what I had originally thought.
Writing also holds me accountable for my actions. I can’t write about things like kindness and vulnerability, grace and acceptance if I am not also practicing those things as well.
Above all, however, is the connection and knowing that I may have, in some small way, touched someone else’s life. Nothing makes me happier than when a reader tells me that something I wrote has changed the way they think or the way that they see the world for the better.
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Christine Organ grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. She is a double-Badger, having earned both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and a lizard. A pragmatic believer and hopeful optimist, Christine writes about faith, love, and the human spirit. She writes at www.christineorgan.com and has appeared on Headline News (a division of CNN). She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and her work has also appeared on The New York Times, Washington Post, Scary Mommy, Patheos, Mamalode, and RELEVANT.
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