Mission Criticals

Get your Mission Criticals out of the way this morning. Those are the 3 tasks that if you were to only complete those 3 tasks, you’re day would be all set! Everything else is a bonus!

Sometimes I feel like my Mission Criticals are 20 deep. And then I am totally overwhelmed with my task list and am stressed out. Don’t think like this! Get 3 done and give yourself a big pat on the back!

Pat on the back machine, United States Patent 4608967 by Piro, Ralph R, published 09/02/1986

Pat on the back machine, United States Patent 4608967 by Piro, Ralph R, published 09/02/1986

Spring Cleaning. Declutter!

We are well into the spring season and summer is knocking at our door!

I’ve recently returned from my WordLove tour and since I’ve been back have been on a cleansing rampage. I want to simplify everything! For me to stay inspired and energized, I need to constantly change up my studio space and design it in a way that accommodates for new goals to be achieved. I felt like I couldn’t achieve any goals until I decluttered.

SO! I spent all last week redesigning my space, getting rid of tons o’ stuff that was clogging up my space and mind and keeping the flow from well… flowing!


There were boxes of objects for ideas that were not being done, piles of fabric in bags for future ideas… and you know what? I just packed it all up and donated it. These are old ideas and projects that I’m just not into anymore. I kept looking at the bags and boxes, thinking to myself, “One day I will be inspired to do that..” but really, it was another task on my to do list that no longer served me.

Leo Baubauta, author of The Power of Less, says “ Focus on only the essential, eliminate the rest, and allow yourself to get into that beautiful state known as “flow”.

I felt guilty about not pursuing these ideas. But then I realized. STOP! Why feel guilty over not feeling inspired about something? Getting rid of these things has left me feeling like I have a fresh slate to be inspired with. And dangit! It feels GOOOOOD!

DECLUTTER! Start fresh!  Do it GUILT FREE!



Facing my fears

My name is Brandi Shigley and I have a “picking my brain” fee. I understand my value and I understand that my 15 years as an entrepreneur is worth something. I will no longer feel bad about having my fee. Consulting is one of the ways that I make a living and by golly, I love it and I am good at it and I am passionate about it. I love connecting people and assisting them in moving forward with their dreams. While on tour, I realized that my biggest fear is asking for money. Time to face those fears head on.

This has been a life changing week!

Ever so often I realize that the advice that I’ve been giving in my consulting and in casual conversation, is the advice that I need to follow.


I will bring my vision and dreams to the forefront and make them a priority. I thought I was doing that, but I realize that I’m not.. or at least as not as much as I should be.

Just start! Or restart!

September 17th, 2012 I started writing my book with the working title “Chronicles of a dreamer / doer”. I worked diligently for 3 months and then stopped. Today is the day that I started back on my book project. Instead of getting angry at the fact that it has been months since I’ve worked on it, I just started.

As I was working on my book, I realized that the skeleton of my entire book is written. Now it’s time to edit, add, and make it just right. I’m a lot farther on the book project than I thought!

It feels good to open up that chapter (literally) again :)

My life's an open book...



It’s important to hit the “reset” button!


resetAfter 3 months of working hard towards projects, client work, and new goals, all of them have been achieved and…well, now what?

I go through this tiny bit of depression after big projects are done. So much time and energy was expended and now that it’s all over, I’m exhausted, have no energy and it seems all of my inspiration and creativity fell right out of me.

Time to hit “RESET!”

These are the things I do to reset:

  1. Clean / reorganize: I have a studio space that allows me to rearrange and create new spaces within my space. Every time I need to reset, I do a complete switcharoo on my space and rearrange my space to accommodate my goals. For example, the past 2 months I knew I had my workshops coming up, band practice, and lots of web work to complete. I arranged my space to help me fulfill those goals. Now that those goals are complete, I’ve arranged my space to inspire business development and creative brainstorming sessions for the next few months.
  2. Put all of the things in my head out on paper… or big gigantic wipe board: This is my giant “brain dump” where I can see where I need to wrap up loose ends and start implementing new plans and goals that were sitting in my head. From there, I can start prioritizing and setting things into action.
  3. Meet with inspiring collegues or friends:  This always help me get my motivation back and when you talk about what you want to accomplish, it helps you realize your own plans.
  4. Fresh food in the fridge: I feel like my mind is sharper when I have fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge and in my belly. This gets me on a healthy path and thinking about what I’m putting in my body that will assist me in sharp innovative ideas.
  5. Get outside and take a walk: Be conscious of what your new goals are. Let go of old energy that you’re holding onto. The fresh fall air will really get the resetting flowing!

You can reset daily, weekly, monthly… in fact it’s good to reset frequently! Now that I’m back from a business trip in San Diego, my space is organized the way I want, and I’m ready to get this week started! Let’s do it!