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SALE *and* 50% of proceeds go to Together Rising

You know that thing where you stand by and feel helpless but then decide, NO, dammit, you’re NOT helpless, and surely you can do *something*?  This is my something.

50% of the proceeds collected from the sale of these items through July 6th, 2018 will be donated to Together Rising.  Let’s raise some massive dollars because #familiesbelongtogether and concentration camps aren’t okay.  Period.

Quick links!

📱 1-hour consulting call (3 available, regularly $699) // buy for $199
👩🏻‍🚀 Space 21-day e-mail class to break up with your phone details // buy for $69
📚 Introverts at Work: selling & marketing alternatives for Quiet entrepreneurs details // buy for $15.75
📗 Go Your Own Way: free yourself from business as usual details // buy for $15.75
📘 Calling to the Deep: business as a spiritual practice details // buy for $15.75
📙 All the Selves I Used to Be: 69 poems from 1999-2016 details // buy for $13.35
🔆 Breathwork for Overachievers *LIVE* class June 28th at 7pm ET details // buy for $22

Need more details?  You got ’em!


Best for: reconnecting with your own depths and your truest self

Breathwork is one part lying down and two parts breathing while a teacher like myself walks you through the process. It sounds *so* simple, but it’s the most powerful form of healing I’ve ever done.

It helps me work through alllllllllll my emotions (plus every last news article, social media comment, political stunt, and stint of gross weather) without totally and completely melting down. In about an hour, with no side effects, no drugs, and no leaving the house! Work on your ability to receive, your ability to feel joy — particularly if you have depression, or quieting that overachieving voice in your brain.

⚡️ The next *live* breathwork class goes down on June 28th, details + sign up hereShoot me an e-mail to tell me if you’d like a bonus recording of the Receive or All the Joy class when you sign up!


Best for: breaking up with your phone so you can do things you used to love but say you no longer have time for.

This 21-day e-mail class uses simple, totally doable daily tasks delivered by e-mail to help you remember life before your smartphone. Each message contains a to-do, a GIF, and science to back up whatever it is I’m asking you to do. Many tasks have the opportunity for extra credit, too, because overachieving is a thing I understand. 😉

The entire program is 21 days, but just 10 days in and I’m already seeing my phone and social media usage time drop dramatically. And the thing is? I really don’t even miss it that much! I’m more present with my husband during our evenings, and I actually have free time again to work on projects or crafts. I’m literally becoming a better human. — Alicia Bruce

⚡️Pick it up for $69, with 50% of proceeds going to Together Rising

SALE! Go Your Own Way

Best for: handling allllll the business basics without cookie-cutter boring AF advice.

If you’re in the first few years of running a business, you’ve likely spent thousands of hours Googling advice for your every problem. Most of it is completely useless, and even the parts that appear to be useful have induced exhausted eyes-glazed-over snoring again and again.

What if you could learn the basics of business and implement simple, effective strategies for making more money without being bored to tears or looking exactly like everyone else?

That’s what Go Your Own Way is here to do. Allll the details here.

⚡️ Pick it up in digital form for $49.99 $15.75, with 50% of proceeds donated to Together Rising!

SALE! Calling to the Deep

Best for: intense introspection and overcoming all the ‘WTF am I doing!!!!?’ feels.

If you feel more and more like being in business is WAY harder than mastering a few marketing tricks, making some products, and then raking in the dough…welcome.

Business is a spiritual practice, and the art of bringing your gifts to the world is one that requires skill, risk, and vulnerability in seemingly endless supply. I’ll help you walk through the difficult-yet-rewarding work of guiding your business in a meaningful yet profitable direction.

See allllll the details here. Grab the first 50 pages here.

⚡️ Get the digital version for $19.69 $15.75, with 50% of proceeds donated to Together Rising!

SALE! Introverts at Work: selling and marketing alternatives for Quiet entrepreneurs

Best for: building your business without attending a single network event. 😉

It may seem like being an introvert and being in business are polar opposites, but there are many ways your Quiet-with-a-capital-Q nature works to your advantage when selling and marketing.

I’ll walk you through those advantages and help you share them with your potential and present customers throughout the book. (Bonus: each chapter ends with a dare to make an additional $1,000 using the methods outlined.)

Allll the details here. Grab the first 50 pages here.

⚡️ Nab the digital version for $19.69 $15.75, with 50% of proceeds donated to Together Rising!

SALE! All the Selves I Used to Be

Best for: experiencing life’s biggest issues in 20 lines or less.

This is a collection of 69 poems written from 1999-2016, brought together to represent the good, the bad, and the ugly about coming of age with the internet, before the word ‘Millennial’ existed, before iPhones had been created, before the claws of social media got their talons into everyone. When there was love and losing it, consumerism and railing against it; finding the voice strongest within you and silencing it for far too long.

Get the first 20 poems here.

⚡️ Grab your copy of the print version for $16.69, or pick up the digital version for $16.69 $13.35, with 50% of proceeds donated to Together Rising!

P.S.  THANK YOU for your massive support, today and every day!

Show Your Work

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Heads up: this episode of the podcast is coming to you from a bubble bath in California, ’cause inspiration struck.

Lots of us do invisible work and then resent the crap out of people who fail to see it.

In this episode of That’s What She Said, we talk about making your work visible. Even your boring work, your dull work, your everyday work, and the work you’re sure you’ll be stuck doing until the end of time.

What if we made our internal checklists visible to other humans?
What if we changed up the ‘just shut up and be a martyr’ pattern and instead, asked for help?
What if we asked for people to acknowledge our completed tasks, to-do lists, and the many items we accomplish on a daily basis?

Once we tackle small to-do’s and offload tiny tasks, we can build up to asking for help for big and/or important tasks. Like parenting. Like entrepreneurship. Like being human.

Then, we move on to actually showing your work to other humans instead of minimizing it, pretending it doesn’t matter, or turning it into an albatross that causes you to hate everyone in your life.

One step outside of the domestic world, there’s the career-related behind-the-scenes work you complete and don’t share.

For example: breathwork is the energetic reset-slash-scrub down practice I do on a regular basis, and I trained in both New York City and Los Angeles to become a practitioner in 2017, with more trainings coming up this year.  Work. Made. Visible.  You can take a class here, schedule a 1-on-1 session here, or learn more about breathwork itself here.

You’ve got behind-the-scenes work, too.

Whether it’s editing video, shooting images, writing copy, making art, holding workshops, planning, prepping, and/or training, it’s time to let your peeps know that secret, private, or often-minimized work happens, and to make it more and more visible.

Listen in to get started, to stop resenting your family members and/or loved ones, and to dig deeper into exactly how much you accomplish on a daily basis.  HINT: IT’S SO MUCH.

P.S. Vulnerability 101: how to stop hiding your work and be seen by all the people who matter.

Vulnerability 101: How to stop hiding your work and be seen by all the people who matter.

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Psst! This is an episode of That’s What She Said, my podcast! You can listen in below or keep reading and I’ll tell all.

When I talk with my peeps 1-on-1 about being a little more vulnerable in business, they freak out. They imagine a world in which every secret they’ve ever had is laid bare and then featured on a reality show that’s beamed into every home on the planet — AND it’s shot in HD so that every pore on their face has its own character name and story line.

Vulnerability doesn’t have to happen all at once.

You don’t have to go from being a master of mystique to spilling your secrets in one fell swoop. Often, the first steps into vulnerability will look like having your face on your website. Your face in a headshot without your partner, your kids, your dog, your tools of the trade, and/or your cat(s). Just you.

Add your full name, your location on the planet, and your phone number or e-mail address so peeps can actually contact you, et voila! You’re 30% more visible than you were at the beginning of this article.

When you’re even a shade more visible, you’ll be tempted to retreat and stop making the cutting edge work that’s calling to your spirit at this moment. Please don’t give in to that temptation to stop making, doing, or calling rad stuff into being.

Make the work, even if you don’t show it to anyone.

I write poems that no one sees all the time.  (Here are the ones you can see.)

The willingness to be vulnerable with your SELF — with your own feelings, desires, insecurities, fears, and demons — is the only way to be comfortable sharing any of your vulnerable bits with anyone, ever.

In other words: don’t self censor.

Even if you only make stuff that lives in a closet or drawer or under a bed, you’re much further along than those who let their best and most vital work languish in their minds, never to see the light of day.

This step is impossible to view from the outside and no one can possibly hold you accountable for doing it, so I can only say it here and hope you hear me: don’t self censor.

Don’t self censor, don’t self censor, don’t self censor.

The parts of yourself that you’re most afraid to show to others will often be the parts that are embraced with the most love.

I started writing about my struggles with depression in 2013. I was certain that somehow the world would shatter, people would stop hiring me, and I’d be fending off flaming bags of dog turds for writing that article. (All roads led to homeless and penniless in my mind.)

Instead, people wrote kind notes. They sent me e-mails and letters and they’ve hugged me upon meeting to let me know that I helped. Years later, I still get thank you notes for that original article.

Oh and, that first article didn’t ‘do’ anything, either. It didn’t end with 84 Steps to End Your Depression Forever! It simply acknowledged my ongoing struggles with mental illness and let my peeps know that I was still alive. (Please remember this when you’re tempted to believe you’re not being ‘useful’ enough.)

Further: you can unfold by degrees.

Every relationship begins as two strangers meeting. Trust deepens over time.

From that first article with depression, it took years for me to go deeper: keeping the wolf at bay, hard-won depression tactics you can actually use, and the depression chronicles.

Other notable spots in the unfolding-by-degrees: 100 ways I’m broken, magic often feels like broken, and coming out of the spiritual closet.

I’ve answered questions in interviews this year that would have completely broken me five years ago. (This interview comes to mind.) Now, I just take a deep breath and tell the truth.

You don’t have to share your experiences in the present.

It took a full a full year for me to talk about my divorce anywhere, in any capacity. It took two years for me to admit the full cost of having hosted Brand Camp publicly.

I had depression for more than a decade before I talked about it with anyone other than my doctor and my best friend.

Vulnerability means, in the words of either Brene Brown or Glennon Doyle or both in some class they taught that’s no longer online — writing from our scars, not our wounds.

You don’t have to share your gaping wounds, but you can write/sew/dance/make/leap/film/photograph your way through them. You can take notes to use as fodder. You can keep an open list of ‘This Will Be Funny Someday’ vignettes on your computer. You can move through a tragedy of any kind knowing that someday, somehow, this, too will be a scar.

You don’t have to accept feedback.

When you’re putting work in the world, you’re not required to ask for or to accept feedback of any kind.

You can have teachers and mentors. Or not.

You can keep a handful of trusted advisors close to you. Or not.

You are in no way, not once not ever, required to hear the feedback of the critics or of total strangers. This especially applies to completely subjective works of all kinds.

Your watercolors are too smudgy? Who the fuck cares.

Poems too complicated/accessible/modern/traditional? Write ’em anyway.

You’re too loud/soft/dumpy/big/small/timid/brash? YUP. And?

The minute you let someone else’s opinions matter more than your own internal barometer, your work gets diluted.

Are you pushing your own limits?

Do you stand beside what you’ve made?

Would your past self be proud of what you’ve created?

The answers to those questions are far more important than whether someone, somewhere, on the internet approves. (Personally, I’ve got three people I trust to look stuff over and tell me where/if it’s falling down. I run harsh critique through those same three people to see if it’s valid or if it’s just trolling. I ask my clients for feedback once they’ve worked with me and address their concerns one-on-one. This isn’t to say that I don’t accept feedback, only that you, dear human, are not required to ask for it at any point. Sometimes work is better when it’s yours and only yours. Too often, we give others’ opinions far more sway than our own at some delicate point when the aliveness of the whole project hangs in the balance.)

When it comes to bringing your work to the public, start with a sure thing.

I sell every single book, program, product, class, whozeewhatzit or thingamabob I make to a sure thing before I release it to the general public. Meaning, I make a thing and then ask one of my favorite peeps to buy it, knowing that the person will say ‘yes.’

This takes away the vulnerability of ‘OH GOD WHAT IF I DON’T SELL *ANY* OF THAT THING’ and frees me up to release my work into the world with less stress about how it will perform financially.

If you want to sell a new thing, start by hitting up the people who told you to make that thing in the first place. If they’ve bothered you to teach yoga for years and now you’ve got classes on the calendar, ask ’em to come. They’ve been hounding you to paint, and you’ve just finished a bunch of pieces? Ask ’em to buy.

Ask, ask, ask. And, um.

Asking is always vulnerable.

It’s somehow easier to take on a task if you know it’s difficult. Thus, this is me telling you that you’re not broken or weird if you find asking for help and/or a sale to be practically impossible. The good news is that it gets easier with time and practice. Where once I felt like I was going to puke every single time a person e-mailed to ask about hiring me, I can now report that I feel only a brief wibbliness in my belly before answering the message and signing ’em up for the right offering.  (Related: you could probably use this breathwork class.)

Finally: there are laws, there are rules, and there are opinions. Distinguish between the three carefully.

People will take it upon themselves to give you advice and to ‘look out for you’ in many ways.

Someone once told me that calling myself an orphan hugger was the most offensive thing she’d ever seen and made me look “hopelessly naive.” I’d just spent months in countries literally hugging orphans and was merely being accurate.

Other opinions! People have told me how inappropriate it was for me to mention the shaving of legs (SUPPORTING THE PATRIARCHY!), how completely wrong it was for me to take products off the market (HOW DARE YOU NOT TAKE MY MONEY), and the ways my use of strong language is offensive (yawn).  Related: what to do when strangers are mean to you on the internet.

They’ve sent me long, long lists of reasons they’re unsubscribing.

…and I’m still here.

Still alive, still vulnerable, still doing my best to avoid self censoring.

Still taking a stand for the introverts, those called to the depths, and those who are sensitive AF and learning to live with it.

Still helping creatives do their big important magnificent brutal difficult lovely work in the world.

And still writing, too.

P.S. 29 ways to stop hiding.  And what to do when success equals panic.