Gusto & Grace Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1

gusto & grace journal Jan 01, 2022

A monthly letter from the desk of Sarah Fejfar

 2022!!! Let’s go!!!

I love sharing about adventures. Our family (and my business) had an epic December.  The biggest smiles and widest eyes came from a (very long, oy!) hike along the Trail of Ten Falls in Silver Falls State Park here in Oregon. It’s a must-do adventure during the rainy season, that’s for sure.

But there were certainly a lot of runner ups for favorite adventures… attempting to cut our own Christmas tree in a National Forest, sledding in many feet of fresh powder on Mount Hood, being called up by Santa to help elf, baking Christmas cookies, drive-thru Christmas lights, family walks, playing fetch with Max on Cannon Beach, and celebrating the New Year eating chocolate fondue while watching fireworks in Dubai, Sydney, London, Montreal, and NYC courtesy of YouTube.

All that said, I’m curious…

What did you learn last month?

Here are a few of my December learnings:

Rules aren’t meant to be broken. A couple of times this month I got into ‘the zone’ working on my podcast launch and ignored the rules I have in place about when bedtime is or when I work out in favor of continuing to work.  And then I paid the price.  Our self-imposed self-care rules, whether it’s bedtime or exercise, or meditation are there for a reason.  We make these rules when we’re at our highest and best selves to act as bowling bumpers when life gets messy.  Sometimes it takes years to see the results of our breaking the rules… take food intake, for example.  But bedtime, for me, those results show up instantly, and it isn’t pretty… lost productivity, horrible mood, and a general feeling of yuck the next day. We don’t always get those immediate wake-up calls, but when we do, it’s important to listen up and ask, what’s this telling me about my daily or weekly rhythm?

More learning happens in the doing. I keep finding myself in awe of those who have come before me in the thought leadership industry. Take this month, for example, I created a podcast. It’s called Greenroom Central and is available wherever you listen to your podcasts.  (You can listen to the 3-minute trailer here.) Even after spending most of my study time in October and November learning about starting a podcast, the real education happened in December when I put all that information into practice. They say that someone who’s further along on the journey will never spread hate on someone who’s working on their way because they know what it’s like to put in the work. That’s starting to really land for me. I’m in awe of the infrastructure necessary to deliver quality work, consistently.

How I Want to Spend the Holidays. I’ve been working on noticing what catches my eye and turning that into a list of what I want to go after or new rules for how I want to show up in the world.  I’m a big believer that jealousy can be harnessed as a tool for good. When I take a beat to look behind what’s catching my eye, it’s a peek into a more well-formed vision of what I’m working towards and how I can iterate to get there. For example, I’ve decided I’ll take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off work in the future.

What are you working on this month?

Here’s what I’m working on in January:

Relationship Building: I’m continuing my focus on building relationships. Meeting new people and strengthening existing relationships feels good. This month’s focus is on meeting new potential podcast guests: business owners who host their own events. (If you have recommendations, I’m all ears!)

Social Media Rhythm. I now have a beast to feed. Lol.  Is that how it goes? I’m nervous and excited to tackle the project this month of figuring out how to promote each new podcast episode.

Client projects. I’m working on some fun projects for clients this month.  I’m excited to help one client develop a curriculum for a bi-monthly recurring event in 2022, helping another client move onto my favorite learning management system platform, Kajabi, and helping yet another client produce a virtual event.

And there you have it, my January update for you. Just thought I’d share and keep in contact.

I hope this note finds you, and your loved ones happy and healthy.

Make it an outstanding January!

Warm Regards,

Sarah Fejfar
Founder of Live Event Academy™
Coaching | Consulting | Courses
www.sarahfejfar.com | @sarahfejfar
Subscribe to The Greenroom Central Podcast here.


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