I always wanted to be a war reporter, and now I have my chance.
It's a different kind of war though, not one with guns or ammunition, but one that I've been advocating for over a long period of time.
You see, I carefully set up my exit from serving corporate interests out of frustration and exasperation, to help individuals who want to solve unique problems in the world that the big-timers cannot fathom. I was paid well and was damn good at what I did before.
It didn't sit well with my soul to choose money over purpose.
For 25 years, I worked as an actuarial consultant (fancy for statistician, economist, complex puzzle-solver) with big, big clients, the ones that pretty much control all policy within the United States (with global ramifications). I loved the crazy puzzles I was paid to solve, too. I was giddy with delight over figuring out how to make 100 spreadsheets in a file produce the numbers I needed to present to these big-wig multi-million-dollar execs whose bonuses were 10 to 100 times my annual salary.🤢
But, I saw a disconnect between boardroom executives and the lives of everyday, real-world people that their decisions affected.
It was painful to see the top dogs of the most powerful companies in the world have so much control over people's financial situations and healthcare coverage. Tweaks in corporate policy and influence of government policy to help stock prices and executive pay affect countless lives with closures, layoffs, bankruptcies, restructuring, and off-shoring that can upend our mere existence. Not saying it's all bad, though.
Efficiency is a good thing, but the cost to human lives isn't directly felt by the ones making the decisions.
Turning advocacy into action is more my style.
And that meant leaving my career after developing programs and systems that would help small business owners, coaches, consultants, speakers, authors, mom-and-pop shops, you name it, to make changes that big interests just can't handle very well.
So what about these Congressional meetings?
I'm happy to report that I'm the official documentarian representing Shout Your Cause, my online advocacy magazine and podcast as part of a team testifying to the House of Representatives and to the Senate later this month (September 2022).
@shoutyourcause #stitch with @my.three.plus.me Please help. I am literally skipping a paycheck for this! Follow Heather for details. #shoutyourcause #cpscorruption #childprotectiveservicesfails ♬ Send Me on My Way - Guy Meets Girl
The cause to shout: Addressing harm within Child Protective Services
And I couldn't be more prepared or ready to step up to the task because I have been...
- Making content that brings awareness to issues and inspires action,
- Coaching passionate people to develop their own programs and services that produce positive outcomes,
- Teaching social media marketing skills to lead the right people to free and paid offers,
- And, doing it imperfectly, not afraid to make mistakes along the way and own up to them..
..because DONE is better than PERFECT.
What makes your soul happy?
Maybe you have something in mind you'd like to develop. Even if you're unsure what it is, telling stories and making social media content without judgment is one of the best ways to get started. Just saying something out loud will help your ideas progress more than allowing those ideas to spin around your head. If you need some advice or structure around it, I've got a Content Kit that could really help you bring your message to the world.
And I've tossed in 2 months of FREE GROUP COACHING to go along with it.
What's up for September content themes?
Per my usual, here's a Fun(ny) Holiday Calendar that will help you out for September. A full year of monthly, weekly, and daily content prompts are included as part of the Content Kit, by the way.
- Baby Safety Month
- Chicken Month
- Better Breakfast Month
- Classical Music Month
- Fall Hat Month
- Happy Cat Month
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Honey Month
- International Square Dancing Month
- Little League Month
- National Blueberry Popsicle Month
- National Courtesy Month
- National Mushroom Month
- National Piano Month
- Self Improvement Month
- National Sewing Month
- Whole Grains Month
- Week 3 National Indoor Plant Week
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