Doing things differently is our M.O.

I just hit PUBLISH on a very challenging page on my new website.*  This particular page has taken me a very long time to write.  and it’s taken a lot of input and encouragement from all of these amazing women.

The page I’m talking about is about pricing and membership in the So, do it! movement and Salons.

If any of you are business owners you know how difficult pricing your products or services can be.  It’s extremely important to me that the experience available in the Salons and the Society is accessible to any woman who wants/needs it.  In the So, do it! world, one size does not fit all. We work hard to honor each individual’s uniqueness – their “creative rhythm.”  To create a SAFE space where members are SEEN, SUPPORTED and CELEBRATED – without baggage and barriers.  By welcoming all women, we get to know one another as humans, not as stereotypes.  And we connect with women who we would not ordinarily find ourselves becoming friends with.

The Conundrum.

But this is also a business.  One that, when we make a profit, we can really make a difference.   I want to give away this amazing experience.  But that’s not viable.  I want to make a million dollars so I can make a bigger impact… but I can do that without charging for what we do….

I’m excited to say I believe we’ve come up with a whole new way to be accessible to ALL women of possibility AND to grow our membership and our business.

I’ll let you read the page to find out what it’s all about… but here’s why it was challenging.

My Backstory.

As a young professional I was upwardly mobile – not in a straight line, and not up a corporate ladder –  but I was moving up in and doing great.  Happy. Having fun and at 35 I was “successful.”  I was a leader in my industry, respected and passionate about what I was doing.  I didn’t realize it, but I was building community.  I was rewarded for my work – with kudos, awards and money.  I was even named a “person to watch” in Minnesota Monthly! Ha! I’d made it, right?

Tick tock. Time to get married. Maybe have a baby. Do the rest of that “life” stuff… so I stepped away – not completely, but far enough.  13 years later I was divorced, had lost both of my homes, and was bankrupt.

I learned so much during this interlude – the all-too-frequently-told story of women giving up their professional lives for a fulfilling personal life…

Regrets?  Maybe a few (I really wish I still had my great condo and lake cottage!), but honestly, not many.  I’ve never been one to dwell on negative stuff (been called “Pollyanna” a time or two).  What I have gained from that time is the gift of knowing what it’s like from both sides:

Good times, bum times, I’ve seen them all and my dear, I’m still here…
Plush velvet sometimes, sometimes it’s pretzels and beer, but I’m here… “(Sondheim)

The Present

That brings me to now.  I left the marriage in 2005, became a life coach certified by Martha Beck, moved back to the City and since 2016 have been focused on what I now know is my true calling of creating community.

I’ve been “bootstrapping it.”  I’ve learned that this is how a majority of women tend to build their businesses.  And apparently I’m no different.

But having gone through the “ring of fire” as my mentor and teacher Martha Beck so aptly named times like my “interlude,” I consider it my very important mission/duty to make sure that the community I’m building – the So, do it! Society for making Shit Happen – is accessible to all creative women who crave connection.  Regardless of their financial situation.

If it wasn’t for the women who I surrounded myself with in the days during these times (you know who you are: Mom, Erika, Beth, the Swills and the PSisters and many many more) I would not have been able to do what I have done.

It truly takes a Village.

Creative Women Crave Connection & the world needs what we all have sitting on our back burners!!

So, The So, do it! movement is changing hearts and minds – and we are making sh!t happen!  And now we’re available to any and every woman who needs connection to make it happen!

You may find our pricing structure unorthodox, weird or strange.  But I’m told my WHY is DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO… so there you have it!

Thank you to everyone who’s supported the ups and downs of htis wild and wooly ride so far.  No sign of slowing down 🙂 https://sodoitsociety.com/the-salons2/become-a-member/

*(designed by Nancy Wojack Hendrickson)

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It was a day of Celebration!

The So, do it! Salons. You’ve been Seen. Safe. Supported.

Now We Celebrate!

We spent 13 weeks together – the length of trimester. You focused on your “it” – that thing you’ve been letting simmer on your back burner.

We moved it to the front burner, turned up the heat and you’ve paid attention to it for 13 weeks.

Now it’s time to celebrate your unique Creative Rhythm and to stand up and say:

“I did what I said I was going to do!”

(see gallery of photos by member Wendy Blomseth here)

 

Friday was a day to celebrate …

… tackling social media head on.

… creating sacred spaces and giving yourself time for yourself.

It was a day of thinking about numbers and the beauty they can create.

… and celebrating art for the sake of art – putting perfectionism in its place.

It was a day to step up and announce “I’m great at what I do, and others are willing to pay for it!” So do it!

And to remember simpler times and to capture the essence so we can remember it always.

It was a day to honor the stars on our bellies and show them off proudly.

And to do what we’re naturally good at and to always wear great hats!

Creative Women Crave Connection – we’re making sh!t happen!

So, do it! Salons start again in September.  More information on the Salons here or schedule a Curiosity Call with Kelly Pratt

Check out the short video of the evening below! photography and video by Wendy Blomseth Photography!

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Scenes from the Salon: Purpose

by Salon Member Susan Vagnoni Murphy

You may notice there is a jump in the sequence of my articles on the So, Do it! Salon experience. It so happened that the week 5 Salon was held while I was at a training and so I could not attend. It was so evident to me that something was missing in my life that week and I am very excited to be back.

I am not only back, but I had the honor of facilitating our Midday Salon group.  Kelly Pratt, our gifted leader, was away at the Capitol City Women’s Expo in Columbia, South Carolina spreading the word on the So Do It Society. What makes that even more special is the fact that this awesome event came out of Sheri Bennefeld’s salon experience last fall.  Her IT became a reality in just 7 months! Go ladies!

Lucky for me, Kelly had a great topic to start out our April salons.  Our discussion focused on PURPOSE. What is our purpose? Are we staying true to it? Are we still trying to find it? What is getting in our way?

During our check-in, I discovered the members of my salon cohort were a busy bunch in the last few weeks.  They were preparing for the Art Crawl or the Salon Showcase.  One had a job interview and spent the time creating a detailed illustration visualizing how sticky issues can be approached.  Another member said she was not doing the writing she had planned for because she had the need to spend her time creating personal boundaries that would help her to move forward.

So in all that activity, where was the time to think about or be present in our own purpose? To help wrap our heads around this very big topic, I brought out Liv Lane’s beautiful book, Infinite Purpose. I had the pleasure of hearing Liv speak at a networking conference and was taken by her focus on living a better and more productive life when you are aligned with who you are and what you bring to this world.

In the book, Liv guides us in how to get closer to our own purpose and she ends each chapter with special “homework” to us get there. One of her assignments is to tell 5 people about your personal truths and your evolving dreams. Lucky for us, we have our salon group and that is exactly what we have been doing!

Our salon discussion turned to how hard it can be to say what you want and who you are in this world. We all agreed that the salon is a safe place of support and revelation. I shared that I actually felt I knew my purpose much more clearly as a child than I do now.  I am, however, rediscovering it. With the help of the salons, I feel that regaining my purpose will come much more quickly.

May you all live in your truest purpose and share that with the world.

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Applications are now open for the Spring/Summer Salons: https://sodoitsociety.com/salons/

Link to Liv Lane’s Infinite Purpose: http://yourinfinitepurpose.com/

Scenes from the Salon: Courage

 

by Salon Member Susan Vagnoni Murphy

As serendipity would have it, our fourth So, Do It! Salon happened on International Women’s Day. I could not think of a better place to be for that occasion. It also occurred on the day after students all over the U.S. respectfully walked out to honor those who died in the terrible school shootings and to speak out bravely for change.

To me, that set the tone for a day of awakening and letting our voices out with courage. On a smaller but very meaningful scale that is what happened in our salon session. I saw it over and over again in what the women in our group brought to the table.

One of our members discovered that the practice of sitting down and writing consistently makes her feel better and more empowered as a person.  She is now committed to this practice.

Another member is now willing to sell her screenplay and relinquish some of the control she was holding onto to allow the important message of the story to get out to the world.

And yet another member found her voice against an investor who sounded promising at the start but really did not have her best interests at heart.

All of these changes are acts of courage, but the person who impressed me the most was our salon sister who told us she almost did not come that day. That morning she found herself in a negative place in her thoughts and felt she really didn’t achieve much in the interim week.  But, instead of surrendering to those thoughts and feelings she did show up, and as we talked she found she really had made progress toward her IT.

One of the core foundations of the So, Do It! Salons is that they are a safe place with no judgment. It was a pleasure to see that principle in action with our group. I wish anyone reading this the power of courage, the inspiration of awakening and the freedom of getting your voice out to the world.

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