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Shanna Skidmore  Business Strategist. Financial Coach. Dreamer. Learning to build a small business OFF SOCIAL MEDIA (March 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018)

http://www.shannaskidmore.com/

and so it begins... or maybe it ends.
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Today, I am going SOCIAL MEDIA FREE for a year.
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It's been stirring in my heart for a while now. Do we really need this platform? Is it truly make it or break it for small business? Can I survive without it? Am I surviving with it?
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The ups and the downs. The love of connection with others. The hatred of feeling less than or left behind. The rollercoaster.
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Today I'm pioneering a new story. 100% for myself. But with the belief that maybe just maybe some of you need to hear this too....
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For the many messages I've received,
"I wish I could do that."
"Thats so brave."
"Please don't leave! You're the voice I look forward too."
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I'm documenting this journey for you too.
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Because I believe there is another way. This platform doesn't have to be it, and I don't think it should be. I'm taking back clarity, decluttering the noise, and figuring out a new system.
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If you need this story, please follow along.
I'll be documenting in video format on the 1st of each month on the blog (link in profile) under "SOCIAL MEDIA FREE".
You can hear weekly updates on my new podcast "BUT COULD YOU GIVE IT UP"
And of course, if you don't want to go a year without my voice make sure to subscribe to my newsletter "BUSINESS THERAPY" on the website.
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Most of all, I could use your encouragement. I'm scared, for sure. Today is super emotional. But I know this is what i'm called to do. Will you tell me in the comments below if this resonates with you? And, if you have a friend that has ever struggled with social media, please tag and share.
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This is for all of us.
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I love you. I'm thankful for you. Let's see what happens next! // #butcouldyougiveitup

It's easy to get side-tracked, focused on what others are doing, the should-do's, the must-do's.... The hustle of keeping up. I think somewhere down deep we all fear, slowing down = being FORGOTTEN.
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But it's in the moments I'm able to stop the spinning wheels and just ask myself "How can I love on my people even better?" that the magic starts to happen.
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Today I want to stop worrying about being left behind, and instead start being in a hurry to love my people better.
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PS. If you haven't watched today's video blog on FORGOTTEN. It's a must watch. Link in profile. // #skidmorechallenge #butcouldyougiveitup

In today's world it feels like "being present" has been mistaken with "having a presence". And in the world of small business, it's easy to believe if I don't show up every day at the properly scheduled time with the perfectly fitting grid image .... I might just be forgotten.
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FORGOTTEN.
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Today's post was real, and hard, and scary and vulnerable. See it now on the blog. // photo @queenikathleeni #skidmorechallenge #butcouldyougiveitup

Imagine that you and I are walking down the street.
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You breathe in. You breathe out. I breathe in. I breathe out. We both need oxygen to survive. Would you worry that there would not be enough oxygen for both of us? Of course not—air is abundant.
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Now imagine we are scuba diving and my scuba tank starts to malfunction. I signal that I need to share the oxygen in your tank. Suddenly the air becomes a precious commodity. Its scarcity makes us worry. What if there isn’t enough for both of us? - Quote from John Maxwell's Article "6 Tips to Develop and Model an Abudance Mentality"
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Today on the blog I'm tackling the scarcity versus abundance mentality by learning to define "enough". // image credit @queenikathleeni #butcouldyougiveitup #skidmorechallenge

It's like we believe there's a bowl. And we are all trying to grab from the same bowl. Wondering when the contents will run out. All the while not knowing there are boxes and boxes of refills waiting in the back room.

We have to stop grabbing long enough to make room for the refiller of the bowl to refill.
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T-1 hour until Day 4 of #butcouldyougiveitup challenge hits inboxes. I'm tackling the theory of scarcity and abundance... ugh. It's a good one! // photo @rusticwhite #skidmorechallenge
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PS. Thanks for the goodie bags @alanahtextiles for #blueprint_retreat this past year!

Hmm..... This one hits me hard.

Control : to have power over
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Don't you wish business could be boiled down to a cause and effect relationship. A formula that if followed will give you the results you are looking for?
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These days everyone seems to have a "formula for success". Somedays I feel I'm drowning in the should do's, must do's and you'll be sorry if you don't dos.
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But I gave up on the rules a long time ago...
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Today in the #butcouldyougiveitup series I'm sharing how I quit the rules back in my finance days and started figuring out another way. A better way.... for me atleast! You can still join via link in profile. // photo @rusticwhite #skidmorechallenge

What if it's the same noise we keep letting in, that is keeping us from the growth we hope for the most? // photo @rusticwhite #butcouldyougiveitup #skidmorechallenge

I'll never forget this past summer. 10 weeks. Tent sleeping, road-trip loving. The places changed me, the distance saved me.... the noise no longer distracted me.
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Today's video is all about escaping the noise. Hitting inboxes in less than an hour! // #skidmorechallenge #butcouldyougiveitup

Ps. More pictures from our roadtrip on stories today!

My psychology loving self is getting so excited about today's #butcouldyougiveitup Day 2 post on NOISE. I'm sharing more about the function of gray matter in our brains, and how this could be contributing to the "lack of clarity" we so easily fall prey to as entrepreneurs.
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You can still grab today's email - just register via link in profile. // #skidmorechallenge

I gave myself permission to unfollow.
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"Why can't I just be happy for them?"
"This shouldn't effect me so much."
"I'm such a bad person...."
"Her success doesn't dictate my success."
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I circled around and around the self-talk until I realized I was allowed to unfollow someone. Now I do. With gumption! Anything. Any post. Any one.
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And truly its not them, it IS me. And thats ok.
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We get to choose what we allow in. Don't be afraid to filter for a little while. It's not against them. It's FOR you!
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Day 1 of #butcouldyougiveitup and I'm giving you permission to unfollow. // photo @heatherpaynephoto at my friend @floretflower 's farm! #skidmorechallenge

"Who's life, or who's stuff, are you comparing your life or your stuff too and somehow believing yours is no longer good enough?"
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Day one of #butcouldyougiveitup five day challenge just hit inboxes. It's a conversation often left behind closed doors... one started with a 15 year old girl but hits home just as hard for this 32 year old girl too.
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You can still join me for this February #skidmorechallenge to receive Five Days of FREE video training to your inbox on designing healthy social media boundaries (link in profile).

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