As of April 2017, The Workbook Project has bloomed into 29 Project, a radical happiness experiment.
Kalyn here. I’ll be publishing a blog (ish) a day leading up to my 30th birthday – that’s 365 potential stories and life lessons to share! 29 Project will be real time documentation of what it’s like to live a wildly productive, explosively happy, shockingly honest twenty something existence.
29 Project: A Happiness Experiment
I’ve been anticipating my 29th birthday for a few weeks now. Seemingly just another year around the sun, this birthday has catalyzed some very important shifts. Typically by 30, you’re frantically taking inventory of your life, reflecting on where you thought you’d be by now and preparing to make up for lost time. For me, 29 is a wake up call. But not in the way you’d think.
By my 20 year old standards, 30 year old Kalyn would be traveling the world by now, making waves of social impact along the way. By my 25 year old standards, 30 year old Kalyn would be on an under 30 list, on track to building a 6+ figure business.
Here’s what 29 year old Kalyn has to say: fuck expectations.
Let me explain. I still plan to travel the world, make a social impact and build a 6+ figure business. Abso-freaking-lutely. But 29 year old Kalyn, being the wise lass – or wiseass, however you want to look at it – that she is, knows better than to adhere to a rigid set of rules or plans. You can goal set like a goddamn boss (I would know, I wrote an ebook and ran a workshop on the topic), but life is over here giggling behind the couch ’cause she knows the real truth: process isn’t linear.
New plan: there is no plan.
If you had asked me in January (it’s now April) what my expectations were for the year I would have given you a fully written content plan for my brand, The Workbook Project, including a series of online course launches, automated email campaigns and a set of initiatives themed around creative business building.
Somewhere along the way, I started to feel some major resistance towards building a brand focused on creative business building. Even though I know, without a doubt, that it’s something I love to do. Logically, it all made sense. On an energetic level, I just wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t have an explanation, I had a feeling – and, we know that there’s an actual science behind trusting our gut.
Over the past year (it’s been exactly a year since I launched The Workbook Project), I’ve worked like crazy to turn my brand into a respectable, professional, sustainable business. Through brand coaching, workshops, ebooks and courses, I’ve poured myself into helping creatives align their brand with their truest desires. But, with one giant, nagging problem. I felt stifled. Brand building is a huge part of what I do, but it’s not who I am.
A few days ago, I woke up with a radical idea. What if I cut the bullshit, tore up my plans and dropped all expectations for myself? What if I let go of the reigns and allowed my feelings to lead the way instead of my head? What if I dug down really deep and called to my spirit guides like, “Yo spirit guides, what is my true path?” What if I quieted down and actually listened.
29 Project is Born
This year is not about racing to the finish line. Instead, I’m going to try a new tactic. For the next year – and hopefully, the rest of my life – I’m going to commit myself to living authentically, and nothing less.
This year marks my final year as a twenty something. Instead of setting a ridiculous set of expectations for myself (which is my normal m.o.), I’m just going to do me.
Step one: kill off The Workbook Project (shrieks of terror). As of this week, my website, social media pages and blog will convert to “29 Project.” Over the course of the next 12 months, I’ll be wearing my heart on my sleeve, focusing on topics that really matter to me. I’ll be writing about everything from sobriety to sex to vulnerability, emotions, habits and happiness.
I’ll be publishing a blog (ish) a day leading up to my 30th birthday – that’s 365 potential stories and life lessons to share! 29 Project will be real time documentation of what it’s like to live a wildly productive, explosively happy, shockingly honest twenty something existence.
Along the way, I’ve got plenty of worksheets, eguides, life planning materials and fun resources to share with you guys, so don’t think you’re getting rid of me that easily! If anything, I’ll show up truer, bolder and louder than ever.
Plus, I have a super special 30th birthday surprise in the works. Stay tuned, loves!
Hugs and guts,