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I turned the corner and it was GONE…

Gone.

All that stood in place of our FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN THE WHOLE WORLD was a sign saying they would rebuild and be back in 2019. I mean, I was just there a couple months ago – what in the world???

Let me rewind a sec and give you some context – ​

I spent 4 days last week about an hour from home in beautiful Laguna Beach, California at a mastermind with one of my business mentors, James Wedmore. I learned so much about designing my business, connected with so many brilliant entrepreneurs, and came away with a new focus for what’s ahead and how I can help more people. Since it was on the way home, I thought I’d make a stop at The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach and pick up my hubby’s favorite, the perfect shrimp cocktail and smoked albacore with homemade tartar sauce. The Crab Cooker holds a special place for us – we’ve been going there for several decades – since our dating years, picking up market service and going to the beach to eat. We don’t get there as often as we’d like, so whenever I’m in the area I like to stop by and pick up his favorite treat to bring home.

It was a beautiful evening. Sunroof was open, music blaring – but when I turned the corner and looked to my left – I could not believe my eyes. The iconic red building that had stood in that spot since 1951 was GONE. The quirky little red restaurant with green striped awnings and a stuffed great white shark hanging from its ceiling was now just a memory.

This.  Is now this.   Sigh.

A quick Google search told me that the Crab Cooker was being rebuilt because its foundation suffered irreparable damage when a new condo complex was built next door. The cost to repair it was greater than the cost to tear it down and rebuild, so the owner made a very emotional decision to start over. (His father had opened the business in 1951 and worked there, greeting his customers, until right before he passed away in his 90s last year.) Tough decision, with so much emotion attached – but the alternative was to piece together repairs that would only serve to prolong the inevitable. My husband the builder explained to me that the old foundation was too shallow and just could not hold up to the trauma of having a new 4 story building built next door. it needed a DEEP foundation of pylons reaching bedrock for the building to be stable.

Lately I’ve been looking for the lesson to be learned in experiences like this. It occurred to me I have been hanging on to an old, shallow foundation. Old ideas about money and business and old “what if” thoughts that have done nothing but hold me back. Like the Crab Cooker restaurant, I have spent three years shoring up the old foundation in a desperate attempt to make it work for what I was trying to build on top of it. I’ve come to the realization that won’t work. The past week was a tearing down of that foundation for me. It’s time to rebuild, beginning with a new mindset.

Are you there too, my friend?

Are you holding on to something great and not speaking up? Maybe you are vying for a promotion at work, or you want to start that podcast, or you are holding back from sharing your message to the world because you think no one will like your voice.  Okay, I’m gonna say it:

Poppycock. (Do people say that anymore?)

You just need a little dose of confidence and clarity – and I’m here for you. Soon I’ll be opening the doors to the new and improved 7 Day Vocal Makeover where you can learn a few quick tips to uncover your story and unlock your authentic voice so you can unleash your important message to the world! In just seven days, you’ll have the foundation you need to speak your message with confidence. There will also be a group coaching experience in a judgment-free zone where you can practice your message and receive feedback and encouragement. If that sounds like something you could use, click here to be added to the waitlist. We will be blasting off in November so you’ll be ready with a foundation of vocal confidence when you jump into the new year!

To your success,

Tami

P.S. The first episode of my upcoming podcast, Voicing Your Brand, is in the can and will be on iTunes by NEXT WEEK! Stay tuned for more details!! (I’m SOOOO excited!!)