To Announce Your Goals Publicly or Not?
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To Announce Your Goals Publicly or Not?

Written by Emilie

Topics: Productivity

Tell me if you’ve observed this pattern in yourself: you get really excited about different projects, take on a bunch of them, announce these plans to anyone who will listen (because you’re just so excited!)

And then a flip switches.

You step back and look around, and it hits: panic, overwhelm, the sense that everyone is relying on you. Suddenly the projects you were so excited about, feel heavy– like burdens, commitments, “shoulds.” Being overwhelmed by the good stuff is a sad sad feeling.

Like most multipotentialites, my enthusiasm sometimes gets the better of me and I have a tendency to overbook myself and then tell the world about it. I’ve gotten better at this in recent years, but it still happens.

Even the “Pros” Do It

When you’re running a community and announcing your plans publicly, it gets even trickier. I know you guys understand that as a multipotentialite, I’m going to be starting and dropping (and re-starting) various projects. Barbara Sher does the same thing. She did a podcast for a while, dropped that, sends a lot of email newsletters during a period of a few weeks, stops for a while and then six months later, gets back to it, and so on.

Even my friend and mentor, Michelle Ward struggles with overbooking and overwhelm. Watching this video was a great reminder for me (thank you for making it, Michelle) that even the “professional” multipotentialites are still figuring this stuff out.

Should You Announce Your Goals at All?

Derek Sivers makes a very compelling argument that you should not tell people your goals. Basically, the act of sharing gives you a sense of validation which then makes it less likely for you to actually take action.

I agree with this hypothesis. However, I think there needs to be  major caveat here: it depends on what your motivation is behind announcing your goals.

Are you announcing your goals to someone who will pat you on the back and send you on your way? Will this be enough for you? Will it make you feel good about yourself?

Or are you announcing your goals to someone who will hold you accountable and say “that’s great, what are you going to do about it?” If you’re experiencing overwhelm after sharing, then there’s a good chance that it’s accountability, not validation that you’ve sought out.

Take the Overwhelm as a Sign that You’re Someone who Follows Through

If you’re someone who isn’t accustom to turning their ideas into action, then yeah, you might get a sense of validation from sharing your big ideas. But once you become a Doer, Derek’s thesis doesn’t really hold up.

If you know that you have the personal power to see your visions come to fruition, then it’s just a matter of choosing which ideas to make happen.

If you’re a Doer, you won’t feel validated by premature approval. That kind of approval is no longer good enough. You may feel panicked however– “accountable.”

Accountability is a great thing. It pushes us to deliver. But what happens if the timing is off? What if you don’t have the time to make it happen right now. How do you handle this?

One Option: Announce, but with a Caveat

Not talking about your goals is hard. Too hard for me (and I’m not ashamed to say that). I think it’s natural that when you’re excited about a project, you want to share that feeling with anyone who will listen. It’s like being in love.

One option is to announce your plans with a caveat like, “this is one idea that I’ve been considering.” That sometimes helps reduce the pressure.

Then again, you could just announce your plans and expect people to understand that you’re a multipotentialite and hence, may later change directions. You could explain it nicely and most people will understand.

Some people will always consider you a flake just because they don’t understand scanners. Don’t worry about pleasing that crowd. Just do the work you want to do.

But when it comes down to it, people are far more absorbed with their own lives and goals and aren’t paying as much attention to your follow-through as you think they are.

What I’ve been Going Through Lately

I write about a lot of plans and personal revelations in the emails I send out to the Puttytribe. In the last three weeks, I’ve written about my plans to start up a Puttylike discussion board and make some multipotentialite-friendly art and inspirational prints. It’s funny. I was so excited about these projects when I wrote the emails (I still am). But as soon I started getting feedback saying “YES! DO IT!” the overwhelm hit. Suddenly, I realized just how many projects I was taking on at once. How would I get all of this done now.

I decided that I may have to wait a bit to put these plans into motion. I still have every intention of making them happen, but when paired up against other work, like finally finishing my television pilot, completing a website I’m designing, truly being in the moment and enjoying the travel experience as I make my way down the West Coast (eee!) and being the best coach I can be to my students, these new plans don’t really hold up. Not right now anyway.

The posters and discussion board will happen eventually, just like the public speaking, group coaching and multiple books I want to write on topics like art, writing + self-publishing, bullying, failure, etc. There’s plenty of time, and we often forget that.

Remember that Not Every Project Must Happen Right Now

As Chris Guillebeau says, “we tend to overestimate what we can complete in a single day, and underestimate what we can complete over longer periods of time.

You can take on a lot of projects. You can even announce them publicly (though know that it may induce feelings of overwhelm), and then you can shelve them away and get back to them a few months down the road. If these projects are really important to you, they’ll still be there when a free slot opens up.

And if these same projects no longer interest you when you have time for them, then that’s okay too. Let them go.

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Your Turn

What projects have you shelved away for later? Do you announce your goals publicly?

62 Comments

  1. Tim Webster says:

    Part of the idea behind the blog I’m building (and getting close to completing!) is that announcing my 28-day challenge forces me to stick with it and provide updates. It also limits the number of projects I can work on since I’m committed and reserved a significant part of my focus on this blog and the current challenge.

    I recently learned that announcing a goal publicly and then withdrawing that goal is not the ultimate reputation-killer I thought it would be. I’ve had to do this with a company I co-owned – the launch of our first product flopped – and our fans and enthusiasts emailed me and said, ‘Man, that’s a bummer but I still think you guys kick ass and will help you with anything I can’

    I was blown away by the support they offered. Of course, if we continue to fail delivery of our stated goals, they would ultimately lose faith, but I’ve found that if you fail to deliver once then people are okay with that, and they understand.

    That said, I’m a big fan of making bold statements about lofty goals because I’m a dreamer and a doer and I love the intense focus a big goal gives me!

    • Emilie says:

      I absolutely agree. People can surprise you. If you try your best to be honest and follow through whenever possible, they’ll usually look over the occasional slip. Long term rapport and trust goes a long way.

      Thanks for the comment, Tim. I love the way you’re going to be using your blog. Public accountability is definitely a powerful tool. I can’t wait to see your blog once it’s up and spinning!

  2. Ethan says:

    Great article, Emilie! I love that Derek Sivers article as well, and I am totally guilty of announcing my plans widely and then never following through. For me, just telling people satisfyed my desire to “do” it, so things would often fizzle out.

    Now I am much more selective about who I tell and what I tell them. I like to wait until I’ve made meaningful progress on a goal or plan before I tell anyone. For instance, my friends and family all knew that I wanted to start a blog and business online. I had been talking about various ideas literally for years. So instead of blabbing about Cloud Coach when it was still an idea, I waited until the site was totally launched and I had been blogging regularly before I made a real “announcement” to my family and friends.

    • Emilie says:

      That’s a very smart approach, Ethan. I try to follow Tony Robbins’ rule about never setting out a goal without taking one immediate step toward its attainment. There’s something about starting right away that makes a huge difference.

      I think making at least some progress before sharing your goals is a great way to go. I’m going to try that out.

  3. I don’t think people should be too worried about announcing plans, I do it all the time. and sometimes don’t follow through.

    It is sometimes a good barometer of whether a thing is worth while. If you announce it and are greeted by a big fat zero of feedback it’s probably not that great an idea.

    I do it all the time when surfing that wave of exitement on a new project firing out details to anyone who will listen, only to realise I’m not that keen on following through…

  4. Mary says:

    I tend to have way too many projects in my head, that must wait until I can fully focus on them. Springpad really helps keep them organized so I can come back to them later.

    My core focus right now must be my job (Ah yes the corporate world for now) Since I work full-time, I can only focus on my craft business, but even that gets pushed out of the way, and I am sick of it! I would love to have the time to rebrand my blog and store, make more art, and develop the tshirt charity in honor of my brother. When I tell others about my ideas, they usually give me more ideas and suggestions to help me attain my goals. I am very blessed to have such a supportive family and network. It also really helps me to know that I don’t have to all these projects NOW. I used to not get that and I would feel so overwhelmed. Thanks for helping me understand that I have plenty of time!

    • Emilie says:

      Yeah, finding the time can be a real issue. I often wish there were more hours in the day. In addition to remembering that not everything has to happen NOW, I like to assign projects to future months. That way I know that they’re coming up at a specific point in the future. That helps too.

      Thanks for sharing, Mary.

  5. There is an old saying that everyone, including Satan, can hear your words but only God can hear your thoughts. Sometimes it’s better to protect your plans from Satan, which means not sharing all of your plans with the outside world. Satan can sabotage, but God can uplift.

  6. Annie says:

    Boy do I know how this is! *Rolls eyes… affectionately? LOL*

    I’m so far into overwhelm right now that it’s gotten me into procrastination mode–and I’m doing whatever I can to get back out. I’m budgeting my time and choosing a few projects which are really important to me, and putting the others to the side.

    At the moment I’m really excited about the prospect of teaching MMORPG and Dungeons and Dragons interactions through English to foreigners… but I’ve realized that I’m just not going to gather an audience with the skill level I’m at in foreign languages, and with the time limit I’ve given myself.

    I’m barely hanging onto a video game education-related project. I figure I might regain my enthusiasm for it after I finish my “bigger” goals.

    Then there’s the idea that I actually want to make a video game, lol. That will be many many years in my future, and I willingly accept that–it’s still in the back of my mind, though!

    I’ve always announced my goals because I thought that was the way to go–the way to “not chicken out” later along the line. I’m realizing that it’s more about discipline, though, these days. :)

    Really enjoyed this post! Keep churning ’em out, Emilie!

    • Emilie says:

      Hi Annie,

      So on the topic of teaching gaming stuff through English to foreigners, I think you’ll find that launching a service like that is far easier to do once you have a community to launch it too. Community = built-in customer base. (Just sayin’ :)

      But yeah, you’re young and already so ambitious and so many projects on the go. Definitely keep getting excited about them all, but don’t stress out too much because you have PLENTY of time ahead of you.

      I don’t doubt that you’ll make your own video game one day, when you’re ready. It doesn’t sound like you’re there yet, but everything you learn up until that point will help you make a better game when the time is right. As Steve Jobs says, “trust that the dots will connect.”

      :)

  7. Emilie Smith says:

    Great post. I am a lot more cautious now about announcing goals than I used to be. I shouldn’t worry about what people think when the goal isn’t met (or is scrapped entirely) – but I do :)

  8. Andrea says:

    Thanks for this post, Emilie. I recently enrolled in a coach training program, something I had been thinking of doing for several months, but knew I needed some time to sit with the idea, and to research and plan. When I told a few close friends about this plan, they were super encouraging. They were like “yeah, do it!” and “you’ll be so great at that!”

    This initial validation was awesome…until it wasn’t. A few weeks later I found those same people asking “have you signed up yet? no? why not? when are you going to do it? its now or never. you just need to go for it,” etc. They assumed that because I hadn’t taken action yet, that I was somehow waffling or procrastinating, when really I was just taking the time I knew I needed in order to be sure.

    When *I* knew I was really ready, I started telling more people about my plan because I do find that kind of accountability helpful. Having people around who can hold me to my plans and encourage me is great. BUT I’ve come to realize that, while they mean well, some people have a tendency to overstep their boundaries once you let them in on your plan. They feel invested and they’re so excited about it that they want you to do it (whatever “it” is) right now. And if you don’t, they think you’re making excuses.

    The lesson for me has been to try and separate out my own voice from all the other voices shouting at me “DO IT ALL RIGHT NOW!”

    • Ainslie says:

      This is more or less what I was going to comment on as well. I react badly to a lot of pushy enthusiasm about my own projects from friends/family, and I tend to get a LOT of it from family. It’s like, over-encouragement from people who likely “mean well” but are also kind of pushing their own expectations or whatever on you. This can lead me into some serious overwhelm territory.

      I think it’s partly a matter of finding the fine line between sharing goals when you know you’re ready, and keeping your mouth shut regardless of your own enthusiasm, in certain situations. And also, like you said Andrea, trusting that you can separate your own voice from all of the other noise – I’m working on this one!

      I’m about the try an experiment in announcing a goal publicly in the hopes that the accountability will help me achieve it – but it’s a super short-term goal, which may be easier? Nanowrimo. 50k/words, 30 days. Gulp.

      • Emilie says:

        Totally true, Ains. It sometimes feel like people are pushing you when they want to live vicariously through you, instead of focusing on their own goals. It’s kind of sweet in intention, but can really ruin the fun for you.

        I’m super excited to see you work on your novel and to write my pilot side-by-side with ya. I want accountability on that goal, so yes, I’m making it official too. The month of November will be about writing Young Gods! It’s my priority.

        Word up.

    • Emilie says:

      Andrea,

      Yeah, I think you pinpointed it right there. I feel tremendous overwhelm when I lose my voice– what I want– and only hear other people’s voices. That’s the risk with sharing. You can start to only hear the feedback and lose whether you actually WANT to see this idea through or not. Creating purely for other people never feels rewarding.

  9. Holli says:

    Love this, and Chris’ quote is a wonderful reminder too.

    I write down my goals. Sometimes on a time line, but sometimes not. Some things I want to learn or accomplish are too far from where I am right now, tat I can not put a definite deadline on them; so, those things are for my eyes only:)

    It’s the things that I know I can accomplish in a year or two that I share with others. I definitely appreciate accountability, and only that kind of support.

    • Emilie says:

      This is pretty close to my approach as well, Holli. I don’t usually share the really long term goals. But when something begins to seem feasible in the near-ish future, I just can’t seem to keep my mouth shut. :)

      Speaking of goals, your photography show is in January, right?

  10. Holli says:

    oops. Spelling error: meant to write, “That” not “tat” – eager fingers typing!

  11. If your plans are locked in and you have a ship date you’re sticking to, and if you have a marketing plan that includes building buzz… that’s one thing. That’s marketing.

    But just running loose at the mouth about possibilities that never become real comes off as flaky and untrustworthy. Totally different thing.

    • Emilie says:

      I bet if I surveyed my audience, they wouldn’t call my recent excitement over possible projects flaky and untrustworthy. :P

      I think for one, they know these things will likely happen eventually, even if not immediately. And seeking feedback is different from making an absolute statement about what’s to come.

      Also, there’s something about not having everything either BE marketing or NOT BE marketing. Something about the human element of showing enthusiasm, sharing imperfect thoughts, having honest explorations of project ideas… People don’t get this often in newsletters. They seem to really appreciate it.

      I think it really depends on how you do it, and how often.

  12. Srinivas says:

    This is actually a really timely post for me. I’ve been listening to many o Zig Ziglar’s audio programs and he talks about this, but from a different perspective. I’m in the process of trying to find a job but I also want to succeed at doing my own thing. When I’ve talked about this with people in my life they tend to think I’m a little nuts, I realized that power of keeping your goals to yourself is that you don’t get infused with other people’s doubts. Zig Ziglar says you share them with the people who wont infuse doubt in you. Definitely an interesting perspective.

    • Emilie says:

      I like that. A lot of people don’t know what they’re talking about and will infuse doubt based on their own insecurities.

      I’ve found the blogosphere to be great for support and sharing. It’s much easier to find people who “get” your dreams and lift you up.

      Oh and I’ve been thinking about buying Pick Four. Have you read it? Or is there another audio program of his you’d recommend instead? I’m super interested.

    • Mathieu says:

      Adding onto that:

      It’s important to only talk about things (in general) to whomever they are specifically targeted to.

      So for example, a recent real life experience and lesson I learned when calling my mom recently, for help purchasing a ticket (for an educational experience) – I originally knew she wouldn’t understand, even if I explained. She got really mad at me and didn’t want me to go through with it, even after I told her I’d be purchasing it on my own.

      If you’re gonna do something do it. Don’t talk about it until it’s shipped. Kus all your gonna get is some hype which will over boost your ego or demotivating talk (from people who (mostly) just don’t get it/you).

      So my general consensus is less talk, more action. Anyway, as they say: actions speak louder than words.

      That’s how you build a reputation! It’s true!

  13. Caleb McNary says:

    Ahhh, that sound you hear is me finding a community of people like me. The first 2 paragraphs could have been taken from my autobiography, which I, at one point announced, and then stopped. I have taken steps to get better and finding joy in project completion, but that doesn’t stop my brain from generating about 20 big ideas a month.

    • Emilie says:

      Ah welcome, Caleb! All this kerfuffle aside, I think generating 20 big ideas a month is a pretty sweet problem to have.

      (Oh and feel free to sign up for the Puttytribe emails if you feel like hearing about more plans which may or may not happen. ;)

  14. Wait… not every project needs to happen right now?!??!
    If only I could incorporate this permission into my life haha. I’m learning lessons in this right now… there’s a big difference in doing a lot and trying to do it all, and priorities are a huge part of that. I recently read that if you have more than 3 priorities you don’t have any. I’m in trouble because I feel I have about 25 haha :-P

    oh and as far as sharing your goals – I love hearing other pepole’s goals and HOW THEY PLAN TO/ HOW THEY HAVE accomplished them. It motivates me and also is a great resource if I have similar goals. But it’s all about the DO!

    Great post as usual Em!
    – LAUR

    • Emilie says:

      Right on, Laur! And I gotta say, that quote, “if you have more than 3 priorities you don’t have any,” makes me angry. (who said it?)

      Sounds like typical specialist-conforming BS to me… How about we don’t tell people that their impulses are wrong and instead help them find practical ways of making it work? (Just a thought.)

      Thanks for the comment though, you rock!

  15. Fan-Frickin’-Tastic! Thanks for this Emilie!

    A hyper-relevant topic for everyone brimming with creative ideas and passions.

    I’ve tried it both ways. I’ve admitted tons of big ideas and goals (most of them ‘so big’ to people that their eyes glaze and jaws drop, and so does the subject.)

    I’ve also written down tons of private goals, and had them realized with no fan-fare whatsoever.

    I’ve been considering a post on this for sometime, it comes down to an often misunderstood universal concept.

    The BALANCE between STRUCTURE and FLOW.

    That’s really what it is, to me. Accountability, motivation, approval, follow-through, delivery, etc. – it’s all Structure + Flow balancing ;)

    P.S. I love the references to Sivers + Guillebeau (both brilliant).

  16. Louise says:

    I heard a saying once. It goes something like this:

    “When you are in your 20’s and 30’s, you are so afraid of what people think about you. When you are in your 40’s, you don’t care what people think about you. When you are in your 50’s, you realize that no one was thinking about you at all.”

    I don’t think it’s entirely accurate but I do think we believe people are judging us more than we think.

    • Emilie says:

      I’ve heard that saying before. I like it. We waste so much time and energy worrying about what other people think. It’s really freeing once you’re able to let go of that.

  17. Mianne says:

    Oh it seems I’ve found another of my ‘tribe’ on this blog. Good on you Emelie. A dear friend once said that one of the most important things in life, is to find your ‘tribe’. People that are one of the same. People we resonate with. He was so right!

    I too am a person with many dreams and plans and recently came to the conclusion that it’s best to keep plans to yourself. Or maybe the important thing is to find what works for us as an individual? Have your dreams and desires, and go quietly about achieving your goals. If that takes 6 months or 10 years, it doesn’t matter. And it’s no one else’s business! Other people can say what they like.

    There is an inner knowing we all have about whether we can achieve the things we set out to do and it’s something that can’t be conveyed to others. In the same breath, it seems important and maybe helpful at least, at some point, to voice our ideas, or our plans.

    For me, one fantastic motivator has been for someone to tell me that’s it’s impossible, or that I can’t do it. I have enjoyed proving people wrong, but this can be both a good and a bad thing. Deep down it still has to have the right motivation and desire behind it ….’purity of intention’ is a phrase I once read.

    I also agree with an earlier post that if we tell others of our plans, they can sometimes be too eager in talking about it, asking questions about it and asking how it’s going. For my part, if I tell someone, it is said in passing, as a piece of information not necessarily needing discussion. With this I have to be selective about who I tell things to. But sometimes it’s good to throw things ‘out there’ because you might catch someone who’s able to help you attain your goals. It all depends on what it is.

    At the end of the day, it’s all a learning experience and nothing we do is wrong. We might just have learnt what doesn’t work for us, in which case we can do it differently next time. It’s all part of the human experience, isn’t it? ;)

    Good luck everyone. Now go and realise your wildest dreams…..

    • Mianne says:

      Oops, sorry about the long post! I wrote it on my phone and didn’t realise :-o

      • It’s beautiful Mianne. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the tribe :)

        There’s a lot to be said for quietly ‘going about the business of your own success’ :D

        • Emilie says:

          Jason, if you keep this up, I might have to hire you as a community moderator. ;)

          Yes, thank you for sharing Mianne! There really is no one way. Ultimately I think you need to do what works for you and you only learn that from experimenting.

          And welcome to the Puttytribe!!

  18. Michi says:

    Hi Emilie and other multipotentialites!

    Great post and question… and answers!

    I think I go about it the same way I did when I was pregnant with my children.
    I don’t announce my goals too soon, or at least very cautiously. Mainly because I feel that if I announce things too early, it loses it growth potential and it becomes used and almost dead before it had the chance to evolve. An idea is like a foetus, it’s delicate and fragile until it has lungs, brain and a strong heart beat (sorry about my metaphor). I believe my ideas are like babies in the womb. I am keenly aware of not to force it into the light unless it’s ready to breathe on its own. It won’t survive without heavy respiratory support otherwise.

    But the downside with not communicating my goal is I might miss out on very good support and encouragement when I sink into self-doubt and boredom, which I do and will (as most people I guess). So I try to find a small number of different people that I trust to be tough enough to tell me the truth of what they perceive and compassionate as saints to stand by me when I hit hard knock or disappear into my creative flow.

    One of the paradoxes in life is that people are the same but different and we handle things in various ways depending on how we feel, the type of goal and the season of our lives. I strive to let a project grow strong enough before announcing it and then trust it (and myself) to survive all the pitfalls and non-believers out there (which from time to time includes myself) and be the creative miracle it is. A creative endeavour is like taking the road less travelled and I have to trust the path will connect the dots for me. It is all about trusting my heart.

    In’La Kesh, putty peeps and trust yourselves

    • I loooove your take on things Michi, ideas as foetuses – lol, awesome. I’m curious though, you dont seem to carry the metaphor through the the “self-doubt + boredom part”, does the metaphor still apply?

      Like I dunno, do you feel that during the second trimester or something?

      • Michi says:

        Jason –
        your response is a “I love you, Man!”- moment. You have a compassionate talent to see through spiritual blur! Thank you. You right on the spot w/ your question.

        So what happens to me in my self-doubt and boredom? If I continue the pregnancy metaphor, I see a pattern I haven’t seen before your response. So bare with me if I don’t sound coherent. I suspect this needs a little more pondering.

        In the beginning of my pregnancy (child or idea) I am thrilled and excited, almost high on carrying a “secret”. Intuitively I know that I can’t tell the world too soon, for the reasons above. But after a while (halfway through) I feel restless and almost trapped by having to let the situation control me and the pace. It feels so static and a lot of the same-shit-different-day. This phase is my greatest challenge. To endure and go with it and be the best as I can, for the sake of the baby/idea and me. After that phase I get back to a flow, I feel everything so clearly and vividly. Then I feel invincible. It’s the midway that kills me.

        I am soo grateful for your question, because I haven’t really understood when and where I have my creative Achilles’ heel. Thank you again.

        Now I have to figure out how to better help myself through the phases of boredom and be proactive.

        Rock on, Jason. And you too, Emilie :)

        • Woo! That’s what I aim for Michi :)

          I imagine with this awareness, it will be an ‘easier’ challenge now (or no challenge at all :P)

          Can I quote you on the spiritual blur line? That’s a great mini-testimonial and an excellent aspect of my gift.

          • Michi says:

            Jason –
            abso-frickin-lutely! :)

          • Emilie says:

            This is a beautiful discussion. The 3 phases you described also remind me of something Barbara Sher talks about. She says that when we first have an idea, we bubble over with excitement. Then the resistance and self-doubt hits and we’re convinced it’s the stupidest idea ever. But then, if we wait that period out, a third, more rational state will arrive where we can actually assess things practically and work on our idea. The problem is that a lot of people give up at phase two because they don’t realize there’s a third one coming.

            Sort of a different concept, but similar in a lot of ways.

          • Nailed it Michi + Emilie. The 3 phases of an idea, heh.

            I think most people would prefer to skip or shorten phase 2 though :D

    • Mianne says:

      I too love your pregnancy metaphor Michi. So very apt

  19. Michi says:

    Mianne –
    thanks a lot and I noticed that when you stay in Denmark, you actually are just a bridge away from me. I live in Malmo, Sweden, just across the bridge from Copenhagen.

    If you are there, send me a mess via my facebook profile (Michi Lantz) and we could meet up and have a really nice cup of coffee or tea?

    Golf on! :)

    • Mianne says:

      Hey Michi

      Way cool… I would love to catch up for a ‘really nice’ coffee or tea (I say as a self proclaimed coffee snob!). I haven’t been over to Malmö for a few years actually.

      Sadly I have recently returned to Australia and won’t be back in Denmark until April/May next year. I’ll follow you on fb though and have also just followed you on twitter.

      Had a quick read of your blog too and will go back and read the rest at a later time (I love the ‘Devil Wears Prada’ piece!). I love what people like you, Emilie and so many others do through writing your blogs …thank you to all of you. It’s really putting yourselves out-there with your thoughts and opinions on life and I love that you are willing and able to express your thoughts the way that you do.

      I’ll be in touch next time I’m over your way :)

      • Emilie says:

        I love it! Multipotentialites meeting through Puttylike and then meeting up in Scandinavia. So awesome.

        Also, I don’t know if you guys know this, but I lived in Copenhagen for 5 months last year. I was there at this time last year actually. It’s where I was when I launched Puttylike in Sept, 2010. I also went to Malmo for a concert once. So there’s a bit of a connection there too. :)

        • Mianne says:

          Emilie..

          I did actually read that on the info you have on your site. It really is a small world we live in, isn’t it?

          I hope you enjoyed your time in Copenhagen? I love getting back there each year and is such a beautiful city in summer.

          Yey…. ‘go’ the Multipotentialites!! ….you rock Emilie

          • Michi says:

            Mianne –
            love OZ land! Let me know when you are back in Denmark and we’ll have a great, and I mean a G.R.E.A.T cup of coffee. (I’m a coffee snob too!)

            Meanwhile, have a wonderful time down under and let the golf balls fly your way.

            Held og lykke, min ven og se dig snart :)

        • Michi says:

          Emilie –
          I read that in your Renaissance Business I bought. (Btw, putty peeps, it a fantabulous read, buy it. It’s good investment to your multipassionate soul!)

          And I want to say thank you for creating and providing such fun place for people of diversity to meet, talk, exchange themselves. You are doing a really good work.

          With multicoloured heart, you rock!

          :)

  20. Dale says:

    I tend to start a project and then announce it once I’m six months into the project. Generally I like the look on people’s faces when I tell them and I love it when it inspires some people to start a project of their own.