I'd recently started the Enneagram and Blogging series so we talked a bit about my research process and the results. While there are similarities between the types, there were also big differences. I was fascinated by the ways our types predict how we will blog and engage in other creative endeavors. I was thrilled people seemed as interested in it as I was. You don't have to ask me to talk twice about the Enneagram. Between the conversation and the February sunshine, I was positively giddy.
(If you missed any part of the series, they're included in the introductory post.)
Talking about the series naturally segued in to discussion of my Enneagram consulting business.
That's right: I'm going to start consulting!
Abby and Sharone gave me insights and encouragement in particularly Type Three and Five ways. It was beautiful.
When I bought Enneagram flashcards last fall to use with friends and family, I had no idea of the impact it would have on me. Sure, I figured they'd find it helpful but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the process. It made me come alive in a whole new way.
Still, I didn't plan on using them beyond that. Until those same friends started asking me when I was going to start charging for my services. Until my Type Three friends (I'm looking at you, Abby and Preston) started brainstorming on my behalf and giving me amazing suggestions. I sat on the idea and thought it over for months but I couldn't deny the appeal of this idea.
I want the Enneagram to help others as much as it's helped me. And I want to be a part of that process.
I'm in the planning stages but I wanted to tell you here first. In the coming months, I'll launch my own Enneagram consulting business. Right now I'm investigating a test I might actually recommend and soon I'll begin writing my own type profiles. I like a more eclectic approach.
I'm both excited and nervous about this new direction. I'll still be working full-time, as well as devoting myself to writing fiction and nonfiction projects, in addition to blogging. I hope this will be a nice side business, one that taps in to my passions and strengths as a retired social worker.
I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and support of the Enneagram and Blogging series. It truly blew me away to see it shared so far and wide. My favorite responses were from people who felt encouraged and, well, normal after reading their type. It got my wheels spinning all over again and you know what that means.
In the meantime...
This giveaway is open to all readers. Please see prize notes for more details. There will be two winners, one prize each. The giveaway will end this Saturday at 9 am CST. Winners will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations, Chelsea H. and Jen H.!
1. An Enneagram Typing Skype session with me using my now-famous flashcards (up to 1 hour), OR, if you already know your type, we can discuss wings, arrows, and subtypes over Skype (up to 1 hour).
Note: we will work together to find a mutually agreed upon time to Skype. I live in the CST zone, FYI. For a typing session, a video call is the only option. As the Flashcards are a guided experience and depend on how well a person knows themself, I cannot guarantee you will figure out your type.
Note: International readers will receive this prize option as an e-book.
What did you learn from the Enneagram and Blogging series? What would you want to see in the newsletter? (This doesn't count toward the giveaway but I'm curious and would love to hear.)