I’m squishy and I know it

I have to admit, I’ve been feeling pretty neurotic about my clothes in the weeks leading up to the Titanides Live event and Bootcamp.
I mean, it’s a professional event where you want to stand out and get clients. And so… I should buy new clothes, right?
And that was what I planned to do. I had my eye on a black and white dress with a cool gold zipper down the front. I tried it on. It fit like a glove, showing off all of my curves. Nice!
But when I walked out of the dressing room the sales lady told me that I really should wear Spanx with that dress, or some other type of supportive hosiery.
Rather than give her $200 of my hard-earned money, I left in a huff. I’m not going to buy a dress from someone who tells me that I look fat and gross in it.
So I spent the next week stressing out about my body. Was my midsection so out of control that I needed control top nylons? Should I buy a corset on my way to the airport? Why, oh why didn’t I work harder cutting carbs?
The event was drawing nearer, and I didn’t have any time to buy new clothes. And I didn’t have any opportunity to buy any highly restrictive undergarments to help me suck it all in. How on earth would I be able to present myself in public???
Then the night before my flight, I was in the tub. My three-year-old burst into the room threw off her clothes and did a belly flop onto my soapy body.
(Moms have no privacy.)
“You are so squishy!” she squealed with delight. And I could see in her face nothing but pure joy and love. I was so focused on hiding my squishiness, but my daughter thought it was wonderful.
I so needed that. As women, we’re constantly told we need to be smaller, flatter, thinner or whatever. I need to buy more clothes and completely change the shape of my body.
But that’s complete bullshit. I’m squishy. Ella thinks its awesome.
I showed up to the Titanides retreat with my normal clothes. I hadn’t lost an ounce. I don’t look perfect.
And the day was amazing. The women talked about how to find a good mentor, how to get the readers heartstrings involved, how to write for a conscious consumer, how to renegotiate contracts when things have gone off the rails.
We talked about telling stories that move people and how to tell the difference between a professional transition and a transformation.
Sorry, this is kind of a jumble. I’m taking it all in.  I enjoyed the powerful messages from women who all seem to truly understand that life and business are never perfect and yet we need to learn how to get what we need.
The day was a blessing!

Talk to you soon!
Mandy
P.S. I have a busy few days ahead of me. If you need me to write some copy, the best way to reach me is to send an email at email@mandymarksteiner.com.

Have you seen my keys?

Have you seen my keys?key with Lawrence University keychain

(Just kidding… but not really).

One of my special quirks is that whenever life gets stressful I lock my keys in my car.

The sad truth is that it even happens when that stress is positive. Like last week when I had an interview at a big, well funded and prestigious company. I was in a great mood afterwards, because they said they would start hiring me for writing projects. It was a great opportunity!
I bought a celebratory latte, and put it in the front seat console. While I was downtown, I figured I’d get one more errand done – I was going to scan a bunch of articles so I could put them on my website.
In the process of shuffling my articles, coffee, purse and portfolio I locked my keys in my car!
I called my friends and D&P lock. Ten minutes later they were jimmying the door open and getting my keys back. Then, get this. Less than two hours later I lost my keys again while picking up my kids from school.
I felt so bad about myself for losing my keys that the glow from the new opportunity was gone. All I had was the gloom of lost key induced low self esteem.
I’m telling you this because increasing your income can be stressful. Most people are equipped with all kinds of hang ups and self-limiting beliefs and when you start to make more money, your subconscious will find a way to self-sabotage.

It’s been something that I’ve been learning to deal with since I started my copywriting business. Because copywriting, at it’s core, is all about finding ways to make more money.

When you hire me, you better get an extra set of keys because I’ll be on a mission to increase your income as soon as possible.

Interested? Give me a call at 505-515-7001.

Talk to you soon!
Mandy
P.S. This week I’m getting ready to go to Florida and learn from the best in copywriting business, catch up with friends and colleagues and probably fill my calendar for the rest of the year. (I’ll keep a close watch on my keys, cell phone and wallet… because my income always goes up as a direct result of this conference.)
P.P.S. I found the keys the next day in my daughter’s backpack. I got three copies made. That should hold me for a while.

Let me take your sales letter with me to Bootcamp

If you need a sales letter, now is the best time to have me write it.

Next week I’m going to AWAI’s Fast Track to Copywriting Success Bootcamp. I have been going almost every year since 2010 when I joined the Circle of Success. I’ll also be going to the Titanides Live event.

And that is why you should contact me know about your sales copy. I will be spending the week immersed in copywriting, finding out the biggest trends and learning secrets from the best copywriters on the planet, like Clayton Makepeace, Carline Anglade-Cole, Nick Usborne, John Forde, Steve Slaunwhite, and Richard Armstrong to name a few.

I’m totally excited and ready to learn. But more important, I’m ready to use all this information and write some highly effective sales copy.

If you need something now, call me at 505-515-7001.

Talk to you soon!
Mandy
P.S. Every year my writing improves by leaps and bounds when I go to Bootcamp. I want your project to be on my desk when it happens.