Round About Path to Personal Branding

I have been thinking a lot about branding and how to brand myself since I started this new journey nine months ago. I have read a lot of books and articles about personal branding and how important it is, feeling as though I had to come up with a catchy, clever name, that would encompass everything I do and a subtitle to draw people in.  I have played around with a lot of different names and concepts over the last nine months and couldn’t find something that acted as an umbrella for everything I do.

This nine month journey has  been about integration and deciding what I wanted to do now that I had grown up in a new and transformed way.  One of my challenges has been pulling all of my gifts and talents into one package that I could present to the world as my work.  I have always felt like I was going in six directions at the same time and not really focusing on what I wanted to do.  I have never fallen for the idea that we need to choose one career and do it exclusively, but a lot of society has, so I have never fit into the “mold”.  I have always done several things at once, but they were always compartmentalized.

For a long time, I lived my life highly compartmentalized. I needed to do that to make it work and to be able to focus.  I was one person when I was with my friends, a different person at work, and yet another person with family and acquaintances.  For a long time, I didn’t realize that this was what I was doing. I didn’t do this as a way to be inauthentic but more as a way to stay focused, have boundaries and fit in. My goal in all of this search for ways to live an authentic life has been to de-compartmentalize all that I do.  This is a natural function of integration and becoming authentic.

I started to see that some people identified me as one thing and others identified me as something else and that was frustrating.  For example many people think that I sell It Works products but don’t realize I am a visionary artist.  Others think I am the founder of Magnetic Business Women and don’t realize that I have a business as well.  I used to be known for my artwork in many circles, but that is no longer true. Only a few people know that I am an intuitive reader, that I am a shaman and sound healer. There is also the fact that I am a writer. My 26 year career as a psychologist.  I am a mother.  You get the picture!  It’s this kind of fragmentation that chokes the spirit.   I was frustrated that people weren’t getting a complete picture of me and yet I was not sharing the complete picture because it seemed like so much work.  I have often felt invisible and that was a lot of my own doing.

When I realized how frustrated I was that  I wasn’t been seen, I decided I wanted to do something about it.  That is when I realized my ultimate goal in life is to live from a place of authenticity.  I want to be expansive and free. I want there to be no discernible difference between when I am working and when I am playing. No division between my purpose and my life path.

Yesterday as I was driving to the networking group that I started, I began thinking again about how to brand myself.  What came to me in a flash of insight is, I don’t need a catchy name, or magnetic phrase to draw people in.  I don’t need an umbrella that describes everything I do.  Katelyn Mariah is my branding.  Everything I do is a part of me.  I need to brand Katelyn Mariah.  I need to use my name as the umbrella for who I am and what I do and personally brand to that.

The image of the roundabout is a perfect metaphor for what I have been doing.  A roundabout is a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island or  the place where two or more things come together.  I feel like I was that beautiful garden in the photo above and I was also circling around myself.   I ended up taking a roundabout way to find what I was looking for, ME.

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Filed under Entrepreneurship, health and wellness, Just thoughts, Personal development

3 responses to “Round About Path to Personal Branding

  1. So true! How does a multidimensional individual accurately package his/herself for market AND personal arenas? Knowing what your audience THINKS they know about you is a good start :/ Thanks for such an inquisitive post!

  2. Our energy, authenticity and enthusiasm is our brand, and ultimately our success. You shall be one very successful mama 🙂

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