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Aug '23: Opportunities to speak your truth
Your Monthly Gumpdate!
Welcome to the August Gumpdate!
We grew by 29% last month. Whoa! 🥳 Welcome to all the new gumptioneers!
This is going to be quite an exciting month.
In this 5 min monthly update you can:
listen to a 1 min snippet of next week’s Gumpcast interview about an Egyptian man coming out to his family and standing in his truth as a homosexual.
vote for the which topic I should cover next on my health essays.
learn about the The Politics of Trauma: Embodied Transformation, Social Action and Love course with Author Staci Haines!
read about how this blog is going, the challenges I faced last month and what is currently raising my gumption in the closing Captain’s log.
A special welcome to our three new July paid subscribers: Femi, Christina and Harvey! Thank you so much for supporting this project.
In Search of Gumption is a reader-supported publication.
🙏🏽 First, Gratitude.
Major gratitude to my friend Angela Quach, who was a breath of fresh air into both my life and the Gumpcast last week. Angie is the CEO of The Destiny Lab and flew over from San Diego for a catch up. We recorded this episode with her story paired with live music.
It was all done in front of our first live in person audience as well!
Excited to share this with you in Season 3!
📅 Up Next on The Gumpcast
🎙️ Season 2 | EP 18: Standing In Your Truth w/Anonymous
Release Date: Sunday 13th of August 10 am Pacific Timing.
In a powerful and heartfelt Gumpcast Episode 18, an anonymous guest bravely shares his journey of conscious self-acceptance as an Egyptian man embracing his truth, skillfully weaving a tapestry of love and understanding to keep his family close despite conflicting views on homosexuality.
Here is a sneak peak!
Follow us where you get your podcast to be alerted once it is live next Sunday!
🫀 Monthly Musing on Health and Creativity
Release Date: Sunday 20th of August 10 am Pacific Timing.
If you have followed the last four series, which of the following topics should I research and present to you next?
Vote is open for 3 days then I will start working on the winning topic!
⛵ Monthly Gumpsail - Poetry, meditation and discussion.
Date: Sunday 27th of August 10 am Pacific Timing.
A paid members live virtual event, more details soon!
Virtual Program: The Politics of Trauma: Embodied Transformation, Social Action and Love
October 10, 2023-February 13, 2024
Remember Somatics Teacher and Author Staci Haines who I interviewed on EP17 of the Gumpcast? She just created a course that I am excited to enroll in.
The Politics of Trauma Online Program offers a path to embodied transformation, a pragmatic understanding of the impacts of personal and collective trauma, and ways to cultivate resilience and connection. Through embodied practices and processes, we delve into transformative leadership, personal and collective healing, and ways to hold the contradictions and complexities we are asked to navigate, all while deepening our capacity for loving and being loved
🔱 Captain’s Logbook of Gumption
Last month was crazy with the end of a data consulting project, and completing the health essays that I committed myself to writing last month.
It has been exhausting!
Ironically as I wrote essays about not sacrificing health for work, I found myself doing exactly that and my health has taken a hit!
❓ What challenges have I faced last month?
falling into the old habits of working at night, forgetting to eat, and smoking. I realize that I am coping with stress and I am allowing myself to be that way for this period to accomplish what I know needs to be accomplished. Cutting myself some slack as I get through this period.
My right knee got inflamed and started hurting when running so I stopped a training program that I was on. This further made way for bad habits.
Been receiving sobering feedback on my novel draft which is what I needed but is difficult to receive. I am keeping a distance from it this summer however and focusing on my work and the gumpcast.
❓ What kept me going last month and gave me gumption?
Friends and co-creation have been the hallmark of my survival last July. Getting in a creative zone with others is the most life giving activity for me this summer.
❓ What are my wins from last month?
I have organized by whole content calendar and have a predictable schedule and structure now.
We have crossed the 300 subscriber threshold! I am excited about the newcomers. 300 subscribers may be small for substack but 72/300 have just joined us in July! Last month we grew by 28%!
❓ What experiments have I been doing?
I have been writing more in my domain of expertise, health.
I have been posting snippets to LinkedIn where a lot of the new people who joined me found me
25 of July Subscribers have found me by promoting my story and health content on Linkedin.
Guerrilla Uber marketing: I have been driving Uber and promoting this newsletter to the people whom I have an interesting conversation with. Thank you beautiful strangers and thanks for being here.
34 of July subscribers met me on the streets of San Francisco as their Uber driver.
❓ What am I looking forward to next?
rest and to get back in a healthy routine this month
the second live episode of the Gumpcast
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