So about 3 months ago, I found this incredible amazing woman named Sarah Prout. She was beautiful, wickedly smart, and had an amazing vibe about her. And the final deal closer? She loved unicorns just about as much as I did. I have loved unicorns ever since I was 3 years old and mom bought me a pack of Lisa Frank stickers.
Sarah Prout ( www.SarahProut.com) was well known and had courses and processes set up and I was blown away by her systems, her website, her style and grace. I went through two of Sarah's courses 2 months ago and it was extremely powerful. After I did this process, I started immediately manifesting things from Sarah's courses! I admit, sometimes I have a pattern of becoming to enthusiastic and I kept wanting to add more and more value to my own brand even though I already had so much to offer with my own original stories, meditations, visualizations, and content. I kept thinking how can I give my audience more more more not realizing what I had was already gold and needed no numbers or extra horns or stripes. I thought by changing a few things with the numbers in Sarah's manifest program and adding the visualizations I would be okay. Well, apparently that was not okay as I received a few CEASE AND DESIST emails from her team yesterday saying it was plagiarism.
So today on my 32 birthday, I am getting real and raw with everyone (I decided not to wait until tomorrow) and I am correcting a wrong and sharing a lesson.
I would like to take a minute here to apologize to Sarah Prout & her husband Sean, the manifest community and my own rockstars. It was never my intention to cause harm and I am deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart for any that I have caused.
What I should have done is just left a link like this...Saying check out this incredible woman who is helping inspire people and helping people manifest like crazy! ----> ----> ----> ----> ----> ----> ----> ---->
http://sarahprout.com/lp/ultimate-intention-setting-process/ and her ancient ritual http://sarahprout.com/lp/main-ancient-manifesting-ritual/ because they are a MUST DO! It helped me get crystal clear on a lot of things I wanted to manifest in my life in the past 2 months of my life.
I reached out to several of my mentors about this situation. I was feeling deeply upset by this because this goes against everything I believe in my heart and my rockstar soul. I believe in being your true self, shining, Being original and just being real, raw is what I am really all about and yesterday, as I read the letter, I just could not understand how I allowed this to happen. I have a ton of magic in my heart why did I feel like I needed hers?
One of my mentors, said something very wise that stuck with me. She said, "Did you know some of the people you look up to most were once accused of plagiarism? If there is only learning, there are no mistakes. If there is an internal struggle, guilt, or shame, those emotions are not serving us. We get into an emotional state where we gather up all that learning and proudly face the day with all its challenges and beauty. If it is a mistake that has affected another person or business relationship , then we do our best to rectify it, amend it, and we move forward, with or without this person. There is always a solution and always a lesson. Bottom line is, if we are not making mistakes, which are the greatest teachers on the planet, we are not really going for what we want. Praise and celebrate the mistake for the gift that it is. Tough lessons are always presents in disguise. You are the gift, Carolyn. Keep giving the gift. "
Top 3 lessons learned
#1 Never EVER Copy Anyone Else
NEVER ever ever copy someone else's work. It doesn't come from the heart and will never have the impact that I have with things that are 100% me. It's no good to try and fight against something you have done when you feel bad about it. I felt really bad about hurting Sarah because I truly look up to her and her business she has built. Plus I really liked her community and the people in it. She is amazing and I hurt her heart which rippled and affected my heart and many others. I prayed, meditated and gave myself some space to breathe. Give yourself time to calm down, allow the emotions to flow through you instead of holding on to them, release, and relax.
#2 Find Your Niche And If Its Working... STICK WITH IT
Just keep my nitch. Sarah Prout keeps her systems in place because they continue to work for 100000's of her manifesting students. For me, I am going to stick with what's been working for me and continue playing with the lost boys, rocking with the rockstars, sprinkling pixie dust, meditating, visualizing and well, just being me... Which is 1000% enough. I am going to relook at all my courses and products and simplify them. This lesson was such a gift in sooooo many ways.
#3 ALLOW ROOM FOR MISTAKES
When moving towards your dreams you are going to make mistakes. Allow yourself a little space to make mistakes. When we have made a mistake that has affected another person, admit it, apologize, and move forward. We can make indirect amends by not making that same mistake again. I hope by me sharing this that you do not make the same mistake I made as well!
Then, basically let go and let God do the rest. He raises us up to more than we can be everyday. I am utterly grateful for grace, for second chances, and love.
I am going to go finish my work for the day and then go meet up with my amazing supportive wonderful family and my little girl for a birthday dinner.
Sending hugs, high fives and pattern breaking ass slaps,
Carolyn Rim oxox
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