January: Launch

Wow, January was a big blur. Every single day felt like a sprint and I guess that's what happens when you launch a company? The leaps of faith I took this this month was all about launching. Launching a company, my personal website, this blog and community. 

The 12 leaps of faith I took in January! 

  1. Launch #100leapsoffaith
    • #100leapsoffaith is something I knew I had to do for myself but also it was my responsibility to invite others into it. It's pretty awesome to have this virtual community who are all supporting and encouraging one another. My goal is to create a physical meet up in Austin and Houston SOON. They are a priority, launch month was crazy but I'm going to keep trying!  
  2. Launch sophiekwok.com
    • Well, this resulted because I didn't want to buy another domain for #100leapsoffaith. It's no where near the vision I have for my personal website... which is supposed to double for my portfolio. I don't know if I'll ever have time to actually put together a portfolio... and at this point I'm like God please just send me work I don't have to make a portfolio for :P However, it's out there! It's a start and I can always iterate so wooohoo just doing it anyway! 
  3. Launching Love Intently
    • I launched a company this month... This is was probably by far the biggest leap of faith I've ever taken. Never in a bajillion years would I think, THIS would be the business I start. 
  4. Asking customers to buy
    • Asking people to pay for Lovenotes was something i avoided for months. It's a whole lot harder than you'd think because so many insecurities go into it. However, it was my next right step so I'm glad I took it! I have paying customers and thats a win in my book. 
  5. Applying for Div Inc 
    • This is a pre-accelerator for minorities, meaning people of color or women to promote diversity in tech. I'm a huge fan of the people involved with Div Inc and it would be an honor to work with them. The community is filled with incredible people with huge giving hearts. Fingers crossed, because I think it would be an amazing opportunity for me and Love Intently! However, even if I don't get in, I'll always support what they do! 
  6. Editing my first video
    • I'm not sure that I get to take full credit for it but I do understand kindaish what all it entails. I made a short founders video for my Div Inc application... Maybeee I'll post it somewhere soon? :) 
  7. Send out Prelaunch Material 
    • So there's actually 3 stages to launching a company... Pre-pre launch, pre-launch, and launch. This book, changed my life on how I viewed launches. I read it about two months too late but I was still able to take away a lot from it even though I read it a week before I launched, oops! 
  8. Send emails to Developers 
    • My greatest need for Love Intently is by far Developers.. so I made a point to reach out to a few and see if they'd be interested in working with me on Love Intently. So far, I have one super brilliant and generous friend giving me a couple hours a week... but I'm still looking for someone with more time to join me. Let me know if you know of anyone! 
  9. Conversation with an Investor
    • I'm not even sure I should be sharing this, but a conversation means nothing. In my experience, getting meetings with investors really isn't that difficult... however convincing them to give you money is another story. I don't think I'm ready for investment and I'm unsure that's the round I'd like to go... but I'm open to it and proud of myself for having those conversations! Advice: If investors reach out to you and want to meet, I would take the meeting, there's always something to be learned. However, remember you don't want any money, you want smart money. Lastly, money is for scale, not figuring out the process. If you don't take time to refine run tests to really understand what your user needs/wants, you will waste tons of money building the wrong thing.  
  10. Asking couples to be featured.
    • I have some really amazing couples who are to be featured on Lovespiration coming up this year. I'm excited to share their love story and journey with the world. I know no part of it is easy but I also know there's an endless flow of wisdom from them. Any role or part I can play in sharing that information is an honor! 
  11. Start creating partnerships and relationships with brands 
    • I threw together a brand guide for Love Intently and started building relationships with brands. 
  12. Take on Free Lance Clients 
    • In order to stay in Austin I have to take on Freelance clients or a contract position to keep me afloat. I'm in talks with a few people and have done a small project for a friend! So yay for paid work. 

Overall I feel pretty good about the progress I've made so far. My goal for next month is to start curating other stories within the community. The collection of our stories will be far more impactful than just mine. I won't lie in many ways I feel like I've been failing big time too. I haven't been the best of showing the hard parts, the raw vulnerable aspects or investing in other women in my community I so badly want to. I've been a terrible steward of my body... but that doesn't mean I'll stop trying to be better. February, I'm coming for you.

To believers: 

If you’re not one, thats fine you can stop reading here. But know I love you and don’t judge you. You will always be included and welcome at my dinner table, or anything I ever do in fact. Because what you believe doesn’t change the fact that I’m called to love you too. Everything, and I mean everything else is secondary. 

I used to be hesitant to write about my faith because of the diverse set of people in my life. I was afraid of losing them as friends because of terrible experiences they’ve had with other “Christians” or the church. However, I’ve learned they don’t care and they choose to love me anyway. It would be dishonest and disservice to not talk about this aspect of my life at all. I really do believe it’s changed everything and the only reason I have the purpose that I do. I've prayed desperately for other examples of Asian American women doing out of the box things, starting businesses and really living out the gospel to come into my life. How dare I not share my journey with younger women who are looking for permission to step into their calling, whatever that might be? How dare I not share my journey so others can say, me too. My faith saved my life and maybe it can inspire growth in yours too. 

Here were my main take aways from Jan 2017. 

  1. Start living like God is going to show up because he always does. 
  2. If he's called you to it, he will provide for it. You are not big enough to screw it up. He will fill in the gaps for you. 
  3. When you take a leap of faith, God meets you, every time. 
  4. I often ask God for help and he usually sends a friend. 

 

 

#100leapsoffaith

 
 

 For 2017 I am challenging myself to take #100leapsoffaith because I want to be someone who always tries. Fear will not control me. It’s been said faith the size of a mustard seed moves mountains, what more could happen if a group of spectacular people got together and took leaps of faith?! 

Whatever you’ve been avoiding, this is the year to face it. Repeat after me: I am capable. I am enough. I am loved. I am not alone. 

THIS IS THE YEAR.
2017 is the year we say YES. 
2017 is the year we apply for __________. 
2017 is the year we go on that trip. 
2017 is the year we let people in. 
2017 is the year we approach our crush and ask them to coffee. 
2017 is the year we show up. 
2017 is the year we say "Let's try"  

I’ve learned in 2016 , accountability and community are essential to my success. There’s such beauty when people stop competing and start supporting one another. Let’s be a community who collaborates over competes. I've also made a private Facebook group for the ladies doing this challenge. However, leaps of faith can be really vulnerable so for the sake of sharing openly, I'm keeping it ladies only for now. I'd rather have smaller open and honest communities than a large community with less depth. If you're interested, Email me at sophkwok@gmail.com and I'll add you into the group! So far, we have 18 and counting people on board from all over the US! However, if you’d like to start a men’s or a separate group, please reach out I’d love to support you!  

Success is not that we achieved what we set out to do. Success is that fact that we tried.
— #100leapsoffaith

How to get started

My recommendation is to get a glass of wine or hot cocoa, light a candle, and answer these questions honestly. 

1. What has been holding you back? 
2. What terrifies you? 
3. What do you avoid?
4. What do you wish you could do? 
5. What areas of your life do you want to grow in? 
6. What change do you want to see in the world? 
7. What 5 -10 things are most important to you? 
8. What parts of you do you want to test?
9. What are you most proud of this last year?
10. What are you most disappointed in this last year? 
 

Rules:

No. 1
Have fun.

No. 2
THERE ARE NO RULES... other than be kind and encouraging to each other :) This is your #100leapsoffaith, make it your own.  

How am I doing it?

After reflecting this year I uncovered the top 10 areas of my life I would like to grow in. Below I show a couple examples of leaps of faith I might take within Kindness. I have a running list in my journal but I’m also intentionally leaving room to fill in as the year evolves. Guess what? You don't need to have all 100 figured out right now. In fact, if you're a more spontaneous person take it day by day and when something scares you, talk yourself into doing it anyway. 

1. Kindness
    - Meet a physical need of a stranger in need. 
    - Volunteer or support the refugee crisis in some capacity
    - Do a friend a huge favor without them asking
    - Compliment a stranger
2. Adventure
3. Empowering Love
4. Relationships
5. Community
6. Writing
7. Business + Entrepreneurship
8. Create
9. Physical Health + Relationship with food
10. Public speaking or leading workshops
 

Document your journey! 

You don’t have to share everything or anything at all if you’re not comfortable. Taking leaps of faith is a vulnerable thing but know that whatever you share here in confidence will stay confidential. I do encourage you to document it some how whether its your own personal blog, a private instagram account, or in a physical journal. It’ll be awesome to be able to read through all of the stories at the end of the year. If you decide to share your stories, use #100leapsoffaith!

Always

This goes without saying but let’s always approach each other in kindness, encouragement, community, accountability, and love. 

What can you expect from me?

I will be blogging once a month, you can sign up for the monthly newsletter below. 
I'm planning on posting stories from others who join me on this journey. You'll betcha there will be some hilarious, crazy, inspiring stories that come from this. For day to day updates, follow me on instagram

This is what has worked for me, feel free to copy or completely do your own thing! Please tag me on your posts with #100leapsoffaith or @sophie_kwok (instagram) I'd love to support and encourage you in your journey. 

Much Love, 

Soph <3 

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