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My Huge and Embarrassing Mistake

by Ashley on March 20, 2013 · 13 comments

One who makes no mistakes never makes anything ART PRINT 12x16 inches (30 X 41 cm)

I didn’t plan on writing this today, but last weekend I received an email that changed everything.

As you may have heard, I was planning on launching an exclusive group coaching + email program, Glitterbomb Your Life. I was super excited about this new program and had poured my heart into creating amazing and uber helpful content for it. I knew it was going to be a life-changing!

But then, my friend and fellow Life Coach, Tiffany Han, emailed me. She explained that she taught her own glitterbomb workshops last year and that she actually owns the URL


I honestly had no idea that the name Glitterbomb Your Life had been used elsewhere, but I was still incredibly embarrassed! Of course I emailed Tiffany back immediately and explained what had happened. I told her that I would change the name of my program and apologized profusely for accidentally stepping on her creative toes.

I realized I made a HUGE mistake of not checking to see if this super fun name had been trademarked or used previously.

It took everything inside of me to not let shame take over.

“How could I be so stupid? This is such a rookie mistake! I knew better than to launch this without thoroughly checking it out first. Ugh, I hate myself!”

For the next few days, my mind was reeling, inching closer and closer toward these shame-filled thoughts.

So, I gave myself a little Time Out and stepped away.

I took some of my own advice. I did what I tell my clients to do when they’re faced with shame.

I was kind to myself. I reminded myself that I’m human and we all mistakes from time to time. I took deep breaths and I talked things through with my people. I surrounded myself with support and unconditional love.

Staying wrapped up in shame serves no one.

I let myself be in a funk, but then I forgave myself so that I could move on.

I turned back to my mistake and began to fix it the best way I knew how. I focused on the kind of person I want to be (inspiring, loyal, kind, and so much fun) and I renamed my program with the (second) most perfect name I could imagine.

Dream Quest is coming soon.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda March 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

Thanks for being so open about this honest mistake!


Katie [Blogs] March 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had ideas in my head, am ready to write them, and I see that someone else has already written about it. It totally happens. So glad you’re being open and honest about it. Just goes to show that we have a brilliant circle of people all thinking at the same time. :)


Heather March 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

I’m glad that you took your own advice. Often times, people don’t. Go you!!! Thank you for being open with us.


Akirah March 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

Mistakes are so scary for me. I am still trying to get myself more comfortable with making mistakes…because I know they are where the true lessons lie. Kudos to you for being authentic about your imperfections…vulnerable with all of us in order to encourage us…and plowing thru towards your dream. :)


Stephany March 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

I think it’s so awesome you’re opening up about this. I imagine it has happened to a lot of people but admitting mistakes and goof-ups is so hard sometimes! I’m like Akirah: mistakes are scary for me! Whenever I make one at work, I spend DAYS beating myself up over it. And sometimes it’s just a silly little oversight that could happen to anyone.



Laura March 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

As you say, we all make mistakes, and this is not an earth-shattering one… you can still run your program with a new name, it is just delayed a little. I hope this isn’t nitpicky and annoying of me to point out, but in the link to Dream Quest, you still have referred to the program as “Glitterbomb your life” in the text on the page there. PS I think Dream Quest is a fantastic name.


tiffany han March 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

Ashley, thank you for being who you are. Thank you for being so open. And thank you for handling this so beautifully.

You are such a model of how to show up in this world, and I love that you’re sharing it so honestly with everyone. Thank you.


Isis March 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I admire you, not because you made a mistake and told everyone. But for how you MANAGE yourself after that ! =)

Being kind, forgive yourself and the most important being surrounded by love and be supported !
I’m glad you shared that because it’s not something that everyone can do… We unfortunatly get overwhelmed with negative thoughts !
And you reacted the best way ever !!

We all support you in your Dream Quest ;-)


Mikael March 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Oops! Lesson learned! Mistakes happen, and it’s best when we own up to them and learn from them. You rock. Dream Quest sounds like a video game and that’s awesome to me. :)


Bev March 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

I need to learn to be kinder to myself when I make mistake. As you said, we’re human, and we all make mistakes…it happens! Thanks for sharing your story, we all need to hear stories like this :-)


jobo March 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Hey, it happens, right? And you owned up to it and learned from it. that’s what we do right?? I love the new name too :)


Stephanie June 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hi Ashley!

Thanks for sharing. I’m inspired by your self-love.


jamie July 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Isn’t that a John Perkins trademark??? I’m only have joking – It Sounds Really Familiar. But – Sure, Why Not!!! Go For It :D


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