Real, Raw, & Human
This is CT - that's right silly, souls do not only come in the form of "female". #Duh
The mission of The Soul of the Week is to feature ANYONE who is shining themselves through their most authentic light, anyone who has something to share with the world. So, congrats to CT on being the first featured soul male of many, many more.
CT's story is all about knowing that things in life are for you, and nothing is happening to you. See below for CT's message, where he shares very vulnerably about health obstacles and a significant loss in his life.
CT is currently living in Milwaukee, WI. He is the owner of CT Kaupp, LLC - a web design firm specializing in working with health & fitness businesses with all aspects of their website.
Here is a bit more detail from CT on his firm:
I work in 2 distinct phases. Phase 1 is where I'll create/design the site & Phase 2 is where I'll manage it for the client 24/7.
I handle everything from hosting, to security, to support. Whenever the client needs something I'm there. I believe in that super personal touch. My goal is to be completely location-independent - wherever there is Wi-Fi the business is god to go :) I've heard of it be described as the "un-agency" model where you have a specific skill-set & then hire contractors to handle all the different areas.
So whether that's graphic design, social media, SEO, creating a referral network for all those areas. I plan to always stay solo. I love doing the work & it never feels like a "real" job.
As per-usual in this column, here is CT speaking from his most authentic self (aka, him).
My Biggest Judgement Towards Myself:
By nature, I'm very non-judgmental so I wouldn't say there's anything in particular (that I'm hard on myself for) but what I would say is that once you get to the point where you fully love yourself, you tend to get away from that judgment/comparison game.
It takes your mind away from thinking of all the so called "imperfections" society has made you think you have, to focusing your attention each day on being the best YOU that you can be.
What Absolutely Lights Me UP& What I Absolutely Love the Most About Myself:
The flexibility & freedom I have by running my own business is priceless. I love being able to call all the shots (who I work with, the type of projects I want to take on, the amount I want to be paid for said projects etc).
The times I enjoy the most are when I'm so-called on "family vacations". I'm able to enjoy that time with my family & friends, while at the same time being able to get a little work done here or there. I don't need to be glued to my CPU 24/7 but when something comes up, I'm there for my clients. On-top of the web business that I'm building, my other passion right now is getting into the podcasting & speaking space.
A long term goal of mine is to become a motivational/inspirational speaker. More on that in the next question below :) But to put it simply, I'm passionate about owning my life (& encouraging others to do the same). A hashtag I use a lot is #OwnYourLife.
And to me, it simply means to follow your passion, follow your heart, do whatever it is you want to do that will leave you feeling fulfilled & joyful each day
My dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor in Sept of 2016 & passed away 2 months later. I was only 28 years old. I worked for his advertising agency (that's where I built up my web design skills) for over 5 years.
That experience has shown me a profound, and powerful, view of the world & my place in it. I want to share that with others to make an impact. My dad left an amazing legacy on this earth & plan to do the same.
I believe everything happens for a reason & I feel very strongly that I was put on this earth to help others live a more meaningful & purpose-driven life. When you realize ("Mortality Motivation") that you only get one freaking shot at this life, that it could be taken away in an instant, you starting living differently. You live it with gratitude, with intention, with peace, with reverence, with joy.
Each & every day. I have no idea where things will go 3 months, 9 months, 2 years from now but the goal is to 1) build relationships 2) be real, genuine & authentic & 3) serve others by sharing what I have learned through my experiences. If I do that, this life will take me places I could never have imagined.
Thank you Mr. CT for sharing your heart!
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