i am so excited to be guest posting here. i stumbled across kristina’s etsy shop one day and fell in love.
have you checked it out?
you should. the end.
just kidding! i’m here to talk about something i have gotten a big lesson in over the past couple of months. something you should know about me. i am a starter. i love to find a new project or be inspired to read a book or decide to take a class and learn how to do something new. i love the thrill of shopping for supplies, letting an idea form in my head and having a plan and mapping out how i’m going to achieve it.
one thing i am not? a finisher. i get about halfway through these plans then i get distracted or bored with them or the next cool thing comes along and i move on. sometimes i feel guilty for it and sometimes i don’t. usually the amount of guilt i feel is directly proportionate to the amount of money that i have sunk into this adventure.
so this year i made a life changing decision.
this year i am going to live with purpose. this is going to be the year that i finish things. as soon as i made that decision i knew i’d have to have people to be accountable to or it would never happen. that meant i would have to tell people what i wanted to be purposeful about. here is the list of things i want to inject purpose into this year:
1. i want to define the purpose and direction for my blog and keep blogging and hone that skill.
2. i want to treat my handmade shop more like a business and less like a hobby.
3. i want to do things that scare the living daylights out of me – like take chances with my blog + business that i didn’t think i could do.
numbers 1 and 2 are pretty much dependent on me and things that i do. no one else can perfect my blogging voice or make me run my business like a business. those are tasks that i alone can do.
and that someone is actually lots of someones.
for one – one of my best-in-real-life-friends has been totally instrumental at inspiring me to take my business to the next level. i can bounce ideas off of her and she helps me see the bigger picture or the bigger audience to reach. she wants to partner with me and help me grow and expects nothing out of it except to see me succeed. and, super lucky for me, she is an accountant. i am not good at the tax-money-business side of things all the time and she has been invaluable in that department.
do you have a friend like this? one you can text at 9:45 at night and ask her if you need to file taxes by march 15th? one you can send a picture to and she says “DUDE THAT IS AWESOME!” just to encourage you?
i bet you do. if you don’t the only reason is because you haven’t figured out who it is yet is because you haven’t shared your business and ideas with the right people. be bold and share what you love with everyone so you can be encouraged by people who can really inspire you!
another place i have found encouragement is – are you ready for this? – twitter. i know. i would have never guessed that twitter would be a positive influence on me but by golly it has been. i love twitter. its like texting with your best friend but for everyone to see and comment on.
its like being inside someone’s random thoughts during the day.
twitter is like this:
and that is the honest truth.
share your joy with the world and be encouraged when they celebrate along with you!
and finally, and this was definitely the hardest for me… be encouraged by your family. when i finally found the courage to tell my dad, the man who put dinner on the table my whole life through blood, sweat and tears in the oil field, that i wanted to dabble in graphic design and make note cards to have a little extra income, i expected him to tell my that it was a ridiculous idea.
picture the scene in sister act 2 where the mom tells lauryn hill that “sangin don’t put food on the table.” that is what i was afraid of encountering.
my dad took one look at a few of the note cards i had printed out with me and he said “oh those are cute.” yall. that is the equivalent of my dad breaking out streamers and party horns and telling me that he loves them! (clearly, dad isn’t a very excitable person!)
now that i have my dad’s blessing so to speak, i am on top of the world. i’ve been pushing myself harder and harder to get things done so i can tell him (and twitter and my irl bff) about them and continue to be encouraged. and because of that my business is already starting to grow and i can see benefits from it.
who is your biggest supporter? who can you share what you love with and be encouraged by them? find that someone and be in constant contact with them! or – maybe you can be that person for someone else? be encouraged