One year ago this week I decided that my dream of starting my own business needed to become a reality and I declared to my friends, family and my own little corner of the internet that my doors were open. I was petrified. Putting myself out there was hard. I was riddled with worry. What if no one wanted my services? What if I just heard crickets? What if I failed? Or worse, looked stupid? Those and about 320 other fears were running around in my head on a constant loop.
I had dreams of running my own business for years. I had tons of experience organizing for people and businesses and I was the organizing maven at every job I've ever had. I'm a trained Librarian and Social Worker. I have an entrepreneurial streak about a mile wide. Seemed all pretty damn logical to do this thing.
I was so freaking scared to do it, but I got to a point where it was more painful to not do it, and one day, last August, I decided to be Brave. To just show up and do it anyway. To stop listening to my head and start following my heart. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
I can't express how much fun I've had these last 365 days. Coaching, supporting, decluttering, organizing, beautifying. That is easy for me. It's my zone of genius. I could do it all day long and some days I do. I love those days. But honestly, there are tons of things that I do in my business that make me shake in my boots. I struggle with them, sometimes slaying the dragon, and other days just putting it back on tomorrows to do list. It's a roller coaster. A really freaking fun roller coaster and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I invite you to join me to do the thing that your inner voice wants you to do. Step out and show us what's inside you. What do you secretly fantasize about doing? What do you do and time just melts away when you are doing that thing?
And here's a good question to ask yourself when you feel a pull but don't really know how to drill down and get really specific on what lights you up:
What is the weird thing that you did over and over again when you were a kid?
I played office and organized school supplies. I even had a made up name for myself: Nancy Weber. It sounded Profesh to my 8 year old ears. My closet has been ROYGBIV since I was in high school. I've been creating calendars and to do lists since I was in 5th grade. From scratch. With a ruler and pen, people.
But I built a business doing that that stuff. Lesson: Embrace that Shit. Be authentic. Be who you really are and let your freak flag fly.
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Let me know in the comments, what did you do when you were a kid that you kinda sorta secretly want to do as an adult? Don't leave me hangin'!