A couple of years ago, I wrote the following, in a post called…”There, I said it.“
“I never thought if I shared about wanting to write a book or be in a magazine or have a line under my brand that those things would actually happen. I was just dreaming out loud. I wanted to share my hopes and see what happened. It’s the same thing that makes me buy a junky piece of furniture or look at dilapidated old houses. It’s possibility. Potential. What if. Pushing through the self-doubt and the fears and anxieties and the nay-sayers. Putting it out there in writing.
I used to think musical theatre was one of the most useless degrees (and I can say that without offense, because that’s the degree I have), but I now see tons of value in it. Auditioning for plays is mostly about rejection, but you have to dust yourself off and remember that a “no” doesn’t mean you stink (although it could, I suppose), it just means you’re not right for the part or maybe you were edged out by someone more right for the part. Or maybe the director’s daughter got the part instead of you. Either way, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying. We all love the stories of actors who were rejected hundreds of times before landing a roll that rockets them to the “A List.” We love knowing that some moron told Michael Jordan he wasn’t good at basketball, because that leaves the door open that the person telling me that I can’t do what I want to do just might be a moron, too.
I’m not saying you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do. I know I’ll never run a four minute mile or climb Everest or be a size two. I can, however, use the gifts, talents and abilities that have been given me to go for what I daydream about when my mind drifts. I can hone those abilities and learn new ones that make me even better. I can put myself out there and go for it.
All of this to say, I want to give you an opportunity to share your pie-in-the-sky dream. To say, “I want to fill-in-the-blank. There. I said it.” You can do that right here in the comments or write a post and leave a link in the comments. Or you can just write it on a napkin. Whatever works for you. Let’s not be afraid to dream big.
Blogs have really opened up the world for women like us. Let’s go for it.
There. I said it.”
I received almost 300 comments on that post; women sharing their dreams and goals. It gave me chills to read them all. It was one of those really cool moments I sometimes trip over between sharing about painting furniture, shopping trips and decorating.
Since then, my inbox has been sprinkled with stories of people who ran with that challenge and their life has changed because of it. I received a few recently that reminded me of this post and how much it seems that all of our journeys are somehow intertwined. A woman inspired by that post is now my European MMSMP distributor. How cool is that?! I know others have started businesses or blogs or left a job that was sucking the life out of them.
The recent e-mails have also reminded me that I need to continue to set out dreams and goals for myself. The last few years have been so overwhelming, in the best possible way, that it seems selfish to even think about more or what’s next. But, I think it’s important to have goals; something to work towards. So, I’m going to put some new ones out there and we’ll see what happens!
Goal #1 – You Tube
You may have noticed that I’ve been posting more videos. One of the goals at the top of my list is to grow my YouTube channel. I’ve largely ignored YouTube over the years, but it’s a vibrant community and it seems to only be growing. It’s also much easier to show how to do something then write about it, so video is a great medium for DIY tutorials.
If you want to subscribe to my channel, you can do so HERE.
Goal #2 – Workshops
I have recently realized that I really love teaching and I have been told I have a knack for explaining things in a simple way. I want to teach more workshops in the studio. I’ve only been teaching on milk paint classes so far, but I would like to teach on photography, starting a business, slipcovers, upholstery, etc. I’m planning to try out different things and see what works! I’d also like to open my studio more for others to use as a creative space and maybe so some shopping excursions.
Goal # 3 – New Products
I’ve been working on a paint brush for a while and (I think) I’m almost to the point where I can finally order and start selling it. I really enjoy developing new products and I hope to be able to do more of that. It always takes forever to get something off the ground, but it is always rewarding when it does.
Goal #4 – Styling & Photography
Last year, I was hired as a freelance stylist and photographer for Cottages & Bungalows. I know I have a lot of room to grow, but I would love to do more work like this. It was so challenging and fun.
Goal #5 – Designer for Hire
I am toying with the idea of working with clients on their spaces. This would be a big, scary step for me, but I think it would be so rewarding. I have a lot to think through when it comes to pricing, what kind of projects I’ll accept, how I’ll work, etc., but I think it’s a direction I would like to go.
All of my goals seem pretty safe, so I’m going to throw out a few pie-in-the-sky dreams as well…
- I would love to go on a shopping trip to Europe and fill a container with goodies to bring home.
- I hope to be living in a farmhouse (either old or a new/old house) in five years or less
- I’d like to write another book. I’ve been kicking ideas around for while and it’s just a matter of putting pen to paper. This may not seem that pie-in-the-sky, but I haven’t been asked to write another book, the publisher I worked with was bought out by another publisher and the editor I worked with isn’t there anymore. So, I would basically be starting from scratch.
Now that I’ve “said it”, I wanted to open up the forum again for those who want to speak their dream to the world or for those who want to give us an update on their journey.
So, the floor is yours. Go ahead and say it…