Advice for Others Starting Something N E W
Now that I feel like I have a little bit of experience under my belt, I want to share about my experience with planning events and joining a new community. I would in no way say that I am an expert, but I have learned a few things and have many more lessons along the way I am sure.
1. Don’t be intimidated.
This one is easier said than done, as we all seem to judge ourselves so harshly. Just take a deep breath and if you are nervous or anxious about doing something now, I bet later that will be one of the things that you will be most happy that you decided to do. Step out of your comfort zone. It’s fine out here, really!
2. Take a chance.
Go the extra mile and see where it could take you. Maybe you can run an unexpected extra lap. Try a new project. Make your first move towards a dream you have, no one is going to make your dreams a reality except you.
3. Make a community or join one.
What you want to do is find your tribe and grow it. Find those other people that you just click with and who get you at your core. Stop looking at others around you in your field like they are your competition and start thinking of them as your support system. It can be so relieving to have other people around you that are interested in the same things as you and that you bond with over similar hobbies. Embrace them.
4. Be ok with rejection.
It’s better to try for something and get turned away, then to have let your fear decide before you even tried that you would fail. After all, Michael Jordan didn’t make his High School basketball team and by the end of his career, they had to retire his jersey. So, take that little bit of failure as a push towards the next goal. Don’t throw in the towel just yet, not if you are passionate about this dream.
5. I do suggest starting small.
Go to places that you can find that are free or inexpensive. These are good places to let yourself stumble through the motions. There is a lot that goes into these events, some people are even lucky enough to do this full-time and can make a comfortable living. So learn from the people around you. Accept that you might not be able to get into the biggest markets right off the bat, it takes time!
6. Turn everything into a learning opportunity.
You know that old saying when life gives you lemons make lemonade… Well, it is something to live by. When you get a chance, roll with it. Maybe you get into a bigger craft fair or event that you thought you ever could at the stage that you are at, well start running with that. How intimidating… no how thrilling!
7. Invest in yourself.
It can be scary when you are just starting out to think that what you are doing is worthwhile. Well, why isn’t it? Do you like it? Do you get enjoyment from it? Keep going, it takes time to feel like things are really taking off. Hell, you might never feel like you “made it” but I think that is good because life is a lot more about the journey than the destination, when we are young we are racing off towards something, but then we find out that right, where we are, is all that really matters.
We are all going at different speeds to different places with different intentions, and that is so beautiful.
As always, live lightly and love courageously my dear readers.