Over the last six weeks I’ve gotten numerous emails, tweets and facebook notes from other creatives with entrepreneurial goals and dreams. I love getting these – keep ’em coming! I’m always good for a resounding cheer and vote of enthusiasm. Many of the messages say “I dream of one day following in your steps” (which, first of all, WOW, I never thought I’d hear that and it’s so moving to me! And also intimidating! But we’ll stick with moving for now). And it had me thinking.
Dreams. I bet every entrepreneur-type has either been told they are a “day-dreamer” or personally identified with it (I know I always have!). Because day-dreaming and making goals and lists and picturing “what-ifs” is key to being a successful business owner… the other key is knowing when you need to buckle down and get the hard work done! But the dreaming part is the fun part.
I set aside part of my Fridays for day-dreaming about the business. I let myself get really crazy out-there and detailed and impose no limitations. “Reality” or “budgets” are not helpful in this situation. If I need some sort of prompt, I’ll think “where would I like the business to be in X number of years?” and go from there.
You guys know a little about me, that likely one of my dreams is to be an amazing and sought-after decorator. That’s true! But there is more. Some of it is far away, and some of it may be closer than I realize. Others may not be the right thing when I’m in a position to act on them, and that’s ok too. We’re not writing a business plan here, just day-dreaming.
My other dreams include writing a book, traveling the country to decorate homes, traveling the world to shop for homes, producing my own line of products, owning and decorating a boutique inn, and more. A BIG dream is to open a retail store and design studio. A fun space where I can show off my aesthetic, introduce new products to Seattle shoppers, host parties and events for the design and blogging communities, and meet with clients. I’ve even thought about staffing, how to decorate, and who might help host my grand opening! And it’s a dream that I hope to act on in the next five years or so.
I’m hoping that you will share some of your dreams with me in the comment section (or by email if you’re shy! maggie AT maggieroseonline.com). I’d love to hear what others in Jess’s little community are hoping to accomplish one day, what gets your heart racing and your imagination pumping out ideas. Is it a “one-day” dream or do you have an idea of a timeline? And lastly, is there anything you’d like to hear from me about in an upcoming report that might help? I can’t wait to hear from you all!
Necklace is Jess LC. Print behind is from Made By Girl and comes in various colors.