Where to start, there’s so many things I want to talk about and share.Â I wanted to tell you all about my week and what I worked on (and the ups and downs associated with that!!).Â But then I realized that I also want to share with you some thoughts I’ve been having because I wonder if you’ve had them too.
I spent the week and weekend working hard to narrow down all the artists and designers I had compiled.Â I printed out images of products from all the artists and designers I would like to carry in the store and then spread them out across our dining room table.Â In theory this seems like it would be fun (which it was!)…but the reality is that I spent days and days trying to figure out which products should stay and which need to go…and after all that time I only ended up narrowing it down to 50 artists!Â What am I opening, a mini West Elm?!Â Â (well, I’d certainly like too…but I don’t think it’s in my budget to do so!!)
So I was stuck and this made me doubt myself.Â So instead of mustering through, I started distracting myself by reading articles about people who have achieved their dreams.Â Which led me to say something I’ve said for years but never realized how truly powerful it is (and not in a good way!).Â It’s a simple statement but powerful.Â “I wish I could be them”
Wow, right?Â I’ve done it for years (and even my husband and friends have called me out on it)Â And honestly, it’s not something I truly mean – I love my life.Â But I’ve always had that thought that the grass is way greener over in the successful entrepreneur’s yard.Â Like they all got some special fertilizer that us normal folks didn’t.Â And this special fertilizer gave them all the tools they needed to live out their dreams.
So for years I have poured over any magazine article that even remotely talks about people who are living their dreams or who have done something with their passion.Â I’ve ripped these articles out and have kept them in a file for inspiration.Â I’ve even managed to read through an impressive number of books by people who are living their dream or encouraging others to do the same.Â I’ve collected these articles and instead of really focusing on what they were saying, I would just think to my self “Wouldn’t it be great to be them?”
I even started an interview series on my blog called “Taking the Leap” where I interview entrepreneurs, artists, bloggers, you name it, to find out how they started and what advice they can share.Â And I’ve looked to all these people and again felt like if I could just get a hold of this special thing they all have, then I could finally live out my dream.
But through blogging and telling my story here and hearing from Jess (who constantly inspires me!) and the people I’ve interviewed, something clicked this week for me.Â I actually was hearing what they were saying.Â And guess what I was finally hearing?Â They’re all human and have worries and challenges just like the rest of us!Â The only difference is that they don’t let those things stop them.Â That’s the amazing part!Â And what I should have been focusing on all these years!
There’s nothing magical that they’ve been given…they just keep taking action and moving forward NO MATTER WHAT.Â Even if it’s not perfect or it’s just a small little step or they’re trying something new…they take action.Â They don’t let things get in the way of pursuing their dream.Â And you know what’s even more interesting to me?Â They don’t have all the answers!Â I’ve always assumed that successful entrepreneurs magically know how to do things and know everything about their business.Â But the more I’m learning from them, the more I’m finding out that they don’t necessarily know the answers…but that doesn’t stop them from moving forward.Â While I find if I don’t know the answer, I feel stuck and doubt myself.Â But they seem to know what their strengths and weaknesses are and they accept that at face value and move on.
And so this week I did something uncharacteristic of me…without it being perfect by any means and with all 50 artists on there, I sent the “pseudo catalog” I created of all the product lines I’m thinking of carrying to the consultant.Â Basically I admitted I need some help and guidance.Â And maybe that’s part of what it takes to be an entrepreneur.Â Even though I feel kind of disappointed in myself for not having all the answers, I got myself unstuck.Â The consultant emailed back with some questions for me and some thoughts for me to consider and that helped to get me moving again.Â Of course the questions and thoughts she had for me are still unanswered things for me to figure out…so it feels a bit like climbing a mountain, getting to the top and then finding out it’s just the first hill.Â Things like branding and the feeling and aesthetic I’m trying to convey through my store…and still getting my artists narrowed down!Â So I’m still feeling overwhelmed.Â But I’m trying to remember what clicked for me this week…I have to at least act like an entrepreneur and keep taking action no matter what!Â And the best part…I met last week’s goal!Â This week’s goals are:
â— Continue narrowing down product lines
â— Start working on answering questions regarding what I want my store to look & feel like, the overall aesthetic and who my customer may be.
I would love to know your thoughts – do you ever find yourself thinking the grass is greener?