Do you have an idea that excites you? Maybe it’s small and buried in doubt, but it’s there? What would it take for you to bring your idea to life?
About a year ago I had an idea. Not just of what I wanted to do, but what I wanted my life to look like. I wanted to be a full-time blogger, paid to write; I wanted to be in a relationship heading towards marriage; I wanted to be able to work from home so I could travel freely and eventually be a mom.
Now, obviously, there are things in that equation I can’t control. Namely, the marriage and kids. Yet, there were some things I could control: diving into the world of blogging and putting myself out there as a writer.
So, I decided to start somewhere. I hired a brilliant designer who walked me through not just creating my website but ironing out the vision for my brand. I defined my mission, what I wanted to accomplish and why, and my long and short-term goals.
Then, without further ado, I began blogging. And by blogging I mean, trying to fit in time to write while side hustling because a girl’s gotta eat. I started out full of momentum, blogging weekly, dedicating copious amounts of time to writing, marketing, and social media.
And then I kind of hit a wall.
I was doing what I “loved” day in and day out, and it was exhausting. I wasn’t making money from it. I couldn’t really tell if it was resonating with people. I felt like my life was one big blur of “not enough time.” And there were days when I asked myself, is this worth it?
That’s the thing about ideas, they don’t come to fruition overnight (even if they look like they do, *cough* social media). There will be days full of fear, frustration, and failure and it will be up to you to get yourself over the hump. That’s where the “why” comes in. Why did you set out to do this in the first place?
I thought back to my original mission. What was I hoping to accomplish by diving into this idea? I started this blog as a promise to my Grandma, yes, but it was more than that. All my life I’ve worked for someone else, for their ideas. Now I wanted to work for mine using the gifts, talents, and natural abilities God gave me. I wanted to live a life of purpose.
My idea wasn’t just about writing, it was about helping people. I actually thrive in helping people. I thought about my friends and the kinds of things they come to me for, and what I go to them for, how we build each other up and encourage one another’s pursuits, and how at the end of the day, because they are willing to be authentic, vulnerable, and to share their stories, I know I’m not alone in what I’m walking through, whatever it may be.
I wanted whoever might read my blog to feel that way, like they weren’t alone. I wanted them to be able to relate, be encouraged, and find inspiration. Even if it was a quiet “yes” in their mind as they are reading along. That connection was the why, and that still mattered to me.
And so, with that in mind, I shifted things around to put first things first. I originally decided to give myself a full year to get love lulu off the ground and with the months flying by it was now or never. I created an editorial calendar, full of placeholders for ideas, collaborations, goals, and growth-tracking. I attended a conference to learn more about monetizing, content creation, and partnerships. I dove back in.
A funny thing happened along the way. I’ve met so many people doing, more or less, the same thing. Chasing after a dream that would otherwise lie dormant. We started finding times to get together, first in the form of a book club, then collaborating on photo shoots and other projects, and recently we started “working from home” together a couple times a week to get out of any creative funk we might be in.
In this group, there are singers, singers, and more singers, television hosts, actors, app developers, directors, and a kid’s music project that’s gone viral. Some of us have side hustles, some of us are balancing our dreams with our day jobs, but one thing is for sure, when we come together we leave sharpened. Being around them makes me infinitely more productive on days I’d rather not be. They hold me accountable and help put my ideas back together when they start to fall apart.
The thing about my “idea” is that it’s nothing revolutionary. There are a million bloggers out there. There is always someone who can do it better than me. I am not reinventing the wheel. But I am pursuing it, diligently, because this particular idea is mine to pursue.
Ideas realized are a powerful thing, but they are also a journey. The effectiveness of this idea lies in how willing I am to invest in it, put myself out there, try new things, and connect with people. What are my goals and how am I working towards them? Will I pour into it or procrastinate? Can I check my ego? Ask for help? Will I keep at it even when it’s hard?
Do your future self a favor and tune into your ideas. Listen to them, sit with them, pray about them. And then bring your idea to life. The truth is, it may not succeed monetarily. It may not garner much attention. The idea may evolve or teach you something or fizzle out and die, only to rise from the ashes as a new idea, but it is worth it. Ideas are worth it.
Your idea is worth it.
What’s your brilliant idea? Share a link to it below.