The other day I was cleaning out some boxes (sounds like so much fun, right?) and I came across my notebooks. I LOVE notebooks! I pick out the ones that inspire me or just one to jot my ideas down before I forget them. Well, this particular one was one of the many of the latter. I was leafing through the pages and saw my initial thought of Syncere Beauty. My ROUGH draft of logos, company mission, pricing, agreements and how I could network. The great thing is, 8 years later, the basic foundation that I dreamt of is now reality. Has it been easy? NO! Do I feel as if I am done with the hard stuff? No. To the contrary, I believe what I was doing up to this point was practice and the hard work is just beginning.
It's easy to dream and come up with ideas, at least for me it is. I once had an employer tell me, "When you die I'm going to put 'I have an idea!' on your tombstone. "
The hard part is implementing your plan. Staying true to your vision even when others don't support it or tell you that's not how things are normally done (I've never been normal), seeing your weak points, comparing yourself to the sometimes seeming success of others and becoming downhearted. It's also hard to remember to look back ever so often and take a moment to reflect on how far you have come, to give yourself credit where it is due, to realize that you're better now than when you began, and to appreciate that you may not be where you want to be just yet and it's ok. Growth takes time.
I'm not in competition with anyone. I'm not trying to become rich and famous. My drive is different. It comes from within. My drive comes from my desire to help others with a skill that I have, and like, while helping to provide for my family.
I have made so many mistakes. Trusting the wrong people, investing time and money in the wrong areas, listening to the less than best advice. Yet, with every mistake and success, I have learned vital lessons that have made me stronger today. I know I am not done learning or making mistakes, for that matter.
I'm beyond grateful to those that have helped and joined me, whether for a short time or for the long haul, on this journey. To sit here and write like I've made progress alone would be an unforgivable lie. Thank you! Most of you fought (fight) for me to believe in myself. I'm still a work in progress.
Another hard thing for me is to say, "I'm proud of myself".
I'm proud of me.
Ok, back to work and maybe a store run to purchase a new notebook.