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I wanted to write a quick update on how I think I’m doing with my word of the year – open.
If you recall, I wanted to be more open to ideas and opportunities and living. So far, 7 months into the year, I’d have to say I’m doing alright.
I’m not sure I envisioned anything specific happening by now and definitely didn’t know we’d be pregnant with our second, but I did hope I’d still be on track. So far, I’ve opened up my blog for guest posts. I’ve looked into and even signed up or used some other advertising and/or affiliate programming. I’ve announced that I both want and need my blog to cover more topics. And I’ve been more steady with social media involvement and sharing.
One thing I haven’t yet talked about on the blog though, is wanting to open up my own craft shop. In other words, I want to own a small business. Just me, doing things I enjoy, that bring me excitement, and are creative, while also being useful.
Let’s back up a bit. Instead of just saying that I never thought of myself as a business owner (which is mostly true), I want to start off by saying I don’t generally think of myself as any kind of leader. This doesn’t mean I’m not a leader or have never led anything, because quite the opposite is true. I haven’t ever thought of myself as one though. I’ve repeatedly heard from many different sources (education, professional, and person), I’d be a great leader. Yet, I struggle to believe it. I have yet to be convinced.
On the other hand, I am a pretty good organizer, I can be tactful, am generally quite knowledgeable, and very professional when it comes to speaking and dealing with others. Often, I’m asked (or even sought out) to lead or organize a group or project. Still though, I never really believed in or had a great deal of confidence in my abilities. This is
probably definitely linked to some overall issues around confidence. But, today we’re not talking about my issues with confidence!
We are talking about where I am today. And right now, I’m at a place in my life, in my (nearly) mid-thirties, with a family of my own, where I not only think, but believe that I’m more than capable of starting and managing something on my own. If one were to ask how I got here, I wouldn’t really be able to describe the journey, though I know it’s been a journey. What I can say without a doubt though, becoming a blogger has definitely helped!
Blogging has helped me to try out new things, share personal questions or struggles. As a blogger, I’m constantly given opportunities to engage in social media (or not), work with others, take chances, and otherwise build myself (and this blog) however slowly as is comfortable at any given time. In addition, blogging gave me a platform to display some small things I’ve done which have brought me great joy in both the sharing and the receiving of compliments. As a blogger, I don’t have to immediately respond (or otherwise be awkward) if I receive a compliment. I can step back to process, I can talk with Hun about it, or (if I’m feeling good in that moment), graciously accept the compliment and move on without mulling it over.
Nonetheless, I’ve become very comfortable with this idea and am taking some very small steps to create my own business, a craft business at that! I’m really very excited about this venture! Thankfully, Hun is on board and glad that I’m beginning to believe in myself in this way. He’s highly supportive of me creating and growing a craft business. So, look forward to even more info as I progress down this road of small business ownership.
I’ve also been open in other general ways, too. I’m a bit better at asking for help or sharing with others. This pregnancy brought up some things I need to process better from Baby Boy’s birth. I’m more open and have talked with others about those things, which has definitely helped me to get to a better place. I’m willing to share that I’m a blogger. I’m sharing more on how I feel or think about things, with others. I’m more willing to talk about things often considered alternative, too.
Overall, I feel more open. And, for me, this is the key to a word of the year.
So, let’s see how the rest of the year turns out!
Did you choose a word of the year for 2015? What progress have you made in achieving your goal(s)? Are there areas that you’d like to improve upon? Or, is life getting in the way of your goals? Have you ever opened a small business, tell me about your process.