Thursday, June 06, 2013

Start Before You're Ready

A few months ago I started dinking around with a new design for this blog. At the same time, I figured I might as well try to figure out and define my "brand" and what I want to do with my life and blog.

WOW, talk about a tall order! I did a ton of brainstorming. I read Blog, Inc. and watched a bunch of YouTube videos from Alex Beadon and Marie Forleo. I watched discussions from the Productivity for Multipotentialites course. I read Turning Pro (twice), sat through hours of CreativeLive sessions Building Your Brand and The Right-Brain Business Plan, read The Declaration of You, listened to episodes of the Puttylike podcast, started reading Renaissance Business, and watched a bunch of James Victore videos. Oh! And I finally watched Kid President's Pep Talk.

These people, books, and courses are all about designing your life. Their advice is basically: figure out what you want to do and then take small steps to get there. And don't forget to be awesome!

I think I've become a self-help junkie.

But it's this advice from James Victore that kicked my butt into actually doing something real:

Begin before you're ready.

I'm sure you've heard variations of this before: leap and the net will appear, "faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase," etc.

But this idea of starting a few steps before you think you're "ready" and beginning a project by asking yourself, "Am I ready to do this? Nope? Okie dokie then, time to start!" it.

So here's me blogging again. AFTER A MONTH. No, I haven't "figured it out" yet. I don't know what my brand is, I don't know what my big life plan is yet. I haven't decided what I want RubyBows to be or why exactly I feel the need to keep posting here. No idea. But I'm sick of waiting until I'm "ready" and waiting until the day when everything is just going to magically click into place and I say, "YES, I've got it! Time to get started now! All my ducks are in a row and everything's all fine and dandy!"

Nope, not happening. Probably not ever.

I'm starting before I'm ready.

Also, I'm super behind on my Project Life spreads and a lot has happened in the past few weeks. I don't want to abandon that project. More to come.


  1. Great post! I am going to check out all your links. I always want to wait to do things too!

    I love your new design. At first I thought each item stood for a letter and it was spelling something out (the first part looks like "simply" or "simple" ) but I think I was wrong. Thanks for some inspiration!

  2. Thanks, Rochelle! And you're right, each of those items in my banner are just things. Not meant to spell anything :) Although that is a clever idea had i thought of it while I was drawing those... Oh well!

  3. Girl, you did so much planning, learning and educating - and trust me, it was worth it. You soaked up the information and it will make a difference to your business and brand. If it makes you feel any better, I'm a self-help junkie too. It's just too good to ignore: I can't help but LOVE educating myself on any topic that's going to make me better - at any and everything. But what you're saying here is SO true: start before you're ready. My biggest product to date has been Dress to Impress. I had been sitting on it for what felt like forever, because it never felt ready. One day I just decided "screw it, I'm doing this THIS WEEK". I wanted new photos, new this, new that - none of my big plans actually came through, but the product went live anyway, and made me and my business a hell of a lot of money. It doesn't have to be perfect, you don't have to feel ready. Just move, and get things done. If you need any help with branding, email me, I'd love to do what I can to push you in the right direction!


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