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!"
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.