As some of you may already know, on January 1, I committed to a year-long project of creating a daily piece of post-it art and sharing it on instagram. I didn't have a clear vision for what this would become and did that on purpose. I wanted to keep things open. I wanted to have creative freedom to follow my whims and make whatever I felt like making. And I wanted to keep it as easy and doable as possible.
Last year, I decided to phase out my Good Morning Glitterbomb emails. Letting these go was a decision that I thought about FOR SO LONG. Should I? Shouldn't I? People loved and connected with the emails, but I had gotten to a point where I wasn't feeling them anymore.
So, I let them go and started stream-lining many of my other business practices. I gave up creating daily pieces of inspiration that I sent out to my email list.
But wouldn't you know it: the heart wants what the heart wants. The clear trend (today is Day 61) of my new #postitdaily project is that I'm creating daily pieces of inspiration. Can we just take a minute to say: bbaaaaahhhhaaaahhhaa?
All of that back and forth and overthinking about letting go of my daily Good Morning Glitterbomb emails and now I'm back creating these daily pieces of inspiration.
Oh Universe, you are a funny one!
Of course, the difference here is that this new project feels fun and different and way less stressful. It's just writing on a post-it. I don't have to log into my mailchimp account and create a new campaign and spell check and all that crazy jazz. I just have to sit down with a pen and piece of paper and write it down.
And that's okay.
My learning here:
If you want to make a change, just make it. Overthinking doesn't do any good. The only way to see what's going to come from a change is to make it and watch what happens. (tweet it)
Keep it simple, sweetheart. This is one that I keep learning over and over and over again. When I first started doing my "thought of the day" posts, they were my status updates on fb and twitter. And then I decided to leverage them into a list builder for my business (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Somewhere in the process, my leveraging turned the project from fun, exciting, and easy into Work. And I have enough work these days.
Let it be easy. Even though the sentiment is very similar to what I was doing with my Good Morning Glitterbomb emails, this feels so much more easy and fun. So I'm going to keep riding that feeling.
There have been a couple of times when I've thought, oh, I should pre-write a bunch of these so I can have a bank of posts to choose from or Ooh, maybe I could turn #postitdaily into a daily email and then I stop myself and say, no, Tiffany. That's not the point of this project. The point is to make a commitment to doing something every day for a year.
If I try to jump in and control the process, I'll halt the evolution. I'll halt the becoming. I'll be missing out on the chance to open myself up for creative opportunity, for flow, for kismet.
And so I won't jump in. I'll sit on my hands and practice patience and see this thing through. One day at a time.
But I'll also remember that this is my sweet spot: creating inspirational sayings, motivating other people, sharing these little bits of seemingly-nothings with the world. This is part of my so-called Zone of Genius (more on that Wednesday) so I'll settle into that and stop fighting it.
I can be patient and not make it a thing while also settling into it and seeing where it leads, thereby letting it develop into a thing. I can do both. It can be both.
And my message to you: It's okay to let your heart want what it wants even if you aren't 100% sure of what that is, even if you can't clearly define it, even if it feels nebulous and inconvenient to the rest of your life. It's okay.
It's okay to take one or two or three steps towards figuring it out before you uproot everything and make it your THING. It's okay to start listening to those whispers, giving them credence, playing things out step by step.
It's all okay. And you are doing great.
**If you've had the whisper to start a business but aren't sure of the what or the why or the how, It's Business Time is a program that I've created with Michelle Ward and Erin Cassidy to help you figure out all of the pieces and take your Big Dreams to Legit Biz (complete with a website!) in 6 months. On March 13, we are hosting a no-cost webinar called What We Want You to Know About Starting a Business. Sign up here to get the webinar deets AND priority application information for the program(only 10 spots available!).
*graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching