Last week I spoke at an online event about how my flower business came to be. When I started my Blogger blog over ten years ago, I didn’t know where it was going to take me but I had this feeling deep in my heart that I was going to take me where I needed to go. I had to work hard, show up and trust my instincts. Over the years I’ve written hundreds of posts – a mix of DIY tutorials, creative musings and bits that have inspired me. With each post I got better and with each post I got to where I am today. Originally it started as a place to share my rediscovered love of beads and jewellery making* to rebalance the office jobs I found myself in but gradually spread into weddings, home renovations, creating with children and now growing and selling seasonal british flowers. Each step was vital to my progress and I learnt so much along the way. My focus when I started writing was to to enjoy the process of connecting with my creativity and to simply see where it could lead me…
Talking to friends, I find it’s the pressure to show up with a perfect final product that can stop them from starting a journey for fear of getting it wrong or not knowing a specific outcome. When I reflect back on the last ten years, I’m so proud of myself for showing up and giving it go, in the beginning I didn’t know where it would go but continued all the same . I knew as soon as I started selling out of flowers I had reached my destination. I only knew it was right as I had given so many other things a try that didn’t quite fit or work out as planned.
Today I wanted to share my experience of finding your path. If this time of year has given you the “what shall I do?” feeling. I hope you might find something in my words that can help.
If you really don’t know where to begin, think back to what brought joy when you were a child. Make a list a see what appears.
Trust and follow your instincts – don’t worry if your curiosity makes sense, trust it, follow it.
Try loads of different things – if something doesn’t work, thank it and move on.
If you are stuck, you may be financially tied to a job, have small children, etc – use what time you have to research and connect with people in the field you are interested in. You may only have a few minutes a week but they add up.
Be open to receive – get your heart in the right place, start talking and see who shows up, the right people always do.
Don’t be afraid to fail – there is absolutely nothing wrong if it does.
Get comfortable being different – I always been slightly on the outside, especially when I worked in mega corporate office but I knowing I was doing the right thing for me kept me going.
Roll up yourselves and get on with it – nothing will ever be perfect and nothing just happens. Be prepared to get dirty (how literally is up to you!) and the good stuff will follow.
I’ve written about my journey so far in this post – How Coaching Changed my Life . Good Luck and go for it, I’m right here supporting you.
*Jewellery making is still my favourite hobby.