Don’t Go Starting Anything – or Maybe You Should!

Other obligations kept me from blogging yesterday, but the NaBloPoMo writing prompt for yesterday is so intriguing, I wanted to discuss it:

Next week kicks off BlogHer Entrepreneurs conference, a meeting of minds for women who “want to start something.”  Tell us what you’d love to start.

I’ve more often heard the expression “Don’t go starting anything” – usually directed at people getting into a heated discussion or planning some kind of retribution. Of course, I hear that at home sometimes when it’s close to bedtime and my darling hubby is trying to make sure I get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Don’t go starting anything  – but then again, maybe we should! It’s one thing to have a dream or a goal – it’s quite another to take proactive steps to achieve your goal.

I find it fascinating – and this often happens to me – that the devotional thought I posted today on Facebook goes along well with this concept. This is what I shared there:

Are you just spinning your wheels and not really getting anywhere in your life? Maybe it’s time to stop trying to drive a parked car!
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“If you are doing nothing with your life because you are not sure what to do, then I recommend that you pray and begin trying some things.

You cannot drive a parked car. Get your life out of ‘park’ and get moving in some direction. As we take steps of faith, our destinies unfold.

Pray: Lord, I want to be moving in the right direction with my life. I trust You to guide my steps…Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”     [Day March 12]

I know when I “came home” to work in February 2008, I had to start something to replace my lost income from my previous work as a traveling speech therapist.  Oddly enough, while I had enjoyed writing for over 20 years in various informal capacities, I had never seriously considered pursuing it as a career. When the opportunity presented itself out of necessity, I started my freelance consultant business, concentrating on writing, editing, and instructional design.

I also started my own home-based business, K’Lee’s Kreations, many years back, but became more serious about it when I moved here to Maine 10 years ago. I took a business course sponsored by Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community called New Ventures and it was at that time I received encouragement to invest in my own imprinting equipment to add to my business that I had previously been outsourcing to another female entrepreneur in Maine. It was a good thing to start, and continues to be the most popular type of product I make.

Tote bag with imprinted photos made for a customer.

What do I want to start NOW? Well, first, I want to start handling my current businesses more professionally and efficiently. Then, I want to start on the path toward being a well-known blogger with a following, so I can make a different in people’s lives.

What about you? Is there something you should be starting? Do you have an idea for a business that you have put off? What’s keeping you from moving forward with your idea?

6 thoughts on “Don’t Go Starting Anything – or Maybe You Should!

  1. It is in the works right now, K’Lee!!! Your post fits wonderfully for how excited and at the same time hesitant I am about the Synergy Sessions venture Jeff Mere and I are kicking off on Sunday.

    I am excited because there seems to be a tremendous interest in connecting in new ways.

    I am hesitant because few have decided to accept the invitation to co-create, connect and take part in this new avenue to make a difference.

    Synergy Sessions feels like a key element of my calling, so I am committed. I would love to have you add your part as a co-creator on Sunday night. Thank you for your perfect post tonight!

  2. Ha! Me start another project? Nope! Actually, for me it’s all about following through and completing… I have a novel to finish editing and publish; I have a novella to edit and get to my critique partners; I have a magazine to edit and publish, well, get to the designer first. I have… You get the picture!

  3. I’ve been encouraged to write a book, and I’ve been thinking about doing just that. With any big undertaking it is best to set a start date. So mentally I set March 1 as the day I would start. What’s holding me back? I don’t know. What I do know is that it is now the middle of March and I’ve barely thought about the project. Guess it’s time to get my act together.
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