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!
“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.
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?