At the risk of of sounding like I lack any semblance of humility, I need to tell you about a "pinch me" moment. And I do so only in the hope that it may inspire another stay-at-home Mum in search of something for herself or someone yearning to live a more creative life. I know you are out there and so this post is for you.
The 12 month anniversary of launching Little Dandelion is fast approaching. In fact, I posted my first blog post on 17 April 2012. To say that time has flown is an understatement. In the past 12 months I have:
- knitted up a storm;
- formed relationships with some amazing people;
- learnt how to navigate social media;
- learnt how to do basic account keeping (although I'm still in denial that I even have to do it);
- made a million mistakes;
- laughed, cried and pushed through some deeply held fears; and, perhaps most importantly,
- done something every day, how ever insignificant, to push my fledgling business forward.
And now, 12 months on, I find my little biz reflected back at me on the always gorgeous pages of Home Beautiful Magazine. Pinch me!
I didn't start my business with any grand game plan in terms of getting media exposure in our home/lifestyle publications and I am the first to acknowledge that I have been incredibly lucky with the support I have received from them. But, honestly, there was no strategic plan, no pot of gold in which I could could continually dip and certainly no formal training on which I could fall back on.
Our home life is a little complicated at the moment and that is a whole other story which I will save for another time. Suffice to say, I have run Little Dandelion by giving it massive doses of my love, time and energy while treading water as fast as I can to continue to care as best I can for my percious ones.
It has not always been easy and, most of the time, we live in utter chaos. But, I would never go back to my life before Little Dandelion. I am the happiest I have ever been and I am, quite unashamedly, proud of what I have accomplished.
But the real gold in this story is that if I can do it, you can too. I'm not anyone special. I'm just someone with a dream and the gumption and determination to see it through. I still make mistakes, I still have worries and fears. But, I have learnt to push them aside and trust my instincts.
You don't want to regret not giving something a go. If you have an idea inside that head of yours bubbling away then do something about it. Just do something every day to turn your idea into a reality. If you love it, chances are that others will too. Trust your instincts and don't listen to the naysayers. Start slowly and let your business grow organically and before you know it you will have transformed your life.
I truly hope this helps you on your way. Drop me an email anytime if you need an understanding ear. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much Anna Koorey of Home Beautiful Magazine. I so loved my time talking with you. This is such a beautiful time in your life and you have so much to look forward to xxxx.
Thank you too Louise Rastall (stylist) and Natasha Lorenzen (photogrpaher). It is always so energising to be in the company of like minded and determined woman who push aside their fears to cut out their own path in life. You are awe inspiring xxxx.