Once upon a time…
Ah, the beginning to so many beautiful stories. I can tell you for me- today.. it means writing this entire blog post over again. I wrote a well planned and well thought out piece about stopping the wait. Stopping the hesitation. Then, I walked away from my laptop before I hit publish, returned, and saw I lost it all. Kind of poetic, really. Instead of fawning over my little breakfast time project- I could have just hit the button and moved on with my day. Instead, I hemmed and hawed, and now I will start from scratch. Lesson learned. Just hit publish. Just hit send. Just do it.
It’s kind of fitting because today is also the day I remembered to stop waiting around for the perfect moment to act. I’ve always been an all-or-nothing kind of girl, and therefore have always operated on the side of waiting until the moment is just right, until enough money is in the bank, until enough hours of practice are completed, until my nails are long enough, or until I have a surplus of time. Nothing is ever perfect, the circumstances will never be quite right, and all of those future qualifiers are a major waste of time. Since my nails are long and healthy today, I thought- hey, maybe I should just move forward with great nails and let the rest fall where it may. Seriously- they look so good.
A year ago, I soft-launched my own small business doing something I love. It was super exciting, scary, overwhelming, and exhilarating. I spent most of my time preparing to be ready; I wrote plans, registered domains, designed business cards, worked on procedure, rehearsed phone calls, and basically anything else I could think of to get ready to BE ready. And even when I took the step to start meeting with prospective clients, my head declared I wasn’t ready, because I didn’t have enough time to pursue it, didn’t have enough money to launch everything just perfectly, and didn’t have enough experience to know how to start a business from scratch. And I put it off. Life got hectic and I told myself another time would be a better time. I see now how much time I’ve wasted being afraid to make that leap.
Today is my once upon a time (again,) for this dream and other goals I have as well. The thing they don’t tell you about once upon a time is that there’s a giant uphill climb filled with baby steps of progress until you get to happily ever after. Embrace the progress, and remember: life won’t wait.