Do not be afraid to begin again. As many times as it takes.
“I was scared to start over because I didn't want it to appear that I didn't have anything to show for my efforts.” -KW
"Begin, Then Begin Again"
Grab your bells and whistles because we have made it through the first half of 2019! "Woo hoo!"
Beginning a new year is a very popular time in the lives of people across the world to rush into completing all of the goals they didn't complete in the previous year. This annual sense of urgency has driven some quite mad and its interesting to sit back and wait for some to reveal that 2018 was 'the best time of my life' or 'the worst year ever'. Its extremely rare to hear of a balance of the two extremes from the same person.
For me, I knew I wanted to begin the year with poise and a strong start. However, this year, I avoided throwing myself into the pit of guilt for not completing everything on my 2018 to-do list. I allowed my efforts to consistency flow gracefully into the new year. The things I haven't completed in 2018, will be back on my 2019 list.
In 2018, four years after I graduated college, I finally learned how to use my degree to work for me. Before you begin to throw the 'really? But you're so creative', and the 'you've always seemed to have our life together' phrases at me, yes, really. I am just learning in 2018, how to use my degree for me.
I wanted to transition back into a marketing role in 2018, but like many transitions, it takes time. In hopes of writing again, I began my blog back in May 2018. After struggling with motivation and watching others release their platforms, I was anxious to release something of my own. I was so eager to rush the process so that I can make that big announcement on January 1st that I have my entire life in order. But of course, the middle of the year seemed like an awkward time to begin.
For months I studied to increase my certifications and knowledge. I conducted thorough research by observing other people's platforms and really paid close attention to how things are structured and designed. I studied designs, font styles, colors, branding strategies and social media tactics, etc. I was scared to start over because I didn't want it to appear that I didn't have anything to show for my efforts.
Now that the difficult part is done, I want to introduce you all to my platform,
Under Lock & Kei!
*Bells and whistles begin again.*
Sometimes, we are scared to begin again because it'll seem like we don't have our lives together. I'm writing this to let you all know that it is alright to start over, as many times as it takes. Whatever your "it" is, begin again and again, until you feel like you've gotten it right. I can honestly tell you now that in a few years, or months, or days, I may start over once again.
We are constantly changing, evolving, learning and growing. Embrace every change, setback, accomplishment, and journey life brings to you. This business owner journey is a first for me, and although it appears that I have literally thought of everything, I haven't, and I am okay with knowing this. Trust your process, figure out what works for you, and begin.
Then, begin again.
Unlocking this door, and throwing away the key! 🗝