Many years ago, I started a website/blog, 5 years to be more precise. Initially, I just wanted to be an affiliate seller for Amazon and do a little blog here and there. But I had no plan, no purpose, and obviously I wasn't driven; it just seemed exciting at the time. Unfortunately, like many things in our lives, excitement can fade quite easily. So, I wrote one blog, set up a few pages to offer other things and then that was it. Just like that, braps...it stopped, before it was even started. My "ddgessential" (that was the name) website went into early retirement.
The above is what happens when you have no vision or plans to back your vision.
Fast forward to 5 years later and I create yet another website/blog by the name of Simplified Essential Creative....3 words that I wanted to embody in whatever my offerings would be. I copied the first and only blog I had written back then and posted on this new blog. Created a logo and once again stopped in mid-air.
But this time was different. This time I was soul-searching, trying to find my passion, my joy, my excitement; coupled of course with the fact that my position at work was recently made redundant so I had a lot of free time on my hands. I wanted to create something that would not only occupy my time, but also explore my creative side, use all the skills I've developed over the years and provide a simplified, essential, creative medium for others to fulfill their needs/wants/hopes or even dreams. Not only that, but I wanted it to become a business and not just any business, but a profitable one (full-time or part-time). After all, something has to pay the bills.
Was I focused? Nooooo....
I spent the first 6 months of my redundancy focusing on every thing else but this one project I wanted so badly to get off the ground. I traveled, spent time with family and friends, landscaped my home (oh my, I am soooo loving it...will share pics in another article), decorated and re-decorated my house, and best of all, I got rid of years worth of junk!!!! I PURGED. And sometimes that's exactly what you need to do before you can become focused again. Before you can become purposefully purposed.
I dabbled here and there when my sparkle arrived for a few hours and then I would leave it again. Then one day I decided to create an IG page and in so doing I called it simpliessencreative, a shorter version of the simplified essential creative; which I thought was too much of a mouthful.
At 5:30 am, on March 24th, I got up to use the bathroom and I was gently reminded, by the voice in my head, that I promised myself a month ago that I would be launching my website on my birthday, March 26th. It struck me that this was only a few hours away and I had obviously failed at keeping my promise to myself. I thought about it and felt pained that I was again breaking this promise to myself. Then I thought, how easy it is to keep promises to others but not to myself. Why? Shouldn't I be #1 on my list of promises? I had a million things floating through my head at that point...3 of which were:
How do you plan to accomplish this when you've got so many plans for the next few hours and have very limited time to think and or even put a website together?
Why are you so afraid of doing this, what's holding you back?
What part of YOU, do you want this website to represent? (now this could be tricky but we'll just stick to the simplified, essential and creative parts).
So, I took up my phone and started typing, this very article, as I couldn't come up with the answers for the above.
The only answer I did come up with is, I MUST TRY! I MUST LAUNCH! I MUST BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE! I MUST BECOME BOLD, NOT FEARFUL! I MUST BECOME PURPOSEFUL!
Realistically it won't happen for the 26th. I came to that conclusion on the 29th when I started working on the article, again. And then this morning, March 31st, when I am completing the article and some aspects of the website.
But GUESS WHAT FOLKS! It's HERE. I am HERE (not so bright eyed and bushy-tailed, but yeah).
IT IS DONE :-)
The direction and finer details is gonna have to come after and fall into place. One thing for sure, is that the name is 'simpliessencreative.' And it must offer people simplified options ( I will tell you about this name another time) essential information and creative everything.
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