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How to find my passion – why is this so hard??

Find your passionOK, everyone says follow your passion and the money will come, everything will be great, etc, etc, etc. It SEEMS like it should be really easy to say what you passion is, right? But, in reality, it’s not at all easy. I feel so much pressure to identify what my God-given passion is. Yikes, what if I pick the wrong thing? Do I have to pick just one? Can it change as I get older?

Let’s step back.

Let’s think a bit more logically and look at things from a different perspective.

Some questions to ask:

  1. What do I really enjoy doing in my free time?
  2. What are my hobbies?
  3. Are there any topics or subjects about which people often ask me for advice?
  4. What are the things I can do where time just flies by and I get caught up in what I’m doing?
  5. If others where to describe my strengths & talents, what would they say?
  6. If money were not an issue, what career would I choose?
  7. How can I best serve others?
  8. What are some of the things I like most about myself?
  9. What are some things I would regret not accomplishing if I never tried?
  10. What drives me to succeed?

Then, relax.

Don’t try so hard to make it happen and figure out all of the next steps. Think about some activities that might get your brain on another path, which then might lead you to your answers. Definitely read as much as possible. There are tons of wonderful, inspiring books out there to help you do some soul-searching, inspire you, and offer more possibilities you may not have considered. Be on the lookout for classes that might interest you on subjects you would like to know more. Or, maybe even teach a class on a topic you do know lots about and would like to share your knowledge. Start writing in a journal. It can be a diary style of writing, or more of a gratitude journal, anything that gets your thoughts and feelings on paper. Listen to pod casts. There are pod casts available on pretty much any topic; it’s actually pretty remarkable! Pod casts are great because you can listen to them in the car, while exercising, while cleaning the house, whenever. Accomplish two tasks at once!

I also find that taking a little road trip or larger vacation puts things in perspective for me. Getting away from the everyday chores and obligations is so important to clear our heads. Just changing your scenery and routine can help to clarify what you truly like to do and how you want to spend your time. Not to mention, traveling somewhere, either new or familiar, exposes us to new experiences, people, cultures and lifestyles. After any kind of get-away I always feel a greater energy to pursue my dreams and passions.

Lastly, trust yourself, and your gut. Your gut NEVER leads you astray. Be honest with yourself and enjoy the process. Oh, and be fearless. What have you got to lose? There are no wrong answers to the passion questions. There may be roadblocks, or setbacks, or changes in course. That’s OK, and useful. Learn from those and believe with all that you have that there are reasons for the challenges, because nothing awesome comes easy. It will be so worth it.

crush it

 

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One Step at a Time ~ Starting Your Business Plan

Once people find out that I have gotten a few inventions and businesses off the ground lots of them approach me saying, “I’ve had this idea for a long time, it might not be great, but I think it might be, but I have no idea what to do with it.” I love it. It’s my opportunity to serve someone else and use the mountain of knowledge and experience I’ve accumulated along the way to help someone else follow their dream. There have been so many twists and turns in m career, I have to believe the reason is to equip me with tools, ideas and skills to make the path a little smoother, and less painful, for others who have a desire to create the next big idea, or open their dream business.

Start Here

Being an entrepreneur you have to be your own cheerleader, as well. We will have friends and family for encouragement and the occasional pep talk. But, you have to consistently have the drive, conviction and grit to keep going on a daily basis, especially on the days when you start to have self-doubt – which will happen – a lot. I also hope that I can be that champion for my clients when the going gets tough, and they start to lose steam.

The best part of my job is sharing the logo that captures my clients’ vision, or getting their website up and them seeing for the first time their dream in reality. Or whatever it is that encourages my client to keep going, get excited and know they are on the right path.

Go for it… because if you don’t someone else will. Make that idea, or invention, or business yours. What have you got to lose?

Next, get one of these…

invention journal

Super Easy Step #1 ~ Start by putting your ideas into an invention or business journal. No one has to see it, it’s for you to get your initial thoughts, plans, sketches, contacts, etc. down on paper and start to make this whole thing real. It will evolve and become a huge resource for you. It will also document your work and ideas along the way, which will prove to be priceless. I still look back at my journals from projects past for reference. It’s easy, and you will know you have started!

Journal Invention photo

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Barn Door Coffee Table

After getting a few furniture projects under my tool belt, a client approached me to design and build a coffee table for her using a fantastic old barn door that she had bought from a salvage yard. It was truly a beautiful, historic, perfectly weathered door. I couldn’t wait to get started. Yep, I was a teeny bit nervous… she had trusted me with her special door and I wasn’t totally sure how I was going to make this happen. Fueled by her faith in my creativity and skills, and my desire to transform this piece of history into a functional, unique furnishing, I dove in.

The door itself would be the top, which just needed to be scrubbed and cleaned of years of dirt and debris. I did have to cut it down to a reasonable size, because it was pretty huge. I then sealed it with a matte varnish, to be sure any potential lead paint and rust on the hardware was safely contained under the varnish and wouldn’t chip off. Now I just had to come up with the base and four short pedestal legs to put them together. I was able to find some pretty, unfinished, chunky, hardwood turned legs. For the base I just purchased a large piece of unfinished 3/4” oak plywood. The tricky part was distressing the legs and base to appropriately match the top. It took some trial-and-error, a bunch of glue, paint and sand paper, but it finally came together.

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The Barn Door Coffee Table Project

During the process I decided to make a simple, overview instructional video to post on YouTube and for my design website. It’s far from polished, and doesn’t go into super detail, but you can get the gist of how I made it all come together. Please forgive the distracting background – wow, our garage needs a good clean out!

 

Here are a few of the materials that I used in the process, as well.

The big point I want to drive home is, don’t be afraid to dive in to these sorts of projects. You get better with every one, you learn a lot, and you get more confidant in tackling your future awesome DIY adventures! So go for it!!