Hey friends. It’s Friday, which means its time for another story from a “Real Life Dreamer”. Today our story is from Christina who blogs over at “Create with Christina”.
Hi everyone, my name is Christina and I blog over at Create with Christina. I am so honored to be blogging here on Heather’s blog, I am so excited to be here, it’s such an honor.
Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed being creative, I love dreaming up ideas in my mind and then seeing it comes alive through creativity. Although I love my job I have always wanted to be my own boss and pursue my creativity but that’s really scary.
My parents always supported my creativity and my dreams but when it comes to pursuing this specific dream I didn’t feel the same support. I felt they had an expectation that in order to succeed in life I would need a 9-5 job, work hard and have a steady income in a job with benefits and security. I have challenged my parents on this a number of time and I understand now that they also fear a job running a creative business in not only challenging but scary too. They explained it wasn’t that they didn’t support my dream, they just wanted what’s best and they were worried that I would struggle as a creative business owner.
Putting my fears behind me I took a leap of faith and strive to reach my goal. I am taking it slow and learning along the way but I set goals and work hard to reach them.
I have been working toward my goals for a few years but it was only a few months ago I started to see real growth and that’s because I implemented a few key things that I think we can all benefit from regardless of the goal you are striving for. So this is what I did, I got myself a binder, and some page dividers. I divided the binder into different section ‘brainstorming’, ‘schedule’, ‘to-do list’, and ‘goals’. Having a plan written down has really helped.
I started brainstorming, this is an area I write thoughts, ideas and concepts. A lot of my goals stem for my brainstorming. Then I go to the goal section of the binder and jot down my goals, I have long-term goals and short-term goals. The long-term goals are my big picture dreams. Right now my goal is to start my own creative business but once I achieve that my long-term goal may be something like “Build my business so I can quit my day job and do this full time”. So really the goal will be forever changing. Some of the short-term goals would be things like, start a blog, create items to sell, open an online store. The most important thing is to set deadlines and even though they may change I work as hard as I can to try and meet my goal deadlines.
Once I had some short-term and long-term goals, the ‘to-do list’ and ‘schedule’ became my best friend, this helps me keep on track. The to-do list helps break the goal down in to bite size pieces. Maggie over at Gussy Sew wrote an amazing advice post and said, “Write down your to-do list! It’s never as overwhelming on paper as it is in your head”. It’s so true and I am glad I listened! Once my to-do list is nice and long I start to arrange the tasks in my schedule, and I get to work. Some weeks I have more time then others depending on other commitments to family and friends but at least I am still working toward my goals.
I am so excited by the success I have had this far…. I’m now a member of a Design Team for a local scrapbooking store, I write a blog that I love, and I am creating some great stuff, if I don’t say to myself!
Just remember, even when working toward reaching your dreams … HAVE FUN!!!
Thanks Christina! That’s all for a few days as I’m going to be busy eating turkey, hugging cousins and skating on frozen lakes. Merry Christmas friends.