In case you haven’t heard, there’s a group on Facebook called My 500 Words. It’s a place to give accountability as well as encouragement, where writers commit to writing everyday so we can make a habit of it. (By the way, you can start anytime, and there is no pressure…if you miss a day, just continue the next. The folks there are super encouraging and nice!)
500 words doesn’t seem like much to write, but when you’re mind is racing between twenty different ideas and five million things that you need to get done in your ‘real’ life, it’s a lot.
I’ve always liked to write. When I was younger, it was purely for fun and because I loved it. I would write poems, stories, and even songs.
In school, creative writing assignments were my favorite. Anything that let my imagination soar to a different time and place. It was the one area that I felt like I was good at, that I exceeded in.
Even in college I looked forward to my writing class. It let me unleash my creativity and just be me, without having to do everything ‘by the book’.
Jobs, Marriage, Kids. Busyness. Living. Stress. Love.
It all happened…and all of a sudden, I didn’t have time to write. Other priorities took the forefront, and I forgot how much I loved putting pen to paper.
Fast forward 20 (or so) years. The kids are older, (or at least not in the baby stages anymore), and I’m searching…searching for something to do, to enjoy, to exceed in.
Something to earn a living that isn’t torture some. Something that makes me feel alive, like what I do matters, like I have something to give to the world.
I’ve tried many things. Selling at our local Saturday Market, running an online store, managing a local shop.
Some of it was fun. None of it lasted, nor was it successful.
Then I tried my hand at blogging…a few times. But although I loved the writing portion, I never did get all my ducks lined up in a row and found myself bouncing back and forth between ideas, only committing for a brief time and then getting sidetracked by the next great idea I had.
SO here I am, realizing that I have a love for two things…writing and business.
I’ve never felt confident about building a business because I’ve never done it successfully.
But why do we think we have to have huge success to do something? I mean, if we don’t do it, don’t go for it, we won’t ever be successful, right?
I’ve been studying online for years. I’ve taken courses, webinars, watched videos, listened to podcasts, and read books. I’ve followed more gurus, authors and business minded people than I can count.
And yet, I don’t think I know enough to really step out and do something.
Here’s the thing I’m realizing…
I might not know everything, (by the way, no one ever will),
but I know some things.
And if those ‘some things’ are things that someone else doesn’t yet know, then I can help them.
Even though I don’t have it all figured out.
Even if I haven’t yet built a wildly successful business. (YET!)
I have creativity and ideas that no one else has.
And even if someone else does, this creativity and these ideas are mine!
No one else can do things exactly the way I can.
Same with you.
Don’t be afraid to step out, to move forward.
You have something in you that the world needs.
Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, business builder or entrepreneur, the world needs what you have!
No one can do it like you…you are unique, one of a kind.
Everyone has a history. Don’t let that stop you.
There might be someone in the world who is stuck, who is searching for what you have to offer.
Let them have it. Help them find it. Be brave enough to put it out there.
Screw perfect. Forget normal. They’re overrated.
Just show up!
Do the work, give it your best, and trust the outcome will be whatever it’s meant to be.
You can’t control the result, you can only control your effort.
So step into your future, it’s waiting for you.
And it looks bright.
If you’re interested in starting on your own 500 Word Challenge, you can join us on Facebook here:
I’d also love to hear about your history, how you got started writing and where you’re at now. See you in the comments!