yes, you can.

This was posted in a course I’m taking right now. It spoke to me so strongly, I wanted to share it with you.

I want to thank all the folks who have supported this dream of mine, who didn’t tell me I was crazy, who said “Yes! Go for it!” even though, well, it was a little crazypants and amazing… and I thought I’d tell you, just in case you didn’t know… you are not crazy either.

You can totally do whatever it is you dream of doing.

These are really scary, hard times in a lot of ways. Most of us are worried about the “real world”, about the economy, making enough to get by. Maybe we’re laid off or struggling with a lack of health insurance (in my case, it’s both), or some other obstacle. At times like this it is so tempting to play it safe and defer your dreams, put them off “just until things get better.” But I guess I’d say, maybe consider not waiting. I started Honey&Ollie shortly after a lay-off, shortly after we lost our medical insurance, at a time where we weren’t sure if we were going to keep our home or what would happen. I put all my savings into it, instead of prudently reserving them for a rainy day. It made all of us nervous, especially the recently laid off ex Mr. Honey&Ollie. But he’s an inpsiration to me, because he makes his living doing what he loves and more often than anyone else, he’s the one who gets me thinking, “well why not?” when it comes to doing what I love.

The world did not end. It was not a catastrophe. We managed. For a lot of reasons, we managed, but maybe the most important reason was the willingness of my family to be supportive and watch me go for it, instead of naysaying my dreams.

It was probably the best thing I ever did for myself. No, not because I suddenly got rich – like most startups, Honey&Ollie is still struggling through the first year of growth and learning curves. I’m in the red and while that makes me nervous, I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. In terms of myself? My confidence and heart, my happiness and feelings of fulfillment, of doing what I want to be doing? I am 100% in the black, baby. And it’s wonderful.

So I’m just going to put it out there. One word for you today.

“Try”

You’ll never know for sure if you don’t.

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About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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7 Responses to yes, you can.

  1. and is it any wonder at all that it spoke to you?! My fav . . . “suspension of disbelief” Brilliant, awesome, empowering . . . and so are you!

    • Rainy says:

      One of the most important concepts of all, I think, suspension of disbelief. It is what allows us to like impractical, fantastical movies and books and not walk out of movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes! It is what allows us to start new things. It is vital to the creative life!

  2. Bjo Trimble says:

    Thank you for the “Go for it!” article. My tail has been dragging lately about our small family business, and I needed to hear that others felt the same fears, had the same worries about making it, with the same doubts, and still went ahead with their craziness and made it happen! Thanks. — Bjo

    • Rainy says:

      Thanks for the feedback! And also for the reminder that for me too, this is a “family” business, not a “me doing it all by myself” business. That helps. It is a scary time for those of us who are outside the box of a 9-5 corporate job. I think we can do it anyway. I think we ARE doing it anyway!

  3. Marilyn says:

    Wish there was a like button here. I truly believe if you are doing what makes your heart sing you will grow, learn, be happy, and in the end come to greater places in your world than you ever imagined.

  4. Marilyn says:

    Ok, I just watched the video. It is just perfect. I was sitting here thinking what risk do I want to take and I realized I have done some things other women would never have the nerve to do, like going back to school at 40 years (when I finally had the nerve to tell someone that was what I wanted), getting a professional job with leading apparel companies (I never thought I would be doing that), starting my own tea business which is merging into a tea/sewing pattern business (just being open to seeing what changes I need to make, and finally writing the tea book I dreamt of for 6 years and again didn’t tell anyone I would do it. Oh, was it fun to surprise a few people with that one. So now I am thinking what next. Thanks for the inspiration. We must keep being curious, open to change, and grow.

  5. Rainy (and Marilyn too, since you’re here!) — thanks for this. REALLY. Thanks for this, now, and here. I jump up and down with excitement for you amazing women, every day (though you cannot see me, alas)… and I’m going to say OK — right now, you are my witnesses — I’ve had the you-know-what plan cooking for so long it’s as if I go there to work every day, in my head and often on paper. Time to make it tangible-real; I want to see it in *front* of my eyes now, not behind them. Thank you for the encouragement.

    I, too, lost home, health insurance, and paid work, all in the past year… I, too, feel closer to what I really am about than I felt for a long time… I, too, am scared quite often (until someone or something great reminds me that it can be **all right** and *alright*, even when everything is not quite right). The you-know-what keeps knocking at the door (the door in my head), and it wants to come in… and it wants to be let out!

    Gauntlet officially thrown DOWN, ladies!! I’m going for it.
    xoxo, a.

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