Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Finish things

I have a dream.
I dream that I will one day live off of my creativity.
I dream of working for myself.  Of filling my days doing what I love.  And getting paid for it.

I have another dream.
Of opening up an Etsy shop.

Now I know some of you are thinking, "Seriously?  It's not that hard.  Just do it."  Well, I'm here to tell you that it is that hard.  Maybe hard's not the right word.  But it certainly takes a lot of work, time & attention to detail.  Every little step seems to take a million other little steps.  I've come a long way, but I'm not quite there yet.

The other night, after a tireless day of prepping & organizing for my shop opening, I realized that it just Was Not Going To Happen that day.  So in an act of desperation & frustration, I decided to breathe.  (sigh)  And then I had a conversation with my wise self:

"Am I really meant to go down this path?  Am I really meant to live off of my creativity or am I just meant to live creatively?"

And my wise self said to me, "Yes, of course you are dear.  Live what you love and the money will follow."

"Well then, why does it seem so impossible?  Why does it seem so impossible?"

"Because it is.  If you make it so.  And besides, you wouldn't appreciate it so much if it came easy.  Now would you?"

"So what now?" I asked.

And my wise self wisely said,
"Finish things.
Start things.
Do things.
Make things.
But most importantly, FINISH THINGS."

And with that I went to bed.

Today’s post is part of a brave blogging link-up LIV LANE is hosting for the courageous students in her How To Build a Blog You Truly Love e-course.


  1. I love this post! Finish things. I have to remember that. I'm a great starter, but the finishing is hard.

    Thank you for being brave, too! :)

  2. Oh...Oh...Oh...you wrote this for me, didn't you???

    Sigh...Yes, start. Finish. DO!

    xo Susan

  3. Keep going! "Baby steps" is what I always tell myself. Every little step gets you closer! I can tell you will succeed by how much you want it!!

  4. Learning to listen to that wise self is the biggest hurdle. Now go finish!! :)

  5. Lovely post - I love the way you wrote it. Listen to that wise self - she knows what she's talking about!

  6. Beautiful. I completely relate, finishing is my biggest issue. Dream big and finish big, you can do it! Listen to your wise self, she knows best. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love this post. I've experienced the same thing of something seemingly simple requiring a million small steps to get there. I used to be a perfectionist and would get lost in the detail. Now I just let it go if I don't manage to get where I tell myself I "should" be. I have a dream of opening an etsy shop too, but I'm not there yet and I'm learning to be very OK with that. I look forward to following your journey. Em x

  8. I love this post. I am familiar with that same conversation. :)

  9. Oh, this is all too familiar. I think I could have written it.
    I keep telling people ... I will be opening my Etsy shop soon.

    Yet, somehow there is so much fear around it. What else could it be?

    I have product. Not enough to open a start. And, and the crazy conversations continue in my head. So thank you for reminding me of my dream. Thank you for reminding me I am not alone. Thank you for reminding me to be BRAVE.

    I am so looking forward to visiting your Etsy shop soon. Your posting was so brave and honest. I loved it.
    Big hugs,

  10. I completely understand this post. I do have my Etsy shop, finally, and it was so hard to start it. It can feel overwhelming. I know you will do it when you are ready, and when you do, I'll be there. Love you girl! ♥

  11. I'm so happy that I stopped over here!...(the heart thief sent me). You sound just like me. :)

  12. lovely post Kate! yes it is hard to start but you can do it! thanks for stopping by at Colour of Pomegranates. what will your shop name be? go for it with heart and soul!

  13. Inspiring post!


  14. thanks everyone for your encouragement...update..i'm finishing things. slowly, but surely :)