Time for some honesty.
Recently, I’ve been working on building an ETSY shop. For months it had been a pretty neglected, something I’d come back to at a later date. But with new creative vision for my shop, in the last few weeks I’ve been working on it, HARD.
Not only have I been making yarn decorations like crazy (pray for my pom pom addiction please) but I also invested time into making my shop look pretty, advertising it (within my budget) and reading up on allllll the SEO jazz.
Once I absorbed all the advice out there, I followed the tips and tricks and waited for the orders to come flooding in….
Waited some more…
A handful of friends kindly bought a few items which I was so thankful for, but it certainly wasn’t the ‘flood’ I’d been hoping for.
I know I’m sounding superrrr moany and negative here, sorry about that.
But I wanted to let you know, that if you’re in a season of working away at something and seeing little gain, I’m right there with you.
I won’t lie and say I LOVE this season. Of course I want a flourishing business and orders flying in left, right and centre.
But just because that’s not where I’m at right now, it doesn’t mean I will never get there.
And MOST IMPORTANTLY- I’m convinced that I can still find joy in this early stage of building my business.
Valuing the process is NOT just a cliche, airy-fairy notion which looks pretty on social media. It’s a choice. It’s a conviction to enjoy learning and growing right where we are instead of constantly telling ourselves ‘I’ll be happy when I’ve hit 1000 orders‘ or ‘I’ll relax when my engagement on Instagram is up‘
If you’re working to build a platform, whether it’s a blog, Youtube channel or small business, I want you to know how important it is to protect your heart at these early stages.
Well, because before you’ve ‘made it’ (whatever ‘making it’ looks like to you) there’s SO much room for doubt and fear.
Before the product or platform is finished we tend to fall into the trap of playing the comparison game. We look at other peoples FINISHED products and our FIRST ATTEMPT and compare them.
Here’s what we need to remember though:
Their perfected work is the product of 100’s of failed attempts and lessons learned.
If we assume what someone else have to offer is better than what we’re working on, before we even finish creating it, then we’re shooting ourselves in the leg before we even get running.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
I truly believe if we protect your hearts, then the small beginnings of your project can bring SO much life and energy into your creative journey.
You know that quote that’s often thrown around, ‘No pain, No gain’?
What if there didn’t have to be ‘pain’ in the process?
What if we strived to have the humble attitude that says ‘I’m learning, I’m making mistakes and owning all of them’
I reckon we can all find so much joy in simply having a go and being bold enough to put our creative work out into the world.
Keep creating. Smudges, fails, mess and all.
Even a scribble has value.