learning to trust my own opinions and expertise
One of the great things about my new venture into blogging, twitter and the like is the amazing and interesting new people that I have met.
Last week I had an amazing response to a post I wrote seeking some advice for a newbie blogger, and I am doing a lot of thinking and planning around where I want my blog to go, and what I am looking to achieve, as a result. Rest assured peeps, world domination isn’t in my plans! I want my blog to be a place where I can reflect on the things going on around me in my career and work/life balance pursuits, a venue for asking questions and LEARNING from other people, and an opportunity to learn-through-practice about effective social media communication. Changes are afoot, but will probably move slowly forward…
I feel so encouraged and supported by this new community that I want to share that feeling with some other new friends that are on my radar.
Top of this list is Eve MacFarlane, who is daring to dream big and is seeking funding for her business idea “Wooden Bet On It”, which is creating business-card sized wooden good luck charms. These wooden cards can be individually personalised by laser cutting beautiful designs, words and images into them. I’ve been stalking Eve’s blog for a while now, and I love this idea and the cards that I have seen so far. I have put my money where my mouth is and made a pledge via Pozible that will help Eve to buy the laser she needs to move from creating prototypes through to commercial production.
Whilst I am looking forward to owning one of these cards myself (I love beautiful design, and who doesn’t need a bit of luck in their life?!), it is the way in which Eve has taken an idea, tested it, put a framework around it, and is now chasing down the means to make it a business reality that has caught my attention. To start with, I’m not really a great ideas person. I would describe myself more as an Ideas Supporter. Which is important – I can and do help facilitate the success of the ideas of those around me by providing resources, robust discussion & analysis, and morale support, but seriously, don’t look to me for an actual idea! Secondly, I’m a nervous nelly when it comes to taking personal chances and facing (OMG!) risk. But here’s Eve, who throughout her career has figured out what she wants and Gone For It! From IT Trainer to Flight Attendant to Pilot to Entrepreneur, Eve has really grabbed the bull by the horns.
I’m hoping that Eve, sometime in the near future, will write a bit more for me about her experiences, but for the time being, what I mostly hope for is her success in reaching her Pozible target of $5000. She only has 5 days left to fundraise the full amount, so if you’re interested in skipping a coffee or two, and instead donating towards another person’s dream, Please Do It!
Do I need to state for the record that this isn’t a sponsored post? God, like anyone is sponsoring my little blog! No, this is just me trying to pay it forward. Cheers y’all!
Linking up with Essentially Jess at IBOT.