It’s time for a new adventure.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been doing some writing and praying. I shared the results with a mentor of mine and we decided that it’s time for me to take a leap of faith and launch another venture. I have short-term and long-term goals in place. I’ve written a mission statement. I designed business cards. I have a 30 second commercial or two at the ready (including a silly song for those who have experienced my past networking shenanigans). I also have a little bit of fear and a lot of enthusiasm or a lot of fear and a little bit of enthusiasm depending on who I think is in charge.
My biggest challenge right now is to keep facing forward. Fear wants me to look back at things that didn’t go as well as I’d hoped or dreams that I abandoned (or more honestly postponed) and so for my own peace of mind, I’m going to address that stuff here if you’ll indulge me.
I stared a makeup business several years ago and I gave it an honest shot. I had moderate success and I learned and grew so much from that! I am still selling Younique to anyone who has tried the products and wants to continue to use them, and I will continue to use Younique myself. Actually, the skills I learned and the risks I took in that business planted the seeds for ELEPHANT SANDWICH and there’s no way I could take my next steps if I hadn’t been a part of an amazing direct sales company. I will never throw shade on direct sales. I love the tools I gained and the friends I made and I absolutely believe that it’s a fantastic business opportunity for those who are willing to get and stay out of their comfort zone! While doing the Younique thing, I got to rock my creative jam and that’s a HUGE part of where my new dreams are headed.
Pienamic! is still an idea I deeply love but there were things that I didn’t think through and next steps that I was unable to take without sacrificing other commitments. Big Daddy tried to warn me that it would be tricky to pull off but I couldn’t hear him. When I started Pienamic!, I had just ended a business association that went way south. My feelings were hurt and my pride was bruised. The people who were willing to hire me at that time wanted me to be back in an office full-time and I’d come to the conclusion that office life doesn’t suit me. That’s when I started playing with being a pie maker and Pienamic! was so much fun. I love making pies and it didn’t feel like work (except for Thanksgiving—that was pretty crazy). Again I was shown that I love hands-on work with a creative element. The reality is that selling food on a small scale is great fun, but the financial reward was not substantial without a significant investment that I couldn’t make. I’m keeping Pienamic! in my heart and maybe someday when I have a little more experience, money, and time—I’ll revisit that. Or maybe I’ll just make pies for family and friends for fun and for free. Who knows.
So here we are. I’m eight days from a new launch. I’ve discovered that I have a particular set of skills, and I’m ready to share them with others to help them move to the next level. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do in eight days. Say a prayer for me would ya? I’m getting ready to tackle an ELEPHANT SANDWICH, one byte at a time.
On 8/8/18 at 8:00 a.m. I’ll be letting the elephant out of the bag!