When I decided to join The Exploration Party, a party hosted by the lovely Tara Swiger, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about. You see for me life has always been an adventure. As a small child, I was a traveler. I was an easy companion on trips, because I never said I was bored. I never cared where the car was going as long as I was in it. As I grew older, I moved away for college. It was a mere 3 hours from home, but it was an important endeavor in growing up. After college, I moved home for 6 months before realizing that I wanted out again. I got antsy. I moved to Los Angeles, and I haven’t looked back. That isn’t to say there aren’t wonderful things about my small hometown, because I do and did love it very much. I just needed to spread my wings a bit and live in the big city trying to follow my dreams.
Since my move to Los Angeles, my dreams have changed many times over. I went from wanting to work in the music industry to redefining my role in the entertainment industry altogether. I always spent a lot of time thinking about how to make extra money or how to delve into my creativity. I even started a blog or two, but ultimately they all failed. Failure never means the end, folks. Failure is just the first stepping stone to success. I’m sure someone far wiser than me has said that often. I’m not going to sit here blowing sunshine and roses up your butt, because it would be false. Living in the big city hasn’t always been easy, having focus on something hasn’t always been easy, but I’m finding my way. I’m finding my way around the blogosphere with the help and support of my friends and family.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. –Walt Disney
Walt Disney said it best, you just have to keep moving forward. You have to realize that when one door closes there are other opportunities opening up. You have to roll with the punches. Life isn’t always going to be easy, but you can’t have a defeatist attitude about it. Each and every day, you have to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. You have to have a zest for life and a curiosity for all things. You have to take each day by the horns. Okay, so maybe not EACH day. Some days are going to be bad, but you’ll have highs that balance that out. Like today is my 30th day of blogging with you people. That’s longer than my other blogs lasted. I believe in myself, my blog, and my product. I know I can do anything that I set my mind too, and you can too.
Folks that quote doesn’t just apply to baseball. The fact is that everything is about 90% mental. I’ve been known to put up a block or two for myself. I’ve heard the words I can’t over and over again in my head. Nothing changes no matter how much physical effort you put in until your attitude is I can. So with that I started thinking that I can. I can do this. It’s small steps at first. It’s asking those around you for advice. It’s getting your Love to build your website out of the sheer goodness of his heart. It’s writing the first post and seeing the number of hits it gets. It’s watching the stats as they roll in for hours upon hours at a time. It’s realizing that some days people just aren’t into what you’re throwing down, but you have to pick yourself up again and write. You have to realize that part of the adventure is not knowing what to do, but it is about fixing it.
How do I do it? I wake up every morning, and I log into this blog. I blog. I work on my crochet items in the evening. In the middle of all that, I work hard to think of new ideas to replace any that fail. I brainstorm with others. I just keep my big girl pants on and keep moving forward. If I ever forget, I put on a little Meet the Robinsons. Life is nothing without the exploration of your own mind, body, and soul. I try and live that life everyday. I’m still a traveler even if sometimes I have to travel in my own head. The best ideas come from imagination. We wouldn’t have Disneyland without it, right?
I should close this out by saying that I make myself better at blogging by making it a game. Each day is like a round of golf, a sport which I play, and I only compete with myself. I compare each weeks analytics to the same day a week before. If it’s getting better, I am getting closer to the hole, but if it isn’t then it’s time to move on to another idea. Things are fluid. I am in control of my own destiny. Playing the game is important for me, because it gives me goals. Goals are an important aspect to any business, but it is most important to mine.
So now I send you forth to explore your own destiny. Explore like Indiana Jones, Walt Disney, or your own parents. You will find your sweet spot the same as I did. Everyday is a new adventure. An adventure in becoming a better you, a better blogger, a better hooker (person who crochets), or a better business person. I rely on the strengths of others as much as my own. Go forth now fine folks and become the adventurer you want to be!
Tell me about your explorations. What’s something you pushed yourself to do?
Also, check out the rest of the exploration party, here.