I’ve been thinking a lot about Big Picture Stuff this week, as I approached a milestone. No, it’s not my birthday – that’s next month. (And for the most part, I will largely be ignoring this particular birthday. But that’s a subject for a whole different post). One year ago today, I launched my business, Moxie Bright Events. 365 days ago, I pressed “publish” on my website and shared it with all of you. Today is my business anniversary.
I have to tell you, I was scared. I remember exactly where I was when I decided to make the website “live”. I wasn’t 100% sure I was ready, but I also knew that if I kept messing with the website, I could be changing it (perfecting it?) for the rest of my life and never actually share it with anyone. Sometimes you just have to leap, and hope the net will appear.
I had no idea if anyone would hire me, or even worse, if anyone would even notice me at all. I had started my wedding planner certification six months earlier, I took three months to create my website, and I was fresh off Alison Howards’ REFINE Workshop. I knew I had prepared myself reasonably well. Still, Los Angeles is a huge city. People launch businesses every day. Who did I think I was? What made me so special?
The truth? The only thing that makes me special is that I pressed “publish”; that I put myself out there. That’s really the heart and soul of it. Truly.
A year ago, I was working a day job that made me feel pretty miserable. I was cranky and stressed and quite frankly, really difficult to live with. I’m not sure how Bob the Builder made it through that time.
365 days later, I can say this: This year has been bananas! There is no way I would have been able to predict how busy Moxie Bright Events became, as it all happened pretty quickly.
Six days after I launched my site, I booked my first wedding. SIX DAYS. Now, calling it “my first wedding” is wildly inaccurate, as I actually planned my first wedding eight years ago. But, as far as my wedding planning business is concerned, that was my first “real” wedding. Five months later I quit my day job. There simply wasn’t enough time in my day to do both jobs well. I made the choice to quit my job and start working from home, and never looked back. Four months after that, I was awarded the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award!
It’s been a good year, to put it mildly. Every day, I learn something new – about my business, myself, my relationships, and my clients. Its such a great feeling! Of course, there have also been struggles, mistakes, bad moods and just plain ole bad days. Such is life.
Here’s what I want to share with you, if you have something you want to start, but you haven’t done it yet. If you feel stuck, or scared, or insecure, this is for you.
1. DO IT NOW. Do it before you feel 100% ready. Just make yourself start. Do it. You will rise up to meet your own expectations. I promise this is true.
2. Find your tribe. I never understood what this meant, until I found mine. My tribe is not just one group of people. My tribe happens to be six gals who don’t even know one another. I make it a point to see each of them once a month, for some goal setting, wine drinking, and butt kicking. It’s invaluable to my business growth and my personal sanity. Find your people.
3. Keep learning. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, awesome bad-ass inspiration and good old fashioned business sense is only a click away. My daily and weekly inspirations include Marie Forleo, The Middle Finger Project, and the Female Entrepreneur Association for business tips; Alison Howard, Liz Coopersmith, Heidi Thompson & The Inner Circle and Planner’s Lounge for wedding planning business smarts; and Danielle LePorte and Elizabeth Gilbert for soul wisdom. Every day, I learn something new from these accomplished and brilliant women, and I think you will too.
And lastly, some words of wisdom given to me by my friend (and tribe member), Mindy from Budget Fairy Tale. When I started working from home, she gave me two pieces of advice: 1. Get up every morning, take a shower and get dressed. 2. Wear real pants – ones that have a button.
This remains a work in progress. I wrote the entirety of this post whilst wearing linen pants with a stretchy waist. I definitely wear pants, but they are mostly of the yoga variety. I have to have work goals for year two, right?
Anyone other female entrepreneurs out there working 60 hours a week in your pajamas? Let me hear from you in the comments!