September 26, 2013
In an early conversation with a friend in 2007, when I described my vision for Richmondmom.com, she somewhat-protectively said, “I think that’s already being done.”
But it really wasn’t, not the way I wanted to do it.
You see, I had to create what I felt passionate about–a blog that didn’t yet exist but that was something I thought readers would want.
Selling my blog to one of my clients (who are carrying the torch well!) five years later with over 200,000 annual readers & dozens of advertisers was bittersweet but necessary for me personally. I’d fulfilled my mission & wanted to focus on my other creative bent, my Richmond Rocks children’s books and other pursuits.*
After all, I’d likely never had pursued publishing Richmond Rocks & The Spooky Sequel had I not built a platform that created the perfect birthplace for my books.
That desire to create is what fuels my flame, because most of us don’t even really know what it is that we want until someone brings it to us.
*Oh yes, I have a full-time job, three kids, two houses (we’re hoping to whittle that to one when the market swings back!) & one husband.
September 22, 2013
The last three years I rappelled down twenty-four stories for an amazing fundraiser for the Special Olympics called Over the Edge. You see me smiling in the poster above because I am on the descent in that shot: letting go is the toughest part.
Literally I was asked to “lean back” into thin air, and even though I was roped to the hilt it was a bit frightening to put all my trust in being tethered to the roof of the massive SunTrust building.
All three times, I landed safely on the sidewalk below after taking in one of the breathtaking scenes of Richmond.
Like life–only maybe a teensy bit scarier from atop a city skyline roof–taking chances is simultaneously frightening and thrilling.
*if you ever get the chance to do this, please do–great organization & experience.
September 9, 2013
I’m still learning every day, and one of my mentors is an unlikely source: Dexter Morgan*, my favorite Sunday night television companion:
1) Be Focused. As in, don’t let anything detract from your goal.
2) Listen Intently. Every I interaction, very clue, can help you in some way, even if it doesn’t materialize until much later.
3) Have a sense of humor. Whatever your goal, have a little fun doing it.
4) Find your niche. We can’t try to be the jack-of-all-trades, being known for something, if its a positive trait–is a good thing.
*This post in no way encourages murder, even of serial killers. Just having a bit of fun here.
September 6, 2013
Some days it’s just tough to get past:
1) getting three lunches packed
2) coercing three children out of their beds
3) signing school paperwork & writing notes to teachers
4) being a good worker/wife/mom/daughter/sister (insert dutiful role here ___________)
5) answering requests for community service
6) doing dishes/laundry/grocery shopping/vacuuming (insert domestic chore here ___________)
You get the picture. So after a 7:30am game reporting-duty with my six-year old I’ll be embarking on researching a new venture tomorrow in-between buying paint for my boys’ room which they’ve requested I don Minecraft wall images (no idea how to make this happen, but I will!) the entire list may not be checked off but we’re on our way.
Every day, no matter how small a dent I make in the work, it’s a step in the right direction. Let’s not wait for the big leap when incremental baby steps lead us, step-by-step today.
That, my friends is wonderful.