Sorry for my absence on this site lately! I spent the last two weeks pretty much editing my new site which is now live. Go check it out! It is not a complete, finished product. It will be constantly evolving and changing, much like myself. I am still figuring it all out. I am really pleased however to get something live. I think getting your product/service live is really the first hurdle – I am sure there will be many, many more hurdles! I really wanted to create something that was the antithesis of a traditional beauty magazine that focuses on how you look externally. I want Everyday Young to be more about building inner strength and cultivating inner health and beauty. In our culture women already have so many messages thrown at them about how they should look and behave. However, it is still a complete work in progress! I thought I would share some lessons/tips that I have learnt along the way. This will be the first edition as I am sure there will be many more.
Five lessons learnt along the way:
1. There is no perfect: I am not perfect. I don’t have all of the answers. I am not sharing my ideas because I think I know everything. I plan to make mistakes, I will probably be constantly changing things, and I will learn and grow in the process. It is completely ok to make mistakes in front of others. There will never be any perfect or ‘done’. Put your product or idea out there, get feedback, change it constantly.
2. Give yourself ‘due’ dates: Setting a launch date really helped me with my motivation – even if I changed it twice! Plan out your big picture, break it down into bite-sized chunks, then set regular due dates to ensure accountability. It is incredibly hard to work towards a goal when there is no date attached to it. Often your task will expand to fit the time available!
3. Everything takes longer than you think! Every little thing takes much longer than you anticipate! Particularly if you are learning to do something for the first time. It can be frustrating at times. Especially if you have this big picture in your head of how you want everything to look. Everything takes time to learn. Don’t beat yourself up if things are taking longer than you anticipate. A major thing that I have learnt is that there is no ‘overnight success’. If you track back all of the successful people that you follow you can see that they were YEARS in the making! It will take years to get anywhere, you have to learn to love the process!
4. Support yourself: Believe in yourself and support yourself. You won’t always get other people’s support and that is totally fine. You don’t need anyone else’s permission. Give yourself permission to just do what you gotta do. Be kind to yourself and look after yourself!
5. If something is important to you – it’s important: We all value different things. We are all here to do different work. What is silly and superficial to one person will be important to another. We all have the ability to help others with our own ideas and unique knowledge. Learn to value yourself and your ideas!
(Photo: Kyle Sudu)