Before I started to actually put my dreams into motion I often watched people living their dream with serious envy. I’d sit and wonder what amazing opportunities they had been presented with giving them the chance to follow their dreams. I’d wonder what did they have that I didn’t, I even imagined that they were so lucky. So very lucky.
I eventually realised that those very people face the exact same constraints as I do – financial commitments, fear, a head full of ‘what ifs’, family commitments – and yet they’re moving, they’re ‘doing’. This was the mindset that made me realise the only person stopping me from chasing my dreams, was me! One day I will share the notes I made when I decided it was time to stop dreaming and start chasing. You will be surprised at the simplicity of it all.
Every week since I left my full time employment I have surprised myself. I have done something courageous, some small thing that has scared me, every week. I have stepped out of my comfort zone a little more with each step. I have pushed my fear down and taken one more tiny leap into the unknown. This week was no exception. As I look back I smile at my own courage and I quietly and humbly pat myself on the back for putting myself out there. It’s scary out there, don’t you know?
I also have another venture coming up on Coping with Jane in the context of food. I will share more with you when it’s up and running but let’s just say food, photography and writing; DREAM GIG! Watch this space, I am terribly excited!
This week I also contributed to the beautifully positive site We Heart Life. I love this group of girls, so inspiring and friendly and happy. I posted tips on how to enjoy photography. My tips are non-technical and more about being creative, the very part I love most about taking photos. You can read my post here.
My biggest accomplishment this week was making my very first call to a real living, breathing editor. I have put off calling editors (I have done my article submissions via email until now) due to that thing we call fear. Silly really, I am chatty by nature and have no problem talking to real living, breathing people, but I put the irrational fear down to rejection. Strange thing is, to be a freelance writer you really do need to accept rejection, it’s a real part of freelancing and one I have no issue with. I think it’s more the over-the-phone rejection thing that had me previously tongue tied and sweaty palmed at the very thought. Anyway, I made the call and was very pleasantly surprised with the response. When the editor mentioned sending a photographer around to take photos of the subject of my article, I put myself out there AGAIN and offered to take the photos myself. Double pat. Now I am just hoping he likes both the article and the photo.
If we walked through life never putting ourselves out there I think we’d miss out on so much, opportunities would not present themselves and our eyes would not be open to the endless possibilities that lay before us. The comfort zone is a trap for all things complacent and unadventurous. Everything is yours for the taking, but unless you go and seek what you desire you won’t ever be open to reaching out and grabbing it.
So go, what are you waiting for?