Almost a year and a half ago, I was sitting in the Daystar Center in Chicago’s South Loop at a meeting with one of my business/life coaches, Brandon Neely. I sat there staring out at 16th Street with the daily rush of parents picking up their kids from the school next door. Brandon and were brainstorming on my medium- to long-term goals for Jeanesis. Brandon asked me, “What can you do now while you are developing your product and your launch strategy that will help you promote your business?” I was stumped. How does one promote a business with no product? I paused and thought hard. As mentioned in a previous blog, sales and promotions have never been my forté so I sat pondering amidst the awkward silence for about 30 seconds or more.
Then, Brandon interjected and gave me what turned out to be a great idea. He said, “You are starting out on a great journey of moving away with your wife, and you both are pursuing your dreams. Why don’t you start a blog about your progress so that you can gain a small following on what you are doing while inspiring others?” He mentioned that he and his wife did something similar while they were ramping up for the grand opening of South Loop café, Overflow.
If it weren’t for that talk, I wouldn’t be blogging. These blogs have been a great way for me to clarify my ideas and, hopefully, connect with folks’ interests in responsible and ethical clothing. More importantly, I really liked the idea of inspiring others to follow their passions and not being afraid to step out on their own. It certainly hasn’t always been an easy journey but there is nothing more worthwhile than beginning your own business focused on doing what it is that you want to accomplish.
I received a great gift about two or three months ago when a friend of mine and a reader of this blog informed me of his decision to begin his own entrepreneurial journey. I was floored, and honored that he considered my blog to be a motivating factor in his decision to step out on his own. In the beginning, all I set out to do was to simply share the intricacies, processes, emotions and motivations you don’t often hear about, in starting a business. I never imagined that a follower would be inspired, but I am glad and I am very proud of my friend for taking this leap of faith.
I say all of this to say that you too should be inspired to share your story because you never know whose life or lives you may touch. When you authentically and genuinely allow yourself to be seen, great benefits could follow, and you will find encouragement in knowing there are others walking a similar journey. Blogging is especially great for those, like me, who may not be blessed with the salesman’s “gift of gab.”
Please feel free to share a bit about your story below with a brief introduction or just a quick comment. I would love to hear more about you and you never know who you may touch as a result. Thank you for following and I hope that you too will let your voice and your story be heard.
Here is a perfectly crafted “Overflow” from the café. You have to try one if you haven’t and you live in the area.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25