If I had one motto for 2017, “Trust Your Gut, Do The Work” would be it. This has been my biggest year for personal growth (and business growth) to date and that feels really amazing to say coming into November. I turn 30 this month, and honestly I’m not freaking out about it like people expect me to when I say that. I’m excited about it! My mom told me when I was younger that life doesn’t really even start until your 30s and I absolutely believe that to be true. I’m in a really good place to grow and that’s because I’ve been doing a lot of work to follow through on a lot of gut feelings.
As it happens, I wrote two articles recently on this very subject. One was written as a follow-up response to my Ichthyosis Awareness Post for the F.I.R.S.T. blog. I was asked to share an inspirational piece for their audience of tweens and teens for the quarterly Ichthyosis Focus magazine. Not only did they share my story on the blog and in print, but I also landed on the cover!
You can read that full story, here.
Another story I shared recently on the subject of trusting your gut and getting s**t done was for Hanna Lisa Haferkamp. Hanna Lisa is a creative business coach who started a mini challenge to help designers and small biz ladies focus in on a goal and see it through. I owe all of my recent success to this challenge. Seriously. It wasn’t until the #getshitdonechallenge and Hanna Lisa’s prompts that I started to re-think my whole approach to Home Row Fiber Co. and basically what I wanted to do with my life. It was a huge pivot from my original plans but it came about honestly and organically, almost a happy accident.
If you’re in the market for this kind of small biz coaching, I highly recommend Hanna Lisa. She has an arsenal of free advice on her blog as well as upgraded content and even one-on-one coaching that everyone raves about. She’s a seamstress and a knitter herself so her inside knowledge and perspective is invaluable. This is not a sponsored review of her services, I just genuinely love this woman!
To perfectly sum up both of these articles, I’ll share the closing statement from my F.I.R.S.T. story:
The point I want to make is that any success in life, no matter how small, is equal parts gut-instinct and calculated planning. When something feels right you should pursue that feeling, but you can’t stop there. You have to develop a plan, put in the work and follow through. Take charge of your instincts and make things happen. Map out all the steps, make several drafts, make changes, pivot your direction if you have to, and keep nurturing that gut feeling as you work toward your goal. This process is your head and your heart working together. This process is where confidence is born. The best version of yourself lives and thrives in the moment you trust your gut and make a plan to follow it.
As we head (too quickly!) into 2018 you should listen to your gut and start making a solid plan to follow those instincts. It’s going to feel scary but you can do it! Map out all the steps and take them one at a time. You’re never going to feel 100% ready but you’re going to do the thing anyways. Because you can.