Starting out on a new venture can be a real wreck on your nerves not to mention the fear that comes along with stepping out into the unknown. With the recent launch of my business and website for Kyree’s Kreations, I know all too well about the topic of starting anew.
I got to this place of new beginnings after spending Christmas alone with my three young children a few years ago. Of course, I was totally grateful to spend the day with my children yet in my heart I hoped for a greater unity with my family. The following year in 2016, I made the decision to plan and host Thanksgiving and Christmas day at my home and invited my closest family members to attend. Making this decision was one of my best yet! The initiative I took in planning, decorating and extending my love has united my family and I am forever grateful. I’ve always had a knack for planning and bringing people together. I realized that when I am focused on how to use my skills to serve others only then was I walking in my purpose.
New beginnings refer to something that is discovered or introduced for the first time. As I embark on this new journey to follow my heart, chase after my dreams and step completely out of my comfort zone all I can do is lift my eyes to heaven and SCREAM! God, am I really doing this? Am I really stepping out to pursue my passion? Then I pinch myself and realize, that this is as real as it gets!
I’ve decided to look fear dead in the eyes and let it be known that my faith is greater. I love planning events that celebrate life’s most precious moments and I am determined to share my talents and gifts with the world.
This path has had many ups and downs. I’ve experienced days when I was on a high in creativity and days when I thought I was just kidding myself to think that I’d ever be a business owner. Through it all and thus far, I’ve learned some valuable and practical lessons along the way which I’d love to share with you:
1. LET YOUR FAITH BE BIGGER THAN YOUR FEARS
This has become my new mantra and note to self. I remind myself each time I start to second guess my abilities – better yet God’s abilities in my life. Believing you can and putting in the work equals YOU accomplishing your goals. Once I understood what my passion was and how I could best serve others I had to allow faith to guide me through all the doubts and insecurities I had of myself. I had to reaffirm within myself that I am totally worth every blessing God has for me. Oh, and by the way, this is still a constant process for me but the best thing is that my faith has taken the lead.
2. IN THE WORDS OF MY MENTOR ‘RAISE YOUR HAND’ – PAULEANNA REID
Day after day, I’d scroll through my social media timeline watching others live their dreams and hoping for my time to come. I made ZERO steps to pursue my goal of being an entrepreneur. Eventually, I got to a point of desperation for change. I got sick and tired of the routine of my day-to-day: work my 9-5, pick up the kids, go home, eat dinner, shower, sleep and back at it again the next day. Rinse and repeat. I knew I was going through a transition but had no clue where I was headed or even how to get there. I needed practical guidance from someone who’d been there, done that. So after praying and deciding to raise my hand, I met my mentor Pauleanna. It has been 5 months now and I just keep soaring.
You see It’s as simple as 1,2,3 – just ask for help. People cannot read your mind. Speak up and allow someone to hold you accountable to stay on track with your goals. Both my mentor and my sister have given me a piece of their mind when I wasn’t being consistent with work and home and sure enough, I got my act together.
3. JUST DO IT!
That’s right, just put one foot in front of the other and take a step. Any movement is better than no movement at all. As a new event planner, my portfolio isn’t as grand as other event planners who’ve been in the industry for years. I struggled at first to apply for internships or even as a volunteer because I worried that my lack of professional experience wouldn’t get me the role. By faith and with some encouragement from my mentor I sent out applications. At first, I heard no response back but I continued to look for opportunities until a door finally opened. Instead of landing one internship, I was blessed with two opportunities. I also worked behind the scenes at the 2017 African Caribbean Wedding show, the 35th Annual Harry Jerome Awards and became a Certified Wedding Planner with The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada – Yasssss!
Had I not taken a step forward I would have still been ‘confined in a box’. So allow yourself to take steps towards your goals, give yourself permission to be bold and do things outside of your norm. Be intentional with your choices, and remember that ‘someday’ is not a day of the week, today is the day to make your dreams become your reality.