When was the last time you paused to reflect on how far you’ve come in your creative business?
If you’re anything like me, it’s probably been a while.
It’s natural to get swept up in the flurry of daily activity that comes with the territory of running your own business. You likely take for granted:
But chances are that didn’t happen overnight.
You probably poured tons of time, energy, sweat, and maybe even a few tears into building your business from the ground up. All while continuing to refine your creative skills, connect with your audience, and develop your offers.
So, don’t you think that warrants some celebration?
I’m taking time this week to reflect on my own journey, and I invite you to do the same. As an avid, lifelong journaler, reflection through writing has always been a helpful way for me to process things in both my personal and professional life. However, this journaling prompt stands out to me because it’s a little bit different.
It’s a love letter from me to my past self.
I’m sharing my love letter with you in hopes that it inspires you to pause, reflect, and thank yourself for everything you’re endured, created, and experienced leading up to this very moment.
Without further adieu….
Let’s jump in!
I can still picture you, clear as day, in my mind’s eye:
A bright-eyed, 20-something version of myself, early in your career.
You were fresh out of art school at RISD and ready to take on The Big Apple! When I reflect back, I see you, seated across from an important-looking man at a conference table that felt legions long. With vast windows behind him revealing the sprawling NYC skyline, he told you what a huge opportunity you had stepped into.
You didn’t know if he was right or wrong, but the possibilities were equally as exciting and nerve-wracking!
He encouraged you saying,
“This is where they tell you to fake it ‘til you make it”
But instead of feeling more confident, his well-meaning advice left you with a big lump of imposter syndrome sitting in your throat…
((and truth be told present-day-Erin doesn’t quite subscribe to that advice, BUT it did push you to show up and speak up long before you felt ready or qualified enough))
…so the entire walk out of that meeting and back to the subway you hummed that old Frank Sinatra song to yourself like a soothing lullaby,
“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York….”
To this day, that song instantly takes me back to the NYC design office and that pivotal moment in time.
A time when you accomplished so much, but often at a cost.
Your anxiety was at an all-time high, pushing you to deliver above and beyond, keeping you up at night while you double, triple-checked that every box was ticked and every “i” was dotted.
You did SO good.
I see you working hard and want to say thanks for…
I promise to…
Keep showing up for myself so the future me can write present me a love letter just like this someday from an even better perspective and vantage point.
A place where I’ve accomplished some of those goals I’m working towards today.
A place where I find myself closer to the lofty goals I’ve set (and that you’ve taught me to believe in).
A place where I’m striving for even bigger goals than I ever thought possible!
So, cheers to us. Past, present, and future.
::Yes, alllll the Bridgerton Vibes::
I hope you’ll take some time to reflect back and write your own love letter to your past self (this is a great use for that CEO time you’ve been meaning to carve out).
Feel free to use my structure as a guide or let inspiration lead the way. I found this to be a wonderful exercise in gratitude, but it also helped me clarify my goals, my why, and my mission in both my personal and professional life.
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