New business. What am I doing?

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There is a lot of fear when it comes to starting a new venture. I don’t know about you, but for me I’m a constant over-thinker; I build pro/con lists and will stress the minor details that literally no one else would even notice. I’m prepared; I really am. I have the funds for my projects. I have the support from my friends and family. I have the motivation and drive. So why can’t I shake the feeling of failure?

You’re probably thinking, “Wait, Alyssa… what kind of “business” is Wichita with Love? Isn’t it just a blog and Instagram? What the heck are you even stressed about?” Actually, no. It’s the foundation for something else. I’m slowly building a business that is centered around art, love, life, and of course, happiness. I’m a designer and marketer by trade, and slowly I’m figuring out where my best fit is in the world. I love words and I love photographs. I love colors and I love donuts. So how do I combine all of the above and make a living? Wichita with Love was my answer.

Nope, I have no “real plan” yet. I’m building it as I go, thinking my way through the problems. I’m saving funds where I can, learning from others and my own past mistakes, and trusting myself and my long-term vision. Doubt is just a natural emotion. It’s something that everyone thinks about. I’m working through it.

I see myself with a storefront or a studio. I see my dog hanging around the office with me. I see Jared and me with a family. Eventually I see myself with a business partner. Of course, that is a ways away, because I’d like to finish the foundation. But, I know things will work better, faster and smarter if I find a person or two who share my passion and vision. (Currently no one seems to enjoy working for free as much as I do. Ha!)

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m still terrified that I’ll fail and have to find a normal 9-5 job. I know that I can’t expect to be rich overnight. *still holding out hope for the lottery* I know that I have to put in a ton of work, and I find that thrilling. Maybe it’s just the espresso, but it’s like an everyday adrenaline rush without having to jump out of a plane.

Are you like me? Do you feel it in your heart that you need to get out of wherever you are and pave your own future?

I’m not an expert, but this is what I do know:

  • Build a foundation you are proud to stand on. If you don’t love your purpose, what is the point?
  • Read EVERYTHING. Blogs, news articles, books, (watch) youtube videos. All of it. The more you know, the more successful you are likely to be.
  • Jump from the high dive or from the edge of the pool. Wherever you feel the most comfortable, jump. You can never accomplish anything without a burst of energy.
  • Build your routine. Make this adventure part of your life, but also know where life and work part.
  • Trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
  • Help others. It’s good for everyone.

What are you waiting for? People say millennials are lazy, but I beg to differ. I’ll take my latte and avocado toast to go, please. I have work to do.

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