I’m Freaking Out! A Lofty Goal for Life is Crafted

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Warning, I’m feeling raw and ripe and ultra nervous about pressing ‘publish’ on this post – you can probably see that in my crazy eyes (and hair) in the pic above.

HELP!

I had this post scheduled for next week (well, in that post I had planned to share my news with you, not necessarily with all the angst that is going in this one!) , but because I’m working on the behind the scenes stuff now and it is scaring the crap out of me, I thought I would share my burden.

Is that alright with you?! A worry shared is a worry halved and all that…

Maybe it will make me feel better, maybe by expressing it I will release some of the tension I’m holding. Maybe my tummy will feel less cramped and my thoughts less out of control. Maybe my fears will rein back in a little. Let’s see…

Why am I putting myself through this? When you grow personally and professionally it often comes with expanding your comfort zone. I have to admit, it’s not a bloody nice feeling at all. But there is something in me urging me on. It is my Why. My Purpose trying to connect with me and drive me forward while a tide of resistance and fear about my ability and my competency washes over me and my ‘holy shit who do you think you are’ other-persona is rearing its unattractive face.

Okay, okay, I’ll cut to what is freaking me out. I am going into production of my planners.

I can’t keep doing it on my poor little printer. It takes ages and I can’t print the personal ones in a way that I am happy with to provide to you! The demand is there and I seem to be making a difference to some people so I feel like I need to bring it to the next level…

But it is just little old me sitting at my desk taking on all these decisions and areas that I have no real idea about…Quantities, quotes, forecasting, financing, designs, distribution (and on and on and on!). I’m researching, asking questions and trying to make educated and poignant progress. But it is still scary.

I worry about it all going wrong and flopping and being a big pile of doggie doo. Will people like it? Will they buy it? Will it help them craft their lives? Will they hate it? Will I be left with a mountain of planners and be so flat out broke that I can’t feed the dog? Will the world spin off its axis and will gravity cease to exist?? (you can relate to that gigantic disaster thinking right?!)

But then I also dream of doing it right, with great intention and all the joy and satisfaction it would have on me and the impact the range could have on others.

I am generally a positive person, with a can do attitude. I love helping people to break through their fears and inspire them to give what they want in life a real go so they don’t live with regret later on. I guess this is just a vulnerable moment and a natural course of thought to get to the bigger picture of what I want…

In the grand scheme of things I am not saving the world. But maybe I am saving myself and helping other people use their planners as a way to build more of who they are and what they want into their lives. It has felt pretty damn good so far. The feedback I have gotten is fabulous. Sure, I’ve had a few hiccups along the way but the good has been overwhelmingly great. So I feel I want to push forward and give it a mighty go.

I just have to get through these moments and push through these thoughts…. Then, ‘to infinity and beyOOOOOOOOOND!’.

Help Me! Have you felt something like this in your personal or professional life? Was worth it to you?  Please share with us – or just me on hello [at] lifeiscrafted [dot] com. Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing with me so I feel less like I’m a crazy girl  talking to myself. 

(I feel a bit like Julia Roberts in Notting Hill saying that “I’m just a girl” line… – not in terms of being loved, but in terms of putting myself and by business out there to be seen by the world.). Okay, I do feel a little lighter…but now I’m worrying about your reaction…but I shouldn’t care what other people think…but I do. Well, I do if you’re a good person. If you’re an ass then I can comfortably not care. But if you’re reading this you can’t be that bad right?! You must be a pretty awesome person. Okay ramble over. I’m going to fix my crazy hair…

Life is crafted. Craft yours,
Arienne


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16 thoughts on “I’m Freaking Out! A Lofty Goal for Life is Crafted

    1. Arienne Gorlach

      Oooh Alison – are we a world of imposters then?! I hope its not all the time! It is quite tiring… :) Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate knowing I’m not alone in this

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  1. dianalizia

    i think going into production is a great idea. your planners are stylish and functional. channel your nervousness in a positive direction: ie solving problems so that your new venture will be a success. what have you done about distribution? when you go into production, you need a bigger audience for your project to succeed. start making contacts with small, independent stationery stores, bookstores, etc. also plan your “marketing”–blog posts and videos focusing on each section, different ways to use it (maybe even ‘interviews’ with people who use your planners on how they use them to craft their lives.)

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    1. Arienne Gorlach

      Hi Diana! Thank you, I really love that you can see their intertwined style and functionality :) I’m trying to break down all the big ideas into doable action steps. You’ve given me some great ideas there and a super timely reminder to channel all of these emotions into positive action. I’m finding the balance between planning and action! I’m primed and ready to take the steps with lots of deep breaths and an attitude of curiosity.Thank you for your support :)

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  2. Jo-Anne

    I agree with the previous posters. This IS a big step but it makes a whole lot of sense so the fact that you are emotionally a little all over the place also makes sense. I’d be worried if I didn’t feel like I was stepping into unchartered seas, so to speak. The fact that you were compelled to move down this path is what makes it right. That was the business woman in you that knew the end product had to be right and a personal printer just doesn’t cut it in the long term. The other side of you is the warm hearted, easy going person who probably thinks this is all a bit much and what if something goes wrong? That is just a little voice inside you that will help you make sure you dot every i and cross every t. It will help guide you in the unchartered seas you are entering so treat that little voice with respect and channel it but don’t let it take control. You are making the right decisions. Trust your instincts, they are spot on.

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    1. Arienne Gorlach

      Hi Jo-Anne! So wise. We often have different parts of ourselves that are sometimes in conflict don’t we?! I definitely am trying to channel my focus on the helpful little voice and go with my gut. I think like Alison said above, so many people go through thoughts and feelings like this with different parts of business and life, they just don’t share it. Part of sharing this was for my own sanity, but I also wanted to let others know, who may experience this, that they are not alone. I was really nervous about doing it but I trusted my gut – a muscle I’m am trying to grow! A sincere thank you for your encouragement

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  3. Claudia

    Bravo, Arienne! Your designs are awesome! It is a big step, but I can’t wait to hear more details! The shipping is the big deterrent for me, being in the US, but who knows… maybe you’ll need a US distributor one day :) I’m an entrepreneur too and I applaud you for thinking big.

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    1. Arienne Gorlach

      Yay Claudia! Thank you :) There is much to tell/show as things happen. I’m waiting on a call from Australia Post to discuss postage options to hopefully make things a little easier for all. I am definitely considering using distributors, but will probably start small…

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  4. Chan

    Hi gorgeous worrier ;)
    Do what you love and don’t start to hesitate. I know, easier said then done ;) I understand as I am putting something out there too. Just working with designer on my ‘happy journal’.
    I do believe there will always be people interested in what you are doing. Don’t doubt it, as you can do it! You are a limitless being. Focus on what can happen and not the worries (as this contracts you). Keep thinking how you can do it and the way you love it (this expands you).
    Thanks for sharing and showing the world who you are x

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    1. Arienne Gorlach

      Haha Chan, you gratitude Warrior of love! Totally easier said than done but I have a big intention to focus on the good – the growth, the big picture, the possibilities. I can’t wait to hear about what’s been happening in your world. Here is to expansion – for all of us! x

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  5. Katrina F

    Wow, what a wonderful decision. I don’t know if this helps or not but a quote from Joel Madden on last nights ‘The Voice’ (in Australia). When asked about whether he felt sorry for people with unsuccessful auditions and also if he felt like a loser because he had no artists on his team yet (as they all went with other coaches), his response was that he related to feeling like a loser because he and his brother were just 2 big losers who went out into the world and didn’t take no for an answer. His response really struck me (and I’m not referring to you as a loser in any way). Ok so if that didn’t work there’s always Marie Forleo line “Everything is figureoutable!” Hope this helps and you go out there, grab hold of your dreams and don’t take no for an answer!

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    1. Arienne Gorlach

      Ooooh I luuuuuuurrrrvvvve Marie – and I love ‘Everything is figureoutable!’ It totally helps Katrina :) It is a good reminder. I also think that what Joel said (i also luuuuuuuurrrrrve The Voice – The Man tells me I couldn’t ever be a judge or presenter on any of those types of shows because I would be in (happy) tears all the time!) is very inspiring. It is a practical reminder of transformation and what you need to do to go from here to where you want to go. Everyone started from somewhere and had to go through challenges, doubts and fears to come out the other side. I feel like I need to get more creative about not taking no for an answer!

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  6. Tasneem Roman

    wow!!! doooo iiiit pleeeeeease! Im sure it will be a great success, im a potential homeschooling mum in the uk and just LOVE your product it just makes somuch sense and would have loved to have purchased one here without the hassle of printing and a5 filofax puching but the combined cost is too great. Anyways after plenty of deliberation i finally purchased mine today. So thankyou for your creativity, hardwork, belief in yourself and all your courage and perserverence that has allowed us all to enjoy your product. One can really feel this project has come from a good place and is bound to flourish!! : ))

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    1. Arienne Gorlach

      Tasneem! Welcome to the world of Life is Crafted :) Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. You are absolutely welcome and thank you for recognising those things, it means alot :)

      Go you being a homeschooling mum – I can see why you would need to get organised! I’d recommend printing plenty of the Weekly Routine pages to plan your weekly curriculum if you’ve not thought of that already :)

      Good luck with it and I can’t wait to get those printed packs out to the world!

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