This week our friends Liz & Ryan are in town for a little Dream BIG retreat that we’re putting on for ourselves. Where we’ve basically been sitting around and saying big dreams. Out loud. For someone else to hear. We’ve been using each other as sounding boards, setting deadlines for one another, and just in general bringing ourselves to task to actually do something about these things that we say we want to do.
Somehow, and I still have no idea how, around 10pm last night the four of us found ourselves going through our old blog. Page by page, post by embarrassing post. I’m going to be really honest with you here…..ready? By the end of it, I felt slightly sick. Like a pit was forming in the bottom of my stomach as I realized, Oh God, we didn’t have a clue. And being the If….then kind of a philosophy girl that I am, the next logical conclusion was “If we thought we had a clue back then and we didn’t….then maybe we still don’t now. Maybe we’re still doing everything wrong.” It didn’t sit well with me. And I went to bed last night in kind of a funk.
This morning I got back up early, went into my office and went through the old blog again. Page by page, post by embarrassing post. And I allowed myself to smile. To laugh. To enjoy these wide-eyed, hopeful, brand new versions of ourselves. The ones who were just setting out on a dream. And I realized, I was thankful that we didn’t have a clue back then. That we didn’t have a clue how hard it would be. Or how long it would take. How long it’s still taking. We didn’t have a clue that we might just fail. That we might stand up in front of a room of people and fall on our face. Or that it would take years for people to suddenly feel like it happened overnight for us. For them to think that it came easy. Going into it, we didn’t have a clue about the ninety hour weeks or how many times we would be knocked to our knees. Where the only thing left was praying. And I’m grateful for that. Because if we had, maybe we never would have set out to chase these dreams in the first place.
So as we sit here today with good friends dreaming big dreams, I’m grateful that we still don’t really have a clue.
Indeed, it may be the best thing that ever happened to us.
So today on Friday, and to send you off into your weekend right….I put together a little trip down memory lane for you. To assure you that if we can make a go of it, anyone can. Things like….
That time we started a business with love….and then called it Imagine Imaging (aka Images Imaging, Imaging Imaging, and my personal fave Imagine Imagining).
That time when we started with nothing, but knew we had to find a way to build from there. So we stayed up all night to go from this….
That time when we thought standing on things and rolling around on the ground would make us rockstar photographers.
That time we spoke for the very first time….and no one showed up.
That time we spoke and some people actually did.
That time we got to go to a wedding…..our own.
That time we showed how much we loved Halloween….
….and date nights….
….and date days.
And, uhhh hats. That time we wore hats.
And finally, that time when we introduced video. Y’know… to solidify our brand.
Happy Friday y’all!