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What Do You Do With an Idea?

IMG_0499First, I had an experience.

Then, I had an idea. (It almost started as a joke.)

Then I went back to my life. (At least I thought I did.) But the idea kept tickling me. Reminding me of itself. Even before I realized it was an idea.

Then I received just the tiniest bit of encouragement and positive reinforcement.

So now I have a decision to make. To pursue or not to pursue?

Three things make think this may not just be a crazy dream.

  1. My daughter has a book: “What Do You Do With an Idea?” It’s a very thoughtful and whimsical study of how to nurture inspiration. For a few weeks now, that phrase has been rolling around in my head: What do you do with an idea?
  2. Yesterday, I walked into the library. In the entry was a book sale, and front and center on a cart of “collectible” books was a beautiful old blue children’s chapter book: “Sarah’s Idea.” I bought it.
  3. I had subsequently almost talked myself off of the ledge of believing. But when I hopped back in the car after dropping my daughter off at school this morning, writer/director Kevin Smith was on the radio discussing how people are really good at talking themselves out of good ideas. I believe his exact words were: “We are all Lord Byron when it comes to talking ourselves out of a good idea.” I actually screamed.

I have never been one to think that the “Universe” is trying to tell me something. I am a skeptic. But at this point, it seems like I’m just being ridiculous if I don’t sit up and take notice. (Am I crazy?)

The fear: that this will become another flash-in-the-pan idea that I eventually tire of. Wouldn’t that be embarrassing? (Hey, I am good at this. How else can I shoot myself down?)

Current mood: on the fence. I’m thinking, planning, researching, and strategizing. We shall see.

Things I’ve Been Doing Instead of Blogging

  1. Working full-time
  2. Parenting
  3. Worrying about parenting and how wrong I’m doing it
  4. Facebook
  5. Reading books (oh, who am I kidding)
  6. Reading Internet articles (headlines only)
  7. Journaling (hahahaha)
  8. Watching Making a Murderer
  9. Playing with my hair
  10. Planning dream vacation
  11. Figuring out what the kids are watching/reading/listening to these days
  12. Trying to decide weather or not to start dying my grey hairs
  13. Researching toddler dance classes
  14. Sleep

Welcome to my blog; and 3 creative rules for the Internet.

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I vow to post things that are

  1. Entertaining
  2. Informative

Thanks for stopping by. Here are three creative rules for the internet. (Not my only rules, or the most important rules. Just three rules. Observances, really.)

See, doesn't the rich texture and muted background make this item look AMAZING in its Etsy listing?

See, doesn’t the rich texture, extreme close-up angle and muted background make this item look AMAZING in its Etsy listing?

  1. Don’t believe half the stuff you see on Pinterest. That stuff is difficult to impossible to reproduce. And brining t-shirts doesn’t work. I tried it.
  2. Steal ideas and inspiration; but don’t steal content. (Picasso said “Good artists borrow; great artists steal.” That was before social media.)
  3. The stuff you buy on Etsy is better than the stuff you make from Pinterest. But even the Etsy stuff can be disappointing; lots of sellers are better photographers than they are crafters. Even if it doesn’t look exactly like you imagined it, though, you may still love it.

Thank you–come back soon!