"You will fail because you didn't follow your passion." Larry Smith on TEDTALKS, Economist.
What do these 2 quotes have in common? They both insinuate that there is a greater destiny to your life. One shaped by the dreams in your mind and the passion in your heart. They both are also a call to action. "DO IT." "FOLLOW IT."
I have never shied away from a challenge. It is part of my bloodstream to find things people tell me I can't do and then do it. For a long time I made that my passion. And that passion has taken me a long way. Sailing the sea working on a cruise ship, teaching geometry to a class of ADD students, working my way to Vice President of a recruiting firm with 20 reports, starting my own fashion business, and starting this blog. It has been this journey that has taught me lessons to grow, lessons to understand, lessons to teach. It has been this journey that has taught me my true passion.
I am passionate about people. I am passionate about learning about them and learning from them. I am passionate about connecting with them. I am passionate about teaching them to connect with others. I am passionate to help them pursue their dreams, their passions.
When I started this blog, and my Facebook page (because just as much if not more action happens there for TFBM and my followers), I did it with a purpose of connecting with other small business owners to teach then what I know and learn from them, but mostly to encourage them-to empower them. It has been a year and a half now and I am humbled and amazed at the shape it is taking.
On a daily basis I interact with business owners. I give them insight to my experiences of what they are challenged with, I point them to resources to help them on their path, I vent or let them vent and then we pick ourselves up and move on to the next challenge. TFBM has not only been a source of information for my followers but it is becoming a place where business owners can connect and learn from each other. This month I started adding designer interviews to the blog and I am amazed at the talent and experience out there and how much people are willing to share in the name of helping others succeed.
The next level of teaching connection was for me to start an online magazine. The magazine will launch in September. The purpose of the magazine is simple:
1. Connect independent designers with an audience that will buy their products.
2. Inspire shoppers by telling the story of the designers behind the product and showing their product in a beautiful way.
3. Inspire and educate designers with articles relevant to helping them grow their business.
The editorials for this magazine are really coming together! The talent involved in sending product, styling the shoots, and photographing are awe inspiring and I cannot wait to share it with you all!
Thank you for letting me share my passion with you and I look forward to interacting with you more so you can share your passions with me!