A new adventure
Holy crap! Has it really been eight years since I posted a blog post?! As they say, better late than never.
This is a year of some big changes so I figure there's no better time than now to give you all an update.
So much has happened since 2011. Too much to put in one blog post. So maybe I'll just start with what's still the same.
- I'm still happily married to my husband Mike. No kids yet. But we're hoping to start our family within the next couple years.
- I still struggle with ADHD. But, I continue to invest time and energy to understanding and managing it. I have made huge strides especially in the last few years.
- I still work for Google, though not for much longer. (I'm going to keep you in suspense!)
- I still run the creative community, PaperDemon.com.
And that's what leads me to make this updated blog post. This year I'll be embarking on a journey; A journey to fulfill a dream of mine that I've had for over a decade.
PaperDemon.com has always been a passion project for me. I've been telling myself for years how awesome it would be to work on PaperDemon and PaperDemonMedia full-time. I get so much joy from building something for creative's and helping them share their work with the world. As well as creating stupid funny videos. Every time a colleague of mine would leave Google to say they're leaving to work on their own business, I would stare at them wide-eyed with so much joy and happiness for them as well as envy. I would say, “I wish I could do that!”
Many people have dreams, but few actually attempt to see them through or give them a real chance. About two years ago I started to get serious about it. I realized that if I wanted to make my PaperDemon dream happen, I had to actually work on it and dedicate myself to it.
I doubted myself a lot (I still do). I wasn't sure if I had the discipline to do it. Up until two years ago, I could never stick to something consistently. I have a long history of unfinished projects telling me that I can't stick to anything or finish anything (this blog being one of them).
Oddly enough one of the thoughts that motivated me to try anyway is that when I have an ADHD child (there's a 50% chance) I want them to feel like they can take risks. I want them to go through the world believing that they can fulfill their dreams, in spite of their disability. If I gave up on my own dreams, what message would that send to my children?
The time has finally come for me to take the plunge and commit myself fully to seeing my dreams through. My last day at Google will be April 1. I'll then take a few weeks break to recover. (The last year has been incredibly hard. More details coming.) And then it'll be time to roll up my sleeves and see it all through.
I'll be honest with you, I'm pretty scared. I'm going to need a lot of support in the coming years. It may be a while before I'm profitable. I will continue to have lots of self-doubt. I very much appreciate any positive encouraging words you can send my way. Your words are more powerful than you could possibly know.
I don't just do this for myself, I do it for my family, and I do it for my community. Here's to you, me, and our dreams.
Special thank you to my husband Mike for his love and support.