One time I wanted to make some improvements to my kitchen, so I bought a loaf of bread. It added quite a lot to the space, especially in my ability to make sandwiches.
I’ve been making improvements like that lately. Small steps to a better place.
I started the year with the purchase of a new welcome mat. This was a hard one because when I was reviewing my options in the store, all the choices had words like “Welcome.”
I guess that makes sense, but the writer in me wanted a message with more nuance, especially in case the person ringing the bell was selling something I wasn’t buying. I didn’t want to make a false promise that they would actually be welcome.
The other options were “hello” or some other friendly greeting that didn’t seem much better. So here I am, stuck with the word “welcome” on my front porch and anticipating the day someone I don’t know takes me up on my offer. So far, so good.
Working at home brings interruptions on occasion, where someone wants to tell me about a different security plan, a lower cost cable opportunity, or pine straw availability. There was a time when I got up from a copywriting project just long enough to say, “Yes, I do have a church home.”
My reluctance to usher in sales people and proselytizers aside, it did seem that a new welcome mat was a good way to start the year at my door. I’m ready for 2019. Ready to turn the corner. To move forward. To expand my work as a copywriter. To package my story shaping ideas in words and videos.
Are you ready for something too?
The other home improvement I made was changing light bulbs in the great room ceiling fan. I couldn’t do this without assistance, though. I needed to bring out my step ladder. Then just a couple of small steps up, and I was there. Done. Now I can see things so much more clearly.
Small steps make a difference. If you want to do something better this year, you don’t have to get it done today. Just start with a small step.
Over the fall, I updated the videos in Your Story Shaping Blueprint. In doing so, I made one more small change: I started calling the series a “mini-course.” The more I thought about it, “course” sounded too big. People might think, “I don’t have time for a course. But a mini-course… oh, that’s different.”
Taking a small step is easier than making a big change. That’s why I kept the videos to around 7 minutes. Sitting down for 30 minutes sounds like a big deal, but 7 minutes? That’s doable. So, if you want to take this kind of small step, take a look.
Enjoy your magnificent journey.
– Minnie Lamberth
The Magnificent Journey
Vol. 3, Issue 1
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