I said this is the last episode of My Write Path and it is worth repeating, people are often curious about progression.
Since I started this blog, I find myself reading the posts of other bloggers wondering about their “success path” and trying to follow their timeline. But as I shared in the last episode, my sitting, reading and watching their work was hindering my own progress. I am not pointing the finger at them. I am very much to blame. I was spending so much time on the sidelines that I wasn’t putting action to what I learned from dissecting their stories. I read and I listened in on the webinars. I admit, I kept wishing I had started a long time ago. I found some old piece of my work in a journal and thought, where would I be if I had gotten off my tuff then? Well, I am so glad that God heard my foolish thoughts and told Jeff Goins to send me this message, It’s Not too Late.
Why It’s Not TOO Late For Us To Become Writers
I am actually a subscriber to Jeff Goins’ emails but I missed this recent message from him about Sandy. He was announcing that he would be releasing a 3-part interview he recorded with Sandy Kreps, a student of his who founded the popular blog modernsimplicity.org and recently became a published author. I had not opened the email yet. But then I saw two message from another influencer of mine, Jonathan Milligan, who mentioned these same videos with Sandy Kreps. When Jon sent his message, it made me think, “you probably want to go back and take a look at this if Jon has mentioned it twice now.” So I did.
I actually downloaded the transcript for the first two videos before I watched them. (Jeff really knows how to do it doesn’t he?)
After I watched them both, I went back and read the transcript of the first one specifically because I was intrigued by Sandy’s timeline on her way to becoming a professional writer.
So here is what I gathered:
- Sandy, a full-time wife, and art director gave birth to her first child in 2005. (That probably means we are about the same age.)
- So in love with her first child, she dove into the world of mommy blogging in 2007. Her first son ignited the “blog spark”. But she only considered it a hobby.
- She was laid off her job in 2010 and wanted to stay home with now two boys because her husband traveled a lot. She still needed income.
- The lay-off fanned the “blog spark” into a burning flame while unemployment checks provided a bit of kindling.
- She signed up for the first Tribe Writers Course with Jeff Goins in 2012. Meanwhile, hubby is not so sure about all the social media stuff that is going on.
- She spent 2007-2012 teaching herself “the ways of a professional writer.”
- With the support of the Tribe Community, she released her first ebook on Amazon called Fresh Start. More book ideas followed and she just keeps writing.
- She attended the Tribe Conference in 2015. During the conference, her table talk manifest into a JUST DO IT challenge and she finished the book she had gotten stuck on in 90 days. One month after finishing the book, Mommy Simplicity, it was published and on Amazon. She went from stuck to a book published in print in 120 days.
- Today, Sandy Kreps is a Lifestyle Business Writer full-time. She has four books under her belt, 12000 email subscribers, blogging business and repeated writing income.
What the success of another person should mean to YOU
If you are able to read this post and look back on Sandy’s story like I did, guess what? YOU ARE ALIVE!
The timeline was important to me because it spans eleven years from the time her son was born until today. Which speaks to the beginning question that Jeff asked in this video series, “Can this still be done today?” It’s never too late.
I paid particular attention to the point Sandy made about the years from 2007-2012 that she spent “teaching herself”. I think intelligent creatives really think we can “figure it out.” I read something in Jonathan Milligan’s blog that made so much sense to me regarding our sensation with “gathering information.” He says, “education without action is futile. I see it first-hand all of the time. People take courses, but never take action.” When I think how relevant that statement is, it stings like a hornet.
In October 2015, I participated in Michael Hyatt’s virtual stream of his Influence and Impact Summit. Since that week in OCT last year, I have listened to about 25-30 webinars from professional bloggers and creatives who are using the gift God gave them to get their message out to many. I wish I started then. I’m convicted of being a bystander. However, I plead NOT GUILTY of sitting on my gift. Not Anymore. It’s Not Too Late for Me. You Either.
I’m On My Write Path.