It didn’t turn out the way I planned or expected.
And that’s OK – one could easily argue that maybe it’s turning out better than what I had dreamed up in my head.
I’m definitely sure, though, that it doesn’t require actual argument. It is what it is. Meaning: I was what I was, I have been what I have been, and now – I am what I am.
And what I am is someone celebrating a full circling, even if it is 3 years later than I might’ve expected.
Are you familiar with my ‘love me some Wilmy’ project?
If not, you might want to check out this page first to get a better understanding; or, you can just read the rest of this and 1) redirect your attention to the other page later or 2) not at all, because it turns out, it doesn’t really matter.
What is 3 years anyway?
An eternity. A blip.
Both. At the same time.
I didn’t plan this timing.
In fact, as my accountability partner and I discussed as 2020 gave way to 2021, I have a habit of setting unrealistic goals, especially when it comes to timing. I won’t go into that too much here, just know that while I was working on organizing my life and setting goals to my existence, the LMSW project definitely made an appearance on a spreadsheet dated 12/20/2020.
Still in my heart.
Still on my TODO list.
Though, I didn’t have much of an idea of how I would pull the ends of it together. I just knew that I needed and wanted to give this heart-project my attention in 2021.
And here we are.
Why wasn’t it done sooner?
Well … life?
(You can pause for a chuckle, if you want. Or, take a moment to reflect on the unexpected outcomes of your own 2021 timeline, or if you want to think bigger, your last 3 years.)
And it wasn’t until I was writing a check to Feast Down East that I noted the timing. I bought the ‘love me some Wilmy’ domain on Sept. 19. Everything I was designing and planning for in 2018 was coming together in the second half of September.
I appreciate the resonance*.
*If you think I’ve chosen the wrong word here, you’re not feeling into it the way I am, nor are you hearing the sweet music of celebration.
So, details … that’s what you’re here for right?
I wrote a check for Feast Down East (FDE) that was more than what I had hoped to pull together from the proceeds of sticker and magnet sales (over $1200). I told my newsletter readers that it really mattered to me – and there were a lot celebration emojis in the copy (as you might imagine).
My original goals were to help support FDE financially and to help raise awareness that they existed – and I’ll be honest, when I was thinking/feeling (read: manifesting) this idea into existence, I didn’t necessarily put a timeframe to it. I’ll do better next time.
So, details associated with raising awareness…
Beyond my blog and newsletter (a small group of individuals, for sure), I am sending stickers and magnets to businesses in the Wilmington and surrounding areas. And no, not just any businesses. I’m starting with the ones I love and have visited time and time again, or maybe it was a one-visit-love-at-first-sight kind of thing. I’m gifting my stickers and magnets, sharing my project and asking them – if they have community outreach goals as a part of their business models – could/would they consider FDE within their campaigns/programs and budgets.
No. I am not purposefully leaving others out. But I haven’t actually been to EACH AND EVERY single business in the area. Y’all. <Insert amused side-eye.> We start with inner circle and then go up from there, right?
Another option for getting stickers and magnets out – raising awareness – is the order form.
You – or any Wilmington local(ish) business or individual – can order the original love me some Wilmy products. Access the form here. I’ll be sending them out for free until supplies run out along with information about FDE.
One more detail…
It wouldn’t have really mattered to anyone if I hadn’t followed through on this idea. It’s really just one little note in a cacophony of development and progress, support and growth. Who would’ve missed hearing it?
But it mattered to my heart.
It would’ve mattered when I looked at myself in the mirror, and when I go inward for self-assessment and goal-setting. The idea that I didn’t honor; the idea that I loved, but didn’t value enough to …
You know what I’m trying to say.
And if I don’t love my ideas, if I’m not willing to see them through, if I don’t value the hopes of my heart enough to bring them to life … what am I even doing?
It would be different if I couldn’t.
But I can.
So I did.
Celebrate with me?