Things You Should Know – My Greatest Fear…

The Grand Tetons, Summer 2013

“What is your biggest fear in business?”

My friend and Philadelphia wedding photographer Mike Allebach asked that question today in the Brandsmash Facebook group. It stopped me.

Fear? I don’t have fear in my business. Ok, ok, I mean – I have the fears everyone has. Will there be customers? Will some major catastrophe happen and shut my business down? But I have systems in place for a lot of things. I have an amazing network of friends locally and nation-wide that have my back. I don’t have fear about my business.

“Letting my business take over my life, no longer having free time.”

It is so easy as a business owner to slide in to this mentality of it consuming everything. What I offer to my clients is built around my passions, so it is a part of me as much as my eyes are blue.

A few hours later, it hit me.

I have a far bigger fear — my story not being heard.
(Which of course starts with me telling it.)

I’ve spent a lot of the past six weeks going in circles. I have stories I want to tell, and choosing where to tell them is hard. I know I want them on my blog and not on Facebook, even though it is easier to just slide them in there. Faster. Always open. Quicker feedback from people.

But Facebook is so transient. Fleeting. My stories belong on my blog.

Having so much that I want to say leaves me silent. I don’t know where to begin.

Then there are the stories that overlap with the stories of others, and the blurred line of what I can share and what is not my story to tell.

If I want my story to be heard, I need to tell it. Plain & simple. I should get on that, shouldn’t I?

I thought long & hard about this week’s Things You Should Know Thursday. If we’re going to be BFFs, you should know that I need to be heard.

My goal for 2014 is to tell more of my story. Here. On Vivid & Brave. When working with my mentoring clients. When working with my photography clients. It is all about the story and being heard – and hearing them. We all have stories to share. I can’t wait to see what the new year holds.