Daily Happiness Series - Question 13

Question: What do you need to do to make it happen?

My Answer: Plan, write, schedule, repeat. Doodle, paint, letter, repeat. All between sips of coffee, of course. 

I'm a member of The Peony Project, which is a group of women who love Jesus, and who happen to blog, either a little or a lot. Recently, one of the administrators asked the group what each of our dreams and goals were in regards to our blogs. Here's how I responded:

I want to use my blog to impact people — plain and simple. I want readers to leave my blog feeling encouraged, but in a REAL, AUTHENTIC way. I just “rebranded”, whatever that means to someone who blogs as little as I do, ha!, so I have a very small following, and I want that to grow. I want to be able to connect with other like-minded bloggers... to grow my blog to reach more readers, in order to encourage them to dig deeper into the Word and to feel/share authentic freedom.

After I shared my dream for my blog with the group, I realized that I didn't mention the art or shop aspect of my blog, which I share the same vision for. I dream of opening an Etsy shop, allowing me to have more than one item available for customers to purchase. But opening an Etsy shop takes time, a lot of planning, a lot more time, and a lot more planning (for me, at least), and... well I wouldn't say that I've come to a roadblock, but this summer certainly has acted as quite the speed bump. 

You see, I don't just want to be "a blogger". I want my blog to be a space that people escape to for a good word about Jesus or for a good word about how my coffee tasted that day. Because I may be introverted and shy, but I love to help and encourage people, and online I feel more free, or brave enough, to share my voice. To the handful friends I have "irl" (that's In Real Life, my dear reader), I am loyal, faithful, and solid as a rock. (That's what one person said, anyway.) And I want to be that friend to my readers, too. I want to be that friend you go to for e v e r y t h i n g. And I know my blog is a long way off from that for now, but my prayer is, simply, that I will reach you.

I want to speak to your hearts through my words and through my art. The rest can come later, whether that means income through an Etsy shop and the occasional sponsored post, or even if it means continuing to dream of the future while keeping everything just as it is, because I would be content with that as well. 

Even still, I will continue to dream of the future. Because we're all allowed to dream. - Tweet This!

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
— T. E. Lawrence
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
— Brian Tracy

The questions in the Daily Happiness Series come from Day 8 of The Happiness Planner’s Daily Happiness Email Series. If you’re not already subscribed to the Daily Happiness Email Series from The Happiness Planner, do yourself a favor: click here and get in on the action.

Tawni Sattler

Tawni is a multi-passionate lifestyle blogger, designer, and mama in Vienna, Austria, always with coffee in hand, ice cream in the freezer, and chocolate in her pocket. Authenticity and organized chaos are her love languages.