editor’s note: Today we’re welcoming our first Guest Maven to share some thoughts around our themes each week- leading us off, the awesome Kerry Burki! She’s the editor of Handmade Success and also a yoga teacher and today she’s sharing her thoughts and some fantastic tips on how to get past beginner fears to just get started already! Take it away, Kerry!
Hello fellow mavens!
As of yesterday, I am a beginner vlogger and printable creator! I shared a technique to help you feel more grounded on my blog Kema & Co. Today, I wanted to talk with you about the things I thought were holding me back and what helped me take the steps I needed to reach my goals.
I had the idea for a video series a while ago but I…
- wanted my blog to look better
- wondered if I should have a logo
- wanted to figure how how to put my photo in the sidebar
- wondered if my site should be www.kerryburki.com or www.kemaandco.com
- wanted to lose the baby weight
- wanted the perfect theme for my blog
- wondered how detailed my “about” page should be
- wanted to find the perfect background for the video
- wondered if a podcast would be easier than a video
- wanted to learn more about video/podcast editing
- wondered if it mattered that I don’t have any followers on my blog
- wanted to find a cool way to get my students testimonials on my website
- wondered if I should have a professional yoga teacher website in addition to my blog
- wanted to learn more about how to make and share printables
Geez louise! That is A LOT of wondering and wanting! If I waited for all of these things to happen then these videos were never going to get made.
Tips for getting past the doubt and getting motivated:
Don’t Wait For The Perfect Time to Start Because it Does Not Exist
One of our contributors on Handmade Success wrote this in a post last week about building confidence and it really stood out to me. What was I waiting for?!
I started telling people I was going to add a video or podcast to the blog and then they started asking me how it was going. So last week I decided that’s it! I am going to put a podcast on my blog next Monday!
I told Jena that I was putting a podcast on my blog about about a grounding technique I love to use. She responded asking me if I would like to write this blog post about being a beginner at something. I wrote back saying yes and that I was so inspired by her video that I wanted to do a video too plus a printable. Then on Sunday I was like,”Holy crap! Did I say I would create a video and a printable, put them on my blog and write a blog post about it for The Maven Circle?!”
Have a Mentor or Friend to Share With
Before I posted this video I showed Jordan who I work with at Handmade Success. I trust and appreciate her opinion. She loved it and that helped give me the confidence to share it.
I work with the yoga and handmade community everyday and have been looking for ways to merge my interests. I decided to just let go of trying so hard and see what happens. Then I started to realize that a lot of people I interact with through Handmade Success do not have the time or money to practice yoga. I hope by making these short videos I can begin to offer the benefits of yoga to more people.
I also need to let go of worrying about quality. I realize now that over time as I share more videos and printables I will find my voice, learn more and have room to get more creative. As a beginner, I am sharing from my heart and doing my best and that is a pretty good place to start!
I loved the quote from Monday’s wallpaper that said “Be Willing To Be A Beginner Every Single Morning.” by Meister Eckhart. In yoga, it is always said that even as you progress as a teacher you will always be a student. Also, that the best teachers are the best students.
That willingness to never stop learning will keep our lives full and abundant, open new doors, show us opportunities that we never knew existed and even ones that we never knew we wanted.
Ultimately, as soon as I started to share my ideas and dreams they started to come true!
Thank you so much Jena for being a part of this story and a super big thanks to both Jena and Jen for the opportunity to share with you here and for having such an amazing blog!
Have you become a beginner recently or are you working on something right now?
Share with us in the comments and hopefully that will also be the beginning of you getting it done and sharing it with the world!
Kerry Burki is the editor at Handmade Success, a blog dedicated to supporting creative entrepreneurs. She has been teaching yoga since 2004 and she blogs about yoga, handmade and life at Kema & Co. Originally from Arizona, she lives in Chicago with her husband and two little boys. She is constantly looking for ways to create a more awesome life for others, her family, and herself!