I am equal parts over-the-moon-excited and totally-terrified about my new project, and I think that I can’t be the only person who feels this way about new ideas. New ideas can fill you with such a big feeling of excitement, of possibility. They can make you shine with joy and they can make you buzz with enthusiasm and adventure. But they can also be a bit scary. They can make you doubt yourself and they can taunt you with the potential of failure. But do you know what? It’s okay to feel both. In fact, if you aren’t afraid of failing… where’s the fun in it?
My new project is to finally, finally create a recipe book. I have had so many people tell me that they love my cooking, my writing and my recipes, and I figured it was finally time to do something about it. So on Tuesday, I committed to the task of creating a hand-painted, hand-written recipe e-book. And I’m so, so excited about it! I’ve picked a launch date (16th May, two days after my 20th birthday!), planned my time out for the next month, and started getting my ideas together. I’ve told family and friends who have joined me in my excitement and are being very supportive. And so, I’m embarking on this new project totally psyched about the potential it has…
However, I am scared because the stakes for me are so high. I need this recipe book to be successful, because I’m using it to fund my trip to Vietnam to visit my family, who moved over there in February this year, and who I’m missing terribly. The thought of failing, of this book being unsuccessful, makes me cold and shivery. I don’t like thinking about it, but I have to. I have to so that I can overcome my fear. So that I can face the possibility of failure and say “that’s not going to happen, because I’m not going to let it“.
So here I go, off on this journey of creation, excitement and facing my fears. Do you have any big dreams that you’re bringing into the world? What do you feel about them? Tell me in the comments!