The secret to unintentional success

The secret to unintentional success - if you think you can never be there, think again! Inspiring writeup via Funky Junk Interiors

“Where’s your store?”

“Can I buy ______?”

“Would you come to ____ to decorate for me?”

“Can I come see your place? Is it open for tours?”

As I brought my suitcases out of hiding to start packing for Luckett’s Vintage Market next week, I thought of these questions that frequently come my way.

It’s funny, but I suppose when you blog and have a logo, it can be easily assumed that you are a brand that has a retail outlet. Or maybe I should say, you SHOULD be a brand that has a retail outlet! I’m not completely sure!

old crate stairway via Funky Junk Interiors

old crate stairs

DIY bloggers for the most part start out by decorating their homes and share what they create on their blogs. Some stem out into other areas offering services and products. And then there are still some (hand raised) that are just blogging from the confines of their own home offering what they do best on their blogs only.

Is there a right or wrong? I don’t really think so. I think this blogging thing is a morphing thing. It’s really hard to pinpoint where things will take you.

My theory thus far appears to be, quit trying so hard to figure it out, because eventually something will fall into place and make sense when the time is right. But the key appears to be to continue to morph with new ideas so you can discover what hidden potential you have.

I remember first starting out. My passion took me into the wee hours of the morning throwing up a new post. And I’d question myself constantly with, “Why am I doing this? For free? I’m taking needed sleep away from my day job that I have now. What AM I really doing?”

I never had the answer, but all I knew is I loved WHAT I was doing so it was kinda effortless to just keep doing it. Then I learned about ad networks and such so I could attempt to earn while doing this.

I will admit, the earning part suddenly showed me that this could be more than just a sideline hobby. It could morph into our life’s work if we implemented the steps necessary.

So as I stuff my suitcases full yet again, I shake my head in wonderment. Frequent travel for others may be common, but to me it’s the most surreal experience ever. Never did I fathom ‘my little hobby’ would have me flown out yonder somewhere to share my story and offer encouragement in person.

The internet has vastly changed the way we do things. If you have something to offer, I highly encourage you to contemplate what you’d like to do with it. Do you have a dream you are scared to realize? What will it take to get you to come out of hiding and share your gift with the world?

Funky Junk Interiors wins a 2012 Canada Wide Upcycle Challenge

pallet wood sofa

Unintentional success is available to anyone that places one foot in front of the other. Sometimes the next step is a doozy, but how will you ever know where you can go if you don’t continue to go forth and strike new ground? Even if it’s uphill?

Are you up for the most exciting ride of your entire life?

Hometalk gets Funky Junked at Lucketts

Keep doing what you’re doing. No fear. Full speed ahead! Believe!

For it’s when you least expect it, that it could be your turn.

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links in this writeup lead to:

31 Days Blog to Biz / Day 30 – How Nesting Place Earns

31 Days Blog to Biz / Day 13 – Ads that Pay

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    • I totally agree Linda! I think if you do something you’d do for free anyway, that’s the thing you should do for a living… because you’ll never work a day in your life again. 🙂

  1. Great post as always, it’s always inspiring, no matter how many times you hear it to continue blogging about your projects for whatever means so long as you’re enjoying yourself. Happy blogging.

  2. I love this post, and wish you the best. I hope you find out where this is leading you, and that the place you are headed is a wonderful place. I think we are offered so many opportunities, and sometimes it is difficult to determine which one to take. I’m so happy that you are getting wonderful opportunities. You are very talented and it is so well deserved!!!

    • Thank-you Anita! Yes, it’s hard to determine which ops to take. This is why writing down goals is so important… so we don’t get distracted by shiny objects along the way. Now to figure out those goals… ha!

  3. Thank you for this completely honest post!!! Hallelujah!! Totally refreshing, I love seeing how your “career” evolves so organically 🙂

  4. You must hear this so often, but you are one of the reasons I started on my own journey, I’ve been so inspired by you. Thanks for pushing, for sharing and most of all inspiring!

    ~Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

  5. Donna, your unintentional success was hard won. I think the secret is the same secret of all great capitalistic endeavors – it’s why capitalism has bettered the world over. You provide something others want, something that enriches their lives and lifts them up. They gladly follow along and pay to benefit from your creativity and inspiration. That, in turn, provides you with personal and financial rewards. Everyone wins. May your success continue to be an inspiration to others as your audience grows.
    Liz

  6. I am in the “throws” of opening an etsy store and have really been procrastinating for a lonnnng time….when others have encouraged to me to move from the comfort zone of my current vendor booth at The Royal Standard…..hmmmmm?? should I???? will I impress anyone to buy via e-commerce??? I love my stuff but will others???yada yada……..thennnnn came this pin!!!! I’m gonna do it!!! Thanks for perseverance (and losing sleep)…..see ya! Susanne Talbot
    Stay Tuned on Etsy: No108BellaVista

  7. Such inspiring words that perhaps hit with me at the perfect moment. I’m on the verge of taking a leap that will be fun, and hopefully will finally the chance to be compensated for the thousands of ideas that are in my head!

    I love your blog!

  8. Love this site. My husband and I are budding upcyclers and are always looking for inspiration. Your site is perfect and your mission great. Keep up the good work 🙂

  9. Dear Donna!
    This post brought tears to my eyes. I (too) started a blog not knowing
    exactly why… But I loved it. I have never been this happy. But Now I am
    SO SCARED and WORRIED about making this a “business” that I
    think I need to take a few steps BACK. Like, instead of renting a
    store front (and getting trapped in a model I did not want in the
    beginning), I feel I should just BLOG. BLOG about my house projects,
    and try to inspire others. Thats how I started anyway!
    Your post confirmed what I was thinking: that I should do what
    I love, and put one step in front of the other… and fear not.
    Thank you, Donna!
    Have a wonderful time at Luckets!!!! Say hi to Marian for me!!!
    I will be cheering you on from here!
    Claudine

  10. Great post!! I am starting a new blog, after having my personal blog for quite a long time. It’s all about creating a working homestead (garden, preserving, making our own as much as possible) – in a 750 square foot apartment in the heart of New York City. I’m doing it because I am curious and passionate, but I know it will be amazingly worthwhile and fascinating, and would love to find a way to make it a job! However, I think what is most important for me is making sure that it is joy filled for me.

  11. Thank you for such a great post! I just started my blog last week – and I have a lot to learn, but your words give me inspiration to keep on keepin’ on!

  12. Your post was perfect timing for me! I just started a blog and have no idea what I’m doing but like you said just put one foot in front of the other.

    I also just purchased a plane ticket today to fly to California for my daughters college graduation, and I am PETRIFIED to fly. I kept telling myself if I can do this I can do anything.

    Thanks for your post I really needed it.

  13. Donna, I will say that I’ve been struggling with this very topic. My blog and home is what I’m most passionate about, but I feel like the success is so small and I’ve been doing it so long. I keep referencing the picture of the man in the cave digging for diamonds. He stops on inches away, not knowing that it’s RIGHT there. As you know blogging is time consuming and not free. Thanks for the encouragement!!
    Angela