Do you have an idea? Some thoughts blowing around in your mind that you can’t stop thinking about? Do you have a yearning to create something and get it out into the world? I can relate. Not so long ago, I was right where you are. Allow me a moment to share . . .
I grew up in Missouri amidst sparkling lakes, muddy rivers, limestone bluffs and towering oak trees. In my mind, however, I longed to be in the tropics enjoying gentle ocean waves, plunging waterfalls, white sand beaches and swaying palm trees.
After being forced to graduate from college, I realized I probably wasn’t going to be a rock star (maybe being able to play an instrument or sing would’ve helped), so I plunged into adulthood and got a “real job” in the computer arena.
Always thinking that someday I’d realize what I wanted to be when I grew up, I continued the computer stuff with a handful of companies both large a small. One day a couple of decades later, I realized that time was passing by and my dream of doing what I REALLY wanted to do with my life was getting a bit dimmer. Even though I enjoyed success in my career & had a great wife, kids and dog, I longed for something more. The only problem was, I wasn’t exactly sure what that something was.
Finding the Island
Over the years I’d visited a number of tropical locales and always had trouble leaving when it came time to pack up and go home. I’d even semi-seriously thought about moving to a place where I could have palm trees growing in my backyard. I thought more and more about all this until I realized that the answer had been there all along. I could actually go the beach anytime I wanted. It was always right there – in my mind. A beautiful tropical island had been floating around in my head for a long time, just waiting to be discovered. So, I took the proverbial leap of faith, quit my job and took off to explore that island.
Well, by “took off” I mean I sat down at my computer and started to write. I had a few ideas that I wanted to get down, but I didn’t really know where things were going. As it turns out, several months and thousands of words later, the book Alumanaya – A tropical story about living with tranquility was born. It was exciting and very fulfilling to see my ideas come into reality. I wanted the world to know. But how?
A New Journey
I knew I needed a website. Since my technology experience had been in sales & business development, not programming, I started looking for someone to build a site for me. How frustrating! Not only did I have trouble getting what I wanted out of my head and into theirs, but it often seemed like they liked to let me know how much more they knew about web development than I did. I did eventually get my first site, but it wasn’t really what I wanted and I had to go back to the guy who built it for every little change I needed. More money, more condescending attitude. This wasn’t fun. I knew something had to change. So I decided to build my own site.
To get the book published, I had taught myself how to use various software programs in order to create the illustrations, graphics, layout and so on. I figured I could learn how to build websites too. This meant more software, more books, more online training and more time. But that was okay because I love learning new things and I was determined to get myself to a point where I could create the kind of site I wanted.
Finding the Passion
Over the past few years, I’ve done sites for a number of people and businesses. I’ve created logos, taglines and even entire branding programs.
But something even more important has happened. I’ve realized what I want to do when I grow up . . . and now I get to do it every day.
I really enjoy seeing new ideas emerge and take shape. I love “creating something from nothing.” And it’s a blast helping other people do these things too. Maybe it’s starting a new business or kicking off a new project. It could be re-energizing an existing website. Perhaps it’s helping someone finally get going in following their own passion. New ideas can change the world. Let’s get them out there!
For a Little More . . .
On the mythical island of Alumanaya, a calm, gentle breeze is known as an “Ahani.” For more, you may want to check out Island Perspective. And, we’d love to have you as part of the island tribe at Facebook.com/IslandPerspective.