I came up with the idea for Rose Petal Pathways back in November, when I was spending some time meditating on where to focus my energies in life. At the time, I was pretty bored and pretty sick of feeling like an underachiever. I wanted to add a little extracurricular excitement to my daily pursuits, and I also wanted to stop wondering when I’d ever get around to doing one of those big, fulfilling projects I’m always daydreaming about. So I spent some time alone, just me, the universe, and a tiny notebook, and wrote down whatever came to mind while my eyes were closed. After having done this a few times, one day I opened my eyes, smiled, and said, “OK. I’m gonna do the crowdfunding campaign.”
It was really, really exciting, y’all. If you know me personally, you know I can be indecisive and scatterbrained; from knowing that, you’d know that I rarely have the satisfaction of seeing a big project through from start to finish. So setting myself to raise $5,000 by February 1 (and later, when the deadline was extended, February 15), and then completely following through, has been a transformative experience. But the metaphysical shift I’m talking about hasn’t been a passive experience; rather, it’s been through the actions I’ve taken on a daily basis that I’ve grown a ton, learned about myself, and really gathered some momentum over here.
The truth is that I am bursting with ideas. I didn’t use the word “daydream” lightly above; I am up in them clouds like it’s my job, for real tho. Luckily, successfully raising more than $5,000 nearly entirely on my own in a month and a half has revealed to me the possibility that my dreams really can become my job. Nothing like turning a profit, and having a blast while doing it, to really make you perk up.
At the end of my campaign, after a night of dancing and celebration with dozens of D.C.-area Iranians who had come out to party and support my project, I was overcome by a feeling I’d never felt before. I still don’t know what to call it. It was some kind of deep satisfaction, a better payoff than anything I could have asked for or imagined. It was something about knowing that my friends, the ones who helped me do everything from the crowdfunding’s social media campaign to throwing a dance party at the end of the period, thought my idea and I were worth giving up all that time and effort. All they’ve gotten in return is my profuse and genuine thanks. What more I can give, only time will tell. But what I do know is that this was awesome.
So I say go out there and do it up. What have you got to lose?
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