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The DIY Approach to Carving Your Own Path In Life And Business

If the life or business you desire doesn't exist, create it yourself.
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The DIY Approach to Carving Your Own Path In Life And Business

When I started my first creative business, Made Vibrant, I remember thinking that I wanted some way to combine my loves of creativity/design, business, and personal growth into one job that I truly enjoyed.

But, looking around, I didn’t see many people successfully combining these multiple aspects into one cohesive brand.

It was early 2014 and at that time I saw designers talking about design, life coaches and lifestyle bloggers talking about personal growth, and internet marketers talking about business and marketing.

Every piece of advice I read was telling me to choose ONE and go all in on that one thing.

But I didn’t want to choose. I saw a path for myself that (in my mind at least) didn’t exist yet.

Now, granted, it was by no means a clear path. It was hazy and unsure like the details of a dream you can’t quite recall. But with a certainty I can’t explain, I knew my intuition’s compass was pointing in a direction completely my own.

So, instead of following someone else’s roadmap, I stuck to my own.

Every decision I made or every step forward I took I made based on my own intuition, trying as best I could to stay close to this “DIY path” of mine.

A few years later, I’m proud to say that the road is getting clearer and more certain every day. I’m proud that I’ve created a sustainable business blending all three of my loves: creativity, personal growth and business.

I’m living proof that you CAN build the path of your dreams if you do it with authenticity, consistency, persistence, and tremendous belief in the unique perspective you offer this world.

What I’m here to tell you is…

This is the DIY approach to your happiest life: if the path you desire doesn’t exist, CREATE IT.

“It’s the DIY approach to your happiest life; if the path you desire doesn’t exist, CREATE IT.”

This reminds me of a particular part of my intuition-inspired guide, Connecting With Your Core (available with your Wandering Aimfully membership!):

“Instead of picturing yourself at a perpetual crossroads, unsure of which path to take, I want you to imagine yourself moving forward toward an unmarked path. One that you must carve out yourself… If looking ahead leaves you feeling lost and confused, then stop looking ahead and start looking within. Forge your path from the inside out. Let go of the preconceptions you have about what your future has to look like. There’s no need to retrofit yourself into a prefabricated route; you have the ability to create a custom life. One that unfurls from within.”

In the book, I call this little concept “your Invisible Future.”

I challenge you to embody your own Invisible Future.

Imagine that the path before you cannot be seen from this present moment because it will only emerge as you start to let your inner voice guide you. Erase whatever assumptions you have about “picking a path” or going down a route that has already been carved for you.

Now, with a blank slate, write down your ideal path and where it would lead you one year from now. Ignore whether or not this is based on anything you’ve seen anyone else do before.

Lastly, write down three actions you can take this week that will start you down that path you envision.

If you have a vision for what your life can become, believe in it. Take the energy you’d spend on second-guessing it and pour that into your determination to make it happen.

In other words, I’m giving you permission to DIY the sh*t outta your own life (no power tools or hot glue guns required.)

Now get out there this week and bring your vision to life!


The DIY Approach to Carving Your Own Path In Life And Business

(Big Fat Takeaway)

If you don't see anyone else pursuing the path you envision for your business or your life, that just means you're carving your own authentic way.


This article written by

Caroline Zook

She/Her | Artist, designer + writer passionate about helping soulful creatives grow into their brightest selves. Lover of bright colors + even brighter people! One half of the crazy duo running these parts!

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