we all have a few things we’ve always wanted to do. big ideas that have sat in our souls and never bothered to get up and leave.
things that are constantly in the waiting room reading a magazine, thumbing through the pages of time, ready for their turn.
we stare at them and want to try them and accomplish them and say that we did them. to check them off the list and feel what it feels like to actually do something we’ve been thinking of doing for so long.
but we’re scared straight or talked out of it or find the excuses why we’re not ready.
so they keep waiting. breathing in and out, checking the time, crossing and uncrossing their legs…waiting.
and we honestly hope that the next time we peek our heads out from behind the door, wether that be a day from now or ten years from now, that they will still be there waiting. that, even if we don’t plan on inviting them in, we won’t have to find out that it’s too late for us to have attempted them if we ever got the guts to.
i’ve had one of those big ideas sitting in my soul since i was 18.
it was to make cards.
it had sort of taken a back seat in the waiting room, never really aggressive or daunting, but waiting there nonetheless.
and maybe it would have sat there for a few more years if it weren’t for a moment i had in holland in the spring.
it was just the most beautiful sunday, so deserted, so peaceful. dylan and i were biking to easter lunch at a dear friends house. (every holiday should be had in such an old-fashioned-feeling way…)
i was in the habit of precariously snapping photos while trying to pedal and dylan was in the habit of flailing his arms out or climbing on his seat and just generally entertaining himself with his own tricks.
it was at such a moment that i snapped this. and the very first thing i thought as i looked down at the photo on my screen was, “that could be a card”
so over the summer i started shoveling photos i liked into a file on my computer, but it wasn’t until october that i seriously sat down with pen and paper and invited the big idea in from the waiting room.
after four months of phone calls, design tweaks, way too many e-mails, printing decisions, color re-jigging, business card ordering, envelope finding, shipping details, number crunching, and a hundred cups of coffee had while staring into space waiting for words to come…
this is what came of it.
and here are three of the twelve i’ve started with…
check out the whole line at my bigcartel store.
sigh, i have so much more to tell you about what has come from starting this card line, but i’ll save that for sunday.
right now, it’s started.
i did it.
i started a card line!
i can’t wait to hear your thoughts…i can’t wait to get the word out and see where all of this could go. if you dig dani press, please pass the store love on. i can’t do it without your support.
big ideas sit around in the waiting room because they are meant for you to do. to invite in.