Weak people wait for opportunities; strong people make them.” – Orison Swett Marden



It takes a long time to feel ready.

Running into the unknown and leaving your comfort zone, SUCKS.

It’s now been three years since we moved back to New South Wales and a little over six months since we moved to Sydney. I still remember booking the removalist for Jan 31st 2013 and thinking “is this the right decision?”. It was something I had wanted to do for roughly two years, but I still didn’t have the confidence to know if it was the right choice at that moment. We had just returned from a holiday and I had an online store so I was trying to weigh up if sticking it out in QLD would have been a better decision. But, that’s the thing, you’re never going to know if something is the right decision until you’ve lived it. The thing that really helped me in the end was locking in a date – we had exactly four weeks to pack up. I found that once you set the date, you can’t be overwhelmed. It’s set in and all there is to do now is to ride the wave and do all that you need to do.

You won’t know what you can do until you do it.

And that goes for all aspects of life.

When we moved to Sydney I saw it as a way forward for both Jonathan and my work. It made sense to move here and it would cut down our travel time each week, thus we would have all this extra time up our sleeves so to speak. With moving to Sydney I really wanted to keep making progress with what we were both doing together and separately. I figured we could always reassess our decision in six months time and if it wasn’t tracking how we wanted it to be tracking, then we could think about what I would want to do next. Now that we’ve hit that six month mark I am pleased to share we’re the busiest we’ve ever been and moving is to thank for that. That and all the amazing people around us who believe in our work. Shout out to you all!

But that’s the beauty of trying things – nothing is forever, you’re in control and you can always do something new. You’re the author of your story. If we don’t try new things and take a chance on our dreams, we may be loose one of the best opportunities that will come our way.

Waiting for this so called “right time” is so paralyzing. I have lived it so many times. There’s really no point waiting for the stars to align, because there’s never going to be the right time. If you’re working on something you deem important, then you’ll never feel ready. I have found this with so many of my creative ventures and I have felt this recently with something I have been working on. It may seem a little cryptic, sorry, but I hope to share it with you all soon! What I can tell you is the crippling feeling I felt as I sat in the car with Jonathan moments after we had a meeting. Jonathan said “I thought you would be more excited” and I responded “I am excited, I am extremely excited, but this is something I have wanted for 10-12 years and we’re going to finally do it”.

I hope we can pull it off.

I have figured out chasing after perfection is the surest way to never get anything done.

If there is something you’d love to kick start, do it as soon as possible because you will never be ready, you’ll never have all the resources, you’ll never have all funding etc. You have all the ability to eliminate all the barriers (read: whatever excuse you may have concocted to justify the thing you’re not doing), so start doing the things you want to do now, because there really is no better time.

Remember: If it scares you, then it might be a good thing to try. When you start it won’t be perfect, it may not even be good (my first blog post was FAR from good). The important thing is you took the chance and that’s the best feeling, ever!

Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

3 thoughts on “Don’t Wait Until You Feel Ready”

  1. What a wonderful, personal story. Some of the best things happen when you step out of you comfort zone and trust your gut instinct.


  2. Amen lady. The fear comes from the unknown. The fear comes from the monstrous changes that could happen because of a decision. But fearing that is only holding you back. Smart people take calculated risks and are well aware that their risk might not pay off, and what that might mean for them. But you have to consider these things, right? And if you take the risk, there is always some sort of a back up plan for the ‘what if’s’. If the risks were far too great and had little in the way of ‘back up plans’, then we wouldn’t take the leap and try it.

    I hope your new little venture works out for you lady!

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