When Your Plan Wasn’t Part of Your Plan

emily p. freeman | 1/23/2019 | Staff
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January comes waltzing into rooms like a boss, hair all in place, glasses pushed up on the bridge of her nose, clipboard in hand, announcing her intentions: We’ll plan the year. We’ll do it right this time.

While I admire her gumption and the way she continues to show up at my doorstep year after blessed year, I also know the truth: while having a plan has helped me navigate a lot of decisions in my life, the actual results of my plan were rarely (if ever) part of the plan.

Years - Time - Income - Online - Business

Five years ago if you would have told me I would be making a full time income online by going into business with my Dad and a guy named Brian I hadn’t met yet, I would have laughed at you and called you crazy.

That’s not a thing, I’d say. I don’t even know what a membership site is, I’d say.

Time - Income - Membership - Site - Writers

Making a full time income by running a membership site for writers was not part of my plan.

In January of 2014 (that’s five years ago) here’s what was part of my plan:

Way - Question - Email - Inbox - Book

Find an easier way to answer the question I got asked most often in my email inbox: How did you get your book published?

I had plans to write, to connect, and to serve. But I didn’t know exactly what that would end up looking like.

Years - Hope*writers - Membership - Community - Writer

Five years later, it looks like hope*writers, our online membership community for any writer who wants to share words with a reader.

We only open our doors for new members for...
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