Just keep going.

Just Keep Going

If you’re feeling like maybe you should quit before you even start, read this first.

In honor of my first official launch, my sweet sister Stacey sent me an email with this note:

“Just wanted to send you yet another reminder of how far you have come in the last year! I have a whole series of emails and texts from this time last year when you were just starting this journey. You are a superstar and I know this course is just the beginning of something amazing!!!”

Here’s what I wrote on February 1, 2013:

The Email

Thing is – I had TOTALLY forgotten about this feeling. This email. This “welllll-maybe-I-should-just-quit-before-I-begin” phase.

One year ago this week I was in the eye of a full-on tropical brainstorm, googling my heart out to decide on a name for my new blog, business, book, whatEV.

(In case you’re wondering what this email was about, I was considering a play on words – of course – with my MOM side, thinking of naming my content series “The Mother of all _______.”)

Apparently on this particular day, I’d googled and realized the idea was taken. And I felt like poo. And I was VERY tempted to say “Okay, nevermind. I’ll stand back.”

But. (BIG BUT.) I keep plugging on in FAITH that *my* path would become clear…and oh BOY did it.

(You can read more about my story here and here.)

Sharing this with you to say:

1. Don’t give up before you start. (The business, the book, the blog post, the JOURNEY.) (Tweet it.)

2. There are MORE than enough great ideas in the world. Be patient, keep talking through them, and your gems will bubble up in divine timing. (Tweet it.)

3. Surround yourself with people who believe in you (and save emails like this to show you how far you’ve come!). (Tweet it.)

4. Wherever you are, whatever phase you’re in, JUST. KEEP. GOING. (Aaaand tweet it.)

Your Turn

In the comments below, tell me:

  • What’s one thing you can celebrate TODAY to recognize how far you’ve come in a year – six months – or even one month?
  • What do YOU tell yourself to stay motivated when you’re tempted to give up before you start?

Can’t wait to hear it. I smell some serious inspiration coming on!

Overflowing with mushy aloha and gratitude for the constant inspiration I get from you. You’re blazing trails and chasing dreams all over the place, and it’s a beautiful thing.

To faith and perseverance,




P.S. You know that “first official launch” I mentioned? It’s going pretty well.

In fact, Chef Amy Aversa of Sweet Basil Catering ACTUALLY said: “This is probably the best website advice I’ve seen yet. From anyone.”


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  1. Debra Dane

    Thank you so much for this- I am sitting here eating corn chips and salsa and feeling flat because things are taking longer than I would like, cost more than I expected and scare me… But I look back and 1 year ago I did not yet know what I wanted to do and figuring that out was a HUGE step. I just need to be a little patient and have a little faith xx

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Oh, Debra.

      1. I too love chips and salsa.
      2. YES! I didn’t know either a year ago, which seems crazy.

      Trust your timing and be patient with yourself…I can’t wait to hear where you are a year from TODAY :)

      Enjoy the ride, my friend!

  2. Melanie

    One year ago, I had barely begun blogging, I had a website that kind of sucked, and I had only an inkling of how to actually make money with my passion & training…
    Fast forward…
    In the past year I invested money in key places, wrote some decent blogs, worked harder than I ever expected, but created an ecourse I love and that lovely folks are registering for right now. Yay! :)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Amazing, Melanie!! Congratulations on a year of serious progress!

      Excited for you and the folks you will serve with this new course :)

  3. Bianca

    First – so grateful to have found YOU to help with my journey and my dreams going forward this year, thank you Nikki Elledge Brown. You’re my communications rock star !!

    Second, I too have just experienced a huge flat moment at a time that I should be celebrating my achievements so far. Three years ago I started a small online business as a bit of fun and as a bit of a hobby. My business plan was to sell 3-4 of my products a week which would bring in a little cash flow and keep my mind ticking over. Three years later, I now send out 80+ orders a week and hundreds of products and I’ve just quit my day time job to take this on full time. So YAY – gotta remember where we came from to realise how far we’ve come xx

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      That is amazing, Bianca!! Thanks so much for sharing.

      Celebrating with you :)

  4. Tonia Winchester

    My mom and I just had this same conversation. And gosh… as soon as I started to type this resistance set in in a major way. In the last 40 minutes I have done everything possible except finish this comment.

    Tea anyone?
    Been waiting for me to approve our “connection” in LinkedIN?

    A couple weeks ago my mom made me write out a love note to myself. I pulled a page out of this adorable book, “50 Ways to Say Your Awesome.”

    On the front it says, “You Dazzle Me to the CORE.” On the back (semi-Mad Lib styles), I wrote,

    “I hereby decree Tonia to be Completely and Utterly AWESOME in Every Conceivable Way. This proclamation goes into worldwide effect on January 26, 2014 @ 9pm. Those who disagree with my proclamation can, legally speaking, get lost.”

    Yours Sincerely,
    CEO and President of Your Joyfully Free Life.

    I’m sure it’s totally binding, and will 100% stand up in a court of law.

    Anyhoo… it’s my current celebration of stresses and hiccups overcome, and my motivation to keep plodding along.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Pahaha – YES, Tonia. I’m pretty sure “get lost” holds up.

      Go get ’em, tiger.

  5. Ana Grey Niumata

    Gosh. THANK YOU for this post, Nikki! What you wrote: ” was in the eye of a full-on tropical brainstorm, googling my heart out to decide on a name for my new blog, business, book, whatEV.” is EXACTLY where I’ve been these last few months! I love your honest message a year ago, that you’ve got a god-given talent that’s meant to be shared with ppl… it’s just how. I’m a full time working mommy with lots to offer and lots of ideas brewing in my brain, but I just can’t seem to nail it all down to get to what it is I want. I’ll certainly be stopping by every now and again (or maybe even more often than that) to share in some of the amazing tips you have. I appreciate it!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      So happy this connects with you, Ana! If you join my VIP list you won’t have to bother with stopping by – I’ll let you know any time something new pops up.

      You’ve got this! All in divine timing, sister.

  6. Amy

    Thank you sooo much for writing this post! I really needed to hear everything you have to say. I’m not sure if I’m alone one one thing….I am having a hard time dealing with negativity from others. I don’t have any biz friends because I don’t know anyone out there. Most of the people around me question what I am trying to do, it’s to the point where it makes it hard for me to keep going. Have you had to deal with any negativity along the way? If so, how did you handle it?

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