What Faith, Coffee & Persistence Taught Me About Running Deliberate Magazine
Deliberate Magazine is inching up on two years in October. I brought life to a dream that I unsuccessfully tried to start many years before. I've always been a lover of words and writing. Though I'm an open book to people I trust, writing has always been a way for me to let out things that were building up inside of me. When I got laid off for the first time from my first job out of college, I was lost. I knew I wanted to write, but no employers were hiring at the time. I started Faith, Glam & Coffee (now Deliberate Magazine) as my blog. I wrote several articles a week and was noticing I was getting a good amount of traffic for a new blog.A month or two in from starting my blog, I had a writer contact me about writing for my blog. It never occurred to me that I could have writers writing for my blog. Since adding her to my blog, I have had over maybe 30 to 50 writers write for my blog and quarterly magazine. But, let me tell you, this dream of mine took a lot of faith, coffee, and persistence. There were a lot of times I felt like giving up or was wondering if I was crazy to start this online magazine that now publishes 15-20 articles a week. At one point, I had more writers pumping out content than I could handle. Thanks to my mama, I was able to get things under control, and with the help of other editors who volunteered their time to bring life to my dream.Here are three reasons why you need to hold on to your faith, drink some coffee, and be persistent when starting your dream.
Oh boy, there were so many times I asked God, "what am I doing?" "Should I be spending my time trying to get this online magazine off the ground?" Some days were good, and stats were booming, and other days it was almost a ghost town, and it seemed like my website turned into a fad rather than something people wanted to come to and read from every day. There are still times where I think is this something I should be doing. Why Deliberate Magazine? Why do I keep waking up every day and staying up at night to make this happen Sometimes the devil tries to put lies in your head when you're inching up to something great, and this was what he was doing.It wasn't until I started to get emails from writers who thanked me for creating a platform where they can write and express their faith that I began to see the potential of my dream and the importance of it. I had to have faith in myself, my website, my writers, but mostly in God. Going out and trying to start your own business is not for everyone, but I will be sure it is for me. Now almost two years later, we have hit our 100k views, created relationships that benefit the website, created an environment for people to be encouraged to live a deliberate lifestyle and chase after their dreams. Faith started it all.
There's no denying I am a lover of coffee. Coffee helps me wake up, coffee helps me stay awake, and a coffee shop not too far from my apartment was where I started Deliberate Magazine. There were nights where I was up to 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning co-designing this website with a website designer, writing up guidelines for my writers, designing magazine layouts for the quarterly magazine, or editing articles. I don't think I've ever worked on this website without coffee right by my side (as I am writing this I have a cup of coffee right next to me). Whether you need coffee or not, the important thing is to show up. Sometimes you have to show up early in the morning, or late in the night, but showing up is important. Showing up gets you closer to your dream.
Like I mentioned before, there were times where I wanted to give up, or it seemed like it was the only reason to keep Deliberate Magazine up. When we first started publishing our quarterly magazine, we missed every deadline. It wasn't because my team and I wasn't putting in the work or effort we needed we just came short. Sometimes, you're going to come short, but it's those times where you came short where you truly learn what works and what doesn't. Giving up shouldn't be an option. You have to get back up and keep going. And, that's exactly what we did. After a few issues of the magazine, we got better at managing our time and preparing what needed to be done so that we met that deadline.There was a time I wasn't sure I would be able to keep Deliberate Magazine up. Our one year contract ended with our hosting service, and the price went up, but we weren't making any money to cover the cost of renewing our hosting plan. My parents and I put a good amount of money into this dream of mine, but my mom and I weren't going to let a year worth of hard work, tears, endless cups of coffee, and persistence go to waste. Thank God, we were able to come up with the money to renew our hosting service for another three years (yes, three years! We're not going anywhere for a while). When the going get's tough, you have to press through. You have to remind yourself of the "whys." Why did you start this dream? Why do you want to continue? Stay persistent.All in all, faith was the only thing that kept me going and it's the only thing that will keep my team and I going. We've got to believe in ourselves and our dreams, but we also sometimes need to suck it up and wake up, early or stay up late with coffee in one hand and do what needs to be done. Sometimes when it seems like you hit a roadblock, we need to keep pushing forward until we see our dream at its fullest potential, and that is what I did before, what I am doing now, and what I will continue to do.