Our February issue is dedicated to makers and entrepreneurs, which is always a favorite theme of mine. It is so interesting to me to hear about what inspires people to go after a dream or to create something that is unique that they have put a piece of their heart and soul into—something that is their own that they share with the world.

I have noticed a common thread amongst all of the small businesses, makers and entrepreneurs that I have had the pleasure of meeting or talking to, regardless of how different they may be from one another, and that is they all had the tenacity to take a chance and go for it. They put themselves out there and took the risk. It has given me perspective on the saying “you are capable of whatever you put your mind to” regardless of how cliché it sounds. Obviously, there is a lot more that goes into creating something, but the overall theme I notice every single time is they just went for it.

Honestly, this mentality can really be applied to more than just business: getting that degree, making that life change, listening to that inner voice that tells you that you are meant for so much more or that you are supposed to make an impact in an area that may be outside of your comfort zone. Whatever it may be, if it is something you are passionate about, life is too short to let it pass you by.

I am a dreamer by nature and am constantly thinking of ideas and startups, but I forget about half of them. They simply don’t mean enough to me. Every once in a while, I come up with an idea that fills me with such fervor that I can’t let go of it. Last winter, that was the case for me as I dreamt up an idea of a kindness challenge in middle schools. I have always had a sensitivity and passion for teenagers that are hurting and have always had a heart to reach out to them in some way. It started as a little idea, but I could not let go of it, so I knew I was meant to do something. Doors immediately opened in so many various ways that normally would not be, and Lifestyle Publications immediately supported and adopted this kindness challenge we call Elevate. It has been a ton of work but rewarding. I am meant to do this for a reason that I may never even know, but it is worth it to me, even if it only has an impact on one kid

If you have an idea or a dream you are sitting on, big or small, I encourage you to give it a try. You never know what could happen.