I haven’t talked about my app, Quotiful, much lately. Mostly because over the past several months it’s been in a season of introspection and introversion. It’s been in its winter.
Quotiful’s been around long enough to experience several winters, at least 5 since 2014, and sometimes I think it’s on an even shorter calendar than the rest of us because it manages to cycle through some pretty cold ones right when I think just maybe we’ve waltzed into an eternal summer. It’s had winters where I lost all of my money, could no longer support any further development, and moved home from my Manhattan apartment to my father’s house in Upstate, NY for 6 months (to experience an actual very frigid below freezing winter). Subsequent winters included taking on a business loan, moving to a tiny room in Brooklyn, and trying to conjure some sort of summer only to see the sprouts of new growth then cycle right back through with my code being stripped and reposted for public use, creating several copies of the app seemingly overnight, my servers being overtaken by hackers, server crashes, bug fixes, legal barriers, wrong turns, missed opportunities, more refinancing, and more moves. I’ve worked with several different teams of developers, freelancers, and friends over the years. I’ve underdelivered, overdelivered, doubted myself (daily), cried, screamed (silently), laughed, and loved.
I’ve learned to love the process. The highs and the lows. Every cycle and every season.
That’s what Quotiful has taught me the most. This is a continual process of becoming, for the business and for myself. It’s all the same. It’s all an expression of my being.
So to update you on Quotiful’s whereabouts, it’s finally entered spring with the rest of us. Though this spring looks a little different than the last. This spring, it’s shedding the old self and renewing itself as a tool not only for quotes, but for improving your daily thoughts with intentions, affirmations, and reminders to keep you on course. Oh, and I changed the name to @self.by.design, because we are creating our reality every day. One thought at a time. One by our own design.
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Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.