Hello Friends!! Yesterday I shared one of the risks I took early on in my blogging days, when I was first starting out in my business!! To clarify I don’t not consider myself a risk taker, or one who embraces chaos and uncertainty which are the first words that come to mind when I hear the phrase “risk-taker”. But I’ve been slightly surprised with myself over the last five years or so, as I’ve begun to grow my business, and realize that risk taking is necessary process in order grow. I believe it’s all part of embracing the process as we stretch ourselves to do bigger and better things! So today I’m going to continue with Part 2 of Embracing the Process. If you missed Part 1 I would highly encourage you to read that part first, so this doesn’t seem totally out of left field. Anyways here we go….
I believe that everyone has a dream placed inside of them. I don’t think it matters what age you are, or your race or geographic location. I believe we were all born with a dream deep down inside of our hearts just waiting to come forth. I’ve been really feeling encouraged this past year to encourage women (and men) to chase their God-sized dreams, and not let fear of failure or other people scare them from walking into their full potential. Because I believe that when we are walking out in that God-sized dream we are walking in our fullest potential.
I began to feel my heart strings tugged again to start exploring becoming an interior decorator. I had my hands full with two babies eighteen months apart, a new home I hadn’t even scratched the surface on all my plans for yet, and still I had this undeniable urge to start some kind of a creative business. You see though, I had been here before. Everytime I got this close, I came up with an excuse as to why not, and talked myself out of it.
It’s a gift, that environment you created, that space you cultivated, even if you just fluffed the throw pillows on your couch – when you take the time to make others feel comfortable and welcome in your home you are offering them a gift. It’s not always about having the nicest and the best. If I think back on every home I’ve had, through every season of life I’ve been in, there is one common thread through them all – it was a welcoming environment. Whether my living room was made up of thrift store furniture, or when we could finally afford to buy a new couch.
Do you know your “WHY”? That thing you have inside of you that gets you out of bed in the morning, that causes your attention and efforts to manifest in the way they do? I’m not necessarily talking about purpose here, although that plays a part in it, but knowing your “why” can set you free from the mundane, and reignite the flame to your passions. Today I’m sharing my “WHY”, and how I came to find it… again!
If you’ve been following along on my little dining room table journey, then you know we recently sold our dining room table, kinda suddenly. I did a table makeover – HERE – to fill in the gap of not having a table, and give me some time to finalize the design plan. Well I’m happy to share I have design plan. Two actually! So I’m sharing them with you today, two dining room design board inspiration plans
Have been contemplating taking a leap in the creative field? Maybe it is to start your own blog? Maybe you want a booth at a local consignment shop, or an Etsy shop? Whatever that dream is, don’t for one second think there isn’t room for you. It’s a lie. There is room for you too! I’m reminded that ….
It’s funny, looking back, how clearly I can remember always wanting to be a mom. I can remember being asked as a young girl, and early teenager what I wanted to do when I grew up, and my answer was simple, “be a mom”. It wasn’t until I was in high school that that answer was no longer the only answer people would accept. I would get responses like “yes you can be a mom, but what else do you want to do?” or “Of course you will be a mom, but what do you want to do for a career”. Even though their question changed, my answer still stayed the same. To the point that when it came time to start thinking about college, I boldly told my parents I didn’t need to go to college because I was going to get married and be a mom. This was without a potential husband on the scene as well. I was confident in it. I was drawn to it, and something inside me felt peace about it, contentment, almost like it settled me. Yes I had always secretly wanted to become an interior designer, but at the time going to school for that was out of reach, and I doubted myself very much. Especially seeing how I didn’t have my own home or money to decorate with.
I have spent the last week purging and cleaning. Going through areas in our house that have collected piles over the past year, who am I kidding the past few years. Some areas get re-visited more than others, and some areas stay neglected for a little while. I feel like I’ve been pretty productive though, going through clothes I haven’t worn in the past year. Do you know I got rid of about 20 belts?!