Make Up Your MIND!!!
Everywhere around me, I see perfect business owners building perfect businesses and I think to myself … Self, how are they doing it? It’s like, they have it all together, they have it all figured out. What’s their secret? Often, I second guess myself. Tailoring how I move in building my business based on other people. I start thinking, I need to do what this person is doing, or what that person is doing. I need to be like them… Right!?!!! Wrong. What I figured out is that my thinking has been all wrong. I wouldn’t say that I’m a negative person, but I do think it’s fair to say that I deal with my fair share of self-doubt when it comes to building my brand. Hey, I’m just being honest. I was telling myself, you went to school for art, you don’t know how to build a business. And, what the heck are you doing, you don’t know how to (insert negative thought). I know I’m not the only one. Some of my fellow ladypreneurs know what I’m talking about. Can I get an AMEN!?!!
LET ME EXPLAIN
For those of you who don’t know, a little over a year ago, I married my best friend, THE Cory. When planning our wedding, I knew that I wanted, no scratch that, HAD to have a paper flower wall at our ceremony. Fast forward, as I began researching like a crazy person trying to figure out how I could afford to get this huge hand crafted wall at my wedding I quickly realized that renting or purchasing wouldn’t work for us… because the way my bank account is set up… ;) I didn’t stop there though. I had a dream and it was going to happen. Because there was no way that we could afford the wall of my dreams, I decided to make it myself. Man was it tough. I was starting from nothing. How was I going to make these giant flowers? How was I going to build a wall? How was I going to get the wall from my house, to the venue, and back again? Lawd!!! I think it's pretty safe to say that I was overwhelmed. Luckily, with the help of friends and family along with a few of my wedding vendors, we were able to figure out how to make all of these things happen. Fast forward to our wedding day, I was so happy to have the backdrop of my dreams! It was so beautiful! Many of my friends and family commented on how much they loved the backdrop, and that they thought that I should rent it out or make backdrops for events. Naturally, I started thinking about all the possibilities. I mean, I did love making ours… and people actually thought it was beautiful!! I began my business soon after the wedding. I started making flowers for clients, hosting and appearing at workshops. I felt like I was going full force into the magical land of entrepreneurship… except I wasn’t happy. I was stressed because I quickly found out that I wanted to do so much more. I was distracted and uninspired.
LESSONS I LEARNED IN TAKING A STEP BACK
Something told me that I had to take a step back from it all. We’ll call that something, God. Sometimes when you’re in the thick of it all, you don’t see things for what they really are. During this time away, I discovered that I knew one thing for sure. Entrepreneurship was for me… but what I also discovered was that I was more than, just, paper flowers. I got to a point that I was questioning Every. Single. Move. I was questioning myself on whether or not I really wanted to do this. Part of me felt like maybe I was doing this because of the response that I got at our wedding, but then I realized, no, I do love making my flowers… but I also love crafting, painting, designing, decorating. The list goes on! How was I going to incorporate these things that I love into my business? I realized had to change my thinking about what I thought it meant to run a business. Just because I started doing one thing didn’t mean that I couldn’t pivot.
So, what am I doing to change my thinking? First thing’s first, I had to figure out what made me happy. I wrote a list of my top 5 things, in no particular order. PS: 5 is my favorite number :)
1 Growing in faith
2 Spending time with friends and family
3 Helping People
4 Art and Design!!!
5 Freedom to do what I want when I want
Once I figured out what it was that made me happy, I started to brainstorm ways that I could incorporate each of these aspects into my brand. Next, I began to reflect on the lessons that I learned. What did I do... right and wrong? How did I get here? I thought about how I needed to manage my time because it’s my most coveted resource. I needed to re-focus and pivot. What about goal setting? I allowed myself time to think, and time for creativity. I realized that I needed to stop allowing myself to get side-tracked. And most of all, I needed to get to know my audience. We want to get to know you! And we want you to get to know us, beyond the brand. I decided that it was important for me to work with people who saw the best in me, and people who believed me.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND… EVEN WHEN YOUR PROGRESS ISN’T OBVIOUS, STAY COMMITTED
Sometimes you have to take a few steps back so you can get a running start for that leap. So that's what we did. We've been absent from social media in order to reevaluate our brand and how we deliver it to you. Our story started with paper flowers, but that's not where it ends. We've struggled with how we'd bring all that we have to offer to you as a business. But we always have had impossible standards of ourselves and saw that it simply didn't work for business. Instead of over analyzing everything and never moving, being afraid of mistakes and failures, we were inspired to finally make some decisions and move forward. We had to make up our minds.
It seems that whoever you are, if you've listened to a pastoral message, you may feel that the message was tailored specifically for you and your current circumstance. Well, that's us too! And on June 25th, 2017, our pastor spoke to our struggle. He said to trust God, and make up our mind to stay committed to our dreams. God rewards consistent, faithful, committed people. He said, “On the road to your destiny, halfway through, every person will be tempted to give up. Some turn around and go back. The others stay committed and keep moving forward. What’s interesting, is both people travel the same distance. One goes halfway back to where they started, the other goes halfway ahead and reaches their goal. Committed people outlast the difficulty,” (Joel Osteen).
I don’t have this all figured out, but what I do know is that committed people reach the fullness of their destiny. I want to encourage you that although at times it can be difficult to stay committed, you didn’t come this far to stop now. Remember, the people who see their dreams come to pass are the people that stay committed. Entrepreneurship is like a roller coaster. There are highs and lows…. dips and turns that you never saw coming... and when those things happen, you can’t stop the ride because you get scared. You can’t just get off in the middle or go backwards because you’ll never reach your destiny. Make up your mind now that you are going to go the distance. We did, and we’re ready to share not only the highs, but also the lows. In doing so, we hope to help encourage and inspire our friends who are along for the ride because it’s all a part of the journey. And although its not always easy, and you may want to give up at times, we know that eventually, we’ll reach our destiny… and that makes it all worth it!!!
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