Hi love! I’m just popping in for a quick post to chat about how 2016 is going for y’all?! For me – it’s both slow, and full speed ahead if that’s even possible?! ha! Since the hubs is in grad school for teaching (last semester! Thank ya Jesus! We have survived! ha!) we were on a “work-cation” until this week. So that kinda threw me off a little bit. You’d think I’d be a pro at this by now, especially running at least 1-2 businesses at any given time throughout my own undergrad years. But nope, it still kinda threw me for a loop, my timelines got all pushed around and I really had to let go of some things and let God give me His timeline…which is not my most favorite thing ever! Anyone else?! ha!
I wanted to share a little of what to expect moving forward this year, around these parts of the interwebs….and just check in! Seriously, if you’re feeling kinda stuck, email me and let me know how things are going. I’d be happy to chat a little and help in any way I can!
I will honestly tell you, this week I’ve pretty much ignored my word for the year, and I haven’t reviewed my other goals & habits much, and I can totally feel it! :/ I’ve had a few meltdowns! ha!
I’m going to be blunt with what I think God is telling me about business this year… I feel like I’m sort of stepping into a whole new business in a sense. I can say that my business plans and strategies are so much more Holy Spirit lead than in the past. Which is terrifying in part, but also wonderful in part because it’s so nice to finally “kill the shoulds” in the industry! Well, sometimes they’re still background voices, but, we’ve officially broken up! 😉 ha!
That means that I’ll be creating a lot that is in line with how God wired me (which I teach in Confidence & Calling), so that means a lot of fun stuff, lots of small group stuff to help y’all rock businesses without that sanity-sucking solopreneur do it all on your own thing that is NOT fun! Been there!
It also means a lot of new fun content things coming up, which I’m both psyched and terrified of at the same time! 😉
I learned yesterday it’ll probably mean some changes to the website which I wasn’t anticipating, but bring it on!
It’ll also mean that I’m going to be way more vocal about God, the Bible and the whole nine yards. Why? Because I’ve realized that for a long time, I’ve tried to play it more “professional” while just peppering my stuff with faith talk because it’s hands down who I am. I came by my faith through a LOT of fires and through church-hurt and a lot of other crappy stuff. And to me, that means I can’t just let it be a little bit here and there, because my faith is SO much a part of how I run this show around here, I feel it’s just “off” when I don’t share it in full.
I’ve also realized there are a ton of wonderful women doing great things, and they’re sharing their spirituality stuff full strength (Gala Darling, Leonie Dawson, Tiphani Montgomery, Marshawn Evans Daniels, Lara Casey, to name just a tiny few of a bunch of awesome ladies! Even Oprah! lol) They’re full authentic in their stuff, no matter if it’s Bible stories, crystals, or whatever. And I admire that!
And lastly, it just bugs me how the church has dealt with entrepreneurs and businesses over the years. Even in my short life I’ve seen and heard some truly dumb things, and I’ve felt that “should” growing up in a legalistic church that if you’re not a pastor or missionary, you just need to tithe and keep quiet…well (insert small rant here! ha!), I do not think that’s truly what God wants for us! Not at all! And I want to be a voice for other women who feel called to create in a business minded way, and pretty much run their businesses as ministries in a sense, but currently, there are not that many voices helping us do that. I’ve been around the online biz block for a LONG time now (since Etsy was an infant, true story!) and I’ve known many biz friends and clients who were terrified to talk about their faith, and even more who felt they were “less than” because their work wasn’t spiritual enough… and a whole bunch of other stuff that we’re going to break up with this year y’all! 😉
Does this mean you need to be with me on the whole Bible thing? No, honestly darling, no. You do you! If you’re not a believer in this stuff, feel free to unfollow/unsubscribe, or just stick around for the more nuts and bolts trainings I do.
It just means that this year, in my work here at AG.com and it’s “off-shoots”, I’ll be talking a lot of mindset AND skill-set, and the mindset work will be a lot of faith based stuff, and even some psychology nerd stuff because I may as well put my degree and 1,000’s of pounds of psych books to work a little bit right?! 😉
So, again, if you’re feeling stuck over how the first few weeks of the year have gone…remember:
#1 – There is nothing magical about January 1st! (-Lara Casey)
#2 – There will be good days & bad, days where you feel off, and days where you feel on FIRE, but know, if you were called to do this very clearly last week, there’s a 99.9% chance that hasn’t CHANGED! So keep going, keep running your race, even if you don’t feel like it sometimes!
#3 – Email me if you’d like some support, truly! I’m all ears!
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with love & blessings,
Ps. Just yesterday, I put together a fun list of my favorite things, a boss ladies toolkit of sorts! Come over here and check out my favorite tools, and just some of my favorite places for some retail therapy! 😉