The process of designing and building a home has taught me so much about contentment, humbleness, and making decisions. I never imagined we would be so indecisive through this process, but we have gone back and forth so many times that it's making my head spin. And when I think about the big picture I'm easily reminded that the little decisions don't really matter.
If you’re like me, you probably set goals at the beginning of this year. You probably took the time to think through it, be intentional about it, and plan to reach your goals throughout the year. But the truth is, that sometimes even with the best of intentions, things don’t work out like we planned. For this girl, that has been a hard lesson to learn.
Somewhere along the way, my business became a full-time gig. It was always supposed to be something I did when I had time, but when things grew quickly, I found myself managing it as a full-time business. I consider myself extremely blessed to have the success that I’ve had, but at the same time I know my focus needs to be with my kids first. I love being an entrepreneur and although it's not something I saw coming in my life, I couldn't imagine my life without it.
When we work together, you are more than a client. You are a friend. I love that I am able to work with so many other women in different seasons of life and walk away with a new friend each time. Part of what I look for in a new client is someone I can relate to, get along with, and talk with easily. I want our relationship to be natural and welcoming.
I used to be incredibly indecisive about things. I had a hard time making decisions about my business because I felt unsure of what to do. I didn’t know if I was making a good decision or bad decision and that hindered me from moving forward. I feared to make the wrong decision and choosing the wrong direction. I changed my mind a lot. I rebranded and updated my mission and didn’t have a strong ground to stand on. When designing my website, writing my content, and overall trying to market my business, I struggled. Have you been there?
Making decisions in business isn’t always easy. It can be challenging, overwhelming, and even frightening to have to make all the decisions, big and small, on your own. You never know if you’re really making the right decision and sometimes you just have to go with your gut. Most often, you end up faring well, but sometimes things don’t work out in your favor.
A few years ago in the early stages of my business, I wasn't seeing much progress. I always felt like I was scattered and overwhelmed, never knowing what to do next. Making decisions, even the simplest ones, was always a challenge. And then one day I realized that I was going about it all wrong. Instead of putting God first in my business and trusting His will, I was trying to do it on my own. I was trying to make the decisions and choose my path without consulting Him first. But once I started praying over everything in my business, things changed. I saw His light. I saw His way. And it all turned around.
I was recently reminded of the difference between being efficient and being effective. When we run around all day long checking items off our to do list like it's our job, we are being super efficient. But when we stop focusing on how many items we check off and start focusing on what items we are spending our time on, we can be much more effective with our time. I know it feels good to check an item off your list, and I'll be the first to admit that I've written something down after I've completed it, just so I could close it off (you too?). But ultimately, does it matter if we cross off everything on our list each day, or that we are spending our time wisely by investing in things that are actually important even if it means sacrificing some of those check marks?