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Well, long time no see, faithful readers. I took a bit of a blogging-hiatus over the last several months for personal reasons and because I was SO focused and busy with building my business and getting ready for the launch of my pillow cover collection, which is available now (shop here)!
Here I am though, getting back in the game in several areas of my life.
You see, I wanted to have a line of pillow covers for a really long time, but for a while I was too scared to do it. The expenses, the effort, and the time it was going to take really intimidated me. But I loved the idea of the pillow covers because I was able to put so much of me in them while still catering to people with all different styles. I also felt the idea was more original and not something that a ton of people were already doing. Eventually, I decided to just go for it. I spent months brainstorming, learning how to sew, shopping for fabric, and spending many late nights measuring, cutting, and sewing, until last Friday when I finally launched the pillow covers on my site. The response was overwhelming. I received so much support, encouragement, and kindness. Friends and family, and even people I hardly knew were sharing my website on social media. I was so humbled and thankful. And yet, I’ve only received a few orders since that day. And that’s okay.
Is it a little discouraging and disappointing? Of course. Am I glad I did it anyway? Absolutely. I had such a blast learning how to sew and making these pillow covers, and I’m so excited to sell more just so I can make more. I had so much fun carefully selecting fabric and designs I knew certain people in my life would love. Designing business cards and packaging slips fueled my creativity and I took pride in the work I was doing. I don’t regret one single bit of it. I just have to be patient with myself, learn from it, and move forward.
At the end of the day, I really am so proud of what I’ve done, and I know this is just the beginning. There’s a man named Job in the Bible, who went through MUCH worse than not being able to sell some dang pillow covers… A man named Bildad was trying to challenge and encourage Job during his time of turmoil and said,
“If you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now He will rouse Himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” -Job 8:5-7
Humble beginnings are nothing to be ashamed of; they are the very foundation of success.
So, what am I doing now? I’m getting back in the game. I’m working my butt off to sell these pillow covers, learning the ins and outs of marketing, and building a social media presence. I’m getting back into blogging, because vulnerably sharing my heart with you guys is the basis of this whole entire business and why I do what I do. I’m preparing to make one of the biggest transitions of my life – moving to Austin with my husband to help plant a church. I’m working on being a better wife, a better friend, a better sister, and a better daughter. I’m practicing being more honest in my prayer and worship to God. I’m taking deeper steps in my faith, discovering what I truly believe and why. I’m getting back in the game in all the areas I’ve been scared to tap into for too long.
Right now, I feel like I’m staring down the potential and goals that I have, but I can’t quite reach them. The time is coming, but it’s just not here yet. It can often feel frustrating and confusing, but what I’ve learned lately is that no season is wasted by God, but sometimes a season can be wasted by us. I challenge you – if you feel stuck, if you feel idle, if you feel like everyone around you is moving on successfully with their lives except for you, ask God “What is this season for? What are you teaching me? What do you want to do in my heart?” Because I promise you, He has an answer. Wait for it. Listen for it. Be present for it. And get back in the game with me.
Thanks for reading!
Get ready for more posts, more vulnerability, and as I like to call it… word-vomit.