Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Down & dirty, White & nerdy...

Generally I try to keep my blog light. Silly. Inspirational. Positive.

I had to give a speech last night about my business, and in preparing for it, my eyes were really opened to realities of the past few years.
Getting to where we are now has not been easy.
At all.

I've been pushed down and stepped on.
I've been ridiculed and rejected more times than I can count.
I've been stabbed in the back by those I thought were friends.
People have immediately approached every celebrity we've worked with and "stolen" them.
I'm not a born business owner. I'm not a born leader.
I'm a tender hearted creative lady...
I've shed tears.
Maybe someday I'll go into some of the lessons I've learned.
Or maybe not. Who knows.

But it's made me wiser. A bit more savvy. And I'm happy to say that I don't think it's made me any less sensitive.
I understand more now than I ever thought I would or could.
I've always been accused of being a stubborn person. I like to think of it as a fierce determination.
And it's grown more fierce each passing day. (fiercer... that's not a word, right?)

It's not all easy. It's not all rainbows and sunshine.
But it's still so worth it. To be able to provide for my family.
To be able to stay at home with my kids.
To be able to inspire a few people along the way.
To be able to give financially more than I ever could have in the past.
To be taken seriously as a business owner. (Whaaa?? Me?!)
To be asked to be on tv, or give speeches.
To be able to shine a light for God... now that's cool.

At times it's been down and dirty.
But I'm still the same ol' white and nerdy girl I've always been.


Paige said...

I LOVE the picture! So true!!!


Danielle said...

You are an incredible example of what we should all aspire to be - exactly what God created each of us to be! I'm so proud to call you my friend :)

Maria G said...

I can only imagine your speech because this speaks volumes. Even with all that has happened, you have done what you have set yourself to do. Carry on :0)

This Farm Family's Life said...

Amen sister! I love the picture. I have a small photography business on the side and it amazes me how some people treat others.

Chad and Jody said...

I may not have known you a long time ago, but I've known you long enough to know that fame and fortune haven't changed you. You're still the same sweet, feisty woman I met 4 years ago. And you love God and show his love on your blog. and that says volumes! love ya!

Amy said...

I'm with Danielle and Jody.
So proud to call you a friend. :)
Love you!

Lori said...

I am so with you on this one. Being in business is one of the hardest things I've ever done. Blessings for your continued success!

Simply Created by Cole said...

You are a wonderful friend! Even though I haven't known you that long. You have a heart of gold and Christ shines through you. God is Good!

Laura said...

nothing worth it is ever easy.
Life is mountains and valleys...dark and light...joy and pain...

and we learn the most from the valley dark and pain

success is not measured in how happy or rich you are
it is measured in your courage
your ability to make a difference in another persons life
by how much you love and are loved

so, well...I think you are one successful white nerdy girl

let your light shine, sister!

Vicki said...

I think you're great! Soar like an eagle!

merlin said...

Now you can write a book because that little drawing is not just how business success works, but is what marriage success looks like and parenting success. Sheesh, who ever let us believe it was a straight, easy ride? You could really help the world, and I am being serious, if you could get that message out to as many folks as can hear it. I wish I'd known, I could have been spared A LOT of disappointment and embarassment.

I'm not a celebrity, but I sure do love wearing my RustedChain creations.

jonahbonah said...

I so wish I could've heard you speak. Like, really! Was it filmed? Please say yes!

You are awesome. Don't let anyone bring you down.

burlap+blue said...

Love this post...so, so true! It can be uphill at times, but it's so worth it!! xo

Suzanne said...

I am so proud of seeing how far you and your business has come from when I first found you on etsy!! I love seeing what you will come up with next and seeing you live your dream! Plus I think it is awesome to be nerdy!! ;)