Are you struggling with your next? (That unknown future that you feel the pressure to create, but don’t even know where to begin.)
What will you start doing today?
Are you struggling with your next? (That unknown future that you feel the pressure to create, but don’t even know where to begin.)
What will you start doing today?
I often feel torn between seeking for comfort, and yet seeking dreams that can only possibly happen by forcing myself to get really uncomfortable. I think this is the problem for a lot of people though. Our sense of now- today- wants what is comfortable and easy, but our hope for the future is the desire for something that can only be created by the act of getting uncomfortable. Surely your dreams don’t involve you staying as comfortable as you are today. What kind of dreams are those? We are constantly growing, and our bodies transcending through the medium of time. The best way for our heart, soul, and mind to transcend too, is welcoming the new, the different- the uncomfortable.
That’s where my solution comes in. For the longest time, I often felt led and burdened by the mindset to “give it all, or nothing”. And then, my husband and I started trying to save money. Like, truly. And, through the uncomfortable process, I realized my mindset entirely shift and influence my approach to things beyond money. It’s no longer “its all or nothing”, but “everything counts”. That $5 coffee counts. That $20-steal pair of designer jeans counts. Not only has this helped save money, but it’s challenged me to really think about what I truly want, truly need, and truly value. What do I value? Living on purpose. Overcoming. Relationships over things. Adventures over comfort.
And, what an empowering mindset.
If we can think like “everything counts”, then we can take the small steps, the day to day little things, and over time, our little habits and choices will turn into big things, big changes, big growth.
If the way we spend our days turn into the way we spend our life, then let’s evaluate. Do we just do whatever, do what we are told to do, do what puts food on the table, do what feels good in the moment, or just do nothing at all? Or, are we intentional with our time, to live our day with a purpose in mind to serve the beloved people around us, to make ethical choices at work, to say “no” to our desire to lay around on the couch after a long day, and rather, take our dog for a run? Do we make healthful choices that will make us feel more alive, or do we seek what pleases our tastebuds in the moment? Do we just pick up our dreams and do something? Even the smallest thing? Or do we stare at it in fear of failure? Who cares if it fails, if it seemed like you wasted time. You tried, and you learned. It counted. It changed you. Everyone starts small. This life is once. We are made to walk on it. Not for it to walk on us. Let’s make daily choices that make us feel powerful- you know, choosing the thing that’s a little bit hard for the flesh, but good for spirit! Small acts of self-discipline, even if you can’t be perfect, will turn into habits. And, those habits, will empower you. Just keep in mind: “everything counts”. And, you won’t give up.
This season in my life is all about heart adventures. As a matter of fact, today is my birthday, and this whole topic completely sums up what this past year of my life has been all about learning. It hasn’t been easy, but now that I can see the light ahead, my moments of feeling failure and hopelessness suddenly carry great purpose. The lessons I have learned from struggle are irreplaceable.
So, now I can see in the seemingly lowly times of life, there lies great purpose and great lesson that has a way of refining us into the people that we dream to be, and that we must become before God actually gifts us a life where those seemingly far away dreams become our daily reality. Our dreams really can happen, you know. But, are you willing to become the kind of person who can carry your dreams out?
Some people say “you just have to work really hard”, but as a Christian, dreams are more than a destination, but a fulfilling of purpose. It’s so much more than running yourself dry until you reach a destination, with the advantage of having luck, or being born with good genes. It’s about living- heart, soul, and mind- through each season. And so, if we aren’t ready to be that person with that sort of responsibility and influence that comes with the territory of landing that dream career- or even more importantly- fulling the purpose that God has given us, then seasons of heart-work p e r s i s t onward. Because, at the end of the day- all God really judges is our heart. He blesses us with more, when we see what He has already gifted us and we make the most of it.Do you want your dreams to come true? Our dreams start in our heart. They start with who we are, not what we accomplish.
Dance in the gifts and dreams he has already made true. And, be willing to work hard. The most important thing is your heart- which is sustained through trial by communication with Him. And, by communication with Him, we are guided where to go and what to do.
I first started Blossoming Beloved as a blog out of a desire to pursue a small business with a heart of caring about quality. It was a brave desire, as all growing up the idea of “business” felt overwhelming and I felt way too introverted to ever take on such a fear-less, boss-lady kind of ambition. But, I was sitting in one of my college classes, when my personality type was being talked about. And, all the sudden, for the first time in my life, I saw the potential within me. And, I had a desire to chase that intimidating thing.
So, it’s taken a few years to mold what I have hoped that could look like. I started with an attempt to sell pretty little coffee cozies. And, I made a ton of them. I had an assembly line going in my home. But, I still have most of those coffee cozies, because I totally underestimated the difficultly of online selling. But, the beauty of failure is the lesson learned. I learned how important marketing is. I saw how important it is to go out and do the scary thing of putting yourself out there. And, I failed to do that because I wasn’t quite proud of my work. It wasn’t bad work, I just hadn’t refined the purpose behind it. I stepped in too quickly. And, over the course of two years, I now have a better understanding of what I am really passionate about: inspiring people through the art of words.I am passionate about decorating my home, and putting pretty things on the wall to fill in that negative space. I am passionate about the concept of home- a place of comfort, acceptance, and rest. I am passionate about family- a place of being oneself and nonetheless being loved and taken care of. All the while, I have battled with my emotions my entire life. Trying to gain perspective about myself, the world around me, and my circumstances. I would be lying if I told you I am the tough type. I’m rather delicate- but really we are all in our own ways. Most days I feel unqualified or unready. And that’s why my only hope and my only sense of true worth is found in a Father who uses the unqualified, who turns brokenness into beauty, who’s eyes are full of love and grace for humanity.
This journey is a daily journey. Waking up, and choosing a heart of gratitude and worship. That’s the only kind of heart that satisfies in the midst of all the circumstances that are so inconstant and sometimes unexpected.
For the new year, I am taking new steps to step beyond the internet and choosing to be brave (having [quite great] fear, but doing it anyways) pursuing my small business dreams. Taking my shop beyond printable artwork, and working towards selling tangible prints via online and in small shops. I’m intimidated by this. But, who is ever really ready? I’m going to do it anyway. Putting it on the calendar is always a start for doing the things that scare you. Wake up scared or wake up confident- but either way- go make your dreams happen. I’m convinced that’s the only way to approach life, because you only get one.
What fears are you punching in the face (but, really) to make your dreams a reality?
Normally the posts I do are to be a resource of inspiration for your life and your creativity. But, since I have been away for a few months, I want a share a little update with you of where I have been and where I plan on going.
The last couple months have been the challenge of finishing up college, whilst starting a new job (working with coffee), and being a young wife, and a dog-mom, and all the things. All the while, I have been dreaming about all the creative things I would be doing when I could finally recover from my survival mode. And, praise GOD, it is finally all over. I’m finally to a point where I can be more faithful to you as I don’t have to juggle school in the mix anymore.. ever again!
What does this mean? A fresh start of: consistent inspiration from this little corner of the web, working on expansion and growth of my little shop, and simply expressing myself and the things that God places on my heart to share with you through art and writing. Look forward to some free printable wall art!
As I am writing this, I am filled with so much joy that this is real.
I am so ready to get my hands dirty, creating away again.
Thank you for taking the time to come & visit… feel free to stick around!
In the pursuit of entrepreneurship, your mind probably feels something like this desk: inspired with possibilities, but also a complete mess. There is so much freedom and so much to do. Due to this “condition” (if you could call it), I want to share a few tips to get you started on the right track- a track of focus and productivity, so you can turn those ideas into life.
When we are given our own schedule, our own list of to-dos, and we are in control of the level of productivity we create with our time, being motivated to pursue big dreams is one thing, but staying on task to make them happen is another.
Learning how to be the most productive with the smallest amount of time is an art. While it may seem like some people are more gifted at it than others, they really just know how to stay focused…and….organized. So I want to share with you a few things that have successfully helped someone who struggles in this area- someone like me.
And, if you’re an artist like myself, inspiration and possibilities for new ideas are always overwhelming my mind, so it needs some taming. Let’s put some order to this madness.
If you don’t have a to-do list that is listed from the first to last task that needs to be completed with minutes by each task, you are setting yourself up for wasting time. But, be realistic with the time limits you set for yourself.
If you prefer your phone over a piece of paper & pen, there is a great app for it called 30/30. All you have to do is fill in your to-dos, the amount of time you want to spend on each and it will go through your day with you, keeping time for you. Really, no matter what you prefer, you won’t regret downloading this app. Hands down.
While knowing the specifics of your day, you should also (first) know bigger scale goals. It’s hard to know how to plan single days if you don’t have a breakdown of major goals and innovation for your business. So, maybe this is where you need to start?
Buy a timeless journal that you love to write down plans, thoughts, goals, and anything and everything. My husband taught me the beauty of using mind maps to plan.
If you get inspired in the midst of your day, jot it down, sketch it out, but keep it simple as it’s important to stay on the time schedule.
This is something I’ve done. And, I love it so far. It makes me feel so much more organized and helps me to take my messy thoughts and put them into visual understanding.
Where ever you intend to get something done- keep the place sim-ple!
+ Use colors in the details around you that inspire and stimulate you. For some thats pink, for others its’ blue; everyone is different.
+ Does everything presented on your desk have a purpose? Make sure whatever you have out either inspires you, works as storage, or as a reminder to do something.
+ What’s less distracting than the color white? Surround yourself in white, whether it’s in the form of furniture, walls, or details.
+ Consider the best lighting. Whether you need the room dimmed, because you are working on the computer or you need to be working in a bright room full of natural light- create the mood that works best for you. Lighting is just as important as working in a clean environment.
This also goes for organization. Does your computer home screen look messy with a ton of files on it? If you use it as a way to “see” which items you need to work on for the day, clear it up at the end of the day so that you can start fresh the next.
Do you use folders within folders on your computer? Today is the day to start! It may take a few seconds longer to click on this and that folder, but at least you know where it is and you don’t have to scan through a bunch of documents. That one “project” folder will build up quick! Make more specific folders within it.
As tempting as it ever is… we must overcome the temptation to spend a half an hour (because that’s what those five minutes will turn in to) scrolling through facebook or instagram. The only time to touch social media is if it’s timely put into your schedule for the sake of promotion and letting customers in on new product/events/blog posts, etc.
However, I get it. A completely picturesque moments happens and it needs to be Instragrammed. I’ll let you judge it for yourself. There’s always exceptions. Life’s never rigid!
But, if you have a great picture for the sake of promotion, save some scheduled time and plan ahead. My husband recently introduced me to an app called Latergramme– what a world saver for businesses! Latergram allows you to plan an instagram post in advance. So if you have time to edit and write a caption while you’re laying in bed at night, you can schedule it to post the next day and not have to worry about doing it at the right time. Great, right? Maybe it’s your first time hearing about it too.
If you’re like me, you like to run a marathon and see how much you can get done in a certain amount of time, but this isn’t a good daily system.
Go get a glass of water, eat a snack, take the dog for a walk- whatever this may look like for you in your life. Plan breaks into your schedule as little rewards between tasks and projects. This will keep you on track and going.
Likely to myself, the first thing I think of when I hear the word ‘treat’ is a nice big cup of coffee… well, more likely a big cup of cream + sugar and some coffee to go with it, but that’s probably not a good idea, especially if it’s nearing the end of the day- there are other ideas.
Plan a date night, a fun meal, record your favorite show to watch, work on a hobby you love (that’s not work related). This may not always be realistic, so even if it’s something little like going for a little walk. Find something you particularly enjoy to keep you going and pushing you to finish your tasks.
Looking forward to little things beyond the to-dos has always pushed me to stay on track and work diligently with my time through the grudgingly, less fun aspects of entrepreneurship.
Do I perfectly do all these things? Absolutely not. But, I’ve learned from making a lot of mistakes! Writing this post to you has helped me organize the most important aspects that need to be achieved in order to be the most productive, focused, and timely! As far as I’m concerned, if you can get these things into your schedule, you’re on the path to success.
If you’re just starting your entrepreneurial dreams, strive to implement these 5 tools every day!
But, perhaps you need financial help to brew some productivity within your business. Beyond the tasks and the daily grind on your part, sometimes you simply need more supplies, other people to work for you & do more time-eating tasks, or even investing in aspects of your business that don’t come so easy – like marketing for example. Loans are a good start for looking into financial help. If I were looking for a loan right now, I would probably look into a company I recently discovered called Kabbage- an online provider of small business loans. They help small businesses enhance productivity and pride themselves in looking at real life data, not just a credit score. Talk about business strategy!
Hope you’re feeling inspired to be more organized!
All the best to your business growth!
It’s Friday again, friends. It really is.
Being a college student, the semester has just come to a half and I am feeling a little beat up from midterms, but also so thankful to be done!
With a lovely little break ahead from classes, I am planning my week ahead with projects and business aspirations, but keeping one thing in mind:
Something I know to be so important to invest time in each and everyday!
I don’t really know how to inspire you to stop everything you’re doing and just take this life in, because I’m a workaholic and I can’t be told to rest. It just doesn’t work that way. Even if I am sitting on Pinterest “resting”, I still am feeling the weight of “I need to get inspired! I need to plan future designs for prints in my shop, etc, etc.” and the weight of what the future may hold and getting things going in my business-world. To indulge myself in rest, I need to have a spontaneous “aha!” moment where I am able to let myself breathe and not get overwhelmed by constantly being intentional with business stuff.
I think this is the given feelings of someone trying to start up something- it’s a little chaotic! It’s hard to be organized with creativity and, at that, manage time right, so that there can be designated rest.
Often times my husband (who is a photographer) and I will decide to watch a movie to spend time together and it ends up that we are both sitting in front of the TV glued to our computers- creating, editing, blogging galore… so much for the quality time! This is definitely something we are trying to work with and maneuver as newlyweds, entrepreneurs, and students… such a challenge!
Am I the only creative entrepreneur with this struggle?
I would love to hear other’s ways of pursuing rest while pursuing their dreams.
I‘m thrilled. Truly. I have been on a journey to express myself as long as I can remember, and I am finally able to step on new grounds and take my dreams to a new step.
I started/am starting a paper goods company. Why? I’ve asked myself the same thing. Paper seems like such a small part of life to wrap so much energy into it, but I enjoy it. I enjoy working with pretty things. I want to make people think, I want to encourage people to challenge themselves and I want to challenge people’s mindsets. I think these are all things that art can do. And, I love that.
I also love my home. I love making it pretty and finding things that help me do that. Heaven knows I am not the only one, I’m sure you probably feel just the same way. For that, I want to make things that add to our homes.
But, I do know, at the end of the day, there will always be the question of: is this valuable? Is this meticulous detail worth my time? Will anyone even notice?
It’s the questions that make you think twice and remind you that only one with true self motivation can do this kind of thing, and I must be one to have it.
But, here and now, may this place remind me when I doubt that what I love to do is valuable. It’s worthy of my time, my pursuit, and it has eternal value beyond a pretty wall-scape in our home.
I am not doing it because I am running from a bigger dream. No, this is my dream- to make you pretty things.
All the little things make up the big picture.
With all this being said, my Paper Co. shop is on the verge of transitioning from selling printables to tangible prints and I am so excited for whats to come.
One of my new personal favorites in shop.
No dream is too small (or big!)
But, everything great takes time (patience!!)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Take some time to be creative & express yourself.
Something to think about today…
|Photo by: Letters of All Shapes and Sizes|
What do you make time for?
What should you make time for?
I really think the difference between a dreamer and a doer is time-management! Let’s be what we imagined for our life- let’s be doers.
But starting your own business? That’s a whole other story! Time is PRECIOUS!
We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day, but how we use it to it’s best potential is, I think, an art in itself. And, it determines the outcome of everything.
With my entrepreneurial dreams, I am feeling the pressure of using time wisely and experiencing the results of not using it wisely.
So, perhaps we need some directions on how to be the best time-users to gain good habits, be productive, make our dreams realities, and overall be healthy stuarts of our talents.
I came across this interesting and inspiring article by Entrepreneur and I have to share it with you.
Ready, set – be inspired to change your daily routine & be the best time manager here.
I started creating little coffee cozies in bulk several months ago, due to a huge itch to make something simple, yet original. Not to mention, I really love coffee. Expressing myself through a sewing machine and at the same time creating something that I could reproduce multiple times to put a smile on someones face was a thrilling thought to me.
|Some days little Bear would come and sit right by the iron (and make me really nervous!!) as I was pressing the fabric to make the handles for the cozies. But he was too cute to not capture.|
|My first real batch of cozies! I was so excited to see my progress.|
However, I hit the bump. The bump that asks, “Is this really worth your time?” No, I am not bringing water to the thirsty kids in Africa. I’m not creating a mural that will flash in color on someones living room wall. Even still I was able to come across this question with peace, even though I had already invested so much time already. As I was working one day, the answer came to me.
I was peaceful because I knew that that was exactly what I was supposed to be doing at that time. I was able to express myself through a small creation and whether the quality and time was noticed, there was a sense of honor in my strive to create little pieces of quality and excellence. Whether anyone noticed, my strive to make what I make the best is the way we should all work on our little things in the world, because each little detail done right is one more improvement that may go unnoticed, but actually makes a difference. And, while I don’t think the cuteness of my little coffee cozies could go unnoticed, the fact that they are such a small and miniscule detail of life makes them seem lesser and the hours spent sewing them to feel somewhat worthless.
(Perhaps it’s similar to being a mother, the many details that seem mundane and sometimes annoying, but are worth it, because our attitude is what makes the improvement and the difference- a child that loves and knows they are loved.)
And so, to go on, I pictured these little “coffee-cup-clothes” (they might as well be called that) to bring a smile to the faces of those walking around with them on their coffee cup. It’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s an accessory not only to dress up your coffee cup, but perhaps to match the outfit of the buyer, and may we not forget it’s prime purpose- to keep you from burning or freezing your fingers.
|My personal favorite! But there are only a couple left!|
I’m not sure how much longer I will continue to make these sweet little coffee cozies, but I do have many made already that need homes. If you are the kind that loves coffee and uses actual coffee cup shaped cups often (they also fit iced coffee cups/tumblers as well), you might love one of these little creations!
And, even better, if you know someone who loves coffee/tea, I think these would be such an adorable gift with a coffee shop gift card. I know I’d like a gift like that! If you’re interested in helping me clear my inventory, I have several beautiful “coffee-cup-outfits” (ha, I just love calling them that). And, you can purchase them in my shop.
|There are many left of these one! I like to call them “A Walk in the Woods” as it is more of a rustic floral.
The inside lining is a wood grain.
They will come packaged like this: And there are several other patterns in the shop! Go look!