THE WINNER IS…..

Check each of the features to find out who won what giveaway! be sure to read how these ladies got started and how they balance life with a small business

 

thanks everyone who entered on facebook,instagram and commenting on our blog posts 🙂

 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Mother's Day Feature #5- Lena Shaw


Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?

My husband and I have two little girls, Monroe (4) and Selma (2). We met on our first day of going to University in Victoria and the rest is history. I started Mosie’s Cozies 4 years ago when I was on maternity leave with Monroe.

What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?

As soon as Monroe was born, I immediately started making her headbands. She got lots of compliments when we were out and about each day, so I decided to start selling them out of my stroller when we were at the park, at the grocery store, etc.

What is your favorite part about running your own business?

Running my own business has allowed me to be home with my girls. It’s been so nice to be with them during these precious times of being little. It certainly goes by quick!

When do you find time to fit in work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all?

I am lucky to have both my parents, as well as my husband’s parents who each help at least one day a week. I also have an amazing friend (who also is a nurse, who also is my headband seamstress) who watches the girls once a week. I also try to fill orders during naptime, as well as on weekends when my husband is home to help. I don’t usually work when I have the kids myself during the days where it is just me because I can’t give myself fully to my kids, or my work. It’s a tough one to balance.

What was the greatest advice you have received since becoming a parent or since starting your own business that has helped you?

With parenting, I’ve found that you can read all of the books, and articles there are out there but until you are in it and are experiencing it yourself, you don’t fully know how it will all go. There are so many different parenting styles, and all babies and kids are unique. Do things the way you feel are right, and all will work out. With the business, it’s definitely a learn as you go experience. I have connected with so many other small business owners, who give advice and share what works and what doesn’t. I think the best way to keep going is asking for help when you need it.

What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family? Definitely finding the balance and trying to figure out the most efficient way to get things done. How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?) If there is anything, I make time for my relationships. It has always been important to me and I’ve always kept it a priority to keep these up. I work really hard when it’s my “work” day, and try to turn it off when I’m “off”.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I always wanted to be a cleaning lady when I was young. I remember staying at hotels with my family and desperately wanted one of those cleaning carts!

What careers have you had I the past that led to where you are today?

I’m actually a school teacher in the Surrey School District and recently have gone back to subbing. I’ve taken an extended (2 year leave) to focus on my business and am excited to be going back once a week in the fall.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Take it day by day, week by week, and month by month. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the world of social media, however, allow yourself to grow by using it. Make connections, ask for help, and find those friends who pick you up and support you.

What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?

Sleeping in and waking up to sunshine! Spending time with my little family and eating delicious food together without any distractions (from work haha).

 

WINNER IS—— SANDRA NEMETH!- congrats mama

Blue Owl Designs- Taylor and Sydney

You don’t need to be a mother to be a part of our mother’s day feature week. These two ladies have got me addicted to there instafeed and I LOVE wearing my Pray Each Day sweater from Blue Owl Designs. Please read, share, and go check out Instagram to win a t-shirt and earrings from Taylor and Sydney!

Name: Blue Owl Designs (Taylor & Sydney)
Small Business Product:
Where can we find you?
Instagram: @blueowldesigns
Facebook: @blueowldesignsx
Website: http://www.blueowldesigns.net
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Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?

We started this little business of ours five years ago, when Taylor was just starting nursing school, and Sydney was graduating and working towards getting into the nursing program. We thought it was a great way to have a creative outlet while working through such a tough program. It was always fun during school to sit down together, and get away from all the hustle and bustle of school. Taylor is now graduated, and Sydney has just completed her second year of nursing. Although Taylor is working as a registered nurse, and Sydney is still trucking on through the final two years of her nursing program, we continue to create these unique pieces.
What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?
Although we love providing care in our community through nursing, we wanted to be able to create things that touched lives in a different creative way.



What is your favorite part about running your own at home business?

With Taylor now being married and out of the house, it is a great reason to get together and come up with cool pieces that we both love. We also love communicating with our customers and stockists, as they have been very supportive of our small business. We love working for ourselves, and not to mention always having some new jewelry and clothing.

Which house hold chores do you detest?
We collectively both detest doing dishes and laundry! With nursing school and being a registered nurse, it’s sometimes hard to come home after a long day and say “Hey! Let’s do some dishes after this 12-hour night shift!”. With that being said, we somehow seem to get them done.

What was the greatest advice you have received since starting your own business that has helped you?
What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?
The biggest hurdle would be lack of time and scheduling. Between our different schooling and work schedules, the business sometimes gets a little hectic with packaging, social media and designing new product. Taylor fortunately recently married her high school sweetheart who is really supportive with her crazy schedule. Sydney is in a long-term and long-distant relationship with her high-school sweetheart too, who is very supportive with our small business as well.

How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)
What we try to do is get our orders wrapped and shipped all in one day. We also try to stay on top of stock, making several earrings at once allowing us to be set for our future orders. Staying organized and planning ahead for busy order times allows us to have spare time to spend with our family and friends on the weekend. We leave most of our evenings and weekends for family or friend time to try to maintain a healthy balance.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
Sydney: When I was younger I dreamed of designing wedding and other formal dresses.
Taylor: Ever since I was young, I dreamed of being a nurse.
We both have also always wanted to have a few children, and still can’t wait to start families of our own.
What careers have you had I the past that led to where you are today?

What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Our greatest advice on starting a business would be to try to build yourselves on social media outlets, such as facebook and Instagram. That’s how we really started to brand ourselves, as well as got our customers attention. Be unique, be bold, and don’t give up. Small businesses are like a little family. They’re always there for your support, so don’t hesitate to reach out for some advice. Also, put yourself out there, don’t hold back when an opportunity is presented.

What is the greatest gift you have ever received?
We each were given cars on our 16th birthday! It was amazing and super thoughtful of our grandparents and parents.

 

Thank you for participating in our Mother’s day Feature ladies! go to our Instagram to find out how to win these items below!

 

WINNER IS——— KIMNORCROSS– congrats!

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Marvelous Mothers Part 3 : Vicky Hawkins

 

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Instagram: @twistedmustardseed
Facebook: Twisted Mustard Seed
Website: twistedmustardseed.com
Pintrest: Twisted Mustard Seed Diaper Bags
Twitter: @tmsdiaperbags
Amazon: Twisted Mustard Seed

 

 

 

Meet: Vicky Hawkins

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ProductDiaper Bags for both men and women

We pride ourselves in supporting local businesses and promoting shopping where you live, but we had to bend our own rules when we heard about Vicky Hawkins. When I first heard a friend rave about her experience with The twisted mustard seed, I was blown away by the heart behind the business. My friend had won one of the giveaways put on by Vicky and her company and the whole process of receiving her prize touched both our hearts and all who hear her story. Vicky went above and beyond for a client who wasn’t even a paying customer. She included more than was expected in the prize package and found a way to bless someone who was at a point in her own life where she really needed it. We really had no choice but to meet this lady and see if we could feature her and the rest is history. 

Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?

I’m a mommy of two precious kiddos, ages 5 (my son) and 3 (my daughter) and reside outside of Dallas, Texas. Twisted Mustard Seed began two years ago literally as a dream, and recently celebrated our first year of selling December 17, 2016. What was the inspiration behind starting your own business? As a Mother of two, I’ve questioned my “place” in the world as an individual, and wasn’t sure the professional path God wanted me in. I’ve worked years in Corporate America, but always felt an indescribable emptiness on how I could give and show my unique 1%. With faith and years of prayer, September 2014 I got my answer. With unspeakable and profound love for my two precious angels, I knew I was meant to design something around my greatest happiness. That September the name Twisted Mustard Seed was placed on my heart, but had know clue why. When mentioned to my husband, he then quoted the scripture that had been our guiding light as parents (Matthew 17:20).

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What is your favorite part about running your own business?

My favorite part(s) of owning my own business is having the accessibility to be there when needed for my children. I also enjoy making my own hours, and the overwhelming joy of creating a product that can impact/play a role in someone’s life.

Which household chores do you detest?

As a mom of a little boy, I absolutely DEMISE cleaning toilets…you never know what you’re going to get or find.

When do you find the time to fit in work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all?

Thankfully both of my kiddos go to school full-time but when they’re out for the summers, I work during “quiet time” which gives me an hour during the day. Once they go to bed in the evenings, I work an additional 3 hours plus. My day consists of dropping my babies off in the mornings, working out for an hour (always need to take care of yourself! Plus it elevates stress and provides a clear level mind, when I come home to work), work for 4 hours, pick up kiddos and tend to their extracurricular activities, make dinner, put kids down, and provide one on one time with my honey…the most important part of my day. We do not have a house cleaner, but Mondays are my mandated days to clean. I balance everything with my “book of life,” i.e. my calendar that I tote everywhere with me. If it’s not in the “book of life” it doesn’t exist/happen!

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What was the greatest advice you have received since becoming a parent or since starting your own business that has helped you?

The best parenting advice that I’ve received was from my mother. She would always say, “That if you’re not the biggest advocate for your child, than no one else will.” The older my kiddos become, the more I realize how true this is. The best business advice that I’ve ever received was to take my time and to never give up on my dream…no matter what people may say or think.

What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?

Working overseas has definitely been a hurdle due to time frames, shipping costs (crate shipping which is usually done via boat, can take up to 6 weeks or more to receive inventory), and even their holidays which could effect overall production.

How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)

With work and my personal life sometimes intertwining, I definitely rely on my “book of life” i.e. calendar to keep everything in line. Everything is scheduled, even date nights… that is a MUST! I absolutely LOVE dating my husband.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

For the longest I wanted to be a baton twirler, and do that as a profession!

What careers have you had in the past that led to where you are today?

I always tell people that my PMJ (Pre Mommy Job) was in Marketing and PR for Comcast Cable. That has definitely been a huge tool in marketing my own product(s).

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Just to NEVER give up! A dream is never stupid, unless you allow it to be.

What was the greatest Mother’s Day/or birthday gift you have received?

The greatest Mother’s Day was when I became a Mother for the first time. Celebrating Mother’s Day as a mom, is surreal and the best thing ever! My best birthday gift had to be when my husband wrote me a poem, on how much I meant to him. WOW, talk about an overflow of tears!

We loved getting to spend a little time getting to know Vicky a little bit more and hope you found some encouragement in her story. Make sure you sign up for her give away for that beautiful bag shown below! Details are on Instagram @featherandmane 

-Jessica and Carla

 

WINNER IS—– LISANNFRANCIS— Congrats soon to be mama!

Marvelous Mothers Part 2: Karen Johnson

 

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Instagram: @kpurenaturals
Facebook: /kpurenaturals
Website: http://www.kpurenaturals.com

We are both huge fans of Karen’s products. Besides the fact that they are our go to for skin care and bath products for our children, they are also what we rely on to pamper ourselves after a long day of mothering. We love supporting local moms and are so thankful that we have found her.

 Meet : Karen Johnson

Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?

My husband and I have been together since 2006, and have three sons and a daughter.

Before K’pure I had a fitness studio in Abbotsford for five years.   K’pure evolved from a homemade deodorant into the business it is now, in February 2016.

What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?

I’ve always had the dream of being an entrepreneur. When our oldest was a baby and my mat leave was about to end, I wanted to find a way to stay home with him, while still bringing in an income.   At that time, my passion was fitness, and with no child-friendly gyms in my area, I decided to become a certified trainer and start a stroller fitness class.  That evolved into the fitness studio, which then evolved into k’pure.  I loved having a service driven business, but the only way to generate income was to trade my own hours.  Now with k’pure, I am able to hire a team which means more time with my family. Which is the ultimate inspiration.

What is your favorite part about running your own business?   

 The new studio is a block away and this gives me the freedom to set my own hours, drop off and pick up the kids from school, and be close enough to work that I can whip down to the studio after the kids are in bed.

 

When do you find time to fit in work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all?

The most productive hours are when the kids are in bed.  There really hasn’t been much balance, but now that I’ve moved the business out of the home, I am able to separate home and work.  This means super late nights, but it means I can wear my ‘mom’ hat when the kids are home.  We don’t have hired childcare help, so being present when the kids are home is super important to me.

What was the greatest advice you have received since becoming a parent or since starting your own business that has helped you?

The best advice is doing what works for you and your family.  Don’t worry about what works for someone else, or beat yourself about ordering take out again or co-sleeping or whatever it is that works for you, works.  Do what makes your family run smoothly.  

What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?

Finding that elusive balance.  Feeling like I’m working too much, or not enough.  Feeling spread thin, which is why it’s extra important to find what works for us.

How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)

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I’ve been the world’s worst friend and spouse the last 16 months.  I’m grateful for an amazing husband and friends who support me and who know that once we find a new groove, and I accept more help with k’pure, that I’ll be back on track as a great friend and partner.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

As a child I wanted to be a vet, but after trying my hand as a vet assistant in my twenties, I quickly changed my mind!

What careers have you had I the past that led to where you are today?

All of the careers have brought me here, and there have been a lot. Even the ones I hated, have taught me something that I can use today.  Here’s the list:  paper girl, Red Robin hostess, receptionist,  hairdresser, car part sales person, delivery driver, vet assistant, insurance sales, waitress, service writer,  personal trainer, business owner.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Don’t fall into the trap of doing what everyone else is doing.  Align yourself with people who are more successful than you and ask for advice from successful business people!  Try to stand out in your field by doing things differently than anyone else, and don’t be tempted to take short cuts like buying followers. Staying true to you and your brand will make you stand out and give you a reputation that will want other brands to work with you!

 

 

 

What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?

Sleeping in past 6am!  A lazy morning with my husband and kids at home!

 

Thank you Karen for taking the time to stop by and give us a little behind the scenes look into your life. We both hope that you have a wonderful mothers day and look forward to finding out who the lucky person will be to win the “Bath Soak Trio”  when we draw the winners name on Mothers day. Check out our instagram @featherandmane for more details on how to enter.

-Jessica and Carla

Winner is—————– Alexis Cloete — congrats mama!

Marvelous Mothers Part 1: Aleena Webber

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Aleena Webber

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We are Are excited to feature Aleena, a Fantastic Mom and the founder of the local shop – Three Corners artisan. We were first attracted to her beautiful pieces of art when we saw them at a local market. We immediately started following her on Instagram. Seeing her pieces pop up in shops around our small town made her more of a local hero. In one of her instagram posts she mentioned being a mother and that was the final piece of the puzzle. We had no choice but to meet this amazing women and ask if she would like to be a part of our Mothers Day Feature. What an honor to now let you in on a little inside feature of what life as Aleena Webber is like.

 

Please tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?

“I am the momma to three boys 6,4 and 2 and the wife to one very patient, supportive husband. My husband is the reason I started Three Corners Artisan. He thought I should have a hobby, that was a year and a half ago.”

What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?

“I was on my third maternity leave and felt a little lost. Before I had my boys, I had a successful career in retail management. The draw to stay home with my boys was too strong to stay away the 10-12 hour days. My husband said I should start “throwing” again, so I did. The rest is history.”

What is your favorite part about running your own at home business?

“Oh, that I am in complete control haha! The restraints of retail had always frustrated me. Having to ask someone higher up if this is how they wanted this or that handled. How sales and customer service should be handled. It was always people that were higher up making decisions but it was me looking at the faces of the customer, hearing their stories and wanting to do more. I’m so happy starting at the very beginning of my business. I purchase the supplies, I create the pieces, I photograph (sometimes) the pieces, advertising, shipping everything! The best part is knowing and remembering the customers. The first person who bought my first piece. The first market that accepted my application. It’s so personal, and the best part of having my own business.”

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When do you find time to work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all? Spill the beans!

“I have SO much help! I say I’m the only artisan, and I am when it comes to the creating but I have so much help in other aspects of my business. My parents, in laws and the very best of friends help watch my kiddies and help in my studio. I love them and it means so much to have these people in my lives so I can do what I love.”

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What was the greatest advice you have received since becoming a parent or since starting your own business?

“The best advice I have received as a parent is that even though you feel like you are in the thickest and deepest, the next day will come. An adventure awaits and it gets better.”

What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?

“Separating my family time and my business time. It’s so hard to schedule work days and not give attention to my family. Or give my 100% to my family without thinking or doing something with work.”

How do you balance work and family time? Are you someone who keeps to a schedule or do you just slot time in when you can find it?

“I schedule time on a weekly basis only because things constantly come up. I have a firing schedule for my kiln which makes it a bit easier. Then when I receive orders I can give a more accurate turn around time.”

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How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)

“There are many hours my friends and hubs have hung out in my studio just to spend time with me. I’m not sure if that’s balance or not?”

 

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

“Be the truest to yourself and try your very hardest to not compare yourself to others.”

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What did you want to be when you were younger?

“A mom”

What was the greatest Mother’s Day/or birthday gift you have ever received?

“My now husband but boyfriend at the time gave me guitar lessons, so I would believe that I could still learn new things.”

What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?

“My family in Tofino. Just the five of us.”

 

Thank you so much Aleena for taking the time to pop by and letting us get to know you a bit more. You can find Aleena at the Bloom Market in Fort Langley this mothers day weekend. Pop and in and check out her creations for yourself. 

Do not forget to enter our give away on Instagram. Aleena will be giving away a Porcelain gold encrusted pendant to one blessed mama. Draw will be on Mothers day. For entry details go to Instagram and look for Aleenas feature post. 

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Join us tomorrow for our next featured Momprenuer. You wont regret it!

 

-Jessica and Carla

 

WINNER IS———————–Wellness with Joanna – Contact us when you find out!

Finding My Worth

I was cleaning my kitchen and getting lost in my own thoughts when one of my friends popped into my head. “I should text her” I thought as I loaded the last plate into the dish washer. I picked up my phone and shot her a text asking her how she was was doing and if she wanted to get together soon for a girls night. I put the phone down and picked up the dish cloth to clean the counter but was interrupted by the vibration of my phone. I willingly allowed myself the distraction and picked up my phone (as if I was some one extremely important) to see what urgent situation needed my attention. To my surprise my friend had already responded and asked if I was available that following evening for an “after kids bedtime” mommy date. We set the time and place. The excitement of a child entering Disney land for the first time, was nothing matched to my excitement of a girls night away from kids and cleaning. I love girls night. It is what feeds my soul. I love chit chat over food or while walking side by side with someone who enjoys hearing about my life and what matters most. Judgement free Adult conversation can not be matched.

When I woke up that morning it was like any other morning and I went about my day not knowing that that very evening, my out look on my own life would be changed by just some simple words spoken from a life long friend.

My sweet friend and I have been amigos since we were 10 years old, over 20 years of friendship holds us together. We have lived blocks, cities, provinces, countries, time zones, and what seems like, worlds apart from each other over the span of those 20 years. We have grown from children to teens to university students together. We watched each other get married and we shared the stages of pregnancy side by side. Belly to belly. It is safe to say that I trust and cherish this girl and what she has to say.

We ordered our drinks and our shared appetizer and got our conversation under way. We brought each other up to speed on each of our lives. As we covered the basics of kids, marriage, school, and jobs, we reached a point where it inevitably was time to go a little deeper. My sweet and probing friend asked me a question (after listening to me complain about not having any vision or goals) that will forever change the way that I make plans. “Where do you find your worth? Is it in a pay check? Is it in what you do? Is it in who you are? Why does it matter “what” you do and not “why” you are doing it?”

This kind of floored me. It is advice that I would have given someone else but not one that I was thinking should be given to me. Where do I find my worth?

Before I had children I was a friend, a wife and a Preschool teacher and found my worth in those relationships. I mostly identified with my job. I was made to be a teacher and to spend my days with little ones who saw the world in such a pure and untainted way. I loved when their little hands reached out to me to hold mine and to guide me over to where they were playing with full intentions of convincing me to join them. I loved their singing voices that would quickly turn into shouting as they got excited about the silly parts of the songs we would sing during circle time. I loved their imaginations and creativity. I found great pride in working with children and with their families. I loved when parents would ask my advice on parenting and I would respond like an inexperienced but over educated professional. Then I became a parent and life as I knew it changed.

When my son was born I got a kick in the head and forgot all I thought I was sure I knew. All confidence in who I was as a teacher did not transfer flawlessly over to motherhood like I was expecting it to. One of the biggest areas in my life where I found my worth started to vanish. Who am I in this role?

My friendships took a different place in my life as well. Where I used to be willing to drop everything and help out a friend, now I hesitated. Life got a little messy. My friendships that were the most valuable to me before I became a mom, were now changed. I made new friends with other moms and those friendships became more important for my very survival. Not forever, but just for now. For that moment in my life I needed people surrounding me who knew what I was going through. I needed friends that asked me questions about baby poop and who swapped exhaustion and birth stories like I used to discuss vacation and weekend plans. This little child that entered my life, and soon the addition of his sister, would alter my outlook on everything for the rest of my life. Parenthood changed me.

Parenthood changed my marriage as well. We were no longer two independent people doing life nonchalantly. We were forced to grow up and to actually realize what living selflessly was all about. Fighting over who was more tired became our constant conversation. Resentment and loss of identity became our reality. Learning how to navigate through this new world became our goal. We are now 5 years into it all and we are still trying to find our way. We have come a long way since then. I am proud of the progress and find so much comfort in the unity we share as parents.

As I sat there running her simple, yet profound, question over and over in my head. “Where do I find my worth?” I couldn’t help but feel lost as well as the feeling of being found. It was like before she asked me this question, I was walking around an unknown world without glasses and everything was blurry and new. Now, I have found my glasses and but I am still in an unknown world, but at least I can see. This question still remains, “Where do I find my worth?”

I  have always been a planner. I made lists, set goals, and loved initiating action plans. After high school I had everything planned out. I was going to move out, get my Early Childhood Education, then get married, then find jobs, then find our own home. Then after all that we would start our family. My plan from then on was a little less structured. After giving birth to our second child we knew the next part of our plan. Adoption. We were going to complete our family through adoption and applied for a sibling set. But that is where my plan stopped. That is now where I sit.

My children are 4 and 5 and I am a year into the waiting process for our next two children to join our family. Now what? While I wait I find myself lost and confused. Unfocused. The planner in me has to be put to rest and I need to learn to now be patient. In these moments of feeling useless and as if I am aimlessly wandering around I am learning where I find my worth. The truth is that I know I should be finding my worth in the one who gave me this very life I am living. The air in my lungs, the children who cuddle me, the husband who adores me, even the very the dreams that I dream. They are all gifts from the very One who I need to be finding my Worth in.

I have been coming to the realization lately that while figuring out what my the next list of accomplishments will be, I need to let the very One who created me in on my plans. What good are my plans if they do not include Him? He has given me the dreams and desires that are deep in my heart. It is in Him that I will find the answers to this aimlessness that I feel. What am I actually here for? What am I supposed to be doing with my time while I wait? I do not need to be making millions to be worth something. Not everything  I do needs to bring home money or change the world. The small things are not always small. I tend to make grand plans and then become overwhelmed by the enormity of all that needs to happen see these plans come to be.

So, now what?

My prayer and hope for this new found outlook on my life is that I will keep my focus on “Why” I am doing what I am doing and “Who” I am doing it for. I will try to keep serving God as my main priority and sharing His love for others and myself. In doing this it will help me focus on what is important while I make plans for what to do with my time. My children will both be in school next year and I will have time. My goal is to make sure that I find worth while projects to fill my time. I do not want to find my worth in the things that this world deems important. I want to set my eyes on the one who made this world and has higher plans for me.

-Jessica (lion)