Thank you for getting the tortoise moving on this idea, @Kendra Burrows!
My site serves Christians who are interested in natural health. I'm a trained herbalist and certified aromatherapist, so they look to me as an expert and I feel like they trust me pretty well. I'm working through a brand pivot right now that I hope to make a lot of progress on this summer.
My "day job," or really, 24/7 job, is homeschooling momma to 7 kiddos, ages 14 to 1, and wifey of a bivocational pastor (school teacher by day, pastor by every other waking moment). I love being with my kiddos all day. I don't resent this stage of life at all.
There are times when my ambition and competitive nature gets the best of me, and it's hard to watch others succeed when I feel like I'm climbing uphill with weights on my back. I'm working hard at digging into those feelings, and I've realized a few things:
1. When I'm tired or discouraged, I can read other people's success as my own failure. I know this isn't accurate, so I'm working to recognize that, name it, then dismiss it.
2. I can slip into seeing these other "successful" ladies as my competition, instead of my colleagues. So I'm working to intentionally cheer them on and be happy for them. There is enough success to go around.
3. I'm learning, sooooo slowly learning, that small success counts, and failure is only failure if I can't learn from it and move on. I know those things in my head, but don't often feel them enough to believe them when I'm faced with a disappointment.
I've realized that my biggest struggle comes down to something Jessica Fisher said in a different Biz Mavens thread. I have to be content with the boundaries God has placed around my business. I can't resent them, wish them away, or try to jump over, push through, dig under, or try to get around them. Thinking of these limitations as boundaries has done so much for my focus and attitude.