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Hey there!

Whether you're moving slow and steady for a season or the tortoise is part of your temperament, welcome!!

Introduce yourself, please! Tell us about your business and your biggest struggle. 

Can't wait to cheer each other on!

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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.

But.

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.

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Hi! I'm a business without a business (yet). I love to help women tame their mind mosquitoes using scripture and the science of how God made us. 

One of my struggles: my eyes are too big for my plate. 😉 Cheri Gregory has an analogy about plate size, and my plate size is small (due to a full time day job + the way I interact with my family + my own personality), but I want to fill it like I'm at an all-you-can-eat buffet that closes in 10 minutes.

But my biggest struggle is not that I can't make progress, or don't recognize the progress, or even that I get discouraged at the slowness (though I do sometimes). My biggest struggle is, in the midst of the slowness, I lose so much time & energy picking myself back up. In addition to the hurdle of getting back into the work, I spend too much time re-motivating myself and re-convincing myself that my plan is sound (and that I’m the one to do it). Working on it, though.
 

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6 hours ago, Kristen Smith said:

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.

These are GREAT take-aways! Thanks for sharing, @Kristen Smith

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Hey everyone!

I help discouraged people build their savings account even when life happens.  I've noticed after setting up the golden question and then abandoning my blog for a couple of months (life) that many of my readers have reached something pivotal in their lives and many of them are thinking about saving money for the first time ever.  So I am trying to niche more into that area than I had been before.

I also write for large family moms since I have 6 kids of my own.  :)

My biggest struggle is thinking that I have to be "all the things" to "all the people".  If I write about something, I think I need to cover every possibility and a couple of side topics at the same time.  I've been reading The ONE Thing and it's really helping my perspective!  Also, going back to Blog Smarter videos from time to time reminds me to STOP IT already.  haha!  But if I don't take those reminders often, I easily shift back to that "all the things" default setting.

This coming school year, I'll be sending 5 of my kids to school.  (Last year I only sent 3.)  Having just the baby at home should give me more time to work (I hope) but there's a long summer before that happens.  So I'll just keep plunking along!

On 5/29/2019 at 3:48 PM, Kristen Smith said:

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.

 

This is sooo good, @Kristen Smith!  It's something I need to remember, too.

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On 6/7/2019 at 7:56 AM, Jamie Jeffers said:

My biggest struggle is thinking that I have to be "all the things" to "all the people".  If I write about something, I think I need to cover every possibility and a couple of side topics at the same time. 

I sure understand this!! ❤️

 

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