Well, I feel like the seasons are changing, and winter is here. I’m all “bundled up” –ok, I’m wearing socks and a hoody (Does that count?)–sitting next to my heater with a sleeping kitty in my lap, and snow falling outside. No, soup is not cooking on the stove. In fact, an unhealthy dinner of sausage, gravy, and gluten-free biscuits is on the menu for tonight. 🙂
I’ve been thinking a lot about marketing and business plans today. I have a lot on my plate, and sometimes I feel like I’m not cut-out to run a business. I’m not quitting anything–believe me– just lacking confidence. It’s like something I shared with my friend/sister Emily today: I want to do a triathlon or a half- or even whole marathon. Her reply: “Really? Since when?”
To be honest, for a long time now.
Sometimes our own lack of confidence can keep us from doing things we know we can do. Sometimes we come up with excuses for why we’re “too busy” or “unable” to do things.
Moses comes to mind when I talk about this. If anyone was great at making excuses, he was. In Exodus 3 and 4, we can read all about Moses’ excuses before the Lord for why he “couldn’t” do what He was instructing. God refuted every one with words of comfort, a change of perspective, and proof to back up every claim He made.
What has God called me to do?
Currently, I’m looking at my to-do list (Below I’ve attached my new day-to-day schedule) and feeling a little overwhelmed. I’ve been called to be a number of things, but first and foremost, I’ve been called to be a daughter of the King, a wife, a youth leader, a sister and friend, a tutor, and a Pampered Chef consultant.
I feel like I can hear a few of you asking how I know I’ve been “called” to be a tutor and a Pampered Chef consultant. Well, there was sincere prayer that went into both those decisions. After prayer and consultation regarding those job opportunities, Adam and I decided those were two opportunities I should take advantage of. Therefore, having been given those opportunities, I’ve been called to do them wholeheartedly, as unto the Lord (Ephesians 6:7).
Therefore, knowing this, I know that He will empower me to do what I need to do in order to succeed in these areas. I know He empowers me to be a tutor and to excel there. I really enjoy it, and it’s been such a blessing to be able to work from home. Now, I just need to trust Him that I can walk confidently in all aspects of this new venture of Pampered Chef and trust Him to provide shows, present shows, sell products, and yes, even network and market my new business.
That’s so comforting! 🙂
Okay, off to work on some other things on my schedule. Have a wonderful evening!
3 thoughts on “Thoughts on Snow, Triathlons, and Business Marketing/Networking”
Great post, esp to other entrepreneurs!
Amen! I’ve constantly found Moses’ story to be a comfort. I feel SO inadequate and have constantly questioned whether or not teaching is what God really called me to do. Everytime I come up with an excuse like Moses, that I’m not a good speaker, others are far more qualified to do this than I am (and the list goes on), I remember God’s reply to Moses question (Who do I say sent me?): God replies with “Tell them I AM sent you”. Knowing He’s got this all under His control is a great load off my back and a great encouragement knowing that should I mess up, I don’t have far to fall until He’s caught me in His grace, love, mercy, and strength. Not sure if that makes sense but it does to me 🙂
Great blog. Good to have found it.
When I moved away from England I missed sausages mre than I missed my family! I started making them myself here in Greece. before long I was supplying loads of people with them each week.
I wrote a quick and easy guide so people could find out my recipies and how to make sausages for themselves. It is free at http://www.sausages-sausages.com