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07.16.19 Intentional Vision

These last few weeks have taught me a lot.  The number one lesson learned?  When running a small business, do not get fucking comfortable.  Why?  The second you stop brainstorming and thinking like a huge-ass business, sales drop, numbers drop, engagement drops...this is my truth, as I am sitting here with under 50 orders for the month of July, a month that should be one of my busiest.  

I.dropped.the.fucking.ball...like huge.

Ya, know what though?  I'm ok.  The second I stopped panicking, I realized that it.is.ok.  I needed a break.  I needed a breather.  I needed time with family, time with my kids, time at my cabin.  I needed to find a new normal for all of us after losing a grandparent and my parents separating.

Truth?  Yes, I panicked a little...like, oh my gosh, we are buying a cabin and I am going to have a mortgage but I don't have enough money coming in, panic...but then I went to my happy place...aka...Harbour Island, OUR island...that sounds so fucking cool...property A135...and I realized that instead of panicking, I needed to embrace the slow.  I slowed down.  I napped.  I read a book.  I healed my mental and physical pain.  I listened to my kids laugh.  I took a swim.  I drank some..or a lot..  I had fun and realized my priorities.  I never forgot them, but this was a perfect reminder.

During this time, after the panic subsided, the brainstorming began.  The crazy, creative mind that never stops was in full force.  This is what I love.  I love the ups and downs.  I love to try new things and if they don't work, at least I tried.  I love to see my successes and failures on paper.  It proves to me that I am trying and failure is ok.  We can't always win...I can't always win.  It showed me that money in the small business game, is a game.  It is not guaranteed.  You always need to be working for it.  That is the life of a small business...literally..the.life.  If you aren't willing to work for it, you are guaranteed to fail.  I will tell you that right now.  Do not be afraid.  

So..what does this mean for me?  My goals?  My plans?  It means this.  It reminds me of this:

Today I am a dreamer.  

Today I am a doer.  

Today I am taking names and not quitting.  

Today I am focused.

Today I am driven.  

Today I am me.  I really don't know who else to be.

Take a look at some of my intentional vision and all of the reasons why I am doing what I am doing...


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