I haven’t completed my first year in business yet. It’s been an amazing, exciting, and exhausting year. Sometimes it feels as if there have been many more downs than ups. I still struggle almost daily with figuring out my next step and trusting my gut to move forward.
On Friday my husband and I attended the Night of Worship at our church. It’s the kick off of the Celebration Giving and an opportunity to give thanks for all our blessings. It was about an hour and a half event filled with music, celebration, and prayer. It was amazing.
As I started thinking of all of the incredible things in my life and how lucky I am, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share with all of you what I am grateful for – as you are 100% part of what I am grateful for in my business and in my life.
I could go on forever, so I decided to limit it to 10 things!
My husband is the most patient, understanding human on the planet. Which is 100% necessary when your wife continues to add more and more new ideas to her (your) plate. I literally couldn’t do the things I do at work, in my business, and in life without the support of my husband. He’s genuinely my biggest supporter – and I thank God every day for him.
You often hear stories of people whose families think their business ideas are ridiculous or don’t support or encourage them. I am so grateful for a family that stands behind me in every adventure in life. Both my family and my in-laws cheer me on, ask questions, and show a genuine interest and support in what I am building. While I’ve always had this kind of support in my life, it is not lost on me how rare this is, and I am so thankful for my family.
In March I joined a Leadership Development organization that provided me personal development, networking, and the opportunity to grow. It’s been one of the best investments in both time and money that I’ve made in myself. I’ve made friends, I’ve found clients, I’ve grown my speaking skills, and have found a place to share my passion of empowering women. It’s been magical.
When you’re growing a “side hustle” everyone assumes it’s because you hate your day job. I am fortunate to say that is not the case for me. I love the team I work with, the team I have the opportunity to lead, and the leadership team I serve with. Many of the skills I have the privilege of sharing with my coaching clients have been fine tuned within my full time job and not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for that. Being part of growing an organization from the ground up is not for the faint of heart – and I’m honored to watch our team grow.
I’ve worked with two different business coaches since deciding I wanted to grow a business, but had no idea how. They’ve both been amazing resources, great inspiration, and their advice and expertise has been invaluable. It is super scary to make an investment when your business is in the red, but I’m not sure I would have a business at all had I not made those investments. I’m grateful for both of my coaches and for the courage to invest scary amounts of money to make things happy!
My Wine Family.
While my Wine Business has taken a backseat to growing my own brand, it’s not lost on me how meaningful this experience has been to me and my family. Not to mention, the first idea of starting a coaching business happened at Wine Camp in 2017. I am so grateful for the friendships, coaching, support, and WINE that goes along with this business. I’m grateful everyday for the women who have trusted me in growing their own business and the women who never give up on me! It’s been such a blessing in my life.
Oh my clients. I am not sure how you wound up so far down on this list. I am so grateful for the women who have put their trust in me to help them grow. I don’t think they realize that I learn as much from them as they probably do for them. They give me energy. The fuel my passion for helping women. It’s the most humbling experience; having someone believe in you so much that they invest their hard earned money with you. It’s amazing – and I am so thankful for each and everyone client I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
This has been such a “side bonus” that I had no idea would happen when I built this business. I had no idea the relationships I would make the people I would get to work with along the way. Providing training and support to women from all walks of life has been such a blessing. Knowing that these women show up inside my Facebook group every week for my support is such an incredible feeling. And I LOVE pouring into them.
This has been such an incredible year in growing our faith. We are beyond blessed to have a found a Church and a community to raise our family with. We love serving the kids in our Church, connecting with our small group, and growing our relationship with Jesus. It’s been an amazing year and we’re so thankful we found our home.
When you start a business, people don’t often to tell you that it can be a really polarizing experience. You put in a lot of hours, you constantly obsess about what you are doing, should be doing, and are getting ready to do. Your brain doesn’t turn off – and it can consume your life. And your relationships tend to suffer for that. I say all that to say THANK YOU to the friends who understand. For the ones that continue to reach out. For the ones that support my business. For the ones that understand that this season is short – but the rewards will be incredible. Thank you for continuing to show up.
And a final THANK YOU to YOU! For reading this blog. For every like, share, and comment on social media. For every email that you open. For every introduction that you make. For cheering me on me. For being a part of my community. And for your belief in me. It’s invaluable.