Since late March, I have been praying for May to be here.
See, in March I made the decision to close the doors of a business I had only owned for a bit over a year. All of the emotions have been swirling around. I have been reminded of the excitement I once had for that business, the marketing ideas, the people and their passions, my love for main street business… as much as my heart wants to be pulled in to regret I know it wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right one.
After spending 3 days with business owners at the before. conference, I realized that what I thought was thinking/playing big by purchasing the salon, was actually playing small. See, I had to put all of my focus on ONE business. When I looked over the 100+ business owners in the room I knew that this is what I was put here to do.
Kristen Brown spoke and asked us to write down 3 words that we wanted to be known for. Mine? Awesome (cause duh), Inspiring and Generous.
and we were reminded by Tracey Winn Steivang to add margin in to our life… you know… to be able to actually HAVE the time to be those things so people can say those 3 words about you.
Although I had already made the decision to close the salon, the confirmation from every.single.speaker that I made the right one was exactly what I needed.
Kit Welchlin shared with us that when people hit burn out, it takes them 2+ years to get back in the game… I know I didn’t hit this, thankfully. But I did take the last 2+ days to just be. To hang out with my kiddos and to find those moments where I shine the brightest.
At the end of the conference I wrapped it all up with a story of my journey over the last year, challenging people to shine their very brightest and to not let the comparison trap or the negative nellies get in the way.
I shared that my oldest, Preslynn, had told me that one day she wanted to be famous. When I asked her what that meant to her, she quickly responded with ‘I want to sing on a stage’. Well… just so happens I had a stage at my conference. As the audience wrote down their shine bright moments and lit a candle, Preslynn bravely graced the stage and SHINED.
Thank you to ALL that were a part of my journey, the salon, the conference – basically all the things.