Happy New Year! 2017 already?!
It makes me stop and think about how quickly this life is flying by and in its brevity, how desperately I want to take in every experience and opportunity to make each year better than the last.
The days are long, but the years are short. Boy, are they ever. In this gap we are in between birth and eternal life with Jesus, I want to be sure I am running my race. I want to up the ante of the dreams that my heart stirs up in the midst staying on the course of this beaten and beautiful path to the finish line.
Audacious dreams. Brazen and unapologetic dreams. Sun stand still dreams.
The dreams that you shove deep down inside of you because sometimes it’s easier to carry the weight of unfulfilled dreams than it is to take a risk, put yourself out there, and have to come face to face with the magnitude of actually running full speed ahead not knowing what lies beyond.
When I first opened Relics of Grace, I was pursuing a part of my spirit that been dormant. I didn’t know anything about being an entrepreneur or a small business owner. I just knew that I wanted to be creative and I hoped that along the way, money would follow.
I remember getting my first couple of sales. I was over the moon and just so happy that even one person wanted to buy something I had created! What?! Excitement. Passion. Creativity. All the things the fabric of who I am had been awakened. More ideas. More items. My shop began to grow.
I remember saying that I just wanted to make enough to pay my rent. That’s it. I didn’t know how it would ever happen, but I continued telling myself that. And regardless of whether or not anyone else believed that was none of my business. I believed it. And that was all that mattered. Looking back, it was such a sweet season of being hopeful and expectant and navigating life through the lens of faith and not fear.
And even better, the beginning of the story of God using the relics of my very broken heart years ago so that I can one day leave behind the relics of the grace He’s given me. A reminder that He will use Relics to pay the rent….and every other bill on the list! And certainly not in the spirit of being braggadocios, but sometimes I have to go back there to appreciate the fruition of this vision I once had. A reminder that passion ignites purpose and money follows suit. It’s easy to do something you love and to give it everything you’ve got. I’m not sure it’ll always be tutus, but I know I must create.
To cease creating would mean to cease being me. Creativity is who I am. It reigns.
I don’t know what 2017 holds, but I am believing that the best days still lie ahead, including fun snap filters in the moments where you can’t take yourself too seriously! 😉
Open mind. Open heart. Go hard this year!