I’ve stumbled upon a blogosphere movement of sorts, called Things I’m Afraid To Tell You where bloggers share just that. I thought it would be fun to participate. I consider myself to be a pretty open and honest person, so I tend to share a lot. My hopes are that the things I share can be a blessing to others and help them in life. There are some things that I’d like to get off my chest as well, so I figured why not play along…
1. I decided to try a new soup today. Chunky chicken, broccoli cheese and potatoes. It smelled like cat food when I opened it and tastes about one notch better, but I will eat it because I paid $1.37 for the can. My husband will laugh at me when he reads this.
2. I just recently started a DIY (do-it-yourself) Event Planning business. It came from a lot of people telling me that I should start a business when they saw the things that I made for our wedding 6 months ago. So I said sure why not? I love to help people, enjoy helping them to save money and I think that some companies who sell party/wedding items rip people off on a daily basis. That’s not cool. If you think I’m joshin’ you, tell someone you need something for a wedding, then switch it to something for a birthday and note the price difference… Not all do that by any means, but enough do to bother me.
3. I’ve encountered quite a few people who aren’t so supportive of my new venture and I know that there has been some negativity associated with my name/business put out there because of some of the reactions I’ve received with this venture. It has been incredibly discouraging and painful, but I read somewhere that when you start a business, you also have to develop a thick skin.
4. I’m a devout Christian. Not in the “Bible-thumping, verse slinging, condemnation of everything and everyone who is different from me” sort of way. I have my beliefs and strong foundation of what is right and wrong, but the most important thing I have is the desire to emulate Christ and love people in spite of their short-comings or how they treat me. There is nothing I can say or do in expectation of being heard/seen without doing it in love; 1 Corinthians 13 is what I try to live by, because I certainly must love people that I don’t necessarily like.
5. In contrast to #3, I have some incredibly fantabulous friends who absolutely love and support me and have given me the opportunity to stretch my creative wings. Without them, I wouldn’t have the courage to dust myself off and keep trying. This company was just started at the end of February and I’ve already been blessed to plan for a book release, some birthday parties, a baby gender reveal and have 4 weddings coming up between now and November…possibly a 5th, as well as a special party for one of my dearest friends. I’m overwhelmed…with extreme gratitude for the opportunities 🙂
6. My husband has unequivocally been my biggest supporter. He is my inspiration and my motivation. Whenever I get down or overwhelmed, he is right there to keep me going and to help me up. He carries my boxes, picks up last minute items when I’m rushing and something ends up broken and puts up with my crafts projects strewn all over the living room because they’ve somehow made it out of my crafting room. To say that I love, adore and appreciate him doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of how much of a blessing he is to me.
7. I’m/we’re severely overdue for a vacation. Not a couple known for sitting still (we had a travel-themed wedding,) we haven’t been anywhere since our honeymoon…our last exotic vacation was the March prior to the wedding. Which means we haven’t been out of the region/country in over a year and I’m going nuts with the worst case of cabin fever EVER.
8. I’m afraid of failure. I don’t like to start anything that I don’t feel like I will finish successfully. And because of the negativity I’ve encountered, I didn’t feel like I would succeed. But failure with this business is not an option; its success will have lasting implications and direct opportunities where my family is involved.
9. I’m afraid of death. That is in direct contradiction to being a Christian, I know, but I don’t like the idea not being here anymore or losing someone. I don’t like to lose people and I get visibly upset of the thought of losing my husband. But in spite of all of that, I know that God has a divine plan for our lives and I have no choice but to live it out as best as I can while I can…I also don’t want to miss any new movies that come out. I’ve told my husband that if I go before him that he should put my ashes in the wall of a movie theater so that I never have to miss a new release.
I guess that’s all for now. Maybe I’ll do it again after some time has passed and things have developed. Thanks for listening 🙂