This last week was full of travel, travel, and more travel! I went with my husband to Las Vegas from Monday-Thursday for SEMA. We got home at 1:00 and turned around and left for Nashville for the Business Boutique event put on by the Dave Ramsey team. Business Boutique is a two day event packed full of great speakers. I have always wanted to go to some sort of business conference. When I heard the next BB was scheduled in Nashville, I booked the tickets. Let me tell you, it was SO worth it. I told my husband, I kind of want to go back again!
Being a Christian, I place my faith first and foremost. I love listening to podcasts and reading business books, but when it lacks the faith element, it never seems absolutely complete. BB is biblically based so it was a huge breath of fresh air. It not only taught me how to handle my business, but it planted it on biblical truths. We were given a book to take notes and to fill in sentences as the talks unfolded. This was super helpful because let me tell you, there was a lot to take notes on. Christy Wright talked on how to build your business, how to crush fear, how to handle the money, and how to balance work and life. Dave Ramsey talked on the power of intentionality. Rachel Cruze talked about money in your personal life. Christine Caine had a spiritual talk that tied into business. Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum was interviewed on how to turn setbacks into success. She also sang a few songs for us, one was Thy Will, which is her new song and it is really good. Amy Porterfield talked about how to use social media to grow your audience. Nicole Walters talked about selling confidently. And lastly, Donal Miller talked about how to use story to brand your business. All the speakers were phenomenal and I wrote down so many notes.
The major thing I took away from the event was: I am not in this alone, I can do it, and I should do it. I tend to get afraid and feel lonely in this whole work at home mom adventure I am on. I want to quit many times and just be a mom and wife. God keeps telling me to keep going though. Through the BB I found clarity in exactly what I should be doing right now. I often feel overwhelmed with everything I WANT to do. One thing that Christy said that really spoke to me was “What you are doing IS important.” I took that not only as my business, but also raising my daughter. It is highly important to me to continue to raise her and not send her to daycare (this is just my personal conviction, sending kids to daycare is totally fine, it’s just not the choice I feel called to make). I don’t want my business to become my full time job. I feel I am supposed to do it, but I am supposed to raise Kina first. Often times my dreams can cloud out my responsibility to her. Another thing from BB that stood out to me, is “if God wants you to do it, it will happen.” It gave me the faith I was lacking to let go of a few things so I can focus on being a mom too. I would work myself up and worry if I let this area go, or that area go, my business would fail. I have been working on some new things behind the scenes that I feel God has called me to. Yet, I haven’t released older things to free up some time. Because of this I feel very overwhelmed. Knowing that God does want me to do this, frees up the worry that it will fail.
Will this mean I will become super successful at it and everything will go great? No. It simply means God wants me to do it so I will. Maybe success will follow, maybe he will lead me down another path. I don’t know, but if I let go of things to grab hold of other things, I can do it without regret because I know God is with me. With this being said, one thing I am letting go temporarily is my blog and newsletter. I am trying to sort out exactly the direction I am being led with my website and newsletter. I have a few custom projects I am working on right now, and with the holiday’s coming up, I need a internet break. I will still blog when I find the time/complete a project, but for the month of November and December for sure, there will not be a consistent Tuesday, Thursday post.
If you get a chance to go to Business Boutique, I would highly recommend it. I will be gleaning the wisdom I gained from it for years to come!