Halls are decked and we're trimming our tree tonight. I've put a pot of potato soup on for a cozy dinner by the fireplace while we string twinkle lights, hang memories on fir branches, kiss under candlelight, bake my grandmother's recipe for shortbread cookies and toast to a very European homemade hot chocolate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's really one of my favorite holiday traditions & this month, I've carved out time for it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To be present. Awake. In wonder even. To not feel guilty about closing up shop early. To make space in my mind for the moment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Admittedly, I haven't always been very good at this. I've missed out on a lot because I was too worried of missing something in my business. (Yikes!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe that's why these words from @katieoselvidge feel like a marching order in all the best ways, to build a life more beautiful than your brand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You too? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm thinking we probably need each other more than we think in order to make this sort of thing happen. I wonder if you'd be willing to comment below, tell us what moments you're looking forward to being present for the most and how you're planning to create space for them in life and business. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then maybe, go find the person who commented before or after you and reply to them, stop by their feed, cheer them on and check in on them? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let's create wonder this Christmas alongside of good work, eh?
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Honestly? Having a small business is a lot harder than I thought it would be — there are so many days when I feel like walking away & giving up. I know that I probably shouldn’t admit to that, but building something from nothing just isn’t easy — and there’s midnight tears alongside of small and big wins. I just don’t think it’s helpful not to share these bits because they’re real and what is life if not real? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But one thing I’ve been learning lately is that consistency in the *small* things matters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe I don’t have a large following here. Maybe you don’t either. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And some days I just feel like — am I doing this thing right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some days it can feel like you’re putting it all out there and getting so little in return — are people even noticing? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know you’ve been here too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But you know what? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Part of serving well means ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Showing up when there aren’t many others watching. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Writing when few are reading. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being generous even if few are buying. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sharing when it feels like no one cares. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll be the first to admit that some days it’s really difficult — to be consistent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But if we aren’t showing up with our best now, what makes us think we’d show up with our best when we reach 10k followers or larger profit margins or this or that? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s get more comfortable with the small. Let’s be brave enough to be generous. Let’s let consistency mark us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s be servant hearted in business. Wholehearted beings looking to make others lives better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Double tap if you’re ready to hold hands and keep each other accountable to a more honest standard here. I hope you’ll be *with* me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀