Life. On. Display.
I saw this post today and I could feel the emotion oozing out of it. It evoked a lump in my throat and a quiver to my voice. It prompted me to literally stop what I was working on and write this post. A post for a blog that I’ve kept private, unready to move on, promote or share….but this is real, and it needs to be shared.
To promote vulnerability, to support those working hard to achieve their dreams, and to inspire.
Posted to Life On Display's Facebook Page:
Hey everyone! Sorry it's been awhile. Things are moving slowly. So many details and it puts me in a metal exhaustion induced depression. It's that or the piles of laundry produced by five kids that I can't seem to keep up with. Maybe it's a combination.
Either way, we appreciate your patience and know how difficult it is to wait.
We know God has a plan and things will happen in His timing.
So, we just ask for your continued support and prayers while we strive to keep this business plan (and our life) on track.
Thank you! ❤️
I’ve worked alongside James & Susanne as they’ve navigated a unique transition of growing their business. At the end of last year, the couple decided to take a chance, held their breath and dove into the unknown! They closed their successful retail shop that housed stunning décor and gifts, pressed pause on a jam-packed event schedule where Susanne offered craft classes such as sign-making, packed up shop and moved-to a vacant, run down building.
Now why on earth would they do something like that?!?!
Well, because they have a vision. You see, they’re committed to their community, they’re committed to their family and to each other. They saw what a pipe dream of opening a shop could create (think jobs, income, traffic and business to a small community)…and they wanted more. Their dreams got a little bigger-to create more jobs in a quiet town, to stimulate a pretty unimpressive main street, to offer healthy food options and create a place to gather and to change their family’s legacy. You see, they have FIVE kids! 5 children to support. 5 children to inspire.
(As a child of self-employed entrepreneurs, I can say that when you grow up working alongside your parents, helping them out, watching how they do business and interact with their community-you begin to look at each experience and the world a little differently).
They have BIG Dreams!
(hint-follow Life On Display’s Facebook Page to learn more about them)
Having dreams and goals is important. And following through on those goals is impressive (and rare). But it can take a toll on you-emotionally, spiritually, financially, energetically and health-wise. This is where Life On Display is-they’re in the thick of it. Months into a huge transition where it can be hard to stay focused on the end result and even harder to appreciate the journey (as it feels like it’s been never ending and quite frankly, draining at times).
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I know they will be successful. I’m confident in their plan, their vision and their abilities. Susanne and James are Brilliant, Grounded & Inspiring! And they’re totally NORMAL. We all get down on ourselves, loose sight of what we’re working toward and have doubts-this is normal.
YOU are normal!
We may not see this side of people on their Social Media Highlight Reel, but it’s happening!
Life On Display is normal….and rare. You see, one of the reasons I’m constantly inspired by them is they’re REAL. Yes, they’re striving for some fantastic and impressive goals, but they’re normal.
To support our family, to feel connected, to enhance our community, to feel successful, to embrace that inner voice urging us to unleash our passion.
Soo, what can we learn from the wonderfully named business Life On Display?
1- Know who you are, what’s important to you and embrace Love.
2- Know Your Why! (click here to read more about embracing Your Why)
3- Be Vulnerable, Open & Transparent. Show your truth-it might be uncomfortable, but it’s so much more healthy and you’ll be able to sleep at night knowing there’s no façade. Remember-no one is living their Highlight Reel every day, so accept the pressure of striving for greatness, but give yourself some grace….and inspire others to do the same.
4- Recalibrate! When you’re feeling down, lost or overwhelmed-Go Back To Your Why. Refocus on why you’re doing what you’re doing. And if you’re running on empty, go back to #1-reenergize by basking in who (or what)’s important to you (aka, take a break, recharge, come back ready to rock).
Your goal, what ever it is, IS WORTH IT.
YOU, are worth it!
Is a self-proclaimed Mini-Entrepreneur. When not dreaming up the next big project, she basks in the sounds of life running through her halls in the form of little feet (and 4-legged friends)! Navigating her role as a mom, and trying desperately to slow down time, she strives to inspire others to take control of their lives and see what amazing things they can achieve when they “Dream Big. Make a Plan. Kick Ass and Thrive”. Her creative juices flow best when she’s surrounded by those who inspire her, enjoying music, a good yoga session, running and exploring the world of farming as The Curious Farmer.