Well, hello! It’s me. I’m here…proof of life! I know it has been a while, and boy have I missed this space. Since the last time we were here together, so much has changed. Business has taken a delightful turn, and I can’t wait to start sharing more of that world with you all.
Jewel Rules was built on my desire to support and inspire moms, creatives, women, believers in Christ, and singles. In all the hustle and bustle, my heart craved returning to the basics. The nature and soul of the business and it’s this blog.
So today, I’m pausing to say hello and drop a few gems based on what I have and am still learning since I’ve been MIA.
1. I’ve said this before, but I mean it this time….DELEGATE!! Yes, there is absolutely a season when you’ll be a one-person show. I used to wear that like a badge of honor until it started to wear me out mentally, physically, and emotionally. When you’re a creative, those things show up in your work! It’s ok and wise to enlist help when needed. Even if it’s just a VA (virtual assistant) to handle your calendar and emails, those things can take a huge load off when your plate is full. This leads me to my next point.
2. Know what you need before you ask for it. Last year I contracted an outstanding VA. I thought for sure work would be smooth sailing after that. It was more chaotic (whew, I’m sure I was a massive pain in the butt). Why? I did not map out what I needed, resulting in me not being able to articulate those needs clearly. I realized that business had evolved, and I also had to. Gone are the days when I’m just flying by the seat of my pants. So, before you enlist help, meet with yourself and map out your pain points and how that person can assist in those areas. Write the vision clearly and give your team something to run with (Habakkuk 2:2)!
3. Don’t get lost. It’s so easy, especially if you’re a homebody like me, to dive into work and forget to come up for air. Get out of the house, put on your favorite outfit, and enjoy some time with your friends, go to some church activities, see that movie you’ve been wanting to see, take your kiddos out for giggles and fun. Do something - whatever you need to do, not to neglect yourself. Your joy is the key! Feed your soul.
4. Be more flexible. No matter how much prep time you put into perfection, things will not always go as planned. Your favorite client may have a bad day and get a little snappy, or you might completely flop on the job. The presentation may end up proving that you did not understand the assignment. It happens to the best of us. Be subject to change and flexible with your thoughts. Find the silver lining and focus on that.
5.Never stop being a student. There is always more to learn. Embrace the learning opportunities that arise unexpectedly but also seek them out. You may be too busy to enroll in a class, but “Youtube University” will always have helpful videos that can run while cooking dinner or getting ready in the morning. It’s never a bad idea to stay sharp. It helps keep you passionate.
The key is knowing what you need to make life work in parenthood, business, or whatever path you’re on. Find your flow in that direction. You’ll sometimes have to get creative with solutions and endure uncomfortable moments. That’s ok! You’re still making it work!