I remember being unemployed when I first moved to Phoenix and reaching this point where I was going to be my own hero.
I decided I would sell hand-painted mason jar water bottles.
I spent hours painting and baking them. I was so proud of my creation.
I sold one bottle. To a friend.
It taught me two things:
- I had an entrepreneurial spirit.
- I was definitely not a painter.
Eventually, I got a job and forgot all about my venture into business.
Until last year, when I went through a cancer scare. Going through that made me realize that somewhere down the road, I had gotten distracted by my goals.
Opportunities are great and all but sometimes, opportunities can be a distraction. The hardest lesson I have had to learn is that not all open doors are from God. It takes discernment to know what doors to walk through.
I took my cancer scare as a sign that God was redirecting my path. After seeking wise counsel, I took the plunge and applied for an entrepreneurial program called Hustle Phx to pursue my goals.
For the last nine months, I have been building my business. Developing curriculum, moving from Hustle Phx 101 to Hustle Phx 202, cultivating my Instagram account and designing t shirts with slogans that I live by.
“The Struggle is real but so is your joy” came out of this realization I made a few years ago that it never mattered what I went through, I always found reasons to have joy. In fact, I had Nehemiah 8:10 tattooed on my chest as a reminder, “And do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength”. Literally, any day where I’m really struggling is the day multiple people come up to me and ask what my tattoo says. This shirt is a great reminder that joy is possible even in the midst of darkness.
“Do it scared” is the motto I’ve lived by in the last few years. About 5 months into building my business, I got hit with a non-compete contract at my work. After talking with a few lawyers, I was advised not to sign it. I had to do the scariest thing I have ever done, which was to walk away from the best job I had ever had and trust that God was with me. I didn’t really let anyone know but I was genuinely scared of what would happen to me. Looking back, I think God was pushing me to have faith in Him. To use fear as a catalyst to push me forward.
If you followed my blog, you know I live in a constant state of uncertainty. It’s funny because my greatest desire is to be secure and God has done everything to strip me of anything but Him.
Here’s the thing: My business partner and I would love to sell shirts. I don’t have money for rent and she has a son to provide for. We don’t want handouts or charity. We want to work for the money we receive. If you can purchase a shirt, we would love that. If you can’t, we would love for you to share our website.
For those of you who have been with us a long time, I am so appreciative!
Click here to purchase a shirt. Thank you for your support!