Confessions of a Visionary
I have a confession to make. When it comes to my business, The She Laughs Project, my head is often in the clouds. For She Laughs, the future has always been a place where “more” and “possibility” exist. It's my creative space to dream of how and what we can do to steward the mission and message of The She Laughs Project, which at the core is really the message of the Christ.
Sounds harmless, right?
To every gift there are strengths and weakness and we either operate in our gifts from a mature or immature place. As the new year approached, I had to be honest with myself. Over the last two years, the life of The She Laughs Project has been “dreaming and scheming” in the clouds of immature and under-developed vision. It's felt so right at times. There have been good ideas, dreams and intents. However, timing, patience and waiting on the release of the Lord became a lost art. Through months of prayer for 2018, I realized that vision doesn't necessitate timing. Even as I write this, the carnal parts of my visionary heart cringe and cry, “Say it isn't so!” But it is and it's for good.
A lot of good has come from this gift and way of thinking. I have met some of the most incredible people and have had fun and amazing opportunities. But it has also come with a lot of mistakes, disappointments and frustrations. Here are my confessions as a visionary:
1. I pushed myself, my team and She Laughs beyond our means. Not only am I a visionary, but I am also an enthusiast! Therefore, not only do I constantly think of new ideas but I think every idea WILL WORK! It’s really hard for me to naturally think about how something won’t work because all I see are the endless possibilities for how it can! I am grateful for my perspective on life but sometimes it’s a disadvantage for the many different seasons we have walked through. To be honest, this has consisted of me pushing everything and everyone beyond our means. I wanted to do everything and do it all immediately.
2. I lost connection to the simplicity and impact of our mission. In the social media world there is so much hustle and bustle. It’s hard not to compare or feel like you aren’t doing enough to keep up. There were times when my focus and drive lost sight of the purpose behind the existence of She Laughs and focused on the appearance, details and profit goals. It resulted in the inability to do one thing really well. What once made She Laughs impactful, our blogs, stories and empowering content, became optional and inconsistent. We no longer gave it our best in efforts.
3. I struggled with operating out of striving rather than rest. I have come to realize that the basis of my behavior and actions came down to this. Striving. Striving can be so subtle. It’s been with me as a familiar friend ever since I was a little girl. My internal and external striving has been a cry for love, acceptance and success. It’s the place where I decide I can make things happen to get the results I want. Rest on the other hand has been a new friend that I have been learning to open up to and embrace. 2017 was full of moments where I surrendered my efforts, strength and desires to sit, rest and be. This resting wasn’t idol time. It was resting in who God says He is. It produced peace rather than anxiety. It cultivated creativity rather than frustration. It bred confidence rather than competition. And I have been learning to stay in this place of rest.
So there you have it! My biggest confessions as a visionary from 2017. I have learned and continue to learn so much. Now onto the GOOD stuff…
I’m excited to share with you what you can expect from us in 2018. With a new year ahead, full of milestones and a baby on the way (click here to see our baby announcement), we will embrace rest more. Our team (meet our team!) will be more focused on the foundation of She Laughs. For the first time ever, we are making room for these improvements.
The three areas we will focus on and improve in 2018 are:
We will develop and release more consistent blogs with content to empower and encourage you to step into your identity, authority and freedom in Christ. We are looking for blog contributors who can help us accomplish this goal. If you are interested in becoming a contributor click here.
2. Social Media Content
We plan to be more intentional and consistent with the strength and message of our daily posts in hopes to empower you right where you are! We also hope to show more behind-the-scenes and personable moments.
Our shop is getting a makeover! After an entire year of working with local screen printing companies and purchasing large amounts of inventory, we have decided to work with a third-party printing company who will help make our shop better than ever! We will have more options, styles and sizes of the empowering products you love. For the time being, this will mean that we will no longer carry our bible study tools or home decor. From here on out each purchase will be made to order. This means that it could be up to 10 days before you receive your purchase. Be the first to see our new shop (click here)!
We want to thank everyone again for laughing with us over this last year, for being patient and supportive with us as we learn and adjust! We are so grateful for each of you and looking forward to another incredible year.
Praying that 2018 is full of open doors, new beginnings and a whole lot of laughter!
Founder of The She Laughs Project