Hey, you guys!
How was your weekend? Our was filled with a combination of all good weekend things: rest, fun, friends, workouts, church, some family time (in person and via FaceTime) and even a movie (“American Sniper” – what a moving film…wow).
Recently Mikey and I started listening to Roo Panes, a singer-song writer who came up on our Songza (like Pandora but available in Canada!) playlists. We love his voice and the feel of his music, and one line from one of his songs has been resonating with me so much lately:
Start small, grow tall.
Of course, when I was trying to remember it I misquoted him accidentally with my recent Instagram post:
And although it’s not quite right, I like that idea too! “Start small, grow strong.” Growing tall is a neat concept too, and I think the reason it’s been replying in my mind often is because
I’ve been listening to his albums non-stop I’ve just taken a step where I feel small again. Leaving my comfortable place of work was tough, and now that I’m on my own and working to grow my own business I am feeling small. The neat part is that I know growth is around the corner, whether it’s 3 months, 6 months, a year or more away. It’s so easy to stay in the comfortable realm of life when it comes to business and relationships and direction, and sometimes that’s where we need to be. But I had an opportunity to work as a personal trainer on my own and took it – the timing was right, the support from my husband was there, the opportunities were present. And so I did!
…and now it’s scary! I’m “back to work” post-vacation but not really “back to work,” if that makes sense, due to a small client load. But it will build! And I am continuing to fill my hours with networking and emailing and brainstorming and in-home visits and dreaming of other ways to grow my business. At the end of the day, despite moments of discouragement, I have to remind myself of a few things:
– It hasn’t been that long! We only got back last week. 😉
– God has us – he has always provided for us and will, even if the next few months are a bit lean in comparison! Either way I trust in his direction for our lives and trust that he will guide us in his ways.
– I love what I do and am passionate about it enough to work hard to get there. There’s some good motivation to succeed when you love what you do!
– It feels good to take a risk. A little scary, but that’s what makes it a risk! Who knows what God might have in store for me – certainly it’s because of God, and it’s “to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power…” (Ephesians 3:20).
One way or another, however small I am now, I KNOW that I will grow tall (and strong 😉 ). And I look forward to the reality of that happening, because through learning more about accounting and the books, growing my training skills and certification, networking in the industry more, I WILL grow. What a neat truth to be encouraged by and to dwell on!
Is there anything in your life right now that you’re feeling small about? Do you see potential to grow tall or grow strong in that situation or circumstance, or do you feel stuck? Just curious if these concepts resonate with anyone else out there. I’d love to hear what you’re doing to grow, how you see God through the “small stages,” and what you’re stepping out in life right now!
Be on the lookout for more workout and food related posts this week – back to business in all aspects for me! 🙂 Have a great week ahead, guys. Oh! And I wanted to share this great site with you – SO MANY INFOGRAPHICS and tips about eating and recipes! Super handy.
Live well & be well! Catch ya later this week,