Wow, it's been a long time since I've written. Yes, I've been busy. Busy. Everybody hates that word now, but I don't know how else to say it. When you're running two businesses, a household, being a mom and a Nana it's busy! Not precisely part of the Sandwich Generation but, alas just as busy.
We've been dealing with Covid and racism and the Tiger King and it's an election year. 2020 hasn't exactly been what we thought it would be so far. Our big plans for this year have tanked. My plans have delayed rather than tanked.
I closed a business and I'm starting a new one. After founding and operating The Omaha Gift Company for the past five years, I gave in. I invented a new product in 2018 and this year it has come to fruition, though later than planned. I know that my plans aren't the same as God's plans, but it sure would feel nice to at least be in the same chapter if we can't be on the same page!
The invention is an object of pure joy for me. I get that heart-bursting-out-of-my-chest feeling every time I look at it and envision its potential. I'm working toward doing a lot of things differently than what I did with the gift company. I learned so much from that experience and it's not all related to business operations. Some things I learned are basically the same things I learned as a teenager:
Everybody wants to know you and hang out with you until they realize you don't care about being popular. If you don't go to all the events and parties where the cool kids are hanging out, it's like you don't exist.
Some people become part of your trusted inner circle and then they will abuse that trust and disappoint you in big ways. Then, your circle becomes even smaller and that's okay.
Owning a business brings about a lot of jealousy. Jealousy that makes others want to see you fail.
Others will copy you no matter how much hard work you put into building your business yourself. They'll come along and take all your business ideas and practices and mold them into their own similar business and call it a unique idea they came up with. And then they'll reap the rewards as a result of all the work you did and the trial and error you endured over years of building up your business.
You have to deal with all of the above with grace and patience and not taking it personally and not grieving too long over those lost relationships and not lashing out at the next person who says, "Imitation is the best form of flattery."
I am at a peaceful point with closing my business, creating a close trusted circle of influence, and inspiring others to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. (I know, I know, I sounded real bitter there for a minute.) I have a few more projects in the works which are going to be motivators and tools for women like you and me to give more attention and energy to the things we value.
Soon, I will reveal my invention. When it happens, I will reveal it on this platform as well as all the others. You all are part of my squad - the people who know what it means to fully live and engage in this season of life while simultaneously enduring and navigating the internal challenges we have on the daily.
You are my inspiration to do what I do.