Remember Why You Started

Remember why you started - How to navigate the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship. - www.yourampersandstudio.com

Sometimes this whole running-your-own-business thing is hard, isn’t it?

Sometimes we’re just tired. No, exhausted.
Sometimes we’re just afraid. No, terrified.
Sometimes we’re just stuck. No, paralyzed.
Sometimes we’re just worried. No, anxious. 
Sometimes we’re just burnt out. No, depleted.

In those moments it’s easy to want to close our laptops for good and hide under the covers, away from the world and our responsibilities.

Sometimes it hurts too much.

I understand. 

Business is not for the faint of heart. If you didn’t know that going in, you definitely know it now. But encountering fear, paralysis, anxiety, and stress along the way is normal.

So, so normal. You haven’t failed. You’re just hitting a rough spot, and that’s okay.

If that’s you right now, I’m here for you. I am in your corner, rooting for you. I know how you feel. I feel that way sometimes too. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that all I want to do is crawl in bed and watch Netflix for hours. Sometimes I feel like I have too many tasks and not enough time… so why try at all? Sometimes I believe the lie that I’m not cut out for business.

But.

Today I’m here to tell you some good news that I hope will lift your heart: this too shall pass.

It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. ;)

If I’ve learned anything in my years as a business owner, it’s that the journey of being an entrepreneur will ebb and flow.

You’ll have great days. AMAZING days. Days where you feel like you’re on top of the world. Days where you feel so ALIVE and ALIGNED and ON FIRE.

And you’ll have some so-so days. BUSY days. Days where you're head-down, laptop open and nose to the grindstone. Days where you are deep in the hustle and know you’re building something great but you still need five cups of coffee.

And then you’ll have some hard days.  

But I promise... this is normal. All of it. You’re not weird, you're not alone, and you’re not failing this business thing! You’re doing great.

Today I want to give you some advice for when you’re facing those hard days: Remember why you started. Why did you start your business? Go beyond “I wanted to earn some extra money.” I want you to get deeper than that.

Why did you start?

Maybe you started your business or side gig because you wanted to escape poverty once and for all and give your children the life you never had. 

Maybe your creativity was always championed by your dear grandmother, and after she passed away you decided that your gifts would not go unused. 

Maybe you were compelled to start a business to alleviate some of the world’s great hurt and are committed to serving others and reminding them that they are worthy.

Maybe you know entrepreneurship is woven into your very DNA and want to leave a legacy of hard work and excellence behind for those who follow.

Many times, the reason we started will make us cry. So if you’re tearing up right now as you think about your why, you're on the right track.

Remember why you started - how to navigate the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship. - www.yourampersandstudio.com

My why? I'm on a mission to empower those who feel like they don't have a voice and help them to tell their story in a way that they're proud of - in a way that they think and know is beautiful. And this makes me tear up because I've gone so long feeling unheard and unseen myself, and through what I've learned and the tools I have I now know that my story is beautiful and worth sharing.

Remembering why I started is so dear to me… I know it will be dear to you too. So hold it close. 

Every time you hit a bump in the road or another valley, remember your why. Remind yourself of why you put in the work...why you were moved to do what you do...why you serve who you serve.

It truly makes all the difference.

And remember: I am inspired by you, friend, and always cheering you on. I'd love to hear about your why. Please share the reason why you started in the comments below. Let's encourage each other as we continue on this entrepreneurial journey together.

Support, not Shame

Even on days when I can only take little steps forward, I'm grateful for the forward motion. There is always something new to learn.

"Choose one small adjustment to make today... give yourself support not shame." - www.yourampersandstudio.com


My friend @sarajanecase said it so well the other day that I'm clinging to her words and had to share them with you too:

"Choose one small adjustment to make today... One thing that will take you closer to the life you want to live. Keep it simple and don’t change yourself, change the way your engaging with yourself, give yourself support not shame!"

So I'm making some changes with the food I eat and giving a plant-based whole food diet a try, which means no meat, something I haven't tried for my stomach before. I'm excited to see what might come of this change, and I'm going to approach it with this quote in mind... giving myself support and grace and rest and time. 

What is a way that you can apply this quote in your life? How can you give yourself support and not shame? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if it's too personal for a public comment, you can always send me a DM on Facebook or Insta. <3 

Motivation Monday: Is this the way we would start?

Something for you to think about today and contemplate as we jump into a new work week.

For so many people, Mondays are something they dread... but I think that if you're doing work that you're passionate about and find meaning in, getting to start another work week can be so exciting! 
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What comes to mind when you think about this question? I'd love to hear your thoughts and perspective, be it about personal life, business, friendship, weight loss, marriage or anything.
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Such a powerful question, right?! 
#ampersandmotivation

Instagram Feed Color Audit

Handy tool to do a mini audit on your Instagram feed to see if the colors of your instagram posts are cohesive with your brand colors. - www.yourampersandstudio.com

Hello friends! Today I've got a little #tuesdaytip for you - check out this resource called @colorkuler I found recently! You add your Instagram username and see your feed's color palette. It's a great way to do a little mini audit to see if your Instagram feed's colors are cohesive with your brand colors.

Here were the results I got from my feed, and what my Instagram looks like lately.

Totally captured my pinks and turquoise color. Just need to add a few more pops of yellow.

So what about you? Head on over to www.colorkuler.com, enter your Instagram name and see if the images you've been sharing are on-brand and in line with what you're hoping to create visually. And be sure to tag me over on Insta if you share. I'd love to see yours too! 

She Smiles

I am a HUGE believer in the power a good lipstick can have on your confidence. That's why I've fallen in love with LipSense, and why I decided to sell it and share it with my friends.
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This is the logo I designed for myself and my new business and I've started a new Instagram account too: @she.smiles.shaina. In that bio is the link to join my FB group where I share the stock I have for sale, tips and tricks and positive life inspiration. I'd love to have you join me. My launch party is this weekend on August 13th, with lots of fun in the group and in person if you're local.
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I sure had fun designing for myself again. 😉 I'm addicted to design and LipSense! 🙈

Have you tried LipSense yet? What is your favorite color? Here are a couple of my selfies since I started using and selling this product. I think Coral-Lina is my current favorite. 

You can follow along, and find all the link you'll need HERE. Let me know if you have any questions. :)