Are you head over heels for your life? You adore your children, check. Love your husband, check. You would love to do something on the side, but you’re not sure how to go about it. You fear criticism from your family and friends. Not to mention fearing failure most of all. Instead of living your dream of having a healthy family life as well as being industrious and productive as a home maker, you make excuses. You don’t have the time. It’s frivolous. Maybe it actually sounds frivolous! I’m here to tell you Sis, that you can still do this.
There are so many different ways to make money online. Transcribing, writing, translating, designing, assisting, blogging, selling, re-selling… what do you wake up excited to do?
Recently, I’ve been aching to get to my blog. I’ve made a total of $1.36 this week and I am pumped! Small numbers, few results and a rocky start do not spell the end of this mom entrepreneur.
I woke up today thinking about you, and I was excited to get down to my computer and write to you. Specifically give you the encouragement you need to push forward. You are powerful, you are more than capable, and you were created by a creative God.
It’s time to face your demons, call the skeletons out of the closet and sit them all down for a good chat. Negativity. Insecurity. Self-doubt. Fear. Line them up and tell each of them, one by one, to bug off because you’re going to be too busy in the coming weeks to listen to their nonsense.
There are several reasons why you need to live your dream, and dream big. You might be surprised at how many are biblical.
1. You are way more powerful than you think
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (1) I run the risk of sounding like a cliché Christian, but when those verses that you’ve known since you were a little kid becomes reality for you, you run out of excuses, and only have to make the first move to begin working on your dream.
There is more strength, stamina, creativity and potential in you than you know. I promise you, the only way to know for sure how much, is to try. Go for it. Do it. Make the call. Set up the account.
When I was still a missionary, I remember that a pastor looked me in the eye and said something I’ll never forget. “You have to make your life happen, if you don’t life will just happen to you.” He was talking about faith, but I think I’ll say it’s a blanket statement for all life-related things. Especially our dreams.
It’s true. If we never try to sell our product, we will wind up selling someone else’s. If I don’t blog to encourage you to become an entrepreneur from home, I would probably end up discouraged myself.
I want to know that my life is making a difference. Which brings me to the second reason you need to make your business goals a priority.
2. You will encourage and inspire other women
The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a beast. This mom works hard, she stays up late, she is by all accounts an entrepreneur of the first order. This tiny piece of the Bible has a bad rap for being unattainable, or even fictional. No one can live up to every virtue.
Well, let me ask you: Which part sounds like you? Which verse encompasses your overarching character trait? She gives to the poor. Dabbles in real estate. Does a little import-export business. She sews. Teaches. She is an administrator.
Whatever part of this woman inspires you, go after it prayerfully. Be careful you don’t try to get your kids to say you’re awesome because that part makes you tingle. If you are diligent, powerful and strong, they will praise you for it. I can also tell you that you may be in for a bit of a snowball effect. Once you start, you might stumble onto the rest.
3. Time is running out, this is your life for goodness’ sake
If you really want to wallow in this thought, go ahead and read Ecclesiastes. After all the rants about life being perfectly pointless, Solomon decides to give us a little glimmer of hope. He notices one tiny good thing about life. It is good “to eat, drink, and enjoy their work.”
No one wakes up, looks at themselves in the mirror and says, “I hope today is mediocre.” We want to enjoy what precious little time we have on this earth. Your work should bring you deep satisfaction, therefore it is time to start on the path to get there.
4. Earning money is not the same as loving money
You will earn a wage for your efforts. Eventually. It is likely that when you start out you’ll be investing more than earning. The end goal of making money is not to have more money. If having more money is your dream, you will be on that hamster wheel till the day you die.
When you have Philippians 4:13 in your pocket and you know that you can pretty much do anything, you will be the perfect testament to other women. Our attitude during hard times should confirm our faith, and so should our success.
Once your business or work is off the ground and making money, you won’t see it as something to obtain (unhealthy slave-mentality) because you will see it as a tool to wield. When you see a need for change in your world, you will have the resources to make it happen.
Be powerful and encourage other women to do the same.
I’m curious, do you admire a certain woman for her success? Who is she?