These past few weeks have been living proof that God wants to do big things in this place. My message was real, your responses were genuine and week after week we keep showing up, together. I’m not accredited to be part of the ASID for interior designers. I’m not even a professionally trainer designer. I’ve just been obsessed with the beauty of design for nearly two decades and consistently articulate the looks that I love. It just proves one thing. God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. Hear that again, He equips the called – and that’s you. So, as I consistently sew these tiny seeds of truth, I keep fueling my passion with little projects, stretching myself a little further and never, ever give up. To me, it’s my perfect jam.
But then there’s those bumps in the road. The moments where our character needs a little carving for a bigger calling. That was me, six months ago – it was that my ambitions simply weren’t aligning with our lifestyle. It’s if my heart wanted to run the race; yet my feet were stuck in quicksand. The best quicksand… It’s these two little beautiful people and a handsome husband. The ones that I choose to put Doc McStuffin’s band-aids on invisible scratches; and, in the same breath allow my tiny terrorist to negotiate the next deal with me to play cuddles in my bed. That was the toddler, not Ben. True story. And that, made me feel complete. I couldn’t get my office organized. I felt guilty over scheduling a massage to use that gift card given over a year ago. And, then there’s these projects I love… The one’s that both called us to be away from the kids in our downtime. Seriously, we were crazy. And I couldn’t keep up the pace. People asked, how I did it? Here’s the dirty truth – I did design work as a passenger while my hubby drove to run our family around town, each night from 8-11 I answered emails and researched new sources on my Mac, listened to K Love during my drive time from 8-5 and seriously, my hubby gave me more grace than I ever deserved. That’s how we did it. We made beautiful babies called design projects and even though I loved the crazy process, I knew eventually, something had to give.
And that’s when I got intentional. I drew a new line in the sand called boundaries. I made sure I was present at every swim lesson, dance class, doctor’s appointment and gave my best to the person standing in front of me. And that included Ben sitting next to me in the car. I decided this little dream just may need to be tucked away in a box for a few more seasons until it’s time to be opened again. And even though I loved it, I loved my family more. So this summer, I just scheduled a handful of consults, assisted in a few design dilemmas, hosted family and friends and made the world right again with my dad. And that’s when I realized, sometimes we have to be still long enough to really hear our calling… And I’m so thankful I did. Because it was during this time that my eyes would be opened to a new door opening within our Design House.
Confession: This is one, of course, that I actually dismissed months before. Because life was busy and I wasn’t building any margin into my day. But this time, the invitation sounded different. I couldn’t help but think how many people and lives this could positively influence. And the impact it could have on so many homes. So I wrapped it up again in prayer and gave it to God. A month and a half later, I was approached again and I said, yes. So, get ready. Because a wave of heart warming, gorgeous goodness is coming your way. This is a new chapter in the Asbury Design House. We’ve been building this business from the ground up; and in the back of my mind I just kept believing, if we build it, it will come. Because I have faith as big as a mustard seed.. The vision I have for this is as big as we dream it. And, I dream big. But as I’ve learned, God’s visions are always bigger.
Next week, we’ll announce exactly what’s next for our Design House. I do believe this is our life’s work – and I’m committing myself to it. A door will be opened and you’ll have a chance to walk through it and say yes. And in the meantime, I’ll be praying circles around those that want to join me. So, if you’re passionate about creating beautiful things, connecting with others, teaching and/or leading while living out your purpose and potential, please consider this message to be written for you. We’re moving in a direction I had never planned. But that’s the beauty of showing up everyday and giving our best. Opportunities and blessings fall into place when you least expect it, at the right time. And this could be the sign you’ve been waiting for to create something truly beautiful in your life. Until next time.