Ordinary, Happily Ever After

Watches Are Not My Forte – The Birth of an Entrepreneur

I’m a born entrepreneur (even though it’s really hard for me to spell correctly on a regular basis).  That used to bother me, mostly because I had no idea what it meant.  I didn’t have a word associated with my constant drive to turn every hobby, talent, and interest I had into a business.  On the one hand, I felt this uncontrollable need to create.  On the other, my desire to earn money from my ideas somehow meant that I was “greedy” and that really bothered me!

It doesn’t bother me anymore

Putting a name on this drive of mine helped me see it as an opportunity to help build the kingdom of God, help those less fortunate, and live a life of meaning.  Being financially successful doesn’t make me evil or greedy.  Money is a tool, just like so many other things in this world.

Several years ago, my husband came to me with an idea.  He wanted to design and sell dive watches.  Sure, why not.  He always supported me in my crazy schemes, this time I would support him.

We invested a large amount of money into the manufacture of Matt’s design, and over the next five years, we managed to sell out.  Well, what a fun ride!  Matt designed the watch and dealt with production, but everything else was me. It was fun being an integral part of a profitable business, but I was also glad it was over.  We tried to resurrect the brand again this year but the writing is clearly on the wall, it just wasn’t meant to be.  And while I love running a business, watches are just not my thing.

Fortunately I know what is “my thing”

This venn diagram shows how you can figure out what your mission is in this life.

Over the last several years, with all of the years of homeschooling, photography, gospel study, and learning, I know what my mission is.  My calling in this life (along with being a wife and mother and disciple of Christ), is to strengthen families, specifically through supporting, loving, and empowering mothers like me.

I’m still working out all of the details, but I am very excited about where this is going.  I think the most exciting part is that none of it is written in stone.  I have a vision about what I think it will be, but experience has shown me how the Lord has His own ideas.  It’s scary, leaping off into the darkness, putting myself out there, but it’s time to do it.  And if the Lord tells me to change my course, so be it.  Because ultimately, as Jeff Sanders said, “the true hero’s story isn’t just about the Grail, but about how the hero is changed in the process.”

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