So much has happened in the past few weeks since I wrote about A Little Red Number. I want to write every day, but I want every word to flow well, to be well thought out, to be carefully crafted. It’s my perfectionistic tendencies that sometimes get in the way of just writing. It’s also just the busy-ness of each day that gets in the way. People often tell me “I don’t know how you do it all.” I politely say “Oh thank you”, but in my head I’m really thinking “I can’t! I fail miserably all the time and my internal conversation is my toughest critic. If you only knew.” But we can’t say that out loud, can we? Everyone wants to hear “I’m fine”. The truth is that I can’t do it all. My “to do” list is miles long, and yes, some of it is self-prescribed but some of it is just reality (as in: the toilets need to be cleaned and mouths need to be fed).
There is a lot that needs to be done when you own a business, have 3 small children and try to maintain a home (and don’t get me wrong! I’m grateful for the opportunities we have!). There is no magical formula for how it all gets done. Some days are bright and sunshiny days when I feel great and there are smiles on the faces of our entire family. But there are days when things aren’t getting done, or maybe I just didn’t get enough sleep or the comparison game sneaks up on me and I feel completely inadequate. It happens. And I know I’m not alone.
I’ve known I’ve needed help at our store for many months now. The weight of the responsibility of the tasks to be accomplished at our store, on our website, on the blog, etc., has been growing on me and I have felt it. It’s not easy to admit I can’t do it all, because I want to believe that I can. But when what used to bring me joy is now causing stress, keeping me up at night with anxiety and making me cranky with my children and everyone around me, it is time for things to change! I knew we needed to hire someone to help, but I also knew it was just another thing on my “to do” list that was causing me stress. How can we afford it? Can we afford it? What hours will they work? They’ll need to know everything I know in order to be able to service our customers. How on earth can that be done? All of these questions swirled in my head and I ended up doing nothing. I knew it would have to be the right person and I knew that person would need to find us. I prayed for months!
And then it happened when I least expected it! I had just finished teaching one of our Milk Paint 101 Workshops in August and one of the attendees began chatting with me about her experience and how she was unhappy in her current job. She shared her story of how she found us, and for the first time in a long time, I felt peace. I didn’t know at that point that she would be the one to help us, but I knew I wanted to talk with her more. We exchanged a few emails and arranged a time for her, myself and the hubby to sit down and talk. After 2 hours of conversation ranging from deep & heavy to mundane & light-hearted, it was decided that she would start working with us! She was everything I had prayed for and vice-versa. We were an answer to her prayers as well!
Without further adieu, I introduce you to our very first employee, Cindy:
Cindy has been with us for a few weeks now and we’re all doing very well. Having her has already been such a God send to us that we don’t know how we survived without her for so long!
I share this all as encouragement to you, whether you’re a store owner or not, wondering if you should take a leap of faith. If you are alive, you know how the rat race can affect your life, and I want you to know it’s okay to take a deep breath and know you’re not alone, and know that it’s okay to ask for help. No one can do it all! Those perfect photos on social media do not show the entire picture. Please keep that in mind!
And if you live nearby and can visit our physical store, please be sure to say hello to Cindy! She’s a real keeper!
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