2013 was my first year doing the whole “word of the year” thing. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to stick with it, but amazingly, I remembered it from time to time throughout the entire year. My word in 2013 was “push”. I chose the word because I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and not let fear hold me back anymore.
I’m proud to say that I think I did a decent job with it. I pushed myself in many ways this past year.
One of the biggest things I did involved entering a contest I was sure I wouldn’t win. But I entered anyway and you know what? I won!! The prize was a trip to the Lucketts Spring Market in Virginia.
Which meant a plane ride and leaving my 2.5 year old and 8 week old daughters home for a few days. I pushed myself to get over my fears, and just went for it. And I’m so glad I did! It was so fun meeting Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) for the first time. She’s one of the main reasons I even got into furniture painting and blogging in the first place!
In 2012 and early 2013 I had a difficult time finding a good place to sell my painted furniture, but after some digging (and God putting me in the right place at the right time!), I found a great vintage market style shop! Only problem – it’s on the other side of the state! 2.5 hours away from my home. But I trusted God that He had a plan for me and decided (along with my husband) that I’d try it out for 6 months and see how it went. Well, now over 9 months into selling there, it has been the most profitable place for me yet! And, since I started selling there right when they opened, I’m sure it will only get better! I’d like to sell even more this coming year, but I’ll talk more about that in my 2014 word of the year.
(Almost everything in this picture has sold, but I’m not at home, so I don’t have a more updated picture of my booth!)
I also started selling MMS milk paint this year. This was scary to me for one very big reason. Sure, I have a booth that I sell furniture and accessories from, but really, I can quit any time I want and I’m not really losing anything. You see, I have a long history of giving up on things and if I were to take on selling a paint line (something that wasn’t my own), I had to commit to it. Again, the paint hasn’t done as well as I want it to (due to my own slacker-ness), but that’s something I’ll touch on in my next post!
There were tons of other ways I used “push” in my personal and business life this past year. I really think it was a great word choice since I often have a difficult time with both fear and lack of motivation. Which are two things that can be very bad for a person starting a business – and living life in general.
I’ve noticed God working in my life this past year, though. He has also pushed me a lot and I feel like I’ve taken the challenge in most cases. I think I’ve “heard” Him more this year than ever before. I really feel Him guiding me along the way!