Y'all...these past few months have been a RIDE! When I first started Found on Madison, I had no idea what I was doing..and now, I REALLY don't know what I am doing. As you build a business, you learn more, and the more you know, the more options you become aware of and the more complicated things may get.
BUT, I do know a few things:
1. I have so much fun being able to put my own ideas into action without having to run it by anyone else.
2. I want to transition to 95% handmade jewelry. I want greater control over the quality and designs.
3. I am EXACTLY where I need to be with Found on Madison right now.
Let me break down #3...
I am going to just start out strong by saying - in 2011, I became a born again Christian. I never searched for anything, I did not need anything in my life (or so I thought), and I definitely was NOT expecting that to happen.
I was young, a college cheerleader, and just found a new love for partying.
I won't go too far into detail here, but I will post my full testimony of how I came to realize the realness of Jesus one day. I actually have it on a piece of paper in a wallet somewhere...(the original is always better!)
Alright, so, I recently posted on my personal social media platforms about my struggle with being a Christian, but still living a life of sin. When I first became a Christian, it was like I didn't even have a choice but to give 100% to God. I didn't WANT to party, I didn't want to get with guys, I didn't care about having a nice car or nice clothes...loving God and loving people was all that mattered. I was all in for God, but slowly I began to fade away.
There have been spurts here and there where I would get close to God again and then let go and play a back and forth game. I was never truly content when I wasn't close to Him. I never will be.
There's a point to this..I'm getting there, promise... :)
Recently, I slowly started feeling very strongly convicted about my sins again. I realized that I had strayed WAY too far from God and became very fearful that I wasn't living out my life's purpose.
Now, many of you may know about FOM's "LOVE PEOPLE" campaign. It actually started as "love jewelry love people," but a few months ago I took off the "love jewelry" and just kept the latter half. It was just too long and I wanted to shorten it. Plus, loving jewelry and people at the same time, and in the same sentence, just seemed a little odd. If you don't know about the campaign, it is basically just how we partner with new charities each month and allow you to give back 10% of the sale of your purchase.
A week ago, I was in my office and was just asking God things like "Is Found on Madison what you want me to be doing? Is this where I should be spending my time?" And IMMEDIATELY I looked over at my shelf and a "LOVE PEOPLE" pin was staring right at me.
Side note: I did not bring God into FOM from the start..or really at all and the "love jewelry love people" turning into "love people" was random and for aesthetic purposes.
BUT GOD, was working in FOM all along without me even knowing.
In Matthew 22:36-40 it is said:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]
My mind was literally blown. Jesus commands us to LOVE PEOPLE. God was working through me and my business without me even knowing!!! He is ALWAYS there and will always will be...no matter how stubborn and straying I may be.
In Phillipians 1:6 its says:
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
I am so amazed by God's grace and how He never lets go.