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Freedom Starts In Your Mind!

We moved a lot when I was a kid. Sometimes change was really hard…but there was always one thing I LOVED about the fresh start of a move….the freedom to reinvent myself

One move in particular…I wanted to dance💃🏼. I was always too shy to dance at school dances, but I really wanted to get out on that dance floor! So, when we moved to our next town/school, I made it a deliberate point to hit the floor as soon as the music started.

Instead of “wow, Daiquiri is actually dancing!”, I was simply Daiquiri…and dancing when the music came on was just part of the whole package that was ME.

All those years, I’d felt STUCK because I let myself believe that what other people were thinking mattered more than my desire to be free…to dance!

What’s really ironic? I NOW realize that no one was really paying me any attention anyway! They were all caught up in their OWN internal battles! What I thought was holding me back…was only real in my imagination!

Where do you want to change, but feel stuck?

Change the hair.
Change the job.
Change the clothes.
Take a class.
Call that guy.
Paint the wall.
Start the business.
Say yes.
Sell the house.
Take the trip.
Buy the shoes.
Go on the mission.

Be. Free! The chains are only in your imagination, after all!

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The Power of Simplicity

In this season of holiday celebrating, it’s SO easy to get caught up in the world’s game of MORE…. more decorations, more food, more gifts, more comparison, more longing, more more more more…..I encourage you to focus on SIMPLICITY. Simplicity in life and business.

What would keeping it simple look like for your life? Simple but sweet holiday decorations? Fewer, but meaningful and thoughtful, gifts under the tree? Serving the big family dinner on paper plates? Wearing something to the party that you already have in the closet instead of giving in to the feeling that you need something new? Taking the time to BREATHE and stretch and relax instead of giving in to the compulsion to GO. BE. DO. MORE.?

What would Simplicity look like for your business? Sticking to the systems that work? Focusing on serving and blessing your community and customers instead of growing, growing, growing that bottomline? Refusing to compare your journey to others’? Reminding yourself of your values and goals, and pouring yourself into that instead of competition?

The holiday season is like a magnifying glass….it tends to make everything seem a bit bigger and more stressful than it really is. Shift the focus of that magnifying glass, friends. Choose to highlight and celebrate the abundance and joy in your life instead of the lack….instead of the marketing machine’s incessant song of “you are inferior unless you buy this stuff….be this stylish….be this good at decorating….be this generous…..look this way….feel this way…..be this way….”

YOU are enough.
YOU have enough.
YOU are seen.
YOU are loved and good and precious.
YOU have a hope and a future.

Soak these truths in. Let them flow out of you through your beautiful, human, cracks of imperfection…and in to those around you. Keep it simple <3

oxo
Daiq

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C’mon Pebble…

Boy, this rings more true right this second than it ever has before!

This is my business anniversary month, so I can’t help but think about where I was when I started and compare it to how far I’ve come. How far WE’VE come. This is a team effort. This is a people business. A family business. A far-reaching international business that is literally affecting people all over the WORLD.

And that’s just in my little organization….because of one little pebble….one little “yes”.

One little “yes” set a massive ripple effect in motion that I certainly can’t take credit for….any more than the literal pebble can pat itself on the back for being tossed into the water. I just took one leap of faith and counted on God to guide my steps through the unknown….and I’ll be honest….I was scared! haha!

But now… mamas are home with their babies, missions are being funded, the hungry are being fed, homes are being paid for….THOUSANDS (so far) are finding the space to SPEAK their truths and to follow their Calling.

Families are living and dreaming in a space that is about SO MUCH MORE than just surviving day to day….they’re thinking about what THRIVING might look like for them.

I just hardly have the words to express how blessed and humbled I feel tonight. I’m so thankful and honored to BE here!

And still….I drove my kids to school today. I worked out at the gym. I had lunch and did errands with a friend. I picked kids up from school. I drove kids to practice. I don’t have to miss a single thing when it comes to my family….my most important and #1 priority.

So friends….I guess the takeaway is this….I will beat this drum about home business and entrepreneurship (particularly with this company) FOREVER. Because I want this kind of abundance and freedom for YOU too.

C’mon little pebble….let’s take a leap! 

oxox Daiq

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Warrior Girl-Child

You might see a pretty young girl, but I see a WARRIOR. This is my 13 year old daughter, who took a monstrous risk this week…

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Clara is a volleyball player. She’s a really excellent volleyball player — she can smash that ball and jump and hustle with the best of ’em. So this past week, she decided to try out for an elite volleyball club — the best of the best in our city try out and only a handful make it. She knew she was taking a risk. Our conversations this past week leading up to tryouts went something like,

“Mom, I’m so nervous, I feel sick!”….”I know, sweetie, but you are so good! I’m proud of you for trying!”

“Mom, what if I don’t make it?”…..”All you can really do is put yourself out there and trust that God is with you and that the very best thing for you will be done. Stand tall!”

“Mom, I’m not as good as lots of other girls trying out. What if I embarrass myself?”…..”You’re taking a risk in trying, sweetie. You’re making yourself vulnerable, but does that mean you shouldn’t even TRY? I am SO proud of you for trying!”

“Mom, what if (name of friend) makes it, but I don’t?”…..”Then, we will celebrate her success and cheer her on, and you’ll keep working hard and enjoying volleyball. I’m so proud of you!”

“WHAT IF….” How much of what holds us back in life begins with this phrase?

What if….I’m too scared?
What if….I fail?
What if….I’m embarrassed?
What if….Someone else is better?

As a mom, my instinctual desire is to pave the way for her. To linger at tryouts to help somehow. To maybe chat up the coach who’s making the decisions. Sometimes to even encourage her to NOT try because I’M afraid of her being disappointed or hurt!

But I encouraged her to put her whole self out there this week. WAY out there to compete with incredible, tiny-volleyball-shorts wearing, jump-serving, UBER competitive warriors in their own right. I encouraged her to TRY her best and to be vulnerable.

She came home after the last day of tryouts, crumpled onto the floor, and cried tears of embarrassment. Tears of disappointment and humiliation. “Mom, I’m so much better than I was at tryouts today. I’m sure I didn’t make the team. I’m so embarrassed.”

I got down on the floor with her and hugged her….Looked deep into her sad green eyes and saw her pain….all I could say was, “I am so incredibly PROUD of you and how brave you are, sweet girl”

The friend was offered a spot on the team last night, and do you know what Clara’s response was when I told her the news? She had a troubled look on her face and she immediately asked “Did she make the A or B team?”

“She made the A team”

“Oh GOOD! That’s the BEST team! I can’t wait to hug her!”

A brilliant joyful smile broke over my girl’s face, she quickly grabbed her phone to congratulate her friend….. and tears of pride welled in my eyes. THAT GIRL IS A WARRIOR.

She battled Fear.

She battled “I’m not good enough”.

She battled Failure and Embarrassment.

And she came out the other side standing tall and loving in the most beautiful, selfless way I’ve ever seen. 

If you love this story, friends…..I’ll bet it’s because there’s a warrior within YOU too. A warrior that might be STUCK and HIDING under the comparisons and “what ifs” of life. A warrior that KNOWS the path that you are to take….but, oh….what if…..?

Put yourself out there this week, friends…..WAY OUT THERE. You might make the team, and you might not. But you can be SO PROUD of yourself for trying! Stand tall and remember that God goes with you! oxox Daiq