Sunday, August 19, 2012

Impossibly Possible

Last week was rough. One of the roughest I've had in a while.

I'm overwhelmed.

I'm tired.

I'm weary.

{It didn't help that I saw The Odd Life of Timothy Green. If you have ever experienced infertility, DON'T see this movie in a theater. My emotional outburst was embarrassing.}

It's no secret on this blog that I have had many moments of doubt with my business. I love what I do, but it is hard. Sometimes it is too hard.

Lately I have been feeling like nothing in my life is getting 100%. My house is a constant disaster. Laundry is never put away. I haven't done anything fun with my kids this summer. I'm way overdue on goals I had for the Choose Joy event. And my to do list is never even close to done.

I am a person that likes to be busy, and is not easily overwhelmed, but this season of my life is testing that.

This morning at church we sang a worship song with a line that says, "Nothing is impossible with God, He holds my world in His hands."

As happens often to me with the worship at our church, this song spoke straight to my heart. I pray for and about my business often. From day one I have placed this business in God's hands, and I have confidently followed when I have felt Him leading. He has blessed my business far beyond what I could have asked for, and He has confirmed for me time and time again that He has me right here for a reason.

In this season I've been feeling like peace is impossible, but this morning my sweet Lord reminded me that nothing is impossible for Him. So once again, I am placing my business in His tender, loving hands and asking for His wisdom. And the good news for me is that this is not my first rodeo with Lord. When you have walked with the Lord for a while, you have the advantage of having seen His faithfulness along the way. I am trusting that God will reveal His will for Much Ado About You, and give me the strength to follow that will.

I said the other day, it would be so much easier to quit my business if it was failing, but to walk away simply because I can't keep up with its success would be so difficult.

But here it is... I'm saying this out loud so that you can all hold me accountable: if the Lord asks me to walk away, I'm ready.

I trust Him.

I want peace.

So I'm ready.

But I'm also ready to suck it up, take a deep breath, and push past this rough season if this is where the Lord wants me, because I know that the peace that feels impossible is possible with Him.

Are you in a rough season? Are you overextended and feeling like you have nothing left to give? Are you just tired? Will you do something for me??? Will you join me and trust God to be faithful in your life too? Let's walk this road together and be encouraged by each other's sweet victories as the Lord brings us our impossible peace. And remember that if it seems impossible, that is the best time for God to reveal Himself in our lives.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Adriana Laura Photography & Design

A few weeks ago Much Ado About You had our first Product Photo Shoot with models, and booths, and vintage galore!

My husband's cousin once removed {I think I got that right} is an amazing photographer, and I was lucky enough to snatch her up for this shoot.  You can find her at Adriana Laura Photography & Design.

I also recruited some seriously gorgeous models: my friend since the 7th grade and a gorgeous red-head, Katie, and the beautiful and talented Natalie of Take the Canoli.

We are working on new product packaging and a fabulous new home page for the shop featuring the pics from the shoot, but I couldn't wait to share them with you.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

If you would like to schedule a shoot with the ubber talented Adriana, contact her through her website.

She also makes BEAUTIFUL invitations and announcements... multi-talented!

{All photos are copywright property of Adriana Laura Photogrpahy.
Please feel free to share, but credit both our shop and Adriana Laura Photography & Design}

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Getting on my Soapbox

Subtitle: Why I Choose to Support Chick-fil-a

Yesterday I took my kids to Chick-fil-a.  We stood in line for about a half an hour, and waited almost as long for our food. 

Luckily I wore my blue pants, so I could find myself in this picture that was on the LA Times website:

Here's the thing.  The reason I went to Chick-fil-a yesterday had absolutely nothing to do with gay marriage.  I went to Chick-fil-a because {the last time I checked} we don't live in North Korea, and it is not okay for the government to shut down a business because of the personal beliefs of the owners. 

I don't buy Krispy Kreme Donuts because of the owners stance on abortion, gay rights, or school vouchers.  I buy Krispy Kreme Donuts because they are delicious.  {Shoot, now I want one.}  I'm sure that if the owner of Krispy Kreme was asked his personal stance on some controversial issues there would likely be one or more that I would disagree with.  But I'm also pretty sure that I would still buy Krispy Kremes.  I really like Krispy Kremes. 

I am so tired of living in a country that is totally obsessed with tolerance, except when it has to do with Christianity.  It is not okay to say anything against anyone, except if those people happen to be conservative Christians.  And then it is okay to completely bash the hell out of them. 

I saw many heated debates happening on Facebook yesterday {which is actually one of the things that makes me tire of Facebook}, and there was a time that I would have been very judgmental and joined in on the rage.  But in my old age {;)} I have come to realize that hearts are won through love and not judgment, which is why I wish that people would understand that yesterday was not about judgment. 

Is it just me, or is boycotting a business for their personal beliefs completely discriminatory?  And isn't being discriminatory exactly what these people are boycotting???  I'm confused.  

I heard a lot of things being thrown around about what Chick-fil-a has and has not done... most of which I believe to be completely false.  I happen to personally know several Executives and Store Operators from Chick-fil-a, and I know them to be wonderful, loving, giving, and all-around awesome people. 

If you choose not to support Chick-fil-a for whatever reason, that is your choice, and that choice is exactly what I was supporting yesterday by supporting Chick-fil-a.

And that's my opinion... not that you asked for it.