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5 lessons for turning dreams into reality

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You’re likely on this website because you are a Jesus-loving woman who is also a dreamer + doer. God has put a dream in your heart that feels bigger than yourself or anything you’ve ever done. You’re searching for answers as your emotions take you from excitement, to hope, all the way down to fear. You feel almost stuck. “Should I move forward? What risks are involved? Is this God? How do I do this?”. These are some of the questions you’ve likely asked yourself.

Whether you’ve taken that faith-leap and started your own business or you are sitting in your office contemplating the plunge, here are a few insights, words of encouragement that I want to share with you that will, I hope, enlighten and empower you at every stage of this journey….

1. Know you are never alone, God’s got you.

The fear of starting your own business overwhelms the joy and excitement of it. And that, I believe, is rooted in the fear of “investing in yourself”. Why? Well, primarily because you KNOW yourself. Or at least you think you do. You understand your strengths; you’ve seen your weaknesses. You are not limitless nor are you all-powerful. But here’s the thing, God is. And with God, you are never alone. He is limitless, He is your “all-source” and with Him, you should have zero fear, because He’s got you. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:18

2. Take your dreams to God and let Him figure it out.

I always wanted to do something to help people, especially women. Being a single mom for 12 years, you can’t not have a heart for empowering and improving the lives of women. The Lord ensures that all your ashes turn into beauty at some point, but that you also learn from those experiences in order to encourage the next person.

About 2 years ago I felt a call from God in my heart to venture out and start a business related to fashion. Scary! Why? Well, because my background is humanitarian work. I was an emergency communications specialist with the United Nations for more than a decade and based in Switzerland. My job was to be deployed into far-flung countries in turmoil due to a natural disaster or a disease outbreak.

You couldn’t get any farther from fashion on this one. Nonetheless, I took my dreams to God and asked him, “what do you want me to do?”.

The dream of this company had been in my heart for years (probably since my 20’s). It just never found it’s voice until this last March, when I finally had the courage and took that leap, officially launching une écharpe – une vie, with my best friend and business partner. Our company name is French for “one scarf – one life” and the mission/vision of the company is to improve the lives of women and empower them and their children with a living wage and education.

3. Seek Him first and relax.

I, like I’m sure some of you, felt God tugging on my heart to start something bigger than myself and the only advice He gave me was this, “ …seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33.

Armed with that verse, I sought the Lord with everything I had. And I found that as I “leaned in” on God, I received the wisdom I needed to take things one-step at a time. As dreamers + doers we can get overwhelmed by the thought of business plans, marketing strategies, sales calls, company road maps. These need to happen, of course. But I’m encouraging you to stop looking at the big picture, if it’s causing you to hyperventilate and have a full-on panic attack.

In my experience, I’ve found that the building of this brand and business is a conscious, day-by-day occurrence. As I trusted God and remained thankful for each point in this journey, the next step became clearer and clearer. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

4. It’s a marathon not a race.

I still had to continue working through all of this because we were (and still are) at the very early stages of this business, or what I like to call our “social enterprise”. Everyday, is a day filled with tasks and deadlines that bring us closer to where we want to be at the end of this year. The only difference is we are no longer anxious or driven crazy by stress. The thoughts that plagued us, “will we succeed?” or “are we going to make it?” have stopped, or at least we no longer entertain them.

We made an intentional effort to trust God. And our success, thus far, has been grounded in seeking Him first, using the wisdom He’s given us to take smart steps to growing our business and to be daily thankful as we remind ourselves just how far He’s brought us.

5. With great success comes even greater responsibility.

Once you’ve decided, “all right, that’s it, I am doing this!”, remember that the more success you have the more responsibility you now hold. Stay true to the mission/vision you had for your business when you first began. Be gracious in all of your dealings and business relationships, from your clients, to your vendors, to your colleagues and team. Each level of growth and success is an indicator that you will be blessed with even more.

So, dreamers + doers, you’ve got this because God’s got you! Be fearless, take courage and change the world!

Remember, you never have to face your fears alone. God + you will win every single time.

5 Comments on 5 lessons for turning dreams into reality

  1. Danette
    January 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm (8 months ago)

    WOW!!! I just stumbled on this post and was blessed, ENCOURAGED and empowered. Everything you said is so true …Thank you for sharing your story and, I hope that you are continuously blessed.

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  2. Nicki Davis
    June 30, 2016 at 12:07 pm (1 year ago)

    I loved reading this! Such an inspiring story of courage to step out in faith. Keep doing what you are doing..God always is faithful. It took me 9 years of working another career while building my business on the side and I finally am fulfilling my dream this year. Warm wishes for your future of success of helping others.

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    • Tiff Cool
      July 4, 2016 at 12:14 am (1 year ago)

      thanks so much,Nicki! So amazing to hear your feedback! Thanks for the encouragement and you are right, God is so faithful. Good luck in all your endeavors and more success to you as you move towards everything God has in store for you!

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    • Christine Domingo Cool
      February 17, 2017 at 10:25 am (7 months ago)

      Thanks Nicki!!! Warmest wished to you on chasing your dreams!!!

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