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Finally all of my packaging for Tiny Fete has arrived and I was able to put it to good use for a recent order. I am so thankful to have orders. I've been busy! Yay! Last week was surely a test of insecurity, but I'm feeling better. It's amazing the power that insecurity can have. I was all kinds of doubting myself in all areas of my life. This video was a nice little nudge to keep pushing forward (thanks Lindsay!).

Matilda had her first morning at a really sweet mother's morning out program that I found. It killed me. She was so excited to get out the door to go to "school." She was skipping down the hall with her backpack on. She said, "Mama, I'm gonna be a real kid." Tearing up as I write this. Sheesh. Parenting is not for the faint of heart.

I also had my first meeting with Rachel at the shop and it felt great to be out and have a little time to get things done. Then we got home and a nap was not happening. Just rolling with the punches and doing what I can to keep calm and be kind and firm at the same time. Tricky business. Napping and parenting aside, something else that has really been troubling me is people in my life who I thought would be really supportive but aren't (just to clarify I do NOT mean supportive monetarily). I have so many awesome people cheering me on that I shouldn't care, right? I wish that were true. Gotta keep loving people anyway. God is teaching me that daily. Hardest lesson in life is learning how to not focus on ourselves and to forgive always. 70 x 7. - Lesley

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  1. Well what a packed post! First, I love that video. It's so helpful and I watch it often. Second, I feel the same way about support from people around me. I have a good bunch of people who are so supportive, but my husband rarely ever gets the "vision" and asks a million questions that always ruin the buzz! It's tough, but I try not to tell him my wild ideas until they're fully formed ;)

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    1. sweet emily! i think our dreams are like little sparks that we have to keep to ourselves sometimes, to keep them from getting snuffed out. men can be really practical and i'm sure your husband thinks he's being really supportive by asking a lot of questions. ha!

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  2. I recently started a new business and couldn't understand why all of my friends weren't the first to jump on board. My partner and I just realized that for the most part it is unintentional. They have no idea how important a little click to become a fan or to join our blog really is to us.

    Congrats on the orders! As soon as I can make up my mind about the carryall, I'll be making a purchase too!

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    1. congrats on your new venture jessica! that is awesome and i'm sure you'll be really successful. i think the little things mean the most, don't you? just a little note or click or like (takes 5 seconds) of encouragement means so much.

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  3. Man, your post really hit home to me. I have dealt with the same thing lately. You are so right that the focus should always be outward. A great man in my church said this last week: "I've found the secret to always being happy at church. Give of yourself, your time, your talents, your money, and never ever expect anything in return. You'll always be happy." I think that could apply to all of life, not just happy at church. Of course, it's much easier said than done. With that being said, if anyone will be successful at what they work on, it's you. If I described you with one word, it would be committed. Once you pour your heart into something, you go at it like none other. That's evident in all that you do. Keep on keeping on girl, and don't look back... you'll feel the love behind you without ever having to look for it! God Bless XOXO

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    1. christy! sorry that you have had similar feelings. so gross. hate that. you are such a generous, loving lady. thank you for your words of wisdom and for paying me such incredible compliments. i'm lucky to have you in my life!

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  4. Omg, that video is making the rounds, I just posted it, too! I love how willing you are to share your vulnerabilities. A wise person told me that courage is not having fear, it's having the fear and taking action anyway. Focus forward sister!

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    1. you are always so inspiring o! thank you for always having a nugget of truth serum for me. i love it!

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    2. Wow Osayi.... you broke it down, and I LOVED it! Rock on ladies!

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  5. I definitely understand that it's difficult when you don't always seem to have support! I recently just started a photography business along with wanting to open up an Etsy shop myself and I definitely have those moments of doubt! But, I think we all do! Your post isn't the first this week alone that I've read where there's doubt! I'm sure you'll do amazing! Oh, I love the new packaging also :)

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