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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Take a deep breath

I had been dreading today... Wednesday... the day I follow up on those letters I sent out. I'd himd and hawd all morning washing dishes, doing my Bible study extra carefully, tweezing eyebrows, you name it.

However, I went in my office and low and behold an email response to one of my letters! Wow!

So I opened it up and there is black and white was the YWCA. Despite the fact that they need my help, the economy hasn't allowed for them to take advantage of my service, which is completely understandable but sad. However, they have a Young Leaders Board and are throwing a fall fashion show and could use my help as a volunteer! Now mind you, this man has never met me in his life but somehow he thought this fashion show was right up my alley! I emailed him back, interested and excited and we'll see where it goes!

Ok so back to the hard part. I decided that since I"m an email person everyone else must be too. So if there was an email address I had I used it - God forbid I pick up the phone. BUT, after confessing to a friend that I hadn't gotten up the courage to call, I felt guilty and called. Thankfully I got all answering machines. :) However I did accomplish my mission of following up with Group 1. I even had a few responses... I've decided if it's not a flat out no, it's not a no, right?

So chin up! I'm out there, I may as well embrace it. Tomorrow I have another big group to follow up with and I'll keep you posted. It ain't easy but I got the hang of it, my script was ready too... shortened after the first answering machine cut me off! :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My first client - it's a real thing!

SO, if you look down below at my last blog and read the last comment, you'll get all happy and excited like I did! My friend Zar, a top notch consultant who is so rockin' that she's swamped (aka my role model), has deemed me worthy to handle her HeadStart of Greater Dallas account. My first client is HeadStart, seriously, is there any better cause?! We meet next week to discuss!

In my excitement I remembered tons of verses but in the sweetness of this moment I remembered Psalm 34:8, "Oh taste, and see that the Lord is good!" He's good when I don't have clients and He's good when I do, but mostly He heard me, He knows me and He knows you too.

Now I'm not abandoning my new business efforts - the last of the letters to nonprofits went in the mail today! Tomorrow I'll be practicing Joshua 1:9, my Mimi's favorite verse, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." In other words I've never been a sales person, but I'm going to try with my follow up phone calls and emails!

Oh and mom dared me to just walk in to a place and ask to speak to them about my consulting work... I'll keep you posted on that too!

Hugs to whoever reads this thing - I give you permission to celebrate with me tonight, however you wish! I'll be at the Mavs game with Patrick jumping up and down for my own reasons! Hallelujah!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Catch up

So I retitled my blog and am posting the old posts below. I just kind of figured out where I was going with this. This blog is about growing in faith and the knowledge of God to keep me sain as I answer his call to follow him.

New Business and rejection

Well, today I am sending out letters to about 20 nonprofit organizations, it could be more just depends on how I'm feeling I guess. Rip the band-aid off or take a small step doing a group at a time to make follow up easier. It's taken me longer than I wanted to send theses, honestly if they aren't sent no one has told me no yet.

I've been reading a book by Beth Moore, she's so cool. I came to a section called Overcoming Rejection and thought of skipping over it because I didn't think it applied a few weeks ago. But the more I read it the more I was aware of the deep rooted hurt I had from this feeling.

She had a great quote, "... the rejected person who turns entirely to God and His Word can find glorious restoration and acceptance in Christ no matter what happens."

My favorite verse in this section was Isaiah 42:16 - "I will not lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."

Thursday, January 7, 2010
Another Step

So, I have picked out my business cards and matching Web site thanks to Vista Prints, I'm actually feeling pretty excited about things! Now, praying for my first client to come knock my door down. ;)

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Monday, January 4, 2010
The truth

I came to a conclusion today. The truth is I don't have a perfect plan, a voice from heaven telling me this is the right direction, a real client. But I do know that this is what I want to do, what I would be good at and how I could help our family in the long run. I suppose you just make a choice and jump in sometimes. As I sat looking at business plans, costs of Web sites and clubs to join, I thought this is definitely not going to be easy. But before I had a mental breakdown, I just prayed and decided that I have to take this one step at a time. It's not going to be easy but it will happen. One step at a time. First step - get the word out.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010
Day One - On my own.

I decided last month that 2010 is going to be a great year. In order to make sure of this, I had to make a very big decision. Do I continue the hunt for the illusive 40-hour a week, stable, benefits included marketing position at company X? Or do I take a risk, step out on a limb and hunt for the illusive "client" thereby considering myself a self-employed marketing / communications consultant? Yesterday I decided on the latter. I am going out on my own to find the coolest, most fun, best companies who need me to take them to the next level. This will be my journey as I start my own business. Wow. Did I just write that? Gulp. Ok, here goes.