Guest Post: Work Beyond the Hustle

Desiree and I met a few years ago in One Woman Shop (correct me if I'm wrong haha) and I've been following her ever since! I was SO pleased to see her name pop up in my Facebook Group and when she asked to guest blog for me it was a resounding YES! She has such a well rounded and balanced approach to her business I think you will find her post as motivating and inspiring as I did! 

August may be the best summer month of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) but as it comes, it also brings with it a never ending barrage of back-to-school sales and promotions as many kids prepare to go back to school. As a homeschooling mom, August is the time that I am in full on planning mode, gathering materials, making my lesson plans and working out the goals of the upcoming school year. These tasks are daunting and exhilarating all at the same time and doesn’t this sound exactly how running your own business does?

As part of my yearly planning for school, I find myself coming back to a little book called Teaching From Rest. The author is a homeschooling mom of 6 (including 4-year-old twin boys), and a business owner in her own right so you would think that a book of hers would be filled with tips on how to hustle and make the most of every day to get it all in. However, the book’s main theme is how to remove yourself from the hustle and teach from a state of rest. The more I read it this time, the more I was struck by how I could “Work from Rest” in my own business.

Work From Rest

Working from a place of rest won’t come from only opening up your computer after a spa weekend or 10+ hours of sleep. It is the state of rest and purpose that comes after recognizing your big picture and what your efforts are going towards. Checking off the the boxes on your to-do list while forgetting the people who are attached to those to-dos will never satisfy.

The people that you are called to help in your business will never get the best of you if you are always hustling in your business from one thing to the next, never stopping to settle down in one thing for long. You and they both deserve your full attention being on the big picture goals of WHO you want to help and WHY you want to help them.

Remember your why

Your big WHY is be different than everyone else because you are a unique person and business owner, so it makes sense that your goals and your processes are going to be different too. In the online business community, it is SO easy to get frustrated and disheartened when you see what Sally, the super awesome (insert your industry title here) is doing with her business. This can take you down the road of spinning your wheels and trying to do what she is doing to get the same results. You take the same ecourses, pitch to the same companies and bloggers, and do everything you can to get what she’s got.

The problem with this is that you are a different person, and your WHY is different from hers. You won’t be able to put the same heart into it because your WHY is calling you in a different direction. Don’t get sidetracked by Sally’s 10 figure launches and beach work-cations in Tahiti if your why is the freedom to spend time with your kids while not worrying about bills being paid. There is nothing wrong with either of those things, but your WHY is just as valid as anyone else’s and will bring you just as much satisfaction when you reach it.

Trust the process

Trusting the process is SO hard for me to do but it time and time again it gets proven true. You are where you are for a reason. Learn new things, refine your skills and processes, don’t stop stretching for your goals, but don’t push your way through.

The next step that seemingly never get here will happen sooner than you think. A baby that seems like they will never start crawling can go from scooting to walking almost overnight. A business that seems like it will never get off the ground finds that one special thing, product, or service, and becomes an “overnight” sensation. We have all heard the stories of the people who went from invisible to celebrity overnight, yet they had been putting in the work in their craft behind the scenes for years. Trying to fast-forward through the process will almost certainly guarantee you won’t recognize that next big step or be ready for it when it comes.

THEN do the work!

Show up every day. Be diligent, even when there is seemingly no traction and you just feel like you are spinning your wheels. A gardener that plants seed in the ground doesn’t get discouraged and give up during that time of germination. He waters and tends to his garden even during the season where the seeds are below the ground and there is no “life” to be seen. Do the work and be faithful anyways.

There are so many jewels of wisdom in that little book! Every time I read it, I leave its pages with a sense of renewed purpose and enthusiasm for my little homeschool. It takes someone else’s words to give me the permission I long to give myself; the permission to settle in and be present for my kiddo’s education and not let worry or fearful ambition rob me of the pleasure I take in the ownership of that. I hope that my words today will leave you with that same feeling.

Be present in your business. Keep that big picture and your WHY firmly planted in the front of your mind as you go throughout the seasons of your business. Trust the process, then lean in and do the work. Those small steps will accumulate into something with more impact than you could have ever hoped for and I can’t wait to see it :)

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Desiree (aplacetonest.net) is a branding and web developer who is on a mission to create beautiful and functional brands and online homes for bloggers and small businesses everywhere.

She lives with her hubby and a firecracker of a 5 year old boy in her little backyard homestead. When she is away from the computer, knitting keeps her sane and photography gives her an outlet to see and share her story with the world :)

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