For example, the Four Princesses and I have been self employed as a family for a very long time. Our self declared jobs have included things like cleaning houses, baby sitting, and other odd jobs, until our pursuits became more creative and began to include art, crafts, crochet, and a baton twirling line.
Since Melody is majoring in business administration, we thought that it would be fun if she got into a party plan business for an easy introduction to entrepreneurship. She was totally excited about the whole situation, considering that there was little investment required, and the product looked like a lot of fun. Imagine our surprise when we determined for ourselves that the product is shoddy, no good, and we can't feel right about offering it to any of our family and friends any more. Wow! I'm so disappointed. The small investment feels a lot bigger when it's money that's been wasted.
We, as a family, agreed to start a business called Bling. There is not a single reason why we shouldn't move forward with each and every plan that we have for Bling. We are all artists of some sort here, and we have the abilities to make a living doing the things that we love the most. Why the heck not???? With this awareness, all that I can do is give thanks to Jesus, because it seems that I existed for a few years waiting for someone to give us permission to really live. Nevermore!
Discovering the bad investment and bad product gave me a new awareness. We are different for a reason. I can't say what that reason is, but I can say that if Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, and Madam Curie were just like everybody else, and did things just like everybody else did them, then we might not have a lot of the conveniences that we get to enjoy today. We have our own talents, our own product lines, and our own hopes and dreams.
We are: The Four Princesses, The Sparklers Baton Twirling Corps, and founders of Bling. Thanks to God for not taking his hand off of our efforts, even when we didn't have the faith to get started.