Monday, May 28, 2012

A Very Different Sort of Queendom

It seems like that somewhere along the line, it was predetermined that we would just march to the beat of our own drum.  Everything that we do, no matter how simple or complex, leads us back to our own little ways of doing things.  This has actually been a good situation for us, but sometimes I think that maybe it's just weird. 

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. 

The fact of the matter is that God gave us all some amazing talents that we are supposed to use, and it probably isn't wise for us to try to piggy back on somebody else's talents or lack thereof.  Baton twirling was my first love, and I am getting back into it full force this season.  To tell you the truth, once I started advertising and getting our music together, I discovered that I have never been so excited about anything as I am right now.  I joined the United States Twirling Association and the local chamber of commerce, and it feels like everything is going exactly as it should.  Princess Melody is now old enough to help teach the class, and that will double our power to serve the princesses that we will have the honor of teaching. 

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. 

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