Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What I Wore & Celebrating One Year

Happy 4th of July Ya'll!  
One year ago, on this day, I officially opened the Splendor Shop. 
I really had no clue what I was doing, I just knew I needed to take the first step, and the rest would follow. I have learned so much in this past year about owning and running your own business. I've had to learn how to balance my time between home, kids, husband, running, church,project hope and the shop....who am I kidding, I am still learning how to balance my time between home, kids, husband, running, church, project hope and the shop. 

But I feel like I'm kinda starting to get there. A place where I am really aware of what a huge blessing each one of those things are, and that how I view them has a lot to do with how heavy my burden feels. I learned something a while back and it changed how I look at things. Instead of saying "I have" to do this...{whatever it is} say, "I am going" to do this. Try it. There is so much power in your own words that when you change the way you speak about things, like in this situation, then it becomes more of an intentional, "I am going to" instead "I have to" 

Whenever I get overwhelmed, or start to get overwhelmed, I remind myself that whatever it is I am doing, is a blessing. Even laundry. Because it's laundry for a family of 5 that I am intensely and madly in love with. 

I know this all might sounds a bit strange, but it is honestly how I have learned to do everything that I do in the best way possible. With a good attitude and with intent and focus.

There is a lot to owning your own business and having something reflect you and who you are can be a ton of fun. It has it's challenges for sure. There is down times, and up times, but you just have to remember to stay true to who you are and why you started it in the first place. I think that's key because it is so easy to fall into traps of competing, comparing, copying....But you gotta know, that YOU are creative. YOU are talented. YOU can do something different and new and God has blessed YOU with a gift to share. 

I have also learned to guard myself. I used to look at other shops and think they were so much better than mine and I would never be there. Or I would even begin to think I had to do it "that way" in order to succeed. So I learned that I had to stop spending my time looking through other shops. I just simply don't anymore. Because I want to know when I create something new, it came from my own heart, my own place of creativity. That doesn't mean all of my pieces are completely different and unique to any thing else out there, but it means I know where my heart was when I designed it up in my head. Not competing or comparing, but simply sharing from my own creativity and desire to share it. 

I realize I have so much further to go with the Splendor shop. On the business side, I have much more to learn. But personally and creatively, I feel like it has already taught me so much about myself. Mostly to be proud and confident in the fact that God has given me a passion and that sharing it, is something I love to do.

So thank you so much to each of you who have made this year such a great one. I know it's just the beginning and I hope to continue to spread hope and love- a bit of splendor- through every thing I do. That is my prayer. 

Denim Jacket {Express}
Shine Tank {the Shine Project}
Black Maxi Skirt {Target}
Leopard Sandals {F21}
Earrings {a gift from my sister from Africa!}
Ivory Cameo Ring {Splendor Shop
Chevron Ring {Heathers Happys}
Love Necklace {Coming soon to the Splendor shop}
Bracelet {Aldo}
 P.S- If you noticed the plant moved spots midway though these pictures, you win a prize! My husband the photographer, felt it needed to be moved ;)

As a little way to celebrate one year, I am offering Free Shipping on all orders in the Splendor shop made through Friday and also giving a little extra "happy" with every order. Use code "Celebrate" at checkout. Also, all Splendor hand stamped pieces are back and available to order. I love that you all love these pieces so much, I can hardly keep them in the shop!
I am doing a shop update in the next couple of weeks, with lots of new pieces! Keep an eye out for a discount code :)

Have a Happy day, My friends. 
Much Love to you All. 

pleated poppy


  1. You look great and I love your jewelry. I have two of your pieces.

  2. LOVE your shirt!You look very cute! Have a great 4th!

    1. Thank you Janae! The proceeds when you purchase the tank go to an amazing cause too!

  3. What a great, positive attitude. I actually needed something like that today - thank you!

  4. You are so skinny just have that look of healthy.
    And i love everything you said here. Oh how i feel the same way....but you already know how i feel. ;)
    The ring looks great on you much, much pretty girl.

    1. that made me laugh because my grandma always says our babies "look healthy" when she really means they are chubaroos {in a good way ;)}
      But thank you, I know what you meant!
      I know you know how I feel too. LOVE the ring so much and LOVE you!

  5. Your jewelry is so fun! I love that ivory ring.

    1. Thank you Franziska! It is one of my favorites too!

  6. UGH, you have no idea how much your words hit home and have given me hope today! I'm currently going through a crazy urge to be creative [i used to paint and sew a lot and have not in a very long while], but i have such an overwhelming fear of failure that its really hindering me from getting started. This post has given me a little more of the push that i'm looking for, so a big huge THANK YOU to you for that :)

    xo Lissa

    1. I hope you do get the confidence to step back into your creativity! don't let fear hold you back, just go for it :)

  7. What an INSPIRING post! Thank you! Thank you for pointing out even the most mundane tasks occur because of something GREAT! LOVE your outfit....cute tee and FAB sandals!

  8. i love that tank. and congrats on your anniversary!! hope you had a great 4th!

  9. I love the tank! I just checked their site...on my wish list now! Super cute and comfy outfit!

    1. for sure put it on your wish list! the proceeds go to an amazing cause also!

    2. I love it even more...thanks for sharing!!

  10. COngrats! And what a cute outfit! I also love your haircut. :)

  11. That is such a cute outfit!!! Congrats on 1 year!

  12. I squealed a little when I saw you sporting the newest shine shirt!! We just love seeing bloggers sport them!!! xo

    p.s I'm getting ready to open my own handmade shop so this was the perfect post for me!!!! :)


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