Lovelies…this blog has been percolating for months. (No pun intended since our business name is The Ink Cafe. Ha!). While we have loved crashing weddings and we will continue to do so from time to time, this paper barista has been longing for greater meaning in the work that we create. After a season of battling postpartum sadness and coming on the other side, I wanted to create something that inspired, encouraged and was extremely transparent so that our readers would know that that they are not alone.
Months ago, several women entrepreneurs in our community committed to reading Making It Happen by Lara Casey. (Quick plug for Lara. If you have not read her books, they will change your life. She is the owner/creator of Southern Weddings Magazine, Mompreneur, Adoptive Mom, Author. GO READ HER BOOKS.) It was transformative! Not only was the book magical, but the group of supportive women that cheered us on was life changing. I began believing that the impossible was possible. That it was crucial to “cultivate what matters” and that trusting God with the big leaps we were about to take were worth it.
Something God really laid on my heart was to FLOURISH were I was planted. Hence, where we got the name for the blog! I know from a writing aspect to define something is really lame and lacks creativity, but I could not help myself. The definition of FLOURISH is really good.
We began to shift our focus and PRUNING. I started saying no. I started saying no to a lot of things. With the vision that I only wanted to do things with the pursuit of excellence and carve time for the things that truly mattered in life. Hear me out- this does not mean perfection. Perfection will kill your soul, but excellence creates a sense of purpose. We started to take only four brides a month. I got to know them. We became friends. It mattered to me. I got to know my interns and support them with my whole heart. I spent more time with my sweet little Pearl and my sexy hubby. (Yes, he is a quite the hunk!) We have finished the paper work for fostering and begin classes in August. We started plugging in at church again. And we started to create a stationery line (what?!!) that actually means something to me. I want my little girl to walk into a store one day and see our work. I want her to see a part of myself in everything we do. I do not want to do anything that lacks joy and meaning.
Here is what I am learning:
1. “You reap what you refine.” LC
2. “If you let even good things get overgrown, you are going to have problems.” LC
3. “If you grow too many things in one small space, nutrients get spread thin and taken from other plants.” LC
So come along our blog journey as we Flourish and help you Flourish! Each week we will include real life stories, stationery hacks, helpful hints on being a mompreneur of a small business and an occasional wedding crash!
Christy, Pearl and Jon Marc