Ya’ll have heard me talk about how much I love the Business Boutique podcast (blog post here!), and earlier last month I took the leap and decided to go to Christy Wright’s Business Boutique 3-day event in Nashville!
I had been debating whether or not to go, considering I couldn’t find a friend to go with me. I decided to, as Christy says, “Do it scared!” and register to attend the event solo! With a rockstar line up of personalities like Dave Ramsey, Annie F. Downs, Emily Ley, Dave Barnes, and of course, Christy herself, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, even if it terrified me to go alone.
Y’all, I had nothing to be scared of because I met my friend for the whole weekend, Marilie of Organized Neatly, as soon as we got off the bus for the first night! It was a total God thing that we found each other— we had so much in common and clicked instantly.
It was an incredible weekend sitting under the teaching of so many wise, encouraging entrepreneurs! Plus, it was a TON of fun! Here are my top 5 takeaways for life and business from the weekend:
Fear wants to box you in to a small life, but that’s NOT what God calls you to.
-Christy Wright, creator of Business Boutique
Y’all. I put this as the #1 takeaway for the reason. I realized that I’m scared of a lot of things. I’m scared of failure. I’m scared of disappointing others. I’m scared of imperfection (see takeaway #4 below…). Christy made the point that both faith and fear require you to believe in something that hasn’t happened yet. If that’s the case, then instead of fearing the worst-case scenario, why not have faith in your vision or dream? God is going to ask you to do things that scare you— but you’re scared because it matters, and if you wait until you’re not scared, you’ll never do anything. So have faith.
2. Where passion, purpose and skill collide, BLISS resides.
-Amy Jo Martin, social media guru
Amy Jo talked about how she used to have a “purpose problem”— one day, after going-going-going constantly (and being pretty darn “successful” but also extremely burnt out) she realized she didn’t know her “why.” She was exhausted, and her mental and physical health were struggling. She was doing work that she was good at, but that wasn’t enough. She didn’t necessarily need balance (what IS balance, anyway?!)… she need to discover her “why”. That sense of purpose, combined with the work she loved, changed her perspective and her life.
3. It’s not your work… it’s His.
-Sarah Jakes Roberts, speaker & pastor
Y’all… Sarah Jakes Roberts brought the house down! She spoke about living out your purpose and told us that when you decide to use the gifts that God has given you, THAT is when you will live out your purpose. If God calls you to it, he will bring you through it, because He is on your side. That said, don’t be afraid to die empty… put all He has given you out into the world and live your purpose out loud!
4. Perfectionism is a self-imposed prison and you hold the key.
-Christy Wright, creator of Business Boutique
Aaaaaand another gut punch. Anyone that knows me well knows that I am a total perfectionist. I’m extremely hard on myself and am SUCH a people-pleaser. But let’s be real… in life, work and relationships, perfection is impossible, so of course you’ll feel guilty if that is your standard of success. Things won’t go “right” 100% of the time, so a mindset that values perseverance over perfection will be so much healthier for you in the long run. Give yourself grace to make mistakes, then correct and overcome. As author Brene Brown says, “Talk to yourself like you would someone you love.”
5. Intentionality will allow you to keep margin in your life.
-Emily Ley, creator of the Simplified Planner
Emily Ley spoke about having the courage to make tough decisions, and what it comes down to is intentionality. Remember when I said I’m a people pleaser? Well, when you’re being intentional, you can’t always please everyone, but you can ensure that you’re being true to yourself and what is important in your life and business. Instead of trying to serve everyone, find your focus and do it well. Emily spoke a lot about how this concept applies to business (being intentional in your branding, your target market and more) but I really think that it applies to all facets of life. Practicing intentionality allows you to step into your strengths, serve others well, and most of all, be happy!
If you can’t tell, I had the best time at the Business Boutique event in Nashville and 100% recommend it to anyone that is interested. If you’re interested in learning more about the Business Boutique community, check out Christy Wright’s book or her podcast!