Now that you know a bit about me and the birth of SMBG, I would like you to know how my journey has been to get to this point. As I mentioned in my last blog, I always knew I wanted to open this store, but I never had a purpose behind it. I wanted to sell clothes, and just be my own Boss. I laugh now when I think of how much my vision has changed since God put this dream in my heart. It was about 10 years ago, when my first concept was to open a brick and mortar store that cater to petite women such as myself, because I could never find clothes, then it changed to me wanting to cater to 4 different body shapes; to be able to offer flattering designs that made you look thinner, then it changed to catering to juniors, but then I wanted missy, then so on and so forth. From all those ideas, nothing felt right, there was something missing and I just could not figure out what it was, I was all over the place with ideas that amount to nothing.
Well, then I got frustrated and decided to put this dream in the back burner. But friends, we may put our dreams in a box and shove it in the closet, but when it is something real, when it’s a God giving dream, putting the box in the closet won’t do it, believe me, I tried. God will keep tagging at your heart until you can’t ignore it anymore. I don't know how many times I wanted to just forget about it, and just take the easy road and continue to work for a company and live paycheck to paycheck; after all, giving up is always the easiest thing to do. But I got to a point where my job was not making me happy anymore, I knew there was something more for me to do on this earth, I was made for a bigger purpose. I couldn't ignore God's prompting in my life anymore, so I decided to go grab my dream again from the box in the closet and start again, I was excited to open my box again and began working on my dream, but then I got tired because it was hard, and I would put the dream back in the box and back in the closet. Friends, I did that about a million times.
It took many tries till I finally decided to make a commitment and commit to this dream. Now, fast forward to 10 years later; I finally got it! All along I was planning everything around me, that is why I was getting frustrated because I was trying to do everything in my own strength, I never put God in the middle, I never included him in my decisions, it was as if I could do this on my own, yeah right! Now I know that this dream is from my gracious God and this company is for him, after all he gave me the dream and his plans for my life are bigger and better than mine. One day it all made sense, I knew I just wanted to honor him with this store and make him my Boss. That is why Simply Me by Grace is a Christian company, every single detail that you will see, it all revolves around my Boss; this is what I was meant to do, well part of it.
Now this is not the end of the story friends, stay tuned to learn more about rest of the journey...Thank you for reading and I promise, it gets better :)