I wish every update was positive and upbeat, but that is not reality. Life is full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, triumphs and defeats. Such is life for everyone, even those whose life may seem perfect from afar.
Today was a hard day for me. In the middle of the hard day, I was reminded that today was probably a hard day for those around me also. Sometimes I get so entangled and blinded by my own struggles that I forget to look up. Well, today was one of those days. I was so consumed by how difficult it is running my business in this economy that I became frustrated and discouraged. Ariel concluded that heat and the sun make me angry. Fair enough. I have worked countless hours year after year to get Truly Charis to the place it is today, and It. Is. Not. Enough. Not because Truly Charis isn’t enough, but because the economic price increases and supply chain woes are gripping TC tighter and tighter. If I was in the same position (business-wise) in any of my previous years. Ariel and I would be doing phenomenal, but we are in 2022 where enough has become just enough and just enough has become not enough for families across the country. I mean, seriously, who ever would have thought that I would covet air conditioning, cold drinks and chocolate! Those were practically household staples, yet here we are.
After my initial cry and prayer session (while digging in a futile attempt to locate the old well), I spent the rest of the day setting my fears aside and choosing to grow beyond what I currently know. Today Destani does not have the knowledge or resources, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn them tomorrow or the next day or the next day or the next day. I can strive perpetually and enjoy the journey, knowing that I will not end the same as I began. I used the money I earned from the Ethically Made Market to purchase Tropi-cool, which is 100% silicone for the roof of the fifth wheel, and reflective barrier (think Reflectix, but the cheaper version). Hoping these make a positive impact in my life tomorrow and every day thereafter.
When I got online tonight, the first things I saw were messages from a struggling friend and four fellow business owners discussing how their sales are plummeting and each one of them may have to close down their businesses. My WAHM heart is broken. We are all fighting to stay open and relevant in these changing markets. I have resolved to pivot yet again. I just do not know what that will look like. If you have any needs or any side jobs that I am capable of working, I would much appreciate you considering me. 💕
Love, Grace & Peace to You,
Wife, Mother of 6, Friend, WAHM
*Photo of my futile attempt at locating the old well.