Sometimes in life, we focus entirely too much on what others think of us, our ideas, our decisions. We replay what they have said to and about us over and over in our minds all along forgetting to weigh in on our own behalf. I mean, who spends more time with you than you? Even if your co-worker has called you on “that thing you do” that everyone in the room wishes would change, it’s highly unlikely that you didn’t already know that it was an area needing improvement. While there is nothing wrong with giving some weight or consideration to input from others, especially those who we consider as mentors and friends, their thoughts and words are not necessarily where we should hang our hats. We have a voice, the final voice, and there is power in what we speak over our own lives. If we put our minds to it, we have the power to change the worst in us or in our situations! Continue reading “Transformation through Affirmation”
I love it when something challenges me to re-think a way of doing things and approach day-to-day situations with a new perspective. The quote above has done just that. It was the advice My ArBelle owner Kymberli Jay gave herself after realizing that she had spent several months dreaming about trees, developing a business plan, designing a website and purchasing business cards but still was not actively advertising or creating actual products to sell. Now don’t get me wrong, proper planning is important, but at some point, you have to set sail and begin the journey. As Kym says, and obviously I’m still learning, you can plan but “you can’t plan to be perfect”.
On Friday night, I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the release of the Everyday Jesus album by Anthony Brown and group therAPy. If you like music and ever have the opportunity to attend a “listening party”, I encourage you to take full advantage. I’ve been to two (this being my second) and think they are just the coolest things! You listen to highlights from different songs, the artist sings a little, but best of all, you get to hear the stories behind the music…..the circumstances, joys, pains, up and downs of life which the artist draws from when writing. Anyway, when talking about the song entitled Worth, Anthony told a story that started with him sitting in the choir stand at church one day and receiving a text from a friend who was seated in the congregation. He was having a bad day and the friend could tell just by looking at him. The text simply asked if he was okay. Because this was someone he trusted, he didn’t try to fake-the-funk, but was honest about what he was feeling. The friend sent a text back immediately, this time telling him to look up. Now keep in mind, this isn’t a small church at all. The sanctuary seats 4000 people and at this particular time in the service, they were all seated. As Anthony looked up, the first person he saw was his friend. He was the only one standing, and as if there was no one else in the room but the two of them, he wrapped one arm around his chest and under the other as if in an embrace, pumped his fist against his chest a few times and mouthed, “I got you”. Continue reading “Who’s Got Your Back?”
Are you missing out on everyday opportunities to share your vision with the world? Have you ever considered that the most random encounter with a stranger may actually be the very connection you’ve been waiting for to move your idea to the next level? Continue reading to find out how our featured entrepreneur has responded to a few of her own everyday encounters and the impact they have had on her business.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”
This picture has been waiting to debut as the first in a series tagged “Sunday Inspirations”. I chose it because I thought it would be the perfect tribute to the work of our very first featured business owner and her company, My ArBelle. The only problem was that I had no idea how I would tie it in with the blog otherwise. Then two days ago I ran across a photo challenge on the Daily Post blog and the photographer in me couldn’t resist! The challenge was to share an image of something with a symbolic meaning and instantly I knew what I would use. This little picture of the white tree was chock-full of symbolism…..not just for the challenge but for each of our lives as we pursue our dreams and passions.
Trees are symbolic of many things (I know because I looked it up) but I’m going to stick with the symbolic meanings we discussed during the My ArBelle interview…
INDIVIDUALITY ~ BEAUTY ~ STRENGTH
What struck me about the tree in this picture was obviously the unique white color. Had it not been for that, I would have paid just as much attention to that tree as I do the millions of trees that I pass on a daily basis. That color though, the very thing that made it so different, was the thing that made it so beautiful and appealing. I’ve noticed something else about that tree. It’s been at least two years since I took this picture and that tree is still standing. Two years ago, I assumed it had to be diseased but today it continues to stand just as tall and appears just as strong as the others around it.
My prayer for all of us is that we be like that tree. That we embrace that thing that makes us so different, find the beauty in it and remain strong in our faith as we follow our dreams to our destiny.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
ArBelle, a combination of the Spanish word “arbol” meaning tree and the French word “belle” meaning beautiful. Put them together, add a little touch of Kymberli Jay and there you have it….My Beautiful Tree or My ArBelle. Also known as Tree Gal, this petite, mother of one, holds a degree in Marketing and International Business from Temple University. Becoming a big-time corporate professional was the plan until several years ago when life’s events altered that course in a way she could have never imagined. Today she is an entrepreneur with a phenomenal product selling across the United States. She won’t stop there though. Oh no…. this Philly girl has enough new product ideas whirling around in her head to ensure the company continues to grow and to challenge the way the world looks at something as simple as a tree and it’s branches. Continue reading “My ArBelle – Strong, Unique & Beautiful”