The Journey to Shiloh
We can’t believe the amount of love and well wishes that we have received this past week as we launched Shiloh. It’s been incredible to start this journey and we can’t wait to bring you new products soon. Today, I (Mik) wanted to share with you a little bit more about our journey to Shiloh, and specifically how we decided to become a team.
One of my favorite things about Taylor is that she loves to create new things. She can see something in her mind and bring it to life with such creativity and attention to detail. This past year, Taylor has worked hard to grow this business and bring it all to life through HardyEveryday.
As her business grew, Taylor knew that it was going to take more than just herself to continue HardyEveryday. She came to a point where she was struggling to figure out how to balance it all. I began to pray for the Lord to show me how I could help and encourage her.
One day when I was running, I was listening to a podcast, “The Happy Hour” by Jamie Ivey. She was interviewing Emily Ley, creator of the "Simplified Planner" and author of "Grace, Not Perfection". Emily was talking about how she started her business and knew that she was called to completely trust Jesus in the process. She said she knew she had to start somewhere, but she just had to start. I had always wanted to start a business or become a blogger in my high school and college years. Yet, I never pursued anything because I was afraid to fail. I once heard someone say, “Failure is a part of success. You can’t succeed unless you know what failure is.”
I started having conversations with Taylor about wanting to start my own blog. We then started talking about our college dreams of starting a cupcake shop. Taylor would bake and I would run the business side of things. We also talked about becoming wedding planners and shop owners. All of these conversations felt like nothing more than a dream, a dream to one day become business partners.Taylor and I recently read a blog from Gretchen Saffles, owner and founder of Well Watered Women, that challenged us to our core. Gretchen wrote,
"Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.”
From that moment on we began praying for guidance and clarity on this journey.
Now, we are here at Shiloh Collect, in real life - not a dream - business partners! We are doing it and we are making it happen! Has it been easy? No, but we took what we felt called to do and we trust in the Lord everyday to lead us closer to His name.
Many of you may feel stuck, confused or even lost on the calling God has for you. So here is my advice to you:
Pray. Pray for guidance, clarity, purpose and ultimately that His will be done.
Dream. Write down every dream you could ever think of. This provides clarity and helps you get all those crazy ideas on paper. Make Goals. Goals are fun + can be tough, so start small! Don’t make 300 goals and expect them to come to life instantly!
To help you with your goals, we have created a goal sheet for November. This allows you to take one month at a time and focus on three categories in your life. Above each pink box, pick a category (Spiritual, physical, work, business, family, marriage, school, etc.) and start small! In each of those boxes, write three goals you would like to see come to life the month of November!
Don’t wait! Download your November goals sheet, write down your goals, and tag @ShilohCollect!! If you share your goals - we will send you a FREE laptop sticker!