So! I was super excited when approached by "Be Girly" about collaborating together! Man... In the world that we live in today it is incredibly important to have ministries such as this one!
As woman we want to BE and FEEL beautiful but our culture makes us believe that beauty is a purchase! I guess PARTS of beauty can be bought, but when it comes down to it, if your HEART isn't beautiful, nothing else REALLY can be!! I may be stepping out on a limb by saying that, but that is honestly what I believe.
This leads me into telling you how my journey even began. Fashion was always a hobby of mine! I loved it and felt like it came very natural to me but I didn't pursue it in college as I didn't think that you were suppose to choose your "hobby" as your career path! (SIDENOTE: I don't know what made me think that, but that is certainly not true!)
I had a short lived teaching career where I quickly learned I WAS NOT cut out for teaching special needs children, as I am probably one of the most sensitive people in the world! This was a tough realization for me and was the first time in my life that I truly felt like I had FAILED MISERABLY. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get a handle on my emotions, why I couldn't be stronger, braver, etc., and why working with those precious little angels everyday wasn't coming as natural to me as I had always assumed it would.
In the midst of trying to figure out these thoughts, and which direction I would turn next, I decided to go with what felt natural to me and sought out a job at a boutique in Atlanta called, Tootsies. I had grown up shopping in Tootsies at their Dallas, Texas location and considered it to be THE MECA of fabulous boutiques! In I went asking for a job where I had no experience, no fashion degree, and no sales background.
Praise God I somehow made enough of a statement to get a job as a sales assistant! Even tho this was pretty low on the totem pole for what I was thinking, I took the job under the agreement that after one year I would be considered for sales. It was only three short months later I was promoted tho and I found my mojo!!
I LOVE people! And even more than that I love the opportunity to make someone feel special, feel pretty, and feel confident! So this was an opportunity for me to pour into people one fitting room at a time!! Haha! But seriously, this became my little Ministry!
I eventually found myself tossing around the idea of starting my own business! I really wasn't exactly sure what that even looked like, but I knew I wanted the ability to pour more of myself into my clients and their journey to being the best version of theirselves! As I thought and prayed over the vision that I had I was continually reminded of Proverbs 31. I have always treasured these verses and constantly strive to become such a woman every day! To me, Fashion is an outward reflection of the beauty that is within! It's starts with your HEART! Hence the name... Hearts of Style! ❤️
I can't believe it has almost been 7 years since I began this journey. My how it has blessed my life! I have truly been overwhelmed with the amount of people that trust me and seek my advice daily! It is extremely flattering and humbling!! The people that I work with become a part of my life and ultimately a FAMILY to me. It's honestly incredible to see what God has done for me and through me in creating Hearts of Style! I am so grateful!
I am such a big fan of the "Be Girly" vision and I feel like we make great cheerleaders for each other! You can be feminine and fun while serving the Lord with all your heart! That is exactly the message they are sharing through this ministry and exactly the example I hope to be setting each day in my business! Please check out Be Girley's website at www.begirly.net to hear more about their vision! It's super inspiring!
In closing I'm sharing some qualities/virtues that a Proverbs 31 woman possesses! I use these as a reminder of all that I am working to become although there is a lot of refining left to be done! 😉 I hope they encourage you too! Thank you for reading 😘
A Proverbs 31 Woman
FAITH! She serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways.
MARRIAGE! She respects her husband. She is trustworthy and a great helpmate.
SERVICE! She serves those she loves with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable and often lends a helping hand.
WORK! She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks.
HOSPITALITY! She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses this to minister to those around her.
TIME! She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time DWELLING on things that do not please the Lord.
BEAUTY! She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of those around her! 😉