Small Business: Patience As A Business Builder

Don’t follow your passion; follow your effort.
-Mark Cuban

There are few things greater than having a passion for something and putting your all into it everyday. When you finally find that one thing you want to build towards, you want to share with others. But often times the things you want most take time, which takes patience. Over the past year I've been working towards building my personal styling business. I love helping women shape their wardrobes to their personal, unique style which is a key part of building their confidence. I wish I could do it every single day. However, I'm still building my clientele which takes time, and so much patience.

It's easy to get burnt out when you work for hours on your marketing, writing content and perfecting your services without seeing physical manifestation of your hard work. Obviously when running a business, financial revenue is the end goal but you know you don't want the dollar signs to cloud the reason why you started the business in the first place. You had a calling, a social conscience, a motivation to jump in. 

You hear quotes like "Rome wasn't built in a day" but they don't apply because you've been working at it now for months. Your passion remains but your patience for what you want begins to dwindle. Your inner voice starts telling you maybe it's you, maybe someone else can do it but you cant. Maybe you should give up. Maybe you'll fail. 

You try to push the voices out, only to push them to the back of your mind. You do what so many others tend to do and that's becoming your own worst enemy. After all, you get the front row seat to your failures. Rarely is your inner girl boss louder than your inner mean girl. If that resonates with you, here is a great post behind the various reasons we get in our own way (here). 

In an era of instant gratification, the idea of waiting is unacceptable. Patience is a hard practice and under appreciated but usually all great things take time and as my dad likes to say, grit. Here are a few scriptures for anyone running their own small business:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
- Thessalonians 5:16-18

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace

- 1 Peter 4:10

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
- Proverbs 12:1

Recently I had a beautiful happy hour hosted by Miss Abby Miller and Swoozies at Coohills in Denver! These are some of my favorite lady entrepreneurs that know a thing or two about building a business and fighting through the ups and downs. Each of them bring something unique to the table and you can certainly see how Swoozies brought the cutest decor to THIS table! They gifted each of us with monogrammed hats, tumblers and beach bags. So sweet! Do you have a baby shower coming up, planning a wedding or just need a sweet gift in general? You can either shop in their store in Denver or online! 

To follow the beautiful girls you see in these photos, their Instagram handles are all listed below. 

From left to right: @polishedavenue, @the_novice_native, @denver.darling, @withlovelilyrose@hannah_moon, @myboringcloset, @semisweettooth, @MallorySauer, @Emmawlker@darlingbedaring

Photography By Corey Anthony

xoxo Hannah

Working from Home: How to Stay Productive

From the dishes, to dogs, to Netflix, it is easy to get distracted when you work from home. Often times I get up from the table to get a cup of coffee only to see the dishes and decide to do those instead of my work. My house is a bit drafty and my husband got me the most amazingly, soft robe so it's easy to not even get dressed. (Right about here I had to take Bishop on a walk cause he wouldn't stop whining...see?!)

So what are some things we can do to stay focused?

Diversity in Denim

I'm from the generation of the skinny revolution. For some reason when we started wearing skinnies it was like no other denim existed. Finally over the past couple years, we started venturing back to wide leg pants, flares, trousers and now, cropped! I always thought that skinny jeans must make me look skinny but it wasn't until I tried on a wider leg that I realized it slimmed up my hips. Now I'm hardly a fan of skinnies at all. We've preached on flares before on a previous post, and here I am again, showing a phenomenal pair of wide legged jeans by AG in a nice medium wash for day time. 

Chic in Champagne

I loved wearing this dress to my cousin and fellow blogger, Rebecca's, wedding. I felt so chic, so elegant and the best part is that it has pockets! This dress, along with the other bridesmaids dresses, were ordered from Weddington Way. It's a great platform that makes it easy for brides and their maids to find, customize and order their dresses. Each dress is handmade to your measurements which is great if it's difficult for you to find something to fit your body. Rebecca, being the great fashionista she is, picked out a dress for each of us girls to look at and she nailed my style! The only issue is that none of the dresses are qued until each girl purchases hers, so make sure all the ladies are ready to buy so it doesn't hold up the dress making processes. 

Spring Up

"Why, God?" is a common question that has been perplexing humans for ages. Our finite minds have trouble comprehending the ways of an infinite God. This year I decided to choose a theme word and corresponding scripture to pray and focus on. Well, we're 3 months in and I certainly have had to "surrender" and trust "that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). We live in a broken, sinful world that is full of hardships and letdowns. It's up to us to decide how we are going to handle suffering. We must endure and to endure is not simply to exist; it's to exist in the same manner as before the suffering began. 

Make Your Ponytail Perky

I've had fine hair all my life so achieving volume has always been difficult for me. I've never learned to tease my hair and even if I did, it wouldn't hold. I'm partial to a ponytail because it's such an easy 'do but I hate that mine falls flat! Not only do I have fine hair, but I have a ton of it so it falls very easily. Needless to say, I was super happy when I found this amazing little product, the Perky Pony! It comes in all natural hair colors to blend and hide in your hair. In the photos below I've demonstrated how to use the clip to give you a nice, full, perky ponytail! Continue reading for a sweet surprise at the end.

5 Tips on Identifying Your Personal Style

Write Out Your Daily Routine
Before you go shopping write out your schedule for every day throughout the week. Your schedule will determine what outfits you will need to add. Do you work a 9-5 job and need more work/evening transitional outfits? Do you meet friends for brunch regularly and need chic, casual outfits? Maybe you attend social gatherings every weekend so you need to add more sophisticated dresses. There may be styles or looks you like but if they don’t match your schedule then they will hang in your closet and won’t get worn.

Identify What Outfit You Currently Own Makes You Feel Your Best
What matters most in your style is what makes you feel your best. If you’re uncomfortable then it will show and you won’t enjoy your wardrobe. What will help you determine your style is what you enjoy wearing! If there are certain styles or materials you don't like wearing, those pieces will just hang in your closet taking up space. Notice, is there a certain color you feel vibrant in? The goal is for you to never say I have nothing to wear with a full closet again.

Create A Pinterest Board with Inspiration
Gather inspiration from celebrities, bloggers and clothing brands that you like. You’ll be able to see a pattern in styles and outfits that you like by creating a board. Having it curated in one place will help you while you clean out your existing closet and decide to shop.

Identify Your Budget
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to have an expensive looking wardrobe. Before you can begin freshening up your wardrobe, determine your budget. This will help you decide where to shop and how much money to allocate to new pieces. Some items like a coat, new jeans, a handbag, you may want to spend more money- new pair of flats, costume jewelry, basic t’s you can spend a more modest amount.

Hire A Stylist
Now what? You know what you like, you know how you want to present yourself, but you don’t know where to go. You ask yourself, does this fit? I want to minimize blank, what’s the best style for that? Take what you’ve found about yourself and give it to a stylist! It’s not her job to create your look but to bring your uniqueness out in your style! Work together to create a wardrobe that compliments you and makes you feel your best.

If you're in the Denver area, email Hannah at for information about working with a stylist and to get a quote on updating your wardrobe.