…building a business: never say never

I think something that has helped me in my creative business endeavors is an attitude of never say never. It is much easier to see the world in black and white, isn’t it?

Like, I believe in this, I do not believe in that.

The world is supposed to work like this and if it doesn’t then I will dig my heels in and be cranky about it.

People should behave this way and if they don’t I will shame them or withhold until they change.

I think this limited attitude with strict ideas makes us feel more safe. Or tries to make us safe. But, what in this world stays the same? Is so concrete? Certainly not nature – the ocean, the trees, the wind, the clouds. What can those teach us about life and God?

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The world is much more grey.

I think if we do not put constraints on ourselves we will be more open to what naturally comes our way. When I first started out, I thought to myself, I definitely want to open up a retail shop. I also thought, I am way to timid to paint other people’s furniture, I will never refinish as part of my business. Things change. Life changes. Home changes. Our minds change.

And that is just fine.

Be compassionate towards yourself. Don’t put borders on your potential by saying things are black and white. I think if we are open then we can more easily bend to wonderful things coming our way as well as things that we may need to turn down. I have turned down many opportunities since starting my business. I used to think I would jump at the chance. Thank goodness some inner voice told me that I was worth taking some time to consider what I really wanted.

This same attitude lets me consider what is to come. I am not sure if I will ever want to have a shop. I do not know if I will ever open a studio or be a vendor in someone else’s space. But, I will always want to keep my options open. This is what I want right now, but maybe in a year or two I will be interested in doing things a different way. Maybe I will want to use new paints or new colors. Maybe I will learn a new technique or meet another artist that makes me grow. Maybe I will stop all together and take up knitting.

How can I say never when I do not know what is to come and how I will feel?

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…tall dresser in old white

I just finished this super cute dresser in Old White. I do not have a before picture, unfortunately.

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It’s a sweet, simple piece. Drawers open easily. Email if interested: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Shabby Tall Dresser…$250

…blue egg brown nest photos & giveaway!

I heart that so many of you email me pictures of the blue eggs and brown nests that you find like treasures in your yard. I think they are totally magical!

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I am going to do a little giveaway for those of you that would like to email me your pictures. Here’s how it will work:

1. Email me or post on Facebook a photo of your blue egg, brown nest.

2. Tell your friends to like Blue Egg Brown Nest to enter twice.

3. Tell your friends to sign up for my daily blog to enter three times.

I will randomly select a winner by next week and send you this lovely apothecary jar with blue egg soaps.

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Can’t wait to see all your nests!

xoxo

Christen

…building a business: curiousity

Does this guy look familiar?

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His name is Brian Grazer and he is a super famous movie producer. He just came out with a book called, The Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. I watched an interview with him and Oprah and found myself totally relating to the intense urge of curiosity.

I cannot help it sometimes. I am super curious. I want to know about people and what makes them what they are. I want to understand how to do things and why they work. I want to figure out a way around a problem and I want to relate on a deeper level. If you’ve met me in person you know that I tend to ask questions. Maybe it’s because I used to work for a newspaper, but it’s mostly because I really want to know. I want to know how YOU work. DH is the exact same way as me with his own sense of curiosity.

I think it’s so easy to say that things are just the way they are. But, what makes them so? How did we all get to this point? How does my anxiety propel me forward? How did my panic attacks shape me to be the mother I am today? How did being shy and scared make me a better wife?

Very curious.

Curiosity has so much to do with how I ended up starting Blue Egg Brown Nest and why I am still working at it. I wanted to know how to paint furniture to get a certain look and I tried and tried until I figured it out. I wanted to see what it was like to work and meet other people. I wanted to connect with readers. I always want to write more.

I think in order to stay current & relevant, you need to be curious. You cannot just make the excuse that things need to stay the same. The reality is that nothing stays the same. Not nature and not us. If we have a curiosity about ourselves and the world we live in then, I think, we can live more harmoniously.

Are you feeling stagnant in your business or your personal life? Do you feel like you’ve just labeled people around you, written them off? Maybe it’s because you don’t know what makes them work. Maybe you haven’t dove deeper. Wondering what steps will make you more successful? Have you soaked up everything there is to know about your craft? Have you asked a ton of questions and done your homework? Have you sat with yourself to discover what you really like and what style is just not you? Are you pursuing the person you want to be?

Be more curious.

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