I love being in my bubble. I’ve loved being in it so much that I’ve kept my ideas, my hopes, my wants, and my goals all hidden in my bubble.
How ironic that as a yoga instructor and a mom I encouraged, I pushed, I cheered, I prayed, I guided and gave advice about not being stuck, about not getting too comfortable with what’s familiar, with confining thoughts and thought patterns.
When I started making Shine Essentials products, I’d give it all away. Giving it away pleased people and helped me stay concealed in my bubble. But then the questions started. Where can I get more of this product? Why aren’t you selling this product? Can you make me X, Y, and Z? Product requests came in and I found a unique little consignment shop that I loved how it felt when I walked inside: it flows and all the items are hand-made. That store placed an order that day. I was so happy and went home and jumped in my bubble.
Then the fear, doubt, dread, and worry set in, all the “what ifs?” What if it doesn’t sell? What if no one likes it? What if the price is too high? What if they don’t care that it’s organic and natural and good for them? Still, I knew it was time to leave my bubble (i.e., to get uncomfortable).
I started selling Shine Essentials at small venues and farmers markets. I went into several stores trying to get my product into the hands of the right person. I sent emails, I made phone calls. I had friends reaching out to their contacts. I was putting myself out there. In fact, I was putting myself out there so much, that I became discouraged. I was spending too much energy pleasing everyone and trying to get Shine Essentials off the ground that I wasn’t taking care of myself.
It was time to come full circle and get clear about my hopes for Shine Essentials. I wanted to create and make healthy products for those who want to use organic and natural and even want to make such things themselves but don’t have the time. Shine Essentials is filling the gap while helping others live a better, healthier, organic life. I get so excited when I share Shine Essentials products and they truly become believers in all things healthy and organic. I get so excited that I no longer fit in my bubble.