ONE little MOMMA: The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives - Big News

The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives - Big News

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Nickel & Suede graphic tee, black denim and aviators

Nickel & Suede graphic tee, black denim and aviators

Nickel & Suede graphic tee, black denim and aviators

Nickel & Suede graphic tee, black denim, aviators and wedge sneakers

I've been trying to write this post in my head for the last few weeks - ever since I found out the news. But it's a hard thing to say because my emotions about it have been all over the place. In general, I feel great about it - at peace and brave. But late at night or when my gremlins start speaking up, I get nervous and start doubting God's plan a little.

What it comes down to is that the day that our new website for Nickel & Suede launched, almost three weeks ago, my husband came home unusually late. He texted me on the way home with unexpected news. He had fired himself.

I was a little and a lot shocked. I was only a little shocked because he has been extremely undervalued at his job. Because of that, he has been pushing for improvement and change in his situation for months, and for months, his bosses had been trying to get him to back down and quit. I was a lot shocked because I thought they were coming around and that things were looking up. Apparently not. AND it was the exact day we launched our new brand - what worse/better day could there be?

As Soren and I hashed it out that night, we both felt surprisingly calm about it. At this point in life, I fully accept that Soren's happiness at work is connected to every other part of our life, so I totally support his decision to leave. But that left the question: what do we do now? Was it coincidence that it all went down on the day we launched N&S? Soren certainly didn't plan it. Was this our chance to take a risk at my/our dreams of self employment? (Ugh - it makes me nervous just to type that!)

Well, we decided that this was our chance! We are taking the risk of being self-employed and working our tails off to grow Nickel & Suede and ONE little BELT into the businesses that we know they have the potential to be. Soren has SO much to add to the work that I have done for these brands, and I know that between the two of us we have all of the skills to make it happen.

Honestly, it's a dream come true for me to take this chance. I have dreamed for years about Soren being able to dedicate more time to these ventures and helping me to grow them - but no one ever told me how scary the realization of those dreams would be! I waffle back and forth between being scared of failing and being scared of being too successful. I'm super motivated and excited one day, and then totally stressed and burned out the next. I'm basically a mess!

There is so much more I could say, but I can say that I KNOW there are a lot of lessons that we will learn from this situation. One of those lessons is for me is having more faith and relying more on God and less on myself. Who knows where He will lead us or what He has planned, but I'm doing my best to be brave and keep chipping away a day at a time.

Thank you for your support and encouragement. It honestly makes such a difference.


// Outfit Details //
Tee - Nickel & Suede
Jeans - Liverpool Jeans
Shoes - Thrifted (Steve Madden)
Sunnies - Randolph Engineering
Earrings, Cuff, Watch - Nickel & Suede

22 comments:

  1. This is such exciting news! The Lord provides and he is trustworthy for sure!

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  2. So exciting! I can't what to see what wonderful things God has in store for your family!

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  3. It's so cliche, but everything happens for a reason. Loving those camo earrings!
    xx
    Melissa
    www.lovelikejohnnyandjune.com

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  4. I love how you're at peace and trusting God. I'm so excited about this new stage in your lives! You'll do great!

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  5. I truly believe things happen for a reason. We have all gone through some dark, unknown times and have all lived to see the light at the end of the tunnel. What is scary is the unknown, but trust in God because He will always be there. I have lost my job in the past and it was very scary - especially with a young child. But my family got through it and I landed a better job. When you say your husband's happiness is at work is connected to every other part of your lives - no truer words have ever been typed. Best wishes in this new stage of your lives!

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  6. Congratulations... it's funny how the universe works sometimes :)! Good luck... your site is beautiful... I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  7. Good for you! And good for your family. I can agree, the happiness in the job makes life so much better!

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  8. Best of luck to you both! I have to agree with Melissa, everything does happen for a reason, just trust and it will all come together as it was meant to be.

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  9. Oh Kilee you are amazing!! You've worked your butt off to build something amazing... You guys got this!! The possibilities are endless and you guys are a total inspiration... The Lord knows your fears and worries. Like you said, put your trust in Him!

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  10. Whaaaaaat? What exciting news! You guys will rock it. What a fun adventure!

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  11. I SO hope the best for you and Soren -- and perhaps this will turn out to be a ginormous blessing in disguise! I sure hope so. I think it's great you're both taking this risk and trusting the outcome, bc WHY NOT, ya know? GO FOR IT.

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  12. Kilee, I'm so excited for you. I was unexpectedly laid off in September, and it was truly the best thing that's ever happened to me. My husband voluntarily left his job in January and has been figuring things out ever since, and again, it's been some of the best few months of our whole lives. You will be amazed how much room is created for joy and fulfillment when you get rid of the things in life that are bringing you down!

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  13. God's timing is always perfect. Maybe this means Nickel and Suede will go big! :-)

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  14. Such an exciting and nerve-wracking time! I can't wait to watch you grow the business. I think you are a rock star!

    26 and Not Counting

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  15. Very cool news mama. Gods timing is crazy sometimes. He makes it so we know it's him talking to us because otherwise we might not listen. Can't wait to see what happens.

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  16. Well, this might be the first time I've gotten emotional about someones post about their life. Sometimes it is so hard to trust God. And it sounds like he had been leading you and Soren to this decision for a while now. It's funny how sometimes things have to get really, really bad for us to finally take that leap. Congratulations to both of you! I pray that you can only look forward and never second guess yourselves.
    Sami
    http://www.brightsunshinydays.com/

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  17. Well, this is great, and it's funny, because I thought you were ALready self-employed, with the Etsy shop and now the N&S website. So, way to go, congrats, and good luck!

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  18. You guys create such beautiful products, I know you'll do great!! YAY for happy husbands!! :)

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  19. Holy smokes, I can't tell you how excited I am that you've expanded your business! I already live in the earrings that I'd ordered from ONE little BELT, and seeing your new stuff is so exciting! Hooray for you guys, and for everyone else who gets to experience your talent!! =D

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