Reputation, is defined as “the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.” I had a little experience this week, that got me thinking, what is my reputation. What do I want people to believe about me?

Every summer, we take a couple of weeks to do some renovating on the studio. Money is tight there so our little piece of the world is always a work in progress. This week we have been filling and sanding holes in the walls. Not an easy task when there are about a million holes in the building. We were covered in dust, the place was turned upside down. I was wearing hot pink gym shorts, a t-shirt and no make-up and Hannah, of all things, was still in her PJ’s and I’m not even sure she had combed her hair. We were not the picture of business ownership or even looked liked we had anything in our lives together.

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Life is rough! And when its not rough, its hard, discouraging, scary, and overwhelming. But it’s also amazingly beautiful, fulfilling and quite a wonderful journey to walk. My family has been through a lot in the past year and a half. My husband graduated with a masters degree in August only to find out it would be over 6 months before he got his first paycheck (hello….my million jobs pay nothing….he’s the breadwinner here, how are we going to live). My amazing church lost its building in December (Why God, I know you sent us here). My mom had a heart attack in June with a 1% survival rate (I am not ready to loose my momma). Needless to say we have been feeling overwhelmed, overcome with burdens and beat down. In our weakest moments, I admit, I felt angry, angry at God. I couldn’t understand how we could devote our lives to Him and all this be happening. I couldn’t understand why so many others seem to have everything handed to them and do nothing for God. However, I have come to learn that I don’t need to understand, really all I need to do is TRUST. That’s the kicker. Do I really believe what Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Who Me Lord?

How can a mom with two left feet start a dance academy? I laugh and joke that I am the ultimate helicopter mom. After all, I started my own extra-curricular activity for my child. It doesn’t get more helicopter than that. But really, that’s not what it was ever about. It wasn’t about having this amazingly successful studio that everyone wanted to be at. It wasn’t about becoming rich. Although, a paycheck here and there wouldn’t hurt my feelings. It really wasn’t about business ownership. It wasn’t about being one of very few “faith-based” academies in the nation.

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