You live, you learn, and you move on

Hello everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend with friends and family, soaking up the first snippets of fall. I know around these parts it has just BARELY started to cool down and I for one am enjoying every second that I am not forced to turn on the A/C.

This weekend the Jenny & Pearl team headed out to Covina to attend the first annual Crossroads Car Show as a vendor. We had our first real live, pop-up shop!

This car show was to help raise funds for Teen Challenge International, an amazing drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

We had been preparing for several weeks for this show, making sure we had enough inventory, pricing, prepping and coming up with creative displays.

Hours and hours of time and effort went in to the effort in hopes that we would sell everything we brought and be able to make a large donation to a charity we believe in. And as much as I would love to tell you that everything was perfect….that would be a lie. We sold 5 items total.

I struggle with being a perfectionist, for expecting things to turn out in real life exactly as I have pictured them to unfold in my head. I also cling dearly to the ideals of success and security meanwhile working myself to the point of exhaustion. And if I viewed yesterday’s experience through that lens, I would say that I was a failure.  However, a few hours into the event, I turned to my sister and I said, “This is going to be an amazing, fun filled day.”

And you know what? It was.  We were able to finally organize our store and set it up just as we had imagined.  We got around to making our amazing new business cards.  We got our first sign and we even created a Q code that you can scan and will link directly to this website!  We spent the entire day with our incredible family who came out in full force to support, encourage and help set up and tear down. We heard testimonies of lives changed by the power of God.

I decided to let the value of my time and effort go, and instead embrace the gifts and the joy that were right in front of me.  Its not an easy lesson, and it sure is one that I am stubborn to learn. But  to actually thrive and grow and be used, it’s one that I must learn.