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Setting Intentions and Keeping Focus

A Look InsideDeana Ketchum2 Comments

So, here we are ten months later, with blog post number two. Every time I heard someone say the word "blog" over the last year, I cringed. I felt embarrassed that I set such an ambitious goal, one that I couldn’t keep up with.

Over the last month, Jon and I have been working with a friend who is a business coach. She is teaching us a lot about ourselves, how to better understand one another and how to keep a more direct focus day-to-day. Though, if you ask her what she’s doing, she might say couples counseling.

As an entrepreneur, it is easy to (as I like to call it) squirrel all over the place. You learn that jumping from task to task and balancing too many roles within a 7-day workweek is not enjoyable, effective or sustainable.

Our business coach has taught us how to set intentions and recognize when we are squirreling around so that we can get back to center.

These are lessons that couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We’re realizing that at some point it is most important to make forward progress and avoid over thinking each task. We're getting better at trusting, that with time, we will continue to get better at whatever we put our efforts towards.

Part of my issue in keeping up with the blog was that I was being so choosey about content. I was afraid that most people wouldn't find it interesting. I found myself writing entries, then discarding them. Although now (almost daily) I recite the following Roosevelt quote to myself; "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." This reminds me that we aren't going to hit a home run every time and that perfection isn't realistic. We're doing the best we can within our means, at this very point in time. So with that, we're trying to celebrate victories large or small (I encourage you to do the same)! It feels good and allows you to be a bit more content and present in your day-to-day work.

As we are creeping up on a new year, we hope to continue to be ambitious, but reasonable. We want to give ourselves enough time to do a good job at whatever lies in front of us.

In the past few months we’ve put more effort towards documenting our work, whether through photography or video.

Our intention is to share more about the behind the scenes process with our followers and clients. While this often makes the build go a bit slower and we have more work to do after the item has been delivered, our hope is that you all enjoy seeing what goes in to each piece and that maybe we can get a laugh or two out of you once in a while.

Here is our new video, posted on Youtube. Check out our channel and subscribe if you'd like to see more!

What do you think about this footage, is it interesting to you?  What would you like to see more of?

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Deana