Progress Not Perfection
A New Year. A clean slate. Esther Thole, a busy mom of three boys, knew she needed a new goal to give her the push she needed. She wanted something that would cater to her feminine side plus help contribute to her family’s finances. Esther found Origami Owl, the unique customize-able jewelry, direct-sales business. It hasn’t always been easy, but Esther has learned that it’s not all about doing things perfectly; it’s more about making progress. Through different challenges this past year, like starting to home school and working towards a team leader promotion, Esther has kept her eyes on her accomplishments rather than the disappointments. Her perseverance paid off, and now a year later, Esther achieved her team leader goal, and she’s not stopping there. Esther’s already set new goals (senior team leader), and this year she has the added confidence to attain them.
I know most of us made New Year’s resolutions to exercise and eat healthier, but what happens next week when the kid’s get sick or you give into your favorite dessert? Do you give up? No! You keep going. You know why? Because you are making progress. Esther shares her motivational tips in three easy steps.
1. Feeling Overwhelmed?
Esther takes a look at her schedule and makes sure she pencils in something for herself.
- Read a good book.
- Watch a movie.
- Take a bath.
- Plan a date night with your husband.
Finding happiness in the small things in life helps keep things stay in balance. Instead of focusing on the negative, Esther thinks of the many great things in her life and reminds herself of them throughout the day.
Being connected to a positive, faith-filled community, Esther is reminded of hope. “Hearing people say “You can do that” and encouraging you is so important. Saying yes to Origami Owl this last January stretched my muscles to try something new. When I was ready to look at different schooling options for my kids, it was great to have some great friends telling me again “yes you can” and having that support.”
The symbols on this Core bangle remind me of freedom, strength and passion; three characteristics of someone that overcomes their fears and reaches for their dreams. What charms would you choose for your bracelet?