Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We All Have Walls

I read about a group of people who were intimidated by walls
(and the giants living behind those walls)

so

they marched
they prayed
they praised

in faith that their walls would come down
and after seven days...

they did

It's been over a month...

since our house was flooded
the ceiling crumbled and
walls came down



and lately I've been thinking a lot about walls

which walls to keep
which walls to leave down
which walls to put back up

and I've come to realize in life that

we are all faced with walls

walls to tear down
walls to build up
walls that divide
walls that protect

we all have some kind of wall

and whether our walls represent

confusion and division
or
refuge and peace

we know that there is always more work to be done

and it is up to us to

keep marching
keep praying
keep praising

grateful to just have walls



Thanking God for walls!
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What The Kids Are Up To... Mapping Expansion

First day of school has officially come and gone
along with...

school shopping
parent orientation
and the back to school blues

all over again

Summer went by fast for us and
I'm sure it was because of all that the children were up to this summer


Session 1- Brainstorming and Strategic Planning
Session 2- Branding
Session 3- Production, Testing, and Product Placement and Distribution
Session 4- Marketing
Session 5- A Full Product Launch
Session 6- Record Keeping and Accounting
Session 7- Customer Service/ Teamwork and Collaboration

(go back to the beginning to follow the journey)

And the final summer lesson...
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SESSION 8
  

The focus:                                                                                                                      
Mapping Expansion

The lesson:
How to increase global and/or online presence

The assignment:

Review the business journal and ledger
Study other successful brands and consider mapping/expansion strategies
Discuss the future of Color*full Creations and decide...what next?




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Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color



Thanks for supporting this journey and keep reading to see what the kids are up to next...

Summer 2015

(sharing this here and here)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Rebuilding of a House

Although it has been almost three weeks since the day we came home
to find our house flooded it still seems like a dream


Walls have been removed and replaced
Floors have been pulled up and discarded
The house has been gutted and nothing seems the same...

The workers are diligently...

remodeling
renovating
restructuring

our home
to turn our tragedy into something beautiful


And some days we feel just like that house
(like we've been gutted)

but we dare not complain because we understand
that sometimes

God chooses to destroy the old to make anew

and if we are, in fact, God's house then it is easy to see why
He tears out the old...

dark thoughts
bad habits
old ways

to make

something beautiful
and new

As He takes our...

old lives
filled with sin and shame

to give us His
filled with hope and love

and even though I may not have chosen for it all to happen in this way

I am so grateful that He is still diligently...

remodeling
renovating
restructuring

this house


Ever feel like your entire life is under construction? 
(click here to see the walls back up!)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What The Kids Are Up To... a Full Product Launch

I knew before we started this that "What the kids are up to this summer"
would be much more than your average children's summer lemonade stand
 
 
So far this summer we've had lessons in...
 
brainstorming
branding
production
marketing


and finally after all of that
it was officially time for a full product launch!
 
Go back to the beginning to follow their entire journey... 
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SESSION 5
 
The focus:                                                                                                                      
Product Launch

The assignment: 
Hit the pavement
Begin distribution and sale of product

 
Barefoot Sandals 
(with or without shoes) 

 

Inspirational Bracelets
 
Custom Order Bracelets 
 
 
and more!


Bow Rings
and once their product launched, they were introduced to lessons in...

SESSION 6
Record Keeping and Accounting
             
SESSION 7
Customer Service/ Teamwork and Collaboration


and then with summer quickly coming to an end, it was time to make some business decisions
and introduce the final lesson...
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Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color
 


The final lesson for now...
Mapping and Expansion!

(sharing this today)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Life Under Construction

Life is filled with so many

twists and turns
obstacles
challenges

which sometimes lead to questions

Lord, am I handling this right?
Lord, am I in Your will?
Lord, am I missing something?

and finally the request...

Lord, please show me


Last month I started a new job
the gas company started a major overhaul project in my neighborhood
and the gated community where my folks live were repaving the side gate

which means that I was surrounded by change!

After my second week of frustration
I realized that there was no way for me to escape the construction

so I surrendered...

And just as things seemed to be settling down
our living room ceiling caved in...

That night the hubby and I packed up the kids and headed to the hotel
which we will call home for the next few

days
weeks
months

and as we pulled into the driveway

we were greeted by a hotel which was also currently... under construction!

And right there in

big
bold
letters

that I couldn't miss...

were my initials


reminding me to just

sit still
and wait
in compliance

because there is

no where
no place
no way

to escape...

His construction

Ever feel your life is under construction
Just. Be. Still.