Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Practice what you preach

I have been a leader for 6 years. Prior to that I was a youth minister. I can't count the number of times I have told a young person to "just try it", "just do it", "believe in yourself", "jump!". I have said the words and truly felt them with my whole being. At the same time, I haven't practiced that in my own life. 

Then.... this happened.... watch it... listen to this woman... hear what she is saying.

Did you listen? Did you hear? Maybe you don't struggle with the same things I do. I struggle with self doubt. I struggle with taking a chance on me. I build up others. I encourage others. I stand behind and cheer them on. But, when it comes to me... I play safe. It may appear I'm brave, but trust me... I play safe. I take the job that pays the bills. I keep the job with the benefits and the paid vacation and the health care, because I don't want to be left without a "sure thing". Here's another little tidbit for you about me... I married my HS sweetheart for fear no one else would ever ask and stayed married to him even though I no longer loved him for 5 years (1/2 of the marriage!) because I really didn't think I could make it on my own... what if I left and fell flat on my face... what if I wasn't able to support myself.. I ran the numbers several times a day for months before I gained enough courage to step out on my own. I haven't regretted that choice once. 

I'm now 39 years old and for the first time in my life, I feel as though I'm truly being brave. 
I'm still playing it somewhat safe... but I like to think I'm being smart and minimizing the risk.

Here goes nothing... I'm launching my own Patch Program company... BCG Patches... right now I have one patch program, but have plans to launch one per month or on a bi-monthly basis. Come visit my store. I'm just getting started, so be nice and be forgiving and be patient... the best is yet to come... just gotta jump and be brave.


  1. Congratulations for taking the risk! I'll be following your adventures and hopefully one day you'll have a generic patch I can use with my Guides :)

    1. Be watching for the next patch program... I think you'll like it. :)

  2. How cool! Congratulations! I can't wait to see what other badges you add :D

  3. You definitely need a mailing list for your store! Also, a Facebook page to show off new stuff!

    Congrats on taking the big leap!

    1. Ha! I actually have a mailing list set up for a monthly newsletter ( to begin in April 2016 and I have a FB page set up, too.
      I think your stalking skills are slacking off. hee hee...