when i grow up i want to be average.
part of the crowd.
eager to be the same.
i just want to be unnoticed. unmotivated. un-
seriously, is this really what we are celebrating now? celebrating each other for being mediocre? falsely building each other up instead of coming alongside and helping them grow in their weaknesses? i see it far too often where we encourage each other to just be good enough.
can i encourage you today?
be real. be honest. be forthright. be courageous. be different. be YOU.
do not share for the sake of sharing. do not just connect with those that seem to have the audience swayed. break away from the mold and do what you were designed to do. we all have purpose. destined by God to do His greatness.
Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.
there is an unwritten blogger code (or if someone actually wrote this code, i sure would like to read it with a big red pen) that we all must put on a happy face and pretend that everything that everyone does is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. that we must support each other to be in a specific social circle or to be regarded. to be noticed. why can’t we do something truly magnificent to get noticed? that somewhere the line has been crossed where we just share stuff to share stuff.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped,
when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4: 15 + 16
i love this verse… speaking the TRUTH in love. not speaking or encouraging because we don’t want to hurt their feelings. being truthful.
let me be very clear. i will not share for the sake of sharing. i will not add my name to a list for ulterior motives. when did we stop holding ourselves and our brand to the high regard that there is value in what we support? that those following along, those reading our messages, tweets & posts are watching us and making finite decisions about our morals, judgment and work ethic based.
i am simply a girl that owns a blog and sometimes i share. i follow my gut instinct, the encouragement from the Holy Spirit and friends that pour truth, conviction and honest conversations into my life.
i am also a designer. we’re WordPress experts building daily on the Genesis Framework: StudioPress Genesis Developer.
the past few weeks have been tough for us.
it is becoming far too common to receive work requests with website and blog owners saying: “my designer told me to never update my site.” or “my designer threw my site up and now isn’t available for edits.” & so many more statements that make me feel physically ill over the rather low level of quality we are offering to our clients. mediocrity should not be tolerated.
regardless of what service industry or product industry you are offering… setting our clients up for failure should not be an option.
exasperated by the amount of errors we’ve had to overcome recently i tweeted the following:
as we do with our online relationships and connections – we should also hold our businesses to a high moral regard. that what we sell, what we offer should be the absolutely best for the client. it may take hours of overtime and late nights of labor, it might reduce your income, it might exhaust your resources… but ultimately what those clients say about you & me is how others will perceive us.
if you feel the slightest conviction over this… i want to encourage you.
temporarily close up shop. hire a mentor. take some classes. ask questions. challenge yourself to grow & change & add value. for website designers — get someone to review your sites and check your coding.
do not allow other businesses carry the weighted obligation of explaining that you likely do not know what you’re doing. trust me, this is not a fun conversation. it brings down the industry’s value. it severely reduces our worth and causes them to question all of us.
but, if you want a design team that knows how to build a well-designed, supremely hand-coded website that fully function. if you need someone to fix your broken site. if you need some blunt & critical consulting. if you seek truth. i encourage you to reach out. find an expert. lean into a second opinion before you say yes!