Taking Time to Step Back & Re-Evaluate Your Role

Eleven months ago, for the first time in 14 years, I stopped working. And for the next six months, I focused on what was truly important in my world.

It was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do. To Step away and have faith that everything would work out – everything work wise, everything financially, and everything that was happening in my world.

But, it was necessary. I had gotten out of balance again.  Personal, family needs pulled at me, work pulled at me, volunteer work pulled, I was failing at everything, and not doing anyone one bit of good.

I looked at my values, at my vision for myself, and realized that I wasn’t meeting any of them. None!

The little voice in my head told me to “stop working”. Articles came across my email and screen that caused me to ask: what would happen? Could I trust God with our world, with meeting our financial needs, if I wasn’t out there doing my part to earn income for our family? (Duh!, silly me.)

I actually fought this a bit. I’m trained to produce, to work. My father expected it from me, my husband expected it from me. I expected it from myself.

But everywhere I turned, it seems I either was being smacked with the pressure of another failure, another missed deadline, or another family need. Then one day the ladies at Living on a Dime sent out this little free ebook called When Queens Ride ByWhen Queens Ride by

Oh how this little story hit me between the eyes.

I was doing and feeling *exactly* like the main character.

I re-read it several times. Kept it near my bedside…

I wanted the message to be true, could it be possible? Of course it was, but still… for me? for us?

I Pondered it.

And discussed what I was considering with my husband.

And finally, I stepped back. No, that’s too gentle. I *dropped* everything. Everything, except my husband and my kids.

I disappeared from the online world for months. My business had no revenue for months. But finally in October I emerged. Revamped my business, and finally I’m here again. Focused on regaining your trust and sharing things I’ve learned along the way.

God took us through and had us covered the entire time. It was necessary. I learned a lot. But, I missed talking with you, my dear reader. I missed sharing things with you. I have 11 months of pictures to remind me of things to share with you in coming months.

And I feel better now. I’m healthier again. And even more importantly, I’m balanced again, and my family is balanced again.

Thank you for your patience and for sticking with me.  It’s a good year, things are coming together in ways that are amazing and I can’t wait to share them with you.

…Shannon

P.S. By the way, if you missed “When Queens Ride By“, I highly suggest the read.  It’s a short, but powerful read, and worth the time. Just click the link or the ebook cover  above and download your free copy.

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3 Responses to Taking Time to Step Back & Re-Evaluate Your Role

  1. Rhonda Murray says:

    Wow, When Queens Ride By. I’m speechless. I need to ‘get this’ in my soul and then in my actions. Sharing with my friends. Wow.

  2. Shannon says:

    Hey Rhonda!! It’s a powerful little story isn’t it. I love how your wording “I need to get this in my soul..” that’s great wording… I needed to do that when I first read it. When tax season is over and your world calms down we should find time to get together :)

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