Cup of Encouragement – Hustle, Party of One


Party of One

Hustling in business is an art form. It’s not sporadic or out of control. Each step, motion, or choice is calculated. Winging it can only get you so far. There has to be an end goal in mind. A central vision has to be declared and established. Otherwise, you’ll start spinning in too many directions. What you wanted to create will get messy.

I’ve spent the last week pondering. In between making meals, packing bags, making lists, washing clothes, and traveling…I have been in a serious conversation with myself. I entered the boardroom (of my mind) and attended MANY meetings. Some went well and many others ended without any resolution being produced. Lots of ideas were tossed about as I was aiming to create the foundation I wanted to build on.

The one thing that was established very early is that it takes HUSTLE to get this work produced. No one else is writing down the words I say on this blog, Facebook, or Instagram. It’s me. A party of one. It takes a major amount of hustle in order to get the work done. This last week I had to remain steadfast on forming my goals.

The most wonderful part of this whole thing that I’m building is that the work has been enjoyable. It is exciting, thrilling, and awesome that I get to create content through videos and images…AND I get to share it with friends. I love it. I’m going to keep at it, as the ideas keep coming forth. I also pray that God will use me for His purpose in all these things. I want to be a source of encouragement for you all, through the silly, the everyday, and tough stuff. It’s my goal.

Whatever it is that you are working on, I know that you realize that the hustle is going to have to come from YOU. Ideas are great, right? But YOU will have to do the work. YOU will have to push. YOU will have to keep on keep’n on. Just keep on brainstorming. Set up time for those inner meetings of your mind, your inner board room. Meet with people who have experience with what you want to accomplish. Gather information, read articles, and keep at the hustle.

God has a plan and you got the hustle.

-Erin AKA CoffeeMamaBear

Cup of Encouragement – Failure & Fear

Failure & Fear

Failure. Not an encouraging word, right? It sparks images of disappointment and feelings of self doubt. Moments of personal failure have risen up out your memory and the fear that you felt with those moments too. Don’t stay there too long. Come back to the present with me and hang on to your seat.

Failure is a part of EVERYONE’S journey. Are you a person? BOOM. You’ve had some type of failure. Failure in school, with friends, in your job, in your business, or a tough spot in your relationship with your kids or your spouse. Want to know something? I have had failure in every area I have just mentioned. There were obstacles, heartbreak, missed goals, and doubt. Yet, even with that list of failures, I still see hope. I can still see opportunity.

When the failure comes, it hits hard. There’s a lot of muck to wade through and fear is often a constant companion. It takes a while to have the DESIRE to stand up on your own two feet. I get it. I want you to know that your feelings are valid, but one thing I cannot be remiss in stating is that YOU CAN SUCCEED AGAIN. LIFE changing moments often stem from set backs and missed goals. If you get out of your seat and start to chase down your goals again… YOU CAN SUCCEED.

Past failures do not define your future…they REFINE YOUR FUTURE. Knowledge of better choices, a wealth of information gained, and wise wisdom can follow you now. Embrace that awesome part of you!

Now, start running.

-Erin aka Coffee Mama Bear