The Struggle of A Christian Entrepreneur Part 2

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If you haven’t read part one you can do so here.

Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint hearted, especially when you are in the minority. The majority of the population are living according to the world’s system, which says a 9-5 job is the best and only way to live and have security.  Now, before you accuse me of bashing those that work a 9-5, take a breath. I have worked since the age of 14 doing various jobs including cleaning, retail and silver service.  I would be up at 5:00am ready to go and clean offices and toilets, with my aunt, for two hours every day before heading to school.  I understand what it means to work, and for all of my adult life I have worked a 9-5 job; I’m definitely not against hard work. However, I am against working hard at a job that you are not passionate about or that has nothing to do with what you are passionate about, for the sake of having security or out of fear. If you are doing a 9-5 job, you love it, it’s your dream and you believe that it is what you were put on earth to do, then wonderful! I truly mean that, keep doing what you’re doing. I just know that a 9-5 is not for me, I need the time and financial freedom to do what God is calling me to do and I know that a 9-5 job is not going to allow me to do that.untitled (8)

You see, just because we (entrepreneurs) don’t stand in a pulpit or quote Bible verses on Facebook, does not make us any less spiritual or passionate about our relationship with God.  If anything because of this my relationship with God has deepened; I recognise my need for him even more and my responsibility to keep him first and a priority. Like I said, if you have known me long enough, you will know that my purpose and passion has always been to do missions work and to encourage women all over the world.  The fact that I now have the opportunity to do so, and self-fund myself as an entrepreneur with this company, is an open door from God. The fact that I can also bless my friends and family by saving them money on 4 & 5* dream vacations/holidays, if they choose to take advantage of it, is a bonus.

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1) I Make time for God. I wake up every morning at 5:00am to spend time seeking God and then I plan my days activities. The network marketing industry in particular, is tough and can be self consuming.  This is the most important part of my day. God first!

2) Spend time with family and friends when possible. When you are focused on your dream everyone won’t understand the amount of time you put into it and may even think you don’t care about them anymore.  Yes, work hard and stay focused but do your best to also make time for those you care about even if it’s one day. If your family and friends really know you they will understand and even support you.  Keep the doors of communication open.

3) Surround yourself with people on the same mission as you and with those that encourage and believe in you;

4) Manage your time wisely. If it’s not taking you closer to your purpose or dream becoming a reality, why are you doing it? As I write this I am going into my second week of watching no television (a big sacrifice for me lol). However, me watching television is not getting me any closer to my dream. This applies to relationships and any other social activities.

5) Have a day off (even God rested);

6) Stay focused, NEVER quit and work hard.

I appreciate that not all of my followers are Christians. This post is really to encourage all of us to make sure that whatever we’re doing we are doing it for the right reasons. Whether you have a faith or not, the intention of every human heart should be to serve and give to others and not for selfish gain. Even if our purposes differ we should respect and honour the call of God on each other’s lives and even go a step further and show support and interest. Ultimately everything I do is to bring glory to God. That is, and always will be, my first intention and goal.

imagesK6DX36A3If you’re an entrepreneur, I salute you because it’s not easy. If you are a female entrepreneur, big kudos to you for doing everything else that is expected of a woman and still finding the time to run a business. If you are a faith-believing, female entrepreneur, in the network marketing industry, I bow down to you lol. If your experience is anything like mine, I know it’s not easy. But I commend you for going against the tide, being brave enough to stand alone sometimes and committing to the purpose, vision and dream God has placed on your life.

Are you a female entrepreneur? Do you find that there is conflict between your faith and your Network Marketing business? Has your experience been positive or negative? How do you balance everything? I’d love to hear your feedback, please comment below.

Leancia 🙂 x

I died in 2013 but I’m ready to live in 2015…Happy New Year!

 

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As I prepare to enter a new year I reflect on the previous year and everything that has occurred, I think about why I didn’t achieve the things I wanted, why I made the choices and decisions I did and why my relationship with God, family and friends is where it is.

I generally don’t make new years resolutions because I don’t keep them so I decided a few years ago that I would set time specific goals with a written action plan for each goal.  I’m one of those people that loves to see a checked off to do list, it’s such a thrill for me and makes my heart so happy (it’s the little things, don’t judge me). I do have very specific goals in regards to my faith, business, health and relationships but the below goals are the fundamental foundations that all of the above will derive from. My goals for 2015 can be summarised in four simple statements:

  • To be true to who I am;
  • To demonstrate love;
  • To serve more and
  • To keep moving towards my purpose and dreams.

As the whole world begins making new year resolutions I am thinking about how to make sure I don’t die this year? I’m asking myself what do I need to do to stay alive and not be one of the many walking dead in the world today (this short spoken word explains what I mean, please watch before you proceed).

untitled (6)So, 2015 is finally here and I don’t know about you but I am so thankful that I am alive to see it, God hasn’t finished with me yet…whoop!! You see something in me died in 2013 and in 2014 Leancia came back to life like never before; now that 2015 is finally here I am ready to really live. You see, my life and your life is not a dress rehearsal and I intend to make 2015 the best year yet and continue to become a better version of who I was always meant to be. My hope is that everyone reading this chooses to make every minute of 2015 fabulous!

So, have you set any goals for 2015? What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year? What do you need to do differently this year to get you closer to your goal? I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a comment. untitled (5)

I want to take this time to wish all my friends, family and fellow bloggers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Love, joy & blessings for 2015

Leancia 🙂 x

 

 

 

Ooops I did it AGAIN!

So, two weeks ago I took on the epic challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon, the highest point in England and Wales.  I knew that it was going to be difficult but I didn’t fathom how difficult.  I had spoken to a few friends who had told me they had done it when they were kids, and if I’m honest I thought, ‘it can’t be that bad then!’…It was that bad.

Anyway, in my post called ‘5’1 woman climbing Snowdon’ I explained the reason behind my climb which was to raise money for my mission trip to Uganda where I will be building a school for children in the area of Mbale.  I believe every child should have the opportunity of an education regardless of where they live or their social economic background.

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The amazing views & me 🙂

As I was climbing there was more than one occasion that I literally wanted to quit and turn around, as we got closer to the top the conditions got worst and by the half way point I was exhausted and about ready to turn around or ask one of my team members to give me a piggy back lol.  Once I did reach the top, the sense of relief was incredible!! I was so proud of myself and the team for achieving such a great task for an awesome cause…to see children educated.  We couldn’t see much at the top as the cloud cover was very thick, however the views as we climbed were simply breath taking, all I could think was ‘God you are the best artist.’  To think that someone was so intentional about creating mountains, streams and lakes so beautifully and with such detail blew my mind (the pictures you see do not do justice to what we saw in reality).

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Snowdon view

In hindsight I feel very thankful that I got to experience what I did with the people that I did; the team really made this climb bearable and fun.  I also realised how powerful the mind is; my body was telling me ‘you can’t do this anymore’ but my mind and spirit was telling me something totally different.  I had to keep my ‘why’ at the forefront of my mind as I climbed. Why was I putting myself through this? Because I have a value that says ‘make a difference in someone else’s life.’  It is occasions and moments like these that I reflect on my life and realise what really matters, that I’m living my life for a purpose bigger than myself.  There is a brilliant song by William McDowell that says: “My life is not my own, to you I belong I give myself, I give myself away…”  This is a great reminder to me, that in everything I do I do for the purpose and pleasure of Jesus and people are his pleasure.  So even though I could barely walk and pretty much every inch of my body hurt, the pain is the physical and outward display of an adventure, goal and mountain (literally), that I met and conquered. I did it again. What? I set myself a goal and beat it!

Thank you to every single person that has encouraged me, showed support and sponsored me. I know I keep saying it but truly, I couldn’t be more grateful.  It means so much to have people in my life that practically demonstrate belief in my dreams and passions. Your generosity is overwhelming.

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The team at the top of Mount Snowdon

I leave for Uganda on the 14th May for 15 days, I still have quite a bit to raise but I am very hopeful I can meet and even beat my target.  The full amount for my trip needs to be paid by the 7th May so if you would like to donate please go to my giving page: virginmoneygiving.com/leanciadonaldson. All monies go straight to the charity and there is also an option to donate via PayPal.

So yes, I did it again I set myself a goal and I achieved it…whoop! Here is a short video of the climb for your entertainment, hope you enjoy it 🙂

Once again…thank you for your support.

Leancia x