Change + Growth

Two weeks ago, Matt got let go from his job. Not enough hours for him, they said. It was a shock, as we didn’t see it coming in the slightest. But, I believe everything happens for a reason, and Matt always has a great attitude on life. Of course, we had to work through all of the emotions. Dang-that was so tiring. I have never realized how draining emotions can be. But, as we did, we now see this as an opportunity. And, as I look back over the past couple of weeks, it’s really interesting. Even though it hit hard, it’s what is meant for us, and new opportunities are opening up everywhere.

When Matt first came home and told me, the first thing I did was send out an email saying , “Nikki has expanded availability next week!” I cannot express my gratitude enough that you all have supported me, filled my schedule, rallied around me over the past two years so that I am where I am today. To have the ability to send out an email in two minutes, to let people know that I have availability, and then the fact that it ALL filled in? Amazing. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Each time you come into the office, send me a message, leave me a review, leave a comment, say something nice, and really just support me in anyway, means so much to me as a small business owner. You are directly affecting mine and my family’s life. Thank you for believing in me and making my dream possible.

Shortly after I sent that email, I had a thought. “What if this is God telling you, ‘Alright Nikki, this is your time to fly..’?” Whoa! That was a crazy thought. Here’s the thing. I love my job so much, and dream BIG. At times, I resent my kids, because I can’t put in the time I wish I had to this business. So, things take a little longer than expected. Recently, I’ve calmed down, loved on my kids, stopped blaming them, and enjoyed the process. Because I’m not willing to give up my days at home with them to work full time. So why was I resenting them? It’s not their fault. But then Matt got laid off. And I had that thought. And I was like now?!! I mean Matt and I have a dream that I will be the main bread winner someday…but that some day is in like 5 years. I’m not ready NOW. It made me think, made me appreciate the extra days I was given to work, and to push beyond my comfort zone. I have been taking all of this seriously, but now, I am up-leveling and taking it even more seriously.

You may have seen that I have been looking to hire another massage therapist. I have been looking, putting up ads, posting on Facebook, and talking to people about this all summer. I wasn’t finding one and then guess what? Two days after Matt got let go, I get a call from a woman looking to fill the position. Not only that, but she wants more hours then what I was advertising. Coincidence? I think not. Also, she is exactly what I’m looking for, hungry to learn, excited to grow. I hired her last weekend. Then, I hired another receptionist this week. Encompass is now a team of five. If you would have told me that in December, I don’t know if I would have believed you.

I am tearing up as I write this. Three weeks ago, we were plugging away in our life, in our routine, content to keep going as we had. God had other plans for us. And even if we don’t know exactly where Matt will be working, or how everything will sift out, He will provide. Dream big, my friends, and when something happens that knocks you on your back, maybe it’s happening for you. Maybe, just maybe, it’s God saying “here you go, you asked for this, take off.”

Change isn’t always easy, growth can be weird. But it’s worth it. It’s worth it.