As I sit in the midst of organizing my office, I am inspired, encouraged, challenged, and even nervous about new beginnings; the beginnings of transitioning from a full-time employee to a self-employed entrepreneur, removing myself from the security of the day to day, and totally walking in faith.

I, like many others, don’t come from prosperous beginnings – no silver spoon in my mouth. Daddy didn’t leave me with a trust fund, and mom for sure didn’t come from a rich family. Instead, the opposite was quite true. Drugs and diligence. My father was addicted to drugs. My mom was a diligent young lady. I was the product of a divorce and remarriage at a very young age, where I still lived with a single parent in a double-parent home.

While dad wasn’t there, mom told me I could. While my father was running the streets, mom showed what hard work, dedication, diligence and encouragement looked like. And both, my mother and my father instilled that I was beautiful, strong and could do whatever I put my mind to.

Last week in church, my pastor said, “don’t despise humble beginnings.” Thank you Pastor Earle for those powerful words. Thank you for walking up my street and speaking directly into the crevices of my soul. Thank you for inspiration and guidance. And most of all, thank you for being my spiritual leader, correcting me when I’m wrong, encouraging me when I doubt, and looking out for my overall well-being.

To all the entrepreneurs, and those thinking about entering into the challenging, yet rewarding, life as an entrepreneur, keep pressing forward, and don’t think twice. Don’t look at what’s in front of you, but depend on Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for and the evidence of things not seen” (Holy Bible). Don’t be discouraged by meager beginnings. Don’t despise your past or your today. Instead, walk in faith, be encouraged, and remember “Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine according to His power that is within you” (Ephesians 3:20, Holy Bible).

I wish you much success.

Live, love, and prosper,
Regina

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