Entrepreneurship is allowing many women in South Carolina to make an income for their families. One of our own SoCarolina ladies is proving she is a Real Woman living a Real Life. Meet Kim Atwood and listen as she shares her story with us!
A journey is defined as “a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time.” I am finding that reaching my place in ministry is taking a rather long time.
Over the last decade, I’ve been blessed to work a combination of several jobs that allowed me the flexibility to be at home with my kids and also brought in the income we needed. Sounds perfect, huh? But something, for me, was missing.
I knew God was calling me to write and speak to young girls – but I couldn’t find the time to do it. If you’ve ever worked more than one part-time job at once, you know that two, or even three, part-time jobs end up consuming more of your time than a full-time job.
In my quest to solve this dilemma, I have been detoured and delayed… much like a family road trip. Every time you think you are making good time, someone needs to take a potty break. A tire goes flat. Construction traffic or weather delays prevent progress. Sound familiar?
My husband and I have accrued some unexpected medical bills in the last few years, and I was lying in bed one night trying to figure out how to pay those off faster. I remembered that my friend sells Initials, Inc. – a line of purses, bags, gifts and accessories with free personalization. It’s a new company – started in 2005 – by a pair of sisters who were in a similar situation. They were prayerfully seeking a way to have an income while still focusing on the things they felt most important. I decided to sign up – I already love the products, and I could work just a little each month and bring in extra money for those bills. Perfect.
You’re probably wondering what that has to do with my ministry goals… hang with me, I’m getting there. J
After a few recent setbacks in my ministry pursuits, I was feeling very frustrated. Bryan and I were talking on vacation last week about how I could make the money we need me to make and still have the time to focus on my writing and my ministry.
The VERY NEXT DAY, I was accidentally included on some emails from my Initials, Inc. director about leadership training I signed up for (which I didn’t). The messages detailed how the training (it’s FREE!) will allow me to grow my business and increase my earning potential in a very short amount of time.
Now, you may think that’s coincidence. But I went in to Initials, Inc. thinking I just wanted to make a little extra for some bills, and by “accident”, I found that I could, without investing much more time, really make this work for me. I believe God has given me a path – a road – that will bring me the income I need AND allow me the time to focus on my ministry goals. My Holy GPS just shouted “Turn right ahead!”
Does your story sound a little – or a lot – like mine? Do you feel God calling you to something, but don’t know how to find the time or financial freedom to pursue it? I want to encourage you to press in and hang in there.
We live in an amazing time – there are so many opportunities for us, as women, to work from home, to contribute to our family’s financial needs AND be with our kids AND pursue our God-given dreams.
The Word tells us that when we don’t know what to do, all we have to do is call on God and He’ll answer us! Ask God to show you the answer. To be your GPS and show you the most direct path to your destination. The answer may be something you’re already plugged in to.
And share your dreams – and detours – with us here. Let us pray with you. This is an amazing forum for support and accountability.
And if, by chance, you’re interested in learning more about how Initials, Inc. works or want to check out what I’m doing, please “Like” my page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kim-Atwood-Independent-Creative-Partner-for-Initials-Inc/420984761280870 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May God bless you and make the path on YOUR unique journey in ministry clear and congestion free!
Kim Atwood is a wife and mother, a sister and daughter, a working woman,cook, housekeeper, boo-boo kisser, chauffeur, school project fixer, Pinterest lover. The list goes on, and probably sounds a lot like yours! Kim and her husband Bryan are blessed with three amazing children – one son and two daughters. Kim’s family is everything to her. Look for more from Kim in the future as she shares about being an entrepreneur and more here on our website.