Grit doesn’t come easy. In fact, you get to earn it before you can ever hope to befriend it. Seventeen years ago (read full story here) we did what few mothers and daughters would ever consider – we started a business together. We set ourselves on a path to collaborate and utilize our skills, knowledge and ideas in a unique way, certain that our creativity and insatiable curiosity would carry us forward easily. It appeared pretty straight-forward to us. Create it and then sell it! Success was all we could see – it looked like a shiny penny just waiting for us to claim it.
We weren’t afraid of the risks we were about to take. We believed our business would lead us to our big dreams and our best lives. Well it’s a good thing that optimism is a great initiator. We were about to learn some tough lessons and be tested in ways we hadn’t anticipated.
In 1999 we launched our business with a line of art-based greeting cards, printing an initial run of 10,000 cards. Within six months we were in deep trouble because we actually didn’t have the knowledge or resources to market them properly. In shock, embarrassed, and feeling like failures we had to pivot quickly.
The learning curve was about to get serious.
Over the next ten years we developed and provided custom design projects, custom art-based workshops, journal kits for spas… we even took on house painting to stay afloat. We were learning and developing our skills, becoming great at them – even though we didn’t acknowledge that to ourselves.
We had periods of success and feeling really creative – but it didn’t last and we certainly knew we couldn’t go on like this indefinitely. We still carried our original dream to create a business that could grow and sustain us, but we felt like we were wandering further away from it. So why didn’t we quit?
Well there is a difference between simply being stubborn and hanging onto an ill-fated idea or knowing that re-directing your ideas and skills, continuous learning, and re-inventing yourself can lead you to what you have been journeying toward. We fell into the latter category. Even though our confidence had taken a major beating, our inner ‘pioneering spirit’ always stayed strong and resilient. We had developed GRIT or GRIT had found its way to us. Either way, we still KNEW that there was something far-reaching we could make of our lives. We were determined to discover it. Prairie Girl Outpost is our it.
Given the challenging times we’re living in, we know many of you are facing your own humbling and difficult situations. Could be you’re dealing with a lack of clarity about the direction you’re heading in, or maybe you’re feeling a little worn down bringing your dreams to life. Let us say this to you – these times you’re living through are meant to build you into the person who has the strength and perseverance to create and build your biggest life vision. This is GRIT. Befriend it. And draw upon it because it chooses the pioneers who walk among us. And that means YOU.
We encourage you to read our story HERE,there is something to be said about all the ways in which GRIT finds us – let us know your thoughts!