Monday, October 24, 2011

Moms Finding Balance- Guest Post// Lindsay @ DandLs DangLs

{Welcome to our blog series of guest posts from other business-owning moms, to encourage all you other entrepreneurial moms who either already have your own business or those of you who wish you did! We want to inspire you to follow your dream and give you tips along the way for balancing motherhood, your business/creative passions, and the rest of your life! We certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, so that’s why we want to create a community of encouraging moms here on the Blue Ladybug Mamas blog! View the series intro post here!}

Today we welcome Lindsay, a mom of two beautiful toddlers who also creates beautiful jewelry! She is such an inspiration of a woman who is constantly trying to grow as a godly wife and mom even when life is difficult!

Hi! I'm Lindsay, the owner and creator at DandLs DangLs. But much more importantly I am a child of God, a wife to my perfect match, and a momma to two amazing babies. Wow, I am blessed.

Other than making jewelry, I have a tiny addiction to running. And netflix. And squishing and kissing my babies.

DandLs DangLs is my little bead and wire jewelry business. It all started just before babies came along. Money was as it always seems to be - tight. And I was craving some jewelry beyond the simple silver hoops I had from high school. My grandma-in-law, a fellow beaded jewelry fan, suggested making my own. I shared the idea with my sisters and for Christmas of 2007, they bought me starter tools and hooked me up with someone who taught me the basics.

It's been quite the adventure! But it hasn't passed far beyond a hobby right now. I prayerfully considered giving it up recently but decided to stick with it and feel at peace. The plan is to keep up with my little business until the kids are off to school, then pursue it full time. I can't hardly bear the thought of my babies aging even another day but I'll admit I'm a little excited to turn DandLs DangLs into so much more than it is!

A couple of valuable things I've learned -
1. Have a {flexible} schedule. Let's face it, life as a momma can be unpredictable at times. So be okay with focusing on your babes and being a little late to work. You're your own boss so you can! But be sure to have a schedule because without it you'll either work too much or too little.
2. Support. If my man didn't support this endeavor completely, it never would have happened. But at the same time I have to be careful that I don't let it interfere with our time together and ultimately damage our marriage and family. Nothing is worth that.
3. Never compare yourself to anyone else! You are unique, your family is unique, your business is unique. Allow yourself to be inspired by fellow mommy entrepreneurs like Laura and MaryBeth, then do your best and be confident in that!
Thanks so much, ladies, for allowing me to share!

Thanks Lindsay for the great reminder of what's really important!
Find Lindsay online: visit her on facebook, browse her shop, read her blog.

The Giveaway: Lindsay is graciously giving away a $10 shop credit to one lucky reader!
To enter, leave a comment below sharing something you appreciated from what Lindsay had to say! (mandatory)

For additional entries... (leave separate comments- up to 4)
- visit Lindsay's shop and leave a comment here on your favorite item
- Like DandLs DangLs on Facebook
- share this blog post on Facebook

(Be sure there is an email address connected with your comment, or leave it as part of the comment in this format: blueladybugboutique(at)gmail(dot)com, if you would like it be more secure.)

Giveaway open until Thursday night 10/27, 10:00pm EST. Open to US only. Winner is responsible to provide shipping information in a timely manner, or a new winner will be picked.

If you missed the first couple posts-- never fear!-- there is a brand new page on the right hand side of the blog that will take you all the posts from this month! Look for our "Balance" button!


Emily said... [Reply]

I like how she mentioned having a flexible schedule. Too many interruptions to being a mother :-)


Emily said... [Reply]

I like the orange and magnet necklace


angie said... [Reply]

Woot! that's my cousin love u Lindsay your doing so great!

KandS said... [Reply]

Great post!! Love the heart earrings!

Laura said... [Reply]

I like that she reminded me to not compare myself or my family. It's a lesson I've been learning and keep hearing about everywhere I turn! I love that God repeats Himself through so many people- it's like He's saying "Hey- don't miss this! I'll tell you ten times so you don't forget!"

Laura said... [Reply]

I love the Teardrop dangles!

Laura said... [Reply]

I likes DandLs DangLs on FB!

Julee said... [Reply]

I know Lindsay, and I appreciate that she lives what she writes! Blessings to you, Lindsay!