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Ep 1// Reflections and Perspectives for Thriving in a “Working Season”

Updated: Oct 6, 2021



Hey friend, are you in a “working season”? Are you sprinting full speed ahead, hustling towards your goals? Are you trying to navigate, taking steps of progress when all the circumstances aren’t in your favor? Did 2020 leave you spinning, but you’re finally ready to refocus and RISE UP?


In this episode my friend and fellow mompreneur, Brittney Jones, interviewed me and asked me all the juicy questions as I reflected on my experience and perspective from 2020. Let’s just say that “HUSTLE” was the name of the game for me last year. Whew!


And although I’m in a very different season and I cannot wait to fill you in on all that God is teaching me...I want you to know me better and where I’m coming from.


And more than anything, I hope this conversation blesses your heart and leaves you with some encouragement for “pressing on” and showing up as your best self, despite the chaos of external circumstances.


P.S. Be sure to check out all the amazing interviews on Brittney’s podcast, “All My Favorite People”...connect with her on IG @lifejesusstyle and at www.lifejesusstyle.com


Connect with Me at www.NourishingMichelle.com/connect



Full Episode Transcription:

0:01

Hey friend, are you in a working season? Are you sprinting full speed ahead hustling towards your goals? Are you trying to navigate taking steps to progress when maybe all the circumstances are in your favor? Did 2020 leave you spinning but you're finally ready to refocus and rise up.


0:17

In this episode, my friend Brittany Jones interviewed me and asked me all the juicy questions as I reflected on my experience and perspective from 2020. Let's just say hustle was the name of the game for me last year, and although I'm in a really different season this year, I cannot wait to fill you in on all that God is teaching me. I want you to know me better and where I'm coming from, and more than anything, I hope this conversation blesses your heart and leaves you with some encouragement for pressing on and showing up as your best self despite the chaos of external circumstances.


0:51

Welcome back to The Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast, where we get encouraged and empowered to pursue our greatest potential within the walls of our home. Hey, Mama, my name is Michelle Hiatt, and I'm so thankful you're here. Do you feel like your life is good, but something feels unfulfilled? Do you feel stuck in the trenches of motherhood? exhausted and working so hard, but feeling like you're getting nowhere? Do you have big dreams you hold in your heart, but you've been living so long? Are you motivated for more, but don't have the clarity or the courage to do anything about it? Do you want to discover God's best and see if it's really possible to be an excellent wife, and intentional mother and be successful in business, all for the glory of God. As a wife of 16 years, a homeschooling mom of five, and an entrepreneur, I know exactly how you feel every bit of it. I truly believe that the most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home, and that there is purpose in every season. If you are a fellow business minded mama with a heart for home and a love for Jesus, let's process this journey and grow together.


1:56

Thanks, Michelle, for joining me today.


1:58

Thanks for having me. I'm excited.


2:00

Yes, me too. So let's just start off with why I thought you would be a great person to kind of kick off my podcast with I'll let Michelle kind of tell why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself, and then we'll jump into our conversation.


2:18

Yeah, my name is Michelle Hiatt. I'm a stay-at-home work-from-home homeschooling mama of five here in the Orlando area, and I'm on a growth journey, just to be all that God has called me to be and really just loving the process. Yeah, you have to write it is a process.


2:43

Well, I wanted to talk with you especially because as you know, you know, COVID came this year and kind of really threw some people for a loop, myself included. And I kind of took this last year 2022 and the year prior, but a lot this year to really dig into just the word and what I felt like God was calling me to for this upcoming year for 2021. And one of the things that I feel like I was shown is that I kind of let the ball drop this year, I let the pandemic I let COVID I let quarantine kind of stopped me in my tracks. And as I'm scrolling through social media this year, as I'm, you know, attempting to move forward and just move into some sort of normalcy this year, I noticed that you my friend were doing in my opinion, such an excellent job of being consistent and just continuing on and pressing through. And I was so inspired by that. As you know, I reached out to you just a couple of weeks ago, kind of telling you all of this, like I just love that there was no like stopping point, at least from my perspective from you. And so I was hoping you could just share with those people that are listening kind of what where you were mentally at the beginning of all of this. What you feel like God has been showing you this year, just kind of a recap of 2020 for you from your standpoint.


4:29

Yeah, absolutely. This has been quite a year for everybody. And, you know, everybody's response has been different. And I know for me, just like everybody else I remember at the beginning of the year as far as social media is concerned, everybody was just so ready to be over 2019 like bring on 2020 let's do this a new decade. Everybody was pumped up for 2020 and then Coronavirus came and it just left everybody in kind of Chaos and I'll and a huge sense there was just kind of the shaking that happened and how everybody responded It feels like from my perspective there was like two like sides of the spectrum there were those people that like sped up their life sped up and they were just like busier than ever and then there were those that just slowed way down and almost stalled out and just kind of got stuck and so for me, it was a just like everybody started the year off really strong was excited and pumped when one of the goals that I had my husband I had this year was to go on a date night every week that was one of our new big goals that we've been married 16 years now and we've never really done that with five kids. It's not that easy just to get out all the time. One of our goals is to prioritize that and so we were rocking it out on our weekly date nights and I'll never forget this was when things were just starting to get pretty intense with the Coronavirus at this time that's what they called it before COVID for us even COVID we were the restaurant was packed we were actually even sitting at the bar and we're just talking and things were just starting to shut down you could just see this whole thing this whole situation spiraling out of control and we were talking and I was looking at him I was like babe What are we going to do, you know, thinking about our businesses, our family, what are we going to do and he looked at me and he just said the cream always rises to the top. And I understood what he meant because back in 2012 we actually lived in the mountains of North Carolina on 33 acres in the middle of nowhere and we had dairy cows that we melt every day and by we I mean he milked every day and it was a quite an adventure but the point is is that way if you've ever dealt with raw milk if you've ever dealt with like raw fresh dairy you know that if you'd let it sit the cream rises to the top there's so much so that there's a distinct line you can see the visible difference between the cream and the milk and it's just it's in that settling that that's where the cream rises and I just felt like okay, we need to settle in and this is our time to rise up I just felt like it was time to step up and to continue what the Lord had put on my heart the path that I had, but even to to amp it up because I just felt like it was the right thing to do and so that was kind of that encompasses every area of my life as a wife as a mother in business kind of the perspective and the response that I had initially but don't get me wrong there was a there was a big shaking that happened I mean we understood from the beginning before there was even that the phrase new normal which I hate that by the way same I was actually saying that before it was even the thing I was like guys wake up like this is going away everybody was kind of in vacation mode, everything shut down and went into quarantine right at the time of spring break so everybody was really kind of embracing it and just in vacation mode and chilling out me know guys like this is not the time to let your guard down. This is not the time to go to sleep This is a time to wake up to step up and to rise up and so that is just after we initially kind of felt shook and you know, there's just a trembling that happens when you are a business owner when you're an entrepreneur and you have businesses that you're running and children that you're feeding there's it's a big deal. But all in all, that was kind of our response. And one thing that's just talking about the whole milk analogy and thinking about that, it's got to bring this up because when we lived in that homesteading season, I also was making homemade butter, right and I'll never forget the first time I made it. I didn't know what I was doing. I did a YouTube video but I literally took and ladle the cream off very carefully into a mason jar. And the first time I ever made it, we just shook the jar and that's how you make butter. You literally take the cream and you agitate it, you shake it up, and the butter separates, you know from the buttermilk and you end up with butter, it changes form it changes shape. But as precious as the cream is with all of its good fats and vitamins and minerals. The butter is even more precious, you know. And so I just believe all in all that through the shaking through the agitation that this year has brought. This is our time as women of faith as believers, as entrepreneurs, as mothers as fathers as husbands, as brothers as sisters, as all of it. This is a hard time that we can rise up and make something beautiful even through the shaking. If we just kind of embrace the process, you know?


9:47

Yes, I do know, I need not to like take away any of the big things from that that you just said but I actually made butter at the beginning of quarantine myself. I've never done it before. It was like something fun and new to do. And it's such a great analogy because, you're right like that the agitation like I'm thinking about it in in the season right now, you know, it's just gotten cold here in Florida. And you know, we've had to prune back some trees so that they can grow here in the spring, when, when the works in the sun comes back. So I love that I love the idea of, you know, unrest and unsettled for the purpose of something really good. So talk to me a little bit about how you persisted with your businesses, specifically, because of our podcast, this podcast is going to be for entrepreneurs, for sure. It's definitely something that I want to talk about. But, you know, you actually started a business in the middle of a pandemic. So you want to tell me a little bit about that? Yeah.


10:57

Yeah, so to be straight up, when all this happened, like my husband was, we were, we understood the gravity of the situation. And we understood that this was not just like a little thing that was going to go away that this had huge repercussions. And that was gonna be felt for a long, long time. And so understanding the bigger picture from the beginning, we were just like, Oh, my goodness. And initially, we kind of thought our income is like, it's gone, like, what are we going to do? What are we going to do? Right? And so I believe, though, in every situation, it's just an opportunity for growth, right? And I think that's how we have to look at it as entrepreneurs, we have to look at every challenge, every struggle, every situation and say, How can we grow? Where's the opportunity in this? Because there is opportunity if you look for it. And so I'm in that mindset of thinking, like, what are we going to do? How can I help like, it felt like more important than ever, that I step up and do the things that I'm doing? I was walking on the driveway one day and kind of praying about it. And I just thought, I'm going to start handcrafting liposomal vitamin C. So it was just one of those things, I was looking at the situation. I thought, All right, everybody is struggling right now there's a lot of fear. And there's a lot of concern, understandably so with COVID. Vitamin C is one of the most important things that we all need. This is a solution to what other people need, this is something essential, right. And everything is just boiling things down to what is essential, and what's most important, but there was nobody else in all of Orlando doing anything like that. And for my family, it was getting hard to come by, I was trying to order vitamin C and stock up for my own kid. And I couldn't find a good source, I couldn't get it in a timely manner. So I just thought, Hey, I'm gonna make this handcraft this for my family, it's fresh, it's pure, there's nothing else like it. And I'm going to offer to the community of Orlando. And at that time, I thought that it could potentially save a life. Honestly, if you understand what it is and how it works, I really thought that this is going to be really helpful to other people, this is going to meet a need, this is going to support people, well, not just my family, but those that I'm in contact with. And I really thought Oh man, this is a great idea. This is gonna, like go viral and nobody else was doing it. And it didn't exactly work out like that. Oh my goodness. But that was like the initial thought. And it was spurred out of it for us a deep necessity. Like, I honestly thought when I started this business, this could be putting food on the table for my family, you know, and that necessity never ended up that was never the case or the need for it think the Lord. But I think as entrepreneurs, we have to think like this, too. There's just such a balance because I'm a big believer in a lot of senses as pick one thing and go all in, you know, if you chase two rabbits, you're not going to catch any of them. A lot of times you can get spread too thin, especially as a woman because if you're a wife and your mom, you're already spread thin, you're already juggling all the things. And so when you add multiple businesses in there, it can get complex, and it can hinder your performance and your productivity and the success in that. So typically, I wouldn't advise having two businesses that you're actively growing and building. But that's what I did anyway. And it was hard, really, really hard. It's been hard. But it's been an incredible, incredible journey. Because when again, just understanding in this season, the value of having multiple streams of income, my husband is always like, Man, it's better to have a bunch of times if you know, just put me in a picture, then just a couple because you can just see what bites and what works, you know. So that was just kind of something that started on a whim and really spurred out of COVID and just that, that whole thing.


14:40

Yeah, you know, they say that invention is built out of necessity. So like you find a problem and then you solve it and now you've essentially invented something and while you may not have invented vitamin C, that's so great. Like I love that you looked at well, I personally looked at it as a huge challenge and a barrier to continuing business and keeping that momentum going. I love that you saw it as a challenge and an opportunity. And I think that's really what was most inspiring to me. Just watching you kind of pull that off in the season was, you know, I took a little note out of your notebook and was like, Okay, I can be like, Michelle, I can keep going, you know, but here's the thing, this is the thing I have to just say so much is that, like, when I look back at 2020, I feel really proud of how I showed up, I feel really proud of my response. And I'm thankful for that. Because I know that it was what I was supposed to do. But everybody's different. And this is the whole thing is that you have to know your seas