Seasons of Change

stormIt’s storm season in Oklahoma. A few days ago some places in our state experienced hail the size of baseballs! Having lived in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas all of my life, thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes are a fact of life. They’re an expected part of the season, just like snow in winter and triple-digit temperatures in summer.

Life has seasons, too. Young married life gives way to a season of babies and toddlers. (That season lasted about 25 years for me!) Gradually it changes to life with kids, then teens and eventually grown children. Then we watch the cycle repeat with our own children.

As much as we’d like for things to stay the same, they don’t. My younger children don’t have the same life at home that the older children had, and that’s not a bad thing. Even if I did everything exactly the same, it would be different. Our family structure shifts as children grow up and leave home, and everyone grows and changes personally.

Six years ago when I lost nine sizes with T-Tapp, that started a ball rolling that eventually led to me becoming a T-Tapp Trainer to share it with others. With two preschoolers at home, I wasn’t interested in traveling or being gone much, so I explored the possibilities of working at home online. It proved to be a great solution, as I was able to homeschool, be mostly at home and still build a business to benefit our family.

Fast-forward to today. Our youngest child is finishing first grade and we have “only” five children at home, with the oldest a senior in high school next year. Grandbabies are in and out along with their parents, we’re still homeschooling and it’s a good life.

Seasons change in a business, too. It’s been very interesting to me that having a business has required more honesty with myself than anything I’ve done besides mothering. I haven’t had a grand business plan, it has grown and changed with me.

Currently it’s in a season of change, as I’ve been working with a Social Media company for a few months in addition to my own website. Recently Boom! Social offered me an increased opportunity working with online business owners in a new training program. It means doing the things that I love: writing, speaking, answering questions and teaching, bringing in mindset and the power of thoughts and attitude. I’ll still be at home and I’m excited about the work.

If you’ll read between the lines in the hundreds of posts on my blog, you’ll see that “how we think” is a common thread. I’ve known for a long time that there was more for me to share than recipes and exercise tips, although that will continue to be a part of what I offer. I’m not going anywhere and the website will remain, with new posts added regularly although usually once a week rather than twice.

I’m so used to sharing with you what’s going on in our family that it was natural for me to tell you the story. Like all stories and seasons, it might shift and change as time passes so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

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20 Comments

  1. How exciting! I’ll miss your bi-weekly posts. I’m on the adventure of regaining health and finding my former smaller size. Sometimes, your midweek post is what helps me drag my body out of bed and T-Tapp. I’ll continue to read your early posts for inspiration. Thank you!

    1. I’m glad that the posts have encouraged you! Be sure to create some rewards for yourself to keep thinking positively about your T-Tapp!

  2. I love how you are able to weave so many things in one thought and your intake on seasons in life is a good example of that. I am happy with reading you every two weeks as I could never figure out HOW you could accomplish so much plus the newsletter, which anyone can see requires long hours.

    E-commerce is definitely a niche in growth and I am glad that you will be on that train. May you continue to reep the fruit of your hard worked seeds.

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Lourdes! I get most things done ten minutes here, ten minutes there, lol!

  3. Thank you, Charlotte & congratulations! I ALWAYS benefit from your newsletters & will continue to read whatever you offer. May the Lord continue to bless you & your family in this new adventure!

  4. Congrats on your new venture. What a wonderful opportunity to build on what you have already achieved.

    My business partner and I have been prayer partners for 22 years and started our business more than 11 years ago in our homes. God has blessed as we’ve prayed, worked and stepped out in faith.

    He rewards faithfulness, Charlotte. May you continue to enjoy the rich reward of faithfulness as you work for His glory.

    1. I appreciate that, Elizabeth. You are blessed indeed to have a wonderful friend who joins you in prayer and work!

  5. Congratulations Charlotte on everything, may the Lord give you wisdom and everything else you need in all that you do. I am encouraged and challenged by your good attitudes and thoughts towards change, I am not a fan of them 🙁 during the last 14 months our family has gone through a LOT of BIG changes, (and we’re not finished yet) – due to the circumstances the beginning of this whole thing was really hard, but we are now very happy and exited to see what the Lord has in store for us!!! It’s still not always easy, so I really appreciate you words of encouragement and I look forward to someday learn to expect those changes, like you do:)

    1. Joseph Garlington said “God closes one door and opens another, but it’s hell in the hallway.” It’s in the “hallway” that we learn lessons of obedience and faith and gratefulness. Blessings to you and your family during this season of change.

  6. Congratulations on another new adventure! You inspire (and spur me on) tremendously. I am especially keen on watching you grow your business! At the risk of sounding like a ‘crazy fan’ – I am always curious as to how you do what you do – whether in health, home and family and business. Thanks for being an inspiring woman who shares herself with the world!

  7. I very excited for you. How wonderful for you to be able to follow your passions. I appreciate what you do. ;).

    Blessings,

    Kristin F

  8. I am a homeschooling mom of 11. Married 29 yrs to my wonderful husband and am 46. Starting back on t tapp…..you are a few years older than me….. I see you as that older women mentoring me to be more like Christ…. A better wife and better mom. THANK YOU!

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