Hope you'll enjoy this blog by Melissa:
When Michelle first opened Love n' Life, I was working full time as a Dental Assistant. I had been an assistant for 17 years. That career had been what I had known for much of my adult life. That was who I was...a Dental Assistant. I absolutely loved working in the dental field. I was able to be creative, to a certain degree. I loved my patients and enjoyed putting smiles on their faces. There is a ton of stress involved with that career as well...All Dental Assistants are perfectionists. I mean, we are creating smiles for people...sometimes literally changing the way their smiles appear to others. We are people pleasers for sure!! It was our job to make everyone happy and comfortable in a not so comfortable place.
I began coming to the store after I would get off from work. I’d help Michelle with product placement, and brainstorm ideas with her for the store and the Brand of Love n’ Life. I felt so much better every time I would end my days here… I would leave more peaceful and relaxed after just a couple of hours of being creative and in a positive place .In November of 2016 Michelle asked if I would like to join her full time here at the store! I was so excited, but also VERY nervous and a little scared to leave what I was so comfortable and good at doing. I mean, when you are comfortable, confident, and secure in a position; and then have a wonderful opportunity presented to you that is new and exciting, but also something you’ve never done, it can be a little scary.
In January 2017 I took the leap of Faith and joined her at Love n’ Life. It was going to be perfect!! I had prayed about it, and I knew I was making the right choice.
Within the first five months of 2017, my oldest son had four more lung collapses (he had had one the previous year with no more complications, so we all thought we were in the clear) two lung surgeries, numerous nights in an ER, and weeks of hospital stay. In May of 2017, my husband fell 35 feet while at work and crushed his right leg. He had four major surgeries within the first week, followed by numerous weeks and weeks in the hospital, another surgery, physical therapy appointments, I mean the list just goes on and on! That first year was not working out ANYTHING like I had envisioned it to be.
But…. We like to say “But God” around here… But God knew where I needed to be in this season of my life.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no doubt that my Dental family would have helped and supported me with whatever I may have needed during that time. I, however, would have been a complete mess over not being able to be at work, and I would have drove myself crazy (crazier then I was feeling already!) and there would have been a feeling of guilt for not being able to be there. I already felt guilty for not being here at the store with my sister. But God!! Without Him nudging me out of my comfort zone I wouldn’t have made the leap of Faith. And to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have relied on Him as much as I did during that storm. I had put all of my trust in Him when I made the decision to leave the Dental field, and at first...yeah, I was a little mad. But, when I removed myself from the “storm” and looked at it from a different perspective, I was right where I needed to be.
I thank Him for that.
If you missed last weeks message from Michelle, you can find it here: