8 years ago, I started Oh, Sweet Joy! as a little handmade shop on Etsy. The Lord has been so good and faithful to grow the brand into what it is today through His grace and my hard work, despite my bent towards making it about me. Through seasons of stepping back, stopping completely when it was clearly an idol in my life, jumping back in when I felt God say, “go” and then transitioning into an online boutique, I’ve learned what it means to have open hands with my business (though it’s been messy and ugly at times).
Last night, I couldn’t sleep because I had such anxiety that my Spring Collection would be a bust (because real talk? Last year’s was a complete bust). I fell asleep praying that He would be glorified and begging that He wouldn’t let me try to find my identity in numbers and sales. This morning I woke up with such peace (until Owen woke up crying ;) ) and excitement instead of anxiety. He’s so faithful.
I’ve also learned that His giftings are not a mistake and that just because it has to do with something fun & trivial like fashion, doesn’t mean it's not life-giving or that He can’t be glorified. He is glorified when we trust our giftings, our talents, our skill-sets and put them to work for His glory.
What an honor to launch my Spring Collection to y'all with excitement and peace. I hope this collection is inspiring to you and that you find a piece or two that makes you feel beautiful.