24 Jan Podcast Episode Number 4: How to Say I DO
Do you know how to say I do? Are you struggling to find a balance between your calling and your business? Or do you feel you have to choose one over the other? In this episode, we will explore how to find the perfect balance…
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Hello there and welcome to another episode of the Teach Your Easy podcasts with Catherine Storing. Thank you so much for subscribing. I’m getting your messages. I’m so excited that the podcast is resonating with you. If you’re a brand new to the podcast, welcome. My name is Catherine Storing, and this is the podcast for amazing, powerful, anointed, all kinds of fine, Godly women that have an interest or already have a fantastic business and are looking to grow and want to learn more about business. But they don’t have to worry or wanna worry about profanity, or weird teachings or anything that’s going to be out of alignment with their faith, beliefs or even having to worry about the content that’s going to be shared if their kids are in the car. I promise that, yes, I’m going to get a little wacky from time to time, but I am going to be sharing with you sound biblical principles that you can apply in your business. How does that sound? Okay, awesome.
So, thank you so much, every Thursday you get brand new spanking episodes where I share with you things that, God has put in my heart or things that I have seen on my social media, questions that I received. So please do me a favor, follow me on Twitter, send me a message via @ Cat Storing and let me know what questions you have about kingdom and business. Okay? awesome. Let’s get started today with the podcast episode.
Today we’re talking about calling and business, your calling, and your business. And this is something that I know a lot about because I used to struggle with that. You let me know if this is something that you used to struggle with, or you still struggle with today.
Often times we feel that we have to choose one or the other, “Oh my God, I have to be all about the business, and I cannot mix my faith with my business.” Actually, one of my first coaches told me that, “Catherine, I can tell that you feel very strongly about this faith thing, but you might want to tone down that Jesus talk and you might have to, you might not want to tell people that you’re a Christian. Like just keep it on the down low and it just didn’t feel right, but I didn’t know how to, how to successfully incorporate my business and my ministry.
I’m just straight talk. I’m telling you what happened. So, for years I had this dance where I will be too churchy, too Christian if you will, or too businessy and I couldn’t figure it out how to put them together. Like I struggle and I didn’t have any leaders in my life at the time that could model it for me or even help me in my quest to be a kingdompreneur. I just didn’t have that and eventually, I just went to God and said, “Listen, I need help. Can you send me somebody, anybody that can help me match this thing, marry this thing?”
Because my heart’s desire is that I can be authentic. I don’t have to hit people over the head with my faith. I don’t have to be churchy, but I want to be authentic. I want to be the type of person that when you meet me, you’re like, “Oh my God, you sound exactly the same. You look exactly the same. You talk exactly the same because it’s real because it is authentic.”
Does that make sense? So, you know what God said, He dropped it in my spirit, and I was not happy about this. But this is the way God works. He said, “I’m going to teach you so you can teach other people.” I was like, “Come on!” I was waiting for somebody else to show me. But you know, this is how He rolls, this is what we’re going to do.
And that’s how the book A Match Made in Heaven: How to Marry Your Vocation To Your Divine Calling was born. And I’m going to tell you, it was not easy, but I’m so glad that I went through that struggle because He showed me that I don’t have to choose.
So, what I want to tell you today is, I don’t know what stage of your business you’re at, but I can tell you that you don’t have to choose. You don’t have to choose between one or the other. You can find a happy medium. What that is, I do not know. Some people get right down preachy in their business and that, that’s totally okay. There is a place and a time for that.
I actually am following someone and I’m doing his program and I thought he got a little too preachy and it was very light on the business side for my liking. Just for me, other people may feel pretty okay with that. I follow amazing preachers. I have great spiritual parents that drop and feed me on a regular basis. I read my Bible, actually my Bibles because I read two versions at the same time. So when I follow someone for business, I want to know if they believe what I believe. I want to know that they’re down if you will. But I don’t want them to be preaching to me all the time because I’m there for business. Okay, so that’s just my preference. Your audience might prefer for you to preach all the time and then be very light on the business side, whatever it is, make sure that it’s true to you and your calling.
How is God asking you to show up in the market place? For me I know that I am out, I am telling people that I am a woman of faith; I am a kingdompreneur. Okay? That means that my business is faith-based, but don’t get it twisted when it comes down to business. When it comes down to sending out invoices and collecting payment, I’m a business lady. I’m going to hit you up with it. You signed a contract. I’m going to say, “This is the deadline”. “You are late.” or “Hey, I’m late on my deadline.” I’m going to give you this to compensate.” I’m going to just keep it 100 and I’m going to be who I am, An amazing business woman.
The other day I had a conversation with someone, and this person was just, he said he was a ‘Christian’, but let me tell you he didn’t act very ‘Christian.’ When there was a misunderstanding, a very, very clear misunderstanding and the person just flew off the handle and I was like, “Whoa, I can see your Christianity, how light that is.” And I say that to myself, but I could tell he said he was a ‘Christian’, but he didn’t act like a ‘Christian.’ So, you want to make sure that whatever you say that you are, how you’re showing up in your business, that it is consistent. That when people meet you, that what you’re portraying on social media, it’s exactly the same as you’re showing up in your house, with your friends, and at church. Be Consistent. Don’t be afraid to be who you are. Don’t be afraid to be who you have been called to be.
Believe it or not, they’re lots of people watching. I could be posting on a regular basis and some posts don’t have much engagement and just to be honest with you I was actually getting disheartened the other day and then I posted something and all of a sudden, somebody hit me up in my inbox and said, “”h my God, you’re inspiring me so much, I love this.” And, and then somebody else did. And then I got messages and emails and I’m like, “people are watching.” So, you never know who you are encouraging, you just never know who you’re encouraging with your walk, with your business, with your faith-based business. Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
Listen, I know that I had a struggle when I decided to come out of the faith closet. Okay. In my business when I decided to, people knew that I was a Christian I was not hiding that at all. But I decided to just come out and say, “Okay, who do I work? Who do I work with? Who am I called to serve?” And I decided to just to say it. And when I said it, I was scared at first, but then I felt like this huge weight just came off my shoulders. Felt like, yes, I can be authentic. This is who I’m called to serve. But at the same time, that doesn’t take away my business brain. That doesn’t take away the type of businesswoman I am. Does that make sense? I hope that makes sense.
Let me know by going to Twitter again, https://twitter.com/CatStoring and let me know where if at all you’re struggling with your beliefs. here are you struggling with, marrying your vocation, your calling, and your business? How is that working out for you? Let me know.
Thank you so much for coming. I hope you enjoyed the podcast today. I’m excited to hear from you and hopefully, I have encouraged you and is confirmation for you that you are called to have a faith-based business. You can tell people and you don’t have to choose. If you want to be more businessy, go nuts. That’s okay. The way you practice business is going to relate to a lot of people. Thank you so much for listening and don’t forget that I love you, that I’m always rooting for you. I’ll see you next week on another episode of the Teacher Your Easy podcast with Catherine Storing. I’ll see you soon.