When a Small Dream Explodes (in a good way)
by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed)
I’ve always been a dreamer and I’ve never been afraid to chase my dreams. I would know what I wanted and would plow full steam ahead to get it. (Do you feel sorry for my parents, yet?) Because of life responsibilities, finances, business, laundry and all of those things, I tucked my dreams on a shelf. I figured that’s what you do when you become a “serious adult.” There came a day, though, when I realized I had lost the dream-chasing side of my personality and I was churning through the daily routine of my life and it was depressing. When the only goals out in front of me were a temper tantrum-free day (not me, my 2 year old), clean slipcovers and 15 minutes of “alone time”, it was hard to feel inspired.
My family encouraged me to start a business using my creative talents in decorating. After months of me making excuses and listing all of the reasons why I shouldn’t, my family finally pushed me to start Mustard Seed Interiors, my home décor and antiques business. I now had a new dream to chase. My dream was very small, though. I just wanted to earn a little bit of money each month to help out with some bills. That’s it. So I started painting Christmas ornaments, furniture and accessories and sold them at a local consignment shop. After about a year of operating barely in the black, I was introduced to the world of DIY/home blogs and decided to dive right in, hoping it would be a good way to advertise my fledgling business. I had no idea that my small dream was about to explode. In a good way.
The blog was a great way to advertise my business, but I also found an amazing community of women who were pursuing their creative passions in balance with their families and/or full-time careers. I was able to share my story, my decorating ideas and DIY knowledge with others, who were then encouraged to snap out of the daily grind and find ways to use their gifts and talents. I also received amazing new opportunities – freelance writing jobs, blog sponsors, a fabulous retail space, magazine features and eventually a book deal and an opportunity to develop my own paint line. I have realized through all of this that my dreams were too small. God’s plans were much bigger than mine.
I named my business Mustard Seed Interiors after the bible verse in Matthew 17:20, “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” I had the faith that God would use my business to help out with the bills each month and that’s all I asked for. That felt like a mountain. I missed the last part of the verse, though. “Nothing will be impossible for you.” Nothing.
I’m so blessed to be able to have a successful business doing what I love and to share it with women around the world. I’m able to work from home, so I can be with my boys during the day and support my husband in his position as a youth pastor. I think I still tend to dream small and set limits on what I ask God to do. Dreaming big can be scary. Watching small dreams explode can be scary! But we always have to remember that His plan for our life is always better than ours and I’m so thankful for that.
Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed) is the author of the DIY/Home décor blog www.missmustardseed.com. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two sons, and a parade of painted furniture.