Showing up to serve
I’ve been watching my daughter start kindergarten this year. She’s learning how to handle life’s big and little tasks without me.
How to open granola bars. How to ask for help to find her hat. She’s even negotiated how to share the cubby space. Yesterday she helped a little boy find a library book. She shows up to serve every day, and I am so proud of her!
I can only guess there have been some mistakes and awkward moments on her part while she learns what works and what doesn’t work.
Of course in the middle of the night I realised I’m doing exactly the same thing. Learning everything about how to show up and really serve you. While making mistakes and figuring out what works along the way.
My purpose is to help you create a sewing room you love. The end goal is that you love sewing again and get your sew mojo back. Because, just like me, you never actually stopped loving sewing. It just doesn’t feel good right now.
To show up at my best I’ve been taking a course that has a huge focus on being genuine and not “salesly”. It’s about really respecting your right to just come in and explore sew-spacious, learn about my approach, without getting sold at.
I invested in it to focus on building my one to one coaching for people who are serious about getting organized once and for all. I’ve discovered working with clients and seeing their transformation is my jam. I love it. 🧡
Building connection – or not
This course focuses really hard on building connection and fostering trust first, above anything else. Literally, showing up to serve.
This is the exact feeling I have when I write back to encourage someone who’s stuck in the 28 day challenge. When I hit reply on a really great email that I know will help is when I feel most connected to you.
I’m learning how to build connection. How to let my natural helpfulness shine through, without being overly eager or a bit odd. Yes I’m quirky. I’ll own that now @Jessie.
But as I work through the training on how to show up and serve, I’m becoming more aware of my blunders. The time when instead of building trust I broke it.
I’m the first to admit, depending on when you found me and how, you might have gotten one or two offers that made you go “Oh yuck. She’s not for me.”
I went against my belief to have you visit me, get comfy first and join me in a cuppa tea and biscuit. Before you even knew it, I was trying to sell at you. I’m sorry.
What changes am I making? I’m committing 100% to letting you lead the way. Listening to you share what you are stuck with, ask for help, and join the conversation. Your learnings help others learn.
Here’s what I’ve been fixing today…
- No more sales pitch disguised as a special offer after you sign up. I’ll find some other way to introduce the Sewing Room Rescue Pack, but at the right time.
- No more frantic emails where the discount is expiring. Sorry about that. Unless it’s for a live class at an actual real time! Or an actual sale because that’s just fun!
- Lots more blog posts instead where I share what’s working for me in my sewing room. And what’s getting results for my clients.
Currently I’m working on my UFOs. Designing my strategy for management and completion. I’m really excited about where I’m heading with this approach, but I am waiting until I get to the end first. Just in case I hit a plot twist!
I’m all about being here to serve you.
Believing in you
Thank you to all the people who have emailed to say how the 28 day challenge has helped them get started on their organizing journey. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the tools I’m creating to help you.
Thank you to the people who have purchased the various things I have offered. Your encouragement and early financial support has meant the world to me.
Most of all, thank you to everyone reading this now and in the future.
Thank you for believing in yourself. You can be organized. It’s easier than you think.
I believe in you. I’ll show up to serve you.
I never found you to be pushy with sales pitches and after going through the sewing challenge, I consider you a friend. Your personal responses to my emails have been genuine. You are truly a person there to help, not just a business! You are appreciated!
Thanks Doris, I consider you a friend too! I am a person there to help, I promise.
Although after a sleepless night being a parent I don’t always feel human!
Dear Shelly, I am impressed you you can run a business and yet make it feel so personal at the same time. You ask for feedback and then promptly answer makes me feel heard. Your examples help me to try again, not give up, and feel okay when I am not at the same place ( or day) as others. Thanks to you, I have made great strides forward and although day 28 has come and gone, I am okay to move forward on day 17. Thanks for all you do. You really are a great help.
I appreciate you. Sincerely, Dottie
Hi Dottie, just keeping going is a big part of getting to the place you want to be. Good on you for not giving up. Day 16 (scraps) and day 17 (ribbons and zips) can be real sticking points. You’ll get there one day at a time Dottie. 😘
Hi Shelly, thanks for this post, but your apology is totally unneccessary. You have a valuable service and offering the 28 day post for free was a wonderful experience for me. We all have to make it in this world, and if we have a service to sell, so be it. I never felt pressure to sign up for something else. BTW, I was tickled to see your column in the Australian on-line quilting vehicle. Keep goin’ gurl!
Thanks Linda! I’m so glad you enjoyed doing the 28 day challenge. It was so much fun to write, I kept picturing everyone getting organized and loving sewing again. It’s a great starting point 😉