How to Become a Soul Proprietor

After more months than I care to admit, I finally re-potted the houseplants. They humored me by staying alive this long, I figured they were due.

It appears I need incentives to get things done. Having the folks up for a Father’s Day dinner made me pick that bag of dirt up out of the corner of the kitchen floor and just get on with it already.

{It also made me clean the table, fluff the couch and deal with the dishes… having company seems to be a good catalyst for me to get my house in order. Maybe I should have people over more?}

Now I’m just praying that the change of venue for both plants won’t cause them to go into shock. I hope they realize the change is for their good- fresh soil, clean matching pots and room to stretch out their roots.

Only time will tell.

Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.. ~ Jim Rohn

A few weeks ago my hair dresser was an instigator– this time with more than my hair. As she prepares to move her shop- talk of her vacant storefront and my vintage dreams became a topic hotter than the blow dryer.

And as exciting as that would be, stores like plants, don’t grow from seeds of ideas into full grown ventures overnight.

So I asked God for guidance.

First He sent an inquiring friend willing to team up at vintage shows and I could see how her passion for painted furniture and mine for everything else in between could grow into something beautiful.

And then because God is hilarious, and knows I need all the help I can get, He sent a life coach.

Who says the Lord doesn’t work in mysterious ways..?

Through supporting a friend of a friend’s small business by liking it on Facebook, I randomly {or maybe not so randomly?} won a free life-coaching session. Think of it as a personal trainer for your mind — or a wilderness guide for your soul, who helps you look at things in a brand new way. {You mean there’s a whole forest? All I see is this tree!?}

We chatted about work and the desires to be creative and engaged with a business or shop – over smoothies and iced teas and those seagulls came to roost again– only this time they were frogs.

I promise to explain all that in a second, but first let me pose her question to you:

If four frogs are sitting on a log and three decide to jump off, how many are left?

{I’ll wait while you do the math… but it really isn’t necessary}

If I told you four would you politely question the sanity of the school that made me valedictorian?

{Don’t feel bad, I missed it too…}

There are still four frogs left because the three only decided to jump.

And how often are we like those frogs – quick to decide but slow (or non-existent) in the actual doing?

Like the seagull who intends to fly and never actually does, good intentions are just ideas without actions or dreams without wings.

I have decided over and over that I want to do a host of things- pursue more creative outlets, write consistently, follow Jesus better (!) – just like I decided to re-home those plants months ago.

All the while, we sat in the kitchen gathering dust.

But these bodies we are given, the soul that dwells therein and the seeds of spiritual gifts, talents, and dreams He sows, don’t grow by good intentions.

They only flourish with care, work, feeding, and tending.

They need prioritizing.

They need to be put under the proper plan.

Maybe there’s a need to prune the junk out of our lives in order for the appreciation of what we really love to grow. To sit in the light of Jesus’s presence a little more often so that these seeds become established and take root in our hearts. Then water them with prayer and service.

For it’s in the doing– tending to our souls and the seeds He’s provided that He honors our efforts and makes things grow.

So if you’re serious about tending your soul and want to bridge the gap between deciding and doing:

Make a plan and pray over it.

Keep Jesus first on the list.

Invite some accountability into your life.

Get your hands dirty and start digging into the details.

You may be surprised at what grows.

If you’re looking for more ways to tend the seeds of your soul, won’t you put your email in here? {And you’ll get a cute printable set of scripture cards as a bonus!} So glad you’re here! xo

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19 thoughts on “How to Become a Soul Proprietor

  1. Friend, you inspire me!
    I’m just another frog on a log not jumping because of fear of failure. Why are we so afraid to jump in whole heartedly and get off of that same old log???
    I am praying for you my friend. God always seems to be in front of us directing people into our path. It’s up to us to recognize it and jump 😜🙏🏻

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  2. How great is that you won a free coaching session! Sounds God-inspired to me! 🙂 It sounds as if it was very enlightening and got you thinking and moving in a new direction — I’m cheering you on! Oh — and I’m also so happy your houseplants have some new dirt and some room to move about and spread their roots!! 🙂 xoxo

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement as always!! ♥ I have to say she was definitely good in nudging my brain to think about things a little differently– and different is not always bad! I’m just waiting to see if me and the plants will thrive together??! Time will tell! Hope you are well my dear! Happy Wednesday! xx

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  3. Super super super!!! You had me at have company to keep the house clean! My sister says the same. But then this whole great post unfolded as you are and your dreams. You could write this in half again and make it a series. And we will cheer from the sidelines and maybe one day walk into your store. Excited for you. Xx

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    1. I definitely thought of you when I wrote about hosting 🙂 I get excited and wordy– I’m still working on the editing portion. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement and ideas!…! ♥ xooo

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    1. You’re welcome girl! It’s hard making the connection and sometimes it just takes someone with a little outside, but godly perspective to help us get our move on! 🙂

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  4. Oh, this is so very good, Heather. I really like what I just read, and am going to follow you o this journey. I’m also going to back peddle a little bit and get to know you better! I’m so glad you visited and left your comment. It’s nice to get acquainted!
    Rita C at Panoply

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    1. ps…I just did the same thing with my few indoor plants (succulents). Funny how my outside landscape is thriving, yet I ignored my indoor plants all through my winter/spring renovations. I figured, hey, they’re succulents!

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    2. Please to meet you again too Rita!! I think reading about your gardening last week inspired me! LOL! Thanks for your sweet sentiments and welcome aboard!! ♥

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  5. Hey you!!! I got so excited when I linked up today and saw the words “Recollec…” – It cut it off but I KNEW it was you! Yes, God made me your neighbor today. Girl let me just say, this was supposed to happen. I can’t go into all the details here but last night my husband and I prayed about some things and reading this today sent holy goose bumps up my arms. Thank you for writing it and sharing your heart. I love ya and also love the blog updates!! Hope you are doing well, and congrats on your freebie you won recently! xoxoxo Meg

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    1. Hello sweet Meg!! I’m glad providence brought us together today! God is awesome! I’ve been peaking in on your new site from time to time- you’re doing a great job! Here’s to divine inspiration in each of our new endeavors! Can’t wait to here more about what’s next for you and your goose bumps….!? 🙂 ♥♥♥ Happy Summer my dear! ♥♥♥

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