A Simply Blessed Life With Lori Nordstrom
Welcome! I’m your host, Lori Nordstrom and I’m so excited you’re here! In this first episode of A Simply Blessed Life Podcast, I share why I started the podcast and what you can expect in episodes to come!
I’m looking forward to sharing my 30+ years in business and bringing you stories from other Christian women in business keeping faith and family first. Being an entrepreneur can often be lonely, but I want you to know you are not alone! Join our growing community of women who are growing their creative businesses and living their best, blessed life!
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A Simply Blessed Life With Lori Nordstrom
Hello, friend! Thank you so much for being here and joining me on this very first episode of A Simply Blessed Life Podcast. I am your host, Lori Nordstrom, and I wanted to tell you a little bit of the backstory on starting the podcast and also tell you a little bit about what you can expect, so you’ll know if you want to stick around and come back for more. And I sure hope that you will! I have had it on my heart to start a podcast for quite some time and finally started the process several months ago. It’s been a long time in the coming, but there is a lot more to podcasting than just hitting record, let me tell you! I am definitely learning as I go, but I did end up bringing on my oldest son to do the producing because that was just something I knew was holding me back from getting this out there. The other thing that was holding me back was this first episode! I know that sounds silly, but I have sat down to record this several times and I just end up staring at my computer. I want to be able to say all the right things, but today I am getting over myself and this will not be perfect, but it will be real and I can give you that. So here we go!
If you know me, if you’ve heard me speak, if you’ve worked with me, you probably know some of my story. I’ve always been pretty open about my journey, but there are also some things that I have kept quiet about and not very many people know. So one of my goals with this podcast is to just be as raw and as real as I can with you, because I really believe that God can use my messy, messy past to help somebody else out there. And truly, if God can use me, he can use any of you. That is for sure. Accepting grace is one of the things that I just have to constantly be aware of because there are lots of times when the reality that I don’t deserve it is just so present and in front of me. I am learning that that is one of the tools that the enemy uses with those of us who do have messy pasts. My story’s going to unfold as we go, but I know that’s part of why I needed to do this. The other part of it, is that I have had my own business since I was 16 years old. I started making money babysitting pretty young, 12 or 13, but by 14 I had started barber college. And that’s a story in itself! But at 14, I started making tips at the barber college and at that time I put a giant chart on the back of my bedroom door to track the money that I was making and the money that I was saving. It wasn’t a lot at that time, but I knew right away that I would figure out a way to always be the one that was in control of how much money I made, and there it began. That is where my entrepreneurial journey began and by now I’ve had a few different businesses. I didn’t stay in the hair business forever, I was there for about 10 years. I started out renting a space and then opened up my own salon by 18, but one of the things that I’ve learned through this journey is that entrepreneurship is often pretty lonely. And even when you bring on a team, and that team could even feel like family, but even then, there’s some loneliness in being the boss and being the one that everyone is counting on and the one that has to make all the decisions.
So in that loneliness and then the transition into a another business in the photography industry, on top of that, I found myself divorced again and at a pretty rock bottom place, personally, many years ago. You’ll hear more about that another time, but when that happened, it was over 15 years ago, and there weren’t podcasts at that time. There wasn’t a facebook group to jump in and be a part of. There wasn’t a lot of being able to build community unless you were going to a convention. And of course those only happened a couple of times a year. At that time there weren’t even a lot of business coaches in my industry. There were coaches or teachers that were teaching technique and staying creative, that side of the photography industry, but not a lot of business coaches. I was building a rapidly growing business, but my personal life was falling apart and I did end up divorced. I do say “again”, and you’ll hear more about that. But, I hired a business coach outside of my industry at that time and it was one of the best decisions that I made for my business, hands down. I have been a big believer in coaching ever since, so even though that’s what I get to do now, and it’s absolutely what I love, I also still hire coaches myself. I have also built an inner circle of women that I’m on the same path with, that I can communicate with and bounce ideas off of and ask for that accountability that’s needed and that community is so important, I believe, as an entrepreneur. That is another piece of why we’re here today, growing that community and not feeling so alone in this entrepreneurial life that we are living. I still do some photography here and there, but my heart is definitely in working with creative women in business and helping them to reach their profit goals. That is something that is so fun for me, to see women succeed and love their business and love their life. So over the last few years, because of that, it’s become even more and more important to me to work with Christian entrepreneurs because I see the same struggles over and over with Christian women in business and we struggle with keeping our faith at the forefront when we are running a business and we’re driving profits and it doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to struggle with that. That’s why we’re here. I wanted to bring you conversations with other Christian women in business who have hit six figures, and beyond, while keeping faith first. Maybe it’s not always been that way, or maybe there have been times that we’ve struggled with that, just like I have, but you’ll hear those stories and hopefully not feel so alone alone in your walk and in your business.
I want to make that clear on this very first episode, I say “while keeping faith and family first” in all of my marketing. You’re going to hear me say that a lot, but it is faith first, family second. I believe and know to be true, since my crash and burn years ago, that I have to plan and set goals and schedule the things that are important to me, personally, first. And then I get to build the business to support those things. This is what I live by. Faith first, family second, then all the rest of the things that lead to personal fulfillment: fitness, health, personal growth, all the rest of it. Everything that’s important to you, personally, has to come first. And then the real beauty of owning our own business is that we get to design a business that supports the life we love.
It really, truly is a beautiful thing. And I learned this the hard way. I’m going to tell you, I was building the business of my dreams. I was rocking and rolling. I was supporting my family financially, but that is where it stopped. I was not being a good wife, I was not being good mom, and I did end up divorced and bitter and pretty miserable. I used to always say that, at that time, I didn’t really have a choice but to get my act together. I didn’t have a choice but to put systems in place so that my business wasn’t taking first place. But the truth is that we DO have a choice. We all have a choice. So, this podcast is about hearing the stories of women in business who have made that choice to put their faith first, family second, and the rest of what’s personal and important to them, and then build their business to live their best, blessed life.
We are all so truly blessed. I just, I believe with all my heart that success starts with gratefulness. It starts with a grateful heart. So no matter where you are right now in your life or in your business, if you’re just starting or if you’re struggling or if you’re a booming success, wherever you are, I hope that you’ll take some time today to think about the simple things in your life. Think about some of the things that maybe you’re taking for granted right now, or maybe some of the things that you’ve stopped noticing. Those blessings are all around us and that is where the name of this and my business came from. A Simply Blessed Life is really being aware and looking for the simple things. The simple things that we should be so grateful for on a day-to-day basis and really looking for those things and appreciating them and being grateful and saying thank you.
So, look around and be aware. And I also want to tell you right now that I’m thankful for you! I’m thankful, so thankful, that you’re here and if you are here with me now, if you’ve made it this far, you are here on purpose. It wasn’t an accident that you landed here today. I hope that you will be blessed as you hear from Christian women in business keeping faith and family first. And I hope that you’ll be blessed as you see God’s grace revealed as my story unfolds, as we spend more time together. So thank you for being here. I feel really blessed right now that I made it through this intro, and we’re gonna knock this out and get this uploaded for you so that we can start this next chapter. Thanks you guys!