All Worth It
by Chrissy Kay
This might be an unusual way to start a column, but I don’t consider myself to be a writer. Funny, I know. I guess when you are an artist though, you often wear many hats—including a writer, so here it goes.
Back in 2015, I started a small silk scarf painting business called Glory and Grace Silks. At the time, I had not really dedicated my time to anything more than painting a few scarves here and there—mostly for small orders from within my church. That was okay for me at the time, but I could have done more to grow the business if I hadn’t been afraid to fail (or succeed).
Looking back, though, it would not have been the time, which is likely why God didn’t let it happen. Then one day, my husband came home with PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders for us to move.
As a Military spouse, I tend to move a lot. After making the move that summer, from Eastern North Carolina to South Eastern Virginia, I decided to take a bit of a sabbatical from my work. It was by chance, in a conversation with my dental hygienist about finding my purpose, that I realized God was speaking through her. I needed to start up the business again.
This time, everything was different. However, most importantly, I was different.
For the first time in my life, I got out of my own way. Most significantly, I chose to not let fear dictate my story.
I am no longer afraid. I have been told “no” on more than one occasion. However, I do not let it deter me or my drive. I look at those moments as growing pains that are preparing me for something even better, next time.
It is certainly not easy to run a company by myself, especially as a mom of 5 and spouse of an Active Duty husband who is often away at sea. I work many more hours now than I ever have in my life, but I love every second of it.
Even though I design and dye my work all by hand, I find that the majority of my time is spent handling the business part of the company. On a daily basis, I search for ways to grow—in my faith, as a wife and mother, and professionally. It’s definitely a balancing act!
To gain local interest in the community, I reach out to businesses who I think would make great hosts for the group painting I do. So far, that has been one of the best options for business growth.
It is so much more work than that though. From staging the items for a photo shoot, uploading and publishing the listing, to sharing it on social media, and praying that all the work was worth it—sometimes it takes an entire day just to get it right. None of that even includes the hours to days it often takes to complete one scarf.
It really is a lot more work than even I realized. Yet, when I get to see or hear about the joy I bring to people through their experience or through my expression of art, I am happy. That makes it all worth it.
About the Author
Chrissy Kay is the owner and founder of Glory and Grace Silks. Her background includes 12 years in the Housing and Property Management Industry, including: writing budgets, auditing financials, and maintaining residential occupancy when working onsite.
The hands-on learning she received during that time was invaluable knowledge which prepared her for the business aspect of owning and running her own company.
Today she spends her time designing and painting silk scarves, and art, and managing all aspects of her company.
You can read Chrissy’s column on the 2nd Tuesday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.