I used to be so embarrassed to share this story and today I know I need to share it because it is a crucial point in my journey.
Three & a half years ago I am continuing my journey of opening a spa. I had $30k in savings. I also had a business partner who was and is to this day a good friend. One day I was talking to our mentor and a decision had to be made that myself and my business partner / friend did not agree on and then I did it…here comes the moment that disappointed me…. “well, I’m the one with the money”. As soon as those words came out of my mouth I knew that’s was not the person I wanted to be & I knew I had just made a mistake as the words flew out my mouth. I could not take them back and immediately the Holy Spirit corrected me. He said “soooo you think this spa is about you and your $30K? Soooo you have forgotten that this spa is for my Glory?” The Holy Spirit then told me “you will do this Spa without a penny to your name.” What?!?! No, how in the world can this even happen – no money?!?! But I knew immediately that I would not have that $30K and it started to fly out of my account. It was so clear to me that I started giving the money away. Then God sat me down for 3 years in SILENCE. I was stopped in my tracks and the launching the spa stopped. I continued developing my skills as a Esthetician, working those catering & admin jobs and nothing came to light regarding me launching the spa. NOTHING! I had no idea how to move forward or even how to have a conversation about opening a spa with NO MONEY. I had to stay still & wait for Him to speak to me again.
I always believed because I knew I heard from God. After 3 years of silence (in February)I ran into someone who is a successful entrepreneur and the first thing she said was “What’s up with the spa?” I wanted to crawl in a hole every time someone asked about the spa. But I reminded myself this is God’s plan not yours. I humbly told her the spa will happen but I need God to breathe life back into it. And that very night I got a phone call that breathed life back into my purpose. I was puzzled why I was getting a random call from this person so late. When I answered he said “Crystal, I got a space for you! I just need you to come make it your own.” I just felt the breath of God!!! And God reminded me – you don’t have the money to do it but I can do all things. As I shared this with my family, my daughter was the first one who said I believe in you and gave me $500. My sister said I believe in you here is $1k. Then my father said I believe in you here is $1k. Then my grandfather called and said you know your Grandmother (who I lost in December) would have wanted to give you this here is $1k. My circle of sister-friends immediately said let’s go and jumped in and offered all their expertise!! He keeps telling me that this is not my battle to get this spa open I just need you to receive my Grace and have the Grit to stand in my promise!!!. I will bring this forth and he will make non-believers into believers. Hence the new name – Grace & Grit, LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to hear more about my journey!