A New Year: Kelly Hovis Designs

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Usually I ditch New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not that I don’t like goal-setting, it’s just that I believe you can start a new goal any time of the year. I’ve done the whole “When January 1 comes around, I’m going to…” and then I’m done by February or March. So I usually decide to just continually reevaluate my goals throughout the year rather then wait until January. Or even  a Monday. Wednesdays work just as good as Monday’s to start a new discipline.

This year though, it’s a little different. I am officially launching my new business Kelly Hovis Designs, and I’m so excited to tell you about it and how I got here. This has been a collaboration of dreaming between not only myself, but my husband as well. He has forced my dreams into a reality and keeps me grounded when I feel overwhelmed. Starting a business is SCARY. And intimidating! And so overwhelming when you have 2 children and pregnant with a 3rd. I’m sure people are thinking, WHAT IS SHE DOING, SHE’S ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY…DID SHE FORGET?!?! The answer is a loud resounding NO! Believe me, I have not forgotten.

And because my family is my  most precious and important earthly treasures, they will always come first. This is freeing and life-giving for me and completely diminishes the overwhelming feelings of “I just can’t do it all”.  I am giving myself the freedom to pursue a creative talent that I love, but also working to allow myself the ultimate gift of delayed and slowed success.

Does that sound weird? Delayed and slowed success.That means, baby steps. For me, part of what was so overwhelming and scary about starting a business is failure. What if I don’t get business? What if I don’t get hired? What if people don’t like me?  I don’t have as much time (as others) to fully pursue this business 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (because I am the primary caregiver for our children). At first, that thought overwhelmed me. Then I released all of my expectations of immediate growth and freed myself to be satisfied with the season of life in which the Lord has me. He showed me that a slow process is okay.

So, I have come to terms with delayed and slowed success, because for me, that means I can be a mom.

I can love my family well.

I can do a really great job with each individual project.

I can take delight in the chances I have to pursue each creative endeavor.

I am freed from a made-up definition of success and focus on what I can do rather than what I cannot do.

I am not defined by this business or how well it does (or doesn’t).

Come along with me in this journey of becoming a #GirlBoss and let’s take delight in pursuing our gifts and talents. Let’s focus on why we love this creative job and free ourselves from the burden of failure and people-pleasing.

So GET READY. Because Kelly Hovis Designs is OFFICIALLY launching on Monday, January 9th.Throughout the rest of the week, I will be revealing various elements of Kelly Hovis Designs, and in honor of my launch, I am giving away $200 to JCREW!

To enter:

  1. Visit my Instagram @Kelly_Hovis,
  2. Follow,
  3. Like the image
  4. Tag 2 friends!
  5. The winner will be announced on Monday, when I launch my website!


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