This is Sword and Savvy, a video-chat style interview show, like grabbing a virtual coffee with a Christian business mentor. Guests are established Christian entrepreneurs who talk about how their faith impacts their business and how their business impacts their faith. Click to learn more, including how to become a guest.

In this episode…

  • What does finding your own path really look like? (10:16)
  • Pushing yourself through fear and taking the next step (15:29)
  • Being strategic about where you want to go, and the long process to get there (17:39)
  • Success and comparison (23:54)
  • Pursuing your passion is an expression of who God’s made you to be (31:53)
  • The Holy Spirit and the creative process (38:58)
  • Failure as a part of the process to creativity and success (46:21)

Guest Bio:

Jeanette Johnson is the author of J’s Everyday Fashion and Faith, and a full time blogger who writes about style on her popular blog, J’s Everyday Fashion, one of the most-followed American fashion blogs, with a site that has more than a million unique followers every year. In addition to her blog, she regularly appears on morning shows and does a host of public appearances and speaking engagements. She and her husband live in Orlando.

Get the book: J’s Everyday Fashion and Faith: Personal Style with a Purpose on Amazon, available in Kindle, paperback, and audio versions.

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Bible Verses, Links, and Quoted Sayings:

• Quoted: “Courage is not not having fear. It’s deciding to do it anyway”
• Quoted: “Every entrepreneur has two things in common: they want to change the world, and they’re just crazy enough to believe they can do it.”
• The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
“Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns
• Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk: “Your elusive creative genius”
• Holy Spirit empowering workers to create: Exodus 31:3-5, Exodus 35:31-35, Exodus 36:1
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”
J’s Everyday Fashion and Faith: Personal Style with a Purpose on Amazon
• Jeanette’s blog:

Quotes from this Episode:

“I always say the best advice I can give someone is don’t go out and reinvent the Kleenex. Whether you’re starting a blog or any business idea, come up with something that you feel like is missing.”

“At the end of the day, you know, success doesn’t feel like, ‘Oh, I’ve made it. I can relax.’ It feels like you’re climbing a mountain every single day. […] and if you’re looking at someone else, which I don’t recommend and, and sort of saying, oh, ‘I wish I had that success.’ I mean, even if they are at a higher summit or ridge than you are, it looks the same to them, you know, they still are climbing a mountain.”

“Just reminding myself that ‘it’s really the journey, not a destination’ because that is cheesy, but it’s very true. I always just think of things as a day at a time. I could get just like anybody else, frustrated with the long term or the vision or not knowing where things are going, and it’s just showing up, doing the best you can, trying to listen to your intuition, and not let fear stop you from doing things like write the scary book. […] It just is a little bit uncomfortable, but the uncomfortable might actually be a good guide.”

“You have to love it that much, or there’s just no reason to be doing it at all. You have to be willing to do it when no one’s paying attention when no one’s watching, just for the sake of loving it. And that is the number one key to success is just to find whatever ‘it’ is.”

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