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Some days you wake up, and you're excited about what you're working on. And then there are some days you can't bear to drag yourself out of bed.

It could be you're not excited about what the day has in store for you because the last client you took on is a nightmare from hell. It could be that you're experiencing some anxiety about even showing up thinking that the entire world has its eyeballs focused directly on you. It could be that you merely have a case of Groundhog's Day where every day feels the same, and it's too fucking boring.

Mike Rowe recently said that “happiness is a wonderful symptom but a terrible goal.”

Because at the end of the day work is work no matter what you're doing whether you're doing the bookkeeping or trying to find the perfect chandelier.

When we have those times in our life when we're wondering if it's time to call it quits it should be at that time that we make a decision. Here are 10 signs you're ready to call it quits:

1. You don't know who you are anymore. Maybe you decided that who you are in real life wasn't going to compete with the Instagrammable world we live in. Perhaps you thought that by mimicking what that other designer is doing would be the answer to putting more money in your bank account. So when you wake up one day running a business where you can't even see a single shred of who you really are in it.

2. You're broker than Corey Feldman. Maybe you're in a bunch of debt or looking to take out some loans to keep the business afloat. The problem with that is there's not enough money in the world to fix a bad business idea.

3. You're not hitting your goals. Whether that means your income goals, growing your email list, or social media numbers, or increasing your workload - if you're not meeting your goals you're not growing. And if you're not even tracking your goals, you need to start.

4. You're one step from kickin' It with the pill bugs. One day you're fine the next day at the doctor wondering what the hell went wrong. If you are finding yourself becoming unhealthy because you're not taking care of yourself, you also won't be able to take care of a business because you'll be 6 feet deep. Overindulging in alcohol, shitty food, and even experiencing depression will take a toll on you.

5. You've pivoted more times than you can count. While changing the direction of your business sometimes is a natural process if you're changing it because you're not getting any results and thinking if you just do this thing a different way it'll make all the difference and it doesn't? It might be time to throw in the towel.

6. You're spending too much time doing shit you hate. While you might be excited every time you get to do a mood board but you also find yourself wanting to poke yourself in the eye with a pencil when it comes to doing your bookkeeping, that’s a problem. Especially if you can't afford to hire out the task that you hate due to your lacking income.

7. You love your services more than your clients do. You have a design service that you think is so awesome, but you can't understand why no one's buying it. You might find yourself providing a solution to a problem that nobody has. 

8. Your clients aren't coming back for more. That's not to say that every customer will be a die-hard fan but if no one's coming back for more that's a problem.

9. You didn't research the market. Finding out that what you want to provide is impossible or is something that you can't scale,  without a backup plan to grow your bottom line,  you'll be in deep doo-doo.

10. Your competition is leaving you in the dust. If it appears to you that your competition is growing and making significant strides in their business while you're not, it means that you can't figure out how to differentiate what your offering.

11. You think you can get by without learning SEO or doing social media. Sorry, Charlie, there are just some things in life these days that you've got to do whether you like it or not.

12. The fun is gone. Maybe running your business has taken a toll on you. Wearing all the hats when you first start your business can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. And if your company never grows enough for you to outsource some of those tasks when you're tired of them,  the thrill goes out the window. 

All of these warning signs may be a wake-up call that you may need to call it quits. But if you're not ready to go back and start working at Lowe's helping people pick paint colors for their kid's bedroom then now is the time to see what changes you can make in your business to change the direction it's going.

Lastly, I'm going to say something that's probably unpopular. Not all designers are meant to be business owners. While we may hate having to work for someone else and we want to have a business that lets our creativity run wild,  at the end of the day that's the smallest portion of running a business.

Beyond just all the administrative duties that a business owner has to take on the essential thing to remember if you want to keep this business going is that you should be making an incredible impact on somebody else's life. If you can't say that’s true, then it's definitely time to call it quits.

Take your interior design business from hot mess to hotness. The interior design business toolbox will show you how to set up shop and run your interior design biz like a boss, from the get-go.

Alycia Wicker is an business consultant focused on helping holistic interior designers get clarity in their business so they can leverage their gifts in a way that support their life's purpose.

Learn more about working with Alycia. If you’re serious about creating your design empire + wanna show the world (wide web) you are, too? Join us in the Society.

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When you feel like you don’t belong in the interior design industry because you feel like it’s too different I need you to read this and then take action.

I know there are many reasons why you feel like this.

  • You don't have a degree in interior design.

  • You don't have a portfolio that is "worthy."

  • You feel unsupported when it comes to making your dreams a reality.

  • You're petrified when it comes to posting anything "real" online.

  • You couldn't possibly write a blog because you don't know what to say.

  • You can't share your website with anyone because it isn't perfect.

  • You can't sell design services because you assume no one will hire you.

  • You copy someone else's business because it is just like what everyone else is doing.

  • You don't say what's really on your mind because when you have, you get hurt.

  • I don't want them to think I'm too woo woo.

Now you've ended up with a protective armor that is so many layers thick that it is preventing you from showing up and sharing your gifts with the world.

The thing is that I'm gonna need you to shed that protective armor and realize that you are not going into battle.

Your perceived enemy doesn't give as much thought to what you want to do with your life as you think they do.

I'd like to think of the people who have passed through your life and are currently in your life as little gnats.

Sometimes they run into you, sometimes threatening to come into your space and fuck shit up, but most of the time when they do bother you, they're on cruise control spreading shit sparkles everywhere that they go.

Time is fleeting. You're not going to get any younger and there seriously is no better time than now. You are wasting time and energy hiding in the protective armor that had served you very well when you were a child.

Stop worrying about what other people think or what you THINK they will think about you. You were born with a purpose, and no one can take your place on the stage.

You belong here and now is the time that you must show up. And not in the "peeking in from behind the curtain" way.

Your role as a holistic interior designer means that your purpose is to help others heal. Whether that means that you're going to facilitate bringing their design dreams into reality or that you're going to create a healing space that rejuvenates another soul. You need to see this as the sign that your real work needs to start now.

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When you feel like you don’t belong in the interior design industry because you feel like it’s too different I need you to read this and then take action.

I know there are many reasons why you feel like this.

  • You don't have a degree in interior design.

  • You don't have a portfolio that is "worthy."

  • You feel unsupported when it comes to making your dreams a reality.

  • You're petrified when it comes to posting anything "real" online.

  • You couldn't possibly write a blog because you don't know what to say.

  • You can't share your website with anyone because it isn't perfect.

  • You can't sell design services because you assume no one will hire you.

  • You copy someone else's business because it is just like what everyone else is doing.

  • You don't say what's really on your mind because when you have, you get hurt.

  • I don't want them to think I'm too woo woo.

Now you've ended up with a protective armor that is so many layers thick that it is preventing you from showing up and sharing your gifts with the world.

The thing is that I'm gonna need you to shed that protective armor and realize that you are not going into battle.

Your perceived enemy doesn't give as much thought to what you want to do with your life as you think they do.

I'd like to think of the people who have passed through your life and are currently in your life as little gnats.

Sometimes they run into you, sometimes threatening to come into your space and fuck shit up, but most of the time when they do bother you, they're on cruise control spreading shit sparkles everywhere that they go.

Time is fleeting. You're not going to get any younger and there seriously is no better time than now. You are wasting time and energy hiding in the protective armor that had served you very well when you were a child.

Stop worrying about what other people think or what you THINK they will think about you. You were born with a purpose, and no one can take your place on the stage.

You belong here and now is the time that you must show up. And not in the "peeking in from behind the curtain" way.

Your role as a holistic interior designer means that your purpose is to help others heal. Whether that means that you're going to facilitate bringing their design dreams into reality or that you're going to create a healing space that rejuvenates another soul. You need to see this as the sign that your real work needs to start now.

Take your interior design business from hot mess to hotness. The interior design business toolbox will show you how to set up shop and run your interior design biz like a boss, from the get-go.

Alycia Wicker is an business consultant focused on helping holistic interior designers get clarity in their business so they can leverage their gifts in a way that support their life's purpose.

Learn more about working with Alycia. If you’re serious about creating your design empire + wanna show the world (wide web) you are, too? Join us in the Society.

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Gemstones come in every color of the rainbow. I think it's even more interesting how crystals get their colors, so let's dig into it. 

The color of a crystal is the way the gemstone absorbs light.  How much light a crystal absorbs depends on the elements within the gemstone.

Light is a vibration and we can only see so much of that wavelength. If a gemstone absorbs all the light, it will appear black and if the light passes through it, it will appear colorless. So if a crystal absorbs every wavelength except for purple then purple will be the color that we see. If the crystal absorbs all the colors except for red and blue, you'll see purple.

Also, the crystals that include a combination of minerals and metals will change their color. For instance, Turquoise gets its teal blue color from copper. Iron shows up as red, green and yellow.

To get nerdier, you'd also need to study the composition, structure and how it's formed to find out everything that goes into creating these gems. But you'll find there's one element that shows up a lot in this palette.

  • Rose Quartz: The color is from the inclusion of titanium, iron or manganese.

  • Tangerine Quartz: The color turns from clear quartz to orange because of the iron.

  • Citrine: Iron gives citrine its yellow color.

  • Amethyst: Iron, also gives the purple color. Did you know though that you can heat an Amethyst and the iron in it will then turn it yellow? That's why some people try to sell you citrine that is actually heat-treated Amethyst.

  • Lapiz Lazuli: This is a mixture of three minerals: lazurite (deep blue), calcite (white) and pyrite (gold). Lazurite contains sulfur and the pyrite contains iron.

  • Red Jasper: Once again, our friend iron shows up.

  • Black Tourmaline: Iron... it's a busy element, huh?

  • Garnet: The deep color in garnet comes from the inclusion of iron.

  • Jade: Iron and magnesium. If there is more iron, the jade will be darker.

Here's something I want to leave you with. Crystals all have some meaning or use that they are there to facilitate. We know the same thing to be true with the paint colors we select for the home. Coincidence? I think not.

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This one is for the Christian designers who are wondering about using crystals and if you're going against God if you're interested in working with crystals.

I don't think so.

While I'm by no means a scholar of the Bible nor do I understand everything about crystals, I do know that with a bit of knowledge I think you can put your fears to rest.

God created everything on Earth and He didn't create anything evil. If you'd want to believe that those who use crystals to bring healing are being deceived by demons, then please remove your diamond ring or pearl necklace today.

Wearing a quartz watch? Better donate that, today. Get rid of any technology that you are using right now because there is a good chance that is has a crystal inside of it.

Did you know that crystals in the Bible are mentioned many, many times? Yes! That same Holy Bible that many a thumper uses to denounce working with crystals. So if they cracked open that thing that they thump on, they might have to stop and do some research for themselves.

Here are just some of the passages in the Bible that make mention of crystals and other minerals:

Ezekiel 27:16
Ezekiel 27:22
Ezekiel 28:13
Exodus 3:21-22
Exodus 25:7
Exodus 28:6-20
Exodus 28:17-20

Exodus 35:27
Exodus 39:9-13
1 Chronicles 29:2
Job 28:18-20
Revelation 4:3
Revelation 21:11
Revelation 21:18-20

Do a search online you'll find lots of people who think they know everything about what it means to work with crystals while being a Christian. Here's the silly stuff they'll say:

  • Crystal healing is just New Age nonsense.

  • You don't know if the crystals you are using have been prayed over by occultists (crystals do not absorb negative energies).

  • The use of crystals as charms, amulets, or talismans is a type of occult practice, however benign it seems. (Only if you're worshipping the stones).

The most important thing to think about when working with crystals is to not worship them. Just like you wouldn't worship lavender or other herbs. Or an asparagus spear. But yet, we do use herbs and food, that also grow in the Earth along with crystals, to heal our bodies and no one says a damn thing about that. 

This is about working with crystals to heal.

Ever hear about that crystal healing nun? Hildegard von Bingen was a Christian and she wrote a book in which she explains how to use crystals to heal along with using plants.

God had decorated the first angel as if with precious stones.  Lucifer, upon seeing them shine in the mirror of the Divinity took knowledge from them and recognized that God wished to do many wondrous things. His mind was exalted with pride, since the beauty of the stones which covered him shown in God.  He thought that he could do deeds both equal to and greater than God’s.  And so his splendor was extinguished.  But, just as God restored Adam to a better part,  He sent neither the beauty nor the powers of those precious stones to perdition but willed that they would be held in honor and blessing on Earth and used for medicine.  Check out her book. 

What? Crystals in the bible? For realsies.

Remember Aaron and his breastplate? It was called the "breastplate of judgment". 

Design of the Breastplate

“Then, with great skill and care, make a chestpiece to be worn for seeking a decision from God. Make it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread. Make the chestpiece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches square. Mount four rows of gemstones on it.

The first row will contain a red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald. The second row will contain a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone. The third row will contain an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst. The fourth row will contain a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All these stones will be set in gold filigree. Each stone will represent one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the name of that tribe will be engraved on it like a seal."

As for Aaron, the high priest, we could say that he had one of the first crystal grids embedded on his breastplate, but that is for another post.  But the purpose of his breastplate was to communicate with God to determine His will. 

In another writing I found this about the breastplate:

"The whole forming four rows in a vertical or upright position, with three stones in each row, and thereby representing and signifying the conjunction of all the truths of heaven with the good from which they are derived, and at the same time their high perfection.

Together with the names inscribed upon them, represented all the goods and truths of heaven and the church; that those on the right side (of the high-priest) represented the celestial love of good and the celestial love of truth, or in other words, love to the Lord and mutual love; that those on the left represented the spiritual love of good, and the spiritual love of truth, or in other words, charity towards the neighbor and faith from that charity ; while the three stones in each row denoted the perfection and fullness of each kind of love, from its beginning to its end. This signification arises as well from the colors of the stones, as from their number, which was in each row three. 

For as the precious stones in the breast-plate of judgment represented all the truths of heaven, so in like manner they represented all the truths of the Word, but in their literal or external form, and consequently in their effect ; while the different colors arising from the modifications of natural light, denoted the variegations of wisdom and intelligence which may be considered as spiritual light, both in angels and in men. And as the brilliancy and vibrations of the light in the stones, together with the audible voice from off the mercy-seat, presented both to the eye and to the ear of the person inquiring the desired answer; so the same but a more blessed effect is in our times produced by the extraordinary light of divine truth from the internal sense of the Word, which is spiritually seen to irradiate and as it were to vibrate through every part of its literal sense, while, instead of any external voice being heard, the best affections of the heart are excited, and the Divine will is clearly understood."  Link

And then we finish with Urim and Thummim:

"Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chestpiece so they will be carried over Aaron’s heart when he goes into the Lord’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over his heart the objects used to determine the Lord’s will for his people whenever he goes in before the Lord."

Here's a little aside on Urim and Thummim from Henry E. Dosker:

"Urim and Thummim translate into Revelation and Truth.  But most scholars agreed then that they were apart of the divine oracle. A step in the gradual development of divine communication.... But prophecy overlapped the latter."

What Crystals Were In The Breastplate?

Identifying the actual crystals in the breastplate is a difficult task because the names they used then for the crystals are different than the names we have for them today.

I did find this website that took an educated guess at what those actual stones were and they noted what the meaning behind those stones was: 

The significance of the twelve apocalyptic gemstones is summarized by Rabanus Maurus, Archbishop of Mainz (786-856) as follows: 

Jasper stands for the truth of faith, sapphire denotes the height of celestial hope, chalcedony reveals the flame of inner charity, emerald stands for strength of faith in adversity; sardonyx portrays saints’ humility in spite of their virtues, sard represents the blood of the martyrs. Chrysolite signifies true spiritual preaching accompanied by miracles; beryl stands for the ideal act of prophecy, and topaz represents fervent meditation of prophecies, chrysoprase reveals the work of sacred martyrs and their reward; hyacinth demonstrates celestial joy of the learned in their high thoughts and their humble descent to human beings. Finally, amethyst denotes the constant contemplation of the heavenly kingdom in humble souls.

In some of my other research, here's what I've found:

  1. Carnelian (Powerful stone representing a force of will)

  2. Blue Topaz (Clarity of God's Light and truth)

  3. Chrysoprase (Represents God true love)

  4. Almandine Garnet (To stabilize God's energy and for protection in the Temple)

  5. Sapphire (God's Truth, God's Light, and Deeper Wisdom)

  6. Green Lace Jasper (Healing stone to restore health)

  7. Lapis Lazuli (Representing power and wisdom)

  8. Agate (Used to connect us to God)

  9. Amethyst (Thought to elevate your vibration to the level of God)

  10. Chrysolite (Representing God's ultimate benevolence)

  11. Turquoise (Represents the balance between Heaven and Earth, ultimate peace from God)

  12. Jade (Strength, endurance, and wisdom from God)

As you can see, there's not any type of agreement on the exact stones, but you could always ask God ;)

Why Use Crystals In Design?

I believe we are attracted to certain crystals because there is something within our body that is lacking and then found in that specific crystal. Just as sometimes we crave certain foods because we have a deficiency, we also are attracted to certain crystals for that same reason. 

That's not to say that there aren't people out there who use crystals in their own practices that Christians would call the occult, New Age or witchcraft. That happens, but that doesn't mean that everyone who is a Christian, that also works with crystals, is being led astray. 

Does everyone that eats an apple instantly become a sinner?

So as a Christian how can you feel good about working with crystals? God made everything good and the only thing you need to be concerned with is knowing that you're not worshiping the crystals, only God.

I'm not trying to convince anyone here that you should work with crystals. I would just like to open some minds. If you're still concerned, please pray about it and do some research on what the Bible says.

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