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5 Signs It’s Time to Let Go

Happy Easter Monday Cuties,

I was listening to the amazing Doreen Rainey on the Act Like A Success Series and she spoke to my soul. You ever hear someone say something and in that very moment you feel like you are the only person present because the message is exactly what you needed to hear? We don’t always want to hear it but you find yourself asking HOW DO YOU KNOW MY LIFE? The truth of the matter is they don’t, but clearly this word was meant for you.  I was that girl…

Sometimes I’ve made a decision in my mind, but for whatever reason I need someone else to validate it. That doesn’t happen often because I will wash my hands of something or someone in a New York minute. Often times we hold on to people and things because of time. I can’t quit this person because we’ve been together for twenty years. Never mind that you don’t even like them anymore but time. We’ve been friends since we were teenagers; who cares that she isn’t a good friend to me but time.  My son likes to attach a sentimental moment to anything and that is why he has a hard time letting go of things and a lot of us are the same way. Change out thing for a man, a woman, a friend, a job, things, etc.

5 Signs It's Time to Let Go

This time I was ready to let it go. I want to let it go, I just need someone to tell me it was okay to let it go. Doreen did just that without even knowing my life. Just like that she said we need to focus on the things we want, the things we enjoy, and the things we want to grow. Just like that I turned it loose, because Doreen said it was okay to do so. Bye Felicia! I immediately logged on and deleted the Instagram and Twitter accounts. I marked the Facebook page for deletion, but they required a period of 14 days before it actually disappears. Boo!

I started my custom sneaker business in 2012; I didn’t set out to make it a business. I’m a Craft Queen, you know that and I was being crafty. I was proud of the way my craft turned out so I shared pictures and people started placing orders. I decided to go with it and just like that my business was born. Business went well and I became more creative with each pair. I tried new things and I loved the final product. I was elated to see people wearing my designs on their feet. My designs have been worn for some of life’s most momentous occasions. A lot of first birthdays, regular birthdays, monumental birthdays, several weddings, first day of school you name it. Then I started doing key chains and Christmas ornaments. I would get tons of pictures of my designs hanging on a Christmas tree. I loved every minute of it until I didn’t.

Going out of business SIGNS IT’S TIME TO LET GO

Something I loved to do no longer gave me joy. It somehow felt like a burden. I kept designing but my heart wasn’t in it, but time. How could I give up this business that had been featured in magazines, on the news and given to a celeb and a celeb baby. So I decided to re-brand and change the name; I loved the new name but I still didn’t love my business. I gradually cut back and cut back; until last week, when I cut if OFF. Closed up shop!

I want to focus on my blog, on my quest to being a lifestyle correspondent. I can’t be as amazing at that if I’m splitting my time working on a business that doesn’t bring me joy. That is good time I could be pouring into MimiCuteLips. So it was final I am ONLY pouring into my virtual business, the business that still brings me joy. The funny thing is I got serious about blogging when I started my sneaker business. Until then it was a toy I sat on a shelf and dusted it off once every couple of months and then put it back. I had no plan, no ideas, no consistency nothing.

In essence MimiCuteLips wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for my custom sneaker business. On Saturday morning, I delivered my last custom design to a customer.  Her daughter was wearing them to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.

5 Signs It's Time to Let Go

Although they turned out perfect I won’t take another order. I will only design for my Nori and I as the mood hits me. No pressure! I feel good about closing this chapter and moving on.

5 Signs It’s Time to Let Go!

1.) You no longer enjoy it.

2.) It is no longer healthy for you.

3.) You spend more time sad and crying instead of laughing and joking.

4.) Actions no longer match words.

5.) You no longer give your all.

5 SIGNS IT’S TIME TO LET GO

Have you had to let things go? How did that work out for you? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

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  1. Arnitris Strong

    This concept can be applied to so many situations. Thank you for sharing. Much success to you in your future endeavors!

  2. Heather @ GirlGoneMom.com

    I love those shoes. I won’t ask you to make a pair don’t worry. Good for you for making the decision and sticking to it.

  3. Alli

    Sometimes letting go is just the right thing to do. I have a DIY blogger friend who decided she no longer liked blogging. It had become a chore. A few days ago she posted on FB that it was exciting to do a DIY project just because she wanted to and not because she needed new material for her blog. I wished her all the success in the world and I wish the same for you. Those custom sneakers though, OMG – awesome!! 🙂

    • MimiCuteLips

      Oh Alli, I love that for her. I only blog when I’m moved to do so, so I totally understand. I can’t fake it at all.

  4. Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)

    Yes but not with my businesses. I’ve had to let go with certain people cause I just dread the interaction, even the drive to the house and the relationship was one sided (with me giving the most). Sorry to see ‘custom kicks by Mimi’ go! Can I still buy the mini ones?

  5. Joanae King (naetorious.com)

    Honey. All of those signs sound like my first marriage. LMAO! I took the signs and did just that. LET GO. GREAT JOB, SIS!

  6. Franc Ramon

    I guess if things get heavy and dragging, it’s time to let go. Life is too short not to be happy.

  7. Liz Mays

    It’s too bad this wasn’t bringing you joy anymore. I’m glad you’ve been able to move on though!

  8. Pam

    It can be hard to know when to give up on something you’ve worked hard at. These are great ways to tell when it’s time to move on.

  9. Tori Gabriel

    Wow. Good on you for making what must have been a really difficult choice. I love this post. It can be applied to just about everything.

  10. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    These are good tips on when it’s time to move on! I agree that if you’re no longer enjoying doing something, it’s probably time to let go of it. When our heart is into something, we’re able to do it at a much higher level!

  11. Patrice M Foster

    Many times like you said we hold on for life because of fear of change. I have use your concept for many things in my life. I know people who stay in a job even if it makes them unhappy. Don’t want to be that person. Your shoes are cute but if its not making you happy then it was the right time. My only regret I did not get one for souvenir! Lol

  12. Kita

    Awww, I definitely understand how you feel. I just rebranded because I was feeling the same way. I know your blog and your journey to being a lifestyle correspondent will take off. It’s definitely your personality.

  13. Vera Sweeney

    I am glad that you were able to tell it was time to close up shop. It’s important to do what you have a passion for.

  14. Lauren

    I am sure that it wasnt an easy decision to make but you made the right choice. Letting go is never easy but it is often the only way to move forward.

  15. Styled By OmiOmy

    Whoa!!! All of it. I loved all of it. How brave are you? **standing ovation** You are so on point with that list.

  16. rosemary palmer

    Everyone struggles with this whether it’s a business, your blog, relationships, or even material things.

  17. Brandy

    It can be hard to let go of anything from business to friends to relationships, but it is always good to pay attention and let go for the sake of your own sanity and/or success to move forward for a more positive future!

  18. Chantal

    It is great that you realized it was time for you to call it quits. Usually people do not realize they should move on until they have no other options.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Chantal that is true. I noticed that sometimes people become mean once their passion is gone. Resentment and frustration set in.

  19. Allison

    Awww! But if it was no longer bringing you joy, then it was time to let it go. And I’m willing to put money (monopoly money counts, right?) on you still utilizing your Craft Queen super skillz for your blog, and that some custom MimiCuteLips Kicks will still be seen around, just much more selectively (like on your feet instead Truly round the way 😉). Great list for moving on, from more than your business, which I’m sure had to be about as hard as kicking your kid out of the house! (BTW, in about 10yrs, I’ll need a list, and maybe even a book or two, for that, too! ).

  20. Heather S-G

    I do think knowing when to let go is just as important as knowing when to hang on. Sounds like you’ve chosen the right path for you, that’s fantastic (as are those sneakers!).

    • MimiCuteLips

      Heather I love that, sometimes hanging on is necessary. I’m so thankful I’ve learned the difference. I certainly realize that I need to hang out to the joys.

  21. Adrienne

    “I can’t be as amazing at that if I’m splitting my time working on a business that doesn’t bring me joy.” Yes, yes, and YES! Sometimes you have to make up your mind to close the door on something in order to free up more time for something more important. I needed this reminder. Thanks, girl!

  22. Nicole @Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge

    You are so right! Most of hold on to things after they’ve served their purpose because of fear. Only up from here Mimi.

  23. Vashti (veepeejay.com)

    Yes! I so agree with this. Part of growing is knowing when to let go. I can’t wait to see what you do next Mimi. I’m kinda sad that I didn’t get my pink hightop chucks “mimified” though, but I’m excited for your next chapter.

  24. Yvette

    You are so courageous – most of us don’t have the strength for change. It’s a scary word. Be happy little sister. Life is too short. Live life doing the things that makes your heart smile.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Ms. Yvette. It is funny how this came out. I didn’t plan to write about this at all. I was having a bit of writers block and didn’t know what to blog about. I just started writing from the heart and this is what came out. I’m so glad that I was able to share.

  25. Jasmine Watts

    These are great ways to tell when it’s time to move on. Letting go is never easy but this is the only way to move forward. I love this post!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Jasmine, I so agree with you. I’m looking forward to moving on to whatever the universe has in store for me.

  26. Joanna

    This can definitely apply to more situations that one. Spreading positive vibes your way to building your virtual business. Those sneakers were cute though. 🙂

  27. Janelle

    I understand EVERYTHING! This is what happened to me when I birth World of Little Fashion. Clothing line for little people with Dwarfism. That business gave me MAJOR breakthroughs in 2014. Went on LIVE TV, magazines features, speaking engagements, etc etc.. All kinds of features and breakthroughs etc. The business/brand made me more angry then happy. There was no joy. I was miserable. I can go on and on here LOL..Couldn’t take it anymore. But I felt all of these very same 5 signs you laid it down. I had to let it go. THAT CHAPTER IS CLOSED! New doors of opportunities are here and I am extremely happy. Blessed beyond words. Thrilled more than I can imagine. I wake up now with joy, smiles, and I look forward to serving moms and their daughters. Sometimes I stair at my boxes with huge cheesy smiles on my face (I know, creepy right? LMBO!). But it’s true! One door close, another door opens… Signs of times. And my time was now!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I love that Janelle, that is just the kind of inspiration I need. To know that I’m not the first and I won’t be the last. There is joy in writing a new chapter of life.

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  29. Kiwi

    I had a very similar story to my cakepop business back in 2012! I lost my job and I had spare time around the Christmas holidays in 2011 and I was baking cake pops for fun for friends and holidays parties. It was such a hit because people never seen it before and people started asking me to make it for birthday parties and events. I loved it at first because it was generating an income for me that I needed at the time…but as I started blogging and doing more, and even getting a night job I became overwhelmed. I didnt even like making them anymore because it became a chore! So I had to decide to let it go…I was over it. So thanks for sharing this because sometimes you do have to let things go and move to something better.

  30. Fatima

    I totally get it. I think you are headed in the right direction. Glad you went with your gut! Things should sore for you now that you’re giving it you’re all.

  31. Bijee

    Congrats on giving yourself the ok to focus on what brings you joy! So glad I was able to support it while it lived. My daughter still loves those shoes! Thank you for sharing this is such an appropriate reminder for many areas of life. Much success in everything you do lady!

  32. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    I do love your shoes! I get it though. I had to let go of my mommy blog to move into my space of being a motivator for other moms. My heart wasn’t in my mommy blog anymore. Once I finally closed that chapter – it felt good. I’m looking forward to you rocking your next chapter.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks, Camesha, that feeling of liberation is the best thing ever. Change brings on growth and they are both evident of our progress.

  33. Tiffany

    Hi – Thanks for sharing your story! :-). It’s good that you are following your heart instead of forcing yourself to do what’s not your passion.

    I have been working in the Admn Field for 15 years and I am not passionate about it this field at all. I do find myself frustrated, non motivated, tired, angry, sad, mad, and miserable. Grateful for a job and money coming in, but even while giving gratitude I know deep down inside that I am not supposed to be in this line of work and my purpose is so much greater.

    My desire and passion is almost all areas of Holistic Health and Healing/Fitness. I am currently studying to take my ACE exam to start teaching Fitness Classes. My goal is to be able to supplement my current income and resign from the Adm field forever.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Tiffany I love this, I’ve worked in the admin world for twenty one years and I totally get it. Kudos to you for taking the steps to get to the thing that brings you joy. My goal for 2016 is to make sure that I feeding my passion in all areas. I know that growth and joy will come outside of my comfort zone and I am okay with that. GO GIRL!!

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