This blog post is dedicated to you our customers, members of the Horacio Printing family, and secondly I want to give back to my community of entrepreneurs both current and aspiring!
I am going to share a little behind the scenes THEN I am going to pass along some amazing resources (so if you want to skip ahead to the business resources jump to the bottom of this post!)
Ready for a little behind the scenes over here?
Here is the truth, running a small business is no easy undertaking. Throw in two pregnancies, moving warehouses, 4 home moves, motherhood and things get a little overwhelming! (currently 35 weeks preggo over here!)
Social media can paint a picture of perfection or success that simply isn’t the whole story.
It is by the grace of God and through amazing customers like yourself that Horacio Printing is still printing! Which is why on a day like today I am just filled with gratitude for YOU!I have to say I AM SO GRATEFUL for our TEAM!
You might not know this but our business is much smaller than you probably thought. We currently have ONE full time employee (me) and 4 part-time contractors who run our fulfillment, customer service, and help with design work.
I hear all the time "wow you have built such a large business" so sometimes I feel the need to just tell the truth... we are SMALL! :) The true definition of a small business friends! In looking towards the future, I pray we can have the resources to expand our team next year.
What keeps driving me in my calling centered around YOU. I am fueled through supporting, equipping and empowering you to walk in your God-given destiny, becoming who you are called to become in Christ.
We had so many blessings this year! When reflecting back on 2021 two of the things I am the most proud of is Dream Planning Podcast and the Horacio Printing Academy! We launched our Podcast on January 1st and our Academy in March.
Why? Because I am honestly tired of the shallow, superficial social media content. So much of my time as a business owner over the years has been creating content that is designed to be ingested in 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds… and this year it was all about GOING DEEPER.
Podcasting and our academy has created a new way to really serve you, encourage you, and go deeper in challenging you to become who you are called to become.
I am SO proud of the 100 amazing Dreamers who have said YES to investing in themselves, and have taken the Dream Crafting Course. This course is all about discovering you purpose, uncovering and conquering fears, Growing closer to God, creating a personal growth plan, dreaming big and planning out your dreams!
My next course will be announced at the Dreamers Summit this year. Spoiler alert: It is for the Christian entrepreneurs!
Speaking of entrepreneurs… let’s share those resources!
We are thrilled to welcome a guest contributor to the Horacio Printing blog. Meet Rayna Piazza! Rayna is a Blogger at www.seekinghimtoday.com/blog
Positive affirmations are a great way to take charge of your life and rewrite your narrative. At some point in every person’s life there will be obstacles and challenges.
How can the sun shine when He is dead?
You stand alone, steps away from His tomb. You are a walking nightmare; the screams from your past threaten to return.
But wait—the rock is gone. You wipe the tears from your eyes, terrified you’ve actually gone insane.
You almost don’t hear it—the hesitant shuffle behind you. But you sense a presence. Why can’t you just enjoy this sacred moment?
“Excuse me, but why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”
You turn around. “I’m looking for my Lord; they’ve taken Him away. I don’t know where.”
The man is the vision of kindness, most likely the gardener. His presence calms you, and something tickles at the back of your head. His smile makes you release the breath you didn’t know you were holding.
“If it was you, please—” Your breath hitches. Panic rises, and you drop your gaze to the ground.
“Please tell me where He is. I just want to know . . .”
He says your name.
Life flows into you. The darkness cornering you flees back to Sheol, replaced only by light. Your gaze slowly raises, raises to the man standing in front of you.
Those sparkling eyes. That reassuring smile. Those loving, giving hands. Your lips tremble, tears well. One word falls out of your mouth, barely above a whisper:
Just like Mary, we too have been called by name.
The great shepherd, the Lion of Judah, the gardener of our souls: He has called us to Himself, leaving us with His Word and the testament of His time here on earth.
We may never know every detail of His time spent on earth, but He has given us all we needed to know.
He died for our sins, paying a debt we could never even consider paying.
He rose again, defeating death and saving us from eternal torment, restoring our relationship with the Father.
He daily gives us the strength we need to become more like Him.
We only need to recognize Him in our lives. Recognize His mighty working in our lives and step into the potential He has given us.
We start with understanding how the Gospel is living and breathing: how every day, not just Easter, is a celebration of Jesus’ immense sacrifice and the gift we have in Him.
Because the Gospel changes everything. Who else but the Creator of the world could use a demoniac, a fisherman, a political zealot, a persecutor of His people? Who could use a dirty fisherman, a corrupt government worker, a murderer, and a prostitute?
Only God, our God. And if He used them, then surely He can use you too, no matter your situation or background or mistakes.
Happy Easter from the Horacio Printing Family
Special thanks to our guest writer and contributor Amanda Brown.