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Seize the Moment, Change Your Life

by | Nov 28, 2016 | Decorating Inspiration, My Life

Seize the Moment, Change Your Life

Do you have a dream that is just forming or maybe even barely starting to take shape in your heart or mind? Maybe you sense a significant purpose for your life is there beneath the surface, but you just don’t know how to get it from fuzzy dream state to thriving rewarding reality. Maybe you feel too much doubt in yourself or have a paralyzing fear about your abilities. Or maybe you believe with all your heart you are called to something more, but you feel at a loss for how to figure out what it is or what to do with it. I so relate. That was me. All of it. If it is you too, be sure to stick around for the end of this long post. 

Ya’ll, as I’ve mentioned a few times now, January 2017 marks the official 10th anniversary of The Inspired Room. I get kind of choked up even thinking about it. Ten years? This isn’t the anniversary of the blog, but the anniversary of the day I took a leap of faith to start my business by the same name. While the foundation of The Inspired Room was essentially created during my lifelong passion for the home, I obviously couldn’t see all that was was ahead during that time.

What started out like a very hazy vision of a dream about eleven years ago finally started to become a little more clear that January day.

Right there at my desk in my own home, I officially began this amazing adventure by giving that undefined dream a name. The name The Inspired Room reflected what my heart felt compelled and called to create.

Seize the Moment, Change Your Life

I felt inspired to encourage women in creating an authentic, healthy, stable and beautiful home. I was passionate about the message of creating a home inspired by who we are and what we love.

Sitting there at my desk that day and giving my dream a name was a small first step towards a future I didn’t even know was possible for our family. I seized the moment, even though I could only see a tiny bit of the vision. I seized the opportunity, even though I didn’t know where I was going.

I didn’t have a longterm business plan. I didn’t plan to start a blog. My only hope in that moment was that the name would give me confidence and even motivate me to find a way to help a few people. If I could help a few people, it would have been enough for me. Helping others to see the potential in their home and the impact it could have on their life would become my mission from that day forward.  That mission was something that spoke to my heart and it propelled me to keep moving forward.

Seize the Moment, Change Your LifeElla Frances Sanders

One day at a time, one step at a time, I invested myself in small daily goals to impact others. I poured my heart into everything I did and seized nearly every opportunity that came my way. Months before there was ever a blog, I met with women one by one in their home, helping them to transform their rooms. In the process of helping others with their home, I grew more confident and overcame some of my own insecurities, too.

About seven months after the day my business had a name, I started a blog with the same name. At the time I saw a blog as just another way to find people I could help. Blogs weren’t a big deal or even seen as a real business opportunity back then, so we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into! My goal was always to help others to see the potential in what they already had around them. Each step of the way, whether it has been through the blog or through other avenues that came along like book writing, my goal has always remained pretty much the same.

What do I have to give that might impact or even change even one person’s life in some small way? Those answers became my why and my purpose.

As the 10th anniversary of taking that first leap of faith draws closer and New Year’s Resolutions are right around the corner, I’ve found myself reflecting on what the past ten years have meant to me and to our family. I thanked you all for being a part of my journey a few days ago and I really mean it.

I’m so glad that I didn’t dismiss that hazy vision that was so hard to see or understand at first. I’m so grateful that God nudged me strongly to push past the procrastinating, doubt and fears about myself because they nearly kept me from ever taking that first step at all.

It didn’t seem like much, but I’m so thankful for the passion I had for my home. I’m especially grateful that I was inspired to get out of my own four walls and persevered in offering what I had to other people every chance I got.

Honestly, you guys, here’s a thing I’ve learned.

IT IS THE GIVING of ourselves (yes, even with our limitations and doubts) that changes everything. Not only is it immensely rewarding to help someone else, but in so many unexpected ways for us, it was the giving that ultimately TRANSFORMED OUR FAMILY’S LIFE in every possible way, too.

Seize the Moment, Change Your LifeKate Alizadeh

If you are right now where I was back then, looking at a hazy undefined dream wondering if you have something or even anything worth giving away, believe me when I say that you DO. When you stop making excuses, stop procrastinating and especially stop doubting that what you have right now is enough and worthy and just start giving by pouring out what is already in your heart, IT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING. I hope you’ll remember that and take it to heart, no matter what bright or hazy dream might be welling up in you.

YOU have something special to offer and the world needs you to give away what you have!

Do you believe that? I hope you do.

Here’s a special invitation for some of you to seize a moment that will change YOUR life.

As I’ve been thinking back on my first ten years in my business and dreaming about where I’ll invest myself for the next ten, I sense a new mission and purpose bubbling up in me. I’m honestly both humbled and a bit scared (!) to put myself out there again but in a new way, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt it is time again to take what has been given to me over the past ten years and give it away.

No, I’m not giving away the blog. Not even a little bit. The Inspired Room isn’t going to change; I love what I get to do everyday and will still be here sharing about the home for the next ten years, just like always. :) But with ten years of successful business building behind me and many years ahead of me, I know the time has come for me to invest myself in personally cheering some of you on to build a successful business. I’m now passionate about helping others with their own business goals, too.

Seize the Moment, Change Your Life

I’ve hesitated on how or if I could or should do that for the past year now, but just like that day when I named The Inspired Room, I know it is time to seize the moment and step out to help others. I know there are likely some of you out there right now who have been hoping or praying for the right opportunity to take a step towards your own dreams and goals.

Maybe what I have to offer is just what you need.

I’ve been so impressed with Young Living ever since I joined three years ago. I began incorporating these products into our home and life and because I truly believe in how life-changing they are, I sharing them with my readers via the blog and social media. You can read about it here.

If you’ve been looking for the right opportunity or for additional financial support for your dreams, I’d love to personally mentor you in starting your own home business through Young Living. Young Living is not like any other company I’ve been a part of. It is NOT a direct sales company, you do not keep an inventory. You don’t sell or deliver products. You can incorporate your Young Living business into what you love to do or dream of doing, so it will perfectly reflect your interests and your own community.

With Young Living, you:

1. Educate, train, and care for others.
2. To teach people how to set up their very own account so that they can have these amazing products.
3. To plug people into community, like our Facebook groups, and lovingly care for them as a friend would!

When you join with my team, you’ll also become part of my own special community and be invited to a private Facebook mentorship group! I’d love to help you reach your dreams.

Would you like to know more? Please email me at [email protected]

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See you here tomorrow for a kitchen update!


  1. Andrea M. Schnapp

    When I started reading your blog this morning, I was excited to think you would be giving me some insight and encouragement to continue my blog which I launched almost two weeks ago. It hasn’t been the success I had hoped (no sign ups, though it went out to the universe). I just want to help people with gardening, that’s all. I’m disappointed that it’s really a sales pitch. You were my inspiration to do this! If I get sponsors, that’s great, but not my ultimate goal. Please write more on not giving up. It’s what I like to read. I also have your two books from the Inspred Room.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Andrea,

      Congratulations on your first two weeks as a blogger! I hope you’ll see from this post that perseverance and a commitment to day to day actionable steps in sharing what you are passionate about is a key to success!

      You’ll perhaps find this blogging post helpful, it was from a couple of years ago but I’m sure it is still relevant to today.

      I’ll be writing more business and blogging posts and while I’m sure they will not all help everyone, I hope each one might resonate with at least some people! I’m happy to do my best to share advice that is helpful.

      By the way, this isn’t a sales pitch. Not at all. I share from my experience and offer hard earned advice from my heart. My decision to host this particular group right now isn’t to sell something or be exclusive, it’s because I believe a free but focused group built around a common goal and teamwork is the best way I can help a small group succeed in business right now, especially in this busy season of my life. I hope it will help people and I believe it will change people’s lives, so I’m willing to invest my time into it.

      • Andrea M. Schnapp

        Thank you for your response and guidance. I have bookmarked your post on blogging and will read it when I’m thinking about giving up – which I really DON’T want to do! I love gardening and I want others to love gardening as well. My challenge is really how to work a website. I did hire someone to set it up – took him 1/2 hour after I had been trying for over a week! Thanks again for your inspiration.

  2. Vicki

    You had me until the very end. I was so ready to sign up, but it sounds like Essential Oil sales. Don’t get me wrong, I love essential oils and use them. I swear by them. I just can’t take on another piece to my business model (it already has a several branches). Your post was so inspiring and a similiar “tribe” sounds exactly like something I’d be interested in, but more of a support to grow my current business & blog. If you consider expanding, then I’m in. Thank you for a wonderful, inspirational post this Monday morning!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Vicki! I hope you’ll find just the right tribe for your needs.! I truly believe that camaraderie in a tribe can inspire the whole team to great things and even help change the course of their future. I’m excited to invest my time in this small group and believe it is the best fit for me right now, but if I decide down the road to open the group up or start other groups for other types of missions, I’ll for sure let you know. Take care!

  3. Kerry

    Melissa – I have spent the last year or so in fear of putting myself out there. I didn’t feel I had anything new to share with the world. Your words have given me hope and inspiration to move forward, if for nothing more than stepping out in faith.
    I would so love to be part of “The Inspired Tribe”, however I am already a Young Living wholesale member and have been for about 2 years. I pray blessings for your Tribe as you move forward.
    God Bless you as you serve and encourage – Kerry

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Kerry! I hope you feel inspired to step out in faith and keep on stepping out every chance you get. You’ll impact people in so many ways. I hope you’ve been invited or involved in other YL groups? If not, let me know. There are so many groups that help support and inspire, I definitely recommend finding one that is a good fit for your needs. If I can help get you plugged into something please let me know?

  4. darlene weir @fieldstonehill

    Tribe!!! We all need that!!! I am so glad to be a part of this and so excited to see whose lives will be richly blessed by the Tribe!!!! Fear has no place in the hearts of us.

  5. Melinda Young

    You never seize to amaze me, you do amazing things and inspire me in so many ways. I’ve used EO and love them too. I’ve also switched to Norwex products. They use 0 chemicals. As someone with food allergies and product sensitivities, it’s even more important now that I have a family. I appreciate your honesty and thoughtfulness for your next step. You’re an inspiration in so many ways to me!

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