It is uncommon for a clothing boutique to blog about things other than their amazing clothing line (even though it is) or the perfect accessories (even though they are), but Arabella is anything but a common boutique. At Arabella, we are mission-driven and mission-focused. We love helping you put together amazing outfits, but we also know that when the beauty that lies within you is released that your outer beauty is magnified in indescribable ways.
Arabella’s mission above is taken from Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” The mother of a long-ago king shared these words of advice with her son as he considered what kind of woman he might desire to marry. The verses of this well-known proverb found contain significant attributes that contribute to the highest character of a woman. Of great significance is the fact that this woman that the king would one day marry would become the queen. If we follow the fairy tales, we might imagine that a queen would simply dress in expensive clothes and do nothing of true significance other than attend fancy parties and look lovely next to the king. Not for this king and not for his wise mother. This mother paints a different picture of the woman her son might marry. I imagine this woman to have her head held high while her presence fills the room, a strong woman who does not shy away from a challenge yet moves forward with grace, and a woman fully confident that she possesses great worth and value as well as the ability to accomplish any task at hand. She works extremely hard, uses her mind, provides for others, and does not worry about what the future holds . . . nor does she just sit around waiting for it to happen or waste a lifetime figuring out what it is she was called to do.
And neither should we sit around waiting while life passes us by. We have each been given gifts and talents to share with the world, but in the face of so many pressures and the hectic pace of our society, we often lose sight of what we were created to do. Whether married or single or young or older, we often feel like we should do it all. We keep striving and straining and comparing over and over until we are burned out and unhappy, depressed and anxious. Our unsettled hearts tell us that we have missed the mark and that we have failed, so we keep striving and straining, stuck in a place where we are not flourishing and where we are definitely not happy. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. It is time to get out of that rut. If you realize you have turned down the wrong path, stop, take a deep breath, turn around and look for the sweet spot you have been called to live in. That task may seem daunting, but there are some things we know for sure. God calls us to follow Him. Seek Him. Read His Word. Simply draw near to Him. He is faithful to respond.
Next, think about what you love to do. What are you good at? What fills you with energy? When have you felt the most alive? What strengths have others pointed out in you? If you have not asked your closest friends and family members, go ahead and ask them. I can tell you that there have been instances in my life where people have offered their unsolicited opinion, and what they said surprised me. As I considered these things and began to pursue whether God was calling me in a certain direction, I was sometimes surprised to find out that they had seen something in me that came so naturally to me that I did not even recognize it as a gift. When I enter that sweet spot of where God has called me, I know I am clothed with strength and dignity. Gone are the rushing, straining, and striving. In their place are God’s grace, strength, and peace.
What about you? Are you ready to get out of your stuck place and seek what God is calling you to? Or are you afraid? Do you desire the comfort of what you know opposed to what the great unknown could be? At Arabella, we believe so strongly in this uncommon mission that we will do all we can to support you as you boldly seek to find out who God has called you to be. We look forward to sending you off (in unique, fun outfits) to live and work in your sweet spot, “clothed with strength and dignity and laugh[ing] without fear of the future.”
Sometimes new adventures come at inconvenient times but just cannot be passed up. New opportunities...new challenges...new stress - all good but certainly overwhelming at times. We at Arabella have been blessed with the opportunity to do just that- provide a new opportunity for someone who needed a helping hand.
We began shopping at this cute little store in Breckenridge, Colorado, a few years ago, and it just got under our skin. The previous owner was an amazingly talented and joy-filled woman named Susan. Susan had a way of making you feel like you were the only one in the room and spending all her energy (which is a lot!) making sure you had a wonderful shopping experience- and likely feeling a little better about yourself as you walked out the door. However, the time had come for her to move on so...in come the Schmidts. After much discussion, deliberation, and prayer, Susan gave us the opportunity to take on this fun boutique in the heart of a beautiful ski town that we love.
We now want to pay it forward. Arabella means 'prayerful servant'. We believe in the power of prayer. We also believe that God provides opportunities for us to show His love through our actions. We love the verse found in Proverbs 31:25... "She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future." This is now our mission and vision for the store. Our goal is to not only provide a unique shopping experience, but we also want to help you find strength during a tough time. We want to make sure you know that you deserve nothing but respect and to be treated with dignity. And, maybe most importantly, we want you to face the future without fear, knowing that all is possible with prayer and opportunity (and, of course, a super cute outfit!!).
The past year has been a whirlwind, and it is hard to believe that we are coming up on our first anniversary of owning Arabella Boutique. We have had some bumps along the road but many more fun experiences and stories along the way. We have so many goals for this little store and are grateful for the relationships that have just started and those that have grown stronger. So stay tuned...you might just find a little opportunity of your own.
Heather Schmidt & Jodie Schmidt
Heather Schmidt and Jodie Schmidt.