Within the Work and Worth series, I will highlight women who embody Work and Worth. Ashlee Proffitt builds strong brands and inspired goods. She has a lovely design gift and shares my love of the color white. Here are some of her thoughts on #WorkandWorth.
What does the phrase Work and Worth mean to you?
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. He did THE work and through His work, He gave me worth. And He is the one responsible for seeing the work in me to completion: Philippians 1:6 - being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
How are you an example of a modern Christian woman in the workplace?
If we look at the word (modern) as an opportunistic to ask how does God define godliness as a woman versus what tradition has said about what it looks like to be a Christian woman in the past then we begin to see a movement of women who are experiencing much freedom as daughters of Christ. I pray I am an example of that freedom. Freedom that is found in the work that Jesus did on my behalf, freedom that leads to joy in the roles God has called us to as women in the workplace and out.
How do you not lose sight of your worth when faced with non-glamorous business tasks and pitfalls?
I lose sight all the time! I hate the non-glamorous tasks! One thing I am learning is that God has uniquely gifted each one of us in a way that if possible find someone to help with the tasks you find unglamorous because for someone else they actually may be glamorous. We lie to ourselves that we have to do it all and be it all and we feel guilty asking for help if it is something we don't want to do ourselves. The truth is that some people get really excited about numbers and they make me want to pull my hair out. So instead of living under the "Ashlee has to do it all or she is a failure" mentality I can find joy in asking someone to come alongside and use the gifts that they have been given.
Where do you find grace (and/or inspiration) as a working mother?
The mamas in my everyday community. The ones I see sacrificing and loving and nurturing and teaching their littles day in and day out. I am so different than each one of my friends and when I get around them I LEARN how to be a better mama. Not a guilt-ridden mama, rather a mama who is delighted in the way God uniquely created each one of us. Community, real life community, is God's gift to us. It's where we learn and are challenged and prayed for and pointed to Jesus.
What is your biggest piece of advice for women and worth?
Find people that will dive in with you. People who believe in the mission and vision. Let them in. Let them ask the had questions. Let them help. And don't forget to ask for help.