Recently, I had the honor of giving an interview for the Voyage Phoenix Magazine. This feature ties the beginnings of inspo&grace to where it is now. I love answering questions like these, because they give me a chance to reflect back on my “why.” I hope you guys enjoy!
“Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Sholtis.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Lindsey. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I’m a small town, midwestern girl who has always had big dreams. I am very blessed with a career I adore as a Speech-Language Pathologist. But in 2016, I felt the crushing weight of all of the hatred, anger, and divisiveness going on in our country. My husband came home to me, crying in the kitchen, wishing I could change the world and make it a better place. Once my tears were wiped away, I got to work. I spent two years rooting myself in a strong identity of who I am. Once I knew how to keep my heart-centered, I shifted my focus on how I could overflow this love to others.
I knew I could not run every 5K for charity. I could not start and manage every single non-profit. I could not give money to every cause that exists. But what I could do, was share about all of the incredible people who are already doing incredible things in this world. I realized that there are so many people spreading light in this world, and I wanted to reflect this light to others. I wanted others to know how much good there is out there!
Inspoandgrace.com and my Instagram account @inspoandgrace are my vessels to share incredible, inspiring stories of people, non-profits, companies who give back, etc. Every Sunday night, I share a new blog post that focuses on inspiring my readers or sharing the message that they can give themselves, and others in their lives, grace. Each month, I debut a new company on my “giving back” page and share how they use their company to make a difference. In the fall of 2019, I will be launching a t-shirt and tank top line printed with some of my favorite messages! 10% of each sale will be donated to a local non-profit which supports, loves, and empowers refugees. The refugee community is full of some of the most inspiring, and yet most humble and hard-working people I have ever met. I am honored to be able to support them in any way I can.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I will start off by saying that there are days that my website traffic is at one person. I try to be optimistic and think that is one person that may have gotten something from the content they saw, only to remember that I logged in from my computer earlier that day! I laughed with my husband and have said, “oh the humility this takes!” multiple times, ha! I will say that spending two full years building a strong foundation in my life, my health, my marriage, other close relationships, my faith, and becoming rooted in my greatest priorities FIRST made a huge difference for me. Once I started the website/blog, writing blog posts, attending business conferences, etc., I was now pouring out of a near-constantly full cup, rather than trying to pour out from a half-empty one. I try to be very aware of when I am feeling burnt-out or drained. Being that I have a full-time job, side-hustle (spin instructor) and am doing this passion project, in addition to everything else in life, it is very easy for me to get to that point quickly. I just do the best I can to keep myself balanced, and make adjustments or take breaks when I know I need them!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I believe that our perspective is shaped so greatly by the content we consume. I know that sounds very millennial/blogger-ish of me, so let me explain! Content can be in the shape of the news, newspaper, magazines, movies, TV shows, Instagram, Facebook, blogs, podcasts, books, and more. It’s amazing that we can feel a completely different way, based on the content we are consuming. I realized that when I watched the news, I usually just lost faith in humanity based on the horrible stories that were shown. When I was logged into facebook (especially in 2016), I saw people focusing on their differences, rather than what we all have in common. When I followed girls on Instagram who have bodies that mine will never look like, through absolutely no fault of their own (you do you, girl!), I felt inadequate and empty one mindless scroll after the next. The amazing thing was, I had control to change all of this! I curate the news Apple shows me on my phone to stories I care about. I chose to deactivate my Facebook. I started following people/pages on Instagram that inspired me. I found some incredible, inspiring podcasts and audiobooks. Suddenly, I felt like everything I was “consuming” was making me feel good, feel inspired, feel challenged, equipped, and capable! THAT is exactly what inspo&grace is. It is a counter-source to content I used to consume. I always go back to the best MLK quote out there: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think the greater Phoenix area is a great place to start a small business or pursue a passion! You cannot go a single weekend without there being several farmer’s markets, flea markets, mom ‘n’pop bakeries, or locally-owned boutiques to go to! Gilbert, in particular, seems to be full of entrepreneurs, and I love it! My favorite place to go on Saturday mornings in the fall/spring, after I teach spin at Cycle Ave right in the heart of downtown Gilbert, is the Made with Love market! It is essentially an in-person Etsy shop. My favorite way to make a large city feel like a small town is to actually meet, and be in community with the small business owners.”
I would love for you guys to check out my feature’s page – link below!