We had the good fortune of connecting with Sica Schmitz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sica, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
This is a question I’ve had to come back to over and over again in entrepreneurship and also life. There’s a fine line between a challenge that is helping us to grow versus an obstacle that is guiding us to change directions. There are a few things I consider – and meditate on – when trying to make decisions about where to focus my time, energy, and resources: 1) How does it feel emotionally? Do I feel a sense of excitement or relief with one option over the other? 2) How does it feel physically? What is the tension in my neck/shoulders, or knot in my stomach indicating? 3) How do I feel about the original mission? Does it still call to me, even in difficult moments? 4) What is my big-picture goal right now and how do I get there? 5) Is there a middle ground: keep going in a new way, or give up part of something but keep the rest? 6) Is it my ego or my soul that wants to keep going? I’ve learned to trust that there is no wrong answer – if I keep going when I shouldn’t, the Universe will continue to send me sign after sign that it’s time to stop (and hopefully eventually I’ll listen!). If I quit before I should have, the Universe will present another opportunity in something similar. I’ve learned that entrepreneurship – and life – is a mix of intuition, wisdom, and luck. Work hard to cultivate all of them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My focus is on healing individuals, industries, and communities. With a background in costume design and sustainable styling, I spent much of my career working towards external healing in the forms of fair trade and vegan fashion as the founder of the ethical fashion community Bead & Reel (winner of the 2017 Sustainable Business Council’s Sustainable Business Award) and creator of the nonprofit Impact Fashion (which raised over $31,000 to fight human trafficking in 2017). Through my own internal healing journey from grief and trauma I began incorporating mindfulness into my business as well – becoming a meditation and yoga teacher, Akashic Records intuitive, and Reiki Healer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have been the recipient of so many amazing guides and mentors. Right now I’d most like to recognize my teacher Josslyn Street of Rain Shadow Reiki for helping me more fully tap into my intuition and purpose. Our outer work is a reflection of our inner work, and she has helped me navigate my inner work in new and meaningful ways.
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