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ON MY TERMS

“Do I look like a pastor’s wife?” I asked rhetorically knowing the person would say “no” because, let’s face it, I don’t.

I have been in the fashion industry for about 20 years and married to my husband for 10 of those years. When he told me he wanted to become a pastor, immediately I thought of myself and how the world would view me, because I don’t own what I imagine most pastors’ wives wear and I definitely don’t act like them. I do have a strong relationship with God and all that but still…

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“Was my profession just a materialistic role that constantly created the urge for people to want more “stuff”? I always was answered with images in my head of the many people whose confidence soared after a session with them and God continued to bless me with more success, so I felt I was in the right place.”

I have been a personal stylist for 10 years at a major fashion retailer and I am good at it. I trained many people on how to run their own business as a stylist and I had a loyal following of clients that constantly referred me to their friends, so my business continued to grow. Still though, I would pray to God and ask him if this is where He wanted me to be. Was my profession just a materialistic role that constantly created the urge for people to want more “stuff”? I always was answered with images in my head of the many people whose confidence soared after a session with them and God continued to bless me with more success, so I felt I was in the right place. Still, it was weird that my husband was a pastor, because LOOK WHO I WAS.

Earlier this year, I volunteered to help plan the women’s retreat for my church hoping I could deepen my relationship with God and understand my place in this world. The assignment from the retreat changed my world. We were told to ask a few people closest to us what they thought our purpose in life was. One of my closest friends said many things, but what resonated with me was that I was meant for something bigger. What?!

So I wrestled with this information all night and in the morning, I was having a conversation with God.

He asked, “Would you open your own business?”

I said, “Well, only if it’s on my terms.”

And it was almost like I could see God smiling a sly smile, because almost immediately I thought “Damn it! That’s a really good name. Now I have to do it!” I almost heard Him laugh and from there the floodgates opened.

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I launched On My Terms Styling on September 1, 2016. The goal of OMT Styling is fashion consultation that is intentional, fashionable, honest, and caring. Our clients know that along with great fashion guidance that they are contributing to a bigger cause because all stylists that work for us donate 10% of their proceeds to local charities. The client can also choose where those proceeds go.

On top of that, we donate our time with various charities styling people who may never be able to afford a personal stylist, but now know how to always look put together.

I don’t know how my company will evolve and change over the years, but I know I can take the talent God gave me and make a difference. I feel amazing and have already been blessed with great business so far. I even kinda feel like I’m a passable pastor’s wife now, but just a really well dressed one.

sphereofdin-com-omt-styling-lauryn-chavez-1Lauryn is the Founder and Director of OMT Styling. She currently resides in Kirkland, Washington and is the mother of three beautiful girls. She loves to dance, garden, and eat great food. Find OMT Styling on Facebook to begin your style journey with the Seattle area’s top stylist.

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