The tools I use to run my business

This post has been a long time coming. I get emails often about how to run a business, write with two little girls. And although I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the last 9 years of being an entrepreneur, I don’t feel qualified to tell everyone how they should do things. I really believe God has different avenues for us all. I can, however, share the tools I use to optimize my time as much as possible because

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My Routine: Book Writing

I’m more than half way into my writing of Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday and heaven help me, when you write a book about how to inspire moms to live beyond stereotypical motherhood, you WILL be tested in every possible way. It’s honestly provided tons of great material for the book and the Lord is teaching me so much!  This book writing process has been very different from the first. The first, I wrote in 7 weeks and had a few

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On Sunday we rest

Over the last few months, I’ve felt this tug to close the Val Marie Paper shop on Sundays (the day I practice Sabbath). At first, I thought it sounded very weird. It’s an online shop. I don’t open my email or touch work on this day so can’t it go on running as usual? I’ve never seen an online shop close on Sundays so fear of looking odd or judgy as stalled me for a little while, but when I

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5 things to pray for your business

This post first appeared on She Works His Way blog here. If you are a female small business owner I highly recommend checking out the She Works His Way blog and their monthly membership! It’s one of the only subscriptions I have kept over the years because it constantly challenges me to keep my business pointed toward building God’s kingdom, not mine in practical ways. Check them out here!  Entrepreneurship is both an incredible tool that God can use for

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For the small business owner

There are a lot of ways God keeps me humble as an entrepreneur. One minute I’m unloading two huge palettes of journals and only the biggest investment I’ve made so far in my business to five minutes later sitting on the floor in the bathroom trying to coax a 3 year old to poop on the potty. Or watching our mail lady and shop manager Pamela (and Vivi, too!) fill up a USPS truck full of orders while I nursed my

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