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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My Routine: Work Time

With two kids, I get asked a lot about how I get everything done for Val Marie Paper.  I shared a bit about this on this fun page of the website, but today I thought I’d share exactly what my work day looks like.  Two days a week, I go to the coffeeshop from about 7-9 while my husband stays home with the girls. This is when I work on blog posts or projects that need my full attention.  Vivi

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What it looks like to launch small

I recently saw this new program that was designed to help you launch a product and basically just get your message out en masse. My first instinct was, “add that to my list of things to do before the launch!!” I thought I needed it. I thought anything that would spread my launch quicker would be a good thing. Enter, my word for the year: small. A product launch is by no means meant to be small. We want the fanfare

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