October Challenge

I have been thinking a lot about accountability lately when it comes to my prayer journal. If you are like me, you can go days, even weeks without picking it up. Sometimes I feel like I should have this whole prayer thing down a bit more as this unplanned “prayer advocate” since designing the journals.  My biggest fear is not that we won’t sell any journals, but the ones we sell will sit on shelves and not be used. Instead

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Enjoy The Journey

These words have shown up repeatedly as I’ve read this week. And when something is repeated over and over, you kind of get the message that it’s important for you to hear. It’s such a simple message but one I forget a lot. There are always goals before me and milestones I can’t wait to reach. It’s easy to get antsy and feel behind when all we want is that goal. The opposite is true, it’s easy to feel content

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A New Series :: Risk & Rest

A few weeks ago, our pastor at my church preached a sermon called To Risk and Rest. I could not stop thinking about it afterward. It was about the story in the New Testament where Jesus walks on water. I am always seeking a peaceful, calm life. This sermon was a reminder that we are made for both risk and rest. And as my pastor put it, we are made for both the adventure of the waves that Peter experienced

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What I’m Afraid Of

Want to know one of my biggest fears in the world? I’m afraid of getting on a plane again. In 8th grade, I had one of my ear drums burst on a plane. And this was just a few years after the other eardrum burst. My old memories are of an indescribable pain that I NEVER want to feel again. To be honest, I have no clue whether it would even hurt that badly now, or if my dramatic middle

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Choosing Joy

Happy Friday everyone! Today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite words.  JOY! : ) As I was trying to figure out a fun little gift to send with holiday orders, I truly wanted to represent Val Marie Paper. Even something as small as an ornament can either water down your message if it’s something that has no relevance to you or further communicate the passion and heart behind your business. Choosing the word joy was no accident.

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