Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monthly Printables: August 2014

Months just seem to be blasting by me without any notice. I could have sworn it was May yesterday! Over the past few months, time management has been my most conscious improvement, but I will say.. The more focused I am with my day the quicker it turns into tomorrow. 

Before August gets here, I am making a promise to myself to take 5 mins, yes just 5 mins, every few hours and just be still. 
--Close my eyes, pray, get away from the screen, stretch, grab a cup of coffee, or walk outside--

 What ever works for you, just take 5 minutes and do something that rejuvenates you. In the next few months, leave will be changing and this summer weather will cool off (hopefully, soon!) and it will be another season passed. So, embrace the one you are in while you still can. Just 5 mins. 

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Monthly with HBP is in the shop! I am especially excited about August for this reason! Also, if you are attending Gather-Athens like me, you may see one of this items in a swag bag! 

Have a great week!







Friday, July 11, 2014

Leap of Faith

Disclaimer: Writing this experience down to share with the world is a challenge for me. I am not a huge "sharer", and this story is so close to my heart that it feels almost unnatural to share it. But if everything GOOD and PERFECT felt natural there would be no need to reach out to God, and I believe sharing this story is a step in a deeper relationship with him. Also, as I share this with you, it only feels right to pray throughout it. I hope you don't mind me sharing that with you too. :)
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My life before my leap can really be described in one word: searching. I wasn't always sure what I was searching for, but when I was starting to see God's love in many aspects of my life I started to feel more and more at home. Which then drew me in closer to really hear the soft, gentle words that directed me onto a very scary, out of my character direction, that I could no longer ignore. 

How I got there..

A year and a half ago, we were cruisin'.  I was so in love with my new husband, we had a dream wedding and honeymoon, Z had a great job that he loved, I was working at my dream employer doing what I loved, and life was so so good. Great things were happening to us as a couple and as individuals, but in my heart I was still searching. Still, no clue as to what I was looking for. One day, I started to follow Lara Casey's Blog, which lead me to Emily Ley's. I was really taken back by how excited these women were to share God's word through their work. I mean, you can't deny either of their successes! I was so intrigued by their lifestyle. I followed their every move for about 6 months until God reached me on a new level through their stories. It was like the final piece to the wall was broken down, unveiling a free path, or lifting a curtain to reveal life's greatest gift! Through my fascination with Lara's & Emily's lives, I let my self listen to what God was whispering to me. He placed a dream on my heart that day. 
He said to me, "You were meant to do something meaningful, and you are worthy of it. You are enough." 
Everyone has their own way of listening to God, or feeling his words, and I am so grateful how God chooses to communicate with me. I need clarity. I need someone to say, 'this is what you do and how you do it'. And God, the amazingly personal God that he is, whispers things into my heart in such a calming, yet life-changing way.

"God thank you for being so personal. I can't even fathom how many prayers you hear in a day, but yet you still have time for me. You still speak to my heart in those perfect moments. Your attentiveness means so much to me."

Ok…. well now what? At this point, I wanted more communication and interactions with God, and I wanted to share my recent revelations with other people. Particularly my friends. So I nervously asked two of those friends to do bible studies with me once a week. I was scared of rejection of course, but on some level I was also scared that they would accept. Having a relationship with God isn't easy at times because he calls you to do things that bring you out of your comfort zone, and as much as I craved more fellowship with others, it also scared the crap out of me to be so vulnerable. Well, they said yes. :)
As time passed, bible study was what I looked forward to most in the week. It really helped me open up and feel accepted, and I was connecting with my friends on a deeper level. The outcome of that has been so rewarding. Through those moments, God never let me forget about the 'dream'. In fact, he made it more prominent. We studied the book "You were made for a God-sized dream." It was SHUT-THE-FRONT-DOOR perfect for me. NO doubt, that book helped prepare my heart to make some big changes in my life and revealed a new dream in the process which was to repair the relationship with my Dad. 

Fast forward a few months.--So there I was… I was buried in God's word, I had begun repairing a neglected relationship with my Dad, and I was finally figuring out what I was most passionate about professionally and personally. Thats a lot right? GOOD, but still a lot. I was exhausted of all of the changes going on inside of me, and if that wasn't enough, in September of 2013, God said to me "Child, I am going to call you to do something that seems crazy, but its right and I've got you. Lean on me and my love and I will take you where you need to go. Have faith." 

What?! Back it up for a second…You mean, the faith overhaul, trying to pursue dreams, and family therapy, isn't it? How am I supposed to do… MORE? Why is this all happening at once? I didn't understand, and to be honest, I wasn't too happy with God. Sure, he was filling me with his love and grace to the brim through all of the great things happening, but MORE?

Anyone who knows me, knows this girl has a breaking point, and I felt like I was nearing it. 

Time passes and I experience really hard times at my job. Things that normally didn't bother me started to, my 'tough' exterior was cracked, I was emotionally exhausted from counseling with my family and my attempts at pursuing a dream seemed to be failing. My dream was to pursue my freelance design clients more, grow my etsy shop, and ultimately work from home so I could make my own schedule to accommodate my medical needs and a family someday. Even though God placed that dream on my heart, things weren't happening like I thought they would. As I searched for an option to allow me to focus more on those things, every lead, every idea, every piece of hope, just disappeared. We had decided that financially, it was going to be too risky for me to just leave my job without a transitional part-time position somewhere and living off of one income was just not in the cards for now. 

By December, I was a wreck. To be as unfiltered as possible…I cried all the time, I was so unsatisfied with my current state, and I felt so frustrated because I felt mislead by God. Why wasn't he presenting me with the right opportunities so that I can do what he wants me to do?! I was so confident he was leading me to do this, but there was a big fat NO everywhere I turned. I felt frustration, disappointment, and anger towards him. A friend then shared this with me, "Sometimes God doesn't change your situation, because he is trying to change your heart." 

Lightbulb! 

God was waiting on me to give up control and have faith that he will take care of us no matter what. Once I gave up trying to control my situation, I could see so clearly what the right thing to do was. In January, I put all my faith in God and left my corporate job. It was the scariest thing I had ever done for multiple reasons, but I think the biggest issue for me was financial security. Quitting my job meant giving that up, and my husband and I, being very logical people, made that a hard pill to swallow. Also, Family didn't quite understand or agree with my career move, and as much as I can tell my self I am an adult who can make my own decisions, their opinion still mattered to me. I worked for a great company with great people and I learned so many valuable lessons from being there. It was hard for me to even rationalize my decision sometimes, but I just didn't feel like I was glorifying God by being there anymore. I just kept hearing, "This is it. This is the next move." So as I took the leap of faith, we were forced to trust in God and to understand that security isn't financial wealth, it's wealth within our relationship with our Savior. BUT I was still scared. I was so afraid we weren't going to make ends meet. I had confidence that I could make money, but quickly and consistently..not so much. I was also afraid of what else God was going to call me to do. Well, he definitely didn't let me down in any department.

"God thank you so much for breaking me. You put those trials in my path to encourage me to give up control and crave YOUR way. Thank you for sticking with me when I questioned your guidance, and making me wealthy in love and through your promises"

Once I was convinced that quitting my very secure job, was the right thing to do, I then felt lead to approach my Dad about working for his company part time. Talk about scary! I loved my Dad and admired him as a business owner, but working for him when our healing relationship was still so fresh? I wasn't sure. I put it off as long as possible. I didn't want it to seem as though I was trying to get an easy way out by working for my dad, you know? At least I didn't want others to see it that way… especially him. But once again… God wins. I approached the situation wanting to be obedient, and not looking for a way out, but instead a way in to this new life I had chosen to live. The blessings from that obedient move and many others never ceases to amaze me. 

This life isn't easy y'all. Does it ever get easier? I don't know, but I do know that God is always good, and he is always leading us to our promise land despite the heartache, struggle and pain! The question is do we follow, or do we think our plans are better. Do we trust his sovereignty or do we trust that we know what is best for ourselves?

Now, I work from home full-time and I am self-employed with my Dad's company and my own endeavors. God's path lead me here and saying I am grateful for his plans and outcomes just doesn't seem like enough. It's important to say that this path I said yes too, isn't easy, in fact it just might be the hardest thing I have ever done. It's God's plan for me, and to have so many experiences and testimonies to share from it, makes it the perfect plan. I see it all in hindsight. God has been working on my broken heart for years and finally submitting myself to him has resulted in so much promise. Promise that he loves me and takes care of me, promise that he always wins. Although each day is different, it is also NEW, and his mercies and grace carry me on this journey.



  • A leap of faith is risking something you have for the possibility of something better, ending the chase for "perfect," and surrendering your own life to live for Him. - Lara Casey
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HBP Monthly Printables - July 2014

It's that time again! I had such a blast designing these printables. Fun patterns and bright colors are the epitome of summertime! Don't you think so? My husband and I are gearing up for a vacation within the next few weeks, so summer loving' was definitely the focus of my artwork this month. Hope you enjoy the purposeful printables. Get them HERE today!

Are you a local reader? I am taking Hazel Berry Paper to our first LOCAL market. And luckily for us it is just a HUGE girls night out! Check out our Etsy page for more info, or visit their FB page to buy tickets! 






Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HBP Monthly Printables- JUNE


Monthly with HB in the shop now! 

Anyone else Anchor crazy these days? The month of June just makes me think of lounging by the water somewhere. And as our anniversary month, I will be daydreaming of that scene all month long! 
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This month's "a better me" printables are tailored to your Father's Day celebrations! I'm sure grills will be fired up, front porch sittin' will be a trend with cool drinks in hand. So the seasonal printables let you make that relaxing vision just a little fancier. Father's Day banner, burger toppers and straw flags included. 

Enjoy your June!
Monday, May 12, 2014

Living Simple : My favorites

Image // Southern Living

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1. Taskboard Manager // I use this for all of my "lists" because there are many. I always have many different projects going on, and this app allows me to keep them all in one place. It also reminds me of important dates and meetings coming up. Very helpful for some one who has several things going on in their life…aka, everyone.

2. Meal Planner // I find my meal planner to be so incredibly helpful. Because I have so many different things going on at one time, sitting down to put all of my meal ideas AND a grocery list is very helpful for me. Its all in one place.. not on a gazillion sticky notes that get eaten by my purse. I mean that doesn't happen or anything… just saying. Never happens. 

3. My sweet golden girl Stella is seriously the best assistant I could have. She reminds me to take breaks, gives me a lot of sweet kisses (shuuugs, as we call it) and always makes me feel important. But there are times where she gets a little antsy, so her favorite Kong toy is very necessary to occupy her until it's time for our "break". I just put a few treats in there and she will chew on it for hours. 

4. My custom logo mason jar is really special to me. Not only is it extremely cute, but it encourages me to drink water during the day. I am a big diet coke fan, so water is good! Also, to get a little discount on your jar (because I know you are dying for some right now!), you will find a discount code for all HBP readers to the right :). Enjoy!

5. Mozilla Thunderbird allows me to have all of my emails in one place on my computer. It is similar to outlook, but FREE and great for the Mac Software. 

6. Amazon is pretty much my go to for everything business & home. I order a lot of my business supplies from there and always get the best deal. Plus we have amazon prime which ALWAYS makes me feel like I am getting the best deal since 2-day shipping is free :).

7. The day designer is one of those things that (before I could see it in person) I probably wouldn't have spent my money on, but now that I have it and have been using it religiously for the past several months… I won't go back! I can't wait to get a new one soon. 

8. Monthly with HB is a set of printables I created to help organize my life with cute fun printables. I love sharing these with Etsy customers and seeing them use them in their busy lives as well. 

9. Encouragement for Today is a Crosswalk devo that I try to read every morning before I start my day. It really centers my heart and gets my mojo right before I get busy with work. I HIGHLY recommend.

10. I have tried SO Many different tennis shoes, and I have wasted a lot of money buying what I liked and not what was the most comfortable. The Go Run's are my absolute favorite. I have a bad back and bad hips… at 25?! yeah I know. And these shoes are like walking on pillows!! I can't live without them.

Check out some of these products! I guarantee they will make your life a tad bit simpler too.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Red Balloons for Ryan



Things have been quiet over here lately. There is no particular reason for it, just the overused 'busy-life' tale. But today I am stopping. Stopping for prayer, for stealing kisses, and just a few extra seconds of being still with my loved ones. 

As you may have heard, a little boy was taken to heaven last Friday. I didn't know him or his parents, but I know God and how he intertwines our paths in unique ways for a divine purpose. We are all family here and I am humbled with the opportunity to help in anyway I can from what seems like so far away. Cupcake Mag (@cupcakemag) is hosting an auction of gift baskets full of gift cards to some great shops. My very own, Hazel Berry Paper, is among these shops and I hope you will participate. All proceeds go to Ryan's family during this unimaginable time. The auction will start tomorrow, so follow @cupcakemag and spread the word. 


"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalms 34:18

#redballoonsforryan



Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inspiration Board

See this inspiration board?
You will start noticing it being infused into this little blog of mine, and in the little ole shop. And that's all I am going to say for now. :)

Isn't it gorgeous?

 
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