Faith, Life

When God Wants to Be Your Boss

“Make Me your job.” This is the impression I received from the Lord back in April as I pondered, for the millionth time, when and if I could leave my full-time job. I was at a women’s retreat that my church holds each year. It was the first time I’d attended and, to be honest, I hadn’t even wanted to go. I mean, I did kinda sorta want to go, but…not really. I hadn’t had great experiences with women’s anything – much less retreats, where you’re stuck with a whole slew of women you don’t even know for multiple days and…

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Entrepreneurship, Faith, Finances

31 Days of Holy Hustle: Day 5

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure Policy for details. Today’s Holy Hustle Review Work Hard BJD Photography Yesterday, I actually caught the books up for the photography business. My background is actually in accounting and finance so I’ve always done the books for the business (and for our nonprofit business, as well). I’m not a CPA and have no desire to ever become one but I do enjoy basic bookkeeping, financial management and accounting. However, because my life’s been a little nuts, I haven’t stayed on top of the books like I should. The last time…

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Entrepreneurship, Link Up Posts

31 Days of Holy Hustle: Day 3

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure Policy for details. Today’s Holy Hustle Review Work Hard Well, today was a bit of a bust in the “work hard” category. I checked out a local meeting of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) this morning and didn’t realize how long it would last. Right about two hours, by the way. Then, a mentor of mine – who I haven’t seen in quite a while, actually – was there and wanted to take me to lunch afterwards. Awesome! …but not what I was planning on. So, I didn’t get back home…

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Entrepreneurship, Finances

31 Days of Holy Hustle: Day 2

Today’s Holy Hustle Review Work Hard BJD Photography I am so very close to having all of the images edited from the newborn session! Just a handful left! Today was a productive day on that front. I’m not the fastest image editor, perhaps because I’m actually learning a lot about editing still, but I am getting better with each shoot! I also got my October newsletter created and scheduled to go out tomorrow. It takes longer than one might think to pull together a newsletter…or, at least, it takes me longer…but, I’m convinced that as I do these kinds of…

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Entrepreneurship, Faith, Life, Link Up Posts

31 Days of Holy Hustle: Day 1

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure Policy for details. Before I start this series, I think it’s important to identify – as much as I can right now – what falls in the category of “work” and what falls into “rest.” Knowing the responsibilities of my life that feel like work, whether or not they actually produce an income, is necessary to help me determine what to hustle at while, similarly, knowing what truly brings me rest in life is necessary to be able to pursue it well. Crystal Stine, in her book Holy Hustle (where…

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Entrepreneurship, Faith, Life, Link Up Posts

31 Days of Holy Hustle: Discovering What “Holy Hustle” Looks Like When I’m My Own Boss

Last week, I took a “sabbatical” in a popular tourist town a few hours from where I live. The point was to spend a few days alone and away from “life” to rest, relax and pray into this next, completely new and foreign, season of life I am entering. It was to spend some quality time with the Lord with no agenda, no obligations and no expectations other than to enjoy His presence and commune with Him. I admit, I had no idea how to actually do those things. I mean, I’m a doer more than a be-er. Side note:…

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Entrepreneurship, Life, Travel

The Best Thing About My Vacation Ending

Scott and I just returned from vacation this weekend. All last week, we were on our first ever cruise! We sailed from Galveston to the ports of Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. It was seven days of relaxation, sun, water and fun. We had a balcony room and watched the sunrise from it each morning while eating breakfast. At each port, we scheduled an excursion and swam with dolphins, stingrays, sharks and lots of other sea life. On sea days, we jumped into several of the activities on board the Liberty for entertainment,…

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Entrepreneurship, Life

The coat of many…changes?

Have you ever tried on coats? In my college years, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I’d spent all of my middle school and high school career focused on academics and music and I was decent in both, but I was also burnt out. Especially in music. I was a violinist and everyone just assumed that I’d pursue violin in college. I think I even assumed I would until my senior year when I panicked because I realized I didn’t actually want to be a violin performance major. I loved the instrument too much and didn’t want to…

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Faith, Finances

2018 Financial Goals…and Changes

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure Policy for details. Well, it’s here. 2018 has finally come and is in full swing. I anticipate this year to be one of the most important financial years for us. Why? Because it should be the year that we become debt free. Finally. After six+ years of working towards that goal, I think this year is the year we will actually get it accomplished. Yes, we’re in the final stretch. I am ready for our income to work (almost) entirely in building opportunities for the future rather than being obligated…

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Entrepreneurship, Faith, Finances, Marriage

I Quit My Full-Time Job

Yep, that’s right. I quit my 8-5, full-time job. This was a major decision. And, like most (if not all?) major decisions, it has a story. So, if you care to the story, go grab a cuppa…somethin’…and read along. The path I haven’t always wanted out of the 8-5 life. In fact, once I switched my major over to accounting and finance in college, I had dreams of being the super driven, CEO-type woman, climbing up the corporate ladder. I was going to rule the world wearing high heels, working-in-a-highrise-building in some big or up-and-coming city and making a name…

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