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Why did you start Simple Purposeful Living?

When people ask me what I do I always say a stay at home mom but in the last few months, I have started to say I own my own business.  Right after I say I own my business, people always ask me “Why did you start your own business?”  So, I thought on the eve of our 2nd Simple Purposeful Living shop launch I would share my “why” with you!

My Career Plan Was All Set

I was months from my masters in educational leadership graduation when I slipped into my Ann Taylor powder blue suit (oh I loved that suit).  I fastened a hair rubber band to the button to allow extra room in the waistband (tell me you have done that?).  I just couldn’t fit my 24-week belly into those pants like I used to.  I was headed to an interview to become an instructional coach.

This was the next step on my career path, the one I had carefully planned from the moment I started teaching.  I spent 5 years in the classroom and now I had aspirations to become an elementary principal. I got the job, I couldn’t believe it.  A new baby and a new job in the same year.  How blessed could I be?

Fast forward to August 7, 2009, when I held my son in my arms for the first time and suddenly all those plans I had made didn’t feel so set.  I knew I ultimately wanted more flexibility and so resigned at the end of the school year.

A Change of Plans

I loved being a stay at home mom.  Just two years after our son was born we welcomed our first daughter to the mix.  I had 2 kids two and under.  I was busy and tired.  However,  I still wanted a little something of my own so I had a little hobby blog on the side I posted to daily.  Thanks, mom for being a faithful reader all these years (10 to be exact).

Once we had what we thought was our last child, Lucille, in 2015, I started to think long-term.  Did I want to go back to teaching?  I loved helping and encouraging women, I loved to blog and oh I loved to talk a lot!  What could I do with that?

A New Dream in My Heart

One night I rolled over in bed and nudged my half sleeping husband.  What if I made the blog something more than a diary for my mom to read.  He said, “You will never know unless you try!”  The next day (September 2105), I changed the name and started planning content on my blogger blog.  I listened to allllll the podcasts, took several missteps, and it wasn’t until March 2018 I found my niche.

Could Simple + purposeful living be something others would find value in and improve their life?  Again, I consulted my husband and he offered the same advice – you won’t know unless you try!

Over the years, I kept hearing women share the same problems over and over.  The same problems I had struggled with.  Could I offer a simple but purposeful solution to their problems?

Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

Ideas swirled in my brain but I had no idea how to implement them.  With no design or manufacturing experience, I started to draw out some designs and ask around for local printers.  No one would work with me.

We didn’t have the capital to invest in a large order. Even 100 copies of something would cost us $1000.  All our money was being funneled toward our adoption.

Listening to enough “How I Built This” podcasts, I knew not to be deterred by the word no and kept calling.  Finally, I found a printer who would work with me, print on demand, help me source products and even bought a perforator for those meal planners so the grocery list could be ripped out of the meal planner!

Now, I need to find a designer stat.  As God would have it, I was serving with our new worship pastor’s daughter during VBS.  Wouldn’t you know her older two sisters loved art and design and being new to town they might like a little project over the summer!

Prepare To Launch and A Mis-fire

We prepared to launch our Simple Purposeful Living meal planner and journal in November 20189.  I had ordered about 8 copies of each and a few days before launch I went live to show them off.  My neighbor texted me a short time later asking if her eyes deceived her that purposeful might be spelled wrong?

I’d like to say that was a first but it wasn’t.  Purposeful was spelled wrong when I bought my domain, I added an extra L!  Thankfully, we got it all fixed and people actually bought the products.  People that weren’t related and didn’t even know me bought them and what’s more, they liked them.

A Few Lessons I have Learned So Far…

  • Sometimes, dreams change and your plans take a different course.
  • You will never know unless you try.
  • You will make mistakes, they don’t define you unless you let them.
  • You have to believe in your dream even when no one else does.
  • Your why has to be more than money in the bank (because when you start there’s not a whole lot there ;).
  • You never get anywhere alone!

Moving Forward Excited & Thankful

On Monday, we will do our 2nd launch adding 2 new products and an accessory kit.  I am scared out of my mind and just praying I spelled everything right but I am so excited because these products are serving you which has been my goal from the very beginning.

My why has been and always will be to help you lead a more simple and purposeful life so you can do what matters with those that matter!  We only get one life, let’s live it simply on purpose!  Thank you for being a part of our community, it’s because of you we exist and get to do what we do!  Thank you.

 

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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They are here.  They are here.  They are here.  The first Simple Purposeful Living products.  Say what? If you didn’t see that coming, either did I?

How Did We Get Here?

After chatting with so many of you, two main points kept surfacing.  Meal planning and spending purposeful time with God.   I have struggled with both myself but I know how essential both are to a simple and purposeful life. You have to feed your family and time with God is food for the soul.  Women kept asking for simple and purposeful solutions and by golly, I was going to try to find one!

So in January, I started testing out different methods.  What worked, what didn’t. Then, this summer I was chatting with some local friends that I had these ideas but that I was stumped in the graphic design department.

I knew I was in over my head.  So, they suggested I enlist design interns and I found a set of 3 very talented sisters.  They helped me do the heavy lifting when it came to adobe photoshop and hand-drawn lettering and illustration.  Yes, every graphic was hand drawn (not by me).

As the design was coming together, I consulted printing companies.  No one wanted to work with an unknown commodity.  I didn’t have the capital or the guts to order a set amount not knowing what the response would be.  Finally, a friend gave me a contact for a retail printer who agreed to do a pre-order with me.  Bingo!

So, we are ready to launch these bad boys into the world and my hope and prayer are that these products will be valuable tools in the lives of each of you.  The real power will come from you using them, they are nothing without you!  So, enough of the behind the scenes, let me introduce you!

Simple Purposeful Living Products

The Simple Purposeful Living Daily Journal

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Do you struggle to find time to spend with God?  Do you struggle to know what to do when you do find the time?  You aren’t alone!  So many others feel the same way but spending time with God is an essential part of our Christian walk.  Make the most of your precious time with the Simple Purposeful Living Daily Journal.

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Simple Purposeful Living 6 Month Daily Journal Product Details –

The 6-month daily journal will be delivered by 12/15/18

Each month section includes 30 Daily Journaling Pages with prompts, 4 Sermon Notes Pages, and 2 Monthly Prayer Journal Pages.

6 Undated Monthly Tabs.

Page size: 8.5 x 11

Product Price – $45 (Shop here)

Simple Purposeful Living 52-week Meal Planner

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Do you struggle with meal planning?  You are not alone.  Providing healthy meals for our family is an essential recipe for life but it makes many of us want to pull out our hair.  Enter the Simple Purposeful Living 52 Week Meal Planner.  It helps people just like you create simple and delicious meals for their family that they will love every single week of the year.

Plan your meals, write down the corresponding grocery list on the adjacent perforated tab and then rip it out to order your groceries online or head to the store.

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Never Forget To Buy That Needed Item At The Store

Then, as you create the meals you planned throughout the week and think of things you need to get at the store, write it down on next week’s grocery list conveniently located right next to your meal plan.

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Stuck on creating a meal plan for the week?

Never fear, just flip back to all your previous meal plans secured in the spiral bound pages.  At the end of the year, you will have 52 weeks worth of meal plans you and your family love.  You won’t be stuck in an “I don’t know what to make for dinner” rut again!

Simple Purposeful Living 52 Week Meal Planner Product Details –

The 52-week meal planner will be delivered by 12/15/18

52 Weekly meal plan sheets adjacent to a perforated weekly grocery list

Product Price – $20 (Shop here)

Both Products include –

60 lb. Premium Journaling Paper (so pens don’t bleed through)

Durable Laminated Colored Covers (nice and durable 🙂 )

Navy Spiral Binding (of course!)

Simple + Purposeful Design

 

Simple Purposeful living Bundles will save you 10% off retail price, check them out too!

SPL Journal + Meal Planner Bundle (exclusive weekly coaching sessions with this bundle only)

SPL 2 Meal Planner Bundle (give the gift of meal planning)

SPL 2 Quiet Time Journals Bundle (give the gift of purposeful daily time with God)

 

All products and product bundles will launch for pre-order at 12 pm CST on Wednesday, November 8th and you will have them in your hands by December 15th!  Shop here!  Let Simple Purposeful Living help you live simply on purpose with the new Simple Purposeful Living Daily Journal and the 52-week meal planner.  We only get one life, let’s live simply on purpose!

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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