Word on the street is we're email buddies now!
Do you know how much it means to me that you're following along with the work I'm doing here? A LOT.
It's my hope that the resources and mini essays that land in your inbox bring you life and joy and encouragement.
To share even more of my appreciation, I've rounded up a list of my favorite creative resources to help you through your process, no matter what season of life you're in right now. Bookmark this page so you always have somewhere to turn when you get stuck in the doldrums of life.
Creativity is never as far away as it feels, I promise.
For the Mamas
You're doing good work, but it can be so hard to recognize it sometimes. This is where I turn when the words don't come easy, the laundry is piling up, and nothing seems okay with these small people I'm raising.
Coffee + Crumbs
It is the mission of Coffee + Crumbs to support mothers around the world through the power of shared experiences, artful storytelling, and creative community. The C+C team wants mothers to feel safe, known, encouraged, and loved.
Favorite essay: "Let Them See You" by Sonya Spillman
And if you're in need of real-life people to walk alongside you in creative community, check out their membership site Exhale.
The Mom Hour podcast
Hosts Meagan and Sara are two moms with eight kids between them, ranging in age from preschool to teen. Join us for new shows every week where we help you feel a little better about the mom you are today AND share our own tips and stories to give you that little bit of added confidence as you move through motherhood.
A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
From the publisher: This book invites regular people to see the artistic potential in words, gestures, attitudes, and relationships. Readers will discover the art in a quiet word, a hot dinner, a made bed, a grace-filled glance, and a million other ways of showing God to the world through the simple human acts of listening, waiting, creating, and showing up.
Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly
In her characteristic poetic style, Beth Ann Fennelly connects with and encourages mothers everywhere through this collection of real-life letters she wrote a friend who was making the transition to first-time motherhood. You probably haven't heard of this book, but it's worth buying. I cried in the bathtub while reading it a few weeks after having my first baby, and it's become a regular postpartum reread ever since.
For the Creative Entrepreneurs
The world of online work is all about hustle and grind, but sometimes your creative spirit needs a rest and a reminder that your purpose goes deeper than this quarter's financial goals. These are the resources that have helped me balance entrepreneurial ambition with overall creative health since I started my freelance writing and editing business in 2012.
Jen is a business coach for heart-centered creatives and the host behind the Make It Happen podcast. She's one of the only business voices I still follow online. Her blog posts, email newsletters, and mini books all center around finding your focus as a healthy, wholehearted person . . . not just an ambitious business owner who wants more money at any cost.
Rachel Green is not only a top-notch Squarespace designer and developer (she's the genius behind my business site!) but she's a Christian mama running a business centered on faith and intentional living. Rachel is all about building a business that contributes to her family without taking away her creativity or stealing her joy as a mother. She's an inspiring example to follow, and she often shares tips and lessons she's learning on her Instagram and in her blog.
Favorite blog post: Do One Thing and Do It Well
Check back for more soon!
I'm always adding to this page as I come across new creative resources. Keep an eye on your inbox for announcements about new favorites I think you'll love!