Building the biographical flat lay that became the first header on my Etsy shop and website.Part of my story is that I quit my job without a plan. That part drove people absolutely crazy. They all wanted to hear me enthuse about freelancing. Or talk about how I was planning to be off x years and then I'd go back to work. To be honest, I was pretty nervous too. I absolutely obsessed over setting up a Linked In page. I was sure that I would be doomed professionally without one. In my final month of work I received three different job offers. Some of them were just freelance projects but I was still stressed out about turning them down. I remember wondering if God was just testing me to see if I would follow through with obeying his direction. In hindsight, maybe it was just God proving he could provide for me. All that was six years ago. Since we're celebrating the 1-year anniversary of my business that means I did not work professionally as a graphic designer for 5 whole years. I truly believe that was the number of years I needed to unwind from years of tension and perfectionism and learn to trust God more fully. If I hadn't had those years off I don't think I could embark on owning my own business in a way that is healthy for myself or my family. During those years God and I were still in conversation about my artistic gifts and how he might use them (And when! I like plans, God, you know that!). He was always so reassuring to me. Along the way I discovered some beautiful and inspiring scriptures that still grace my workspace today. I am so happy to share them with you today.