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How to Get Through the Holidays Personally & Professionally | Guest Post

I am officially going on “maternity leave.” My induction date is December 29th, but the holidays are upon us and I still have to get my butt in gear with finishing up nesting and preparing my Etsy shop. But, I’m not going to leave you high and dry. I have a few end-of-year type posts lined up already and I have quite a few friends willing to fill in for me!

Today, one of the most inspiring creative women I know is taking over. Meet Kendra…


The Holidays are upon us which means as a small business owner a mountain of tasks & to-do lists piling up. There might be a million deadlines you are trying to meet and at the same time your phone keeps alerting you about all the things you are forgetting to do.

You might feel like you are drowning in questions of what to do and where to start, but don’t worry we have all been there. At least I know I have & I want to tell you something,  there’s a better way!

MY STORY…

THE BEGINNING

When I started to get serious about my blog & business I felt like there were times when I felt like I was running around in circles not knowing which way was up. I was questioning constantly if that choice was a good choice or if I was simply wasting hours upon hours doing something that wasn’t going to benefit me in the long run. I felt like I was always distracted. I was on my phone way more than I wanted to be and I felt like my business was controlling me, not me running my business.

I remember it clearly, the moment where I knew I couldn’t keep it up. I knew there had to be a better way, a way that brought joy and peace to my personal and professional life.

THE MIDDLE

It started slowly but those minor changes in my daily routine created space to do the things I wanted to. To spend time with my friends and family without looking at my phone 100 times. It allowed me to go on vacation and stay connected with my community & completing business tasks without touching my computer.

I began implementing a few specific habits into my daily routine. I started introducing automated scheduling systems to allow me to run my business from a distance while spending quality time with my friends and family. I started to say no to things (man was this hard at first), which gave me perspective and allowed me to prioritize what needed my attention and allowed me to let small distracting tasks wait for another time.

THE END

Going into this holiday season I knew one thing.  I was going  wasn’t to survive, but to thrive. I knew I had my systems in place and I also knew that I needed to share these things with you!

You are my people, my little family and  If you are feeling even a little bit like I have felt in the past then I know the Simple Tools linked below will help you to have more peace and joy this holiday season and really who can ask for more than that.

I created a little Holiday Guide that shares a few of my Simple Tools that help me stay sane & successful during the holidays! 

SNAG YOUR FREE HOLIDAY GUIDE HERE

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I’m Kendra, an artist, blogger & designer. You can usually find me with paint on my hands and a coffee near by. I love helping people find there passion and make it a reality. I never thought that I would be a small business owner, but I have learned that dreams can become reality. Thanks for letting me share a bit of my story.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Please Help!

Two quick things!

1) Please Collaborate with Me!

Since opening my Etsy print shop, I’ve decided that I want to collaborate with bloggers. I want to send you one of my prints (your choice), and you review it and share it online! Please sign up here and I’ll send you an email by December 5th with more information!

2) Please Guest Post for Me!

Since baby girl is due right after Christmas, I want to start gathering some guest posts for the end of December and throughout January!

You have to write posts that deal with my main topics: motherhood, Christian religion (you don’t have to be Mormon), recipes you’ve created, family and marriage, domestic stuff (being a homemaker), or blogging.

It would need at least one vertical, high quality Pinnable image. No cussing, no graphic thoughts, no politics.

Please fill out here if you are interested and I’ll send you an email with more detail!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop+ Giveaway!

The Morrell Tale Design etsy print shop is now open for business! @themorrelltale

For a long time, I’ve loved playing around with design and creating my own images, prints for Sunday School, and helping others redesign their blogs. It’s so fun to be able to let this creative part of me free. I love being able to discover myself through design and see what I can come up with. Sometimes I even surprise myself: “I made that?!?!”

So, after a few pushes from some family and close friends, I decided to bite the bullet, take a leap of faith, and swallow my fear. I opened an Etsy shop! (AND THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THE POST!)

Introducing: The Morrell Tale Design!

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop Grand Opening Giveaway

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My etsy shop focuses on prints I design. There will be three main categories: seasonal prints, religious prints, and inspirational/random prints. I also will be adding in options for custom prints as well as announcement cards. I’m even considering adding in blog design type options, such as social media icons, some blog design, media kits, etc.

Check out some of prints I’ve designed and are up on my Etsy shop.

All prints are digital downloads and are only $5!

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop Grand Opening Giveaway

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So, to celebrate the grand opening of my Etsy shop, I’ve decided to do two things:

  1. Use coupon code GRANDOPENING2016 to take 15% off until December 1st!
  2. Giveaway two prints of your choice to one lucky winner!!

The Morrell Tale Design etsy print shop is now open for business! @themorrelltale

Giveaway will run until November 30th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’d love to work with you: I want to send you a print from my shop in exchange for a review and social media shoutouts! If you are interested, please fill out this form. (I can’t take everyone…I have a limited number of prints I’m able to give away for free, so if you don’t hear from me by December 5th, please don’t be offended)

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’m Going to the Pinners Conference!

Oh my gosh! I thought that only Utah had the Pinners Conference. I thought I was so lucky when I lived in Sandy to be literally a mile away from the South Towne Expo Center for some of the most popular conferences in Utah (especially for bloggers). But, I didn’t realize that the Pinners Conference was a multi-state thing! And, this year, I get to go!

@PinnersConf 2016 in Dallas on September 9&10.

It will be this weekend, September 9&10, at the Arlington Convention Center.

If you have never heard of the Pinners Conference, well, shame on you. This is how it is described: What is the Pinners Conference? It’s two great events in one. It’s a conference featuring 100 Pinterest-based classes taught by the best teachers in the nation. And it’s also an expo with 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things. What’s Pinners? It’s where Pinterest comes to life. And it’s now your favorite weekend!

Follow along with the Conference, which happens in Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta this year, on social media with the username @pinnersconf.

And, make sure you follow me on Pinterest!

@PinnersConf 2016 in Dallas on September 9&10.

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Blog Design | BeYOUtifully Made

Design board for the new and improved BeYOUtifully Made blog at http://aprilmcdonaldfitness.com

Guys, I can’t believe it!

I actually designed a blog!!!

Now, I don’t have a degree in graphic design or any Adobe programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. But, I have had quite the learning curve after blogging for almost seven years. I’ve gone to workshops, read instruction articles, and experimented.

For the past 8 months, I have been a virtual assistant to a beach body coach named April who blogs at BeYOUtifully Made. She is quite the #girlboss–building her business from scratch to the point where her husband was able to quit the job he hated. She needed someone to help manage her blog, as well as create monthly newsletters. And she found me. April became more than a fun employer–she became a friend. However, she was stuck in a bad situation in a WordPress multi-site owned by someone else that she didn’t have a lot of access or ability to edit or redesign (even though she owned her own domain). She also didn’t like the way her blog looked. So, I suggested I take a whack at it.

And boy, was it a process. Not necessarily the design stuff–that was all fun. But the technical stuff. Getting her own hosting, connecting her domain to the new hosting, downloading and deleting her blog from the multi-site to her own self-hosted WordPress site. Yikes! Talk about trial by fire! However, I was able to figure it all out and everything worked out fine.

After having worked with April for a few months, I knew what she liked and what easily able to create a new design for her.

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Design board for the new and improved BeYOUtifully Made blog at http://aprilmcdonaldfitness.com

Working with Tayler was SO awesome. I previously had a blog designer that didn’t allow me much freedom and I felt like it wasn’t even MY blog. Tayler has been so sweet and diligent in TOTALLY redesigning my blog, making sure it’s EXACTLY what I want, and making changes quickly. It’s nice to feel like you are working with a friend that GETS you. I highly recommend her!

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April was a sweetheart and actually  referred me to another BeachBody coach who wants me to redesign her blog and switch her over from Blogger to WordPress. Soooooo…..shameless plug…

If you are interested in some Virtual Assisting work from me, click here. If you are interested in a blog design, fill out the form below!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.