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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!



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.


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.


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! 



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.

September 2016 Reading Roundup | The Room

Book review for The Room, by Jonas Karlsson. An easy fictional read about a Swedish bureaucrat that has a "secret" room...or does he?

I am working on a really long book, Rough Stone Rolling. It is a history on Joseph Smith, taking cultural factors and unbiased viewpoints with a ton of primary resources. So, it’s a pretty thick and heavy read. I’m about half-way through, so I only finished one book this month.

I needed a break from Rough Stone Rolling, and cracked open a book I won from a giveaway a year or two ago. It was a novel and quick read, and I finished it within 48 hours.

Book review on The Room by Jonas Karlsson

This is the summary according to Goodreads.com:

“Bjorn is a compulsive, exacting bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works–a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his coworkers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn’s bizarre behavior eventually leads his coworkers to try to have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.

Author Jonas Karlsson doesn’t leave a word out of place in this brilliant, bizarre, delightful take on how far we will go–in a world ruled by conformity–to live an individual and examined life.”

This was a very interesting book. The protagonist, Bjorn, is more of an anti-hero. I didn’t really like it at all, and I’m not sure you are supposed to. He has a lot of peculiarities that make me think he has some sort of social disability. In the middle of the book you definitely believe that the room is all within Bjorn’s imagination, which exacerbates the feelings that there is something socially off with Bjorn, even if he is a great worker. However, near the end, the author tries to leave it up in the air as to whether it was a big conspiracy on the part of the entire company (especially the higher-ups and long-standing employees) or if the room really did not exist. Karlsson kind of rushes the end and tries to make it seem very much like the end of Inception–is it, or isn’t it? But, I didn’t really fall for it.

The reading is very easy and quick. It flowed very well, even though it is a little here and there with stream of thought. It is a European book–a Swedish book. So, it has some Swedish culture and idiosyncrasies to it. The Swedish culture and lifestyle, as well as the Swedish bureaucracy is a bit different from America’s, so you have to keep that in mind–things work differently there than they do here.

It wasn’t really my favorite–I don’t tend to like realistic fiction, especially realistic “business” fiction, but some people do. If you want a protagonist to hate, or a fast read, I’d recommend it. Otherwise, it’s not really worth the bother.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.