Looking Back: A Note of Grace + A Year of Free Monthly Downloads

I always think it is interesting to see where ideas take you, and how they change from something that you began to do, to see how it can morph and grow into something completely different than what you originally thought it would be.

A little over a year ago, I designed a Bridal Shower invitation for a bride that I loved so much that I decided to turn it into a free digital download set for phones and desktops as well.   A few months in, I also began designing a scripture version to go with it, and decided to begin a monthly newsletter with encouragement and designs included. Once I started this, I gave myself the challenge to stick to it for a year and see where it took me, leaving it open-ended as to where it would be a year from then.   I have loved doing this for the last year.  It has definitely been something that has taught me more about myself as a designer, while it unexpectedly encouraging me to continue to grow my faith!  Looking back, it was amazing to see which designs seemed to be the most popular and which ones I loved to design the most.  I loved putting together this collection below to see them all in one place. However, it also taught me something else that I wasn't expecting ...

Grace and Serendipity - 2016 Free Downloads Collection

I learned that as much as I like being able to offer these designs as free downloads, what I found that meant even more to me was writing a note of monthly encouragement.  Every month sending the Note of Grace email, I learned that where I wanted to spend the majority of my time was writing, weaving his words into everyday life, encouraging others and using this particular gift that I feel God gave me.  Many times I would pray before I began to write, and open myself up to share whatever it was I felt He laid on my heart at that time.  I also found that I wanted to share it here on my blog, since to me, intermingling my faith with my business is so important.

So, beginning in February of this year, I will no longer be designing monthly downloads - as much as I loved doing that for the last year, I need to let that go so that I can create the time needed to pour encouragement into others through words.  So, if you came along with me to see where God directed this note, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for joining me!  Every month, I will continue to write A Note of Grace, but it will now be housed here on this blog, and continue to be centered around what I feel God is calling for me to write with it.  The next Note of Grace will be published here on March 1st, with every one to follow being published on the first of the month as well.  2017 is going to be filled with so many more amazing adventures with where God takes this business of mine, and I hope you'll continue to join me for the ride.  Take care loves, and I hope to see you here again soon!


ps.  If you were one of the people I was blessed to write to every month, please know that it meant the world to me to see how many of you replied with thoughts of your own or encouraging words back to me.  You all helped me to grow as well, more than you will ever know!