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Michelle Hodges of Sprout Floral Design on Challenges, Finding your Place, + Marketing in the Age of Social Media

(This story of Michelle Hodges and Sprout Floral and Event Design is the latest in our series of small business stories in partnership with Gracie Byrd Jones. You can see more here.) While there are a lot of growing pains and challenges that feel like the weight of them is all on my shoulders alone with owning my own business, there are also these huge wonderful moments that feel like total gifts. One of them is that being a business owner has allowed me to meet other business owners and it’s one of my most favorite things to get to …

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Kirsten Dickerson of Raven And Lily on Ethical Fashion

Kirsten’s name is one I have been hearing since before we made the move from Southern California to Texas. It was often times accompanied by phrases like “ethical fashion” and “female entrepreneur” and so my ears always perked up. Read on for the amazing story of Kristen and her fashion brand Raven and Lily.   Since the inception of Raven and Lily, the fair trade fashion brand that Kirsten founded in 2008, she has worked to create a business that could both sustain local employees and office infrastructure …

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Everything You Need to Know About Getting Your Best Hair Day

(This post is sponsored by Pantene Pro-V and their Intense Rescue Shots that just recently hit the shelves and have me obsessed! All thoughts, opinions, and copy are my own.) Let’s be honest, this is not my natural hair color. Honestly, I can’t even say that it’s “the color my hair was when I was a kid”. (People always say that, right?!) At the age of 16, though, I did discover that I loved a fresh set of highlights on my mousy brown locks. Was it that blondes have more fun? Was I already channeling then my future Los Angeles, …

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Resolutions: Two Mantras I’m Adopting for 2019, Plus One Crazy Goal

A few weeks ago– the second week of December to be exact– I polled our audience on Instagram to see if anyone had made resolutions or intentions for the New Year yet. The very first response was aghast at the idea and assured me it was too early but actually dozens and dozens of responses quickly rolled in.  The ones I saw on repeat were ‘Patience’, ‘Self-Care’, and ‘Community’. I’ve been thinking about my intentions for this coming year for some time. I’ve been in a season with a …

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