A Professional Pat on the Back

Can you hear me singing "All is calm, all is bright!" from my studio? The printers are quieting down and my pace is slowing as I near the end of my seventh Christmas card season. {Seventh?!?!?}

Before I rave about how much I love my clients (stay tuned!), I confess that I sometimes wonder why they would choose me...especially when there are faster, newer, CHEAPER options out there! {Does every designer/creative person go through this?} When I prepare an invoice, I sometimes hear these little whispers: Are my cards really that great? Am I really that great? It's just plain hard to put a price on things created with your heart and soul.

But thankfully, just before self-doubt steals my joy, I'm encouraged by the nicest ever words!

From the Production Manager of a leading professional printing company...

From a return client whose card is always a joy to design...

And from a new client whose excitement made my day...

Thanks for letting me share my "pats on the back" with you today. My hope in posting them here is that I'll have a place to return and re-read on the days when I'm tempted to doubt the worth of what I do. 

Humbly and Joyfully Yours,


  1. You truly ARE magnificent and amazing at what you do! And knowing that everything you do is for Him makes it all the more magnificent! What a joy it is to see one of your cards and know that it is truly God's work! It doesn't get any better than that -- especially in the spirit of Advent and Christmas! Can't wait to see our card (and you!) tomorrow! Thanks for everything you do! xoxoxoxoxo

  2. Atta girl! :) Do you know the song "Legacy" from Nicole Nordeman? Have a listen. (it's somewhere on my blog playlist) Your post reminded me of that song. One of my all time favorites. You do what you do well, you do it with grace, and you glorify our all and ever loving God. Count your blessings. xo, Tessa

  3. song no. 37 to be exact... :)

  4. oh sweet friend...you are worth every cent you make! But even more importantly, you exemplify this:

    13Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
    14 for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
    15 She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her

  5. I am new to your blog but I love that you posted this!! You have talent - NO DOUBT. You are surely a reflection of the Father :) Enjoy~

  6. OK, y'all are the SWEETEST! I was feeling a little silly for publishing my "pats on the back" but wanted to have a record of such encouraging words...and now I have a record of YOUR encouraging words! THANK YOU!!! I am blessed indeed!

  7. Lindsay, as long as you take pride in your work and stay true to yourself...you will be successful. It is already evident that you are a hard worker. Nothing is better than when someone praises you, and thanks you all at the same time...it definitely keeps you moving forward...:)

  8. We are so happy with our cards from you Lins and have received countless compliments on them! You are one talented lady and I have no doubt that the time and energy you put into each order is superior to that anywhere else! Congrats on winding down a busy season and Merry Christmas!!
    See you next week.

  9. What sweet notes of encouragment! You deserve them.

  10. Well deserved! By the way, I finally got those vodka recipes done...in case you need to sit back and sip.


  11. I agree -your designs are beautiful! Keep up the fantastic work! :)


    p.s. I have a little giveaway over at http://www.ariannabelle.blogspot.com

  12. LOVE your work.
    you deserve every single last penny for each and every design that you churn out....


    this is the first year in 15 that I didn't send out a card. :((((((((((

  13. Linsey,

    Your cards are so beautiful. I would love to have you do one for us next year!

    I have a question regarding your desk. It looks just like one I have been thinking of getting from Pottery Barn. If yours is from PB, can you tell me if you are happy with it? My main concern was that the opening for the chair was a little narrow and might feel a little cramped. Otherwise, I really love it.

    Thanks for any feedback you might be able to provide!


  14. Hi Anne. I don't have an email address for you, so hopefully you'll check back here to see my reply about the desk. Yes, it's from PB and I love it. I have both the corner desk and the regular one. There's plenty of room for a chair (and I have a big Aeron chair). Ballard Designs and JCP also have similar styles. I like the filing cabinet/drawer combos. Hope this helps! And thanks for your kind words about my cards!


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