A Break From My Business

An LLH Designs business update...
for my clients (and anyone else who's interested).

I've been designing custom cards and stationery for seven years...starting small with family friends, and growing every year thanks to the incredible word-of-mouth marketing machine. No advertising, no real marketing strategy...just beautiful, personal and distinctive cards that sell themselves. What an honor and a blessing to look back and see the faithfulness of my clients. They are the BEST!  {You can read more about them HERE.}

But I'm also a wife and a mommy {a homemama as my oldest called me...love that!}. And like so many working moms, I struggle to find the balance. My family extends great grace and patience to be during the Christmas card season, but they do it hoping that I'll be "back to normal" in the New Year.

But in this particular New Year, I'm not "back to normal" yet I'm not in my design groove. I've been kinda stuck. {That's why I've been so slow to reply to emails...please forgive me!} Mostly stuck between how much time to devote to my business vs. personal life. How do I give whole-heartedly to each without sacrificing the other?

I've tried to write this part of the post a dozen different ways...trying to make sense to you and to myself. But I get the sense that understanding isn't what I'm meant to have in this moment. TRUST...that's what I'm called to do. {Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of my all-time favorites.}

So here is my brave and trusting decision for 2011:

SPRING {March - May} +  FALL {September - December}

Here's what that means:
  • Two seasons of work and two seasons of rest {closed summer and winter}
  • Spring focus: personalized stationery
  • Fall focus: holiday cards
  • Invitations & Announcements during both open seasons
  • 15% discount at the start of each season (15% off stationery in the spring; 15% off holiday cards in early fall).
  • An open house each each season so that you can stock up on gifts. 

{If you'd like to receive email announcements regarding discounts and open houses, please email me with your preferred email address and I'll add you to my mailing list.}

I'm quite sure that any bright-eyed, sharp-minded business person would tell me this is no way to run a business, but this is what my heart tells me is right for now. So I am trusting....

During my time off, I plan to:
  • spend quality time with my family {my girls are growing up too quickly!}
  • explore other creative outlets (photography is especially therapeutic for me}
  • write more {in my journal, in letters, here on the blog}
  • read more {need new glasses first!}
  • take care of myself {I've come a long way since those "barely living" days, but my adrenals require constant attention}
  • live in the present moment {requires more discipline than I ever imagined!}
A very special thanks to all of my clients. You've given me so many wonderful opportunities to grow as a designer and as a person. Without you, I wouldn't have a clue how creative or passionate I really am! THANK YOU!!!

And to my blog friends and real life friends, thank you for spending time with me here...for encouraging me to BE REAL and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL!

Blessings and joy to you on this cold, wintry day!

P.S. My oldest turns TEN on Friday, and she's wishing for snow!!! {There's a chance in the forecast.} What a birthday gift that that would be for a Houston girl!


  1. I know you won't regret your decision...
    I just know it.

  2. well, i'm so glad this is the first post i got to click over for...what a courageous, faith-filled decision...and so i hope you were encouraged by my crazy real-ness at Tiffany's...

    i was just cheering for you as i saw you working to your decision in this post...

    nice to 'meet' you linsey...hopefully we can stay connected as we continue to journey in faith:) abby:)

  3. You are real and honest and that's why I come visit you here...what a hard but wise decision. Blessings to you!

  4. That is the beauty of having your own business! I ended a 12 year career to be home with my fmaily and I've never regretted it once. Ok, maybe once in a while I miss adult only lunches and using my creativity, but honestly your heart is in the right place. Good for you for listening!! xo, Tessa

  5. You listen to Him, it's obvious.
    You know your heart, that's good.
    Trust. The best Rx, right?
    Good decision. xoxo

  6. your heart is good and beautiful...trust is the safest place to be.
    I love your 2011 plan. balanced. :)
    take care of yourself and your family...that is never wasted
    praying for snow...xo

  7. What a wonderful decision. I definitely think this will help you feel more balanced. Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter, and I hope she does get her wish!

  8. Bravo my strong and brave friend! Sounds like a great decision overall.
    Here's to dreaming of snow, not snow covering layers of ice, but just good fluffy white snow. ;) I'm SO hopeful we have a snow day tomorrow and can stay home.

  9. How nice to receive such encouraging feedback on this big decision. Thank you! For the record, I've spent my first official day off in my PJs...catching up with friends and not feeling guilty about how many hours I've spent away from my computer!

    And T, looks like we're getting our snow day. No school tomorrow! Now we just have to wait and see if we actually get any snow!

  10. Congrats on the courage to make this decision. When I was in the hospital with Harry earlier this month I had a client who was repeatedly calling me wanting to work on an order, despite knowing I was in the hospital. I finally made the decision to tell him that I just couldn't help him anymore. The business person in me knew this was a bad move....but to be honest....I quit the high paying career to stay at home...and that will always be my number one priority. I think you are like me, total Type A that needs to put 100% into everything we do. It is a curse at times....because there is always guilt. Good for you for taking care of yourself and your family first!


  11. I think it's a great decision. And so great that you are listening to your heart and open to this path that God is leading you down. Best of luck during your seasons of both work and play! :)

  12. You have decided what is more important....and you made the right decision. You can not get this time back from your family.....

  13. I love your plan! I struggle with the same, business and family. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I think this is a fabulous idea. your cards ARE beautiful! LOVE the verses you chose!

    did you get any sleep at all???? :)

  15. bravo....I think I may have to link a post back to this. I also need to trust this and force myself to take a hard look at my work schedule.
    Good thing we know we will be loved no matter what.

  16. Hey again! I promised to be back on your lovely blog, didn't I? I continue to read things from your blog (your honesty, that is) and feel like you are writing it for ME! That is so strange. I, too, especially with the adrenal issue and the doing what we do with our whole heart...battle this issue. I so enjoy my family, yet so enjoy the design business. Both call for all of me...so thank you for sharing this awesome tip of how you took time for both. Again, you have inspired me. Thank you for that! Today was a "struggle" day so I'm glad I found time to jump on here and read more. Keep inspiring and giving hope to others! Blessings to you! Susan

  17. I have just found your blog but this is exactly what I needed to hear right now! I have a very small business and have been thinking about doing the same thing but was nervous to do so. This seems to be a great balance. Has it worked out well?

    1. I finally have the ability to reply to comments (yea Blogger!), and YES, it has worked out SO WELL. I haven't looked back. At the end of the break, I decided to return to my passion of designing Christmas cards only (no more personalized stationery, invitations and announcements). So I work my tail off for a few months, and the rest of the year, I'm 100% mom. I LOVE IT!!!


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