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Emily Kathryn  Calligraphy & stationery design by @emily__dodson ☘️ Simple is beautiful | Chicago via ATL & ATX

Look for the tiny miracles ✨

Anyone know what this is quoted from?? Name that movie!

Social media can be an incredible tool for a small business... but it isn’t the end goal. Reminding myself of this and saying PRESSURE 👏🏼 IS 👏🏼 OFF 👏🏼. With a full time job and a growing side hustle that feels like a full time job and just a whole lot on my personal plate right now, this little account is the first thing to slide. So I’m just hopping back in here to remind you to give yourself grace & space when ya need it, and remember that behind all these tiny squares—business pages and otherwise—are a bunch of real human beings just trying to keep moving forward. 💁🏼‍♀️

This lesson keeps popping up lately in several facets of my life—especially in both my day job & in this little biz.
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I’m learning that my intuition is strong & she’s rational. I’ve learned a whole lot in the past 27 years that’s molded her into a reliable guide toward right and wrong. So why do I try to quiet her when she’s telling me “this project doesn’t feel quite right” or “this might be a misstep.”
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There’s a difference between discomfort that’s good for growth and discomfort that’s telling you ‘this isn’t right.’ In both of my jobs, with tons of ambiguity and room for growth, I’m learning to actually lean in to the voice of my intuition and discern ‘which kind of discomfort is this?’
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This means learning to open up to those around me, allowing the people I trust to “gut check” my gut. Collectively, our intuition will guide us toward something amazing, if we listen to it. And first & foremost, I have to learn to trust myself—to realize that my experiences and my perspective have built an intuition that shouldn’t be ignored.
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#ekdtruths

Made a super special delivery last weekend! I can’t wait for this sweet girl (whose nursery these paintings will hang in!) to make her appearance! And I can’t wait to show you more of these fun watercolor scenes of 6 major cities where her family is from 💕
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Check out some behind the scenes/progress shots in my story!
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#ekdwatercolor

When the groom is from the UK and the bride’s family is from Arizona/Philippines, and the wedding is in Sonoma... you design a save the date that’s equal parts “luggage tag” and sophistication! Can’t wait to see this rose gold and wine-colored wedding come together in April!
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#ekdweddings #savethedate #winecountrywedding #napavalley #customsavethedate #winecountry #customstationery #twobecomewood #sonomawedding

Never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided.
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“Please pray, my friends. Pray more than you think you need to.”
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#ekdtruths #ekdprints #catholic #pray #memorare #sackclothandashes

Guide us in these times when we just don’t know what to do.
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Kyrie eleison; Lord, have mercy.
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#ekdtruths #sackclothandashes #kyrieeleison #catholic

How might we shape our entire lives into a prayer of peace? How in our jobs and our families and our daily interactions are we offering Christ’s peace to the world?
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Christ, have mercy!
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#ekdtruths #sackclothandashes

Lord, have mercy.
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Nearing the end of the novena with the Saints by @mhunterkilmer and I’ve been inspired by my friends and fellow prayer warriors to start now in praying for what we do next.
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In our prayers and in our action, how do we allow trying times to shape us? How do we move forward without forgetting? How do we continue to demand change and shape the future?
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Let us be renewed in our faith and hope! Let’s return and remember our call to holiness. Let’s fight the fight within ourselves and call others to holiness with us!
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Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy!
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#ekdtruths #sackclothandashes

What can we do? How can we use our voices to make change?
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Of course we can (and must!) fast and pray. But we can also reach out to those in authority, asking them with the zeal of St Catherine of Siena, to use their authority to cleanse our Church.
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In the blog post in my profile, you can scroll to the end for 3 ways I’m using my voice. And if you choose to write to your bishop but aren’t sure what to say, I recommend @fearlessali’s recent post for a good place to start!

Last night in Mass, I got that feeling that I was exactly where God needed me in the exact moment He wanted me there. I also got the sense that I was there for so many more people than just myself. I felt the weight of hearing a message that so many needed to hear. So I frantically jotted down as much of that homily as I could, and I pray that these words reach the ears of whomever needs to hear them. If you think that might be you, click the link in my profile to read more.
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I am broken-hearted at where our Church is today. I am devastated for our brothers and sisters whom we have failed to protect and hear and lift, and I’m distraught that a church with such beauty and holiness in its Sacraments is also so stained by such deplorable evil. And at the same time I’m grateful and relieved that we’re waking up, and asking questions and speaking out and demanding change. It’s the church of today—the saints emerging from these dark valleys—that will determine the church of tomorrow.
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If you are confused at what’s happening or if you have been hurt and need an ear to listen, please message me. I’m open and ready and willing to listen and talk and work through this together. While we are each grieving and wrestling and pressing onward in our own way, I believe that we’ll be strongest if we press onward together.
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#ekdtruths

TL;DR - join me in praying the novena for a Church in crisis - read the link in my bio.
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“We the laity have work to do. We must demand accountability and transparency. We must work for reform. We must speak out against the evils wrought in our name. But above all, we must pray. We must fast and pray for the healing of the victims, the protection of the innocent, the conversion of abusers, the restoration of the Church.” - @mhunterkilmer
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As a Catholic creative/small business, I’m tagging my fellow Catholic entrepreneurs here. I’m inviting you to join me in praying this 10-day novena for our Church (link in profile) and join me in speaking out on behalf of all those who have been made quiet. Let’s band together to find our voices and make change; let’s hold each other accountable to the vow to never be silent.
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#catholic #catholiccreatives #fastandpray #novena

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