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Someone asked me recently what motivated me to continue to invest time into this little lettering business of mine. I quickly rattled off some classic Enneagram 3 answer about loving the ability to be in control of every aspect of the business. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that control […]

Business

November 4, 2017

Introducing Ellie Jean Paperie

Business

May 10, 2017

5 Things I Learned as a 2-Year Small Biz Boss

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Say “yes” and figure it out. “Can you do T-shirts?” “Can you do a table runner?” “Can you make my logo?” These are all questions I faced in Year 2 of running my business. The real answer to all of them at the time? “Nope, I don’t have a clue how to do that.” But […]

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I work for a teeny tiny university press, and I run an even teenier tinier business. In both instances, we’re a small shop, and proud of it–small, but mighty. This is true for so. many. small businesses. As I’ve founded and grown Jolie Joie, I have come to realize what a tight knit community exists […]

Business, Uncategorized

January 14, 2017

Small Biz Spotlight | Gabriel’s Good Tidings

Business, Goal Setting

January 4, 2017

Dreams Aren’t Stupid

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Two-years-ago-me would laugh hysterically at now-me. She flew through life tackling emails as they came, be it 2pm or 2am. She said yes to everything and had the titles to prove it. She didn’t need goals because she had her whole dang life figured out for heaven’s sake! Bless. Now-me laughs a little at two-years-ago-me because […]

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This Christmas, I refuse to purchase brand name gifts. I committed to “shop small” and here’s why. My entrepreneurial spirit kicked in when I was six. I recruited the neighbor girls to rifle through the recycling bin with me, and we marketed Gatorade bottles full of water and beads to the cul-de-sac. Bless. Yes, that […]

Business, Personal

December 14, 2016

Save the World: Shop Small

Business

October 13, 2016

From Just a Hobby to a Joyful Paperie

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Ever wondered how our joyful little paperie got its name? Here’s the meaning behind Jolie Joie that continues to bring inspiration for prints and posts. When I got ready to start my Etsy shop, I was clueless. Two months prior, I had visited a darling paperie in Fayetteville (Shindig Paperie). I had fallen in love […]

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For the first 21 years of my life, I thought setting goals was for people who weren’t doing life right. I had it all together, so why on earth would I need to constrain my amazing accomplishments with goals? 2015 was a year of a lot of humbling realizations. I came to terms with so […]

Business

February 17, 2016

Making Things Happen

Business

February 17, 2016

Year 1

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Let me just say that I walked into this adventure with no business plan, no training, no mission, and really not even the right physical tools. I am an ACCOUNTING major. “I do numbers,” I say all the time. But I had doodled cursive on every class note I’d ever taken, and I just finally […]