Blog : traversecity

•”In life we can dread the sacrifice or we can anticipate the reward.”• Ya know when you hear something that seems to bust through your chest and grab ahold of your heart? Those little truths are the stepping stones through seasons of my life. They’re the pefect bite sized but profound truths that shift my perspective just enough to keep me moving forward & my heart in check. That quote from @christybwright got me!! How many times are we so focused on the sacrifices we have to make that the reward is hardly visible? Dang girl, if there’s anything I’ve learned through starting a business it is that the reward MUST stay front and center, when it gets cloudy there’s suddenly all this space for doubt and fear to completely hinder momentum. Of course there are areas where certain sacrifices must be balanced with wisdom – for me, my kids top the charts. Sacrificing the year I have left before West starts school is front and center, I won’t sacrifice that time with him… but I WILL balance it because both he & my growing business hold reward! I can’t get that year with him back but it also doesn’t become my excuse not to DO what is in my heart to do. When I choose to work away from home it doesn’t mean that I’m a bad mom or that I’m sacrificing all my mama responsibilities; it mean that I’m equally valuing myself as a woman and business owner and making money to help support my family is good both for them and for me! And can I just say mamas, I’ve heard the ‘shoulds’ about being a full time stay at home mom… it’s hard to ignore them and stay confident that what you’re doing is right for you & your family. For those of you called to the full time at home role, BLESS YOU! Flourish there, your sacrifice will be honored! And for those of you like me, don’t let anyone squelch your fire for being mama and boss, you are graced to do it! Find your balance, weigh your sacrifices, be mama when your babes need you & boss when there’s peace in your home! I believe in you, sincerely. Keep doing what you are called to do and be fierce at it! 📷 @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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Aaawwww Girl, you need accessories!? @thirdandcostudio gotchu covered and they’ll be at Bright + Becoming in just over 2 weeks!!! So here’s the deets:
Bright & Becoming is happening June 21 in Grand Rapids!!! Connect with other women, get inspired with three 15 minute segments packed with styling tips, how to cozy up your spaces & handlettering made easier (@liv_styled @thecozinessconsultant @liefdesign ) – 30 minutes of pre shopping with SEVEN handpicked local shops (yes, all in one room! 🤤) – sips & sweets and a massive giveaway! All of this for $22!!! Check the Bright & Becoming Facebook page for tickets (and for real, don’t wait – we have had such a great response and tickets are limited!).
Can’t wait to see you June 21st for the best girls night out!!

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What you don’t know is that there’s fancy cheese on the floor & that’s why I look so pleased! Or maybe it’s because I felt really lovely in this dress? It’s probably because these red boots trigger something inside me that makes me believe I can conquer the world.
Seriously though… cheese, this dress & conquering the world sound like everything I want, every day, forever. Ps. There was no fancy cheese, I’m so sorry to disappoint you. 🤷🏽‍♀️
PC: @kaleighdsimmonsphoto.
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It’s an exciting day when you get to share something you’ve been working on with the world!! Bright and Becoming – a work shop & pop up event located in Grand Rapids, an event dreamed up with my sister @thecozinessconsultant that will feature many local shops & creatives!! Tap the photo to check some of them out! It’s all going down June 21st at @hooplagrandrapids and will offer you a chance to get out of the house, support local, gain some great info from female entrepreneurs, shop, sip & build community!! We are so excited! There are limited spots available for the workshop & early access to the pop-ups so don’t wait to snag a ticket (only $22 I might add!!) & reserve yourself a spot! Tickets go live at noon TODAY! (Link will be in Facebook as well as insta today!) We can’t wait!!
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You know when you’re in a season of growth and moments of feeling overwhelmed sneak up & you’re not sure you have the capacity to grow anymore? I found myself in one of those moments recently, an extended one, actually… I hate when they do that! When they seem to linger for longer than they’re welcome. But it’s also in those moments, those seasons, that the need for inward growth becomes greater.
This season has been challenging! It’s amazing what the Lord will speak when you really pour your heart out to Him & let Him get closer. I found myself in the middle of worship at @newchapel pouring my heart out with expectation; James 4:8 says that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. He spoke one simple thing to my heart that morning and it was then that I understood this season I’m in – it’s an opportunity. A chance to let the Lord work in me to increase my capacity, refresh my spirit and give new vision for my family & business! If a business needs to grow strategically you better believe the people behind them do too! I’m amazed again & again at the goodness of God and how intentionally He works in our lives. So I’m soaking up this season of nearness to Him and excited for the things to come! 📷 @kelseyhettinga .
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What does a girl really want (need) more than some really great clothes, beauty tips & a (lot of) little wine!? Maybe a few things but those are at the top of the list!! The Sip ‘N Learn event is everything you need to feel refreshed & special! November 8th join a room full of other Wonder Women at @denymgrandrapids to shop, talk beauty with @theurbanyou & mingle with other lovely ladies in our area! Let’s celebrate beautiful you, ladies and all the work we do as moms, boss babes & fierce women! Can’t wait to meet you there!!

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You should know that when I’m shooting, I always have music playing (usually in back pocket) and there is always impromptu dancing and singing that happens! It’s the only reason I’m not terribly uncomfortable during these photoshoots. Dancing is like therapy for me, I get crazy ya’ll. Like, I don’t hold back for nobody!! This is just a moment of the passion captured by the lovely @happyphotoco who encouraged me to move to the beat of my own drum during our shoot! 🖤ps. More styling with this fur jacket coming soon beccccaaaaaause look at it! Swoon.

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Happy Monday! •Do you have statement sweaters that you’re drooling over for fall?! This 80 degree weather is welcome to stay as long as it wants to but I won’t be bummed when I finally get to bust out my sweaters! •Let’s get your fall wardrobe ready!! Email me at oliviajanae.stylist@gmail.com to set up a consultation!
Photo: @happyphotoco
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A solid tshirt + jeans is my uniform most days. By choice, of course! Tie it up, tuck it in, tennis shoes, throw a hat on… Oooorrrr throw on some heels, a little sparkly sumthin’ sumthin’ & a real bright lip! Giiiirrrrl if you only knew what I could do with your wardrobe! Email me for a personal styling session! Oliviajanae.stylist@gmail.com. Ps. Praise Jesus for summer, please don’t ever leave me sunshine!!
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Sunshine & clear skies, you can come back now! These gloomy days are draining and I’m not even doing anything accept sipping coffee and oh yeah, I’m exhausted because I’m entertaining 3 kids while the weather sucks. Sunshine come baaaaack!
📷 @kelseyhettinga
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