Saying I Will

Angie Warren

"Go after your dreams”
“Hustle”
"Dream big"
"Anything is possible"

... sure. But also know that God is just as likely to ask you to give up on your dreams and replace them with His (which might not feel anything like "dreaming big" it might feel more like "dying slowly") in order to love deeply and reflect the heart of Christ to the world around you.

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My friend Casey shared the above, her heart this summer, with zero knowledge of the doors that God had been opening and closing for our family. She wasn't aware that I'd been mostly off of FB (removed the app from my phone) but happened to pop on one afternoon - her words being the first to hit my eyes. She had no idea of the internal war that was raging within me, that I'd fought against myself for far too long.

Plain and simple, Casey didn't know that the Lord was speaking right to me with what she shared that day.

And finally, after a butterfly effect of circumstances, a combination of a quickly depleting void and my understanding (finally) that all the things I'd been doing/pursuing/attempting weren't filling it - I raised my hands and said...

Enough.

I'm done.

I surrender.

And that evening a door opened that I can only see now as one of those mountain moving moments I'll look back on and likely weep over - as I do often these days. I was reminded that I am needed, that I'm loved, that I'm worthy and that all the things I've worked so hard at, the "dreams" I was chasing, they were done with a desire to fill the hole in my heart that just, hurt, so, much. I wasn't filling it with the right thing. I was told with so much love and absolute grace, that I'm not dead with my mom or dad or brother - that I'm very much alive. And that it's time to live and to love and to allow myself joy.

And I've been working harder at living, and loving, ever since.

The hustle for the dream? It's taken a new direction. Because no matter what your hurt is, your loss, your void - I promise you, if you're not filling it with God, you're not filling it. You're deepening it.

Tomorrow I step back into a role I never imagined I'd see again. Tomorrow I obey what He has called me to, and while it doesn't feel like "dying slowly" - it's a far cry from where I thought I'd be this time last year or 8 months ago. When we surrender, He may ask us to change directions, to swap out the dream. You can fight it - but know that it'll chase you until you say "I will".

And already? That void doesn't feel so empty. In fact, I feel pretty freaking full.

Mrs. Warren is back.

If I never design for the big bucks again or see a bonus check that blows my socks off, I'll know that I followed His calling for my life. That I stopped running. That I learned His dreams are far better than my own.

I'll know that perhaps I gave a student the itch for creating. I'll know that just maybe someone took their new found love for photography or journalism, and made a pretty amazing life of it.

And I'll be so incredibly glad that I said: "I will".

Tomorrow is the beginning of a brand new chapter for us all. Remembering this - God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Why I Stopped Selling Company Specific Designs

Angie Warren Shop - Why I stopped selling Monat specific products.

I have some shop news I've been waiting to share for some time. After a lot, a lot of prayerful and thoughtful consideration I have decided to retire my Monat specific products.

I've cried quite a few tears over it, but I'd like to share with you why.

Honesty and authenticity are pivotal to business. Being true to one's convictions is also important, and it is for these reasons I've made the decision that I don't feel comfortable continuing to create materials when I know they are against P&P.

No, no one asked me to remove them, the company hasn't contacted me, thankfully! I simply decided to dig a bit deeper on my own, to ensure I wasn't breaking any rules, and what I found has led me here.

To this choice.

Monat has very specific and strong policies and I don't want to be one to break those. As sad as I am over this, I feel it is the right and honorable thing to do and I pray you will understand as well.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

Well, a few things.

1. I'm hosting a huge three-day sale on all Monat products in the shop before I pull them. They're already discounted you can go grab them right here.

2. It also means of course, I won't be creating new Monat specific resources. However, I do hope so much you'll stick around the shop, I've already begun to fill it with some exciting NEW items to help you do boss babe business well. And a ton more to come.

There are Instagram Story templates, Letter Board stock photos (even a hair specific one, see that here). There are some newly formatted planners, and even Pinterest templates for your blog headers. I have endless ideas for new items coming soon, and I do hope so much you'll find they bless your businesses as well.

3. The final bit of news for you is regarding file updates. I sent out a recent round of them to have you all up to date, but unfortunately, I don't have the capacity to continue to send updates for eternity on files I'm no longer selling. Thank you for your grace and understanding on this.

Of course, you are welcome to continue to use the items you've purchased and I hope so very much they continue to be a great help as you build your shampoo business!


Thank you. For your kind kind kind words, thank you for helping me fulfill a long time dream of opening my own design shop, as well as generally cheering me on as I side hustle me way all over the place. Your support means a lot.

Any questions? I'm more than happy to answer.

Don't forget! July 2 is the last day the products will be in the shop. Until then, grab anything Monat related you'd like for 50% off! Here's the link.

 

The Pinterest Lab - Week One

The Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

I'm pretty stoked to be bringing you an eight-part series all about Pinterest (and my experience with Jenna Kutcher's Pinterest Lab). This is going to be a totally unbiased, honest to the core, glimpse into me implementing the course + seeing what comes of it. Complete with my own analytics each week. I know it helps to read other people's genuine reviews and journeys with a workshop or course, so I thought perhaps you'd like to hop along for this ride!

WHAT IS THE PINTEREST LAB

Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

Essentially it's a 3-module, online, do at your own pace, workshop all about how to use Pinterest to benefit your business. The first module is Clarifying Your Client, second is Powerful Pinning Strategies, and the third is Automating and Analysis. It's full to the brim with videos, PDF downloads, a workbook (mine is printed and in a cute binder already), tracker, and tons of bonuses.

A few things I had already put into place, but the rest, so far, is BRILLIANCE. My Pinterest is a MESS ten ways to Sunday, oy. But, not for long!

I'm just about to work through module 2 and am real excited. There is a step at the end of module 1 that's going to take me a hot minute (or week or more) but, worth it. Every tiny bit.

I'm committing to her, 10 minutes a day "account clean up" (a bit more when I can) as well as working through the modules/videos and will check back here with a new post each week for the eight-week tracking schedule because seeing the analytics change SHOULD be the push to keep at it!

You can read all the rest on The Pinterest Lab site.

ANALYTICS: IN THE BEGINNING

It's funny because, people are typically not quick to reveal these kinds of stats, but in my attempt at being completely authentic, I'd love for you to be able to follow along. So, without further ado, here are all the very beginning numbers. It's day 1 of officially implementing the strategies (disclosure: I got the course weeks ago, but have taken some time to work through the first module, because, life.)

Random note: as I work on cleaning up my Pinterest + using all the incredible tips and tools Jenna shares, I'm looking forward to seeing that banner up at the top reflect my brand a heck of a lot more!

Angie's Stats. As of today, June 13:

  • PINTEREST FOLLOWERS: 1575
    Easy to find this number, these are how many people I have following me on Pinterest. I've had an account since the beginning of Pinterest time, but have never used it for business/marketing, or been strategic with it.
     
  • TRAFFIC GENERATED FROM PINTEREST: 2
    Ouch! Two whole people came to my blog/website from Pinterest in the last 30 days, ha! One came from my profile, the other from this post (which was pinned).
     
  • PAGE VIEWS: 2170
    Page views here on my Squarespace site for the last 30 days.
     
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 1996
    I've been "building" an email list since 2009 - long, long before I knew why or that I would even want/need to for my future small business and publishing of book goals. I recently sent a newsletter and lost about 25 people (very normal) so I've back below 2k, for now!
     
  • NUMBER OF NEW PINS: 0
    This number is simply to keep track of my new goals, a certain number of new pins I'll be adding each week. Looks like I've not pinned a single recipe all week!
Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

Until next week! Thanks for reading. Anyone else do The Pinterest Lab?

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A Free PDF, The Daily Do - Organize Your Bad Self

Introducing: The Daily Do. It's a sweet little best friend for your business. These planning pages were born out of my desire to be on top of my work day (and let’s be real, a sheer lack of organization)! Juggling multiple businesses is only possible when I am working ahead of the game.

We all need a good system in place - whether we are writing a book, a blog, own an Etsy shop, or sell products for a living (ahem, speaking to myself here - obvi.). What I found worked best for me was working in blocks, but not just blocks, I work better having specific areas I can toss my to-do items.

Included in this FREE download: Daily Do planning sheet for each day of the week, one for weekends, and one left blank.

HOW I USE MY DAILY DO?

Each section is for the basics of my day as I juggle all the hats. Here’s how it usually looks for me, it could be similar for you, or different - make it work however you’d like!

ADMIN - This is for daily email checking, updating my sales spreadsheet, checking other messages, etc.

CREATE - Here is where I list what design projects I’m currently working on for my shop. Maybe it means making a new Guide, a lead magnet, a promo graphic, or IG story.

SERVE - Nurturing those who graciously purchase from me, follow me, or are a part of my team is so important. Some days this looks like spending 15 minutes in a FB group or reaching out to someone to see how they’re doing. It always means taking small blocks of time to reply to comments and engage with friends and followers.  

UPDATE - This is for me usually in reference to updates to the digital products in my shop. It could mean any number of updating you need to do! 

WRITE  - I have a lot of writing to do! Aside from the book I’m working on, I have blogs to draft, newsletters to pen, posts to plan, etc.

I fill out the next day's page at the end of my current work day. It keeps me on track, allows for rollover, and is easy to toss in my laptop bag when I take work to-go.

Print them ahead weekly, or grab the blank one and stick that bad boy in a page protector for use with a dry erase marker. However you choose to use them, I hope they bless your business as they have mine.

 

HOW I GET MINE?

So glad you asked! I'd love for this to be a blessing to your small business. Click the button below to grab your freebie.

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Girl Wash Your Face

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE / Rachel Hollis / www.angiewarren.com

This book, you guys. I haven’t felt so spoken to, empowered, or inspired since Present Over Perfect (and those who know me well know that is saying A LOT).
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Here’s the thing. I’m a people pleaser to. my. core. (Thanks mama). I want others to be happy, and in turn I think that means I want others (read: the entire world) to be happy with ME.
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NEWS FLASH: that ain’t happening, sister.
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Girl Wash Your Face / Rachel Hollis / www.angiewarren.com

We can not, will not, shouldn’t, aren’t created to, please the world. We will let people down. They’ll form opinions about us, our choices, our clothing, our career path, our creative outlet, what we post on social media, how we parent, how or who we love. The list goes on.
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Do you feel me on living in this cage of care? Anyone else working on escaping it? Maybe you too, feel you have to explain your “no” or list your “why” simply for the approval of a person who, in all likelihood won’t give it to us anyhow?
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Here’s the thing, the cold hard truth of it, and I’m speaking to myself here: there is NO JOY to be found in the desire to be accepted. There is only unrest, smallness, and hurt. There is only standing still in one place, tapping ones foot, wondering why on earth these bits of life aren’t any fun.
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Let’s make life fun. Let’s decide in the brilliant words of Rachel Hollis that we will do what we want, in celebration of the ability TO DO SO.

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Introducing: the Monat Marketing Kit

Thrilled to share the newest product in my Etsy shop, the Monat Marketing Kit! The 1st in an upcoming series of Marketing Guides for small business. What's included?

There are over 100 pages, divided into 9 PDFs. Print what will bless your business, leave what won't!

Included:

COVER & SUBJECT DIVIDER PAGES
- printable cover
- subject divider page for each included section

CALENDAR PAGES
- 12 monthly, blank calendars (dates left off so you may re-use them each year!)
- 12 monthly worksheets for filling in MP and VIP incentive info
- goals & affirmations page to be printed monthly
- quarterly & yearly planning sheets
- goals & affirmations page to be printed weekly
- 2 weekly printable pages
- weekly check-in (customers, VIP, MP checklists)
- daily self, mind, & monat worksheet

CUSTOMER & CUSTOMER GROUP PAGES
- giveaway planning sheet
- group live planning sheet
- posting prompts
- retail profile sheet
- retail order tracker
- vip profile sheet
- vip order tracker
- prospects worksheet

EVENT PAGES
- event in person worksheet
- event online worksheet
- event schedule
- event checklist
- guest list
- to purchase list

MONAT SPECIFIC PAGES
- call monat (contact info + list)
- flash sale tracker / worksheet
- flexship traker / worksheet
- monatborhood goal sheet
- rank advancement goal sheet
*BONUS 2018 summer block party worksheet

SOCIAL MEDIA PLANNER
- instagram weekly planning pages
- facebook weekly planning pages

TEAM & MARKET PARTNER PAGES
- team live planning sheet
- team incentives tracker
- onboarding check lists
- team posting planner
- team posting prompts
- market partner profile
- market partner order tracker
- market partner goals & business worksheet

TRACKING PAGES
- one sheet-12 month downline tracker
- one sheet-12 month social stats tracker
- one sheet-12 month volume & financial tracker
- expense tracking sheet
- borrow basket worksheet
- samples worksheet
- inventory pages

QUOTES
- 12 printable, pocket-sized inspiration:
(affirmations, bossbabe, & scripture)


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