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marketing advice for online shops
February 28th, 2011     |    Business Advice

Recently Katie C., an MML reader, asked about how to market a new online shop. Since I know there are many MML readers who are also online shop owners, I thought this is a great topic to address today.

I will say that my advice comes from my experience. In 2008 I was running Jess LC almost completely through wholesale accounts with stores via a team of sales reps. This meant that Jess LC was sold in over 100 stores across the country, and we also had a basic but functioning website. Our lack of online effort reflected in our bottom line. In fact, we only had 40 online orders in 2008 — 20 of which came in December alone.

Then in January of 2009 I started MML and dove into the world of online marketing for Jess LC. Since I was spending so much time with MML networking, writing, and blog reading, it made perfect sense to bring Jess LC to the internet as well. What I’ve done is certainly no secret, but it has radically changed my business. Today, over 80% of our business comes from online orders worldwide and we couldn’t be happier. It took years of trial (and error) and dogged determination to get it to this level. But it was worth every second and penny I spent to make this shop an online reality.

Here are the key steps that I took to make it all happen:

Though I don’t recommend blogging for all business owners, it is the biggest success factor for Jess LC. I had no idea that blogging about designing a life with intention would lead to jewelry sales and customers, but it certainly did. I think the reason that MML has been so helpful is because I am very clear about why I write here each day. It is well known my purpose in life is to help others with making under. Period. But at the same time I also run my jewelry shop to pay the bills and because I do genuinely enjoy the design and marketing process.

Though this blog takes honestly half of my time and effort, I make very little ad money compared to Jess LC. But through sharing my story and reaching out to readers, many have also become Jess LC customers which has led to more online sales and higher business revenue. This honestly shocked me when it first started to happen, but I couldn’t be more grateful.

So I only recommend blogging for business owners who are passionate about what they are writing about, do it regularly, and make a concerted effort to reach out to other bloggers. Getting a blog up and running with a consistent following is (in my opinion) the single hardest and most time consuming marketing effort. But if done successfully, blogging can be the most rewarding return on investment.

Right after I started MML I also decided to place an ad on Joanna’s lovely blog, A Cup of Jo. I then followed that ad up with a giveaway that got 458 comments and 700+ new visitors to my online shop within about three days. Given that I was averaging 20-30 visitors a day on jesslc.com before that giveaway, the results were astounding. The attention drew orders from all over the country – and world.

So my advice for other owners is to consider an ad and giveaway on a blog that has a robust following of potential customers. Depending on the company budget and ad prices, I’d consider advertising and doing giveaways/product posts on 3-4 blogs at first. As you get more feedback and results, you can decide whether to grow your advertising or decrease it to just a few key blogs.

I will say that I joined Twitter primarily for MML and blogging, not for Jess LC. But the easy communication with customers and fans of Jess LC is very convenient.

Facebook I tried a few years ago for Jess LC and abandoned it because we weren’t updating it regularly and sharing it in any way. However, we’ve recently re-launched our Facebook page and I’ve been very happy with the customer response and interaction.

How to Decide Which Social Networks to Join

My advice about joining any social network like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, or LinkedIn is to ask your existing customers where they are online. Do your customers have Facebook and Twitter accounts? Are they mostly on Facebook only? By finding out where your current fans and customers are online allows you to start there and keep them updated on your shop.

Then, as you continue to get more savvy selling and marketing online, consider expanding to other social media sites. I think the most important part of any social network profile however is to keep it updated multiple times a week with unique and original content.

Going to (and c0-hosting) blogger meet-ups was a great way for me to make real life connections with bloggers. And in many cases the bloggers have become good friends. Not only have these friendships deeply enriched my personal life, but by working with each other we have been able to expand our businesses and blogs.

So there you have it. These four things have been the building blocks for my online marketing. As you can tell, each of these aspects are time consuming but also rewarding personally and professionally.

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kendi and bryan’s dream report: week nine
February 25th, 2011     |    Life

Try, Try Again


I remember this poster from my elementary school so very clearly. Hanging oh-so-smugly in the hallway, I would pass it everyday on my way back from lunch. There in all of it’s printed glory with a man on a tight rope walking across some large canyon at the exact time of the setting of the sun, the poster declared “There are no mistakes. Only learning experiences!” And for some reason, this poster really got to me.

I was 11 years old. I should have either ignored that poster like every other child in the school or I should have been impressed by the tight rope walker. Instead, it frustrated me. As I didn’t want to make mistakes (I’ve always been this pompous), so how was I ever going to have experiences if that was the only way?

I didn’t understand at the time that making a mistake wasn’t the only way to gain experience. In fact in that moment, without a mistake being made I was having an experience. I was gaining knowledge and possibly slight bitterness that I would carry with me for the next 15 years. But at the time, I was just focused on the mistakes to be made. I was terrified that in order to have any wisdom, any experience worth having, or even the chance to walk on a tight rope across the Sahara Desert at sunset, I would have to make mistakes. This thought seemed unbearable. I was a perfectionist who was doomed to a life of boredom.

The deal is, I’m still a perfectionist. If I can’t do something all the way, I don’t do it at all. Until one day I realized that I can do most things all the way. In fact, I can do most things all the way until they are done and then realize that I did it all wrong. Or that I made a wrong turn at the beginning or that my mistake will never be right, not matter how hard I try to look at it or change it or cover it up.

This is what owning a small business is. It’s making a mistake over and again until you get it right. Seldom do we as business owners get it right the first try. But we try and try again. Our logo isn’t quite right. Try again. Our website isn’t ready yet. Try again. We didn’t handle a client the way we envisioned we would. Try again.

A wise person (cough, Jess, cough) once told me that the only way to fail is to quit. We’ll I’m not keen on failing and I’m certainly not going to quit. And if experience is what I need to build my business and experience is only gained by me actually doing it, mistakes or not, then I will do it.

Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow. No really, let’s do it.

(Extra credit: Read this article and tell me you aren’t inspired to go and make the worst mistake you can.)

behind the curtains
February 23rd, 2011     |    Life

I’m blown away by the fantastic artwork created by our very own Kat for our Behind the Curtains preview of how we process orders. Given our recent burst of orders, I thought it would be great to explain how we run our shop so customers feel more connected to our studio and our order process.

I knew Kat would do a great job capturing our system, but the level of detail throughout the whole thing is incredible. She included the smallest details like my marble desk, Susie’s jewelry cart and tools, even Melissa’s squirrel bag filled with orders (we named her bag’s squirrel, Charles) made it in the illustrations.

I am so lucky to work with such talented and fantastic people.

needing a little more PT
February 23rd, 2011     |    LifeThink About It

Sorry for the lapse in posting yesterday. Over the past two days I’ve been caring for Mr. Lively as he got a (minor) surgery on Monday. I’m happy to report that he has recovered very well and will be back to 100% in the next few weeks.

This week I’ve also had a small epiphany and realized that I have something I need to work on personally. I have a tendency to let my focus center on external things like my relationship, work, or MML. And when I find myself to over-emphasizing one of these areas of my life, my happiness and perspective tends to fluctuate with what is happening in that area. Which then leads to a downward spiral of frustration and helplessness because none of those areas of my life are actually meant to be my life’s center.

Letting my well-being bounce with every new development those areas for too long leaves me sea-sick and powerless. My happiness really comes from within and through taking care of myself.

And the truth is, this is nothing ground breaking. Every self-help guru, life coach, and Oprah show says the same thing. There is even that airplane crash analogy with the oxygen mask.

We need to put ourselves first.

I get it.

But I struggle with this frequently nonetheless.

In an effort to keep my focus on my own well-being and power, I’m concentrating on having more Personal Time with myself (which I’ve abbreviated to PT).

For me, PT is about focusing on actions that I do strictly for myself each day that contribute to my overall happiness and self-care. I often forgo these actions when I’m focusing too much on other areas in my life.

Here is the list of PT activities that I intend to choose from daily:

  • Reading
  • Preparing a smoothie or other healthy treat
  • Reading from The Course in Miracles workbook
  • Writing
  • Walking outside
  • Running
  • Lifting weights
  • Reading magazines
  • Bubble baths
  • Praying
  • Meditating
  • Yoga
  • Listening to spiritual teachings
  • Coloring books

My hope is that by making sure I do a few of these actions each day I will be able to regain my center and personal pro-activity.

How do you keep your focus centered?

i can do better
February 21st, 2011     |    Think About It

Though I’d like to assume that I don’t think demeaning thoughts about myself, I’ve recently noticed a surprising reality. Often when I make a mistake, say something I regret, or do something selfish I find the words “that was stupid” bubbles out of my mouth involuntarily. I’ve actually now noticed it frequently enough to consider it a pattern that I’ve been unaware of for a very long time.

And though thinking “that was stupid” (which is pretty similar to “I am stupid”) is not in itself incredibly disrespectful, I want to change this reaction.

Now, every time I find myself thinking “that was stupid” I want to replace the thought with “I can do better.”

I think this small but meaningful shift will help me recognize the mistake I’ve made, and focus on making better decisions in the future.

No need to drag myself down. It’s time to correct the action and move on.

kendi and bryan’s dream report: week eight
February 18th, 2011     |    Life


I have always been a “piles” kind of person. My papers rarely find themselves alone, but rather stacked together with other papers that may or may not have any obvious connection to one another…except to me. Albeit strange, I can typically remember where and why things are stacked together, and if I am looking for something in particular, I can usually remember where it is. Usually.

You can see how this method can quickly become problematic in a business…especially in a business that you operate with someone else…acutely so, when that someone else is your wife. Suddenly my piles of receipts, orders, sales plans, and everything else aren’t nearly as effective piled together on my desk. So I am working on getting organized…in a standard sense. Expense Reports are completed monthly, current projects are properly labeled with Clients’ names, and then filed alphabetically. Someone else could actually go through my file cabinets and it would be obvious why something is where it is.

(warning: they use the f word once.)

In going through this process though, I realized it was not just with papers that I was piling things up, but that I also kept mental inventory this way. Tasks, conversation, and memories all get piled up into their “appropriate” group and mentally stored. Suddenly, looking at the papers strewn across my desk I became fearful of the ideas strewn across my mind. I had been mentally filing much of my thoughts and action points for our business rather than writing them down. Rather than creating a task or check list to see what needs to be done and in what order, I operated off advice and conversation and what information could be recalled when prompted. Although the goal of officially launching was never hard to pull up, I had a lot of sub-folders.

Anxious about what was lurking around in my head, Kendi and I sat down together with a pen and paper. Together we talked through the ideas that had not yet been verbalized or put into our plan of action. We both emptied out what we knew, what we hoped for, and how we were going to make it a reality. And then we started a list. In order of priority, we listed all the things that we knew needed to be taken care of in order to launch. And when it was done, I was actually surprised that it was much shorter than I had anticipated. Now ideas that might be walking around in my head or accidentally get placed into the wrong mental folder were written in order in front of me. All I had to do was start on number one.

Since then, I also discovered www.teuxdeux.com which has been a lifesaver for mental notes to be keyed in immediately. While I never think I will lose the process and tendency of piling my thoughts and papers, I have found a new satisfaction of crossing off completed steps, one at a time.


makeunder my life: korean edition
February 17th, 2011     |    LifeThink About It

Today I’d like to share the fascinating life story for Denice, an MML reader and someone who has dramatically designed her life with intention. I think this letter is great for anyone who is going through the steps to find their intention and next steps in life. Denice’s life and story proves that intentions can take you to the ends of the earth and back.


Denice’s Letter

I currently live and work on a tiny Korean island in the Sea of Japan (aka East Sea), so I am all about living as simply as possible where I can and I really love the concept of making under one’s life! After reading several of your posts, I feel like you and I could be long lost sisters or something, because so much of what you say is what I have been saying to friends and family for years : )

I personally spent each summer in college bawling my eyes out while my friends did fancy internships because I couldn’t figure out my purpose in life. After all, I was a Sociology major with interests in group dynamics and experiential education, which is not high on employers’ wish lists.  I used to tell my friends, “I wish I could just be a professional FRIEND; someone who could just listen to people and give sound advice and relatable anecdotes when needed.” There were a lot of careers I knew I didn’t want to pursue, but I just didn’t know what was out there (and somehow didn’t have any decent mentors to help me). And likewise, there are just so many interesting paths out there, but I usually find limitations in each one (usually financially). Mostly, I just want to help guide people into being the best they can be. Over the years that has translated into creating service learning projects for youth, training mentors and tutors for after-school programs, running leadership workshops in high schools and universities in Eastern Europe and teaching English in rural Asia.

But I digress. One of the things on your blog that caught my attention was your worry flashcards. At first I thought you were going to take a flashcard and then once it got resolved, write on the back of it how it got resolved as a reminder, or something. As an expat, there is always some cultural difference in how things operate which promises to be confusing and frustrating to no end, so I often need to remind myself that things do usually get resolved…eventually. But the worry flashcard process you describe is very similar to how I used to design and implement service learning projects for youth during my AmeriCorps and Peace Corps days. And although I did mini-SWOT analyses (what we called them back then) on paper for projects and to some extent about all sorts of daily decisions, it wasn’t until 2006 when I randomly came across a book for $1 in Goodwill called The Tao of Inner Peace that the power of the process actually resonated with me. I have long been a fan of the Tao Te Ching, and I had just returned from the Peace Corps, broke, and hoping to find my next path while working at a corporate desk job to make ends meet (as you can guess, being a professional volunteer long term doesn’t exactly pay the bills). There was an exercise in the book which said to list each of your fears out and then ask yourself what you would really do if “the worst case scenario” actually happened. Once you figure out what you would do by sizing up the hardships and resources you have to combat them, you just keep going and addressing each fear until you basically realize that you can handle everything in life, even if it all doesn’t happen smoothly.

Now, I am the kind of person who LOVES to make up tons of hypothetical future plans and then weigh them against each other, and I even have written myself “newsletters from the future” but actually putting to pen to paper for that exercise was a watershed moment for me, and all of a sudden I realized that what I had perceived to be holding me back wasn’t true! I handed in my letter of resignation the following Monday and off my husband and I went to get trained to teach English in Korea so that we could pay off our student loans, save up for traveling, and try out classroom teaching all while giving us a bit more time to figure out what we really wanted to do. I am happy to say that next month, my husband and I will return back to the US for a little break before I begin training to become a Montessori teacher and he begins applying to MFA Creative Writing programs, which we will be able to fully fund ourselves.

I don’t mean to just spill out my whole life to you- but after reading so much of what you have shared, I feel like I owe you an explanation of where I am coming from! …


Thank you for sharing, Denice!

new (february) Jess LC ambassadors
February 16th, 2011     |    Life

I’d like to give Kat, our resident artist, a huge high five for doing such a great job with our new Ambassador graphic! Below are our new February Ambassadors.

If you’d like to become a Jess LC Ambassador, please follow the directions outlined above.

at the crossroads
February 15th, 2011     |    Business Advice

Last week I got an email from a longtime MML reader who wanted advice for her husband’s business. Given my history with growing my own company, she thought it might be helpful to get some insight on their situation. I thought the best way to help them and help other MML readers was to share the general issue they are facing here (with her permission) and then explain the similar situations I’ve been in myself.

At the Crossroads: A Reader Question

My husband has his own business and he is just now going into his third year. It has been growing gradually just with the help of word-of-mouth, a website, and Facebook. I believe we have come to a cross-roads, and I fear that my husband could make a decision based on money alone. He is in the home improvement business and does anything from installing trim inside a house to building whole new additions. The crossroads we are at leaves him with two options:

Option 1: Pay about $1000 more a year to increase his insurance on his truck in order to sub-contract for a company (large home improvement store that begins with an L). But, when he is on the job for them, he cannot in any way advertise his own company. He would have to wear their shirt and their hat with their logo on it. There is a pretty good guarantee that he could increase his volume and the money coming in through L, but at the same time it is not getting his company name out there. And, there is the potential that he could get so busy with them that the jobs he does have through his own company could potentially suffer. But, that is a big what-if.

Option 2: Pay the same amount of money and invest in some marketing targeting his work area. Maybe using things like Valpak, The Shepherd’s Guide (Christian phone book), etc. or even hiring somebody to do some marketing. In this way, he may not have the same work volume at first, but it could potentially grow his business name and help it to become more well-known.

My Response:

Okay, before I even begin to dive into this question, I want to state loud and clear two things:

1.) Please do not take any actions in your business purely because of what I say. This is your life and you need to be comfortable with the decisions you make, taking someone else’s opinion and following it blindly will only lead to designing they life that person wants, not the life you want.

2.) There are no black and white, cut and dry, right and wrong answers to business strategy. Both options you stated can work out beautifully or fail. Thinking that one option is “right” and the other is “wrong” will set you up to be thoroughly confused and paralyzed, because it is simply not true. Take a deep breath and feel comfortable knowing both options can lead to success – it’s just a matter of choosing what kind of success your after that is worrisome.

Furthermore, since I don’t know the financial data, risk factors, and personal motivations for your husband’s business, I am going to speak about your quandary by relating to situations I’ve experienced in my own life via Jess LC. Please listen to my stories and see how pieces resonate with your own business and see if any clarity comes from your own intuition. Because at the end of the day, you are going to make your own choice in this matter, and it is best made by following your gut/spirit.

I will also state that I’ve personally tried BOTH options for my business in the past. And BOTH options worked. So my guess is that this is all going to boil down to how you want your business to grow and what kind of journey you’d like to take.

When I started Jess LC full-time in Chicago in 2007, my overall motivation was to eventually write a book called Makeunder Your Life, which I knew to be my purpose. But in order to pay bills, Jess LC was my full-time gig until the book became a reality (still waiting on that book, but MML is a stepping stone). To get as much money in the door when I started as possible, I focused on selling my jewelry wholesale to boutiques in Chicago. It was a comfortable business, I was used to selling to stores since I was 15 years-old, and it did get the results I was looking for: cash flow to avoid working a full-time job for someone else. Eventually, to really sustain the wholesale business I built, I took on sales reps to sell my jewelry to stores nationwide for a commission fee. This phase of my business is the equivalent of Option 1 for your husband. Working with sales reps was a means to an end: getting more money in the door as quickly as possible to keep going, to keep growing.

The benefit of Option 1 for me was that I indeed went from selling in 15 stores to over 100. The downside to working with sales reps and selling primarily through wholesale accounts was that I was personally unfulfilled and I relied on the sales reps to produce results for my business. If they did well, I did well. If they didn’t sell well, I didn’t sell well. At a few points I felt like I actually worked for them, they brought me new orders and I fulfilled them. I was simply completing a process that they began. Over time, this didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to branch out on my own, to create a business that didn’t live or die based on their performance.

Luckily, the sales reps I worked with over time decided to launch their own clothing business and strayed from their original goal to represent other brands. This was ideal for me because I didn’t need to sever ties with them, it happened gradually and organically. And as I watched their sales slow to a halt I gritted my teeth and refused to complain about the dip in revenue.

Instead of lamenting the decline of my wholesale business, I started focusing on selling online. I started MML. I started designing the business as I really wanted it to be. I threw my attention and time into marketing jesslc.com and helping people with MML. It was a test of faith and persistence to get my business to blossom on the internet – where I felt most at home and fulfilled. Like growing a garden, it takes a few years of trial and error, lots of sowing, and time for the plants to mature. The fruit each season is more robust than the last. Now, two years later, I am at a higher revenue and profit level than I was back when I worked with the reps. And my life has in so many profound ways turned into the life I designed.

I hope by sharing this personal story, you will feel more confident in either option for your husband’s business. I also think you and your husband have the maturity and business acumen to decide confidently to choose Option 1 or Option 2. You have a choice to make either decision a successful one. And you always have the choice to try Option 1 until you have the cash flow to make Option 2 your primary objective as I did in my own business. But I must caution that Option 1 might be hard to leave in the future. From the phrase I highlighted in red above, there is an underlying assumption that your husband really wants to choose Option 2, but is worried about the cash flow not being as predictable as Option 1. Option 1 could become so comfortable that it is hard to leave. Predictability and comfort make “acceptable excuses” to avoid risk and true authenticity. So if you choose Option 1, please stay vigilant that you don’t stray from what seems to be the primary goal: Option 2.

I hope that this has in some way helped you (and other MML readers!) with your decision. Please talk it over with your husband and take a deep breath: both options are possible, neither is right or wrong. It’s all about designing your life and business with intention.

What is your intention?

Go do that.

saying “no” for success
February 14th, 2011     |    LifeThink About It

FEBRUARY WALLPAPER. Click here to download the full-size wallpaper seen above.

Good morning and happy Valentine’s Day! My weekend was a special one thanks Mr. Lively. And I hope you have a great day planned doing something you love.

Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a tangible rise in attention and awareness about Jess LC and MML. It’s been a fantastic shift which has brought forth many positive opportunities. And I’m incredibly thankful.

But to be honest, I’ve recently been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the attention and sheer volume of requests via MML and Jess LC. The number of people reaching out for all sorts of things has reached a level where I’m no longer comfortable. Saying yes to every opportunity (though I’d like to), is not a responsible use of my time or resources. I know this objectively, rationally. I am only one person juggling a blog with a bustling business. We are only one small jewelry shop of a jewelry maker, a jewelry designer, and two interns. There is only so much that is possible.

But if I’m continuing to be honest, I am afraid that if I start saying no, setting policies, and boundaries people are going to be upset.

I’m really afraid people will be mad if I say “no.”

And the truth is that this fear of rejection, if allowed to continue, urges me to shrink from the light and fade away. If I stop trying to grow, I will not disappoint anyone because I can say yes to almost everything all the time. Staying small means saying yes is easy. Growing means “yes to everything” isn’t always feasible or healthy.

Though staying put in life would certainly be a safe choice, and absolve me from my fear of rejection, it would also avoid any chance of actually doing more good by growing the business and blog to help more people.

With these considerations in mind, I have been wrestling over the past few days with the idea of setting boundaries and policies to protect myself from burnout and the fear of disappointing people. When thinking back to the vision I have for my life, I see a lot of excitement, helping, and growing personally and professionally. But in order for this to happen, I need to recognize and foster my own well-being. Boundaries regarding requests will help me feel comfortable in my life to feel safe so that I can create and help people in ways that are most important to me personally.

At the end of my life, I will not be asking anyone else if I did the right thing or said yes to the right opportunities. I will ask myself if I enjoyed the decisions I made and helped others as best as I could. I am responsible for enjoying my life and fostering an environment that I love and has personal meaning.

Further, the people making requests and reaching out to me want to know that I am 100% committed to the decisions I make. They aren’t trying to bully me into things I do not feel comfortable with. They want me to enjoy my life as well. And though each specific request I get in and of itself is not usually large enough to make me feel overwhelmed, the volume of all requests has hit a point that isn’t possible to say yes to everything any longer. Plain and simple.

I think (or hope) that over time these new policies and boundaries will be easily adopted by myself and the people who reach out. Perhaps what is most enlightening about this realization is that when designing a life with intention it’s as important to say “no” as it is to say “yes.”

Click here to download the full-size wallpaper seen above.

kendi and bryan’s dream report: week seven
February 11th, 2011     |    Life

Get Off the Pot

I’m sure when you first read that you thought “But Kendi, I don’t do drugs.” That’s good. I was just testing you. But really what I mean is “S*** or Get off the pot.” See the difference? I know you are inspired already.

Truth is, I’ve never liked that term. It’s grotesque and it always creates a gruesome and literal image in my brain. But as a new small business owner (can I claim that title yet?) I have to say this is one of the best terms I can use. I am a sales forecast analysis away from finishing our business plan that I started a month ago. Has it really taken me 30 days to get that far in? No, it’s taken me about 3 days to write 25 pages of a business plan. It took me the other 27 days to get off the pot. (Again, proverbial toilet not the drug). I want you to know the urge I am fighting to make drug jokes here. I won’t but not because I don’t want to.

So what else were we just sitting on? The design of our logo and of our brand. In January we realized that my brain can only reach so many levels of creative and so we decided to quit sitting on the fact that we can’t design what we want and decided to hire someone. A very creative someone. We stopped sitting on our weaknesses and found someone with a strength.

We also stopped turning down weddings because we weren’t “ready.”  We were sitting on a talent because we don’t have a 100% branded, beautiful business. Turns out, we are shooting a wedding this weekend. Ready or not.

I am no expert but I do know what I know. If you are sitting on something, stop sitting and start doing. If you are waiting for a new idea, a better idea, for something to be easier, you will wait for a very long time. S*** or get off the pot. Don’t make me draw it out for you or make me use this term ever again.

*Other possible analogies I could have used “Paint or get off the ladder” “Drive or get out of the car”  but those aren’t as fun.

February 10th, 2011     |    DESIGN YOUR LIFE

Today we have some great DIY DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews to share! Click the links below to hop over to MML reader’s DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews. As a refresher, the DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews share the intentions of the writer and specific, first-person examples of how they have “designed their lives” around those intentions.

Kimberly’s post is on Third Floor Design Studio.

And Roxy’s post is on A Spot of Tea.

Want to find out more about the DIY DESIGN YOUR LIFE monthly feature? Keep reading.













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