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The Value of Being Organized | Giveaway Day #2

Hi Friends!

Thank you all for being SO awesome and supportive yesterday with this new blog release! I’m so blessed to have such a sweet community of readers. Annnddd did you SEE? The REAL Miss Wyolene left a comment. Made my YEAR. And the celebration continues! As I mentioned yesterday, I am taking some time this week to not only surround this blog with some fanfare (insert confetti cannon here), but also to reflect on a few disciplines that have helped me reach this point. Now, you might have taken one look at that title and laughed out loud. I know, I know. Artists are not usually known for being the most organized people. However, you might be surprised to learn that I kinda get a kick out of organizing the junk drawer. (Of course that statement alone suggests the fact that yes, we do have a junk drawer or two.) Or streamlining the shelving system in my office. Or labeling client file folders. (That last one includes using office supplies so, yeah, I’m all in!) But in all honesty, it takes major effort to do it and to maintain it.

Since the little guy was born, and since we’ve moved into a new house, I’ve seen even more clearly how beneficial it is to be organized not just in business, but in all areas of life. And as women, it’s super important to get this down as best we can, just because of all of the hats we wear! I’ll be honest, I straight up struggle with keeping everything organized. My artsy fartsy side wants to make messes and throw order to the wind re aforementioned junk draw. But the responsible side of me knows that there are doctor’s appointments, church functions, vacations, meals to plan and I know NOTHING will happen if I am a frazzled disorganized mess. I know y’all hear me on this. Because this challenge isn’t unique to me. We ALL struggle with busyness and responsibilities and the need to keep it all together. Ultimately, we all want the same things: to be successful without sacrificing time with the most important people in our lives. Getting ourselves organized and buttoned up is a crucial step to getting there. And I need all the help I can get.

Enter Emily Ley.

The woman is my hero. For so many reasons. First, she is a mama and creative small business owner. I kinda feel like we’re in the same camp walking towards the same prizes, ya know? She understands the struggles I mentioned above. In fact, she combines her gifts of organization and creativity (did y’all know they can successfully coexist?) to create products that stand out as tools for a richer, more organized life. I got her Simplified Planner™ for Christmas and I LOVE IT. Let me tell ya, it has become a foolproof way to stay on top of things here at the Young house. I’m convinced that Emily’s products save my family from at least half of would-be meltdowns. Here’s how Emily describes her planner:

The Simplified Planner™ is designed as a “home base” for all the STUFF we manage daily – all those things that pull at our hearts. Bob Goff (author of one of my favorite books, Love Does) put it best, “The battle for our happiness is fought on the pages of our calendars.” 

The Simplified Planner™ even has sister recipe version. I might become a collector, to be honest. And I’ll be the first to point my brides towards her Simplified Wedding Planner. Oh to have had a consolidated system during my wedding! I would encourage you to spend some time on Emily’s blog. Her products, her attention to detail, her bright colors, the very real voice she communicates in…it’s the kind of site you leave a happier person just for having hung out there. Check out just a small sampling of her products:


Emily has played a huge role in helping me develop a focused vision for my business. If you are thinking about striking out on your own and are worried about to make everything balance, I can’t think of a better person to send you to. Check out the coaching segment of her business, as well. I found it to be a great investment in the future of Miss Wyolene.

SO! For today’s giveaway, cute Emily has generously offered one of her Simplified Datebooks to a lucky Miss Wyolene reader! Yay!!


I’m mixing up the entry rules today just a bit! Here’s what ya gotta do:

1. Take an Instagram shot of an area of life that either you desperately need to organize (admitting is the first step to recovery, am I right?) OR an area that you have conquered and that you’d like to document as proof.
2. Tag @misswyolene and @emilyley
3. 3 New hashtags today! (cause you all know I love a good hashtag) Please use #misswyolenehasanewblog #shesgivingawayfuntreats and #simplifiedplanner

Contest is open through midnight EST tonight and I’ll tag/announce the winner tomorrow morning!
Congratulations to Instagram friend @eshasta for winning yesterday’s awesome Laura Cooke mug!

Have a wonderful day!



Friday wisdom.

Original design by Miss Wyolene.
(Except for his ‘stache which I found here.)


Image via Etsy

Confession: I don’t usually shop for myself on Etsy. Not because there aren’t awesome (awesome) things to buy, but I try to be good and put what I earn back into Miss Wyolene instead of caving to temptation every time a new treasury is posted.

But this awesome bracelet from SPARKLEFARM hooked me immediately. I kept going back and looking at it over and over, wondering why I was so drawn to it. It quickly hit me that the anchor is such a clear symbol of faith. Without it, I’d be adrift and hopeless. Completely without direction or reason.

I bought this bracelet and that same evening, my husband and I decided it was time for me to leave my job as an art director and pursue Miss Wyolene full time. Talk about a leap of faith.

I have worn this bracelet literally every day since it arrived. I told the artist, Erin, my story and how this piece of jewelry means so much to me on my creative journey. (I also told her that the next time God chooses to speak to me through jewelry, it will be something from her shop.)

And so friends, today begins a new chapter. The coming year will know doubt be a wild ride, but I’m so thankful that I’m not without hope or direction. Grateful that He is my anchor.