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  1. Whitney, I’ve followed your story for the past 10 years and entire you to know that from afar you’ve always been an inspiration to me and picture of God’s grace and courage to move in the midst of crazy scary things. Thank you for your vulnerability and your willingness to share your journey of what many of us experience, but in the world of 1×1 perfection, don’t have the support to share. (We are very much alike in our business thinking and dabbling). The hills and valleys are real and I just want you to know that I’ve always prayed and will continue to pray for your story. In doing so, I find courage to continue on my own.

  2. Wow. I had a small shop in MIdlothian Va – POSH – and we bought from you when you did the personalized stationery. WE LOVED IT!!! Then we opened a bigger store and my life was nothing but work, work, work. We probably averaged $1.82 an hour with the little we paid ourselves.
    We closed the store, and planned to go on the road around town – a sort of caravan pop up store. To have some more time at home. I also was going to start a blog about 50 somethings having to reinvent, etc.
    Then at Christmas 2012, my only son, died by suicide and that was that. No more dreams, there would be no children, no weddings, no grandchildren. There was no business to speak of by that time. My little brother had died suddenly 18 months before. Hell, my dog died, 4 months later.
    After about 2 years of feeling obligated to live for others, I started to get some motivation back and some glimmer of hope for something/anything – trying to find my forward without my boy.
    Fast forward 5 years…still not sure of my purpose here, I am getting ready to tell my story on another blog – THIS WEEK – and then begin my blog finally. (It will be very different than originally planned.) Then I read this. (I’ve rooted for you for years, and didn’t know exactly what was going on behind the scenes. Began buying your day designers, and loving them.)
    So while I’m not sure where God’s grace figures into this for me – I struggle with feeling abandoned – I will plod along. Thank you for your inspirational story and the nudging to sit and write what I am sure will be very hard to put on paper.

    1. I’m at a loss for what to say as nothing seems “right” but your comment brought me to tears and I feel compelled to say something. You comments have touched my heart. I will hug my boy tighter tonight and say prayers for you and your family. Hugs.

    2. Hi Gray,
      I have tears in my eyes reading your story- I’m so sorry for all the loss you have experienced. So much for one heart to bear! I just wanted to send you a little encouragement – you HAVE.NOT been abandoned! God is creating a beautiful next chapter for you…sometimes it just takes time before He reveals it to you. It’s o.k. to plod, but keep that little bit of hope in your heart that you are moving forward towards something good. I have been in dark valleys for long periods of time, and wondered many times where God was, and why the hell He wasn’t “helping me”. Now I try to thank Him each day for all the good things in my life that I don’t know about. It gives me a sense of excitement, curiousity and gratitude…looking forward to what He has planned for me.

      I recently read this quote from Victoria Erickson: “Your story isn’t calm. The road has been chaotic at times, fille with detours and rain and loss so sudden, and soon. Sometimes the bliss was so elevated your heart could hardly hold it. Sometimes it was maddening to have, and then to lose. You learn soon enough that it hardly ever goes as planned- gentle, easy and smooth. But that my friend, is what makes you fascinating. You have something to tell. Something you’ve walked through. Something wild. Something courageous. Something true. You’re made of stories within stories within even more stories. Those quiet depths of you.”

      I hope this gives you a little encouragement! 🙂
      Elle W.

  3. You are an amazing woman!! I’m much older than you and reading about your businesses and the success you have had and all the rest that comes with it BUT BUT BUT you don’t quit, God is using you!! Love that you rely on God! How exciting for your future! I didn’t know you weren’t involved with DD anymore, love that product!! Your post was very encouraging and REAL!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you for sharing your story Whitney. It is always so inspiring and comforting to listen to (and read!) you.

    Ever since I did your ‘The Well-Designed Year Life Planning System’ in 2016, my life has been focused on my core values and that has led me to turn my life upside down and inside out! I just wanted to THANK YOU. You’ve been instrumental in helping me find out what truly matters most to me and I’m amazed that 2 (the hardest ones! Wasn’t sure that they would be possible) out of 3 (difficult too!) of my Big Goals have been realized already! It’s been a crazy ride! My life is finally just beginning to settle down a bit. There were detours and change of direction and major stress and upheaval and a reluctant husband as well. But in the scheme of things, he’s been great.

    I love my Day Designer and it inspires me and comforts me as ‘my partner’ in helping me live My Well Designed Life (that includes changes-by-design).


  5. I, too, have followed and adired you since 2010. I so appreciate your transparency. I struggle with comparison (the thief of joy) and the longing to do/be more than a mommy. Thank you for this post. You are amazing and I know the next venture will be better than the last. Can’t wait to cheer you on from the sidelines.

    1. Excuse the typos. I’m replying on my phone while rocking my baby to sleep. Unfortunately, they’re not because I’ve had a glass of wine. 😉

  6. Thank you Whitney for sharing your story with us, and your willingness to be open and vulnerable. As a small business owner, I know there are SO MANY ups & downs, and days when I feel like I’m moving in reverse, heading further away from my dreams & goals. Growing up I was taught making mistakes = failure, and so mistakes and failing have had such a negative connotation for me – something to be avoided at all costs. But I am (slowly) learning that is not the truth. For in each experience, there is something to be learned, a place to grow, and often times, redemption and an opportunity for God to lavish his grace & blessing upon us to show us how much He loves us. Please keep sharing your story with us!

    Elle W.

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