Dear Overwhelmed, Creative Maker



I believe there’s one thing that sets apart makers and non makers.

It’s not creativity, hustle, risk, or gumption or any type of special gift.

It’s the willingness to say No to really good things, in order to say a few well placed Yeses.



Say No to as many good things that you can, so that you are free to say Yes to the best things that only you can do, those things you were created to do.

This is one of the hardest lessons that I will never stop having to learn.

People will think you are weird. You will think you are crazy.

But keep at it and you will see progress in those few small areas that you are uniquely gifted to pursue.

Dear Maker, the world needs you, nay, the world is begging you to say No, boldly.


meet the makers

Christianity Today featured 20 makers mixing faith & innovation in their latest cover story. I was delighted to be included along with 19 other makers who are actively saying no to good things, so that they can focus on a few things that they feel called to pursue in order to encourage and make a difference. Read the full article here.

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  1. I find that lately it is really sticking out to me that I say “yes” way too easily. My weeks are too crammed with stuff I don’t want to be doing. How funny that I keep coming across the advice to save my “yeses” for the best and stay focused. Thanks for another reminder!

    Congrats on being included in such a great group!

  2. Congratulations! A great article and to be one of only 20 featured- that’s impressive and they totally hit on what I love about you and your blog and your home!

  3. I’m beyond happy for you to be honored ….not only for your creativity but because of the encouragement and example you are to all of us! Plus, I just want to say… the humorous way you write puts a big smile on my face and often times makes me laugh! Thank you! love and hugs

  4. I loved this! I’m a blog book/photo book book designer and have a passion for helping people preserve family memories, but it is hard to turn down projects because I want to help everyone. I need to be more discerning with my time and focus on the meaningful projects that allow me to use my gifts. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Dorothy Sayers, in The Mind of the Maker, described the creative process as triune: the Idea, then the Energy (bringing the Idea into real existence), and then the Power–the meaning that it takes on as it exists in the world. (She showed how these correspond to the three persons of the Godhead.) For me, I have plenty of ideas, and can carry out many of them, but I am weak in seeing how any of it could be very meaningful. I just try to do the work that God has set before me, one step at a time.

    Congratulations on being featured in the article!!

    • Oooh, I’m butting in to say: that Dorothy Sayers book sounds amazing – how did I miss that one?? :) Sounds so intriguing, I’ll for sure be picking it up.

  6. Thank you for reminding me it’s good to say no. I love helping people, so it’s always been difficult for me to say no. And when I do, I feel like I need an excuse other than “I don’t want to.” Thank you for reminding me I don’t need to validate my choices to anyone. Congrats on being featured!

  7. It’s so good to hear this sometimes–it helps to give yourself permission to say no and to know that it’s not a selfish thing.
    Thank you!
    XO, Jaclyn

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