Back in August I attended the most amazing workshop. The Stationery Academy breathed life into a hopeless Ashlee Proffitt and re-ignited a vision within me that I thought was lost.
For as long as I can remember I have tried with such effort to figure out who I am, often conforming to those around me. I wanted so badly to get life just right that I spent much of my time trying to be like everyone else. I brought that insecurity into my marriage as I tried to figure out what it meant to be a godly wife by comparing myself to other women I loved and respected; I brought it into motherhood as I battled daily with guilt over whether or not I was being the best mom. And let’s face it, there is a standard our culture sets today about what it means to be a great wife and mom, and I am pretty positive that that standard was not defined by God. I even brought those insecurities into my business as I compared myself to every other artist around me and tried my hardest to be just like them.
In August, there were about a billion amazing things said, that I will save for a future post (one day! I promise!) but overall the biggest challenge and the biggest reward was delving deep in order to answer those tough questions about who I really am… who God had made me to be.
I left the Stationery Academy determined to be authentic and true to what God had called me to be.
Here is the beauty in that decisions, when you finally give up trying to be everyone else, the real you just fits. Effortless and comfortable. No more forcing something that isn’t meant to be. Emily Ley said it best when introducing her new business brand, “And y’all… this just feels so good. Like a comfy sweater on the first day of Fall.”
With that being said, I want to introduce the first collection of fine art prints from the new & improved Ashlee Proffitt.
This collection is so dear to my heart. I first had this idea of creating beautiful illustrations with Bible verses about a year ago and am so excited that it has finally come to fruition. Great artwork for children’s rooms are hard to find and artwork with true meaning is pretty much non-existent. I am excited to be able to provide your little one with a piece of art that will daily remind them of God’s love and sacrifice towards them!
I have had so much encouragement and am so thankful for an amazing husband who believes in the work you are doing and for amazing friends who push you along the way.
A little side note: each piece is named after a sweet child in my life. I asked each of their mommas to give me a life verse for their little ones and I was blown away by the amount of thought and prayer these godly women put into that aspect of this project. Thank you to all of you amazing ladies for helping me on this endeavor and more importantly, for being amazing examples of godly mothers!
Below is a small portion of the new collection. To see each new design you will have to take a peek at my shop: ashleeproffitt.etsy.com
P.S. If you read to the end there may be a prize in it for you! 🙂