31 Days

Links I Love for #WorkandWorth

For me, weekends are when I catch up on blog and magazine reading. Well, I do my best to anyway. If you live in a place with real fall weather, curl up by your fireplace or snuggle up in your favorite chair. Really soak in these articles. 

On that note, here are a few links I gathered for you to read over the weekend. 

Wired for Work via Propel Women

Digital Divas on Starting Your Own Business via Darling Magazine

How Women are Thriving in Online Entrepreneurship via Verily

The 5 Year Plan is Out via Career Contessa

Living Out the Call to Business via Grit & Virtue

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A Woman of Work & Worth: Ashlee Proffitt

Within the Work and Worth series, I will highlight women who embody Work and Worth. Ashlee Proffitt builds strong brands and inspired goods. She has a lovely design gift and shares my love of the color white. Here are some of her thoughts on #WorkandWorth.

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What does the phrase Work and Worth mean to you?

Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. He did THE work and through His work, He gave me worth. And He is the one responsible for seeing the work in me to completion: Philippians 1:6 - being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

How are you an example of a modern Christian woman in the workplace?

If we look at the word (modern) as an opportunistic to ask how does God define godliness as a woman versus what tradition has said about what it looks like to be a Christian woman in the past then we begin to see a movement of women who are experiencing much freedom as daughters of Christ. I pray I am an example of that freedom. Freedom that is found in the work that Jesus did on my behalf, freedom that leads to joy in the roles God has called us to as women in the workplace and out. 

How do you not lose sight of your worth when faced with non-glamorous business tasks and pitfalls?

I lose sight all the time! I hate the non-glamorous tasks! One thing I am learning is that God has uniquely gifted each one of us in a way that if possible find someone to help with the tasks you find unglamorous because for someone else they actually may be glamorous. We lie to ourselves that we have to do it all and be it all and we feel guilty asking for help if it is something we don't want to do ourselves. The truth is that some people get really excited about numbers and they make me want to pull my hair out. So instead of living under the "Ashlee has to do it all or she is a failure" mentality I can find joy in asking someone to come alongside and use the gifts that they have been given. 

Where do you find grace (and/or inspiration) as a working mother?

The mamas in my everyday community. The ones I see sacrificing and loving and nurturing and teaching their littles day in and day out. I am so different than each one of my friends and when I get around them I LEARN how to be a better mama. Not a guilt-ridden mama, rather a mama who is delighted in the way God uniquely created each one of us. Community, real life community, is God's gift to us. It's where we learn and are challenged and prayed for and pointed to Jesus. 

What is your biggest piece of advice for women and worth?

Find people that will dive in with you. People who believe in the mission and vision. Let them in. Let them ask the had questions. Let them help. And don't forget to ask for help. 

Ashlee Proffitt is a passionate woman who works hard and believes harder.  Follow Ashlee on Instagram or visit her website

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These Ad Campaigns Encourage Girls (and Women) to Be Women of Work & Worth

Barbie released a new ad campaign titled, "Imagine the Possibilities". It explores the possibilities of what can happen "when girls are free to imagine they can be anything". When I first read the ad's opening question, I immediately thought: anything. All my life, I've associated Barbie will being anything and everything she wants. 

Always released their girl-empowering and awareness campaign in the summer of 2014. They ask males and females, of all ages, to act out or answer a specific thing "like a girl". In my opinion, they nailed it, "because I am a girl and that's not something I should be ashamed of". 

The community, This Girl Can shared a video which embodies everything they stand for, queue Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On" anthem. They exist to "inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome".

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A Woman of Work & Worth: Natalie Borton

Within the Work and Worth series, I will highlight women who embody Work and Worth. Natalie Borton is a life and style blogger, Glitter Guide contributing editor and creator behind a handmade women's jewelry collection. Here are some of her thoughts on #WorkandWorth.

How are you an example of a modern Christian woman in the workplace? 

I think I represent what a lot of Christian women are starting to do with their lives: have children and start their own businesses at home. Whether to help support their families or as a creative outlet of some kind, I see so many women these days re-entering the workforce on their own terms. It's exciting to see so many women feeling empowered to try something new and go out on a limb! 

What are some of your favorite resources for work? 

Does Google count?! It's amazing how much that speedy little search engine has helped me learn what I know. I joke with my husband that Google has taught me more than my college education! 

 Where do you find inspiration/encouragement as a working mother?  

Definitely from the other working moms in my life. Though I do love to follow bloggers who are working moms and get insight into how they do it all, I am always most encouraged by my friends who are in it with me. Nothing inspires and encourages me more than a play date with a fellow working mom and her kids where we can chat about the highs and lows of it all!

How do you not lose sight of your worth when faced with non-glamorous business tasks and pitfalls? 

Oh gosh, that is tough! This, I'd say, is where I really am thankful to have my husband in my life. He is absolutely my number one encourager and the person I can count on to remind me of my worth when I need it. Also, Psalm 139 never fails to remind me of my worth and value in God's eyes. You can't read it without feeling overwhelmed by the way God knows you and cares for you—then business stuff just feels silly to worry about!

Natalie Borton is one of my favorite California life and style bloggers. She has impeccable taste and is effortlessly chic.  Follow Natalie on Instagram or read her blog

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