Introducing Irresistyles

Chris gave me the best, most thoughtful Christmas gift this year!  He opened a business for me!

I’ve had a dream for the last year or so of someday starting a business that empowers women.  But I’m not sure that I’ve ever mentioned that to Chris.

I’ve been thinking over the last year about how to start my own business making items to sell.

I’ve dreamed about being able to donate money through a business to non-profits that help change lives.

So I was blown away when I opened a box full of business documents, business cards, a bank account, website info, etc. on Christmas morning!  It was the perfect gift for me!

I would like to introduce you to my new adventure…Irresistyles!

Irresistyles logo black and blue

So far, I have 15 items I have rolled out in my Winter line.  I will be selling the winter items while I also start working on a Spring line.

A portion of all sales will be donated to CitySquare in Dallas – a non-profit that exists “to fight the root causes of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship.”

Local friends, if you would like to order something and would rather not pay for shipping, please feel free to email me at stephanie@irresistyles.com.  You can save cost on the shipping, and I will get it to you!

I am super excited about this new adventure!  Please feel free to share this site with anyone who might like it!  And if there is something you would like but do not see, please let me know!  I will make it for you!

Thank you for your support!

 

2016 Book List

Scary Close by Donald Miller – 9

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans – 8

The Girl With All the Gifts by M R Carey

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – 9

North of Here by Laurel Saville

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley

Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart

Companions of Christ by Margaret Silf

The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

Peace Like A River by Leif Enger

Reviving Old Scratch by Richard Beck

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger

Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Matched by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie

Reached by Ally Condie

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

Things Hidden by Richard Rohr

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

What I look for in an elder

Our church is going through an elder search process. I honestly didn’t think much about it all until a few weeks ago when I decided that I really needed to start thinking about who I would like to see serve as an elder in our church.

But before I could do that, before I could come up with any names, I found that I needed to take a step back and really think about what I thought were the characteristics of an elder for me.  What kind of person would I throw my support behind?  What kind of person would I trust and feel like I could go to when I needed help?  What kind of person would I really trust to shepherd myself and my family?

I am a list-maker, so I decided I would make a list and see what happened.  So, on the way to work in my van (where I do all of my great thinking), I started my list.  I’d love to hear what you would add to the list.

  • Notice people
  • Interested in the lives of others
  • Pray for others
  • Approachable
  • Keep confidentiality
  • Ask others how they are doing
  • Listen – REALLY listen
  • Open about their lives
  • Honest
  • Appreciative
  • Open heart
  • Generous
  • Encouraging – Uplifts others (positive thinker)

This is not an extensive list, and others probably disagree with my list.  But for me, these are the things that I looked for in an elder. And after I created my list, choosing names was easy and fun. 

What is on your list?

Generosity in giving praise

At work, at school, at church, and sometimes even at home.  Do you ever feel like the only time you hear from people is when you have done something wrong?  Or when others think you should be doing better, more, etc.?

We live in a world where kind words and genuine praise are out of the norm.

I have been on a quest to learn more about generosity this year.  Chris and I have thought a lot about how we can be on the look-out for ways to be generous in our daily lives.  This includes giving money to church and others, but also in how we can generously serve others with our time, talents and other resources.

This morning, it hit me!  We should also be generous with our praise for others.

Last weekend, I went to a Mini-Photography Camp for kids at our church.  It was absolutely wonderful!  The next day (Sunday morning) at church, a man who had attended the event was grabbing people in the church lobby to tell them how awesome the event was!  I immediately texted my friend that led the event to let him know this man was spreading the word at how great it was!  I told Chris about it on the way home, and we both thought it was awesome!  We should be doing more of this!  Recognizing and praising others for good things…and telling other people what we’ve seen our friends do!

Yesterday, someone did something really nice for me.  I sent this person an email saying how much I appreciated what he did and that I thought he was wonderful.  It was a quick, simple, short email.  When I got an email back from him, the first word he wrote was “Wow!”

And this morning, I thought “That’s it!  We should be so generous with our praise for others that they are shocked!  We should make them stop, think and say WOW!”

Hebrews 10:24 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Praising someone for something good or great that they have done is encouraging!  It makes them want to do more of that!

One of my friends posted this article today where a high school boy posted pictures anonymously of kids from his school for a whole year and said nice things about them.  It talked about how blown away the kids were at the nice things said about them.  It’s a good read!

What if we gave praise generously?

What if we were known for our kind words?

What if we went around surprising the people around us by praise and appreciation of them?

What if all Christians did this?

It could change lives.

It could make things better.

It could slowly but surely change the world.

Who’s in?