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Burn It Down, Color It Out

Burn It Down, Color It Out

Free 8 x 10 printable coloring page, for your de-stressing pleasure.     Instructions for printing: click on the thumbnail to open a new page, ...

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Naming a Brand After Yourself 2.0

Naming a Brand After Yourself 2.0

I wrote the original version of this blog post back in 2015, about two years after launching the Emily McDowell brand. As I write this update, it’s 2021, and we’ve just changed our name to Em & Friends. If you’re trying to decide whether to name your business after yourself, I’m hoping this information can help you make that call.

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Supporting Someone in a Hard Time

Supporting Someone in a Hard Time

We put so much pressure on ourselves to say the perfect thing, don’t we? That’s one of the biggest hurdles in trying to be there for someone during a difficult time. But when your life is falling apart, there’s no magical phrase to make it all better. In fact, there’s really nothing you can say to someone to make it hurt less or feel OK, mostly because the person suffering doesn’t actually need you to talk. They need you to listen. To be present. To be okay with silence if they don’t feel like talking.

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Just Because You Can, Doesn't Mean You Should - Rumi

Big breaking news! A long-time-coming post.

When I started Emily McDowell Studio five years ago, I wasn’t thinking all that hard about what it could become. I was more focused on the immediate questions like, “Will anyone buy this card?” and “Is there a better place than Staples to buy all this fancy printer paper?” (Yes, and not really.) 

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