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What I Have Gained By Losing My Set Income

Diving head first into the unknown has never been a forte of mine. I like to carefully think things out and have a set plan before moving forward. So when I decided to leave my full time position for a part time one without an exact plan in place I thought I might have lost my mind. I have been working since I was 15 years old with very little time off; it finally caught up to me.

I realized that despite loving the line of work I was in, I am not physically or mentally made to do the same thing over and over again. I need variety, freedom, and space to create. I have found all of that by moving to an irregular, unpredictable income. While it is internally terrifying, I haven’t felt this good in a long time!


Here’s a look at my past 8 weeks:

I have taken my kids to the park more times than I did all of last year combined

I have had time to sit, play, read, and color with them

I have been able to take them to play dates with their friends they have missed

I have been a better mother.

I have been able to do a Bible study with my husband

We have had more time to parent together

We have enjoyed dinner with each other without feeling rushed to prepare for the next day

I have been a better wife

I have been able to tend to the yard that has sat neglected for over a year.

I have kept my home clean (well as clean as it can be with two small children).

I have spent more time with our family dogs

I have been a better steward of the possessions I have been blessed with.

I have gone out for coffee with friends I haven’t seen in years

I have been able to attend a Mom’s Night Out

I have been able to engage in meaningful conversation with others online and in person

I have been a better friend.

I have recovered from major surgery

I have begun working out for the first time in years

I have been able to go to sleep on time

I have become a healthier me.

I have accomplished all of this while still:

  • Working part time for the birth center
  • Building two websites and maintaining a third
  • Writing a combined twenty blog posts for all of my business and personal sites (twenty one if you count this post)
  • Relaunching / promoting my doula business and networking with local professionals
  • Writing forty pages (and counting!) of my childbirth curriculum
  • Attending one birth
  • Capturing and editing well over one hundred photographs
  • Managing or co-managing the social media for 3 Facebook business pages
  • Writing 25,000 words for my novel

I am a hard worker and a fierce believer in the fact that my dedication will pay off.

This will work!


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Top 5 Reasons to Hire KLS

So you’re wondering why you should hire KLS Collective? 

I always thought “About Me” sections and online bios were the most awkward things to produce, but I think this post is about to prove me wrong. So here is my attempt to pitch you…well me!

1. Proven Track Record  

My clientele base may be small right now but the content I have produced has been met with great review.

2. Personalized 

I know online presence isn’t a one size fits all mold. Each project requires different elements, and I  have the time and attention to detail required to ensure each project is completed with the utmost optimization. Having photographer and designer in one also allows for customization of images used in website design. You and your business will be featured, not stock photos.

3. Efficient and Realistic 

We’ll work together to formulate a time line that works for all parties. I take a lot of pride in my ability to work quickly while still producing high quality work.

4. Connected

If for some reason I don’t provide every piece of a service you’re looking for (like graphic design for example) I have personal references I have worked with before that can assist in completing your project.

5. Affordable 

As stated in number one: my clientele base is small right now. Therefore, I am trying to get my name out there. Low hourly rates and/or discounted monthly packages are available!

Contact me today for a free consultation!


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One. More. Page.

I only have one page left to complete in my initial launch of KLS Collective *insert happy dance* so it’s time to start building my portfolio!

If you are interested in very affordable web design or social media services please contact me for kick off pricing!


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Day 1

This project is just beginning. I’ll be honest in saying I haven’t even thought the whole plan through yet. Here’s what you need to know right now…


Things I am:

  • a writer
  • a photographer
  • a doula
  • organized
  • motivated
  • creative
  • artistic
  • a mother
  • a wife
  • a Christian
  • human

Things I am not: 

  • a graphic designer (hence the awful first logo draft)
  • flawless
  • naturally self confident
  • a good chef
  • athletic
  • content in a “typical” job

This combination has led me on a path to freelance work. I have about 60 days to make this work before my financial obligations to my family take over. Wish me luck! kls-collective-logo-1