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My name is Amanda Hard I am a local artist based out of Maine. I create empowering paintings of abstract women, to uplift and bring self-empowerment. My paintings are inspired by women, from all over the world, all walks of life! My paintings are for the young, old, weak, bold, regardless of their strengths, color, gender, and orientation. ALL women are my inspiration! Growing up as a female in this world has its challenges. I felt like there was always an image of who or what a “girl” should be. I always wanted to be able to relate and reflect on the struggles and beauty women hold within themselves. Women are so beautiful independent and articulate! I wanted to express a women’s life, journeys, passions, love, loss, failures, strengths, the ups the downs, careers, backgrounds! We are different colors, shapes, sizes, and so much more!

This was the inspiration that led me to start my “Girl Series”. I started creating paintings when I was going into college trying to figure out who I was as a woman. I wanted women to have a chance to relate and admire different parts of who they are, as I did while embracing who I was and I am as a woman. My mission is to give everyone a chance to escape through my paintings. I wanted to share as much as I could with everyone around me, so I started printing my images and “Girl Series” on Art prints, home decor, accessories, and apparel for women to incorporate their “Girl” in their day to day lifestyle. From beach towels, pillows, handbags, to make up purses, backpacks, coffee mugs, and so much more! So whichever lifestyle and type of girl you are, you are my inspiration!

What or Who inspired you to start your business?
My Brother. He’s always told me to put my art online, I out it off for so many years not listening to my big brother, but one day I LISTENED! I never knew or thought people would enjoy my artworks so much! He’s always supported me and pushed me to share my art with the world. I couldn’t do it without his knowledge, guidance, support and brotherly love.

How do you develop Key partnerships?
Stay in touch! Always keep communication open and prompt. Balance your partnerships out with partners that balance with you.

How did you get funded or what creative strategies did you use to execute on minimal cash flow?
Budgeting! It’s not easy! Especially being a girl! We want the latest fashion, makeup, and lifestyle trends, but when running a business you have to make a budget and only spend what’s necessary. Help fund your passion and business and in the end, your business will help fund you.

What habits helped make you successful?
Staying Constant. Keep going. Be persistent.

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I feel like everyone has their own individuality. I don’t look at others as competitors. I just look at them to learn, grow and build my own business!

What was your biggest mistake?
Not listening to my brother and starting earlier! (He’d be smiling reading this!)

How do you deal with failure and how do you learn from failures?
I don’t believe in the would Failure. If it’s not in the cards for me at that time then I keep going, keep moving forward and keep growing. If you stop to think you are failing it will distract you from prospering!

What was unexpected when you started your business?
The amount of love, support, and interest in my art! It’s a surreal feeling!

What did you learn?
So much! I’m constantly learning!

What would you have done differently?
Since starting my business I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I’ve learned from everything I’ve done. Whether it was beneficial or not I learned what to do and what not to do. Without making mistakes you can’t learn and grow from them.

How can you minimize the unknowns?
Through Experience

What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?
Give it time!! People want instant success, but it takes time, patience and perseverance.

What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
A life defined by your passion. Waking up every day and going to work for yourself, knowing you can provide for your family through your love of work.

What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?
I’d like to bring into this world self-love, Inspiration, and smiles. There’s so much complication in this word, I just want to keep it simple and enjoyable.

Describe yourself in one word?
Kind

What habits and mindsets made you successful?
Stay Positive. Never Give Up. Make healthy choices that will make you prosper, physically and mentally.

Where does your passion come from?
My heart

What makes you smile?
Seeing people enjoying my art. Bringing happiness and empowerment into people’s lives!

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?

Breakfast

Describe your happy place
My Home

What makes you Unique?
We are all unique individuals. I am ME and that’s what makes me Unique!

How are you living out loud?
Through my Art and Empowering others!

What drives you?
My family, my friends, and the people around me.

Instagram business page – @pennyprints4you
Instagram artist page– @misspennyprintss
Facebook– Penny Prints
Website – www.penny-prints.com

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April Favorite Things Pick

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This is becoming one of my favorite sugar cookies it was mailed to me and I absolutely loved it. My kids would not let me rest they’d wanted to finish the whole pack the same day. I love the fact that it teaches the bible in a subtle but effective way. For those of you who are lactose intolerant, this is your cookie, it is dairy free and peanut free as well. You can purchase them online at Oriental Trading, Sams Club, and they just launched at Walmart.  This easter you can enjoy Faith Cookies with your kids and maybe talk about your Christian values including, Faith Cross, Dove of Peace, Christian Fish, and the Lamb.

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Great for:

  • Bible Camps
  • Preschool Snacks
  • Religion Class Treats
  • After Service handouts
  • Bible Study snacks
  • Holiday Parties

All of the minibite Cookies are Made in the USA, PEANUT FREE, Non-Dairy and made in an SQF Certified Facility.

 

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Janomi Hair, LLC was created by a long-time naturalista whose desire is to make natural hair the new normal.  By providing quality hair products, style tips, and natural hair information; we hope to assist the modern day naturalista in all stages of her hair journey.  Watch us grow as we add to our premium product line. Janomi Citrus Juice Leave-In Conditioner is a multi-purpose spray that softens and conditions hair, detangles, penetrates hair the shaft to restore moisture, nourishes hair and strengthens strands from the inside out.  It refreshes curls, reduces shed, soothes itchy scalp, adds shine, and is light enough for locks! Visit http://www.janomihair.com to purchase yours!
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Posh Candle Co. is a company based in Los Angeles, California. All of our candles are 100% soy based, which burn cleaner than other wax-based products. We hand-pour in small batches to ensure quality and consistency. You don’t have to worry about candles burning down the center and all that wasted wax on the sides of the jar. So, if you want your space to smell beautiful, calm and relaxing, you’ve come to the right place.

Posh is Lovable

We want you to love Posh Candles but before you consider keeping them all to yourself. Gift these aromatic scents to a friend. They make great conversation pieces, and accents to any home décor. We would love to see how you re-purpose your Posh Candle jars as we believe in environmental friendliness and recycling. We also believe in keeping things fresh so stay tuned as we introduce limited edition aromatic candles to match special occasions or seasons. 

Visit Us to purchase yours!

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