Hello Friend! Polly Here.
I was sitting in my house the other day and I looked up at my ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ print and I asked myself… do I really believe this?
Is this my life motto?
Do I really have all my hope and trust in God?
I know God is good, and He is for me and certainly, heaven is my home.
Even though I knew all these truths, my spirit was full of anxiety and fear of the unknown. I was stressed in my business and personal life. Where I once had excitement for the future, all I felt was fear. Fear of the next launch, of the next bill, of the next time I would make a mistake. I kept thinking, ‘Am I enough?’
I realized my life motto sounded more like, ‘The Stress Is Yet To Come”
At that moment, I began to pray and be honest with God. Where was my hope? I realized I had put my hope in myself, in my strength. I was battling thoughts of failure and inadequacy daily.
I had to remind my soul that God chose me for this path, this business, this city, this season. Only God is enough. He is our power, He is the source.
I want to encourage you that God is always with you and He is ready to take your burdens.
Here are a few truth nuggets I want to share from scripture.
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things” Colossians 3:2
This scripture was the key to my problem. My focus was off. It was completely on myself, my strength, my problems. I am a bit of a control freak and life is not ours to control. Worldly success is fleeting and empty. This shift helped me to BREATH.
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17
Thanksgiving and worship are the best medicine you can give your soul. Without thanksgiving, our human nature goes straight to anxiety and inadequacy. This shift helped me to remember the faithfulness of God is ALL seasons and peace for the future.
My last resource is an amazing sermon about conquering anxiety. This sermon was the biggest game changer in me conquering my anxiety. Watch it below.
Everything that we digest in our mind and body matter. We cannot experience peace if we never unplug from our phone, from the news, from our work. God wants to give you peace, so you must make space for him to give this gift to you! Find your boundaries this week. Unplug, and replace your intake with God’s word, great books, worship, and prayer!
I TRULY believe the best is yet to come for you! God is bigger than anything you are facing.
I am so honored and grateful to God that I get to manage and grow this beautiful gift and company.
I can't help but flash back to August 3 years ago. Horacio Printing was a vision, a dream, a desire bubbling up in my heart. I felt far from God and unworthy to approach Him. I felt shame and yearned for His presence. I wanted my life to have a purpose. In the middle of my mess, He met me with so much LOVE and compassion and called me to my mission. I realized my life was a gift and I was to honor Him by getting intentional in how I plan my life. I remember that night like it was yesterday. I couldn't sleep. I was up all night sketching out my first planner and every time I turned off the light my head would spin until I woke up and kept going.
Flash forward to today, I can't believe where we are. I wanted to share some lessons that God has taught me through this journey.
1) Your purpose is revealed in obedience.
I was obedience to God's calling to create this company and little by little I am still discovering the purpose. If you would have told me January 1st me would have a warehouse in Orlando, Florida, I would not have believed you. This certainly wasn't on my Horacio Printing 'bucket list', but I have learned that obedience is the key to finding God's will. One step at a time, let him unlock your purpose through following the Holy Spirit within you. You have NO idea the freedom you will bring to others, from small acts of obedience.
2) God's love for you is WILD and He wants you involved in a community.
We pray for you, the Horacio Printing family, and I want you to know that God is WILD about you. He has not left you or forgotten you. As a company, we started encouraging community through Dream Planning Parties in January and we have heard incredible testimonies! Here is one from the SweetHive. Check out this page to read more! Together we are stronger, together we are powerful. We are the body of Christ.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20
3) He will move mountains to help the marginalized.
Through the sales of Horacio Printing, we have raised over 24,000 to fight human trafficking by partnering with A21.org. In Orlando, Fl we have officially partnered with the Samaritan Village an incredible program helping women survivors of human trafficking. They provide an amazing 18-month program to help these women find freedom and healthy independence. We are going to be apart of their program providing a 'baby step' job to learn important job skills. God is so good! We are praying our warehouse is a place of joy, learning trust, growth, dignity, and healing. Please keep these women in your prayers.
Thank you for being part of the Horacio Printing Family! I truly appreciate your support. I know this is just the beginning of what God is doing in Orlando and through Horacio Printing. Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers! I am excited to enter this new season of life. The best is yet to come!
I believe that these statements are lies.
I believe that you are an artist. At your core, your were designed in the image of God. You were created to create, to dream, to take an idea and make it a reality.
You learned to create what wanted at a young age. Remember when you had the idea of enjoying a PB&J and then you made that your reality? Remember the brilliant worlds you created in your childhood bedroom or backyard? It is in our DNA to dream, plan and do. To create. God has a wild imagination. He gave us this imagination too, and I invite you to embrace it again.
God is ready to co-labor with you. He puts passions and dreams in our hearts for a reason and you have no idea the impact you can have on this world by simply saying yes, taking the next step, and being obedient to your calling.
I truly began to believe this when I read The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus. He says-
“What is your idea of you? Who is it that you have decided to become? If your greatest work of art is the life you live, and ultimately life is a creative act, what life will you choose to leave behind as your masterpiece?”
― Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Since part of our creative responsibility is to move from imagination to image, we need to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and allow our imagination once again to be the playground of God. And once our dreams and visions are the material that has been passed on to us by a divine imagination, then it is time to dream, to risk, and to create.”
― Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
Your greatest work of art you will ever create is your life. Your life is your canvas! What are you going to create?
Pick up a copy of Erwin’s book if you have not already read it! It is a treasure.
June marks the middle of 2017. We are here! The middle is a perfect time for REFLECTION.
How do you feel? Do you feel like time is flying? Do you feel like 2017 is slipping away? You are not alone.
When I find myself here, I shift my gaze to Heaven. God has a beautiful perspective on timing. Our time here is short, but Heaven is eternal. Heaven is beautiful. Heaven is our home.
When I shift my gaze to Heaven, my heart follows and fills with peace. God is ready to meet you right here -- in the now -- in the present moment.
I want to encourage you by telling you that God is not worried about a perfect performance. He cares far more about the condition of your heart than He does whether you can check off your to do list in record timing. It’s better to depend fully on Him than to exhaust ourselves striving to impress God and our peers.
God wants to SPEAK encouragement and strength into you as you enter the second half of the year. Look at what The Lord said to Joshua in a time of transition:
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We are all here together in the middle of the year. Don’t waste your time beating yourself up with comparison or self-defeating internal dialogue. You have the power of the Holy Spirit within you and the strength to make the final six months of 2017 power months where God does incredible work in you and through you! We must be strong and VERY courageous.
We have 2 Challenges to help you reset your heart and step into the second half of 2017 with renewed strength.
Challenge One: Set up your morning routine. Great days start with great morning. We challenge you to carve out 20 minutes in the morning to be alone in your quiet place with the Lord. Put it in your planner and set your alarm. Try our recipe:
- 5 Mins – Worship & Heaven Meditation. Let your mind float to Heaven and steep yourself in the eternal reality. This shift puts our earthly issues in perspective.
- 5 Mins – Bible Reading (If you don’t know where to start, start with Matthew Chapter 1)
- 5 Mins – Morning Pages (Let yourself write freely. You can write your observations of what you just read and then record a prayer.)
- 5 Mins – Prayer
Challenge Two: Host a Dream Planning Party! We have designed a mid-year dream refresh event filled with free resources to help you set up the next six months! Writing our dreams down is a great start, but speaking them out loud to others takes them to a whole new level. You can do this with just one friend, or you can have an event with 20 women. We promise you will not be disappointed. Learn more here and listen to what previous hosts have to say about their event! SIGN UP!
Spring is here! Spring represents new growth, new possibilities and new beginnings. I believe that God has new possibilities for your life that He wants you to take hold of - new ways of looking at relationships, new ways of serving other, new ways of loving the people around us.
With new growth there are growing pains. Stretching is painful, especially at first! I believe some of you reading this are in a season of stretching. I want to encourage you to lean into the areas of your life where you feel stretched and try to be thankful for the burn! Thankful that God is using you and sculpting you for your glorious future and purpose. You need to stretch out your faith and breath because you are not doing this on your own. You have the strength of the God of the Angel armies on your side and the further you stretch, the further they will take you!
Personally I am in a season of stretching with relationships. I recently traveled down to Orlando, Florida to check out warehouse for Horacio Printing. After we saw the space and witnessed the miracle of our new warehouse, I went with my friend to her missionary prayer meeting at a local church. Many of the people in the room had not yet raised the funds for a missionary trip the group was planning. But the group leader stood up with power and said ‘God has promised you this trip. But you have to FIGHT for your promise. When you are given a gift from God, you receive heaven's attention AND hell's attention. That means you have to fight in the middle, every day. Fight for your promise from God!'
As I sat and listened I realized that my battleground, or mission-field, was right in front of me. For me, I heard God tell me that my promise was my husband, and I was not fighting for my promise. I have not been fighting for joy in my home and fighting to make it a place of encouragement. I realized my home is my mission-field right now. This perspective has brought a complete change in the way I interact with my husband. When I step into my home it becomes my place to make a difference in my partnership in love. God over-delivered in his promise to me for my husband, and he'll continue to support me. But I also have to fight for it every day - and now I realize nothing could make me happier!
Today I want to ask you: What is something that you have prayed for and begged God for? Maybe it’s your job, your husband, your apartment, roommate, church family, provision, education, an opportunity. What was something that God promised for you and He delivered – and now you have it and it doesn’t seem as shiny, holy, or wonderful?
What is your promise? What do you need to fight for?
This is your promise, and you have to fight for your promise! This is your mission field. Your battleground. Maybe it is your marriage, your job, your friendship. If the enemy could get you to resent you promise and lose your desire to fight for it… your promise will lose it’s purpose. If the enemy could ruin my marriage with discouragement and comparison, he could dim my purpose. God promised us to each other, and His promise has PURPOSE; to glorify Him.
I want to challenge you to write down one promise that you want to re-commit to for God. God is good and He can bring fresh perspective and grace to anything that is dead and bring it back to life!
Hello Horacio Printing Family!
You are INVITED to our Spring Gathering in New York City on April 8th! We want to speak life over you and your dreams as we enter this new beautiful season of life!
We are excited to offer a morning of Holy Yoga and dream planning! This is your time and space to connect with God and dust off dreams.
We’ll start with one hour of Christ-centered yoga, lead by Caroline Williams, to stretch our bodies, open our hearts, and worship God in a new body+heart+soul way. After yoga, we will walk through the seasonal refresh section of the planner to reposition our goals, hearts, and to encourage one another.
What is included in my registration? One hour yoga class, two gifts from Horacio Printing (worth +$25!), yummy snacks, lots of heart encouragement and sisterhood connection.
There will be a few yoga mats available to rent for $2 at the event. If you have your own though, please bring it!
We hope you can come! You can learn more and sign up here.
Hello Horacio Printing Family!
We have a special gift for you! A few months ago we created little “you are loved” cards and attached them to roses and passed them out in New York City. It was as simple as buying a bouquet and attaching a little note!
We want to encourage you to print out this free resource and SHARE THE LOVE! We want you to help us spread the news that people are loved.
You can have a little party this weekend with your friends and make these. Bring them to work or school! The link to download is at the bottom along with a few ideas of how to use these sweet cards!
Encouragement Card + Rose Tutorial
- Step One : Print out the encouragement cards front and back.
- Step Two : Gather all the ingredients. Bouquet of roses, front and back printed cards, hole puncher, ribbon and scissors.
- Step Three : Cut the cards down to size and punch a hole in the corner.
- Step Four : Tie the card to the rose using a ribbon.
- Step Five : Share the love with your world!
Here are some fun ways to use these cards:
- Have friends over and make them together this weekend!
- Take them to church on Sunday. Share with your sunday school class, small group, or new visitors!
- Take them to school or take them to work!
- Print them out and keep them in your wallet and pass them out the people you see. (gas station, restaurant, park or just walking down the street)
There are a zillion ways to use them! Make sure you tags us in the photos of how you are sharing the love!
We created this 3-Day course for you! Our first class has already begun, but you can go ahead and sign up for our next round in March 21st!
Learn more below & sign up here.
Purpose Of The Class:
Educate, equip and activate our community around the purpose and mission of A21. This three day crash course will provide a quick look into the genesis of A21, they progress that has been made and the future of defeating human trafficking. Our mission is to inspire action and prayer over this circumstance to help make a difference.
The Course Structure:
Each daily course will take roughly 15-25 mins and will consist of information to read, a video to watch and a SOAP bible study to participate in. The course will arrive in the form of an email at 7AM EST, so you can participate from the comfort of your home at the time that works for you. The second round of this course will launch March 21st.
Can I do this in a group? Yes! If you want to take this three day course and do it over the course of 3 days or 3 weeks with your small group GO FOR IT! If you and your roommate want to do it together you have our permission to share. We will be hopping on Instagram Live & Facebook Live to discuss each day at 3:00PM & 3:30PM, to discuss with you in real time.
Can I take it after the 16th? Sure. Once you get the emails, you can ‘take’ the class when you want. We recommend doing the 3 day challenge with us.
Is this going to be depressing? The topic of human trafficking is very upsetting and can cause emotional distress. We pray this does not deter you from moving forward. We hope you can focus on the beautiful fact that YOU can make a difference. Prayer, support and helping to raise awareness in your circle of influence can change everything. We will end each session in God’s word, to help you grow in strength and peace from your Heavenly Father. We find this topic very heartbreaking, which is why we have partnered with A21. We believe your heartbreak can ignite passion and action that carries out the will of God, and that is the goal!
We love you!
A note from our founder:
Hello Horacio Printing Family!
Here is my 2017 booklist! Have you read any of these already?! I would love to hear what you think.
My 2017 Reading List By Author
Dr. Caroline Leaf
I heard Dr. Caroline Leaf speak at a recent conference in Miami and I was blown away. This is typically how I find out about most authors I enjoy like Erwin McManus, Christine Caine, and Bobbie Houston. I hear them at a conference or church and fall in love with their heart and message, then find as much material I can! Dr. Caroline Leaf is revolutionary. I can’t wait to get into her material. Check her out here.
I have read 2 of Bobbie’s books and I love her spirit, joy and humor. You can hear her bubbly personality on each page. I was so thankful to get this book at Colour Conference!
This book was recommend by my dear friend Caroline Williams who is leading my female entrepreneur masterminds group. It offers poignant advice on how to lead a spiritual group, so if you are leading or plan to lead a small group or course of any sort it is a great investment!
My list is SHORT and SWEET this year, largely because I have a couple books from the past that I still need to read. Before you hop over there I have 3 books that I found during 2016 and REALLY enjoyed. Here they are!
Gems I Found This Year
This one should be on the top of your list. A dear friend of mine mailed it to me out of the blue, and it arrived at the perfect time to help lift me out of a difficult season. In this book Bill Johnson, of Bethel Church, layouts you tools of strengthening yourself in the Lord. I have read this book twice, and I don’t think I will ever stop. Go get it.
This secular book was a recommendation from Tony Robbins. I am a big Robbins fan after taking his business mastery course over the summer. I am halfway through this book already and very impressed by how simple and direct it is. As a Christian you have to fill in some gaps, as you know that your mind is created in the image of God. If you look beyond that and fully take on the teaching you will find a major breakthrough in overcoming limiting mindsets!
This book fell into my hands last year and I loved it! Cons: lots of emphasis on your ‘things’, and as a Christian we are not supposed to treat our things like people, they are earthly possessions. Pros: My house is so much calmer, cleaner and simply at peace! I learned to let go of a lot of things and this removal allowed for mental clarity. I really enjoyed her personality and practical knowledge. I ended up finding that getting rid of stuff was as fun as shopping! (crazy right?) I also know how to shop better because of her teaching… so yay!
Now for the old recommendations! Click here to see my favorite books from 2015 & 2016 as well as books that have rolled over into my 2017 list.
“Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity” - Hosanna, Hillsong United
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." - Matthew 7:7
Shortly after Horacio Printing was born, God put A21’s mission on our heart to really step up and take action. A21 is an incredible non-profit organization founded by Christine Caine that aims to prevent modern-day slavery, protect and restore survivors, prosecute traffickers, and partner with local communities and authorities to ultimately advance the cause of freedom.
It was an easy decision to partner with A21 because slavery is heartbreaking. Did you know there are 27 million people in slavery right now as you are reading this? Can you imagine? It is gut wrenching. After our first successful Kickstarter we felt compelled to give 10% of our earnings to A21.org, and after that there was no turning back.
We continue to give 10% of every sale to A21 in a monthly donation, and are getting closer to our Giving Goal month by month! We know together we can go further.
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and we want to encourage you to step out and join us!
Here are 4 exciting ways to do something now!
- Download free resources from A21.org and share to Instagram and Facebook!
- Donate directly to the cause!
- Sign up to host a Encouragement Card Crafting Party! We will give you all the resources you need to host a great night where you get to make cards that are handed to someone as they enter a new life of freedom.
- Sign Up for our 3 Day A21 Crash Course & Bible study. (launching in February!) When you sign up you will get three emails over the course of three days. These will include educational information about what A21 is doing, survivor stories as well as a SOAP bible study. We will take this time to learn, study, and pray together! This three day bible study will launch Feb 16th!
We are so expectant that God will do amazing things when we get together to equip ourselves and pray in the name of Jesus. We hope you will join us!
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” - Hebrews 6:10