Beth: I love that I’m never alone. My walks, my runs, my quiet moments are always opportunities to listen and hear—and I’m rarely left with nothing. Whether I’m guided to reflect on parenting, or being a wife, or releasing anxiety…I know God is trying to communicate with me. We can be as proactive or passive in our conversations with him as we want, but he’s always trying to communicate with us. I’ve had the supreme privilege of witnessing little miracles throughout my life and I always wake up in hopes of witnessing another one. Stay the course, be awake, listen and never underestimate what is revealed.
Do you have any rituals or practices that you do regularly to stay closer to God or practice and honor your faith?
Beth: Daily reflection. Time alone to listen.
"I’ve had the supreme privilege of witnessing little miracles throughout my life and I always wake up in hopes of witnessing another one. Stay the course, be awake, listen and never underestimate what is revealed."
What do you find the most challenging about being Christian?
Beth: Finding time alone to listen. Raising Christians.
What has surprised you most about your life? Did anything go differently, good or bad, than you thought it would?
Beth: You never know where your path will lead you if you take chances or do scary things. I never anticipated moving to California, let alone marrying a Californian and settling here. There’s a song by Rascal Flats called Bless the Broken Road and it says, “bless the broken road that led me straight to you.” There is nothing logical in my life path that would lead me to believe that I’d end up in Sonoma with my family and friends here. But I did, and it makes perfect sense.
What has been your favorite part of starting or currently being a partner of Chasing Grace?
Beth: I love the challenges of starting a business. I love listening and learning new things from my partners, our creatives and our customers. I love creating and contributing to a market space that is new, valid and very worthy of development. And nothing thrills me more than making something that, not only people love to wear but that inspires them.
What is something you look forward to in your future?
Beth: I look forward to watching my children grow, change and mature—seeing what kind of people they turn out to be. Having children is a first hand look at the kind of humans God wants and thinks we need on the earth. They are hardwired to be who they were meant to be (with a little guidance) and the thought of seeing their individual contributions to this world and prospects for greatness is incredibly exciting to me.
Have you ever made a huge mistake personally or professionally, and what did you learn from it?
Beth: When I first went out on my own to contract PR work, I had just left an agency and forgot how comfortable you can get producing results with team support. On your own, everything you say or do is completely on you. I had accumulated about half a dozen clients and my work and time management began to falter. One of clients asked how things were going on his account and thinking I was clever said, “well keep asking because the squeaky wheel gets the oil.” In other words, “keep checking back because I haven’t worked on your account much.” He fired me the next day.
Quite the lesson in prioritizing and proactively keeping team members abreast of all activity—a lesson I’ve never forgotten that has helped shape my work ethic.
Beth's daughter Lucy, 8 and twin boys Emmett and Samuel, 4
Favorite movie: Hitchcock’s Rear Window
Favorite song: Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
Favorite band/recording artist:Prince
If you could have dinner with one famous person dead or living who would it be and why?
Mary Cassatt. I’ve always adored her depictions of the “New” woman in a time when women were disregarded and considered unable to contribute from an artistic standpoint. She lived her life truly the way she wanted to live it—even if that meant living a life for herself and not necessarily a family. But her appreciation for “Mother and Child,” even though she never had any of her own, always reminds me of the incredible responsibility and position of motherhood. She loved her mother, who also was one of her biggest influencers. Motherhood was sacred to her. She was a suffragist. She was a trailblazer. She was a gorgeous painter and I love her.
What is your favorite piece from each of the CG Jewelry, tees, and hats, and why?
Tee: Large Stigmata Tee. I love its edge, beauty and fashion versatility but what I love most is the reaction I get when people ask me what it is and I say, “Christ’s stigmata. Do you know what that is?” An instant opportunity to share.
Hat: Crown of Thorns. I’m typically a minimalist with accessories. I love understated pieces that subtly add edge and/or femininity. I also love pieces that can be worn by both men and women. That’s why I love the Crown of Thorns cap. Very cool and masculine but beautiful in its message.
Jewelry: Cross Silhouette Earrings. the earrings are the piece of jewelry I wear everyday. Our black and gold lines are so elegant and put a little fashion “skip in your step” for a night out but I love throwing on our Cross Silhouettes with a t-shirt and sneakers—light and very comfortable.
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