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Antonette and Destiny – A Go Boldly Send Off

2019 was a wild ride for Redbud Wren Co. A ride we couldn’t have done alone. The RBW team was vital to getting us to where we are now. We are so proud of the work we have accomplished together up to this point, and we are SO expectant for what 2020 will hold.

This next year will bring a lot of changes to Redbud Wren Co. and we are so excited, but one of those changes is a little (lot) bittersweet. Our gals Antonette and Destiny have decided to Go Boldly in a new direction for their lives and we could not be more PROUD of them! Although we will miss their presence terribly on our team, we are so excited to watch this next chapter unfold for them.

We can’t say enough how thankful we are for the commitment, contribution, and love that they poured into this business dream. And we have no doubt that they will do amazing things in this next phase of life. Below, we asked each one of them a set of questions to give you a peak into what is next for them.

Antonette’s Q & A:

What has being apart of RBW taught you?

The sweetest things I’ve taken away from my time at RBW are the relationships with these beautiful women. I’ve loved seeing their fearless vulnerability up close, and sharing in their dreams. Being apart of RBW has taught me the value of having a trusted community that will stoke the fire in one-another.

What is next for you?

I turn 30 this year and am finally all-in in the things I believe God has called me to do in the earth. I feel more focused than ever. My first endeavor will be to celebrate our second little Weatherly entering the world safely this summer. Beyond that, I am excited to venture deeper into ministering in my local church and abroad. 

Where did the confidence to “Go Boldly” in your next venture come from?

It’s taken a couple of decades, but I’ve finally realized that not only will my plan B’s in life not satisfy my soul, but they also don’t work! After exhausting all of your options, I think it hits you that you can either jump in, or you can die wishing you had. Going boldly came easy to me when I realized that my dreams are bigger than me. Now, I’m more motivated to impact others for God’s Kingdom, than I am afraid of failure or success

Destiny’s Q & A

What has being a part of RBW taught you?

It taught me a lot about honor and sisterhood! This group is so full of honor and it shows.

What is next for you?

A lot of growth! Being intentional about growing in my craft specifically, but i know there will be so many opportunities for growth in 2020!

Where did the confidence to Go Boldly in your next venture come from?

Simply, it just feels right in my spirit. I have such a supernatural peace for this year.

Although these amazing women will no longer be a part of Redbud Wren Co., we know God is stirring them in the right direction for their lives and are cheering them on as they step out into their next. Be sure to cheer them on too and follow along with them on their journeys!

You can find them on Instagram:
Antonette – @antonetteroseweatherly
Destiny – @dest.leigh

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Go Boldly Interview with Natalie Popplewell

We are so excited about our second Go Boldly interview and feature! Kayla sat down with Natalie Popplewell; owner of 410 Collective, Co-Owner of Revolution Coffee, and Co-Photographer of Gingersnap Studios – yes she is kind of a superhero! So get ready to be inspired by this amazing woman.

1. How did you know you wanted to start this business?

Which one? Hehe. 

Truthfully, I fell into almost all of my businesses. That’s not to say there wasn’t a lot of hard work involved, but I didn’t really plan any of them. I have always known that I wanted to own a business. When I was young, I wanted a pet store. I would “draw the layout” with markers. I wanted the downstairs to be the business and the upstairs to be where I lived, before I even knew what lofts were. Fast forward to 2011 and I was given the opportunity to purchase a building in Downtown Denison. In order to prove that I could pay the mortgage, I had to take over the existing Antique Mall and run it for a couple months. I also moved into the loft upstairs. The lady running the shop at the time taught me how to run the mall, get a Tax ID and pay taxes, etc. Essentially all the basics I needed to know!

Previously I had done photography in high school and had a small business doing that, which is what led me to looking at buildings for a studio. Owning a building and running an antique mall was a bit overwhelming so I put photography and the studio on the back burner. In 2016, after having decided to rent out the store downstairs rather than running it, I picked photography back up. Not long after that, I joined forces with Amanda Mendenhall to create Gingersnap Studios (we’re both redheads.) Which has 100% been the most successful venture so far.

I then was finally able to build our studio in 2017! Its located in the back corner of my building! I continually have a desire to invest in new ventures, so in 2018, I invested in and became part owner of Revolution Coffee Co and also opened 410 Collective! We have been open for almost a year and its truly been the hardest, but most rewarding thing I’ve done! Long story short, I’ve always wanted to own businesses, it just looks a lot different then I ever imagined. Yet so much better than I ever imagined! 

2. Where did the confidence to put yourself out there come from?

Naivety. Kind of kidding. Kind of not. I was very young (20 years old) when I bought the building. I had NO idea how hard it was going to be. Each business venture was 100% harder than I imagined, but I’m so thankful I stuck through the difficult times. You just have to push past the fear and say yes to the scary things! Its worth it! I also always trusted that no matter what, God would put me on the right path and make my way successful. It didn’t always look like what I planned, but it was always better than I planned. 

3. What was your first big success?

I guess I would say buying the building! That was only the beginning and there have been lots of triumphs and failure since, but that was the first big one! 

4. What is your message? Or what do you hope people walk away with after experiencing your business? 

With Photography: We want to make people feel special, feel beautiful, and most importantly have fun during our weddings and sessions. We love that we get to provide people with the ability to remember their most precious moments forever! 

With the Coffee Shop: We want people to come in and feel at home, feel safe, and feel like we are their friends! Because that’s what we are! We love giving off that Cheers vibe while providing amazing coffee! 

With 410 Collective: The goal of 410 Collective is to allow entrepreneurs and creatives who may not have the finances or time to have their own shop a place to sell their items and hold workshops! I love working with other people on projects and watching their dreams come to life! 

Personally: I’m very passionate about the phrase, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I truly wake up everyday excited about what I’m doing, what I have achieved, and what I’m going for next! Is it hard? Yes! Do I work 80 hours to avoid working 40? You betcha! Is it worth it? 100 times over! 

5. What is next for you? 

For 410: I would like to push for all booths filled with amazing local artisans, creatives, and entrepreneurs! I hope to have several workshops a month as well as events. Right now I kind of feel like we are just making it by, but I hope for 410 to thrive in 2020 and provide Denison and Sherman with fun activities for the whole family! 

For Gingersnap: Our goal is to move towards primarily weddings and also towards education. We may or may not be slowly working towards a course for budding photographers!

For Revolution: We have some exciting things coming up with RCC. More merch, more flavors, and changes to the bar! 

Personally: Saving up for more investing of course! Hehe. I’d like to either invest in more rental property in the next few years, or possibly split up the lofts. Who knows? I’m saving in preparation for whatever God has planned next!

I told you she was amazing! 🙂 Be sure to follow Natalie on Instagram (@gingersnapnatalie). And check out all of her business accounts as well to stay in the know on all she is doing and bringing in 2020!

Gingersnap Studios – @gingersnapstudios
Revolution Coffee Co. – @revolutioncoffeeco
410 Collective – @410collectivedenison

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Go Boldly Interview with Entourage Ministries

Kayla sat down with Paige Scott from Entourage Ministries to talk all about their ministry and what it took for them to step out in boldness to get started. We hope you are encouraged by their story! We love this ministry and are so excited about the work they are doing and what is next for them.

How did you start Entourage?:

Very organically. In 2017 my mom and I felt led to begin a ministry for women with anxiety (then and still now called Hearts at Rest). We began facilitating that outside of a church so that women could feel comfortable to come regardless of where they were or weren’t in fellowship. It was and is open for anyone. Through that process a group of ladies began to unfold who had either been through that program as a participant, intercessor or just a helper and there was a lingering hunger for the Lord. This began a small gathering at my house of my friends (ladies) from different churches and backgrounds to just worship and fellowship together.

At the very first gathering (August 2018) the Lord had put the word Entourage on my heart and I shared that with the group. It wasn’t until a month later I noticed Psalm 68:11 illuminated which says “The Lord gives the command and a great army of women proclaim the good news.” Entourage by definition is a group of people who surround an important person — usually for the purpose of carrying out whatever the business of the important person is, in this case it is Jesus.

As believers we are all called to be part of His holy Entourage. To an extent, God designed the world to see a gathered people and know the heart of the person they are gathering around. But we gather under that name. So by October 2018 a small group of gals got together from 4 different churches and we incorporated as a non-profit, began overseeing Hearts at Rest, committed to gathering monthly for a multi-congregational/denominational/generational setting and that’s where we began: with a small yes and just adding framework (for stewardship and accountability purposes) to something the Lord was already stirring up in many women in our different circle. 

How did you have confidence to go for it?:

Confidence comes from trusting in the Lord, per the word. My parents modeled this growing up as a lifestyle. We were in full-time ministry and there was a season and a rhythm even as a child  that I remember so well, of transition and recognizing the prompting for when the Lord was at work. I can remember as a fourth grader, laying in bed and thinking “our time in this community is about to come to an end.” In a way I think the Lord allowed me that grace so that as a young person I could have peace to leave and excitement for the next stop.

Recognizing His whisper of calling has been a normal part of my world because He so graciously allowed me to experience that modeled and taught from my parents. I think part of walking with the Lord is the desire and discipline of knowing that whisper and it growing louder and louder in your Spirit and then realizing that He lines up so much affirmation if we will just lean in to His whisper. 

So with regard to Entourage there was confidence because He was stirring up that required trust. He had given the name, the verse, and the women who unanimously said yes to helping. So the confidence wasn’t really even in starting something, it was just a confidence in saying yes to recognizing and jumping on board with what He seemed to be initiating. As we said yes, he ultimately provided a worship leader, a venue, a house and so much more that were not on our radar but were His graces as we said yes. 

What’s your greatest success so far?:

Our first board meeting set such a prophetic pace for the ministry in that, we had a agenda of items to discuss, but prayer and praise took over that meeting. We got lost in worship and exhortation and while we did get to the items on the list, I think it became evident to me that things were going to look different than my carnal opinion of success. And I have to surrender this continually. 

We have a list of values and one is this – “We value affection over attendance.” 

Success to us not a number of women gathering. Success is first, women increasing in their affections for God and second, getting a revelation stirred up in them about HIS affection for them. Salvation is the work of God and it should produce an adoration that truly begets the greatest gift and fruit of the Spirit which is love. So I think sometimes we just need a little revelation about our salvation. 

This happens in a lot of ways but I’ve seen this revelation happen in the lives of women this year— and it only comes from the Holy Spirit — He removes veils, illuminates and teaches the Word and testifies about Jesus (among other things). I had a woman recently tell me “I don’t understand everything but I feel God’s love and presence finally.” And this is not a work of Entourage, it is a work of the Holy Spirit.

We are getting to host something special each month. Every ministry opportunity whether that be a podcast, hair charity, boutique stuff, soap study, or a Hearts at Rest, we are are hosting something for his daughters. Something unified beyond denomination, culture, and age. We just get to enjoy being with women who delight in the Presence of God. He brings the harvest He wants to so we just get to plant and water. So success is in the eyes of the harvester.

What’s next for Entourage?:

I pray revival. Not specific to Entourage but our community. There are so many amazing churches and efforts in place right now to unite the Body of Christ, and I believe we will see this in our day in the “Big C” Church. We get to glimpse it sometimes in our gatherings.

Next for Entourage, I think you’ll see new faces begin to teach, worship, lead, and administrate as women get to use our turf as a training ground for their gifts and callings. I think you’ll hear songs sung, see books written, and women walking in a love for God that carries a fragrance He loves. I think you’ll see little Entourage gatherings pop up in different places not near us led by women we don’t even know right now. I think the result will be that lost women are found, believing women are walking in wholeness, and sisters of the faith get unified in breaking bread with sisters from different rooms of the same faith.

I think the beautiful thing about women is that God designed us to be, first, Helpers and second, Carriers of life. We naturally carry and then pass on something to the world around us. Be it good or bad. It is our design. That’s one reason the enemy, I believe, worked through Eve to bring forth the fall. He knew her capacity could spread sin so quickly (note the story of Cain and Abel). Oh but the word and work of redemption reaches beyond that moment as we each become aware of God’s great love toward us, displayed by Jesus and revealed by the Holy Spirit. And as we carry it and spread it in our homes, our streets, even our churches. The impact could be so profound that it changes a generation. May that be the next. In Jesus Name.

-Interview conducted by Kayla with Paige Scott, Co-Founder of Entourage Ministries

Be sure to keep following Entourage’s story over on instagram (@entourageministries) and like their page on Facebook!

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Go Boldly

Go Boldly.

At Redbud Wren Co. this is our message. It is our mantra. It is what we whisper to ourselves as we step into every new facet of this business. It is what we repeat in our heads as we post something deeply personal. It is the message we play on repeat as we dream up the big dreams only God can bring to life. “Go Boldly” sparks our souls and reminds us that the world needs what we have to give – what God put in us to give.

We are passionate about pushing past fear, past worldly standards, and past anything and everything that tries to hold us back. We are about pursuing our God given dreams, using our God given talents, and not apologizing for it. Going boldly means shaking loose of all the chains the enemy has tried to bind you with in an effort to keep you small and quiet. We serve a BIG God, who has BIG plans for each and every one of you reading this.

As I write this, I’m reminded of a girl who only ever dreamed of being bold. Who used to look at others who held such confidence in awe, wondering how they do it. There was always this confident, bold, wants to be everybody’s friend kind of person on the inside of me, hopelessly waiting to be let out. But I was stuck. How do you become the person you know is inside? How do you stare down the giants of fear and insecurity and finally defeat them?

With Jesus. With the Word. By pulling up your boot straps and deciding that you are just done with letting the enemy tell you who you are. If it sounds like fear, insecurity, pride, failure, shame, or anything else along those lines, then its the voice of the enemy. And it’s time to shut. him. up. And really the only way to do that is to know who the Creator of the Universe says you are.

His voice is the exact opposite. Our Heavenly Father sounds like love, peace, assurance, confidence, and so many other beautiful things. God calls those who live in Him redeemed. He calls them capable. He calls them equipped for the task. And with that kind of identity, what can stop you? Absolutely nothing, if you choose to see yourself the way He does. If you choose to walk out your calling, your gifts, your God given dreams on the foundation of who He says you are, then absolutely nothing can stop you. Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, then who can be against us?”

I believe we are in a time when God is calling us to step out into the wild unknown with him. To know that he has given us everything we need for the task ahead. Not only that, but to know he will be with us every step of the way as well. Hebrews 13:5 says “He will never leave you nor forsake you”. What a beautiful promise.

Redbud Wren Co. is so passionate about this. About going boldly into the marketplace and showing the love of Jesus. We hope this message interweaves into everything we do. We hope we inspire everyone who comes across our path to choose their identity in Christ versus who the world says they are, and to choose boldness.

Are you ready to go boldly? Are you ready to trust in the God of the Universe? Are you ready to embrace who he says you are? I know I am. I know that I so deeply desire to do the good work he has planned for me. I’m tired of standing in my own way, and I am sure you are too. So let’s do this together.

It’s time. Go boldly.

-Lindsay