Let us introduce the couple behind the canvas photo prints…
Because our words matter.
That’s one of the reasons I started Soulful Creations, a business that turns great moments into beautiful canvas photo prints and more, and it’s also the reason I’m starting this blog.
I’m Rick Jones, and my wife Brooke and I are faith-based adventurers. Our journey has been colored by loss, recovery, and restoration; a love of family, God and especially each other. As we build this business, we’d like to open up to you, to bring you into our hows, whys, wherefores, struggles, and victories, acknowledging we are all in the journey with a great hope – “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it out to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6
Here are a few things you need to know about us…
1. We like to give back.
Our passion for healing, restoration and celebration drives the Soulful commitment to give back a significant portion of the profits of Soulful Creations to our non-profit, Stronger Than Espresso, which helps women and children survivors of domestic violence.
2. We believe that your legacy matters.
Our work with survivors led to the beginnings of Soulful Creations. Every time we met a person who was broken, whose soul was suffering, we found how closely they treasured the words of their parents. They held on to the little things – even a grocery list became precious, because it was in their mother’s handwriting.
As our children are growing older, and as we reluctantly realize we’re getting older too, we tend to reflect on what type of impact we’ve made in this world. It’s part of the impetus for Soulful Creations: now is the time for us to create lasting things. We strive to leave a legacy with our work, our mentorships, our family, and most of all, our love. My mother left my family a legacy of love and loyalty. Because of her, I have the drive to treasure those great moments to the fullest and leave a legacy worth her memory.
3. Entrepreneurship was a God whisper we couldn’t ignore.
I have almost forty years of retail knowledge that I have gleaned from corporate America, but something tugged at my heart telling me to create a business that could not only leave a legacy, but could also serve the kingdom. The following quote had a lot to do with us taking the leap of faith we did:
“Obedience to the precepts and principles of Scripture does in fact require significant risk, because to trust God is to pursue the invisible over the visible. But if we hedge our bets by resisting the prompting of the Spirit and chasing the promises of the world system, our growth will be stunted.” (Ken Boa’s Handbook to Leadership & Hebrews 4:2).
Anyone that says startups are easy, well… probably hasn’t gone through their first start-up. When you’ve gone through as many pivots as we’ve had to make, it’s been frustrating, expensive, and scary. We’ve had to put other opportunities aside. I know we were given this vision to build this in prayer. There’s no question in my mind that this is what we’re supposed to do.
4. We’re not saints.
Brooke and I both have experienced heartbreak, illness, addiction, discovery, and restoration. We’re helplessly imperfect and not trying to hide it. It’s what makes us who we are today, and we hope to share some of our triumphs with you in future blogs.
We look forward to this blog becoming not only another way for us to lift up others, but to also be an outlet for your feedback and recommendations.
What do you want to learn from an upcoming post?
Rick & Brooke