Are you stressed? Do you often forget to count your blessings? This week’s blog post is an interview with Kaye Pryor. She is the founder of the company, MORE BLESSED THAN STRESSED, a program where people share stories and raise funds for charity (such as The Children’s Miracle Network). After reading the interview, you must visit the MORE BLESSED THAN STRESSED website and view some of their cool tee-shirts and mugs.
The Balanced Writer: Where did you first come up with the slogan, MORE BLESSED THAN STRESSED?
Kaye Pryor: The slogan, "More Blessed Than Stressed," made its first appearance in a conversation I was having with my husband about how fortunate we were to have our family, our home, and all the many blessings in our lives. We had just seen the news about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and couldn't imagine the struggles that so many people were experiencing. We knew we were "More Blessed Than Stressed," and wanted to reach out to help others.
TBW: What made you decide to take it to the web?
KP: Taking this company to the web allowed me to reach people in all walks of life in many parts of the country, and that covers more ground than having a storefront in one town. I also like the ability to work from home, plus it allows more flexibility with my time.
TBW: What kind of responses have you received from people?
KP: Most people's first response is "I like that!" Lots of different people seem to relate and apply the words to their own life. I've also heard some say, "That's my new motto." It's as if they get strength and comfort from just seeing the words in print.
TBW: What kind of experiences have you had to overcome in your life that made you realize you were blessed?
KP: The toughest experience I've had to overcome in my own life was a near fatal accident and a year long recovery. Thanks to the constant care from my husband, parents, and a team of medical staff, I had a complete recovery and I am even more grateful for the miracle of life than I ever thought possible. The "big picture" is something that guides me everyday and I appreciate being able to enjoy the little things.
TBW: How can writers, authors, or other artists incorporate this mantra into their lives?
KP: One of the biggest stumbling blocks for creativity is the idea that a list of chores has to be taken care of before allowing time to be creative. The pressure of getting other things done causes too much stress. I think writers and others artists need to feel blessed and confident enough in their abilities to honor their own talent, and make a choice not to sabotage space for their creativity to flow. We all face individual challenges and have to fight some guilt, but our creative abilities deserve time of their own! We are blessed to have the talent and we can prevent stress by making time for ourselves to express it in a unique way.
TBW: Beautiful answer. What are your future plans for MORE BLESSED THAN STRESSED?
KP: MORE BLESSED THAN STRESSED continues to expand its product line. In addition to tee shirts, tote bags, and coffee mugs, we have added our own blend of custom roasted coffee. We will add new colors and offer new products as we grow the company. We've had interest from a few retail markets and we also continue to partner with fundraising events that will allow us to give back to the community.
TBW: How can people find out more about spreading the message and purchase some products?
KP: To learn more about our products and purchase from our online store, please visit our website at: www.moreblessedthanstressed.com
TBW: Thanks, Kaye! You’ve got a great thing going!