My STORY

I wanted to create a place of collaboration for women of all ages and backgrounds because I believe everyone has a story and something to offer. No matter who they are, how old or young, and from where they came.

meet Laura

FOUNDER

Dreamer, mentor, writer, business owner. Loves Summertime and fresh flowers!


My name is Laura and I’m probably just like you. A wife, mom (now an empty-nester), friend, daughter, and sister. I live in a middle-class house in a middle-class neighborhood in a small town. No one famous knows who I am. My work is done from my basement or my kitchen table – wherever is more comfortable at the moment.

I was a single parent for a few years and raised my son while doing odd jobs. I started a few businesses… some worked, some didn’t. [Read my story of starting a business as a single mom here]

Here are a few tidbits about me:

  • I’m cold unless it’s 85 or higher outside. Obviously, Summer is my favorite time of the year.
  • I can eat a bowl of cherries all day, every day – in between bites of juicy peaches. When they’re not in season, I settle for Avocado toast and fried chicken – or bananas and peanut butter. ☺️
  • I imagine myself younger and slimmer than my driver’s license and mirror tell me.
  • I love fresh flowers on my desk all year round.
  • The gifts and talents of others inspire me in my own work and challenge me to take creative risks.
  • Michelangelo inspires me with these words spoken in his later years: “Ancora Imparo” (I am still learning.)
  • Ideas come to me all day long and most of the time I don’t know what to do with them. Sometimes the ideas are really good, other times not so much.
  • I have a vintage typewriter business with my husband.
  • Also, I coach microbusiness owners (when I have time) and am known as @microbizchick on social media.
  • Kayaking on Table Rock Lake is one of my happy places.
  • Reading a book and taking a walk are my other happy places.
  • Writing is what I love and until recently, have kept my writing private.
  • I feel God’s presence when I write. Ironically, I was a solid “C” student in English throughout all my schooling.
  • My childhood dream was to be a photographer for National Geographic. But, alas, while I can take “decent” pictures, I defer to and appreciate the talent of other photographers.
  • Paola Lane is a step of faith and a creative risk for me. I give it back to God for His glory and to trust Him every step of the way.

Thank you for being here.

WHERE PAOLA LANE CAME FROM

Paola Lane, a place of small beginnings.


The name Paola is rich in meaning. “Small” is the most common name but the urban dictionary also defines Paola as: a beautiful woman sent from God.

Two of my favorite verses in the Bible are: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (Zech. 4:10) and the story of the widow with Elijah in 2 Kings 4:2, “So Elisha said to her, ‘What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ And she said, ‘Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.'”

Throughout my life, when I’ve been in need, God has always reminded me to look at what is in my hand. To allow Him to grow what I have into something more. God can’t bless and multiply zero, but He can take a small jar of oil and multiply it into provisions for a family, as in the story in 2 Kings 4.

So, my friends, what do you have in your hand?

With Paola Lane, I wanted to encourage others to one, dedicate what they have in their hand to God, and two, share it with others. It may be small, unrefined, not as good, or as big as someone else, but it’s what God gave us. Don’t overlook the gifts and talents divinely appropriated to you. It doesn’t matter your age, station, or anything else. This is a place to be encouraged to offer up what you have and be a blessing to others at the same time.

what PAOLA LANE STANDS ON

1.

EVERY PERSON HAS VALUE

You are perfect. God thought of you and created you in His image. You have immeasurable value and were chosen to live right here, right now.

2.

EVERYONE IS CREATIVE

Creativity expresses itself in many ways. Every single person is designed to be creative. Sometimes we need a little help discovering it.

3.

creativity FINDS YOUR HAPPY

Our soul expresses itself through creativity. When we allow ourselves to be creative, it heals those hurts we find hard to express.

the crew

EVERY MONTH WE’LL FEATURE NEW CONTRIBUTORS!

Laura

Founder, editor, publisher, designer, photographer, writer, web design, errand girl… Pretends like she knows what she’s doing.

robin hatten
Robin Hatten

Robin

Executive Assistant, photographer, and writer

Haven

Anonymous contributor. The name we use for anyone who wishes to remain anonymous.

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