Natalie Coulter | Dear Daughters 40

Natalie Coulter is the Founder and Creative Director of Mint and Maple where she works to equip people for the creative life. She is an old soul with a youthful spirit, a personality test junkie, a professional dreamer, and wife to Josh. She’s also an enneagram type 7, and an absolute delight.
In this episode we talked about creativity and owning a small business and a whole lot of whimsy. She recently released her Art Journal Kit and I want to buy one for everyone I know. :)

I can’t wait for you to meet Natalie! Here’s the interview on Dear Daughters Episode 40.




We were made to create. Whether you’re going to be a fine artist, or do it as a hobby, it’s important to do it. ~ Natalie Coulter

When you’re trying something new, it takes a lot of brave. Because it feels like falling off the ledge and risking failure. ~ Susie Davis

Art journaling is essentially cataloguing the things you do in a day. It can be a good practice for paying attention and being thankful and s-l-o-w-i-n-g down.

In drawing, and in anything creative, the goal isn’t necessarily to get better, it’s just to do it. ~ Natalie Coulter

Some ways you can incorporate art journaling into your daily/weekly life: write out people’s names or different images that come to mind as you pray for someone, or sketch the things you’re thankful for. Young moms can take just 10 minutes of their kids nap to write down something sweet they did that day. Document your family’s life- little moments a photo or journal entry might not capture. Capture the things we might often overlook, like your kid’s favorite toy, or your favorite pair of socks.

God could have just chosen to make daytime blue, the sunset red and the nighttime black, but instead He chose to make a watercolor painting every night. ~ Natalie Coulter

We are made in His image. We are image-bearers and therefore co-creators with Him. Whenever we’re creating something, it’s just a pure reflection of Him to bring Him glory. ~ Natalie Coulter

Natalie’s definition of creativity ~> connecting the unconnected.

Natalie’s tips on some good ways to be a small business owner: Surrender control. God gave you this business as a gift. It’s not your identity, it’s not your worth. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you’re wanting to start your own small business: Find 1-3 people who believe in you and believe in your product, and get pep talks from them. Then make another little team that can help you connect to resources and brainstorm. Having that team around you that will help you persevere. ~ Natalie Coulter

As a creative, you can’t base success on what you normally think success looks like. ~ Susie Davis

Small business is about being brave and being nimble. ~ Susie Davis

Work is valuable because He created us to work. ~ Natalie Coulter

The world needs more people who have a ministry heart and who see people’s intrinsic value as deeply loved by God and deeply creative. Because when people start seeing themselves as creative, they see themselves as valuable. When they see themselves as valuable, they start seeing themselves as worthy of love. And that’s how God shows up.  ~ Susie Davis

Art as respite, art as gratitude, art as remembering whose you are, and art as remembering how God made you. ~ Susie Davis

When we understand ourselves better, we can love ourselves better, and I think God wants us to do that. ~ Susie Davis

Give yourself the space to play with your creativity. Don’t be concerned with being good at it comparatively. I don’t think that’s the point. The point is to play. ~ Natalie Coulter


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… grateful, grateful for Davis sharing their music for the DD Podcast. :)