Love Well with Persimmon Prints!

Long time no blog, I know... But, I wanted to share with you Persimmon Prints' #LoveWell initiative for the month of February!  Kacie has been inspiring me to love well for a while now as one of my dear internet friends and fellow Influence Network members.  So, come along and join us as we purpose to love well this month! Here are some awesome ideas to get you started from Kacie: 29 Ways to Love Well 1. Encourage a friend + list reasons you love that person. 2. Love the person right in … [Read more...]

DIY: Swedish Easter Trees

Hello everyone!  It's been too long. I'm hopping back on the blogging train with a fun DIY that would work great for your Easter table centerpiece. Through my church I recently met a woman who told me, as a child growing up in Sweden, people would decorate their homes around Easter with birch branches that had colorful feathers attached.  These are such a simple and cheerful way to bring color to your Easter table. To start, I gathered the materials:  some branches I found on a walk, … [Read more...]

This Year’s Influence Conference Recap

You know when you've just returned from a trip, or in this case a conference, and people ask you, "So, how was it?"  Normaly, I have a nice short answer with a few descriptive adjectives--maybe a sentence or two about my favorite part. But this time,  I've been kind of dreading that question.  How do I sum up this year's Influence Conference for someone who wasn't there?  It feels like an impossible task to put into words how much the conference has effected me. Last year was my first year … [Read more...]

Influence Conference Link-Up!

I'm so excited! A week from now, I will be in Indianapolis at the 2014 Influence Conference and the Network is doing a link-up to get to know a little more about the attendees. So, to start, here's a bit about me: I'm Sarah Pope of A Sharper Focus. I blog here about the things that move me, like beauty, justice, and living well. I am also a teacher, artist, and graphic designer, and I sell my creations in my Etsy store. I'm passionate about my portrait photography business and love creating … [Read more...]

A Sharper Focus Shop Update

I have had so much fun with my Etsy shop so far.  I've gotten wonderful feedback, great questions and have been able to raise a lot more money than I would have normally been able to give to charity.  It still kind of blows my mind when I get a sale from someone across the country! I'm going to keep a variety of prints and the watercolor print necklaces a constant in the store. But, I also love to make a wide variety of art, crafts, and sewing projects, so I've decided I'm going to do a … [Read more...]

The Influence Conference 2014!

Last summer I decided, kind of on a whim, to go to the Influence Conference. I went not personally knowing anyone and not really knowing what the weekend would hold. Little did I know that weekend would become a life changing catalyst. I know this sounds a little dramatic, but as I look back on this past year so much of my strength, determination, and confidence came from seeds that were planted back at the conference and then cultivated and encouraged by the Influence Network and the people I … [Read more...]

A Sharper Focus Shop is Now Open!

My new shop is now up and running over on Etsy! Click here and check out the art prints and necklaces I've been working on over the past few months. I hope each sale brings a little more joy and beauty into someones life. And, don't forget 10% of every sale goes to Living Water International for the month of May. … [Read more...]

3 Days Till A Sharper Focus Shop!

This was my view yesterday working on new necklaces. On May 1st I'm officially launching my Etsy shop! I'm so excited to share prints, accessories and my art with all of you. I'm also really pumped to be able to use the shop to give back to organizations that are near to my heart. Each month there will be a featured charity, or group, that 10% of all sales will be donated to. For the month of May, Living Water International will be the shop's featured organization! I first learned … [Read more...]

Holy Week Listening

As I've been preparing my heart for Easter over the last few weeks, these two albums have been on repeat. The Brilliance - Lent Sean and I had been listening to the Brilliance's Advent Album II during Christmas and I was excited to get their Lent album. It has been so good. I can listen to it over and over, and I do, and it reaches into my heart every time. Page CXVI - Good Friday to Easter I've mentioned Page CXVI before and I love their unique versions of classic hymns. … [Read more...]

March’s 30 Acts of Kindness Roundup!

For this month's Act of Kindness I've started an act to coincide with Lent. Something close to my heart is pastoral care. With Sean growing up as a pastor's kid, I've developed a greater sense of gratitude for everything church staff members do. They are often spiritually and physically on-call at all hours to serve the members of the congregation. They end up working some long, hard and unconventional hours. And, they do all of this with such passion and care. I want to make sure … [Read more...]

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