Live Your Life on Purpose & Free PDF

Oh I just hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July…well, I guess if you are in the United States, that is. Isn’t it amazing, the WWW? Sometimes I just have to marvel that this whole planet is connected and that we’re all friends from the short distance of our computer screens. Amazing, really. I still can’t get over it. Kinda like when you look at an airplane flying, and you find yourself thinking, “How does that work again?” But anyhow, it’s just marvelous. Ok. I am going off on tangents…but really. Very cool.

Ok, so where was I? We did have a great 4th of July. According to my kids, the best yet. Here in Utah, it’s spread out over like 4 days. I love it. It started out with sneaking on top of our roof while the kids were asleep, and watching an amazing firework show (some of the best in the country, really.) Well, it might have helped that I was sitting next to a very cute boy in the dark, mountain air on top of our roof at 10pm with a warm summer breeze blowing…all while promising me that I wasn’t a dork for being terrified to climb back down again. Have I mentioned that I’m terrified of ladders? OK. I’m digressing again. But the weekend was full of family time: gardening, melting popsicles, sidewalk chalk, horseback riding, sparklers, family reunions, swim suits, cooking, swimming and paper hats. I love this time of year!

I’ve also had some time to just listen and step back a bit. I’ll be honest. Really honest. When I had the (crazy) idea to start selling art prints out of our teensy-weensy apartment 3+ years ago, I really hoped it would grow and flourish and develop…but I could really only see one step ahead. I just wanted to do well with that first step. Well, that first step turned into a second, and into a third, and faster than I knew it, we were in a house with a basement dedicated to this little business that all the sudden isn’t so little any more. Sometimes I look back and think, “How and when did that happen?” and other times, I know just how. It was inch by inch, row-by-row (Do you know that song? It’s been in my head all week, and I just love that it’s stuck there. Forgive the Muppets link.). But at the same time, I’ve had some time to wonder this month. I’ve wondered about motherhood. I’ve wondered about motherhood and business. I’ve wondered about motherhood and business and creativity and how that all bundles together and has figured itself out over time. I have moments where this is just a really fun ride and I can’t get enough, and then I have moments where I wish there was a self help book called “How to be a designer and illustrator and mother of 3 with your own at-home business full of creative making which you blog about in the few spare moments when you should be meeting deadlines and still get clean underwear in your kid’s dresser drawers before it’s too late.” That might be a really long title for a self help book. But I’d read it. Although, I have a feeling that if I read it, it would be reading my own thoughts…something in the voice of: Take each day at a time. Answers come while you are busy keeping your priorities. Listen to your kids. Work really hard. Love what you do. Create from your gut. Dream big. And do the laundry on time. But have a spare pack of underwear tucked away just in case.


I’ve been thinking a lot about this phrase this week. It’s been on my mind and slowly changing me from the inside out. Sarah Jane Studios, in some ways, kinda happened by accident. It was happy accident, or an “on purpose” accident. And lately I’ve been asking myself the questions that have these kinds of answers. “Live your life on Purpose.”

Just the mantra I needed.

Hope you like it too, cause you can download it here. It’s a good thought. And it’s sticking.

Happy July everyone! It’s one of my favorite months…for a certain birthday kind-of reason:) Cake any one?


sarah j.


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  • Bardees

    I love your post which also happened to be published on my Birthday, you gotta love July! it’s such a great mantra.

  • Tania

    love this post, and thanks for the download – real food for thought!

  • Nicola

    Gosh, love your blog: lovely post! x

  • Lesa

    I love your thoughts! Thanks for sharing a great download.

  • cupcakes for clara

    Amazing. You are just amazing. Thank you so much for your inspiration xx

  • Cheryl Arkison

    I would totally read that book too!
    Love the perspective of one step at a time and having faith in yourself with each step.
    Thanks for the print and Happy Birthday!

    • Sarah Jane

      I know! Me too…can’t remember if I made it up, or if I heard it. A simple google search didn’t come up with anything…but regardless…it’s my motto now, right? And yours. But if you find the orgin…let me know!

  • Sara

    Clean underwear! I love that. It is TRUE. My son goes through his shorts like they are going out of style half the time…he’s 3 though so ya know!!

    I have seen your saying before and it DOES really represent what we should believe;)

  • Simone

    Great blog post, I love when you find yourself in those moments, where you say “wow how did I get here?”

    I feel like I have heard that quote before? I can’t for the life of me think where?

  • katie

    Love it, thank you!

  • Stefanie

    Love, love, love it! And all of your work too!

  • Ali

    Such a great posts for Mom’s! I love it! Thanks for the free treat! :) I’m excited to print it once my little one is up from his nap (he naps near the printer and the noise tends to wake him up)

    Happy birthday to you (if I read between the lines correctly)!

    Love your posts and your art and your mothering! I wonder how in the world you manage it all! :)

    ~ Ali

  • Susie McDonough

    Lovely. “How did I get here” is from the Talking Heads song.

  • Laryssa @Heaven In The Home

    Thanks I needed the encouragement!

  • Christina

    I love this! This same idea has been on my mind lately about living more consciously- I’ll definitely be directing my readers here when I share my thoughts on the subject.

  • Shannon F

    You know what else I love about the internet? I can look up that song that is now stuck in my head and watch a video of it (with the muppets, of course. lol)

  • joanie

    Thanks, Sarah! Love your blog and love your work!

  • Hannah @ Minime Paper Dolls

    I would love a book with that title too….but I think you’re right, we already know what the answers are or at least who the source is. Thanks for the thoughts and for your sweet email. It really meant so much to me. XXOO

  • gina f.

    thanks for the download!! I am so glad you are walking the tightrope of being a stay at home working mom and for sharing your talents with us!

  • Vanessa

    I would read the book too! Loved your post. x

  • http://@kandhdesign Paula

    Just beautiful :0)

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  • Carrie Brown

    I was wondering if you sell your patterns wholesale to shop owners?

  • Meg

    Your posts are so inspiring and honest. So in addition to just adoring your art and your fabric designs, I am also a big fan of your blog! Thank you for the freebie…a good tenet!

  • Pauline

    love reading your blog Sarah Jane

  • Jessica

    Love the printout. Thank you so much. I printed one for myself to look at all day at work and another to frame for a family member as a present. Love your blog. You are so very talented!

  • Heather

    I would def. read that book! :) I have the same exact feelings being a stay at home mom running a small business. Thanks for the download, very kind of you. Can’t wait to hang the reminder on my wall somewhere.

  • Janel

    Beautiful thought…thanks for sharing your talent.

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  • Jill

    I just found you recently (and blogged too) and just love your work. I need to add here though, that the underwear do NOT need to make it back to the drawer. The laundry basket in the laundry room can suffice as a closet for a few days (or weeks) :) Because you are one busy gal!

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  • Lauren

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I heart this so much and can’t wait to have it printed and hanging in my entryway!

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  • {amy k.}

    LOVE this print! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Heidi of Operation Organization

    lovely quote, lovely mindset, lovely print – and oh-so-lovely of you to SHARE it all! :)

    kindest regards,

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  • Inspire Me Heather

    Your printable is very sweet, thanks! I’ve got this linked to my Summer printable art post too today!

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